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THE BLIND RELIEF ASSOCIATION, DELHI

Annual Report for the Year 2012-13
HIGHLIGHTS
• Conferment of National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, 2012 under the category – Best Institution Working for the Cause of Persons with Disabilities by The Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Passing away of Smt. Manju Bharat Ram, Life Trustee and former Hony. General Secretary of the Association on 12 December 2012. Closure of IHB Unit at Lal Kuan, Badarpur and amicably handing back the premises to the landlords. JPM School registering cent-per-cent pass result in the 2011-12 CBSE Examinations (Class XII), with all the 17 students securing First Division. All 31 teacher trainees of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education appearing for B.Ed.(Spl.) course successfully completed the course, with 24 trainees securing First Division. Introduction of Multi-skill Vocational Taining Programme for adult blind. 18th IBSA National Sports Meet for the Blind held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi from 11 to 14 December 2012 with nearly 600 participants representing 49 teams from 14 states.

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For the Blind Relief Association, Delhi, the year 2012-13 has been a year of both great pride as well as profound grief. The Association received the National Award for the Year 2012 under the category - Best Institution Working for the Cause of Persons with Disability. This Award by the Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, was presented by the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 6 February 2013. It is a tribute to the vision of the founders Smt. Anusuya and Shri Umesh A. Basrurker, as well as a national recognition of the diverse services being rendered by the Association in the field of education, vocational training and rehabilitation of the visually challenged, and the contribution made by the students, trainees, staff, management and volunteers involved with these services. While the National Award brought great joy and inspiration, the sad demise on 12 December 2012 of Smt. Manju Bharat Ram, mentor and Life Trustee was an unfathomable loss to the Association. During a period of over four decades she served as Hony. General Secretary and as Chairperson of JPM Senior Secondary School for almost twenty years. Under her able guidance, new challenges were taken up and several innovative programmes started. She was the founder Chairperson of Indian Blind Sports Association, a national-level body for the promotion of sports among the visually impaired, established in 1986. She was the spirit behind the establishment of Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education
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(Visual Impairment) in 2006, and served as its founder Chairperson. These are outstanding examples of her deep commitment and contribution towards the education, sports and overall development of persons with visual and other disabilities. Smt. Manju Bharat Ram will always be remembered with great reverence and deep gratitude. It is a matter of great pride that she was decorated posthumously with the national honour of Padmashree by the President of India this year. A historic chapter ended in December 2012, when the Association formally wound up its nearly defunct Industrial Home for the Blind at Lal Kuan, Badarpur. The rented premises where the activities had first started in 1945 was surrendered to the landlords. Only memories are left of the place where the dreams of Smt. Anusuya and Shri Umesh Basrurker took shape. They had started there with just two students in 1946. The Industrial Home and School in Lal Kuan, Badarpur functioned in full steam till 1966, after which the school and vocational training activities moved to the Association’s sprawling new campus in New Delhi. The foundation stone of this campus was laid by Dr. Helen Keller in 1955 and was formally inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Smt Indira Gandhi in 1966. The rest is history. We take pleasure in placing before our readers and well-wishers a detailed account of our activities during the period 1 April, 2012 to 31 March, 2013, in the following sections.

EDUCATION
Jormal Periwal Memorial (JPM) Senior Secondary School for the Blind
Education of visually challenged children is a very important part of the Association’s activities. The school had a humble beginning with just two boys in Lal Kuan, Badarpur in 1946. It became a governmentaided residential school under the Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi in 1971, and was affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education as a full-fledged Senior Secondary School in 1977. The School has made a mark for itself in the field of academics, sports and co-curricular activities. It has some of the finest facilities, such as, well-equipped computer labs, a well-stocked library and a large hostel. ENROLLMENT: There were 216 students studying from nursery to class XII during the year 201213. Only 6 of them were day scholars, the rest stayed in the school hostel. The School admitted 26 new students in various classes during the year. Thirteen of them between the age of 5 and 7 years were admitted in the nursery class which focuses on laying a broad foundation of tactile and Braille learning, daily living skills, developing and strengthening the children’s spatial movement and concept development. The other 13 new entrants were: 5 in class II; one each in class III & IV; 3 in class VI; and one each in classes VII, VIII and IX. Keeping abreast with the times, all students from class VII onwards are taught the use of computers. They are encouraged to take Informatics Practice as an additional subject in their senior classes. For special care of visually impaired children with mild to moderate mental retardation the School has an attached Unit for Children with Multiple Disabilities. The Unit provides remedial teaching and basic daily living skills to the identified children.

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RESULTS: The students have always shown excellent results in CBSE Board examinations. 18 students cleared school-based Class X CBSE Continuous Comprehensive Examination. Deepak Mittal of class X secured the highest CGPA at 9.8. All the 17 students passed their Class XII CBSE exam 2011. They achieved 54 subject distinctions overall and 16 students secured First Division. The School is proud that its students join prestigious colleges in Delhi. Many of the alumni are serving in important positions in schools, universities, banks, government offices and other establishments. The academic year 2012-13 concluded with the announcement of Annual School Results on 31 March 2012. The school registered an aggregate pass percentage of 100. CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: The School provides all the necessary facilities, support and encouragement to its students to take part in diverse co-curricular activities like dance, music, theater, poetry, debating, eco-club and Rotaract Leadership Programmes. The co-curricular activities conducted and the achievements of the students are listed below: • The students took part and bagged 20 first prizes, 6 second prizes and 8 third prizes in 25 state and zonal level inter-school events in areas, such as, debate, speech, declamation, music, mono-acting, essay writing, story writing, poetry recitation and computer based competitions. • Shubham Arya of Class XI was assigned the responsibility to read out the Vote of Thanks at the prestigious function held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 6th February 2013 for presentation of National Awards for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for the Year 2012, by the President of India. • The School organized an orientation seminar for the benefit of the parents on 26 June 2012. Shri Satnam Singh, the main speaker from Singh Study Circle focused on the positive roles of parents in the education of their children. • The students organized a cricket match between the students and the staff on 3 October 2012. • The school hosted a friendly cricket match between Standard Chartered Bank and the School students. • Vaibhav Shukla of class XII and Shubham Arya of class X received Indira Award for academic excellence for the year 2011-12 from the Chief Minister of Delhi on 19 November 2012. • The School students presented the opening and closing songs for a function organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association on LAW DAY on 26 November 2012. • CBSE introduced PROBLEM SOLVING ASSESSMENT for classes IX and XI. Experts from Singh Study Circle trained the students on quantitative reasoning, qualitative reasoning and language conventions. • In co-operation with Singh Study Circle a personality development programme for class XII and the trainees of computer course was conducted. The areas covered were, personality development, anger management and communication skills. • The school invited Shri Rintu Nath, Scientist-E, Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology on 29 November 2012 to give a talk on mathematics and its application in technology and in daily life.

