Tuesday, April 13, 2010


The goodwill is spreading

January, 2010.

Everyday more and more people are lending a helping hand to J.M.N.V. This mini-school has sprouted nearby a temple in Chandigarh and has so far been a great success. The teacher in the pink jumper below personally went to the slum (which you can see in the back ground) and asked all these children to come to school with her. There are now 40+ children attending school.

Below: a local university student teaching the children English.

Below: This boy came to school without wearing any pants. It is common for the children in slum's to go without basic necessities. Fortunately we used one of our jumpers to cover him until we could arrange pants. He was extremely happy and couldn't stop smiling.

Below: J.M.N.V. members visit the school to give jumpers, books and pencils to all the new students.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Children at J.M.N.V. recieve donations from members

January in Chandigarh is a very cold time for the school students as many of their families do not have the resources to provide them with warm clothing. J.M.N.V. members provide them with warm sweaters so they can continue to attend school and feel warm whilst they learn.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Newspaper Article

December 2009.

J.M.N.V. members donate sweaters and shoes to the students.


J.M.N.V. student Sonia passes 8th class

Punjab School Education Board Open.

Sonia D/O Mohan Lal, Dihadi Majdoor belongs to slum Indira Caloni, Panchkula. She passed 8th class after a 2 year gap in study with support from J.M.N.V School.


Students from J.M.N.V. Jagatpura.

Sector 48, Chandigarh. Punjab.


Photo of J.M.N.V. from 2002.

Haripur, Jeevan Mukt Prem Mandir.


Dev Smaj Colledge students, teachers, and principal visit J.M.N.V.

Education Slum Colony near phase 11 Mohali Amsaab.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


24 September, 2006.


Indian Express

20 April, 2008.

J.M.N.V. Jagatpura School, Mohali. Punjab.
Near Sector, 48 Chandigarh. India.

9257323228 OR 9872859677
जीवन मुक्त नि: शुल्क विद्यालय
जगतपुरा, मोहाली , पंजाब

नामुमकिन कुछ भी नहीं

दैनिक भास्कर पंचकुला २००८ जानम और जानकी

जीवन मुक्त नि:शुल्क विद्यालय

पंचकुला भास्कर

Danik Bhaskar


Kids at Jeevan Mukt Nishulak Vidyalaya

Publication: Times Of India Chandigarh;
Date: Jan 8, 2008;
Section: Times Chandigarh;
Page Number: 22

A step to gift virtues of education

TIMES NEWS NETWORK Chandigarh: Sitting at one place is difficult for nineyear-old Sunil, his roaming eyes frequently meet children of his age and a smile spreads on his face. “A for apple, B for boy”... he tries to understand what is being said but with little success. He-a part of the bunch of kids who are attending a class run by an NGO, Jeevan Mukt Nishulak Vidyalaya-is trying to learn as well as write. This class was a runaway hit from the very first day as 65 kids got enrolled on Monday and many more parents are lining up to send their wards. So what if it is being run in an open area and on the name of a classroom there is just a small blackboard and few illustrated charts hanging from the wall of Santsar Gurdwara, Sector 38 (West) from where this makeshift school is running. Sitting on a tattered mat, children, aged between 4 to 10 years, who previously used to wander aimlessly in a slum area adjacent to gurdwara are now learning to read and write. And in this endeavour, teenager Salma, a resident of the same locality is lending them a helping hand. Those who are willing and show some spark go to a school running inside the gurdwara. Presently, there are 50 students in pre-nursery class in the school; donors take care of their expenses. For a higher secondary school pass out like Salma, its a way of doing social service as well as earning something for herself. She is one of the few people who are educated in the locality. Appealing to the public to come forward to help these children, the founder president Mansa Ram Ahuja said, “Retired personS and housewives should come forward and join hands to bring about some change in the society.” Various NGOs are also championing the cause of these children of lesser gods. Zulfiqar Khan who runs an NGO Theatre Age said, “Such endeavours are our way to do something for these children, who are otherwise very talented and can excel in their lives with little support.” “It makes sense if grown up children are given vocational training. In this way they would be able to earn and become a responsible citizen,” Zulfiqar added.


