Monday, May 12, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Technology Day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
With India being on the threshold of aerospace industry boom after the development of light combat aircraft, transport aircraft and helicopters, missile systems and satellite launchers, the government has been advised to take a quick decision to place orders with indigenous production units like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to spur the growth of the industry.

“This is the time for a quick decision-taking by the government and placement of orders for aircraft and helicopters with production agencies like the HAL for large production numbers to boost production,” the Director of the Bangalore-based National Institute of Advanced Studies, Prof Roddam Narasimha, told a gathering of scientists here today on the occasion of Technology Day.

Mr Narasimha said this while delivering a lecture on “The soaring promise of Indian Aerospace” in the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) today.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), here today threw open its laboratories to hundreds of students from various institutions and schools.

They were informed about the achievements of the SASE and its activities during the past 34 years of its existence through an audio-visual presentation. The visitors were also acquainted with the effect of the research done by the institute for the snow-bound civilian population.

The institute informed that the SASE had been declared the best laboratory of the DRDO and had been awarded the Titanium Trophy for the year 2002 for excellent scientific efforts.

The CSIO also had a large number of visitors, including students from engineering colleges and universities.

The CSIO Director, Dr R. P. Bajpai, while delivering his lecture in the seminar said the organisation had contributed its technologies to the Army, Navy and Air Force.

The National Research and Technology Consortium (NRTC), Parwanoo, an autonomous organisation of the State Council for Science and Technology and Environment, Punjab, observed the day to commemorate India going nuclear, firing Trishul missile and the maiden test flight of Hansa-3 pilotless aircraft. On the occasion, students and teachers of schools of Parwanoo visited NRTC laboratories and participated in an essay competition.

SAS Nagar: More than 200 students of various schools of Chandigarh and SAS Nagar visited the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) as part of the National Technology Day celebrations here on Sunday.

May 11 has been declared as National Technology Day following the successful trials of atomic bombs at Pokhran five years back.

The students from Manav Mangal High School Sector 21, Chandigarh, and Shivalik Public School were shown around the building and its various departments by a team of faculty members. The students were explained the importance of the kinds of experiments being conducted in the departments. A lecture on pharmacy as a career was also delivered by the Director, Dr C.L. Kaul, to the students.

He informed the students about the exciting careers being introduced in the fields like pharmacy MBA, biotechnology, pharmacy management, etc.

A survey was conducted to assess the students’ awareness and aptitude towards safe use of medicines. Besides the school students, the facilities of the institute were thrown open to the general public.


Need to review foreign institutes’ working”
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
The Union Government needs to seriously review the functioning of foreign institutes offering degrees to Indian students in the country.

A number of such institutes operate from small offices, offer lessons on the internet and “conduct” papers. This was not education in the true sense.

This was stated by Mr Atul Kothari, secretary of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, while addressing a press conference at Panjab University here today.

Mr Kothari said efforts would be made to voice the sentiments concerning the Indian education in wake of the GATT proposals for globalisation of education. Education should be kept out of the services sector.

He said education-related concerns would be discussed at the forthcoming general meeting of the ABVP to be held at Varanasi from May 24 to May 27.

The meeting would review the past academic year and make plans for the future.

The ABVP would discuss the impact of the US-Iraq war in the global scenario.

There would also be a discussion on immediate need for change in the existing course curricula all over the country.

He also spoke on a recent Supreme Court decision to close down the paid seats criterion in government funded institutes.

The message had not been carried out on the ground, he added.

Mr Subhash Sharma, state secretary, Punjab, said the recent fee hike announced by the Punjab Government was anti-academic and protests would be organised throughout the state.


126 students get degrees
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, May 11
As many as 126 students of Government College here received degrees at the annual convocation held today. The chief guest, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, delivered the convocation address on the occasion.

Announcing a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the upgradation of the college library and addition of new books, Mr Bir Devinder Singh promised to hold a meeting with the higher education officials to look into the problems being faced by the college.

Recalling his college days during his lucid address to the students, the Kharar MLA candidly talked about his suspension from the college following an owl hunt.

Quoting Urdu poetry couplets, which elicited jubilant response from the students, Mr Bir Devinder Singh remembered his teachers and exhorted the students to respect their teachers like their parents and respect their college like a place of worship. “Education is important but more important is to gather knowledge”, he said.

Earlier, the college Principal, Mr S.S. Sohi, read out the college report and highlighted the achievements of the college. While 65 students got bachelor of arts degrees, 61 students received bachelor of commerce degrees.

Known for his touchy nature which has caused embarrassment to organisers of many functions in the township, Mr Bir Devinder Singh thanked the Principal of the college for having “taken the risk to make him the chief guest here.”


