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Billion Beats Innovation Lab takes off

By Anupama Jaiswal | DEC 2016

November has always been a very special month for Team Billion Beats. It was in November 2007 in Karimnagar, Guru Kalam launched this e-initiative to inspire the student community and capture success stories of unsung heroes.

And, in November 2015, we relaunched Billion Beats in the presence of House of Kalam members in Chennai. Again, it’s a rare coincidence that the Billion Beats Innovation Lab (BBIL) was born in Kerala on November 15 this year.

For Team Billion Beats, it was probably one of the most inspiring events of the year, when around 1,500 students of Placid Vidya Vihar Senior Secondary School in Changanassery, Kerala, joined the celebrations.

Placid became the first educational institution to be enrolled for BBIL. Mission BBIL is a joint initiative of Inspired Indian Foundation (IIF), Bengaluru, and Dr A P J Abdul Kalam International Foundation (AKIF), Rameswaram.

Fr Scaria Ethirett CMI, Principal, Placid Vidya Vihar Senior Secondary School, deserves credit as he presented an event that stuck to simplicity and zero fanfare.

The school honoured some of its unsung heroes on the occasion. Exactly what Guru Kalam wanted! “We’re very proud to be the first school to have been selected for this inspiring mission aimed at spreading Guru Kalam’s work. Students of Placid are lucky to get such a rare opportunity,” says Fr Scaria Ethirett CMI, Principal, Placid Vidya Vihar.

The event turned out to be a huge success, thanks to the eye for detail Fr Scaria had right from the word go.

Students came to the venue holding placards with motivational messages. The proceedings began with students planting the Guru Kalam Gyan Vriksha. Guest speaker and Billion Beats Editor Anantha Krishnan M soon took the audience on a special flight onboard his topic: An Idea called India.

“It was truly a unique experience for students. They have never heard something like this. It was inspiring,” says Tintu Sebastian, PG Teacher, English, Placid.

The special Children’s Day issue of Billion Beats was released by Devi Unni Maya, a budding dancer of the school.

She is the recipient of the Youth Icon Award 2016, instituted by AKIF and IIF. The speaker ensured that every question was answered. Books on Guru Kalam were gifted to students who asked questions.

Towards the end, tiny-tots from the kindergarten section put up some spirited performances on national integration. Expanding horizons Come 2017, we are taking Mission BBIL to more schools across India.

Schools keen on getting enrolled may email us (billionbeats@gmail.com). It has been a great year with Billion Beats spreading its wing. Wishing you all an inspiring Year 2017!

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