Over 70 students of the Department of Tourism Studies, Pondicherry University donated blood to mark the beginning of the two-day tourism festival Akanksha ’14.

Inter-collegiate quiz competition

The Tagore Arts College bagged the first prize in an inter-collegiate quiz competition organised by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.  The team, comprising Sivachandran, Arif and Pushparani, bested the team from Kanchi Munivar Centre for Postgraduate Studies to take home the trophy. Dr. K.V. Raman, head of the department of Health and Family Welfare, gave away the trophy to the winning team at Rajiv Gandhi Women and Children Hospital. Thamizharasi, principal of the college and Sivakumar, president of the Quiz Club, felicitated the students.

Conference on The Mahabharata

The importance of various academic exchange programmes between Indian and French universities was underlined by Phillipe Janvier-Kamiyama, Consul General, Puducherry at the international conference on ‘Mahabharata: the epic tradition in India and South-East Asia’. The conference was a joint initiative by the department of Sanskrit, Pondicherry University, Ecole Francaise D’ Extreme-Orient and the Universite Jean-Moulin, Lyon 3, France, said Chandra Krishnamurthy, vice-chancellor, Pondicherry University, inaugurating the event. Radhavallabh Tripathi, former vice-chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, delivered the keynote address on various approaches of studying the Mahabharata. More than 70 scholars attended the conference from India, Mauritius, Thailand and Indonesia, said C.S. Radhakrishnan, head, department of Sanskrit.

Tourism fest kicks off

Over 70 students of the Department of Tourism Studies, Pondicherry University donated blood to mark the beginning of the two-day tourism festival Akanksha ’14. The festival featured a variety of different tourism-related events including an art and photography exhibition, ethnic museum, cultural programs, panel discussions on the road map for accessible tourism in India and affordable air travel.

Training programme for easy transition

Transition from the campus to the workplace is not a cakewalk. Students of Achariya Arts and Science College, Villianur, participated in a training programme, by the Indian Women Network (IWN), to help make this transition as seamless as possible. Titled ‘Fair Chance’, the programme gave students inputs on enhancing employability skills, planning a career path and handling sexual harassment at the workplace. The IWN was launched by the CII-Puducherry, last year, to increase participation of women in business and society.

(Compiled by Olympia Shilpa Gerald and Kavita Kishore)

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