Sachin unplugged: Exam or no exam, who would want to miss the maestro in full flow'
As India gets hotter on the field, the student plight gets that much harder to bear. There is nothing ‘super’ about stressing about exams during the Sixes. As Sachin bats like a dream, a fan’s worst nightmare is coming true. It may be too late now for the batch of 2003, but for future examinees, here is Time to Talk’s final instalment in response to the poser ‘Should exams be rescheduled if they clash with sporting events'’
lIt is definitely a good idea to reschedule internal exams if they clash with sporting events. But what will happen to candidates for the Boards' The finals cannot be rescheduled as that would result in delaying the admission procedure and disrupting the entire academic routine of the year.
IIIrd year, Asutosh College
lSchools and colleges should not normally reschedule exams if they clash with a sporting event. But if the event is to decide the champion of champions, the answer is YES. The entire nation wants to sit in front of the TV set and watch the Indian team play, rather than be under the pressure of exams.
lYou can’t make everyone happy at the same time. Exams are held at various times in different institutes, and it would be impossible to reschedule all of them.
Md. Tarique Nisar,
Ist year, St Xavier’s College
lStudies should get the topmost priority in a student’s life. It is much more important than any sporting event. It would be ridiculous to change the routine of the education system and delay examinations for the mere temporary pleasure of sports.
Class XII, Modern High School
lStudents who are to fare well will do so despite the World Cup. Good students know the importance of exams. The matches could also be a pleasant break after a long period of study. The games will just be an excuse for irregular students to avoid studying. Publication of results on time will also pose a severe problem for examiners and students.
Class X, Shri Daulatram Nopany Vidyalaya
lWe, students, can’t concentrate on our studies because of the on-going World Cup. The HS exams are around the corner, but we have all decided to take out time to watch the matches, which come only once in four years. If we don’t appear for our exams, our parents will be very disappointed.
Tulip Kumar Saha,
Class XII, Barasat Peary Charan Sarkar Govt High School
lThere is always something or the other coming up, and schools can’t change their calendars to accommodate everything a student is interested in. In fact, there should always be some sport to watch alongside our studies so we can take breaks in between our study sessions.
Class IX, Modern High School
lI think schools and colleges must reschedule the exams if they clash with the World Cup as most students would not like to miss the action. They will have to wait four years for this excitement.
IIIrd year, Asutosh College
lBoth studies and the World Cup are a “Big Thing” in our lives. No one wants to miss either. We are well aware of the cut-throat competition we will face when we start looking for jobs. So we have no choice but to miss the World Cup for our exams. But while postponing exams is not an option, the authorities could arrange the papers so we can enjoy the major matches.
Class XI, Shri Shikshayatan
lSchools could consider rescheduling exams for the really big sporting events that come after a long time, like the World Cup. It would be nice for those appearing for their board exams if the concerned authority would draw up considerate schedules.
Mahadevi Birla Girls
lIf the authorities had taken the initiative to reschedule the exams due to the World Cup, it would have been great. As the fixtures had been announced a long time ago, the clash could have been avoided. Now, as dates have been fixed, it is not practical to juggle them.
Class XII, Modern High School
Culture on campus
The annual social of the engineering faculty of Jadavpur University (JU), Sanskriti, gripped the campus through all of last week. The weeklong fest was inaugurated with the student play, Natok Noy, marked by impressive performances. Neil Mukherjee followed with his folk music.
Day II saw the start of the competitive events, and it was swept by the hosts all the way. Snehasish Sarkar of the chemistry department aced the eastern group and solo. The JU team won the ‘Game Show’ race, as well as the Antakshari. A mellow evening of Bengali music featuring Indrani Sen capped off the day’s show.
The following day saw some success for visiting teams, with Netaji Subhash Engineering College emerging first in the western group and solo. But Lady Luck was back on JU’s side for the Biz Quiz, before the entertainment act of the day, the play Winkle Twinkle, grabbed all the attention.
Not only was the choreography competition riveting, it smashed all notions that engineers don’t know how to party. R-Beat, a group from the university’s engineering department, stood first. The night’s musical line-up included Bangla bands Dohar and Sahar, blending folk with rock.
The debate on whether “war is the only solution to the Iraq controversy” set the scene for heated arguments, before the louder decibels of heavy metal took over, courtesy the Mumbai-based rock gig Brahma.
On the final night, March 9, JU was in for a real pop treat with Euphoria belting out hits. As Palash Sen took the stage, the crowd just kept on growing. Students from city colleges danced the night away as the curtains came down on Sanskriti.
— Anisha Baksi,
|Part of an exhibition of posters by Andrez Krauze, Guardian cartoonist, to promote the “importance of citizenship and the universality of human rights” at the British Council, on till March 22. One leg of Hearts & Minds, a countrywide event, the posters explore themes of children and their rights and responsibilities as citizens of the world. Photographs taken by kids from 11 Calcutta NGOs have travelled to other cities to be exhibited, too. Pictures by Pabitra Das
The Apeejay Anand Library, in collaboration with the Apeejay School, organised its annual art workshop on the lawns of Apeejay House on February 26.
‘Our World’ was the theme given to over 800 kids from NGO-run schools like CINI-Asha, Future Hope, Rainbow, Child Welfare School, Sabera Foundation and Apeejay Library, and mainstream schools like St James, Birla High, Future Foundation, Heritage School, Assembly of God Church, Ashok Hall, Lakshimipat Singhania Academy and Apeejay School.
Artists like Shyamal Ray, Chandrima Ray, Shekhar Roy, Sanatan Dinda, Ashok Mallick, Jaya Ganguly, Debabrata Hazra, Somnath Maity and chief guest Sunil Das dropped by to take a look at the work produced by the kids, aged between six and 12 years, before sharing anecdotes from their own childhood.
— Sangeet Shirodkar,
War of words
The XIV Father Joris Memorial Trophy Nihil Ultra Debate, organised by the St Xavier’s College Alumni Association, was held on Sunday morning.
‘In the opinion of the House, in India, medical doctors surpass politicians in unethical practices’, was the topic of contention at the college auditorium, fought out by Xaverians and medical doctors.
Former students of the college Suman Mukherjee, Utpal Bose, Hemant Kanoria, A.P. Singh and Vijay Chandramani battled it out for the motion, against a panel of doctors including Samir Banerjee, Krishnendu Mukherjee, Kunal Sarkar, Sandeep Chatterjee and Indrajit Sarkar, with Justice Sushanta Chatterjee (retd) as moderator of the event. Finally, the doctors succeeded in defeating the motion.