Wednesday, March 14, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Ruksat-2001 at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
The Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) organised a cultural feast for the students of Panjab University at Law Auditorium here today.

Called Ruksat-2001, this farewell function's chief guest was Mr Nek Chand, creator of the Rock Garden. The Dean Students Welfare, Prof V.K. Bansal, welcomed the chief guest and appreciated the efforts of the organisation.

The function started with the lighting of the lamp by the chief guest. This was followed by songs and dances by students of the university. Reena Saini sang the songs mere mehboob and basant bahar, Kuldeep Singh sang Punjabi number main Hind noon. Minu Palta of the university's Music Department sang aaj phir jeene ki, while Inderjit Singh presented a Punjabi number. Satinder and Naseeb Gill presented solo dances.

Students of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments performed bhangra. The highlight of the day was the performance by famous Punjabi singer Hardeep Singh who set the audience tapping and asking for more with his numbers tu tan doven and mele lutt ke mudengi.


A bank of xeroxed notes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
With the annual examinations for various undergraduate courses around the corner, ‘‘photostat wallahs’’ running shops inside the colleges of the city are making a fast buck these days.

Crowds of students are lining outside these xerox kiosks to get notes before they leave the college for preparatory holidays. Though there is a small minority of students which is getting material photo-copied from various text books to “write their own notes”, the majority is of students who have begged or borrowed class notes from their friends who attended the classes while they bunked classes.

Although this trend has been there for the past many years in colleges, an interesting observation has been made in some colleges. Unable to finish their syllabus in time, many teachers have given their pre-prepared notes to these ‘‘photostat-wallahs’’ in the college, and all seems easy after that. The class is then directed to get pages of chapters photo-copied. All is well as the students are as happy as the teacher.

And what do the teachers have about say to this? While most of them agree that it is not the best method known for teaching, it is the only way out when there is not enough time to complete the syllabus.

Students state that on an average they spend almost Rs 500 a month on xerox notes. Large sums of money are asked from parents just before examinations, with the parents willing to believe that the money spent in getting the “precious” class notes photocopied is not being wasted.



Declamation contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
An inter-college declamation contest was organised by the Chandigarh Consumers Forum at Government College, Sector 46, on consumer protection. This was an event in a series to mark the celebrations of the forum on World Consumers Day every year.

Mr D.P. Singh, Principal of the college, was the chief guest. Ms Jaswinder Kaur of the college was adjudged the best speaker in the contest, Manisha Nayyar of the GCG-11 and Manisha Narang bagged the second and third prize, respectively. The chief guest stressed the need for consumer awareness among students.


Honour for PU professor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
Dr R.S. Goel, Professor of Public Administration of the Panjab University Department of Correspondence Studies, has been nominated a member of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Haryana School Education Board.

In view of his expertise in financial administration, Dr Goel has also been nominated one of the resourse persons by the Haryana Prathmik Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad to review the District and State Annual Work Plan and Budget.

Dr Goel, a national assessor on quality education and a UGC Young Scientist Career Award winner, has written nine books on cooperative and project management.



Summons to DGP on jail conditions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
Directing Haryana’s Director General of Prisons Budh Ram and Punjab’s Inspector General of Prisons K.L. Sharma to be personally present in the court on the next date of hearing, Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked them to place on record detailed information regarding the living conditions of jail inmates.

Issuing the directions in the open court, Mr Justice Jain granted Chandigarh’s IGP, Mr M. Ramsekhar, exemption from personal appearance till further orders.

Mr Justice Jain, however, also asked the officers to inform the court about the capacity of each jail and the number of inmates in them. The case will now come up for hearing on March 26.

The High Court had earlier issued notices to the Advocates-General of the two states after taking notice on its own motion of “deficiencies”, such as overcrowding and poor quality food in the Gurdaspur Central Jail. The notices were issued following Mr Justice Amar Dutt’s surprise visit to the jail.

Mr Justice Dutt, after the visit, had observed: “It has been found that the government and the jail authorities have been negligent in complying with the directions given by the Judges while inspecting jails from time to time”.

Non-residents’ inclusion in rolls quashed

The High Court today quashed an order passed by the Punjab State Election Commission ordering the inclusion of the names of Avtar Singh and 17 others in the electoral rolls of Mallowala village in Ferozepur district.

In their petition, ex-sarpanch of the village, Mr Bagicha Singh, and another petitioner had stated that the respondents were not residents of Mallowala. They added that the Electoral Registration Officer had also concluded the same and had ordered the deletion of their names. The order was confirmed by the Sub Divisional Officer.

An appeal filed by the respondents before the electoral commission was allowed. Challenging the order, the petitioners stated that the appeal was time barred.

Mr Justice V.S. Aggarwal also directed the commission to consider whether the appeal was time-barred and whether it could condone the delay or not.

Mill cook’s sack quashed
Our Legal Correspondent adds

Should a woman, especially a labourer, be asked to produce a cooking certificate six years after her being employed as such?

This point arose in a petition filed by Ms Kamlesh Kumari, a Scheduled Caste employee of Meham Cooperative Sugar Mills Limited, Meham. She had challenged her removal from service by the Managing Director of the mill, for allegedly not having submitted a certificate of experience as a cook.