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• Regular classes in Western Choir Singing were conducted during the year by Ms. Natasha Vaz of the Neemrana Music Foundation for the students of junior classes. The Choir Group was invited to perform at Alliance Francaise de Delhi at the inauguration of WIDE EYE OPEN – an exhibition of photographs by the visually challenged on 5 October 2012. • The Choir Group presented a medley of songs in English, Hindi and Japanese languages in KIZUNA-2013 – A festival of Japanese Culture hosted by Jawaharlal Nehru University on 22 March 2013. • Ms. Kanchan Rathore taught dance to the School students and they performed and enthralled the audience on the Annual Day. • As part of the community outreach programme the School students presented cultural items in two neighboring public schools. • Regular classes in Japanese language for the students of Class XI and XII were conducted during the year by Mrs. Itsuko Nandi and Ms. Nozomi Tokuma. Both are professional teachers who are volunteering their services free. • The students of Class VI had fun class in Japanese language and culture, conducted by JOCV Volunteer Ms. Sayumi Inayoshi. • Students from American Embassy School continued their Saturday interaction with students of class V and VI to boost the grasp of spoken English. Besides this, the School students had interactive meeting with the overseas DPS students. SPORTS ACTIVITIES: • 19th Subodh Cricket Trophy held on 20 & 21 April 2012. • Ankur Dhama (Class XII) represented India in the 1st Para Open Malaysia Championships from 27 to 29 April 2012. This was a trial for the London Paralympics • 15th Nayar Memorial Cricket Trophy held on 18 & 19 August 2012. • The school participated in fhe following events Ø 15th Intra-school Chess Competition from 28 August to 1 September 2012 Ø Anand Singh Smarak Open Chess Tournament for the Blind from 12 to 14 October, 2012. Ø Delhi Paralympic Sports meet on 13th October, 2012 Ø Salwan Marathon on 4 November 2012 Ø Zonal Competitions on 16 & 17 November 2012 Ø 18th National Sports Meet for the Blind from 11 to 14 December 2012 Ø Senior National Championships 2013 in Athletics on 13 & 14 March 2013 • Awards/Medals Ø International Level: 2 Gold Medals won by Ankur Dhama of Class XII Ø National Level: 9 Gold, 16 Silver and 4 Bronze
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Ø State level: 7 Gold Ø Zonal Level: 4 medals • Under the grant scheme for promotion of sports at school level, the Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of India, is supporting athletics training programme for visually challenged students of JPM School and nearby blind schools. The services of Shri Ravinder Nagar, a reputed and experienced visually challenged athletics coach are being availed of for this purpose. HOUSE ACTIVITIES: The students are divided into four House groups, namely, Basrurker House, Deshmukh House, Bharat Ram House and Nayar House. The Houses take up month-wise responsibility of conducting daily morning assembly and cultural activities in the School. An overall high level of energy and enthusiasm was visible among the students. STAFF: The School, headed by Mr. K.J.Kuriyan, Principal, has a staff strength of 39, including the Principal, Vice- Principal, 37 teaching and non-teaching staff. Mr. Sukhbir Singh, Vice-Principal superannuated on 12 September 2012. At the farewell function glowing tributes were paid to him for his extraordinary commitment as a teacher devoted to the well-being of his students. The retirement of staff and the delay in sanctioning of replacement staff is causing considerable difficulties in the normal functioning of the School. As on 31 March 2013 there were 11 vacancies, namely: 4 Assistant Teachers; 2 Trained Graduate Teachers(TGT); 1 Post Graduate Teacher (PGT); Librarian; Vice Principal; Chowkidar; and Safai Karamchari. It is hoped that the Directorate of Education will take expeditious steps in sanctioning the posts. The School is keen to start the teaching of mathematics and science in the senior classes. The School hopes that it will get the Directorate’s full support and posts of science and maths teachers for the School will be sanctioned, so that the students desirous of pursuing science and maths are able to do so. SCHOOL MANAGING COMMITTEE: The School has a Managing Committee headed by Mrs. Benu Nath as the Chairperson, Mr. A.K. Mittal, Vice Chairperson and five other Association’s nominees, the Principal, two teacher representatives, four Directorate of Education nominees and a P.T.A. representative, as its members. Under the Right to Education Act 2009 (covering school education up to Class VII), the School is required to have in addition a separate 16-member committee called RTE SMC with the Principal as Chairperson, and 9 parents, 3 teachers, 1 counselor, one representative of local authority and one social worker as its members.

