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Nano tech road to Paris

Magadh Mahila College students during the sports day on campus. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey

Nishka Ranjan, a girl from the state and a student in Bangalore, visited the most romantic city in the world — Paris — last month to present a paper on nanomedicine.

One of the three participants from India, she presented a review paper during the 4th International Conference on Nanotechnology and Biosensors. The two-day event was held from December 20.

Nishka, a student of RV College of Engineering in Bangalore, told The Telegraph: “It takes a lot of time to work on nanomedicine. To prepare for the conference, I collected the most significant information about the use of the technology on auto immune diseases.”

At least 25 papers from eight different countries were presented at the conference. Three of them were from India.

On the opportunity, Nishka said: “It was an amazing experience and I was fortunate enough to achieve this in the field so soon.”

The daughter of JD(U) spokesperson Rajeev Ranjan Prasad and social worker Ragini Ranjan, Nishka said it was because of nanotechnology that everything — from a television to a mobile — is getting smaller. “In the same way, the application of nanotechnology can also be seen in the world of medicine. It was a great opportunity to attend the conference, as I learnt a lot of new things. For example, microreactors that allow small chips to come together and form a big reactor to be used in industries.”

At the Paris meet, Nishka was the youngest participant at 21 years old.

Tryst with robots

Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Patna, hosted a national-level robotics competition and workshop conducted by Technophilia Systems in association with and Robotics and Computer Applications Institute of USA.

The event, a prelude to Technika ’14 (BIT-Patna’s annual technical fest), was organised on January 11 and 12 on the campus. At least 90 students from the host college and other institutions such as BIT Deoghar and Indian Institute of Technology, Patna, attended the workshop.

On the first day, the participants conducted a practice assessment online with components of robots, sensor, motors and basic coding for the robots using the kit provided by Technophilia.

The second day comprised an introduction to the global positioning system (GPS) module and its application. They learnt about interfacing the module with micro-controllers and Google maps as well as application of the robots arranged the day before.

After two more rounds, the best candidate to come off the national competition will represent India at RoboGames 2014 in San Francisco, USA.

Sporting show

Rain couldn’t dampen the spirit of Magadh Mahila College students on the institution’s sports day on January 11. They took part in events such as high jump and discus throw with gusto.

The students also displayed their agility and synchronisation in aerobics, yoga and drills at the event.

Priyanka Bharti, a second-year BCom student, was adjudged the overall winner. Education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha and Patna University vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Sinha were the dignitaries present.

Amarjeet said: “Most of us have forgotten the importance of sports in our life because of our busy schedules. But for youths, participation in extracurricular activities is as important as studies.”

Training ground

Badminton and table tennis courts would be soon developed at the College of Commerce in a bid to motivate the students to hone their athletic abilities.

Principal P.K. Verma said: “We have decided to upgrade the sports infrastructure at the college. At present, the institution’s ground is covered with wild grass. It would be trimmed and courts for table tennis, badminton and other games would be developed.”

The institution has also started hiring trainers who would coach the students for around two hours daily.

Vikas Kumar, a Part-I BCom student, said: “We would be able to perform better in the university and state-level sports competitions if the college recruits trainers for us.”

Money care

Patna University’s applied economics and commerce department will organise a two-day national seminar next month. Financial experts are expected to attend the event.

The seminar on “Uniform financial regulation — the urgent need for safety of low-income group investors” will start in the third week of February. The head of department, Chandrama Singh, said the seminar would deal with micro-financing companies. The seminar was initially planned for this month, but has been postponed to February, said faculty member Asim Lal Chakravarty.

“There are several unauthorised micro-financing companies which trick people out of their money with the promise of unbelievable returns. Speakers at the seminar would talk about such firms in detail,” said Singh.

Governor D.Y. Patil and education minister P.K. Shahi are expected to attend the event.

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