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Haryana Board takes strict steps to check copying

Jhajjar, January 22
Ruling out any scope for the political interference in the examination process, Mr Rakesh Gupta, secretary of the Haryana Board of School Education, stated that unprecedented measures are being introduced during the forthcoming examination session to check the use of unfair means.

Addressing a press conference here today, the secretary said that centres of exams would be allotted randomly by the computerised system and no approach, political or otherwise, would be entertained for a change in the centre. Similarly, the duties of invigilators would be fixed by the computerised system and there would be no change later. Mr Gupta said that coordinated efforts would be made by the local administration, Education Board, State Education Department, and the police to stop use of unfair means in the examinations.

Giving details of many steps being taken to root out copying, prevent impersonation and check the printing of fake certificates of the Board examination, he said that the Board is determined to completely eradicate all the malpractices concerning the education in the state and foolproof and innovative methods are being introduced for this.

He said that the Board had given a hint of its strict function in the supplementary examinations in 2003 and coming exam session would witness the outcome of the will as well as the steps taken by them. The Board is also launching a website for two-way communication and the frequently asked questions (FAQ) would be solved through it.

Mr Gupta said special security features have been instituted in the certifications being issued by the Board, including high-resolution borders, ultra-virus, rainbow colours, insignia of the Board in it, etc.

He called upon the all the section of society to help the Board and said that the anti-copying campaign has been converted into a mass movement with the involvement of students, guardians, teachers, panchayats and others. Disclosing the steps taken for checking the cases of impersonations, the secretary said that scanning system has been introduced under which the photograph and the signatures of candidate would be printed on the roll No slips and attendance chart. Certificate would now also have photos of the candidates to prevent any irregularity.

Deputy Commissioner Mohinder Kumar said that with the help of people, congenial atmosphere would be created for the free and fair conduct of the exams in the district. He said that to maintain the sanctity of the exams, the district has been divided in 10 sectors, 6 in Jhajjar, and 4 in Bahadurgarh block for better vigilance by the district officials.

He said Section 144 would be imposed at the centres and photostat shops would be closed during the exam hours in a radius of 200 metre there. The SP, Mr H.S. Doon, also offered dedicated help from the police and said that police personnel would be deployed at all the centres to ward off crowd.


MCD schoolchildren to become computer-savvy
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 22
Thousands of children of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools, which mainly cater to the educational needs of the underprivileged sections, are going to become computer-savvy soon.

A Rs 21-crore project to start computer education in the primary classes of 1,000 schools has been cleared for implementation, MCD Commissioner Rakesh Mehta said. The decision to provide computer education from the third standard in the MCD schools has been taken so that their students are not left with any disadvantage as compared to those studying in public and other schools.

Tenders have already been invited for the project and these will be cleared within a month, Mr Mehta said.

The project will be implemented in four phases. In each phase lasting three months, 250 schools will be equipped with computers and instructors. Thus within a year, all one thousand schools will be covered by the project, Mr Mehta said.

The project will be totally funded by the MCD out of its own resources, he said. In future, the government plans to equip the remaining MCD schools with the facility of computer education. The introduction of computer education comes as a long step forward in the modernisation of about 2000 MCD schools most of which are situated in the dark dingy lanes with basic infrastructure lacking.

These schools have been dogged by problems of low attendance of students, lack of teachers and basic facilities like furniture, electricity and drinking water.


‘Karam Mitra’ programme
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 22
Noted percussionist Shivmani had the Delhi University students mesmerised as he performed in the city here last evening.

Shivmani’s performance was part of the ActionAid India’s ‘Karam Mitra’ programme, a donor loyalty programme. Held on the Delhi University Police grounds, the programme was an effort to reach out to the youth.

Speaking on the occasion, Manager Fund raising, Kunal Verma said, “There is a need to direct the energy of the youth as these are the people who are competent and willing to bring a change in society. We are really excited to associate with a forum where only the youth is the audience and we look forward to such opportunities”.

He added, “Karam Mitr is a door that opens for the socially conscious students who take a pledge to make a difference in the society.”


Art knows no boundaries
Ravi Bhatia

Gallery Espace will present ‘Cities, Countries and Borders’- a solo show of woodcut prints on paper by New York-based Zarina Hashmi – at 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, from January 19, 2004, till February 7, 2004.

Zarina Hashmi’s life and artistic experiences are indeed varied. She calls over 25 different places throughout the world her home and has studied woodblock printing in Japan, printmaking in France, silkscreen printing in Germany and paper making in India. Her works are at one level, an exploration of the universal nature of home and of the individual sense of place in the world, and on a deeper level, they reflect Zarina’s journey towards self-knowledge.

Over the years, her works have taken her to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America and the United States, where she has lived since the late 70s. As Zarina recalls, her first exposure to art was through her father, who encouraged her to cultivate her intellectual interest and later sent her to college, where she studied mathematics while privately pursuing her artwork. During her childhood he took her on visits to Mughal monuments in Agra and Delhi among other cities, captivating her with accounts of their ancient histories.

Zarina’s visual imagination was strongly affected by Islamic architecture with its emphasis on pattern, space, calligraphy and geometry. In an approach that is concise, yet richly evocative, Zarina has evolved an abstract visual vocabulary that reflects the confluence of her interest in Western geometric abstraction, minimalism and her cultural background.

Central to Zarina’s art is the interlacing of text with image. It is analogous to the co-existence of calligraphy and geometric symbols in Islamic art and architecture, which provides an insight into the relationship between language and architecture.

Having grown up in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, where it is customary to invoke a Urdu couplet or quote a “shayar” in everyday conversation, Zarina naturally thinks in this expressive way. In her prints, she has used calligraphy to inscribe titles and phrases in Urdu, embedding them within the image. This interlacing of text with image can also be seen as a way to lend personal presence to an otherwise abstract image. The text gives clues to viewers, allowing them to share her sensibility.

