On the occasion of Children’s Day (Nov 14), UL India organized a Safety Parliament in Bangalore intended to serve as a platform for students across India to understand and question the current safety standards in our country and inspire young minds towards creating a safer India. This thought provoking initiative was part of the pioneering National Safety Science Quiz 2014 (NSSQ 2014) held by UL at the Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, Bangalore, in association with the National Council of Science Museums, a premier institution involved in popularizing science through informal modes. This is the first time that a quiz on Safety Science was conducted at a national level to create an immense educational and experiential impact. The quiz was intended to instil a greater sense of awareness amongst school children on the need for safety and be a vehicle to spread the message of safety education across the country.
At the Safety Parliament session, 28 students represented as Members of the Safety Parliament, came from various schools across the country and interacted with a panel of safety experts comprising key industry spokespersons like Mr. Hemant Kumar, District Fire Officer, Bangalore, Dr. Asha Martin, CFTRI (Central Food Technology Research Institute) Mysore, Mr. Vishwanath, Water and Sanitation Expert and Mr. Girish, DCP, Traffic Police, Bangalore. Mr. R.A. Venkitachalam, Vice President, UL Public Safety Mission gave the introductory speech and the session was moderated by Vasanthi Hariprakash who is a former television reporter.
The Safety Parliament brought to the fore safety concerns with recommendations and solutions put forth by the students. The event was divided into 3 sessions. Cross Connection where students expressed their safety concerns to the expert panel, a High Voltage Q & A session and Fuse and Spark where students shared their recommendations and solutions to safety issues.
At the end of the event, five participants were given the responsibility and privilege of being Safety Ambassadors, creating safety awareness in their respective cities and neighborhoods. The five students who will present the safety charter to the Government of India are Aditya BH from Ryan International School Bangalore, Rishabh Bhargava from Dhirubhai Ambani International School Mumbai, Anupam Agarwal from DPS Ghaziabad, Malaika Rastogi from Meerut and Noble Saji Mathew from JBIMS Mumbai. Some of the important points of the charter include introduction of safety related education, strict implementation of safety laws in important buildings, better use of technology and safety of children in schools.
The two hour Safety Parliament was enlightening and instilled a sense of pride in the next generation who are well informed and on the right path towards building a safer society.