Students of the Academy of Animation Arts and Technology (AAAT), Calcutta, had an entire day out on the streets of old Calcutta as part of our outdoor curriculum.
The walk meandered through the bylanes of North Calcutta, beginning with the old brick houses and narrow lanes of Sovabazar Rajbari and capturing glimpses of the haveli mezaaj and the zamindari shaan, which became a striking part of our canvas.
After a delightful walk through Dutta Villa, Roy Mansion, Butto Krishto Paul’s palace and Sen-Bati, we reached the newly renovated Baghbazar Ghat. Each stroke of our brushes was inspired by the prospect of the ghat and its stairs leading to the Ganga.
We then went towards Sovabazar Ghat, the place where idol immersions take place after Durga Puja, and tried hard to capture the romanticism of being on the banks of the Ganga among thousands of pigeons. The circular rail ride to Baghbazar was also an experience to cherish, after which we sat under a banyan tree and tried to portray the 300-year-old mandir (Shiva Temple).
Next was a short trip to Kumartully, where we explored the different style of studios. We were about to disperse when Sutanuti added its touch to our experience with Princep Ghat, the place where Job Charnock had landed and founded Sutanuti.
The entire exercise was an attempt to capture real life on our canvases. The sketches would go on to become part of an entire cel animation series. Real life scenarios are essential in creating animated productions.
Live and learn
Kalyani Government Engineering College (KGEC), in association with Emerge Professional Management Senate, Mumbai (EPMS), organised a seminar on Professional Excellence Beyond Academics as part of the national fellowship programme sponsored by EPMS. The main theme of the seminar was how real and practical experience leads to excellence in your career and how academic qualification is not the only thing that counts. Anjan Goswami of KGEC put forward a presentation in the astronomy gallery in the presence of personalities from academia and the student community of KGEC.
Kalyani Government Engineering College,
Culture coloured in
|Teachers appreciate the items at the craft exhibition|
On February 15, an art and craft exhibition was organised by the pre-primary department of St John’s Diocesan Girls’ H.S. School on the school premises and was inaugurated by our principal.
The exhibition was on the production and management of waste and different types of ecosystems. The students of lower nursery, upper nursery and KG took part. At one corner were handmade craft items like cotton dolls, newspaper trains, and pen stands made out of colourful bangles. Another corner had musical instruments made with coconuts and sparkling fish. Dolls dressed as beautiful brides of different religions were also on display and the typical scenery and landscapes made with toothpicks and eggshells were very attractive.
Besides all these craft items, the exhibition area was also decorated to make it a visual delight. Everyone who visited the exhibition was impressed by it. It was a great cultural experience for all.
Class XI, St John’s Diocesan Girls’ H.S. School
Impulse takes over
The Institute of Technology and Marine Engineering conducted a two-day fest in February on the college grounds. It turned out to be a pretty big event with a lot of students from different colleges competing in various competitions like choreography, a real treat for dance lovers. Out of the dance groups, Sanganittyam bagged the first prize for the second time in a row was while the group from Bhawanipore College got second place.
A fashion show with each group modelling different themes was highly entertaining, with the colourful bridal wear subtly showing us how fashion and style is not only part of a rich man’s world. The solo performance that stole the show was Indranil Banerjee’s, who lifted the entire audience on its feet with famous Kishore Kumar songs. To add to the excitement, Cactus brought the first day of the fest to an end, mesmerising the audience as always.
The second day started off with the Mr and Miss Impulse ’08 competition followed by a band competition that was won by the host band Smoke. The day turned out to be special for music lovers with bands from different colleges and the two famous bands Krosswindz and Lakhhichara having us all dancing and tapping our feet to their catchy beats.
Institute of Technology and Marine Engineering
A day as creators
The multimedia students of Arena Animation had a great shot at showcasing not only their technical proficiency but also their creativity and presentation skills at a competition called Creative Minds that was held in Calcutta recently.
Students from various Arena centres were asked to develop a product advertisement promoting an original brand focused on R&D, target audience and creative concepts. They had the option of doing the ad for either print, electronic or web media.
The competition focussed on enhancing not just the technical skills of the students but also their ability to use relevant research and development to produce an effective piece of work.
Some of the topics that were given to students included no smoking, unity is strength, AIDS and blood donation. While Akash Mukherjee bagged the first prize for graphics, Abhijit Kar and Shankha Chattopadhyay were declared the winners for animation. The event was followed by an exhibition of the works by the students.
With over 2,000 national, 100 international, and 600 placements on campus this year, it just cannot get any better at the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) campus placements.
Living up to its reputation of sending the best management graduates to India Inc., the institute has already set new benchmarks during the ongoing placement session for the class of 2006-08 by hitting an all-time high of 2,147 domestic and 124 international placements so far.
Satyam Computer Services picked up 50 of IIPM’s brightest on the very first day. They offered students who already had a reasonable amount of experience a whopping Rs 8.8 lakh per annum, the best-paid domestic package so far, while offering a little over Rs 5 lakh to others.
Regular recruiters include HSBC, Pipal Research, Oracle, ICICI and others but once again, the Reliance Group proved that “people power” has made them the largest private corporation in India by recruiting over 100 IIPM graduates across all seven centres.
To top it all, IIPM managed to get 85 new companies on campus for the first time — a campus that has already seen over 600 companies.
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