Author Archives: Udaykakroo

Why does the medical fraternity need science communication?

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We have talked about MIEF’s seminar in science popularization in AMU before and had discussed about youth and science. While that was quite understandable, we have a unique ‘segment’ to share insights on today- the medical fraternity, by Dr. Rakhi Mehra, Director, Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. At first it’s surprising…

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Building awareness in J.J. clusters

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One of our constant endeavours have been in understanding how awareness can be built in different segments that often are disconnected from mainstream exposure and media. In 2009-10, MIEF with the support of Department of Prohibition, Government of Delhi, organized cultural events (street drama) in slums and jhugi jhopdi (J.J.) cluster colonies in Delhi. 10…

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Health of young girls and adolescents

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Working with young girls

MIEF working with young girls

With the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (RVPSP division) in 2007-8, MIEF created a repository of all the major available data (then) on women and adolescent girl child health issues with specific reference to anemia and adolescent health.

This has been important as a theme for us for multiple reasons:

  • Girls’ health is talked about a lot lesser than we would like, adolescents undergo a lot of mental and physical changes
  • Many times adolescent health gets ignored because the children are not talking about the issues much themselves.
  • We also have a larger tendency to believe in age old home remedies and solutions as opposed to learning scientific reasons because physical and mental health especially for this important age group.
adolescent girls

adolescent girls ICRW issue via ICRW’s issue on adolescents have a look

The reason we thought of this old project today, was to bring about the point that even now, with so much data available (on the internet) we are not sure of how much of that data is authentic and often resort to non-scientific literature looking for ‘cures’ without consulting with real doctors or scientific literature.

While the project was old, it made us think now, that these issues are still important and it is worthwhile to get connected to experts and professionals to talk these through and share the information to a larger audience. And maybe that’s already something we can take away for future work.

Meanwhile, we suggest you talk to your adolescent children and ensure you visit the doctors and professionals to keep them mentally and physically healthy!

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Shrapnel: A solo painting exhibition by artist Veer Munshi

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Between 3rd-23rd March 2012 at Latitude Art Gallery, Lado Sarai New Delhi was supported by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, MIEF organized an event for the Revitalization of cultural traditions of Kashmiris through: A solo painting exhibition by Kashmiri Artist Veer Munshi called “SHRAPNEL”. The exhibition was curated by Ranjit Hoskote. Apart from an…

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MIEF project: Science popularization in youth

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In the recently concluded Indian social science congress at AMU, Ms. Suman Shrivastava, director Healing Touch Research and Rehabililation Centre shared a few notes with the audience on “Popularization of Science for Indian Youth“. She had some great insights, and we wanted to share a few of those for our broader reader base. How can…

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Monday Inspiration: What does your 2014 look like?

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Creating your own future! Reading the newspapers and magazines and several posts on the Internet these days (in early January) just as the new year has begun is an interesting exercise. Many of us flock to read the ‘astro-predictions’ for the new year, many read articles by industry experts and analysts on the ‘state of…

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Dos & Don'ts: What to 'teach' children in the new year!

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Things to do: what you must teach children Love: The family, friends, the environment that sustains us, and most importantly cultivate this feeling to not develop negative emotions of hatred against anyone Empathy: Try and see the situation from another person’s point of view before deriding them, or getting upset Determination: Understand that failure is not a…

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MIEF project: Vitasta- a Kashmiri Pandit magazine and directory

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Millennium India Education Foundation, due to Dr. Kakroo’s history has always been a proponent of promoting Kashmiri roots and culture in places where Kashmiri Pandits settled after their shift from the valley due to the conflict situation which peaked in 1990.

Kashmiri Pandit directory
Kashmiri Pandit directory

After shifting to Noida, Dr Uday Kakroo and Mrs. Rashmi Kakroo compiled and edited a Noida circle directory of Kashmiri Pandits who were in Noida. This was published by MIEF and distributed free of cost in the community. The funding for the printing and distribution was carried on with the help of interested parties who advertised in the print publication of through donations.

Apart from the directory, Vitasta also carried information on Kashmiri language, literature, gotras, meaning and basis of different surnames, nicknames etc. The last version of the magazine was published in 2008. Vitasta was received very well, and MIEF had requests for more such directories and demand for these was usually very high. While there was an aim to publish the whole directory “online”, privacy concerns prevailed and then Facebook happened 🙂 !

However, we are glad that our website is open now and anyone can connect with friends and interested personnel through Facebook, Twitter and the blog here! MIEF is always ready to facilitate in case you needed more help in establishing community wide connections or talk about culture.

Let’s stay connected!

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2014 is here: MIEF resolutions!

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We wish you all a very happy and enriching new year. We wish your experiences this year are warm, kind and make you reach the high goals you set yourself up for! Although it’s a Wednesday and time for our ‘awareness bulletin’ today we decided to digress a little for the special day that it…

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MIEF project: Science Popularization

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MIEF chaired a session in the XXXVII Indian Social Science Congress in Aligarh Muslim University on 28th December. The thematic session was focused on “Science Popularization and Science Communication”. Dr Uday Kakroo chaired and introduced the session .  The panelists were Dr. Raakhi Mehra, Ms. Suman Srivasatav, Professor Rakesh Mohan, Ms. Puneeta Malhotra and Air Marshal Retd.…

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