GSIB to organise business quiz

GITAM School of International Business is organising a business quiz for college students of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, and Guntur districts, between January 6 and 31.

The quiz is meant to promote awareness among undergraduate students about business in general and international business in particular, according to a press release from the GISB.

The quiz will be conducted in two rounds. The first round will be held at various colleges and institutions to select five winners. The second round is the grand finale to be held on GITAM campus on February 7.

The first, second, and third prize winners of the final will be presented with cash awards, merit certificates, and citations. The first round winners will receive participation certificates.

The quiz programmes at the college level and the grand finale level will be organised by personality trainer and business consultant Winny Patro.

Students of engineering, pharmacy, business, and degree colleges in the seven districts are eligible to participate.



Tech edge!

A farmer uses a harvester to cut paddy at Gollapudi near Vijayawada in Krishna district.—Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

A farmer uses a harvester to cut paddy at Gollapudi near Vijayawada in Krishna district.—Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

‘Kuchipudi, a wheel that accelerates mind, body’

Kuchipudi exponent-turned-teacher A.B. Balakondala Rao and her son Mr. Adithya at Kuchipudi in Krishna district.Kuchipudi exponent-turned-teacher A.B. Balakondala Rao and her son Mr. Adithya at Kuchipudi in Krishna district.


Receiving Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinasatyam Smarak Puraskar is a reminder call for me to realise my goal to spread the art form Kuchipudi, said Kalaratna A.B. Balakondala Rao from Visakhapatnam.

The renowned Kuchipudi exponent turned teacher Ms. Balakondala Rao, known as Balakka among the dance fraternity, stresses on the need for treating the art as ‘Life Yoga’. Exploring the nuances of Kuchipudi through her Guru, Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinasatyam, she came up with Kuchipudi Kalakshetra in the city of destiny.

“Being a teacher, I will help my students realise how learning the dance form would shape them into responsible human being. Undisputable argument is that pursuing the art is a wheel that accelerates both mind and body,” said Balakka. Among the 80 students, majority of them are young whose world is different from what they are pursing in the Kalakshetra.

Balakka, whose entire family was into classical dance and music forms, added that these students were experiencing and enjoying the change in their mannerisms, excellence in academics and of late behaviour in the society too. Her youngest son, A.B. Adithya, also teaches Kuchipudi along with her.

Going down the memory lane of Guru-Shishya bond with Vempati Chinasatyam, Balakka details “I was the instrument for all his experiments on the dance. I always enjoy the art, be it as a student, exponent or teacher”. The award is a blessing from my guru, directing me to continue my passion and service to the art, she told The Hindu during the three-day Tanisha Yuva Natyotsav being held at Kuchipudi village in Krishna district.


Yoga champ

A class IV student of Sri Krishna Vidya Mandir, M. Sai Asritha, is Baby Yoga Champ at the seventh District Yoga Championship-2013. Former IPS Officer V N B Rao and Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Waltair Division of East Coast Railway, M. Yelevender Yadav, participated in the inauguration. Assistant Professor of Andhra University K. Rameshbabu gave away the prize. The championship was conducted by District Yoga Association and Vijaya Sai Yoga Charitable Trust.


MAD event tomorrow

Young volunteers of Make A Difference (MAD), a youth-run organisation, are bracing up to host Miss and Mrs. Vijayawada to raise funds that will go into the social projects taken up by the organisation.

The personality contest will be organised at Sai Jewel Convention Centre on Sunday (Dec. 29). The event is open for participation for women of the city. Participants will have to pay a fee of Rs. 350.

For further details, call Nikki Sahni on 9703252702.


Training in self-defence for NSS girl cadets

Fun time:Students of RJC Junior College performing at the district- level NSS youth festival in Khammam on Friday. —PHOTO: G.N. RAODistrict-level youth festival of Kakatiya varsity NSS unit gets under way at RJC College.

The State unit of the National Service Scheme (NSS) has accorded top priority to equip the girl volunteers with self-defence skills and create awareness about Nirbhaya Act among all sections of society to prevent crimes against women, R. Gokul Krishna, Head, NSS Regional Centre, Hyderabad, has said.

He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a district-level youth festival organised by the NSS unit of Kakatiya University at RJC College here on Friday.

Hundreds of girl volunteers had already been trained in self-defence under the Kakatiya University, Mahatma Gandhi University, and several other universities in the State. The services of martial arts experts of the police training colleges in the districts were being utilised for the training programmes, he said, adding that a similar training session for NSS girl volunteers of the district would be organised in Khammam soon.

The NSS volunteers of the State had earned a niche for themselves in not only organising social awareness programmes but also creating physical infrastructure such as construction of compound walls in schools and NSS Bhavans in various parts of the State.

NSS offered an excellent opportunity to youth to develop their personality through community service, unravel their inherent potential, nurture artistic skills, and tread a constructive path, he remarked.

Kakatiya University NSS Coordinator B. Suresh Lal and RJC College correspondent G. Krishna spoke.

NSS volunteers from nearly 60 colleges from all over the district participated in a variety of cultural and literary competitive events organised on the occasion.

The volunteers clad in traditional attire showcased the glorious cultural heritage of the district by performing impressive folk and tribal dances at the inaugural ceremony.