Social Initiatives

SELLING TOTE BAGS FOR A CAUSE

Enactus HRC sold canvas bags stitched by the rural women of Maharashtra at the Orientation held for the First Year students at H.R. College. All proceeds went towards empowering these rural women.

ENACTUS exhibited and sold hand-made canvas tote bags, stitched by rural women of Maharashtra at the annual Joya exhibition held at NSCI Dome on September 22-23, 2017.

ENACTUS students displayed and sold the custom made canvas bags at Kartavya, The NGO Mela held at Sasmira on the October 13, 2017.


PHILANTHOPHY BY ENACTUS

ENACTUS HRC collaborated with Career Ninja and helped them with volunteers for collecting gift donations at the Pet Flea Fest, December, 2017. The donations were then gifted to the underprivileged children in Mumbai.

ENACTUS HRC collaborated with Career Ninja and held a Christmas campaign from December 18 to 21, 2017. It was a donation drive in College where the items collected were given to the under privileged people living by the roadside.


'WALK AGAINST PLASTIC' CAMPAIGN

ENACTUS H.R. College participated in 'Walk Against Plastic' on the April 5, 2018. It was an initiative taken by young enthusiasts in support of the plastic ban declared by the government.

The event was organised by PURPOSE 24, in association with Lodha Foundation and Arnaiya Foundation. Annually, approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.

They took a pledge to stop using plastic and provide alternatives to plastic bags by selling trendy hand-made canvas tote bags, stitched by the rural women of Maharashtra.


PROJECT AAJEEVIKA

ENACTUS H.R. College has launched its flagship project, Project Aajeevika meaning employment in June, 2018. The aim is to provide employment opportunities to the rural women of Maharashtra by capitalising on their indigenous skills, an attempt to improve their livelihood. This project will yield more confident and self reliant women, consistently challenging the notion prevalent amongst rural India that women must be confined to the four walls of the house for their entire life.


PROJECT INAAYAT

Project Inaayat is conducted in collaboration with an international organisation Days for Girls. Inaayat is dedicated to strengthen girls’ sense of dignity and self-esteem by making and providing sustainable menstrual hygiene solutions and health education. The vision is to ensure that every girl and woman will have ready, feasible access to reusable hygienic supplies. We wish to positively impact women and girls by providing them with a menstrual hygiene kit which has Washable pads (made of two parts: a shield and a liner), Drawstring Bag, Panties (Premium Kit) and other essentials to ensure each recipient's needs are met.

The project has two aspects:

1. Manufacturing the Sanitary Napkins

2. Train the trainer model wherein the women conduct menstrual hygiene training and further train them to train more women.

Aashayein is the club's social cause. It aims at holistic development of rural villages of Maharashtra. It includes providing water, water conservation, education, entrepreneurship, human development, light. Various PR and fund raising activities have been undertaken for the same.


The Lunchbox - A mission to serve food to those to whom it is not available, providing the underprivileged with food from their own homes and go on a drive distributing it.


Tak Dhinak Dhin saw 10 schools with students from orphanages, and the streets battling it out to bag the best dancer's trophies.


Building Picasso

January 28, 2018

Young Rotaractors Rtr. Niyomi Sheth (TYBBI Student of H.R. College), Rtr. Devansh Savani, Rtr. Shlok Shah & their team from the Rotaract Club of Bombay Uptown conducted a Drawing Competition in order to promote inter school bonding.

'Building Picasso', as it is called, is being conducted since the past 5 years now. Breaking all past records, more than 900 kids from over 24 schools participated for this year. They received support from their Rotary. The kids left the venue with big smiles and new friends from different school.


I-Lit 4.0

Leading the charge of popularising Literature amongst children who more than often find it boring, is Rotaract Club of Bombay Uptown’s I-Lit. A literature festival that has coincided the learning and fun curve of literature where children from standard 1 through 8 are introduced to several activities never included in the traditional school syllabus.

With the 4th edition of I-Lit, the scope of the festival was expanded with even children from tribal communities, orphanages, blind schools and other NGO’s and special homes participating in it in large numbers along with school children from the community.

Supporting the cause and I-Lit 4.0 was Camlin Stationery Pvt. Ltd. The all time favourite stationery company provided several goodies for each participating student! Over 1000 kids took part in the ongoing festival and were really happy to get this exposure. The chairpersons and the OC of I-Lit 4.0 can proudly boast that they've been successful in advocating non-traditional literature and making it popular amongst children.

The University of Mumbai supports the NSS and encourages all the youth to join the programme. The vision of the scheme is to inculcate values of compassion and humanity and feelings for fellow persons.

The combined participation in community service leads to a sense of involvement in the task of nation building. The motto ‘NOT ME, BUT YOU’ underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society as a whole.

The NSS attempts to develop in the young students a sense of social and civic responsibility and trains them to utilize their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems.

The HR-NSS unit has been trying through its various activities to do community service and bring about changes in the society and also help the volunteers build their personality in the process.

