A Day Out With Students

Every year students of 4th semester are taken on an educational tour or power plant visit and picnic by the faculties of our department. Last year I had been unable to go. So this year I decided not to miss out on the fun and to go on the picnic & tour even if it was on a Sunday in hot season of March.

So on 7th March, three college buses taking 91 students, 14 staff members, 6 catering people and their pots and pans, left for CREDA Energy Park with all students hooting and cheering. :)

The one hour journey was spent in playing Antakshari with students vs teachers :)

Energy Park set up by Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) at Raipur is a park based on the theme of generation and usage of various forms of renewable energy sources. The park consists of a beautiful garden with lots of  greenery and flowers, a fountain,an artificial lake and water falls.


There is a statue of the Hindu Sun God (Solar energy is the biggest renewable energy source) and a shloka in His praise at the entrance of the garden. Personally I don’t like giving this Hindu touch to any public place by the government. :(


The park has been set up to create awareness against pollution and depletion of fossil fuels and educate the public about various forms of renewable energy sources. There are huts having indoor exhibits,working models and interactive games along with some outdoor exhibits too.

There is a generator which generates electricity from the energy contained in our muscles. All we have to do is to run in it :)No one was able to light up the connected lamp. :D

There are solar energy driven cars for children.


There are solar energy driven and paddle boats in the lake but that area was locked. Also the fountain is used to give a musical fountain show in the evening which is quite wonderful to see, so I have heard.

From there, we left for Champaran or Champajhar.

Champaran, formerly known as Champajhar, is a village in Raipur district, 60 km from the state capital via Arang. The village is identified with Champaranya and therefore has religious significance as the birthplace of the Saint Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh sect. A handsome temple has been constructed in his honour. Near this temple is a temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva.

The place was full of langurs and I came to know it is considered auspicious to feed “chana” to langurs.

The temple complex was huge and very beautiful with paintings,displays and brightly colored walls. This is one of the temples in the complex.

There are several other temples outside the complex, mostly of Lord Krishna with beautiful art work on walls.

After that we decide to spend time chatting and playing games while lunch was being prepared.

Even after being told none of the students had bought any games!! Not even a single badminton racquet or a bat and ball! Nobody had even brought a bed sheet or something to sit/recline on, just in case!

So while we faculties (read: oldies) played “Langdi Billas” the students just passed their time doing nothing and getting bored. After a wonderful buffet lunch and a little rest they all became adamant that they want to the famous mall in Raipur city; the boys wanted to play the video games and the girls wanted to do window shopping. :|

Such is the young generation. :roll: Picnicking with food basket, blanket to sit on and outdoor games has become obsolete!

Anyway, as we had to stick to the schedule we denied their request and departed from Champaran after the evening tea and bhajiyas and headed straight back to our city.

At the end of day I had enjoyed seeing new places but not the boring picnic with students.


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44 thoughts on “A Day Out With Students

  1. Seems to be a cool trip.. and the photos are nice Reema :) :)

    /*Anyway, as we had to stick to the schedule we denied their request*/
    :( :( :( poor students…..


  2. as we had to stick to the schedule we denied their request and departed from Champaran after the evening tea and bhajiyas and headed straight back to our city.

    eeek…. :(

    It was simply a nice trip I feel… and good for the students too! but I had just only one trip like this in my whole UG time…. :( so poor!
    Ma’am, wish you had nice time while playing “Langdi Billas”…. what sort of game is it? :D

    • Here also we take only four sem students ..so its their one trip during their B.E. Life. oh I didnt play it as I didnt know how to. Boxes are drawn and one has to hop on one leg with a “billas” ..thats a rough explanation of the game :D

  3. Uddi baba!!!

    That ws strange….

    I wont blame them yaar… its the way they are brought up!!!

    Hard life for parents… keeping them busy…force kids to kill there time at home s with internet/TV/dvd/video games….

    A new mall… where all facilties u can get with ac…. then whats the need to burn ur skin in sun..

  4. Nice place with a nice theme – its interesting to see that live exhibits were used in a creative way to promote renewable sources of energy. Interesting initiative by the Chattisgarh Government!

    Destination Infinity

  5. Hi Reema,

    Loved reading your blog.. and i must say very original and loved the pic with langurs! seemed to me as if they posed for u, with one at each end! :)

  6. When my kids were young, we often packed our meals and ate out on beaches, or hills and those are amongst my best memories… I think these students should read some Enid Blyton to develop a healthy love for fresh air, good health and picnics.

  7. “At the end of day I had enjoyed seeing new places but not the boring picnic with students” … I can listen to an echo “At the end of day I had enjoyed seeing new places but not the boring picnic with such TEACHERS” !!! :D :D :D

    I thought you were teaching in a college ??? College students and such boring educational parks for trips ???? How boring can the college and its staffs be !!! :D :D :D

    • nalayak kabhi post bhi padh liya kar :P I wrote at end “At the end of day I had enjoyed seeing new places but not the boring picnic with students.”

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