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PU to condone up to 50 lectures
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
The Panjab University Syndicate today decided to condone not more than 50 lectures of students of the Department of Statistics, Law and Sociology. The Syndicate also recommended amendment to a rule which counts lectures from the beginning of the academic session and not from the day the student is given admission.

The Syndics said the chronic problem of lecture shortage and the repeated acceptance of the demands of students was ruining the standards of education on the campus. To deal with the problem, the Syndicate unanimously passed the decision that lecture shortage over and above 50 lectures would not be condoned.

Meanwhile, various students' organisation of the campus have formed a Joint Action Committee to deal with the "indifference" of the university authorities to their demand of condonation of lectures and "unnecessary police interference on the campus".

Two students, Jagjit Singh and Sunil Kumar, on an indefinite fast, were shifted to the hospital after their condition deteriorated while the fast by Vishal Budania entered its fifth day.

The Panjab University Students Union, National Students Union of India, Students' Organisation of Panjab University and Haryana Students Association, at a meeting, condemned misbehavior of a police official with the students.

They said the authorities were trying to suppress the voice of the students by using police force. 



Appointments, affiliations to figure on Senate agenda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Approval to appointments, recommendations of the Board of Finance and affiliations to colleges will dominate the meeting of the Panjab University Senate slated for December 19.

On the agenda is the approval to the revised deficit of Rs 59 crore passed by the Syndicate as also the approval for the tentative deficit of Rs 62 crore for 2005-06 to be shared by the two governments of Punjab and the Centre. The Senate will also discuss the delay in receipt of grants to the tune of Rs 13.15 crore which has been pending with the Punjab Government for over four years.

The item pertaining to fee collection by the State Bank of India will also come up for approval. The Syndicate had decided that the SBI would be asked to open more counters to collect fee and for submission of forms, have separate counters for university employees and allow the collection of forms in its branches in various cities rather than keeping the focus on the university branch.

The Senate will also approve the fee structure for students of the PU Dental College. The Syndicate has decided that while regular students from the general category would have to pay Rs 1 lakh per annum the students seeking admission under the NRI category would be required to deposit $7500 for a year. There are 85 seats in the general category and 15 seats in the NRI category.

The representation by Prof B.B. Goel, involved in fudging the score of a student, asking for the waiving of the five consecutive increments, that were withheld, was forwarded to the Senate for consideration. The sanction of Rs 5 lakh for a digital library and promotions under the career advancement scheme are also on the agenda.

Appointments of a director for the five-year integrated law course, the co-ordinator for Defence Studies, the appointments of Dean Student Welfare (Women), and the Dean University Instruction will also be taken up.



Lift ban on student bodies poll: BJYM
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 11
The state incharge of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Mr Jaiveer Godara, today demanded that the state government lift the ban on holding elections to student bodies in colleges and universities of Haryana.

Mr Godara was addressing a press conference here today. He said democracy should be restored at all levels. He also demanded that the state government should run university special buses for students, especially for those coming from rural areas.

He said a meeting of the state BJP leaders was held under the chairmanship of former Union Minister Mr I.D. Swami and it was decided that training camps be organised for BJP workers so that they were prepared for the forthcoming Assembly elections. Mr Godara criticised the UPA government for the spiralling prices of all commodities, including petroleum products.

He said the state unit of the BJP was geared up for the forthcoming Assembly elections. "If voted to power, we will restore all retrenched staff of various boards and corporations in the state. Though the Chautala government is trying to cash in by offering thousands of jobs, it is merely a ploy to woo the voters. We will remove all such new appointees and order a probe into their recruitments. We will also probe the allotment of shopping mall sites in Panchkula, Gurgaon and Faridabad, as these allotments have been given to the favoured few," he said.

Mr Godara added that if the BJP was to come to power in the state, they would raise the unemployment allowance for all graduates to Rs 700 per month.



Students present thematic show
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
A thematic show, “The Sands of Time”, was organised by students of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, here today. The students presented the dysfunctional relationship with parents and the inability of the older generation to understand the needs of teenagers.

Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, Chief Engineer, was the chief guest. The show began with a welcome dance. From celebrating the birth of a girl child to Holi, the students gave a dramatic presentation.

Maths quiz: A “Big Aunty Maths Quiz Test” was organised at New Public School, Sector 18, here on Saturday.

The event was organised in the name of the founder Principal of the school, the late S.H. Singh, fondly called “Big Aunty”. The test provided an opportunity to the students to explore their brilliance.

Students from 25 schools of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula participated. The results of the test will be announced in January. Awards for the first, second and third prizes are Rs 5000, Rs 3000 and Rs 2000, respectively.



Classes X, XII exams start from March 1
Tribune News Service

  • Schedule of CBSE examinations
  • Secondary School Exam (Class X) March 1 to 24
  • Senior School Certificate Exam (Class XII) March 1 to April 1
  • All-India Engineering Entrance Exam May 8
  • All-India Pre-Medical Entrance Exam preliminary April 3/ final on May 15

Chandigarh, December 11
At least 1,50,000 students from Chandigarh region will appear for Classes X and XII board examinations at 308 examination centres, beginning March 1 next year. There is an increase of around 10,000 candidates as compared to this year's number of candidates who appeared in the board examination.

The Chandigarh region comprises Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh. The number of regular and private candidates appearing in Classes X and XII were 85,000 and 65,000, respectively.

A senior CBSE official said the date sheet of the examination was yet to be released.



Programme schedule upsets teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Teachers of government schools in Chandigarh have complained about the schedule of an in-service training programme being run by the Chandigarh Education Department. The programme began in phases from December 1 and will continue till December 24.

Demanding that the programme should have been conducted at the start of the current academic session, the affected teachers said the schedule was affecting the studies of the students who had already appeared in their second terminal examination, which began on December 1.

A number of teachers told The Tribune that in some of the schools the terminal papers had ended by December 10 while in the papers would end by the third week of December. The winter vacation in government schools are scheduled to begin from December 24.

According to information, the training programme for teachers of social science and maths had already begun while for the English and science teachers, it was scheduled from December 14 to 24.



JB Modern School holds annual day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Students of JB Modern School, Sector 27, here celebrated its annual day by organising a cultural show. The function was presided over by M.D.S. Mangat, DPI (School).

The celebrations began with a presentation of a variety programme beginning with the Vande Matram. Then came items like qawwali, a tableau on ‘ Live and let live’ , ‘Red Riding Hood’, giddha and bhangra and folk dances of Haryana. The Director of the school, Ms S. Mahajan, along with other members, attended the function. The principal of the school, Ms S. Ahulwalia read out the annual report.



Dist Bar Assn calls for indefinite strike
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 11
The District Bar Association has decided to go on an indefinite strike from Monday, following the alleged inability of the local police to take action against the Chairman of the Haryana Staff Selection Commission, Mr Amir Chand Chawla, who is accused of assaulting, intimidating and trying to kidnap a lawyer yesterday.

A meeting of the association was held today. It was decided that the lawyers would go on an indefinite strike if the guilty was not booked by the police. The lawyers said the police was trying to scuttle the investigations by claiming that the incident had taken place in Zirakpur and not Panchkula.

Over 150 lawyers also took out a peaceful procession from the district courts to the office of the SP.

Mr Ajay Gupta, a lawyer, had claimed that he was assaulted by Mr Chawla and his men yesterday, after his car accidentally rammed into his Tata Safari on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway. Mr Chawla had denied the allegations and maintained that it was the lawyer who had used abusive language, after damaging his (Mr Chawla's) car.



Judicial remand for Brigadier
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
The Judicial Magistrate First Class(JMIC),Mr Jaswinder Singh, today remanded Brig MP Singh(Retd) and his son Harkirat, booked by the police on dowry charges, to judicial custody.

The Brigadier and his son were arrested by the police on a complaint lodged by Nancy, fiancee of Harkirat.

