Official meeting with the Cheif Minister of Kerala, Sri. Oommen Chandy and the European team
Honoring H H Maharaja of Travancore Sri Utradam Thirunal Marthanda Varma on his Navathi
Mother Theresa Vishisht Seva Ratna Award received from Sri. VS Shivakumar, Hon Minister for Health and Devaswom, Govt of Kerala
A moment with the honarable Chief Minister of Karnataka
Dr. Shashi Tharoor, inaugurating the INCITE Foundation Day Celebration 2011
Honour from the Minister of Tourism, Govt of Sikkim
At Kodaikanal Christian College
Diabetic walk with Hon. M.P. Shashi Tharoor
INCITE – International Team
Independence Day with the children from Orphanage
With Career Guru Dr. BS Warrier
Quite a few patients would have travelled long distances and then attended these medical camps. If such patients are not properly diagnosed and treated, the main objective is not achieved. People are troubled without much benefit. Moreover some persons attend health camps with the sole aim of collecting common medicines for future use. Thus a complete medical checkup with emphasis on specialty consultation like Cardiology, Nephrology, pulmonology, Neurology, Pediatrician, Diabetology, Dermatology etc. is the need of the hour for both in cities and villages, satisfying and serving all groups of people. Every day you have new forms of fever and infections spreading and killing lives of beloveds with no vaccines or proper medications.
Present status and growing trade is still in infancy. Floriculture in India is being viewed as a high growth Industry. Commercial floriculture is becoming important from the export angle. The liberalization of industrial and trade policies paved the way for development of export oriented production of cut flowers. The new seed policy had already made it feasible to import planting material of international varieties. India is endowed with diverse agro-climatic conditions like good quality soils, suitable climate, abundant water supply, low labour cost, proximity to market in Japan, Russia, South-East Asia, Middle-East Countries. Rural and sub urban populations are deserving more flower, who can showcase Indian floriculture industry to world Market. This imparts self-sufficiency to villages and leads sustainable development of economy through skilled manpower.
SOLVE– Complete counselling program for family and individuals
No ONE is an island, according to the old saying, and so it should be recognized that no psychological problem is ever a purely individual problem. Therefore, any psychological distress felt by an individual has roots in society at large. In fact, any attempt to “control” the thoughts or behavior of another person is just an unconscious attempt to control-rather than face up to and heal-your own “ugly” inner life. And until you have made peace with yourself, you will never be able to live in peace with anyone else. So in this world you can’t change anyone but yourself. Then, it can be hoped, your example might influence others to change themselves. This is how it works in life, and this is how it works in a family.
INCITE involves facilitating in solving sensitive issues in life by unique activities like: Conducting counseling awareness programme for schools and college students Conducting the training on Peer Counseling for Adolescents. Conducting one day training on Counseling Skills and Approaches for Police Personnels Prevention of Suicidal Programmes Formation of students Guidance and counseling cells at schools and colleges. Conduct workshop on Adolescent Reproductive Health Formation of Counselor’s Network meetings Many of the clinical disorders of infancy, childhood, and adolescence, such as the Learning Disorders, Communication Disorders (e.g., stuttering), Attention-Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders (e.g., Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD), Conduct Disorders, and Elimination Disorders (e.g., Enuresis, or bedwetting), as well as the general Sleep Disorders (e.g., Nightmare Disorder and Sleep Terror Disorder) can all have origins within the overall family system. In such cases, it’s always easiest to medicate the “Identified Patient” and then forget about the rest of the family. It would be far better, and more clinically appropriate, to ask some specific—and painful—questions about how the child’s symptoms may be reflecting parental conflicts and family anxiety.
Close to 70% of India still resides in rural and semi urban areas. It is in rural India that a vast potential of talent and untapped creative and intellectual energy lies. If this group of people is not empowered, the nation as a whole cannot flourish and develop. India’s transition to a knowledge-based economy requires a new generation of educated and skilled people. Its competitive edge will be determined by its people’s ability to create, share, and use knowledge effectively.
A knowledge economy requires India to develop workers -knowledge workers and knowledge technologists – who are flexible and analytical and who can be the driving force for innovation and growth. Rising to this human ambition, every human needs an exchange of knowledge system to provide the foundation for learning; secondary and tertiary education to develop core capabilities and core technical skills; and further means of achieving lifelong learning.
