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400 participate in school, college symposium
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
As many as 400 speakers, including students from schools and colleges, participated in a symposium “Chabi-III: change attitude and build India” organised by X’ Celiors’ Centre at Law Auditorium, Panjab University.

During the symposium, the speakers spoke on the measures to change the attitude of looking at things and help build the nation. Mr Daljit Singh, Principal of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, who was the chief guest, and Mr M.M. Sobti, Director of Technical Semi-Conductor Complex Ltd, spoke on the need to contribute to society and the downtrodden.

At the end of the symposium, Jaspreet from Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, was placed first in the school category followed by Vishal Pathania (2) and Parshant Gulati (3). In the college section, Kumar Saurav secured the first position followed by Ahampreet (2) and Anu Brar (3).

Placements: The placement and career counselling cell of the GGDSD College, Sector 32, organised a placement mela on the college campus. Excel Call Net (P) visited the college campus for interviews. Mr Ajay Sharma, placement in- charge, said as many a 100 students participated in the interview.

Under the guidance of Dr N.K.Sahni, the placement cell of the college provides special guidance to the final-year students. A database of the students of M.Com, MSc. I.T (II), B.Com III, BCA III and postgraduate diploma courses.

Lions Club: The Loins Club Chandigarh Central organised an inter- school group dance competition at Bal Bhavan, Sector 23. As many as 11 schools participated in the competition.

The winner of the competition was Dev Samaj School, Sector 21. The runners-up was a team of Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27.

Basant: Festivity marked the function organised by students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, to welcome Basant. An essay-writing competition on the exuberance and bounties of spring was organised. The Principal of the school, Mrs Khushinder Sharma, spoke on the occasion. 



Hamara School
Where games are must for all

Students of Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Mohali, play basketball on the school campus
Students of Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Mohali, play basketball on the school campus.

Karampreet Kaur, II-B

Ekampreet, II-A

Aeshita Saini, III-A

SHEMROCK Senior Secondary School, Mohali, is part of chain of Shemrock schools. It is a young school which started functioning on April 1, 2002. Located on a vast area of 1.6 acres in Sector 69, the school is built on the most modern concepts, suitable for perusal of education in stimulating environment. The building is open, airy and functional. The aesthetic appeal of the school campus has been well taken care of.

Presently, the school has classes from pre-nursery to Class V. The school is being upgraded every year with Class VI being introduced from April, 2004.

Shemrock stands for a colossus on a bed rock of long years of innovative teaching coupled with gentle care for children. Shemrock is characterised by ever producing better results.

The foundation of the adult personality is laid during the school age. The environment during the most elastic and impressionable period provide the experience for physical, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional and social development. The educational system should enable the child to cope with the ever growing challenges of life. Shemrock aims to provide these experiences through creative and modern education the school's inspiring and caring environment.

The school is managed by a team of dedicated and qualified educationists and academician for whom the very mission in life is to emit pearls of wisdom and metamorphose their pupils into proud citizens committed to the concept of excellence and all-round disciplined environment.

The school endeavors to develop strong value system and character of each child. The school emphasises on self-discipline more than authority and encouragement more than punishment. The school has commitment to innovation and the best contemporary practices.

Games are compulsory for all children to gain the advantages accruing out of them. Games not only improve the physical appearance and functioning of internal system — digestive, respiratory and cardiac — but also improves the basic character/personality by imbibing the qualities of team spirit, capacity to share, respect for others, seriousness of purpose. They also teach equanimity to accept victory and defeat as they come and sportsmanship – true sportsmanship is not being better than others bit it is to better ones own achievement in every venture, every situation. There are qualified coaches training children for handball, basketball, table tennis, taekowondo, carom and kho-kho.

The children take part in maximum activities and competitions, may these be calligraphy, poetry recitation, declamation, kho-kho, football, volleyball, maths-olympiad or quiz. This is being done to train them to win/lose without losing balance of mind. One fails more often in life than one succeeds. Failure should not dishearten an individual. One should take failure in ones normal stride. And this can be taught only by making children participate in many activities. Getting upset after losing is natural but the important thing is the time taken to become normal – lesser the better.

