Col­lege stu­dents learn the ropes from ex­perts

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­ Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­

BMM depart­ment of Ori­en­tal Ed­u­ca­tion So­ci­ety’s San­pada Col­lege of Com­merce and Tech­nol­ogy brought the cam­pus alive on Fri­day.

It was buzzing with ac­tiv­ity in the one-day sem­i­nar-cum-work­shop un­der the ban­ner of ‘Me­dia Gal­va­nizer 3.0’, an an­nual in­ter­col­le­giate event.

Stu­dents of around 20 col­leges from Mum­bai and Navi Mum­bai par­tic­i­pated in the event.

The sem­i­nar aimed at giv­ing an ex­po­sure to the stu­dents to the real-time work­ing of the me­dia in­dus­try and thereby pro­vid­ing them not only with the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge but also a prac­ti­cal plat­form.

The event was con­ducted by the guests who were ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors, di­rec­tors, se­nior jour­nal­ists, cin­e­matog­ra­phers among oth­ers.

They shared their first-hand ex­pe­ri­ences with the stu­dents and gave them guide­lines.

It was fol­lowed by sev­eral rounds of dis­cus­sions among the stu­dents in the pres­ence of the ex­perts and their teach­ers.

The event had doses of mu­sic as the stu­dents per­formed and dis­played their tal­ent.

“The best way to learn some­thing is to learn from the best. Th­ese artistes are the best at what they do and hence, this sem­i­nar will prove ben­e­fi­cial for th­ese young­sters,” said pro­fes­sor Har­jeet Kaur of the col­lege.

DM Mu­ley, the col­lege prin­ci­pal, said, “The BMM course is dif­fer­ent from other con­ven­tional cour­ses. It re­quires the stu­dents to en­hance their cre­ativ­ity and use it to in­no­vate new ideas. Our aim is to ac­quire that.”

He said that the event was a step­ping stone for a me­dia stu­dent as it pro­vides ex­po­sure from the in­dus­try it­self.

“It cre­ates a plat­form to give stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to share their ideas about their pas­sions in the var­i­ous fields of me­dia such as theatre, jour­nal­ism, cin­e­matog­ra­phy and di­rec­tion. It also al­lows the stu­dents to show­case their tal­ents in front of renowned artistes that could help their fu­ture prospects,” he added.

As crimes against se­nior cit­i­zens have been ris­ing, the Thane po­lice have come up with an ini­tia­tive for their safety and se­cu­rity.

Kar­tavya, or one’s duty, will be launched on In­de­pen­dence Day by crick­eter Sachin Ten­dulkar.

City’s se­nior cit­i­zens, Thane po­lice and Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sci­ences (TISS) and Cen­tre for Life­long Learn­ing have taken the ini­tia­tive to come up with a toll­free helpline for se­nior cit­i­zens 1090. A spe­cial team has been formed to take the calls.

Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by Thane po­lice, there were 7.7 crores se­nior cit­i­zen in 2011 Cen­sus. It has now in­creased by 30% — to 10.30 crore.

A se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor from Thane com­mis­sion­er­ate said the ini­tia­tive will have three steps.

“The po­lice will reach out to all hous­ing so­ci­eties to take the count of se­nior cit­i­zens. They will be cat­e­gorise into three brack­ets. The se­nior cit­i­zens liv­ing alone would come un­der most vul­ner­a­ble cat­e­gory, those liv­ing with rel­a­tives who are out of the house the en­tire day would form the sec­ond cat­e­gory and those who have at least one per­son liv­ing full time with them will be the third one,” said the po­lice.

Joint com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Thane, Ashutosh Dum­bare, said, “Thane is work­ing to curb crimes against se­nior cit­i­zens.”

In the sec­ond phase, the po­lice will seek as­sis­tance of youth and cit­i­zen groups. “Vol­un­teers will mon­i­tor and visit the el­derly to tackle their prob­lems. In the third phase, we will pro­vide them med­i­cal aid, men­tal se­cu­rity and any other help they need. Se­nior cit­i­zens are usu­ally tar­geted be­cause they do not file cases,” said the po­lice.

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