Tuesday, February 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PU’s bid to get status of excellence
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Detailed proposals are being prepared for the setting up of a centre of advanced research and training at Panjab University (PU) in its final effort to get the coveted status of a University of Excellence from the University Grants Commission. Once the university gets the status, it would mean a grant of Rs 30 crore for the establishment of this centre from the UGC within the next five years.

PU was the sixth in line of universities chosen last year by the UGC for the grant and the designation, but since only the first five were accommodated, PU was asked to compete again this year.

The final presentation will be done by the PU Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, before the UGC on February 13. In direct competition for the designation and grant are two more universities from the region, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. PU along with GNDU and HPU was shortlisted during presentations made by 87 universities from all over the country before the UGC in January this year. The other universities from the region who tried their luck for this designation included Punjabi University, Patiala, Kurukshetra University, Jammu University and Kashmir University.

At the end of the last presentation, the UGC had asked 22 of these universities to make a presentation of at least three proposals for setting up advanced centres of research and training in areas of thrust. The selection of universities thus done was to encourage research and training in particular areas. Sources in the UGC state that GNDU was shortlisted to encourage research on and teaching of the Sikh religion, society and culture while Himachal Pradesh University was selected for the study of the environment and forests.

PU was shortlisted for its suggestion to work on either the physical and biological sciences or the social sciences, humanities and performing arts. Three separate proposals have thus been prepared by a committee formed by the PU VC for the purpose.

The proposal, if accepted by the UGC, will then become the basis of the setting up of that particular centre. The centre will over the next five years involve itself in research and training of students in the relevant subjects. The UGC has also laid down a condition that if over the next five years the UGC finds the work of the centre unsatisfactory, the rest of the grant will be stopped.

Each proposal has, other than a component of specific issues dealing with the subject matter, demands pertaining to the infrastructure required for the setting up of the centre and funds for augmenting the library facilities and construction of buildings, classrooms, a seminar complex, a lecture hall and areas for teachers to sit and work.


Nuclear physics meet opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The three week-long SERC school of nuclear physics meet began at Panjab University, Physics Department, here today.

The school, which is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, is based on the theme of ‘‘Radioactive in beams and physics of nuclei away from the line of stability.’’

The principal objective of the series of schools is to elevate the academic standards of students engaged in research in nuclear physics in the country.

Inaugurating the meet, the DUI, Mrs R.J. Hans Gill, spoke on the importance of these schools in promoting teaching and research in nuclear physics in the country.

Dr I.M.Govil, director of the school welcomed the guests and highlighted the nuclear physics activities in the department. He emphasised that the cyclotron accelerator, which is a unique facility with the university, has played an important role in the development of nuclear physics activities in the department.

“The school is aimed at understanding the origin of the universe after the super nova explosion. Some of the nuclei, which have been synthesised after the first few minutes of the big bang, have been crucial in shaping the world we live in.”

Dr J.M. Kohli, chairman of the department spoke about the other research activities in the department in the field of particle and solid state physics. Dr J.N.Dey from the VECC Calcutta, coordinator of the SERC schools, spoke on the importance of these schools for the training and development of young physicist working in nuclear physics.

Dr S.S. Kapoor, DAE, Homi Bhaba Chair Professor BARC, delivered the keynote address and spoke on nuclear fission and gave the past, present and future perspective of nuclear physics in the country. 


Private schools’ plea to Adviser
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The Chandigarh Private Schools Association, today submitted a memorandum to the Adviser to the Chandigarh Administrator urging that private schools should be allowed to continue to function from residential premises.

Mr D.C. Jain, president of the association said the Chandigarh Administration had already issued a notification, saying that it could allow the change of use of any residential premises to a purposes other than residence, for reasons to be recorded in writing and with the approval of the Administrator. He said schools in residential premises with good standing might be allowed to continue to function on some reasonable terms. Smaller school sites from 500 to 2000 sq yards may be allowed to preparatory, primary, middle and high schools at affordable prices.

