Sunday, January 13, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


New ideas, reform in primary teaching advocated
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 12
Reform in primary education is urgently required and the rest of the system will then automatically fall into place, feels Ms Lata Vaidyanathan, an educationist and author of a series of pre-primary books, ‘Fun Book of Learning’, which was launched here today.

“Each child is unique and keeping that in mind a child-friendly and burden-free learning system has to be evolved so that the entire process of learning becomes free of stress for these growing children,” she said, while conducting a seminar on ‘Effective pre-primary teaching’ organised by the Chandigarh branch of Oxford University Press at a local hotel here today.

Ms Vaidyanathan, Principal of Modern School, New Delhi, said people who were involved in teaching tiny-tots should work with an open mind and adopt new ideas which were child-friendly, with special care being taken to ensure that children did not suffer the burden of non- comprehension, she added.

Talking about the mushrooming of playschools at every nook and corner of the city, Ms Vaidyanathan said such schools with untrained teachers were likely to do harm to impressionable minds of young children rather than doing them good. “Though the government should not interfere much in education policies, they should implement some sort of guidelines to discourage such institutions,” she said.

The series of books, published by the Oxford University Press, comprised six books on activities for motor skills, identification and comparison of objects, colouring and counting and advanced motor skills. The seminar was attended by about 150 pre-primary schoolteachers from Chandigarh, SAS Nagar, Panchkula and Patiala.



85, and still into academics
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
Like a true academician, the 85-year-old professor walks down daily to the Panjab University campus where he interacts with students and faculty members of the Zoology Department. He commands tremendous respect of the faculty members and the students.

Prof G.P. Sharma still continues his academic pursuits. He was honoured with the 20th Century Gold Medal by the Zoological Society of India for his outstanding contribution to the discipline and to cytogenetics in particular.

Professor Sharma was conferred the medal at the 12th All India Congress of Zoology held at Hardwar recently. Under his supervision and guidance, 44 students had completed doctoral research.

Widely travelled, Professor Sharma did his PhD in cytology in 1945 from Panjab University and PhD in genetics from Edinburgh University, UK. A fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, he had also been a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society of Great Britain and the Zoological Society of London.

Professor Sharma had been a Fellow of the university Senate. He won the Owen prize and a university scholarship for research. He had also been elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Sharma travelled to many countries during his academic career. These included the UK, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, erstwhile USSR, the USA, Canada and Japan.

Researches carried out by Professor Sharma had been referred to by various scholars in their publications like Prof M.J.D. White in his book on animal cytology and evolution. His work on poultry had been mentioned in the book ‘Poultry Breeding’ by Morley A Jull of the University of Maryland. Even in Marshall’s ‘Physiology of Reproduction’, published in Great Britain, the works of Professor Sharma found a prominent place.

Professor Sharma had been actively engaged in research work since 1940, when he was at Lahore. At Edinburgh ( 1945-1947), he studied the incidence of blood and meat spots in a pure bred stock of brown leghorn. He was known for his contribution in poultry care.

The members of his group were also working on the cytogenetics of cells in human cancerous tissue and other congenital problems. These studies were directed to establish the chromosome patterns in the abnormal cells.

Prof Ganpati Parshad Sharma was born on December 11, 1917. He had published over 300 research papers in leading Indian and foreign journals. He retired as the Head of the Zoology Department.



National Youth Day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
The youth and their role in solving problems facing the nation came under the microscope on the occasion of National Youth Day observed in colleges of the city here today in memory of Swami Vivekananda.

At Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, teachers deliberated on the role of the youth in nation building and their part in eradication of illiteracy, women empowerment, population control, environment protection and national integration.

The NSS Director, Dr C.L. Narang, said without active and effective participation of the youth, no social change was possible. He said the government alone could not do anything unless teachers’ and the youth did not come forward to shape the future of the country.

The Principal, Dr (Ms) Satinder Dhillon, appealed to the youth to come forward to contribute to nation building. Students expressed their views on the responsibility of their profession and the qualities essential for a nation builder. They added that a good teacher could help build a strong society by motivating the youth to realise their potential and responsibility.

At Government College, Sector 46, a blood donation camp was organised by the authorities in collaboration with the Lions Club Chandigarh Greater and the State Bank of India.

