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UTSAH in coherence with its ideals of promoting knowledge - On the 25th of February 2012

On the 25th of February 2012,UTSAH in coherence with its ideals of promoting knowledge based initiatives amongst the youth of the nation organized,in tie-up with Delhi based Youth Forum on Foreign Policy(YFFP),an interactive session called the “YFFP Café Conversation” in Guwahati city with US Ambassador Peter A Burleigh who spoke on “ Changing Dynamics on India’s Eastern neighbourhood” The event had an eclectic mix of people from students, young professionals to young bureaucrats who interacted with the guest speaker.

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Development activist and Youth Animator/facilitator Gaurav Gogoi visits the Hafiznagar Slum Area,Bamunimaidam, Guwahati .-On the 24th of February 2012

Gaurav Gogoi interacted with the children of the UTSAH Hafiznagar On-site school as also with the residents of the slum area.Gogoi spoke about child education & rights,women rights,sustenable development and other relevant social issues.Gaurav Gogoi is curently the Official Youth Programmes Advisor to UTSAH.Gaurav Gogoi also organized few activity based fun-programmes with the children of the UTSAH on-site School.

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World Immunization Day-On 18th of February 2012

On 18th of February 2012 ,on the eve of World Immunization Day(19th of February 2012),UTSAH in tie-up with the Rotary Club of Guwahati organized a Dental Check-up and Pediatric Health Camp at the UTSAH Hafiznagar Slum site.75 Children were given out health tips and free medication.The camp also included awareness on Prevention of Polio and other health issues.

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3rd of February 2012

On the 3rd of February 2012 Mr.Jeff Reneau,American Diplomat and Director of the American Center of the US Consulate Kolkata,in solidarity to UTSAH’s efforts on Child Education,Child Rights and Services to the urban poor visits the UTSAH Onsite Hafiznagar Slum School and Slum site.Mr. Jeff Reneau interacts with the women and children of the Hafiznagar Slum area on social issues related to Women and Childrean.Reneau also indicated towards a possible tie-up with UTSAH to promote Social Services and Volunteerism amongst the youth.

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8th of January 2012

On the 8th of January 2012, hearing about UTSAH’s Slum Development initiative,Presidents Rajat Kamal Award winning documentarian Prerana Barbarooah Sharma made a 7 minute documentary covering UTSAH’s Slum Area Development Programme.The documentary can be viewed on youtube on the following link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVArYEJ6WCA

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25th of December 2011

On the 25th of December 2011, the student of the UTSAH On-site Hafiznagar School perform “O Mur Apunar Desh” and two Christmas carols at the UTSAH Christmas Dinner hosted at the UTSAH Office in Bamunimaidam.

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Art of Living Meditation Camp 23rd to 27th of November 2011

UTSAH facilitates 5-Day Meditation Workshop by ART of LIVING for the women and Children of Hafiznagar Slum Area of Guwahati. Co-ordinated by Ms.Pinki Hazarika,State Teacher Co-ordinator,Art of Living,Assam.This programme is meant to expose the beneficiaries to the good effects of meditation and spiritualism.

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Reach to Teach Program ( School Opening): On 20th of November

On 20th of November, Shree.Preetom Saikia, CEO of GMDA inaugurated the UTSAH on-site Reach to Teach education initiative at the Hafiznagar Slum area of Bamunimaidam.The Chairperson of UTSAH, Miguel Queah conducts morning classes for two hours to teach the basics in the Assamese language thereby helping them with learning and reading skills and also to inculcate a sense of discipline from a young age. Some elders have also expressed their willingness to learn and have joined these regular classes.

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Reach to Teach on site-school

Founder Chairperson of UTSAH, social worker Miguel Queah takes morning classes at the slum on-site school. Queah devotes 18 hours per week at the school. He teaches elementary Assamese, English, Drawing and Moral Science. On weekends Queah is assisted by Gaurav Deka, another Executive Member of UTSAH.

