St Xavier’s HSS holds Techno fest
St Xavier’’s Higher Secondary School, Mapusa held its annual science exhibition titled ‘‘Techno fest 2019’’. A total of 97 students participated and presented their static and working models depicting energy conservation, digital and technology solutions and highly innovative electronic projects. Demonstrations and explanations were given by participants who impressed spectators, including teachers and students. Students from Mapusa Super School Complex also displayed their projects. Chief Guest for the function was a former student of St Xavier’’s HSS and MLA of Mapusa Constituency, Joshua De Souza who motivated the young scientists to explore their ideas into inventions. The annual science newsletter titled ‘‘Vibgyor’’ was also released on the occasion.
VMSIIHE wins Magnify 2019
Department of BBA Travel and Tourism, Don Bosco College organized ‘‘Magnify 2019’’, an inter-collegiate event on the theme ‘‘: a better future for all’’. The chief guest for the event was the former deputy director of the department of tourism, Pamela Mascarenhas. Students staged a welcome dance that marked the beginning of the event. The competitions suggested career options for students. These included a fashion show showcasing the different countries assigned to them, a photography competition that motivated students to learn more about the on-ground scenario in Goa, and a quiz. The colleges that took part in this event were VM Salgaoncar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE), Goa University, MES College, Goa College of Home Science and Carmel College for Women. The chief guest of the valedictory ceremony was former commissioner of labor and employment exchange, SA Deshpande. Magnify 2019 was won by VM Salgaoncar Institute of International Hospitality Education, Raia.
Dhempe College conducts awareness programme on ‘‘Human Rights and Duties’’
Department of philosophy, Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Miramar organized an awareness program on ‘‘Human Rights and Duties’’ in collaboration with Goa-based NGO, Uzwaad – A Ray of Hope and the California-based NGO, United for Human Rights. The guest speaker of the program was an associate professor and head of the department, VM Salgaocar College of Law, KS Rao who raised awareness about one’’s fundamental human rights and their violations. This was followed by a screening of the video ‘‘The Story of Human Rights’’ created by the NGO United for Human Right. The staff and students of the department and Uzwaad held a rally to spread the message of human rights and duties to the people. They displayed placards and banners, shouted slogans and performed a street play directed by the head of Uzwaad, Sendra Pereira.
Students of Dempo College strive for a plastic-free Taleigao
DCT’s SS Dempo College of Commerce and Economics, Cujira conducted ‘‘Plastic Free Village’’ campaign under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) in one of the adopted villages – Taleigao. Around 60 students participated in the campaign wherein they encouraged villagers to use cloth bags and stop using plastic bags. Students distributed these handmade bags to villagers while collecting plastic bags from them. The campaign was carried out with the help of Taleigao village sarpanch, Rega Pai and other panch members.
Sabreena Shah talks from the heart
In a bid to bring to the fore, ordinary individuals and their extraordinary stories and achievements, The Navhind Times organized a talk with body positive campaigner, Sabreena Shah who shared her amazing story of her trials and tribulations of living with Polycystic Ovarian Disorder (PCOD) and overcoming the same. Sabreena began with a brief introduction about herself and recounted the onset of the disorder at age 15. She narrated how the first panic attack made her realize something was amiss. From the initial misdiagnosis to learning about the condition, she spoke from her heart. “When the doctor finally diagnosed I had PCOD, I was clueless about the disorder. I was terrified and thought I was going to die since I had never heard of it. There wasn’t much information about it then,” she said and went on to explain about the disorder and syndrome through a PowerPoint presentation. From the symptoms to the treatment, she spoke knowledgeably from her personal experience and in-depth study. She then spoke about the humiliation and ridicule she faced as a bearded girl and said,” It was extremely traumatic. The stares, the whispers, the grins and laughs were often just too much. There were days, […]
The Power of Music
In continuing with its mission to celebrate the power of music, Child’s Play Foundation will host its anniversary monsoon concert on September 21, 6 p.m. at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Panaji. NT KURIOCITY gets you the details On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, Child’s Play India Foundation is organising its anniversary monsoon concert on September 21, 6 p.m. at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Panaji. The NGO led by Luis Dias works towards bringing classical music to underprivileged children in India. By doing so, their aim is to give children an opportunity to make music, learn a new skill, and lead a life of empowerment. The concert will feature a range of performances by the children of Child’s Play (aged six to 19), the Camerata Child’’s Play India along with invited musicians including Omar De Loiola Pereira, Selwyn Menezes, Jonathan Bager (flute), Laura Riccardi (violin), and others. This concert will showcase a variety of pieces such as works for beginner orchestra, and the more advanced ensemble which will give the Indian premiere of a concerto grosso by a less-well-known Baroque composer, Johann Valentin Rathgeber (with children playing the solo parts); two movements (Rondeau and the famous Badinerie) of Johann Sebastian […]
College students how well can you spell?
