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Real to reel, struggle during flood on screen
- Diploma course students make BAU’s first documentary & win appreciation at premiere

The first documentary ever made by students of Bihar Agriculture University (BAU), Sabour, premiered during a workshop at its auditorium on Friday.

The students of the 2009-10 batch made the documentary, Life on water, as a practical assignment under the one-year visual and graphic communication diploma course and showed it during Centre of Teaching & Learning Excellence: Role & Process workshop.

The team comprised Madhumita, Akanchha Singh, Arti Duttatrey, Mukesh, Satish Kumar Birwa, Abhishek Kumar and Bijendra Kumar, apart from media lab employee Ishwar Chandra and cameraman Brijesh. The team worked under the technical guidance of faculty Ram Datt of the department of extension education of the college.

“Since any agricultural topic would take up a lot of time, we chose flood as a social issue. The documentary was filmed while interacting with the people of Rajandipur village, which was flooded in July 2011,” said Madhumita.

Elaborating on the content of the 15-minute documentary, Abhishek Kumar, one of the team members, said: “The documentary portrays the pathetic condition of the people and the struggle they faced doing their daily chores, while feeding their cattle and their family members. The documentary, a labour of our hard work and an in-house production, aims to show the zeal, the desires and innovations of the people even in crises.”

“At first, we studied the problems during floods, prepared the story board and accordingly, shot as the skies darkened before an approaching rainstorm. It was quite adventurous and creative,” said Madhumita.

Welcoming the students’ efforts, BAU vice-chancellor M.L. Choudhary said: “Nowhere in the country such an effort is made by students at the undergraduate level. It is worth appreciating.” He underlined the establishment of educational technology cell for advanced learning and teaching.

Earlier, Choudhary presided over the workshop, while Rajaram S. Sharma, the joint director of Central Institute of Education Technology, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi, was the chief guest and Rajkumar Jha, creative director, Geometry Global Communication, was the guest of honour in the function.

All scientists and students of the university were present on the occasion.