There also exists a need attuned to the new global environment by promoting creativity and improving the quality of education and training at all levels. In a globalized economy, a large pool of skilled workers is indispensable for attracting foreign direct investment. Developing skilled workers enhances the efficiency and flexibility of the labor market; skills bottlenecks are reduced, skilled workers are more easily absorbed into the economy, and their job mobility is improved. It is crucial to invest in quality oriented intellectual training and empowerment for the complete development of mankind.
Hence INCITE takes timely measures to address the enormous human resource in India to train and equip them with innovative technologies and creativity for empowering the mind and spirit for a better livelihood and knowledge gain.
Pratheeksha– Mobile pain and palliative care unit
Palliative care is more than just tender loving care. It seeks to improve the quality of life of people with advanced life threatening or debilitating illness. Support is given by treating symptoms like pain and attempting to minimize suffering. It involves physical and psychosocial support to the patient and the affected family to cope with the illness and even bereavement.
This includes a team of committed palliative care physicians, nurses, social workers and office staff. We aim at improving quality of life with the available resources. INCITE aims to treat the person as a whole and not just the disease. We firmly believe and ensure that kind words, rays of hope and deeds of positive output strengthens them to tackle the pain and carry smile that tingers in their life to conquer sufferings.
India is a haven to 22% of the world’s poor. Such a high incidence of poverty is a matter of apprehension, in view of the fact that poverty eradication has been one of the major objectives of the development process. Really, poverty is a global dialog.
Poverty eradication is considered integral to humanity’s mission for sustainable development. Thus, reduction of poverty in India is vital for the attainment of international goals. The philosophy underlying the poverty alleviation programs is to tackle the rural poverty by endowing the poor with productive assets and training for raising their skills so that they are assured of a regular stream of employment and income in raising themselves above the poverty line.
If one enjoys three square meals every day he can’t understand the phenomenon of poverty. One can grasp the real meaning of poverty only if he has to struggle hard to have even a single and miserable meal in twenty four hour of a day. India technically challenges the world in all fields and stands top in the global business but the irony is that the country is the third poorest country in the world. Yes, in India ‘the Rich get richer and the Poor get poorer’, this may be hard to digest but this is the bitter reality. There are rich IT parks, star rated hotels, satellite launch center and all posh places on one side of the nation, whereas on the other side there are hunger strikes, huts, despair, slums that stand as the signs of Poverty. A person starts understanding the true meaning of poverty when he has only torn rags instead of a complete shirt on his body to keep away the cold at night. He looks hopeless and his children look like cartoons. He has nothing to eat for the time being and no good shelter over his head. He repeatedly utters what the hopeless life he lives in poverty. Most of such paupers are unable to afford a meal a day and are victims of sickness and high mortality. They don’t have money for treatment in hospital. This often leads to making them immoral whereby they starts doing anything to achieve their aim in life either getting into armed robbery or prostitution or terrorism. To address this, INCITE extends healthy hands to the people residing at slums to elevate their living standards and vanish poverty in their life and surroundings. Countless families are touched and smiles shared.
It is a well-known fact that blood banks are inseparable part of the modern health sector. A vast majority of the patients, undergoing surgeries or emergency procedures benefit greatly from the services of the existing blood banks and donor forums. But we have to admit that there are inefficiencies in the current system. Many a time, we have seen the unavailability of specific blood group and type in times of need. Needy patients do not actually become the eal beneficiaries. The scenario is not different even in public sector tertiary care hospitals. The number of patients in need of blood transfusion is increasing on a daily basis. This is mainly due to the high increase in the number of surgeries and emergency procedures being performed in hospitals. Although there are major blood banks attached to Medical Colleges and Hospitals, every state in India lacks immediate supply of quality and safe blood for life saving emergencies and surgeries. Sadly, blood banks do not have the capacity to provide blood of the needed group and type in times of need. This system is inefficient in catering healthcare needs also, leading to unavailability of safe blood for transfusion. Other than this inefficiency, a major reason for unavailability is the lesser number of blood donors to meet emergency services. To alleviate these problems, INCITE actively incorporates a highly efficient, round-the-clock working blood bank and donation service.
