A magazine is a publication containing articles, stories etc., by different writers issued at intervals.
The above definition of the magazine is also applicable to the college magazine. But it has some limitations. It is a magazine of the college. So no articles from outside are entertained except from those who are or were connected with it very intimately. Thus in a college magazine articles from ex-teachers and ex-students and the like are found to be published. Again, care is taken to see that the articles published in the college magazine are keeping with its atmosphere, taste, tone and temper. Articles smacking of bad or depraved taste or dealing with political matters arc not accepted for publication.
A college magazine is principally a publication of the students, by the students and for the students. It is meant for the fruition of the talents in the students. So the first and foremost chance is given to the students to exhibit through their writings the talents they have. There are budding poets, novelists, dramatists, etc. among the students. It is through the magazine that they are given an opportunity to show what they are. The college magazine is, therefore, of immense benefit to the students.
The college magazine is thus, a vehicle for giving expression to the students inner most feelings and sentiments. An article published in the magazine makes the writer wild with joy. He sees his name in print times without number and feels excitingly elated. Thus serves as an incentive to his future writings. .These when ripened is likely to make him a literature of note.
The College magazine polishes the taste of the students. They know that anything and everything will not be published in the magazine. This makes them cultivate good taste. And this will be of immense service to them in their future life.
It teaches them discipline in writing. Articles of unmanageable length are not accepted for publication in the magazine. For chances are to be given to a large number of students.
It induces them to think and read. Each contributor of an article desires his contribution to be appreciated and highly spoken of. For this he is to consult books other than his texts. Thus it helps to develop the habit of reading.
It creates a spirit of healthy competition among the students. Every writer desires his articles to be judged as acceptable. This creates a spirit of rivalry which leads to the production of better articles. It thus makes the writers more and more careful, polished and artistic.