Monday, September 16, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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‘Internet cannot supplant books’
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
“Internet and e-books can only supplement but never supplant the print media. Similar fears were expressed earlier at the time of introduction of movies and television, but the books remained a part and parcel of everyone’s life,” said the chief guest and eminent jurist and constitutional expert, Dr L. M. Singhvi, at the 52nd annual general body meeting of the Delhi State Booksellers and Publishers Association (DSBPA) held here on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr S. K. Bhatia, president of the DSBPA, said that it was the oldest association of Delhi in the field of publishing and bookselling and was founded in 1942. It was the largest organisation of its kind and was a registered body.

Mr Bhatia regretted that the government had not allotted any piece of land to the association for housing its office and library although they had applied more than 12 years ago.

The guest of honour, Dr O. P. Kejriwal, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, said that there had been no great revolution in the book publishing and distribution industry as happened in other fields of science and technology.

On this occasion, DSBPA awards were presented to the best publishers, sellers, librarians and art promoters of Delhi by Dr L. M. Singhvi and Dr O. P. Kejriwal.

Veteran book publishers Brahm Vir Gupta of Metropolitan Book Co and A S Datta of Datta Book Centre were awarded for their 50 years of contribution. Mr Suprabhat Majumdar, Director, Central Secretariat Library, Mr A. K. Gakhar, Librarian, Indira Gandhi National Arts Centre, and Mr Sunil Sachdeva of Allied Publishers were awarded for their lifetime contribution to publishing. Other awardees include art promoter Amarjit Singh Kohli, chairman of Sakha, artiste Geeta Saxena and social worker Kamlesh.



MDUTA accuses authorities of discrimination
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, September 15
After the Maharshi Dayanand University Non-teaching Employees’ Association, it is the MDU Teachers’ Association (MDUTA) which condemned the university administration for what it called ‘undemocratic style of functioning, discriminatory policies, financial irregularities and commercialisation of education.’

Addressing newsmen here this afternoon, Mr Vazir Nehra, president, MDUTA alleged that the Association had written hundreds of letters to the vice-chancellor, Maj-Gen(Retd) Bhim Singh Suhag, demanding immediate check on the above said irregularities and malpractices.

They alleged, however, that repeated appeals have fallen on deaf ears. He alleged that the vice-chancellor continued to harass several teachers in different ways to benefit certain selected teachers.

He alleged this was evident from the fact that over 20 ‘aggrieved’ teachers of the university had to seek shelter of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Mr Nehra alleged that the University administration had intentionally withheld the cases of promotion and revision in pay scales of certain teachers to victimise them.

Besides, he alleged the university administration committed large-scale irregularities and violated all the rules and regulations in the matter of house allotment to teaching and non-teaching employees.

He said although the Supreme Court had abolished the facility of discretionary quota, the vice-chancellor obliged several of his ‘favourite’ teachers and non-teaching employees by allotting them houses out of turn and thus deprived others of their constitutional rights.

Moreover, he said it was strange that the teachers and the non-teaching employees had to wait for up to 15 years for house allotment, while the university authorities claimed that it had no paucity of funds for carrying out construction work and other development works.

The MDUTA leaders alleged that the university administration committed irregularities in the courses of B.Ed., Physical Education and those being run by Directorate of Distance Education, which had tarnished the image of the university in the eyes of the masses.

Besides, he alleged rules were set aside in the appointments of Deans and Heads of different departments.

He cautioned that if the University administration continued such ‘irregularities’ and ‘malpractices’, it would vitiate the academic atmosphere as well as disturb the harmony among the employees.


Students vow to fight terrorism tooth and nail
Smriti Kak

An investiture ceremony took place at Guru Harkrishan Public School, India Gate. Prefects chosen for the year 2002-03, were handed badges and given certificates by the Chairman of the school, Mr Gian Singh and Vice-chairman, Mr Kulwant Singh Arora.

