Helping The Blind Help Themselves.
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13 September 2018

JPM SCHOOL MAGAZINE "ANUBHUTI" 2017-18 RELEASED
JPM स्कूल की वार्षिक पत्रिका "अनुभूति" २०१७-१८ का विमोचन

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8 September 2018
Mega Tree Plantation Drive

Delhi, Go Greener!

As Delhi tries to get greener and save itself from the chocking pollution, a mega plantation drive was launched in Delhi on 8th September by the Delhi government. BRA joined the drive by planting saplings within its campus at Lal Bahadur Shashtri Marg, New Delhi.
As different units within the same premises, the students of JMP Senior Secondary School planted saplings along with the principal Mr. KJ Kuriyan. The trainees from the vocational training center didn’t miss out on the plantation drive either.

A CSR team from Ernst & Young, Gurgaon also planted a tree in the campus along with the trainees and the Hony. Executive Secretary Mr. KC Pande. The team consisting of 25 members visited BRA and spent the day working at the vocational training center. The colleagues enjoyed learning to make candles, paper bags and diya decorations.
The team also interacted with the trainees and extended their hands in serving lunch for the students and trainees in BRA’s dining hall. Recording their experience, one of the team members Mr. Ram Sachdeva said, “It is indeed a very good experience to visit the Blind Relief Association and all the volunteers are happy to be associated with such a good initiative.”


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5 September 2018
Teachers' Day

To every Annie Sullivan today


It’s hard to imagine, and seems almost impossible to make a deaf and blind girl understand how the world looked like and how words sounded like. But a teacher's perseverance knew no bounds. It took Helen Keller, a miracle worker -Annie Sullivan to make her realize and show the world what she was capable of.
In honoring every teacher, trainer and coach, Teachers’ Day was a daylong celebration at BRA. The students of JPM Senior Secondary School, trainees from the vocational training center and the students of Durgabai Deskmukh College of Special Education organized celebrations for their respective teachers and trainers.


At JPM Senior Secondary School, students of class IX, X, XI, XII played teachers in the morning hours. The students prepared lessons for the junior classes and took the role of a teacher. In the afternoon, a cultural program was arranged for the teachers where the students performed songs with musical instruments and delivered speeches.  A former student of the student, Mr. Inder Singh was invited as the chief guest of the occasion.
While the kids were celebrating, the vocational trainees organized a celebration for their trainers with music performances and a cake. They also presented a wall clock for the center. Students of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education also arranged a celebration and expressed their gratitude towards the teachers.


With lot of love from all the students, it was another memorable day for the teachers.

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4 September 2018
New batch - Computer Training

On your computers, get set, go!


Designed as a pilot project in 2014-15, the Computer Training Center at BRA has seen its 5th batch in Diploma in Computer Education (V.I), this year.
The new batch consisting of 20 trainees, including 9 sighted started their academic year on 4th September, 2018. After a brief introduction about the association and its activities by Mr. K.C. Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary, the new students interacted with the officials and geared up for the new year ahead.  
The admission process included an online aptitude test conducted by Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). Interestingly, this batch consists of the largest number of sighted trainees so far, while the previous batch (2017-18) contained no sighted trainees at all. In addition to the computer training provided, the trainees also learn the basics of Braille and special education.
The 11 visually impaired trainees are provided boarding facilities in BRA.
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3 September 2018
Janmashtami Celebrations

Janmashtami celebrations or Alumni Reunion?

The chants of the Ramcharitmanas started sounding from the Gandhi Hall in BRA at 8.30 PM on 2nd September and it didn’t end until the clock could strike 12 the next night.
It was the Janmashtami Celebrations at BRA and if one would walk into the campus on these two days, there are high chances you mistake the celebrations to be an alumni reunion.

Readers in groups took turns in reading enthusiastically the Manas from their Braille copies. The prasad was prepared and packed by the students and distributed to all.
The former students of JPM Senior Secondary School, trainees from the vocational training centre, few with their families paid a visit to the school despite the rains to meet their old friends and batch-mates like they gather every year and exchanged love & greetings on Janmashtami.


Groups circled up in each corner of the hall, classrooms and the dining hall, chatting and enjoying every moment of their visit. The old students also played cricket with the current boys of JPM School.
“Generally there is a lot of hustle, bustle in other events and we do not get the chance to chat leisurely unlike this day and that’s why this day is very special to us,” said Rajesh Kumar, an ex-student belonging to the 2005 batch. 

  
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1 September 2018 
HSBC Mentorship Program

Mentoring meets the vocational trainees at BRA






Seated inside the Gandhi Hall at BRA, the volunteer-mentors from HSBC experienced an eye-opening day as they met and interacted with their mentees from BRA’s vocational training center. It was the launching of HSBC mentorship program held on September 1, 2018.
In the first of its kind, the HSBC mentorship program was initiated by Youth4Jobs and BRA with HSBC as a partner. The program is a pilot initiative to mentor the trainees at BRA’s vocational training center in six one to one interactions spread over a course of three months.
At the inaugural ceremony, the gathering consisted of 35 volunteers from HSBC, equivalent number of trainees from the vocational training center at BRA and representatives from HSBC, Youth4Jobs and BRA.



As a part of the orientation programme, Mr. David Absalom, Dy. Executive Secretary (Operations) introduced the mentors to a thought-provoking exercise. The mentors were blindfolded and asked to find their way to the doors of the hall and back. With fear in every step and arms spread straight, the mentors crisscrossed across the hall. In the second half of the exercise, the blindfolded mentors were led by the visually impaired trainees this time, to different destinations within the campus. In sharing their experiences, Mr. Deepak Kumar, a mentor from HSBC said, “I am really surprised by the whole thing. I couldn’t match to Praveen’s (his mentee) energy. I can’t believe the level of confidence and speed found in these people.”
The next hour was spent on a one on one session by the mentor-mentee. After the session the mentors joined the mentees for lunch at BRA’s dining hall. Describing his first such experience, trainee Deepak Meena said, “It was a useful session. My mentor gave many suggestions on developing my career goal. He was very friendly, we exchanged numbers and he said that I can call him anytime.”
As the day closed, the trainees had mentors they can lean on and the mentors had new learnings and joy to dwell on. 


