Sunday, May 13, 2001,  Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PEC students get degrees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
“India will emerge as a superpower in the fields of Information Technology and Biotechnology, including Genomics — the study of genes — by 2025. It is the Indian brain which has dominated the fast development of IT the world over, both in hardware and software,” opined Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, while delivering the convocation address at the 30th annual convocation of Punjab Engineering College held here today.

While more than 200 graduates of the last session received their Bachelor in Engineering degrees in the eight different disciplines of engineering, the Administrator’s Gold Medal for overall outstanding performance during 1996-2000 was bagged by Ms Roopali of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering while Ms Pooja Prakash of Computer Science and Engineering won the Miglani Memorial Gold Medal.

Prof Pathak, in a remarkably well formulated convocation address, quoted former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, “In a country of India’s size and endowments, self reliance is inescapable and must be at the very heart of technological development.” And quoting Sri Aurobindo, he said, “If India has to rise, the youth of India must awake to their destiny. How long will they continue to slumber, these sun-eyed children of a marvellous nation?”. He concluded with an observation of Somerset Maugham, who said, “The funny thing about life is that if you refuse to accept anything but the best, often enough, you get it.”

Eight students, Sachin Saurabh Saxena, Harsimran Singh, Pooja Prakash, Aradhna Prasad, Roopali, Parag Jain, Raj Kumar and Sumit Khanna received gold medals for standing first in honours in the Panjab University in the BE degree examination held in May 2000.

Eight students, which included Sachin Saurabh Saxena, Harsimran Singh, Gurvinder Pal Singh, Mridu, Parul, Parag Jain, Kushagra Pathak and Sudhir Kumar Aggarwal were awarded silver medals for standing first in the major product.

Earlier, the Principal, Prof R.S. Gupta, had introduced Prof Pathak to the audience and read out the college annual report, highlighting the various achievements of the students and faculty members of the college. He announced that of the 273 students who had cleared the BE examination, 247 had secured first divisions. He also informed that almost 250 students currently studying in the final year had already been offered jobs during campus placements.

Prof H.R. Seedher, Dean Academic Affairs of the college proposed a vote of thanks.



PEC alumni win laurels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
Three former students of the local Punjab Engineering College have won the top three positions in a paper presentation contest (student’s category), organised by the Society for Automotive Engineering at the ‘Noise and Vibration’ conference, held at Traverse City, Michigan, and USA from April 30 to May 2, recently.

The fact was confirmed by a formal e-mail from Wayne State University here today, where all the three were pursuing their Master’s degree in the subject.

The first place in the paper reading contest was bagged by Ashnapreet Singh, for his paper on ‘What type of sound does centrifugal blower radiate?’

The paper entitled ‘Visualisation of sound transmission into a vehicle passenger compartment’ by Manmohan Singh won the second place. The third place went to Manjit Singh for his paper entitled, ‘Reconstruction of transient sound radiation using HELS method’.



NIFD students awarded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
It was a day of reward for the 100 students who successfully completed their five-week short-term summer holiday course at the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD). The students were awarded today by none other than Nek Chand, the creator of the Rock Garden.

After awarding certificates of appreciation to the students, Nek Chand went about viewing the exhibition of the products which they had created over a span of five weeks. The ensemble of creations, followed the most contemporary line of fashion.

Sandy Setia, Rachna Trehan and Hitesh Mehra, had entitled their line of creations “Sahira...your identity”. The exhibits included T-shirts adorned with print motifs and the unique concept of fabric sketch pen. Other articles included paintings, ethnic jewellery, and accessories.

The short-term course familiarised the students with the latest in the fields of fashion designing, textile designing and interior designing. The course comprised study of yarns, fabric, prints, texture, elements of design and colour study, textile design techniques, embroideries, study of accessories, illustrations, garment construction, and a brief introduction to fashion shows and exhibitions.



Srijana’ workshop concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
A 10-day workshop titled ‘‘Srijana’’ organised for children suffering from minor handicaps concluded at the Dev Samaj College of Education in Sector 36 here today.

The chief guest at the valedictory function was Ms Madhavi Kataria, Director Public Instructions (Colleges)-cum-Director Social Welfare.

Dr Satinder Dhillon, Principal of the college, speaking at the function said teachers of the college had played a vital role in bringing these children into the mainstream of society. She thanked Ms Kataria for donating a sum of Rs 10000 from the Child Welfare Department for these children. Ms Dhillon informed that these children will be invited once every three months to the college for interactive activities.


