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For a `healthy' administration

The Kerala University launched a health care programme for its employees under the auspices of the University Health Centre (UHC) today. The idea of conducting a comprehensive health survey of the employees of the university was conceived by none other than the Vice-Chancellor, B. Ekbal, a neurosurgeon himself, in 2002. However, the fact that the Students' Health Programme of the UHC had not been streamlined stood as an impediment in implementing a health scheme for the staff.

With the resuming of the medical inspection for college students at the UHC and the restoration of its normal activities, it was decided to extend the services to cover the staff as well. To get things moving, it was decided to conduct a survey among the employees for the purpose of collecting and compiling data on their health status.

A pro-forma was designed and the different unions of employees were asked to distribute the questionnaire among their members. The unions were also roped in to provide volunteers for the conduct of the programme as well as to ensure the regular flow of employees to the UHC.

The scheme launched today envisages regular medical check-up of the employees, including urine analysis and estimation of blood sugar, at the UHC, between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., on the first five working days of a week. It has been estimated that about 50 persons could be covered under the scheme, each day.

The programme was inaugurated by P.K.R. Warrier, veteran medical professional, in the presence of the Vice-Chancellor and other senior officials of the university, besides K.V. Krishna Das, the director of the University Health Centre.

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Though the curtains have long since come down on this year's Kerala University Youth Festival, the university union is still struggling to pay off the debts incurred for the conduct of the festival.

The university union had budgeted Rs. 6 lakhs for the festival. According to sources in the union, it ended up spending nearly Rs. 10 lakhs. The student body was able to garner a little more than Rs. 2 lakhs from sponsors and advertisers, leaving it with a debt of another Rs. 2 lakhs. As is the normal practice, the university has reportedly sanctioned an additional Rs. 1 lakh to the union.

It is pointed out that successive unions often under-budget their youth festivals and then end up with unpaid bills when they are unable to find the adequate number of sponsors. There have been suggestions from some quarters that the university charge a special youth festival fee in addition to the university union fee it collects from its students. This can then be set up as a core fund, which can supplement the union's festival fund, it has been suggested. The total budget of the university union this year is Rs. 20 lakhs.

The British Library is organising a half-day programme for students preparing for the Civil Services examinations. On February 7, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., candidates who have cleared the preliminary examinations or the main examinations or the interview will be sharing their experiences with first-timers. Presentations on various subjects such as Politics, Economics, History and Geography have been planned. According to library personnel, there will also be one-to-one interactions with those making the presentations.

By J. Ajeth Kumar and G. Mahadevan

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