Projects 2017 - 2018 / Events

  1. Sadhana Vidyalaya Project
  2. Observance of World Human Rights Day
  3. Fistful of Grain
  4. Adult Literacy Programme 2017-18
  5. Outing for Sadhana Vidyalaya for the Deaf
  6. International Day of the Girl Child 2017
  7. Jumble Sale 2017, Panvel
  8. Jumble Sale 2017, Chembur
  9. Newspaper Drive
  10. Toilet Project
  11. International Yoga Day 2017
  12. World Environment Day 2017
  13. Book Bank

Sadhana Vidyalaya Project


Date: 12th December, 2017 (4:00 pm-to 5:00 pm)
Resource Person: Dr. Swasti Dhar and B.Ed students
Venue: Chembur Campus, Room No. 401
The session was divided into two halves with the first part dedicated to vocabulary building. Since the participants were practicing for a Christmas play, the vocabulary was linked to ‘Words associated with Christmas.’ Each word is associated with a lot of images and stories and the participants learnt the importance of having a larger vocabulary.
The second session was dedicated to practicing for the Christmas play. This much-loved activity helps develop confidence and actively encourages their speaking and reading skills among the participants while it also encourages their listening skills.
The class on the 14th of December was cancelled as the participants’ requested their inability to participate due to the Marghashish festival as well as their occupation with CEHS’s annual day preparations.

Week of 4th to 9th December, 2017
The spoken English class scheduled for Tuesday, the 5th of December, 2017 had to be cancelled due to the schools and colleges being closed because of Cyclone Ockhi. On Thursday, the 7th of December, the Skill Development classes took place as usual with Ms. Nasreen Khan taking up the skill of how to do facials and face massage. The students of B. Ed. Helped conduct the computer classes.

SPONSORSHIP for the Beautician Skill Course by the Inner Wheel Club of Chembur

Day & Date: Thursday, 2nd November, 2017
Event Topic: SPONSORSHIP for the Beautician Skill Course by the Inner Wheel Club of Chembur
Guests: Dr. Shubhada Durve, Ms. Jyoti and Ms. Daksha from the Inner Wheel Club of Chembur
Session Update:
The International Inner Wheel Club is an international organization of women spread in 103 countries and involved in service to the underprivileged and needy. They work towards building better communities and a better world. The Inner Wheel Club of Chembur (District 314) was represented by their President Dr. Shubhada Durve and Ms. Jyoti and Ms. Daksha and together, they handed over a cheque for Rs. 10,000 (Rs. Ten Thousand only) towards the Beautician Skill Development Course started under the ALD Programme.

For the current academic year 2017-18, the ALD programme has been divided into two modules. The first Module (which takes place on Tuesdays) focuses on Spoken and Communicative English and the second Module (which takes place on Thursdays) focuses on the skills of Beautician course and Computer Knowledge.

Ms. Nasreen Khan and Ms. Aparna Kadwe are the two beauticians who impart beautician skills to 25 of our ALD students. For this session, the skill imparted was on saree draping.

Adult Literacy Drive

Date:Tuesday, 10th October 2017
Resource Person: Mrs. Annamma Paul
Topic: Verbs
Objectives of the session:

  • To introduce the participants to the meaning & importance of Verbs

  • To ensure that students can understand and use verbs correctly while framing sentences

  • Session:

    The session introduced the participants to Verbs and further explained the need & importance of verbs in every sentence we use. The topic verb was explained efficiently by giving the definition of verbs with various examples. The concept was practically explained by involving the participants into various activities like role play & gaming were conducted. The participants then themselves used various verbs like dance, play, talk, move, cry and many more into their own sentences. Overall it was an informative and interactive session.


    Date: 10th Oct, 2017 (3:30 pm-5:00 pm)
    Resource Person: Dr. Sunita Jain and B.Ed students
    Venue: Chembur Campus, Room No. 401
    The topic was carried out in role play methodology. Students chose different situations like parent teacher’s meeting, visiting a gynecologist and visiting a retail shop. The teacher and the B.Ed students initiated the discussion which was then followed up by the ALD participants. Lot of emphasis was given on basic etiquettes and how to communicate effectively in different scenarios. New word and sentences were written on the board to reinforce learning. B.Ed students also put in lot of efforts to create a consciousness of simple healthy living and high thinking.

