On the 4th of February; the PE wing of NDS along with the students of the Civil Lines Centre were taken for a Recreational Visit the National Zoological Park, near the Old Fort in Delhi. The Zoo is a sprawling green island and a motley collection of animals and birds. The Zoo can be seen on foot or using a battery operated vehicle which can be rented at the Zoo. Visitors are not permitted to carry eatables inside, however, there is a canteen at regular intervals covering the sprawling island. The students and the teachers took a refreshing break at one of the canteens. Going to the right from the entrance brings visitors to the enclosures for animals including Chimpanzee, Hippopotamus, Giraffes, Gir lions & zebras. And on the left. Visitors can see many animals including migratory birds. The Zoo is part of the Conservation Breeding Program of the Central Zoo Authority for the Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Rhinoceros, Asiatic Lion & Red jungle Fowl. After a long and picturesque view of the Zoo, the students and the teachers had an amazing lunch of chhole bhature. With every bite they were reminiscing the lovely collection of the animals especially the white tiger. Its mesmerizing beauty & awe striking prowess.
In the month of February’2015, a new initiative with Kempinski Hotel came at our doorsteps. Kempinski started special hospitality training for 7 deaf youth from NDS. Keeping in mind the visual capabilities of the deaf youth, the one month long training was primarily focusing on video presentations, demonstration of processes in each department by the trainer and the deaf trainees getting a practical experience of the training. The trainees will be certified by Kempinski Hotel once the training is complete and employment opportunities will be provided to three best trainees.
The NDS team had a 2 day Team Building workshop on the 27th & the 28thFebruary at Awesome Farms, Faridabad. It was a comprehensive workshop Aimed at developing skills critical to a successful Team effort & Consequently a successful organization- Cooperation, Trust, Effective, Communication, Commitment, Leadership and Feedback. The workshop was structured in a way wherein, the Participants had sufficient time to know more about their team members & have a better appreciation of their similarities & differences, hence adjusting to each other. The team also went for hiking and participated in Hurdle race & Obstacle Race. The Above two activities were incorporated with the aim of infusing team spirit & trust amongst the team members. Conclusively, the 2 – day Workshop helped in bridging the gaps in the team & we came out more stronger & connected & spirited enough to make the vision of NDS a Success.
NDS organized the 10th Annual Felicitation Ceremony at Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra on 14th March, where over 112 deaf students were awarded graduating certificates under MS Office, Hardware and Networking, Mobile Repairing and Desktop Publishing and Graphic Designing. The event was graced by Chief Guest, Mr Arvind Thakur, Chief Executive Officer and Joint Managing Director NIIT Technologies Ltd. Also present on the occasion were Guest of Honor Mr. Vivek Mehra, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sage Publications Ltd. Mr. S Nagarajan- Chief Executive Officer Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Ltd., Special Guest Ms. Dnyanada Karnad- Program Manager, Axis Bank Foundation and Ms. Ruma Roka, Founder & General Secretary, Noida Deaf Society (NDS). The event also saw participation from parents who were proud and content with the success of their deaf wards. The deaf students were excited and happy to have successfully completed their training, and are ready to step in the mainstream world of employment. Apart from the felicitation, the program also had deaf students showcase their dancing talent, when they surprised all the guest present on how synchronized dance with the music even when they could not hear. A deaf student Gagandeep also shared his journey and struggle of becoming a committed employee now in an IT company. He shared that he was educated in a hearing school where he could not understand anything, and then he got to know about NDS. After joining NDS, he has learnt computer skills and English communication which has helped him to become a confident individual.
Noida Deaf Society’s PE Wing celebrated its Annual Sports Day on the 20th of March, 2015. The objective was to develop the feeling of team spirit, a desirable social attitude & conduct, development of psychomotor skills; etc. The day commenced at 10:00 A.M. The chief guest for the day was Ms. Ruma Roka, who inaugurated the day by hoisting the green flag. The students were divided into 5 teams of 13-15 each, with a guide for each team. The much anticipated Relay Race & discus throw was organized for both the boys & the girls. Also, a 100 m race was organized for the teams. We also had a balloon race & bowling for the junior & the senior wing which saw the maximum participation. The medals & the certificates were distributed by Ms. Ruma Roka, the chief guest for the event. Ruma’s speech stressed on the importance of team spirit & respect for each other. The prize distribution ceremony was concluded by 1:00 P.M & was followed by a photo session. The whole day was amazingly harmonized with students & teachers stepping out in the sun to cheer their class mates & friends. If one stood at the centre of the field that day, one would be startled with the activity & the infectious energy erupting from different corners of the field.
The DEPwD, in collaboration with Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship has prepared a National Action Plan for vocational training of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), which was being launched on 21st March at Vigyan Bhavan. The proposed National Action Plan aims to provide quality vocational training with high employability and extensive urban and rural coverage. It will involve synergistic participation for all the stakeholders, like various Ministries of Central Government, State Governments, private sector and public sector units and experts working in the field of vocational training and those associated with PwDs. The National Action Plan to be launched in collaboration with Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship has an ambitious target for providing skill training to 2.5 million PwDs in next 7 years. Following the launch, a daylong conference focused on ways of synergistic implementation of the Plan, in which all the stakeholders like various Ministries of Central Government, State Governments, and representatives of NGOs, Private Sector and Public Sector Units actively participated. The program saw participation from Ministers, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot and Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Playing a critical role in working with PwD’s NDS was also invited for the session and share their experience and suggestions. Ruma Roka represented NDS and emphasized on the need of co-operative working towards abridging the gap between knowledge and education. She shared there are large numbers of Deaf youth who don’t have access to quality school education and that education is the key to knowledge and intellectual development of the people. Today, it is very difficult for the Deaf youth to get access to vocational training and other facilities. Collaboration with Industry is essential to develop a market aligned curriculum for the Deaf youth. Skill mapping is essential to figure out people are best suited for which work. She emphasized that the content should be visual, so that deaf people can easily comprehend. She laid on the importance on the need to create a curriculum which is aligned with industry requirement.
