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21 June 2019

International Yoga Day

As millions joined in dhyana, pranayama and yogasana sessions being held around the globe to observe International Yoga Day, the trainees of the Blind Relief Association also joined this journey into self through the self.
Thank you Acharya Suresh ji, Dr.Aparna from Nature Healing Trust and Ms Sunaina from Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga for having trained our boys and girls in vayu yoga and different yogic asanas, that they presented with poise and confidence this morning.
Mr.Madan Lal, Member, Legislative Assembly of Delhi graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.






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22 June 2019



A week-long cloud technology training programme was conducted by Microsoft at the Blind Relief Association, Delhi from 17 to 22 June 2019.

The first batch of ten trainees comprising Principal of JPM School,6 teachers 5 staff members of B.R.A. who all completed the training programme receive Microsoft Innovative Educator certificate.


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4 June 2019


Remembering the Founders




Long forgotten are the riches left behind
Strong remains the services rendered kind
In memory of the Founders of the Blind Relief Association, Shri Umesh Basrurker and Smt Anusuyabai Basrurker, a havan was held in the Gandhi hall this morning on the death anniversary of Smt. Basrurker.
Remembering the selfless and generous hearts, the trainees and staff of the Association participated in the havan hoping to fulfill the Founders' dream for them.


As recorded by Mrs.Tara Bai, one of the founding members of B.R.A associated with Mrs. Basrurker since the inception of this dream,
"In 1942, when a blind man came to Mrs. Basrurker’s doors asking for financial help, long after immediate help was given this man and his helplessness remained in her mind as she kept thinking of ways and means to help, not just one such man but many others like him.


Mr. & Mrs. Basrurker along with some like-minded friends, discussed the problem of the blind in India and with the aim of complete rehabilitation – psychological, physical and economic, founded the Blind Relief Association on February 26, 1944."

Mrs. Basrurker fell a victim to a fatal disease and died on 4 June, 1958.


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May 2019
     Coaching Class for Competitive Exams 


The Blind Relief Association Delhi and Youth4Jobs Foundation have started a coaching centre for youth with Visual Impairment who are 10th pass or above to support them to appear for competitive recruitment exams and hence create more career options for them in the government and banking sector. 

Training on basic subjects include:  
English
Mathematics 
Reasoning 
General Science

 Classes are held 3 days in a week (Monday, Wednesday, Fridays) from 5 pm to 7 pm.

*Additional coaching on subjects specific to certain exams will also be provided

Venue: The Blind Relief Association Delhi

For more information please contact  
Mr Shriram: 9315001029                
Mr Tejender 8826248084   
   
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10 May 2019
          14 Trainees pass Class X & XII

Joining the Multi-Skill Training course, the trainees at the Blind Relief Association may have not expected to pursue the school education that they missed. Yet, that is what the Association has been interested in and this year 14 trainees cleared Class XII and Class X exams.

The Multi Skill Training Programme is designed for visually impaired adults who either missed or dropped out of school education. In the one year programme, the trainees learn book-binding and paper crafts, candle-making, soap-making, chair caning, basic massage, sewing along with Braille literacy, spoken English, and computers.

10 and 4 trainees got through the CBSE exam of Class X and Class XII this year. Saddam scored the highest in Class X with 77. 4 %.Thanks to the efforts Youth 4 Jobs Foundation.

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07 May 2019
             JPM registers 100 % Pass Percentage in Class XII & Class X

Achievers are never afraid of the results instead they eagerly wait. So did the 17 students who appeared for the Class XII CBSE examination from JPM Senior Secondary School.

All 17 passed in first division registering 100 per cent pass results in the School and Abhishek Chaurasia topped with 92 %. 

All 20 students who appeared for the CBSE Class X examination also cleared in first division. Shashank Gupta, Shivam Kakkar and Sachin Kumar stood first, second and third in the school with 89.8, 89.7 and 84.3 % respectively.


With a high score of 98 Sachin Kumar topped in English, Shashank Gupta with 96 in Hindi, Shivam Kakkar with 96 in Sanskrit and 94 in Math and Vidyanand with 100 in Instrumental Music.



Congratulations and let nothing hinder your track towards excellence.


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04 May 2019
                         Sarod Recital

It was a morning of quietness with sweet Indian classical music ringing within the walls of Gandhi Hall at the Blind Relief Association, Delhi on 4 May.






The air filled with joy and calmness as the celebrated artiste Pt. Biswajit Roy Chowdhury played the sarod accompanied by Pt. Shoumitra Paul on the tabla. He played Raga Alahaiya Bilawal, Desi Todi and concluded with a short piece in Bairavi. Prior to the sarod recital Satyakam Mohkamsing, a student of Biswajit ji, played Raga Todi on violin, with Divyanshu accompanying him on the tabla. Among the series of events to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of the Association, the music programme definitely set the mood for celebrations throughout the year.



The programme commenced with a Saraswati Vandana followed by melodious rendering of select verses from Kalidas’ famous poem Meghdoot set to music and sung by the alumni of the Association, Viabhav Shukla with Shubham Arya on the tabla.



04 May 2019
                    Braille Letters to the Motherland 

Seventeen students of JPM Senior Secondary School won cash prizes in the National Level Dhai Akhar Letter Writing Competition. Nikhil Srivastava, Ajay Gupta, Tushar Jindal & Shivam Kakkar stood first, second and third in the school respectively, while the other participants won consolation prizes. 









The competition was organized in JPM Senior Secondary School on 30 October 2018 by the Department of Posts on the theme 'Letter to my Motherland'. Students from classes VII to XII participated and wrote letters in Braille.


18 April 2019
                                  26th Subodh Trophy

It was again that time of the year when cricket is the talk of the boys of JPM Senior Secondary School, not because of the IPL season, but because of the 26th Subodh Trophy, the annual cricket tournament organized by Class IX students on 11 & 12 April 2019.

Three teams led by Madan, Ghanshyam and Sunil of Class XI participated in the tournament. After the first and second matches among the three teams, the teams led by Ghanshyam and Madan advanced to the final match. The team led by Madan emerged as winners of Subodh Trophy 2019 by six wickets.





























Scoring 128 runs and taking one wicket, the Man of the Series title was won by Mukesh Gaur under B1 category and with 324 runs and 3 wickets, Harsit Sexena under B2 category.
The Prize Giving Ceremony was held on 18 April at the Gandhi hall of the Blind Relief Association, Delhi. 










