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Prof Pathak seeks Canada’s collaboration in dental sciences
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
“Our endeavour should be to make Indo-Canadian institutional collaboration more effective on a long-term basis. For this, we have the support of the Canadian and the Indian Governments.”

This was stated by the Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Prof K.N. Pathak, here today, during an interactive session among the Canadian Health Minister, Mr Ujjal Dosanjh, the students and the staff held at the Law Auditorium of the campus.

Professor Pathak said the foundation for an extended academic collaboration had been laid with the setting up of the Canadian Studies Centre (CSC) at Panjab University and a Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies and Research (CICSR) in Canada.

Stating that the common objective of the two centres would be to undertake research, he added that the centres would also facilitate exchange of scholars and students in the future. “The close affinity of Punjab with the Indian diaspora in Canada provides sufficient strength for a provision of regular flow of funds from both the governments,” he stated.

Professor Pathak assured the donors that the funds made available to Panjab University would be utilised judiciously according to the university rules. “The returns on this investment by way of providing policy inputs for strengthening academic, trade, social and community ties between Canada and India would be mutually beneficial at both ends,” he said. The Vice-Chancellor also sought Canada’s collaboration in the field of dental sciences, stating that India was lacking in this particular area.

Speaking at the function, Mr Dosanjh, who was accompanied by his wife, said he always wanted to obtain a degree from Panjab University but never got an opportunity to do so. He expressed happiness on the recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the universities of Canada and India. Responding to the Vice-Chancellor’s appeal for help in dental sciences, Mr Dosanjh said he would do all he could to promote collaboration in the area. He dwelled on the need to strengthen Indo-Canadian relations.

Later, he took questions from the university faculty and students about issues facing the South Asians, Indo-Pak relations, healthcare and its management in Canada among other areas. The Dean University Instruction, Prof J.K. Gupta, presented the vote of thanks.



Campus notes
Seminar on education organised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
On the eve of the Vivekananda Jayanti, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) decided to launch a 10-day campaign against the politicisation of education, beginning tomorrow. During the campaign, a series of events demanding Indianisation of education will be launched.

Celebrating Yuva Divas, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the ABVP organised a seminar on “Indianisation of Education” at Gandhi Bhavan, Panjab University, here today.

Former MP Satya Pal Jain targeted the education policy which, he said, was driving away the youth from India’s culture. “The British wanted to keep us away from our culture. However, even after 57 years of Independence, we have not yet changed the distorted old system. Our students must know their history and culture,” he emphasised.

Mr Saurabh Joshi, local BJP secretary, spoke about the organisational attitude and the purposes of the ABVP. He declared to launch a campaign against the education policies of the present Central Government which, he claimed, were playing with and politicising the whole education system.

Mr Kusum Sharma, member executive, spoke on the life of Swami Vivekanand and his teachings. Mr Yajvender Yadav, BJP secretary, Panjab University, presented the vote of thanks.

Seminar: The Centre for Vivekananda Studies, Panjab University, organised a seminar on “The Life and Works of Swami Vivekananda” at the Department of Philosophy to celebrate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda.

In a session chaired by Prof Dharmanand Sharma, four students, Kavita Chauhan, Munish, Pankaj Srivastava and Lallan Singh Baghel, read papers on “Practical Vedanta”, “Universal Religion”, “Varnasrma”, and “Dharma versus Casteism” in the light of Swami Vivekananda’s thought and the social philosophy of the Swami.

In his presidential remarks, Professor Sharma held that Swami Vivekananda addressed the youth of the country for it is the youth of any nation who represent the future of that country. “If the young people do not have any dreams, that culture will surely turn somnolent,” he said. He called upon the youth of India to achieve their goals for a glorious India.

Awarded: Dr R.K. Pathak, Chairperson, Department of Anthropology, Panjab University and Co-ordinator of Special Assistant Programme in Anthropology sponsored by the UGC, has been elected as Sectional President of the Section of Anthropological and Behavioural Sciences of 93rd Indian Science Congress to be held at Hyderabad in January 2006. Professor Pathak was invited to chair a session and judge the “Young Scientist Award” of his section at the recently concluded 92nd Indian Science Congress at Ahmedabad.



Entrepreneurship programme at GGDSD College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
A two-day entrepreneurship development programme started at GGDSD College, Sector 32, here yesterday. The programme has been sponsored by the Industries Department, Chandigarh. Lectures on management and finance were delivered on the first day of the programme.

Prof Ajay Sharma, a consultant with Abza, spoke on computerised accounting and management of small-scale industries. In the last session, lecture was organised on “Opportunities Scanning and Identification”

The Director Industries, Mr H.S. Kandola, devised a new programme to encourage industry in the city. A lecture on the role of DIC, Chandigarh, was also discussed. Tomorrow, lectures would be held on assessment of the entrepreneurship motivations and traits.

Mental Development

A mental development programme was organised at Rai School, Sector 48, here yesterday. The Headmistress of the school, Ms P. Dogra, said the aim of the programme was to increase the power of concentration and mastering arithmetic operation . The programme was designed to develop child’s ability to grasp and master arithmetic equations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in a easy and interesting manner.

Campus interview

As many as 17 students of GGDSD College, Sector 32, have been shortlisted during campus interviews held by a private company, Vizinfoz

Prize distribution function

The Hindi Sahitya Parishad of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, organised its annual prize distribution function here yesterday. The principal of the college, Ms Puneet Bedi, was the chief guest. 



100 students attend NSS camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
A 10-day NSS camp organised at the Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8B, concluded here today. More than 100 students volunteers attended the camp.

