CAMPUS: Financially challenged students of St Joseph’s College will be eligible for the Mid-Day Meal Scheme from Monday onwards for academic year 2016-17.
The scheme is open for both UG and PG students and can be applied for by filling up an application form from the office of Fr. Clarence D’Souza, Vice-Principal (Admin) of SJC.
Talking to The Beacon, Dr Sandra Misquith, this academic year’s Campus Minister, said, “Earlier we had a cut-off date for applying, but this year we have decided not to keep any deadlines since students don’t read the notice-board and miss out on applying.”
She clarified that this information was circulated during the Students and Parents’ orientation programmes.
Last year 175 students availed of the scheme and this year by far the college has received 50 applications within a week.
“We don’t discriminate amongst caste, religion and such in this case; we look into the family’s gross income and then look into their situation,” said Dr Melvin Colaco, Campus Minister 2015-16. “St. Joseph’s isn’t like the many other institutions out there who only look into the income level of the student’s family; we also look into other perspectives like family condition and their monthly expenditures.”
Each day, the meal given to the students is worth Rs 35 to 40 and it consists of a vegetarian thali. The students may also substitute the dish with something else like a chicken roll or any other dish within the Rs 40 limit.
CAMPUS: The newly opened canteen in the PG block seems to have got SJC students asking for seconds with their offerings of the spicy Naga Thali and grilled chicken sandwiches.
With the beginning of the new academic year, the PG canteen menu has received a major makeover. North East Indian cuisine such as the Naga Thali has been introduced and is fast becoming a favourite with students.
Speaking to The Beacon, Mr Apu, manager of the canteen said, “I have been running a canteen like this in Christ College for the past seven years and also a café called ‘Seeker’s Café’ in St Antony’s Friary, Koramangala. From my experience I know very well what kind of food students want.”
The canteen has upped the culinary ante by serving the pork-based Thali and authentic Ham Burgers Amy Steven, a visitor, said, “I’ve never come across a college canteen that serves pork. It’s great that this canteen is doing so.” She also gave a thumbs up for the Naga Thali.
“The rolls are exquisite, they’re nice and soft unlike the rolls I used to get last semester,” said Professor Ampat Varghese, Department of Mass Communication. Andrea Anthony, final year mass communication student slurping on her glass of strawberry milkshake said, “This is yummy to the last drop.”
However, some students felt that a few of the dishes were a tad overpriced and the taste of some of the food items could be improved. Mr Apu told The Beacon that they are providing café quality food that has been customized to cater to the student crowd. Hence the prices will be slightly higher than the regular canteen pricing. “We are maintaining the same quality of food what we serve at our café in Koramangala,” he added.
The cheapest item on the menu is the cold coffee and strawberry milkshake, priced at Rs 30 each. The Naga Thali is priced at Rs 100. Mr Apu also plans to introduce combo meals for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
Expressing his concern with the cleanliness in the canteen area Mr Apu said, “Students need to dispose their empty cups and plates in the trash cans. Despite telling them and writing reminders on the menu board, students seem to have turned a blind eye.”
BENGALURU: The deadline for City corporators to send in their Smart City proposals to the Central ministry of urban development is fast approaching its deadline of June 30.
Those who submit viable proposals will be in a race to get a chunk of the Rs 1 lakh crore set apart by the Central government to be utilised for the development of 100 Smart Cities across India.
BBMP commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad and others at an interactive session on Smart Cities PHOTO – Beacon Bureau
Dr Muralidhar, Nodal Officer for the Smart Cities project, noted that “In Karnataka state, six cities got selected for this competition. In the first challenge, Belagaavi and Davangere were selected among 33 cities are approved in the first phase. In the second, additional opportunity is being given for 11 cities to join the competition and Bengaluru is included.”
He was speaking at an interactive session organised jointly by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and NiSpana organisation on Thursday at Town Hall.
Dr Muralidhar stated that the Smart Cities programme is citizen-centric and not government-centric. Therefore, it is important that the opinion of citizens if collected and integrated into the proposals to further better development of the cities.
“This program is not about blaming someone or the other but it is about gathering suggestions to make the City more beautiful. The public can make their suggestions via Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Email, and a new app designed for the BBMP. “The best vision for Bengaluru as a Smart City will get Rs 1 lakh as a prize amount,” said BBMP commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad.
“The BBMP has 198 wards in Bangalore. The Smart Cities project has a duration of five years and the winning ward stands to get Rs 100 crores each from the Central and State governments every year,” said Dr Muralidhar.
This apart, it was ironic that this programme organised to discuss the Smart Cities programme drew very few corporates and only two MLAs and one MP. Lakshman Gupta, a resident of AGS Layout, said “I got the feeling that the elected leaders have no interest in making Bengaluru a smart city. Development Minister K.J George didn’t turn up either and this perhaps indicates irresponsibility and negligence.”
CAMPUS: The college quiz club hosted its first official meeting with new students for the academic year 2016-17 on Thursday. The club is open for those who are keen in quizzing as well as for those who are interested from both UG and PG.
The club gives adequate training and practice to students participating in Pratibha, the biggest college festival, and other upcoming college fests.
The meetings will be conducted thrice a week where the entry is not restricted based on the performance. It is an open opportunity for students from all the disciplines to take to quizzing. Apart from regular activities and meetings, interclass quizzes and championships will be conducted.
The club will also conduct quiz competitions and a Spelling Bee for high schools and junior schools in the college fest Meta.
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BENGALURU: The Karnataka government has issued a notification allowing citizens to adopt retired police dogs free of cost.
The adoption process is hassle-free. The prospective owner of the dog can just go, take a look at the dogs, choose one or more, and take them home.
“We have decided on giving up these retired dogs for adoption so that they get a home and a family to look after them and we are expecting dog-lovers to come forward. These dogs are old enough to be show pieces at fancy houses. They won’t be used as just materialistic pieces,” said Circle Inspector, Ninga Reddy
“Even the injured dogs of our police force are up for adoption and we believe those who’ll take them home will care for them like one of their own family members,” he added.
Earlier these dogs were sent to the Karuna Animal Welfare Association, the government home for retired police canines. The police department has German Shepherds, Doberman and Labrador. In Bengaluru, there are 59 dogs and 150 handlers taking care of them.
The monthly expenditure on police dogs varies from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 depending on their expertise and qualifications. An average dog’s life span is 12-15 years but they retire at the age of 10 after which they are sent to shelter homes.
Most of the dogs die within 10-15 days of retirement in their shelter homes since they don’t get proper attention, care and comfort that they were used to in their days of service.
The Karnataka Police Department currently has 280 police dogs on active duty and is known to have the second-best dog squad in India, after Tamil Nadu.