It was a busy day for the students of the Dept of Botany, SH College, Thevara. All of them were in a jubilant mood as it was one of those days they get a chance to express their skills during their academics. Happily, they introduce the exhibits that include food items, bonsai plants and saplings to the visitors.
“This is the second edition of the exhibition titled Juniper, which means evergreen,” says Shano, third year B.Sc. Botany student. The one-day event was organised by the degree students of the department.
The food stalls are chiefly divided into three — Pomo land, Chocobot and Nadan dishes. While the Pomo land supplied dishes made out of fruits, the Chocobot offered chocolate varieties. Food items such as jackfruit cutlet and kabab were the highlights of Pomo land. Seedlings of display plants and vegetables such as brinjal, tomato, capsicum, spinach and green chilly nurtured by students were also available for sale.
“Entrepreneurship is becoming extensive these days. This venture aims to nurture the entrepreneurship skills of our students. Not all students would be able to go for a job after the course. Such hands on ventures during studies would help them set up their own businesses in future. Every arrangement — from fixing the budget, making products to setting the stall — was done by students,” says Dr M.S. Francis, head of the department. “Our previous attempt has proved that it could be helpful to students. Many of our students supply food items in the nearby bakeries now,” he adds.