Surf the Net for info on GC-46
Tribune News Service

A team of Government College Sector-46 students, with their principal, at the launch of the college website in Chandigarh on Saturday.
A team of Government College Sector-46 students, with their principal, at the launch of the college Web site in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, May 12
Government College Sector 46 will now be accessible on the internet with the launch of its site,, at a function held here today.

The Director, Public Instruction (Colleges), Ms Madhvi Kataria, chief guest at the occasion, inaugurated the site of the college, which has been prepared by students of the college with help from college staff members.

The site will provide detailed information about the college, various courses being run, admission schedule, process of admission and the admission form, which can be downloaded from the site to apply for admission to the college.

Ms Kataria, while speaking on the occasion, said since the watch words of life today were, “user friendly” and “people friendly”, the site would be a more effective and efficient way to gain information about the institution.

Ms Kataria also gave away certificates to the team of staff members and students who had worked for the site. These included, Mr Rajnish Narang and Ms Jaspreet Kaur and among the students to get the certificates were Munish Kumar, Chaya Agarwal, Amanbir, Gursewak Singh, Manoj and Nidhi Sharma.

The Principal, Mr D.P. Singh, earlier welcomed the chief guest and highlighted the utility and the necessity of the website in present day life. Mr Satya Pal Jain, former MP, was one of the distinguished guests present at the occasion.



Poor working kids excel in studies
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, May 12
The efforts of the Punjab Istri Sabha Relief Trust to spread education have borne fruit with six children attending its Bal Mazdoor Sikhya Kendra in Guru Nanak Colony in Phase X here excelling in their studies.

In was a memorable day today for the six working children — Hardeep Singh, Jasvir Singh, Balwinder Singh, Sanjay Singh, Pinki and Zora Singh — who were honoured for having passed the Class V examination conducted by the Punjab Education Department, securing the first and second divisions.

For such poor children it required herculean efforts to achieve the distinction, attending the school from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. after their daily work. Perhaps, well-off children have a lot to learn from them.

The school was started in 1998 and at present its strength is 35. Books and stationery are given free to the students besides a scholarship of Rs 100 each. They were honoured by the local Municipal Council President, Mr Kulwant Singh.



Sessions Judge ordered to probe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
Coming down heavily upon a Punjab Police Inspector for his failure to join the inquiry being conducted by the Ludhiana’s Superintendent of Police into the allegations of harassing a resident after illegally detaining him, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the Sessions Judge to get the matter thoroughly investigated to find if criminal offence had been committed by any policeman.

The SSP was asked by the High Court to conduct a probe, besides providing security to Ludhiana resident Randhir Singh and his family after his counsel stated that in spite of being granted bail in a case against him, the petitioner was not availing the same as he feared Inspector Chain Singh.

Randhir Singh had earlier filed a habeas corpus petition seeking his father’s release. Today, after going through the record, Mr Justice Nijjar observed: “The warrant officer appointed by the court submitted his report clearly stating that the alleged detainee was found in the illegal custody of Inspector Chain Singh.... The petitioner mentioned that during the illegal detention, his father was pressurised to withdraw a civil suit filed against one Kishan Singh”.

The judge also observed: “It was also brought to the court’s notice that instead of appearing in the court, as directed, the Inspector registered further cases against the petitioner’s father. Another FIR under the NDPS Act was registered against the petitioner.... Consequently, the court directed the Ludhiana SSP to ensure the safety of the petitioner and his family. He was also directed to conduct a thorough probe”.

The judge asserted: “In his report, the SSP has stated that Inspector Chain Singh has not joined the inquiry inspite of written directions having been sent to him.”

The judge concluded: “From the facts, it becomes prima facie evident that the Inspector is still not prepared to join the inquiry.... The Ludhiana Sessions Judge is directed to have the matter thoroughly investigated by the Chief Judicial Magistrate or any other magistrate nominated by him. The magistrate on inquiry should give clear finding as to whether or not any criminal offence has been committed by any police official”.

Petition allowed

Allowing a writ petition, Mr Justice R.S. Mongia and Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the High Court on Saturday directed the Principal of Beant College of Engineering and Technology, Gurdaspur to interview a Sangrur district resident for the post of lecturer in Chemical Engineering Department against the post reserved for ex-servicemen.

