Thursday, May 16, 2002, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


ABVP demands justice for PAU student
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
While appreciating the step taken by the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University to issue show-cause notice to a teacher in the molestation case, the district unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has demanded that strict action be taken against the teacher and justice be ensured to the student.

Stating this in a press note, Mr Sandeep Kapoor, president, ABVP, and Ms Sumedha Gupta, vice-president, ABVP, said several cases of exploitation and harassment of students were being reported at Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjabi University and the PAU. They said there was a need to strengthen the students for which the restriction on students’ elections be lifted by the government and the democracy of students be revived in educational institutions.

The ABVP leaders further demanded that the practice of private tuitions be banned by college teachers. They said the students were being insisted upon taking tuitions for which they were also being charged heavily by the teachers.



Talk show in KVM
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
An interactive and enlightening talk show on the topic ‘Shape your destiny’ was organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, here today.

Addressing the students and teachers, Mr Anil Senani, Deputy Financial Advisor, Indian Railways, emphasised on the concept of destiny as a combination of goals, its determinants including fate, family, genes and environment and their role in moulding one’s functional self in the context of destiny. He explained his point by posing well-known personalities like Gandhiji, Narayan Murthy, Abraham Lincoln and Ambanis as illustrations before the students.

The main strength of his lecture was intellectual anecdotes and day to day common place examples which he cited to imbibe in the students the desire, dedication and determination to cognate and achieve their foremost goal in life. The talk was made lively with the input of relevant material on the multimedia projector, culminating in the adoption and usage of personal tracking chart.

Dr Suresh Chandra Vatsyayan, an eminent literary figure and educationist hailed the style and spirit of the learned speaker. He said that the school authorities should continue to arrange such lectures that motivate the staff and students and encourage them to meet the challenges in shaping their destiny.

The talk was followed by a question answer session with the students wherein the students put for the questions relating to their own life and their confused state of mind at this state of Classes X and XII.

The talk show was attended by Ms Neena Khanna, Principal, Mr Prem Aggarwal and Dr Lajpat Rai, both members of the school managing committee.



Back to school for moms
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
This summer, mothers will accompany their kids to schools! Majority of the institutes, organising summer schools this season, have arranged for classes for kids as well as their mothers. The list of activities is endless starting from conventional courses like drawing, music, craft and toy making to more novel ones like mural work, face painting, choreography, latest dance forms, calligraphy and Casio and drum playing.

Majority of the institutes are planning to start such courses by the end of the month for which registration has already begun. While some of these institutes will be holding classes on their premises, others have planned the activities at various clubs, schools and colleges.

A month-long class for seven activities, including western dance, classical dance, folk dance, computer education, yoga, karate, casio and drum playing would begin at Love Dale Montessori from June 1. Ms Pritima Behl, Principal, said that since several mothers had been insisting on holding dance classes for them too, there would be separate batches for women this time. She said that several dance instructors had been arranged to instruct the kids and women. On the concluding day, a show would be organised in which the participants would exhibit their talents, she said.

Introducing various dance forms for the city kids and women, the Indo-British Cultural Academy would hold two-hour summer classes at Satluj Club from May 27 to June 31. While events for the members between the age group four to 20 years include jazz dance, hip hop, shaggy dance, jefro jazz, western dance and choreography, those for women include Punjabi dance, DJ party dance, jazz workout, couple dance, ballet and non-stop bhangra. Giving further details, Mr Amit Verma, director of the academy, said that similar activities would be organised at Sparkle Nursery School and Children Valley School during the break.

The Ivanna Institute of Fashion Technology has also come up with an array of activities for kids and women. For kids of age group five to 15 years, 15-day classes for card making, glass painting, face painting, tie and dye, writing skills, toy making, quiz, art and craft, dance, metal carving, tile work and flower making would begin from May 27. The kids would have to pick any five of the options.

Similarly, activities for women include mural work, candle making, spray printing, nozzle printing, free hand painting, dance, music, pot painting, home accessories, spoken English and personality development, classes for which have already begun from May 13.

However, at Hollyhock Nursery School classes have been restricted to children of the age group two and a half to 10 years. Ms Preeti Garewal from the school said that the various courses like mehndi, glass painting, calligraphy, dance and art have been planned from June 1 to 20.



