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Medical camps for differently abled children in Tiruchi from July 16

Free medical camps for differently abled children would be held at six block resource centres of Education for All scheme across the district from July 16 to August 2.

Differently abled children in the age group of six to 14 could participate in the camps where screening and treatment would be offered free of cost.

The children would also be issued national identity cards and assistive device.

If required, the children would be referred for surgeries, Collector Jayashree Muralidharan said in a press release.

Schedule

The camps would be held at the block resource centres to the following schedule: July 16 - Government High School, Mutharasanallur; July 17 – Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Manapparai; July 18 – Government Girls HSS, Thuraiyur; July 19 – Government Boys HSS, Musiri; July 20 – Government Boys HSS, Lalgudi; July 21 - Corporation Middle School, Subramaniapuram, Tiruchi; July 23 – Government HSS, Somarasampettai; July 24 – Government HSS, Kovilpatti; July 25 – Government HSS, Uppilliyapuram; July 26 - Government HSS, Balasamudiram, Thottiyam; July 27 – Government HSS, Pullampadi; July 28 – Government Adi Dravida Girls HSS, Kattur; July 30 – Corporation Elementary School, Pandamangalam South, Tiruchi; July 31 – Arignar Anna Government HSS, Vaiyampatti; August 1 – Government Boys HSS, Manachanallur; and August 2 – Government Boys HSS, Thathaiyengarpet.


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BHEL constructs toilet block at school

The BHEL Tiruchi has constructed a compound wall and toilet block at Saint Mary’s High School, Pathalapettai, at a cost of Rs.6 lakh, under its corporate social responsibility programme.

At a special function organised at the school premises, M.Palanivel, general manager, human resources, BHEL, dedicated the facilities to the school.

Mr.Palanivel said that BHEL had spent Rs.1.5 crore during the year 2011-12 towards discharging various social welfare activities in and around Tiruchi as part of the company’s CSR initiative.

He also said that BHEL is giving foremost thrust to educational sector by imparting technical skills for making them employable and also by addressing the basic needs of students such as class rooms, uniforms, notebooks and libraries.

He also announced that BHEL has launched a social campaign termed “vision to all – BHEL’s call” for the noble cause of encouraging BHEL employees to pledge their eyes for donation. This special noble initiative by BHEL will go a long way in building a blind-free society, he added.

N.Krishnamoorthy, Additional General Manager, K.Murali, Deputy General Manager-Administration, N.Karthikeyan, Senior Manager, Civil Township from BHEL, offered felicitations.

K.Selvaraj, master technician, valves production, who has been nominated as the ‘co-ambassador’ for BHEL for encouraging BHEL employees to pledge their eyes for donation spoke about the importance of eye donation.

Earlier, Rev.Sr.A.Vijithal, headmistress, St.Mary High School, thanked BHEL for its gesture.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:00 pm 
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Trichy vet clinic and shelter

International Animal Rescue’s veterinary centre in Trichy was set up in 2005 by Dr Deike Schacht, a vet from Germany who moved there in 2002. The centre's aim is to control and care for the stray dog population with sterilisation and vaccination and to provide shelter and treatment for sick and injured dogs.

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Deike and her team established a well-equipped clinic, including consultation, pre- and post op' facilities, and a small but practical surgical theatre. The centre can accommodate around 50 animals - most of them dogs. As well as regular kennels for street dogs and in-patient pets there are facilities for puppies and quarantined animals, all of them large, airy and easy to clean.

Deike's allrounder team catches the dogs and her two vets perform all surgeries. Fast recovery times mean the dogs can leave the kennels after three to five days and complications and infections are very rare. This means more than 100 animals can be treated per month - a significant number for a small clinic. More than 5,000 dogs were sterilised and treated during the clinic’s first four years.

Outpatients and pet boarding

The outpatients clinic is popular and, as word spreads, more and more dogs are being brought in by their owners for treatment. In 2007 we also introduced the pet holiday boarding project which is very popular with pets and pet owners. During the first year some 20 dogs were cared for under the scheme.

Adoption

Our puppy adoption scheme encourages visitors to adopt young dogs for which we provide free vaccination and sterilisation at the appropriate time.

Public awareness

Education is a vital part of animal welfare and we try hard to educate people about the behaviour, management and needs of animals. A survey we conducted in Trichy General Hospital about dog bites and the incidences of rabies showed that 80% of the dog bite cases were caused by pet dogs rather than by strays. In response to this we produced a leaflet sponsored by Samrakshana Animal Welfare Society Trichy showing the ways to avoid getting bitten by dogs.

