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20 pc internal assessment for PU postgraduate classes
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
The Panjab University Syndicate has approved 20 per cent internal assessment in its postgraduate classes being run on the campus. At its meeting held this evening, the members decided that the internal assessment would be applicable from the forthcoming session i.e. 2004-05.

As the Syndicate members pointed out a number of instances of bogus voters listed as genuine voters for graduate constituency in Senate elections, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, decided to rescrutinise the lists of voters prepared so far. The elections to the Senate would take place in August and September this year.

The Syndicate has authorised the Vice-Chancellor to appoint the Dean of Foreign Students, Dean Students Welfare and Dean Alumni Relations, as they will complete their terms in office shortly. The appointments of Lecturers, Readers and Professors for various departments were approved by the Syndicate, while the cases of leave applications have been referred back.

The Syndicate has decided to maintain status quo for admissions to the Department of Evening Studies. Students seeking admission will now have to furnish a certificate stating that they are employed.

The members also took note of a plethora of result late (RL) cases that cropped up in the results declared by the PU examination branch this session. The members urged the VC and PU officials to declare results in time and with better accuracy.

The request of various colleges for grant of additional seats could not be approved by the Syndicate, as the members felt that granting of additional seats at this point would not be in the interest of students as well as colleges. The members also pointed out that it should be required on the part of the colleges to ask for an entire unit for the course rather than a few additional seats. The Syndicate decided to further look into the matter.

An item on granting provisional extension of affiliation in vocational subjects and courses, allowed by the UGC, to various colleges subject to fulfillment of conditions listed in the inspection reports, for the session 2004-05, was also approved.

Recommendation on fee and structure of the ad-on courses to be allowed to regular students of colleges from this session have been approved. The committee formed for the purpose had suggested that 12 periods per week be held for every add-on course, which would include practical, theory and projects. A fee of Rs 100 would be charged from every student opting for an ad-on course.

Waiver for Kargil victims’ wards: PU Syndicate has decided to give the wards of Kargil victims full exemption in tuition fees, funds and all other university charges, including hostel fee. The decision would be made applicable from session 2004-05.



Colleges release cut-off percentage for admissions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
This year more and more students are opting for the commerce stream in city colleges, both private and government. Though the interviews for admission to different colleges are scheduled for July 5, most of these have displayed their merit list.

Seeing the number of applications, it seems that Bachelors in Computer Application (BCA) has gained in popularity. Prof Balwinder Singh, Principal of Government College, Sector 11, said the cutoff percentage for BCA under the UT and general pool was 70 per cent. There were 40 seats in the BCA course at the college. For BCom-I, the cutoff percentage under the UT pool was 75 and for the outstation candidates it was 90 per cent.

At GGDSD College, Sector 32, the cutoff percentage for outstation candidates was 104.6 (this includes commerce with maths) and for the UT pool it was 98.4 per cent. Dr A.C.Vaid, Principal of the college, said the cutoff percentage for the BBA and BCA courses was 79 and 78 per cent, respectively.

Dr Manjeet Kalra, Principal of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, said for BCom, the cutoff percentage was 95 for the UT pool candidates and for the general category it was 101 per cent. For the BCA course, it was 73 for the UT pool and 86.2 per cent for the general quota.

At the Government College for Girls, Sector 42, the cutoff percentage for B.Sc (Bio-Tech) was 72.2 for the UT pool and 77.8 per cent for the general pool candidates.

At the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, the cut off percentage (commerce with maths) was 87 for the UT pool and for the general pool, it was 102.8 per cent. Around 190 students have applied against 70 seats in the BCom-I.

The Principal of Guru Gobind College for Men, Sector 26, Dr Kuldeep Singh, said in B.Com the cutoff percentage for the UT pool and general pool was 101.2 and 99 per cent, respectively. For BCA course, the it was 77 per cent for the UT pool and 81.80 per cent for the general pool candidates. At the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, the cut off percentage for B.Com was 93.6 ( UT pool) and 75.8 ( general pool). For the BCA course, the cutoff percentage was a low 55.8 per cent for the general pool and 50.2 for the UT pool.

