Archive for August, 2010

Published: Monday, Aug 23, 2010, 9:20 IST
By Maitreyee Boruah | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA

The mood in colleges across Bangalore is carnivalesque. After all, the season of campus festivals has just set in. The college fiestas are only getting bigger and bigger with corporates more than willing to spend big bucks to be part of the celebration of youth.

From brand names like PepsiCo India, Kingfisher Premium, ForceIndia, Flykingfisher, Airtel and Uninor to real estate companies like Prestige Group, corporate companies, cutting across sectors, are strutting their brand values in the college carnivals.

With the coming of the big brands, the budget of the campus carnivals too has shot up and touched even Rs30 lakh, in some of the colleges.

“We spent about Rs22 lakh this year for our college festival, Autumn Muse. Several companies like PepsiCo India and Uninor were among our sponsors. Big airline and hospitality companies too pitched in and took care of the travelling and accommodation of our celebrity guests. Otherwise, our budget would have run into Rs35 lakh easily,” Jino Joy, president, St John’s Medical College Students’ Association, told DNA.

The premier medical college in the city celebrated the 20th edition of Autumn Muse, the annual music and sports event organised by the St John’s College Students’ Association. The event which was organised after a gap of three years, cost double that of its last edition. “The budget of the 19th edition was about Rs9 lakh,” said Jino.

“About 10,000 students from various colleges of the country took part in the four-day long event. So we needed a huge amount of money to host the event. We are glad that several companies helped us in our endeavour,” said Jino.

Admitting that money had started playing a big role in the college fiestas, Prof Clement D’Souza, student welfare officer of St Joseph’s College, said that every college wants to have the best festival.

“Of course, lakhs and lakhs of rupees are spent in these college festivals. However, our college makes it a point not to send students to hunt for sponsors. If sponsors come on their own, we welcome them. The college too funds the festival,” said D’Souza.
St Joseph’s College will host its annual festival, Visages, in September.

A teacher of another popular college of the city saidthe entry of corporates and their money in college festivals was a dangerous trend.

“I feel all colleges are running after sponsors to make their festivals bigger. Students are supposed to study and not hunt for sponsors. The authorities should discourage such trends,” warned the teacher.

Authorities of two-month-old Jain College, Jayanagar which
concluded the celebration of its first campusfestival, Udbhava, last week said that their festival concentrated mostly on creative aspect of students, instead of spending huge amounts of money.

“We had no sponsors this year. The entire fiesta was funded by the college. The budget was meagre, about Rs3 lakh. We concentrated on quality and not quantity,” said BT Venkatesh, principal, Jain College, Jayanagar

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Published: Sunday, Aug 22, 2010, 1:10 IST
By Maitreyee Boruah | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA

Rock concerts and fashions shows are passé. As far as college fests are concerned, taking the lead is St Joseph’s College, it will host its annual festival ‘Visages’ in September.

“Over the years, college festivals across Bangalore are focusing more on Western culture. We have nothing against it,” said Clement D’Souza, student welfare officer of St Joseph’s College, adding, “but, our college is making an attempt to bring to light the best of Indian culture and tradition, since last year.”

In a bid to connect with the ‘other India’, they will invite students
from rural and government colleges from across Karnataka to participate in ‘Visages’.

“This time we will lay emphasis on different traditional and folk music, from various parts of the country,” said D’Souza. The festival is also seen as a platform to bring into the spotlight themes like “unity and nationalism among fellow Indians through different events”, he said.

Recently, St John’s Medical College celebrated the 20th edition of ‘Autumn Muse’, and invited students from various parts of India, as a part of its national integration programme.

“Around 10,000 students from at least 100 colleges from various parts of the country participated in the four-day long event,” said Jino Joy, president, St John’s Medical College Students’ Association.

“The idea is to use college fests as a platform to interact and spend time with students from across the country, he said. A Mount Carmel College teacher said that the college had tried to bring in more traditional elements into its annual festival ‘Cul-Ah’.

Two-month old Jain College, Jayanagar which concluded its first fest ‘Udbhava’ on Wednesday, college authorities said, “It had a good mélange of Indian and western programmes.”

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DNA DAILY – Bangalore – MUSE 2010 (curtain Raiser)

Published: Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010, 4:23 IST
By Team DNA | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA

It is time for aspiring doctors at Bangalore’s premier St John’s Medical College to put aside, albeit for a while, their stethoscopes and scalpels and test their skills in music and sports.

At least 20,000 students from about 100 colleges from across the country will be joining in the fun and frolic at Autumn Muse, which is among the biggest campus events in the country.

The 20th edition of Autumn Muse, the annual music and sports event organised by the St John’s College Students’ Association, is scheduled to kickstart on Wednesday.

There is unprecedented expectation on the eve of the annual event as the event had not been held for the last three years due to other academic activities.

“Right from rock music to fashion shows, youth are going to have a gala time at the event,” Jino Joy, president of the students’ association, told DNA.

“The festival is special for us this year. We are having the fest after a hiatus of three years. We’ve left no stone unturned to make it one of best carnivals of the city,” Joy said.

The cultural fest has lined up 35 events. The prize money for cultural events is Rs3 lakh and about Rs2 lakh for sports events. The sporting events at the fest include football, basketball, throwball and table tennis.

“A special fashion show will see several Kannada film celebrities walking the ramp,” Joy said, declining to give the names of the stars who will be a part of the event.

The Battle of Bands, a rock competition, will see 10 Bangalore bands battling it out on the podium. “We have screened them and selected them for the competition. Famous musicians will judge the bands,” Joy said.

Popular rock bands Parikrama and Avial will also perform on
the last day of the event. Tickets are priced at Rs150 apiece for the rock show.

The event is expected to cost Rs30 lakh.

In spite of all the fun elements, the medicos have not forgotten their primary responsibilities; the money raised from the event will be donated to the college’s social responsibility project, the Unit of Hope, a clinic for children with disabilities.

“Healthcare and rehabilitative facilities to children with disabilities are provided under the in-house charitable venture — the Unit of Hope. They  mostly work for rural poor children,” said Joy.

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