Sunday, August 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Police involves students in counselling work
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
Beginning from today, graduates from four reputed educational institutions of the city will regularly visit the Women and Child Support Unit (formerly the Crime Against Women Cell) in Sector 17 and join the process of counselling the parties involved in outstanding disputes. Being experimented for the first time in Chandigarh, this ambitious project of the UT Police Department will utilise the knowledge of students pursuing psychology as a subject in colleges to the benefit of conflicting parties, mainly women and children.

Inspired by the dearth of counsellors at the Women and Child Support Unit which receives an average of three complaints of different nature on every working day, UT police authorities have decided to involve psychology students in the matters of counselling victims. The novel project took a concrete shape this morning when 25 students of third year BA (psychology) course from GCG, Sector 11 and another 20 of MA (psychology) course from Government Home Science College visited the unit’s compound to get a feel of things they would be required to do shortly.

Talking to the Tribune about the project, the SP (Operations), Mr H.G.S. Dhaliwal, who also briefed the students about problems of women who seek police help, said, “Our unit receives about 600 complaints in a year. Most of the disputes are marital in nature and have often been spurred by demand for dowry. We have about 30 NGOs working with us. They send some counsellors to help these women resolve matters and reconcile. But lately we have been feeling the need to have more counsellors. And we thought the best thing would be to involve students, who are getting theoretical knowledge of psychology at their institutions. The idea is to channelise their energy and help women and children who are suffering.”

Meanwhile, the group of GCG, Sector 11 students who visited the compound and saw how the, unit functions, seemed to be looking forward to counselling sessions with women. Dr Reetinder Kohli, lecturer, Department of Psychology, GCG-11, who accompanied the students at their maiden visit to the unit today, said, “This kind of interaction will help students gain professional vision. It will take them away from theory and help them practically relate with the psychology of women involved in marital and other disputes. Although the students will not be the decision makers in the process of counselling here and will only work in tandem with professional counsellors, the opportunity will open new doors to them. They can enrich themselves with psychological aspects involved in real life cases and they can also learn how to handle them with care. For them it is a great learning experience. This project has full support of the College principal.”

To begin with, the police authorities have chosen students from four educational institutions — GCG, Sector 11, Home Science College, MCM DAV College and PU’s MA Psychology class — for participating in counselling sessions.



Plan to start vocational courses in colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
Panjab University plans to initiate vocational subjects at the first year undergraduate level, preparing students at least for ‘middle-level skill demanding jobs’, apart from the routine ‘generalist teaching’ which as such did not promise any jobs.

Most importantly these courses can be done along with normal undergraduate degree courses. The vocational courses pertain to a wide-range of fields, including office-desk, clothing and laboratories.

A circular of the University Grants Commission stressing concentration on vocational subjects was taken up by a PU committee, which has recommended acceptance of the circular. The committee also deliberated on how to go about these. It was pointed out that at least 43 colleges in the university already offered 21 vocational subjects. New interested colleges will have to apply afresh.

This would mean that a student could do normal graduation and along side opt for a vocational subject. Earlier, a student could do either a vocational course or a graduation degree.

The UGC introduced vocationalisation of education scheme from 1994-95 onwards. The purpose of vocationalisation at the first-degree level was to ensure that students develop skills, knowledge and aptitude for gainful employment with major emphasis to be given on possibility of self-employment. Finer details with new additions and changes were worked out subsequently.

The document emphasised that “generalist education needs to be made career oriented so that rather than clamouring for administrative government jobs (which are in stagnation presently and are bound to decrease in the future), the trained generalist would find more openings at middle-level skill demanding employability. The UGC would like to encourage number of skill-oriented and value-added courses in the universities and colleges to be taken by the students in parallel while doing the degree programme for enhancement in skills and expertise”. These could be certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses done during three years.

The scheme plans that “ the universities will be encouraged to make their three-year structure more flexible so as to allow students to pursue both degree and utility-oriented programmes side by side”. The universities have been asked to make necessary changes at the university level so that the students can pursue skill-oriented vocational courses either in the first, second or third year of their normal course. The scheme that is being brought as part of the tenth plan will commence from the current session onwards.

One important suggestion with regard to the programme is that it could be started in the evening classes by the colleges. This would not hamper the normal classes and still benefit a large number of students. The UGC says: “if there are any other vocational courses that are being run in the institutions they could be converted into a certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses”.



PU students shifted to hospital
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
Two students of the Panjab University Students Union sitting on a chain fast at the Law Department of the university were today shifted to the General Hospital in Sector 16.

