The Times Foundation in collaboration with Lotus Petal Foundation to provide fresh, clean, healthy, nutritious mid-day meals to the children living in the slums of the urban areas of Gurgaon. The Lotus petal foundation runs two schools and a healthcare program to serve well balanced nutritious diet to the school children. In its efforts of extended philanthropy of the Times Foundation, the lunch would be served at the Lotus Petal Foundation. The program of mid day meals will profit two hundred and students and including other students studying at various programs of the organisation.
The Times Foundation, Ahmedabad, in the month of January organized a free eye check up camp for BCCL employees and their family members at all the office premises of Ahmedabad. The family members were offered a complimentary eye check up coupon to avail the benefits at the hospital. The event comprised of centre for sight, health groups in India, conducting a screening camp involving objective refraction by auto-refractometer, color blindness, cyber chart for distance vision, tips on eye care, primary glaucoma check up age group 40 and above, and a detailed eye check up -- master eye check up with no extra cost.
On the occasion of festival of lights, the Times foundation employees, Ahmedabad initiated a noble step to motivate the specially abled children. On diwali, the Times employees brought diyas, candles, envelopes, and other handmade products made by the children of Navjeevan trust, Ahmedabad.
The Times Foundation, Bangalore, in collaboration with Vasavi hospital organized a free health camp for the elders on the noble occasion of International elderly day on the first of October, 2016. The day is also commemorated to recognize the contribution of the elders in the society and the famous theme of 2016, "take a stand against ageism". The senior citizens were given many facilities to avail for free. These included important medical tests such as BP, GRBS, BMD, X-Ray (only on doctor's prescription) and orthopedic consultation.
The Times foundation, Ahmedabad, in collaboration with Healthy ageing India AIIMS geriatric medicine department and Seth CM school conducted an interactive session on, "Empowering the elderly through the youth of India", at Kadi Sarva Vidyalaya, sector-23, Gandhinagar. Around 1500 students and elderly attended this session. The session was an important step in filling the gap between the two generations. The students were also acquainted about the problems and issues of old age and how they can help the elderly.
The Times Foundation conducted a Health Awareness programme in association with Narayana hospital. The initiative was organized by the HR department. A number of 60 employees participated in the program. The significance of the event was to carry forward an awareness program with regards to health for the employees.
The Times Foundation organized an initiative as an exercise to motivate the students. The event was organized in association with LBS school, Kota. The event saw the participation of over 200 students in the seminar. The main speaker for the even Dr. Akhil Agarwal started the session with an important philosophy of "Live your Life". His speech consisted in parts about the meaning of success and the criteria of success. He advocated that lessening the level of stress is crucial in our day to day life and thus, it is imperative to control the level of stress to achieve success.
Times Foundation, Bangalore, organized a one day free cardiac screening camp for the public in association with BGS Global Hospitals. The camp focused on the identification of fatal heart disorders and risk of future cardio vascular events. The health camp had involved several free services like registration, physician consultation, cardiologist consultation, and other services such as BMI/BP, ECG and ECHO which were on physician advice only. The camp was attended by 200 people taking benefit from cardio health camp.
The Times Foundation on, 25 August, ’16, in association the National Program for Control of Blindness (NPCB), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, inaugurated a public health campaign on the occasion of thirty-first year of National Eye Donation fortnight at NOTTO, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi. These efforts of the Times Foundation were ably supported by youthful volunteers from Yuva Unstoppable, Maitri India and Aide-et-Action. The campaign involved Awareness Training Program, aiming to train non-eye doctors, nurses and paramedics to counsel and encourage patients and next to kin of patients to donate their eyes. Times Foundation also set up Eye Donation booths in the premises of hospitals and also spread awareness through social networking sites. The Foundation along with Sai Retina Foundation set up mobile retina and eye screening camps in slums across the city.
NPCB and Times Foundation were able to do this campaign by joining hands with Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge & Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital , Ram Manohar Lohia hospital , Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital and CGHS Dispensary (East). Furthermore, the medical students of LHMC celebrated in eye donation fortnight and organized ‘Drishti –Jyoti Jeevan ki’ under the same event. Along with this, three competitions and awareness sessions were held. Around 250 students participated and 150 pledged donation of their eyes.
Times Foundation in Bangalore provided networking assistance to the good Samaritans award instituted by Colombia Asia Hospital in association with the traffic police and the Times of India. The event aimed to honor and celebrate individuals and organizations who have worked for the issues of road safety like reducing the number of accidents and thereby, aiding the accident victims.
Times Foundation with Narayana Hospital organized ‘Healthy heart talk’ at Royal Orchid Tank Road, Jaipur. The Cardiac specialists and experts addressed the audience about the healthy eating habits and how to lead their lives being fit and free from all the harmful heart diseases.
Times Foundation along with India Food Banking Network has started a daily breakfast program for 500 school children in schools run by children’s NGO) for the underprivileged for the next 3 months. The school will receive packs of cereal and milk every 10 days. Through this program Times Foundation is providing nutritious breakfast to the kids who have very minimal or no access to nutritious food at home.
Times Foundation and Saveetha University and The Times of India initiated the opportunity to provide CPR training to everyone. This is India’s first training program for CPR in such a large scale. People were encouraged to participate all over the city. College students, various corporates along with some enthusiastic citizens came forward to be a part of this initiative. Over 28000 Chennaiites were trained on the CPR session and created a new entry with the Guinness World Record by breaking the record of China which trained about 20,000 people in day. In addition to this, individual training session called “CPR Relay” for 24 hours where more than 2500 people were trained.
Times Foundation, Bengaluru organized a health awareness camp on Acupressure Points by Dr Jha. The camp focussed on the importance of acupressure in relaxing the nerves, balancing the body's channels of energy and regulating the opposing forces. Senior citizens attended the camp and benefitted from the tips.
On the occasion of ‘World Kidney day’ celebrated on the 10th of March, TF Ahmedabad organized awareness sessions for underprivileged women and their children by collaborating with Indian Renal Foundation. Similar awareness sessions was also organized for the NavGujarat Sanskruti Club members by associating with Bodyline Hospitals.
TIMES FOUNDATION has initiated the HAATH YOGA by collaborating with Helpage India, Yoga Alliance International, Local RWA’s, IGI for the elderly and youth wherein an International bonding to harness the power of the elderly wisdom and experience is passed on to the youth. The aspects covered shows the benefits and importance of Yoga, and a deeper understanding of the human mechanics – not only of the physical dimension but of all aspects of a human being. This programme is held at Blue Bells International School, New Delhi. Times Foundation has created this program which involves the community at large from all spheres of life and experiences taking intergenerational living to another level and transforming them into Intergenerational Learning through a pool of community elders Leveraging their rich experience of knowledge and life transformed into programs mentoring and overall development of children.
Times Foundation and St Joseph's College of Business Administration in association with Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre organised the 5K Walkathon to create awareness to reduce the mortality rate due to cancer. Dr Santosh Gowda, senior consultant oncologist, Narayana Health, spoke about cancer prevention. A participant donated 12 inches of her hair towards making a wig for cancer patients.
Times Foundation in collaboration with Fortis Hospital organized a session on partial knee replacements. Through this initiative, participants received better awareness, especially those are already suffering with similar kind of an issue.
Times Foundation organized a workshop on ‘Work-life Balance & Time Management’ for the senior officers of 16 units of the Navi Mumbai police department. Several police officers attended the interactive workshop where facilitators aimed at resolving their problems.
To commemorate World Diabetes Day and create awareness about Diabetes Mellitus, Times Foundation in association with Fortis Hospitals, conducted a free diabetes screening camp across all the six Fortis Hospital branches in the city. The screening included Random Blood Sugar Testing, BP and a talk on the disease. The purpose of screening was to identify asymptomatic individuals who were likely to have diabetes.
Times Foundation in partnership with Jaslok Hospital organised a free heart check-up camp for Navi Mumbai Traffic Police. The camp was inaugurated by Dy. Commissioner of Navi Mumbai (Traffic), Mr. Arvind Salve. More than 150 policemen were benefitted from the camp.
Times Foundation in association with KEM Hospital, Lions Club and Think Foundation organised a blood donation and free Thalassemia testing camp at Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Through the camp, 426 units of blood were collected which will benefit nearly 1,200 needy patients at the hospital.
Times Foundation and HOPE Initiative conducted a two day series of Hepatitis B screening and vaccination camps for school children, college students and teachers. Around 240 people were screened and vaccinated at the camp. Those detected with symptoms or had tested positive, consulted with medical experts present.
Times Foundation, Jaipur organised a walkathon on World Heart Day, the aim of which was to make citizens aware about heart related issues. A total of 1,200 people participated in the event. The walk was flagged off by the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Arun Chatturvedi. The top winners were rewarded.
Times Foundation, Bengaluru organized a health awareness camp on Acupressure Points by Dr Jha. The camp focussed on the importance of acupressure in relaxing the nerves, balancing the body's channels of energy and regulating the opposing forces. Over 39 senior citizens attended the camp.
‘Madad ke Haath’, an initiative organized in partnership with NavBharat Times and Star Express with the support of Times Foundation Bengaluru spearheaded the distribution of water bottles to bus drivers & conductors, railway motormen, taxi/ auto drivers, Municipal sweepers, gas cylinder delivery men, postmen, dabbawallas, traffic police chowkis across Mumbai. The initiative which translates to ‘Helping Hands’ aimed to raise awareness among the general public and motivate them to do simple gestures of help.
In order to raise awareness on diabetes, Times Foundation along with SHARAN, an NGO, organized a screening of the documentary film 'Hungry for Change'. This film reveals the shocking secrets behind the food and diet industry. It enlightened viewers on the ill-effects of consuming packaged foods by exposing the amount of chemicals that are used in processed foods today. By eating right, a person could reverse diabetes and stop their medications and insulin. This could apply to a host of other lifestyle diseases including hypertension, thyroidism, obesity, polycystic ovarian syndrome and cancer. The session was attended by around 40 individuals from different walks of life.
Free medical camp for villagers - Continuing with its social responsibility, The Times Foundation organised a free medical check-up camp at The Times of India Press, Uttardhauna, Tiwariganj on Faizabad Road on September 21. The camp was organised for the residents of five nearby villages. The camp that started early in the morning saw enthusiastic participation from the locals. Around 100 villagers registered for the medical examination.
Health awareness camp to the general public on Acupressure Points by Dr Jha, was organized in collaboration with Times Foundation, Bengaluru. A total of 39 elderly persons were a part of the camp. The camp focussed on the importance of acupressure in relaxing and treating the disease, restoring health and balancing the body's channels of energy and regulating the opposing forces, it treats the energy fields of the body and mind, emotions and spirit.
Times Foundation in Collaboration with Sri Jaya Deva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and research bangalore organised a free health camp for women. 255 women underwent the cardiac check-up including ECG, Blood Test, RBS.
TF co-hosted the 14th National Conference of ARDSI (Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India), held on September 27-28, 2008, at the J.N. Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. It was organized by the Bangalore Chapter of ARDSI, a non-profit organization registered in 2006, the Centenary year of Alzheimer's. This Chapter is affiliated to ARDSI, which has 14 chapters across the Country. The other hosts were Nightingales Medical Trust and Indian Institute of Science. Inaugurated by Prof. K Kasturirangan, Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies and former Chairman of ISRO; Shri R Basil, CEO, Manipal Health Systems was the Guest of Honour; Veteran Actor B Saroja Devi released the Souvenir. Dr. K Jacob Roy, National Chairman, ARDSI and Bangalore Chapter Chairperson Dr. Radha S. Murthy highlighted the imperative need for dementia care. Unlike other diseases, dementia affects not only the patients but devastates the families as well. It is unfortunate that Bangalore, the Pensioners Paradise of India, where over 30,000 elders are estimated to be affected by dementia, still does not have an exclusive care facility for dementia. Awareness too is lacking. Around 300 delegates from different parts of India participated. The speakers and resource persons were experts from India and abroad. The participants included Neurologists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Physicians, service providers, social scientists, policy makers, nurses, students, elders, care-giving family members and NGOs. The conference provided a great opportunity for people from different walks of life, all concerned about dementia to meet, share experiences and update themselves with the latest developments in the field of dementia care.
