Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sewa Sandesh 
May 2013
 Vidya Bharati schools continue to excel in Odisha
Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir schools run by the Shikhya Bikas Samiti, affiliated to the Vidya Bharati, continues to perform exceptionally well in secondary examinations in Odisha. This year 11,432 students from 897 Shishu Mandir schools appeared in the Board Examinations 2013 and recorded the pass percentage of 98.52, which is much higher than the overall pass percentage of the State. This year the overall pass percentage of the State has been 73.11 per cent.
A total of 128 Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir schools recorded cent per cent result. The percentage of students getting first class is 76.60 per cent. The percentage of students getting second class is 16.65 per cent. The Shikhya Bikas Samiti organised a programme ‘Medhabi Abhinandan 2013’ at Bhanja Kala Madap in Bhubaneswar to felicitate 70 students, who have secured more than 94 per cent marks.  Addressing the function the chief speaker Dr Govind Prasad Sharma, national president of Vidya Bharati said the schools run by the Vidya Bharati are doing exceptionally well, not only in Odisha but also throughout the country. Shri Ajit Tripathy, Election Commissioner of Odisha, was the chief guest on the occasion. 
Shikhya Bikas Samiti State secretary Dr Saroj Kumar Hati said the holistic and value based curriculum, an edifying atmosphere, strong teacher-student relationship and strict monitoring system are the main reasons for the success of the Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir schools. Dr Prafulla Mahapatra, eminent educationist, also spoke on the occasion. Shikhya Bikas Samiti president Dr Banchhanidhi Panda presided over the function. Zonal organising secretary Shri Govind Chandra Mohanata was also present. A souvenir Krutitva Vartika was released on the occasion.
 Lecture on water discipline by DRI

Deendayal Research Institute (DRI) organised a lecture in New Delhi on May 10 on water discipline. The lecture was delivered by noted water expert Dr Sudhirendra Sharma. Dr Sharma said water discipline means arresting wastage of water and making best use of every drop available. He said water scarcity needs everybody’s attention and we all have to understand how we are wasting the water. We waste hundreds of litres of water every day even while shaving or brushing the teeth. Not only this, the flush that we use after going to toilet, also wastes about 14 litres of water every time. We all need to think of it.
He said the capitalism treats the people only as consumers. Therefore, everything is being sold. The sale of water is part of the same game plan. The nation needs changes in such policies urgently. The prime reason of the growing water problem is the existing system. The water availability in 2001 was 18 lakh litres, which reduced to 15 lakh litres in 2011. There is very possibility that it might have got reduced to 10 lakh litres. Despite that we do not seem ready to preserve water. We take water from the rivers, but do not want to think how to keep the rivers alive by  keeping them clean and ensuring minimum flow there.
Speaking on the occasion senior journalist Shri Atul Jain said our ancestors followed the strict water discipline. That is why they made adequate arrangements for its preservation. Many other eminent people of Delhi were also present on the occasion.
During his visit to Nashik, P.P. Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagawat inaugurated the 80-bed Shri Guruji Hospital on April 19. The hospital is run by the Babasaheb Ambedkar Medical Pratisthan. The hospital is equipped with all modern facilities including facilites for cancer treatment, general surgery, endoscopy, eye-diseases, dialysis, clinical research, C.T. scan and dentistry treatment by expert medical practitioners at reasonable rates. Speaking on the occasion Shri Bhagwat hoped that the hospital would bring Nashik on the medical map. The Rs 15 crore hospital is built on five acre land provided by the Nashik’s Central Hindu Education Society. Chairperson of the Pratisthan, Dr Anil Bhalerao, senior Director Arun Nanda were also present on the occasion.

