Sunday, June 2, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


‘Integrate traditional knowledge with scientific research’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
The 21st century is the century of digital, herbal and spiritual revolution, and Indian mind, which is one of the best in the world, has immense potential to lead the world in these fields. This was stated by Dr R.A.Mashelkar, Director-General, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi, here today.

Dr Mashelkar was addressing the audience after inaugurating the first of its kind project, named I 3CAP, at the Dhanwantri Ayurveda College and Hospital, Sector 46. The project has been conceived by Dabur India Limited in association with the Vaidya Chander Prakash Cancer Research Foundation and will run in the college. The I 3CAP programme aims at integrating institution, individual and industry in the field of ayurveda to scientifically bring in to the mainstream some of the clinically tested treatments of common problems.

Pointing out that Indian traditional knowledge needs to be integrated with scientific research, Dr Mashelkar stated that in order to make the world accept a new idea, it was essential that the methods of science be used and evidence-based analysis done. ‘‘For me the three I s in I 3 CAP stand for innovation, inspiration and institutionalisation.’’

Giving examples of the 19 successfully running ayurveda research labs under the aegis of the CSIR in collaboration with an ayurveda institution in Kerala, Dr Mashelkar said that these laboratories were coming up with spectacular results, ‘‘And I regret that serious and scientific research was introduced in this failed late but then its better late than never.’’

Earlier, Padamashree Vaidya Balendu Prakash informed the audience about the aim of the project and how it will be put to work in the college. He also stated that the aim was to start with the treatment of diseases, for which allopathy did not have a definite cure. He gave examples of his own experiences in treating blood cancer patients and improving the haemoglobin in anaemic women with ayurveda.

‘‘The complete process of treatment of cancer patients was documented and the data thus collected was monitored and refereed by a faculty member from AIIMS. Similarly, the anaemia trials carried out were done with the consent and support of the Government of India,’’said Vaidya Balendu Prakash.

The director R&D, Dabur India Limited, Dr D.B.A. Narayana, also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, Dr Mashelkar was shown the college and the various theme posters.

Later in the day, 102 students of the college were awarded BAMS degrees at the annual convocation. The silver jubilee function of the college was made to coincide with the annual convocation and the inauguration of the I 3CAP. Dr C.K. Katiyar, who was the chief guest on the occasion, handed over these degrees to the students. A cultural show was also held on the occasion.



5 zones for centralised admissions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Panjab University has created five zones for centralised admissions to bachelor of commerce courses in affiliated colleges for the forthcoming academic session.

Admissions will also be carried out for courses in M.Com. Bachelor in Computer Application, M.Sc. (Information Technology). Zones have been created at Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Ferozepore, Moga and Hoshiarpur.

Admission brochure will be prepared by respective admission coordinators at each zonal centre. The last date for receipt of complete application and admission forms for all categories is June 25 or within three days of the declaration of plus two by Punjab School Education Board.

Categories wise a list of all eligible candidates will be prepared and displayed on the notice board at the admission centre June 28. Objections, if any, have been invited by June 28. The final list will be displayed of June 29.

At the Chandigarh centre, interviews in general category for BCA are scheduled for July 1. Interviews for reserved categories and de-reserved seats is scheduled for July 2. Interviews for all categories of M.Com. are scheduled for July 2. B.Com. interviews will be conducted on July 3, 4 and July 5 for general category students. Reserved category students appear for the interview on July 6 and de-reserved seats will be filled on July.

Interviews for all categories in the M.Sc. (IT) course are scheduled for July 6.

Interview for BCA course at Ludhiana centre will be conducted on July 2 and July 3 for general category students. reserved categories students will appear for the interview on July 3, while the de-reserved seats in this category will be filled on July 4. All M.Com. admissions are scheduled for July 4. Admissions to B.Com. course are scheduled for July 5, 6 and July 7 for the general category students. Reserved category students appear on July 8 and the de-reserved seats will be filled on July 9.

All seats in the M.Sc. (IT) course will be filled on July 9.

Interviews for BCA courses (both open and general) will be conducted on July 6 at the Moga centre. De-reserved seats will be filled on July 7 Admissions to the B.Com. course for the general category will be done on July 7 and July 8. Reserved categories will be interviewed on July 8. De-reserved seats will be filled on July 9 .

Admissions in BCA at Ferozepore in the general and reserved categories will be conducted on July 7. De-reserved seats will be filled on July 8. Interviews for the general category will be conducted on July 9 for general category students of B.Com. courses at the Hoshiarpur centre. Reserved category students will be interviewed on July 10 and de-reserved seats will also be filled on the same day.



