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Fresh start after short break

Campus life resumed last week after a 10-day break for Christmas and New Year.

Back to college on January 2, friends regaled each other with stories of their short break from studies. The students also exchanged pleasantries with their teachers and wished them a happy New Year.

Magadh Mahila College student Anshu Priya spent her winter vacation with her brother in Pune. The Telegraph found Priya telling her friends about the trip and the tourist spots she visited in Pune and a couple of other cities in Maharashtra.

Some students although had examination on their minds. The term-end examinations for Patna University’s second semester postgraduate students started from Wednesday. They reached the university on the first day after the vacation to take notes from teachers and promptly returned home to study.

Anil Sinha, a history student spotted at Darbhanga House, said: “I went to college to collect some notes that my teacher promised to give.”

In the classes attendance was low, as several students were not back from home.

Date with degrees

Governor and chancellor of state universities D.Y. Patil has approved January 28 as the date for the Patna University convocation.

Retired judge of Patna High Court Justice S.N. Jha will deliver the convocation address. Earlier scheduled on December 21, the event was postponed because of Patil’s poor health.

At least 1,600 postgraduate students and PhD scholars, who cleared their courses between 2011 and 2012, are set to receive their degrees in the ceremonial gowns. The top scorers in more than 56 courses would also be awarded gold medals.

To organise the convocation without a hitch, the university has constituted various committees to look into all the aspects concerned.

The students are excited to attend the convocation.

Amit Sinha, a history postgraduate, said: “It is good to know that the Patna University is organising the convocation after more than three years. The opportunity to get degrees from distinguished guests such as the governor or chief minister is one of a kind.”

Positive mantra

Sumit Chaudhari addresses the personality development programme at BIT, Patna

Birla Institute of Technology, Patna, organised a daylong personality development programme on campus for engineesring and management students last Saturday.

Sumit Chaudhari, the chairman and managing director of Delhi-based Third Millennium Business Associate Pvt. Ltd, was the main speaker at the event. He advocated stressed the need for self-motivation to achieve goals.

“It is important to remain positive. Failure is inevitable but a person should have a positive attitude. Even great personalities failed, but they did not quit. Learning is a continuous process. One has to discover his/her USP to change the efforts into achievements,” said Choudhary.

He advocated the need for a balance of attitude, knowledge and skill.

“One should be ready to take responsibilities instead of blaming others,” he said, providing students tips on facing group discussions during interviews.

Nawaz Akhtar, a first-year student of postgraduate diploma of management, said: “He told us many interesting stories like cricketers have to pay a fine if they fail to board the team bus on time for going to practise at the nets. Sachin Tendulkar never paid a fine he said.”

Research push

A workshop exploring a variety of astrophysical particles and their properties concluded at National Institute of Technology, Patna, on Friday, January 3.

The 12-day event on applications of general theory of relativity to large-scale structures in our universe was organised by the physics and mathematics departments.

As many as 30 faculty members from around the world, including South Africa, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, participated in the programme sponsored by the Union ministry of human resource development.

Kumar Shwetketu Virbhadra of Rutgers University, US, said: “The participants worked in groups of five. I hope they continue their research even after the workshop.”

Virbhadra, who is originally from Patna but is now based in the US, commended the hard work put in by the participants. He said age is no limit when it comes to research and exhorted the participants to pursue their field of interest.

Faculty member of NIT, Patna, B.K. Sharma said the college received Rs 1.5 crore to procure research equipment for the programme.

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