Monday, January 6, 2003, Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Migrations in Law Dept questioned
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

‘Unconditional’ migrations allowed to the Law department of Panjab University from the law department of the university centre at Muktsar have been questioned by students and interestingly also by a section of teachers. The candidates under question had joined the law department at Muktsar (because they were placed low on the merit list in the entrance test) and next year migrated to the campus.

The question was posed by Prof P. P. Arya in the university senate meeting. He pointed out that earlier the university used to conduct an entrance test to allow migration. Migration even in those cases was allowed at least one year after the first admission. The university last year cancelled the entrance examination with an interesting noting was that no student had cleared the written test conducted by the university so the concession had to be allowed.

The university on its part maintained that the decision to cancel the test for migration had been taken by the university syndicate so there was no question of any irregularity. A senior faculty member pointed out that the decision to ban the test had no logic keeping in the mind the academic standards.

A research scholar pointed out that allowing 'unconditional' migration would open 'flood gates' for students who do not make it to the campus in the entrance test. This also meant allowing students placed far below on the merit list of the entrance test to join the department. The problem of rush in the department here will further enhance if the university went ahead with the under consideration proposals of a law department at the university extension centre at Ludhiana.

Professor Arya said the university needs to recognise the credibility of an entrance test which the students appeared before admissions. It is felt that as an alternate the university could allow migrations to students who were forced to join the local centre because " of compelling reasons which should be verified and confirmed by the department".

Professor Arya said the university decision to allow migration 'unconditionally' for those who did not even clear the written test took away the credibility of the whole exercise even in other competitive examination. The university however assured to look into the matter.


The department of Bio-Chemistry at Panjab University has been awarded a grant of Rs 25 lakhs under ' Fund for Improvement of Infrastructure in universities and higher education institutions', an official press note said.

The grant has been made by the Department of Science and Technology for the development of infrastructure and to carry out advanced research in the areas of bio-chemistry and molecular biology.


The department of Bio-Physics, PU, has recently been granted a financial support from Department of Science and Technology and Fund for Infrastructure Development and for developing infrastructure for teaching and research.

Dr S.N.Sanyal, chairperson, said the grant will be utilised specifically for development of radiation biophysics and bioinformatics. He also highlighted the importance of this interdisciplinary subject in the frontier areas of biology and medicine. Traditionally the discipline contributes in understanding the physical principles, structure and molecular dynamics of various life processes.

In the fast changing scenario in science education and research, Biophysics offered an exciting area of interdisciplinary science and technology showing an interface between material and life science.


A three day national workshop on scanning electron microscopy concluded today at the Regional Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre of Panjab University. Prof Ashok Sahni was the chief guest at the inaugural session.

This was the 16th workshop in the series which started in 1986. As many as 28 participants drawn from premier institutes of the country participated. Training was imparted in modern research techniques of electron microscopy. They also had practical experience with electron microscope which will refine their research approach for work in diverse range of fields including Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Medical Sciences and Microelectronics, besides others.

Prof S.K.Sharma, director of the centre, said the level of training imparted at these workshops was of international standards.


Students are questioning as to what had happened to the long before promised facility of a 'single window' at the Administrative Block of the university? The reform had been ordered by the university more than an year back.

The facility was aimed at easing problems of the outsiders who had some job in the administrative block concerning their roll numbers, fees or results. Earlier they first had to get a pass made from the enquiry and then toil about in different branches.

This caused big problems particularly to those who came to the city from other towns. It is pertinent to mention that the university has over 100 affiliated colleges all located outside the university campus and majority in places outside the city.

Taking a note of the trouble to students, the university decided to commence a 'single window facility' more than year back. Visitors and students were expected to come and hand over their problems to authorities at a special counter in the mornings. They could come in the evenings and get their answers.

This seems to be classic case of good intention but poor implementation.


A nice blend of discipline, freedom
Parbina Rashid

Renu Dahia, class X-B

This is a place where every girl is made to feel important, strong and at the same time proud of their femininity. This is also a place where each girl child is being equipped to face life with proper academic knowledge but a sense of confidence which comes from exposure and extra curricular activities. This is Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, sector 18, one of oldest schools in the city which has been catering to the girls population.

Set in the heart of the city the school gives an impression of the right blend of discipline with freedom. The huge campus full of trees is being neatly divided into blocks - right from the parking block to main quarters and administrative block in brick structure which is surrounded by play grounds. The feminine touch is seen in a few traditional swings hanging here and here from the lush green trees.

