News & Events
The NDS Founder’s Day was celebrated with great fanfare on the 24th of July. It was an important milestone in NDS history as this year marks the 10th Anniversary of NDS. The programme was held at the auditorium of Kailash Hospital in Noida. There was enthusiastic participation from the deaf youth who turned up in large numbers for the occasion. The programme was started with a presentation on the NDS journey over the years. NDS students showcased their talents through dance and mime shows. The mime shows brilliantly conveyed messages on different socio-cultural themes, with a strong dose of humour.
The NDS team members, who completed five years with NDS were also facilitated by Ruma. The ceremonial anniversary cake was cut by Ruma along with the NDS team.
The highlight to the happy occasion was provided by the appearance of Noida District Magistrate Mr Nagendra Pratap Singh. He addressed the students exhorting them to remain positive, and not to think of themselves as ‘disabled’ in any way, and expressing his belief that the deaf youth could contribute to India’s growth through learning skills and finding suitable employment. He also expressed his happiness at his association with NDS.
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.
Papier Quilling training
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.
Workshop on Dental Hygiene
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.
The month of May saw 73 new admissions at NDS, owing to the much awaited summer program. The students inundated NDS with their infectious energy and curiosity to know it all. The best part was that Ruma, explained the students the objective of the summer workshop; inspiring the students.
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.
NDS @ NDTV
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.
The Virsa Project
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 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.
Three of our deaf candidates were interviewed at Radnik Exports. There they were explained the nature of work. The session was facilitated by Priti Srivastava.
IBIS – Jaipur
One of our deaf candidates joined IBIS @ Jaipur. He joined the laundry department. Our team member Sameer Gupta , facilitated the interview. The candidate was trained and the laundry supervisor & the HR team was sensitised effectively.
Companies Visit to NDS
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.
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
Art & Craft Session
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.
Life skills training
The feather on the cap was a life skills training imparted to the students by Ruma. Seeing Ruma talk with the students is a vision. Her passion, love & wisdom, exudes from every gesture. The students with their thinking hats on, weaving a bright future & making the vision of NDS a success.
Mobilisation is an integral part of growing. And with our broadening vision, it becomes imperative. Keeping the same in mind, one of our team members, Manoj Shaw, went to Kolkata to mobilise. He briefed the audience about what NDS is? And its mission & vision. The people took interest in the novel idea of NDS, and inundated the NDS stand, to know & understand about the same.
Cycles from NIIT Technologies
NIIT Technologies gifted 5 cycles to NDS. Ms. Ruma Roka along with two deaf volunteers had gone to address the gathering & receive the cycles. The joy of riding the new Cycles.
Activities at NDS
The Month of April saw, the students of NDS running to show their support for women. This was done as a part of the CSR activity of HCL. This run was symbolic to the respect & love we have for our women in our lives. The best part was that both the boys & the girls had a great time running for the cause. The day ended with a photo session & sweet distribution.
NDS at various forums
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.
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.
Companies visit to NDS
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.
As Part of our training curriculum, the NDS students were taken on exposure visits to Kempinski Ambience, Radisson (Ghaziabad), Minda Furukava. These visits give them an insight into the kind of work, which is prevalent in the concerned organisation and also helps the students to realise their interests & aptitudes, facilitating an effective work transition.
Sensitization and sign language orientation at Adobe Systems
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.
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.
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.
National Conference on Skill Development on Persons with Disabilities
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.
Annual Sports Day at Primary Education Centre
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.
Annual Felicitation Ceremony
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.
Team Capacity Building Activity
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
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.
Visit to Zoo with our Primary Education and Civil Lines Centre
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.
Sign Language Session at Imperial Autos
Sign Language sessions were conducted at Imperial Automobiles in the month of January. The objective was to teach functional sign language to the hearing team members of Imperial Auto to ensure effective communication between the deaf employer and other team members. The session saw good participation and the team member, learnt and tried communicating with their deaf team members as well.
Based on market research and feedback from the students, NDS started a new course in the month of January. To complement the existing MS office training, we initiated 3 months Data Entry operating course for our deaf students. The courseware has been provided by NIIT Foundation. The training allows the students to learn advance level for Excel and Word. Currently the first batch has 14 students