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A great day out for students

IT WAS raining cats and dogs last week, but that did not deter the spirits of the Avinashilingam University women who saw through the "Kalaivizha" without much ado.

The two-day festival revolved around textiles and clothing, nutrition and dolls. Even as one entered the exhibition arena, there were charts that screamed, "Bunk the junk", "Sugar is sweet poison" and "A cup of coffee or tea that cheers can bring tears". But, the girls were quick to inform that it is just a call for a "Nutritious India."

The Home Science Extension Department, which was given the job to work on the theme "Nutrition education for national development", portrayed well the need for a nutritious diet. "It's a basic exhibition, but very practical.

The main idea behind conducting this is to bring out the best of talents by identifying their intellectual prowess, imaginative skills and the art of explanation.

The students have a lot of inner energy in them, but the need of the hour is proper channelling," said Yegammai, co-ordinator of the show.

Students belonging to 14 departments and four faculties brought out their abundant talents using different ideas to communicate the value of nutrition.

The stall that caught many an eye was the one put up by the Department of Zoology and Biology. "When we get value foods and fruits in our land, why look for imported food," voiced A. Tamilarasi, L Hepsiba and R Santhanalakshmi, third year students.

The vermi-compost, mobile bus, balanced diet and nutritious food preparation methods were quite effective and, if put to use, could well come in handy. Their efforts also won them the second prize.

The third year maths/physics students had the low cost solar appliances on display.

"Our passive solar green house and solar distillation (distillation of salt water to potable drinking water) have numerous advantages," said S. Sasikala and R Sangeetha of the department. Each stall had something special on nutrition.

There was a silver-draped cardboard giant robot, which explained the nutrition deficiencies and suggested ways for a healthy, wealthy nation. "Why spend on poison, when your country has the elixir, was the students' contention. The ideas fetched them the first prize. There were nutrition diets for the sportspersons too. "The wealth of a nation is decided only through sports nutrition," remarked a few others.

A message on the importance of good health in a family was well depicted through a puppet show by the Special Education students.

They had also created a `website' to answer frequently asked questions on nutrition, besides masks, music and games to attract the young and the old.

Professor K Arumugam of Kumarguru College of Technology, who declared open the exhibition of textiles and clothing said celebrations like this helps one to explore the richness of our tradition and values and develop good qualities like humanism, communal harmony and national integration.

The flower arrangements by Vijayalakshmi Purushothaman, R. Thilagam M. Amirthaveni were pleasing to the eyes.

There were about 40 arrangements in all. Oasis, a collection of beautiful flowers, put up by Sitara Joseph and A Lakshmi Priya bagged the first prize.

Dr S Radhika of G Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital, appreciated the students for their efforts.

RAYAN ROZARIO

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