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24th Nov. 1936 - 26th Oct. 2010

24th Nov. 1936 – 26th Oct. 2010

Title

The Indjerjit Khurana National Award

Year of Institution

  • 2015

The Prize Money

  • ₹ 100,000 (Rupees One Lakh Only)

Time & Place of Award Ceremony

  • 24th November 2015, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Sponsoring Organization

  • Ruchika Social Service Organisation

Administered by

  • The Inderjit Khurana National Award Adjudicating Committee

The meaning and the Purpose of the Award

  • It seeks to support individuals or organizations who have made exceptional contribution in the fields of education and welfare of underprivileged children and other similar empowerment works for the underprivileged.
  • It is a memorial to the life work and the determination of Late Mrs. Inderjit Khurana who dedicated her life to the service of marginalized sections of society, particularly the children of Urban Poor.
  • It seeks to incarnate a noble contribution to the deprived children irrespective of gender, caste, religion, nationality, language and the like.

Qualification of the Nominee

  • An organisation or person who has worked for relevant meritorious service anywhere in India
  • An organization or person who has sought to resolve illiteracy, child labour, trafficking, hunger, child abuse etc. which destroy the basic rights of children in oppressive social structures.
  • An organization or person who has contributed in the concerned field for not less than ten years.

Basic Regulations

  • Candidates for the Award must receive a nomination / recommendation in accordance with the official form.
  • Departments of any State Govt., the Central Govt., and any non Govt. institution dealing with Children and Women Welfare, Vice Chancellor of Universities can recommend.
  • The Application form can be downloaded from the organisation’s official website.
  • The adjudicating committee will take into account the nominee’s activities in the welfare and uplift of unprivileged and underprivileged children.
  • Candidates for the Award must respond conscientiously to scrutiny by the adjudication committee in terms of interview, request of additional documentation, questions etc. If any distortion of the truth is discovered in the submissions then the Adjudicating Committee reserves the right either to reject the nomination / cancellation of the award.
  • The winner is expected to attend the award ceremony and the accompanying events.

The Award Adjudicating Committee

The committee consists of 5 members: The Secretary of the sponsoring organization i.e. RSSO, A retired administrator of the rank of the Principal Secretary of a state, A retired Administrative Officer of the Govt. of India, A retired member of the Judiciary not below the rank of a Honorable Justice of the High Court, and A retired Vice-Chancellor of a University.

Time table for the Award

  • Final date for submission of Application: September 30, 2015
  • First Adjudication (Examination of materials submitted): October 10, 2015
  • Second Adjudication (Interview, questions and additional inquiries): October 25, 2015
  • Decision and Informing the winner: November 5, 2015

A Short Account of the Life of Mrs. Inderjit Khurana

Mrs. Inderjit Khurana(24th Nov. 1936 – 26th Oct. 2010), the founder of Ruchika Social Service Organisation was an educationist par excellence. A visionary activist, she epitomized what is noble and dedicated her life to the service of marginalized sections of society, particularly the children of Urban poor. She has pioneered non-formal educational centers in the Railway Platforms in the year 1985, when it was conspicuous by its absence in the state of Odisha. The Innovative methodology, child friendly environment, the dynamism and determination of the founder attracted a constant flow of visitors from different walks of life, who helped her to give shape to the values she cherished. Mrs. Khurana, fondly called as ‘Mama’ had a charismatic as well as Magnetic Personality and obtained the warmest love and regard even from critics. Though she attributes her success to providence, yet she believed in her soul force and did it all on her own strength. In her maiden adventure, she was ably supported by her husband Lt. Col. S.S. Khurana, who guided the organisation in administrative and financial management. Her lifelong contribution to the cause of unprivileged children has been widely recognized and has been honoured with:

  • The World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC) in 2006,
  • World of Children Award for Human Enrichment in 2007,
  • National Award from the Ministry of Human Resources for the children welfare in 2004,
  • National Award from Chinta O Chetana recognized by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting,
  • Derozio Award from ICSE in 2005,
  • Shining World Leadership Award from Tji Hak- Soon Justice and Peace Foundation, US in 2008,
  • The Nehru Children’s Museum, Kolkata has awarded her for her welfare work with children in 1987,
  • Out Look Magazine selected her as one of the 50 personalities in India who have contributed to bring a change in the society,
  • She was one of the life time Associate Members of Ashoka – Innovators for Public,
  • UNICEF has made a film on the Platform School viz. “Blossoms in the Dust” in 1986
  • American Public Broadcasting services has made a documentary film “New Heroes” on the works of Mrs. Khurana as one of the 10 best innovative social workers in the world in 2005.

