Thursday, July 20, 2000, 
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Admissions to BE, B.Arch (general)
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 19 — Joint admission to the BE and B. Arch courses in the general category started at Panjab University today. Twentythree seats from both general and UT pools were filled in the computer science and engineering streams of the PEC with the last rank going down to 70 in the general pool and 230 in the UT pool.

Six seats from the general pool were filled for electrical engineering in the PEC with the last rank going down to 312. Fortysix seats from the general and UT pools were filled for electronics and electronic communication engineering of the PEC with the last rank going down to 132 in the general pool and 416 in the UT pool. Six seats from the general pool were filled for mechanical engineering with the last rank going down to 234. For production engineering, three seats of the general pool were filled.

Thirtyone out of the 39 seats to BE chemical engineering in the Department of Chemical engineering and technology, PU, were filled with the last rank going down to 669. Eight seats remained vacant.

Law Auditorium of the university was the scene to a crowd of successful candidates who paid the fee for the admission. Jubilant parents were even distributing sweets on the achievement of their wards.


PU test, interview schedule
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 19  — The written test for admissions to M.Tech micro-electronics and instrumentation courses for the session 2000-2001 will be held on July 27 at 10 am and 12 noon, respectively in the Department of KVIC/CIL/UGIC, Panjab University, Chandigarh. The interview for M.Tech micro-electronics will be held on July 31 at 10 am and for M.Tech instrumentation on August 1 at 10 am in the Department of KVIC/CIL/UGIC.

Interviews for admission to M.Sc zoology (honours school) first year will be held on July 31 at 9 am in the Department of Zoology, Panjab University.

The aptitude test for admission to MA(I) Urdu will be held on July 25 at 10 am in room no. L8 of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University. The final merit list will be displayed on the notice board on July 27 and the interview of the successful candidates will be held on July 28 at 10 am.


Increase in number of admission seekers
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 19 — There has been an increase in the number of students taking admission to the senior secondary classes (10 plus one and two) in schools run by the UT education department.

A comparison of the data of the last year reveals that more students have opted for admission in the city schools this year.

According to Mr D.S. Saroya, Director, Public Instruction (DPI), as many as 6,719 students have been admitted against 6,500 last year. He said the admissions were expected to go above 7,000 as the compartment cases would be coming after their supplementary examinations.

Due to a Punjab Government notification rendering UT students ineligible to appear in the Punjab pre-medical test (PMET), many students with a domicile certificate from Punjab opted for schools in SAS Nagar. Although a final decision in this regard was yet to be made by the High Court, the parents were not taking a risk. Even then the graph showing the number of admissions noticed a rise.

As many as 8,000 students applied for admission in various schools. On the concluding day of the admissions 2,175 students were admitted in science, 2,693 in humanities, 909 in commerce and 932 students were admitted to vocational courses.

All the seats in science and commerce streams were filled, whereas many seats were lying vacant in the humanities group in some schools. As many as 101 seats were unfilled in the GSSS-8, 78 in the GSSS-20, 67 in the GSSS-20 and 48 seats were lying vacant in the GSSS-27. Many seats were also lying vacant in Dhanas, Karsan and Mani Majra schools. Some seats were still available in a few vocational courses.

"The seats are lying vacant only in ordinary schools. Students preferred model schools over the ordinary schools. So the seats are lying vacant only in ordinary schools," said Mr Saroya.

The students with the maximum percentage of 95.2 had been admitted to the GMSSS, Sector 35, and the cut-off percentage in the school had been 82.6 in the science stream, 70.8 in commerce and 53 in humanities.

Similarly, in the GMSSS, Sector 16, the maximum percentage was recorded to be 91.8 in the science stream. The cut-off percentage was 82 for the science stream, 69.2 for commerce and 49.8 for humanities.

Among the vocational courses the cut-off percentage for information technology was 90 and for life insurance it was 81.3. In a school in slum area the cut-off percentage was 56.8.

The classes for the next session started from today in all the government schools.



