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Donation from Australian Consulate

Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha has received Donation of Rs.10,00,000/- for Direct Aid Program from Australian consulate for construction of Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha's training cum entrepreneurship development institute at Koparkhairane.

Demo – 19th Dec 2014.

MSVS holds demonstrations in the communities to enable its beneficiaries to practice their art, thereby instilling in them confidence. Beneficiaries especially women are encouraged to become self-employed.

In order to give students of the sixth batch of Beauty and Hair Care course and Fifth batch of Mehandi Application, a proficiency in skills learned by them, Manav Sadhan Vikas Sastha (MSVS) organized live demos in the shantytowns in and around of Santacruz, Mumbai, on 19th December 2014. The live sessions invited women from the local communities to avail of free beauty and hair care treatment and Mehandi application on hands. These demos served a twin purpose:

• MSVS students got an opportunity to hone their skills and gain confidence
• Local women could avail of free treatment

Fabric Painting Course

We have started Fabric Painting course from 9th December 2014. 1st batch of 13 students have already joined the course and next batches are full. Our trainer Mrs. Nafisa Vaid a qualified and experienced trainer is conducting this course. Camlin Limited company has supported these training program by donating course material. We are also running tailoring basic course at our Vakola Centre, and from January 2012, till date total 210 beneficiaries have been passed out. Next batch of Fabric painting will start from first week of February 2015.

Water Sport News

At Malvan, a coastal town on the west coast of Maharashtra state, Manav Sadhan launched a unique program in various water sports which Power Boat Handling and Life saving Techniques for provide market linked vocational training to the underprivileged youth from the fishing community and has trained 30 youngsters from the local community On November,2014 at Chiwala Beach, Malavan. The training course has completed by National Institute of water sports, undertaking Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, as an ‘apex’ body for training, education, consultancy and research to usher in an era of leisure-water sporting segment in the country.

MSVS achieves yet another feat

CIDCO has awarded a plot of land admeasuring approximately 5500 sq ft at Koparkhairane, New Bombay to Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha (MSVS) to build a training cum entrepreneurship development centre. The plot which was reserved for NGOs was handed over to MSVS in May 2014. MSVS plans to create training cum entrepreneurship development campus here and will offer the following services:

  • Employability skills
  • Skill up gradation
  • Employment
  • Self-employment
  • Tying up with financial institutions for individual or group economic activities

MSVS will study and monitor the consistent needs of the individuals and groups for support and wherever possible will arrange for the same. In pursuit of this objective, MSVS will collaborate with

  • Youth club
  • SHGs
  • Farmers groups/societies
  • Weavers societies
  • Artisans group
  • Agriculture laborers group
  • Producers organizations
  • Federations of SHGs and Societies
  • Educated unemployed

MSVS Live Demos: August 2014

In order to give students of the sixth batch of Beauty and Hair Care course a proficiency in skills learned by them, Manav Sadhan Vikas Sastha (MSVS) organized live demos in the shantytowns in and around Santacruz East in the first week of August 2014. The live sessions invited women from the local communities to avail of free beauty and hair care treatment. These demos served a twin purpose:

  • MSVS students got an opportunity to hone their skills and gain confidence
  • Local women could avail of free treatment

Local opinion makers like municipal cooperators and leaders of various Mandals (Associations) facilitated these interactions to a great extent by providing space in what they termed as a “meeting hall”; arranging information boards to publicize the activity and doing mouth-to-mouth campaign. This time around Mr. Santosh Upralkar, local leader provided MSVS with space to conduct the demos. The demos were well publicized. Several boards were put up in the assigned areas to attract clients to avail of this free treatment.

Seventeen freshers guided by a group of a few advance students participated in the demos. They worked incessantly between 11.30 am and 4 pm. giving haircuts and shaping eyebrows, etc. Around 25 women took the benefit of beauty services on display.

August will see three more demos in the same locality.

