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UBS alumni body institutes gold medal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The Panjab University Business School Alumni Association has instituted a gold medal for toppers that will be presented each year at the alumni reunion.
This was stated by Prof Satish Kapoor, in charge of the department’s alumni relations cell, while addressing a press conference here today. This year, the award will be given to the topper of Master’s in Business Administration (Human resources) in memory of an alumnus who lost his life in a road accident.

The sixth silver jubilee alumni reunion is scheduled for November 8. Although former students have been organising informal reunions at different places over the years, this will be sixth reunion after the practice started formally on the campus. This year, it will be a silver jubilee reunion for the batch of 1978.

The department had 23 students in the 1978 batch and about 20 are expected to attend the function, said Mr Kuldeep Kaul, vice president of the association. Some of the prominent names are Mr Rakesh Sharma, a senior officer in Phillips Limited, Mr Ajay Gupta from Hummingbird, Canada, Mr Rakesh Mohan, Commissioner of Excise and Customs, Delhi and Mr Sanjeev Gupta, an IG of Punjab police.

Mr Kaul said a reunion was an occasion for old-timers to get together and lend inspiration to new students. Professor Kapoor said infact majority of the companies that came for campus placement had old ties with the university through its students on their boards. Prof S.C.Vaidya, in charge, placement cell, nodded in approval.

Professor Kapoor said old-timers doing well in their current jobs were also associated with teaching in the department. Special attention was paid for a direct interaction between the old pass-outs who were placed well and the current batches of students.

Professor Kapoor said the department would release a directory of old students this year which will have e-mail addresses, besides other related information.



Exchange programme concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
A 15-day sculpture study exchange programme involving students of the College of Fine Arts, Chennai, and the local Government College of Art concluded here today.
All nooks and corners of the Sculpture Department, even hostels, were occupied by students using tools for making creations.

Shihan Hussaini, a student, during the workshop allowed 111 cars to pass over his palm and later painted a portrait with the same hand.

Principal Brahm Prakash applauded the efforts made by students. Prof Selvaraj, GCA, Chennai, expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the workshop.

Dr Rajender Bhandari, Chairman of the Department of Fine Arts, Panjab University, inaugurated the exhibition of the works created during the workshop.



PU students to hold debate on liberal thinking
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Challenging the traditional subjects for academic debates in educational institutions, students of Panjab University have picked a controversial subject, “Liberal thinking: path to moral and social degradation”, for a debate scheduled for November 5. The debate is being organised by students of the Department of Chemical Engineering in collaboration with the Panjab University Campus Students Council.

Students today took out a big rally concerning the debate on the campus. More than 50 two-wheelers and at least 10 cars took rounds of the university campus and later assembled at the Student Centre. The purpose of the rally is to spread awareness among students about the subject, said Ankur Sood, a student.

Sood said there was an apprehension that the controversial subject would hamper student participation, particularly of girls. “We want to take up controversial subjects like sex, homosexuality and other social truths which are talked about only with a sense of guilt or shame. We want to spread the message for a clean discussion to get a healthier perspective on the subjects”, Shanker Soni said.

The preliminary round is scheduled for November 3 at the Department of Chemical Engineering and the topic is “Religion is the opium of the masses”.

The rally today featured big posters reading “A” which signified “For adults only” and asked students to “Grow up”. The posters also read, “Always on your mind but never on your lips” and “Do you have guts to discuss?”



Shriram Educare coming to city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Shriram Educare, a Delhi-based educational society, which is running several Shriram schools in and around Delhi, is now spreading its wings to Chandigarh and Punjab.
It has entered into a technical collaboration with Ananda International School to establish a new school on the outskirts of Chandigarh on an 11-acre site. According to Ms Abha Adams Sood, Director, Shriram Educare has joined hands for technical collaboration with Nehru Sidhant Kendra Trust, which runs the Sat Paul Mittal School in Ludhiana.

In an interaction with TNS, she said Shriram Educare was a non-profit organisation established by the Society for Education and Welfare (SFEW), which has established the Shriram schools.

“Its mission is to support all stakeholders, including teachers, students, non-teaching staff, administrators and parents, "she said.



Young turks put together a classic production
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
Dressed as charmers, the senior wing students of Vivek High School, Sector 38, today reflected their obsession for theatre which runs as part of the curriculum at school. Ready to soar and make their founder’s day production, “My Fair Lady” a fair success, the students kept busy all day putting their final acts together.

