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2 - 8 November
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3 October 2015

शत शत नमन बापू

२ अक्टूबर प्रातः महात्मा गांधी की १६६ वीं जयंती के अवसर पर ब्लाइंड रिलीफ एसोसिएशन में एक प्रार्थना सभा हुई। सभा का आयोजन J P M स्कूल के छात्रों ने किया जिसमे छात्रावास में रहने वाले छात्र, प्रशिक्षार्थी और कर्मचारियों शामिल हुए. छात्रों द्वारा समवेत स्वर में बापू को प्रिय रामधुन और नरसी मेहता के भजन 'वैष्णव जन तो तेने कहिये' के सुमधुर गायन से सभा का शुभारम्भ हुआ. कार्यकारी सचिव ने इस अवसर पर महात्मा गांधी के दक्षिणी अफ्रीका में सविनय अवज्ञा के अभिनव प्रयोग के विषय में बताया और उनके अहिंसा और मानवता के सन्देश पर डाला और नेताजी सुभाष चन्द्र बोस द्वारा २ अक्टूबर १९४३ में बैंकाक रेडियो से प्रसारित गांधी जी के ७५ वें जन्मदिवस पर उनके प्रति उद्गार पढ़ कर सुनाये. दीपक मित्तल, प्रभात, सिंटू शाह और बलराम ने बापू के जीवन के कुछ प्रसंग सुनाये और उनके सत्य, अहिंसा, अंत्योदय और पर्यावरण के प्रति संवेदनशीलता के संदेशों की ओर इंगित किया. सभा का समापन भी वैष्णव जन और रामधुन से हुआ. सभागृह में गांधी जी की किसी प्रतिमा या चित्र के बदले रखा गया चरखा एक आकर्षण था जिसे वे कर्म, स्वावलम्बन और ग्रामोत्थान का प्रतीक मानते थे . अनेक छात्रों ने उस चरखे का हाथों से निरीक्षण भी किया.

नीचे आप जो चित्र देख रहे हैं उसमे बच्चे चरखे का स्पर्श-निरीक्षण कर रहे हैं और ऊपर दीवार में लगा है एक तैल-चित्र जिसमे गांधी जी को प्रातः -कालीन प्रार्थना सभा में बैठे दिखाया गया है. यह चित्र प्रसिद्ध हंगारी कलाकार और गांधीजी की शिष्या सुश्री एलिज़ाबेथ ब्रुनेर की रचना है जिसे उन्होंने अक्टूबर १९६९ में ब्लाइंड रिलीफ एसोसिएशन के गांधी शताब्दी स्मारक हॉल के उद्घाटन के अवसर भेंट किया था.

9 September 2015

Remembering late Sri K.N.Nayar on his 97th birthday

K.N.Nayar is a name which will always be remembered with great respect and gratitude whenever we talk about the Blind Relief Association and the services rendered by this institution. Born on 9 September 1918 in Kottapadi in Thissur District, Kerala, Sri Nayar, after finishing High School joined the Royal Indian Army Supply Corps in 1942, as a Stenographer. After getting voluntary release from the Army Sri Nayar joined Sri U A Basrurker, the founder of the Association in June 1947. Self-effacing Sri Nayar served the Association with total commitment till his last days in 1991, when he was incapacitated due to brain haemorrhage. Following the footsteps of the founders, Sri Nayar carried forward their mission of “Helping the Blind Help Themselves”. His contribution to development and growth of Association is unparalleled.

Smt B.Tarabai, among the earliest associates of Basrurkers and former Vice-President of BRA, recalling the contribution of Sri Nayar in an article published on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the B.R.A. in 1969, wrote “ …. Bad days befell the Association (on passing away of Smt. & Sri Basrurker in 1958 &59) for want of finances, although there was no dearth of workers with Mr. K.N. Nayar, the devoted and loyal Secretary to Mr. Basrurker who carried on the work and is still doing the work of Executive Secretary during his spare hours. But for his whole-hearted devotion and his selfless service and sacrifice of all his earnings and holidays to the school, the Managing Body of the School would not have been able to carry on the work of the Association and the School. Many associates and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Basrurker experienced difficulties in order to keep the project alive.”

A true Gandhian and a man of frugal and simple habits Sri Nayar spent the best part of his life, bestowing his personal attention on the care and wellbeing of the children and adult receiving education and training in the B.R.A. In total disregard of his health and interest he worked unceasingly till the end. His love, compassion and services would leave none unaffected. No doubt there are any number of his former associates, co-workers, students, trainees who still cherish vivid memories of Sri. K.N.Nair in their hearts.

An archive group photo with Blind Scouts. Seated on chairs are Sri Lal Advani, Dr.Durgabai Deshmukh, Justice Vyas dev Misra, Dr. C D Deshmukh. Among the stnding are Sri K N Nayar, Sri O N Talwar, Sri A K Mittal, Scout Master Sri A C Mukherjee, Headmaster Sri Ramji Dass

(Seated from right to left) Sri K N Nayar, Sri Lal Advani, Sri H M Periwal,
Sri G L Bansal, Dr.C D Deshmukh, Dr Bharat Ram, Sri D R Beri, Sri A K Mittal

Receiving a guest with Dr Bharat Ram,
 behind him is Sri Pran Nath and Mrs Mani
Mr Nayar along with staff manning the BRA stall
at Diwali Bazar. Seen in the picture
 (in front Sri C V Narayanan, Sri R N Agarwal.
Seated behind are Sri Nayar and Sri Jagdish Singh

Sri Nayar watching a child playing chess

Picnic at Buddha Jayanti Garden
Sri Nayar (extreme right) in a relaxing mood with staff members Sri Darshan Lal, Sri Natthu Singh, Sri Nanku, Sri Swaran Singh, Sri Ramasrey Ram (on front) and Sri Abdul with unidentified person.

With Sri Nasiruddin Shah at the premier of film SPARSH (which was shot at the BRA) at Archana theatre

7 September 2015 
जन्माष्टमी पर्व 

Janamashtami Celebrations in the BRA 

Pooja before commencement of 2-day celebrations
being conducted by Pt.Ram Kumar Sharma, PGT, JPM School

The 2-day mega Janmashtami event commenced on 4 September evening with invocatory pooja performed at 8:00 pm. Following the pooja round-the-clock mass recitation of Ramacharitmanas began, in which junior, senior and even alumni of the School enthusiastically took part, reading from the Braille copies of Ramacharitmanas composed by Goswami Tulasidas. Upon conclusion of the 24-hour recitation on 5 September night, the Janmashtami pooja was performed along with singing of bhajans in praise of Lord Krishna, which went on till 12 midnight. Thereafter, panchamrit and special panjiri prasad was distributed.  A large number of students observed fast (upvas) on the 5th September.

Mass Recitation of Sri Ramacharitmanas by the Students 

Besides the students of JPM School and over 150 alumni took part in the two-day festivities which were organized on a grand scale by the students led by Class XII. Janmashtami celebration at the BRA is an occasion when all alumni wish to be in the BRA.  The premises is abuzz with the hustle and bustle of students and visitors. Justice Dr.A.S.Anand, President of the BRA, as well as Mr.S.K.Misra, Hony Treasurer & Trustee as well as many old teachers and volunteers also came.

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3 September 2015

Students administer JPM School observing Teachers Day

With the Janmashtami festival falling on 5 September and clashing with the designated  Teachers Day, the JPM School this year observed the Teachers Day today, i.e. 3 September.  As is the practice the School administration was taken over by the students with Sintu Shah and Deepak Mittal of class XII acting respectively as Principal and Vice-Principal. The students conducted  classes and managed office and library.  Pooling their laptops the students even set up a Computer Lab of their own.  Former Vice-Principal Mr.Sukhbeer Singh and ex-student Sri Ravinder Pal were invited respectively as the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour.  Mrs.Saroj Gurnani, a veteran volunteer much loved and respected by the students, also spent a few hours in the morning with the students.  For the special Teachers Day lunch all looked forward to savouring the delicious stuffed Parathas served in with sabzi, curd and pickle.  The B.R.A. kitchen did not disappoint them.  The day-long event concluded with cultural programme presented in the afternoon at the Gandhi Hall by the students and the teachers.  
Principal Room
Class Room
The Computer Lab

Chief Guest Sukhbeer Sir

Delicious Parathas

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16 August 2015

JPM School Team Wins 18th Nayar Memorial Cricket Trophy

JPM विद्यालय की टीम ने १८ वीं नायर क्रिकेट ट्रॉफी जीती 

Jubilant JPM School Team

In an exciting final match played at the Blind Relief Association ground today the JPM School team won the 18th Nayar Memorial Cricket Tournament defeating the Ex-students team led by Vineet by 47 runs. In the 16-16 over match the JPM team scored 347 runs at the loss of 2 wickets, while Ex-Students Team scored only 300 runs at the loss of 2 wickets. Satyam of JPM was the star batsman today whose bat produced 248 runs. Captain Vineet of the Ex-Students Team scored 194 runs.  

BRA  प्रांगण में आज खेले गए  के फाइनल मैच में रोहित शर्मा के नेतृत्व में JPM विद्यालय की टीम ने १८ वीं नायर स्मृति क्रिकेट ट्रॉफी हासिल कर ली।

JPM की टीम ने विनीत के नेतृत्व में खेल रही भूतपूर्व छात्रों की टीम को १६ - १६ ओवर  के सीमित मैच ४७ रन से मात दी।  स्कोर रहा JPM टीम ३४७ रन २ विकेट खोकर और भूतपूर्व छात्र टीम ३०० रन २ विकेट खोकर।  JPM की और से सत्यम ने धुआंधार बल्लेबाजी कर २४८ रन बनाये और भूतपूर्व छात्रों की टीम की ओर से कप्तान विनीत ने १९४ रन बनाये।

Final in progress

Bowling by Suman of JPM School
Mool Chand Sir as umpire
Vineet making a drive

15 August 2015

Flag Hoisting Ceremony in the BRA

स्वतंत्रता दिवस पर ध्वजारोहण 

Students, trainees and staff held a flag hoisting ceremony in the BRA on the Independence Day morning. The flag was unfurled jointly by Sri Ek Bahadur, the senior-most employee, Ex-Serviceman and employee Sri P.C.Dash, and Class I student Abhishek.  The students sang JHANDA GEET accompanied by School Band. Hony. Executive Secretary gave a brief speech greeted all on this auspicious day. The ceremony concluded with the national anthem.    

स्वतंत्रता दिवस की सुबह बीआरए के प्रांगण मे राष्ट्रध्वज फहराया गया. संस्था के छात्र, प्रशिक्षार्थी और कर्मचारियों ने इस कार्यक्रम मे हिस्सा लिया. ध्वजारोहण संस्था के वरिष्ठ कर्मचारी श्री एक बहडूर, भूतपूर्व सैनिक और कर्मचारी श्री पूर्ण चंद्र दास और फली कक्षा के च्चात्रा अभिषेक ने मिल कर किया.  बैन्ड के साथ छात्रों ने झंडा गीत गया संस्था के कार्यकारी सचिव के संबोधन के बाद राष्ट्रगान से कार्यक्रम का समापन हुआ.  

14 August 2015

Independence Day Celebrations at the BRA

६९वां स्वतंत्रता दिवस समारोह

Chief Guest Dr.Baijal unfurling the national flag

Students and School Band salutes the national flag

The students, trainees and staff from different units of the Blind Relief Association, Delhi celebrated this morning the 69th Independence Day. Dr.R.K.Baijal, a veteran doctor who has been rendering voluntary medical services at the Association for over decades was the Chief Guest. Mrs.Benu Nath, Hony General Secretary and Mrs.Radhika Bharat Ram, Hony Joint Secretary were also present at the function. The programme started with unfurling of the national flag by the Chief Guest with all the students, trainees and staff lined up and school band and choir singing ‘Pyara Jhanda’ a song in praise of the national tricolor. The flag hoisting was followed by a cultural programme presented in the Gandhi Hall by the students of JPM School, vocational trainees from the Technical Training Centre and teacher trainees form Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education. Singing of Vande Mataram, welcome address by Anshu Shakya (class IX), poerty recitation by Kailash (class IX), an inspiring patriotic speech by Mohit Jaiswal (class IX), a group song in praise of Indian soldiers, a presentation by the teacher trainees from Durgabai Deshmukh College on the life, achievements and message of former President of India Late Dr.A.P.J.Abul Kalam were  the highlights of the cultural programme. The compering of the programme was done by Cintu of class XI. Dr.Baijal in his addressed gave an inspirational speech reminding our duties as good citizens of the country. He admired the excellent programme presented by the students. The programme concluded with the vote of thanks presented by Vice Principal Sri Keshav Kumar.   

