Tuesday, July 23, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Supplementary exams advanced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Keeping in view the interest of the student community, Panjab University decided to advance the supplementary examinations of B.Sc and M.Sc Honours School, which are usually held in September, here today.

The new date set for the examination is August 9 in which candidates with reappears will be allowed. However, failed candidates and candidates with reappears in all papers of a particular class will not be allowed to appear for the examination.

At a press conference, the Dean University Instructions, Prof R.J. Hans Gill, said the decision was taken to enable students, who cleared the examination, to get promoted to the next class if they achieved the required credits in subjects.

The chairpersons have been requested to send the names of the students who have got reappears in papers indicating the name of the paper in which they have got reappear. The last date for submission of supplementary examination form has been fixed for July 26. The chairpersons of the science departments will attest admission forms for the supplementary examination .

It may be recalled that activists of SOPU and PUSU have been staging a dharna outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office to protest against being retained in their respective classes for not achieving the required credits.

In consonance with the decision of the Panjab University Syndicate, Prof Meenakshi Malhotra of the University Business School, Panjab University, has been appointed Associate Dean Students Welfare. The appointment has been made for one year to begin with.

Prof Pathak said a special bus had been started to carry university students to and from the home science hostel to the university.

While it would bring students to the university 15 minutes before the classes commence, it would depart from the university 15 minutes after teaching hours conclude.

Also, Prof Nirmal Singh, Prof R.C. Sobti and Prof M.L. Sharma had been given extension for one year as Dean Students Welfare, Dean Foreign Students and Dean Alumni Relations, he added.


IET Bhaddal signs MoU with US varsities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
The Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), Bhaddal, which was the first engineering college in India to be certified ISO 9001: 2000 standard has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Wayne State University, USA and with San Jose State University of the USA. Both universities have a standing of over 150 years and are considered amongst the leading universities of the country.

The MoU with Wayne State University embraces transfer of technology related to electronics, computers and mechanical industries. These include biotechnology, design in virtual environment and use of robots for high quality production.

San Jose University, USA, provides research and development activities in emergent technology for the electronic industry in the Silicon Valley, covering San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco. The scope of MoU includes joint R&D in nano technologies, micro-electro mechanical systems and embedded software.

Consequently, there will be exchange of faculty between IET, Bhaddal and these universities which will accelerate the growth potential of the institute. Simultaneously these universities will absorb IET, Bhaddal students for postgraduate studies and provide opportunity to complete a few semesters under these universities for placement abroad. The expert faculty coming to the institute will also plan, advise and coordinate setting up of the state of art technology laboratories in the emergent fields in the institute. Students will be able to accomplish project work under their supervision. Also, the faculty of IET, Bhaddal, could also undertake research and project work for Indian industries under guidance of the senior faculty of these universities.


Merged school opens amid confusion, protests
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Confusion prevailed on the opening day of the merged IS Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, with the mid-term merger leading to frayed nerves and heated protests by parents of junior wing students, here today.

Some parents determined not to send their wards to an ordinary school, were identified by teachers of the junior wing “stationed” outside the venue and whisked away to a nearby house (no. 2200) in the same sector, where attempt to run a parallel school was made.

The day began amid heavy police deployment outside the school campus. Verbal duels between agitated teachers and parents of students of the junior wing and those of the senior secondary school did hot up for a couple of hours after which the flare-up gradually subsided and the crowd dispersed.

Before the school began, the police escorted children accompanied by their parents into the school before the gates were locked, opening only to admit children into the school.

Angry and anxious parents demanded entry into the school and classrooms. They demanded explanation for merging the school mid-session.

Later, to pacify the agitated crowd one parent at a time was permitted to go inside and check the safety of his ward. They said a handful of students were sitting in every class but their status vis-a-vis the new school was not known. "The results will emerge only once teaching begins and the term exams are held. We will judge their capability by the yardstick of our children’s performance,’’ parents stated. Only 30 per cent of attendance was recorded on the first day.

Teachers of the junior school were stationed at various turns outside the school and were assigned the task of taking charge of “their” children and taking them to the nearby house.