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30 August 2018
Art Workshop with Vocational Trainees

A many-hued day at BRA’s vocational training center



The trainees waited in anticipation as they quietly sat in BRA’s vocational training center. The anticipation quickly escalated to enthusiasm when they were distributed with colorful clay. They felt, rolled, shaped and molded the clay into several miniatures as their creative minds led them. Apart from baskets, pots, bouquets, a tiny jungle came into being with elephants, tortoises, snakes, and fishes.

Well, that was only the trial round at the art workshop conducted on 29 August, 2018 by Siddhant Shah from Mumbai, supported by Delhi Art Gallery (DAG). 25 visually challenged trainees undergoing the multi skill training program at BRA attended and benefitted through the one day workshop and ended up surprising everyone with their skills in clay modelling and block printing.

Divided into two groups, the trainees learnt to make floral patterns out of clay and paint using blocks, ropes, and leaves. Afroz Khan, one of the trainees who attended the workshop shared his experience saying, “I really enjoyed what I learned today, if given a chance I would want to do it again.” The imaginative and artistic minds knew no bounds and the day ended with some eye-catching exhibits.

“This is only a pilot workshop to identify the skills. Once we are able to spot the interested trainees in each activity, we want to work closely with them, and see how we can develop their skills according to their interests,” said Siddhant Shah after the workshop.





3 August 2018

ADVICE
CONCERNING ADMISSION TO DIPLOMA IN  COMPUTER  EDUCATION (V.i) COURSE
Candidates who have appeared in the All India Online Aptitude Test  2018 (AIOAT-2018) conducted by Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI)  for admission to Diploma in Computer Education (VI) course conducted by the Blind Relief Association, Delhi are advised to Email the following documents at dcevi.bra@gmail.com  alternately blindrelief@gmail.com  by 10th August 2018.
1.       Score Card
2.       Admit Card
3.       10+2 Marksheet
4.       Adhar Card
5.       Caste Certificate if any
6.       Pwd certificate if any
For any clarification or assistance please contact:
Mrs.Neelu Suneja
Coordinator
Mob  9953494420






2 August 2018

ALL THE 20 STUDENTS OF DURGABAI DESHMUKH COLLEGE PASS B.Ed. (SPL.ED. V.I.) COURSE WITH FIRST DIVISION

CONGRATULATIONS

Click the link below to see the result:



31 July 2018

Amrit Dua retires after 39 years of service in the BRA



Smt. Amrit Dua, Head Clerk, JPM School for the Blind who started her career in February 1979 as a Typist in the Blind Relief Association superannuated from services today the 31 July 2018, after having served the Association for over 39 years.  She was the first female office staff to be inducted in the BRA when she joined service in 1979.

Smt.Dua was given a warm send off at a farewell function attended by a large number of her colleagues from JPM School, the staff from Durgabai Deshmukh College and the Blind Relief Association.  On the occasion a memento in the form of inscribed silver salver was presented to her by Sri. K.C.Pande, Executive Secretary.   Gifts by JPM School and the BRA, and as well as by the staff were also presented as a token of their love and respect towards her.

Sri. K.C.Pande, who is also the Manager of the School, said he would long remember her ever- smiling face and the cooperation she extended in the school-related matters. He wished her a happy and healthy life after retirement.  Principal K J Kuriyan thanked Smt Dua for her valuable support as Head Clerk and in dealing with diverse issues and work with the Directorate of Education.  Dr.Ravindr Partap, Music Teacher warmly shared incidents reflecting her kindness and warmth towards him.  

Recalling her long innings starting with joining the BRA and later being absorbed in the JPM School in August 1983, she fondly shared the great experience of having worked with BRA’s former Executive Secretary late Sri.K.N.Nayar, and former Principal Sri.A.K.Mittal whom she regards as her great mentors.

Member of her family, including her husband, two daughters, son-in-law and grandson were also present at the function





 






27 July 2108
Daniela Dolce from Italy Regale Students and Trainees

It was a such a pleasant surprise having Daniela Dolce Ensemble from Tuscany, Italy regaling our students and trainees with their enchanting music in the Association's Gandhi Hall on Friday, 27 July afternoon. The lead artist Daniela Dolce was accompanied by Daniele Biagini (pianist), Teresa Dareviziis (violinist), Daniele Borgognoni (percussionist). The concert was organised courtesy Neemrana Music Foundation.



The Ensemble is visiting India under the aegis of Global World of Music and Arts Association. Simona Bocchi of the Global World of Music Foundation and Priya Aude Wacziarg of Neemrana Foundation were also present at the concert.






20 July 2018
        BANK OF BARODA GIFTS AUDIO DEVICES FOR  
                                       STUDENTS


On the occasion of its 111th Foundation Day, today the 20 July 2018, the Bank of Baroda, South Delhi region’s eight branches as CSR activity gifted 86 Auditory Access Devices for providing audio-recorded study material to the students studying in the Association.
Sri.Rakesh Bhatia, General Manager, New Delhi Zone, Bank of Baroda formally handed over the devices today (20 July) to Sri.K.C. Pande, Executive Secretary, BRA and Sri K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, JPM School. Sri Madhur Kumar, Dy.GM and Sri Sanjay Kumar, Dy Regional Manager DMR-II along with the heads of respective eight branches of the Bank were also present. The Bank also sponsored the lunch for the students and trainees of the Blind Relief Association.
Thank you Bank of Baroda for your support



18 July 2018
                         SUBODH TROPHY CRICKET

The twenty-fifth edition of Subodh Trophy Cricket organised by the students of JPM Senior Secondary School was inaugurated today. The tournament was started by the students in 1994 in memory of cricket-crazy Subodh a student of JPM School who tragically died young. 

The 3-day home-tournament, played among three teams from the school, is taking place in DPS Mathura Road grounds on 18 - 19 - 20 July from 2:30 pm.