दी ब्लाइंड रिलीफ एसोसिएशन के प्रांगण में आज सुबह ६९वे स्वतंत्रता दिवस की पूर्व प्रभात को JPM विद्यालय के छात्रोँ , व्यावसायिक प्रशिक्षण के प्रशिक्षार्थियों और दुर्गाबाई देशमुख कॉलेज के छात्रों और संस्था के कर्मचारियों ने एक भव्य कार्यक्रम में भाग लिया।  इस अवसर पर डा.  राज  कुमार बैजल, जो स्वयंसेवी चिकित्सक के रूप में संस्था को २० वर्ष से निःशुल्क अपनी सेवाएं प्रदान कर रहे हैं मुख्य अतिथि थे।  संस्था की महासचिव श्रीमती  बेनु नाथ और संयुक्त सचिव श्रीमती राधिका भारत राम भी इस समारोह में उपस्थित थीं।  मुक्त प्रांगण में मुख्य अतिथि द्वारा ध्वजारोहण और स्कूल बैंड की सलामी और झंडा गीत के बाद गांधी हॉल में रंगारंग कार्यक्रम प्रस्तुत किया गया।   वन्दे मातरम गान, छात्रों द्वारा स्वागत भाषण (अंशु शाक्य), कविता पथ (कैलाश), राष्ट्रभक्ति  से ओतप्रोत भाषण (मोहित जायसवाल ), शहीद सैनिकों को समर्पित प्रसिद्ध गीत 'ऐ मेरे वतन के लोगो' (व्यावसायिक प्रशिक्षणार्थी ), भूतपूर्व राष्ट्रपति डॉ कलाम के प्रेरणापूर्ण जीवन और सन्देश पर प्रस्तुति (दुर्गाबाई देशमुख कॉलेज के छात्र ) इस कार्यक्रम के विशेष आकर्षण थे।  मुख्या अतिथि डॉ  बैजल ने अपने प्रेरणादायक भाषण में छात्रों और सभी को एक आज़ाद  देश के नागरिकों  कर्त्तव्य की  दिलाई और आज के रोचक  कार्यक्रम के सभी प्रस्तोताओं को बधाई दी।  कार्यक्रम में उद्घोषणा का दायित्व छात्र सिंटू कुमार ने बखूबी निभाया और धन्यवाद प्रस्ताव उप प्रधानाचार्य श्री केशव कुमार ने प्रस्तुत किया।    

8 August 2015

18th Annual Nayar Memorial Cricket

The 18th Annual Nayar Memorial Trophy Cricket Tournament is being played on 7 – 9 August 2015 at the Blind Relief Association lawns.  It is organized by the students of JPM School in fond memory of the Association’s former Executive Secretary Late Sri K.N.Nayar, whose exemplary dedication and untiring services to the mission of BRA made him a legend in his lifetime. 

Four teams, one represented by the students and 3 teams of ex-students of JPM School are taking part in this limited-over tournament.  The opening match was played on 7 August between the JPM School team led by Rohit Sharma and the ex-student team led by Umesh.  In the 16 over match, the JPM team won by scoring 164 for 1 against the ex-student team’s 163 for 7, and qualified for the finals.  Powerful batting by Rohit Sharma (partially blind) scoring 110 runs and Madan (totally blind) scoring 48 runs ensured an easy victory for the JPM team.   The second match between ex-student teams led by Rahul Nagariya and Desraj had to be stopped mid-way due to rain.  It was resumed on  8 August. Rahul Nagariya team made a formidable score of 368 runs losing just 1 wicket. Desraj team playing next could score 280 losing 5 wickets. For the winners Vineet (partially blind) alone amassed 252 runs. The JPM School team and Rahul Nagariya team will play the final match for the Nayar Memorial Trophy, tomorrow 9 August.

Opening match between JPM present student and ex-student teams.  
Sri.K.N.Nayar (right) watching a child playing chess (a file picture)

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28 July 2015

Remembering Mrs. Indira Sabhaney

(29 Dec 1929 – 14 July 2015)

File picture (1981) of Mrs. Indira Sabhaney, Hony. General Secretary
 with Air Marshal Mehra visiting the Blind Relief Association.
Also in the picture is Mr.Sansari Lal Sharma, a teacher trainee
with a students.

Mrs. Indira Sabhaney, former Honorary General Secretary of the Blind Relief Association passed away in Gurgaon on 14th  July 2015. Wife of Late  Air Marshal I. W. Sabhaney, Mrs.Indira Sabhaney  first visited the  Blind Relief Association in early 70s and  started  helping  the children of our school as a volunteer. She soon learnt Braille at the school and distinguished herself by manually transcribing  into Braille a large number of text books and other reading material which benefitted hundreds of  students.  She was nominated to the Association’s Managing Committee as a member. She served as the Association’s  Honorary Joint Secretary from February 1976 to  December 1978,  and then as its  Honorary General Secretary.  She held this position with great distinction till January 1982,  when  she moved to Hyderabad on her husband’s superannuation from the Air Force.

Mr. A. K. Mittal, President, A.I.C.B. and a member of the Association’s Managing Committee, was the Principal of the Association’s JPM  Sr. Sec. School for the Blind,  those days. He recalls with gratitude the abundant warmth and affection he along with   school staff and  children always received from her.  Her dedication and her caring and cheerful  personality left an indelible mark on all who met her.  She initiated several innovative programmes and activities.  She planned  and  developed  a  unique touch- and- tell museum for the school children, so  rare for blind schools those days!  She encouraged adventure sports and  organised glider rides for children of JPM School.

In passing away of Mrs. Indira Sabhaney, the Association has lost a very dear friend and an ardent well-wisher.   The Association will ever remain grateful for her  abiding affection and   selfless service.    

17 July 2015

JPM School Students Felicitated for Outstanding Result in Board Examinations
School Annual Magazine ANUBHUTI (अनुभूति)  Released 

जे पी एम विद्यालय के छात्रों के बोर्ड परीक्षा में उत्कृष्ट परिणाम के लिए अभिनन्दन
विद्यालय की वार्षिक पत्रिका - अनुभूति - का विमोचन

Group photo of the students with Justice Dr.A.S.Anand,Sri.A.K.Mittal,
 Smt.Gurnani, Sri.Harish Gulati,Dr.Dayal Singh Pawar and others

The outgoing class XII students who have done the JPM School proud by their outstanding result in the 2015 CBSE Examinations were felicitated at a function held this afternoon in the Blind Relief Association.    Justice Dr.A.S.Anand, President of the Association presided over the function.  On the occasion Smt. Saroj Gurnani, who has been helping the School students in their studies as volunteer since the last 35 years and two ex-students of the School namely Dr.Dayal Singh Pawar and Sri Harish Gulati who have similarly been helping the students were also felicitated. 

ANUBHUTI (अनुभूति)  – the annual magazine of the School was also released on the occasion by Justice Dr. Anand.      

आज अपरान्ह  ब्लाइंड रिलीफ असोसिएशन में आयोजित कार्यक्रम में जे पी एम विद्यालय ने इस वर्ष बोर्ड  परीक्षा  में उत्कृष्ट परिणाम से उत्तीर्ण बारहवीं कक्षा के छात्रों का अभिनन्दन किया.  कार्यक्रम की अध्यक्षता असोसिएशन के अध्यक्ष न्यायमूर्ति डॉ  ए एस आनंद  ने की।  इस मौके पर वयोवृद्ध स्वयंसेविका श्रीमती सरोज गुरनानी  जो पिछले ३५ वर्षों से छात्रों का शिक्षा  मार्गदर्शन कर रही हैं और विद्यालय के भूतपूर्व छात्र डॉ  दयाल सिंह पँवार  और श्री हरीश गुलाटी जो ऐसी ही सेवाएं दे रहे हैं  का भी अभिनन्दन किया गया। स्मरण हो की इस वर्ष विद्यालय का परिणाम  न केवल शत प्रतिशत रहा बल्कि १८ छात्र प्रथम श्रेणी में रहे जिनमे  ५ छात्रों ने ९०% से ऊपर अंक प्राप्त किये। विद्यालय में अभी तक सर्वाधिक अंक प्राप्त करने का श्रेय गोविन्द कौशिक को जाता है जिन्होंने ९३.२  % अंक का एक रिकॉर्ड कायम किया है।    कार्यक्रम के अगले चरण में जे पी एम विद्यालय की वार्षिक पत्रिका - अनुभूति - का विमोचन भी किया गया, और पहली प्रिन्ट -प्रति श्रीमती सरोज गुरनानी को और पहली ब्रेल -प्रति श्री अजय कुमार मित्तल , भूतपूर्व प्रधानध्यापक और उपाध्यक्ष विद्यालय सञ्चालन समिति को भेंट की गयी।

Vandana by the students

Smt.Gurnani being presented
the first print copy of ANUBHUTI
Mr.A.K.Mittal receiving the Braille copy
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11 July 2015

Workshop on Soap Making

नहाने का  साबुन बनाने की विधि पर उद्योगशाला

संस्था मे चल रहे दृष्टिबाधित प्रशिक्षणार्थियों के लिए एक-वर्षीय बहु-कौशल प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम के अंतर्गत आज कुटीर उद्योग के रूप में नहाने का साबुन बनाने पर आज एक कार्यशाला का आयोजन किया गया. कार्यशाला का संचालन साबुन बनाने की कला मे प्रशिक्षित और सुदक्ष स्वयंसेवी सुश्री महिमा दिसोरिया ने किया. कार्यशाला में प्रशिक्षार्थीयों को सुगंधित और आकर्षक रूप के नहाने के साबुन बनाने की विधि का परिचय और प्रशिक्षण दिया गया. प्रशिक्षार्थीयों ने स्वयम् भी गुलाब और शहद की सुगंध मे रची नहाने के साबुन की फूल और अन्य आकर्षक आकारों मे ढाली टिकियाँ बनाईं. इस प्रकार बहुकौशल प्रशिक्षण को एक नया आयाम दिया गया. सप्ताहांत मे ऐसे कार्यक्रम नियमित रूप से करने की योजना है.

Workshop on Toilet Soap Making

A workshop on toilet soap making was conducted today in the Association’s Technical Training Centre for the benefit of the trainees of Multi-skill Training Programme. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Mahima Dissoria, a volunteer professionally trained in soap making as a cottage industry. She not only explained the process and the ingredients but also informed from where these can be purchased. The trainees were practically involved in the entire process from heating the soap flakes to melt; mixing the perfume essence like rose and honey; and pouring the mix into different moulds to give soap cakes attractive floral and other designs.

Soap making is a simple skill to learn, adding to the basket of useful skills the trainees acquire during the year-long Multi-skill Training Programme. For the more enterprising trainees the know-how of soap making offers an option to start cottage industry of their own. It is proposed to conduct the soap making workshop on regular basis.
Ms Mahima Dissoriya explaining the process to trainees

Trainees trying their hands in making soap

Toilet soap cakes in floral and other designs
made by the trainees 

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10 July 2015


Admission Open for the following vocational training programmes for the visually impaired starting July 2015

General Mechanic & Machine Operator Course  (2015-16 session)
(Recognised by Board of Technical Education)
Educational Requirement:  Minimum VIII standard pass
Age:  18 to 30 years (as on 1 July)
Seats: 16
Duration:  1 year

Multi-skill Training  Programme
Male of female between the age of 18 to 35 years, willing to work hard
No minimum educational qualification
Seats: 10
Duration:  1 year

Electronics Training programme for orthopeadically handicapped
Educational Requirement: Minimum X standard pass
Age: 18 to 35 years (as on 1 July)
Seats:  5
Duration: 1 year

Walk-in Interviews  
Contact:  Mr.A.David, Project Officer, Technical Training Centre
                   (ph: 24361376 ext.1036, mob: 9953494419)

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1 July 2015

JPM School Reopens After Summer Vacation

Jormal Periwal Memorial (JPM) Senior Secondary School for the Blind, run by the Blind Relief Association reopened today,  1st July,  after one and a half-month long summer vacation.  With the school children coming back Association premises has become lively once again.  The School has 210 students on its roll, studying in nursery to class XII.  The School has now added a new hostel wing on the second floor of Gandhi Hall block.  It will provide residence to students from nursery to class VI.

