Monday, March 17, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


80 college principals attend workshop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
A two-day seminar-cum-workshop on ‘Assessment and accreditation of higher educational institutions’ began at Panjab University here today. Principals from over 80 colleges affiliated to Panjab University and Punjabi University are participating in the workshop to orient themselves for getting assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). It will make them eligible for receiving developmental grants from the UGC.

The UT Home-cum-Education Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, said the UT Administration would make it mandatory for colleges in Chandigarh to get themselves assessed and accredited by the NAAC.

He was of the view that it might not be possible for the government to continue providing 95 per cent grant-in-aid to colleges. He urged college principals to make strategies for generating additional resources through restructuring of fee and other activities.

Delivering the keynote address, former Vice-Chancellor of Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Prof V.P. Saxena, said the scenario of higher education, advance learning and research was witnessing revolutionary changes.

He said worldwide reorganisation and reorientation of academic activities in institutions of higher education had encouraged many institutions to open their gates to industries and technology-based institutions. This, he added, had helped them in attracting talent and providing expertise needed by others at prescribed costs in financial as well as academic terms.

He said assessment by the NAAC enabled colleges and universities to recognise their weaknesses and strengths for self-improvement in pursuit of excellence.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Prof K.N. Pathak, highlighted the importance of pursuing academic excellence through maintenance of high standards of teaching and research. He, however, regretted the fact that as compared to other states, colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh were yet to come forward for assessment and accreditation.

He urged the Punjab Government to start negotiations with representatives of college principals’ and teachers’ to sort out contentious issues on which they had been seeking the government’s attention for quite some time.

Technical sessions were also held on the occasion. Eminent persons from the field of education delivered talks on issues relating to assessment and accreditation of institutions as well as experiences of colleges where such exercises had already taken place. An open forum to redress queries of principals followed.


591 get degrees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16
As many as 591 students were awarded degrees at the annual convocation of DAV College, Sector 10, here today. The Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Airlines, Mr Sunil Arora, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Delivering the convocation address, Mr Arora urged students to pursue qualities of modesty and self-confidence instead of being conceited and arrogant. He said innovative courses and techniques were being introduced in educational institutes and students must take up the challenge of conquering new horizons of learning. The chief guest also recalled his days as a lecturer in the college.

Earlier, the Principal read out the college’s annual report.

Those who received degrees included 28 students from MCom, six from BCA (Honours), 28 from BCA, 24 from BBA, 53 from BCom, 73 from B.Sc and the remaining 379 from the Arts stream.


Seminar concludes

Chandigarh, March 16
A two-day seminar on specific learning disability organised by Optimising Development in Education (ODE), an organisation founded by Ms Bharati Kapoor as part of their three month orientation course -“TEACH LD (to enhance action for children having Learning Disability)” concluded here today.

The expert called in was Dr Anupama Sethi who has done her Doctorate in Dyscalculia (problem in mathematics). She runs a centre in Delhi where children with problems in academics come in for remedial education.


Blossoms School, Patiala
Imparting human values through teaching
Gurvinder Kaur

Started as a preparatory School in 1981 by three Trustees - Mrs Daisy Grewal, Mrs Sant Chahal and Mrs Ravi Singh, Blossoms School Patiala has now blossomed into a full fledged educational institution with a CBSE affiliation. The School recognises the need to imbibe in its students the fundamentals of human behaviour and basic good sense above all. It also focusses on the optimum utilisation of the Information Technology revolution to help its students acquire confidence which comes through communicated skills besides excelling in academics.

In Blossoms the teachers lay emphasis equally on academics and all round personality development. Children regularly participate in extra curricular activities like folk dance, painting, declamation and have bagged many special prizes both at the State and national levels. Special classes are organised by the School to enhance creative writing and public speaking skills of students. This not only boosts their confidence but also prepares them to meet the world head on. Projects based on research on the internet or from other sources like encyclopaedias are an integral part of the curriculum of the School.

The students are not overburdened with studies and besides academics, the Principal - Mrs Ravi Singh takes care to ensure that human values are also imparted through the school. The school children have endeared themselves to the residents of nearby villages by adhering to the school's long established policy of "each one teach one". Under this programme each student of the senior classes adopts a child from one of the neighbouring villages who is instructed by him over the course of the year. Weekly classes are held under the scheme with Blossom children regularly monitoring the progress of their ''wards" throughout the year.

In its colourful kindergarten section, toddlers are introduced to computer softwares which enable them to learn spellings, pronunciation and reading and writing skills. The School believes in constantly adding new software both for the junior and senior sections to its growing collection of compact discs. The tiny tots travel back home in "Blossoms Kindergarten Express" listening to nursery rhymes. The class rooms are decorated with charts which depict poems pictorially so as to reinforce oral learning. The "Puppet House" in which puppet shows are occasionally enacted by the tiny tots is a great hit with both the parents and the children. The school also organises an annual grand parents day in which grand parents are exclusively called to witness various performances by their wards.

