Wednesday, August 20, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Special chance to improve results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Panjab University plans to give a special chance to post graduate students for improving their previous results. This will be done following acceptance of a resolution of Dr Amarjit Singh Dua which comes up for consideration before the forthcoming syndicate meeting on August 25.

A committee has recommended that “ one and only one special chance(as one time exception only) be given to all those MA, M.Sc and M.Com students who had passed their respective examination between April, 1994 and April, 1998. The grace period of five years for these students had already expired.

The chance will also be extended to students who had taken their two chances of improvement in their examination after 1998 without improving their results.

Students will be required to appear in the examination under the existing syllabus on payment of Rs 5000 as the special fee.

The university will constitute a special disciplinary committee for campus students. The committee with the Dean, Student Welfare, as the chairman will include the Dean, Student Welfare(Women), Dean, University Instructions, Director of the Campus Sports, Prof P.S. Jaswal, Dr Keya Dharamvir, Dr Satyavir Singh, Dr D.V. Rai, Dr Veena Sachdeva and vice-president and secretary of the student council.

The university plans to refund the extra money paid by students. “The excess fees paid to the university by a student, for whatever will be refunded after forfeiting 10 per cent of the fee paid in excess.”

The Vice-Chancellor, in anticipation of the approval of various university bodies and the Centre, has allowed introduction of diploma in translation (English to Hindi and Punjabi) in the affiliated colleges. The university proposes to institute Professor Pradeep Kumar Memorial Lecture in the Department of Political Science in memory of the renowned scholar who passed away last year. 


College hopping for classes may go
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Panjab University proposes to waive the condition of attending classes in another college for students who wish to take up a subject that is not being offered by their college.

A proposal to this effect, by Principal Jaswant Singh and Principal Harmit Kaur, will come up for consideration before the forthcoming syndicate meeting of the university. It has, however, been clarified that the subject should not involve practical examinations.

Even under the existing regulation” a regular candidate of an affiliated college can take a subject, including honours, in which his college is not affiliated by attending the prescribed course of instructions in that subject in another affiliated college.” Earlier the principal of the college concerned was required to certify that the student had completed a specified number of lectures and report it to the Controller of Examination.

The explanatory note for the proposal says that “ at present the regulation provides that if a regular candidate wants to study a subject for which his college is not affiliated then such a candidate is required to attend lectures in some other college where the subject is available. The pre-condition is not possible to be fulfilled in villages, towns and cities which have just one college. Students of these areas are deprived of the facility of taking a subject not offered by their colleges”.

It has also been pointed out that a large number of candidates appear privately and are not required to attend the classes in any college. Under such circumstances, the university should allow the concession of taking up one paper without attending the classes as regular students.

The note adds that “ when a student wants to migrate from one college to the other due to family circumstances, he faces difficulty in joining due to lack of teaching facilities in one of his papers. The amendment will also help this category of students.

Dinesh Kumar, a student, said the problem of all subjects not being available for students in all colleges was particularly more prevalent in colleges in rural areas and small towns. The students of such places have difficulty in taking up options that their college did not offer because they were required to attend classes in another college. If a student attended a class in another college, he would be loosing two to three lectures in his own college, he added.


No takers for BSc (Home Science)
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 19
The unpopularity of science in undergraduate classes has touched a new low. Government College, here has not a single student enrolled in the three-year Bachelors of Science (BSc) (Home Science) course in the college.

Seats in all three-year classes are vacant and the two teachers employed full time for these courses are now involved in teaching home science to students who take it as an optional subject in BA. Stating that none of the 13 students enrolled last year in BSc I (home science) were able to clear the final examination, Mrs Gunjeet, one of the two teachers said as a result the second year had no students.

‘There are no students in the third year also as the three students we had last year have passed out. There have been no new takers for the first year course this year.’’ said Mrs Rupinder Ghumman, another home science teacher.

Both teachers, however, state that the course is not popular because the curriculum is outdated and considered to be tough by the students. ‘‘Students have to read plus one level of pure science subjects as part of the first year syllabus. Most of the students who want to do BSc. (home science) cannot manage that level of science as they are from an art background,’’ said Mrs Gunjeet.

