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PU Syndicate flays govt on financial autonomy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
“Government encroachment on financial autonomy of Panjab University” came in for heavy criticism at the Syndicate meeting here last night.

The government was trying to tighten its noose around the university administration, particularly in terms of financial control, it was pointed out. The university has been asked to be rigid on continuing teachers who had attained the age of 60 by the state government and the UT Administration.

Syndics opposed it because the retirement age of PU teachers was increased by the Senate in 1999 following a notification of the Central Government. The recommendation, which came into effect in a number of universities all over the country was, however, rejected by the Punjab Government in 2000. The Syndicate took up the recommendations of the Board of Finance meeting where it was said that “the university should take concrete steps to stop any addition to the list of superannuated teachers whose cases were pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The university should seek guidance from the Ministry of Human Resource Development.” It was also demanded that all factual information be conveyed to the HRD Ministry for necessary advice or “orders, if any”.

Mr B.R. Bajaj, Principal Secretary, Finance, had pointed out that the Punjab Government was finding it hard to meet the 40 per cent share in the university expenditure and the university should consider approaching the Centre for its finances.

The tentative revised deficit for 2003-04 is Rs 47.49 crore. The estimated deficit for 2004-2005 is Rs 52.49 crore. The university income for 2003-04 is Rs 35.91 crore. The estimate for 2004-05 is Rs 45.49 crore.

The approximate Rs 8-crore gain is seen as a result of the revised fee structure and lesser university expenditure.

Prof Charanjit Chawla questioned the government stance regarding too much control on the university expenditure, which was against the university calendar. Prof R.D.Anand termed the attitude of the government “dictatorial”. Among others who spoke on the occasion were Mr G.K.Chatrath, Prof S.L.Sharma and Mr Ashok Goyal.

The Syndicate also took up the recommendations of the Consultative Committee, which met in Delhi in early November.

The Consultative Committee has resolved that the corpus of the university fund for higher education be restricted to Rs 25 crore and that the surplus should be adjusted against the university deficit. The move came in for heavy criticism by the Syndicate.

The committee pointed out that the university Syndicate had erred by enhancing the retirement age of teachers up to 62. All those who have not gone to the court on the retirement age issue should not be allowed to continue. It was also demanded that the fee of colleges in Punjab should not be regulated by PU.

PU has been asked to seek prior approval of funding agencies on all issues, including starting new courses.


Hamara School
Fee structure not a burden on students
Chitleen Sethi
Tribune News Service

GOOD work culture brings harmony in the educational atmosphere. With this aim Paragon Education Society, Mohali, came into existence in 1981 to provide education for a learner’s harmonious growth and development.

Paragon School in Sector 71 is spread over an area of 1.71 acres with the provision of a playground measuring about 2 acres with a proper modern building and the latest infrastructure. The school management consists of 16 members which includes the secretary, Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, the District Education Officer, eminent educationists and philanthropists. The school is affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board upto class XII with all the three streams available as options to the students- arts, commerce and science (medical and non-medical).

Fee structure of the school is not a burden on the parents. The management provides liberal concessions to the deserving students from the weaker sections of society. The wards of disabled parents dwelling in paraplegic homes and wards of ex-servicemen are granted maximum concessions.

The school has been an institutional member of the Indo-China Friendship Association since 1988. Major Jiwan Tewari is the chief patron of the school and is the president of the ICFA.

In the last 20 years the school has made remarkable progress in the field of academic and extra curricular activities. The former governor of Punjab, Lt. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob (Retd.), too had lauded the achievements of the school while presiding over the annual function of the school held in November 2001. This year too Mr Khushal Behal Minister of Education Punjab while presiding over the prize distribution function was compelled to say that the school management had installed the best laboratories in the school found in no other school in Punjab. 


‘Classroom education of vital importance’

Kulwant Kaur Shergill, PrincipalAs a result of I.T. Revolution, computer education should be given to children so that they can keep pace with the times. But it does not mean that classroom education has lost its importance. Classroom education still plays a initial role in imparting education. Complete emphasis on computer education can make education monotonous and boring. Classroom education gives more scope to healthy interaction between the teacher and the students, caring and sharing among the fellow students. A student learns a lot from the experiences of his teachers and is greatly influenced by her personality. He learns to co-operate, play, care and share with his friends.

On tuitions

Because of the tuitions, children do not get time for an independent thought process and remain under lot of stress and strain. Working parents also do not have enough time to listen to their children. Thus, most of the children are led into a fruitless exercise. It also plays heavily on their harmonious development-of body, mind and spirit.

