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‘NRI School Connect Campaign’- a new Virtual Learning initiative by government of AP

The aim of the project is to establish a firm connection between students and NRI through the medium of knowledge.

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April 10, 2017:

“In this digital age, we have an opportunity to transform lives of people in ways that were hard to imagine just couples of decade ago” – remarked Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India) at Silicon Valley on September 2015.

In this era of digitization, Andhra Pradesh government under the leadership of Shri Chandrababu Naidu has endeavored to provide virtual education to the students of government schools. Education is the bedrock of future generations and the society. Hence, to gratify the indispensable need of an hour, ‘Connect Project’NRI school connect program was launched as a part of AP Janmabhoomi, a social initiative led by Government of Andhra Pradesh under the guidance of Special Representative of North America, Shri Jayaram Komati.

The NRI School Connect was launched on 3 April 2017 by the Special Representatives of North America, Shri Jayaram Komati from California, USA. The project is deemed as a series of three pilot sessions presently. The novel initiative is expected to grow following the success of three pilot sessions.

What is Connect Project Campaign?

The NRI school connect program is first of its kind initiative by the Government of Andhra Pradesh to virtually connect the NRI Diaspora with the students of government schools. The rationale of this initiative is to endow students with diversified knowledge with the help of NRI settled all across the globe. Though, the Telugu NRI community is disconnected by lands but connected by hearts. With the help of the Initiative, the NRI are given an opportunity to serve their motherland.

Though, the Telugu NRI community is disconnected by lands but unquestionably connected by hearts. With the help of the Initiative, the NRI are given an opportunity to serve their motherland.

The aim of the project is to establish a firm connection between students and NRI through the medium of knowledge.

The interaction entails one-hour discussion between the NRI and students where the first half encompass the presentation by NRI on any relevant topic and the next half is taken up by the NRI as a question answer round.

The technical support is provided by the team of Reliance Jio.

 The First Pilot Session – NRI Connect Project

The launch of the first session was undertaken by Mr. Shivaji, NRI from Texas, USA. Mr. Shivaji conducted a session on ‘Human Evolution and Technology’ through an arresting presentation which comprised of videos also.

The session was overall a success and bewitching for the students as well. The inquisitiveness among the students soared as the interaction headed further. Students asked the questions like – How is water formed? ; Is there any without water? ; What is a Galaxy? and so on.

Newsgram contacted Mr. Shivaji, an NRI instructor in the ‘Connect Project’ initiative by the government of Andhra Pradesh.

Students want to learn continuously. We need to give them freedom to share their thoughts, and not just hand them a notebook and pencil. Providing them a virtual platform of interaction will bring them exposure to the kids and impulse the inquisitive side of the child to ask more questions. Digital classrooms will help the students utilize maximum resources to leverage their potential. told Shivaji to Newsgram.

Majority of the students were able to connect with the topic. Quite evident because they kept asking a lot of intriguing questions and participated in the discussions. – remarked Shivaji on the response of the students.

The interaction went remarkably well and it was able to embed some amount of knowledge in the students regarding the topic. According to Shivaji, the education system should be such that it connects the theories and concepts to the outside world.

Second Pilot Session – NRI Connect Project 

The second Pilot session was conducted today. Shri Jitendra Chowdary, Vice president of Citi edified the students the importance of the search engine Google. He presented a PPT on how to make a sound career by pursuing an individual’s passion.

He showed that while in the US, how he can know the weather of Cuddapah. This caught the glimpse to all students, one student asked him whether they can know the rainfall in their district? How can they know which land can be cultivated?. The question was tricksome but Shri Jitendra Chowdary answered their questions fairly to each one of them.

The scheduled date for the next interaction is 17 April. To know more about the initiative, click here

Reported by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94

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Andhra Pradesh Janmabhoomi Project: 51 NRIs Help Tribal Village Kothavalasa in Developing a Space Fostering Sports Facilities

Sports Facility for a tribal village has been inaugurated by AP Janmabhoomi project which involves contribution of 51 NRIs

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AP Janmabhoomi rural project.

