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Creativity runs riot
Students of NIFT, Bhubaneswar, walk the ramp in their self-crafted designer outfits during their annual festival, Spectrum.

Young minds celebrated the spirit of craftsmanship and ingenuity at Spectrum ’13, the annual festival of National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bhubaneswar, on February 23. Colourful designs with elaborate artwork reflected the high standards of creativity among the fashionistas. Flautist Mohini Mohan Patnaik set the mood for the daylong event with his self-composed piece The Monsoon Dream. Students hosted kiosks and counters to channelise their innovative instincts. A ramp show provided them the platform to showcase latest fashion trends and reinvent tribal designs to go with the modern milieu. There was a touch of old-world culture in the outfits and the students posed as models and sashayed down the ramp.

Dream application

Thousands of tech wizards from across the country explored their innovative streak at Microsoft Student AppFest – 2013, a coding event held at Dhaneswar Rath Institute of Engineering and Management Studies (Driems), Cuttack, on February 26. It enabled college-goers to develop their dream app ideas alongside professional developers using latest Microsoft technologies. The programme was simultaneously held in 54 key hubs in 45 cities across 18 states where Microsoft student partners acted as resource persons. The inaugural session was followed by technical sessions. Development leader of Microsoft-India Jayaprakash Mallikarjun Bankoli attended the event as chief speaker.

Pharma zone

The Odisha Pharmaceutical Association, a body of pharma professionals, urged the state government to set up a Pharmaceutical Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by inviting multi-national companies to set up pharmaceutical industries in the state. The state government should formulate a suitable pharmaceutical policy to encourage investors to establish pharma industries for which promotion of a Pharmaceutical SEZ is the need of the hour, read a memorandum submitted to health minister Damodar Rout at the Odisha Pharmaceutical Conference, 2013, on Sunday. The memorandum said the Centre’s decision to allow 100 per cent foreign direct investment in the drugs and pharmaceutical industry was expected to aid the growth of contract research in the country. The association also appealed to the state government to establish National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research in Odisha with the help of the Centre.

Poster girl

Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Bhubaneswar, will organise a poster competition to mark International Women’s Day on March 8. The competition, based on the theme of “Save the girl child” is open to students over 15 years. Entries, made on A3 size paper and spiced up with a short caption, will be accepted till March 5 along with a registration fee of Rs 100. Details are available on www.kiit.ac.in.

Topper award

Binayak Mishra, a postgraduate diploma student of Odia journalism at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal, received the Dr Radhanath Rath Memorial Fellowship for 2012-13 for outstanding performance in the first semester exam. The award, instituted in the name of the freedom fighter by his economist son professor Nilakantha Rath, carries a cash prize of Rs 10,000.

CSR meet

Participants at the Microsoft Student AppFest – 2013, at Dhaneswar Rath Institute of Engineering and Management Studies in Cuttack. Telegraph pictures

The sixth national management convention on “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India: Taking the Next Leap Forward” was held at School of Management, KIIT University, on February 22-23. The event brought together academics and management practitioners from different parts of the country. The convention captured issues and challenges in addressing the inherent paradox of sustaining performance and integrity in CSR activities in India, said dean of host institute Ashok Sar. Speakers talked on misconceptions about CSR.

Training model

A distinctive training model for body and paint repair under the Toyota Technical Education Program has been launched at Government Industrial Training Institute in Cuttack. The module aims at enhancing technical abilities and employability of Industrial Training Institute (ITI) students between 16 and 18 years. The program will benefit ITIs in producing skillful technicians. The automobile repair industry is characterised by lack of skilled manpower and professional training for repair and diagnostics. Present on the occasion were technical education minister Pratap Keshari Deb and his department secretary Chandra Sekhar Kumar.