Utkal Bipanna Sahayata Samiti (UBSS) organised a two-day workshop for voluntary organisations at its Sewa premises in Mancheswar Industrial Estate from June 11 to 12. The workshop covered the issues of health, rural development and livelihood. A total of 159 representatives from 112 organisations representing 27 districts of Odisha participated in the workshop.Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram inaugurated the workshop. Government officials from Tribal Affairs and Rural Development Ministry shared information about popular schemes where the NGOs can play crucial role in reaching out to public.RSS Kshetra Pracharak Shri Pradeep Joshi appealed to all the NGOs to work with sewa spirit and help the downtrodden and needy people. Senior Pracharak Shri Sunder Laxman highlighted the work of Rashtriya Sewa Bharati and explained how the SHGs could bring transformation in the society. President of UBSS Shri Prakash Betala proposed a vote of thanks.
SANSKRIT SAMBHASHAN SHIVIR IN DELHI
A ten-day Sanskrit Sambhashan Shivir, jointly organised by Sanskrit Shikshak Sangh and Delhi Sanskrit Bharati, concluded in Delhi on May 29. A total of 55 participants attended the camp and learnt the skill of spoken Sanskrit. Speaking at the concluding ceremony Dr Vrijesh Gautam, president of Sanskrit Shikshak Sangh, said Sanskrit is not merely a language but a language explaining a unique philosophy of life. Dr V Dayalu, general secretary of the Shikshak Sangh said the public interest in Sanskrit has increased and there are a good number of people who never knew Sanskrit but now want to learn it. Shri Sushil Jha of Sanskrit Bharati said if we want to reconnect to our roots we must learn Sanskrit. Sanskrit scholar Dr Leena Sinha described Sanskrit as a treasure of knowledge.
VANAVASI SEVA KENDRAM CAMP IN SRIPERAMBUDUR
A Gram Kalvi Maiya Poruppalargal Payirchi Mugam (Village Tuition Centre Teachers and Health Workers Camp) was inaugurated by senior Vanvasi Kalayan Ashram leader Shri Ramachanrayya in Sriperambudur, Tamil Nadu on May 5. The camp concluded on May 29. A total of 114 teachers and health workers from nine districts of Tamil Nadu participated in the camp. Many senior Sangh and Kalyan Ashram adhikaris guided the participants. State president Shri Subramaniyam delivered the concluding speech. President of Thiruvallur Bricks Chamber Association Shri Geethanjali Sampath also spoke on the occasion. A book Panbu Malar, a guideline for the teachers, was released by Akhil Bharatiya Chhatravas Pramukh Shri Nishikanth Joshi along with other senior adhikaris including Shri Sathyan, Shri Krishnamoorthi, Shri SS Raj, Shri Sudersan, Shri Thirugnanam, Shri Kanniraju, Shri Govindan and Smt Hemalatha Kannan.
RSS TO WORK FOR MAKING THE EARTH GREEN
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers in Rajasthan, with the active cooperation of the society, are going to take up a big project to make the earth green and clean. From this year, they are going to plant at least six lakh saplings every year. Apart from planting, sufficient arrangements will also be made for care of the plants. Such a campaign will be conducted every year under the banner of APNA Sansthan.After the global concern expressed on climate change, the RSS Karyakari Mandal meeting held in Ranchi discussed the issue seriously and the workers in Rajasthan were told to formulate effective action plan to executive it. The decision to plant six lakh saplings is the outcome of that action plan. A new organisation, Amritadevi Paryavaran Nagrik Sansthan (Apna Sansthan) was formed for it. The tree plantation will be made a mass campaign. The saplings will be planted between August 2 (Hariyali Teej) to September 12 (Amritadevi Balidan Diwas). Amritadevi along with over 300 people had sacrificed her life for the protection of trees about 300 years back. The campaign was inaugurated in Jaipur on May 28.
ASSAM CLASS 10 TOPPER IS A MUSLIM BOY FROM VIDYA BHARATI SCHOOL
Sarfaraz Hussain topped the Assam state board’s Class 10 exam with 590 marks out of a maximum 600 when the results were declared on 31st May. 16-year-old Sarfaraz is the first Muslim to pass from a school run by an affiliate of Vidya Bharati, the RSS’s education wing with such distinction. He is not the only Muslim student of Sankardev Sishu Niketan, one of the many schools run by the Vidya Bharati-affiliated Sishu Shiksha Samiti, Assam. The school at Betkuchi on the outskirts of Guwahati has 24 Muslim students, most of whom – like Sarfaraz – have won prizes for reciting the Bhagwad Gita. “They have never complained about what we teach because our emphasis is on academic excellence apart from giving the students a grip on Indian culture and values,” told Akshaya Kalita, the school’s headmaster. Ajmal Hussain, Sarfaraz’s father credited his son’s success to his hard work, the support from his schoolteachers, and also to the Hindu goddess of learning, Saraswati. Sarfaraz was the secretary of the school’s Saraswati Puja celebrations. “The school shaped my life, and I hope to achieve greater academic glory as my teachers expect,” Sarfaraz said.