Inaugurating the camp, Mr Pawan Bansal, MP, appreciated the effort of the college authorities in holding camps and emphasised the need of giving an impetus to the ‘Safe Blood’ movement.

The Director, Public Relations, Mr Vivek Atray, also visited the camp, in which 151 donors, including NCC cadets, NSS volunteers, girl students and woman lecturers donated blood.

They were given mementoes and prizes by the Lions Club and the SBI. The Principal, Major D.P. Singh, announced that four blood donation camps would be held during the next academic session.

The NSS unit of Government College of Education, Sector 20, organised a cultural programme to mark the day. The Principal, Ms S. Tangri, appealed to the youth to remain enthusiastic and involved in the progress of society and the nation.



Special treat for grandparents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
The ‘oldies came with great expectations to watch their grandchildren perform before them at a cultural programme organised by students of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, here today.

The students made it a memorable day for their grandparents as the students had organised a walk down the ramp for them for the “Mr Grandpa’’ and “Mrs Grandma’’ title. The title was clinched by Mr RD Gandhi and Ms Kataria, respectively. Prizes were given to the grandparents after a lucky draw as well.

A cultural programme comprising dances, song and skits was also staged to entertain the guests.

As many as 25 students were given for awards collecting donations above Rs 500 for Helpage India. The Principal, Ms S Khurana, presented the vote of thanks after the conclusion of the programme.

Painting contest: To promote environmental awareness and pollution prevention, an on-the-spot poster-making contest was organised at Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, here on Saturday.

Ten schools of the city participated in the contest. While the first prize was a cash award of Rs 300, the second prize carried Rs 200 while the third was for Rs 100 each.

The results are as follows: Category A: Bikramjit Singh-St Soldier International School, Sector 28 (1), Neha Thakur-GMSSS-35 (2), Nisha Pillai and Anita Sharma-GMSSS-35 (3); category B: Dheeraj-SGGS Senior Secondary School (1), Navneet Kaur-Guru Nanak Public School (2), Raman Dhillon-Shivalik Public School and Jasminder Kaur-GMSSS (3).

Contest: A three-day music contest organised by the State Institute of Education, Sector 20, concluded, here on Saturday, with a prize distribution function.

Students from and model schools and other city schools participated in bhajan, shabad, ghazal recital and classical vocal and instrumental categories.

On the concluding day, the Director, SIE, Ms S Tangri, presided over the function.

Seminar held: A seminar to mark the National Youth Day was held at Government High School, Sector 40, here on Saturday. As many as 200 students and 20 teachers participated in the seminar.

Speaking at the function, the NSS Director, Dr CL Narang, said that the youth must realise their responsibility in nation building and become messengers for peace and unity.

The Headmaster, Mr Bahadur Singh, said that the role of the youth was multi-dimensional.



DAV College wins quiz contest
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 12
A team from DAV College, Sector 10, beat seven other teams from various colleges in the city to be declared the winner of an inter-college quiz competition organised by the Chandigarh Library Association in collaboration with the British Council Library at the Library Hall in Sector 8 here today.

Gaurav Sood and Rohit Mandhotra who represented DAV College bagged the first prize followed by Preeti Awasthi and Bhavna Ranjan from SD College, Sector 32 in the second position. Malvika and Neha Bansal who represented Government College for Girls, Sector 11 came third.

Prof Paramjit Singh, Registrar, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. Prof Rita David, GCG, Sector 11 and Prof Surinder Kaur, Government College, Sector 46, were the quiz masters.



70 take part in inter-school contests
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 12
As many as 70 students from 12 schools participated in the eighth Prakash Memorial Inter-School Competition at DAV Model School in Sector 15 here. The competition was organised by the Lions Club Panchkula Central.

Three different competitions, including painting and public speaking, were held on the occasion. The topics for public speaking were ‘Female foeticide’ and ‘Global terrorism’.

The Income Tax Commissioner, Mr A.K. Luthra, was the chief guest at the function. He highlighted the importance of social values which help in developing the personality of children. The club honoured the Principal of DAV Model School, Sector 15, Ms Rakesh Sachdeva, and a veteran freelance journalist, Mr B.N. Sharma by presenting awards of excellence. The winners of the contest were also given certificates and trophies.