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UTSAH celebrated Childrens’ day On 14th of November 2011

On 14th of November 2011,UTSAH celebrated Childrens’ day with the children of the HafizNagar On-site Slum School.The event included interaction on the significance of Jawaharlal Nehru’s Birthday and life, awareness on Child Rights and education and many fun-programmes that got smiles on the faces of the children.Sweets and other goodies were also distributed amongst the children.

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CAFE CONVERSATIONS PART 1 : 8th of October 2011
Report by ARJUN RAJKHOWA, ST.STEPHEN'S COLLEGE, NEW DELHI

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On the 8th of September 2011, UTSAH (Universal Team for Social Action & Help) partnered with Youth Forum on Foreign Policy (YFFP) New Delhi organized a discussion on water conflicts and water policy titled "The Silent Water War - Reality or Myth?" at Brown Bean Cafe in Uzan Bazar, Guwahati.Youth Forum on Foreign Policy (YFFP) India is an initiative that seeks to develop an informed and substantive dialogue on foreign policy issues among India’s youth and to ensure that India’s foreign policy is more responsive to the concerns of the youth. "CAFE CONVERSATIONS ON FOREIGN POLICY" is a concept designed and developed by YFFP. For Programmes in Guwahati YFFP has tied up with Utsah. The event was co-ordinated by UTSAH Co-ordinator Shankardev Chowdhury. The discussion was moderated by Gaurav Gogoi of the YFFP. Gogoi also happens to be the Official Youth Programmes advisor to UTSAH.The speaker invited to lead the discussion was Wasbir Hussain, a journalist and political commentator, who is currently the director of the Centre for Development and Peace Studies in Guwahati. Hussain broadly contextualized the contours of the topic in question and presented a policy-oriented discussion paper aimed at understanding the international ramifications of water-resources management and potential conflict.

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Gogoi began the conversation by emphasizing that water resources are shared resources and that the conflicts and crises emerging from the sharing of these resources are global conflicts and crises, encompassing all states, where all nations are equally invested in their mitigation and resolution. Hussain first spoke about the three most important factors affecting the future prospects of water-management - urbanization, population pressure and climate change. He quoted a study by the Strategic Foresight Group in Mumbai that states that water deprivation in the broader Himalayan region, including China and the Indian sub-continent, will perhaps be the most acute globally. He quoted projected population figures to correlate this water shortage to the great increase in demand. The discussion then shifted to the strategic differences in the policies of India and China in their water-management systems. China, he pointed out, being an autocratic country, has the "advantage" of unilaterally starting and enforcing damming and diversionary projects on their rivers, stifling any dissent from local populations. China also has a geological advantage in that all the ten rivers it has flow outward from its territory, giving the Chinese the strategic benefit of being prime users. He spoke about the opaque nature of Chinese diplomacy and the lack of bilateral agreements to clarify water policy. The construction of dams on the upper levels of the Tsang Po, or Brahmaputra in India, has the potential to divert 60% of its current outflow. However, it was much after the commencement of the construction of the single dam currently underway, in 2010, when the Indian government produced evidence in the form of satellite images, that China confirmed the presence of the dam but allayed Indian fears by describing it as a run-of-the-river dam.

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He spoke about the discrepancy between the Indian and Chinese positions on the Brahmaputra. India has declared the river a national waterway but there is no riverine traffic to justify that designation. India does not have any major projects on the river. He cited this as a possible disadvantage at a future international or bilateral forum formed for the purpose of resolving water-sharing rights. He cited the Helsinki Rules and the subsequent Berlin Rules which state that nations sharing water should make reasonable efforts to not cause any harm to one another. Neither India nor China is a signatory.

The theme of the conversation with participants in the audience veered towards the issue of emerging security concerns emanating from water conflicts and the possibility of military engagement. Several participants raised the issue of the lack of deliberative bodies to engage with water policy more effectively and the lack of urgency in the public arena. Several others also raised the importance of understanding water policy issues at the domestic level first, and of using a holistic approach to comprehend the current debate. Overall, it was an informative discussion and we hope the city will have more of these in the future.At the end The Founder and Chairperson of UTSAH Miguel Queah felicitated the Guest Speaker with a Memento of Appreciation.Gaurav Gogoi from YFFP also thanked the Guest with an exclusive YFFP memento.


