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School boards seek functional autonomy from states
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 6
Representatives of various school education boards today demanded functional autonomy from state governments in the country. According to a resolution passed by members of the Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE), the state governments should desist from interfering in the working of the education boards to ensure their smooth functioning.

Some other vital decisions regarding changes in syllabi, reforms in the examination system, professional development of board employees and teachers were also taken on the last day of the two day zonal meet of COBSE hosted by the Punjab School Education Board here today.

Dr Harbans Singh Sidhu, PSEB, Chairman, stated that other than focusing on these areas, the meeting also threw up questions regarding functional autonomy of the boards. ‘‘The council was unanimous in its demand for asking the state governments to not just entrust responsibilities to the boards but also be confident that boards would be able to carry them through,’’ he said, adding that unwanted interference from the state government hampered efficiency.

Mr Sidhu said though members felt that school syallabus needed to be upgraded constantly, there was also a need to delete the outdated portions. ‘‘If courses are only added, it leads to overburdening of the student,’’ he said.

‘‘The syllabus has to be seen both in terms of relevance and comparable quality. The national framework of school syllabus is being revised and in most cases states can follow the national syllabus,’’ pointed out Mr S.D. Sharma, Secretary COBSE.

Regarding examination system, members decided that both the management and quality of examination needed to be worked upon. ‘‘We have to involve the government and the society at large for fair conduct of examinations. Changes are also required in the evaluation system. We should be gradually moving from the system of giving percentage to a system of gradation so that the pressure on students and parents is eased out,’’ he said.

Mr Sidhu pointed out that Haryana School Education Board had managed to curb cheating during examination effectively by involving students and teachers themselves.

Mr Shiv D. Sharma added that issues regarding professional development and training the teachers were also discussed during the meet. ‘‘Basic minimum IT education for teachers should be made compulsory,’’ said Mr Sidhu. ‘‘It was also recommended that an efficiency bar be fixed for school teachers and at least a state level entrance test for selection of school teachers be started,’’ he added.



English lecturer’s deputation cancelled
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
The Chandigarh Administration has repatriated an English lecturer on deputation from Haryana, as she proceeded on leave outside India, without taking the necessary sanction.

The woman lecturer while proceeding on leave allegedly took along with her September test answer books and attendance register of around 200 students of the Government College, Sector 11.

Annoyed at lecturer’s act, the DPI (Colleges) cancelled the deputation of the lecturer. The information of the cancellation of the deputation has been sent to the parent state of the lecturer.

For the authorities at Government College, Sector 11, it turned out to be an unpleasant experience. The college authorities have shot off a letter at the lecturer’s residence in Panchkula, through which she has been asked to hand the answer books and attendance register. The lecturer applied for a leave outside India, but it was rejected by the administration, said a senior officer in the administration.

“We had asked for an English lecturer as there was staff shortage. It is unprofessional to come on deputation and proceed on leave and leave the students in a lurch,” said a lecturer in the English Department of the college.

The lecturer came on deputation from Government College, Panchkula, in the first week of September and after some days applied for a leave till October 2005. In the meantime the post-examination holiday began around September 25. When the college opened, an application for casual leave was forwarded to the principal

Prof Balwinder Singh, principal of the college, said the application for casual leave of the lecturer, Ms Meenakshi Singh, had been cancelled. The action taken by the administration has also been intimated to the college authorities.



1200 take part in painting contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Over 1200 students from schools of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali participated at a painting competition held at Kalagram today to mark the 19th Foundation Day celebrations of the North Zone Cultural Centre.

While students of Classes LKG to I were left free to paint anything, the rest were assigned themes like gardens (classes II and III), your school (classes IV to VI), any season (from classes VII to IX) and non violence (from classes X to XII).

Results of the competition (in order of merit) are as follows:

Class LKG to I: Mukul Passi of DC Model School Panchkla, Diksha Thakur of Bhawan Vidyalaya, Panchkula and Kiranpreet Kaur of AKSIPS, Sector 41 Chandigarh; Muskan Duggal and Pulkit got consolation prizes.

