A controversy-ridden build-up might have taken the sheen off the Commonwealth Games, but scores of unfazed volunteers are trying to lift the gloom by doing their bit to make the event a success.
"We work well beyond our normal duty hours because we feel the Games are a matter of national pride and every Indian should do his or her bit to make the Games a grand success," say volunteers working at the accreditation centre for the Games at Pragati Maidan.
The volunteers at the centre, who are mostly college students, work for six hours everyday while managing their studies during the remainder of the time for the October 3 to 14 mega-event.
"These days I am very busy because I have to juggle between college, studies and work for the Games, but at the end of the day, the satisfaction of having done something for the country is a big reward in itself," says Saurav, a volunteer who is pursuing an engineering degree in electronics.
About experience of the job, the volunteers are a satisfied lot as they feel the challenges and opportunities associated with it have improved their man-management skills.
"Since we get to communicate with people from different countries and different states of India, our communication skills have improved tremendously. We have developed a lot of confidence while handling people we don't know," said another Ridhima (21), an under-graduate student of management.
Though their job doesn't entitle them to any monetary benefit, volunteers carry out their work with sincerity and efficiency, something that has so far eluded the preparation for the event.
Ajitesh, an engineering student from the prestigious Amity university gives a measure of their sincerity towards the work -- "Unlike colleges, no volunteer bunks his duty here."
The volunteers, who were selected after a rigorous process of interviews, underwent a multi-stage training program involving general, role-specific, venue-specific and leadership training before they were asked to report on duty.