Tours and treks are in built in the school routine. Children go on tour and treks, which are compulsory for students for particular age group. This is done to ensure that children learn self-help and also to gain confidence to solve any problems, to “win” over any situation. During winter vacation, the students went to a tour to New Delhi, Mathura and Agra. On the way they visited historical places at Kurukshetra and Panipat.

There is in-built programme for hobbies for each child. Children must know how to fruitfully employ themselves by following a pursuit other than which they normally pursue. Computers from Class I onwards keep students in line with the times. The multi-coloured library tables, designed in shape of books with colourful chairs attract students to read books – so necessary to expand awareness.

The importance and utility of computers in today's scenario and in the environment of tomorrow is unquestionable. It is said: “Computers will rule the world”. The school has latest computers with coloured monitors and multimedia system to prepare computer whiz kids of tomorrow. Music is in built in the regular time table. Music integrates personality.

Hobby classes are another regular feature of the school. Hobbies offer to students freedom to express themselves, leading to a sense of accomplishments and also providing a pleasant past time. The children do not have to bring hobby material. It is provided by the school.

“Quality” than “quantity” work is the aim. What purpose gets served when a student does page after page of homework with help of parents? At Shemrock children of Classes I to III generally finish their homework in school itself. Parents are requested and made to realise that they should not teach their wards at home nor send them for tuitions as they become too dependent on outside crutches. It is felt here that academic pressure on a child who is less than 12 years, saturates him soon and slows him down and makes him disinterested in studies, later which is a common sight today. 



‘Providing holistic education our aim’

Air Comdre S.K. Sharma On schooling: Schooling is one of our most important institutions. While acquisition of knowledge outside the four walls of home had been an old phenomenon, the concept of school as organised today with prescribed curriculum is a recent one. From ancient times to about 1800’s most people-even advanced societies- did not attend such schools as of today. Yet the man has advanced from caves to space stations. But how? Is it from schooling as it is existing today in India? What is true education? If possession of items like spanners, screws, nuts, bolts, steel, rubber does not mean that one possesses a car, similarly acquiring knowledge of 3Rs and bookish knowledge alone does not mean that one has acquired education. However, each school follows its own ethos. So do we do at Shemrock.

On education: Education should develop all capacities of the child so that he becomes a complete human being, that is, education should bring all-round development. What is all-round development? It envisages development of total personality of child which encompasses development of his cognitive capacities like reasoning and analytical qualities and his affective qualities, including the qualities of heart and child’s psycho-motor development i.e. psychological and physical development of mind and the body.

About the school: Efforts are being put at Shemrock for providing this holistic education. Here, we are trying to achieve the broader meaning of education, through the narrow steps of “schooling”. To achieve that, the school follows an ethos. A system is given to children through which they use their mind and are not “given” anything ready made. In the examination the questions are based on books but are not from the books. There is no need to memorise answers. Also, in exams the students are given grades. Even the answers are graded. This has been done to remove the negative effects of comparative achievements as expected by others and for which there is no end.



Poems by students


Once told a preacher

Tiger is beautiful creature

It is caged in a zoo

People who come to see it like it too

But it walks on the lonely lane

And seems to be suffering in pain

The tiger is not too tall

Surrounding it on all sides is high wall

It’s colour is yellow

It is more powerful than a buffalo

It eats a deer

But cannot swallow a fat bear

It’s home is a den

You can’t keep it in a pen

Tiger, our national animal

Is the jungle’s hero

But in future their members,

May soon become zero

Save them! We all must

Save them!

(Agam Class IV)


It like sunshine

Because for our body it is fine.

It comes from the sun

And is round as a bun

It makes our health good

And is strong as a wood

You are my sunshine

The only sunshine

Oh! God don’t take

My sunshine away

This is only I pray

(Mithut, Class III)

A rainy day

Today is a rainy day

I want to play

But I can’t step out

As I know somebody will shout

I heard the birds singing

Sweets on a tree

But I wonder why

I am not free

All the leaves and flowers are wet,

Looking like a wet pet.