Andhra Pradesh, Sep 27, 2017: Kothavalasa, a tribal village near Araku saw an influx of sporting enthusiasts wailing and whistling in joy as a result of the ‘Tribal Development Project’ that got executed in less than 20 days.

With a vision to bridge NRIs to their native land, India’s Sunrise State, AP Janmabhoomi has spread its wings by launching various campaigns revolving around the holistic development of the rural public. AP Janmabhoomi’s prime focus areas include creating – Digital Classrooms, Anganwadi Centres & Crematoriums.

Before leveling the land

Girls playing throwball after leveling the land

Kothavalasa, of Dumbriguda Mandal, Vishakhapatnam District happened to be their first integrated Tribal Development Project. The Special Representative for North America, the team that is actively involved in this mission, after pondering upon various ways to impact the lives of the rural public came up with an offbeat approach.

According to the team, for any community to move forward, they need to stay united and what better than sports can teach people to stay united. Creating a sports facility is not an easy task, and it needs a lot of resources, especially money.

In alignment with their vision of involving NRIs in the overall gamut – AP Janmabhoomi, kicked off a fundraiser
campaign and has collected a sum of almost 1,30,000 rupees in just five days. It should be noted that the whole fundraising was carried on the official website of AP Janmabhoomi, where 51 NRIs from various parts of the globe have participated. During the team’s physical inspection to the site, they’ve partnered with ThinkPeace, an NGO which has already been impacting the people living there for more than 5 years till now. As part of their integrated Tribal Development Project, AP Janmabhoomi also donated an amount of Rs. 3,00,000 for the construction of an Anganwadi school.

Distributing sports equipment

Shri Sarveshwar Rao, MLA of Araku and Shri Ravi Subhash, I.A.S graced the inauguration ceremony with their presence
and distributed the sports equipment which is set to unite and empower the youth and children of tribal villages around Kothavalasa. The equipment included outdoor sports equipment like volleyball, throw ball and cricket kits. The indoor equipment included table tennis, carom boards, and chessboards. A tournament named after the great freedom fighter, Shri Alluri Sitaramaju, was organized in the ground which saw participants from 12 Mandals.

Also Read: NRI School Connect Campaign- A new Virtual Learning initiative by government of AP 

The AP Special Representative for North America, Shri Jayaram Komati, currently heading the social initiative,
believes that all the NRIs share a common will to help
their native land.

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

Mahalaya
An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Mahalaya
Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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World Suicide Prevention Day: Bollywood celebrities Hrithik Roshan and Karan Johar lend their support to suicide prevention

Hrithik said, "On World Suicide Prevention Day, make a pledge to listen, and save a life"

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Hrithik Roshan and Karan Johar support suicide prevention
Hrithik Roshan and Karan Johar support suicide prevention. IANS
  • Hrithik shared a link of a video which depicted that one should listen to a person for saving lives
  • In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day join the #EarForYou movement. Listen it can save a life
  • Empower individuals and their families dealing with mental health disorders

Mumbai, September 10, 2017: Bollywood celebrities Karan Johar and Hrithik Roshan have come out in support of preventing suicide in the country on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day 2017.

Hrithik on Saturday shared a link of a video, which depicted that one should listen to a person for saving lives.

“On World Suicide Prevention Day, make a pledge to listen, and save a life,” Hrithik captioned the video.

Karan also shared the same link and wrote a similar caption for the video. He also tagged Neerja Birla, Founder, and Chairperson of Mpower, The Aditya Birla World Academy, and The Aditya Birla Integrated School.

Neerja Birla has started with the campaign and wrote on her Twitter account: “In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day join the #EarForYou movement. Listen it can save a life.”

According to the official page of Mpower, their aim is “to empower individuals and their families dealing with mental health disorders by raising awareness, alleviating stigma, advocating prevention, fostering education, and providing world class holistic services, so that they can lead meaningful and productive lives, with respect and dignity.” (IANS)