Friday, November 22, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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NCERT training on Braille computer begins
Tribune New Service

New Delhi, November 21
Armed with the aim to help maximise the independence of those with visual impairment, the NCERT has started a training programme on Braille Computer System Technology here today.

The programme, ‘e-learning for the visually impaired and technology transfer’, is being carried out in collaboration with the UNESCO.

The project will provide equitable access to learning by students with visual impairment and help them in pursuing their education goals.

The project makes use of the Braille display terminal and the zoom text. While the former is an electronic device that converts the text appearing on the monitor into Braille, the latter is a software for magnification for screen reading by children with low vision.

Inaugurating the programme here, Prof T. Miloudi, programme specialist, UNESCO, laid emphasis on the importance of inclusive education and the need for bringing the children with special needs into the mainstream.

Prof Neerja Shukla, Head, Department of Education of Groups with Special Needs, NCERT, said that 10 Braille display terminals had been installed at the Centre for Special Needs Education, NCER.

The three-day programme would introduce teachers and educators to the concept of assisting technology, Prof Shukla said.

Around 20 teachers and teacher educators working in government and non-government organisations, including the SCERT and DIETs, are taking part in the programme. 


Business has a social dimension too: Amar Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 21
Students of Amity Business School began a new chapter in their respective lives at the fifth annual convocation of the school held on November 19. The convocation was held to award postgraduate diplomas in Business Management, International Business Management and graduate diplomas in Business Administration. It also marked the beginning of a student’s professional life. Mr Brijmohan Lall, chairman, Hero Honda Motors Ltd, and Mr Amar Singh, spokesman of the Samajwadi Party, conferred the awards to meritorious students on the school campus in Noida.

Addressing the audience comprising dignitaries from Amity and doting parents, Mr Lall emphasised the role played by parents and teachers in an individual’s life. He credited the emergence of increasing career opportunities to the process of liberalisation.. Mr Amar Singh focussed more on ideal business and organisational traits than individuals ones. He characterised the idea of business, as being more than a mere profit-making exercise. He said, “Sustainable development, human dignity and business ethics are the philosophy of the new world.”


She electrifies the canvas with the energy of colours
Garima Pant

S. Pranam Singh’s “Solitude”. 

“Beauty Lies in Peace” by Puja Srivastava

Sujata Bajaj’s “Energy” flows in colour.

Beauty in marble & metal.

“Ambitious in our Desire”, the artist’s perspective on the world.

An exhibition of paintings by Sujata Bajaj is on view at Sridharani Gallery at Triveni Kala Sangam till the 27th of this month. Her present works are in mixed media and acrylic. She began her journey with research in tribal art in the remote villages of Rajasthan, Orissa and Maharashtra and developed a fad for concepts and traditions of ancient but living India. Her interest in contemporary painting led her to France where she joined Beaux Arts. She has held very successful shows in Paris and Norway, which have added to her poise a great deal and transformed the colour of vibration in her art. She possesses and presents great sensitivity to colour and space and her works are an epitome of energy. She has worked with different art forms and media such as etching, wood-cut sculpture, murals, cold ceramic, fibreglass, metal etc. Her works are included in national, international, private and public collections and both the national and international media closely observe her creations.

Expressing inner self

The latest prints by Sanjeev K.Goutam are on display at the Lalit Kala Academy till November 24. This Banaras Hindu University (BHU) graduate uses art to express his innate inner self. He took up painting because the colours of the rainbow and the endless sky fascinated him and till date he is far more attracted to real objects. According to him, “ It is my presumption that my sensitivity to work expresses inner feelings of a common man, his broken expectations, desires, ignoring the muted relationship into fragments. My prints reflect the inner feeling in various forms in continuity. It reminds me that I am an introvert.”

Mysticism in art

Beautiful, ornamental creations greet art enthusiasts as one steps into gallery number 6 at the Lalit Kala Academy. It is an exhibition of gold paintings and relief works by Jyoti Shah. She specialises in the art of gold paintings of Lord Krishna, other gods and goddesses and relief work. She uses fine 24-carat gold plating and other invaluable jewels to add a unique glow and mysticism to her works. Her series of relief works, which is a very painstaking job, brings to life a series of day-to-day objects in utmost reality. The exhibition will be on till November 23.

Artists and their strokes

‘Octave’, an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installations, is on at gallery 2 & 3 at Rabindra Bhavan till November 24. It is a group exhibition showcasing the works of eight well-known artists belonging to different parts of the country, each having a distinctive style of his or her own. The artists include Harsh Vardhan Sharma, S.Pranam Singh, Ravinder Jamwal, Madhukar Wanjari, Tuka Jadhav, Raghu Neware, Shyam Sharma and Mandira Chatterjee Sharma. S.Pranam Singh in his works explores the streets of his beloved Benaras or Varanasi. His extremely realistic images transport the onlooker onto the lanes and bylanes of the beautiful and majestic city. The famous artist Harsh Vardhan explores the relationship of man with his nature and surroundings. Ravinder Jamwal’s sculptures in wood and resin attract attention. Wanjari Madhukar works in white and pink marble and his metal sculptures add to each other’s existence and value and breathe life. All works are marvelous pieces of artistic energy and evolution and provide the onlooker with great and enriching experience.

Rich fusion of colours

It’s a ‘Fusion of Thoughts and Colours’ by Puja Srivastava, her first solo art exhibition that presents a very rich and exquisite array of works. The exposition, on at the Lalit Kala Academy till November 24, has beautiful and striking paintings, a definite addition to the rich art arena. She presents forth a compilation with new thoughts and ways, which is a definite plus keeping in mind her young age and inexperience. She has done her B.F.A (Painting) from the College of Arts, Delhi University, and has taken part in a few group shows. She is at present working as a designer in a leading glass tiles company. Her works have an appeal that makes one stop, watch and think!

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