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Saturday, November 18, 2017

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DESIGN AND FASHION EDUCATION NEEDS A MORE ROBUST APPROACH WITH MERGER OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ART AND BUSINESS .

Design and Fashion has been undergoing a rapid transformation over the past decade, as we all live in global economy with changing knowledge based market place where related industry has to meet the fast-pace of the digital world by strengthening e-commerce offerings and dedicating entire teams to social media in a bid to keep pace with ever-changing consumer values.
Ms Archna Surana, Founder and Director, Arch Academy of Design
A large part of this transformation can be attributed to the advancements in technology, which has helped to accelerate this pace of change, retooling nearly every aspect of our daily life, from how we communicate, to how we shop, to how we receive medical care. Design and fashion Schools — many of which have been slow to embrace innovation — are beginning to engage in this digital revolution.

Design and fashion schools to keep pace with changing world across the country are marrying hands-on, inquiry-driven learning with digital technologies. They are blending traditional instruction with computer-based activities. They’re also using the web to provide teachers and students with greater access to resources, primary source documents, and faraway subject matter experts. Importantly, teachers are helping students to leverage technology as a platform for collaboration, creativity, and self-expression.

As technology continues to change the way consumers buy products, Design and fashion colleges have started rethinking how they teach their students to interact with technology in their day-to-day work practices, from 3D printing to using universal design software to sketch directly. For example, one area in which fashion and design integrates technology incredibly well is print design, where students learn to work with the latest processes in digital print, like a high tech dying room and digital dying vats, alongside traditional methods like screen printing.

Now with changed Curriculum the under graduate courses in design schools focus on design, manufacturing, garment construction and retailing . Fashion colleges are focussing on making students to be proficient in most aspects of CAD drawing for fashion and design — so they know the basics of a garment using modern technology tools .

Fashion and design institutes are also integrating technology into their learning programmes to make them work and collaborate across multiple disciplines. Some colleges are establishing innovation labs, where students can engage with and explore the different options within technology and increase familiarity of digital practices.

Fashion and Design Industry and brands in the country is also coming forward to help emerging designers work alongside emerging technology businesses and new business models as the opportunities for fashion and technology were significant with the tech influences changing every element of the fashion industry.

With aim to integrate technology into courses fashion and design schools are changing the curriculum to provide a more diverse set of skills to students. This includes making student understand data, behavioural analytics, material sciences and the construction methodologies. The merging of fashion and technology requires a very diverse skill set — design, coding and engineering. The industry’s future demand is for the digital designers of the future graduate with a much deeper understanding of those areas.

Along with introducing new technologies Design and fashion institutes are not diverting their attention from the traditional design fields, cultural values so that the craft skills that are the primary outcome of a design education are sustainable Design is an all-encompassing field that integrates together business and engineering, the social sciences and the arts. We see a tremendous opportunity for students that learn design in this integrated way.

Design is an exciting powerful field, filled with promise. To meet the challenges of the 21st century, design and design education must change. So too must design and fashion institutes

About Ms Archna Surana

Ms. Archana Surana is the Founder and Director of the ARCH Academy of Design having campus in Jaipur and Gurugram (Gurgaon) . The Academy offers Undergraduate & Postgraduate courses in Fashion and Textile Design, Jewellery Design, Crafts and Accessory Design, Interior Design, Design Management & Design Communication with National & International Certification.

Ms. Surana is actively involved in the revival & development of the crafts across Rajasthan. She has formed the Self Help Group- Kumkum, to motivate needy women towards economic empowerment, enhance confidence levels and create solidarity amongst them.

A widely travelled and noted speaker, she is on the board of various government & industry bodies and has been part of important forums all over the world. As head of the academy she has represented the institution in various International & National forums including the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) annual conference, and International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid). She has also been instrumental in the development of links in knowledge sharing and the strengthening of common curriculum areas within Fashion, Textile & Jewelry Design with various International academic institutions. Under the funding sanctioned by the British council she was recently in Scotland at the Cardonald College, Glasgow to finalize collaboration and signing of MOU between the institutions.

Giraffe Heroes India invites nominations from all over India



The Giraffe Heroes India Program

A Giraffe Hero is a person who sticks his or her neck out on sustainable basis, for public good, at huge personal risk. Giraffe Heroes India Program is an off-shoot of non-profit Giraffe Heroes Project which was started in USA in 1984, by Ann Medlock. The aim of starting this Project was to find out unknown heroes of the society, commend them as Giraffes for sticking their necks out & get their stories told on radio, television & in print. Giraffe stories would tell the people that there was headway being made on the problems of the world, that there were individuals who had solutions & the courage to move into action. The stories would move people`s souls & get them moving on public problems that mattered to them.


