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SWSA concludes with cultural events on final day

Social Work Student Association’s (SWSA) two-week long cultural festival for 2015 concluded with a series of events at Xavier Hall on Wednesday.

Lt Akshay Mandlik, co-ordinator, National Cadet Corps (NCC), was the judge for the events on the final day.

Reflecting on the efforts put in by the Department for SWSA, Titu Zacharia, II MSW, said, “Every year, the number of students who actively take part in the events of this cultural association has increased. SWSA has not only helped us grow, but it has always been a great experience for the entire Department.”

During the valedictory ceremony, Social Work Department professors felicitated the participants for their contribution in poster making, debates, quiz, sketching, essay writing, cooking, street play, tablo, music and dance competitions held over the last two weeks.

Prof Kiran Jeevan, Head, Department of Social Work, gave away trophies to I MSW for Best Class and maximum participation, while II MSW were announced the winners for SWSA 2015.

– Saili Desai, II MS COM

RTO drive steps up ante against offenders in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: The Regional Transport Office (RTO) officials conducted a surprise raid on Cubbon Park on Thursday to apprehend and penalise vehicles from outside the state that are not complying with the rules.

Under the Karnataka Motor Vehicles act, 1989, all vehicles registered outside the state would have to pay lifetime taxes after a buffer period of 30 days, yet the officials have been able to catch at least 30 vehicles in one day which have not complied with the law. “We are conducting surprise checks around the city to penalise offenders. Many people purposely register their vehicles outside the state to escape the state’s taxation laws.

“They do know that it is illegal but they still go ahead with it. We cannot permit such vehicles to run scot-free. Most of the vehicles that are registered outside the state are high-end vehicles which come under a higher tax bracket,” said Mr Sudeesh, Motor vehicles Inspector.

The surprise checks are being conducted across the city in areas such as Jayanagar, K.R. Puram, and Indiranagar. Authorities have also indicated on extending the drive to other parts of the city as well.

Simultaneous checks were also conducted near Vidhana Soudha. “We are catching only non-Karnataka vehicles. If they have complied with the rules we have no problem, otherwise they would have to face the law,” said Mr Rajkumar, squad member.

Owners of vehicles that were seized said, they need to be given time to pay the required amount rather than having their vehicles seized abruptly.

– Akash S Vadanan, II MS COM

St Joseph’s Hockey team into finals

St Joseph’s College defeated Al Ameen College B Team 9-0 in the semi finals organised by the Hockey Karnataka Association and entered the finals to be held on Friday.
Earlier, St Joseph’s had defeated Christ College by 17-0 on Monday, St Joseph’s Pre University College by 7-3 on Tuesday and Al Ameen College A Team by 5-4 margin on Wednesday.
Speaking to The Beacon, Bopanna, a player from the College Hockey team, said, “It is a proud moment to have entered into the finals. It was a tough game against Al Ameen College. We are now practicing for the finals on Friday and we are looking forward for a good match.”
The final would be played between St Joseph’s College and Surana College on Friday at the Hockey stadium in Shantinagar. The hockey tournament started off on Monday.

– Rhea Muthamma, II MS COM

Minority students to be trained in skills

The members of Aditya Call Centre Private Limited (ACCPL), an IT Training Company, addressed the students on skill development and technical training programme at Xavier Hall on Thursday.

The programme is sponsored by Karnataka Government and is limited only to the Christian minorities of the College. Students of final year BCA, BSc, MCA and MSc with an annual family income of less than 3 lakhs are eligible to apply for this free course.

Introducing the course to the students, Mr N. N. Bala, General Manager, ACCPL Training Division said, “This course is designed to add to the skill set students. It will not just give them a glimpse of practical work but will also add to their resume.”

The course duration is three months, and at the end of it students will be provided with placements in the respective fields. Professionals from the industry also accompanied the members of ACCPL and addressed the students regarding the criteria for placements.

A stipend of Rs 1500 will be awarded to the students on successful completion of the course.

– Melita, II MS COM

AICUF organises Ignatian Week

As part of the Ignatian Week, All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) conducted competitions for students and teachers here on Wednesday. Students competed in Collage, flower arrangement and face painting.

The competitions are based on the life and vision of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. While the theme for collage making was God in all things, while Faith and Justice and Creativity and Nature were the themes for face painting and flower arrangement respectively.

This year the competitions were open for teachers as well as students. Ms Maria and Dr Berin Lukas of Sociology took part in the competitions.

Speaking to The Beacon Dr Berin Lukas said, “It’s a really good experience taking part of this competition along with the students. We are happy that the AICUF members gave a chance for the teachers to take part as well.”

Speaking to The Beacon, Jenof, Programme Coordinator of Ignatian Week said, “By conducting this competitions as a part of Ignatian Week, we are giving the students a glimpse to the life and spiritual ideology of St Ignatius of Loyola. The themes we used for today’s competitions were St Ignatius’s visions.”

– Sancia Marioum I L, II MS COM