However, Brig MP Singh, while denying the allegations, had alleged that the police was demanding money for a compromise between the two parties.



Case of minor’s marriage adjourned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
The Chief Judicial Magistrate(CJM), Ms Neerja Kulwant Kalson, today changed the inquiry officer in a case of alleged marriage of a Sector 25 minor girl, Bimla, to Sushil Kumar.

However, the case was adjourned till December 16 to give time to Bimla to make up her mind on staying in Nari Niketan.Earlier, Bimla had claimed that she was a major and married Sushil on her will after eloping with him.

The girl’s parents had alleged that she was “kidnapped and raped” by Sushil following which he was sent to jail. Bimla, who was sent to Nari Niketan, had petitioned the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the previous inquiry officer had “misreported” her statement.

Ms Gurjit Kaur has now been appointed as the inquiry officer.



Film Review
Burst of youthful spirit
Rama Sharma

ARINDAM CHAUDHARY’S “Rok Sako To Rok Lo” has a youthful spirit. Posing a challenge to sleazy “Musafir”, the management guru-turned-author-turned-director has tried to tackle the youth with his insight. It has no storyline but has been packaged well to draw the youth.

Themes like this one have been filmed earlier also, the most notable being “Jo Jita Wohi Sikander.”

Introducing 10 new faces, he has given the movie freshness. Studying in a prestigious school or ordinary school is not the determining factor. It is the will to work hard and positive attitude that count. Encouraging words like “come on” and “buck up”, if spoken at the right time can make all the difference.

Targeting school and college-going students, it gives positive signals to the youth. However, the process becomes too lengthy.

Cashing on the spirit of friendship, it is about rivalry between two groups. In the backdrop of Bharati School Dev (Yash Pandit), along with his pals Suhana (Manjari Phadanis), Bhajji, Venky, Ganguly and Rati evoke laughter. They face contest from rich guys led by Ranveer (Caran Kapoor). Sanjana (Aparna Kumar) draws the attention of the guys. The sense of movement is accurate but slightly overdone.

Yash is promising and dances well. Yoga is well propagated by him. Stressing on building physical stamina, growth and impromptu decision-making, the film encourages the youth. Yash reminds us of Archie who loves Betty but is attracted to Veronica.

Manjari’s inconvenience with the camera is understandable. Apart from the lead pair, Satish Shah and Archana Puran Singh are also there with the typical Punjabi humour. Sunny Deol in long hair is like a phantom who emerges at the right moment to save the hero or the heroine. He also makes them listen to some sound advice. It gets very heavy at times. Dialogues like “it is friendship and not a good profession which makes the world go round”, sounds bookish. Principals who believe music percussions, especially the tittle song, “Rok Sako to...” charges the batteries. Students must watch the movie but not at the cost of classes. TNS



Bobby Cash performs at St Xavier’s School

Bobby Cash, a country music artiste, performs at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Bobby Cash, a country music artiste, performs at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo: Malkiat Singh

Bobby Cash, a pioneer of country music in India, has one mission to make Hindi pop music popular in the western world. He was in the city to perform at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

The country’s only music artiste told mediapersons that his self-composed music reflected different moods related to life style of the people.

He said his being an Indian did not affect his acceptance in the western world.

“Wherever I go I have a lot of well wishers. I am not a qualified singer but I still compose my music and give a solo performance on an electric guitar”, he added.

The artist has already given performances in Banglore, Pune and Hyderabad. Hailing from Dehra Dun, Bobby said he learnt country music from the records of his aunt sent from the USA in the sixties.

A documentary “The Indian Cowboy-one in billion” was screened on Discovery Channel. His first country music album was “ Cowboy at Heart” and another album is “ Phoenix To El Paso”.

Later in the evening, the artist performed before a large gathering at St Xavier’s School. The audience, including students of different schools, enjoyed every moment of the performance. TNS



Strong will must to make it big, says Hussain
S.D. Sharma

Hussain , host of game show “Khul Ja Sim Sim” captivated the crowds in Chandigarh today. He was here to promote the game show and oversee auditions being conducted in the city by the team.

