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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.

19 September 2014

BRA TO HOST "LA FIGURA HUMANA (THE HUMAN FIGURE)"

A Unique Photographic exposition by  visually challenged photographers from Venezuela

The Blind Relief Association will be hosting in its premises a unique exposition of photographic works of visually challenged photographers from Venezuela on the theme "The Human Figure" on 1st October 2014.  Conceptualized and curated by creative media person Carmen Irisbell Rosal Oliveros the exposition is coming to New Delhi courtesy Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in New Delhi. Ms Carmel will be present in the Blind Relief Association on Thursday, 1st October at 3:00 pm to explain the photographic works by the visually challenged Venezuelan photographers. 







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18 September 2014


BRA STARTS PILOT DIPLOMA COURSE IN COMPUTER EDUCATION (VI)  

A Pioneering programme approved by RCI in the field of Computer Education for the Visually Impaired

The Blind Relief Association, Delhi has launched this month Diploma Course in Computer Education (Visual Impairment).  This first of its kind course has been designed to prepare cadre of personnel to impart education in computers and related services to the visually challenged at various stages, including education, vocational training and rehabilitation.  The Course module, has been designed by the faculty of Computer Training Centre of the Association under the guidance of Mr.A.K.Mittal and Prof.S.R.Mittal two leading educationists in the field of visual impairment and was examined and approved by Rehabilitation Council of India to be run on Pilot Basis for two academic sessions 2014-15 and 2015-16 by the Blind Relief Association.  This 10-month single academic session full-time course is designed to equip the trainees to acquire and use knowledge about and impact of visual impairment in teaching and learning; gain and demonstrate knowledge on different hardware and software; apply knowledge in teaching access to internet using screen-reading software: facilitate access to various computer programmes for persons with visual impairment; and imparting skills for preparing Daisy Books.

For the inaugural course 19 trainees, consisting 17 visually impaired, have been inducted. The selection was made on the basis their performance in the entrance test conducted earlier in August.  The 2-member core faculty comprises Lecturer and Course Coordinator Mrs.Neelu Suneja, a veteran in the field in the computer education for the visually challenged and Supervisor Mr.Rajpal another veteran computer instructor associated with the Computer Training Centre.   

Introduction Session in the Class Room
Mr. Rajpal supervising trainees in the Computer Lab 






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11 September 2014

THEATER WORKSHOP AT JPM SCHOOL

Jitendra Rai, a film and theater casting director from Mumbai is conducting a week-long theater workshop for the students of JPM School from 9 September.  He came in contact with the School last year when Prabhat from class VIII was picked up by him to play a role in a bollywood film "Matroo Ki Bijli Ka Mandola" directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. As promised by him he here in JPM School these days training the students in voice culture, body language, improvisation, innovation etc.  Students are taking part in the workshop with great enthusiasm.  Some glimpses of the workshop:








    



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5 September 2014


STUDENTS TAKE CHARGE OF JPM SCHOOL ON 
TEACHERS DAY


On September 5, observed nationally as TEACHERS DAY, the students of JPM Senior Secondary School assumed for the day the responsibility of running their school. Deepak Kumar Gupta of class XII assumed the role of Principal, while his colleague students became teachers and other staff of the school. 

Some glimpses:


Principal Deepak Kumar Gupta at his desk
Vice Principal Subal talking to staff member 


Music Taecher Roshan taking a class

Librarian in his cabin

A Class in session

Music Teacher Prabhat taking Music Class

Students practicing on computer in the Computer Lab

Computer Instructor Sintoo taking Computer Class















  



























                                                            
A general view Gandhi Hall with students, trainees and staff listening 
Prime Minister's address being televised on Teachers Day 

Another view of audience in the Gandhi Centenary Hall




Children intently listening the Prime Minister's address



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4 September 2014

STUDENT DELEGATION FROM UNIVERSITY OF EDINBOURGH, SCOTLAND & KINGS COLLEGE, LONDON VISIT THE B.R.A.




A 30-member delegation of students accompanied by the faculty members from Universty of Edinburgh, Scotland and Kings College, London visited The Blind Relief Association, Delhi to observe activities of the Association's diverse educational and vocational training activities.  The delegation was welcomed by Mr.K.C.Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary who gave a brief introduction of the Association, its history and its diverse activities.  Divided into two groups the delegates were taken round the Association's JPM Senior Secondary School, Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education, Technical Training Centre and Computer Training Training Cenre by Mr.A.David, Project Officer and Mrs. Pubali Agarwal, Assistant Professor, Durgabai Deshmukh College. After the observation tour the delegates had an interactive session  with the students of Durgabai Deshmukh College.


Mr.K.C.Pande welcoming the delegates.
 Dr.Bipin Kumar Tiwari and Dr.Anil Aneja seated at the head table 


Interaction with the students of Durgabai Deshmukh College

Interaction with the students of Durgabai Deshmukh College. 
Dr.Anil Aneja of EOC, Delhi University Chairing the discussion.

Interaction with the students of Durgabai Deshmukh College

Interaction with the students of Durgabai Deshmukh College

JPM School students demonstrate cricket

The delegation is visiting India under Connect to India Programme on the theme "Disability and Inclusion: Perceptions & Issues in in Contemporary India"an international student exchange programme of Equal Opportunity Cell, University of Delhi. Dr.Anil Aneja, Dr.Bipin Kumar Tiwari Officers on Special Duty, EOC and Dr.Renu Malaviya, from Department of Education, Lady Irwin College accompanied the delegates.    


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30 August 2014

17TH K.N.NAYAR MEMORIAL CRICKET TOURNAMENT

(Report by Vishal (Class XII) & Sintoo (Class XI) of JPM School)

JPM School team led by Deepak Mittal was today awarded the championship trophy for the 17th Nayar Memorial Cricket Tournament held in the BRA lawns on 23-24-25 August 2014.  Three teams, one from JPM School and two from Delhi University comprising alumni of JPM School took part in the Tournament. The event is organised by the students of JPM School in the fond memory of late Sri.K.N.Nair former Executive Secretary of the Association who dedicated his life serving selflessly the Blind Relief Association for nearly four decades from 1950s to 1991. The award ceremony was held in the Gandhi Centenary Memorial Hall of the Blind Relief Association. Sr. K.C.Pande, Hony Executive Secretary, Sri.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, Sri.S.Keshav Kumar, acting Vice Principal, Sri.C.P.Mohanan, Administrative Officer, BRA, and Sri.K.S. Dhiman, Senior Teacher awarded the Trophy and prizes. 

Deepak Mittal of JPM School receives Championship Trophy from K.C.Pande 

Principal K.J.Kuriyan presents Man of the Match award to Satyam 

Sri Kesav Kumar presenting Man of the Match Award














The 20-over final match was played on 25 August in which JPM School team trounced the Delhi University team led by Deepak Kushwaha by 91 runs with 9 wickets in hand. Playing first the JPM School scored 392 for 1, while Delhi University team scored 301 all out.   Deepak Mittal scoring 74 runs for JPM School team was declared Man of the Match under B-1 (totally blind) category, while Satyam scored record-breaking 271 runs was declared Man of the Match under B-2 (partially blind) category.

On the opening day of the Tournament, i.e. 23 August, the Delhi University team led by Umesh was defeated by JPM School by 9 wickets. In this 16-over match, Delhi University team could score 224 runs for 7 wickets while JPM School scored 225 runs in just 10.1 overs losing one wicket.

On the second day, i.e. 24 August the two Delhi University teams clashed. Deepak Kushwaha-led team won the 16-over match. Batting first the team led by Umesh scored 135 runs for 9 wicket. Deepak Kushwaha's scored 136 in 7 overs loosing 2 wickets.

Rishu Singh of Delhi Univesity was declared Man of the Tournament in B-1 category and Satyam of JPM School was the Man of Tournament in B-2 category.

Some Glimpse of the opening match of the Tournament played on 23 August


A bird's eye view of match being played

A sweeping stroke by batsman from JPM School

Grand stroke by Satyam of JPM School

A Delhi University team bowler bowls to Satyam

        
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23 August 2014

Gulati Sir Passes Away


Photo of Gulati Sir

The Blind Relief Association, Delhi reports with profound grief the passing away of Sri. Shiv Kumar Gulati, a retired Trained Graduate Teacher in the Association’s JPM Senior Secondary School for the Blind in the early hours of morning today.  His body was cremated this afternoon at Kalkaji Crematorium New Delhi. The last rites were performed by his son Vivek.  Besides family members and relatives a large number of his friends, former colleagues, teachers, Principal and Manager of JPM School as well as Executive Secretary of the Blind Relief Association were present at the cremation ceremony to pay their respect to late Sri Gulati.


After completing his education in Panipat Sri Gulati joined the JPM School in 1974 and served the institution with great dedication and distinction till his retirement on 31 October 2008.  Soft spoken, extremely gentle and devoted teacher Sri Gulati was admired and respected by all especially his students.  He leaves behind his wife, one son and one daughter.  The Blind Relief Association family pays its profound respect and shares the grief with his family on the passing away of Sri Gulati. 









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17 August 2014

2-DAY JANMASHTAMI  CELEBRATIONS COMMENCE

The grand 2-day Janmashtami celebrations at the Blind Relief Association commenced this evening with the auspicious Havan by the students with their teacher Pt. Ram Kumar Sharma performing the role of Priest and in the presence of senior teacher and active Vice Principal Sri S. Keshav Kumar.  A large number of JPM School alumni joined the students and trainees assembled in the Association's Gandhi Centenary Hall the venue of two-day celebrations entirely planned by the students of JPM School. 

After the Havan the day-long mass recitation of Goswami Tulasidas's epic Ramacharitmanas began at 9:00 p.m.  It will conclude around the same time on Monday, 18 August.  Group of students in batches are taking part reciting the epic in relay.  Upon the completion of Ramachatirmanas the next day, the main Janmashtami pooja celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna will be held until mid night.

Here are some glimpse of the event on 17 August:

The gathering of students in the Gandhi Hall at the Puja
 before the commencement of Ramacharitmanas recitation

Havan being performed for auspicious beginning of two-day celebrations.
 Pt. Ram Kumar Sharma performing the role of priest 

Students with folded hands singing Aarti  

Students including some alumni doing mass recitation of Ramacharitmanas
      

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15 August 2014

National Flag Unfurling Ceremony at B.R.A.


The resident students, trainees and staff of the Blind Relief Association held a brief flag unfurling ceremony in the morning of Independence Day, 15 August 2014.  They lined up and clapped as the flag was formally unfurled jointly by nursury class student Tejendra, vocational trainee and Male Nurse Shivaji. Saluting the national flag the students sang Pyaaras Jhandaa song.  Hony. Executive Secretary K.C.Pande in his brief speech mentioning Jawaharlal Nehru's the famous Tryst with Destiny speech reminded about the unfulfilled dreams of the freedom fighters.  He highlighted the call  given by Prime Minister Modi in his inspiring speech from the ramparts of Red Fort for each one of us to work hard selflessly and make India a truly great nation.  

15 August 2014
The resident students and staff salute the National Flag unfurled jointly
by nursery class student Tajendra, Warden Sri Shivaji, and a TTC Trainee

Students singing Jhanda Song

School  Band salutes the National Flag

15 August 2014
A general view of  Independence Day function 



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14 August 2014

Celebrating The Independence Day 


Flag hoisting ceremony followed by cultural programme by the students and trainees from the Association's JPM School, Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education, and Technical Training Centre were held on 14 August morning heralding the Country's Independence Day on 15 August.  Smt. Arvind Manjit Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India was the Chief Guest at the function.  Smt Priya Aude Wacziarg, Managing Trustee, Neemrana Music Foundation was the Guest of Honour.

As the Chief Guest unfurled the tricolor the group of students sounded bugles accompanied by drums in salute, and sang the Jhanda Geet (flag song). After this brief ceremony held in the Association's lawn a cultural programme comprising singing of patriotic songs, speeches, poetry recital and dance performance was held in the Gandhi Centenary Memorial Hall.  Besides the students, trainees, teachers and staff several well-wishers of the Association came to witness the function.  In between a brief ceremony at which medals and certificates were awarded to students for their outstanding performance in the sports events held recently in the JPM School.  In her address the Chief Guest Mr.Arvind Manjit Singh profusely lauded the students and trainees for the extraordinary talent demonstrated by them in the items presented by them. She added that it was way beyond her imagination and she is more than convinced these students are second to none. Availing this opportunity she assured that she will do proactive role in identify within her department to explore the possibilities and opportunities for persons with visual impairment and other disabilities to be given placement within the scope of government norms. 

Some glimpses of the function:

Chief Guest Smt Arvind Manjit Singh  and others saluting the National Flag

Students singing Jhanda Geet

Student Amit Puri conducting the function as Master of Ceremony 

The Chief Guest lighting the lamp.
 The Guest of Honour Smt Priya Wacziarg is by her side 

A primary class student presenting plan sapling to the Chief Guest

Students reciting Vande Mataram

Speech by Deepak Gupta a student of JPM School 


Dance performance "Jai Ho" by the junior students of JPM School

Poetry recitation by Mehtab Khan of JPM School

JPM School Choir singing Hindi-Japanese version of Iqbal's 
 Sare Jahan Se Achha Hindositan Hamara  

The audience

Trainees from Technical Training Centre presenting a patriotic song

Teacher Trainees from Durgabai Deshmukh College singing
the song  "Chhodo Kal ki Baaten"
       






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13 August 2014

The Blind Relief Association, Delhi launches  R.C.I. approved 1-Year Pilot Course for Diploma in Computer Education from September 2014

The Blind Relief Association, Delhi is launching the first of its kind Diploma in Computer Education (Visual Impairment) Course from September 2014.  The full-time one academic year course intends to equip the trainees with necessary knowledge and skills to provide education in computer and related services to the visually challenged.  The Course and its curriculum is approved by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) on a pilot basis, initially for a period of  two years.
Admission to the Course is open to men and women – blind and sighted, who possess a minimum qualification of XII Class.  The admission will be made through an entrance test and interview.