Jane Krill Thompson visits UTSAH.UTSAH Governing Body meet Consul General Dean Thompson of the US Consulate, Kolkata.

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“The things that touch the lives of families and young children all over the world touch my heart” expressed Jane Krill Thompson when she paid a visit to the UTSAH Team on the afternoon of the 22nd of September 2011. Apart from being the wife of Consul General Dean Thompson of the US Consulate at Kolkata, she happens to be a Special Education Teacher and a Specialist with children on the Autism Spectrum. She has done her Masters in Education and holds a Bachelors degree in Child development. Being a mother of three, no doubt, counts significantly amongst her vast field of practical experiences and knowledge of dealing with children.

At the start she was introduced to the Founder and Chairperson of UTSAH, Miguel Queah, after being received by the Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, Pallavi Barua and Chief Spokesperson, Shankardev Chowdhury. The Chairperson welcomed her with a “Phulam Gamocha” (woven scarf or stole), the highest honor conferred to guests according to the Assamese tradition and a bouquet of flowers along with UTSAH materials and pamphlet. The Art of Living, Guwahati, who supports UTSAH and shows solidarity in all its initiatives, represented by their State Teacher coordinator Pinky Hazarika, gifted her paper bags with a message of the Art of Living’s efforts to make it an ecological alternative to plastics.

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To acquaint her with the activities of the organization, a brief official meeting was arranged with the executive members present, which this time included, the group’s Publicity Officer, Gaurav Deka and a young enthusiastic executive member and volunteer Udipta Barkakoty, where the Chairperson briefed Jane about the comprehensive Slum Area Development initiative of UTSAH, other field work in the area of environment and other future programs intended by the team. The Official Youth Advisor of UTSAH, Gaurav Gogoi, who is a Youth Animator by his own right, was also present in the meeting to share his experiences. This was followed by a high tea with the well wishers and members of UTSAH where the organization’s financial advisor Ritesh Das (Director,Key Resource Pvt.Ltd) was also present. The tea was accompanied by an assortment of Assamese sweets, the likes which were obviously new to Jane’s palate.

After tea, we were off immediately to the slum covered in the organization’s program where she was warmly welcomed by the UTSAH community coordinator of the slum, Anwara Begum, by a “Phulam Gamocha”. What impressed the UTSAH team was how Jane lived up to what she had originally intended for. She reached out to the

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children who found her endearing to say the least, her curiosity to know more when the Chairperson brought to her attention the health and hygiene issues of the people living there, the organization’s efforts to extend health and hygiene services to them, their socio-economic problems that they face along with their trauma of sudden displacement, to start a school environment for the children and adults alike and to empower them by introducing their own sense of responsibility to their immediate environment and towards their children and their community, while she covered every household in the area. “When a family can care for their children, the future changes for everyone” which Jane mentioned was in keeping to this context. UTSAH also plans to rehabilitate them by trying to avail help from the Governments “Rajiv Awaz Yojana Scheme” of providing low cost housing to the people of the slums.

UTSAH expressed its need for volunteers to work with the slum, to reach and sensitize people about involving themselves to the idea of social work in the hopes of them reaching out to the group which would in turn, encourage and motivate the team to move on. UTSAH especially needs help in volunteer work in launching their new program ‘Reach to Teach’, to provide quality education in Assamese language and English along with basic Math as well to those that are marginalized and have no access to education.

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The visit concluded by a meeting later in the evening between the Consul General Dean Thompson and the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and the Chief Spokes person regarding the fields of work that UTSAH has undertaken and the possible tie-ups with American Agencies that could take place in their future programs.

‘The work of UTSAH is changing lives of person by person, child by child and family by family. Miguel and his Team are choosing to spend their lives in significant meaningful ways. They have found the secret of true joy and satisfaction because they care for others rather than themselves’, was what Jane Krill Thompson had to say about the people of the organization who, with a sense of quiet and humble knowing, perhaps have brought about most of all and at first, changes in each of their lives. It is at least a start with what they have so much more to cover.