Thank you DPS for making available your beautiful ground for the event.










MULTI-SKILL TRAINING (Miscellaneous Activities)
14 July 2018 

Chocolate Making 
  











Papier Mache







              




                             Seeds Sowing











10 जुलाई 2018

एक था मोहन
गांधी के प्रेरक जीवन प्रसंगों का धारावाहिक पाठ


10 जुलाई जे. पी. एम. स्कुल की दैनिक प्रार्थना सभा सामान्य सभा से कुछ अलग थी। गांधी जी के 150वें जन्म वर्ष की दहलीज़ पर उनके प्रेरक जीवन प्रंसगों पर आधारित एक था मोहन नामक पुस्तक के धारावाहिक पाठन का शुभारंभ किया गया। एक था मोहन के लेखक हैं प्रख्यात पत्रकार और गांधी मार्ग के राही श्री सोपान जोशी, जिन्होनें गांधी जी के जीवन के चुने हुए चालीस प्रसंगों को और उनमें निहित संदेश को सहज और रोचक ढंग से किशोरों के लिए प्रस्तुत किया है। ब्लाइंड रिलिफ एसोसिएशन में पुस्तक का ब्रेलीकरण किया है। 


डरपोक आज़ाद नही रहते नामक पहले प्रसंग को 10वीं कक्षा के छात्र निखिल श्रीवास्तव ने ब्रेल से पढ़ कर सुनाया और श्रोताओं को अभिभूत कर दिया। क्यों न हो, जब पुस्तक के लेखक यानि सोपान जोशी जी वहाँ स्वयं उपस्थित हों। इस अवसर पर विद्यालय के भूतपूर्व प्रधानाचार्य और ए. आई. सी. बी. के अध्यक्ष श्री अजय कुमार मित्तल भी उपस्थित थे। सोपान जी ने निखिल श्रीवास्तव के सुस्पष्ट और जीवंत पाठ की भूरी-भूरी प्रशंसा की और बी. आर. ए. को पुस्तक को ब्रेल में उपलब्ध कराने की सराहना की।



















07 July 2018

Students and Trainees Enjoy Shibani Kashyap Concert


The students and trainees were invited to a pop music concert by the famous Bollywood singer Shibani Kashyap on 7 July 2018 at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, Delhi. The concert was organised by XIAOMI dealers group. The Blind Relief Association was especially invited as an NGO to receive donations contributed by the dealers and distributors of Xiaomi mobile in the Delhi region. The donation was formally received by Executive Secretary, K. C. Pande.
Thank you Xiaomi Family for your support.




30 June 2018


Multi Skill Training Graduation Ceremony 








26 June 2018

Vocational Trainees Participate in Clay Molding Workshop in National Museum




30 vocational trainees from the B.R.A.  had an exciting educative experience of visiting National Museum, New Delhi on 23 June 2018, and taking part in a clay molding workshop organised by the Museum in collaboration with Siddhant Shah of Access for All, Delhi Art Gallery and Radio Mirchi.  It was their first experience of visiting the National Museum, which is a repository of art, antiques and important objects  from ancient times to the present.  After visiting the galleries, including the Harappan Gallery, where they could touch replicas of some of the sculpture and objects on display, the trainees divided into groups took part in the clay molding workshop conducted by Access for All by Delhi Art Gallery. Combining their experience of practically exploring the objects in the Museum, with their imagination the trainees  demonstrated  their creativity in making several  objects in clay.  

Youth4Jobs partnered with the B.R.A. in facilitating the visit. 





23 June 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Attention: Applicants for Diploma in Computer Education (V.I.) Course 2018-19


Rehabilitaion Council of India vide its Circular No.25-15/NBER(AIOAT)/RCI/2016 dated 21.06.2018 has informed that the last date for admission to Diploma level courses including Diploma in Computer Education (Visual Impairment) course has been extended from 20 June to 30 June 2018 (mid-night 12:00 O'çlock). Accordingly, final online examination will be conducted in the 2nd/3rd week of July 2018. However, exact date of final examination and its schedule will be notified on the Council's website.

22 June 2018

ADMISSION  OPEN

ONE-YEAR MULTI-SKILL TRAINING PROGRAMME
For Visually Impaired youth (both male and female)

Residential Programme

Starting from July 2018

Skills: Stationary Making/Paper Craft, Candle Making, Sewing, Basic Relaxation Massage, Chair Caning, Packaging

Supplementary Training: Orientation & Mobility, Braille, Computer Basics, Basic Communication English, Cottage/Home Products (Soap, Chocolate making)

Eligibility:
Age: 18 to 35 years
Education: No minimum requirement
No Fee 
Contact:
Sri.Ravi Consul (mob. 9811819812); Sri.Ramashray Ram (mob.9953494431); Sri.Tejender Singh (mob.8826248084)

Land Line: 011-24361376


21 June 2018

International Yoga Day Celebrations


On the occasion of International Yoga Day a programme of Yoga demonstration was held at the Blind Relief Association in the morning of 21 June 2018. The programme was organised in cooperation with Nature’s Healing Trust. Teachers of the Trust have been giving Yoga training to the visually impaired adults undergoing vocational training in the Association.
24 including 3 female trainees being taught by Acharyas Suresh Gautam, Aparna and Pankaj Rustagi of Nature’s Healing Trust took part in the demonstration of some basic yogic exercises.

Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guests Smt. Chitra Narayan (former D.G.Doordarshan) and Sri Prakash Narayan (former Chairman, Railway Board) highlighted and stressed on the importance of practicing Yoga for our wellness and happiness. They blessed the trainees for presenting an impressive demonstration.

The trainees were awarded participation certificates and gifts from Nature’s Healing Trust.


20 June 2018

PRAGATI GUPTA - TOPPER IN COMPUTER DIPLOMA AWARDED LAPTOP COMPUTER



Ms. Pragati Gupta ,who topped the 3rd batch (2016-17) of Diploma in Computer Education (V.I.) Course was awarded a Laptop Computer at a ceremony held on Wednesday, 20 June 2018. Being run at the Blind Relief Association, Delhi the Diploma Course is one of its kind recognised by Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). 

