Tuesday, March 11, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Independent faculty of architecture mooted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
An independent faculty of architecture and planning is in the process of being set up by Punjab University (PU) for controlling architecture courses being offered by colleges affiliated to it. In addition, a proposal to establish independent boards of study for different disciplines of architecture has also been mooted.

At present, architecture courses were being controlled by PU’s faculty of Design and Fine Arts. The issue would be placed before the university Syndicate for deliberations before the final go-ahead would be given.

The recommendation to have an independent faculty for controlling architecture courses came in the wake of a move by the Chandigarh College of Architecture to introduce masters in architecture courses in the college.

The move envisioned introducing masters in architecture in three disciplines, including conservation, urban design and landscape design. At present, it is offering only a bachelor’s degree in this subject.

The college Principal, Prof Rajnish Wattas, had earlier submitted a proposal in this regard to the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) following which a team from the council had visited the college for inspection and discussions on the issue.

College sources said that a ‘letter of intent’ from the AICTE had been received by the college about a month ago, giving go-ahead to the college to start a masters programme in two disciplines, conservation and urban design, initially. Masters in landscape design would be introduced at a later stage.

Sources said that the AICTE approval was subject to the condition that Panjab University should establish a faculty of architecture and planning as well as independent board of studies for various disciplines such as architecture, urban design, conservation, planning, landscape design and building engineering management.

Having an independent controlling faculty and boards of study was the basis prerequisite for introducing masters-level courses.

Another issue to be redressed before introducing masters courses in the college was appointment of teachers to run the additional courses. Sources said that in the beginning 10 students each would be admitted to the two proposed masters courses.

As per the stipulated teacher:student ratio, this would require recruitment of one teacher each at the level of professor, reader and lecturer. Sources said that initially two teachers for each course would be appointed.


‘Archo-2003’ gets off to colourful start
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
“Archo-2003”, the annual festival of the Chandigarh College of Architecture, got off to a colourful start here today. A number of inter-house contests, cultural events and display of artistic skills and sports are being organised as part of the festival.

Banner making, wire moulding, tattoo designing, sketching, collage making, brick sculpture, soap carving, scarecrow making, kite flying, poster making, headgear designing and clay modelling are among the contests being organised to bring out the element of creativity amongst the students.


3-day programme on corruption
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
A three-day programme on “Towards a theory of corruption and its eradication” began at Panjab University here today.

In his inaugural address, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, emphasised the need for identifying the parameters of corruption. He said not performing duty as per laid down stipulations as well as delaying decisions amounted to corruption. Educational institutes, he added, were equally prone to corruption.

Earlier, in his inaugural address, Dr Sahib Singh Bhayana, Professor of Public Administration, said corruption had become a way of life in Indian society. He said to check corruption, there was a need to drastically restructure the administrative machinery.

Stating that there was no fixed definition of corruption, Prof S.L. Sharma, course director, Institute of Correctional Administration, Chandigarh, said corruption was largely influenced by cultural, material and organisational goals. He said corruption combined misuse of public funds for pursuing private interests and use of discretion for favouring near and dear ones.

Annual MBA Award

The Executive Club, in association with University Business School (UBS), Panjab University, organised the 10th Annual MBA Award function on the university campus here today. A paper-reading contest was held in which papers on topics such as corporate social responsibility, role of women in Indian business, e-governance and management of changed environment were read out.

The first three winners are Manish Sood, Moninder Singh and Rajat Kumar. The chairman of the UBS, Prof K.K. Mangla, inaugurated the event, while the judges for the contest were Mr P.K. Verma, Executive Director Swaraj Mazda, Prof S.P. Singh and Dr Anupam Bawa, both from the UBS.


School World
About Afghanistan

A land-locked country, Afghanistan shares borders with Iran, Pakistan, China, India, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Approximately three quarters of its territory is inaccessible terrain.

Its economy is based on agriculture, but only about two-thirds of the farmland is cultivated. The country has been plagued by armed strife for over two decades and the country remained under Soviet occupation for about 10 years.

After the withdrawal of Soviet forces, conflict between the Mujahideen and Taliban forces greatly weakened the system of governance in the country and the Taliban swept into power in 1995, which was followed by a hardline rule with a strict Islamic code of conduct being enforced.

Events following the destruction of the World Trade Centre towers in New York in 2001 led to US military launching an attack on suspected Islamic militant forces, particularly the Taliban who were believed to be behind the attack.

As a result ,Taliban rule collapsed and a partially liberal regime returned to the country. Its present president is Hamid Karzai. Afghanistan, as you know, is famous for dry fruits, nan, mutton dishes.




