After a solemn oath-taking ceremony, the members of the new union read out the plans and programmes for the year. The auditorium, comprising degree students, sat through with anticipation as the union read their agenda one page after another. They had planned everything from fresher’s week to intra-collegiate fests to Cul-ah. It was all in place. There was a certain confidence, commitment and a sense of purpose.
The union will be assisted by a host of student welfare officers picked from the faculty.The welfare officers and leaders of 30-odd associations or clubs were also sworn in on the same day.
Prof Elizabeth Joseph of history, travel and tourism says, “All we advise the students is to be open and transparent in all their dealings. They must lead an exemplary life on campus. This would not only help build self-esteem but boost their confidence as well."
Meera Shankar, a III PYEC student and who is the cultural secretary says she hopes to garner maximum participation from the students, “we plan to host a musical some time in December coinciding with Christmas. The musical will have a huge cast, all drawn from within our college and we plan to bring in a professional from outside to direct it,” says Meera.
Genevieve D’Souza from III PYEC who is the president of the union, sees a huge challenge before her, “it’s going to be tough to strike a balance between our academics and culturals. Mount Carmel College doesn’t compromise on quality and we have to live up to that expectation,” she reasons.
The union has already started planning and working towards Cul-ah. Planning for sponsorship, colleges, events and theme is underway. General secretary Andrea D’silva observes that a stint with the union gives enough confidence and exposure to face the world outside. The other members of the union include treasurer Angel Priya Regi (II year HEP), vice-president Rishika Gupta (III B Com) and assistant cultural secretary Sandhya V (III B Com).