Helping The Blind Help Themselves.
The Blind Relief Association focuses on providing education and training to the visually challenged, enabling them to realize their potential and be self reliant.

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6 February 2016
BRA ANNUAL PICNIC

Over 500 students, trainees, alumni and staff, many with their family members participated in the Annual Picnic held on 6 February 2016 at Mahaveer Vanasthali Park in the Central Ridge. It was a fun-filled day. There was ghoomna, khelna, khana, gaana.

Ghoomna Phirnaa

Cricket 
On a Swing
Gup Shup

Exploring a tree (Fishtail Palm)

Mahabhoj Lunch 

Enjoying yummy food

Some Music Ganaa Bajanaa




Performance by children leave the audience spellbound 




Some pictures
















The Blind Relief Association, Delhi
presents

KHUSHI - Ek Ehsaas
a Musical Play enacted the students of JPM School for the Blind



At Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi
Friday, 22 January 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: Rs.1500, 1000, 750, 500 & 350
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13 January 2016

Laptop for Topper in the First Batch of Diploma Course in Computer Education (V.I.)




In a small function held on Tuesday , 12th January 2016, Ms. Prabhjot Menon presented a laptop in memory of her mother Late Mrs. Gurjit Mehta to Mr. Hidayat Hussain Ansari who stood first in the first batch of trainees of “Diploma in Computer Education (VI) Course in recognition of his outstanding performance. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Prabhjot Appreciated the Association for having introduced this course which brings V.I at par with sighted as far as technological advancements and empowers V.I to work independently. She assured the Association that her family would continue to recognize the achievement of topper of future batches also.
The function was also attended by her father and all trainees of existing batch. Mr. K.C. Pande, Executive Secretary thanked her and her family for the kind gesture.







8 January 2016


HALDOR TOPSOE INDIA STAFF RENDER VOLUNTARY SERVICE IN THE BRA

25 staff members of Haldor Topsoe India Pvt. Ltd., Faridabad spent half a day in the Blind Relief Association rendering voluntary service in candle making, bookbinding and school library.  As a token of appreciation of the diverse services rendered by the Association and in memory of the fruitful time spent by the team gifted an electric sewing machine to the Association. This electric sewing machine is a most welcome gift for the sewing training section which at present has manually operated machines only.  The trainees will now be able to learn to work also on electrically-operated  sewing machines.  Thank you so much friends from Haldor Topsoe India.










8 January 2016


THE BRA HOSTS INDUSTRIAL MOTIVATION CAMPAIGN BY MSME DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

The Technical Training Centre of the Blind Relief Association hosted today an Industrial Motivation Campaign conducted by MSME Development Institute, Government of India. The idea was to motivate the current and former vocational trainees towards entrepreneurship through starting small business of their own.  Nearly 30 persons trained by the Association in different vocational skills participated. Several of them varied questions relating to the panellists comprising Mr.R.K.Panigrahi, Director MSME Institute, Ms Madhu Malti, NSIC , Mr.Rajesh Verma, Manager, Canara Bank, Ms Vanshi Uniyal, Investigator  and Mr.K.K.Goel, former Director, MSME Institute.  The Campaign was inaugurated by Mr.Panigrahi, who assured that he would do concrete follow up on this encouraging interaction with trainees and work out programmes in cooperation with the Blind Relief Association.



  

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19 December 2015

72nd Annual Day of BRA

The students of JPM School, Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education and other units of the Blind Relief Association presented an impressive cultural programme in the 72nd Annual Function of Association held on 19 December 2015. The Chief Guest was Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) who has been associated with the Association for many years. Mrs. Vinita Shankar, Deputy Director of Education was the Guest of Honour. The music, dance, drama items presented by the students and trainees were greatly appreciated by the audience. "CHALLA" a Punjabi folk song presented by the students trained by School's Music Teacher Dr.Ravinder Partap received thundrous applause. This presentation by the JPM School students was the official and prize winning entry of Delhi in KALA UTSAV a national level competition organized by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.  On this occasion the students of JPM School and Durgabai Deshmukh College and the vocational trainees received prizes for their academic and vocational excellence. Also, employees completing 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years were presented Long Service Award. 













