Tuesday, September 12, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Placement cell in UBS
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 11 — The University Business School opened its placement cell in the department today. The cell was inaugurated by the Head of Department, Prof R P Gupta. The cell is unique in the fact that it has been established by the students of the UBS themselves with the minimum help from the university authorities.

This cell has all the latest technology equipment for communication and presentations, including the Internet, a TV set, a VCR set, and an overhead projection system. This cell will be open round the clock. This has been done keeping in view the inquiries coming from potential recruiters from abroad.

Also noteworthy is the fact that the UBS has almost 100 per cent placement on campus and last year the average annual salary package of the school was more than Rs 2.5 lakh. The UBS is presently ranked 12th as per the All-India rating given to B schools. It has the second best MBA programme amongst those offered under the university framework in India.

The 120 students of the three courses which this school offers —MBA, MBA international business and MBA human resource — are rather enthusiastic about the placement cell and would be manning it in shifts.

The students of the University Business School have been placed with companies in Dubai and Nigeria with MNCs in India, Asian Paints, Dabur, Wipro, Vardhman, Hero, etc. “This is just the beginning. We intend to place our students at better places each year and this is the first step in streamlining the process,” said Dr Dinesh Gupta, who has been guiding the students in this direction.Back


Boundary wall height of schools to be raised
By Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 11 — In order to check activities of roadside romeos, young lovers, drunkards, and anti-social elements who misuse vast grounds and buildings of city schools, the Chandigarh Administration has planned to raise the height of boundary walls of all government schools which are facing the problem of misuse of property.

It has also been observed that migrant labourers find open grounds with a surrounding wall an open invitation to defecate, much to the chagrin of students and teachers. In several schools that are located close to slum colonies, walls have been broken by migrants for easy access. Also youth living in the neighbourhood of schools use the grounds for playing cricket, often resulting in breaking of window panes and damage to other property.

All this is due to the fact that boundary walls of these schools are not higher than 3.8 feet which are quite easy to scale, thus providing almost unrestricted access. To tide over this problem, the Chandigarh Administration has cleared a proposal to raise the height of the boundary walls to 5.11 feet, which according to official estimates, will be difficult to scale and help in preventing misuse.

During the day — especially during the recess hours — several daring roadside romeos and “boy friends” of girl students scale walls of schools and create nuisance. While the eve-teasers are a risk to other students, in some cases boys from outside the schools have been found with odd flower or mushy card in hand for their beloved, a source said confirming that heights of walls are to be raised. Grounds and school premises have also become meeting ground for lovers after school hours. Almost all such cases that have come to light are of outsiders and not of school students.

Principals of many schools have been complaining that school grounds are misused after school timings. Chowkidars have informed that youth come and sit under trees to consume liquor in late evening hours. Card players also find peaceful environs of schools inviting. Besides, several undesirable elements, who need to hide can also enter school premises undetected, according to the Police Department.

The Engineering Department also plans to put up a barbed wire fencing on top of the raised height of the wall to check the defecation problem. This will also prevent the homeless from entering the premises. Back


School board supplementary exams
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Sept 11 — The supplementary examinations of Class X of the Punjab School Education Board are beginning on September 21. According to a spokesman of the board, the schedule of the examinations is as follows: English on September 21; Punjabi-A/Punjab history and culture-A September 22: Hindi/Urdu in place of Hindi) September 23; September: maths/music (voice)/cutting and stitching; September 25: Punjabi B/Punjabi history and culture-B September 26; science music (tabla)/ drawing September 27; additional subjects September 28; health education September 29; social education/music — instrument/home science (for deaf and dumb) September 30, home science (open science) October 3 and agriculture October 4.Back


One-day police remand
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Sept 11 — Amit Kataria was sent to one-day police remand today by the UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class) on the charge of voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapons. Kataria had earlier today surrender before the court.

The accused is a resident of Sector 47 and a case against him was registered under Sections 324, 307, 341, 304 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code on August 12 in Sector 37 police Station. It was alleged that the accused along with his friend, Sushil Kumar, had assaulted Vishal Sood with an iron rod and a knife.Back


Paintings which soothe senses
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 11 — Desire, hope, ecstasy....and all that manifests freedom finds a distinct expression in the works of Satwant Singh. The Flight, as the collection is specifically titled, lifts one’s imagination and guides it through the dark valleys of hopelessness into the divine light of freedom where there is no binding on life, and no shackles on desires.

The works, which number 12, soothe the senses with the soft colours they carry, and the artist, it seems, has deliberately taken care to make the viewers feel at home. For the paintings, created with oil on paper, restrict to colours that have a healing effect. There are blues and pinks and tinges of orange, and also the black Sufiana hue to give the paintings a mystic effect.

