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Techies kick off campaign for cashless Technopark

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Techies kicked off a campaign to convert Technopark, which is the first IT park in India, to a fully e-transaction enabled IT park. As the first step, a seminar was conducted on the need for adopting cashless payment mechanisms and highlighting the need to popularizing these among the various vendors in Technopark. The campaign was organized by Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC), charitable society working among the techies. The seminar was chaired by Technopark CEO Rishikesh Nair and enlightened by eminent chartered accountant Ranjith Karthikeyan. Also representatives like Venkitaraman (General Manager, SBT IT), Kiran Bhasi (PayTM), Praveen Prakash (HDFC) from various banking and payment organizations also participated in the seminar.


Technopark CEO urged the vendors within Technopark to adopt cashless payment mechanisms and offered all possible help to enable them for the same. Eminent chartered account Ranjith Karithikeyan who delivered the key note speech pointed out that we cannot continue the cash based transactions for long and it is high time that people realize this and adopt cashless means. He not only urged the techies to learn the cashless payment modes, but also to educate at least 10 others living in and around society where they live. He also requested the Technopark CEO to initiate a campaign to educate the small scale vendors in various markets in Trivandrum like Palayam, Pangode etc., by making use of the brand value that techies carries. Representatives various banks also shared the opinion that cashless transactions are the need of the hour and that the current service charges for digital transactions would come down once the number of digital transactions increase. They also raised concern that cashless payments have not picked up even in a place like Technopark where more than 50,000 IT professionals are working.  Seminar was followed by a question and answer session in which the banking and PayTM representatives answered the queries of the techies and various vendors within Technopark.


As the next step in enabling Technopark for cashless transactions, VSC is planning for a training program for the different vendors and shop employees within Technopark on how to use the various cashless payment mechanisms that are available in market like PayTM, SBI Buddy, UPI etc. in collaboration with the banking and other financial organizations. Also VSC is planning to provide training to the techies who are interested to become the ambassadors of cashless payments for enlightening the shops in around Technopark and Kazhakoottam. VSC welcomed all the techies who are interested to be part of this cashless payment initiative and urged them to reach out to VSC volunteers.


Onam with kids at Agastya Bala Samskara kendram

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Members of Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC), Technopark, Visited kottoor tribal

village on Sept 4th , 2016 to showcase their social commitment and celebrate

this year’s Onam with kids at Agastya Bala Samskara kendram, Pothode,

Kottoor, the School which is run by Sevabarathi for the kids of Kottoor tribal

settlement colony. A team of 25 members from VSC visited the school and had

Onam Sadya with the teachers, children and their families. VSC also donated

the kids with Study aids, new dresses (Ona- Kodi) for the teachers and

kids. The school authorities mentioned about the lack of basic infrastructure at

the school and VSC has offered to build a Toilet for the schoolhouse.

This sojourn was a novel experience for most of the techies and was touched

by the life of people living in the tribal village. The team had to travel through

the forest for 15 kilometers by jeep to reach the Kottoor village, a settlement

colony away from the urban pollution and amenities.

VSC is planning to conduct training sessions for the educated youth of this tribal

village for PSC and other service competitive exams. VSC hopes to engage

more techies in these plans, encouraging to participate in social services.


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VSC distributed study aids to students

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Vivekananda Study Circle distributed note books and study aids to more than fifty students of the Magic Bus NGO India life skill camps, in Venjaramoodu (Kattor and Koppam Camps) on August 20th 2016.The kids were selected by the Magic Bus, who runs camps in these areas . Magic Bus camps are working on developing kid’s life skills, in their journey from childhood to livelihood.



Earlier VSC had collected notebooks and study aids from VSC members and techies working in technopark. The VSC also planning to support them with training sessions for personal development, focused on Interaction skills, Communication and Information Technology skills for the volunteers of magic bus. VSC hopes to engage more techies in these Volunteer skill development programs, promoting social service outlook in techies.







Celebrated 69 Years of Independence and Rakshabandan

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Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC) a socio-cultural organisation of Technopark

employees celebrated 69 years of Indian Independence and Raksha Bandhan on

Aug 18 th , 2016, at the Travancore Hall, Technopark. Prof. Richard Hay, Hon

Member of Parliament, was the Chief Guest for the day. Technopark CEO

Hrishikesh Nair was also present on the occasion.

Prof. Richard Hay, the key note speaker of the event shared some of the initiatives

put forward by Central Government to empower the poor people. While

addressing the large gathering of techies, he added that now we are in an era of

development and stressed the need for patriotic fervor to take the country to new

heights of development. He quoted Swami Vivekananda as a great saint who had

tremendous faith in the youth of this country. Mentioning about his Campus

connect initiatives to exchange ideas with the students and how young minds can

find solutions to some of the burning problems, he urged the techies to come up

with solutions for the issues faced by public in our country. He also spoke on how

Raksha bandhan festival conveys the message of universal sisterhood and

brotherhood, trust and respect for each other. During the address, he appreciated

the social commitment of VSC and encouraged VSC team to continue with the

various green initiatives and social activities in and around Technopark. Mr.

Hrishikesh Nair, Technopark CEO, also spoke on the occasion.

Followed by a silent prayer to pay respects to the heroes who sacrificed their lives

for our country, techies tied rakhis and exchanged sweets.

During the function, Team VSC handed over a memorandum to Prof. Richard Hay

requesting help for construction of toilets under the Swachh Bharath mission, in

Agasthya Bala Samskaara Kendram, Kuttichal, Thiruvananthapuram, a school for

the tribal children run by Seva Bharati and affiliated to Bharathiya Vidyaniketan.

