News & Events
Holi, on 14th March, student and staff of NDS celebrated Holi with enthusiasm and gaiety marking the season of hope and joy, the gloom of the winter goes as it promises the bright summer days. It was celebrated with fun full of color and with great joy.
Annual Felicitation Ceremony 2014
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.
Beside the proud faces of the students the highlight of the day was the performances- Dance and Mime by deaf students of NDS. The dance was performed on the song ‘Jai Ho’ – the ‘message of hope and triumph’ and mime was enacted by a group of NDS students on ‘unity in diversity’.
It was an eagerly awaited event for the students passing out from these courses in December’13, the ceremony was held on 1st March, 2014 at Indira Kalakendra Auditorium, Sector – 6 Noida.
Columbia Asia Hospital Visit
On 31st Jan, a team from Columbia Asia Hospital visited and conducted Hearing Assessment on children at Primary Education Centre, ENT specialists conducted tests to shortlist students who could be benefitted / retain hearing power and speech from surgical intervention.
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’ .
Ruma attended Teach for India
On the 18th of January 2014 Ms. Ruma Roka attended “Delhi City Conference” which was organized by Teach for India. The purpose of the conference was to do a Leadership Forum with their fellows. She took a session on "Inclusiveness in classroom with reference to the integration of the deaf and the mute" her presentation was much appreciated by the fellows and all the other speakers present in the conference. After the meeting she received good feedback and met with many educated youth who are passionate about the education.
Round Table Speech at IICA Conference
Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs managed by Central Square Foundation and Teach for India organized its Roundtable Series 2013: CSR as a Value Proposition for Education in India on 18th December at Scope Complex, New Delhi. Ms. Ruma Roka was of the Panelists who spoke on – Role of Partnerships for effective CSR in Education.
Ms. Ruma Roka awarded with National Women Excellence Awards 2013
The city recently observed 25th November 2013 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women. Ex-cabinet minister Captain Jai Narain Prasad Nishad, Vimal Mehra, DGP Tihar Jail and many other noted dignitaries were present at a glittering award ceremony held at India international Centre (IIC), New Delhi. . Ruma Roka, was awarded with the National Women Excellence ‘Nav Kiran Award’ in the category of Vocational Training and Economic Rehabilitation of Hearing Impaired. This prestigious award is recognition for Ruma for her immense contribution to the Deaf Community and as an acknowledgement and encouragement to women who have relentlessly given selfless service to the less privileged and made a difference to countless lives.
Special Program was organized for our little ones in the primary centre on Children’s Day the 14th November. Children were taken to the nearby park to make them have fun enjoy the bright beautiful sunshine even as they were listening to stories. Besides the story of Jawaharlal Nehru being told, his photograph was shown and the reason of celebrating Children’s Day on his birthday as a day of fun and frolic, a celebration of childhood & his love for children was also told by Ms. Bindeshwari & Ms. Chitra followed by sweet distribution and drawing competition.
NDS celebrated Diwali on the 1st November at sec-36 centre with its staff and students. Lakshmi puja was observed followed by lighting of diyas, firecrackers and sweets distribution, wishing messages of lights reminded us of the victory of righteousness and inspired all of us to do better. It was celebrated with great joy.
Ruma’s Visit to America
AIF America invited Ms. Ruma Roka, Founder & Gen. Secretary of NDS along with one of its beneficiaries - Geeta Hasija to speak at their Annual Fundraising galas. At the Galas that were held in Washington / New York / Chicago , she spoke about the back ground of the deaf community in India - the dismal quality of education , the non- acceptance of sign language as a medium of communication and the lack of employment opportunities for the millions of our deaf youth and young adults. She also spoke about NDS- mission- how it started, and shared the severe challenges in this journey
On 26th of October, NDS Civil Lines students along with Barclay’s team were taken for an exposure visit to Delhi. They visited places like Red Fort, Indira Gandhi Museum and Humayun’s Tomb. On the way to these historical places, the students got the opportunity to an off- site viewing of Raj ghat, Vir bhumi, Shakti Sthal, Mahatma Gandhi Museum, India gate, National Museum, Rastrapati Bhawan (President’s house), Parliament & Army Headquarters. It was a wonderful experience for the students who were excited, enthralled and mesmerized by the views.
The visit was to enhance knowledge on Historical Monuments and to have more exposure about the world around us
Session on Banking
A team from Barclays Shared Service conducted skilling sessions on ‘Banking’ for ten days i.e. from 21st to 31th October at NDS Training Center, sector -36. Head of the finance from Barclays, UK also took a session with the deaf students which was much appreciated.
