Monday, October 14, 2002, Chandigarh, India


N C R   S T O R I E S


Role of culture in realm of studies stressed
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 13
Why are psychologists and behavioural scientists interested only in differences and not in similarities? How come the focus of studies and research is individuals only? Eminent psychologist and University Grants Commission professor emeritus of psychology, Prof Sagar Sharma, posed these pertinent queries as keynote speaker in the valedictory session of a two-day national seminar on “Individual Differences and Behaviour”, which concluded here last evening. The seminar was organised by the Psychology Department of Maharshi Dayanand University.

Prof Sagar Sharma said that emulating western concepts of psychology in India would not help as India has by and large a reactive culture. The concept of external-internal control does not hold good in this country. Here, there is more of ‘we’ and less of ‘I’, whereas in the West it’s the other way round. Professor Sharma called for including culture in the realm of studies and research and made a fervent plea for research in the realm of social context. He said that factors like environmental degradation, corruption and politics-influenced society etc were all stress-catalysts. These factors too must form a part of the studies. In the context of gender differences, Professor Sharma talked about the basic differences in their communication pattern.

The chief guest of the valedictory session, Dr R. K. Chauhan, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Jambheshawar University, Hisar, said great changes in ethical, social, religious, cultural and economic aspects were causing individual and group differences. He talked about identity crisis and emotional vacuum as the grey areas looming large over the youth. Unfulfilled aspirations causing frustration among the masses is another contributory factor of differences. He lauded the efforts of the Psychology Department of M D University in organising a national seminar on such a burning issue.

Delivering the presidential address, Maj-Gen Bhim Singh Suhag (retd) acknowledged the existence of individual differences. However, he made a plea for harmonising the differences to make a livable society. He pointed out the significant role behavioural scientists and psychologists could play in this regard. He quoted the example of armed forces where psychologists used to play a key role in selecting ‘effective leaders’ as officers.

The convenor of the national seminar, Prof Rajbir Singh, presented a report about the two-day national seminar. He informed that 270 delegates from all over the country took part in the seminar. He said 131 papers were presented in 10 technical sessions and 13 resource persons took part in the seminar. An inter-disciplinary approach to the focal theme was the highlight of the seminar. Dr Saroj Arora, Secretary, Praachi Psycho-Cultural Research Association, co-organiser of the seminar, informed the gathering about the activities of the association as well as the proceedings of the 6th national conference of the association, which took place during the seminar.



JNU poll process gets under way 
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, October 13
The polling process for the JNU Students’ Union got under way yesterday with the announcement of the election schedule by the Election Commission. Polling will take place on November 8 and the results will be declared the next day by 9:30 p.m. when the Election Commission hands over the charge of the university to the elected union.

The nominations must be filed on October 20-21 while withdrawal of papers is possible till 5 p.m. on October 24. The campaigning will begin on October 26; the 12-day campaign period concludes on November 6 with the presidential debate at the Jhelum Hostel Lawns.

Campaigning by students in JNU elections is toned down compared to the loud shenanigans that their counterparts in Delhi University indulge in, which is an outcome of the strict adherence to the election code of conduct. The parties are allocated specific days in the 11 hostel messes, where they are allowed to address public meetings after 9 p.m. Public meetings in open spaces are strictly prohibited, the only concession being made on the final day. The allocations take place on October 26 through a simple draw. According to Sowesh Patnaik, Election Commission Chairperson: “JNU elections are extremely orderly and follow a strict code of conduct. The nominees only have the medium of public meetings or one-to-one interaction to garner student support.”

The election for student representatives to the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment are being held alongside the union elections and will follow the same schedule.

The relatively low student strength in JNU – compared to DU – does not deter the major student parties from ‘actively’ taking part in the elections, which entails a politically charged atmosphere for 25 days on the JNU campus.



Conquering the world by winning oneself
Smriti Kak

A divinity seminar was organised at GHPS, Shahdara in collaboration with the Gurudwara Management Committee. The theme of the seminar was ‘The One Who has won himself, has conquered the world’. Students read out their views on the subject. The guests included Mr Tarsem Singh, chairman, DSGMC, Charam Pracharak Committee and Mr Bhupinder Singh, vice-chairman GTB Khalsa College.

The seminar shed light on the thought that to win one must control one’s desires, develop patience, be polite and compassionate. A good human being should conquer evils like greed, lust and pride.

Environment Day

 Students celebrating Environment Day
Students celebrating Environment Day. 

Shaheed Bishan Singh Memorial Senior Secondary School celebrated the Environment Day last week. A rally was organised by the school to create awareness about environment issues. The school principal, Mr. S B Singh, vice-principal, Mrs Satwant Kaur, staff secretary, Mrs H.J.Singh, Mrs Ravinder Kaur, Mrs Sukhbir Kaur and Suba Suhdev Singh planted saplings in the school premises.

Around 50 saplings were planted along the route of the rally in Mansarover Garden. Students also performed street plays to draw the attention of the people. Among those who took part was president of National Alkali Dal, Mr Paramjeet Singh Pamma.

March for peace

To mark the ‘International decade for peace and non-violence’ for the children of the world, a peace march was organised by Kulachi Hansraj Model School, Ashok Vihar. Over 500 children and teachers participated in the march, which started from the senior school in phase III. The march was organised to develop a better understanding of the concept of peace and non-violence in the community. Preceding the march, the students took part in various events like poster making, poem writing and slogan writing.

