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

Honey, what's the buzz at PWC, Patna?

What's the buzz at Patna Women's College? Won't the guys just love to know?
Well well, they've been as busy as bees lately, according to our sources.

The Eco Task Force group Patna Women’s college set up an apiary on campus on April 22.

Okay guys, an APIARY is ... An apiary is a space where hives of honeybees are kept and maintained  by apiarists or traditional beekeepers.

Of course, we know that the eco task force members just hang around talking about the environment, and most of them will run for miles if a bee buzzes along their path, so who are they fooling?

Actually it's the fearless and dauntless, and PWC  College principal Sisiter Doris D’souza [who some say floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee] who told reporters: “It was my dream to set up an apiary at my college.  I’m happy that the dream has been fulfilled.” 

The sticky business was of course facilitated by the Khadi Gram Udyog chairman Shankar Prasad, who had trained two of the Avila convent staffers in honeybee rearing. It's these two people who will be doing the actual work while the Eco task Force members will pose for the pictures.

Of course, the Principal made all the right noises, " These projects bring students closer to nature,” she added. [How? How many volunteers of the eco-task force are to be trained to deal with the stingers? We don't know!

A local newspaper says "The students also learned about Karl Von Frisch, who got the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1973 for cracking the language code of honeybees – the waggle dance." big deal... any kid who's read up on bees knows about the waggle dance.

According to Frisch’s theory, “forager” in a colony of honeybees performs this dance to communicate to others the direction and distance of patches of flowers from which they can extract nectar.

 The Eco Task Force has been founded by Sister Doris, who is an avid conservationist and well known biologist. One could say that she's got a bee in her bonnet when it comes to the ecology!

The  members are students of the college who mainly  'spread awareness' about various environment issues through  different activities  through out the year. 

Friday, 26 April 2013

Anoz and Mudit look for new horizons

Two students preferred to follow their own dreams instead of joining the ‘herd’ rushing for juicy jobs at Shillong IIM campus placement this year.

They decided to stand apart from the crowd, and go it alone as entrepreneurs instead.

Anoz Sethna from Gandhidham in Gujarat and Mudit Agarwal from Jodhpur in Rajasthan were determined to do what they had planned when they joined the institute two years ago. Both belonged to the 2011-13 batch.

For 'chocolate boy' Anoz, with the looks of a model, it's the family business and Dad's legacy that take pride of place, not plum pickings from multi-nationals.

“It was planned that way, right from the time I enrolled at IIM Shillong. I had to become an MBA and help my father, who will be retiring soon, to carry forward my family business at Gandhidham in Kutch district of Gujarat. We export industrial salt, chemicals and minerals to Southeast Asian countries and China,” says 24 year old Anoz.

24 years old, good-looking Mudit,is basically a Marwari chhokra, with a desi outlook. His  family that runs a textile and hospitality  business in Jodhpur, wants to start his own venture.“My ambition from the outset was to go for a start-up business. While my family is into hospitality, I intend to initiate a venture in food processing,” he says.

On the topic of  the lucrative on- campus  offers, the duo expressed similar views. “Yes, the salaries the companies offer to IIM graduates are good, but from a long-term perspective, the returns will be higher if I help my family in furthering the business,” said Anoz.
 Echoes Mudit, “A business venture on my own will have its challenges and risks, but all said and done, if things go according to plan, it will give me immense satisfaction.”

The duo, however, will miss their alma mater and of course, “cool and beautiful Shillong”.

Of a class of 104, these two  opted out of the placement process to start their own entrepreneurial ventures. Altogether 52 companies confirmed their presence on campus for the process and 39 companies made offers. The highest domestic offer was Rs 22 lakh CTC per annum and the highest international offer was Rs 32 lakh CTC per annum.
The highest domestic offer for the 2010-12 batch was Rs 19 lakh per annum.
 “I will miss Shillong. Unlike Gujarat, which is dry and hot, Shillong is cool and pleasant...like heaven. The two years I spent there was a great learning experience, particularly the corporate interactions,” said Anoz. Agrees Mudit: “I will miss my friends in Shillong as well. It’s a lovely place.”