Unit for Visually Impaired Children with Multiple Disabilities
To cater to the special needs and provide individual care to visually impaired children with mild to moderate mental retardation, and for giving remedial teaching to the children studying at the primary level of J.P.M. Sr. Sec. School for the Blind, the Blind Relief Association runs a special programme under its Unit for Visually Impaired children with Multiple Disabilities. The unit has two full time qualified special teachers and two part time teachers in Music, Art and Craft. For the pre and post-school-hour care of the students of the unit there is one resident house parent.

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In order to make appropriate need-based intervention, the Unit divides the beneficiary students into two groups: • Functional Academic Group • Remedial Teaching Group In the academic session, which began in April 2012, four students were placed in Functional Academic Group, while ten students were placed in Remedial Teaching Group. FUNCTIONAL ACADEMIC GROUP: The group caters to visually impaired children with mild mental retardation. These children are trained in functional academics like number concept, money concept, time concept, activities of daily living skills (ADLS), orientation & mobility, personal hygiene, pre-vocational activities etc. However in consonance with the basic tenets of the Right to Education Act 2009 and the Rights of Persons with Disability Act 2011 the Unit revised its existing norms of maximum age of 16 years and relaxed it to enable students beyond 16 years to get benefit from School education as much as possible. Accordingly, wherever possible, the students under Function Academic Group were given the opportunity to attend, even if nominally, classes with their same age group students in the school. As decided earlier, the four children attended maximum classes in the unit yet they were not segregated from the regular school. They attended some classes like art and craft, clay modeling, music and physical education etc. together with other children of the school. Thereafter they will be encouraged to continue study in JPM School as fully integrated students or join some suitable vocational programme. REMEDIAL TEACHING GROUP: Ten children were sent by the JPM School to the Unit to improve their Braille and Taylor Frame skills. Personal attention was given on basic Braille reading and writing. The students are showing marked improvement in reading and writing Hindi Braille and are getting to know the basics of English Braille. They are developing basic understanding of writing numbers using Taylor Frame. COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMME: The Unit for Visually Impaired Children with Multiple Disabilities started Community Outreach Programme in August 2006 to make its services available at the doorsteps of visually challenged children with severe disabilities. Under this Programme, Mr. Sanjay Choudhary, Itinerant Teacher, attended to two orphaned child girls at the Missionaries of Charity Jeevan Jyoti Home, Mathura Road, Jangpura, New Delhi. The itinerant teacher worked with these children in the areas of behaviour management, developing motor skills, activities of daily living, orientation and mobility. Ms. Meena Dinesh attended a Programme on Teaching of Mental Maths to Visually Impaired Children hosted by the Blind Relief Association and Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (V.I.) in December 2012.

Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education (Visual Impairment)
Established by the Blind Relief Association, the College is a partially aided college under the University of Delhi, offering study programmes leading to the degree of Bachelor of Education, Special Education (Visual Impairment). The College has permanent recognition from University of Delhi, the University Grants Commission (UGC) as well as Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). It receives partial support from the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH), Ministry of Social Justice and
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Empowerment, Government of India. Development Grant from the University Grants Commission is also received. At present the intake capacity is of 33 students. COLLEGE GOVERNING BODY: As a Trust-run institution, the college has a 19-member Governing Body with 4 ex-officio, 10 nominees from the Blind Relief Association, 2 University representatives, 2 teacher representatives and the Course Director as its members. Mrs. Rathi Vinay Jha headed the Governing Body as the Chairperson during 2012-13. (Upon the completion of her term the Governing Body elected Prof. (Mrs.) Nargis Panchapakesan, as the new Chairperson in August 2013.) ANNUAL EXAMINATION & RESULTS: The Annual Examination for B.Ed special education (VI) was conducted in April/May 2012. Of the 31 students who took the examination, 24 students passed with First Division while 7 students got Second Division. NEW ADMISSION: Entrance tests for admission to the course for session 2012-13 were conducted on 26 May 2012. 33 students were admitted to the Course. The teaching started on 21 July 2012. CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: The trainees participated in the Independence Day celebrations function organized by the Blind Relief Association. IN-SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAMMES: The college organized two In-Service teacher training programmes on 4 & 5 December 2012 and 25 February 2013, with CRE status granted by RCI. The topics were `Orientation to Teaching of Mental Mathematics to Visually Impaired Children’ and ‘Creative Writing for Teachers of the Visually Handicapped’. In the programme on ‘Mental Maths’ 27 primary teachers and special educators, including 15 from Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh participated. In the ‘Creative Writing’ programme, 24 teachers/special educators, including 15 from Bihar, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh participated. Both the programmes were sponsored by National Institute for the Visually Handicapped, Dehradun. EDUCATIONAL TOUR/VISITS: The students of the College were taken on an educational tour to Bhubaneswar, Orissa. There they visited various Government and non-Government organizations/ institutions, working in the field of special education and rehabilitation. They also got an opportunity to visit the Konarak Sun Temple, Puri. LIBRARY: The College has a well- stocked Library with an extensive collection of books and journals on special education. During the year, the library added to its collection by acquiring 376 volumes of books (Print & Braille) with UGC grant and other sources. As on 31 March 2013, the library has a stock of 3364 volumes of print and Braille books. The library subscribes to 18 Indian and foreign journals. FACULTY: The faculty members were invited to render their services as experts and resource persons to universities and other institutions, namely, Delhi University, IGNOU, Jamia Millia Islamia, MP Bhoj University, BHU, RCI, NIVH, SCERT, AICB, Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust, Mano Vikas-IGNOU Community College. The faculty members also participated in teleconferencing organized by RCI. Dr. Swati Sanyal, Course Director contributed two chapters in the book ’Drishtibadha Shikshan’ published by AICB, Delhi. She also edited study material related to education of visually impaired children for B.Ed (Special Education-V.I.) and parents’ awareness programmes of IGNOU. Dr. S.K. Dubey, Assistant Professor wrote a book entitled “Low Vision-Functional Assessment and Class Room Practices”, published by Global Books Organization, New Delhi.

