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Computer science engineer is the village sarpanch now; focus on girl education

What pops up in your mind when you first hear of someone with engineering degree in computer science ? a job in MNC ? a good package ? Here’s something new … away from the stereotypes

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What pops up in your mind when you first hear of someone with engineering degree in computer science? A job in MNC ? A good package? … But there are few who are different and don’t fit in your perception and this 22YO girl is one among them.

Pooja who returned home after completing her engineering in Computer Science at Bahal in Bhiwani district of Haryana is all set to accept the challenge of being the village sarpanch. in Shekhpura.

This young and educated girl has dreams to bring about a change in society, starting from her village, Shekhpura, where she stood victorious defeating contender, Sandeep by 238 votes.

Pooja, the daughter of Bhagwan Dass, Hisar DSP (Headquarters), was quite excited and had started building ambitions as soon as her family her broke the news of her name being considered for the post of village sarpanch.
Talking to the media, she said, “I never thought that I will become the sarpanch of the village just after completing my studies. I am really happy that villagers gave me a chance. I will try my best to work for the welfare of the village.”

While her elated father hopes her daughter will work for the welfare of all the 36 communities, she has different plans and wants to consider government schools as her priority.

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Bhagwan Dass, Pooja’s father said, “Although I am unable to give enough time to my family, I am sure Pooja will work for the ‘chhattis biradari’ (36 communities) of the village.”

“Equipping government schools in village with new technology will be my first priority. I will convince every girl in the village to go to school,” says Pooja.

 

Source: hindustantimes.com

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Autistic and Blind, This Girl Amazes the Best Singers!

Her name says it all. Prerna and she truly is an inspiration.

To many …

She came to limelight with Indian Idol Juniors, got eliminated in early rounds, but was called back to sing at the grand finale.

Life throws hindrances, sometimes

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Her name says it all. Prerna and she truly is an inspiration.

To many …

She came to limelight with Indian Idol Juniors, got eliminated in early rounds, but was called back to sing at the grand finale.

Life throws hindrances, sometimes right on your face! But fighting them off is how you prove yourself. Children, with their innocence, fight it the best; they never seem tired, they never lose, each victory, each loss brings them a few more smiles and yet more courage to carry on.

Prerna won hearts at Indian Idol Juniors. She sung no less than a nightingale. And when she talked, she was equally musical. Though she has many discouragements to fight against, she is autistic and visually challenged, yet nothing stops her!

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Disabled, yet making the nation proud: Yelikeri Sreelatha

This young girl, called insignificant by many, is making India proud by her special talents. God gifted, she represented India recently at an international level, bringing back accolades. An icon in true meaning. Read more!

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Yelikeri Sreelatha, at 15, is an unlikely hero, who was once rendered insignificant because of her special needs. Difficulties surrounded right from her birth in a small village of Anantapur, AP, however, she won over them all. Having lost her father in her early years, she, along with her younger sibling, was brought up by her mother single-handedly, who worked on a daily wage.

Facing some disabilities, her mother admitted her to an NGO school Rural Development Trust (RDT) in Anantapur, where, thanks to the teachers, her real virtue was recognised. She had special skills in sports, said her teachers and referred her to community-based rehabilitation (CBR) programme by RDT, which offers education and vocational training to help them be independent.

Yelikeri Sreelatha found sports to be her medium to express herself and grow in life. She did good in almost all those sports activities she tried hand at, however, Badminton was where she excelled the most and took her coaching forward, soon to represent her institute at Special Olympics Bharat. This special Olympics happen to be very special as it helps physically disabled students interact with those specially abled who are physically fit. Soon she was flying off to Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games held in Australia, where from she brought a bronze and two gold medals. More than a representation of her country at an international level, more than winning and taking medals, this was the boost that her confidence needed.

Confident of her game, being coached by international coaches, exploring herself, in the year 2015 she, along with her contingent of 12 and coaches, was chosen to represent India at TT competition at Special Olympics LA World Games. They together brought back as many 17 medals, of which Sreelatha owned a gold and silver.

The girl who was called insignificant, intellectually disabled, special child, etc is today an icon of sorts, inspiring many others who are significant, intellectually abled, and normal children.

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Salute to Rural Development Trust and people like Sreelatha who never lose it!

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Enticing, Captivating, Alluring, Colorful Taxi By Students with Special Needs

Special children have painted a taxi very special in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Using their imaginative brains, these students of a special school have played with a riot colors in this taxi in Mumbai.

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Who wouldn’t like commuting in colorful taxis?! Painted bright in all various colors!

Some Mumbai children with special abilities along with city-based designer Shruti Thakkar have tried to give the residents of the city exactly that.

The bubbly designer, Taxi Fabric and Mann Centre for Individuals with Special Needs got together to help taxi-users in Mumbai have an extraordinarily cheerful and colorful ride by getting the exteriors and interiors of a taxi painted. Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, Thakkar, Taxi Fabric and students from Mann Centre painted a taxi, the exteriors by the students, the interiors by Thakkar.