The Prospectus along with the application forms priced Rs.50/- can be purchased from the Blind Relief Association office from  16 August to 25 August 2014 on all working days.  The application form can also be downloaded from the following link. 




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25 July 2014

BRAILLE PRODUCTION UNIT ACQUIRES NEW BRAILLE EMBOSSER DONATED BY MATTERS OF COMMUNITY, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.

The Blind Relief Association’s Braille Production Unit has acquired a new Braille embosser courtesy Matters of Community (MOC) based in California, USA. which has relationship with the Association’s J.P.M. Sr. Sec. School for the Blind since 2006.

MOC is a California registered nonprofit organization started in early 2004 by Neal Bharadwaj while he was a junior at Washington High School, Fremont, California. Neal was inspired by the volunteering experience he obtained at another nonprofit organization that supports the needs of disabled children.

The J.P.M. School and Matters of Community enjoy a beautiful relationship with its roots going to the chance visit of young Neal Bharadwaj to the School in 2006.  Neal and his brother gave an enchanting Clarinet recital for the school students.  In his subsequent visit Neal and J.P.M. School students presented a music programme in the School.  In 2009 MOC raised funds to support upgrading of Music Room of J.P.M. School.      

Wishing to support further activities for the benefit of the students, MOC decided and raised funds to strengthen Braille production facilities at the Association in 2013.   With the generous grant of 3000 US dollars from MOC and an equal amount from BEBO Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Chandigarh, connected with MOC, the Association acquired a Braille Embosser, Braille Translation Software and a Computer for its Braille Production Unit.  With the addition of this equipment the capacity of Braille production has increased considerably.  The Blind Relief Association places on record its profound gratitude to MOC for their continued support to the activities of J.P.M. School.


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6 May 2014

HINDI BRAILLE VERSION OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SRI M RELEASED 

'Himalayavasi Guru ke Saye me Ek Yogi Ka Atmacharit' the Hindi Braille version of the autobiography Sri M was released by its author Sri M, as Mumtaz Ali is popularly known.  The author is a social activist, educationist and a crusader of inter-religious harmony.  The book release ceremony was held in the Gandhi Centenary Hall of the Blind Relief Association.  Sri M presented the first copy of Braille Hindi version the biography to Sri K.C.Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary.  Mr.P.K.Pincha, Chief Commissioner of Persons with Disabilities presided over the function. Several followers of Sri M and several visually challenged students were present on the occasion.  Prior to the formal release of the autobiography Surya Prakash, a visually challenged former student of JPM School read out some excerpts from it.


   




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17 July 2014


Delhi University Declares Results of B.Ed. Spl (VI) Exams for 2013-14 Session

25 Students of Durgabai Deshmukh College Pass With 1st Division 


The students of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (Visual Impairment) pursuing AY 2013-14 Bachelor of Education (Special Education-Visual Impairment) course under the University of Delhi showed impressive results in the final examinations hald in April/May 2014. All the 31 students who appeared in the examination conducted by the University passed successfully.  25 students got first division while 6 passed with second division and one did not appear for examination.  One student from the last academic session who reappeared in the examination also passed this year.

Arvind Kumar topped in the examination, while Saurabh Kumar and and Shailendra Kumar respectively got second and third position.   


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9 July 2014


JPM School felicitated by the Government of Delhi for outstanding performance in CBSE Examination 

Sri. K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, JPM School was among the proud heads of government-aided and private schools of Delhi who received Certificate of Recognition by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najib Jung for the School having achieved highest quality index with 100 percent pass results in the Class XII Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examination for the Academic Session 2013-14.  The award ceremony was held on 8 July at Thyagaraja Stadium, New Delhi. It is the first time that the Directorate of Education has initiated the scheme of recognizing and felicitating schools with outstanding performance and the top-ranking students in CBSE examinations. It may be mentioned that this year all 13 students from class XII of JPM School passed CBSE examination securing first division. JPM School was among the four schools under Zone -26 to be felicitated. 

http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com//Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=PAT-FROM-LG-111-schools-lauded-for-100-09072014006051


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30 May 2014

JPM School Students Register Commendable Result in the Class XII CBSE Examination


Maintaining the consistent record of excellent results in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Examinations for Class XII, the students of the Association’s J.P.M. Senior Secondary School for the Blind, yet again this year, registered impressive result in their Class XII Examination held in March 2014.  The results were announced by the CBSE on 29 May 2014.

All the 13 students successfully passed the Board Examination securing First Division.  The top scorers in the class were Vickey Kumar and Shubham Arya with 87 per cent marks. Following them were Mukesh Kumar with 82.20 per cent ranked second and Prabal Pratap Singh securing 79.2 per cent ranked third in the class. 

Overall 34 subject distinctions were secured by the students. 9 students secured distinction in Political Science, 6 got distinction in History;  5 distinctions each were in English, Hindi and Music, and 4 in Sociology.


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13 May 2014

Farewell to Teacher-Trainees of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education




Students of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (Visually Impaired) who underwent one-year study in the College for degree of Bachelor of Education (Special Education – Visually Impaired) from the University of Delhi were given a warm send off by the College and BRA staff on 13 May 2014.  Mr.P.C.Mehta, Deputy Executive Secretary, BRA, Dr.Swati Sanyal, Course Director, and faculty members Dr.Sudeep Kumar Dubey and Mrs.Pubali Agarwal addressed the students and wished them a bright career and hoped they will contribute their best to the cause of education of the visually challenged.  Aspiring to be teachers, the students shared their rich and varied experience in the College and BRA campus while expressing gratitude to their faculty and the College. The batch of 32 students comprises 22 male and 10 female students and 14 among them are visually challenged.   

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6 May 2014

BRAILLE VERSION OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SRI M RELEASED 

The English Braille version of 'Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master - A Yogi's Autobiography' was released by its author Sri M, as Mumtaz Ali is popularly known. A social activist, educationist and a crusader of inter-religious harmonyBorn in Kerala Sri M, at the young age of 19 travelled to the Himalayas and there he met and lived for several years with a 'real-time',  as Mumtaz Aliis popularly known 















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28 April 2014

FAREWELL TO OUTGOING CLASS XII STUDENTS 

It was indeed a poignant moment as the teachers and staff of different units of the Blind Relief Association bid farewell to the class XII students of 2013-14 batch, at a the ceremony held in the Association's Gandhi Hall.  Mr.K.C.Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary, B.R.A., Mr.P.C.Mehta, Manager, Mr.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, Mr. Mahabir Singh Negi, Senior-most Teacher, and Mr.K.S.Dhiman, Teacher wished the students brilliant result in the Board Examination, and a bright career as they pursue higher studies and chalk out professional career.  The ceremony was conducted by the Senior Teacher Mr.S. Keshav Kumar.  All the speakers in their speech emphasized that unlike a school students, hereafter, as adults they will be masters of their own life and destiny and hoped that they will handle this freedom with wisdom and responsibility. The education and rich experience they acquired by them during their the School will stand them in good stead as they they face new challenges in life. The Blind Relief Association will always be ready to help them in whatever way it was possible in their future life as well. 

Mr.Mukesh Kumar, Mr.Vickey Kumar and Mr.Shubham Arya who responded on behalf of their colleague students had their voice choked with emotions as they expressed their gratitude for the rich experience gained and the wholehearted support they received from one and all, be they the Principal, teachers, the hostel staff and the BRA management. As a token of their gratitude the students gifted a Color Laser Printer for the School Library, which they hoped would be boon especially for the senior students of JPM School who have to prepare project reports which they have to prepare collecting information from net as a part of their curriculum.  The gift was received by Principal Mr.Kuriyan.  As token of remembrance the BRA gifted folding canes manufactured in its TTC workshop to each one of the students.

Here are some pictures of the Farewell Function:.


L to R: Mr.M.S.Negi (addressing the students), Mr.K.C.Pande, Mr.P.C.Mehta, Mr.K.J.Kuriyan

Mr.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal addressing from the podium


Mr.S.Keshav Kumar conducting the function.
Also seen in the picture is Mr.Suresh Kumar (standing)


A general view of the audience

Mr.Mukesh Kumar speaking from the podium.
Seated on the table R to L are Mr.Kuriyan, Mr.Mehta, Mr.Pande, Mr.Negi

Vickey Kumar speaking from the podium

Mr.Shubham Arya speaking from the podium

Mr.K.J.Kuriyan (Principal) receiving the gift of Colour Laser Printer presented by the students of outgoing Class XII 

Rahul Kumar receiving the gift of folding cane from Mr.P.C.Mehta (Manager, JPM School)

Back Row L to R: Mr.Jambulkar (behind him is Mr.Ravinder Nagar), Mr.C.B.Dube, Mr.Rajesh Kumar, Prabal Pratap, Vickey Kr, Mukesh Kumar,  Anuj Pratap, Mohit Arora, Shubham Arya, Mr.Mool Chand, Mr.Keshav Kumar, Mr.Suresh
Front Row: Mr.Negi, Hari Narayan, Suman Kumar, Kaushalendra, Dayanand, Rahul, Om Prakash, Mr.K.J.Kuriyan  

Back Row L to R: Mr.K.J.Kuriyan, Prabal Pratap, Vickey Kumar, Mukesh Kumar, Anuj Pratap, Mohit Arora, Shubham Arya, Mr.K.C.Pande
Front Row: Mr.P.C.Mehta, Hari Narayan, Suman Kumar, Kaushalendra, Dayanand, Rahul Kumar, Om Prakash, Mr.S.Keshav Kumar

Back Row L to R: Mrs.Rajbala Sharma, Prabal Pratap, Vickey Kumar, Mukesh Kumar, Anuj Pratap, Mohit Arora, Shubham, Mrs.Kamalesh Kumari, Mr.C.B.Dube
Front Row: Hari Narayan, Suman Kumar, Kaushalendra, Dayanand, Rahul, Om Prakash, Mr.S.Keshav Kumar

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28 April 2014

THE 3RD J.P.M. SCHOOL ANNUAL SPORTS   


With a view to promoting sports culture and maximum participation of its students in sports activities JPM Senior Secondary School has been organizing School Annual Sports since last 3 year. The third edition of School Sports this year was held from 25 to 28 April 2014.  The events on the first two days were at opening two days, comprising, main track competitions were held at Thyagaraja Stadium.  Subsequently, the venue shifted to the Blind Relief Association lawns, where 50 mtr short race, frog jump, shot put, discus throw,long jump, kabaddi and tug of war were held.  Thus every student in the school got the opportunity to take part in one event or the other. Ceremonial part of the School Sports, included lighting of torch by Mr.P.C.Mehta, Manager, JPM School which Mr.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal handed over to School's international athlete Yogesh Kumar, who ran carrying the torch round the School sports field. 



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28 April 2014


NIDM Thanks JPM School and BRA Mock Drill & Development of Tools


National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) has thanked JPM School and the Blind Relief Association for involving NIDM faculty in organizing mock drill exercise of students. Dr.Satendra Singh, Executive Director in his letter congratulated the School and expressed appreciation for the excellent level of preparedness and rescue timings during earthquake drill conducted on 24 April.  He hoped that the School will play a pivotal role in direction of creating material that could help in reducing disaster risks for children with special needs. 


Children taking cover under classroom desks during the mock drill

  

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24 April 2014

Prospectus and Application Forms for Admission in
 Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education for B.Ed
 (Special Education - Visually Impaired) - University of
Delhi available on sale 

Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (Visual Impaired), University of Delhi has commenced the process of admission in one-year Bachelor of Eduaction (Special Education - Visually Impaired) for the academic session 2014-15 with the sale of College Prospectus and application form. The Prospectus and Application form priced Rs.500/- (Rs.575/- by Post) can be purchased from the Sales Counter, The Blind Relief Association, Delhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, New Delhi - 110003. The same can be downloaded from the College website www.durgabaideshmukhcollege.org. However, the charges for application form, i.e. Rs.500/- has to be paid at the time of submission along with the entrance examination fee of Rs.500/- (Rs.400/- for SC/ST/VI/PD). 

The sale of Prospectus and Application Form at the BRA Sales Counter is open only from 10 am to 4 pm on all working days i.e. Monday through Saturday (except on Holidays).

Important: Payment is accepted only in cash or by Demand Draft from any Nationalized Bank in favour of The Executive Secretary, The Blind Relief Association, Delhi payable at Delhi. Cheques/Money Orders/ Postal Orders shall not be accepted.  

Enquiries:  Tel. 011-24361377, 24361376 
                 E-mail: ddcse_vi@yahoo.co.in,  blindrelief@gmail.com
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19 April 2014

MULTI-SPECIALITY HEALTH CHECK UP CAMP 

 IN THE BLIND RELIEF ASSOCIATION


Sri Guru Teghbahadur University, Gurgaon, run by Dashmesh Charitable Trust, which has been running a free dental care unit in the Blind Relief Association for the benefit of students, trainees and staff of the Association, conducted a comprehensive medical check today, i.e. 19 April 2014. A 12-member team led by Dr.Sumanth Prasad Professor and Head of the Department of Community Dentistry, and comprising 9 doctors covering the disciplines of dentistry, general medicine and physiotherapy along with three paramedic staff carried out dental, medical and physiotherapy check up of the students and staff of the Association's JPM School. The other specialist members of the team included senior dentists Dr.Sanchit Pradhan, Dr. Sahil Handa, junior dentists Dr.Shalu Monga, Dr.Shalu Sehrawat, and Dr. Sekhar; physicians Dr.harish and Dr. Shital; and physiotherapist Dr. Jeevant. The University has plans to carry out such checkups periodically in BRA, and this service will in future be made open to the visually challenged students from neighbouring special schools as well. In the first round of check up today students of junior and middle school were covered. The remaining students from the senior classes and vocational trainees will be covered in a similar camp to be held on Saturday, 26 April.  

Eye Check-up Camp:  
Simultaneous with the above health check-up camp, an Eye Check-up Camp was held under the aegis of Dr.Shroff Charitable Eye Hospital. A 2-member team comprising Optom Latika and Coordinator Ms Sahiba conducted the eye camp. 

