Pune: Pune city, which also identifies itself as a students’ city, was prompt enough to send the help for the people in Kerala who were severely affected by the devastating floods.
The staff and students of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), in coordination with Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, collected flood relief material for the people of Kerala.
“The team already has dispatched some 1.2 tonnes of relief material, which includes, medicines, dress material, food, baby diapers, baby food etc. by Air Force flight on Sunday, which has already reached Thiruvananthapuram,” said Prof Suresh Bhat.
From CSIR-NCL, Bhat, Prof Santhosh Babu and Arun Torris & from IISER Pune, Prof Nixon Abraham co-ordinated this initiative.
“Around 50 students from both these institutes volunteered for the philanthropic cause. Our collection point for relief material is NCL The staff welfare club office located at NCL Shopping complex opposite to SBI Bank in Pashan. It will be open till 11 pm to Aug 25 2018,” said Bhat.
“The Malayalee students in IISER Pune, along with students from other states, had formed an IISER Pune Kerala Flood relief initiative, and had transported around 500 kg relief material and are actively collecting the funds to transfer to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund,” Prof Nixon Abraham said.
“We also have cancelled the Onam celebration plans and diverted all the money for Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund and also for collecting essentials. IISER Pune administrative department immediately created a bank account so that money collected from the donations counters inside IISER Pune and the funds from faculty can be collectively transferred to CMDRF account,” he said.
Prof Abraham, with the help of Promod Pillai, Prof Jayakannan, Sudha and Nagaraj, faculty in IISER Pune were in the forefront of this IISER Pune Kerala Flood Relief Fund Initiative.
Donation counters were set up inside the campus for both monetary and relief material collections, and the students were able to generate an amount of Rs 1.5 lakh within a span of 24 hours. Along with that, they were collecting relief material and were simultaneously packing for shipping it to Kerala.
“NCL gave the guidelines and contacts regarding transport of the materials and by Sunday morning, relief material was taken to Indian Air Force station in Pune, with the help of IISER Pune Ambulance vehicle. From there, along with material from a Kerala-based NGO the relief material were airlifted to Trivandrum Naval base with the help of Indian Air Force. From there, an NGO received the material and took it to relief camps,” he said.