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Confidence on ramp

Participants at the beauty pageant organised at Ganga Devi Mahila College. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will provide Sri Arvind Mahila College, a constituent institute of the Magadh University, with Rs 15 lakh for the institution’s infrastructure involvement.

At the inauguration of the college’s music centre on Saturday, Ravi Shankar said he would contribute the amount from his local area development fund.

The Union minister for law and justice, communication and information technology said: “Truth is one, but different persons based on their observation define truth in different ways.”

The BJP’s Pataliputra MP, Ram Kripal Yadav, accompanied him.

Smart talk

Last Friday, 12 students of St Xavier’s College, Patna, had to speak on smartphones and education. It was not any run-of-the-mill discussion, but a speech competition organised at the De Nobili Hall on campus.

Faculty members of academic competition committee organised the programme.

Father Joseph Thadavanal S.J., the rector of the college, and Father Mathew S.J., administrator, Atmadarshan (spiritual and counselling centre), St Xavier’s College, judged the contestants.

Anural, a bachelor of business administration student, bagged the first position.

Father Thadavanal appreciated the students’ efforts. Principal Father T. Nishant S.J. concluded the programme, announcing certificates for all participants so that more students were encouraged to take part in such competitions.

Beauty queens

Girls from different colleges walked down the ramp on Friday in a beauty pageant organised by Campaign for Female Education at the Ganga Devi Mahila College.

For most of the girls, it was their first time walking down the ramp but that didn’t mean they were low on confidence. The event helped some of them look ahead too.

“I want a career in modelling. My family is opposed to the idea, but I have always wanted to make this happen. I know I will achieve my dream one day,” said 23-year-old Pragya Bharti from Patel Nagar.

Nimmie, 22, another contestant, said: “Such kind of pageants is not just about beauty. One can win these events if she is intelligent. Girls need to update their knowledge if they want to win a beauty pageant.”

The intelligence and confidence showed, making the job difficult for the judges.

Aarti Singh, a runner-up of Dance India Dance Supermom and one of the judges, said: “All the participants are very confident. It has become difficult for us to choose a winner from among them.

“As many as 100 girls would be shortlisted here and 20 of them would participate in the finale scheduled in Kathmandu on November 15,” she added.

Brush up

Magadh Mahila College organised a University Grants Commission-sponsored summer school on the implementation of the semester system on July 18.

Patna University vice-chancellor Y.C. Simahadri presided over the programme.

The speakers — faculty members of Patna University — spoke on the benefits of the summer school system and semester-based courses.

Simahadri said: “The semester system needs to be introduced in Bihar’s colleges. It is a well-experimented system aboard and has shown good results. The best thing about it is the continuous evaluation of students that helps teachers keep tabs on the academic performance of one and all.”

Prabha Shukla, the director of the UGC Academic Staff College, said: “The UGC is going to start summer and winter schools for students and teachers. In the summer schools, refreshment and orientation courses would be conducted, while in winter schools, only orientation courses would be conducted .”

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