Tuesday, January 9, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
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PU Students get placements
By Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 8 — Corporates are recruiting management students from Punjab University Business School again, as witnessed during the campus placement drive which started here today.

Despite the COSMODE rating of the school falling from 12 to 56 this year, each company on an average recruited three students at attractive pay packages ranging between Rs 1.89 lakh and Rs 5.5 lakh per anum on the first day of the drive. Officials of the companies said standards of the UBS had improved and they would continue recruitment in the coming years.

More than 20 students were recruited by seven of the companies which conducted interviews till late in the evening. Nearly 20 companies, including Tata Infomedia, Shaw Wallace, HFCL and LG, would carry on with their placement drive till January 10.

“We are satisfied since the students we have chosen are in no way falling below our requirements,” said Ms Jasmine Dhillon of HDFC Bank. The package offered by HDFC was around Rs 2 lakh per anum.

Regarding the decline in rating of the school, company officials admitted that it initially led to hesitation to some extent. The efforts of the students who had given their presentations at the beginning of the session to various companies had been successful in shedding off such inhibitions, they added.

“The standards have improved as compared to last year and the competition among students is more intense,” said Mr Mukesh Bhatnagar of HR Consultancy New Gen Software Technologies. “Students here are as capable and enthusiastic as those from most of the good business schools in the country,” said Ms Sangeeta Sood of Wockhardt.

The students of UBS, many of whom were ecstatic over the selections, said the drive would help future management students in a big way. “The efforts under the guidance of our professors are going to bear fruit in the coming years also. The companies which have visited UBS for the first time have become aware of the potential here,” claimed Priya Bains, who was selected by HDFC.

“Though the students were disappointed after the COSMODE rating, the results have encouraged all of them. UBS is going to be on a far better footing after this drive,” stated Vikram Mann, recruited by Wockhardt. The selected students would be imparted training after which a decision about the department they were suitable for would be taken.


Two entrance tests on same date
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 8 — The entrance examinations for admission to First Year of B.Tech course in Information Technology for the academic year 2000-2001 of the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad and B. Tech/BE/B.Arch and MBA/ MCA programmes for the session 2000-2001 of Punjab Technical University are being held on January 27, 2001.


School holds ray of hope for 25 children
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Jan 8—The decision of the DAV School, Sector 8,here to take responsibility of the studies of as many as 25 children from poor families has brought hope and cheer to these children who live in nearby jhuggis .

Their faces light up at prospect of getting a chance to read books and following regular study hours, unlike the indisciplined life led by them till now. ``Ab bahut accha lagta hai. Parhai bhi achhi lagti hai,'' says three-year-old Ramu.

aged between two-and-half and five years, most of these children had till now only seen students entering the gates of the school and were totally unaware of life inside the school.``Now, we have first hand experience of what goes on in the classrooms and the playground,'' he said.

``Convincing the parents of these children was the most difficult part. Most of them are employed as domestic help in houses in the area and were of the opinion that whatever comes free of cost does not last. They were not willing to grant us permission to educate the children. But gradually, they came round and we were able to begin our class in the new year,'' the principal, Ms S Bhandari, says.

The school, however, has ensured that the teachers are also not unduly taxed because of the social service being done by the school. Thus, teachers who get free by 12.30 pm, teaching the kindergarten level, have been put on the job.

Books and uniforms have also been managed at the school level with parents of regular students promoted to the next class coming forward to donate these.

In order to inculcate a feeling of helping the needy, the school has started a weekly collection from students.``Each Tuesday, the students donate one rupee out of their pocket money towards a good cause. This will enable them to be generous in deserving cases,'' Ms Bhandari added.

The school has planned the studies of these slum children in such a way that they will appear for an examination and get promoted to the next class.


Minister inaugurates school building
Tribune Reporters

SAS NAGAR, Jan 8 — The Punjab Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, inaugurated a computer training scheme at Government Senior Secondary School, Phase III B1 today. In another function he also inaugurated the building of Sant Isher Singh Public School, Sector 70, today. Under the computer training scheme pupils from classes VI to XII will undergo training.

Ms Paramjit Kaur, Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, said seven computers and one printer had been installed at the centre. She said the study of computers as a subject would be an optional subject for students of the school.

The installation of computers in schools, she said, had been made compulsory by the government.

Meanwhile, she said a paper reading contest on avoiding the wastage of electricity was organised by the Punjab State Electricity Board at the school. The first prize was won by Harpreet Kaur (Government Senior Secondary School, Sohana), Sarvpreet Kaur (Government Senior Secondary School, SAS Nagar) got second prize and the third prize was bagged by Manpreet Kaur (Government High School, Kumbra). The Education Minister gave away the prizes today.

