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Voices for women

Students of women’s colleges in Patna organised several awareness programmes to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.

Ganga Devi Mahila College organised a seminar on women’s empowerment to spread awareness about the rights of the girl child. The speakers said though there has been improvement in the condition of women in society, there are still a lot of problems. They also said women are not aware of the laws protecting their rights. Therefore, it is important to spread awareness. The speakers also advised the students to become economically independent.

Magadh Mahila College organised a seminar to discuss unity among women as a means to prevent atrocities.

All India Students’ Association took out a march from Kargil Chowk to Dakbungalow roundabout holding placards with messages like “Stop sexual harassment” and “Give women their due respect”.

Tech fun

An event titled “Technika ’13 — The Tech Renaissance” evokes images of competitions of computer programming and robotics. But the annual fest of Birla Institute of Technology, Patna, had as much for students of other disciplines as it had for aspiring techies.

The three-day festival began on March 8. Road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav inaugurated it. “I wanted to be an engineer but am happy that my work has something to do with engineering,” he said. S.N. Guha, vice-chancellor, Aryabhatta Knowledge University, was the chief guest.

Students from Indian Institute of Technology, Patna, National Institute of Technology, Patna, Chanakya National Law University and Patna Women’s College took part in dance, music and a number of other competitions.

On the last day (March 10), a fashion show — Fashionista — was organised. It was the flagship event of the fest. Final-year student Anshuman said: “Fashion is not something that is seen only in our attire. It is about ideas, the way we live. It is not about beauty, it is about good attitude.”

For enthusiasts of everything technical, there were also a number of events like “Transmetues” (design of circuit signals) and “Megastructures” (designing bridges).

A soirée was also organised, where winners of MTV Kurkure Desi Beats ’12 — Srote — enthralled the audience with rock music.

Farewell party

Students of Magadh Mahila College had a blast on March 7 as the juniors organised a farewell party for the outgoing batch.

Around 30 students walked the ramp in style. They were judged on their personality, extra-curricular skills and academic achievements.

At the end of the event, Shivangi, a student of the Hindi department, was adjudged Miss Magadh Mahila. Aashi, an economics student, and English student Neha were the first and second runners-up respectively.

Students were awarded Miss Beautiful Dress, Miss Personality and Miss Pretty Smile. They also danced to chartbusters like “Hookah bar…” from Khiladi 786 and “Radha” from Student of the Year. They also played many party games.

Video lectures

Patna University computer centre organised a series of lectures over video conferencing on March 5 and 6.

Postgraduate students of diploma in bio-informatics and MSc in biotechnology as well as the computer centre attended the lectures. Students and faculty members of the Central University of Bihar and research scholars of Rajendra Memorial Research Institute also attended the session through video conferencing from their institutes.

Dr Amit Utkarsh Sinha, visiting investigator, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, addressed the conference on molecular biology. Janak Pandey, vice-chancellor, Central University of Bihar, attended the inaugural session. He said: “Such lectures are very important. Scholars and experts can interact with the help of technology and overcome constraints of time and space.”

U.K. Sinha, dean, faculty of science, Patna University, emphasised the need to overcome the shortage of specialised teachers through such video lectures.