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Opportunities in Canada discussed
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 18
With a view to exploring academic and job avenues for its students in Canada, Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC), Landran, Mohali, held a meeting with delegates from Cambrian College, Canada. Detailed discussions were carried out regarding opportunities for engineers, MBAs, BCAs and MCAs in Canada.

The Cambrian College delegates pointed out that most of the employers in Canada preferred candidates holding degrees from Canada itself. The candidates with degrees from various Indian universities were required to undergo some short-term courses of one year or two years duration in Canada before being considered for employment in various companies there. The fee payable by international candidates for these courses was quite exorbitant.

They suggested various programmes like business and computer studies, communication and creative arts, community and human services, health -related programmes, hospitality and tourism, law and justice, science and technology being run by Cambrian College. Under these programmes options were made available to students to carry out a part of their studies in India and the last two semesters in Canada. The fee payable by students under such a programme was much less.

Dr G.D.Bansal, Principal, CEC, stressed the need for a closer interaction in future so that the faculty of the two colleges could be invited to deliver lectures in specific fields and mutual exchange of students could be carried out. At the end, Mr Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, CEC, explained the future expansion plans of the college to the delegates and thanked them for providing information.



Party spirit rules at Canadian Institute
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 18
It was party time at the campus of the Canadian Institute Of International Studies here last evening. The occasion was the beginning of another semester for students, bringing them close to the end of their course and welcoming the new comers to the Institute.

Briefing on the occasion, Institute Director, General K.S. Mann said that CIIS, was India, was an extension campus of Georgian College; an Ontario State Community College totally funded and managed by the Government of Ontario, and was home to the second largest education program in Canada.

According to Mr. Rob Tripe, Academic Principal, CIIS, Mohali,the new academic year starting September 2004 had seen the addition of another 150 students to the ever expanding family of over 650 students enrolled to this institute since its inception in the year 2000.

On the occasion students presented a fun filled cultural show including bhangra, giddha, skits, instrumental music etc, culminating eventually with students along with the equally enthusiastic faculty taking to the dance floor.

Diljot Kaur, Arjun Dhawan and Moksh Espuniyani were respectively crowned Miss. Fresher, Mr. Fresher and Mr. Well-dressed on the occasion.



CDAC engineer gets WHO assignment
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 18
Mr Sanjay Prakash Sood, a 36-year-old engineer working for the Mohali branch of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) has been selected by WHO as a consultant to plan a telemedicine programme for Benin, a West African country. Mr Sood, a resident of Chandigarh, has been specially selected to complete this project based on the health priority programme for seven million Beninese population.

Mr Sood told TNS ,“I am euphoric not just for being selected for this prestigious assignment but because of the fact that an Indian has been chosen to advise WHO on telemedicine’’. Mr Sood, one of the pioneers in the field of telemedicine had received the University of Michigan’s (USA) Young Investigator’s Scholarship and had also been a Swedish International Development Agency’s (SIDA) Scholar.

At presently, Mr Sood is heading C-DAC School of Advanced Computing (a joint initiative of CDAC India and University of Mauritius) in Mauritius. Before leaving for the assignment to Mauritius in January this year he was coordinating the National Telemedicine project “Development of Telemedicine Technology” at CDAC, Mohali. He started his career as a Senior Research fellow at Medical Electronics Instruments Division at CSIO.

For wiring Benin’s healthcare delivery system, eventually to get the third world country on board the telemedicine bandwagon, as a WHO Consultant Sood leaves for this two-week mission for Cotonou (Benin) on October 2.



From Schools and Colleges
Blood donation camp at Dev Samaj College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
A blood donation camp was organised on Saturday at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, in collaboration with Lions Club Supreme Chandigarh. Rana Pratap Singh Sidhu , BDPO, Anandpur Sahib, and Ms Jaswant Kaur, president of Baba Sheikh Farid Blood Donour Council, Mohali, were the guests of honour. As many as 50 persons donated blood at the camp.

Ms Satinder Dhillon, Principal of Dev Samaj College, who has donated blood more than 50 times, also donated blood at the camp.

Hindi week

The Hindi week celebrations at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Air Force Station High Grounds, commenced with a function here on Saturday. During the week long celebrations, essay writing, declamation and slogan-writing contests were held. A Hindi exhibition highlighting the latest Hindi editions in the library was also organised by the librarian, Ms Raman Kalia. At the concluding function, poetry recitation competition based on humor and valour was organised.

International conference

Six students of Vivek High School would be attending the International Round Square Conference being held at Deerfield Academy, Boston, USA.