Here are some pictures of the camps:

R to L : Dr.Sumanth Prasad, Dr.Sanchit Pradhan, Dr.Sahil Handa 

Dr. Prasad giving treatment to a student

Dr.Sanchit treating a student 

Dr. Shilpa and Dr. Harish examining students 

Dr. Shilpa checking up a student

Dr. Jeevant, Physiotherapist examining a student

Eye Camp by Dr. Shroff Hospital

Optom Latika examining a student. Coordinator Ms Shakila in the background
















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16 - 17 April 2014

21st SUBODH CRICKET TROPHY 


Marking a joyous herald of new academic session the students of JPM School organized on 16th and 17th April the 21st edition of Subodh Trophy, a friendly cricket tournament played among three teams formed by the students.  Here are some exciting moments of the tournament captured in camera.

















   





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10 April 2014

The BRA provides Master Trainers and Trainers to facilitate voters with disability in the Elections for New Delhi Parliamentary Constituencies 


On the request from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India the Blind Relief Association, Delhi is lending the services of 14 personnel as Master Trainers and Trainers to train the electoral staff assigned to facilitate voters with disability.  The arrangements to provide special training to the electoral staff to take care of voters with disabilities is being coordinated by the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Institute for the Physically Handicapped. The Institute requested the cooperation of the Blind Relief Association by way of lending the services of its staff to train the electoral staff to properly assist voters with visual impairment at the polling booths across NCT of Delhi.   

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7 April 2014


FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION BY DELHI FIRE SERVICE



Mr.Manoj Kumar Sharma, ADFO, Delhi Fire Service explaining the functioning of CO2 Fire Extinguisher



Students attentively listening to Mr.Sharma



Delhi Fire Service has selected B.R.A. to hold mock fire drill on fire safety. To orient the staff, students and trainees of the Association on fire hazard and safety measures to be adopted in case of fire emergency a lecture/interactive session was conducted by Delhi Fire Service on Monday, 7 April 2014.  Mr.Manoj Kumar Sharma, Assistant Divisional Fire Officer conducted the session wherein he explained and demonstrated the use of various fire fighting devices.  The teachers and staff also tried their hands on these devices.



Teachers trying their hand at CO2 Gas Fire Extinguisher

An outdoor demonstration of chemical extinguisher  


     
Mr.Ashok Kumar, teacher trying his hand at extinguisher 







Fire Officer Sharma talking to teachers and vocational trainees and staff of BRA


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4 April 2014

Safety Preparedness Drill in the Association premises 

The students, staff and trainees from all the units of the Blind Relief Association, comprising JPM Senior Secondary School, Durgabai Deshmukh College, Vocational Training programmes and the Association office participated in the Safety Preparedness Drill today. The drill was carried out at 11:00 am on 4th April today marking the anniversary of the Kangra Earthqauke as part of School Safety Prepardness Drill in school and institutions in earthquake prone areas.  As the bell struck at 11:00 am, the students and staff practiced drop, cover and hold on and then evacuate to the designated open assembly area.  As in the past, Geohazards Society assisted in holding the Safety Preparedness Drill. Her are some pictures of the drill:

Students coming out from class rooms

Students being escorted down from first floor

Younger children being escorted to safe open area 

Headcount of students in the school lawn

Students and staff assembled in the school lawns

Students being escorted back to the School 

      










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31 March 2014

Academic Results of JPM School Declared

New Session commences 1st April

JPM Senior School announced this morning the final academic result for 2013-14 of its students.  Parents of many of the students were also present in the Gandhi Hall as class-wise results were declared and received with loud cheers from the students.

All the 175 students, from Nursery  to Class XI successfully passed their respective final examinations held in March 2014 and promoted to the next class.

Classes under the new session (2014-15) commence from 1 April 2014. 

Here are some pictures taken on the occasion of the results announcement:




Result being announced by the Teachers Sri.S.Keshav Kumar and Sri C B Dubey. Seated behind them are the other faculty members  
Students cheer as results are announced. Seated on chairs behind the students are their parents


KACHNAR blossoms in full bloom in the School compound











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28 March 2014

JPM School Students & TTC Vocational Trainees

 Participate in Japanese Cultural Fest "KIZUNA 2014"  

Students from JPM school and vocational trainees from the Technical Training Centre(TTC) of the Blind Relief Association participated in the Japanese Cultural Festival - KIZUNA 2014 organised by the Centre of Japanese Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University on 28 - 29 March 2014.

The TTC trainees who are learning paper-craft and bookbinding took part in the Origami Workshop.  It was not only a very enjoyable but also an educative experience getting to know about the unique Japanese art of creating different object through folding paper.  The 5-member choir group form JPM School comprising students of class XII who have been learning Japanese language as hobby participated in the Stage Events held on 28 March. The group rendered a popular Japanese song "Bokurawa minna de ikiteiru".  The melodious rendition of the song received loud applause from the appreciative audience.  


KIZUNA is an annual cultural event organized by the Jawarharlal Nehru University with the support of Embassy of Japan, Japan Foundation and Japanese Association New Delhi. Students from different institutions in Delhi NCR region teaching Japanese language participate in this two-day event. The other participating institutions included Delhi University, MOSAI Institute of Japanese Language, Nihongo Centre, D.P.S. Dwarka, D.P.S. Vasant Kunj, Namaste Chorus Group Japanese Association New Delhi. Last year also students from JPM School participated in this event. It was the primary school choir group who similarly won the hearts of audience with their presentation of medley of Japanese, Hindi and English songs in KIZUNA 2013.  Here are some glimpse from KIZUNA 2014.




Mukesh, Rahul, Shubham (with the Guitar), Om Prakash and Hari Narayan presenting Japanese song

Nayeem, Nand Kishor, Munna, Prakash & Gopal
trying their hands in Origami

A volunteer assisting Mehboob and Vinay in making the right fold

Participants displaying their Origami creations with Ms Ruchie Bhalla who conducted the Workshop

An Indian folk dance performance by one of the participating institutions







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8 March 2014

Voice Coach Jasmin Conducts Workshop at the Blind Relief Association for School Children


Jasmin Martorell, a noted Voice Coach  from France who is currently in India in connection with an opera  Romeo Juliet being produced  by The Neemrana Music Foundation with the participation of musicians from India and Europe, conducted a voice training workshop for the children from the Blind Relief Association who are being trained in choral music under the care of Natasha Vaz of The  Neemrana Music Foundation.  The children enthusiastically participated in the workshop sessions held at The Blind Relief Association on 8th, 13th, 18th and 21st March 2014 courtesy The Neemrana Music Foundation. Natasha Vaz assisted Jasmin in conducting the workshop.  Some pictures of workshop. 


Workshop session on 21 March. Natasha on the keyboard, as Jasmin
carefully listens to the children singing.

Jasmin giving individual attention to a child 

 Group photo of the cheerful participants. Sitting in the forefront (L to R) Natasha Vaz, Jasmin Martorelle and K.C.Pande

Group posing for photo at the B.R.A. lawns
  

Jasmin conducting workshop (8 March)

Jasmin (on the keyboard) and Natasha conduct the workshop (8 March)

Jasmin with the children at the workshop (8 March) 




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27 February 2014

JPM SCHOOL STUDENTS CELEBRATE MAHASHIVRATRI 

As in the past the students of JPM Senior Secondary School organised the festival of SHIVRATRI on 27th February with great enthusiasm and religious fervur. Mahahivratri is among the 3 major festivals which are very special for the students of the School, in the sense that entire festival programme is organized by the students themselves. The responsibility of organizing Shivrati programme rests with the students of Class XI, who collect contribution from among themselves and from the staff. Many alumni also join the Mahashivaratri puja, which includes performance of Havan, followed by mass reading of Shiv-Parvati Samvad in the Ramacharitmanas, and singing of devotional songs going until mid-night. Thereafter, Prasad is distributed. Many students observe fast.

A unique thing about the event is that the students get hands-on experience of organizing a major programme and thereby helping develop leadership spirit.   




















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25 February 2014

6-WEEK PROGRAMME ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP CUM SKILL DEVELOPMENT CONCLUDES

The six-week long Entrepreneurship cum Skill Development Programme (ESDP) on Book Binding was successfully concluded with the Veledictory Function held on 25 February 2014.  Hosted by the Blind Relief Association, the Programme was organised by MSME Development Institute, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Government of India. 19 visually challenged trainees who successfully completed the Programme which commenced on 15 January 2014 received Participation Certificates from Mr.R.P. Vaishya, Director, MSME Institute.  During the 6-week Programme the trainees, besides getting intensive training in book-binding and related paper-craft, attended motivational talks and lectures by mentors and experts in the field micros entrepreneurship who took up in details various topics relating to starting new business, market study, organizing and managing finance, challenges faced in running business as well as various schemes of the Government to encourage and offering support to small entrepreneurs. 

    
Mr.Vaisya, Director, MSME Institute giving the Valedictory Address


Trainee receiving participation certificate and a booklet in Braille 


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23 February 2014

JPM-NEEMRANA CHOIR CHILDREN REMEMBER FRANCIS WACZIARG



Children from JPM School who are part of Neemrana Children's Choir paid tributes to Francis Wacziarg, the founder of Neemrana Music Choir (who passed away on February 19) at the Prayer Meeting held on Sunday, February 23 at the Chinmaya Mission Hall in New Delhi. They also sang the song "This little light of mine/I will let it shine all the time" in his memory.

The chorus’ tribute:
फ्राँसिस सर हमें कहते थे की उन्हें संगीत से बहुत प्यार हैजिसे वह सब लोगों तक पहुंचाना चाहते हैं। हमारी खुशकिस्मती है की हम नीमराना चिल्ड्रन्स क्वायर के साथ जुड़े हैं। हम नये-नये गाने सीखते हैंऔर म्यूज़िक ब्रेल भी जान रहे हैं। इस बीच हम प्रसिद्ध संगीतकारों और ऑर्केस्ट्रा से भी मिले और हमने ब्रास-बैंड और पैन-पाइप जैसे संगीत का भी आनंद लिया। हम अपने स्कूल मे और बाहर भी अनेक भाषाओं मे गाते हैं. फ्राँसिस सर हमारे हरेक कार्यक्रम मे आये और हमे प्रोत्साहित किया। हमें आशा है कि हम अपने संगीत द्वारा उनकी याद का दीप जलाये रखेंगे।

Francis Sir told us that he likes music and he wanted to share that with everyone. We are lucky and happy to be a part of the Neemrana Children's Chorus. We learn new songs and theory in music Braille. We have been able to meet famous musicians and orchestras and listen to brass bands and pan pipes. We perform in different languages outside our school too. Francis Sir came to all our performances and we hope to keep his light shining on through our singing.

Francis Wacziarg (1942-2014):


Francis Wacziarg, founder of The Neemrana Music Foundation, worked to put India on the world map of Western and Indian classical music. Actively involved in promoting arts and culture, with an emphasis on building bridges between different people and varying cultures, Mr. Wacziarg was passionate about encouraging the children at JPM School in their music education and took a keen interest in their progress. The children's choir was conceptualized and created in 2010. 

Choir with Maestro Antonio Giovanni from Italy

Choir performing at the Alliance Francaise 

Choir at the 70th Annual Function of B.R.A.

Francis at the 70th Annual Function of the B.R.A.

Choir presenting Japanese song at KIZUNA 2013 - Japanese
Cultural Festival held at JNU

French Brassband performing at the Blind Reliwef Association

Francis (seated 5th from the left) at the French Brassband performance at the B.R.A. 





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22 February 2014
AN AFTERNOON OF GHAZALS AT THE B.R.A.
Piyush Raj regales the audience

Sri Piyush Raj, a noted Ghazal and folk singer presented a programme of Ghazals in the Blind Relief Association on 22 February 2014 and won over his appreciative audience comprising students, staff, management and guests of the Association with a collection of choicest Ghazals with deep emotional contents.  He sang works of poets like Bashir Badr, Ramesh Siddharth, Malikzada Javed, Waseem Barelvi, Rana Sahardi and Shahid Anjum.  Each one of his renderings received wide applause.   Bashir Badr's  "Ýuun hi besabab na phira karo" and "Bhool shayad bahut badi kar li" which he rendered on special request from the audience received thunderous applause. In the end he sang a Himachali folk song at the request of the audience. 
The programme commenced with a devotional number soulfully rendered by Diksha, the highly talented daughter of Piyush Raj. 

Piyush Raj was accompanied by an equally competent team of musicians, comprising Athar Husain on Tabla, Yunus on Violin and Anil Sharma on Guitar. Their musical interjections adding charm to the concert received wide applause from the appreciatice audience.  

The Ghazal Programme in the Gandhi Hall

Diksha presenting a soulful Bhajan to open the programme


Piyush Raj singing with Athtar Hussin on Tabla,
 Anil Sharma on Guitar and Yunus on Violin  

The appreciative audience

Piyush Raj singing a Ghazal

Sri.S.K.Misra,Trustee B.R.A. presenting bouquet to Sri.Piyush Raj

The artistes (L to R) Athar Husain, Diksha, Piyush Raj, Anil Sharma and Yunus






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22 February 2014

ARJUN VAJPAI, YOUNGEST INDIAN EVERESTER MEETS
 JPM SCHOOL STUDENTS 

“When I reached the top and looked all around, I saw the most spectacular view ever. No camera could ever capture this view – the Himalayas were below me and nothing obstructed. It was an awesome feeling to see the sun rise below the eye level.  I felt like I ruled the world!”.  This is how Arjun Vajpai  graphically described that historic moment as he set his feet atop the 29030 ft high summit of Mt.Everest at 6:18 am of 22 May 2010  to become at an age of 16 years  the youngest Indian to scale this highest peak on earth.  Listening in rapt attention to this breath taking real life story were the students of JPM School for the Blind.  Speaking in informal Hindi, he instant built a rapport with his audience as he narrated his life as not so academically bright boy, but loving sports and outdoor life.  And, how he started trekking from the age of 10, and fell in love with mountains.  He said he always believed in dreaming big and aiming high and also that one needs to put in a lot f hard work to achieves the dreams.  He described about the rigorous training he had to undergo at Nehru Mountaineering Institute in Uttarkashi before taking up climbing of high peaks in the Himalayas.  Giving an account of the Everest expedition he graphically described the tough challenges he faced in crossing treacherous Khumbu Glacier, and the tough climb up on the ice wall of South Col.
He thanked his parents for being so supportive and ever ready to help him in realising his dreams.  Arjun mentioned that he would not only like to climb Mt.Everest yet again, but also would like to pursue his dream of climbing all the 14 highest mountain peaks above 8000 m, and become the first Indian to do so.  He has already conquered 3 peaks.
A number students asked him questions.  Arjun presented to the School library his two books  “ On Top of the World - My Everest Adventure” in English and  “Everest par Tiranga” in Hindi.
Mr.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal who earlier introduced Arjun to the audience, also proposed the vote of thanks, profusely lauding his immensely inspiring talk. He hope to have Arjun visit the School for such interaction with the students in future as well.

