Friday, February 21, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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MDU Law Dept has distinguished 
profs & eminent alumni 
Jatinder Sharma

Rohtak, February 20
The presentations made by individual departments of Maharshi Dayanand University before the NAAC team have brought into light the impressive achievements of the respective departments. Take the case of the Department of Law, which was established in 1978 for imparting education for a three-year LLB course. In 1982 the LLM and PhD courses were also introduced. In 1983 the Department of Law became a pioneer by introducing the integrated five-year law course in India.

The Department of Law is successfully attaining its objective of training students to be professional advocates, judges, teachers and researchers. In doing so, the department has so far produced more than 4,000 law graduates, more than 200 post-graduates in law and about 40 PhDs. More than 50 alumni of this department are in judicial services in Haryana, Punjab, UP and Delhi. A number of its students are in the IAS, HCS and other central services. Ms Monisha Datt became the first woman officer in the JAG Board (defence services). Mr Surya Kant Sharma, Advocate-General of Haryana, Mr Gaurav Hooda, Additional Advocate-General of Punjab, and Mr Jaswant Phogat, Deputy Advocate-General of Haryana, are alumni of the Law Department of Maharshi Dayanand University.

Dr Shiva Sharma, Additional Sessions Judge, Rohtak, is another honourable alumni who obtained his PhD degree from this department. Dr K. S. Chauhan, a leading lawyer of the Supreme Court of India, is one of the many eminent lawyers from this department practising in the apex court and various high courts of the country.

The Law Department of Maharshi Dayanand University has one of the most dynamic and mobile faculty. One of its Professors, Dr Ranbir Singh, is at present on deputation as Director (Vice-Chancellor) of NALSAR, Hyderabad. Three of its faculty members, Dr J. L. Kaul, Dr P. S. Lathwal and Dr Mahavir Singh, have moved to Delhi University. Among others, Dr S. K. Bhatnagar has shifted to Ambedkar University, Lucknow.

A large number of eminent personalities keep visiting the Department of Law of Maharshi Dayanand University.

These include former Chief Justices of India — Justice R. N. Mishra, Justice A. M. Ahmadi — and former Supreme Court judges, Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer, Justice H. R. Khanna, Justice S. P. Kurdukar, Justice Nanavati and Justice K. Ramaswami.

The existing faculty members of the Department of Law are all highly qualified. The Dean of the Faculty, Prof C. P. Sheoran, has published three books and 85 research papers. Similarly, Prof L. C. Dhingra has two books and 80 papers to his credit.

Dr K. P. S. Mahlwar has published one book and 40 papers.



DU announces award in slain teacher’s memory
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 20
Delhi University has announced the institution of an award in the memory of the slain teacher, Dr M. N. Singh. The announcement came here today after the Academic Council and the Executive Council approved of the same at meetings held earlier this month.

“The details are yet to be worked out, but the award will be given each year to a student who matches the eligibility criterion that is yet to be drawn up”, said the Secretary of the Delhi University Teacher’s Union (DUTA), Mr R. S. Dahiya.

DUTA has also urged the VC to take up the issue of granting family pensions for those teachers who die while on duty. In the general body meeting (GBM) that was held this morning, the members urged the Ministry of Human Resources Development and the University Grants Commission (UGC) to grant pension equal to the last pay drawn cases of death on duty and make it an institutional provision.

It was also pointed out that as per the demands made by the teachers’ body, the Vice-Chancellor had been authorised to constitute a committee to examine and suggest reforms relating to the conduct of examinations and also constitute a small group to examine issues of financial security of teachers like group insurance.

“We are happy that Dr Singh’s family has been given the ex gratia amount and his daughter has been given a job, but we want the family pension to be released to his family and make it an institutional provision”, Mr Dahiya added.



A treasure trove of objets d’art in Dhokra Museum
Garima Pant

The Nistads Dhokra Museum was inaugurated by the Vice- President of India, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, in the Capital recently. Dhokra art of metal casting using lost-wax process is practised over the whole of mineral-rich central Indian tribal belt covering Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and parts of Andhra Pradesh as well as in the adjoining alluvial districts in the westernmost part of Bengal. Dhokra represents an unbroken tradition, an early example of which is the famous

Mohenjodaro dancing girl cast in bronze about 4,500 years ago. Under its TARA programme (Technological Assistance to Rural Artisans), Nistads has been working with West Bengal-based Dhokra ‘shilpis’ to help them incrementally incorporate technical improvements into their tradition. Besides, it is our endeavour that they receive good price for their artifacts as well as mainstream social and artistic recognition. Nistads Dhokra Museum presents a collection of brass and bronze artifacts made in the Dhokra belt over an extended period of time. The museum also documents the actual process and its evolutionary phases, including the current one.

Mesmerising sitar recital

ON SONG: Sitar virtuoso Pandit Debu Chaudhuri



Padma Bhushan Pandit Debu Chaudhuri enthralled the Capital’s music lovers with his mesmerising sitar recital at the SPIC MACAY Fest 2003. This year, the fest has been dedicated to Mr B V Karnath, a renowned theatre personality and Mr B C Sanyal, a noted photographer. Pt. Chaudhuri is amongst the foremost exponents of the renowned Senia Gharana, India’s oldest traditional school of music named for Tansen. It is through this Gharana that the immortal music of legendary Tansen, the father of the Indian classical music, continues to reverberate in the Indian psyche. The Senia Gharana is characterized by its unmatched tradition and style of playing with only 17 frets in sitar; all other gharanas in India play with 19 or 20 frets.

Debuji has had a prolific training of 38 years under Sangeet Acharya Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan, Sitar Sudhakar of the Senia Gharana. Debuji had initially also trained under the late Panchu Gopal Datta. He began at the age of 12 as the first broadcaster for All India Radio in 1948. In 1960, Debuji left Calcutta to join the newly established Department of Music at the University of Delhi in search of his mission to promote the purest traditional form of sitar being played by his revered guru, propagating its special techniques and quality not only in India but all over the world. He has read papers at or chaired various international seminars on music and represented India at numerous cultural festivals. He retired in 1999 after teaching music for 40 years at the University of Delhi. He was the Dean and the Head of the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts for three terms. He is a multifaceted personality as the India’s foremost sitar maestro, respected teacher and guru, composer of numerous honeyed symphonies, creator of eight new ragas, author of three books and several monographs, eminent musicologist and winner of numerous awards and honours, both national and global. He has been conferred the prestigious Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honours bestowed by the President of India and the most coveted Sangeet Natak Academy Award for his invaluable contribution in the field of Indian Classical music.

Discovering Indian art

Art does not interest all. The youths probably find it uninteresting and uncommunicative in today’s fast world. And our very own Indian art which boasts of rich heritage, seems to be losing its sheen and charm. But still attempts are being made to make the young readers and the up-and-coming generation aware of our rich cultural heritage. One such attempt is made by Ella Datta through the book ‘Lines And Colours-Discovering Indian Art’. It is a pleasant experience going through the book. Unlike other art books which tend to begin with the historical references that are extremely colourless and outwardly boring, this book although has all the historical references and facts, but the usage of simple communicative language and the involvement of a character called ‘Munia’ add a different touch to it. The reader looks at the history through Munia and her grasping of the intricacies of art. It is like going through a big book of pictures and text without getting the feel of reading through the boring subject of art. It is published by the National Book Trust and priced at Rs 70.


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