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Fashion forward: The NIFT-Patna students at their graduation ceremony. Picture by Jai Prakash

A research fellow with several recognition and awards under his belt has joined Central University of Bihar, adding another feather to the institute’s cap.

Lokendra Sharma, a research scholar who has worked in San Antonio and Pittsburgh in the US, has joined the central university’s biotechnology department.

Rizwanul Haque, head of department, biotechnology, Centre for Biological Sciences, said: “Sharma was selected through a highly competitive process initiated by the central government under the University Grants Commission (UGC)-Faculty Recharge Programme. The special position, created by the UGC, is intended to provide assistance to individuals with exceptional creativity, zeal and commitment towards research and teaching.”

Institutes receiving development funds from the UGC are eligible to get faculty members on these positions, he added.

Sharma has done his PhD from CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, and post-doctoral research from the University of Texas Health Science Centre, San Antonio, Texas, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Among the several recognitions under his belt include winning the inaugural Susan L. Naylor award for excellence in postdoctoral studies in the cellular and structural biology department in the San Antonio institute. His peer-reviewed research articles on mitochondrial dysfunctions in cancer and ageing have also been published. The Union department of science and technology has also provided Sharma a grant of Rs 25 lakh under the “Young scientist scheme” to continue his research work.

Fit for industry

National Institute of Fashion Technology, Patna, held Modamorphosis — the graduation ceremony for its 2012-14 batch of masters of fashion management — on Saturday.

Institute director Sanjay Srivastava and principal secretary, building and construction, Chanchal Kumar inaugurated the event.

Addressing the outgoing batch, Srivastava, said: “The students have undergone rigorous theoretical and practical training in a number of disciplines, including marketing, merchandising, management studies and information technology, and other interdisciplinary subjects in the past two years. Now, they are ready to take up challenges in the ever-changing world of the fashion industry. I am glad to announce that the students have been placed in several reputable companies.”

He added that the students underwent an 18-week industry training programme in the final semester. They worked on specific projects with the retail and exports sector and apparel brands.

Toni Sharma, course coordinator, fashion management studies department, NIFT-Patna, said: “Customers are well-informed these days and have become more demanding. The institute’s students have been well trained to fulfil the industry’s needs.”

Hunt for bees

The eco task force of Patna Women’s College organised a workshop on honeybee farming on Saturday.

The event was held in collaboration with the Khadi and Village Industries Commission on the campus. The commission officials, who came to show the students how honey is harvested, gifted the institute five beekeeping boxes.

R.N. Singh, assistant development officer, Khadi and Village Industries Commission, explained bee farming methods to the students. He said honeybees should be fed sugar syrup solution once a week. Doris D’Souza, the college principal, Shahla Yasmeen, head of department, zoology, were among the faculty members who attended the workshop.

Yasmeen said: “The eco task force set up an apiary (a place where bees are kept) last year. Khadi Gram Udyog trained two college employees in honeybee farming too. We want our students to also learn about honeybee farming. These projects bring them closer to nature.”

Interns at work

Central University of Bihar went straight into relaxation mode after semester examinations at the institute’s Patna and Gaya campuses concluded last Thursday.

The examinations, conducted for different programmes, including integrated undergraduate and postgraduate courses, was followed by the summer vacation from Friday.

The students would soon head to their summer internships with prestigious institutions in the country, including Indian Institutes of Technology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Delhi, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Indian Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology and Defence Research and Development Organisation.

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