UL conducts National Safety Science Quiz for school children

The quiz invites maximum schools participation from each of 5 major cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore.

August 09, 2014 11:23 IST | India Infoline News Service
Consider this – 41% of children in India die every year in road accidents.  A study conducted by Supreme Court of India reveals that 20% of all people killed in road accidents in developing countries are under the age of fifteen. The figures indicate an acute lack of awareness among citizens and most importantly the younger population on various safety related issues.

Given these alarming statistics and a growing concern amongst authorities and the general public alike, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science company in association with National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), a premier Science & Technology Institution announced the ‘National Safety Science Quiz’ for school kids across 5 major cities in India. This quiz is aimed at instilling a greater awareness on the need for safety amongst school children and will look to spread the message through safety education across the country.

The quiz invites maximum schools participation from each of 5 major cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore. This unique first of its kind quiz would revolve around topics like electrical, fire, food and road safety that are relevant in our day to day lives.  Each participating school is eligible to send up to three teams of 2 students each with participants ranging from class VIII to class XII. Three winning teams from each of the five centers will then participate in further rounds of the quiz to be held at Visvesvariya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM), Bangalore around the last week of October. Registration for the written test will be done online. The hard copy of the entry form in the prescribed format, duly signed by the Head of the institution of the participating schools including authentication of the photographs of the participant should be sent by post to reach Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, Kasturba Road, Bangalore 560001on or before 25th August 2014.

Speaking on the announcement of the quiz, R.A. Venkitachalam, VP, UL Public Safety Mission said “UL in India believes that school kids should be the safety ambassadors of this country. The only thing lacking is a structured process to educate these kids on various safety related issues that are essential in day to day life. This quiz is a small step towards creating an ecosystem of relevant safety education among school kids. We thank NCSM for their kind support in the conducting of the quiz and look forward to their continued support towards making this one of the premier school events in the country.”

The preliminary written test for the quiz will be conducted at the Science Centre’s, premises across the 5 mentioned metros.

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