Another stark feature is that the paintings speak up for what the artist has been trying to convey. A supernatural power is always seem to be present in every stroke of the brush and the moves of the artist appear to have been guided by this power which rules the world. Admits Satwant, who is employed as a divisional head draftsman with PUDA, “I have always been inclined towards God and I have a very strong feeling that whenever I sit to create something, He guides me to the finish. And so I start with a specific idea but end up with an entirely different image which reflects a divine vision.”

The creator is someone else. And the artist is right in his observation, as the works also show up. His strokes don’t look monitored...neither in the painting which greets the eye right at the entrance and shows the flight of soul, nor in the one where abstract human images seem to be clamouring to become one with God.

All the works send out a blissful note, and voice the majesty of that power divine which engulfs in its fold all mortals. In one work, the artist embarks upon distorted images which rather appear vague to the eye. But a second thought reveals that the artist is proceeding with a sensible purpose. Through the distorted images, he is trying to reflect the power of submission. “There is something about submission which assertion can never match,” says Satwant, adding that the images look distorted because they have surrendered to God.

Coming to Satwant Singh as a distinguished artist, the present collection at the IndusInd Bank Art Gallery is his seventh solo show. While he has been inclined towards spiritualism for the past about three exhibitions, prior to that he used to paint portraits and different forms of nature, including the landscapes and trees. Though Satwant had been on the painting easel right since 1972, his first exhibition came through only in 1995. He also has to his credit various group shows.Back


16-yr-old who knows 40 raagas
By Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 11 — When in 1995, she sang before a vast gathering of music literates in the Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan at Jalandhar, the crowd gave her a standing ovation.

Confronting the maestros was an 11-year-old Jalandhar girl who sang Raag Todi in a manner which forced experts to believe that she must be a born-artiste. The Tribune found that she was indeed a born-artiste after meeting 16-year-old Sugandha Mishra here. She had been invited by the Pracheen Kala Kendra here to perform on the occasion of its 44th monthly baithak. This Class XI student of APJ College of Fine Arts looked confident as ever. “I fear nothing as long as I am in the stimulating company of raagas,” she said.

Her musical wisdom is far beyond her age. At the age of 16, she has the knowledge of Raag Sagar, an assemblage of 23 raagas, and Raag Taalmala, an assemblage of eight raagas. Besides this, she easily sings 40 compositions, including thumri, tappa, dadra and khayaal. Though she has not entered the field of light music, she has been selected to take part in TVS Sa Re Ga Ma. She was chosen out of 400 performers who gave the audition at Jalandhar recently.

Her father, Mr Santosh Mishra, Deputy Director of Jalandhar Doordarshan, says, “Sugandha is presently under the tutelage of my father, Dr Shankar Lal Mishra, who is also a revered vocalist. He has been a Head of the Department of Music in Kanya Mahavidyalaya, besides being the founder Principal of APJ College of Fine Arts.” Among the greatest disciples of Dr Mishra is Bholanath who taught Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia.

Being a member of a family which owes its existence to music, it would not have been natural if Sugandha was not a vocalist. “I am indebted to my grandfather who is my guide and inspiration. My dream is to rise upto his expectations,” she says. As Sugandha spoke, her grandfather looked on with pride, and said, “She is steadily progressing towards her goal.”

She began performing at the age of nine when she represented her school in various contests. Her big break, however, came in 1995 in the Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan. After that, Sugandha performed before huge gatherings in Guru Nanak Dev University, Himachal Pradesh University, Kurukshetra University and Indian National Theatre in Chandigarh.

The girl follows a rigorous practice schedule. “Two hours of practice in the morning and two-and-a-half hours of practice in the evening is a must. I never spare myself because I have learnt from my grandfather that the Goddess of art blesses only those who respect her,” said Sugandha, After this, she climbed up the stage to perform.

She enchanted the audience with her recital of Anahad Naad Sumiran Jo Kare in vilambit khayaal (Raag Puriyadhanashri). This was followed by a composition of Pandit Shankar Lal Mishra, Baje Baje Jhankaar Anahat. Sugandha also presented a composition in Raag Taalmala, in which, the raaga and the taal changed simultaneously. After this, she sang a tappa in Raag Kafi.Back


Folk songs presented
From Our Correspondent

DERA BASSI, Sept 11 — An impressive cultural programme was presented by the song and dance division, Chandigarh, at a musical evening organised by the local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad on Saturday night.

Besides patriotic songs, Rajasthani, Kashmiri, Haryanavi, Himachali, Punjabi folk songs and dances were presented by members of the dance division.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, Finance and Planning Minister of Punjab, was the chief guest.

Earlier, the minister inaugurated street lights on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway within the municipal limits, which have been installed at a cost of Rs 10 lakh.

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