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PU hostels being vacated for visiting luminaries
Indian Science Congress in early Jan
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

PANJAB University has “requested” its students to vacate the hostel premises for housing the visiting scientists and leading academic lights at the Indian Science Congress scheduled for the first week of January 2004.

The occasion is the 91st session of the Congress between January 3 and January 7. The university is expecting nearly 5000 delegates from all over the country and even abroad. “The university will have to make staying facilities outside the campus. The university plans to have staying facility for at least 3000 visitors, both men and women”, Prof Nirmal Singh, Dean Student Welfare, said.

A university circular requests students “for vacating hostel accommodation by December 10 so that university is in a position to get the rooms whitewashed and repaired well before the start of the function. We assure you that your belongings will be kept in safe custody”.

A senior research scholar said, “There was no harm in letting the visiting scholars stay in their rooms because they were coming here in connection with a function that was good in the direction of enhancing its academic reputation. The university proposals of improvement in the existing infrastructure is also a welcome step for future stay on the campus”.

The university is being specially decked up for the congress. A casual trip along the university roads reveal that the sidewalk sport a new look. The trees on the pavements have been decorated by digging the area adjoining to the trees and with colourful stones giving them a “dressed look”.

Hostels on the campus are being cleaned up massively as is evident from the ‘Operation clean-up’ which is in full swing. The toilets are being redone in the hostels.

Prof Nirmal Singh said that students were not being pushed out of the hostels. Their vacation of the hostels could be delayed by a couple of days because of their past engagements. In certain cases students might be forced to stay back because of unavoidable reasons. However, the university had made request to students to vacate the hostels as far as possible to allow university to create maximum and better infrastructure for the congress, he added.


Prof S.K. Kulkarni, Department of Pharmacology, has been conferred the Hari Om Ashram Trust Award of the University Grants Commission in Life Sciences (Jagdish Chandra Bose Award) for his outstanding scholarly contributions in the area of pharmacology research. His areas of specialisation, include neurosciences, drug discovery and drug development, pharmaceutical education and research.

Professor Kulkarni is the honorary director of the Centre for Industry Institute Partnership Programme and the coordinator of the Centre for Potential in Biomedical Sciences of Panjab University.

Certain other distinction caps that Professor Kulkarni has bagged include the Ranbaxy Research Foundation Award, the Acharya P.C. Ray Gold Medal, Prof G.P. Srivastava National Award, IBRO Asia fellowship, Fulbright Visiting Fellowship and Sir Col Ramnath Chopra Oration. He is a fellow of the National Medical Academy Sciences (FNAS), the National Academy of Sciences and the Punjab Academy of Sciences.

Professor Kulkarni has been teaching at PU from the past more than 25 years in various capacities. He has guided at least 52 students in their doctors and masters degree.

Professor Kulkarni is on the scientific boards of leading organisations including the World Health Organisation, the Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association and the Indian Pharmacopoeia Committee, besides several others.

New turn to retirement age

The university Syndicate meets on December 9 decided to have a new look at the retirement issue. The university Board of Finance has recommended that the Ministry of Human Resource and Development be intimated about the previous senate and syndicate decisions on the issue seeking enhancement in retirement age from 60 to 62.

A case to this regard is pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. It is learnt that Punjab Government has taken a serious view of PU decision of paying salaries to teachers who have passed the age of 60 and were still serving on the campus. It is reliably learnt that there were more than 100 PU employees in the category of more than 60 years who are still working on the campus.

Nostalgic revisit

Nostalgia was writ large on face of Irshad Kamil, a reputed script writer on the national television scenario and an emerging lyricist in Bollywood, on his visit to the Hindi Department, PU, earlier this week. He is an alumnus of the department where he did his masters and a doctorate.

Kamil elaborated in details how his training in literature and its studies at the department helped him shape up into a lyricist and a script writer. He said students should consider television and film industry as an area for future career and there was good scope for literature students. He recited some of his self choicest ‘ghazals’. Dr Satya Pal Sehgal, chairman, conducted the proceedings of the function.


