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Brainy beauties rock Miss LAD 2016!

Miss LAD contest 2016, one of the most happening events across Nagpur college campuses, made for a prefect year ender. On December 29, the brainy beauties of LAD College, contested with one another to choose the best three among themselves Aayushi Gautam (winner), Nishtha Bajaj (first runner up) and Dolly Singh (second runner up).

While Aayushi Gautam from Cosmetology dept. clinched the Miss LAD title, Nishtha Bajaj and Dolly Singh from Hotel Management and Catering dept. bagged the respective titles of first runner up and second runner up. Co-incidentally, all the three winners belong to Seminary Hills Campus. The Principal of the college Dr Shyamala Nair, along with other faculties, adorned the winners with the crowns and sashes.

Ms LAD 2016 comprised four rounds. First round included introduction by the contestants. Post introduction, 15 contestants were shortlisted for the second round. The 15 contestants then took part in the question and answer session, with only 10 contestants making it in the third round. Best five contestants were shortlisted for the final fourth round, where the top five answered a common question.

Nation Next Editor-in-Chief Vikrant Shandilya, renowned chess player Lekh Mithawala, Mrs Maharashtra 2016 first runner up Swati Banerjee, Marketing Director of Shamlax Metachem Pvt Ltd Anuja Sharma and wellness coach Anju Mahurkar adjudged the contest.

Nation Next was the media partner of Ms LAD contest 2016, where 25 talented girls of both the campuses (Shankar Nagar and Seminary Hills) showcased their talented performances in various rounds during the six-hour-long show. The Vice Principal of LAD College Harsha Jharia directed the entire event, which took place at the auditorium of Shankar Nagar campus. Jharia, who’s also the HOD of Textile and Fashion dept., does deserves a special mention for the awe-inspiring choreography of the event.

The contest also witnessed some scintillating performances by the students. A fusion dance on a Marathi lavani song was well appreciated by the audience. Certain groups of students showed their sensitive side by performing acts on topics as serious as acid attack victims, etc. A group struck an emotional chord with the audience with a heart-wrenching story on the issue faced by parents of old age homes. After walking the ramp in 70’s retro look, the contestants further upped the energy quotient with Zumba dance on ‘Ladki beautiful kar gai chul’.

While Chance’ salon’s beauty manager Aarti Eliezer gave some important beauty tips to the contestants, Sushma Hedao took an eye makeup session and Dr Shishir Palsapure undertook a session on confidence building. First runner up at Mrs Maharashtra 2016 Swati Banerjee conducted a grooming session for the contestants. Dr Meenakshi Kulkarni guided the students on change management, positive attitude, etiquettes and manners.

 When Nation Next spoke to Harsha Jharia, she said, “Organising Ms LAD contest every year gives me immense satisfaction even though it involves three months of rigorous training of the students on better communication skills, confidence building, grooming, styling, fitness with Zumba, group discussions, brain storming sessions, etc. The best part about this contest is that unlike other pageants, Ms LAD doesn’t have beauty as its criteria. It’s solely talent based. Because of this, I have been seeing a positive change in the contestants since last 10 years. We’ve seen these girls getting selected in campus interviews and attaining success in their respective careers.”

And the titles were bagged by?

Ms Photogenic: Heena Murjani

Ms Talented: Tanushree Chouriya

Ms Beautiful Hair: Gunjan Ratnani

Ms Beautiful Skin: Madhvi Tolani

Ms Beautiful Smile: Rashi Wadhwani

Ms Perfect 10: Purva Parate

Second runner up: Dolly Singh

First runner up: Nishtha Bajaj

Ms LAD 2016: Aayushi Gautam

Photos by: Kartik Thakur

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

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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’

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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

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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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