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Serene environs Students take in the sights in the newly-constructed garden
Serene environs Students take in the sights in the newly-constructed garden

The popular picnic spot, End Point, has had a green makeover, thanks to Manipal University

You feel as if you are in a pleasant world. There is greenery all around, a nice garden with smooth green grass, the Swarna River flowing in the valley below you, a parabola here and a parabola there, flowers of different colours shining as the sun is almost setting.

The newly transformed End Point, thanks to the efforts of the Manipal University, is just the place you would like to be after a hard day’s grind. This is also the place where you would like to start your day with a jog in cool, calm, and serene surroundings.

Even before its makeover, students used to visit the popular picnic spot. But now it is a rage and the change is to be seen to be believed.

No one in their wildest dreams could have believed that it could be turned into so beautiful a place. Says Manpreet Cheema, a First Year student at Manipal College of Nursing from Chandigarh, “Earlier it was barren, now it is really wonderful. I come to the garden often to get rid of all my stresses. I feel like coming again and again.”

Her friend Sharanjeet Kaur from the same college says: “It is so green here and free from all the pollution."

Besides the garden, there is a football ground, a hockey ground, a cricket ground, and a 1.5 kilometre jogging track.

And the joggers are a happy lot. Yinyee Wong, a Third Year student of Melaka Manipal Medical College from Malaysia says: “I like jogging here. I also come here for a walk.”

Mahamad Shafiq, a first year student of the same college, says, “I come here for a jog in the evenings as I have classes in the mornings.” The panoramic view is an added advantage. Parikshit Padhi, a Final Year student of Kasturba Medical College from Pune says: “I enjoy the sunrise and sunset during my jog. The view here is breathtaking and it cajoles us to come here for a jog. A jog here takes away all my tension. Besides jogging, I and my friends also play football at the ground.”

It is not just the students, even the professors at Manipal University, it seems, cannot resist going for a walk at the End Point. Says the Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University H.S. Ballal, “I come here every evening for a walk with my wife.” On future plans at End Point, he says, “We intend to build a cricket pavilion, and start coloured fountains at the garden here. The garden will be thrown open for the general public.”

GANESH PRABHU

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