The duck is swimming fast

I want to go out

But I have some doubt

Rain is on the tree tops,

Rain is on the rocks

I wonder when the rain will stop

(Charanpreet Singh, Class IV)



Anureakha reflects grace of Lucknow kathak
Tribune News Service

Anureakha Ghosh Chandigarh, January 25
Birmingham-based Anureakha Ghosh dances kathak from the heart. Living the joy of each sequence conceived and choreographed by her, she mesmerised the audience during her performance at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 71, today. And as she delineated the North Indian classical dance tradition in her own individualistic style, kathak suddenly seemed to acquire a new dimension — that which emerges from extensive knowledge of the dance style and its continued adaptation to the changing times.

Born to a new generation of dancers and choreographers, Anureakha has always been inclined towards experimentation within the laid down parameters of the dance form. She reflected creativity during her performance which commenced with a traditional invocatory piece, meant to rid the space of performance of profane elements. On the sanctified stage she performed “Guru vandana” set to raag Marwa, paying tribute to her guru and also to the God. The presentation was followed by a tabla solo by Parthasarthy Mukherjee.

Continuing in raag Marwa, Anureakha presented the second item that had been specifically designed to unravel the mysteries of kathak. In this presentation came thaat, salami, uthaan, aamad, paran aamad — traditional pieces which define the technical part of kathak.

Embodying the grace and the delicacy of Lucknow Gharana of kathak in plenty, Anureakha came back to a devotional sequence in “Shiv stuti”. Trying to match the heavy rhythm, specific to Shiva tandava, Anureakha left grace behind to enter the mould of strength.

Her gestures (mudras) added meaning the presentation that was structured as a tribute to Lord Shiva.

Next in line was presentation on a thumri in raag Desh, which made the lyrics sound beautiful — “Saiyaan gayo pardes...” Soon after came yet another enthralling and challenging presentation — the tarana, followed by jhap taal.

The latter part of the presentation was also reflective of the nuances of Lucknow Gharana.

Anureakha was accompanied by Parthasarthy Mukherjee on tabla, Ustad Roshan Ali Khan on sarangi and Debopriya Adhikary on vocals.



Amandeep, Aarushi win contest
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 25
Amandeep Singh and Aarushi Kataria won the first and second prizes in a patriotic songs competition sponsored by Bharat Petroleum at a company petrol station, near Sector 15, here today. According to Brig DS Dhillon (retd) of the petrol station, over 50 students below the age of 15 years from Shiv Public School, St soldiers School and Sunshine Public School, participated.

A special item of Prof Murli Dhar Soni and Ms Neema Sharma was appreciated. The performance of a four-year-old kid, Dev Kumar drew applause. 



Passion with brush

Chandigarh, January 25
A vast variety of oil paintings, including landscapes and replicas, are on display at KKKS Art Gallery in Swastik Vihar. Put up by Col K.K. Singh (retd), who is himself director of the gallery, the show features collections like replicas of Picasso's works, including "The Woman With Guitar", artist's own creation, titled Harmony, which depicts the agony that nation is suffering on account of rising communal tensions, landscapes revelling in the beauty of nature and the reclining Buddha painted as his serene self.

 Among other works on display at the gallery are Radha Krishna and Fisher Woman, both executed differently but on the theme of sensuality. Coming from a self-taught artist, who has made it a point to pursue his passion after retirement, the works are fairly appealing with their strong compositional quality. TNS



Easy finance affects car bazaar
Ruchika M. Khanna

The varied and easy finance options available with customers has affected business at one of the biggest car bazaars in North India here. With car financing for getting a chic machine-on-wheels coming of age in the city, the Sunday car bazaar here is feeling the heat.

Though the number of cars coming to the car bazaar here has shown a substantial increase over the past three years (about 5,000 cars are on display), the actual sale of cars has shown a decline. Figures available with car dealers suggest that the fall in the sale of second hand cars from the car bazaar is more than 30 per cent. As compared to an average of 100 cars being sold on each Sunday till 2001, the sale has dropped to an average of 60 to 70 cars now.

With consumerism fast pervading all sections of the society here, most residents think it below their dignity to buy a second hand car. It is only the lower-rung babus and businessmen in the lower middle income bracket, mostly first time buyers, who throng the car bazaar. Generally, most of the sellers of these cars are from Chandigarh and buyers from elsewhere in the region.

