Sunday, August 18, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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CBSE to hold conclave on professional development
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, August 17
The Council of Boards of Secondary Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of HRD, is organising a three-day conference for the professional development of officers of different school education boards in the country from the August 19 to the 21.

With more than 20 boards expected to participate in the event scheduled to be held in the Capital, objectives pertaining to efficient management of board examinations, trends and exam reforms like grading and strengthening of school-based evaluation will be discussed.

The participants will deal with subjects like the future of the boards, areas of national and international concern-disaster management, reflecting new concerns in curriculum and inclusive education on the first day. The second day will have presentations being made on resource support to secondary education, reflecting values and our cultural dimensions in content and process of education and a panel discussion on examination reforms.

The conference will wind up with studying the implications of WTO and GATS and there will also be a presentation and finalisation of group reports.


19 hurt in student, police clash
Our Correspondent

Alwar, August 17
At least 19 people, including six policemen and 13 students, were injured in an incident that took place here on Saturday.

According to reports, the students clashed with the police during the filing of nominations for the students’ union elections in Government Postgraduate College in the Rajgarh town. The police sources said that the clash occurred following a dispute between the college employees and the followers of a student nominee over the prescribed age limit for filing the nomination.

What began as a heated argument, later turned ugly as students reportedly attacked the college Proctor, Mr G. R. Verma.

Students allegedly pelted stones at the policemen who had been called in after hearing about the incident. The police in return resorted to mild lathi charge. Six policemen and 13 students were reported injured in the ensuing clash. The injured are being treated at a local hospital. Sources informed that the police have rounded 20 students in this regard.


Schoolchildren organise tree plantation drive
Our Correspondent

Noida, August 17
Vishwa Bharati Public School, Noida, celebrated the Vanamahotsava by presenting a unique show of songs and skits, showcasing the importance of preserving the environment.

As part of the Vanamahotsava, the Interact Club organised a tree plantation drive. The members of the Rotary Club of Noida were present to encourage and guide the students.

Addressing the students, Major Dalbir, director, youth services of Rotary Club, said the students of Vishwa Bharati should take proper care of the saplings and protect it.

The ‘Interactors’ then adopted a plant each to mark the friendship day. The members of the school management and staff were also present on the occasion.

Mr Arora, Forest Officer, Noida Authority, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Mr Arora, in his address, said that he was impressed by the efforts of the students and their awareness about the need to preserve the environment. He asked the students to plant more trees.

A student representative from each class presented a potted plant to the school principal, Mrs Veena Bhasin. The whole exercise was meant to make the students conscious about their surroundings and the need for its maintenance.

Meanwhile, the swearing-in-ceremony of the Vishwa Bharati student council was conducted with the usual enthusiasm on the school campus.

The office bearers took the solemn oath to live up to the high standards set by the school and keep the flag of Vishwa Bharati flying.

Bhim Kaul and Vatsala Kakroo were sworn in as the head boy and head girl respectively. Both Bhim and Vatsala are keen debaters and have represented their school in various inter-school competitions and have won laurels for their school.

Arpan and Ishita Biswas were chosen as the vice-head boy and vice-head girl respectively.

Both Arpan and Ishita have made their marks in both academics as well as in extracurricular activities.

The team promised to live up to the expectations and lead from the front. The various house captains were also sworn in on the same day.


Founder-principal cremated
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
The founder principal and director of Cambridge Foundation School, Mr Bhram Dutt Verma, was cremated last evening at Punjabi Bagh crematorium. He was 85-year-old.

The members of the managing committee and the PTA of the school attended the cremation. Officials of the Directorate of Education along with the teaching and staff of the school were present to pay their homage.

Mr Verma, born on June 2, 1917, was a great scholar, historian, eminent educationist, sports lover and a philanthropist. He worked for the upliftment of the weaker section of the society. He started the Radhakishan Charitable Dispensary for the weaker sections of the society. He was instrumental in starting various sports tournament such as Radhakishan Memorial basketball, kho kho, volleyball, and cricket tournaments, both at the zonal and regional levels.