Outside View of new hostel wing
 on the 2nd floor of Gandhi Hall Block

Children in the long gallery outside hostel rooms

Children inside hostel room

A typical hostel room 

Children in the hostel room

Being the first day of School after vacation many parents accompanied their children and the School organised a parent-teachers meeting.

Greetings from Principal K.J. Kuriyan

“I welcome the students returning to the school on first July 2015 after the summer vacation. The outgoing students (XII) have set new records. The school congratulates the highest ever achievements by them in the CBSE Exams 2015.
It is also a time for the new batches to pledge to work towards greater excellence both in academics and co-curricular activities. If the students begin with greater focus of mind, the level of their commitment and achievement shall be greater.  I wish the students the best bet for better results.”

Principal Mr.K.J.Kuriyan addressing the parents

Principal Mr.K.J.Kuriyan (in blue shirt) and
Vice Principal Mr.S.Keshav Kumar (Left) addressing the parents  

Parents/Wards attending the Parent-Teacher Meeting


13 June 2015

Cottage  Industry Workshop on Moongori and Badi Making

   कुटीर उद्योग कार्यशाला
(मंगोडी और बड़ी बनाना)
ब्लाइंड रिलीफ एसोसिएशन, दिल्ली

संस्था में दृष्टिबाधित प्रशिक्षणार्थियों  के लिए चल रहे एक-वर्षीय बहु कौशल प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम के अंतर्गत 2, 8, 13 जून को एक कुटीर उद्योग कार्यशाला का आयोजन किया गया। कार्यशाला में  मंगोड़ी और बड़ी बनाने का प्रशिक्षण दिया गया। इस कार्यशाला का संचालन मदर्स इन्टरनेशनल स्कूल की पूर्व अध्यापिका सुश्री ललिता पाण्डे ने किया। संस्था में चल रहे विविध कौशल प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम के अंतर्गत प्रशिक्षणार्थियों को हस्त कौशल के विविध आयामों से न केवल परिचित करवाया जाता है बल्कि उनको विभिन्न प्रकार की वस्तुओं के उत्पादन का प्रशिक्षण भी दिया जाता है। इस प्रकार प्रशिक्षणार्थियों को अपने अंदर छिपी हुई क्षमताओं से साक्षात्कार कराया जाता है। विभिन्न शिल्प कौशल में उनकी दक्षता का विकास भी किया जाता है। इस एक वर्षीय बहु कौशल कार्यक्रम के अन्तर्गत उन्हें जिल्दसाजी, और कागज से बनने वाली विभिन्न सामग्री बनाना, मोमबत्ती बनाना, कुर्सी बुनना, हल्की मशीनों पर काम करना, पैकेजिंग, मसाज आदि का काम सिखाए जाते हैं। इसी कड़ी में मई 2015 से सिलाई का काम भी जोड़ दिया गया है। और अब बड़ी और मंगोडी जैसे घरेलू उत्पाद बनाने का प्रशिक्षण भी इसमें जोड़ा जा रहा है।

Cottage  Industry Workshop on Moongori and Badi Making

Under its one-Year Multi Skill Training Programme for the visually challenged, a 3-day cottage industry workshop was organised by the Blind Relief Association on 2, 8 and 13 June 2015. The workshop focussed on moongoris and badi making.  It was conducted by Ms Lalita Pande, a retired teacher from The Mothers International School.

In the skill training programmes conducted by the Association the trainees are not only trained in varied skills, but are also involved in actual production.  Thus the trainees get to realize their hitherto hidden potential.  They are helped in honing the skills to become competent productive workers.  Under the Multi-Skill Training Programme they are imparted training in such diverse skills as book-binding/paper bags making, candle making, packaging, chair caning, relaxation massage, light engineering.  In this basket of skills,  stitching/tailoring was added in May 2015. And now, cottage industry products like moongori and badi have been added.

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11 June 2015


Around 100 employees from the Delhi offices of market research company Nielsen India Pvt. Ltd spent a full working day today (11 June) volunteering in the Blind Relief Association, Delhi as a part of Nielsen Global Impact Day. Lead by the company’s senior executives Pallav Varma and Manoj Upadhyaya the team of volunteers divided themselves into several groups fanned out to different units of the Association and rendered such diverse tasks as painting the walls, working side-by-side the visually challenged trainees in producing and decorating candles, making paper bags, recording books, cleaning up and rearranging sales counter and the stores, helping the library staff in labeling and arranging books etc. The programme concluded with an interactive session wherein the volunteers shared their experience. All the volunteers said they would cherish the immense joy and enlightening experience they had rendering services in the Blind Relief Association. The company gifted a 40” LED television to the Association to be installed in the lounge of the new hostel of JPM School. Addressing the volunteers Hony.Executive Secretary K.C.Pande and Project Officer A David, who coordinated the programme, thanked them and the company for the most meaningful and substantial services rendered and the gift for the students of the Association's School.

Decorating Diyas
Decorating Diyas
Cleaning and rearranging stores

Painting the boundary wall

Labeling books in the library
A.David addressing the volunteers

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4 June 2015

The BRA Remembers its Founder Smt Anusuya Basrurker

Havan Ceremony being performed

A Havan ceremony was performed in the Gandhi Centenary Hall this morning in remembrance of Smt Anusuya Basrurker who together with her husband Sri Umesh U.Basrurker founded the Blind Relief Association, Delhi in 1944. It was 57 years ago that Smt Basrurker passed away on 4 June 2015. This date is observed as Founders Day by the B.R.A. family.  Sri K.C.Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary joined by the staff, teachers and trainees performed the Havan. After the Havan Sri Pande paying tributes to Smt Basrurker spoke to the gathering about the noble life, the selfless and tireless services of Smt Basrurker  in the field of education, vocational training and upliftment of not only the visually challenged but various sections of society.

(To know more about Smt.Basrurker’s noble life and contributions please go to the Page READINGS on this website to read  “वे लोग” by Smt.B.Tarabai -   Hindi translation of the article written in 1969 on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the BRA.)

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25 May 2015

Congratulations JPM School for Excellent Results in CBSE Class XII Examination

Group Photo of Class XII (2014-15) with Principal K J Kuriyan & Class Teacher Ashok Kumar

In the results of Class XII Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Examination 2015 announced today the B.R.A.'s JPM Senior Secondary School registered excellent result. All the 19 students who appeared in the Board Examination passed in First Division.  With all time high score of 93.2 per cent for the School, Govind Kaushik topped in the class. Following him Des Raj Laur with 91.6 per cent came second and Sandeep Kumar with 91.4 per cent came third.  Individually the students got 89 subject distinctions.

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25 May 2015

FAREWELL TO 2014-15 BATCH OF B.Ed.(Spl.Edu)  

AGroup Photograph of the Class with the College faculty members and Sri Misra and Sri Pande from the BRA

Upon the conclusion of their University Final Examinations in Bachelor of Special Special Education (Visual Impairment) the students of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (Visual Impairment), University of Delhi, a farewell function was organised by the Blind Relief Association, Delhi this afternoon in the Association's Gandhi Memorial Hall.  At the function some of the students shared their experience in the College during the year and profusely thanked their teachers for the excellent education, guidance and support they received from them.  The College faculty, namely, Smt.Pubali Agarwal, Dr.Sudeep Dubey, Librarian Sri Shanti Bhushan wished the students well in their examination and the future ahead.  From the Blind Relief Association side Sri. S.K.Misra, Trustee who also happens to be the Treasurer in the Governing Body of DD College and Sri. Kailash Chandra Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary addressed the outgoing students and wished them well in their future career. Dr. Swati Sanyal, the Course Director of DD College wished the students well all the best in their life. Emphasizing the importance of discipline in life especially as future teachers she stressed that it would be their very important duty towards their students to be punctual in taking their classes.  On this occasion she announced and handed over a certificate of special appreciation to Rajesh for his 100 per cent attendance in the class. A simple refreshment party followed as the function, and the function concluded with a ceremonial group photograph.    

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19 May 2015


The Indian team of visually challenged athletes sent under the auspices of Indian Blind Sports Association, with the support of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, which participated in athletics, powerlifting, judo and swimming events in the fifth edition of quadrennial IBSA World Games for the Blind held in Seoul, Korea from 11 to 18 May 2015 returned to New Delhi last night.  It was a very valuable experience for the Indian athletes to compete with top world class athletes.  Giving their best, four of the athletes registered high personal performances that will qualify them to take part in the Paralympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro next year. The lone medal winner for the Indian team is Triptpal Singh who won two bronze medals in power lifting (overall and in bench press) in under 125 kg category. 

To felicitate the team upon its return a function was held at the Blind Relief Association, Delhi on Wednesday, 20 May 2015. 

Here-below are some glimpse from Seoul 2015 World Games:
(To see more pictures, visit The Blind Relief Association, Delhi Facebook) 


Pictures of the function to welcome the Indian held in the Blind Relief Association, Delhi on 20 May 2015.

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7 May 2015


A team of 15 visually challenged sportspersons from India is leaving this evening for Seoul, Korea, to take part in the Seoul 2015 IBSA World Games for the Blind, to be held from 8 to 18 May 2015 under the aegis of International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA). The World Games are being hosted by Korean Blind Union with an expected participation of about 60 countries.  The Indian team is being sent under Indian Blind Sports Association, the premier blind sports body in the country representing India in the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA), the apex international blind sports body.

The athletes come from Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Punjab, selected on the basis of their performance at the 19th IBSA National Sports Meet for the Blind held in Delhi in December 2014 and Asian Para Games 2014.  The team includes one female arthlete who will participate in swimming.  Nine athletes will compete in track and field events, while one each will compete in swimming and powerlifting and four in Judo.

The team includes several international medal winners. Among them are Ram Karan, an Arjuna Awardee and recipient of silver medal in 800 m. at Asian Para Games 2010 and 2014 and 2 bronze medals at Antalya IBSA World Games 2011; experienced international athlete Rishi Kant Sharma, a silver medalist in Javelin at  2011 Antalya World Games; mid distance runner Shavaad, a bronze medalist at Antalya World Games and Asia Para Games 2014; and another middle distance runner Ankur Dhama who won 2 silver medals in 2014 Para Asian Games.

Prior to departure the nine athletes underwent vigorous training at the pre-departure coaching camp organized in New Delhi by the Indian Blind Sports Association under the expert care of reputed para-athletics coach and Dronacharya awardee Dr. Satya Pal.  Powerlifter Tirpatpal Singh received coaching under Mr. Naresh Dhawan of Powerlifting Federation of India. The 4-member Judo team has been trained under Mr. Akram and Mr. Mehboob Alam and the lone Swimmer Kanchanmala Pande under Mr. Swapn Das.
Indian Blind Sports Association has been a regular participant in the quadrennial IBSA World Championships since their inception in Madrid - 1998, subsequently in  Quebec 2003, Sao Paulo 2007 and Antalya 2011.  This is the first time that the India will be participating in Judo in this prestigious Championship.

