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International Day of Yoga in Technopark #Yogathon 2018

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“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” –B.K.S lyengar

Technopark and Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC), In association with Star Health and Allied insurance Celebrates Fourth  International Day of Yoga in Technopark on 21st June 2018, at Technopark Club House from 18:00 Hrs.

 

To familiarize the participants with Common Yoga Protocol (CYP), a three-day free yoga camp has been planned prior to the major event on 21 Jun 2018. Details follow:

  • Venue: IRIS Hall, Technopark Club
  • Date: 18 – June -2018 to 21-June-2018
  • Time: 06:30 PM – 07:30 PM

IDY associate partner of Technopark event, Star Health and Allied insurance provides free T Shirts to Yoga Day Participants. Prior Registration is mandatory and you can complete registration before 19th June 19:00 hrs. T-shirts shall distribute to registered participants at IDY venue from 17:30 onward.

Registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/Vg2eNarYNbjWAcZ63

This year VSC plans to celebrate IDY as per Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) prescribed by AYUSH ministry. AYUSH ministry has authorized CCRYN (Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy) to celebrate IDY. In Trivandrum, IDY programs are conducted by CCRYN through an NGO Sevabharathi, Who shall support us with Yoga trainers and IDY formal protocols.

 

“Let’s Pledge to make YOGA an Integral Part of  Daily Life”

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#BringASmile School Kit Distribution drive for Students

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#BringASmile 2018– Support a kid for education, school kit Distribution drive kick started at Government LP School, Monvila, Kulathur on 7th May,2018. CEO of Nocon, Sri Arun Kumar, inaugurated the distribution of study aids to kids. Head Teacher Mrs. Beena presided the function, corporation councilor Sri. Suni Chandran and School council member Sri Maniyan thanked this noble venture to support the kids of the neighborhood school.  School Management commended Vivekananda Study circles prior partnerships with Monvila Govt. LPS for developing the basic infrastructure of school, especially on the digital front.

All the students of Government. LP School Monvila were given full study kits, which had Bag, Tiffin Box, Umbrella, Note Books and pencil box kits.

#BringASmile 2018 inaugral distribution drive – Government LP School Monvila, Kulathur.

 

 

#BringASmile 2018 second distribution drive – Pothode Tribal School, Agastyar Bala Samaskarika Kendram.

Vivekananda Study circle’s (VSC) #BringASmile 2018 initiative had their second school kit distribution drive at Agastya Samskarika Kendra, Pothode School, located at Kottoor. Carnival Cinemas, Thiruvananthapuram Operations Manager Sri. Lekshman leads the study aid distribution drive at Pothode, together with other volunteers, to the Instructors and management of this school.

Volunteers traveled 15 kilometers off-road in jeep from kottoor to reach Pothode School. This school has 25 children from close by, two tribal settlement. Uniforms, School Bags, School stationeries, Notebook and Toys were donated. School representatives appreciated #BringASmile initiative and explained the challenges of our Tribal community living here. The school has sought our support to build a little hygiene kitchen and storeroom, which is now attached to school in a shed. In 2016, VSC team had supported to build two toilets here.

While returning the volunteers also spend time with inmates of the Agastya Balika Sadanam Kottoor. The Volunteers had a touching encounter learning the real life associated with tribal community in individual and everyone felt delighted for their Sunday nicely spend for this noble initiative.

 

#BringASmile third distribution drive – Study Aid to 783 kids of Panathura coastal area and Six Schools of coastline

Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC) volunteers had their Third #BringASmile study aid distribution drive at the Panathura coastal area on May 19, 2018 supporting 783 students. 158 students were given the study aids in person and further to 625 students, handed through the representatives of six schools of the locality .The beneficiaries of this drive were mainly kids of the fisherman community living in this area, who recently faced the wrath of #Ockhi cyclone.

