To make children fall in love with Indian classical music and dance through Concerts, PCL with the help of Baithak Foundation, Puneis organising ‘Baithak at School’.
In this activity, 35 concerts will be organised in 5 schools from Solapur. These concerts will include vocal music, instrumental music and dance. Fifteen artists from Pune and seventeenartists from Solapur will perform instrumental music on Santoor, Flute, Tabla, Harmonium & Pakhwaj, Hindustani & Karnataki vocal music and Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Odissi dance forms.
This activity will be carried out till March 2020 and will benefit 600 students. In the first phase of Baithak, concerts were held on 26 & 27 September, 2019 at Sonamata Vidyalaya, Kamala Nehru Prashala, SMC School No. 28, ZillaParishad Girl’s School (Degaon) and Samarth Vidyamandir (Shastri nagar). The concerts were followed by question and answer sessions. The students enjoyed the music and showed keen interest in learning more.
Vidyarthi Vikas Yojana
The VidyarthiVikasYojana was started by Mr. Ravindra Karve with the main objective ofproviding financial support to students from “Underprivileged Section of the society” to pursue higher education.Support is provided only to extraordinary brilliant students from poor families. About 40 volunteers associated with the Seva Sahyog Foundation carry out home visits to verify the Socioeconomic condition, conducive atmosphere at home for study and various documents to ensure that help reaches the needy students. Selection of student is purely based on Merit & Family’s economic condition without any discrimination on account of religion, gender, caste & creed. The fees of selected students are directly sent to the educational institution. In deserving cases support is provided books, travel & other incidentals. There is a strong follow-up mechanism to ensure student’s continuous higher performance.The foundation has supported the education of 287 students from 26 districts of Maharashtra over the last one year spending about 1.47 Crores – 19 of these students are from Solapur district.PCL through its CSR has joined hands with Seva Shayog for their Vidyarthi Vikas Yojana and help this noble cause.
Purva Seema Vikas Pratishthan
A great teacher, patriot and visionary Shri Shankar Dinkar alias Bhayyaji Kane laid the foundation principles of PSVP (Purva Seema Vikas Pratishthan) in 1971. He brought tribal children from remote hilly areas of Manipur (North-East India) to Maharashtra for better education. This work continued for more than two decades. More than 300 children were educated and excelled in their careers. Late Bhayyaji’s colleagues & students took the inspiration from his work and established PSVP as a trust in 1986.
India’s North-East region is also known as Purvanchal. This region is cut-off from heartland of India due to several reasons like inaccessibility, lack of industrial development, difference in peoples’ facial features, un-availability of basic human needs for electricity, quality education facilities etc.
PSVP envisages and works towards changing the scenario of anti-social activities, lack of good educational facilities, and connecting the secluded area of North East to mainland India.PSVP is a Trust working for “National Integration through Education”. PSVP built and now operates three schools in remote hilly areas of Manipur state. PCL through its CSR is financially supporting a school run by PSVP.
PCL as a part of its CSR, has installed interactive e-learning kits at 120 schools in and around Solapur over the last 2 years. It includes about 90 schools from the rural areas that are run by the Zilla Parishad. The installation was done in 3 phases. Starting with a white board, projector and IR camera, moving on to Smart boards and to LED panels that get converted into touch screen, the kit comprised of tools using current technology every time. All schools are provided with Solar panels to ensure uninterrupted use of these tools. Teachers from these schools were given the necessary training at every stage of the project.
‘Pariwartan’, the fourth such training session for teachers was organized on 8th August 2019. It was attended by 704 teachers from 120 schools. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Prakash Waychal, CEO, Solapur Zilla Parishad.
Mr. Sandip Gund and Mr. Vishwas Yelnurkar conducted the training using LED panel and the Smart board. Mr. Omkar Modak briefed the teachers about care of the Solar panels and batteries provided to such school.
The interactive e-learning project has reached 99 villages/ towns across 3 districts and has benefitted 974 teachers and 24362 students.
The V Excel Education Centre Solapur, works for the development of the differently abled children and tries to make them independent. The centre was started by parents of some of the differently abled children and provides physiotherapy, speech therapy, remedial teaching, occupational therapy etc. to these children. PCL through its CSR is supporting 15 such children from the lower socio economic strata of the society with their yearly fees so that the children are not deprived of the therapies.