The salient feature of this project is that it will pro-actively promote blood donation among the public. The willing people will be provided free transport to and from the blood banks, and they will be part of the blood donors’ forum. They will also be freely provided with a health insurance plan for one year. This also assists in revealing the health status vulnerability susceptibility of disease outbreak of every village or geographical sites.
Akshadha– Man & Nature Awareness conservation program
India is known for its amazing environmental diversity. Yet, throughout the country growing populations are overstraining natural resources. Problems such as loss of bio-diversity, deforestation, desertification, over-grazing, and air and water pollution are significant. Environmental conservation projects address these issues directly through community education and collaboration as well as hands-on conservation work such as planting and research. SOIL, WATER and VEGET TION are the three basic natural resources.
The survival of God’s creation depends upon them and nature has provided them as assets to human beings. The management of natural resources to meet people’s requirements has been practiced since the pre-Vedic era. However, advancement of human activities and excessive use of natural resources has created imbalance between the two. Their use / exploitation have far exceeded their natural replenishment rates. Awareness campaigns, formation of effective eco friendly clubs, educating people of all sectors in the society, implementing projects for new inventions are high priority programs for INCITE.
Emergencies in life are real, inevitable and unanticipated. During emergencies, we do not have the luxury of time and may be compelled to make life saving decisions in a matter of seconds. The only way to positively influence the outcome in these situations is to be systematically trained for it and be prepared to make informed and appropriate decisions. Most of us rely on help from trained healthcare professionals during such emergencies. However it is noted that over 80% of real life medical emergencies do not happen in hospitals. Most of the time, critical situations happen in places like shopping mall, entertainment areas,
airports, railway stations, factories, educational institutions, on the road and then, non medical persons are forced to deal with these emergencies. It is therefore, important to increase the awareness on significance of life saving skills for one and all. INCITE truly launches Basic Life Support Training-“S A VE” program to inculcate social responsibilities through training among fellowmen in society and create social doctors to insure lifesaving at emergencies as any one of us could be a victim in tackling emergencies in life. It is the need of the hour to create this social responsibility in every human for himself and for his fellowmen
on this earth, and so INCITE is proud to educate and conduct this program for saving lives at emergencies.
Poverty in India is a major issue. Rural Indians depend on unpredictable agriculture incomes, while urban Indians rely on jobs that are, at best, scarce. Since its independence, the issue of poverty within India has remained a prevalent concern. s of 2010, more than 37% of India’s population of 1.35 billion still lives below the poverty line. More than 22% of the entire rural population and 15% of the urban population of India exists in this difficult physical and financial predicament.
The very poorest of the poor are destitute. How are we to understand the condition of destitution, to map it against other dimensions of poverty and to make it less nebulous? If ‘the province of political economy’ is understood as the production, extraction, circulation and consumption of surplus, how can people with nothing be made to belong? Since destitution is an economic, social and political phenomenon, each aspect will be examined in turn.
The transgression of norms of inclusion – of pure, ‘clean’ practices, ‘healthy’ states, ‘normal’ sexuality and socially compliant behaviour – will be one kind of trigger for social expulsion. Enabling social equality and good living conditions for the poor, INCITE supports poor and destitute families with zero income source which are helpless, isolated and dejected from the mass, giving them a final resort to live.
Children are not just little adults. They go through typical characteristics of growth—intellectually, emotionally, and socially—on their way to becoming adults. When parents realize these things, there is less strain on both parents and children. Family home evenings can be more enjoyable and successful when a child’s personality development is considered. Remembering that a child does not think like an adult, have the same attention span, or see the world the same way adults do, can help a parent plan a home evening everyone can enjoy. School days should be of sweet memories to every child even though his scores could have
been minimum with poor academic performance.
But INCITE exposes the hidden talents of children and supports them to accomplish their dreams. In this unique grooming program, we facilitate the participants with the following strengths: Self-Image Self-Confidence Developing Success Habits Brainpower Goal setting Brain-friendly study skills Mind Programming 100 % Concentration Increasing Memory Excel in Tests and Exams Spirituality and Morality Career Skills Personality Development Time Management Maintaining good Relations Creativity Public speaking Effective thinking skill People skill Health Luck and Much More.
