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INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, DELHI
:

Prof. Sudipto Mukherjee
Mech. Engg. Deptt.
(25.09.2010 - 25.09.2012)

Teaching & Research in the field of Design and Manufacturing Technologies

  • also funds the TARA VATI RAM GOPAL MEHRA FOUNDATION MERIT CUM MEANS SCHOLARSHIP; THE DR. P.L.KAPUR AWARDS FOR PHYSICS; Supports other funds at the IIT Delhi.
Scholarships also at the IIM, Ahmedabad; The Doon School; and Savitri Khanna Memorial Scholarship at the Convent of Jesus & Mary School, New Delhi.

NIRMAL SHIKSHA KENDRA:

edu.jpg (12509 bytes)The Foundation manages and funds the NIRMAL SHIKSHA KENDRA, which runs the Nirmal Primary School.  The School, with about 300 students. The Vocational Training classes for Sewing and Stitching; Beauty Culture and Computer Training had to be discontinued in view of interpretation of land use terms. The Kendra has a  spacious building with 12 rooms on the ground floor and 10 on the first floor built on a one acre plot of land off Pandara Road, New Delhi near the historic India Gate monument. The classrooms occupy about 15% of the total available land area with the remaining area developed into a playing area with facilities of an open-air stage.


PRESENT ACTIVITIES:

edu3.jpg (21884 bytes)Nirmal Primary School :
The school has been permanently recognised by the New Delhi Municipal Committee, which provides grant-in-aid of 95% of salaries of teachers and staff. The Nirmal Shiksha Kendra, which provides the funding for the balance of salaries, all other recurring expenses, and all capital expenditure, is a registered society administered by representatives of the TARA VATI RAM GOPAL MEHRA FOUNDATION. The Nirmal Primary School has about 300 students l has about 300 students

 

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from Nursery to Class V - with two sections in each class - looked after by a trained Headmistress and 10 trained teachers. No fees are charged from the Primary School students, all of whom come from modest backgrounds.

Since 2002 an Annual Day is organized at the school. It is now held on the Saturday closest to Childrens’ Day (November 14) each year. Click here to view photographs from that event.


Vocational Training:
Before these were discontinued on account of interpretation of land use terms, Vocational Training Classes were offered at a token fee. These enabled ladies who underwent these courses to undertake activity to supplement family income. The following courses were provided under the guidance of qualified instructors. More than 3,000 women benefited from these courses, till they were stopped.  An announcement will be made as and when we can re start them. The classes that were conducted:

 

COURSE

CONTENT

Sewing-Cutting and Dress Designing

Training to cut and sew garments like Chemise, Gents underwear, simple frock, umbrella frock, Yoke, Pajama, ladies shirts, Belted salwar, Boys shorts, Gents shirts etc.

Embroidery

Training in decorative embroidery, which enhances the appearance and value of garments.

Beauty Culture

Training in Bridal Make-up, Reception make up, General day to day make-up, Pedicure, Manicure, Wax, Skin bleach, skin care, facials, hair care, and massage etc.

Hair Dressing, Styling and Cutting:

Training in creation of various hairstyles.  Those who undergo this course generally prefer to be  self-employed and set up their own small business.

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At the end of each course, the trainees undergo an evaluation. The performance has been encouraging with most trainees securing ‘A+’ and ‘A’ grades. The Certificate awarded by the Nirmal Shiksha Kendra has a place of respect in the employment market.  Those who have been through these courses have found meaningful employment or started their own business, significantly adding to their income generating ability.

computer class.jpg (38279 bytes)Computer Training: 
These classes are offered in co-operation with another foundation at a very nominal fee.  Ten computers are presently provided  and about 200 students are enrolled.


edu5.jpg (26544 bytes)FUTURE PLANS:

School:
There is considerable pressure on admissions each year.  To meet this requirement it is desirable to  increase from the present two sections per class to three.  There is also pressure from the parents to increase the scope of the school from Primary to Middle School.   Both these possible expansions need additional rooms. 

edu6.jpg (25929 bytes)Vocational Training:
The possibility of adding training in other vocations is under consideration.


FUNDING REQUIREMENTS:

  • The Kendra needs about USD 20,000 (Rs. 1 million) annually for its recurring expenses.

  • Maintaining and upgrading the infrastructure of NIRMAL SHIKSHA KENDRA is estimated to require about USD 20,000 (Rs 1 million) each year, over the next three years.

SOME HISTORY:

Late Ms Leela Lakshmanan - a well-known social worker of her time, founded The Nirmal Shiksha Kendra in 1959. She was dedicated to the up-liftment of women of the poor segment of the population. Realising that the best way to improve their situation and standard of living was through the education of their children, she started the Nirmal Primary School,  under a charitable trust - the NIRMAL SHIKSHA KENDRA.  When she suffered a stroke, her colleagues on the Executive Committee looked for persons of integrity to whom the KENDRA could be entrusted.  They handed over the KENDRA to a small group of persons from the local Chamber of Commerce who were later joined by Vikram Lal of the Eicher Group and Lalit Mehra.  In 1999 the Eicher group withdrew on account of their internal expanding commitments to education and other social causes.  Since then the KENDRA is being managed and funded by the Tara Vati Ram Gopal Mehra Foundation.

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