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Loyola hearts beat for students

Around 100 alumni of Loyola School currently studying in Manipal University, Karnataka, are easing the way for Jamshedpur newbies on this southern campus.

This close-knit group has formed a circle called Loyoleans in Manipal and has a Facebook group.

Freshers from Jamshedpur can hope to get a warm welcome from them. From homesickness counselling to hostel accommodation, from advice on which academic stream to select to which textbooks to buy or download, from medical help in emergencies to protection from bullies — you can expect anything from this group.

Nishith Sinha of Loyola School Class of 2011 and currently second-year student of computer science and engineering at the deemed university said that earlier they had restricted activities to fellow alumni, but now from this June-July session they started helping all students from Jamshedpur.

“This circle of Loyola School students at Manipal is three years old, formed in 2010. From this year, we are pitching in to help youngsters from Jamshedpur settle properly. We have a fellow feeling for students of the steel city irrespective of their schools,” said Nishith.

This year, the group has so far helped 13 students from Jamshedpur. Nishith added that the idea to form the group struck them because of the number of Loyola students on Manipal campus.

“Every year, around 20 students from Loyola flock to Manipal to pursue engineering, medical, BBA, BCA, pharmacy and dental courses. As a group, it became easier to address the problems of newcomers. Now, students from all over Jamshedpur can leverage this advantage,” he said.

Even before stepping on Karnataka soil, Manipal University aspirants from Jamshedpur can contact the group on Facebook for tips on studies, extracurricular activities, hostel accommodation and anything else on their mind.

Nishith added that Loyoleans wielded considerable clout in the deemed varsity’s debating and literary club.

Loyola School principal Father Victor Misquith told The Telegraph that he knew the existence of the circle at Manipal University.

“I hope they keep doing the good work and spread the values taught at school,” he said.