2 December 2015

KAVI SAMMELAN IN THE BRA

On the eve of World Disability Day a KAVI SAMMELAN was hosted by the Blind Relief Association in its premises on 2 December 2015. The event was organized in cooperation with Delhi Police at the initiative of Sri. Ved Prakash, Station House Officer, Nizamuddin Police Station who himself is an accomplished poet. Included among the established poets reciting their poems were three visually challenged poets Dr. Dayal Singh Pawar, Sri.Chandraveer and Shailendra Sheel. Also, Sri Ajay Dixit, a managing committee member also briefly read out his poem. Sri Dinesh Raghuvanshi conducted the Sammelan. 



 




   





3 October 2015


शत शत नमन बापू


२ अक्टूबर प्रातः महात्मा गांधी की १६६ वीं जयंती के अवसर पर ब्लाइंड रिलीफ एसोसिएशन में एक प्रार्थना सभा हुई। सभा का आयोजन J P M स्कूल के छात्रों ने किया जिसमे छात्रावास में रहने वाले छात्र, प्रशिक्षार्थी और कर्मचारियों शामिल हुए. छात्रों द्वारा समवेत स्वर में बापू को प्रिय रामधुन और नरसी मेहता के भजन 'वैष्णव जन तो तेने कहिये' के सुमधुर गायन से सभा का शुभारम्भ हुआ. कार्यकारी सचिव ने इस अवसर पर महात्मा गांधी के दक्षिणी अफ्रीका में सविनय अवज्ञा के अभिनव प्रयोग के विषय में बताया और उनके अहिंसा और मानवता के सन्देश पर डाला और नेताजी सुभाष चन्द्र बोस द्वारा २ अक्टूबर १९४३ में बैंकाक रेडियो से प्रसारित गांधी जी के ७५ वें जन्मदिवस पर उनके प्रति उद्गार पढ़ कर सुनाये. दीपक मित्तल, प्रभात, सिंटू शाह और बलराम ने बापू के जीवन के कुछ प्रसंग सुनाये और उनके सत्य, अहिंसा, अंत्योदय और पर्यावरण के प्रति संवेदनशीलता के संदेशों की ओर इंगित किया. सभा का समापन भी वैष्णव जन और रामधुन से हुआ. सभागृह में गांधी जी की किसी प्रतिमा या चित्र के बदले रखा गया चरखा एक आकर्षण था जिसे वे कर्म, स्वावलम्बन और ग्रामोत्थान का प्रतीक मानते थे . अनेक छात्रों ने उस चरखे का हाथों से निरीक्षण भी किया.


नीचे आप जो चित्र देख रहे हैं उसमे बच्चे चरखे का स्पर्श-निरीक्षण कर रहे हैं और ऊपर दीवार में लगा है एक तैल-चित्र जिसमे गांधी जी को प्रातः -कालीन प्रार्थना सभा में बैठे दिखाया गया है. यह चित्र प्रसिद्ध हंगारी कलाकार और गांधीजी की शिष्या सुश्री एलिज़ाबेथ ब्रुनेर की रचना है जिसे उन्होंने अक्टूबर १९६९ में ब्लाइंड रिलीफ एसोसिएशन के गांधी शताब्दी स्मारक हॉल के उद्घाटन के अवसर भेंट किया था.






9 September 2015


Remembering late Sri K.N.Nayar on his 97th birthday


K.N.Nayar is a name which will always be remembered with great respect and gratitude whenever we talk about the Blind Relief Association and the services rendered by this institution. Born on 9 September 1918 in Kottapadi in Thissur District, Kerala, Sri Nayar, after finishing High School joined the Royal Indian Army Supply Corps in 1942, as a Stenographer. After getting voluntary release from the Army Sri Nayar joined Sri U A Basrurker, the founder of the Association in June 1947. Self-effacing Sri Nayar served the Association with total commitment till his last days in 1991, when he was incapacitated due to brain haemorrhage. Following the footsteps of the founders, Sri Nayar carried forward their mission of “Helping the Blind Help Themselves”. His contribution to development and growth of Association is unparalleled.

