International Women’s Day Celebration:

Rotary’s Vocational Excellence Award & Entrepreneurship Seminar.

Rotary Club of Pune Metro, which is part of Rotary District 3131 has a strong focus on helping Youth attain their potential. On the occasion oof International Women’s day, a unique event that combined our passion for Youth and respect for NariShakti was conducted on March 6th 2021 on the campus of MKSSS, Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha (MKSSS) with its motto of “Empowerment of Women through Education” was a natural choice as a partner for these celebrations, states Makarand Phadke, President of Rotary club of Pune Metro.

At the first event of the day, Entrepreneurship Seminar for students of MKSSS was conducted. The speakers at this event featured MKSSS President & entrepreneur Dr. Smita Ghaisas, Ms Shilpa Phadke, founder director of of Stayfit Enterprises; Director Chryslis Business Solutions Mrs Rachana Gupta were the speakers. Their own journey and how they overcame challenges has been a great inspiration to the participating students.

Over 1000 students were in attendance virtually.

This was followed by bestowment of Rotary’s Vocational Excellence award to Lt General Dr Madhuri Kanitkar, VSM, AVSM by President Makarand Phadke. Dr. Kanitkar is only 3rd women Lt General in Indian Armed Forces.

Padma Vibhushan Dr Raghunath Mashelkar gave the keynote.

Our Vocational Excellence award recognizes individuals who have excelled in the career/profession that they have chosen.

Some of the past recipients of this award include: Padma Shri Dr. Madhav Gadgil, Padma Vibhushan Dr. Vijay Kelkar, Padma Shri Dr. Rani Bang, Mr Subodh Bhave. & Dr Abhijit Sonawane (doctor for beggars).

Lt General Dr Madhuri Kanitkar, AVSM, VSM inspired the students through sharing of experiences and her life journey.

Shri Ravindra Deo, Chairman of MKSSS; Smt Vidya Kulkarni, Vice Chairman MKSSS, Service Directors Rtn Shardul Gandhi & Vandana Joglekar, Project convenor, Rtn Bhavana Chahure and Rotarians attended the function.

Vocational Excellence Award Function was held partially in person and partially virtually on 6th March 2021.

By Convenor PP. Rtn. Bhavana Chahure

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Rotarian Surekha Deshpande

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Rotarian Prerana Joshi

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