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Learning maths is fun at Sector 33 school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Learning mathematics has been made easy and more interesting for students of the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33 here. From understanding conversions to complex geometrical shapes, models have been prepared to enable the students to understand the concept. “We have tried to practically demonstrate all models for students from Class I to Class 10”, said the Principal of the school, Mr Karan Singh.

The school authorities have now decided that the practical models would be demonstrated to the students during their periods. Stress would be on making the students correlate the concepts with their daily life.

Citing an example, he said by physically showing the conversions we would make the students understand the differences between an inch, a centimetre and a metre or difference between a kilo, a tonne and a metric tonne”.

Similarly, many students could not differentiate betweena pyramid and a hexagon. Due to unpractical methodology, students develop a phobia while attending maths classes and are unable to understand the basic concepts for their whole life, the Principal said.

It has been observed that students lose interest as teaching maths was mostly confined to classroom and the teachers had not much interesting to offer their pupils. To bridge the shortcoming, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed its affiliated schools to set up mathematics laboratories.

“With an investment of few thousands of rupee we have set up the laboratory which is equipped with weighing machine, measurement bowls, charts and diagrams. More models based on the concepts would be added soon”, said Mr Karan Singh.

The concept of learning while playing has also been kept in mind by the school authorities.Back


Cong factionalism spreads to PU campus
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Factionalism within the local unit of the Congress has spilled over to Panjab University as well. Here, the National Students Union of India (NSUI), a front organisation of the Congress, is pitted against the pro-Congress students’ body, the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU).

Adding to the controversy is the recent appointment of the chairman of PUSU, Gurpreet Singh ‘Gapi’, who, is also an office-bearer of the Youth Congress. During students’ elections, this appointment could lead to a split in the Congress with two groups opposing each other and staking claim for the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC).

This situation has arisen for the first time since the NSUI was a dormant body in the city since 1999. After elections last year, the body became active after the appointment of Nitin Goyal as its president.

Commenting on the situation, the president of the local unit of the Youth Congress, H.S. Lucky, while admitting that Gapi was the district president of the Youth Congress, said they would try to work out an alliance between the two before the elections.

“This is a tricky situation since PUSU activists have always been absorbed by the Congress. During elections, they worked for the Congress and we have reciprocated by extending our support to them. Given the circumstances, we will either have an alliance or will have to ask Gapi to step down from either of the two posts,” he adds.

He said though the Congress would not like to lose its support base on the campus by withdrawing support to PUSU, it would be in no position to support it unless the two bodies aligned.

The in charge of the Youth Congress affairs, appointed by president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, Chander Mukhi Sharma, says, “I have asked the president of the Youth Congress to submit a list of office-bearers to me. If this is the case, we will have to expel Gapi or ask him to forgo chairmanship of PUSU. There is no possibility of continuing with this arrangement even if there is an alliance between the two.”

In charge of the NSUI in the local Congress unit Sunil Parti said he had no clue about the controversy. “I will have to look into the details of the case before commenting on the matter,” he said.

PUSU chairman Gurpreet Singh Gapi said there was no contradiction in his present appointment and his commitment to the Youth Congress. “This appointment holds good within the campus only. Outside the campus, I can be aligned with any party. That should not make a difference,” he claimed. NSUI president Nitin Goyal was not available for comments.Back


With poll on mind, Senators resent meeting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
It will be a race against time for most members of the Panjab University Senate when it meets on August 24. They will be required to juggle the weighty agenda of over 100 items and canvassing for the elections of the six faculties for the Senate slated for August 25. While resentment prevails among them over the date for the meeting, raising the same with the authorities concerned has served little propose.

Prof P.P. Arya says, “I raised the matter at the last meeting of the Syndicate . The environment required to discuss academics cannot be created when the Senators have the next election on their mind. The members, too, will be subdued since every word on the floor of the House will count. Since it is the last meeting of this Senate, it ought to have been more organised”. He adds, “I appeal to the authorities to reconsider their decision even now. The university should allow discussions with a free mind. Also, there are controversial items like regularising appointments at the Regional Resource Centre, which need exhaustive discussions. I don’t think that holding the meeting on August 24 is a good idea”.

Another Senator, Mr Charanjit Chawla, who faces election the day after the Senate meets, holds that “the election will of course have a bearing on the Senate meeting. Canvassing will certainly take precedence. However, I understand that the university has taken the decision to save on finances spent in organising the meeting”.

