Wednesday, January 5, 2011

About Me

I'm Shahana K.T, hails from Wandoor- a remote village in the Malappuram district. Me belongs to an orthodox Muslim family, and is the eldest daughter of a bank manager Basheer Ahamed. My Mother (Noorjahan) had an early marriage at the age of 10. I have a younger brother (Shanoob)who is a software engineer and a younger sister(Sherin Habeeb) who is a graduate and Married. Everyone who knew me in school, remembering me as a active, also shy and reserved girl. As per the customs of my family. In the mean time I was School Leader, Badminton Champion and Scouts&Guide Captain in My School Days.... I have been married quite early at the age of 16. I had just completed my matriculation then. Somehow me pursued my studies after marriage and completed an Advance Diploma course in computer application. I have three Daughters.. all are school students and My Husband Noushad... I established a computer center in 2000 but it was not giving good returns. Then I ventured into the Akshaya project when it was launched in the district in 2003. Slowly business picked up.
I was very much keen on landing a job which would provide me an income and initially I was business minded when i took up this profession. The Woman Entrepreneur als revealed that I had to face the bitter criticism from my own community while opening the firm.
Now I am very happy that I am the first woman from kerala to be honored with Confederation Of Indian Industry Woman Exemplar award 2008. for providing my calibere in the coordinating Intel learn program and Akshaya Projects among the students in the District..

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

National Award 2008

In an effort to promote women's empowerment, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) 29/04/2008 honoured SHAHANA KT, who at the grass root level faced all odds but made significant contribution in the field of EDUCATION.
Saluting her spirit and exemplary achievement, the CII gave away the Women Exemplar/Adarsh Stree award, 2008, to Shahana K.T. for her work in the field of education. "I studied up to class 12 but I always had an eagerness within me to do something more. I knew that information technology has the capability to create waves. Therefore, I decided to join a computer institute and learn computer skills," Shahana, her head covered with a red dupatta and a radiant smile across her face, told IANS after receiving the award.
"After that, I decided to spread my knowledge among others, especially the girls. In Kerala, where I come from, women are literate but most only up to class 10, and then they are married off. With my initiative, I wanted to empower them so that they could get jobs with their newly acquired skills," she said.
Shahana not only teaches computer skills to children and women, but has also initiated a Bhumi club which aims to circumvent the middlemen and offer the advantage of e-literacy to farmers.
The award, which constitutes a citation, a medal and a cash prize of Rs.100,000 was given away by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
The CII started giving away the Women Exemplar/Adarsh Stree award since 2005 to encourage women from the grass root level to take up initiatives which contribute towards the nation's development.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Intel® Meet at banglore

Empowering Girl Child - Supporting Community though Intel® Learn Program 
Ms. Shahana K T is an Entrepreneur, Akshaya Centre, Mallapuram, Kerala. She has been appreciated for her inspiring work in recognizing the role of information technology in social transformation and for implementing Intel Learn program most effectively despite severe obstacles in her way. Through the Intel Learn program, Shahana has impacted at least 1600 children and girl children in particular. She has empowered girls in her community with technology skills, paving the way for them to use technology to spread awareness and solve community problems. Shahana has indeed become a role model for every young woman in her region. Ms. Shahana shared that being a Muslim women helped her motivate and insist Muslims in her village to send their daughters to her Akshaya Centre. Her success has inspired many girls in her community to take up jobs and come out of four walls of their homes to the outside world and be independent and confident women. She said that she will continue her work in taking Intel Learn Program forward, so that she can see more Shahana’s in the future.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Story about me @ Intel website

Kerala in pact with Intel
The tremendous impact this joint collaboration has had over the year is evident in Pandikkad Akshaya Centre in Malappuram, which is approximately 24 kms away from the district headquarters.
The Pandikkad center is run by a lady entrepreneur, Shahana, who is also a teacher. Before her center was changed to an Akshaya center, Shahana ran it as a private computer centre in the town. The centre was functioning well in the community but 80% of the students were boys.
Social Impact - Women flock to the centers
A mother of three daughters herself, Shahana faced many problems while running her centre and it was only after Akshaya program was launched that she became familiar to the people and the community. According to Shahana, “there are very few lady entrepreneurs in Malappuram and people did not encourage women to grow”.
A majority of Malappuram’s population is Muslims. The girls are not allowed out of the houses. “After the launch of Intel® Learn Program, I decided to knock every door and make the parents understand that girls should not miss the opportunity of taking this world-class program,” says Shahana. “Very reluctantly, a few parents allowed their daughters to come to the centre. As a next step I organized a showcasing session and invited the parents to visit the centre. One of the girls Naseema’s mother had tears in her eyes when she saw her daughter presenting her project confidently in front of a huge gathering. She went back and sent Naseema’s two sisters to attend the training as well” adds Shahana proudly.
Today Shahana is happy because the different learning techniques provided by the Intel® Learn program is attracting more and more girls to the centre. Shahana has completed 12 batches of the program with a total of 184 learners, of which one-third are girls.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Abdul Kalam's Letter to Every Indian

Dr. Abdul Kalam's Letter to Every Indian
Why is the media here so negative?
Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements?
We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
We are the first in milk production.
We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.
We are the second largest producer of wheat.
We are the second largest producer of rice.
Look at Dr. Sudarshan , he has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit.. There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.
I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news.

In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.. Why are we so NEGATIVE? Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? We want foreign T.Vs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology.
Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance? I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is.. She replied: I want to live in a developed India . For her, you and I will have to build this developed India . You must proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly developed nation.
YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
YOU say that the phones don't work, the railways are a joke. The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.
YOU say, say and say.. What do YOU do about it?
Take a person on his way to Singapore . Give him a name - 'YOURS'. Give him a face - 'YOURS'. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best. In Singapore you don't throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground links as they are.. You pay $5 (approx. Rs.. 60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU come back to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping mall irrespective of your status identity… In Singapore you don't say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn't dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai .. YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah.
YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in London at 10 pounds (Rs..650) a month to, 'see to it that my STD and ISD calls are billed to someone else.'YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop, 'Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so's son. Take your two bucks and get lost.' YOU wouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand ..
Why don't YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo ? Why don't YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston ??? We are still talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the same here in India ?
In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job. Same in Japan ..
Will the Indi
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