Spirited discussion on the pros and cons of a dress code on college campuses or learning the art of meditation via music were the key events in the week gone by. The coming days will help students prepare for their examinations without the fear of power cuts and also acquire interview-ready skills.
The students’ central council of Magadh Mahila College on Saturday organised an inter-institutional discussion on dress code in colleges. The pupils as well as teachers of Patna College, Patna Science College, Arvind Mahila College, JD Women’s College and the host institution, tried to find answers to the question.
Jayshree Mishra, head of the department, history, Magadh Mahila College, came out in support of a dress code on college campuses. “If a college does not have a dress code, students more privileged than others would wear new clothes every other day. On the other hand, financially weak students would have to stick to their usual clothes, which can develop inferiority complex among them. So it is better to introduce uniforms in higher educational institutions,” Mishra said.
Jessie George Modi, the principal of Women’s Training College, disagreed. “There should not be any dress code in colleges because the students are all adults. They know what to wear and where to wear,” she said. Aditi, a BA Part II student of Magadh Mahila College, turned the tables. “If there is dress code for students in colleges, there should be one for teachers too,” she said.
Journey with ragas
Students of Magadh Mahila College realised the meditation powers of music. The institution’s music department organised a two-day national workshop — Ragon ki Gayaki aur Pradarshan — from April 5. Classical singer Alka Dev Marulkar taught everybody in the audience, including Lalit Narayan Mithila University students, the nuances of the different ragas.
The first day, Marulkar performed and spoke about ragas Bhimpalasi, Puriya Dhanashri and Hori. The last day was devoted to the difficult Raga Gauri and Raga Kaanhra.
Marulkar, the former director of Kala Academy, Goa, also stressed on the importance of primary education in music and guided the participants on the best ways to do riyaz. “We got useful tips from her. Not only is she a great singer, she is a great guru too,” said Neera Choudhury, the head of department, music, Magadh Mahila College.
The department of applied economics and commerce of Patna University has organised a three-day workshop from Monday to help students prepare for placement interviews. Tying up with the National HRD Network, Patna chapter, the department is focusing on personality and skill development of the students.
Chandrama Singh, the head of department, applied economics and commerce, said close to 140 students are taking part in the workshop.
Singh said: “During these three days, officials from National HRD (an organisation run by professionals working in the corporate sector). would guide the students.”
The Patna University administration, on the demand of Patna University Students’ Union, has decided to extend the generator facility at the central library by two hours. On demand for the ongoing examination season, generator facilities would beat power cuts till 10pm now.
Frequent power cuts make it difficult for students, especially the boarders, to study. Patna College student Vijay Yadav said: “This is a welcome step taken by the varsity administration during the examination season. They can study at the library with the power on and also have access to the reference books at the Patna University Central Library.”