The Trophy is named after a former student of JPM who loved cricket passionately and died when he was still a student.


12 April 2019
                                  Visit of the Ambassador of Japan

Nothing delights a learner, not even an achievement than an opportunity to learn more.

The Sawaru Nihongo Group of visually impaired students studying Japanese language in the Blind Relief Association (B.R.A.) was overjoyed when the Ambassador of Japan, H.E.Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu along with his spouse Mrs. Patricia Hiramatsu, visited B.R.A to present study materials of Japanese in Braille.

While sources in Japanese language are available to the students, fetching materials in Braille has remained a challenge. On their visit to B.R.A. on 12 April, the Ambassador and his wife gave away to the students a set of Minna No Nihongo containing graded lessons in Braille.





The students interacted with the Ambassador on their passion for the language and culture of Japan and their visit to Japan in 2016 through a Cultural Exchange Programme. Listening to the students speak in Japanese, the Ambassador said, “I am greatly impressed by the interest I see here, you speak very well. I hope to visit again and help in ways possible.” Mrs. Itsuko Nandi, professionally trained Japanese volunteer and veteran who has been connected with the Blind Relief Association along with six students was present at the discussion.







The Ambassador and his wife also observed the various programmes run by the Association. This visit from the Embassy of Japan follows the visit of the wife of the Foreign Minister of Japan, Mrs. Kaori Kono on 8 January 2019, when she promised to send these Braille books for the students. For Mrs. Patricia Hiramatsu, this was the third visit to B.R.A. Hony. General Secretary Mrs. Benu Nath and Hony. Joint Secretary Mrs. Radhika Bharat Ram were also present at the occasion.

6 April 2019

                                  No, not a goodbye 

A relationship of 54 years with the Blind Relief Association – when days roll by and one attains superannuation is it right to call it retirement?



Associated with B.R.A. since 1965, as boy of just eight joining in the Industrial Home for the Blind in Badarpur, Rajkumar chose to stay with us for the rest of his life. First as a student of JPM Senior Secondary School, then as a trainee in the vocational training, later as a staff of the Blind Relief Association for 40 years!

Sri Rajkumar, a visually impaired candle-making unit employee was given a warm farewell on the afternoon of 6 April 2019. He was garlanded and and presented a silver salver as a memento. Units of the Blind Relief Association also presented gifts at the farewell.





"Hero of the candle-making unit", "Best spokesperson to the media"," Multi-skilled person", “Patient trainer for young trainees”, " Never says no", "Brilliant singer" were the common phrases heard from Sri K. C. Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary; Sri David, Dy. Executive Secretary (Operations) Sri Ramashankar Asst. Supervisor (candle-making) as they shared their experience in working with Sri Rajkumar.



"Whatever I learnt, I learnt from B.R.A" were the words of Sri Rajkumar as he thanked the Association for the support so far and for the support that he can lean on even as he is retiring. The "Brilliant Singer" who often performs in public even sang for his colleagues and friends before he could leave.


6 April 2019
                           Congratulations Rakesh Sharma!



In the ladder of excellence, Rakesh Sharma has reached a great height that many of us look up to!

Congratulations Rakesh Sharma on clearing the UPSC civil services exam 2018 and ranking 608 in the very first attempt.

An alumnus of JPM Senior Secondary School belonging to 2012 batch, Rakesh Sharma completed his B.A. programme followed by Masters in Social Work from Delhi University.

30 March 2019

                               A day of victory for the JPM School boys

Joy may come on getting to know your exam results. But for the JPM boys there was greater joy in cheering and clapping for their friends who topped the class.

It was a big day for the students of JPM Senior Secondary School as they got their final exam results. Besides the students appearing for Class X and Class XII board exams, all 170 students got through the examination leading to a 100 % pass percentage in the school.


Combined with a Parents - Teachers Meeting, the results of the students were announced with a mention of the three toppers in each class. The new academic year begins on 1 April, 2019. 




26 March 2019
                            Farewell to Class XII boys

JPM Senior Secondary School was more than just a school to the 17 students of Class XII. With wishes and love for the future, they were given a warm farewell today at the Gandhi Hall.






The Blind Relief Association was home to them, a home they will always come back to. To find the corridors they tirelessly walked shoulder to shoulder with their companions. To find their benches where they learnt Braille. To meet their teachers who are now livelong mentors and to catch up with friends, for which no barriers exist.



At the farewell, white canes fabricated in BRA’s workshop were gifted to each by Shri K C Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary. The students also received assorted material in Braille such as poems, stories and an article on the beginning of the BRA. Sri Pande along with Shri K J Kuriyan, School Principal and; Shri Keshav Kumar, Vice - Principal spoke words of encouragement and assured them of the Association's support even as they step out to colleges.

A small step yet a giant leap! 


19 March 2019
                   Robin Raina Visits B.R.A

Giving is something you will be able to take with you wherever you go for the rest of your life 
- Robin Raina.

Mr. Robin Raina, the founder of Robin Raina Foundation visited the Blind Relief Association today on March 19, 2019. Robin Raina Foundation has been supporting college education of the outgoing students of the JPM Senior Secondary School.




Associated with the Blind Relief since 2003, the Foundation has been supporting the around 60 students every year. Mr. Raina, is the chairman and CEO of Ebix. Inc and is based in the U.S. On his visit to India, he visited the Association and interacted with the boys he has been supporting. The boys were greatly encouraged on meeting and interacting with Robin Raina. 



12 March 2019
Mega Job Fair 
Over 700 job aspirants, with big dreams hailing from a dozen states across the country came to the Job Fair hosted on March 12 by the Blind Relief Association jointly with the Department of Social Work, University of Delhi and Society for Human Welfare and Empowerment (SHWE) with Youth4Jobs as technical associate.

19 corporates including Wipro, Lemon Tree, IBM and many others were among the recruiters. At the end of the day, 90 aspirants secured jobs and 44 have been shortlisted for the second round of interviews to be held in the respective offices.





The Job Fair was inaugurated by Prof. Neera Agnimitra, HoD of the Department of Social Work, University of Delhi by lighting the lamp. Mr. Rajan Sehgal, Chairman cum Managing Director of National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation (NHFDC) visited the Job Fair and interacted with the recruiters and candidates.

50+ students from Department of Social Work of Delhi University, Ambedkar University, Aditi Mahavidhyalaya College and Durgabai Deskmukh College of Special Education volunteered in assisting the candidates throughout the day. There were also sign language interpreters from Noida Deaf Society to assist the hearing and speech impaired.



