Tuesday, June 10, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Admissions to CCET: PEC writes to UT
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
With the approval for Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) pending before the All India Council of Technical Education, a question has arisen over how admissions to the college are to be carried out for the forthcoming academic session.

It is learnt that the authorities in the Punjab Engineering College (PEC) associated with the admission process have written to the UT Administration, seeking a decision as to whether admissions to degree courses in CCET are to be carried out on the pattern adopted last year.

Admissions to the CCET are made on the basis of the All India Engineering Entrance Examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education. In the absence of AICTE’s approval, 121 students admitted to CCET were adjusted in PEC with an understanding that once CCET get affiliated with the Panjab University following AICTE’s approval, the students will be shifted to CCET.

While the regional committee of AICTE has reportedly recommended that CCET be granted affiliation with Panjab University after its latest inspection conducted a few weeks ago, the final approval of the council continues to remains pending. This means that CCET students will have to continue attending classes at PEC. There is no approval yet from Panjab University or AICTE for increase in seats for CCET students at PEC in the second year.

Though PEC appraised the UT Administration of the situation several weeks ago, it is still to receive any response from the Administration, though, the UT Home Secretary is reported to have written to the Vice Chancellor of Panjab University, seeking extension of affiliation granted to the CCET students in PEC, who would be moving onto the second year of their course.

The Chandigarh Administration had decided to upgrade the erstwhile Central Polytechnic to Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, with two courses — Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Electrical Communication and Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering — to start from the 2002-03 session.

No objection certificates for starting these courses were obtained from the Administration as well as Panjab University, and the AICTE was then approached for its approval. Expert committees from AICTE visited CCET for inspection three times since May, 2002, but refused to grant approval on grounds that the CCET was lacking the requisite infrastructure and faculty to run engineering courses.

In the meantime, the UT Administration, through PEC principal, who is also holding the additional charge of CCET Principal, approached Panjab University, which allowed an increased intake in PEC for the 2002-03 session in the two aforementioned BE courses.

In view of this increased intake, the administration advised PEC principal to go ahead for admission in the two courses in CCET, with an intake of 60 students each, and accordingly such students admitted to the CCET were adjusted against the increased number of seats in PEC.


Admission schedule for Class XI in govt schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
The admission season in government schools for Class XI is all set to take off with the UT Education Department announcing the schedule for the seats of the science, commerce and arts stream.

Admission schedule for govt schools

*Availability of forms from June 16

Centres: GMSSS-19, 23, 33, 40 and GMSSS-Mani Majra Complex

*Last date for submission of forms: June 25

Centre: GMSSS-23

*Admissions to be held from July 2 to July 17

Centre: GMSSS-23

The admission forms and prospectus would be available at five centres of GMSSS-19, 23, 33, 40 respectively and at GMSSS-Mani Majra Complex from June 16 while the last date for submission of forms is June 25, according to the schedule.

These forms would have to be submitted at GMSSS-23 where the centralised admissions would be conducted.

The forms of applicants would be sorted out according to options and percentages in the following week and admissions would begin on July 2 and continue till July 17.

Meanwhile, the department has increased the total number of seats available by adding sections of science, arts and commerce in a few schools. In Government Model Schools of Sector 8 and 32, a section each of 60 students has been added while the government model school in Sector 32 will also have two additional sections of the Arts stream.

The Model School in Sector 37 has been allotted a section of 50 students for the science stream.

This section has been shifted from the school in Sector 23 while the ordinary school in the same sector has been given an arts section.

The centralised system of admission being followed in the city for the last few years has helped in streamlining the process with students not having to run around filling separate forms for various government schools. Instead, now, the students are required to mention their choice of schools priority wise on the form and depending upon the cut-off percentage, admissions are made.

All schools have their fee counters on the same premises which, further, speeds up the process of admission, considerably reducing the time involved in the process.


Arts workshop for children
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, June 9
As many as 45 children seem to be enjoying an all-arts appreciation workshop going on at Bal Bhavan in Phase IV here.

Organised by Colman in association with Bal Bhavan and the Sakaar Manch, the three-week workshop is concentrating on art and craft, music, theatre and dance. Children from the age group of four to 16 years are participating in it.

Ms Blossom Ahluwalia, in charge of Bal Bhavan, said today that the workshop was production-based and children were innovating their own plays and enacting them.

The aim was to tap the creativity of children and they were learning a lot about themselves. Introvert children were coming out of their shells.