In his representation Mr Jain stated that nearly 200 small schools had been running in residential premises for the past many years. Some of these schools are 10 to 40 years old, providing employment to near 3,000 teachers, proportionate number of subordinate and other staff, apart from creating jobs for others. Nearly 30,000 students are getting education in these institutions.

Since the inception of Chandigarh, these schools have been in existence and fairly contributed in the field of education. The rate of increase of population of Chandigarh is perhaps the highest in the country and there is need for more small schools for weeker sections of society.

Mr Jain asserted that owners of these schools did not destroy the planned development of the city. Nor did they violate any statutory provisions. The need of the hour, Mr Jain said, was a review the situation and to frame a desirable policy that would help accommodating all schools.


Tech students go on strike
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 11
The M. Tech (micro-electronics and instrumentation) students of the Department of RSIC\CIL\USIR of Panjab University went on strike to protest against the suspension of students of semester II here today.

The agitating students also demanded that the existing system of submission of thesis and viva should be continued. The students also submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor.

Mr Santokhwinder Singh Nabha, president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC), who sat on dharna along with the students, demanded that the suspension orders should be revoked.

The students of semester II were suspended after they failed to attend classes scheduled from January 28.

The agitating students complained that their examinations ended on January 20 and they were told by the office concerned that classes would start in the first week of February. The students also alleged that the second instalment of GATE scholarships had not been given to students for the past six years.

When contacted, Prof S.K. Sharma, director of the department, said that the students were told that semester II would begin after one week from the last examination and not in the first week of February. He said that the department was working on revoking the suspension.

On the thesis issue, he said that the department was only following the university rules.

Prof Sharma said that the second instalment of GATE scholarships had been released.


Computer course for wards of cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
A computer appreciation course for wards of Chandigarh police personnel, a joint venture by the Police Department and the NIIT, was inaugurated by the UT IGP, Mr B.S. Bassi, here today.

The month-long course aims at providing a basic working knowledge of computers to the students. The first batch has 17 students and new batches will be constituted if the course proves successful.

The course is open to desirous students from Classes IX to XII, who have scored 60 per cent marks or above in their previous class. The fees will be borne by the Police Department as a welfare measure for its personnel.


IFS results
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 11
The Union Public Service Commission has declared the results of the written test of the Indian Forest Service held in July, 2001, and the special class railway apprentice examination held in November, 2001. On the basis of these results, the qualified candidates will be called for interview for the personality test.

The results are available in the Press Information Bureau , Kendriya Sadan, Sector 9 from 10 am to 5.30 pm. Telephone numbers are 7423197 and 743904. The results are also available at the UPSC website at www.upsc.gov.in.


Give accounts of officers’ foreign tours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Directing the Punjab government to furnish details of the amounts spent on foreign trips by “public leaders” and other officers during the past three years, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has also asked them to provide information regarding the money spent on salaries to officers not holding the Chief Secretary’s rank, but with pay fixed in the same grade, as “a junior person had been appointed as CS”.

Delivering the verdict, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Bakhshish Kaur, also asked the state government to give details of the “grants given to individuals, and group of individuals, during the past three years”, along with the details of the “total number of cases instituted in the court during the past three years with the grievance that amount due to the contractors, who executed the works and supplied the goods, had not paid”.

In their three-page order, the Judges also asked the state government to give “detailed reason in each case for the failure of the department concerned to release the amount due”. The Judges fixed March 14 as the next date of hearing.

Decide on SGPC man’s passport in 10 days

Taking up a petition filed by a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbanahak Committee member, Jathedar Harbans Singh Manjpur, Mr Justice V. K. Bali and Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the High Court on Monday directed that a final decision on the grant of the passport to the petitioner should be taken within 10 days “as he had applied for it way back in 1996”.

