Tuesday, 3 September 2013

RJ Robin Williams rocks the ladies of CEMS

We were at the Media Workshop  of the CEMS department of Patna Women's College, and enjoyed every moment of it. 

And so did Mr. Maharaj Krishna Raina, a prominent freelancer theatre worker and film personality. He has played supportive roles in Tamas, Tare Zameen Par, and other movies as well and is in town doing a documentay on the Khuda Baksh Library.  He dropped in on the workshop, and it was a great surprise .Of course, the CEMS department of Patna Women's College [CEMS stands for Communicative English with Media Studies] is full of surprises. Born in Kashmir, Mr. M.K. Raina shared his life’s journey with the students of the Department during an interactive session. Of course, the girls asked a lot of questions - who can resist a handsome man of any age from Bollywood town.

And of course, we loved watching Robin Williams do his Radio Jockey Act in the film 'Good Morning Vietnam'- that's a war comedy set in Vietnam, and Adrian Croneur was a real radio Jockey who livened things up in Vietnam during the American occupation of that country. Robin Williams played Adrian Croneur. America does get itself into a lot of messes poking its nose into other people's affairs doesn't it? A gripping film with lots of laughs, and with TWO great actors [Oscar winners, no less] in the film, it was great. Don't forget the eye candy element, with all those shots of very fit American soldier boys, and incredibly good looking too. And the MUSIC was great... after all a film about radio must have music, right

Another great film that was shown,' the blossoming of Maximo Oliveras' is one of the iconic films from the Philippines . Maxi is a twelve year old boy who has a crush on a handsome policeman, and the policeman is investigating all the petty crimes in the area. Maxi's father and brothers are petty criminals. Maxi, the boy who was in fact the woman of the family, cooking, cleaning, sewing, and looking after his brothers and his father, who loved him and protected him, and accepted the 'difference of his sexual orientation', and yet there was so much of conflict. There were a few cute moments in the film, some laughs, but watching the blossoming of Macximo Oliveras can leave you misty eyed.
M.K. Raina at the workshop, don't miss the smiles on display 'bateesi moment'

Oh yes, some of the films made by our fellow students were shown, and we had a gala time picking holes in them and giving a tough time to the directors. It was an opportunity for the first years and second year students to get our own back on the seniors, and rag them we did, but it was fun. Film making is also part of what we do at the CEMS department.

Our third day is gonna be action packed, so come back again and eat your hearts out!

Monday, 2 September 2013

CEMS students tour Jamaica, well virtually!

Patna: Well,just back from a tour of Jamaica  folks, beaches, football, and crowds swaying to reggae music, deh soul of Jamaica Mon! And I'se been hobnobbing wid de one an only Robert Nesta Marley, get a bite o' dat, mon! Okay, okay, just read on...
To the uninitiated : this is Bob Marley!

Did we tell you that Bihar's ONLY Communicative English with Media Studies Department, [yes, we have one of those at Patna Women's college, so check us out kids. in fact it's the only one in Eastern India. If you want to have a Bachelor's degree in this subject, you'd probably have to travel all the way to Bangalore]... well, the CEMS department of PWC is having the Annual Media Workshop from September 2 to 4, and as usual it's great fun.
Every year, some of the best teachers and experts interact with students to analyse films from the perspective of issues, value systems, and relevance to our lives and times.

We're watching films from all over the world, and what a great experience it is. As future film-makers, TV producers, PR people, or advertising professionals, and yes, journalists, watching world cinema gives us that expanded world view of things.

We watched this absolutely mind-blowing documentary on the legendary Bob Marley... it's a full length bio-feature on the guy whose songs like  'Stand up for your Rights' and 'One Love' are iconic. I didn't know that there was this cult called the Rastafari that believe Emperor Haile Salessie 1 was the incarnation of Jesus Christ... now that's made me so curious that I'm gonna google the guy and find out all about this 'Lion of Judah'. 