A COPY OF THE LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR-Giraffe Heroes India Program

February 2, 2004 was a very special day for me. On this day, I received a letter from Ann Medlock, the Founder of Giraffe Heroes Project which said:

`I am happy to tell you that you were chosen by our most recent jury to receive the enclosed Giraffe Commendation, joining over 900 people who have been honored as Giraffe Heroes since the Giraffe Project began in 1982.’ The letter stated that this was for sticking my neck out to fight corruption in civil government.

It was unbelievable! I had received the Red & White Bravery Award in 2002, but this Giraffe Commendation came at a difficult time and was a HUGE morale-booster! It was a matter of great honour, pride & privilege to be ONE of the distinguished family of Giraffes. My years of trodding on the lonely path, which was very rough & uneven at times, had finally brought me to the doors of a family consisting of brave, caring & committed people.

I was still in the local government of New Delhi, fighting a long legal battle with my own organization. I had filed a case in the High Court in 1993, for a look into the unethical & unfair practices followed by my seniors which had resulted, to my mind, in a huge misuse of public funds. They were encouraging, pampering & protecting unethical colleagues, at the same time that they were harassing & hounding me in every possible way. I was making a stand for professional values & ethics. My good record was changed to damaging assessments of my work, making it impossible for me to advance in my career.

I finally won the legal battle, arguing the case myself against the organization in which I had worked since 1969. In May of 2004 I was appointed the Chief Engineer[civil]-HEAD of my Department.

Why have I given my personal example? It’s about something Ann mentioned in her letter. She said, “the aim is to tell others about you so that they will follow your example.” And that is the aim of this new organization, Giraffe Heroes India. This new non-governmental organization will tell the stories of India’s heroes, so that people all over the country can be inspired to stand tall on public problems they see.

Being appointed DIRECTOR of the Giraffe Heroes India Programme, is a matter of great honour & privilege for me. But having said that, it brings with it huge responsibilities. I’ll be rallying supporters for the cause, calling for nominations, organizing a jury, enlisting media to tell the stories.

But, I am happy to tell you that there have already been very enthusiastic & positive responses & I am confident that Giraffe Heroes India will start kicking soon like the operations in Sierra Leone, Egypt, Nepal & the UK.

I welcome your ideas and support.

With best wishes to all & for Giraffe Heroes India

Vijay K. Saluja

New Delhi-India
saluvk@gmail.com


Appeal From the Director

Since 2004, we have tried to spread the word about this PROGRAM.But, the progress in the same has not been on planned lines due to number of reasons?

It is now decided to spur up our efforts. we need active assoiation & sustainable support of all persons from India.

As I ,live in Dwarka, I will be happy,if DWARAKAITES may send their suggestions/views, if any, on the matter, AT THE EARLIEST.

SO, PLEASE GET INVOLVED.

visit  https://www.giraffe.org/global/india 
for more details about criteria for nomination/Nomination Form

Dwarka Parichay has been our trusted & valuable Media Partner.

Vijay K. Saluja

Friday, November 17, 2017

Karthigai Cultural Programme at Sri Ram Mandir DWarka



Four day World Road Meet concludes with focus on realizing Vision Zero for fatal road accidents

The Four day World Road Meeting concluded here today recommending to the world to move towards realizing the vision Zero in road safety and improving roadway features as well improving crash safety features in the vehicles.


About 1,000 global Road safety experts, professionals, companies and Government organisations, active in the road transport and mobility sectors from various parts of the world took part in the Four day 18th World Road Meeting (WRM) titled CROSSROADS-WRM 2017 organised by Geneva based International Road Federation (IRF) at India Expo Mart Limited, GREATER NOIDA. This was hosted by India for the first time.

“Building and maintain safe roads is more cost effective way to reduce accidents as well as proper data management of accidents is need to further improve the road safety . The quality of road builkding through newer technologies and environment friendly construction material and use of satellites will help in meeting the UN Goal of reducing road accident deaths by the year 2020 " said MR K K Kapila, Chairman, International Road Federation (IRF) a global body workinf for better and safer roads world wide.

