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Panjab University reschedules refresher courses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
The Academic Staff College, Panjab University, rescheduled the organisation of refresher courses in various subjects as follows, here today. Those who are interested in attending these courses can contact the Director, Academic Staff College, Panjab University, according to the schedule released by the Honorary Director, Academic Staff College.



Korean students visit institute for visually challenged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
Camaraderie reigned and happiness prevailed at the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, here today, where two cultures — Indian and Korean — came together to celebrate the oneness of mankind.

The “Indian Glimpse-Korean Vision” programme surmounted language barriers, as visually impaired Indian children mixed around with students from South Korea, communicating in a language devoid of words and still tugging at the heart strings of those present.

It was an attempt at making the two cultures reach out to each other, mingle together and produce a symphony only the heart understood, and it began with everybody jiving to peppy Punjabi numbers.

Celebrating the birth anniversary of Louis Braille today, the cultural programme saw the visually challenged children staging an almost perfect performance, which came in for a lot of appreciation from the visiting foreigners, led by Shin Dong Soon.

Welcomed with flowers and by students of the institute waving Indian and South Korean flags, a band display followed. Among those present on the occasion, the chairman of the institute, Maj-Gen Rajendra Nath, recalled the warm relations India enjoyed with the South Korean people.

Addressing the students, Mr Ajit Sailani, Chairman of the National Society for Child Artists, stated that children can play a major role in bringing people of two different countries closer. He added that shortly the Society for Child Artists will arrange a cultural exchange programme for the disabled children.

Though the Korean children did not comprehend all that was said in English, a translator accompanying the group explained what the various speakers had said. The programme ended with exchange of mementoes and gifts.

While the guest students from Korea took candles made by the blind students as gifts, in turn, they gave back Korean hand-held fans to express their appreciation. A community lunch followed, marking the end of the programme. 



Admn to earmark more school sites
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
To facilitate a smooth shifting of schools running in residential areas, the Chandigarh Administration today announced a few steps, including additional sites for schools and minor changes to allow creches and play-way schools with restrictions in residential areas.

The Spokesperson for the Administration said the functioning of creches in residential areas subject to certain conditions had already been allowed. Regular schooling of a child started at the age of six and children prior to regular schooling go to play-way schools and crèches. The residential premises, subject to certain conditions, would be allowed for pre-school activities for children living in the same neighbourhood.

* Residential premises will be allowed for play-way schools subject to restrictions

* Schools in Mani Majra and slum colonies have been allowed one-year extension

* Government schools to have double shifts

Since Chandigarh is a planned city and specific sites have been earmarked for specific purposes, therefore, residential buildings should only be used for residential purposes and schools should not be allowed to function from the residential premises. The Home Secretary-cum-Education Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, Mr Krishna Mohan, held a meeting with the people who have been running schools in residential areas.

He said the Administration had allotted 34 new school sites in various sectors.

Around 13 of these allottees had started their schools/institutions at the allotted sites and 18 more schools would be ready by March 2006. The Administration has also advertised seven more school sites to accommodate the children studying in schools in residential buildings.

The Town Planning Department also plans to earmark additional sites for primary, middle and high schools, especially in new sectors. The Education Department is also making arrangements for starting double shift in schools so as to accommodate more students.

Around 30 schools functioning in residential areas of Mani Majra are to be allowed an extension of one year and the corporation will take immediate steps for carving out more schools sites to accommodate the children studying in these schools.

There are 59 schools enrolling around 10,000 students in rehabilitation colonies, illegal colonies and in four villages under the jurisdiction of the corporation. The Administration has allowed one more year to these schools.



PU releases list of holidays
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
The teaching/non-teaching departments, administrative offices and colleges affiliated to Panjab University will remain closed on January 5 on account of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.

While stating that the university would be closed on all Saturdays except in case of colleges and Sunday, the list of holidays for 2005 was also released. A press note issued by the university spokesperson, however, added that Saturdays would be working days in May and June when the office timings are changed from 7.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. without lunch break.

The list is as under: Birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, January 5, Wednesday; Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid), January 21, Friday; Republic Day, January 26, Wednesday; Guru Ravi Dass Jayanti, February 24, Thursday; Mahashivratri, March 8, Tuesday; Good Friday, March 25, Friday; Holi, March 26, Saturday; Baisakhi, April 13, Wednesday; Birthday of Dr B.R. Ambedkar; April 14, Thursday; Ram Naumi, April 17, Sunday; Mahavir Jayanti, April 22, Friday; Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjun Dev, June 16, Thursday; Independence Day, August 15, Monday; Janamashtami, August 26, Friday; Mahatama Gandhi’s birthday, October 2, Sunday; Dasehra, October 12, Wednesday; Maharishi Balmiki birthday, October 17, Monday; Divali, November 1, Tuesday, and November 2 Wednesday; Id-ul-Fitr, November 4 Friday; Birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, November 15, Tuesday; and Christmas, December 25, Sunday. 



From Colleges
Awareness programme on entrepreneurship held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
The Department of Food Science and Quality Control of MCM DAV College for Women organised an awareness programme on “Project Formulation and Implementation” here today.

The Director, Regional Centre for Agro Procession Entrepreneurship Development, Haryana, spoke on the process involved in setting up of a new agro-based enterprise.

He discussed facilities, which entrepreneurs could avail from the government.

Contribution: The Sikh Educational Society, the Principal and staff (teaching and non-teaching) of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, decided to contribute one-day’s salary towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the tsunami victims.

