Friday, October 29, 2010

Powai English School supports IDF

Dr. A.R.K.Pillai, President, IDF conveys his special thanks to Powai English High School & Jr. College Team, Mumbai for supporting IDF's leprosy/ TB and education programmes.

IDF appreciates the kindness and goodness of Prof Joshi, the Principal, the Headmistress, Madam Prabha Pillai, teachers and students for the excellent resource mobilisation made for India's developmental efforts through IDF.
We thank the parents for the goodness in making this great effort possible.
We wish all the students excellent progress in their studies and wish them good careers ahead.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

TB awareness in Nagercoil school

IDF organized TB awareness programme at Adarsh Vidyalaya, Vettoornimadam, Nagercoil on 27th Oct. Dr. S. Franklin, Manager-Southern Region and Mr. Ramesh Darwin, Asst. Development Executive of IDF gave special awareness talks on Tuberculosis to the students in the morning assembly. Students from standard 9th to 12th received a special powerpoint presentation and film-show on TB and HIV-AIDS.

Mr. H. G. Jeya Harish, Principal of Adarsh Vidya Kendra called for whole-hearted support from the students to IDF's humanitarian services. He said first of all the students should sacrifice some of their needs and contribute to the well-being of the society.

The students were quite impressed by the awareness program and they said that they are quite privileged to study in a good institution and they believed that they have a duty to reach-out to the rural poor people with TB awareness programs. The entire staff of the school extended all possible support and promised to do their best in making the social program a grand success.

Dr. Gopal Surendran, the Secretary of the School, appreciated the good service rendered by Indian Development Foundation and said the students have a significant role in serving the sick and needy.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Comorin School supports IDF

Dr. A.R.K. Pillai addressed the students of Comorin International School, Aralvaimozhi, Kanyakumari on 18th Oct. 2010.

Ms. Kezia, Principal of the school appreciated the work of IDF and exhorted the students to participate in social responsibility programmes.

Earlier Er. E. Lekshmanan, Chairman of the school congratulated Dr.Pillai and his team for the excellent national programmes. Mr. Ramesh Darwin, Asst. Development Executive, IDF was also present at the awareness programme.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Brighten a child's Diwali!

JUST Rs.100/= for 12 IDF CARDS.

How many friends-contacts-near-dear-relatives you wish to greet personally by sending IDF Greeting Cards ? You should be atleast having a minimum 12 friends-contacts, isn't it ?

Diwali, Christmas and New Year are round the corner and you just have to order for a pack of IDF Greeting Cards (4 designs - 12 cards) which costs ONLY Rs.100/=.
Why wait.....Be first to greet your near and dear and feel the difference.

Send a card, Serve a child.


This FESTIVE SEASON, feel proud by bringing smiles on many lives.

See the beautiful paintings made by the children.
(Size of the card 5X7 inches folded) (Fine Quality Printing - 300 gms Art Card)

IDF has established 24 Bal Gurukuls in different parts of India catering free education to over 2000 children. Join hands with IDF to Brighten a child's Diwali !!!

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(JUST Rs.100/= for 12 Cards

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Interning for a cause

Students from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communications (SIMC), Pune interning with IDF in social responsibility programmes. The students specialising in Advertising, PR, Journalism and AV media would like to use their creativity and make a difference in IDF projects. The students will be trained in various social projects which will be useful in their career. IDF welcomes all the SIMC students and wish them good luck. :-)

(L/R) Himanshu Punjabi, Saurabh Jaiswal, Priyanka Pachpatil, Tasneem Akolawala, Parag Gopale and Charu Bhatnagar.

An act of kindness

IDF thank Mr. Bhaskar C. Bhole for supporting IDF's health, education and rural development programmes. Also special thanks for sponsoring children in IDF Bal Gurukuls.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Community participation is the key to better health

IDF Grants/ Awards Function at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai on 8th October 2010.

Chief Guest - Dr. C. Udaya Sankar, State T.B. Officer & Addl. Director of Medical & Rural Health Services,

Guests of Honour - Shri Suresh Kaul, President, Sarthak Manav Kushthashram, Jaipur and Shri Ajeeth Prasath Jain, Senior Principal, Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram, Chennai

Dr. A. R. K. Pillai, founder President, IDF presided over the function.

Prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award 2009-10 was presented to R.S.K. HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL, TRICHY for outstanding resource mobilisation for leprosy/ TB work in Tamil Nadu zone. Mr. P Varadarajan, Principal and Mrs. Prema Jayadevan, Vice Principal of R.S.K. Hr. Sec. School, Trichy received the award on behalf of the school.

SOCIAL ACTION AWARDS 2009-10 were presented to Principals and Teachers for their excellent Social Responsibility during 2009-10

IDF CSR Award 2009-10 was presented to BHEL, Trichy participating in social responsibility programmes.

IDF Ambassador Award was presented to Miss Shiloh Jessie Francisca from Rani Seethai Achi Hr. Sec. School, Chidambaram for excellent contribution in social programmes.

IDF Dynamic Supporter Award to Dr. K. Padmanabhan, Managing Director, Sneha Education Trust while IDF Best Partner Awards were presented to Pon Vidyashram Group of Schools, Chennai and Damien Leprosy Control Centre, Nilakottai for excellent support extended for leprosy/ TB programmes.

R.S.K. Higher Secondary School, BHEL-Trichy topped the list in resource mobilisation for leprosy/ TB while the second and third places went to Pon Vidyashram, Valasaravakkam, Chennai and St. Justin's Girls Hr. Sec. School, Sivagangai respectively. F.A. Shiloh Jessie Francisca from Rani Seethai Achi Hr. Sec. School, Chidambaram topped the individual students list in resource mobilisation while second and third ranks went to K. Methun and V. Tarshaa from Pon Vidyashram, Valasaravakkam, Chennai.

