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Improve quality of research, says Dean
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 11
A six-day training programme on “Research methodology with focus on designing and implementing research proposal in social sciences” concluded at the ICSSR complex, Panjab University, here today.

Prof Om Kamra, Vice-President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, while speaking on Indo-Canadian Studies, said the university and college teachers could get funds under faculty-enriched programmes and for delivering lectures in Canada. He said that the research scholars working in Indian universities could partly spend time in the Canadian Universities if their Ph.D work related to Canada.

Prof S.K. Sharma, Dean University Instruction, stressed on improving quality of research.Prof M.R. Aggarwal opined that social scientists should sharpen their skills for understanding complex social science reality. Prof Sahib Singh Bhayana said the quality of social science, particularly in North India, was very low.

Prof B.S. Ghuman, course director, said the objectives of the courses such as sensitising the participants about growing emphasis on quality of teaching and research, sharpening the methodological tools for social science research and exposing the participants to use of information technology, were successfully met during the course.

Dr Shashi Kala, Dr Kulwant Rana and Ms Vijay Lakshmi Sharma, all participants, while sharing their experiences said the course was very useful.



Hamara School
Gian Jyoti’s stress is on value system and character

GIAN Jyoti Public School, Phase II, Mohali, works towards evolving a learning process and environment, which will empower future citizens to become global leaders in the emerging techno-professionally enlightened society.

The school was established on the pious day of Baisakhi in the year 1947 under the dynamic leadership of Mrs Ranjeet Bedi. The school is committed in promoting not just academic excellence, but also personal, social and physical development of each student.

The proud motto of the school, ‘Charhdi Kala,’ helped it to flourish from two students, three teachers to 2034 students and around 75 teachers. Now the school has a huge aesthetically beautiful modern building with spacious corridors, bright airy and well-lit classrooms.

Library: The school has a library-cum-reading room conducive to self-reading. The library has a stock for more than 11,165 books for the students and more than 1,104 reference books for the teachers. Latest dictionaries, encyclopaedias are also available in school library. The school is subscribing to all the leading newspapers and magazines required at the school level for the students to widen their horizon of knowledge.

Laboratory: The school also has seven well-equipped laboratories, two each for physics, chemistry, biology and one for maths. All the labs are having adequate arrangements to conduct experiments of the concerned syllabi.

To make education project oriented, the CBSE has sent guidelines to the school for establishing a lab for mathematics. Gian Jyoti Public School has taken lead in this direction as they have taken the initiative by establishing a well-equipped maths laboratory in the school. After attending the maths exhibition at the school, Mr P.I. Sabu, Regional Officer, CBSE, Chandigarh, being the chief guest of the function said, ‘‘For maths exhibition perhaps this is the first school to exhibit such thought-provoking wonderful models. I have no hesitation in saying that there will be a great interest for maths subject in the school if such innovations are made a regular feature’’.

Use of Multimedia: The school has the latest CDs, technology, OHP and multi-media projectors, which are profusely used while teaching. The school has a well-equipped computer laboratory having 29 computers with adequate number of printers and has internet facilities.

House Systems: A well-planned house system forms an integral part of the school curriculum and provides a platform for organising various competitions like debates, declamations, poetry recitation, quiz, music, dance and drawing competitions to channelise the energies of young minds and inculcate a healthy spirit of competition among the students.

Educational trips and exhibitions: Educational trips and exhibitions are organised by the school as the school has always believed in the integral, all-round and harmonious development of personality. It strives to inculcate the habits of self-learning and self-studying in the students. It teaches the students to make a proper balance of the three dimensions of life, i.e. physical, mental and spiritual. The school is committed to groom the students to become healthy, dynamic and responsible citizens of the country with nationalistic feelings and global outlook. It shapes the future of our youth through leadership, innovation and constant guidance.

The school endeavours 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. The school aims to provide these experiences through creative and modern education techniques.



We look at children as God’s apostles

“Children are God’s apostles sent to the earth by Him as manifestations of love, hope, peace and compassion. We at Gian Jyoti believe in transforming these children into polished, productive, intellectually sharp, highly disciplined, socially conscious and responsible individuals to lead meaningful and purposeful lives.”

