Friday, December 6, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Students of Meerut institute live in terror 
Our Correspondent

Meerut, December 5
More than 1,000 students of MBA, MCA, BCA, and management courses of the International institute of Management and Technology, Ganga Nagar, here have been living in great terror due to the alleged dictatorial attitude of the management. The management has reportedly imposed fines and punishments on students in the name of maintaining discipline. And the discipline includes not speaking Hindi on the campus.

Students are now planning to go on strike. They have already faxed a letter to the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi seeking a remedy to their agony. They have also complained to the Commissioner of Meerut division, Mr Nain Singh Ravi, seeking his intervention in the matter.

Students of various courses have been living in great mental agony from 1995, bearing the brunt of harsh mental, physical and fiscal punishment. Chairman of the IIMT Yogesh Mohan Gupta, general manager Abinav Agarwal as well as some faculty members of the institute are allegedly violating the basic human rights of the students. Various sanctions have been imposed by the chairman and the GM on the students. No student can even dare to cross the conditions fixed by the management. The chairman has declared the institute a prohibited zone for Hindi language. No student must converse in his mother tongue even after the teaching hours inside or outside the campus. If anybody is caught talking in Hindi, he/she would face harsh punishments like writing the meanings of 500 words to 1,000 words, writing 500 to 1,000 antonyms or synonyms and fines between Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.

The GM and the director, Mr Sri Prakash, have issued orders to each of the faculty members to catch at least five or more students daily and punish them. The chairman and the MD would go to the extent of grabbing valuables like wristwatches and gold rings from the students as a “security” to enforce the punishment. These will be returned only after the “conviction”, many students told the ‘NCR Tribune’ on the condition of anonymity.

Students complained that the chairman recruited faculty members for only two or three months for his fiscal benefit and expelled them in mid-session on the charge of poor performance. And the loss is to be borne by the students.

The management also “charge” donations of Rs 500 or above anytime for some religious purposes. If the students don’t pay them, they would be victimised. And if any student dares to speak against the management, he would be expelled from the campus or given notice to vacate the hostel in 24 hours, while most of the students are from out of station.


Education board directive for fresh certificates
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, December 5
The Haryana School Education Board has asked the candidates who have appeared in the Matriculation and Senior Secondary Supplementary Examination - 2002 for improvement to submit their old certificates through the schools/institutions concerned so that fresh certificates could be issued to them.

The secretary of the board, M. S. Mor, informed here today that it had been decided that if the students submit authority letters issued by the schools or institutions concerned or deposit the same with the identification of any official or employee of the board, they would be handed over fresh certificates. This decision would be applicable for students who had appeared in improvement examinations.

Mr Mor said that those students who had appeared in the supplementary examinations - 2002 and could have not improved and who desired to appear for improvement in March 2003 examinations could send their applications by December 6 for matriculation and by December 11 for senior secondary examinations as private candidates without late fees.

He further said that the students who had appeared for compartment examinations held in September - 2002 and wanted to appear in the March 2003 examinations for improvement could send their application forms on the required Performa through the heads of the schools concerned.



Rewari bal vigyaniks for national congress
Our Correspondent

Rewari, December 5
The RBS Model Public School, Rewari, has notched a superb achievement. Its two state-honoured bal vigyaniks — Aditi Sinha and Savita Saini – along with 14 other selected bal vigyaniks will represent Haryana at the National Bal Vigyan Congress to be inaugurated by President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in Mysore on December 27, 2002.

The selection of these 16 bal vigyaniks was made on the basis of their outstanding research work in their respective assignments which were evaluated at the Kaithal congress, where 116 teams of bal vigyaniks from 17 states participated.

Dr Sharad Sinha, the Honorary Director of the local RBS Model Public School, told the NCR Tribune that Aditi Sinha was the leader of the troupe which worked on a nutrition project while Savita Saini worked on a project on water collection for domestic purposes. Guided and assisted by their teachers, Mrs Nalini Prakash and Miss Aarti, they assiduously undertook a month-long in-depth survey of the eating habits and related misconceptions, on the one hand, and the entire domestic system of water collection and its management, on the other. The latter study was undertaken among residents of Tatarpur, Majra Gurdas, Kansiwas, Haluhera and Rampura villages of Rewari district in November 2002.

In the second phase, they launched an awareness campaign, which brought about a radical change in the eating habits and served to remove prevailing misconceptions. Their papers eventually earned meritorious approbation of the evaluators.



Refresher course at MDU from Dec 8
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, December 5
The UGC sponsored inter-disciplinary refresher course in social sciences will be organised from December 8 to 28 by the History department of the Maharshi Dayanand University.