Career Counselling seminars are held by Human Learning Systems, India with an objective to make students aware of their aptitude and potential. The seminars also focus their attention on the wide spectrum of careers available. Mr Amitabh Mohan and Ms Usha Albuquique interact with the students on a regular basis.

A paper recycling plant is unique to the School and the enthusiasm of the students towards to this environment friendly project is tremendous. All waste paper which would otherwise end up polluting the city is recycled by the students to make cards, envelopes and other products which are consumed by the School. The School is committed to continuously adjusting to the requirements of the fast changing modern world so that children are able to get a grounding which can sustain them in getting future admissions and choosing a career besides becoming good citizens. 


Education system should enable one to earn a livelihood

Blossoms school Principal Mrs Ravi Singh thinks that giving individual attention to each child is very important and ensures each class room does not have more than 30 students. She endeavours to constantly introduce latest techniques of education to her teachers besides encouraging all her students to approach her personally in case of any problems.

How is the school different from other schools

The schools' commitment is to continuously adjust to the requirements of a fast changing global world so that the children are able to shape their future careers confidently. Besides teaching various subjects, we imbibe in our children the fundamentals of good human behaviour and ethos. A paper recycling project is unique to our school.

On education system in India

The education system in India does not enable an individual to help develop skills which empower one to earn a livelihood as well as become a responsible and caring human being. Presently our system is ill equipped for this as evaluation of examinations is the only yardstick by which every student is judged.

On reforming the education system-

There is a dire need of reform in the system. Admissions to various institutes should not only be based on the marks obtained in Board examinations but also on evaluation by continuos assessment and aptitude tests. This besides making students understand concepts will also do away with present system of rote learning before the examinations.

On tuitions

8Increasing competition all around makes the students seek the help of tuitions. This has brought about a state of tyranny among private tutors. Success has become proportional with the amount of money and energy spent on undergoing tuitions. This race for easy money has made both teachers and professionals forget the moral demand of the teaching profession.

On discipline

Discipline is the essence of a students life. School years are the formative years where the child learns how to systemise his life and thereby shape his future and control of the teacher is the first step towards achieving this goal.Back


Poems by students

Trees ask

If you cut us, don’t we bleed?

Don’t cut us, don’t cut us!

Didn’t we plead?

But you didn’t hear, and cut us down.

Now pollution! Pollution! Why do you frown?

Should we use paper bags, and not polythene?

Try to make the environment healthy clean and green,

Grow us and save the Earth. let there be greenery, joy and mirth.

Shikha Goyal Class VII

Laugh a little

Laugh a little sing a little

As you go your way

Work a little play a little

do this everyday 

give a little take a little

never mind a frown 

make your smile a welcoming thing all around the town.

Shikha Class VIII Back



Brain Teasers

1. Name the album that won Norah Jones Grammy Award.

2.Which cricketer is called 'Kohinoor Diamond'?

3.Which bowler was declared the best bowler of the century by Wisden?

4.What does MoU stand for?

5.Name the founder of Microsoft Corp?

Answers1.Come Away with Me.2. Sachin Tendulkar 3. Muttiah Mralitharan 4. Memorandum of understanding 5.Bill Gates

Choose the correct meanings of the proverbs

1.To kick the bucket.

2.A crown is the fountain of honour

3.To do the things by halves

4.Keep your hair on

5.From pillar to post

a. being driven from one difficulty to another. b. to die. c. don't lose the temper d. imperfectly e. all the honour belongs to the ruler.

Answers. 1.b, 2 e, 3d, 4c, 5a.Back


Child’s worldview

The most intricate process if one comes to think deeply and observe very closely is the changing behavioural pattern in a child’s growth when norming, denorming and renorming is taking place, sometime overtly and at the other times covertly.

As children grow in discipline and love and life of experience their faith in a set of belief system also grows apace. This necessarily tends to become their religion. Temple going parents and their observance to certain rituals in a routine manner impact their children in such a way that later in life, they prefer to think that religion must include a belief in God or some ritualistic practice or membership of a religious group. Surprisingly, children away from such monolithic view of religion start viewing the world around them as a dog eating dog place where ruthlessness is essential for survival or they see it as a nurturing sort of a place in which something good will always turn up and in which they need not fret much about their future. They may also believe it to be place that owes them a living, no matter how they conduct themselves and their lives.

I hope that the reader of this write-up are clear about one thing; that the exercise of discipline is not only demanding but also a complex task requiring both flexibility and judgement. This type of discipline requires to discipline which as an educational administrator for almost four decades, I called and termed as an act of balancing.