    This encouraged the ALD participants also to take up new situation and enact effectively. These activities helped each one to shed away their stage fear and evolve as a confident personality.

    ADJECTIVES – Degrees of Comparison

    Day & Date: Tuesday, 26th September, 2017
    Topic: ADJECTIVES – Degrees of Comparison
    Resource Person(s):Dr. Reni Francis
    Objectives of the Session:
    • To introduce the participants to the meaning of the positive, comparative and superlative degrees of comparison (Adjectives)
    • To ensure that students can identify, classify and give own examples of the various degrees of adjectives.
    Session Update:
    The ALD session on Degrees of Comparison was conducted on 26th September,2017. The session introduced the participants to adjectives and then further explained the need of comparison of the adjectives. The topic Degrees of Comparison was clearly explained through a puppet show, which depicted three families. The adjectives such as short, tall, fat, high, young, strong, near, cheap, sweet, bright, dark, cold, fast, small, dry, happy, heavy, rich and other examples with respect to adding more and most in expressing the degree of Comparison.

    The session elicited response from each participant of one adjective and the degree of Comparison of the same. There was total participation from them.

    Further each participant was given two worksheets and they solved the worksheets in the class and later was discussed at length thus reinforced their understanding.

    Overall it was an interactive and exciting session.

    Dr. Reni Francis and the students of PCER Chembur explain Degrees of Comparison through puppets


    In a parallel session, the students of PCER, Chembur helped the ALD students which Basic English needs with learning the alphabets in English. This was followed by a story reading session where the three students were familiarised with the sound of English words. This session was coordinated by Dr. Swasti Dhar.

    Students of PCER, Chembur teach English alphabets to the ALD Basic English group

    NOUNS – What are nouns?/ Types of nouns (Proper, Common, Abstract, Collective)

    Day & Date:Thursday, 7th September, 2017
    Topic: NOUNS – What are nouns?/ Types of nouns (Proper, Common, Abstract, Collective)
    Resource Person(s): Dr. Swasti Dhar
    Objectives of the Session:
    • To introduce the participants to the meaning of Nouns and the types of nouns
    • To ensure that students can identify, classify and give own examples of nouns
    Session Update: The session started with the prayer ‘We shall overcome’ after which the participants took a break as they had to pick up their children at 4. All the participant (16) opted for the higher level English learning. The session started with a game of ‘Name-Place-Animal-Things’ which was linked to the meaning of Nouns.

    The four types of nouns (Proper/ Common/ Abstract & Collective) nouns were introduced and each participant had to identify and classify them. This was done through worksheets.

    Finally, as speaking practice, each participant had to frame one complete sentence using two or more nouns. They also had to name the nouns as well as identify them.

    Any other information:
    • The number of participants were very less. They were asked to inform their friends that all should participate from next week.
    • There was a discussion about whether words like cricket, football, rose, lotus etc were proper or common nouns. It was clarified that these words were also common nouns.
    • The participants want the classes from 4-5:30 pm instead of 3:30 to 5 pm

    Dr. Swasti Dhar takes a session on Nouns

    The ALD students complete their worksheets on Nouns

    Session 2 on the 8th August, 2017 (Tuesday)

    In the second session of the ALD, the learner profile was carried out in details. All the students were asked to write out their name, contact details, address and their educational qualifications along with attaching a passport sized photograph.

    This helped us to categorise our students into 3 groups
    • Education below 10th std – These include those who have had no education or have had some form of schooling.
    • Education level of SSC or HSC – They include those ALD students who have either completed their 10th or the 12th Board exams.
    • College level education – These include those students who have studied or completed their undergraduation.

    The result was as follows:

    Most of the students, whatever be their qualification, were not able to speak in English and their main aim in joining the ALD was to improve their spoken English.

    Skill Development Modules

    The ALD students were asked to choose between learning Computer Skills or the Basic Beautician course so that we may plan how to provide them with skills which will be beneficial for them.

    The result was as follows:


    Each student was asked to come in front of the class and introduce themselves and name their talents. The focus was on teaching the following structure:
    1. Good afternoon. My name is __________.
    2. I have _____ children, _______ son(s) and ________ daughters(s).
    3. I like __________ and _________ .
    4. Thank you.

