Monday, September 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


ICWAI seminar on communication skills
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 29
The Chandigarh-Panchkula chapter of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants (ICWAI) organised a seminar on communication skills and reporting here today.

Speaking at the seminar, Mr H.S. Anant, Communication Trainer and Faculty Member of the University Business School, Panjab University, said, “Besides developing a command over the English language, the students should consider developing their personalities by acquiring the right values, attitudes and work habits. To become a good communicator, they should gain knowledge and be assertive even to face the aggressive people. They should be empathetic and good listeners without being judgemental.”

Mr Rakesh Bhalla, chairman of the local chapter of the institute, opined that one must learn the art of expressing themselves, besides gaining knowledge to succeed in the tough job market. One should realise the need for developing effective communication skills in order to meet competition in the new global business environment.

Mr D.C. Arya, Vice-Chairman of the NIRC, ICWAI, felt that the body language should be consistent with the words. He said: “A person should mind his actions and his body language should speak loudly than his words.”

Among others, Mr Deepak Rai Walia, Executive Director, Dhillon Kool Drink and Beverages Ltd., Mr A. Thapar, Financial Advisor and Chief Accounts Officer, CITCO, Mr P.S. Rathore, Director, Motivational Institute, New Delhi, also expressed their views. 


St. Anne’s convent school, sector-32
In the service of God and mankind
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

A Christian institution established by Simla-Chandigarh Educational Society under the Catholic Bishop of Simla-Chandigarh Diocese, St Anne’s Convent School has grown in stature since it came into being in October, 1977.

With just 25 students on roll, the school was run by three sisters, Sr.Alberta, Sr. Gonzaga & Sr. Blandina, in a residential building in Sector 32. The cherished dream of having the school building was fulfilled when the foundation stone was laid on November 10, 1979, by his Lordship, Ret. Rev. Dr. Gilbert Rego, in the land allotted to the Diocese. A part of the building was completed in December, 1980. In 1981, the school had 800 students upto class VIII.

My school

My school is one of the best and highly reputed schools of Chandigarh. The year 2002 is a major landmark in our school’s history– it marks the completion of 25 years of dedicated service in the field of education. It is time for us to pause and reflect on our past, take stock of the present and wisely plan for the future.

Over the years a new building and sections have been added to accommodate increasing numbers of students. The lush green lawns have become more beautiful, presenting an exotic view. Over 25 years, the whole scenario has progressively changed.

From the time I first joined as a shy, unsure toddler to the time I’m leaving as a confident individual- it was a pleasant process of learning, marked by constant constructive activity. Values engrained in me have become an integral part of my personality.

Quite pleasantly, this year, the electorate chose me as school captain and I consider myself the luckiest captain to be elected in this special year. The memories of my tenure as a captain will forever be etched in my mind and I will always remember St. Anne’s with warm gratitude.

—Divya Sharma, Class X

Within a short span of eight years, the school made tremendous progress in all fields. The first batch of students appeared for the All India Secondary School Examination in March 1986. A creditable 100 per cent result with a number of first classes and many distinctions in various subjects was achieved.

With the increase in strength, an additional school building was constructed.

Academic excellence was not the only aim of the institution. In order to bring out all the abilities and hidden potentials in each child and to make them useful citizens, various activities like gymnastics, dramatics, debates, elocution, singing, drawing, painting and craft were introduced. Martial Art also made its entry. The most important feature was that in order to reduce the trauma of admission on parents, the lottery system was introduced, where each and every child from all communities was given equal chance. Play way method was introduced in the classrooms, to reduce the burden of heavy bags and the annual examinations were done away with, by monthly assessments upto class III. An English language lab was specially organised to upgrade teaching of English and to develop among students conversational skills.

Students, in the years gone by, have made their mark not only in academics but in sports as well with the Sports Authority of India recognising their contribution.

As time passed, St. Anne’s has blossomed into a strong family, which is a pre-requisite for happiness in a successful institution. The motivation behind this was the solidarity in our mission of serving God and mankind.

Today, the school has augmented into a big institution with a strength of 2352 students and 98 teaching and non-teaching staff. 

