World Interfaith Harmony Week 2023

Eminent Speakers

Prof Vinay Sofat
Prof. Vinay Sophat
Sarabjit Singh Renuka
Sarabjit Singh Renuka
Dr. Nasir Akhtar
Dr. Nasir Akhtar
Bhikku Pragya bodhi thero (Monk incharge takhatshila mahabudh bihar)
Bhikku Pragya Bodhi Thero
Md. Usmaan Ludhianvi
Md. Usmaan Ludhianvi
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Parampal Singh
Harpreet Singh
Harpreet Singh
Father ajit partrick pa to Archbishop of Delhi
Father Ajit Partrick

PROGRAM DETAIL

1st Feb

Launch

Introduction of Interfaith Week & How can you Join

  • Introduction by Eminent Scholars of Sikhism, Muslim, Hindu & Christianity
  • Details of Series of events

4th Feb

Interactive Session on context of Interfaith as per Hinduism by Prof Vinay Sophat (Historian)

6th Feb

Interactive Session on context of Interfaith as per Sikhism by Sarabjit Singh Renuka (HOD, Journalism, PAU)

8th Feb

Interactive Session on context of Interfaith as per Islamism by Dr. Nasir Akhtar (Interfaith Historian)

10th Feb

Interactive Session on context of Interfaith as per Christianity by Father Ajit Partrick PA to Archbishop of Delhi

12th Feb

Interfaith Walk

09.00 am Church near Fountain Chowk

11.00 am Shri Durga Mata Mandir

01.00 pm Jama Masjid

02.00 pm Gurdwara Dukhnivaran Sahib

16th Feb

Concluding Event

  • Paper Presentation
  • Address by
    • Minister of Education
    • Deputy Commissioner
    • Police Commissioner
    • Municipal Commissioner
  • Honour the Partners, Participating Institutions, Participants
  • Message of Religious Harmony by top Religious Leaders
  • Prize Distribution Ceremony
  • Interfaith Meal

For more information, contact us 8146810006, email to info@cityneeds.info https://blog.cityneeds.info/wihm

Philosophy

“The World Interfaith Harmony Week” was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. The World Interfaith Harmony Week extends the Two Commandments by adding ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour’. This formula includes all people of goodwill. It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith. The World Interfaith Harmony Week provides a platform—one week in a year—when all interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill can show the world what a powerful movement they are.

Benefits for Participants

  • Learn about the meaning of Interfaith Harmony through various scholars and experts of different religions.
  • Learn how the religious inclusion and pluralism will lead to the formation of a good society.
  • Guided walking tour in the city to visit a Church, a temple, a Mosque and Gurdwara
  • Participation Certificate
  • Prizes to eligible candidates participate in Paper Presentation Competition on the topic of “Similarities between the Religions”

Daan Utsav

“CityNeeds Daan Utsaav” is about collecting usable material like clothes, woollens, beddings, toys, books, Medicines, utensils, appliances etc and giving to the needy through verified NGOs. You can also donate online by clicking DONATE. However, there are various other opportunities to join this noble cause in your city.
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1. Donor

Donors are the life line of any charity and without them everything is meaningless. You as a donor can give away any of the items such as clothes, woollens, beddings, toys, books, Medicines, utensils, appliances etc provided they are in usable condition. You can also choose the social sector close to your heart and donate online to any of our verified NGOs. You can give a missed call at 8289066979, receive a message on your WhatsApp, choose the social sector and donate on the cause you like or you can check these NGOs on our website by clicking Donate Button.

2. Dropping Centre

We need dropping centers across Punjab from 2nd to 8th October where our donors can come and donate the above material. If you are voluntarily willing to offer space to collect donated material you can click below and apply. Please read the instructions given before filling the form.

