TAPASYA – The Teaching Unit of AICURD
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to
-Albert Einstein, German-born Theoretical Physicist
And as the name suggests, TAPASYA is AICURD’s earnest endeavor to bring about that positive change in the society which will create thinking individuals acting as catalysts, leading us into a positive, progressive and prosperous - better world.
It isn’t easy, it certainly seems utopian, yet, it isn’t impossible if each one begins to make its own little effort. TAPASYA is AICURD’s little effort towards building the society everyone wishes to live in. Development, growth, leading globally et al, are positive changes that must attain fruition but the root of it all begins with education. Only a society that has educated, evolved, thinking minds who can process, ponder over and accept positive change, is one that will emerge as a leader in the global community.
TAPASYA is doing its bit to create that society with education as its tool. It aims to provide education, in the form of vocational trainings and academic courses, designed to cater to the lot that needs it the most. With a primary focus on the EWS (Economically Weaker Sections), it is a platform that is open to everyone who is willing to learn.
FREE HANDICRAFT WORKSHOP - FIRST BATCH; AICURD organized a 10 days' Free Handicrafts Workshop at the Headquarter Unit of AICURD in New Delhi which began on 26th June, 2017 and continued till 6th July, 2017. Many talented and bright ladies joined in this AICURD effort to build livelihoods for women through Handicrafts Training. Everyone took keen interest in learning the new skill and had a good time working together. The workshop was on for 10 days, ensuring each participant was trained and able to create a variety of quality handicraft items on their own. The Handicrafts Workshop came to a successful completion on 7th July 2017, with most of the beneficiaries being successfully trained in ‘Hand knit Crystal purse-making’ & ‘Macrame & Crochet bag-making’. We thank the Trainers – Mrs. Krishna Saha & Mrs. Ruby Niyogi, who had come all the way from Jalpaigudi to train the beneficiaries at our Delhi Unit - for their time and commitment. Their efforts combined with the dedication of the trainees, truly paid off. A total of 28 beneficiaries were trained in this first batch of the 10 days long workshop (27th June, 2017 – 7th July, 2017). They will be awarded with Certificates and will be provided with an Artisan Card each.
SARASWATI PUJO 2017 The Annual Saraswati Pujo celebration this year was one of the most vibrant ones, as the delightful cultural programme organized by the AICURD-TAPASYA students made it one of the most memorable ones in all these years. We are proud of our lovely lot, who had been practicing hard to put up an extraordinary show and they managed to do just that! The day started off with divine blessings, as the purohit began the chants and prayers for the Pujo and then the ones fasting since morning, including students offered Pushpanjali, this was followed by an extremely captivating cultural programme arranged by a talented CTC & SEC bunch, the programme included:- 1. A wonderful rendition of Saraswati Vandana by Shubham, Simran, Aakash & Beena 2. An inspirational song beautifully sung by Suraj 3. Socially-driven, self-written poems, effectively recited by Beena 4. Endearing vocals by Nirali who sang "itni shakti humein dena data" 5. Lovely dance performance by Simran 6. And a power-packed group dance by Shubham, Aakash & Rahul. Another person who needs a special mention here is our very dear Spoken English Instructor Ajin Joseph, who kept the crowd engaged and entertained with his lively compering. Prize Distribution for the third batch was done after the programme, and Shri. Deba Prasad Ray, hon'ble President & Founder, AICURD, felicitated the three stars of the third batch Simran, Gaurav Sen and Nikhil. The participants were then handed out a Token of Appreciation by Shrimati Minu Ray, hon'ble Senior Vice President, AICURD. Authentic Bengali Pujo Bhog was served to all the lovely guests who had joined us from town and other states...the pleasure of togetherness and unity despite the distance, alongwith with the cheerful smiles of our bright, young faces, made this year's Saraswati Pujo, indeed a grand event for the AICURD family.
