Tuesday, July 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Engg admissions begin
Tribune News Service

Discipline Total seats Seats filled

Chandigarh College of Engineering

BE (E and EC) 7 7
BE (Comp Sc) 7 7

Punjab Engineering College

Aeronautical 2 2
Civil 7 7
Comp Sc & Engg 3 3
Electrical 7 7
E&EC 7 7
Info Tech 3 3
Mechanical 7 7
Metallurgy 5 5
Production 3 3

Chandigarh College of Architecture

Architecture 4 4

Chandigarh, July 29
Admissions to the 85 per cent UT pool for the three engineering colleges of the city began at Punjab Engineering College, here today, though the usual excitement was missing.

All seats were filled on the first day of admissions though the number of students who came was not very large since the counselling for admissions was held only for the Scheduled Castes category today.

In the college auditorium, the Chandigarh College of Engineering, Punjab Engineering College and Chandigarh College of Architecture were allotted spaces where students were sent in rank-wise, their certificates were scrutinised and seats were allotted branch-wise.

Tomorrow, seats for all reserved categories would be filled in the UT Pool followed by admissions for the general category to be held on July 31 and August 1. The admissions to the 15 per cent general pool in the city engineering colleges concluded yesterday.

In electronics and electronic engineering as well as computer science, all seven seats in each course were filled in the Chandigarh College of Engineering.

All disciplines of aeronautical, civil, computer science and engineering, electrical, electronics and electrical communicate, information technology, mechanical, metallurgy and production engineering in PEC were also filled. Besides, admissions to four architecture seats in Chandigarh College of Architecture were also conducted.



DAV students allege forcible collection
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Students of DAV School, Sector 8, have alleged that the school was forcibly charging Rs 600 from Class XII students for a test of objective type questions.

In a press note issued by the Students’ Welfare Association, it was stated that over 20 students went to meet the Principal, Mr Ravinder Talwar, a few days back. There they complained that they were being compelled to pay Rs 600 for the test and their class teacher has asked them to see the principal.

However, instead of working out a solution and addressing the problem, they said the principal shouted at them and threatened them to pay up or else their names would be struck off from the school rolls. Thereafter, all students deposited the said amount but no acknowledgement receipt has been issued for the same.

When contacted, the Principal said no student had expressed any resentment at paying the sum. “The said amount is being collected in all DAV institutions and is aimed at curbing the tuition menace. With these funds, we will be conducting regular tests all through the year so that they do not rely on tuitions,” he explained.

Justifying the collection, the Principal of DAV College, Mr S.C. Marriya, said these funds were collected only to meet the expenditure involved in conducting the tests. “With these funds, six tests each would be conducted for Classes XI and XII during the academic year. It is all being done in the interest of the students,’’ he added.



Students’ dharna continues
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
Dharna by the Students’ Organisation of Panjab University outside the office of the varsity Vice-Chancellor entered the 13th day, here today.

The organisation is demanding that students of B Sc (HS) final year should be given admission in M.Sc I, besides provisional admission to students in the second and the third year as well. They are also demanding that the date for re-examinations, recently fixed for August 9, be extended and revaluation results be declared at the earliest.

The president of SOPU, Harveer Singh, said since no positive response from the PU authorities had come, science students had decided to intensify their stir by converting chain fast into indefinite fast.

“Tomorrow, Gurvinder Singh of the Microbiology Department and Chanranjeet Singh of the Biochemistry Department will sit on an indefinite fast if the Dean Student Welfare is unable to meet the demands of the students as per assurances, he said.



DSO to observe anti-communalism day on July 31
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29
The Punjab unit of the Democratic Students’ Organisation (DSO) will observe an ‘’anti-communalism day’’ on July 31, the martyrdom day of Shaheed Udham Singh and the death anniversary of Hindi litterateur Munshi Prem Chand.

The DSO Punjab unit president, Mr Pratap Samal, and Dr Rajinder Singh Atwal will deliver lectures at the main function at Patiala on July 31. A function will also be organised at the Punjab Book Centre in Chandigarh on July 31.



Children mourn Kant’s death
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 29
The students and teachers of Vivek High School gathered to mourn the death of the Vice-President, Mr Krishan Kant, here today. A two-minute silence was observed in memory of the departed soul.



Police remand for Parmeshwar Singh 
Our Correspondent

Kharar, July 29
Mrs Preeti Sahni, Duty Magistrate, today remanded Parmeshwar Singh, former Managing Director of the Punjab State Cooperative Bank, Chandigarh, who was arrested by the Vigilance Department on July 23, in police remand till August 1.

Mr Jatinderjit Singh Punn, Public Prosecutor, and Mr Inder Mohan Singh, SP, Vigilance appeared in the court and pleaded for police remand of the accused.

Mr Punn alleged that the accused as Managing Director of the bank during 1998-99 had sanctioned loans to seven firms without taking adequate security from them and as a result the bank suffered a loss of Rs 53.3 crore.

The defence counsel, on the other hand, opposed the demand for police remand and said that the accused has already submitted all details of his property.



