Thursday, April 19, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PCCTU elections on May 6
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
The Panjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has stated in a press note that the final phase of the union elections will be held at GGN College, Ludhiana, on May 6.

Highlighting the achievements of the outgoing leadership, the press note further stated that the Chandigarh Administration had released the Career Advancement Scheme Senior Selection Grades following a protest by the union. The administration had also released the bunching notification while the Director Public Instructions (Colleges), Punjab, had released the salary grant of Rs 6 crore for February and Rs 9.34 crore as the UGC arrears, the note added.

The Punjab government had decided to condone the 26-day strike period costing Rs 4.20 crore and issued a notification to the DPI (Colleges), Punjab, to this effect, the note stated.

The union had also directed its activists in the remaining fifteen colleges of the state, to provide information regarding managment’s share with interest in the pension scheme up to April 1, 2001, to the DPI office at the earliest.

The PCCTU general secretary, Prof Charanjit Chawla, said while the district-level elections of the union would be held on April 22, there were strong chances that the present leadership would be re-elected unopposed on May 6.


Delegation of principals’ body to meet minister
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
A joint deputation of the federation of the managements and the Federation of Principals Association of Non-Government Colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh will call upon Master Mohan Lal, Minister, Higher Education, Punjab tomorrow. This was stated by Principal P.S. Sangha, general secretary, of the federation in a press note here today.

The deputation will press for the early implementation of the memorandum submitted earlier by the federation regarding the implementation of already passed Pension-cum-Gratuity Act by the Punjab Government as the data with regards to management’s share of the employees provident fund has already been collected by the DPI’s office. The federation is also demanding issuing of directive to colleges to deposit the same in the corpus fund account for the payment of pension and gratuity to the employees.

The press note further stated that although Master Mohan Lal had assured the federation a number of times of its early implementation but nothing concrete had been done till now.

The other demands of the federation include release of withheld grant for the months of January and February 2000; notification of the Principal’s senior scale of 17300-22400 irrespective of the duration of service or the PhD qualification as has already been done by Haryana and release of HRA/Medical Allowance to the non-teaching staff on par with counterparts in the government service and the release of arrears of the revised pay scales with effect from January 1, 1996.


Notice of motion to PFC, others
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, April 18
Hearing a petition filed by an industrialist of the town, Mr Gursharan Singh Riar, for registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against officials of the Punjab Financial Corporation, officials of the local District Industries Centre and the proprietor of M/s High Tech Industries Ltd, Mr R.S. Sachdeva, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice of motion to respondents for April 24.

The petitioner, Mr Riar, had sought registration of an FIR against the respondents for allegedly causing loss to the PFC to the tune of Rs 1 crore.


Bar membership case adjourned
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 18
The UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr Pushvinder Singh, today adjourned the hearing of a case filed by a lawyer to declare him member of the District Bar Association, for April 19.

The secretary of the association today appeared before the court and sought one day’s time in order to file a reply in the court. The Magistrate had issued a notice to the secretary of the District Bar Association for April 17, in a civil suit filed by the lawyer.

Mr Arunjeev Singh Walia, a District Court lawyer, had filed a civil suit to declare him a member of the Bar and for permanent injunction restraining the District Bar Association from denying him the voting right and other benefits in the association elections, to be held on April 20.

It was stated in the complaint that the lawyer was practising in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the District Courts since 1991 and was a member of the District Bar Association since 1994. He has been depositing his monthly subscription regularly.

He stated that it was learnt from the office of the association that his name had been deleted from the list of members eligible to vote in the annual elections of the association. When the lawyer enquired, he was told that as he had submitted his resignation from the Bar, his name had been struck off from the list.

It was stated in the complaint that the lawyer had never submitted his resignation. He alleged that the Bar authorities had not sent any notice to him before deleting his name from Bar membership list.


Picture maker installed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
This is for the lovers of photography and also for those who are fond of seeing themselves in pictures. Now you can get your pictures of size you would have only dreamt of in merely a few hours. This, without any compromise on the quality. The print can be taken on as many as 30 kinds of material.

The city can boast of having this technology. This is available at Tejee’s Studio, Sector 17, who have bought this new Kodak Picture Maker and claim it to be the only one in the region (Punjab, Haryana and UT). This is a ‘professional enhanced imaging inkjet media’ which works with both dye based and pigment based inks. The blow ups , for which earlier one had to restrict to a size of less than 30 inches each in length and width , can be life sized or even larger and the processing takes between one hour and 24 hours only.

