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Cheers to medicine

A play in progress at Atyarth 2014

The alumni association of the department of education, Patna Women’s College, organised a health awareness camp for women last week.

It was held on April 3 in collaboration with a healthcare centre operating in Patna. The event, held in two phases, was co-ordinated by alumna Deepshikha.

If the first phase discussed issues concerning women’s health and personal hygiene, the second phase was dedicated to check-ups. The BEd students of the college got a complete health evaluation done.

“The BEd students were given an opportunity to clear their doubts in a question-answer session. The purpose of the camp was to make the prospective teachers aware of the importance of good health and hygiene,” signed off Upasana Singh, head of department.

Healthy humour

Atyarth 2014 — the 44th foundation day-cum-alumni meet of Nalanda Medical College — came to a close on a cultural note on April 2.

Bollywood tracks, song-and-dance routines and short plays made for a memorable show and a lot of smiles — just what the doctor prescribed.

VSP Singh, a postgraduate student of the college, received praise from one and all with his recitation of the Hanuman chalisa. Kritik and group — from first year — also grabbed eyeballs with their performance to Bezubaan from the 2013 3D dance film ABCD: Anybody Can Dance.

Musical Drama Comedy, an act presented by the third-year MBBS students, drew some of the most uproarious laughter of the day. The group danced on songs they had written for the occasion. The songs were although not a run-of-the-mill job.

“We had written the songs with lyrics from our textbooks. We tried to put in a bit of humour in our act,” said Adwait Akash, one of the students.

Also up on stage was first-year MBBS student Pragati who did a Preity Zinta to Dil laga liya. Just like Preity, who presented a puppet show with Jimmy Shergill to the song in 2002 film Dil Hai Tumhara, Pragati too put up a puppet dance. Kriti, Kritik and Alankrit — again first-year students — matched steps to the catchy Tune Maari Entriyaan from Gunday.

In memory

The Centre for Sociological Studies of Central University of Bihar organised a discussion on the life of Babu Jagjivan Ram on April 5, the Dalit icon’s 106th birth anniversary.

Jitendra, the co-ordinator of the Babu Jagjivan Ram Chair at the university, said: “Babu Jagjivan Ram faced a lot of social discrimination and deprivation in society but still, he was able to establish a distinct status for himself. He was a great freedom fighter.”

Elaborating on Ram’s contributions, Jitendra said: “When he was the agriculture minister, he played an important role in the implementation of the Green Revolution in India. Later, during his tenure as defence minister, he ensured that our country won the battle of Bangladesh (the India-Pakistan war of 1971 following which Bangladesh achieved independence). Ram always talked about the betterment of labourers in India and for this, several acts, which made a revolutionary change in society, were passed during his tenure.”

Consumers & FDI

The commerce department of Sri Arvind Mahila College organised a discussion session with the first-semester postgraduate students on April 4.

Bhavna Kumari, one of the students, spoke on the Consumer Protection Act, emphasising that people should be aware of their rights as a consumer.

While some students shared the benefits of learning the different aspects of commerce, others elaborated on the foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail sector, a contentious issue among the political parties.

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