As a dropping centre you agree to voluntarily

  • Provide us adequate space and a person from 2nd to 8th October to receive the donated material.
  • Permit CityNeeds to publish your contact details and address on our website and otherwise to our donors in your vicinity.
  • Promote our campaign in your network
  • Attend all calls during this period and reply to their queries politely as per details provided by us.
  • Receive material from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm from 2nd to 8th October
  • Provide a person to help the donor, receive the material and note down the donor details to be uploaded by the end of the day so that a thanks message can be sent.
  • Agree to drop the collected material to a common designated point in your city on 9th October

If you agree to the above terms please register and we will get back to you. Register Button

3. Sponsor or Partner

“CityNeeds Daan Utsaav” is about collecting usable material like clothes, woollens, beddings, toys, books, Medicines, utensils, appliances etc and giving to the needy through verified NGOs. Thank you for your interest in supporting this cause that is being undertaken across different cities of Punjab. Attached please find the sponsorship proposal.

4. Beneficiary NGO

“CityNeeds Daan Utsaav” is about collecting usable material like clothes, woollens, beddings, toys, books, Medicines, utensils, appliances etc and giving to the needy through verified NGOs. If you are a registered NGO in Punjab you can give us your requirement and we will try to fulfil them through this campaign.

You should be having a track record in collecting and utilising one of these items in an efficient and effective manner.

You should be having a running project, infrastructure, manpower and most importantly beneficiaries to utilize this material and agree to lift it from the central location in your city.

You agree to post photos or videos of the utilisation of material on our social media. You can fill up the form below to know more.

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5. Volunteer

“CityNeeds Daan Utsaav” is about collecting usable material like clothes, woollens, beddings, toys, books, Medicines, utensils, appliances etc and giving to the needy through verified NGOs.

Whether you are a student, a working professional or a house maker you can join this campaign as a volunteer. We invite Volunteers to help us in this campaign through their network, social media, colleagues, institution or organisation. Besides promotion, you can help us in setting up and coordinating with dropping centres, mobilise sponsors or handling the donated material.

Swachhta Pledge

Please pledge here to for total cleanliness of surroundings this year! 

Follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Fill your contact details
  2. Choose your State
  3. You will get your digital certificate on email id provided by you in 2-5 Minutes
  4. Share your Digital Certificate on WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.
  5. Motivate others to become part of this social cause and save lives.

Your email address:

Your name:

Mobile:

 

Scholarship MS Office

QUEST SCHOLARSHIP – 10+2 Meritorious Students Passed Out in 2022

Quest Infosys Foundation is not-for-profit trust working in the education field from more than a decade. Quest Infosys Foundation strongly believes in the fact that monetary constraints should not be an obstacle for a student to have access to quality education.

To fulfil the IT Education dreams of students, Quest Infosys Foundation invites applications to avail Scholarships worth Rs. 4 Lakh in 2022.

100% Scholarship on Online Training on Microsoft Office with Certification to be offered with its Technology Partner VCO Edutech Pvt. Ltd., Ludhiana.


Students Passed 10+2 in 2022 from any Board



100 Scholarships for 100% off on Microsoft Office Online Training with Certification



Scholarship Amount Per Student

Course Scholarship Amount (for whole course)
Microsoft Office 3,999 Per Student for Complete Training & Certification


Scholarship Selection Criteria.

  1. Students will be selected for Scholarship based on the Marks obtained by them in 10+2 in 2022.
  2. After the closing date of Applications, Merit list to be preparedas per Marks obtained by the students.
  3. In case of same marks, younger student will get preference to avail Scholarship
  4. Scholarship to be offered on First-Come-First Serve basis.


25th August 2022 to 30th August 2022 till midnight



Students must fill the Scholarship Form as per desired information.

Selected Students need to produce the desired documents as & when required to avail the Scholarship


Scholarship Result Announcement Date

Merit List of Students as per criteria to be announced on 31st August 2022 at college website & Facebook Page of Quest & City Needs. Selected Students to be informed via E-Mail.

