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Author in the making

Sreerupa Chowdhury, Class IX, Mahadevi Birla Girls' Higher Secondary School, looks like your average teenager. Only, she isn't that at all. Winner of the third prize of the Young Author Contest, 2004, Sreerupa is on cloud nine these days.

Though the title was clinched by Jyoti Iyer, a Class XI student from City Montessori School, Lucknow, and the second place went to Akhila Phadnis, a student of Class IX from Besant Arundale Secondary School, Chennai, Sreerupa is happy to have made Calcutta and her family proud.

It was in December 2004 that she decided to participate in the contest. Step One involved beating 19 other budding authors from her school and then qualifying for the city-level competition to make it to the final round.

In January, Sreerupa was informed that she had won the city finals and that her story News at 09:00 would be included in a book which was to be published by Rupa and edited by the Ruskin Bond. Then, with 12 other finalists, she was flown to Mumbai last month where she bagged third place in the contest. Way to go, girl!

SILIGURI
So long, farewell

Recently, we organised a farewell party for our Class X students. The theme of the party was 'Down memory lane' and everybody had to come in a sari. Apart from the usual song and dance and fabulous food, our farewell party will always be remembered for the various competitions we had organised.

The judges had a tough time choosing Miss Best Personality, Best Attire, Best Hair, Best Character. And we even had our own Miss Congeniality contest. But the most awaited event was the Miss Josephite (junior) 2005 contest which was won by Sanchi Sarowgi.

Finally, with tears in our eyes, we wished our seniors a bright future.

As a token of love and remembrance, we presented a video recording of the farewell party to each one of them, thereby ensuring that we will remain in their hearts forever.

Bidisha Basu and Ronita Saha, Class IX, St Joseph's High School, Matigara

CALCUTTA
Bangla rock rocks

Fossils and LRB (from Bangladesh) came for our 'Rock Nite' of Regalia 2005 ' the annual cultural fest of our institute which was held earlier this month. These two flamboyant rock bands really set the stage on fire.

Rock aficionado and guitar maestro Ayub Bacchu of LRB kept the audience on its toes. The fest also included various inter-college events like a fun-show, choreography, fashion show and so on. A large number of colleges participated in the fest and one can only imagine the excitement around. After all, who doesn't want their college to emerge as the winner'

True to its name, the gala regaled everyone and was a great success 'thanks to the endeavours of the teachers and the students.

Sanmitra Bhattacharya, first- year, CSE, RCC Institute of Information Technology

CALCUTTA
Journo seminar

On March 8, a seminar on journalism education and career was organised at the department of journalism and mass communication, University of Calcutta.

Conducting the programme, Prof. Tapati Basu, head of the department, laid emphasis on the practical and economic aspects of imparting journalism education in the country.

In his speech, Prof. K.B. Nagaraj, head of the department of journalism, Bangalore University, attributed the change in trends of journalism education to globalisation, advancement of technology and the operation of market forces in the era of 'knowledge revolution'.

Other dignitaries gracing the occasion included Nisha Powar, senior lecturer, department of journalism, Kolhapur University, Prof. Soumendra Nath Bera and Joy Sircar, faculty members, CU journalism and mass communication department.

The lively question-answer session involving budding journos from the two universities, and the experienced panelists was the high point of the seminar. We discussed such important issues like stereotypes in journalism profession, print versus electronic media, journalism teaching versus journalism as a profession.

Arjun Chaudhuri, first-year, MA in journalism and masscomm, University of Calcutta


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