In a bid to enable students to test and improve their spelling skills and cultivate a healthy competitive spirit, The Navhind Times in partnership with the event management department of SS Dempo College of Commerce and Economics is organising Spell-Bee 2019 for college students. NT KURIOCITY caught up with some teachers, parents, and students to find out their views on spellings MARIA FERNANDES | NT For those learning English, especially those for whom it is a second language, different categories of sounds and words could be difficult and confusing. “Spelling is a sequence of letters representing a sequence of sounds. One should not think of the pronunciation of the word while spelling it. Those who do not understand the relation (or the lack of relation) between English speech and spelling will inevitably tend to spell words as they hear them,” says associate professor of English, St Xavier’’s College, Mapusa, Sunita Mesquita. Agreeing with her and listing a few more reasons why spellings are difficult, associate professor of English, SS Dempo College of Commerce & Economics, Bambolim, Augusto Pinto adds: “English is a peculiar language and the script is not phonetically-based like the Devnagiri script. It draws words from a […]
DMC conducts financial literacy workshop
Department of commerce, Dnyanprassarak Mandal’s College and Research Centre, Assagao organised a one-day State level workshop on ‘Financial Literacy and Investor Education’ in association with ACBM Global Mentor Academy, Mumbai. Resource person for the workshop was chief executive officer, Amanpal Singh Chawla. About 58 participants from 15 colleges and higher secondary schools in Goa participated in the same. Chawla covered topics like saving v/s investment, goal planning, risk planning, retirement planning, investment planning, estate planning, comprehensive financial planning, products knowledge on mutual fund, gold, shares, real estate, etc. As a part of skill development and learning, participants were mentored and guided on how to plan their finances at an early stage to attain financial freedom. Participants were also trained on mobile apps to learn financial planning concept. NT KURIOCITY
Learning to RISE with Navhind Times
The Navhind Times workshop aptly named RISE, was held on July 21 at Dempo House, Panaji. More than 150 students in the age group of 11 to 23 participated in the half-day workshop that was organised to help youngsters reinvent themselves, influence others, and stabilise and excel in different fields. Conducted by Organisational Development consultant and certified Talent analyst, Kishore Shah, the workshop also had a few parents and teachers in participation. Shah began the session with a short video of the national anthem (without the vocals) by differently-abled children which depicted the RISE theme with laser-sharp clarity. This was followed by an ice-breaker session, wherein participants were asked to appreciate their partners and to inspire them to raise the bar. He then explained the significance of the theme ‘RISE’ (Reinvent, Influence, Stabilise and Excel) with examples which made understanding the concept easy even for the younger ones. Highlighting the importance of experiment as a part of our key life skills, he said: “It is vital to reinvent ourselves through experiments. We need to do things differently and in a better way because the law of diminishing utility keeps eroding the value of all things.” Through a few simulations, […]
Get up and RISE
The next Navhind Times workshop, RISE, slated for July 21, will help youngsters reinvent themselves, influence others, stabilise, and excel in different fields. NT Kuriocity chats with organisational development consultant and certified talent analyst Kishore Shah to find out more Maria Fernandes | NT Kuriocity An electrical engineer with a post graduate diploma in human resource management and organisational studies, Kishore Shah is a multi-faceted personality. A certified talent analyst from Chally, Ohio, Shah, who is the recipient of Business Goa Awards for Corporate Excellence – 2017, among other achievements will be conducting the next Navhind Times workshop RISE, focusing on youngsters. He gives us a peek into what it is about. From school to high school, and then higher secondary and college, students have to deal with various changes. In addition, being plugged into a global consumerist culture supported by technology, they have various predicaments. How will this workshop help them? Change is not a new term for us because we evolve, but when change happens at hyper speed it no longer is a change; it’s an upheaval which is disruptive and hardly gives us time to respond. Today we are witnessing change in almost all spheres of […]