The month of April saw 62 new admissions at NDS, inclusive of all centres. The students inundated NDS with their infectious energy and curiosity to know it all. They were explained the course structures and how these courses were designed to enhance their skills facilitating a self sufficient life. The family of the concerned students were contacted to explain them about the courses at NDS, their fruitfulness and adaptiveness and to get their agreement.
NDS has always endeavoured to create a reservoir of sensitised individuals, thus, facilitating the mainstreaming process and helping to realise the ultimate objective. Treading the road of inclusion; NDS & SPV ( Sardar Patel Vidyalaya) came together for a 4 day workshop on ISL ( Indian Sign Language) where in for the first three days, the NDS team taught basic Sign Language to the SPV Students & on the 4th day the students presented a mime at NDS. The Workshop was spread over a period of 4 days. Manish Singh, one of our deaf trainers from the Haryana centre along with an interpreter had gone for the workshop. The session started with a small but powerful introduction by Mr.Radhakrishnan on how sign language is not new to the human & how the hearing community is ill-equipped to communicate due to ignorance. The following days were full of learning, games and mime practice. The students had insisted on learning the Silent national anthem, which they performed at NDS & even at their school assembly. The 4th & the final day concluded with the SPV students coming to NDS. The students were thrilled to see the infectious energy spread all over the space like a blanket. And, like any other they just became a part of the hustling bustling yet serene environment.
Recently, Adobe celebrated the month of April as “Green Month”, wherein, they had organized a NGO Fair. As a part of the same, NDS had also participated in the fair. This fair provided us with a platform to reach out to the employees of Adobe & orient them towards sign language & sensitize them towards the community. On the 22nd of April, NDS organized a stall at the reception area of Adobe. The curious employees seeing the deaf volunteers communicate in sign language got quite intrigued. Over all, the day ended with a great note when most of them came up & thanked us in sign language & left motivated to peep into the deaf world.
Sopra is a European leader in digital transformation. On the 13th of April, the Sopra senior HR team visited NDS; with an intend to understand the work of NDS, its programmes and Pedagogy. Ms Roka shared in depths about the deaf community, she shared how at NDS all the trainers are deaf and Sign Language is used for all the training programs. She also shared about various sectors/industries where deaf are working and the profiles where deaf are performing well and have proved their potential. The team was then taken around the classrooms to understand the courses and to interact with students. All the guests congratulated Ruma for her efforts and said that they are inspired. We have received a positive response from them and we are hopeful that our Deaf candidates would be benefitted.
Accenture is a multinational management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company. the 14th of April Ms. Aarthi from Accenture visited NDS to understand what we do, to interact with the deaf students & to observe classroom teaching. She was explained that all trainers here are deaf & sign language is used as the medium of communication. Later, she spent time with Ms.Ruma Roka & the team to understand more students, their educational qualifications, impact of deafness in their lives. The work areas suitable for the deaf across sectors, organisational challenges & future vision.
ABES Institute of Technology, recently celebrated the glorious 50 years of its computer science department. On this occasion, MS. Ruma Roka was invited to talk about innovations in training & development focussing the deaf community. She gave an insight on the challenges & abilities of the deaf community & how NDS has been working day in & day out to mainstream this community. Emphasizing the importance of computer education; she reiterated that computer based technology has facilitated in the broadening of the horizons of the deaf community, as its capable of meeting & catering to the learning needs of the hearing impaired learners, as they are visual learners. She mentioned that many IT industries have hired our deaf candidates & they are working quite well in various profiles. It was an honour for NDS to share the platform with distinguished players in the IT industry with a mind keen on change.
An art & Craft session was organised for the students as a part of the summer program. They were taught how to make baskets, paper bags out of waste material. An art & craft session facilitates in sharpening the cognitive faculty, improving the eye-hand co-ordination. Moreover, it also teaches the value of every little thing and patience. Our sudents trying to follow the facilitators, Mimansha & Hirasha. Both of them patiently taught the students & repeated the steps, ensuring that every students was on the same page. The students trying out the basket making, happily showing off the instructions followed. And also, being stuck!!! The students, happily showing off their victory basket.
The Most awaited time of the year at NDS is the Summer workshop. This is the time when students freak out and churn out the best out of the teachers. A series of programs ranging from Photoshop – movie screening is served in the menu. The summer program @ NDS Promises the students, the wonders of fun, learning new skills and also friendships. Summer program is an opportunity wherein, the students are given a platform to understand their interests, likes & dislikes. Moreover the life skills session, is an icing on the cake, nurturing the child from the outside & rejuvenating him from the inside. Students enjoying & learning with the growing technology.
