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PU Notes
Rajiv Gandhi award for Raj Kumari Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Dr (Mrs.) Raj Kumari Gupta, Reader, Department of Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh, has been selected for the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for her contribution in the field of special education as per a press note issued by the Chairperson, Dept. of Education.


A one-day national seminar on ''Safety in Energy Sector'' was held at the ICSSR Complex, Panjab University. It was jointly organised by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE)-Regional Centre and Energy Research Centre (ERC), Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Prof. J.C. Bansal, Chairman, Chandigarh Regional Centre of IIChE, welcomed the guests. Vice- Chancellor R.C. Sobti inaugurated the seminar. Mr J.B. Verma, Executive Director, Oil Industry Safety Directorate, delivered the keynote address.

Prof. S.K. Sharma, Director, Rayat Institute of Engineering and Technology, former Dean, University Instructions, and former Director, ERC, delivered special lecture on ''Risk analysis and Hazards''.

Mr Manmohan Ahuja, vice- president (Technical), Petronet LNG, New Delhi, spoke on advantages of LNG as a clean fuel. Dr N.C. Goomer, Head, Regional Centre Board of Radiation and Isotope Tech, New Delhi, gave a talk on ''Nuclear Tech in Healthcare''.

Capt. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Manager (Shipping), Petronet LNG, explained the safety aspects in shipping of liquid hydrocarbons.

Essay competition

The Centre for Vivekananda Studies, Panjab University, has announced an essay competition on "Contemporary Relevance of Modern Indian Thinkers". The first, second and third participants of this competition will be given cash prizes of Rs 2,000, Rs 1,500 and Rs 1,000.

The Centre invites participants to write a paper on any one of modern sage. The competition is open to the postgraduate students and the youth between 18 and 28 years. Length of the essay should be around 5000 words. The essay could be written in Hindi or English. Authors of the selected papers will be invited to make presentations in a students' seminar organised by the Centre for Swami Vivekananda Studies. The paper should reach in the office of Prof. Dharmanand Sharma, Co-ordinator, Centre for Swami Vivekananda Studies, Dept. of Philosophy, Arts Block No.IV, PU Chandigarh, by October 15. The e-mail address is: vivekanandastudies@gmail.com.



Sai school to teach poor kids free
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Students and staff of Sai Grace Public School, Saidpura, Dera Bassi, celebrated teachers’ day today.

Children enacted as their teachers and competitions were held. The winners of competitions were Govind, first, Komal, second, and Uvesh, third. They were given prizes.

Dr Maneel Grover, director of the school and the Sai Dharam Singh Grover Foundation, announced they would start free classes for the deprived children.

Under this project, children of ages 3 to 10 years of very poor parents could come to the school for getting free education and motivation in the evening.



Pre-nursery school opened
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, September 5
Queue Kids International, a pre-nursery school, was inaugurated on the premises Golden Public School, Lalru, on the occasion of Teachers’ Day here today.

At St Joan’s Public School, Zirakpur, a colourful entertainment programme was organised and salad-making and greeting card making competitions were held. A movie “Garfield” was also screened for the students.

The teachers and students paid rich tributes to Dr S.Radhakrishnan at St Vivekanand Public School, Zirakpur, on the occasion. Various cultural activities like dance, songs, and mono-acting were presented by students.



MCM Principal hails role of HR activists
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Ms Puneet Bedi, Principal of MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, has appreciated the role played by two human rights activists – Mr Arvind Thakur and Ms Arushi, members of the Lawyers for Human Rights International, — in the amicable settlement of the recent dispute between students and college authorities.

It may be recalled that following the alleged slapping of a college student by a teacher for talking on her mobile, the students had gone on strike, which finally ended last Wednesday following the intervention of these two and others.



HC relief for housing society’s members
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has come to the rescue of the substitute members of the Universal Cooperative House Building Society Limited in Sector 48 by allowing these members to be the office-bearers of the society.

In its order, the HC allowed the eligible substitute members to participate in the elections.

In their application before the court, the petitioners had demanded that they be allowed to participate in the elections.

Meanwhile, the court also directed the society to include the names of the “eligible” petitioners after verifying the contents of affidavits in the draw of lots to be held on September 24.

In the petition, the substitute members had demanded that they be recognised as the original members of the society. There are 122 substitute members in the society.



Shining, Bollywood style
Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 5
Ashmit Patel tried his best to perform the balancing act this evening. But the deafening frenzy of a typical launch outdid him at times. Torn between the sponsors, the fans and the media, the actor however staged a good show – the kind a few in the given situation manage.

But Ashmit seems hard-bred; he also has enough patience in his pack. “Sourcing of skill depends on the situation. With time, I have learnt to act wisely both in context of films and life,” said Ashmit Patel, who was at Mani Majra today to launch Gitanjali Gems – a store that boasts of a lavish D’Damas collection. Accompanying him was Geeta Basra, the latest newcomer who will be seen alongside Ashmit Patel and Emraan Hashmi in “Dil Diya”. The film, directed by Aditya Dutt, is due for release this Friday.

Back to Ashmit – the day didn’t seem perfect for a good conversation but the actor pulled it off nevertheless. “I never wanted to be an actor. It was only when Amisha made it big in films that I started enjoying the idiom. It was she who facilitated my exposure to Bollywood and once I felt the pulse of a new life, I stayed put and started adapting myself to it.”

“Intehaa” was Ashmit’s first film, but he made a mark only with “Murder” – a film that proved cathartic for the actor and hence brought out the best in him. By his own admission: “Murder” helped me come to terms with the demons inside. Just then, I was going through something similar to what the film was projecting. It was like narrating my own life story on celluloid. Naturally, it was difficult yet special.”

Lauded for the intensity of his enactment, Ashmit went on to clinch major deals one after the other. The best part of his onward journey was “it was full of pleasant halts; each different from the other”. “I am a very impulsive person. And I choose my roles also impulsively. I have not gone wrong yet. When choosing a role, my first stress is on the script and the next on the power of the character I am supposed to portray. If these are in place, it doesn’t matter if I am playing the main lead or the second.”

After “Dil Diya”, two more commercial films are lined up for Ashmit, who carved a niche for himself in “Benaras”. “It was a difficult role but a challenging one. The film was very well-conceived and it helped me become a better human being. The role was great as it was performance-oriented. In the absence of frills and froth, the onus of staging a good show lay squarely on the actors. To that extent, it was my best film,” said Ashmit, a pearl ring firmly placed in his small finger. “It helps me keep my calm. I have had my share of problems due to over sensitivity,” said the actor who will shortly be seen in Amar Butala’s “Kudiyon ka hai Zamana”.

As for Geeta Basra, Ashmit’s female lead in “Dil Diya”, life is only beginning. But the London-bred girl is sure there will be sunny days ahead. She says, “Having done English theatre at school, I have experience in acting. I admit the genre of films is different but the acting skill comes handy in all situations. I am happy to have clinched the offer.” It was sheer luck that got Geeta Basra a role in “Dil Diya”. She just happened to be in Mumbai when director Aditya Dutta was auditioning.



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