Managing a fire

2 Sep

On 25th August on a hot summer day, the employees at New Concept came together to understand and practice the use of a fire extinguisher during an emergency. A small plant pot filled with burning paper was used as the practice target. Everyone who attended the session was asked to try their hand at the fire extinguisher.


A one hour training session was held earlier in the year by Firefighting experts and this mock drill was part of the continued effort by New Concept to ensure that everyone working here is well aware of how to use an extinguisher and also help others if a fire break out. The different types of fires were explained once more during the session. Another session on how to prevent and contain a fire will be held again soon.

Learning about tax and our roles and responsibilities

12 Mar



Book Launch and New Concept

1 Mar

On 21st February, an old friend and colleague Dr. Manisha Priyam launched her book: Contested Politics of Educational Reform: aligning opportunities with interests. The book was launched in Teen Murti House and was attended by many luminaries, including academicians from NUEPA, and the London School of Economics.

Cover of the Book

New Concept was also invited and we were proud that our organisation’s contribution to the book has been acknowledged by the author. New Concept teams in Andhra Pradesh and Bihar provided primary data from these two states in 2005-06, through interviews and focus group discussions. Mention is also made of 2002 policy study on Grant-in-aid schools in Kerala that New Concept was engaged in.

Tim Dyson, Professor, Department of International development (LSE) states: “this is a ground breaking study…involving painstaking documentary and field research. The book contains crucial lessons for both the formulation and implementation of educational policy”.

About the Author: Manisha Priyam teaches Education Policy at the National University Education Planning & Administration, New Delhi. She is a doctorate from LSE, and has worked on various education projects of the government of India and with the World Bank. She is a regular political commentator in the electronic media on issues of development policy and politics.

New Concept Calendar 2015

22 Jan

Dear Friends,

The New Concept Calendar 2015 is out now! This year’s theme is “Millets” A soft version of our calendar can be downloaded here.

NC Calender 2015_Page_02

Do read the Introductory page on the medium as well as the other pages of each month.

We do welcome your feedback and comments. write to us at or leave a comment below this post.

Dilli – Meri Jaan

15 Jan

Old Delhi, or purani dilli, has had a long, close and warm relationship with food. A walk through the by-lanes will lead you to innumerable joints and hole-in-the-wall eateries that serve tongue-tickling culinary delights. Some recipes are hand-me-down for generations, time-tested, carefully guarded, secret ingredients that satisfy the taste buds of countless loyalists. The aroma of the food and the hustle bustle of hungry patrons hits you as you step in. The flavours and the atmosphere are truly exhilarating. A foodie’s paradise, definitely not for the calorie-conscious.
Some vegetarian joints that I have frequented over the years:
Natraj Dahi Bhalla Wale, Opposite Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandni Chowk for dahi bhalle and aloo tikki

1. Babu Ram Paranthe Wale, Gali Paranthe Wali, Chandni Chowk for over 25 varieties of paranthas
2. Sita Ram Diwan Chand, Chuna Mandi, Paharganj for chana bhatura
3. Gole Hatti, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk for cholle chawal palak
4. Giani Faluda, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk for rabri faluda
5. Pandit Ved Prakash’s Nimbu Soda, Opposite Town Hall, Chandni Chowk for tangy nimboo soda

There are many, many more….
Non-vegetarians, don’t be disappointed. Your turn next.

By Romi Mukker

Season’s Greetings from the New Concept Family!

31 Dec



25 Aug

Excerpt from 12 minutes film on STEP – Sustained Tribal Empowerment Project in Andhra Pradesh
(Script-Direction: Shyam Banerji, Assistance: Ruma Dasgupta, Music: Sudeep Banerjee, Executive Producer: New Concept Information Systems Pvt. Ltd, Produced by CARE India)

South East Asia’s Fight against Tuberculosis

25 Aug

Opening Excerpt from 9 minutes silent film on the the World Health Organisation’s fight against TB in South East Asia.

Produced by New Concept Information Systems, India for The WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION – South East Asia Region Office
Design, Direction and Music: Shyam Banerji
Post Production: Ruma Dasgupta
Vision Mixing and Animation: Vipin Raghuvanshi

Leh envy

1 Jul

Our very own S. Raghavan is constantly sending us images of his trip from Leh and we are extremely jealous…

Panoramic view from airport

Panoramic view from airport

Spituk Monastery

Spituk Monastery

Rajaji National Park

23 Jun

Varsha Chanda recently travelled to the Rajaji National Park with her family. She has been kind enough to let us share a few glimpses of the trip with our readers.