GGDSD-32 students shine in B.Com III exam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Three top positions in the B Com III examination, whose results were declared recently, conducted by Panjab University were bagged by GGDSD College, Sector 32.

The college secured six of the top 10 positions and 16 out of the top 25 positions in Panjab University. Mrinal Sharma, Shilpa and Manisha Singh bagged the first, second and third position, respectively.

In B Com II, the college bagged six of the top nine positions, while 23 students were among the top 25 in PU. Bhavna Ranjan and Sirjana Mer were first and second, respectively. In B Com I, too, six out of the top nine positions were bagged by the college.

The Principal of the college, Dr A.C. Vaid, congratulated the faculty and students who put their best to achieve good results.



Dr Vasudeva is CMA chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Dr Col P.K. Vasudeva, Principal of the College of Communication and Management of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has been elected the president of the Chandigarh Management Association (CMA) for the year 2002-2003.

The CMA elections were held at the annual general meeting (AGM) of the association here today. Mr S.K. Duggal, outgoing president of the body presented, a report on the activities of the CMA in the year 2001-02.

The others who were elected to the executive committee are as follows: Mr Narinder Singh, CEO Fortis Heart Institute — Vice-President; Mr Piyush Gupta, IT Consultant Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Public Administration Punjab — Secretary; Mr Neeraj Pasricha, Regional Director Sanjay Gandhi Regional Institute of Co-operative Management — Joint Secretary; and Mr P.R. Singhania — Treasurer.

Mr Vikram Hans, MD Multi Overseas India, Mr Charanjit Singh, MD Core Communications, Dr R.N. Nauhria, Professor PEC, Mr B.M. Gulati, Director Jay Pee Enterprises, Prof Satish Kapoor of the Panjab University Business School, Mr Anand Kumar, Senior Vice-President, ICICI Bank and Mr PP Singh, GM Finance Kandhari Beverages, are the others who were chosen members of the executive.



Colourful nursery opened in school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
A colourful nursery was inaugurated by the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, at Government Model High School, Sector 42, here yesterday. She emphasised the need to make all existing nurseries in government schools more activity-oriented. She was accompanied by the Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral.

After the function, Mr D.S. Mangat, DPI (Schools), said the nursery was an example for others to follow since money was spent only on buying paint for the walls. “We have students from colonies and villages coming to the school. This was especially chosen to provide and show these kids things which they have not seen at home or heard of,’’ he said.

The model nursery, fifth of its kind, is a riot of colours with a message for children. The teachers, Mr Sanjiv Arora of GSSS-20, Mr Surjit Singh of GHS-47, Ms Harveen Pal Kaushik of GMHS-44 and Ms R. Justine of GMHS-42, have taken pains in making the nursery a success.

Cut-outs of Disney characters adorn the walls depicting the right and wrong to children. Some are meant to teach good habits to children. Another wall uses different seasons to convey festivals of the country while still another focuses on environment. It shows a forest in which all animals line in camaraderie as a brook flows by.



Lok adalat disposes of 314 cases
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 1
As many as 314 cases were disposed of and Rs 43,07000 awarded as compensation to litigants in MACT cases at the special lok adalat organised in Sector 17 district court here today. The lok adalat also disposed of a 1541 summary cases under the Shop Act and the Motor Vehicle Act and realised Rs 1,23,115 as fine.

To hold the lok adalat, 18 Benches were constituted under the supervision and guidance of the UT Additional and Sessions Judge and CBI Special Judge, Mr Lakhbir Singh, and the UT Additional and Sessions Judge-cum-Member Secretary-cum-Judge, Permanent Lok Adalat, Mr Sant Parkash.

Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman of the UT State Legal Services Authorities and Mr Parkash visited various courts, discussed the aims of holding lok adalats and participated in the proceedings. As a result of the keen initiative of Mr Justice Sodhi, many pending claims were settled.

Mr Parkash said the lok adalat solved all categories of civil cases, including matrimonial disputes, bank disputes, service matters, landlord-tenant controversies, MACT cases and compoundable criminal cases. He said Mr Justice Sodhi had taken a keen interest in getting some ticklish disputes settled by way of compromise between the parties.

He said the Secretary of the UT State Legal Services Authority, Mr C.L. Mohal, had held meeting with Senior Managers of insurance companies yesterday to discuss various aspects of the special lok adalat. Mr Parkash said the effort proved fruitful as the senior functionaries of all insurance companies attended the lok adalats and extended full cooperation in resolving the motor accident claims.