The award instituted by Ms Prabhjot Menon in memory of her mother Late Mrs. Gurjit Mehta was presented to Ms Pragati by Ms Menon and her nonagenarian father Mr.Mehta. Pragati topped among the 18 trainees of “Diploma in Computer Education (VI) Course”. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Prabhjot said that she is much impressed by the achievements of the student’s performance which is improving year by year, proving great worth of the Course. The advancements in information technology is helping empowerment and greater independence of persons with visual impairment. She lauded the Blind Relief Association for having introduced the Computer Education Diploma Course. Congratulating Pragati, she said she was indeed delighted to learn that not only Pragati is gainfully employed as a Primary Teacher in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Nabha, Panjab, but she has also found a visually impaired soul mate whom she would be getting married soon. She wished her all the best in his life and career ahead. She assured that her family would continue to similarly recognize the achievement of toppers of future as well. In her thanks speech Ms Pragati said that this thoughtful gift has indeed redoubled her determination to excel and to face competition in life with greater confidence. Mr. K.C. Pande, Executive Secretary thanked Ms. Prabhjot Kaur her and her family for their continued interest in the Association’s programmes and for encouraging and recognising the excellence of trainees of Computer Diploma Course.







15 June 2018

FAREWELL TO 2017-18 BATCH OF COMPUTER EDUCATION DIPLOMA

Trainees of 2017-18 batch of Diploma in Computer Education (Visual Impairment) course who have appeared in the final examination in May-June 2108, were given a warm farewell this afternoon. Sri K C Pande, Executive Secretary, Sri C P Mohanan, Dy. Executive Secretary, Smt Neelu Suneja, Course Coordinator, Sri. Rajpal, Instructor commended them for their perseverance and wished them success in exams and a bright career ahead.

The 10-month Diploma Course recognised by Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) is one of its kind in India which prepares a cadre of specially trained instructors to teach computers to the visually challenged, and also capable to perform ICT supported diverse tasks . Initially designed in the BRA, the Diploma Course was approved by RCI in 2014 with the permission to run on pilot basis for two years. After successfully running of the pilot courses and its evaluation by RCI, the Diploma Course has been approved as a regular course since 2016. Since 2016 the Diploma Course has become a regular course duly approved by the RCI. The Diploma will be awarded by National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

The 21 trainees to be completing the course this year comprise 10 female and 11 male. All the trainees are visually impaired. As token of gratitude the trainees gifted a talking wall clock to the Association.


12 June 2018



GOOGLE INDIA STAFF VOLUNTEER IN THE BRA






For the 13 staff members of Google India Gurgaon Office 12 June turned out a greatly meaningful and rewarding day. They experienced rendering volunteering services in the Blind Relief Association. The activity was done under ‘GoogleServe’ - the company’s 11th annual global volunteering campaign. Divided into groups they engaged into candle and paper-bag making activities, conducting Google training sessions for the visually challenged trainees. Thereafter, they lent their hands in serving lunch in the Association’s dining Hall. All of them expressed their joy having spent a rewarding time in the Blind Relief Association, which they felt was a great learning experience.

Thank you GoogleServe Volunteers for coming to the Blind Relief Association and sharing your time with our trainees and staff.



9 June 2018
JPM OLD-BOYS HONOUR VOLUNTEERS



To thank and felicitate volunteers who rendered dedicated and selfless services over the last five decades by way of supporting students of the Association’s JPM School in their academic and non-academic pursuits and thereby making a big difference in their lives, a get-together was organised by the old boys on Saturday, 9 June 2018 in the Gandhi Hall of the Blind Relief Association, Delhi. Over 120 school alumni were joined by the volunteers  Smt.Nalini Verma, Smt.Asha Gogte, Smt.Sunita Gambhir, Smt.Sharda Gupta, Smt.Deolalikar, Smt.Shashi Lath,  Smt.Urvashi Agarwal and  of course Smt.Saroj Gurnani.

In the 1970s and 80s, when Braille books were hardly available volunteers like Smt.Verma and Smt.Gogte who not only learnt Braille themselves but taught Braille to a team of volunteers who painstakingly inscribed Braille text books for the JPM School students, besides reading out books and doing audio recordings for the students. Again, it was Smt. Verma’s  initiative that the Association in 1991 became one of the first institution in the country to establish computerised Braille printing facility.  Smt. Asha Gogte who started volunteering in the BRA in the 1980s.  Her network of volunteers did extensive audio recordings for the school students, as well as  those studying in colleges.  Services of her team in audio-recording books in a demanding language like Sanskrit is indeed commendable.  From among the current volunteers who are still growing strong are the affable Smt.Urvashi Agarwal and the incredible 80-plus Smt.Saroj Gurnani, a dear friend, philosopher and guide to all those are or have ever studied under her.  She has been volunteering with the BRA since 1986.  An institution by herself, Smt.Gurnani’s spirit of service and boundless love for her students reach beyond their school lives.   Although, she started with English, but her passion to help the students, majority of them being Hindi-medium students, led her to learn Hindi and record books for them in diverse subjects. She has recorded study material in Sanskrit as well. Her recordings carry a very special personal touch, that is why her Hindi recordings are in great demand.  Speaking on the occasion Smt.Gurnani said that she is so proud her students who have developed into smart and graceful adults. She reminded them they must not forget the role of their spouses in contributing to their personality and success in life.  All the volunteers unanimously felt that they have gained much more in return than what they could give to their students.  On behalf of  the students Executive Secretary K.C.Pande presented a memento, a shawl and a gift to all the volunteers.

Sri. Harish Gulati, a pass-out of 1980 conducted the programme with grace. He  highlighted the contribution of  the volunteers and their bonding with the students.  Sri. Keshav Kumar, Vice Principal, JPM School, himself a pass out of 1980, recalled his long association with the BRA, as a student and thereafter as a faculty of JPM School and how the volunteers went out of the way to help the students. Other speakers cherished their memories with the volunteers. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr.Dayal Singh Panwar.