Giving value-oriented education is our mission”

SHE has a strict discipline code in school to keep her house in order. Sister Rose George manages the 2500-odd students by awarding students who abide by rules and regulations. Beginning her day with prayers, she says her entire time is at the disposal of the students during which she plans academic and co-curricular activities and the satisfactory results of the school are evidence that the goods are being delivered.

On the meaning of education

8 Education means goodness, warmth, bringing peace to troubled hearts and preparing the child to make the world a better place to live in. We are into giving value-oriented education whereby the child spreads his light in society.

On imposing discipline in school

8Our effort is not only to impose external but internal discipline as well. We want to train the minds of the students in such a manner that they are focused in approach. If the mind is forever wandering, we can't expect them to conform to any rules and be disciplined in their conduct.

For maintaining discipline in school, we have started the system of issuing class passes to restrict movement. We also have the white, blue and pink punishment cards with different implications.

On coping with pressure during admission time

8 The school takes no pressure from any quarter at all during admission time. To meet this challenge, we have evolved our own system of admission where everything depends on chance. The lottery system guards the school's reputation of an unbiased approach and the parents atleast return with the satisfaction that no child has been unduly favoured.

On role of co-curricular activities

8 We have started various clubs to cater to all tastes and make available all kinds of activities to the school children for a fee. Professionals in the field are called from outside to train the students from time to time in addition to the regular trainers. We believe that academics and activities go hand in hand and both are equally essential for the overall make-up of the personality which is why the school curriculum, too, lays a lot of emphasis on balancing the two.

On future plans of the school

8Having proper infrastructure is a priority with the school management. Though we keep adding to our resources, the immediate need is that of a school auditorium and the silver jubilee year is the best time we can gift it to the children. Also, adding to the number of computers already at the school lab will be our main concern. — GG




School Pupil Leader

Oh, my teacher

Oh ! My Teacher

You are my future

To Thee I pray

Increase my Knowledge

Day by Day

Oh ! My Teacher

You are my preacher

If you bless me

I will do well

Oh ! My Teacher

You are my guide

If I sincerely follow you

My future will be so bright.

—Mohit Cheba, class VIII A

Silver jubilee

Today I’m very proud,

As I see the name of my Alma- mater

Being distinguished from the crowd

Today I’m very cheerful

As the position of my school in the city is very powerful

Today I’m very delighted

As many students in my school have been enlightened.

Today all the people are very impressed

As St. Anne’s have greatly have progressed

Today I’m in great glee.

As it is my school’s Silver Jubilee.

— Mohit, Mehak & Komal, class I D


I Know a face,

A pretty face,

All full of grace,

To her beauties the heaven’s embrace,

Yes, she is no other,

But my mother, my soother.

She is my guide, my pride, my light,

My worries vanish at her sight

She supports me when I am right

But chides me when I do fight.

Yes, she is no other,

But my mother, my soother.

The soul of my body

The peace of my mind

The healers of my wounds

The source of my joy.

Yes, she is no other

But as you would have guessed,

My mother, my soother.

The most dearest one, I know

With whom I can share my joy and sorrow

I think the would out of her cause

She was the one, the only one

Who showed me truth and made me strong.

—Supriya Kumar, class VIII A


Television is like a tutor,

And it is our future;

It helps in many ways,

So we listen to what it says.

It tells us good things,

And it very well sings;

A problem with television,

It decreases our seeing vision.

Television is like a book,

We just have to look;

It is even like a big book,

Which also teaches us how to cook.

It gives a lot of news,

We can also hear cat’s news;

We learn about world’s happening,

We cannot do this by imagining.

T.V. is so very important,

To gain a lot from every sphere;

It is definitely like a tutor,

So it makes everything so dear.

—Asmita Mahajan, class V -BBack


Uncertainty over PU student poll date
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 29
This year’s jinxed elections to the students’ council of Panjab University and colleges are facing uncertainty yet again, this time over election dates. The latest proposal puts the date down to anytime after the third week of October.

While the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) was very keen on having elections before the university closed down for the autumn break, these are very unlikely before the new date which is being considered by the authorities.

The reasons for the delay are not hard to find though. To begin with, the autumn break has already began and colleges and university have closed down. These are slated to reopen on October 7 when the ball would get rolling.

