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

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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/

June 21, 2017

Yoga- Restore. Rebalance. Rejuvenate

International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day is just around the corner, and the enthusiasm around the globe is already visible. The fact that 72 students and teachers from the City Montessori School of Lucknow will be performing exercises at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the occasion speaks volumes about the popularity of Yoga in the modern day world.

Our lifestyle is such where humans struggle with physical and physiological stress in their lives. This is where yoga comes as a rescue and alleviates stress, both physical and mental. Based on the holistic principles of harmony and unification within body and nature, Yoga’s simple postures leave a powerful impact. Yoga is not only a great solution to stay fit, but has also emerged as an alternative form of therapy. Solutions of many chronic ailments like asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis have been found in Yoga.

The great thing about yoga is that there are very few limitations. While colorful yoga pants, support blocks, and fancy mats are nice, you don’t necessarily need any of that to get started. Instead, a basic yoga routine which comprises of beginner poses will help your body and mood change for the better in no time.

There are a lot of health benefits one can expect from yoga. Some of those are:

1) Better Flexibility: Yoga helps in loosening the body, and in increasing flexibility.

2) Better Posture: Bad posture has been linked to backaches, neck pain, joint problems, and muscle fatigue. Yoga is one of the best ways to fix poor posture as each pose helps lengthen the spine, and gives a steady, balanced posture.

3) Increases Strength: Yoga naturally helps in strengthening the muscles & joints, and prevents injuries.

4) Better Sleep: A good way to relax the nervous system, yoga minimizes stress and improves the quality of sleep.

5) Boosts Metabolism & Immunity: Yoga naturally boosts the metabolism which assists in weight loss. Yoga also stimulates the four main physiological systems; circulatory, digestive, nervous and endocrine, which is directly connected to the immune system.

June 21, 2017

Health Camp: Mehrauli Village, Ghaziabad

Health Camp Mehrauli

Health Camp Mehrauli

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -Mahatma Gandhi

Great pearls of wisdom by Gandhi ji inspire us all; but do we always live up to them?

Not everyone can help everyone, but everyone can help someone. With the aim to provide better health services to the underprivileged, The Ponty Chadha Foundation serves the underprivileged rural areas of Uttar Pradesh by organizing free health camps every month.

On 7th June, 2017, we organized the free health camp in Mehrauli, Ghaziabad.
From its total population of around 3600, 154 people attended the camp, which comprised of 53 minors, 30 adults and 71 women. The health camp proved to be a success and we appreciate the efforts of the specialists from Dr. Ram Saran Garg (Indo-German) Hospital, who identified gynaecological problems, skin issues, anaemia and ear-specific problems as the major health concerns in the village.

Health is a very important concern, which is majorly neglected in rural areas.
Financial or social barriers prevent people from reaching out to seek help at the right time, and the Ponty Chadha Foundation strives to break those very barriers by working to support and provide the best healthcare to the rurals.

We do our best to take our services to the masses, and our focus is to first reach the most disadvantaged sections of the society. At the health camp, we educate the rurals about maintaining sanitation, taking care of proper hygiene, cleanliness and other major issues that will help them live a healthier, happier and a more productive life.

Improving access to health services brings a range of benefits beyond good health, as it helps combat poverty and provides a better world for all.

– See more at: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/health-camp-mehrauli-village-ghaziabad/

June 19, 2017

Protect & Preserve the Ocean

Protect and Preserve the Ocean

Protect and Preserve the Ocean

When Afroz Shah, a Mumbai-based lawyer, began his drive to clean the Versova beach, he did it for the love of environment. Little did he know that his personal project will catapult into the world’s largest clean-up campaign with support from 300 volunteers. 85 weeks later, Versova Beach is now completely transformed. If one man can trigger such monumental change, imagine what we all can achieve ‘together’ for the environment.

Our oceans are the life support system of our planet. However, rampant industrialization has polluted our oceans to such an extent that if we don’t change the way we do things— we are on track to cause irreversible damage to our ecosystem.

