Brainware University Central Library once again organized its “Annual Book Exhibition-Cum-Sale, 2020”, on 3rd & 4th March, 2020. This time, however, the programme was accompanied by a Students’ Seminar on “Recent Developments in the Multiple Facets on Higher Education”, in which the varsity students of various departments enjoyed the opportunity of presenting Papers of their own on developing issues in their respective domains.
The history of Photo-Walk is of more than 100 years. One of the most well-known photo- walking event leaders, Scott Kelby started undertaking such events since 2007. The first Photo-Walk specific organization was established in 2009 and named Houston Photowalks. That particular organization still uses the term ‘Photo-Walk’ to describe their street photography events.
‘Photo Frame’, the renowned photography club of Brainware University arranged a Photo-Walk event on 28th February, 2020. This Photo-Walk event was also a part of ‘Ek Bharat Swachh Bharat’ MHRD initiative taken up by the university.
Students and faculty members from various departments visited many cultural and historical places of Kolkata, viz. heritage buildings like ‘Sovabazar Rajbari’, ‘Jogin Maa’s House’ and ‘Adinath’s Ashram'. Along with photography, the faculty members shared their knowledge on the history of North Kolkata with the students. They covered the entire distance from Kumortuli Park to Mullick Ghat Flower Market for capturing the street life of Kolkata.
The chancellor of Brainware University, Mr. Phalguni Mookhopadhyay, also joined them during the Photo-Walk and captured the vivid street life with the students. The money raised in this Photo-Walk from the sale of the iconic ‘Photo-Walk’ t-shirt was entirely donated to the welfare cause of five adopted villages of Brainware University - Faldi, Chak Barbaria, Chaturia, Pansila, and Dubgaria.
India is a land of diverse cultures woven together into one beautiful whole. Though our languages and traditions might differ, our hearts beat with the shared language of love for our motherland. It is this unity in diversity which is our country's greatest treasure and resource. Thus, it is our duty as Indians to celebrate and nurture our cultural traditions. In order to promote bonding among students from different cultural backgrounds, Brainware University organised a dance competition on 20th February, 2020 where students participated individually or in groups to present the traditional dance forms unique to their states. From Bharatanatyam to Odissi, the students performed wonderfully and captivated everyone. It was a pleasure to witness the rich cultural diversity of our country and understand how even amidst our differences we truly are “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat”.
Brainware University observed Swachhta Pakhwada (cleanliness fortnight) from 16 January 2020. During this period, the students undertook various activities with an objective of disseminating the message of Swachh Bharat widely.
Students were encouraged to portray the importance of Swachhata in life through poster making competition where they beautifully depicted the crucial role of tree plantation, fresh water conservation, pollution reduction, and clean sources of energy among others. Through the posters it was clear that students were determined to contribute towards building a cleaner and greener planet in the future.
The word Extempore comes from a Latin word that means speaking on the spur of the moment. The Communication Club of the Brainware University organized an event named “Im-prop-tu” on 10th January 2020. If you have been thinking that the word impromptu has been misspelled then, then let us tell you that, it was actually a Prop Extempore where participating students had to draw the name of the prop and then and there speak on the props for two minutes.
Students participated with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. The seminar hall came alive with various stories both funny and otherwise. There were sixty-eight students who attended the event. Twenty-seven students participated in the competition. Faculty members associated with the club were also present.
Dr. Kavita Chakraborty from the department of Law was present as the judge of the competition. Sayantan Choudhury, B. Tech CSE, first year won the first prize. Stella Saha of B.Sc. Multimedia, first year won the second prize and Sumit Das, B. Tech CSE, first year got the third position.The world is crumbling around us because of miscommunication across the globe. This event was a way to teach students to communicate well, and they did fairly well.
On 30 September, 2019 Brainware University extended its arms to welcome new members to its illustrious academic family—the first-year students for whom a gala event was organized by the second-year students. As expected, the Fresher’s Welcome, was a huge success given the fact that both students and teachers showed extraordinary zeal and enthusiasm to make it enjoyable. Almost six hours of fun, frolic, and etching an unforgettable experience, forever in the memory. Oh! What a day it was.
From the moment it was inaugurated by the Honourable Registrar of Brainware University along with the HOD's of the departments, till the closing act, everybody was engaged in becoming a part of this event, something which is so special in the life of every student. It was like a carnival, where even teachers came down from their academic pedestal and took part wholeheartedly. The dances, songs, stand-up acts of comedy, and even the anchoring filled with pretty banters held everybody spellbound. It also reinforced something in us—pride…pride not only in the academic achievements of this university, but also in its rich cultural heritage. The success of the program ensured that next year we do have something great to look forward to. An ice-breaker, this program helped create with efficacy a platform where a new bond was forged.
Scott Kelby, the American photographer, the President and CEO of Kelby One as well as an author with more than 60 books to his credit, initiated the annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk’ in 2008. On the first Saturday of October each year, photographers and enthusiasts around the world take their cameras and meet up at a designated location in their towns to walk around and take photographs, socialize, make new friends, win prizes, and be a part of a great cause during Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk. “Each year we ‘Walk with a Purpose’ to benefit the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya. Walkers from around the world raise funds to help the orphanage feed, clothe and care for some very wonderful children who need our help,” said Scott Kelby.