Principal, Mr Inderjeet Singh Narang administered the oath. The former head boy and head girl of the school handed over the school flag to their successors. While Amrit Pal Singh was elected head boy, Gurbani Kaur was elected the head girl. Jasmeet Singh Johar and Praveshika Pelai were selected the deputy head boy and girl respectively and Sarbjit Singh and Divya Sharma have been elected sports captains.

The school also organised an inter-house patriotic song competition to commemorate September 11. The students, through the songs, expressed solidarity with the rest of the world in the fight against terrorism. The competition was adjudged by Ms Bharti from GHPS, Hemkunt Colony and Mr Rathod from GHPS, Vasant Vihar. While Baba Jujhar Singh House bagged the first prize, the second prize went to Baba Zorawar Singh House.

RoboKnights 2002

A robotics workshop, RoboKnights 2002, was recently conducted in Delhi Public School, R K Puram, by the Robotics Laboratory of the school. Chairman of DPS Society, Mr Narendra Kumar, inaugurated the workshop and emphasised on the need for students to go beyond classroom education and learn through experiments.

The workshop was conducted with the aid of the robotic team called Build Robots Create Science (BRCS) under the guidance provided by Amitabha Mukherjee, IIT Kanpur.

The team conducted many successful workshops throughout the country. A few students from Vasant Valley School, along with those of DPS, participated in the workshop. Blending beauty with science these students built some amazing robots.

The students had fun participating in a competition called ‘Tug-o-Robo’, where students were grouped into six teams to build the ultimate super robot.

‘Kallu Pehalwan’ was chosen visually appeasing and hence the winner of the beauty contest and ‘Longshort’ was the over all winner. Science is fun, whoever dare deny that!

Talent competition

No kidding, it’s a dance show
No kidding, it’s a dance show, organised by Summer Fields School.

Summer Fields School organised a talent competition to mark its Golden Jubilee celebrations. More than 500 students participated in the events, including the dance show, which seemed to have attracted a major share of attention.

Among others events were poster-making, drawing and colouring, fancy dress and a baby show. Principal of the school Rachna Pant gave away the prizes and pointed out that an event such as this helps to bring out the best in each student.

Discovery Kids Quiz

With an aim to educate though entertainment, Discovery Channel has announced a challenging yet enjoyable quiz for kids.

The Discovery Kids Quiz is set to cover 18 cities, 200 schools and 11 lakh students. The quiz is divided into two levels - junior for classes V and VI and senior for classes VII and VIII. One junior and one senior team chosen from each of the 18 cities will compete in the finals, scheduled to be held in the Capital in November later this year. A preliminary round will be held in 18 cities to choose the finalists. With Quiz Master Derek O’Brien the quiz is sure going to keep the adrenaline flowing.

Talent fair

The Amity International students win their spurs
The Amity International students win their spurs.

Students of Amity International, Manesar, swept the inter-school talent fair activity 2002, held at Siri Fort Auditorium. And it bagged 21 top prizes.

In events such as debating, recitation, performing arts, newsletter designing, face-painting, vegetable carving and essay-writing the students ensured that they grab the medals and the top position.

They also managed to get the first prize for English solo song, tattoo making and calligraphy. Sanah Ganjoo of Class VIII was awarded the best student coordinator and a free trip to Bangalore. The Amitians were also adjudged as the best dressed school. Congratulations!

Yoga camp

A daylong yoga camp was organised at Children’s Valley School, Preet Vihar. Delhi Health Minister, A. K. Walia inaugurated the camp, which was organised in collaboration with the Bapu Nature care, a society for health.

About 40 students of the school participated in the camp, which taught them the basics of yoga. These students were also taught how Yoga helps them live a healthy life. (Input from Nalini Ranjan)



Tolerance and peace: The wonder words

For a fortnight, both the visual and the print media, have been focussing on September 11 tragedy that took place last year. Maybe, this is meant to serve as a tribute to the innocents who died, but more than that it has stirred the anger and bitterness, which may have mitigated somewhat in a year’s time.

