- Latin American students implementing Energy conservation in Bihar
- Child labour from Bihar rescued in Mangalore
- Panchayat orders rape victim to re-marry husband
- Tea Vendor’s Son now rocking at IIT Mandi
Posted: 13 Jul 2011 05:33 AM PDT
Students from a leading Latin American University, Zamorano University, are putting their skills into action in Bihar. The students have successfully implemented an energy efficiency campaign in Bihar in India's southeast teaching students about electricity preservation. More than 5000 high school and college students across 30 schools have participated in their pioneering program.
The Zamorano students are Yanira Loa Pech from Belize, Nivaro Centeno from Panama, Alberto Quintana from Mexica and Luis Huezo from El Salvador. They have teamed up with local environmental conservation organization, Tarumitra, to share their knowledge and skills.
"For more than three months we have sought to raise awareness to over 5000 students on the need to preserve as many watts of electricity possible," said Yanira Lao Pech. "I believe we have been very successful."
The program demonstrates Zamorano University's commitment to active application of knowledge and learning. In addition to rigorous academic training, Zamorano fosters practical, real-world experience. The philosophy makes its graduates much sought after in the workplace.
Posted: 13 Jul 2011 04:31 AM PDT
MANGALORE: Authorities have rescued a 13 year old boy from Bihar engaged as a child labourer from a customs official’s apartment in Gandhinagar near Mannagudda on Monday. He has been identified as Bimalesh Das from Bihar.A team headed by Assistant Labour Commissioner Venkatesh Sindhihatti, representatives from Child Line, Police Department and Education Department raided the apartment and rescued the boy. He said he had been working in the apartment since two months. The apartment was owned by A K Prasad from the customs department.When contacted, District Child Labour Project Director DC Nagesh said the boy seemed not more than 13 years. His age will be confirmed with the help of a radiologist and dentist. “If his age is below 14, then a criminal case will be registered against those who had employed him illegally,” he said.He also informed that when the raid was conducted, Prasad was not present and his wife claimed that the boy was her distant relative.Women and Child Welfare Department Deputy Director A Shakunthala said she would consult the parents and seek a birth certificate and other documents.
Posted: 13 Jul 2011 02:32 AM PDT
It has been reported that Garhi Village Panchayat in Jamui district of Bihar has asked the victim of Gangrape to be paid Rs. 1 Lakh as compensation. They also asked her to divorce her husband and re-marry him in congruence with Islamic laws.The woman was raped by a group of men last October, when she was on her way to meet her ailing mother.The Police has said to have arrested one of the rape accused so far
Posted: 13 Jul 2011 02:22 AM PDT
PATNA: From his crumbling hut in a village in Bihar’s Madhubani district to the sprawling campus of IIT-Mandi, the journey of Abhimanyu Kumar has been awe-inspiring. Abhimanyu cracked IIT-JEE in 2009 though he had no idea about either the IITs or JEE till 2006 when he came to stay with his father, a tea vendor in the state capital.
“I came to Patna for higher studies because there is no college in my village, Balwa. The idea was to study hard and get a government job.” As he went around filling up forms for admission to ISc in Patna’s TPS College, he heard about the “country’s toughest exam”. And he decided to give it a try.
That he had to share a dingy room with his father and brother did not deter him, and he studied hard — 17 hours a day. Yet, he could not clear the exam in 2008.
Abhimanyu was devastated. His kinsmen, working as daily wage earners in places like Mumbai and Punjab, appeared to add insult to his injury as they advised him, albeit sincerely, to come to their place and they would help him get a job.
Abhimanyu was not a quitter, however. Having read in newspapers about the ‘Super-30′ initiative under which poor and bright IIT aspirants are coached for free, he approached the ‘Super-30′ mentor Anand Kumar. Bright as he was, he also cleared Kumar’s selection test and started JEE preparations afresh under the guidance of Super-30 faculty. Success did not elude him in 2009.
Abhimanyu is pursuing computer science from IIT-Mandi (Himachal Pradesh), which earlier functioned from the IIT’s Roorkee campus. “I touched a computer for the first time in Roorkee,” the 21-year-old told TOI and added, rather proudly, he was the topper in his class in 4th semester.
While an education loan from a bank takes care of his fees etc, he also gets a scholarship from IIT “which, if used responsibly, is adequate for other expenses”.
Back home at Balwa, villagers address Abhimanyu as “engineer saheb” even though he is yet to complete the course. “I can feel that they are proud of me. I can also feel that the students of my village school now also dream big,” he said.
But graduation form IIT is not the last degree on Abhimanyu’s wish list. “IIM grads are earning Rs 10L a month. I will leave no stone unturned to bell the CAT,” is his latest facebook status.
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