Mr Parkash said the UT State Legal Services Authority had already installed permanent hoardings in all UT villages and police stations. Two special hoardings had also been installed on the premises of the UT District Court which enlisted benefits extended to public under the Legal Services Authority Act. The adalats started functioning in the morning and continued till 4 pm. Two makeshift reception-cum-enquiry counters with details of the cases were also set up near the main gate of the district courts. Literature on legal awareness and information about the available legal services, besides persons eligible for free counselling, was also distributed by the Legal Services Authority.

The District Bar Association (DBA) also arranged “chhabeel” for litigants at the entrance of the court. The Secretary of the DBA, Mr N.K. Kapil, thanked lawyers for their co-operation in making the lok adalat a success.

Next Special Lok adalat will be held at the district court on September 7, 2002.



Cultural show by Himachal Mahasabha
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 1
The folk culture of Himachal was amalgamated with the Punjabi folk resulting in a delightful show at Tagore Theatre here today. The occasion was the annual function of the Himachal Mahasbha , an association of people belonging to Himachal Pradesh living in Chandigarh and nearby areas.

The programme that started with a Saraswati vandana moved on to showcase the singing and dancing skills of participants who not only presented melodious folk songs from Himachal but also performed bhangra to the delight of the Punjabi audience.

Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MLA, who was the chief guest, released the yearly magazine “Him Uthan” on this occasion.



‘Shaheed-e-Azam’ was a learning experience: Sonu Sood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 1
Roles of historical characters are perhaps the most difficult to play. And Sonu Sood, man who played a historic role in Shaheed-e-Azam is well aware of this. That’s exactly why even after having played the role of Bhagat Singh fairly well in the film which released yesterday, he does not forget to mention, “Bhagat Singh is the biggest star anyone could ever have played. This is also the reason why so many seasoned actors have taken up the challenge. As for me, I have been extremely cautious throughout my shooting. My biggest concern was not to misinform people and not to appear unnatural. After all, it was the question of showcasing history as it was and not as we wanted to show it.”

Seemingly unfazed by big productions which are waiting in line to be released, this Moga boy is happy counting the strengths of his film. “We have based our production on authenticity. All our locations are authentic. The flavour of Punjab cannot be achieved by shooting in Pune or Baroda. The soil of Punjab will make a difference in this race to establish which cinematic account of Bhagat Singh’s life is the closest to reality. Also, we have not at all overplayed the love life of Bhagat Singh. There was not any. In my film, Bhagat Singh and the girl do not share even a single frame together. “

With confidence writ large over his face, Sonu shared his great learning experience in the film. Having done seven films in the South, he considers himself lucky to have bagged such a prestigious character. “For me Bhagat Singh is a complete man and living his role is like living a part of the legend that he was. The role was more meaningful to me because I knew it was chalked out of authentic records,” Sonu added. “Important to mention is the fact that whereas the film that casts Bobby Deol as a martyr banks on the songs which were also used in Shaheed (1963), we have used original songs written by the martyr himself. Our music is closer to the spirit of those days. So are our lyrics.”

Ruling out the fear of contest from Ajay Devgan and Bobby Deol, Sonu said, “Playing the legend is in itself a matter of great pride. The very fact that media and the audience are all waiting to see all accounts shows how much following Sardar Bhagat Singh has. I have done my bit. Ajay and Bobby will do theirs’. As far as I am concerned, I am not worried about the outcome. It may sound pompous but I am already being called closest to the legend.”

It is, however, yet to be seen if someone else gets even closer to the legend!



‘Shaheed-e-Azam’ lacks uniformity
Sanjeev Singh Bariana

‘Shaheed-e-Azam’ (Jagat) lacks in cinematic class to suit the towering personality of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, popular among the masses through history books.

The strong subject of a freedom fighter has a natural attraction for the masses but a lacking uniformity in sustaining interest does not lend a lasting grace. Boundaries of pure facts merge with the fictional presentations in portions to trickle away the overall beauty of the show.

Sonu Suud has done a commendable performance in the title role of Bhagat Singh. Rajguru and Sukhdev are also good. However, their characters have not been fully explored as of the other supporting cast. This is important in the context that the personality of Bhagat Singh would have stood out further in its glory had it been cast against a background of equally strong portrayal of his supporters and opponents.

The story in brief outlines the growth of a child who is planting a gun in his field because he thinks it will generate many more guns to fight the British forces. He grows into a revolutionary and thinks one must take the route of violence to be heard.

The philosophy of Bhagat Singh as opposed to Mahatma Gandhi has not received careful handling. There was always a difference of opinion between the two on the mode of the freedom struggle. However, here the Mahatma is shown as “more than a meek personality”.

‘Shaheed-e-Azam’ is a low budget production. This is evident from the poor background scenes. This is more related to the matter of the moods than the scenes where greater care has been taken to reproduce rustic colonial settings.

