|Patna Women’s College students perform at the institution’s founder’s day function. Picture by Jai Prakash
Chanakya National Law University, Patna, went green last week. The institute’s national service scheme cell organised a plantation drive on the campus under the banner “My Earth My Duty”.
Spearheaded by P.K. Shahi, minister, environment, forest and planning, the event was a great success on August 20.
The minister started off the event — he planted a sapling on the campus and encouraged the students to plant at least one sapling each every year.
He said: “Planting a sapling is a noble work. To maintain ecological balance, youngsters — especially college and school students — should come forward.”
The event was organised to raise awareness about environmental degradation in India. Close to 150 different saplings such as gulmohar, arjun and neem were planted.
Y.C Simahadri, the vice-chancellor of Patna University, also present at the event, spoke about ecological and environmental hazards because of deforestation.
Other dignitaries present included vice-chancellor of the law cradle A. Lakshminath and registrar S.P. Singh.
Vision for care
St Xavier’s College, Digha, held a free eye and dental check-up camp for its students and employees last Friday.
The camp was held by a couple of private companies, as part of their corporate social responsibility, to create awareness among students.
Dr Rajeev Prasad, contact lens and low-vision specialist, and Dr Vaquar Ahmed and Dr Suman Kumar Thakur, dental screening specialists, conducted the camp.
Dr Rajeev spent an hour with the students, highlighting the importance of vision.
He also provided tips on how to take care of eyes and teeth.
The students and institute employees went home happy with the camp. Rachna, one of the students, said: “Such health camps are of great help. Often we complain of toothache but because of our schedule, avoid visiting the dentist.”
Sushil Kumar has come a long way since 2011. The first person to win Rs 5 crore on Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Motihari resident advised students of Arcade Business College to start believing in luck after a taste of success with hard work.
Speaking to the students last Tuesday during inauguration of the new session at Rabindra Bhavan, he said: “Luck is not everything. It is hard work that matters. If you stop doing your job thinking that your luck will allow you to win in any situation, chances are you would fail. Only hard work brings success and nothing else. Those who leave their fate to luck are foolish.”
He added: “Never forget your roots and always remember that you have to make your parents proud.”
He would know. Not only did he make his parents proud, he made everyone in his nondescript Hanumangadhi village proud by becoming the first person to win Rs 5 crore on the iconic show hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.
Going back to his winning moment, he said: “The Rs 5-crore question I answered in 2011 was something I had read in 2001. You never know how the knowledge you gain might help you later.”
For those who don’t remember, for the jackpot, Sushil had to answer which foreign colonial power exited from India after selling off the Nicobar island to the British in 1868. The answer: Denmark.
Motivational speaker Simranjit Singh also agreed with Sushil. He told the students: “Knowledge, alone, is no help if you don’t know how and when to apply it. It is the application that makes someone powerful.”
Patna Women’s College students remembered Bishop B.J. Sullivan SJ — the institute’s founder — with a cultural performance on August 21, the founder’s day.
Students from different departments sang, danced and paid the college founder tribute.
After the traditional lamp was lit, the day’s performance started with a prayer dance to Vandana hai teri. A Shravani dance, Megha re megha, Vande Mataram and a group performance to Mere Watan followed.
Archbishop William D’Souza, the president of the institute’s governing body, in an address to the students advised them to be disciplined.
He said: “You should learn from your teachers how to be generous, pure, respectful and sincere so that you can make society a better place.”
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