Mr Suraj Sharma, a businessman from Pinjore, who had come to buy an Indica, said with finance option on second hand cars being available, he decided to buy a car, not just for convenience, but because it would also increase his business prospects.

The Sunday car bazaar here is one of the biggest in the northern region. Buyers of second hand cars and sellers from all over the region — Ambala, Lalru, Banur, Rajpura, Patiala, Sirhind, Fatehgarh Sahib, Morinda, Ropar, Kalka, Solan, besides the city and its satellite townships of Panchkula and Mohali assemble here each Sunday to strike the best possible bargains.

According to Mr Rupinder Bir Singh, president of the Car Dealers Association, “with many finance options available, the customers prefer to buy a new car on monthly instalments, rather than take a used car. With the coming of more players in the market since 1999 like Santro, Matiz and Indica, Maruti lost a number of its customers to these companies. As a result, the sale of second hand Maruti cars, which brought prosperity to the car dealers in the city, went down, and the sale of other second hand cars has not picked up as much.

Most car dealers lamented that their business had been hit as more than a dozen well-reputed finance companies and as many nationalised and private banks were giving loans for buying cars at easy instalments. It is to counter this threat from car financiers that most of the car dealers now finance second hand cars to woo the almost elusive customers.

On an average, each car dealer sells two to three cars and it is the models of cars bought after 1998 that meet the best deal. While almost 70 per cent of the cars sold in the car bazaar are Maruti 800, these are followed by Zen, Santro and Indica in the same order. Among the luxury cars, Honda City, Mitsubishi Lancer and Hyundai Accent are the most preferred cars followed by Esteem, Safari and Opel. The market for the cars like Fiat, Ambassador and Tata Sumo is limited and these are mainly purchased by taxi operators. — TNS



Jazzy B enthrals Patiala

Jazzy BETC Punjabi Channel in association with Alpha TV Punjabi organised a cultural programme “Dhol wajda live” at Polo Ground in Patiala on Saturday evening. Pop star Jazzy B along with other Punjabi singers, including Pammi Bai, Kamaljit Neeru, Madan Maddi and Labh Janjhua enthralled the city audience with their live performance. However, people were quite disappointed with the seating arrangement and venue of the programme.

People complained that the seating arrangement was inadequate. Besides this, they added even those who had passes were not allowed inside. The police had a difficult time in controlling the crowd. A local journalist, representing Chardhikala, was roughed up. Punjab Union of Journalist general secretary Gurkirpal Singh Ashk condemned the action against the journalist.

Speaking on the occasion the president of ETC Channel Punjabi, Mr Rabindra Narayan, said that the basic objective of the programme was to provide high-quality entertainment to the people of Punjab.

Labh Janguja started with his famous number “Mundian to bachke rahin”, while Kamaljit Neeru sung “Seti ta seti vaji”, “Jad ma gidha chi ie” and Pammi Bhai presented various folk songs. Jazzy B started the programme with his famous Punjabi pop song “Naga samala julafa de”, ‘Putt jattan de”.

Ms Preneet Kaur, MP, Deputy Commissioner Tejveer Singh, ADC Shiv Dhullar Singh Dhillon and PRTC Chairman Ved Parkash Gupta were present on the occasion. — OC



Chanderi sarees attract city eves

The sensuousness of the fabric, its weave and traditional appeal has always captured the heart of the fairer sex in the city. Chanderi sarees — be it in cotton for daily wear, silk for semi- formal dressing or the tissue Chanderi for special occasions — have always been a hot favourite, especially for the spring- summer season.

Mrignaynee, a unit of Madhya Pradesh Hastshilp Evam Hathkargha Vikas Nigam, has brought various manifestations of the fabric to the city. From the traditional chattai designs to the Kinnar jangla designs, and in more than 450 colours and as many designs, the Chanderi sarees and suits are selling like hot cakes at the exhibition. The prices of the sarees range between Rs 300 and Rs 5000, and of suits between Rs 700 and Rs 4000.

As many as 10 weavers from Chanderi have brought their exquisite designs here. The hand-woven designs of national awardee Tulsi Ram Kohli are also on display. From the masrai dadia (cotton) chanderi to south adda (silk) and scattered floral pattern weaves to all over jaal are available. Woven patterns on checks and stripes, as suit pieces are also on display. Some of the most unusual colour combinations, brown and cobalt blue or ashes-of-roses and lime green, have been used in sarees and suit pieces.

