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Pad up for grades

The vice-chancellor of Patna University, Arun Kumar Sinha, met principals of colleges to work out a strategy to enable the institutions get better grades from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (Naac) this year.

The meeting was held on May 10 at Magadh Mahila College.

Only two institutions under Patna University — Patna Women’s College and Magadh Mahila College — have got “A” grade from the Naac.

Sinha said principals of other colleges should work harder to ensure that their institutions get better grades. “Patna Science College and BN College had got ‘B+’ grade earlier. They will reapply this year.”

According to a recent notification of the University Grants Commission, institutions of higher education would not be eligible for grants from the Union government unless they have Naac accreditation.

Employment meet

The economics department of Patna University, along with Indian Council of Social Science Research, Indian chapter of International Labour Organisation and Institute of Human Development, will organise a two-day seminar on employment for the youth, starting May 18.

Some of the speakers at the seminar would be Tina Staermose, director, Indian chapter of International Labour Organisation, Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen, Rizwanul Islam, former special advisor (employment sector), International Labour Organisation and Dinesh Awasthi, director, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India.

Economics department head Asha Singh said: “Unemployment is higher among urban youth than their rural counterparts.”

She added: “Many unemployed youths are taking to Naxalism. This seminar would be useful as it would provide different perspectives and solutions to the problem.”

Governor D.Y. Patil would inaugurate the seminar and chief minister Nitish Kumar would be present on the concluding day.

Job fair

Fresh graduates and school passouts came to Cimage College on May 10 to get jobs at a two-day fair.

Fifty-one companies, including Pantaloon, ICICI Bank, ITC, State Bank of India, Titan and Raymond among others, recruited the applicants for different posts like finance associate, office associate and area manager.

Cimage director Neeraj Agrawal said the most lucrative package on offer was Rs 4.7 lakh. “Companies would shortlist candidates for interview next week, based on their curriculum vitae. None of the candidates was charged any registration fee. It was a fair opportunity for both experienced candidates and freshers,” he added.

Agrawal said the puropse of the fair was to provide equal opportunity to different candidates.

Judges speak

Students of Chanakya National Law University got an opportunity to hear judges speak on May 10.

Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh and Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi spoke at the seminar, “Patents versus patients”.

Speaking on the Supreme Court ruling in the Novartis case in which the pharmaceutical giant was denied a patent on cancer drug, Glivec, Justice Tripathi said all academics and law students should study the judgment.

“It proves that patents are not for minting money but for rewarding and respecting innovations,” he said.

Justice Singh of Patna High Court also analysed the judgment of the apex court in the case.

The vice-chancellor of the law university, A. Lakshminath, said the Novartis case is a victory for people from economically backward sections of society. “It also focuses on how some companies monopolise the market by seizing patents.”

Tech fest

Maulana Azad College of Engineering and Technology hosted a three-day technical festival — Technocracy ’13 — that began on May 6.

Students took part in different events like paper presentation, treasure hunt, street soccer, decoration of floors and innovation.

Nafis and Group won the street soccer competition, while Ashish and Group were the runners-up.

Patna University history professor Daisy Narain was the chief guest while Shafi Mashhadi, a member of the engineering college governing body, was the guest of honour.


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