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Pledge to weed out graft

Learn some, promote some — that is the mantra of students of Birla Institute of Technology, Patna.

For the past four years, the engineering cradle has been organising the Reva festival for children from slums and underprivileged families. Reva stands for “Right to Education and Vision for All” and the BIT-Patna students live by that motto.

On January 19, the students took out a Reva march from the institute. They crossed by Bihar Veterinary College, Sheikhpura roundabout and Raja Bazar before ending the walk at BIT-Patna to promote the festival. Its aim is to allow students from underprivileged families and government schools a platform to display their talents and academic flair. This year, the festival was organised on the Republic Day weekend.

Sumit Suman, a BIT-Patna student, said: “There are many people in society who, in spite of being talented, do not get a platform to showcase their skills. Reva is a stage where talented children have the opportunity to exhibit their talents.”

Research tools

Birla Institute of Technology (BIT)-Patna last month hosted a workshop on capacity building programme for social sciences on research methodology. The Indian Council of Social Science Research sponsored the event organised between January 8 and 18.

Eminent resource persons, including Sanjiv Mittal from Indraprastha University, Delhi, Munish Makkad and Arun Mittal from BIT-Noida and S. Ray and Ram Kumar from Central University of Bihar, came to the campus to deliver the lectures. The event was essentially for people pursuing their doctoral work, college or university teachers and members of recognised research institutions.

It aimed at equipping the management faculty and research scholars with the various statistical tools important for their work.

Victory verdict

Three Chanakya National Law University students came home victorious from a moot court competition they had gone to attend in Mumbai last month.

The challenge before the team — fourth-year students Ajay Kumar Mishra, Anmolam and Shivam — was the 20th MC Chagla Memorial Moot Court Competition (January 11-12).

Organised every year by Government Law College, Mumbai, the competition is held in the memory of the first Indian chief justice of Bombay High Court, the late MC Chagla.

Contestants came from many reputed law cradles of the country, including National Law School of India University, Bangalore, National Law Institute University, Bhopal, and National Law University Jodhpur. They focused on the constitutional method of appointment of judges and the proposed judicial appointments commission.

In the final round, the CNLU brains were pitted against the team of Symbiosis Law School, Noida. The winning verdict was announced by the judges, Justice V.M. Kanade and Justice M.S. Sonak.

Anmolam bagged one more honour — the second best speaker in the competition.

Green saviours

St Xavier’s College of Education organised a two-day environmental awareness programme from January 28. Students from the institute’s BEd and MEd departments were taken to Tarumitra Ashram as part of the awareness event.

“Tarumitra Ashram is a well-known non-government organisation (NGO) working for the protection of the environment for past several years. So, we took our students out on an awareness trip for motivating them to take steps for saving the environment,” said Deepak Kumar, one of the faculty members.

Father Robert Athickal SJ, the founder of Tarumitra, accorded the students a warm welcome. The team from the NGO then elaborated on the group’s activities to save the environment.

The visiting students saw the organic farming practices followed at Tarumitra, while Father Athickal also stressed on the use of LED and CFL bulbs thereby saving trees from being felled for power generation.

An earth dance was organised during the visit when the students and their faculty members took a pledge to save Mother Earth.

Patriotism first

The BEd and MEd students of St Xavier’s College celebrated Republic Day a day after, and ensured it was a special do.

Principal Father Thomas Perumalil SJ hoisted the Tricolour. Later, the students maintained the patriotic fervour singing songs like Ae mere watan ke logon (the original one by Lata Mangeshkar 50 years ago was said to have brought tears to the eyes of the first Prime Minister of the country, Jawaharlal Nehru) and Ae vatan ae vatan humko teri kasam.

Father Perumalil said: “We have completed 64 years of republic India and still, we are struggling with the evils of corruption, poverty and mismanagement. I urge my students to understand their responsibility towards the nation.”

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