Sunday, May 20, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


2 more PU courses through correspondence
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
There is good news for those who want to do a masters in sociology or commerce through correspondence. The Department of Correspondence Studies (DCS), Panjab University, will be introducing masters in sociology and masters in commerce course from the next academic session, due to begin in July this year.

The Department of Correspondence Studies will also be offering a post-graduate course in Library Information Science of one years’ duration. 

The decision to start the three courses from the next academic year has been approved by the board of studies followed by the Academic council and the Senate of the university.

The MA Sociology and M. Com will be two-year courses with exminations held annually. The rules of admission will be similar to those of other masters courses offered by the university. There is no limit to the number of seats and the fee structure too remains similar to the regular masters course.

The head of the correspondence Studies Department, Mr Ujagar Singh Sehgal, said the B.I.Lib will be a single year degree course which students can do after their graduation. This is keeping in line with the requirement for trained professionals in a large number of libraries in rural areas. There will be two personal contact programmes in year which are not compulsory.



KVS in-service course
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Clarifying the concept and idea behind minimum level of learning Dr J.N.Joshi, a former Panjab University teacher and a NCERT consultant, gave technical details while addressing an in-service course on ‘development of competency-based teaching’ here today.

The course is being organised by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghathan. The in-service course which commenced on May 10 is going full-swing at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 29, a press note stated here today. The course has participants from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh.

The participants are being exposed to concepts of group learning, joyful activities, life skills, best out of waste, competencey-based learning, evaluation through grading and ‘learning while doing’.

Earlier, a session was addressed by Ms Barinder Aulakh, Director, Regional Institute of English, who threw light on the competencies that could be developed through nursery rhymes.

Mrs S. Prakash, the course director, gave details of the programme. Mrs C. Ummat, Mrs Sashi Sood and Mrs Bulbul Dhillon were the resource persons.



Few takers for PU computer course
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
There are only 95 applicants for 120 seats in Post-graduate Diploma in Computer Science and Applications in affiliated colleges of Panjab University.

Thirty seats available at the Muktsar Regional Centre of the university have been withdrawn. The course is now available only at Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, Kamla Lotia SD College, Ludhiana, RSD College Ferozepore and Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana.

A fellow of the university said one of the reasons for the fall in the number of applicants was easier availability of courses elsewhere in the state. Kurukshetra University, Punjab Technical University and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar were also offering the course, and the candidates did not have to undergo an entrance examination also.

A student said Panjab University was charging more than Rs 900 for the forms alone. 


Fancy dress competition
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 19
An inter-house-fancy dress competition was organised by Mount Carmel School, Sector 47 B, at LECMA , 3BRD Air Force Station, here today.

The principal administered the oath of office to the student members of the school cabinet, 2001-2002.

Students had dressed up as soldiers, vegetable vendors, Tarzan etc for the competition.

Prizes were awarded to the best four participants from each of the seven groups for the competition.

Ms Surbhi Gulsia, Ms Anup Kiran, Mr Saibal Sinha and Ms Amtita Edwin were the judges for this competition.. The students also put up an entertaining cultural show on the occasion.

Results of the fancy dress competition : I Kindergarten group (class kg): first- Dhananjay, second- Abhinav Malik, third- Shonit Pahuja, Consolation - Biddesha Bedi. II Sub Junior Group (classes I and II) : first- Tanya, second - Ashutosh Raina, third- Shefali Wadhera, Consolation - Jeremy Ben Thomas. III Junior Group II (classes III and IV) : first Navneet Mahal, Jasmeen Bedi, second- Amanat, third- Kunal Kansra, consolation Vipul Sharma. IV Junior Group I (Classes Vand VI), first S.Tanveer Hussain, second - Jonathon, third- Harminder S.Puri and consolation prize, Spardha Sareen. V Senior group (classes VII to X) : first Bhavdeep Vashisht, second prize Piyush Mehta, third- Nidhi Pahwa and consolation prize Ashima Bansal.

Mohali branch, I kindergarten group (class kg) first John Edwin Samuel, second- Uditpal Singh, third- Mukaneet Kaur. II Class -I : first - Sanchit Dhiman, second- Shubham Rawat, third - Ravneet Kaur and consolation prize Gursimran Minocha.

III group , classes II and III : first - Sabby Kalsi, second- Simranjeet Kaur, third-Kushmeet Singh and consolation prize- Ravneet Kaur.


Science wizard award for Saurabh
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 19
“Today the world is rapidly moving towards the age of competition. Adequate facilities are not available to the students residing in rural as well as remote areas. The council for the promotion of young talent is striving hard to achieve this goal”, the local MP, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, said here today.

He was the chief guest at the prize distribution function organised at the auditorium of Institute of Engineers, Sector 19, today.

He distributed prizes among students. Rohit Singla and Prithpal Singh of DAV College, Sector 10 were awarded young talent first and second prizes worth Rs 5,000 and Rs 2,000.

The third prize of Rs 1,000 was bagged by Malwinder of Government Barjindra College Faridkot, Punjab.

The Homi Bhabha Memorial Science Wizard Contest — 2001 award of Rs 10,000 was given to Saurabh Garg of St Kabir Convent School, Sector 26. Second prize of Rs 7,500 was bagged by Meha Bassi of St Joseph’s School, Sector 26. The third prize of Rs 5,000 was won by Priyanka Khandelwal of Sacred Heart Convent, Sector 26.