How Can You Help Support An Illiterate Child?

Anyone can sponsor the full education expensed of one student.
Annual Education expenses :
3000/- that includes fee, Books, Uniforms, Shoes (2 pairs)
You can also donate in installment 250/- per month per student

Students Also Can Help
CONCEPT - Student to student
A POOR STUDENT needs are very basic. Normally students don't even have a pencil or copy to write on, a bag, school uniform, shoes, table and chair are a distant dream. The idea is to motivate urban school STUDENTS to donate the material they discard annually at the beginning of a new term when they buy a new set of uniform, copies, stationary, Computer ,laptop, water bottles, shoes, lunch box etc.
If possible, please bring it down to jeevan mukt mission house no-114 sector-9 Panchkula ,Haryana ,(India). If it's too bulky, please contact one of these people after office hours and they'll collect the materials from you:

Mansa Ram Ahuja: 09872859677, 09257323228
Purinder Sharma: 09815600440

You can deposit your donations directly in our following Bank Accounts in the Name of jeevan mukt nishulak vidyalaya


You can give Standing Instructions to your Bank To Directly Credit The Donation Amount to following Bank Accounts :

Sr. No.
Bank Name
Account Number

a/c no = 004301025959 a/c jmnv

Punjab National Bank
a/c no = 4075000100019595 a/c jmnv

State Bank of India
a/c no = 30017586457 a/c jmnv

a/c no = 016104000071512 a/c jmnv

a/c no = 04341450000279 a/c jmnv

State Bank of Patiala
a/c no =65002925056 a/c jmnv

axis bank
a/c no= 067010100285407 a/c jmnv

bank of baroda

Please do not give cash to anybody in the name of Jeevan Mukt Mission or Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidalaya.

If you wish to donate by cash only, kindly deposit cash in YOUR bank in OUR bank account Numbers mentioned above.

You can also send your cheques or demand drafts at following address:

Jeevan Mukt Nishulak Vidyalaya

You can also devote your valuable time at our centers


Spare some time in your office or at home for our work

We will always appreciate your feedback.
Please feel free to contact us if you wish to be associated with Mission/Organization.


Free Education Centres

1. Jain Sthanak. Sector 17. Panchkula
2. Maa kali Mandir. Sector 20. Panchkula

3.Sanatan Dharm Mandir. Sector 10. Panchkula
4. Park. Sector 14-11 Chownk. Panchkula
5. Shri. Raghu Nath Mandir. Sector 15. Panchkula
6. Amartex Campes Industrial Area. Phase 1. Panchkula
7. Shri Shiv Mandir. Sector 21. Panchkula
8. Slum. Colony 826. Sector 52. Chandigarh
9. Shri Shiv Mandir. Sector 9. Panchkula
10. Shri Sanatan Dharam Mandir. Sector 16. Panchkula
11. Park. Sector 16-56. Chandigarh
12. Jagatpura Colony. Mohali.
13. Sector 49. Chandigarh Society
14. Trishla Society. Peermuchala. Punjab

You can donate old/new computers ,furniture, clothes, school shoes, and books for our J.M.N.V. students.


5 months on, healing still eludes rape victim Arun Sharma

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 15

A rape victim, found near the Mansa Devi temple today morning, was admitted to the Civil Hospital in Sector 6. Volunteers of Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya, Panchkula, spotted the woman and took her to the hospital. It was then discovered that she is a patient there and has been admitted to the hospital for more than five months.

According to Mansa Ram Ahuja, president of the NGO, the woman with plaster on her leg, spent the night in the open and was inconsolable when some women approached her offering help.

The victim was earlier found raped near Ramgarh, in a state of shock with multiple injures and a fractured leg on last October 24. After that, the victim was given psychiatric treatment as well, but with very negligible recovery, as she was not able to talk much. She could not be identified by the police as she did not reveal much about herself. However, when a reporter gave her a pen and paper to write her name, she wrote her name as Ranu Bala Bosumotary from Borpata in Assam. She wrote Sri Laskman Bosumatary as her father.

Hospital authorities said the local civil hospital was an open hospital and cases with psychiatry complication should be treated at psychiatry hospitals where trained medical staff are available to handle them.