For the photographer, the good thing is that he, no longer will he have to mess up with those chemicals in the dark room. It can be used both for front lit and backlit displays- indoors as well as outdoors.

“Those who want a new look on their old photographs can also get it done “, says Mr Tejbans Singh Jauhar, owner of the studio. So now those years old pictures which have faded or become pale with time, can get a fresh look with all the changes one desires to include.

Earlier one had to contend with a picture on a matt or a glossy paper, whereas now there are at least 30 options to chose from. With this, one can get the effect of a portrait or an oil painting , along with the normal picture , says Mr Jauhar.

The picture maker including various add ons(lab support system) has costed him around Rs 12 lakh and he’s even had specialised training from the company( Kodak ) to operate it. Apart from the professional knowledge one also needs to be computer savvy to operate this machine.

And the best part is the cost. This would be almost half of what one had to pay for the conventional method. In case of dura trans base, the cost will reduce to almost one-tenth.

The technology would be specially useful in case of museums, exhibitions, interior decoration, trade shows etc, says Mr Jauhar.


Earthy works
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 18
There is something very earthy about the works of art which opened for the public at Art Folio in Sector 9 today. The ensemble, by two eminent artists from Gujarat, C.D. Mistry and Kalpit Panchal, boasts of great appeal.

The mediums used by the two are quite different but there is some kind of a similarity in the final print. Both artists pick up traditional themes and colour them to suit the contemporary moods. Kalpit Jain’s works focus on the Shivlinga — the ultimate symbol of power and energy in the universe.

Born at Ahmedabad, Kalpit has taken his diploma in Applied Art from the CN College of Fine Arts, Ahmedabad. Now a well-settled designer, Kalpit has put together a wonderful mosaic of the Shivlinga. He uses the most contemporary medium to handle the most traditional of themes. The result is arresting to the core. The artist has exhibited 20 works on the same theme.

C.D Mistry’s work are extremely strong in line and form. A set of five masks executed in mixed media shows the finesse of Mistry. In drawings one see confrontation with bulls and horses. All 13 drawings are strong.

The collection is marked by precision of ideas and execution.


Align curriculum with eco issues’
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 18
A cultural evening was organised for the participants of the five-day workshop on “Incorporating environmental issues in science education” here today with the help of Punjabi Lok Kala Kendra, Sangrur, and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Punjab, at TTTI Auditorium. The workshop is being organised for the SAARC countries by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology in collaboration with UNESCO.

Yesterday, various issues relating to ecological balance and control of environmental pollution came to the forefront on the second day of the workshop.

Presenting the country report for Bangladesh, Dr Mohammad Ibrahim, Chairman, Physics Department, Dhaka University, an Executive Director, Centre for Mass Education in Science, said in Bangladesh environmental education had already been incorporated in the curriculum at the school level. However, he pointed out that classroom studies alone could keep pace with the changing circumstances in the day-to-day life.

Mr Nandu Giri, presenting the country report for Bhutan said the concept of environment was being taught in the schools in Bhutan right from the pre- primary level.” The children who are taught about the local environmental issues which are not far from their life, tradition and culture has proved to be a strong base for developing national values along with aptitude for preserving the environment”, he added.

Ms Sharada D Mahajan, Associate Professor, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, said, “Though the subject science and environment was introduced in Nepal a few years back, later the environment component was dropped to be re-introduced as a new core subject — health, population and environment”.

Ms P. K. Nanayakkara, Assistant Director, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka, said the teachers there use methods like group works, field trips activity based projects along with the conventional chalk and talk basis to imbibe a sense of environment friendly attitude among the students.

Highlighting the initiatives taken by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in India, Mr Harjit Singh, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Environment and Forest, suggested that there was a need to realign the contents and teaching methodology to address the issues.

Others who spoke on the occasion included Mr Anuj Sinha, Joint Advisor, National Council for Science and Technology Communication, Dr Erach Bharucha, Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research, Pune, Ms Shivani Jain, Programme Officer, Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad, and Dr Nandita C. Krishna, CPR Environmental Education Centre, Chennai.

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