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

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.