Exhibition — an insight into painter’s life
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, July 29
The series of paintings called “Sun Moon Orange Blue and Triangle- II” on display at Art Folio, at the first glance look as absurd as the name sounds, until, Nitin Dutt, the artist, guides you through the maze of meanings depicted by each painting. As the first symbolic sub-series progress to a more free and formative second part, the meanings take a hazy shape, finally culminating into the third sub-series giving a glimpse of the inner self of the artist during a particular phase of his life.

Nitin has painted his symbols of Sun and Moon and the most dominant triangle in just orange and blue throughout his first 18 paintings, depicting the confinement of the social set up, where every norm is set and well-defined. He interprets triangles as a symbol of mortality, with the three vertices denoting the beginning, middle stage and the end of a life cycle.

The apex of the triangle enjoys maximum attention in Nitin’s series as he describes middle part as a phase of dilemma which he experienced during that particular time frame due to his dislocation from Chandigarh, 50-year-old city, Varanasi which has a past of 5000 years.

As the symbols grow more figurative in his next creations, it reflects his burning ambition to go to the Big Apple country which introduces modern elements including a clock ticking away the time. The third part , the complete triangles having all five symbolic elements is definitely well-blended and focused. Still based on his ambition to go to the USA and give in to the temptation of all worldly possessions, the sub-series also ponders on the issue of physical purity versus spiritual purity which Nitin feels strongly about.

Nitin finally realised his dream to go to Uncle Sam’s country after he received the prestigious SCRAM fellowship to do his MFA in Sculpture in Michigan State University. After completing his BFA in sculpture, Government College of Art, Sector 10, he went to the Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University, to do his MFA in Plastic Art.

Nitin’s long absence from the city has not put him out of the picture in the Chandigarh art circle. His recent exhibition of stone sculptures and installations at Alliance Francaise here only a fortnight ago got him media attention once more. The other exhibitions to his credit are his Apple series at Gallery Ganga Tal in Varanasi, “When I Met Myself”, Performance Installation at Samne Ghat, Varanasi and “My Diary” in Chandigarh.

His present exhibition which was completed during 1999 and 2000 is full of his inner conflicts and self-interest that clouded him during that particular phase. Done in ‘gouache’ techniue using water colour, glass markers and charcoal, his creations are visually stimulating and thought-provoking but are unlikely to find place in people’s drawingrooms. The exhibition is on till August 3.



Nasseeruddin’s son adjudged best orator
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 29
The All-India Frank Anthony Memorial Debate Championship. (IInd stage) witnessed a neck and neck competition by participants from eight schools finally giving away the best speaker award to celebrity son Imaad Shah from Doon School who not only did his father, Nasseeruddin Shah, proud but also helped his school to win the best team award. The event was organised by St. Stephen’s School on the school premises in Sector 45 here today.

Imaad and his team member, Umang Dua, showed quick grasp over the subject matter and spoke convincingly on “21st century lifestyles have robbed children of the joys of childhood.” The topic was delivered to all the participants only an hour before starting of the debate, compelling them to talk from their experience which brought a sense of freshness and spontaneity to the event.

The teams who participated in the debate today included — Assumption Convent School, Abohar, Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar. Doon School, Dehra Dun, Welham Girls School, Dehra Dun, Mayo College Girls School, Ajmer, St Kabir Public School, Chandigarh, St. Joseph’s Convent School, Jallandhar, and the host team.

The second position went to Arjun Channi from YPS, SAS Nagar, and the third position went to Yasha Sharma of Welham Girls School.The panel of judges comprised Mr Derek Gomez, Head of Saupin’s School, Chandigarh, Mr James Norman, Head of St. James School, SAS Nagar and Mr Aubrey Roberts, Chief Executive of Saupin’s School. The event was chaired by Ms Margaret Rosario, senior lecturer at West Thames College, London.

She was happy at the standard, the participants showed at the competition. Ms Rosario, who is a product of Carmel Convent, Chandigarh, said the Indian education system enjoyed a few advantages over the British education system like emphasis on good handwriting, right spellings and classroom discipline.

“But there exists a wide gulf between the private schools and the government schools and the latter is in need of a lot of improvement to compete with the international standard,” said Ms Rosario referring to the standard of public speaking and spoken English. Ms Rosario, who is teaching spoken English to all age groups in London, said the concept of evening schools can work out to elevate the English speaking problem. 



Garhwali music album released
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 29
A Garhwali music album “Samdi Dorolya” by two noted singers, Harleen Kaur and Gurinder Chauhan, was released at a local hotel in Sector 35 here today. For Mohali-based Harleen Kaur, a classical and folk singer, this is a new experience altogether which required her to understand the rhythm and music of Garhwal to do justice to the lyrics.

Harleen, who learnt the Indian classical vocal under the tutelage of Pt. Bhim Sain Sharma, has carved a niche for herself in the world of classical and folk music and dance. Harleen has committed to teach Indian classical music and dance to students of Pracheen Kala Kendra.

Produced by Rama Cassette Company, Delhi, the album comprises nine melodious songs capturing the culture of Garhwal. The lyrics for songs have been written by Ganesh Viran and music composed by Sham Lal Pouri. Renowned Garhawli singer Anuradha and lyricist Ganesh Viran launched the album.


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