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PU Syndicate defers retirement scheme
Tribune News Service

A Canada-based doctor, Dr Harvansh Singh Judge, has come to the aid of the dental college project of Panjab University, shelved for want of finances. He has agreed to contribute Rs 2 crore towards the project and had expressed a desire that the college be named after him. He added that he would will all his property, worth Rs 8 crore, to the university. The item was passed by the Syndicate.

The Syndicate awarded a D.Litt degree to Dr Shriram Sharma for his published works on the subject of “Brahmi Script Development in North West India and Central Asia”. Interestingly, nobody had a clue about who he is. The Syndicate, keeping this in mind, has directed to append the bio-data of all candidates in the agenda.

On the direction of the Election Commission barring declaration of interview results of the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) received by the university, the Syndicate asked the Vice-Chancellor to seek authorisation of the PU Senate for issuing appointment letters in May.

Members of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), comprising members of the teaching and non-teaching organisations on the campus, handed over a memorandum expressing resentment on the compulsory retirement scheme of the university to members of the Syndicate.

Chandigarh, March 13
The much-resented compulsory retirement scheme for employees of Panjab University was deferred by the Syndicate at its meeting, here today. The scheme was rejected by the Syndicate members on the ground that it was not viable since the university had no pension scheme.

Speaking on the issue, Prof P.P. Arya, Mr G.K. Chatrath, Mr Dhirender Tayal and Mr Satish Sharma said the scheme would, in no way, help in improving the work culture in the university and would lead to greater hardship without availability of pension to the employees. They argued that when its need was not felt in the last 50 years, it was still not needed.

The Syndicate, while debarring private candidates from taking up subjects requiring practical coaching, allowed these as additional subjects. This would imply that students wanting to improve their marks by taking up a subject beyond the five papers of the course would have the option of choosing a subject with practicals as the sixth paper.

As a one-time exception, the Syndicate decided to allow admission to students whose revaluation results were declared after December 31. The Examination Branch has also been asked to declare revaluation results within three months of application.

Directing the Examination Branch to dispatch roll numbers of candidates on time, the Syndicate also suggested the setting up of a monitoring committee to look into unfair means cases, declaration of results and other examination related matters.

The Syndicate rationalised 16 additional NRI seats allotted to the University Business School last year. The MBA (General) course will have eight additional seats while the MBA (IB) and MBA (HR) will have four additional seats each.

The Syndicate approved the redesignation of Medical Officers (MOs) of the Health Centre of the university as SMOs and CMOs. While an MO will be promoted to SMO after nine years of service, he will be designated as CMO after 14 years of service. Those with postgraduate degrees will be entitled to a relaxation of three years.

Stating that the Sports Department was in dire need of a Director (Sports), the Syndicate asked the university authorities to hasten the process of identifying a “suitable candidate”.

After much debate on whether college students should be asked to contribute towards the construction of an auditorium-cum-multipurpose hall, the Syndicate approved a contribution of Rs 50 from college students while university students would be required to pay Rs 100. A seating capacity of 2,000 against the proposed 4,000 seats was approved. The sports fee has also been increased from Rs 30 to Rs 35.

Seventeen Fellows opted for a change of faculty for the forthcoming election to the university Senate.


From Schools & Colleges
Tiny tots present ‘Alice in Wonderland’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
Students of pre nursery, nursery and kindergarten of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 4-B, presented “ Alice in Wonderland”. The occasion was a musical evening where tiny tots danced and sang. The young artists attired in colourful dress won allround applause. Ms Kamlesh, Mayor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, presided over the function. Dr B.N.S. Walia, Chairman of the NEDT, was the guest of honour. The Principal of the school, Mr J.Sekhon, was also present on the occasion.

Alumni meet

The Alumni Association of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College today honoured the former Principal of the college, Mr P.S.Sangha, who had recently retired from the college. Dr Ajiab Singh, a member of the PPSC, and president of the alumni association, praised Prof Sangha. Ms Chanchal Narang, general secretary of the association, said Prof Sangha played a key role in advancement of students in academics, sports and extra curricular activities.

