Come year end and the various colleges of DU elbow each other in their haste to proffer bigger, snazzier annual fests. Organizers toil looking for sponsorships, thinking up events, designing websites and whatnot. However , most colleges have different ways of going about planning events and fests.
Take the case of Shaheed Sukhdev College Of Business Studies for example. CBS means business. That’s the one line that sticks with students from orientation day. Students from numerous DU colleges found it very strange proposals need to be submitted for every event that any CBSite may wish to organise.
In CBS, if you want to organize an event, there is a procedure. Teachers invite applications from students who intend to be at the helm of affairs. The students form teams and build a proposal complete with the budget. The different teams then give lengthy presentations to the teachers- in- charge. One team is selected and they go on to induct first years, which is yet another process involving resumes and personal interviews. In this college, you need to work to fetch yourself work.
The absence of a Students’ Union in CBS , some feel, is the prime reason for their competitive scramble to get a coveted event be it the Freshers’ Parties to the annual college festival, Crescendo.
Whenever any major event inches closer on the college calendar, clusters of students are seen huddled discussing tactics and working furiously on their laptops; all the while looking over their shoulders. Not only is it an entirely fair process, it also ensures that the most able team with the best organizational structure bags the event. Complete autonomy is given to the students about managing the event. A teacher heads the team but it is the student who are responsible for bringing in sponsors, looking for venues, stirring publicity and facilitating promotion schemes.
The outcome of such an exercise is a stimulating environment and the students discover new levels of team building and organizing strategies. They come out of an event, smarter and more aware of their strengths and shortcomings.