TF in collaboration with Narayana Nethralaya Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Bangalore, organized a free eye camp for the urban slum children at Sophia High School, who have no access to primary health care. Over 1055 children below 15 years were examined. This camp was a success because of the tireless efforts of doctors, optometrists and the massive support of volunteers from the participating NGO's - Aruna Chetana and Seva Bharati and several IT professionals. Children from several orphanages like SOS Group, Infant Jesus and New Hope were screened with advanced instrumentation to measure vision. Portable digital retinal camera children were also diagnosed for refractive errors, squint and retinal problems and free surgery was assured for children from orphanage. For clinically untreatable conditions, children were enrolled into a pediatric visual rehabilitation programme. "Kids as young as four-months-old were screened at the camp and five of them have been recommended for cataract surgery and correction of squint, and 12 have been referred for visual rehabilitation. Glasses for improving vision were also distributed at the camp," said Anand Vinekar, paediatric retinal surgeon, Narayana Nethralaya. Some of those who visited for routine eye check-up realized that they had visual problems and were aided with spectacles. They were also educated about eye care and significance of regular visual check-up at the camp.
TF partnered with Asha International to spread awareness on Mental Health by supporting the Rally for Recovery. ASHA International launched The Rally for Recovery World Tour in 2003, the first of its kind global public education campaign led by an individual living with mental illness. The Rally seeks to improve the general understanding of mental illness and promotes recovery. Individuals, care givers, healthcare specialists and members of the general community applauded the Rally programs as life transforming, and a highly effective way to promote mental health awareness, hope and recovery. Nearly 500 students, teachers, parents, health care professionals, individuals with mental health issues, their care-providers and members of the general community attended the programs at Bangalore alone.
TF donated 'Three Transport Ventilators' to Safdurjung Hospital, New Delhi on 16th April 2009. Earlier, in 2008, Times of India had generated funds through mass appeal to help late Mr. Manjunath Kalmani, a software engineer, who was left in a helpless and critical condition at international airport in Delhi. Manjunath was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital. He succumbed to injuries three months after coming to India on June 4, 2008. This was reported by a TOI journalist and was subsequently featured in the national daily. The overwhelming response from readers, who came out in large numbers to help, pushed Times Foundation to collect fund for him. Mr. Kalmani could not be saved, but with the effort of TF, the funds generated to save him (further generously supplemented by TF) have been put to optimum use by buying and handing over of the three Transport Ventilators to Safdurjung Hospital, after duly consulting the Hospital. The three life saving equipment have been of immense use to patients in emergency situations. After TOI broke the story on March 8, 2008, readers from across the world came forward to help Manjunath. Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released Rs. 2 lakh from the prime ministers' relief fund for him. The handing over of the equipment was received by Dr. Jagdish Prasad, and witnessed by some other eminent doctors from the hospital, media and the general public.
On completion of a year, TF organized the 12th Times Wellness Workshop in association with Rotary Club of Delhi Central and Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals at the latter's premises on 26th June, 2009 stressing "Wellness for All - on preventive health checks". The Workshop was actively attended by senior consultants from Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals—Dr. Lalita Shekhar, Dr. Prasad Rao Voleti, Dr. S. Chatterjee and Dr. Sahni—who spoke on Importance of Preventive Healthcare, Adult Vaccination, Daily Diet and on Improving Lifestyle with Regular Exercise. This workshop provided information about the importance of annual preventive health check-ups and helps detect any disease early. Marking completion of one year, Apollo provided discount coupons for various health checks to all the participants. More than 7, 000 people benefitted from the various health topics as discussed in the workshops that included—management of back pain, osteoporosis, menstrual problems, cancer awareness, diabetes, kidney stones, stress management, obesity & eating disorders, asthma, stroke and organ donation and transplantation.
HelpAge India in association with Times Wellness launched the "Healthy Heart Drive" for the elderly across the National Capital Region, from August 9, 2009 at Faridabad. This mega drive was an effort to protect our senior citizens from heart related disorders. India is said to be the world's capital for heart diseases. With age the propensity towards heart diseases also rises. It is estimated that by year 2015, nearly 7 lakh elderly in India within the age bracket of 60 - 69 will die of coronary Heart Diseases. Believing in the abilities of the elderly and accordingly utilizing their skills and resource to launch this mega drive, tie-ups were made with various Senior Citizens Associations across the NCR to conduct free health camps stretched over a few months for the elderly with cardiovascular problems. The aim was to reach and benefit maximum number of older people at a time. The 10 camps were widely spread with locations such as: Deer Park (SDA), Munirka, Mehrauli, Pitampura, Rajinder Negara, East of Kailash, Paschim Vihar among others. To create awareness the unconventional method of Pantomime theatre was used. Pantomime Artists from Jagran through the "art of mime" reached out the senior citizens present and to pass on the message of safety & prevention through their silent ACT.
TF, in association with Gene Research Foundation and Dr. Agarwal Hospitals, organized a fashion show on the theme "FIGHT DIABETES" as a social awareness message on 17th November, 2009. India has seen a massive upsurge in diabetic population and this "silent killer" has now caught on with everyone between the age group of 10 years to 80 years. A unique fashion show by diabetics FIGHT DIABETES showcased the concerns of a nation combating the perils of becoming the world's centre of diabetes. The group was mentored all along by Prasad Bidapa (India's fashion guru). All the contestants, suffering from diabetes, joyfully performed on stage and seemed to have forgotten that they were living with such a critical ailment.
Ayurveda consultation camp was conducted on Feb 11th 2012, for general public by Dr. Archana. Free consultation for all types of disorders like Diabetes, Skin disease, Migraine etc. was organized. We had 60 people participating for consultation. The objective was to create awareness among the general public about Ayurveda.
Times Foundation in association with BGS Global Hospital conducted a free health checkup camp for women on the occasion of women's day from 8th March to 17th March. The check-up were conducted by Dr. Jayanti. S. Tumsi. The following tests were conducted:-Random Blood Sugar (RBS), Body Mass Index (BMI), Blood Pressure, Clinical Gynaec examination etc. Around 60 women turned up for the checkup.
Yogaksema conducted a workshop on "Stress & Ageing" for general public on the occasion of World Health Day. The workshop was conducted on 14th April 2012, it consisted of presentation on Stress & Ageing; demonstration of stress assessment tools and its' value in stress management and an interactive session to understand and adopt healthy lifestyle to beat the detrimental impact of stress. We had 45 people attending the workshop to experience and adopt healthy lifestyle.
Free Kidney screening camp was organized on 14th, 15th, 28th and 29th April 2012, by Davita Nephrolife for general public. They facilitated various tests like serum creatinine and random blood sugar levels. We had around 50 people participating for the screening camp.
Times Foundation, in association with Neolife, conducted a free workshop on 'Stress & Meditation' to bring about positive transformation that influence both mind and body. The programme focused on healing meditation; yogic breathing practices to release anger, stress, and it will also cover individual diet counselling, mind meditation for better concentration and focus. The workshop was held at NeoLife centre located in Whitefield, Bangalore. There were 30 individuals approximately who visited the centre to experience a positive transformation and live a stress free life. The session also included personal consultation.
"PAINLESS SOLUTION TO PAINFUL HEALTH PROBLEMS—A free Health Check-up was organized for Women on the occasion of Mother's Day. The following tests were offered in the camp: Blood Pressure, BMI calculation and consultation with the General Physician (RMO), Gynaecologist, and General Surgeon. All deserving patients Ultrasound scanning is done. BEAMS Minimal Access Surgery Centre is the Exclusive Laparoscopic surgery centre with Patient friendly facilities. Beams have the history of thousands of laparoscopic surgery done over decades.
Fortis Hospitals, conducted a free health camp for the public in June'12 at the hospital premises. The hospital is a Multi-Specialty Hospital with Orthopaedic, Digestive, and Cardiac care. Those who are suffer from Joint pain, deformity of Joints, Swelling and restriction of movements should get themselves checked to avoid the problem of Arthritis. This was followed by Orthopaedic consultation for precautionary measures. There were about 70 people who were present in the camp.
Times Foundation in association with Apollo Hospital, Bangalore conducted a "Lung screening camp" for the general public on 28th & 29th July'12. The camp included free tests like GRBS, BMI, PFT (Spyrometry) and consultation with Pulmonologist & General Physician. The camp was conducted in the hospital premises for the better convenience to public. There were about 60 people who were present in the camp.
Times Foundation in association with Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital, organized a free eye check-up for the public. The hospital provided comprehensive eye care service with fully equipped surgical set up across the city. The camp included tests like Auto-refraction and Subjective refraction tests, Eye Pressure Check, Retina Check-up for diagnosing Diabetic related eye disorders and Doctor's consultation. Date: Sunday, the 4th of November, 2012 between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the hospital in two centers: Bannerghatta Road and Basvesvarnagar.
TF in collaboration with The Art of Living (AOL) Foundation organized a "Nadi pariksha" that panned over three days from 19th to 22nd November. The event was organized by and exclusively held for the Times group employees (Mumbai) from 9:30 am to 6pm. "Nadi pariksha", an ayurvedic wellness venture by the AOL under Sri Sri Ravishankar, is a non-invasive diagnosis that helps heal the body by eliminating the disease from its very inception. The medication, derived from medicinal herbs and plants has no side effects and can be used by anyone over the age of 10. The event as a whole was a success as the employees and the AOL gained a lot out of the event. The facilitators at Nadi Pariksha said they would continue extending their support to TF and will look forward to organizing more such events with them.
Times Foundation presented a talk by Jaya Nair, Life Coach, on 'Self-hypnosis as a Self-improvement tool' for anyone who wanted to transform themselves. The event occurred on 2nd February 2013 at the Times Office, Bengaluru. Self-hypnosis is a very effective transformational tool which is used to change unwanted habits and behaviors, get rid of stress, aid in losing weight, improve your relationships, help sleep better, remove negative belief systems which have been with all for a long time and so on. There have been lot myths about hypnosis as a healing modality. This talk aimed at removing the misconceptions and encourages anyone above the age of 18 to use self-hypnosis to improve personality and transform life to its full potential. There were 25 participants who attended the talk and experienced the exercise in self-hypnosis which can be practiced on by self for improvements and great results. The participants felt very relaxing after the session as per the feedback.
Times Foundation in association with BGS Global Hospitals organized for a free health check up for women on the occasion of International Women's Day on the 8th & 9th of March'13 at the hospital premises for two full days. Women who attended the camp consulted the Oncologists for breast cancer screening and for other cancers. There were 40 people who underwent the test in the camp.They were also educated on breast self examination technique for early detection of breast cancer by Dr.Jayanthi Thumsi, Breast Onco-Surgeon where in about 25 people attended the session.
The Times of India is celebrating its 175th year this year. On this occasion, Times Foundation, organized a three-day Health camp for the public in collaboration with "Association of Healthcare Providers (India)"- AHPI. The stake-holders, include the Government of Delhi, who have tentatively agreed to partner the initiative and have given a nod for their participation. The health camp by respective hospital was scheduled from the 5th to the 6th of April 2013. Health Camps culminated with a half day Seminar on Sunday the 7th of April 2013.
New Delhi: The Times of India is celebrating 175th year of its publication. On the occasion, Times Foundation, organized a seminar on hypertension on Sunday. Top medical experts from the country talked about the need for creating awareness about the disease, also referred to as a silent killer, which affects one in every three adults in India. The event was followed by a two-day free health check-up camp organized by the foundation in collaboration with Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI) conducted across 17 city hospitals. About 2,500 people were screened for BP, blood sugar levels and given dietary counseling in the camp. A similar initiative was taken up in Bangalore the next week where about 8,500 people were screened for hypertension this week. The hospitals which participated in this week long initiative were Columbia Asia Hospital-Bellary Road and Malleshwaram, Bangalore Baptist Hospital-Hebbal, M.S.Ramaiah Memorial Hospital-New BEL Road,, St.Marthas Hospital-Nrupathunga Road, Mallya Hospital-Vittal Mallya Road, Vikram Hospital-Millers Road, Fortis Hospital-Cunningham Road, Sagar Hospitals-Tilak Nagar and Banashankari, Narayana Hrudayalaya-Bommasandra Industrial Area, The Bangalore Hospital-South End Circle, BGS Global Hospitals-Kengeri and Vijaynagar, Apollo Hospital, Manipal Northside Hospital, Dr. Malathi Manipal Hospital-Jayanagar, Narayana Nethralaya-Chord Road; Nethradhama Super-Specialty Eye Hospital-Jayanagar. In all, approx.8500 patients were attended to. The participating Hospitals were felicitated by Times Foundation Bangalore. The World Health Week culminated in a seminar with some very eminent speakers and 400 attendees. They were Guest of honor Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw MD and chairperson, Biocon; Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Senior cardiothoracic surgeon and Chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya; Dr Giridhar Gyani, director general, AHPI and Dr H Sudarshan Ballal, Senior Nephrologist and Medical Director, Manipal Hospitals. The participating hospitals were felicitated by Times Foundation.
