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A self-defence demonstration

SJR College for Women (SJRCW ) celebrated International Women’s Day with zest and zeal. The women empowerment cell of SJRCW organised a demonstration of basic self-defence techniques by a taekwando instructor and referee, Gunashekaran, and his team of taekwando experts. He demonstrated easy techniques through which women could escape from the clutches of an attacker even when taken unaware. Chaitra, a first-year BA student, who is also a silver medalist for Karnataka in taekwando, was honoured on this occasion. Fun-filled activities were arranged for the staff by the cell, which included a treasure hunt, face painting, hair styling and a make-up competition, and prizes were awarded to the winners. SJRCW also invited the faculty of Malleswaram Ladies’s Association Academy of Higher Learning for a friendly throw-ball match.

Going green

Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College for Women (MLACW) too celebrated International Women’s Day with the theme ‘Go Green at MLACW’.

This was a collective effort of the entire college. At the event, MLACW’s director, T L Shantha spoke about global issues pertaining to women and how empowering women can lead to a brighter future for all. The day also saw students showcase their talent through many events like poetry recital, essay writing and dance performances.

There was a mock ballet dance, based on the Delhi gang-rape case, by the BBM students. This was followed by a student team, showcasing a few karate skills. The day concluded with a few lectures and staff members were awarded for their contribution to the college.

Analysing the budget 

The Centre for Business Studies (CBS) of the CMR Group of Institutions recently held an inter-collegiate competition to discuss and debate the pros and cons of the union budget. The purpose of the discussion was to help the students develop their financial and economic skills by analysing the budget with a professional eye. There were close to 35 colleges who participated in the competition. Chairman of the CMR Group of Institutions, K C Ramamurthy, was all praises for the students and was impressed with their enthusiasm and knowledge.

The director of CBS, Hrishikesh, highlighted the importance of the budget, its complexities and spoke about how it helps to analyse the budget to know how it benefits the society. Sushmitha Rao, a second-year student of Mount Carmel College, who was present at the discussion, says, “You normally think the budget is boring but after this discussion, I realised how interesting it is to analyse it. You realise how much the budget actually impacts the economy.” 

Christ University stood first, followed by M P Birla Institute of Management and Kristu Jayanti in second and third place respectively. Three consolation prizes went to CMR Law College, CMR Institute of Management and Indo Asian Academy.

Bidding adieu to college life

Social Zest, the sociology department of St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, recently hosted its annual valedictory function, which had a good mix of fun and emotional moments. The event began with a formal ceremony, which included awarding the subject toppers of October 2012. “This award means a lot. Social Zest has been nothing short of a family,” says Ashith Dev, the class topper. The function also saw the department release its annual magazine, ‘Gusto’. The formal ceremony concluded with the appointing of the new office bearers, after which there was a cultural evening.

The evening was packed with a lot of music. It began with a performance by the band Agnii,  This was followed by a series of songs, dances and a magic show. The magician had everybody rolling with laughing at his tricks. Some of the students treated the outgoing batch with an ethnic ramp walk. The outgoing students were left teary-eyed as they knew that they would never get to relive their college days again.

Focus on Indian economy

MS Ramaiah Institute of Management, in association with the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), held a national conference on ‘emerging sectors: growth drivers for Indian economy’ recently.

Close to 78 delegates registered and 60 paper presentations were made on a variety of topics including health care, garments, food processing and beverage, tourism, retail, infrastructure, informatics, pharmaceutical, natural resources, social media, wealth and  growth drivers for the Indian economy.

Interestingly, entrepreneurship was also emphasised by all the speakers, looking at aspects like innovative thinking, risk taking, cost reduction and customer behaviour.

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