“To have solutions to the problems is not sufficient. The teachers of the present era, should focus on enabling the children to find a solution of the problems themselves instead of waiting for someone to solve their problems. The teacher’s endeavour should be to sow the seed of self-confidence in the students from the initial stage of their studies.”

“I believe that self-confidence, hard work and discipline are of paramount importance and are the basic qualities that the students should have to achieve all round success in life. I envisage a robust, vibrant and holistic education that will engender excellence in the students. At Gian Jyoti we relentlessly work towards evolving a learning process and environment which will empower the students to be the global leaders in the emerging techno-professionally enlightened society.”

“As teachers, we should always remain alert and conscious about our Himalyan task and responsibilities to build the character and to shape the future of the students.”



Bar seeks judicial courts at Dera Bassi
Our Correspondent

Lalru, April 11
Member of the Dera Bassi Bar Association have submitted a representation to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court demanding judicial court at the Dera Bassi Tehsil Complex.

In their representation, submitted through the District and Sessions Judge, Patiala, the Bar members highlighted the inconvenience which litigants and general public face in absence of the judicial courts in Dera Bassi.

Mr Anmol Singh, president of the Dera Bassi Bar Association, said after awarding a status of subdivision to the township, the office of a Subdivisional Magistrate has been created but a court has not come up as yet.



4,264 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 11
As many as 4,264 petty criminal cases were decided at a special Lok Adalat organised at the district courts here today.
According to the member-secretary of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority, over Rs 1.76 lakh were recovered in these cases. He said the adalat was held under the guidance of the Executive Chairman of the authority and a judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice V.K. Bali,

The member-secretary informed that 1,882 Lok Adalats had been organised and 4.69 lakh cases decided in Haryana so far. An amount of Rs 162 crore had been awarded as compensation in 24,538 motor accident claim cases.

As far as 16,431 persons had so far been provided with free legal services and 573 legal literacy camps have been organised by the authority in the state, he added.



Music has lost creativity, says Pankaj
Ruchika M. Khanna

Pankaj UdhasHIS mellifluous voice has regaled generations of ghazal lovers. But Pankaj Udhas shows no signs of slowing down and can still hold on his own, in spite of the flux of sleazy remixes of old numbers.

The ghazal singer was in city for the book release of friend Sardar Anjum’s “Bekhudi”, which was held at a glittering ceremony on Saturday evening at Tagore Theatre. “We have been friends for years. I have sung many a ghazal penned by Sardar Anjum, and am here to share his happiness on his big day,” he says.

Dressed as nattily as ever, the ghazal singer presented a picture of poise and style more Western than Indian. He spoke at length about the weaning away of youth from ghazal and gayaki; offers from political bigwigs for jumping in the election arena; his impending trip to Pakistan in wake of thaw in Indo-Pak relations; and his long association with the original Ghazal King Mehdi Hassan.

Music has lost creativity, says Pankaj Udhas, when asked why the present day youth does not enjoy ghazals. He expressed disillusionment with the present genre of music being churned out as he agreed that the days when generations of Indians were fed on ghazals were passe’. “Music companies are aggressively marketing the sleazy numbers, and creativity and beauty of music is lost. This despite of the fact that music with traditional flavour will sell better than music set to the other beats, which is not our sanskriti,” he adds.

I am excited about my trip to Pakistan in the first week of May, said the ghazal singer. “With the thaw in relations between the two countries, I have been getting a lot of offers of visiting Pakistan, but was waiting for the right platform to perform. I have now been invited by the Pakistani Government to perform at Karachi, and hope to enthral the people there”.

I would rather be outside the political arena, he added when asked how the pollskrieg E-2004, had failed to touch him. “I admit I was asked by friends in the political circles to campaign, but I am just not cut out for the job. But, yes, nobody ever offered me money for joining A or B political party.

I am the first Indian ghazal singer to have met and stayed with Mehdi Hassan, he claimed, when asked of his friendship for the original Ghazal King. “I stayed with Hassan sahib in the UK for a month in 1976. We gelled instantly on meeting and have mutual admiration for each other. In fact, when Hassan sahib, visited India in 1986, I had presented him with a harmonium, which he still plays,” he says. Pankaj Udhas has also rendered two nazms in poet Farhad Shazad’s album, created as a tribute to Mehdi Hassan. “My friends mean a lot to me”, he says as he explains his long-standing friendship with Mehdi Hassan and Sardar Anjum.

