Tuesday, September 2, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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From Schools
Mangat plants saplings in school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
Vanamahotsava was celebrated with enthusiasm and fervour at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, here today. The DPI (Schools), Mr DS Mangat, who was the chief guest, planted the first amla sapling, followed by the District Education Officer, Ms Rajesh Chaudhary, and Deputy DEO, Mr Chanchal Singh. The Principal of the school, Ms Suman Sharma, also planted a sapling on the school premises.

Addressing the students on the occasion, Mr Mangat expressed concern over the depleting green cover in the city. He told the students about the importance of preserving the green cover on earth. He encouraged the students to plant trees and take care of the existing ones.

The band troupe of the school presented a guard of honour to the chief guest. A bhangra item and an show of yoga asanas was also presented. Players and winners of different games were also honoured.

While welcoming the chief guest, Ms Gupta lauded the sincere efforts of the school students in making the environment green and clean. She praised the students for looking after the saplings and plants at school.

Nearly 100 saplings of medicinal trees planted on the school premises include neem, maulsari, Bahera, Harar, Shahtoot, Silver Oak, Gulmohar, Amartas, Chandini and Suhanja.

Interviews held

Interviews of JBT teachers were held at the DPI Office, Sector 9, here today. As many as 65 teachers from Punjab and Haryana appeared for the interviews which would continue tomorrow as well.

Out of the total of 105-odd teachers being interviewed by the DPI, 22 teachers would be shortlisted for deputation in government schools of the city.

The UT Education Department had asked for a panel of JBTs from the states of Punjab and Haryana. In response to this, the two states had sent in their panels to the department.

Founder’s Day

Students participate in the Founder’s Day celebrations at Ryan International School, Sector 49, in Chandigarh on Monday.
Students participate in the Founder’s Day celebrations at Ryan International School, Sector 49, in Chandigarh on Monday.

The Founder’s Day of Ryan International School, Sector 49, as well as the birthday of the school Chairman, Dr A.F. Pinto, was celebrated with enthusiasm, here today.

A special morning assembly was organised and contests of games, declamation, solo singing, instrumental music and card-making were organised for students of all classes. Students of the school visited an orphanage and presented a programme for the inmates. They also took clothes, old toys and eatables for them, the Principal, Ms Pooman Sharma, said.

Come September

It was fun all the way as children of Strawberry Fields sang delightful songs on the opening day of ‘Come September’, their musical morning, in Sector 24 on Monday.
It was fun all the way as children of Strawberry Fields sang delightful songs on the opening day of ‘Come September’, their musical morning, in Sector 24 on Monday.

Today was the opening day of Come September, a four-day programme of songs and poems, at Strawberry Fields, a kindergarten being run by the Durga Das Foundation at Nehru Bhavan in Sector 24. The ambience at the school’s library created an intimate bonding between the little performers and their parents.

The music programme was a celebration of all things exciting, fresh and innocent in the growing pre-schoolers’ life. Children of Lower KG sang delightful songs relating to relationships, environment and about their daily life. The lively backdrop, pertinent to the songs and rhymes painted by their teachers transformed the school library into a story-book land.

The four to five-year-old were confident, articulate and happy as they spoke of many innocent and wonderful facets of their life. They were quick to take their cues and synchronise completely with the piano notes. Their happiness and natural expression confirmed that music has the power to brighten the dullest of days and the gloomiest of spirits.

Mrs Sheila Bhasin on the piano added to the warmth of the moment. The songs included an acknowledgment to God for creating a beautiful world; ‘in and out of the window’, fuzzy fuzzy caterpillar’ and ‘each day is different’.

The children are indeed lucky to have set off on the long road to learning at Strawberry Fields. The joy on the faces of the kids and the confidence they displayed was a pleasure to behold.



PM opens teleconferencing centre on Sept 13
Sanjiv S. Bariana

PANJAB University will open its centre for teleconferencing on September 13, connecting it to direct lectures from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

The first teleconference will be addressed by the Vice Chancellor of IGNOU, which will be telecast live for the students all over the country. Interestingly, students will have the facility of asking questions during the address.

The hotline number is 1-600-1-12345.

Panjab University has set up facility for video conferences at three places on the campus. These include the Department of Correspondence Studies, Student Centre and the main library. The venues will have television sets to air the academic sessions. Telephones will be provided at their seats for students to ask questions.

The concept of distant learning through technology based learning and education techniques is a new addition on the campus. The two-way communication between the teacher located at a far-off place and a student all over the country will leave scope for a wider interaction.

The university has already received a grant of Rs 6 lakh which is being used to lay out the infrastructure at the three venues on the campus. The facility is being introduced as a part of the government’s vision to make technology-based learning and education a reality by 2008.

A faculty member said that the teleconferencing will collaborate with interactive techniques, including multimedia, video conferences and virtual reality.

Improvement chance

There is a mixed reaction to the university decision allowing a one-time chance to improve the results of the postgraduate examination. Only students who took their examinations till April, 1994, have been given the chance.

The group of students who will be directly benefited are the ones who are slightly below or bordering around 55 per cent in the aggregate. These students will be allowed to take the examination and score 55 per cent. A student needs 55 per cent to appear for the National Eligibility Test (NET) which is a pre-requisite for appearing in interviews for the posts of lecturers in colleges and universities.