Goan students build automatic fish sorting system
With the aim of helping locals and small scale industries to eliminate manpower, save time, and thereby make the segregation of fish more efficient, four students from Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao worked on developing a fish sorting system which uses image processing. The group comprised of Sahil Deosekar, Gauri Halankar, Amey Patil, and Devashree Samant. The team was mentored by professor, Gauri Gaunekar and professor, Mrunal Sawant. “On an average fish consumption in Goa is 70 to 90 tonnes a day. Being the staple food of Goans, the demand for fish in the local market has increased and so has the cost,” says Deosekar. However, according to Halankar, several tasks are involved between the catch of fish to selling it. “One of them is sorting the fish on the basis of different sizes. Since a standard type of net is used, fish of different sizes are caught at a time,” she says. Segregation of fish based on sizes is a must as the cost of the fish depends upon its size; larger the size more expensive is the fish as compared to smaller ones of the same species. Generally, fish is manually sorted by size using 10 […]
Your career matters
In its continuous endeavour to share knowledge, improve skills and introduce new ideas, The Navhind Times has been organising workshops, seminars and competitions since 2011. In its latest venture, Your Career Matters, various popular, as well as uncommon professions, will be highlighted. The maiden interaction will be with some of the top RJs of Goa who will speak about radio jockeying as a career. Maria Fernandes | NT Kuriocity If things like music programming, scripting, presenting radio shows, radio advertisements and lending voice to audio magazines and documentaries seem interesting to you, a career as a radio jockey (RJ) is something you can consider. Radio is not only the fastest growing but also a very popular segment in the media sector today. Thanks to the various innovative approaches of the new channels that have entered the scenario in recent times, the popularity of radio is at an all-time high. RJs who run the shows are celebrities in their own right. Take for example our very own Shakuntala Bharne and Alfie of FM Rainbow, Ayesha Barretto of Radio Indigo and Uday Chari of Big FM, whose voices have charmed us over the years and kept us informed and entertained. Radio jockeying […]
Magic workshop at Ravindra Bhavan Margao
Ravindra Bhavan is all set to organise a three day magic workshop from May 11 to 13 at the Black Box. The workshop which will be held from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. will be conducted by Goan magician Suresh Nangare. With 40 years of experience in the field of magic, Nagare, besides showcasing the range of his amazing magical skills, also conducts training courses and workshops. He has conducted workshops in various institutions in Goa like Ravindra Bhavan Margao, Kala Academy, Panaji, Bal Bhavan and also in Dainik Gomantak, Tarun Bharat, Lokmat, Lokmanya Coop. Society etc. Entries for the upcoming workshop will be restricted to 50 participants and will be on first come first serve basis. It is open for school students in the age group of 9 to 14 years. Entry forms are available at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao office. The last date to submit the forms is May 10 Details: 0832- 2726980
To Switzerland via Science
