Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year celebrations with the elderly people

Indian Development Foundation team visited Assisi Bhavan, Oldage Home at Goregaon (E), Mumbai on 31st Dec.2011 to greet the elderly people New Year wishes. IDF social ambassadors, social interns, volunteers joined Dr.A.R.K.Pillai, Rtn. Aunali Rupani, Dr.Narayan Iyer, Ms. Bhawna Prabhakar, Educationists-Principals from various schools and students from colleges to participate New Year with the elderly people. It was a meaningful visit to the Oldage Home and seek blessings from the elderly people. Rev. Sr. Catherine, Superior of the Home conveyed the message of love and compassion on the occasion of New Year.


Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year celebrations with the different-abled

IDF team visited M.N. Banajee Industrial Home for the Blind at Jogeshwari (West), Mumbai on 30/12/2011 to convey New Year greetings.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New year with a difference - @ Vimala Centre

Indian Development Foundation organised a Citizens Reach-out Programme at Vimala Centre, Versova, Andheri (W), Mumbai on 29th Dec. 2011 to celebrate New Year with the inmates and children of Vimala Centre. IDF has been conducting New Year celebrations with leprosy patients for nearly three decades. IDF Social Ambassadors, Social Interns, students from various colleges and citizens from different walks of life gathered at the centre to greet the inmates and children during the festive occasion. Nuclear Scientist Dr. A.P. Jayaraman was the Chief Guest of the event. Guests of Honour included Dr. Suresh Nair, Mr.Anil Shivadasan, Ms. Mini Subodh, Adv. AV Gopalakrishnan, Mr. D.P. Agarwal, Rev. Sr. Bertilla, Rtn. Aunali Rupani and Rtn. Sana Rupani. Dr. A.R.K.Pillai presided over the function. Educationists from various schools witnessed the event and brought smiles on many lives. Mohit Lalwani, Vipin Patwa, Milind Shigwan and various singers entertained the children and inmates of the centre.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dr.AP Jayaraman speaks at the Vivek Golden Jubilee Lecture Series (The Future of Education)
Goregaon Mumbai - Dec 22, 2011
by IDF India
Nuclear and Management Scientist Dr. AP Jayaraman addressed thestudents and faculties at the Golden Jubilee Lecture Series organised by Vivek Education of Society's Vivek Vidyalaya, Vivek College of Commerce and Vivek Alumni Associatiion. Students and faculties from different colleges in Mumbai availed the benefit of knowledge. The topic for students was `Acquiring Intellectual Capital for the Emerging Knowledge Economy" and the topic for faculties was `The Future of Education and Education for the Future". The participants received the message and interacted with the guest speaker. The event was co-ordinated by IDF team.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Narayana Murthy receives Mother Teresa Award

Social commitment is the essence of business management. Corporate thinking needs to be blended properly to include social theme as part of business philosophy. This is the best way to manage equitable distribution of resources reducing the gap between the haves and the have-nots, opined Shri Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys in Bengaluru on Monday.

Corporate leader and humanist Shri Narayana Murthy was conferred with Mother Teresa Memorial Award 2011 by Indian Development Foundation (IDF) at a function organized at NIMHANS in Bengaluru on 19th December 2011. Shri Narayana Murthy received the honour for his relentless support in building a new India and excellent contributions in socio-economic development of the nation.

Shri Narayana Murthy praised IDF’s efforts to improve health care and education for the underprivileged children of this country through a novel scheme of Bal Gurukuls. The contributions of IDF in spearheading leprosy elimination and India’s development need to be appreciated by the people. Shri Murthy highlighted the social model adopted by IDF in translating socio-economic equality in the process of national development. He also stressed on the importance of self-reliance in managing national development programmes.

Prof. Pankaj Chandra, Director, IIM-Bangalore highlighted the importance on social-theme management among the emerging entrepreneurs and corporate bodies. Presenting the honour, Prof. Pankaj Chandra said Shri Murthy championed the need for social action to usher in an egalitarian society in India.

Dr. Satish Chandra, Director and Vice-Chancellor of NIMHANS congratulated Shri Narayana Murthy in setting a life example of uprightness and trusteeship concept as enunciated by Mahatma Gandhi. He complimented IDF for its unremitting work in the field of health, education and rural development.

Dr. H. Sudarshan, Hon. Secretary, Vivekanand Girijana Kalyana Kendra congratulated Shri Narayana Murthy for setting up an excellent business model for others to emulate.