Admn seeks fee structures of Punjab colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 4
Unable to arrive at any decision on the issue of fee hike here today, the committee of the UT Administration has called for fee structures of colleges in Punjab. At its second meeting held under the chairmanship of the Home-cum-Education Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, the committee decided to present a comparative statement of fee and funds approved by Panjab University and the hike proposed by the Administration.

“We found that the fee hiked by the Administration works out to be less than the limit set by the university. We already have the details of private and government colleges and have asked for the fee structures of colleges of Punjab as well. The idea is to be fully informed on the issue before giving a verdict,” a member said.

The members also discussed the options before the Administration in view of the ever-increasing deficit in higher education. “Against an expenditure of Rs 26 crore, the Administration is getting only Rs 2 crore. The deficit cannot be allowed to increase indefinitely. A contingency plan has to be worked out,” he added.

Sources said the committee also weighed the option of cutting down the grant rather than hiking the fee. This was turned down with the argument that any cut in grant would mean more burden on the colleges. This would push the college to charge more fee and funds, shifting the final burden to the students.

The boycott of the committee meeting by student representatives continued though the members expressed the desire to explain their side of the story to the students. “The idea was to discuss the matter with them rather than make a mere announcement of the decision of the committee. We are still weighing all the options before us,” they said.

Attended by the Finance Secretary, the DPI (C), the Principals of DAV College, Sector 10, and Government College, Sector 11, as well as the Registrar and Dean University Instruction, Panjab University, the committee decided to meet again to deliberate on fee hike and overcharging by private colleges on December 10. The committee was constituted on November 25 and given 15 days to give a decision in this regard. The collection of the second instalment of fee had been suspended till then.


Programme at NIIFT ends
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 4
The six-week instructional phase of the entrepreneurship development programme organised by the Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (RCED) concluded at the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) here today.

Organised by the Centre on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology Government of India, the valedictory function was attended by the participants who were given certificates by the Principal Secretary, Department of Industries and Commerce, Punjab, Mr S.C. Aggarwal.

The programme was aimed at equipping the participants with technical, managerial and motivational inputs which would help them launch themselves and successfully run their own industrial and service ventures in the small-scale sector.

Mr S.C. Aggarwal, addressing the participants promised all help and support to them in implementing the projects and urged the youth to come forward and avail the benefits of various schemes being implemented by the government departments and financial institutions.

Mr H.C. Upreti, regional director, KVIC talked to the participants about the margin money scheme of the KVIC. Giving the details of the RCED, Mr Paramjit Singh, principal consultant said the organisation had helped over 2000 perspective entrepreneurs so far to set up their own ventures in various northern states.

Mrs Vijay Sharma, Director, NIIFT, detailed the activities of the institute and informed that there had been 100 per cent placement of the students trained by them during the past.


Beauty parlour inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 4
Ms Shobha Verma, wife of the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, today stressed the need for imparting vocational training to physically and mentally challenged children to enable them to be independent.

She inaugurated a beauty parlour at Vatika School for Deaf and Dumb Children in Sector 19. The beauty parlour would be exclusively run by the children from the school who had undergone a beautician course.

She also inaugurated a home science workshop at Vatika. The children presented a colourful cultural programme.

She appreciated the initiatives of the association. She said more such projects should be taken up.


Drawing competition on AIDS awareness

Mohali, December 4
A drawing competition on AIDS awareness was organised by the Mohali unit of the Ranbaxy Community Healthcare Society at Chunni Kalan village here today.

More than 55 students of Government High School participated in the competition. ANMs Sharda and Lakhvir Kaur spoke on the occasion after the contest and a discussion was held on the disease. Literature on AIDS was also distributed among all students. Among those who won prizes on the occasion included Rajveer, Neetu and Prabhjot. — TNS


Sukhbir exempted from appearance in defamation case
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 4
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, Rajya Sabha member and son of former Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal, was today exempted from personal appearance in a defamation case filed by him against Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Mr Sukhbir Badal is presently lodged in Central Jail, Patiala, after being remanded in judicial custody by a Ropar court, on December 1.

