Thursday, April 20, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
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PU finalises entrance tests’ schedule
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 19 — Panjab University has finalised dates for entrance examinations to various courses in the coming session (2000-2001).

According to reliable sources, entrance examination for the two-year course in MCom is scheduled for June 10. Examination for taking up courses in Bachelors in Library Science, Masters in Mass Communication, Masters in Library Science, Bachelors in Physical Education, MA (Physical Education) and Masters in Education will be conducted on June 11 and 12.

The university has also proposed entrance examination for MSc (Honours). The details and the schedule for the entrance test are not available to the students.

The university has fixed a limit of having secured a minimum of 45 per cent marks in the qualifying examination for the Masters in Mass Communication. Candidates are also required to have secured 45 per cent marks for qualifying examination to the Masters in Physical Education and in Education.

The university has asked candidates for the Bachelors in Library Science to have secured at least 50 per cent marks. The MCom candidates are required to have secured at least 45 per cent marks in the Bachelors course in the same subject. Students with Economics (Honours), Mathematics or Statistics can also qualify in different combinations with a minimum 50 per cent aggregate.

The MA (Computer Applications) will have 30 seats. There are five additional seats for the NRI quota and two seats for candidates who complete three-year BSc course.

The test for course in computers is scheduled for June 6. Examination forms for most of the streams can be sent till April 24. The LlB and LlM courses (two years) entrance examination will be conducted on June 6.

The LLB course (three years) will have an intake of 150 students each in morning and evening classes. At least 15 seats are in NRI category. The LLM course will have 20 seats.

Candidates are required to have secured at last 45 per cent marks at the graduation level to qualify for the examination. There is a concession of 5 per cent for candidates applying in special categories, including Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes. The last date for filling up the forms is April 24. The regional centre, Muktsar, will have an intake of 50 students.Back


Get the best out of your kids
By Poonam Batth
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 19 — Parents and schools should reach out to each and every child so that they achieve their potential. This was stressed during a seminar on Learning disability, organised today under the aegis of ODE (Optimising Development in Education) at Sector 24 Indira Holiday Home.

The schools were also called upon to be more aware of learning disabilities as it generally affects children with average IQ and above average IQ. Learning disability is a comprehensive term that covers a host of diabling conditions that hamper a child’s ability to do well in academics. The WHO statistics reveal that about 10-12 per cent of school-going children in the West suffer from this disability. An infomal survey in Kerala has also brought out that about 20-23 per cent of all school going children have this problem. Hence, all schools should either have resource rooms or learning centres for these children or have access to one.

Dr Prabhjot Malli, from PGI who introduced the topics, gave the teachers some tips so that teachers are able to refer children with suspected learning disability to the professionals so that proper diagnosis could lead to correct remediation.

Dr Tehal Kohli, from the Department of Education, stressed on the need of imparting adequate training in the filed of learning disability so that they are able to assess and help children in school. Ms Poonam Wig from Hansraj Public School talked about the trauma that an individual and child go through when a child is diagnosed with learning disability. And most of them do not know what to do. Ms Kavita and Ms Shangrila from Bhavan Vidyalaya pointed out the problems they encounter in making the parents come to terms with the problem.

Dr Promila Vasudeva chaired a session on “Learning disability — the hidden handicap’’. The speakers pointed out that it is not a visible handicap and hence if not handled properlyhe/she will not have the same understanding as someone with a visual handicap has. Ms Monica Singh, Dr Karobi Das and Ms Sharda Rangarajan highlighted the difficulties of working in a field about which awareness is minimal. Back


Teachers’ protest
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 19 — The Panjab University Teachers Association organised a dharna in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office here today in response to a call of the North Zone Council of the All-India Federation of University Teachers Associations (AIFUTA). The call has been given to protest against non-payment of arrears on account of pay revision of teachers in universities of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Teachers are demanding implementation of enhancement of retirement age from 60 to 62 years.


Students protest, 10 held
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 19 — Students of Homoeopathic Medical College, Sector 26, today strongly protested against the re-instatement of the college Principal, Mr K.K. Dhiman.

