Social Initiatives

Celebrating our Elders October 1, 2014

The Students' Council of H.R. College in collaboration with Adhata Trust, organised The World Elders' Day in the K.C. Auditorium. Mr. Arun Nanda's Adhata Trust supports community centres in Mumbai for senior citizens, offering recreational, leisure and therapeutic activities for men and women at nominal rates.
One of the most active senior members of the Bollywood film industry Mr. Prem Chopra was the Chief Guest for the event. Various principals from Mumbai's renowned colleges; Mr. Ramesh Iyer, Managing Director – Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services and CEO Financial Services Sector; and Mr. Sitaram Kunte, Municipal Commissioner were a part of the ceremony. About 250 senior members of the Adhata Trust along with their families were present.
Mr. Arun Nanda, founder and managing trustee of Adhata Trust, said, “Building up lost confidence, bringing back dignity and self-realisation is very important to every elder.
The student volunteers were helped the elders', making them comfortable for their performances. A welcome dance performance by the SIES School children was followed by a skit on adoption of parents. The H.R. Students along with the senior members gave a phenomenal performance, showcasing the old and new versions of Disco song and performances by young and old.


The students of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics, on Gandhi Jayanti, took part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' or 'Clean India' campaign. The campaign, aimed at cleaning up India and improving sanitation facilities in and around the place of work and residence. HR Student groups very diligently cleaned the college premises and the area outside the college.
The cleanliness drive took place at Mazgaon Dockyard early morning which was attended by all the dockyard workers, government officers, NSS volunteers of several colleges across Mumbai and finished at Dockyard road station.
The 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', started with the people being administered a pledge to keep the country clean. Taking an Oath that every Indian shall devote two hours daily or at least 100 hours annually in cleanliness drive.
Keeping the surroundings clean is an effective way in which a citizen can serve his country. Each and every Indian should do his part in this mission. The HR-NSS volunteers took active part in the cleanliness drive and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Enactus Business Advisory Meeting November 8, 2014

Enactus H.R. College held its Business Advisory Board (BAB) meeting on Saturday, 8th
November, 2014 in the conference room at 11 am. The meeting was attended by the BAB members:
Mr. R.K. Mehra, Executive Director, International Trade, Shipping and Risk Management, BPCL
Mr. Cherian Joseph, Consultant at McKinsey and Company
Mr. Dhruv Sengar, Executive at Deloitte
Mr. Sanchit Sharma, Programme Manager, Admissions at Ashoka University
Mr. Jyotirmoy Chatterji, Founder of Project Chirag and Acumen Fellow
They advised the team on their initiatives and gave their inputs for future prospects.

Visit to Akanksha Foundation November 14, 2014

On the occasion of Children's Day, the volunteers of the NSS unit of H.R. College visited the students of Akanksha Foundation at Abhyudaya Nagar Public School, East Chinchpokli.
The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a mission to provide children from low-income communities with a high-quality education, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives.
The NSS volunteers organised games and activities for the students and interacted with them. They also distributed books, stationery and toys which were generously contributed by the students of H.R. College during the course of Literacy week. The books distributed were hand bound by NSS volunteers from contributions of unused sheets of paper.

World Aids Day December 1, 2014

World AIDS Day held on December 1 each year, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have lost their lives as a result of this life - threatening disease.
The NSS unit of HR College organised a rally which was inaugurated by Vice - Principal Dr. Rekha Bahadur. Commencing at college the rally proceeded to Marine Drive with NSS volunteers carrying banners bearing slogans like 'Together we can stop AIDS' and 'Inform yourself and educate others'. They also distributed pamphlets containing information about HIV AIDS, how it spreads, precautions to be taken, etc.
They upheld their objective for World AIDS day - Let's join hands to fight, to protect, to give our loved ones a Healthy Tomorrow!.

Project Aasha Campaign 'Click for a Cause’ December 4 & 5, 2014

Enactus H.R. College held their campaign 'Click for a Cause' to spread awareness about Project Aasha. Project Aasha is a womens’ empowerment project that aims to uplift underprivileged & unemployed women and transform them into self sufficient individuals by training them as skilled beauty professionals.
The campaign was a great success and instilled a feeling of empowerment amongst young women.