The movie also faces an uphill task because of three-four releases on the same subject. The situation will be more complex next week when two major releases are awaited.

The film has lyrics by Khwaja Parwaiz and Saddique Saheb. The film has music by Pakistan’s Saabir Ali, Sardul Sikander and Maqbool Khan. Sukumar Nair is the director for the producer Iqbal Dhillon(Shaheed Udham Singh fame).

“Hum kisi se kum nahin” (Neelam and Suraj, Panchkula) is a slapstick comedy cast in the typical David Dhawan style of production. Situations are created and neatly woven into an intrinsic pattern to make an entertainment package minus the claims of any arty directorial venture.

The weakest link in the movie is the music. Except for ‘Munna mobile pappu pager’ which has caught tongue-attention of the masses, majority of other musical creations are jarring impressions.

If one expects neither a great story nor a classic subject rendering on the screen, he can expect to lie back on the seats and spend relaxing hours of comedy. Again not a classic production but a brave effort at “a story with innovation” (although a borrowed one from Hollywood) has been attempted.

Sanjay Dutt has come a long way from his ‘Rocky’ and other underworld don roles into the garb of a comedian with a grace. A similar screen journey has ben completed by Ajay Devgan. Amitabh Bachchan after a long time has attempted a challenging role of a doctor with a ‘weak heart’.

Sanjay Dutt is an underworld don who falls head over heels for Aishwarya Rai. He looses his sleep and arrives at the clinic of Dr Amitabh Bachchan. Bachchan tries to save his skin and buy time. He suggests that Dutt should make a proposal to the girl. Dutt befriends Ajay Devgun. Devgun is in love with Aishwarya Rai as well. Only Aishwarya loves him as well.

Bachchan takes his sister to Malaysia for a holiday. He also takes Ajay along as their body guard. Dutt follows them to their hotel because ‘his heart still aches’. Here he discovers that Aishwarya Rai was the sister of Bachchan and that she was in love with Ajay. Dutt would not settle for anything but Aishwarya and Ajay would not let her go.

The film has been produced by Afzal Khan; story by Javed Siddique, Robin Bhatt and Rumi Jaffery; lyrics by late Anand Bakshi; and music by Anu Malik.



Suchitra gives tips on basics of Bharatnatyam
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 1
Suchitra Mitra, a noted Bharatnatyam dancer of the city, is imparting the basics of the dance to a group of 20 participants of various age groups at a dance workshop which started at the IMA house in Sector 35 here today.

Suchitra, who has been propagating the Kalashetra style of Bharatnatyam in this region through her academy “Padam”, says the concept of learning Indian classical dance has caught up with youngsters. “When I migrated to Chandigarh and started my institute in 1995, knowledge of classical dance was limited to Kathak only”. “However, things have started looking brighter for Bharatnatyam in recent times”.

Suchitra, who has performed all over the world, has learned the nuances of Bharatnatyam from Thankamani Kutti and later from Kalashetra.

“The Kalashetra style of Bharatnatyam gives emphasis on sharper movements and accuracy of timing,” she says.

Winner of Uday Shankar and Shiromani awards, Suchitra is currently teaching Bharatnatyam at Sangeet Bharati in Delhi.



Painting nature’s bounty
Our Correspondent

Sudershan Kumar Sharma, an artist from Shimla, with his water-colour paintings at Induslnd Art Gallery, Sector-8, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Sudershan Kumar Sharma, an artist from Shimla, with his water-colour paintings at Induslnd Art Gallery, Sector-8, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, June 1
The scenic beauty of Himachal Pradesh is often featured on canvas by different artists, but the paintings done by Sudershan Kumar Sharma with monochrome effect come as a refreshing change. This Shimla-based artist has brought 14 of his works in water-colour, which are being displayed at IndusInd Arts Gallery in Sector 8.

Sudershan has captured the snowcapped mountains or undulating valleys using a single colour in different tones. Besides these monochromatic paintings, he has also painted the picturesque Kullu valley and Himachal villages using bright colours.

An admirer of Ram Brant, a 19th century French artist, Sudershan has developed the style of merging two colours from light to dark shade without having much room for contrast. However, the generous application of bright colours have robbed his paintings of the soothing effect one usually achieves through water colour.

A thoroughly artistic person, Sudershan is totally in love with the nature. “Surrounded with such formidable beauty all the time, there is no escape but getting absorbed in it,” he says. Besides painting the nature, he also writes poetry on the treasures of nature.

An art teacher in Central School, Shimla, Sudershan has been taking part in number of group shows after he completed his MA in Fine Arts from Kurukshetra University. He has also won state-level painting competitions in Kurukshetra. 


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