The case comes for hearing tomorrow in the court of the UT Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr C.L Mohal. Mr Sukhbir Badal had filed the case against Capt Amarinder Singh alleging that the contents of the advertisements published by the Congress during Assembly elections were false, malicious and contrary to facts on record. The advertisements were issued to mislead the public in hope of getting votes and to lower his esteem, to defame him, and to damage his saviour-of farmers image, he said.


Courtroom No. 13
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 4
The High Court will not have courtroom No 13. No, not anymore. The Chief Justice, in consultation with the other judges, has now decided to renumber the courtroom.

According to sources in the High Court, the courtroom will now be renumbered 12-A. 


New Release
‘Tehzeeb’ promises to be different film

Marketed by 20th Century Fox, ‘‘Tehzeeb’’ is the second Hindi feature film written and directed by film critic-turned-writer/director Khalid Mohammed. This one has been produced by Seven Studio Pictures in association with The Culture Company. ‘‘Tehzeeb’’ will be released today at Nirman, Chandigarh, Fun Republic, Manimajra and all over the country.

The Shabana Azmi-Urmila Matondkar starrer is reportedly inspired from Ingmar Bergman’s “Autumn Sonata”. Khalid Mohammed once again tries his luck in his second directorial venture. “Tehzeeb” is a dramatic story of a mother-daughter conflict which revolves around a famous playback singer and her daughter. It is a light-hearted conflict-cum-confrontation drama that also stars Arjun Rampal, Diya Mirza and Namrata Shirodkar. Former Miss World Diana Hayden makes a special appearance in her debut Hindi feature film. Satish Kaushik and Rekha Rao play supporting roles. Rishi Kapoor puts in a friendly appearance.

Santosh Sivan’s excellent camera work, Javed Akhtar’s beautiful lyrics and outstanding melodic score by A.R. Rahman add colour to ‘‘Tehzeeb’’.

Khalid Mohammed, the script writer of “Sardari Begum” and ‘Mammo’ has pinned high hopes on this movie. ‘Tehzeeb’ promises to be a different film. A treat for lovers of good films.

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Former creative head of Channel [V] Shashanka Ghosh’s directorial debut “Waisa Bhi Hota Hai — Part 2” opens today at Neelam, Chandigarh. The film is no sequel.

“Waisa Bhi Hota Hai” revolves around an underworld sharpshooter, a female police officer and a copy writer of advertising agency. Arshad Warsi and Sandhya Mridul are in lead roles. Prashant Narayanan plays underworld sharpshooter. MTV’s famous VJ Maria appears in an item song. The Vishal-Shekhar duo has composed the music. — DP


Mega NIFD Annual Awards on Sunday 

The city-based National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) plans to hold mega NIFD Annual Awards and a cultural extravaganza on December 7 at Kalagram Open-Air Auditorium.

The awards have been instituted in appreciation of all students and to honour them for their dedication, hard work, creativity and performances par excellence. It will be a unique, one of its kind event and will be a perfect blend of fashion and entertainment along with stunning performances of hot Bollywood chart busters by students of the NIFD.

The city glitterati from different fields is expected to turn out in strength to present the NIFD Annual Awards. The extravaganza is being organised on a big scale along the lines of the Filmfare Awards. The awards will be conferred for various categories of the annual passing out fashion show “NIFD Haute n Kool”, the annual exhibition ‘Vivid India’ presented by the interior design and textile design students and other categories like the NIFD VJ Hunt, NIFD Boogie Woogie, NIFD Sa Re Ga Ma, Best Prefect, Best Class Representative, House of the Year. etc. The faculty awards include Most Popular Faculty, NIFD Style Icon Faculty, All-Rounder Faculty and Faculty of the Year.

More than 50 NIFDians, who will present the show, rehearsed energetically on Thursday all the 12 sequences they will showcase on Sunday. These include performances of hot Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor and Urmila. The students will be presenting dance sequences of “Koi Mil Gaya”, “Its Time to Disco” and Punjabi numbers. Moreover, there will also be a presentation of certain award-winning fashion show sequences.