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Shankardev Chowdhury
Chief Spokesperson & Treasurer
UTSAH – Universal Team for Social Action & Help.


 

 

 


21st Aug 2011 : Comprehensive Slum Areas Development.Part 1: Health Camp organized by UTSAH at No2 Hafiz Nagar Guwahati. by Shankardev Chowdhury.(Executive Member)

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Growth of slums in Guwahati(one of the fastest growing cities in the country)is one of the serious problems created by the rapid industrialisation and urbanisation in the city .In developing countries, the major development takes place in cities, then towns. People from towns and villages surrounding the developing city start migrating to the city. Since they are people with very low income or no income at all, finding a place to live in is a challenge for them. This is the major reason of why slums develop in a developing city.

Slums are semi-permanent shacks which provide housing to the poor. They are unplanned, and thus lack drainage and drinking water facilities. The slum dwellers use all the scrap and waste material for the construction of their homes that we discard. People building their huts on a land without a legal permission are another major issue. These are all illegal households which sooner or later are cleaned by the Government.

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Slums are a part of cities and would remain being so. Their growing presence, as a city increases has been a subject of concern for many especially for the government, since they build their hutments while encroaching on public premises lying vacant. The efforts on the part of the authorities have been largely one-sided, hoping that by suddenly displacing them as a part of their eviction policy, they would in fact be discouraged from settling there again. If one were to examine this, the opposite would in fact be the truth. They build their shanties again on the very place where they have been displaced and this is repeated time and again because they have little choice. The reason for this being that cheaper accommodation is available very far from the centers of production, but the workers cannot travel so far. They have built their livelihoods in and around the surrounding area over the number of years of being there. They have nowhere to go and the alternatives offered to them are far from their area of work and hence them being there.

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UTSAH-Universal Team for Social Action and Help, in coherence with their ideal of community service, believes that there are other plausible solutions. Our Founder Shri.Miguel Queah during his several field visits to a slum area (No. 2 Hafiz Nagar Bamunimaidam) became aware of their problems, their hopes and their dreams.The community faced problems of poverty, illiteracy, health and hygiene. It was found that they too were conscious about issues of hygiene, clean surroundings, health and sanitation and other basic amenities. They also expressed their desire to be self sufficient by growing their own fruits and vegetables, and raise a little poultry for themselves. They hoped about education for their children and felt that by improving an overall standard of living would contribute in bettering their area, which would have a positive effect on the extended surroundings too.

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To begin with on the 21st of August 2011, UTSAH in association with International Hospital Guwahati has organized a medical camp in order to assess their health problems and improve their health conditions.The programme was coordinated by the Executive Director Pallavi Barua assisted by Executive Members Shankardev Chowdhury and Rashmi Tiwari .The Community co-ordinator for the programme is Anwara Begum, a resident of the slum.The programme was attended by renowned Television Personality Florence Handique. This camp would help UTSAH prepare a comprehensive report which would be placed before the government and the respective authorities dealing with water, sanitation and hygiene issues. Check ups on blood pressure, blood , skin diseases, malnutrition, child and women health were undertaken.UTSAH feels that by preparing such ground work would help the government to have a better understanding of the people staying there and thereby initiate processes that would lead to improving their living conditions. Besides this UTSAH also intends to have health camps conducted regularly and would set up at atmosphere of learning to build up the importance of education amongst the children. Some of the inhabitants who are educated would be empowered by UTSAH to teach children, thereby delegating responsibilities

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and involving them actively as well .The basic amenities viz. latrine, water supply, secondary vocation and drainage programmes would also be undertaken.

The larger picture here is to create public awareness about people who no matter what their living conditions are also have their aspirations which are like anyone else’s. Instead they are often type casted as anti socials. UTSAH aspires to make all understand their sense of well being and to set them up as an example, that they too can be a part, of the overall urban development and beautification that we as citizens like to see in our own surroundings.

