September 22, 2017

MBCN HI Students Connect All With Indian National Anthem In Sign Language

MBCN HI Students Connect All With Indian National Anthem In Sign Language

How many of you truly know the meaning of the Indian national anthem? We may sing it, hear it, or hum it, but do we know the real essence of the words? Sometimes, a lot is lost in translation, and a lot more goes missing for those who can’t hear or speak.

The children from MBCN recently showcased Jan Gan Man (the Indian national anthem) in sign language, and taught us a great deal about the beautiful song. The different meanings of the words were brought to life, and the zeal and pride on their faces made it a delightful experience for one and all. More importantly, it made us understand that knowing sign language is crucial when it comes to understanding the needs of those who can’t hear or speak.

Connecting Signs is reaching out to all types of people who come from different walks of life. It is an endeavor to reverse the norm and encourage inclusiveness on all levels, and of all types of people. As a society, we love learning new languages and exploring different cultures. It is however pivotal that we understand sign language and understand the culture of humanity in order to help those who need us the most.

With International Week of the Deaf just around the corner, let us all come together and celebrate the language that can connect us all and unite us for Love, Harmony and Humanity.

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September 19, 2017

Dhyan Chand: A Role Model For Leaders

Dhyan Chand: A Role Model For Leaders

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F Kennedy

A true leader is the one who never stops learning – from other leaders, from others’ experiences, and even from own mistakes. One of the best examples of inspirational leaders is Major Dhyan Singh ‘Chand’. Fondly remembered as the wizard of hockey, Dhyan Chand is the most legendary Indian sports star of all time. His commitment, skill and attitude can teach us all a lot about leadership, not just in the world of sport, but in every corporate arena. 

About Major Dhyan Chand

dhyan chandDhyan Singh joined the Indian Army at the age of 16 and took up hockey while still enrolled. Since he used to practice during the night and his long practice sessions coincided with coming out of the moon, he was named “Chand” by his teammates. He was the one who brought glory to the nation three consecutive times by winning Olympic gold medals back in 1928, 1932 and 1936. His birth anniversary is celebrated in India as National Sports Day.

5 Leadership Qualities to Learn from Major Dhyan Chand

With exceptional leadership qualities, he was a delight both on and off the field. Here’s what sets him apart as a true leader:

1.Excellent Skill

The unerring precision with which he played his game was evident on field. Newspapers and publications not just in India, but across the world, referred to him as a magician of hockey.

He was known to pass the ball whenever he saw a teammate at a better position to score.

image dhyanchand (2)3. In-Depth Knowledge

His faultless calculations on the field made his team score goals like runs! Once when he was unable to score a goal in a match, he argued with the referee about the measurement of the goal post. To everyone’s surprise, he was absolutely right! The goal post was indeed in contravention of the officially prescribed standards.

4. Focussed & Always In Control

He never lost temper on the field. His singular aim to win the match and a balanced temperament helped him sail through even in the most difficult situations. He once scored 3 goals in the last 4 minutes of a losing match to win it in the end.

5. Faith In Team Members’ Abilities

His positive attitude and confidence in his team were his biggest assets. Once he passed the ball to a fellow player KD Singh Babu, then turned his back and walked away, with the confidence that Babu will score. His sportsmanship and positive attitude made him one of the most revered athletes of all time.

dhyan chandApart from his spot-on antics on the field, he was a gentleman and a man of principle off it too! After his stellar performance in the Berlin Olympics 1936, German dictator Adolf Hitler offered Dhyan Chand a position in the German Military and also the German citizenship. But our magician politely declined the offer for the love of his own country – India.

One of the greatest sports achievers of all time, he is sadly the forgotten hero who is not much known to the younger generation today. Remembering Major Dhyan Chand on his birthday, we must revisit the golden era of Indian hockey in which he played a monumental role and brought glory to the nation. In this way, we can ensure that his achievements and teachings will continue to inspire generations to come.