Dr. A.R.K. Pillai, Founder President of IDF presided over the function. He congratulated Shri Narayana Murthy for his sterling contributions and inspiring the youth of this nation towards evolving a better life. Dr. Pillai said IDF has been bestowing Mother Teresa Award on personalities who have been the change-makers of India. Dr. M.S.Swaminathan received the similar honour last year.

Mrs. Sudha Murthy was also present at the function and received thunderous applause from the audience for the excellent support extended to Shri Murthy in his life-career.

Mr.Kailash Agarwal, Managing Director, Varun Industries Ltd and many other corporate and social leaders were present to witness the historic event.

Students from Mary Immaculate Bal Gurukul rendered the invocation song at the opening ceremony and enthralled the audience while students from Shanthi Bal Gurukul led the national anthem at the closure. Rtn. E.S. Sumesh, Trustee, IDF welcomed the dignitaries while Rtn. Aunali Rupani, Trustee, IDF proposed a vote of thanks.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Mother Teresa Award to Shri NR Narayana Murthy

IDF is happy to announce the decision of its Board of Trustees to honour Shri N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys, Corporate Leader and Humanist with the Prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial Award 2011 at NIMHANS, Bangalore on December 19- 2011. The Award is presented for the excellent contributions of Shri Murthy in India's development and socio-economic growth.

Last year the award was presented to Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, the Father of the Green Revolution of India.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

IDF supporters galore

Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, CEO, IDF visited schools in Jaipur, Rajasthan to convey special thanks for their social support to IDF's leprosy/ TB and education programmes. (28-29 Nov. 2011)
Surendra Public School, Ajmer Road, Jaipur

Mrs. Mridula De, Principal, Tagore Public School, Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur receiving IDF Certificate of Appreciation.
Dr. N.C.Lunayach, Managing Director, Mr. Kuldeep Singh, Director and their team from N.K. Public School, Murlipura, Jaipur.
Tagore Public School, Ambabari, Jaipur
Mr. Anil Kumar, Principal, Tagore Vidya Bhavan, Shastri Nagar, Jaipur and his team receiving IDF Certificate of Appreciation.
Rev. Sr. Helen, Principal, Sophia School, Jaipur receiving IDF Certificate of Appreciation.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

IDF launches Dayasagar Bal Gurukul on 26/11

IDF inaugurated its 57th Bal Gurukul - DAYASAGAR BAL GURUKUL at Malwani, Malad, Mumbai on 26/11/11. Paying rich tributes to the Martyrs of 26/11, Dr. ARK Pillai, Rotarian Sana Rupani and Dr. Narayan Iyer launched Dayasagar Bal Gurukul for the empowerment of students in Dayasagar School. Principals present at the function - Lion Simson (Holy Angels School), Mr. Sujith (Bharatmata School), Mr. Feroz (Utkarsh Marathi School) and Mr. Janardhanan (Holy Spirit School) congratulated Mr.Laiju, Principal of Daya Sagar School for taking IDF Bal Gurukul concept in his school. IDF Social Ambassadors/ Volunteer - Mr. Prajesh Trotsky, Mr. Nilesh Jain and Mrs. S.N.Iyer were present at the function. Mr. Laiju expressed his thanks to IDF and Rotarians for the launch of Dayasagar Bal Gurukul. Unnati and Pooja - children from Dayasagar School - expressed their desire to become air hostess and doctor and serve the society at large. IDF educates - enlightens - empowers the young minds.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Computers for Bal Gurukuls in Bangalore

IDF's Shanthi Bal Gurukul and Sri Ayyappan Bal Gurukul in Bangalore received computers which was donated by Standard Chartered Bank team. Our special thanks to SCB Team for their kind gesture. Mr. Samuel Vincent, Zonal Officer, IDF did the presentation at both the Bal Gurukuls and children express their happiness.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

TB Awareness

Mr.M.Rangasami, Senior Development Executive, Indian Development Foundation addressing the students of Government Higher Secondary School, Sanvur, Salem, Tamil Nadu.Indian Development Foundation TB Awareness in the rural India.

TB awareness at Salem

Mr.M.Rangasami, Senior Development Executive, Indian Development Foundation addressing the students of Government Higher Secondary School, Sanvur, Salem, Tamil Nadu.

IDF TB Awareness in the rural India.

