About JMC

About Jai

 

 
JMC was born to keep alive the spirit and efforts of a young man named Jaishankar, or Jai for short, who met with an untimely and tragic death in a car accident in the U.S.A at the age of 25.  Jai had been a student of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Yale University, New Haven, U.S.A.  
Jai is remembered for his outstanding ability to talk to people, patiently and persuasively, about things that he held very dear and to convince them of the rightness of his beliefs and convictions. Above all was his abiding love for India and the Indian people whose well-being was closest to his heart and for which he was determined to come back to India when his life was cruelly cut short.
 
The Jaishankar Memorial Centre has been conceived of as a centre of thought and action to bring about social change and progress for Indian society.
 
"Man’s dearest possession is life. It is given to him but once and he must live it so as to feel no torturing regrets for wasted years, never know the burning shame of a mean and petty past; so live that, dying he might say, all my life, all my strength were given to the finest cause in all the world – the fight for the liberation of mankind. And must make use of every moment of life, lest some sudden illness or tragic accident cut it short".
 
Jaishankar (1954-1978)

Mission

  • Initiate thought and action for social change and progress;
  • Diffuse knowledge through education, training, study and research;
  • Incorporate a gender-sensitive, rights-based participatory approach in community oriented activities;
  • Enhance capabilities of communities and people’s organizations, including their ability to participate in decision-making.

Objectives

Jaishankar Memorial Centre is a non-profit society set up in 1990 with the objective of working with people’s collectives and communities in the areas of health, education, environment and livelihood, with special focus on children, youth and women. Towards this end, the Society has undertaken several programmes and projects.

Range of Activities

  • Research & Evaluation;

  • Community interventions – Remedial Education, Library, Computer Education, Gender Resource Centre

Evaluation Studies/Research Projects

  • Development of a directory on education schemes & grants for students at central and state level (Aga Khan Foundation, India, 2008-09)
  • Study to Evaluate Vulnerability of Children and Child Rearing Practices in Madanpur Khadar Extension (CASP-PLAN, 2006)
  • Survey on Housing in Delhi, covering nearly 5,000 sample households across all 9 zones in slums, DDA and private houses (Centre de Sciences Humaines, French Embassy in India)
  • Study on Mainstreaming of HIV/AIDS by Central Ministries and Departments (UNDP, 2005)
  • Study for Evaluation of Usage of Library Materials, Rajasthan & Delhi (Room to Read, September 2005)
  • Survey of Bonded Labour in Faridabad district (Labour Commissioner, Haryana, 2004)
  • Study on Gender Profile in States and Districts (Dept. of Women and Child Development, GoI, 2003)
  • Study of Urban Informal Sector, Govindpuri (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 1995)
  • Study of Working of Welfare Funds for Mining Workers (UNDP, 1995)
  • Study of Social Assistance Schemes for Old Age and Maternity (ILO, 1995)
  • Study on Employment of Women (for National Commission for Women, 1994)
  • Survey of Social Security for Unorganised Workers (for s UNDP Project, 1993)
  • Study on Construction Workers (for National Federation of Construction Workers, 1992)

Community Interventions

Remedial Education

The Society’s Remedial Education (RE) programme targets underprivileged students, both girls and boys studying in middle school. Besides improving the academic performance of these students, the programme has enhanced their confidence and all-round development. Annual summer camps are held for the school-going children of Madanpur Khadar village, to expose them to concepts of mathematics and science through alternate and creative teaching methods.

Their curriculum learning is supplemented with activities such as periodic visits to museums, planetariums, and other sites of interest, theatre and cultural activities as well building of self-defense capacity through teaching of Kung-Fu.

This intervention has involved the running of regular after-school/before-school classes for the girls and boys of the village who attend the Government Secondary School. The children of the RE batch have all performed progressively better each year, and the first batch of children cleared their Class X Board exams successfully in 2007-08. Thereafter, two more batches of children have followed suit.
 

Library

The RE intervention is accompanied by a library that is run for the primary school children who have been introduced into a culture of reading, arts & crafts, and today can stand in front of an audience to recite poems, sing songs, tell a story and perform a drama. JMC works in collaboration with the Association of Writers & Illustrators for Children, with the latter providing library books on a lending basis and also in organizing competitions and events in which the library children can participate.
 

Computer education

In collaboration with Som Dutt Foundation, mobile computer education classes are run for around 24 young girls and boys.
 

Women’s Empowerment

JMC is a field NGO in the Delhi Government’s programme for women’s empowerment under the Samajik Suvidha Sangam (Mission Convergence) whose aim is to provide single window information on government programmes for women, enable better health and nutrition and the formation of SHGs for income generation through the setting up of a Gender Resource Centre (GRC).

This is the third year of JMC’s participation in this programme and is being currently run in Jasola village and surrounding area catering to about 40000 households and around 20000 households in the Madanpur Khadar village.
 

Internship

In the context of GRC, JMC has successfully involved a team of interns from Denver University, U.S.A, from 2008 to 2011. They are students of public health & human rights who have applied their knowledge to study the catchment areas of the GRC for the status of women’s knowledge, attitude and practices on health, availability and accessibility of health services. The team has made useful recommendations on these issues. The same has been presented to the Department of Social Welfare, Government of New Delhi.

One of the interns had successfully worked on a draft manual for training of Community Health Workers and was awarded the Global Health Achievement (Summer Achievement) Award for the year 2008, at Denver University.

Interns from Manipal University worked on water quality issues and interns from the Institute of Productivity Management worked on market feasibility of income generation products.
 

Knowledge Management

Jaishankar Memorial Centre, established in 1990, commenced its activities with the inaugural lecture by Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer on "The solidarity of the Indian People" in March 1991. A number of seminars followed this on the themes of Indian Federalism and Indian Democracy. These events have attracted a wide and distinguished audience and inspired some thought provoking papers.

Under its Knowledge Management program, the Centre will (i) carry out scientific research in topics related to the well-being of the Indian people, (ii) facilitate exchange of findings and thoughts among serious scholars, (iii) create a useful reference library on its web site for social science researchers, and (iv) publish books and conference proceedings as its contribution to knowledge that is relevant for solving socio-economic problems of India.

Registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (Registration no. S-21403- Delhi).
Registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act

Contributions to JMC are exempted under Sec. 80G of the Income Tax Act.