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Special day for teachers and the taught
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
To celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr S. Radhakrishnan, teachers of KB DAV, Sector 7, presented a cultural show at the Tagore Theatre here today.

The rose house bagged the first prize for its picture on unity in diversity. Seven “best teachers” — Ms Neelam Khullar, Ms Rajeshwari, Ms Kavita Sharma, Ms Sarita Sood, Ms Anita Prasher, Mr Ashok Chawla and Mr Naresh Batra — were awarded with a shawl and Rs 1100 cash each.

Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, celebrated the day by organising a trip for staff members to Dagshai. The school principal, accompanied the staff members.

A cultural programme and various contests marked the Teacher’s Day at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, at LECMA Theatre, 3 BRD Air Force Station. The programme began with a welcome song followed by a dance presentation by students of Classes V and VI. The students and staff of VR Public School, Baddi, also celebrated Teacher’s Day.

The management, staff and students of Adarsh Public School, Sector 27, organised its annual prize distribution function.

At Government Girls High School, Sector 25, a tree plantation drive was organised to celebrate the day. At Sanjay Public Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, students presented a programme . The theme of the function was “a teacher is like a candle, which burns itself and gives light to others”.

A special cultural programme was organised for staff members of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41.

The Srijan Peace Education Centre of Yuvsatta, in association with the Department of Education, the NSS and Dev Samaj College of Education, launched a ‘Virtues Project’ in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 45. At Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28, students of Classes XI and XII took over the reins of the school administration for the day.



Verma inaugurates school auditorium
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The UT Administrator, Justice O.P. Verma (retd), inaugurated a state-of-the-art auditorium and a multi-media facility at Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27 here today.

Speaking on the occasion, he said schools had an important role to play in building the character of future generations. He said for making the country a developed nation, it was imperative for all to ensure that the students had a secular approach and imbibed norms of a high-value system.

Emphasising the need to take the quality education to remote rural areas, he said private schools should venture out in remote areas to provide quality education to the rural students. As the government alone could not fulfil the responsibility of making country fully literate, it was the responsibility of private institutions to open branches in the rural areas, he added. He advised the students to focus on vocational education and concentrate on to self-employment.

Eco-Club activity

The Eco-Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, organised a prize distribution-cum-sapling-plantation programme on the school premises. Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Member of Parliament, was the chief guest. The MP highlighted the importance of trees for the protection of the environment. He announced that a basketball ground would be constructed in the school. The school Principal, Mr R.S. Goraya, said it was the duty of the students to work hard for the welfare of their future.

Sapling plantation

A sapling plantation programme was organised by the student trainees of various technical training courses under the Community Polytechnic Scheme at the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology. The Principal of the college, Dr Baljeet Kapoor, inaugurated the programme.

Dr J.S. Saini, Head of the Rural Development Department, NTTR, motivated the students to plant saplings for healthy environment. Two hundred saplings were planted by the staff and students.



Sant Isher School shines at dist-level contest
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 4
Students of Sant Isher Singh Model Senior Secondary School won the maximum number of prizes in Ropar district at the district-level co-academic educational competitions organised by the Punjab School Education Board in different schools of the town.

According to a press note, students of the school won, seven first prizes, two second prizes and a third prize.

Lovepreet Kaur and Gagandeep Kaur stood first in declamation in the primary and the elementary category. Manpreet Kaur stood first in poetry recitation in the elementary group while Kamalpreet Kaur stood second in the secondary group.

Simiranjit Kaur stood first in folk song competition. The school shabad gayan team stood first in the elementary group while the school gidha team stood second in the elementary group.

The school “vaar gayan” teams stood first in Ropar district in the elementary and secondary groups.

The winning students will represent Ropar district in the zonal co-academic competitions in October.



Teachers showered with flowers, gifts
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 4
The ‘guru-shishya’ relationship was emphasised during the Teacher’s Day celebration at DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 8, today. Students showered their teachers flowers and gifts, and a tea party was arranged in their honour.

Jainendra Public School: Students greeted teachers with flowers and cards, and recited poems in the morning assembly praising their contribution. The classes were conducted by students and teachers were engaged in activities like Antakshari and other games.

DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur: The special day for the teachers began with the tilak ceremony, where students applied tilak on the fore head of teachers. A dance and song programme was also presented .

MRA Modern Public School: Students and teachers remembered Dr Radhakrishnan with reverence as they celebrated Teacher’s Day today. Students presented a colourful cultural show for their teachers.