August 23, 2017

Positive Parenting: A Powerful Tool For Growing Healthy Kids

Positive Parenting: A Powerful Tool For Growing Healthy Kids

What is positive parenting? And why is it important? That fact that its message is reaching far and wide, makes it absolute imperative for parents to understand how to improve the quality of parenting. And hence, this blog!

More and more parents have, over the years, begun realising that a change must be made in their child-rearing practices. That no bookish knowledge can ever instil the right parenting skills in them. In the light of it, here’s a lowdown on the good, the bad and the ugly of positive parenting. First and foremost, what we, as parents, must understand is that every child is unique. How they behave, cannot be boxed under the categories of ‘Right’ or ‘Wrong’.

Children soak up behavioural patterns like a sponge, and therefore, what we do as individuals is of utmost importance when it comes to parenting. What our children observe is what they end up doing in their day to day lives. Whether you lie to someone, make fun of a friend or use harsh words – your child will inculcate it all.

That being said, there are no rules or formulas, but certain aspects you can use to guide yourself throughout this never-ending journey.

Narrow down the one area you wish to work on the most: One of the key problems most parents face is not knowing where to start. But this is actually quite simple. All you have to think about is that one thing that puts your child at a greater risk. Is your child hurting someone physically or mentally? Do they break things at home due to bad temper? Start here, and start small. Smaller steps create bigger ripples.

Pinpoint what you wish to change: If your child has a bad mouth and tends to use a lot of swear words, try and understand the root of the problem, and give them an alternative. For example, you could tell your child that the next time they get angry and wish to curse, they need to go inside their room for a few minutes till they feel better. Reprimanding them for the same will only worsen the situation. Whereas, your job is to smoothen the road for them.

Give them the reason to change: Telling your child to change something about themselves without explaining will only leave him/her confused. Even if they do alter something for your sake, the results will most likely be short-lived. If you wish for your child to change something for good, then always give them the reason in a nice, logical way. Shouting and yelling won’t work here.

Chalk out goals for you and your kid: Working together as a team always gets better results. Parenting is never one-sided; it is about you and your child. Tell your child that you hate punishing them for something as trivial, and that you wish to come up with a way where you both can be happy. This will make your child look at things in a more practical way, and kids love to be problem-solvers. With this adult-like approach, you fix the problem, while putting them in charge.

Encourage their special talents & skills: Your child’s hard-earned 50% is as good as a hard-earned 100%. With the amount of competition in our society, putting additional pressure on kids only makes them crumble. Whether it’s painting, dancing, cooking or fixing gadgets – your kid has a special talent, and it is your job to encourage that.

In a nutshell, positive parenting only requires a change in mindset. As a parent, you must be committed to approaching your kids with affection, empathy and patience.

August 17, 2017

Special school for Autism

Special school for Autism has vowed to make these children worthy enough that they should be able to study, learn and lead a respected life like any other normal human being of their age. Autism is no more a merciful feeling. These schools have boosted so much confidence in these special needs children.

There are many special schools for Autism serving these special needs children. They have devised ways and solutions that resonate with the intelligence quotient of these kids. They try to educate these children so that they could develop thinking power.

There are several special schools for Autism which are educating the autistic children. Besides formal education, these special institutes also train students with other activities. This helps the kids learn with fun and also develop a skill that may later be adopted as a profession. Painting, music, drawing, handicrafts etc. are such vocational activities that autistic children love to do. They are fascinated by the sketches, colors, a sound of musical instruments.

These special school for Autism have not limited themselves just to educate and train children with special needs, they also help their parents. The teachers and the support staff are well trained and have a lot of patience as these kids need special care. The teachers are able to sense the pain of the parents and really want to offer a healing to them. They ensure the parents that they would make their child as good as the next one.

