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UGC nod to professional courses for 3 colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 6
Now it will be possible for city graduates to pursue professional courses along with their mainstream subjects, thanks to a decision of the University Grants Commissions (UGC).

Nine new vocational courses have been sanctioned by the UGC for three local colleges in city. The new subjects will be taught to graduates in addition to the mainstream subjects.

Three subjects each have been sanctioned for science, commerce and arts streams. The number of seats to be allocated to each course and the curriculum was yet to be decided by Panjab University.

The new subjects will be offered by DAV College, Sector 10, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, and GGDSD College, Sector 32. Being termed as career-oriented course scheme, the first year will be a certificate course and the second year a diploma course. In the third year the course will be converted into an advanced diploma, the Principal of the GGDSD College, Sector 32, Dr A.C. Vaid said.

According to information, a UGC panel yesterday had made the announcement at a meeting of the colleges affiliated to Panjab University. The meeting was attended by the Principals of the three colleges and the Dean, Panjab University.

Selected colleges from the city and Punjab were called for the meeting held in Delhi on the basis of screening done by the UGC panel. University sources said the 35 vocational courses already being offered by the colleges were optional . Now the UGC has informed the colleges that the new subjects can be taught along with regular courses.

Mr P.S. Sangha, Principal of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, told the Chandigarh Tribune that the teaching faculty existed for the subjects approved by the UGC for the respective colleges. For science stream subjects a grant of Rs 7 lakh would be given by the UGC and for the arts and commerce stream Rs 5 lakh.

The Principal of DAV College, Sector 10, Mr S.C. Maria, confirmed that nine new subjects had been allocated by the UGC. In the science stream the subjects are industrial chemistry, pathological lab technician course and electronic hardware maintenance. In the commerce stream the courses are logistics (goods movement management), risk management and insurance and event management.

For the arts stream the courses are translation, journalism and counselling and guidance psychology.



Rhyme and song day
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 6
The annual nursery rhyme and song day was a big affair at Eurokids, a playway school, in Sector 9 here today.

Tinytots presented various rhymes and songs. The annual contest is intended to explore the talent of children, the school Prinicipal, Ms Mona Verma, said.

Firstep Montessori School

Songs, dances and races were the highlights of the annual day function of Firstep Montessori School here today.

According to a press note, dance by tiny tots of the Nursery section to the tunes of "Las Ketchup" and "Saturday Night"was well appreciated. The school Prinicipal, Ms Madhu Trehan, read out the annual report.



NAAC team visits Govt College
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 5
The three-member team from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) started its two-day visit to the Government College, Mohali, today. The team is here to assess the college in accordance with the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.

The team is being led by Mr Naresh Chander, former pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai, and Principal of Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai. Ms Ancy Jose, Principal, Nagindas Khandwala College of Commerce and Arts, Mumbai, and Mr K. K. Bajaj, Principal, J.P. Institute of Information Technology, are the other two members of the team. The three along with the college Principal today visited some departments and had an interactive session with the faculty and the head.

The college had been first assessed on the basis of a self-assessment report from the college that had already been submitted to NAAC. The 400-page report was based on the criteria laid down by the council.

The team will judge the college on the basis of its self-assessment report and independent observations.

The report will be prepared by the team by tomorrow evening and will be discussed with the college Principal.



Shivalik School wins prize for best drama
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 6
Shivalik Public School has bagged the first prize for a drama, “Where We Are Heading To?”, at the Inter-School Science Drama Competition, organised by the State Institute of Science Education, Punjab. The drama has also been selected for the Zonal Science Drama Competition to be held on January 28 and 29 at the National Science Centre, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The panel of judges included experts from Doordarshan and All-India Radio. The school won the award for best direction and a prize of Rs 1000 at the zonal level. The participants included Gaurav, Arshdeep, Gagan Inder Singh, Gurleen, Hena Tiwari, Kavijeet and Agyapal Singh. The play was directed by Sumedha.

Sharan Kaur Sidhu of the school won the first prize in singing in the Talent Hunt Hungama - 2004, organised by the Personality Plus Club, Chandigarh.



The A to Z of fitness mania
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

FOR net savvy yuppies, as well as the oldies of the city, their daily exercise regimens is fast emerging as a must-do for socialising. Be it the walk at the lake, pumping iron at the gym or club, these places are fast emerging as the microcosm of city life.

The city has always been famous for its “healthy body syndrome”. For years, the evenings, especially of “babus”, their political bosses and the latter’s patrons from the business community have revolved around jogging/brisk walk at the lake, Leisure Valley or Terrace Garden. Men and women made new acquaintances, both professional and social, while they tried to sweat it out.

