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Social trip to meet challenges

Postgraduate students of Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna, visited Dayanand Anathalaya, an orphanage centre in Danapur, last Tuesday to speak to the children about health and hygiene.

Samvedna Club, the institute’s social marketing club, organised the daylong visit. The club regularly conducts such trips.

Visiting were the postgraduate diploma in management students. They cleaned the orphanage centre campus and conducted a plantation drive.

A water purifier was installed, while amenities such as dustbin, nail cutter, hand wash and first-aid box were also provided to the youths at the orphanage centre.

On these regular visits, the management students help the youths financially with funds generated from different activities. They also arrange for private tuitions if anybody is willing.

Institute director V. Mukunda Das said: “Such experiences give our students a wider exposure to society. They need to be aware of the kinds of challenge people face in life to be better prepared for a life in management.”

Fight disaster

The National Service Scheme of Chanakya National Law University, Patna, organised a disaster management training on the campus last Wednesday.

Anuj Tiwari, senior adviser, Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, Patna, was present at the event. He told the participants — students and faculty members of the institute — about various aspects of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

He explained the preventive measures necessary to mitigate sufferings of victims. Pamphlets and brochures with tips to cope with disasters were also distributed among the participants.

Such disaster management programmes are crucial for Bihar, as floods are a constant threat for the state’s people. So, the students and faculty members attending the event were glad for the opportunity to attend the programme.

Kunal Singh, a student of the law institute, said: “The training programme was very interactive as we were informed about the various aspects of disaster management and how to cope with such situations. It was useful too because we came to know ways to deal with floods and drought.”

Another disaster management programme was held the same day at Magadh Mahila College.

The event was organised under the University Grants Commission’s College with Potential for Excellence scheme. Experts present at the event sought to help people know the right technique to deal with different disasters — man-made or natural.

Sureshnandan Prasad, the retired geography teacher of Patna University, said the right technique made all the difference.

Speaking at the event organised by Magadh Mahila College’s philosophy department, he said: “Children and senior citizens are the most vulnerable to disasters. So, they need to know how to be prepared.”

He also suggested the students to conduct in-depth studies into disaster management.

College principal Dolly Sinha and faculty members, including Jayshree Mishra and Lali Srivastava, attended the event.

Festive do

Girls of Patna Women’s College celebrated Independence Day a little before the stroke of the midnight hour. The institute’s students and faculty members organised the event named Jashn-e-Azadi on Thursday.

Skits and patriotic song and dance were all part of the programme.

Shefali Roy, head of department, political science, spoke of the students’ efforts to make the programme a memorable one.

“In the past few days, the students practised a lot for their events. I am really proud of what they put up,” she said.

March to freedom

At a separate programme organised by the education department on August 14, various episodes from the freedom struggle came alive.

From the historic Dandi March led by Mahatma Gandhi to the Quit India Movement (August Kranti), almost everything was part of the tableau competition. The event did not involve the students taking out tableaux but presenting it as an act on stage.

Eight groups of students weaved historical incidents in their tableau acts. The groups were from the college’s different departments.

While the first group displayed martyrs’ memorial, the second group presented Rani Laxmibai’s brave fight in the first fight of independence — the 1857 mutiny.

This tableau showed the queen of Jhansi in a fight with the East India Company officials.

One group represented the country’s unity in diversity, while another put up the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

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