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Improve quality of education: seminar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
A two-day seminar on “some issues and Concerns of Teachers” began at Dev Samaj College of Education in Sector 36 here today. In the seminar was organised by National Council Teacher Education (NCTE), representatives from different universities and principals of colleges from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and New Delhi participated.

Dr Satinder Dhillon, Principal of Dev Samaj College of Education, thanked the NCTE for selecting the college to hold the seminar. Justice JC Verma presided over the seminar.

Dr Anil Shukla, Deputy Director of NCTE, discussed the role of NCTE said that due to the changing scenario there was a need to change the curriculum. He stressed the need to introduce new subjects like environmental education. Prof Ramesh Ghanta and Prof JS Joshi, chairman of the regional NCTE, also spoke on the occasion.

Dr V.C. Vajpayee, Consultant, NCTE, proposed the vote of thanks. Praising the role of teachers, he said it was the quantity but the quality that matters.

In the afternoon there was technical session in which the participants gave suggestions from improving the education system so as to protect the cultural heritage. 



Indian concept of “joyous wonder” can enrich world art: expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Dr Gurbhagat Singh, former head of English Department at Punjabi University, Patiala, today talked about shifting interests in the contemporary art movement worldwide. While drawing the attention of the listeners at State Library, Sector 34, to the priceless contribution of Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh to the realm of art and understanding, he said the Indian contemporary art was increasingly trying to strike a balance between being and becoming.

“This concept is enshrined in the Akalpurakh, as explained by Guru Gobind Singh. He showed how the sword lent itself to a purpose greater that we often attach to it. It is not meant just to kill and ruin, but to change and enlighten,” explained the visiting expert who delivered a lecture on the contemporary art and its theory in India, on an invitation from Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi.

Talking about India’s role in enriching the world contemporary art movement, he chose to delineate the concept of “Vismad”, elaborately discussed in the Guarbani. “Our art is rich because it helps us see life not just as structure but as an existence within the world of joyous wonder (Vismad).

Our philosophy teaches us the significance of seeing life in terms of both change and stability. It is in this realm that the contribution of our artists is made. We have to teach the West how to reconcile being and becoming,” he said.

He appealed to the Indian artists to return home to Gurbani and other aspects of Indian radicalism. “Our artists must return if they have to truly contribute to the contemporary art movement. This is the age that demands that you be global while being local. You are nowhere if you are not rooted anywhere,” he said.

Moving beyond the Indian perspective, Dr Singh said the paradigm of the contemporary art was shifting worldwide. “Whereas earlier the focus was on representation and on a singular vision, these days it is shifting over to the concern for other cultures.”

Though the trend began soon after the World War II when the hegemony of the West was shattered, it is now gaining permanent ground. Dr Singh explained that the images in the world contemporary art were now drawing increasingly from other settings and other cultures.

As an active member of the International Comparative Literary Organisation, Dr Singh has been studying art as well as literature, as evolving in different societies. Tracing the evolution of the contemporary art movement he said earlier the artists were focusing primarily on the search of structures and geometrical forms within the object.

“His was a typically western search, and was not different from what Plato had been doing. But the new art, that has emerged, celebrates the power of imagination and of richness of culture, as seen in India,” he said. 



350 students donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
As many as 350 units of blood were donated at a camp organised by Rayat Educational and Research Trust at Rayat College of Engineering near Ropar today. The vice chairman of the Rayat Trust, Mr Gurvinder Singh, inaugurated the camp.

A team of doctors from the PGI, headed by Dr Usha Roa, conducted the camp. Students from colleges of the Rayat Educational and Research Trust, participated in the camp. Mr Gurvinder Singh said the college management, the faculty and the students were committed to increase the frequency of blood donations camp.



Probe sought into appointments of PU guest faculty
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 8
A public interest litigation (PIL), seeking directions to UT Administration to create a special investigation team to probe the charge of misappropriation of public exchequer by Panjab University in appointing Guest Faculty was disposed of by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The Bench directed the petitioner, advocate Maninder Singh Gill, to make a representation to the Chancellor, Panjab University, in this regard with evidence and details.

In his PIL, Mr Gill had alleged that the appointment of two guest lecturers in the Department of Evening Studies for teaching English was against the norms.

He had also prayed that a probe be ordered into the appointment made by the university despite the fact that the Chairperson of Department of Evening Studies, Prof Atulvir Arora, had stated that there was neither any need nor justification in the appointment of the guest lecturers for English.

The petitioner had stated that the varsity was indulging in wasteful expenditure and in doing so becoming a party to a criminal conspiracy.

The Bench has also observed that a deep probe is necessary into the 



Exploring lives behind the veil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
Vimi Jaggi’s play “Parde” explored the dimensions of human relationships through the language of poetry. Using the verses of Vijay Kapoor as the base for exploration, the director tried to make the point that a lot of conspiracies evolve behind the veil.

In every gesture of help that people make, they are looking at extracting something greater in return. Through the two central characters played on the stage of Tagore Theater by Ateet Bhandari (graduate from national School of Drama) and Gagan Pradeeep, Vimi Jaggi showed how people try to befool others all the time.

Though the title of the play often seemed to be struggling for a justification, the play finally touched the hearts of audiences by inspiring them to respect relationships as they are and now for what they could be.

The emphasis of the production scripted by Irshaad Kamil was on support between man and woman and on the fact that the two are incomplete without one another.

Switching characters on stage, the two main characters lend purpose to the poetic script, even as Vimmi Jaggi reads out verses from behind the stage. On lights were Jaggi and Rishi.

The artistes were later honoured by theatre actor Parvesh Sethi.



Malanga Timepass — a satire on social evils
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 8
The Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi yesterday organised a play titled “Malanga Time Pass” at Punjab Kala Bhavan in Sector 16. Structured as a comedy, the play was presented by Malkit Singh, who also wrote the script for the production.

Besides authoring the play, Malkit also played the lead role of Malanga, a character that hits out at the phased decline of the society through his sharp but purposeful satire. Supporting Malkit Singh on stage was Kanwaljit Singh who played the role of Patanga.

Director of Punjabi Sabhyacharak Group, Malkit Singh has formed a meaningful artistic partnership with Kanwaljit Singh. Together they have been presenting many comedy plays all over Punjab. That their popularity has been increasing is clear from the rising sales of the VCDs of their many acts.

This particular production unravels the morass of present day society. Through light-hearted remarks, the main characters launch tirades against those who indulge in the practice of dowry. Moving further, the play also focuses on the human rights violations, as fuelled by law enforcers like the police officials. Quarrels in the neighbourhood also form part of the racy script of the production, which was presented in collaboration with the Public Relations Department of the UT Administration.

Other actors in the play were Kapil Kalyan, Sukhwinder Singh, Surinder Vicky, Gaurav Sharma, Kuldip Bhatti, Manisha Manas, Bhavna Attri and Satwinder Kaur. Make up artiste was Balwinder Singh.


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