Press Release & Pictures from Community Service Day & Uberrang 2020
Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai Group of Institutions observed Community Service Day on 25th January 2020 by inviting over 800 residents from various orphanages, destitute homes, old age homes and shelters for tribal and street children to their sprawling Panvel Campus where they were treated to a memorable day of food, fun and learning. The staff and students of the Pillai group curated many fun activities, competitions and games and it was heartening to see the guests enthusiastically participate in all of them. Each guest was given specially designed towels, blankets and coffee mugs as gifts. Mahatma Education Society continues to associate with these organizations and nurture them at an institutional level year after year to improve their quality of life. This unique and innovative community service program provides staff and students an opportunity to serve the underprivileged in society and sensitize them to the various problems faced by them.
This year, the day began with the release of a bunch of fifty balloons in the Campus Quadrangle amidst cheering students to symbolically depict the jubilee celebrations of Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai Group of Institutions. A tiny seed that was planted 50 years ago in 1970 by the visionary Dr. K. M Vasudevan Pillai, Founder of Mahatma Education Society, today provides shelter, sustenance and livelihoods to thousands of students and staff who have walked through its annals while changing the landscape of areas where its campuses are located. The formal inaugural ceremony had Rev. Dr. Barnabe Dsouza, Director of Salesian Facilitating Services for Strategy and Planning for Don Bosco, International as the Chief Guest for this day.
Congratulating the Pillai Group for its yeoman service to society, Fr. Barnabe said that it is initiatives such as these that will sensitise the youth towards the marginalised people in society and encourage them to work in this direction. Having worked with marginalised communities for over three decades he spoke about the challenges faced in this sector and urged everyone to be more inclusive in their approach and action.
In her inaugural welcome address, Dr. Daphne Pillai, Chairperson of Mahatma Education Society, mentioned that one of the key goals of Mahatma Education Society is to expand its community service activities on a massive scale to help reach out to many disadvantaged members of society and inculcate a sense of pride among students and faculty members in serving the less fortunate in society.
The Community Service Day ended with the fundraiser talent show, UBER RANG held in association with Times of India. This talent show, in its eighth edition is a platform for students to showcase their multifaceted talents to a large audience and generate funds for community service. The three-member jury consisted of Mr. Rakesh Pandey, Deputy Cheif Manager, the Times of India, Ms. Riya Rathod, Miss Mumbai 2018 and Campus Princess 2019 and Mr. Tajinder Singh, noted singer, composer and a finalist on the Indian Idol Season 9 Show. The event was a huge success as over 135 students showcased their unique talents to a packed audience of over 500 faculty, parents & students. The performances ranged from skits, singing and dancing to group performances in various forms viz. Indian fusion, western dance, classical performances, table recital, folk dances, band music etc. The winners were given trophies and cash prizes.
During the break, a carnival parade conducted by over 100 students showcased the journey and accomplishments of the Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai group of institutions over the last five decades; a resplendent journey from a single school to a multi-institution group, currently housing 35000 students annually.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. K M Vasudevan Pillai, CEO of the Pillai group of institutions mentioned that it was the philosophy of Mahatma Education Society to provide a platform for students to exhibit their talents and that too with a focus towards a charitable cause. He spoke about the students’ participation in various community development programs, which include teaching in the nearby villages, planting trees and actively participating in cleaning the environment.