The victim is so depressed that she has already damaged the plaster on the leg four times, informed the authorities. It is not advisable to keep a patient with such symptoms in the hospital as it could be detrimental not only to her safety but for other patients as well, added the authorities.

The woman is still under shock and does not speak to any one even after five months of the incident. She does not interact for long with other patients admitted in the same ward, added the staff. However, she whispered a few words which others found difficult to understand, said the paramedics at the hospital.

Both the deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police, Panchkula, were urged to take remedial steps in this direction, but nothing was done, rued the authorities.


Assamese girl reunited with kin

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 22, 2007

The hapless girl found by the police in semi-nude condition on the Ramgarh-Barwala highway in October last year, came out of the shadows of anonymity today.

For the first time since she landed in the city eight months back, Renu managed a fragile smile from the hospital bed. Her family arrived all the way from Assam to get back the daughter they had presumed dead after months of futile search.

Reunited with his daughter due to the efforts of the Assamese Welfare Association, 65-year-old Lakshan, a small-time farmer in Barpeta of Assam, said: “She was studying in Class XII in the village school.That was more than a year back. One day, her friends returned from school while she was left behind. Ever since that day, we heard nothing about her. We searched up to Guwahati and finally gave up. We presumed she had died and mourned her death.”

It was about a week back that his elder son, a schoolteacher, received a call from the association, saying Renu was alive and recuperating in the General Hospital, Sector 6.

“I have six daughters and five sons. She was the youngest and the only one not married child. She used to take care of me after my wife passed away six years back. When news of her being alive came in, it sounded unreal. I had never heard of Haryana. I don’t know what she went through since the time she went missing, but I am happy to have her back and can’t wait to take her home.”

Accompanied by his 30-year-old son, the father and son tried to make conversation with Renu, but she only smiled back, saying little. “ I think she is under shock. She has become unstable. She says she was repeatedly exploited,” her brother said.

A member of the association, Bhabit Deka, explained: “An Assamese boy working in the Industrial Area spotted Renu at the hospital and told us about her. We came to meet her and found that she spoke Boro language and not Assamese. We identified a woman who understood the language and found out her home district and village. We got in touch with the Boro Association in Delhi and they, in turn, contacted the local Boro chapter in Assam. The exercise took a month before we zeroed in on the family.”

“It is satisfying to know that we have reached a happy end to a sad tale. We could not have asked for more,” the members said.



December 14, 2006

Inadequately clad, he spent yesterday night shivering near the Mansa Devi shrine. This morning, lying unattended on the road, he was about to be run over by a car speeding out of the temple premises when a good Samaritan came to his rescue.

The president of the Jeewan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya, Mr Mansa Ram Ahuja, who had gone to the shrine to pay obeisance today, saw him shouting at passersby.

“Suspecting that he was mentally unstable, I tried to placate him. When nothing worked, he was taken to General Hospital, Sector 6,” he says.

At the hospital, too, he created a ruckus in the Emergency Ward and ran around all over the hospital “trying to find a place to hide from terrorists”. Finally, the hospital staff managed to catch hold of him and carried out an ECG with great difficulty.

Finding him to be fit and not in need of any immediate treatment, the “unknown patient” was referred to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. “We did not want to waste time conducting various tests and then referring him to a hospital which would be able to provide the institutional care he required. We sedated him and referred him to Chandigarh where there are special wards to take care of mentally unstable patients,” a doctor at the hospital said. TNS



Contact Us

Name: Mr. Mansa Ram Ahuja (FOUNDER)

Address: # 114, Sector 9, Panchkula. Haryana. India
Phone: 9257323228 or 9872859677
Email: mansahuja@yahoo.com

Name: Purinder Sharma
Address: C-12 Sector-14 Bel Colony. Panchkula. India
Phone: 9815600440
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Phone: 0172-2595667

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Phone: 0172-2570958

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Address: 361 Phase 2. Panchkula. Haryana. India

Name: Sh. Prem Garg
Address: 84 Sector-9. Panchkula. Haryana. India

Name: Ashok Jain
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Name: Urmil Gupta
Address: 991 Sector- 4. Panchkula. Haryana. India

