KERALA

Elaborate arrangements

Main venue: Work on the main venue of the Kerala School Youth Festival in progress at the Putharikkandom Maidan in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. —

Main venue: Work on the main venue of the Kerala School Youth Festival in progress at the Putharikkandom Maidan in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: S.Gopakumar

Staff Reporter

Regular health check-up for festival contestants

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Directorate of Public Instruction will ensure regular health check-up for all the contestants accommodated at various city schools during the week-long Kerala School Youth Festival, which begins here on December 30.

All the 17 schools, which house the candidates, will be adopted by a hospital and a team doctors will visit the schools daily, Mohammed Hanish, Director, Public Instruction, has said.

He was speaking at an interactive session organised by the Directorate to elicit the views and suggestions of mediapersons regarding the conduct of the festival here on Tuesday,

As many as 30 school buses will be deployed for the transportation of the participants. “The number of buses will be increased if necessary,” he said.

The combined youth festival, for students from Class VIII to XII, will also witness elaborate arrangements to ensure good food, sanitation and drinking water facilities to the participants.

Arrangements for food will be made at Attakulangara Government School and at the Central Stadium.

The venues will have a combined seating capacity of around 2,500. SMV Government Model Higher Secondary School will act as a focal point for the entire event, including registrations for the participants coming from all the 14 districts. Putharikkandom Maidan will be the main venue of the festival.

With around 180 events spread across seven-days the festival will also witness a shake up in the number of judges. As per the 75-page manual that outlines the conduct of the festival, the number of judges for each event has been whittled from five to three to avoid confusion and variation in marking.

“If there is a difference of more than 25 per cent in the marks awarded by a particular judge, that mark will be excluded,” Mr. Hanish said. To avoid trouble from litigant contestants, the marks will be publicly announced at the venue. There will also be separate set of judges for male and female contestants to avoid fatigue. The results will be flashed on electronic screens located at all the 16 venues spread across the city. Steps have also been taken to post the results online.

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan will inaugurate the event, while Governor R.S. Gavai will be the chief guest at the valedictory ceremony.

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