More than one billion people – approximately 1/6 of the world’s population are hungry. And every day nearly 16,000 children die from hunger and related causes. We have the resources to feed the world and we just need the will. Let us spare time to look around us and Learn about global hunger and what we can do to help. Many government hospitals in India’s capital provide inadequate nutrition to their poor in-patients. In sharp contrast are the prime hospitals dotting the city that cater to the health needs of the well-to-do and to a burgeoning medical tourism industry that attracts 450,000 foreign patients each year. But this is not the case with most state-run or private medical facilities, where patients are left to their own devices when it comes to procuring prescribed medicines or getting their meals. Unlike in most other countries, in-patients in India must bring along attendants, usually family members, to buy medicines, fetch meals, do the paperwork and help the nurses. These attendants can be seen sitting beside hospital beds or crowding around the corridors. If the patient is left out for a long stays at hospital the attendance become drained for their energy and become succeeding patients due to stress and financial constraints including skipping meal and nutrition with disrupted routine. INCITE takes the privilege of feeding both the diseased and the bystanders and consoling them with good words and kind heart of prayers.
Human development as it is widely believed is a process of enlarging the choices of the people. It can be achieved by expanding human capabilities. Without education (knowledge), good health and means to maintain a good standard of life, the humanity can’t think of those choices and can’t think of development. Simply speaking, without these basic capabilities human being faces inaccessibility to and unavailability of those resources that constitute human development. As defined by UNDP, “human development is a process of enlarging people’s choices- the most critical ones are to lead a long and healthy life, to be educated and to enjoy a decent standard of living. Additional choices include political freedom, guaranteed human right and self respect.” As India opens up her doors to the multinationals during the post- liberalization era, it is not only the economies that often meet in the global market sphere, but also the people and cultures. Talking about Indian Handicrafts, its export has reached at a commendable height. Indian economy experiences the existence of both traditional handicrafts and modern mechanized production. However, there is no universally accepted definition of the term in India. It is true to quote that, ‘Handicrafts are items made by hand, often with the use of simple tools, and are generally artistic and / or traditional in nature. They include objects of utility and objects of decoration’. INCITE feels that Handicrafts and Khadi reflects ethnicity of Indian culture and tradition of renowned and rated at heights among the world nations.
ordinary skills to face new challenges that the world throws up. In the case of rural school children the situation becomes complex as the school education system in practice do not expose them to soft skills and hence a skill-based interactive learning environment becomes mandatory. To bridge this lacuna and provide the rural children a glimpse of what ‘alternative education’ is all about and soft skills, a training programme is launched by INCITE. Since the organization strongly felt that there was a need to provide ‘alternative education’ and ‘soft skills training’ to school children of the rural areas, a three-day camp is conducted every month in the villages regularly. The main aim of the programme is to create awareness of various aspects of life and students were exposed to scientific and technical creativity and interactions and a basic introduction was given on art, ethics, human rights and good communicative skills
Building competencies in the education is like investing in infrastructure.Improving educational standards in rural sectors is a crucial investment in infrastructure. Teaching English to rural children today is necessary so they do not have to suffer another disadvantage for yet another generation. If English is the lingua franca of tomorrotw, these children should also have requisite skills. English is the language of the world! No longer it is an elite language, but has transformed into a language of the commoners and masses worldwide. With the advent of globalization English is the ticket to growth, success, development and empowerment of individuals, groups, institutions and societies. No wonder the increasing craze to teach, learn, impart and digest English everywhere. If this is true, than the other truth is learning and knowinZg this global language in a better and effective way by the children with optimum outcome. While this is little hindrance in the urban world, this limits English Learning in the rural world. India fits well enough in this dichotomy. Modern world demands multiple skills from the students and it has become imperative for children to possess extra ordinary skills to face new challenges that the world throws up. In the case of rural school children the situation becomes complex as the school education system in practice do not expose them to soft skills and hence a skill-based interactive learning environment becomes mandatory. To bridge this lacuna and provide the rural children a glimpse of what ‘alternative education’ is all about and soft skills, a training programme is launched by INCITE. Since the organization strongly felt that there was a need to provide ‘alternative education’ and ‘soft skills training’ to school children of the rural areas, a three-day camp is conducted every month in the villages regularly. The main aim of the programme is to create awareness of various aspects of life and students were exposed to scientific and technical creativity and interactions and a basic introduction was given on art, ethics, human rights and good communicative skills
In India, many students can’t continue education. Some of the children can never go to school. Various factors like poverty, illiteracy, and disinterest from parents are responsible for this. Each and every village in India is blessed with real innovators and entrepreneurs. It is the duty of each and every citizen of this country to take a step forward to recognize their efforts and work collectively to make India a hotbed of innovations. Not only can these innovations make lives easier, they can build a resurgent, strong India on the basis of the knowledge and scientific know-how. Even the international community has started looking at
India as an innovative hotbed, which is promoting innovations by poor uneducated Indians, exemplifying the true spirit of India. Our mission is to unleash the raw potential of more poor young people, who are rich in knowledge and skills, in developing India as the innovative capital of the world.
