Kshitij 2012 at XLRI Jamshedpur – Platform for the under-privileged

KSHITIJ 2012, a flagship event of CII Yi team of XLRI, has now evolved as a platform that provides unique opportunity to school children of Jamshedpur to showcase their cultural skills. The way this event is different from other event of the city is that it brings in children from all strata of the society and give them equal opportunity. As a teacher of a Government vernacular medium school rightly depicts,’ Our schools are always neglected in School fests of renowned city schools but through KSHITIJ we are able to show that our students are equally talented’

This year KSHITIJ witnessed a growth in overall participation. According to Debroop Sengupta, Secretary of Yi XLRI and head of KSHITIJ organizing committee, XLRI invited around 50 schools and 455 students participated this year. This was an increase of around 51% compared to last year. From this year the organizing committee started a unique initiative. Instead of only a cultural competition the members transformed it into a carnival where the young school kids can enjoy their time at XLRI premises and also interact with XL students and be inspired. The students of XLRI volunteered to serve food to all 455 children and their teachers in the same student mess.

Like every year, KSHITIJ had events like singing, dancing, painting, quiz, nukkad natak or street play, picture story and talent show. While in the junior category NEEV Public school won the first prize in singing in the senior category it was AIWC Academy of excellence. Both were group events. In dancing, which was also a group event, RMS school stood first while in junior category St. Joseph lifted the winner’s trophy. In three categories of painting competition, Rashmi Kumari of AIWC, Deeptam Das of JSR Public School and Anjalo Dhawson of St. Joseph came out as winners. AIWC again stole the show in quizzing when Rishi Maskara and Nishant answered the tricky questions of Quiz Master Suraj Menon, a first year student of XLRI and a national level Quiz Master. ‘Writing a story from a picture’ was an unique creative event ideated by XLRI students which tests the imagination skills of the young school students. Abhishek Kumar Jha from Loyola Project School stood first in this event while Jason Baske from Gyandeep School came second. The glimpse of creative bend of these young children reflected in the event ‘Street Play’. Judges were overwhelmed with the performance of all the teams. Finally St Joseph came first and Jamshedpur Public School and DAV School stood first and second runners up. Many of the students performed in the Talent Show and several of them were lauded by the judges.

Ms. Deepa Verma, Chief of HR from Tinplate Company of India Limited was the chief guest of the day. She was really happy to see the young performers and the way CII Yi team conducted the event. ‘We will continue support such a great social endeavor’, she said while thanking the participants and the organizing team.

Although the winners were graced with certificates and trophies CII Yi team ensured that each and every 455 participant gets gifts. Chocolates, Cookies and Diaries were distributed by XLRI students to all these kids. On the front page, a one line message was written by the XLRI student that would encourage the kids to continue to work hard and excel in life.

This is not end of KSHITIJ 2012. In October our 12 junior members will adopt 12 of these talented kids after a survey conducted in Jamshedpur Schools. We will support them with note books, tuition fees, uniform and mentor them in their academics.


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