“ A co-ordinated holistic approach to road safety is essential if we are to meet our 2020 targets. Investing in a safe system approach where road design, vehicle speeds, vehicle design and road user behavior work together to ensure zero road deaths and injuries makes sense.” Said Mr Kapila.

"Experts attending the meet also suggested extensive use of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) in various countries world wide .It needs to be fast tracked especially in low and middle income countries like India .It will lead to smooth mobility and make roads safer" he said

“ Experts also stressed on the need of promoting ‘minimum 3 star’ road infrastructure safety for all road users in developing countries in a push to promote safer road infrastructure design.If we are serious about achieving the UN target we must make the case for systemically changing 1 and 2 star roads into 3 and 4 star roads in low and middle income group countries including India . We can begin with the ten per cent of high volume, high risk roads where half the deaths and serious injuries occur. Star rating of roads is done on basis of vehicular and passenger safety as well as speed.” said Mr Kapila .

"Experts also stressed on the need of having increased budget for building roads by government to include safety features in the road construction." he said.

The WRM was inaugurated by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways the theme of the WRM was ‘Safer Roads –Smart Mobility, The engines of growth".

“The major highlight of WRM 2017 was an exhibition showcasing state-of-the-art technologies on road safety and traffic regulations including control systems, communication and navigation devices, driver training systems, Intelligent Transport System (ITS) Access Control, Barriers, Vehicle Detection, Speed Cameras, License Plate Recognition, Vehicle Classification, Fibre Optics, Road Signs, Highway Infrastructure, latest parking technologies, Road Building, Road Marking & Equipment, Street Lighting, Parking, Pay & Display, Traffic Management, Display Systems, Traffic Monitoring, and Traffic Control Signalling.” Said Mr Kapila

Campaign NO KIDDING ACT NOW! against Child Sexual Abuse


Child sexual abuse (CSA) has been considered a taboo issue in our country. Children, being vulnerable and unable to speak out because of various familial and social pressures, suffer throughout their lifetime due to these violations. Indeed the pressures increase manifold when the abuser is a known person. It’s time we protect our children from such harm and ensure them a safe, secure and responsible world before our “demographic dividend” turns into a serious and irrecoverable “demographic loss”. Delhi is fortunate to have vulnerable witness deposition rooms attached to four Special Courts hearing POCSO cases and others following basic child-friendly procedure of ensuring screen between the child and accused. Recent increase in the number of Special Courts is also a welcome step. Yet much remains to make justice real for the child.

Thirty organisations of Delhi working on different aspects of child rights have come together and decided to strive for a society with no tolerance for CSA. As adults we have for long promised to provide care and support to our children but failed. CSA is an extremely sensitive issue and we at times avoid dealing with them, ignoring subtle forms of sexual abuse or not considering them to be ‘serious’ enough, giving way to more heinous forms. It is time we take this issue seriously and Act Now! to end child sexual abuse. As parents, caregivers, teachers, individuals working for children, we need to take on more responsibility. Introducing the Campaign, Enakshi Gnaguly of HAQ: Centre for Child Rights said, -“For too long we have placed the responsibility of breaking the silence on children. Unfortunately, when they do speak up, adults fail to act. Its high time we held adults in the family, the community and the system accountable. While children have to be empowered to disclose, this disclosure must be responded to sensitively and strongly.” 

There are numerous challenges in dealing with these cases. Survivors of CSA are often blamed and discriminated. While laws are in place to secure justice, the children do not have the support of their families and communities and left to fight a lonely battle. Family honour, shame, cultural taboos and social stigma make the issue more complex.

Here are some of the important issues that affect access to justice for child victims of sexual abuse

Mr Ashok Kumar from Dr A.V.Baliga Trust said "Child Sexual Abuse is a complex problem rooted in unhealthy relationships and environment. Its prevention requires a comprehensive approach that influences all levels of social ecology, community involvement, relationships among family members and individual behaviour. Government must ensure the execution of the POCSO Act".

Preventive measures are inadequate and piece-meal – Often in response to cases highlighted by media we find some measures being taken such as setting up toilet facilities in the communities or improving street lighting to prevent sexual crimes. Soon it is forgotten till another case happens and there is public outcry. Even before any stock can be taken regarding the measures already announced, new needs emerge and the void remains. The flavor changes as per media reporting. Current flavor is about educating children to help them protect their own selves. Such piece-meal approach to prevention of child abuse has caused more harm than good to the children.