My daughters, Nayab and Deva, are also my disciples. “Both of them grew up in an atmosphere where music was the be all and end all of all conversations. They inherited my passion for music, and are now learning the finer points of gayaki.”

“Attention does not bother me”, he said: Rather I am grateful that people understand and appreciate ghazals. There have been times when co-passengers in a flight requested me for a song, and I have enthralled people aboard an Air India flight. — TNS 



Stay cool in hot summer

With mercury rising each day, people are scourging for cover from the scorching sun. Retaining your cool in the pool is a temporary relief. As is remaining locked in air-conditioned rooms. So what are the options to beat the summer heat? We bring you a lowdown on how to revitalise your energies and be yourself, in spite of the scorching sun and the pale hues of the earth.

Ice cream remains an all-time favourite to cool off
Ice cream remains an all-time favourite to cool off.

Cotton trousers to beat the summer heat, teamed with sleeveless tees
Cotton trousers to beat the summer heat, teamed with sleeveless tees. — Tribune photos by Manoj Mahajan

Femme fatale in cool cottons: Cotton is hep. It’s not the cloth for the hoi polloi, rather is the fashion statement of the season for all ye ladies. From wraparounds, gypsy skirts, capris, pedal pushers to trousers — cotton is in. The tops to team with are also cool, sleeveless or with slight flaired three-quarter sleeves. Knitted tees are the flavour of the season at Wills Lifestyle store, while stores like Fab India and Khadder swear by handloom cotton and khadi for the season. And guys, white is haute this season, even in handbags, capris/trousers or skirts, as are sleeveless tees with hoods.

Short kurtas for men: If kurtis were the flavour of women’s wardrobe last year, men too adorn the cool kurtas teaming them with cotton trousers for a cool dude look. Deepak Jain, of Jain Brothers, Sector 17, says short kurtas are already in short supply. This year 50 per cent of customers, especially young boys, are looking for cotton kurtas, printed, woven and with chikan weave, to team with cotton trousers. The short shirts that were in last year, are only for those who wake up late to fashion.

Strappy sandals: Strappy sandals, which barely cover your feet and allow them to breathe. The tie-up sandals in flat and kitten toe heels, the stringy sandals in pencil heels or the flat strappy ones for women, and floaters for men are cool. The lady in white (for this summer, pun intended) can shop for her delicate feet at Glich, Mochi, Sant or Chief boot store, while guys can look for Reebok and Nike floaters.

Coloured fizz for thirst: Coloured concoctions with cool coconut milk, mint, fresh lime and orange are for the stylish, though lassi is for all age groups. Mehfil, Moti Mahal, The Cellar or Wah Dilli in Panchkula — all are serving different mocktails to quench your thirst and refurbish your souls. Rahul Sharma, bartender at Blue Ice, says all fizz-based mocktails are popular, especially the mint flavoured ones. Sunrise Surprise, Green lady, Shirley Temple... the drinks are as exotic as the names.

Yummy ice cream! An all season delight. And more so when the mercury moves skyward. Ask friends Shikha Mittal, Nitya Mittal, Karanjot and Pratima Thakur. The foursome say they have to have at least one ice cream a day. Butterscotch, strawberry and vanilla are cool, while chocolate is hot and reserved for the winter months, they say. TNS



Morning Chatter
Bursting the psycho-babble bubble
Taru Bahl

Sarita is paranoid that her three-year-old son is hyper. He can’t sit still in one place and he has a terribly short attention span. He is also having problems in kindergarten with his alphabet and she fears he might be dyslexic.

Sarita herself does not keep good health. Her constant headaches and body pains keep her from accompanying her husband on his social commitments. Common friends are convinced she is a hypochondriac and that her constant cribbing is responsible for creating a dysfunctional domestic unit, especially since her husband is always pub-hopping and is never to be found at home. They predict that it will not be long before her anxiety-prone temperament and severe mood swings induce her into a manic depressive state.

