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In focus, love for country

A group of Patna Women’s College students before the start of the patriotic song competition on the campus. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey

A couple of institutes continued to celebrate the onset of monsoon, while one remembered the freedom struggle with a few days to go for Independence Day. A social initiative and news of an academic trip also marked the week.

Free agents

Emotions the National Anthem can evoke in a person are to be felt, not described.

On August 7, Patna Women’s College organised a patriotic song competition. The girls’ love and respect for the country was clear to everybody present in the institute’s auditorium.

The event was an early start to the Independence Day celebrations on Friday. The participants came dressed in white, looking like carriers of peace and harmony, while incorporating colours of the National Flag in their outfit. By the time the girls — in eight groups — finished their performance, not one eye in the audience was dry.

Dil diya hai jaan bhi denge, Mere desh, mere desh and Ay mere watan ke logon were among the compositions they sang.

Puja Kumari, a classical music student and one of the participants, said: “My team was very good. We practised a lot for the past 25 days and were well-prepared for the competition. We gave our best.”

Donate blood

Red Ribbon Club, in collaboration with Patna Women’s College’s National Service Scheme (NSS) unit, organised a blood donation camp on the institute premises on August 8.

Also assisting in the event was Bihar State AIDS Control Society.

Close to 150 students from different disciplines registered for the camp. In all, 63 units of blood were donated. Model Blood Bank, Kankerbagh, collected it.

Before the camp picked up, medical officers present checked the participants’ blood pressure, weight and haemoglobin to ascertain if they were fit to donate. Students who were underweight or had low blood pressure or inadequate haemoglobin were disallowed from donating blood, no matter how enthusiastic they were about the drive.

The programme was conducted under the guidance of Principal Sister Doris D’Souza and NSS officers Ameeta Jaiswal and Pushpa Sinha.

Folk act

Magadh Mahila College and JD Women’s College organised programmes to celebrate monsoon on August 9.

From Bollywood numbers Barso re megha, Ab ke sawan, Ghanan gir aaye badra to traditional Kajari songs, the programmes had it all.

At Magadh Mahila College, students of English, psychology, computer applications and commerce departments took part in a Sawan dance competition.

The English department stood came first, followed by computer applications and psychology departments in second and third place.

Sakhi hai sawan ki boond jaisi and other folk songs kept up on the tempo at JD Women’s College.

Principal Subhash Prasad Singh inaugurated the programme with faculty members Harisumiran Singh, Shashi Singh and Reeta Das.

“I am happy that the students performed to the folk songs. This sends us the message that the young generation is trying to keep traditions alive,” said Subhash Prasad Singh, the principal of JD Women’s College.

Shahnaz Bano and Swasti Choudhary, retired teachers of the college, were also felicitated.

Eco drive

Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna, faculty member Sibananda Senapati has been invited to present his paper at the International Society for Ecological Economics this week.

It’s a biannual conference where researchers from across the world discuss environment and ecological economics.

The theme of this year’s event is well-being and equity within planetary boundaries. The University of Iceland, Reykjavik, is hosting the event from August 12-16 and Senapati would present his paper on managing fisheries livelihood, along with adopting global environmental changes.

Recognising the importance of a clean and healthy environment, the management institute is working relentlessly towards its conservation. It has even conducted research on various aspects of Bihar such as self-help groups, tourism prospects, e-banking and social inclusion. The institute aims to integrate the findings to develop a blueprint of the Bihar Model of Sustainable Development.

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