Heritage India Quiz

The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has announced the results of the first written round of the ‘Heritage India Quiz 2002’. The written round was conducted on September 7 across 55 centres in the country. More than 700 CBSE affiliated schools participated in the event.

Of these, 64 schools have been selected for the zonal round of the quiz. The zonal will be conducted in eight cities in November. The zonal round will culminate in the national quarter- finals, semi-finals, and finals, which will be held in Delhi in December later this year.

Skating contest

Schoolchildren with their roller skate prizes
Schoolchildren with their roller skate prizes.

An inter-school roller skating contest was organised by Amity, Manesar. The hallmarks of the event were pride and perseverance. Twelve schools participated in the event. Students participated with a zeal and enterprise that are the real characteristics of a sportsman. This annual event has a running trophy for the school with an outstanding result.

Amity notched up 102 points, while Ryan International bagged the second position with 35 points. DPS, Gurgaon, came third with 19 points.

Rittu Saini and Deepanshu Saini of Amity won the best skaters award. The meet was declared open with the oath taking ceremony, bequeathing the participants with the solemnity of the occasion, while the fusion dance form by the students and the welcome song, enhanced the spirit of the occasion.

Among those who were present were Mr R. P. Singh, Chairman and MD, Power Grid, Dr Sunil Saran, director, Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Mr M. M. Luther, writer and philosopher, Dr Ashok Chauhan and Dr Amita Chauhan.

Principal honoured

An award for excellence was presented to Ms Rachna Gupta, principal, Bal Bhavan Public School. In recognition of her outstanding contribution in the field of education, the Rotary Delhi Vikas, presented the award to her.

Different Strokes

Jaspal Kaur Public School organised ‘Different Strokes’, a two-day inter-school bonanza. The festival had a host of activities including an English debate, extempore, stage your act and a science quiz.

Chairman of GHPS, Vasant Vihar, Mr Surjit Singh, was present at the opening ceremony. More than 20 schools participated in the various activities and were judged by well-known personalities from the field of art, science and mathematics. Vice-chairperson, Mrs Rasna Singh and Brother Joy Joseph, principal, Mont Fort, presided over the closing ceremony and gave away the prizes. The winning teams were from Mont Fort, Manav Sthali, Bal Bharti, Holy Child and the host school.



‘Forgive and forget to experience true happiness’

There was once a man who had two sons. The younger one asked his father for his share of property. He then sold his share and left home with the money. He went to a far away land, where he wasted his money in reckless living and soon was left without anything.

There was a severe famine in the country and he had nothing to eat. He went to work in a citizen’s farm, who sent him to take care of his pigs. He wished he could eat even the pig feed to fill his stomach, but no one gave him anything.

He soon came to his senses and decided to seek forgiveness from his father. He would tell him, “Father, I have sinned against God and you. I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers”. When his father saw him, his heart was filled with pity and when the son sought his forgiveness, he threw his arms around him, called for the best robes to be put on him and celebrated his homecoming. When the elder son protested, he told him, “Your brother was dead, but now he is alive, he was lost, but now he has been found”. And so the feasting began (Biblical parable).

The son had repented his recklessness and the father had shown true godliness in his “forgiveness”, and shown his son the right path. Thus, there was true happiness. Forgive and forget–these words act like alchemy to cleanse the heart of any misgivings, grudges and bitterness and purify the gold within, for when “you are good to others, you are best to yourself”. You feel light hearted and experience true happiness. This positive attitude works wonders, not only for yourself but also for all those around you.

To forgive only through words does not serve any purpose. The forgiveness must come from the heart, for only then can a healthy relationship be restored. When you harbour negative feelings, you hurt yourself the most, for you become “garbage collectors” and keep the rot within.

When little children err, parents readily forgive them. They do not bear any grudges and through this spontaneous and natural gesture, they inculcate in their children the true values of life and teach them an important lesson – “forgive and forget”.

Those who fail to do so cripple the child’s self esteem. The child is bewildered at the lack of guidance and support and the harsh criticism fills him with bitter resentment. Thus often, the normal growth of the child is affected.

As we go through the journey of life, we make many mistakes-at school, at workplace and in social interactions but find it difficult to seek forgiveness and more difficult to forgive, for we see only others’ failings and not our own. And, when we do forgive, we often make the other feel that their action is undeserving of being forgiven and we are doing a favour by doing so. Such an approach can only beget ill feelings and resentment.

Therefore, it is necessary to adopt a positive attitude. When the other realises and admits that he has made a mistake, congratulate him and give him a way out to save his face.

If we don’t let him save face, we are hurting his self-esteem. This will certainly come in the way of friendship, work and human relationship. Only when we can truly pray to God “… to forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…” can we make the world a finer place-in this lies true redemption.

Madhu Chandra, Principal, Birla Vidya Niketan



IGNOU invites applications for computer courses
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 13
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has invited applications for admission to the Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) and Masters in Computer Application (MCA) courses for the next academic year.

The last date for submission of application forms for the BCA and MCA courses is October 15 with a late fee of Rs 50. The application forms can be obtained from the IGNOU headquarters in the Capital as well as from the regional centres of the university.

In a statement released here, IGNOU has quoted a status report on the placement information.

It said a large number of IGNOU students pursuing computer courses had been suitably placed in reputed national and multinational companies. Some of the corporates, which had absorbed IGNOU students,included Microsoft Corporation, Wipro-Spectramind, HCL Info Systems Ltd, CMS Computers Ltd, Robert Bosch India Ltd, Tata Steel, Rasheed Almakhwai Establishment, Dubai Vedika Software Pvt Ltd and VXL Instruments Ltd.


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