And later in the workshop we saw this Iranian film by the very famous Iranian director  Majid Majidi, and what we didn't know, [but thanks to Eastern India's' walking encyclopaedia of Film' Rajinder N Dash, we know now... I mean Mr Dash is amazing, he's the Chief Patron of Patna Cine Society and there's a lot of stuff about films he can just reel off ]... anyway it was an Indian Adreshar Irani, the chap who made our first talkie Alam Ara, who actually encouraged Iranians to start making films way back in the early 1900s!  Anyway, this film we saw called 'Father' was just awesome. I  mean that the story was so simple on one hand, but so fascinating on the other. Imagine this, a fourteen year old boy, whose father died in an accident, slogs hard in a town working in a shop, trying to support his mother and sisters. he's like the sole provider for his family, the man of the house. now what happens when he returns to his home to find that his mother has remarried, and her husband is a police officer? Not going to  put in any spoilers here, because one day you might want to watch this film yourself.

So folks, signing off for today. I'll let you know what else is happening later this evening. We're going to be watching some more films today, and some of those are going to be short films made by the students of our department. Oh yes, we do learn to make films as well, yaar! Wonder what the visitors are going to say about our films... More of that when you come back to this blog.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Bihar's Premier Art College- admissions open

PATNA:  Subodh Gupta is just one of the creative  geniuses that have spent their students days here. Would be artists and sculptors, admission forms to the Government college of Arts and Crafts are available till June 30- the entrance exam is on July 5.

 The 74-year-old College of Arts and Crafts is undergoing various changes. Last year, its syllabus was modified for the first time after its establishment and now the college administration plans to add new courses.

 "The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) syllabus was modified for the first time last year since the establishment of the college. This was done to bring the syllabus in line with that of other national-level fine arts colleges. We also converted the five-year BFA course to a four-year one, like other fine arts colleges across the globe," said the principal Chandra Bhushan Shrivastava.

The college administration will soon  introduce the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) course. "A proposal in this regard has been passed by the syndicate and now we are seeking a green signal from the governor," said,the  principal of the college. Once MFA is launched, this four-semester course will have 40 seats (10 in each department). "After getting permission for MFA, we will seek permission for PhD in fine arts too," added the principal.

 Earlier, one could join after passing class 10 were eligible for admission, but now only those passing Class 12 with minimum 45 percent are eligible. The maximum age for students applying for BFA course is 25 years.

The entrance test: Students have to appear in three papers and the test is conducted in two sittings. The test for first and second papers is conducted together and students get three hours for it.

 The first paper carrying 35 marks is 'Still Life', in which students have to make sketches on the given topic only with the help of pencils. In the second paper that carries 35 marks - 'Memory Drawing' - students are given topics, such as season or festival, and they have to paint it with colours. Half-an-hour time is given for the third paper that carries 30 marks and comprises of multiple-choice questions based on arts, culture, history, basic science and current affairs.

 Application forms for the entrance test are available at Rs 300.

The college offers foundation course in the first year of BFA, teaching painting, sculpture, applied art and print making/graphics. This course is common to all students.

 Later in the specialization course (over the next three years), students have to choose either of the above-mentioned subjects. Besides, history of arts is a compulsory subject common to all students under the specialization course. Students also have to choose one of the optional courses (photography and mural) during their specialization. Graphic and mural have been introduced as new subjects from last year.

"The college campus has now Wi-Fi facility, including in hostels. The present boys' hostel has 32 seats, and the construction of 60-seat girls' hostel will start by July," said the principal, adding that the college at present has UGC-2F and 12B accreditation and the administration is applying for NAAC accreditation too.

 The BFA course has 60 seats, usually  more than 200 students apply for admission.

Out of the 60 BFA seats, 30 are reserved under various caste-based quotas. Besides, the college offers quotas under the categories of disabled, army men, teaching and non-teaching staff, music and sports and NRIs. "If we get applications under these quotas, we refer them to the university and as per permission allot the seats. The seats under these quotas are in addition to the 60 seats," the principal said.

