Vidya Vistar team from Hindu College, Delhi University visits NBBGC

The Vidya Vistar Scheme, an initiative under Delhi University based on the principles of mutual respect, cooperation, and sharing, facilitated a three-day interactive session hosted by Nar Bahadur Bhandari Government College (NBBGC), Sikkim from May 27th to May 31st, 2024. The interaction fostered a collaborative spirit between Hindu College, Delhi, and NBBGC. The event aimed to enhance educational practices, exchange knowledge, and strengthen institutional ties.

Day 1: Interaction and Science Block Visit

Interaction with the Staff

The workshop commenced with an introductory session, where the visiting delegates from Hindu College interacted with the faculty and staff of NBBGC. This session was instrumental in establishing a rapport between the two institutions and setting the tone for the collaborative activities planned for the workshop.

Visit to the Science Block

Following the introductory session, the delegates visited the Science Block of NBBGC. The visit included detailed discussions on the existing infrastructure, academic practices, and areas for improvement. The delegates provided valuable suggestions on how NBBGC could apply for The Star College Scheme, initiated by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. This scheme aims to support colleges and universities offering undergraduate education to enhance science teaching across the country.

Recommendations for The Star College Scheme Application

The visiting professors highlighted key strategies for a successful application:

  • Enhancing laboratory facilities
  • Fostering research-oriented teaching
  • Encouraging faculty development programs
  • Promoting student participation in scientific research projects

Day 2: Special Lectures

Introduction of the Delegates

The second day began with a formal introduction of the delegates to the students and faculty of NBBGC. This session provided insights into the academic backgrounds and areas of expertise of the visiting professors.

Special Lectures

Lecture by Prof. Archana Verma: Sacred Groves

Prof. Archana Verma delivered an enlightening lecture on “Sacred Groves”. She explored the ecological and cultural significance of sacred groves, emphasizing their role in biodiversity conservation and community heritage. The lecture highlighted:

  • The historical context of sacred groves in India with some reference in Sikkim.
  • Their importance in preserving endemic species
  • The need for integrating traditional ecological knowledge with modern conservation practices

Lecture by Dr. Ananya Barua: Happiness

Dr. Ananya Barua presented an engaging lecture on the concept of “Happiness”. She delved into the philosophical and psychological aspects of happiness, discussing:

  • Definitions and theories of happiness
  • The role of happiness in personal and social well-being
  • Practical approaches to cultivating happiness in everyday life

Day 3: Cultural Event

Cultural Event by Student Representative Council (SRC)

The final day of the workshop featured a vibrant cultural event organized by the Student Representative Council of NBBGC. The event showcased the rich cultural heritage of Sikkim through:

  • Traditional dances and music performances
  • Art and craft exhibitions
  • Cultural presentations by students

This event not only provided a platform for students to display their talents but also fostered cultural exchange between the participants from Delhi and Sikkim.

The three-day interactive workshop under the Vidya Vistar Scheme was a resounding success. It facilitated meaningful interactions, fostered knowledge exchange, and laid the foundation for future collaborations between Hindu College, Delhi, and Nar Bahadur Bhandari Government College, Sikkim. The participants expressed their aspirations for further developmental projects that would bring mutual benefits to both institutions.

The workshop concluded with a shared commitment to continue this collaborative journey, leveraging each institution’s strengths to enhance educational practices and contribute to the holistic development of students.

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