 

Nomination for the Inderjit Khurana National Award

(On empowerment of the underprivileged children)

  1. Name of the Nominee (in capitals)
  2. Name of Mother*, Father & Nationality:
  3. Address in Full:
    1. Present:*
    2. Permanent:
  4. Contact details:*
    1. Mobile:
    2. Landline:
    3. Email and Website if available:
  5. Activities for which nominee is recommended ( in 150 words):*
  6. Organisation to which the nominee belongs:
    1. details:
    2. State
    3. A gist of work (attach A4 size papers) warranting his/her nomination
  7. Awards and Recognitions received so far (if any)
  8. Any reference the nominator wishes to cite

 

 

Name of the nominating authority / person

 

Designation

Date:

Place:                                           Address with mobile no. and email

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Fields marked* are mandatory.

 

Thank you for your Patience

Remarks:   1) The nomination should be based on truth.

2)  One can also download from the Ruchika website

Send to:      Ruchika Social Service Organisation, Plot No. 3731-A, Sriram Nagar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Pin- 751002

Telephone:  +91-674-2340583                    Email:   rssobbs@hotmail.com, info@ruchika.org        Web: www.ruchika.org

 

 

 

 


This documentary was produced & narrated by Robert Redford as part of a documentary TV series, to provide much needed exposure to deserving charitable organizations. It profiles Ruchika and Inderjit Khurana, the founder, and the exceptional work she has done in founding and running this wonderful organization.

Please do share this with all your friends on social media and do your part to help abandoned and abused children on the platform slums of Bhubhaneshwar.

Street plays are an effective medium of spreading message in the public.

It is a powerful and entertaining form of communication used to propagate social messages to create awareness among the public. These plays break the formal barriers and approach the people directly, because the audience identify themselves with the characters.
Ruchika Social Service Organisation organized street plays in different slums and auto stands form 4th to 6th April 2013. A total of 13 plays were performed by Vande Mataram group across 10 slums and 3 auto stands in and around Bhubaneswar.

The objective was to create mass awareness on issues related to HIV and AIDS

The use of instruments like dafali accompanied with songs built curiosity and gathered a lot of people for the street plays performed by Vande Matarm group.

In the auto stands the performers suddenly popped up in a crowded place and started performing in an entertaining way then switching into serious issues.

These plays were scripted specifically to convey all the important messages related to:

  •   Modes of transmission & prevention of HIV/AIDS
  •  Service availability at ICTC centers
  •  Institutional delivery
  •  ART
  •  Opportunistic Infection
  •  Service Provisions of Govt.
  •  Stigma and Discrimination
  •  Myth and Misconception

More than anything, the artists maintained a great level of energy to keep the crowd entertained as well as be informed about the messages that they were imparting about HIV/AIDS.
The street plays were performed in the following slums and auto stands:
1. Khandual Sahi
2. Punamagate
3. Kargil
4. Ganganagar
5. Kalpana
6. Venus Inn
7. Malisahi
8. Nayapalli
9. Baramunda Bhoi Sahi
10. Mahaveer Basti
11. Rajmahal Auto Stand
12. Vanivihar Auto Stand
13. Rasulgarha Auto Stand

Some more Street Play images in our photo-gallery…

Click here to read the complete report and to see more pictures of the event on our main website

This 3 day  program was hosted and organized by Ruchika Social Service Organization and supported by Concern World wide, India and European Union.  The pre- rehearsal for the program ABHIVYAKTI with lot of other skillful activities was kicked-off at Koraput Bhawan in Bhubaneswar on 19th November 2012 and continued till 20th November 2012, where 138 Red Ribbon Friends/ Peer Educators  participated along with 40 staffs from every partner agency and 41 visitors. The program  ended with the final staging of a cultural programme by the children at XIMB auditorium on its 3rd day 21st November 2012.

The objective of the interface was to encourage the peer educators to realize and to highlighting the theme of the World Aids Day- 2012 this year and that is, Getting to Zero- Zero New HIV Infection by providing them a platform to perform, realize their ability as well as support them to hone their existing skills.