 The College of Arts and Crafts was established at Govind Mitra Road on January 25, 1939 by late Radha Mohan. Later in 1949, the government of Bihar took control of it and renamed it as the Government School of Arts and Crafts. In 1957, the college shifted to its present location at Vidyapati Marg. The institution was rechristened on April 12, 1977 as the College of Arts and Crafts and was made a constituent college of Patna University. The college had been offering a five-year diploma course, which was, in 2012, converted into a four-year degree course.

 Important dates: Availability of forms: June 5 to June 30/ Last date for submission of forms: June 30

 Entrance test: July 5 Results: July 12 Commencement of classes: July 25

Friday, 10 May 2013

Seminar, Gandhi, and Award

The Central University of Bihar (CUB) organised a seminar on nanotechnology and the environment on May 3. Brajesh Dubey, a teacher of environmental engineering at the University of Guelph in Canada said nanotechnology is an emerging field and has wide applications.

 “Materials with nano-sized particles (1-100nanomater in diameter) have always existed in nature. As the application of nanotechnology increases, more and more manmade nano-particles could enter our atmosphere, soil and water. Since there is no regulatory body for nanotechnology based products, many of this could be potentially dangerous to humans,” he said.

Dubey, who has more than decade of research experience in the area of environmental engineering for four years, was welcomed by CUB Vice-Chancellor Janak Pandey.


Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna, (CIMP) received the international Arch of Europe award in Frankfurt, Germany, on April 28 for “Total Quality Management”.

 The CIMP is the first institute in Bihar and the first education institute in India to get the award. The NTPC and Indian Oil Limited have got the award earlier.

The CIMP director, V. Mukunda Das, said: “It is a great achievement for us. Apart from good placement records, our institute has always encouraged its faculty members to conduct research.” Das himself had researched on rural India as the biggest emerging market in the world after China.


Gandhian ideology

Bihar Political Science Association organised a seminar on the application of Gandhian technique for moral regeneration and economics reconstruction at AN College on April 30.


The president of the association, L.N. Sharma, said: “It is important to adapt Gandhian ideologies to achieve the ideal state of secularism, social equality and harmony.”

Director of Gandhi Museum Razi Ahmad stressed that Gandhian philosophy and socio-economic ideals can only be implemented through the democratic process in India. “We should not adopt other constitutional routes, or else we will end up having a disastrous example like Pakistan.” he said.


 Sikkim Governor B.P. Singh said: “we are in the middle of change in civilisation and must follow the Gandhian economic and social ideal to compete with rest of the world.”

Party time at Law School

The juniors gave a rocking farewell to the final-year students of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) on May 3.

The party started at 6 pm and continued till midnight. A number of events like couple dance, paper dance and group dance were organised. 

The CNLU students danced away the night to the tune of Bollywood hits and English Pop played by a local disk jockey.

Shilpi Sinha was chosen as Miss CNLU while Saurav Bhanu was adjudged as Mister CNLU.

Swati Chudiwal was felicitated as the most punctual student.
 Saurav Singh, a final-year student, said: “We can’t express our feelings as we have spent five years at the institute. It was full of joy and sorrow.”

Purushottam Kumar, another student, said: “we have seen the growth of the institute, as we have studied both at the CNLU transit campus and the new one.”

He said the institute has all the qualities of becoming a top national law university. The juniors hosted a dinner as well.
[curated by Prem Ranjan]

Bihar School for Outlaws?

Outlaws, In-laws, or under the law? A spate of indiscipline and hooliganism has vitiated the atmosphere at the Chanakya National Law University.
 Frequent group clashes between the fourth- and fifth-year students have become a course of concern for majority of the pupils on the Mithapur campus in Patna, Bihar.

The latest altercation was on May 4. A girl in her fifth year was allegedly abused and threatened by a group of fourth year students when she was out on an evening stroll. Her classmates as well as third year students staged protests demanding strict action against the culprits.

