Monday, December 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Nationwide Ignou induction plan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 29
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) will hold a nationwide induction programme for the new academic session in the Capital. The two-day session will begin on January 11, 2003.

The induction programme will be through teleconferencing between nine in the morning and six in the evening from the Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC) and will cover a batch of three lakh students.

Vice-Chancellor, Ignou, Prof H P Dikshit, will address the students on the occasion and the programme will be received at over 200 study centres. Among the issues to be discussed will be admission procedure, evaluation, material distribution, examination and regional services. Besides, the salient features of the academic programmes like Management, Computer and Information Science, Engineering and Technology, Sciences, Humanities, Social Science, Education and Continuing Education will also be discussed. The programme will facilitate induction of students into the distance education system, which is different from the conventional system or correspondence education system.


Surplus’ schoolteachers take out rally
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 29
A large number of government schoolteachers, declared as surplus, by the Haryana Primary Education Department, took out a huge procession here last evening to register their protest against the rationalisation policy of the state government.

According to a report, the teachers carrying placards and raising anti-government slogans, they marched through the main bazaars of the city and reached the mini-secretariat where a charter of demands was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S. N. Roy, for forwarding it to the state government.

The memorandum demanded immediate scrapping of the rationalisation policy and stopping the transfers of surplus teachers to other districts forthwith.

Earlier, a rally was also organised at the Municipal Park and it was addressed by the leaders of various government employees’ unions. They strongly criticised the Chautala government for adopting anti-employee policies and warned that if the rationalisation policy was not scrapped, they had no alternative but to launch a direct action against the government.

The leaders also announced that a state-level convention of the teachers would be held on January 5 at Rohtak to chalk out the future course of action on this issue. 


Down the Independence memory lane
Smriti Kak

Students of Heritage School, Vasant Kunj, at the cultural programme.Heritage School, Vasant Kunj, celebrated their annual day ‘Spandan – the sensation’, at the Siri Fort Auditorium. The two-hour cultural programme showcased a charged performance by about 700 students.

Students of Heritage School, Vasant Kunj, at the cultural programme.

Songs, skits and dances reflected zeal. The highlight of the programme was the play ‘Yeh Kahan Gaye Hum’, directed by noted theatre personality Barry John. The play reflected back on the five decades of Indian Independence and also dwelt on the current scenario.

The cultural programme began with the programme Flight of fancy orchestra, this was followed by lighting of the lamp and a performance on invocation of ‘Panch Tatvas’, and a sufiana qalam was also presented.

Delhi Education Minister Rajkumar Chauhan was the chief guest and Mr B. D. Narang, Chairman, Oriental Bank of Commerce, presided over the function.

Sports Day

Sadhu Vaswani International School for Girls held its annual sports day in the Thiyagraj Stadium. Prof C. J. Daswani addressed the students and stressed on the importance of physical activity. He added that for all-round development of a girl child, it is vital for them to take part in sports activities.

The programme began with the NCC cadets marching in their attire and saluting the guest of honour Ms Asha Aggarwal, Director of Sports and an Arjuna Award winner.

Among the events there was a taekwondo display. Then there were the usual track and field events. The children with special needs also gave a splendid display of their mettle.

Yammuna House walked away with the best march past trophy and Shikha Sareen and Mitali Tyagi of the same house were declared the best athletes.

A winner at the children's art competition, organised by Meenu’s profile.

Art Competition

Meenu’s art profile organised a children art competition in memory of the acclaimed sculptor and artist, N. H. Kulkarni. The competition was judged by artists, Anita Das Chakravarti, Subachan Yadav, Kishore Chakravarti and Hema Guha. Children between age six and 10 took part in the competition.

A winner at the children's art competition, organised by Meenu’s profile.

Declamation contest

The Amity Centre for Excellence in Mathematics, Noida, organised a written test and a declamation contest to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of noted mathematician, S. Ramanujam.

The overall trophy went to Mother’s International School, Amity. The chief guest was Prof N. K. Jain, Vice-chancellor, APS University, Rewa.

Sports meetParticipants at a three-day sports meet at GHPS, Shahdara.

GHPS, Shahdara, organised a three-day sports meet. Students participated in events like the 400m, running backwards, zig-zag, three-legged race and a skipping race.

Baba Jujhar Singh House and Maharaja Ranjit Singh House were declared first and second respectively. The students also performed the dandiya, saree drill and the formation of the pyramids.

Participants at a three-day sports meet at GHPS, Shahdara.

Haroon Yusuf was the chief guest and spoke about the role of sports and academics in a student’s life. He stressed the need for spreading the message of peace and brotherhood. The school journal was also released at the function.

The school also organised the second Maharaja Ranjit Singh Hockey Tournament. The host school won the trophy after defeating Brahmanad Public School in the final match.

Chairman of the Standing Committee Ram Babu Sharma was the chief guest.

Felicitation ceremony

The teachers’ felicitation ceremony was organised to honour Mr Students of Children's Valley School, presenting a cultural show on the occasion of Grandparents’ Day. Aditya Shankar Vatsa at Rajkiya Sarvodaya Bal Vidyala for winning the State Teacher Award. The event was presided over by the Additional Director, Education, Mr N. S. Tolia.

Mr Shankar, who teaches Hindi has been awarded for his performance in the filed of education.

Grandparents’ day

Students at Children’s Valley School, Preet Vihar, celebrated Grandparents’ Day with a vow to serve them. A cultural programme was also presented at the occasion.

