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Wednesday , April 16 , 2014
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Call for fearless voters

Former vice-chancellor of Central University of Bihar told students on Saturday that competency was the best way to become successful.

Addressing a workshop on behavioural skills for effective living organised by the university’s Centre for Psychological Sciences, Pandey shared the nitty-gritty of the subject and its connection with daily life. The workshop was organised on the campus of Birla Institute of Technology, Patna. In attendance were students of the central university, Patna University, Magadh Mahila College and Patna College.

Pandey, a doctorate in philosophy in social psychology, Kansas State University, USA, with several national and international awards under his belt, advised the participants to find out the meaning of self and its application in today’s competitive world.

Just tech use

If society has benefited from technology, it has been challenged too.

Amarjeet Sinha, principal secretary, education, delivered the valedictory address at a two-day national seminar on the impact of technology in society. St Xavier’s College, St Xavier’s College of Management and Technology and Xavier Institute of Social Research, Patna, organised the seminar from Saturday.

Sinha said on Sunday: “Bureaucrats, in collaboration with technocrats, think they have all the solutions to society’s problems. But they ignore the technological wisdom of the traditional and village communities. We need to take village wisdom into account if we want to bring about development in rural areas.”

The seminar was organised in collaboration with four other institutions — Bihar Council on Science and Technology, Nabard, Cybotech Campus and Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology.

Celeb push

Ratan Rajput, known for her role as Lali in Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, arrived on the Magadh Mahila College campus on Saturday to make college students aware about their right to vote.

The actress — the Election Commission’s brand ambassador for Bihar — came for the event organised by the district election office.

Dressed casually in a T-shirt and jeans, Rajput asked the students about their plans for April 17, the day when Patna Sahib and Pataliputra go to the polls. She also asked the girls if they knew the minimum age for voting and which Lok Sabha constituency they belonged to.

Sima Tripathi, the district development commissioner, motivated the students to exercise their franchise on April 17. She also urged them to call on 180035638 (tollfree) and 0612-2233344 (helpline) if they wanted to inform the district election office about anomalies in their voters’ identity card.

Theatre group Surabhi Kala Manch performed a street play, Loktantra Ka Mahaparva, to drive home the importance of elections. The artistes spoke in the Bhojpuri dialect, adding spice to their act.

The students later took the oath to exercise their electoral rights without any fear. Magadh Mahila College principal Dolly Sinha, Shashi Sharma, head of department, political science, and Jayshree Mishra, head of department, history, were among the faculty members present.

Library upgrade

Principal secretary, education, Amarjeet Sinha on Friday said libraries at the educational institutions required an upgrade. Urging them to be upgraded into multi-activity centres, Sinha said there was need for changes in the educational environment too.

He was speaking at the release of Growth and Development of Libraries in India at Nalanda Open University.

Stressing on the poor condition of the libraries, he said: “There is a need to start a people’s movement for library upgrade. People need to be associated with the libraries. Everyday, there is some change in the field of education and technology, we have to go by this change and accept it.”

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