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Creativity, ingenuity and fun were at play at Alma Fiesta, the annual socio-cultural fest of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bhubaneswar, which was held from January 11 to 13. The major attraction of the fest was the performance by music band Indian Ocean on the concluding day at Janta Maidan in Bhubaneswar. Band members Rahul Ram, Amit Kilam and Susmit Sen performed on some of their own compositions. The soul-stirring Bandeh from their album Black Friday had everyone on their feet. Over three days, more than 700 young techies from across the country tried their hand at various technical games, participated in quizzes and debates, exhibitions and workshops and displayed their expertise in dance, music, literature, fine arts and events from other diverse genres. The students also sashayed the ramp and took part in a rock band competition. Besides routine beats and notes, Alma Fiesta also hosted fun events like Leaf it Up, Blind Strokes, Rip Out, and Topsy Turvy – a group dance competition. A series of events were lined up to catch the fancy of artists and painters.

Beach festival

The 18th edition of Glory Fest, an annual cultural soiree for youngsters, concluded in Puri on January 12. Mohammad Irfan and Supriya Pathak, reality TV music show contestants, belted out an assortment of Bollywood songs. As many as 375 young girls from nine states participated in the five-day fest, which featured events such as beauty pageant (Glory Queen), sewing, knitting, cooking, dance, music and so on. Manisha Manaswini, a student of University Law College, Bhubaneswar, won the title of Glory Queen.

Think green

A two-day national conference on environment issues — “Rethinking Nature: The Relevance of Contemporary Green Studies” — was held at the English department of Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, on January 12-13. Eminent scholars of eco-criticism like T. Ravichandran of IIT Kanpur, Prof. Swarnalatha Rangarajan of IIT Chennai, Prof. Nilanjana Deb of Jadavpur University and Prof. Santanu Majumdar of Calcutta University presented papers and chaired various sessions of the conference. Green activists like Biswajit Mohanty and Snehasis Das presented videos to draw the attention of the audience towards some of the pressing environmental concerns.

Editor’s take

Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhenkanal, recently organised a seminar on ‘Role of Editor in Contemporary Media’. Veteran journalist, Lalit Surjan said media is a complex business, which requires coordination at several levels and that the editor has always been the guiding spirit and the public face of a media set-up. A monograph on ‘Business Journalism’ by institute head Mrinal Chatterjee was released. Director of Manipal Institute of Communication, Buroshiva Dasgupta also addressed the students.

Human resources

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated a two-day National Human Resource Development Symposium at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, on January 11. He said the event would help generate ideas and thoughts on skill development and employment of youths. “Human capital, the largest and the most important asset, is the ability and productivity of the people,” he said. Naveen said Human Development Index reveals that higher the human capital formation due to good standard of health and education, higher is the per capita income of the nation. “This human capital is the backbone of human development and economic development in every nation,” he said. Throwing light on the theme of the symposium, he said India’s eastern region is the latest hub of human development. Odisha has seen a dramatic transformation from an elitist environment towards universalisation of higher education. The symposium was jointly organised by KIIT’s School of Management and National HRD Network. Founder of the network, T. V. Rao underscored the importance of having the right policy to develop human resources. National President, NHRD and chief operating officer of Maruti Suzuki, S. Y. Siddiqui said youth power is one of the biggest advantages of India.

SHILPI SAMPAD