Sunday, August 5, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


B.Ed entrance test: commerce students denied admission
Parents threaten to move court
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
It is a case of probable error in preliminary procedure in sorting out the eligible candidates. Scores of students from the commerce stream, who cleared the entrance test for the bachelor of education degree (B.Ed) in the local colleges, have been refused admission at the ongoing counselling in Panjab University.

The admission committee for admissions to the local Government College of Education and Dev Samaj College of Education said that a circular asking these students not to appear in the written examination and seek refund of their paid fees was printed in leading newspapers a day after the last date of submission of forms. Majority of the students did not appear in the examination.

However, the case of Nidhi Verma is a classic example of oversight. Unclear about the university notice subsequent to the last date of submission of forms, she appeared for the entrance examination. Ranked 211, Nidhi said that she stood a fair chance of admission. However, when she went for the interview, candidates were informed that commerce stream students were ineligible.

Mr Vijay Kumar, her father, said that in case the candidates were ineligible under the changed rules then these candidates should not have been given the roll numbers. ‘‘When we received her roll number we thought the candidate was eligible. The matter does not stop here. Even the result of the candidate was declared. She figured on the merit. When we went for the counselling we were informed that B.Com candidates were not eligible”.

He said, ‘‘Was the staff issuing roll numbers unaware about the changed rules. The receipt of the roll number sent a signal that the candidate was probably found eligible. Now that the candidate has qualified the test there is no logical reason that she should be refused admission’’.

This was not a singular case, Nidhi said. One of her sisters also appeared for the same examination. “Not just these two but there were many more cases where girls from the commerce stream had appeared for the exam. Under the present circumstances we will be left with no alternative but to approach the court”, Mr Vijay Kumar said.

A member of the admission committee said that both education colleges in the city did not have commerce teachers. The NCTE rules clearly provided that no admissions be made until the college had the required staff to handle the subject.

The colleges had communicated the fact of non-availability of teachers to the university. The university should have clarified to the students in the first advertisement itself, a member said. He said that once the candidates had paid hefty amounts for the forms they would naturally appear for the examination.

Another place where the error could have been corrected was by the personnel who issued the roll numbers. Care should have been taken in ascertaining the subjects of the candidate at the graduation level before issuing the final roll numbers.

A candidate said, ‘‘It is a known fact that commerce was not a subject in majority of schools but the commerce background was not a deterrent for school education by any means.

‘‘The college should have teachers in the commerce stream as well because a large number of commerce students also wanted to go into the teaching line. Not giving them an equal chance as other streams was definitely not fair,’’one of the students added.


Dharna by PU student body continues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The Panjab University initiative to give a special chance to honours school students securing less than “passmarks” in science faculties has not been received well by the agitating students as the dharna by the latter continued here today.

Prof Ashok Sahni, Dean University Instructions, while addressing a press conference, said that only students who had a minimum of 92 credits at the graduation level would be allowed a special chance.

Agitating students of the Students Organisation of Panjab University said they were demanding that the required credit count should be reduced to 70.

Professor Sahni said, “Rules can be bent a little but the academic standards cannot be compromised beyond certain limits. B.Sc and M.Sc are separate classes going by the existing university standards. How can a person be promoted without passing the lower class?”

He said that a special chance would be given in September and results would also be declared as soon as possible. It has been pointed out that “the number of students who will miss the examination after the grace is allowed will be 32 only.”

A student said that M.Sc (honours) was a five-year integrated course so students of B.Sc should be allowed to continue in their higher class.


Back from festival in Norway

Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa, a former president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, and Avtar Singh Ranu, founder general secretary of the Students Organisation of Panjab University, have added a new feather to the cap of the university by representing India at the International Student Festival in Norway earlier this year. They received their participation certificates recently.

The festival was hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. The team had earlier attended the festival in Norway in 1999. As many as 456 participants from 105 countries took part in the event this year. It was the world’s largest thematic conference of students.

The theme of the conference was ‘global responsibility’. The participants are also invited to the World Summit 2002 which is a follow-up of the Rio conference of 1992.

Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa also got the distinctive diploma from the United Nations Human Rights Wing for participation in Model UN Conference. He was among the 35 members picked up for the diploma.

The festival note says that the conference had gathered students from all over the world since 1990 to meet, experience and discuss issues connected to a specific topic. The participants this time were selected from among more than 3000 applicants on the basis of their personal motivation and knowledge of the topic.

