City college wins SIFE national competition

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Chennai, Jun 24 (UNI) The city-based Alpha Arts and Science College won the SIFE National Competition held at Mumbai for its pioneering Sea weed cultivation project, which successfully made it an alternative occupation for the tsunami affected fishermen community.

The victory would enable the Alpha college to represent India in the World Cup to be held at Singapore from October one to three this year.

More than 100 students from 35 colleges in India, participated in the SIFE nationals, the regional competitions for which were held in Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.

JIS College (Kolkata) finished Runner-up and Jesus and Mary College (Delhi) received the Rookie award of the year.

The Spirit of the SIFE Award was given to Soka Ikeda College (Chennai).

An official release here said tsunami completely ravaged Pannayarkuppam village of Tamil Nadu and the fishermen were looking for an alternative occupation. As their expertise lay in sea-related activities, these children of the sea were unable to adapt to any other occupation.

A team from Alpha Arts and Science College, representing SIFE India, undertook the Sea weed cultivation project and successfully made it an alternative occupation for the Fishermen community.

This team ensured the profitability of the project and analysed the global market statistics to establish it among the fishermen community. They identified buyers and suppliers of seaweed across India and made PEPSICO, a major buyer of this community.

Eminent personalities formed the panel of judges and selected Alpha for the National award.

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