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(Child beggars and labourers study in a school run by Mr Mansa Ram Ahuja. Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan)

The Tribune

Friday, September 9, 2005

Chandigarh, Indian Businessman M.R. Ahuja runs 10 schools for child beggars in Panchkula, July 24

Going to the temple to thank the Almighty for blessings was a daily routine with local businessman, Mansa Ram Ahuja. “I used to go there looking for peace, but was always troubled to see hordes of street urchins jostling with each other, seeking alms from devotees. I would often think that these children would grow up seeking alms, and begging would become a habit. It was then that I decided to set up schools for these children,” he says. And sure enough, Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya was born four years ago. Beginning from teaching the children of his domestic help, and servants working in his locality, he has now started 10 schools for 750 child beggars and labourers.

“I always believed that education was the key to enlightened souls. “Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya”... this sholaka has always inspired me and so I decided that the best option to deal with child beggars will be to educate and teach them self respect,” he says.

Their efforts are already beginning to show results. Ram Das (10), who has been in the school for three years, was a help at a dhaba in Industrial Area. He was taken in by the Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya and he now tops in his class. But it has not been an easy task. He began his first school at a family-owned vacant plot at Haripur village, Sector 4.

Most of these children who were used to begging near the temples in various sectors refused to come to his school. He then approached the managements of various temples, requesting them that some place be allotted to him to run schools for these children. Not only would the problem of child begging be solved, but it would be a perfect social service, he pleaded.

“Initially, these managements were unwilling to let the urchins use their premises, but slowly they let down their defences. As of now, we have schools running for children at Shiv Mandir, Sector 9, Geeta Mandir, Sector 11, Gita Mandir, Sector 16, and Parshuram Bhavan, Sector 12-A, besides schools in the open outside the Sectors 6 and 10 temples and in Sector 14 outside the Shiv Shakti Apartments. Our children are being weaned away from begging and some of them work with their parents after school,” he says.

Recently, Andale Public School, opened its doors to the NGO. “We have allotted rooms to the NGO where these children are given initial training. Once they learn to read and write, we assess their calibre and allot them classes along with our regular students,” informs Principal, Mrs Kiran Bhasin.

A commission agent by profession, Mr Ahuja says that his philanthropic activities now leave no time for business. “Since I have a joint family, my brothers realised my penchant for social service and have not bothered me much. Over the period of time, fellow businessmen and some professionals, too have come out to help us run these schools. We have employed 16 teachers, and two of these teachers are working on honorary basis,” he says.

He says that they are now looking for help in terms of building, to shift open schools. “Since we intend keeping these children at school for longer hours and teach them other activities, we are now trying to arrange for lunch for our students by some NGO,” he adds.


Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 2, 2005

There is some more good news for the 200-odd child beggars who are now students of Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya here. After the NGO, Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya, picked up the child beggars for providing them education, a team of city-based doctors and pharmacists have now come forward to keep a check on the health of these children.

Prodded by The Tribune report on how the child beggars from outside various temples of Panchkula were being weaned away from begging, and admitted to schools run by the NGO, the doctors and pharmacists have decided to conduct regular health camps for these children. While the doctors will be conducting monthly health camps, the pharmacists have offered to give medicines free of cost. Since they are children of daily wage earners and rag pickers, most of them have never had a proper health check-up.

Sonali, a seven-year-old from Indra Colony, who is studying in the school, said she was suffering from irritation on her arms. Daughter of a daily wage earner, she says her parents had no time to take her to hospital. “My parents have been taking me to a Bengali doctor (a quack) in the colony for the past one year, but it only got worse. Today, the doctor here put an ointment, which has provided temporary relief,” she says.

Dr Pinki S. Mahapatra and Dr Deepak Gupta, who conducted the first general health check-up of children studying in the Sector 9 branch of the school today, said they were shocked at the poor health of the children. “Almost all girls are anaemic, while 80 per cent of the boys are also anaemic. Over 70 per cent of the children examined had skin infections ranging from boils to fungal infections, and every second child has dental ailments,” they said.