The theme of the conference is Exploring Frontiers. At the academy these students, Mohit Maini, Tara Sharma, Natasha Garcha, Ratton Amol Singh, Sameer Nagpal and Anisha Bali, would develop projects related to the theme. Ms Daman Duggal, Vice-Principal of the school, would be accompanying the students. The students are leaving on September 21, for a pre-conference tour. The conference will be held in Boston from September 28 to October 3. 



Workshop on girl education
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
A four-day workshop on “ Promising Practices and Implications for Girls Education” is being organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat, UK, in partnership with UNICEF India at the Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre, Sector 12, Chandigarh. The centre is located on the PEC campus and the workshop starts on Monday.

Some key topics will be addressed by senior government officials and civil society leaders along with representatives of the Commonwealth Secretariat and UNICEF at a workshop from Monday, September 20 to Thursday, September 23, 2004.

The workshop will be inaugurated on Monday 9 am at CYP Asia Centre, Ms Kumud Bansal, Secretary, Department of Elementary Education and Literacy, Government of India will be the chief guest on the occasion.

As many as 40 participants from government and non-government organisations in Commonwealth member countries of South Asia - Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka will come together for the event. They will address issues related to girls’ education such as accessing the difficult-to-reach, school sanitation, health, hygiene and imparting quality education.

South Asia is a region marked by gender inequalities. Countries in the South Asia region account for the largest numbers of the poor in the world and have the most number of out of schoolchildren. Socio-culturally, women are kept in positions of relative disadvantage and inequality. Cultural biases such as son-preference continue in some countries of the region, as demonstrated by the unfavourable sex ratio for girls.



Teacher sees role for schools during disasters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
A lecturer at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, here, Mr Arun Kumar Sharma, presented a paper on the “Role of schools in disaster management” at the National Teachers’ Science Conference held recently at Ujjain.

On returning from the conference, Mr Sharma told Chandigarh Tribune that the school teachers and students had an important role to play in varied processes of disaster management. While presenting his report on disaster preparedness at the conference, the lecturer said various concepts prepared for disaster management should form part students’ regular training.

Teachers could also play a role in motivating the students to develop their interest in the subject by introducing interactive activities like the collection and analysis of data on disasters and the preparation of kits to respond to disasters effectively.

Essential disaster management activities like effect mitigation, preparedness, response and relief needed to be introduced in schools.



Workshop for English teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
A workshop for English teachers of Air Force Schools functioning under the aegis of the Western Air Command was organised by the IAF Educational and Cultural Society at 12 Wing here today.

Sponsored by the Oxford University Press, the workshop was conducted by experienced resource persons from the Central Institute of Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, a press note said.



CJ, not CJI

The headline “Roster issue: Bar writes to CJI, expresses dismay” on Chandigarh Page (The Tribune, September 18) should have read “Roster issue: Bar writes to CJ, expresses dismay”. The error is regretted.
— Editor



Western Film Review
Night’s work of horror
Rajiv Kaplish

It comes naturally to him. Telling those supernatural-laced spooky stories. “The Sixth Sense”, “Unbreakable” and “Signs” had elements of terror, suspense and what director M. Night Shyamalan describes as non-reality.

He wants us to believe in that again in “The Village” (Kiran, Fun Republic), a 19th century love story revolving round a community that won’t enter the surrounding woods inhabited by mysterious creatures there. The same way as the predators lurking in the forest won’t harm the villagers. It is a tenuous truce.

Once it is broken, weird things happen. Carcasses are found now and then; there are red markings on the doors of some houses; and a youth professing his love openly is stabbed.

Drawing from the atmospherics of “Wuthering Heights” to fairy tales about creatures of darkness to stories of utopias that survive by shutting out the outside world, Shyamalan persists with his predilection for making a “genre-less” movie.

“‘The Exorcist’, ‘The Omen’, ‘Repulsion’, ‘Audrey Rose’ and ‘The Blair Witch Project’ have moments which keep me on the edge of the seat,” Shyamalan once told an interviewer. But in his own film, sequences like the one featuring newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard, who, though blind, embarks on a howling journey to the town to fetch medicines for her seriously injured beloved, Joaquin Phoenix, force us to get out of our seats.



Film Review
Crippling comedy
Rama Sharma

The scramble for money makes one lose common sense and go crazy. But in `Ek se badkar ek’ Suneil Shetty, who is dying to become a dreaded don because this will fulfil the clause of a will for inheriting Rs 400 crore, takes the cake as far as idiotic actions and sequences are concerned. This crime-comedy caper by Kundan Shah does not have the capacity to enthral.

All set to accomplish his goals, his pranks border on stupidity and acting goes off the mark.

Raveena, too, plays his neighbourhood cop with considerable apathy. With romance taking a backseat and comic scenes getting sillier, you are bound to lose your head. Check your annoyance from aggravation when Isha Koppikar hatches a kidnapping plot. Instead take a good nap. Shekhar Suman is the only one who puts up a spirited show. His one-liners do sprinkle some humour.