List of Participants:

Name of Athletes
Mr. Ankur Dhama
800M, 1500M, 5000M
Mr. J.M. Shavad
400M, 800M, 4X100M
Mr. Sonu Singh
Mr. Amar Singh Nishad
1500M, 5000M & 10000M
Mr. Rishikant Sharma
Mr. Avnil Kumar
100M, LONG JUMP, 4X100M,
Mr. Ramkaran Singh
800M, 1500M, 5000M & 4X100M
Mr. Gaurav Singh
Mr. Ramanjee
200M, 100M, LOG JUMP & 4X100M
Ms. Kanchanmala Pande
Triptpal Singh
125 KGS
Mr. Karmpal
60  KG
Mr. Ramesh Kumar
90 KG
Mr. Rajat Bhiduri
60 KG
Mr. Jaydeepkumar Hridaya
66 KG

Supporting the Indian athletes 3 guide-runners, a female and 2 male-escorts, three coaches including the Chief Coach Dr.Satya Pal will accompany the team led by Chef-de-Mission Mr. P.C. Mehta and Team Manager Mr. C.P. Mohanan.

The team was given a warm send off at a function held on Wednesday, 6th May at the Blind Relief Association, Delhi Marg, New Delhi.  IBSA-India Chairperson Mrs.Radhika Bharatram, Hony. IBSA Patron & Hony. Treasurer Sri S.K. Misra and Smt. Benu Nath joined the function to wish the team a great success in the Seoul 2015 World Games.

7 May 2015


With the setting up of Stitching Training facilities today with the support of Sun Foundation, the Blind Relief Association has added a new dimension to its one-year Multi-Skill Vocational Training Programme for the blind.  Under the support from Sun Foundation has donated three stitching machines and free services of two trainers who will impart training to the trainees three days a week.  The spectrum of skills training already includes book binding & paper craft, candle making, packaging, light engineering, chair caning, relaxation massage, and occasionally Braille and music, as per requirement.  The idea is to expand and develop the confidence and capabilities of an individual to perform diverse tasks and thereby widen the scope for employment or become self-employed. 

A brief Pooja was performed this morning to mark the setting up of the new stitching unit in the presence of the trainers Ms Neelu Sethi and Ms Aisha.

The Blind Relief Association is grateful to the Sun Foundation for lending support in not only in setting up the training facilities and providing expert trainers who also help in designing appropriate products that can be fabricated by the trainees. Ms Chitra Sandhoo, Director, Sun Foundation took keen interest in the proposal and promised to enlist the support of Sun Foundation in realizing it.  

6 May 2015


Fifteen School Children from The Blind Relief Association, Delhi receiving training in choral singing under the aegis of The Neemrana Music Foundation took part in the stage presentation this evening at the main auditorium of Indian International Centre.   Staged under the title “SHOWCASE”,  and as Chairperson  Priya Aude of Neemrana Foundation explained,  was a work in progress being presented before the public after the successful workshop with  Jasmin Martorell (EU Expert).   The programme was a bouquet of excerpts from various operas. All songs were performed by the Neemrana Music Foundation’s young soloists, choir and primary class children from the B.R.A.’s  JPM School. The Children sang  Roth- Frog’s Song with lyrics by Vikram Seth; Britten – Notturno, Night Song; excerpts from Bizet – Carmen; and Adam – If I were King, Bollywood Toast.  The tuneful singing and a bit of dancing was lustily applauded by the audience.

Under the Neemrana Music Foundation the children from the Blind Relief Association are receiving regular training in the western choral singing under the care of Natasha Vaz since last four years.  The European Union’s Visiting Expert  Mr. Jasmine Martorell has also been working with these children form time to time during his visits to India.  


2 May 2015 


Applications are invited for admission to two  year full time  B.Ed (Special Education  for Visually Impaired) Course.  The details and other eligibility conditions are available at College website www.durgabaideshmukhcollege.org .

            Prospectus and Application Form will be available in the College from 11th May,  2015 on cash payment of Rs.  500/- on all working days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or can be obtained by post by sending Bank Draft of  Rs. 575/- in favour of “The Blind Relief  Association, Delhi” to the above address.  Last date of receipt of  application is 30th May, 2015.                     

प्रवेश सूचना : 2015-17

दो वर्षीय पूर्ण कालिक बी.एड. (दृष्टिबाधितों के लिए विशेष शिक्षा) पाठ्यक्रम के लिए आवेदन आमंत्रित किए जाते हैं। अनिवार्य योग्यताएँ तथा विवरण कालेज की वेबसाइट  www.durgabaideshmukhcollege.org पर  भी  उपलब्ध हैं।

प्रवेश हेतु आवेदन और प्रस्पेक्टस 11 मई 2015 से कालेज में किसी भी कार्यदिवस प्रातः 10 बजे से 5 बजे तक 500/- रु. देने पर प्राप्त किय जा सकते हैं अथवा डाक द्वारा  दि ब्लाइंड रिलीफ एसोसिएशन, दिल्ली के पक्ष में नई दिल्ली में देय 575/- रु. का बैंक ड्राफ्ट भेज कर भी मँगाये जा सकते हैं। आवेदन पत्र प्राप्ति की अंतिम तिथि 30 मई 2015 है।

Course Director
Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (V.I.)
The Blind Relief Association, Delhi
(Ph: 8285237109/65650969/70, 24371377)

2 May 2015

Subodh Home Tournament Trophy Awarded 

The 22nd Subodh Memorial Cricket Tournament Trophy was awarded to the Vipin Mehar  Team who defeated the Team led by Daman Preet Singh in an exciting final played on 11 April at the Blind Relief Association grounds.  The trophy was presented to the Capatain Vipin Mehar by Sri K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, JPM School at a function held this afternoon in the Gandhi Hall of the B.R.A.  On the occasion Madan Kumar (B-1) and Satyam Shah  (B-2) the two Men of the Tournament as well as those who helped in conducting the Tournament were presented prizes were gifts. The two-day home tournament of JPM School was played on 10 & 11 April 2015. It was organized by the students of Class IX.  

30 April 2015

BRA Bids Farewell to Sri Ram Niwas Agarwal

A smiling Ram Nivas Agarwal on the Cashier Seat

Sri Ram Niwas Agarwal, who served as Cashier in the Blind Relief Association, Delhi was given a warm send off at a function held this afternoon, when he took retirement form service after having served  the Association for nearly 35 years.  Sri.Agarwal  joined the Association on 25 September 1980.

Entire staff of the Association, including those from JPM School and Durgabai Deshmukh College,  were present at the function held in the Gandhi Hall to bid warm farewell to Sri Agarwal.   Sri S.K.Misra, Trustee & Hony. Treasurer and Smt Benu Nath, Hony General Secretary from the management joined the function at which the wife, children and grandchildren of Sri Agarwal were also present.  At the outset Sri K. C. Pande, Hony Executive Secretary garlanded Sri Agarwal.  Sri K. J. Kuriyan, Principal, and Sri S.Keshav Kumar from JPM School recalling his helpful and friendly nature wished Sri Agrawal a healthy and wonderful life after retirement and hoped that he would keep in touch with BRA in future as well.  Sri Pande said we all know very well Sri Agarwal as a man of sterling qualities. The  vacuum created by his retirement can hardly be filled up.  Sri Agarwal who was overwhelmed with emotions recalled how he was inducted in the Association by late Sri Pran Nath ji and received initiation from Sri K.N.Nair, the then Executive Secretary of the Association.   Smt Benu Nath handed over an engraved salver as a memento.   There were also farewell gifts from the Association and by the staff of the Association handed over to him by Sri S. K. Misra, Sri K. C. Pande and Sri. P. C. Mehta, Dy. Executive Secretary.  The programme concluded ended with a light snacks party.

Sri K C Pande garlanding Sri Agarwal

Sri Misra paying tributes to Sri Agarwal

Sri Agarwal receiving memento from Smt Benu Nath

Sri Misra presenting shawl

Sri Mehta presenting gift to Sri & Smt Agarwal

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30 April 2015

Mesmerising Dastangoi Baithak in the B.R.A.

Audience in rapt attention listening Dastango Duo Valintina and Fouzia

Dastango duo Fouzia and Valintina Trivedi enthralled the students of JPM School and trainees from Durgabai Deshmukh College and other units of the Blind Relief Association with their rendering of Dastan of Goopi and Bagha, the story of two most popular Satyaji Ray characters Goopi the singer and Bagha the drummer.  The two female Dastango, trained under Mahmood Farooqui in the style employing mime mimicry and music, kept the audience absolutely spellbound.  The antics and  transformation of Goopi and Baghaa from being simple village bumpkins, who are chased out of their respective villages, to musician who hold their audience in spellbound, formed the crux of the story. Musical part added an interesting element to the Dastan.

Speaking after the performance Dastango Fouzia said it was unique experience for them and that she was moved by the uncanny understanding of the Dastan and instant response they response from their audience.  Valintina said they would sure like to come again to present Dastan before the students in future as well.

A funny moment in Dastan Goopi Bagha ki

Goopi and Bagha saluting

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15 April 2015

Subodh Trophy Cricket Home Tournament of JPM School

Reporters: Rinku, Tushar and Mohan (Class XII)

The 22nd Subodh Trophy Cricket Home Tournament of JPM School was held on 10 and 11 
April 2015  in the Lawns of the Blind Relief Association.   Three teams were formed from amongst the students under the captaincy of Vipin Mehar, Govind Kaushik and Daman Preet Singh.  The teams  vied for the Trophy named after Subodh Garg, an ardent fan of cricket who died in 1993.  The tournament is organized every year by the students of class IX .

The Trophy was won by the Vipin Mehar  Team who defeated the Team led by Daman Preet Singh in an exciting final played on 11 April.   Madan Kumar (B-1) and Satyam Shah  (B-2) were declared men of the Tournament. 

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1 April 2015

Farewell to Class XII Students of JPM School

Back Row (Standing) Left to Right:  Damanpreet Singh, Govind Kaushik, Subal Beng, Deshraj Laur, Sandeep Kumar, Vishal Kumar, Mohammad Mehtab, Yad Ram, Deepak Kumar Gupta:
Middle Row (Standing) Left to Right: Gaurav Mishra, Imran Ahmed, Atul Singh, Satyendra Sahu, Amit Puri, Vimal Varman:

Front Row (on Chairs): Mr.S.Keshav Kumar (Senior PGT- Music), Yogesh Kumar, Tashi Sandup, Mr.K.J.Kuriyan (Principal), Mr.K.C.Pande (Executive Secretary, BRA), Mitthu Sharma, Chunnu Kumar

To bid farewell to the class XII students of JPM School who appeared for their final CBSE Board examinations this year a function was held on 1st April 2015 in the Association’s Gandhi Centenary Memorial Hall.  Teachers, staff from all the units of the Blind Relief Association were present to wish the students best of result in their Board Examinations and a bright future ahead.  Mr..A.K.Mittal, Vice Chairperson of School Management Committee, Mr. K.C.Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary, B.R.A. Mr.P.C.Mehta, Manager, JPM School, Mr.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, and senior teachers Mr.S. Keshav Kumar and Mr.K.S.Dhiman addressed the students and expressed their best wishes.  Outgoing students  Govind Kaushik,  Imran Ahmed, Deepak Gupta, Damanpreet,   Gaurav Mishra, Chunnu Kumar talked about their life in the JPM School and the BRA campus and thanked their teachers for the education and love they received from them and the unforgettable time they had in the school.  As token of their gratitude the students presented to the School Library two sets each of Braille version of Current English Grammer and Tulasi Ramacharitamanas.  From the BRA side the all the students were presented folding canes and a Braille copy each of the account of BRA’s formative years, as told by Mrs.B.Tarabai, founder Vice president of BRA., and an inspirational speech by Dr.Gopal Krishna Gandhi.  

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March 2015

Prof V M Misra - a former Member of JPM School Managing Committee Passes Away

Professor Vishwa Mitra Misra, a Life Member of the Blind Relief Association, who served a Member in the JPM School Managing Committee for a number of years passed away on 19 March 2015. A teacher in Physics Prof. Misra retired from Hindu College, University of Delhi in the year 1990. He was also Deputy Chief Commissioner for India, Indian Boys Scout Association of India. Younger brother of Justice Vyas Dev Misra, one of the early associates of the founders of the BRA U A Basrurker, and elder brother of Sri S K Misra, Trustee and Treasurer of the Association he had been a keen supporter of Association.  

