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Ethnic flavour to freshers’ welcome

Patna, Oct. 19: Second-year students of Indian Institute of Business Management (IIBM) today welcomed their juniors. The postgraduate diploma in management students also celebrated ethnic day on the institute premises.

Students, teachers and administrative officials decked up in traditional attire. Boys came dressed in kurta pyjama or sherwani, the girls draped in designer saris. IIBM director A.K. Nayak and executive director Rohit Singh also joined the students in the celebrations.

The events of the day began with a ramp show. The first-year students were asked to introduce themselves. They also had to face questions from their seniors.

A number of entertaining games like inflating balloons and then bursting them, sipping soft drinks, eating rasgulla with one’s hands tied and putting on nail polish were also organised.

First-year student Pranay Shankar, who won the bursting the balloons contest, told The Telegraph: “When my name came up for the contest, I thought this was going to be really awkward. But soon I lost my inhibition and started to burst the balloons fast. It was amazing. My seniors kept encouraging me. This was a new experience for me and I really enjoyed myself. I think I made a good impression on everyone by enthusiastically taking part in the competition.”

Students who took part in the ramp walk were asked a number of questions by the judges.

Asked what she thought were the qualities that made a woman of substance, first-year student Namrata Singh said: “Honesty, good behaviour and a compassionate nature make a woman of substance.”

Another student Neha Jaiswal was asked what outfit, she thought, suited her the best. She replied: “I think I look great in what I am wearing today.” She wore a sari.

Asked who her role model was, first-year student Nupur Priya said: “My brother is my role model. He was there when I needed him the most. I got poor marks in my pre-board examination. But he supported me and coached me day and night. It was because of his efforts that I came out with flying colours.”

The first-year students said they were overwhelmed by the welcome given by their seniors.

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