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Poise Sticking to tradition
Poise Sticking to tradition

S.S.KAVITHA

VIVEKANANDA COLLEGE

The Hangout: Stone benches

Rush Hour: After college hours.

Where it's at: Near Vivekananda statue and basketball ground

What‘s to love: One is mesmerized by the ambience here dominated by greens and whites representing life and purity. Dhoti-clad students in their white shirts roam around as some sit on the stone benches.

“We chat a lot but it all depends on the coordination work of every student,” B. Karthikeyan kickstarts the conversation.

“Students manage every activity and happening in the college, from managing audio system to serving food, we deal with it all,” says D. Ram Godse.

“Our institution values and believes in our ancient gurukulam system. We have a rigorous curriculum that inculcates true values and skills and the right approach to people and knowledge,” says R. Ram Kumar.

R. Nivas points out that the students do not have luxury of enjoying free hours. If one professor is on leave, the substitute takes charge.

After college hours, between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., students plan how to complete their extracurricular activities (part of the daily chore) which includes silambam and yoga and article and idea fixation programme where students learn epics and great books like Ramayan, Mahabharata and Simple life of Vivekananda.

“The unique aspect of extra curricular sessions is that seniors teach juniors,” notes A Tharasingh.

The college also helps students to adopt villages where students teach rural children. The students also attend kumbabhishekams besides conducting Vedic Mathematics classes for both students and teachers in various educational institutions, points out T. Logu.

As soon as they are up at 4.45 a.m., students are literally flooded with activities besides the studies. In-between this hectic schedule, they find time to enrich their English language at the hi-tech language library.

“Initially, one feels that life is hectic but once we get used to it, we enjoy our blemish-free souls,” quips S. Muthualagu.

Even for outings, students prefer to go temples at Thiruvedagam and Sholavandan villages. “Mind is totally attuned to good things only as our brains are never allowed to be idle,” says S.Sudarshan.

“Our college is reviving the long-forgotten gurukula system of education. The system not only teaches life skills, life training in modern India but also teaches us the values and morals,” M. Manikandan.

“This residential education centre allows students to learn how to adjust with individuals and lead a simple life. Right from the food (hand pound rice) to the facilities and ambience, life is close to nature,” R. Nagamuthu.

The college encourages students to undergo correspondence course in the Open University so that when they are out of college they have a dual degree.

“The college trains us for a life of perfection. They give self-evaluatory record where the students have to record their day to day activities from breakfast to browsing including the website addresses,” S. Prabhu.

During holidays, students are asked to send e-composition to professors on how they spent their holidays. The college also makes it a point that every student learns five new words daily and writes them down in their evaluation record.

What's not to: Students should not clap on the premises.

Alternatives: Any stone benches around.

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