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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


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.


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.






Events News

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


Hon HRD Minister Smriti Irani addressed Techies in Technopark

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As part of Nation Youth Day celebrations, Honorable HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani addressed the entire Techie Family here in Technopark at Bhavani Atrium on 14th Jan ‘16.



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She announced that Technology would get a good growth in our Country. Moreover, the books of 1st till 10th & 12th Std will be available in a Mobile App which students can download at free of cost. Also the online courses for diploma, UG and PG would be made available at free of cost. She asked the Techie Community to continue supporting the under privileged people and sharing the technical knowledge including dispensing of e-devices for the needy.

Before the event, Techies performed a flash mob which gave a warm welcome to the chief guests.On behalf of Technopark, Shri Girish Babu(CEO, Technopark) handed over Memento to Minister Smriti Irani and Shri Praveen(Secretary, VSC) handed over memento on behalf of VSC. Shri Girish(President, VSC) thanked the chief guests and Techies for being part in National Youth Day Celebrations.

It has turned to be a remarkable moment for Techies to have a renowned speaker Smriti Irani deliver a speech on ‘Techies for Better India’. The event was organized by Vivekananda Study Circle(VSC) – the socio-cultural organization in Technopark.

Ever since, 1985, the birthday of Swami Vivekananda is celebrated as the National Youth Day by the Government of India.


Techie’s Go-Green Initiative:

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Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC), non-profit socio-cultural organization in Technopark joined hands with Punyam Poonkavanam, an initiative headed by P.Vijyan, IPS, for a clean Sabarimala.  VSC has decided to support in campaign through social media as well as directly with devotees. In this regard on 05-Dec-2015, a direct campaign was conducted covering  all major temples in Trivandrum starting from Pazhavangadi Ganapathy temple. The volunteers has communicated the importance and guidelines for maintaining Sabarimala clean and plastic free to devotees and to the temple authorities. They have distributed the flyers  and put up banners in temples to create awareness among people.  The campaign was widely accepted in all temples by devotees and temple authorities.


The volunteers has also noticed that the Thycaud Sree Dharama Sastha temple is already following a 100% plastic free pilgrimage by ensuring that there are no plastic items( like covers, rose water bottles etc. ) in the Irumudi Kettu. A sample of this Irumudi Kettu was demonstrated at other temples to set model for them.


As a next step, VSC is planning to conduct road show from Technopark to Pamba to create awareness in people for a “responsible and conscious pilgrimage” on 19th Dec. Interested parties please call / mail to VSC.

Praveen : 9497017671

Varun : 9495886577

Vishnu : 9495319296

Unnikrishnan : 9447593532


Join the mission : fb/PunyamPoonkavanam