During the festival, the participants were divided into 14 groups of their choice. The proceedings will be forwarded to the World Summit 2002. The Norwegian Minister of Education inaugurated the festival.

Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa said that the conference was a great experience. It was interesting to have the views of a cross-section of the youth on global matters. There was a desire and commitment for dedicated action to save the future. The event was an enriching experience and it gave him confidence when he was able to “make my point known on the issue which generated a debate”.

Avtar Singh Ranu said the festival was a learning experience from a personal point of view in terms of interaction with the world. Such events were a rare happening in a man’s life where he could interact with people from more than 100 countries and share his views with them. “The programme has given me an idea of how programmes of academic interest should be organised locally,” Ranu added.


Attractive pay-packages for PEC students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
Seventeen students of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) were shortlisted to be selected by a Delhi-based software company AM Soft here today as part of the ongoing campus placements in the college. AM Soft has offered Rs 4 lakh per annum pay packet to the students selected by it.

Yesterday, 25 students of the college and five students of the Panjab University’s Chemical Engineering department had been selected by Infosys, a leading software development company of the country which had offered Rs 2.1 lakh per annum to each selected student.

While 10 of these students are of the Electronic and Electrical Communication Engineering Department, five are mechanical engineers, four from the Electrical Engineering Department, three from the Civil Engineering Department, two from Computer Science and Engineering Department and one from Aeronautical Engineering.

Earlier, 25 students of the college had been selected by the Tata Consultancy Services, New Delhi, which had offered Rs 1.96 to Rs 2.06 lakh per annum to the selected students. Two students from Computer Science and Engineering Department have also been selected by Hughef Software Systems, Gurgaon.


School sets a rakhi trend
Tribune News Service

This year’s rakhi was different for the Satlujians who got a lesson in unity and love. For the first time, the school celebrated rakhi like other festivals.

Beginning with a special assembly, the students presented a bhajan to mark the festival. The head student of the school, Japneet Kaur, recited an emotional poem.

Students of Classes VI to VIII participated in a skit which to emphasised the bond of love between brothers and sisters. The programme ended with a speech by the Principal, Mr Krit Serai, who dwelt on the importance of social functions and the family as a unit.

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Appealing to the eye specialists and NGOs to come forward and play a role in eradicating blindness, the Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jyoti Arora, has brought a ray of hope for the blind.

She asked the agencies to prepare an action plan to achieve 100 per cent target of cataract surgery and organise eye check-up camps for students in schools.

Another important suggestion that came up during the meeting of the District Blindness Control Society meeting was that of training teachers to screen schoolchildren suffering from refractive errors.

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All is not lost for the old. Their faith in the system was revived this week with the inauguration of an old-age home in Batod, built by the government at a cost of Rs 2.50 lakh.

Describing senior citizens as the pillars of a society, speakers felt that while society had its responsibility of ensuring food, shelter, health care and social security for them, they could keep themselves busy and give back to society by actively involving themselves in social welfare, economic and cultural activities.


Applications invited
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The Sardar Mehar Singh Rawel Memorial Charitable Society has invited applications for the current academic year from scholars doing PhD on a topic related to Sikh history, philosophy, sociology, religion or literature registered with any university.

The award is tenable for one year and carries an amount of Rs 9,000 payable to the students in three equal instalments.

Interested students have been asked to apply to the society through the head of department of the university concerned on the prescribed application form available from the office of the society. The applications are required to reach the society latest by December 31, 2001.


100 saplings planted in school
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 4
A colourful function was organised at Government High School , Sector 40, here yesterday. Students presented items, including poems, songs, bhangra and giddha. About 15 students admitted under the project “bori se basta’’ were given school bags and stationery .

The headmaster, Mr Bahadur Singh, welcomed the chief guest. He said: “These 15 students were admitted to the school with the help of scouts and guides. The parents of these children were persuaded for the education of their children.’’

The entire expenditure, including fees, uniforms, books and stationery, would be given from the Parent Teacher Association fund .

Tree plantation was also organised on the school campus. The social welfare agents planted 100 saplings in the school. The manager of the State Bank of Patiala, Sector 38, Mr S.P. Rajan, assured that the bank would help the school in running the projects for the poor and needy children from the slum areas. Plants were donated by the State Bank of Patiala.


Students seek revival of placement cell
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 4
The Students Organisation of Panjab University at a press conference yesterday reiterated its demand for revival of a placement cell at the university.

