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Academic clubs for all-round progress

- Science College revives societies after two decades, students sceptical about move

Patna Science College, after more than two decades, has decided to revive various societies with an aim to increase students’ extra-curricular activities.

In the ’90s, the College used to run various academic clubs such as botanical society, mathematical society, chemical society and others.

The primary objective of these societies was to promote extra-curricular activities so that there is all-round development of students. U.K. Sinha, the new principal of Patna Science College, said: “The college administration, after having discussion with various department heads, has decided to revive the societies.”

Rajneesh Kumar, a chemistry teacher at Patna Science College, said: “The principal has directed heads of various departments to organise such programmes, which are of students’ interest so that there is a large participation at such events. Societies can organise seminars, symposium or workshop on current topics or new discoveries in science, which the students do not easily get in their syllabus.”

Explaining one such event science exhibition, Kumar said: “Students can easily organise science exhibition on environmental issues such as pollution where students taking the case of Patna can highlight the rise of pollutants by automobiles in the last few years. Also, the topics, which are taught in their theory papers, the students can do the practical in science exhibition.”

Not only science subjects, the college has also decided to constitute literary societies so that students having interest in literature can participate in literature events such as debate, quiz, poetry and other events.

However, the students are sceptical about success of revival of such societies. Anupam Kumar, a second-year geology student, said: “It is good that college has decided to revive science societies but this should be on regular basis and topics for seminar or symposium should be chosen keeping the interest of students.”

According to college sources, the idea behind reviving these societies is to increase students’ attendance in college. The sources said out of 1,800 students in college, the attendance on normal days is just 50 per cent as many students skip classes for some reason or the other. Also, by engaging students in such activities, they can divert the attention of students who indulge in non-academic activities.

Also, the college, based on the feedback from students and teachers, will prepare a development plan under which a canteen, recreation rooms, upgrading the infrastructure facility of lab will start on priority basis.