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Talk on leadership organised
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 18
Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, Mohali, today organised a lecture on “Leadership in Twenty-first Century” as part of the Knowledge Reservoir Lecture series.

Dr Satinder Dhiman, Professor, Woodbury University California, USA, was the guest speaker who talked to the students and faculty of Business Administration on management and leadership practices.

According to Dr Dhiman change in the business environment was inevitable and adaptability was important. He emphasised that the rate of change inside the organisation should go parallel with the rate of change outside.

He said successful leadership required personal integrity, interpersonal sensitivity and the zeal for continuous learning. Talking about the present day scenario in the business world, Dr Dhiman emphasised that we needed a system that worked along with customer orientation, enhancement in business education and proper training.

Saying that the Indians were techno- savvy and hard working, he added: “All we need is to build on our strengths so that our weaknesses become irrelevant.”

Mr Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman, and Mr Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary of the Institute, welcomed him. Dr. M.S. Grewal, Registrar, PTU, Dr Siby John, Dean Academics, PTU, were also present in the lecture and expressed their gratitude towards Dr Dhiman for giving his valuable suggestions and ideas.

Speaking on the occasion Dr G.D. Bansal, Principal, assured that the latest strategies suggested by him would be implemented in the college and all efforts would be made to inculcate those requirements among the students of MBA, MCA and engineering courses.



Bahl nodal officer for CBSE exams
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
To counsel students appearing in the CBSE board examination beginning in March, the Central Board of Secondary Education has appointed Ms Madhu Bahl, Principal of KB DAV School, Sector 7, as the nodal officer for the board- run tele-counselling facility. The helpline would be run from February 1 to March 31.

Ms Bahl would be available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The contact numbers of Ms Bahl are 94170 06590 and (0172) 2792433.

The Public Relation Officer of the board, Ms Rama Sharma, communicated the decision to Ms Bahl.

Training for Juvenile Home inmates

The Chandigarh Administration is starting a technical training for inmates of the Juvenile Home in Sector 15 from next week. During the course, training in computer-related operations will be imparted by the Society for Promotion of Information Technology, Chandigarh.

The Department of Technical Education at the Juvenile Home had also started training in electrical trade, according to a press note issued by the Administration.

Local students win CBSE quiz

The students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 27, have bagged a bronze medal in the CBSE Intel Science Quiz held at Amity International, New Delhi, on January 12. Comprising Kirti Puri , Sameer Madan and Nitish Goel, the team competed with 12 teams drawn from 4,000 affiliated schools of the board. The team has been honoured with a cash prize of Rs 7,500.



Campus Notes
Regional workshop at PU from January 20
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
A two-day Northern Regional Workshop under the aegis of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) will be held on January 20 and 21 at Panjab University. The workshop will be chaired by Mr Kanti Biswas, Education Minister, Government of West Bengal. In addition, three more Ministers of Education of different states, besides a large number of Vice-Chancellors and senior academicians of the country will participate.

The inaugural function of the workshop will be held at the Golden Jubilee Seminar Complex on January 20. Professor K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Professor Ved Prakash, Secretary, U.G.C., and Member Secretary, CABE Committee, and Dr Renu Batra, Joint Secretary, U.G.C., will address the gathering in the inaugural session.

The inaugural function will be followed by parallel technical Sessions on “Academic Autonomy”, “Administrative Autonomy” and “Financial Autonomy”. On the second day, a technical session to draft recommendations of the workshop would be made.

Lecture held: Prof Ram Gopal, former Vice-Chancellor, M.D. University, Rohtak, urged the scholars to study Vedas with a rational approach. He was speaking at a special Professor Lakshman Sarup Memorial Lecture on “A rational approach to Vedas”, organised at the Gandhi Bhavan, Panjab University, here on Tuesday.

Prof Gopal said Vedas were the oldest books in the history of mankind and were full of ancient forms and words. He added that Vedic mantras must be interpreted and understood in proper context.

Prof Gopal was of the opinion that Indian literature was rooted in Vedic thought, so it is evident that the study of Vedas must be the first requisite for imbibing the divine qualities like truthfulness, non-violence, honesty in the lives of the common man. He also appreciated the contribution of western and eastern scholars rendered to the study and understanding the teachings of the Vedas.

