Wednesday, July 3, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Annual transfer of teachers on anvil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
The annual transfer of government school teachers is on the anvil with the UT Education Department planning to undertake the exercise within the first week of this month.

Sources in the department said that the transfers of teachers who had completed seven years in one school were being undertaken as per the policy.

It is learnt that two options on choice of school had been taken from teachers to be reshuffled and was being undertaken at the opening of the session to avoid mid-term disruption.

Teachers who had failed to “perform” in the last examinations and shown poor results will, however, not be touched since most of them are posted in rural schools and transfer would mean their securing a berth in model or ordinary schools in the city.

This would defeat the purpose of the warning issued by the department in which they had been asked to show improvement in the results in the current academic session.

Last year, these annual transfers had caused a lot of resentment among the teaching community since the Administration had, on its own, decided to transfer the teachers without seeking any options from them.



Charges baseless, says board chief
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, July 2
The Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, Dr Kehar Singh, said here today that the allegations levelled against board officials in connection with the burning of the records related to the recruitment of clerks were baseless. Dr Kehar Singh said there were complaints against candidates of four or five batches which appeared for the typing test. As such, the test was cancelled. As many as 62 persons who had appeared in the test were called for a re-test, but only 50 finally qualified.

The Chairman said the proper procedure was followed for the recruitment. There was little chance for the Chairman to interfere in the long-drawn recruitment process.

A case had been registered by the Vigilance Bureau against the former Education Minister, Mr Tota Singh, and Dr Kehar Singh in connection with alleged financial and administrative irregularities during tenure of the previous SAD-BJP government.

The investigators found that the recruitment of 136 clerks by the board was unfair. It was alleged that the re-examination of 60 candidates from Moga was mere eyewash. The original answer-sheets and the related records were alleged to have been burnt in order to destroy evidence. New answer-sheets showing the candidates as having secured good marks were substituted.



Readymade science models on display
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, July 2
There can not be a better example of the futility of the Indian education system. Imagine this — students of a certain class are asked to prepare a model of a windmill during the summer vacations. And when the D-day arrives, all of them turn up with similar models — same size, same pattern, even the colour is more or less the same. It is not a case of uncanny co-incidence of the same creative wavelength but more of the fact that they all evidently landed up in the same science model maker, a trade which is flourishing in Sector 18 market.

The Sector 18 market has proved to be the Mecca for the student community who are in need of either a science model or a practical file. The small booths scattered in the interior of the market caters to all - be it a simple fire alarm, a musical bell or a complicated solar cooker, windmill or solar water heater, you order, they will deliver within record time all in the shape which is acceptable by the school authority.

As the demand is increasing, the price range has shot up too. There is this Santoshi Electrical Centre that has a fixed price rate , a fire alarm for Rs 80, Burglar alarm for Rs 150, windmill and solar cooker each for Rs 150 — the list goes on”. Earlier we used to charge Rs 50 per item, but now with the demand increasing, nobody minds shelling out the amounts we charge”, said Sanjay one of the science model makers from sector 18.

“I had tried to make my own windmill myself but as my model could not match with those who had got themselves the readymade variety, I discarded my own creation in favour of a professional one, as with my own I would have definitely scored much less than others,” said Ranvir Singh, a student who has passed out from one of the city based schools a couple of years back.

Though the teachers are well aware of this fact, it is more of a case of turning the Nelson eye to the whole issue. Though most of the teachers claim that when they detect a student submitting a professionally made practical model, some marks are deducted. However the students feel it otherwise.

It is not only that the matter of perfection which has driven the students to seek professional help but the fact is that most of the schools believe in only teaching the theory and leaving it all upto the students to come out with the model all by themselves. “In my case when I was told to make a windmill, I did not have the slightest knowledge about the materials that to be used in the making of it,” said Inderjeet Singh, another student. “So the first thing that striked me was the name of the guy in sector 18 who makes science models,” he added.

“Students should be given simple things to make for their model making assignment which can be made by themselves,’ said Mrs. Jagjit Sekhow, Principal, Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41. “As for the higher classes, students can seek professional help to do the bits and pieces energy-based projects, but the main idea should be theirs and should work side by side with the professional man instead of ordering a complete model over the telephone,” she added. 



SCL introduces diploma in VLSI chip design
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, July 2
Semiconductor Complex Limited (SCL), a Government of India enterprise under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, has taken upon itself the task of providing trained manpower to the very large scale integrated (VLSI) chip design industry in the country. A six-month advanced post graduate diploma in VLSI design named Vedant has been introduced. The admission to the course is through an entrance test and only engineering graduates in electronics, electrical and computer sciences are eligible to apply for it.