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In 2007 Deike returned to Germany and Dr Jothiraj took over the day to day running of the centre.

Politics have changed for the better since the centre was opened. With the help of two government orders the state of Tamil Nadu has obliged a large number of towns to conduct ABC-AR (Dog-Birth-Control and Anti-Rabies Vaccinations). Deike's team is authorised to conduct these operations and hired for a fee, so a large number of dogs in surrounding towns have been sterilised and vaccinated from her semi-mobile-unit.

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From being cared for to taking care of a store

It is hard to tell Babu and Sankaran, diagnosed with schizophrenia, apart from the support staff and volunteers helping out at the store


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For early morning shoppers hunting for fresh vegetables in the residential neighbourhood of K.K.Nagar, the first sight of green is just around the bus terminus at the shop in the corner. With fresh vegetables beckoning invitingly from straw mats spread outside the shop, the grocery store bears a distinction unknown to many. Not only do proceeds from the store go towards rehabilitation of the mentally ill, but the store is efficiently run by rehabilitated mentally ill persons.

Don multiple roles

It is hard to tell Babu and Sankaran, diagnosed with schizophrenia, apart from the support staff and volunteers helping out at the store. They execute all functions from making trips to the market to purchase vegetables, weighing grains for customers, making small talk cheerfully and filing accounts diligently, that even regular customers fail to spot the difference.

For around ten years, the daily operations of the store have been overseen by various mentally ill persons rehabilitated by Anbalayam, the government funded voluntary organisation rescuing and rehabilitating wandering mentally ill persons.

“Mentally ill persons need medical care and family support to lead a normal life. Such people generally cannot find any source of employment,” says T.K.S.Senthilkumar, founder of Anbalayam. Unlike mental retardation which is a birth condition and indicates low I.Q, mental illness is a disorder affecting thinking, behaviour and functioning.

The erstwhile duo that worked at the store, Paulraj and Anandan, have been reunited with their families and have moved on to other jobs.

From the streets to store

For schizophrenic patients, estranged from their families, the store keeps them occupied and provides a premise for social interaction. While Sanakaran was admitted in the institution by his family members who felt they could care for him no longer, Babu was rescued by Mr. Senthil Kumar from the streets of Thanjavur. “No one would identify the person he was a year ago.

He was found wandering the streets with long matted hair,” says Senthil, a psychiatric counsellor with the organisation.

Since last May, after psychiatric treatment at ATHMA Hospital and helping severely ill persons in bathing and feeding, Babu was moved to the store. The man from Vellore is yet to trace his family. “He has a talent for bargaining.

He can convince people easily and manages to get stuff for the best price,” says support staff Subramaniam, lauding Babu’s competence in haggling. Both set out for Gandhi market at 4 a.m. on a two-wheeler. “I get the best of the vegetables as I go early,” says Babu.

The shop has an edge over other stores in the neighbourhood as it is among the earliest to open and stocks produce fresh out of the market. Yet the store has limited stock with a turnover of around Rs.1,000 a day to make management easy for the mentally ill persons.

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The personal touch that Sankaran and Babu bring to the store has ensured a small but faithful clientele. “Customers who are acquainted with Anbalayam always buy vegetables here. Even if it may take time, they linger around to talk to us,” says Sankaran who was a tailor in Chennai.

Abandoned by his family who hardly visit him, he cherishes the ability to interact with people of all ages who drop into the shop.

“Still, there’s nothing to beat Madras,” he declares emphatically. Ask him why and pat comes the reply, “People there usually buy at the specified rate. Here, they bargain a lot!”


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IIM graduates, IT professionals to play agents of change in Naxal areas

As many as 78 districts affected by Maoist menace will soon witness a surge of energy and optimism, with young professionals ready to make a difference. A total of 156 youngsters aged between 22 and 30 will don the mantle of agents of change, working in the Naxal-affected region for two years, in the first batch of the Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellows Scheme (PMRDFS) to be formally launched in Hyderabad on Saturday.

The aim of the unique scheme is simple. “If the Maoists attract youth through their ideology, then the government has to counter that in a similar way,” Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said, speaking to The Hindu earlier this month. As many as 8,600 applications were received for 156 posts, and the applicants ranged from social workers to IIM graduates to IT professionals, Mr. Ramesh said about the project he introduced in 2011.

