Staff In-Charge: Prof. Deepti Khemani
Secretary: Ajinkya Padwad
Website link:- www.sort-vesit.org
The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own. – Benjamin Disraeli.
SoRT-VESIT, since its inception, has endeavored to stay true to this very idea with its one of a kind unity, inspiration, dedication and perseverance. With plenty of activities and events that bear testimony to this, here are the highlights of year 2014-2015.
- BLOOD DONATION CAMP:
Keeping the tradition alive, the Social Responsibility Team (SoRT) of Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute of Technology (VESIT) in association with St. George Hospital organized a blood donation camp on 22nd of July 2014 at the college premises. The response to the event was tremendous with 164 registrations, however, not anticipating such a great response, the hospital fell short of blood bags and it had to be stopped at 125 donations for the day!Indeed, there’s no joy as the joy of giving!
- SoRT WEEK:
With the broad theme of ‘Social Empowerment – More From Less, For More’, the SoRT week kick-started from 25th August till 2nd Sept. SoRT collaborated with total 5 NGOs namely National Association For Equal Opportunities for Handicapped (NASEOH, Chembur) , Are You Recycling? (RUR, Matunga), SPJ Sadhana School (Grant Road), Vivekanand Youth Foundation (VYF, Chembur) and Self Esteem (Chembur). A variety of products were put up on display provided by these NGOs which included folders, bags, handicrafts, books and writing pads which were recyclable, candles and many more. SoRT managed to help needy NGOs by selling their products in the college.The aesthetics team created a small model of Chichpada, a village adopted by SoRT where the projects which were successfully carried out like biogas plant were displayed at the entrance. Another aspect of the SoRT week was the old newspaper and clothes collection drive. Students were asked to bring old newspapers and clothes and donate them in a collection box which were later collected by SoRT.
- RIGHT TO INFORMATION
SoRT collaborated with IIT Bombay to spread awareness about RTI act,2005 through a two-day event.The seminar was conducted by a famous RTI activist Mr.Bhaskar Prabhu, who is a part of the Maharashtra RTI Council and a convenor of the Mahiti Adhikar Manch. The seminar not only enlightened the audience about our rights but also on a few facts. For example, as part of RTI we have the right to know about the amount of material required to construct the road outside our house, and by knowing this we can question the government, if the assigned quantity is not being used. Perhaps such small details will make a difference.The students were definitely motivated by the seminar and participated in huge numbers. As Mr. Bhaskar Prabhu rightly said during the seminar “No country is perfect, we as citizens must strive for it, I believe this will be implemented successfully through such events and as the future of this country I believe we are striving for a better tomorrow.”
- DESIRE FOR CHANGE
On the eve of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti , the Social Responsibility Team(SoRT) visited an orphanage named ‘DESIRE’ located near the Venus Garden, Unnat Nagar, Goregaon. DESIRE society is a home for the HIV infected and affected girls, abandoned by their family for unjust reasons, on the grounds of superstitions and poverty.The girl students welcomed the SoRT with welcome songs. This was followed by a game of ‘Antakshari’ which everyone enjoyed immensely. The moments of joy, excitement and nervous anticipation of the students were captured beautifully through the lens by a few members of SoRT .
- SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAN
(Campaign Clean India)A campus clean-up abhiyan was initiated on October 1st, that marked the beginning of series of various other activities to be carried out round the year as a support to this noble national movement. The drive was spearheaded by the members of the Social Responsibility Team (SoRT) of the institute. It took off at 10:00 AM with the Department Heads organizing students and SoRT in-charges for division of work; creating class-wise and floor-wise clean-upteams. The event ended with a pledge recited by the students. “We, the people of India, should understand that this is our country and we have to keep this country neat and clean, just as we do for our houses. It’s not about one person it’s about 1.2 billion people. And we all students are happy to be a part of “Swacch Bharat-Abhiyan”
Many milestones have been achieved, many glorious moments created. After all, making a difference in society is not an overnight task, but a never-ending phenomenon. SoRT believes it can truly be the embodiment of change that we all want to see and inspire people to become socially responsible with the right amount of dedication and faith. “BE THE WINGS THE WORLD NEEDS”-with this very motto in mind, SoRT hopes to stay true to its essence.