Sasthra Tharang 2019: Vidya’s unique initiative for science popularisation

The meeting together of school students, their teachers and members of the Vidya family under the banner of Sasthra Tharang 2019 was held in a festive ambience in the College Auditorium on 3 August 2019.

Sasthra Tharang 2019 was the second edition of a unique programme christened “Sasthra Tharang” conceived and implemented under the auspices of a special movement called “Science Awareness Programme (SAP)” initiated with the blessings of Er P K Asokan, Chief Patron, VICT, and supported and nourished by the faculty and staff of the College under the guidance of Dr Latha Raj, Student Welfare Director, VICT. The SAP movement has also obtained governmental support in the form of a grant from Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE). The first edition of Sasthra Tharang,  “Sasthra Tharang 2018”, was held on 30 June 2018.

This second edition of Sasthra Tharang included a mega science quiz and a fun science exhibition.

The event saw participation of as many as 156 students and nine teachers from classes 8th to 12th standards from 14 different schools in and around Thrissur City. There were registrations of as many as 35 project teams and 37 quiz teams.

Inaugural ceremony
Dr N Raghu
Dr Vimal Kumar T V

The inaugural session, presided over by Dr Saji C B, Principal, began with an invocation by Ms Nitha K P (AP, CSE Dept) and a welcome address by Dr Latha Raj P (Director, Students Welfare and Social Projects, VICT  and Advisor, SAP). Dr N Raghu, Director, C-MET, Thrissur, delivered the inaugural address and the keynote speech. There was a special address by Dr Vimal Kumar T V, Assistant Professor, St Thomas College, Thrissur. Felicitations were offered by Er G mohanachandran, Executive Director, VICT. The session came to an end with a vote of thanks by Ms Akhila R (AP, EEE Dept and Convenor, SAP).

Prize winners
Project presentation
The first prize winners of the project presentation contest were awarded a cash prize of Rs 5000 and certificates, the second prize winners were awarded a cash prize of Rs 3000 and certificates, and third prize winners were awarded Rs 2000 and certificates.
Prize Title of the project School where the team members are studying
First Cleaning Cycle Sree Durga Vilassam HSS, Peramangalam
Second Hydraulic Robotic Arm Govt RSRV HSS, Velur
Third Hair Booms Excel Public School, Kunnamkulam
Quiz competition
The first prize winners in the quiz competition were awarded a cash prize of Rs 3000 and certificates, second prize winners Rs 2000 and certificates and third prize winners Rs 1000 and certificates.
Prize School where the team members are studying
First Excel Public School, Kunnamkulam
Second St. Mary’s CGHS, Ollur
Third Matha High School, Mannempetta
News clippings

The event attracted a lot of media attention as testified by the several news clippings attached below.

Sasthra Tharang 2018

Read report on Sasthra Tharang 2018 HERE.

Image gallery: Inaugural function

Image gallery: Project Presentation

Image gallery: Prize distribution