The threat of strong winds and pouring rain were seemingly not daunting enough for the boarders of M.S. Swaminathan Hall of Residence, as they geared up to celebrate their hall day.
The hall, bedecked with lights and the lawns decorated with colourful fabric, together with the sudden gusts of wind painted the mood for a leisurely evening, a most apt setting for the last feast for the residents of the hall.
The evening began with the arrival of the dignitaries, which included Director-in-charge, Prof. S.K. Patra, Dean Student Welfare, Prof. K.C. Pati, the Chief Warden, Prof. R.K. Patel, the Warden and Asst. Warden of the Hall as well as other Wardens. The programme was started off with the auspicious lighting of the lamp. A few words were spoken by the General Secretary of the Hall, Cyan Subhra Mishra outlining the events and activities during his tenure. It was followed by a speech from the Chief Warden, appreciating the work done in the hall. The speech was followed by the cultural programme, with a song performance by Sakila Hansdah, and a mesmerizing instrumental rendition of songs by talented flutist, Swadhin Kumar. An energetic dance performance by Subhrajit on popular Bollywood numbers and a troika of songs by Aakask Koli left the crowd cheering for more.
Thereafter certificates and medals were awarded to the winners of various intra-hall competitions by Prof. S.K. Patra and Prof. R.K. Patel. The title of Best Boarder of the Hall was awarded to Ankush Reddy and Abhishek Agarwalla was awarded the title of Most Achieving Boarder. The Director-in- charge, Warden and Assistant Warden were felicitated by the Chief Warden on behalf of the boarders of the hall. The Chief Warden was then felicitated by Prof. S.K. Patra. The HEC members were also awarded certificates of appreciation for their work for the hall throughout the year.
The rush to the food counters began as soon as the ceremony was concluded. Many students complained of the starters having gone cold and the soup not being upto the mark. While the quality of food, served to such a huge gathering, being satisfactory is not easy to ensure, complaints regarding the quality of the dinner too were voiced. Improvement is a gradual process, but steps intent on improving the conditions need to be taken.