TF-AHPI World Health Week - a four day health camp, culminated by collaborating with PINKATHON to create awareness about women's health especially Breast cancer and encourage women in Bangalore to be a part of this initiative. The Times of India in collaboration with Times Foundation organized "Pinkathon' on the 7th of April 2013 at Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore. Around 3,500 women from various parts of the city put on their running shoes and joined the Pinkathon run to create awareness about breast cancer. The run was conducted in three categories — 10 km, 5 km and 3 km.
Times Foundation in association with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation conducted a pre monsoon project on Behavior Change Communication for Water – Borne And Vector – Borne Diseases. This programme was conducted at 30 community centers across Ahmedabad between 29th April to 6th June 2013.
Times Foundation in association with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation conducted a project for mass awareness on adolescent at municipal schools and community centers. This programme was conducted between 8th July to 23rd July 2013.
Times Foundation in association with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation conducted a project for mass awareness on family planning at the Government Urban health centres across Ahmedabad city. This programme was conducted between 10th July to 18th July 2013.
The Times of India organized a nationwide campaign – I Lead India on the 6th of August 2013. The campaign focused on the fact that in a time of pessimism, scams, negativity, confusion, etc. there had been an urgent need to change the system and make a difference. The campaign worked on the premise that it is time to stop theorizing, pontificating and blaming the system.
Times Foundation, celebrating 175 years of The Times of India, organized a 3 day Arogya Mela, under its ongoing initiative, "Health for all". It was organized with the support of AHPI & was the first of its kind bringing together Medical Practitioners & Healthcare Providers across all walks of medical sciences. For Times Foundation and its partner in the three day event held at the sprawling Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) on Tumkur road was an extension of its ongoing effort in Bangalore to provide health for all. The Foundation along with AHPI has been regularly conducting free health camps in the city. From free medical checkups to consultation by doctors, the mela was a boon for the weary Bangalorean who is perpetually sick due to the changing weather in the city.
Vasan Eye care, Bangalore organized eye screening camp for employees as part of CSR initiative on 23rd Sep 2013 at the office premises. About 122 employees availed of this facility. The camp included Auto refraction, Manual refraction and Doctor's consultaion and counselling. The hospital also gave camp cards wherein employees and their family could avail one-time free consultation at the hospital along with 10% discount on opticals.
Times Foundation in collaboration with Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology & Research Centre, Bangalore organized free health check up camp for the public to mark 'World Heart Day' on Sunday, 29th Sep 2013. The camp showed great response with 1,345 patients attending the camp and underwent tests like Cholesterol, Blood Sugar, ECG, ECHO and doctor's consultation. Patients from all walks of life were seen in the camp from across the city.
World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. The theme this year was "Get your eyes tested". Going in sync with this theme, the Times Social Responsibility club collectively agreed to organize an eye screening camp for all those who worked at the CST office on 18th October 2013. The camp besides checking for the vision would also provide a consultation with a senior Ophthalmologist making the camp comprehensive and more beneficial to the user Also, in partnership with Lawrence & Mayo, every individual undergoing screening was eligible for spectacle done at a subsidized cost. The Bombay City Eye Hospital (through its foundation) was finalized for its reputation and the comprehensive nature of service that they offered. A fully equipped van from the hospital was used to do the screening. Our association with the hospital ensured that any individual identified for surgical intervention would receive it at a subsidized cost.
The international conference on Global Health Futures (13th to 15th November 2013), organized by College of Medicine, UK and Soukya Foundation in collaboration with the Times Foundation at Marriott, Whitefield, Bengaluru reiterated that integrated medicine is the way forward. Doctors from across the globe flew down to Bangalore to discuss different healing traditions for chronic diseases. The verdict was unanimous despite the systems of medicine they practiced: that conventional medicine cannot provide all the answers and that there is a veering towards an integrated approach.
On the occasion of International Celiac Day, Times Foundation (Delhi) organized an awareness session as a joint initiative with Celiac Support Organization and Indian Dietetic Association at Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi where around 500 celiac patients and their family members participated. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed people of all ages from middle infancy onward. It is type of food allergy where individuals are intolerant to gluten, a protein found in wheat and related cereals. It is also noted that people with celiac disease have vitamin deficiencies which result in reduced ability of the small intestine to properly absorb nutrients from food. At present there is no cure for this disease but it can be managed by staying off all forms of gluten in the diet. In India, about 10 million people suffer from this disease with Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP and Bihar being the states that have larger numbers of such patients. The need today however is to formulate a national standard for defining gluten-free foods, build public awareness and ensure availability of tested, certified gluten free foods at reasonable rates.
Times Foundation in Bangalore in partnership with BGS Global hospital and YWCA organized a free health checkup camp for over 100 women from the marginalized community. The women underwent tests on blood pressure, ECG, random blood sugar check and breast cancer screening (physical examination). Consultation with specialists was also organized.
n Maharashtra, Times Foundation partnered Bhaktivedanta Cancer Institute & Research Centre to organize a free cancer screening camp in the districts of Nashik, Aurangabad and Ahmednagar.
State Bank of India celebrates its Bank Day on 1st July commemorating the institution of the bank; 208 years ago on this day the bank was constituted. Each year on this day they have been organizing blood donation drive and this year they wanted to add Eye Donation as well. They approached Times Foundation for support and we through our partner Lotus College of Optometry, organized the camp. An ophthalmologist from the hospital was also made available for the camp to ensure that any concerns or information the employees of SBI had could be responded to immediately. There were many enquiries and on the day of the camp 60 registrations were done. We also left a few pledge forms with the organizers in case anyone wanted to pledge at a later date. SBI was happy with the response, though not overwhelming but a good beginning. They are now committed to continue to hold such camp each year now on.
World Heart Day is an annual event which takes place on 29 September every year. Each year's celebrations have a different theme, reflecting key issues and topics relating to heart health. 2014's theme is creating heart-healthy environments. In accordance with the theme this year, Times Foundation in association with the Employee Wellness Club organized a Heart Check-up camp for its employees. The camp was conducted by Asian Heart Institute (AHI) at the CST office in Mumbai on 24th September. Each employee attending the camp got his/ her BP checked, Random Blood Sugar done and BMI calculated. After which they had a free consultation with the doctor. In some case the doctors felt the need to have an ECG taken, the provision for which at no cost was also done at the camp itself.
Free medical camp for villagers - Continuing with its social responsibility, The Times Foundation organised a free medical check-up camp at The Times of India Press, Uttardhauna, Tiwariganj on Faizabad Road on September 21. The camp was organised for the residents of five nearby villages. The camp that started early in the morning saw enthusiastic participation from the locals. Around 100 villagers registered for the medical examination. People suffering from heart ailments, diabetes, blood pressure, abdominal pain, teeth and gum problems were examined and offered expert advice by a team of seven specialists. Apart from it, the medical camp also offered free ECG, Blood Sugar and Blood pressure tests to all participants. The participants were also offered free advice on healthy living and also ways to prevent various life-style related ailments. Many of the participants, who had no specific ailment, too underwent health check up and sought advice from experts on beating the stress of daily life. The Foundation had arranged experts from different specialities, including cardiologist, ENT Specialist, Ortho Specialist, child specialist, Chest Specialist & Dentist, for the benefit of villagers. The camp that started at 10 in the morning continued till 1 pm. The villagers later suggested that such camps should be organized more frequently for their benefit.
Joy of Giving was initiated as a CSR drive for employee volunteering, the joy of giving brought in the employees from the TF bangalore to contribute winter wear and blankets to the aged at the Omamshram, as the home caters to aged people. The drive brought in awareness of the home's activities done for the Aged, and the contribution and responsibility one has to do towards the elderly. The message was to bring in awareness and inspire employees towards CSR activities.
Times Foundation along with Reaching Hand collaborated with the government Schools and organised a water awareness programme on Feb 8 and 9 where water filters were distributed to the Government schools. The objective of the program was to raise awareness on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for 2000 underprivileged young girls’ studying in Government Higher Primary & High Schools.
Times Foundation-Lucknow took the lead in ensuring cool and purified water to people braving the scorching heat on the highway in front of The Times of India Press on Faizabad Road in Tiwariganj. A PIAU or water kiosk set up by the Times Foundation on 4th June 2015 was succour for students heading towards their institutions located in the area and for drivers on a long haul. The kiosk has proved to be a boon for residents of nearby villages as the PIAU offers cool purified water. Earlier Times Foundation facilitated a PIAU at Rana Pratap Marg.
Times Foundation along with TOI Press, Vejalpur, Ahmedabad planned a fun filled day on the World Environment Day for children from Vidyabharati Foundation, a registered NGO working for the education of street children in Ahmedabad. A short film on environment was shown to the children on how they could curtail carbon emission. A drawing competition was also organised to understand their perspective of what WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY means to them.
Max Fashion in collaboration with Times Foundation and BBMP, initiated a Clean Bengaluru Drive on the 20th Dec 2014. The event was inspired by the Swachh Bharat initiative that was started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Max, as an organization wants to make a contirbution to the cause. It had identified an area in Indiranagar which was cleaned during this programme. The brand invitied its customers and employees for the initiative.
The Clean Bengaluru Challenge, an initiative of Times Foundation and Gems B School was successfully launched by 185 students of GEMS B SCHOOL hitting the streets of Vasanthnagar, clearing a Garbage Littered spot and spreading the awareness on a cleaner environment to the residents of Vasanthnagar.This activity with the vision of cleaning up all the garbage littered spots in the city and will look forward to participation from many more educational Institutes.
Times Foundation along with TOI Press, Vejalpur, Ahmedabad planned a fun filled day on the World Environment Day for children from Vidyabharati Foundation, a registered NGO working for the education of street children in Ahmedabad. A short film on environment was shown to children to make them aware about the steps they can take in their day to day life to curtail carbon emission. A drawing competition was also organised as an effort to understand their perspective of what the WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY means to them
TF, JSL and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power partnered to raise awareness on World Environment Day (5th June, 2009). Brig. Rajiv Williams, CSR Head, JSL, introduced the initiatives of JSL on waste management, energy conservation around their plants in Hissar and others, use of bio-fuel and making their own building an energy efficient. Dr. Sandeep Garg, Energy Economist from BEE said that though people are interested in availing energy efficient options, they face some common hurdles such as higher cost of energy efficiency technology, lack of information on energy efficiency appliances, lack of awareness and lack of innovative finance instruments. The audience raised various relevant queries like what is the alternative to CFL as disposing them off could be hazardous. The interactive session was concluded with unanimity amongst all present that we must conserve energy by switching off all electrical appliances when not in use, purchasing products that are energy efficient, should make responsible choices while purchasing appliances which have higher star ratings.
As a part of this Campaign, TF conceptualized and launched 'The Tree of Life' - a tree plantation initiative in the Ahmedabad city. The campaign was launched by Times Foundation in association with Ahmedabad Timber Merchants Association (ATMA),Yuva Unstoppable and GCCI Youth Wing. The plantation of over 1,000 saplings was done at a ground provided by Naroda GIDC Association. Over 80 people participated in the plantation campaign.TF has also completed a couple of plantation drives of which the major one was with the Western Railways – Ahmedabad Division. Around 250 Railway employees participated in the drive and planted around 5000 trees. A tie-up has been made with the Department of Forestry for the free supply of saplings. In addition, we are devised various innovative ways to promote the cause.
As a part of this Campaign, TF conceptualized and launched 'The Tree of Life' - a tree plantation initiative in the Ahmedabad city. The campaign was launched by Times Foundation in association with Ahmedabad Timber Merchants Association (ATMA),Yuva Unstoppable and GCCI Youth Wing. The plantation of over 1,000 saplings was done at a ground provided by Naroda GIDC Association. Over 80 people participated in the plantation campaign.TF has also completed a couple of plantation drives of which the major one was with the Western Railways – Ahmedabad Division. Around 250 Railway employees participated in the drive and planted around 5000 trees. A tie-up has been made with the Department of Forestry for the free supply of saplings. In addition, we are devised various innovative ways to promote the cause.
FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world's largest express transportation company, in association with the Times Foundation, today launched the 'Donate Water' initiative in Mumbai. This charitable initiative asks Mumbai residents to donate packaged drinking water on 24th and 25th of May. FedEx will transport the collected water using the company's ground delivery service to four drought- affected villages in the Nasik district: Ambepada, Suktale, Tapupada and Mastemani. FedEx and the Times Foundation will run the collection drive at designated places in Mumbai. The water bottles can be donated at any one of the seven FedEx retail outlets or the two Times of India Response Centers or at the Phoenix Mills Mall, Lower Parel.
TOI Bangalore planted 175 saplings at Bommasandra Press to mark 'World Environment Day', 5th June 2013. About 100 employees at the press planted seasonal plants at the Press as part of CSR Initiative.
