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State Science Exhibition opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
The Home-cum-Education Secretary, Mr Krishna Mohan, inaugurated the State Science Exhibition 2005 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 32, here, yesterday.

The exhibition, which is an annual event is the 33rd in the series and is organised by the State Institute of Education, Sector 32, in collaboration with the UT Department of Science and Technology and the NCERT, New Delhi. About 260 students from 96 schools along with their teachers are participating in the exhibition which will continue for the next three days.

The main objective of the exhibition is to highlight the role of science and technology for rural development so as to prevent migration from the rural areas to urban which is also the theme of this year’s exhibition.

The schools were divided in four clusters and models were scrutinised.

Only the selected models are displayed in the exhibition which have been prepared on five sub-themes namely, agriculture, energy and conservation, industrial development and environment and educational technology for health.

The event provide a platform to the school students to showcase their talent and creativity.

The selected models will participate in the 33rd Jawahar Lal Nehru National Science Exhibition for Children 2006.



Colourful performance by Shivalik students
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 26
Entertainment was the order of the day as students of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41 Chandigarh, presented a series of colourful performances as a part of their annual day function held at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, here today.

The function began with an academic procession of the teachers of Shivalik Public School. The function was presided over by Prof. P. Ramarao, Director National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Mohali who lit the lamp to formally start the function. The event kicked off with ‘Vandana’ a song and dance sequence paying tributes to the almighty. The students manifested their skills through various cultural items like Rajasthani dance, English songs, qaawali etc.

A well crafted ballet ‘Rang de Basanti Chola’ was performed by the students. The ballet was followed by the prize distribution function. The school’s annual report was read by Ms. Dhindsa highlighting the achievements of the school. The main attraction of the event was that the entire programme was highlighted on big screen using projector. 



Students awarded at annual function
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 26
Swami Ram Tirath Public High School, Mohali, held its 25th annual academic award distribution function with great fervour today. The president of the school, Mr Rakesh Sharma, presided over the function. The function started with Saraswati Vandana, followed by a cultural programme. The tiny tots of the school performed action songs. Trinjan- an item by students of Class I and II stole the hearts of the audience when they depicted Punjabi culture. A thought provoking English skit ‘Who am I’ was presented. Other attractions of the show included taekwondo, fusion dance and bhangra.

The chief guest, Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister Punjab, academic awards to the toppers of session 2004-2005. In his speech, he appreciated the commendable achievements of the school. The annual report highlighted the achievements of the students in various fields.



Sukhmani team tops paper reading contest
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 26
An inter-college technical paper presentation contest was held at the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology (SSIET), Dera Bassi, today. The theme was “New Frontiers in Information and Communication Technology”.

As many as 13 papers were received from JMIT Radaur, SPCET Lalru, SUSCET Tangori and SSIET, Dera Bassi. The papers covered the latest technologies in the fields of biometrics, quantum wires, giant-scale integration, nano-medicines, virtual imaging and optic fibre technology.

The contest opened with a welcome address by Brig Surinder Singh, Dean Academics SSIET. The chief guest, Air Marshal K.S. Bhatia (retd), former adviser to the Government of Punjab, gave a talk on information and communication technology.

Prof Avtar Singh, Chairman, SSIET, exhorted the students to work towards the creation of a nation which was emerging as the knowledge capital of the world.

Dr I.P. Singh, Principal, gave the vote of thanks.

The contest was organised as a part of activities by the student forum of the Institution of Electronics and Telecomm Engineering (IETE). The team of Pankaj Parvesh and Lakshika Vaid from Sukhmani Institute College bagged the first prize. The second prize was won by Rajan Swamy and Kunal Kinra of Electronics and Communication Branch of SUSCET, Tangori, and the third prize was shared by Sanchit Kumar and Vikas Bansal of Seth Jai Prakash College, Radaur and Geet Kamal Gujral and Karan Madar of SPCT, Jaulla Kallan.



Sedentary life, junk food harmful, students warned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October
Health Care Day was celebrated at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, here, today. A blood donation camp was organised by the NSS unit and Medical Committee of the college in collaboration with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGI.

Dr Neelam Marwaha, Director of the department, was the guest of honour. The camp received an overwhelming response. The students and staff members lined up in large numbers for their preliminary check-up. A total of 324 units of blood were collected.

A series of lectures was also arranged by the Health Care Committee. Dr K.K. Talwar, chief guest on the occasion, expressed concern at the imbalanced diet and sedentary lifestyle of the youth of today. The intake of junk food, lack of proper exercise and stress led to hypertension, high blood pressure and heart ailments in adulthood. He stressed that proper health care should start at a young age as it seriously affected health later.

Dr Neeraj Nagpal, a gastroenterologist, delivered an enlightening lecture on an upcoming area of research of significant importance - Adolescent Medicine. Dr Nagpal pointed out that one-fifth of the world population is between 10 to 19 years of age, out of which 22.8 per cent of Indian adolescent population falls in this age group.