COWI India, a European company is a leading mapping company specializing in photogrammetry, remote sensing, software solutions, 2D mapping and GIS applications. NDS has partnered with COWI India in a collaborative effort to train our students in photogrammetry. On 11th of May 2015, Mr. Pierre De Rancourt, Managing Director, COWI INDIA Pvt Ltd, accompanied by Ms Ritu kumar, HR Head and Mr. Manuj Dev visited NDS. In direct interaction with the students interpreted by Ruma. They tried to understand about the skills sets, qualification level etc. The interaction was on the nature of work, level of professional ethics required the pre- requisites to become an employee at COWI, etc. The entire interaction inspired our deaf candidates to strive for the sky.
On the 6th of May, 2015 four of our deaf candidates joined Kempinski. The interview was conducted after a month long training with the hotel. The candidates were trained, hence making them aware of the hotel industry ethics. On the day of the joining, one of our team members, Priti Srivastava facilitated the same. The OJT and the joining formalities too were taken care on that day, to smoothen the joining process for both the employer & the employee.
On the 30th of April & the 1st of May, a special photography session was scheduled for our students at NDS Sector 36. The session was for the DTP students specifically. The facilitators used photography as a medium to understand & appreciate our rich heritage. They emphasised that, photography is the key that can unlock the doorway of a rich & resplendent heritage. The agenda of the two day photography session was: Essentials of photography, Photo VS photography, Storytelling with photography, Outside photography, Studying photography. The entire session was an awe inspiring moment for the students as they were mesmerized by the power and beauty of a good click. The session was conducted by Kundan & Prerna. It was interpreted by Ruma & Kitty. The session was an instant hit as the deaf our visual learners & has a penchant for creativity. During the outside photography session, the deaf surprised the trainer by their ideas and he was flooded with questions which he answered smilingly.
On the 27th of May, there was a video shooting with NDTV with the idea to cover ‘How is the metro suitable/convenient to the differently abled ?. They contacted NDS, where they wanted to cover a deaf student who is a frequent user of the metro and wanted to know his/her experience of travelling by the metro. Charu along with our student Anmol went for the shooting which started from Central Secretariat till Chattarpur metro station. Over the journey, the reporter (Shutapa) asked Anmol, questions like, how frequently does he travel by the metro? How does he think the metro is better than other mode of transport? Is it difficult for the deaf to travel by metro?. The program will be aired on the 12th of June.
NDS has always endeavoured to create a reservoir of sensitised individuals, thus, facilitating the mainstreaming process and helping to realise the ultimate objective. Treading the road of inclusion; NDS & MBCN ( Mata Bhagwanti chadha Niketan) came together for a 50 hour workshop on ISL ( Indian Sign Language). The programme commenced on the 25th of may, 2015 and will conclude on the 3rd of july,2015. Our trainers Bindeshwari & Geeta facilitated the session . The teachers followed the train the trainers curriculum, which has been specifically designed to cater to the needs of the hearing teachers, hence facilitating a smooth functioning of the teaching- learning process. The session covers basic vocabulary, greetings, simple sentences, dialogue, conversation. Like any other language, the aim is to lead them from basic words to conversation. And, with time to enhance their ability to converse with the deaf. The session was an excellent blend of fun and work, infusing the environment with energy and high spirited conversation. The trainers meticulously shepherded the teachers to knowledge with patience, role plays and perseverance; steadily encouraging the lot to move ahead.
We had a session on dental hygiene for our students as a part of the summer workshop. Dr. Dimpy & Dr. Pooja Choudhary, both dentists, facilitated the session. The session was interpreted by Anjena. Through pictorial description they explained to the students, the friends (fruits, milk) and enemies (chocolates, soft drinks) of teeth. They reiterated that after every meal we must rinse our mouth thoroughly and make sure that we visit the dentist every 6 months.
Paper quilling is an art wherein coloured paper strips are rolled and glued together in different shapes to create decorative designs. The paper is rolled looped and twisted to make decorative items including among other things, jewellery. The session at NDS was conducted by Ms Achala, who is a former teacher of Khaitan Public School. Sixteen of NDS girl students attended the Paper quilling session and learned to make paper quill earrings.
Adobe celebrated the ‘Be involved’ month in July as part of their regular CSR activities. Adobe has shared a long supportive relationship with NDS and NDS has been participating in Adobe events to raise awareness and create sensitization towards deafness and deaf community. The Adobe event aimed to facilitate communication between the deaf and the hearing groups through interactive games.
Mobilisation of the deaf community is an integral part of NDS long term and short term strategy. As part of our asbeing the light house to the community, we want to reach out to the maximum number of deaf youth in the country. Our team member Manoj visited the Calcutta Deaf & Dumb School, Kolkata; Kshitij Deaf and Dumb School, Ranchi; Asha Deep, and Govt Girls Deaf and Dumb School, Patna. In these visits Manoj met deaf students and youth, spreading awareness about NDS work and impact and thus motivating them to join and learn at NDS.
Adobe has been a long term supporter of NDS. Apart from funding, another important aspect of the partnership is the pro bono activities done by Adobe at NDS. These activities are aimed at developing the capacities of the deaf trainers and students by giving them professional training in MS Excel, Photography, and Adobe Photoshop.
A team of international visitors came to NDS on 26th August to get an overview of the programmes run at NDS. This vist was conducted under the aegis of the V.V.Giri Labour Institute, Noida. The visitors interacted with Ruma and team to understand the training and organisational processes followed at NDS.