Convocation Ceremony, March 28, 2014

Keeping in tune with its goal to empower the underprivileged lot, Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha (MSVS) held yet another of its convocation ceremony at the Maulana Azad Social Service Trust Hall at Santacruz East on March 28th 2014, to felicitate the beneficiaries on successful completion of certificate courses in various employability skills.

Noted classical and gazal singer Padmaja Fenani Joglekar, who was the chief guest at the function, and other guests awarded certificates to more than 150 beneficiaries for successfully completing following courses:

  • Basic course in Tailoring
  • Basic and advance courses in Hair and Beauty Care
  • Henna (Mehandi) application
  • Hand Embroidery and Crochet work

Hailing MSVS’s efforts in trying to build a “just and sustainable society”, Ms. Fenani-Joglekar said such programmes were sure to give fulfillment as well as a sense of dignity and identity to the vulnerable women. “Employability skills that they have learned will definitely help the women to earn their livelihood and become empowered,” she said. Ms Fenani- Joglekar regaled the audience with her mellifluous renditions on the occasion.

Supported by SEPCO III, the Electric Power Construction Corporation, the Tailoring Courses have been endorsed by the Extension Education Department – SNDT Women’s University. Godrej “Good and Green” supported the Basic and Advance courses in Beauty and Health Care. The programme was organized to give these underprivileged women a sense of identity and dignity.

Ms. Lu Yanxia, the GM of Administration Department of SEPCO III India Region, on behalf of SEPCO III congratulates the graduates, and encourages them to strive for a better life with the help of skills they have learned in this school. She said that SEPCO III would make more contribution for Indian charities.

MSVS Trustees Ms. Uma Prabhu, D r. Sarvottam Thakur, and Mr. Satish Ajinkya, Mr. Vibhakar Mohile and Mr. Sanjay Hegde graced the occasion. Ms. Prabhu expressed her gratitude towards SEPCO III and Godrej for their valuable support in helping the vulnerable womanhood.

Beneficiaries shared their experiences about their training program on the occasion. They thanked their teacher as well as MSVS staff for giving them a sense of dignity and identity and enabling them to earn money.

Especially poignant were the stories of two handicapped students of the Tailoring course- Bharati Sawant and Pragnya Navrat. While Ms. Sawant had lost both her legs several years’ ago and was now on artificial limbs, Ms. Navrat was a polio victim since her childhood. Since Tailoring course involved using the sewing machine, the use of legs was inevitable. Everyone thought how would these handicapped ladies be able to do the course at all. However, it was only after noticing their great enthusiasm and a strong desire to “stand on their own feet” that MSVS decided to take up the challenge of training these students. Tailoring teacher Ms. Mohini Sharma gave them special attention, providing assistance at every level and ensured that these two ladies learned the skills. For the ladies it was a dream come true but for MSVS this was indeed a great achievement!

The unique stories narrated at the convocation ceremony inspired everyone. MSVS Trustee Sanjay Hegde gave a vote of thanks. MSVS admin manager Rajendra Raorane compared the programme.

10th April 2013 – Convocation Ceremony

MSVS held a convocation programme on April 10, 2013, to felicitate the beneficiaries on successful completion of the Basic Course in Tailoring. This course, funded by SEPCO III, was endorsed by the Extension Education Department – SNDT Women’s University. Students of Beauty and Health Care Basic and Advance course, sponsored by Godrej “Good and Green” also received their certificate on the occasion. The programme was organized to give these underprivileged women a sense of identity and dignity. Over 60 students received their certificates on the occasion.

The larger than life hall of the Maulana Azad Social Service Trust at Santacruz (E) were a festive look as beneficiaries, dressed in colourful attires, flocked the place to participate in the ceremony. Ms. Lu Yanxia, General Manager – Administration, SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Corporation, Ms. Shalini Sharma -Inspector, Mumbai Police, Dr. Ratna Tewari (HOD – Extension Education- SNDT Women University), MSVS Trustees Ms. Uma Prabhu, Mr. Sarvottam Thakur, and Mr. Satish Ajinkya graced the occasion.