 

SWACHH BHARAT PAKHWADA

August 1-14, 2017


Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) is a campaign by the Government of India to keep the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country's cities and towns and its rural areas clean. It is India's largest ever cleanliness drive with school and college students from all parts of India, participating in the campaign.

Swachh Bharat Pakhwada (Cleanliness Drive Fortnight) was observed by the Mumbai University and the activities undertaken during Swachh Bharat Pakhwada were

  • Shramdan for swachhata by students on the college campus.
  • Cleanliness and Sanitation drive by Students, involving the local community.
  • Seminars on Swachh Bharat Mission
  • Holding discussion among the students to promote cleanliness and to bring new ideas
  • Pledge for swachhata

The HR NSS Unit also participated in the Swachh Bharat Pakhwada as per the schedule provided by the University of Mumbai.


RALLY FOR RIVERS

August 23, 2017

The N.S.S. unit of H.R. College participated in the 'Rally for Rivers' organized by K.C. College, aiming to create awareness on protecting rivers, with a need to grow trees alongside the rivers to protect them. The campaign called this the simplest way to save rivers as trees lead to greater rainfall, stop soil erosion and also replenish groundwater which in turn feeds the rivers. 

Hon'ble Chief Guest Ms. Shaina NC, led the rally and encouraged volunteers to come forward and support the movement. The rally ended with all the volunteers along with Prof. Parag Thakkar, I/C Principal H.R. College and Mr. Rahul Mishra, NSS Prof. in-charge reciting the Rally for Rivers slogan.


THALASSEMIA CAMP

September 15, 2017

The NSS unit of H.R. College in collaboration with Rotary Club of Bombay, Worli conducted a free Thalassemia check-up for the degree college students of H.R. College, in the College library.

Thalassemia is a blood disorder passed down through families (inherited) in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The disorder results in large numbers of red blood cells being destroyed, which leads to anemia.

Rotarian Pankaj Tanna spoke to students about the dangers of the disease and necessity of getting tested. 200 blood samples were collected and sent for testing. I/C Principal Prof. Parag Thakkar and Vice-Principal Dr. Rajeshwari Ravi encouraged and supported NSS Volunteers in their efforts.


SEMINAR ON HANDWASH & DISEASE PREVENTION

September 23, 2017

The N.S.S. unit of H.R. College of Commerce and Economics conducted a seminar at West Khetwadi School, Charni Road to promote hand washing for disease prevention as per the circular received from Mumbai University under the project head 'Swachhta hi Sewa.'


SEMINAR ON ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS

September 25, 2017

A seminar on 'Road Safety Awareness' was organized by the NSS unit of H.R. College. A prominent speaker from the RTO educational institution Mr. Vinod Vichare guided the students about the importance of taking care of one's life before anything else. It was an interesting seminar where he showed us videos of road accidents and shared his personal experiences.

Vice-Principal Dr. Rajeshwari Ravi felicitated the guest and encouraged the students by taking an oath with them to always follow the rules for safety and educate everyone about the same.


CLEANLINESS DRIVE

September 26, 2017

The N.S.S. unit of H.R. College conducted a cleanliness drive in collaboration with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) as per the circular received from Mumbai University under the project head 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'.

The route of the drive was from HPCL office to Mantralaya and then to H.R. College. 25 NSS volunteers cleaned the area using the cleaning equipments provided by HPCL. The drive was successful with active participation of volunteers and support from HPCL.​


ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS

October 12 to14, 2017

The NSS unit of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics undertook an initiative to spread Road Safety Awareness in collaboration with Colaba Traffic Police Department. 30 NSS volunteers went to various junctions at Churchgate for 3 days - from October 12 to 14, 2017. Volunteers flashed placards that displayed various messages of Road Safety. They helped senior citizens, the physically disabled and children to cross roads and also to manage traffic. The traffic authorities educated the volunteers about the traffic rules and encouraged them to maintain road safety in their daily lives.


BOOK DONATION

November 28 to December 9, 2017

The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of H.R. College organized a Book Donation Camp on the college premises. NSS members voluntarily took part in the event and encouraged everyone to show their support for a good cause. The donations received were then given to children in BMC schools and various NGOs. Items included stationery, books, loose sheets, toys, old clothes, etc.

The event was successful with team spirit and enthusiasm of the volunteers.

The WDC seeks to encourage girl students to work towards their personal and social development. The Cell aims in particular at sensitizing the student community to issues relating to the female gender. The role of the Cell is to equip the students with the requisite awareness and self confidence which in turn would allow them to take their rightful place in the society.

It provides for dialogue, discussion, and deliberation on women's rights and gender-related issues. To encourage participation from NGOs and law enforcement agencies in this area to become a resource centre for women and provide a forum for exchange of ideas and to review safety and security measures for female employees and girl students.


