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Hislop College’s intercollegiate event – Athena Fest 2016-17 – ends on a high note

Hislop College’s intercollegiate event ‘Athena Fest 2016-17’ in association with Nation Next as the media partner ended on a high note today. The fest couldn’t have got a perfect ending than today as today is the 154th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand.

Debate it out

The conclusion of Athena Fest 2016-17 started with a debate competition organised by the management team The Athenaeum? and hosted by Swaima Ahmad. The debate competition was judged by Dr Vrushali Kulkarni, Shirin Badar and Manohar Das. The chief guests at the debate competition were Dr Nihal Sheikh (Director, Students Welfare, RTMNU) and Raghuveer Sharma (GM, Vespa). Also present at the competition were Dipti Christian (Principal, Hislop College), Dr Lovely Menachery (Convener, Athena Fest) and Supantha Bhattacharyya (Co-convener, Athena Fest).

A total of 13 contestants from Dr Ambedkar College, Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, GH Raisoni Law School, Govindrao Wanjari College of Law and Hislop College participated in the competition and spoke for and against on the topic – Commercialism is corrupting the standards of art in India.

Each team consisted of two members who spoke for and against the topic and were given five minutes each to debate. While speaking in favour of the topic, a participant gave the example of Baba Ramdevs Patanjali products. Another participant raised a point of how educated people are fooled  by misleading advertisements.

While speaking against the topic, a participant gave the example of MF Husain’s painting style over the years. The participant also pointed out that in the past Husain’s painting were sold in lakhs and now they are sold in billions or trillions. A few participants spoke about the rich Indian culture with the help of which many earn their livelihood.

The debate competition was eventually won by Harsh Mahatme and Aishwarya Nandwani who represented Hislop College. They also won the consolation prize. The best speaker award was bagged by Vasundhara Gawande from Dr Ambedkar college and Aadit Ved from GH Raisoni college of Law.

Apart from the debate competition, a prize distribution ceremony also took place wherein winners and runners up from different competitions during the three-day intercollegiate event were rewarded.

Here is the list of winners who won in different categories at Athena Fest 2016-17.

Word Busters

1st prize – Vishwaroop Khanorkar and Ketki Charde from Laxminarayan Institute of Technology.

2nd prize – Sara Siddique and Vaishnav Venkatachal from Hislop College.

Consolation prize

? Team from BVM, Civil Lines

? St. John’s school.

Singing (Solo)

1st prize – Ketki Jagdale from Hislop College

2nd prize – Stuti Patil from Sindhu Mahavidyalaya

Consolation prizes

? Naivedya Joshi from Tirpude Institute of Management Education

? Prerna Joshi from Tirpude Institute of Management Education

? Nikhil Ramteke from Dr Ambedkar College

Singing (Duet)

1st prize – Debabrata Chakraborty and Ketki Jagdale from Hislop College

2nd prize – Sumit Pinto and Rajshree Agarkar from Yashwantrao Chavan College of Engineering

Lit. Masters

1st prize –Ashish Makde from Hislop College

2nd prize –Abhijeet Chore from Hislop College

3rd prize –Shweta Umre from Institute of Forensic Science

4th prize-Gauri Sontakke from Kavikulguru Institute of Technology and Science

Consolation prizes

? Pallavi Bandiwar from Hislop College

Arunima Das from Hislop College

? Gopal Rathi from Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management


 1st prize – Anshul Naseri, Tejas S and Tanmay Chiridalya from BVM, Civil Lines

2nd prize – Vishwaroop Khanorkar, Aman Mishra and Pratik Nayak from Indira Gandhi National Open University

3rd prize – Milind Patil, Kaushik B and Shreyas from Institute of Forensic Science

Consolation Prizes

? BVM, Civil Lines

? Montfort School


1st prize – Abhishek Goenka and group from Dr Ambedkar College

2nd prize – Ocean Lakde and group from Hislop College

Consolation prize

Akshay Chaudhari and group from Hislop College

? Skit competition

 1st prize – Sanjog Kherkar and group from Rajiv Gandhi College

2nd prize – Rishabh Shukla and group from Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management 

Consolation prizes

? Best Perfomer – Sanjog Kherkar from Rajiv Gandhi College

? Best Performer – Ashwin Shukla from Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management

Nation Next would like to congratulate the entire team of The Athenaeum who worked really hard to make Athena Fest 2016-17 a rocking affair for three days. The Athenaeum team consists of Irshad Pathan (President), Abhijit Chore and Benhur Masih (Vice Presidents), Roshan Gede (Secretary), Harshal Deshpande and Tamanna Dave (Joint Secretaries), Yasmin Chimthanwala (Treasurer), Harshal Thakare (Sponsorship-In-Charge) and executive members  ? Ritika Sen, Kavisha Kakade, Aniket Jhadhav, Vincy Abraham, Aishwarya Lakhe and Abhishek Yadav.

