Wednesday, April 3, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Confusion over CBSE syllabus
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, April 2
The Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) decision to bring about a few changes in the syllabus for the new academic session has given rise to a lot of confusion among students, teachers and parents here. With the NCERT failing to supply the new books on time, it is adding more anxiety to the people concerned.

Though the regional office of the CBSE maintains that detailed guidelines have already been sent to the principals of the schools, most of the school principals when contacted sounded vague about the subject. “Though we have been given some guidelines about the changes, it is inadequate to give proper information to the concerned persons,” said one of the DAV Public School principals on the condition of anonymity.

Though the general idea among the students as well as most of the teachers is that only the class IX social studies syllabus is to be changed, sources from the CBSE Regional Office said that the syllabus of the subjects of class I, III, VI, IX and XI are going to be changed. However, the source maintained a stony silence regarding the latest status, saying that the regional office is not involved with the changes that are being made by the head office in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, the bookshops catering to the student community here are facing a tough time for not being able to meet the demands of the customers. “As the schools have reopened, students are anxious to buy books. But as we have not received anything from NCERT yet, we have to refuse them,” said a bookshop owner in Sector 19.

Though private schools have escaped the wrath of the parents’ enquiry as they are yet to start their classes, it the government school staff that having a difficult time to start off with their regular classes. “The attendance is low because there are no books,” said a teacher from one of the government schools. “And what can we teach when we ourselves do not know what to teach?” she asked. “As we are yet to reopen our schools after the annual break, we have not been in a tight spot like the government schools,” said a senior teacher from one of the DAV public schools. But their relief is going to be short lived as nearly all the private schools are going to be reopened in a day or two.

From the looks of the situation it is anybody’s guess now when the NCERT books are to hit the market. “We have been told that a few books like mathematics for class I, English workbooks for class III and maths and science books for class VII are in the process of getting printed, but for the rest of the classes we have no idea,” said another book owner.

As confusion prevails, parents are having a tough time to get their children back to the study table. “As it is, it is hard to get children back into the routine after a holiday, and with no subject books available for the new session, it is difficult to get their interest back into studies again,” said Mr. Ramesh Mehra, one of the parents.


Confusion among students
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 2
The decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education to bring about certain changes in the syllabus for the new academic session has given rise to a lot of confusion among students, teachers and parents. The NCERT has failed to supply the new books on time.

Though the regional office of the CBSE maintains that a detailed guideline has already been sent to the principals of the schools, most of the school principals, when contacted, sounded vague about the subject.

Sources at the CBSE regional office said that the syllabus of nearly all subjects of Classes I, III, VI and XI would be changed. 


Rs 40 lakh IGNOU grant for PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
With special interest on student support services and development of course material, the distance education council of Indira Gandhi National Open University has released a grant of Rs 40 lakh for Panjab University.

The IGNOU is meant for staff training and development ( Rs 2 lakh); ‘gyan darshan’ training and development facilities (Rs 6 lakh); computerisation (Rs 10 lakh); library (Rs 5 lakh); and research and development (Rs 4 lakh).

The IGNOU has forwarded the communication to the registrar , the Vice Chancellor and the director of the department of Correspondence Studies of PU. Prof K.N. Pathak, the VC, confirmed the IGNOU grant and said details of the work plan would be worked out soon.

The university is required to submit the record statement of the expenditure incurred; audited statement of the accounts with a utilisation certificate within 12 months of the date of sanction of the grant; and the university will mark all equipment purchased with the grant with appropriate labels recommended by the Distance Education Counsel.

There is a special emphasis on the fact that the amount should not be utilised for purpose other than those underlined in the grant papers. A proper record has to be maintained.

Sanctioned under ‘Grants for the promotion of the Open University and Distance Education Systems’, the university is required to submit to the DEC a certified copy of the assets register. The university will have to implement the ‘ official language policy’ of the union government. The university is also expected to take all possible measures to see effective implementation of the Central government provisions relating to the reservation policies fort the SCs and STs.


Workshop on science writing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
A training workshop on science writing, journalism and illustrations organised by the State Institute of Science Education (Punjab and Chandigarh) began at Panjab University here today.

Mr R.S. Sandhu, Secretary (Education), Punjab, while inaugurating the workshop stressed on the relevance of the workshop in promoting science education. Mr Sohan Lal, Writing Director of the SISE (Punjab) and Mrs Satinderjeet kaur, senior lecturer, also spoke on the occasion. The workshop is being supported by the Rashtriya Vigyan evam Prodyogiki Samachar Parishad.