Students of Children's Valley School, presenting a cultural show on the occasion of Grandparents’ Day.

(Input by Nalini Ranjan)


Your small gestures mean a lot to others

Thank the Lord for the wonderful year that has been and now let your every act be an invocation and a prayer in the New Year that is to come. We know the simple principle in life - what we give is what we receive from life. Thus, give your whole being, your whole heart to serve people selflessly - remember half a seed cannot germinate. After planting your seeds, expect absolutely nothing in return. Give without remembering that you gave and take without forgetting you took.

This is a season of give and take - of exchanging greetings and gifts, forgetting all differences and grievances, starting life with new resolutions and putting the best foot forward. It’s time to extend God’s warmth to those in need and bring cheer into their lives with your love and care. Affection and love are not about giving away or buying expensive gifts, although these are often necessary and also serve as symbols of love. But, remember, when you give off your possessions, you give little.

A little time, a sympathetic ear, humour or a helping hand in times of distress is all what most people need to receive and give. And, of course, the real magic of giving lies in the way you give. Some stories are truly heart-warming. This is how an airline clerk at Bombay’s passenger assistance desk, narrates his story: “Last month, a lost wallet was brought to me. I contacted the wallet’s owner. He had just arrived from Germany and he and his wife were crying when they reached my desk. As I handed them their full wallet, my only words were, “Welcome to India.” A gesture and words that changed the complexion of the visitor’s stay in India.

There is yet another beautiful story that has touched my heart. Kadambari, a student of mine, though fairly irresponsible in school, today has shaped into a wonderful human being, dedicated to the cause of stray animals, which have none to take care of them. A few days back while tending to a weak and dying pup she was bitten by it. What followed was a nightmare, whereby she had to procure a hefty sum and take the anti-rabies injection.

But, this did not deter her from administering medicine to the sick pup. She, instead, brought the pup home, showered love upon it and gave it a home.

Your small gestures mean a lot to others. And one thing is for certain that everybody can be great because everybody can serve. Martin Luther King said, “You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Do not fear or hesitate to help others. If you see an accident victim, take him at once to the hospital. Your timely help may save a life. Do not fear that the police may implicate you. That can be taken care of later. Do not be a coward; listen to the voice of your heart. After all there is no hell like a bad conscience. Be grateful to God for being in a position to be able to help others. Remember that service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth. So, if you see a person bullying another, check him; if you see a fight, try to break it up, do not fear that you might be injured; if a weak student seeks your help, do not hesitate to give him the best. In this alone lies true satisfaction and fulfilment.

Practice generosity. It is a sign of maturity and is a very enriching experience. As this year draws to a close, let us resolve to be a good person. Let us resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and wrong. Let’s start the year with a prayer:

“ I said a prayer for you today

And know God must have heard

I felt the answer in my heart

Although He spoke no word!

I didn’t ask for wealth or fame

(I knew you wouldn’t mind)…

I asked for happiness for you

In all things great and small

But it was for His loving care

I prayed the most of all!

(Anon.) I wish you all a wonderful and prosperous New Year.

Madhu Chandra,

Birla Vidya Niketan


Judges, lawyers spar on the fairness of strike
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 29
Lawyers and judges crossed swords over the motive of the lawyers’ strike. Justice Kuldip Singh, former judge of the Supreme Court and the Chairman of the Delimitation Commission, said that the lawyers have no right to go on strike. Striking lawyers must understand the sufferings caused to their clients.

He was participating in a national debate on the ‘Lawyer’s Right to Strike’, organised by the Capital Foundation Society at Constitution Club.

Justice Kuldip Singh pointed out that strike was a means of collective bargaining for the trade unions and labour class, to ask for more wages or for the redressal of their grievances.

Lawyers alone were not the custodians of public interest when they decided to go on strike for public cause, said Justice Kuldip Singh. Judges, lawyers and the litigating public had to decide what was in their interest. Justice Kuldip Singh said there was a need for effective machinery to redress their grievances. Lawyers must take the initiative to raise vital issues that affected the independence of judiciary. He felt lawyers should take the initiatives on issues like appointment of judges, delays in courts, which were rarely raised by them.

Referring to the fuss about the Legal Services Authorities Amendment Act, Justice Kuldip Singh said the doors of the Supreme Court were always open under Article 136 (Special Leave to Appeal).

Justice Rajinder Sachar felt no judgement could per se rule that lawyers could not go on strike.

He said, “When the Kerala High Court ruled that there is a ban on bandh and the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, I protested and wrote an article against the judgement. In 1973, when there was supersession of judges, I refrained from work. Punjab lawyers had been on strike for six months when a human rights activist’s family were drowned in Ropar by the police and the state refused to listen or call for a CBI inquiry.”

Justice Sachar also emphasised the need for a forum to deliberate between the parties concerned before resorting to strike.

Mr Amarajit Singh Chandok, former president of the High Court Bar, and Mr K. C. Mittal, chairman of the Delhi Bar Council, criticised the government for neglecting the pressing need for judicial reforms. They felt the government was withdrawing more and more matters from the jurisdiction of the high courts and appointing retired bureaucrats, ex-judges and pliable public men to settle disputes.

They accused the authorities of neglecting their basic demands for allotment of chambers, which had been lying vacant for a year. They felt humiliated when the Law Minister and the Prime Minister did not give them a proper hearing.

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