Going by the exquisite display, the Chanderi fabric has certainly come of age. In this age of computer-generated designs, the way these weavers have managed to carve a niche for themselves, mainly by following the popular fashion trends is commendable. The fabric is used not just as sarees and suits but also for making cushion covers and drapes.

Says weaver Mushtaq Khan from Chanderi,” The erstwhile rulers of Gwalior — the Scindias — have promoted this tradition of weaving and have brought it on the international fashion forum.” He says that Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia, the scion of the Scindia family, has promoted Chanderi fabric at international exhibitions and they have recently received an order from Germany for making Chanderi drapes and cushion covers. — TNS



Hamdard medicines for lifestyle diseases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
Hamdard (Wakf) Laboratories will soon introduce Unani medicines for lifestyle diseases like hypertension and cirrhosis, Mr Hammad Ahmed, Senior Mutawalli of Hamdard Laboratories, said here today.

He was speaking at the business conference of the company that was attended by dealers from the city and towns of Punjab. He said that different research projects were going on in the company’s laboratiries to cure modern diseases. He informed that the company was already producing nearly 1,200 herbal products, which included Roohafza and Chawanprash.

“The Unani medicines are not only more effective than other systems of medicines but they are also cheaper. We ensure that the whole process from producing to packing the medicines and drugs are carried out under strict supervision and control of qualified and experienced specialists,” he said.

Later, Mr Hammid gave away prizes to the dealers under the lucky medicine draw coupon scheme. It included free trip to Kathmandu, Bangkok, Singapore. CTVs, refrigetors, mobile handsets and gold coins.



Camcorder carnival organised

Samsung organised a Camcorder carnival, a fun- filled event at Chandigarh Club on Sunday. Face painting, tatoo making, sketching, mehandi et al gave the carnival a fun look.

As part of the carnival, families were given a camcorder for some time to make a film of their family members, as they played tambola, lazed under the faint sun, or participated in fun activities organised by Samsung, with the help of students of Government College of Art.

The films prepared by the members were subsequently edited and a CD of the same was given to the participants. Mr Manjit Singh won the first prize for making the best film, and was given a Samsung DVD player as a reward.

Meanwhile, Samsung displayed five latest models of camcoders — VP-D26, Easy Q, MPEG 4 Video were also displayed at a kiosk. — TNS



Cultural programme by engg students
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 25
On the eve of 55th Republic Day, a cultural programme was organised by students and staff of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, where famous pop singer Babbu Mann was the chief guest.

Mann was honoured by the chairman, Mr Satnam Singh Sandhu, by presenting a shawl. As many as 20 boys and girls kept the audience spellbound during their presentation of solo and duet songs.

The participants were allowed to select any of the Hindi, English or Punjabi numbers. The maximum numbers of songs presented were in Punjabi. At the end, on the demand of the audience Babbu Mann also presented a few songs.

The entire audience participated in the popular patriotic number “Ai watan, ai watan humko teri kasam”. The song was met with huge applause that lasted for minutes.

The prizes were presented by Babbu Mann to Braham Inder Singh, Nidhi Gupta and Ms. Silky who bagged the first, second and third positions, respectively, in solo singing.



Health camp for senior citizens

The day spa, beauty and slimming centre — Cleopatra, on Sunday decided to pamper senior citizens by organising a medical camp and offering them special discounts on beauty and slimming packages.

The centre’s management says that since the concept of beauty in the city is related only to the youth, the senior citizens hardly take out any time or make efforts to maintain their physical appearance. It is thus that they came up with the unique idea of celebrating Senior Citizens Day.

As many as 52 senior citizens were examined by Dr K.P. Singh, senior consultant at Fortis Heart Institute. They were given a free lab test for blood pressure, haemoglobin and blood, while in house lab tests for lipid profile, liver, kidney, thyroid function tests, TLC, DLC tests were done at subsidised rates.

The senior citizens were also given beauty treatments like facials, and a spa session at a discounted rate. They were given handy tips on diet management, a low calorie cooking booklet and counselling on weight management. — TNS


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