The Loyola Old Boys’ Association (LOBA), the alumni association of the old students of the Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram, today presented its annual Global Leadership Award(GLA) and Young Achiever’s Award for this year. Air Marshal B Suresh PVSM AVSM VM ADC AOC in C, Southern Air Command, the Chief Guest for functionorganised at Sri Mulam Club here, presented the Global Leadership Award to Dr Sujith Varghese Thomas, while Loyola School Principal Father Devassy Paul S J presented the LOBA Young Achiever’s Award to Sanjay Vijayakumar.
Dr SujithVarhese Thomas had spent the last 11 years rebuilding the 100-year-old Broadwell Hospital at Fatehpur, UP, from a dilapidated and ramshackle structure in one of the most backward districts of the country into one of the finest in UP. Sanjay Vijayakumarfounded one of the finest start-ups from Kerala MobMe and is Chairman of the Startup Village Board among many other positions of repute.
The Loyola Old Boys’ Association (LOBA) launched its annual Global Leadership Awards (GLA) in 2015. The award, a first among schools in India, is into its fourth year.Dr. C V Ram Mohan, President, Loyola Old Boys’ Association (LOBA), presided over the awards ceremony. LOBA has a membership of over 4000 old boys spread across the globe.
The LOBA Global Leadership Award winner Dr Sujith Varghese Thomas, of the 1993 batch, did his MBBS and MS in general surgery from CMC, Vellore. With his dedication and painstaking efforts, he converted the ancient Broadwell hospital into one of rural UP’s best. He has initiated many community projects to help the citizens of the area with primary and preventive health care. Their palliative care unit is a model for the entire state today, giving people in their dying hours the dignity they deserve. The journey was laden with pitfalls - suspicion, administrative apathy, lack of funds, and even death threats. Sujith and his family have shown what can be achieved with grit, compassion and single-minded focus. He is truly a leader and role model for Loyolites, and indeed, for every Indian.
The Young Achiever’s awardee Sanjay Vijayakumar, of the 2000 batch, is the recipient of the Young Achiever Award. His present roles include Chairman of the Startup Village Board, Kochi; member of the board of the APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Kerala; member of the AICTE startup implementation committee; among others. Founding MobMe straight out of college and raising it to international fame was only the beginning. He remains passionate in encouraging youngsters to build startups in multiple states in India, with the backing of the governments and NASSCOM. He is also deeply interested in developing curricula for the students of today to make them future-ready.
Incubators/startups to get awareness on various topics
In a new initiative to disseminate its schemes and strengthen the startup ecosystem in the state by bringing activities of all the incubators under a single umbrella, Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) will be organizing ‘Incubator Yatra’ covering all districts in the state.
The first phase of the Yatra will cover 10 incubators in Thiruvananthapuram district. It will be launched at B-Hub, Technopark here on June 19.
Being organised in association with Bank of India, KSUM will visit over 40 incubators in the state and interact with the officials and startups on a range of topics for the benefit of young entrepreneurs in the more than 1,000-km journey.
“A major objective of such an initiative is to clearly communicate that KSUM is not an incubator but the State nodal agency to support the startups and give a single point of contact for all communications,” said Mr. Saji Gopinath, CEO of KSUM.
“This will help to bring the activities of all the incubators under a single umbrella, and also smoothen the information flow to and fro,” he added.
KSUM will brief them about developing mentor network and also share the template of best practices in running an incubator in the state. It has also plans to identify good startups and establish a channel in the incubator whom they can connect with KSUM.
The objectives of ‘Incubator Yatra’ include bringing the activities of all the incubators under a single umbrella and creating a milieu for smooth sharing of information. It is also meant for understanding the performance of startups and profiling them accordingly.
“This yatra will help to do the technology sector-wise segmentation of startups and communicating them about the plan. A database can be built accordingly,” Mr. Gopinath said.
Startups that are out of the incubation space and located in the remote locations of the state will be identified in the journey. They will be on-boarded to KSUM’s portal to generate inclusiveness in the startup facilitation by the state government.
KSUM’s activities and scheme awareness sessions will be conducted in each incubator. Registrations with Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) as also KSUM’s unique ID registrations will be tracked and maximised.
Handbooks, scheme books and grievance redressal forms will be distributed to all incubators during the journey.
KSUM is the nodal agency of the Kerala government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.0
The winners of the International Children’s Online Painting Competition in memory of prodigious child artist Edmund Clint were declared today after the jury went through close to 39,000 works it received from the stipulated 4-16 age group across as many as 96 countries.
State Minister Shri Kadakampally Surendran, who holds the portfolio of Kerala Tourism that organised the event, announced a list of 110 winners of whom 15 are eligible for attractive tour packages with family. Ten of the 15 are from foreign countries.
The first prize went to Parth Joshi, 12, of Vadodara in Gujarat. He, along with four other top winners from India, become eligible for a five-night Kerala travel accompanied by two members of the family, the minister told a press conference here.
Fourteen-year-old Nafisa Tabassum Authay of Bangladesh won the second prize. She, along with nine other children from abroad who won the top prizes, will be eligible for a five-night Kerala tour with two members from the family.
Aaradhya P.G, a six-year-old Malayali girl, fetched the third prize. She figures among 40 prize winners from the host state who will receive a cash award of Rs 10,000 each.
The first three prize-winners will get a certificate and a memento. Twenty other winners, too, will receive mementoes. The artists whose works were shortlisted will get special prizes, while all the participants will receive certificates.
Clint (1976-83) was a Kochiite who drew more than 25,000 pictures in 2,522 days of his life before a prolonged illness cut short his life. Born to Mr M T Joseph (who died earlier this year) and Mrs Chinnamma Joseph, the boy’s life and works went on to earn increasing global acclaim. Clint’s life has found portrayal in seven books and two documentaries besides in a 2017 Malayalam feature film.