The volunteers cleaned the school campus. Mrs Preeti, Harpreet Kaur and Meenakshi delivered lectures on skincare, cosmetics and yoga respectively. The NSS volunteers also participated in in sports and cultural activities. Renu, Rekha, Leela got first, second and third place respectively.

The volunteers also visited the institution for the blind in Sector 26, Chandigarh. Principal, Mrs Kuldevi Yadav, appealed students to take part in such activities for the development of personality. The camp was supervised by NSS In charge, Mrs Pushpa Rani and Jatinder Kaur.



Bright students honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
A cultural programme marked the prize-distribution function of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, here today. UT Home Secretary Krishan Mohan, who was the chief guest, gave away prizes to students.

The students who had excelled in academic and co-curricular activities were honoured. Principal of the school Suman Sharma read out the annual report of the school. DPI (Schools) D.S. Mangat and DEO Rajesh Chaudhary were present.



Children celebrate Lohri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12
Children of Shishu Niketan Public School, Sector 43-A, celebrated Lohri with fervour.

Students of Nursery, KG and Class I were dressed up in Colourful clothes.

Similarly students of Ishwer Singh Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, also celebrated the festival with inmates of Old Age Home and Bal Niketan in Sector 15. In Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38, students danced around a bonfire and relished, savouries.

Volunteers of the NSS unit of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, celebrated Lohri with the residents of the Senior Citizen Home, Sector 43.



Students, teachers celebrate Lohri
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 12
Students and teachers of Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II, Mohali, celebrated Lohri on the school premises. The Principal, Ms Ranjeet Bedi, inaugurated the function. Students danced on Punjabi songs.

Students and teachers of Swami Ram Tirath Public High School Phase IV, also celebrated Lohri on the school premises. A bonfire was lit and students highlighted the significance of the festival. A cultural show was also presented.

The festival was also celebrated at the Indo Global College of Education, Indo Global College of Engineering and Indo Global College of Architecture here.

Ms Neelam Singla was the chief guest. The Lohri fire was lit by Dr S.R. Prabhakar, Principal, Indo Global College of Engineering.



HC stays proceedings against India Today
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 12
Mr Justice Pritam Pal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed further proceedings in the complaint filed by Mr Mukesh Garg of Jagadhari against the Editor-in-Chief, Publisher and Publishing Director of news magazine India Today.

Mr Garg, who is a practising lawyer, is an office-bearer of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). He had filed a criminal complaint against the news magazine for having published a report stating therein that Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi was an RSS worker at the time of the incident.

Claiming that the language of the report, particularly the reference to alleged links of Godse with the RSS, caused irreparable damage to the goodwill of the RSS, the complainant sought action against the magazine and those associated with the publication of the article. He had also sent a legal notice to the magazine.

Taking up the complaint, Mr Rajan Walia, Judicial Magistrate First Class, Jagadhari, had on October 13 last, summoned Mr Aroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief, and others.

In their petition in the High Court, Mr Purie and others have sought staying of the proceedings and operation of the order dated October 13, 2004, of the Jagadhari court.

Saying that the complainant chose to present a lop-sided interpretation of the article published in the magazine, the petitioners also alleged that the complaint was a gross misuse of the process of law and was aimed at causing harassment to the petitioners.

Arguing for his clients, Senior Advocate Rajinder Singh Cheema said that the petitioners had a good case and were ready to prove their innocence to the court. He said that the article was not about either the RSS or Nathuram Godse.

After hearing the petitioners' counsel, Mr Justice Pritam Pal also issued notice to the respondents for February 25.



Remand of Cossets’ MD extended

Chandigarh, January 12
A court has extended the judicial remand of Managing Director of Cossets Rajiv Dugala and its Director Puneet Nanda till January 24 today. The remand has been extended after an application was filed in this regard by the Ambala police for producing them in the CJM’s Court. TNS



Women artists sell paintings to help tsunami victims

A group of artists display its paintings for sale to help tsunami victims at IndusInd Art Gallery, Sector-8, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
A group of artists display its paintings for sale to help tsunami victims at IndusInd Art Gallery, Sector-8, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Comprising well-known 13 women painters, a group, ‘We’, has come forward to extend a helping hand in re-habilitating the tsunami-hit people. The painters have organised an exhibition at the Indus Ind Bank art gallery and initially put up their 25 paintings for sale to raise funds in aid of the tsunami victims.

Inaugurating the exhibition, former Principal of College of Architecture Aditya Parkash appealed to the people to buy the art works at a liberal price and become a partner in the noble cause.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, the President of ‘We’, Prof Sadhna Sangar, said: “Women artists being highly sensitive by nature are more rooted into art traditions and art is relevant only if it is perceptive to the needs of society. This has inspired us to donate our precious paintings”. Neenu Viz, a housewife and secretary of the group, said the participants in the exhibition had reduced the prices of exhibits substantially so that a maximum number of people could join in the endeavour. Some alluring titles of paintings include ‘Before tsunami’ and ‘After tsunami’ by Bharti Vandana, ‘The inner fire’ and ‘Nature’ by Sadhna Sangar, ‘Three faces’ by Geeta Bawalia, ‘Chhatar Chhaya’ and ‘Snow Rest’ by Neenu Viz, ‘Sea Shore’ and ‘Lonesome night’ by Shivani and ‘Waiting’ by Anju Pasricha.

‘Web Work’ by Alka, ‘Dard ka darya’ and ‘Jungle’ by Nirmla Singh, ‘Lehron ka tandav’ by Darshnajit, ‘Birds Series’ and ‘Flowers’ by Gayatri are some of the titles which exude the beauty of art.

The exhibition and sale of paintings is open till January 19 between 10 am to 6 pm and the sale proceeds will be remitted to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, said Sadhna Sangar. OC


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