These special school for Autism have worked towards autism parent training program so that the parents could also encourage the child at home. The schools for autistic children organize regular seminars and conduct workshops for parents and tell them funny and interesting ways that they could use for the development of their child at home. They make the parents feel that autism is not a disease and their child can lead a normal life with proper care and supervision. They teach parents to give up being merciful to the kid all the time rather encourage him to get on his own.

Parents of autistic children always want to find the best special school for Autism so that their child should be in safe hands. They are always scared if the child is admitted to an unsafe school, s/he may fall victim to molestation. There are many special schools for special needs children. Please research them, meet the staff and teachers there and get your special kid admitted to the best that you find.

Source: https://www.slideshare.net/saiconnections/special-schools-are-offering-special-care-to-your-special-needs-children

August 8, 2017

Prevent Hepatitis Get Tested, Seek Treatment

Observed on July 28, World Hepatitis Day aims to raise global awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis, the diseases that it causes, besides honoring Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Samuel Blumberg, who identified Hepatitis B Virus and went onto develop its diagnostic test and vaccine.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These five types are of the greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause, and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread.

Viral hepatitis is a global health problem, and is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year – comparable to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Together, hepatitis B and C virus cause 80% of the liver cancer cases in the world.

It is not found in one location or amongst one set of people; it can affect millions of people without them even being aware. Currently, only 11% of people living with viral hepatitis are aware of their status.

With the availability of effective vaccines and treatments, the elimination of viral hepatitis is achievable. However, the greater awareness of the disease and risks is a must, along with proper access to cheaper diagnostics and treatment. Here’s an info graphic to help you understand and prevent Hepatitis:

Prevent Hepatitis - Know the Facts

Prevent Hepatitis - Blood & Injection Safety

Prevent Hepatitis - Harm Reduction

Prevent Hepatitis - Vaccination

Source: Prevent Hepatitis Get Tested, Seek Treatment

August 8, 2017

UPES Students Win Global Aerospace Competition-CanSat 2017

A team of students from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) India took home the highly coveted top prize in the CanSat 2017international engineering competition. CanSat is a prestigious annual satellite design-build-fly competition organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Forty teams from across the world competed in the finals held in Texas, USA recently.

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As the name suggests, CanSat or Canister Satellite involves building of a “satellite in a can.” During CanSat, teams have to design and build a device following the mission statement provided by the organizing committee and finally, launch it at the competition site. The UPES team developed a solar powered science glider that traveled through the planetary atmosphere, sampled atmospheric pressure, temperature, speed etc. and sent the readings of the gathered data wirelessly to the ground station. Team Astral’s overall score was 96.32 percent. Their project was evaluated in five areas: preliminary design review, critical design review, pre-flight readiness, launch operations and post flight review.

Team Astral of UPES consisted of 23 students of aerospace engineering, electronics engineering, computer science engineering, material science engineering, instrumentation, and control engineering and design studies. UPES has participated in this international competition since 2013. This year’s winning team was mentored by UPES faculty members Dr. Ugur Guven and Prof. Zozimus Labana.

Source: UPES Students Win Global Aerospace Competition-CanSat 2017

July 19, 2017

Ponty Chadha Foundation Health Camp in Duriya & Kachera

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

This quote from Jim Rohn is just a simple set of words, but carries a very complex and deep meaning. Amidst the hustle & bustle of our lives, we forget to take care of our health and body, which later harms us in different ways. The situation however is worse with the underprivileged, who have to work tirelessly for long hours to feed their families. This ultimately takes a toll on their health, and leads to diseases and complications, which if not checked in time, leads to irreparable damage.

In order to make the lives of the rurals a bit easier, The Ponty Chadha Foundation organizes health camps that provide health services for free.

In the month of June and July, we visited 2 villages; Duryai and Kachera, which are located in the Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh. Soon after our arrival, the women, children and the elderly formed a line outside the clinic we had set up. A total of 242 hopeful villagers came to discuss their health issues, and each patient was screened by the specialists from Dr Ram Saran Garg Indo German Hospital.