EXPRESSIONS 2017

August 16, 2017

The Womens’ Development Cell of H.R. College of Commerce and Economics organised ‘Expressions 2017’ in collaboration with Majlis. It was an intra college competition, a platform where students’ voiced their opinions on 'What's your yes? What's your no?' regarding consent. The competition was judged by Advocate Ms Persis Sidhwa, Head of RAHAT group, Majlis Legal Centre along with Prof. Saleha Syed, faculty in-charge of WDC, H.R. College.

The winners of the competition were Sowmya R. and Sneha Lulla and runners-up were Niyusha B. and Rajita Dubey. They were presented with awards and medals by Vice Principal Dr. Pooja Ramchandani.


GIFT-A-LIFE - MARROW DONOR REGISTRY (INDIA) CAMPAIGN

September 26, 2015

The Womens' Development Cell of HR organized Marrow Donor Registry (India) Campaign in collaboration with Gift-A-Life. The MDR(I) is India's first NGO which maintains a computerized database of voluntary, unrelated stem cell donors and facilitates Blood Stem Cell transplants for patients with life-threatening blood diseases like blood cancer, lymph node cancer and thalassemia major.

H.R. College of Commerce and Economics and WDC helped this registry with development of potential 45 voluntary Stem-Cell Donors. Along with college students many professors also registered by giving a small blood sample and a commitment to donate stem cells whenever called upon thereby providing hope of cure for patients.


SELF DEFENSE WORKSHOP

January 2018

  

It's all about defending yourself, and keeping safe those you care about.

The Womens’ Development Cell in collaboration with NSS unit of H.R. College has been conducting a Self-Defense Workshop each year. 55 college students participated in the workshop conducted by Mr. Pravin Chavan a professional Karate Instructor. He taught the students some self defense techniques like punching, blocking a punch and kicking; a few basic techniques which the women need to learn, for protection against perpetrators of crime. He shared different moves for self defense in case of attack from the behind.

He taught simple techniques like twisting the attackers hand and disabling the attacker in various ways. Other methods for breaking free from the hold of any man, were taught for protection purposes. It strengthened their reflexes and helped hone their instincts. Learning self-defense techniques will definitely give students self-confidence and a boost in morale as well.

Anti Ragging Campaign

August 8 & 9, 2017 

An anti-ragging campaign was initiated by The Students’ Council to ensure that H.R. College is an Anti - Ragging zone. The volunteers carried out the campaign on the college premises and nearby areas.


H.R. Carnival 2017

August 10, 2017 

The Fresher's party for first year Degree and Junior college students was organised by The Students’ Council. The students had an opportunity to interact with each other in a fun atmosphere and were enthralled by the DJ and were treated to refreshments. The event was a huge success with a record breaking turnout of 856 first year students.


Blood Donation Drive 2017

December 8, 2017

The Students’ Council in collaboration with HDFC Bank and Bombay Hospital hosted a one day Blood Donation Drive for all the students and staff members.


Joy of Giving

February 20 & 21, 2018

The Students’ Council conducted ‘Joy of Giving’ in the college, a social initiative which involved collecting donations of old and usable items for a charitable cause.

The under privileged children are invited by GEMS for a Christmas party every year. Santa Claus distributes gifts to them; after the cake is cut and snacks are eaten the kids participate in games and dance to some bollywood music. GEMS organised a number of events at VBM High School, Grant Road which is run by the HSNC Board, as their contribution to the society. Some of the initiatives were:


DANCE COMPETITION

A dance competition was organised for school children on the September 27, 2017. H.R. College students trained 4 groups of students of class 7th and 8th for 4 days. There were 10 groups competing in all. One of the groups trained by GEMS came 2nd in the competition. The students had a lot of fun preparing for the dance competition.

I/C Principal Prof. Parag Thakkar and Member HSNCB Mrs. Padma Shah were the guests on this occasion. They felicitated and awarded the winners. Dr.  Chandani Bhattacharjee, Dr. Rita Khatri and Ms. Pooja Lalwani were invited as judges for the day.


CHASE - THE TREASURE HUNT

HR students also organised Chase at VBM School, Grant Road. The event was organised for 7th and 8th grade students. The students were sent in groups of 4 and there were 10 spots within the school premises where various tasks were organised. The first 3 teams to reach the last spot were rewarded. Overall the students enjoyed the activity and had great fun.


CHRISTMAS PARTY
  

G.E.M.S. organised a Christmas party at VBM School on the December 20, 2017. H.R. College celebrated the Christmas Eve with the primary kids. Members played games with the little ones. The students were happy and enjoyed themselves immensely. 

Everyone sang and danced, recited poems - showcasing their talents. Santa Claus distributed gifts and chocolates amongst the students adding to the excitement.


CHRISTMAS PARTY AT H.R. COLLEGE

G.E.M.S. also organized the Christmas Party for the Children of the Foster Care Home at Worli on December 22, 2017. With many presents distributed and many games played, the children had ample opportunity for fun! The students danced to their favourite tunes making it a very 'Merry' Christmas for everyone.