Hussain interacted with participants at Rock Garden, Ebony, Fun Republic and DAV College.

The finalists will be invited to Mumbai for participation in the game show.

“In view of its popularity, many technical innovations like screen graphics have been introduced, besides lucrative prizes,” Hussain said. We have endeavoured to reach our viewers, starting from Chandigarh and later Baroda Ahmedabad. This direct interaction is also aimed at analyzing the spontaneous reaction of the audience,” he said.

The affable bachelor said only strong willed persons could achieve something provided the capabilities matched the aim.” I took to acting only in college but the passion grew so strong that I did small ads for Close Up, Cadbury, Rexona and other products till I bagged the role of Dinesh in ‘Ashirwad’.

My elder brother Queed, TV serial director gave some tips but I had to fight alone for the roles,” he said.

“Offers came for ‘Kyonki Saas..., ‘Kum Kum’, ‘Krishna Arjun’ and ‘Kuchh Kar Dikhana hai’ but my subtle expressions and understating rewarded me by giving me a chance to host programmes like “Kis Mein Kitna Hai Dam” and “Khul Ja Sim Sim”, which is challenging as it was earlier anchored by Aman Verma,” he added. The audition will continue at DAV College tomorrow. OC 



An actor should be selfish: Anupam Kher
S.D. Sharma

AN actor must be an individual, straight and selfish to accomplish his goal. An optimistic attitude towards life is imperative to sustain and secure success in the struggle for stardom which you fight alone,” film star Anupam Kher, an alumnus of the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

While interacting with students and passouts of the department, Anupam minced no words in denouncing many wrong perceptions with regard to the inadequate infrastructure in the department and the tragic tendency to criticise the triumphal march to eminence by a few luminaries.

Speaking from the core of his heart, he exhorted the young, inquisitive actors for self-introspection, “Be true to yourself and imbibe the ethical values in life,” he told them. He reiterated that the span of two years of learning theatre can secure your whole life.

He paid tributes to his mentor and teacher Balwant Gargi and lauded the efforts of Neelam Mansingh, Dr Mahendra, Kumar Verma, Shweta and the team of teachers running the institute which has produced fine actors too.

Sharing his reminisces as a 19-years-old boy who came here from Shimla with a sense of wonder and amazement to discover life and cultivate himself into an ideal person.

Unlike the present scenario, there was a very limited scope for shaping career in Bollywood. Anupam revealed his spending sleepless nights in pathetic situations . He said, “But I never relented . I joined those fellow aspirants who were pursuing illusions in vain. One needs to be more pliable and dynamic with mature observations of thoughts and emotions. One must not allow the intellect to be defeated. Skilled dramatic craftsmanship, a bold and subtle understanding of the character with imaginative intensity will be rewarding.”

He observed that the over confidence of students armed with degrees in theatre and allied arts from here, the NSD and other institutes was, sometimes a hindrance in grabbing good roles because they felt that they were a cut above the rest.

He disclosed that unlike many TV serial productions big banners were careful about ‘characterisation’ and even an established actor like him had to be content with two assignments only against the audition for four foreign films. “That does not mean you are not a good actor, but the proposed role may not suit your persona,” he hurried to add.

On demand of the students, he offered to offer his services. To begin with Anupam will be giving more tips to students during his 10-day shooting schedule here in February. OC



Punjabi album released

‘Mein Deputy Di Saali’, a Punjabi audio and video cassette was released at the Punjab Kala Bhavan in Chandigarh on Saturday. Produced by RDX Company, the cassette has eight Punjabi songs by Baljit Kaur Mohali.

Trained under the tutelage of Ustad Bakar Hussain Khan of Patiala gharana, Baljit is a professional singer. H. Guddu has scored the music for the lyrics which have been penned by Dev Thareeke wala and others. OC


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