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250 Million Children are Still at Home, but Learning Shouldn’t Stop




Room to Reads flagship learning campaign #MainJahanSeekhnaWahan where #IndiaGetsReadingAtHome launched on 15th August, spread awareness, and motivated parents and children to participate in the learning activities at home nationwide. The campaign culminated on 8th September, International Literacy Day, with a webinar Learning in the New Normal: Multiple Ecosystems resonating with people from all walks of life from across the world. All the participants, including experts, academicians, practitioners, and influencers, were brought together to discuss and share their actionable insights on multiple learning ecosystems – Home, Schools, and Community.

Camel Cart Library

Throughout the campaign, key offline and online activities included government and community activations, Virtual Delhi Book Fair 2021, Launch of Library content on Nalanda at Home WhatsApp Chatbot in Maharashtra state, Wall murals/paintings, Community meetings, Literacy Kit distribution, Posters, and handouts distribution, Mobile Van Library Events (Camel Cart Library, Bullock Cart Library, Boat Library, etc.), Reading together with family (Pledge Reading Time), and T.V. episodes.

Each state-wide campaign included state-of-the-art initiatives that received applause from the state governments, local and school communities. The initiatives include:

  • Room to Read (RtR), in collaboration with the Government of Chhattisgarh, launched a Mobile Bullock Cart Library. This initiative resulted in engagement with their younger siblings and community children to encourage reading habits.
  • Room to Read established ten community libraries in nearby schools in New DelhiSatimata basti camp Jonapur village, P.G camp CPW Vasant Vihar, Indra Kalyan Vihar Okhla-Phase1, Sagarpur old slum, Basti Safdarjung enclave, Basti Smaypur Badli, Basti Shriram JJ camp, Community Centre Arjan Nagar, Subhash Park Ambedkar Nagar, and Aya Nagar community centre.
  • Three mobile library vans were flagged off by the district magistrate Mr. Shivraj Singh Verma (IAS), in Madhya Pradesh, reaching 150 villages from 15th August 2021 to 8th September 2021.
  • The Nalanda at Home bot, a WhatsApp chatbot, was jointly launched on 5th September, Teachers Day in the Nashik district of Maharashtra, with support from Motivation for Excellence, Room to Read, and the Nalanda Project in honor of the driven teachers ensuring that Learning endures for all their students.
  • Launch of Camel Cart Library and Mobile Library Van flagged off by the additional district magistrate Mr. Madan Lal Nehra and Chief District Education Officer Mr. Bhalluram Khichad reaching more than 30 villages across the state.
  • In Uttarakhand, the airing of jingles based on NIPUN Bharat and Story-based 24 radio episodes of “Kuch Kisse Kuch Kahani” were broadcasted through community radio stations in collaboration with SAMAGRA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) during the campaign.
  • In Uttar Pradesh, Room to Read launched a unique boat library, and two mobile library vans were flagged off on 18th August by the Director Basic Education & SCERT, Uttar Pradesh Mr. Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh in Lucknow district and on 28th August by the District Education Officer, Mr. Rakesh Singh in district Varanasi. Boat Library was designed to reach the unreachable children residing in riverside slums and fishing communities in Lucknow and Varanasi districts.

At the end of the campaign, the webinar organized on International Literacy Day on 8th September 21 – Learning in the New Normal: Multiple Ecosystems was graced by the presence of –

  • Dr. Tami Katzir Cohen, Head of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Brain and Learning Disabilities, Head of the Language and Literacy program, Haifa University
  • Madhav Chavan, Founder, Pratham
  • Heather Simpson, Chief of Programs, Room to Read
  • Meenal Sarda, Associate Director – Literacy, Room to Read
  • Sourav Banerjee, Country Director, Room to Read India
  • Sheshagiri Madhusudan, Education Specialist, UNICEF
  • Usha Menon, Co-founder, Jodo Gyan; and
  • Shailendra Sharma, Principal Advisor, Govt. of NCT Delhi

As emissaries of Foundational Literacy, all the international participants explored how to reach beyond and focus on all aspects of the larger ecosystem contributing to a childs overall development to ensure that Learning beats all odds and continues.

Dr. Tami Cotzen emphasized, “From neurons to narratives: The mind and education can be stimulated by teachers and parents. We need to train them on how to have positive interactions with the young learners. We must focus on the emotional, cognitive landscape as the basis of Comprehension.”

Ms. Heather Simpson, Chief of Programs, Room to Read, said, “Literacy and books can support students socio-emotional well-being. Fictional stories present relevant scenarios that help children understand and deal with emotions. They can help build relationships and safety networks for children.”

Dr. Madhav Chavan, Founder, Pratham Foundation, said, “The first thing to do during the pandemic is to stabilize childrens Learning in the face of widespread loss of life in and around their families. We need to engage children through relatable and fun activities, and literature can lead to effective Learning.”