The lecture was organised courtesy Mrs.Radhika Bharat Ram, who along with Mrs.Priya Vajpai, mother of Arjun were present during the talk.  Mrs.Benu Nath, Chairperson, JPM School was also present on the occasion.  

Arjun giving the illustrated talk

Arjuna talking to the students

Students listening with rapt attention

Arjun speaking

Arjun presenting his books to Principal Kuriyan

A student presents bouquet to Mrs.Priya Vajpai. 

Group photo taken on the occasion







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21 February 2014

JPM SCHOOL HOSTS ZONAL ANNUAL PRIZE DISTRIBUTION FUNCTION OF SCHOOLS 

Gandhi Centenary Hall of the Blind Relief Association was the venue for the grand Annual Prize Distribution Function (Sport & Cultural Activities) of the 29 schools coming under Zone-26 of New Delhi District. The function was organized under the aegis of the Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi to award prizes and certificates to winners in various zonal sports and cultural activities and competition conducted by the Directorate during the year.  Sri R.P.Yadava, Deputy Director Education, Smt Omeswhwara Singh, Education Officer, and Sri S.K.,Saraswat, Education Officer were the Guests of Honour, while Sri.P.C.Mehta, Manager, JPM School for the Blind was the Special Invitee at the function.  On the occasion the students from schools regaled the audience with a colourful cultural programme, comprising dance and music items. The Guests of Honour and Special Invitees presented shields and cups to the champions and runners up teams and individuals winners in different competitions. JPM School bagged the Overall Trophies in Music Junior and Seniors.  Individually, the JPM School won 11 First Prizes, one Second Prize and 3 Third Prizes. Here are some pictures taken on the occasion:

Quawali by JPM School boys

JPM School team receiving Zonal Trophy

Principal Mr.Kuriyan receiving trophy from
 Sri.R.P.Yadava, DD Education. Seen in the background

 is Sri.P.C.Mehta, Manager, JPM School

A dance perfromance

JPM School Junior students performing a action song


Bhangra dance performance

Amit Puri of JPM School reciting his poem

  
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19 February 2014

BRA FAMILY REMEMBERS ITS FOUNDERS

19th February is observed by the Blind Relief Association family as a special day to remember its founder Sri Umesh U Basrurker who passed away in 1959 on this date. A Havan was performed in the Association's Gandhi Hall in which the students, trainees and staff from all the units of the Association participated.  Sri. K.C Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary, and senior teachers Sri. S. Keshav Kumar and Sri. Negi talked about the invaluable contribution and selfless service of the visionary founders Smt Anusuya and Sri Umesh Basrurker in creating this institution which today stands as a premier institution in the country working in the field of education, vocational training and rehabilitation of the blind. 





     
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4 February 2014

BASANT PANCHAMI - SARASWATI PUJA

Students and teachers from JPM School and Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education joined by trainees and staff of BRA performed with devotion the Saraswati Puja on the occasion of Basant Panchami. Pt.Ram Kumar Sharma, Sanskrit Teacher the School led the performance of Havan and Puja  ceremony held in the Gandhi Cenenary Memorial Hall of the Association. The School students recited Saraswati Chalisa.  In the programme following the Puja the students sang devotional songs. Music teacher Dr. Ravinder Partap sang raga Basant which is associated with spring season. Executive Secretary Mr.K.C.Pande also rendered a few traditional compositions associated with the spring seasons. Shubham Arya of Class XII accompanied them on the Tabla while Amit Puri of Class XI played Harmonium. 

The programme was organised by the class X students of JPM School. Vasant Panchami is among the three festival (the other two being Shivratri Ratri and Janmashtami) which are entirely organised by the senior students of JPM School, who collect contributions and handle all the logistics of the programmes. 

Here are a few pictures taken on the occasion.

Pt. Ram Kumar Sharma leading the congregation 

Teachers and students singing Aarti

Children seated around Hawan Vedi 

View inside Gandhi with children listening music
with rapt attention

Music Session - small children singing while
Shubham Arya and Amit Puri accompanying them
on Tabla and Harmonium  

Another glimpse of the music session














      




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1 February 2014

GRAND ANNUAL PICNIC 

The Annual picnic of the Blind Relief Association was held on 1st February at the picturesque Buddha Jayanti Park located in the Central Ridge on New Delhi.  Nearly 650 persons comprising students, trainees, staff, alumni, volunteers and their family members participated in this major annual event of the Association. Buses carrying the participants left the B.R.A. campus for the Park at 9 am. Dividing themselves into groups the participants walked walked around exploring different sections of the sprawling park and enjoying the beauty on nature.  The lunch was served in the lawns at 12.30 pm., after which in a corner an impromptu music session started in which students, trainees and teachers regaled their audience with folk and popular songs. 
Here are some pictures taken during the picnic.











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30th January 2014

B.R.A. REMEMBERS MAHATMA GANDHI ON 

THE MARTYER'S  DAY

The staff and students of the Blind Relief Association assembled this evening at a newly created courtyard christened 'SHANTINIKETAN' to pay homage to the Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi who attained martyrdom the same date in 1948.  Coinciding with the exact time of his martyrdom at 5.17 pm, the students, trainees and staff observed one-minute silence. This solemn ceremony marked the formal dedication of SHANTINIKETAN courtyard, created mainly through the initiative of the students of JPM School, to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.

Inspired by the message of Mahatma Gandhi, the students of JPM School did Shramdan, for clearing a neglected corner of the Association's campus which had been used as dumping area for over four decades.  The students toiled many Sunday mornings during the last and this winter season to clear this area of bricks, stones, ceramics, plastics dumped and buried there for years. In the process a beautiful but obscure bamboo-grove in a corner was exposed.  Not only that the students also painted the long compound wall and even dug compost pits and filled them with kitchen waste to make manure for the Association's gardens. This led to the efforts by some of the staff members including the Association's gardeners Sri. Abdul and Sri.Prem Chand to give this corner a proper shape.  Thanks to the students initiative the Association has this unique corner that reminds of a Village Chaupal or an elegant Zen garden. 


A view of SHANTINIKETAN. In the foreground behind the row of bamboo poles is the encircled space strewn with white marble chips with a tall dry trunk of eucalyptus tree standing in the centre.  In the far background is the flood-lit bamboo grove.  

A view of the encircled space strewn with white marble chips. On its periphery are blocks cut out of tree trunks and kept at regular intervals along circumference.  In the middle is the octagonal sitting platform around the standing tall trunk of a dead eucalyptus tree and placed on it is a Charkha (spinning wheel) symbolizing  the Gandhian way of life.  In front of the platform is a rock with a flower bouquet  placed over it. 


The beautiful bamboo-grove gleaming in flood light 
Students, trainees and staff assembled at SHANTINIKETAN courtyard
 to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi.  Seen in the foreground is
the Charkha placed atop platform around tree-stump 


A section of students and trainees  
  
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23rd January 2014

FREE CARE HAIR CAMP BY AFFINITY SALON 

Under CARE HAIR INDIA, a CSR programme of AFFINITY SALON, the students and trainees of the Blind Relief Association, Delhi are availing periodic free hair cut by the Salon’s hairstylists. It was a fun-filled experience for the children as they waited for their turn and receive haircut of their choice, while popular music numbers were being played on music system.

Here are some pictures taken on 22nd January 2013.




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17th January 2014


ENTREPRENEURSHIP CUM SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN BRA

The Blind Relief Association is collaborating and hosting in its premises a two-week Entrepreneurship cum Skill Development Programme (ESDP) organised by Government of India, Ministry of Small & Medium Enterprises, MSME Development Institute, New Delhi.  The trainees participating in the ESDP are mainly visually challenged as well as orthopeadically handicapped persons who have received or have done vocational and other training courses in the BRA. The Programme also seeks to cover persons from schedule cast and schedule tribes.  The focus skill of the Programme is Book Binding and Paper Craft which forms part of practical training, while the trainees will be sensitized, motivated and imparted knowledge and know how on how to start and run business of their own. 

The Training Programme was inaugurated on Friday, 17 January by Mr. R.P.Vaishya, Director, MSME Development Institute, New Delhi.  He mentioned about the initiative of the Government of India to promote micro and small entrepreneurship among the youth, and facilities being offered by the Government.  He called upon the participants to be enterprising and independent enough and chart out a brighter destiny through becoming entrepreneur themselves, rather than choosing to be an employee of others.  Mr.K.C.Pande, Executive Secretary, Blind Relief Association, recalling the Association's long relationship with MSME DI, thanked Dr. Vaisya for giving the BRA the opportunity to host this Programme. He said that this innovative programme has several encouraging features, which makes him hope that after attending the programme at least some of the participants will emerge as entrepreneur.  Mr. Abhishek Singh, Assistant Director, MSME DI and the Coordinator of the Training Programme briefed the participants on the structure and special features of the training, and how they can derive benefit from what they will learn during the 6-week training.  Mr.A.David, Project Officet, Technical Training Centre (TTC), BRA welcomed the initiative and based on the long experience of TTC, suggested how the programme can be made really more meaningful for persons with disability.  During the 6-week period, the trainees will be addressed by experts and trained in the skills of bookbinding and crafting different paper products.  Below are some pictures taken on occasion of inauguration.

















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13th January 2014

LOHRI BONEFIRE IN BRA COMPOUND

The students, trainees and staff of different units gathered around the traditional Lohri Bonefire lit in the back lawn of the Blind Relief Association campus.  As the huge flames leapt skywards providing a most welcome warmth the gathering offered groundnuts, popcorn, til rewari to it.  Sri Som Raj from the Candle Unit sang the traditional Punjabi song narrating the legend of "Dulla Bhatti", a Robinhood who helped a poor disheartened father in getting his daughters married. Sri.K.C.Pande, Executive Secretary explained the significance of Makar Sankranti, Pongal and Bihu (marking the advent of new year in Tamil Nadu and Assam) and the astronomical significance of the day when the sun having reached its southernmost position begins moving northwards, heralding the ebb of extreme cold weather.  Here are some pictures taken on the occasion.






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6th January 2014

BRA HOSTS IN-SERVICE SHORT TERM PROGRAMMES OF NIVH

The Blind Relief Association, Delhi hosted this week three In-service Short-term Training Programmes sponsored by National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH), Dehradun. 


  • Teaching In Inclusive Class Room: Held from 6 to 10 January the Training Programme was organised by the Association's Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (V.I.). 25 special educators and teacher educators from Delhi, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh benefited from the 5-day programme.ujarat and Haryana and  of VI participated.










  • Application of Screen Reading Software: Held from 6 to 11 January, the programme targeting special educators of VI and teacher educators of VI, was organised by the IT Unit of the Association. 









  • Training in House Management: Held from 6 to 10 January, this programme was organised by the Association's Technical Training Centre. Participants comprised hostel staff, visually impaired youth and parents from various institutions from different parts of country.


 

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4th January 2014

VICKEY KUMAR  OF JPM SCHOOL WINS SECOND PRIZE   IN NATIONAL BRAILLE WRITING COMPETITION IN HINDI IN SENIOR CATEGORY

Vickey Kumar, a student of class XII of J.P.M.Senior Secondary School for the Blind bagged the Second Prize in Hindi Braille Writing under Senior Category of the prestigious National Braille Writing Competition organized by All India Confederation of the Blind (AICB) on the occasion of 205th Birth Anniversary of Louis Braille on 3 January 2014.

Vickey Kumar received the prize from Smt. Stuti Kacker, Secretary, Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India at the  Louis Braille birth anniversary celebrations held at the headquarters on 4th January 2014.

The Second Prize won by Vickey carried with it a cash reward amounting  Rs.5000/- , 25 percent of it in the form of Braille Books of his choice, together with a bust of Louis Braille and certificate.