Shri E. S. Sumesh, Trustee of the Foundation welcomed and introduced the guests, while Dr. S. Franklin, Manager-Southern Region, IDF proposed a vote of thanks. Dr. Narayan B. Iyer compered at the function. Students of Bishop Corrie Anglo-Indian Hr. Sec. School, George Town, Chennai set the tone for the event with a soulful invocation.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

IDF news in Indian Express

Excerpts from Indian Express, Bangalore - 06-10-10

BANGALORE.......P S Rajanna, Director, Primary Education, urged the student community to step up and help the leprosy patients.
"With about 1.1 crore students in the state, if all of them join hands for the cause, the picture of Karnataka would surely undergo a change," he said at the annual awards function of Indian Development Foundation (IDF) on Tuesday.
Suresh Kaul, president of Sarthak Manav Kushthashram, Jaipur, said a petition had been filed to amend the policy related to leprosy. He said the amendment sought more subsidy and allowances for medication and education for leprosyaffected. He said they were hoping that the amendment Bill would be tabled at the upcoming Rajya Sabha session. Dr A R K Pillai, founder president of IDF, spoke about the role of education in generating awareness about the disease.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

IDF grants to Karnataka projects

IDF Grants - Awards Function for Karnataka Region was organised on 5th October 2010 at Bangalore.
Chief Guest : Sri D. S. Rajanna, Director (Primary Education), Govt. of Karnataka, Bangalore.
Guests of Honour : Dr. Y.D. Palekar, Addl. Director, Health and Family Welfare Services, Govt. of Karnataka, Bangalore - Dr. H. Sudarshan, Hon. Secretary, VGKK – Karuna Trust, B.R. Hills, Chamarajanagar Dt. - Dr. Mariamma Varghese, Senior Consultant, NAAC, Former Vice-Chancellor, SNDT Women’s University - Sri Suresh Kaul, President, Sarthak Manav Kushthashram, Jaipur

Highlights of the function :
· Releasing IDF Grants to leprosy/ TB projects/ hospitals/ institutions in Karnataka Region.
· Honouring Principals, Teachers and Students with Social Action Awards for excellence in social work during 2009-10.
· Prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award 2009-10 will be presented to Sophia School, Palace Road, Bangalore for outstanding social responsibility work in health awareness programme in Karnataka Region during 2009-10.
· Presenting IDF Dynamic Supporter Award to Mrs. Carmine Menezes for great contributions in social work.
· Presenting IDF Best Partner Award to Sumanahalli Society, Bangalore
· Presenting IDF Social Ambassadors Awards to Mrs. Vimal Hiremath, Mrs. C. R. Gonsalves, Master Nishchith and Master Shankersai.

Dr. A.R.K. Pillai Founder President of Indian Development Foundation will preside over the function.
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dialecticals of Peace

Dr. A.R.K. Pillai, President, IDF was invited by the Ahmedabad Diocese Orthodox Christian Youth Movement to address the youth attending the Annual Convention at Ahmedabad, Gujarat on Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti (02-10-10).

IDF news in The Hindu

Eminent agricultural scientist and chairman of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, M.S. Swaminathan, was on Friday conferred the second Mother Teresa Memorial Award instituted by the Indian Development Foundation (IDF), a non-governmental organisation working with leprosy patients.

The award and citation are an acknowledgment of Prof. Swaminathan's contributions as an outstanding scientist to alleviating hunger and his relentless advocacy of science with humanism.

Presenting the award, N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, said Prof. Swaminathan was a great scientist, humanist and leading thinker-writer who had been “able to, over the long term, bridge the gap between ideas and concepts and action.”

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dr. M. S. Swaminathan receives Mother Teresa Award

It gives me immense pleasure to receive the prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award, particularly so in the centenary year of Mother Teresa, who toiled for the cause of leprosy. The efforts of Indian Development Foundation in spearheading leprosy elimination and India’s development need to be appreciated by the people, observed Dr. M. S. Swaminathan while receiving the Award from Mr. N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu.

The father of the Green Revolution of India, Dr. M. S. Swaminathan was conferred with Mother Teresa Memorial Award by Indian Development Foundation for his relentless fight against leprosy and signal contribution to India’s agricultural development, at a function organized at MSSR Foundation, Taramani, Chennai on 1st October 2010.

Mr. N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu Group of Publications paid glowing tributes to Dr. Swaminathan for his great national contribution in the area of food security and leprosy elimination. He complimented IDF for strengthening development efforts in India.

Dr. A.R.K.Pillai, founder President of Indian Development Foundation recalled his association with the Working Group on Leprosy chaired by Dr. Swaminathan during the early 80s and the rich contributions made towards achieving leprosy elimination in India. He referred to Dr. Swaminathan as a rare gift of God to the nation.

Dr. S. K. Noordeen, former Director of Leprosy Division, WHO – Mrs. Sarah Chanda, Trustee, German Leprosy and TB Relief Association Trust – Shiloh Jessie Francisca, IDF Young Social Ambassador complimented Dr. Swaminathan for his long years of national service as a distinguished Scientist and Humanist.

Dr. Swaminathan, a living legend championing for a hunger-free India, is noted as a world scientist of rare distinction, observed Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, CEO, IDF.

Kalaimaamani Sudha Ragunathan rendered the invocation song at the opening ceremony and enthralled the audience. Mr. E. S. Sumesh, Trustee, IDF welcomed the dignitaries while Dr. S. Franklin, Manager-Southern Region, IDF proposed a vote of thanks.

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