Sensitization Session by NDS with the Delhi Police Department
Noida Deaf Society, on 31st Oct. 2013 attended an Orientation session on “The Need for the Police Redressal of Grievances of Deaf Women and the Use of Sign Language”. The program was organized by Cluster Innovation Centre of the University of Delhi. Around 500 enthusiastic and highly disciplined police personnel of varied rank and file were addressed by Ms. Ruma Roka, Founder & General Secretary. It was an honour for NDS to have attended to such kind of forum. She talked about the problems deaf women face while dealing with police personnel & the issues related to effective handling of cases of violence against deaf women. Mr. Robin Hibu, Joint Commissioner of Police, appreciated Ms. Ruma for her notable work and for the impressive speech
International Deaf Week Awareness
Ms. Ruma Roka, Founder & General Secretary of NDS attended International Week of the Deaf, Awareness program on 13th Oct, 2013i. The programme was organized by Indian Deaf Youth Forum of All Indian Federation for the Deaf. The Theme of the program was on ‘Equality for Deaf People’.
Regional Abilympic Certification
Regional Abilymbic North Zone hosted by National Abilympic Association of India C/o Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust, Delhi with the support of the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, was held on 10-12, October, 2013. Three students of NDS namely – Jatinder Kalsi, Sagar Gupta and Anjali Yadav participated in different type of skill contests. Jatinder Kalsi participated in English Text Processing and got third position, Anjali Yadav and Sagar Gupta participated in English DTP and they both stood second and third position respectively. Certificates were given and congratulated by all the NDS family members for their notable performance.
Hackidemia Workshop: On 30thSeptember, 2013 a half day workshop as organized at NDS on the application of basic principles of science in our lives.
The experiments included:
1. Use of microscope build from a webcam.
2. Use of fruits to make lights blink and explain to them how a circuit works.
3. Teach them how to extract DNA from fruits (Banana, apple) by using soap and alcohol.
The experiments helped the students gain some extra information apart from their curriculum.
Training at Ansal University
A three - days worshop conducted by 'The Sushant School of Design’under Ansal University was attended by 3NDS students .The workshop was held in the University campus in Gurgaon. It was an opportunity for our Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design students to learn the craft of Ajrakh Dyeing
Teachers Day at NDS Hissar
Brig. William, CSR head of JSL inaugurated the program. Skits, dances & fashion shows formed a part of the celebrations. NDS students presented “The Silent National Anthem” which was much appreciated. It touched the heart of all who saw it.
Teachers at NDS
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.
Independence Day Celebrations at NDS
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..
NDS Students have fun at World Of Wonders
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”.
Session on road safety.
In house sessions conducted at NDS are focused on developing soft skills in the deaf students. The aim is to help assimilation of the deaf in the society by inculcating in them strong social skills. In the month of August Ruma Roka -NDS Head took a session on “Safety on the roads”. Safety is a prime concern and the inability to hear makes the Deaf community even more vulnerable on the roads. Through the session, the students were made aware and advised to strictly follow the traffic rules. They were taught how to be cautious on the roads and what rules to be followed while driving or walking on the roads. As is the trend with young boys and girls, the students were particularly advised not to use their cell phones while on the road.
National Science Museum
On 30th of July’13 a team from Barclays volunteered at NDS. The students of the primary classes were taken on an educational cum fun trip to the National Science Museum in Delhi. The students wore excitement on their faces right from boarding the bus to the time of disembarking. The trip proved to be as educational as it was fun for the children. The students were taken around different galleries of the museum where they were given a brief introduction about the displays by the trainers of NDS. The inquisitive minds couldn’t resist themselves from exploring the mysteries of science.
After a short break for lunch the students enjoyed a virtual trip to the moon through a 3D movie which was unique experience for the children.
NDS 8th Birthday Celebrations
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.
Sunil Patidar and Mona Singhal, our English trainers took on the stage as emcees and started the program by welcoming everyone and sharing the significance of the day. Himanshu and Ravi enthralled everyone with a beautiful presentation, put together by Rahul, sharing the growth of NDS in the past eight years. Everyone especially the older students felt nostalgic looking at the pictures and going down memory lane. We then had Ruma taking on the stage and in her passionate address she deeply motivated and inspired the students and team to move ahead despite odds.
