PC Chandra Group distributed scholarships to 41 toppers of the Madhyamik Examination 2015 as part of their Jahar Lal Chandra Merit Scholarship Programme recently in Kolkata. Shri Partha Chatterjee, the Hon’ble Education Minister of West Bengal, did the honours.

This year scholarships of Rs 50,000 each were given to 41 students – one male and one female topper of Madhyamik 2015, from 20 districts in West Bengal. It aimed to motivate some of the brightest minds across the state and is one of the constant endeavors undertaken by the Group to help enrich the lives of people, enhancing the future of Bengal. This initiative was started last year in the name of the Late Chairman of the Group, Shri Jahar Lal Chandra. Having received tremendous response last year, the Group decided to host this program this year at the Maple Lawns of Chandra’s Green Project.

Commendable achievement

ZeeQ recently announced Urmi Dasgupta from Mt Litera Zee School from Kolkata as the winner of Kahaani Express. She won the coveted national title at the National Finale held across 24 cities. It was judged by renowned personalities who provided their valuable feedback and advice to the students, motivating them to improve their performances. It had launched of the second innings with the aim of providing young India an unmatched platform to learn the art of storytelling and express themselves. This activity reached 470 schools across 24 cities and approximately 3,00,000 students from Classes II-VII. Donning the judges’ hats were Allen Shaw – A Germany-based artist, illustrator and storyteller, Parnab Mukherjee – A spoken word performer, an independent media analyst, curator and a performance consultant and Shriya Ghate – The editor of Tinkle Digest.

National Winner – Urmi Dasgupta – Mt Litera Zee School – Kolkata, 1st Runner-up – Bhargavee Pratihar – Sardar Dastoor Girls High School – Pune, 2nd Runner-up – Mannat Kandal Billabong High International School – Bhopal.

Land of traditions

Nicco Park organised a Rajasthani Mela- "Aapno Gaaon 2015" within its premises. The big lawn was decorated in such a way that it looked exactly like ‘Banga Bhumi Mein Marubhumi’ where everyone came together and enjoyed the festivities that adorn our the rich culture and tradition of India. The highlight of "Aapno Gaaon" is the authentic cuisine of Rajasthan – namely Dal-Baati-Churma, Baajre Ki Roti, Gwarfali ki Sabji, Gatte ki Sabji, Raabri, Maalpoa, Gond Paak, etc. which was prepared by Royal Maharaj (cooks) from Rajasthan and served by popular Rajasthani "Manuhar" – a traditional way of pampering guests. The meals were served inside cottages that were covered with colourful cloth, symbolic of Rajasthan. Those serving the cuisine dressed in traditional attire and the dishes too were recipes straight from the desert. There was Dandiya and Garba too that enthralled the people present there.

Looking ahead

University and Waikato Students’ Union (WSU) offered a new initiative that will provide opportunity to experience what it takes to be an entrepreneur and to build an idea into a new venture. The Summer Start-Up Programme will run in Hamilton and Tauranga from 16 November to 12 February 2016.

It was started to support students during the programme. A total of 29 scholarships were awarded, 19 to students studying at the Hamilton campus while five studying at the Tauranga campus, and another five were awarded to students studying at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

For young readers

Kolkata’s bookstore chain Starmark is holding its Young Readers’ Fest at all its outlets in the city – the South City Mall, Quest Mall, Mani Square and City Centre-Salt Lake – from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm daily till January 17, 2016. 

The Young Readers’ Fest offers fiction lovers the bestselling series Dork Diaries and an amazing list of titles by Roald Dahl in its Teen Fiction section, while its Young Fiction section offers Wimpy Kid, Goosebumps and Geranimo Stilton. Lovers of classics can choose from a range of books by Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and Lewis Carroll. Children who like fantasy could explore the fascinating world of The Chronicles of Narnia and the Harry Potter series. While the Fest’s pre-school section offers a list of innovative titles from Priddy Books, there are also a number of reference books from Paragon Publishing to choose from.