Santokhwinder Singh Nabha, president, said that a placement cell was started in 1998. The cell, however, ceased to function last year. The cell was of great benefit to students passing out of the campus.

Nabha said that students in B.Sc (computer science and application) were paying a fee of Rs 12,500, while the MCA students paid only Rs 6,300 annually, which was unfair. Reduction in the fees of B.Sc (honours) in mathematics and computing was also sought.

Nabha said that students should be given exemption in fee of degree in absentia when applicable after the date of convocation.

Water, telephone and other basic facilities have been sought to be enhanced at the BMA block which is the home to the Departments of Pharmacy, Biochem, Biophysics and Microbiology.

Also present at the venue were Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa, a former president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, and Avtar Singh Ranu, a former general secretary of the SOPU.


Scholarships awarded
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 4
About 35 families participated in the scholarship distribution ceremony marking end to the Leda Summer Initiative 2001. The chief guest on the occasion was regional head, Leda family clubs (North), NIIT Ltd, Mr Anshul Sonak. Scholarships of Rs10,000 each were awarded to Amandeep Singh from Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36 and Pritha Aggarwal from St Kabir Public School, Sector 26.

Trophies were won by Amandeep Singh from Guru Nanak Public School, Pritha Aggarwal from St Kabir Public School, Navtej from Shivalik and Harkirat from St Peters School.

Two students of the club had come in the first 15 students at national level in the general knowledge test, conducted at Leda Club in June this year.

Students who secured the second position include Shivangi Kataria from DAV Sector 8, Soopali Singh from St Annes School and Anshu Bhatia from St Stephens School.


Get power connections regularised, lawyers told
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, August 4
With a view to averting any fire accident in future and loss to government property due to loose electric connections at the District Courts, the UT Executive Engineer has sent a letter to the UT District and Sessions Judge and Administration.

Sources revealed that the UT Executive Engineer in a letter directed the advocates to get the permanent electric connection regularised from the UT Electricity Department in order to avoid any untoward incident. The letter states that there are “86 temporary chambers and four permanent chambers without meter but with illegal kundi connection" at the district court.

It was also stated in the letter that a joint inspection by the officials was held at the lawyers’ chambers of district courts, Sector 17, on August 1 at 3 p.m. During the inspection it was observed that the lawyers had created temporary electric points by illegally tampering with the existing electric system, which were “loose and dangerous”. While tampering with the existing electric system, the fuse units in the switchboard were either broken or damaged due to overloading.

The letter also states that due to the tampering, the switchboards have been damaged, which has caused a substantial loss to the government property and danger to human life. These are potential sources of fire hazard and the possibility of untoward incidents cannot be ruled out under these circumstances.

The Electricity Department alleged in the letter that the advocates had made violations by constructing temporary cabins in the corridors at each floor. The electric switchboards and main electric switches installed at each flour have also been covered by lockable temporary wooden cabins. Due to this, the electric wiring and switchboards have remained unchecked since the cabin are found locked.

Meanwhile, the president of the District Bar Association, Mr H.S. Hundal, does not agree with the objections raised by the Executive Engineer. Mr Hundal adds that the lawyers have requested many times for regular meters but the department has not provided them with the meters. He says that the administration should provide meters to the lawyers as they would pay rent to the administration.

It was also requested to direct the advocates to get their temporary cabins and loose electric connections removed.


Art and design exhibition
Tribune News Service

Chandi Mandir, August 4
An art and design exhibition was organised by students who had recently completed the fashion design course at the Institute of Vocational Courses, being run by the Punjab Ex-servicemen Corporation (PESCO) in Sector 34.

According to a statement issued here, the exhibition was inaugurated by Brig K S Chandpuri, who appreciated the work done by the students. He also went around the institution’s computer laboratory as well as the finance and taxation courses being run for the wards of ex-servicemen.

The chairman of PESCO, Major Gen U.S. Sidhu, informed that in the last batch, the institute had trained 92 students in various employment-oriented courses. A preparatory course for the NDA entrance examination is also being started shortly.


Lacking in conviction
Sanjeev Singh Bariana

ONLY providence can save ‘Pyar Ishk Aur Mohabbat’(Batra) from a predictable disaster at the box-office taking into account a hopeless storyline and below average performances courtesy the director loosing his view of the path of a decent progress of action

A ‘new adventure’ in portrayal of love story lacks convictions. Keerthi Reddy has three lovers in form of Sunil Shetty, Arjun Rampal and Aftab Shivdasini. None however succeeds in making an impression. Good faces cannot sustain a poor script. Even Scotland and Switzerland, a nature lover’s paradise, does not find a suitable picturisation.

