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History lessons this season

Korean students perform at College of Commerce on Sunday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey

History’s the flavour of the season. If Nalanda University started a new chapter 800 years on, another institution in Patna — around 110km away — discussed the importance of history in our lives.

Speaking at a lecture at Magadh Mahila College on Saturday, state archive director Vijay Kumar said history helped us understand dynamics of society and is of importance for people in all fields.

The lecture was themed “sense of history and history writing”. Magadh Mahila College principal Dolly Sinha and former director-general of police Abhayanand were among the other dignitaries present at the event.

Archives director Vijay said it is believed Mughal emperor Aurangzeb once scolded his teacher for making him waste time on Arabic grammar. “Aurangzeb said he should have been taught history,” he added.

If Aurangzeb was one of the cases pointed out, the other was author Munshi Premchand and how he depicted the country’s freedom struggle in his works.

“History is not just confined to records but each novel and every story can be regarded as a good source of information. British rulers were extremely aware of the potential of history books so they banned some novels under the Vernacular Act,” he said.

Pooja Kumari, a Part-I student at the lecture, said: “It was an enlightening programme. I got to know so many facts about Aurangzeb and Munshi Premchand.”

Data at a click

Now, people can access World Bank data for free.

The World Bank collects data from governments and recognised organisations across the world. Now, people interested to check it just need to log on to www.worldbank.org.

At present, data of around 90,000 indicators such as health, agriculture, education, population of more than 200 countries is available on the website, representatives of the institution said at a sensitisation workshop on open data development at Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna, on August 30.

The management students were told the ways they can use the data. Students of Chanakya National Law University, AN Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Indian Institute of Business Management, Patna, also took part in the programme.

Sunita Malhotra, a World Bank representative, said: “World Bank provides easy-to-use data, information and documents to help citizens, policy-makers and advocacy groups make informed decisions.”

Time for action

A teacher’s role is more than just standing in a classroom and lecturing students. Instead, a teacher has to wear multiple hats to ensure students receive quality education.

At College of Commerce on Sunday, Magadh University pro-vice-chancellor Kriteshwar Prasad said faculty members need to design lessons for students taking into account each person’s interests and needs.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the new session. Also organised on the day was Youth in Action, a cultural interaction between India and Korea. A performance by students from a Korean university was the programme’s highlight.

Last day

Sri Arvind Mahila College bade farewell to two of its teachers in an emotional programme on Sunday.

History teacher Asha Tripathi and mathematics teacher C.S. Prasad left the institution.

Tripathi, who taught at the college for 34 years, also shook a leg with the students. The college administration highlighted their contributions and gave them mementos.

Prayer service

St Xavier’s College of Education organised a daylong seminar on HIV/AIDS: Learning for life on Saturday. As many as 135 MEd and BEd students attended the programme that started off with a prayer service.

Principal Thomas Perumalil S.J. said: “People usually are not open in talking about safe sexual practices and how it’s affecting life. It’s time this perception is changed.”

Faculty members Preeti Sinha, Vijay Shree, Deep Kumar and others attended the event.

Focus on diet

The home science department of Patna Women’s College organised a crockery competition on nutritious snacks to observe National Nutrition Week on Monday.

The girls came in teams of two for the event. Faculty members Shobha Shrivastav (zoology), Smita Kumari, (Sanskrit) and Sahar Rehman (English) sat on the jury.

Pranita and Sneha (MA second-year) and Madhuri and Megha (MA first-year) were adjudged the joint winners.

Principal Sister Doris D’Souza said: “The programme aimed to generate awareness about the importance of nutrients. I want my students to follow a healthy diet.”

Fun with gurus

Fun, laughter, dance and melodious songs marked the pre-Teachers’ Day celebration at Patna Women’s College on Monday.

A song greeted the teachers after which they were engaged in games where they had to find a twinkling star on one of the greeting cards given to them.

One of the groups performed a self-composed song, Aao sunaye subjects ki kahani, to applause from the audience.

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