Aim is win confidence

“The scheme is one way of gaining back the confidence of people in the Naxal areas. It is necessary to create a perception change among the youth,” he said.For the Fellows themselves, this is an opportunity to “be a part of the solution,” as 25-year-old Vishnu Nair states. An engineer from NIT Trichy, Vishnu gave up his job with an MNC in Chicago to return to India.

“Most of the educated youngsters in India today are heavily skilled in solving the problems of the rich or those of the developed countries. I was into risk analytics, and I felt that it was not helping the development of my country in any way. NIT, where I studied, was heavily subsidised by the government, so I felt like I should be giving back to the society.”

As Fellows, they will not be part of the ‘permanent bureaucracy' for which the Naxals have contempt. “We will work as goodwill ambassadors, as agents between the government and the people to restore their faith,” said Mr. Nair.

‘Sherpas to Collector'

The role of the Fellows, according to Mr Ramesh, is best described as “sherpas to the District Collector.” They will be placed in the Naxal-affected districts of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Odisha covered under the Integrated Action Plan — a project of the Planning Commission and the Home Ministry to intensify development work. “A Collector has a lot of responsibility, and the Fellows, with their experience and training, will help in the development process that includes planning and monitoring,” Mr Ramesh said.

The Ministry is set to spend Rs 60 crore on the scheme, with stipends amounting to Rs. 53 crore and the training cost Rs 6.5 crore.

The Fellows will be paid Rs 50,000 in the initial two months of training to be organised by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and then Rs 75,000 for the rest of the fellowship period. However, for Neeraja Kudrimoti, like most other Fellows, it is not money but the sense of being part of the development process in the most affected conflict area of the country that matters more.

‘Great opportunity'

“Leaving the security of an IT job is a big deal, but there was no sense of contentment working in a cubicle. There was always a sense of ‘what am I doing this for?' This was a great opportunity to contribute and be a part of the change we all hope for, sitting outside,” said the 24-year-old employee of Patni Computer Systems, from Pune.

Integrated planning

Soumita Basu, a development worker with the Azim Premji Foundation, said the fellowship provided an opportunity to participate in integrated planning. “People have lost faith in the development process, and this is one way of restoring that. I would want to contribute to the cultural and social process of bringing the region back on the development agenda.”

Security concern

Asked if security is an issue, Neeraja is honest to admit that it is. The recent Odisha incident in which an MLA was abducted by Maoists has in fact escalated the fears, she said. “I am scared, and I am aware that the government has not really shared a rosy relationship with the Maoists. But facing danger is a part of the journey that we have agreed to take on. Hopefully with the work we do, we will make things easier in the region, and for the next batch. For that, I am willing to take the risk.”


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264 differently abled persons find placements at job fair

The excitement of attending an interview and getting placed in a private company was palpable at the job fair organised exclusively for differently abled persons held at K.A..P.Viswanatham Higher Secondary School in the district on Sunday.

Attended by over a 1,000 differently abled persons, the fair was organised by the district administration in collaboration with the Differently Abled Welfare Office, the District Employment Office and BHEL Small and Medium Industries Association (BHELSIA). At the end of the fair, 264 differently abled persons were placed.

“To ensure that differently abled persons in every part of the State were given priority, the Chief Minister has ordered all MLAs to allocate Rs.5 lakhs from their respective Local Area Development Fund for their welfare,” said N.R.Sivapathi, Minister for School Education, Youth Welfare and Sports. Adding that 75 tailoring machines and 100 tricycles would soon be provided in the district utilising the funds, he congratulated everyone attending the job fair and those who had landed jobs in particular.

Speaking about the idea behind the job fair, Collector Jayashree Muralidharan said, “Over thirty eight thousand people in the district have received their differently abled ID cards so far, and 6,666 people have registered themselves at the District Employment Office.

While it is not possible to find government jobs for every one of them, we decided to place them in private companies that came forward to recruit differently abled persons.” At the fair there were 39 private companies from a variety of fields including hospitality, engineering, healthcare, industrial production, garment manufacturing and FMCG production houses.

