This time, the college fests won’t be all about contests, fun and frolic.
With the fear of swine flu looming large, several city colleges that have their fests lined up in the next one and half months, are taking necessary precautions.
“All visitors and participants to Umang, the four-day inter-college fest of Narsee Monjee College, need to carry a medical certificate declaring them fit to participate in the fest,” said Vikas Mantri, principal, Narsee Monjee College.
We would adopt all possible preventive measures to prevent the spread of swine flu,” he added.
Umang is scheduled to begin on August 12.
“The participation from outstation colleges in Umang will be minimal. We have personally called up principals and asked them to provide medical clearance letter to all participants,” said Raj Desai, a third-year Bcom student and chairperson of Umang 2009.
“Umang will take place as per the schedule and no changes would take place in the fest,” he added.
Malhar, the inter-college fest of St Xavier’s College scheduled between August 14 and August 16, has declined participation by all outstation colleges.
“Participants from local colleges will be allowed on the condition that they should have medical clearances from the principals of their respective colleges,” stated Father Frazer, principal, St Xavier’s College, in a press release.
“Colleges have acknowledged our concern for the health of the students and have been very co-operative,” said Shruti Raghavendran, vice-chairperson, Malhar.
“We have issued an advisory asking them to not send students who have flu symptoms for the fest. Malls and multiplexes are not shut and people are commuting by public transport,” he said.
None of the participants have backed out yet, so I am hoping for the best,” added Raghavendran.