26 students from our Primary section visited the Delhi Book Fair at Pragati Maidan on the 4th of September. This was part of an educational exposure trip supported by Tech Mahindra Foundation. The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip and curiously went through different books that caught their attention.
Earthwatch Institute India works in the field of Scientific Research, Education and Skill Development on issues ranging from Environment to Ecosystem Services, Water, Sustainable Agriculture and Energy. In collaboration with Noida Deaf Society, Earthwatch Institute India has developed a module on experiential learning program for hearing impaired youths on various environmental issues. This program is aimed at generating awareness on environmental issues and sensitizes the participants about water, nature conservation, pollination, health & hygiene, changing climate, waste management, water conservation etc. towards developing a culture of environment friendly behavior leading to actions necessary for environmental sustainability.
On 28th of September, staff from all NDS centres participated in a workshop at Uchicago centre in Delhi. The event was conducted by the team of Breakthrough. The activity based learning emphasized on developing the spirit of team efforts, sharing, common goal, vision for the organization. The session concluded with a team lunch.
Earthwatch, an organization working for the conservation of environment, organized a workshop on 27th of the month. This was in continuation of the workshop conducted earlier for NDS students wherein they were educated for the cause of Environment conservation. The workshop was titled- “Best out of Waste” which focused on recycling the waste products from everyday life. Waste materials like Glass bottles, Plastic bottles, Wool (different colors) was used to make beautiful and colorful articles for utility and decoration. A complete video was used to introduce a concept of best out of waste and take them through the process of making various items.
Ruma was awarded the prestigious Stree Shakti Award on 9th December by Stree Shakti-Parallel Force, an organization working towards Women Empowerment. This award was a special one as it was the Centenary year Award commemorating the birth of the Dayawati Modi, who was a strong advocate for women’s education and overall empowerment.
On 30th January, 25 students of NDS along with Ruma participated in a special creative enquiry workshop held at NGMA National Gallery of Modern Art. It was a solo exhibition of work by Subodh Gupta, entitled ‘everything is inside’. Students were motivated seeing different sections of the exhibition. They too participated after forming three groups, discussed among themselves and came up with beautiful and meaningful work on ‘books give us wings’, ‘I have everything in my house’.
Annual Felicitation Ceremony, event of Certification of our Graduating Students of IT programs namely Basic IT, The Desktop Publishing/ Graphic Design, Computer Networking Hardware Course. These programs have been accredited by the NIIT foundation. 135 deaf students from NDS were awarded with certificates by – Our Chief Guest Dr. Naresh Gupta, Senior Vice President, Print and Publishing, and Managing Director, Adobe India, our Guest of honour- Mr. Farhat Jamal , Area Manager & General Manager Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, Brigadier Rajiv Williams Corporate Head – CSR, Jindal Stainless Limited, Mr. P. Rajendran, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Director, NIIT, Padma Shree, Mr.B.S.Das – Chairman Fairwood Group. , Mr. Pierre de Rancourt, Managing Director, COWI India (P) Ltd., Mr.Dheeraj Bhushan- Director of Human Resource- Shangri La’s Eros Hotel. We were honored to have them with us for the day. Two students namely – Jatinder Kalsa and Angali Yadav were also awarded with The Nirmala Das Award for Excellence by Mr.B.S.Das.
Dr. Melisa, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Linguistic, JNU along with her students visited us on 21st March. The purpose of their visit was to study the use of Sign Language. They were quite amazed at the academic activities that the society is conducting in such systemic ways, (with a designed curriculum) and the availability of technological aids for such purpose. It was indeed inspirational for them to find how much the society has done for the Deaf community in just a short span of time.
On 4th March, 2014 seven students of Indian Sign Language from AYJNIHH, New Delhi accompanied by their teacher Mr. Arvind Karbhari visited Noida Deaf Society (NDS) as a part of their exposure visit. The students interacted with the NDS students and the trainers to know about their views. They also interacted with the Founder of the organization and the Management team. The group expressed deep gratitude to the entire NDS on concluding their visit. Expressing their feelings, the group leader Ms Sangeeta Singh penned down her words “It was a wonderful experience meeting all people associated with NDS. We would like to associate ourselves with NDS in future. With Best wishes…”
On 29th April’14. Ruma took this opportunity to address a large gathering of hotel staff including the key functionaries as well as representatives of various departments of the hotel about NDS, the work NDS is doing for the deaf community and to share her idea of mainstreaming the deaf youth by breaking the language barrier and enabling them to be productive partners in the industry.
Dhaulagiri Deaf (Residential) School, Baglung Birat Deaf Secondary School, Biratnagar & Ministry of Education/Department, Nepal , visited NDS. The visit enabled them to gain better understanding of the work NDS is doing and the pedagogy being followed by NDS. Their visit to NDS enhanced their knowledge on empowering Deaf youth.
Patel Vidyalaya (SPV) every year organizes an Activity Week under which the students of higher secondary classes opt and choose from different vocational classes.. Like previous years, this year also NDS was invited to hold sign language classes for the students. The three day long workshop took off on 15th April to continue till 17th. NDS trainers Mona and Ravi Dwivedi accompanied by Ruma and Aditi, from NDS facilitated the sessions held in the school.
