| Governor Devanand Konwar (centre) and (right) Patna University vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh at the valedictory session of the 34th Indian Geography Congress on November 4. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
Vacations over, college students in Patna are returning to classes — some reluctantly, others with eagerness. Early morning classes have ousted laziness; joyful adventures have abdicated to post-holiday blues.
But there’s excitement in the air as well, as friends reunite on the campus. Some are eager to share what they did during the Durga Puja vacations. Others are busy catching up on studies that were put on the backburner for the holidays.
“I did not feel like coming to class but our college authorities are very strict about attendance. So, I could not give college a miss,” said Priyanka Kumari, a psychology student of Patna Women’s College.
Another student of the college, Nisha, added: “Though I did not want to do classes, I wanted to come to college to share anecdotes about my boyfriend with my classmates. I love to share romantic gossip with my friends.” Returning to college also meant the chance to eat phuchka and other roadside snacks.
A number of other adventures also await college students as they resume their academic and extra-curricular activities.
College of Commerce, a leading institution affiliated to Magadh University, is set to launch its own newspaper Samanantar. The eight-page fortnightly publication would see the light of day on December 1.
Tarique Fatmi, the co-ordinator of the journalism and mass communication department of the college and Samanantar editor, said: “We will focus on different subjects so that it is interesting to our readers. Students and teachers of all departments can write for it.”
The newspaper, reportedly the first of its kind in Patna, would also give a hands-on experience to students of the department, many of whom want become journalists. Students are excited with the prospect of their own publication. “I am eagerly waiting for the first edition of my college newspaper. I would really love to write for it,” said Manish Kumar, a BSc Part II student. “It would be so exciting to see my name in print.”
Teachers of the college, too, are all praises for the endeavour. “This is very important project as it will provide the students with experience that will help them in the professional world,” said B.K. Mangalam, a Hindi teacher.
Students of Patna University are gearing up for elections that would be held for the first time at the institution since 1984.
RJD student leader Raj Singh said: “We are organising meetings at hostels to galvanise students for the elections.”
There are, however, teething problems that many student leaders are facing. “We are not getting candidates for the executive body elections at women’s colleges,” said Saif Danish Karim, another student leader.
Five posts — president, vice-president, general-secretary, joint-secretary and treasurer — would be elected through direct elections. Executive committee members would be elected at the colleges. The elections are scheduled on December 11.
Boost for faculty
A two-day faculty development programme began at Birla Institute of Technology, Patna, on November 3. Participants learnt about how to write research papers. BIT director S.L. Gupta provided an overview of various research techniques. National Institute of Technology, Patna, director Asok De said: “Such workshops inform participants about scientific methods of research.”
Patna University geography department hosted the three-day 34th Indian Geography Congress that began on November 2. Delegates presented papers on global climate change and other subjects. Research scholars P. Firoz Ahamad and Nazir Akhtar presented a paper on the role of building design in mitigating effects of earthquakes. Students were also provided workbooks.
Patna College student Abhinav Prakash said: “The workbook has detailed political and physical maps of our country.” Governor Devanand Konwar attended the valedictory session on Sunday.
Music & dance
College of Arts and Crafts on November 2 hosted a performance of classical vocalist Vidya Shah and qawwali artiste Wazahat Hussain Khan Badayuni and his group. The event was organised by non-government organisation Takshila Education Society as part of Takshila Utsav.
Shah charmed the audiences with devotional songs of Kabir and Mirabai. Badayuni, too, impressed with his performance. “I really enjoyed listening to the artistes. The organisers have also done a great job of decorating the venue,” said Purnima Bharti, an audience member.