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VOCATIONAL TRAINING
Technical Training Centre
Vocational training and education have been the two major focus areas of the Association’s services, since the time the founders Smt. Anusuya and Shri Umesh Basrurker, started with 2 blind students, Murli Dhar and Daya Ram in March 1946 in the Industrial Home and School for the Blind in Lal Kuan, Badarpur. Commencing with cottage/home industrial skills like weaving, cane and basket work, the Association’s vocational training programmes over the years have expanded manifold covering diverse skills such as General Mechanic cum Machine Operator’s Training, Book binding, Relaxation Massage and Electronics training. The Training is constantly upgraded to keep abreast with the times. New ones are introduced so that the trainees can avail the best employment opportunities or opt for selfemployment. The vocational training programmes are conducted under Technical Training Centre (TTC) housed in the Association’s premises at Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg. The courses are fulltime and residential. The training and hostel facilities are provided free of cost. An account of the diverse vocational training programmes is presented hereunder.

General Mechanic-Cum-Machine Operator’s Course (GMMO)
This one-year I.T.I. Trade Certificate Course is recognized by the Board of Technical Education, Government of Delhi, making the Association’s Technical Training Centre (TTC) a designated Special ITI. The curriculum has betten designed in consultation with the Board of Technical Education, Government of Delhi and other experts in the field. Beginning this year as directed by the Board of Technical Education, basic training in computer has been added as a component of the course. The course is open to visually impaired persons in the age group of 17-30 years who have completed schooling up to VIII Standard. The trainees are inducted in July every year.

Sub-Contract Workshop
With a view to giving actual production experience to the trainees, and thereby enabling them to understand the importance of productivity and quality, TTC takes sub-contract assignments from companies. The workshop supplies half round steel clamps to M/s Complete Surveying Technologies Pvt. Ltd., NOIDA. It also manufactures long canes and folding canes for the visually impaired, which are in great demand. Diya stands, which are a huge hit in the Association’s Diwali Bazaar, are also made here. The workshop produced goods worth Rs. 1,17,972/- during the year. All the 13 trainees who underwent training in 2011-12 successfully completed the course and were awarded certificates by the Board of Technical Education, Government of Delhi. 20 trainees were enrolled for the 2012-13 session. As on 31 March 2013, 10 trainees dropped out due to various reasons. 6 trainees got employment – 1 in Delhi, 3 in Alwar, 1 in Faridabad & 1 in Noida.

Light Engineering Training
This one-year practical skill-based course caters to nominally educated visually impaired persons in the age group of 17-35 and is one of the oldest training courses of Technical Training Centre. The trainees learn the use of simple hand tools, manual and electric- powered machines through intensive practical training. The trainees are inducted in July and January every year. 7 trainees who successfully completed their respective courses in July 2012 & in January 2013 were awarded certificates. 9 new trainees were enrolled in the two sessions commencing during the year. 2 dropped out due to various reasons. 2 trainees got gainful employment in Noida & Alwar.
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Book Binding and Stationery Making Course
This has been designed to impart systematic skills to the visually impaired persons in the art of book binding, fabricating different types of paper products, like note books, file covers, envelops, carry bags, boxes etc. The products made by the trainees are also sold at the Association’s annual Diwali Bazaar. 3 trainees were enrolled during the year out of them 1 dropped out and 2 trainees successfully completed the course.

Electronic Training Course
This one- year course is meant for the orthopeadically handicapped and low-vision persons in the age group of 17-35 with a minimum education of X Standard. Training includes repair and maintenance of household electrical and electronic appliances and cell phones. The aim is to prepare trainees for the growing employment opportunities. They can even be self-employed. The trainees are inducted in July and January every year. 7 trainees successfully completed the respective courses ending in July 2012 and January 2013. 2 trainees were inducted in the course commencing in July 2012 and 3 trainees were inducted in the course commencing in January 2013. As on 31 March 2013, 4 trainees were undergoing training. 3 trainees got employment, 2 in NOIDA and 1 in Delhi.

Relaxation Massage Training
The Massage Training Course was launched in the year 2003 to help the visually challenged persons to take up masseurs’ profession which is a very popular vocation in many countries. The 4-month training programme has been designed in collaboration with VLCC Institute. The basic training covers Swedish massage, Aroma massage, Thai massage and Head massage. In addition, the trainees are also familiarized with the techniques of pain management using reflexology and magneto-therapy. This value add-on skill has proved greatly beneficial to them in their profession as masseurs. In addition, Shahnaz Husain International Beauty Academy conducts Ayurvedic massage training as a part-time course for the former trainees. The Academy provides free services of a trainer and required consumables. The trainees were also provided opportunities to demonstrate their skills in public at the Association’s Diwali Bazar; American Embassy School; American Embassy; Aircel Christmas Bazaar; and IAS Officers Wives Association (IASOWA) Winter Carnival. Of the 18 trainees enrolled during 2012-13, 10 successfully completed the course and 6 dropped out. As on 31 March 2013, 6 persons are undergoing training. 6 trainees are working independently as masseurs on call. PRAN NATH JI CANDLE MAKING UNIT: The Candle unit produces a large variety of candles in different shapes and sizes round the year. These candles are available on sale throughout the year, especially during the Association’s annual Diwali Bazar. The trainees and many volunteers join hands in the production work, diya painting and packing. The Unit helps other NGOs by way of training and logistic support in setting up such programmes for imparting candle making skills to the needy sections of society. With the introduction of the Multi-Skill Training Programme, a larger number of trainees is being given practical knowledge and experience in different processes of candle-making. Thus, they are also involved in actual production, finishing, sorting and packaging.
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HANDLOOM WEAVING: With the handing over of the rented premises back to the landlords, the unit was closed down in December 2012. During the year the Unit produced 9250 pieces of dusters and floor mops.

