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25 April 2016

Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (V.I.), New Delhi
IMPORTANT NOTICE 
Due to Recent Notification from University of Delhi, No Off-Line application will be entertained for Admission. All Candidates are now required to visit the University of Delhi website www.du.ac.in and apply On-Line mode.

No separate prospectus and form will be available from the College sales counter.

Those who have already purchased the prospectus and/or have submitted the form are requested to take the refund of their money by submitting the acknowledgement receipt along with the prospectus at the College sales counter.

Any previous communication in this regard is now null and void.

By Order

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14 April 2016


BRAILLE EDITION OF LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS LAUNCHED
 AT THE BRA
Mr.Rajpal, Computer Instructor and Mr. Rishabh Chaurasia, a Class XII student of the Blind Relief Association’s JPM School were the first recipients of the Braille version of the 27th Edition of Limca book of Records 2016, formally launched at a ceremony held this morning in the Association’s Gandhi Hall. The copies were handed over by the Chief Guest Mr.K. S. Narayana Murthy, the famous IT Industrialist and co-founder of Infosys, and Mr. Venkatesh Kini, President, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia. The 27th Edition of Limca Book is dedicated to 15 Specially Abled Limca Book of Records people being felicitated this year for their outstanding achievements in different walks of life.

At ceremony held in the Association’s Gandhi Hall Mr. Narayanan Murthy addressing a gathering of over 100 students and trainees of different units of the Association, emphasised that each one should have some aspiration, a goal in life and the determination to work hard. Challenges and handicaps are part of life. This has been demonstrated by the 15 specially abled persons who are being felicitated by the Limca Book of Record subsequently at a function scheduled the same day. Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Venkatesh Kini, President Coca-Cola India hoped to see the names of some outstanding students and trainees finding place in future editions of Limca Book.








9 April 2016


ANIL MEHTO ELEVEN LIFTS 23rd SUBODH TROPHY 


Anil Mehto Eleven won the 23rd Subodh Trophy Cricket Tournament of the JPM School in the final played today (9 April) at Blind Relief Association ground. Anil Mehto Eleven scoring 274 for 2 in 16 overs trounced Tushar Chauhan Eleven which could score only 193 runs for 8. In the first match of the tournament played on 8 April, Anil Eleven scored 198 for 2 in 9.3 overs to defeat Tushar Eleven, which scored 197 runs for 5 in 12 overs. In the second match Tushar Eleven scored 238 runs without the loss of any wicket against 233 for 4 scored in 12 overs. Satyam (Partial Blind) was the highest scorer of the tournament with unbeaten 211 runs. He was also the highest wicket-taker with overall booty of 4 wickets bagged by him.

The tournament is named after Subodh Garg, a cricket crazy student of the JPM School who met untimely death in 1993. The responsibility of organizing the tournament is entrusted to the students of class IX .








7 April 2016


Farewell to Class XII Students


To bid farewell to the students of Class XII of JPM School a function was held today at the BRA’s Gandhi Hall. Mr. K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, Mr.S.Keshav Kumar, Vice Principal Mr.P.C.Mehta, Manager JPM School and Mr. K. C. Pande, Executive Secretary, BRA wished the students good result in the Board Examination and brilliant academic life ahead and every success in life. Deepak Mittal, Prabhat, Sintu Shah speaking on behalf of the outgoing students expressed gratitude to their teachers and the staff of the Association for the most valuable guidance and support they received over the years as students and as hostellers. The Association presented to each one a folding-cane made in the Association’s workshop, and some select articles and writings transcribed in Braille. The students presented to the School a scanner for the benefit of the students. Later in the evening, the students hosted a thanksgiving party for the team of volunteers who have been helping them in studies, and been great friends. The volunteers included, Ms.Saroj Gurnani, Ms. Urvashi Agarwal, Ms Rachna Malik, Ms Anu and Ms Indira Gulati.







1 April 2016


New Academic Session of JPM School Begins

The 2016-17 academic session of JPM School for the Blind being run by the Blind Relief Association, Delhi  commenced on 1 April 2016. Earlier on 31 March, the results of the yearly final examinations were announced at the School Assembly held in the Gandhi Hall. On the occasion parents of the students were also present.

The School recorded overall 99.38% success rate, that is, 161 out of 162 students studying in nursery to class IX and class XI passing their annual examinations.  The results of students of class X and class XII, who appeared in CBSE Board examination is awaited. 




