A mixed week it was at work, err colleges, in the city. Skills important to deal with disasters and a fun-filled day were all part of the week. If some students attended a students’ parliament, some created models to fight for the environment. Some more started on the path to become models for others.
Last Saturday, I was in for a heart-wrenching scene when I reached college. Many people were fainting because of exposure to chlorine, a poisonous gas, which was leaking from a nearby industry. The poisonous gas had made its way in and around the campus leaving many people nauseated, suffocated and red-eyed. But soon everything was brought under control when a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) entered reached the institution.
Around 75 team members acted swiftly with the latest equipment at hand to stabilise the people. The entire operation was complete within 45 minutes.
The operation was actually a mock drill on chemical disaster at our college. The 9th battalion of the NDRF conducted it under the supervision of its commandant S.S. Guleria.
Rural works minister Bhim Singh — the chief guest at the mock drill — said the state government is sensitive to disasters. “You never know when a disaster would strike, but with a little awareness people can minimise the damage,” he said.
Our principal, Haridwar Singh, asked us to share our experience of the mock drill with our friends and family.
Election fever has gripped our college (Sri Arvind Mahila) ever since we got the news that vice-chancellor Arun Kumar (of Magadh University) has directed the university to hold students’ union election on January 30. All of us were excited but a little bit confused. We hardly knew anything about Lyngdoh Committee and how the election would be held in our college. The teachers came to our help — they organised Students’ Parliament for us on last Saturday. Teachers Asha Tripathi, Usha Jha and Shivnarayan among others told us about the Lyngdoh Committee’s recommendations for holding students’ union elections, why a students’ union is required and how it can address the problems of students.
It was a real eye-opener for all of us 250 odd students who attended the event. Many of the students also shared the qualities they would look for in a candidate before voting, and the problems — better library, better sanitation — they want to be addressed.
On Saturday, Magadh Mahila College students rocked the dance floor, albeit on campus, to peppy Bollywood songs on the annual event, Fun Day. Dabangg 2 and Student of the Year rocked the charts with Dagabaaz Naina, Faavicol Se, Radha and Disco Deewane.
Lip-smacking dishes filled the air, all the way to the hearts of the students. Burger, biryani, chowmein, pao bhaji, golgappa, cutlet and chop - the list was endless.
BA Part-I student Anupama Kumari danced for at least 45 minutes on her favourite tracks. She said: “The best thing is we can flaunt our style wearing designer saris and heavy accessories.”
On Sunday, the Nano-Tech Society of Birla Institute of Technology, Patna, organised a poster and model competition for students from 14 schools and colleges. Issues on show, via models, included environment pollution, proper use of technology and conservation of non-renewable resources.
A new journey
Birla Institute of Technology, Patna, students Zeya Ahmad, Aditya Ranjan, Kumar Vaibhav will step into the corporate world by starting a joint venture aimed at serving humanity. Their company — AVZ Services and Techbuzz Pvt Ltd — will not only give an opportunity to gifted and self motivated students to maximise their technical dexterity by facing corporate challenges, it would also provide the best possible IT solutions through cutting-edge technology to industries in Bihar and India.
The company also has a vision of opening a trust for the welfare of society. Two sections are planned — Sparsh (a foundation for underprivileged children) and Divya (a foundation for cancer patients).