Friday, November 3, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

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Zoology refresher course for teachers

From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 — A refresher course ‘Zoology 2000: Status and Challenges’ for the college teachers, being organised by the Department of Zoology and the Academic Staff College, Panjab University, was inaugurated by Dr R.P. Vajpai, Director of CSIO in the Department of Zoology, here today.

In his inaugural address, Dr Vajpai stated that the last century was dominated by physical and chemical sciences and the present millennium belonged to the life sciences. According to him, bio-molecules are of immense importance because of their versatility and these molecules are likely to be replaced by silicon chips for their regulation and interaction

Earlier, Prof. H.S. Banyal, Chairman of the Zoology Department welcomed the guest, and Prof. Gopal Krishan, Director, Academic Staff College, gave an account of the significance of refresher courses.

A seminar on ‘The relationship between the Government of India and the Indian diaspora (NRIs) — a missed opportunity’ was held at the Department of Public Administration, here today. Dr Marie-Carine Lall of New Policy Institute, London was the guest speaker.

Dr Lall was of the view that the Government made a conscious choice for ideological reasons to exclude from its development its rather rich diaspora. As a result of these policies India’s development suffered.

The problems which were addressed at this discussion, was the failure of the Indian Government to develop a relationship with its diaspora throughout the post-independence years and to use this asset to assist the economic development even since 1991.

Others who participated in the discussion were Dr B.S. Ghuman, Dr Dhian Kaur, Dr Kiranpreet Kaur and Dr Rajesh Gill. Professor S.L. Kaushik presided over the seminar.

Panel discussion:
A panel discussion on ‘Emerging issues in human resource development’ was organised by the University Business School and Chandigarh Management Association (CMA), at the UBS, Panjab University, here today.

Mr P.K. Verma, Executive Director (HR), Punjab Tractors Ltd.,who presided over the discussion, observed that the real challenge in the new economy is managing the knowledge worker. Prof. B.B. Tandon of UBS, PU, emphasised on Nehru’s model in production and the Gandhian model in the distribution of wealth.

The panel discussion was followed by an interactive session. The house expressed its concern over the retrenchments and resulting social dilemma. Prof R.P. Gupta, Chairman, UBS, proposed the vote of thanks.


St John’s wins dumb charades competition
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 — Students of St John’s School emerged the winners in an inter-school talent championship round of “dumb charades” conducted by Tender Heart School here today.

A decorated lawn of the host school witnessed a very hard competition with students from 13 local schools vying for the championship. Excitement ran high as the secret signals were exchanged among the participants while they gesticulated their way to the final moments.

Tender Heart school played the host to the programme which concluded with the refreshments for all present at the function.


Physics body clears new courses
By Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 — In a changed work scenario, the Indian Association of Physics Teachers cleared a proposal for starting independent courses with stress on better functional qualifications for the workplaces in the market.

This was stated by Prof Y.H.Waghmare, chairman of the association, while talking to The Tribune exclusively. The lessened quantity and quality of work in laboratories had become an accepted feature in majority of schools and even colleges which singly was an aspect of paramount importance, he asserted.

The primary aim for starting these course is to assess actual requirements of the industry which would be different and more practical based than classroom teaching. Professor Waghmare said that one important change in today's scenario was growing importance of inter-disciplinary education and naturally carries its value.

Prof Satya Prakash, chairman of the department, said that practicals, which were the most important constituents of the subject, were largely ignored at the school and college levels. "Imagine we ask a student what was a vernier caliper and the class responds with no answer asking us to tighten up to begin the course from basics ', he said.

Professor Prakash was of the opinion that there was an immediate need to take stock of the existing education conditions and suggest a workable solution. Theory papers carry marks which made better divisions and therefore attention to paperwork cannot be criticised. "What is the subject without practical. It needs a thought collectively to bring about much awaited changes and for good", he added.

Prof Kapur Mal Jain of the Institute for Excellence in Higher Education, Bhopal, agrees that the required changes needed in the teaching. He said, "We have 50 per cent marks for continuous evaluation. Surprise tests constitute 25 per cent and also 10 per cent for assignments besides others. This keeps the students on the alert throughout the year ".

Prof Yash Pal also made extensive remarks on the deteriorating status and interest in the science subjects for the newcomers.

Professor Waghmare underlined the importance and need for training courses particularly in the little towns all over the country.


Balwinder Singh seeks pre-arrest bail
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 — The UT Additional District and Sessions Judge today issued a notice to the CBI for November 7, on the anticipatory bail application filed by Dr Balwinder Singh in case pertaining to the death of SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur’s daughter. Reportedly Dr Balwinder has been summoned by the CBI to appear at the Chandigarh office on November 6.

The CBI had called Dr Balwinder Singh in Delhi, CBI office, on October 23 and October 31 regarding the case. It was alleged that Dr Balwinder Singh had helped, Bibi Jagir Kaur, in the termination of Harpreets’ pregnancy.

The defence counsel stated in the anticipatory bail application that Balwinder Singh’s name had neither been mentioned in the FIR and nor in the petition filed by the Kamaljit Singh in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Therefore Balwinder Singh should be granted anticipatory bail.

