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Fashion on Technika stage

Mr Fashionista Avinash and Miss Fashionista Shikha at Technika

Pretty young things and good-looking men strutted down the ramp at Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Patna, on Sunday to bag the fashion honours.

The institute’s annual techno-management fest, Technika, started on Valentine’s Day. One of the highlights of the college fest this year was Fashionista, a ramp show contest, the final of which was held on February 16.

BIT-Patna’s Shikha Singh was named Miss Fashionista while Avinash from Patna Science College was adjudged Mr Fashionista. Miss India Universe 2012 Shilpa Singh and Miss India finalist 2013 Supriya Aiman judged the contestants in the finale.

Starting the event in style, BIT-Patna held the auditions for Fashionista at the institute’s auditorium on February 9. Trying out their luck were around 150 students from different institutions, including Patna Women’s College, Magadh Mahila College, Chanakya National Law University, Indian Institute of Technology, Patna and National Institute of Technology, Patna.

Looking for a place in the grand finale, the participants walked the ramp with grace and panache. On the judges’ panel were fashion choreographer Manish Chandresh, choreographer and director Ashish Abhijeet, fashion designer Manish Agarwal and radio jockey Shashi. Fifteen boys and 15 girls were selected for the final.

All 30 contestants underwent a five-day grooming session conducted by Chandresh.

Exchange of ideas

The computer science department of Central University of Bihar recently organised a conference on the recent trends in the sector.

Forty papers were selected for presentation at the event — International conference on recent trends in computer science and engineering — held from February 8-9. The conference aimed at providing candidates, including students and faculty members, a platform to share their innovative ideas and exchange information on the current trends in computer science and engineering.

Some of the papers read out were received from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jamshedpur, North Orissa University, University of Kashmir, NIT-Rourkela, NIT-Raipur, NIT-Patna, Indian Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu University and Birla Institute of Technology, Patna. The host institute also presented a paper.

Janak Pandey, the vice-chancellor of Central University of Bihar, said: “The department of computer science is doing a wonderful job. Organising this international conference in Patna is a step towards proving its excellent work. The department has made history by bringing in experts from the fields of computer science and technology on the soil of Bihar after almost two decades.”

The university will soon start infrastructure development work in Gaya. The foundation stone laying ceremony of the university’s Gaya campus is expected around the end of this month.

Fun & prayers

Students of Patna Medical College celebrated Saraswati puja with a cultural programme on the campus on February 4.

Gaurav Gajendra, a second-year MBBS student and one of the organisers, said: “Saraswati puja is celebrated in our college very differently. Not only is the puja organised according to tradition, a feast is also organised the next day. The senior students set up food stalls for their juniors as part of the feast.”

Dr Rakesh Kumar, a postgraduate student, appreciated the role the juniors also play in ensuring the celebration is a colourful affair.

“The junior students take it upon themselves to decorate the pandal and goddess. I had also organised the Saraswati puja in my MBBS days. It was a lot of fun. The puja gives the students a much-needed break from attending classes and treating patients. Some of our faculty members also took part in the celebration,” he said.

Speak with clarity

Students who fumble while speaking English need not fear anymore, as BN College would soon set up a multimedia language laboratory.

The facility would come up at the institution’s functional English department by March, said its head of department, D.N. Sinha.

Bihar State Educational Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited will develop the lab.

Sinha said the corporation, working under the education department, would spend around Rs 50 lakh on developing the lab.

“As many as 30 students of the functional English department would be able to use the lab at a time once it gets ready. They would be imparted lessons through audio-visual techniques at the lab. Projectors would be available for this,” he said.

On the benefits of the language lab, Sinha added: “The lab would have 30 computers equipped with headphones and other facilities. Special softwares installed in the computers would help students learn about pronunciation among other aspects of spoken English. These softwares would also help them in Hindi-English translation.”

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