Monday, October 30, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


‘Moral values, patriotism are vital’
By Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 29 — For Ms Sneh Mahajan, who has been heading MCM DAV College for 14 years, retirement does not come easy. Though she says she is satisfied and fulfilled, many of those who have known her feel that the college cannot be the same without her. She retires on October 31.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune here today, she said, “I came to this college in July 1968. The decision was almost forced upon me by my family. The college had been named after my father and the DAV managing committee in Delhi was keen on my joining here. My brother pressurised me into coming here. I came here and started teaching philosophy. My father had just passed away. My two sons were studying in Delhi Public School and I did not wish their education to get disturbed. I was interested in the social work at the Women Welfare Council in Delhi.”

“We did not have a proper building for the college. I taught in a makeshift classroom of tents. After two years here, I was given a choice of joining Daulat Ram College in Delhi and was on the waiting list of Lady Sri Ram College, but by then I had decided to be here. I became the Principal from the 1986-87. My mission here was to try and make this college as good as LSR College in Delhi. I think the mission has been accomplished,” she continued.

“I am handing over charge to the seniormost lecturer, Ms Usha Gupta. The decision on the next Principal is pending because of the UGC directive that college principals should be a PhD. None of the senior teachers in the college have a PhD and all we can do is wait for the university or the UGC to relax this directive in case of experiences teachers,” she explained.

“Moral values and a sense of patriotism are the vital teachings that an institution can impart to the students. Both these have been ignored by the education system as commercialisation has seeped in among teachers and students. A missionary zeal is required to teach and to cure, which are seriously lacking among the newer generation. Now everyone thinks in terms of what they can take and not what they can give,” she lamented.

“The moral fibre of the teachers and students of this institution is so well built that it will take many years before it starts to shed off. I am sure that my colleagues will not let that happen. I have worked for this institution with a missionary zeal and tried to do my best,” she claimed.

Talking about her future plans, she said, “I am going to take a break. I am very fond of reading and have a small library of my own. I love gardening, walking and playing bridge. I am going to indulge myself now and just be myself. I have ignored my family, who are going to get my full attention now.”



Poor response to dance competition
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 29 — As many as 62 participants took part in a dance competition organised by JSR Production, at Bal Bhawan, Sector 23, here this evening. Individual competitions for boys and girls in different age groups were held.

The programme began with the dance performance of nine year old Aanchal Saini, who had been adjudged the best dancer for the year 1999 by the production company. However, this year she did not contest.

“This year none of the students of our academy participated in the competition”, said Mr M.R Kochhar, treasurer of the company. According to him the idea was to encourage the local talent. According to him most of the competitors participated in their individual capacity. “We had requested different schools of the city to send their teams but the response was not good”, said Mr Kochhar, who claims that last year some schools had sent their teams in the song competition.

The following are the results:
Girls: (4 to 6 years) — Ms Arzoo Upakhyaya 1, — Ms Prerna Sharma 2; (6 to 8 years) — Ms Devanshi Mishra 1, Ms Noorjot Khubber 2. Ms Anmol Kohli 3; (12 to 15 years) — Ms Puneet Jewandh 1; Ms Nindiya Sharma, 2.

Boys: (4 to 6 years) — Mr Madhumeet Madaan 1; (6 to 8 years) — Mr Gaurav Shah 1; (8 to 10 years) — Mr Karambir Singh, 1; 10 to 12 years — Mr Gulsagar Singh, 1; 12 to 15 years — Mr Harmanjit Singh Mani, 1; Mr Dheeraj Khanna, 2. Mr Manish Ghandhi, 3; Above 15 years — Mr Harkiran Singh, 1; Mr Gaurav Sharma, 2.



Liberalisation ‘has increased poverty’
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 29 — Janshakti, a social organisation, organised an open discussion on “India still fighting for its freedom against poverty” at Lajpat Rai Bhavan here today.

Prof Satya Dev, a former Chairman of the Department of Public Administration of Panjab University (PU), while presiding over the discussion, was of the view that the recent policies of the government to encourage globalisation and liberalisation had increased poverty in India.

A retired Professor of the University Business School (UBS) of the PU, Prof B.B. Tandon, lamented that neither the Preamble of the Indian Constitution nor the Fundamental Rights and the Directive Principles had been implemented to provide economic justice to the Indians.

Prof H.S. Shergill from the Department of Economics of PU, was of the opinion that the socio-economic system had not been helping the poor to come out of the their poverty. Prof A.C. Julka, also of the Department of Economics, wanted a permanent solution to eradicate poverty by improving the system of economy, society and polity so that social reconstruction and social-engineering could be done. Prof S.P. Singh of the UBS, wanted an indigenous model of growth rather than following the British, the Russian, the American, the Chinese and the Japanese or the other Asian models.

Mr Onkar Chand, the Secretary of the Servants of the People Society, was of the view that the humanistic model of growth rather than the socialistic or capitalist model would suit the Indian conditions.

Prof P.P. Arya, convener of Janshakti, said after 53 years of Independence we could not blame the British for the continuation of the Indian poverty.



Auction of school sites stayed 
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Oct 29 — The Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mr Ved Pal Gupta, stayed the auction of school sites scheduled to be held on October 31. The next date of hearing has been fixed for November 7.

The four school sites in question namely New India Public School, Sector 11, Vijay Model School, Sector 17, Giandeep Model School, Sector 18, and Nav Bal Niketan, Sector 12-A, were auctioned by HUDA on June 12.

While two school sites were given to managing committees running the schools previously, one school site went to a new party. One school site had no takers.

However, following a decision on the number of bidders for a particular sites by the apex court, HUDA decided to cancel the bids and returned the 10 per cent earnest money deposited by the successful bidders for three school sites which was resented by them.


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