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Programme on health education launched

July 22, 2012

Chandigarh: Under the development initiative of Dr. Amrik Singh Cheema Foundation Trust, a health education program was launched in the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, on Saturday.

The focus of the programme is to help children attending government schools learn about personal hygiene, keeping the environment clean and help improve their social conduct. The initiative is working with 200 children from Class 4 who are in the age group of 8-10 years.

“The idea is to create awareness through talks (assisted with power point presentations), workshops and camps that will improve the health status of children. The main aim of the programme would be to promote a healthy living standard through preventive care,” said Bani Cheema who is undertaking the initiative.

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Women empowerment award conferred on Shabana Azmi

July 19, 2012

 

Deepika (extreme left) trains others on the digital access information system in Chandigarh. HT-Photo

Social activist and film and theatre actress Shabana Azmi was conferred today with the Women Empowerment Award by the Dr A S Cheema Foundation Trust, an NGO working for the upliftment of women in agriculture. A seminar on the theme of the Green Revolution and the White Revolution and the challenges ahead was also conducted at the Tagore Theatre to commemorate the 30th death anniversary of Dr Amrik Singh Cheema.

Speaking on the occasion, Azmi said that a larger number of women are employed in farms in Punjab and women's empowerment is paramount here. She said that instead of giving subsidies on pesticides and fertilizers, the government should provide subsidies to needy organic farmers.

Paramvir Singh, Agriculture Minister, Haryana spoke about the problems facing the state in agriculture. "There is less productivity of land, and the ground water is receding, in addition to an increase in the cost factor in agriculture. Soil health cards have been issued to farmers, which certifies the health of the soil," he said.

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Green Revolution – White Revolution Challenges Ahead

July 19, 2012

Dr. Amrik Singh Cheema Foundation Trust organized a seminar on 18th July, 2012 commemorating the 30th Death Anniversary of Dr. Amrik Singh Cheema, who was Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agriculture University and Agriculture Commissioner of India. The foundation trust organized a seminar “Green Revolution – White Revolution, Challenges Ahead”. The seminar was attended by eminent personalities such as Ms. Shabana Azmi, Sh. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Agriculture Minister of Punjab, Sh. Paramvir Singh, Agriculture Minister of Haryana, Dr. B.S. Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, Sh. Dilip Gosain, NDRI, Karnal and BK Laxmi Behen of the Brahma Kumaris.

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Talking libraries to go digital

September 18, 2011
Deepika (extreme left) trains others on the digital access information system in Chandigarh. HT-Photo

Talking libraries, where visually impaired individuals can listen to books instead of using Braille, will soon go digital, so that students can access recorded material from the internet and mobile phones.

The Amrik Singh Cheema Foundation Trust, which introduced the concept of talking libraries for the visually impaired students in the city free of cost, is now working towards turning it into the city's first digital talking library.

“The digitalised library will be beneficial to the visually impaired and also to the old and ailing, who cannot hold a book. We have adopted a new technique through which more books can be recorded in a lesser time,“ said Bani Cheema, executive director of the foundation. The foundation has adopted the Digital Access Information System (DAISY), where the digital audio books can be created in half the time; and the navigation system is unique that allows the user to find a particular chapter, paragraph or a line. The system breaks the entire chapter into sections, making it easier for students to find their particular requirement.

“With the higher education exams approaching, we have a huge responsibility of recording the students' syllabi, therefore we are using this system to make things easier,“ said Bani.

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Helping the blind with sound sense

September 8, 2011
Volunteers at the recording studio of the talking library at Sector 9, Chandigarh. HT-Photo

Visually impaired children have to take recourse to braille in order to read. Still 60 such individuals in the city don't have to use the method for studies, as they are making use of a talking library in the city.

The noble concept was introduced in 2010 by Dr Amrik Singh Cheema Foundation Trust.

In a talking library, visually impaired individuals can listen to books instead of using braille (a method used by the blind to read words by placing their fingers on an embossed plate).

The books are audio recorded through a mike and made into an audio file. The recording is later edited and mastered for the students to listen.

These recordings are kept in an archive from where the children can listen to any book available.

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