“Synergia”, an inter-medical collegiate sports and cultural fest, got off to a start at the Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital (RRMCH) with Ramachandra, Medical Director, RRMCH, inaugurating it. Teams from Bangalore and Kolar participated in T-shirt painting, ‘air crash,’ and rangoli and mehendi competitions.

Awareness programme

The NSS unit of M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT) and the Criminal Investigation Department, in association with the Narcotics Control Bureau, organised an awareness programme on ‘Drug abuse’ recently. Anil Kumble, former Indian cricketer, inaugurated it. The guest of honour was Kannada actor Vijay Raghavendra.

The introductory speech by D. Roopa, IPS officer, was on the different types of drugs widely used by teenagers and about women’s safety.

Mr. Kumble spoke about the short attention span of the present youth and requested the gathering to keep themselves busy and aim for their goals instead of thinking of ways to get away by taking drugs. He also mentioned his experiences in college and school life. Mr. Raghavendra also spoke about ways to stay away from drugs and asked the youth not to experiment with their body. He sighted Mr. Kumble as the best example for the youth to follow.

Doctors from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences and the officials of Narcotics Anonymous talked about the different types of drugs and about the consequences they may lead to and the prevention measures.

CSR conference

Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), in association with Child Rights and You and Global Compact Network India, organised a one-day conference-cum-workshop on corporate social responsibility (CSR) implementation. ONGC, RNIL and HAL were the sponsors. Representatives from industry, NGOs and B-schools participated in the discussions and workshop.

Pushpa Sundar, trustee, Partners in Charge; Pooran Chandra Pandey, Executive Director, Global Compact Network India; A. M. Muralidharan, President, Volvo India Ltd; M.J. Xavier, Executive Director, VIT University; and J. Philip, President, XIME, spoke during the inaugural session. Later, three different sessions were done for the industry, B-schools and NGOs.

Leaders’ conclave

A leaders’ conclave was held at R.V. College of Engineering (RVCE) during its techno-cultural event ‘8th mile’. Based on the theme ‘Indian leaders in a global scenario’, the event was organised by the Entrepreneurship Cell of RVCE.

The speakers included T.V. Mohandas Pai, chairperson, Manipal Global Education Services; Revathy Ashok, chief co-ordination officer, BPAC; and V.R. Ferose, senior vice-president, SAP Labs India, among others.


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