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2 March 2015

JPM School Students Appear for CBSE Board Examinations

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations of the Senior Secondary Classes XII and X for the Year 2015 commenced today.  The Association’s JPM Senior Secondary School has been designated as a Board Examination Centre for the visually impaired students, where, besides the JPM School students private candidates from outside are also appearing for the Board Examinations to go on till 9 April. 

19 students from JPM School are appearing for the Class XII, while 20 students are appearing for the Class X Board Examinations.  Among the visually impaired private candidates writing the exam in the JPM School Examination Centre, 9 are from Class XII and 32 from Class X.   Special arrangements have been made to provide writers, comprising students from different schools, assigned to write the answers dictated by the examinees.

To wish the JPM School students the best in their examinations a simple ceremony was held in the Gandhi Hall on 28 February.  Students and teachers offered prayer and sought blessings from Sarasvati, the goddess of learning. The Puja was conducted by their Hindi Teacher Sri Ram Kumar Sharma. The teachers blessed the students and hoped that they will do their best in the Board Examinations. Sri.K.C.Pande, Hony Executive Secretary, B.R.A. and Sri.P.C.Mehta, Manager, JPM School were also present on the occasion to convey their best wishes to the students.  

 A general view of the examination hall. Students writing examination assisted by scribes.
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19 February 2015

B.R.A. Remembers its Founder Sri Umesh Basrurker

On the 19th of February the students, trainees and staff observed a solemn ceremony remembering the founder of the Blind Relief Association, Delhi Sri Umesh A. Basrurker who passed away on this date in 1959.   A Havan was performed and the Principal K.J.Kuriyan and Sri Keshav Kumar, senior teacher paid tributes to late Sri Basrurker who left behind a great legacy of services for the visually challenged in the field of education, vocational training and rehabilitation.  

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17 February 2015

Maha Shivratri in the B.R.A.

Havan, singing of Bhajans and recitation of Shiv Chalisa by the students of JPM Senior Secondary School marked Maha Shivratri festival celebrations held on 17 February in the Blind Relief Association.  Trainees and staff from different units of Association joined the celebrations which culminated with distribution of Prasad.  As is the tradition the entire programme was organised by the students of class XI.   

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6 February 2015

The Annual Picnic 

The Annual Picnic of the Blind Relief Association was held on Friday, 6th February 2015 in the picturesque Nehru Park in New Delhi.  It was a big get-together for the BRA family with over 500 students, trainees and staff with their family members, including former students and trainees joining the picnic.  Arrangements were made to bring all from the Association premises to the Nehru Park.  It was a balmy day of the spring season, perfect for a fun-filled day in the midst of nature.  Children and adults enjoyed strolling round the sprawling Nehru Park in the midst of flowering plants and trees, basking in the sun on the grassy lawns, singing and dancing.  A sumptuous lunch was served.  Returning to the Association in the afternoon, tea and snacks were served to conclude the event.

Here are some glimpses of the picnic:    

Walking around the Park
Having fun of tree climbing

  Children relaxing on lawn
Computer Trainees and School Students 

Vocational Trainees 
Jam session

Music and dance jam session

Lunch being served on the lawns

Lunch on the lawn


1 February 2015


Quawwali performance by JPM School Boys

Five-a-Side Blind Football Match 

The Blind Relief Association, Delhi was among the prominent participants in the Raahgiri Day for Persons with Disabilities held in the morning hours of Sunday, 1st February 2015, in the Connaught Place, New Delhi.  The first of its kind event held with the objective to include the Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and create awareness about their talent and achievements and also to establish dignity and equality for the PwDs, was organised jointly by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) with the objective.

The students and trainees from the Association’s JPM School and other units enthusiastically participated in the event.  They opened the cultural events at Central Park stage with a Quawwali and Bhojpuri song before an appreciative audience. Yet at another venue near D-Block the students performed “Mujrim Kaun” a Nukkad Natak (street play) giving the message of maintaining communal harmony drawing loud applause from the audience.  The large E-Block parking area of the Connaught Place was turned into makeshift football and cricket fields where the students played blind football and cricket matches.  Alongside there were visually challenged boys walking on stilts.

Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chandra Gehlot and Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar also watched the blind football and cricket matches.  

 The music group students from the BRA later joined a Zumba concert surprising the Zumba artists and stole the hearts the audience with their impromptu rhythmic variations dextrously played on unfamiliar percussion instruments of the Zumba group.
Nukkad Natak (Street Play) Muzrim Kaun
by JPM School Students
Nukkad Natak 

A Student Walking on Stilts

Blind Cricket
School Boys Join Percussion Group
JPM School Boys Impromptu Join Percussion Group

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30 January 2015

The BRA Remembers Mahatma Gandhi on The Martyrs Day

A solemn ceremony to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi and other martyrs was held in the Blind Relief Association on 30th January 2015. The location  was  ‘Shanti Niketan’ – a quiet corner garden in the Association’s premises, created through shramdaan by the students of JPM School. Exactly at 5:14 p.m. as the bell rang, students, trainees and staff from different units of the Association who had assembled at ‘Shanti Niketan’ observed a two-minute silence in memory of the freedom fighters who had laid down their lives for the sake of liberation of the motherland from the British rule.

Prior to this, some of the students spoke about Mahatma Gandhi and the path of non-violence, truth and service that he showed to the country.  Alumni Manoj Kumar also narrated the story of how through the toil of the students a waste dumping area in the premises was cleared and transformed into a serene corner garden.

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24 January 2015

Students Celebrate Vasant Panchami

As every year, on the occasion of Vasant Panchami, which fell on 24 January this year the students of JPM School organized Saraswati Puja in the Association’s Gandhi Hall.  The Havan and Puja Ceremonies were performed by the students with Pt. Ram Kumar Sharma, Sanskrit Teacher acting as the Purohit.  Besides the students and trainees the teachers from JPM School and Durgabai deshmukh College also attended the Puja. aThe students recited Saraswati Chalisa and sang Bhajans.  Sri.K.C.Pande, Executive Secretary, B.R.A., talked about the religious and cultural significance of Basant Panchami in a multicultural society like India.  He presented some traditional compositions in Raagas associated with the spring season. After the programme Prasad was distributed to all those present.

As the tradition is, the responsibility of arranging and managing the function was with the students of Class X.    

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January 2015


National Tournaments in Football and Kabaddi and National Championships in Judo and Powerlifting  mark the IBSA Blind Sports Meet in Delhi

The Blind Relief Association was the venue of the week-long sports events organised by Indian Blind Sports Association from 5 to 10 January 2015.  Nearly 300 sports persons from 11 states participated in this major blind sports event, which included the 9th IBSA National Football Tournament, 3rd IBSA National Kabaddi Tournament, the 1st IBSA National Judo Championship, 6th IBSA Powerlifting Championship, and IBSA Athletics Coaching Camp and Seminar on Blind Sports. The states represented were Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand.

Chief Guest Mrs.Meenakshi being welcomed

Mrs.Lekhi meeting the teams

The Sports Week was formally inaugurated on 5th January by the Chief Guest Mrs.Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament in the presence of Mr.Rajesh Tomar, President, Paralympic Committee of India.  Mrs. Benu Nath, Hony General Secretary, Mr.S.K.Misra, Hony. Treasurer & Trustee, B.R.A. also graced the occasion with their presence.  Mrs. Lekhi performed the “Bhoomi Pujan” of the Kabaddi Court before giving go ahead to the inaugural Kabaddi match of the Tournament.  Later she made the formal kick-off to start the first match of the Football Tournament.

Mrs.Lekhi performs Bhoomi Pujan at the Kabaddi Court

The Inaugural Kabaddi Match

A Football Match 

In the Football Tournament for B-1 (totally blind) category, the  championship was won by Anand Singh Smarak team from Delhi by defeating SVRC team from Cochin in the exciting final played on 10 January evening.  10 teams from Delhi, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand took part in the Tournament.

The Team Championship of the 3rd National Kabaddi Tournament was won by JPM School, Delhi by defeating Netraheen Vikas Sansthan, Jodhpur.  9 teams from Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand took part in the Tournament.

The First IBSA Judo Championships were held on 6 - 7 January in which 22 Judoka from Delhi, Maharashtra,  Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh took part.

Mr.Awaneesh Awasthi, Jt. Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice
 & Empowerment inaugurates Judo Championship

A Judo Bout

In the 6th National Powerlifting Championships, once again Tripatpal Singh from Punjab emerged as the star powerlifter.  17 powerlifters from Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab ,Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh took part.

Tripta Pal Singh making a Dead Lift
A unique feature of the sports week was the conduct of IBSA Coaching Camp & Seminar for Sports Teachers/Coaches and Blind Athletes. Dr. Satyapal Singh, renowned Dronacharay Award winner Para Coach conducted the athletics coaching, while other experts conducted sessions on such sports-related fields as anti-doping, sports injuries, nutrition, yoga etc.  23 participants (including sports instructors/coaches and athletes from 11 institutions in Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand participated.

The Sports Week was declared closed on 10 January evening by the Chief Guest Mr.Rajesh Tomar, President, Paralympic Committee of India.  He also gave away the championship shields to the winners and the runners up in the Football and Kabaddi Tournaments.

Mr.P.C.Mehta, Hony. General Secretary IBSA giving
welcome address at the Closing Ceremony

Chief Guest Mr.rajesh Tomar awarding
the Champion Trophy of Football Tournament

Kabaddi Champions with the Chief Guest Mr.Tomar

Valedictory Address by Mr.Tomar, President, PCI

All the events were held in the premises of the Blind Relief Association where also the boarding and lodging arrangements were made for the participants.  In honour of the participants a Kavi Sammelan was also organised by IBSA on 5 January evening.  

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16 December 2014

19th Sports Meet for the Blind Concludes

Teams from Delhi and Karnataka win overall Championship Trophies

Mr. Kartikeya Bharatram, immediate past Chairperson IBSA
 giving welcome address

Chief Guest Mr.Ajit Mohan Sharan, Secretary (Sports), Govt. of India
 giving the Valedictory Address

Mr.A.K.Mittal, Vice Chairmen, IBSA giving Vote of Thanks 

Curtain came down on the 19th IBSA National Sports Meet for the Blind with a closing ceremony held at the Blind Relief Association, Delhi today.  Shri Ajit Mohan Sharan, Secretary (Sports) Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India, was the Chief Guest at the function.

14 overall Championship Trophies were given by the Chief Guest based on three sight classifications – B1 (totally blind), B2 (very limited sight), B3 (partially blind) – separately for Boys & Girls and Men & Women.  