Ekta Singh, class X-B

Established in 1956, the school is gearing up to celebrate its golden jubilee sometime in the mid of this year with a big bang. And the school has a valid reason to do so for it indeed has come a long way from its initial days with only 300 students, now to almost 1500 students. With full fledged faculty and all equipped labs the school has been catering to students from class VI to class XII in four streams - science, arts, commerce and vocational studies.

The school boasts of a high student - teacher ratio. But what makes this mathematical equation more pleasing is the special bond they share amongst themselves. Within the limit of a teacher-student relationship, they share a certain degree of intimacy which lifts the barrier of hesitation for the students to come forward and share their emotional problems.

Vocational studies have been one of the focal points of the school eversince the concept of vocational studies at school level came into existence. The school at present has Information Technology, Accounts and Auditing and Stenography and the students have been doing extraordinarily well in the final exams in the vocational stream. Only last year the first seven positions were bagged by the students of this school. Even the academic results over the years have been showing an upward tilt with more and more students making it to the merit list.

Verkha Kanwar, class X-B

Government Girls Model Sr. Sec School, Sector 18, has also been a breeding ground for national level sports persons. The school provides all sorts of sports facilities, including basketball, volleyball, hockey, races and has produced many national level sports women over the years.

However, the school remains unparalleled in contribution towards overall personality development which is being effectively implemented by a series of workshops, student -teacher interactions and by exposing them to interschool cultural activities. The school encourages each student to read more and more books and helps them out in this direction by providing all the latest information by books and competitive magazines.


We teach them to take pride in their femininity’

Ms Rajesh Minhas National awardee Ms. Rajesh Minhas is a person who has the quality to guide others And it is truly remarkable about the way she has been guiding about 1500 girls to face life at equal footing as man, without loosing their femineity. She educates them, guide them and coax them to adopt the right traits of character in a subtle way so that even punishment seems an constructive and enjoyable experience. Her policy on handling problem 'one on one basis', makes the school environment a free one. She shares few of her secrets of her success as the Principal of Govt Model School, sector 18.

8On adolescent education: Being a all girl school, emotional problem rules the roost here. But being a woman myself I find it easier to relate to their problems and besides personal contacts, we organise regular workshops and counselling sessions to help them to overcome their problems. In future we are also planning to organise counselling sessions for parents who I thinks needs counselling the most.

8On maintaining discipline: True discipline has to come from within so our policy is to impose discipline through convincing them about the importance of it. We have divided our school into four houses and that makes easier for the staff to maintain discipline by involving the students in the act.

8On education system: Education needs to be job oriented and though by introducing vocational courses the UT Administration has stepped towards the right direction, still there is room for improvement.

8On tuition menace: Competition is the root cause of it, but for students who follow NCERT books and are regular with their studies do not need tuition which kills time for them and is heavier on the pockets of their parents. Besides tuition has created a feeling of inferiority complex among the poor students.

8On the difference between the private schools and govt. schools : Private schools definitely outweigh government schools in terms of infrastructure but when it comes to quality of teaching staff, the govt. schools do have an upper hand and this is the reason why students from govt. schools outnumber those from the private schools in the merit list in the board exams. PR


Poems by students

Our future

Pooja Chhabra, class X-A

Life in the 21st century,

will be such

That people would have to care

for their health very much.

The population will rise,

Black will be the sky,

Because of pollution,

Which is continously going high.

There would be no cars,

The vehicles would be banned,

Because of smoke,

Which lessons the life span.

Man thinks of living on the moon,

But it would not be soon.

These would be only bones

Pinki, class X-A

Because of the acid rains.

The sun would not shine

The moon would not move

Nor shall there be

A beautiful rainbow.

If we do not stop,

Polluting the nature,

There will only be black smoke,

In our future.

— Rashmi Jain, class XII



With tight jeans and long hair,

The modern students has no care.

leaves the home at eight thirty

Carries a copy and a pen

Has a date at the movie at ten.

Talking all about the heroes,

Shweta Singh, class X-B

Bagging scores totalling zeroes,

To become the king of beauty,

Forgets the sense of duty.

He seldom attends any class

Has no idea of 'profit or loss'

With his book knowledge up to nil

In exams he tries to use his manskill

In school he is every one's heart throb

After school he is a beggar without job.