Yogesh of the Law Department and Abhay from the Philosophy Department were shifted to the General Hospital on the fourth day of their dharna. A team of university officials led by Prof Nirmal Singh, Dean Student Welfare, came to visit the site and asked for the shifting of the students to the hospital. Malwinder Singh Kang, PUSU president, said two more students would replace these students.

The students are sitting on a dharna with regard to the cancellation of Kang’s admission to the department for failing to attend 33 per cent lectures in the first 10 teaching days as per the university rules. The department said he had submitted a fake medical certificate, which has been denied by Kang.

Meanwhile, the rival student group, SOPU, is also agitating, seeking cancellation of his admission.

The university has given responsibility to Dr Deepak Manmohan, chairman of the Sheikh Baba Farid chair, to act as the mediator between the warring factions of students. He had the first round of talks with students yesterday. However, today he was out of station.



Saplings planted at GMHS-43
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
The issue of conservation of environment dominated the day in city government schools where special functions were organised as a part of the awareness drive, here today.

A sapling plantation function was held at Government Model High School, Sector 43. Saplings were planted by the chief guest, Mr Kuldip Singh, Municipal Councillor, President PTA, Mr S.S. Johal, Headmaster HM Bir Singh and senior citizens of Sector 43. The need for preserving vegetation to maintain ecological balance was stressed.

The Eagle Eco Club of GMHS-44 held a rally for spreading the message of protection of environment. As many as 250 students took part in the rally flagged off by the President of the Environment Society of India, Mr SK Sharma.

Later, led by Ms Surinder Kaur, Principal, the students planted saplings of Neem, Ashoka, Chandni, Amla and pledged to protect the environment.

Rally organised

The students of GSSS-20 D organised a “Sadhbhavna rally” to convey the message of unity and brotherhood. Holding colourful banners and placards, the students urged the public to be united to make progress.

The rally was flagged off by the Director, State Institute of Education, Ms S Tangri, and went around the entire sector. The rally ended at the school premises and was received by the Principal, Ms Jaswinder Kaur and teachers of the school.

Debate winners

Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, won the debate contest which saw a participation from 20 city schools, here today.

Organised at Tagore Theatre, the second place in the contest went to Vivek High School, Sector 38, and third position was bagged by St John’s, Sector 26.

The topics for the debate included “ Is India a truly secular country” and “Why India is not doing well in sports.” The children expressed their views in English and Hindi and cheering teams became more innovative, belting out innovative slogans. Lawrence Public School was declared the best cheering team of the day and won a cheque for Rs 1,100.



States, UT warned on benefit scheme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that “drastic orders” for enforcing financial restraints may have to be issued if finances were not arranged for the implementation of the National Benefit Scheme — evolved to help “the poorest among the poor” — by the Punjab and Haryana government, besides the Chandigarh Administration.

Taking up a civil writ petition, Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Ms Kiran Anand Lall of the High Court have also directed the respondents to file a status report giving details of their proposals regarding the allotment of budget for disbursing the amount under the scheme for 2002-03.

Coming down heavily on counsel for the two states, besides the Union Territory of Chandigarh, for not filing the status reports “because they had not received concrete instructions”, the Judges observed: “This gives an impression that neither the two state governments nor the Chandigarh Administration is interested in implementing the scheme evolved for the benefit of the poorest among the poorer in the society”. The Judges also fixed September 24 as the next date of hearing in the case.

It may be recalled that the High Court on July 18 had taken cognizance of the fact that the scheme had been transferred to the Punjab and Haryana Governments, besides the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

Notice of motion

Acting on a petition filed against Himachal Futuristics Communications Limited, Union of India and other respondents seeking directions for providing “new technology to remove security loopholes”, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice of motion for September 19.

In their petition taken up by the Bench, comprising Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi and Mr Justice N.K. Sud, Vishal Aggarwal and three other petitioners had earlier claimed that mobile phone could be cloned as HFCL was providing services by using CDMA-IS95A technology. The respondents should, however, be using CDMA 2000 IX technology, being used in other countries also. The petitioners had further alleged that the respondents were intentionally using the current technology and causing loss to the subscribers in the process, the petitioner had added.


In less than four years after an Amritsar district resident was booked by the police on the allegations of giving narcotic injections to youngsters, and for possessing drugs, Mr Justice Viney Mittal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has quashed the first information report registered against him.

Delivering the verdict, Mr Justice Mittal ruled: “The entire case against the petitioner has been set up on the basis that he was in possession of the drugs. The said drugs are manufactured drugs and are not covered under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. In the view of the matter, relying upon the judgements, I hereby quash the FIR dated October 1, 1998, against the petitioner.”