On its students opting out of the placement process, Sanjoy Mukherjee, chairman, placement committee, IIM Shillong, said there were students who decided to join start-ups to venture into unexplored territories and test their entrepreneurial abilities.

“Students from IIM Shillong were willing to experiment with going for better roles than bigger brands. Two of our candidates opted out of placements to pursue a venture on their own” he added.

He said IIM Shillong has once again established itself as one of the premier B-schools in the country by successfully completing its placements for the Class of 2013.

The remarkable increase in the number of brands recruiting from IIM Shillong, despite uncertain global economic conditions, stands testimony to the potential and skill levels of the participants at IIM Shillong.
“While I am extremely proud of the placement team for their hard work, I would also like to thank participating organisations for their continuous support and making the IIM Shillong final placements a grand success” he said.

Most prominent among those who participated in the recruitment process were JP Morgan Chase, Ranbaxy, Citibank, Robert Bosch and Dr Reddy’s. The African arm of a Singapore-based FMCG major has also recruited from IIM Shillong. These brands, along with the regular recruiters like TAS, Deloitte, HSBC, Apollo, GSK, Nomura, among others, round up a successful placements season.

Monday, 22 April 2013

New Courses, JD women get Computer literate, and more

New four year undergraduate courses for CUB

Central University of Bihar organised a meeting of academics last week on four year integrated programmes for undergradutae courses:  B.A, B.Sc and B.Ed. 

These  programmes are to be  be introduced in the University this July.

The vice- chancellor of Central University of Bihar, Janak Pandey, vice-chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad, Mohamad Miyan, and former chairman of National Institute of open Schooling, N.K.Ambashta,were some of the academics present at the meeting.

 Pandey spoke on the objectives of the four-year integrated programmes and emphasized that a good teacher should be a good learner. He also suggested that all the institution should adopt a cautious and steady course of progress to avoid fundamental errors in the nascent stages.

Online Placement test
Students of National Institute of Technology, Patna, took an online test on April 13 as part of the pre-placement training of automobile giant Mahindra and Mahindra.
 On the basis of the results of the online test followed by interviews the company would select three students for its one-and-a-half month    summer training programme.
Those selected will receive a stipend of Rs 15,000 for the period.
Girish Chaudhary, co-ordinator of the programme and a teacher at NIT-Patna,said:”Around 60 students from the third-year mechanical department appeared for the online test. Three of them have been selected for interviews.
 A quiz was also organised for the students. The winners were presented gifts. Sashi, a final-year computer science student, said:  “At such programmes, we get an idea of what a company looks for during the recruitment.”

Computer literacy @ JD Women’s College

Minority welfare and information technology minister Shahid Ali Khan said computer literacy was an essential part of education at a  two day  orientation programme at JD Woman’s College on April 9
The programme was supposed to be day-long but the minister was so impressed with event that he said it should have been  held for two days.

College Principal Usha Singh extended the programme by a day so as not to disappoint Khan. 
Computer experts from the Mumbai- based IT institute, Aptech, taught students to use MS-Office, Internet and sending emails at the programme. Around 280 students  took part in the workshop.

These programmes help student expand their horizon, said JDWC Principal  Singh.

6 Mantras for Leadership skills   
Leadership skills are not inborn but inculcated; BIT-Patna director S.L.Gupta told the student of applied economics and commerce department of Patna University on April10.
“If you try to do something honestly, you will definitely be successful. No one is born as a leader, leadership is something to be learnt,” he said, while addressing a workshop.
Gupta asked students to follow his six mantras to become a leader.
“Energy, patience, commitment, excitement for work, reasoning power and setting an example in whatever you do-thee qualities are needed to be come a leader” sad Gupta.  M.K.Sinha,vicepresident, National Human Resource Development Patna chapter, was also present at the workshop. He advised students to be assertive.
Being assertive gives you the best chance or delivering your message, “he said.

-Compiled by Prem Ranjan-

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Live in relationships+ Brand new corporate lawyers!