Times Foundation Bangalore had organized "Green Warriors - Time For Action", an environment exhibition from 14th to 16th June 2013 at the Rangoli Metro Art Centre, Mg Road Boulevard, Bengaluru. There were about 24 organizations that have come forward to be a part of this initiative. The main objective of this initiative is to engage and educate the city about environment and lead towards greener and sustainable Bengaluru.
Times Foundation in association with Sunday Science School organized the final round of the unique Science Contest that was conducted at Vishranthi Nilayam, Infantry Road, Bangalore on Saturday, the 27th of July 2013. The competition was about 'Building a Hand-Held Wind-Energy Generator' for middle and high school students for a creative project that required applying classroom physics to address a real time issue. The competition was held for kids in the age group of 10-15 years who designed and showcased wind energy generators. The idea was to create awareness about the importance and application of renewable sources of energy like wind. Out of 600 participant children, about 15 cleared to the Finals. The finalists spoke about the challenges that they took head-on in this project and felt very happy about the entire exercise and gave presentations for the same. Children also expressed their eagerness to participate in more such events. Prof NKS Rajan from IISc and Dr N S Leela were the judges for this event. N D Ghatpande, Group Director ISRO was the Chief Guest and Shri K G Kumar - Director VITM Science Museum was the Guest of Honour.
World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. The first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1973. To celebrate WED, Times Foundation (TF) and SMC Infrastructures Pvt. Ltd. came together to organize an awareness session for SMC's employees. SMC Infrastructures Pvt. Ltd. is a renowned and reliable Design-Build-Operate and engineering procurement construction company in the public and private domains. They are primarily into developing infrastructures such as bridges, roads, water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants etc. The purpose of the session was to make the participants more aware about the actions that they can take towards conserving natural resources and sustaining it for their future generation. TF collected various articles featuring environment references that appeared in Maharashtra Times and Nav Bharat Times in the last five years and was shared with SMC. These articles were printed and circulated during the session amongst the participants for their information. TF also brought on board, Mr Sriram Sidhaye (Ex - Asst. Editor of Maharashtra Times) as the speaker, who has had a lot of experience in writing on environmental issues. During the session, Mr Sidhaye gave an overview of the situation that prevails in India and how our actions can get the resources depleted. He also showed the cause and effect link of our irresponsible action with the occurrence of natural calamities. He stressed on the use of public transport and responsible use of water and plastic to help conserve the environment.
Team TF organised a plant visit for the children from Municipal school in Ahmedabad. The production team showed them around and educated them on the importance of Environment and Energy conservation. The kids also planted 30 saplings across the plant as a token of thanks giving.
Times Foundation with Aashwasan Foundation organized an open forum Spirit-U-All to bring people together, open their hearts, look at life, and bring out the simplest questions of life.
Times Foundation organised a Vipassana refresher course along with Adult Vipassana team for youth and elders to achieve real peace of mind and to lead a happy, useful life. The program was initiated in the month of December, 2015 and was well attended.
Times Foundation with ASSOCHAM India & SREI Foundation organized Sach Bharat Initiative - The World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spirituality on 22nd December 2015. The conference has been held in Kolkata for the last six years. Sach Bharat an India that stands glorified through spirituality, righteousness, idealism and self-governance can be an essential complement for a Swachh Bharat, Swasth Bharat and Shikshit Bharat. Building on our strong and wide sense of spirituality that permeates the personal lives of millions of Indians, we believe that Sach Bharat can be achieved by promoting Spirituality at Work.
Times Foundation in association with Osho International, Pune organised meditation programs every Sunday. The program was divided into three parts of an hourly session each - an active meditation session from Osho, a passive meditation course from the book of secrets followed by a video discourse.
A conference on Indigenous Models of Sustainability, Good Governance and Spiritual Transformation was held at IIM-B in confluence with the Vedic Foundations of Indian Management (VFIM) New Delhi, supported by Sahaj Marg Spiritual Foundation, The Times Foundation and Cisco. The proceedings threw light on the dire need to take values to corporate organisations to instil good business practices through spirituality.
HAPPY STREET turns to YOGA STREET: Times Foundation and Navbharat Times in association with Art of Living conducted a yoga session, thereby promoting the holistic approach to health and well-being at the Happy Streets event at Marine Drive. Art of Living not only demonstrated several exercises but also elucidated the benefits of a particular pranayam (breathing exercise) and some yoga asanas (yoga postures)
Times Foundation in collaboration with Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation conducted ‘Heartfulness’, a free meditation workshop that gave participants an opportunity to experience the Heartfulness Relaxation Technique, a natural path of meditation. The techniques dwelt on a scientific approach to meditation rather than one led by dogma and beliefs.
Times Foundation with Aashwasan Foundation organized a two hour open forum Spirit-U-AllTM to bring people together, open their hearts, look at life, and bring out the simplest questions of life. Whether it is about health, well-being, relationships, career, family or friends, Spirit-U-AllTM is a forum created for people to come and interact with Aashwasan ScienceTM practitioners and take a journey of self-inquiry.
"This was an event organized by the Times Foundation in partnership with Raj Vidya Kender, motivational guru Prem Rawat aspires for 'Peace' as the greatest achievement.Prem Pal Singh Rawat, is an Indian American also known as Maharaji, and formerly as Guru Maharaj Ji and Balyogeshwar.
The Times Foundation along with Satyug Darshan Trust brings to you a convention "Equanimity & Even-sightedness in Action 2014" this Saturday, 8th March 2014 at Faridabad.The theme of the conclave is "peace and oneness".The convention was organized with an objective to understand the need to focus on complete moral upliftment of humanity with a view to infuse love and respect in people's hearts towards every creation of God. The event was attended by many luminaries from different walks of faith.
Times Foundation is association with Divine Cosmic reflection organized a "Chakra Activation Workshop" which benefitted many individuals. When your chakras are completely activated and balanced, your body feels energetic and light; the mind is clear and focused and your soul awakened.
This workshop organized in association with Divine Cosmic Reflection was with a purpose of helping people raise their consciousness and evolve spiritually. Aura Viewing increases one's awareness and also restores health and vitality in the physical body.
Times Foundation in association with Tapasya organized a two day workshop on "Find your Life's Answer" conducted by Himalayan Yogi Bharat Thakur. The workshop started off with a Yoga session on both days which was very eagerly welcomed by the participants The sessions initiated all the participants into many ancient, powerful and rare meditation techniques. The participants did experience a glimpse of deep state of meditation.
The renowned international spiritual leader Mr. Andrew Cohen was hosted by Times Foundation and Centre for Management to impart a spiritual talk. The program was arranged for youth at TSEC (Thadomal Shahani Engineering College), Conference Hall, Bandra (west) on February 24, 2012. The youth has taken advantage of this unique opportunity to explore their inner strength and qualities to make their future more holistic and focused.
The Times Foundation and Brahma Kumaris launched a year-long pan-Indian campaign promoting nonviolence, reports RANJENI A SINGH The date 12-12-12 turned out to be special in more ways than one. On the eve of the start of the Times of India's year-long 175 years' celebrations and that of the Brahma Kumaris' Platinum Jubilee, the Times Of India Foundation (Times Group) and the Brahma Kumaris launched a year-long allIndia awareness campaign called 'Ahimsa Paramo Dharma' -- nonviolence the highest conduct -- in the Capital. Ahimsa or non-violence is not only about keeping away from physical violence, it also means overcoming the five vices, not compromising on our values, and following our conscience – this was the theme on which participants from various faiths and school of philosophy, held discussions. In his inaugural address, the chief guest, Delhi Assembly Speaker Yoganand Shastri, pointed out the relevance of the ahimsa campaign at a time when people are ready to kill each other at the slightest provocation."No religion is complete without non-violence, and this value has been at the core of all Indian religions," he said. Peppering his talk with anecdotes, Shastri said that men like M K Gandhi, Gautama Buddha and Swami Vivekananda were revered by friends and enemies alike because they practised non-violence in their thought and actions. Speaking about the aim of the campaign, spiritual master and principal secretary, Brahma Kumaris, B K Brij Mohan said that indulgence in five vices – kaama, krodha, lobha, moha and ahankara—that leads to violation of basic values, principles and laws of life and nature, is violence. Overcoming inner vices through spiritual empowerment will enable us to live in love and harmony with self, fellow beings and nature. The campaign, he said, aimed at highlighting such issues and to promote the tenets of non-violence. The speakers highlighted the importance of non-violence as a virtue in a world torn apart by strife and war, saturated with crime, and where goodness and humility are interpreted as weakness. Prasanna Kumar Patsani, member of parliament from Orissa and guest of honour, said that anger leads to violence which is a sin while non-violence dwells in silence, pure and positive thoughts and is expressed in the language of peace, love and harmony. Kiran Mehra, director of the United Nations Information Centre in India, lamented that though we all know the worth and accomplishment of non-violence, we have all become prone to violence. She echoed the recent message from UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon that says it is the duty of both the government and the people, including teachers, parents, religious leaders and others to sow the seed and develop the culture of nonviolence. Rabbi E I Malekar, priest and secretary of Judah Hayam Synagogue, Delhi, said: "We do not want a transient peace like ceasefire. We need long-lasting peace." He emphasised that ahimsa signifies self-protection rather than an expression of weakness or vulnerability. He drew the attention of the gathering to female foeticide and said it was the worst form of violence and needs to be checked at any cost. A Times Group spokesperson present at the meeting said: "People's hatred and anger are coming out in society as physical violence. It is even spilling over to our social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter." She said non-violence was possible only if we treat such negativities in our mind. She said The Times Group, through its various publications, promoted peace and non-violence. On behalf of the Times Group, she invited everyone to make Ahimsa their foremost religion. As part of the year-long campaign, conferences, seminars, dialogues, exhibitions and peace yatras will be organised across the country by over 8,000 Brahma Kumari Centres & The TimesGroup.
The Times of India and Brahma Kumaris, along with Times Foundation, introduced Pune to their year-long campaign, 'Ahimsa Paramo Dharma', that upholds ahimsa or nonviolence as the highest dharma. The campaign was first launched in the Capital on December 12, 2012. What is the true meaning of ahimsa? It is to liberate ourselves from negative tendencies that lead us to engage in acts of violence. Therefore, we need to cultivate positivity. This was the essence of the discussion held on February 9 in Pune, the occasion also commemorating the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Brahma Kumaris.
At an event sponsored by Times Foundation on 9th February 2013, motivational speaker Prem Rawat told a two-lakh plus audience, "Peace will be humanity's greatest achievement". More than two lakh people thronged an event organised by Times Foundation and Raj Vidya Kender at Rohini, Delhi, on February 2. The theme was, 'Seven Billions Reasons For Peace. ' Peace does not mean just absence of war. It is a fundamental human need that one feels within. Peace is created in the hearts of people. We may look different, we may speak differently, but we have the same fundamental needs. The Youth Peace Fest focuses on an individual's need for peace in this maddening world. The fest was organised with an aim to deliver an inspiring message of hope as well as serve as a call to action. The Delhi event was the first in a series of fests that is to be held across the country. After this, the peace events will become an annual feature, focused on inspiring youth.
How did an ordinary software consultant, T T Rangarajan, get transformed into a selfless Mahatria Ra? It all began with a friend's suicide. "How could someone so highly educated commit suicide?" he asks a packed auditorium of 2,000 people attending his public programme on 'Human Engineering' in Bangalore. "If our education system doesn't teach us how to live well, then there is something inherently wrong with it." Mahatria Ra's goal is clear: he wants every individual to grow higher, deeper and beyond; his passion is to empower every individual. His philosophy of 'infinitheism' shines through all along. "You should have infinite faith in yourself," he advises the audience. The path he proposes is one of 'tough love' and 'discipline'. What is infinitheism? According to Ra, it is the path that inspires breakthroughs in anyone who ardently desires abundance in any sphere of human endeavour -- spiritual, emotional and material - by transforming the human spirit to have faith in its infinite potential. The path teaches us to create not just material abundance, but also abundance in health, happiness, love, vibrations, divine grace, contribution and clarity in thought. An individual is capable of more than he thinks he is capable of; he is capable of living a holistic life and that's what infinitheism advocates. According to Ra, the first step in discipline starts with disciplining one's emotions, and in learning the joys of being human. "Experience your emotions – joy, gratitude, and tears," says Ra. "Negative emotions do have depth and lead to learning, but cultivate the art of experiencing deep, happier emotions." The education system generally focuses on the conscious mind only; spiritual teachers however address the vast subconscious – where a large part of learning happens. That's where meditation comes in. "Existential spiritual energy can only be transferred when one transcends time and space," says Ra, "and this is possible when you lead each ordinary moment in your life with complete involvement." This is what constitutes spiritual discipline.