16-year-old Shristi Tiwari has topped the humanities stream of Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education by securing 481 out of 500. What makes her feat more remarkable is that she is visually impaired. She stands fourth in the overall merit list of Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education.
Shristi Tiwari had cataract in both her eyes since birth and despite 11 surgeries, her condition did not improve. In fact, with time it only worsened. Now, she has only five per cent of sight left, that too in only one of her eyes. But she did not let her disability come in the way of her studies. She has been a bright student since the beginning, with many scholarships and certificates in her name.
Shristi told NDTV that she is very happy with her results and thanks her maternal family who were with her on every step. They not only helped her prepare for exams but also made her overcome her mental hurdles due to the disability and also boosted her confidence.
Shristi, after class 5th, has been staying with her maternal grandparents Virendra, Sunita and uncle VK Gangele. They noticed her keen interest in studies and encouraged and helped her in all possible ways. Shristi knows Braille and with the help of it takes down notes in school. Her uncle also got her a low-vision device with the help of which she reads text from books on her own. However, the device is strenuous for her and she cannot study for more than an hour at a stretch. So, her grandparents and uncle prepared her notes and narrated to her again and again till she was able to grasp and memorise them. This is how Shristi prepared for her boards. She would daily study for four to five hours and with the help of a writer she answered her exams.
"We prepared her notes, read it loud many a times, consulted many course materials and made her memorise subjects and then she was able to give her exams," said her maternal uncle VK Gangele.
While many might be amazed by Shristi's accomplishment, for her the journey has just begun. She wants to join the Indian Administrative Services and help others like her become a part of the mainstream. (Inputs from Siddharth Ranjan Das)
A blood donation &health check-up camp was held on 28th April at Nairobi, Kenya under the auspices of Swami Vivekananda 150th birth anniversary celebration committee in association with Hindu Religious & Service Center, Kenya. While a total of 150 blood donations took place, a blood donor list of active volunteers who would be available to donate blood in any exigency, by the name Swami Vivekananda Blood Donor Group was prepared. Swami Vivekananda General Health Check-Up Camp was also held where over 350 people participated in Blood Sugar Tests, Body Mass Index and General Check-Ups. Swamy Vivekananda Eye Check-Up Camp examined over 200 patients and 75 people registered themselves with Lions Club with a pledge to donate Eye. Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Tanmay Lal, HCK Chairman Mr Swarn Varma, HRSC Chairman Chhagan Bhai Shah were present alongwith the HSS team. 
New branch of TJSB opened in Bengaluru
-Dattatreya Hosabale

Eminent economist Dr R Baidyanathan of IIM Bengaluru and RSS Sah Sarkaryavah Shri Dattatreya Hosabale jointly inaugurated the 82nd branch of Thane Jan Sahakari Bank (TJSB) at Jayanagar in Bengaluru on May 7. The TJSB is an RSS inspired initiative in the cooperative sector. It is the second branch of the Bank in Karnataka, first in Belgaum. In his speech Prof Baidyanathan said a multi-state cooperative bank like TJSB serves for a large community. Far greater than the stock market business, the reach and network of a cooperative bank is highly valuable in the national economy. He said Indian women have high sense of economic management. They match the unmatchable income-expenditure ratios in the family. Whether it is gold or any other material, all serve as an economic security for her and the family.
Shri Dattatreya Hosabale said Karnataka has given birth to great mainstream banks which are now nationalised. “However successful cooperative banks have emerged in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Rising above the barriers, the people of Karnataka will support the Bank, which serves the community with a social vision. The TJSB belongs to the Sangh Parivar where, I too come from,” he said.

Quoting Mahatam Gandhi’s words on customer-Business relations he said “I don’t have any bank account in any part of the world. I stopped signing cheques also for years. However, I speak on behalf of the customers.” Chairman of the bank Shri Vidyadhar Vaishampayan, Vice Chairman Shri BV Date, Chief Executive Officer Shri Satish Utekar Branch Manager Shri Pramod Deshpande, RSS senior functionaries Shri Du Gu Lakshman, Shri Bhojaraj of Laghu Udyog Bharati, educationist Dr MK Shridhar and other prominent personalities also attended the function. Founded in 1972 the TJSB has 81 branches in Thane, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nashik, Pune and also in Goa and Gujarat. 
Food For Thought:-
"Our aim should be removal of the miseries of people. Worshipping of God is possible only through the Sewa of mankind. Workers should have sincerity. Then changes will happen soon".
-Sri Narayana Guru

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