The results are as follows: Public speaking: First Devashish Sardana (St Stephens School); Second — Jayant Mishra (DAV School, Sector 8); Third — Shilpi (DAV Model School, Sector 15).

Dumb charade: First — Shivalik Public School, Sector 41; Second — Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Sector 27; and Third — Ajit Karam International Public School, Sector 41.

Painting competition: Senior group: Bondina (DAV Model School, Sector 15); Second — Jasleen (Mount Carmel School, Sector 47); Third — Shiva (DAV School, Surajpur).

Junior group: First — Sapna (DAV Model School, Sector 15); Second — Sakshi (Mount Carmel School, Sector 47); Third — Vasudha (Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22).

Sub-junior group: First — Mohit (Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41); Second — Damini (Manav Mangal School, Sector 21); Third — Arushi (DAV Model School, Sector 15).



Foundation days celebrated
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 12
The junior and senior wings of Satluj Public School celebrated their foundation day here today. The school, which was established in 1976 has completed 26 years here.

The function began with the Director of the School, Mr Pritam Singh Serai, explaining the basic guidelines of the school. A quiz based on the school, was also organised. The secondary team (comprising Abhishek and Sandeep) won the quiz contest. A skit, highlighting the achievements of the school was also presented.

Later, the students also celebrated Lohri.

Meanwhile, the foundation day function of Bal Niketan — a home for parentless children, was celebrated here today. Gaeity and fun marked the simple function.

Mr Bhaskar Reddy, a senior bureaucrat, was the chief guest on the occasion. He inspected the residential quarters of the inmates and a dispensary set up in the premises. He also visited the vocational training centre being run here.

Paintings made with crayons and paints had been displayed on the occasion. Also on display were the clothes stitched by the students. Mrs. Madhu Sharma, secretary of Bal Niketan, escorted Mr Reddy and apprised him of various activities undertaken by the inmates.

The SDM, Mr M.S. Yadav, Estate Officer, Ms Geeta Bharti and Inspector General of Police, Mr Ravi Kant Sharma, were also present.

Students of Bal Niketan in Sector 2, Panchkula get ready to perform giddha on Saturday.



Lohri in Dev Samaj girls school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
The festival of Lohri was celebrated with enthusiasm by students of Dev Samaj Senior Secondary Girls’ School, Sector 21, here today. A fancy dress contest followed by a programme of dance and music was presented around a bonfire lit in the school grounds.

The programme began with ‘Vandemataram’’.

The participants danced to the beats of folk songs and of Rajasthani, Gujarati, Haryanavi and Punjabi music. Prizes were given to the participants by the Bharat Vikas Parishad.

Later, the national director of the eye donation project, Dr K.L. Passi, spoke about the activities of the parishad.

EXHIBITION: The annual art, craft and computer science exhibition of St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, was held on at the school premises, here on Saturday.

The works in the art and craft section comprised murals, block printing, spray painting, soft toys, tie and dye, nib painting, embroidery, fabric painting, phulkari, ceramics. In the arts section, cards, collages, file covers, posters, landscapes and portraits were among the many items on display.

The computer club of the school prepared science projects on the computer. Vibhor Mahajan and Sidharth created a website of the school while Varun made a project on terrorism.

The students of the junior classes were appreciated for their drawings and colours. The drawings were prepared by the students with the help of their teachers. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr Rajbir, Assistant Secretary, CBSE, Regional Office.



No decision on PU election controversy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
A university committee on senate decision to approach the Supreme Court with regards to the controversy over the election of Dr Ajaib Singh in the graduates constituency, where his eligibility had been challenged, remained undecided today. The case now comes up for discussion on February 9.



Order to publish list of derecognised boards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the authorities holding examinations for admission to professional and other courses in the state of Haryana to publish in the brochure the names of boards and universities de-recognised for admission in the forthcoming academic session.

Delivering the verdict, Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar of the High Court ruled: “It will further be appreciated if such a practice could also be adopted in the state of Punjab as well as in Chandigarh”.

In their detailed order, the Judges observed: “It will be appropriate for the university or the authority nominated to hold examinations and publication of the brochure to give information regarding the de-recognition of a recognised qualification or equivalent examination conducted by other boards or universities. Due publication of such information in the brochure would prevent any likely prejudice to the candidates having passed their examinations from such boards and universities”.