Ms Vimal Bhargava, Principal of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, said the cutoff percentage for BCom was 75 (UT pool) and 90 per cent (general pool).



Class XI admissions: highest cut-off percentage 87.8
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
A high cut-off percentage was witnessed on the second day of counseling for admission to Class XI in the top-rated government model senior secondary schools in the city. Around 1300 students were called by the UT Education Department under the general category to fill seats in the science, commerce, humanities and vocational streams in its 28 schools.

In the science stream, the highest cut off percentage of 87.8 was recorded at Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 35. Following the trend in the science stream was the GMSSS, Sector 16 with a cut off percentage of 86.8 .

Last year, the cut off percentage in science stream for GMSSS, Sector 35 and GMSSS, Sector 16, was 84.4 and 83.6, respectively. A senior official in the Education Department said anticipating an increase in the cut off percentage, around 430 seats had been added in the science and commerce streams. The number of students admitted in the science, commerce and humanities streams was 1022, 116 and 28, respectively.

Today counselling was held in three phases ---up to 97 per cent, up to 84 per cent and up to 80 per cent. In the science stream, all the seats in GMSSS, Sector 16 (184), GMSSS, Sector 33 (208), GMSSS, Sector 35 (185) and GMSSS, Sector 37 (116) have been filled. In case of the GMSSS, Sector 19, 114 seats in the science stream have already been filled.

The officials said all the seats in the top-rated schools were expected to be filled by Tuesday. On Monday, the counselling would be held in three phases ---- up to 77 per cent, up to 74 per cent and up to 72 per cent.



July 23 last date to deposit forms at ITI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
The Industrial Training Institute, Sector 28, Chandigarh has announced July 23 as the last date to deposit application forms for admission to various courses conducted by it for the new academic session.

Mr R.K. Kapoor, Principal of ITI, said the prospectus for admission could be obtained from the counter of the institute by cash or through registered post. Only those candidates who apply on the prescribed application form available along with prospectus would be eligible for admission to the ITI.

He further informed that 85 per cent seats would be filled from amongst students who had passed their qualification examination from schools or colleges recognised by the Chandigarh Administration and situated in the Union Territory, Chandigarh, as regular students. The interview schedule had also been intimated in the prospectus and the candidates were required to report for interview along with their original documents and fees.

Mr Kapoor said courses offered by the ITI included data entry operator, computer operator and programming assistant, mechanic diesel, carpenter, welder, plumber, electronics mechanic, electrician, fitter, turner, machinist, instrument mechanic, draughtsman (civil), mechanic refrigerator and air conditioner, mechanic motor vehicle, cutting and sewing, and stenography (English and Hindi).



Experts dwell on Dr Ambedkar’s vision
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
A seminar on “Dr Ambedkar’s Vision of the 21st century” was organised by the Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, at the ICSSR Complex, Panjab University, here today.

The Governor of Punjab and Haryana, Justice O.P. Verma, said the present social system was not conducive to making India a developed nation. He added that to achieve accelerated development, political freedom was not sufficient.

While stating that social democracy, equality and liberty were needed for progress, he emphasised that social justice, literacy and women empowerment was essential for a radical social change. He said it was also the vision of Baba Saheb Ambedkar.

Later, two Scheduled Caste students, belonging to poor families, who had scored first division in the Class XII examination this year were awarded cheques for Rs 12,000 each out of the Ratna Memorial Trust.

In his welcome address, Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, PU, said Dr Ambedkar was a reformer and visionary who stood for liberation of the masses belonging to Backward Classes. Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, local MP, called Dr Ambedkar a great social reformer and an upholder of human rights for masses. He added that his role could be seen in social transformation of Indian society.

Dr K.S. Raju, president, Ambedkar Social Justice Forum India, said the life of Dr Ambedkar was a saga of great struggle. Mr S.P. Singh, Director, Social Welfare, UT, explained various ongoing schemes being implemented to uplift weaker section, women and children. Prof S.L. Sharma, Professor Emeritus from the PU, spoke on the role of Dr Ambedkar in social reconstruction of India.

Dr M.R. Aggarwal from the Department of Economics described Dr Ambedkar’s contribution towards economic development of India. Dr C.L. Narang, Assistant Director, Adult and Continuing Education, proposed a vote of thanks.



