104 boys and 20 girls from different colleges participated in the Chess Tournament, which was organized in the Swiss League system in five rounds. The first four competitors were selected in two divisions to represent the University. Sourav Mondal stood first among the Boys and Susmita Goswami among the Girls.The competition was conducted by the Arbiters of Bengal Chess Association. The prizes were distributed on behalf of the University by the Hon'able Registrar Dr. Partha Pratim Lahiri, the Finance Officer Dr. Atri Bhowmik and other respected professors and officials of MAKAUT.
|University Professors and officials at the Haringhata campus|
|The players at the competition in the Haringhata campus|
The University is also inspiring chess, which is an exercise of the brain, among the prisoners. Recently a competition was organized in 13th April at the Presidency Correctional Home, Kolkata.
|The Hon'able Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT Prof. Dr. Saikat Maitra in the|
programme at Presidency Correctional Home, Kolkata
|The First Prize winning inmate of the Correctional Home with the|
DG Mr. Arun Kumar Gupta..
It was organized in the Swiss League system in five rounds. The winners were given prizes on the Bengali New Years' Day.
In this occasion was present the Hon'able Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT, Proif. Dr. Saikat Maitra and the Director General of Correctional Services, Government of West Bengal Sri Arun Kumar Gupta, IPS. Prof. Maitra explained the importance of chess before the prisoners. He said, "The game of chess is a mental exercise. Yoga exercises are essential for the fitness of the body. Similarly, games like chess are useful for the brain. It helps to calm your mind and increase the power of concentration. While playing chess, one has to bear tremendous pressure and then find avenues to come out of it and make proper use of the opportunities. Similar is the case in our life. During any bad phase of our life, we have to keep coolness of the mind and march forward." Prof. Maitra is of the opinion that a reformatory should be renamed as Development Centre. The Director General said, 'This is the first time that this type of chess tournament is being organized in a reformatory. Prof. Maitra and Mr. Gupta formally inaugurated the programme by playing the game.
|Prof. Maitra giving out prizes. Mr. Atin Sengupta of Bengal Chess Association is also there.|
|The participants waiting at the Correctional Home.|
|A cultural programme performed by the inmates of Presidency|
Correctional Home, organized on the occasion of Chess Competition.
Experts are of opinion that these types of training programmes will go a long way in improving the mindsets of the inmates of a Correctional Home. The exercise of the brain involved in the game of chess will help them regain their confidence level and pave the way towards bringing them back to normal life.
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