Celebrating Times of India's 175 years, the Times Foundation, the Brahma Kumaris and other inter-faith groups came together last week in the Capital to present a seminar, 'Safety Of Women — Topmost Priority', as part of the All India Ahimsa Paramo Dharma Awareness campaign launched in 2012. Addressing the gathering, All India Womens' Conference president, Bina Jain said that women should be aware of their mental strength and realise that they have the potential to fight atrocities and injustices instead of suffering in silence. Rajyogini B K Gita, director, Om Shanti Retreat Centre, Gurgaon, pointed out that we need to widen our vision to go beyond mere body-consciousness toward soul-consciousness, for a culture of peace, harmony and nonviolence can be created only by cultivating love, purity, patience and perseverance. The objective of the campaign is to establish a violence-free society. Towards this end, the Ahimsa Paramo Dharma Awareness Campaign seeks to organise sensitisation and training programmes for families, students and citizens to create a compassionate environment and to conduct surveys to get suggestions and support for the campaign and help implementation of value education and character building programmes. The Times Foundation-WASS event was hosted with the Association of Healthcare Providers of India (AHPI), the Brahma Kumaris, Diya Foundation and RAHAT to create awareness that medicine and spirituality can help prevent for the occurrence of many key ailments.
"This was an event organized by the Times Foundation in partnership with Raj Vidya Kender, motivational guru Prem Rawat aspires for 'Peace' as the greatest achievement.Prem Pal Singh Rawat, is an Indian American also known as Maharaji, and formerly as Guru Maharaj Ji and Balyogeshwar. He believes peace cannot be achieved through religion and doctrine, or through ideas and concepts, but only through individuals exploring and finding an inner beauty within themselves, for in the heart of every human being is a wish to be content, and to be at peace. Peace does not mean just absence of war. It is a fundamental human need that one feels within. Peace is created in the hearts of people. The Delhi event was the first in a series of fests that is to be held across the country. After this, the peace events will become an annual feature, focused on inspiring youth. More information at www.premrawat.com"
The Times Foundation along with Satyug Darshan Trust brings to you a convention "Equanimity & Even-sightedness in Action 2014" this Saturday, 8th March 2014 at Faridabad. The theme of the conclave is "peace and oneness". The convention was organized with an objective to understand the need to focus on complete moral upliftment of humanity with a view to infuse love and respect in people's hearts towards every creation of God. The event was attended by many luminaries from different walks of faith.
The Aura Photography and Chakra Imaging System is a Multimedia Biofeedback system that uses the Science of Biofeedback, Color Therapy and Energy Medicine to measure, analyze and display an interpretive representation or your emotional-energetic State, your Aura. With the efforts of TF & HR in Kolkata, a workshop was organized at a discounted price for our employees. It was done in partnership with Ananda Sangha & Pragyan Foundation and was facilitated by Brahmachari Devendra & Brahmachari Amit.
Times Foundation with Red Brigade Trust organized self-defence training to over 150 resident women, youth and students of Ashiana Colony of Lucknow. Founder of Red Brigade, Usha Vishwakarma and her team demonstrated various defensive steps.
The Swarna Jayanti Shari Rozgar Yojna (SJSRY) of the central government and the Gender Budget of the MCGM, are used by MCGM to economically empower the disadvantaged women in Mumbai. The MCGM works in the community to mobilise women from low-income families and encourages them to come together and form self-help groups (SHGs) to improve their socio-economic condition. Over 100 women attended the project in July 2015. With this project 262 women were trained in six months.
Times Foundation in association with Municipal Corporation and Don Bosco executed the Entrepreneurship Development Training Program for over 250 women, to foster better livelihood for the women from the slums of Mumbai. Certificates were distributed to over 200 women at the Don Bosco Institute camps, Kurla, Mumbai.
Through its initiative to empower women, Times Foundation along with Christ University’s MSW and CSA departments came forward to support the Women’s Empowerment program. The one month program, Skills to Succeed focussed on soft skills, self-employment opportunities, entrepreneur training, financial and legal know-how, self-defence and a basic health camp. The program was implemented in association with NGOs, Institutes and independent training consultants reaching out to over 117 underprivileged women.
Times Foundation in collaboration with AWAKE and Cheshire Group encouraged Women Entrepreneurs with disability on account of Women's Day to empower Women by providing opportunity to sustain their livelihood.
Times Foundation in collaboration with Nirbhaya School of Self Defence organized a self-defence workshop exclusively for women. Locks and defence techniques were imparted during the workshop for women.
Self Defence training was organised by Times foundation for 35 girls from the minority community who were undergoing a program “Learn & Earn” sponsored by Ministry Of Minority Affairs at one of the SCOPE’s Zonal training centre with support of Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy.
On the occasion of ‘Women’s Day’, 8th March Times Foundation (Mumbai) along with MAVIM (Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal) an informative session on Financial Literacy for the women from minority section of the society was organised.Micro Finance officer of State Bank of India (SBI) addressed the group. The programs had 220 women participating and was benefitted with the information about financial management and also understand various government schemes and its processes.
This was an event to felicitate the lesser known and un-acknowledged women social entrepreneurs. These socially motivated women have never been brought to public eye, even though their efforts have been adding enormous value to the local community's growth. The awardees were felicitated in the Awards Ceremony on 20th April 2009 at FICCI House, New Delhi along with nine other women achievers from the fields of politics, fashion, visual arts, media, sports, business and acting. The event was supported by Tata Power. In order to ensure participation from the entire country, necessary information was circulated through various channels and 41 nominations were received from all parts of the country. These nominations were then presented to the panel of Jury (constituting of prominent people from the development field) for deliberation, discussion and final decision. After a rigorous screening and discussion by the Jury members, six women were selected for the Women Achiever Award 2009 as mentioned below:In Self Help Groups - Smt. Shiela, Society for All Round Development, Rajasthan i. In Vocational Training - Smt. Vijaya Rani, BAIF Institute for Rural Development, Andhra Pradesh In Panchayat System - Kumari. P. Tirupathamma, Sri Ram Charitable Trust, Andhra Pradesh ii. In Community Volunteering - Smt. Rangu Souriya, Kanchenjunga Udhaar Kendra, West Bengal iii. In Skill Development - Smt. Shaheena Khatoon, Institute of Rural Research and Development, Haryana iv. In Skill Development - Smt. Sujatha Burla, Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs, Andhra Pradesh
Times Foundation organised the first Self-Defence Training Workshop in association with Jamia Millia Islamia beginning on the 8th June, 2009 at the Jamia School Campus. The rationale behind the self-defence training workshop not only included the demonstration and practice of physical exercises, but also contained information on legal rights that young women are entitled to and the psychological aspects related to eve teasing, stalking, legal aspects of such offences and so on. In addition to the above, the training workshop also comprised of re-creation of real-life scenarios, role playing and sharing of general rules that helped e participants stay alert in different environments; the workshop was educative and interactive in nature. Mr. Arshad Hashmi was the trainer at this 10-day workshop. 50 girls between the ages of 10-12 and 15-18 years participated in the workshop. The self-defence training workshop was undertaken by TF as an activity under the Alert and Vigilant Citizens campaign which was launched in January 2009. It included talks by Delhi Police and conducted first aid training workshops by St. John's Ambulance in schools and colleges in the capital. The 10-day self-defence workshop culminated on the 19th June 2009. The event was well attended by senior members of the Delhi Police, academics, government officials and media who gave away certificates to the participants.
TF supported Cherie Blaire Foundation for the conference Women Mean Business' on December 11th, 2009 at Hyatt Regency, Mumbai. The Women Mean Business conference brought together highly successful professionals from across India to share their knowledge and experience across a diverse range of sectors and created a lasting network of contacts. The one-day conference consisted of keynote speeches, discussion panels and smaller workshops, and the Foundation captured the ideas generated in the conference to develop concrete projects in partnership with local organisations, incorporating the newly formed network of contacts. It was a very inspirational conference for attendees, mostly young women who are beginning their careers.
On the occasion of Bharatiya Gyanpeeth Awards held at Vigyan Bhawan on 18th March'10, TF Chairman Smt. Indu Jain announced a grant of Rs.1 Crore to the SNDT University, Mumbai to set up a Centre for Women Empowerment and Research and to give a boost to women in leadership roles. The donation was announced before a high-powered gathering that included President Pratibha Patil, law minister Veerappa Moily and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar. The endowment will help set up the ''Pratibha Academy'' at the university, which will focus on the holistic empowerment of women and provide resources to nurture women in leadership roles. This centre will aim at mainstreaming women in various leadership roles through an integrated basket of academic courses, leadership education and innovative policy research processes. ''We hope that this seed money will prompt the government to replicate such endeavours and encourage women. The endowment will be used to establish a centre that will hone women's skills and inculcate leadership qualities in them for generations to come. We hope that they will use these qualities to serve their country and the nation,'' Indu Jain said, who, was speaking at a function held to present the prestigious Moortidevi Award.
imes Foundation conducted a two-day power-packed workshop on 11th and 12th January 2013, with full of interactive sessions, activities and self discovery modules on Women Managers and business Leaders in today's knowledge economy who have yet to find their rightful place in higher and top management of their companies/corporations. This public workshop, held in Bangalore, examined this contemporary topic in great depth and its multiple dimensions. Making use of case studies, psychology and management traits & skills of women, it aimed to empower the women leaders with awareness, tools and techniques and new strategies to achieve their true potential without compromising on their work-life balance. There were about 15 participants who attended this session and the feedback was tremendous. All the women participants were looking forward for having more of such workshops.
TF has always been passionate for the cause of women empowerment. Deeply concerned over the growing challenges for Delhi's women on city's streets, offices or homes, TF partnered with TOI for a DELHI FOR WOMEN campaign. The campaign, enthusing city's citizens, revolves around diverse women's issues—safety, misbehavior, discrimination, sexual harassment, rights, commutation, health, wellness, leisure among others. TF also involved relevant stakeholders for interaction and activities that included UN Women, FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), India@75 (a CII initiative), Global Cancer Concern India (GCCI), Gender Training Institute, Art of Living, Brahma Kumaris, Mohan Foundation. To enhance coordination among the stakeholders, TF has created an action group
"Nirbhaya" – A Women Empowerment and Training Program by Times foundation was conducted at Ahmedabad from 30th September to 2nd October 2013, at Rajkot from 24th September to 26th September and at Vadodara from 21st to 23rd October. More such sessions will be conducted at all the major cities of Gujarat. Times Foundation is conducting a comprehensive 3 day Master Training Of women constables and turning them into safety and self defense agents who will conduct workshops in their wards teaching self-defense, safety and empowerment in the communities, schools and colleges. Over 1200 women constable will be trained as master trainers and in turn each women constable will train 50-100 women per week in their regions..
TF in collaboration with FICCI FLO organised a Interactive Session with FICCI President and Lady Ambassadors/High Commissioners on 'Inclusive Growth: Women the 21st Century Powerhouse, Untapped Potential' to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2013 at FICCI Auditorium, New Delhi. TF was represented by Ms. Narayani Ganesh, Editor, Speaking Tree.
Times Foundation in association with JINDAL Steel & Power, All India Human Rights Association, and Nehru Yuva Kendra came forward to support the activity in the state of Chhattisgarh. The phase 1 of the program covered 12 districts of Chhattisgarh till June 2013 Various local Corporate and NGO's came forward to support this initiative. Around 8000 women participants benefitted.
TF in collaboration with FICCI FLO organised a Interactive Session with FICCI President and Lady Ambassadors/High Commissioners on 'Inclusive Growth: Women the 21st Century Powerhouse, Untapped Potential' to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2013 at FICCI Auditorium, New Delhi. TF was represented by Ms. Narayani Ganesh, Editor, Speaking Tree.
Six companies -- Accenture, Intel, Marriott, HP, Wal-Mart and IBM – came together with some 100 women-owned-and-run businesses to understand each other better. This "speed dating session" in Bangalore was part of a Think Big! Women in Business Forum, a Women entrepreneur initiative organized by WEConnect International, a non-profit that connects women-owned businesses with multinational corporate purchasing organizations, and supported by the Times Foundation. Times Foundation honored Ms. Geetha Devi, Founder and Owner of Gradus Engineers with "WEConnect-Times Foundation Star Award" for her excellent work on Green Energy Efficiency for many corporates in Bangalore.
"To empower the sripriyas (widows) at Vrindavan, Times Foundation and Maitri has started an initiative in which they will be providing skills training and enabling them find a livelihood option and help lead a life of dignity. Times Foundation in Delhi is connecting with various skill training companies and NGO's to establish a robust project that will sustain and continue to benefit the sripriyas in the years to come. Post the initial implementation; the initiative will be replicated to other parts of the country as well."