JP Sharma Head of PU’s Physical Education Dept
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Mr JP Sharma assumed charge as Chairman of the Department of Physical Education, Panjab University, on July 1. Mr Sharma, who joined the department in 1973, has done MA in history from Panjab University and M.PEd from Punjabi University. He is also a qualified basketball coach from the NIS, Patiala.

A keen sports promoter, Mr Sharma is the founder general secretary of the Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India since 1978. He is also the secretary-general of the Asian Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation since 1981 as also vice-president of the World Kabaddi Federation since 1991. Mr Sharma is also secretary of the Chandigarh Swimming Association.



Students call on H.K. Dua
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
A two-member team of students from the St John’s High School, Sector 26, today called on Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief The Tribune, under a holiday home week project of their school. The students, Siddharth Khandelwal and Shashank, both students of Class IX, recorded their interview with Mr Dua.

Siddharth said the Editor-in-Chief shared his vast experience with them. “He encouraged us to participate in debates on various platforms offered by the newspaper,” he added. 



Rs 80 lakh awarded at lok adalat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
As many as 33 cases were settled and Rs 80 lakh awarded at a special lok adalat organised on the premises of the State Legal Services Authority in Sector 9 here today.

Held under the aegis of Mr Justice Swatantar Kumar, Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman of the Authority, a cash recovery of about Rs 58,000 was also made from borrowers of certain private banks like ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Centurion Bank.

Mr Sant Parkash, Member Secretary and Permanent Judge of the Permanent Lok Adalat, presided while Mr R.L. Sabharwal and Ms Promila Chander Mohan, members, participated.

Mr Sant Parkash said the main objective of the Authority was to settle disputes between parties in an amicable manner without wasting time and money. The concept of lok adalats was picking up and a number of persons and institutions approached the Authority for settling the disputes, he said.

Any person from general public could the approach the lok adalat before going to the court without paying any charges. The disputes related to property, family, recovery of loans, labour problems, claim petitions, compoundable criminal disputes and water, power and telephone bills could be brought to the lok adalat for settlement, he said.

The Authority was also providing free legal aid to various sections of society whose annual income was less than Rs 50,000. Those belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, persons in custody and women were provided with free legal aid irrespective of the annual income, he added.



Beant Singh’s assassins declared POs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Almost five-and-a-half months after the three alleged assassins of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh tunnelled their way out of the high-security Burail Jail here, a local court today declared them as the proclaimed offenders (POs).

The order to declare the trio — Jagtar Singh Hawara, Jagtar Singh Tara and Paramjit Singh Bheora — as POs was passed by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr Balbir Singh. Now further evidence will be reported in the case, sources said.



Film Review
‘Shikaar’ — bankruptcy of ideas
Rama Sharma

A still from "Shikaar"Jas Pandher’s “Shikaar” exposes total bankruptcy of ideas in a script which smells of stale stuff of the eighties. The murder thriller has no climax but enough masala to kill the spirits.

Casino owners — Danny, Prem Chopra, Shakti Kapoor, Ashish Vidyarthi, Tej Sapru and Shweta Menon-strike a deal with a car thief, Vijay Sanyal (Jas Pandher), to buy a posh hotel at a throwaway price in Mussoorie. They are murdered one after the other with the needle of suspicion pointing towards Vijay. ACP Sumed Singh (Raj Babbar) investigates the case.

Prem Chopra and Danny restore some hope and Sadhika shows sufficient spark but Dinesh Bagga’s direction is pathetic. Jas Pandher’s face is deadpan. Endless songs and needless fighting sequences increase the trauma. We are left with no option but to make an early exit to soothe stressed nerves. — TNS



A gardener who doubles as environmentalist
Gurvinder Kaur

Gangaram Gupta may not have received much of a formal education but this 42-year-old gardener has learnt the lessons nature teaches us rather well. He does not wax eloquent on the benefits of soil conservation or the need for added green cover for cities but manages to convey his message through his work. Considering that his “audience” comprises more than a thousand students studying in YPS, Patiala, where Gangaram works, it may well be a lesson in Environmental science.

