Thursday, February 21, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Book on scientific attitude released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
A book on “Developing Scientific Attitude" was released by the Secretary, Science and Technology, Chandigarh Administration, Mr M.P. Singh, on the occasion of the prize distribution function of science popularisation competitions at D.A.V. Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here today.

The book, published for the Department of Science and Technology by the Indian Council for Environment Education, is authored by Dr. Vikas Kohli. It stresses on adopting scientific attitude and transferring it to situations in everyday life. It also expects students to be more tolerant of others’ viewpoints and to be more successful in living and working alongside other people.

The book has made significant attempt to provide basic information on different aspects of developing scientific attitude and present it in a simple and concise style.

Dr Kohli has also elucidated qualities of persons possessing scientific attitude and the need and importance of science club and VIPNET in development of scientific tamper. The book has beautifully and effectively presented chapters on eminent scientists, science and humanism and experiments.

The Secretary also gave away prizes to the students who participated in painting, essay and quiz competitions on science popularisation.

The results on the contest are as follows: In painting competition (group A), Parmeet Kaur of Golden Bells Public School, Sohana, got first prize whereas Saleem Khan and K. Pranavi of D.AV. School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, and D.A.V. School, Sector 8, Panchkula, got second and third prizes, respectively.

Similarly, Shilpa (D.A.V. School, Sector 8, Panchkula), Jasleen Kaur (Mount Carmel School, Sector 47) and Mukesh (D.A.V. Sr. Sec. School, Sector 8, Chandigarh) got first, second and third prizes, respectively, in group B painting competition.

In group C, Arvind Kashyap and Ashish of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, got first and second prizes, respectively, whereas Akanksha of Chaman Lal DAV School-11, Panchkula, bagged the third prize.

In group A of essay writing competition, Ruhi Munjal of GGSSS, Sector 8, Loveleen Kaur of GMSSS, Sector 35, and Gautam Jindal of Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, were awarded first, second and third prizes, respectively.

Similarly, Eveleen Sidhu (Mount Carmel School, Chandigarh), Rubina (D.A.V.S. School, Sector 8 Panchkula) and Sugnadha, (C.L.DAVS Public School, Sector 8 Panchkula) were awarded first, second and third prizes, respectively, in group B essay writing competition.

The first, second and third prizes in quiz competition category were won by GMSSS, Sector 35, Hans Raj Public School, Panchkula and Shishu Niketan, Sector 22, respectively.

The Director, Science and Technology, Mr. Vivek Atray, Additional Director, Mr. P.J.S. Dadhwal, the Head of Department of Applied Science, Technical Teachers Training Institute, Prof. Hari Har Lal, Principal of D.A.V. School, Sector 8, Mr. Ravinder Talwar and the general secretary, Indian Council for Environmental Education, Dr. Vikas Kohli, were also present on the occasion.


Towards self-regulatory higher education
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
Recommending that the system of higher education be made self-regulatory to have a measure of autonomy and economic concessions be offered to meritorious students, Prof B.S. Dahiya, formerly associated with Kurukshetra University, favoured the entry of the private sector in higher education for toning up of the higher education system.

He was delivering a lecture on “Equity, excellence, and Accountability in the Higher Education System” at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Sector 19, here today.

Prof Dahiya was of the view that the Central Government should bear the burden of higher education by bringing universities on the central list rather than promoting a parallel economy in education in the form of petty institutions.

Strongly favouring the Distance Education Mode, Prof Dahiya said it should be an essential component of every university as a proper department with complete infrastructure. He opined that the policy of paid seats and reservations had created strange mix of merit and down merit and that these should be allowed in public sector institutions only. Quoting statistics, Prof Dahiya said expansion and accessibility to higher education had been significant in the last 55 years. "From 20 universities and a little over 500 colleges in 1946, we have today about 275 universities and a little over 11,600 colleges. We have a few open universities and almost as many directorates of Distance Education as there are universities,’’ he stated.

He lamented the declining standards of technical and non-technical education. He blamed the government’s incomprehensible policy of not pressing for the Private University’s Bill introduced in Parliament in 1995 but promoting individual entrepreneurship to carry out expansion in technical field for the former.

In the non-technical sector, he said the quality and number of teachers were inadequate in terms of the norms and standards laid down by the UGC.