On the above classification, the following teams score the highest points in their particular categories:

Intermediate Boys
J.P.M. Sr. Sec. School for the Blind, New Delhi

Institute for the blind, Amar Colony, New Delhi

Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Chikamangalure, Karnataka
Intermediate Girls
Sri Sharda Devi Andhra Vasthisala, Shimoga, Karnataka

Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Chikamangalure, Karnataka

Sri Sharda Devi Andhra Vasthisala, Shimoga, Karnataka
Open Men
National Blind Youth Association, New Delhi

Divine Vision Trust, Delhi

Prajwalit Foundation Trust, Delhi

Prajwalit Foundation Trust, Delhi
Open Women
Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Chikamangalure, Karnataka

Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Chikamangalure, Karnataka

Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Chikamangalure, Karnataka

 Samarthanam Trust, Bangalore, Karnataka

Chief Guest awarding B-1 (Women)Championship Shield
 to athletes of Ashakiran School, Chikamanglure, Karnataka 

Athletes of Prajwalit Foundation, Delhi receiving
B-3 (Men) Championship Shield

JPM School, Delhi students receiving B-1 (Boys)
 Championship Shield from Mr.Sharan

Athletes from joint-winners Ashakiran School, Chikmangalur
 and Samarthanam Trust, Bangalore receiving
 B-3(Women) Championship Shield 

Ankur Dhama Silver medalist in 2014 Asian Paralympics
 being felicitated by the Chief Guest 

Ram Karan Silver medalist in 2014 Asian Paralympics
 being felicitated by the Chief Guest 

Chess Competition

Chess Competition

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15 December 2014

19th IBSA National Sports Meet for the Blind
18 National Records & 10 Meet Records
 set on the 3rd day of Meet

Blind athletes continued with their laudable performance and established 18 National Records as well as 10 new meet records on the second and third  day of the meet in the following track and field events at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

B-2 800 M Race 

Javelin Throw 

B-1 400 M Race


Sl No
Name of the Athlete
New National Record
Old National Record
400 M B2 (Boys) - Final
Anup H S
Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Chikmagalur, Kartanataka
400 M B2 (Boys) - Final
Munna Kumar Rajak
Institute for the Blind, Amar Colony, Lajpat Nagar, Delhi
Boys B 3 – Long Jump - Final
Sunil G.R.
Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Chikmagalur, Karnataka
5.18 Mtr.
4.74 Mtr.
Women B 3 – Long Jump - Final
Sampa Mondal
Voice of World, Blind School, West Bengal
3.57 Mtr.
3.57 Mtr. ENR
Women B 3 – Long Jump - Final
Sampa Mondal
Voice of World, Blind School, West Bengal
3.57 Mtr.
3.57 Mtr. ENR
Boys B2 – Shot Put
Pandurang Mahdeo Jambe
Bal Kalyan Sanstha, Pune
Boys B2 – Shot Put
Hemant Kumar
Institute for the Blind, Amar Colony, Lajpat Nagar, Delhi
Boys B2 – Shot Put
Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, J.P. Nagar, Karnataka
Men 4 x 100m – Relay Mix Semi-Final
National Blind Youth Association, I.P. Extension, Delhi
Women 4 x 100m – Relay Mix Final
Sowmya M.N. / Shruthi S. / Baby / Tejaswini
Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Chikmagalur, Karnataka
Women 4 x 100m – Relay Mix Final
Parvinder Kaur / Mamta / Yogita / Sapna / Samta
Institute for the Blind, Sector-26, Chandigarh
Women 4 x 100m – Relay Mix Final
Nidhi Mishra / Jyoti Singh / Reena / Supriya Kumar
Equal Opportunity Cell, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
Women 4 x 100m – Relay Mix Final
Mithu Singh / Mohd. Rasheed / Ganesh Bahadur / Charna Singh
Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for the Blind/Disabled, Ludhiana, Punjab
Boys 4 x 100m – Relay Mix Final
B.R. Divakara / Shivaraj / Lavakumar / Ramesh
Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Chikmagalur, Karnataka
Girls 4 x 100m – Relay Mix Final
Nisha / Poonam / Vrinda / Divya
Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh
Girls 4 x 100m – Relay Mix Final
Naziya Banu / Sangeetha S / Manasa S / Renuka N
Shri Sharda Devi Andhara Vasasthi Shala, Shimoga, Karnataka
Girls 4 x 100m – Relay Mix Final
Sanju Bai / Radha B.V. / Pramila / Priyanka
Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh
Men B 3 – Javelin Throw - Final
Bishorjit Singh Thounaoiam
Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh


Name of the Athlete
New Meet Record
Earlier Meet Record
400 M B1 (Men) - Final
Ankur Dhama
Divinive Vision Trust, Vivek Vihar, Delhi
400 M B2 (Men) - Final
Saheb Hossain
Voice of World, Blind Schoo, West Bengal
400 M B3 (Men) - Final
Varada Raj P
Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Karnataka
400 M B2 (Women) - Final
Shruthi S
Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Chikmagalur, Karnataka
400 M B3 (Women) - Final
Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Chikmagalur, Karnataka
400 M B3 (Women) - Final
Jaspreet Kaur
National Association for the Blind, Chandigarh
400 M B3 (Boys) - Final
Sunil G.R.
Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Chikmagalur, Karnataka
400 M B2 (Girls) - Final
Radha B.V.
Ashakiran School for the Blind Children, Chikmagalur, Karnataka
1500 M B3 (Men) - Final
Ramkaran Singh
Prajwalit Foundation, Vinod Nagar, Delhi
1500 M B2 (Men) - Final
Amar Singh Nishad
Prajwalit Foundation, Vinod Nagar, Delhi

The 19th National Sports Meet is being attended by nearly 600 athletes and sports officials from 15 states across the country.  The meet conforming such track and field events as 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, and 5000m; relay races, discuss, shot put, javelin throw and long jump.  A national Chess competition is also taking place concurrently at the premises of the Blind Relief Association which is the co-host of the Meet.

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13 December 2014

Union Minister of Sports Inaugurates

 the 9th IBSA National Sports Meet 

for the Blind

Guest of Honour Mrs.Meenakashi Lekhi addressing

Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs
 Sri Sarbanand Sonowal inaugurating the Meet

Chief Guest Sri Sonowal and Guest of Honour Smt Lekhi
 meeting the athletes

Oath Taking Ceremony

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12 December 2014

Press Release

19th IBSA National Sports Meet for the Blind -2014
दृष्टिबाधित एथलिटों के लिए 19वें  IBSA  नैशनल स्पोर्ट्स मीट का आयोजन
BRA Campus Abuzz as nearly 600 participants arrive 

The stage is set for the grand opening of the largest sporting event for the blind tomorrow. Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports Government of India will inaugurate the 19th National Sports Meet for the Blind at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday the 13th December, 2014 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.  and Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi Hon’ble Member of Parliament will be the Guest of Honour.  Over 60 teams of blind sports persons from 14 states will participate in the 4 day event.  The meet is the largest national Sports event for the blind in the country and is held every two years.  These meets are organized by the Indian Blind Sorts Association with the support from the Blind Relief Association, Delhi.  The last meet (18th) was held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (New Delhi in December 2012).

The 19th meet will have about 600 participants, including officials, from such far off places as Manipur, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.  The meet will continue till 16th December, 2014 and will witness the budding and some of the finest totally blind and low vision athletes from across the country, several of them with international exposure and medal winners, vying for medals and creating new meet and National marks.  The meet will be divided into Intermediate (14 to 17 yrs and Open (not below 14 yrs) age sections, with separate competitions for male and female athletes under the three sight classifications, namely, B-1 (totally blind), B-2 and B-3 (low vision/partially blind) athletes.  The track events include 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 5000m and relay races.  Field events will have long jump, shot put, javelin and discus throws.  The Chess competition will also form part of the meet and will be held at the premises of the Blind Relief Association, Delhi.

All the competitions will be conducted in accordance with international norms for blind sports as stipulated by International Blind Sports Federation.  To ensure highest level of professionalism and fair conduct of competitions services of professional and experienced judges and other technical officials from Athletic Federation of India, Chess Federation and IBSA are being taken.

Elaborate arrangements for free boarding, lodging and transportation of the participants coming from different parts of India are being made at the premises of the Blind Relief Association.  In the evening cultural programmes are being arranged for the entertainment of the participants.

The 19th meet is especially significant as performance in this meet will form the basis for short listing athletes for participating in the 5th World Championships and Games for the blind scheduled to be held in May 2015 in Seoul, Korea.

For further information Contact:

Mr K C Pande, Vice Chairman (9953494413)
Mr P C Mehta, Hony General Secretary (9899841350)
Mr A K Mittal, Hony. Joint Secretary (9958704082)
Mr C P Mohanan, Hony Treasurer (9953494417)

e-mail: indibsa@gmail.com

दृष्टिबाधित एथलिटों के लिए 19वें  IBSA  नैशनल स्पोर्ट्स मीट का आयोजन

नई दिल्ली, 12 दिसंबर 2014:  इंडियन ब्लाइंड स्पोर्ट्स एसोसिएशन की ओर से दृष्टिबाधितों के लिए चार दिवसीय 19वें नैशनल स्पोर्ट्स  मीट का शुभारंभ शनिवार, 13 दिसंबर की सुबह 11.00 बजे जवाहरलाल नेहरू स्टेडियम, नई दिल्ली में होगा। इस मौके पर भारत सरकार के माननीय युवा मामलों एवं खेल राज्य मंत्री (स्वतंत्र प्रभार) श्री सर्बानंदा सोनवाल बतौर मुख अतिथि शामिल होंगे, वहीं विशिष्ट अतिथि के तौर पर माननीय सांसद श्रीमती मीनाक्षी लेखी प्रतिभावान नेत्रहीन एथिलिटों का हौसला अफजाई करेंगी।

इंडियन ब्लाइंड स्पोट्स एसोसिएशन (IBSA) द्वारा हर दो साल में आयोजित होने वाला यह स्पोर्ट्स मीट दृष्टिबाधितों के लिए देश का सबसे बड़ा राष्ट्रीय खेल आयोजन है। इस साल 13 से 16 दिसंबर को आयोजित होने वाले 19वें नैशनल स्पोर्ट्स मीट फार द ब्लाइंड में 14 राज्यों की 63 टीमें हिस्सा लेंगी। इस खेल का आयोजन ब्लाइंड रिलिफ एसोसिएशन के सहयोग से IBSA द्वारा किया जाएगा। 18वें नैशनल स्पोर्ट्स का आयोजन भी नई दिल्ली के जवाहरलाल नेहरू स्टेडियम में दिसंबर 2012 को आयोजित किया गया था, जिसमें उभरते एथलिटों में कई राष्ट्रीय रिकार्ड भी बनाए थे।

19वें  नैशनल स्पोर्ट्स मीट मे देश के विभिन्न राज्यों के 600 से ज्यादा प्रतिभागी हिस्सा लेंगे 13 से 16 दिसंबर तक होने वाले इस आयोजन में देश भर के नेत्रहीन और आंशिक दृष्टिबाधित एथलीट अपनी बेहतरीन प्रतिभा का प्रदर्शन कर लोगों को अचंभित कर देंगे। इस प्रतियोगिता में कुछ ऐसे एथलीट भी हिस्सा लेंगे जो अंतरराष्ट्रीय स्पर्द्धाओं में शिरकत कर चुके हैं और पदक भी जीत चुके हैं। प्रतियोगिता को दो श्रेणियों इंटरमीडिएट (14 साल से 17 साल तक) और ओपेन (14 साल से कम उम्र के नहीं) आयु वर्ग में बांटा गया है जिसमें दृष्टि के लिहाज से तीन खंडों— बी-1 (पूणर्तः दृष्टिबाधित) बी-2 (कम दृष्टि वाले) और बी-3 (आंशिक दृष्टिबाधित) में महिला और पुरुष एथलीटों के लिए अलग-अलग स्पर्द्धायें आयोजित की जाएगी इसके तहत 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 और 5000 मीटर और रिले दौड़ का आयोजन होगा। इसके अलावा, लंबी कूद (लांग जम्प), गोला फेंक (शाटपुट), भाला फेंक (जैवलिन थ्रो) और चक्का फेंक (डिस्कस थ्रो) स्पर्धा में भी एथलीट अपनी प्रतिभा का प्रदर्शन करेंगे। इस दौरान चेस प्रतियोगिता का भी आयोजन किया जाएगा, जो ब्लाइंड रिलीफ एसोसिएशन के परिसर में खेला जाएगा।

सभी स्पर्द्धाओं का आयोजन अंतरराष्ट्रीय ब्लाइंड स्पोर्ट्स फेडरेशन द्वारा निर्धारित दृष्टिबाधितों के लिए खेलों के अंतरराष्ट्रीय मानदंडों के अनुरूप किया जाएगा। खेलों का आयोजन बेहतर और पारदर्शी तरीके से उच्च स्तरीय पेशेवर अंदाज में कराने के लिए एथलिटिक फेडेरेशन आफ इंडिया, चेस फेडरेशन और IBSA  के पेशेवर निर्णायकों के साथ ही तकनीकि कर्मचारियों की सेवाएं ली जाएगी। देश के विभिन्न हिस्सों से आने वाले प्रतियोगियों के आने-जाने, रहने और खाने की व्यवस्था निःशुल्क होगी और इसका इंतजाम ब्लाइंड रिलीफ एसोसिएशन के परिसर में किया जाएगा। प्रतियोगियों के मनोरंजन के लिए शाम को सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रमों का भी आयोजन किया जाएगा।

इस आयोजन की एक प्रमुख विशेषता यह भी है कि स्पर्धाओं में प्रर्दशन के आधार पर IBSA उन खिलाड़ियों का भी चयन करेगा जो Korea में May 2015  में होने वाले  5th  World Championship & Games for the Blind  में देश का प्रतिनिधित्व करेंगे।
The Registration Desk

Medical (Sight) Classification Room

Dr. Satpal briefing the Technical Officers

IBSA Hony General Secretary Mr.P.C.Mehta addressing
 the Team Managers
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6 December 2014

Graduation Ceremony of Japanese Language Class 2014

To celebrate successful completion of 2014 session of Japanese Language Classes and to award certificates to students of JPM School successfully completing their course in Japanese language and culture, a ceremony was held in the Blind Relief Association on 6 December afternoon.  Apart from the teacher Mrs. Itsuko Nandi and lady volunteers who had been assisting Nandi Sensei in the classroom and outdoor programmes, Okuyama Sensei from Japan Foundation and others with their family attended the ceremony,  interacted with the students and performed music in the party that followed.  The programme commenced with welcome address and distribution ofd certificates by Mr.K.C.Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary, B.R.A., followed by congratulatory remarks by Mr.K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, JPM School.  In her closing remarks Nandi Sensei congratulated students and wished them well in their studies and future career.  She expressed her hope that the students will pursue their interest in and acquiring knowledge about Japan and thereby help strengthen bonds of friendship between India and Japan. After the ceremony the students and the Japanese guests mixed with each other and talked to each other in Japanese and presented music.