The highlight of the day were the cultural performances put together by the students not just of Noida but also from the outreach centres of Delhi, Jaipur and Hisar. The students showcased their talents in mime performances depicting some comic and some more serious issues. 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 cutting of the cake by team NDS.
Dr. Dilip Deshmukh, Founder and Convenor, Deaf Foundation, Ichalkaranji (Maharashtra)
On 2nd May, Dr. Dilip Deshmukh came to NDS to meet the students and their families with an objective of educating them about the importance of Sign Language in the lives of deaf people. Dr. Deshmukh has been avid preacher of Bilingualism. Through a presentation he addressed a large gathering of our students, their parents and the staff of NDS. He believes that the development of any individual is possible through communication and language forms an essential part of communication. In case of deaf sign language is the natural means of communication and thus essential for their overall development of the deaf. He also talked about the incidents where deaf leaders across the world have emphasized on the use of sign language to develop a strong language base for effective communication between the deaf and the hearing. He firmly believes in the capabilities of deaf and believes that any hurdle can be overcome with a sound knowledge of a means of communication which in case of deaf is sign language.
Barclays Team at NDS
The students were provided expert sessions by Barclays Shared Services and two such sessions were conducted. NDS had shared with the Barclays team the topics that were covered in excel and based on the same, the volunteers had prepared the session with the objective of revising these topics and giving the students more practice. Besides Excel training, the session held on 21st May also comprised of Email Etiquettes. As the students join the industry, they start interfacing with their colleagues on email and hence it was vital to make them understand the key points while addressing colleagues over email. For example, how to greet formally, not to use official emails for personal communication, importance of responding appropriately were some of the points of discussion. Sessions by professional volunteers provides a good exposure to students as they get to interact with hearing people. Even though the sessions are interpreted they learn from a different perspective and understand more about the industry standards.
Sardar Patel Vidyalaya (SPV)
Every year SPV organizes an activity week where the students of higher secondary classes opt and choose from different vocational classes. As the youth today is getting more sensitive towards society and issues related to it, hence it came as no surprise when about 20 young students came forward to enroll for classes in Indian Sign Language. Like previous years, this year also NDS was invited to hold sign language workshop for the students. The four day long workshop took off on 15th of April to continue till 18th. The first three days sign language training sessions were held in the school. The students learned basic vocabulary and gradually with the help of their trainers, proceeded to prepare mime in sign language. NDS trainers Ravi Dwivedi and Sarwar Alam accompanied by Shiwani Khanna, a dedicated volunteer, facilitated the sessions held in the school. The fourth day was the defining day for these young boys and girls who visited NDS and communicated with the deaf using their newly acquired skills in Sign language and also presented the mime. The day ended on a happy note as the students from SPV and NDS exchanged good wishes for future. We are happy to report that one of the students also volunteered with NDS for a day and assisted the team with data management.
Holi Celebration at NDS
On 26th March, students and staff of NDS got together to celebrate Holi. Although the teachers and the students are keeping busy preparing for the upcoming final tests, they did not mind taking time out to celebrate the festival of colors. The cheers and laughter added to the mood of the day as all faces remain covered in different colors.
Innerwheel Club at NDS
Innerwheel Club (IWC) is the women’s division of the prestigious Rotary Club. The club sponsored 18 students of NDS most of them girls for their Vocational Training Project for deaf girls for a duration of three months. The scholarship program was initiated by Mrs. Neeru Vohra who is Project Committee Chair Person and Executive Member of IWC, Indirapuram. District Chairman of the club Mrs Seema Khaitan was the chief guest for the occasion and was accompanied by other members of the club. After the introduction a mime was presented by NDS students. The guests also shared snacks with the students.
Training Session for Parents
Star Key Foundation conducted training session with parents of the Deaf on the usage of hearing Aids and their maintenance. The hearing Aids were distributed to the students in November ’12. The parents of the little children of primary section attended the training on the upkeep of the gadgets.
Visit by Mr. Babu Joseph
On 21st March NDS welcomed Mr. C.Babu Joseph, CEO Axis Bank Foundation. Mr. Babu Joseph, started the day by taking a tour of the centre and seeing the various training programmes. He then spent time with Ruma and the team in understanding more about our work- background of the students, educational qualifications, impact of deafness on their lives, economic background, work areas suitable for Deaf youth across different sectors, organizational challenges and future vision. Mr. Babu Joseph also spent time with the students sharing with them the need to carry a positive attitude in life and working hard to keep growing and moving forward. He also encouraged them to pursue higher education. The students felt deeply motivated by his words.