It may recalled that the CBI had registered a case of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide but not amounting to murder, wrongful confinement, and causing disappearance of evidence against Bibi Jagir Kaur and six others following the direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.


Yog Raj's judicial remand extended
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 2—Yog Raj Singh, former Test cricketer and Punjabi film actor, was today sent to judicial remand by the UT Judicial Magistrate(Ist Class), Mr Pushpinder Singh, till November 15 in a case of storing adulterated petrol at a petrol station. The bail application filed by the Yog Raj will come for hearing tomorrow. The accused had surrender before the UT Magistrate on October 31.

The defence counsel argued that the accused was falsely implicated in the case and there was nothing to be recovered from the accused. The Magistrate observed that as there was nothing to recovered from the accused, therefore, the accused was sentenced to 14 days' judicial remand.

The case against the accused had been registered under Sections 420, 285, 286 and 120-B of the IPC and Section 23 of the Petroleum Act 1934 on June 30 in the Mani Majra police station.

One-year's RI:
A city resident Harnam Das was today sentenced to one year rigorous imprisonment by the UT Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class), Mr Ajay Singal, in a rash and negligent driving case.

It was alleged that the accused was a truck driver and had hit the victim Ram Kumar near Government College, Sector 42, on January 11, 1998.


Tibetan market case: hearing on Nov 7
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Nov 2 — The case of the cancellation of the allotment of place for the Tibetan market will come up for hearing at the district court on November 7 with the Panchkula Vypar Sangh filing appeal to be made party to the case.

Further, the court has ordered that no commercial activity will take place in the area till the next hearing.

It may be recalled that the sanction for the Tibetan market had been given by the Haryanan Urban Development Authority. However, the opening of the market was resented by the business community. The representatives of the vyapar sangh, in a request to the Chief Minister at the “Sarkar Apke Dwar” programme, had appealed for the cancellation of the allotment which was accepted.

Later, HUDA had ordered the removal of the Tibetan market from Sector 8 and had decided to refund security money deposited by them. This removal was challenged in court by the Tibetans.Back


Artists put together a sensitive show
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 — A maze of themes projected in powerful styles — that is all about the Millennium All-India Art Exhibition which opened in the gallery of Punjab Kala Bhavan in Sector 16 here today. The idea behind conducting the show is to bring the immense artistic talent of Punjab at a central point, and exhibit works in varied media ranging from paintings to sculpture, as also graphics.

The exhibition, which has been organised jointly by Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi and the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi, is displaying about 28 works which, apart from capturing socio-political concerns, also reflect the serenity of nature. Interesting is the fact that the organisers had a difficult time choosing the works for display, for they had received about 56 entries. The works have already been adjudged by Mr R.S. Gill from AIFACS who was in town today, and the works have been awarded by Dr Harcharan Singh, chairman, Punjab Arts Council.

Beginning with the painting section, the winning work comes from city-based artist Satwant Singh Sumail, who has used oil to paint the spiritual urge of man in his work titled The Flight III. Satwant has held many solo shows earlier, the most recent being a series of works under The Flight which he displayed at the Indus Ind Art Gallery. The work, currently on display at the Kala Bhavan, is powerful in theme and portrayal.

Another award in this category was bagged by Dera Bassi-based artist Subhash Chander who has painted poverty in all its might. Interiors, as the series of works is called, displays dilapidated houses of a remote village in water colour. The impact is languid to go with the soul of poverty.

In the section of sculpture, Sagar A.C. from Patiala has been awarded for the Forms which he is experimenting with in marble. The artist portrays different forms in space and chisels the image to the extent of absolute beauty. Two of Sagar’s sculptures have been displayed at the current exhibition.

The graphic section showcases some of the very promising works, including the one by Mehtaab Kaur Sethi, whose work in etching, titled Nature, has been awarded here today. The artist has done a series on Nature and in each frame she etches Nature at its dull best.

Moving away from the award winning works, the entire collection on show is largely promising. Especially the work titled Purity survives in the graphic section. Harmanjit Kaur, the creator of the work, has managed the impact of water colour in woodcut. The work is in intaglio and it features lotus, the symbol of purity, in full bloom. Song of Nature by Rupinder Buttar is also pleasingly refreshing. The dominant hues are rust and brown. The media is mixed and the effect powerful.

The painting category sees many works, including a series by Alka Chadha, a Ludhiana-based painter, who attempts to bare the hard facts of life. So on the one hand where she walks down memory lane in her work titled Me and my memories, in the other she paints her expectations almost black. Her colours implore the people not to sit in judgment of others.

Raja Jaikrishan’s work, Smouldering Valley, is also strikingly beautiful. The artist takes a break from routine to bleach colours out of the newspaper sheet on which he uses his creative talent to project the dying valley. The work gives the impact of a collage.

Satwant Singh’s abstract work in ink, titled Down memory lane, is extremely powerful in colour and theme. The artist uses his imagination to paint the paradoxes in the society. Ravinder Singh’s works titled Wait and Watch and Between child poppy. In the two works the artist reflects the nefarious forces on play in the society. He also keeps the elements of hope and patience alive.

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