Students of Brainware University Photography Club have been participating in this Photo Walk every year. Other than the UG and PG students of Multimedia, a number of Photography enthusiasts from various departments also take part in this walk. Last year, the works of Avishek Das (our ex-student) found an honourable mention in the category of videography. This year Mr. Avik Mitra, the assistant professor of the Multimedia department of Brainware University was the chief organiser of this event. It presents students with a wonderful opportunity to know this famed city, Kolkata.
On September 5, 2019, the students of Brainware University, Barasat campus celebrated Teacher’s Day, to pay homage to their teachers who work relentlessly every day to prepare them for what lies beyond the boundaries of their university. The students from every department of the university organized short cultural programs for the entertainment of their beloved teachers. Cakes were cut, and balloons blown, and it was an experience for the teachers that they will remember forever.
Encouraging the students to explore themselves and discover their true potential by stepping beyond the curriculum has always been one of the primary objectives of Brainware University. It is with this aim the University organized an event, “Talent Hunt 2019” on 20th August 2019. The students of the first semester from all the departments were motivated to participate in this and showcase their talents in any sphere, be it in singing, dancing or acting. As a mark of their efforts all the participants were given Certificates of Participation. It was highly gratifying to see our students excelling in varied fields to become truly well-rounded individuals.
Deep Focus’ was the first event organized by the newly formed Cine-Club of Brainware University that started its journey on 19th April, 2019. Under the supervision of Mrs. Susmita Dey, Convener, Cine-Club and Assistant Professor of the Department of Multimedia, the event was a tribute to the memory of one of modern Bengal’s pride, the Oscar-winning film director, Sri Satyajit Ray, on the occasion of his 98th birth anniversary on 2nd May.
As a small gesture of remembering this legendary son of Bengal, the Cine-Club organized an inter-institutional short-film competition titled ‘Before You Judge’. In this 72-hour film-making challenge, a total of forty films were uploaded to be reviewed by the Judges, Ashoke Viswanathan (Professor and Head of Department of Producing For Film and TV specialization at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute and an occasional lecturer at Jadavpur University, winner of Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director, 1993, for Shunya Theke Shuru and the National Film Award – Special Jury Award, 1998, for Kichhhu Sanlap Kichhu Pralap) and Manas Bhattacharya (Cinematographer, Editor and Colorist having 13 years of work experience ,the most recent being Bosuporibar).
The Chief Guest at the event was legendary film photographer, Soumendu Roy. Beginning his career as a handler of trolleys and lighting in early Ray films, Roy went on to work in 21 of Ray's films including 15 features, the Golden Bear-winning, Ashani Sanket (1973) and Aranyer Din Ratri (1969). He also worked with directors, Tapan Sinha, Tarun Majumdar, Buddhadeb Dasgupta and MS Sathyu. In his long and illustrious career, he won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography thrice and the Best Non-Feature Film Cinematography Award for the documentary film, Suchitra Mitra, directed by Raja Sen, in 1993.
Out of the forty entries, only five entries were selected for awards under five categories, after a rigorous evaluation process. The winners were:
BEST STORY – Serial Killer (Team: Bluewave Entertainment) BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Natuke Biday (Team: Mysterious Five) Deep Focus 1st Runner up – Cencorious (Team: Picturewale Entertainment) Deep Focus 2nd Runner up – Prejudice (Team: Pandavas) Deep Focus Best Film – Natuke Biday (Team: Mysterious Five)
Like every year, this year too Brainware University in collaboration with Brainware Group of Institution came up with all its zest in organizing the Annual Cultural Fest, Anandadhara 2K19. It began on 12th of April, 2019 with events varying from Volleyball, Football to T-Shirt Painting and Quiz; followed by the Annual Prize Distribution for academic and cultural excellence and culminated on 14th April with a ceremonious farewell given to the students of the 2016-19 final year batches.
Anandadhara 2K19 not only highlighted a host of sporting and gaming events but also various other activities pertaining to passion, talent and creativity; the most popular of all of which was the Cooking Competition. Working with the theme ingredient of ‘Chicken’ the participants let their imaginations run wild as they conjured up lip smacking recipes filled with culinary delight, making the fest spicier than ever! Award Ceremony is always the final catch and the much-awaited segment of a competition where prizes are handed over and accolades bestowed on the winners in recognition of their achievements.
After all the events of Anandadhara 2K19 were successfully conducted, the victors in the respective tournaments were honoured with medals and certificates of merit. After 2 days of fun, games and competitions Anandadhara 2K19 concluded on a rocking note as the students sang, danced and chanted to the tunes of Revolution and Underground Authority on Sunday! We thank all the members of both Revolution and Underground Authority for their electrifying performances and the students and all other staff members for their cooperation in making this event a grand success.
Brainware University students celebrated Basant Panchami by worshipping the Goddess of Knowledge, Saraswati with all fervour and enthusiasm on 11 February 2019. The university has always celebrated this day from its inception, but this time it was the students of the hostel who shouldered the responsibility completely by themselves, and the effort that they have put in is commendable.