SCHOOL AND college students have been most affected by the curfew in the city. While some rejoiced at the closure of their institutions many others lamented at missing out on important classes before board exams or even worse on a job opportunity during campus placement.
The most interesting case was at Vaishnav Institute of Management where insurance company ING Vaishya had come for conducting campus placement. The company officials, entrusted with carrying out the recruitment drive, had arrived from Bangalore. They said that they were unaware of the events in the city and carried out the placements.
The company was offering lucrative salary packages as high as Rs 2.50 lakh per annum. But the situation in the City, with most areas on the western fringes of the City under curfew, took its toll on the attendance level. Added to this was the unavailability of any mode of transport be it the auto rickshaw or the city bus that kept off the road in these areas.
Resultantly, the participation figure from four colleges combined could not go above 60. Those who could make it, however, thanked their stars, as the curfew had maximized their chances of selection. School/college campuses serve as a barometer to check the pulse of the nation by getting to know the response of youth on issues concerning the society at hand or the nation at large.
V-Day celebrated against odds
LOVE IS in the air with Valentine’s Day being celebrated all over the world and it can be witnessed nowhere more than on college campuses, the seditious hotspots of clandestine love. This time, however, the young lovers were faced with not only the menace of self-imposed moral police but also of the unexpected curfew. Nevertheless, the colours in college gardens had increased with additional flowers brought in for gifting.
The youth have recently become more expressive in their show of love due to the liberating influence of television and Internet. But at the same time they have also come under threat from self-righteous moralists. The moralists declared that couples found romancing in public places would be forced to give an undertaking that they would tie the knot or would be made to tie ‘rakhi’ on the spot. Backed by cops, they search public parks and roam near colleges, restaurants and discotheques in hunt of their victim.
To add to the woes of the lovers was the fact that half the City was closed due to curfew and many boys and girls were not able to make it to college as they always did on the pretext of attending an important lesson or extra class. The problem had increased manifold for lovers belonging to different communities, who feared retribution in the wake of communal clashes.
Those who could make it to campus, however, brought in a kaleidoscope of colours. The high price tag of roses and exotic flowers did not deter the students. They said that love is not only physical but also platonic and the gifts and flowers could be for friends and teachers as well, thereby, continuing to bring vibrancy in their campuses.