Addressing the graduates and their families, Dr. Ratna Tewari praised MSVS for organizing training for the underprivileged women. She spoke highly of the partnership between SNDT University and MSVS and said that the alliance was committed to creating employability among the downtrodden. She said, “This is not only a certificate, but a student’s were withal to stand with confidence in the society with dignity.” Mrs. Shalini Sharma motivated students to use the training to stand on their own feet and make their families proud. MSVS trustee Uma Prabhu commented that students who were trained in this program should move forward. She said MSVS would give them a helping hand to tread the path of self-employment. SEPCOIII Company’s message was read out during the function. They congratulated the students on being awarded the certificate. They lauded MSVS for their social initiatives.

Beneficiaries shared their experiences about their training program on the occasion. They thanked their teacher as well as MSVS staff for giving them a sense of dignity and identity and enabling them to earn money. Riya, a beneficiary said, “We are proud of ourselves now that we have persisted and completed the course and we will always move forward.” Shubangi Kalekar said “We are very much thankful to Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha for the training. Now we will always move forward.” Nagma Shaikh said, “We expect MSVS to help and support us in future too.”She thanked both the organizations from the bottom of her heart on behalf of the entire students.


"I am happy to see that the Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha (MSVS) is spreading its wings and expanding into new areas of activity. I am sure that these initiatives, like the past projects of MSVS, will greatly benefit the people they directly impact as also the larger community. I take this opportunity to compliment the MSVS team for their commitment and hard work, and wish them all the best for the future."

Best wishes
Chanda Kochhar

New Programs

At present we are running below maintained courses at respective centres

At Ghatkopar Centre we are running Beauty & Health Care Basic 2nd Batch, free of cost. Currently 22 numbers of students ( ladies from Sneha NGO) are taking advantage of this free course. We have a tie up with Godrej Saloni for undertaking this course. After completing this course successfully by these beneficiaries/students MSVS & Godrej Saloni will jointly give certificate to them.

At Vakola Centre we are running Beauty & Health Care Basic 4th Batch, 14 numbers of ladies/students has enrolled for this course for a very minimal cost. After completing this 2 months course we will give certificate jointly with Godrej Saloni to these beneficiaries.

( For above mentioned both the courses we are also providing Kit for this course for very minimal cost)

At Vakola Centre we are running Free Tailoring Course, total 32 numbers of beneficiaries taking advantage of free course. After completing 2.5 month course of 270 hrs we will jointly certify these beneficiaries with SNDT.

MSVS and Godrej Green and Good Inaugurate their new Beauty Training Centre at Amrut Nagar, Ghatkopar, West

MSVS and Godrej launched their second training centre at Amrut Nagar in Ghatkopar West on January 7, 2013. The centre will run the basic and advance courses in beauty and hair care for the benefit of the underprivileged people from the area. Vijeta Saraswat of Godrej, who was present on the occasion, said more and more people from the area should take advantage of this endeavor. She said Godrej would always support MSVS for its quality training programs and help in placement for the students.

Applauding Unsung Heroes and Heroines: Second MSVS Convocation Ceremony

The Second batch of 100 women and men trained in various certificate programs including Beauty and Hair Care, Mehendi Application, Driving, Tailoring, graduated in early October 2012. MSVS organized a "Convocation Ceremony" in Mumbai on October 30, 2012 to felicitate these students, who were awarded certificates at the hands of various luminaries.

Consul General of China, Niu Qingbao, who was the Chief Guest of the occasion said, “The Indo-Chinese friendship has reached another level by this collaboration.” Mr. Satyapal Singh, Mumbai Police Commissioner, exhorted the graduates and their families to use their personal progress to encourage entrepreneurship, women empowerment and better health for the underprivileged. Top officials of SEPCOIII Company also spoke on the occasion.