Later, the Director of CRRID, Mr Rashpal Malhotra, said lectures were undertaken by the CRRID as a part of its academic programme.

“However, the lectures for the three days with academician would also contribute to the preparation of the state Development Report on Punjab assigned by the Planning Commission,” he added.


French getting popular
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, February 20
With the world shrinking into a global village, knowing French language has become as important as knowing English, a realisation fast catching up with city youngsters. Those dreaming of migrating to Canada or other European countries at some point of their lives there is no better language than French to ornate their resumes.

“The most sought after books in Chandigarh these days are the elementary books in French language,” said Mr Sandeep Dhingra of Patrika Book Centre, New Delhi. “In the recent past we had received quite a few orders for French books for beginners here,” he added.

Little wonder that Alliance Francaise, the leading institute teaching French here, has doubled the number of seats for diploma students in the recent past. “The number of students have doubled since past five years,” said Mr Daniel Riou, Director, Alliance Francaise. “Keeping pace with the demand we have improved our infrastructure to accommodate more students,” he added.

Though majority of students had enrolled themselves for the diploma and the certificate courses that Alliance Francaise and the French Department of Panjab University offer, just to while away their time during the vacations, most of them keep improving the French skills.

“French provides multiple opportunity for youngsters who want to either migrate to Canada or make a career in multinational companies,” said Kunal, a final year Computer Engineering student from Punjab Engineering College here. Kunal, who plans to go abroad, said if one had a diploma in French he could get extra for that. Kunal, who initially enrolled himself with Alliance Francaise, just to join his friends there, is doing a diploma there.

“Knowing a foreign language is certainly a big bonus point in one’s career and French happens to be one of the most-widely spoken languages after English,” said Pooja Negi, a diploma student of Alliance Francaise who is also doing masters in English Literature. “Studying French is much cheaper than studying any other European languages,” she added.

French not only helps in passing the hurdles of embassy tests, but it has its utility at home too. “For those who cannot make it to foreign shores, can give a crash course to those who are willing to migrate,” said Vishal, a former student of Panjab University. “And with undying craze for Canada, one never runs out of willing students,” he added.

Though fewer in number, fashion designers in the city, too, are taking advantage of the language. “Paris happens to be the hub of fashion activities and to know the roots of fashion one needs to go deeper than just watching Fashion TV,” said Ms Seema Bhalla, a fashion designer and interior decorator from the city. Ms Bhalla is studying French from Alliance Francaise and is doing so to update herself on the fashion trends.

While private institutes are growing in size and shape, Panjab University is fast losing its importance. “Though the MA course has been registering equal number of students as before, students for the certificate courses have gone down over the years,” said Dr Cecilia Antony, Reader in the Department of French, Panjab University. The reason could be attributed to hike in fee but the teaching staff justifies the hike. “To ensure quality education the authority has no other alternative but hike the fee,” added Ms Antony.


Music keeps up fest tempo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
Music dominated the third day of the PU Inter-Zonal Youth Festival at Tagore Theatre, here today, as participants rendered soulful bhajans and shabads followed by group singing and ghazals.

The local team of Government College for Girls, Sector 42, was declared first in the shabad and bhajan category.

Other contests included folk-songs, which elicited tremendous response with participants putting up an enthusiastic performance.

However, electricity played spoilsport when the bhajan presentation by MR Government College, Fazilka, was delayed by over 40 minutes. No backup was available and the programme continued with frequent interruptions on account of power failure.

Meanwhile, creative-writing contests were organised on the premises of the host college, Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36. These included poem writing, short story writing and essay writing contests.

The results are: Poem writing: Gurvinder Kaur — GTB Khalsa College Of Women-Dasuya (1), Dharamjit Singh — DM College of Education — Moga (2), Ankja Dubey — SGC of Science, Education and research — Jagraon (3); Story writing: Prabhjot Mangat — GHG Harprakash College — Sidhawan Khurd, Hardeep — SD College for Women, — Moga, Komal Singh — MCM DAV College, Chandigarh; Essay writing: Ravneet Kaur — Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd (1), Rajveer Kaur — Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College, Abohar (2), Gurneet — GCG, Chandigarh (3).

