On the Occasion of Earth Day: From Digha Ghat, Patna; Bihar

UNIQUE XAVERIAN EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS

 

Fr Sushil S.J and the three winners

In Action small

At St Xavier’s College and St Xavier’s College of Management and Technology, Digha Ghat, the entire month of April 2015 was dedicated to Earth Day and the unified theme of environment, beginning with the National Seminar-Knowledge Society for Sustainable Development on 11th and 12th April. This was followed by the Principal Dr. (Fr) Nishaant S.J flagging off the battery operated e-rickshaw on 15th April, which will regularly ferry students to and fro from Digha More to the college canteen. An Economic Quiz organized by faculty member Ms Kalpana Kumari also sensitized students to make eco-friendly choices in life. On the penultimate day-21st April, faculty members Ms. Archana Jha and Dr. (Sr) Mudita Sodder RSCJ organized an ingenious group competition entitled “Invent your own Imaginary Insect”. The entire campus was transformed into a humming and throbbing hive of exciting activity with 14 teams of 10 students each participating. They used old newspapers, pins and waste material to drape a student in the team as a new creative insect. The judges Dr (Fr) Raymond S.J, Dr Marie D’Cruze and Mr Animesh graded the students on creativity and originality of thematic presentation and grilled them on the utility value of their new invention. “Imaginations ran riot, there was much learning and fun as well”, quipped Manish BCA II, Cabinet member. Betel Eater, Balbagaur, Termantis, Ausroach, Evanid Firefly, Polyupa were some of the new insects they invented. Insect Stinger team led by Ritika BCA I bagged the 1st Prize, followed by the 1st Runner-up Insect Khoonka Rakshak team, led by Amarjeet BCA II, while Insect Plighter team led by Atul B.Com (P) II was the 2nd Runner-up. Rajeev BBE I, a shy student opined, “I enjoyed creating a new insect. It tickled my grey cells to think and brought out the best in our group. It was great fun!” while Ashish BMC I student remarked, “I laughed my guts out. The answers were so hilarious. I feel thoroughly relaxed”. The acting Principal Dr (Fr) Sushil Bilung S. J gave the vote of thanks applauding all the participants for their very intelligent creations. He said, “We need to have an Earth Day Celebration before every examination.” The students were finally blessed with a tikka of Mother Earth on their foreheads with the words, “You are a daughter/son of the Earth. HAPPY EARTH DAY-22nd April 2015.

Reported by

Dr (Sr) Mudita Sodder RSCJ

For St Xavier’s Colleges,

Digha Ghat, Patna, Bihar.

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