Sunday, July 8, 2018

SYMA seeks your support for Education Aid 2018

Dear Friends, 

Greetings to you from our SYMA – for those who are not familiar ‘Srinivas Youngmen’s Association’ ~ a social service organization rendering service to the downtrodden, working for the betterment of society since 1977.  This post is  focussed on SYMA ~ the Organisation that I have been writing about for many years now, being the Secretary.  It is all about about SYMA’s Educational Aid function held on 7th July 2018   and seeking your financial support for the same.  Please do read this – together we will change the way some students attend school.

NKT Kala mantapam has seen many grand events.  It was the seat promoting ‘Natakam form of Tamil’.  The great RS Manohar inaugurated many of his historic dramas here.  July is a very important month for SYMA - our Educational Aid function, was held on 7th July 2018    at NKT National Girls High School in a small stage erected in front of Kala mandapam.   

We had extremely distinguished Chief Guest Hon’ble Justice Thiru S Baskaran, Judge, Madras High Court and Mr R Venkatnarayanan, Financial Controller of Karix Mobile.   

Hon’ble Justice Thiru S Baskaran   would require no introduction.  Hailing from Thiruthuraipoondi, he enrolled in bar in 1981, became Dist Munsiff in 1988, rose to become Dist Judge in 2001, Registrar (Judicial) Chartered Madras High Court, later becoming a Judge of the Madras High Court

The Madras High Court dates back to 1862 when it was  established in the three Presidency Towns of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras by letters patent granted by Queen Victoria.  Earlier it was Supreme Court of Madras.  Thomas Andrew Lumisden Strange  who earlier  was a chief justice in Nova Scotia, known for waging "judicial war" to free Black Nova Scotian slaves from their owners was the  first Chief Justice of the Madras Presidency. 

From the time Martin Cooper made a  call in 1973 with his Motorola mobile, long after it was patented in 1917 by Eric Tigersted – life has changed.  For all the Apps that we have on mobile to function, we need a platform, and Karix Mobile specializes in such platform and in cloud commuting.  Mr R Venkat Narayanan, a Chartered Accountant is the Financial Controller.  He was our Special Guest.

Srinivas Youngmen's Association popularly (SYMA) has been rendering social service from 1977. We are registered with the Registrar of Societies. With care and concern for the society, we have been actively involved in social service doing multifarious activities which include – coordination with civic authorities in keeping the environ clean, conducting health campaigns – promoting health care and hygiene; organizing Eye Camps, Blood Camps and other camps. In our earnest effort to improve the competitive spirit and to instill confidence in school children, We have been conducting Child Fest every year in which more than 3000 students from around 100 city schools participate.

With a focus on sustainable service, we have two bigger continuing projects :

1) Medical Centre and Laboratory run for the poor wherein free consultation and medicines are provided – popularly known as ரெண்டு ரூவா மருத்துவமனை [Rs. 2 hospital !] This functions between 5 – 7 pm on all days except Sundays and National holidays. Consultation is free and medicines too – provided through regular medical shops with whom we have working arrangement. Around 40 – 50 people utilize this daily. We also have a Medical lab wherein blood and other tests are done at very nominal costs. The running of Medical Centre and Lab costs around Rs.45000/- per month.

2) SYMA Growth – a purposeful special tuition centre for coaching poor students of 10th and 12th standards.  Into its 11th year now, this was inaugurated in  2008 and producing good results year after year, changing the lives of poor children.   This year we have X Std English medium; X Tamil medium; + 2 Science Group and +2 Commerce Group.  Every year, we educate around 130 students selected from weaker sections of the society and that way perhaps we have touched the lives of more than 1000 poor students. 

Through this project we aim to provide quality educational support to students who would otherwise will have no opportunity to such quality education. Education is imparted through qualified senior teaching professionals who are paid nominal fees by us. Classes are conducted on all days of the week. We have created an excellent infrastructure and have dedicated staff for this. The classes are conducted at the premises of National Boys High School, Triplicane for which we pay a nominal rent and some amount towards electricity and other expenses. The project expenditure of our Tuition centre is around Rs. 5.75 lakhs lakhs per year.

Both this projects are  fully  sponsored by Manpower Group this year (2018-19), to whom, we express our deep gratitude.

Education is the only thing that can change the lives of children coming from lower echelons of society.  We firmly believe that only quality education can improve them and ensure their moving to a higher echelon.  For making students attend schools with dignity, we have been providing uniforms for more than 2 decades now.  In the Educational Aid Function conducted now, we provided more than 1000 sets of unstitched uniforms to poor students. In the Educational Aid function, We also provided financial assistance to select college students,   honoured School toppers of various Schools in Triplicane and the toppers of our own tuition centre, SYMA Growth.  Every year we recognize some silent achievers of the Society and this year too we presented SYMA Seva Award to a woman who has been doing great service.

The doors of SYMA lab open in the morning and our Medical centre functions in the evening. For the past many years, Mrs Prema Duraiswamy has been attending our medical centre every day ensuring that our service reaches the intended recipients. She has ensured that our lab and dispensary open earlier than the scheduled time daily and is always at hand in assisting us in all our activities. This 72 year old woman hailing from our ancestral village of Dusi Mamandur is an exceptional role model and SYMA honoured her with ‘Syma Seva Award 2018’ – received by her on stage from Judge Thiru S Baskaran. 

Generally, we collect funds in the months of  July & ahead coinciding with our Educational Aid Programme, though donations are welcome throughout the year. You have patronized us in a big way in the past, and we look forward to receiving your donations this year too. Cheques are to be drawn in the name of  ‘SRINIVAS YOUNGMENS ASSOCIATION’ – payable at Chennai. In case any donor wishes to make a Bank transfer, we will provide details of our Bank A/c on request. Contributions to SYMA are eligible for deduction under Sec 80G (5) (vi) of Income Tax Act, as applicable.

Here are the details of our Current Account with Punjab National Bank.

Punjab National Bank  :  A/c No. 0346002100024570,
Triplicane Branch, Singarachari St. Triplicane, Chennai - 600 005.
RTGS/NEFT IFS Code : PUNB0034600 MICR Code : 600024015

You have all along supported us in a big way and we look forward to your continued support in small or big measure – donations can be Rs.500/- or multiples.  Together we will ensure transformation towards a better Society.

A Big Thank you to you all .. .. .. ……. ……..

With regards
S. Sampathkumar.
Secretary – SYMA; Editor – BLISS
8th July 2018.

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o   To those of you, who have already contributed to SYMA this year, this mail is not to seek additional donation but only to say thanks again.
o   To those who effect bank transfer  - please do email me ( or do send SMS
o   Only select schools were invited for this function ~ the actual distribution was made at NKT Boys High School today morning
o    Some photos of the Educational function is enclosed. A brief report on the Function will feature later.

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