Students Deadline to avail the Offered Scholarship

Following steps to be followed by students selected for Scholarship

Scholarship for Microsoft Office Training & Certification

Students need to pay Online Facilitation Fee of Rs. 99/- to confirm the seat maximum by 5th September 2022.Online Payment to be done


Call 9814601047 for any help/queries

Online Training to be started between 7th-10th September 2022

Following are the Helpline/Information Numbers

10th August 2022 to 20th August 2022 till midnight

Issue Contact Person Name Phone No.
To Know More about Microsoft Office Online Training & Certification Mr. Munish Passi 9814601047
Technical Issues in filling of Forms Mr. Baljinder Singh 9814910700

To know more about Quest Group of Institutions

To know more and Join CityNeeds as a Volunteer

To know more about Microsoft Office Online Training

Volunteer

Join as Social Intern with Social Impact Startup

Benefits

  • Learning Opportunities
  • Earn Rs. 2500+ per month
  • Social Recognition
  • Participation Certificate
  • Work from home
  • Real Opportunities to practice Content Creation, Photography, Public Speaking, Communication Skills, Marketing, Business Operations & compassion
CityNeeds Mission
 

CityNeeds is India’s 1st online platform hosting City wise NGOs and connecting them with nearest and relevant donors and volunteers.

Individuals and NGOs list their requirements on our website that are notified to matching donors or volunteers who can help those in need. These requirements could be for Medical Treatment, Education Support, Food, Clothes, Shelter, Environment Conservation, Animal Care etc and can be fulfilled in cash or kind. The portal supports all online payment gateways and UPI’s and every penny donated is reflected on the website in the public domain.

NGO Expo

CityNeeds was launched on 27th February 2021 on world ngo day by way of organising 1st NGO Expo of Punjab where 45 local NGOs of Ludhiana and 10 departments of district administration showcased their activities to public. The expo was actively participated by the Cabinet Minister, Deputy Commissioner, Commissioner of Police, Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Mayor, Chairman Improvement Trust, Councilors and industrials.

Vaccination Drive

“People say, miracles don’t happen. But what happened on 3rd & 4th April 2021 in Ludhiana is nothing less than a miracle” said Sh Varinder Sharma (IAS) Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana. In times when people were reluctant to go for covid vaccination; CityNeeds with its partner NGOs organised numerous vaccination camps and just in 2 days 49000 people walked in to these camps go get vaccinated. CityNeeds coordinated those project for 3 months and could organise 1000+ vaccination camps  in Ludhiana and got over 4 lac people vaccinated.

COVIPEDIA

More than the impact of the covid virus, the misinformation around it was becoming more dangerous. CityNeeds in association with 33 doctors from 4 major hospitals namely Dayanand Medical College, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana Civil Hospital & Fortis Hospital made over 211 short videos regarding correct information around COVID. The videos were made available free of cost to the general public by the Deputy Commissioner and Civil Surgeon.

NGO Carnival

CityNeeds organised a mega NGO Carnival on 30th October 2021 before Diwali where 25 NGOs and 6 self help groups displayed and sold products made by them or their beneficiaries. We are happy that most of the NGOs could sell all the material they brought. This was an attempt to empower the NGOs to generate revenue for the underprivileged people who made such products.

CDF 2021

A mega donation festival was organised celebrating over 14 Indian festivals highlighting the importance of gifting and Donating. Before each festival it’s significance in our mythology was highlighted with an attempt to connect our new generation with our roots. People donated with open heart on all festivals like Janam Ashtami, Dushehra, Diwali, Dhan Trausti, Gurpurab, Christmas etc

 
Happiness Week

Bringing smiles on someone’s face is the most satisfying moment of our life. For 7 days our team of Volunteers visited different NGOs, old homes, disability centres, orphanages, slums and spent great time with the natives there with an intent to bring smiles on their face. A jubilant atmosphere was created and youngsters from affluent families could see the real life miseries people go through and still try to remain happy.

Mission Hara Bhara Ludhiana

In active association with District administration, forest department and partner NGOs, CityNeeds executed a one month project by the name of Hara Bhara Ludhiana.