Guests introducing themselves

Students presenting Japanese song

Group photo of the students and guests 

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6 December 2014

J.P.M. School Kids Perform in The Neemrana Music Foundation’s  
10th Anniversary Opera Gala

Kids from the Association’s JPM School being trained in western choral music as members of The Neemrana Music Foundation Children’s Choir took part in the Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Opera Gala event held on 6 December 2014 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Weight Lifting Auditorium. Presented in cooperation with European Union, the Gala celebrates ten years of opera in India and a grand tribute to Francis Wacziarg who established The Neemrana Music Foundation to promote opera in India.

The JPM School children along with children from Khushii Shikshantar NGO centre performed ‘Street Boys March’ as a part of opera excerpt from ‘Carmen’, and also in ‘Toast’ of the opera ‘If I Were King’ performing with all choirs and dancers.  The colourful Opera Gala comprised presentation of excerpts from all the nine operas produced by the Foundation over the decade, with live orchestra consisting of 48 musicians including 38 from Europe conducted by Claire Levacher.  

The Neemrana Music Foundation Children’s Choir is an initiative started in New Delhi by Francis Wacziarg in 2010 to spread awareness about Western music to children who do not usually have access to it.  Francis who passed away in Februry this year was passionate about encouraging the children at JPM School in learning western choral music. The children are receiving the training under Natasha Assumpta Waz.

The participants were: Akash Sharma, Vishal Kumar, Ankit Kumar Singh, Shivam Anand, Aditya Sharma, Mukesh Gaur, Prakash Dwivedi, Ankit Kumar, Prince Pande, Krishna Madan, Suraj Negi, Ajay Kumar, Pintu Pathak, Rudransh Rastogi and Balram Gaur.

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22 November 2014


The 71st Annual Function of the Blind Relief Association was held on Saturday, 22 November in the Association's Gandhi Centenary Memorial Hall.  Students and trainees from the JPM School, Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (Visual Impairment) and Computer Training Centre presented cultural programme comprising song, dance and drama before a jam-packed house which lustily cheered and appreciated the items.  The audience included a large number of guests, volunteers and friends of the BRA, besides the members of management, staff, students and trainees from different units of the Association. Dr. Anil Aneja, Associate Professor, University of Delhi, a recipient of National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities - 2014, who happens to be an alumnus of the JPM School was the Chief Guest and Mr. Ankur Dhama, a Star Para Athlete and alumnus of JPM School the the Guest of Honour at the Function.  Justice Dr.A.S.Anand, President of B.R.A. presided over the Function.  Association's Vice Presidents Mr.Ranjit Puri and Mr.Lalit Nirula; Hony. General Secretary Mrs.Benu Nath, Hony.Treasurer Mr.S.K.Misra, and Padma Sri recipient Mr.Jawahar Lal Kaul, Secretary General of All India Confederation of Blind (A.I.C.B.), Mr.A.K.Mittal, President, A.I.C.B., were among the distinguished guests who graced the Function with their presence.

On this occasion students of JPM School, Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (V.I.), and vocational trainees from different courses received prizes for their academic and vocational excellence.  A book titled अल्प दृष्टि विद्यार्थियों की शिक्षा (Education of Low Vision Students) authored by Dr. Sudeep Kumar Dubey, Asstt. Professor, Durgabai Beshmukh College was also released.

The Blind Relief Association, on this occasion, honored 21 of its employees who completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service with Meritorious Long Service Award for the Year 2013. 

The Chief Guest Dr.Anil Kumar Aneja, fondly recalled his school days in the Blind Relief Association and attributed his achievements to the solid foundation laid in the school where he spent formative years of his life, and had the benefit the receiving best of education and guidance from his teachers, especially from the then Principal Mr.A.K.Mittal. He said that he is proud to be a alumnus of this institution, which, owing to the excellent academic and co-curricular activity environment offered to the students, continues to be regarded as among the finest school, not only within the country but outside as well. 

Justice Dr. A.S.Anand in his Presidential address lauded the students and trainees for presenting a superb cultural programme and thanked the teachers for painstaking work in the training the students and in the presentation of the programme. On this occasion he recalled the great vision of the founders Mrs. Anusuya and Mr.Basrurker and paid tribute to the sincere and hard work of the staff and management the over these seventy years which contributed to building up this institution as a premier institution in the country.  He said that the Association recognizes the contribution of its employees who have served this institution with distinction for long year.  He thanked and congratulated the employees who received the Meritorious Long Service Award in this function.

Guard of Honour by School Childern as General Secretary Mrs.Benu Nath,
Vice President Mr.Ranjit Puri, Mr.Ajay Dixit arrive.

Vandana by Trainees of Computer Training Centre

Welcome Address by Hony.Executive Secretary K.C.Pande

Orchestra by JPM School Students

Mr.Ranjit Puri and Chief Guest Dr Anil Aneja lighting the lamp

One Act Play by JPM School Students

Dashavatar - A colurful dance item by JPM School Childern

Prize Distribution - Manoj Kumar (Class XII -2013)
 receiving prize from the Chief Duest Dr. Anil Aneja

Release of book authored by Dr.Sudeep Kumar Dubey
 of Durgabai Deshmukh College

Play enacted by the Students of DD College

Meritorious Long Service Award being given to Mr.Gabbar Singh
 by the BRA President Justice Dr.A.S.Anand

Outstanding Athlete Mr.Ankur Dhama, an alumni of JPM School
and Guest of Honour being felicitated by Justice Dr.A.S.Anand

JPM School students presenting a folk song

Chief Guest Dr.Anil Kr Aneja addreessing the gathering

Justice Dr.Anand delivering the Presidential Address

A section of audience -
(front row L-R) Mrs. Benu Nath, Hony General Secretary,
 Mrs.Anil Aneja, Mr.S.K.Misra, Hony. treasurer
and Mr.P.C.Mehta, Dy. Executive Secretary

Another view of jam packed Gandhi Hall 

Guests enjoying tea in the Lawns

Tea Party - Another View

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21 November 2014 


At a ceremony held in the Gandhi Hall of the Blind Relief Association Mr. Avnit Kumar Chopra, Vice President (HR & PR)  and Mr. Anupam Kripesh, Chief Manager (Coordination & CSR) of Petronet LNG Limited formally gifted full set of school uniforms comprising Shirts, Pants, Shoes, Socks and Handkerchief to the students of J.P.M. Sr. Sec. School run by the Blind Relief Association.  Mr. K.J. Kuriyan, Principal profusely thank M/s. Petronet for this thoughtful gift.  He also recalled and thank the company which has earlier also donated uniforms for his School students in 2012 and 2013. Mr. Kripesh and Mr. Chopra also visited the Blind Relief Association’s various training programmes and they showed keen interest in supporting suitable project proposals from the Association in future.   Here are some pictures taken on the occasion.

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20 November 2014

Military Order of Collar (MOC) Foundation to continue support to BRA Projects

The Military Order of Collar Charitable Foundation, Switzerland which has been providing support to the Blind Relief Association, Delhi since last many years for the “Project for Facilitating Education of the Blind through Braille and Recorded Books” and “Project for Children With Multiple Disabilities” has decided to continue assistance to the two projects during the year 2014-15.  The decision to continue support by allocating £12,000 for these projects was taken at the AGM of the Foundation held in October 2014. The MOC Foundation appreciated the activities carried out under these projects. 

18 November 2014



The Blind Relief Association, Delhi holding its Annual General Meeting this afternoon reconstituted its Managing Committee for the 3-year tenure from 2014 to 2017, following the election of its office bearers.  Justice Dr.A.S.Anand, President of the Association declared elected unopposed Mr.Ranjit Puri and Mr.Lalit Nirula for the two posts of Vice President, as well as, Mrs.Benu Nath as the Hony. General Secretary, Mrs.Radhika Bharat Ram as Hony. Joint Secretary, and Dr.Anil Kohli, Mr.Chander Parkash, Mr.Ajay K. Dixit and Mr.Mahender K. Sarin as elected Members of the Managing.  The General Body also sent unopposed Mr.Shiv Kumar Misra and Mrs.Benu Nath as elcted Trustees of the Association.  The Board of Trustees who met earlier in the afternoon appointed Mr.Shiv Kumar Misra as the Hony.Treasurer of the Association and nominated Mr.Sanjeev Anand, Mr.A.K.Mittal, Mrs Usha Ravi Sen, Mr.Sushil Ramola and Mr.Navin Behl as Trust Nominees to the Managing Committee. Hony. Executive Secretary of the Association K.C.Pande is ex-officio member.  Following is the new line up of the Managing Committee of the Association:

  • Justice Dr A.S.Anand, President
  • Mr.Ranjit Puri, Vice-President
  • Mr.Lalit Nirula, Vice President
  • Mrs. Benu Nath, Hony. General Secretary
  • Mr.Shiv Kumar Misra, Hony. Treasurer
  • Mrs. Radhika Bharat Ram, Hony. Joint Secretary
  • Mr.K.C.Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary 
  • Mr.Sanjeev Anand, Member
  • Mr.A.K.Mittal, Member
  • Mrs. Usha Ravi Sen, Member
  • Mr.Sushil Ramola, Member
  • Mr.Navin Behl, Member
  • Dr. Anil Kohli, Member
  • Mr.Chander Parkash, Member
  • Mr.Ajay K. Dixit, Member
  • Mr.Mahender K. Sarin, Member

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14 November 2014


A cultural programme was held in the Association's Gandhi Hall this afternoon on the occasion of the 125th Birth Anniversary of India's first Prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru observed as Children's Day.  The Chief Guest on the occasion was Mrs. Vinita Shankar, Deputy Director of Education, New Delhi & Centre. The Guests of Honour included Mrs.Omeshwara Singh, Education Officer, Zone 26, Mrs.Leena Vyas, SPE Zone 26, Directorate of Education, Mr. William Raeder, former President, National Braille Press, Boston (USA) and Ms Jeanne Flannery.

The variety cultural programme presented by the students of JPM School and Computer Trainees enthralled the audience. 

