Sehgal Foundation organized the Fifth Annual Conference on Good Rural Governance and Citizen Participation on March 13, 2015, at its campus in Gurgaon. The theme was “ICT for Good Governance at the Grassroots”. Participants discussed the huge potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) that cater to the development needs of rural India by providing information to a large number of people and helping them to ensure delivery of basic services.
Sehgal Foundation and Mosaic India jointly staffed an exhibition booth at an Agri Leadership Summit organized by the government of Haryana and PHD Chambers. The summit held in Leisure Valley Park, Gurgaon, from March 13-15, 2015, to raise awareness about theKrishi Jyoti (enlightened agricultural) project. Over 5,000 farmers, including 100 participants of Krishi Jyoti and NABARD projects, visited the stall in Hall No. 5. In total, over 350,000 farmers visited from Haryana and neighboring states.
There was an overwhelming response from the farmers for the CSR project, including questions from farmers about the project and demands to start the same kind of project in their area. Many officials of the state agricultural university also visited the stall.
Together with Mosaic India, S M Sehgal Foundation organized a Kisan Sammelan (farmers’ gathering) on March 12, 2015 in Ghaghas community center, Mewat. Over 150 participants, including 125 farmers, attended the event. Farmers from Krishi Jyoti villages shared their experiences and learning about various aspects of the project.
During the event, certificates of appreciation were presented to 31 progressive farmers for their extensive support, motivational adoption, and replication of knowledge.
Naveen Chahal, Managing Director, Mosaic India; Shashikant Bhende, Country Agronomist, Mosaic India; and Jane Schukoske, CEO, Sehgal Foundation, attended the event.
The Mosaic Company, USA, presented Amarpreet Singh, Ph.D., with the first annual The Mosaic Company Foundation Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research in the area of Plant Nutrition 2014-2015. The award recognizes, incentivizes, and honors doctoral students of exceptional ability and originality of thought for their contribution to the field of plant nutrition. Dr. Singh received a certificate, gold medal, and a blazer along with a monetary award of INR 150,000 during a ceremony on February 21, 2015 at the S M Sehgal Foundation in Gurgaon, India.
An independent award jury for The Mosaic Company Foundation Award selected Singh, from 13 shortlisted candidates. Singh’s research study titled, “Effect of Summer Green Manuring Crops and Zinc Fertilizer Sources on Productivity and Quality of Aromatic Rice (Oryza sativa L.) – Durum Wheat (Triticum durum Desf.) Cropping System,” demonstrated the superiority of sesbania aculeata (dhaincha) residue incorporation and EDTA-chelated Zn application in Basmati rice in terms of growth, yield attributes and productivity as well as the quality of Basmati rice.
Singh currently works as a scientist at the Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibers, Kolkata, West Bengal. He holds a Master’s degree in soil science from Punjab Agricultural University, and a doctorate in agronomy from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. Singh has earned numerous recognitions for his academic excellence, including a gold medal for outstanding academic performance, a junior research fellowship during his master’s, and a senior research fellowship during his doctorate.
Around 80 people, including chief guest A.K. Sikka, Deputy Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, and other members in the scientific agricultural community, attended the award ceremony. J.C. Katyal, Ph.D., former Vice Chancellor of Haryana Agricultural University, delivered the special address, while Tom Philbin, Vice President, International Sales at The Mosaic Company, presented the keynote address.
Exclusion and inequitable access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services and opportunities are major concerns to development practitioners. The job of providing water for the household invariably falls on women, often at the expense of their education, income-earning opportunities and social, cultural and political involvement. This book aims to unpack the key elements of the WASH–gender nexus, examine these and recommend ways ahead for improved gender outcomes and WASH impact in India. It is edited by Aidan A. Cronin, Pradeep K. Mehta, and Anjal Prakash.
Sehgal Foundation organized a series of training programs for mahila sangathans (women collectives) in Nagina (February 5 and 6, 2015), Ferozepur Jhirka (February 12 and 18, 2015), Tauru (February 13, 2015), and Punhana (February 16, 2015) blocks of Mewat, Haryana. The trainings aimed at building capacities, confidence, and skills of women leaders, who in turn will plan and lead the development process in their respective villages.
Seeds for Change documents how Suri and Edda Sehgal, refugees who each escaped dangerous and difficult circumstances as children, came to America as young adults (from India and Germany respectively), met and fell in love, and went on to have more astonishing experiences as talented and visionary business leaders, generous philanthropists, and proud Americans. As a crop scientist, seedsman, and agricultural visionary, Suri became a respected and pivotal figure in the development of the global hybrid-seed industry. He and Edda have shared their resulting good fortune with those in need around the world. Their personal history is a chronicle of remarkable events and people, but most importantly, an enduring lifelong commitment to helping others that is their family legacy.
“This captivating saga kept me spellbound from its opening page to the very last. One can’t help but be inspired by this wonderful book.”
~Prem Sharma, author of Mandalay’s Child
“Seeds for Change is a great story that skillfully weaves together Suri and Edda’s family, business, and philanthropic histories. I was riveted from start to finish.”
~Max Cowie PhD, seedsman and agriculturist, Queensland, Australia
“A compelling read. Suri Sehgal is a living legend in the field of hybrid seed.”
~William D. Dar PhD, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
“After reading Seeds for Change, I understand why I feel so comfortable with Suri and Edda. I share their understanding that adversity is blessing, and that the greatest satisfaction is helping others—all life.”