The petitioner stated that she being a Scheduled Caste and having passed B.A. (II) examination, had sought promotion to the post of a clerk, but instead of promoting her, an inquiry was held to find whether the experience certificates she had submitted were genuine.

Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the High Court allowing her plea against termination, observed that it had been admitted that she was eligible to be promoted as clerk. It is very difficult to believe that a woman did not have cooking experience. Where is the need for her to submit a certificate, especially from the petitioner who is a labourer”, asked the Judge.

The Judge directed that petitioner be taken into service with all consequential benefits from date of her termination. Back


Mirroring the reality of existence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
The principal of Government College of Art, Sector 10, Prof Prem Singh, threw open his works for the public at the Panjab University Fine Arts Museum today. The vast exhibition, which boasts of about 55 works, will remain on view till March 22.

The show is delightful in the sense that it encompasses a long stretch of time, during which the artist developed affinity with the objects around him and learnt to be one with them. Taking a cue from all that ever transpired in his life, Prem Singh draws each image with great passion — be it the one in which he visualises games played during childhood, or the one in which he focuses on divinity as he encountered it, or even the one in which he shows a slithering snake, the one which occasionally appeared in the street where the artist lived.

Due to the easiness of thought which flows from the works of Prem Singh, it becomes convenient for the viewer to relate to his feelings. “The works have been drawn during the past five years, and each one has a story to tell. I began the show with my perception of the millennium hype. To depict the same I drew the Millennium swing. Similarly, I draw from my environment to create a maze, that bears the reality of my own existence.”

There are various pertinent themes ruling the artist’s mind as he relates to them and then brings them to paper. But broadly, all works are about reminiscence. The medium is used deftly to portray the composite culture that marked the earlier times. This category highlights the details of festivals and fairs that the artist attended as a child. As the artist graduates, he draws from adolescence and reflects his fascination for women. Animal forms, the latest issue of interest for Prof Singh, is also on display.

Portrait gallery cries for attention
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, March 13
Over a 1,000 portraits of the freedom fighters were gathering dust in the National Gallery of Portraits in Sector 17. The gallery, which was established with the noble motive of preserving the memories of the known and unknown freedom fighters who dedicated their lives from the time of the First War of Independence in 1857 to the actual achievement of freedom in the year 1947, is dying a slow death , thanks to the authorities concerned.

The gallery, which has the potential of becoming one of the major attraction for tourist and educationists , receives no more than an average of four to five visitors per week. Last year the Governor’s visit to the gallery kicked up some dust and a talk was initiated to upgrade the gallery in terms of its contents, however, nothing has been materialised so far.

Not too many people of the city were even aware of its existence, said Mr A. K. Kaushik, Deputy Director of Higher Education. Mr Kaushik who was accompanied by his colleague Mr G. K. Sharma said “even after working all our lives next door to the gallery, we came to know about it today itself.”

The lively portraits along with the brief write-ups and original drafts of the letters by famous personalities can make the history visually come alive for the student’s community, but we have never seen any student around this place, said Mr Sharma. Though the authorities claim that they send letters to the schools for sending their students for educational trips, but the attempts have not been materialised so far.

This place has the potential of becoming one of the major education centre, said a resident of the city. However, the display of the photographs needs to be done in chronological order to make the whole set up more attractive, he added. To save the place from getting a drab look , the infrastructure of the gallery also needs to be improved, he said.

A lot of publicity is required to attract visitors, said a visitor, Mr P. Singh. It is sad that most of the persons in the city are not aware of this place which treasures such invaluable portraits of our freedom fighters, he added.

The gallery was inaugurated in 1977 by the then Union Minister, Mr Jagjivan Ram in its present location at the basement of the Central State Library building in Sector 17. The gallery that started with a modest beginning of about 125 portraits, now has about 1,000 portraits of the freedom fighters, besides, a number of statue heads, ceramic murals and illumined glass box tableaux.

The gallery should be made a part of the Government Museum and Art Gallery, said an inside source. The location is a major hindrance in popularising the place as Sector 17 does not provide the right environment for a serious place such as this gallery, the source added. 


Promising katha of values
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
‘Nayak Katha’ — the latest production by members of the Sandli Pairan Kala Kendra — came across as a promising presentation. The subject was socially relevant and the theme portrayal was good. The play was staged in the Sector 18 Tagore Theatre here.

The story revolves round a child who comes into the world oblivious of the pain that is in store for him. The focus of the play is on moral drain and on when and how it happens. Through a powerful portrayal of the subject, actors bring out the irony of the situation.

A man who begins his life with a strong conviction of standing by his morals and values, is shown to succumb to rampant evils.

His life, which began as a clean and white canvas of pleasant experiences, is painted all red later. His struggle for securing his ideals is writ large on the fabulous sets that the kendra members have created for the play.

The production was about experimentation and it has been a successful attempt. It tickled the sensibilities and served its social purpose, something that theatre is supposed to do.

Credit for the success of today’s show goes to actors Jodhbir Singh, Rajeev Mehta, Parwinder Singh, Rinku, Hitender Singh, Vajinder Bhardwaj, Rocky, Yogesh Tungal, Karanveer Singh, Mohit Verma and Apporva Sangwan.

The play was directed by Jaswinder Singh Prince and the music was by Sudesh Kambhoj.

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