Celebrating the International Women's Day, Times Foundation in Delhi in partnership with Satyug Darshan has taken a huge step towards empowering women. This unique partnership offers scholarships at Satyug Darshan school & Satyg Darshan B.Ed college for deserving girl students. Apart from the regular curriculum and infrastructure facilities, the selected students will also be provided with: Hands on training on Educomp Regular Teaching practice at in-house CBSE affiliated residential cum day boarding school. Language Lab training Spiritual workshops at the World's first school of Equanimity & Even-sightedness Selected students will also be assisted for job/placements. Besides this, the Times Foundation has also announced scholarships in Higher Secondary Education (10+2) in Satyug Darshan Vidyalaya - a CBSE affiliated school. This will help to strengthen the base of education in the girl child.
Placement support was provided through walkins at various comapnies for 25 underprivileged girls at Bangalore. 2 of the girls were taken in the RRE department of the TOI-Bangalore as tele-callers. They have also been supported by the NGO to attend evening college, the Times Foundation supported them to avail free book facility for their BCom course. The snap shot of the youth the Times Foundation has supported.
At Times Foundation Bangalore, a women empowerment program was undertaken for young girls supported by YWCA to empower them by acquiring skills such as soft skills along with vocational skills imparted by the YWCA. A thorough counselling and assessment was undertaken for 25 young girls, followed by soft skill training which was provided to help them get placed in various sectors for their livelihood. The girls underwent a 10 days soft skill training provided by volunteers and volunteer from Times Foundation. The soft skill included personality development, grooming, financial knowledge, negotiating, mock interviews, etiquette, work ethics etc.
An exhibition was set up by NGO girls wherein they diplayed various handmade items for sale. Products offered by them - soft toys, purse, diwali snacks, candles, candle stands, wall hangings, stationeries, etc. Employees extended their help by buying various items.
Times Foundation, Ahmedabad organised a motivational session "Wake up To Dreams" for a few children affected by riots at Ahmedabad. This programme was organised with support of SEWA. Motivational speaker Nirav Shah discussed about goal-setting with the children.
The Teacher Awards for Innovative Teaching (TAFIT) was awarded to 20 school teachers who demonstrated exceptional subject knowledge, inspiring teaching methodologies, innovative use of technology, assessment and authentic pupil learning. TAFIT has been organised by Times Foundation and The Teacher Foundation, in collaboration with Gems B School for the third consecutive year. From the 37 teachers who were short listed, 20 were selected as winners. Teachers sent in entries from across Karnataka, spanning both government and private schools. The program was attended by heads of schools, teachers and their families.
The Times Foundation and Dayananda Sagar University (DSU) organised a Principals’ Conclave for principals of Higher Secondary schools across all streams of State, CBSE and ICSE. The conclave was held to discuss the need for higher secondary schools to prepare their students in the use of technology, to identify and access expertise. Experts from education, research and industry also discussed these issues.
Times Foundation, Ahmedabad in association with Times NIE and a team of young volunteers from Robotronics launched a campaign "Trash Treasure" at Anand Niketan School. They encouraged students to collect waste at home and contribute to Times Foundation. The proceeds of the waste sold was used for vocational training for special kids.
Times Foundation in association with Spearhead Finserve (A SEBI registered investment advisor) held a free workshop as part of its financial wellness programme. This workshop helped those who attended, in understanding the basic principles of financial planning and investing and taught them to understand the financial goals, create a sound financial plan, evaluate investment options and informed them about recent trends in the world of investment.
Phir Likhega India, a campaign organized for college students on the occasion of ‘National Handwriting day’ was celebrated on the January 23. A series of workshops on graphology which included Handwriting & Signature Analysis, were organised in colleges for students to improve their handwriting skills and develop their personality. Times Foundation Mumbai collaborated with Institute of graphology and Nav Bharat Times in this campaign to conduct workshops and encourage better participation. This workshop was also organised at Mumbai University where nearly 500 students participated.
Times Foundation & Nav Bharat Times has launched “The Youth Reporter” initiative which seeks to enhance the writing and editing skills among the youth who have clear objectives of developing papers/reports on the issues of health, education and employment where they will learn technical skills such as using a camera, conducting an interview, using social media, etc.
Times Foundation in collaboration with Reussir Trust has brought out the 5 month certified course in Specific Learning Difficulty (SLD) focussing on specific learning difficulties. The Certified course on SLD had its first batch of 24 enthusiastic trainees from varied backgrounds-parents, graduates and teachers from special schools. They were felicitated by the Director of NIAS – Dr. Baldev Raj, on Feb 20 at Christ University and the first batch of trainees would be further mentored to encourage the next batch of trainees.
Times Foundation in association with Spearhead Finserve organised a free workshop on financial planning to help participants in understanding the basic principles of saving and investing. The participants were from different age groups.
Times Foundation along with Reussir Trust started the five month Certification course from September 2015 to January 2016 on SLD-Specific Learning Difficulties for teachers, to create and increase the number of trainers in providing solutions to children with specific learning difficulties.
Times Foundation in collaboration with The Teacher Foundation organised a two day workshop on Whole School Quality Circle Time (QCT) to enable a holistic approach towards happy and caring schools at Chennai by Maya Menon, Founder Director of The Teacher Foundation. This program trained over 41 teachers.
The team from World Wide Media, Ahmedabad collected and donated magazines to visually challenged students at Blind People's Association, (BPA) Ahmedabad. These magazines would be used to practice Braille.
Times Foundation in association with Spearhead Finserve conducted a financial wellness program. This workshop helped in understanding the basic principles of financial planning such as setting future financial goals, creating a sound financial plan, evaluating investments options and the recent trends in investments.
Majority of us start our financial journey without a plan; It is important to understand that a plan is necessary in order to make rational decisions about investments. The Times Foundation in association with Spearhead Finserve conducted a workshop which highlighted the basic principles of investing such as assessing future financial goals, creating a sound financial plan, evaluating investments options and recent trends.
The Times Foundation in collaboration with an image expert from WINNWIN Leadership Academy conducted a two hour workshop on ‘how to create a positive impression’. The workshop included tips and techniques to make a great first impression through clothing, grooming and body language to leave an everlasting positive impact.
Times foundation in collaboration with Reussir Trust and Samamvidya organised a one day program with a focus on Inclusive-Education focussing on learning disabilities in children . The program had Dr Padma Sastry an educator, who brought in the experiential lab tools from Santa Clara University, USA . The second half of the day was a panel discussion of the team of Doctors, Psychologists from NIMHANS and sharing of views from Government of Women & Child Welfare Department.
Times Foundation with SCOPE jointly conducted educational programmes for the youth. CEO, SCOPE and Commissioner, Higher Education exchanged MoU with Times Foundation at Ahmedabad . SCOPE (Society for Creation of Opportunity through Proficiency in English) has been set up by the Government of Gujarat to build English language proficiency in the youth of Gujarat and there by create employment opportunities for them.
Times Foundation (TF) in Mumbai has associated with Door Step School (DSS) to help them train their teachers and coordinators to enable them create larger impact in the field. Times Foundation here plays the role of a facilitator and provide s training space at no cost and support them with conducting various training that will enable them to deliver their goals.
Excelsior INDIA partnered with Times Foundation to develop the innovative product called “A-Maze: Bag- cum-Desk” seeking out to serve all low income schools and education centres, where children lack proper infrastructure to facilitate an over growth of a student. Students in rural India usually study sitting on the floor leading to lower back pain, poor eyesight and bad handwriting and due to the difficulties, many students quit and don’t complete their education.
The "Donate a Book" Initiative, a joint collaboration of Times Foundation and UNESCO was launched on April 24, 2010 at the American Centre. This initiative aimed to increase the strength of books in the school libraries by receiving voluntary donations from children, parents and teachers to their own schools and from the general public at designated collection points. The Initiative was started in the wake of the Right to Education Act which emphasizes the existence of libraries in each school providing newspapers, magazines and books on all subjects, including story-books. The Initiative, therefore, aimed to increase the strength of books and provide an opportunity to children who may not have the privilege of books and reading materials. The supplementary collections of books were donated to schools and NGOs which did not have enough reading material. More than 35000 books were donated and matched to NGOs. Times Foundation & UNESCO in partnership with Delhi Public Library also organised a series of reading sessions and creative writings for children, under this initiative from September to November, 2010.
Times Foundation carefully studied the trends of the primary education system in Maharashtra, and formulated Project Rachna to complement the Government's efforts to enhance the quality of elementary education with a pedagogical approach through capacity and skill building of the trainee teachers undergoing training in Diploma in Education (D.Ed ). Teacher Training Programs: Times Foundation tied up with MSCERT (Maharashtra State council for Education Research & Training) to conduct pedagogic training sessions in 40 regional colleges in Mumbai. This pilot will be followed by large scale teacher training program stressing on pedagogic learning methodologies. More than 2500 participants have benefited from this project.
Shishu Griha was envisioned as a shelter home, which was located at Sarjapur Extension to provide shelter and education support for under privileged children living in the rustic streets of Bangalore. On Nov 14th 2011, Mr.Sachin Khimji laid the foundation stone at the construction site at a function organized at the site. To know more please log on to http://www.shishugriha.com/index.html
A MOU was signed with SCOPE – Society for Creation of Opportunity through Proficiency in English, which is a Government of Gujarat initiative. This partnership was signed on the 26th of December 2011in order to promote English language proficiency amongst schools, colleges and corporates in Gujarat.
Make your Mother Smile was a national contest on all NIE editions done with Shri APJ Abdul Kalam. Kids from all the NiE schools sent their entries and the 10 best entries were shortlisted by Shri APJ Abdul Kalam. The winners along with their mothers got a certificate from Shri APJ Abdul Kalam himself.
Quality Circle Time" (QCT), an intensive two-day certified programme for teachers was organized on the 19-20, July'12 in Bangalore. The aim of the workshop was to help understand the ethos of the whole school Quality Circle Time and train teachers to carry out Circle Time sessions with children to promote positive behaviour and respectful relationships. The participants were given the certificates on the second day of the program. The program was organized in St. Johns High School, located in Frazer Town, Bangalore. There were 40 participants from many international schools and from different parts of the Karnataka.
TF, Bangalore concluded its first batch of Heads Leadership and Management Program (HeadLAMP) on the 13th of October 2012. The participants went through 8 days of intensive training in Communication skills, Management strategies, Teaching- Learning methodologies and Inter-Personal skills. There were 13 participants in the program.
TF and The Teacher Foundation in collaboration with British Council, Chennai commenced its first batch of CIDTT -Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers. This course offers four modules spread across 9 months. There are 12 participants attending the program which is being conducted at The Teacher Foundation office located in Bangalore. The training is successfully functioning on one Saturday in a month.
(THE JIGSAW PUZZLE OF A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL) TF in association with The Teacher Foundation conducted a 2-day workshop "Essential Pieces - The Jigsaw Puzzle of a Successful School "on the 7th & 8th of September 2012. It has been conceptualized as a fun training for senior educators who have taken up leadership positions in schools. The session was full of activities and participants got a chance to work collaboratively with their peers on real school situations and by the end of the workshop the leaders were able to understand how the key elements of the school are interconnected to make the school vibrant, participative & inclusive for all stakeholders. There were 15 participants who attended the program.
"Times Foundation Bangalore launched the "Teachers Award for Excellence in Teaching" (TAFET). The award ceremony was held on World Teachers Day, 5th Oct 2013 at Bangalore Palace. The award function was well attended by teachers and their family members. Out of 170 teachers, 15 teachers (8 winners & 7 Runners up) were awarded for their excellence in teaching from APS (Affordable Private School) and ICSE/CBSE schools. The Governor of Karnataka, Sri Hansraj Bharadwaj, was the Chief Guest and Dr. Prabhu Dev, former Vice Chancellor Bangalore University, was the Guest of Honour at the event. The knowledge partner for the event was The Teacher Foundation and the event was sponsored by Gems B School."
"'Times Scholars' is an initiative to recognize and reward the brightest young minds in the country. The initiative believes in the power of intellect, and aims at polishing the young new diamonds of the country which we feel have the potential of once again proving the power of India's intellect to the world. Like the Indians who gave the world innumerable intellectual gifts such as the concept of zero, the science of algebra, the technique of algorithms, the mother of all languages Sanskrit, the Ayurveda, the Yoga, Takshila University, the game of chess and so on, it is understood that there are bright young minds out there in the country today, who if guided and mentored well will be the drivers of change and development in the world. Students from standard 12 from across the country were invited online to apply for the scholarship. These were shortlisted and were reviewed by experts supporting the initiative to declare the top 20 Times Scholars on the basis of qualities like reasoning ability, aptitude, knowledge, future vision etc. Preparations are being made for providing the best of guidance and mentorship to these scholars in their fields of interest, enabling them to understand and adopt a thinking-reasoning model of learning that will help them to excel in whatever career option they choose for themselves. Each Times Scholar will receive a cash scholarship of Rs. 5 Lakh, over a period of 4 years of their graduation."