4 June 2018

REMEMBERING SMT. ANUSUYA BASRURKER – OUR FOUNDER




To pay homage on the 60th anniversary of Smt. Anusuya Basrurker, who along with her husband Sri.Umesh A.Basrurker founded the Blind Relief Association, Delhi in 1944, a Havan Ceremony was performed this morning in the Gandhi Hall of the Association. Staff and trainees from different units were present on the occasion. Sri.K.C.Pande, Executive Secretary and Sri.S.Keshav Kumar, Vice Principal, JPM School paid homage to the visionary founders Smt. and Sri Basrurker who conceived the grand idea and laid the foundation of the B.R.A. as a centre of educational and vocational training and supportive services for the visually impaired. They also narrated how the Association faced the difficult times in its early years, highlighting the determination, hard work and sacrifice of Basrurkers and others associated with them in this venture.



1 June 2018

BRAVO !  VOCATIONAL TRAINEES 
17 Pass in Class X & XII CBSE Examination

It was a great achievement that 17 boys and girls, while undergoing training in our Vocational Training Centre, passed the 2018 Central Board of Secondary Education Examination(CBSE) for Class X and XII, as private candidates.

All of them, namely, Pradip Jyoti Gogoi, Satbir Singh, Uthen Rabindro, Sinam Hemanbije, Jyoti Pande the 5 who cleared Class XII, and Rohit Kumar, Deepak Kumar Shriwas, Arjun Shah, Aakash, Ankul Tomar, Rohit Gaur, Ganga Negi, Nityanand Pandey, Amit, Sharmeen, Ravindra, and Tarun who passed the Class X exams, were understandably overjoyed when they got to know the CBSE Examination results announced last week. Literally burning mid-night oil preparing for Board Examinations while undergoing rigorous training in the Vocational Training Centre of the Blind Relief Association it is indeed commendable achievement. For the BRA and its partner Youth4Jobs who supported these vocational trainees in preparing for their examination it was a greatly satisfying experience. With secondary level school certificate in their hands they become eligible for employment in government, public as well as private establishments.




The BRA firmly believes that focus on vocational skill alone is not good enough to make a confident and complete individual. Youth with visual impairment joining vocational training programmes in in our centre are mostly school dropouts or have never gone to school. Following Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of Buniyadi Taleem, the BRA under its training programme puts great emphasis on working on the core strength of the trainees. The trainees are exposed to diverse vocational skills such as fabricating variety of paper-products, sewing, candle making, massage, chair caning, working on light machines, soap making etc. while equal importance is given to soft skills, Braille literacy, education, English communication skills, computer literacy, music etc.
Thank you Youth4Jobs being a great partner in this endeavour. 

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31 May 2018

Class X Students of JPM School Excel in CBSE Exam
All the 16 students from class X of the BRA's JPM Senior Secondary School for the Blind who appeared for 2018 Central Board of Seconadry Examination passed with First Division. 11 of them secured Distinction (75% +). Ajay Gupta scoring 92.8 % topped in the class.
Congratulations to all




JPM SCHOOL Maintains 100% Result in CBSE Class XII  
With all the 16 students successfully passing the 2018 CBSE Class XII examination, JPM Senior Secondary School for the Blind has continued to maintain its record of 100% pass for over a decade. With overall percentage of 88.6 % Ramakant Prabhakar topped in the class, followed by Pankaj Singh 86.4 %  coming 2nd and Vishwabandhu 86% coming 3rd. There were 73 individual subject distinction. All passed with 1st division. 

JPM SCHOOL, CBSE Class XII 2018 Result Analysis

NAME Hindi English  Pol Sci History Sociology Music IP Sanskrit Total Percentage
Ashish Singh Negi 80 73 91 88 82 - - 37 414 82.8
Devender Singh Beniwal 68 87 60 64 80 88 - - 387 77.4
Faisal Khan 79 95 87 62 82 - - 84 427 85.4
Md. Shahabuddin Ansari 84 79 87 78 83 82 - - 415 83
Pankaj Singh 81 89 83 91 88 - - 58 432 86.4 2nd
Sameer Khan 84 88 86 83 87 - - - 428 85.6
Vashishth Kumar Yadav 84 72 88 71 76 - - 68 391 78.2
Gaurav Kumar 81 93 77 73 83 - - 84 418 83.6
Md. Shahzad Ali 70 84 75 76 68 - - - 373 74.6
Sharan 84 66 75 67 78 80 - - 383 76.6
Vipin Singh Rawat 74 86 67 71 79 - - - 377 75.4
Md. Shuhaib Ali 82 75 81 82 78 91 - - 411 82.2
Aditya Swami 79 52 75 77 86 - - 53 369 73.8
Ramakant Prabhakar 80 78 78 97 90 98 - - 443 88.6 1st
Vishwabandhu Sharma 88 78 87 90 85 - 87 - 430 86 3rd
Brijendra Pandey 85 81 97 77 78 84 - - 425 85
No. of students appeard 16 Pass 16 Result 100%
Distinction 13 12 14 10 15 6 1 2




28 May 2018


ADMISSION OPEN for 
2018-20 Session of B.Ed.(Spl.Edu. - Visual Impairment)


Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (V.I.)
(University of Delhi)


Online Registration open from 18 May to 7 June 2018
Visit: www.du.ac.in 
Click on: Postgraduate Admission 2018


Please go to the LINK below to see the Prospectus for details:


26 May 2018


Trainees Enjoy Air Travel 


60 visually impaired trainees of the Blind Relief Association, Delhi had their first experience of air travel today, as they were taken by Indigo flight on one-day tour to Ahmedabad and back. This unique programme was organised by a NOIDA-based NGO Sree Narayan Sanskritk Chetana Trust. Sri Rajan Srivastava, President of the Trust has organised similar air travel experience programmes for the disabled in the past also. The occasion was the completion of 4 years of Sri Narendra Modi Government on 26 May 2018. The participants were greatly excited visiting important places in Amhedabad as well as meeting the Governor of Gujarat in Raj Bhawan.




