Due to the efforts of Prof Sangha Panjab University had recognised the college as the best one. Dr Jai Singh, Dr Jatinder Kaur, Mr D.S.Saroya, Mr Manmohan Singh, Mr Sanjiv Sharma, Mr Karminder Singh, Mr Harveer Singh, Mr C.S.Nanda, Mr Ravi Bhushan and Prof Parminder Walia were also present on the occassion.

Health camp

A health camp was organised at Tiny Tots Little Angels Public School here today. It was the second health camp organised by the school. The Principal of the school, Ms Seema Mahajan, said as many as 200 students were examined during the camp conducted by Dr Paramjeet Singh, Dr Preeti and Dr Vandana Jameja.


Heavy rush for train tickets to Karnataka

Chandigarh, March 13
With the entrance test for admission to medical and engineering colleges in Karnataka, scheduled for May, there is a huge rush for reservation of tickets for trains bound for Karnataka. For the CET for medical and engineering seats, scheduled for May 18 and 19, the reservation on Karnataka Express, Swaran Jayanti, Rajdhani and Shapat Kranti is almost full for May 9, 10 and 11, said the reservation in charge at the Sector 17 ISBT, Ms Pushpa Ranga.

The clash and dates of the entrance test for admission to Chandigarh Medical College and B.Sc (Honours) courses of Panjab University with the admission test to medical college in Karnataka has not deterred the students from going to Bangalore. TNS

Exams held at 2 centres cancelled

Mohali, March 13
Following reports of mass copying and external interference in some examination centres across Punjab, the Controller of Examinations, Punjab School Education Board, Ms Narinder Kaur, today cancelled the Class X science examination held at Phero, District Sangrur this morning and the Class XII english examination held at the Children Memorial School, Patiala this evening.

The Controller of Examination said action against the supervisory staff responsible for copying at these centres was being initiated by the board. — TNS


Direction to rowing body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 13
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked Rowing Federation of India and Chandigarh Rowing Association to frame rules and methodology for ensuring fair trial for selections.

Claiming to be “renowned rowers of national repute”, city-based Kirandeep Kaur and Ramanpreet Kaur had sought directions for quashing the selection of Chandigarh team for the senior national rowing championship.


Celebration of womanhood
Ruchika M. Khanna
Models display the spring summer collection during a fashion show in Chandigarh
Models display the spring summer collection during a fashion show in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photograph

Woman are top-of-the-line managers. Finance managers (as they manage the home finances); human resource managers by managing relations or the dhobi, servants, ... the list is endless. Nobody can know time management better than women, as they comfortably shift between their roles as mother, daughter or wife at home, and as diehard professionals at work.

This and much more was the subject of consideration at the occasion dedicated to celebrating womanhood and honouring the role models for 2004. Arranged by Kapsons Exclusive and Talwarsons Jewellers, the five women recalled their bitter-sweet experiences, as they undertook their journey to carve their destiny.

The women who held the all-women-audience captive were Ms Shireen Sethi, HoD of Sahara Samay, Ms June Saupin, educationist and president of the All-India Anglo-Indian Association, Dr Umesh Nandani Jindal, obstetrician and gynaecologist, Ms Suchita Jain, executive director, Vardhaman Group of Companies, and Ms Salochana Ahuja, beautician and social worker. Sharing the dais, they talked of their respective struggles, their support systems, and more importantly, balancing between work and home.

Ms Ahuja, who had dedicated her life to training hearing impaired girls in the art of beauty makeovers, said it was time women stood up for themselves as well as for fellow women in society. She began her career as a beautician at the age of 35. She said women had to learn to slip in their roles as homemakers as well as professionals.

Ms Saupin, who had set up a chain of schools in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, recalled how she had made a humble beginning by setting up a small nursery school. She said though the journey was arduous, she had absolute support of her family. She urged women, especially younger women, to impart a strong value system in their children.
The role models --- Dr Umesh Nandani Jindal, Ms June Saupin, Ms Salochana Ahuja, Ms Shireen Sethi and Ms Suchita Jain --- after receiving the honours at a function in Chandigarh
The role models — Dr Umesh Nandani Jindal, Ms June Saupin, Ms Salochana Ahuja, Ms Shireen Sethi and Ms Suchita Jain — after receiving the honours at a function in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Born to business tycoon and chairman of Vardhaman Group, Mr S.P. Oswal, did not help Ms Jain reach her present status and command respect for her managerial skills and business acumen. She said she had to work hard, not only to prove herself to her junior though much experienced colleagues, but also to her father. It was by sheer hard work that she earned her place in the group, and was now independently running the fabric business with a turnover of Rs 200 crore, she said. “But being a woman, one cannot shun the responsibilities of hearth. It is important to work and enlarge your mental capabilities. Only if you are creatively employed and keep yourself busy can you give the joy back to your family,” she said.