Former CBI Officer Mr. Raveendran Nair was the Chief Guest. Mr. Sisupalan delivered the welcome speech, VSC Secretary Sri. Rejeesh conveyed the #BringASmile message, Mr. Abhilash cast the vote of thanks on behalf of the parents of the kids. Study Aid Distribution was driven by Sri Raveendran Nair, Sri. Sreekumaran Nair, Smt. Aswathy Rajesh, Dr.Chaithanya Sreejith, Sri. Rajesh S and VSC’s Vice President Smt.Parvathy too did the honors of kit distribution.

The community while interacting with VSC volunteers expressed their gratitude to #BringAsmile initiative, extending a helping hand to fulfil the educational needs of the underprivileged students.Previously, during Ockhi cyclone too VSC had delivered support to 240 families of this coastline with household provisions.

 

#BringASmile fourth study aid distribution drive at Govt. LP School. Korani.

#BringASmile volunteers had their fourth study aid distribution drive at Govt. LP School, Korani, Mangalapuram. School has 115 students on rolls, mainly from the neighboring underprivileged families. Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC) treasurer Sri.Rajesh K.S and VSC volunteers handed over the study aid kit to Head teacher Smt. Soubhagyavathi at School premises. These kits will be distributed to students on school re opening day at the students welcome function (Preveshana Ulsavam). Head teacher expressed their appreciation and gratitude to VSC team for supporting their school kids for education.

Fifth #BringASmile study aid distribution at Govt.  Relief LP School, Kulathoor.

Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC) volunteers had their fifth #BringASmile study aid distribution at Technopark neighborhood, Govt.  Relief LP School, Kulathoor, Arashumoodu. Full study aid kit was distributed to 62 students on roll of this school. The function was presided by the corporation ward councilor Sri.SuniChandran, Honorable Deputy Mayor of Trivandrum Adv. Rakhi Ravikumar was the chief guest and inaugurated the distribution drive here. Corporation Councilor Sri.HariSankar also took part in the function. School Head teacher Smt. Latha gave the vote of thanks .VSC Secretary Sri. Rejeesh.S delivered the #BringASmile support a kid for education project message.

Sixth #BringASmile study aid distribution at karyavattom.

May 30, 2018: Vivekananda study circle (VSC) members had their sixth #BringAsmile distribution drive at Karyavattom Padmavilasom library. The underprivileged kids of the locality was nominated by karyavattom Auto driver’s registered charity forum named “Auto Brothers Drivers Charitable Sangam”.

26 students of locality were distributed full study aids during this drive. Auto driver’s forum Vice president Sri. Heby presided the function. Carnival Cinemas Manager Sri Lakshman , Sri. Shibin, along with VSC president Sri. Gireesh Chandran lead the distribution drive of study aids to kids. VSC executive member  Sri. Vishnu Somanath rendered the #BringASmile message to kids and Sri Sunil of auto brother’s charitable sangam delivered vote of thanks.

 

#BringASmile Study aid distribution to kids living in Orhpanages

Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC) volunteers had their seventh #BringASmile distribution program on 02nd June at SMSS Mahila Mandiram, Poojapura, one of the oldest homes in Kerala for destitute and orphan Girls. Study aids were distributed to 65 girl child living here. VSC president Sri. Gireesh Chandran, Secretary Sri.Rejeesh.S and Infosys Group Project manager Sri. Vinu Bhargavan led the study aid distribution. SMSS Mahila Mandiram Secretary Smt. Sreekumari addressed the VSC volunteers and President Smt. Radhalakshmy Padmarajan expressed vote of thanks. Sri. Rejeesh rendered the #BringASmile message to the kids.  Later VSC volunteers had a walk through the SMSS facilities and offered further support for them.

#BringASmile Volunteers also distributed study aids to boys living at AnanthaSai Balaasadanam Orphanage at the Fort,Thiruvananthapuram. Study Aids for 35 boys residing here were handed over to the administrators on Sunday, 03rd June, 2018. Administration team expressed their gratitude to VSC and #BringAsmile volunteers.

