Conclave of great minds

Faculty of Media Studies and Humanities (FMSH) in collaboration with Manav Rachna International University (MRIU) organised ‘The National Media Conclave’ on 30 August 2016. The confluence witnessed presence of media professionals who gathered to discuss over media-centric issues. Based on the theme ‘Media and Society: Challenges and Prospects’, the conclave drew people from media world. Chandan Mitra, Former Rajya Sabha member and Editor of the Pioneer newspaper graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while A. Surya Prakash, Chairman Prasar Bharati, was the Guest of Honour. The gathering brought to the limelight the ‘news creators’.

The first session was chaired by  Chandan Mitra and comprised a panel discussion on ‘Changing media scenario and how it impacts Indian society’. The second session conferred on ‘Shaping or blurring the Vision’ and was chaired by K.G. Suresh, DG, Indian Institute of Mass Communication. The third and valedictory session discussed the topic ‘Should media be regulated?’ It was chaired by N. K. Singh, Secretary BEA. 

The Conclave gave the professionals the platform to showcase the immense potential of media in shaping public opinion and articulating their visions of the future. The session came to an end with vote of thanks by Prof Neemo Dhar, Dean, FMeH, MRIU.

 

Catering to the needs

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) joined hands and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Skill Development Fund (NSDF), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on 30 August, committing them to ensuring skill development of the CRPF service personnel, their wards and family members.  The three in the partnership agreed to work together at CRPF Group Centres all across the country where Family Welfare Centres are functional and other locations, wherever it is possible to provide facilities, to impart skill development programmes under the Skill India mission for the purposes of implementation of CRPF Multi-Skill Development Institutes Project. 

The event was graced by Rohit Nandan, Secretary, MSDE and Rajesh Agrawal, Joint Secretary, MSDE. The skill development centre will cater to various needs of the CRPF personnel, their families and the community in its vicinity. It will conduct welfare activities for family members of the personnel, retired personnel, martyrs’ families, school students, youth and the specially-abled persons.

The centre will also undertake various skill development programmes by training these people and providing them employment opportunities.

They plan to promote skill development and entrepreneurship through vocational courses and training with various establishments in its administrative jurisdiction through apprenticeship schemes and making available spare equipment and machinery for training purposes. 

Spare equipment and machinery of welfare centre will be provided for training. They will also conduct a special drive for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) through assessments and certification of the skilled and semi-skilled personnel who are currently engaged in CRPF both regular and contractual personnel.

Token of appreciation

Mamraj Agarwal Foundation organised the 19th Felicitation and Award presenting ceremony on 20 August at Raj Bhavan. The occasion was inaugurated by Keshari Nath Tripathi , the Governor of West Bengal who presented the Mamraj Agarwal Rashtriya Puraskar to the  94 students who scored high  in Madhyamik, Higher Secondary Examinations, 2016,  CBSE, ICSE and ISC Examination 2016 in West Bengal and also to those who secured highest ranks in MBBS, Computer Science and Chartered Accountancy (CA). The awardees were presented with a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ and cash prize of Rs.11, 000 to the topper while others received Rs.5000. Some of the students who scored 100 in Maths, Geography and English include Souvick Verman, Soumyadeep Das and Unnati Jain. Madhukari Guha secured 98 per cent in History and Geography; Sayak Nandi scored 99 per cent in Biology while Tushika Basak scored 98 per cent in Science. The felicitation came to an end with a book unfolding ceremony by the Governor in memory of Late Mamraj Agarwala.

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Tech wizards 

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an IT services, consulting and business solutions organised Information Technology (IT) Wiz, an inter-school quiz competition at Sangit Kala Mandir on 31 August.  As many as 1042 students from various schools across Kolkata participated in the competition and was open to high school students studying in class VIII-XII.  

The participating schools included Rajendra Vidyalaya School, Loyola High School, Saint James School, Delhi Public School, Kalyani Public School and D.A.V Model School. The quiz had rounds based on the digital world of internet. It started with the Prelims, which had a common set of 20 questions that included the buzzer rounds called ‘@ tcs’, a question-answer round; ‘Going Viral’ a lateral thinking round and Net Worth, another question-answer round. 

Some of the interesting questions that sparked the minds of the students included-which movement’s motto was ‘Always Prepared’ and which computer symbol named after Golbaeangi, a small freshwater fish is widely used. 

Rajendra Vidyalaya School scored highest in the audio-visual round. TCS IT Wiz 2016 was held across 15 locations in India – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Visakhapatnam. 

The programme came to an end with the prize distribution ceremony. Anubhav Kumar Singh and Praneet Shekhar from Loyola School, Jamshedpur bagged the winners title while Shadan Kalam and Adnan Azmat from Rajendra Vidyalaya school, Jamshedpur were the runners-up. The winning team will represent the city at the National finals to be held in Mumbai. 

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