Further, these teachers pointed that the subject was also being offered as one of the optional subjects in BA where it is popular. ‘‘We have over 50 students in the three BA classes who have taken home science. But when it comes to BSc, the students prefer to do BSc in pure sciences rather than applied science.’’ said Mrs Rupinder Ghumman. Reiterating that home science syllabus in the first year is too demanding, the college Principal, Mr Harkuldip Singh, said the college would continue to offer the subject in at least next two sessions.

The BSc (home science) course had been shifted from Government College Ropar, in 1998 as there too, the number of students had dwindled down to three or four each year. ‘‘It was thought that the course will be more popular in an area near Chandigarh which has a full fledged home science college. But here in SAS Nagar too the course has become popular. However this can be attributed to the general fall of demand for the BSc courses. Even in the Home Science College in Chandigarh the BSc (home science) seats are vacant,’’ said a college teacher.


40 students forced to leave physical education
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 19
Forty students of BA Part-I at the local Government College, who had opted for physical education as a subject, have been “forced” to opt for another subject.

Almost one month after these students had been admitted to the college with physical education as an optional subject, 40 of them were asked to leave the subject yesterday after failing to clear a fitness test. Inspite of the heavy downpour, the students were asked to participate in a 100 m race and the winners were screened for taking the subject. Though no reason has been assigned for the decision, it has created quite a furore in the student community.

Lashing out at the college authorities for “ forcing” them to opt out of the subject, the students have now demanded that the college refund their fee so that they can apply elsewhere.

The admissions began on July 1 and as many as 113 students who had opted for physical education as a subject were admitted. After admissions were completed the classes began on July 14 and students had been attending the classes regularly. However, in the last week of July the college authorities decided that not more than 60 students be allowed to opt for the subject and thus began the exercise of filtering out students.

While some students were “coerced” to change the subject, the authorities had decided to hold a fitness test for screening the remaining students. It was earlier decided to hold the fitness test on August 16, but the same day was declared a holiday by the Chief Secretary, Haryana, in lieu of the Independence day celebrations on August 15. The next date for screening was fixed on August 18.

No other government college at Barwala or Kalka offer physical education as a subject. Students from Panchkula, Pinjore, Kalka, Barwala, Morni, Raipur Rani and even from Naraingarh in Ambala district join the college for this reason only.

The college authorities maintain that there are only 60 seats sanctioned for physical education , philosophy, political science, history, geography, home science, economics and music at the graduation level. There are just two faculty members in Physical Education Department

The college Principal, Mrs Usha Malik, said she was away yesterday and knows nothing about the screening of students.


Plus two compartment results out
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 19
Most schools have attained the pass percentage of over 70 per cent with Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, securing a pass percentage of 98 in the class XII CBSE compartment result declared here today.

The schools which showed outstanding result in this category are GMSSS, Sector- 18 with a pass percentage of 86.19, followed by the GMSSS, Sector-19 with 86.19 percent passing the exam. Others like the GMSSS, Sector-10 secured 79.33 pass percentage, while the GMSSS, Sector- 20 and 21 secured 75.9 and 75.5 pass percentage respectively. In Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22 and 23, 67.97 and 78.3 per cent students cleared the examination.

With the increase in the pass percentage of the compartment students, the revised result sheet for class XII shows that a total number students who have cleared the Plus two examination this year has gone upto 4915 out of the grand total of 5423 who had appeared in the examination.

“Introduction of summer classes for the students is the reason for such a high success rate,” said Mr D. S. Mangat, DPI (Schools). 


Engineering College launches newsletter
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 19
The Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, launched its newsletter here today. A special function was organised in the college to mark the occasion. The function was presided by Mr Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman of the college.

Speaking on the occasion, the chairman congratulated the college magazine committee and advised the students that there was no substitute for hard work and sincerity. He assured the students of all possible facilities for their academic and other extra curricular requirements.


Music contest held in founder’s memory
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 19
Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 42, organised an inter-school music competition on the school campus here today to mark the birth anniversary of Ms Ajit Karam Singh, its founder.

At least 18 schools from the city and nearby areas took part in the contest which was conducted in two categories — group song and duet. In the duet category, 10 teams rendered non-filmi songs while in the group song category, at least 17 teams presented patriotic songs.

