Tuesday, June 3, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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PEC-TBRL MoU on joint research
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 2
To stimulate the development of indigenous high-end technology and broad base research activities, the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), a Chandigarh-based establishment under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Punjab Engineering College (PEC) for executing a joint advanced scientific research programme.

The programme is expected to be beneficial to PEC students pursuing masters’ degree in engineering, wherein their project work tends to get bogged down due to the non-availability of finances and equipment. Joint research programmes, as defined from time to time, will be undertaken at the PEC. Periodic consultancy on various technical aspects at the PEC and the TBRL, participation of PEC faculty in certain activities at the TBRL and exchange of scientists and faculty members between the two organisations are included in the agreement.

The MoU also includes studies at the level of masters in science and masters in technology as well as Ph.D programmes by DRDO scientists and PEC faculty through specially tailored courses. Given the TBRL’s field of activity, departments of electronics, computer science, metallurgy, aeronautics and production engineering at the PEC are expected to have a greater role in the execution of the agreement.

Set up in 1968, the TBRL is one of DRDO’s major technical bases in the field of armament studies. The laboratory facilitates basic and applied research in high explosives, detonics and shock waves by evolving data and design parameters for new armament. It has a major role in the country’s nuclear and missile programmes.

The DRDO will be responsible for making funds available for the research programmes. It will give a grant for Rs 15 lakh for non-recurring expenditure, including equipment, technical literature and computing systems, besides releasing Rs 5 lakh annually for recurring expenditure, which includes salary of research associates. The TBRL and the PEC will make their laboratories and libraries accessible to scientists and faculty members involved in the joint research programmes.

A 14-member joint policy committee has been set up for the academic, administrative and financial management and progress review of the programme. It will be chaired by the PEC Principal, with the TBRL Director as the programme co-ordinator.



Focus on quality education: Verma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 2
The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), today underlined the need for focusing on qualitative education rather than on quantitative education.

Speaking after inaugurating an inter-state camp for children and teachers on ‘Promoting experimental value education’, being organised by the State Council of Education Research and Training, Punjab, here today, he said with the advent of globalisation and liberalisation students could excel and make a place for themselves in the world market only if they got qualitative education.

Stressing the need for strengthening educational infrastructure, he said it should keep pace with the changing times. He said, “We will have to shed parochial approach in education sector. Regional or linguistic issues should not guide education. English medium should act as a universal base for school education to put India on a par with developed nations. In the changing economic era, English medium is necessary for the students to survive and compete in the global market.” He said such camps should be organised more frequently to promote national integration and feeling of oneness among students.

Earlier, Prof J.S. Rajput, Director, National Council for Educational Research and Training, gave an overview of the programme. Ninety students from Assam, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab are participating in the camp that will continue till June 15.



Serving kids of a lesser God
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 2
Godwin Education Society (GES), a local NGO, is engaged in carving out a bright future for children of labourers in colony No. 4, the biggest slum in the city. So far, 40 children have matriculated with the help of the society.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Mr Kamaljit Singh, president of the society, said the society was being run purely on his individual resources and he had never sought any financial help from the government or any financial institution.

He has constructed five small rooms and provided furniture, besides a small library for about 100 children who are taught by five teachers. All teachers are from the colony and are putting in voluntary efforts.

Most of the children studying at the school belong to the labour class. Some of the students are engaged in rag-picking or are working at various dhabas.

“The biggest problem we face is that migrant labourers, along with their children, generally leave for their native places for months every year. Thus, children get out of touch with studies and require extra classes to bring them on a par with others,” said Mr Kamaljit Singh.

“Some children can not come to school in the morning as they go out for work or rag-picking. For these children, we run special classes between 5 pm and 8pm,” he added.

Besides educating poor children, the society regularly carries out a campaign in the colony to educate people about health care and hygiene.

Mr Kamaljit Singh said Rajinder Kumar, one of their former students, who did matriculation with their help, was presently pursuing his BCA course. He had dropped out from the school initially. Later, he came to the society and did his matriculation privately from the Punjab State Education Board. He joined BCA course after completing plus two. “Presently, he is a BCA II student. He is also doing his bit for the society by holding adult education classes. He also spares time for local children interested in computer studies. He teaches them on a computer that he has bought from his savings,” he said.