One of the key objectives of these safety programmes is to create awareness on issues related to Road Safety amongst students and general masses. The students are told about safety rules and regulations through the use of audio-visual aids, interaction through quizzes and live demonstration were undertaken. Other events such as skits on road safety, and traffic drill were also organised to educate them on Road Safety. (i) Create awareness of road accident threats and vulnerability of certain road users; (ii) Educate road users as to what constitutes road user behavior; (iii) Change attitudes and beliefs to more positive road safety approach; and (iv) Inform road users of change in traffic regulations or operating conditions. Road safety awareness targeting the road users and more particularly the school children is fundamental for developing a bottom-up approach for inculcating and developing a sense of responsibility about various aspects of road safety. Publicity is valuable in helping to raise the general level of expectations and desire in society for safety, and may give it a status and perceived level of
importance that will prompt a culture change. Without an effective publicity capability, other engineering, legislative, or enforcement measures may fail, or not deliver the full benefits possible. Road accidents are increasing day by day and accidents happened every seconds even stealing lives of pedestrians. Once you live your house there is no guarantee for you to return even your cautious driving
or using roads and countless factors for individual safety.
ELIXIR -Health awareness and disease prevention/ management campaign
Indians are very susceptible to lifestyle diseases. World Health Organization estimates that the risk of coronary artery disease for Indians is three to four times higher than that for Americans, six times higher than that for the Chinese and 20 times higher than that for the Japanese. Indians succumb to diabetes and heart attacks 5-10 years earlier than their western counterparts. India has the largest number of cardiac patients in the world Heart-related diseases are slated to become the number one killer in India by 2015 India is the “diabetes capital” of the world (International Journal of Diabetes).India will incur an accumulated loss of $236.6 billion by 2015 on account of unhealthy lifestyles and faulty diet. The annual income loss to Indians because of these diseases, which was $8.7 billion in 2005, is projected to rise to $54 billion in 2015. It has become very common to have someone in the neighborhood who is suffering from some form of lifestyle related disease. Right now, the focus is rightly on building expensive world-class healthcare facilities for “patients”. But we have not tried to earnestly uproot the actual cause. The root cause of heart diseases is the lifestyle, especially eating habits, of people. The health problems which occur at a later stage in life are the culmination of how an individual has been living since his birth. Most people in India eat unhealthy food daily and are intolerant to change in their lifestyles. The future of the country is in peril. We want to become a superpower by 2050 with healthy citizens, not a country filled with patients. Education involves knowledge about healthy lifestyle using our Health Manual and Education Program, skits, road shows, quiz and literary competitions etc. As the Honourable Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, quotes, Healthy natural food leads to healthy individual Healthy individual creates healthy home Healthy home leads healthy village and city Healthy villages and city creates healthy state Healthy state evolves healthy nation.
The daily pleasures of gardening are simple, inexpensive and profoundly satisfying. But in the ever-increasingly dense and sprawling cities, gardening on rooftops, patios and balconies is the only way to transform them into livable spaces that are lush, productive and purifying.
Imagine picking a head of lettuce that was cultivated in your rooftop, or taking in the morning perfume of a flower in your balcony, or biting into a strawberry warmed by the sun͙. lthough, many of us in cities nurture this dream but gardening is a very time consuming activity and due to our fast paced and busy lifestyles there is not enough time in our daily lives to realize this dream. Today, hydroponics is regarded as an established science.
Experiments in many countries have revealed the ease of the method and its advantages. Hydroponically grown crop plants have consistently given more yields as compared to the non-hydroponic average. Hydroponics can be practiced in places where natural agriculture is not possible, like in deserts or in space stations.