For details on the programme mail to : execdirector@utsahassam.org

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June 5th 2011: World Environment Day

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How can a particular day be dedicated to issues which need to be addressed continuously and with urgency? Does it absolve us from responsibilities for the remaining days of the year, with a self satisfying presumption, that our work towards the community and society remains fulfilled, solely on having observed them, especially on that day, or is it something else? The answer my friend is obviously the latter, but I think we ought to know why. Days that are observed, are meant to raise that special issue to a higher pitch, to highlight a particular cause. It gives society a space to raise such issues, because people generally remember days.It is a startegy for social mobilization with repurcussions from the top policy foras right down to the community. Everyone talks about it on that day and at their own degrees. The public nevertheless forgets about it but on that day it is reminded that the cause is important.The purpose of it is to reach out and in doing so has its impact at all levels.

Such an initiative was taken up on the 5th of June on World Environment Day by a band of members who represent a young organization called UTSAH, which stands for Universal Team for Social Action and Help, of Guwahati, at the Rani reserve forest about 30kms from Guwahati city. UTSAH wanted to make an impact of a different sort, not just to the others, but first to themselves, by doing things a little 'out of the box'. They decided to organize an educative trail walk through the verdant forests of Rani which would mainly involve school children. Apart from being educative, its objectives were also to sensitize environmental issues by making the whole experience interactive. This, it believes, would help launch the young as probable stakeholders to the ideas of conservation in any capacity.This is where a trail walk would expose the young students directly to interact with environment systems which would help in inculcating conscious thinking, which is one of the core goals of UTSAH, in the minds of the young with regards to its protection and care. To make this experience truly educatiive UTSAH roped in internationally acclaimed environmentalist Smti. Parbati Barua, also known as the "Queen of Elephants" and renowned forester Sri Bhupendra Talukdar to interact with the 30 students of "Maina Khurang School" of Rani and lead their trail. It was indeed priceless to see the look of awe on the faces of the students when they were told the benefit of having trees and how it impacts man and the environment. Under the shade and the canopies of the majestic, silent trees it leant a different meaning to issues of forests being essential links to livlihoods, global warming due to its depletion and other environmental aspects and things which we have all heard before. The impact of such a lesson though seemingly small ran deep. It was indeed humbling to have been told at the end of the lesson that mankind would perhaps cease to exist but the trees would stay on. They have supported man but the bargain has not been quite kept by the other and the reason for days such as this is to be told again where everything in nature is linked and Man being a part of it.

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Another trail led by the Chairperson of UTSAH Shri Miquel Queah and the Chief of Public Relation Smti Monmi Das took a motley crew of civil society and Youth, no doubt adventurers themselves,from Guwahati city, to the forest. This was more interactive rather than educational. It was to soak in the ambience, hopefully leading those undertaking it to contemplate and mull on issues which they are already aware of but are reminded of in an interesting way, the forest itself. Such a trail connects people and even if they remember the fun part of it later, they would naturally identify the day that it was carried out and be reminded of the larger purposes of organizing such an event. The trail was guided by forest guard Pradhan who interacted with those who were there.

UTSAH was not entirely alone in this effort, they involved the Art of Living, who had an initiative of making paper bags popular rather than plastic. This was headed by their State co-ordinator Pinky Hazarika who demonstarted the advantages of using paper bags in efforts of conservation and the ill effects of plastic bags.They distributed their paper bags which were made attractively and yet sturdily, in order that they be used on a regular basis. It did have an impact, we still see some members of UTSAH using them or rather flaunting them to the others who all asked where they could get theirs.

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To make the event more interesting UTSAH arranged for an informal quiz amongst the schoolchildren after refreshments at the beat office to recapitulate what was being said during their short trail and prizes were distributed, which were sponsored by Mr. Mohit Jajodia of Santosh DVD's.Keeping in mind the UNEP goal of "Planting a Billion Tree" campaign, saplings were given to those children who expressed their wish to have one and were gently reminded that they were expected to nuture them as well and not shed their responsibility after having simply planted them,or at least till they grew big enough to take care of itself.There was however a surprise within the event, Gaurav Gogoi, son of Hon'ble Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi, paid a visit to the event, being a youth animator himself, he interacted with the school children and asked about their experiences and significance of the event and its probable applicability on the ground level. The children too asked a few questions and being what they actually are, some of them were really endearing, especially those that were personal accounts about Gaurav Gogoi himself.