A panel of judges comprising of Ms Suneeta, a renowned television and radio artiste and Subhash Ghosh, famous instrumentalist and President of Academy of Indian Classical Music and Fine Arts, judged the event. Mrs Rajesh Choudhury, District Education Officer, who was the chief guest presided over the function.

The contest in the duet category was won by St John’s High School, Sector 26, followed by St Kabir School and Stepping Stone High School, Sector 38, in the second and third positions, respectively.

In the group song category, Stepping Stone High School, Sector 38, bagged the first prize. Vivek High School, Sector 38 and Government High School, Kajheri won the second and third prize, respectively. In both the categories Institute of Blind, Sector 26, won the consolation prize. 


‘Hawayein’ of 1984 riots
Parbina Rashid

Chandigarh, August 19
‘Hawayein’ is the portrayal of that wind which swept the country in 1984, unleashing a reign of terror that had its origin in Operation Bluestar leading to Indira Gandhi’s assassination and the subsequent victimisation of the people in Punjab in the years that followed. Ready to be released on August 22, the film “Hawayein “ is an a collective effort of five youngsters Nippy Dhanoa, Baldev Bhatti, Babbu Mann and Amrinder Singh .

“The subject we had picked up for our film did not have much appeal in the film circle, so we all had to chip in to produce the film,” said Ammtoje Mann who plays an important part in the film as a writer, director and lead actor of the film addressing a press conference in Chandigarh Press Club here today. “The film based on the hard facts that happened during that time but it has been our sincere effort to show both side of the story,” added Ammtoje. Though Ammtoje has acted in Punjabi films and has directed few Punjabi music videos, “Hawayein” is his first directorial venture.

The film is being made in Hindi with all the commercial trappings so that it reaches the widest audience possible. “When innocents were forced to rebel against injustice and labeled terrorist by the existing government, everyone in the country should know the real circumstances which led them to do what they did,” said Ammtoje. The story starts from Operation Bluestar but mainly focuses on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination depicted through the transformation of a young boy from a music lover to a guntotter.

The film also incorporates short takes on those riot victims both from Delhi and Punjab who went through the harrowing experience of losing their near and there ones. “During our research for the script we met these people and incorporated their interviews,” said Ammtoje.

Unwilling to reveal the money involved in the project, Ammtoje said the film has production value on par with most Bollywood films. “We did not have much problem with censor but yes the subject did raise quite a few eyebrows in Parliament,” said the director.

The film has about six songs, all written by Babbu Mann. Besides Babbu Mann other singers include Sadhna Sargam, Jaspinder Narula, Preeti Uttam and Sukhwinder Singh. Babbu Mann, who has transformed himself from the jean clad pop star to a turban wearing sardar for his role, has not just tried his hand at acting but also has sung for the first time in Hindi.

The cast include Ammtoje Mann, Babbu Mann, Kamini Kaushal, Kulbhusan Kharbanda, Mukul Dev, Tom Alter, Mukesh Tiwari, Ashish Duggal and introduces two new artistes Aanandi Tripathi and Rimpy Gill.



You have left behind the protective seclusion of an all-girls' college. Are now riding into a world of Casanovas and Don Juans on your single cylinder flying machine called scooter. Feeling the wind of freedom blowing soft across your fair visage, you are all set to offer lift. Yes, without discrimination. To the "first one you spot on the bumpy highway to your young heart wildly thumping for love pangs".

The reason behind your anxiety is there for all to see. In an institute where the entry of guys into the campus, and your heart, was strictly prohibited for all these years, you had to no option, or exposure.

It's true, every now and then your gang of "behangis", with oil dripping tresses, used to drive down to a fast food joint in the evenings. For savoring chicken-in-a-bun, and love.

Reposing on the comfortable wooden chairs, they would giggle at the guys sitting across, every time they looked back in wonder. But had little courage to talk. In fact, one or two would stammer every time a wooer approached.

Those were the days when sitting on the campus stairs you would discuss for hours your climb up the academic ladder into the University. Where bill-and-cooers flipped through the yellowing pages of English literature. After huddling together on the same bench.

Now that you are there in the campus with squires and cavaliers all around, you wish to waste little time and energy on useless pursuits like studies. No wonder, your eager eyes are scanning the horizon for "anyone worth being seen with".