Get set to avail the opportunity to win a return ticket to Switzerland, as the Consulate General of Switzerland in Mumbai is organising ‘Swiss Science Slam’ competition, open to participants of all nationalities and research fields (including social sciences, humanities, life sciences, physical sciences and engineering) from the states of North, East, Central and West India (including Goa and Telangana). All you have to do is produce a five minute video (maximum file size 20 MB), introducing any research or science project of their choice. The video should be done in English and start with the statement of the author’s name, research position and name of college/institution. Participants are free to choose presentation styles and equipment as they see fit. Submissions must clearly show the participant presenting his or her research in a manner chosen by her or him. Using only animation alone is not permitted and participant may work with other individuals as supporting cast. Videos can be shot on smartphones, webcams or any video recording devices. Eligible participants should be 18-years-old or older and should be BA/BSc/ MA/ MSc/PhD candidates in India. Only one entry per person will be permitted. To enter the competition, participants are invited to […]
ME programme in Sanitation Science at BITS Pilani
BITS Pilani in collaboration with IHE Delft, Netherlands has launched a new ME programme in Sanitation Science, Technology and Management for this academic year. The research track programme entails that the student pursues two semesters of coursework, initiates his/her ME dissertation in the third semester (concurrent with remaining coursework), while the fourth semester will be entirely allocated for pursuing the dissertation. The curriculum will focus on on-field best practice aspects to impart skills to the students. The programme will be run at BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa campus and the degree will be awarded by BITS Pilani. BITS Pilani has been recently recognised as Institute of Eminence by MHRD, Government of India. It is also India’s highest ranked non-Government Institute as declared in various reputed world rankings of 2019 such as QS BRICS, QS Asia, and QS India. This programme, in collaboration with IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Netherlands is part of the Global Sanitation Graduate school. In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IHE Delft launched the new programme in sanitation. The Delft-based postgraduate programme in Sanitation was then made available to universities in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa as part of the recently established […]
COMEDK UGET Examination on May 12
The COMEDK (Consortium of medical, engineering and dental colleges in Karnataka) UGET and Uni-GAUGE e-entrance examination, for the admission to the engineering courses – Bachelor of Engineering/ Bachelor of Technology – will be conducted on May 12. While briefing the media, the executive secretary of COMEDK, S Kumar stated that this examination is the second largest multi-university private engineering exam in the country, after the Joint Engineering Exam (JEE). After the government of India issued a notification as regards National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) being the only entrance exam for dental and medical courses, COMEDK has now restricted its entrance exam to only engineering courses. The students answering COMEDK UGET and Uni-GAUGE merit-based e-entrance examination will have the option to study in any of the 150 engineering institutions in Karnataka affiliated to 25 private/ self-funded universities. Kumar also said that the students making it to the engineering courses through this exam has an advantage of internship so that they become employable after the end of the course. The applicants need to register on or before April 19, 2019. All candidates, who have passed or are currently pursuing 10+2/ PUC/ any equivalent exam, as approved by the All India Council […]
Students celebrate Goa’s Aboli flower
Nirmala Institute of Education celebrated its annual ‘Abolianchem Fest’. The focus of the festival revolves around the Aboli flower of Goa whose existence could be in danger. Those at the festival got to see different traditions of Goa and gained sneak-peeks into this state’s culture. Creative artworks of students were showcased such as coloured branches, decorated bottles, artificial flowers, aesthetically-pleasing candles, and more. Ghumots- Goa’s percussion instrument- were up for sale. Various stalls were put up. One stall explained the uses of medicinal plants like neem, periwinkle, black pepper, money plant, croton, etc. Another stall had informative charts about types of coconuts and the process of toddy tapping in Goa. For entertainment, there were various traditional performances by students who danced, sang, and played instruments. Talks, activities, and games were held which included aboli weave braiding, hopscotch, tablani, narlani, etc. Carlos Gonsalves, a professional percussionist, attended the event and played the ghumot. A variety of food was available like lemongrass tea, Goan sweets (pinnagre, bebinca, bolinhas, sweet sannas, doce), chicken steak, fish fingers, spring rolls, croquettes, sausage bread, cutlets, and more. SHERYL GONSALVES | NT GOGOANOW Pics credit: Shivang Mishra | NT GOGOANOW
