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Thrust on a beautiful mind
- Debut of memorial lecture at Ranchi University

Loads of talks on mind, health and social issues like the gender divide and some smart tips to survive against all odds marked the inaugural session of the Geeta Chakravarty Memorial Lecture at Ranchi University on Friday.

The students, who comprised majority of the audience at Central Library’s auditorium, got the opportunity of listening to learned persons like Manas K. Mandal, an outstanding scientist; S. Haque Nizamie, director of Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP), Ranchi; and Binay Chaudhary, former professor of Magadh University, Bodhgaya.

Geeta Chakravarty was the former head of the psychological department of Ranchi University. After her death in 2011, her husband Amal Chakravarty (also a retired chemistry professor) and sons, Ujjwal and Sajal, decided to institute a memorial lecture in her name and a gold medal for the topper of the department.

Ranchi University vice chancellor L.N. Bhagat inaugurated the lectures, the first of the series, on Friday.

Manas K. Mandal, who is the director of Defence Institute of Psychological Research, New Delhi, delivered the lecture on “Protecting beautiful minds”. “Conflict of morality and loyalty often torments young minds. Morality prompts one to argue and that may come in the way of success whereas loyalty helps build a career more easily. That is why one is required to take a decision and resolve the conflict. Again, failure is a common feature in life. One has to tackle failures,” he said.

S. Haque Nizamie delivered the next lecture on “Mental Health Issues in India”. The CIP director said mental health was often related to psychiatric disorders only while happiness was also a state of mental health.“Despite considerable rise in cases of mental diseases in recent times that even lead to suicides, people don’t prefer seeking medical help out of fear for stigma, prejudice and exclusion. The society lacks awareness,” Nizamie rued.

Speaking about latest advancements in neuro-sciences, he said pursuing a career in clinical psychology would be a good option.

The last lecture was reserved for Binay Chaudhary, who spoke on gender-based violence. “Ours is a country of contradictions. While the scriptures teach us to respect women, they are the most disrespected in reality. Often known persons or even near ones are offenders in gender-based violence,” he pointed out.

According to Chaudhary, economic independence helps a woman achieve self-respect. “Be independent economically, learn self-defence techniques and never compromise with self-respect,” he advised the girls.

The students felt enlightened.

“We read about many of the topics as passing references but did not know about them in details. The lectures were very helpful,” a student said.