But before you halt for your journey into affection, make sure you are taking the right decision. Just listen to our experts before you leap into the unknown.

"Desperation to enjoy the company of the opposite sex among a few is understandable, specially if they have not studied in co-education institutes," says young psychologist Radhika Verma. "But that does not mean they should start whispering sweet nothings with the first ones they come across in their forlorn lives".

Giving details, Verma asserts, "So many times you must have seen couple `not made for each other' walking down the narrow dimly-lit lanes of life. In majority of such cases, it is not love at first sight, but with the first one. You should avoid this practice at all costs. One must realise it is not affection, but simply manifestation of desperation to achieve something one has so often seen on the small screen, but not experienced."

Yes, you have guessed it right. Verma is in favour of "selective" love affairs. "Most of us do not take into consideration caste, creed, and even complexion, of the suitable boy before taking chances," she explains. "This, in fact, is the root cause of all the problems".

She adds, "No, I am not suggesting you should discriminate on religious lines or other such factors. But if your parents are likely to object, and you do not have the courage to stand up against the unfavourable winds, you should not be taking `pangas'. Rather, you should be aware of your own limitations".

Love, she concludes, "is a spiritual coupling of two souls. No doubt about it. But make sure the souls are alike if you are not daring enough to fight".


New trends
Changing profile of city gets another boost

The changing profile of the City Beautiful has received another boost with the opening today of Copper Chimney, the wellknown restaurant chain from Mumbai. Located in Sector 26 on Madhya Marg, the restaurant is tastefully laid out offering both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian menus. The common factory them is the strong northern Indian flavours. The most striking aspect of the interior of Copper Chimny is the kitchen which is incorporated into the restaurant as its integral part and divided from diners only by a huge transparent glass wall. All customers dining or lunching at restaurant can watch the entire fascinating process of their food being prepared piping hot in the tandoor or the charcoal grille. "We are specialising in North Indian and purely Indian dishes", said Mrs Shikha Nath, the restauranteur from Mumbai. "The foods of Punjab and the North West Front province, fresh succulent and very strong on nourishment ... these are the authentic foods which will be prepared and served at Copper Chimney.

"And although you will find the food fabulouses", promises Mrs Nath, the prices of the items on the menu are all very reasonable and within reach of the budget of the average luncher or diner..." ASP


What's in-What's out

Hey kids, forget all about wearing bandanas to the University campus. They may secure your oil-less tresses from the vigilant glare of the seniors so obsessed with ragging, but look so outdated.

This is not all. Bandanas are good for the winters. They do not allow the piercing winter winds to give you a headache. But they kind of look odd in the rainy reason. Do not protect you either. So folks, neatly fold those bandanas and stack them in some remote corner of your cupboard till the winters of 2003.

Instead, go in for rainproof hats in the monsoons. Yes, you have guessed it right. They are the latest scream among city youngsters. The reason behind their popularity is not very hard to see.

Rainproof hats are not only "water resistant", they are also "practical" for the rainy and the windy days. They also look chic. No doubt about it. Slightly holding on to your head, the wind fails to carry them away.

There is more to it. The hats are "light". And they simply refuse to wrinkle. That, in fact, is the best thing about these hats. So folks, you do not even have to be cautious while carrying the "compact" hats with you to the classes. Rather, you can carry the stuff in your purse, or even pocket. The story does not end here. The hats are easy to clean. You do not even have to visit a dry cleaner for reviving the brand new look. You can even hand wash the hats. Or just wipe them for that swanky look.

You do not even have to pull out much dough from your pocket for taking home the hats. Just go to any of the markets in the city and pick up a hat for just Rs 100. That's all folks. 


Top nonsense titles

The groups make sense, so do the songs. Only the titles do not. That is the reason why the numbers figure in the list so painfully complied by Radio Buzz just for you. Have a nice time and happy listening.

De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da The Police

Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Otis Reading

Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu Bad Manners

Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da The Beatles

I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do Abba

Um Um Um Um Um Um Wayne Fontana

Doobedood' ndoobe Doobedood' ndoobe Diana Ross

Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo Westworld

Da Doo Ron Ron The Crystals

Na Na Na Cozy Powell 


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