He opined that adolescent health care should be treated as important because it affects national parameters. Personal habits and group behaviour were initiated in adolescence which have a life-long impact. Dr Nagpal disclosed that by 2020, 50 per cent of new HIV cases would be in this age group. Therefore, there was an urgent need to view adolescent health as a cause for immediate concern by giving them proper guidance.

Dr D. Behara, Professor of pulmonary medicine, PGI, spoke on common respiratory diseases, and apprised the audience of such serious problems as bronchial asthma and tobacco-related health risks. He pointed out that research suggests that women are more susceptible to harmful effects of tobacco than men and smoking was responsible for 90 per cent cases of lung cancer. He revealed that smoking alone was responsible for seven lakh deaths per year in India. 



Music dominates youth festival
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
Music dominated day two of the Youth and Heritage Festival 2005 being held at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, here today, as musical competitions in the category of classical instrumental (percussion and non-percussion), Indian orchestra and Western vocal (solo and group) continued late into the night.

However, the students and teachers of various colleges enjoyed the panorama of musical compositions, mesmerised by the dexterity of the young women contestants as they played myriad instruments, including tabla, ghara, sitar, santoor, jaltarang, daphli and dhol in harmonious synchronisation.

The highlight of this session came in the end when the audience cheered and clapped to popular English numbers like `Everything I do I do it for you’, `I want it that way’ and `We will, we will rock you’ in the western vocal category.

The chief guest of this session, Mr D.S. Mangat, DPI (Schools and Colleges), Chandigarh Administration, gave away the prizes to the winning teams.

In the session dedicated to theatre, the skit of MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, titled `Garam Masala’ focussed on the evil of bride-burning, the skit staged by GGSCW-26 ended on the note “Antim Echcha” while Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45-B, presented a satire on the condition of the nation, “Yamraj ki samasya mahan, kaise ho Bharat ka kalyan”.

Four colleges participated in the mime competition. The themes varied from woman power to the evil of drinking and corruption among doctors.

The results of these competitions are as follows:

Classical instrument (percussion) - Ritu Chopra GGS College-26 ( I ); Manju GCG-42 (2); (Classical Inst non-percussion) - Samvadini MCMDAV-36 (1); Kulwinder - GCG-42 (2); Ritu Saroj- GCG-11 (3).

Indian orchestra : Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, Chd (1), MCMDAV College for Women , Sector 36, Chd (2); GCG, Sector 11, Chd (3). Individual (Indian orchestra): Samvadini- MCM DAV-36 (1); Pinki- Dev Samaj-45 (2); Harpreet - GCG, Sector 11 ( 3); Western Vocal (Solo): Tarunveer Gujral - GCG-42 (1); Gopika - MCMDAV -36 (2); Jasleen GCG-11 ( 2); Neha Dev Samaj-45 (3).

Western vocal (Group): Dev Samaj College, Ferozepore (1); GCG, Sector 11, Chd (2); Dev Samaj College, Sector 45 (3).

Skit- MCM MCM DAV -36 Chd (1); Dev Samaj, Ferozepore (2); Dev Samaj 45, Chd (3).

Mime: Dev Samaj , Feorozepore (1); GGS College, Sector 26, Chd (2); Dev Samaj, Sector 45 Chd (3). 



Saupin’s donation

Chandigarh, October 26
The Saupin’s School Community Service Organisation has donated blankets, woollen clothes, shoes, and utensils for the earthquake victims of Jammu and Kashmir. TNS



Stay on Postal Department results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) yesterday granted interim stay on the declaration of result of Postal Assistants and Sorting Assistants in the Postal Department.

Fixing the next date for November 8, the tribunal comprising Mr Jasbir S. Dhaliwal, Member (Judicial), and Mr L.M. Goyal, Member (Administrative), directed the Union Government and the Chief Post Master General, Punjab circle, not to declare the result of the examination held to fill the posts.

The case was moved by the All-India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union against the Department of Posts (Postal Assistant and Sorting Assistant) Recruitment Rules, 2002. The recruitment rules had affected their promotional avenues.

The applicants stated that prior to 2001, the Gramin Dak Sewaks were known as Extra Departmental Agents and were governed by the Department of Posts Gram Dak Sewaks (Conduct and Employment) Rules, 2001.

The next stage of promotion was that of Postal Assistant and Sorting Assistant. Any Gramin Dak Sewak, who has completed three years, was eligible for the promotion and age prescribed was 35 years, prior to coming into the force of 2002 rules.

Till 2001, the applicants remained governed by the provisions of the rules of 1992. But the framing of the new rules, the applicants had to secure same marks as prescribed for 50 per cent direct recruitment vacancies and the age was reduced from 35 to 28 years.

The applicants further sought amending of the recruitment rules, treating the applicants as departmental candidates and fill the quota accordingly.


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