Mind Assets: Empowering people with disabilities

Maitri Shah, Founder Mind Assets,  a startup incubated at Riidl, is making an impact in the lives of many.  Through her tech startup, Maitri, an alumnus of K J Somaiya College of Engineering provides online skill training and remote/in-office job opportunities to people with disabilities so that physical infrastructure is not a barrier to have a career.

We volunteer!

On International Volunteers Day, we spoke to some students of Somaiya Vidyavihar who volunteer their time and talent to play a constructive role in their communities. We share their inspiring stories. 

Hidden Sadness

The biggest fallacy of any illness is the belief that it won’t occur to someone close to us. This belief often blinds us to early signs of diseases in our loved ones until its too late. Depression is one such disease. It begins insidiously and the changes are subtle. If the mind doesn’t know, the eye can’t see. Unless we know what signs to expect when a close one is depressed we can’t reach out and offer help.

Depression is a complex illness. Many a time, the person suffering is also unable to understand that something is wrong. They just continue to suffer the distress caused by the illness.

If you notice any of the below mentioned signs in someone you care about he/she may be suffering from depression.

A smile and a patient reply make all the difference.

Admissions are a stressful time for parents and students. Student Volunteers from S K Somaiya College of Arts, Science and Commerce set up a Help Desk admissions assistance needed for all courses.   Students who have gone through the process themselves, understand well the questions and the fears behind it.

SCEL – Making a connection for their future

Using forests as a resource for educating the youth provides a direct personal experience which engages and connects the head, heart and mind. Somaiya Centre for Experiential Learning’s overall vision is to create hands-on experiences that provide practical knowledge and skills to help students in their future careers and at the same time also instil in them qualities to be mindful citizens.

International Day of Education

Understanding the importance of education in the development of the individual, the family, the country and the world, the key goal of Somaiya Vidyavihar Education Trust has been building institutions that enable the means to realize it. We believe that be it in urban or rural areas of the country access to education must be matched by the quality of education

Making the dream a reality! by Shri Samir Somaiya

My grandfather said, why not Somaiya. I said, no Chemical Engineering here, and Cornell is far better than Somaiya. He did not mind that. But said, ‘Go, but promise me, that when you return, in your lifetime, you will try to make our institutions to good, that if a candidate applies to Cornell, he/she will also apply to Somaiya’. And he allowed me to fly.
He traded dreams. Made my dreams his, and his mine. How powerful!!

Making science fun & exciting for the underprivileged

Trained for two days on training techniques, by the NGO Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, and armed with a Science kit, over 20 students of K J Somaiya College of Science and Commerce walked into 7th and 8th standard classes of Municipal Schools in Chunabhati. For around an hour a day, our Science Volunteers, took the young kids into the exciting world of science.