For a 3rd consecutive year a Blood Donation Drive was organized by HDFC Bank and The Students' Council of H.R. College of Commerce and Economics in collaboration with Bombay Hospital. The drive started at 8.00 am and was inaugurated by Vice-Principal Dr. Rekha Bahadur who lauded the students for their efforts towards a noble cause.
HDFC Bank organized a team of sophisticated Doctors and equipment for an efficient drive. All donors were well taken care of pre and post the blood donation by ensuring sufficient intake of Tea and biscuits. 64 units of blood were collected by the end of the day. Each donor was provided a Donors' card valid for 2 years, a diary, pen and Donors’ Certificate.

International Volunteer Day December 5, 2014

The volunteers of the NSS Unit of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics celebrated International Volunteer Day by visiting ADAPT (Able Disabled All People Together), a non – profit organisation that provides assessment, infant stimulation, therapy, counseling, inclusive education, skills training and job placement, continuum of support services and home management programmes; for children and young adults with disability.
International Volunteer Day is a chance for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote their contributions to development at local, national and international levels. It was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly through Resolution 40/212 on December 17, 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on December 5.
The NSS volunteers spent quality time with the children and young adults by helping them to draw & colour and devised fun exercises. They also volunteered with the staff to feed the children. It was a unique and enriching experience for the volunteers.

NSS Unit – Promote Paper Bag Drive December 9, 2014

“A step towards greener environment" is a project initiated by the NSS unit of H.R. College which aims to reduce the use of environmentally hazardous products and promote the use of eco-friendly alternatives. Under this project, the unit conducted a Promote Paper Bag drive at Colaba Municipal Primary School, Colaba.
NSS volunteers educated students of the school about the hazards of using plastic bags and explained how paper bags are an eco-friendly and versatile alternative. They also taught the students to make creative paper bags from old newspapers.
The drive was a huge success due to the exceptional enthusiasm shown by the students. The NSS volunteers distributed stationery to the students as a token of appreciation.

ENACTUS Celebrating 'Empowerment through Innovation' December 10, 2014

Celebrating two years of 'Empowerment through Innovation' in H.R. College, Enactus Day was celebrated on the December 10, 2014. The day was made special by celebrating the three fold crux of the club; the members, the beneficiaries & the community. Besides a celebration in college; they visited Salaam Balak Trust an NGO; and cut a cake with the beneficiaries in their respective communities, mainly Bandra & Cuffe Parade.
Project Saarthi, an initiative by ENACTUS, had the distinct privilege to launch a game Mathiano, to make learning English fun; at the hands of the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of London, Alan Colin Drake Yarrow (Alderman). Vice Principals Dr Rekha Bahadur and Ms Heena Thakkar along with other dignitaries lauded the good work of the ENACTUS team.

Unison Club supports Access Life Assistance Foundation December 14, 2014

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing' - Mother Teresa

The members of the Unison Club (Hostelites' Association) of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics along with Professor In - charge Mrs. Rani Tyagi visited Access Life Assistance Foundation, an NGO at Chembur committed to working towards children suffering from cancer. Asha - a ray of hope is a voluntary initiative by Unison Club (Hostelites' Association) towards supporting the NGO.
The club organised a special Charlie Chaplin performance for the children followed by a sand art show. Goodies were distributed to the children by the members of the club.

Grand Rally in memory of Mahatma Gandhi January 9, 2015

The students of Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension under Research Cell were invited by the Mumbai University to be a part of, the "Grand Rally" organised in the memory of the "Father of Our Nation" Mahatma Gandhi. India has seen 100 successive years after he returned to India from South Africa on January 9.
Our students enthusiastically participated in the rally to show their respect and love for him.