Delivering the verdict on the petition filed by ex-servicemen’s son Paramjit Singh, the judges observed: “As per the government instructions dated August 11, 1999, if against the post reserved for ex-servicemen, no ex-servicemen is available or suitable, their wards would be considered against the reserved posts”.

The judges concluded: “We are of the view that the college was incorrect in not considering the petitioner’s case for the post reserved in ex-servicemen category”.



Dismissed jawan’s petition admitted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
An Army jawan sentenced to life imprisonment and dismissal from service by a Summary General Court Martial (SGCM) on charges of murdering an NCO and a JCO, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against his conviction.

Naik Shinder Singh of 10 Sikh, had been held guilty of murdering Naib Subedar Manjit Singh and Havildar Hardayal Singh of the same unit. The alleged offence had taken place while the unit was deployed for an exercise at Bari Brahmana near Jammu in 1998.

He had been tried under Section 69 of the Army Act read with Section 302 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RBC). The RBC substitutes the Indian Penal Code in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

His petition challenging the SGCM sentence was admitted by the High Court on May 10.

While pleading not guilty, Shinder Singh has maintained that there had been no witnesses who had seen him commit the alleged act nor did any one in the vicinity hear gunshots. He has contended that he had been convicted on hearsay and circumstantial evidence.

In his petition, he has also contended that murder is a civil offence and a SGCM had no jurisdiction to try him. Besides maintaining that his conviction was based on confessions extracted while he had been in custody, which are inadmissable in court, Shinder Singh has also alleged that the judge advocate in the SGCM was biased and summed up the case in a manner which had favoured the prosecution. He has also contended that the murder trail, which lasted a month, was completed in “indecent haste”.


104 cases settled
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 12
As many as 104 cases relating to the Uttar Haryana Bijli vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli vitran Nigam (DHBVN), pending before the Haryana State consumer disputes Redressal Commission, were decided in a Lok Adalat organised at the Shakti Bhavan, here today.

Mr Justice V.K. Bali of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive chairman of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority, inaugurated the Lok Adalat in which cases related to theft of electricity, billing, unauthorised extension of load, loss of cattle due to electrification, unauthorised conversion from agriculture to commercial meters and disputes of defective meters was taken up.



Kumari Riyazvi comes of age
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 12
Maturity has nothing to do with age. Kumari Riyazvi , a 20-year-old singer from Gwalior, who regaled the audience at the Bhaskar Rao Indoor Auditorium in Sector 35 on the occasion of 52nd Monthly Baithak programme organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra, was proof that one does not need the benefit of age to bring depth to one’s singing style.

Riyazvi, while talking to The Tribune, said her aim was to revive the golden era of light classical music, when melody used to rule. Trained in the Gwalior gharana of classical music under Krishanrao Shankar Pandit, Riyazvi believes that feelings, which are an important component of music, come only with keen observation and sensitivity of an artist and make the notes reach out to the audience.

Starting her journey into the world of music at a tender age, Riyazvi has already carved a niche for herself as an upcoming ghazal singer. However, she is equally at ease with geet, bhajans and folk songs. Expressing her feelings towards ghazals, which are her first love, Riyazvi says, “Ghazals give you the freedom to express pain and other emotions that no other fields provide.”

Riyazvi, who has been doing stage shows all over India, came into limelight after she won the first prize at the “Sa-Re-Ga-Ma” competition, organised by Mrignayani Junior Chamber at Gwalior. After winning a couple of prizes that included “Nai Duniya Pratibha Khoj”, she was featured in a music episode of “Sargam” on Doordarshan, in which she stood first in the quarterfinals and second in the semifinals.

Opening the monthly baithak programme with a soul-searching bhajan based on raag kalavati, Riyazvi mesmerised the audience with ghazals like Parveen Shakeer’s “Chehra mera tha, nighahen uski” and Vijay Kalim’s “Apne seene mein kuch dard jagaye rakhna”, which spoke volumes on the uncertainity of human relationships.

Riyazvi, a serious youngster by nature, however, did not disappoint the fun-loving Punjabi audience whom she entertained with a popular Punjabi song “Charkha mera rangla”. Her rendition of Firak Gorakhpuri’s “Dilon ka soz tere ruhe benakaab ki aanch” was appreciated. She was accompanied by her guru, Keshav Kumar Pandey, on the harmonium and master Avirbhav Verma on the tabla.


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