A decision with regard to allowing a special chance was taken by the university at its meeting held on August 25. It was decided that “a one-time special chance be given to MA, M .Sc and M.Com students who had passed their examinations between April, 1994, and April, 1998. Those who appeared subsequently are naturally eligible under the existing rules.

The grace period of students who have been given a special chance had already expired. Students will have to pay Rs 2,500 as the fee.

There are certain voices opposed to the proposal. Dr R.P.S. Josh, a fellow, said: “All should be given an equal chance. The university has clarified that the examination will be based on the latest syllabus. So there was no justification in putting any time barrier for a special chance.”

A research scholar said that there were sufficient chances for improving ones’s results under the current examination conditions. Giving unlimited chances for improvement was not in the academic interest of any university. This meant anyone could have unlimited chances to stand on par with the new passouts. The examination was nothing more than a money generating avenue. The university initially proposed Rs 5000 for the examination which gave one the idea behind the move.

Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, said the chance had been given keeping in mind the student interest in general. Since the NET condition of having scored at least 55 per cent in the annual examination was a pre-requisite to qualify for recruitment as teachers and scholarships, the university was only making a concession for an examination and not granting them any grace marks in return for money.

Oxford scholarship

Prof Shelly Walia, Department of English at Panjab University, has been awarded the noted Rothermere fellowship at University of Oxford. It is pertinent to mention that the research work at Oxford will be of relevance to his project on ‘Discourse and Subversion: Chomsky and the Dissident Voice in American Politics”.

Professor Walia was elected a visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, in 1994. He also spent two years at Cambridge where he researched and published extensively on ‘Post-colonial Theory and Cultural Studies’. He has been a recipient of several fellowships and awards including the British Council Research Grant for carrying out research at Oxford University, Northbrook Educational Trust Research Grant, Cambridge, Newby Educational Trust Grant, Cambridge, Charles Wallace India Trust Research Grant and Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Foundation Research Grant.

Professor walia’s writings on literary theory, politics and culture have appeared among others in Race and Class, Times Literary Supplement, Feminist Studies in English Literature, Social Sciences Research Journal and Journal of Literature and Aesthetics. His books include Evelyn Waugh: Witness to Decline and Between History and Truth: Perspectives on Culture, Politics and Theory. He has also been involved in the study of the interaction between race, class, gender and politics of identity.

Professor Walia’s current project will focus on the theoretical analysis of Chomsky’s political writings which underline the radical coherence of his views of the world. His aim is to study the real-world phenomenon of political and cultural practices as images and texts. The project, with its focus on discourse analysis, thus becomes relevant to the pressing issue of terrorism within the Indo-Pak conflict and the relevance of the American foreign policy.



DAV students given prizes
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 1
A prize-distribution function for the winners of competitions held for students of DAV institutions of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar, Panchkula, Naraingarh and Ambala was organised at Hansraj Public School here today.

Mr P.I.Sabu, Regional Officer of the CBSE, was the chief guest and lighted the traditional lamp. This was followed by a dance by the students osf the school. The welcome address was given by the Principal, Mrs Rajni Thareja.

Later, a skit on the life of Mahatma Hansraj was staged by the students.



SOPU demands grace marks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
The Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) urged the Panjab University authorities, here today, to give 20 marks as grace to students of the fourth semester of the Law Department.

Sitting on a dharna outside the office of the Vice Chancellor, SOPU activists said that the paper of Labour Law, held on June 11, was objective but the examinees answered in essay form following which they failed to clear the examination.

They also demanded a second re-appear chance for students of Masters of Computer Application and threatened to launch an agitation. For the students of Indian Theatre, the organisation has demanded that the time of the hostel mess be extended to adjust students of the department who get free around 2 pm.



Freshers welcomed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
Leaving behind the tradition of ragging, the senior students of Government Post-Graduate College, Sector 46, today welcomed their juniors by organising a Fresher’s Day party.

The students of MCom-I, Bcom-I, BBA-I, and BCA-I were welcomed by the seniors under the aegis of Commerce Society. A variety of cultural programmes were presented to entertain them.

Following students were chosen for various titles: Mr Fresher — Mr Gautam (BCom-I), Ms Fresher — Ms Priyanka (BCom-I); Lucky Fresher — Mr Aashish (BCom-I); Mr Personality — Mr Sohail (BCom-I); Ms Charming — Ms Pomo (MCom-I). Mr S.C. Nijhawan was the chief guest of the function and Dr R.K. Dixit, Head of the Department of Commerce, proposed vote of thanks.



‘Visions 01’ framed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 1
‘Visions 01’, an exhibition of photographs on the new vision in fashion, presented by Alliance Francaise and French Embassy, in collaboration with the Fine Arts Department, Panjab University, takes one away from the routine compositions in fashion photography. Experimenting with new elements like architectural forms and models, industrial areas and human forms, a group of seven French artists explore uncharted territory in photography.

The exhibition, inaugurated by an eminent art historian, Padam Shri Dr B. N. Goswami, at the Fine Art Museum in Punjab University, greets one with unusual sight of an industrial area of French captured by Daniel Stier, a series which he calls “Les Effraction”. Taking you to the village life of France is Marcus Jans with a series of four painting “Collections” and “No place like home” captured in digital format.

Banu Cennetoglu has chosen the theme of human relationship with nature. Another artist Morgane le Gall has used French models to explain architecture in different format in his series “Mental House”.

The exhibition also include works by Christian Lesemann, Camille Vivier and Emmanulle Mafille and Francaise RousseaSu. The exhibition concludes on September 14.


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