Yum is the World largest Restaurant Company. NDS conducted One Month Training Programme on Retail & Hospitality with Yum Academy under their CSR activities. The training would enable the deaf youth to know the concept of fast food restaurant and to understand better Retail and Hospitality Industries such as difference between Retail and Hospitality, types of retail & hospitality, benefits and disadvantages. Five modules of the Yum Acadamy were taught which includes – personal hygiene and grooming, food safely, work ethics, positive attitude team work. They also conducted field visit . This training enhanced skill set and hence employability of deaf youth in the same sector would increase. A month long training program went off well with much interactions and enthusiasms shown by the students as the same was accompanied by an inspirational video show as well time to time. Exam was conducted to assess their learning with the completion of
the training and now students are eagerly waiting for the results and certificates.
On 2nd May’14 NDS conducted an interactive as well as counseling session with the parents of the students of Lady Noyce School, Delhi Gate . The basic objective of conducting this session was to motivate the parents to encourage their wards to join our Summer Special program as well as regular courses at our Civil lines centre, New Delhi & Sector-36, Noida. In total, 52 parents attended the session which lasted for more than 3 hours. The sessions witnessed parents putting up a lot of queries related to Summer as well as regular program, its certification, the timings, about our centre location & the employment opportunities we are offering after the courses. Some parents had concerns about their wards esp females travelling to our centres in the afternoon hours. NDS team addressed their concerns citing past & current experiences and it was felt that the parents were feeling bit satisfied with the outcome of the session.
The Special Program has received a good response from the parents and they have shown keen interest in it.
“Star Key Foundation is an organization which has been helping our deaf students every year with the hearing aids. This year Star Key is associating with the Being human Foundation to distribute hearing aids to the deaf students. The students who had some audibility and are coming from financially weaker backgrounds would be benefitted with the technically advanced hearing aids. This gadget combined with speech therapy would help the young deaf students get some speech. On 6th of May, Ear Moulds were taken of the eligible candidates and Audiometric test conducted which will help the doctors to identify the type of Hearing aid to be given to a particular student.”
Adobe has been NDS knowledge partner. They have been supporting and empowering us in IT related matter by giving TOTs (Training of Trainers) time to time. This time too, Mr. Amit Agarwal from Adobe took training session with NDS Trainers and staff on Excel’s VLOOKUP & Pivot Table. This training enables us learn how to find specific information in large data tables such as NDS Students data, an inventory list of parts or a large contact list; he taught us on the usage of formulas and its function that can be used to create specific lookup formulas. And also the steps to find specific information in a spreadsheet table.
The Jaipur centre which shifted a month back to a new place got inaugurated on 2nd June, 2014. And is now completely supported by Axis Bank Foundation. Dnyanada Karnad from Axis Bank Foundation came from Mumbai to attend the inauguration. Axis Bank Circle Head, Mr. Anil Aggarwal also graced the event with his presence. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by Ruma giving Mr. Anil a brief about the programme. Teachers Pankaj and Suresh gave the details about the centre and thanked Mr. Anil for taking time out of his schedule to come. Mr. Anil shared his experience that he was elated to be there with NDS. He also had offered to facilitate the visit by NDS students to the Axis Bank in Jaipur. Dnyanada also shared her experience of being with NDS for so long and she also asked the students to grab this opportunity and learn as much as they can.
About 50 students accompanied by their teachers went to World of Wonder (Wow) in Sector-18 Noida on 22nd August. According to students “We were simply astounded by all the slides and activities we saw. All of us enjoyed ourselves and we would like to thank all the lifeguards present there for their patience in helping us and sharing safety guidelines with us”.
Towards inculcating a spirit of respect for our nation, NDS celebrated Independence day with much enthusiam. Amidst a strong feeling of patritoism the staff and students started the celebrations by sharing the story of Bhagat Singhs, followed by the signinficance of India’s Independence day and the struggles that went in achieving freedom for the country. The team then got together with the students to fly kites.
5th September- NDS celebrated teachers’ day at different centers. The primary wing celebrated the day with the students being informed about the relevance of the day followed by speeches and dance performances by the students. At NDS 36, a presentation about Dr. Radhakrisnan was shown to the students. Students were also shown a movie entitled ‘Pursuit of happiness’ the main intention was to draw inspiration. Later Ruma addressed the students and explained the role of teachers in a student’s life.
13th June is a special day for the students and staff of NDS. This is the day when Ruma founded NDS and this special day is celebrated every year with much exuberance. Ravi Dwivedi and Digvijay, our trainer and Volunteer respectively took on the stage as emcees and started the program by welcoming everyone and sharing the significance of the day. We then had Ruma on the stage where she once again motivated and inspired the students and team to move ahead despite odds. This was followed by her presentation. Everyone especially the older students felt nostalgic looking at the pictures and going down memory lane. The highlight of the day were experience sharing, certification for staff and trainers who have completed five years of working with NDS, dance and mime performances from students and of all the outreach centres of Delhi, Jaipur and Hisar depicting some comic and some more serious issues. Mime performed by hearing staff depicting their first experience in NDS was much fun aided color to the celebration. The deaf girls of NDS presented a perfectly coordinated dance
performance and even though there was no music, the energy levels were infectious. Celebrations concluded with the lunch.
A result for a month long training programme on Retail & Hospitality with Yum Academy which completed last month has been declared. 20 students who got enrolled for the training completed the training successfully and they were awarded with certificates by Yum Academy. Ankit and the team from Yum Academy with Ruma and Aditi from NDS. This certificate will help them in applying for jobs in retails sector.