16 May 2018


IMPORTANT INFORMATION
for those wishing to join 1-year Diploma in Computer Education (V.I.) in 2018-19 Session

Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) will conduct “All India Online Aptitude Test (AIOAT)” for admission to Diploma/Certificate level course for Academic Session 2018-19.

Important dates for conduct of ‘All India Online Aptitude Test AIOAT)” as as follows:

·         Availability of Online Application Form & Online Registration --- 21 May 2018 onwards
·         Last Date of Online Registration  --- 20 June 2018 (05:00 P.M.)
·         Date of Conduct of Online Examination---  30 June 2019
(Examination Window)
·         Declaration of Online Result on R.C.I. Website --- 05 July 2018
·         Last date of Admission – 1st Phase --- 20 July 2018
·         Last date of Admission – 2nd Phase  ---  30 July 2018

For further information, you may please refer to Rehabilitation Council’s website rehabcouncil.nic.in

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12 May 2018
JOY OF VOLUNTEERING AT BRA

9 to 12 May, four days, The Blind Relief Association was abuzz with special volunteering activities by tens of staff members of MERCER India and its associate Marsh & McLennan companies. The joy of volunteering was visble on their faces as they spread out in batches working in different sections. They were assigned variety of tasks such as physically cleaning up and organizing stores and school library; working along with the trainees in making candles, diwali diyas, sorting and packaging envelopes and carry bags being made in the workshop.




Quietly a small group was working on "Tree of Life" a large painting on stair-well wall. It was conceived by the MERCER staff team.
Volunteers say:
"It was a truly enriching experience"
" Feeling a strong sense of connection and appreciation"
"Enjoyed lending a helping hand to the Association"
"Would love to visit again"



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3 May 2018

FAREWELL TO 2nd YEAR STUDENTS OF 
SPECIAL B.ED COURSE

A farewell function was organised on 3 May 2018 for 2016-18 batch of 20 students of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education who are appearing for the University of Delhi Special B.Ed. (Visual Impairment) degree final examinations to be held from 9 to 30 May. The function was organised and hosted by the 1st year students. Also present to wish them all the best were the College faculty and staff members as well as Executive Secretary and Deputy Executive Secretaries of the Blind Relief Association. Executive Secretary K C Pande, Course Director Dr.Swati Sanyal, Assistant Professor Dr.Sudeep Kumar Dube, Librarian Shanti Bhushan and Research Assistance Narendra Jha and others wished them well in their final examinations and in their career ahead as teachers the impact they will make in the lives of their future students. The students expressed their gratitude towards teachers for their excellent guidance and teaching, and shared their sweet and bitter experiences as students of the College.




                                  





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बधाई मनोज जी 




नया ज्ञानोदय में कहानी छपने पर


बड़े हर्ष का विषय है कि हमारी संस्था के JPM विद्यालय के अध्यापक श्री मनोज द्वारा लिखी कहानी 'मजदूर ' शीर्षस्थ हिंदी साहित्यिक पत्रिका नया ज्ञानोदय के मई २०१८ के अंक में प्रकाशित हुई है। मनोज जी बहुत बहुत बधाई के पात्र हैं ।


मनोज जी की यह कहानी हाल ही में KAAV पुब्लिकेशन्स द्वारा प्रकाशित उनके दूसरे कहानी संग्रह 'जीवन की बिसात' से है। यह कहानी संग्रह ब्रेल और ध्वन्यांकित CD में भी उपलब्ध है। इनका पहला कहानी संग्रह 'गुलाम आज़ादी' (प्रकाशक मनीष प्रकाशन) भी साहित्य जगत में सराहा गया।

श्री मनोज कुमार दृष्टिबाधित हैं। भारतीय वायु सेना में सेवा के दौरान दुर्घटनावश इनकी ऑंखें क्षतिग्रस्त हो गयी और दृष्टि चली गयी। एक लम्बे शून्यकाल के पश्चात् पुनः अपनी शिक्षा को दुरुस्त करते हुए इन्होने शिक्षण के क्षेत्र में कदम रखा। वर्तमान में श्री मनोज कुमार BRA द्वारा संचालित JPM उच्च माध्यमिक विद्यालय में शिक्षण कार्य कर रहे हैं और हिंदी साहित्य में शोधार्थी के रूप में उच्च अध्ययन भी कर रहे हैं।

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26 April 2018

INDIGO STAFF ENJOY VOLUNTEERING


“It was a wonderful and enlightening experience. We are very grateful to all the members of this organization.” With these words Ms Jasmine Aziz Shafi and Mr. Debashis Ghosh leading a group of 6 female and 4 male staff members of INDIGO Gurugram expressed their delight having rendered volunteering service in the Blind Relief Association, Delhi on 26 April 2018. They engaged themselves in diverse activities like candle making, filling wax in diyas, diary design and packaging working along with the trainees in the Association’s Vocational Training Centre.


Thank you INDIGO for connecting with us.



24 April 2018

WORKSHOP ON 

ACCESSIBLE CINEMAS WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTION


The Blind Relief Association and Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education organized a workshop on “Accessible Cinemas through Audio description and Subtitles” in collaboration with Saksham, Delhi. The participants were teacher trainees from Durgabai Deshmukh College and Diploma Course in Computer Education and their faculty members. Welcoming the participants, Mr. K. C. Pande, Executive Secretary of the Association, highlighted the importance of aptly and crisply filling up the gaps with audio description, drawing a parallel with Zen painting and Haiku poetry. Mr. Dipendra Manocha, President of the Daisy Forum of India and Founder Member, Saksham, in his introductory address shared his experience on the need and importance of audio description in the social inclusion of persons with visual impairment. He said efforts are being made towards achieving the goal of having all film CDs having the option of audio description available to its viewers and the TV channels and public theatres providing facilities to their audience to enjoy the programmes and films through personalized audio-description facilities. Dr. Swati Sanyal, Course Director, Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education, enlightened the participants about how teachers can use audio description in their teaching-learning process and how accessible films can enrich the learning experience of students with visual impairment. Ms. Rummy K. Seth, Founder Member, Saksham and Mr. Narendra K. Joshi, Technical Expert and Voice-over Artist, explained the process of making accessible cinemas through audio description. As practical exercise visually impaired participants, pairing with their sighted counterparts, wrote scripts for audio-description and did voice-over exercises with great excitement and interest. Some of the scripts written by the participants and voice-over were highly appreciated. In the question and answer session several issues relating to accessible cinemas were highlighted. In the later part trainees from the Association’s vocational training programme also participated. 