DSP Surjit Singh intervened at one point and escorted the children to their new school despite the fact that teachers outside raised a protest after which they took the children to a new place, accompanied by the parents.

At house number 2200, students were seated in the lawn even as teachers made futile attempts to teach the distracted children. Also seated in the verandah was the junior wing principal, Ms Urmil Sharma, along with other teachers and some parents.

While she refused to comment on any development, parents expressed anger at the merger and said they would support her and not send their wards to an ordinary school. “Our children have learnt the meaning of strike at a very early age. They certainly don’t deserve this. We are with the Principal and will admit our children where she sets up her school,’’ they said.


Students hold procession
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, July 22
Hundreds of students from 10 schools associated with the local Saravhitkari Vidya Mandir School held a procession to mark the golden jubilee of Vidya Bharti, an eminent educational society, here today.

Attired in their school dress and holding banners, the students moved through the main road, grain market, Akali market, tehsil road and bus stand before concluding on the school premises.

The students raised slogans — Jai Shiksha, Jai Sanskriti and Jai Bharti — throughout their route.

Earlier, Mr Bhupinder Singh Saini, Assistant Governor of the Rotary International 3090 of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, flagged off the procession.

Mr Ashwani Jain , Manager of Saravhitkari Vidya Mandir, said a school, Shishu Mandir, was opened at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh on the same day in 1952.

He claimed that the society had expanded its branches to 20,000 schools in past 50 years. Over 1 lakh teachers were engaged in educating more than 25 lakh students in the school, he said.

Ms Anita Bali, Principal of the school, Dr Sukhwant Singh and Mr Paramjit singh Saini, presidents of the Rotary Clubs of the Dera Bassi, Mr Suresh Gupta, president of Dera Bassi Property Dealers’ Association, Mr Vipin Thaman, Circle Education Minister, and Ms Anita thaman, coordinator of the procession, were present on the occasion.


KV students enthral audience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Young students of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2, 3 BRD enthralled the audience here today at Lecma Hall, 3BRD, Air Force station while debating and discussing the POTA issue, Narmada dam, education, cyber crime etc at the 15th National Youth Parliamentary Competition.

The Principal, Ms Sudesh Prakash, said the competition is held every year by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, and this year five other teams of KVS will be participating from the Chandigarh region.

Former minister Mr Madan Mohan Mittal was the chief guest and one of the judges. Mr G.H. Yadav, EO, KVS, and Mr M.P. Mahajan, VMC, was the guest of honour. Mr D.K. Saini, Assistant Commissioner, KVS, Chandigarh region, presided over the function.



B.Com seats counselling today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Vacant seats in the reserved category have come as a second chance to B. Com aspirants of the open category with the committee conducting centralised admissions deciding to de-reserve seats tomorrow.

A large number of seats remained vacant in the reserved category after the entire list of applicants was exhausted. Only 178 seats were filled in the 10 city colleges at the end of the day.

According to information, 124 vacant reserved seats of the UT Pool will be de-reserved in the UT pool (open category) and 18 vacant reserved seats of the general pool would be opened to the general pool (open category).


CJ’s order on work withdrawal contested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Challenging the orders directing the withdrawal of work from three Punjab and Haryana High Court Judges, a city advocate today claimed that the same were passed without jurisdiction.

Taking up the petition filed by Dr Surya Parkash against the High Court, the Chief Justice and the Joint Registrar, Mr Justice G. S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall asked him to place on record a copy of the order issued by the Chief Justice regarding the withdrawal of work. The Judges also fixed July 28 as the next date of hearing in the case.

Claiming that the impugned orders were issued in violation of the provisions of the Constitution, and the Judges (Inquiry) Act of 1968, besides the law laid down by the Supreme Court, the petitioner contended that “the Judges, neither alone, nor banded together, could place sanctions on a Judge”. Under the Constitution, the only action that could be taken against a Supreme Court or a High Court Judge was “impeachment and for that purpose a procedure had been prescribed”.

Giving details, he asserted: “The process of impeachment has not been kept very simple.... A Judge can be removed from his office by an order of the President only after an address by each House of Parliament. It has to be supported by a majority of not less than two-third of its members”.