Through his work, Gangaram not only projects the idea to both protect and cherish nature but also gives vent to his creative urge simultaneously. He doubles as a landscape artist and an environmentalist albeit an unassuming one. Over the past two years when funds have been made available to him by the Principal, Mr R.P. Devgan, Gangaram has been encouraged in his pursuits by both staff and the students. Not only has he landscaped the gardens which are immense owing to the school being spread over 42 acres, but also followed the principles of water conservation and child safety.

Using a system of irrigation that entails the optimum use of water, he has managed to protect trees even amid construction. By constructing a drain to flush out rain water from around classrooms, besides a row of old trees on the campus, he has ensured a near constant supply of water to their roots.

The aesthetic sense designing the slopy area around the YPS stadium is rather impressive. The stairs look as if they are made of bamboo but are actually concrete. Gangaram has also incorporated into the slopes small Nek Chand-style huts and figurines which can hold potted plants.

“I think it is important that children today understand the need to conserve nature and whenever I get an opportunity to interact with them I try to impress this fact upon their minds”, says the soft-spoken ‘Mali’. Gangaram believes in planting hardy plants suitable to the given climate of an area. “When I give a new shape to a patch of grass or a hedge, sometimes students walk up to me to either appreciate it or to give suggestions and this is what feeds the “mali” in me”, he remarks.

He is currently working on a mound near the junior school which will resemble a jungle complete with a cave. Also in the pipeline is a “wooden” bridge which will be made of concrete. “I have been living in the city for the past 25 years and what hurts me most is how brutally the green cover of the city has been stripped away. I am trying to chip in at my own humble level”, he says.



‘Toss ka Boss’ to draw fans

Pepsi, one of the partners in the ICC Champions Trophy, England, launched a mega consumer initiative “Toss Ka Boss” here on Friday. The Chairman, Pepsi India said,” All eyes are on the ICC Champions Trophy, England. Toss Ka Boss will provide fans an opportunity to relish excitement of an international cricketing event”.

Top 15 winners of the Toss Ka Boss consumer initiative will accompany team captains to the pitch for the toss during the matches. Another 50 winners will get a free trip to watch a Champions Trophy match. One million more Pepsi consumers can collect miniature collector’s item cricket bats signed by players of eight countries.

To participate one has to collect Pepsi PET labels. Each label is worth a few runs. For example a 2 litre label is 50 runs. Anyone who collects 100 runs can redeem the label for any one of the eight team autographed miniature cricket bats. On the reverse of every bat is a scratch card carrying ‘Toss Ka Boss’, Visit England or collected all 8 countries bats. The winners who will get ‘Toss Ka Boss’ under scratch card will travel to England with a companion and be the team captains’ lucky mascot during the toss of match. All those who get Visit England will travel to England free to see a match.

A special ‘Toss Ka Boss’ school contact programme will be introduced in 425 schools across the 14 cities including Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar. As part of the programme, cricket matches will be played between different teams in each school and the winners will get attractive prizes. — OC



Broadening their vista in cinema

Uday Singh Phoolka has long been associated with Cinevista, one of the two premiere production houses ruling the small screen market in India. In competition to none expect Balaji Telefilms, Cinevista is now all set to back the production of the latest flick with Salman Khan in lead role, “Garv”. The last film Cinevista produced was “Shhh...”.

As associate producer of “Garv” and partner in Cinevista, Uday Singh was on a promotional tour to the city on Saturday. Introducing Cinevista as a production house predominantly engaged in evolving programmes of different genres for TV, he said the company was now spreading wings and exploring new horizons.

“Among the very first few tele-serials that we produced were ‘Katha Sagar’, based on short stories by eminent writers; ‘Gul Gulshan Gulfam’, ‘Noorjahan’ and ‘Jai Mata Di’ with Hema Malini. We are different from Balaji in more ways than one. Whereas they focus on a certain idiom and hardly ever step out of their chosen stance for TV, we experiment with stories, scripts and ideas,” he said, adding that he belonged to Chandigarh.

Cinevista’s range of programmes testifies to Uday Singh’s claim. They have been behind serials like “Sanjivani” and “Saakshi”. They are now producing another serial, “Saathiya” for Sahara.