Prof O.P.Grewal, noted scholar and literary critic, will deliver the keynote address on “Post-Modernism in Social Science” in the inaugural session. The head of the History department of the university, Prof Neelima Dahiya, said that thrust area of the refresher course would be inter-dependency in social sciences, theories and research methodology.

More than 40 participants from Haryana, Maharashtra, Bihar, UP, Jharkhand, Rajasthan etc would take part in the refresher course. Noted scholars such as Prof D.N.Jha, Prof M.P.Singh (Delhi University), Dr K.L.Sharma, Dr K.K. Trivedi (JNU), Prof Inayat Zaidi, Dr Sunita Zaidi (Jamia Millia Islamia), Prof D.S.Dhillon (Punjabi University, Patiala), Prof Jigar Mohammad (Jammu University), would delivery lectures at the refresher course.



Uninhibited display of feelings on canvas
Garima Pant

Relation-IIAsit Kumar Patnaik has unveiled his new set of paintings under the title ‘Feelings’ at Krishna’s Collection Art Gallery, on display till December 18. A gold medallist MFA in painting from BHU, Varanasi, Asit Kumar is an emotionally sensitive person and his paintings reflect his personality. His works present a phenomenal depth in characters despite the ordinary situations. He believes that the true depth of feeling emerges in emotionally poignant circumstances and not necessarily in trying situations.

A winner of many awards, he has participated in numerous exhibitions all over the country. An active participant in numerous solo as well as group shows, his works adorn galleries of many art lovers both in India and abroad. His works possess intangibility, of words left unspoken with a lot of sensitivity and sharing of feelings that are accentuated by his choice of colors and textures. He orders and presents full control of the medium and is not afraid of experimentation and exploring new horizons to bring out his feelings on canvas.

Paeans of joy

A mural by Dipto Narayan ChattopadhyayAn exhibition of paintings and sculptures by a group of artists is on at the Convention Centre Foyer, Habitat Centre, till December 7. The group consists of Ram Nawal Singh, Dilbagh Singh Gill, Apurba Mazumdar, Jayasis Roy, Bikash Podder and Dipto Narayan Chattopadhyay. The paintings have been attempted in water colour on paper as well as oil pastel on paper. The sculptures are made up of bronze and present a wide array of works that attract and draw one’s attention.

Shruti 2002

TV personality Vinod Dua at ‘Shruti 2002’
TV personality Vinod Dua at ‘Shruti 2002’ at Indraprastha College for Women.

As the winter sets in with its chill and frosty temperatures, colleges around the campus get heated up with their various annual fests. There is frenzied activity everywhere as sponsorships are found, arrangements made, events organized and finally the D-day arrives. Such was the scene at the recently concluded fest of Indraprastha College for Women, ‘Shruti 2002’. Inaugurated by well-known television personality Mr. Vinod Dua, the three-day event offered a wide range of competitions and entertainment programs ranging from various music and dance competitions, both Indian as well as western, a western music evening by Edwin and the band, fun games, mouth-watering food stalls, classic oldies for movie buffs and the colleges’ annual production. But the highlight of the entire fest was the ‘Antakshari’ hosted by well–known television personality Abhinav Chaturvedi. The entire college auditorium rocked to the tune of melodious numbers belted out by the contestants. The excitement and the enthusiasm of all gave the whole event a very joyous look. The street play competition, which had teams from various colleges across the campus, saw the home team take away the first prize, much to the delight of the spectators. It was fun and excitement all the way.

Vandana Rakesh

Creator: An artwork by Vandana RakeshRecent works by artist Vandana Rakesh are on display at the Dhoomimal Art Centre till the 14th off this month. A BFA from the College of Arts, Delhi, she has also done clay modelling and ceramics from Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan. She has been participating in state and national level exhibitions organized by the Lalit Kala Academy, AIFACS, Sahitya Kala Parishad and other organizations since 1987. At the Dhoomimal Art Centre, she has given two solo exhibitions and the same number at the Triveni Gallery.

Her works are a part of many individual and organizational collections in both India and abroad, including Germany, London, U.S.A., Canada, Dubai, Switzerland and France. She has also been a part of many charitable events like the ‘People for Animals,’ organized by Mrs. Maneka Gandhi in 1997, a 1998 charity show organized by Prayas (vocational institute for mentally handicapped ) at New Delhi and Jaipur and so on. She has also won numerous awards and scholarships and has been an integral part of various group exhibitions both in India and abroad.

Her present set of works are acrylic-based paintings having titles like ‘Creator’, ‘Hope’, ‘Eden Garden’, ‘Desire’ and so on, which take the viewer to the beginning of life on this planet. Works relating to the stories present in the Bible add a very distinctive touch to all the works shown.


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