He added that “the Chief Justice of a High Court or the Supreme Court has not been empowered by any provision of the Constitution or any Act or Rule in existence to conduct an inquiry into alleged misbehaviour by the High Court Judges and punish him by way of withdrawal of work resulting into a dent on the independence of judiciary”.

The petitioner further added that the fate of the Judges could not be decided by an individual, howsoever high a position he may hold. Quoting a Supreme Court judgement, he stated, “Every High Court Judge is of the same stature, the Chief Justice being the first among equals....”

The advocate further submitted that the action taken by the Chief Justice on the basis of allegations levelled by an accused in the multi-crore recruitment scam was posing danger to judicial independence. “If action is taken against the High Court Judges, they face the threat of punishment on the basis of mere allegations levelled by none else than an accused. No Judge, however, strong he may be can function fearlessly, without pressure and independently. To pressurise the Judges, the accused will level allegations against them or threaten them”.



Review plea against Kaushal dismissed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 22
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today dismissed a review application filed by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on May 23, 2002 against an earlier order of CAT involving Punjab cadre IAS officer Mr Sarvesh Kaushal.

Earlier the CAT in its order on July 4, 2001 had said the Ministry should take further action as per the investigation report of the CBI against the IAS official. Mr Kaushal had been exonerated by the CBI. In May this year the Ministry filed a review and this was dismissed by CAT today.

Besides this a separate case between Mr Kaushal and the Ministry also came up for hearing. In February this year Mr Kaushal had moved a petition in CAT seeking quashing of explanation memos issued to him by the Union Ministry. The matter was stayed on February 26 and this remains in operation. Today the matter was adjourned till August 8.

Mr Kaushal had moved a plea before CAT alleging that he had been falsely implicated at the behest of certain persons and sought directions for quashing of the orders passed by the Chief Vigilance Officer-cum- Joint Secretary, Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution. Mr Kaushal has also sought the directions from CAT to the respondent to restrain them from proceeding ex-parte against him.



Glamour dolls ready to sport NIFD creations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22
Walking in beauty, they made a pretty picture of grace and vitality. Gathered in the city on an invitation from the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), 10 top representatives of the world of glamour, who made their first presence at Hotel Mac Royale in Zirakpur this afternoon, talked of all things bright and beautiful.

Reflecting the best in the Indian glamour industry were models of the order of Shruti Sharma, India’s representative in the forthcoming Miss World contest, along with Apoorva Jha, the charming model of Maruti Alto, who is all set to dot the big screen opposite Abhay Deol in the Sunny Deol production ‘Socha Na Tha’, Tina Chhatwal, Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 2002 and India’s entry for the Miss Asia Pacific contest to be held in Phillipines in October and Maheshwari Thiagarajan Femina Miss India 2001.

Apart from these girls there also were promising models, who are now featuring in leading advertisement campaigns not just for domestic but also for international consumer brands. Among them were Udita Goswami, the sultry Lee Cooper model. A winner of the Music Television’s Model Mission, Udita is currently the hottest model around. She is being roped in by the best of multinationals. Among the most popular ads up the sleeves of this youngster are Star Movies, Wills Sports, Pepsi, Nokia, Sony, Titan watches, Grasim and Taj.

Then there was Simran Sachdeva, Gladrags mega model 2002 runner up, who walked her way to success with campaigns for Maruti WagonR, Oswals, Texla, Ponds, Nestle and Amway. Looking forward to the annual fashion show of NIFD scheduled for tomorrow, the models appeared excited about the novel theme of the show. Structured around the elements of the galaxy, the fashion show will be called Fashion Horoscope, in which the streaks of all star signs will be reflected in the language of garments.

Put together by 100 fashion design students of the institute, the display which, among other models, will be donned by Laxmi (the Elle girl), Divya Jaitley (Microsoft model), Jaishree (the BPL face) and Shivani Sharma (the Mitsubishi model), boasts of rich format and content. The first round of the show, being choreographed by Priyanka Singh, will feature the models depicting zodiac signs at a glance. From there, the models will split up to bring out the nuances of each star sign insofar as the styling preferences are concerned.