#BringAsmile study aid distribution has so far covered 1141 underprivileged students studying in Govt. Schools, tribal, coastal area and in orphanages.

 

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#Bring a Smile- Support a kid for Education

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A nation is advanced in proportion to education and intelligence spread among the masses.Swami Vivekananda

Vivekananda Study Circle, Technopark,(VSC)– the Socio Cultural Organization of Technopark Employees is organising a noble project titled “#Bring A Smile” in Technopark,from April 23 to May 25,2018.

 

We the Technopark community are privileged to have had access to quality education and could earn enough for our livelihood.We believe money or any other factor should not be a hurdle for their education. It is our responsibility and commitment to support the kids around us who aspire to pursue education and are less fortune.

This project is intended to support children who are economically backward, study in government schools and are staying  in orphanges. We will be contributing school stationery kits and uniforms to those kids before the start of the new academic year. VSC has placed collection boxes in the lobby of each Technopark Buildings (till May 11) and Carnival Cinemas ( Greenfield stadium and Mall of Travancore ,- till May 27) and we urge you to donate school notebooks and kits or donate to the bank account of VSC.

Bank and Branch NameSBI Technopark,Tejaswani: 67290720529

IFSC Code: SBIN0070737

Request your generous support in providing education and Bringing a Smile to the underprivileged.

 

 

For assistance please contact any volunteers near your location :

 

Building Name Volunteer Name and Contact 
Gayatri Abhishek ( 7012369827)
Padmanabha/Msquare/Amstor Shibi ( 9846712517)
Nila Vishnu M (9605434333)
Leela Vishnu Somanath (9495319296) /Arun (9567804086)
Neyyar Aswin Kumar A.K (7907723637 )
Tejaswani Aravind ( 8891326100 )
Bhavani / Pampa Chindhu S ( 8300645437 )
Leela Annexe /Oracle Sujith ( 9447485709)
Phase 3 Praveen M  (9847605399)
Quest Campus Varun (9495886577)
IBS Campus Praveen ( 9497017671)
UST Campus Raghuram (8281072602)/ Paravathy ( 9020301070 )
Infosys Campus Rajesh.K.S  (  9961217019 ) / Rejeesh .S (9995994614)
Kinfra Campus /EY Vinu (8086880823 )/Sareesh ( 9846900420)

 

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Celebrated 70 years of Indian independence and Rakshabandhan Festival at Technopark

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Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC) a socio-cultural organisation of Technopark employees, operational since 2008 here, celebrated 70 years of Indian Independence and Raksha Bandhan on Aug 16, 2017, at the Travancore Hall, Technopark. Dr.Shashi Tharoor, Hon. Member of Parliament, was the Chief Guest for the day. Sriram Venkitaraman,IAS, Balan Madhavan , Technopark CEO Hrishikesh Nair and Experion Executive Director Suresh V.P was also present on the occasion.

 

The event started with silent prayer to pay respects to the heroes who sacrificed their lives for our country. The event was formally started by lightening of the lamp by eminent guests on the dais. Experion Executive Director Suresh V.P rendered the welcome speech, he stressed on the importance of carrying forward the unique culture and tradition of India and its core values.

Renowned photographer Balan Madhavan kicked off the evening with a lively session on photography. Quoting how some of the classic pics have turned the course of world history, he explained the significance of photography. Real life experiences from the last 30 years as a wildlife photographer, made the speech even more interesting. He also added his experiences and his advice to budding photography enthusiast on how to excel with passion as a photographer who conveys his vision to the rest. Balan Madhavan, the judge of Chhaya2017 also explained the rationale in picking the best photography’s of the Technopark photography contest Chhaya 2017.

