Staff Reporter

Work to be completed by January 4

Website for youth festival to be launched

16 centres set up for accommodation

Kozhikode: The Reception Committee for the 50th Kerala School Youth Festival expressed confidence that preparations for the seven-day event, beginning on January 9, would be completed by January 4.

Addressing presspersons, Director of Public Instruction A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish, who is also the general co-ordinator of the youth festival, said that efforts were on to get previous years’ winners, some of whom are celebrities, to participate in the 50th edition of the annual event.

Mr. Hanish said that 15 sub-committees handling departments like food, accommodation, light and sound, transport, publicity, reception, programmes and registrations were working around the clock and expressed satisfaction with the ongoing works.

Regarding the lack of clarity in the functioning of a Core Committee that has been formed besides the 15 sub-committees, the DPI said the Core Committee was formed to ensure the co-operation of entities like hotels, hospitals, KSEB, etc. in the smooth functioning of the festival.

On the logistics regarding food, accommodation and transport facilities for an estimated 7,500 students besides parents and teachers, Mr. Hanish said that 16 accommodation centres had been set up and food for 10,000 people would be prepared daily at the Tagore Centenary Hall and Model Boys High School.

The challenge, he said would be the distribution of food coupons and ensuring that only deserving persons are served food. Traffic is likely to be restricted in the Mananchira Square between December 9 and 15, but a final decision on this regard is yet to be taken.

Admitting that events overshooting time limit would be a problem at this year’s edition too, Mr. Hanish said the problem was caused by participants who secure entry to the festival using the appeals process.

“We have planned the events based on an estimate of one participant per district per event. Thanks to the appeals process which ensures more than one participant per district, the last edition in Thiruvananthapuram dragged on well past midnight on all days. This year we have set a deadline of 10.30 p.m. and have followed stricter appeals guidelines at district and sub-district levels.”

Some of the other events planned as part of the 50th edition is the launching of a permanent website for the School Youth Festival featuring all past winners, a photo exhibition on the Youth Festival by veteran photographer, Punaloor Rajan and an exhibition featuring cuttings of newspaper and magazine articles.