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Game for Holi cheer

Red, pink, green, purple and many more colours rained on the colleges of Patna last week during various Holi programmes organised at the institutions.

Friday was a busy day at Patna Women’s College, Magadh Mahila College and JD Women’s College.

At Magadh Mahila College, final-year students decorated every department with gulal.

Rimmi, a final-year student of the English department, was in a joyous mood. “It was our last day in college so we played with gulal. These moments will never come back and can never be forgotten,” she said. The girls ensured the day was special and went back home with sweet memories.

Dance of colours

Patna Women’s College organised a Holi Milan like every year and it was a riot of colours. Teachers joined in with the students and smeared each other.

The celebration started with a dance competition in which six groups from different departments participated. Popular Holi songs of Bollywood, including Aao re aao khelo Holi and Holiya mein ude re gulal, were some of the picks. Students of the BEd department came first followed by the bachelor of business administration and zoology departments.

“It was my first Holi celebration at college and I was very excited about it. Everyone on their way out was smeared with gulal, which I am sure will take lot of effort to remove. We had a splash,” said Pooja Kumari, a first-year student.

Time for laughs

Dahi-hari, matka phor, ball of fortune, treasure hunt and drop the bottle were the fun activities in store for students of Cimage College on March 13.

Apart from different activities at the Holi Mela Utsav on campus, the food stalls attracted everyone. On offer were thandai, badam shake, macaroni, chow mein, momo, dahi-vada and litti-chokha. A hasya kavi sammelan was also organised where the participants regaled the audience with humorous poems.

Track & field

St Xavier’s College of Education, Patna, organised its 24th annual sports meet on March 9. Vivek Srivastava, joint director, Intelligence Bureau, attended the event as the chief guest. Syed Shamael Ahmad, president, Private Schools and Children Welfare Association, Patna, was the guest of honour.

The captains (two for each) of the four houses — Gandhi, Aurobindo, Tagore and Zakir — took out a march past at the start of the meet.

BEd and MEd students were full of enthusiasm in the track-and-field events. Aruna Tigga and Rohit Joy were declared individual champions, while Aurobindo House walked away with the champion’s shield.

The winners of the day received their prizes and certificates from the chief guest, guest of honour and Father T. Nishant, the principal of St Xavier’s College.

Ahmad said: “Teachers are the nation builders and it’s really great to see prospective teachers (the BEd and MEd students) actively participating in the track and field events. They would in the long run train children in schools.”

Srivastava said: “Physical training is an important element in the teacher-training curriculum, which is neglected in schools and colleges. The St Xavier’s College of Education is doing a lot in this direction.”

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