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Hello Human

We are Disha. We are an organisation that aims to make the world better. We are primarily student-led and based in IISER, Pune. We believe in actively shaping and reforming the society through our efforts. And this is what we have been doing for the last 10 years.

What We Do

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Education

Education to the under-privileged is one of our primary aims. Abhyasika, Mindspark, SNP, Pradnya and Prerna, all cater to the education of children from economically weaker sections of the society.

Awareness

We believe that a lot of the society’s problems can be solved through a dialogue and explanation. In this light, we have Talk for Twenty which takes the lead in having talks and discussions on social issues.

Our Programs

And What We Are Doing In The Pandemic

Abhyasika

As soon as we formed our core team, we tried to shortlist 7-8 students from 8th to 10th grade. We gathered their contact information and immediately started conducting sessions over WhatsApp or Google meet video conferences. Along with this, we were on a constant hunt for more volunteers. Apart from volunteers willing to teach, we even successfully built a team that worked on module making, scheduling, and some minor translation work. We created a system of recording a detailed session summary after each session to monitor every student’s progress.
Not only this, we even created a resource webpage where we compiled all the necessary information for our volunteers like the timetable, the progress of each student, teaching material, etc. We have conducted over a hundred sessions until now; we hope to continue working on his long and wholesome journey to help these little ones out!

Mindspark

A Mindspark volunteer emulating a phone conversation with a student
Emulating a phone conversation

Considering the pandemic situation, Mindspark has focused on redesigning its framework by encompassing a wide range of topics with more fun activities and thought-provoking questions. This modified structure aims to boost the reasoning ability of the students and help them to get a clearer picture of these concepts. The revised syllabus will be incorporated, once the teaching sessions resume after lockdown.

Translation Team

Translation Team is planning to widen its scope during this pandemic times. Apart from occasional translation of documents necessary for Disha programs, we have planned to translate videos in Marathi and Hindi. Most of the good quality educational videos available online are in English which happens to be a barrier in learning for students in Disha. So, we are planning to open a wide range of quality content for them by removing language barriers.

Resource Team

Models made by Kusgaon students: Watershed projects

Prerna

Models made by Kusgaon students: Watershed projects

Talk For Twenty

Image of a chalkboard during the Open house on ''Why do Social work" containing keywords and questions that arose. People brought up points of the role of the Government in social upliftment, and individuals doing social work for personal fulfilment, reasons of empathy and also questioned the definitions of social work.
Chalkboard during Open House discussion on ‘Why do Social Work?’

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It is so nice to hear the activities of Disha by IISER Students,I would like to be associated with your team when ever they visit village next time and help in contributing in a small way, subject to my work schedule.
The initiative is really a very noble one and the students of IISER are using their knowledge and skill in a better way to reach the under privileged children of village.

All the very best for your future endeavors.

Sanjay Godakhindi
Tolani Maritime Institute
09822109106

HI,
THIS IS HIMANSHU AND AFTER READING ALL THE ACTIVITIES , I WANT TO JOIN YOUR GROUP AND ALSO WANT TO BE A HELPING HAND TOWARDS OUR UPCOMING YOUTH IN SOME WAY OR THE OTHER. THE WORK YOU ARE DOING IS ONE OF THE BEST TOWARDS OUR SOCIETY.PLEASE LET ME KNOW ABOUT YOUR FURTHER PROGRAM AND HOW TO BE A MEMBER OF THIS TEAM SO THAT I CAN CONTRIBUTE MY IDEAS TOWARDS SOCIETY.

PLEASE KEEP CONTINUING THIS GOOD ACTIVITY AS IT IS TODAY’S NEED.

HIMANSHU KHACHANE
MIT KOTHRUD, PUNE
8600967799

Hi,
This is kirti mahamuni. It was truly awesome to know about you and your activities. I have messaged you because I’m interested in your activity and want to be a part of it. I’m a lover of social activities and would love to be a part of your activity. I want to be a helping hand towards our upcoming youth in some way or the other. The work you are doing is one of the best towards our society. Please let me know about your further program and how to be a member of this team so that i can contribute my ideas towards society. Please keep continuing this good activity as it is today’s need.
I’m a student completing my MCA from pune itself. It would be better if we can meet or talk on phone. My cell number is 9665587697 and email id is kirtimahamuni09@gmail.com. Waiting for your reply from the core of my heart……

Hi,
This is Vidhya Mali. I also want to join your group. Want to participate in your activities. As I am working professional so will give my weekend time. please let me know if u are doing any activity so I am ready to join nd will share my ideas with u

Thanks & Regards,
Vidhya Mali
Branch Manager
Indian School of Business Management & Administration, Pune
9850061390
vidhya@isbm.org.in
vidhya.mali@rediffmail.com

I have gone through your website and I am very much inspired by it.i would like to know is there any volunteer program to join you?if yes,then please do inform me on my email.

Dear Poonam,

We at Disha are very pleased to hear from you.

The regular activities include teaching at the Abhyasikas near Pashan, Weekend Program on Sunday and Resource Development.
If you are not free to work on a regular basis, we have once in year activities like Vigyan Mela and Spread the Smile; which we will inform about when they happen.

Regards,
Nishad Mandlik
(On behalf of Disha)

I am Gorakshnath Achutrao Deokar. I have participat stae leve NSS Camp and college level NSS Activity. So I am very intrested work with you and your organization.

hey m a frst yr student frm pune. i got to know abt d workings of DISHA through a friend .i would like to be a part of the team for helping under privileged students. please inform me about future activities.

I have gone through your website and I am very much inspired by it.i want to join ur group and ur activities. i would like to know is there any activities program to join you?if yes,then please do inform me . My no.is 9011676728

ae u do an Awesome Work which cannot be defined by word…
I would like to work with u for betterment of society..
i even believe that Its Childrens who can take India to a Height..
I live in sangli n we also do such activities where students are benifited..
i will shift to pune after my Edu.. SO looking forward to work with u..