Sourav Banerjee, Country Director, Room to Read India, said, “In the new normal, Learning is multi-faceted, with focus on resources across all mediums. Recent experiences in the field show that offline resources definitely are more effective in promoting Learning in early grade children. Home and communities have emerged as necessary spaces of learning today.”

Shailendra Sharma, Principal Advisor, Govt. of NCT Delhi, said, “It is important to bring learnings from the past into exploring solutions for today. Digital resources may not be the answer. We need to explore offline resources to ensure Learning in the current times.”

About Room to Read India

Room to Read India was established in 2003 and presently has programs in 9 states – Chhattisgarh, Delhi NCR, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh. Our Literacy Program has been implemented in 15,642 government schools, training 25,741 teachers trained in library management and reading activities. Over the same period, our Girls Education & Gender Equality Program has benefitted over 71,626 girls. Till date, we have benefitted 4.7 million children, distributed ten crores of age-appropriate storybooks, and set up more than 10,000 libraries in government schools.

Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on Literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools during two time periods that are most critical in a childs schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations, and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. By focusing on the quality of education provided within the communities and ensuring these outcomes are measured, we have created a model that can be replicated, localized, and sustained by governments. With its, global headquarters in San Francisco, Room to Read has benefited 23 million children across over 30,000 communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Grenada, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia.



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Sushma Gets Ranked Best Developer in Punjab Based on Customer Reviews




Delhi-based research firm International Brand & Research Forum (IBRF) gave AAA ratings based on customer satisfaction to Sushma Buildtech from Punjab and declared it the Best Developer in Punjab based on customer reviews. The survey was conducted across the region with a special focus on past customers; IBRF Global researched the quality & feedback index on various parameters to come up with the result.

Mr. Prateek Mittal, Executive Director,Sushma Group

Mr. Prateek Mittal, Executive Director, Sushma Group, said, “Our customers are the centre of our attention, and we value Customer Feedback and customer reviews as it helps us get to know our strength. We pay attention to the tiniest aspects in our grandest goals, and we make the biggest pledges in the tiniest details.

The Sushma Group has been a leading name in the real estate sector of Chandigarh right after its inception. The organization is known for providing world-class residential and commercial options with state-of-the-art amenities. A name to reckon with and is one of the top 10 developers in the Tricity region, the Group has a track record of delivering 14 projects in 13 years. The IBRF looked at the Sushma Customer Complaints over a period of time and compared with Sushma Customer Feedback for brand and specific projects. Sushma Customer Reviews were also studied and taken into consideration.

The Group has long valued customer satisfaction and has paid close attention to customer feedback. The Group has returned with their Happy Home Celebrations during the festival season to spread delight among homebuyers and present them with memories to last a lifetime. Every month, they are spreading happiness to 100+ families by satisfying them with superb, assured quality and the best location of their dream homes. They are encouraging individuals to enhance their celebrations by buying a new home.

Sushma has worked hard to ensure that all of its projects meet the highest standards of quality and consistency. The majority of its projects are located on PR7 Airport Road, which provides good connectivity.

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Oakridge Bengaluru School Principal Pallavi Mishra Speaks on Future of Learning




In its 29 States and 7 Union territories, India has a staggering 20 million schools with 315 million students. Almost two third of these schools are government run and need more focus on professional development for teachers, holistic learning methods for students and technological integration in all aspects of daily school life. The tie up of 30 government schools in Delhi with IB (International Baccalaureate) the beginning of this reformation of schools and can truly accelerate equity in education.

Oakridge International School Principal Pallavi Mishra interacting with IB Students

IB is designed to evoke the curiosity in students about the world around them, thereby creating life-long learners. The curriculum is structured in a way that it exposes students to a wide range of activities, projects and experiences, that develop their personality and prepare them for the competitive world ahead. Right from p.y.p (primary years programme), children learn to approach problem solving in the design thinking method. Once a concept is introduced, it is researched, studied and understood through Math, English and Science. Consequently, children develop a transdisciplinary approach very early on. This habit of scientific investigation is nurtured in m.y.p (middle years programme) through the global contexts and approaches to teaching and learning. In fact, the vertical alignment of the curriculum is quite exception, what begins as unit of inquiry in primary, evolves into interdisciplinary unit and in d.p (diploma programme) it acquires a more formal structure through the extended essay and theory of knowledge. In other words, children are given several opportunities to explore and investigate a big idea in a structured manner with measurable outcomes. And in many ways, this form of learning provides the much-awaited reformation of the traditional Indian schooling system.