The paintings … they all have a message, road safety, women empowerment, underprivileged people. Thakkar draws the designs and patterns and leaves it to the students of Mann to color them up. And the result … a soothe to the eyes, though there is a riot of colors.

Taxi Fabric shares a video, which we represent here:

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Kuchh Aisa Karke Dikha, Khud Khush Ho Jaye Khuda: Champ Moin Junaidi Dares

A source of inspiration, this young boy has a never-say-die spirit. Though his body does not support him, he wins his way well above us and yet hopes for more!

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Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.

Just read this somewhere and then happened to read about Moin Junaidi. As I read about Moin, it seemed that he had probably already read this one and was definitely much inspired by it.

I’ll tell you why.

Seventeen-year old Moin cannot walk but is a champion swimmer.

Born to blessed parents, father Musthaq Junaisi and Kousar Banu, Moin came in to this world with a rare disease which left him with a zero level of calcium in his bones, Osteogenesis Imperfecta. This disease left him fractured even with a slight pat or a heavy touch. Neither can he stand, nor can he hold. Because of the disease, he had suffered 50 fractures in his first two years of childhood. The doctors, in India or abroad, had failed to give any cause or cure for his disease. Schools too failed him and his parents as no school was ready to take him in. Not losing their hopes, his parents started tutoring him at home … he could read but not write; his tender fingers did not allow him to.

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Moin then happened to meet Fairoz Sait, the then MLA of Belgaum, who was impressed by his aptitude and attitude that he immediately gifted a laptop to the child. A laptop made it easy for him to practice typing, thus he could write too.

Then happened what has brought Moin to what he is today … an unexpected meeting with a swimming coach, Umesh Kalghatgi. He offered Moin and his family the unexpected, and the reluctantly accepted his offer. And thus started his training to be a swimmer.

Coming a long distance since then, Moin soon started swimming for more than an hour. And soon was participating in city level competitions, then moved to district-level, then state and then soon he had reached nationals too. Practicing hard, he soon had entered National Paralympics Swimming Competition held in Kolkata, where he went on to win a gold medal.

He has failed complexities and difficulties, though still hopes to live a normal life. Being an Indian, he too couldn’t avoid being a fan of Bollywood and Cricket, thus being in total love with Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He earned himself chances to meet his favorite stars too. And why not!

His next target is to win a gold medal for India in the upcoming Paralympic Games in 2016.

Here’s ScooNews wishing him all the best, supporting him and cheering for him!

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Way to go, Moin!

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Chaiwallah or a Teacher? He’s Two-in-One!

Living for oneself and for one’s family is what everybody does, but what this man does is unheard of. This man, like any other man, is a common man of the country, yet does something that makes us salute him.

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Living for oneself and for one’s family is what everybody does, but what this man does is unheard of. This man, like any other man, is a common man of the country, yet does something that makes us salute him. D. Prakash Rao, a chai-wallah by profession, besides preparing tea, runs a school, not for making money but for educating the underprivileged.

No big salary, no big income but a bigger determination to teach all is what keeps him going. Unlike other kids, Rao used to love studies as a kid but his father was against it. As per his father, education would lead him nowhere, hence coaxed him to work at the tea-stall. Crushing his dreams of education, he has been obeying his father, selling chai, since 1976.

Though he couldn’t fulfill his dream, he gives wings to the dream of many. His school that runs from Nursery to Class 3, today has 70 kids. He, however, doesn’t stop there. After Class 3, he gets them enrolled in government school. Apart from educating them, the philanthropist also makes sure that his students get healthy diet, providing them with a glass of milk and biscuits every day.

Watch him speak about his life.

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Source: The Better India

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Sidharth Anandkumar of GIIS Chinchwad Pune Bags top Accolades at MUN Pune World Summit 2015

This student has hit a hot hatrick. For the 3rd year in a row, he has won the Best Delegate Award at the Dynamic Training Model United Nations at MUN Pune World Summit 2015. Must be hoping for a fourth in 2016, this student is sure to become a global

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Bringing top accolades to his school, Sidharth Anandkumar of Global Indian International School (GIIS), Chinchwad, Pune has bagged the Best Delegate Award at the Dynamic Training Model United Nations. He had displayed highly impressive dialogue and debating skills, showing true skills of an orator for which all the chairs present at the conference tied together to honour and appreciate him.

Not to forget, he just compeleted his hatrick at being the Best Delegate. Yes! He has been taking away this award for the past 3 years!

He also took away the Best Delegate for the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC).

Model United Nations, MUN in short, has gradually come to be known as one of the best platform to hone public speaking skills among students. One such MUN conference was organized in Pune, where participating were five different committees of the United Nations, United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Each of these committees had a space of maximum 25 delegates.

To participate as delegates were some of the top schools, like Global Indian International School (Chinchwad), Gurukul School (Pune), Symbiosis International School (Pune), Victorious Kids Educares IB World School (Pune), SNBP International School (Pune), The Galaxy Education Society (Rajkot) among several others.

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Sidharth Anandkumar, a student of Class 10th of GIIS Chinchawad Pune has always shown great orating and soft skills, along with some exceptional current affairs knowledge, which has always made the student win debating competitions.