Film actor Poonam Dhillon, Sales Tax Commissioner Sanjay Bhatia, CEO Essel Group Bhaskar Das, IFFCO Managing Trustee J N L Srivastava, BJP General Secretary (National) KIrit Somaiya cheered up the graduates with encouraging words.

Mumbai Based NGO and One of the World’s Biggest Power Construction Firm join Hands to Skill the Underprivileged

SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Corporation, a professional engineering enterprise in electric power sector, and one of the biggest companies in the world in their field, today signed an Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with a Mumbai based NGO Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha (MSVS), for conducting employability skills programs for the weaker sections of the society. The collaborative endeavor will also work towards generating employment for the beneficiaries.

The Corporate Social Wing of SEPCOIII donated RS One Million to MSVS at a “Convocation Ceremony” organized by the latter to present passing certificates to over 70 women and men from the shanties in Mumbai North West, who had successfully completed the training programs in various vocational skills.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Niu Qingbao, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Mumbai, said the collaboration on skills heralded a new chapter in the Indo- Chinese friendship. India and China, he said, were striving to become the world’s largest economies. While IT and service sectors were India’s strengths, China excelled in infrastructure and power. “If both worked together capitalizing on each one’s strengths, the day would not be far when both the countries would achieve their respective goals,” he added.

Visit of Ms. Lu Yanxia, General Manager (Administration), SEPCOIII, Electric Power Construction Company to MSVS HQ

Ms. Lu Yanxia, General Manager (Administration), SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Corporation, visited MSVS HQ at Vakola, Mumbai on Friday September 14, 2012. MSVS staff gave them a power point presentation on developmental work done by MSVS in urban and rural areas. The team visited some MSVS sub-centers like St. Catherine’s Home in Andheri, where skill based programs were in progress. The Chinese team interacted with the beneficiaries. Ms. Yanxia volunteered to participate in the Mehendi Application program.

MSVS Beneficiaries Showcase Their Success Stories at FICCI’s Global Skills Summit

Two MSVS beneficiaries turned entrepreneurs from Sindhudurg district on the west coast of Maharashtra, showcased their success stories at FICCI’s 5th Global Skills Summit held in New Delhi on September 6 and 7, 2012. The summit – named Learners First- was organized with a view to examine relevant aspects of skill building and its implementation from the point of view of a learner.

Mr. Naresh Maruti Kalmetar and Ms. Sunita Sudan Naik, who took training from Jana Shikshan Sansthan Sindhudurg (JSS), MSVS’s vocational training institute in Kudal, shared their experiences of their journey from ordinary existence to successful entrepreneurship. Over 500 delegates from the skills, training and education industry from India and 8 other countries participated in the summit. Mrs. Uma Prabhu, trustee, MSVS, moderated the “Learners First” Session.

Naresh Kalmetar hails from the underprivileged community of fishermen. Mr. Kalmetar said that he heard about JSS in 2006 and that the institute imparted training in 34 different skills. “Both my wife and I took admission for the ‘Coir Yarn Spinning and Product Making’ course. We mastered the skill and at the same time learned entrepreneurial skills. My ‘Certificate’ enabled me to procure a loan to start my own small unit.” “I make coir yarn, coir handicrafts, wall hangings etc. I also make handicrafts from seashells. I have a handicraft stall at the Malvan Beach, which is a popular tourist destination. During the tourist season, I make anywhere between Rs.10, 000/- to 12000/- per day by selling my products. Coir Board, Bangalore and Khadi Gramodyog (KVIC) have helped me to expand my business and now I employ about 100 women." Mr. Kalmetar also trains students in making of coir and seashell handicrafts, and has trained 400 persons.

Ms. Sunita Sudan Naik said that she had worked hard to prove herself in the society and earn the status like that of a man. She said, “I was only a housewife. I dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur, and knew I would need to learn some skills. I had heard about MSVS’s institute, which was training rural masses for employability skills. I enrolled for the Incense Sticks, Candle and Detergent Powder Making course. I not only learned the skill but also got information about how to become an entrepreneur, how to procure finance, and how to start my own unit. This experience enriched me and helped me to realize my dream.”