Smt B.Tarabai, among the earliest associates of Basrurkers and former Vice-President of BRA, recalling the contribution of Sri Nayar in an article published on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the B.R.A. in 1969, wrote “ …. Bad days befell the Association (on passing away of Smt. & Sri Basrurker in 1958 &59) for want of finances, although there was no dearth of workers with Mr. K.N. Nayar, the devoted and loyal Secretary to Mr. Basrurker who carried on the work and is still doing the work of Executive Secretary during his spare hours. But for his whole-hearted devotion and his selfless service and sacrifice of all his earnings and holidays to the school, the Managing Body of the School would not have been able to carry on the work of the Association and the School. Many associates and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Basrurker experienced difficulties in order to keep the project alive.”

A true Gandhian and a man of frugal and simple habits Sri Nayar spent the best part of his life, bestowing his personal attention on the care and wellbeing of the children and adult receiving education and training in the B.R.A. In total disregard of his health and interest he worked unceasingly till the end. His love, compassion and services would leave none unaffected. No doubt there are any number of his former associates, co-workers, students, trainees who still cherish vivid memories of Sri. K.N.Nair in their hearts.


An archive group photo with Blind Scouts. Seated on chairs are Sri Lal Advani, Dr.Durgabai Deshmukh, Justice Vyas dev Misra, Dr. C D Deshmukh. Among the stnding are Sri K N Nayar, Sri O N Talwar, Sri A K Mittal, Scout Master Sri A C Mukherjee, Headmaster Sri Ramji Dass

(Seated from right to left) Sri K N Nayar, Sri Lal Advani, Sri H M Periwal,
Sri G L Bansal, Dr.C D Deshmukh, Dr Bharat Ram, Sri D R Beri, Sri A K Mittal



Receiving a guest with Dr Bharat Ram,
 behind him is Sri Pran Nath and Mrs Mani
Mr Nayar along with staff manning the BRA stall
at Diwali Bazar. Seen in the picture
 (in front Sri C V Narayanan, Sri R N Agarwal.
Seated behind are Sri Nayar and Sri Jagdish Singh

Sri Nayar watching a child playing chess


Picnic at Buddha Jayanti Garden
Sri Nayar (extreme right) in a relaxing mood with staff members Sri Darshan Lal, Sri Natthu Singh, Sri Nanku, Sri Swaran Singh, Sri Ramasrey Ram (on front) and Sri Abdul with unidentified person.

With Sri Nasiruddin Shah at the premier of film SPARSH (which was shot at the BRA) at Archana theatre





6th February 2012                                                  Award Ceremony

National Award for the Blind Relief Association, Delhi

                  
The National Award Certificate
Association’s Hony.Executive Secretary receiving the National AwardRashtrapati Sri Pranab Mukherjee.Seen in the picture Kumari Selja, Minister of Empowerment, Sri D.Napoleon, Minister of State andSmt Stuti Kacker,Secretary, Department of Disability Affairs (MSJE).



The Blind Relief Association, Delhi, has been conferred with the prestigious National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, 2012 under the category – Best Institution Working for the Cause of Persons with Disabilities by The Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.  The Award was presented in person by the President of India at a function held on Wednesday, 6th February 2013 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.The Blind Relief Association was among the 48 individuals and institutions honoured with National Awards under 13 categories.
The Association dedicates this award to its visionary founders Sri. Umesh U. & Smt. Anusuya Basrurker, and to the achievements of its thousands of students and trainees,as well as to the devoted and hard work of its staff and management over the years.


  Group Photo of National Awardees with the Hon’ble President
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