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145 engg graduates get degrees
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 19
Punjab Technical University Vice-Chancellor Dr S.K Salwan exhorted young engineers to concentrate on their profession to achieve excellence in their field and to meet global challenges. “The time has come for you to prove your abilities and achieve excellence, which is only possible if you concentrate on your profession,” Dr Salwan said, while speaking to young engineering graduates during the annual convocation of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, yesterday.

The Vice-Chancellor conferred engineering degrees on 145 fresh graduates of 1999 batch. As many as 15 students of the college were among top university rank holders. Upkar Kaur of electronics and communication engineering bagged the first position. Richa Kansal of electrical engineering bagged the second position while Chann Kanwal Deep Singh of electronics and instrumentation engineering and Garima of computer science engineering also bagged top positions.

Eight merit positions out of the first 10 university rank holders of electrical engineering were bagged by IETians and the first 10 university rank holders of different disciplines received cash prizes. Rs 10,000 was awarded to university gold medalist, Rs 5,000 was awarded to university silver medalist, Rs 3,000 was awarded to university third rank holder.

The second alumni meet was also organised in which nearly 175 students participated.

Principal Prof I.K. Kataria presented the annual college report. He highlighted the progress made by the college in a short time.

The Chairperson, Ms Kulwinder Gurcharan Singh, extended the vote of thanks. The Director, IET, Dr R. S. Seehra, also spoke.


Georgian Day at CIIS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The Canadian Institute for International Studies (CIIS), extension campus of Georgian College, Canada celebrated Georgian Day, Founders’ Day of Georgian College at Forest Hill Resort & Country Club today.

The celebration helped in promoting positive work environment at the CIIS as it brought together the entire staff including support ad and security staff.

This event had something more to offer to all members of CIIS as warmth, motivation and high spirits formed an integral part of the day.

There were games like Jigsaw Puzzle, Treasure Hunt, which necessitate teamwork and ensures that everyone pitches in and works together. Institute Director, Lt. Gen. K S Mann gave a welcome speech. There were many other fun activities, games followed by refreshments. The evening ended with a vote of thanks by Asstt. Institute Director, Mr. Gurdeepak Singh.


M.Sc (II) students seek re-exam
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, May 19
Alleging that 80 per cent of their paper of differential geometry, M.Sc II, was out of the syllabus, affected students met the Dean University Instruction, Prof S.K. Sharma, here today and sought a re-exam in the subject.

The students, from Government College of Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur where the option is available, also met the Controller of Examination and the chairperson of the department concerned to press for their demand. They were told that the matter was raised in the PU Syndicate, held recently, and a committee had been constituted to look into the matter. The examination was held on April 20.

A Fellow of the university Senate, Dr R.P.S. Josh, demanded that the paper-setter should be identified and barred from setting papers in future.


Hamara School
Education revolution at academy

A view of the school library.AKAL Academy, Reeth-Kheri, established by The Kalgidhar Trust Baru Sahib, in 1997 with just 36 students on its rolls has come a long way. Today it has nearly 700 students to get education blended with spiritual and worldly education.

The academy is an English medium, coeducation day boarding institute, which provides education from nursery to Class X, to be upgraded to plus II (medical and non-medical streams only) in a phased manner, following the CBSE syllabi with Gurmat studies from nursery to Class X. The blend of spirituality and modern education helps them to overcome all the negative complexes of personality and results in the emergence of a confident person, who is able to face wordly challenges. They pursue the education to earn good livelihood, to become responsible citizens, to evolve into critical and sensitive humans and above all to become mentor for their parents. The academy offers a pollution-free eco-friendly environment on 7 acres with provision for outdoor and indoor games and extra-curricular activities. The corridors are spacious, bright and well-decorated. The classrooms are airy, well-lit and colourful with lots of models and charts as teaching aids.

The academy is providing good atmosphere for learners with result-oriented objectives without any extra-burden of private tuition. The academy has qualified staff with modern teaching aids and revamped beautiful infrastructure like children’s park, computer lab, science lab, multimedia hall, seminar hall, SUPW workshop, art and craft studio. The exotic botanical garden and English phonetics lab (first in Punjab) will be completed under another project. The library has a collection of the latest national and international books and journals. It has big playgrounds with a separate play section for tiny-tots. There is an activity room and fantasy room, specially meant for kindergarten kids. Divinity is one of main features of academy. Students perform daily Sikh rituals in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib. The religious festivals are celebrated on the campus with great fervour.