The above paragraph seems perfectly normal. The sequence of events in Sarita’s life and the resultant pattern of behaviour don’t appear incongruous. Unless, you show it to a psychiatrist or a psychology student who will tell you that there is a liberal peppering of psycho-babble in a manner which seems harmless and spontaneous. Indeed, we tend to use serious psychological terms in the course of our regular conversation. Psycho-babble has become commonplace, giving us a licence to label slight aberrations in behaviour as serious maladies, when they may not necessarily be all that grave.

To use the word paranoid implies being in an acute state of panic, yet the term finds its way in the most casual way, referring to simple things like an inability to cross roads, uncertainty about attempting a mathematical calculation, having vertigo or feeling claustrophobic in a lift. Basically, all sundry components of fear in all their varying intensities are clubbed into the single category of paranoia or phobia.

Depression too has come to signify any mental condition which is unhappy. It discounts the fact that depression, whether it is secondary, primary or manic, requires clinical intervention, medication and counselling. To label just about anybody with a problem and experiencing some level of anxiety or the blues does not qualify his or her being depressed and low.

The other day, one came across a bunch of youngsters who were discussing a girl who had just switched her boyfriend. To find them labeling her a nymphomaniac hurt. Not because it was a direct insult to her character, but because they did not know what they were saying and that the implications of their seemingly casual observation could have serious repercussions.

The choice of words, especially in these days of instant communication, thanks to SMS-ing on mobiles or e-mailing via the net, calls for greater sensitivity. There is no time to do a spell-check, a re-think or to give a re-read to what one has penned. The effect on any one who is sensitive to the choice of words and to their inference can be devastating, if not lethal.

Some amount of thought to what you have written, preceded obviously by what you have thought and inferred, is important if you want people to think of you as someone who is sane, mature and empathetic. Besides, why indulge in psycho-babble at all, more so when the Queen’s English gives you simpler options and words substitutes, if only you seek them out.



Sanjay Suri working for an image makeover
Aditi Tandon

Sanjay Suri is busy building his profile these days. Driven by sense and sensibility, the actor, once dubbed as "serious", is now working towards a solid makeover of image. "In cinema, it never pays to be branded. Moreover, creativity starts sagging if you don't rejuvenate it with ingenuity. I am making attempts and leaving the rest to my stars," said the actor, in an interview with The Tribune at Ozone Spa in Sector 9 here today.

That "Filhaal" is long over for him was clear by his conscious omission of the film when asked about his pet cinematic projects. "I can remember three of them - "Jhankar Beats", "Pinjar" and "Shaadi ka Ladoo"," said Sanjay, who was in the city, along with co-star Divya Dutta, who is going strong with plum assignments, the most significant being Shyam Benegal's "Netaji". Both form one of the two lead pairs in Raj Kaushal's forthcoming film "Shaadi ka Ladoo."

Most vocal about the film and its bright prospects, Sanjay said, "It is an age-old theme, repackaged to suit contemporary times. The basic principle of the film is the adage "The grass is always greener on the other side". I play a married man, with Divya Dutta in my wife's role. Ashish Choudhary plays my unmarried friend who is yearning to taste the fruits of marriage. The film's treatment is humorous; the comedy is not slapstick at all. It's an intelligent film, refined with wit. The best thing is that all characters in the film are most believable. You can instantly relate with each one of them."

It was the film's worth that drove Sanjay to sign it. As it is, he was basking in the glory of "Jhankar Beats", another smart comedy, which launched him afresh. "My sensibilities are the same. But after serious stuff in "Filhaal" and then again in "Pinjar", I thought I should try my hand at comedy. That was one genre I had never attempted. One, however, wishes we had more meaningful comedies like the ones made by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The point is that the audience has become very discerning. It has no time for frivolous stuff.. It wants something of the tongue-and-cheek-nature."

Having accepted "Shaadi ka Ladoo", Sanjay is again teaming up with director Raj Kaushal, who earlier directed him in "Pyar Mein Kabhie Kabhie", which also featured Dino Morea and Rinkie Khanna. Recalling his association with Raj, Sanjay said, "He is one director who knows his mind and allows the actor to surface. It is sad but the fact is that our industry has few film directors who take the actor beyond the role, deeper into the ramifications of its portrayal. Most of the time characters in the films are not well etched out. But this film is different and refreshing. It shows how women yearn to command men and how men, in return, yearn to rebel." The film will release on April 23. TNS



Tenacity keeps Aman going
Ruchika M. Khanna


My Biggest Asset: My educational background, though I have certain liabilities and am working to remove these, he jokes. Also my urge to survive despite all odds.

