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AICTE team inspects PEC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 12
A four-member team from the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) today visited Punjab Engineering College to inspect the infrastructure in the college.
The members held a closed-door meeting with officials of the UT Technical Education Department and the college authorities.

It is learnt that the inspection, held after a gap of every two years, could form the basis for the AICTE to decide on the number of seats in the departments of computer science and engineering, electronics and electrical communication at the college.

Students of PEC apprehend that the council will reduce the number of seats due to excess admission made against the quota of 120 seats of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET).

Though no final word from the council has come on the issue, officials of the Chandigarh Administration believe that the number of seats will not be reduced. This year, the admission is being done as per the existing quota of seats.

Members of the committee listened to grievances of PEC students but refused to comment. “They said the issue would be placed before the AICTE authorities in New Delhi. A memorandum of demands was also given to the visiting officials”, said a student leader.

“They asked about the facilities available and made certain queries”, said an official of the college.

Those present at the meeting included Mr Vivek Attrey, Deputy Director, Technical Education, Chandigarh Administration, Mr Bajleet Kapoor, Principal of PEC, Mr Laxmi Narayan, Regional Officer of the AICTE, and members from the council headquarters in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, second-year students of the electronics and computer science departments virtually laid a siege to the administrative block of the college here today. They had a brief meeting with the members of the council.

The students lamented that they took admission in PEC in less preferred branches while their counterparts with much lesser ranks from the CCET were able to take admission in better streams on being shifted from the CCET. It is learnt that the number of seats in the PEC is not being reduced as the administration has taken up the matter with the AICTE.



Patch up, Prof, Lab Asst urged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 12
Teaching and non-teaching associations are trying to work out a patch-up between the Professor and Lab Assistant of the Microbiology Department of Panjab University who were involved in a brawl in their department on July 8.

While the authorities today heard both parties regarding the incident, the associations on the campus urged their respective members to follow the policy of “forgive and forget” rather than pursue it with the authorities.

Sources said while the teaching association met Dr Gurinder Singh to persuade him to withdraw his complaint, the non-teaching association, too, urged the Lab Assistant, Mr Sunil Khanna, to do the same. “We told them to resolve the dispute at their own level instead of letting it blow out of proportion. Since it is a departmental issue, it should be sorted out within the department. There is no need to go to town about it,” a faculty member said.

Meanwhile, the authorities met Dr Gurinder Singh and Mr Khanna separately to know the cause of the brawl. A final decision in the matter is expected by tomorrow evening.

Dr Gurinder Singh and Mr Khanna were engaged in a verbal dispute which ended up in a brawl. Dr Gurinder Singh claimed that Mr Khanna had pushed him and he hit himself against the door while leaving the room. Mr Khanna, on the other hand, alleged that Dr Gurinder Singh pushed him. In the process, he hit the door, which led to bleeding from the nose.



B Sc (nursing) at Inscol in collaboration with UK varsity 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 12
Inscol Academy Chandigarh, and the University of Sunderland, UK, have entered into a teaching collaboration to offer B Sc (nursing) programme in the city.
The programme is designed for the existing nurses to upgrade their qualification to the B.Sc level and to enhance their skills to international standards. Inscol Academy, through a press statement, has said that the degree is recognised by leading healthcare providers in the UK and also in the other countries and would give an edge to the nurses while seeking jobs abroad.

The programme constitutes eight modules, six of which have to be completed in India and the remaining two at the university campus in the UK. Faculty from the UK university would routinely visit the city to conduct classes, workshops and assessments. The fee is fixed at £ 2000 for the programme.


653 students admitted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 12
On the seventh day of counselling for admission to Class XI in government schools, a total of 653 students were admitted. Of these 510 were in the science stream and 143 opted for vocational subjects. Officials of the UT Education Department said almost all seats in the arts stream had been filled.



UT asked about applications for land allotment
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 12
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the UT Administration to inform it as to how many applications were received by it for allotment of land that was allotted to societies and organisations for educational purposes in the past five years.

Passing this order during resumed hearing in the PIL regarding alleged irregularities in the allotment of 5.75 acres of prime land by the UT Administration for a law institute, the Bench of Chief Justice Mr Justice B.K. Roy and Mr Justice Surya Kant also asked the schools and other parties to inform the court as to whether the managements of the institutions had been paying income tax.

They were also asked if the Income Tax Commissioner had granted exemption to any of them on the grounds of their being charitable.

The Bench also noted that some files relating to allotments had not been traced despite attempts. It also noted that managements of some institutions in their reply to the last notice by the High Court had stated that they were charitable.



Amrita Rao elected NIFD Fashion Icon

Amrita RaoWith her cool looks, star of Main Hoon Na, Amrita Rao recorded landslide victory in the poll to select NIFD Fashion Icon 2004. A total of 6,295 budding designers of the National Institute of Fashion Design cast their votes all across the country to select their fashion icon.