Notice issued in teacher’s case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 24
A local court today issued a notice to the state to file a reply acting on a bail plea moved by St Peter’s school teacher, S. Tyagi, in a case of criminal intimidation and an act intended to outrage the modesty of a girl registered against him. A case against the teacher had been registered under Sections 506 and 509 of the IPC.



Spanning classical nuances with aplomb
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 24
Music comes naturally to Dr Subhendu Ghosh. His expertise over the technicalities of Indian classical music which he harmoniously blended with emotions reflect a deep understanding. His performance left the audience grasping for more at the Bhaskar Rao Indoor auditorium at Pracheen Kala Kendra here this evening.

Staring the programme with bada khayal in raag “miya malhar” of Tansen, Subhendu with his silky voice set the background for the mood of ‘sawan’. His second presentation — a tarana “Deen o De Ta Na”, a composition by Ustad Nasir Khan in teen taal, brought out the finer nuances of Rampur gharana.

Whether it was his Bandish in raag “Kirwani” or a combination of a bhajan and thumri “Tore Bin Mohe Chain Nahi Brij” dipped in “Vatsalya bhava” , the artiste maintained the serenity and ‘swara’ of the compositions. His powerful stage performance coupled with his clear voice and proper enunciation of the bandishes made the programme a huge success. His concluding item in shingar rasa, a thumri “Bol Sanvre Mukh Wale Ab Bolo” set to raaga “khamaj” drew applause from the audience.

Dr Subhendu Ghosh, a Ph. D in Bio Physics from Jawaharlal Nehru University is an Associate Professor at the University of Delhi, South Campus. His education in music was initiated under the tutelage of Padmashree Ustad Ahmed Khan of Rampur gharana and later honed by Pandit Ramesh Nadkarni. Besides performing before live and television audiences all over India and aboard, Subhendu has directed and sung in commercial albums like “Sab Rangon ka Samavesh” and a ghazal “Khawab-e- sahar.”

As a music director Subhendu has directed music for a short telefilm “Imagine Kalpana” - a film on the life of the great freedom fighter Kalpana Dutt and documentary like “Asli Azadi” and “Apne Haque ke Liye”. He has also acted, directed and music directed in several plays.

Widening his sphere of activity from music, Subhendu has taken up culture as one of the important issues in social change and justice. Through the platform of his group “Pratidhwani”, he has been organising workshops on culture among the youth and the students and raising the question of values, human integrity and social duties.



Spiritual museum opened in Phase VII
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, August 24
A spiritual museum set up at the Rajyoga centre of the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Iswariya Vishwa Vidyalaya was opened to the public in Phase VII here today.

Built at a cost of Rs 3 lakh, the museum was completed in five months.

The creative designer of the museum is Puran Chand, who had come from Cuttack to complete the work. He has already created 20 such museums.

Mr Amir Chand, vice-president of the organisation, said the Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya had set up more than 7000 centres in 85 nations.



Sound and light shows to mark Janamashtami celebrations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Taking routine away from Janamashtami celebrations, the authorities of the local Goria Math in Sector 20 are all set to add a touch of exuberance to the festive occasion. For the first time in the city, devotees will get to witness the magnificence of science and religion at the same time, greeted as they will be by almost-live images of Lord Krishna, pouring sermons from the Bhagwadgita. Many special effects are being derived with the help of technical advisers, who have been hired by math authorities to structure a grand sound and light show on the occasion of Janamashtami on August 31.

Talking to The Tribune about the idea behind such a grand celebration, Brahmachari Sukdev Das, Public Relations in charge for the math, said, “We are here to propagate the greatness of God. Also, we want to initiate people into faith. Unless they share with us the tales of God’s greatness, they will not be inspired to profess religion. The idea is to attract people and narrate religious tales to them through the latest techniques.”

Following up the idea, six tableaux, laced with sound and light effects are being created on the math campus, at a cost of over Rs 1 lakh. The most massive structure is the 20 feet high clay sculpture of Lord Krishna. Yet another image is that of the Lord riding Arjuna’s chariot, while the latter is listening to Lord Krishna, who deliver the sermon: “I am fire; I am the moon; I am the sun.” As the image speaks out the words, impressions of fire, sun and moon will be created with the aid of special light and sound effects. Technical part of all tableaus is being looked after by Brahmachari Bhagwan Das from Mumbai. The artistic section is being handled by celebrated stone sculptor from Bihar, Jaiprakash.

There will be three sections on Krishna Lila, beginning from his “makhan chor lila” which features Krishna stealing butter from a pot. A monkey will be shown sitting at his feet, waiting for his share.

