Aworkshop on robotics and entrepreneurship was conducted at G.D. Birla Sabhagar on September 30, 2007. Organisers of Kshitij, the annual techno-management fest of IIT Kharagpur, conducted the workshop. They did a live demonstration of some of the robots and also explained the basic concepts about robotics. A student also presented a lecture on entrepreneurship, which received a good response.
Third Year, MCKVIE, Howrah
Loreto College’s department of political science came out with the second edition of its annual journal, the Political Science Journal. The journal was introduced with the purpose of understanding current affairs from a student’s perspective. It is a collection of research papers on various issues ranging from terrorism and the relevance of Marxism to India’s foreign policy and party system. Students are encouraged to choose a relevant issue and are given a few months to carry out their research by referring to books.
Mariya Salim, third year,
Political Science (honours)
Welcomed in style
Rani Birla Girls’ College celebrated their freshers’ welcome and a talent hunt contest on September 27, 2007. Principal Sunetra Sen started the programme with a speech, which was followed by a prayer service, an eastern dance and a Bengali folk dance by the third year students. Senior students put up a skit based on Bride and Prejudice. The most eye-catching event was the Nepali song and dance by first year Nepali students. The day ended with senior students and freshers dancing merrily to the tunes of the hit Hindi songs.
Piyali Dhar, first year, Education (honours),
Rani Birla Girls’ College
A seminar was organised by the economics department, Bethune College, on October 4, 2007. Prof. Saikat Sinha Roy of Jadavpur University was the guest lecturer and the topic for discussion was the globalisation of trade and the Indian economy. Prof. Roy spoke on Indian trade reforms at length. He emphasised how the Indian economy should go forward by adopting various policy measures like regional trading arrangements and policy reforms. The lecture was followed by an interactive session.
Swarnali Biswas, third year,
BSc (economics), Bethune College
A toast to happiness
Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan (MMB), Calcutta organised the Students’ Oktoberfest, a miniature Calcutta version of the world’s largest beer festival, on its premises on September 27, 2007. Oktoberfest is a two-week festival held each year in Munich, the capital city of Bavaria in southern Germany, during late September and early October. Around six million visitors gather in Bierzelts (large beer tents) to enjoy the specially brewed beer for the occasion.
To replicate the festival, a number of thematic events such as film shows titled Glimpses of Munich, Oktoberfest quiz and crash courses on the Bavarian dialect and music were held at MMB. The party kicked off with Reimar Volker, the director of MMB and Jürgen Fischer, the German vice-consul in Calcutta tapping a keg of Bitburger beer and declaring “O’zapft ist!” (“It’s tapped!” in Bavarian).
The kegs were tapped and the beer was poured in huge mugs and soon revellers started shaking a leg to the notes of Bayerische Blaskapelle (the Bavarian Chapel music played on the trumpet, accordion, tuba and clarinet), performed by Brandkobl-Blosn, a Bavarian brass band flown in from Munich for the occasion. The members of the band, wearing the traditional lederhosen (leather pants worn by Bavarian men), charmed everyone with their exuberance and energy and everyone gathered to lip-sync the beer-song Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit (A toast to happiness). With delicacies like würstchen (sausages), käsespätzle (cheese noodles) and kartoffelsalat (potato salad) to gorge on and a mass (beer mug) in every hand, it was truly the best prelude to the festive season.
Nirmalya Biswas, MA English,
Rabindra Bharati University
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