Every year, SIMS celebrates Durga Puja with active participation of student managers and faculties cutting across all communities and regional boundaries. This year was no exception. Preparation for the festival started early in the month of September and was finally celebrated in on 28th of September. As part of the celebration, lunch was prepared by student managers themselves and served to everyone in the college mess. Kheer and Chutney drew special attraction among other items in the menu. The decorations done for the Durga Puja by the campus decorations team of the event, which included a facial representation of Mother Goddess Durga put up outside the auditorium drew everyone’s attention and appreciation. Other part of campus decorations included colourful Rangolis, Alpana (traditional Bengali version of the Rangoli done with a special type of soil called Khori Maati), traditional earthen pots painted by student managers and the auspicious coconut and mango leaves placed over it and the flower decorations. A Cultural program was also organized which started with lighting of the traditional lamp and welcome song by student managers. Audience was briefed about the importance and history of Durga Puja. This year’s theme of Durga Puja was “Women Empowerment”. Special attraction of this year’s celebration were Dhaakis from Bengal, who enthralled the audience with their mesmerizing performance. Mahishasur Mardini, a small act depicting the triumph of Mother Goddess Durga over the symbol of darkness Mahishasur was enacted by student managers. The cultural programme concluded with a traditional and free style dance performance by student managers and the thank you note.