The results of music items are: Classical music: Kanwalroop — GCG-11, Chandigarh (1), Pooja Rishi — Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh (2), Jaideep Singh — Government College-11, Chandigarh (3).

Shabad-Bhajan: GCG-42, Chandigarh (1), Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepore (2), GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar (3); Individual prizes: Satinder Kaur — GTB Khalsa, Dasuya (1), Vikramjeet-MR Government College, Fazilka (2), Purnima-GCG-42, Chandigarh.

Group singing: Gopi Chand Mahila College, Abohar (1), DAV College, Malout (2), GCG-42, Chandigrah (3); Individual: Sangeet — DAV-Malout (1), Amandeep — DAV College of Education, Abohar (2), Meenakshi — Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College, Abohar (3); Ghazal: Shivanideep — Government College, Hoshiarpur (1), Shalini — Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh (2), Hardeep Bani — MCM DAV, Chandigarh (3).



Psycho-Horizons 2002 concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
The two-day ‘Psycho-Horizons 2002’ concluded at Government College, Sector 46, here today.

A number of activities were organised at the exhibition and psychological testing sessions. These included testing motivation, personality, adjustment, anxiety, depression, illusion, public opinion survey, depth perception, memory and intelligence quotient, followed by a live model on career counselling guided by Mr Rajesh Kumar and Mr Roshan Lal.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the Principal of the college, Mr S.C. Nijhawan. Over 500 students visited the exhibition on both days and took keen interest in live model of career counselling.


Declamation contest
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 20
Ten teams from various city colleges participated in a declamation contest held at Government College, Sector 11, here today. The Principal of Ambedkar Institute of careers and courses, SAS Nagar, Dr Jaspal Singh, presided over the function.

He urged the students to face the challenges of the 21st century and fight riot and corruption in the society and contribute towards restructuring it. The results are: Sirjina — SD College-32 (1), Lal Singh — Government College of Education-20 (2), Jaswinder Kaur — Government College-46 (3); Consolation prize: Karan Bhardwaj — Government College, Sector 11; Best Team trophy: Government College, Sector 46.


Declamation contests
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
The English Department, Panjab University, organised the Krishan Kishore Grover Goodwill and AC Bali Memorial Declamation Contests here today.

Prof M.L. Raina, a former chairman of the department, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Students of various colleges of the city and of Punjab participated in the contest.

Neha Soi from MCM DAV College won the K.K. Grover contest, Tawanpreet Kaur from Khalsa College Ludhiana won the A.C. Bali contest.


Seminar on gender sensitisation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
A seminar on gender sensitisation for college students was organised at Panjab University today by the Department of Adult Continuing Education and Extension, PU.

Dr Ajaib Singh, Director of the department, inaugurated the seminar in which more than 40 students from various colleges participated.

Prof Jatinder Mohan, Department of Psychology, spoke on the role of men in women empowerment, while Dr Sherry Sabharwal from the Department of Sociology elaborated upon the factors that caused crime against women.

Dr Sween from the host department categorised women into three classes: highly qualified and professional whose number was rather small, educated middle class, working or non-working and the largest was illiterate housewives doing unpaid thankless household work.


A clarification

In the news item ‘Rustication issue makes students, teachers restive’, carried in the Chandigarh Tribune dated February 20, the name of Dr Keshav Malhotra, a senior Panjab University professor and member of Senate was mentioned inadvertently. There was no intention to harm his reputation. Dr Malhotra is not associated with the Department of History.

Dr Malhotra said that he had not said that he would sit on strike if the rusticated students were taken back on rolls. The error is regretted.



KU can modify weightage clause
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
Granting Kurukshetra University the liberty to redraw a clause on weightages, Mr Justice J.S. Khehar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the finalisation of admission to the MDS course for 2001-2002 academic session.

Delivering the verdict, Mr Justice Khehar ruled: “The controversy relates to the validity of weightage prescribed in the prospectus for admission to the MDS course for 2001-2002. Clause (1) of the provisions relating to the weightage has been struck down by this court. The only defect therein as has been pointed out is the exclusion of the graduates of the BRS Dental College at Kot Billa.... Liberty is granted to the university to redraw clause (I) of the provisions relating to weightage by including therein weightage of 10 marks for graduates from BRS Dental College at Kot Billa in Panchkula, who are domiciled or residents of state of Haryana at par with the graduates from Dental College at Rohtak and DAV Centenary Dental College at Yamunanagar and finalise admission for the 2001-2002 academic session on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the entrance tests conducted by Kurukshetra University on October 24, 2000, so as to avoid washing out of one academic session”.