Ten-time Senator, Mr G.K. Chatrath, maintains, “I have personally asked the VC to postpone the meeting since it will amount to interfering with the elections thus pressurising the Senators. However, he doesn’t seem to be open to the logic. I have faxed a letter to the Union Minister (HRD) to express my dissatisfaction with his functioning”.

Contesting the decision for holding a meeting on August 25, Mr Ashok Goyal, states, “This would inadvertently benefit non-Senators who are contesting elections and put the present Senators at a disadvantage. Anyway, convention has it that the last meeting is held after the entire election process is over, barring 1996. Professor Pathak had himself conducted the meeting after the elections in 2000. What is the hurry and haste this time? I am in favour of holding the meeting at the end of September, after the election”. Reacting to the controversy, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, justifies, “Holding the meeting immediately before the election will help in saving the expenses involved in holding the meeting and paying the members for their trip.”Back


Pathak interfering in Senate poll, says Chatrath
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
A Fellow of Panjab University Senate, Mr G.K. Chatrath, today alleged that the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.N. Pathak, was interfering in the Senate elections. Dr Pathak has fixed the Senate meeting prior to election on August 24.

Addressing a press conference, he said all efforts to persuade the Vice-Chancellor to hold the Senate meeting after the election failed. “Since 1980 all meetings of the Senate had always been held after the election. The August 25 poll has been fixed for the election of six Fellows from the faculties of arts, science, languages, law, and medical and combined.

Mr Chatrath alleged that the Vice-Chancellor was favouring BJP leaders and ensured that he did not offend the former HRD Minister, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi. He said during Dr Pathak’s regime, the BJP organised a training camp in the university campus from July 11, 2003.

Showing the copy of the original resolution of the Panjab University Syndicate meeting held on July 3, 2004, Mr Chatrath said going by the list of persons to be felicitated by the Syndicate, the name of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, who had been a professor of economics at the university, was not included. “It was at my instance that the name of Dr Manmohan Singh was included in the list” added Mr Chatrath. Mr Chatrath has forwarded a complaint in this regard to the Union Minister of Human Resource Development.Back


Community initiative by school kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20
Five to eight year old students of Strawberry Fields World School visited their new premises in Sector 26 by participating in a different kind of ‘griha pravesh’ ceremony. On one hand they soaked in the ambience of a learning environment, which will soon be inhabited by them, and on the other they interacted with the labour community instrumental in giving their building a concrete shape.

The hands that tirelessly worked through the summer, winter and now monsoon months, gratefully received the thoughtfully packed food hampers, put together by the 200-odd students under the loving care and supervision of their teachers.

With infectious smiles and a playful bounce, the children’s demeanour and simple innocence brought alive the physical spaces which till recently were chaotic, suggesting hectic construction activity.

The labourers, essentially from Bihar and UP, were overjoyed to see their efforts being rewarded with a gesture which came straight from the heart. The conducted tour which the children undertook, in order to acquaint themselves with their soon-to-be school, saw the workers proudly showing them the high points of their handiwork, be it the classrooms, play areas, floorings or special niches and clever use of child-friendly fittings.

The food hampers, which had been partly readied in the school and partly sponsored by CITCO, provided for a picnic, which was a medley of sorts.

But seeing the happy faces of all, it was clear that this community initiative was one where both the giver and the receiver had mutually benefitted.Back


From Schools
300 students take part in rally
Tribune News Service

Students of C.L. Aggarwal DAV School, Sector 7, Chandigarh, take part in a rally to celebrate Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas in Chandigarh
Students of C.L. Aggarwal DAV School, Sector 7, Chandigarh, take part in a rally to celebrate Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas in Chandigarh on Friday. 
— A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, August 20
The Department of Science and Technology today organised an essay and writing, slogan and painting competition at different schools in the city to celebrate the Rajiv Gandhi akshay urja Divas’ tomorrow. A play “Urja Ek Shankti Srot” was organised at Sector 17 Plaza.

As part of the celebrations, a function was organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (West). Students of the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, participated in a rally. As many as 300 students took part in the rally which was flagged off by DPI, Mr D.S. Mangat. The winners of the contest are: slogan writing (junior) — Simranjeet (1), Deepak (2), and Jiten (3); slogan writing (senior) — Sanjeev Kumar (1), Ashish (2), and Ishan (3); Essay writing - Kitty Bhatia (1), Preet Kamal (2), and Tejinder 3.