Books distributed among needy kids
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 11
The local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) under its annual project “Sahyog” distributed books, school uniforms, stationery and bags among 750 students from different government schools at a function held at M.C.M. DAV College, Sector 36 here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ashok Goyal, Director, “Sahyog”, said the BVP under the project had taken a pledge that no child in the country would be left illiterate due to lack of resources and financial help.

The general manager, SBI, Mr J.P Verma, who was the chief guest lauded the role of the BVP and also donated Rs 15,000 to the parishad. The function was presided over by National President of the BVP, Justice J.V. Gupta (retd.) and M.D, Kamla Dials and Devices Ltd., Mr Yashovardhan Saboo, was the guest of honour.


Focus on inculcation of civic values

Students in a fencing match in the school

Mohit Kumar, Class II

Pradeep Kumar, Class VII

Puneet Kumar, Class XII

Gurinder Singh, Class X

This premier and prestigious Government aided co-educational institution is situated on the National Highway-21 on Chandigarh-Ropar road at Kurali with natural surroundings spreaded in ten acres of land was shifted from Chakwal (now in Pakistan) in 1948 under the D.A.V.College Managing Committee, New Delhi. It was re-established in the sarai of Sh.Raghuwar Dyal with the tireless and never-ending efforts of Late Babu Balwant Rai Ji, its founder Manager and Late Sh.Budh Ram Ji being its first Principal. It was further re-juvenated to its existing building in 1950.

The school is affiliated to the D.A.V. College Managing Committee, New Delhi. Its day-to-day affairs are managed by local Managing Committee under the stewardship of Sh.Dhani Ram Ji, its Chairman and Sh.Sushil K.Kaushal as its Manager. There is not an iota of doubt that the school has been rendering unprecedented services in the field of education to the masses and classes of this area for the last 55years and has produced a large number of students who are holding eminent positions in their chosen vocations.

The motto of the school is inherent in its functioning and sincere service to the nation i.e." Inculcation of civic virtues". Keeping in view the criteria of an ideal school, the school satisfies all the essential requirements of the modern era with undaunted determination not to shift from its main function i.e. to inculcate civic virtues in its students.

The school has a vast ideal building with all the civic amenities and extensive playgrounds. It has 65 spacious classrooms, three well -equipped science laboratories of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, a hi-tech computer lab, a big auditorium and lush green lawns. The school is proud of sending forth the students to compete and adjust themselves in various spheres of life. Its students and teachers have touched new heights of glory and perfection in their occupation and profession in real life. The school imparts instruction from fifth to senior secondary level in Medical, Non-medical, commerce and Humanities at senior secondary level and is permantely affiliated to Punjab School Education Board. The school has a tradition of showing excellent results in board examination every year. Even this year 13 students have been selected in Medical and Engineering Colleges. Out of these, two have been selected for Aeronautical Engineering.

The school teaches the discipline and competition through games and sports with provision of out-door and in-door games i.e. Basketball, Hockey, Cricket, Handball, Volleyball,

Athletics, Lawn-Tennis, Fencing, Weight-Lifting, Badminton, Wrestling etc. It is a matter of honour that this school has been adopted by SAI (Sports Authority of India) in Martial Arts providing services of the three experienced coaches. The Principal of the school Sh.S.N.Verma. has been awarded for the meritorious services in the field of education. He is holding the key posts of General Secretary District Tournament Committee for the last six years and the President of District Fencing Association.

The N.C.C. Infantry wing of the school is imparting military training to the 100 cadets. Besides, the academic and sports achievements, the school has earned a great name and fame in various cultural activities such as folk dances, debates and declamation contests. Above all, discipline and character building are the top priorities of the school. The dedicated and highly qualified Principal and the members of the staff are toiling not to leave any stone unturned for the harmonious development of the pupils.


Focus on practical teaching’’
On reforms in education

To meet the changing demands of ever-changing scenario, reforms in education are required. Instead of theoretical knowledge, more emphasis should be laid on the practicability to enable the students to compete and adjust themselves in every walk of life. Besides, the present education system should be redesigned so that it inculcates the civic virtues among the students.

On tuitions

Jaspal Singh, Class VIII

In this new competitive era, no doubt, specialized coaching is required to supplement class-room teaching. But it should not be commercialised. It is better if it is arranged within the school campus after the school hours to make it affordable by all the sections of the society.

On the most important aspect of school's education imparting system

The education imparting system should not be a mechanical one. The teacher should act as a source of inspiration to create immense interest among the students. So the teacher is supposed to act as a friend, philosopher and guide to attain the desired results.

On the role of class- room teaching in a computer-aided education age?

The computer plays an important role in teaching- learning process as an aid in the class-room. It should be a supplement not a substitute for a teacher keeping the teacher-taught relations intact. Mechanical relations should not dominate the human relations.