The academy is committed to giving equal importance to co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The Academy is divided into four houses to conduct inter-house competitions to make the child confident, responsible and well integrated. Debates, declamations, poetry recitation, calligraphy, quiz are conducted regularly.

Two students Simarpreet Singh and Aman Partap Singh had participated in athletics meet at Hardwar in November, 2003. For the past three years, the kho-kho team is bagging first position in zonal competitions. Three students have participated in the Punjab school state-level athletics and chess competitions.

Students bagged first and second positions in the declamation and poetry recitation competitions held by Shri Guru Arjan Dev ji Kirtan Mandal (Patiala). The students’ also bagged first prize in the competition held by the Sikh Religion Academy of Sikh Religion and Culture.

The school aims at developing a tolerant, balanced and independent attitude of mind. Each class has 25 students. There is also residential accommodation for staff members. The academy provides best possible education with moderate fee structure.


Principal Speak
Stress on education along with moral values

Children along with formal education must infuse in themselves a sense of discipline, moral values, spirit of truthfulness, fearfulness, trust in God and love for humanity.

Education should result in growth of body, mind and heart in a balanced manner. The school is a place where teacher and student experience life together and develop a relationship. We should provide an atmosphere of love, trust and joy. Children’s education should be characterised by rethinking and liberalised outlook and infused with humanism.

The education implies development and integration of body, mind and soul, which can be achieved by educating hand, head and heart as said by Guru Nanak Dev. The students are taught here to be self-disciplined alongwith an inquisitive mind and sense of spiritual values. The students are given modern education in a harmonious environment. The academy has been progressing ahead with real zeal showing best in sports and academic field. The students are motivated to imbibe the values of Sikh faith without any discrimination against any religion, caste and creed.

Regular book fairs and exhibitions are organised on the campus. Special coaching is given to weak students. Besides regular competitions, weekly competitions are also organised. Our first batch of Class X will appear for exam in March, 2005.

A basketball court, 200-m track, volleyball and kho-kho ground are already present at the academy. Students’ mess, hostel, gymnasium, lawn tennis court, skating rink, cinder track are also on the cards. 


Pracheen Kala Kendra sets up 3 offices abroad
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Back home after a 45-day tour abroad, M.L. Koser and Shobha Koser, founders of the Pracheen Kala Kendra, announced the establishment of three new offices. These offices of the kendra have come up in California, New York and Canada.

Addressing mediapersons at their head office in Sector 35 here today, the Kosers shared their experiences about the art scene abroad, adding that they had set up new offices to promote Indian classical dance and music abroad. Ruing that Indian dance traditions were not being taught in their pure form in western countries, the Koser said they had held workshops and classes in some of the schools at London, where they had instructed disciples in pure art forms like kathak.

M.L. Koser said the scene abroad was painful as most Indian musicians settled there had to compromise with the purity of classical dance and music traditions. “They want everything moulded to suit their traditions. The result is that Indian teachers attempt fusions to create something that will suit western sensibility. We, however, addressed, about 50 musicians in New York and appealed to them to safeguard the purity of Indian tradition. We will impart systematic training in various streams of classical dance and music,” said Koser.

Shobha Koser said she took many workshops to impart the training in kathak. “I was shocked to find that none of them knew anything about the intricacies of kathak. Although eager to learn, they were confused about its form,” she said.


Eating Out
Verka shakes, mocktails, sundaes will beat the heat out of you
Harvinder Khetal

It’s scorching hot with the mercury hovering around the sweltering 45°C mark. Any talk of going out is acceptable only if there’s some ice cream to cool your senses.

Well, there’s a brand new ice-cream parlour in your city. And it’s very Punjabi. The big name of Punjab in the milk and milk products sector, Verka, has come up with a new concept for the first time in a joint venture with Mr Harvinder Singh. Situated in Chandigarh’s Sector 35 lane of hotels (near South End), you just have to troop in for the frozen dessert after a meal at a nearby restaurant of your choice. It is open till past midnight. ‘‘We will enter the food segment shortly,’’ says the proprietor over a platter of panir ( Verka, of course) tikka complimented with salad and green chutney that has been introduced on a trial basis by two young chefs Gurpreet Chauhan ( ex-Hilton, Bangalore) and Vishwas ( ex-Oberoi). Both trained at the local FCS. They are now working on putting the Verka cheese and panir to use in grilled sandwiches, salads and pizzas. Is it move over MNCs? A desi hep place that has all the ingredients of being a happening place has arrived, with the pulse right on the Punjabis palate.

