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Newbies start fresh journey

A month of summer vacation over, college students of Patna returned to classes last week.

Classes resumed at St Xavier’s College and St Xavier’s College of Management and Technology last Tuesday. Second-year student Smriti welcomed the guests and the freshers to the orientation programme on the campus.

Management faculty Anindo Banerjee spoke to the students about gaining knowledge and need for hard work as the tools to success. The college teacher and students also welcomed faculty member Father Paul, who sought the students’ and teachers’ cooperation for a smooth academic session.

St Xavier’s principal Father T. Nishant and vice-principal Sushil Bilung, along with other teachers and college officials, were present at the orientation programme.

Colleges affiliated to Patna University also came back to life. Magadh Mahila College, Patna Training College, Patna Science College and the postgraduate departments of the university resumed their classes.

At Patna Training College’s orientation programme, vice-chancellor Y.C. Simahadri asked students and teachers to refrain from making the university a ground for their political interests and to maintain discipline.

Help for glory

At Patna College, principal N.K. Choudhary asked students of the new batch to maintain the institution’s glory.

Speaking at the inaugural day lecture on July 2, he said: “The college would provide all possible help to students but you would also have to maintain the glory of this college. That’s all we want from you.”

He said an anti-ragging committee would be soon formed at the college and any student found guilty, would be punished.

Later, the veteran faculty member took the economics class too.

Discipline must

Rain did nothing to dampen the excitement of Patna Women’s College students on their first day in a classroom that wasn’t in a school.

July 2 was the day when the fresh batch of Patna Women’s College students reached the institution. Principal Sister Doris D’ Souza addressed the new batch. It was raining since the morning, but all of the newbies were in attendance.

Sister Doris quickly acquainted the students about the dos and don’ts to follow on the campus. Once the principal’s address was over, the new students gave a brief introduction of themselves.

Doris said: “You all need to come to college on time. Come to college wearing elegant dresses. Although the institution does not have a dress code, students are not allowed to wear raunchy dresses. You can wear salwars and kurtis. Those caught with cellphones on the campus would be punished.

“Only those students, who are disciplined during their course, are allowed to participate in the Miss Patna Women’s College contest. Whether a student is doing well academically is also taken into account while permitting her to take part in the contest,” she added.

Some seemed worried after the principal’s talk.

“I have taken admission in the bachelor in mass communication course. I wore a salwar suit with the longest hemline ever. Some of the seniors I knew from before suggested me to wear a decent salwar-kameez and I followed their advice. Now, listening to the principal, I feel a little bit nervous,” said Priyanka, one of the first-year students.

Endless scope

Students wishing to study mass communication have a new destination.

Aryabhatta Knowledge University has provided St Xavier’s College of Management and Technology affiliation for two new courses, including bachelor of mass communication.

Explaining the features of the new course, institute director Father Joseph Thadavanal S.J. said: “Today, society is dependent on mass communication — from the morning newspaper to breaking news. Looking into these aspects, the college has decided to launch the mass communication course.”

Endless opportunities are open to students who pursue such courses. Employment avenues include blogs, radio, websites, advertising agencies, broadcasting corporations, legal affairs department, photography companies, Press Information Bureau and periodicals.

The other course that has come to the institute is bachelor of business economics. The course covers all papers traditionally taught in a regular BA (economics) course. So, students are eligible for all graduate level central and state government jobs through Union and respective state public service commissions.

St Xavier’s College of Management and Technology principal Father T. Nishant S.J. said: “Today’s competitive world demands a broader knowledge of market-ready skills. The course would allow students to study business and economics — two courses that are perfectly matched. This is the ideal degree for students wishing to learn how to apply economics to business, finance, banking and government policy-making.”

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