The group staged a dharna till Wednesday when the varsity administration decided to suspend the five fourth year students involved. The students suspended are Piyush Kumar, Tarun Kumar, Sanchay, Prince Bharti and Jayant Kumar.

Ajay, a third-year student at Chanakya National Law University told a local paper: “I dreamt of making a successful career in Law. But lack of discipline and regular group clashes between the seniors and the juniors are hampering the academic atmosphere at the institute.”

 Since December last year, the group of fourth and fifth year students have clashed with each other at least three times, said sources. It's a battleground!

 After last Saturday’s incident, the varsity administration tried to resolve the situation through talks but latter succumbed to pressure from the third and fifth year students. It issued a notification on Wednesday night that read: “Five students are suspended from the university hostel with immediate effect i.e. from Wednesday; the 8th may 2013 until further orders. The students directed to immediately vacate their respective rooms in the hostel. Failure to comply with the order will entail serious consequences, including rustication from the university.”

Vice-chancellor A. Lakshminath said: “The University is not going to tolerate such incidents. The suspension of the students from the hostel is a warning to the others to strictly follow the University’s rules and regulation.”


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

A protest, A passing out parade and more

Rape protest
Well, well, well,.. so JD Women's College also put on a slogan shouting, placard waving edition of 'let's protest like everyone else'.

Students of JD Women’s College formed a human chain on April 22 to protest against the incident of the rape of a five-year old girl in Delhi. As they stood outside their institution, each student held placards with messages like “Don’t kill the innocence of a child “and “let buds bloom”. 

As usual, there were only platitudes mouthed. One such 'student' who really had nothing new to say was quoted by a local Patna paper:
“I think both the state and the Union governments are answerable for being unable to prevent such incidents from occurring,” said Puja Kumari, a BA first- year student. “Why have the law-enforcement agencies not been able to prevent such incidents?”

Puja Kumari, what should the state government do put a policemen inside each and every house? You should first have the guts to address these issues of child abuse as they take place in your own home, Puja jee. Like try to tell your brothers not to hang around the P&M Mall checking out the drool maaal'.
Future Teachers finish their course

On April 25, MEd and BEd students of St Xavier’s College of Education put up a cultural programme for the batch passing out.

 A documentary on the batch, Golden Memories, set the nostalgic tone for the show, which began with a prayer service.

 The farewell song – “Nagma hain, shikwe hain…” – was the main attraction of the show; the farewell dance was also popular. Principal Father Thomas Perumalil, SJ, told the students to deliver their best after the graduate.

 “You should try to understand the emotion of every student in your class. Stick to your values and work towards creating a just society.”

H'm high hopes... he has high hopes....

Best essay writer

Sunny Kumar, a third- year students of Chanakya National Law University, on April 29 received the first prize in an essay competition conducted by the Union ministry of the social justice and empowerment.

 The ministry conducted the competition in September last year on the contribution of BR Ambedkar in the making of the constitution. Students from various schools and colleges across the country had participated in the competition. 

Sunny was adjudged the winner on April 25 and received Rs 1 Lakh from the minister state for social justice and empowerment, Porika Balram Naik, in New Delhi. The students from Bihar have once again proved that they are no less than their country.” 

Son of a farmer, Rajendra Prasad, Sunny studied at a government school in Gopalganj district.

New tech course

National institute of Technology (NIT), Patna, is planning to introduce an MTech course in nano technology from the next academic session.

 NIT-Patna director Ashok De said: “The institute is going to offer MTech course in nano science and technology from the next academic session and we are also planning to modernise the laboratory.” The laboratory would have more computers. The institute also has plans to introduce MTech courses in chemistry and mathematics.

 The director said the new courses are being offered as they are in high demand. The institute will revise the syllabus for a number of undergraduate courses from the next academic session.

 The syllabus will be revised after a gap of six years and will focus on industry inputs, communicative English, personality development and studies of new technological innovations.         

compiled by Prem Ranjan