The event ended somwhere around mid-day and was significant when the forest guards themselves were apprised of the event and about its benefits. Sometimes when one remains in any particular environment for too long that aspect of it happens to be at times overlooked. It was heartwarming when their opinions were taken into consideration and what they felt about the day. The event was conceptualised by the Chairperson of UTSAH Shri. Miguel Queah and co-ordinated by its Vice Chairperson Ms. Pallavi Barua and most ably assisted by its young volunteer Mr.Udipta (Sagar) Barkakoti.The kind co-operation of the Rani Forest Ranger Mr. H. Pathak and the entire staff of the Rani Range Office made the event possible and helped execute it smoothly.The event itself may have been small but it was different. There were many functions organized that day, but UTSAH perhaps was the only organization, at least from Guwahati, who truly displayed an exceptional, yet simple way of celebrating it the way it should have been.There were no carbon footprints left behind that day but their efforts surely made an imprint on people's minds that will be talked and discussed about it for times to come.


1st May 2011: UTSAH launch at Rural school

A Report by Kaushik Choudhury, Assam Tribune.

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UTSAH as in Universal Team for Social Action and Help a newly formed non-profit organisation  focuses to work for the betterment of the four important pillars of consciousness namely, Youth, Culture, Environment and Oldage. Miguel Queah, founder and Chairperson of UTSAH,after being inspired by a personal conversation with Hon’ble former President of India,Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam, laid the cornerstone of this organisation on 28th of march 2011, with a vision in mind—to bridge the mind gap between the youth and the elderly, the people and the environment, and the present and the past. UTSAH deals primarly with the core issues of social and national development and makes an attempt to introduce a value based system in the society particularly for the youth. It seeks to motivate and create awareness among the youth to basic ideals of Gandhian principles,Community Service,Indianess,Secularism Culture based wisdom for the preservation of the environment and productive ageing for the elderly citizens.Their primary objective is to reform and enrich the minds of the people so that they tread the ocean of life in a responsible way.

The founding team comprises of Mrs.Pallavi Barua as the Vice Chairperson and Executive Director, Mrs.Monmi Das as the Chief of Public Relation, Mr.Shankardev Chowdhury as the Chief Spokesperson, Mr.Gaurav Deka as the Public Relations Officer, Dr.Binayak Dutta as the Co-ordinator of the Advisory Council, Ms.Rashmi Tiwari as an Executive Member and Mr.Uddipta Borkakoty as a young Social Worker.

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The youth which has emerged as the powerhouse of creativity ,and activism,in this region and beyond ,is one of the primary focus of the Society.It believes that modern political and economic pressures have pushed the youth-our societal powerhouse into existential crisis,which inturn contributed to the alienation of a section within them from the mainstream.UTSAH seeks to reduce the gap between the youth and the other sections of society ,by engaging them in programmes which integrates them into positive activism.

On the other side of the society concern are the elderly who represent the community heritage ,consciousness and knowledge.UTSAH gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the elderly who make the region culturally vibrant.The aim is to use heritage as an entry port for further investigation of societal artifacts and construct a bridge between tradition and modernity.

The Society envisions to inculcate an ideal in the minds of the young that would manifest itself in their day to day life.It envisages to craft a generation of young leaders, social entrepreneurs and workers who would contribute actively towards nation building.

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The Society believes that formative development covers an important part of student life.It is for this reason that it  plans to conduct a Community Service Curriculum in  Schools and Colleges in the country.This curriculum would expose the participants to field work as field access would break the shackles of dependence on secondary data and launch them into one-on-one inquiry to various systems for fresh perspectives.

On 1st of May 2011, the official launch and the opening ceremony of the organisation was held at a school, named after one of the greatest Martyrs of the assam agitation movement—Swahid Khargeswar Talukdar High School at Chenimara Village, Baksa.The reason was to expose the city people to rural India and vise versa.