NSS Unit: Health Check – up Camp for Faculty, Staff and Associates

February 7, 2015

The NSS unit organised a complete health check-up camp including an eye- check – up for the teaching & non - teaching staff and associates of H.R. College in collaboration with Bombay Hospital; and Dr. Shrirang Bicchu & his team from The Apex Kidney Foundation from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Vice - Principal Dr. Rekha Bahadur and Programme Officer Prof. Atul Sathe motivated the NSS volunteers who worked untiringly for the smooth functioning of the camp.

NSS Unit – Eye Check – up Camp

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The NSS unit of H.R. College of Commerce & Economics organised an eye check-up camp at Bhavishyaan, Colaba Municipal Secondary High School, Colaba on January 31, 2015 and at Kawlemath Banganga Municipal School, Walkeshwar on February 3, 2015 in association with Bombay City Eye Institute and Research Centre from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The eye check-up camps led to the successful eye check-up of 250 students. The report was instantly generated and shared with the student and if required, appointments were given for further treatment by specialized doctors at the hospital. Spectacles were also provided at a low cost and if there was a critical problem, they would be operated free of charge.

The eye check-up camps helped to reduce the development of critical eye problems among the students at a later stage and understand the importance of preserving vision for life .

Dental Check - up for Associates

June 29, 2013

A Dental Check - up for the Associates of H.R. College was conducted by Dr. Gauri Merchant at Bombay Hospital with follow - up on subsequent Saturdays.

Wellness Clinic at HR College

A medical clinic catering to the needs of the staff, students was inaugurated by Principal Dr Indu Shahani in the presence of Dr. Uma. It is sponsored by Dr. Ram Malkani in the memory of his father, Late Shri H.C. Malkani, former Principal of H.R. College.

It is being managed by a young experienced allopathic qualified doctor. Initially the frequency was for two hours, twice a week, in the afternoon hours from 3pm to 5 pm.

The clinic provides free consultations on any one who approaches the doctor, for a medical or an issue related to medical information.

It also provides an opportunity for students and staff to seek subtle counseling for major and minor issues related to day to day problems.

Students finding difficulty in relationships, difficulty in being articulate, difficulty in being focused would be identified for some special sessions or recommended to experts in the field.

Advice, information on vaccination sought by girls these days to human pappiloma virus and Myths & misconceptions about skin, hair care is provided. Adolescence crisis, emotional turmoil, any unwanted habits would be provided with adequate empathy and shown practical realistic directions.

Counseling about headache, a common ailment will be given. It is well established that most of them are caused by tension and stress. Proper advise and information will be given to those who seek help.

Depending on the need, students in selected groups are enrolled and exposed to informative talks by experts in the field.

The wellness clinic is a charitable activity in the memory of philanthropic parents who belonged to a community which firmly believed that education alone is the panacea for most human beings.

Non - Teaching Staff


Kerala - Nov 5 - 10, 2013

A Staff Development Programme funded by Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust was organised whereby 25 non-teaching staff members visited Kerala for a team building exercise. The aim was to achieve excellence in office administration and progress towards efficacy and efficiency.
The visit commenced with Shri Padmanabhswamy (Lord Vishnu) Temple in Thiruvanthipuram. The team visited various institutions during the stay.
They interacted with the administrative staff of Ayur Resort in Munnar. The staff spent a few hours discussing team building and administrative challenges faced by the resort.

The group also visited a Tea Museum in Munnar and learnt about the tea making process.

The team interacted with Mr. Sarath Chandran.R, HR Manager, Presidency College of Management and Technology. Both teams discussed the initiatives taken by their management for administrative excellence.

GOA | May 10 - 15, 2013

Another team building exercise for the non-teaching staff, this time with their respective kids to Goa, was a huge success.

The journey began with a visit to the Mahalaxmi Temple, Kolhapur. In Goa the group traveled to all the beaches and saw an old Goan Church. A cruise down the river Mandovi was exhilarating.

On the way back they stopped at Ratnagiri to visit the Ganpati Phule Temple and had a taste of Ratnagiri Mangoes.


The Associates visited Delhi, Agra, Mathura and Vrindavan on a team building exercise.
December 2013