Adolescents peer educators, who work towards prevention of HIV, were assessed by partner organization based on their choice of talent. Within these 3 days of adolescent interface the activities mainly focused on mentoring adolescents on, various creative endeavors of their choice; Art, Drama, Photography, Story writing and Song composition for a collective demonstration of their talent by renowned mentors. This event engages adolescents to practice performing arts, having fun and inculcate values of sharing, learning and teamwork along with providing them a platform to showcase their talents.  It is expected that the adolescent peer educators on being provided a display place to perform and on receiving positive feedback and encouragement will feel acknowledged and be generally motivated to work better.

ABHIVYAKTI has been a show filled with fun, engaging participants to show off something they are good at and to receive praise for their efforts.

Dear Sir/Madam,
As you are aware, the Ruchika Social Service Organisation has been working with street, slum and railway children since 1985. It reaches out to over 5000 children with multifarious programs e.g. schooling on the platform, remedial coaching, vocational training, shelter services, emergency assistances, nutrition and medical care etc.
The aforesaid marginalized children have also potentiality in the field of Science and this will blossom if opportunities are given to them. To augment their scientific outlook and to enhance creativity in the field of Science and Math, we have planned to organize a Science Exhibition viz. “Little Scientists” on 24th November 2012 at 3731-A, Sriram Nagar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar. The slum and street kids from different slums and railway stations will bring science project models made by themselves. In addition, the children will organize different Science and Mathematical activities and quizzes during the day.
Ms. Usha Padhi, IAS, Commissioner Cum Secretary, Deptt. Of School and Mass Education, Govt. of India has kindly agreed to inaugurate the exhibition. Sri Bhabani Charan Pattanaik, Ex. MP and Freedom Fighter, Sri Sivanand Ray, President, Bhubaneswar Auto Mahasangha, Dr. Bhagyadhar Bhoi, Sr. Principal Scientist, Regional Research Laboratory, Bhubaneswar, Dr. Chitta Ranjan Mishra, Distinguished Scientist of Odisha are expected to grace the occasion as Guests of Honour.
The Program will be inaugurated at 10.00 a.m. and the closing function will start at 4.00 p.m. The entire program is dedicated to Late Mrs. Inderjit Khurana, founder of the organization in her 76th Birthday.
We will be honoured if you kindly grace the occasion with your presence.
Thanking you and with regards


Report on the Inaugural Function of Women Helpline.

The Women Helpline, a project of the Odisha State Commission for Women, Govt. of Odisha has been inaugurated by Dr. Jyoti Panigrahi, the honb’le  Chairperson of State Commission for Women yesterday. Smt. Arti Ahuja, IAS, the Secretary, Deptt. of Women and Child Development, Govt. of Odisha, Smt. Sulata Deo, the Chairperson, Odisha State Social Welfare Board, Smt. Lopamudra Baxipatra, the Chairperson of Mahila Vikas Samavay Nigam, all Members of State Commission for Women, Mr. K. Viswanadham, IAS (Retd.) President Lion’s Club and former Helpline apex committee member, Smt. Namita Pattanaik, State Coordinator Scout and Guide and former Helpline apex committee member, Mr. Gourang Charan Tripathy, Former District Judge, Mr. Anil Patnaik, former District Judge and many other social activists and NGO workers were present and graced the occasion.

Prof. Narayan Rao, Secretary, RSSO welcomed the guests, Mr. Benudhar Senapati, Program Manager, RSSO presented the operation module of Helpline and Mrs. Snigdha Panigrahi Member, Women Commission gave vote of thanks. Dr. Jyoti Panigrahi, Smt. Arti Ahuja, Smt. Sulata Deo, Smt. Lopamudra Boxipatra, Smt. Namita Pattanaik and Sri K. Viswanadham addressed the gathering. Everyone promised to extent all possible support to make the Helpline a success.

Smt. Ahuja, the Secretary, W & CD wanted the Helpline to work for all the women of the state through different NGOs, Swadhar homes and short stay homes working in different districts, and police. The Helpline number 10920 is now only available from land lines. She would write to all private telephone operators to make it accessible from all mobiles.

The program is covered by all major television channels and in some newspapers. Television coverage timings – Doordarsan – 7.00 p.m., OTV – 6-30 twin city round up, Naxtra TV – 6.30 Citi Plus, ND TV, S TV, MBC TV etc.  Govt. is also interested to publicize the telephone number in the newspapers and give a scroll in the television channels. The Chairperson wants to issue an identity card to all our Helpline team.

The team members, project officer and counselor have already joined and have started their work. Uniforms have been made. Telephones have been installed. Office is set. Yesterday we also have received the first case.

The following write up was  shared with all the participants.