The shakes, mocktails, sundaes and ice-creams as also lassi, yoghurt and flavoured milk enriched with generous helpings of nuts and fresh fruits promise to beat the heat. These are over 3-5 flavours to choose from, with the favourites being vanilla, chocolate, almonds, mango, black currant, strawberry, pista and malai kulfi.

In fact as part of the new smart marketing strategy, Verka has stocked some flavours at the parlour only. There is a special 10 per cent discount on takeaway bricks here. As Mr Vikas Pratap, MD of Verka, says it’s a first of its kind venture and experiment.

The spacious eatery lends an air of happiness and chill-out feeling with its openness and colourful decor. The multi-hued bottles of flavours as well as sparkling crystal glasses in various shapes and sizes lining the well-lit area where mocktail concoctions that are a blend of crushes, juices and ice-creams garnished with dry fruits and wafers tempt even those with small tummies and appetites.

If not the full scoop, a group of two or three can even share a sundae or the frozen dessert for a change of taste, at an affordable price. Yes, the easy-on-the-pocket rates are an advantage. But one wishes, they would change the ‘Punjabi-ised English’ spellings on the board. Consider this: ‘Virgar marry’ and ‘Pinna cullada’.

Burn the calories

The basement of the Verka ice cream parlour is a discotheque-cum-banquet hall. Eat the sinful calorie-filled stuff and climb down the steps to burn the extra fat. The foot-tapping beats emanating from the Bose Music System by the deftly moving fingers of pony-tailed DJ Avinash are sure to lure event the most hesitant person to shake a leg. The ‘‘intelligent lighting’’ on the floor and colourful beams throwing moving pattern of light on the walls, ceilings and under your feet only add to the thumping number. Stanzas of the Hindi number ‘‘Koi hasina jab rooth jaati hai to....’’ juxtaposed with the slow western ‘‘Butterfly...’’ are in harmony with the pace of the flashing and dancing lights. TNS


Chewing alternative, minus the harm

Chabaaza, claimed to be the first “paan”-flavoured gumlet, designed to replace the ‘paan’, has been launched by Dalmia Consumer Care (DCC) in Chandigarh. It is a new chewing practice that delivers the satisfaction without any adverse effect. It contains no supari (arecanut) or other harmful ingredients like gambier, magnesium carbonate, etc, known to cause oral cancer.

Oral submucous fibrosis is a pre-cancerous condition caused by the chewing practices prevalent in the sub-continent, including paan, paan masala, gutka and other tobacco chewing products. Such habits cause the lining of the mouth and tongue to dry up and shrivel, giving way to a burning sensation. Continuous use thickens and hardens the lining of the mouth and tongue; lesions and cuts lead to painful ulcers. TNS


From dialogue to direction
Aditi Tandon

Girish Dhamija’s journey to stardom began in 1994, when he gave up his teaching assignment at the National School of Drama (NSD) to pursue his passion for dialogue writing. Unlike fledglings who have to wade their way through the troubled waters of Bollywood, Girish found the sailing smooth. His first break as dialogue writer came in “Dushman”, which had Tanuja Chandra and camp swearing by him. This was followed by “Zakhm”, which reestablished Dhamija’s reputation as a sensitive-sensible writer who could justify the most fragile of scripts. He won the Screen Videocon Award for “Zakhm”, which led to films like “Sangharsh” and “Aitbaar”.

With “Yakeen”, he is casting himself in a director’s mould. Also the dialogue writer for the film, Dhamija has the support of Vikram Bhatt, who has penned the story of this Arjun Rampal-starrer. On his return home to Chandigarh on Wednesday, Dhamija spoke about his travels through the glamour world.

A 1989 passout of the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, Dhamija was humble enough to admit that he had had quite a few disasters at the box office. He did not appreciate his handling of “Aap Mujhe Achhe Lagne Lage”, which bombed at the box office. Since that failure, Dhamija had been extra-cautious in his pursuits. He said, “I took my time to reach this position. After leaving Chandigarh, I joined the Sriram Centre Repertory in New Delhi. But that was an attempt to earn livelihood. That was also when I acted in many productions, including Habib Tanvir’s “Jis Lahore Nai Vekheya.” From there, I went on to teach at the training in education section at the NSD.”

“I landed in Mumbai in 1994 and worked as chief assistant to Mahesh Bhatt in “Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan”. I was associate director to Tanuja Chandra in “Sangharsh” and “Dushman”. I was associated with “Kasoor” and “Raaz” as dialogue writer. Some scenes of Vikram Bhatt’s “Ghulam” were written by me. That was when I began writing dialogues for the rest of Mahesh Bhatt and Vikram Bhatt films,” he said. TNS

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