A psychologist was being invited to talk to children about growing up. In between the workshop, there would be an interaction with the parents of the participants.

Ms Ahluwalia said the painting aspect was being looked after by Ms Sarika Sharma and theatre was being conducted by Mr Sumit Sood.

She said a workshop for women would also be started in the third week of this month.


About Bangladesh

Fact File

Official Name: People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Capital: Dhaka

Population: 131,269,860

Currency: Taka

Type of Government: Parliamentary democracy

Date of independence: December 1971

Language(s): Bangla, English

Major cities: Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Mymensingh

Continent: Asia

Website: www.virtualbangladesh.com

BANGLADESH is a riverine country located in South Asia between the foothills of the Himalayas and the Indian Ocean. It is almost completely surrounded by India on three sides. It shares a small stretch of its south eastern border with Myanmar. To its south is the Bay of Bengal.

The country is characterized by alluvial plains which are dissected by numerous connecting rivers as well as streams and the country is vulnerable to both flood and drought.

The terrain is mostly flat alluvial plain, with hills rising only in Chittagong region of the southeast and the northeastern region of Sylhet.

The country is covered by lush vegetation with bamboo and palm forests mixed with monsoonal forests while the areas of the south are covered with mangroves and hardwood forests.

Bangladesh has a tropical monsoonal climate, with cool, dry winters, hot and humid summers and cool, rainy monsoon.

Agriculture accounts for 33% of GDP, 65% of employment, and one-fifth of the exports. It is the world’s largest exporter of jute. Agricultural products include jute, rice, wheat, tea, sugarcane, potatoes, beef, milk, poultry, while there is a shortage in production of wheat, vegetable oils and cotton.

Major industries include aluminum works, fertilizers, fishing, glass works, jute mining, paper and leather processing, shipyards, sugar refining, tea and textiles.

Bangladesh's major trading partners are the USA, Mozambique, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Japan and other West European countries.It exports garments, jute and jute goods, leather and shrimp, while it imports capital goods, petroleum, food and textiles.


Prospectus for city govt colleges on Admn’s website
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
Common prospectus for all four government colleges in the city has been finalised and placed at the Chandigarh Administration’s website: http://chandigarh.nic.in, according to a statement issued here today.

The admission form along with the prospectus can be downloaded from the site by students desiring to seek admission in the government colleges and submit the filled-up form along with a bank draft of Rs 50 in favour of the Principal of the college concerned. Last date for admission will be notified by the colleges individually.


A singer with a mission
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, June 9
Gurvinder, popularly known as Ginda, is beginning to climb the ladder of success as a singer now, but his reputation as ‘a man with a mission’ preceds his fame as a singer. His mission is to help physically challenged youth and to restore their self-confidence by teaching them bhangra and making them experts in the dance form.

When he started the Rising Star Disabled Youth Club, it was just an impulse to do something different and meaningful in life. But soon the impulse became his passion. He trained 14 physically challenged youth in folk dances mainly bhangra and took them to stages worldwide. His efforts have finally borne fruit as the T-Series company has agreed to make a video on his bhangra troupe which will be used for his next music album.

“It is a difficult task to teach bhangra, an energetic dance form, to those who suffer from different handicaps but as a whole their movements have to be synchronised,” he said.

And since majority of the physically challenged suffer from low self-esteem, it makes his task all the more difficult .”More than their physical problem, their negative attitude is the major hurdle, but once you convince them that they can do it, the rest comes easy,” he says. But what inspired him to take up such a difficult task? “One of my friends who suffers from disability, encouraged me to do something for people like him,” he says.

Ginda is not just instilling self-esteem and a sense of purpose into the physically challenged but is motivating them to contribute their part to the building of society. “We organise activities such as blood donation camps and we engage all members of the club in those activities,” says Ginda.

Ginda, a trained singer both in the classical and folk forms, has taken up music as a career. After getting training from Joginder Ghanoot in classical music and Lal Chand Yamala Jat in folk and classical for several years, Ginda has come out with his first solo album ‘Sundri Mundri’.” I wanted to be sure about my talent before I took up singing as a career, says Ginda.

Ginda has another passion too, of acting. A theatre artiste, who has acted in many plays under eminent playwright and director Gursharan Singh, Ginda also played one of the lead roles in a television serial called “Apni Mitti.” While waiting for good offers from TV and Cinema, Ginda at present is busy preparing for his next album which should be out in another four-five months.

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