Unlike the previous job fairs held for persons with different disabilities, a notable change in this Job fair has been the high participation and recruitment of persons with visual impairment. With the Blind Relief Association itself working in educating, training and rehabilitating the visually impaired, this move has affirmed the fact of greater acceptability and inclusion in the society and work spaces.


Prominent institutions working in the field of disability namely National Skill Development Council, National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation, and Vocational Rehabilitation Centre, At Par (Alliance to Promote Abilities & Rehabilitation), B-Able participated and provided information on their services for the disabled.

The organizing team of the Job Fair included Mr. Abhishek Thakur, Department of Social Work, University of Delhi; Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Society for Human Welfare and Empowerment; Mr. Sanjeevi, National Association for the Blind, Delhi; and Mr. David, The Blind Relief Association, Delhi.



7 March 2019
                                     A visit to Microsoft 

Technology makes a difference, yet technology can make a greater difference with the visually impaired - in their education, profession and lifestyle.



And technology poured as rain on the team of 21 comprising the management, teachers and staff of the Blind Relief Association when they visited the Microsoft India at Gurgaon on 8 March 2019.



By getting to know the educational tools resources developed by Microsoft Education it was an eye opening day for the team.
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7 March 2019
Norwegian Visitors 
Biking has been a passion for many. Biking for peace, has been the passion for today's visitors of the Blind Relief Association.

Tore Naerland, the leader of Bike for Peace, a Norwegian based organisation along with nine of his associates stood engrossed watching the visually impaired boys play cricket. Being on a three-day visit to India, the group chose to visit B.R.A and share their joy by interacting with the kids. With fascination for every little act of the boys, they will be taking back to Norway more than they expected.




Naerland, a partially visioned person himself, has been touring countries in promoting peace and understanding grassroot concerns.

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5 March 2019
Energy Champion!


11,000 participants and 15 prize winners. Ankit Singh made us proud by being one among them.

Ankit Singh of Class VIII in JPM Senior Secondary School won the consolation prize in the Bijli Bachao Star Banjao contest initiated by TATA Powers DDL.


In September 2018, TATA Powers launched an energy conservation awareness campaign inviting school students to share ideas of conserving energy through video entries in the form of poem, song or dance. While 11, 000 entries poured in from India, Dubai and Australia 5 were chosen as winners and 10 as consolation prize winners.




The CEO of TATA Powers DDL, Mr. Sanjay Banga awarded the cash prizes to the children at the corporate office near Hudson Lines on 5 March, 2019.

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5 March 2019
NMDFC's gifts to B.R.A 


A red carpet was rolled on 5 March at the Blind Relief Association and this time it was for Shri Sailesh IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs.




Shri Sailesh visited the Blind Relief Association to dedicate the refurbished computer training centre with 10 new systems, roti making and dough kneading machines for the kitchen and school uniforms to the JPM school students contributed by the National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC) under its CSR programme. 




It’s Chairman-cum-Managing Director Md Shahbaz Ali, Hony. General Secretary of the Blind Relief Association Smt Benu Nath were among others present at the occasion


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4 March 2019

Students and trainees in the Mahashivratri celebrations organised by Class XI students of JPM School



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26 February 2019


75 years down the memory lane 

Avtar Singh Chawla ji, Satya Pal Bharati ji, Bishan Singh ji, Prem Dutt Sharma ji who in 1950s joined as students in the Industrial Home for the Blind at Lal Kuan Badarpur which was started by the Blind Relief Association in the year 1946, shared reminiscences of the early years, especially those of the founders Sri Umesh & Smt Anusuya Basrurker.















The occasion was a get-together organised on 26 February marking the completion of 75 years of the Association’s coming into being on 26 February 1944. There were other old timers like Madam Chandra Kanta Sharma, Raj Kumar, Keshav Kumar of the sixties, and Ajay Kumar Dixit, Gulab Singh, Harish Kumar Gulati, Dayal Singh Panwar, Mukesh Gautam, Pradeep Kumar, Rajpal who shared nostalgic memories of the 1970s to 1980s. Their stories unfolding the history of development and growth of BRA kept the audience spellbound for nearly 3 hours. Hony. General Secretary Smt.Benu Nath was also present on the occasion.


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21 February 2017



Solidarity March in memory of Pulwama Martyrs 





Marching with the national flag and placards in hand the students and trainees of the BRA on 21 February took out a solidarity march on Lodi Road in memory of Pulwama martyrs. 




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19 February 2019




Remembering our Founder Umesh A. Basrurker


“Let it not be said of us that we had eyes yet failed to see, that we had ear yet failed to hear, that we had the god given gift to understanding, yet failed to understand the miseries of the afflicted and handicapped children of god.” 


(Umesh A. Basrurker)




It was this date sixty years ago that Sri Umesh A. Basrurker, who, along with his wife Smt Anusuya founded the Blind Relief Association in 1944, passed away. Students, trainees and staff from all units of the Association assembled for a remembrance meeting and the Havan performed in Gandhi Centenary Memorial Hall and paid their homage to the visionary Basrurkers, who conceived and established this institution which completes 75 years of services in the field of education, vocational training and rehabilitation of persons with visual impairment.




 

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16 February 2019




Music Teacher Sri Mangal Singh Verma was given a warm send off on 16 February who moves over to Government School service.  Sri Verma joined JPM School in October 2017. Though he had a rather short stint, he endeared himself to the students and colleague with his kind-heart and cooperative nature. 

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14 February 2019

Important Notice

Attention: Applicants for Diploma in Computer Education (V.I.) Course 2019-20

RCI Opens Registration 
for Admission to  
Diploma in Computer Education (VI) Course - 2019

Last date to apply: 15 March 2019

Click the link below for details and registration

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11 & 12 February 2019

                     New Beginnings with 3D Printers


An innovative technology that can make the education of the visually impaired more fun and interesting made its way to the Blind Relief Association through Dr. S. R. Pandian from Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design, and Manufacturing (IIITDM), Kancheepuram.





The Professor accompanied by two project engineers, Mr. Jacob Raj and Mr. Vignesh introduced 3D printers and CNC geometry teaching machines in the two-day workshop held at B.R.A on 11th and 12th February, 2019. 54 participants comprising teachers of JPM Senior Secondary School, trainees and staff of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education and Computer Training, and staff of Youth4Jobs took part in the workshop.