The society also organises extra-curricular activities at regular intervals for overall development of slum children. Every three months, the society takes children for a picnic to a nearby spot or a religious place.



20-day workshop for children
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 2
It is a summer workshop with difference. Inaugurated at Pioneers’ Nursery School in Sector 23, the workshop, organised by Rainbowz, promises to teach children not only the art of mural and pot making but also painting and sketching. The organisers also promise to enhance child’s personality.

The 20-day package, says one of the organisers, Mr Sukhraj Chahal, includes “nature walk” and “short treks”. “The children will also be encouraged to cool off in the pool,” he adds.

An art and craft exhibition will also be held. “The children will get a chance to exhibit their skills at a cultural function,” adds Ms Anita Kaul, another organiser.

Rainbowz is conducting the workshop for the sixth year now. The intention is to make summer vacations not only interesting but also useful for the children. Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the workshop, the Head of the National Institute of Fashion Designing, Ms Priyanka Singh, said the workshop would give the children a chance to learn more than just routine work.



Geography: About Bahrain

LOCATED in the Middle East, Bahrain is a group of 33 islands in the Persian Gulf, about 40 kilometres off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia. The Qatar peninsula lies to its south-east. The two main islands of this country are Bahrain and Muharraq.

Covering an area of about 700 square kilometres, the islands have no significant rivers. They are flat, hot and humid, receiving little rain. Winters are mild and pleasant but summers are very hot and humid.

The terrain is mostly low desert plain rising gently to low central escarpment, with the highest point, Jabal ad Dukhan rising 122 meters above sea level. Periodic droughts and dust storms are the natural hazards facing the country.

Bahrain's natural resources include oil, associated and no associated natural gas, pearls, shrimp, and fish.

Arable land accounts for about 4.5 per cent of its territory, with the principal agricultural products being fruit, vegetables, poultry and dairy products.

Industrial output includes petroleum processing and refining, aluminium smelting, offshore banking, ship repairing and tourism.

Bahrain has trade relations with India, US, Saudi Arabia, Japan, South Korea, UK and France. It imports crude oil, machinery and chemicals, while it exports petroleum and petroleum products, aluminium and textiles.

Long ruled by the Khalifa family, Bahrain was a British protectorate from 1861 to 1971, when it regained independence. The head of state is a hereditary monarch, while the head of government is the prime minister.

Fact File

Official Name: State of Bahrain

Capital: Manama

Population: 645,361

Currency: Dinar

Type of Government: Constitutional hereditary monarchy

Date of independence: August 15, 1971

Language(s): Arabic, English, Urdu and Farsi.

Major cities: Manama, Sitra, Jidal Alfa, Al Muharraq, Madinat Isa

Continent: Asia



DAV foundation day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 2
DAV Movement Foundation Day was celebrated at DAV College, Sector 10, with great pomp and show. Principals, chairpersons, managers and faculty members of all DAV institutions of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula attended the function.

The secretary, DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, Mr Poonam Suri, was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, he said dedication, devotion and commitment were the only way to progress.

He said the committee had taken a bold step to reconstitute the Arya Yuvak Samaj (AYS), with a view to combat corruption, dowry and vulgarity among the masses. He also suggested that AYS units should be set up in DAV institutions on the pattern of NCC units.



Clothes’ exhibition by students ends

Chandigarh, June 2
A week-long exhibition and sale by students of dress designing course concluded at Government Senior Secondary School at Mani Majra . The DPI (S), Mr D.S. Mangat had inaugurated the exhibition and applauded the efforts of school, students, their parents and the school staff.

The clothes in the exhibition-cum-sale were designed and stitched by the students. The exhibition was thronged by the visitors on all days of the exhibition, which was duly publicised on local cable television channel.

The students were successful and made a sale of Rs 9,000 approximately.



PU students hold dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 2
Members of the Students Organisation of Panjab University staged a dharna outside the office of the Vice-Chancellor in support of their demands on Monday. According to a press note, members of the organisation had demanded that the examination answer sheets of the English Department be evaluated by examiners from outside the university, which was not agreed upon by the Dean University Instructions. They added that a controversy had come to light where due to infighting between the head examiner and other examiners, the marks of students had been drastically changed.


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