After completing the training Ms. Naik started her own business in detergent powder making. She enrolled with DIC for branding of her detergent powder under the brand name “Top Detergent”.“Today my detergent powder is being sold under the brand name ‘Top’ all over the district. I also make bath soaps, incense sticks and candles under this brand.” Ms. Naik had to face many hurdles in the beginning in marketing her products, as she had to compete with many established companies. “But I did not lose my optimism and moved ahead with courage.” “I roped in women’s Self Help Groups (SHGs) from the area, which is a huge network, for marketing my products and making my brand’s publicity. In this way I increased my sales. Training imparted by JSS transformed my life and turned me into a successful entrepreneur. I wish to help other women in transforming their lives too.”

MSVS and Godrej Boyce Road Shows on Technical Training

MSVS and Godrej Group of Companies held 20 road shows in schools and junior colleges in Sindhudurg district and also in Mumbai in August 2012, with a view to popularize technical training.

Ms. Seema Tiwari CSR Head of Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Company, told the students that a mere degree like BA, B.Sc. or B.Com, although desired by most, would not be able to fetch a good job in today’s world. “Companies want to know what skills you possess. Are you a welder, AC/ Fridge repairer, a building technician, plumber. Do you possess selling skills? If the answer to this question is a yes then we have jobs for you.”

In another roadshow held at Kala Chowki in Mumbai Central on August 18, Ms. Tiwari exhorted women to take interest in technical training. “Technical jobs are no more a male domain, even women can become a good welder or a AC technician. All these traits require good focus/ concentration and a good eye. If women can do embroidery well, they can also do welding well.” Interested students would be given training at the Godrej’s campus in Vikroli, in North East Mumbai, she added.

MSVS Trustee Ms. Uma Prabhu spoke on the importance of vocational training programs in reducing unemployment and thereby shaping the destiny of India.

The Kala Chowki seminar was held in association with the Aashirwad Charitable Trust. Mr. Sameer Gore, Professor, Mahatma Phule Technical College, Pramod Bambulkar, AGM, Audit and Training, Property Solutions also spoke on the occasion. Over 200 students participated in the seminar. The program ended with a lively question and answer session, in which students posed questions mainly about job prospects in the vocational sector.


Visit of Consul General, Peoples’ Republic of China, to MSVS’s School of Nursing at village Anav, Sindhudurg District

Counsel General Niu Quingbao and Deputy Counsel General Zhan of the Peoples’ Republic of China visited MSVS’s School of Nursing and Jan Shikshan Sansthan in Sindhudurg District on August 17, 2012. Addressing the nursing students, the Consul General expressed his appreciation of MSVS’s efforts in bringing professional education to the rural canvass with the aim of upgrading the rural population. Mr. Quingbao declared a donation of RS One Million to the nursing project on the occasion.

The Chinese Team also visited Jana Shikshan Sansthan HQ and its various extension centers. They interacted with the trainees to understand their aspirations and concerns. Mr. Quingbao also visited other NGOs under the MSVS umbrella like KONBAC, which is into manufacturing bamboo furniture, Lupin Foundation and Konkan Nisarg Manch.

Visit of Mr. J.P. Rai – Executive Director, Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Skill Development, to MSVS HQ

Mr. J P Rai, Executive Director, PM’s Advisory Council on Skill Development, visited MSVS HQ at Mumbai on August 3, 2012. The purpose of his visit was to understand the modus operandi of MSVS in imparting employability skills to candidates in rural and urban areas. Mr.Dattatraya Parulekar, Assistant Program Officer, Jana Shikshan Sansthan, a vocational training institute in Kudal, SIndhudurg, under MSVS umbrella, gave a power point presentation explaining the training methodology and also the planning and implementation of outreach programs. He gave information about the types of employability skills imparted and the follow up action being taken to find suitable placement for the beneficiaries.

