High-beam Headlights Awareness Drive

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Too much of anything is bad. This is true even in the case of light and especially in the case of high-beam headlights. The use of high-beam headlights is a nuisance as these cause severe headache and momentary blinding which can prove fatal. On Friday, the 19th of August, 2016, volunteers of Pragyan Social Responsibility team joined hands to conduct a traffic safety awareness event. The event was aimed at spreading awareness about the dangers of using high-beam headlights. Volunteers posted at various locations within the campus spoke to vehicle users giving guidelines and distributed high-beam filter stickers. Pamphlets throwing light on the issue were also distributed. The event progressed for around three hours, wherein high-beam filter stickers were distributed to almost six hundred vehicles in the campus, which comprised both two-wheelers and four-wheelers. The event garnered massive support from the residents of the campus, and was a huge success.

Veetukku Oru Vignaani

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Curiosity is the mother of all inventions. Childhood is the best stage that lets one explore one’s own hidden curiosity. Veetukku Oru Vignaani is an annual science exhibition contest conducted by Puthiya Thalaimurai television network in association with Pragyan. This event is aimed at harnessing the curiosity of school students in the form of useful scientific applications. The participants who qualified from each district were invited to take part in the state-level final round which was held on 9th September, 2016 in National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. Seventy-five teams from across Tamil Nadu and Puducherry fought it out to prove their scientific mettle. After intense rounds of judgement, six teams emerged as winners and won a sponsored trip to the Defense Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) facility in Hyderabad. In addition, awareness booklets regarding Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) prepared by Pragyan were released and distributed to the participants. With initiatives like these, the Pragyan Social Responsibility team strives to develop in students a passion for science and innovation.

Fire Safety Awareness

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A fire safety awareness campaign was conducted in two government schools - Kattur Girls High School, and Mukkulathore Higher Secondary School - on Friday, 21st October, 2016. The event was organized in association with Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services by Pragyan. The event was aimed at spreading awareness about fire safety ahead of Diwali celebrations. The event was presided over by Mr. A. Thanapal, Head Inspector from the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services. His explanations about how fire, a gift in other times, can cause massive destruction if left uncontrolled were infused with anecdotes to reach the children better. He conveyed that most fire accidents take place due to lack of awareness of the risks involved. He urged the students to view each accident as not just a personal loss to the people involved, but as a loss for the whole community and the nation.  Pamphlets containing information about important phone numbers, fire safety measures and first-aid for burns were also distributed.

Zero Hunger Hour

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An active world requires active citizens, fueled by nutritious food. In view of this, United Nations urged countries to celebrate October 16 each year as "World Food Day" across the globe. World Food Day is celebrated in honour of the date of founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. This initiative aims to throw light on the millions of people still lacking access to proper food and nutrition. Inspired by the efforts of the United Nations, the social responsibility wing of Pragyan decided to create a “Zero Hunger Hour” in the neighborhood. The excess food in the messes in campus was collected and distributed to the inmates of Anbagam (an orphanage in Thirunedungalam), and TREWDS (an old age home in Thuvakudi). With one small initiative, we aim to spark a change in society; we aim to catalyse a reaction that will result in a world of zero hunger.