NSS volunteers of Government College, Sector 46, organised an NSS camp on the college premises. The Principal, Dr A.N. Garg, inaugurated the camp. Dr Garg urged the volunteers to convey the message of communal harmony.

At Government Model High School , Sector 26, Mr M.P. Singh, Secretary, Science and Technology Department, was the chief guest. Various activities like rally, poster-making, paper reading, and slogan writing competitions were organised.

Salad-making contest

The Food Craft Institute Chandigarh today organised a salad and snacks making competition in collaboration with the Indian Oil at the institute tomorrow. The principal of the institute, Mr S.K. Saluja, said the number of participants in the events were around 60.

Musical extravaganza

To commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of the Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, an inter-school music competition was organised at the Sector 41 branch of the school. The contest was divided into two categories, based on different themes. The contestants in the age group of 12 to 15 years were given the choice to select a song in Hindi. Different schools from Chandigarh and Mohali participated in the event.

Mr Rajeshwar, Assistant Secretary of the CBSE, was the chief guest for the day. A former director of PGI, Dr B.N.S. Walia was also present on the occasion. The winners in the Hindi category were St Kabir and St Stephens 1, Stepping Stones 2 and DPS, Sector 40 (3). In the English category, the winners were DPS, Sector 40 (1), St Stephen’s (2), and St Jonh’s School (3).

Fiesta contest at St John’s

Twenty schools participated in Fanta Fiesta quiz competition held at St John’s School, Sector 26. Out of 20 teams, eight teams qualified for the semifinal round. The four finalists team were St John’s, Bhavan Vidyalya, Hansraj Panchkula and Shishu Niketan. The winners are Ajachi Chakrabarti and Vaibhav Nangia (1), Srijan Dubey and Abhishek Saxena (2), and Ritick Tarafder and Gaurav Piyush (3).

Training camp at St Stephen

A two-day training camp for cubs and bulbuls of Hindustan Scouts and Guides was organised at St Stephen School, Sector 45. Aanchal Guglani, a student of St Stephen and Parth Shukla of KBDAV, Sector 7, were chosen as best disciplined bulbul and cub, respectively. The best patrol leaders were Ayoushi Sharma of KBDAV, Sector 7, Gurpinder Singh Virk of St Stephen. Alisha Monga of St Stephen and Mukul of Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria, were given the best assistant patrol leader prize.

Carmel observes Urja Divas

To mark the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi Akshaya Urja Divas, students of Carmel Convent School, organised a rally Sector 9-B here today that started from the school and moved on to Kendriya Sadan and Mini Secretariat and finally culminated at the school.

The students raised slogans about the use of renewable sources of energy.

Mr D. S. Mangat, DPI(Schools), was the chief guest. He flagged off the rally. Mr G.S. Bains, Project Director, Department of Science and Technology, was also present.

The school also conducted an essay-writing competition and a slogan-making activity to observe the birth anniversary of the late Rajiv Gandhi.Back


Amartex men refused bail
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 20
Employees of Amartex Industries and KVS Apparels were denied anticipatory bail by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr L.N. Jindal, in a case of rioting, assault and trespassing registered against them.

The employees — Anil Bhardwaj, N.P. Singh and Sushil Gulati — had moved their bail application yesterday. While dismissing their plea, the judge observed: “....at this stage there is nothing to presume that the accusations levelled against them are false or that they were not involved in the incident.”

Meanwhile, four other employees of Amartex Industries — Jarnail Singh, Puneet, Harkesh and Mehmood Naseem — who were arrested by the police on August 17, have been remanded in judicial custody till August 24. A notice has been issued to the state for the same day.Back


Kitty party group sets example worth emulating
Ruchika M. Khanna

So your impression of a kitty party was restricted to women playing cards or tambola and showing off their latest collection of jewellery or their designer wear? Well, a group of 11 friends in the city is set to change the concept of a kitty group, by turning it into a group of social engineers.

The kitty party friends — Aneeta Bansal, Renu Khosla, Neeta Mohunta, Suzy Purewal, Suparna Passi, Kirti Singh, Jyotsana Malhotra, Sujata Mankotia, Priya Jagat, Pooja Sharma Passi and Sheena Tuli — have founded a non-government organisation called Sukriti. We are connected to each other and are responsible for the welfare of our environment, and for those who are less privileged. This feeling prompted us to join hands and form Sukriti,” they say.