Plantation was simplified to an extent that a team of volunteers with equipment and plants reached the premises of anyone who gave a call to our toll free number. More than 300 requests were received and over 8000 saplings were planted.

Milestones

CityNeeds Mission
 

CityNeeds is India’s 1st online platform hosting City wise NGOs and connecting them with nearest and relevant donors and volunteers.

Individuals and NGOs list their requirements on our website that are notified to matching donors or volunteers who can help those in need. These requirements could be for Medical Treatment, Education Support, Food, Clothes, Shelter, Environment Conservation, Animal Care etc and can be fulfilled in cash or kind. The portal supports all online payment gateways and UPI’s and every penny donated is reflected on the website in the public domain.

NGO Expo

CityNeeds was launched on 27th February 2021 on world ngo day by way of organising 1st NGO Expo of Punjab where 45 local NGOs of Ludhiana and 10 departments of district administration showcased their activities to public. The expo was actively participated by the Cabinet Minister, Deputy Commissioner, Commissioner of Police, Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Mayor, Chairman Improvement Trust, Councilors and industrials.

Vaccination Drive

“People say, miracles don’t happen. But what happened on 3rd & 4th April 2021 in Ludhiana is nothing less than a miracle” said Sh Varinder Sharma (IAS) Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana. In times when people were reluctant to go for covid vaccination; CityNeeds with its partner NGOs organised numerous vaccination camps and just in 2 days 49000 people walked in to these camps go get vaccinated. CityNeeds coordinated those project for 3 months and could organise 1000+ vaccination camps  in Ludhiana and got over 4 lac people vaccinated.

COVIPEDIA

More than the impact of the covid virus, the misinformation around it was becoming more dangerous. CityNeeds in association with 33 doctors from 4 major hospitals namely Dayanand Medical College, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana Civil Hospital & Fortis Hospital made over 211 short videos regarding correct information around COVID. The videos were made available free of cost to the general public by the Deputy Commissioner and Civil Surgeon.

NGO Carnival

CityNeeds organised a mega NGO Carnival on 30th October 2021 before Diwali where 25 NGOs and 6 self help groups displayed and sold products made by them or their beneficiaries. We are happy that most of the NGOs could sell all the material they brought. This was an attempt to empower the NGOs to generate revenue for the underprivileged people who made such products.

CDF 2021

A mega donation festival was organised celebrating over 14 Indian festivals highlighting the importance of gifting and Donating. Before each festival it’s significance in our mythology was highlighted with an attempt to connect our new generation with our roots. People donated with open heart on all festivals like Janam Ashtami, Dushehra, Diwali, Dhan Trausti, Gurpurab, Christmas etc

 
Happiness Week

Bringing smiles on someone’s face is the most satisfying moment of our life. For 7 days our team of Volunteers visited different NGOs, old homes, disability centres, orphanages, slums and spent great time with the natives there with an intent to bring smiles on their face. A jubilant atmosphere was created and youngsters from affluent families could see the real life miseries people go through and still try to remain happy.

Mission Hara Bhara Ludhiana

In active association with District administration, forest department and partner NGOs, CityNeeds executed a one month project by the name of Hara Bhara Ludhiana.

Plantation was simplified to an extent that a team of volunteers with equipment and plants reached the premises of anyone who gave a call to our toll free number. More than 300 requests were received and over 8000 saplings were planted.

Scholarship

TALENT HUNT - QUEST SCHOLARSHIP

Quest Infosys Foundation is not-for-profit trust working in the education field from more than a decade. Quest Infosys Foundation strongly believes in the fact that monetary constraints should not be an obstacle for a student to have access to quality education.

To fulfil the higher education dreams of students, Quest Infosys Foundation invites applications to avail Scholarships worth Rs. 34 Lakh in 2022. Scholarship for Degree Courses is offered to the students at its campus, Quest Group of Institutions located at, Chandigarh-Fatehgarh Sahib Highway, Mohali. Scholarship for Online Training of Microsoft Office to be offered with its Technology Partner VCO Edutech Pvt. Ltd., Ludhiana.