Class II and III: Aastha Sharma of Little Flower Convent, Panchkula, Saurabh Kambhoj of AKSIPS, Sector 41 Chandigarh, Harpreet Kaur of Guru Nanak Public School, Chandigarh. Mahima got the consolation prize.

Class IV to VI: Kulwinder Kaur of AKSIPS, Sector 41, Chandigarh, Deepak Kashyap of Shivalik Public School, Panchkula, Deepak of MJS Ramgarhia Public School, Chandigarh. Consolation prizes went to Preet Kamal, Aishwarya Mahajan and Prabhleen Kaur.

Classes VII to IX: Nitin of New Public School, Chandigarh, Sapna of Gem Public School, Mohali, Nivneet Kaur Virk of Florence Convent School, Panchkula. Gurmeet Mungial and Anamika Chauhan won consolation prizes.

Classes X to XII: Ritu of GMSSS, Sector 35, Chandigarh, Ravneet Kaur of Gem Public School, Mohali, Swati of Guru Nanak Public School, Chandigarh. Ishmeet Kaur and Simranjeet Kaur won consolation prizes.

The paintings were adjudged by eminent artists Shiv Singh, Malkit Singh and Anita Gupta.



‘Ali Baba aur Chalis Chor’ staged
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 6
To mark a decadal celebrations of Bhavan Vidyalaya Sector 15, its students staged a play “Ali Baba aur Chalis Chor” at the school auditorium today. More than 150 children, from classes V to IX, participated in the musical play. A marvellous set, complete with a medieval period township and a cave with a door was recreated on the stage. Mrs Indu Bahl, who had coordinated the play, said the play was chosen to ensure maximum participation of the students.

Kanav Ohri as Gustaakh- the head of the thieves, and Lovika Jain as Marjina (Ali Baba’s maid servant) brought life to the characters as they gave a commendable performance. The play began with Kasim reaching the cave and being caught by the gang of thieves, and saw the finale with Ali Baba killing all thieves.

Martial arts and the Arabian dances were imbued in the musical, adding a touch of glamour. Traditional and classic expression of all characters was applauded by the audience. The sound recording for the entire play was also done in a professional manner.

Mr Kulwant Singh, Chairman, Managing Committee, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, was the chief guest in the morning show, while renowned theatre artiste, Ms Dolly Ahluwalia, was the chief guest in the evening show.

Satluj splendour: It was fun and frolic as students of Satluj Public School, accompanied by their families converged at the school grounds to participate in the school fete — “Satluj Splendour — 2004” in Sector 4 this morning.

The first day of the fete started with colourful events like JAM session, Mr and Miss Talent show and activities like collage making, rangoli and flower show competition. Over 40 stalls, offering the choicest delicacies, and a similar number of stalls offering fun games like computer horoscope, face painting, hit-n-win, were put up. The main attraction was the flower show, a request song stall and a fancy dress parade for the children.

Various swings and joy rides had also been installed in the school grounds. The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Neelam P. Kasni, was the chief guest on this occasion, and gave away prizes to winners of various competitions. The results of various competitions in order of merit are as follows: Painting competition:- Keshav and Rachna; Friends forever:- Ishaan and Sahil Anand; Ms Satluj (junior):- Kritika and Akanksha; Mr Satluj (junior):- Rohit Malik and Karan Devlas; Mr and Ms Talent:- Kartikya and Samya Singh; Group dance (senior):- Dhoom Group and Aar Paar Group; and Group dance (junior):- Aarushi Group and Parth and Taran Group.

Students of Government High School, Sector 17, Panchkula take out an anti-cracker rally in Panchkula
Students of Government High School, Sector 17, Panchkula take out an anti-cracker rally in Panchkula on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Rally against crackers: Students of different schools in the township today took out rallies in different parts of the township, against use of crackers and consequent environment pollution.

