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From the Colleges
DAV College honours Mongia, martyr’s parents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
As many as 705 students were today presented awards by the Adviser to the Administrator, Mr Lalit Sharma, at the annual prize distribution function of DAV College, Sector 10, here today.

The college also honoured well-known cricketer Dinesh Mongia, who is alumni of the college. The parents of Lieutenant Anil Yadav, who graduated from the college in 1992 and was killed fighting insurgents in Kupwara district, Jammu and Kashmir, were also honoured.

Another alumni of the college, Prof. Rajan Saxena, a Padma Shree recipient for establishing the Liver Transplantation Centre at Lucknow, was also honoured.

Dr C. Parkash, senior vice-president of the DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, welcomed the chief guest. The Principal, Mr S. Marriya, read out the annual report.

Home Science College

Students receive degrees at the 36th annual convocation prize distribution function at Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh
Students receive degrees at the 36th annual convocation prize distribution function at Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

The Home Secretary, Chandigarh, Mr R.S. Gujral, on Friday awarded degrees to 170 students of Government Home Science College, Sector 10, at its 36th annual convocation and prize-distribution function.

There were 120 graduates and 50 post-graduates. As many as 250 students were also awarded for performance in academics, sports and extracurricular activities.

The best all-round student award was bagged by Shikha Wadhwa and the outstanding sportsperson award by Medha Agnihotri. The Dr Devi Award for excellence went to Naurin and the Sharee Doongaji cash prize to Neha Goswami and Archna Wadhera. Mona Lova received the Sinha Memorial Award for music.

Mr Gujral advised the college authorities to open a placement cell and initiate interaction with prestigious universities as well as the industry so that students had the opportunity of campus placement. He also emphasised on the need for starting new vocational courses.

Principal Sukhvarsha Narula read out the annual report. She said the college had sought permission to start a post-graduate degree in hotel management from the new academic session. 


Course in disaster management from next session
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 26
In the new academic session, students of Class IX in the CBSE affiliated schools will have to study disaster management as part of their curriculum. And subsequently, the subject will be introduced in class X from academic session 2005-06.

As a test case, the board had last year introduced the subject in class VIII. The subject is being introduced as part of social science.

The Director (Academics), CBSE, Mr G. Balasubramanian, in a communiqué to the affiliated schools has informed that the board had revised the syllabi according to the need of the students and had been incorporated in the secondary school curriculum. For the support of the students, efforts were being made to bring out textual material in English and Hindi languages.

To equip the teachers on the latest issues covered in disaster management, the board would soon be conducting a teacher-training programme.

Meanwhile, the board has decided to extend life skill education to class VII. Sources in the board said after introducing the subject of life skill education in class VI last year, there has been an overwhelming response from various stakeholders, keeping in view that life skill education was relevant, meaningful and contextual to the learners. Now, the board has brought out the textual material for class VII, both in English and Hindi version.


Depicting spirituality through art
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 26
“By Design — Art and Architecture” brings together 37 works of various artists on the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib. The exhibition was inaugurated at Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10 here today.

The participants tried to capture the various facets of spirituality and philosophy of the Sikh Gurus, besides the teachings of the holy book.

Special invitee Gagandeep Singh’s “Hola Mohalla” in bright colours depicts the three elements of life, air, water and earth. “The power of destiny” by Geeta Vadhera, “Amritvela” by Bharti Vandana, “The Beginning” by Kannu, “Ek Onkar” by D.S. Kapoor and “Adi Granth” by Jaspreet Kaur are on display.

In today’s inaugural function, artists Neeru Vij and Pritpal Singh were awarded with excellence award by a jury while Ravinder Singh, Charanjit Kaur, Pritpal Singh, Ishpreet and Sonal were awarded with a commendation award for their originality and creativity in the expression of Sikhi.

The exhibition will conclude on March 28.


City has night life, at last!
Ruchika M. Khanna

The architecturally most modern city in the country is finally shedding its inhibitions. From discotheques to coffee parlours, from private parties to long drives, the city’s night life is finally coming of age.

Chandigarh can no longer be called the city of the tired and the retired. It is bubbling with night activity, as noctornal homo sapiens seem to have grown manifold in the past couple of years. With changing work culture - except for the small percentage of babus everyone else is working till late in the evenings — socialising and fun time begin after 9 p.m. on weekdays and stretches till as late as 2 am over weekends.

For proof, check on the following scale. Till a few years ago, you would count yourself lucky if you saw a car on the road after 10.30 pm. Now swanky cars with teenagers high on life can be seen zipping past till midnight on Madhya Marg, or near the eat and pub street in Sector 35. The hep coffee bars and lounges are favorite places for chilling out after the party is over past midnight.