I like working with: Mandira Bedi. I have acted in quite a few serials with her. She has played my wife, girlfriend, sister. I tell her that someday she will play my screen mom.

My kinda music: Listening to R.D. Burman and Kishore Kumar is my favourite pass time.

Candid to the point of being blunt. A stickler for time (I go for my shooting on time and leave on time), a daily exercise regimen (loves to swim, if the pool is clean or works on the treadmill) and a healthy eating habit (prefers fat free and calorie free food; does not smoke, or consume alcohol), that’s what makes television’s hottest star Aman Verma. Or rather Aman Yatan Verma (his dad is Col Yatan Kumar Verma).

An actor who has begun the second, and more thrilling innings of his acting career, Aman appears to be on a constant self-exploration and improvisation trip. Watching films — Indian and Western — is a passion, not so much because he is a film buff, but to learn the acting styles of different actors — Al Pacino, Clint Eastwood, Anthony Hopkins, or closer home, Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, and now, Irfan “Maqbool” Khan.

Maybe this is the reason that he has emulated the styles of various actors, and thus had a meteoric rise in his acting career. “I am not a great actor or a host, he says candidly. Nor do I have those drop dead looks, but I put in my best when I am performing,” he says. Perhaps, this explains why channels like Star Plus and Sony are vying with each other to sign up Aman for their shows.

First noticed on television opposite Mita Vashisht in a serial, “Pachpann Khambe Barah Hath” on Doordarshan, Aman had a rough patch 
and did trivial roles in serials like “Andaz”. But his tenacity to bounce back proved to be his ride to success. “Being from a defence background, I am a fighter to the core. I began with Balaji Films with serials like “Ghar Ek Mandir”, and “Itihas”. My entry into “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” was at a time when Mihir’s (Amar Upadhyay) character vanished. The character of “Anupam Kapadia” had to fill in the slot, left vacant when Mihir went missing. Being pitted against Mihir’s character, which was a rage all over the country, was a challenge. A lot of other actors had refused the role but I took the challenge and jumped in,” he says, talking of his successful foray into most Indian homes as “Anupam” of “Kyunki....”

And indeed he has come a long way. A voracious reader, literature student, an MBA in Finance from Delhi University, and a diploma holder in journalism, Aman had defied all logic given by his family to join the armed forces like his dad or take up a government job. The arc lights beckoned him and thus he embarked upon his journey. And successful journey, he laughs, as he remembers his tiffs with family over his choice of career, to the turn his career has taken. Having played son to Amitabh Bachchan in “Baghban”, to hosting “Khul Ja Sim Sim” — the second most successful game show in the history of Indian  television (second after “Kaun Banega Crorepati”). “The show allows me to be myself. And it is great fun to be hosting the show. Like yesterday, a man came on stage with a stray dog, while another got a rickshaw with him. It is exciting and sets the adrenaline flowing,” he says.

Aman says he is now exploring himself by playing characters with shades of grey. In “Devi”, he plays the devil, and in “Kum Kum”, he begins as a positive character, only to turn into a psychotic lover later. He says he has some exciting film in the line and is looking for commercial success in films now. “Each actor aspires for success in Bollywood, and so do I,”he admits. TNS



Fun-filled fashion show at Funcity

As part of the Baisakhi celebrations the Surya Funcity tonight organised a fashion show in which several models from the region participated. The mega show, held at a newly-added feature, the Aqua Dance Floor, had several rounds in which models displayed garments on various themes. The show was held at Water Park in Ramgarh village, near Chandigarh.

Amidst loud cheers the show progressed with the models sashaying down the ramp one round after the other. Centred on fun and frolic, the rounds were planned to showcase garments on the themes of Indian culture, beach, peace and aqua dance. Well-organised, the show was choreographed by Gagan and sponsored by Citifinancial and Fort Ramgarh.

The audience gathered from all over Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. Earlier on April 9, the visitors were treated to a special session of rain dance organised by the management at the aqua dance floor.Spread over 1100-square feet, the dancing floor is equipped with 400 water points on the floor and the roof has stylish water proof lights, informed Mr Ramandeep Singh Kohli, of the Funcity. OC


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