Jamnabai Narsee Schoolgirls’ talents bring festive cheer to University’s Christmas cards

Two talented students from Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai , Ishika Kothari grade IX (Rudolf the Reindeer card ) and Suhani Shah grade IX (Candle & holly card ) won a competition to provide the artwork for University of Strathclyde’s Charity Christmas card.

Organised and run by students and staff from the Faculty of Engineering, Strathclyde Engineering for Development (University of Strathclyde) applies appropriate technologies to make a world of difference.

Geetan Bhardwaj, Head of the Department of Fine Arts, Jamnabai Narsee School, said: “The Christmas card competition is a high-spirited competition, conducted in our school, which enhances learning significantly.

“It allows students to extend themselves, to exploit their real capabilities and maximize their true potential. With each year, students enthusiastically participate in the competition knowing that they are extending their helping hand for something useful for society.”

The cards printed free-of-charge by J Thomson in Glasgow and are sold to raise money for Strathclyde Engineering for Development projects. The proceeds from the sale of the cards goes to four projects that are supported by the University of Strathclyde.

The Charity projects are:

Nepal School Project

University of Strathclyde’s latest project in Nepal will now transform the lives of children in Nepal affected by the 2015 earthquake. Using the combined talents of their architects and engineers, a seismic-proof school will be built to allow Nepalese children to get back to school.

The Tamil Nadu Project

This project involves a team of Strathclyde staff and students who raise funds, source equipment and travel to India annually to install solar PV systems at schools and institutions that provide education and training for children and young people from marginalised communities.

The Gambia Project

The Project Team raises funds, sources equipment and travels to Gambia annually to install solar power in rural schools and clinics. Since 2006, solar PV systems have been installed at eight schools, one health clinic and a blood testing facility.