Value education

The process of inculcation of values among learners is more a matter of teaching-learning strategies and not content. In addition, an awareness of a desirable value system & of the ways & means to evolve its implementation will help the teacher & the school reach out to the children.


Colourful show by Saupin’s School
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 10
A colourful cultural function was organised by the local Saupin’s School at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh today.
The function began with a prayer, “Teri hai zameen,” by the school choir, followed by a variety of songs, recitations and group dances.

Students of Class I presented an action song, “Try, try again,” emphasising perseverance to succeed in life. A Hindi play, “Ali Baba,” was appreciated and so was the English play, “God so desired.”

A Punjabi skit, “Hasna mana hai,” had the audience in fits of laughter.

A Marathi dance by students also drew applause.

Towards the end the choir sent out a message of peace and brotherhood through a song with the delightful programme ending with bhangra.


‘Say no to big cars’ rally held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
About 100 students, teachers and social workers of Chandigarh today staged a rally against big cars under the banner of the local branch of the Indian Council for Environemntal Education (ICEE).

“Say no to big cars” chanted the participants as they paraded through the main streets of the city. The students carried placards inscribed with slogans like: “Big Car: Big Pollution, Small Car: Small Pollution”; “Vote for Small Cars”; “Big Cars = Acute Parking Problem”; “Congestion on City Roads due to Big Cars”; “Small Cars are Eco-Friendly”; “Small is Beautiful and Economical”; “Small is Pollution Free”; “Small is Green”; “Protect Our Right To Clean Air”.


Impressive show by Maple Field kids
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 10
The local Maple Field School held its first annual function at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh today.
Children presented a riddle show. Tiny tots of nursery formed a “train” on the stage, much to the delight of parents, while pupils of pre-nursery presented an impressive item, “Noah’s Arc.”

The show ended with a scintillating performance of bhangra.

The chief guest was Mr Jasbir Singh Gill, MLA, (Beas).


Gang member surrenders in murder case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 10
Naresh Bobby, a member of the Om Parkash Saini gang and an accomplice of Tota, today surrendered in a local court in connection with his alleged involvement in the murder of Manager of Kiran Cinema hall.

Bobby was allegedly involved in an extortion case recently busted by the local police. The police said he was involved in several other crimes.

Bobby recently came into picture when the police found out that Tota had stayed with him at his residence in Sector 20.

The police claimed that the weapon and the vehicle used in the murder of the manager of Kiran cinema were with Bobby. The surrender was forced as he had been called to the court through a trap involving his mother, sister and father. Bobby came to the court when the police got his mother, sister and other family members to talk to the criminal declared proclaimed offender in the murder case. When Bobby saw personnel of the crime branch near the court, he ran away to a judge, the police said.

He surrendered before the UT Judicial Magistrate (First Class), who remanded him in judicial custody. The magistrate issued a notice to the police to file a reply.

The police said it would seek police remand tomorrow when he appears before the court.


Hearing in Ravi Inder’s case on December 17
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 10
A local court today fixed the next date of hearing for December 17, in a case of cheating involving the former Punjab Speaker, Mr Ravi Inder Singh, Mrs Rajmohinder Kaur and Mr Gurdev Singh.

Mr Ravi Inder was earlier granted interim bail by the Additional District Judge, Mr LN Jindal on December 5. The court had earlier issued bailable warrants against Ravi Inder , Mrs Rajmohinder Kaur and Mr Gurdev Singh, who have been accused by Mrs Baljit Kaur of misappropriation of property of a charitable Trust.

In her complaint before the court, Ms. Baljit Kaur has alleged that six bighas of prime property in Abdullapur village near Pinjore owned by a Charitable Trust was mortagaged by Mr Ravi Inder with Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation, for getting a loan for his own factory.

Claiming to be a trustees of Sardar Baldev Singh Charity Trust, along with the other accused, including managing trustee Ravi Inder Singh, Ms. Baljit Kaur has alleged that the three accused had misappropriated the trust property and embezzled vast sums of trust funds for the former MLA’s personal gain. She claimed that Mr. Ravi Inder Singh had floated a company, Brahma Styer Tractors Limited at SAS Nagar and in order to raise loans for this company, tustees mortagaged the property with PSIDC for Rs 75 lakh in 1998, without taking Ms Baljit Kaur, also a trustee, into confidence. At this time, this property was valued at Rs 1.75 crore, she added.

Later, Mr Ravi Inder Singh allegedly got a resolution passed in the TRUST that the said property be sold off. Again, Ms Baljit Kaur was not taken into confidence and the property was sold off to two Panchkula residents — Mr Mangat Rai Baboota and Ms Rekha Sharma, for Rs 15 lakh, it was alleged.

