– Benjamin Franklin
We do not save lives. We do not make someone’s life better. We do not even provide food, shelter or education to the underprivileged. All we do is share some happy moments with them, make one day brighter or a kid, try to aid them and try to show them the right direction. Pranay is an attempt, an attempt to do some good, an attempt to be the humans that we were meant to be.
PRANAY is a first of its kind social initiative to be launched by a B-School. We organise Go Green drives, walks to promote awareness about Cancer, Blood donation and Medical check-up camps and many more such events. We also work closely with NGOs like Maher, QMTI, Connecting, Yoddhas, Akanksha to name a few. This not only is a constant reminder of the adversities that one can face in life it also instils in us the strength to sail through tough times.
'Oh God, teach us how to laugh; but let us not forget that we had alsocried once upon a time' -Mai
The Pranay Team is glad to share its experience of the event- “Chetana” conducted on 5 th February 2017 at Sanmati Bal Niketan Ashram- Home for the Orphans.
The Orphanage was started by Sindhutai Sapkal (lovingly called as Mai- Mother of Orphans). She is a renowned Indian Social Activist who raised her voice against many social issues. She has struggled and faced many hardships to bring justice for women and the poor. She has founded many organizations, received a total of 750 awards till date and currently caters to 1042 adopted children in her orphanages at different locations in Maharashtra.
We were welcomed at the Ashram located in Manjari (Budruk) and one of the volunteers took us for the tour of the home which hosted around 25 boys who are pursuing their education by either studying in a school or college. The children are well looked after, provided with nutritious meals four times a day, mentored to study
and pursue a career. We were informed that the Ashram supports them till they get a job and further assists in their marriage as well. The Pranay Team interacted with the kids and gifted a set of Tabla to them to play it on their cultural events and festivals. The children were overwhelmed on receiving the gift.
Mai is truly an inspirational figure; she has devoted her entire life to raising orphans. Unfortunately, we couldn’t meet her but the co-ordinators at the Ashram were so delighted to have us that they gifted us a novel “Aamchi Mai” written by D.B. Mahajan and a CD“Anathanchi Yashodha” directed by Paresh Bhosale which depicts the Life of Mai. Team Pranay cherishes this visit and hopes to tread on this path of selflessness.
This event would not have been possible without the support of Director, Dr Brig. Rajiv Divekar (Retd.), our faculty – in – charge Prof. Dr Pradnya Chitrao and the SIMS family. We thank you for your persistent help and support.
- Republic-Day Celebration
On the glorious occasion of our country’s 68 th Republic Day, we at Pranay, invited 80+ children from Khadki and the students of Project Vidyottama to be a part of our campus celebrations.Their arrival was followed by a cake cutting ceremony, a sumptuous lunch and interaction with the student managers on campus. The afternoon was spent catching up on animated shows with their friends in the auditorium. After a string of fun activities, all the children were given goody bags, on receiving which they were elated.
We thank the entire SIMS family for helping us in making this event a success!!!
- Christmas celebration at Maher-Vatsalyadham
On the 25 th Dec, the Pranay team visited Maher-Vatsalyadham where around 1000 children had gathered from all centres of Maher along with residents of Maher old age home to celebrate Christmas. It was a Funfair comprising of games, food stalls, and entertainment show for the residents of Maher. The Pranay Team distributed chocolates to everyone they met and spread cheer amongst the elderly. The event brightened our day and made us experience the joy of sharing, caring, and loving selflessly.
- Christmas Celebration with Vidyottama Kids
Team Pranay had called their very own students whom they teach every weekend under Project Vidyottama- A Teaching Intiative By Students of SIMS to celebrate Christmas on the 24 th Dec. We surprised them by organizing a party and had a great time dancing, singing and playing games with the kids. Additionally, we had a cake cutting ceremony along with other eatables arranged for the kids. It was a fun filled event which made the children happy, which in turn made us feel even happier.
- VIDYOTTAMA – A Teaching Initiative of SIMS’ students
- 30 November 2016
Vidyottama is a unique, first of its kind attempt made by Pranay, the student driven social initiative of SIMS with the active support of volunteers from SIMS’ student community. Project Vidyottama is categorized into two parts. Under the first part, student volunteers from SIMS, along with Pranay team members have made a wholehearted attempt to reach out the children of support staffs of the institute, especially the ones who need special attention and guidance with their academic syllabi, so that a significant change may be brought about in the cognitive level of understanding of these students. Pranay team members, in consultation with parents of these children took them into confidence, understood their necessities and designed a curriculum which involves the use of teaching aids such as projectors, video lectures and one to one personal coaching and mentoring. SIMS administration and management are contributing to this noble effort wholeheartedly by providing resources such as classrooms, library resources etc. The number of enrolled in the effort has slowly and steadily increased from single digit to double digit. Pranay team members as well as
volunteers are very motivated regarding the project and are dedicated to make a difference through their efforts.