Incest has emerged as a huge challenge - Most existing research points out how difficult it is for a child to sustain the legal battle when the accused is inside the family. As per Crime in India 2015, the accused/offender was known to the child in 8,341 of 8,800 cases (95%). In 138 of these 8,341 (1.7%) incest cases, the accused was the child’s grandfather/ father/ brother/ etc. Another 210 cases (2.5%) were by other close family members and 581 cases (7%) by a relative. Experience of most organisations shows that the children and their families turn hostile in such cases. Indeed, incest remains under reported.

CSA impacts education - There is a clear indication that CSA directly impacts the education of the survivors. While there is much discussion on the law, the legal procedures and to an extent the counselling support, denial or deprivation of the basic right to education of young girls is rarely discussed. The reasons for denial or deprivation lie in social stigma, schools not wanting children with history of sexual abuse, schools not knowing how to deal with such cases, absence of children from school post incidence due to the trauma and the court case or due to pregnancy resulting from abuse, and such other factors.


Where are the support persons and experts - The role of the support person in CSA cases appointed by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) under the POCSO Act 2012 is very important. As part of assessing the needs of the child survivor of abuse and restorative care, the support persons come across their educational needs, including enrolment in schools, vocational courses and tuitions. The District Child Protection Units are supposed to identify such support persons and experts and make a list of such persons available to the police, the CWC and the Special Courts.

Youngest Children are the Most Vulnerable – Ms. Sumitra Mishra from Mobile Crèches said, given the spurt of reporting of CSA of very young children, as young as a few months old, prevention of CSA amongst estimated 4.6 Crore children under six years of age remains a major concern. In the absence of adequate day care and crèches (The Rajiv Gandhi Crèche Scheme (RGCS) 3.32 lakhs children) these children remain. Provision of such services requires resources. Unfortunately, the revised National Programme for Crèches and Daycare has a budget allocation of 200 Crores (16-17), only 50 crores more than the RGCS. She added, “Universalising access to creches and daycare services at work places and neighbourhoods, through different local bodies, as a means to prevent CSA and keep children under six years, protected is required urgently.”

Victim’s Right to Legal Representation and Right to be informed about the proceedings in their case remains a lip service - According to NCRB’s Crime in India Report, 26,810 persons were under trial on charges under the POCSO Act in 2015 and at the end of the year, 17,159 were out on bail. Investigating Officers do not inform children and their families about listing of bail applications and Special Court’s do not ensure presence of the child’s lawyer during bail hearings. The impact of release of the accused on bail has serious implications on the children and their families. This is not to say that the accused should not be released on bail at all, but to insist that the conventional method of looking at mitigating and aggravating circumstances while granting bail needs to undergo a change. Mother of two victims also shared their plight and struggle of the social stigma as well as legal battle, they said “we were left to struggle at our own and were neer informed when the accused was released on bail”.

Provisions dealing with child pornography are seldom applied even when elements of child pornography are visible in a case - Case examples show that relevant provisions of the law on use of children for pornography or sale of material carrying child pornography are not being used to book the accused. This despite the FIRs and the statements recorded before Judicial Magistrates clearly making out a case for child pornography.

All organsiations demanded the following:
· Implement Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) in its entirety. This scheme provides for creation and strengthening of community mechanisms for child protection. There is a crying need for child protection committees at the mohalla level. If Mohalla Clinics can be a priority, why should Mohalla Child Protection Committees or Bal Suraksha Dals remain ignored?

· Scaling up the Anganwadi centres as Anganwadi cum crèches.

· We need to ensure that every school has a Child Protection Committee on the lines of the Committee against Sexual Harassment at workplace.

· NCPCR, SCPCRs, DCW and other human rights institutions should carry out regular social audit to ensure that no child is denied or deprived of their right to education because of being a victim of sexual abuse.

· Ensure action against police who delay registration of FIR in cases of sexual crimes and fail to keep the children and their families updated on the developments in their case.

· Provide necessary training to police to improve their investigation skills, especially in matters on online sexual crimes against children and child pornography.

· Provide necessary training to the Public Prosecutors and Judges to adopt special practices for a special law like the POCSO Act while following the basic principles of fair trial and due process of law.

· Access to justice has to become a reality and the process of justice has to bring confidence in people to come forward and report as also become effective witnesses instead of shirking their responsibility.

· Every child’s protection needs should be assessed and assistance provided under the Witness Protection Scheme. This is particularly necessary when the accused is being released on bail and children or their families have reported threats. The victims must be heard during bail hearings.

· Every child survivor of sexual abuse should be able to get the services of a support person.

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