Blue Bird High School: School kids remembered Dr S Radhakrishnan, as they celebrated teacher’s day today. Senior students of the school conducted the classes and organised a cultural show for the teachers.

Hansraj Public School: Students enthralled the teachers with variety programme. Skits were presented Ms Poonam Vig, Coordinator of the school was honoured after she won a prize in an all-India inter school teachers essay writing competition organised by Scholastic India.

Tiny tots of the school enacted the Raas Lila.

They decorating the swings with flowers to mark Janam ashthami celebrations.

Satluj Public School: A special assembly was organised wherein the senior students took upon the task of teaching junior students . Teachers participated in a number of fun games and were given cards and gifts by students.

Shishu Niketan Public School: The tiny tots dressed as Radha and Krishna, recreated Gokul village while playing Raas- lila. The teachers told them the significance of the festival by enacting plays.

Cherub Foster School: Students and teachers celebrated Janamashthami with a devotional touch. The children were attired in beautiful dresses as Gopikas and Gopals.

They performed dandiya dance and performed Aarti in the school. 



Students regale their teachers
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 4
Students of Saint Soldier’s International Convent School, Phase VII, celebrated Teacher’s Day today. Students took charge of the school and maintained discipline. Senior students were assigned the role of teachers, which they performed efficiently. The “best teachers” were chosen from among them.

Amandeep Kaur and Gurleen Kaur were given tokens of appreciation by the school principal. A cultural programme was organised later in the day. The show began with a skit presented by the students of the pre-primary wing. A fashion show by kids stole the show. Pankaj Kumar of Class XI mesmerised the audience with his tunes on the flute.

The school teachers were honoured with gifts by the management and a lunch was organised for them at the Mohali Club by students.

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Students of Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II, celebrated Teachers’ Day with a cultural show. The students performed a play on various problems faced by the youth. The celebrations ended with a dance party, in which both students and teachers participated.

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Teachers’ Day was celebrated at Gem Public School, Phase 3B2, with enthusiasm. Other than a cultural show, a science laboratory was inaugurated on the occasion.

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Students of Golden Bells Public School in Mohali and Sector 35, Chandigarh, jointly celebrated Teachers’ Day. The students had organised musical chairs, khulja sim sim, tambola, antakshri and cultural items to express gratitude towards their teachers. Class X students taught junior classes on the occasion. The school director was the guest of honour.

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Students of Sherwood Convent Educational Society presented flowers, gifts and sweets to their favourite teachers to celebrate Teacher’s Day. Students of the junior wing presented skits, dances and speeches and also decorated their classrooms with bunting, balloons and flowers.

A tribute was paid to Dr S. Radhakrishnan. The programme concluded with a speech by the school principal and distribution of gifts to teachers.



Students enthral their mentors
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 4
Teacher’s day was celebrated with enthusiasm by students of Government Elementary School, Phase II, here today.

Attired in colourful dresses, coming mostly from nearby slums, the students presented a cultural programme in which items like gidha and Bhangra were performed.

Teachers of the school also sang “Uchian, niwian tahliyan”. The head teacher of the school, Mrs Surinder Kaur, and another teacher, Mrs Bimla Wati, were honoured by municipal councillor Amrik Singh Mohali.

A resident of Phase II, Mr Kulwinder Singh donated 50 pairs of shoes to students while another resident, Mr Ram Nath Kalra, donated school uniforms to 25 students. Stationery items were also distributed among students.

Three students of the school were honoured on the occasion. Devinder Kaur of Class IV was honoured for attending the school regularly while another student of Class IV, Vijay Paswan, was honoured for being the most obedient.

Amandeep Kaur of Class V was honoured for personal hygiene.



DPI to check quota in private schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The Chandigarh Administration today authorised the DPI (Schools) to ensure compliance with the order regarding 5 per cent reservation for students of weaker sections by private schools.

According to a press note, educational societies, institutions and trusts are required to reserve seats for poor students under the scheme of allotment of land to them. The fee charged from these students shall be nominal, preferably the same as that charged by government schools.

It said as per record land had been allotted to 34 schools in various sectors of the city after December 20, 2001 and the allotment letters contained reservation provision. It was obligatory on part of the schools to ensure that 5 per cent of the admission were made from the poorer sections of society.

“Further, as per the allotment letter, the administration also reserved the right to inspect the records and accounts of educational institutions at any time to ensure implementation of the conditions of the allotment of land,” the press note added.



City lawyers strike work
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The functioning of the District Courts was paralysed today with the lawyers striking work in protest against the police lathi-charge on advocates in Lucknow.

