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Class apart: Fitness finds place on campus

- Gym facility for students and teachers of JD Women’s College from today

Students and teachers of JD Women’s College need not watch Jane Fonda and Bipasha Basu’s fitness videos to get into that perfect shape.

Come Wednesday, they can sweat it out and shed the extra flab at the college gymnasium, without burning a hole in their pockets.

Students and teachers are ecstatic about the gym, the first for any college in the capital. The students can avail of the facility by paying a nominal sum, while it’s free for the faculty. The admission fee to gyms in the capital is around Rs 1,000, while monthly charges vary between Rs 1,000 and Rs 3,000.

“Students would have to pay Rs 100 every month to use the gym, while the facility would be free for teachers. Users can work out on the treadmill, the elliptical and eight station (multi) gyms. The college authorities plan to buy more equipment in the future,” said Rekha Mishra, the personality development course co-ordinator-cum-gym in-charge.

Art, culture and youth affairs minister Sukhda Pandey would do the honours at the institution in a first-of-its-kind initiative. Equipment for the gym was bought with the grant of Rs 4 lakh the institution received from the department.

Proud about the new facility, college principal Usha Singh said her institution would be the first in Patna to have an on-campus gym. “We are really very happy to take a lead in this. We hope other colleges take inspiration and open gyms on their campuses. After all, students would benefit the most. Gym today has become an important part of our lifestyle. Students don’t get much time to work out. They are either busy attending classes or tuitions. Some guardians don’t allow their wards (girls) to visit gyms. The new facility would be a boon to our students. They can work out after their classes and stay fit,” said Singh.

Rashmi Singh, a BSc student of the college, said: “I want a size-zero figure. I am slim but I don’t have size-zero figure. I would surely hit the gym at our college daily. Students must take benefit of such a facility at our institution,” said Singh.

Apoorva Tripathi, Rashmi’s friend, said: “Staying healthy is very important. I plan to work out at my college gym to increase my stamina.”

The faculty, too, was not left behind in enthusiasm. Lakshmi Sinha, an English teacher of the college, said: “I am very happy about the new gym facility at our college. What makes me proud is that our college is the first one to have such a facility. Many good things are happening at our college. It is among the colleges that were chosen as centre for excellence by the University Grants Commission.”