Ms Pooja Sharma Passi, Secretary of the Sukriti Foundation, who is also running a school for slum children through Piya Sharma Charitable Trust, says that they were all a part of a kitty group. “Since I was involved in the school for slum children, others would often provide help by giving donations. We would often discuss how blessed we were to enjoy a good life, when thousands of others did not have the basic facilities. We thus decided to join hands and contribute our little bit to make a difference to other’s lives.”

Adds Ms Suzy Purewal, “We realised that there is much more to life than just partying around. There are many who spend their lives ensconced from the pain and suffering of the lesser fortunate. We had the will and the resources to help out others, and thus the Sukriti Foundation was born. We had heard of Maitri, a similar organisation founded a couple of years ago, and after taking their advise, we formed our own NGO.”

Says Ms Jyotsana Malhotra, “We are all from diverse backgrounds, including development sector, corporate, legal, hospitality, art and academics. The focus is on helping children and the elderly. Our support extends to individuals as well as other organisations involved in doing work for children and elderly.”

The group today invited members of the Sahayta Cancer Sahyog, an NGO working for the cancer-affected people, and pledged to bear the expenses of treatment for a six-year-old cancer patient, Juneed. A cheque was presented to the President of Sahayta, Ms Neelu Tuli.

Even as the legal formalities for the organisation are being worked out, the women have already started with their work. They have visited sick children admitted to various hospitals. Recently, the group collected clothes and utility items for the flood affected victims in Rajiv Colony, Panchkula.

Ms Neeta Mohunta informs that other than being a support group for terminally sick children, they would start a pension scheme for the elderly who have been turned out by their children.Back


Star leaves them startled
Swarleen Kaur

Many gathered to get a glimpse of their of Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan, who was in the city in the connection with a party organised by the owners of a sector 17 showroom, Tommy Hilfiger. He is the ambassador of the brand.

Many youngsters, majority of them girls, waited to have a glimpse of his since the evening.

“I have lied to my parents that I am going to attend the birthday party of a friend. They would not have allowed me to go out in the night for Hrithik Roshan,” said a college student, Reema Sharma.

There were many like her for whom the star was too irresistible and not be missed.

The crowd began gathering in front of the showroom around from 7 pm. As the news of his arrival spread, it swelled. Anticipation and excitement were writ large on the faces of his fans. Many were trying get a picture clicked with him or to get an autograph.

Interestingly, there was a girl, Neha, who had a fracture in her arm, but couldn’t stop herself from coming to see him. “I love him so much. I watch his every movie. When I came to know that he is coming to the city, I just rushed to see him. Wow! now I have his autograph and a picture ,” she said.

Before the arrival of Hrithik, Bombay-based musician Ragav gave a performance on sexophone. He has been giving music for films like “Kal Ho Na Ho”.

Hrithik Roshan said, “I have come to the city for the first time and I liked it very much. I am already in love with the city as it is very peaceful.

He said he was very passionate about his work. He signed autographs and got himself clicked with many fans.

Amit Puri, an security guard, said, “Everything went smoothly as many people didn’t know anything about his arrival.”Back


Succumb to the lure of diamonds

Diamonds are the purest, they say. So when the lure of the pure becomes strong, don’t resist it. Better succumb to the temptation. A good variety of diamond jewellery is on display at the trade fair organised at Shivalik View.

One can get Italian jewellery, French jewellery and Arabic jewellery too.

There is a good combination of diamonds and gem-stones to give you a perfect look. French jewellery is in the European style. There are many takers for the Italian jewellery because it offers various designs. People prefer it because it is affordable. There are a lot of designs studded with coloured gemstones.

There are a few styles which are inspired from Maharani “Jhoda Bhai” and other Indian maharajas.

A beautiful necklace studded with the blue topaz is unique. It is similar to what Kate Winslet wore in the movie “ Titanic”.

A wide range of designer bracelets, pendants, bangles, rings and ear rings catch your attention.

A collection in gold, white gold, yellow with white rhodium and platinum jewellery is another attraction. The collection is on display till August 22. Words of caution:

Before buying the diamond jewellery, always check the cut of the diamond. It should be deep and proportionate. Second, the brighter the colour, the more expensive it will be. Third, don’t forget to take the certification from the jewellers. OC Back

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