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Youngsters from different colleges in the capital got together on May 7 to celebrate the International Day of Service, an event introduced by Bhubaneswar-based youth volunteer group Bakul Foundation last year. The purpose was to provide a platform for individuals to reach out to the less fortunate, encourage and inspire them to volunteer for a better world and demonstrate the power of volunteerism. About 400 volunteers in Bhubaneswar, primarily college students, visited orphanages, old-age homes and anganwadis and spent quality time with the inmates at each place. “Quite a few school students, homemakers, retired persons and young professionals also joined hands for the noble cause,” said college-goer and volunteer, Abhay Panigrahi. They organised fun activities for children, to promote their creativity and imagination, and to spread joy among the aged. The day started with veteran actress Usashi Mishra narrating amusing stories to the little inmates of Madhurmayee Ashram, a shelter home for the children of convicts. The kids illustrated the stories, which Bakul plans to publish as a picture book in Odia. A local band, Shabd, played music for them. At another event at the Adruta Children’s Home, the volunteers had invited ace footballer Shradhanjali Samantaray, who got the girls staying there to play football and fun games before the music band made the girls sing along with them. Several activities were also conducted at Open Learning Systems (school for special children), Asha Kiran, Jeevan Jyoti Ashram, Divya Jyoti Ashram, Subhadra Mahtab Centre and Ruchika Social Service Organisation. “In Cuttack, we visited Daya Ashram, St. Anthony’s orphanage and Rotary Old Age Home,” said Bhanu Prakash, another volunteer. Volunteers of Bakul from Odisha, who have moved to other cities, expressed solidarity by doing their bit for the underprivileged on this day. On the whole, more than 750 volunteers in 20 cities of India observed the day. Their support had been mobilised through a social networking site. Last year, more than 1,000 volunteers had offered service across 26 cities of the country. Show of gratitude nDays after his release from Maoist captivity, Laxmipur MLA and popular tribal leader Jhina Hikaka visited the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (Kiss), Bhubaneswar. He thanked the 16,000-odd tribal children studying at the institute for coming together to appeal to the Maoists for his release. Addressing the students, Hikaka said the tribals, who took part in the Praja (people’s) Court organised by the Maoists to decide the fate of the young MLA, had demanded for his immediate release as he played a key role in bringing many tribal students from Laxmipur, Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon and other tribal areas in Koraput district for admission at Kiss.He said the issue of tribal empowerment through education was also discussed in the Praja Court. This was not Hikaka’s first visit to Kiss. He has been visiting the institute for the last few years to interact with the students. In another event on Sunday, Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, along with in-charge of Odisha Congress affairs Jagdish Tytler, visited the tribal institute. Azad, who is also the national president of Gandhi Global Family (GGF), unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on behalf of Gandhi Global Family on the Kiss campus. He spoke about the National Rural Health Mission and stressed on government’s medical schemes for the 13-crore school going children in the age group of nine to 18. Medical challenges nA national seminar on “Emerging trends and future challenges in nursing” was held at the Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SoA) University, Bhubaneswar, last week. Eminent surgeon professor D.K. Ray said shortage of medical staff was a challenge to the healthcare delivery system. “We are facing a variety of new ailments today, which can be tackled by trained nurses and medical staff but they are in short supply,” he said, pointing out that there were many cases of trained persons preferring other jobs to a career in nursing. He suggested that a Continuing Nursing Education endeavour, on the lines of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme being undertaken for doctors, should be taken up to update nurses about the latest developments in healthcare. The speakers also talked about a wide gap between the rhetoric of policy and reality in practice. “The need for collaboration between theory and practice in nursing education has been identified as a concern of increasing importance in the past few years,” said associate professor at the Mother Teresa Post Graduate and Research Institute of Health Science in Pondicherry, Manjubala Dash. The seminar was organised by the Sum Nursing College run by the university. Other speakers included associate professor at the Post Graduate College of Nursing in Bhillai, Daisy Abraham, and reader at the College of Nursing in Berhampur, Rajalakshmi Mishra. Focus on growth nA two-day national seminar was recently organised by the MBA department of Fakir Mohan University on the topic “Inclusive growth in the emerging market”. Several experts from different backgrounds shared their experiences on what constitutes the inclusive growth of an economy and the role of various sectors. Head of the host department Bibhutibhusan Mohapatra said: “In a volatile market, while growth is uncertain and it has not been taking place as inclusively as expected in India, the focus of the seminar is on how it can be achieved by involving various components, such as government and the community at large.” Syndicate member of the university Debi Prasad Mishra and other lecturers of the MBA department also spoke on the occasion. Volleyball success nCapital-based TempleCity Institute of Technology and Engineering (Tite) beat KIIT University 3-0 to win the KIIT Volleyball Tournament-2012, an inter-college event for engineering institutes in Bhubaneswar. On the first day itself, the Tite team had trounced Trident Academy of Technology 2-0 and Silicon Institute of Technology 3-1 to seal a berth in the finals. In the finale, the team put up a great show of agility, energy and discipline to emerge victorious in the annual tournament. Aditya Kumar Singh of the winning side was adjudged Man of the Match. Lotakbindu Dash, veteran Railways volleyball coach, handed the champion’s trophy to Tite.