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Wednesday , May 22 , 2013
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Farewell to seniors

Final-year postgraduation students of the political science department of JD Women’s College had a blast as their juniors organised a farewell party on May 18.

The evening started with Saraswati Vandana followed by a skit. The students expressed their thanks to the teachers by dedicating a song to them.

A fashion show was also organised. The juniors arranged for lunch that included both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes with desserts. The function ended with the juniors presenting gifts to their seniors.

Final-year student Sandhya said: “Farewell functions are always cherished. We spent five years in the college and relished each and every moment. We shall leave the college with good memories.”

The students, dressed in colourful attires, danced to popular Bollywood tracks like Favicol se from Dabangg 2 and Disco deewane from Student of the Year.

Research boost

The physics department of College of Commerce organised a lecture, “Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors” on May 18.

The vice-chancellor of Aryabhatta Knowledge University, S.N. Guha, inaugurated the event. Guha urged the students to develop a scientific temperament and undertake research activities. The university has collaborated with leading research institutes to promote research work.

The main speaker was Ramjanay Chaudhary, a scientist at Consortium for Scientific Research in Indore.

The experts suggested that a career in science is not limited to engineering and medical. They said there is a wide range of career opportunities in science and several institutes offer such courses.

Policy concern

The department of economics of Patna University in association with the Indian Society of Labour Economics and IHD Eastern Regional Centre organised a two-day seminar, “Youth unemployment in India: Dimension, challenges and strategies”, from May 18.

The speakers at the seminar said unemployment among the youth was a major policy concern for both developing and developed economies. Unemployment levels are higher among the youth than among any other age in most countries, regardless of their level of development. The problem of unemployment among youth has global implications as it often leads to discontent and violence.

Patna University vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Sinha said the violent movements in many parts of India such as Naxalism and insurgency also have their roots in unemployment.

Asha Singh, head of the economics department, said: “Unemployment is significantly higher among the age group of 15 years to 29 years. Unemployment rates in the urban areas are higher than those in the rural areas.”

She added that unemployment among young women was higher than among men.

Hepatitis camp

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, on May 17 organised a Hepatitis B vaccination camp.

Around 300 people were examined at the camp.

Gaurav Pandey, a student of the medicine department, said: “In the past week, around 500 people have been examined for Hepatitis B.”

The institute administration claimed that such camps are helpful for the people living in the neighbourhood of the institute. The health hub has announced that its outpatient department would start from August this year. Pandey said: “Earlier, the institute had organised blood donation and diabetics check-up camps.”

A doctor at AIIMS, who did not want to be named, said: “The idea behind organising such camps is to get associated with the people of the area so that they get an idea about what type of facilities the hospital is going to offer.”

Seminar on learning

St Xavier’s College and St Xavier’s College of Education organised a three-day seminar on education from May 20. Father Ozzie Mascarenhas, SJ, the chairman of MBA programme at St Aloysius (Autonomous) College, Mangalore, spoke on origins of behaviorism and learning behaviour manipulation.

Father Nishant, SJ, the principal of St Xavier’s College, said: “The best way for academic as well as overall development of students lies on how we motivate them to attain their goals. Students should be taught about the life and contribution of people who have attained success in life.”