Monday, February 24, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Rs 5 lakh grant for Kasturba hostel lift
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 23
A prize-distribution ceremony marked the end of Jhankar 2003, the national youth festival organised by Panjab University here today.

Mr Satbir Singh Kadiyan, the Speaker of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, was the chief guest. Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, was also present on the occasion. The final ceremony was preceded by a cultural programme.

Malwinder Singh Kang, president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, hoped that the success of the event would draw more participation from outside in future.

Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP, had announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for lift facility at Kasturba Hostel for girls, said Mohit Sareen, press secretary of the council. Vivek Kumar was declared winner in the debate contest. Sajjan Singh, Anu Brar and Mamta were the other winners. Harprabhjeet, Navneet and Jatinder Brar were the winners in the folk song competition. Sandeep and Puja Saini won the ghazal contest.

Rimmi Chopra, Amar Preet and Mankiran Kaur were declared the winners in the “geet” contest. The team from MLN College, Yamunanagar, won the western dance contest. The teams from PU and Jammu University stood second and third, respectively. Ritu Sharma, Mitari Mahajan and Garima were the winners in the western solo contest.

Sunny, Pooja and Rajan were the winners in the dance contest. GGN College, Ludhiana, won the first position in the folk dances competition. The team from Government College for Men, here, was second.

Dev Samaj College, Ferozepore, won the giddha competition. The team from GCG-42 was second while the third place was bagged by GGN College, Ludhiana. Renuka of the play “Kala Suraj”, Devsikha from “Saavi” and Amit Verma from “Beeswi Sadi Hai” were the winners in the one-act plays. These plays also won the team prizes in the one-act plays’ category.


PU raises sumptuary allowance for principals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 23
Resolving a long-standing issue, Panjab University has raised the sumptuary allowance for principals of colleges under its jurisdiction. As per the Syndicate’s decision, college principals will now be entitled to Rs 2,000 per month instead of the earlier allowance of Rs 1,200.

Sumptuary allowance is meant to meet expenses of entertaining guests that principals receive in the course of their official duties or those who come to meet them because of the office they hold.

According to sources, the matter of raising the allowance had been raised in the university Syndicate last year by Ms Harmeet Kaur, principal of Ramgahria Girls College, Ludhiana.

The principals’ argument was that they were finding it difficult to meet the expenses of entertaining guests. This was especially true of big colleges where the scope of academic, extra-curricular as well as administrative activities number is much wider and consequently, visitors are more.

While the increase in allowance in the case of large colleges met with approval during discussions in the syndicate, it was pointed out that the increase was not justified for small colleges where the expenses were relatively lower. Finally it was resolved to go in for a uniform increase.

Another issue governing the hike was that the allowance was being paid from the students’ amalgamated fund, which is maintained by the colleges for funding extra-curricular and recreational activities, instead of being met by college managements under separate budgetary provisions.

This is the second time in recent years that the allowance has been raised. In 1997, the allowance had been raised from Rs 500 per month to Rs 1,200 per month. Earlier, it used to be just Rs 100 per month. The allowance is applicable to principals of government as well as private colleges.

Several principals heading private colleges said while principals of government colleges were entitled to several perks and benefits in addition to their salary, including accommodation, sumptuary allowance was perhaps the only other benefit they got apart from the facility of a telephone. Only a few private colleges provide accommodation to principals.


Aadharshila’s annual function held
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 23
Aadharshila Preparatory School celebrated its third annual and prize distribution function at Hotel Prabhat Inn yesterday.

Students of play class and nursery took part in various activities, including patriotic songs, poetry recitation and dance performances.

Dr (Ms) Noheria was the chief guest on the occasion and gave away prizes. Dhriti and Dev bagged the Miss and Master Aadarshila title, while Rohan won the best-mannered student award.

Farewell function: Students of Class X of Blue Bird School were given a warm send off by the students of Class IX today. The programme started with “Saraswati vandana” and a short cultural programme was also presented.

This was followed by an exciting dance session. The seniors were awarded titles by the juniors and games were also organised. Puneet and Vijeta were selected as Mr and Ms Blue Bird, Dristi got the best all round student award. Chirag Kamboj was declared the best athlete. 


Project to create interest in science
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 23
In order to generate interest in science and technology and to spread scientific attitudes and temper among children the Centre for Education and Voluntary Action (CEVA) is going to start a project titled “Developing Science and Technological Literacy in Chandigarh”. The centre is organising a workshop to familiarise people about the project at Shri Guru Harkrishan Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 38 here tomorrow.

This two-year-long project proposes to develop strategies to help people open up to learning science.


Sanjay Public School SAS Nagar
Blending American and Indian education
Chitleen K Sethi

Karanjot Singh Class IX

Rupali Class VII

Harpreet Singh ClassV

Renu Tanwar Class II

Simranjeet Class IV

School is an important institution which nurtures a child into a good human being. It, not only imparts theoretical and practical knowledge to its students but it also in sills basic values like punctuality, giving respect to others, obedience, generosity self respect and self reliance in them. School is an important socializing agency and education imparted by it plays a vital role in the process of socialization of a young child. As students spend a lot of time in school, his/her teachers and fellow students influence and blend his/her personality. "Education holds the key to a bright and a prosperous future". On the this belief Sanjay Public School laid its foundation in Sector 44-B, Chd. But the school wanted to spread its branches to reach out to many more students and so Sanjay Public School, Sector 70

Mohali was conceptualised. Though only two years old the school has found popularity and appreciation among the masses. The school has lot going for it with its dedicated, qualified and experienced teaching staff and a congenial atmosphere conducive to mental, physical and moral growth of children and an innovative style of teaching.

