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Hang-out zones

Fun and frolic are part and parcel of campus life.

In-between classes or after a hectic day, chatty sessions and laughter are like a

dollop of fresh air. The Telegraph checks out the on-campus chill out zones of students:

IIT-Patna

Hot spot: Gymkhana

Activities: Talk, talk and talk. From the future plans of US President Obama to the canteen menu, students discuss everything at the Gymkhana. Gals or boys, everybody speaks out with an open mind

Wide angle: “Sipping coke or munching on snacks, we share our personal problems with each other. At times, they are even sorted out by buddies. Some of our seniors even found their life partners here,” said a third-year student, not keen on disclosing his identity

BIT-Patna

Hot spot: New lawn tennis ground

Activities: Serves and volleys on the court in the evening. Chat sessions off it.

While sports enthusiasts hit the court to sharpen their tennis skills, others sit on the sidelines in groups and chart their future paths

Wide angle: “Placements trends at various BITs is the oft-discussed issue,” said Indranil Goswami, a final-year BIT student. Three BIT-Mesra students getting placement offer of Rs 90 lakh per annum is the latest talking point

NIT-Patna

Hot spot: Canteen

Activities: Having food and fun under one roof. Budding techies simply enjoy pulling up buddies over trivial issues. Latest movies are dissected over steaming cups of tea at most tables

Wide angle: “How the new director’s steps are affecting students are discussed in a hush-hush tone. As half of the students are from Bihar, Lalu and Nitish also often become hot topics of discussion,” said a second-year student

Chanakya National Law University

Hot spot: Rear side of the library

Activities: Law graduates chalk out their strategy for moot court competitions at other law institutes, fests and debates. Political affairs are also discussed at length

Wide angle: “Movies, sports and affairs of batchmates sell like hot cakes when we meet in the evening,” said Saurav Singh, a CNLU student

Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna

Hot spot: Auditorium staircase, badminton court and institute lawns

Activities: Sports lovers exchange drop shots on the badminton court or run a few yards on the floodlit lawns.

Romantics cosy up on the auditorium staircase. The serious ones scan business papers under lights

Wide angle: “Group discussions on non-academic issues are common. Gossip on the latest campus lovebirds are savoured by all,” said a second-year student

Patna College

Hot spot: Ground in front of the academics building

Activities: Discussing politics and checking out the latest books on competitive exams

Wide angle: “Now, we discuss the ensuing varsity elections most of the time,” said Rajeev Kumar, a second-year history student

Magadh Mahila College

Hot spot: Basketball court

Activities: Sports on the court and chitchat on its sidelines

Wide angle: “Those on the court stop playing and run to the sidelines if they hear non-players like us are discussing about dudes of other colleges,” said a humanities student on the condition of anonymity

Freshers’ day bash

Senior and junior MCA students got to know each other at a freshers’ day programme at AN College on November 10. Music and fun were the key elements of the function.

Both first-year and third-year students performed. While the seniors matched steps to Radha teri chunri from the recent blockbuster Student of the Year, the juniors danced to Chalka re, chalka re… from the 2002-Rani Mukerji and Vivek Oberoi-starrer Saathiya.

The students were also heartened to find their principal and MCA department in-charge Lalan Singh among them.

Anand Shankar, a second-year student, said: "Such functions create a bond between the seniors and the juniors. It allows for a bonhomie and they can help each other later."

Mehar, a first-year student, said: “The freshers’ day gave us a chance to introduce ourselves to our seniors.”

Diwali fair

The BCom department of Magadh Mahila College organised a Diwali fair on campus on November 10. While students had a lot of fun peddling designer lamps, candles, rangoli designs and accessories, they also got a hands-on experience in conducting business.

BCom course co-ordinator Bharati Bagchi said: “Most of the items available at the stalls were made by the students. Students of or college are very talented - they are skilled at different things, including handicraft and cooking.”

Food was another attraction at the fair — visitors had a plethora of choices, including phuchka, pasta, kebab, momo and ice cream.Students taking part in the fair were also very happy. “We sold products worth Rs 1,500 within an hour,” said sociology student Prerna Kumari, who was selling Diwali accessories.

Fight pollution

St Xavier’s College and St Xavier’s College of Management and Technology took care to not pollute while celebrating Diwali on November 10.

Lighting traditional diyas, students abstained from bursting crackers. Instead, they put up posters with messages like “No to crackers, no to air pollution” to decorate their institutions.

Roshan Kumar and Shuchismita Chakraborty


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