Clint was aged four when he topped a painting competition where a 16-year-old emerged second. That led the organisers to fix the age bracket for this online event.
“Nowhere in the world have we heard of a painting competition inviting attention to a place (Kerala),” Shri Kadakampally Surendran said.
The 2018 edition of the competition received larger and more widespread response than the first (2017), the minister noted, adding the number of entries this time was 38,995, against 5,000 in the debut edition. This edition of the competition stands out as it was conducted on a larger global scale, he added.
The time for applying for the online event was September 1, 2018 to January 31 this year. The website saw 48,397 registrations from 133 countries during the period. Of the 38,995 paintings that vied for prizes, 6,542 were from abroad. Among the rest from India, 5,713 paintings were from Kerala.
The event was globally publicised by carrying out a campaign in 23 languages (11 Indian and 12 foreign), Kerala Tourism Secretary Mrs Rani George said. “We estimate the information about the competition to have reached 50 lakh people,” she added.
The online competition boosted the number of visitors at the Kerala Tourism website, according to Kerala Tourism Director Mr P Bala Kiran. “While the portal got 40 lakh hits in 2017-18, the figure surged to one crore hits, from around 200 countries, so far this year,” he pointed out.
The competition jury comprised experts comprising Bihar Museum Director Mr Mohammed Yusuf, artists Mr Vrindavan Solanki (Gujarat), Ms Vipta Kapadia (Mumbai) and Prof Suresh K Nair (Varanasi), besides Kerala Lalithakala Akademi chairman Mr Nemom Pushparaj and art critic Mr M L Johnny.
Out of the total applications, the judges chose 3,000 pictures in the first phase. These were then thoroughly scrutinised, leading the jury to arrive at its list of winners.
The prizes are not just for the participants. Those who encouraged children to take part in the competition in a big way win awards as ‘promoters’. They total ten—five from India and the rest abroad. These promoters, too, are eligible for Kerala Tourism’s five-night package tour in the state.
In all, 55 people have become eligible for the tour packages. They will be given a reception at the Kannur airport upstate, taken for the travel and given away the prizes at the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram.
In the occasion of World Oceans day that falls on the 8th of June 2019, Uday Samudra, Kovalam in association with Ocean Love; an organization that fights against oceanpollution and pollutants organized an event spreading the awareness of how important our oceans are and how we can save it from the present crisis. Inaugurated by the president of Kerala Travel Mart, Mr. Baby Mathew, the event focused on various marine related topics such as marine pollution, marine future, and statistics of the marine pollution and the after effects of Global warming and climate change.
Students from various educational institutions such as Sai Krishna Public School, Christ Nagar, University of Kerala and S.M.V. school participated in the event and were given chances to express their ideas, opinions and even clear their doubts. Following the event had various eye opening seminars from Mr. Satish Babu, Dr. Biju Kumar, and Dr. Katherine Owen.
Marine Pollution has become a very serious matter nowadays effecting even the human growth drastically. The steep decrease in ocean treasures and extinction of marine living things is purely because of the land pollutants and we have to recognize these harmful factors to fix them with the right solutions.
“The core intention of this event and the beach cleaning carried out today morning along the Kerala coastal belt with the support of Kerala Travel Mart members is to educate the younger generation about the marine debris and the importance of protecting our oceans” says Mr. Raja Gopaal Iyer, Founder and Chairman; Ocean Love- Beach and Marine Protection Council and CEO; UDS Hotels.0
Following the success of the two previous events, from 6 to 8 March 2020 the Berlin Travel Festival will be taking place for the third time, thus bringing a new generation of travellers together with new forms of travel. As the partner event of ITB Berlin this innovative format will augment the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show on three consecutive days in the heart of the Berlin district of Kreuzberg. In particular, it targets audiences versed in social media and eager for adventure. The event will be held at Arena Berlin again and will attract exhibitors, change-makers, brands, creatives, influencers and industry insiders alike. The organisers’ theme focus is on the individual’s search for paradise. Exhibitors who register by 30 June can take advantage of attractive rates.
Taking as its main theme ‘Where is paradise?’, the festival will underline its pioneering role in promoting mindful, sustainable and responsible travel. The main focus is that if ‘paradise’ is to be more than a mere sales argument then both providers and customers must take a hard look at how, where and why people travel, and replace quick deals and out-and-out consumerism with social responsibility and ecological awareness as well as becoming involved at local level. Speakers and exhibitors will also examine this topic in detail.
Exhibitors can register now
Exhibitors can register now for the forthcoming Berlin Travel Festival in March 2020. The event targets destinations, tour operators, publications, accommodation, equipment and clothing suppliers, transportation companies and start-ups. For more details about exhibitors: www.berlintravelfestival.com/for-exhibitors/
Register early and benefit from attractive rates
Exhibitors who register by 30 June 2019 can take advantage of a ten per cent discount on stand fees. Regular exhibitors can benefit from a 15 per cent discount providing they register by 30 June 2019. NGOs and non-profit organisations will again receive 50 per cent discounts. To register please visit: www.berlintravelfestival.com/register/.
Last March, more than 130 national and international exhibitors were represented at the Berlin Travel Festival. In praising the event they said it was “professionally curated”, “not typical for a fair”, “a completely new experience”, and emphasised its disruptive conceptual approach. The festival featured a programme of stage events that combined lectures, workshops, master classes and film screenings. Exhibitors were delighted that some 11,000 visitors attended the event, who they said were open-minded, interested in sustainable travel, eager for adventure, and not least very knowledgeable on the subject.0