~Gensuke Tokoro, professor, Hitotsubashi University, Institute of Innovation Research
“Written in a warm, engaging style, this is a story about breaking barriers, pushing boundaries, forging connections, and planting seeds in the hope of a better tomorrow.”
~Rekha Basu, Des Moines Register
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The Government Middle School in Dungran Shahzadpur received the second district-level award (third position) for its “Class Readiness Program” under Mukhyamantri Shiksha Diksha Yojna (Chief Minister’s education initiation scheme) on January 26, 2015. Mukhyamantri Shiksha Diksha Yojna recognizes efforts in activity-oriented learning that enhances educational standards in government schools.
The school was renovated with the support of Sehgal Foundation and Mosaic India Pvt. Ltd. in 2013 under the Krishi Jyoti (enlightened agriculture) project. Approximately 400 students of the Shahzadpur school have received the benefits of improved school infrastructure. The infrastructural improvements included raising the height of the boundary wall of the school, repairing classrooms and kitchen, constructing separate toilets for girls and boys, making hygienic drinking water arrangements, ground leveling, plantation, installing swings for children, and white washing school walls and painting them with educational slogans. The School Management Committee, schoolteachers, Panchayat (village council) members, and the local community extended support.
The school has also received the first prize under Mukhyamantri School Saundaryikaran Yojna (Chief Minister’s School Beautification Scheme) in April 2014.
Trainings of mahila sangathans were organized in Ferozepur Jhirka (January 13, 2015), Punhana (January 15, 2015) and Nuh (January 17, 2015) blocks of Mewat. The trainings introduced Swach Bharat Abhiyan to the women of village-level institutions (panchayats, SMCs and VHSNCs). Sangathan women also learned about the responsibilities of School Management Committee.
They provided women with an opportunity to interact and get a perspective on issues.
IDCA conference (12-13 January, 2015) was organized at Centre for Environment Education campus, Ahmedabad (Gujarat). The conference was well attended by around 45-50 participants from different background and organizations. Mr. Salahuddin Saiphy, Program Leader–Water Management at Sehgal Foundation chaired the Water session.
Conference also witnessed inspiring key note addresses from two Padamshri awardees, Prof. Anil Gupta, IIM Ahmedabad (Honey Bee Network fame) and Ms Reema Nanavaty, Director, SEWA, Ahmedabad. Prof Gupta shared that innovations can come from any person not necessarily from educated people & scientific community only and he shared some grassroots examples. He holds the credit of filling 680 patents for grassroots innovations.
In second keynote address Ms Nanavati shared her experiences of working with SHG groups of 19,33,000 women spread over 12,000 villages and 14 states of India. They are also working with women in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan etc.
US women supported Sehgal Foundation’s work in rural India. Nilima Mehra, CEO of GTV, hosted lunch for some of the women who walked the ramp in December 2014 event of Sehgal Foundation. Around 20 Power Women, residing in the US, discussed the community-led developmental work of Sehgal Foundation at Bombay Bistro in Fairfax, US.
The December event is appreciated and supported by over 100 women, who are looking forward to more such events
A live radio program of the new series, Kanoon Ki Baat, went on air at community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8 to spread awareness about free legal services available to citizens. Since renewing of license is a big problem, especially for trucker community in Mewat, Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) cum Secretary District Legal Service Authority Mr. Sunil Shoeran addressed the listeners on Motor Vehicle Act and Traffic Rules on January 7, 2015 (Wednesday) at 5:00 PM.
The community radio station received 15 calls during the programme. The CJM tried to answer most of the queries received during the broadcast.
For more such programs, stay tuned to community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat 107.8 FM.
The interface workshop was a platform for the VHSNC members of the Sangathan to interact with the Health and Women and Child Department (WCD) officials. The event was an opportunity for the communities to share and address health related problems faced by them, women’s and children’s health issues in particular.
16 Radio stations from North zone participated in the FREE/DEM Training conducted by Ideosync Media Combine.
The FREE/DEM initiative is designed to empower community radio in India to fulfil its mandate of community empowerment and citizen engagement by assisting CR stations across the country to develop locally relevant and contextual content on democracy and democratic institutions – by enabling public participation in democratic processes.
Two village women — Kamlesh, Block coordinator of Tarou, Mewat, and Ms. Sunita, Sushaan Champion, Tarou, Mewat — won 2nd prize in a state-level Quiz Program organised by Haryana Hotriculture Department on November 28, 2014.
In total, 11 women from the block participated in the program.
Ms. Ursula Holzhauser, Counsellor, Food and Agriculture, German Embassy and Dr. Hermann Schlöder, German Food and Agriculture Ministry, visited the Unnat Krishi project at Umrain Block, Alwar district.
Sehgal Foundation wins Millennium Alliance Award for its innovation ‘Installation of pressurized recharge wells for creating fresh water pockets in saline ground water areas to make water available for drinking and sanitation purposes in water scarce schools of Mewat, Haryana’
July 4, 2014: Sehgal Foundation provided subsidy on drip/sprinkler irrigation units in 36 Krishi Jyoti (agricultural enlightenment) project villages (phase out and current villages) to promote water saving in agriculture.
The government subsidy on drip/ sprinkler irrigation ranges from 75-80%. The foundation team subsidized half of the remaining 20-25% share of the farmer.
Dungra Shahzadpur School in Mewat has won first prize at the block level under the prestigious “Chief Minister School Beautification Scheme, Haryana