Under the second part of project Vidyottama, Pranay team members are entrusted by SIMS management with assisting non-teaching staffs in enhancing their vocational skills such as English grammar, vocabulary, computer skills, verbal and non-verbal skills and public
- Post Diwali visit to Abhalmaya Old age and nursing care home – “Sahyog”
- 13 November 2016
At the old age home, PRANAY Club members met senior citizens, many of who were deserted by their family members or were forced to live alone as none of their family members are alive. They became nostalgic while sharing the stories of their younger days. From the contributions collected from student managers, we gifted them a pressure cooker and Idli maker which they required. They were
extremely happy on meeting us and asked us to visit again.
- Post Diwali visit to Shirdi Sai Baba Women’s Rehabilitation Centre–“Sadbhavna”
- 12 November 2016
PRANAY Club members visited and interacted with the residents of the blind women’s association. They shared their stories and life experiences which were insightful for all of us. At the blind women association, we met women who were survivors of acid attacks, majority of them had lost vision due to some disease or accident. We were humbled by their courage and strength. Many of them are involved in social work like teaching at schools for blind children. With everyone's generous contributions at SIMS, we were able
to bring a smile on their faces.
- Independance day Celebration
- 15 August 2016
On the august occasion of our country’s 70th Independence Day, we at Pranay invited 120 children from Tara Mobile Crèche to our campus. A drawing competition was organized for them where we witnessed each and every child unleash their creative side. From the very colorful landscapes to Independence Day celebrations, they covered it all. This was followed by a cake cutting ceremony and a sumptuous lunch. Our very own Aks and Vibes teams performed to entertain the kids and tickle their funny bones. The result of the competition was declared where the top three Picasso Juniors were given prizes. After a string of fun activities it was time for good byes; sseeing them clutching their goody bags and waving back at us happily is what truly made our day.
This event would not have been possible without the support of our Director, Dr. Brig. Rajiv Divekar (Retd.), our faculty – in – charge Prof. Dr. Pradnya Chitrao and the SIMS family.
- Pranay Yoddhas
- 22-24th July 2015
“Thousands of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all”
#itsjoYtime was an initiative that was taken by the Pranay Yoddhas team from 22nd July 2015 to 24th July 2015. The main aim of this was to spread happiness. It was a selfie contest where students were asked to take a selfie with someone and post on the Pranay Yoddhas Facebook page along with a catchy tagline.
Many students took time out of their busy schedule and participated in this contest. The event was a great success and we plan to conduct the same for the upcoming years.
- Blood donation campaign
- 31st July 2015
While people from everywhere came and donated blood in Symbiosis institute of management studies college, SIMS Pranay Yoddhas tried to create awareness about cancer amongst people by showing them videos of Rahul Yadav as well of the cancer warriors. Poster fighting cancer was displayed and feedback was taken by the students.
- Maher Visit
Maher is an NGO that looks after children who for some unfortunate reason do not have parents. Every year Team Pranay along with a few student volunteers from SIMS visits few Maher centres and tries to brighten at least one day of these children.
On 26th June 2015, students of SIMS conducted a drug awareness walk to raise awareness of the dangers and significant negative mental and physical health effects that can be caused by these psychoactive substances.
- Date : 31st July
- Conducted by : Team Pranay in collaboration with SIHS and SCHC
- Theme : Blood donation camp
Every year on 31st July, Team Pranay in collaboration with SIHS and SCHC organizes a blood donation camp. This was an initiative of our Founder Padmabhushan Dr. SB Mujumdar. The event was made successful by the enthusiastic participation of all students, teachers and staff, helping us reach the 250 donor mark.
On 15th August, Team Pranay invited children from Tara Mobile Crèche, slum area and wards of the college maintenance staff and to fill their day with heaps of happiness. In total there were 122 children for the event. The children were entertained by an animated movie, and amazing performances by Sur and Vibes team. They were later given goodie bags which were gifts donated by the students and faculties of SIMS.