Tiny tots take to water in heat
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
The staff of Sparkles Nursery School, Sarabha Nagar, organised a pool party for the kids of pre-nursery and nursery classes here on Wednesday. Dressed in colourful swimming costumes, the kids played in the swimming pool for over an hour.

The kids seemed quite excited as the water gave them some respite from the sizzling hot weather. They splashed water on one another and enjoyed themselves to the maximum.

Ms Vandita Rajiv Rai, principal, said that since in the soaring mercury they were not being allowed to play outdoors, they were feeling quite bored. She said that the party gave them some time for enjoyment. 



HC order opens doors for flat owners
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 15
After more than three years of court battle, persons who live on the ground floors of the HIG flats in Phase-II of Dugri Urban Estate here will finally get proper entrances to their houses. A recent order in this regard by a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice R.L. Anand and Mr Justice Amar Dutt of the Punjab and Haryana High Court will also get the free areas here cleared of encroachments.

In these duplex complexes, owners of ground-floor flats were to get two entrances — one from the courtyard and the other from near the stairways to first and second floors — as per the approved plan However, in 1997, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) had issued a notification that the allottees of ground-floor flats could not open the doors near the stairways. After this, a large number of owners of first-floor flats had encroached upon the stairways and the portion in front, erecting even iron grills and fences on free area.

In 1998, a writ petition was filed in the High Court by a woman named Ms Gurbax Kaur, a decision on which came on March 5, 2001. The High Court asked PUDA to form a committee to settle the issue within two months.

This committee decided that the entry from near the stairways was an integral part of the ground-floor units and the stair-hall area on the ground floor was common to all allottees. After this, some of the owners of the first-floor flats filed a writ petition against the decision, but the High Court dismissed it. The court also told owners of first-floor flats to clear the stairways of encroachments, failing which PUDA would do it.

According to sources, PUDA has to carry out the order by June 13. The officials concerned were not available for comments on the issue. However, some of the owners of ground-floor flats also lodged a complaint with the Estate Officer of PUDA here today, urging him to get the encroachments removed.



Kaifi, a romantic revolutionary

IN the mid-forties, shortly after joining college, I was drawn to Urdu poets who were progressive in their outlook. First of all, Faiz and Sahir attracted me, and in the closed literary circle of the college I used to recite Faiz’s Mujh se pehli si mohabbat meri mehboob na maang, and Sahir’s Meri mehboob kahin aur milkar mujh ko. Later, Sardar Jafri and Kaifi Azmi occupied my mind and I found myself all the more drawn to the romantic concept of revolution. Those were the days of struggle for the liberation of the motherland.

Over the years Kaifi Azmi earned out a niche for himself in the hall of progressive Urdu poetry. His was a distinct voice, loud and clear. In a very chiselled phraseology, he conveyed his thoughts and feelings forthright. His tone, of course, was not harsh but at the same time there was no ambiguity in his message. He was eager for the uplift of the working classes. At the same time he took to journalism with the sole purpose of establishing a rapport with the readers who generally belonged to the middle classes. His was a restless mind, always weaving new ideas and then inter-twining them with reactionary forces.

Kaifi Azmi was born at Mijwan in Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh) in 1918. He studied Urdu, Persian and Arabic at Benaras, Lucknow and Allahabad. He was deeply associated with the film world as a lyricist. In this field, too, he won great acclaim. His first collection of poems, Jhankar, was published in 1943 and that was the period when Sahir’s Talkhiyan and Faiz’s Naqsh Faryadi came into existence . Kaifi’s third collection of poems, Awara Sajde (1973) bagged U.P. Urdu Academy Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Soviet Land Nehru Award. He has also been honoured with the Lotus Award and Padamshri. During the last years of his life he made efforts to revive the theatre movement known as IPTA, and for that purpose he visited Ludhiana (Punjabi Bhawan) not long ago.

Begum Akhtar sang his first ghazal, Itna to zindagi mein na kisi ki khalal pade, which he had composed at the age of 11. Kaifi Azmi was at his best in his imaginative world. He craved for the world of equality, fraternity and freedom. He was a patriot to the core of his heart, Abb tumhare hawale watan satheo. Now when he has gone, I am reminded of his poem in which he laments that his beloved did not hold him back, even though he was reluctant to part company with her.

N.S. Tasneem


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