Results being announced by Dube Sir



28 March 2016


MATTERS OF COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT DANCE TRAINING TO JPM SCHOOL STUDENTS


MATTERS OF COMMUNITY (MOC),  a California USA-based non-profit charity has contributed US $ 1000/- for project TWINKLE – a dance training programme for the students of JPM School.
MOC was founded in 2004 by Neal Bharadwaj, a high school junior, who was inspired by volunteering experience at a resource centre in Milpitas for disabled children and their families.  Through the use of music, art, theatre and sports MOC takes on projects directly with individuals as well as funds activities of other non-profit organisations that share the MOC mission.

MOC’s relationship with the Blind Relief Association, Delhi is over 6 year old.  It began when Neal and his brother visited the J.P.M. Sr. Sec. School in the Association and gave a clarinet recital for the School students.  This first interaction led to the second visit when the two brothers  jointly with the JPM students presented a music programme at the School. Upon returning to California they generated funds to support upgrading of the Music Room of JPM School. In 2014, MOC provided a donation to acquire Braille Printer and related hardware and software for upgrading Braille production facilities at the BRA.





1 March 2016

16 STUDENTS OF JPM SCHOOL APPEAR FOR CLASS XII CBSE EXAMINATION

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Examination for Class XII commenced on 1 March 2016 today with English subject examination. The Association's JPM School has been designated as CBSE Examination Centre for the visually impaired students. 60 visually impaired students from different schools, including 16 from JPM School are appearing for their Board Examination at this Centre.




26 February 2016

 THANK YOU TEA FOR THE KHUSHI TEAM



To celebrate the grand success of the Musical Play 'KHUSHI - Ek Ehsaas' and to thank the production team and the young actors, dancers and singers of JPM School who took part in the play, a Thank You Tea was hosted by the Blind Relief Association in its premises on 26 February 2016. Justice Dr. A.S.Anand, President of the Association warmly congratulated the entire team led by Director Ritu R.Chandra who also conceptualized the play. Sumiko Nanda, who did photography and behind the scene promo; Amita Chadha, who designed and did art work; Archana Shiromani, who choreographed and did music editing for the play; and Gauri Kohli, who did PR for the play also joined the Thank Tea. On this occasion the students a dance sequence from the play.











20 February 2016

HEALTH SCREENING CAMP AT BRA


A Health Screening Camp was organised at the Blind Relief Association on 20 February 2016 , under the aegis of Mogel Vision’s Healthcare Team. The Team was led by Senior Consultant Dr. Alok Chandra Johri (of Gangaram Hospital), who was assisted by Junior Consultants Dr. Angel and Dr. Moksh; One male and Female Staff Nurse, and one Technician. They examined nearly 300 children and adult students, trainees and staff of the Blind Relief Association.









20 February 2016

Annual Sports Meet of Durgabai Deshmukh College of 

Special Education 

The Annual Sports Meet of The Blind Relief Association's Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (V.I.) (University of Delhi) was held its Annual Sports Meet in the Association's lawns on Saturday, 20 February 2016. All the students of the College enthusiastically participated in a variety of conventional and non-conventional sports events.















19 February 2016

BRA Remembers Its Founder Umesh A. Basrurker


A Remembrance Meeting preceded by Havan Ceremony in memory of Late Sri Umesh A Basrurker, who along with his wife Smt.Anusuya Basrurker  founded the Blind Relief Association in 1944, was held today marking his 57th death anniversary.   A crusader of empowerment of persons with visual impairment through education and skill training Sri Basurker started activities of the Association in 1946 with just 2 students enrolled in the Industrial Home and School for the Blind started in a rented premises in the Lal Kuan, Badarpur in the outskirts of Delhi.  He along with his wife envisioned and prepared a grand blueprint of activities to be conducted from the Association’s own premises in New Delhi.  Unfortunately,  Sri Basrurker, soon after the demise of his wife Smt Anusuya in July 1958, passed away on 19 February 1959, before the superstructure of the buildings he envisioned and whose foundation stone was laid by Dr.Helen Keller in 1955 could come up. The range of services being rendered by the Association today is a grand tribute to this noble couple and their vision.    

Dr.Helen Keller at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony.
Mr.Basrurker (seated extreme left) (9 April 1955)  

Prayer & Havan 

Prayer after the Havan





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12 February 2016

Vasant Panchami in the BRA


Vasant Panchami was celebrated with fervor and devotion by the students of JPM School who were joined by trainees from other units of the Blind Relief Association. Sarasvati Puja and Havan were conducted with Ram Kumar Sharma Sir performing the role of priest. The students recited Sarasvati Vandana in Sanskrit and also Sarasvati Chalisa. In a brief music programme Sri K C Pande and Dr. Ravinder Partap presented traditional compositions in Ragas associated with the Spring (Vasant) season. The programme concluded with distribution of Prasad. Entire programme was managed by the Class X students of JPM School.







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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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