They say that since the children have never ever been looked after by their parents, who are busy earning a livelihood, some of them were not even aware that they had fever. “We found 12 children having a viral infection, but they were still coming to school as there would be no one to take care of them at home,” said Dr Mahapatra.

Mr Mansa Ram Ahuja, who runs Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya, says Dr Mahapatra first approached her associates in the pharmacy industry — Mr Rajeev Monga, Ms Sonal Kapila and Mr Devinder Sharma. “They promised to provide medicines free of cost, and then they approached us for a health check-up every month. With their help, we will succeed in our objective of providing a healthy life to these children,” he says.


(Students of Jeevan Mukt Nishulakh Vidyalaya, Sector 9, Panchkula, educate labourers to mark International Literacy Day at Labour Chowk in Sector 16, Panchkula, on Thursday. Tribune photo by Pankaj Sharma)

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 8, 2004.

Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya today embarked upon a unique project to celebrate Literacy Day, by opening a branch of their free school at Labour Chowk and enrolling labourers as students.

A group of students of Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya, led by Mr Mansa Ram Ahuja and Mr O.P. Seth, went to the Labour Chowk in the morning. They talked to labourers and emphasised on the need for literacy. They said that an open school would be run at Labour Chowk and those willing to gain knowledge could enrol themselves in it.

As many as 35 daily wagers today took basic lessons from students of the Vidyalaya. They promised to join the classes, on the days when they were not hired for work. “Three young children, who accompanied their parents to work as labourers, too, enrolled themselves in the school which would run from 9. 30 am to 11.30 am daily,” informed Mr Ahuja.

He said teachers would be hired for this school by tomorrow, and the lessons would begin from Saturday onwards. This is the 13th school opened by Jeevan Mukt Nishulk Vidyalaya in the township today. This NGO has been running open schools for children of the lower socio- economic strata. Most of the children being taught in open schools run by this NGO are beggars, or rag pickers.


The Tribune

Thursday, August 5, 2004.

Chandigarh, India Tribune Reporters PANCHKULA:

Hundreds of residents who had suffered the deluge after yesterday’s rain welcomed the clear skies today as they set about assessing their loss. A number of NGO’s came to their aid. Prominent among these was the Jeevan Mukt Mission, which distributed food to the residents in the colony. Mr Mansa Ram Ahuja of the mission informed that he had gone to three schools — Blue Bird School, Sector 16, Bhavan Vidyalaya and Government Girls School, in Sector 15 — today morning and had asked the school children to donate the food that they had brought for lunch. This food was then distributed among the residents of the slum colony.


(A nurse tries to talk to Pooja, who was abandoned by her brother on Monday)

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 12, 2004.

She stares into nothingness for hours together. The pain in her huge eyes, set in the pale face, is apparent the moment you look at her. In a state of shock, she would not even know that you have called her several times, unless you shake her out of her shell. But ask her about her family, and the eight-year-old girl breaks down and is inconsolable.

The little girl, who says that her name is Pooja, was abandoned by her brother last night. Her parents died a few years ago, and she had been staying with her brother in a jhuggi in Sector 15. According to Pooja, her brother, whose name she does not reveal, was without work for quite some time. Yesterday, he took her on a rickshaw, on the plea of taking her to the market in Sector 15. Once they reached the Raghunath Mandir, Sector 15, he took her inside and then quietly disappeared.

After waiting for him for quite some time, she got panicky and started crying. A few devotees at the temple saw the child crying inconsolably, and tried to pacify her. It was then that Mr Mansa Ram Ahuja, a social worker, approached the child and tried to ask her about her family. The girl told him that she was not keeping well and that her brother had deserted her.

Since the girl had an injury on her foot and was weak because of malnutrition, he took her to General Hospital, Sector 6. The girl is now undergoing treatment here, but is unable to tell her brother’s name or where they were staying. Doctors attending on her say that she is weak and after receiving medical aid, she will be shifted to Bal Sadan in Sector 15


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Jeevan Mukt Nishulak Vidyalaya (J.M.N.V) is a school providing free education for children in slum areas within India. Education means these children will avoid a life of begging, crime or labor.