Class in train compartment

Narayan Samal of Dhunkapada village had never stepped foot inside a railway compartment. The first-year welding student at the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) here from one of the most inaccessible areas of south Odisha now sits inside a railway compartment every time he attends theory classes. Only this compartment doesn't run on tracks.

By Sunil Patnaik in Berhampur
  • Published 13.09.18
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Berhampur: Narayan Samal of Dhunkapada village had never stepped foot inside a railway compartment. The first-year welding student at the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) here from one of the most inaccessible areas of south Odisha now sits inside a railway compartment every time he attends theory classes. Only this compartment doesn't run on tracks.

Students of the institute have come together to paint the corridors in shades of blue to resemble railway coaches in a nod to many friends who spent countless hours travelling in trains to attend classes in school.

The new paint has also livened up the corridor than the usual yellow-white colours. Samal said: "There is no railway link to my village, but now I feel like sitting inside a train when I attend my theory classes and it's a great feeling."

His classmate, D. Anil of Nimakhandi, has also never travelled in a train said painting the walls inspired him to study seriously. "I hope that all my friends in Nimakhandi come to the ITI to study."

General painter trade student Arismita Kumari Rana took part in the painting and said she feels blessed to have done it. "I joined in the first year and the faculty members permitted me to paint the wall. It has created enormous interest in my studies," she said.

S. Sachidananda Achari, the faculty member of the general painter trade who guided the students, said: "We adopted this concept to generate more interest among the students. We started the painting 25 days ago and it will be completed within a few days. Forty students of my class have taken up this job as a challenge."

"Though most of them are raw hands, they are doing it as professionals with great skill. It will help them in their practical experience," he said. The rail theme inspiration, however, came after browsing the Internet, he said.

Principal Rajat Kumar Panigrahi said the idea of the painting was to make the institute an educational wonderland. "With this, ITI-Berhampur has now become a centre of attraction for the few students who were irregular. Many are flocking to the classrooms," he said.