In his petition, Dr Rajat Mangla of Yamunanagar had sought the quashing of weightage of 10 marks to DAV Centenary Dental College and Dental College at Rohtak for admission to the course.

MLA’s pre-arrest bail plea rejected

Finding no merit, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the High Court today dismissed an application for anticipatory bail filed by Jalalabad MLA, Sher Singh, accused of assaulting an Excise and Taxation Officer, along with other accused.

The MLA was apprehending arrest in a first information report registered on January 25 at Jalalabad police station under Sections 353, 332, 380, 201, 148, 149 and 323 of the Indian Penal Code on the statement of ETO Diwan Chand Sharma. He had alleged that the MLA, along with other accused, had arrived in the office of the Station House Officer of the police station concerned and had attacked him. He had added that a brick kiln owned by the MLA had earlier been raided.

Seeking the grant of anticipatory bail, counsel for the petitioners had added that the MLA, along with other accused, was being implicated in a false case. He had added that Sher Singh had again contested the elections and the case was registered in an attempt to defame him.

Parking lots can stay for 30 days

Taking up a petition seeking the removal of parking lots constructed along the Ludhiana-Ferozepur road, a Division Bench of the High Court ordered that the parking sites may be used for a month.

Earlier during proceedings, counsel for certain respondents pointed out that the land in question may have been part of the erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Ludhiana. After hearing arguments, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Bakhshish Kaur, directed the state government to place before the court notifications and other official documents showing the limits of Municipal Corporation at the time of its constitution, along with the notifications vide which the MC limits were extended from time to time.

The Judges also directed counsel for the state of Haryana to instruct the officials in the forest and other departments to trace the relevant notifications before the next date of hearing.



CAT dismisses IAS officer’s petition
Kiran Deep

Chandigarh, February 20
Declaring that the court had no doubt that the review committee of the State of Haryana and the Union of India had sufficient material before them to form an opinion regarding the integrity of the IAS officer so as to prematurely retire him, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) dismissed a petition filed by the IAS officer concerned from Haryana, who had challenged the order passed by the government.

Rejecting the petition filed by the IAS officer, belonging to Ambala district, a Bench of the CAT observed that the present case had facts similar to the K. Kandaswamy vs Union of India case in which the court had passed a judgement that the premature retirement was given on the basis of opinion about the officer being of doubtful integrity. The court had also taken note of the fact that a criminal case was pending against the said officer.

The applicant had moved the petition on the ground that he was member of the IAS Haryana cadre. He had claimed that his service record had been unblemished and no adverse ACRs had been communicated to him.

He was sent on deputation to government of India to work as Zonal Manager, in the rank of Joint Secretary, with the Food Corporation of India in 1984. An FIR was registered against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation on March 15, 1986.

He was allowed to complete his tenure on deputation. On his return to Haryana, he was put under suspension. He challenged the order of suspension in the tribunal and it was quashed in 1988. Another FIR was registered by the CBI against him in 1987.

He challenged both FIRs in court on several grounds, but a challan was filled in the court of Special Judge, Delhi, in 1990-1991. The State of Haryana then served a charge sheet on the applicant for initiating departmental proceedings.


Beant case: 2 witnesses testify
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 20
The statements of two witnesses, Mr Hardev Singh and Mr Baldev Singh, were recorded in the Beant Singh assassination case today before the UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S Bhalla, at special court in Burail Jail.

The two witnesses had identified the bodies of two assistant sub-inspectors, who were on duty with the former Chief Minister of Punjab, and died with him in a bomb blast on August 31, 1995. Witness Hardev Singh said before the Judge that he had identified the body of the deceased Chamkaur Singh, after the blast. Another witness Baldev Singh said that he had identified the body of the deceased Jagdish Singh.


Judge inspects police stations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20
The UT District and Sessions Judge, Mr H.S. Bhalla, yesterday inspected the Sectors 17 and 26 police stations to ensure that Supreme Court rulings on implementation of human rights guidelines are being enforced properly

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