Three-day event ‘Juris Open 2019’ to begin from Feb 8
Criminal lawyer and Special Public Prosecutor advocate, Ujjwal Nikam will inaugurate the National Law Competition ‘Juris Open 2019’. The event will be organised by Govind Ramnath Kare College of Law, Margao on February 8, February 9 and February 10. After the inaugural function, Nikam will deliver the keynote address on ‘Can we respect human rights and counter terrorism?’ Nikam has worked on prominent murder and terrorism cases and has helped prosecute suspects in the 1993 Bombay bombings, the Gulshan Kumar murder case, the Pramod Mahajan murder case, and the 2008 Mumbai attacks. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2016 and was conferred with the doctorate degree by the former president of India, APJ Abdul Kalam in 2010. He has received Z+ security, the highest level of security in India. Advocate Atmaram Nadkarni, Additional Solicitor General of India and former Advocate General of Goa, will on February 9 at 5.30 pm, deliver the keynote address on the topic ‘Is there a need for political reforms in India’. He was Goa’s advocate general for the period 1999 till 2005 and again for the period 2012 till 2016 and was instrumental in preparing the Goa’s state case […]
Parikrama 0.2 attracts the youth of Goa
Parikrama 0.2 will be held on 12th and 13th January 2019 at Kishoritai Amonkar Sasai, Marcel, Goa. It is a platform for students and youngsters to gain knowledge and boost their careers. The event is organised by Parikrama Knowledge Terminus in collaboration with the Directorate of Art and Culture. Zero fest of Parikrama 0.2 will be inaugurated by Tomazinho Cardozo, Former Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly. This year, Vinanti Kasar Kalgutkar, renowned grammarian, and Dattaprasad Shetkar, entrepreneur, will be felicitated with Parikrama Fellowship. Also, Mr Rohit Bhosle will receive the third Dr Madhavi Sardessai Yuva Shikshak Puraskar by Parikrama Knowledge Terminus. In total, 20 cultural groups and educational institutions are taking part in this event. Some of the competitions that happened as a part of Parikrama 0.2 was Campaign art and Terebangali- a blog making competition where participants had to create travel blogs of their areas. Other competitions of this event include kovdik, kantar, konkani pop, newsroom, musical warriors, documentary, monograph, review writing, and others. The event will end at 5 pm on Sunday. Jayesh Salgaonkar, Minister for Rural Development, is going to be the chief guest for the valedictory programme. Leena Mashelkar, theatre personality, and Panch Raj Malik will […]
Cultural marks to be introduced by 2019-20
On Monday, minister for art and culture, Govind Gaude said that the drafting of the cultural policy is underway and the final changes in the amendment will be done by the end of next week. “After these changes are done, it will be scrutinized by a selection team which will then approach the Directorate of education. After getting the nod from Directorate of education, the policy will await the approval of the cabinet and the cultural marks can only be introduced by 2019-20 academic year”, added Gaude.
‘Breaking the Glass’ at management event- Odyssey 2018
One of the biggest management events of Goa- Odyssey 2018- took place at Kala Academy on 10th and 11th October. It was organised by the BBA department of Saraswat Vidyalaya’s Sridora Caculo College of Commerce and Management Studies. There are many barriers that women in India face which is metaphorically known as a ‘glass ceiling’. This inspired the theme for this year- ‘Breaking the Glass’. Various rounds in different business areas such as Human Resources, Marketing, and Finance kept the participants on their toes. Additionally, there were challenges which revolved around women. These included tasks like creating HR policies and finance schemes beneficial for female entrepreneurs. KLE Cbalc Belgaum won the first place of Odyssey 2018.