Team Pranay organised a program on eye donation conducted by Rotary Club and the MBA HHM students of SIHS on 23rd of August 2015. It aimed at spreading more awareness among the young minds of India as they are future responsible citizens of the country. The hour long event included a presentation and awareness videos which captured the student’s attention. At the end of the session all the students pledged to donate their eyes to lighten up the lives of the blind.
The Thermax Group, providing a range of engineering solutions to the energy and environment sectors, took an initiative to launch a very inspiring project- Thermax Lift Project. The project mainly aims to cultivate teacher leaders who share a set of core values that includes a commitment to social justice, an understanding of the strengths and the needs of a diverse student population, and a dedication to equity and excellence for all students. LIFT seeks to prepare and support teacher leaders working with diverse learners to develop in all their students, the academic skills and strength of character needed to succeed in life.
To contribute their part to the society and make an attempt to change the education system of India 12 out of many aspirants from SIMS have been selected. They worked hard for 10 long days assessing the reading and writing ability of the students. This in turn will help to train the teachers to become leaders who can give maximum to propel these little birds to fly out with distinct colours.
The National Alumni Meet 2014 was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. Team Pranay set up a stall for the alumni wherein a dart game was played with a simple rule – the farther one hits from the centre the more they had to donate. A generous amount of Rs 6,561 was collected which will be utilised for conducting other social activities.
- Conducted By : Milind Soman and Reema Sanghvi of Maximus Events
Pinkathon is a multicity, multi format international run only for women. The objective of the event is to encourage women’s health and fitness. It was organized by Milind Soman and Reema Sanghvi of Maximus Events to promote awareness on breast cancer. SIMS had been given an opportunity to ensure maximum student participation across all SIU colleges and also volunteer for the event. There were 19 participants and 22 volunteers from SIMS and many more from other Symbiosis Colleges
The QMTI is an institute offering technical training to differently abled men of the armed forces enabling them to live an independent life. Each year on 3rd December, on the International Day of People with Disability, Team Pranay visits QMTI to celebrate their spirit, their perseverance and most of all life with them. The event this year also was packed with performances from Sur and Vibes as well as performances by the inmates. The energy levels and enthusiasm of the inmates during the entire event were incredible and contagious, and we learnt what ‘living’ truly means
Team Pranay invited around 70 children from the slums and also children of the college maintenance staff to celebrate and to experience the true spirit of Christmas. The event started with a cake cutting ceremony by Director sir, Brig. Rajiv Divekar, Pranay Faculty head, Dr. Pradnya Chitrao and Dr. Swati Nalawade along with the children, which was followed by a quick refreshment made available for children followed by a drawing competition where the children got an opportunity to draw their minds. After the drawing competition there was a movie arranged in the auditorium followed by a dance session. Post this there was lunch arranged for the children and the program then ended with a prize distribution and gift distribution ceremony where top 11 best drawings by the children were given prizes by Dr. Swati Nalawade. Also gifts, clothes and chocolates were distributed among the children. The entire program was a huge success and the smile that it brought on the faces of the children was priceless.
On the auspicious occasion of Makar Sakranti, Pranay Team planned to make this day special for the children of Saraswati Ashram situated in Dapodi. We organized an outing to McDonald’s (E-Square) for them. This initiative was supported by Miss Swati Eshwari, one of SIMS student. McDonald’s also supported this initiative by giving 50% off on their daily meals for the children and as a kind gesture had decorated their outlet with balloons. The children were excited as it was altogether a different kind of experience for them. We too had an enjoyable time with them, where we shared moments of laughter as children danced to tunes and played with balloons. To cheer them up even further, we had a balloon-balancing competition. The children even showed us some magic tricks, which left us dazzled. We had arranged some goodies, which we distributed among them as they parted. The children were happy, which made us feel even happier. And yet again Pranay as a team succeeded in its mission of “Spreading Smiles”.
Towards the end of each year TEAM PRANAY in association with HV Desai conducts amedical camp in a village near Pune; this year the medical camp was conducted in Khamgaon, on the 1st of March which is about 40kms from SIMS. The medical camp started at 09:30 a.m.and went on till 03:00 p.m, with about 300 villagers, including children, attended the camp. It required a lot of campaigning to bring the villagers to the camp but the efforts of all the volunteers and the team members paid off well and people not only from Khamgaon but also from the neighbouring villages attended the camp