Karaikal 30th June, 2018:
Karaikal Port, India’s Preferred and Responsible Maritime Gateway and Space Kidz India , a Chennai based organization that facilitates experiential learning for students in the fields of Science and Technology, today introduced a joint initiative “Dr. Kalam Science & Technology Foundation” within Port vicinity at Karaikal.
Ms. GeethaAnandhan, MLA T.R Pattinam and Mr. R. Kesavan, IAS, KaraikalDistrict Collector were the chief guest and Guest of Honor respectively for the occasion.
Speaking about the benevolent initiative, GRK Reddy, Promoter Director &Chairman, Karaikal Port said, “The foundation is a tribute to DrAPJ Abdul Kalam’s dream of inspiring and ignitingyoung aspiring minds in latest technology, space exploration to become next generation scientists, engineers and real-world problem solvers and entrepreneurs for social inclusion.”
“Dr.Kalam Innovation Kids Expo” will be the first project amongst other future initiatives for “Dr. Kalam Science & Technology Foundation.”The expo will be organized on July 20th 2018atGovernment polytechnic college Varichikudy, wherein young studentsfrom 6th to 12th standard classes from Karaikal and Nagapattinamcan submit their science projects. Students from more than 1,500 schools in these two places will benefit from this initiative.
Through “Dr.Kalam Innovation Kids Expo”, 100 students with best projects will be identified for the one year training and hands on experience on special weekend days. And the expo winners will also be taken for a trip to Puducherry Science Centre and Dr. Kalam’s Memorial at Rameswaram on July 27th 2018 as part of “Dr Abdul Kalam Remembrance Day”.
Commenting on the partnership, Dr. SrimathyKesan, Founder & CEO of Space Kidz India said, “Dr. Kalam Science & Technology Foundation will enable the students to think about, discuss and solve social problems through a one year laboratory programme. Through the expo, the selected students will receive free one year training and hands on experience in the field of Aerospace, Robotics and electronics for the school children within the age limit of 12-18.”
Karaikal port has introduced many socially relevant initiatives since 2009 and believes in multi dimensional transformation of Karaikal Region. Dr. Kalam Science & Technology Foundation will be an another major step to facilitate educational initiatives that aligns with Karaikal port’s commitment to drive the region into development track. In the coming months, the port will focus on a slew of events and projects to implement the dreams of Kalam in facilitating opportunities to provide urban amenities to rural areas of Karaikal.
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About Karaikal Port:
Karaikal Port, an important port along the East Coast of India, handles diverse cargo. Since inception, 53 MMT of cumulative cargo has been handled at the port. A host of support services such as logistics has elevated the port as the efficient port, unleashing the economic potential of central Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
Karaikal port has also embarked on Mechanization project which is expected to be completed by September 2018 month end.
KPPL has been providing employment opportunities directly and indirectly for more than 50,000 people in marine operations, truck operations and other important supporting fields for the last 10 years.
About Space Kidz India:
Space Kidz India (SKI) is an organization creating “Young Scientists” for the “Country” and spreading awareness among children for a “borderless World”. It creates International experiential learning for students in the field of Science, Technology, Art and Culture.