On weekends, try to catch the mood of the young outside Aerrizonna in Sector 9, where both young and middle-aged couples can be seen driving in at midnight, after having dinner at any of the eateries or the clubs, and then dancing the night out. Ask Surinder Singh, proprietor of Aerrizona. On weekends, his discotheques is burgeoning at its seams, with an estimated 70 couples dancing away to the techno, trance or desi beats. So much so that Sundays have been exclusively reserved as foreigners night, when foreign nationals residing in the city can party on their own.

Private parties are one of happening social do’s in town. Beginning at 10 pm, the parties actually pick up only at midnight, and continue till as late (or as early) as three in the morning. Sounds a Bohemian lifestyle? Not really. The city’s party animals admit that though the city is now opening to a night life culture, it is still a poor country cousin to Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore. Says model Gaurav Dhir, “Over the past five years, there has been a drastic change, especially on weekend night life. The clubs, pubs and discotheques in the city have brought in the change, though not like in the metros”.

Interestingly, good girls no longer go home at six in the evening, or socialise exclusively with family. They, too, are tasting the new-found freedom, as they party with friends at pubs or discotheques or go for a drive till Dharampur and back. The fact that the city is considered a safe night place for women, too, has brought in the change. On weekends, there is no stopping single young women as they zoom 15 km away from Chandigarh to a discotheques in North Park.

Says Savira Seemar, textile design student, that most Saturdays’ she likes to go for her night out with friends. Ask her if it is okay with her parents, and she says neither they have ever stopped her from socialising, nor have the parents of any of her friends among girls. Children do not coerce their parents for relaxations in socialising, but parents now trust their children and allow them freedom, she says. Friends Amita Khurana and Rohita Sharma agree. These 23- year-olds love to dance at discotheques and maintain that their parents are cool about their noctornal partying. Their night- outs are just twice a week and parents do not mind this. Since they only have fun while going out, including going out with male friends, whom their parents have interacted with on many a occasion, they have no reason to be wary, they say.


Diamonds steal hearts
Geetu Vaid

Diamonds with their sparkle and aura have the ability to make any occasion, be it a birthday, anniversary or a new addition in a family, truly special. These are also seen as symbols of eternal love so much so that the ancient Egyptians believed that the vena amoris (vein of love) ran directly from the heart to the tip of the fourth finger, the reason why we wear diamonds on the fourth finger even today. This is part of the eternal appeal of this stone. A two-day exhibition of diamond jewellery put up by Manek Gem Art, the wholesale diamond jewellery manufacturers from Mumbai, opened at Aroma hotel today. It is the first exhibition by the company in the city.

Ketan Manek and Dewang Palan of the company have brought a wide range of pendants, earrings, bangles, rings and watches in yellow and white gold in enticing designs crafted by in-house designers and craftspersons. The diamonds that come with a certificate of quality are available at wholesale rates, claims Ketan Manek.

It is the cut, colour, clarity and carat that decide the worth of a diamond, says Dewang while showing diamonds in brilliant, princess, heart, marquise, pear, emerald and oval cuts set in cluster, invisible and rose cut settings. The prices range from affordable Rs 5,000 to a whopping 2 lakh.

Delicate and unique designs that are also easily affordable are the main attractions of the collection, says Geetanjali Uppal, the local distributor of the company. tns


Comic roles more challenging, says Mahesh Thakur

His chubby face, dimpled cheeks, curly hair and child- like innocence catch your attention even as Mahesh Thakur has matured as an actor in his comeback.

Television production has become an assembly line production, he says while talking of his roles in “Shararat” and “Astitva”, and playing second lead to Sridevi in “Malini Iyer”. He was in the city for a short while on his way to Himachal for a holiday.

Mahesh Thakur feels creativity has suffered as serials are being churned by the dozen. He began his acting career with television and graduated to films. In 1999, he reached the peak of his career when he acted in Suraj Barjatya’s “Hum Saath Saath Hain”. Then there was a hiatus from the silver screen, only for Mahesh to bounce back with comic roles in “Malini Iyer” and “Shararat.”

Excited about his role as Pinku, Sridevi’s husband in “Malini Iyer’, the actor is all praise for the team of the serial. “Malini Iyer’ is very close to me as it is something that I have always wanted to do. My criteria while selecting a role is to identify a perfect story line. I did not make an exception for “Malini Iyer”. I knew the star of the serial will be Sri Devi but when the producer offered me this interesting role, I accepted it,” he says.

He loves doing comic roles which he finds more challenging than intense roles. “The problem is that people do not take you seriously as an actor if you are potraying a comic character. You get recognition as a good actor only if you play an emotionally charged character,” he says. TNS

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