SEMINAR ON SOFT SKILLS & COMMUNICATION BY DR. DIBYADYUTI ROY (FACULTY, IIM, INDORE) An impactful seminar on Soft Skills & Communication was conducted by Dr. Dibyadyuti Roy (IIM, Indore), on 15th February, 2017, for our kids at AICURD-TAPASYA. It was enormously generous of Dr. Roy to have taken time out and conduct an efficacious session for the children. Joining the AICURD-TAPASYA kids on the day were students, from various colleges, pursuing their Bachelors. Dr. Roy effectively involved the students into activity-based learning, and imparted to the listeners, many integral concepts and lessons pertaining to presenting oneself to the world impressively.
BANGLA BOIMELA 2017 New Delhi Kali Bari organized a Bengali Book Fair from 14th March '17 - 19th March '17, wherein AICURD in association with Rong Route Travel Mag, took part, to showcase products handcrafted by the AICURD SHGs in Jalpaigudi, Bengal. The crystal purses, the jute dolls, and other beautiful products, skilfully done by our SHGs, found quite a few admirers at the fair. The fund collected will be used for the upliftment of the artisans. 'CURATE A THOUGHT' - POSTER-MAKING COMPETITION Students were given a few days to design a poster using any raw material on one of the topics of their choice out of the four topics given to them. A total of six CTC students, namely Neha, Deepti Rawat, Himanshu Singh, Shalini Sanjay, Simran and Muskan of the 5th batch participated in this competition and came up with extremely interesting posters. Once the submissions were done, students were then asked to describe their work and how they came up with the concept and design. The final winners were chosen on the basis of three points – Thought, Creativity & Originality. The Winners won Art & Colour Sets by Faber-Castell, along with Certificates from AICURD. A word of appreciation goes to the team, including Instructors Mr. Ajin Joseph & Mr. Prakash Chhinwal, for efficiently managing their classes and students so well and working on their over-all development each as an individual.
Computer Training Centre
The Computer Training Centre (AICURD) at the Delhi headquarters office started off in the month of February, 2016, an initiative taken up to promote education and improve livelihoods of people belonging to the marginalized segment of the society. The objective is to involve these groups into constructive activities and instill an academic bent of mind in them – in order to generate and facilitate productive growth and development in these areas. Some of the target areas are Gole Jhuggis, Palika Dham, Valmiki Basti and J. J. Camp, among others.
To encourage the children from these groups towards embarking on the journey of learning, confidence-building and employability, the CTC (AICURD) introduced a Free Basic Computer Applications Certificate Course spanning over 3 months. Since its inception in Febraury, 2016, the CTC has been imparting free computer training to students in the age group of 14-25 years (focusing primarily on the EWS) and providing them with certificates that are recognized nation-wide. Some of the students have also bagged jobs right after completing their course at CTC AICURD-TAPASYA.
While imparting Computer Education, one of the key purposes of the CTC (AICURD) programme is to concentrate on an overall personality-building and developing a positive attitude. In order to achieve this, the 3 month long session always begins with an Orientation Programme designed to enthuse students to take up the new session with a keen and open mind.
This is followed by Creative Workshops, Powerpoint Presentations with guidance from industry experts and other such confidence-building activities. The goal is to achieve the best possible outcomes, harnessing all the resources, to impact these lives in a positive way.
This small initiative is gradually picking up and has imparted training to more than 100 students in its first year 2015-2016. In this endeavor, the AICURD family has been fortunate enough to garner support from some esteemed organizations and prolific personalities. One such organization is the Jan Shikshan Sansthan, West Delhi.
GENERAL & SOCIAL AWARENESS & COUNSELLING CLASSES
Computer Training Centre also offers classes on general & social awareness to help students comfortably find their way in the social sphere. The classes focus on various subjects including PR, legal awareness, gender issues, human rights, mental & physical health etc. For instance, the class on 'First Aid' is backed by a demonstration by a certified First Aider so that students are well aware of the use of first aid when need for the same arises.
There is a psychologist available at the Institute for assistance when a student or his/her parents are looking for such support. General counselling sessions are held twice a month for the CTC students as part of the course. These are activity-based sessions and involve active participation of the students. It is meant to help students build better focus and concentration in every aspect of life.