This was stated here today by Mr Parveen Bhangotra, manager (IT), SCL, in a talk with Chandigarh Tribune. He said there was a vast potential for employment in the VLSI design industry in India.

“Small is beautiful and trendy in this big world”, he said. “The keyword is miniaturisation. The world of mobile phones, pens, cameras, laptop computers is getting hi-powered in delivering output and is getting smaller in size. Such a miniaturisation revolves around the electronic silicon chip called the VLSI chip.

“Broadly speaking, the process of VLSI chip development can be divided into VLSI chip design and VLSI chip fabrication. While the VLSI chip fabrication is highly sophisticated, expensive and largely automated, it is the VLSI chip design that holds the key to the success of the VLSI chip. Technically trained manpower forms the major cost component for the VLSI design houses”.

India, he pointed out, had a vast resource of technically qualified professionals which could be trained in the art of chip designing. India offered a lot of advantages which were not available in other parts of the world, like competitive advantage in terms of hiring the required manpower, longer working hours, skills and work ethics etc. All these factors had helped chip design industry in India to achieve its critical mass which was helping entrepreneurs to set up chip design firms.

Lower manpower cost enables the companies to hire more engineers and speed up the design process, since time to market is crucial in the chip business Indian silicon industry has grown and matured enough to tackle state-of-the-art projects while still retaining the cost advantage. Chip design companies are sprouting all over the country, even in small towns. Indian silicon Industry is estimated to be worth $ 300 million and is expected to touch $ 1 billion figure in the next four years.

Intel, world’s largest chip maker, is expanding its chip development activities in India. Last year, it reduced its employee strength by 5,000 worldwide, in India it increased its manpower by approximately 50 per cent during the same period. Intel is looking at development centres in India to cater to its global design and development needs. India is strategically placed to benefit from this shift of development work from the USA to other parts of the world. A Frost and Sullivan study recently concluded that India will account for about 4.61 per cent share of the global system-on-chip (SOC) market, by 2003. These figures assume significance since the Indian software industry even today has only five per cent of the market share worldwide. 



PU entrance test for M.Com, MBA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
The entrance test for M.Com (e-commerce) and MBA (executive) will be conducted by Panjab University on July 7, an official press release said here today.

The department has already dispatched the admit cards for the test. In case any candidate does not receive the cards by July 5, he should contact the CET Cell along with a written application and an attested photograph for obtaining a duplicate card. Candidates will have to pay Rs 35 as the fee which is to be deposited at the State Bank of India counter in the administrative block.

The aptitude test for admission to Gandhian and Peace Studies (for MA-I) will be conducted by the Department of Gandhian Studies on July 8. Interviews also will be conducted on the same day.

The Centre for Defence and National Security Studies has received over 150 applications till today for a total of 35 seats. The interviews for admissions will be carried out on July 10.



PU results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
Panjab University today declared the results of the examination of a number of engineering courses conducted earlier this year, an official press release said.

These papers include: Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical(VII semester)and Metallurgy( III and V semester), M Sc(honours in Anthropology, both years), B Sc II (honours) in Botany and MA I(History.

The university has also declared results of MA II(Punjabi), MA II (Political Science), MA II (Economics) and MA II (Hindi).



Plea to transfer case dismissed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a significant judgement, today ruled that "interest of justice lies in speedy conclusion of trial and not in transfer of cases from one court to another unless the allegations were extremely grave".

Delivering the verdict on a petition filed by an advocate seeking the transfer of trial from the Court of Kapurthala's Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Justice K.S. Garewal observed: "The petitioner may conjure up more ground for transfer but such tactics should not be entertained as interest of justice lies in speedy conclusion of trial and not in the transfer of the case from one Court to another unless the allegations are extremely grave. That does not appear to be the case herein. Dismissed".

Seeking the transfer of the trial "at the instance of the complainant who is a former client", the petitioner had earlier levelled serious allegations against the presiding officer.

Notice of motion

A Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar and Ms Justice Bakhshish Kaur, on Tuesday issued notice of motion to the Punjab Transport Department on a writ petition filed by Amritsar resident Sukhwinder Singh Bhoma.

He had claimed that funds were being collected by the authorities in shape of "adda fees" from private transporters as well as from buses in the state, but not a single penny was being spent for the construction, modernisation and upkeep of the bus stands falling under their control. He had added that the authorities were spending income from the "adda fees" for other heads, but not for repair.