A technical team, arranging the show, has created special effects whereby Krishna’s image, with cream in hand, will move and feed the monkey before the devotees. In “godhun lila”, Krishna and the calf will be shown drinking milk from the cow. The last lila will be Krishna “janma lila”, which will tell the tale of his birth.

The effects of a raging Yamuna will be created on special curtains. Krishna’s birth will be showcased. The next part will show Vasudeva walking out of the cellar, with infant Krishna in a basketplaced on his head.

Apart from these, there is one tableau based on a sequence from Ramayana. The story is that Hanuman, who has just set out to search for a Ma Sita, is stopped by the demoness Sursa, who catches hold of his shadow. When he pleads her to let go, she challenges him to break free.

Hanuman begins to assume his majestic form. When the demoness gets busy opening her mouth accordingly, Hanumana instantly assumes a minute form and vanishes. The sequence will be presented as such. The show will be ready by the eve of Janamashtami and will go on till September 3. 


Structuring India, frame by frame
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 24
His frames feed on faith, which he has gathered from people he met and situations he encountered during his four years of stay in India. In love with capturing the mystique of India in his lens, Laurent de Gaulle, minces no words on how he adores this land of the divine. The element of spirituality, of hope even in hopelessness and of a promise of bright future is what draws this diabetic lensman towards India. No wonder he calls his show Eyes of Hope and structures it as a conscious tribute to the land he adores.

Mounted in the aid of Diabetic Self Care Foundation of India, the show reflects various faces of India — odd, interesting, vibrant and ugly. Finally each frame traps a wonderful moment, irrespective of its nature. The works span India, its people and situations, providing the viewer an insight into the photo artist’s mind. Laurent, who came here four years ago as an attache of the French Embassy, began touring this land in order to gratify his curiosity. As he moved from place to place, he discovered a magnificent world, essentially spiritual in leaning and very human in character.

That is what surfaces in Laurent’s frames — an India full of diversity and beauty. The black and white works are juxtaposed with colour prints to create a delightful visual effect. All proceeds from the show will be diverted towards the Foundation. It can be viewed at Alliance Francaise Art Gallery in Sector 36 here between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.



Crime thriller with fresh storyline
Sanjeev Singh Bariana

‘SOCH’ (Batra) is a crime thriller which stands out with a fresh storyline seldom attempted in Bollywood, which is filled with hackneyed settings for emotional and social dramas.

Sushen Bhatnagar has experimented portraying a psychopath’s mind which is set to contemporary family settings of the modern times where personal equations are undergoing a transformation. The faces of Sanjay Kapoor and Arbaz Khan do not command the crowd. The presentation, however, is full of action which is wrapped in pace.

Sanjay Kapoor is an established film star whose wife is jealous of the ‘friendly’ relation he shares with Raveena Tandon, his director. Sanjay does not love Raveena. His wife Aditi Govitrikar threatens to kill one among them or herself. Kapoor is followed by a crazy fan of his, Arbaz Khan.

It is, however, discovered that when Arbaz finds that his idol was not comfortable with his wife, he kills Aditi. In return, he asks Sanjay to kill his father, Danny Denzongpa because of a disturbed childhood. When Sanjay does not oblige, he kidnaps Raveena.

Tiku Talsania has done an interesting comic character of a man from Bihar who lands in Mumbai because he wants to commit murders. This he has decided because he wants to start a political career which he says was “impossible without a big name which comes only with a criminal background”.

The film also stars Mushtaq Khan, Vineet Kumar, MacMohan and Yunus Parvez. The music is by Jatin-Lalit; choreography by Rekha Chinni Prakash ; and action by Shahid Ali. Bhatnagar has also done the story and the screenplay. The film has been produced by Dr Wijahat Kareem along with co-producers Surheet Kareem and Rizwan Ullah.

‘Maine dil tujhko diya’ (KC and Bassi, SAS Nagar) does not traverse new cinematic grounds but is surely is an attraction for the young crowd. The presentation promises at least initial rushes. Sohail Khan, brother of Salman Khan and Arbaz Khan, who posed in front of the camera after failing to get a right face has done a rather decent job.

The story is set in the college environs with teenage love in the background of inter-group rivalry providing a suitable setting. The action love-story is a ‘masala’ movie which has good music in couple of the songs. If not a classic the film is a decent presentation.

The film has dialogues by Talat Jaani; action by Amin Jani; choreography by Ganesh Hegde; lyrics by Gufi Paintal, Faiz Anwar, Jalees; and music by Daboo Malik.

The film also stars Kabir Bedi, Dalip Tahil, Neeraj Vora, Asif Sheikh and Sarfraz Khan.


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