Poems by students

My yearning

I wish I were a bird

Aiming to fly high and high I wish I could fly

And, touch the horizon Of the earth and the sky. I wish I were a bird

Singing songs of joy

For other to shed their sorrows And, to enjoy.

Ruchika Verma, Class+1

Adoration of good deeds

This world is a stage

Where a man has a little space

Men come and men go

But, the world remains the so.

All men act according to their will The role of some bores and others thrill. Some do heroic deeds While, some are villians

And, do not spare even saints.

I do admire the role of those

Who, live for others and do not oppose In this world, one comes and goes

Who do good deeds, good are those.

Ruchika Verma

My wish

I wish I were an Astronaut

Anxious to explore world's new And skies' blue.

I wish I could sit in a rocket

And, watch all things true

I wish I could step on heavenly bodies And, make my dreams come true.

Ruchika Verma



My child's education

With the commencement of the new academic year in the schools, a child's education has become one of the most common topics of discussion at City Beautiful's social circuit. Be it a kitty party or a birthday bash or a wedding reception, "which school is your child going to?" is the best way to break the ice even with complete strangers. "My son is doing a crash course for entrance tests at ABC Engineering Centre", declares Mrs K. At this, Mrs R recalls that her child is studying in one of the most expensive schools of the city. "The school has a great infrastructure, AC rooms and well cushioned seats…" she points out.

"Education is a very costly affair these days", chips in a third young mother. "It is very difficult to bring up children, you know". But who is to blame? Is it the economy in a never ending tailspin? Or the inflation? Or the materialistic approach of the society, western values or the lust for money and glamour?

Gone are the days when a child went to the school on foot or a bicycle, sat on a jute bag spread on the floor, wrote with a chalk on a slate memorized the tables by heart, got canned by the teacher for failing do homework and during the recess, ate his frugal lunch lovingly packed by his mother in an old newspaper. Now he goes to the school in a bus, or an auto rickshaw, has an expensive school bag packed with even more expensive books. Chalk has been replaced by a set of pencils and pens while slate has given way to notebooks. He drinks his water from a thermos bottle and eats his lunch packed in a thermal Tiffin box. Little wonder, the cost of education has skyrocketed.

But most parents do not seem to mind spending anything on their child's education. "I want to give the best to my child because I can afford it", rationalizes a young parent couple. "This is something we missed in our childhood because our parents could not do it either because they had a large family to look after or maybe because their resources were limited or also perhaps not many things were available then to make life more bearable".

But now things have changed. So have the values. "If you have the moolah, flaunt it", is the unwritten rule. And it is reflected in the new TV sets, expensive flashy cars, a lavishly furnished house and sending kids to costly schools. There are any number of children who come to the school on mobikes and cars and carry mobiles into the classroom.

But when money begins to dominate the every day life, it becomes difficult to impart right values to children and teach them the value of money. Children feel rejected and fail to imbibe proper moral and social values. The parents try to compensate for their lack of attention by showering their children with expensive toys, gifts, gadgets and more money. Little wonder, the children are unable to fathom the value of money and appreciate the hard work required to earn it.

But it must be remembered that children never rise higher than the ideals their parents set. A good mother and father teach their children all the values of life by their personal example.

Ours is a breathless age. We are constantly on the go and rushed for time. In order to have a home where the family exists as a close knit, cohesive group and where every member has full scope to develop and be happy, we should arrange our days in such a way as to devote adequate time to our children. In due course, you will find that finding time for children is no longer difficult and has become easy as getting out of the bed in the morning.

 Aruna Bhardwaj, Teacher, D.A.V. Public School, Sector 8-C Chandigarh



Daily News Quiz

How well do you read The Tribune?

1. What is the full form of VHP?

2. What is the name given the light combat aircraft by the Prime Minister?

3. Name the US deputy secretary of State who is on a South Asia tour.

4. Which state of India was in the news this week for killings of 31 non tribals?

5. Which state team won the Ranji Trophy ?

The first ten correct entries received will be published in this space next week. Your entries should reach us by email at by May 17, 2003

Answers to last week’s quiz:1.All Party Hurriyat Conference 2.Ankur Garg 3.Mr Rajan Kashyap 4.World Labour day 5. Justice O.P.Verma

Correct entries sent by: Nikhil Agarwal, Aakriti Gupta, Parminder Pannu, Jasmeet Sahni, Preeti Agarwal, Aditi Gupta, Abhinandan Sharma


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Folk dance contests at Kala Gram
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
The first day of the dance contests that began at Kala Gram this evening saw a fairly encouraging response from various schools in Chandigarh and Panchkula.

The contests that will last till May 13 are being organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre, with the purpose of providing exposure to youngsters.

The three-day long competition schedule took off at about 6.15 pm with 23 entries being recorded in various contests organised today. The results of the contests are being withheld for the time being and will be declared together with the results of other categories on May 13.