Over 200 students of DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, went to Sectors 7 and 8 here to create awareness about the harmful effects of using crackers.

The students pledged that they would not burst crackers this Divali, and instead collected their pocket money, and bought clothes and shoes for the poor children.

Students of Government High School, Sector 17, also took out a rally in Sector 17 against the use of crackers. The rally was flagged off by the school principal, Ms Sunita, and the students were told of the physical (burn injuries) and environmental harm caused by crackers. 



Diploma in knowledge management at DAV-10
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
The DAV College, Sector 10, has introduced a postgraduate diploma in knowledge management for organisational development. The programme has been launched with the assistance from the Chandigarh Administration.

Addressing a press conference, Mr S. Marriya, Principal of DAV College, said there was a growing need for the corporates to develop and manage their knowledge base for more effective and efficient operations. He said companies like Quark, Infosys, Ranbaxy and Chandigarh Management Association would be the knowledge partners in the programme.

The total duration of the course would be nine months. Col D.S. Cheema, coordinator of the course, said reuse of documented knowledge had proved to valuable.

Inter-school fancy dress competition: An inter-school fancy dress competition was organised at JB Moden Public School, Sector 27. The director of the school, Ms S Mahajan, presided over the function in which students from 15 different schools participated. The participants were divided in to three groups - birds/ animals , vegetable/ fruits and characters from Ramayna and Mahabharta. The judges of the event were Ms Harpreet Kaur, a councillor, Ms Anita Sharma and Ms Lily Banerjee.

Flower-day: The students of Rai School, Sector 48, welcomed winter by celebrating Flower-day. Colorful flowers had been put around in the school to welcome the guests. A cultural programme was presented in which the parents of late Neerja Bhanot, Mr Harish and Ms Rama Bhanot were the chief guests.

The principal of the school, Ms Poonam Dogra praised the students.

Vigilance awareness week: The Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, organised function to celebrate the Vigilance Awareness Week and Eco Friendly week. The students of the school took a pledge to fight against corruption and work for the prosperity of the country. The school students also took out a rally to spread the message of “Say no to crackers”.

Variety programme: A variety entertainment programme was held at St Kabir Public School here today. Mr D.S. Mangat, DPI (Schools), was the chief guest. The students presented colourful dances, drama, and rhythmic action songs. The bhangra and giddha added spice to the celebrations.



From Schools
Students present folk dances
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 6
The annual prize distribution function of Shivalik Public School, Mohali, entered its second day today. Morning session was devoted to presentation of a cultural programme by the junior classes. Mr Rajan Kashyap, former Chief Secretary, Punjab was the chief guest. Welcoming the guests on behalf of the Director Mr D.S. Bedi, Ms Anupkiran read the annual school report.

Students presented an array of colourful cultural items. Western dances were interspersed with English, Hindi, and Punjabi songs. A fairy tale was also presented. Mr Kashyap gave away the prizes for scholastic and non-scholastic excellence.

The afternoon session belonged to the senior students who put up an equally scintillating show consisting of dances, songs, short skits. A play was also staged. The highlight of the programme was — Pasodoble — a ball room folk dance of Spain, choreographed by Ms Anna and Mr Radek, teacher trainees from Poland. Bhangra was the befitting finale to the evening.

Dashmesh school function: The annual prize distribution function of Dashmesh Khalsa Public Senior Secondary School, Phase 3B1, Mohali was held here on Monday. Mrs Prakash Kaur was the chief guest Mr Hardev Singh Jatana, president, Managing Committee welcomed the chief guest.

The chief guest gave away prizes to the students who had won top positions in academics. A vote of thanks was presented by the School Principal, Mr Tirlochan Singh Sidhu.

Jaspreet Kaur, a student of Class IV of the school, secured the first position in recitation of Japji Sahib, Rehrehas Sahib and Kirtan Sohila at the Bhai Randhir Singh Gurbani Encouragement Scheme International Competition. The competition was held in New Delhi at Gurdwara Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh.