Thanks Saksham for conducting this greatly meaningful and interesting programme.

SHYRUURYOOSHIKI 
The 2017-18 JAPANESE CLASS CLOSING CEREMONY



8 Students of JPM School who completed 2017-18 Session of Elementary Japanese Language Classes were awarded certificates at the SHUURYOOSHIKI Ceremony held on 21 April 2018. Chief Guest Madam Patricia Hiramatsu, wife of the Japanese Ambassador to India and Guest of Honour Mr.Kaoru Miyamoto, Director General, Japan Foundation gave away the certificates to the students, namely, Vidya Nand, Nikhil Srivastava, Gaurav Kumar Singh, Ajay Gupta, Ghan Shyam, Naresh Palival, Ashutosh, and Ram.

It was in 2012 that the Blind Relief Association started Elementary Japanese classes for the students of its JPM School for the Blind. Japanese volunteer teachers undertook the responsibility of teaching the language. From the year 2013 Itsuko Nandi Sensei, a professional language teacher, has been consistently conducting classes supported by Japanese volunteers. She uses innovative methods and conducts practical situational exercises to help the students understand the language as well as appreciate Japanese culture. In this novel venture Japan Foundation has also been supportive.

Speaking on the occasion Madam Hiramatsu lauded the enthusiasm and perseverance of the students. She praised Nandi Sensei for her voluntary and untiring efforts. Guest of Honour Mr.Miyamoto of Japan Foundation congratulated the students on completing one year programme and hoped that they will maintain their interest and continue to study the language. Mr.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, JPM School congratulated the students and lauded the hard work of Nandi Sensei. He thanked the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour and other guests, including Mr.Masahiro Kobayashi, First Secretary of Japan, Mrs.Benu Nath, Hony. General Secretary, Mrs. Radhika Bharatram, Hony. Joint Secretary, Blind Relief Association and the 8-member KOORU MAYURA - a Japanese ladies choir based in Delhi.

The second part of the SHUURYOOSHIKI was the fun-filled farewell party. There were games, and music. The highlight were the songs presented by KOORU MAYURA Choir who presented Japanese and bilingual English/Japanese numbers. The students also rendered Japanese group songwith actions.











13 April 2018

Mercer/Guy Carpenter Executives Volunteer with us




Ms. Emma Propitti and Mr.Joseph Vitale from Guy Carpentar along with executives from Mrecer Group spent 13 April forenoon in the vocational training workshop of the Blind Relief Association. They lent their hand in making candles, carry bags and other paper products working along with the trainees. 

THANK YOU FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT.



12 April 2018

Farewell to 2017-18 Batch of Class XII


                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Students of Class XII of JPM School who appeared in the Central Board of Secondary Examination this year were given a warm farewell at function held on 12 April 2018 in the Gandhi Centenary Memorial Hall of the Blind Relief Association, Delhi. Principal K J Kurian, Executive Secretary K C Pande and Sri.Arun Kumar Misra, Teacher in their address wished them best of results in their Board Examination. Principal Kuriyan said that he would remember this batch as one of the best and most disciplined. students Brijendra Pande and Pankaj Singh conveyed gratitude on behalf their colleagues to all the support and opportunies they received from their teachers and everyone inthe BRA to learn so much and enjoy an unforgettable and meaningful life. The students were gifted a cloth bag and folding cane fabricated in the Association's workshop, which were much appreciated.


 

 









31 March 2018

FAREWELL OF SRI H D KAUSHIK OF JPM SCHOOL 



Sri Hari Datt Kaushik, who served for over 25 years in the JPM Senior Secondary School office, took voluntary retirement. He was given a warm farewell by the JPM School Staff and BRA staff this afternoon at a function held in the Gandhi Hall this afternoon. Sri.K.C.Pande, Executive Secretary said we all will miss him, among other for his efficient and deft handling of office affairs especially in dealing with the Directorate of Education. As he is still young, Sri.Pande wished him all the best in all that he wishes to accomplish in his personal life ahead and wished for his healthy and happy life. Sri.S.Keshav Kumar, Vice Principal recalled long association as a colleague and wished him a most fruitful, healthy and happy life.  As an appreciation of his long and distinguished service a silver salver was presented to him by Mr.Pande, on behalf of the Blind Relief Association. As a mark of love and affection the staff of the JPM School and the BRA also presented him gifts.  