Chief Guest Vinita Shankar (centre) being given Guard of Honour

Distinguished Guests L to R Ms Leena Vyas, Mrs Vinita Shankar,
 Ms Jeanne Flannery & Milliam Raeder from USA, and Mrs Omeshwara Singh

Vande Mataram

Group Song by Computer Trainees

Group Song by Multi-Diability Unit
Chief Guest 

Prize Distribution to School Childern

Computer Trainee Receiving Prize


Delhi Government felicitates JPM School alumni Asian Paralympic Medallist Ankur Dhama

At a ceremony held on 4 November 2014 the Chief Secretary of the Government of NCT of Delhi D.M. Spolia honoured Ankur Dhama, an alumni of the BRA’s JPM School, for winning one silver and two bronze medals in the 2014 Asian Paralympic Games held in Incheon, South Korea from 18 to 24 October.   Ankur is among the three Para Athletes and 17 sportspersons from Delhi who won medals in the 2014 Asian Games and Para Asian Games and honoured by the Delhi Government with a shawl, citation and a cheque, for a monetary reward, in appreciation of their excellence at the Games.  Ram Karan Singh is the other visually challenged Para Athlete to be so honoured.

Ankur won the silver in the 800m run, behind the Japanese gold winner by just 13 microseconds. "It was just this much," says Dhama—the length of his hand. "I was disappointed but it was a close fight. Also, the winner is a very senior athlete, well over 30," he says. He's competes in Track 11 for the 100% blind. At Incheon, his times were 4:23 minutes for 1,500m (bronze medal) and 2:9 minutes for 800 (silver). He won the second bronze for covering 5,000m in 16:41 minutes; this was the first time he was competing in that category. 

Read more on Ankur Dhama

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1 November 2014

A Grand Reunion of JPM School Alumni

Nearly 150 old boys of BRA/JPM School gathered in the Blind Relief Association on 1st November afternoon for the first grand reunion of the alumni who had studied in the JPM Senior Secondary School and the predecessor Industrial Home and School for the Blind.  A meeting was held in the Gandhi Centenary Memorial Hall where they deliberated on forming a alumni association.  The meeting was followed by hi-tea held in the lawns of the Association.  

Here are glimpse of the occasion.

Alumnus Dr.Nikhil Jain addressing fellow allumni

A section of alumni (seated far left on front row Sr Keshav Kumar) 

Another section of alumni gathering

Special invitees - Left to Right Smt Saroj Gurnani, Sri S K Misra,
Sri K J Kuriyan, Sri A K Mittal, Sri C P Mohanan, Sri P.C Mehta,
 Sri Rajesh, and Sri. Misra  

Alumnus Sri Harish Gulati making a point

Alumnus Dhiraj Kumar making a suggetion. Seen in the picture,
 among others are Shubham Arya, Vickey Kumar, Rahul, Ram Das

Smt Saroj Gurnani an old friend and mentor of JPM School student
talking with old students.  Also seen in the picture is 
Sri P D Sharma, an alumnus and ex-Vice Principal

Alumnus Inder Singh presenting his views

A view of the tea party hosted in the BRA lawns

Principal Kuriyan on table with some old students

Another view of  a group of alumni enjoying tea and snacks


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28 October 2014

RCI Chairperson Inaugurates Diploma Course in Computer Education

It was a proud and auspicious moment for the Blind Relief Association when at an impressive function held this morning in the Association’s Gandhi Centenary Memorial Hall the Chairperson of Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) Prof. Sudesh Mukhopadhyay formally inaugurated the one-year Diploma Course in Computer Education (Visual Impairment) developed with the assiduous efforts of the Computer faculty of the Association.  The Course module was duly scrutinised and approved by the RCI and the BRA was given the permission to run it on pilot basis for two one-year terms.  The Course commenced on 5th September 2014 with 18 trainees from 7 States.

The inaugural function included two mellifluous musical presentations by the trainees of the course and the Executive Secretary of the Association welcomed the Guests. The dignitaries included among others, Prof S.R. Mittal, Chairman Expert Committee (Visual Impairment), Rehabilitation Council of India and Mrs.Benu Nath, Hony. General Secretary and Mr.A.K.Mittal, Managing Committee Member of the Association.  Mrs. Neelu Suneja, Course Coordinator presented on the occasion brief particulars about the course. In her inaugural address , Prof. Mukhopadhyay commended the Association for undertaking this innovative programme and expressed the hope that the trainees of the Course would take full advantage of the advanced facilities available in the Association and motivate others also to take advantage of the programme in the coming years. She assured the Association of the Council’s full cooperation in addressing issues regarding conduct of Course examination and issuance of Diploma.

Prior to the inauguration function Prof. Mukhopadhyay visited some of the vocational activities of the Association and suggested that the Association may suitably document and provide to her information on how best these activities could lead to economic empowerment for the visual Impairment. In this context , she sighted the growing emphasis being placed by the present government on appropriate skill development activities. 

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25 July 2014

Matters of Community, USA helps upgrading Braille production facilities

 The Braille Production Unit of the Association has acquired a new Braille Embosser with Braille Translation Software and a Computer from the donation received from Matters of Community (MOC), California, U.S.A.  

MOC is a non-profit charity organisation based in California, U.S.A. founded in 2004 by a high school junior Neal Bharadwaj who was inspired by his volunteering experience at a resource centre in Milpitas for disabled children and their families.  Through the use of music, art, theatre and sports MOC takes on projects directly with individuals as well as funds activities of other non-profit organisations that support its mission. 

MOC’s association with the Blind Relief Association, Delhi is a story of beautiful relationship that has evolved over the last 5 years.  It had a musical beginning when Neal and his brother visited the J.P.M. Sr. Sec. School in the Association and gave an enchanting clarinet recital for the School students.  This first interaction led to the second visit when they jointly with the students practiced and presented a music programme at the School. Upon returning to California they generated funds to support upgrading of the Music Room of JPM School.

Last year MOC decided to support the project for upgrading the Braille production facilities proposed by the Blind Relief Association, following the visit of Neal’s mother, Mrs. Suchitra Kumar in September 2013.   

MOC has provided a donation of US $ 3000 with a matching contribution by BEBO Technologies Limited, a company own by Mr. Rajeev Rai who is a member of MOC.  The equipment and software acquired from the grant have been operationalised.   The new facilities have substantially strengthen the capacity to produce braille study material required by the students of JPM School as well as other visually challenged students in need of such study material.

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28 March 2014

JPM School Students & TTC Vocational Trainees

 Participate in Japanese Cultural Fest "KIZUNA 2014"  

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

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

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

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

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

A volunteer assisting Mehboob and Vinay in making the right fold

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

An Indian folk dance performance by one of the participating institutions


8 March 2014

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

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

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

Jasmin giving individual attention to a child 

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

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

Jasmin conducting workshop (8 March)

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

Jasmin with the children at the workshop (8 March) 


27 February 2014


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

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

25 February 2014


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

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

Trainee receiving participation certificate and a booklet in Braille 

23 February 2014


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

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

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

Francis Wacziarg (1942-2014):

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

Choir with Maestro Antonio Giovanni from Italy

Choir performing at the Alliance Francaise 

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

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

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

French Brassband performing at the Blind Reliwef Association

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


22 February 2014
Piyush Raj regales the audience

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

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

The Ghazal Programme in the Gandhi Hall

Diksha presenting a soulful Bhajan to open the programme

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

The appreciative audience

Piyush Raj singing a Ghazal

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

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


22 February 2014


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

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

Arjun giving the illustrated talk

Arjuna talking to the students

Students listening with rapt attention

Arjun speaking

Arjun presenting his books to Principal Kuriyan

A student presents bouquet to Mrs.Priya Vajpai. 

Group photo taken on the occasion


21 February 2014


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

Quawali by JPM School boys

JPM School team receiving Zonal Trophy

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

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

A dance perfromance

JPM School Junior students performing a action song

Bhangra dance performance

Amit Puri of JPM School reciting his poem

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19 February 2014


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

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4 February 2014


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

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

Here are a few pictures taken on the occasion.

Pt. Ram Kumar Sharma leading the congregation 

Teachers and students singing Aarti

Children seated around Hawan Vedi 

View inside Gandhi with children listening music
with rapt attention

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

Another glimpse of the music session


1 February 2014


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


30th January 2014



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

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

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

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

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

23rd January 2014


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

Here are some pictures taken on 22nd January 2013.

17th January 2014


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

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

13th January 2014


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


6th January 2014


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

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

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

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



4th January 2014

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

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

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


27th December 2013

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

23 December 2013

Graduation Ceremony and Year End Party for Japanese Language Students

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

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

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

Suman Kumar receiving certificate from Mr.Kuriyan and Nandi Sensei

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

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

 Ms. Furuya playing Silver Flute

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

Ms.Okamoto and Ms Hata singing Japanese/Hindi  Song

Shubahm Arya and Mukesh Kumar giving Tabla and Sitar recital

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

9 December 2013

70th Annual Function of B.R.A.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The programme ended with the singing of the National Anthem. 

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

Sr. Varsha Das Lighting the lamp

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

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

A student paying homage to Dr.Nelson Mandela

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

PARIVARTAN - A play presented by the students of JPM School

Another glimpse of the play

A Medley of Songs presented by JPM School Junior Choral Group

Children from Multi-Disability Unit prsenting group song


The tiny tots from Nursery Class presenting action song 

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

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

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


29 November 2013

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

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

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

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

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


25th November 2013

BRA hosts "Industrial Motivation Campaign" of MSME Development Institute

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

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

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

A general view of participants listening the presentations 


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

JPM School & Technical Training Centre Athletes Bag 17 Gold Medals 

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

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

बी आर ए  का प्रसिद्ध दीवाली बाज़ार सफलतापूर्वक संपन्न 

7-Day BRA's Diwali Bazar concludes 

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

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

Here are some glimpse of Diwali Bazar:

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

Buyers thronging the BRA Stall

A panoramic view of crowded BRA Stall

Ceramic Pottery  Stall

Stalls doing brisk business

A handicraft stall

NGO Tables
NGO Tables

A panoramic view of the crowded Food Court

Another view of the Food Court


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

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

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

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

Association's Grand Diwali Bazar opens

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 3 (28 October) Pictures:
BRA Stall 

A panoramic view of BRA Stall

Relaxation Massage Corner
Enjoying Massage

Stalls and buyers
Row of stalls (night view)

The Crowded Food Court

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRA Trainees win medals at the North Zone Abilympics 

Smiling Sushil Kumar with the Gold and Silver medals and certificates 

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

Bronze medallist Subodh Shankar Bhaskar 

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

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


Students bid farewell to Tokuma Sensei

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

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

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

Students receiving certificates and Tokuma Sensei receives souvenier

Tokuma Sensei talking to student Sagar


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

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

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

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

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

Japanese language students for JPM School visit Japan Foundation

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


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

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

Tokuma Sensei addressing the visiting students 


B.R.A. Hosts Daisy Book Production Training Programme

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

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


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

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

Students Celebrate Janmashtami with Great 


Students and teachers performing Pooja before the commencement of Ramacharitmanas Path

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

Students making packets of Prasad to be distributed

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

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

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

Chief Guest Prof.Mool Chand Sharma, and JPM School band saluting the National Flag after ceremonial unfurling

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

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

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

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

Prof.Mool Chand Sharma at the dias delivering address

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

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

Resident students and staff singing the National Anthem

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

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

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

French Brass Band entertains students of JPM School 

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Durgabai Deshmukh College Reopens:

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


17 Trainees complete 2-month Summer Computer Course 

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


BRA Staff contributes towards disaster relief in Uttarakhand

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


6th February 2012                                                  Award Ceremony

National Award for the Blind Relief Association, Delhi

The National Award Certificate
Association’s Hony.Executive Secretary receiving the National AwardRashtrapati Sri Pranab Mukherjee.Seen in the picture Kumari Selja, Minister of Empowerment, Sri D.Napoleon, Minister of State andSmt Stuti Kacker,Secretary, Department of Disability Affairs (MSJE).

The Blind Relief Association, Delhi, has been conferred with the prestigious National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, 2012 under the category – Best Institution Working for the Cause of Persons with Disabilities by The Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.  The Award was presented in person by the President of India at a function held on Wednesday, 6th February 2013 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.The Blind Relief Association was among the 48 individuals and institutions honoured with National Awards under 13 categories.
The Association dedicates this award to its visionary founders Sri. Umesh U. & Smt. Anusuya Basrurker, and to the achievements of its thousands of students and trainees,as well as to the devoted and hard work of its staff and management over the years.

  Group Photo of National Awardees with the Hon’ble President
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