Coming out in flying colours

Coming out in flying colours

Coming out in flying colours

St Joseph’s College of Commerce (SJCC) recently held its tourism fest ‘Turas 2017’. The two-day event included an array of events including a ‘cyclothon’, cultural performances and business programmes.

Held in association with Karnataka Tourism Forum (KTF), the fest began with the cyclothon which saw about 200 participants from across the city. Its main objective was to raise the awareness that cycling during peak traffic contributes to reduction in emission and eases congestion on the road. Athlete Reeth Abraham came to encourage the students.

The ‘Turas Utsav’, conceptualised by the students of the Department of Travel and Tourism, delved into the different kinds of tourism, including rural, heritage tourism and wellness tourism. Apart from the numerous exhibits, there were enthralling dance and music performances, game stalls and food kiosks serving different lip-smacking delicacies.

One of the highlights of the ‘Utsav’ was the ‘Mercedes W123’ that showcased the exhibits of heritage tourism.

Speaking at the fest, principal Dr Daniel Fernandes, said, “After the inception of the department of BCom (Travel and Tourism), SJCC strived to offer a curriculum that is comprehensive. We have constantly tried to redefine ‘Turas’ and this time, the ‘cyclothon’ was planned to create social awareness about sustainable modes of transportation. ‘Turas Utsav’ aimed to capture the spirit of travel.”

The cultural events included items such as ‘Pakwan’ (cooking), ‘Carmina’ (dance), ‘Mengen Muziek’ (fusion music), ‘Lysande’ (photography), ‘Unmad Aduthya’ (mad ads) and ‘Ashionfav’ (fashion).  Some of the business events included ‘Syarikat’ (travel), ‘Jigyaasa’ (travel quiz), ‘Kreppan’ (crisis management), ‘Vipanikria’ (marketing), ‘Samyati Lekha’ (travel writing) and ‘Esite’ (e-Brochure). The fest drew to a close with the race titled ‘Rotes Orchestra’, a treasure hunt.

The students were thrilled to be a part of the event and said that it did well to give them an exposure to the different cultures from across the world. Soumya, a student of Jyoti Nivas College, said, “The fest was a great learning experience as one gets to network with students and faculty from other colleges. It’s a good platform to meet people.”

Sachin, a student of Christ University, participated in almost all the events but he liked ‘crisis management’ the most. “This event had several rounds and comprised tile plays, critical analysis and decision-making. Overall, it was a well-managed event which did well to bring out the skills of students.” Some of the students also felt the ‘cyclothon’ was unique in every sense. They enjoyed cycling because it was for a good cause. Roshini Ramanan, another student of Christ University, felt the overall event was interesting.

    “The cyclothon was an incredible experience with enthusiastic participants. The social awareness drive did well to enlighten youngsters about the need to do things to save the environment,” added Roshini.