The daily pleasures of gardening are simple, inexpensive and profoundly satisfying. But in the ever-increasingly dense and sprawling cities, gardening on rooftops, patios and balconies is the only way to transform them into livable spaces that are lush, productive and purifying.
People living in highly populated cities can now grow fresh vegetables in window-boxes or rooftops using hydroponics. Hydroponics is a simple and cost effective method to grow plants and must be exploited heavily to solve the food shortages of the world.
As the Bengal System of hydroponics in India has shown that it could be easily adapted to even the most peculiar problems of the subcontinent, this system could be a boon for developing and under-developed nations who face the brunt of the food shortages and where millions die every year due to starvation or malnutrition. Hydroponically grown plants grow faster and are relatively free of soil-borne diseases. They require less growing area, less cost and negligible manual work.
The term culture refers to a state of intellectual development or manners. The social and political forces that influence the growth of a human being is defined as culture. Indian culture is rich and diverse and as a result unique in its very own way. Our manners, way of communicating with one another, etc are one of the
important components of our culture.
Even though we have accepted modern means of living,
improved our lifestyle, our values and beliefs still remain
unchanged. A person can change his way of clothing, way of eating and living but the rich values in a person always remains unchanged because they are deeply rooted within our hearts, mind, body and soul which we receive from our culture.
Indian culture treats guests as god and serves them and takes care of them as if they are a part and parcel of the family itself. Even though we don’t have anything to eat, the guests are never left hungry and are always looked after by the members of the family. Helpful nature is another striking feature in our Indian culture.
Right from our early days of childhood we are taught to help one another in need of help and distress. Indian culture tells us to multiply and distribute joy and happiness and share sadness and pain. It tells us that by all this we can develop co-operation and better living amongst ourselves and subsequently make this world a better place to live in.
Music is a divine gift to Indian culture. It does magic in imparting all human feelings, even animals listen and enjoy them. The music of India includes multiple varieties of folk, popular, pop, classical music and R&B. India’s classical music tradition, including Carnatic and Hindustani music, has a history spanning millennia and, developed over several eras.
It remains fundamental to the lives of Indians today as sources of spiritual inspiration, cultural expression and pure entertainment. India is made up of several dozen ethnic groups, speaking their own languages and dialects, having very distinct cultural
traditions. Indian Dance form and the music rendition gifted through the GURU needs to be streamed down with utmost fear and submission.
INCITE is proud to offer the salutations to the lord almighty in the form of music and dance, honouring him with heartfelt of devotions and praise.
Research has shown that music has a profound effect on your body and psyche. In fact, there’s a growing field of health care known as MUSIC THER PY which uses music to heal. Those who practice music therapy are finding a benefit in using music to help cancer patients, children with ADD, and others, and even hospitals are beginning to use music and music therapy to help with pain management, to help ward off depression, to promote movement, to calm patients, to ease muscle tension, and for many other benefits that music and music therapy can
This is not surprising, as music affects the body and mind in many powerful ways. Research has shown that music with a strong beat can stimulate brainwaves to resonate in sync with the beat, with faster beats bringing sharper concentration and more alert thinking, and a slower tempo promoting a calm, meditative state.
With alterations in brainwaves comes change in other bodily functions. Those governed by the autonomic nervous system, such as breathing and heart rate can also be altered by the changes music can bring. This can mean slower breathing, slower heart rate, and an activation of the relaxation response
among other things.
This is why music and music therapy can help counteract or
prevent the damaging effects of chronic stress, greatly promoting not only relaxation, but health. Music can also be used to bring a more positive state of mind, helping to keep depression and
anxiety at bay.
This can help prevent the stress response from wreaking havoc on the body, and can help keep creativity and optimism levels higher, bringing many other benefits. Music has also been found to bring many other benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, boost immunity, ease muscle tension, and more. With so many benefits and such profound physical effects, it’s no surprise that so many are seeing music as an important tool to help the body in staying/becoming healthy.
Other Activities of INCITE
- Workshop and lecture series in Drug Designing & Bioinformatics
- Millennium Lecture Series in Nanotechnology
- INCITE Publications
- INCITE Newsletter
- INCITE Media
- INCIT E Journal – International Journal on Biomedicine, Genomics and Proteomics