In addition they were also exposed to Arduino and Raspberry Pi, mobile robots, CNC mills, plastic models and puzzles. On the second day of training, the participants also got hands-on training on designing 3D models through Solid Works, a computer-aided modelling software.

The team also gifted a 3D printer to the Blind Relief Association for future learning and use.



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10 February 2019

वसंत पंचमी





वसंत ऋतु के शुभागमन की सूचक वसंत पंचमी के अवसर पर रविवार १० फरवरी को JPM स्कूल के छात्रों द्वारा संस्था के गाँधी हॉल में सरस्वती पूजा का आयोजन किया गया। छात्रों ने सामूहिक सरस्वती चालीसा का पाठ किया। हमारे अपने ही श्री पूर्ण चंद्र दास ने पुरोहित कर्म किया। 
संगीत और वसंत ऋतु के विशेष सम्बन्ध पर कार्यकारी सचिव श्री पाण्डे ने सोदाहरण बातचीत की और राग वसंत , हिंडोल, बहार और देस राग में पारम्परिक रचनाएँ सुनाईं। तबले पर संगत छात्र अभिषेक भोला ने करी। कार्यक्रम में अन्य विभागों के छात्र और प्रशिक्षार्थी भी उपस्थित थे।




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9 February 2019
                       One-day Training for Special Educators


Challenges and experiments. Complications and trials. The hard works of special educators in the country revolve around much more than these and it becomes imperative to continuously learn and be sensitized.

One-day in-service training for special educators on RPwD Act, 2016 was held in the Gandhi Hall of the Blind Relief Association, Delhi on February 9, 2019.




The workshop sponsored by National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) and organized by Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education had a participation of over 40 teachers from 24 institutions.





Sri A. K. Mittal, President All India Confederation of the Blind and Secretary General, World Blind Union; Dr. Swati Sanyal; Smt. Pubali Agarwal; and Dr. S. K. Dubey of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education held four different sessions through the day. The teachers also learnt through the sharing and interactions with fellow teachers.

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2 February 2019
                                   Annual Picnic

Coming together has been a frequent occurrence for the Blind Relief Association which believes in the power of community and society.

Nonetheless, this time ‘coming together’ meant a meet up of over 700 people!




The Annual Picnic of the Blind Relief Association was organised on 2 February at Millennium Indraprastha Park. Members of the Blind Relief Association’s family including students, trainees, staff, alumni, volunteers, and families gathered for some pure fun, to meet people and enjoy the warmth of winter sun as they sat on the grassy terrain.











Staff or volunteers, students or trainees, sighted or non-sighted. It didn’t matter. All that mattered was to sing, dance, play cricket and other games, enjoy the comical skit put up by the trainees of Multi-Skill Unit and partake in the meal together.

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B.R.A. Annual Picnic
2 February 2019


Venue: Millennium Indraprastha Park, Sarai Kale KhanTime: 10:00 am to 4:00 pmAlumni, Volunteers and Staff are Welcome 



30 January 2019
                                   Martyrs' Day


On a greeny hillock, stood the Charkha clad in a white piece of cloth. Facing the Charkha stood a gathering of students, trainees, and staff of the Blind Relief Association.

The death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi designated as Martyrs' Day in memory of innumerable freedom fighters who laid down their lives for India's independence, was solemnly observed in 'Shanti Niketan' a park developed by the voluntary work of JPM School students within the premises of B.R.A.

In paying homage, the JPM School students and the trainees from the computer training and vocational training unit read prayers of seven different faiths: Zoroastrian, Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Christian and Sikh.
               
   


   

The gathering observed a minute of silence at 5:17 P.M when the bullets pierced the Father of the Nation on this day 71 years ago.
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14 January 2019
                             Visitors from Alabama

In 1955, the Blind Relief Association had a visitor from Alabama, who laid the foundation stone of the Association's building.

The icon of inspiration, Helen Keller.

64 years later, B.R.A had another visitor from Alabama, in fact the former president of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind.






Dr. Jack Hawkins, the current Chancellor of Troy University along with Mr. Sohail Agboatwala, Associate Vice Chancellor visited campus on January 14 and were amazed to see the various programs for the blind run by B.R.A. 

Dr. Hawkins served as the president of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Talladega from 1979-1989. He has also served as a trustee of the Helen Keller Eye Research Foundation, and the American Foundation for the Blind. The “Jack and Janice Hawkins Chapel” at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind has been named in his honor.







With decades of experience in the field of visual and hearing impairment, Dr. Hawkins was intrigued to see what the Blind Relief Association offered. He shared innovative ideas on improving the employment opportunities for the blind and spoke words of encouragement to the trainees of the Association.
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13 January 2019
                             Warmth in the winter

The winter could be long, but plentiful is the harvest it brings. The winter could be icy, but greater is the appreciation of warmth that springs. 

The vocational trainees and some of the staff and former students gathered near the school building block for a warm bonfire on the evening of 13 January. 




As Mr. K.C. Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary of the Blind Relief Association narrated the stories associated with Lohri and similar such events throughout India and the neighboring countries, the gathering celebrated the harvest and relished the fire with 'revaris' and 'moongphali.' 
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10 January 2019
                             Bidding Adieu

Unless a bird has seen the sky and a ship has touched the ocean, it never gets an opportunity to display its true skills.

After their completion of multi-skill and massage training for one year and 6 months respectively, it is time for the 15 trainees at B.R.A to show their fullest potential. 6 trainees from the 10th batch of Multi-Skill Unit and 9 trainees from 35/2 batch of Relaxation Massage Unit were awarded certificates and given a warm farewell this afternoon. 



Mr. KC Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary; Mr. Mohanan, Deputy Executive Secretary (Admin) and Mr. David. A Deputy Executive Secretary (Operations) interacted and wished all the trainees good luck. A short feedback session was also carried out by Mr. David in gathering inputs for the upcoming batch. 



The succeeding trainees also sang a farewell song in bidding good-by to their seniors. As these trainees take their take next step, the B.R.A wishes them all a successful career and a relationship with us that lasts longer than the span of training.



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08 January 2019

Konnichiwa Madam Kaori Kono 

‘Konnichiwa’ was the Japanese greeting that could be heard in every room and corridor of the Blind Relief Association on 8 January. The students and trainees were preparing to welcome Mrs. Kaori Kono, spouse of the Foreign Minister of Japan.