“Most candidates have been recruited as customer care personnel, computer operators, operations personnel, front desk personnel, tailors, welders, fitters, grinders and electricians to name a few,” said R.Ravichandran, Junior Rehabilitation Officer, differently abled Welfare Office. Some of the prominent recruiters included Kaveri Medical Centre, SRM Hotels, Lion Dates, Orbit, Chennai Silks, UVA Tech, LSS Traders, SCM Garments, Maya Enterprises, G.V.N. Hospital, GK Sons, Baby Industries, Worth Trust and Cethar Vessels. “Today, two of our students have landed themselves jobs and we realise the need to focus more on making our students employable,” said Radha Kumar, Trustee, Arivalayam, a special school within the BHEL Campus.

The first 10 candidates who had been placed at the job fair received their appointment orders from the Minister in the presence of M.Paranjothi, MLA, and Rajappa Rajkumar, president, BHELSIA.


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BHEL makes Arivalayam's annual day celebration memorable

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Teachers of Arivalayam, a Special School and Rehabilitation Centre for the differently-abled children on BHEL premises, were appreciated for their professional commitment by speakers during the annual day celebration of the institution recently.

A.V. Krishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi, and two other speakers R.M.P. Jawahar, Executive Director, TREC-STEP, the chief guest, and P. Jeyachandran, Professor and Director, Vijay Human Service, Chennai, the guest of honour, lauded the teachers for bringing children to the mainstream. Mr. Krishnan assured BHEL's sustained support for further growth of Arivalayam, and referred to the recent contributions of Rs. 11,50,000 made by Saraswathi Vidyalayam, a school for classical music at BHEL township, and Rs. 3 lakh by Alstom Power, USA, to Arivalayam.

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Mr. Jawahar explained the role of BHEL in the nation's growth and praised the industry for promoting Arivalayam.

Prof. Jeyachandran observed that the diverse activities in the school reflected the commitment of teachers, and that the rehabilitation of the differently abled students through vocational training was the best approach.

Winners of various competitions received prizes from Rajam Krishnan, Arivalayam Patron, and R. Shyamala, District Differently-Abled Welfare Officer, Tiruchi.

Audio-visual presentation of annual report impressed the audience as much as the variety entertainment programmes presented by the children.


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Brother Jagan,
Can you mail me MR Govintha RAj Contact no.i will plan to donation to him.Thank you.


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Supplementary directory of blood donors released

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Students should create awareness among the people of sanitation, said Shailesh Kumar Yadav, Commissioner of Police, Tiruchi city, here on Wednesday. After releasing the supplementary directory of blood donors brought out as part of the golden jubilee celebration of the NCC (air wing) of the National College here, Mr.Yadav said India was the only country where a large number of students completing school-level education had access to higher education at affordable cost .

In this context, he explained the economic ordeals being faced by students in western countries where higher education attracted a huge investment of money. He said Indian students proved their capability in countries, including the United Kingdom. Apart from pursuing their higher education, Indian students were a source of revenue for the United Kingdom through taxes and other plans.

Referring to the role of the NCC movement in shaping the character of students, Mr.Yadav called upon the students to create awareness among the masses of sanitation discipline. He said countries like China which were badly ruined by different wars, were now marching ahead through their entrepreneurial skills. He explained an anecdote to drive home the point how Chinese excelled in entrepreneurship.

Students should toil hard towards developing their entrepreneurial skills for achieving both their individual economic development and, thereby, contributing their mite to the national growth.

The NCC movement, he said, promoted a sense of leadership quality among the students. Students, blessed with multiple options for their career development in the present day, should utilise their skill and self-confidence gained through the NCC movement. “Be it business, trade or any profession, the self-esteem got through the movement will come in handy for students to climb the ladder in their chosen field,” he said.

More than once, Mr. Yadav expressed serious concern over the poor sanitation sense prevailing among a majority of people. Students should address the issue . He appreciated the efforts being made by the college for updating the directory, first released about four years ago.

K. Anbarasu, principal of the college, said the first list was released in 2008 when 1,500 donors registered their names spontaneously. Today, another 550 students all from the first year courses have been enrolled. He said the directory and its supplementary copies were available at the hospitals in and around the city, so as to ensure speedy blood transfusion during emergency.

Gr. Cap. N. Thinakaran, Commanding Officer, 3 (TN) Air Sqn (Tech), NCC, Tiruchi, suggested that the names of donors be included in the official website of the college. Flt. Lt. R. Sundhararaman of the college, spoke on the achievements of the NCC air wing of the college.

Later, Mr. Yadav distributed prizes to students who won in competitions.


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