| Patna Women’s College students take part in the annual sports at their institution. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
As the Christmas and New Year holidays approach, colleges are doing their best to squeeze in as many activities as possible in the intervening weeks. The cool weather is, of course, ideal for sports. But besides a healthy body, students also are working hard to uplift their intellect. At Patna University, students took part in their union elections and selected their leaders but not before indulging in humorous antics:
The tambourine man played songs for Patna University students — to attract their votes.
Talking to their prospective electorate about issues is passé for those contesting the Patna University Students’ Union (Pusu) elections. While some of them toured colleges and the varsity campus with their supporters, others danced to the tune of the tambourine.
Dancing was not the only benefit of the election season though. Some students took the polls as a licence to play truant.
“The class attendance fell drastically over the past few weeks as most of the students were busy campaigning for their friends,” said a Patna College teacher, adding that he and his colleagues were averse to dampening the enthusiasm of the students by reprimanding them.
The elections were held for the first time in 28 years and students were of the opinion that bunking a few classes was no big deal. Ravi Ranjan, a student of Patna College, said: “Bunking a few classes will not affect my studies. My friends who contested the poll needed our support.”
While the election campaigning is took students out, it is also brought candidates into the classrooms. After taking permission from teachers, they used all their verbal artillery to make their case to the students.
Students of AN College would be able to study in select European universities on scholarship from 2013-17.
The college recently signed a deal with India4EUII - a partnership of a number of European universities that provides the Erasmus Mundus scholarships.
“Students and researchers from India would get scholarships to study or conduct research or undergo training at an European university,” said Ashok Ghosh, professor-in-charge, department of environment and water management, AN College.
Students from a wide variety of disciplines and different levels of education (undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD) can apply. All applications are online. Besides providing official marksheets and certificates, students would also have to get two recommendations from teachers.
They would also have to submit standardised TOEFL or IELTS scores. Both of these are English-language tests. Students whose mother tongue is not English have to take either of these to apply to European or American universities.
Hop, skip & jump
Students jumped, skipped and hopped on the Patna Women’s College grounds on December 8, during their annual sports day.
The preparations for the event began well before Durga Puja, said joint sports secretary of the college Yogita. “This is the most important event in our college calendar. We wanted to put up a good show.”
The rigorous preparation was on show during the event. Not only were the races and competitions closely contested, the students also performed dandiya, rhythmic exercise and yoga. They also marched together.
Director-general of police Abhayanand was the chief guest. He said: “Patna Women’s College has a very healthy environment. Students excel in all events.”
Bihar and Jharkhand commanding officer General Pankaj Sachdeva and wife Anuradha also graced the event.
BIT-Patna organised Abhivayakti — a cultural programme — on December 8. A poster-making competition, Posteresis, was the highlight of the programme.
The director of the institute, S.L. Gupta, said: “The IEEE Society (Institute of Electronic and Engineering Society) of BIT-Patna organises such events from time to time. They also provide ebooks, journals and books to the students.”
Ashwini Kumar Lal, former deputy advisor, Union ministry of statistics, inaugurated the event.
Only 12 out of the 60 students who turned up for a blood donation camp at Magadh Mahila College on December 7 were allowed to donate blood. The rest were found to be suffering from anaemia, high or low blood pressure and some of them were underweight.
“We were surprised to find that so many girls were suffering from problems,” said Archana Katiyar, a psychology teacher and co-ordinator of the camp. “The doctors from Jay Prabha Blood Bank who had come for the camp advised the students to change their diet, take milk and drink juices.”
She added that she was planning to organise a workshop in the college to sensitise students about healthcare.