History Of NSSQ
Since its launch in 2014, National Safety Science Quiz (NSSQ) has been growing at a phenomenal pace, adding more students and covering more cities each year.
In 2016, UL decided to expand the program’s reach to millions of households across the country by partnering with television news channel NDTV. Last year’s Quiz, was themed ‘Safety in Everyday Life’ and garnered massive response with entries from over 15,000 students (from class IX to XI) across 280 schools in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru.
The grand finale at New Delhi on October 23 and 24 saw finalists selected from two rounds of qualifier and zonal competitions. The lucky winners won an exclusive four-day trip to Underwriters Laboratories at Taiwan where they watched and experienced the magic of safety science unfold at UL’s cutting edge laboratory.
The two member teams bagging second and third prizes were awarded Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 20,000 each, respectively, while six teams were awarded consolation prizes of Rs. 5,000 each.
NSSQ is also not merely a quiz competition – in order to mobilize learning into action, every year, the quiz culminates in a ‘Safety Parliament’, where the finalists of the quiz table motions about public safety in a mock parliament presided by revered panellists, known for their expertise and contribution to safety science. Thus, for its young participants, NSSQ is the starting step in a life-long journey, to not only comprehend the science of safety, but also become safety ambassadors.
Last year, the Safety Parliament, recorded at NDTV’s studio at New Delhi, was headed by five esteemed panellists – Maxwell Pareira, retired Joint Police Commissioner, New Delhi; R.A. Venkitachalam, Vice President, Public Safety, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.; Abha Seghal, Principal, Sanskriti School; G.C. Mishra, Chief Fire Officer (Central and South West), Delhi Fire Services; Dr B. S. Sharma, Professor and Head Department of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
At this mock parliament, five motions on various aspects of public safety were tabled – ranging from mandating fire escape plans in all residential and public buildings to establishing vehicle fitness centres for random, compulsory tests and introducing compulsory certification for electricians. (Participate in Safety Science Quiz – Register Now)