Coming back to the film being directed by Puneet Issar, Uday Singh said the casting of Salman Khan was long agreed upon. “We trust his abilities as an actor. Moreover, this is the second film after ‘Pathar ke Phool’ in which he will play a cop. Although the film comes across as purely based on action, it has a heavy dose of emotions woven into the script. Shilpa Shetty plays the lead opposite Salman, who plays the main role in ‘Garv’.” The film also has Arbaaz Khan, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal, Govind Namdeo, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Anupam Kher in the cast.

Explaining the punch line, Uday Singh said the film was about unimpeachable integrity of a cop, the power of emotional bonding and the triumph of natural justice. Made with a budget of Rs 23 crore, it has been shot in Mauritius, Dubai, Mumbai and Pune. Music is by Anu Malik. — TNS



Swords are in vogue
Monica Sharma

Add a touch of class, and steel, to your house. Pick up an impressive sword with a glistening blade and a brass hilt, like the one possessed by “He-man”. Swords with sharp blades are the latest in vogue among city residents. Some palatial houses in northern sectors or flats in the southern Sectors have swords in soft leather sheaths hanging in living rooms.

A majority of the swords, including King Arthur’s sword in Lord Tennyson’s famous work, are not antiques. Take the claims of proud owners with a pinch of salt if they say that the swords were purchased from antique dealers in Italy or Rome.

In fact, they are the ones being moulded out of cast iron every now and then. “You may find it hard to believe, but you do not have to walk on the razor’s edge for buying a sword. You can get one from the shop in your neighbourhood,” says Capt Satinder Sharma, who runs one such unit in Dera Bassi.

“The hilt — with all the carvings on it — is brought all the way from Muradabad. You get the blade from different places, the prime centre being Dehra Dun. The parts are then assembled here to form the sword”, he says.

Capt Sharma’s unit is mainly involved in the export of swords but the swords are popular among the locals too. “This popularity can be gauged from the fact that every day we have at least two or three persons coming to us for buying steel after seeing the stuff in the house of their neighbours”, he says.

The ones in vogue are King Arthur’s sword and the American steel. Also in demand are Gorkha knives and kirch used by the Army in the passing-out parade. The length of the sword’s blade varies from 44 inches to 56 inches. The weight is anywhere between seven by and 10 kg. You can buy one for less than Rs 2,000.

Make sure it is kept in a sheath to protect it from dust or rust. It should also be kept away from the reach of children. This can be done by hanging the sword high. “The swords are meant for decoration. In an attempt to avoid any sort of injury while handling the item, you should keep the blades blunt,” says interior decorator Radhika Arun Sharma.



Maruti’s weekend blast

To bridge the distance with customers, Maruti Suzuki started a two-day weekend blast at Fun Republic, Mani Majra, on Saturday. The fun-filled event was organised to give information about Maruti. A wide range of Maruti Suzuki Maruti 800, Alto, Zen, Wagon R, Balero, and Versa cars are on display.

Other attractions are face painting, tattoa, fun games, music and dance. The master of the ceremony, Delhi-based host Monte Singh kept the spirit alive at the show. He asked many interesting questions from the audience.

Regional Manager, Maruti Udyog Limited, Mr Hardeep Brar, said they chose Fun  Republic because it was the most happening place. — OC



Market Pulse
Motor cycle model launched

TVS Motor Company on Saturday launched TVS Victor GLX 125 motor cycle. It is a power and style-oriented 125 cc motor cycle.This comes with a 4-stroke and variable timing intelligent engine.

The Area Manager, TVS Motor, Mr S.S. Krishana Kumar, said: “It has been designed especially for urban customers who are looking for style and good performance. These are available in dual colours of yellow-black, black-silver, green-silver and blue-silver

Absorbent fabric: Raymond Limited, a producer of worsted suiting fabrics, has launched sweat absorbent fabric ‘CoolPlus’.

Ideal for trousers and safaris, the fabric is available in any array of designs ranging from plains to twills to micros.

New range of trousers: Monte Carlo has launched a new range of trousers. The range has been designed keeping in mind the changing preferences of the target audience with change in climatic conditions. The trousers are available in both clean fronts and pleated form. — TNS


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