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400 students to lend colour to fest
- Kolhan University makes participation compulsory for all affiliated colleges

Jamshedpur, Feb. 4: All 25 colleges under Kolhan University, Chaibasa, will have to participate in the three-day Youth Festival to be hosted from February 11-13. That’s the order from the varsity.

Called “Shanti-Satrangi: Colours of Peace”, the cultural extravaganza aims at motivating youths on positive thinking, leading to holistic development. About 400 students will participate in the three-day festival to be inaugurated by state food and consumer affairs minister Barkunwar Gagrai.

“This is the first time that a youth festival in the state has a theme. It will provide a platform where higher education and culture will meet. Though participation in such festivals at other universities is optional, we want every college to be a part of the extravaganza,” said Laxmisree Banerjee, pro vice-chancellor of KU.

The budget of the fest is about Rs 6 lakh. Apart from promising proper accommodation and transport facilities to participating students, the university, together with the 25 colleges, will also take care of the security aspect.

Kolhan University has approached the district administration for providing security personnel besides requesting the students’ unions to co-operate in conducting a hassle-free programme.

“Within our resources, we are trying our best to provide maximum facilities to the participating students. We will personally inspect the condition of the hostels. I will inspect the boys’ hostel while the pro vice-chancellor will take a round of the girls’ hostel. We are taking care of every minute detail so that students are comfortable,” said registrar S.S. Razi.

“We are proud that we have got the opportunity to organise such a huge festival within five months of the formation of the university. It is a difficult task, but we are sure to taste success. To ensure healthy competition, we have invited judges from both Jamshedpur and Chaibasa,” the pro vice-chancellor added.

A total of 20 competitions in categories such as solo dance, choreography, group dance, classical, eastern instrumental, western instrumental, debate, film-making, creative writing and rangoli will be held. A Chhau performance will bring the curtains down on the fest.

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