The international conference on Bridging the Gap through English: Education, Equity, Empowerment and Employability was conducted at H. M. Patel Institute of English Training and Research in Vallabh Vidhyanagar. This three day event was partnered by Times Foundation.
The CIDTT, from the University of Cambridge International Examinations, UK, is offered in collaboration with the British Council, Chennai and Times Foundation, Bangalore. The Diploma provides an ideal framework for anyone developing their teaching or training role, and wishing to enhance and update their skills and knowledge. CIDTT is an internationally recognized, practice-based qualification for continuing professional development, relevant to all teaching and learning contexts. On completion of the course, candidates are eligible to teach in CIE programmes, e.g. the Cambridge Primary Programme or IGCSE, and in other international, national or local programmes.
Times Foundation distributed 239 school bags (including writing pads & pens) to RK Foundation on, 23rd of August 2013, under the educational aid project 'Vidhya'. Bags were distributed to Lower Primary School: Gidadapaalya and Urdhu Higher Primary School: Doddabasti in Bangalore, Navajeevana in Mulbagal taluk in Kolar, Sri Srinivasa Youth Association in Marthadu village and Garladinne mandal in Ananthapur district in Andhra Pradesh.
The Principals FORUM and Times Foundation organized second edition of a two day "International Conference of School Principals, 2013" on October 18th and 19th. NUEPA, NCERT and CBSE were the academic partners and Sahodaya Schools Complex, Ghaziabad was the organizing partner of the conference. Over 300 principals, vice principals and school management from across the country congregated, shared their experiences, discussed, debated and brainstormed - Paradigm Shift in Leading 21st Century Schools. The chief guest of the conference was Vrinda Swarup, additional secretary, elementary education, MHRD. The key note speakers for the first plenary session were Om Pathak chairman, Teacher SITY, Vineet Joshi, chairman CBSE and Sanjeev Kaura, CEO - CSR, The Times Foundation. Vrinda Swarup informed the house about the state of education in India. She presented statistics on enrolment of students at elementary, secondary and senior secondary levels, emphasised the role of schools as agents of change and reiterated the role of school leaders in this process. CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi informed the house about the recent changes in the curriculum, and stated that the implementation of policies is not taking place at the same pace. During the discussion, Sanjeev Kaura emphasised that CCE will enhance critical thinking in children and that the role of a teacher is only that of a facilitator.
Rotary Bangalore East, in association with The Times Foundation and Gems B School, conducted a workshop for Teachers on "Effective Teaching Skills" at The B M English School auditorium on October 26th, 2013. The programme was attended by fifty primary, middle and high school teachers from schools in and around Shivajinagar. Five teachers were felicitated for active participation and all the teachers who participated received a certificate. The programme, which was very well received, was facilitated by Dr. M.I.M. Nehruzii, Dean, Gems B School, Bangalore".
The Times of India and Loyola College have joined hands to establish a school of commerce and economics. Representatives of the college and TOI signed a memorandum recently to formalize the tie-up. TOI's contribution will go towards the construction of a large facility to house "The Times of India- Loyola College School of Commerce and Economics". Loyola plans to offer a one-year diploma program in banking management conducted by the Times Group. TOI will also support an English language training programme for slum children and a teachers' skilling program by resource persons from Loyola College.
In partnership with JSS, TF has undertaken a study within its editorial department in Bangalore to help design a curriculum on Mass Media and Communication. The uniqueness to this is the fact that the target audiences for this course are visually impaired and hence each tool used in publication and media had to be checked for accessibility. An external volunteer group was used for accessibility testing and post which a draft curriculum was developed. Our efforts here will enable the visually impaired aspirants to dream of a mainstream career in media and journalism.
"Times Foundation in Bangalore organized a 'Skill Based Training' for 12 underprivileged youth with the purpose to enable them find employment. Firstly a career guidance session was organized and each participant was assessed on their individual training needs. Of the 12 participants, 9 were selected to go through a week long Soft Skills training from Elite Mentors which included sessions on personality development, etiquette, work ethics, interview preparation, mock interviews etc. It was a proud moment for us to see 5 of them being placed in employment post our training. We continue to facilitate support to them and to the remaining others with opportunities of interviews."
The Times Foundation Bangalore undertook a career guidance for 35 candidates with disability, in the first week of June, on completion of basic training on computers and soft skill provided by NGOs, the placement support was provided to them through the Job fair organised by the Times of India on 5th July. 2 companies Mphasis and KPIT interviewed the candidates with disability.
The Times Foundation Bangalore collaborated with the TTF education services Pvt Ltd to support 16 students to undertake the rigorous 9 month course with TTF, the candidate is supported to select 2 subjects of his/her choice to teach and is supported to get placed in a good school on completion of the training. The pre service teacher education programme is aimed at developing young trainees to begin a meaningful professional career in low cost private schools.
A program on display of Deaf Artists work was organised by the Times Foundation Bangalore along with the Cheshire Group supporting deaf artists who were trained and an opportunity to display their Art through an exhibition was organised , wherein renowned Artist Mr Vasudev along with the Times Foundation talked on empowering people with disabilities to have sustainable livelihoods.
Employees at Ahmedabad donated School stationary during the Back to School drive. The collected stationary were gifted to lesser privileged children at an orphanage and a municipal school.
The Times Foundation Bangalore presented on 'Accessibility and Technology solutions' for the persons with disability to the training partners of LCD-SARO (Leonard Cheshire Disability-South Asia Regional office) on 21st Aug 2014. The technology solutions emphasised on the need to think of Accessibility and the various tools to make work place accessible for the persons with disabilities and further the various challenges and the solutions for opting technology and tools. The perspective of an NGO to tackle the challenges and the solutions to overcome the challenges were discussed through the presentation. The Times foundation experience with the use of technology-JAWS for the visually impaired students was shared.
Times Foundation in association with The Teacher Foundation organized a seminar, "A School Leaders' Collective to offer Sane Ideas for Safer Schools" on 21st of Aug 2014. The seminar opened discussions and views about schools becoming 'dangerous' spaces for students. The program had Dr. Neena David, counselor and Gynecologist and Gina Menon, teacher in London as speakers who addressed the issue in a very sane manner and shared ideas with 100 school principals from Bangalore for the safety of the schools. TF opinioned that there should be a follow up on the measures implemented and the need for a joint effort in ensuring that the measures are undertaken.
Times Foundation Bangalore and WinNWin Leadership Academy jointly conducted a one day workshop on 'Image-An Effective Communicator' on 23rd Aug 2014 for an inclusive group comprising of Entrepreneurs, Trainers, Students, Retired Professionals and Social Activists. Consultants from WinNWin leadership academy conducted the session. Around 15 participants from fields of Academia, corporate, social, students participated in this workshop.
The Times Foundation Bangalore in collaboration with the Gems B School organised for a Career Guidance event for the youth on the 27th Aug, at the Gems B School auditorium. The intent was to address the concerns of the youth who were fresh graduates seeking employment. key HR speakers from the corporate such as Wipro, Tesco, and Mphasis sharing their views and providing tips on how to prepare them for an interview, understanding their skills and much above all the attitudes. The second session involved group discussions and written tests from hiring corporates such as Wipro, IBM, Allegis Group, Wenger&watson, Ocwen Financial Services. Around 40 candidates were placed through this event in the following mentioned companies.
The IDIA Football League 2014 (IFL 2014), concluded successfully on September 7, 2014. This event was organised by Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) to raise funds to support the legal education of underprivileged children studying at leading law schools across India. The IFL 2014 was powered by Vahura, legal talent specialists, co-organised by the Times Foundation, and Legal league Consulting were the prize sponsors. The IFL 2014 was preceded by the IDIA Scholar Conference, which was co-organised by the Times Foundation. Mr. Antony Alex, CEO, Rainmaker and Ms. Tanisha Deshpande from Vahura conducted interactive sessions for IDIA Scholars at the Times of India office in Mumbai and discussed various career options with them. Vahura also conducted individual counseling sessions for each IDIA Scholar and addressed them on the art of writing effective resumes and attending interviews. Exciting league matches on the 6th September determined the draw of the knock-out matches on the 7th. The IFL Championship Final witnessed a thrilling contest between two evenly matched teams, Bharucha & Partners and JSA 'A'. The match went to penalties, with Bharucha finally taking the Championship trophy. The finals of the IFL Plate witnessed another exciting finish, with Trilegal defeating Wadia Ghandy & Co. Mr. Labanyendu Das of AMSS finished off as the Highest Goal-Scorer and Mr. Narayan Kedia of JSA 'A' was adjudged to be the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament. The IFL 2014 concluded with an award ceremony and a fundraising evening, IFL Night. Ms. Madhurima Mukherjee, Chief Mentor at IDIA and a Partner at AZB hosted the evening, and Mr. Pramod Rao, General Counsel, Citibank and Mr. Ritvik Lukose, CEO, Vahura addressed the gathering briefly. A few IDIA Scholars then took the stage to share their heart-warming stories and experiences, which touched a chord with everyone present.
The Times Foundation has undertaken an Women empowerment program for 25 Young girls of YWCA , through 2 sessions covering the life skills training required for young women today. The sessions were on personality development, grooming, work ethics, responsibility and team building.
Times Foundation in association with One Life Academy conducted a workshop with an intent to help ambitious youth & general public to set their goals. This workshop helped all participants set goals, helped them have clarity on what they want. Participants were happy as they could be clear & articulate the desires floating in mind. It also helped them have a plan in place to channelize time, energy and efforts.
The livelihood Program is planned to provide a thorough assessment and skill development Program for the youth who are young graduates, and provide them with the necessary skills, such as aptitude, english communication and soft skill training and help them to get placed in the corporate, therby providing them their livelihood. The current Livelihood Program includes complete assessment of 17 candidates, who are counselled & assessed earlier and currently undergoing thru the enhancement training on Aptitude, English and Soft Skills. Further on completion of training , they will be supported with placement opportunities.
Times Foundation Bangalore organised a skill-based training to make youth employable. They were trained on soft skills, aptitude and english communications.
The Times Foundation Bangalore in collaboration with Gems B School organised a Career Guidance event for youth with leading HR speakers from Wipro, Tesco and Mphasis providing career tips. Participants went on to be placed with leading companies.
Times Foundation in collaboration with Empowerz organised a one day workshop on the 6th Dec 2014. The workshop helped in CAREER Planning & Guidance Workshop for Fresh Graduates, Post Graduates & Final Year Students to help them on CV writing, succeeding in Group Discussion & Qualifying in Interviews.This Workshop reached out to young graduates to help them prepare Impressive CV, succeed in Group Discussions, to get shortlisted and qualify in Personal Interviews.
The objective of this program was to develop music based training program in order to build skills and confidence among the women and impart some skill which helped them earn a sustainable livelihood for their family. Also, the purpose of this initiative was to equip learners with employability skills and the self-confidence. Essentially, employability skills were the skills needed to obtain jobs and skills that help them stay in job and develop a career. As the training, which began in September, continued for over an eight-week period, Times Foundation, besides others partnered for the final assessment of the women which took place as a public performance with their new skills on 15th November. The NESI project culminated with a concert, where the 75 women involved in the NESI programme took the stage for the first time in their lives, showcasing the music they had learnt over the past eight weeks.
Times Foundation's first initiative of Livelihood program for the lesser privileged youth was organized at the Times Foundation office , for 20 youth who were from underprivileged section inclusive of a candidate with disability, they underwent training on Aptitude, business English and communicative English, along with soft skills and further on investment banking, a need based training. They were certified for undergoing the skill based training; they are being further supported for the placement support under the Livelihood program of the Times Foundation. The candidates were referred to walk-ins and one to one placements.The Livelihood program is a social initiative undertaken by the Times Foundation to support the Needy candidates to secure a job to meet their livelihoods.
Times Foundation volunteers and Times group employees celebrated the Republic Day with residents of Manisha Mandir, a home for orphan girls. The volunteers engaged children in impromptu games and races, and interacted with them about their aim in life. Times Foundation is exploring possibilities of supporting these children in their education as a social responsibility. From TOI employees’ contribution, books were provided to the children.
A two day Heartfullness Meditation Workshop was organised for employees of Times Of India Ahmedabad at Vejalpur press from 1 to 3 February 2016. This programme was organized by Times Foundation. The sessions were delivered by a trained facilitator from SahajMarg Spirituality Foundation.
The Ahmedabad office organised a woollen clothes donation drive wherein the employees collected the woollen wear and distributed them to the slum children.