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27th December 2013

B.R.A. Receives the first instalment of grant from MOC Charitable Foundation
MOC (Military Order of Collar) Charitable Foundation of Great Britain has released GB £4000 as the first instalment of its support to the two important programmes of the Blind Relief Association namely "Facilitating Education of the Blind through Braille and Recorded Books" and "Project for Children with Multiple Disabilities".  The Foundation has agreed to provide a total grant of GB £12000 to these two projects for the year 2013-14.
The MOC Charitable Foundation has maintained a long partnership with the Blind Relief Association providing support to the Association's various programmes since 1997.
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23 December 2013

Graduation Ceremony and Year End Party for Japanese Language Students



To mark the completion of the one year long Elementary Japanese Language learning programme for the students of Class XII of JPM Senior Secondary School, a Graduation Ceremony cum Year-End Party was held on 23 December.  The eight students who participated in the programme and studied Japanese language under Itsuko Nandi Sensei, were awarded certificates by Mr.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, JPM School.  Present on the occasion were Okuyama Sensei of Japan Foundation, Delhi with his wife as the Guests of Honour.  Also present on this happy occasion were three Japanese volunteers, namely, Ms. Okamoto, Ms.Furuya and Ms.Hata.  Mr.K.C.Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary, Mr.P.C.Mehta, Manager, JPM School and Mr.C.P.Mohanan, Administrative Officer also joined the function.
Mr.Pande and Mr.Kuriyan welcomed and thanked the guests and congratulated the students on successfully completing the year-long programme. Mr.Kuriyan said that the students are very fortunate to have expert native-speakers teching them the language.  Mr.Pande thanked Itsuko Nandi Sensei for the great love and devotion with which she has been teaching the students, using innovative methods and exposing them to different aspects of Japanese society and culture.
Earlier during the day a final assessment test was conducted by Nandi Sensei. Based on their performance in the test and in the class during the year individual assessment cards were prepared.  The students were awarded certificate of successful participation.
After the Certificate Award Ceremony the Year-End celebratory party commensed with a melodious silver flute recital by Ms. Furuya, a Japanese volunteer who has been assisting Nandi Sensei. She rendered some popular Japanese melodies associated with Christmas, as well as, a folk melody.  This was followed by duet singing by Ms. Okamoto and Ms. Hata who rendered two popular songs.  The enchanting rendering came with a surprise, as rendered the same songs in Hindi too. 
It was now the turn of the students to reciprocate. In an action-song they called the names of different body parts, synchronizing with hand action.  TE NO HIRA O TAIYOO NI, was the next presentation by them. Sung perfectly in unison, tune and impeccably correct Japanese pronunciation, the presentation surprised the Japanese guests.  Finally, Shubahm Arya on the Tabla and Mukesh Kumar on the Sitar rendered a Gat in Raga Bageswari, set in Teen Taal (16 beat cycle).  As an expression of their profound gratitude to their teacher, the students gave some presents to Nandi Sensei.  
The programme concluded with congratulatory words by the Guest of Honour Okuyama Sensei of Japan Foundation.  He expressed hope that the students will continue to take interest in Japanese language and Japanese studies. He hoped that some day some among them would visit Japan to pursue higher studies.  Nandi Sensei congratulated the students on successfully completing the language programme. She said that their sincere hard work was the real earning for her. She wished them well in the coming Board Examinations.  She hoped that they will keep enriching their knowledge of Japan and the Japanese language, as they enter university and contribute to promoting goodwill, better understanding and cooperation between the peoples of India and Japan, as they advance further in their life ahead.                

Mr.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, JPM School giving welcome address

Guests of Honour Mrs.Okuyama with daughter & Okuyama Sensei of Japan Foundation,
 flanked by Nandi Sensei (standing Left) and Shubham Arya (seated Right)

Suman Kumar receiving certificate from Mr.Kuriyan and Nandi Sensei

Mr.K.C.Pande  reading out  Hari Narayanan's assessment card
before the award of certificate to him

Seated in a circular formation the students and guests enjoy a music performance

 Ms. Furuya playing Silver Flute

 Nandi Sensei talking to the students.
 Seated L to R are Om Prakash, Suman Kumar, Hari Narayan and Rahul Kumar

Ms.Okamoto and Ms Hata singing Japanese/Hindi  Song

Shubahm Arya and Mukesh Kumar giving Tabla and Sitar recital

Group Photo
Seated in front (L to R) Mrs. Okuyama with daughter, Mukesh Kumar, Anuj Pratap, Rahul Kumar, Hari Narayan
Standing behind (L to R):  Mr.K.C.Pande, Executive Secretary, Okuyama Sensei from Japan Foundation, Ms.Hata, Mr.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal,, Shubham Arya, Surya Prakash, Ms.Furuya, Om Prakash, Nandi Sensei and Ms.Okamoto  
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9 December 2013

70th Annual Function of B.R.A.

Cultural performance by the students of JPM School and Durgabai Deshmukh College

The 70th Annual Function of the Blind Relief Association, Delhi was held on 9th December 2013.  Students and trainees of JPM Senior Secondary School and Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (Visual Impairment) presented an impressive programme of music, dance and theater and regaled the audience who jam-packed the Association's Gandhi Centenary Memorial Hall.

Dr. Varsha Das, a noted author, Gandhian and former Director, Gandhi National Museum and former Executive Director, National Book Trust graced the Annual Programme as the Chief Guest. Mrs.Preeti Monga, a recepient of National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the category of Best Self Employed (Visually Impaired) for the Year 3013 was the Guest of Honour. Justice (Dr) A.S.Anand, President of B.R.A. presided over the Function. Mr.Ranjit Puri, Vice President, Mrs.Benu Nath, Hony General Secretay, Mr.S.K.Misra, Hony. Treasurer & Trustee, Mr.A.K.Mittal, Vice Chairperson, JPM School, and Mr.A.K.Dixit, Member, Managing Committee and several other members, friends and supports of the Association were present.  Mr.Francis Wacziarg, Founder, Neemrana Music Foundation and Mrs.Shehnaz Hussain, who has been supporting Ayurvedic massage training for the blind in the Association were among other distinguished guests who graced the Function with their presence.  

On arrival in the campus the Chief Guest was presented a Guard of Honour, with the playing of bugles and drums accompanied by lazium performed by the students of JPM School. As the Chief Guest Dr.Varsha Das and the Guest of Honour Mrs.Preeti Monga entered the Gandhi Centenary Hall they were greeted two kids from JPM School with the presentation of mementos. The ceremonial lighting of lamp by the the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, President, Vice President, Hony. General Secretary, Hony. treasurer and Vice-Chairperson, JPM School followed by rendering of Vandana -  a prayer to the Godess of Learning Sarasvati - marked the auspicious commencement of the Annual Function. The prayer was composed and directed by Dr.Ravinder Partap, Music Teacher, JPM School.

Mr.K.C.Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary gave the welcome address. He paid homage to Late Mrs.Anusuya and Mr.Umesh U.Basrurker, who founded the Blind Relief Association in 1944. In his address, he also recalled the glorious services of Mrs.Manju Bharat Ram, the former General Secretary and Life Trustee of the Association, who passed away an year ago on 12 December 2012. Highlighting the achievements of the Association during the last one year, Mr.Pande mentioned about the National Award received by the Association earlier in February this year. He said, it was an befitting tribute to the vision and hard work of the founders and several others who contributed to its growth over the years. 

Before the commencement of the cultural presentations, the audience observed two-minute silence in memory of Nelson Mandela who passed away on 6 December.  A student of JPM School briefly narrated his life story and paid glowing tributes to the departed World Leader. 

The first cultural item was SANGAM - a beautiful combination of orchestral music, chorus and dance performance by the students of JPM School. It was perhaps the first time that such a unique combination of live orchestra, chorus and dance was being presented by the School. 35 students took part in this presentation. The orchestra and chorus were directed by Mr.S.Keshav Kumar, Senior Music Teacher and the dance choreography was done by Mrs.Kanchan.  This was followed by of PARIVARTAN, a play written and directed by Smt.Rajbala Sharma, Senior Teacher and enacted by the students of JPM School. The play dealt with the prevailing corruption and deformities in the electoral practices.  It was greatly appreciated by the audience.  The next item was a Medley of English Songs, rendered spiritedly by JPM School Junior Choir, trained by Ms.Natasha M.Vaz of Neemrana Music Foundation. The performance received thunderous applause. Following this, children from Multiple Disability Unit sang an inspirational song.  The melodious and tuneful rendering the group song by the children was warmly cheered.  The JPM School's concluding presentation was an Action Song by the School's youngest children belonging to Nursery Class. The melodious rendering by the tiny-tots, trained under the care of their teacher Mrs.Kamal Verma, won the hearts of the audience. The compering was done by Mr. K.S.Dhiman and Mr.Manoj Kumar, both teachers of JPM School.

The second part of the cultural programme was presented by the students of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (Visual Impairment).  The students, who are being trained as special teachers for the blind enacted the play GIRGIT, a Hindi adaptation of Anton Chekhov's satirical play 'Chameleon'. The play was directed by Guest Director Mr.Mukesh Jha. The lyrics of two songs in the play were by Shailesh, a student of the College. The commendable enactment by student-actors received thunderous applause.     

On this occasion, the President of B.R.A. Justice Dr.A.S.Anand, released the book "Drishtibadhit Vidyarthiyon ki Samasyayen aur Unke Liye Sujhav", dealing with the problems and suggestions relating to the education of the visually impaired, authored by Dr.Sudeep Kumar Dubey, Assistant Professor of Durgabai Deshmukh College. The first copy of the book was presented to the Chief Guest Dr. Varsha Das.

The compering was done by Pooja and Shambhu, both students of Durgabai Deshmukh College.

In a brief Prize Distribution Ceremony Anshu Kumari, Ruchi and Shanta, students from 2012-13 batch of Durgabai Deshmukh College were awarded prizes by the Chief Guest.  Following this the best trainees from the Association's Computer Training, General Mechanic, Multi-skill, Massage and Electronics Training Courses were awarded prizes.

Justice Dr.A.S.Anand, gave the Presidential Address.  He thanked the Chief Guest Dr.Varsha Das, the Guest of Honour Mrs.Preeti Monga for sparing their valuable time and encouraging the students by appreciating their performance. Justice Anand mentioned that as the Association celebrates the seventieth year of its establishment, coincidentally this year also happens to be the seventh year his assuming the responsibility as the President of this organization.  He remembered and paid glowing tributes to his eminent predecessor Dr.Bharat Ram and others who steered the development of this institution during the seven decade and nurtured the vision of the Founders Mrs. and Mr.Basrurker.  He fondly recalled the important role played by the Late Mrs.Manju Bharat Ram over the four decade of her active association with this institution.  Mentioning the National Award received by the Association in February this year, Justice Anand attributed it to the dedicated and sincere work of the entire team of students, trainees, staff and management of the Association. Pointing that so far predominant beneficiaries of the services of the Association have been male. This gender bias needs to be corrected. In this context he also mentioned about the Association's plans to expand its infrastructure, so that new programmes and services for female blind could be taken up. He mentioned that the Phase-1 of construction is going to be taken up shortly. He solicited support from philanthropic members of society and the corporate houses to come forward and support the Association.

Chief Guest Dr.Varsha Das in her address thanked the Association for inviting her as the Chief Guest and providing  the opportunity to witness the amazing talents of the students of the Blind Relief Association.  Admiring the excellent quality of diverse programmes presented by the students, she said that their performance has indeed surpassed her expectations and imagination.  Witnessing the quality and range of their performance, she believes that there is nothing that these students cannot do.  In her inspiring lecture she quoted from ancient scriptures and the sayings of Mahatma Gandhi extolling the intrinsic values of education and ethics in life.  In this context also quoted the Buddhist philosopher-Leader Diasaku Ikeda, urging the students to aspire for real education and higher values in life. (For speech excerpts, go to Readings) 

Mr.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, JPM School proposed the Vote of Thanks. He expressed gratitude to the Chief Guest Dr.Varsha Das, the Guest of Honour Mrs. Preeti Monga and all the friends and supporters of the B.R.A. to have spared time to attend this function. He thanked Justice Anand, the office bearers and members of the Management for their presence, witnessing and appreciating the efforts and talents of the students.  Availing this opportunity Mr.Kuriyan highlighted the achievements of his School students in academic and co-curricular activities. He thanked and lauded the hard work done by students and staff in presenting the programme and making it a grand success. He profusely thanked the all staff and other who worked hard behind the scene and ensuring smooth and efficient conduct of Annual Function. 

The programme ended with the singing of the National Anthem. 

Chief Guest Dr,Varsha Das arriving with Justice Dr. Anand, President BRA.
Seen behind them is Mr.Francis Wacziarg, Founder, Neemrana  Music Foundation
Justice Dr. Anand and Guset of Honour Mrs.Preety Monga ligting the lamp

Sr. Varsha Das Lighting the lamp


Special Guest Mrs.Shehnaz Husain with a child student on her lap

Vandana (Prayer Song) being rendered by the students of JPM School

A student paying homage to Dr.Nelson Mandela

SANGAM - An orchestral, chorus and dance item presented by the students of JPM School 

PARIVARTAN - A play presented by the students of JPM School

Another glimpse of the play

A Medley of Songs presented by JPM School Junior Choral Group

Children from Multi-Disability Unit prsenting group song

  



The tiny tots from Nursery Class presenting action song 




Justice Dr.Anand releasing book by Asst.Prof Dr.S.K.Dubey 

Author presenting a copy
to Mrs.Benu Nath, Hony. General Secretary

2012-13 Topper from Durgabai Deshmukh College receiving prize from the Chief Guest Dr. Varsha Das


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29 November 2013

Deloitte Employees Leave Their Imprint in BRA on the Company's 'Impact Day' 

Mr.Sachin, CEO, Deloitte (in blue tee shirt) planting a Harsingar sapling


Painting and decorating the boundary wall with graffiti
 Around 70 employees from Deloitte Consulting India Pvt Limited, led by the company CEO Mr.Sachin, came to the Blind Relief Association campus on 29th December and engaged themselves in day-long activities, leaving behind a worthwhile imprint to make the company's 'Impact Day' a truly meaningful event. The young employees divided into different activity-groups took up such concrete works as, painting the boundary wall, planting saplings, labeling and repairing Braille books in the School Library, lending hand in candle production. They also interacted with the students and trainees, playing a cricket match and concluding with music and fun  programme. 


The enthusiasm of the Deloitte employees was seen to be believed. Equally excited were the students and trainees who interacted with them.  The entire event was carefully planned by Deloitte and BRA to make the Impact Day a truly worthwhile exercise and memorable experience, as it actually proved.   
Labeling and repairing Braille books in the School Library

Lending hand in candle production
Posing in front of the entrance to the BRA Main Block



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25th November 2013

BRA hosts "Industrial Motivation Campaign" of MSME Development Institute


Mr. R.P.Vaisya, Director, MSME Development Institute delivering the keynote address

The Blind Relief Association in association with the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises of the Government of India organized an Industrial Motivation Campaign on 25th November, 2013 at 2 pm for trainees at the premises of Blind Relief Association in New Delhi. The event was graced by the presence of Mr. R. P. Vaishya, Director of the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME),  Ms. Madhu Malti, Manager  National Small Industries Corporation(NSIC) and Mr. K. C. Pande, Executive Secretary of Blind Relief Association. 45 present and past trainees of vocational courses were witness to speeches made by the panel members who spoke of the importance of self employment and intimated them of the current assistance that can be extended to them in terms of capital and skill development through training. In all, the Campaign was a successful event that empowered the participants with the information required to overcome the hurdles of visual impairment to venture into self employment.