NIPER to start MBA, M.Pharm courses
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, April 2
The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here is starting Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacy Practice (M.Pharm) courses beginning from July 2002.

The institute has been established under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers. Dr C.L. Kaur, Director of the institute, said there was enormous demand of professionals from the pharmaceutical industry.

A Department of Pharmaceutical Management and a Department of Pharmacy Practice had been set up at the institute. Around 30 seats had been reserved in the management course. Admission was open to those who had B.Pharm, MSc (chemistry) or biological sciences or B.Tech (chemical engineering) degree.

The Director said apart from management skills, the students would be trained in pharmaceuticals. The pharmaceutical industry was dependent on business management graduates from business schools.

The Department of Pharmacy Practice, which had entered in to a collaboration with the School of Pharmacy, University of London, would induct five students this year. The students would be trained to cater to healthcare services, supply of medicines, medical devices and improved patient care.


Summons issued to Bibi
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 2
A local court today issued fresh summons to the former President of the SGPC, Bibi Jagir Kaur, for June 5 in a case of criminal conspiracy and defamation.

The complainant, Ms Kulbir Kaur Dhami, who is the Director of Guru Asra Trust, alleged that Bibi Jagir Kaur and Jaspal Singh Dhillon had indulged in a conspiracy to defame her.

It has been alleged that Dhillon published and released a booklet ‘Zimmewar Kaun’ on November 12, 1999, in which he had levelled 18 allegations, including embezzlement of trust funds, against her.

Fake currency case

Rashid, alias Guddu, an accused in fake currency racket, was produced in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L. Mohal, on Tuesday.

He was brought to the city from Sarsawa, near Saharanpur, after being arrested by a special team of the operations cell yesterday. He was remanded in police custody. The police has sought the remand with a plea that the accused has made statements during interrogation that a number of persons of other states were also involved in the case.

The police said the accused should be taken to other states in order to recover the currency and to get the information about the whereabouts of other persons involved in the case. After hearing the police plea, the Magistrate remanded him in police remand till April 7.

The local police has recovered Rs 5 lakh fake currency notes from him and Samir Sharma, who was also arrested from Sarsawa. The police has registered a case against them under Sections 467, 468, 471 and 489 of the IPC. The other accused — Mohammad Hassan and Javed — has already been remanded in police remand till April 7 by a local court.

Bail plea dismissed

A local court on Tuesday dismissed a bail plea moved by Arun Kumar Singla, Customs Inspector, who was arrested by the CBI in a corruption case. He is presently in judicial custody. He was accused of holding disproportionate assets.

Murder case

Ashish Arora, an accused in a murder case, was produced in the court of Mr Mohal on Tuesday.

He was remanded in judicial custody till April 16. It was alleged that the accused murdered his brother-in-law, Joginder Singh, in Sector 23 on September 28, 2001.


‘Ants’ shooting over
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
An 18-day shooting schedule for English feature film ‘‘Ants’’ has been completed. The shooting part of the film concluded here on Sunday and the post-production job has begun in Mumbai.

This is the second production of the city-based film production company ‘Pomy films’ after a highly acclaimed documentary film, ‘Chandigarh — The City Beautiful’, an exclusive film on Chandigarh.

‘Ants’ is produced and directed by Sunil Babbar. The film is presented by Mansij Bhan. It is written by Bharati Babbar, a Haryana Sahitya Academy Winner. Cinematography is by Manjit, who is a well-known name in this region. The interesting feature of the film is that this is the first English feature film to be made in Chandigarh by the people of Chandigarh. The whole team of the film, consisting of producer, director, writer, presenter, cinematographer and main actors, are from the city. A cast of 53 artistes is from Chandigarh. The main cast includes Sunil Babbar, Karishma Randeva, Vijay Vashisht, Vijay Kapoor, R.K. Bhan, Satto Singh, Navneet Sidhu among others.

Other credits of the film are: art direction by Bhagyashree and costume designing by Sukarma of RCS—Chandigarh, a famous designer label in the city fashion arena.

The film was shot for 15 days on various locales in the city and for 3 days in outdoor locations of Rishikesh and Devprayag in Uttaranchal. The film is slated to be released in the cinema halls of the country and other parts of the world in the first week on July 2002.


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