Seminar: on live-in relationships

Patna: Live-in relationships are a fact of post-modern aspirational India, and it’s high time that one brings the issue to the discussion table. So, on April 24-25, here’s a seminar that needs to be noticed at AN Sinha Institute, near Gandhi Maidan.

 Nearly 30 speakers from across the country would participate in a UGC-sponsored national seminar on ‘Live-in relationship in the India context’ to be held at the A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies on April 24 and 25.
The seminar, being organized under the aegis of TPS college, would be inaugurated by Justice (retired) Rajendra Prasad, member, Bihar Human Rights commission (BHRC), and presided over by Magadh University’s former vice-chancellor Arun Kumar.
Organizing secretary of the college seminar committee, Shyamal Kishore, and media in charge Abu Bakar Rizvi said that live-in relationship is a contemporary and contentious subject and it would be one of the few national seminars organized on the topic.
Rest assured that the discussions will be around hetero- normative live in relationships!

CLNU: New Corporate Legal eagles! 

Congratulations to our Corporate lawyers to be from Chanakya Law University !

Final year students of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna, Himanshu Shekhar, Arun Kumar, Ruchi Singh, Swati and Shilpi received offer letters from Quislex LPO based in Hyderabad on Saturday. The annual package being offered to the students is Rs 5.5 lakh.
this post was prepared by Prem Ranjan

Friday, 12 April 2013

Rainbow over IIT Delhi

From The Indian Institute of Technology, emerges a rainbow....
Indradhanu, the first gender and sexuality support group at IIT Delhi, is not interested in half-measures: “We want to hear ‘we love you’ rather than ‘we love you anyway’”, Kapil Rananaware, a third-year B-tech student and one of the group’s founders, as reported in ‘Time Out'.

 The former, he said, is acceptance, while the latter is just tolerance – it’s like “saying it is unfortunate that you are like this, but we love you”.Indradhanu, which came together in January of this year, consists of both queer and straight founding members.

 Their aim is to create a “non-gendered, non-sexist” environment at IIT – an institution known for its deeply skewed sex ratio – and function as a support group for students struggling with their sexuality.

The group will go a long way to explode myths about non-heterosexual people.

Indradhanu is already quite active in creating a support structure and educating students: the group’s posters are visible all over campus and Rananaware and Anand Poonia, an electrical engineering student in his final year, recently gave a presentation attended by over 400 students. Indradhanu has also held an ori­entation for first-years, and has been pledged the assistance of a university psychiatrist to help students deal with, as Rananaware put it, “the fear, vulnerability and isolation” that non-heterosexual students experience.

Rananaware said that the group has so far enjoyed strong support from the heterosexual community at IIT and he believes it is important for other students to recognize that a LGBT support group can have heterosexual members.

Indradhanu holds twice-monthly meetings, which are attended by both straight and non-straight members. Moderators do not ask attendees about their sexuality in the meetings;rather, so far they’ve used the time to discuss how to move the group forward.

 Indradhanu will also hold open events, such as a film screening in early April (the details were yet to be confirmed at the time of going to press), and a workshop, also in the process of being planned. These events are listed on the group’s Facebook page.

Establishing Indradhanu was not easy for Rananaware, Poonia and co-founder Sanchita Srivastava (a PhD student writing a dissertation on the stigma surrounding LGBT individuals).

According to Rananaware, the first challenge was that very few students are publicly out. Rananaware himself came out last August, partly so that once Indradhanu was founded, students would have the courage to join. (He said some students still fear being associated with the group.)

An easier task was garnering the support of heterosexual students – Indradhanu’s early members found support from students in IIT’s “intellectual” community, such as members of the debate club and the National Service Scheme.

An ongoing obstacle is acquiring official permission to hold on-campus events.

The founders approached a faculty member in charge of clubs who, according to them ,“was initially very harsh and rude”, but after persistent efforts confessed that he supported their cause. However, he advised them to hold their events under the aegis of the NSS or other groups – he felt that for Indradhanu to do so independently would be “risky”.