Adobe Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Adobe Systems Pvt. Ltd., a leading IT company has been adding value to our IT programs through workshops and exposure visit for our students at regular intervals. In the month of February the volunteers from Adobe's IT team started Advanced Excel training for our students who have completed MS Office training. The sessions are held once a week and are facilitated by NDS interpreters. The training is aimed at equipping the students with knowledge of advanced tools in excel such as LookUp, VLookup, conditional formatting and other formulas which have a great practical application in a workplace scenario.
Incident Management Training
The volunteers from Adobe Systems Pvt. Ltd. are also conducting sessions for Networking students, both current and those who have completed. The training is on incident management, which is an area with good scope of employment for Deaf youth. Infact many of our students working in Mphasis, Pune are working on incident management. In layman’s language it can be understood as the process through which service providers can create, track, update and document IT issues being faced by their users.
In a felicitation ceremony organized at New Delhi on 23rd February’ 2013, 102 of our Deaf students were awarded graduating certificates by Mr. R.S. Pawar, Chairman, NIIT and recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan. Also present on the occasion were Mr. P. Rajendran, Chief Executive Officer, NIIT, Mr. M.A. Ravi Kumar and CEO American India Foundation (AIF).The graduating students were awarded certificates in IT courses, namely, Desktop Publishing/ Graphic Design, Computer Networking/ Hardware and MS Office. These programs have been accredited by NIIT Foundation.
Speaking on the occasion, Padma Bhushan Mr. R.S. Pawar, Chairman, NIIT said, “I congratulate all the graduating students and wish them the very best in their life ahead. I deeply appreciate the commendable services that NDS has been providing to the hearing impaired community in enabling them to be equal partners in society.” He also shared that in today’s world organizations mostly focus on academic development and very rarely do we find the focus on the heart. NDS is one of the few organizations where he could see the ‘heart at work’!
The ceremony was held at the Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts. The event was host to a large gathering comprising of Deaf students, donors, supporters, NIIT Foundation and employment partners. Among other dignitaries Dr. Hemant Paul, Country Director, AIF and Binita Basu, Vice-President, Axis Bank also graced the occasion with their presence. The celebrations were marked by a fascinating display of talent in the form of a mime and dance performance. The audience was truly touched by the impeccable coordination of the dancers who had never heard the sound of a spoken word let alone music. It was encouraging to hear about the capabilities of the employed students at the workplace from some of the employment partners of NDS who were present on the occasion.
Ruma Roka, Founder & General Secretary, Noida Deaf Society in her hope filled address said, “It is a proud moment to see these students graduate and ready to step out into the big world. I am grateful to everyone who believed in us and the capabilities of our students. They have proven to be of great value add in the industry and I sincerely hope more and more companies will move towards an inclusive workforce and provide lives of hope to these students”. The program concluded with rendition of Silent National Anthem by NDS students before the guests proceeded for lunch.
Primary wing of NDS celebrated its Sports Day on 15th of February. The ceremony was flagged open by Ruma. Different events included simple race, lemon and spoon race, get-ready race, Maths race, long- jump and discuss throw among others were organized. The students remained soaked in the spirit of the competition and enthusiastically participated in the events. Medallions and certificates were awarded to the winners. Swati Kumari and Sameer were adjudged champions in senior and junior categories.
Sensitization at Domino's Pizza
Our association with Domino's Pizza started in the month of July. Since then many students have been employed at various Domino's outlets across Delhi NCR. These boys and girls working as Team Members have proved their capabilities opening the doors for their compeers.
Ruma Roka, NDS Head, met the team from Domino's Pizza which comprised of HR team, Training Team members and store managers. In the sensitization session Ruma spoke about deaf people's capabilities and their struggles to find an opportunity to show their caliber. The session was followed by a brief introduction to Sign Language.The store managers working with the deaf Team members later visited NDS to meet NDS students and know more about deaf culture. They were also given training in basic sign language by Shiwani Khanna, to facilitate communication with the specially-abled team members working at their stores.
NDS Team Celebration
As we entered in the New Year it was time to celebrate- for the breakthroughs, for the achievements and the tasks fulfilled during the year 2012. But there is still more to be achieved. So it was time to rejuvenate and reenergize ourselves for 2013. All the staff of all the 5 centres of NDS got together to enjoy and make most of the evening. It was a fun and a team building effort to bring all the team members together.