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HCL to felicitate students at finale of 3rd edition of ‘Sports for Change’

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Lucknow: HCL Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of HCL Technologies, will
felicitate winners of the 3rd edition of Sports for Change. The two-day event will culminate on
November 30, 2019.

Sports for Change aims to leverage the potential and capacity of sports to foster
inclusion and bring people from all backgrounds together at the grass root level.

The Guest of Honor of event will be Mr. Om Prakash Singh, Director General of Police, Uttar
Pradesh, along with special guests Ms. Suvarna Raj, International Para Athlete and Ms. Nidhi
Pundhir, Director of HCL Foundation.

The event will also be graced by the presence of Mr. Binod Kumar Singh, Additional Director
General of Police (PAC), Uttar Pradesh, Mr Abhishek Prakash, District Magistrate, Lucknow, Mr.
Ram Kumar, Inspector General, Central Zone, Uttar Pradesh and Dr. Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur
Singh, Director Basic Education Government of Uttar Pradesh.

HCL Foundation reaches out to 67,500 students across 200 government schools and 60
gurukuls for providing professional exposure in sports. So far, the Foundation has given out 64
sports scholarships worth Rs. 23 Lakhs in total and 50 more scholarships worth Rs. 25 Lakhs in
total will be announced this year. These long-term sports scholarships are funded by the HCL
Power of One – voluntary employee contribution.

More than 400 children from six southern cities – Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai, Hyderabad,
Vijayawada, and Coimbatore; and from various government schools in Uttar Pradesh supported
under HCL Uday in Noida and Lucknow; HCL Samuday in Hardoi, and HCL Grant in Barabanki
and Gonda are taking part in this event.

The students who had excelled in South and North Qualifiers 2019 held earlier this year
had participated in the National Sports Meet. The students representing at the Sports for
Change event today have been identified from over 200 Government schools and 60
Gurukuls after training and coaching support.

They have qualified for the Zonal and State Level Championship and top 400 players are participating at the National Finals

The Sports for Change, 2019 will be inaugurated on 29 th November 2019 by Shri Ram Kumar –
Inspector General, Central Zone, Uttar Pradesh at the 35 th PAC Police Vahini Sports Stadium,
Mahanagar, Lucknow. The event will kick-off with a welcome dance, sports drill and torch run
and torch lighting.

During these two days, the students would be participating in sporting events like Athletics
(100m, 400m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump), Discuss Throw, Shot Put, Badminton, Chess,
Carrom, Football, Kabaddi and Volleyball.

Sports for Change initiative is aimed at leveraging the potential and capacity of sports to foster
inclusion and bringing people from all backgrounds, irrespective of their socio-economic
backgrounds, together at the grass root level.

The key objective is to empower young leaders from disadvantaged communities and
channelizing their energy towards sports thereby making them society’s role models and create
opportunities for them. Over the years, through this initiative 6500+ students have been
successfully trained in various sports such as athletics, karate, chess, carom, badminton,
volleyball, football, kabaddi etc. Students have represented and won accolades at the District,
State and National Level Tournaments.

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UP open university begins courses on CAA, Article 370

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Prayagraj: The Uttar Pradesh Rajashri Tandon Open University (UPRTOU), the only open university in the state, has decided that the Citizenship Amendment Act and Article 370 will be a part of the syllabus of a new three-month certificate course.

According to Prabhat Mishra, public relation officer of UPRTOU: “The new course has come into force on January 10 and the admissions have already begun. The fee for the course is Rs 700. There is no limit to the number of students taking admission.”

The courses will explain to the students the provisions and implication of abrogation of Article 370 and the Citizenship Amendment Act. “It is important for the youth to understand the truth behind the misinformation campaign being run by vested interests,” said Mishra.

Vice Chancellor of the Open University, Professor Kameshwar Nath Singh, said: “No institution can remain aloof from the issues and policies of the country. There is immediate need to remove the fog of misconceptions surrounding the two burning issues-CAA and Article 370. It is the moral duty of the university to spread awareness among students and others in order to clear the fog.”

He said that the eligibility for the awareness course was intermediate and one can register online for the course. This can be done alongside any other course in the university.

UPRTOU runs courses based on the current issues of society. Students will be given assignments during the course, on the completion of which, certificates will be distributed to them,” the Vice Chancellor added.

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