The Principal had earlier been asked by the college management to proceed on leave, following 40 days' agitation by students, who had levelled serious charges against him.

According to reliable sources, the students were vehemently opposing the Principal's re-instatement as the Council of Homoeopathic System of Medicine, which was asked to inquire into the matter, had not submitted any report about its findings.The agitated students today locked the Principal and certain other members of the staff in his room during the day.

They raised slogans and addressed students to muster support to once again seek his removal. The Secretary, Mr C.I. Dhamija refused to divulge any details.Meanwhile, on a complaint filed by the Principal, the police arrested seven girls and three boys under Sections 342, 147 and 149 of the IPC, However, they were later let off on bail.Back


17 teachers get awards today
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 19 — Every year outstanding teachers honoured for their dedication and commendable contribution to the cause of education by presenting special awards to them. This time, after a of two long years, 17 teachers get the state award on April 20 at Tagore Theatre.

The awardees are selected on the basis of 11 guidelines given by the Government of India for the said award since 1991.

In practice, the State Awards are given on September 5 every year. The awards were not presented in 1999 as the Lok Sabha elections were held that day and in 1998 because of the unrest caused due to death of a student by committing suicide.

11 guidelines

1. Teaching experience (maximum 10 years)
2. ACRs of past 5years
3. Results
4. Additional qualification
5. Professional growth/seminars/ in-service training of state/national level of more than five days' duration during the past 5 years at Chandigarh
6. Co-curricular activities
7. Social/community services rendered during the past five years
8. Experimental innovations
9. Publications, if any
10. Work in rural/labour colony
11. Recommendations, if any, about the reputation of the teacher.

State Awards for the year 1998

1. Mr. Gulzar Singh Principal GMSSS, Sector 22
2. Ms. Rajinder Pal Kaur Lecturer Sociology GGSSS, Sector 20- B
3. Ms. Ravinder Kaur S. S. Mistress Govt High School - 40
4. Mr. Sanjeeva Arora Fine Arts Master GHS-7
5. Ms. Nirmal Kumari J. B.T GMMS- 39
6. Ms. Raksha Kalia Nursery teacher GMSSS -22
7. Mr. Lakhbir Singh Drawing Teacher GMSSS-37

State Awards for the year 1999

1. Ms. Harjit K Sandhu Lecturer Punjabi GMSSS-33
2. Mr. Satnam S Dhindsa Master GMSSS-33
3. Ms. Palwaris Kaur S. S Mistress GSSS-38 (W)

Merit/Commendation on Certificate for the year 1998

1. Ms. Tejinder Pal Kaur Lecturer Physics GMSSS-40
2. Ms. Vinod Science Mistress GMSSS - 40
3. Ms. Sukhbir Kaur D. P. E. GMSSS - 35
4. Ms. Kiran Puri Nursery Teacher GPS -MM-2
5. Palwant Kaur J.B.T. GSSS-38 (W)

Merit/ Commendation on Certificate for the year 1999

1. Ms. Vinod Sc. Mistress GMSSS -40
2. Mr. Praksah Chander Sanskrit Teacher DAVSSS -8


2 remanded in police custody on rape charge
From Our Correspondent

KHARAR, April 19 — Mr Sanjay Agnihotri, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today remanded two persons — Anokha Lal and Shankar — in police custody till April 20. The two were arrested by the SAS Nagar police on the charge of abducting and raping a minor girl for more than one month.

Mr H.S. Rakkar, Assistant Public Prosecuter, informed the court that the girl used to work in various houses in SAS Nagar. She was taken to a place on March 6 by a woman, Meera, with the promise that she would be given work in more houses. She was taken to the house of another woman, Machla, and was given some drug in tea. When the girl woke up, she found herself in the hut of one Anokha Dhobi. She has alleged that she was raped by the accused and was given some intoxicants regularly.Back


It’s mystery mounted on the walls
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 19 — A round of the paintings still being mounted in the Sector 9 Art Folio for a formal inauguration tomorrow is sure to activate all human reflexes. Unlike in most cases, a ten minute halt at this venue would not suffice this time, for there is lot of mystery left to the viewer to be unravelled. The panels look one straight into the eye and let loose the imagination, which is too overpowering to be ignored.

