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Boards are here, 12000 city students ready
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Around 12,000 students will take the CBSE exams for Class X and Class XII across 35 centres in the city this year.
The exams begin tomorrow for the Class XII students, while the Class X exams will begin on March 2. Around 1.75 lakh students in the region will be taking the exam this year.

The maximum numbers of centres this year have been made in Haryana (112), while in Punjab there are 94 centres. Jammu and Kashmir has the least numbers of centres (29).

Security arrangements, according to officials at the CBSE regional office, are all in place for the smooth conduct of the exams tomorrow.

"We had written to the IGs of the region around 15 days ago. We have requested for the provision of two to three policemen at each centre," informed Mr D.R. Yadav, Joint Secretary, Regional Office, CBSE.

Apart from this, observers too will be present at each centre and flying squads will keep a check with surprise visits, informed officials.

The students this year will also have the added advantage of getting 15 minutes extra.

The students will be distributed the question papers at 10:15 am, but they will be permitted to start writing the answers only at 10:30 am.

"The students will get extra time to read and understand the questions only, the writing part will begin at 10:30 am," said Mr Yadav. 



Valedictory function for teachers at RIE
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The Regional Institute of English (RIE), Sector 32 here organised a valedictory function for teacher trainees in the teaching of English course today. Forty-eight teachers from J and K, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Chandigarh were trained during the three-month course.

They were trained in communication technology through the institute’s resources, computerised language lab, Internet, and multimedia software, apart from print media and books and journals in the library. This helped trainees to develop teaching material in the form of manuals, audio/video CDs relevant to their classroom environment.

The chief guest, Ms Raji P Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Finance-cum-Director Public Instructions (Colleges), said she was impressed by the group dynamic skills as synergy of communication among the trainees. She stressed on the process of interaction among the teachers and the institute through exchange of ideas via e-mail.

Dr Sharda Kaushik, director of the institute, emphasised the need to involve teachers in the entire curriculum planning and the course had provided a platform for them. She stressed on the need to bring in Information Technology to make learning self-accessed rather than teacher driven. Technology can also address multi-sensory demands of the varied learners. 



Igniting zeal for science
National Science Day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh/Mohali, February 28
The Chandigarh chapter of the Indian Science Congress and the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) organised the National Science Day celebrations, sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Chandigarh Administration, at the Panjab University today.

A series of competitions were organized to mark the day. Mr Vivek Atray, Director IT, Chandigarh, explained how the Department of Science and Technology was developing IT and BT in Chandigarh. Prof S.V. Kessar, Emritus Scientist, INSA, emphasised the need of opting science as a career because science needed innovative minds which would help India achieve scientific excellence.

Earlier, Dr R.C.Sobti, Convener, (ISCA Chandigarh chapter), Dr. R.C. Mahajan, Convener (INSA Chandigarh chapter) had welcomed the speakers.

Among those who won prizes included: Sakshi Gupta, Ajay Deepak Kumar, Shilpa Panday, Sweta Gupta, Aswathy Rajan, Renu, Var Ruchi, Isha, Sandra, Arastu, Jyoti Parmar, Anupam, Dinesh, Rashmi, Simarbir, Manas, Hriday, Karan Sharma, Himshikha Bhutani, Lehar, Mohita, Kumardeep, Manishi, Amanjot, Garmia, Sandeep Brar and Aarti.

Navita, Gulika Bhardwaj, Ankur, Preeti Mathur, Pranav, Astha Sobti, Kamna Singh, Arun, Ranjan, Shruti, Manish, Neha, Amber Gill, Arun Kalia and Ranjan also won prizes.

Celebrations at C-DAC

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Mohali, celebrated the day starting with an inaugural address by Mr J.S. Bhatia, Director, C-DAC.

He talked about the role of IT in today's environment and how IT was useful in day-to-day life.

In keynote address Mr. Ravinder Zandu, consultant, Accenture UK, exhorted the visitors to nurture nature for our future.

Mr Deepak Rana, Public Relation Officer, C-DAC, Mohali, said the centre had extended special invitations to the students from various schools in and around Mohali, including the deaf and dumb and blind school.

He organised a technical demonstration in the latest tools of multimedia technology and animation for the students and a special demo for the blind, deaf and dumb students. More then 80 students from various schools visited the centre today.

Paper-reading contest

An inter-college science paper-reading contest was organised to mark the day at the Government College of Education, Sector 20-D. Professor R. C. Sobti, Honorary Director, Academic Staff College and Chairperson, Department of Biotechnology, Panjab University, presided over the function and came down heavily on the damage done to biodiversity in 50 years of ruthless development.

Professor Sobti said biotechnology needed to take care of the effects of pollutants generated in the environment.