Balancing is the discipline that gives us as teachers or parents flexibility. Extraordinary flexibility is required for successful living in all spheres of activity. To use one example, let us consider the matter of anger and its expression anger is an emotion bred into us (and into less evolved organism) by countless generation of evolution in order that our survival is encouraged. We find children angered when whenever they perceive another group of children attempting to encroach upon their geographical or physiological or even psychological territory or trying one way or another, to put them down. That leads them to fight back. It is a fact of life that the children need to be trained to fight back and not seek compromises otherwise they would in their later life of adulthood, always be stepped on, squashed into we survive. It is important for us and children under our care that the higher centers of our brain (judgement) must be able to regulate and modulate our lower centers (emotions). To function successfully in our complex world it is necessary for each one of us, including our children, to possess the capacity not only to express our anger but also not to express it.

To a greater or lesser degree all the children under our care suffer from inadequacies of their flexible response systems. Much of the work of teachers/parents or seniors around their life, consists of attempting to help them and allow their response system more flexible. Generally the more crippled by anxiety, guilt and insecurity our children are, the more difficult and rudimentary this work is. This anxiety is quite perceptible in children of two years and above but below five when they join the school and seek comforts and warmth from teachers and governance who are totally aliens to their life pattern at home.

Shouting them down for their unwarranted wailing and bemoaning may convince them that the school world is not a nurturing place. I submit this for careful consideration of such professionals who still believe in age old dictum- spare the rod and spoil the child if such professionals and their ilk only learn to believe that ‘Our hands need to be raised only for blessings and not to hurt the young ones’. I may assure them our society and the world at large shall be free from cases of psychosomatic ailments and related character disorders and neurosis.

*O.N. Dikshit, Chairman-Dikshant Education Society and former Principal, The Scindia School, Gwalior. Back


Daily News Quiz

How well do you read The Tribune?

Answers to the following questions are hidden in the last one weeks’ Tribune. Happy Hunting!!!!

1. Who was the first bowler in the world to claim a hat-trick on the first three balls of the match?

2. Who won the Whitley Golden award, most prestigious international award in environment conservation?

3. Report of which major event of Guajrat was tables in the Lok Sabha by the Railway Minister?

4. How many new faces have been taken in the Punjab Ministry?

5.Which US diplomat has resigned over the War issue?

The first ten correct entries received will be published in this space next week. Your entries should reach us by email at

[email protected] by March 21, 2003

Answers to last week’s quiz:1 Mayawati 2.Allahabad High Court 3. Virbhadra Singh 4. None 5. Manila Correct entries sent by :Abhishek Gupta, Rajdeep Bedi, Nitin Garg, Mrinal Tiku, Ishwinder Kaur Pabla, Rohini Pathak, Jasmeet Sahni, Parminder Pannu, Jasleen Singh MalhiBack


Hungarian ensemble casts a spell
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 16
Sound Mandala - the musical evening rendered by the Kvintesszencia Ensemble of Hungary promised to take one on a journey that starts from the worldly affairs and ends in spiritualism. But when the seven members of the group created music together with simple folk instruments in the English Department auditorium at Panjab University today, even the simple emotion of human mind came out with a halo of divinity.

The evening, which was a presentation by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in collaboration with the Music Department, was laced with melody in its purest form. To keep atuned to the name Mandala, meaning the evolution of spirit and soul, the group greeted the audience with a beautiful Gregorian chant which then slowly took the audience “centrewards”—that projected pictures of the Middle Ages.

Dressed in white frilly costumes that remained one of the romance of the medieval era, the group presentation Intrada—an old Hungarian dance beat from the renaissance era, conjuring up images of the world in which the word triumph holds the magical key to happiness. The next composition was Pavane —a love song from the 12th century France, expressing the emotions of an enthusiastic lover to his beloved.

Next followed Branle De Champagne, the dance from the 15th century France, once again from the town where champagne is made. It was full of energy and expressed the happiness of the people without the help of lyrics. But what captivated the audience was “How could I help myself, as I am dying of love?”—a dynamic love song sung in chorus.

The evening gave an insight into the darker side of life too —war, fatality of love and finally death . While the mood turned to the gloomier side with Horatius — about expiration and death that depicted too clearly that there is no hiding or running from it, the next item, La Volunte, which spoke of joy and spiritual clarity, took the audience into the final stage of the programme —beauty and spiritualism.

Singing the hymn of glory, the group prayed for blessings from the Almighty with the composition Flos Ut Rosa followed by religious sentiments which were the hallmark of different centuries. With the composition called Stella— on pilgrimage which had a ring of Indian philosophy to it, the group showed their respect for India—the homeland of Buddha. The programme was concluded with a Hungarian love song “My sweet rose.”

The members of the group who took part in today's performance were Krisztina Lajtai, Livia Lences, Virag Martos, Anita Varjaskeri, Gabor Hargitai, Csba Mehes and Antal Novak. 

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