This money, realised from the sale of the property was invested by Mr Ravi Inder in BSTL by purchasing its shares, she stated.


Chandigarh set to become Rotary Peace City

Wagga WaggaCity Beautiful will be declared as the Rotary Peace City on Friday. Chandigarh is the second city after Chennai in the country to be declared the Peace City.

The concept of Rotary District Peace Communities was conceived in Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia by Rotarian Tony Quinlivan and the city became the first Peace Community on February 23, 1993. Since then, Peace Communities have been proclaimed in different parts of the globe.

The Rotary Club of Chandigarh, under the leadership of President Ms Vijay Wadhawan, and the guidance of Past Rotary International President Rajendra K. Saboo, who is also the Special Ambassador for Rotary District Peace Communities projects around the world, has conceived this project to make the city Rotary Peace City.

A Rs 5-lakh "Peace Monument" has been erected at the Sukhna Lake.The "Peace Monument" has been designed by Rotarian Sandeep Luthra and his wife Suchita.

The world President of Rotary International Mr Jonathan B. Majiyagbe will pay a two-day visit to Chandigarh beginning Thursday.

Arriving here on the afternoon of December 11, he will address a meeting of about 1,000 Rotarians from all over the region at Zirakpur.

On Friday, Mr Majiyagbe will formally hand over the monument to Justice O.P. Verma (retd), the Governor of Punjab and Administrator UT, Chandigarh.

Mr Majiyagbe, a senior advocate of Nigeria, is principal counsel in J.B. Majiyagbe & Co., with a wide commercial law practice in Nigeria. Born in Lagos, he is a graduate of the University of London.

Mr Majiyagbe is a member of the Honourable Body of Benchers, a former member of the interim judicial service committee, Kano State, a past vice-president of the Nigerian Bar Association, and a member of the International Bar Association.

A Rotarian since 1967, Mr Majiyagbe is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Kano. He has served Rotary International as district governor, International Assembly instructor, committee member, director and trustee of the Rotary Foundation. He is a recipient of the Rotary Foundation Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Awards. — TNS

Objectives of Peace Communities

  • Respect for life and dignity of every person, without discrimination or prejudice
  • Rejection of violence, in all of its forms and towards all people
  • Resolution of conflict among people within local global communities
  • Reconciliation of difference and the pursuit of harmony
  • Freedom of expression and cultural diversity.

Plaque on the Peace Monument

  • Community harmony
  • Cultural diversity
  • Rejection of violence
  • Resolution of conflict
  • Reconciliation of differences
  • Freedom of expression



It’s my life
I want to create new designs

I am from Delhi. My father is an author, my mother a mathematics teacher and sister a CA. From my childhood, I have always wanted to become a designer. It didn’t matter whether I became a fashion designer or a knitwear designer. My goal was clear.

I did B.Com (H) from Delhi University and took admission in CS Inter, but I was not fully satisfied. In the last year of the graduation course, I finally decided to go in for designing. I saw an advertisement of Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT), Mohali, in newspaper and got admission to the institute in the first attempt.

At first, members of my family were unhappy, as I was the only girl in the family who was going in the designing line. However, they soon changed their mind when they saw how much hard work we had to do at the institute and found that the output was good. At the NIIFT, teachers always ask the students to work on practical lines rather than making ramp garments. I have learnt a lot at the NIIFT.

I did my internship at one of India’s well-known companies, Monte Carlo, Ludhiana.

I have always wanted to create something new. Treading the path that already exists bores me and restricts my thinking. Now my parents are very happy with the line I have chosen and the work I am doing, and support me as much as they can.

As told to Kulwinder Sangha


Fitness Trail
Renu Manish Sinha

In today’s stress-laden times fitness seems to be the only mantra, which is seen as the panacea to overcome all ills of the modern lifestyle. So all workout programmes and exercises, including aerobics, jogging, walking, cycling, strength training, pilates etc are in vogue. However, most of these exercises focus on fitness of body only. But there has been one science which offers a complete fitness package of body and mind together which has been a part of our Indian culture and traditions since over 4000 years— yoga.

Our ancient gurus define yoga as union of mind with body. It is a complete body and mind healer. It corrects imbalances in body which have their origin in mind. Most of our mental problems and emotional maladies like stress and depression arise in mind and manifest themselves in body in form of various diseases like high blood pressure or even spondylitis, asthma etc.

