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College fests for a cause

education Updated: Sep 17, 2011 14:43 IST
Pooja Maheshwary

It seems like campus festivals are doing their bit for the society. From raising funds through bike rallies to teaching street children B-boying (break dance), youngsters are making significant attempts to give back to the world.

Recently, Malhar, the popular cultural fest of St. Xavier’s college, witnessed an enthusiastic participation from student contingents of various colleges in a clean-up drive. Shannon Tellis, organiser from the public relations department of Malhar, says, “The Chaka Chak event saw maximum participation with students combing Dadar beach for garbage. They then segregated the recyclable waste from the non-recyclable components.”

Malhar 2011 also had a crash course for street children on B-boying. Funds were raised to support various NGOs through a multi-sports event called Triathlon that saw students cycle, run and participate in an obstacle race for a cause.

Sophia College’s festival, Kaleidoscope, too tied up with an organisation. For Young India to promote various social causes. “Our event, Dance for a Cause had students endorsing social messages though their performances. Popular ideas supported were abolition of female foeticide and child marriage,” says Ruchika Bothra, a member of the public relations department.

Similarly, Narsee Monjee’s fest, Umang promoted the Go Green campaign, wherein youngsters visited different schools and encouraged school kids to plant trees. They conducted workshops that created awareness about the increasing level of pollution in the city. Recently, students of Wilson College too organised a bike rally during their BMS festival, Adorea, the proceeds of which were donated to an old-age home called Jivan Asha.

And most of the students are very proud to do their bit for the society. As Ketav Mehta, a core group member of IIT Powai’s fest Mood Indigo, puts it, “Our campus receives more than 70,000 students every year. With such a huge platform, it becomes our responsibility to promote social issues that are plaguing our society. In this way, we connect with people and give back to the world we live in.”