Best performance award shield was awarded to St Kabir School, Sector 26. Best maintenance award was given to Shivalik Public School, Sector 41. Whereas the best discipline award was given to Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, and best educational promotional school was awarded to St Anne’s Convent, Sector 32.

Twenty other students were also awarded the certificates of award. 


Re-examination ordered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Panjab University has ordered a re-examination in the paper - B (geography) of BA II. The examination held earlier this year has been cancelled, an official press note said here today.

The re-examination in the paper will now be held in the afternoon session at Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Muktsar centres only. The roll numbers allotted earlier will remain the same.


Major Madhan refutes charges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May, 19
With the prosecution closing its case after examining witnesses sought by it, the General Court Martial trying Maj V K Madhan for alleged dereliction of duty during the Kargil conflict today put questions to the accused.

Technically referred to as putting the prosecution evidence to the accused, the court sought the accused’s contention on incriminating evidence presented by the prosecution in the course of examining various witnesses. The accused gave a written statement in this regard.

While denying charges levelled against him, the accused maintained that his Commanding Officer, Col M B Ravindranath did not appreciate the nature and extent of his knee injury. He claimed that once the CO initiated action against him, he became adamant on following them and other witnesses toed his line.

The accused stated that he had sustained a knee injury while he was undergoing training in the academy, which had later healed. However, after slipping in his bathroom in June 1999 while he was deployed with his battalion in the Kargil Sector, the accused maintained that his injury had reopened, making it difficult for him to negotiate steep slopes or rocky terrain. He added that he had been advised three days rest for his injury by the Field Surgical Centre.

The accused stated that he had never said to the CO at Sonamarg that the situation at Dras was very bad and that the battalion should avoid moving into that area. He said that the CO had arrived at the tail of the battalion and was alone when he had met him.

The accused also contended he had stated before his CO that he was willing to perform any task, but the CO appointed him as the unit adjutant. He added that he performed all duties assigned to him as adjutant. He added that he had never refused to go as fire base commander and nor was it ever offered to him to go on pony or be carried by his men.

He also stated that he had met Maj S S Bajaj only once and he had never told the major that his injury would take 10 - 15 days to heal. He added that Lt Col Sandeep Kala had never ordered him to go on recce to Three Pimples on June 25.

The accused maintained that he had met the Regimental Medical Officer for the first time on June 4 and not on June 2. He also gave his version of the subsequent events related to his injury and consequent action taken against him.

The court adjourned till May 21 as none of the witnesses sought by the defence were available today. The first witness the defence is seeking to examine is Lt Col N Sinha, who had admitted the accused to 153 General Hospital in Leh, from where he was referred to the Command Hospital, Chandimandir for surgery.



Prosthetic centre’s plea dismissed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
A revision petition filed by Nevedac Prosthetic Centre and three others challenging the orders passed by a Civil Judge rejecting their application was dismissed by Ms Justice Bakhshish Kaur of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In their application the centres had sought the dismissal of a suit filed by Lt Col K.J. Vohra “for want of jurisdiction”.

Challenging the suit, the petitioners had stated that the Civil Court had no jurisdiction to entertain the matter as it was barred under the Companies Act. They had added that the suit was not maintainable because the plaintiff had an alternative remedy.

After hearing the arguments, the judge observed: “I am of the view that the impugned order does not suffer from any infirmity or irregularity regarding the jurisdiction of the civil court. This civil revision is dismissed.” 



Awards don’t cover film costs: producer
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, May 19
After three years, producer Devinder Walia of “Mein Ma Punjab Di”fame is back with “Ishq Nachavye Gali Gali,” a Punjabi feature film, the premiere show of which will be held at a local theatre tomorrow.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Walia said though the film was completed in 1999, he could not muster enough courage to release it earlier, keeping in view the losses Punjabi movies were incurring.

“After Shaheed-e-Mohabbat and Shaheed Udham Singh, the Punjabi audience is warming up to the idea of Punjabi feature films once again, and with Hindi movies keeping a low profile in the north, it is the best time to release the picture,” he added.

Answering a question as to why after making a national award-winning movie like “Mein Ma Punjab Di,” he had switched to something commercial which could be categorised as a copy of any Hindi movie, Walia said though an award could satisfy the creativity in a person, it barely covered the costs.

“With the government withdrawing patronage from the Punjabi film industry, the producers have no other option than to go in for commercial movies, which at least draws the Punjabi audience living abroad,” said Walia.

The film has all ingredients — a love triangle, revenge, action and tragedy. The story unfolds with a young poet Shankar (played by Shivender Mahal) falling in love with a local girl Rano (played by Manjit Kular), who later gets married to an NRI Kulwant ( played by Deepak Saraf) and migrates to USA.

The story gets a twist when Simran(played by Neeru Singh), younger sister of Kulwant, visits India and falls in love with Hans ( Randeep Varinder), who is Shankar’s younger brother. With the usual twist and intervention of a villain Musibat Singh, which costs Shankar’s life, the story ends with a happy note as the young lovers get united.

The film is being directed by Balwant Dullat and has been written by Vijay Tandon, who is also playing the role of a comedian in the movie. Music has been being given by Atul Sharma.The rest of the cast includes B.B. Verma, Jaswant Daman, Pooja, Sanjivan, Ranjivan, Dr Dhaliwal, Kanwal Bedi, B.S. Khaira, Dr Surinder Sharma, Anil Sharma, Shamsher Sandhu and Surjit Bindrakhia.


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