SRIEIT Shiroda holds conference on materials and computational intelligence
Ramachandra Educational and Sports Trust (REST) Society for Research International (RSRI) and Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and Information Technology jointly organised ‘RSRI Conference on Materials and Computational Intelligence (RSRI CMCI 2018)’ at Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and Information Technology (SRIEIT), Shiroda. The two-day conference consisted of five sessions with around 61 paper presentations in various fields of materials and computational intelligence by various authors across the country. Chief guest for the valedictory function was Ramesh Gardas from IIT, Madras. In his keynote speech, Gardas mentioned the usage of ionic liquid to replace natural liquid like water for industrial usage, so as to protect the environment. In his presidential speech, president of RSRI, U Ragavendran said that students should aim to achieve knowledge to adapt to society and not just carry out research for the sake of a degree. Various awards and certificates were presented to participants. Life time achievement award was presented to Robinson Smart from Karunya University, Coimbatore and Surendra Rahamatkar, SRIEIT. Best Researcher award was presented to Naveen from Jain University, Bangalore and professor Shailendra Aswale of SRIEIT. The paper presented by professor Maniran from SRM University, Chennai was awarded the Best Paper in the materials […]
Mandira Faldesai awarded IGS gold medal for topping ME exam
Mandira Mahablu Faldesai, a civil engineering student of Goa Engineering College, has been awarded Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) Gold Medal for topping ME foundation engineering examination, conducted by the Goa University. Mandira was handed over a certificate and the gold medal at the hands of Dr Luiz de Mello (partner and technical director, Vector Projects, Brazil) and Prof G L Shivkumar Babu (Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru), who is also the president of Indian Geotechnical Society at the annual flagship event – 2nd Victor de Mello Goa Lecture and Symposium on Women in Geotechnics, organised by Goa Engineering College (GEC) in association with IGS Goa Chapter, recently. Mandira passed out with distinction, and did a dissertation on ‘Monitoring Control and Mapping of Landslides in Goa.’She worked on live problems of slope stability issues in Goa. While appreciating the positive policies implemented by the department of civil engineering, Mandira has credited her success to the sincere efforts taken by teachers and her guide Dr Purnanand P Savoikar.
Students from St. Xavier’s learn how to face job interviews
The next step college students have to face in their lives is facing job interviews. It is very important for them to be prepared for this as it can enable them to get their dream job. These skills can be very beneficial later on in life. At St. Xavier’s College, Ms Runa Menezes conducted an ‘Interview Facing Skills’ workshop for some final year students from different courses. She is the founder of Speaking Studio which is a persona and skill development centre. It was an interactive session where students took part in activities like sharing their concerns about interviews. Ms Menezes used video clips to show the students how to answer certain interview questions. She spoke about the significance of body language and taught them about good/ bad posture, proper eye contact, how to give proper handshakes, and so on. The students also got other tips like researching the organization they want to join and what to wear on the day of the interview.
Talent Search Competitions for students
The Directorate of Art & Culture organises Cultural Talent Search Competitions for students in Goa annually, to promote and preserve art and culture and to give a platform to the youth of Goa. The Taluka Level Talent Search competition will be conducted in the first and second week of October 2018. For South Goa, the competition has been arranged from October 4 to 6, 2018. For North Goa the competition will be held from October 8 to 10, 2018 at Sanskruti Bhavan, Patto. The competition is open to school students from class 5 to 10. The first three prize winners in each category will then compete at state level and the winner of state level will be awarded with scholarships. Students from Dahrbandoda, Canacona, Quepem, Salcete, Marmugao and Sanguem taluka, will have to be present at the Loyola High school Margao and Mahila Nutan High School Margao at 2.30 p.m. on October 4 for the poetry writing, drawing, essay, Devnagri and English Handwriting competitions. Students from Sanguem, Quepem, Canacona Taluka participating in the Indian classical and western music, singing and dance competitions should be at the Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir Ponda at 8.30 am on October 5. Students from Salcette, […]
St. Xavier’s students to be participating in a Gandhi Jayanti walkathon
To mark the event of Gandhi Jayanti, St. Xavier’s College in association with the Rotary Club of Mapusa, is organizing a walkathon which is going to be held on 2nd October. The event will be inaugurated in the college itself. After giving instructions to the students regarding the walking route the event will start. The students will begin walking from the college itself up till the Mapusa Vodafone gallery. The walk will continue across the market area and will end at the taxi stand. It won’t be just a walk- there will be other activities as well. This includes dance performances and a skit on the street itself. This event was also planned to tackle the issue of littering in Goa. To take the first step to a cleaner Goa, the students themselves will set a good example by cleaning the Mapusa roads.