So the cycle for Libra will underline balance, a streak peculiar to people belonging to this zodiac group. Dressed for the Virgo round, the models will depict perfection and dignity. Similar will be the handling of all other rounds, which will highlight the dressing inclinations of each zodiac sign. From Aries to Pisces, the circle will be completed with garments which are exuberant in style, smart in technique and inspiring in design. Zesty fillers will be provided by Angels, the most happening dance troupe of MTV fame. Backstage management will be handled by Komal Singh.



Dance troupe wins first prize
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 22
Kathak danseuse Shobha Koser and her troupe from the BBK DAV College for Girls, Amritsar, recently won the International Competition of Folk Dance and Music held in Wales, Britain. This 21-member team beat about 54 countries, which took part in this six-day competition which started on July 9.

Shobha Koser, made this announcement here today at a press conference in Pracheen Kala Kendra. She said though India had been participating in this annual contest for the past six-seven years, this was the first time the country bagged the first prize. Earlier, India got the third prize in 1997.

The troupe presented two Rajasthani folk dances Ghoomer, and Gugga, which is a dance of snake charmers. “We opted for Rajasthani folk dances as these depict bhav, laya, mudra, lyrics and graceful body movements,” said Koser. All this coupled with colourful costumes received applauds from both judges and audience.

The troupe was led by Prof Rajpal Singh, Dr Suprabha Arya and Ms Koser in the capacity of dance director, while the students who participated in the competition were Parul, Shruti, Gauri, Manu, Manpreet, Harneet, Kiranjeet, Navdeep, Navjot, Channpreet, Saryu, Shikha, Shivani, Raminder, Jaspreet, Shalini, Srishti, Simarjeet, Reena Rajput and Anita.

The second prize was bagged by the folk group from Bulgaria.


City to witness Rajat on stage soon
Our Correspondent

Gurdas Mann and Rajat Kapoor
Gurdas Mann and Rajat Kapoor at the music release of “Zindagi Khoobsurat Hai” at Piccadilly Hotel, Sector 22, in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, July 22
For injecting a new lease of life in the “dying” art of theatre, TV actor-cum-theatre personality Rajat Kapoor will soon be holding plays in Hindi and English in the city.

In Chandigarh for the music release of Gurdas Mann-starrer “Zindagi Khoobsurat Hai”, Rajat, in an exclusive interview with Chandigarh Tribune, said he would soon be visiting Tagore Theatre for the purpose.

“Chandigarh, I believe, is a city inhabited by intellectuals,” asserted Rajat, clad in black kurta-payjama with a Jaipuri shawl lightly swinging from around his neck, “I basically want to see the response of city residents”.

Sitting next to him, Gurdas Mann, commenting on his new Hindi movie, asserted, “I had to work hard on improving my Hindi as the role required it”.

Giving details, Mann, dressed casually in a white shirt and trousers, revealed: “In this movie, I haven’t crooned the songs. Anything in excess, you see, is not appreciated. I am basically a pop singer, not a playback singer”.

Regarding the storyline, he said, “A part of the story revolves around mentally challenged children. But right now we do not want to disclose the details of the movie”.

Movie producer Manjeet Mann added, “The movie is expected to be released in the first week of September. The next Hindi movie I am planning to produce is ‘Mere Ghar Aana Zindagi’.”

Regarding her passion for producing movies, she asserted, “I am always on a lookout for good Punjabi stories. As soon as a story appeals to my mind, I start thinking on the terms of making a Punjabi movie out of it.

Today’s music release was different. Instead of just holding a press conference and handing over the cassettes to the gathering, the organisers had arranged for the screening of the songs.

At about 12.45 pm, the entire hall in a Sector 22 hotel plunged into darkness as the organisers switched off the lights and Gurdas Mann appeared on the screen singing a song. In all, at least three of his songs were screened. After the screening session, the movie stars answered the quarries amidst laughter and applause. Director Manoj Punj was also present.

The cassette contained seven melodious tracks with music by Anand Raj Anand.

They claimed that the album was a blend of mixed songs, including love numbers, qawwalis, and even a song for children. “Zindagi Khoobsurat Hai” is a medium-budget film, they added.

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