These awards this year have been planned for the NIFD Corporate Centre at Chandigarh and it is proposed to be organised on a national level from the coming year onwards, according to Ms Priyanka Singh, Central Head, NIFD, Chandigarh. — TNS


It’s my life
NIFD has helped me

I am a Kashmiri who has been living in Chandigarh for the past 14 years. I did my schooling from St. John’s High School and Class XII from DAV College. I was a non-medical student. I have always been inspired to go in for unique things in life.

While I was doing my Class XII, life look a slight turn and I got an opportunity to join the NIFD, which was, rather is, one of the most renowned institutes of the fashion world. I got to know about the degree courses that were being offered in fashion interior and textiles. I am a person who takes life as it comes, so I jumped at this opportunity.

My paternal uncle, who is with R&D, Arvind Mills at Ahmedabad, had told me a lot about the field. So, finally, after lot of encouragement from my family, I gave an interview at NIFD and got selected.

Since then, a lot has changed. The NIFD has help me explore the creative side in me and also helped me to give my best in all possible ways. I thank all teachers, friends and everyone who has helped me in this field. Last but not the least, I would also like to thank my parents for being there for me.

My further plans are to complete my graduation from the NIFD and join the NID Ahmedabad. Textile design is one of the most glamorous fields in this industry. It has laid down its foundation not only in this industry, but also in my life. All my further lies here and I am determined to give my best.

As told to A. S. Prashar


Experimenting with eye colours
Geetu Vaid
Tribune News Service

Whether you want to make a fashion statement or just have fun coloured contact lenses are the latest buzzword on the fashion accessory scene. Who can forget the mystique of Garbo’s grey and mesmerising magic of Aishwarya’s green eyes with which they walked into the hearts of millions world over? These have provided an opportunity to the hip and happening who are not naturally endowed with the mysterious green or naughty blue eyes to have that hypnotic look.

The coloured contacts come in disposable (30-40 day life) and conventional (12 month life) variants. These are also available in plano (without power) and powered (up to -6).

The bold and the beautiful in the city too are going ga ga over these coloured beauties according to the experts in the field. Apart from the eye specialists opticians like Weldon’s, East West Opticians in Sector 17 among others are the places from where you can pick up a pair.

This fashion accessory is a favourite not only of girls but guys, too, are experimenting with eye colours, says Lakhbir Singh of Weldon Opticals.

Disposable lenses are designed to be replaced frequently so these give the flexibility of choosing different colours to the youngsters. Now they can match the colour of their eyes with their makeup, accessories or mood, he adds. Not only upcoming models but students, too, are our loyal customers, he says.

The lenses marketed by companies like Cibavision, Bausch and Lomb and Johnson and Johnson come in single colours and blends. Blends bring a subtle change in colour of the eye. These highlight the natural tint and colour variation of the eye and look more natural. The opaque or single-colour lenses, suitable for darker eyes, are used for those seeking a dramatic change in colour. The Radiance series (Fresh Look) adds a bright sparkle to the eyes.

The wide spectrum of colours on offer are blue, green, grey, violet, honey, turquoise, amethyst and aqua colours.

The craze, however, is more for blue, green and grey colours though it is best to select colours that match your skin tone and hair colour, says Jitendra Singh of East West Opticians. Hazel and honey tones also gel well with Indian skin tones.

Beauty experts agree and recommend that light pastel coloured eye shadows should be used by those with fair complexion and the dark complexioned ones can add effect with more bold colours. The colour of eye shadow should also match with the colour of the lens.

With a price tag of Rs 800 to Rs 1200 (Freshlook and Dura Soft) for disposable ones and Rs 2200 to Rs 7000 ( Bausch and Lomb) for the conventional ones, these surely become prized possessions of owners.

As the saying goes that it is difficult to break the spell of attractive, arresting eyes. So add colour to them and get ready for a kill.

