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'Saakshar' launched for needy pupils

'Saakshar' launched for needy pupils


Gurugram: The M3M foundation has launched 'Saakshar' to support students from marginalised sections of society by providing them with scholarships. Under the initiative, 4,000 pupils in a year will be awarded scholarships, which will enable them to build their careers. Launched via a online platform, the programme covers students from primary to higher education level. They will be imparted elementary digital literacy skills under the programme. Abha Singh, a social activist and former civil servant, was the guest of honour on the occasion. Roop Bansal, director, M3M, awarded scholarships to 45 students in the presence of Dr Payal Kanodia, trustee, M3M foundation; Aishwarya Bansal, trustee, M3M; Mohit Chadha, managing trustee, M3M; Dr Aishwarya Mahajan, director, Livelihood Education at Aide et Action International; Radhika Anand, founder of Plantology; Seema Kaushik, Deputy Director, Department of Employment, Haryana; KC Pant, CEO, Raasta NGO; and Prof Sudhir Sinha, IRMA, Founder Director - CSR Inc, & Founder Trustee - CSR Foundation.

Webinar to mark World Food Day

Hisar: The department of food technology, the Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar, organised a series of events, including a webinar, on the occasion of World Food Day. The theme this year was 'Grow, nourish, sustain together'. Prof Tankeshwar Kumar, Vice Chancellor was the chief guest and emphasised on minimising food waste, uniform utilisation of food and healthy food habits. Dr Avnesh Verma, Registrar, also elucidated on the importance of food habits. Seven events, including recipe rally, foodography, extempore, slogan writing, best out of waste, food quiz and short video competition, were organised. Students from different universities like UPES, Dehradun, Pondicherry University, University of Agriculture, Dharwad, and Kurukshetra University participated in the events.

GJUST organises online GD

Hisar: The Training and Placement Cell of the Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology (GJUST), Hisar, organised an online group discussion (GD) under its fortnightly virtual speakathon programme. Over 27 students from various departments participated in it. Topics for group discussion included "vocal for local: How effective is this slogan?", "farm bills 2020: Will it break the glass ceiling?", "Should celebrities be allowed to join politics?" and "India needs a uniform civil code- For or against?" The parameters on which students were judged included their knowledge on the subject, communications skills, body language, inter-personal skills and their ability to take initiatives. Nishith Shubhankar and Sangeeta secured first position, Muskan (second), Shayna (third), Dhruv Grover and Manisha (fourth) and Parshant (fifth). Unnati did the anchoring and Nitya was the student co-ordinator. Prof Shabnam Saxena, Dean, the Haryana School of Business, was the chief guest and said these types of events enhanced communication skills, confidence and contributed to the overall development of an individual. She said it also reflected one's personality and one's presence of mind. Dr Taruna added it helped gauge the knowledge base of the candidate, besides confidence and communication skills. Vivek Kumar said one must be sure of the point he or she was trying to put forward, adding that group discussion was not a debate. Aditya Vir Singh, Assistant Director, Training & Placement Cell, said the programme was part of the Udhbhavna' s module, which started three years ago. It was started to groom the skills of students.

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