What is considered as extra-curricular in the traditional schooling system is embedded in the main academic curriculum and implemented via collaborative student-led initiatives. For instance, Oakridge Bengalurus JMUN (Junior Model United Nations) event is a platform where students speak as country delegates and debate over a host of on-going world issues from food crisis, to global warming and waste disposal. Events like these are one among the many in the IB way of learning, that nurture leadership, public speaking, and problem-solving skills in students

In the words of Sir Ken Robinson (International Advisor on Education) “It is time for an education system that is “flexible“, sees ‘connections‘ between all types of knowledge and provides ample ‘opportunities‘ for different ability groups and talents to flourish.”

To know more about Oakridge International School and their IB Programme visit

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Amidst a Drop in Glove Prices – SRAM & MRAM Cements its Place in the Gloves Market




The COVID -19 has reduced its intensity with the onset of the vaccines and stringent lockdown rules imposed by the Countries and Governments all across the globe, but in no way it has stopped completely. Slowly and steadily we are witnessing newer strains regularly, posing a challenge to healthcare authorities across the globe.


The world has seen a sea change in its attitude towards businesses and people. The synergies have somehow changed for good or worse. But one thing that stands out is the will to fight against all odds, be it the people or the businesses. One such business that started to thrive in the COVID-19 times is the business of Nitrile and Latex gloves. Almost, the whole world was running from pillar to post to secure allocations from glove manufacturers. Manufacturers doubled and sometimes trebled their capacities to accommodate the sudden surge. With the herd immunity in some locations, the entire demand of gloves peaked. Post that, with the advent of vaccines until the beginning of 2021, the demand suddenly died, resulting in an over-capacity produced lying in warehouses and ports and factories with businesses collapsing. Prices had dropped to almost pre-COVID levels with many businesses almost on the verge of shutting down their shops.


SRAM & MRAM Group a conglomerate from the UK, understanding the gravitas, has decided to make the glove business its mainstay. The brand has opted to continue the business against all odds. With its concentration on newer glove products and better marketing strategies, the group has decided to stay afloat in an otherwise shaky environment. The brand has taken such a bold step to continue further. All thanks to the TOP Gloves Corporation Bhd, the leading OEM supplier, world’s largest manufacturer of gloves to help salvage SRAM’s business initiatives in the Gloves market.


Special mention has to be made for Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai, the Founder of TOP Gloves for extending his full support and helping in SRAM’s initiatives wholeheartedly. Dr. Hiranandani, Chairman of the SRAM Group conveys his heartfelt gratitude to Tan Sri Dr. Lim Wee Chai and the entire TOP Gloves Team for staying with SRAM and helping SRAM graciously and providing their dedicated support for their business in North America and Europe. With the continuous cooperation of Tan Sri Dr. Lim Wee Chai and his entire team, SRAM is expected to grow in the glove industry.


SRAM & MRAM Group was instrumental in launching a wide variety of PPE products and solutions under the brand name of “Walletz4u” to fight the pandemic. Currently, the brand is focusing on gloves of varying specifications, shapes, sizes and contours for varied industries. With the launch of Walletz4u, the group joins the league of the leading players to sell their own brand of gloves across the globe. SRAM & MRAM under its banner is currently looking to create a big foothold on all the premier types of gloves requirements without restricting itself to rubber and latex products.


Billionaire and the 8th richest person in Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai, the Executive Chairman and Founder of Top Glove Corporation Bhd, in the year 1991 started with 1 factory and 1 line and has since transformed the brand to being the largest glove manufacturer with a 26% market share across the globe with 50 production facilities and 800 production lines in Malaysia, China, Vietnam and Thailand. The company is also listed on Bursa Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange) and the main board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX).


In 2015, Lim completed his PhD in Management from the University of Selangor in Malaysia. He was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by Oklahoma City University in the United States in year 2016. In August 2018, Lim was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Entrepreneurship by Management & Science University, Shah Alam, Malaysia. In October 2020, Lim was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Business Management by the University of Cyberjaya and appointed as an Honorary Professor of the University. Tan Sri Dr. Lim was awarded the prestigious accolade Master and Country Entrepreneur of Malaysia by Ernst and Young.


The company today employs a sizeable number of employees across the globe directly or indirectly and Tan Sri Dr. Lim Wee Chai has made it his personal endeavor to take care of his employees. His philanthropic deeds need special mention as he and his wife donate a substantial portion of their income for the betterment of the community. His wife through her charitable venture Tzu Chi foundation has roped in Tan Sri to become a full-time volunteer for the efforts.


In spite of being the Chairman of the largest glove manufacturing company, Tan Sri Dr. Lim Wee Chai has helped new entrepreneurs achieve their due. SRAM & MRAM Group has been at the receiving end of Tan Sri’s graciousness to help take its baby steps, and will always be needing the cooperation and support of Tan Sri Dr. Lim Wee Chai.


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