Thursday, December 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India

 

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EDUCATION

A delightful voyage for SRCC on the sands of time
Gaurav Choudhary

From 1926 to 2001, it has been a long and cherished journey for Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC). From a modest beginning in a rented house in the congested Daryaganj area of Old Delhi, the college, this year, is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee. For the distinguished alumni of the college, it was an occasion to look back while for the current crop of students it is time to look into the future.

The celebrations started with aplomb with the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, inaugurating the proceedings on a misty Saturday morning. For most of the students, it was an opportunity not to be missed and they trudged long distances to be in the Vigyan Bhawan complex well before time to hear the Prime Minister speak.

It is a different matter some of them would not have bothered to travel that far to attend a special class. ``After all, it was a question of hearing the Prime Minister speak”, a student quipped.

The Prime Minister did not disappoint. Mr Vajpayee was at his oratorical best and laced his speech with interesting anecdotes of his own college days even as he urged students not to lose sight of the spirit of competitiveness and contribute significantly to the cause of nation building.

“The world has become very competitive. There is a continual race between individuals, societies and nations. In this race, a second position commands no value. We, as a nation, should ensure that we do not lag behind in the race,” Mr Vajpayee said.

“Given the pace at which the world is moving, we should ensure that we are not left behind,’’ the Prime Minister noted.

The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Mr Vijay Goel, who was a student of the college in 1971-74, seized the opportunity to delve into the past and lightened up the mood with jocular tales of his own days on the campus.

Noting that the SRCC was the only non-exclusive girls’ college to have a ladies’ hostel, Mr Goel lamented that the students in his heyday were denied the facility.

The minister said he was delighted to learn that not much had changed during the several decades of its existence.

“The same old gate, the same old building, classrooms, canteen, library and hostel. I was overwhelmed by a sense of déjà vu. When I entered a student’s room in the boys’ wing of the hostel, I found out that a girl was sitting with him. Before I could say anything he said the girl was his cousin and immediately I thought that even the excuses continue to remain the same”.

The Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs, Mr Arun Jaitley, another famous alumnus of the college, struck a nostalgic tone and paid rich tributes to the members of the teaching faculty for ensuring that the quality of education never got eroded with the passage of time. “ There is a tremendous of contribution of the members of the academic staff in making the SRCC acquire such a pivotal position in India’s academic horizon”, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University (DU), Prof Deepak Nayyar, said that DU was one of the premier institutions of the country and “undoubtedly SRCC is one of the jewels in this crown”.

Rally on AIDS awareness

The National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) joined hands to organise a rally in North Campus to create awareness of AIDS among college students.

DUSU president Neetu Verma, NSUI president Anil Choudhary, DUSU joint secretary Rohit Chaudhary and former president of Shivaji College and convener of the student wing of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF), Mr Ajay Pandey, were present on the occasion.

“We wish to initiate an awareness campaign among the college students who could play an effective role in spreading the message. We also wish to draw the attention of the younger generation to the devastating social and economic impact of the deadly disease”, DUSU joint secretary Rohit Chaudhary said.

Mr Ajay Pandey said that there was a need to promote awareness, particularly among the youth, in both urban and rural areas. “The youth are more vulnerable and women form part of 25 per cent of new HIV cases. We are implementing programmes to generate a more vocalised opinion against AIDS with regular meetings, seminars and discussions”, he said.

JNU security system

Alarmed over incidents of thefts and general crime, the authorities of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have introduced a “token” system for entry of visitors through the main gate.

The system will be implemented in two phases. In the first phase, vehicles entering through the north gate will be required to register at the gate and collect a token. The Chief Security Officer of JNU, Mr Deepanjan Chakravarty, said that special care would be taken at 4 pm and 10 pm, apparently peak time for outsiders to visit the campus.

Seminar on cyber laws

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is organising a national convention of company secretaries on “Developments in Corporate and Cyber Laws” from December 13 to 15 this year.

An ICSI spokesperson said that the convention seeks to make an in-depth analysis of the theme by deliberating on it in four technical sessions: perspective and imperatives in company law reforms; financial market dynamism and reforms in securities laws, synchronising trade-related laws in the WTO environment and developing regulatory framework for e-governance.

Festival time at Jamia

Festival time at JamiaEnigma, the recently held cultural festival organised by the Department of Engineering, Jamia Millia Islamia, and sponsored by Archies Gallery, Wai-Wai Noodles, STAR TV, E TV and Live-In Jeans was like a “dream come true” for the institution. The programme’s main highlights were a traditional fashion show, skit, debate, geet, ghazal, calligraphy, antakshari, graffiti competition as also on-the-spot treasure hunt and Kaun Banege Luckpati on the lines of the famous KBC. It had participants from all universities and colleges in Delhi. Geet Gata Chal, the song and ghazal competition, turned out to be the most successful of all evenings mainly organised by Mr Kazmi, adjudged Delhi’s best singer in a talent-hunt programme recently.

“Earlier extended over three days, the programme was squeezed into two days as Pepsi, one of the sponsors, backed out at the eleventh hour. “You can’t call it a back out. It is just that we did not reach a deal with them because they wanted that in all our seven canteens no other soft drink other than Pepsi would be served ever! It was not possible for students go for other drinks also,” said Mr Khalid Moin, Reader with the department and the man behind this first-ever giant cultural fest in Jamia. “In any case five of our canteens serve only Pepsi, what more could we do?”, Fahim, president of the festival, flashed a rhetoric question. The backout, however, did not make much difference to the fest as they were bringing Palash Sen as the surprise artiste, who is not much popular among the students, said Fahim.

“The idea to organise this fest was to enhance Jamia students’ interaction with the other university students who know Jamia only as a Muslim university. While 85 per cent students here are non-Muslim we have no dearth of talent here,” said Praveen Sharma, one of the students and organisers.

(With inputs from Rana Siddiqui)
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Free uniforms for students
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, December 5
Laxmi Nagar-based social service organisation ‘Tarun Mitra Parishad’ distributed free uniforms to Gurukul students in a public function organised at Shri Digamber Jain Gurukul, Hasthinapur. Students were provided with woollen sweaters, school dresses, caps, shoes and other materials.

On this occasion, chief guest S.S. Jain, Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax told that every one should co-operate in the spread of literacy among children. A literate citizen can be helpful in the progress and the development of the community and for building our nation. He assured his co-operation to the needy students of this Gurukul.

President of ‘Tarun Mitra Parishad’ Mr Ashok Jain informed that sweaters were given with the courtesy of S. S. Jain .
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COURTS
 

LIC told to pay Rs 3 lakh 
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, December 5
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the Life Insurance Corporation of India to pay the insured sum of Rs 3 lakh to a complainant whose husband died at the PGIMS here on February 24, 1999. According to the complainant, Ms Tilka Jain, her husband Mr Shiv Kumar Jain had obtained a Life Insurance policy for a sum of Rs 3 lakh and paid five instalments during his lifetime.

She said that her husband had been admitted to the PGIMs in the wee hours of February 23, 1999. He died the next day.

The respondents repudiated the claim on the plea that the insured had been suffering from serious ailments for several years and had not been attending his work. He remained confined to the bed.
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