Keerthi is chosen by a foundation in memory of Sunil Shetty’s father for a medical degree in Scotland. Sunil falls for her. He is however a poor communicator. He finds casanova Arjun Rampal as the right choice to do the job.

Keerthi reaches the house of Dalip Tahil and his son Aftab is her chauffeur to her classes. No details about the field of her research during her stay in Scotland are quite predictable in Bollywood dramas. She is more busy in battle of finding her rightful suitor.

Rampal floors her with his looks and gestures of true friendship. Aftab loves her in pure simplicity. Sunil has paid Rs 10 crore to Rampal to get keerthi to him. Rampal shows her that he was fooling with her. Keerthi comes to know that Sunil whom she agrees to marry was the man behind the show. Now, she finally agrees to marry Aftab.

The film produced by Gulshan Rai has been directed by Rajiv Rai.Viju Shah has lent music of average rating to lyrics of a similar standard by Anand Bakshi .

“Hum Ho Gaye Hain Aapke” (Piccadilly) is a typical Bollywood show trying to weave an artistic beauty using chords of lyrics, music, love, family drama and melodrama. Only the end product happens to be a lacklustre affair despite the charming presence of Fardeen Khan. There is a neat work in choice and importance of different roles in the film but the director has failed to give a lasting impression of anyone which always lingers in the public memory for the success of any artistic production on stage or on screen.

Fardeen Khan is the son of a millionaire father Suresh Oberoi who has lost is mother when he was a kid and has no siblings. He is a spoiled brat who drinks to glory and pays for every ‘comfort’, women in particular.

He goes to a fashion contest which is won by Reema Sen. He was accompanied by his friend on the show. The friend now is an employee in his office. Fardeen offers her money to spend a night, which she refuses. The mother wants her to marry a doctor who would give family the money for marriage of her younger sister. Fardeen takes her away from the marriage ceremony to the place of her lover who is his employee. He is arguing with his family saying he loved Reena. The family would not comply because they wanted a girl who would bring along dowry. Fardeen takes Reema to his home. He falls in love with Reema. He forces his father to talk with her. The father says she should agree to marry because his son would keep her happy ‘most importantly financially for which she would struggle in the world’.

Ahathian has done the script and direction. The lyrics are by Sameer and music is by Nadeem Shravan.


Beauty, brawn and bullets
Rajiv Kaplish

Shannon Lee and Anita in ‘Enter The Eagles’Chandigarh
Her stunning looks can make you fall in love with her. Her bulging biceps can inspire awe in you. She is Shannon Lee, daughter of the late Bruce Lee, the man who was once the world’s fastest fighting machine.

She runs fast. She fights fast. And she kills fast. As you decide whether to be swayed by her feminine charm or be riled by her feline ferocity, this embodiment of beauty and brawn bursts on the scene in a spectacular fashion in “Enter The Eagles” (Kiran), putting you bang in the middle of the mean streets of the Czech Republic.

What happens next defies imagination. Director Cory Yuen is overcome by an almost irresistible desire to make mincemeat of the story. The result: all hell breaks loose. Bullets fly in every direction. Skyscrapers turn into infernos. Cars get blown up. With a cacophony of squeaks and rattles, the theatre turns into a war zone. As Shannon Lee and Michael Wong, both undercover cops on a mission to nail a warlord, Wussein, race past you, the body count mounts by the minute. Motor cycle chases, hand-to-hand combats and explosions become the order of the day.

With danger lurking in every corner, you crouch in your seat and pray for the relentless audio-visual assault to stop. A pity you had not contended with the director’s prowess to prolong your ordeal. Bringing out the worst in the lead stars, he makes them burst alternately into bouts of laughter and uncontrollable fury.

Sniping further at your sensibilities (or, whatever is left of these), he adds a clownish pair, ex-cops Jordan and Anita, to the plot and a bewildering race for the theft of the largest diamond in the country begins.

The film deserves reverence for its acute attention to monstrosities. It also merits respect for its utter disregard for editing. It is difficult to follow the plot because it moves too fast and is scattered all over. But since grime and gore are written all over the film, martial arts and bloodshed fans will especially be lured by Shannon’s style of fighting which is similar to that of her legendary father.

As you come out with a bruised and mauled self, a word of caution. Either restrict your vocabulary to guns, girls and goons before watching the film, or it’s your funeral.

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