The zeal was apparent, as was the preparedness of the production, which will be staged on the school campus on November 5. Being directed by Aruna Ahluwalia, the play boasts of a strong team of senior wing students numbering 80. In the prominent roles are about six students, while the rest of them contribute to the production as in music, sets, sound and lights. Prior to the mega production which will be witnessed by thousands of parents on the founder’s day, the school authorities today organised a preview session in which the students talked about their roles and their spirit of togetherness that made the whole thing possible.

In key roles will be Rattan Anmol and Salonika Kataria, who will play Prof Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, respectively. Students of Class XI, Rattan and Salonika, talked about how meaningful the production has been and how much it has taught them. All praise for their friendly director Aruna, who impressed them with the power of literature, dramatics and theatre alike, the students said, “It was, above all, a great learning experience. One came closer to the art of theatre and also to the finesse of literature.”

Said Rattan, who plays Professor Higgins in the play, “We were a part of the school’s drama club earlier. During those years we worked on productions like ‘The Crucible’ and ‘The Boor’ by Chekhov. The current production is very strong in terms of script and theme. One can relate with the story and learn from it.”

Salonika, who plays the enchanting flower girl, also had a similar view to air. “The role is simple to enact. Although I relate more with the latter part of the story, I enjoy enacting the former part more. I feel I have evolved through the play.”

Also in the cast are Amer Singh as Alfred Dolittle and Ranjan Nayyer as Col Pikkering.

Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion”, “My Fair Lady” draws from two movies and a musical. It is a satirical romantic story of Professor Higgins, a professor of phonetics who teaches Eliza Doolittle, a flower girl the correct pronunciation of English vowels and refined manners. The play emphasis that language can transform anyone.

While this play will be staged on November 5, another play titled, “Mirror World” will be staged at the school tomorrow by students of the junior wing. This play has been put together by the Principal of the junior wing, Ms Komal Anand, who has been supported in the creative work by Aruna and other junior wing teachers.



Police custody for tantrik 
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, October 31
Controversial tantrik R.K. Sharma, who was arrested by the police for allegedly duping innocent persons of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of solving their personal problems through tantra was today produced before a local court and was remanded in police custody for two days.

The police had booked the tantrik on charges of cheating a medical practitioner by promising to send him abroad by using black magic on October 20 and a case under Sections 168 and 420 of the IPC was registered against him by the police on the directions of a local court.

Acting on a complaint filed by Dr Akash Goyal, the court had directed the police, on October 13, to register a case against the tantrik. The complainant, Dr Goyal, an ayurvedic doctor, had alleged that the tantrik took Rs 15,000 from him for performing a yajna in early 2002.

Mahindra Bansal, a resident of Sangrur district, had also alleged that he was cheated of thousands of rupees by the tantrik, on the pretext of curing his ailing mother. In another complaint, Mr Chander Mohan Bhalla, a resident of Sector 19-A in Chandigarh, also complained that he had been duped of over Rs 1 lakh by the tantrik, on the pretext of curing his wife.



One-year RI for truck driver
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 31
A truck driver, Parlad Singh, was today sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment for causing death due to rash and negligent driving. He was also fined Rs 500.
The complainant, Jagdish, a head constable with the UT police who was present on the spot, lodged a complaint that the accused was driving a truck in negligent manner when the truck ran over a girl, Keshav Mati, in Sector 26. The girl had died on the spot. The police has registered a case against the accused, who is a resident of Himachal Pardesh on November 13, 2001.

N.C Jain case: The former UT Home Secretary, Mr N.K Jain, was today allowed to visit various religious places in Rajasthan by a local court. He had moved an application seeking permission from the UT Special Court to visit religious places after he was released on bail by the court.

Acting on his plea, the court had issued a notice to the CBI to file reply in the case yesterday. The CBI in its reply filed in the court today raised no objection to his plea.



High Court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 31
The High Court on Friday upheld the orders of the Central Administrative Tribunal dismissing an application filed by a Kendriya Vidyalaya teacher, accused of trying to molest a student at his residence. He had challenged his termination orders.

Action was initiated against the petitioner after he tried to molest the victim. She had gone to his house, along with other girls, for tuitions. Taking up his petition, Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar and Mr Justice S.S. Grewal ruled: “The children are entrusted to the teachers by the parents with fond hope that they will be given all the care and attention which the parents would bestow on them.... The teachers are expected to behave with even more circumspection and responsibility when the children are entrusted to them after the school hours for tuition.”


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