A novel platform for students to learn the value of public safety in everyday life and how to contribute as active citizens

Bangalore, September 2016: UL, the global safety science organization is back with its annual National Safety Science Quiz (NSSQ) that aims to inspire school students to be ‘safety aware’ and learn how the youth can contribute towards a safer India. With the theme of “Safety Science in Everyday Life”, the national level quiz competition offers a platform for young minds to challenge themselves while showcasing their ideas to prove that they are ‘Safety Smart’. Produced and telecast by NDTV, the program will be organized by Xpress Minds Edutainment, a part of the NDTV media group.

Students from Class IX – Class XII from five metro zones across India – Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata – will be eligible to participate in the quiz. The preliminary or the ‘Qualifier’ Rounds will be conducted in the form of an online test between August 15-25, 2016. Top two students from each school will then go on to participate in a ‘City Finale’ between the last week of September and first week of October 2016. Two winners from each City Finale will then qualify for the ‘Grand Finale’ to be held at the NDTV Studio in New Delhi in October 2016.

As a part of the NSSQ, UL will simultaneously hold a Safety Parliament in which the winners of the City Finale will represent themselves as the Members of the Safety Parliament and interact with a panel of Experts on safety concerns. On conclusion, recommendations/ resolutions will be passed and they in turn will be brought to the notice of the concerned authorities for possible implementation. The participants will be declared as Safety Ambassadors and are expected to act as ‘change agents’, bringing awareness on safety issues in their cities and surroundings.

Mr. R.A. Venkitachalam Vice President – Public Safety Mission, UL said, “Awareness about Public Safety in everyday life is essential in making our lives healthy and safe in any society – and the involvement and engagement of the youth is of utmost importance. For over a century now, we at UL have been committed to a safe living and working environment for people by the application of safety science and hazard-based safety engineering. As India grows economically and technologically, we have the responsibility to help ensure a ‘Safe Society’, safe for its children, safe for its citizens in their daily lives, safe while consuming products and services available in the market. This comes from use of Safety Science at all levels and in ensuring Education and Awareness, especially with children, the future of every society. We at UL believe that the NSSQ will be an important step towards generating interest in Safety Science with children, parents and families, schools and the government. We are delighted to be joining hands with NDTV in this effort.”

Commenting on their association with UL and NSSQ, Mr. Pankaj Chandra, Sr. Vice President, NDTV Limited said, “Any occurrence in incidents and fatalities is largely because safety is compromised and this issue needs immediate attention. At NDTV, we have always encouraged the need to address safety-related issues in public life and find suitable solutions. With our association with UL, we aim to sensitize the youth and the public at large and hope to create a safer living environment for all.”

NSSQ is an educational platform on safety practices while spreading the message of safety science through safety education across the country. Winners of the Quiz will be entitled to exclusive prizes. The winning team of two students + one guardian will have the opportunity to visit the Safety Labs of UL in Taiwan.

Students can register on this link or mail a letter stating their interest for participation to ulnssq@xpressminds.com

About UL

UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for more than 120 years. Its nearly 11,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain. For more information about our certification, testing, inspection, advisory and education services, visit UL.com

ABOUT NDTV

New Delhi Television is, and has been for more than a quarter century, a pioneer in India’s news television. Founded in 1988 by Radhika Roy and Prannoy Roy, NDTV is today the most watched and the most credible and respected news and lifestyle network in India. From the path-breaking “The World This Week” (nominated as one of India’s 5 best television programmes since Independence), the first private news on Doordarshan “The News Tonight”, producing India’s first 24-hour news channel “Star News” and the country’s first ever 2-in-1 channel Profit-Prime, NDTV has been at the forefront of every single news revolution.

NDTV is most proud of how its work impacts the real world and how it is using its powerful reach to campaign for and with the people of India. 27 years of dedicated and innovative programming has brought into focus a number of social issues ranging from the 7 Wonders of India; Save Our Tigers; the Greenathon and the most recent Health4U campaigns on Heart Care, Diabetes and Cancer. Seen as an honest, unbiased and fearless crusader, NDTV’s sustained and award winning campaigns against injustice and human rights violations have forced apathetic governments to act, legislation to be changed and made the nation aware of the power of the people.

NDTV has for the third year running been rated India’s Most Trusted TV Media Brand in the TRA Trust Brand Report, India Study 2016. In 2014 and 2015 NDTV was rated the Most Trusted Band across all forms of media in India, including newspapers, radio, web sites and of course television. It was the first time in media history that a media company has been both: Number 1 – India’s most trusted brand acrossall newspaper and channels, (All India Brand Trust Report 2014 and 2015).