Write up for participants

WOMEN HELPLINE

(A Project of Odisha State Commission for Women, Govt. of Odisha)

To be run by   RUCHIKA SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANISATION

The question I asked was simple: “Was there any time in your life when you said to yourself ‘I wish I had been born a boy’?” The majority of the uneducated women reply: “Yes – I could have studied and earned a degree…. I could have gone out of the house and seen the world around;” The reasons they gave had nothing to do with wishing to be males per se, but simply denoted their desire to be able to participate in society as do the males around them. One young woman who had been abandoned by her husband remarked, “I would like to be a man so I could take care of my wife and family better than we are living now.”

If the women generally are a neglected lot, the women living in distress specially the women who do not have any support system are worse off. Their life  is hundred times more vulnerable, exploitative and oppressive.  The women in India today even after 65 years of independence are discriminated against and denied their legitimate rights,   with the result that their social development is stagnant.

As advocated by the Beijing Platform for Action, 1995, “Women have the right to the enjoyment of highest attainable standards of health, where health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. It includes their right to make decisions concerning reproduction, to be free from gender discrimination. Neglect of women’s reproductive rights severely limits their opportunities in public and private life, including opportunities for education, economic and political empowerment. Governments should, therefore, pursue social development, education and employment policies to eliminate poverty among women in order to reduce their susceptibility to ill health and improve their own health”

In the wake of high incidence of crime against women and to address the problems of these neglected, disadvantaged and vulnerable women Helpline was initiated as an experimental pilot project with full support from the Department of Women and Child Development Govt. of Orissa.  Hon’ble Chief Minister of Orissa inaugurated it on 26th January 2004 on the auspicious occasion of Republic Day. It was started to extend a helping hand for women by setting up a round the clock telephone service with an easy telephone number – 10920.  The program continued till 2009.

30 year old Kuni Das was abandoned by her husband when during her pregnancy he left  her for another woman. In labour, she was taken by some university students to Capital Hospital. She delivered a boy child. By this time the students informed Helpline. A team member and counselor immediately went to hospital and helped her with medication, food and counseling. After 3 days she was referred to Kanas, a short stay home where she is presently residing.

Helpline has been assisting women like  Kuni and many others like her. In addition it offers any woman who calls a chance to talk about her feelings fearlessly, assured of complete confidentiality, without being judged or dismissed.

Helpline responds to the calls immediately either by reaching the distressed woman or requesting her to reach the Helpline centre. The woman is listened to attentively and suitable assistance is provided.

The Second Phase of Helpline was started from 1st August 2012 as a project of Odisha State Commission for Women, Govt. of Odisha. The Govt. supports the project through Mahila Vikash Samavay Nigam.

Partnership

Helpline believes in the partnership approach to work. It was working with the effective partnership of Govt. of Orissa, Indian Red Cross Society, Police, Short Stay Homes, Old age Homes, Health Care Systems, Free Legal Cells, Women Commission, Women Taskforce, Telecom Department and a number of development NGOs and Net works. It is looking forward to partnership with other philanthropic organizations and individuals for outreach work.

Objectives

  • To reach out to every woman in distress and in need of care and protection in the city by responding to emergency calls – for medical, legal advice and guidance, rescue, missing cases, shelter / short stay home, protection form abuse and exploitation, counseling, emotional support and guidance.
  • To link the women in crisis who are in need of immediate care and protection to the nearest service providers.
  • To provide short term shelter facilities till they are rehabilitated / restored.
  • To work together with the allied systems to create a women–friendly system in the city.  These systems are State Women Commission,  Women and Child Desks of police stations, health care system, legal system, Women Taskforce, NGOs, other government and non-governmental agencies working with women issues.
  • To advocate for services for women that are inaccessible, non-existent or inadequate and to advocate proper implementation of PWDV Act in the city.
  • To strive for excellence in quality service to women in need of special care and protection and to ensure that the best interests of the women are secured / protected.
  • To provide a platform for net working amongst organizations and to provide linkages to support systems which facilitate the rehabilitation of women in need of care and protection?
  • To create a family of NGOs and Government organizations working within the framework of a national vision and policy for women.
  • To enable them to gain confidence, self esteem and self worth.
  • To train them in short, job oriented courses to help them sustain themselves on their own.

