V-Day is no longer taboo on college campuses across India. For the first time a few colleges have celebrated the day on their campuses.
Dr G P Prabhu Kumar, principal of Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore, said, “There won’t be any restrictions. Students know the code of behaviour and we won’t be laying any new rules just for this day.” Last year, managements had no issues as V-Day fell on Sunday. But now, many college officials feel that though students may exchange pleasantries on V-day, the day is becoming non-significant.
“Basically, we don’t attach much importance to these kinds of days. If any student is found indulging in public display of affection, he or she will be counselled, but no stringent punishment. Over the years, we have not encountered any problems in the campus on V-Day. So, Monday will be like any other normal working day,” said Dr K Rajanikant, principal of M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology.
However, colleges are expected to be strict about not tolerating public display of affection inside the campus.
“There are no special rules for Valentine’s Day, but our college has a strict code of discipline, which is applicable on all days of the year. This will be enforced like on any other day,” said Prof Nethaji S Ganesan, principal of Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering.
Colleges might be upbeat about V-day celebrations there are some students whose reaction in quite on the contrary. “I don’t understand what the fuss is all about,” said Ashmita Sengupta, 21, currently pursuing her third year engineering at Sardar Patel College of Engineering in Mumbai. “You text, meet and speak with your girlfriend or boyfriend every day; what’s so special about February 14?” Even Nicole D’lima, 20, a mass media student of St. Xavier’s College agrees with Sengupta’s view, “It is just an excuse for people to prove their coolness to their friends,” said D’lima.
Moreover, the whole exercise is carried out so that couples have interesting answers when they are asked ‘What did you do for the Valentine’s Day?’ Nowadays another way of flaunting is updating Facebook status messages and photo albums.”
But in spite of the long list of complaints, Navni Verma, 21, a third year engineering student of KJ Somaiya College of Engineering, thinks that it is fun to catch the self-anointed moral police in college chase some suspected lovers on Valentine’s Day. “It is a lot of fun to see a few couples, celebrating their love in the tiny pockets of the campus and then having to stand sheepishly outside the principal’s office for having gone overboard,” said Verma with a chuckle.
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