NGO Support is a regular exercise conducted by Times Foundation at own offices/other locations. This month Times Foundation collaborated with two partner NGO's named Rahen, Society for Child Development & Sulabh International at the Delhi & Noida offices. All the NGO's have showcased the handmade items like Diyas, Gift Items, Candles, Bags, Art & Craft etc. All the items are made by the specially abled, underprivileged women who are trained by these ngo's. The items are made by physically/mentally challenged youth/adolescents.
During Diwali, specially abled children as well as visually challenged girls from two NGOs in the city, Navjeevan Charitable Trust and Andh Kanya Prakash Gruh, held a sale of hand-painted diyas, candles, envelopes and other products made by them. TOI employees encouraged them by buying their handmade products.
Times Foundation along with volunteers from its office at Ahmedabad donated school stationery during the Back to School drive. The collected stationery was gifted to lesser privileged children of a municipal school.
Times Foundation with support of HR through a joint initiative, Times Social Responsibility (TSR) supported the visually challenged girls from the Andh Kanya Prakash Grah by hosting a stall of rakhis made by these girls at the Ahmedabad office.
With the purpose to engage employees in an act of charity and make them part of a cause, to help visually impaired children, Times Foundation in association with National Association for Blind (NAB) and OYE (an NGO), celebrated Rakhi Day across its offices in Mumbai. The team of OYE exhibited colourful, handmade rakhis at the office cafeterias.
Times Foundation collaborated with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for a Tree Plantation drive. PMC officials also participated in the activity and over 65 saplings were planted at ARAI, Pune.
Times Group employees in Ahmedabad encouraged mentally challenged children to pursue their talents by buying products, handmade by them.
On the occasion of World Day for the Elderly, Times Group employees in Ahmedabad organised a book donation drive and a music programme for the residents of Suvarna Mandir, an old age home.
Times Foundation in association with Tata Memorial Hospital organized a blood donation drive across its offices in Mumbai. The purpose was to engage employees in an act of charity and make them part of a cause of helping many patients in need for blood. We had 149 donations in total across all offices.
A CSR initiative by BCCL was thought this Diwali by donating clothes to the needy. This event was initiated by Times Foundation on 28th October 2013. It took place at the TOI office on MG Road in Bengaluru. Employees were informed to get cleaned and ironed clothes from their home to support RK Foundation for their project "Vastra - The Clothes Bank".
Breaking away from the usual routine of waiting for Santa - Team TSR Ahmedabad decided to become Santa for someone needy - last Christmas. Through this initiative we spread warmth in the lives of slum dwellers and visually impaired people of Blind People's Association.
The TCS marathon run had 5 volunteers from the Times Group-Bangalore. The run was for a social cause promoting employee volunteering. 2 ran for the 5.5k and 3 ran for the 10 k marathon on Sunday May 11th.
"Diwali is all about gifting and sharing happiness. So, this Diwali, employees at Ahmedabad once again made the occasion a time of double delight as they shared more joy and sweetness with those who needs love and care. All the employees generously packed in lots of sweets, chocolates and other cute stuff to bring smiles on the faces of hundreds of children at a mentally challenged home, slums and inmates at old home and made the celebrations a matter of double joy with more verve and enthusiasm."
"After successful completion of "Book donation drive" by employees of The Times of India group at Ahmedabad, it was time to gift the books to an Old Age Home.On October 1, World Day for the Elderly, along with book gifting function, Team TSR organised a musical evening for the residents of "Suvarna Mandir" old age home at Bopal, Ahmedabad. Evening started with gifting of collected books followed by an entertainment section wherein evergreen old songs were sung by members of ""Swargunjan Hatkesh Group"".As the group belted out romantic songs from the golden era, the inmates said they felt like listening to Mukesh, Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle live. 'Kaanto se kheench ke ye aanchal', 'Pucho na kaise mene ren bitayee', 'Hum safar mere humsafar...' and many other songs drew huge applaud from the members. Some of the house members just couldn't resist themselves from dancing on these popular songs. It being Navratri time in Gujarat, the music groups also sang a couple of Garba songs to great pleasure of the senior citizens. All the inmates had an exciting musical evening and it was a truly unforgettable for most of the people present at the venue. Their refrain at the end of the day: Come again."
This Diwali employees at Ahmedabad encouraged the mentally challenged kids by buying hand painted diyas, candles ,envelopes and many more products made by them. Team TSR and Society For The welfare Of Mentally Retarded ( SWMR) organised Diwali Mela where Diyas, Candles, Envelopes and many more products made by the kids were on sale. SWMR is one of the first organization in India started by Parents Of Mentally Challenged in 1967.
This Diwali employee at Kolkata encouraged the challenged kids, orphans by buying hand painted diyas, candles, envelopes and many more products made by them. Team HR in association with TF organised Diwali Exhibitions where Diyas, Candles, Envelopes and many more products made by the kids were on sale. It was a 2 days activity in Kolkata. The following NGOS were present in the exhibition. Tiljala SHEDDakshin Kalikata Sevasram, IPER, Hope Foundationm All Children Together Trust
A Free Eye check-up camp was conducted in association with Vasan Eye Care at a Deaf & Mute School for over 500 Deaf & Mute kids on 3rd October 2013 at Ahmedabad. During this drive, employees of TOI and teachers of the school pledged their eyes. Deaf and Mute students vowed to donate their eyes too.
TF helped construct two full-fledged state-of-the-art hospitals in partnership with Government of Tamil Nadu. The 30-bedded hospital at Semmancherry, 50 bedded-hospitals at Thiruvottiyar were constructed to cater to Tsunami victims. Tsunami disaster which struck Tamil Nadu in December 2004 and resulted in extensive loss of lives and damage to the public property saw TF in the forefront of relief work. As part of its measure to create social and community assets for the Tsunami victims, the TF built 97 dwelling units for the Tsunami affected victims in Cuddalore. TF further decided to help those affected in the calamity by offering to build a 50-bedded hospital at Tiruvottriyur. The Foundation for this was laid by the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 30th July, 2008. In subsequent meetings with the state government and TF, the project has seen further developments. It has been decided that the hospital will be taken over by the Department of Medical Services and run as a Government Hospital, the land required for the hospital will be transferred to Health department free of cost and necessary enter upon permissions will be given to permit TF to start construction of 50 bedded hospital at Thiruvottriyur. The sanction of the project proposal is under the active consideration of the Health and Family Welfare Department of the state government. Apart from the hospital, a site measuring 2400 square metre in the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board has been allocated for the Primary Health Centre at Semmancherry. These initiatives of TF are one of the largest community building exercises being undertaken by the Foundation to build community assets which have direct positive bearing on health and livelihood opportunities of communities. This initiative of the Foundation sets an innovative agenda in public private partnership mode and augurs well for development sector in terms of setting a robust model for replication by others.
Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu was one of the worst hit areas. It left more than 6000 dead and 1.5 lakh homeless. According to a report 1500 children lost one parent and 117 children were orphaned. 94 permanent dwelling units were constructed TF in collaboration with AOL and IAHV for the villagers of Periya Manikapanngu, Tharangambadi taluka, Nagapattinam district to provide long term rehabilitation to victims of Tsunami.. Each housing unit comprised a bed-room, a hall, kitchen and toilet plus a terrace and houses were made as pucca structures. On 18th Aug 2006 His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar inaugurated these homes.
TF and the Government of J&K came together for construction of laboratory blocks and facilities in computer science department in the Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Mendhar in Poonch District which was affected by the earthquake in 2005. This project, set up under the PPP model, was to provide more opportunities to the underprivileged school students of that area. Apart from providing a common laboratory, there were facilities for computer training. The project was handed over to the government and school to provide adequate number of well-trained teachers and other required staff to teach and manage the created infrastructure in a meaningful manner. The foundation stone for the project was laid on December 22, 2008 in the presence of Mr. M.S. Khan, Secretary, Rural Development, and Government of J&K. Through its efforts, TF is also encouraging other agencies to provide facilities for the people of the region under the PPP mode. The construction of the school is expected to be completed soon and would be finally handed over to the government shortly. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. M S Khan said, "the project is unique as the state government and the Times Foundation decided to build a much needed school infrastructure in a far flung area of the state to provide laboratory blocks to the school and its students. The success of this project will become a live example on how an effective public private partnership on the ground can be executed and will open gates for other similar public private partnership in the state of J&K. Times Foundation's generous financial support to this project is key to this project and its success''. Elaborating on the project, Mr. Pooran C Pandey, Chief Functionary of TF said, "this is a unique project of its own kind as coming together of the state government and Times Foundation marks beginning of the first ever public private partnership in the state of J&K and this relationship will motivate other corporate and philanthropic agencies to contribute their social responsibility in the state which needs educational infrastructure for faster growth and development'. The purpose of this project is to construct laboratory blocks for the Government Boys Higher Secondary school, Mendhar in Poonch district of Jammu & Kashmir. The construction of the Boys Higher Secondary school include labs, one each for Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, a common lab and also a bathroom. Amongst those who also attended the project launch included Md. Afzal Bhat, District Development Commissioner, Poonch, Mr. J. L Bhagat, Director, Rural Development, Jammu, Mr. T.N Pandita, Superintending Engineer, REW, Jammu, Md. Salim, Assistant Commissioner (Development) Poonch, Ch. Shabir Ahmad, Executive Engineer, REW, Poonch. Principal, Boys Higher Secondary School, Mendhar and its staff members, and other distinguished community leaders and local media.
TF supported this project with a grant of Rs. 50 lakhs for building a milk dairy project in Sonari Village of Sitapur District, Uttar Pradesh under the aegis of the UP Milk Co-operative Federation. The foundation stone for the Milk Dairy Project to be started by Lead India contest winner, Mr. RK Misra was laid on January 4th, 2009 by Sitapur District Magistrate Mr. MK Narayan. The project earlier titled 'non-agriculture employability opportunity' is now known as 'Agriculture Plus' for the benefit of the economically underprivileged people. A couple of tin sheds has been constructed over 1 acre of land and the co-operative has been registered .The district administration has also build road leading to the project site and would install a 2,000 litre bulk milk chilling plant for milk storage purpose. TF decided to partially fund the Project keeping in view the fact that the project would provide non-agriculture employment opportunities to the economically underprivileged rural people and contribute to their economic upliftment. The project is expected to be operational very soon. This project, which has been inspired by a similar one in northern China in the 50s and 60s, would benefit the economically underprivileged villagers of Sonari. A Co-operative has been formed to facilitate the implementation of the Project under the aegis of the UP Milk Co-operative Federation. The Co-operative shall run the said Milk Dairy Project for the betterment of the of livelihood of its members, who are primarily small and marginal farmers with land holding of less than one hectare each and whose livelihood cannot be sustained by agriculture alone. The project aims at providing non-agriculture employability opportunity. The setting up of the Project would consist of all related activities including, construction of the buildings and sheds, purchase and installation of equipment, purchase of milk yielding cattle etc. Similarly, the operating and running of the Project would also consist of all related activities normally associated with the running of a dairy, which includes, health care and safety of the cattle, milking of the cattle, preservation, pasteurization and storage of milk, sale of milk, arrangement of fodder for the cattle, defraying of all expenditure, realization of sale proceeds of the milk, employment of required staff etc. Mr. Misra would be monitoring the progress and functioning of the project and reporting about the same to Times Foundation.
The Kolkata Golpark project initiated by Times Foundation and Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture was thrown open to the public on 27th May'10. In the midst of a concrete jungle, a patch of green has been made to comfort the Kolkatans. One of the most famous landmarks of the city — Golpark — has received a fresh coat of paint and much more. The Times Foundation came forward to support Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, which was entrusted with the maintenance of the park and boulevard. On Thursday evening, the illuminated, beautified Golpark was thrown open to Kolkatans by Swami Sarvabhutananda, secretary of Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture. The ceremony, held on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, marked a prayer to Swami Vivekananda, whose statue has adorned the park since 1961. As the country prepares to pay tribute to the visionary on his sesquicentennial anniversary beginning from 2012, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture has embarked on its own way to commemorate the occasion. This initiative was undertaken to help clean up and beautify Golpark in South Kolkata. It is one of the most famous landmarks of the city and has received a patch of green to comfort the Kolkatans. Kolkata Municipal Corporation had given the responsibility for maintenance of the park and nearby boulevard and we have tried our best to restore it to its full glory by putting illuminated fountains, terracotta lamps seasonal flowers and trees to add to the greenery. The beautified Golpark and boulevard will help people become aware of the importance of keeping their surroundings clean. TF, Municipality of Kolkata and Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture partnered to revitalize and restore the Golpark area of Kolkata and also equipping the public library of Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture with an understanding that all subsequent maintenance of Golpark and the library will be undertaken by the Kolkata Municipality Corporation & the Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture respectively.