PU professor made university assessor
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 19 — Dr B.B. Goel, Professor of public administration of the Department of Correspon-dence Studies in Panjab University, who participated in a three-day programme organised by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council in Bangalore (an autonomous body of the UGC), has been included in the National Cadre of Assessors on Quality Education. The UGC has made it mandatory that the NAAC would assess and grade all universities.

Dr Goel had particiapted in a similar workshop on technical education organised by the National Board of Accreditation past year. He also served as an adviser to the Government of Mauritius for two years. He has been given the Young Scientists Award by the UGC. He has also been nominated by the IFCI to the Board of Assisted Companies. He has been a member of the Haryana School Education Board, besides being the author of eight books and 60 research papers.Back



From Bangalore to Wales, they made it big
By Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 19 — The past one year has brought a host of accomplishments to them. But then it would be unfair to attribute all their success to favourable placement of stars. Settled stars was one reason that the dance team of St Stephen's School won the third prize from among 56 contestants who participated in the Llangollen international dance festival held at Wales, UK, recently. But another reason, and a prime one, was that this bhangra team of 14 young students was committed to its talent which stood out at its best during the prestigious dance contest, annually sponsored by the Prince of Wales. The dance contest was held for the under 16-year category.

The Heritage dance group, as they are called, was in town today after a hectic 14-day schedule abroad and The Tribune met with its members on their school premises to know how they were chosen to represent the country, about how confident of victory they were and about what memories and moments they were bringing back.

A brief chat revealed that the same group had won the all-India folk dance competition held at Bangalore last year and hence they were an obvious and a natural choice to represent India abroad. Mrs Amita Uppal, teacher in charge of extra-curricular activities at the school, said: "The letter of invitation from the organisers in Wales came to the Heritage group, Patiala, which knew about the last year's victory of our team at Bangalore. So they were chosen." The team was also accompanied by Mrs Uppal and Mr Malik Singh, who managed the entire programme.

As for the preparation, it required a strict and disciplined schedule which was offered to the team members by Mr Pritpal Sodhi, who has been teaching bhangra for about 35 years now. He choreographed the folk dance sequence for the team. Lauding the efforts of his team, he said: "I am fortunate to have a wonderful group in the form of these people. They are very disciplined in their efforts." Mr Sohan Lal, the drummer, also spoke high of the team's coordination.

The members of the winning squad were happy. Ravi Inder Singh Dhillon said: "It was a great experience in the sense that we were interacting with students with so many nationalities. It was more of a cultural exchange. The youngest member of the Udaybir Singh Cheema team was also very thrilled. "I had a very nice time. While the first week we concentrated on the show, the second was more of seeing the places around."

The team comprised two girls, Ayesha Goyal and Amrinder Kaur. The others were Taranjit Singh, Ravi Dhillon, Harsimranjeet Brar, Yatin Bajaj, Partesh Bir Singh Sidhu, Sahil Shukla, Jasgaurav Singh Gill, Gurpreet Saini, Anoopinder Singh, Udaybir Cheema, Jasmeet Singh and Karan Sahota.

While all the members were satisfied with their performance at the show, they were quite in awe of the Irish and Russian troupes which, they said, performed very professionally.

The team, however, won great applause during the week. They enthralled the viewers at the Eistedford parade preceding the contest and were also chosen to perform during the concert. Significant to note is that only 16 teams from among 56 performed during the concert. The teams gave eight performances during the stay abroad, but it was finally judged on the basis of its final performance on the day of the contest.Back


Notice on Ranjit's bail application
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 19 — On a petition filed by Ranjit Bajaj, a son of a senior Punjab IAS officer, for grant of bail in a kidnapping and criminal intimidation case, Mr Justice N.C. Khichi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to the UT public prosecutor for July 31.

Ranjit Bajaj was earlier booked by the Chandigarh police on May 17 under Sections 392, 364, 323 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code, besides under the Arms Act, on the complaint of Sunny Garg.