While ‘Konnichiwa’ which means ‘Good day’ was probably the only Japanese term most of the people at B.R.A could speak, it was not so for the suwaru nihongo (Touch Japanese) group of blind students comprising old and current students of JPM School, bankers and researchers who study Japanese language using Japanese Braille. They could speak fluently with Mrs. Kono. In an interaction session with these students, the visitor was impressed by their interest and progress in the language brought by B.R.A in its endeavour to teach Japanese to its students since 2012.


Accompanied by Mrs. Patricia Hiramatsu, wife of the Japanese ambassador to India, Mrs. Kono observed the various programmes run by the Association. She visited the computer training center, call center, multi skill training unit and Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education. Mrs. Kono was greatly impressed and interested to know the different paths of skill training and education the visually impaired are involved in.





                         
She then interacted with a group of blind students studying Japanese language. Mrs. Kono was enthralled by the fluency of the students and listened to their concerns on lack of Japanese material in Braille, in India. She also encouraged them to visit Japan for a cultural exchange program. 



Mrs. Itsuko Nandi, professionally trained Japanese volunteer and veteran who has been connected with the Blind Relief Association was also present at the discussion. The Blind Relief Association has been organizing Japanese language classes to its students at JPM Senior Secondary School for the Blind with the help of Japanese volunteer teachers ever since 2012. In the year 2016, the Association also took a delegation of students to Japan to give them the opportunity to experience life and culture of Japan. They interacted with the students of Mie Prefectural Blind School which is one of the oldest blind schools in Japan, besides visiting famous places like Ise Grand Shrine, Futami, Mikimoto Pearl Island etc.  

Most of the students who undertook elementary classes in Japanese from the Blind Relief Association have continued to maintain interest in the language and Japan. Deepak Gupta, currently pursuing his M.A (English) from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi is the first visually impaired person to have completed a diploma program in Japanese language from Delhi University. 


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04 January 2019

World Braille Day

The World Braille Day was commemorated at the Blind Relief Association, Delhi on 4 January. Mr. P.D. Sharma, former Principal of JPM Senior Secondary School was the chief guest of the occasion.




The Braille version of JPM School magazine ‘Anubhuti’ and the BRA brochure were released.Prizes were distributed to the winners of competitions held in reading and writing Braille. The teacher trainees of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education shared the history of Louis Braille, new teaching methods and the challenges involved. An interesting feature of the programme was an open discussion on "Braille in the Age of Technology."


The ability to read and write makes one literate, not simply listening to audio files
Thank you Louis Braille for the gift that has made the visually impaired literate men and women.
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22 December 2018

Christmas Celebration with NLC Church

The stars were shining, the tree was decorated and the Christmas bells were ringing at the Blind Relief Association.

On December 22, a music troop from NLC Church, New Delhi visited the Blind Relief Association and celebrated Christmas with the students, trainees and staff.




Pastor. Bosco and his team, dressed in red, white and black, sang carols that were greatly enjoyed by the all, especially the school students. Famous carols like “Feliz Navidad” and “Jingle Bells” brought the boys to their feet and dance. The musical evening brought smile on the children's faces along with the joy of Christmas.

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21 December 2018

                    A Gift of Encouragement
Kamlesh Sehgal was presented a laptop today by Smt. Prabhjot Menon for topping her class of Diploma in Computer Education (2017-18 batch).



Smt. Prabhjot Menon, a donor and well-wisher has been donating laptop to the topper of every batch for 5 years now, in memory of her late mother. On her visit to the Blind Relief Assciation , Smt. Menon, along with her husband interacted and encouraged the current batch students.

                             

Kamlesh Sehgal is currently working as a Computer Teacher in Mayur Vihar.

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18 December 2018
                    Excellence Award for JPM School
JPM Senior Secondary School bagged the Excellence Award from the Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi for the year 2018-19 for its brilliant performances in music, chess, yoga and other co-curricular activities. JPM School was among the 2 schools in the Zone XXVI to receive the award.







The school principal Shri KJ Kuriyan, Music Teacher Dr. Ravinder Partap, P.E.T Shri Pawan Kumar along with the students received the Award at a ceremony for the Zone held on 18 December at St. Thomas Girls Senior Secondary School. 



On the occasion the students also performed a group song.

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17 December 2018
         Closing Ceremony of HSBC Mentorship Program        


“It’s not the end, just the beginning’ was a phrase repeated by most of the people in the gathering of the closing ceremony of HSBC Mentorship program in the Blind Relief Association.

The HSBC mentorship program, an initiative of Youth4Jobs and BRA with HSBC as a partner, was launched on 1 September, 2018. Designed as a pilot project, the idea was to mentor the trainees at BRA’s vocational training center in six one-to-one interactions spread over a course of three months.





At the closing ceremony held on December 17, the mentors from HSBC shared their experiences. Each one of them was overwhelmed to see the level of attachment  made over the last three months, with the mentees. Apart from the  the six face to face sessions arranged, the mentors and mentees were in touch through phone calls. Few of the mentors were also scribes for the trainees who gave their railway examination last month. Mr. Naresh Kumar, a mentor speaking on the journey of the program said, “Definitely, we had a lot of challenges but it was a time where all of us could grow together.” Mr. Kumar also shared on how the whole process has sensitized them to be more inclusive and brought a deeper connect among themselves within the office. The mentees shared their joy on finding a friend and family through the mentor.

                              

Mrs. Delphine, a senior official from HSBC  expressed her appreciation over the program and encouraged the mentors to create an even more inclusive society. The group also gifted MP3 devices for educational purpose of the vocational trainees. 
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10-13 December 2018
                   Seventy Fourth Annual Function


The 21st edition of National Athletics Championship for the Blind, the largest sports event for the visually challenged in the country was held in New Delhi from 10 to 13 December 2018.  The Meet was jointly organized by Indian Blind Sports Association (IBSA) and the Blind Relief Association, Delhi with USHA International as the title sponsor. While all the events were held at Thyagaraj Stadium, the premises of the Blind Relief Association was converted into a Games Village which lodged all the outstation athletes and officials. 



 A record number of 603 visually impaired athletes and officials representing 86 affiliate institutions from 19 states across the country participated in various track and field athletic events. 49 players including 3 female players participated in the chess competition.  The participants included budding as well as top national and international athletes. 

                          
                          




The Meet was inaugurated by Hon’ble Shri Inderjit Singh, President, Paralympic Committee of India; Minister of State on10 December at Thyagaraj Sports Complex.   Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, M.P. (Lok Sabha) was the Guest of Honour. 