31 March 2018

मनोज कुमार के कहानी संग्रह के ब्रेल और ध्वन्यांकित पाठ का विमोचन


श्री मनोज कुमार के हाल ही में प्रकाशित दूसरे कहानी संग्रह 'जीवन की बिसात' के ब्रेल और ध्वन्यांकित पाठ का आज BRA के गाँधी शताब्दी स्मारक हॉल में विमोचन किया गया. विमोचन BRA संस्था के कार्यकारी सचिव श्री K. C. पाण्डे ने किया और संस्था द्वारा मुद्रित तीन खंडो की ब्रेल प्रति, और इसके साथ NAB, दिल्ली द्वारा ध्वन्यांकित CD की एक प्रति JPM स्कूल के उपप्रधानाचार्य और लाइब्रेरियन सुश्री सुमन को भेंट की.
जीवन की बिसात के लेखक श्री मनोज कुमार, जो स्वयं दृष्टिबाधित हैं. भारतीय वायु सेना में सेवा के दौरान दुर्घटनावश इनकी ऑंखें क्षतिग्रस्त हो गयी और दृष्टि चली गयी. एक लम्बे शून्यकाल के पश्चात् पुनः अपनी शिक्षा को दुरुस्त करते हुए इन्होने शिक्षण के क्षेत्र में कदम रखा. वर्तमान में श्री मनोज कुमार BRA द्वारा संचालित JPM उच्च माध्यमिक विद्यालय में शिक्षण कार्य कर रहे हैं और हिंदी साहित्य में शोधार्थी के रूप में उच्च अध्ययन भी कर रहे हैं.
यह उनका दूसरा मौलिक कहानी संग्रह है. इसका प्रकाशन KAAV पब्लिकेशन्स, दिल्ली (kaavpublications@gmail.com) ने किया है (मूल्य ४२५ रुपये ). २०१६ में प्रकाशित इनका पहला कहानी संग्रह 'गुलाम आज़ादी' साहित्य जगत में सराहा गया. प्रस्तुत कृति में जीवन के यथार्थ को छूती हुई १५ कहानियां हैं, जो समाज में संघर्षमय साधारण मानव के साथ दिव्यांगजन के जीवन संघर्ष को भी दर्शाती हैं।



31 March 2018

CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS

AND BEST WISHES
FOR THE NEXT ACADEMIC SESSION 2018-19



Final Results of students of JPM School were announced this morning. All the 167 students from Nursury to Class XI (except Class X) were declared pass and promoted to their respective next classes. Classes for the new session will commence from 2 April 2018. A large number of parents were present on the occasion.


26 March 2018


TALK ON POCSO ACT IN BRA



Advocate Vivek Agarwal gave talk on Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act for the benefit of students, staff from all units of the BRA on 26 March. He focused on the seriosness and the importance of securing children under 18 from all forms of abuse and sexual exploitation. The participants keenly listened and asked various question on the implications of the Act.


25 March 2018


 "BRA MILAP" SUNDAY CRICKET


"BRA MILAP" a 256-member WhatsAp group formed by the alumni of the BRA's JPM School organized cricket matches on 18 and 25 March 2018, at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh College. The WhatsAp initiative was launched on 11 January 2018 to bring together the past students of JPM school which plans to organize sports and other useful activities in the future.
Under the Sunday Cricket the members divided into 3 teams led by Mahender, Indre Singh and Sunil Kadyan played matches in which Sunil Kadyan team emerged the winner. While the winning team received the trophy, attactive prizes were given to men of matches and other outstanding perfomers from the hands of K C Pande, Executive Secretary, BRA who was invited as the Chief Guest.



17 March 2018


WORKSHOP ON 
MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIP & MATRIMONY 
ENTREPRENEURSHIP: WAY TO SELF-EMPLOYMENT



The Blind Relief Association, in partnership with  INCLOVE - a matchmaking app focusing on persons with disabilities -  organised a workshop on Saturday, 17 March for the vocational trainees of the Association. The topics were, 1. Building Meaningful Relationships and Matrimony and 2. Entrepreneurship: Way to Self-employment for Persons with Disabilities.







11 March 2018

NAMASTE Mr.President Emmanuel Macron of France



The students of the BRA's JPM School, as memebrs of Childrens Choir of the Neemrana Music Foundation were honored to sing the national anthem of France before the visiting President of France H.E. Emmanuel Macron. The occasion was a reception hosted in his honour at the Embassy of France on Sunday, 11 March 2018.





23 February 2018
Japanese Language Students of JPM School attend OKINAWA KI HAWA 






Six students from JPM School studying Japanese had the opportunity of enjoying live music concert presented by musicians from Okinawa the southernmost group of island in Japanese archipelago. The programme sponsored by Japan Foundation was held in Bluebells School, New Delhi was especially organised for school students in Delhi learning Japanese language.


22 February 2018

DRISTIKON 2018 





Annual Event of Social Service League, St Stephen's College for the Differently-abled Students of the University was held in the Colleg from 20 to 22 February. The Blind Relief Association, Delhi is proud to be partnering with the SSL as sponsor for DRISHTIKON since last 10 years. The event provided opportunuity to take part in diverse talent competions.

17 February 2018

Remembering our Founder Sri Umesh U. Basrurker 
58th Anniversary 




HAVAN & PRAYER MEETING
10:00 am , Monday, 19 February 2018



at the Association's Gandhi Centenary Memorial Hall



23 January 2018

CROSS-DISABILITY HANDS-ON TRAINING

 FOR SPECIAL EDUCATORS






Following the successful Cross Disability Training of Special Education Teachers conducted in August and September 2017, by the JPM Senior Secondary School, the Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi asked the Association’s JPM Senior Secondary School to organize third such hands-on training programme.  Sponsored by the Directorate’s IEDSS Branch and SCERT, Delhi the 5-day programme was held from 18 to 23 January 2018.  29 Special Education Teachers having specialization in the hearing impairment field participated in this programme. Sri.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, JPM School was the programme coordinator.


The objective was to enrich Special Education Teachers working in government schools in Delhi  with practical knowledge of teaching children with disabilities other than their specialization. The participants received hands on training in the area of visual impairment relevant to inclusive education of the disabled in schools. 




22 January 2018

SARASWATI POOJA IN BRA




The festival of Basant Panchami associated with the spring season and dedicated to the Goddess of Learning was celebrated by the students and staff of JPM School and Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education. The students performed Saraswati Pooja. In the Association’s Gandhi Hall the Pooja and Havan was performed by the students. The School students mass-recited Sarasvati Chalisa.  In the later part of the programme a student recited Saraswati Vandana in Sanskrit.  Student of the middle school rendered Sarasvati Prayers set in Raga Basant undr the direction of Sri Mangal, the new music teacher. This was followed by a group song on spring season of Vasant prepared by Sri Ajay Veram, music teacher. The programme ended with an illustrated talk by Sri K C Pande on the spring season with arts and life in India, through traditional khyal compositions in ragas associated with spring season. 

Sarawati Pooja is one of the three festivals, including the Shivratri and Janmashtami, which is organised by the students themselves. The responsibility of organizing Saraswati Pooja rests with Class X.