Civil Society News

Higher cut-off for girls – Gender Balance, turning the tide!

In a country where women are underrepresented in almost all walks of public life, where the glass ceiling is far from broken, and where women and girls routinely face discrimination and violence on an everyday basis, a few colleges in Bengaluru believe they have a problem of ‘too many girls’. And to ‘fix’ this, they’ve […]

NGO Profiles

Ngo Profile – Disha, Chandigarh

Disha was formed in 2012 by a  group of ladies, to provide a new meaning to Voluntary Social Work and bring about a positive change in the lives of the Marginalized groups, specially women and children. Disha began its activities at the Panchayat Ghar of Village Kajeri, with a Library for children and teen-aged girls, […]


Achiever – Saoumyaa Singh

Saoumyaa Singh, aged 25 years, is a teacher in a school for economically deprived children called Shanti Bhavan Residential School.  Teaching was something that she always wanted to do.Right from the age of five. Her inspiration has been her teachers who guided her on to the right path.She recalls: “I remember how when the others […]

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Role Model – Karn Singh

Almost five years ago, while pursuing his B.E. in Computer Science from Thapar University, Karn was introduced to the Social Sector.  He started volunteering at ‘Teach A Child’, an NGO working on education in Chandigarh. His experience at TAC redefined his outlook on life and led him to start a social enterprise with the vision […]

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Role Model – Rajni Bala Yadav

Rajni Bala Yadav belongs to Pinjore, Haryana and she is 31 years old. She has completed her M.A, M.Ed and is a social mobiliser with Shiksha Pre – School for the blind. Rajni is orthopedically challenged but in spite of her own disabilities she is actively participating in social welfare activities. Rajni Says:    “My […]

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Role Model – Priyanka Tanwar

23 years old Priyanka Tanwar is Masters in Social Work from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Priyanka is presently working as a counseller at the Drug Deaddiction Centre in the Government Civil Hospital, Mohali. While she was a student, she undertook Polio Campaign, Menstrual Health Awareness camps at government schools in Chandigarh and recorded audio books for […]

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Role Model – Jasmeen Kaur

Jasmeen Kaur is crusader for Mental Health Issues which plague our society. A professionally qualified psychologist, she is running a counselling centre at Zirakpur, near Chandigarh. Jasmeen completed her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology after Post Graduate Diploma in Couselling and Guidance. She feels, the Mental Health needs to be taken care of from childhood itself. […]

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Role Model – Aastha Bakshi

19 years old Aastha Bakshi hails from Ambala and is presently a student of B.Tech in Punjab Engineering College, Deemed University, Chandigarh. Aastha finds happiness in making other people happy. “Their smiles inspire and motivate me to do more and more”, Says Aastha Bakshi Aastha has been recording audio books for Disha NGO. She has […]

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Role Model – Ayush Deval

20 years old Ayush Deval belongs to Saharanpur. An active volunteer to teach under privileged children at Disha Centre, Ayush has a very interesting incident, which made him conscious about the evils of the society. Ayush says, “ About 10 years ago, I met an old woman. She asked me to take her to the […]