Entries to various categories are listed here: In the group dance (5 to 8 years) category, there were nine participants; giddha junior (8 to 12) category attracted only two teams, whereas giddha senior (12 to 17 years) saw four teams participating.

In the bhangra senior category (12 to 17 years), there were four teams. There was no participant in the bhangra junior category. Next in line came Ghoomer, the folk dance of Haryana, which attracted 4 teams in the senior category. There was no team in the junior section.

Among the schools that participated in various categories today were Moti Ram Arya, Chandigarh, Moti Ram Arya, Panchkula, Guru Nanak Khalsa School, Chandigarh, Rising Star Disabled Youth Club, Chandigarh, Shivalik Public School, Chandigarh, Ajit Karam Singh International School, Chandigarh, St Stephen’s School, Panchkula, JV Modern School, Chandigarh, DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Panchkula, among others.


Classical vocalist who researched film music
Aditi Tandon

Chandigarh, May 11
Inspite of being a quintessential classical vocalist, Uma Garg did not think twice before selecting film music as her research project. As a classical singer trained in the celebrated gharanas of music like Rampur-Seswan, Kirana and others, she felt the need to determine the levels of popularity of classical vis-a-vis film music.

It was this sense of responsibility that drove Uma towards the little-explored area of film music which has sustained itself for decades. Little had she known that her topic for Ph.D research would take the shape of a book that will win accolades for its qualitative content and engaging presentation of facts. In 2001, Uma Garg’s book titled ‘Sangeet Ka Saundarya Bodh (Filmi Sangeet Ke Sandarbh Mein)’ (Aesthetics of film music), bagged the National Film Festival Award for the best book. She was honoured by the former President of India, Mr K.R. Narayanan, on the same stage where Asha Bhonsle was bestowed with the prestigious Dada Sahib Phalke Award.

In the city for a presentation at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Uma still appeared overwhelmed by her success. “It was not meant to be projected like that. I had never even expected that the effort would be acknowledged by the best in India. When I began, I simply wanted to determine the reasons why the popularity of film songs was greater than that of classical presentations. I started with researching the music of films made as early as in 1935 and went on to study how music makers of those years paid attention to details like changing social trends. The results amazed me. I found that film music reflected social aspirations to a great extent. Also, the greatest of classical singers took pride in singing for films.”

The research spanned four decades and was published as a book about two years back. The award came soon after. Uma, now in the Faculty of Music at Delhi University, has also written another book, ‘Raga Vishleshan’ (An analysis of ragas). She says, “This book deals extensively with 10 ragas like Yaman and Bilawal. I am in the process of writing three more volumes, featuring some other ragas.”

Besides being an instructor, Uma Garg is currently under the tutelage of Pt Bhimsen Joshi, who is teaching her better techniques of presentation and perfection. Trained in classical stream by legends like Ustad Hafiz Ahmad Khan of the Rampur-Seswan gharana, Pt Maniprasad of the Kirana gharana and, now Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Uma still feels that she needs to learn more. “Learning is a continuous process. The moment you feel complacent, you cease to exist. My life is where I find music. I will feel proud of myself, if during the course of this life, I can perfect even a single raga,” says the humble Bengali woman, who believes music to be a form of social conscience.

Later, she performed at Pracheen Kala Kendra in Sector 35.


Sculpture exhibition shows 20 yogasanas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
A sculpture exhibition by P.S. Sawhney displaying 20 statues depicting various techniques of yoga was inaugurated this morning at the Indus-Ind gallery.

The exhibition makes a statement of quality and beauty, both at the same time. On display are statues depicting asanas and yoga kriyas like Padmasana, Siddhasana, Bhujangasana, Ardhsalabasana, Salabhasana, Dhanurasana, Halasana, Paschimatanasana, Ardhamatsyendrasana, Mayurasana, Viparita karani, Saranghasana, Matsyasana, Sirsana, yoga mudra, Uddiyana, Dakshina a Nauli, Madhyama Nauli, Vama Nauli and Savasana.

All the sculptures have been created in mixed media and have a beautiful metallic finish. The idea behind the show, as told by Sawhney, is to generate public awareness about the ancient Vedic culture in the visually most striking form. Through the depiction of yogic postures, the artist seeks to inspire people into the practice of yoga.

Himself an ardent yoga practitioner, Sawhney was initiated into yoga about 36 years back. he perfected the techniques of yoga at the world famous Yoga Research Centre, Kaivalydham, Lonavala, Pune. Coupled with the artistic depiction of various yogasanas, the current exhibition also features captions, highlighting the respective strength of asanas.

The exhibition can be viewed at the IndusInd gallery, Sector 8, between 10 am and 6 pm.

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