Yoga has proliferated in many forms and has moulded itself to suit the needs of various individuals. From ashrams to health clubs, from gurus to mere yoga teachers, from West to East in a repackaged form, from a way of life to a fitness programme yoga has travelled a manifold path.

But almost all forms of yoga follow Patanjali yog sutra’s eight-fold path, says a yoga expert, Surinder Verma of Bharatiya Yoga Sansthan. These are yam, niyam (discipline), asana (practising postures) pranayama, (regulating breath ), pratihar (control over thoughts), dhaarna, dhyan (meditation) and smadhi.

Mr Verma, a banker by profession, says yoga teaches us to control and focus on our breath which is the very basis of life force.

In that lies the essence and basic of this science because asanas, combined with pranayama, not only flush toxins out of our bodies but also release negative emotions, says Kiran Chaddha, another yoga expert.

Most of the experts follow three yogic principles of asana, pranayama and dhyan. By practising asanas blocks in the body are removed so as to free the flow of prana (life force) in body. Only then one graduates to pranayama where the focus is on breath control. Then comes meditation or dhyan where the 100 per cent focus is on one single thought or thing.

Many forms of yoga are in practice today. Most widely recognised and the traditional form of yoga is hatha yoga which is also the very basic form.

A few popular types of hatha yoga, according to expert Kiran Chaddha are: Iyengar yoga: It is a comparatively younger form of yoga created by guru BKS Iyengar of Pune. It lays emphasis on form, alignment and precision. It is beneficial for reducing tension and chronic pain. It is a relaxing form, not very physically demanding.

Krishnamacharya yoga was created by guru Krishnamacharya of Chennai some 100 years ago. It customises yoga to suit every individual’s needs or according to its therapeutic applications as needed by various patients.

Vini yoga is a continuous flow of mudras or movements. This is a very intense form. In other forms of yoga there is a counter-pose for every mudra but not so in Vini yoga. It provides a good cardio workout, not recommended for beginners.

Ashtanga yoga is quite fast paced. Also called power yoga this one is for sporty types.

The Bharatiya Yog Sansthan conducts yoga classes, free of cost, in Chandigarh and Panchkula. In Panchkula classes are conducted in the HUDA park, Town Park, Sectors 14, 16 and 4, Sector 9 Arya Samaj Mandir, Sector 12 gurdwara and Doon School, Sector 21.

In Chandigarh, the sansthan conducts morning and evening classes in Sectors 43, 36 Fragrance Garden, Terrace Garden, Sector 33 and Sector 38 (West).

Divya Yog Mandir in Shivalik Enclave, Mani Majra, also conducts morning and evening classes, free of cost. The mandir also provides therapy to individual patients, free of cost, for various ailments, including high BP, asthma, spondylitis, diabetes, migraine etc.

The mandir’s speciality is jal neti, ghrit net and dughdpan (taking of milk through nostrils.

Dr Shashi Shah of Divya Yog Mandir claims dughdpan is exclusively done here only and is beneficial for patients of migraine and high BP.

Experts at Yog Divya Mandir, Sector 30, Chandigarh, also provide special attention to various individual patients. It, however, charges a nominal registration fee for providing material for various kriyas.

Planet fitness also offers a yoga class for a fee.

Free yoga classes are also conducted in the morning at Gandhi Smarak Bhavan, Sector 16.

People who practice yoga regularly automatically begin to adopt an overall healthier lifestyle.

For yoga aids in complete alignment of physical and mental energies which further helps in focussing on a single available target at any given moment.

But finding a good teacher is very important who will understand individual needs and lead the student through various stages according to his (student’s) requirements.

From Richard Gere to Madonna to our own desi Bollywood diva Rekha many people have benefited from this complete fitness package of body and mind. What are you waiting for !! — TNS

Verma suggests few asanas for common diseases

  • Backache: Bhujangasan, dhanurasan, shalapasan.
  • Spondylitis: Makarasan
  • High BP: Shavasan, shithilasan (from right), deep and long breathing
  • Stress: Shavasan, tarasan, vajrasan, makarasan etc.



India becoming major hub of chip design 

With the entry of MNCs and an impressive growth in the international VLSI chip design market, the electronic chip industry is offering promising career opportunities to electronics engineers. Being a knowledge-based industry, relevant engineering skills are most sought after in the employment market.

Major international players of the chip design Industry including ST Micro Electronics, Motorola, Cypress Semiconductors, Intel, Cadence, Synopsys, MOS Chip, Mentor Graphics and Texas Instruments, have set up design centres in the country and a large number of Indian VLSI design houses have been established.