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, The chief guest, in his charismatic way delivered a rousing speech about British colonial period and dark era, laid out the atrocities committed by the British and the plunder during the British Raj. With unsparing details, he explained how systematically India was ruined from one of the richest nations in the world to a nation with a literacy rate of less than 17% in 1947, while British left India. India was a one of the richest countries of the world with 27% global GDP in 1700 and in 1800 to 23 % of global GDP and further pushing us down to a third world poverty country with 90% of population living below poverty line during independence era. While British left us in 1947 the economic growth of India was mere 0.001 percentage ,the life expectancy was brought down to 27 years and literacy rate of country was brought down to 17 %.British was interested in taking care of the assets and nothing in return. British claims the credit for India’s current development, globalization and growth as their contribution in shaping up. Dr. Tharoor opined he is not keen about the reparation part British owes us, as it can’t be quantified to the actual amount of damage it caused us realistically, also any credible sum cannot be payable and any payable sum could not be credible on monetary terms ,as its irreparable losses to our nation’s wealth, tradition and civilization. He proposed a moral sum would be better, suggesting they teach British kids with their colonial history, a memorial for the Indians died during British raj and an apology similar to Canadian Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau apology to Indian community’s in parliament for Indians who were massacred there. He evoked the Jalianwalabagh massacre while we approach the centenary, as the cruelest killings and one to be demanded apology from British.

Towards wrapping up, Tharoor preferred to have interactive dialogue with the techy crowd. To an audience question he touched upon the delayed entry of Indian economic globalization, as he felt political leadership did not link capitalism to freedom and related capitalism as a slave. The former Indian political leadership favored governance as priority and not business, after 45 years of protective independence they favored financial independence. Thiruvananthapuram has the highest per capita in city; however, 70% are living on less than two USD per day, under poverty as per international standards. Therefore, in this case, priority varies to build basic infrastructure and within our Indian eco system, we have done remarkably well. Tharoor touched up on his new political assignment in building Professional Congress, to a different query.

He thankfully agreed to all the points listed in the memorandum submitted earlier to him and assured to promptly take-up all key points of proposals requested by the hosts Vivekananda study circle. He also assured that the pragmatic suggestions provided by VSC in the memorandum would be taken up sooner with respective ministries, without any delay. He specially acknowledged the details provided in the memorandum to have more train stops at Kazhakoottam, pointed his relentless efforts in pursuing with the highest level of railway management getting some joy in stops to few trains and expecting more train stoppages sooner. He requested the support of the companies in Technopark to offer PPP model partnership with railways, to improve the infrastructure at Kazhakoottam station.

 

Shashi Tharoor quoted himself as a huge fan of Swami Vivekananda, as one who has been delivering orations on swami’s work during his university days. Toward the last lap of his dialogue, he appreciated the efforts taken by VSC to spread Vivekananda’s teachings. Put forward Vivekanda’s message, Patronizing tolerance to what Vivekanda is, acceptance of difference, respect difference and let us make this a great country.

Dr. Sriram Venkitaraman, IAS, Director of employment and Training in a short speech recollected his several visits to Technopark while he was a student at Medical College Thiruvananthapuram, Technopark has been a fondled place in his mind, seeing energetic youths delivering highly sophisticated products for the global community. He inspired the techies gathered to be the change agents and work tirelessly for a better India.

Earlier during the presidential address, Technopark CEO highlighted the need for job creation in India, which is a young nation by its demographic suite. He insisted the need to launch our IT era into more advanced technologies and future generation shall benefit from those in employment generation.

Followed by the guest speakers’ notes Rakshabandhan festival took place. To reinforce the brotherhood among the society Techies and guests tied Rakhis to each other, and exchanged sweets.

Vivekananda Study circle president, Rajesh K.S Handed over a memorandum to Dr. Shashi Tharoor M.P, presenting the various demands formulated from the Technopark fraternity. The memorandum also had requests for regular stoppage for more train via Allepy route, mainly regular stoppage for Guruvayur intercity Express
and weekend stoppages for

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Second edition of Technopark Photography competition “Chhaya 2017 “Awards distributed

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Chhaya2017, second edition of Technopark photography contest awards was distributed along with the Independence and Rakshabandhan festival held at Technopark on Aug 16. Renowned photographer Balan Madhavan adjudged the awards, who was also the judge of this competition. Around 170 photo entries
participated in the event, select photographs of competition were exhibited In Bhavani atrium. There were awards for chosen best three male and female photographers in the Judges choice category.