Leela - The Golden Flute.
Leela - The Golden Flute.

THE GOLDEN FLUTE: Leela - The Golden Flute: A solo show of 30 paintings in mixed media by Shuvaprasanna at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg, from January 21 to January 30, 2004.

Born in 1945, Shuvaprasanna’s contribution towards the art movement in Kolkata is not only as a painter and printmaker but also as the Founder of the Arts Acre, an artists’ village, close to Kolkata. Other than birds - especially owls and crows - the recurring imagery in Shuvaprasanna’s middle tone paintings are that of the city of Kolkata, especially old north Kolkata where he grew up

and still lives. Using ‘part fantasy’ and part `neo-realist’ techniques, the artist creates on canvas a misty dreamlike imagery of the narrow lanes and the rooftops of the city, where the only sign of life are the occasional crows, sitting on the rooftops like harbingers of news.

According to the artist, this symbolizes a world which is fragile, transient, as well as eternal. As the founder of Arts Acre, Shuvaprasanna has organised several important joint Indo-German graphic camps, both in Kolkata and in

Germany. For this contribution to the field of art, Shuvaprasanna has received awards from the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata, Lalit Kala Akademi, Kolkata, as well as the All India Fine Arts and Craft Society, New Delhi.

To Shuvaprasanna, complete abstraction is too artificial, too `lifeless’, too wide away from the direct approach of human relations in a city like Kolkata. His presentation of reality often has dream-like elements in it. But does not the dream often show a deeper view of reality?

TRY TO SEE IT MY WAY: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is mounting a unique exhibition of photographs by children of eight to 12 year age group from Sonagachi, the sprawling red light district of Kolkata, at Dilli Haat here from January 23 to January 31.

The exhibition of photographs is an extension of a unique initiative of a UNICEF aided [project in which some children of the area were provided with still cameras and encouraged to shoot pictures of their choice. The children were familiarised with photography by holding workshops by two professional photographers.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Try to see it my way’, aims to reach out to the general public and the key stakeholders to create awareness about HIV/AIDS>

TRY AND STOP ME: Friendship is the first and only relationship a person establishes by choice once he comes to this world. Rok Sako To Rok Lo is an entertaining story based on the romance of friendship. The story telling further weaves a collage of issues like class divide, spirit of adventure and family values into subtle ideals and messages. An attempt has been made to give the audience a clean and earthly entertainment, away from the current plastic looking, often too good to be real images, seen in most movies, and the sweet dreams of the first flush of love, friendship, laughter...Rok sako to rok Lo.

A maiden directorial venture of noted management guru and author Arindam Chaudhuri, the film brings together the best of Indian Cinema. It has music from Jatin Lalit, lyrics from creative genius Prasoon Joshi. The art direction is by two-time national award winner Samir Chanda. The cinematography direction has been provided by Santosh Thundiyil, widely appreciated for his previous works like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and award winning work in Pinjar.

The editing is being done by Rabi Ranjan Maitra, a two-time national award winner, recently appreciated for his work in Mr and Mrs Iyer.

Planman life has taken up the project as a first step to meet the challenge of discovery and mastery of next generation techniques in production management and film marketing. Under the current circumstances, where box office success is a big challenge, Planman Life believes that such pioneering efforts are worth it for the sake of a structured evolution of the film industry. While corporate funding has been around, though in a very small proportion, additional professionalism will add to investor confidence and government and corporate support in making India the largest filmed entertainment market.

Arindam Chaudhuri is known to have revolutionized Indian management practices with his path-breaking theories and the world of management education with his institute IIPM. His two books, Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch and The

Great Indian Dream, have been no less than a revolution in the history of Indian non-fiction writing. His new venture, Planman Life, hopes to do the same in Bollywood - Rok sako to rok lo.

KUCH BHI HO SAKTA HAI: Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, a monologue by Anupam Kher, written by Ashok Patole, Directed by Feroz Khan. This is a journey of a man who should have been a failure but manipulated his destiny and forced it to become a success.

Anupam Kher, with over 300 feature films to his credit, is perhaps one of the most versatile and prolific actors that the Indian cinema has ever seen. Anupam Kher has played some of the most interesting roles in blockbuster movies of recent times like Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaiyenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Kya Kehna and Bend it like Beckham.

At the zenith of his career and at the crossroads of his life, he pauses to reflect and share his pain, joy, tears and laughter. Anupam’s struggle seems like a shaky Hindi film, finding some coherence by the sheer determination of the protagonist and interesting twists and turns that life provides in forms of fits and passion.

The play is a full-fledged production with Anupam Kher narrating and dramatising the important events in his life, for instance, his first romantic encounter, his initial failure at the audition of the film “Gandhi”, casting in Saaraansh, awards, personal relationships etc.
Folk life in the colourful desert state of Rajasthan.
Folk life in the colourful desert state of Rajasthan.

Although the play tells the story of a small town man making it big in the Hindi film industry, the audience can easily identify with him and find excerpts of their lives being enacted on stage.

This is a play that celebrates life and reaches out to all, with honesty and rare candour.

FOLK IMPRESSIONS: The PBC Art Gallery here is showcasing the paintings of well-known artist, Madhu Jain, from January 23 to February 16. Madhu Jain is known for using ‘nihonga’ the eco-friendly medium of rock mineral pigments on hand-made paper. The recent paintings, entitled ‘Folk Impressions,’ are on the folk life in the colourful desert state of Rajasthan. She has eloquently used rock pigments, natural minerals, shells, corals, semi-precious stones and even gold and silver, adding brilliance to the paintings.

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