India is being recognised as a major international hub of chip design. It is estimated that due to an impressive growth in industry, India will need 20,000 chip design engineers by 2005, whereas the present availability is only about 6,000. The shortfall of skilled manpower in this domain is likely to be substantial as growth is galloping.

Talking to the media, Mr Manmohan Singh, Deputy General Manager, Semiconductor Complex Ltd. (SCL) in SAS Nagar, a Government of India enterprise under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, said, “the picture of chip design industry in India is very positive in term of business and employment. World over, especially in the USA and Europe, by shifting 90 per cent of the VLSI chip design job work to offshore and just doing 10 per cent on shore, the chip design cost can be more than halved. This is because in India, the chip design manpower costs are much lower. Being the major supplier of chip design talent at a competitive cost in comparison to developed countries, no doubt the coming scenario will be beneficial for Indian engineers.”

According to Mr Manmohan Singh, global chip design export potential is estimated to be $ 1 billion by 2005. Global revenue is estimated around $ 172 billion by this year and is expected to reach $ 220 billion by next year and peak to $ 250 billion by 2005. Indian chip industry is expected to generate revenue of Rs 1,500 crore by this year end. MNCs are inducting electronic design engineers with BE and B.Tech in electronics and communication and electronics and instrumentation. In its endeavour to create a reserve of design talent, that will eventually drive India’s chip design program.

The SCL is imparting advanced postgraduate diploma training in VLSI design technology of a duration of six months to electronics stream of engineers who have skills and domain-specific knowledge. The unique feature of this course is that the SCL provides total industry support in terms of the faculty of doctorate level, VLSI design experts and expensive electronic design tools . Best of training infrastructure and industry expertise are combined to develop professionals in VLSI design. — TNS


Have good food in style
Harvinder Khetal

Food connoisseurs of Chandigarh have much to cheer about. For, Copper Chimney, a restaurant boasting of dishing out exquisite delicacies in style, is in their midst in Sector 26, Madhya Marg. A restaurant that has tickled the taste buds of the rich and famous with its credo of providing fine dining.

As you settle down on your table after being ushered in by the liveried doorman, the plush interiors of the attractively done-up place sink in. A happy blend of a play of rich upholstery and teak wood, they are the outcome of the labour of local architects Bandana Singh and Vikram Pannu. Peppered with a myriad of stained glass paintings dotted by choice bric-a-brac, the artifacts come alive under the soft spotlights.

The wait for waiters to bring your order is made sweet by the fragrance of petals of red rose and saffron marigold dipped in water-filled trays adorning every table and the notes of soft music wafting in the air. You can’t help but notice copper hues dominating the scene as you unfold the starched napkins on your lap and get set for a gourmet meal brought on a platter from the Chimney under the watchful eyes of the captains. Incidentally, the captains and chefs have been imported from Mumbai to retain the original flavour and style of Copper Chimney.

With Coke and Pepsi becoming too toxic to consume, go for the good old lime juice. Or, the stylish frozen margarita — a tantalising mix of crushed strawberries and lime water served in chilled glasses with the rim layered in salt. And the tandoori kebabs and tikkas — available in a variety of veg and non-veg concoctions — are a must. Their achari reshmi and kalami versions spiced up in herbs and spices are too tempting resist. Specially as you realise the digestive and nutritional value of the Vitamin C-rich chillies, and are made aware that methi peps ups the liver, ginger and peppercorns and in digestion, mint and lime have a cooling effect and coriander is good for the kidneys.

The main course includes timeless specialities of the North and North-West Frontier cuisine evocative of the Moghul era when every meal was a feast and every feast a gourmet’s delight and the pastas from the continent.

Bagani bahar is the tantalising dish of whole chicken legs dipped in a refreshing mint marinade and broiled over charcoal while the murg tikka is glazed golden in the tandoor. For the veggies, there are the dumplings of cheese in a creamy curry, the dal maharaja and Banarsi pulao served in the warm bone china crockery.

You get an inkling of the promise of “fine dining” by the Chandigarh franchisee couple Monica and Pankaj Gupta as you savour the dessert — the sizzling brownie. It’s a chocolate sauce sizzling on a burning platter beneath a mound of a rich dark brown brownie topped with a white mantle of vanilla ice-cream scoop also layered with chocolate sauce. Hot gulab jamuns also come in special earthenware. And of course at a dent to your pocket. In fact be prepared for a huge bill before entering the eatry.

“Our three branches in Mumbai have played host since 1972 to the Ambanis, Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rehman and other stars,” claimed Ms Shikha Nath at its opening a couple of months back. They decided to bring the chain to the city after successful launches in Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi and Muscat and a stint in London. — TNS

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