From anemia, to maternal health, the doctors patiently listened to every health problem faced by the villagers and prescribed them with the suitable medications. Our team was swift in providing the villagers with the required medicine, and ensured that everyone was well taken care of.

People in the rural areas are often excluded from attaining health services due to various reasons, but the common one out of all is that of inadequate finances. Therefore, the Ponty Chadha Foundation has set up this mission to provide quality health services to the poor.
As an organization, our sole aim is to provide ample access to the essential medical services, which can help improve the life of those in need.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/pcf-health-camp-in-duriya-kachera/

July 17, 2017

5 fun ways to get your kids in action during the summer holidays!

Summer is that time of the year that every kid looks forward to. It’s the perfect time to plan activities that cannot be undertaken with regular school chores. Even for parents, summers are a great opportunity to strengthen the bond with their kids by spending more time with them. Here’s a look at 5 activities that can catapult your kids into action:

Gardening: Gardening is essentially a way of connecting with nature and one of its biggest benefits is that it enhances your child’s immune system. Besides, gardening is fun, both for adults and kids. There are so many gardening projects for kids over the internet that are sure to excite the young ones, like an inexpensive terrarium or a hanging planter with plastic bottles.

Camping: Camping offers kids a joy like nothing else. Take your kids for camping, where you can teach them how to set up a tent, light a bonfire, scout and much more. After exhausting the energy, you can relax in the best possible environment i.e. amidst nature.

Cooking: Another great activity to bring out your kid’s creative side is cooking. Kids love taking a swing at cooking every once in awhile and the joy of doing something with your kids is unparalleled. So go ahead, start with a sandwich and end with a delicious delicacy.

Theatre: Theatre has rapidly gained popularity as an extracurricular activity for kids. Much of its popularity is credited to its benefits, as theatre helps foster a sense of confidence and boosts creativity. There are several institutions that organise special activities for kids in the summers, such as mycity4kids, where you can find a plethora of activities for kids including theatre.

Treasure Hunt: The excitement of finding something unexpected is a sweet feeling. Plan an adventurous treasure hunt and encourage your kids to partake in it. Use the entire house to extend the excitement and fun. Your kids can also invite their friends to partake in the activity to make them even more exciting.

With a plethora of options available to have fun, you should definitely encourage your kids to explore the opportunities. Such activities are great for enhancing the skills of your kids such as communication, teamwork and creativity, to name a few.

 
July 17, 2017

7 ways to Empower Women

8th March is celebrated worldwide as International Women’s Day, a day when every individual pledges to honour, respect and value the women in their lives.

However, in a gender-biased society, how do we ensure gender parity all year long? In a world where women are often misjudged for the most trivial of choices, can we really say that women are empowered at all? Probably not.

Before we talk about how to empower women, we must first know why we need to. The reason is simple and universal. Women deserve to be empowered and deserve an equal footing because they certainly aren’t the weaker sex. It is their right to get all the opportunities and benefits that have been limited to men for years.

Ways to empower women!

Empowering a woman doesn’t mean giving her riches… Empowerment begins with small yet meaningful steps that bring about a positive change. Here are some easy ways to help empower women all around.

1. Ensure women’s safety
Out in the streets, women fight an unspoken war every day. Some are assaulted, some molested, and some violated. Truth be told, there is no safe haven for women anywhere, since most of these horrific cases occur inside homes and offices. While the government does need to initiate strict laws for the safety and security of women, we too need to keep our eyes open for wrongdoers.

2. Education
An educated girl can not only live life on her own terms, she can very well change the world. As responsible citizens, it is our duty to take that first step. From that urchin girl who begs for alms to that ragpicker who lives under the bridge, every girl needs and deserves to be educated. Teach one, teach all, and open new pathways for her bright future.