The meeting was presided over by Miguel Queah,the founder and Chairperson. Shri Hemanga Sharma, Comissioner of Social Welfare, Lower Assam Division was the Chief Guest and Actress Nishita Goswami the guest of honour. Among other noted guests were- founder of the Gandhi Ashram, Nagaland and famous Gandhian, Padmashree Natwarbhai Thakkar ,one of the gems of the Assam literati, Dr. Lakshyahira Das,Deputy Commissioner of Baksa Shri.Babul Ch.Barbaruah and the Superintendent of Police Shri.Rana Bhuyan.The meeting was also attended by Mrs.Jugabrata Rai Choudhary Dutta,Working President of The Amar Ghar Oldage Home ,as well as the residents of the Amar Ghar Oldage home,the only Oldage Home in the city.

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Students and the Heads of prominent city schools like Sanskriti-The Gurukul,Faculty High School and South Point also attended the meeting.

The Cermony was compared  by Rupali Deka and Shankar Biswas,two students of Swahid Khargeshwar Talukdar High School.

The ceremony was opened by a beautiful Rabha Geet presented by noted Assamese singer Ms.Anju Devi.

Founder and Chairperson Miguel Queah initiated the meeting by welcoming all the esteemed guests. Queah then familiarized the audience with the ideals and vision of the Organization. “ India’s freedom has remains a distant dream for us.Freedom for us at UTSAH means freedom from all.A poor farmer in Baksa is entitled to as much freedom as a rich businessman in Guwahati.Freedom from exploitation,freedom from dead habit,freedom from injustice,freedom from illiteracy,freedom from apathy,freedom from unemployment ,freedom from disease,freedom from communal violence and freedom from selfishness is what UTSAH seeks to achieve” he said.

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He also added “ It is time for all of us to stand together in the test of times.Long time ago India had a tryst  with destiny.And yet again we face the same fate.In the wake of day ,when the world is listening let India rise to Life and Freedom”

The Chief Guest Hemanga Sharma in his speech said “This year has been declared as the International Year of Youth and Adolescence by the UN.It is good to see an organization that has come up with programmes that would bring out youth initiatives for national development to the forefront”

The Guest of Honour Ms.Nishita Goswami said that an organization with fresh ideas such as this needs encouragement.And that the young should come forward and join this initiative that would help the country grow. “ I would extend my help and support to the organization and help in whatever way I can to disseminate its ideals amongst the people of Assam” she added.

Padmashri Natwarbhai Thakkar said that with the right Gandhian Ideals in place, UTSAH can definitely work towards the refinement and betterment of the society.He even offered to facilitate a workshop on Value education for the participants of UTSAH at Gujarat Vidyapith,an institution established by Mahatma Gandhi himself.

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“The Society is being formed,Now comes the time to realize its ideals.There would be times of difficulties from different quarters but the team should not loose courage and move forward with utmost dedication  and perseverance and not let values of its founder die” said eminent litterateur Dr.Lakshyhira Das congratulating the UTSAH Team on their initiative.

Prafulla Kalita ,Headmaster of the Swahid Khargeshwar Talukdar thanked the Society for its initiative towards developing the school. “ I extend my support and cooperation towards all the good work taken up by UTSAH for the students of our school” he added.

Gaurav Deka announced the field missions of the Society.

The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Mrs.Pallavi Barua,Vice Chairperson of the Society.

The Programme was concluded by Singing of the National Anthem.

UTSAH formally announced a merit based Scholarship for 10 students of the Swahid Khargeshwar Talukdar High School every year.This scholarship has been funded by the Pankaj Barua and Ruby Barua Foundation,Guwahati.

The programme also included a song by Bornali as well as a Bihu group performance by locals of the Chenimara Village.

In the long history of our Nation, reality has often been dwarfed by mountains of despair, accepting finite disappointment ,at many occasions.However,the fresh UTSAH team believes that they would never loose the infinite hope of a better tomorrow.

With their motto “Lets make minds..Lets vitalize” UTSAH wishes to usher in a phenomenal change in the minds of the people and make this country the most beautiful place to live in”They believe that “Only a beautiful mind can make a beautiful Nation”.