    Recitation of a Prayer
    The session ended with all the students reciting The Lord’s Prayer. The habit of recitation will ensure that the students not only learn a prayer but get used to speaking in English.

    Dr. Wadikar and the students of PCER conduct the session

    Students of ALD recite The Lord’s Prayer


    With a pledge to reduce poverty and extend a hand towards this cause, SIBC in collaboration with Pillai College of Education & Research (PCER), Chembur organised the event of Fistful of Grain. The students of B. Ed. have collected half a kilogram of rice and lentils from each student and this will be donated to four nomadic group of families (already identified) who are residing near:
    • GTB railway station
    • Kurla railway station
    • Matunga Road station and
    • Sion railway station
    The event helped sensitise the students towards the problem of hunger and also how, little acts of charity can go a long way to bring a smile on someone’s lips.

    Observance of World Human Rights Day and Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

    Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur in association with Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai group of Institutions organized a WALK on 9th December 2017 to observe two international days declared by United Nations viz. the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25) and World Human Rights Day (December 10). Over 300 students, faculty and staff of the Pillai Campus enthusiastically participated in the Walk carrying colourful posters, placards and banners. The Walk commenced from Dr. K M Vasudevan Pillai Campus, Panvel and completed a four km route ending at Mahatma School of Academics & Sports, Khanda Colony at 4:15pm.
    The Walk was flagged off by Dr. Daphne Pillai, (Founder-Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur and Secretary – Mahatma Education Society’s Management Board) at 3 pm on 9th December 2017. Speaking at the event, Dr. Pillai said, “Violence against women is one of the biggest forms of abuse of human rights. People should be sensitized on the alarming rise of atrocities towards women. The youth should be made aware of the effects of such gender based violence.”
    United Nations leads 16 Days of Activism from 25th November to 10th December against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which aims to raise public awareness and mobilize people everywhere to bring about change. The theme of the campaign for 2017 is “Leave no one behind: end violence against women and girls.”
    This event by the Pillai students and Soroptimists helped create awareness on the issues of gender equality, human rights and all kinds of violence, especially against women and girls.
    Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Celina Joy, President-Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur said, "Advocacy in all forms is the best way to highlight the ill effects of violence against women and tackle the mindset of society ”.

    Outing for Sadhana Vidyalaya for the Deaf

    Jumble Sale 2017, Chembur

    The Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur organized a Jumble Sale, one of its mega fundraising events from 9th to 11th October 2017 at the MES Chembur Campus to raise funds for the various charitable activities conducted by SIBC. Clothes, shoes, jewelry, curtains, books, bags, games and other household articles were put up for sale at very marginal prices of Rs. 10 to Rs. 100 per item. The Jumble Sale attracted a huge crowd and the visitors were excited about purchasing just before the festive season. More than 500 people from the nearby poor localities visited the Campus and took maximum benefit from this sale. The event was co-ordinated by Ms. Mamta Patil, Ms. Annamma Paul, Ms. Parveen Arif, Ms. Preeti Pawar & Ms. Yvette Lee.

    International Day of the Girl Child 2017

    SIBC celebrated International Day of the Girl Child on 13th October 2017 in collaboration with our Friendship Link Club, SI of Amounderness, UK with a visit to Prerana, a shelter at Kharghar, Mumbai, that works for girls exposed to trafficking. SIBC organised and played some fun games for the girls and also distributed sweets on the occasion of the festival Diwali. Andrea Sinnot, Executive Committee member of SI of Amounderness distributed clothes and stationery for the children. Earlier during the afternoon, members of the club spent time discussing the various projects that could be done with SI Amounderness in a collaborative manner. During this meeting, Andrea also handed over the friendship link certificate to SIBC.

    Jumble Sale 2017, Panvel

    A Jumble sale was organized by the SIBC members on 12th October, 2017 at K M Vasudevan Pillai Campus, Panvel to celebrate the Joy of Giving week. Around 500 people from nearby slums attended the sale, where the clothes, jewelry, utensils and other household items collected by the SIBC members were sold for marginal prices starting from Rs 10. The funds raised from the event will be used for the various social welfare activities of SIBC. The event was co-ordinated by Dr.Celina Joy, Ms.Smita Dalvi, Dr.Betty Sibil, Dr.Lata Venkataraman and Ms.Susanna Cherian.