As the definition goes, the word orientation means - to guide one to adjust to new surroundings, and the CTC (AICURD) tries to stick to the meaning by ensuring that this day, that marks the beginning of the 3 month’s course, familiarizes the children with all the necessary aspects of their admission to the course.
The Orientation Programme is attended by the new joining batch and their guardians; it has an introductory session - which covers all the necessary instructions and overview of the course, as well as getting to know their instructors, followed by a counselling session by an expert to enthuse them about making the most of their time spent at CTC (AICURD).
As per definition, a ‘Workshop’ is a class or series of classes in which a small group of people learn the methods and skills used in doing something. Thus, at CTC (AICURD) Creative Workshops, children are offered a platform to participate in activities that help in confidence-building and are provided with Counseling Sessions conducted by guest speakers from different spheres of life, to help them gain a better perspective about their future and career options.
As part of their final practical exam, the students are divided into groups to work on a case study and develop a PowerPoint Presentation to be presented in front of Industry Experts so as to help them gain a wholesome experience. This enables them to understand teamwork, learn to work under pressure, discover leadership qualities, understand the concept of research and presentations, and gain helpful tips from the industry insiders.
ASSESMENT & REWARDS
Part of the 3 month-long course also includes an overall assessment report of each student known as the SPAR (Students’ Progress Assessment Report), which the students take back home to analyze their growth on their own, this helps them reflect on their attitude, behavior and aptitude to further improvise in their future endeavors.
In every batch, there are a few students who are good and there are those who are great, to encourage and transform the good ones into great ones, the CTC (AICURD) rewards the students with a gift at the end of every session. It is announced at the beginning of the session that the institute will acknowledge and reward its better students so that each one of them strives to be that. This helps them emerge as better individuals on an overall basis, i.e. in terms of behavior, attitude and personality, as apart from results, these too are the parameters on which a student is rewarded. The CTC (AICURD) is proud of some its ex-students who did quite well and even bagged jobs on their own after completing their course.
EXAM & CERTIFICATION
After a PowerPoint presentation, Viva Voce, Submission of files and theory exam, conducted by an outside examiner, and on the basis of their final results, the students at the CTC (AICURD) are handed out Certificates issued by The Jan Shikshan Sansthan, West Delhi – a nationally recognized institution. This marks the successful completion of their course.
Spoken English Course
English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now the global lingua franca. Named after the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to England, it ultimately derives its name from the Anglia (Angeln) peninsula in the Baltic Sea. It is closely related to the Frisian languages, but its vocabulary has been significantly influenced by other Germanic languages, as well as by Latin and Romance languages, particularly French.
English is either the official language or one of the official languages in almost 60 sovereign states. It is the most commonly spoken language in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, and is widely spoken in some areas of the Caribbean, Africa, and South Asia. It is the third most common native language in the world, after Mandarin and Spanish. It is the most widely learned second language and an official language of the United Nations, of the European Union, and of many other world and regional international organizations. It is the most widely spoken Germanic language, accounting for at least 70% of speakers of this Indo-European branch.
English has developed over the course of more than 1,400 years. The earliest forms of English, a set of Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Great Britain by Anglo-Saxon settlers in the fifth century, are called Old English. Middle English began in the late 11th century with the Norman Conquest of England, and was a period in which the language was influenced by French. Early Modern English began in the late 15th century with the introduction of the printing press to London and the King James Bible, and the start of the Great Vowel Shift. Through the worldwide influence of the British Empire, modern English spread around the world from the
17th to mid-20th centuries. Through all types of printed and electronic media, as well as the emergence of the United States as a global superpower, English has become the leading language of international discourse and the lingua franca in many regions and in professional contexts such as science, navigation, and law.
The Spoken English Course at AICURD, stresses on the importance of speaking the language and eliminating the fear of facing the world due to the lack of this skill. The course is equipped with a Digital Language Lab, that opens up a much wider scope of learning for the students, the syllabus covers Interview Techniques, Public Speaking, Group Discussion Techniques, Conversation, Phonetics, etc. and the software enables students to learn, improvise and monitor their own growth in terms of imbibing the skill.
The students who have successfully completed the Spoken English Course at AICURD, feel confident to respond to conversations in English and speak English in public.