Specttrum News: An intercity, Ujala, showcasing the literacy and Wash in Schools programmes undertaken by various Rotary Clubs in the Rotary District 3080, was held at Hotel Hyatt Chandigarh on Sunday. 
 
Over 600 Rotarians from all over the District converged to the city to participate in the event which had Ram Bilas Sharma, Minister of Education, Haryana as the chief guest, along with some of the leading Rotary luminaries, including former world President of Rotary International, Rajendra K. Saboo, past Rotary International Director Shekhar Mehta, Zonal Literacy Committee Chair Ranjan Dhingra, amongst others, informed the Rotary District Governor Raman Aneja.
 
Ram Bilas Sharma commended Rotary's focus on literacy to educate India, and bring back the drop outs back into the school. He promised to extend every possible help in making the Rotary's India Literacy Mission a success, especially to setup 200 eLearning centres and 100 Happy Schools in Haryana with the help of Rotary. 
 
National Chairman of Rotary India Literacy Mission, Shekhar Mehta said that Rotary's approach is multifaceted as reflected in its T-E-A-C-H programme that covers the teacher support, setting up e-learning centres, providing adult literacy, child development, and establishing Happy Schools. 
 
District Governor Raman Aneja informed that the 75 clubs in Rotary District 3080 which comprises Chandigarh and parts of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Utrakhand, are engaged in this mission to educate the illiterate population. 
 
Raman Aneja said that till June 2017, 1000 teachers would be trained, 500 eLearning centres would be established, at least 15,000 adults would be imparted basic literacy, and in association with Aasha Kiran nearly 5000 dropouts, would be brought back to schools, while 100 happy schools would also be established. 
 
On this occasion, Rotary Literacy Hero Awards were also given to Vatsal Chhaya of Chandigarh, Chetna Foundation of Panipat, Udaan Foundation of Saharanpur, as well as Principal of DAV Police Public School in village Moginand in District Panchkula, Haryabna; Satish Arora founder of Prerna, and Usha Bhatia of Ropar, who are working relentlessly in the field of literacy promotion. 
 
Some of the projects undertaken by various Rotary clubs in the District were also showcased in the form of audiovisual presentations as well as posters. 
 
Paintings of children who participated in the painting competition during International Youth Day were also put on display.

Inputs: Kulbir Singh Kalsi