Dr Jindal, running an infertility clinic in the city, said women had a long way to go before they could get rid of their second-grade status in the society. “How can we celebrate Women’s Day when we cannot celebrate the birth of a daughter in a family,” she asked. Narrating her story, as she went through the travails of being the third daughter in a family, her emergence as an iconoclast and her devotion to work, she exhorted women to be healthy, maintain a balance between family and work and exercise their right to make choices for themselves.

Ms Sethi, responsible for the content, packaging, presentation and production of Sahara Samay, spoke of the bias against women in the field of journalism. “A few of us have managed to win the battle, and are getting plush assignments in a male bastion. But a lot still needs to be done. If mothers were to treat their daughters at a par with sons, and allowed them to make their choices, even with regard to career, the new-generation woman would be a stronger force,” she said.

Ms Nishi Kapoor of Kapsons, announced the setting up of the Kapsons Girl Child Welfare Society, by way of which Kapsons Group would sponsor education of needy girls each year. A fashion show was organised which was a runaway success. Brands like Pepe, Looks, Expozy, Natalia, Peace and Just in Time showcased their spring summer collection as models walked down the ramp with a laser show in the backdrop. TNS


Her heart still beats for print journalism

She is a woman who chose to carve her own destiny. Behind her petite frame, lies the grit of steel. Shireen Sethi, acclaimed business journalist and the Head of Department of Sahara Samay, says that the road to success was not easy.

Shireen had left the city 14 years ago to pursue her dreams of making it big in journalism. She did her mass communication from Panjab University and aimed at making it big as a business correspondent. After doing her internship with Sunday Mail she told her parents that she wanted to shift to New Delhi.

“I persisted and my father had to relent. Once in Delhi, it was difficult to establish myself as a business correspondent. Women journalists were then put only on light beats-like culture, health and education while the beats like crime and business were reserved for men. I had to struggle to establish myself as a woman business reporter,” she says.

Though her heart still beats for print journalism, she says that she shifted to television only after having reached the peak in her career as a print journalist. “ I was with The Economic Times, and had to move on. I got an opportunity with NDTV and grabbed it. Since then there has been no looking back,” she says.

She has interviewed most of the big names in the corporate and economic world, besides anchoring and producing several shows on NDTV, Zee News, Star Plus, Star News Ravivar, Business News, Doordarshan and Sahara Samay. “It’s a learning experience each day and this is the beauty of this profession,” she says.

Asked her if her chiselled face is her asset as a tele journalist, she says. “No its my skill as a reporter that is my biggest asset.” She recalls how several years ago, a UK-based consultant hired by NDTV had actually told her that the fact that she was not gorgeous went in her favour for being a news presenter. TNS


Cassette of Devki Anand released

Noted poet and Padma Shri, Dr Sardar Anjum, released a devotional cassettee of Bollywood playback singer Devki Anand — “Sompi dor tujhe mere Satguru” in Panchkula on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Anjum, who had several film scripts to his credit, besides ghazals by top Indian and Pakistani singers, said melody would again rule the roost in Indian music. Forecasting a bright future for ghazals, he said the current decline in ghazal rendering was the result of artistes’ ignorance of nuances of this form of singing and poor lyrics.

Devki Anand said the current remix music would also be on its way out soon. Devki, who has already worked in a number of Punjabi and Hindi movies as a playback singer, said he was contemplating a professional move to Mumbai since the city provided a better platform to the artistes. TNS


‘Khulja Sim Sim’ in city on April 10

Bains International Enterprises in collaboration with AWA (Actors Working Academy) Society, Canada, will be organising a live game show “Khulja Sim Sim”, hosted by small screen star Aman Verma on April 10 in the city.

The show will be organised at Kalagram. In its four-hour duration it will offer opportunities to win a host of prizes. TNS

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