Damodar College excels in Badminton and Judo at inter-collegiate level
At the inter-collegiate Badminton championship (Men & Women) of Goa University, Shree Damodar College of commerce and Economics, Margao emerged as the champion in both men and women category. Men team defeated Don Bosco College and women team defeated V.M. Salgaonkar College with score of 3-0 and 2-0 respectively in finals. Badminton Team (Banner Pic) Men Team: Tejan Fallary, Kiefer Jacques, Sahil Kuttan, Yash Kunkalienkar, Pranav Bhandarkar and Shubham Salunke. Women Team: Emilia Silveira, Racheal Raposa, Nikita Vernekar and Tanisha Karshetty. At the inter-collegiate Judo championship, Shree Damodar College of Commerce and Economics, Margao secured Runners-up position in the men’s category winning 1 Gold, 5 Silver, and 1 Bronze medal. Habib Shaikh won the Gold, Ransom Fernandes won the Bronze and Silver medals were won by Farhan Khan, Rajshekar Mandrekar, Khan Mohammed Alfran, Vishnu Rasur and Rizwan Shaikh in their respective categories. Judo Team: Team members along with (Row2: Sitting 3rd right) Principal Dr Prita D. Mallya, (Row2: Sitting – 3rd left) Vice-Principal Dr. Sanjay Dessai and (Sitting:2nd right) Director of Physical Edu. & Sports – Mr. Ajinkya Kudtarkar
St. Xavier’s college Mapusa inaugurates research instrumentation center
On the occasion of teacher’s day St. Xavier’s college Mapusa inaugurated its first research instrumentation center hosting X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD). Speaking on the occasion Principal (Fr) Jeronimo D’Silva, said that: “Research is one of the key focus of an academic institute which gives rise to cutting-edge technology and St. Xavier’s college is the first undergraduate college in Goa to procure X-RAY diffraction Instrument for material characterization.” He also informed that the central facility will be open to students and staff from other colleges as well as Industry. The X-Ray Diffractometer will deal with material characterization and help identify the atomic and molecular structure in materials. X-ray powder diffraction is most widely used for the identification of unknown crystalline materials (e.g. minerals, inorganic compounds). In addition to the identification of the compounds, X-ray diffractometer can also be used to determine strain, preferred orientation, crystallographic structure, and grain size of crystalline materials.
Overcoming mental health problems
The Counselling Cell of M.E.S College of Arts and Commerce, Zuarinagar, organised an interactive session for the students on the topic: ‘Enhancing Mental Health among Adolescents’. Dr Ravi Agrawal a consultant psychiatrist at Manipal Hospital- Panaji and Samir Walavalkar, a psychotherapist were the resource persons for this session. Dr Ravi Agarwal spoke of the vulnerability of young people to mental problems. He also emphasized that enhancing resilience through cultivating the right attitude, learning life skills and indulging in a hobby would help in overcoming mental health problems among the youth. On the other hand, Samir Walavalkar, asserted that being aware of individual problems is the key to enhance resilience in young people and stated that negative emotions are harmful when a person cannot control the intensity, frequency, and duration with which these emotions are expressed. He shared four tips with the students – being aware of one‘s feelings, accepting them, analysing them and applying them appropriately to maintain healthy relationships.
Inculcating values among students
MES College of Arts and Commerce, Zuarinagar-Goa, in collaboration with Forum for Integrated Development and Research (FIDR), a ‘social change organization’, recently organised a discussion on the topic, ‘Livelihood and Economic Growth of Goa’. The discussion was chaired by the director of Time and Tide communications, Dharmanand Verenekar. The discussion raised concerns about the livelihood of people, especially those rescued from the flesh trade. Most of the participants in the discussion were of the opinion that the education which is being imparted at the college level is not meeting the needs of the industry. Besides, it was also felt that students should be groomed, their overall personality developed and inculcate values to make them ready for employment in the industry. It was also pointed out that there was a declining trend in holding campus interviews in colleges. The speakers felt that internships and training for students should be arranged by colleges through constant interaction with the industry through guest lectures. It was also felt that for the development of economy there has to be a shift from an emphasis on government sector jobs to the private sector. Verenekar said that FIDR was set up about two decades ago to bring […]
Vigilance against Drugs
The NSS unit of SV’s Sridora Caculo College of Commerce and Management Studies, Mapusa, recently held a lecture on drug awareness for its volunteers. Umesh Gaonkar, Superintendent of Police, Anti-Narcotics Cell of Goa Police, who was the chief guest briefed the audience on the origin, spread and the extent of the menace of drug in the state of Goa. He said that Goa was the end destination for drugs produced in other parts of the country. Stating that Goa’s drug problem began with the arrival of foreign tourists in the state a few decades ago, he went on to add that foreigners continue to be major carriers and consumers even now. He explained to the audience how to spot signs of drug use and urged the student volunteers to be vigilant about the menace.