While speaking at Sant Isher Singh Public School, Mr Tota Singh said it was essential to introduce moral education in schools. He said though school students were free from drug abuse, the problem existed in colleges. He said if the spirit of social service was inculcated in students there was a possibility that drug abuse could decline.

The school also celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.

PCCTU meeting
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 8 — The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has called an urgent meeting of its office-bearers on January 9 at Ludhiana in view of the statement made by Master Mohan Lal, Higher Education Minister, that the pension-cum-gratuity scheme will be implemented within a month’s time. The meeting is likely to discuss the ‘Vidya Bandh’ and a state-level march-cum-rally to be held on January 18 at Gidderbaha.


Workshop on adult education
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 8 — The Directorate of Adult Education, National Literacy Mission, in collaboration with the Regional Resource Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, Punjab University, Chandigarh, will organise a two-day workshop at Mahatma Gandhi State Institute for Public Administration from January 9.

The workshop aims to review the functioning of the adult education programme in the respective states and to assess the effectiveness of the resource support being provided by the SRC and JSS.

Delegates from Uttar Pradesh, Himachal, Delhi, Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir are expected to participate in the workshop.


Arrest of Mohali-based couple stayed
From Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, Jan 8 — Mr Justice K.K. Kumaran of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the arrest of a Mohali-based couple, Harjinder Pal Singh Khanda and his wife, Rashpal Kaur, directing them to approach the District and Sessions Judge on January 18 for their anticipatory bail.

The couple had approached the high court alleging that they were fearing of being booked by Rajbir Kaur under Sections 498-A and 406 of the IPC and for the same they be granted anticipatory bail.

While Mr Justice Kumaran asked them whether they have approached the District and Sessions Judge they replied in negative and the Justice directed them to approach the District Judge on January 18 and stayed their arrest till then.

The couple after making the SSP, Ropar, the SHO, Mohali and the SHO, Sector 36, as parties had filed a petition for anticipatory bail which the Justice disposed of today with the abovesaid directions.


Pre-arrest bail of 4 dismissed
From Our Correspondent

KHARAR, Jan 8 — The District and Sessions Judge, Ropar, Mr Maghar Khan, has dismissed an anticipatory bail application of four persons — Jasmer Singh, Ashok Kumar, Gurinder Singh and Karnail Singh, all residents of Badala Nia Shehar village in Kharar tehsil. The suspects allegedly fabricated a will of Mr Rattan Singh (since deceased) to grab his property.

According to the copy of the order passed by the court, the Kharar police has registered an FIR against the suspects under Section 419, 420, 511, 467, 468, 471, 120 B, on December 20, 2000.


Four crests and troughs of life
By Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 8 — It was a day of some deliberation on the elations and depressions so basic to life. Humans as we are, we must observe, reason, revel, fret and do all that is a part of the natural process of growing up — both in years, as also in intellect.

These concerns were voiced on stage today and they were voiced through extremely powerful and convincing performances coming from members of Abhinet who picked up four presentations to reconstruct life red in tooth and claw. Among the plays which dealt sensitively with the human complications were — two monologues (Dhoop ka ek tukda and Dedh inch oopar) by Nirmal Verma, Surerndra Verma's duologue Marnoprant and Mohan Rakesh's duologue Shayad.

The evening began with Vijay Kapoor and Jainendra Singh putting forth a fairly good performance in the eloquent short play, Marnoprant, which revolved around the infidelity of woman. There are many feelings on the play as one character begins to feel insecure at the hands of another. Later the two give way in front of the big fact that death is.

Tasveer Claire's amazingly sensitive portrayal of a forlorn woman in Dhoop ka ek tukda was extremely poignant. The performance was as gripping as the script and the theme itself. The imagery was arresting, so were the mosaics of dreams, disappointments, alienation and betrayals. Harish Bhatia, also director of all four plays, was the silent character in this monologue.

The much awaited play of the evening Shayad came third in the row, and was taken home by Director, Social Welfare Madhavi Kataria and Kamal Arora. The play was all about stagnation which sets in the life of this middle-aged couple which now finds no source of happiness . Both the partners are caught in their own concerns and are shown to be searching for their lost identities. They quarrel, deliberate, fret but finally come around, reflecting the monotony of relationship.

In Dedh inch oopar, the haunting dramatic quality, so basic to the scripts of Nirmal Verma, is again bared. The play reflects varied concerns — from the dejection a husband faces when one day he is faced with the facts about his wife that were unknown to him to the balance that he is constantly trying to strike with his inner self which lies dissected due to desertion. The performance of Sanjeev Bariana does full justice to the very-sensitive story line. Asad Naqvi in the role of the young man is also convincing.

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