However, in the coming days the possibility of elections is ruled out on account of Dasehra which would lead to an extended holiday, most hostellers leaving for their homes to celebrate the festival. This, again, would break the frenzy associated with elections.

Next in line is a visit to the university by a team of the University Grants Commission. During that week, too, elections cannot be announced which leaves the period after the third week as the only earliest alternative at the disposal of the university authorities as well as the students.

It may be recalled that with leaders of the Students Organisation of Panjab University and the Panjab University Students Union in a jail following a clash between the two parties, and the ABVP, on a high after pulling off a successful strike in local colleges, were pressing for early elections.

Elections before the week-long vacation would have ensured that the two parties, the SOPU and the PUSU, went into campaigning without their leaders as well as enabled the ABVP to cash in on the advantage of the agitation and the leaders of the rival parties in the jail.

Meanwhile, activists of the SOPU and the PUSU had also given a memorandum to the university authorities seeking postponement of elections till the time their leaders were released.


Students make ‘best out of waste’
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 29
Students of Saint Soldier Divine Public School, Sector 16, Panchkula put up an exhibition of their products made from the waste and used materials at the school premises here today. Used ceramic tiles, pieces of old cloth and cardboard boxes were used to make gift items, cards and decoration pieces.

The Administrator of the school Mrs S. Jagpal, encouraged the students to organise such more events.


Pension scheme rejection decried
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 29
The Panjab University Research Scholars’ Association and the Dr Ambedkar Students’ Association in a press release here today condemned the decision of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Human Resource Development to reject the pension scheme for PU employees, a press note said here today.

“This action will directly affect their future and social security”, Mr Chand Singh Madaan, a founder chairman of the Research Scholars Association, said. 


‘Ghasiram Kotwal’ leaves audience spellbound
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, September 29
Today was not an ordinary day for Chandigarhians. With the National School of Drama Repertory Company offering two of their most popular plays — ‘Ei Ladki’ and ‘Ghasiram Kotwal’, the day proved to be an intellectually stimulating one for all those who thronged the Tagore Theatre, filling the auditorium beyond its capacity.

‘Ghasiram Kotwal’, directed by Rajinder Nath and based on Vijay Tendulkar’s story, had all right ingredients to make it a success. A strong storyline, convincing acting, wonderful star cast, proper lighting and the right projection of dialogues, which were mild in comparison to other plays, also came as a relief for the audience.

As the play starts two anchors take you to the ruling period of Nana Phadnavis. With small jotted scenes, they give interesting sum-up of the chaos in his kingdom and paints Nana’s picture as a king of leisure. When Nana and Ghasiram, a foreigner in Nana’s kingdom, meet in a dancer’s home, the play takes a serious turn. It was Nana’s insensitive subjects which insult Ghasiram and the seed of revenge germinates in his mind.

As the play carries you with the developments, Ghasiram lures Nana to appoint him as the Kotwal by bribing Nana. The plot moves fast but smoothly as every message comes clear with songs by the anchors and the chorus group. Ghasiram who turns sadistic and cruel after he becomes the Kotwal plays into Nana’s hands and comes to his doom.

Ram Kumar Bajaj as Nana occupies a special place in the audience’s memory with his two main scenes — the first when he describes his desire for Ghasiram’s daughter and his final speech after Ghasiram is hanged.

The second play, “Ei Ladki” was staged in the morning. It is a story of a dying woman who reminisces her entire life and shares her wisdom with her unmarried daughter. The beauty of the play lies in its simplicity, the simple joys and pleasures the woman derives from her husband and her family. The play was based on a novel written by Krishna Sobti and directed by Dev Raj Ankur. The main character was portrayed by Baljinder Kaur as mother and Raj Sharma as the daughter.


Cultural evening
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 29
A cultural evening called “Saddi Himmat “Sadda Dance”, a dance related programme was organised by R. S. Films and Music Entertainment, at Bal Bhawan in Sector 23 here yesterday.

The programme was based on filmi and non-filmi dance items. Priya, a contestant, performed a Rajasthani dance item “Dhola re dhola re”, while another contestant Jaswinder Arora performed on “Jat di pasand”. The other participants included Ankita, Sheetal, Gagandeep and Amrinder Singh. 

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