3 Simple Things You Can Do For The Ocean

Here’s what you can do in your own small way to create a lasting impact save the oceans:

1. Say NO to plastic
Whether you live in a coastal area or not, the garbage you throw has a
great chance of ending up in the ocean. Trash like plastic bags, wrappers, disposable
containers, can be washed into local waterways and eventually reach the ocean. Plastic
is hazardous to marine life as it introduces various toxins into the sea water.

2. Reduce your carbon footprint
Climate change and ocean acidification— results of our reliance on fossil fuels—are causing extreme impact on ocean health. By opting for clean energy, we can reduce the carbon footprints we generate, which can alleviate the issue of climate change. Global warming is also the reason why many marine species face extinction.

3. Don’t litter
Much of the plastic and waste found in the ocean step from the habit of littering. Enjoy the beauty of the ocean without defacing your pristine surroundings. Pick up trash and discourage others from littering the surroundings.

These simple yet potent measures can be really impactful in saving the oceans. We must protect the natural treasures and preserve them to be cherished by our future generations too. This World Oceans Day, let’s pledge to change our lifestyle and protect these natural reserves.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/environment/protect-preserve-the-ocean/

June 8, 2017

Sensory Play and its benefits for autistic children

Sensory Play

Children use their senses to explore the world as soon as they are born. This is the reason we usually find toddlers putting almost everything in their mouth trying to discover the taste and texture of different objects.

However, not all children find it easy to understand the messages they receive from their senses. Hence, sensory play is what comes into light for those children that helps them in adapting to their surroundings easily.

Sensory play is any activity that stimulates the senses. This includes the five main senses of touch, smell, sight, taste, and sound, as well as the two not-as-frequently-mentioned senses: vestibular (sense of balance) and proprioceptive (sense of where each body part is in relation to the rest).

Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. The sensory activities allow children to refine their thresholds for different sensory information helping their brain to create stronger connections to process and respond to sensory information.

The brain growth that occurs through sensory play enhances children’s senses, and their enhanced senses in turn make them better able to use those senses for learning.

Sensory play offers immense benefits in the development of a child. Here are a few skills that children develop when engaging in sensory play:

● Language Skills: Children develop their vocabulary as they are asked to talk on a particular topic everyday
● Social Skills: Children learn to share, negotiate and plan.
● Fine Motor Skills: As children manipulate small objects, they develop their fine motor skills.
● Gross Motor Skills: Children develop gross motor skills by squatting, jumping, or otherwise moving their bodies.
● Dramatic Play Skills: Children use sensory materials to engage in dramatic play.
● Scientific Reasoning Skills: Children learn about cause and effect when manipulating sensory materials.
● Self-Control Skills: Children develop self-control as they learn to respect the rules and boundaries for sensory play.

There are many kinds of sensory play activities out there that can help your child in numerous ways. So go ahead, try them and have a wonderful time by engaging your kids in some of the creative sensory plays. By making sure the activities are fun and varied children will have the opportunity to develop these important skills and let them be in control of their own experiences and actions.

Source: http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/sensory-play-benefits-autistic-children/

May 15, 2017

Vaakya – Innovation for the special ones!

Vaakya App

Ordering food- just tap and it’s delivered in an hour…

Want to go shopping? Open the app and buy anything and everything.

Technology has made our lives so easy that everything is just a click away.
Our country is developing with technology and so are our people. From battlefield grenades to a mop used for home chores; every little innovation is a vouchsafe of technology.

On 11th May, 1998 India executed the successful Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test and the first indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3” was test flown to Bangalore on this day. Not only this, we also performed successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day.

To honour our technological advancements, we celebrate National Technology Day on the 11th of May since 1999. Every year, this day, the Technology Development Board of India awards individuals with national awards for their contribution to indigenous technology.

While technology helps people share their views with everyone, there also exist millions of people who can’t voice their opinions because of speech impairment. To help such individuals, we have designed Vaakya, an augmentative and alternative communication mobile application for a smartphone.

Vaakya is a picture-based app which provides the users the flexibility of customization according to their special needs and the benefit of using Vaakya is that you don’t require an internet connection to operate it.

So this technology day, benefit a life and make it a bit easier for someone by sharing Vaakya with them.

Download the app here- http://bit.ly/2lLag23

Happy Technology Day!

Source: http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/vaakya-innovation-for-the-special-ones/