Tuesday, June 15

Colleges fill pandemic vacuum, bond with students with online quiz, fest

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 Colleges in the city are coming up with new ideas to bridge the gap the pandemic has imposed on society and bond with each other virtually. Teachers, college authorities and even students have been organizing events to nurture their creativity and keep the lockdown fatigue at bay.
Lady Brabourne College organised its annual sports online, while Bethune College went ahead with its annual fest and prize distribution ceremony on the virtual platform. J D Birla Institute has been organising several activities online, including Saraswati Puja last month. Inter-college clubs at St Xavier’s have been holding quiz, skit and debate. Principals feel these activities were important not only to break the monotony but also to strengthen the bond.
“Students have been confined to their homes for almost a year now. They have not been meeting their friends or teachers as classes have been taking place online. Even sporting activities have been put on hold. Such restrictions are bound to take a toll on physical fitness and overall well-being of students,” said Lady Brabourne principal Siuli Sarkar. Last month, they held online sports, which included competitions on yoga, sit-ups and skipping. “They participated from their homes and the enthusiasm was evident. The judges ranked them from the college auditorium,” she said.

Bethune College’s annual fest Alaap and prize distribution went online. “These are two annual events our students wait for throughout the year. We could not cancel these and disappoint them. Co-curricular activities play a big role in strengthening the relationship between students and their colleges. Our students performed online that was viewed by many people,” said an official of Bethune College.

Saraswati Puja has always been a popular campus celebration and teachers and principal of J D Birla Institute did not want to cancel it. Instead, they shifted it to online. The puja, rituals and other activities were streamed live on social media platforms. “It was our way of telling our students that occasions important to them are important to us. The arrangements were made by the teaching and non-teaching staff of the college. Students performed online,” said principal Deepali Singhee.

Loreto College organised the 21st Annual Reunion by Loreto College Alumnae Association online, which was attended by current and former students, teachers, former principals and Loreto sisters. The programme included songs and piano recitals by former students, a quiz contest on the city’s heritage and Loreto College and a virtual tour of the institute. “We need more such events in these times to break the monotony and interact with others for strength,” said principal Christine Coutinho.

Source: Times of India

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