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Hon. Member of Parliament, was the Chief Guest for the day. Sriram Venkitaraman, IAS, Balan Madhavan, Technopark CEO Hrishikesh Nair and Experion Executive Director Suresh V.P was also present on the occasion.

Balan Madhavan distributed the awards for the Judges choice winners, to male and female categories. The winner’s award winning moments and their portrait, which won them awards, are as in respective order.

Anand R.J (UST Global) won the first prize in judge’s choice Male category

Judges Choice First Prize (Male Category) winning photograph of Anand R.J

Resmi B Nair (EY) won the first prize in judge’s choice – Female category

Judges Choice First prize (Female) award winning photo captured by Resmi B Nair.

Shashi Tharoor MP distributed the awards for the judge’s choice second place winners in male and female categories. The winners are :

Anoop Vijayan ( Suntec ) won the Second prize in the judge’s choice male category

Aaarya Neerej (IBS) won the Second prize in the judge’s choice female category 

Sriram Venkitaraman IAS distributed the awards for the judge’s choice third place winners, in male and female categories.

The winners are Afroz Mohammed (EY) won the third prize in the judge’s choice male category,receiving along with model of photo

Sindhu Anand (EY) won the third prize in the judge’s choice female category

Technopark CEO Hrishikesh Nair gave the award to Dera David (Infosys) who bagged audience poll category award with highest likes for her photograph,posted in chhaya2017 Facebook group.

Photo Exhibition of select photos of Chhaya2017 at Bhavani atrium on 16 Aug, 2017

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70th year of Independence and Rakshabandhan

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Vivekananda Study Circle, Technopark, conducts Commemoration of India’s 70th year of Independence and Rakshabandhan festival in Technopark, On Aug 16, 2017, From 5:30 P.M to 7:00 P.M at Travancore Hall, Park Center.

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Honorable member of parliament will be the chief guest of this function and shall be delivering speech on Topic: “ British Raj in India : An Era of Darkness”. In the Context of Dr. Shashi Tharoor’s famous Oxford Union Speech, which went viral on the internet – “British Does Owe Reparations to her Former colonies “and his latest book “An Era of Darkness”.

Shri. Sriram Venkitaraman. IAS (Director of Employment, Kerala) shall be the Guest Speaker on this Occasion. Technopark CEO Shri. Hrishikesh Nair will preside the function.

 

Renowned photographer Shri. Balan Madhavan shall announce Chhaya 2017 results during the function, second edition of the Technopark photography competition. The awards of Chhaya2017 for winners shall be distributed during this function. Selected photographs of the contestants shall be exhibited in the Bhavani Atrium on Aug 16 th from 10:00 A.M till 7:00 P.M. We request the Technopark community to visit the photo exhibition and cheer our techy photography talents.

We welcome all Technopark community members to participate in India’s Independence Commemoration and Rakshabandhan festival and enjoy the words  from the  great legends of our period.

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Yogathon @ Technopark

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Technopark and Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC)  in Association with Art of living(AOL) Technopark chapter celebrates the International Day of Yoga on June 21.

Program schedule:
  • Welcome by Sri. Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, Technopark
  • Yoga day inauguration by Sri Vijay Goel (Hon.Central Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports)
  • Inaugural speech by Sri Vijay Goel
  • Discourse on Yoga by Sri M (founder of The Satsang Foundation)
  • Regular FREE yoga session announcement by Sri M to Technopark employee’s
  • Thank You note

A mass Yoga session will follow the event.
Partner yourself with Technopark for the ‘International Yoga Day ‘celebrations in Technopark #Yogathon@Technopark. Spread the message and increase the awareness about yoga in your organisation. Help your colleagues and employees to work stress free and lead a healthy life.
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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.

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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.

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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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