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By Pursottam Kumar Jha, Fifth-year student, CNLU Roshan Kumar and Shuchismita Chakraborty
  • Published 22.11.12

Diwali and Chhath kept students away from campuses last week. But even as they were away, the activities continued in colleges and institutions of Patna. While some law students trained their juniors in schools to crack various legal entrance exams, others prepared for university polls. The Telegraph checks out what happened on campus when students were at home

True mentors

Students of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) turned mentors, as they successfully conducted the Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) examinations at various Patna schools.

Four students each from Kendriya Vidyalaya and Government School, Patna, were selected under the IDIA programme. These eight students would be provided with free coaching, along with study materials, for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2013.

CNLU students provide free coaching to law aspirants from economically weaker background under the IDIA programme - the brainchild of professor Shamnad Basheer. Because of lack of awareness mainly students from economically weaker sections fail to get admission to such law institutes. The IDIA is also planning to expand its base and conduct tests in other districts of the state.

Last year, Shivam, a student of DAV BSEB cracked the CLAT with IDIA guidance and secured 136 out of 200. At present, he is studying at National University for Judiciary Sciences.

Poll buzz

Student election will be the talk of the town when life returns to the campuses after the weeklong Diwali and Chhath vacations. Different student bodies would start their poll preparations. The university election committee has already announced the itinerary for PU students’ election, which will be held after 28 years. Nomination for students’ union election will be on November 30 and December 1, while students can withdraw their names till December 3. Voting will be held on December 11 tentatively from 8am to 2.30pm while counting and results will be declared by the same evening.

A student of Patna College and member of RJD students’ wing Raj Sinha said: “Once the university and college reopen on November 21, the 12-member team of RJD students’ wing will start campaigning from Magadh Mahila College.”

Various students unions are concentrating more on women colleges, as there has been a lukewarm response from the girls in participating in the election. Sinha said majority of students’ union are finding it difficult in getting women candidates.

New registrar

Magadh Mahila College students hurry home before Chhath vacations. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey

Shailendra Kumar Singh, the principal of College of Commerce, has started a new innings. He has been appointed the registrar of Nalanda Open University.

Singh assumed his new post on November 7. He sounded very excited about his new responsibility. “I am very happy and am looking forward to my new responsibility. I wish to deliver my best to the new job, as I have done in my previous assignments,” said Singh.

He added that he had set targets for his new job. “I want to start several courses, mainly vocational ones, at Nalanda Open University. .”

Facilities on cards

Women’s Training College is set to get new facilities soon. An art and craft room, a modular kitchen and a science laboratory, social studies laboratory, language laboratory and psychology laboratory would be developed in the college soon.

Sources, the college has received funds from the University Grants Commission and the state government. A college teacher told The Telegraph that these facilities would be opened to the students within the next six months. “Our college will be the first in Patna to have these facilities.”

Elaborating on the facilities, she added: “The art and craft room will have six sewing machines and one leather sewing machine. An expert will be hired to help students master the art of stitching. The modular kitchen will help students try out various recipes that they learn in home science books.”