Interesting part of the contest was that at all NIFD centres right from Chandigarh to Kolkata and Amritsar to Ahmedabad, Amrita Rao led over her nearest rival Mallika Sherawat, leaving Sameera Reddy and Amrita Arora for behind.

The newly elected fashion icon Amrita Rao would be awarded at a glittering ceremony next week at Chandigarh during the annual passing out fashion show of NIFD Chandigarh. When informed, a happy Amrita Rao thanked the NIFD designers for imposing faith in her talent and assured that she would be present at their annual passing out fashion show at Chandigarh, along with her mother, to receive this honour.

The contest was organised at over 100 NIFD centres all over the country where NIFD student designers cast their votes to select NIFD Fashion Icon 2004.

Total votes polled: 6295

Amrita Rao: 3288 (52.49%)

Mallika Sherawat: 1592 (25.41%)

Sameera Reddy: 733 (11.70%)

Amrita Arora: 651 (10.40%)

Invalid votes : 31

Amongst the four short-listed nominees were Mallika Shehrawat (Khwahish, Murder), Amrita Rao (Main Hoon Na, Masti, and Ishq Vishq & Deewar), Sameera Reddy (Darna Mana Hai, Plan & Maine Dil Tujhko Diya), and Amrita Arora (Girlfriend & Awara Pagal Deewana). These girls carried off the designer collection in their movies while setting fashion trends and inspiring the Generation Next to ‘look good to feel good’.

The NIFD Fashion Icon amongst the Bollywood stars would be selected every year as who can be better judges to select fashion icon than the budding designers of NIFD.



I never thought of joining films, says Apoorva
Swarleen Kaur

 Apoorva JhaShe had never thought of joining films. “It just happened. Though it sounds silly but it is true,” said actress and model, Apoorva Jha. She was here to inaugurate the Cleopatra’s second spa, beauty and slimming centre at Panchkula.

For the first time she has tried her luck in acting. She will be staring in Sunny Deol’s directional venture ‘Socha Na Tha’ in which she will be working opposite Sunny Deol’s cousin Abhay Deol.

Talking about the script she said it was a love triangle. Unwilling to reveal her role she just said, “I am playing a role of nice girl. The movie will be realised by end of August.”

Getting the break was easy for her but acting was really hard. “I had never recited a poem but now I had to speak dialogues in front of the camera.”

In one of the scene she had call her co-star a bitch. She said “I found it very difficult to express those emotions which I don’t have.”

She has modeled for brands like Tata tea, Fairever cream, Kodak and Samsung. She has also done couple of video albums for Anamika, Ghulam Ali, and Gursewak Mann besides several ramp shows and celebrity launches.

Her favorite actress is Madhuri Dixit and she like watching movies of Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan. She loves watching movies. She liked Troy, Monster and Dil Chahta hai very much.

Talking about remixes and music albums she says, “There should be certain restrictions”. She does not allow her nephews to watch these songs.

“I would never do such a video album. I won’t even accept those scripts which will force me to expose. She believes that a film can be a hit without a exposing your body. All you need to put efforts in the character and script.

She has already started getting offers for other movies and music albums. But she will never act in TV serials.

She loves head massages. “How I wish someone could do it for me everyday.

Asked about marriage plans, “Find me a nice guy I will marry him”, she says jokingly.

She doesn’t believe in live- in relationships. “Better get married than having a live-in relationship,” she said. 



Spa, beauty centre at Panchkula

Cleopatra opened its second spa, beauty and slimming centre on Monday at Panchkula. Film star and model, Apoorva Jha inaugurated the centre. The centre is providing various beauty treatments, including spa, weight loss, body sculpturing, bridal and groom makeup for the special day under one roof. It has also built children’s room for the mothers who want spend a leisurely time in spa and other beauty treatments.

Cleopatra has also inaugural offer of spa head to toe packages for the customers. They can avail the package, including body facial, spa manicure, pedicure, hair texturing and softening in Rs 799.

By paying for 5 kg and one can lose weight up to 7 kg and 15 inches. Pay for 10 kg and lose weight upto 15 kg, 20 inches and pay for 15 kg and lose weight upto 21 kg, 30 inches. OC



New menswear store

A new Arrow store was inaugurated in Sector 17 on Friday. The store houses entire range of menswear from Arrow and will be the company’s flagship store in the city. According to Mr Janak Dave, Business Head, Arrow, who inaugurated the store, “Chandigarh is an important market for us and it is our commitment to our customers in the region that prompted us to set up a flagship store in the city.”

The flagship store displays its latest collection designed with the help of Arrow’s Italian design head - Renato Grande. TNS 

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