In the meantime, Indradhanu members continue to plan events with support from other groups, hold informal sessions and spread the word on Facebook and on their Google group. They are also in touch with similar groups at other IITs, such as Saathi (IIT Bombay) and Unmukt (IIT Kanpur).

 Their increasing presence at IIT Delhi also goes a long way in battling stereotypes – both with students and professors – of LGBT students only belonging to the arts or humanities (or, for that matter, being in any way “different” from their peers).

 And the group’s members’ courage in coming out – either as non-heterosexual or as people truly accepting of non-heterosexuals – goes a long way in filling out IIT’s rainbow.

Indradhanu meets twice a month.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

More bijli for study

More Generator… for study
The Patna University administration, on the demand of Patna University Students’ Union, has decided to extend the generator facility at the central library by two hours .

On demand for ongoing examination season, generator facilities would beat power cuts till 10pm now.

Frequent power cuts make it difficult for students, especially the boarders, to study .

Patna College student Vijay Yadav said: “This is a welcome step taken by the varsity administration during the examination season. 

They can study at the library with the power on and also have access to the reference books at the Patna University Central library.”

Skill development

The department of applied economics and commerce of Patna University has organised a three-day work shop  from Monday to help students  prepare for placement  interviews

Tying up with the National HRD net-work , Patna chapter , the department is focusing on personality and skill development of the students.

Chanrama Singh , the head of department , applied economics and commerce, said close to 140 students are taking pat in the workshop .
Singh said :”During these three days ,official from National HRD(an organization run by professionals working in the corporate sector)would guide the students.” 

-From The Telegraph, Patna Edition

Dress Code : Do you want it?

The students’ Central Council of Magadh Mahila College last Saturday organised an inter-institution discussion on dress code in colleges.
 The pupils and  teachers   of Patna College, Patna Science Collage, Arvind Mahila College, JD Women’s College and the host institution, tried to find answers to the question.
Should Girls wear Jeans to College or must they have uniforms?
Jayshree Mishra , head of the department ,history ,Magadh Mahila College ,came out in support of dress code on college campuses .”If a college does not have a dress code, student more privileged than others would wear new clothes every other day. On the other hand, financially week students would have to stick to their usual clothes, which can develop inferiority complex among them. So it is better to introduce uniforms in higher educational institution,” Mishra said.
 Jessie George Modi , the principle of Women Training College , disagreed .”There should not be any dress code in the college because the students are all adults. They know what to wear and where to wear,” she said.
 Aditi , a BA part II student of Magadh Mahila College , turned the table .”If there is dress code for student in college, there should be one for teacher too,” she said.

[contributed by Prem Ranjan]

Put your comments below: DO YOU WANT DRESS CODE?

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Teacher trainees should brush up IT and communication skills

Indira Gandhi National Open University held an induction ceremony for the students of Master of Education (M.Ed), 2013 to 2015 batch on Saturday (6th April).

IGNOU Programme Officer Khagendra Kumar told the aspirants that the quality of a teacher's performance would depend on the ability and knowledge of communication technology. This is a reality in today's world.

The IGNOU instructors  present on the occasion were Kumar Sanjiv, Veena Prasad, Ajay Kumar Singh, Manisha Prasad and others.

Music and dress code at Magadh Mahila College

Is it going to be a dress code for students of Patna University and affiliated Colleges?

The University Grants Commission favours a dress code for undergraduate students, but says it could be taken up only with the consent of the students and college administrations.

Magadh Mahila College in Patna played host to a discussion on the dress code for college students on Saturday.

The Principal of Patna Women's Training College Jessie Mody, Patna University student Union president Ashish Sinha and other office bearers and faculty members of various colleges were present.

What transpired? It seems that a majority of the students are in favour of having a dress code. Surprising, isn't it?

Magadh Mahila College also conducted a two day national workshop on 'Ragas'. This workshop was conducted by thier department of Music and was held over the weekend [Friday and Saturday].
Alka Dev Marlukar performed different soulful ragas.
Head of Department Neeera Choudhary and students organised this workshop.