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NCSM and UL to host National Safety Science Quiz 2015

October 30, 2015

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Kolkata headquartered National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), a premier institution involved in popularising science through informal mode, in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories Inc (UL) – a premier global independent safety science company headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois – is organising the National Safety Science Quiz 2015 for school students from October 29 to 31, 2015 at Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, Bengaluru (VITM). The quiz has been conceived to inspire the young minds for making India a safer India. This is consecutively the second time that a quiz on Safety Science is being conducted at the national level and aims at having an immense educational and experiential impact. The quiz is intended to instill a greater awareness on the need for safety amongst school children and will be a vehicle to spread the message on safety education across the country.

This year, the quiz will revolve around the theme Safety Science in everyday life. Consider a regular day in your life. Is the hair dryer or geyser in your bathroom likely to give you an electric shock? Is the UPS in your home too close to flammable material? What to do if the cooking gas leaks or the elevator is stuck? What should one do if the cooking pan sets on fire? Should one stop at a T-junction before crossing? In summary, do you face situations in your daily life where safety to you and your surrounding is compromised? This is a platform created by NCSM and UL together to showcase new ideas and project that how we can become Safety Conscious and Safety Smart.

The preliminary round of the quiz was simultaneously held at seven major cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Guwahati and Bangalore, on August 23. More than 5000 students from class IX to XII participated in the preliminary round. The top four students from each of the seven cities will now be participating in the further rounds of the quiz to bag the National Safety Champion Award. As a part of this event, a Safety Parliament is also being organised on October 29 in which the participants will represent themselves as the Members of the Safety Parliament and interact with a panel of Safety 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 the Safety Ambassadors and are expected to bring awareness on safety issues in their cities and surroundings.

Comments K G Kumar, director, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore, “The previous year’s responses 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”.

R.A.Venkitachalam, vice president – Public Safety Mission, Underwriters Laboratories Inc, said “On this Initiative, “schools are where the future of a nation is built. Hence we at UL decided to focus all our Public Safety Awareness efforts on school going children across India. The NSSQ is a first of a kind amongst quiz programmes and aims to ignite the young minds to ask questions about public safety in their immediate environments, act where they can and be safety ambassadors wherever they are”.

Om Prakash, IPS, director general & inspector general of police of Karnataka state will be the chief guest on the occasion and inaugurate quiz and Dr. Thuppil Venkatesh, director & professor emeritus, National Referral Centre for Lead Projects in India (NRCLPI) national chairman, Indian Society for Lead Awareness and Research (INSLAR) will preside over the National Safety Science Quiz 2015 on Thursday, October 29 at VITM, Bangalore. The valediction and award ceremony will be held on October 31 in the museum. Pankaj Kumar Pandey, managing director, BESCOM will be the chief guest on the occasion and distribute the awards.

Kolkata headquartered National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, operates a large network of 25 science museums and centres in the country.

Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for more than 120 years. To learn more, visit http://www.UL.com.

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