He also asked the students to dwell on the slogan for the Science Day, 'Nurture the Nature for Benefit of Man.'

The topics for the competition were: ethical issues related to human cloning, tinkering with genes, biotechnology and common man, biotechnology—its scope and challenges and biotechnology—a vehicle for economic development.

The students who won the prizes were Latika Dogra, SD-32 (first), Priyanka GCE-20 (second), Deepti, SD-32 (third).

Map quiz

A map quiz was organised by the Survey of India, 32-A, as part of the celebrations.

Students of various schools in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula participated in the quiz in which Kirpal, Karan Aggarwal, Anudeep Kaur, Sunil Badla, Sumit Singh and Imroz Khan from Shivalik Public School, Phase-VI, Mohali and Harleen, Ramneek and Deepak from Tender Heart Public School, Sector 33-B, Chandigarh came first.

Simranjeet Kaur, Jasreen Kaur and Akshi Sharma from Shivalik Public School, Phase-VI, Mohali came second and Shreya, Aditi and Ruchi from Tender Heart Public School, Sector 33-B came third.

Dev Samaj students hold rally

The National Science Day was also observed at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology of Chandigarh Administration.

A rally of more than 200 participants comprising the students and staff members went around Sector 45 and Burail village to mark the occasion.

Raising slogans and holding placards, students spread awareness about environment protection using slogans like 'Plant trees', 'Avoid Plastics', 'Promote Vermiculture and Use natural manure', 'Use Solar Energy' and 'Imbibe Scientific Thinking and Temperament'.

An essay-writing contest was also held on the occasion in which as many as 30 students participated. Shilpa Sharma stood first. Mohanjit Kaur and Amrita Waraich were adjudged second while the third place was bagged by Shivani.

Essay-writing, debate contest

Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Sector 35-B, organised a debate, essay-writing competition and also a rally to mark the day.

The DAV College and Government Model School, Sector 26, organised seminars.

Other institutions which also organised functions to ark the day included New Public School, sector 18, GMSSS, sector 22-A, GMSSS, Sector 21, St Anne's Convent School and Government College for Girls, Sector 42.

Science Day at KV AFS

The maxim 'nurture the nature' was the theme of Science Day celebrations held at KV AFS High Grounds, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Mass participation marked various activities held in the Vidyalaya as an endeavour to develop scientific temper amongst the children.

An exhibition, displaying scientific instruments, apparatus, specimens and models, enlightened the students about the functioning of laboratories. Poster-making and slogan-writing competitions on save environment were also organised.

Swati of Class VII was adjudged the best speaker in the declamation contest held on the topic 'uses and abuses of computers'.

Biotech workshop held

Dr Saranjit Singh from the IMTECH conducted a workshop at the New Public School, Sector 18, Chandigarh, to mark the culmination of the Biotechnology Week celebrations under the aegis of Science and Technology Department, UT.

Fifty teachers of the school attended the workshop. Apart from cloning, Dr Singh informed the teachers about microbial diversity and role of biosurfactants.



Talk on remote sensing technology
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) here today organised an “open house” for the public as part of the National Science Day celebrations. A large number of visitors, including college and university students, visited the campus.

Later, the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the Semiconductor Complex, Mohali, Mr K. Nagachenchaiah, delivered a talk on ‘Remote sensing technology, which was attended by scientists, researchers and staff members of CSIO and the Indo-Swiss Training Centre.

Mr Nagachenchaiah traced the history of remote sensing and highlighted technological development undertaken by the Indian Space Research Organisation.

Earlier, the CSIO Director, Dr Pawan Apur, highlighted the significance of the National Science Day and spoke about India’s contribution to science.



MSc, BSc in fashion design at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Panjab University will introduce MSc and BSc in fashion design from the next session. This was decided by members of the university’s Academic Council today. The council members met under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor here this morning.

The members also denied approval to a proposal of the Department of English to discontinue the system of internal assessment being followed by the department for the past two years.

Stating that the system had been started just two years ago, the Vice-Chancellor pointed out that there was no need to stop the system without any specific reason.

Members also decided to ask DAV College, Sector 10, and Government College, Sector 11, to get their four-year innovative course in Bachelor of Physical Education approved by the National Council of Teachers Education.

The course was being run by these colleges reportedly without the requisite approval of the council. The proposal that students of Bachelor of Library Science who had failed be a special chance was not agreed to by the members.

Similarly, the three new combinations proposed for the vocal music course were not approved.

It was also decided to make it mandatory for students of Master in Education to pass their internal and external assignment tests individually to be declared pass.