Introduction of Multi-Skill Training Programme
Various skill-specific independent courses - some short-term (3 months) and some long-term (1 year) - were being conducted by the Centre for the marginally educated adults. It was observed that having a single-skill narrowed down their scope for employment. Also, due to this reason many trainees used to drop out mid-way. In order to address this problem and in consultation with experts, the Association introduced a oneyear multi-skill training programme for visually challenged adults. Launched in January 2013, the programme amalgamates the existing short-term training programmes with some additional skills, with a view to enhance and diversify employability. The trainees are inducted in July & January every year. The Skills Imparted are: • Light engineering (working with basic hand tools and industrial machines) • Book binding and paper crafted products like carry bags, envelopes, file covers etc. • Candle making • Chocolate making • Chair caning • Massage Apart from the above skills the trainees will be also be groomed in following personal skills: • Orientation and mobility • Soft skills for personality development, cooking, conversational skills etc. Status: The first batch of 7 trainees was enrolled in January 2013.
Vocational Trainees in the year 2012-13 Training Course General Mechanic-cum-Machine Operator’s Course (GMMC) July 2011 Batch July 2012 Batch Light Engineering Training July 2011 Batch January 2012 Batch July 2012 Batch - - 03 - 01 - 02 01 - 02 - 20 - 10 13 - 06 Admission Drop outs Graduated Placements

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Book Binding and Stationery Making Course July 2011 July 2012 Batch Batch - 02 01 07 - - 01 - 02 - - - 05 02 - - 10 06 03 -

January 2013 Batch Multi-Skill Training Programme January 2013 Batch Electronic Training course July 2011 Batch January 2012 Batch July 2012 Batch January 2013 Batch Massage Training

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Other Activities
The vocational trainees are encouraged take part in diverse sports and cultural activities. Every Saturday afternoon they have a cultural session in which they present their musical and other talents. The trainees take part in different functions of the Association. Athletes from the Technical Training Centre’s Team participated in the 18th National Sports Meet for the Blind, held in New Delhi, in December 2012, and took part in the discus, long jump & chess events. INTERNSHIP: A number of students pursuing courses in social work in the University of Delhi, IGNOU, and other institutions are placed with the Technical Training Centre to their practical field training. They have good opportunity to study the different aspects of vocational training programmes for persons with disabilities. They also work side-by-side with the visually challenged trainees and gain insight of the capabilities of persons with disabilities. ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT: With a view to motivating the vocational trainees and developing skill in small entrepreneurship the Association hosted two programmes sponsored by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Institute (MSME), Delhi. In the Industrial Motivation Camp (IMC) held on 28 September 2012, 35 visually challenged and othopeadically handicapped former and current trainees participated. Following up on the Camp, a two-week Entrepreneurship Development Programme was held from 18 to 30 December, 2012, in which 25 former and current trainees participated. Faculty from MSME Institute, other trainers and experts conducted sessions on motivation, entrepreneurship skill development, preparation of project proposals, financial management, marketing, problem resolution. In the practical sessions, skills of manufacturing simple products like agarbatti, candles, dry-flower colours, soap etc. were taught. Representatives from National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation (NHFDC) and Bharat Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST) also participated in the programme. Mr. B.P.Vaisya, Director, MSME was the Chief Guest at the valedictory ceremony.

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Computer Training Unit
The Association is one of the pioneering institutions in the country to introduce computer literacy programmes for the visually challenged. Launched in 1996, the Computer Training Project for Adult Blind, caters to the needs of adult, educated blind who undergo 3-month training in computer literacy. The course covers Microsoft applications like Ms-Word, Excel, Power Point, scanning, printing and use of Internet, utilizing JAWS screen reading software. The main purpose is to make them computer literate so that they are able to handle basic tasks in offices, banks and other establishments, including IT-enabled service sector. The trainees are encouraged and helped to keep abreast with the technological advancements in IT and communication sector. In order to make them more competent, they are also imparted soft skills such as English conversation and personality development to avail growing employment opportunities. 54 adult trainees were enrolled in the three short-term training programmes conducted during the year. Of these 8 trainees discontinued on getting employment in banks etc. The students of Class VII to XII of JPM School are also taught the use of computer in graded programmes. There is a special arrangement for students of JPM School who opt for Information Practice as a subject at the Senior Secondary level. 74 students of JPM School were trained in the use of computers. Two students of class IX took Information Practices as a main subject. Special classes in English conversation and soft skills were conducted by Ms. Maya Parson, a visiting educator from the UK. From October 2012 the Unit is providing basic computer education to the trainees of General Mechaniccum-Machine Operator’s Course. This is in accordance with syllabus of the Board of Technical Education. 13 trainees received the training. The Unit has also designed the syllabus for a diploma course for Computer Teachers of the visually impaired. The Rehabilitation Council of India has been approached to approve the course and give permission to the Blind Relief Association to start the course. The proposal is under consideration. There are three well-equipped computer labs. Two labs are used exclusively for the training of students of JPM School. The third one is being used for short-term Computer Training Courses for the adult blind. The Association is grateful to the Times Eye Research Foundation and Ashok Jain Charitable Trust for equipping and continually supporting one of the Labs, the Vardhman Jain Computer Centre. The Trust is paying the salary of one Instructor. Courtesy Smt. Kamla Devi Charitable Trust run by INOX Group, the old computers donated by ERNET six years ago and needed upgrading have been replaced by computers with latest configuration. Also, Duxbury, braille translation software as well as Hindi OCR have been acquired for the lab. The Trust has also undertaken to pay the salary of one Instructor. Mr. Rajpal & Ms. Isha, Computer Instructors received six-day training in use of Obi and Tobi software, for creating books in Daisy format and worked on e-pub format. The training was conducted by Daisy Consortium. The Unit is assisting in introducing Tally Software in the Association and training the staff in using it.