All four songs are superfluous.

As the script heads towards its disastrous end, it becomes difficult to say who outdoes the other in crippling the comedy. Here everyone is `Ek se badkar ek’. — TNS



Tamil theatre his first love

K. Vasudevan
K. Vasudevan

K. Vasudevan has no tall claims to fame, but he prides in his long association with the regional theatre movement in Tamil Nadu. A self-trained theatre director, Vasudevan has never treated stage as a subject of academics.

“The stage has its own language and its own dynamics. No learning is better than the one that stems from honest responses to instincts,” said Vasudevan, in the city on Saturday to stage “Kanjoos”, one of his two Hindi plays. Another one which he is currently working on is a Hindi adaptation of Chekhov’s “Cherry Orchard”.

Committed to Tamil theatre, Vasudevan hinges his conversation on the aspect of stepmotherly treatment to language theatre gets in India. “I have six Tamil plays to my credit, but I can never really tell how much labour has gone into each of these productions. There are no Tamil actors in Delhi. There is no financial support at the level of production and there is no hope of sponsorships for regional plays. It is a very tough life for a director who wants to explore the maximum possible dimensions within the realm of his language. I have managed to sustain myself,” he says.

Posted as a Desk Officer with the Ministry of Culture, Vasudevan now has a new task at hand, which is directing Hindi plays for the recently revived Sports and Entertainment Club of the Ministry of Culture. “We are supposed to produce one play every year. The productions are chosen for their relevance to modern times and their comfort levels. These are primarily meant for being staged before families of our employees. Our maiden production “Kanjoos” was lucky as it was also staged during the weekend thetare at the National School of Drama,” he says. he is happy with his new-found role. At least it ensures him some committed audience for his Tamil plays as well. TNS



Plenty of gags in “Kanjoos”

The play “Kanjoos”, the sixth presentation under the National Drama Festival at Tagore Theatre, came as a much-needed break from the heavy dose of theatre. Adapted from Molier’s “Miser”, the production explored the dynamics of relationships in the backdrop of the lead character’s obsession with stockpiling.

A diehard accumulator, Mirza Shekhawat Beg (played with conviction by K.C. Gupta), forms the core of the script, that draws from the element of humour to bring home the validity of the play. Structured as a forceful satire on those who will not mind mortgaging relationships for riches, the play conveys a world of meaning by way of smooth dialogues that spark off laughter even at issues as grave as a father out to charm his son’s beloved.

A light-hearted enactment, the play shows lack of rehearsals at times. One does not mind giving the actors the benefit of the doubt, considering that “Kanjoos” is their maiden production under the aegis of the Sports and Entertainment Club of the Ministry of Culture. The club was revived a year ago with the adaptation of Molier’s “Miser”. None of the actors is a professional. They are all employees, posted at various duties under the Ministry of Culture.

Tickling the audience with his comic acts as a stingy old man out to prosecute the world for an insignificant burglary in his house, K.C. Gupta is an Under Secretary in the Ministry of Culture. The director, K. Vasudevan, is a Desk Officer.

Thematically the play manages to create an impact. Although not as slick as a festival production is normally expected to be, “Kanjoos” does not allow the attention of the audience to get dissipated. In the face of some unprepared acts and a great deal of witty absurdities, Molier’s typical musings find a fine reflection. “Kanjoos” comes across as another of Molier’s dramas in which genuine affections fight avaricious motives for space in people’s hearts. TNS



K.L. Saigal remembered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 18
The Environment Society of India (ESI) today organised its seventh function as a mark of respect for K.L Saigal during his birth centenary year. Recently, the society had organised a large-scale celebration at Tagore Theatre.

The highlight of today’s function held in the Government Museum auditorium in Sector 10 was the keynote address on the life and times of Saigal.

Delivered by noted writer Pran Nevile, the address spanned almost all aspects of Saigal’s life, from his initial days of struggle as an actor to the latter part of his life which was all about eminence not just as an actor but also as a singer. Nevile, a former bureaucrat who has written seven books, is currently writing another book, this time on K.L. Saigal.

Another highlight of the function was an audio-visual presentation on the life of the actor-singer, given by ESI president S.K. Sharma.

The cultural show featured the recital of Saigal’s songs by a team from Delhi comprising Dinesh Sharma, Neenani Koshi and Ajit Singh, who presented Punjabi songs also. Present on the occasion was Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai, who expressed his fondness for Saigal’s style. Panchkula-based writer B.D. Kalia “Humdum” presented his book “Durr-e-Nayaab” to Dr Kidwai.


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