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Slum Children in Delhi to Exhibit their works of Art in “Hamare Sapno Ke Rang-Youth Pradarshini”

The exhibition "Hamare Sapno Ke Rang-Youth Pradarshini" will be held on October 25 at Bal Bhavan

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New Delhi, October 24, 2016: Slum children in the city have been creating works of art for the past few months and are all set to present them at an upcoming exhibition here.

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To be organised by the Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR), the “Hamare Sapno Ke Rang-Youth Pradarshini” art Show will be on at Bal Bhavan on October 25.

The creative works that include paintings, sketches, short films etc to be displayed at the show, have emerged from the learning initiative called School of Life (SoL) by CFAR.

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“This initiative, is a learner driven, peer-led, programme designed as a participatory and collaborative exchange between survivors of violence from the community and students of premier academic institutions of Delhi, and guided by mentors drawn from academic and creative professional streams,” said CFAR Executive Director Akhila Sivadas in a statement released on Monday.

“The SoL programme started on June 1. We then conducted a five-day workshop and tutorial to provide conceptual clarity on gender to 55 learners. Some of them are survivors of violence or affected by it,” she added.

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“They took this learning forward and expressed their thoughts through different mediums during several practical and hands on workshops.” she explained. (IANS)

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Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393