Now, with the gym culture taking the city’s fitness freaks, including the auntijis and unclejis, in its fold, we check out on the socialisation cause and effect, as the city residents sweat it out for the perfect body.

They firmly believe that best social contacts can be made while exercising. They generally stick around with the high-profile minister, as he does his brisk evening walk at the lake, or the ones amidst the fairer sex go to the gym frequented by their icons. Without a drop of sweat falling off and without their losing a single gram of weight in months of “exercising”, they manage to reach their objective by getting a place in the “talked about circles”. This category includes mostly the nouveau rich, who have arrived in terms of wealth, but not really in the social circles. What getting a membership in the Golf Club could not do for them, “exercising” does.

They are the “don’t-talk-to-me-while-I-exercise” type. You find them everywhere. They grunt and groan as the trainer makes them stretch each part of the body. They switch off their petite cellphones so that their attention is not diverted while they work out. They want to get instant results in terms of losing the flab and getting into shape. They insist that their kind of music be played while they exercise and take the maximum time and attention of the trainer.

These are the omnipresent characters in all gyms — private as well as gym at clubs. They are the first ones to arrive and jump on the treadmill after warming up. The moment you ask them for a chance, they give you the softest possible reply: “But I am not finished yet”, and just in case you begin with the weights, they will again walk up and coyly request you: “...let me do the weights while you get on the treadmill”. This category of morning/evening walkers would always go a kilometer ahead of their group of walkers, and make sure that they are the ones to reach back at the starting point first.

Found only in trendy gyms like Planet Fitness or Bon Sante. They have the “perfect 10” figures and the men have the sinewy muscles. They don’t really need to exercise, but exercising is an obsession. The women will wear the skimpiest of tights or the cycling shorts, and the men will wear a tight tee so that each part of their glistening-with-sweat body is looked at with envy. They always look down upon others working out in their track pants or jogger’s suits.

They are the ones who set the trends. From their Reebok sweatshirts, Nike shoes and Adidas wristbands and headbands in neon shades and flaming oranges, they make fun of and avoid Woodland and Power-clad gymaholics as plague. They take pride in being the trendsetters in the gym, and other than the gym dresses, pose as the city’s style icons and would give fashion tips for free to others as they work out.



Handicraft fare from North-East, Andhra Pradesh
Tribune News Service

HANDICRAFT and handloom products from Andhra Pradesh and North-East are on display at two separate exhibitions halls in the city. While the North-East Handicrafts and Handloom Corporation has roped in about 25 artisans from the region to put together an impressive handicraft show at Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15, Le Pakshi Handicrafts Emporium of the Andhra Pradesh Handicraft Division is organising an impressive show of its wares at Panchayat Bhavan.

The North-East handicraft exhibition is being organised by Purabshree Emporium. Participating in the exhibition are artisans from Meghalaya, Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura and Mizoram.

The products on display reflect the customs and traditions of the people inhibiting the fertile Brahmaputra valley. Cane and bamboo being in abundance in the forests of this region, a wide range of items utilising these products is being displayed. In the recent past, the craftspersons of this region have developed many items of cane furniture with their improved knowledge to suit the contemporary needs.

Basketry and cane works from Assam and Tripura are particularly impressive. Many headgears have also been fashioned out of cane and bamboo. The Japi of Assam is worn by farmers. It is being displayed in the exhibition. There are many other woven items on display. Interestingly, it is said every woman in the North- East can weave. Also being stocked are Assam Muga silk, mulbury silk sarees, chaddars, Naga shawls, gamocha and other traditional items.

The fare at Panchayat Bhavan includes items in banjara mirror works, leather puppets, lamp shades, brass metal items, Hyderabadi pearls, Kundan jewellery, Nirmal paintings, cotton durries, wood carving material, Kalamkari hand paintings and much more.

There is also an exclusive range of sarees from Pochampalli and Kathan to Narayanpet, Madanapalli and Mangalgiri.

Other styles being displayed are Chirala, Dharamvaram silk sarees and Gadwal sarees. The exhibition is offering a rebate of 20 per cent on textiles and 10 per cent on handicraft products.

Both the exhibitions can be viewed between 10 am and 8 pm.



34th Bhaskar Rao Sammelan
Maestros to perform
Tribune News Service

CELEBRATED exponents of Indian classical music and dance will participate in the four-day Bhaskar Rao Sammelan, which will begin in Chandigarh from February 13. Organised annually by Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, the concert, this year, will be progress on two locations.

While the inaugural presentation, to be made by famous kathak danseuse Shovana Narayan, will be held at the Sector 71, at Mohali complex of the kendra, rest of the classical music and dance presentations will be made at Tagore Theatre. Managing a rich canvas, as in the past, Pracheen Kala Kendra’s 34th music festival will feature doyens like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan in concert along with his musician sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan. Santoor recital by Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Orissi recital by Kumkum Mohanty will also form part of the classical music feast.