Official Name : Islamic State of Afghanistan

Capital: Kabul

Date of Independence: 1919

Populaon: 21.5 milion

Currency: Afghani

Official Language(s): Persian and Pashtu

Major Cities: Kabiul, Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-e-sharif

Continent: Asia


Annual function
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 10
An extravaganza of cultural items was presented by junior students of the Psycho Society of the Government College, Sector 46, on the second annual function held here today.

The Principal of the college, Mr S.C. Nijhawan, inaugurated the function. The president of the society, Mr Roshan Lal Dahiya, read out the annual report.

Ashok Saini and Anita Chaudhary were declared seniors 2003. Jaspreet Singh of BA III was declared student of the year 2003.


Notice issued to UT Adviser
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, comprising the Chief Justice, Mr Justice B.K. Roy, and Mr Justice Swatantar Kumar, today issued a notice for March 12 to the Adviser to the UT Administrator on a writ petition filed by the Residents Welfare Association of Sector 37. They were challenging the allotment of a school site to private owners on a public ground used by them for the last 10 years to “share their joys, sorrows and public functions, including Dussehra”.

It was argued by the counsel for the association that the school in residential area would be disastrous to the planned concept of the city, besides being a traffic hazard and a permanent public nuisance.

It was further argued that there were 10 big schools, government as well as private, operating on proper roads and the present allotment of the public site in the residential area would be against the needs of the residents, violating their fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution.

It was urged that per the Urban Development and Implementation Guidelines issued by Government of India, only one school could be provided for a population of 15,000, and as such only four high secondary schools were sufficient for Sector 37 as per the population ratio.


Remand for 3 Pak spies
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 10
Three Pak spies — Abdul Wahid, Aabid Mehmood and Mohammad Arif — arrested by the UT police, were remanded in judicial custody till March 22 by a local court yesterday.

The UT police had alleged that the three were involved in espionage and the supply of secret documents of Indian military stations and photographs of officials to Pakistan. The investigating agency had seized the documents related to the Western Command, Chandi Mandir, and Eastern Command, Kolkata, and names of the officials from the accused.

Sidhu’s plea

The hearing on a bail plea moved by the suspended Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Chairman, Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, under the Arms Act was today adjourned by a local court.

The case under the Excise Act against the accused was registered after the recovery of 14 bottles of foreign liquor, 250 rounds of a .12 bore gun and under the Arms Act after the recovery of 225 rounds of Springfield rifle from his house in Sector 39. The accused was arrested by the Vigilance Department, Punjab, on March 26 allegedly while accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh.

Bikramjit case

The hearing on an application moved by senior Punjab IAS officer, Bikramjit Singh, to direct the CBI to supply more relevant documents in a charge sheet filed against him in a corruption case was today adjourned for March 17 by a local court.

The CBI had filed a charge sheet against him under Sections 5(1)(e), read with Section 5(2), of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947, and Section 13(1)(e), read with Section 13(2), of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, accusing him of amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.


A poetess rooted in reality
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, March 10
Surjit Kalsey might strike you as a very romantic person, but once you try to delve into her personality, you find that it is reality that sways her more than romanticism. Be it gender inequality or women’s sensitivity, they all find expression in Kalsey's writings.

As this Canada-based poetess talks about her life to mediapersons during a meet organised by the Writers Club, Sector 46, here today, you get a glimpse of her inner self and realise what motivates her to write primarily about the women’s world.

Surjit is in town for the release of her latest book, “Romance Ton Yatharath Tak de Kavi Mohan Singh and Faiz Ahmed Faiz”. She says her poems are nothing but a woman’s sensitivity to issues which are real and existing.

And as a family therapist in Vancouver, she comes across a lot of issues that concern women. “It is not a conscious effort to raise an issue but an expression of my social responsibility,” she says.

“Women in Canada, especially those who have emigrated from India, might be better off economically but they still belong to the social set-up which is very much Indian, so issues like sex selection, demoralisation are very much there,” says Surjit. Her earlier works, “Speaking to the Wind” and “Footprints of Silence”, were based on such themes.

Surjit migrated to Canada in 1974 after a brief stint as a news broadcaster with All India Radio. She holds a master’s degree in both English and Punjabi from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Surjit is currently working as a research associate in a project called “Literature of the South Asian Canadians”, besides working as an Associate Editor of Toronto South Asian Review.

After her first poetry collection “Paunan Nal Guftagoo”, Surjit tried her hand at collecting the works of 55 Punjabi poets from all over the world which she edited in a publication called “Glimpses of Twentieth Century Punjabi Poetry”. In her latest “Romance Ton...”, she has compared the works of two great poets, updating them and giving a critical analysis. “I personally like Faiz Ahmed Faiz but our works are different because he is essentially a romantic poet which I am not,” she concludes.

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