Sanjay Public School, Sector 70, Mohali is a co-educational institution and incorporates classes from Playway to X (C.B.S.E). Opportunities, confidence-building encouragement, dedication, knowledge par excellence are some of the basic features integrated in the working environment of the School. Discipline, Punctuality, obedience, respect are some of moral virtues which are considered to be of utmost importance in this institution.

Education methodology used in SPS, 70 is a blend of American as well as Indian education system. More stress is given on the practical demonstration of different lessons in class as the school authorities feel that practical learning is equally and some times even more important. Apart from the computerized environment, SPS has all amenities for modern education technology.

Along with education, extra-curricular activities are given equal importance and attention. "Club mania" a, brain child of SPS, 70, covers different aspects of a child personality where each child is taught things like general manner’s and etiquette, walking, personal appearance, table manner’s classes. In Projection and reflection, children are made to undertake environmental exposure projects, as part of Rang-manch, there are acting and dramatics classes, in Eloquence, students take up language development and creative writing classes. Every Saturday all the children religiously participate in their chosen club activities.

The school has a swimming pool for students. Coming up this year is a spacious "Skating Rink" which will be the first of its kind in SASNagar which will be accessible to the students of the school under the proper guidance and supervision of the coach.



Learning should be combined with fun’

On the state of education

Mrs R. SethiAlthough education has been an important part of civilized life since the time of gurukuls, teaching methods always need to change according to the trends of times. No doubt, the level and quality of education has improved but it has to be imbedded in the minds of the students through an easier and interesting method of teaching. The education system today is faulty as more emphasis is given to theory rather than practical. Cramming, heavy bags, theoretical exams, etc are encouraged which are the loopholes in the education system of today. Thus, more attention needs to be given to the improvement of the education systems.

Reforms required in the education system

The system of education should be more practical in its outlook. Emphasis needs to be given to better comprehension through practical demonstrations, through live examples and media teaching with LCD projectors, televisions, educational tours to museums, libraries, press, etc. Importance should be given to understanding rather than cramming. Picture compositions, practical worksheets, and vivas need to take place of theoretical exams. The education system should be more job-oriented so that we do not have educated unemployed youth who take to wrong path due to their frustrations. Serious thought needs to be given to reform the system of education of India more brilliant and intelligent.

Role of classroom teaching

As a result of I.T. Revolution, computer education should be given to children so that they can keep pace with the times. But, it does not mean that classroom education has lost its importance. Classroom education still plays a initial role in imparting education. Complete emphasis on computer education can make education monotonous and boring. Classroom education gives more scope to healthy interaction between the teacher and the students, caring and sharing among the fellow students. A student learns a lot from the experiences of his teachers and is greatly influenced by her personality. He learns to co-operate, play, care and share with his friends. CS



Poems by students


The horrible exams have gone

No tire some copies and books

Only cheerful faces and merry looks

Watch movies and play every time

Or remain sleeping throughout the day

Play tricks and pranks

Roam here and there with young gang

Read comics and Story books

Have fun picnics around running brooks

Get a plate and stay up long

Hear music and pop songs

Play cricket and video games

No whims and the awful moans

For the exams have gone

Ananya Sethi, Class VI C


0 1 2 3 4 5

Are not related with life

These are the numbers of maths

Which are used in games like athletics

Algebra is very tough applying formula non

Find them makes going get rough

Geometry is lengthy

It makes my mind empty

Mathematical problems things to score

Those who solve, are very rare

Maths period is full of tension

Scoring marks one need not mention

Ayush, Class VII

 The Seed

How does it know,

This little seed,

If it is to grow

To a flower or weed

If it is to be,

A vine or shoot,

Or grow in to a tree

With a long deep root?

A seed is so small

Where do you suppose

It stores up all

Of things it knows?

Merveen Joseph, Class VI A



Kala Gram Utsav picks up pace
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 23
The much-hyped Kalagram Utsav, which witnessed slack response due to rough weather conditions towards its initial days, has now begun to look up. That the difficult location of Kalagram compound is not so much of a disadvantage for the fair became evident this evening with its sprawling campus bounding with visitors, making heavy purchases. Added advantage of the day was the huge television screen that showed India v/s Namibia cricket match live.

Artistes had made all-out efforts to keep crowds in good humour. As one of the participating artistes said: “We had very few visitors towards the first few days of the fair. It is only now that the fair is picking up. There were days when we had no one to dance in front of.”

The day saw around 40 school students perform Jago in the traditional style, apart from performances from “nachars” and “behrupias” of Punjab. The evening was all about Punjabi singer Prabhjot Bali and Sarabjeet who sang Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s songs. Among the many folk dances presented were Satarria from Assam, Khoria from Haryana, Charraiya from Orissa, Sidhi Dhamaal from Gujarat, Ranappa from Andhra Pradesh.

The scene was lively, with a host of Punjabi folk dancers taking hold of the entire affair and filling the ambience with a lot of positive energy. So where on the one hand whole of the campus kept reverberating with the sounds of Punjabi drums and beats, on the other the especially-erected stage was filled with special dance presentations from different parts of India.

Two dancer from Uttar Pradesh were highly attractive in form. First the audience was treated to the dynamic dance form called “karma dance” from Chattisgarh and then came a special sequence “Barsana ki holi” by artistes from Mathura. Most of the dance forms presented during the fair had choreographic sequences, which draw heavily from the Indian mythology. 

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