In addition, the NSS volunteers of the college collected Rs 50,000 for providing assistance to the victims and the survivors of the tsunami killer waves.

Pledged: The students of the Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, pledged not to let any patient at the PGI die for want of blood, here today.

As many as 500 students signed this resolution and sent their blood group information and contact details to the Blood Bank Society, PGI, and urged the society to intimate them whenever blood was required.

The students held a programme titled “Expectations, Ambitions and Resolutions for 2005” and resolved to improve their academic performance and strive to secure better marks.

The CEC staff also resolved to impart free computer education and practical training on shapers, welding machines to people of nearby villages.

The Chairman of the college, Mr Satnam Singh Sandhu and general secretary, Mr Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, said these resolutions, if followed with devotion, would transform the lives of the students and people. The Principal, Dr G.D. Bansal, also applauded the efforts of the students. 



Lok Adalat order to BSNL
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 4
The Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Utility Services) has ordered the BSNL not to charge Rs 1,600 from Mr Gabar Singh, an STD/PCO booth owner and a resident of Naya Gaon. Mr Gabar Singh had applied for the shifting of the STD/PCO booth to his new residence in the village.

However, the telephone was shifted by the nigam without the STD/ISD facility. Besides, the dial tone was also not released and he was asked to pay Rs 1,600 as the minimum bill.

The adalat said the minimum bill had to be paid if the operator was getting service from the BSNL. Since the applicant did not enjoy the telephone connection to run the STD/ISD pay phone during the month of July, 2004, he was not liable to pay the minimum bill, the order added.



Rantika Tiwari — following the family tradition
S.D. Sharma

Patiala based ace violin maestro Ishwar Swaroop Tiwari and his vocalist wife Saran groomed their progeny, instilling in them the finer nuances of Indian musical and folk traditions, which they imbibed with religious sanctity. The youngest among the doyens of the Tiwari clan, Ratnika Tiwari, is hailed as a pioneering performing exponent with her adroit mastery over the classical, folk and contemporary music traditions, both by critics and connoisseurs.

Blessed with the rich family legacy in the realm of musical arts, Ratnika was exposed to the finer techniques of learning under the tutelage of Sarayu Kalekar of Rampur Sadarang tradition and Ustad Abdul Rehman Khan Saheb of Mumbai, who sharpened her skills for immaculate rendering of semi-classical music forms like dadra, thumri and ghazal.

She, however, attempted a cultural synthesis and evolved a gayaki style of her own, which had won admiration from the artistic fraternity of the region besides ghazal king Jagjit Singh and legendary Faiz Ahmed Faiz, when she sang his ghazals in his esteemed presence in a cultural exchange programme.

Credited with the honour of being the youngest artist in India to hold ‘A’ grading, she still holds the record of maximum marks obtained in music honours at graduation level 25-years ago. She has been performing on the AIR and Doordarshan in National programmes, which is rarity. Thrice winner of each of Adeeb International award and Mohd Rafi award she has represented India in 1981 to perform in Mauritius with an ICCR delegation led by the then Union Minister Vasant Sathe.

Later in 1985, she performed extensively in Nepal and also in international functions of ‘SAARC’ countries. “Here, I have given playback for 12 films in Punjabi and Haryanvi, besides many jingles, she disclosed.

“My maiden audio cassette ‘Jawab Dei Jaandi..’ along with co-singer Dilraj Kaur was produced by T-series for film maker Manmohan Singh under music direction by Uttam Singh and released in 1988. Then followed ‘Trijan’, ‘Mein Teri Heer’ and albums based on New Year programmes produced by Doordarshan, “ she said. “Somehow I fail to compromise with the lyrics, which is the main ingredient of Punjabi albums and I prefer to devote more to the promotion of classical traditions as an artist and a teacher.” She added.

Though she relished many decorations, but the distinction of being head of the Department of Music of the Government College for Girls last year, from where she passed out in 1984 after completing both MA (Vocal) and MA (Instrumental), was indeed inspiring. “I am moving in the footsteps of elder sister, Vijay Laxmi Sharma who rose to the rank of the Principal, after being a student here,” she said.

“Looking at the achievements of family members in their respective realms, I had to go a long way to match the theatrical and musical excellence of my mentor, brother Kamal Tiwari and film persona of Dolly Tiwari and her achievements,” said Ratnika.



Shah Rukh rules city girls’ hearts

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan

Shahid Kapoor
Shahid Kapoor

Shah Rukh Khan fans are growing in the city by leaps and bound. An afternoon visit to GCG, Sector 11, reveal that he has not only become an icon but a symbol of youth aspiration.

A visit to Sonia Kapur’s room and one cannot miss her devotion to the Bollywood hero. Entire walls of the room are covered with his posters. “Seeing his animated face reminds me that I also have to be playful yet hardworking like him. He is so devoted to his work. I too want to get the maximum out of life in a very short span”, she said.

“Does a book, any saying or the life of a great man inspire her? No, she answers. “Great men are so ‘far away’ for lesser mortals like us. They look magnetic but very unreal. They never err. They were so determined. We students are of different, prone to sudden mood swings. We can’t even say how we will behave tomorrow. Shah Rukh is very genuine,” she adds.

King Khan is not the only one who evokes reverence among the generation. Salman Khan and now Shahid Kapoor too have arresting influence on youth.

It is true that the Bollywood clan does encourage the youth to be more focused in their efforts. But to know how they go in shaping their life or influence them to be go-getter or take risks will require a real hard study,” says a resident. OC


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