Sidhu's revision plea adjourned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
District and Sessions Judge S.N. Aggarwal today adjourned the hearing of the revision petition filed by defence counsel of suspended PPSC Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu to July 4.

Challenging the police remand of Sidhu granted by the court on June 27, the defence counsel had yesterday filed the revision petition, contending that the court order pertaining to the police remand was violative of Sidhu's fundamental rights. The hearing in this regard will take place on July 4.



City girl heads for Tamil screen
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
Kulraj Sandhu is on the pursuit of success these days. Having collected many a prestigious title by virtue of her absorbing presence on the ramp, this girl from the city, is now on the verge of stardom.

Currently based in Bangalore, along with her father Col S.S. Randhawa, Kulraj is being offered roles in Tamil and Telegu projects from directors of standing like Mani Ratnam. The girl, however, is not racing against time. As she says, “Life is not just about facing the camera. It is also about first picking up the nuances of film making and then making a sure mark. Showbiz is not a cakewalk. So before I take the final plunge, I want to arm myself with all that takes to be there.”

Also, Kulraj is waiting for a strong launch pad. “The image you portray in your first project is the image people will identify you with. I am waiting for the right break,” says the model, who is also currently pursuing Bachelors in Business Management from the National Institute of Management Information System at Bangalore.

Ask the radiant girl how she stepped into the world of glamour and she recalls the Miss Matrix contest which she took in the year 2000. Being a part of a 120-model group which added zing to the show was a lifetime experience for Kulraj, who credits most of her attitude to her Army background. “There is no substitute for hard work, but the right attitude in life is as important. My Army background has given me the ability to adapt to the change. And I can never thank my family enough for the support it extended all this while.”

From Miss Matrix contest, Kulraj went on to win the best model award at St. John’s Medical College, where models from Karnataka and Mumbai also participated. She also represented the South Zone on the prestigious Gladrags supermodel hunt. Presently busy modelling for many silk houses in the South, Kulraj is also considering professional graduation to films. But before that happens this alumni of Army Public School, Dagshai, is enriching herself with further experience on the ramp.

Born in Dehradun and brought up in Sector 36, Chandigarh, Kulraj is weighing her options these days. While modelling for private brands also continues, she is learning the academics of acting. “The idea is to be there for good and not hit the screen and fall flat. I am being patient with film offers. I will take the jump when the time is ripe,” says the vibrant girl, who calls Chandigarh her home.



Exhibition on Sir Naipaul’s life and works
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
For those who feel the weight of a written word and respect it for the consciousness it engenders, the British Library in Sector 8 is the place to be. Mounted on concrete walls are creative upsurges from an author known for the is courage to say it is.

As you walk into the world of real fiction with Nobel laureate Sir V.S. Naipaul, you respect him for his sensitive narration of the most deep-felt thoughts. Each of the 15 posters, that make up the journey without maps, a show that documents the birth of a literary genius, digs deep into the heart, the mind and the body, thus unleashing a process of enquiry. Reading the words that made a Nobel Prize winner of Sir Naipaul is like reading couplets from a poem, written with pain as its peg.

There are several statements from the author, each statement a deep observation in its own right. As Sir Naipaul declares, ‘‘Understanding derives from what you call anger; but I would call it emotion, deep emotion,’’ the heart is touched not just by the fact that here is someone who truly relates with suffering, but also by the fact that here is someone who can keep the dignity of suffering alive, even while structuring a piece of fiction.

Curated by Shoma Chaudhary and designed by Anand Naorem and Uzma Mohsin, the show also features celebrated works from the most controversial author of our times. Novels on the display include his prize-winning book ‘Half A Life’, apart from others like ‘A Bend On The River’, ‘Miguel Street’, ‘Letters Between A Father And Son’, ‘Finding The Centre’ and ‘A Way In The World’.

Most absorbing, however, are Naipaul’s sayings on various aspects of social existence, right from: ‘‘The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to be nothing, have no place in it,’’ to ‘‘I am the sum of all my books.’’

Interestingly, the title of this unique pictorial retrospective of Sir Naipaul draws from the turns his life took. It did not follow any set direction. It just flowed with the thoughts which dominated the author’s mind at a particular moment in in time. As Sir Naipaul has said, ‘‘I travel to discover other states of mind.’’

The exhibition, which was inaugurated by the Governor of Haryana, Babu Parmanand, can be viewed till July 6 between 11 am and 7 pm.


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