Earlier during proceedings, counsel for the Union of India, on the basis of an affidavit filed by Additional Director-General of Police (Intelligence) M.P.S. Aulakh, besides a communication received by Jalandhar’s passport officer, stated that the petitioner’s case would be decided within 10 days”.

Claiming to be a “staunch Akali”, the SGPC member, in his petition for the issuance of a valid passport, had stated that three or four criminal cases were registered against him during the Congress regime in which he was arrested and bailed out but was never convicted.



Court reserves order on defamation suit against PPCC chief
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 11
A local court today reserved its order on a defamation complaint filed against the President of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, Capt Amarinder Singh, by the general secretary of a local unit of Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr N.S. Minhas, for February 19.

The complainant had filed a complaint against Capt Amarinder Singh, for allegedly defaming the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, through the publication of the “defamatory” advertisements in newspapers last month.

The complainant alleged that the advertisements had wrongly conveyed that the Punjab CM had mortgaged the state’s interest in the SYL canal, besides the future of Punjab farmers, in favour of the Haryana CM in lieu of a gift of 22 acres of land in Gurgaon worth Rs 500 crore.

Giving details, he said the advertisement had shown Haryana CM Om Parkash Chautala handing over an allotment letter regarding 22 acres of land in Gurgaon to the Punjab CM while he, in return, was passing over a mortgage deed concerning “SYL water”.


Two city residents were sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment by a local court in a case of voluntarily causing grievous hurt. The duo Feroz and Deepak, residents of Bapu Dham, were also fined Rs 500 by the court.

The complainant, Mr Vikram, had registered a complaint against the accused on May 1, 2000, in the Sector 26 police Station. The complainant had alleged that on April 28, 2000, he had gone to Bapu Dham colony in Sector 26 for some work. When he reached near the market, the accused along with others abused and assaulted him. The accused further caused injuries to him, he added.



Mallika reveals nuances of Delhi Gharana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Music may have been created in moments, but it often transcends the limits of time and space to last an eternity...and perhaps beyond. The most sacred and lyrical of melodies reside in the treasure house of many gharanas which the Indian classical musical tradition boasts of. And as we, as objective and rather little-informed listeners, unfold the mysteries of one gharana after another, a world of wonderment unfolds before us. In this world, there is joy, peace and redemption.

Thanks to yet another musical evening at Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35. Nuances of Delhi gharana unfolded before the audience one after another. Matching the rhythm created by incessant rain was a distinguished exponent of the gharana Mallika Banerjee, whose skills have been honed under the tutelage of Krishna Bisht. Mallika has not just trained under Ms Krishna Bisht, she has also accompanied her to various concerts.

Starting at an early age, Mallika emerged as one of the finest disciples of her guru. She went on to gain rave reviews for her performances in concerts as prestigious as Shri Mohan Bhatt Smriti Sangeet Samaroh and Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan. Besides mastering the techniques of her gharana, Mallika is also adept at Nazrul giti and Rabindra sangeet.

Glimpses of Mallika’s perfection were reveled in the compositions she presented at the kendra today. Each piece rendered by the vocalist brought out the finest in her gharana. The opening composition was in raga Marwa in vilambit khayaal set to ek taal. “Piya more anath des gaiwa” was enthralling to the hilt. Following this presentation was another in two drut khayaal, the first set to teen taal. The beauty of lyrics “Sun sun batiya sagari ratiya”...was enhanced by the vocalist’s prowess.

The third presentation came in the form of drut khayal in raga Kalawati set to teen taal. “Jhanan janan payal baaje, kaise kar aaon tore paas”...has been composed by Mr R.S. Bisht, husband of Mallika’s guru.

“Kaun tarah se tum khelat hori”, the thumri was a tribute to the festivals of colours. Mallika concluded with an offering to gods by singing a bhajan, “Mohe laagi lagan guru charan ki”. Accompanying the vocalist were Pintu Saha on tabla, Neeraj Gandhi on harmonium and Suman Sanyal on tanpura.

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