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Send-off on emotional note

Happy faces: Students from Handong Global University at NIT-Patna. Pictures by Deepak Kumar

Emotions spoke volumes last Wednesday when first-year BEd students of St Xavier’s College of Education bade their seniors farewell.

A cultural programme was organised on the occasion when the students sang, danced and showed everybody present at the venue a good time. A video presentation on the year-long activities was also showcased.

Father Joseph Maripuram SJ, the college rector, told the students: “You have been a blessing to this institution. Put your best foot forward wherever you go.”

Principal Father Thomas Perumalil SJ also had words of encouragement and blessings for the outgoing batch. He said: “All of you are now ready to work for the nation, keeping the college motto high. Let the light of education shine. You are not only a part of this institution but have joined a bigger family known as St Xavier’s College of Education Alumni Association. Teaching is a noble profession with greater challenges and so now, the world is yours. Try to excel.”

The outgoing students took an oath to take up work with dedication. Mary Murmu, one of them, said: “I had an enriching experience at the college.”

Admission time

The submission of online and offline applications for admission to the new session at Central University of Bihar closed on Saturday. Sources said the administration was elated with the response to admission in the integrated undergraduate programmes, postgraduate programmes and integrated MPhil-PhD programmes. Apart from Bihar, sources said applications have come in from Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh among other places in the country too.

Central University of Bihar vice-chancellor Debdas Banerjee was delighted with the response of students to CUBET (Central University of Bihar Entrance Test)-2014 scheduled on May 31 and June 1.

He said: “Five years of hard labour, it seems, have started bearing fruit. The alarming trend for Bihar — special trains for admission-seeking students leaving Patna or Darbhanga for other cities such as Delhi, Bangalore and Pune might soon be reversed. The university is overwhelmed with the response. Over and above, many applications have been received from Delhi, Calcutta and the southern states.”

The Central University of Bihar, since its establishment in 2009, offers 26 courses on the temporary premises in Patna and Gaya. It is waiting for a new campus on 300 acres of land in Panchanpur, Gaya, for full-fledged academic expansion.

Project better

From this new academic session, College of Commerce would use projectors in class.

Principal P.K. Verma said on Monday that initially, the projectors would be used in the science departments. The institution believes the equipment would make teaching more effective.

Verma added that classes would also be held during the summer vacation.

“Many of our teachers don’t know how to use projectors yet. So, we would teach them about it during the summer vacation. The language lab and e-library of the college would also be inaugurated in the new academic session. The college administration has started the necessary preparations for it,” he said.

Korean visitors

Last week, 30 students of Handong Global University in South Korea paid National Institute of Technology, Patna, a visit.

The students came on May 3 as part of an educational exchange programme with NIT-Patna.

The Handong Global University and the Korean government initiated the educational exchange programme.

Sources in NIT-Patna said the team from South Korea would work on different issues in the state, including water conservation.

“The students of Handong Global University would devise ways for rainwater conservation in the rural and urban areas of the state so that rainwater can be used in the water-deficient villages. Last time the Korean students came, they had developed an arsenic filter which is now being used in two villages near the diara area in Patna,” a source said.

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