A 2-day Goalball workshop was conducted by experts from Finland and Russia on the third and fourth day.  Kari Rasanen, Chairman, Juha Halme, Referee Coordinator and Alexey Baryaev, Sports Director from International Blind Sports Federation – Goalball, conducted both seminar and practice sessions for the athletes, officials, coaches, and referees.

The Valedictory Ceremony was held at Thyagaraj Stadium on 13 December. The first Indian boxer to have a won a gold medal at Olympics, Padma Shri Vijender Singh was Chief Guest and Shri Rahul Bhatnagar, Secretary of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports was the Guest of Honor of the ceremony. 




15 new National Records and 6 new Meet Records established by athletes from across the country, out of which 12 & 3 records were made by female athletes respectively.  
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07 December 2018
Seventy Fourth Annual Function
Stepping into its platinum jubilee year, the Blind Relief Association held its seventy fourth Annual Function on 07 December, 2018. B.R.A was birthed in the seeds sown by visionaries Smt. Anusuya and Shri Umesh Basrurker in 1944. With extensive work for the last seventy four years, the Blind Relief Association is striving to make every vision of its founders come true.

Professor S.R. Mittal, a distinguished authority on Special Education currently attached with National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visually Disabled (Divyangajan) graced the occasion as the chief guest. On his arrival, he was given a warm welcome by the school band of JPM Senior Secondary School.





Definitely it was a time of celebration at B.R.A. but it was also essential to honor the employees for their dedicated and long service. 34 employees including those from JPM School and Durgabai Deshmukh College were bestowed the Meritorious Long Service Award. The students and trainees were also awarded for their outstanding academic performance in the  past year.












An array of cultural programs was presented by the students of JPM School, trainees of Durgabai Deshmukh College, Computer Training and Vocational Training. Few prominent instances of Mahatma Gandhi were enacted by the students of JPM School. The group dance by the primary class students conveying the message that each one is gifted differently captured the hearts of the audience. The trainees of Computer Training Center put up a play on Digital India. Other exceptional performances include group songs presented by Vocational Training Center and Durgabai Deshmukh College and a solo dance by a Class XI student of JPM.




Vice President Shri Ranjit Puri, Treasurer Shri S. K. Mishra, General Secretary Smt Benu Nath, Joint Secretary Smt Radhika Bharat Ram and other members of the Managing Committee were present at the occasion.
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30 November 2018
             Farewell to two golden employees



Mrs. Santha Sreedharan, Accounts Officer and Mr. Kusheswar Kanti, Helper - Kitchen were given a warm farewell on 30 November, 2018. 

Joining the BRA in November 1980 Shanta ji completed 38 years of service. Kusheswar ji, retiring on medical grounds, completed 21 years of service. On behalf of the Association both of them were garlanded and presented engraved silver salver as a memento along with a gift. As a token of their love and affection the staff members of different units presented gifts to both of them. 

Speaking on the occasion, Executive Secretary K.C.Pande recalled the cooperation he received from Mrs.Shanta and lauded her for her remarkable efficiency and dedication. He also praised Mr.Kusheswar for his pleasing manners and hard work. Hony.Treasurer and Trustee Mr. S. K Mishra remarked that Mrs. Santha will be remembered for her professionalcompetence and ever- smiling face and Mr. Kusheswar for his hard work and loyalty to the Association.




Sharing sweet memories of her long service in the BRA, Shanta ji said “I spent more time here than with my family, and it became my second home”. She fondly remembered late Mr.K.N.Nair and late Pran Nath ji who had been like father to her, ever guiding and encouraging her.  "The Association supported me greatly, even in my bad times after the injury. All my brothers and sisters here, lift the name of the Association to greater heights through your work," said Mr.Kusheshwar. 

Mr.C.P. Mohanan and Dr. Swati Sanyal shared reminiscences with Mrs. Santha and Mr. Kusheswar. and the love and cooperation they received from them both as a colleague and as a friend. Their dedication and contribution will be remembered by the Association and ever cherished by the colleagues as a precious treasure. 


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29 November 2018

             Executives from HSBC, UK and India visit B.R.A



A 19-member team of senior executives from HSBC UK and India visited the Blind Relief Association on 29 November.

HSBC, Gurgaon has been in a partnership with Youth 4 Jobs in a 6-session mentorship program to the vocational trainees. While the 5th session took place on the 24 November, the team from UK who were on a visit to India, also shared in their experience.

Mr. David, Deputy Executive Secretary (Operations) conducted an orientation

exercise, where the visitors were blindfolded and led by visually impaired trainees within the premises of the Association.

Later the group split up and rendered volunteering services at the paper section, candle unit and the library. The group met with the Executive Secretary Mr. KC Pande and expressed their views about the visit. The group also gifted an audio recording device that was handed over by Ms. Ewa Kerin, Global Head FP&A,  to Mr. Pande.  




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28 November 2018

                     A session with Karthik Sawhney



Mr. Karthik Sawhney, a visually impaired programmer in Microsoft, Boston visited the Blind Relief Association and interacted with the students undergoing ‘Introduction to Computer Science’ course.


Youth 4 Jobs, partnering with the Blind Relief Association started a pilot project in August 2018 to train the visually impaired adults on computers, communication and life skills. The 1st batch consists of 8 students who have completed school/ college or are currently pursuing under graduation through distance learning.



Mr. Karthik, invited by Youth 4 Jobs visited B.R.A on 28 November spoke to the trainees on the importance of college education, career prospects in the field of technology and the challenges that a visually impaired person faces. He also exposed them to the availability of accessible resources for education in computer science.



The future prospects of this meet are to bring a mentoring network of professionals in touch with the trainees and also arrange a session for the trainers in-charge. 
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20 November 2018

Subodh Trophy 2018 



Subodh Trophy, organised by the students of class IX of JPM School is an annual cricket tournament named after a former student of JPM who loved cricket passionately and died when he was still  a student.

The twenty-fifth edition of Subodh Trophy Cricket played took place in DPS Mathura Road grounds from 18 - 20 July, 2018. Three teams from JPM school played for this trophy and the teams were led by Golu, Sonu and Mohit. The team led by Sonu and Mohit advanced to play the
finals held on 20 November at the new ground behind JPM Block in the Blind Relief Association. With 224 runs in 12.3 overs, the cricket team led by Sonu, Class XI emerged as winners and scoring 223 runs, the team led by Mohit Jaiswal of Class XII was the runners-up. The Man of the Series was Sunil Kumar in B1 category and Rohit Sharma in B2 category.