— Rashmi, class XII

A happy New Year

What a wonderful time of year

Nights so cold and crystal clear

Tree lights flashing

and people clashing

With hearts full of desire

of the loved ones soon to be near

Wish You A Happy New Year

— Ekta Singh, class X-B



My school

A school is an important place as it is a temple of learning. School sets the destiny of students and nation. It has been rightly said that when a man is sitting behind a steering wheel, his car is an extension of his personality and so our school Model 18 for us students.

An all girls school, sector 18 gives us the best of education, expose us to a host of games and extra curricular activities and prepare us to face life in the context of a wider horizon. Our excellent teaching staff who are being led by charismatic principal Ms Rajesh Minhas takes care of each aspects - right from good manners to confidence building.

To be polite to your youngers, kind to your friend and obedience to your elders - rest is all hard work which can turn even stone into gold. This is the bottom line which is taught to me by my school.

— Latika Dogra, class XII


Dhillon’s documentary arouses interest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 5
Feeding a passion is not so easy a job, especially when it demands compromises at every level. When Mangal Dhillon took the road to religion by devoting himself to the documentation of historical facts that make Sikhism worthy of its name, he was ready to keep his commercial career aside for a while.

After “Khalsa”, the production which touched upon the basics of religion, Mangal Dhillon is now concentrating on the screening of “A day at the Golden Temple”, a documentary which captures the joy of being at the temple of historical significance.

The film, which showcases the routine ‘maryada’ at the Golden Temple, along with many other rituals performed during the day, was widely appreciated even by the sangat at Gurdwara Shahpur in Sector 38-B yesterday. The screening of the film was today held at the Sector 34 gurdwara which resonated with the soothing effects captured in various frames by Dhillon.

Making a religious documentary was always on Mangal’s mind although he had never quite expected that such a documentation would arrest the interest of the audience. The screening would continue for some days. The schedule is: Sector 40 gurdwara on January 6, Sector 38 gurdwara on January 7, Gurusar Gurdwara at Sukhna Lake on January 8, 3B1 Sacha Dhan Gurdwara, SAS Nagar on January 10, Sector 22 gurdwara on January 11 and Sector 15 gurdwara on January 12. The film would run every day from 6.15 pm.


Connecting cultures with sonic bridges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 5
In less than a fortnight of hosting a unique photo exhibition of computer prints capturing elements of Asian cities, Alliance Francaise is ready with another show that stands out for the rarity of concept and execution.

Beginning from today, French artist Florentine Rey is showing a virtual sound artwork in the gallery of Alliance Francaise. Titled Parloir (meaning a visiting room), the artwork combines sound effects and computer programming, with the aim of transcending the limits of language and culture. It was originally created in June last year for a special exhibition called Simulation held in France. Thereafter, it has been altered and refined to suit the needs of the city.

A surprising internal voyage in our world of communication, Parloir promises beautiful effects created by sound of past and present. Talking about her installation in which special computer effects have been done by her mentor and teacher Samuel Godo, Florentine says the idea behind sound artwork is to bridge the gap between visuals and sounds. Having showed her work in France, Florentine has been travelling with this unique concept to various cities.

She came to India a few months ago and held her first workshop in Ahmedabad, creating and capturing sounds that emerge from a tree. “The installation in Ahmedabad was meant to bring the visitors closer to nature’s manifestations. I chose the tree and trapped the sounds that emerge around it. The work was a huge success,” she said.

In Chandigarh for about a week, Florentine has been recording sounds at various spots — temples, roadsides, gardens et al. She also draws sound pieces from radio broadcasts, film extracts and information that are randomly picked up by our ears. Explains Florentine, who has long been experimenting with the use of latest computer technologies in the world of sound art, “It is the subjectivity and sensitivity of the visitor that lends meaning to the magma. Around the stone column stands are placed for the visitors so that they can interpret sounds emerging from the sonic magma.”

With the help of their art, Florentine Rey and Samuel Godo propose to develop a Franco-Indian version of Parlior that would create a sonic bridge between languages and cultures. Samuel Godo will also conduct workshops so that the participants can operate and understand the latest technologies used for creating a Parlior.

Finally, the whole workshop will be interactive. The preview will be held at the gallery tomorrow at 5.30 pm and workshops will be held on consecutive days. The artwork can be viewed between 9 am to 1 pm and again from 3 pm to 7 pm till January 8.

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