DIY talent show

“Do it yourself”, an annual event conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education to provide a platform for the hidden talent in diploma and engineering students, was organised at Acharya Polytechnic for the academic year 2013-14. The Hindu was the media partner.

The annual State-level event was inaugurated by H.U. Talwar, Director, Directorate of Technical Education. He addressed the gathering and stressed on the need for innovation and research activities, particularly in technical institutions.

B.M. Reddy, President, Acharya Institutes, presided over the function. As many as 170 projects were showcased in the exhibition from 44 diploma colleges.

Celebrating Indian cinema

Christ University hosted its second national seminar to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema. The seminar was a culmination of an entire year of fests and workshops which showcased various aspects of Indian films and was collectively named ‘Mayabazaar.’

The Hindu was the media partner.

The event was inaugurated by T.S. Nagabharana, National Award winning director and founder of Dhwani Sriranga, who threw light on the Kannada film industry and the enhancement of regional films and their importance. “Since I have been an ardent follower of regional cinema, it is what I would like to cultivate in today’s generation as well,” he said.

Also present at the seminar were panellists S. Theodore Bhaskaran, film historian; C.S. Venkiteswaran, film critic and documentary film maker; Bina Paul, film editor; Jaideep Varma, writer and film maker; and Gnani Sankaran, film writer.

Students were also given a chance to attend workshops on film appreciation conducted by Indranil Bhattacharya, professor of film studies, FTII, Pune, and Moinak Biswas, professor of film studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. The event concluded with paper presentations by 40 participants from across the country and screening of Gitanjali Rao’s award winning short-film ‘Printed Rainbow.’ This was followed by an introduction by the film maker into the field of animation. Introducing an all new aspect of screenplay writing was Rajesh, screenplay writer from the Tamil film industry, who gave the students an insight into screenplay doctoring.


The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE), in association with Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum and Robosapiens, IIT, Delhi organised a two-day national-level workshop on Advance Robotics 2014 at HKBK College of Engineering as part of the five-day student development programme.

Around 100 students registered for the programme from HKBKCE and the other engineering colleges of Bangalore. Abdul Hameed S.A., administrator, inaugurated the workshop and addressed the gathering. He stressed on the importance of robotics in the field of engineering. Principal T.C. Manjunath briefed the students about the workshop. Ashish Kumar Agarwal, senior research engineer, Robosapiens Technology Private Ltd., Noida, was the chief guest. A.A. Powly Thomas, HOD, EEE, was also present.

‘CMR Cultura 2014’

‘CMR Cultura 2014’, a national-level cultural-technical extravaganza, was held at CMR Institute of Technology. While Sabitha Ramamurthy, president, CMR group of institutions, inaugurated the fest, K. Narasimhamurthy, principal, said competitions on paper presentation and online programming will provide a great learning experience to the engineers. Over 3,000 engineering and management students from across the country participated.


The third edition of cultural extravaganza ‘Yuvatarang 2014’ at the Indian Academy Degree College with the theme “Emerge from trash” had memorable moments with actor-director Ramesh Aravind making a visit.

“The stage is a sacred place. It can take you places you could never imagine. Do not keep your talent hidden. You must showcase them, because you never know who is watching you, and you are the heroes of upcoming days,” he said.

The one-day youth fest showcased the talents of hundreds of students from 31 colleges in and around Bangalore. The fest included five events: group singing, group dancing, solo dancing, street dancing and fashion show.

Anaesthesiology workshop

A workshop on the concept of limited transthoracic echocardiography to perform haemodynamic echocardiography assessment in real time, or iHeartScanTM, was organised at Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital by the anaesthesiology department. This was a part of the MoU signed by the college and the Melbourne University.

Management fest

Krishna Byre Gowda, Minister for Agriculture, inaugurated the annual management fest ‘Vedetta 2014’at the Jyothi Nivas College.

He advised the students to go beyond the classroom. He felt that it is very important for youngsters to develop their inner potential and improve their core competencies.

Sr. Lalitha, Director of the college, spoke about the need and importance of team spirit in modern life and cited the idea of ‘Ubuntu’ in African culture, which means, “I am because we are.”

Under the banner of MBA ‘SPARK’, several management activities such as Business Plan/Press Meet, Picture Connect and under the banner of MFA ‘LUMIERE’, financial activities such as financial quiz, corporate governance, stock exchange and turnaround strategies were held.

On the second day of the fest, research papers on topics such as “Solid waste management in K.R. Puram” and “One currency, one world” were presented.

Moot court

University Law College, Bangalore University, organised the XVIII All India Moot Court Competition. The inaugural function was held on the Jnanabharathi campus, Bangalore University.

The function was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor B. Thimme Gowda. K.K. Seethamma, Registrar (Administration), was present.

Prof. Gowda said: “Legal education in the present era plays an important role in promoting social justice. Unless the great mass of people are filled with the sense of legal responsibility, social justice is a far-fetched dream. Legal education must aim to achieve this sacred object. A country without a well-developed legal education system vibrating to the dynamic needs of the society will end in chaos. Law and order is essential in all communities. In an orderly law-abiding community, people can plan ahead, work in safety and do business in trust. In most modern societies order means stability. The guarantee of this order take place in the form of laws.”

The Vice-Chancellor also said, “Laws are rules and customs that the citizens of a community regard as binding upon them and can be enforced by the courts. Law colleges should not only be institutions of learning, but must also provide an individualised environment where a student learns the simple techniques of goal setting, planning, and dealing with difficult situations in life. In short, life skills must become a central focus of educational efforts.”

The event was presided over by K.M. Hanumantharayappa, Principal and Dean of University Law College, Bangalore University.

Suresh V. Nadagoudar, Chairman, P.G. Department of Law and Coordinator, also participated.