Cricket being the favourite game for most of the kids at JPM Senior Secondary School, the Subodh Trophy is one of their most exciting and awaited event. 

Congratulations Young Powerlifters Akshay and Ajay 


The Indian team comprising two weightlifters, accompanied by the General Secretary of Indian Blind Sports Association, Mr. A. David participated in the 13th Annual IBSA World Open Bench Press & Powerlifting Championships held between 10-18 November, 2018 at Luxor, Egypt.

Akshay Bidhuri, a Class XII student at JPM Senior Secondary School won two gold medals in bench press and powerlifting (under 56 kg weight category) and Ajay Birajdar studying Chartered 
Accountancy in Pune won a gold in bench press & silver in powerlifting (under 75kg weight category).

To felicitate the medalists Akshay Bidhuri and Ajay Birajdar a ceremony was organised by Indian Blind Sports Association and The Blind Relief Association at Gandhi Hall on 20 November. Mr. Naresh Dhawan, President, Powerlifting India was the chief guest of the occasion. The medalists shared their experiences to  inspire the boys of JPM Senior Secondary School.
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16 November 2018

BRA TRAINEES PERFORM AT "KATHAKAR 
INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLERS FESTIVAL"


The storytelling by the trainees from the Blind Relief Association was one of the inaugural performances at the 3-day Kathakar International Storytelling Festival held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts.

The trainees in teams narrated उल्टा पुल्टा प्लेनेट, and ‘Once upon a Tree’ before a huge gathering of visitors, school children and other artists.

आज सुबह इंदिरा गाँधी राष्ट्रीय कला केंद्र में तीन दिवसीय "कथाकार - अंतर्राष्ट्रीय कहानीवाचक उत्सव" के उद्घाटन सत्र में हमारे मल्टीस्किल ट्रेनिंग के प्रशिक्षार्थियों ने दो कहानियां मंच पर प्रस्तुत कीं .
 'उल्टा पुल्टा प्लेनेट' और 'वन्स अपॉन ए ट्री' शीर्षक ये दो कहानियां Foster & Forge Foundation के प्रयास से प्रशिक्षार्थियों ने वर्कशॉप के दौरान विकसित की और बीआरए के दिवाली बाजार में इनको प्रस्तुत भी किया .

 सैकड़ों स्कूली छात्रों और अन्य श्रोताओं के समक्ष मंच पर प्रस्तुत करना और कहानियों का सराहा जाना एक अलग ही अनुभव था . शाबाश






Thank you Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts for this opportunity and Foster And Forge Foundation for your efforts in training our storytellers.

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15 November 2018

Akshay Bidhuri and Ajay Birajdar win 3 gold at IBSA World Powerlifting 

Two budding powerlifters from India won four medals at the 13th Annual IBSA World Powerlifting & Bench Press Championships being held in Luxor, Egypt.

Akshay won two gold medals in 56-kg weight category and Ajay Birajdar won a gold and sliver in 75-kg category. They are the only two entries from India in the World Championships. They are  participating under the banner of Indian Blind Sports Association.

Akshay Bidhuri is a class XII student of the BRA's JPM School for the Blind while Ajay Birajdar is from Maharashtra.

Congratulations to both of them for bringing glory to the nation.

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29 October 2018

DIWALI BAZAR 2018 STARTS

Popularly known as the 'Blind School Diwali Bazar', the most awaited annual event of the Blind Relief Association started today with a lot of excitement and mirth.

This shoppers'paradise houses over 250 stalls of local vendors exhibiting an selling a wide range of attractive traditional crafts, designer wear, home decor, gardening material among various other diverse gift items. The bazar has also provided free space for NGOs to sell the products and educate the public about their services. 





However, the prime attraction of the entire bazar is the candles, diyas, paper and cloth products made by the visually challenged trainees and workers of the Blind Relief Association. 




A special attraction includes relaxation massage center by the visually challenged masseurs trained at the Association. In collaboration with Foster & Forger Foundation, the trainees also handle two stations by themselves, 'Do It yourself'and 'Story-telling Tent' where the trainees perform papier-mache crafts and narrate stories respectively.  



Though the bazar has been organised regularly since 1980, the excitement never dies down. 




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3 October 2018


Unlike “Please don’t touch” that poses in front of any exhibition article, all materials brought by Siddhant Shah from Access for All said “Please touch”
The vocational center trainees were learning the life of Gandhi through tactile materials depicting his values, chakra, dandi march, meditation and objects such as his round eye-glasses and sandals.









2 October 2018

REMEMBERING BAPU

‘Bapu’ believed in the fundamental truth of all great religions in the world. On the commencement of his 150th birth anniversary, students & trainees from BRA took a Gandhi walk to five different religious places of worship in Delhi, to experience the diversity of the practices and unity of core values.
Assembling at 7 am in ‘Shantiniketan’ of the BRA premises, the 10 km walk kicked off towards Gurudwara Damdama Sahib led by a school student dressed as Mahatma Gandhi. The other destinations included Chillah Hazarat Nizamuddin Mosque, Judah Hyam Synagogue, Sri Ram Mandir and Centenary Methodist Church.







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27 September 2018

Felicitating Arjuna Awardee Ankur Dhama 


The Arjuna awardee Ankur Dhama was the star of the day, surrounded with bouquets of roses and flashes of camera lights. 27 September was a day of celebration as Ankur was being felicitated by IBSA and USHA.



Ankur Dhama along with the squad of the visually impaired athletes participating in the Asian Para Games, Jakarta received kits sponsored by USHA International at the Felicitation Ceremony held at the Blind Relief Association.



Ankur Dhama, an alumnus of JPM Senior Secondary School belonging to the 2013 batch, was nurtured by IBSA since his school days. Ankur was the first totally blind (B1) para-athlete to represent India at the Rio Paralympics in 2016. On 25 September, Ankur Dhama was honoured with the Arjuna Award by the President of India, Shri. Ram Nath Govind at Rashtrapathi Bhavan. 






Ms. Radhika Bharat Ram, Chairperson of IBSA, along with Ms. Benu Nath, Mr. KC Pande and Ms. Komal Mehra, USHA International presented the 8 athletes, the guide runners and the coach Dr. Satyapal Singh with sports kits.



