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Talents at high table

Budding poets in the city got the opportunity to showcase their talent at a kavi sammelan on Saturday.

The Hindi department of Patna University organised the event to build confidence among the students. Participants came from different institutions affiliated to the university, including Patna Women’s College and Magadh Mahila College, and the varsity’s postgraduate Hindi department.

Amar Kumar Singh, the varsity’s Hindi head of department, said: “The function was aimed at giving the students an opportunity to exhibit their writing skills. These events help the students write better.”

Magadh Mahila College student Ankita, who came with one of her poems, said: “Bihar has produced several noted Hindi poets, including Rashtriya Kavi Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Phanishwar Nath Renu and Baba Nagarjun. But, with time, interest in Hindi literature has come down. Introduction of vocational education has taken students away from the literature subjects. So, kavi sammelans like this encourage students to pursue their talents.”

Agility at show

Patna Women’s College students impressed teachers and guests alike with their agility on the campus.

The annual sports day of the institution was organised on Saturday and teams gave each other a tough fight in all the categories. Apart from march past and yoga, the students also took part in badminton, carrom, table tennis, chess, basketball, kabaddi and kho-kho among other matches.

Swati, a second-year student, was adjudged the overall champion and third-year student Khushbu was declared the indoor champion. One of the highlights of the sports day was when the teaching and non-teaching employees took the stage, err ground.

V. Mukunda Das, the director of Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna, was among the dignitaries present at the event.

Active day

The Magadh Mahila College campus was abuzz with activity on Saturday. The sociology department organised a slogan and poster competition on the eve of World AIDS Day.

The Telegraph spotted one of the slogans that said: “Aage badhen aur AIDS mukt rashtra nirman mein sahyog karen (come forward and help free the country of AIDS)”.

Later, the computer applications department organised a PowerPoint presentation competition on cyber crime. Students of Admerit, Cimage and College of Commerce, apart from the host college, took part in it. The teachers also advised the students on issues such as hacking, cyber terrorism and child pornography.

The music department organised a devotional song competition to mark the sesquicentennial year of Swami Vivekananda’s birth, too.

Women’s rights

As a series of alleged sexual assaults rocked the country, the Chanakya National Law University organised a daylong training programme on women’s rights. The law cradle organised the event in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission on Sunday.

Distinguished guests spoke to the students on the various legislations related to domestic violence and sexual violence at work. Patna High Court’s Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari was the chief guest.

He said: “With change in time, laws for women in the country have seen several changes. Many new laws are coming up now to ensure their rights are protected.”

Swati Suman, a Magadh Mahila College student who attended the event, said: “Such programmes create awareness among the students.”

The law cradle’s National Service Scheme cell also organised a financial literacy and consumer awareness programme in collaboration with National Stock Exchange.

Silver jubilee

St Xavier’s College of Education celebrated its silver jubilee with élan on December 1.

Among other performances, current students presented Bihu and Rajasthani dances while members of the institution’s alumni sang Rangeelo mharo dholna.

Present at the gala were Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary, education minister P.K. Shahi, Aryabhatta Knowledge University vice-chancellor S.N. Guha and Central University of Bihar vice-chancellor Janak Pandey.

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