If the goal, as claimed is peace and freedom from fear, then surely a certain amount of restraint would be more desirable. An emotionally charged response can only be hysterical and instant.

Anger is a destructive emotion. Prefix ‘d’ to it and it becomes ‘Danger’. Anger begets only anger. It leaves one frustrated and bewildered and filled with unfounded fears. In anger one loses self-control over oneself, the faculty to analyse and hold a dialogue.

Increase in communal violence, insane crimes and inhuman behaviour makes us wonder why there is so much intolerance in this so-called progressive and educated world. Has technical advancement made us insensitive, impatient and intolerant? We are filled with a feeling of insecurity. Those who possess fame, power and money feel threatened and those who don’t feel deprived and angry. While all these bring in greed and other negative emotions, what is important is to be at peace with oneself.

Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Dialogue must begin, first of all within oneself. If we cannot make peace within, how can we hope to bring peace in the world?”

No wars can bring peace, no carnage can bring communal harmony and no acts of personal vendetta can settle the disputes.

Tolerance is the magical word. Swami Vivekananda’s talisman of tolerance is a vibrant civilisation message to the world torn with the differences of ideology and culture.

Had Ravana who was a role model for all those who need to manage anger listened to Rama’s version of the story, instead of flaring up on hearing Shrupnakha’s story the bloodshed could have been well avoided.

Do we hear the other side of the story patiently? Do we respect other people’s beliefs and views? Do the sufferings of others touch us? If we can answer these posers with a ‘yes’ we have taken a step towards peace.

A matchstick has a head, but not a brain. With the slightest friction it flares up immediately. We have a head with brains and discerning power. We should not flare up. Be it in a classroom, a national or global scenario, tolerance can bring peace and harmony.

Our approach has to be spiritual, not emotional, expressed through compassion and acts of generosity and humane approach. These help us build strong bridges and establish a peaceful world order.

Madhu Chandra, Principal, Birla Vidya Niketan



School club lauded for community work
Our Correspondent

Noida, September 15
Members of the Rotary Club pinned badges on the new office-bearers of the Interact Club of Vishwa Bharati Public School at its induction ceremony. Ishita Biswas was elected the president of the Interact Club. Ishita Biswas has won laurels for the school by participating and representing the school in many inter-school competitions.

The chief guest for the occasion was Mr Govind Sahani, assistant governor, New Generations, Rotary Club of Noida. In his address, he emphasised the need for students to interact with each other and exchange ideas and take up community development projects with the assistance of the Rotary Club.

Mr Subash Chopra, president of the Rotary Club, assured the students of all help and guidance in all their endeavours. Major Dalbir, who was instrumental in starting the Interact Club activities way back in 1996 at Vishwa Bharati, praised the students of the school for their commitment and enthusiasm. He said that he was indeed impressed by the their activities in orphanages and old age homes.

Former ‘Interactors’ were felicitated with certificates for their contributions and efforts towards the club and its various activities. The principal, Mrs Veena Bhasin, appreciated the work put forth by the ‘Interactors’ and also by the Rotary Club in motivating students to put their best foot forward. She added that the aims of education in Vishwa Bharati were exactly the same as the goals of the Interact Club - character building and development of wholesome personality of the students who are sensitive to the issues of the community and the society around them.



Ignou to set up FM stations at 40 centres
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 15
Indira Gandhi Open University (Ignou) has announced the setting up of FM radio stations at 40 centres across the country to facilitate education under Gyan Vani.

The first FM radio station was inaugurated in Ahemadabad and Bangalore in November last year. Four other radio stations in Coimbatore, Lucknow, Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam are under test run. Of the 40 radio stations, Madhya Pradesh is going to have three, one each at Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur. The focus is also to set up television transmission under Gyan Darshan programme channels. The first such channel, inaugurated about two years ago, now telecasts programmes round the clock. Four more channels will be activated soon.


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