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Thursday, Jan 07, 2010
Students throng science congress venue

Thiruvananthapuram: The Karyavattom campus of the University of Kerala saw an invasion by the young brigade on the penultimate day of the 97th Indian Science Congress (ISC) on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of school and college students swamped the campus, overwhelming the organisers.

What began as a trickle in the morning, strengthened into a steady stream by mid morning and became a torrent by noon. Braving the blazing heat and the pervasive dust, students, most of them brought in vehicles arranged by schools and colleges, queued up for hours in front of the exhibition venues.
As the numbers swelled, the volunteer corps comprising employees of the university and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scrambled to arrange drinking water. The CISF security personnel who were busy regulating traffic inside the campus also joined the effort to reach water to the children. Water canisters and big buckets were, however, no match for the thirsty hundreds.

With the crowd threatening to spin out of control, the organisers initially closed the entry to the Kerala Gramam, the first point of visit, and directed the children to the main exhibition hall. Later, security personnel were directed to close the main gate of the campus to control the crowd but that only served to lengthen the queues outside.

On the national highway, the police struggled to clear the traffic jam as vehicles bringing students from institutions across Thiruvananthapuram and the neighbouring districts piled up on both sides of the road.

Repeated announcements over the public address system pleaded with students standing in the queue to hurry through the exhibition venues. Teachers had a tough time keeping a tab on the children.
Courtesy: The Hindu
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