NDS has been collaboratingith Shangri-La Eros Hotel for any programmes related to Hospitality. This year too we are implementing three months training programme on hospitality in collaboration with Shangri-La Eros Hotel under their CSR initiatives. The programme is called Shangri – La Eros Hotel Embrace Training. In this training, trainees are made to understand the whole detail of Hotel such as – the term Hotel, Hotel overview, overview of different departments of hotel. Purpose of people coming to stay in hotels; facilities a hotel provides; importance of good guest services and ensuring guest comfort and satisfaction with the service etc. This kind of training allows them to embrace the insight of Hospitality Industry and hence leverage their skill which enables them to get a job in Hospitality Industry at ease.
A day prior to the joining of three Deaf Candidates, a team from NDS conducted sensitization session with the supervisors Mr. Bhawani Singh & Mr. Hemant Kumar and their colleagues at Imperial Automobiles at Faridabad. Ms. Kitty Gupta took a brief session of Sign Language. She briefed them about Deaf youth capabilities & abilities, about their culture. She conducted a small sign language session by teaching the students alphabets and basic vocabulary in sign language the brief session was focused on process specific vocabulary and basic communication as to how to communicate with each other in work place. NDS team member Mr. Sameer and Ms. Kitty went with the Students who would be joining the Company the following day to also have a round of exposure to all the sections of the Unit.
Barclays Shared Services (Finance Team) conducted a training session with NDS Students on 24th July, on the following topics – Employability and Life Etiquette and resume making. Post the team introduction, Barclays Team took over the session to explain NDS students about employability and then the students were asked to draw their dream jobs and to share thoughts on their drawings, followed by a group activity and training session on resume making. The resume making session provided valuable inputs to the participants about making of a good resume.
On 21st July, 2014, a team of ten people headed by Mr. Pablo Laracha, Head of South Asia-Pacific and Mr. Sameer, PR Head, Coca- Cola, along with a CNN-IBN Executive and AIF staff visited NDS to meet the VEER Candidates and to have an interaction with them. VEER – ‘unleashing the inner potential of Persons with Disabilities’ is a collaborative campaign launched by Thums UP and Being Human, in association with the American Indian Foundation (AIF) with the aim of reaching more than 1000 persons with disabilities, with skill training and employability opportunities. NDS is one of the implementing partners and we have trained more than 30 candidates till date under this project. So, the senior leadership wanted to meet these students to interact with them, to understand the deaf community and also to understand about the work NDS is doing.
NDS is proud to announce opening of a new center in Jammu in collaboration with Tirath Ram Satya Devi Charitable Trust. We have been associated with the Trust for a long time, where they have added much value to our work by sponsoring shelter of the students coming from different parts of the country to access training at NDS. This is a next step in our continuing partnership, where they have graciously given us infrastructure to start a center in Jammu. A need for an outreach centre was felt as many of our Deaf over the years were travelling from Jammu and Kashmir to access training at our centre in Noida. There were many more who wanted to come but were unable to join because of the distance and the high living expenses in Noida. To reach out to these deaf youth living in this part of the country, NDS is starting an outreach centre in Jammu. The opening of the center was done on 8th August, 2014 in presence of Ms. Vijay Laxmi Khattar of Tirath Ram Satya Devi Charitable Trust and Ms. Ruma Roka, Founder, NDS and many distinguished guests of the Trust. We are providing training in Indian Sign Language (ISL), English Communication and like Skills. These programmes provide the foundation to build skills in the deaf youth. All the classes are conducted in highly interactive visual medium done in Sign Language to make them accessible to the Deaf students. Experience of sharing through peer education and role models helps the students to develop confidence and become motivated to achieve in their lives as well. The two trainers – Ramnath Singh and Mukesh Thackyal have taken up responsibility of the complete center. We hope to reach out to many Deaf Youth based in this country through our initiative.
Leaving aside regular and mundane chores of everyday duty, many people take day off and spend the day with family members or close friends. Some eat a picnic in a park, go to a film or eat lunch or dinner at home or in a restaurant and many spend their time enjoying kite flying on the terrace on this day. NDS paid homage to the nation in good respect and enthusiasm, we (staff )too went kite flying on the terrace with the students who had been demonstrating high spirit of patriotism and feeling the importance of being a liberated or a free nation as their kites were soaring high against the strong wave of wind which symbolizes Independence. On this day the skies were seen dotted with kites flown from rooftops and fields symbolizing the free spirit of India. This reminded all of us of the pain and the struggle our freedom fighter went through in the past to win Indian Independence.
Coca-Cola Advisory Councils on Environment and Sustainability (ACES) members Visited NDS on 18th September, 2014. The visit started with a teeka ceremony for the visitors by deaf students. After which Ms Aparna, Program Manager, AIF briefed on VEER execution and how AIF in partnership with Coke and CNN-IBN is successfully running the VEER campaign followed by Ms. Ruma’s presentation about NDS. She also shared about various sectors/industries and profiles where deaf are performing well proven their potentiality. Mr. Ravi (English Trainer) and Ms. Inu (DTP Trainer) shared their experiences. Mr. Malik urged the students to work hard and never to give up. General Mallik and Mr. Jolly congratulated Ruma for her efforts and said that they are inspired. NDS team then thanked Mr. Malik and other dignitaries by presenting them thank you cards.