There are 2 types of Scholarship to be offered to students:-

  1. 50% Scholarship on Tuition Fee offered at Quest Group of Institutions, Mohali on following Courses (subject to availability of seats)
    1. B.Tech. (CSE)
    2. B.Tech. (Civil)
    3. B.Tech. (Mechanical)
    4. BBA
    5. B.Com.(Hons.)
    6. BCA
  2. 100% Scholarship on Online Training on Microsoft Office with Certification

Who Can Avail Scholarship

Students Passed 10+2 in 2022 from any Board.

Total Number of Scholarships:- 125

  • 25 Scholarships for 50% Tution Fee for B.Tech & other Degree Courses

  • 100 Scholarships for 100% off on Microsoft Office Online Training with Certification



Scholarship Amount Per Student

Course Scholarship Amount (for whole course)
B.Tech. 1.20 Lac per Student
BBA, BCA,B.Com. 45,000 per student
Microsoft Office 4,000 Per Student for Complete Training & Certification


Scholarship Selection Criteria.

  1. Students will be selected for Scholarship based on the Marks obtained by them in 10+2 in 2022.
  2. After the closing date of Applications, Merit list to be preparedas per Marks obtained by the students.
  3. In case of same marks, younger student will get preference to avail Scholarship
  4. Scholarship to be offered on First-Come-First Serve basis.


10th August 2022 to 25th August 2022 till midnight



Students must fill the Scholarship Form as per desired information & must submit following documents (Must be clearly readable) in soft copy

  1. 10+2 Marksheet
  2. Aadhar Card

Scholarship Result Announcement Date

Merit List of Students as per criteria to be announced on 31st August 2022 at college website & Facebook Page of Quest & City Needs. Selected Students to be informed via E-Mail.

Students Deadline to avail the Offered Scholarship

Following steps to be followed by students selected for Scholarship

Scholarship for Higher Studies Scholarship for Microsoft Office Training & Certification

Students needs to deposit the remaining fee at Quest Group of Institutions Campus along with 10th & 10+2 Mark Sheet, & Aadhar Card between 5-7th September 2022 between 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


Call 9915676500 for any help/queries

Students need to pay Online Facilitation Fee of Rs. 99/- to confirm the seat maximum by 5th September 2022.Online Payment to be done


Call 9814601047 for any help/queries

Online Training to be started from 7th September 2022.

Following are the Helpline/Information Numbers

10th August 2022 to 20th August 2022 till midnight

Issue Contact Person Name Phone No.
To Know More about Microsoft Office Online Training & Certification Mr. Munish Passi 9814601047
To know more about B.Tech & Other Degree Courses Mr. Yashpreet Singh 9915676500
Technical Issues in filling of Forms Mr. Baljinder Singh 9814910700

To know more about Quest Group of Institutions

To know more and Join CityNeeds as a Volunteer

To know more about Microsoft Office Online Training

CityNeeds Mission

CityNeeds is India’s 1st online platform hosting City wise NGOs and connecting them with nearest and relevant donors and volunteers.

Individuals and NGOs list their requirements on our website that are notified to matching donors or volunteers who can help those in need. These requirements could be for Medical Treatment, Education Support, Food, Clothes, Shelter, Environment Conservation, Animal Care etc and can be fulfilled in cash or kind. The portal supports all online payment gateways and UPI’s and every penny donated is reflected on the website in the public domain.