3. Healthcare
Safety isn’t just fighting criminals but also creating a safe, survivable environment for women all over. Ensure a safe, holistic environment and regular health check ups.

4. Save a Girl.
We focus on women empowerment every now and then, but how will we initiate the steps mentioned above when there will be no women? Girls in many parts of the world including India are killed before birth. Reason are many, but the consequences are horrific.

5. Teach job skills
A small skill is enough for a woman to start a career. Be it gardening, sewing or craftsmanship, these efforts can help them start a small-scale business of their own. Share new ideas with them and help them learn, because empowerment begins with small initiatives.

6. Raise your voice against gender inequality
Above all, raise your voice. Stand up for every woman and help decrease the prevalent gender disparity in all the stratas of society.

7. Give her Freedom
“Don’t travel late, stay within limits.” At every step we tend to imply restrictions on women. Now is the time to change the equation.
Don’t bind them in the chains of orthodox views. Give them the freedom they deserve.
If you wish to change something, broaden your mind and see what great achievers women can become.

Empowering women starts within our families, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Appreciate those superheroes who start their day much before you and end it much later. Say thanks to your mom and that teacher who encouraged you years ago. Say thanks to your sister who inspires you at every step. Say thanks to your daughter, whose smile is enough to fill your day with happiness.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/

July 10, 2017

Six Simple Ways To Contribute Towards Energy Conservation

6 Ways Towards Energy Conservation

Energy Conservation

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

While the rapid onset of urbanisation is indeed making things worse, in all fairness, it is our greed that’s causing the reckless misutilisation of energy resources. That said, it still isn’t too late to change our habits and work together to make Sustainable Energy a reality. Only then can we save enough resources for our future generations.

What is Energy Conservation?
Energy conservation refers to the reduction of energy consumption through lesser usage of an energy service. It differs from efficient energy use, which refers to using less energy for a constant service.
Whenever we save energy, we not only save money, but also help reduce the demand for fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas. As a result, we also achieve lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary contributor to global warming, and other pollutants.

How can we help in Energy Conservation?
By simply limiting our use of energy, we can do wonders for both energy conservation and environment preservation. To contribute positively towards the cause, we must keep a few things in mind:

1. Start with yourself
Energy conservation isn’t rocket science. Anyone can partake by doing as follows:

– Turn off lights when not in use.
– Use compact fluorescent bulbs that use up to 75% less energy.
– When buying energy efficient appliances, look for ENERGY STAR® labels.
– Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones.
– Insulate your roof. It is the most practical and cost effective way to make a house more energy efficient, and it lasts for as long as 40 years.

2. Adopt Alternate resources
To implement proper savings, shift to renewable sources of energy that cause no harm to the environment.

➔ Solar Energy
➔ Hydroelectric Energy
➔ Wind Energy
➔ Biomass Energy
➔ Geothermal Energy
➔ Tidal Power

3. Innovate 
For many centuries, we’ve been relying on electricity and water resources for our daily use. To preserve these dying resources, we can innovate energy on our own.

One real life example of such innovation is the story of Arun and Anoop George from Kerala, two brothers who created their own wind turbine that could generate enough electricity to power a house on a daily basis.

4. Study Government Schemes
The government of India has also brought up various schemes for the conservation of energy.

The Energy 
Conservation Act (EC Act) was enacted in 2001 with the goal of reducing energy intensity of the Indian economy. To facilitate the implementation of the EC Act, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) provides regulatory mandates for:
● Standards and labeling of equipment and appliances.
● Energy conservation building codes for commercial buildings.
● Energy consumption norms for energy intensive industries.

5. Promote Energy efficiency
For the sake of our environment, we must promote energy efficiency and raise awareness amongst people around us.

6. Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
Last, but certainly not the least, never forget the 3 Rs — Reduce, Recycle and Reuse. The more you save, the more it will benefit you and the earth you live on.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/environment/six-simple-ways-to-contribute-towards-energy-conservation/