Udupi: SMC Shirva Students Organise Rally to Campaign for Wearing Helmets

Udupi: The district police have been initiating several steps to promote road safety. One among them is the compulsory wearing of helmets by students. The rise in fatal accidents and deaths of youth in the district has been a great concern for the District Superintendent of Police Annamalai K. In his letter to the principals and institutional heads, Annamalai has urged them to make wearing of helmets compulsory for the students. The move was widely accepted and St Mary’s College Shirva led by Prof. Rajan V N soon interacted with the students in this regard. The student’s response was overwhelming; they responded positively to Annamalai’s letter as he is widely accepted as their icon.

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Students along with their principal Rajan met Annamalai and discussed with him the pros and cons of implementing the decision. The decision of making helmets compulsory in the college premises was appreciated by the Correspondent of the institution, Fr Stany Tauro and the Campus Director, Fr Anil Castelino.

Likewise on October 1, Shirva campus has made it mandatory to wear helmets in the campus. Students had also organised a vehicle rally to create awareness on wearing helmets for safety. The rally was flagged off by Fr Stany Tauro. The rally started from St Mary’s College, Shirva and culminated at Pilarkhan. Students in 58 bikes were seen wearing helmets and pillion riders holding placards signifying the importance of wearing helmets.

A formal stage function was organised at the St Mary’s College Shirva after an hour long rally. Fr Anil Castelino presided over the programme. Prof. Rajan V N welcomed the gathering.

To highlight the event further, there was a release of a short film based on road safety awareness under the guidance of the SP Annamalai, whose video message was recorded at the end. The short film was directed by Prathvi Castelino of II Bcom along with Anush, Sushanth Poojary, Shajan and Austin Alva. The cinematography was done by Anson D’Souza. The short film was later screened.

Karkala CPI GM Naikar, vice-president of Parish Pastoral Council Wilson D’Souza and others were present.

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