Sunday, November 5, 2000,
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Education news at your fingertips
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — Want access to all the information related to education in the city at the click of a mouse? is the right answer for you.

A portal designed for the students as well as the parents , by the students of Punjab Engineering College can be a solution to all the problems starting from choosing a school or a college to the right career at the right time.

The portal covers all the possible information about schools, colleges, libraries and all education material required in and around the city. “You do not need to go out searching for the information. Just sit at home and switch on your computer. All the information is a click away,” says Mr Tarun Sadana, director, Karox Technologies Limited, a partner of Images, a student body of PEC.

To add to it are online classes, online tests and the results corner. Apart from the information on education there are book reviews, article of the week and an opinion poll.

The site is developed by the students, who say, “Some of us being non residents of the city know how cumbersome it is for an outsider parent to approach the right institute offering the right kind of courses for their wards. The problem gets aggravated during the declaration of the results. The portal has a solution to it by way of results corner that will be declared online from now onwards.”

“We being the students of engineering are making an effort to prove the worth of the Internet as an integral part of modern education,” says Deepansh Kathuria, the mind behind the portal. “The website aims at exploring meticulously all the education facilities existing in the city. The site will be providing information regarding all the institutions offering varied courses in different streams. In addition there will be a vast coverage of various career options for students and all other material to facilitate education,” he says.

Information pertaining to admissions in the local schools, necessary data about the colleges, admission criteria, tentative dates for the admissions, list of libraries in the city, notes on tests including CAT, JEE, GRE, PMT or any other test is included in the website.

The website was formally launched by Mr R.S. Gujral, Home Secretary, UT Chandigarh in the Press Club here today.


Stationery given to 80 students
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — Government High School Sector 40-A organised a colourful function today to distribute school bags and stationery to 80 students of slum areas studying in night schools.

Mr Bahadur Singh, Headmaster of the school said students who had attained more than 70 per cent attendance in the night school had been given the school bags.

The school bags were donated by Mr Nirmal Singh, a resident of Sector 44 and Pritpal Singh of the USA. These donors have donated 80 school bags each for the night school at Sector 40 and the night school at Maloya.

Mr Brahmjit Kalia, District Education Officer was the chief guest for the day. He appreciated the efforts of the school and appealed the slum children to attend the school regularly.

The student of the school presented a cultural programme on the occasion that included group song, giddha and bhangra.


YPS kids present ‘thematic studies’
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, Nov 4 — Two classes of the junior wing of the local Yadavindra Public School today presented “thematic studies” through dance and drama.

This concept, according to the Headmistress of the wing, Mrs P.K. Sarkaria, involves “not merely project work, but performing and creative arts that thread all these disciplines as well.”

Class II pupils took up the theme of the “family” and presented in a convincing manner various relationships in it, ranging from the “little girl” and brother and sister to the “versatile dad” and the old “dadima”. The children sang songs about these relationships and even presented a small item on a birthday party in a cat’s family.

Pupils of Class IV focused on the theme of the “tree”. It was a delight to see such small children laying stress in their presentation on the positive role trees play in our lives. Even a king, in the item presented, had to change his mind and decide to build his palace out of stone instead of wood. It was powerful message on the need for saving trees.

Mrs Sarkaria said the school’s endeavor was to provide a platform for learning that does not come merely out of textbooks but was a means to enable young minds to find unfettered expression of talent and skills that were not confined to the four walls of a classroom.


Honesty, devotion to duty needed’
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — Coinciding with the birth anniversary of Jamna Lal Bajaj, the noted Gandhian, an interschool declamation contest was organised at Gandhi Smarak Bhawan here today.

Dr Sunil Kumar Bansal, Deputy Director General of Foreign Trade, appreciated the understanding and vision displayed by the students.

The competition was judged by noted educationist Mr. S.P. Sharma and Mrs. Usha Chibber. Punnet Hora of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33-D won the first prize while Sugadha Yadav of Kendriya Vidayalaya of Sector 46-C and Nidhi Marjara of Sishu Niketan Senior Secondary School stood the second and third prize respectively. Misha of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35-D and Pia Malhotra of Bhawan Vidayalaya won special prizes.


Preetinder is best speaker
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — Preetinder Singh of St Stephen’s School was adjudged the best speaker in the ICSE inter-school extempore competition organised by St Kabir Public School here today.

Deepan Heer and Preetinder Singh of Yadavindra Public School and St Stephen’s School, respectively, won the first prize in category I and II. The second prize went to Nancy of Little Flower Convent School.

All nine schools of the region affiliated to the ICSE participated in the competition. The 12 topics ranged from “If I were an old car/an invisible man/ a crorepati” to “Nothing succeeds like success” and “Winners don’t do different things, they do things differently”.

The panel of judges included Dr Avinash K Shaida and Prof D.S. Bhullar of the Government College of Girls, Sector 11.


HC order on parole for convict
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered the release of a NDPS Act convict on parole for period of 14 days to run from the date the petitioner is released on parole.

Mr Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar handing down this judgement, ordered the release of Mohinder Singh, a resident of district Ferozepore in Punjab to perform the “kanya daan of the daughter of the petitioner’s widowed sister”.

The petitioner’s widowed sister had filed the petition for the release of Mohinder Singh after his application for parole was rejected by the jail authorities, stating that there was no provision of parole for convicts under the NDPS Act.

Mr Justice Nijjar relying upon the Supreme Court judgement in the Dadu versus State of Maharashtra case ordered the release of the petitioner for 14 days subject to the satisfaction of the District Magistrate Ferozepore. s



Judicial remand for couple
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 — Ravinder Kumar and his wife, Monika, were sent to judicial remand today by the UT Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class) till November 16, in a kidnapping case.

They arrested by the Crime Branch of the Chandigarh Police for allegedly kidnapping a minor girl, Chinky, from Sector 41. The case against them was registered under Sections 363, 384, IPC, on March 28, on a complaint of Mr Narinder Singh, who was running a canteen in St John's School, Sector 26.

Two discharged

Monday Odede and Morris Lyasere have been discharged by the UT Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class), Mr Ajay Singal. They were booked under Sections 14 and 3 of the Foreigners Act. The case was registered in 1998.

The defence counsel argued that the accused had not committed any offence under the Act. The counsel further argued that the police was required to serve them 24-hour notice before making them liable for offence under the Act.

The Magistrate observed that since notice of 24 hours was not issued to them, therefore, the action of the police for apprehending both under the Act or any other provision thereof was not made out. Therefore, they were discharged in this case.

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