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SERVICES
Placement
The Placement Cell performs the important task of securing suitable employment for the trainees after graduating from their respective training courses. The representatives of the Cell visit industries to identify and ascertain suitability of the available jobs for the candidates. Matching the skills with job requirement, it recommends suitable trainees for the job. Further, the newly employed are helped in familiarizing with the work and workplace environment, as also in settling down in the new place through finding appropriate accommodation, providing basic requirements like beddings and utensils, guidance on commuting. Follow-up contacts are maintained with the employer as well as the trainees to sort out any difficulties that may arise. In order to scout for jobs the Placement Cell interacts with industrial associations, potential employers, and a network of individuals and organizations. It not only serves the trainees and students of the Association, but also other visually challenged individuals seeking job counseling and assistance. During the year, the Placement Cell secured employment for 22 trainees in and around Delhi. • General Mechanic-cum-Machine Operator Course – 6 • Light Engineering course – 2 • Electronics Training – 3 • Ex-trainees from Call Centre – 4 • Computer Training 7 • Massage Training – 6 are working independently as masseurs on call The Association is grateful to MOC Charitable Foundation, Terra Nordica, Sweden, especially Ms. Sofia Paulsson for providing special assistance to the Placement Project. The Placement Officer employed conducts job-availability surveys, job match-making and other related work in securing jobs.

Placements during the year 2012-13
No Name of the company 1 2 3 M/s Sigma MCB, Maya Puri Industrial Area, Phase 2, New Delhi Computer Training & Call Center Training GMMO GMMO GMMO Light Engineering Assembly Assembly Assembly Assembly Computer Instructor Name of the trainee 1. Mr. Amlesh Kumar Pal Training received Nature of Job GMMO Assembly

M/s National Blind Youth, 1. Mr. Vishnu Prasad Association, I.P. Extension, Delhi M/s Kaushal Engineering MAT, Alwar, Rajasthan 1. Mr. Ravinder Kumar 2. Mr. Jitendra Kumar 3. Mr. Dhanpal 4. Mr. Vishwanath
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M/s Bank of Baroda, Pritam Pura, Delhi M/s Deepak Electrical, Ram Nagar, Paharganj,

1. Ms. Priyanka Juneja 1. Mr. Raj Bali Singh (O. H.)

Computer Training

LDC

Electronic Training

Assistant

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1. Mr. Prem Prakash (O.H.) Electronics Training Assembly 2. Mr. Rakesh Yadav (O.H.) 1. Mr. Shankar 2. Mr. Narender 3. Ms. Arpana Bhaghta 4. Ms. Seema Kumari 5. Mr. Lallan Kumar 6. Mr. Shyam Sunder 7. Mr. Ram Niwas 1. Mr. Amit Bhat Computer Computer Computer Calling Calling Calling

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(1) Veer Singh (2) Ajay Kukreja (3) Ravi (4) Brahm Singh (5) Girish Chand (6) Prakash Ram

Orientation and Mobility
The Association has an experienced and professional mobility instructor who provides regular orientation and mobility training to the vocational trainees and also renders on-site orientation to trainees placed in industries and other work places. This training is also made available free, on-request, to newly-blind adults from the community.

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Braille Production
The Association is among the pioneering institutions in the country to have introduced computerized Braille printing facility as far back as in 1990. The Centre has been meeting the requirement of books and other education material for the students of J.P.M. Sr. Sec. School as well as specific requests from outside. Braille version of several books of general interest were brought out. During the year under report, 120 Titles in Hindi and English running into 910 volumes were produced. Notable among the titles produced are: 1. Amazing English – A collection of curious fun-facts of English Language by Anish George, Published by Issac’s Publishing House, Kottayam. 2. The Hound of the Baskervilles – by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Published by Pigeon Books India. 3. Gulliver’s Travels – For Class IX by Jonathan Swift. Published by Ashoka Publishing House, New Delhi. 4. Helen Keller The Story of My Life – Edited by John Albert Macy and Published by Pigeon Books India. 5. The Canterville Ghost –Published by Pigeon Books India. 6. Gandhi Marg (Bimonthly in Hindi) - May-June 2012, Sep-Oct 2012, Nov-Dec 2012 issues published by Gandhi Peace Foundation. The grant from Military Order of the Collar Charitable Foundation, Switzerland, was utilized to procure Braille paper used by the Centre.

Audio Text Book Recording
The facility for recording audio books was established in 1982 to make study material available to students and trainees. A team of devoted volunteers render their services free of cost. As of 31 March 2013, the Association’s studio has produced a total of 696 titles in Hindi, English and Sanskrit languages. They comprise school textbooks, University-level books, fiction, non-fiction, competitive exam books, books related to personality development and current affairs. The recorded books are available in digital MP3 CDs as well as in audio-cassette (old titles). For the convenience of the students from class X, XI & XII the recorded study material is provided in pen drive digital players. For other classes audio material is provided in MP3 CDs along with CD players to listen. Similar service is also available to the visually impaired students of the Association’s Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education. A large number of college-going and other students from Delhi and outside were provided recorded study material on request. During the year under report 32 new titles, including 3 in DAISY format, were recorded. 35 titles of B.Ed. Special Education subjects were converted from Cassettes to CDs. A total of 799 CDs were copied and supplied to students and trainees. 25 copies of old titles in cassettes were provided to students/ trainees. Blank CDs were procured largely from the Grant Assistance from the Military Order of the Collar Charitable Foundation, Switzerland.

