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Festival of cheer

National Institute of Technology, Patna, organised a week-long faculty development programme on numerical techniques in water resources and environmental engineering from December 16.

Speakers from premier research schools such as Indian Institutes of Technology and National Institute of Hydrology delivered lectures on various topics. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, during his last convocation address at NIT-Patna, had identified research in water resources and environmental engineering as one of the key areas for research in context of Bihar.

The faculty development programme was aimed at familiarising faculties from various institutions of Bihar and other parts of India on the issue. The programme helped build capacity of various researchers in Bihar who are familiar with latest numerical techniques and assist various states and national agencies on water resources planning and management.

Sudarshan Singh (dean, research and consultancy), U.S. Triar (dean, academics), Girish Kumar Choudhary (dean planning and development) and Sanjeev Sinha (head of civil engineering and Pi Teqip — technical education quality improvement programme) addressed the inaugural function.

Yuletide spirit

A colourful Christmas programme was organised by St Xavier’s College of Education Alumni Association, Patna, for the children at non-formal evening school Montfort Literacy Centre recently. These children are studying in various government schools in Patna.

Dance, carols and plays were the main attractions. Fr Thomas Perumalil S.J., the principal of St Xavier’s College of Education, introduced the alumni association.

Christmas celebration with the underprivileged section of the society is one of the annual programmes organised by the association. Brother Cyril, a faculty member, said: “Christmas is a time when we share our joy with others. It’s a great joy to see the members of the alumni association come to our campus and share their love with the children of Montfort Literacy Centre.”

Carol contest

Christmas celebrations started at Patna Women’s College, as a carol competition was organised on December 12. Students performed popular carols, including Great Day in Bethlehem and Mary’s Boy Child, in the hour-and-a-half long contest. They donned accessories like stars, bells and Santa caps to usher in the Yuletide spirit.

While Code 6 — groups were named not by departments but numbers to ensure impartiality — was declared the winner in the Hindi carol singing competition, Code 10 and Code 7 came second and third, respectively.

The winner of the English carol singing competition was Code 7. Code 6 and Code 2 came second and third, respectively.

Priyanka, a first-year student who took part in the competition, said: “I wait for this event every year. I look forward to the competition as it ushers in Christmas.”

Cabinet election

The political science department of Patna Women's College conducted its cabinet election at the institution on December 13.

Of the 27 candidates, Sharon Rashi was elected the president. Soumya Shruti and Swati Sinha were elected vice-president and general secretary, respectively.

A community service programme was also organised by the institute’s department of education at Asha Deep special home on December 13. The students organised different kinds of games like fast bowling, drop ball and balancing balloon, on this occasion. The children were divided into four teams — watermelon, mango, apple and orange. Team orange emerged winner. Asha Deep head Sister Catherine praised Patna Women's College for making the day special for the children.

Animation fun

A 3D animation and design course was inaugurated at Patna Women’s College on December 11.

A cultural programme organised on the occasion was inaugurated by college principal Doris D’ Souza and Ratna Purakayastha, the programme executive-cum-programme head, Doordarshan, Patna. Purakayastha was the chief guest at the event.

Purakayastha, an alumnus of the college, motivated the students to be independent and upgrade their skills to grab the right opportunity.

D’ Souza praised the computer science department for introducing the course. Bhavna Sinha, head of department, computer science, said it is a job-oriented course.

Somnath Tripathi, head of department, computer science, IIT-Patna, was the guest of honour and Mrinal Singh, director of Uno Digital Pvt. Ltd was the special guest on the occasion.

Singh said: “Uno Digital Pvt. Ltd has been converting 2D movie into 3D for the past 10 years.”

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