Hundreds of the litigants, who came to the courts for their cases to be taken up by the Lok Adalat, were a harassed lot with the advocates failing to appear for them. In fact, the Lok Adalat proved to be a damp squib and only challan cases could be decided.

Groups of advocates could be seen convincing their colleagues to abstain from work to express solidarity with their “brethren”. However, at least five advocates appeared for their clients defying the District Bar Association (DBA).

At a meeting held in the morning under the chairmanship of Mr Sajal Koser, president of the District Bar Association, it was decided to strike work for a day in protest against the “barbaric” lathi-charge of the UP police.

Meanwhile, Mr Koser said the DBA had taken a serious notice of the defiance of the association decision by certain advocates. A fine of Rs 5,000 each would be imposed on the “erring” lawyers, he added.

A general body meeting of the DBA will be held on Monday to chalk out future course of action recommending action against the lawyers to the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council.



Film Review
Enthralling suspense thriller
Rama Sharma

Director Ravi Shankar Sharma tries to dissolves the barrier between myth and reality to venture into the world of the dead in “Hum Kaun Hai”. But there are no ghosts waiting to pounce or bare flesh or bones. The spirits are here to weave a wispy tale from past lives.

Sandra (Dimple Kapadia) a strict mother, is hoping against hope for her husband, Major Frank John William’s (Amitabh Bachchan), to return from war. Strange things happen at the palatial William household, a quiet and dark place. One day Sandra finds her husband in a dazed state in a jungle. Dimple lends all her charisma to help the script sail through dead ends. Whether she is scared or scolding children, she has a powerful presence. Her dialogues are deep, natural and spontaneous.

The scenes unfold like chapters of a suspense thriller book — measured, controlled but deepening the mystery at regular intervals. What puts a spoke in its wheel is bad editing. Many times you wish some scenes should not have been there.

Amitabh Bachchan as her disoriented husband does justice to the character. Mausami Chatterji, the silent servant, manages to maintain an eerie ambience. The background music is apt and blend with the script.

Towards the end, watch Dharmendra unravelling the mystery in broken English.

With no smiles, no songs it is a clean spooky affair. Go for it if you have the spunk.



Musicians transcend language barrier
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
It was yet another evening that proved the futility of language in the realm of music. In concert at the CSIO auditorium, Sector 30, this evening were two French and one Brazilian musicians who recreated the charm of Cantates, the ancient French musical tradition which originated in the 17th century.

Soft, subtle and serene, the music communicated itself to the listeners in many ways. The notes, which vocalist Thierry Gregoire read out in the beginning of every musical piece, did help but not as much as the final rendition of French classical music did.

Alien as they were to the ears, one took time to tune in to the sounds that emanated from two unique instruments — viola de gomba and theorbbo. Striking romantic melodies on these were Emily Audouin and Ronaldo Correira, respectively. The two instrumentalists offered a great accompaniment to the vocalist who enthralled the audience with his range and dimension.

The themes revolved around love, lost and found. In the final presentation of the evening, the vocalist presented another great composition of Georg Freidrich Haendal, the musician credited with the revival of Cantates in France. This composition reflected the pain of a soldier languishing in love.

All musical pieces presented today were from the repertoire of Haendal. The programme was presented by the French Embassy and the Alliance Francaise, Sector 36.



‘Western Dhamaka’ at plaza

THE weekend cultural show “Non-stop Western Dhamaka” at Sector 17 Plaza witnessed a heavy rush on Saturday evening. Little stars gave a wonderful performance on the decorative stage.

The show began with the performance of Dazzle Dance Troupe on “Janiya” song. They also performed on latest Hindi numbers, including ‘Hum tum’, Kambakht ishq, ‘Babu ji dhire chalna’, ‘Khallas’ and ‘Hawa mein urtee jaaye’.

Then Magant Dance troupe presented a mashal dance, talwar dance and flag dance. Tourists witnessing the show appreciated the performance of both troupes.

Mr Khayali Saharan anchored the show. It was organised by Oasis Events in association with the Department of Tourism, Chandigarh Administration. — OC



People have become too ‘materialistic’
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 4
“We have become so materialistic that we don’t do anything for our religion”, said Mangal Dhillon, an actor, director and producer at a press conference held at Sector 17 today.

His movie, “Parkash Shri Guru Granth Sahib” is ready for release. The movie intends to give information on Guru Granth Sahib and the Bani. All major gurdwaras are also shown in the movie. It will be screened in gurdwaras, schools and colleges. “I am also planning to bring out VCDs, since such movies don’t attract audiences in the theatres. Moreover, people only go for entertainment in theatres not for education” Mr Dhillon said.