 

Let’s Clean Ludhiana Foundation Environment Contest in association with Cityneeds

LCLF

Step 1 – Join Cityneeds Community Page on Facebook HERE

Step 2 – Share a Picture/Video of Yourself showing something you have done to protect environment & tag 5 of your friends in the post on this Community Page

Example of activities (not limited to) you can showcase
Planting a tree
Dry & Wet Waste Segregation at your home
Recycling of Plastic/Paper etc
Best out of waste activity
Cleaning your surroundings (Street, School, Office, Neighborhood)
Use of Environment Friendly products
Save Water, Electricity, Other Natural Resources

Pledge Here to “Say NO to Single-Use Plastic” and get your Instant e-certificate

Prizes

(1) Grand Prize – Samsung LED TV worth Rs. 25,000
(2) 2nd Prize – JBL C115 TWS Wireless Ear buds (2) Worth Rs 3,400
(5) 3rd Prize – boAt Xtend Smart Watch Worth Rs. 1,900
(10) Participation Prizes – boAt Airdopes Worth Rs. 1,200

Winners will be declared on 5th June, the World Environment Day at an Online Event. Please stay tuned to this blog post for Online Event Details.

My experience with periods

I sat on the rickety plastic chair, thankful for the shade of the pipal tree, trying my best not to sneeze as the dust rising from the field found its way into my nose and I felt another volley of sneezes approaching. ‘It takes some getting used to, I suppose,’ Sakshi Bhatia, the coach, looked at me bemused.

‘How are the girls playing in this dust and heat? Isn’t there a better field?’ I asked, wiping my nose. ‘They have bigger problems than a dusty field, Tamanna,’ she sounded cryptic.

‘Like what?’ I blurted out inarticulately, my streaming eyes taking in the conservatively clad girls, dodging and kicking the football. Their skill and passion for the sport were as clear as the day.

‘Like being unable to play the sport they’ve spent years training for,’ she sounded disappointed.

‘Why?’

‘The best girls will have to quit before the qualifying match in three months.’

‘Why?’ I looked quizzical.

Sakshi sighed. ‘You city girls won’t understand. Our best players have all reached puberty. In the village, it means giving up school to take care of the homestead and prepare for marriage. They will all have to leave the team, whether they like it or not. Menstruation is a taboo here.’

‘Oh, but I know what that means,’ I said. It was her chance to look quizzical.

On the ride back, all I could think of was how the footballers’ talent would be nipped in the bud. It made me angry. Angrier than when Nani, my maternal grandmother, told me not to touch the pickle jar if I was on my period. Angrier than when Dadi, my paternal grandmother, asked me not to enter the prayer room or kitchen during ‘those days.’ Sakshi was wrong, I did know what it felt like.

Living in a household where I was the youngest of five generations, I often found my beliefs at loggerheads with those of my great grandmother or her mother’s, especially when it came to ‘those days.’ I resented it, although I never disobeyed. But what would I do if I were in the shoes of one of those footballers? Would I allow my chances to be ruined in the name of archaic beliefs?

As luck would have it, I reached ‘that’ part of my monthly cycle the next day. Showering before breakfast, as was the rule, I went down and hesitated by the door of the kitchen. ‘What happened?’ said my great grandmother, seeing me hovering. ‘I don’t think it’s fair that I cannot enter the kitchen right now,’ I said, taking the bull by its horns. ‘Do you know, girls in Aloona Tola have to give up playing football because of this?’

The dam broke releasing a flood of feelings. I narrated the plight of the girls in the village and how it made me feel.  ‘There is nothing abnormal or impure about a menstruating girl; why should she be punished for it? I will enter the kitchen Nani, I must. For myself and for those girls.’

All doors had been shut for them; as I spoke I knew I had to at least open a window. To my relief, Nani smiled, ‘Maybe you are right.’

This personal victory buoyed my courage and I drove down to Aloona Tola again with mom, who heads various women’s empowerment organisations. With her help, I organised a menstrual hygiene workshop, taking longer to speak to the players and their parents, dispelling false beliefs and superstitions.  Visiting the village regularly, I campaigned for the girls, feeling passionately for their cause. As the qualifying match approached, I could sense a mellowing of attitudes. The practice was still ongoing, which was a positive sign. A week before the match, Sakshi called me, ‘We’re going! We’re going to the match, and it’s all thanks to you! You’ve changed their lives.’

They had no idea how they changed me.

By Tamana Kothari