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Health Care Unit
The Unit looks after the primary medical and health care needs of the students and trainees of the Association. Its team comprises a visiting-Physician, round-the-clock Male and Female Nurses and an Assistant. It conducts regular medical check-up of students and provides free medicines to the students and trainees. There are arrangements with reputed hospitals and health centres like Dr. Shroff Charitable Eye Hospital and Sai Bhakta Samaj Polyclinic for specialized diagnostic assistance and treatment of the students and trainees. Eye check-up of the low-vision students of all the units of Blind Relief Association was conducted by Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye hospital on 6 and 7 September 2012. Rotary Club of Vaishali held a general health check-up camp for the students, trainees and staff on 29 September 2012. A team of doctors carried out general health check-up, haemoglobin, blood pressure and blood sugar tests.

Dental Clinic
A well-equipped Dental Care Unit set up by Sri Govind Tricentenary Dental College has been providing dental care services for the benefit of the Association’s school children, trainees and staff. A doctor and support staff hold weekly clinics on Saturdays and educate the students and staff on oral health. Students, trainees and staff of the Association are benefitting from the Clinic’s services.

Boarding and Lodging
The Association has a large hostel which serves around 300 people. This includes students of the school, teacher trainees, vocational trainees and visually impaired workers of the Association. The boarding and lodging services are provided free of cost. The hostel has a big dining hall and a well- equipped kitchen serving 3 wholesome tmeals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) and afternoon tea. Visually impaired visitors are also provided accommodation and food at subsidized rates.

Training/Workshop in House Management
On behalf of National Institute of Visually Handicapped (NIVH) a 6-day workshop on “Training in House Management” was organized by the Association from 7 to 12 January 2013, for the benefit of hostel staff and visually impaired youth and parents. 24 participants, comprising students, teachers working in special schools, parents, hostel staff from Delhi, Gujarat, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand attended the workshop. The training sessions included basic tasks in kitchen, laundry, proper maintenance of daily wear, table manners and etiquette and self-grooming.

Promotion of Sports (Indian Blind Sports Association)
The Association is proud of its initiative of having established in 1986 the Indian Blind Sports Association (IBSA), a national level body for the promotion of sports for the blind, and consistently supporting its activities. With 160 institutions and organizations from 24 states as its members IBSA is one of the oldest, largest and most active disability sports organizations in the country. It represents India in the International Blind Sports Federation, the apex blind-sports body, and is affiliated with the Paralympic Committee of India. It organizes national-level sports meets and coaching camps in
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athletics, powerlifting, football, kabaddi, chess and swimming. It identifies, trains and sends talented athletes to participate in international sports events. During the year 2012-13, the Association partnered with and supported IBSA in organizing the following programmes: • Special Coaching Camp for provide intensive training to 7 athletes shortlisted to participate in the London Paralympics 2012, was held from 5 March to 25 July 2012 in the premises of the Association. The camp was conducted by IBSA on behalf of the Sports Authority of India and Paralympic Committee of India. 18th IBSA National Sports for the Blind was held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi from 11-14 December 2012. Nearly 600 athletes and officials from 29 Institutions/organizations belonging to 14 states participated in track and field athletic events and chess competitions. The Meet was inaugurated by Mr. Vijay Inder Singh Singla, Member, Lok Sabha. Mr. D. Napoleon, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment was the Chief Guest at the Valedictory Ceremony. As the co-organizer, the B.R.A. provided financial, logistic, manpower and infrastructural support to IBSA in organizing this largest sports event for the blind in the country.

AWARENESS AND CONSULTANCY: Spreading awareness in the society on the equality of rights, capabilities and potentials of persons with physical disability, especially visual impairment, has always been an important task for the Association. It receives hundreds of students from schools, colleges and visitors from other institutions. Rather than remaining a mere recipient, JPM School is proactively sending its students to other schools to present their talent and interact with their counterparts on equal footing. The school students also participate in open talent contests and compete with other school children. The vocational trainees too participate in different public events and demonstrate their professional skill and dexterity. The Association’s popular Diwali Bazar in a very major way brings the Association and the society closer to each other and thus helps in spreading awareness on disability among the general public. Free space is provided in Diwali Bazar to fellow NGOs to showcase their activities and sell their products. The Association readily shares its expertise with institutions or organizations seeking guidance on establishing disability services, and also provides training to the trainers from such institutions. Scores of recent blind persons approaching the Association are given counseling in coping with their blindness and rehabilitation through acquiring orientation and mobility, and availing educational and vocational training. The faculty from the Association’s JPM School and Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education, as well as other vocational trainers are frequently invited as experts in consultative groups and participants in seminars and media programmes concerning disabilities.

MAJOR EVENTS
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: The 66th Independence Day was celebrated on 14 August 2012, in which all the units of the Association participated. Mr. Prasanna Kumar Pincha, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disability, Government of India was the Chief Guest and the President of B.R.A. Justice Dr. A.S. Anand presided over the function. After the flag hoisting by the Chief Guest the students and trainees presented patriotic songs, poems and speeches.