Talking about his future plans, he said “I am working on four films which will be released next year. These are ‘Sikhi Mahan’, “Saka Sarhand”, “An American Tribute to Sikhism” and “Sardar Bhaiya”.



Master of sea-shell craft
Geetu Vaid

From chemistry to art is indeed a journey in paradox. But for 71-year-old Sunil Roy, it is nothing strange as this graduate in chemistry from Presidency College, Kolkata, preferred to follow his artistic instinct (rather than scientific) 37 years ago when he took to the unique sea-shell craft.

Now, 37 years later he is a master craftsman in this art form which he prefers to call a contemporary art as it has not come to him from his forefathers.

The unassuming and quiet exterior of the man undergoes a sea change as soon as he starts talking about his passion about shells. His eyes light up revealing a life-long affair with this art form. “Shells are my first love and cooking and my wife are the next in the list”, he says.

In city to take part in an exhibition organised by an all-woman self-help group from Bengal, Swayambhar NARI, he is to give a demo of his skill at the exhibition.

His deft fingers create delicate flowers from different types of shells. The grey, pink, lilac and blue-coloured shells are soon transformed into flowers — lotus, jasmine and lily.

He also creates attractive arrangements using these flowers with corals and sea fan, a water plant that is like “human hair and does not get damaged or decayed”.

Telling about his technique he says: “The base is given with a round shell and the smaller ones are glued on it with the help of a waterproof hot glue to get the desired shape”.

As no two shells are the same, matching these and maintaining the dominant colour is a tough task. “There are as many as 400 types of shells available in our country. But this is what makes the whole task most interesting as no two pieces are the same”, he adds.

About the different shells, he says there are univalve and bivalve shells. Univalve shells like murex shell, horse shell and the beautiful mango shell and bivalve ones like clams, round shells and teeth shells are transformed in his hands into beautiful flowers and arrangements.

Though he had only his artistic instinct to guide him when he started, he is training youngsters interested in the art and along with his team he makes about 30,000 to 40, 000 items every month and these are only sold in exhibitions held throughout the country.

He has exhibited his craft in Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Singapore and other places.

He is also fond of cooking and loves sea food and picks up recipes where ever he goes.

Talking about his first visit to Chandigarh, he says it is a beautiful city and is particularly impressed with the well-kept lawns at houses and gardens in the city.



A loving teacher commands respect
Swarleen Kaur

Vishakha was very scornful of mathematics in school. It was her new teacher and her playful attitude which made her shed the contempt towards the subject. Gradually maths began to interest her more and more. Today she is pursuing her plus two in the non-medical stream with full confidence. “All credit goes to my teacher and I never forget to wish her on Teacher’s day”, she says.

While students celebrate teacher’s day with flowers and gifts there are many like Sunil, a student of DAV college who has not so happy school memories. He studied in a government school and was an average student. “Whenever I scored less in English or made mistakes, my teacher would slap me or run me down. This didn’t make me better student. I developed fear and dislike for teachers. I also become a thick-skinned. Punishment no longer had any affect on me”, he said.

“Teachers should understand the problems of the youth, their mind and their needs”, says Ms Chandarkanta Agnihotri, retired lecturer of Govt College for Girls, Sector 11.

While summing up her 30-year teaching experience she stated, “I was more like a friend to my students than a teacher. I never tried to enforce discipline on them. I received a lot of love and respect from them. In fact it was my real earning”.

It makes her sad when she sees that teachers are not shouldering their responsibilities. “Schoolchildren are impressionable and they can be moulded. You can’t teach a child if he or she is continuously scolded. Finding faults frequently also affects their psyche. The need of the hour is to make teaching more playful and loving experience”.

Then what is the remedy for this in the face of all the problems she was asked.

Our education is employment-oriented. The stress is on better career and material prosperity. Very few teachers bother to spot inherent potential hidden in the child. They motivate the students to become more and more ambitious”.

“Teachers should realise that they are not shaping up a career but shaping a life. If they are motherly and loving towards them then there is no reason why students should disrespect them. Children pick up fast when the bonding with the teacher is strong. Above all, students should be taught meditation for a balanced living. It changes attitude and inner values”, she said.

Shweta Sharma, a university student says “Our teachers pay more attention to quick-witted or those who are apparently sharp. None bothers to understand there are many who have hidden talents. Moreover teachers should try to treat all students equal whether he is brilliant or not”.


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