Along with Ankur Dhama, the seven athletes are Ramkaran Singh, Anvil Kumar, Ramanjee, Munna Kumar, Sumit Kumar, Sonu Singh and the lone female athlete Nidhi Mishra. Mr. Dilip Singh, Project Officer (Teams), Sports Authority of India and Mr. Giriraj Singh, Chairman Para-athletics, Paralympic Committee of India graced the occasion. 



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13 September 2018

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

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10 - 15 September 2018


                                                                                    

USHA Northern Region Coaching Camp for



 Female Athletes 









The tireless efforts of Indian Blind Sports Association has resulted in  another big event, this time for the blind female athletes. In an attempt to encourage the participation of blind female athletes in national and international events, IBSA & USHA jointly launched ‘Vision 2020’, a campaign to attract and train a large number of female athletes in sports. 



As a part of this campaign, IBSA organized ‘Northern Region Coaching Camp for Female Athletes’ in Delhi from 10 – 15 September 2018. 24 athletes from the northern region including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and J&K participated in the camp. The camp was held from 06.30 A.M. to 09.30 A.M. at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and from 04.30 P.M. to 06.30 P.M. at BRA. The morning session was conducted by Dr. Satyapal Singh (Dronacharya Awardee) and the evening session by Mr. G. Krishnan (Level II Official IPC).









On 14 September, the athletes met with Ms. Radhika Bharat Ram, the Chairperson of IBSA and shared their experiences at the coaching camp. 

The logistic support was provided by the Blind Relief Association. 
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8 September 2018
Mega Tree Plantation Drive

Delhi, Go Greener!

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

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


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6 September 2018


                        Digital Literacy Workshop 
   

                                             


The Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education hosted a digital literacy workshop on using mobile apps for persons with visual impairment conducted by the National Association for the Blind on 6 September in BRA. Mr. R. M. Sanjeevi, Executive Director NAB, Mrs. Sangeeta Asst. Manager,  Technology Development, NAB along with their technical team was present at the one-day workshop. 


Usage of mobile apps such as Eye-D, Daisy Book, Uber-Aid, BHIM app, Money app, PayTM were explained to the teacher trainees. “Many of us in the class found the workshop useful. Though few of us are familiar with the apps, it was a first time experience for many new users,” said Shyam Kishore, a trainee who attended the workshop.

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5 September 2018
Teachers' Day

To every Annie Sullivan today


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


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


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

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4 September 2018
New batch - Computer Training

On your computers, get set, go!


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

Janmashtami celebrations or Alumni Reunion?

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

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


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


  
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1 September 2018 
HSBC Mentorship Program

Mentoring meets the vocational trainees at BRA






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




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



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30 August 2018
Art Workshop with Vocational Trainees

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



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

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

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

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





3 August 2018

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






2 August 2018

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

CONGRATULATIONS

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31 July 2018

Amrit Dua retires after 39 years of service in the BRA



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

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

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

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

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





 






27 July 2108
Daniela Dolce from Italy Regale Students and Trainees

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



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






20 July 2018
        BANK OF BARODA GIFTS AUDIO DEVICES FOR  
                                       STUDENTS


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



18 July 2018
                         SUBODH TROPHY CRICKET

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

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

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










MULTI-SKILL TRAINING (Miscellaneous Activities)
14 July 2018 

Chocolate Making 
  











Papier Mache







              




                             Seeds Sowing











10 जुलाई 2018

एक था मोहन
गांधी के प्रेरक जीवन प्रसंगों का धारावाहिक पाठ


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


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



















07 July 2018

Students and Trainees Enjoy Shibani Kashyap Concert


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




30 June 2018


Multi Skill Training Graduation Ceremony 








26 June 2018

Vocational Trainees Participate in Clay Molding Workshop in National Museum




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

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





23 June 2018

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


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

22 June 2018

ADMISSION  OPEN

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

Residential Programme

Starting from July 2018

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

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

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

Land Line: 011-24361376


21 June 2018

International Yoga Day Celebrations


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

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

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


20 June 2018

PRAGATI GUPTA - TOPPER IN COMPUTER DIPLOMA AWARDED LAPTOP COMPUTER



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

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







15 June 2018

FAREWELL TO 2017-18 BATCH OF COMPUTER EDUCATION DIPLOMA

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

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

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


12 June 2018



GOOGLE INDIA STAFF VOLUNTEER IN THE BRA






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

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



9 June 2018
JPM OLD-BOYS HONOUR VOLUNTEERS



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

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

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










4 June 2018

REMEMBERING SMT. ANUSUYA BASRURKER – OUR FOUNDER




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



1 June 2018

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

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

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




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

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31 May 2018

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




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

JPM SCHOOL, CBSE Class XII 2018 Result Analysis

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




28 May 2018


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


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


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


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


26 May 2018


Trainees Enjoy Air Travel 


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




























16 May 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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12 May 2018
JOY OF VOLUNTEERING AT BRA

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




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



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3 May 2018

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

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




                                  





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बधाई मनोज जी 




नया ज्ञानोदय में कहानी छपने पर


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


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

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

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26 April 2018

INDIGO STAFF ENJOY VOLUNTEERING


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


Thank you INDIGO for connecting with us.



24 April 2018

WORKSHOP ON 

ACCESSIBLE CINEMAS WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTION


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

Thanks Saksham for conducting this greatly meaningful and interesting programme.

SHYRUURYOOSHIKI 
The 2017-18 JAPANESE CLASS CLOSING CEREMONY



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

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

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

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











13 April 2018

Mercer/Guy Carpenter Executives Volunteer with us




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

THANK YOU FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT.



12 April 2018

Farewell to 2017-18 Batch of Class XII


                                                                                                                                                                                                 


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


 

 









31 March 2018

FAREWELL OF SRI H D KAUSHIK OF JPM SCHOOL 



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









31 March 2018

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


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



31 March 2018

CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS

AND BEST WISHES
FOR THE NEXT ACADEMIC SESSION 2018-19



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


26 March 2018


TALK ON POCSO ACT IN BRA



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


25 March 2018


 "BRA MILAP" SUNDAY CRICKET


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



17 March 2018


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



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







11 March 2018

NAMASTE Mr.President Emmanuel Macron of France



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





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






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


22 February 2018

DRISTIKON 2018 





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

17 February 2018

Remembering our Founder Sri Umesh U. Basrurker 
58th Anniversary 




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



at the Association's Gandhi Centenary Memorial Hall



23 January 2018

CROSS-DISABILITY HANDS-ON TRAINING

 FOR SPECIAL EDUCATORS






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


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




22 January 2018

SARASWATI POOJA IN BRA




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

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