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JANMASHTAMI CELEBRATIONS: The students of JPM School along with a large number of alumni celebrated Janmashtami with great fervour. The two-day celebrations commenced in the evening of 7 August 2012 with mass recitation of Ramacharitmanas. The round-the-clock Manas-path concluded on 8 August evening – the Janmashtami evening. The celebrations culminated with bhajan, keertan singing and mid-night Aarti heralding the birth of Lord Krishna. The entire programme was organized by the students of Class XII who collected contribution from fellow students, staff and alumni. GANDHI JAYANTI: The resident children, trainees and staff of BRA paid homage to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on his birthday 2nd October at the prayer meeting held in the Association’s Gandhi Memorial Hall. The solemn function included singing of Ramdhun and bhajans. DIWALI BAZAR: Association’s Diwali Bazar, held from 5 to 11 November 2012, yet again proved its huge popularity. The skills and abilities of the disabled persons was visible in the wide variety of candles and Diyas, handloom and paper products such as attractive carry bags, envelopes, notepads, lampshades etc. made by the Association’s vocational trainees and their demonstration of relaxation massage. The Association’s stall, which was the centre of attraction of the Bazar did a brisk business. Nearly 200 other stalls were there selling a variety of exclusive items. Nearly 70 NGOs were provided free/complementary tables. As a major resource generation event, the Association earned a sizable income from the stall rental and the sale of Association’s own products. ANNUAL PICNIC: The students, trainees and staff along with members of their family participated with great enthusiasm in the Association’s Annual Picnic held on 2 February 2013 at DDA’s South District Park near Hauz Khas. TALENT COMPETITIONS FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS: B.R.A. partnered with the Social Service League, St. Stephens College for DRISHTIKON, an Annual Competition for Differently-abled University Students held in the College on 30 & 31 January 2013. In this popular event, University students demonstrate their diverse talents competing in oratory, stand-up comedy, writing poems, general knowledge, mimicry etc. NATIONAL AWARD: The Presentation Ceremony of National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for the Year 2012, was held on 6 February 2013, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The President of India Shri Pranab K. Mukherjee presented the National Award under the category Best Institution working for the Cause of Persons with Disabilities to the Blind Relief Association, Delhi. Shri K.C. Pande, Hony. Executive Secretary received the National Award on behalf of the Association. A get-together over Tea was hosted by the Association in its premises on 7 February 2013 to celebrate conferment of the National Award. A large number of well-wishers, former employees and alumni joined the tea with the students, staff and managing committee members. On the occasion the Executive Secretary formally presented the National Award to Justice Dr. A.S. Anand, President of BRA.

MISCELLANEOUS
DISTINGUISHED VISITORS: The Association had the privilege of welcoming several important persons during the year. Mr. Prasanna Kumar Pincha, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Government of India as the Chief Guest at the Independence Day function on 14 August 2012. Mr. D.Nepoleon, Hon’ble Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India as the Chief Guest at the Valedictory Ceremony of the 18th National Sports Meet for the Blind held on 14 December 2012.
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INFRASTRUCTURE: Constant upgrading and strengthening of old buildings is being undertaken on regular basis. A long-term Master Plan is being worked out with a view to take up in phases the reconstruction and expansion of buildings to meet the growing demand for more space.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
An account of our activities will remain incomplete without acknowledging the debt of gratitude the Association owes to a large number of individuals and organizations--from home and abroad--for the invaluable co-operation and assistance extended by them. The Association could not, possibly, have achieved whatever it has but for the willing and unstinting support from these generous benefactors. From the government side, the Department of Education and the Department of Social Welfare, Government of NCT of Delhi; New Delhi Municipal Council; National Institute for the Visually Handicapped, Dehradun; and University Grants Commission have all extended valued assistance to the Association for which we are most thankful to each of these authorities. A large number of self-effacing ladies and gentlemen have been giving of their time and energy in a totally voluntary capacity, to provide useful services for us, such as: • • • • • Reading and recording textbooks, Helping in Braille book preparation, Tutoring, Lending a hand in adding value to the wax candles and paper products made by the visually challenged, Sharing knowledge and expertise for improving and adding value to our various programmes and services.

We have also been benefiting from invaluable help provided to us for specific purposes and activities from different generous contributors from within and outside the country. The Association wishes to place on record its deep gratitude to each one of them. Some of the prominent donors/supporters are as follows: a) Military Order of Collar Charitable Foundation, Switzerland for the sustained support to the Association’s varied activities, namely Unit for Visually Impaired Children with Multiple Disabilities, Community Outreach Programme, Braille Production Centre and Recording Studio. b) Ms. Sofia Paulsson, MOC Terra Nordica, Sweden for the financial support to the Placement Project. c) The Times Eye Research Foundation and Ashok Jain Charitable Trust for their continued support to Vardhaman Jain Computer Centre set up by them for the benefit of the students of J.P.M. School. d) Smt. Kamla Devi Charitable Trust run by INOX Group for re-equipping the old computer lab, and supporting the salary of a computer instructor. e) Association of the Wives of African Heads of Mission for donating computers and nursery play equipment for JPM School. f) VLCC Institute for providing technical support to the Massage Training programme.

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g) Shahnaz Husain International Beauty Academy for supporting Ayurvedic Massage training with the free services of trainer and required consumables. h) Neemrana Music Foundation and especially Ms Natasha Vaz for teaching with great love and devotion western choir music to school children and conducting their performances. i) Mr. Kavi Jain, Architect for advising from time to time on architectural and related issues and in preparing a Long-term Master Plan for the Association’s buildings. j) Mr. Mahendra Kumar Sareen, a veteran Chartered Accountant, for the most devoted voluntary services rendered in helping update fixed assets register. The Association is also deeply beholden to a large number of donors and well-wishers both from home and abroad whose continued and generous support has been of inestimable value and without which the Association would not have been able to achieve what it has. Space-constraints do not permit us to acknowledge the contributions of each one of them by name. However, the Association expresses its deepest gratitude to all of them. The Association also thanks the Statutory Auditors M/s. Thakur Vaidyanath Aiyar & Co. for having conducted the periodical and annual audit work on time. The Association wishes to record its deep sense of appreciation and a big “THANK YOU” to all the employees, who have carried out their duties with commendable commitment and devotion. We look forward to the same commitment and the spirit of dedication to their tasks in future also.

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