SPARING A DAY FOR NATURE
Uttishta Bharatha, a youth organisation, organised ‘Spare a Day for Nature’ event. For eight weeks they are continuously contributing towards making Karnataka green again. More than 12,000 seed balls (seeds which were carefully covered with wet soil then kept for drying under sun) were successfully planted by 985 school kids near their schools and villages. Uttishta Bharatha volunteers, school teachers and public participated at Gangasandra, Devagere, Agara, Doddipalya, Tataguni and Banjarapalya school surrounding. Students also covered along the road sides. Finally, Uttishta Bharata volunteers covered the surroundings of Agara Lake also. The hope of every environment conscious volunteer in this event was to see a more greener area near South Bengaluru and plenty of fruits for the next generation once these seeds develop into big trees.
A heartwarming tale of friendship took everyone by surprise at the state medical and dental counselling at Chennai (Tamilnadu, Bharat) on June 20, 2016. Varshini S, a student from Samayapuram, gave up a seat earmarked for her under the quota for children of ex-servicemen to her friend Janani N. The girls are from SRV Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Thiruchirapalli. "I secured a cut-off of 199 marks and I am from a backward community ," said Varshini, who voluntarily pulled out of counselling. "I'm sure to clinch a seat in the general counselling. But it isn't the same for my friend. As a toast to our friendship, I want her to have this." Janani, visibly overwhelmed by Varshini's gesture, said it established the bond between the two girls and their families. "We've been friends since kindergarten," said Janani who secured an MBBS seat in Madras Medical College (MMC). "It was magnanimous of Varshini to let go of her seat. Though the difference in marks between the two of us might just have been 0.25, it would have been tough for me to have secured a medical seat. I owe my dream of becoming a doctor entirely to Varshini." With many students in the 190-199 range, it will be tough for Varshini to bag a seat in MMC, but that does not bother her. "As long as I get a seat in any medical college, it is all right," she said.
In Amlidih, a small village of Raigarh district (Chhattisgarh, Bharat), Shri Barun Kumar Pradhan (56) a farmer, has become a source of light in the lives of about 30 visually-challenged children by helping them pursue education through a free residential school, the ‘Netrahin Bal Vidya Mandir (NBVM)’. The school has brought transformation in the lives of the children, mostly belonging to destitute families, who, beside education and sports, also receive vocational training. I don’t want any blind children to beg on the streets and get exploited. I want to make them self-reliant and have a bright future, Pradhan said. We are expecting the strength to reach 60 in this new academic session as we are being approached by many people in and around the region, he said. The special school, till class VI, also has five visually-impaired teachers, including a married couple -Jaidev Sahu (28) and Kiran Sahu (26). Himani, Pradhan’s 19-year-old daughter is the headmistress of the school. Some like-minded people also supported the founder to set up and run the school, which does not receive any financial aid from the government. NBVM educates the children through Braille and also helps them develop various life skills that can make them self-dependent, said Himani.
Hospitalised in Madurai, C Venkatesan, a 65-year-old from Vellore, the recipient of a liver harvested from a brain-dead person in Puduchery, was on cloud nine since the good news of organ donation reached him onMay 26 evening. It was natural for him and his kin to be bursting with joy after a 55-day wait. But S Jegatheesan, 35, a native of Sivaganga, was even happier. He was the man at the wheel, rushing the harvested liver from Puduchery in little over three hours on May 27. For Jegatheesan, this is the seventh such assignment ever since April 2015. He has transported organs four times from Puducherry, twice from Tiruchy and once from Nellore to Madurai. “I was nervous during my first trip. But I understood my responsibility later: I’m helping to save a life. Even though I don’t know the donors, I feel happy when I’m in the driver’s seat. I don’t feel the pressure of driving at 140 km/hr as police create a green corridor.”
It was a heartwarming occasion. Fifty-one underprivileged and differently-abled couples got married on, May 29, at Mumbai's Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre. Of the 51 couples, 22 were physically challenged, 7 had one physically challenged partner and 22 were from underprivileged backgrounds. The couples came from different parts of India, including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. The wedding, conducted by the Narayan Seva Sansthan -- an NGO established in 1985 that helps differently-abled and underprivileged people -- had been organised in a large air-conditioned hall that had a beautifully decorated stage. There were chariots to bring the couples to the venue and an excellent feast after the wedding. Baba Bankim came all the way from Rajkot came to witness the mega event. Dancer and actress Sudha Chandran -- who lost her right leg after a road accident when she was just 18 -- performed at the event.(Courtesy: Panchaamritam)