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The function was presided by Murali Krishnan (EY), Jayakrishnan (Flytxt) voiced

the welcome speech and Gireesh Chandran (Tata Elxsi), President – VSC, conveyed

the Vote of Thanks.


69 Years of Independence celebrations and Rakshabandhan in Technopark

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Vivekananda Study Circle in Technopark celebrates 69 years of  Independence and Rakshabandan in Technopark on 18th August 2016 from 6 to 7PM.

Prof Richard Hay(MP) will be the Chief Guest for the event scheduled at Travancore Hall, Park Centre, Technopark.

Raksha Bandhan is a ceremony where a sister ties a thread of protection around her brother’s wrist. During this ceremony, the brother pledges to protect her and take care of his sister under all circumstances.

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International Day Of Yoga and Chhaya 2016 Award Ceremony

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After the success of last year’s inaugural event to mark International Yoga Day, the techies in technopark celebrates yoga day this year also. As part of the celebrations across the country, the technopark community joins the celebration on 21st June 2016 at 5:30 PM at Technopark club. Celebrating the unityof yoga with a community practice of yoga asana. There will be wareness session and practice which will start out with Surya Namaskar.The session will be jointly hosted by Vivekananda Study Cirlce and Art of Living Technopark chapter.

Following to this the award ceremony of Chhaya 2016, a photography contest hosted by Vivekananda Study Circle for techies. This event has showcased the best photographs of Techies. The Chief judge Balan Madhavan, wild life photographer and also the UN photography award winner will declare the Chhaya contest winners of 2016 at the same venue. The winners will be decided based on the Facebook poll and judges choice.


‘Leh Calling… 2016’ – Techies Trip to Leh-Ladak

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Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC) organises Leh-Ladak trip for Technopark employees ‘Leh Calling… 2016’.



Trip is scheduled from July 02nd till July 10th.

Itinerary Details :

Day 01: Delhi -Jammu – Srinagar- Hang out at Srinagar in the afternoon
Day 02: Srinagar to Kargil
Day 03: Ule, enroute visit Mulbek, Giant Living Buddha Sculpture on Rock Mountain, Lamayuru, one of the oldest Monastery of Ladakh and enjoy the view of Moon Landscape. Arrive Ule by afternoon. Overnight stay at Ule.
Day 04: Leh enroute visit Alchi, Likir Monastery, Magnetic Hill, Pathar Sahib Gurudwara and Hall of Fame museum. Reach Leh by afternoon. Overnight stay at Leh.
Day 05: Pangong Lake 14,500 ft, through Changla Pass 17,350 ft. (third Highest Motorable road in the world) Arrival at Camp, Hot Lunch will be served aat Camp, Later free time at Leisure and enjoy the color changing lake and the sun set on the banks of lake. Overnight stay on the banks of Pangong Lake.
Day 06: Sun rise at lake. Drive back to Leh, enroute visit Hemis, Thikse Monastery and Shey Palace. Overnight stay at Leh
Day 07: Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft) Arrive at Hundur by afternoon
Day 08: Deskit Monastery, where you can have a magnificient view of Nubra Valley and drive back to Leh by same Route, crossing Khardungla Pass. Overnight stay at Leh.
Day 09: Transfer to the airport and fly back to Trivandrum.

For more details or registration, contact Sharath Krishna : 99474 55503, Praveen Kumar : 94970 17671


Chhaya 2016 – Photography contest for techies

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Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC) organizes a photography contest “Chhaya 2016” exclusively for Technopark employees.

Winners will be announced in the following categories,

1. Audience Poll: Your submissions will be published in the VSC Chhaya 2016 Facebook group. Those who gets the maximum likes will be the winner in this category.

2. Judges’ Choice: Renowned photographers will evaluate your submissions and select the top 3 photos.


🏵 The photographer must be working in Technopark during the tenure of the contest.

🏵 Each participant can submit up to two (2) photos in each contest category.

🏵 Same photos can be submitted for both categories.

🏵 The submission deadline date is 4 pm on 8-June-2016 for both categories.

🏵 Digital manipulation that distorts the reality of the images will be disqualified.

🏵 The file name for each photo for the Audience Poll should be clearly labelled with the participant’s name, company, phone number and where the image was taken. For example: Amal_UST_9400585415_Trivandrum_01.

🏵 Join the VSC Chhaya 2016 Facebook group

and upload your submissions for the Audience Poll contest. Approved photos will appear on the page.

🏵 Submissions for the Judges’ Choice contest should be given as print copy (specification 12*18 or 8*12) and submitted to any of the following volunteers:


🔸Nila –Vishnu:95394 06461

🔸IBS, IITM –Amal:94005 85415

🔸IBS, IITM –Abdul Vasih:94953 40585

🔸Quest –Varun:94958 86577

🔸M2, Amstor, Gayathri –Hari: 90481 61733

🔸Leela –Abhilash: 97460 87097

🔸Bhavani –Anand: 94961 51601

🔸Tejaswini –Vishnu:94953 19296

🔸3rd Phase – Sreejith:98956 34204

🔸Infosys – Vinod:96058 30973

🔸Infosys SEZ – Daliya Marium Sunny:97394 88654

🔸Kinfra – Murali: 97464 02083

The award ceremony will be held on 09-June-2016 at 6 pm in Technopark


Justice For Jisha

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Nirbhaya, Soumya and now Jisha…

Their shrieks of pain,

cries for mercy

went unheard…




Treat her NOT with LUST but with RESPECT

Let us join hands to support our sisters

Technopark stands together in memory of Jisha- Perumbavoor rape victim.

Venue- Technopark Amphitheatre

Time- 5.30 PM

* Lighting the candles followed by floral offering in memory of late Jisha.

* Technopark members speak up and protest violence against women.