NSS function at GC-46
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
Students and staff of Government College, Sector 46, celebrated its annual NSS function today. Mr Viney Singh, SDM, Chandigarh, presided over the function and gave away prizes to the 70 NSS volunteers for their outstanding performance in various NSS activities taken up during the current session. Parvinder Singh and Chanda Nautiyal were declared the best volunteers.

Principal Dr AN Garg appreciated the role of the NSS students. Mrs Harinder Kaur, chief programme officer, NSS read out the annual report.

GC-42 function: The 24th annual prize distribution function of Government College for Girls Sector 42 was held here today. Principal Upinder Mehra read out the annual report. As many as 409 students were given prizes. Kulwinder Kaur was declared the best student of the college. Rasleen Kaur, Rajini Sharma, Jina Rani, Silky, Isha, Neha, Manjit Kaur, Puneet, Arusha, Deepika and Monika were given roll of honour. As many as 27 students were awarded college colour. Gurpreet Kaur was declared the best vocalist of the year.

SSIET results: Dera Bassi: Eighty students of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology(SSIET) from disciplines of Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering scored over 90 per cent marks in the seventh semester examination held by Punjab Technical University in December 2005, the results of which were declared recently.

In the IT, Yukti Sareen was first with 96.8 per cent marks, Shilpi Sharma second 96.4 per cent and Puneet Nangla was third 95.1 per cent.

In Computer Science and Engineering, Dushyant Sharma was first with 97.2 per cent marks, Avinash Kaur second with 96 per cent marks and Suman and Punita Malhotra were third with 95 per cent marks.

Harjot Singh and Harpal Singh of the Mechanical Engineering were first with 94.9 per cent marks in the same semester. Shahil Sharma was second with 94 per cent marks and Gagandeep Singh got third position with 93.6 per cent.

Mr Avtar Singh, chairperson of the SSIET, announced that the toppers would be honoured with cash prizes. 



Fancy dress show by tiny tots
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 28
A fancy dress show was conducted for the students of nursery, LKG and UKG at Holy Child School, on Morni Road on Tuesday.
Spring was the theme as numerous students came dressed as butterflies, flowers, fruits and fairies. The highlight was a girl who came dressed as Kalpana Chawla and pledged to fulfil the unfinished dreams of the original Ms Chawla. The Principal, Mrs Neena Trehan, thanked the guests. 




In the news story “16 year old girl tries to kill self” that appeared in the Chandigarh Tribune dated February 24, 2006 it has been inadvertently mentioned that the student who tried to commit suicide was studying at Government School, Sector 8, whereas she is a student of Government School, Sector 28. The error is regretted. — Editor



Advocate Bhatti's licence suspended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 28
The Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana has suspended the licence of Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate J.S. Bhatti for allegedly misbehaving with members of a disciplinary committee constituted by the Bar Council.

The committee was holding proceedings in a case against the lawyer, when he allegedly interfered in the proceedings. Thereafter, the chairman of the committee passed a detailed order and sought transfer of the cases to some other committee.

According to a release quoting Bar Council chairman Harish Rai Dhanda, the general house of the body discussed the matter and resolved to suspend the licence of the advocate till further inquiry.



Maestros strike a perfect chord
S.D. Sharma

Chandi Mandir, February 28
The grandeur of sublime Indian classical music reverberated the otherwise tranquil ambience of Shivalik Institute, Chandi Mandir, as three maestros spelt the magic on the soulful strains of the sarod.

The occasion was a musical concert organised by the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA), Western Command.

Performing for the first time for the Army, living legend Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his illustrious disciple sons Aman Ali and Ayaan Ali hailed the captivating concert a memorable experience that rejuvenated them and the elite audience.

After a ceremonial welcome of the chief guest, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Gen J.J. Singh and Anupma Singh, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and wife Subhalakshami, both Aman Ali and Ayaan Ali took the centre stage only to mesmerise with the soulful rendition of raga “Rageshwari”.

If Amaan initiated the sonorous “alaap” in deep lower octave, Ayaan complimented it repeating the same musical phrase in another octave.

The exercise continued in “jod alaap” and the two “gats” set in “teen taal” as they played either in unison or doled out “taans” in short jugalbandis.

Amidst applause, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan said: “Each raga in Indian classical stream is suggestive of a myriad subtle human sentiment, which has something very distinctive that combines the tonal and psychological element in a perfect pictorial blend.”

Accordingly, he chose to play a few compositions that bared the melody of raga “khamaj” and “ghara”.

He displayed an adroit mastery over the instrument which emanated an aesthetic blend of melody and technique.

The audience enjoyed the display of perfect synchronisation of “laya” and “taal”.

The audience gave a standing ovation to Saneep Das and L.N. Jha who articulated the rhythm on the tabla besides Inderjit on the tanpura.

Earlier, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and speakers lauded the efforts of the AWWA.


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