Makeup Guide

  • Put on your lenses after using hair spray and before applying make-up.
  • Avoid water proof mascara.
  • Use pencil eyeliner
  • Apply liner only at the upper lashes not inside the rim of eye
  • Remove lenses before removing makeup


  • Always wash your hands with oil-free soap before handling contact lenses.
  • Do not wear contact lenses if your eyes feel discomfort, get red, get sensitive to light or if your vision blurs.
  • Do not wear contact lenses while swimming.
  • Blink more as dry lenses cause most wearing problems.
  • Clean lenses each time they are removed from eyes.
  • Do not wear contact lenses that are damaged or worn out.
  • Do not sleep while wearing lenses.
  • Some notice a slight blur to the side when first wearing coloured contact lenses. This is normal and is caused by the colours in the lens. 


Putting religious symbols on canvas

 Ashok K. SarinWorks of art created in a meditative spirit, where ideas have been condensed to symbols familiar with our own tradition — that is how artist Ashok. K. Sarin describes his paintings on display at “Introspection — an exhibition of paintings and colours”. Sarin is Town Planner with the Haryana Housing Board at Panchkula.

The exhibition, inaugurated at IndusInd Bank Gallery in Sector 8 here, will continue till December 9.

As you stand in the gallery, the paintings under dazzling lights immediately attract your attention. One look at the paintings is enough for you to comprehend that bold colours mingle with each other to depict religious symbols on the canvas. But this is not all. The paintings make you think, relax and look inside a life imbued with the spirit of love and harmony. No wonder, the exhibition motivates the viewers to meditate and experience peace within themselves.

Sarin is a self-taught artist. A significant aspect that characterises his creative process is his instinctive approach that is less bound by artistic conventions and history. — OC


Calling unsung heroes

Sundeep KumarWhy is it that when faced with a difficult situation, some people display exemplary courage while others run for cover? Is it in the genes, the mental makeup or a desperate act?

Experts have struggled to find an answer to these questions for long and but have been unable to come up with a satisfactory reply. It could be a combination of all these factors or none at all. There are several instances when one hears of brave and extraordinary deeds in real life yet these deeds are seldom recorded and almost never rewarded. History remains silent on the courage of the common man.

It was with this in mind that in 1990, Godfrey Phillips India Ltd., instituted the Red and White Bravery Awards to salute heroes. The purpose of the awards is to instill among people the culture of selfless action. The awards bring to light extraordinary, yet little known acts of valours, social service and humanitarian deeds. The are common citizens cutting across social barriers and who have risen above the call of duty and proved that selflessness and compassion know no bounds.

The awards are given in two categories — physical bravery and social acts of courage. In each category winners are awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals along with cash awards and certificates, according to Mr Sundeep Kumar, sernior vice-president, (corporate affairs) of the company.

All civilians can participate in the awards. In the category of physical bravery, any individual who has saved someone’s life or property is eligible. The individual can send a self-entry, or get nominated by a relative, friend or even an institution. The awards in this category are given posthumously as well. Both individuals and social service organisations, registered in India, are welcome to participate.

“Since the bravery awards are meant for real-life heroes, great care is taken to ensure authencity. All entries are to be attested by a gazetted officer or a police officer, not lower than a rank of an inspector. Finally, a panel of judges comprising eminent personalities select the winners”, he says.

In the past 11 years, these awards have grown from a single location to 14 states and 13 centres. Award ceremonies are held at the following states/centres: Orissa at Bhubaneswar; Chhattisgarh at Raipur; Uttaranchal at Dehradun, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab at Chandigarh, Rajasthan at Jaipur, Uttar Pradesh at Lucknow, Maharashtra at Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh at Bhopal, Gujarat at Ahmedabad, Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad, Karnataka at Bangalore and West Bengal at Kolkata.

The 12th Red and White Bravery Awards for Punjab and Haryana are slated for January 7. The last date for entry is December 20. Entries may be sent to the Secretary, Red and White Bravery Awards, PO Box 3535, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi - 110024. — TNS

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