Claiming to have been kidnapped on May 14, Sunny Garg, in his complaint before the police had stated that he was coming in his father's car when he was stopped by four persons, including Ranjit Bajaj, near the bridge connecting Sectors 11 and 15.

The persons, the complainant had added, directed him to shift to the passenger's seat of his car and on his refusal he was kidnapped and taken to the Bajajs' residence. Sunny Garg had also alleged that he was beaten up by the accused.Back


A voice of gloom and courage

It was in May, 1975, that I first met the moody minstrel who used to frequent Yadvindra Garden, popularly known as Pinjore Garden. It was raining heavily. From the lane connecting the main bazar of the town with the garden appeared a dishevelled man clad in a shirt and a black lungi with a frayed blanket flung across his drooping shoulders singing his heart away — Chale ja o rahi, chale ja o rahi, mujhe dekhne de khud apni tabahi ( March on o pilgrim, march on... Let me be a witness to my own doom). Oblivious of the thundering of clouds, he repeated these lines three or four times. All present there murmered, “Here he comes!” Immersed in his thoughts, he gave voice to his emotions and Urdu couplets poured out spontaneously from his lips. Occasionally, he would stop and mutter a soliloqy.

Coming to the threshold of the garden, he drew deeply on his cigarette accentuating his sunken cheeks. He paused for breath, pressed a flute to his quivering lips and coaxed out the strains of a mournful tune. The soulful pahari tune was resonant with notes of unuttered agony. After playing the tune for some time, he started singing a ghazal — Saharey bhi kitney khatarnak nikley, mein duniya ko rahzan samajhney laga hoon; meri zindagi jab se tooney badal dee, mohabat ko uljhan samajhney laga hoon.

He gave a frozen look as if the die had been cast for him. His uncouth appearance concealed a sensitive heart with a philosophical tinge which became apparent when he conversed. Most of the time he started his ghazal with a couplet addressed to God - Tauhiney gham na ho to puchen pukar key, kaisey mijaz hain mere parvardigaar ke.

One of his oft-repeated ghazals was - Aashiq tera har bheer mein tanha saa lagey hai; diwana nahin phir bhi diwana sa lagey hai.

Born in a village near Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan), Baba Khan, as he was popularly known, migrated to India after Partition and settled initially in Meerut. His tryst with sorrow began with the death of the only surviving member of his family, his father. A lonely Baba Khan took lodgings with his uncle in Kalka. For a living, he set up a wayside dhaba at Pinjore. Fate, however, had more trials and tribulations in store for him. Soon after his wife deserted him taking along with her their baby daughter. The incident left a scar on his mind and he became a desolate wanderer with the Pinjore Garden his frequented haunt. He revealed in a personal conversation that later in life he got his daughter married in Hoshiarpur but she ended up on the pyre burnt alive by her in-laws.

As with most lives, the unrelieved agony of Baba Khan’s life had its moments of joy too. During good times, he played the role of a Khan in a play which was staged in the town. The label stuck and he came to be known as Khan ever after. Hardly anybody knew him by his real name, Krishan Lal Sharma.

A self-respecting man, he fiercely protected his dignity and resisted charity. Appreciation of his lyrics, however, unfailingly brought joy to his thoughtful face. He faced life with fortitude and never grumbled about his misfortunes. Agonising and incurable diseases like mouth cancer assailed his frail frame but could not overcome his will to live life with courage. True to his reputation, he fought back gallantly. Visitors to the PGI where he was admitted never found him depressed. He retained his ready wit and a cheerful disposition till his last. Even the doctors and nurses attending on him were astonished by his will to fight the disease and his patient attitude.

After treatment, he was discharged from the PGI and appeared to be returning to a normal life. In an article in a newspaper in April, he informed his admirers that he would start going to the Pinjore Garden soon, but sadly the day never came. Baba Khan breathed his last on April 2 in restful sleep. The writer was reminded of the lines of Thomas Hardy: “Why did you give no hint that night, you will close your term up and be gone.”

— Jatin Salwan

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