VFX professionals guide students
Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) – a 3D animation and visual effects institution, recently organised annual national students’ meet in Goa. Over 250 students from 25 different cities participated in the event. The idea behind the meet was to encourage animation and VFX students from all over the country to come together and learn the art from experts during seminars, workshops, case studies, panel discussions and various other creative activities. The students were also provided a platform to work on live projects, meet professionals and get access to real life experiences and insights. Students from MAAC interacted with – head of the department, Double Negative (DNEG), India, Madhu Nair; CEO, Aum Animation Studios, Vivek Bolar, among others. Spokesperson of MAAC, Pravir Arora said: “We aim to provide budding animators an opportunity to interact and learn from the industry stalwarts as innovation and creativity are of utmost importance in the field of cinematics.”
Entrepreneurship Awareness Workshop
A two-day ‘Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp’ was organised by the department of chemistry, Carmel College for Women, Nuvem- Goa, in collaboration with Agnel Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (AEDI), Verna. The main objective of the camp was to make the students aware of the different areas of skills where they can establish themselves as an entrepreneur and create jobs for others. Pravin Sabnis, mentor (AEDI) delivered the lecture on ‘Camp Objective and Business Opportunities Identification’. He explained the current scenario in the industry and the marketing strategies required for setting up a startup as a career option. He also highlighted various career options and asked the students to take maximum benefit of the prevalent situation by venturing into entrepreneurship. In the second session, Tushar Sawant- Manager (AEDI) gave an explanation on the schemes such as, Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) and Chief Ministers Rojgar Yojana (CMRY) that are available. On the last day, a field visit was arranged for the students at Center for Incubation and Business Acceleration (CIBA), Verna, where the students got the opportunity to interact with various startup companies and learn about their startup stories.
Hands-on training on ‘Hadoop and Big Data Analytics’
A week long faculty development programme was organised by the department of computer engineering at Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao, in association with E &ICT Academy NIT Warangal on Hadoop and Big Data Analytics. Damodar Reddy, head of computer science and engineering department, NIT – Goa, while delivering the inaugural address stressed upon the importance of such workshops and how they are relevant for faculty members to stay updated with the tools and techniques in the field of computer engineering. The workshop participants got hands-on training on the concepts of; big data and Hadoop file system, basic concepts of Hadoop and map-reduce programming, NoSQL(not only SQL), spark programming, data analytics lifecycle, R-programming language and case studies using R-language.
Chowgule college, MSI signs MoU
Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science (an autonomous college) has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the “Mangrove Society of India” (MSI), to carry out research projects and community service. Speaking after signing the MoU, principal of Chowgule college, Nandkumar Sawant, said: “We take pride in saying that we are the first and only autonomous college in the state of Goa, and therefore hold greater responsibility not only in bringing innovation in teaching-learning but also in making education more relevant through research, consultancy and extension works.” The objective of the MoU with MSI is to organise joint activities in research, training, community outreach and extracurricular areas and enable students to carry out internships. The MoU will facilitate students of geography, botany, and zoology to carry out research projects with MSI as a component of their internships. The research projects will also help address the conservation needs of wetlands in Goa via public outreach programmes.
Goan student wins script award
Stevan Fernandes, a third-year mechanical engineering student of Don Bosco College of Engineering has won an award for “Innovative Short Descriptive Script” for select short stories which were used for making a short film titled –“The Lady in Red”. The film has been produced and directed by Wasim Saiyed, head of promos, Star Movies at an event organised by Star Movies at Inox Atria, Mumbai. The script was selected from among 2,000 entries from across India. The short film “The Lady in Red” will be aired on Star Movies Select HD channel shortly.