The element of mystery is strong in all the paintings which come from four distinguished artists, all based at Delhi. Shruti Gupta Chandra’s work exudes rhythmicity and is more or less easily interpreted. The artist seems to have taken care to refrain from leaving too many manifestations to a singular theme. The finesse stands out, and justifiably so, as it comes from an artist who has already held many solo shows including a solo exhibition of her pencil and pastel works in 1994 at the Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi. About six paintings on display show the artist’s urge to draw inspiration from the past and create images which have contemporary overtones. The magical elements are strong and they lead to an aura of mystery.

Another fresh stroke comes from Kavita Jaiswal, a 1960 born girl who has to her credit the award for drawing at the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi. Her collections which specifically explore the power of white and red are now adorning many private homes in England, US, Hong Kong and Germany. She focuses on human psyche and uses rock bottom stone to see the theme through. Naturality is implied although it does not stand discerned very easily. He work reflects the uncertainty every life form faces. The subtle, sensuous textures in charcoal and the various incisions remind one of the complexity of the human brain.

Meena Deora, which carries 17 major group shows to her credit, travels through the past in her works. As she holds, “Today rests on the foundations of yesterday,” she presents figurative expressions of scenes from a historic epic. She tries to portray the relationship between man and nature and man and time. Horses, as dominant figures of the past, feature often in her works, and red is extensively used.

Surinder’s paintings explore the female form. She tries to depict the chemistry of relationships through her soft, yet intricate work. A graduate from College of Art, New Delhi, Surinder reaches across the viewers easily.Back


92 photographic prints on display
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 19 — About 92 colour, black and white and digital prints, apart from a full-fledged section devoted to the tercentenary celebrations of the Khalsa, were put up for art lovers to savour on the occasion of inauguration of photographic exhibition at the Government Art Museum and Gallery today.

The exhibition which was thrown open to the public by none less than Mr Pramod Pushkarna, Chief Photographer, India Today who, lauded the efforts of Photographic Society of Chandigarh for preserving the art form at its best. Mr Pramod’s slide show which followed the inauguration was yet another major attraction in the sense that it captured the spirit of Kargil and reflected the hardships a photo journalist faces when assigned the task of capturing such a vivid terrain.

Mr Navneet Saxena, past president, PSC, gave an account of the achievements of the society and said that the society had been ranked among the 10 top societies by the Federation of Indian Photography. An interactive session on the works related to Shimla, Kila Raipur, Kufri and Anandpur Sahib was also held.

On the occasion, Mr S.S. Bhamara was unanimously elected the new president of the PSC. Addressing the gathering Mr S.S. Bhamara spoke on his planning to exhibit the works of PSC members in different parts of the country.

The exhibition will remain open till April 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A slide show by some members will also be held at the same venue. A Kodak portraiture workshop will also be held at Saron’s Digital Studio on April 22Back


Artists to discuss scope of Punjabi theatre
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, April 19 — Theatre lovers of the city may have something creative to look forward to in the forthcoming two days as five distinguished theatre artists will interact with them in order to discuss “how wide is the scope of Punjabi theatre”.

‘Rubaru’, being organised by a Mohali-based theatre group, Sarghi Kala Kendra, will give theatre buffs an opportunity to interact with Dr Harcharan Singh, Tera Singh Chann, Gursharan Singh, Jagdish Fariadi and Gurharan Jasuja.

The function, which is being organised in collaboration with the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi, and the Punjab Arts Council, will have six sessions addressed by different artists.

“The focus of the entire exercise is to weigh the relevance of Punjabi theatre and understand the dynamics of struggle which an artist is faced with in this field,” informed H.S. Bhatty, Secretary General, Punjab Arts Council.

The sessions, to be held on April 22 and 23 at Punjab Kala Bhavan, will be inaugurated by Satwant Kaur Sandhu, Minister of Printing and Stationery, Punjab, as informed by the President of Sarghi Kala Kender, Mr Sanjeevan Singh.Back

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