Ms Madhu Malati, Manager, SISI speaking
at the Campaign. Other panelists seated on her left  

A general view of participants listening the presentations 

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6th Delhi State Paralympic Meet  (9 - 10 November 2013) 

JPM School & Technical Training Centre Athletes Bag 17 Gold Medals 


Bagging 17 Gold, 13 Silver and 14 Bronze Medals the students and vocational trainees from the BRA's JPM Senior Secondary School and the Technical Training Training Centre (TTC) gave a brilliant account of their prowess in track and field athletics at the 6th Delhi State Paralympic Meet which took place on 9 & 10 November 2013. Held in the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, the State Meet was organised by Paralympic Committee of Delhi.

JPM School's tally comprised 15 Gold,10 Silver and 13 Bronze medals won by 19 young student athletes in the Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior Boys categories, while the trainees from Technical Training Centre won 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medal in Senior Boys category.


बी आर ए  का प्रसिद्ध दीवाली बाज़ार सफलतापूर्वक संपन्न 

7-Day BRA's Diwali Bazar concludes 


The Blind Relief Association's  hugely popular Diwali Bazar closed on 1st November 2013 after its greatly successful 7-day run.  Thousands of visitors thronged the Diwali Bazar every day through its run. Apart from the BRA's stall selling products like candles, diyas in over 70 different designs and  sizes, different paper-crafted items made by the visually challenged trainees and workers of the Association, there were over 200 stalls rented out to designers, artists, artisans, and other vendors who made the Bazar a virtual paradise for shoppers out on Diwali festival buying. As every year BRA's Stall was the star attraction. The stall had a brisk sale.  The Food Court offering vegetarian cuisine from different regions also did good business. The presence of nearly 90 NOGs working in the field of disability and other social sectors, who were provided free space, made the Diwali Bazar an "Event with a Cause".  Sri.P.K.Pincha, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disability, Government of India also came and went around the Bazar.  He stopped by at the NGO tables and enquired about the products being sold and the services offered by them.  Mr.Pincha took keen interest in the Relaxation Massage Corner where the visually challenged masseurs trained by the Blind Relief Association were giving the demonstration of their skills.  Hundreds of visitors experienced and highly appreciated the skill of these masseurs.  The Diwali Bazar received an extensive coverage in the electronic as well as in print media.  

Please Note: Although the Diwali Bazar is over, the sale of candles and diyas is still on from 10 am to 7 pm on 2nd November and until 12 noon of 3rd November.  

Here are some glimpse of Diwali Bazar:


Diwali Bazar Banner near the entrance flanked by BRAS's Stall (R) and row of stall (L)
Trainees giving massage

Buyers thronging the BRA Stall



A panoramic view of crowded BRA Stall


Ceramic Pottery  Stall


Stalls doing brisk business

A handicraft stall



NGO Tables
NGO Tables

A panoramic view of the crowded Food Court


Another view of the Food Court






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JPM Students bag Gold and Silver in Zonal Inter School Open Sports Competition

Visually challenged (low vision) students Yogesh Kumar and Rahul Kumar from the Association's JPM School for the Blind sprung a surprise as they not only competed with sighted student athletes in the 5000 m and 1500 m races (Seniors - Under 19 category)  but also respectively won the Gold and Silver medals in the Zone-26 Inter-School Sports Open Competitions organized by the Directorate of Education of Delhi.  The Competitions were held on 29 and 30 October 2013 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. These two athletes have thus qualified for the Inter-Zone School Competitions to be held subsequently. 

In all 14 student-athletes from JPM School entered  in the Zonal Championship challenging sighted student-athletes from other schools. 

Both Yogesh Kumar a of student class XI as well as Rahul Kumar from class XII are keen athletes taking part in the national level athletics events. In 2010 Yogesh Kumar, representing India, bagged three Bronze medals in International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Youth and Students Championships held in Colorado Springs, USA.  


Association's Grand Diwali Bazar opens







The Blind Relief Association's famed DIWALI BAZAR opened this morning (26 October). Held in the Association's premises on Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg (off Lodi Road), near the Oberoi Hotel the DIWALI BAZAR will be open daily from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm daily from 26 October to 1 November. Entry to the BAZAR is free. 

A View of the Association's stall selling candles, diyas and paper products


Range of Paper Products
Buyers thronging the BRA stall in Diwali Bazar

Different Diyas and terracotta items 
Variety of candles - tall Minar, cube,
 bombshell, Apple, floating floral candles

Varieties of candles, diyas, paper products made by the visually challenged trainees and workers are attracting large number of buyers to the Association's stall. Also many visitors are coming to the Massage Corner to enjoy relaxation massage given by the visually challenged masseurs trained by the Association. Over 200 stalls put up by crafts persons, designers, NGOs and other vendors will offer for sale a wide range of attractive traditional crafts, designer wear, home decor and diverse gift items. For those seeking gastronomic pleasure the Bazar has Food Court offering varieties of vegetarian cuisine.  
Diwali Bazar bustling with visitors


Visitors to DIWALI BAZAR can avail Free Parking facility at BHAIRON MANDIR PARKING AREA, opposite Pragati Maidan Gate No.1 & 2, and FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE between the Parking Area and Diwali Bazar venue.  The nearest Metro station Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is just ten minute walk.

Day 3 (28 October) Pictures:
BRA Stall 

A panoramic view of BRA Stall

Relaxation Massage Corner
Enjoying Massage



Stalls and buyers
Row of stalls (night view)


The Crowded Food Court
   
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Visually impaired boys from B.R.A. join hands in creating Korean-Indian installation "The Third Eye"

On view at AMMA UMMA India-Korea Contemporary Art Exhibition at IIC New Delhi

The students and trainees from BRA appreciating the installation "The Third Eye" on display at Gandhi-King Plaza in India International Centre.  The installation was made with hanging lotus lanterns made by them.  
  
Inauguration of Indo-Korean Art Exhibition "Amma Umma" at IIC.  Neeraj Kumar (Class III) JPM School along with Prof. MGK Menon, Ambassador of Korea, media artist Jinjoon Lee and other dignitaries stand behind the traditional lamp jointly lighted by them.

Students and trainees from BRA with installation 'The Third Eye'.  Yellow-Green Lotus lanterns arranged in inverted triangle form and hung glow charm the viewers  




Two young students sticking yellow paper leaves to create paper lanterns at Korean Cultural Centre



A Group of 20 school students and vocational trainees from the Blind Relief Association participated in a workshop organised by the Korean Culture Centre in New Delhi on 11 & 12 October.  Jinjoon Lee, a well-known media artist working worldwide conducted the workshop to culminate in an installation entitled “The Third Eye”.  Working together with 20 volunteers from India and Korea, the group of partially and totally blind students and vocational trainees from the Association created lotus lanterns given shape with Korean paper leaves, light and sound.  The installation symbolises hope, consolation, harmony, dignity of human beings, and a question about light and shadow which are the Third Eye of human kind. 
A view of workshop with visually challenged students and trainees from BRA, working with volunteers 

It was an exciting experience for the students and trainees participating in the workshop and contributing to give a concrete shape to the artist Jinjoon Lee’s concept.  Artist Lee was very much impressed by the devotion and dexterity of his young partners and termed the installation a joint creation.

The three pictures below show (top) visually challended vocational trainees making lotus lanterns, (middle) Korean media artist Jinjoon Lee keenly watching fabrication of lotus lanterns, and (bottom) a group photo of of students and trainees from BRA in front of Korean Cultural Centre 


The installation to be on view at India International Centre from 17 October,  celebrates 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Korea.       


A Cluster of lotus lanterns

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BRA Trainees win medals at the North Zone Abilympics 

Smiling Sushil Kumar with the Gold and Silver medals and certificates 

Sushil Kumar, an orthopeadically handicapped ex-trainees of the Electronics Training Course of the Blind Relief Association won a Gold Medal and Silver Medal in the Regional Abilympics - North Zone organized by National Abilympic Association of India in New Delhi on 10 - 11 October 2013.  He bagged the Gold Medal in the Electronic Circuit Connection & Technique and the Silver Medal in Electronic Assembly & Testing events. Sushil Kumar who passed out from the BRA in 2011 is presently employed in Electromat company based in Lucknow. 

Bronze medallist Subodh Shankar Bhaskar 

Subodh Shankar Bhaskar, also an orthopeadically handicapped who passed out from BRA in 2010, won the Bronze Medal in Electronic Assembly & Testing event.  Subodh, also based in Lucknow is presently working as Service Engineer in SS Mobile company.

The North Zonal Abilympic, a vocational skill contest organized by National Abilympic Association of India and supported by the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India was held at Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust in Delhi.  

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Students bid farewell to Tokuma Sensei

Group photo with the students. Tokuma Sensei with flower bouquet is seated in the front row with Principal Mr.Kuriyan (on her left) and Nandi Sensei (on the extreme left)  



Tokuma Nozomi Sensei, who helped in planning the Japanese language training programme at the Blind Relief Association and also taught the students of JPM School for nearly two years had her farewell class on 7th October 2013.  Tokuma Sensei, a professional Japanese language teacher with wide experience of teaching Japanese to foreign nationals, is in India on an assignment with the Japan Foundation as Visiting Lecturer which concludes in October 2013.
With this class the 2013 Elementary Japanese course Part-1, concludes.  The students belong to class X & XI of JPM School.   Earlier on 3rd October the students appeared for a test. Tokuma Sensei and Principal K.J.Kuriyan handed over the certificates of appreciation and assessment of performance to the students.  In the concluding class the students learnt a rap song on Japanese Kana alphabets.
Congratulating the students, Mr.Kuriyan paid glowing tributes to Tokuma Sensei for the great love and devotion with which she taught Japanese to the students.  Mr.K.C.Pande, Hony.Executive Secretary, B.R.A, presented to Tokuma Sensei a set of candles and carry bags made in the Association’s workshop and a terracotta souvenir.   Mr.Pande thanked Tokuma Sensei for acceding to the Association’s request and taking up the challenge of not only planning but also volunteering to teach Japanese language to the visually challenged students of JPM School.  She also invited an  experienced teacher like Mrs. Itsuko Nandi to join the task of taking forward this challenging task.  Since last year Mrs.Nandi is also rendering devoted services as a volunteer teacher.

Speak on the occasion students Chunnu Singh and Deepak described the wonderful experience of being a student of a kind teacher like Tokuma Sensei.  Thanking the Blind Relief Association for giving the opportunity given to her to teach such lovely and intelligent students, Tokuma Sensei  said that she really enjoyed teaching and interacting with her students. She added that will never forget this greatly satisfying and wonderful experience.  

Students receiving certificates and Tokuma Sensei receives souvenier

Tokuma Sensei talking to student Sagar





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Sale of Candles, Diyas and Paper Products on at B.R.A.






Pictures Above: Products from the workshops of BRA. Clockwise from top left: 1 candles in different shapes and sizes; 2. Range of paper products including carry bags, envelops, note pads, paper lantern, gift tags, shagun envelops, candy box etc.; 3. Diyas and other terracotta items; and 4. Designers diyas.  

Diwali is round the corner.  The Blind Relief Association has brought out for sale its full range of candles and paper products made by its vocational trainees in its workshops.    Available are colourful candles in various shapes and sizes;  big and small traditional earthen diyas; exquisitely designed terracotta lamps, traditional diwalis; elegant bamboo candle-stands; floating candles.  Also available are varied paper products like beautifully decorated carry bags in different sizes, gift tags, shagun envelops,  note pads, paper lamp shades etc. 

A View of Candlemaking Unit


A View of Bookbinding Unit

One can see Association’s workshop working in full swing.  Trainees and staff are full of enthusiasm as they create these products to be sold to large of appreciative buyers. A number of volunteers join hands.  They also make creative inputs in creating new designs, decorating and packaging the items.


Volunteers lending hand in decorating products

For your requirement of candles, diyas, carry-bags and other paper crafted products like carry bags etc. you may visit the Association from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 



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Japanese language students for JPM School visit Japan Foundation



It was an exciting experience for the group of 8 students from class XII of JPM School learning Japanese language when they visited the Japan Foundation office in New Delhi on 26th September.  The visit was organised by their Japanese language teacher Mrs. Itsuko Nandi to provide them opportunity to converse in Japanese language in actual situation. Providing them company and converse with, were four Japanese lady volunteers.
 
 

 
 

Group of Japanese language student posing with Nandi Sensei and volunteers in the Japan Foundation foyer



The visit programme included a ride on Metro from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Station to Moolchand Hospital Station and walking therefrom to the Japan Foundation office.  In Japan Foundation they interacted with the faculty there and watched three short films -  a Japanese school; traditional festival; and an animation film.  Students were thrilled as they conversed  in Japanese with their escorts and the faculty of Japan Foundation.  They also learnt diverse cultural aspects of the Japanese society as depicted in the short films.



Tokuma Sensei addressing the visiting students 

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B.R.A. Hosts Daisy Book Production Training Programme
Training Programme in progress. Seen in the picture are Computer Instructor Mr.Rajpal (extreme right) and Mr.Prashant Varma, Director, Daisy Forum of India






The Blind Relief Association, Delhi hosted a two-day training programme in Daisy Book Production in its premises on 23 & 24 September 2013.  The programme was conducted by Sri. Prashant Ranjan Verma, Director, Daisy Forum of India.  The participants included four staff members of the Blind Relief Association and three from National Association for the Blind (NAB), R.K. Puram, New Delhi.


The program included basic training in different aspects of producing audio recorded material in Daisy format by using OBI software; and use of different playback hardware/tools and software.  Considering the fact that organizations like BRA have a large collection of recorded books available in simple MP3 format, the programme also included training in conversion of such material into standardized accessible Daisy format.



