Students, for a change, assumed the role of vegetable and fruit vendors, selling them the articles at a reasonable price, at the Hakathur Government High School, 10 km from here on Friday.

They sold lettuce, vegetables such as pumpkins, radish, brinjal, cucumber, black gourd, ash gourd and others; fruits such as orange, sapota, and watermelon, engrossing themselves in the “Makkala Sante”, meaning student shandy. Tomato was sold for Rs. 25 a kg. What was to be noticed was the absence of onion which had gone out of bounds of common people.

Students attracted “customers,” most of whom were parents, to sell the produce which was brought from their homes and from elsewhere. Ice-cream and squash were also offered at the shandy. This was a novel exercise aimed at the personality development of the students, according to headmaster of the school K.A. Ramachandra. The event would help students inculcate aspects of business and transactions, B.G. Anantashayana, editor of Shakti, a Kannada daily published from here, who was a guest, said. The event heralded the importance of agriculture among students.

Hakathur Gram Panchayat president Shareen, newly elected zilla panchayat member representing the area Beena Bollamma, writer Mahabaleshwar Bhat, Block Educcation Officer Mariswamy, and school SDMC president Kushalappa were present.

The exercise was to develop their personality