    Newspaper Drive at DPGA Panvel

    Newspaper Drive

    SIBC partnered with Mahatma Education Society's Pillai Group of Institutions for constructing 5 toilets and 5 bathrooms for girls of the Varavane Shasakiya Ashram, a residential school for tribal children in Pen, Raigad District, Maharashtra.
    33% of Zilla Parishad and residential schools for tribal schools do not have separate toilets for girls. Some have no toilets at all. Students especially girls drop out of schools after puberty due to poor toilet facilities. This project has stopped students from open defecation and has thus reduced instances of illness. The girls are happy to attend school have expressed a sigh of relief with this proper sanitation for them. Enrollment has increased for that school too.

    Toilet Blocks for Girls

    International Yoga Day 2017

    There is a growing body of research to back up yoga’s mental health benefits. Yoga increases body awareness, relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain, and inflammation, sharpens attention and concentration, and calms and centers the nervous system.
    Yoga’s positive benefits on physical and mental health have made it an important practice across the globe. Yoga, meditation and Pranayam have become mainstream culture in the world yet there are various sectionsof society which are still unaware of its myriad benefits.
    Pillai HOC College of Arts, Science and Commerce with The Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur (SIBC) conducted a programme to mark the occasion of “The International Yoga Day” on 21st June, 2017, with an objective to address this issue. A Yoga Session of around sixty minutes was organized for The Female Housekeeping Staff of our College with an aim to create awareness amongst them about the concept of Yoga and help them with some basic asanas and breathing exercises which can bring in a whale change in their day to day life.

    Five female volunteers of the ‘Yoga Committee’ along with teachers demonstrated various asanas for the Staff in an hour long session led by our Principal, Dr. Lata Menon. It started with the chanting of ‘Om’ followed by Sandhi Chalan Kriyas (warm up exeercises) which slowly led to a series of asanas like Vajrasan, Hastpadasans, Shalabhasan, Bhujanasana, Pranayam etc and finally ended with the peaceful Chaitanyasan. In a short session of an hour, the Staff felt rejuvenated and energized for the day and showed their interest to continue this activity.

    International Yoga Day 2017- Chembur

    International Yoga day was celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm by Mahatma Education Society’s Chembur English High School in association with SIBC.
    The chief guest of the event was Mr. Yogesh Chavan an Acupressure specialist and a Yoga Trainer who addressed the importance of yoga as a lifestyle to the students and teachers. He pointed out the contribution of yoga in maintaining fitness and good health and how it helps students to memorize things and understand a concept and its context. An effective demonstration of a few asanas was shown to the students stating their importance.

    World Environment Day 2017

    World Environment Day 2017 - Chembur

    World Environment Day and Maharashtra Agriculture Day were celebrated at Mahatma Education Society’s Chembur English High School in association with SIBC on 1st July 2017. Various activities such as planting sapling, speeches and skits on environmental issues were held.
    The Chairman and CEO of Mahatma Education Society Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai motivated the students to work collectively for the protection of Earth and emphasized on the need to reduce global warming and to build a greener world. Principal Mrs. Annamma Paul emphasised the objective of celebrating Environment Day was to make younger generation more sensitive towards environmental protection.
    The students were made aware of the environment and surroundings through skits enacted by students of Standard eighth and ninth. A quiz competition was held on “Save Mother Earth” in which students participated with great fervour.

    Book Bank Project in collaboration with NGO, Goonj

    Soroptimist International - Bombay Chembur organized a collection drive across four schools in Mumbai in collaboration with the NGO Goonj. The drive was organized in the month of April, which marks the end of current school year. A collection of used and new school supplies like uniforms, notebooks, stationary, lunch boxes, water bottles and anything which the students did not require for the next school year was made. The drive was enormously successful and we were able to collect 112 cartons of goods which were handed over to the NGO Goonj. The items from the collection are distributed among kids and families in rural schools who are lacking the basic necessities required for school. This initiative is aimed to reduce the dropout rate among rural schools and improving the quality of education in these schools.

    “Spreading happiness... the Soroptimist way..."