Well done guys!

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Pictures by: Suyash Sethiya

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Nagpur’s LAD College celebrates 90 years of existence at ‘Navrang’




Nation Next Newsroom | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Bombuflat

Nagpur’s esteemed educational institution LAD College celebrated 90 years of existence at a valedictory function called ‘Navrang’ on May 7, 2022. Nagpur District Collector and Magistrate R Vimala was the chief guest at the function.

Prominently present at the occasion were Dr Avinash Deshmukh (Vice President, Women’s Education Society), Dr Harsha Jharia (Chief Administrative Office, WES) Dr Deepali Kotwal (Principal, LAD College), Dr Nanda Rathi (Co-Ordinator of the year-long celebrations), Dr M Pantula, (Treasurer, WES), Pratiksha Mayee, entrepreneur Shilpa Agrawal, alumnae, students and faculty members.

During her address, R Vimala spoke about the essence of solidarity, fraternity and humility to achieve success on humanitarian grounds. Dr Deshmukh reiterated the thoughts put forth regarding women development for the progression of the society.

Dr Kotwal expressed her gratitude towards all those who consistently worked towards the dream set forth by YM Pathak since 1932 and acknowledged the contribution of each LADian. Shilpa Agrawal, alumni of the college, was felicitated during the occasion for her contribution towards the society as an entrepreneur.

A souvenir, titled Navrang, documenting several voices of its alumnae, teachers and administrators was unveiled by R Vimala and other dignitaries present on the dais. A special feature ‘An Ode to the Institution: Nine Decades Down Memory Lane’ denoting the glorious journey of LAD College was showcased by an award-winning video made by Zainab Burhani.

Dr Rathi informed the gathering with the nine different events marking each decade that were initiated by the college. Another section – Appreciation, Reminiscences and Reunion – had all those associated with the college, express their feelings, emotions and gratitude towards their alma mater. The programme was marked by cultural event comprising of classical dance form performed by students and songs sung by the staff members.

The programme was hosted by Dr Vaikhari Wazalwar, co-convenor of the event and Dr Laila Bhairayya. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Karuna Ganvir – the convener of the event. The entire teaching and non-teaching staff contributed immensely for the success of the programme.

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Students floor audience with their performances at Gaikwad Patil College’s ‘Flashmob 2K22’




Nation Next Newsroom | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Students of Nagpur’s Tulsiramji Gaikwad Patil College of Engineering and Technology impressed the audience present with their performances at ‘Flashmob 2K22’ organised by the training and placement department of the college recently.

The event kick started after remarks from Director Dr Prashant Kadu. RJ Nisha from Big FM 92.7 was also present during the event, which also consisted of installation of the Mavericks Students forum. Apart from enabling the students to have some fun, the event also aimed at instilling interpersonal skills, confidence and critical thinking for solving real world problems.

Waseem Qureshi, Shweta Bhoyar, Chetan Jambhulkar, Abhay Rewatkar, Sandeep Thakre, Pravin Petkar, Rohit Deshmukh, Akansha Bhondade, Kavish Gaurkhede and all Mavericks Students forum members worked tirelessly to make the event a grand success.

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Students, parents have fun-filled day at ‘Wonderland’ organised by Jain International School in Nagpur




Nation Next Newsroom | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Jain International School (JIS), on December 19, hosted a fun fete – Wonderland: A Fun Fiesta’ for the students of JIS and their feeder kindergarten – Little Jewels. At the fete, parents and friends of the students of the school were also invited. The event was a great opportunity for the students to have a fun time with their friends, parents and teachers after a long time.

The theme of the fete was Fantasy. Abiding by the theme, children, parents and teachers were dressed as their favourite ‘fantasy’ character. Following all the COVID-19 protocols strictly, teachers, dressed up as popular fantasy characters, rolled out the red carpet for students and organized a plethora of super exciting activities.

An eye-catching fantasy backdrop coupled with music and dance left the attendees extremely delighted. The event included one-of-a-kind games such as Kill Voldemort and Witchs Hat Ring Toss. Interesting activities related to pottery and tattoo making along with a food court with several delicacies to feast on kept the attendees in good spirits.

Senior Principal Anmol Badjatia and members of the management of Jain International School lauded the teachers and the organizing committee for their efforts in making the event a success.

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