Doon school: Doon International School, Mohali, put up an impressive show as it celebrated its first founder’s day at the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Saturday evening. The highlight of the show was a gripping musical ‘The Merchant of Venice’.

The mood for the play was set right at the entrance where boys and girls welcomed guests attired as 16th century English men and women.

The play had some commendable performances by senior students. The tiny tots enacted the evergreen tale of Cinderella. The grand finale was a spirited bhangra.



Vivek techno fest ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
The Techno Fest, organised as part of the founder’s week celebrations, at Vivek High School concluded today with the prize distribution function. The event was organised in collaboration with the Society for Promotion of Information Technology (SPIC), Department of Information Technology, and the Chandigarh Administration.

The fest provided the participants from various schools to test their aptitude, talent and ability on computers, declamation skills, general awareness of the cyber world, creativity in arts, and a command over oral and written expression.

The results of the techno fest are:

Group I (Classes IV to VII)

Computek: Ajit Karam Singh 1; Vivek High 2; Shivalik 3.

Paintek: Vidya Devi Jindal 1; Vivek High 2; St. Stephens 3.

Computoons: Welham’s boys 1; Vivek High 2; Stepping Stones 3

Group II (Classes VII and VIII).

Creativity unleashed: Vivek High 1; Carmel 2; DAV-8 3.

Brain drill: Vivek High 1; Carmel 2; St. Xaviers 3.

Web-wizard: St. Johns 1; Shivalik 2; Bharti Vidya Bhavan 3.

Computer fiction: Welham’s 1; Stepping Stones 2 ; Shivalik 3.

Powerpoint presentation: St Johns 1; Vidya Devi Jindal 2 and Scindia Kanya 3

Group III (Classes IX and X).

Brain drills: Vivek High 1; St Xaviers 2; St Stephens 3.

Volte-face: St Johns 1; Scindia 2; Stephens 3

Ad-wizard: St Johns 1; Stephens 2; Carmel 3

Mutli-media: Ajit Karam 1; Johns 2; Stepping Stones 3.



Impart right values to children, says Governor
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 6
Haryana Governor, Dr A R Kidwai, on Thursday emphasized the role of education in carving the destiny of the individual and the nation. He was addressing a gathering at the Building Inauguration Ceremony of Shishu Niketan Public School at Sector 5 Mansa Devi Complex here.

The building has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore. He said that the children were future of the nation and education and imparting right values to children would lead to a progressive India.

The Governor also presented awards to the children who had done well in academics and other activities. School Principal, Ms Amita Khurana presented annual report of the school.



Journalist moves HC against 2 cops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 6
Mr Dinesh Goyal a reporter with a vernacular daily, has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court demanding action against two police officials under the Contempt of Courts Act.

Mr Goyal alleged that the police officials Jaspal Singh, SI, and Dharamvir, ASI, falsely implicated him in a case in July this year as he had exposed their misdeeds.

Also he was remanded in judicial custody by the SDM (Central) for three days allegedly in clear violations of the Supreme Court directions.

No inspection memo was prepared and medical treatment was denied to him.

The inquiry officer also sat on the inquiry report when a departmental inquiry against the police officials was ordered.

The petition will come up for hearing before Mr Justice Virender Singh on November 22.



Sufiana show at Plaza
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 6
It was a sufiana night at cultural show held at Plaza, Sector 17, today. The show had by singer Almgir Khan from Patiala. The show began with the song “ Ainwey rusya na kar meri jaan sa jnna”. and followed by “ har kisi ke hathon mein’, ‘lambi judai’ and ‘Maikhana’ etc. Almgir Khan played harmonium and Mohit Sharma, Tabla Rakesh pad and Narender guitar. The show was anchored by Rajesh Ahuja. This event was organised by the Department of Tourism Chandigarh Administration and Oasis events.


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