The concert will roll with presentations by Shovana Narayan, followed by sufiana qalaam by Wadali brothers. The next day’s presentations will include juganbandi by two leading musicians from Kolkata. Madhusudan Barman and Gopal Barmam, who have earlier participated in the Bhaskar Rao Sammelan, will again enthrall the audience with their juganbandi on sreekhol and tabla. The next presentation on February 14 will be vocal recital by Sanjeev Abhyankar, who swept music lovers off their feet with his classic rendition in the film, “Godmother”. Sanjeev was presented with the national award for his background scores in this film.

Bureaucrat and dancer Kumkum Mohanty will present Orissi recital on February 16. It will be for the first time that Kumkum Mohanty, disciple of guru Kelucharan Mahapatra, will be performing in Chandigarh. She will be followed by Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma on the santoor.

The concluding day will feature a rare feast for the lovers of Indian classical music who will get chance to see the legendary Ustad Amjad Ali Khan perform along with his sons. The sarod recital will mark the end of the four-day classical music and dance fare.

Making these announcements today, Mr M.L. Koser of the Pracheen Kala Kendra said the idea was to promote classical music concerts in the region.

He added that he had divided the concert into two parts from this year onwards. “While the inaugural part will be called Lala Mela Ram festival, after my father who inspired me to imbibe the classical arts, the rest of the three days will form the Bhaskar Rao Sammelan.



Home appliances on display
Tribune News Service

A three-day exhibition of home appliances, sound systems and air-conditioners started at the Aroma hotel today. All major international brands, including LG, IFB, Electrolux, Whirlpool, Sony, Haier, National Panasonic, Fujitsu, Denon, Jamo, Philips and Black and Decker, are participating in the exhibition, which will remain open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. till Sunday. A wide range, including TVs, refrigerators, microwaves, washing machines, music systems, high-end home theatres, plasmas, digital and video cameras, home appliances and air-conditioners, is being exhibited under one roof.

According to Mr Varun Juneja, proprietor, Circuit Mall, Sector 8, major brands on a single platform will benefit customers.

Haier Appliances is the latest to hit the Indian market. Its bottom-mounted referegerator, with a freezer at the bottom and the refrigerator section above it, is unique. Washing Machines with 2.3 kg capacity are ideal for bachelors.

Electrolux is also exhibiting a new range with Brazilian finish to its products. LG has launched projection TVs. Plasmas and high- end home theatres from Fujitsu, Denon and Jamo are also exhibited.

Products are being offered on special prices. Finance options are also available at zero per cent interest and easy instalments. Other attractions include special offers, free gifts and exchange offers. Another attraction is a lucky draw at the end of the exhibition, in which a lucky buyer will win a Trip to Nepal.



Tips for pet lovers
Parbina Rashid

DOGS are omnivorous. So if you think that by feeding your dog a chunk of meat, or giving it a part of your own meal, you have taken care of your pet’s nutritional requirement, here is a piece of advice coming your way. Give your dog a wholesome meal from which it can derive all nutrients.

Experts say that home-made food does not contain sufficient amounts of proteins and calcium as required by your pet. A balanced diet for dogs should have six times more proteins and seven times more calcium than food consumed by humans. Besides, the food should also be properly cooked.

A number of companies like Purnia and Pedigree have come up with an answer to your problem. Packed in fancy packs of all sizes and shapes there are Dog Chow, Pedigree vegetarian and non-vegetarian food packs.

Foreign brands like Pro Pack have also made an entry with elaborate range specially formulated for the high stress active canine, chicken meal and rice formula, lamb meal and rice, for pregnant dogs.

That is not all. If you are going on vacation, there is this canned variety Mandeo food which comes for Rs 65 per 300 gms. A little expensive, but it takes care of your pet during those trips.

Pet lovers of the city are also warming up to the idea of these no-nonsense dry or semi-moist dog food. “People here are slowly warming up to the idea that dogs need to get their nutrients from a single source and hence more and more people are trying to get their dogs habituated to various kinds of dog food,” says Mr. Sandeep Raj Sharma, owner of Dog Shoppe in Sector 10.

Mr Sharma’s convincing power in the economy part is another factor which is contributing to the popularity of dog’s food. “When you compare the cost factor of home cooked food and readymade dog food, the readymade variety comes for a much cheaper rate,” says Mr Sharma.

If your dog has already grown on home-made food, there is a way to convert him. “Introduce 25 per cent of readymade dog food along with his regular food in the first three days and then make it 50:50 and gradually making it 25 per cent and 75 per cent before going in for complete readymade variety,” says Mr Sharma.


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