The Judges concluded: “The candidates would also be warned at the very onset that they are not eligible for seeking admission to a particular university or board as a result of such de-recognition and would be free to apply and seek admission in other universities or states. It will also help the authorities to avoid unnecessary litigation arising from subsequent rejection of the candidature on this ground”.

Detention of goods

Taking up a petition alleging illegal detention of goods and trucks by the excise and taxation authorities at Ludhiana, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed Central Bureau of Investigation’s Superintendent of Police to forward a copy of its report to the Chief Secretary and the Financial Commissioner for taking necessary action, including the grant of sanction for the prosecution of officers prima facie found guilty of possessing disproportionate assets.

Delivering the verdict on a petition filed by Avtar Singh and three other Ludhiana-based businessmen, the Bench headed by Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi also directed the government of Punjab to take a decision on the request of the SP within three months of receiving the report’s copy.



Nilima captures nuances of kathak
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 12
Dance is a science of body movement for Nilima Devi, the UK-based accomplished kathak dancer who with her expertise on “nritta” (the technical part) and “nritya” (the abhinaya) made watching kathak a joyous experience for the audience at Bhaskar Rao indoor auditorium at Pracheen Kala Kendra in sector 35 here this evening.

The entire evening was a tribute to her Guru Sunderlal Gangani who was a poet, a composer, kathak maestro and one of the leading kathak gurus of North India. Nilima relived the memories of the time she spent with her guru today by performing every single dance item which was composed by this great personality.

Starting with kathak katha, Nilima Devi depicted the story of the origin of rhythm which came into existence from Lord Shiva’s “tandava” and “lasva” dance forms. Focussing on the pure dance form, Nilima demonstrated a tremendous sense of rhythm which is the very essence of life and Indian dance form.

Moving on to Savaiva, a poem dedicated to Lord Krishna and the influence of his magic flute on Radha, Nilima made their eternal love come alive. What made her performance a delight for the eyes was her innovative styles within the boundaries of traditional kathak which was unique and creative at the same time.

Nilima then performed “Trivat”, a musical composition blended with ‘pakhawaj bols’ and ‘sargam’ — a technically powerful item set in 16-beat time cycle in which she again demonstrated a powerful sense of rhythm. Eight types of women characters were described beautifully with her next item “Nayaika” which required a commendable skill of ‘abhinaya’. Nilima also demonstrated various Kathak compositions.



Man behind India’s best dressed
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
In town today to adjudge Channel V’s pop star hunt auditions being held at a local hotel, costume designer Manish Malhotra shared a lot of his experiences with The Tribune, including the rejections he faced, until he succeeded with “Rangeela” in 1995. After “Rangeela,” Manish was roped in by the best of producers to dress the best of women. One strange fact about the man is his absolute informal tryst with design and fashion. Manish never went to a design school. In fact he was returned by NIFT, Delhi as he was late in applying for the course. As he said today, “I could always paint and sketch well. So despite rejection at academic schools, I knew I had to pursue design. I was in love with the fabrics, the medium. And since I was a movie buff, I thought it best to explore the rather-fresh field of film costumes. I knew if I could change the look even by a 20 per cent I would make a name for myself. It happened.”

Inspired heavily by the richness of Indian heritage including paintings, architecture and landscape, Manish loves to play with colours. “My inspiration flows from real people, real situations. I dye my own colours. Also I am a votary of slim and young designs. I detest the structured look. You have to feel absolutely comfortable about what you are wearing.”

Talking about the significance of design today, Manish said, “You have to believe in what you are wearing. The whole look is important right from the hairstyle you are sporting to the jewellery you are wearing. As for my own style, it is much younger than I am.”

Visibly impressed by the singing talent in the city, Manish said, “The girls here have fire in them. While auditioning today they did not appear nervous at all. I am here to judge them for their attitude because the presence of the selected girl is very important.” Manish was also quite surprised by the heavy rush Channel V had managed today. There were close to 450 girls waiting auditioning for the pop star hunt. “That many of them had the grace to face rejection and go home smiling was also an achievement in itself. Not everyone can face hopelessness with hope.” Manish informed that most girls were singing “Chura liya” and only two attempted “Kambakhth ishq hai jo”...He said the decision making was going to be tough.


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