Bengaluru, October 31, 2015: RM.Arumugam (Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, Chennai) and Nallapati Chaitanya Sathvik (Sri Sankara Senior Secondary School, Adyar ,Chennai) win the National Safety Science Quiz 2015 (NSSQ 2015), organised by UL (Underwriters Laboratories), an independent global safety science company, along with the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) for high school students across the country.
Focusing primarily on ‘Safety in Everyday Life’, the quiz aimed at generating awareness on road safety, fire and electricity safety, especially among children, while focusing on the need for safety education throughout the country.
The preliminary rounds for selection were held at seven centres – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati, Ahmedabad and Bangalore, in August 2015, witnessing participation from over 5000 students from class IX to XII. The top four students from each of these seven centres competed for the top position, participating in the successive rounds of the quiz at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM).
Mr. R.A.Venkitachalam Vice President – Public Safety, UL, said, “UL is committed to a safer living environment for all and we believe that engaging with the youth has helped us evaluate how young India looks at the current state of affairs and public safety challenges in daily lives. It has also given us a perspective of reaching out to the youth, mentoring them and empowering them to become safety ambassadors for the communities, cities, schools and country.”
As a part of this event a Safety Parliament was organized on October 29th 2015, where the participating students represented as the Members of the Safety Parliament and interacted with a panel of Safety Experts on safety concerns and recommendations.
Shri K G Kumar, Director, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore said that “The response in the previous year made us decide to continue the event this year also. It is almost daily that news reports appear on casualty due to avoidable accidents at home and due to panic action by the people around when an untoward event happens. It is important that people are made aware of the possible causes of accidents in everyday life and the associated remedies so that in the eventuality that they are in a face to face to such situations they can take informed decisions and right actions to prevent further damages and loss of human life and property. The young children who are the future citizens of our country should be prepared to deal on such issues which are not a part of school curriculum. This quiz and the safety parliament is one such platform that has been created by NCSM and UL together to reach the cause”.
The National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, operates a large network of 25 Science Museums & Centers in the country. VITM, Bangalore is the southern headquarters of NCSM. The main activity of the Council is to popularize science, promote scientific temper and develop creative/innovative outlook in young adults and students by several out of school activities. Visit www.ncsm.gov.in for more information.
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