Congratulations Sidharth! We are sure you’d make in to a global leader soon! All the best!

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Upcoming Bollywood Star: Ayaan Gupta

Not agreeing to waste a single moment of his summer breaks, this child utilized it to the full … learning something new, taking a step towards his dream and having fun, altogether …

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Children amaze us. And how!

Here we talk about Ayaan Gupta, Grade 3, Greenwood High International School Bengaluru. A 3rd Grader, yet he is a star among his friends, his classmates, his schoolmates … And he surely might be an envy for many.

This child, utilizing his summer breaks earlier this year, acted in a kids’ movie, The Wonder Glass. The movie has been directed by Abhaya Simha and produced by Zee Network. Abhaya Simha is known for his directorial debut Gubbachchigalu which went on to win National Award for the Best Children’s Film. Ayaan was selected from among innumerable children who had appeared for the audition.

The movie The Wonder Glass is metaphor for kids’ dreams and the way the fear for circumstances kill those dreams.

You can watch the movie right here: The Wonder Glass

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We hope, like the movie also suggests, Ayaan touches his dreams without being afraid of the circumstances he might have to face.

Kudos, Ayaan!

And congratulations to the proud parents, school and teachers!

 

Source: Greenwood High International School

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At the Top of the World: Lakshmi Sunil Menon of Global Public School, Kochi

Yeah … she is the topper and still aims for more. An avid reader and traveler, this young girl has been conferred the title of World Topper by IGCSE out of students from 160 countries!

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What does it feel like at the top of the world?

Lakshmi Sunil Menon of Grade 11 GPS-International has the best answer to it.

This 11th grader from Kochi is the proudest as she has been announced the World Topper by Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards on 20th November. The girl had definitely worked hard for this day as she achieved the highest marks throughout the world in her Cambridge IGCSE Travel and Tourism Exams. To be at the top of the world, she was competing with students from as many as 160 countries.

And that’s not all! She has also been conferred the title of India Topper Cambridge IGCSE Sociology exam!

That’s no mean feat!

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No, Lakshmi doesn’t even stop there. Having great leadership skills, she also leads her school, Global Public School, as the School Pupil Leader. An all-rounder, she keeps winning laurels, awards, accolades in school and inter-school competitions too. To talk of her interests, she loves being lost in her books and her own creative writings; yeah … she writes drama too. Travelling is her passion!

Global Public School says it follows a global vision, yet traditional values. Here’s making it come true!

Congratulations to the school, her parents and teachers. Way to go, Lakshmi!

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Autistic and Blind, This Girl Amazes the Best Singers!

Her name says it all. Prerna and she truly is an inspiration.

To many …

She came to limelight with Indian Idol Juniors, got eliminated in early rounds, but was called back to sing at the grand finale.

Life throws hindrances, sometimes

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Her name says it all. Prerna and she truly is an inspiration.

To many …

She came to limelight with Indian Idol Juniors, got eliminated in early rounds, but was called back to sing at the grand finale.

Life throws hindrances, sometimes right on your face! But fighting them off is how you prove yourself. Children, with their innocence, fight it the best; they never seem tired, they never lose, each victory, each loss brings them a few more smiles and yet more courage to carry on.

Prerna won hearts at Indian Idol Juniors. She sung no less than a nightingale. And when she talked, she was equally musical. Though she has many discouragements to fight against, she is autistic and visually challenged, yet nothing stops her!

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Watch an inspiration …

 

 

 

Video courtsey: FB

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Bitten by Shark, 10-year-old Saves Her Friend’s Life

Heroism is what truly defines this 10-year-old girl from Florida, who despite being attacked by a shark while swimming, hobbled her way out to rescue her 6-year-old friend who was also swimming close-by.

While swimming around and having

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Heroism is what truly defines this 10-year-old girl from Florida, who despite being attacked by a shark while swimming, hobbled her way out to rescue her 6-year-old friend who was also swimming close-by.

While swimming around and having fun with her friend at Jacksonville Beach, Kaley Szarmarck felt intense pain in the right leg. At first, she thought that a crab was holding on to her but was horrified when looked down and saw a 3-foot-long shark.

The first instinct was to run out of water, but the girl, call her courageous without a doubt, seeing her friend still playing in the water waded her way back to danger zone to get the her out of it.

Like daddy like daughter.

Yeah, the proud daddy is a firefighter and keeps staking his life time and again to save people. The daughter seems to be following suit. Describing the event, her father Dave Szarmack says, “She turned and yelled to her friend get out of the water! It's a shark! So this little girl ran, a friend of our daughters, to go get the moms. And Kaley walked herself out of the ocean. And she realized the six-year-old was still in the water. So she turned around and went back and got the six-year-old and took her out of the water. She pulled the little girl back out of the water.”

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He goes on say how this incident had left him scared, how parenting differs, saying, “You see all kinds of things as a fireman, but when you see your baby, even if it was a little blood, but this was, to see it, I was just, it was really difficult to see. It was just tough. That's my little girl.” 

 

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