Anothe view of Training Programme

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B.R.A. Participates in NCERT Foundation Day Programme


Action Song being presented by tiny tots from JPM Scholl Nursery Class










The Blind Relief Association, represented by JPM Senior Secondary School and Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (Visual Impairment), participated in the Foundation Day celebrations of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) held the Council’s premises on 1st September 2013.  The Association’s stall displayed a variety of educational aids and equipment used by the visually challenged students at the special exposition on the theme inclusive quality education.  A large number of visitors comprising school students, teachers, educationists and parents coming from different parts of country visited the stall.  The faculty members and the students of JPM School and Durgabai Deshmukh College explained and gave practical demonstration of the various devices and equipment to the keen visitors.  Along with BRA several other institutions in the disability and education sectors had also put up their stalls in the exposition.  It was an excellent opportunity for the BRA to disseminate information on education of children with visual impairment.

















Students Celebrate Janmashtami with Great 

Fervour


Students and teachers performing Pooja before the commencement of Ramacharitmanas Path



The festival of Janmashtami (the birthday of Lord Krishna) is an especially significant festival for the students of JPM School for the Blind.  It is a festival which is organised on a very major scale by the students themselves and the celebrations are spread over two days.  The festival which fell on 28th August was celebrated with great fervour.  As in the past, the festivities started on 27th August night with the auspicious start of 24-hour mass recitation (Akhand Path) of Saint Poet Tulsidas’s Ramacharitmanas (Ramayana).  A large number of students including the School alumni, former teachers, and friends of BRA came and enthusiastically took part in the recitation.  On 28th August upon the conclusion of the recitation, a Havan was performed. Thereafter the second phase of celebrations began. The students sang invocatory songs, and recited verses in praise of Lord Krishna, culminating in the grand Arati performed at 12 midnight, which is supposed to be the exact time when Lord Krishna took birth.  Prasada was distributed after the Arati. Those observing  all- day fast (there were many) broke the fast by partaking Prasada.



The above four pictures show Akhand Ramayan recitation by students reading from Braille Ramacharitmanas.  

Students making packets of Prasad to be distributed

All the arrangements for this two-day celebrations is made by the students themselves, with Class XII being in-charge the logistic planning and execution of the elaborate arrangements. The work involves collection of contributions, decorations, purchasing of ingredients for the Prasada, organizing stay arrangements for outsiders etc.  The support is spontaneous.  This is a unique opportunity for the students to organize a major event, all by themselves.




Independence Day Celebrations in BRA
The Association celebrated the 66th anniversary of India’s Independence with a colourful cultural programme presented by the students and trainees of its different units on 14th August morning.

The programme started with an impressive Guard of Honour given by the students of JPM School for the Blind to the Chief Guest Prof. Mool Chand Sharma, Member, Law Commission, former Vice Chancellor of National Law University, Bhopal & Vice-Chairperson of University Grants Commission, followed by ceremonial hoisting of the national flag by the Chief Guest and singing of a special Jhanda Geet by the students.


Chief Guest Prof.Mool Chand Sharma, and JPM School band saluting the National Flag after ceremonial unfurling
Singing of Vande Mataram by JPM School Choir

After flag hoisting a cultural programme was held in the Association’s Gandhi Centenary Memorial Hall, which began with auspicious singing of Vande Mataram by the JPM School Choir. After the welcome address by Executive Secretary K.C.Pande, Master Aditya of Class IV rendered an inspiring patriotic poem recalling the sacrifices of the freedom fighter. Taking forward the patriotic mood Surya Prakash of Class XII an impressive speech recalling freedom struggle, the post-independence progress and the serious challenges the country is facing today.  Amit Puri of Class XI came on stage and passionately recited a long poem composed by him which moved the audience who responded with thunderous applause.


A view of audience in the Gandhi Hall and Vicky Kumar (Class XI) Mater of Ceremony at the podium


Master Aditya (Class 4), Surya Prakash (Class 12) and Amit Puri (Class 11) rendering poems and speech


The students of Durgabai Deshmukh College then took over the stage to presented “Äwaz Nayi Peedi Ki” a bouquet of choral songs and poem, reflecting patriotic sentiments and aspirations of the new generation.  This impressive presentation was greatly appreciated by the audience. Vicky Kumar of class XI was the Master of Ceremony. He handled task with aplomb.


Presentation by the students of Durgabai Deshmukh College:  Clockwise from top - College Chorus,  the duo Masters of Ceremony, poetry recital


On this occasion Chief Guest Prof. Sharma, Hony. Trustee & Treasurer Sri.S.K.Misra and Hony. General Secretary Smt.Benu Nath gave away prizes to the students of JPM School for their achievements in academics, sports and other co-curricular activities.







Prof.Mool Chand Sharma at the dias delivering address


Addressing the audience Prof. Mool Chand reminded every one of the immense debt the nation owes to the freedom fighters who struggled to win independence for the country fruits of which we are enjoying.  He said he was immensely impressed by the programme presented by the students which surpassed any other such programme he has seen most in his life.  The presentations be it a poem or a speech or song presented by the students reflected the passion and concern of the students to see our country to emerge an ideal country.  He praised the students for their excellence in academic, co-curriculum activities, sports etc.  He told them that this was made possible not merely through their individual efforts.  He reminded them that behind your success lies the silent support of your parents, brothers and sisters, your colleagues and above all your teachers. They should always be conscious of this indebtedness of all.  The moving address by the Chief Guest received thunderous applause.                                          
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Sri.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, JPM School followed by the national anthem.


Independence Day Flag Hoisting by the Hostellers
A brief ceremony was held also on 15th August in the BRA wherein the staff, students and trainees unfurled the National Flag. They sang Jhanda Geet and National Anthem and the Hony. Executive Secretary gave a brief congratulatory address.

Flag hoisting by students on 15th August 

Resident students and staff singing the National Anthem



 Young violinists from the U.S. charm children at B.R.A.



Talented young violinists Silas (17 yrs) and his sister Salonee (13 yrs) Ferrao from Chicago, USA, gave charming solo violin recital in the western classical mode at the Association’s Gandhi Centenary Memorial Hall on Saturday, 3rd August 2013.   While Silas presented classical solo concerto pieces composed by the renowned Ludwig van Beethoven, Friedrich Fritz Kreisler and contemporary American young musicians,  Salonee, a member of young talent group of the U.S. and trained under Suzuki System presented relatively faster pieces.  The performances was lustily cheered by the students and trainees of BRA who packed the Hall.  It was the warm appreciation they received from the Association’s JPM School children earlier in 2011 when they performed before them during their last visit to India, that they developed yearning to come back and perform before them again.  They are keen now to build up on this relationship through suggesting the 150 strong Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra to include India in their performance tour in the near future and perform in Delhi before the children here.







Silas has been a lead musician in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra while Salonee is recognised and is being trained as young talent. Both of them, originally hailing from Goa and born into a family of violinists, have been nurtured under Cyrus Forough, a famous violin teacher. They have performed and recorded in famous venues in USA and other countries. As a service to the society Silas takes time out to perform individually before old and sick people in hospitals in the United States.










French Brass Band entertains students of JPM School 


Los Capitos Banda– a 20-piece brass band from Versailles, France regaled the students of JPM School for the Blind at a special performance given on 26 July morning in the Association’s Gandhi Centenary Hall.  The brass band comprised a variety of instruments such as clarinet, saxophone, trombone, trumpets, horns and drums.  The lively and energetic band played several traditional and popular French as well as international music numbers, including Les Champs Elysees and Hey Baby.   The band came down and mingled with the children  while playing.  The children lustily and rhythmically clappyounged as the Band played number after number, making it a truly memorable morning.


The performance was arranged courtesy Neemrana Music Foundation which is also training young kids from JPM School the western choir music.  The children choir also sang 3 numbers for the Band at the beginning of the programme. 


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Students from JPM School, The Blind Relief Association perform at SWALAMBAN – National Fair on Aid & Assistive Devices




The students of JPM School for the Blind presented this afternoon a scintillating orchestral composition titled “Sur Sangam” at the concluding 3-day cultural programme under SWALAMBAN – a National Fair on Aids and Assistive Devices organised under the aegis of Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India held at PragatiMaidan, New Delhi from 25 to 28 July 2013.  The Fair was inaugurated by Km Selja, Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment on 25 July.  The orchestral composition was conducted by Sri Keshav Kumar, a music teacher of JPM School. The student artists were: ShubhamArya, Anuj, Daman Preet on the Tabla; Deepak Mittal on the flute; Sintu Shah on the violin; AmitPuri on the harmonium; Roshan Kumar Sharma on the keyboard.

At the inaugural function also the students of JPM School presented the song titled “SakshamGeet” (Ability Song), resonating the theme “Swalamban” (self-reliance) of the National Fair which was greatly appreciated by the audience. The composition was by Dr.RavinderPartap, a teacher of the JPM School.  Besides this on 26 July the visually impaired little primary school children presented a lively and colourful action-song – VandeMataram or MaaTujhe Salaam – before an appreciative audience. The action-song was choreographed by KanchanRathod and Kamal Varma. The JPM School Chorus including some students from Deepalaya School, trained under the expert care of Neemrana Music Foundation, were on stage to present a medley of songs in English, French, Japanese and Hindi. The lively and tuneful singing in diverse languages mesmerized the audience. The Chorus was conducted by Natasha of Neemrana Music Foundation.

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BRA Campus comes alive as JPM School and Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education reopen after summer vacations

The long summer vacations for JPM Senior Secondary School ended on 1st July, and with the returning of over two hundred students the BRA campus regained its liveliness.   Before the serious class studies began, the students on 16 and 17 July organised the 20thSubodh Trophy Tournament.

Three teams formed from amongst the students under the names of the three captains Deshraj, Pankaj and Tushar vied for the Trophy named after SubodhGarg, a student who died in 1993.  The Trophy was won by Tushar Team by defeating Desraj Team in an exciting final played on 17 July.   AnkurDhama (B-1) and Obedullah (B-3) were declared men of the Tournament. 




Durgabai Deshmukh College Reopens:

The Association’s DurgabaiDeshmukh College of Special Education (Visual Impairment) reopened on 24th July. 34 teacher-trainees have enrolled for the 2013-14 session of Bachelor of Special Education (Visually Impaired) under the University of Delhi. Among them 15 trainees are visually impaired.




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17 Trainees complete 2-month Summer Computer Course 

17 trainees successfully completed on 29 June the 2-month special course in computer literacy conducted by the Computer Training Centre of the Association.  The group comprised 10 male and 5 female trainees hailing Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.  The course covered Microsoft applications like Ms-Word, Excel, Power Point, scanning, printing and use of Internet, utilizing JAWS screen reading software.  The main purpose of the project is to impart basic skills to enable them to handle common tasks in offices, banks and other establishments.   The training programme also included such soft skills as English conversation and personality development. 

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BRA Staff contributes towards disaster relief in Uttarakhand


The staff for the Blind Relief Association including those from DurgabaiDeshmukh College of Special Education contributed Rs.23,200 to the Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s Relief Fundas their personal contribution towards the disaster relief being carried out in the State . The Executive Secretary handed over the Demand Draft for the contribution amount to Sri.S.D.Sharma, Comissioner and O.S.D. to the Chief Minister on 15th July. Apart from this the staff of JPM School also contributed one day salary to be collectively donated for disaster relief through the Directorate of Education.


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JPM School students pass out with excellent result in Class XII CBSE Examination



Once again the students of the Association’s J.P.M. Senior Secondary School for the Blind scored impressive result in their Class XII Examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in March this year. The results were announced by the CBSE on 27 May.
All the 17 students successfully passed the Board Examination - 16 of them securing First Division.  Manoj Gupta topped in the class by scoring 89.2 per cent marks. Mithilesh Yadav with 88 per cent stood second and Kuldeep, scoring 86.4 per cent, was third.

Overall 54 subject distinctions were secured by the students. 14 students secured distinction in Hindi language; 12 secured distinction in Political Science; 10 in Sociology; 9 in English; 6 in History; and 3 in Music. 

Class XII Students at the Farewell
In the footsteps of their seniors, the students of Class X too registered excellent result in their CBSE Board Examinations this year.   As per the results declared by CBSA, all the 18 students of JPM School successfully passed their Board Examination and promoted to Class XI.






13 – 18  May 2013



B.R.A. hosts IBSA blindsports events 

Week-long sports events for the blind organised by Indian Blind Sports Association (IBSA) and hosted by the Blind Relief Association were held in the B.R.A. premises in New Delhi from 13 to 18 May 2013.  The events comprised 8th IBSA National Football Tournament for the Blind;  2nd IBSA National Kabaddi Tournament for the Blind; 5th IBSA Powelifting Championships  (18 May only); and Athletics Coaching Camp and Seminar on Blind Sports.  Around 180 sportspersons and support officials from 9 states, notably those from distant states like Kerala, Manipur, Orissa and West Bengal enthusiastically took part in these events.
The sports events were inaugurated by the reputed veteran athlete Sri Gurbachan Singh Randhawa.  Sri. Randhawa, admiring the determination and excellence of the blind athletes, lauded the efforts of Indian Blind Sports Association in promoting sports for the blind and in bringing out and nurturing talented blind sportspersons in the country.  He offered to lend his fullest support in the cause of promoting blind sports.
Sri Randhawa, flagged off the first kabaddi match of the 2nd IBSA National Kabaddi Championship played between JPM School for the Blind, Delhi and Ahmedi School for the Blind, Aligarh.  He also watched the inaugural match of the 8th National Football Tournament concurrently played between teams of the same two institutions.
As always the Football Tournament turned out be be highly exciting event.  For the championship, eight teams, including the first timer team from Kerala, contested. There was skill, strategy, determination and passion of the blind footballers to be seen.  The final match was played between the experienced Equal Opportunity Cell, Delhi University team which was trying for a hat trick championship, and the first-timer but well-prepared team of Society for Rehabilitation of Visually Challenged team from Kochi, Kerala.  In this exciting match the Kerala team gave a tough fight to the experienced Delhi University team, until the last minute field goal scored by Abhimanyu which decided the match in favour of the Delhi University team and giving it the third consecutive championship of the IBSA Football National Tournament.
Similarly, the 2nd Kabaddi Championships, played according to the new rules prepared by Indian Blind Sports Association was also full of excitement.  5 teams took part in the Championships. The final was played among two Delhi teams, namely, Institution for the Blind and Hostel for College-going Blind Students.   Institution for the Blind team successfully claimed the Championship.  This Championship provided a most valuable oppoprtunity to IBSA to try out the new rules and based on the this experience and suggestions from the participants to further hone them. 
The Powerlifting Championship took place on  18 May.  The events were conducted undedr the care of officials provided by Powerlifting Federation of India.  25 blind powerlifters took part in different weight categories. The enthusiastic participation underscored the growing attraction of blind youth towards this new sports being promoted by IBSA in the country.  Tirpat Pal Singh from Punjab was once again the star powerlifter of the Championships.   