Friday, November 11, 2011

IDF's Holy Spirit Bal Gurukul launched on 11.11.11

Indian Development Foundation launched its 55th Bal Gurukul - HolySpirit Bal Gurukul in Malwani, Malad (W) Mumbai on 11.11.11.

November 11 being the National Education Day, Dr.A.R.K.Pillai, Rotarian Aunali Rupani, Rotarian Sana Rupani and Dr. Narayan B. Iyer spoke on the importance of education and the need for empowering the young minds. IDF has been in the process of establishing Bal Gurukuls in different parts of India and on National Edcuation Day IDF has announced 11 Bal Gurukuls to be launched and take the tally to 65 Bal Gurukuls. A step towards empowering the young minds.

Nov.11 happened to be the birthday of the Mr.Janardhanan, Principal of Holy Spirit English School and he felt very happy as he received the gift of education for his children. Principals from various schools in Malwani witnessed the event and congratulated the efforts of IDF. Children pledged to study very well and come up in life.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Provide a cover of compassion.....Blankets for the poor and needy

Dear Friends :

Greetings and good wishes from IDF !

Hope you all are doing fine. We wish you and everyone in the family a happy time.

First of all let me express our sincere thanks to you for supporting blanket mobilising drive for couple of years now. Blankets are required for the poor leprosy patients and those needy persons in leprosy colonies in northern parts of India and needy and elderly people living in hilly regions in the south of India. Our thanks to you for all your goodness.

The current situation

The winter has already set in some parts of northern region and hilly regions of India. As the days go by, the climate will get colder and colder. It will become very difficult for people, particular the those have-nots living in leprosy colonies and older people to bear the biting cold. It is always better to offer them blankets before hand so that they are protected.

We are confident that this year too we will receive good response from our friends. The more the support received by IDF, the more will be the beneficiaries and more will be blessings received by you and family.

Last year we could mobilise a good number of blankets for poor leprosy patients and underprivileged children under the care of IDF projects.

Our request

We have started receiving requests for blankets from different projects in northern India/ hilly regions in India. It is the time to show your love and warmth to the have-nots in the society. Let's do it now before it is too late. We need atleast 2000 blankets for this winter.

We would request people to come forward and donate blankets or cash for blankets. Donations may be sent to Indian Development Foundation (L 10/ 3 & 4 Jal Ratan Deep, Bangur Nagar, Goregan (W), Mumbai 400 104 - OR We will send a complete report of distribution. Cost per blanket is quoted as Rs.250/= per blanket.

The donation amount may be sent by way of cheque/ DD in favour of Indian Development Foundation. Donations to IDF are exempted under sec 80G of IT Act. As and when we receive the donation for blankets the same will be sent to project areas so that there is no wastage of time in transportation. The blankets are purchased locally and distributed. IDF's Savings Bank A/c. 207001000083586 - IFSC - IOBA0002070 - Indian Overseas Bank, Goregaon (W), Mumbai 400104 (Send mail and confirm - Specify For Blankets)

Why postpone goodness in life ? What is possible today may not be possible later. Please give your love filled with warmth to the leprosy affected people and other underprivileged children.

Looking forward to your kind and continued support and with regards,

Dr. Narayan Iyer

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

IDF all set to welcome 11-11-11

Indian Development Foundation is all set to welcome 11.11.11.
Our plan across the nation -
1 social action plan to Clean-India,
11 new Bal Gurukuls to be launched on the day,
111 health awareness projects and
1111 social ambassadors to join IDF.
Join hands with IDF to Empower-Educate-Enlighten.

You support, we do the rest !!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

A meaningful meeting

Members of Acworth Leprosy Hospital - Research, Rehabilitation and Education Society and Hind Kusht Niwaran Sangh (Maharashtra Branch) met at the A.L. Hospital, Wadala, Mumbai on 31/10/11 and discussed on the various leprosy eradication programmes in Maharashtra and steps to empower and enlighten the persons cured of leprosy.

(In picture left to right) - Dr. Narayan Iyer, Mr. Ashok Kadam, Dr. S.S. Gavde, Dr. A.R.K.Pillai, Dr. V.V.Dongre, Dr. W.S. Bhatki, Dr. Anil Bandiwadekar (Executive Health Officer, Mumbai), Mr. Uday H. Thakar, Dr. Shashikant B. Umrane, Dr. Amita Pednekar, Dr. V.V.Pai, Mr. Vivek Borkar and Mrs. Pratibha Kathe