Taat Wati Chachani
PCL has supported ‘Voice of Voiceless Abhiyan’ an initiative for early detection of deafness in children followed by treatment using hearing aids and speech therapy, by Mrs. Jayaprada and Mr. Yogesh Bhange of Shetphal, Dist. Solapur.
Mr. & Mrs. Bhange have deviced a very innovative test for early detection of deafness – ‘Taat Wati Chachani’ wherein the Anganwadi teachers are trained to do this simple test at their respective Anganwadis for children in 0 to 6 years age group.
With the help of Solapur Zilla Parishad, Women & Child Welfare department, 4500 Anganwadi teachers were trained to conduct this test between 29th July to 3rd August. These teachers would test about 300,000 children over the next few months. Children with deafness will be provided with further tests and hearing aids and will also be given speech therapy. This is the biggest project of this kind in the state of Maharashtra.
Upgradation of Surgery Operating Theatre Complex at the General Hospital, Solapur
Precision Foundation recently worked on the upgradation of the General Surgery Operation Theatre Complex at the General Hospital, Solapur for the benefit of the patients and the medical students at large. The ‘B’ block at the General Hospital, Solapur houses the department of Surgery. The upgradation of the General Surgery Operation Theatre included getting LED OT lamps, Ceiling Pendants with flexible gas pipe lines, Hydraulic Surgical Operating Tables in all four OTs, UPS and batteries and also equipment like C Arm, Craniotome, Cautery machines etc. for use during complicated surgeries.
A camera with zoom in zoom out facility is provided in every OT and is connected to a TV in the ‘Students gallery’ which too has been renovated. UG and PG students would be able to observes surgeries being conducted in these OTs sitting in the gallery. The Alumni Association and Dept. of Surgery of Dr. Vaishampayan Memorial Government Medical College (VMGMC) also contributed to this project.
The upgraded OT’s were handed over to VMGMC and Dept. of Surgery, General Hospital Solapur at the hands of the DMER Maharashtra State, Padmashri Dr. Tatyarao Lahane and in the presence of Dean Dr.Shubhalaxmi Jaiswal, Dr. Sunil Ghate, President of Alumni Association and Dr. Manjiri Chitale on 7th June 2019.
Help for digging canal
The reservoir created by the Ujani dam on the river Bhima provides multipurpose benefits of irrigation, hydroelectric power generation, drinking and industrial water supply and fisheries. The city of Solapur receives its water supply through a pipeline from the Ujani reservoir. The irrigation is through two (right bank and left bank) canal systems. The Bhima Sina interlink, a 21 kms tunnel from Ujani reservoir, supplies water for vast lands in the Sina river tributaries. Water from Ujani received in Sina river through the tunnel is also carried through a canal into the Hipparga reservoir and then Ekrukh reservoir near Solapur partly by gravity and partly by lift. The farmers in this area did voluntary work for widening and deepening of the canal. The Nanaj to Narotewadi stretch of this canal however required machine work to break the 800 meters long hard rock and make a 4 meter wide canal. PCL as a part of its CSR helped the villagers for this work by providing excavators and earth moving equipment.The water will now further gravitate to the water filtration /purification plant at Bhavani Peth, Solapur. This work will benefit people from Narotewadi, Mardi, Sevalalnagar, Taratgaon, Ule, Raleras, Banegaon, Bhogaon, Haglur, Hipparga villages and from Shelgi, Maddiwasti and Budhwar Peth areas of Solapur.
Watershed management in 6 villages from North Solapur Taluka
Precision Foundation as a part of CSR of Precision Camshafts Limited, helped 6 villages from North Solapur Taluka, namely Kalaman, Raanmasale, Kondi, Wadala, Akkalkoti and Wangi, for the machine work in order to improve watershed in these draught prone areas. JCB’s and excavators were provided for increasing the depth of rivulets, making trenches, digging pits for plantation etc.. These villages are participating in the Water Cup competition. This pre-monsoon preparation would certainly help increase water storage in these villages and would also improve ground water levels.
The Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is an annual competition organized by Paani Foundation in which villages compete to do the best work in rainwater harvesting and watershed management. The foundation selects drought-hit tehsils, trains a group of residents in watershed development and organizes a 45-day ‘water cup’ contest among villages to see who creates the maximum possible rainwater storage capacity, thereby gaming water conservation. Villages build water conservation structures through Shramdaan (voluntary labour), raise money for machine work, test and treat soil, budget water usage, implement water saving technologies, etc. Paani Foundation makes technical help available to the participants.