 

 Our Client Group

a)    Women in distressed conditions, abandoned and without any support system.

b)    Women on the street.

c)    Women who are denied their rights especially women who are abused.

d)    Missing and run away women.

e)    Differently abled women and Mentally ill women

f)     Women whose families are affected by conflicts/disasters.

g)    Women who are affected by HIV/AIDS or are stigmatized in the society for any other reason.

h)    Single women / widows without family support

Service to be Delivered

a) Medical Assistance 

Both short term and long-term medical assistance will be provided depending on the case received.

b) Legal Assistance

Legal advice and services will be provided to all the women in need by practicing advocates. The Odisha Judicial Officers Association has promised to help us for the same. It will also seek the help of police for legal proceeding on behalf of the clients.

c) Short Stay Home

Short stay home facilities will be provided to women without a home / abandoned / mentally ill / run away by the Swadhar Homes and Ujjala homes, old age homes.

d) Emergency shelter

Emergency shelter services will be provided to the women in need at the Ruchika shelter home for about a week time. If the client needed  this service for more than a week then she will be transferred to a Swadhar home.

e) Restoration

Any run away / missing / rescued woman will be immediately brought to the  Helpline centre . As soon as possible her family will be identified with the help of police / any other means and she will be restored. If required counseling services will be provided.

f) Rescue

Women in any abusive condition or threatened will be rescued immediately. She will then be either restored or sent to a short stay home. The Helpline will take the help of Protection Officer appointed under PWDV Act and Member organistions of Task Force on Violence Against Women to rescue the women from the abusive condition and do the needful.

g) Missing Women

Attempt will be made to locate missing women with the help of police or the networking system of the organizations.  As soon as a case comes to the notice it will be referred to the Women Cell operated in the DCP Office and the local SP offices for identification and restoration.

h) Emotional Support and Guidance

Emotional support and guidance will be provided to all the women who call for help. They may be counseled on telephone or in person. Wherever possible the women will be called to the Helpline Office for counseling.

i) Referral

Referral service will be provided to all the women who desire assistance from Helpline. The women from other cities, districts will also be provided referral services.

We expect the support of all the allied system to address the needs of women in distress and crisis.  

ODISHA STATE COMMISSION FOR WOMEN AND RUCHIKA SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANISATION

Your Donation Details

Donation Details Approx cost in(INR)

Mid Day Meal-Chapattis, Rice, lentils and vegetables at shelter home (Rs.15 per child per day) 5475.00

You will receive a feedback report in 4-6 months

Feedback Report that you will receive will contain:

Name, address, 1 year period of donation, age, meal details and importance
Accompanying photograph -Yes
Sponsor a street child’s whole day meal (2 snacks & 2 meals per day) for a year (Rs. 10,220)»

Donation Details Approx cost in(INR)

Break Fast, Lunch, Snacks & Dinner-Chapattis, Rice, lentils, vegetables & milk at shelter home (Rs.28 per child per day) 10220.00

You will receive a feedback report in 4-6 months

Feedback Report that you will receive will contain:

Name, address, 1 year period of donation, age, meal details and importance
Accompanying photograph -Yes

Provide for care and shelter of a poor orphan (Rs. 3,700)»
Average cost of medical care  1250.00

Average of 4 sets of clothing  1200.00

Bathing items (bucket & mug) 200.00

Bedding (sleeping mat, two bed-sheets, one blanket) 750.00

Toiletries (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes) 300.00

TOTAL INR 3700.00
You will receive a feedback report in 4-6 months

Feedback Report that you will receive will contain:

Name of student, age, grade, very short story, year for which donation is utilized
Accompanying photograph -Yes
Sponsor a poor girl child to complete her High School Education (Rs. 1,096)»
Administration (41710/80) 521.00

Education Materials – School Bag, Dress, Umbrella & Shoe socks 569.00

Stationery/contingency 6.00

TOTAL INR 1096.00
Feedback Report that you will receive will contain:

Name, age, sex and family background of the child, her progress report and photographs.
Accompanying photograph -Yes
Sponsor vocational training of a underprivileged youth (Rs. 2,000)»
Donation Details Approx cost in(INR)

Apportioned cost of instructor fee ( Rs 5000*3 Months/12 youth) 1250.00

Apportioned cost of placement co-ordination 200.00

Feedback cost 100.00

Raw Materials / course materials 450.00

TOTAL INR 2000.00

You will receive a feedback report in 4-6 months

Feedback Report that you will receive will contain:

Name & address, address of the centre, course details, specific months the donation was used
Accompanying photograph -Yes
You will receive:
• an email confirming receipt of your payment
• a feedback report on the utilization of the money
• a receipt for the amount that you spent, which can be used for tax deduction

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