Henna Body Art Course Launched at St. Catherine’s Home, Andheri

MSVS launched a Henna Application course of three months duration for 16 rescued girls of St Catherine’s Home, Andheri on July 27, 2012, in order to make them employable and also independent. Ms. Seema Tiwari, Head, CSR Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Company, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Addressing the girls, Ms. Tiwari lauded the efforts of MSVS in providing helping hand to the orphaned girls. “It is necessary to give these girls wherewithal to face challenges of life. Skills like henna arts will provide them with livelihood opportunities,” she said. The girls successfully completed the course and were awarded certificates at the MSVS convocation ceremony held on October 30, 2012.

Felicitating the Underprivileged- First MSVS Convocation Ceremony

MSVS’s first batch of 100 women trained in a certificate program in Beauty and Hair Care and Mehendi Application, graduated in early May 2012. To give these underprivileged women a sense of identity and dignity, MSVS organized a "Convocation Ceremony" on May 10, 2012, in Mumbai, where these students were awarded certificates at the hands of various luminaries. Godrej ‘Good and Green’ was the chief sponsor. Others who participated in this endeavor were IFFCO, Bank of India, NKGSB Bank.

Addressing the graduates and their families, Mr. Arup Patnaik, Commissioner of Police, praised MSVS for taking efforts in creating employability among the downtrodden. SNDT Vice Chancellor Vasudha Kamat said, “The convocation function has been arranged to reach out to you and to instill a sense of self respect and confidence in you.” MSVS trustee Uma Prabhu commented that women who were felicitated on the occasion had a commitment to “move forward and share knowledge with others and, give them a helping hand to enable them to stand on their own feet.”

Replying to the felicitation, Afsana Teli said, “We are proud of ourselves now that we have persisted and completed the course and we will always move forward.”

Demonstration Programs

MSVS organized demonstration programs in various localities to help its trainees of the Beauty Care and Mehendi Application program, to achieve proficiency in their chosen field. The idea was to infuse confidence in its trainees in giving beauty treatment, and to introduce these freshly trained beauticians to the members of the community. The ‘demos’ were well publicized. Several boards were put up in the assigned areas to attract clients to avail of this free beauty and hair treatment. MSVS- Godrej beauticians got clients mainly for haircuts, eyebrows and Mehendi Application. The trainees were divided into two batches; first batch worked between 11 am and 1 pm and second batch between 2 pm to 5 pm. Every batch of Beauty and Hair, and also Mehendi Application got the opportunity to work in 2 to 3 such demos.

Leaders of the locality, particularly office-bearers of various Mandals (local voluntary organization), helped in making these programs a success. They provided space, arranged information boards publicizing the activity a day in advance, and helped in mouth-to-mouth publicity of the program. These ‘demos’ met with an overwhelming response. Over 50 – 60 college and school going girls and women took advantage of these free ‘demos’.

Employability Skill Program Inaugural Function

MSVS and Godrej Group of Industries launched ‘Godrej Saloni, their ambitious employability skills programs in “Beauty and Hair Care” and “Mehendi Application” for the benefit of the underprivileged women at MSVS’s premises at Vakola in Santa Cruz East on January 23, 2012. Over 100 women took advantage of this training.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Mr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman Zee Group and Essel Group, who was the chief guest, lauded MSVS and Godrej for their commitment towards the cause of the downtrodden. "Both the organizations have done yeoman's service to the humanity by starting vocational training programs to equip the downtrodden with income generating skills," he said. Mr. Chandra expressed a wish that this laudable initiative of MSVS would soon assume the stature of a full-fledged finishing school and hospitality-training institute.

Mr. Sumit Mitra, EVP, Corporate HR, Godrej Group, said, “Godrej has always been at the forefront of philanthropic and social activities for several decades. Over the last year, through our "Good & Green" initiative we have developed a more strategic approach to corporate social responsibility and as part of that effort we are happy to help MSVS launch this initiative to create employability among underprivileged people. We are committed to creating an enabling environment for socially disadvantaged individuals, especially women.”

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