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Much more than academics

Bunch of brainy kids

Thirty-one Class X students from DAV Public School (Chandrasekharpur), Bhubaneswar, have qualified for the state round of the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE). This is the highest number for any school in the state.

Ten students of the school have already bagged the NTSE scholarship when they were in Class VIII, as the talent hunt was earlier meant for students of that class. Of the total state quota, the DAVs of Odisha have bagged 53 of the 121 positions.

Three-in-one camp

Three Class XI students of KIIT International School have been selected to participate in the Millennium Youth Camp 2013 in Finland to be held in June.

Ipshita Shree, Swapnil Mohanty and Pracheta Upadhyay are among just nine candidates selected from India for the camp, which is for young people worldwide interested in mathematics, natural sciences, information technology and other sciences.

Let’s go to school

Ratna Ghosh, president of East Coast Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation, donated school bags and study materials to children studying in Classes I to V in railway schools on February 19. This programme conducted under the “School Bag Project” was held at East Coast Railway Mixed High School on Kurda Road. This project would be extended to the students of the same classes in railway schools in Puri, Cuttack, Talcher and Palasa.

Minister’s visit

Union minister of panchayati raj and tribal affairs V. Kishore Chandra Deo visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar, on February 13 and addressed the 20,000-odd students of the residential institute.

He said education is the most important issue for tribal development.

The minister talked about different schemes for tribals implemented recently for their higher education and self-employment.

He also assured all possible help and support to the institute in future.

Colour ’em together

Kindergarten students of Sai International School, Bhubaneswar, along with their parents created magic on white canvases during the annual “Art from the Heart” family collage and painting event on February 9.

They came up with several interesting works of art based on the themes of “One family in one roof” and “Save girl child, save Earth”.

Visiting faculty from UK schools, Kenneth Joshua and John Elliott, awarded certificates and prizes to the participants.

“We have always believed that parents play a great role in promoting children’s positive development and this was an effort to bring them on a common platform to do something creative,” said school chairman B.K. Sahoo.

Aid for cancer patient

The Good Samaritan Foundation initiated by Delhi Public School-Kalinga for the uplift and rehabilitation of the less fortunate has come to the aid of Biswajeet Padhi, a 13-year-old blood cancer patient undergoing treatment in Cuttack for the last three years.

An amount of Rs 20,000 from the foundation fund was recently handed over to the patient’s father, who is a vegetable vendor in Bhubaneswar. Students and teachers of the school also held a special meeting to pray for the boy’s recovery.

Science on my mind

Quiz, group discussions, film screenings and poster designing contests marked Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan, a state-level camp at DAV Public School (Unit-VIII), Bhubaneswar, on February 9.

School managing committee chairman M.M. Panda inaugurated the event and encouraged students to inculcate a scientific temperament.

Eminent scientist Chitta Ranjan Mishra and deputy director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium Subhendu Pattnaik delivered speeches on science. The winners of various competitions were awarded.