Simultaneously, over this six-day period the Athletics Coaching Camp and Seminar on Blind Sports was held.  The participants were blind athletes, their trainers, and sports managers.  IBSA’s athletics coach Dr. Satypal Singh, a Dronacharya awardee,  conducted intense practical training and theory sessions on different aspects of track and field athletics. Dr.P.S.M.Chandran, a leading expert in sports-medicine in the country gave a talk on health, sports injuries and dangers and ill effects of doping.  The Coaching Camp also had sessions devoted to yoga, blind-football, and kabaddi. A Judo demonstartion was arranged courtesy the noted Judo expert Sri Munawwar Anzar. His team of Judo-ka gave a very educative and exciting demonstartion of basic Judo techniques and self-defence.

The Closing Ceremony was in the evening of Saturday 18 May 2013.  Justice Dr.A.S.Anand, former Chief Justice of India and President of Blind Relief Association was the Chief Guest and Sri Awanish K. Awasthi, Joint Secretary (Disability Affairs), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment was the Guest of Honour .  The Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour gave away the Championship trophies to the winners and runner up teams of Kabaddi as well as Football Tournament. 

 On this occasion Indian Blind Sports Association released  the IBSA’s history - recording the quarter-century saga of development of sports for the blind in India.  The publication is dedicated to late Smt Manju Bharat Ram, Founder Chairperson of IBSA.   




Chief Guest Gurbachan Singh Randhawa being presented bouquet
by blind athlete Amar Singh


Line up of teams and participants in coaching camp


Dr. C.M.P. Chandran taking the session on sports fitness


Kabaddi match between Technical Training Centre, New Delhi and
Hostel for College Going Students, Delhi

Kabaddi Match between Ahmadi School, Aligarh and TTC, Delhi




Football match between Voice of World, Kolkatta and
ostel
Hostel for College Going Boys, Delhi










Football match being played at night


Football Semifinal betweeen NVS, Jodhpur and SRVC, Kochi

Judo Demonstration






Powerlifting –  Squat

Powerlifting – Triptpal Singh at Bench Press

Football Final between EoC, Delhi and SRVC, Kochi

Football Final



Closing Ceremony – seated on the sofa left to right are Ibsa, IBSA
 Jt Secretary A.K.Mittal,Guest of Honour Awanish K. Awasthi, 
Joint Secretary, Disability Affairs, MoSJE,Chief Guest Justice (Dr) 
A.S.Anand, President, BRA & former Chief Justice of India, 
andSmt.Benu Nath, General Secretary, BRA

Line up of participants

Justice Anand releasing IBSA History 

Guest of Honour Awanish K. Awasthy presenting Football Tournament 
ChampionshipTrophy to the Captain of Equal Opportunity Cell, 
Delhi University

Guest of Honour Awasthy presenting Kabaddi Championship Trophy
to the Captain of Instituion for the Blind, New Delhi





24th April 2013                          

Association holds 69th Annual Function


The Association’s 69th Annual Function was held on 24th April 2013 in the Gandhi Memorial Hall.  Smt. Stuti Kacker, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment was the Chief Guest.  Km Guneet Sethi, recepient of the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities as the Best Role Model and Commodore V. K. Shori, Director - NCC, Directorate of Education were the Guests of Honour.  Justice Dr. A.S.Anand, President, The Blind Relief Association presided over the function.  A large number of well-wishers, former employees, students and trainees. 
The programme commenced with Vandana recited by the students of JPM School, which was followed by lighting of lamp by the Chief Guest, the Guests of Honour and the President – B.R.A., marking auspicious beginning of the programme.
Smt. Benu Nath, Hony. General Secretary, B.R.A. welcomed the guests.  She said, B.R.A. feels especially honoured in welcoming Chief Guest Smt Stuti Kacker, not only as the first Secretary in the newly created Department of Disability Affairs in the Government of India, but also as a person who is committed to and has significantly contributed to the cause of empowerment of persons with disablities.  Extending a warm welcome to Ms.Guneet Sethi, a visually challenged achiever and a role model for others,  and Commodor Shori, she thanked them for gracing the function as  the Guests of Honour.  She briefly spoke about the activities and achievements of B.R.A. - an institution founded in 1944 by visionary couple Smt. Anusuya and Sri Umesh Basrurker.  She added that Association deems the National Award received by it under the category Best Institution Working for the Cause of Empowerment of persons with Disabilities for the Year 2012 as a tribute to Smt. and Sri Basrurker.
Sri K. C. Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary paid tributes to Smt Manju Bharat Ram, a Life Trustee and former Hony. General Secretary, who passed away on 13 December 2012.  A kind hearted true social worker committed to the cause of education and empowerment of persons with disabilities, Manju ji made immense contribution to the growth of the Blind Relief Association during the three decades of her stewardship.  Sri Pande specially highlighted the establishment of Indian Blind Sports Association in 1986 and of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education in 2005 among the several important initiatives taken by the Association during her time. 
The main attraction of the Annual  Function was the cultural programme presented by the students and trainees of JPM Senior Secondary School, Technical Training Centre and Computer Training Centre.  The programme was a grand feast of music, creative dance, one act play etc., superbly presented.  Each and every item drew thundrous applause from the appreciative audience.  There were group songs, orchestra, a fusion of classical dance with yoga, junior children’s  choir – which rendered English, French and Japanese numbers.  The nursury and class I students of JPM School were also not behind. They presented an interesting collage of famous nationalist slogans of prominent leaders of independence movement. The vocational trainees created a music and mime/dance number “Jhmooti Awaz ki  Kahani” effectively highlighting their vocational skills and capabilities. The item greatly impressed the audience with its unique concept and perfect presentation. One-act-play “Bal Sansad” – a satire on the present parliament  - enacted by the School students too received lusty cheers from the audience .  
On this occasion prizes were awarded to the 1st , 2nd and 3rd postion-holder graduates of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (Visual Impairment); and passed out Vocational Trainees.  The prizes were presented by Sri Ranjit Puri, Vice President & Trustee, Sri. Lalit Nirula, Trustee & Ex-Chairman, Durgabai Deshmukh College. 
The Association also honoured its employees who have rendered more than 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years. They were given Meritorious Long Service Awards.  The award were presented by Justice (Dr) A.S.Anand, President, Sri. S.K.Misra, Trustee &  Hony. Treasurer and Smt Benu Nath, Hony General Secretary.
The Chief Guest gave away prizes to the students of JPM School who topped in their respective classes during the year 2011-12.
In his Presidential Address Justice Dr.A.S.Anand congratulated Chief Guest Smt Stuti Kacker for having the honour of being the first Secretary of the newly created Department of Disability Affairs in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.  He praised her for her personal  commitment to the cause empowerment of persons with disabilities, as was evident from the significant contributions she made during  her earlier tenure in the  Ministry.  He assured her that as a prominent non-government organization in the field, the Blind Relief Association shall continue to work untiringly and with still greater zeal to educate, train and provide diverse services to persons with visual impairment and other disabilities with the objective of empowering them to play their rightful role as equal members of the society.   
The Chief Guest thanked the Association for inviting her to the function.  Highly impressed by the performance of the students and traineed, she said they surely deserve to be presented to larger audiuence outside.  The Chief Guest appreciated the work being done by The Blind Relief Association in the field of education, vocational training and public awareness on the capabilities of the visually challenged.  In this context she also mentioned about the Association’s  annual Diwali Bazar as well.  The Chief Guest said, she is aware of the quality work being done by the Association and said she would request the Association to share its vast experience and also undertake new and innovative programmes, especially in the field of vocational rehabilitation.  She also lauded the important work being done by the Association in training special educators for the visually impaired and that she feels proud that her Ministry through National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH) has been supporting the Association’s Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education.  She assured that she would look into the Association’s request for providing more comprehensive support to this important training programme.  
The programme concluded with the Vote of Thanks proposed by Sri K. J. Kuriyan, Principal, JPM School. 
Following the programme all guests and members of B.R.A. family intermingled, enjoying tea and snacks served in the lawns of the Association in the delightful evening.

Glimpses of The Annual Function



A child from JPM School presenting a planter to the Chief Guest
 Smt. Stuti Kacker, Secretary to the Government of India, 
Department of Disability Affairs

Presentation of planter to Guest of Honour Ms. Guneet Sethi,
a recipient of National Award for Empowerment of
Persons with Disabilities as a the Best Role Model 

Presentation of a planter to Guest of Honour Commodore 
V.K.Shori, Director-NCC, Directorate of Education

Lighting of lamp by the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour

Welcome Address by Smt Benu Nath, Hony. General Secretary

Homage to Smt. Manju Bharat Ram by Sri. K. C. Pande Hony
 Executive Secretary

Vandana

JPM School Orchestra 
Audience enjoying an orchestral presentation

Jhoomti Awaz Ki Kahani - a music and mime/dance item on 
Vocational Skill Presented by vocationaland computer trainees

Jhoomti Awaz ki Kahani

JPM School Junior Choir presenting a medley of English, 
French and Japanese songs

One Act Play by JPM School Students

Yoga and Dance presentation by JPM School Students

Yoga and Dance presentation by JPM School Students

‘Mera Desh Pahchano’ by Nursery and Class I Students

‘Saksham Geet’ by JPM School Students

A Vocational Trainee receiving Prize from Sri Ranjit Puri,
Vice President

At top-ranking Durgabai Deshmukh College Student 
receiving prize from Sri Lalit Nirula, Trustee, 
BRA  & ex-Chairman of the College

Sri Sarju Prasad  receiving Meritorious Long Service 
Award  (35 yrs) from President, B.R.A.  Justice Dr. A. S. Anand

Sri C. P. Mohanan, Adm. Officer receiving Meritorious 
Long Service  Award (30 yrs)

Sri. S. Keshav Kumar, P.G.T., JPM School receiving 
Meritorious Long Service Award (25 yrs)  from Sri.S.K.Misra, 
Trustee & Treasurer

Sri. Anil Kant of Candle Section receiving Meritorious Long 
Service Award from Smt. Benu Nath, Hony. General Secretary

Chief Guest Stuti Kacker presenting Academic Excellence 
Award to a primary class student

Chief Guest presenting Academic Excellence Award to 
Shubham Arya of Class XI

Justice Dr.  A.S. Anand, President, Blind Relief Association

Chief Guest Smt. Stuti Kacker, addressing the audience

























12th April                                              Farewell Party




Farewell to the Outgoing Class XII Students




To bid farewell to the outgoing Class XII students of the Association’s JPM Senior Secondary School a simple function was held on 12th April in Association’s Gandhi Centenary Hall.  Staff from JPM School together with all other units of BRA were present. Sri. A.K.Mittal, Vice-Chairman of the School Managing Committee, Sri. P.C.Mehta, Manager and Sri. K.J.Kuriyan, Principal of the JPM School and Mr. K.C.Pande, Executive Secretary, BRA addressed the seventeen students who will be leaving the School after completing their studies this year and wished them brilliant result in the Senior Secondary Board Examinations. They also wished them great future in pursuit of higher studies and bright career. Sri. Mittal mentioned about the information technology driven advances and greater access to information and the widening of opportunities for persons with visual impairment for equal participation in academic and socio-economic activities.  Ankur Dhama, Bhavya Upamanyu and Dhiraj Kumar shared their experiences of the long student life they enjoyed in the School. They became emotional and thanked the School and BRA for providing all the facilities and opportunities which they would cherish throughout their life.
The students were awarded participation certificates for the personality development course they attended. From the BRA and School side each one of the students were presented a folding stick and a compilation of Hindi translation of select speeches by Swami Vivekanand rendered into Braille.  In return the students presented as gift two Dholaks to the School.  The programme ended with tea.


22nd March                         Japanese Cultural Festival


JPM School Choir Mesmerises Audience at the JNU’s Japanese Cultural Festival – KIZUNA 2013





Presenting a bouquet of three songs in Japanese-Hindi-English the Children Choir of JPM School for the Blind won the hearts of audience at KIZUNA 2013 – a Japanese Cultural Festival organized by the Centre of Japanese, Korean and North East-Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, at the University’s New Convention Centre on 22nd March 2013.  The confident rendering of songs in Japanese with their English and Hindi versions sung tunefully with perfect Japanese pronunciation coupled with zestful dancing was lustily applauded by the audience.   The members of the Choir group comprised visually challenged students under 12 years of age who are learning Japanese language as a hobby.
The three songs were –  Poet Iqbal’s  famous national song “Saare Jahaan se Achhaa”,  and two popular children song  “ Kira Kira” (Twinkle Twinkle) and “Shiawasenara” (If You Are Happy).  The Japanese translation of Sare Jahaan was done by Prof. Hata of Ritsumeikan University.  The choir singing was conducted by Ms.Natasha Vaz of Neemrana Foundation assisted by Ms.Sayumi Inazumi, JOCV volunteer who has been teaching Japanese to these children.  The dance choreography was by Ms.Kanchan, who was assisted by Mrs.Kamal Varma, a teacher of JPM School.
KIZUNA festival is an annual Japanese cultural event hosted by the Jawaharlal Nehru University in which institutions teaching Japanese language as well as local Japanese nationals present music, dance and theatre, art and other skills. Another group of children from the JPM School participated in Origami (art of folding paper) Workshop - a part of KIZUNA 2013.  For the children it was a thrilling experience taking part in such an unusual cultural event and savouring the unique taste of Japanese culture. 



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