NDS sec-36 celebrated Teacher’s Day with revelry. A lot of students and staff were present. Ruma congratulated the students who had completed their courses successfully, exhorted to work harder for better performance and also explained the role of teachers/trainers in student’s life and shared views on the occasion. This was followed by distribution of certificates. 35 Students who had completed six months Course in MS office and 13 students who had completed three months course in Hardware and Networking were awarded with certificates. Then some students performed mime. All the trainers and staff members were later presented with a pen as a token of appreciation for their hard work and constructive support. The program ended with light refreshment.
Hisar students celebrated Teacher’s day at Tulsi Bhawan in the premises of the JSL Plant The chief guest was Mr. Subhash Garg; Head of the Electrical Department. Ms. Rajshri Anand; CSR Hissar Head emceed the program. She also shared the importance of Financial Independence of women. The audience was taken through the various CSR initiatives of JSL.The students of the electrical Department were felicitated with certificates by Mr. SubhashGarg, the Chief Guest for the evening. The JSL students from various centers presented an extraordinary performance like fashion show, dances etc. NDS stole the limelight with its Mime presentation and ending the program with the silent national Anthem. Celebrated with enthusiasm and fervor by the students and the teachers Overall, the visit helped us to connect with our students better and also made our vision to empower the deaf stronger.
On 29th September, Shangri la Eros Hotel hosted a felicitation Ceremony for the students who have completed Shangri-La’s Embrace Programme. The Event was attended by the management heads of different hotels.Mr. Dheeraj Bhushan, Director (HR), welcomed the distinguished guests of the evening and briefed about EMBRACE, he specifically mentioned as to why it is associated with NDS while appreciating the deaf for their excellence performance and for being good learners. Ms. Ruma Roka took the guests through a presentation challenges and abilities of the deaf community & shared about the various courses run by NDS followed by heartwarming dance & mime performances from the students of NDS. Mr. Neeraj Agarwal, one of our trustees graced the event by his presence. Mr. Jamal & Mr. Bhushan felicitated the certificate holders and thus the event concluded with great joy.
On 27 th Sept, NDS Team led by Ms. Anjena AND Mr. Vishal Participated in film Making Challenge on “Aarambh – The Practice of Everyday Equality” with special focus on every aspect of Women Enrichment by Exploring Domestic Violence, Workplace Harassment, Sexual Abuse and Rape. This was a campaign of generate understanding of gender equality through language and word choice organized by Prabhaav Foundation and NGO Sakshi and was held in Sur Taal Theatre. For detail please go to the link given below. http://youtu.be/92pTGt6OXS0
Asset India conducted a workshop with NDS students on a 12 Heifer Cornerstones. The main focus of the training is to bring value based attitudinal changes in an individual; to help participants to go through a journey of personal leadership and positive attitude and behavior; to help participants to experience the internalization of Heifer Cornerstones and its impacts. The12 Cornerstones are as mentioned below- Passing on the gift, Responsibility and Accountability, Sharing and Caring Sustainability and Self- Reliance, Improved Animal and Resource Management, Nutrition & Health and Income, Gender and Family Focus, Genuine Needs and Justice, Improving the Environment, Training, Education and Communication, Spirituality. The training was conducted by Mr. Dr. Abhinav Gaurav and Mr. Prabaharan, Heifer India. 24 students of Educom, NDS, attended the training. They participated well and awarded with participation certificates.
17th Oct, TMF organized an exposure visit cum Diwali Celebration at Tech Mahindra-NSEZ office for primary wing, NDS. 20 students along with 5 teachers participated the event. Students painted diyas and made Diwali cards, the same were put on display for sale to raise funds as part of their Diwali Celebration. It was delightful to see student’s creative work. Such opportunities help NDS and TMF to build a stronger relationship and in a more comfort level. The whole event was planned and executed with the help of Mr. Rajesh, Mr. Anurodh and Ms. Shailey from Tech Mahindra.
On the 31st of October 2014 (Friday), the PE wing of NDS was taken to an Educational Visit to the BGIR (Botanical Garden of the Indian Republic), Noida. The scientist-in-charge, Dr. Sheo Kumar, sharing with us the mandate of the BGIR and took us through a medicinal plant section that has 250 varieties clubbed under 8 categories of human diseases and took us to other sections as well.After a pleasant two hour sojourn in the garden the students & the teachers were treated with burgers. The students were happy to have a day off from the regular teachings.
As part of our mobilization program, Navneet, one of NDS deaf trainers from Civil Lines Center & Ms. Anjena, had gone to Government school for the Deaf in Rohini. The school is still in 8th grade. They met the Principal and could share with her more about NDS and the work we are doing. They shared the pamphlets and brochure with her which she agreed to share with students. They also had a chance to meet students, post the school hours. There were 20-25 students who gathered and were very interested and even called their other friends. They were informed about our courses and asked them to join our centre at Civil Lines with due permission from parents.Navneet, being a deaf trainer was able to inspire the deaf students immensely who gave their guardian’s contact number, they then, contacted all the parents & convinced them to allow their wards to join NDS.
NDS celebrated Diwali on 22nd October. In the evening all staff and students gathered to offer prayers to the god of auspiciousness for ‘prosperity and wealth’ followed by lighting of diyas. Sweets were distributed and we all greet each other before we were out door to play fireworks. We had a good time of celebrating ‘Victory over evil and light over darkness.’
