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The Parikrma Festival of Science 2019

2019-01-22         News

Two hundred students from schools in Bangalore including 7 government schools get an opportunity to understand wildlife and conservation, its multiple facets first-hand through leading scientists of the city!

 

For the very first time…

A Nobel Laureate visited and interacted with our children! Professor Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is an American and British structural biologist of Indian origin. He was elected President of the Royal Society in November 2015. In 2009 he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath, "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome". Sir Venky inaugurated this year’s Festival of Science 2019.

Here are some of the keynote speakers:

Dr. Ravi Chellam, Wildlife Biologist and Conservation Scientist, has been involved with wildlife research, education and conservation since the early 1980s: Talk on Asiatic lions and conservation

Dr. AJT Johnsingh, Scientist, Wildlife Institute of India: Talk about species diversity, interactions and conservation

Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, an Indian molecular ecologist at the NCBS, TIFR, Bangalore: Talk on conserving tigers through understanding their genetics

Dr  Suhel Qader, Scientist, Education and Public Engagement: Talk about bird interactions in the wild

Nishant Srinivasaiah – Principal Investigator, Frontier Elephant Programme: Talk on elephant interactions in the wild and conservation

 

Dr. Ravi Ralph, Retired Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife and Chief Wildlife Warden, Karnataka – Talk about forests of Karnataka and conservation

Karthikeyan Srinivasan, Chief naturalist, Jungle Lodges and Resorts:  Talk about urban biodiversity.

Dr. Samira Agnihotri, Masters in wildlife biology, NCBS, has been studying the Greater Racket-tailed Drongos for 10 years: Talk on mimicry in birds and birdsong

Dr. Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi, works towards wildlife conservation through robust applied scientific research informing management and policy: Talk on snow leopards and need to conserve alpine & high altitude regions.

 

Activities:

Pre-event:

Government school children were taken to the Bannerghatta National Park – to help them watch and understand species in the zoo – large and small enclosures, benefits of shade, natural and concrete floors, feeding habits, group living and socializing among other things.

Day 1 - Day 2

BioBlitz and Web of Life

Children were taken to MGIRED and GKVK campus on both days where they were made to look for creatures (on the ground, lower / upper storey, and canopy) and document their observations. The Web of Life activity was highly engaging and interactive in helping children understand how all species are dependent on each other for survival.

Recognising and honoring Dr. Salim Ali

Every year, at the Festival of Science, we recognise and celebrate an Indian scientist who has contributed immensely to science post-Independence. This year we celebrate the Birdman of India - Dr. Salim Ali - the first Indian to conduct systematic bird surveys across India.

In conversation: Dr. AJT Johnsingh and Shukla Bose introduce and talk about the Padma Vibhushan awardee Salim Ali.

The Hackathon

Purvanchal is a village by a wildlife sanctuary. The villagers have co-existed with wildlife for years. But now there is a new challenge – a corporate proposes to build a dam, the MLA promises electricity, jobs and development, the village chief and the activist voice their fears and the wildlife biologists talk about the endemic species that could be wiped out if the dam were built. What will the villagers (students) decide to do? Each group proposes its solutions at this year’s Hackathon.

The Indian Wildlife Congress

At the Indian Wildlife Congress, children representing different National Parks of India took to the stage to explain why they need funds for their Parks and their conservation ideas.

Sponsor

Thanks a ton to Synopsys India for supporting the festival and for being an ardent and continuous supporter of the Parikrma Humanity Foundation.

 

 

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Parikrma Schools win the International School Awards

2018-12-20         news

We are super thrilled to inform you that two of our schools, the Nandini Layout and Koramangala Centres just won the International School Awards - by British Council accredited for the period of 2018 – 21.

The British Council International School Award (ISA) is a benchmarking scheme that accredits schools as having an outstanding level of support for nurturing global citizenship in young people and enriching teaching and learning.

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Parikrma team makes it top 3

2018-12-17         News

Two teams comprising of 6 first-year students each of Parikrma Junior College participated in the Inventure Changemaker Challenge 2018, conducted by Inventure Academy, to recognize and provide funding to the best teams of young people who come up with sustainable ideas to make noticeable changes in the society.

It started with entering online applications with 48 other teams, followed by getting selected in the top 20 who had to physically present their project to a panel of judges at Inventure.

The two teams from Parikrma are called 'Voices of Light's and 'Retaining the innocence’, which are working towards recording affordable audio content for the blind and creating awareness about child sexual abuse amongst the underprivileged, respectively.

Both teams pitched their ideas to the judges and spoke of their plans about their pilot projects. Impressed with their plans, the teams received a check of 5000 INR from the judges that same day. Team 'Retaining the innocence’ got praised as being the best presentation the judges had seen that day.

One week later, the announcements for the top 10 teams were made and both the Parikrma teams made the list! Then the teams started working on their projects. 'Voices of Light' visited the recording studio to record two lessons from a 7th-grade textbook, whereas team ‘Retaining the Innocence’ held life skill workshops with almost 10 government schools spread across Bangalore. The girls spoke to the middle school students about Good Touch and Bad touch, how to recognize abuse being done to them and others, and ways of preventing it. In fact, the boys of second years also joined them in some of these sessions, because it was important to send across a message that even the senior boys care about issues such as these.

Despite facing several issues such as rejection from several government schools, indifference from other students, missing numerous classes, and non-cooperative parents of the students they were trying to reach out to, these young girls held their stance and continued with their work.

The final presentations and pitches were made to the judges on December 3, following which, only three teams made it to the top. Team 'Retaining the Innocence’ from Parikrma Junior college was one amongst the list, who received a check of INR 60,000 under the category of 'Team with maximum sustainable impact’. Team 'Voice of Light’ received INR 40,000 for making it to the top 10 and to carry their project forward.

The teams will now use the money to fund their projects further. There are plans of conducting walkathons involving several schools, holding more workshops and eventually start addressing the victims of child abuse directly, and holding individual sessions with them. The Voices of Light team will release their audio lessons soon, and we just hope it all creates the impactful change it was all meant for!

We congratulate both the teams and the mentors for all their efforts and wish them the best!

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Parikrma Champions League 2018

2018-11-27         News

Sixteen teams - 1 international and 3 out-of-state schools, 3 days of good football, loads of singing and dancing and art... All this and more at the Parikrma Champions League 2018.

This year the Equality Cup went to Inventure Academy and the Runner-up Cup to St Xavier's from Belgaum. Vidyaniketan School bagged the third position.  

We would like to thank the chief guests: Kushal Das, General Secretary of All India Football Federation, Ariel Siedman - Deputy Consul General for the Israeli Consulate and George Mattackal, President, Asia Pacific, Global Delivery Centre. CGI for their continuous support to PCL year after year.

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