HC gives wake-up call to MCD
Told to clear illegal constructions in ‘urbanised’ villages
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17
In a significant development, the Delhi High Court has asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to start removing unauthorised constructions in ‘urbanised’ villages by the middle of next week and come out with an action plan for clearing all such encroachments by Tuesday.

Stating that this was the final opportunity for the authorities to wake up, a Division Bench comprising Justices A D Singh and Mukul Mudgal directed the civic body to start action in one area and report its progress by August 20 along with a time-schedule for similar action in other such areas of the city.

While seeking an explanation for the gross violations in such ‘urbanised’ villages, the court also called for the presence of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Vice-Chairman on the next date of hearing.

What were the authorities doing when such unauthorised constructions and encroachments were taking place all over Delhi? the Bench asked, and observed that probably the authorities would take notice of such activities, taking place behind their back, after they start affecting them.

Earlier, the MCD had informed the high court that large-scale unauthorised construction was on at the `urbanised’ villages.

In an affidavit, filed by Chief Town Planner MCD V K Bugga, the Corporation has said that of the 369 villages in the national Capital, 135 had been declared ‘urban’ and in these the ‘lal dora’ (periphery for construction activities) ceases to exist.

Besides haphazard development within the ‘urbanised’ villages, unauthorised construction was being undertaken on a large scale by the villagers in blatant violation of the building by-laws.

It was submitted that the people in ‘urban’ villages did not get building plans sanctioned before undertaking any construction and, as a result, there has been widespread unauthorised construction.

In the absence of wider roads and given the existing haphazard and dense built-up area within a village, these unauthorised constructions further strain the available civic amenities/public facilities, resulting in deteriorating living standards, the affidavit said.

The DDA, in its affidavit, filed through Director (DC) Surendra Srivastwa, has said all rural villages lie exclusively in the jurisdiction of the MCD and the DDA has no jurisdiction on development of these villages other than those rural villages which fell in its development area.

Most ‘urban’ villages were in the jurisdiction of the MCD, which was statutorily bound to undertake development of such settlements as per the master plan, the affidavit said.

Till 1985, development plans were prepared by the DDA; but since then all plans were being prepared by the MCD, it said.

It was further submitted that the Central government had formulated a scheme for the development of 96 ‘urban’ villages under its five-year plans.

The DDA was required to implement the scheme for development in respect of 72 villages whereas 24 villages were assigned to the MCD.

The development work started in 1979-80 and, on its completion in 1988, the schemes were handed over to the MCD, it added.

It was, however, mentioned that the DDA was undertaking developmental urban extension projects in Rohini, Dwarka and Narela. It has identified four villages — Humbar Hai, Kakrola, Lado Sarai and Tikri Kalan — for development as s ‘model villages’ in Delhi.

With the provision of requisite amenities and facilities, a conscious effort has been made to ensure integration of urban villages with the general development in the city. The court was dealing with a petition of public interest (PIL) filed by advocate P Chakravarty seeking to check illegal construction in urban villages of the city.


United colours of Independence
Our Correspondent

One of the exhibits at the MEC Art Gallery.New Delhi, August 17
Even as the nation is celebrating the 55th year of Independence, there are bondages that refuse to go. It is these bondages, exhibited in a rickshaw puller’s sweat, a drought-hit farmer’s suicide and dogs who fight with humans for food in a trashcan, that have been faithfully translated on to the canvas.

Statistics and the volumes of official compendium may have another story to tell, but the picture of India as captured by the artists, scream a story which is a reality that meets us on the street, around the corner and anywhere we care to stop and take notice.

Whether they are the strokes of a paintbrush or scribbles from a pen, art and creativity that emanates from the seed of imagination, seldom yield to physical or mental boundaries. Freedom to an artist is an extension of his or her creative self. Unlike the conscience-keepers, they do not judge, yet, like a mirror they reflect the truth as it stares us in our faces.

Fifty-five artists, equipped with their creativity and the strength of freedom, have got together to display the nation after 55 years of freedom in the Capital’s MEC Art Gallery.

These artists have brought together the freedom and the failings of the nation and they are proud to claim that they enjoy the freedom to present their work in the 56th year of the country’s independence. In the words of these artists, it is their way of keeping the spirit of Independence alive.

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