On 7th November, Mr. Gynendra from Lok Sabha TV visited the primary center, sec-29 for a small TV shoot which they wanted to telecast on Lok Sabha TV Channel. The purpose of the programme was to understand and to show the world how hearing impaired people especially the little ones children are learning different subjects in school – like Maths, Science, English etc. They were then taken to nearby park and made them enjoy through various educative games such as blocks, jigsaw paintings. Children enjoy the shooting program.
The two weeks long workshop as mentioned earlier which started on 31st Oct has ended on 18th Nov. participants were awarded with certificate after the completion of the training successfully. Their performances throughout the sessions were commendable. Empowering them with such personalities could bring value based attitudinal changes in their lives.
On 19th Nov’14 JSL, organized a soft ball cricket match in Hisar for NIIT, Electrical and NDS students from Hisar center aslo participated in the event. The main objective of the event was to bridge between the deaf and the hearing people in way that all the players have to communicate in sign language or through actions with each other so that hearing person were compelled to communicate with deaf that they learn sign language and this would also teach them team building strategies and to move towards successful endeavors. It’s a game with a difference. Students were divided in two team as – Team A – Stainless Steel XI (NDS+ Electrical Students) and Team B- Bindal Yuva Star (NDS & NIIT students.) The two teams Stainless Steel XI made 99 runs and Jindal Yuva Star (NIIT & NDS Students) made 75 runs Winner- Stainless Steel XI (Electrical & NDS Students) Mr. Egbert, Principal OPJMS was the chief guest. The students enjoyed themselves thoroughly. On the same day, NDS students from sec-36 participated in Foot ball match held in Ghaziabad which was organized
by SHRI ADWAIT PARIWAR FOUNDATION. And NDS student won first position.
NDS launched beauty culture programme on 3rd December, 2014. Training in Beauty Culture helps not only in Personal Grooming but is Career Oriented also. It would not only impart art of Beauty Culture but fetch job opportunities for the deaf women as well. The theoretical and Practical Training imparting to the girls would help them in establishing themselves. As mentioned earlier, they are doing theory with practical on facial, threading, waxing manicure and Pedicure. There are five girls as of now taking the training and Ms. Nirmala, who has a good experience of more than 10 year on the profession, is giving the training.
“One success story after another has helped NDS in breaking the myth about deaf youth,” explains Ruma. We do not want the deaf people to be taken as a charity asserts Ruma, “We invite companies and ask them and make our kids ready with the kind of skill set they are looking for. If they feel they lack something, we ask them to help us teach these kids so that they can work.” When asked what gives motivation to her to carry on this work, Ruma was swift with the reply, “It’s them, their hunger to learn, work, explore and be someone in their life, and keeps me going. Despite all the obstacles I face in running this place, when I see a student doing up-down from Sonipat, just to learn and attend a two hour class, then what I am doing is nothing, in comparison what they go through. I have students who have come to learn from places as far as Kerala in the south to the Jharkhand in the east, all this keeps me running to work for the cause,” says Ruma.
NDS started new programme on Certificate Course in Data Entry Skills on 15th Dec, 2015. However, prior to the implementation of this new programme NDS conducted TOT ( Training of Trainers ) for DATA ENTRY SKILLS for two days ( i.e., on 17 and 18 Nov, 2014) which was exclusively for trainers. On these two days, NDS trainers like IT Master Trainer, MS Office trainer etc, who would be taking the Training course, were made to undergo an intensive training session which would enabled them polishing and brightening up their skill and to make them ensure that they train the students well. This program also provides the advance Excel & Word book as desired before starting TOT for reference. Certificate Course in Data Entry Skills Training course would go on for 3 months. The selection of students for the course was done on the basis of a strict pre test. Only 16 students who could get through the test were selected for the course.
On 24th December, Supplementary Education, NDS celebrated Christmas with Tech Mahindra Foundation. Eight volunteers came to celebrate the day with the students. They were given a brief introduction to the deaf community and were taken through the classes. They started with different activities with different group of students. The activities planned were: 1. Lemon spoon race, 2. Christmas Tree Drawing, 3. Burst Balloon, 4. Christmas Tree Decoration, 5. Treasure Hunt. The children enjoyed all the activities. A surprise package was a Santa Clause who came and distributed candies to the students. The volunteers shared that they were initially apprehensive for how they would communicate with deaf children, but once they started, they felt more comfortable. Overall, the program was enjoyed by all the volunteers as well as the children.
On the 26th of December, Friday; the Supplementary Education students of NDS were taken for an educational visit to the National Science Museum, Pragati Maidan. NDS students got the opportunity to unravel the hidden treasures of the museum. Out of the many exhibits, the exhibition on “Our Science & Technology Heritage” made the students feel exhilarated. The visit to the Science Museum kindled the spirit of scientific temper in our students & the teacher.
On 31st December, Winter Carnival was organized by Jindal Ladies Welfare Association members. They put up various stalls such as food stalls, games stalls, entertainment etc. JSL , CSR housed its initiatives under a colorful canopy showcasing its work in facilitating skills for women/youth, farmers ,awareness programs on HIV, Health related work, save the girl child project etc. NDS procures and pamphlets were also displayed in one of the stalls by NDS Team, Hisar. Ms Divya Gupta wife of SP was the chief guest. Focus TV had also taken bites for their telecast the following day.