Prof. O.P. Bharadwaj, former Veda Vyasa Professor of Indology, presided over the function. Prof. Ashvini Agrawal, seniormost faculty member, welcomed the resource person while Prof. N.K. Ojha extended the vote of thanks and Dr. Suchi compered the stage according to the Chairperson, Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, P.U. 



NGO to create awareness among rural students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
An NGO, Sanjivani, has resolved to create awareness among rural students about professional courses and higher education.

Christened ‘Rah’, in the initial phase members of the group are going to villages falling within a 20 km radius of Chandigarh. During a preliminary survey in the adjoining villages, it was found that a little motivation was needed to encourage students to pursue higher education.

The lack of awareness was more among students passing out of classes X and XII.

Mr Manomhan K. Garg, who is himself a practising chartered accountant, told the Tribune that the members of the group had a social cause of uplifting the children in the rural areas. Since the city had come up as a centre of higher education in the north, the students in the periphery could benefit if they were made aware at the right time

Under the project, the members of the group would cover different villages in the periphery. 



Every nation has its own interpretation of democracy, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
“Democracy cannot be confined to Lincoln’s definition of ‘for the people, of the people and by the people’. It is adapted by every country to suit its needs the world over. No two democracies are similar.”

This was stated by Yogendra Yadav, psychologist, at a lecture on “Making Sense of Indian Democracy” organised by Critique, a student’s forum, at the Sociology Department, Panjab University, here today.

He said a lot of noise was made about the golden age of democracy, the decline and its final fall in present times. “Though this makes sense, it is not the true story of Indian democracy. All democracies the world over are not the same. Our model is taken from the West where external influences are absorbed in such a way that they no longer seem foreign,” he explained.

Maintaining that democracy was a by-product of various social movements, Mr Yadav said that the struggle for democracy could not be separated from social struggle. “We have a minimum formal procedural sense wherein people have the right to vote. In some countries, even this is denied or elections are manipulated in a way that people’s votes hardly matter. Also, politics is a like a welding machine which joins broken pieces together. The modern competitive politics has kept the diverse cultures of India together,” Mr Yadav stated.

He said that the failure of Indian democracy lay in its success. “Indian democracy is a success because of public participation. It is a failure in the sense that it has been unable to come up to the expectations of the people,” he held.

As a solution to improve politics and democracy, he said that more white money should play a role in politics and that some changes in the law and constitution could also prove to be helpful in this regard. “However, the bottom-line is that democracy can be improved with politics only. Indulging in fantasies like two-party system, reducing number of candidates to reduce crowding in politics only translates into undermining democracy,” he said.

The Associate Editor, The Tribune, Mr Shastri Ramachandran, said that democracy was like a “completely knock-down kit (CKD)” of vehicles which were fitted with indigenous machine parts.

“Indian democracy is similar in nature, borrowed from the American model and localised. Today, it is more a game of rough and tumble, like a boxing ring where people are clamouring on to the stage. Our disillusionment is not with democracy but the kind of politicians who are emerging to represent us. This is affecting the faith of the people in democracy. We need to think of them separately and not as one entity,” Mr Ramachandran stated.



Contractual faculty at PEC cries foul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 18
A section of the contractual faculty of Punjab Engineering College has alleged that while they were being asked to mark their attendance twice a day, there were others who were required to mark it just once.

The contractual faculty of the Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering Department said those did not mark the attendance twice were issued a show-cause notice. On the condition of anonymity, the faculty members said, “ Even the Class III and IV employees are required to mark their attendance once a day”.

If the faculty comes to sign the attendance register before 4.30 pm or after 5pm, the attendants do not allow the former to sign. The discretion of the Head of the Department was being used in the college.



Judicial custody for illegal exchange accused
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 18
Ravinder Chawla, who was arrested by the Ropar police in the illegal exchange case, was today sent to 14 days of judicial remand by a Kharar court.

Chawla was in police remand for a day. The police is yet to arrest the four others accused in the case and is said to be conducting raids at various places in Haryana and Chandigarh.

The Mohali police had unearthed the illegal exchange on January 13. The functioning of the exchange had reportedly caused a revenue loss of at least Rs 50 lakh to the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, other than being a possible national security threat.

The exchange was running in a rented cabin above the Bank of Punjab showroom in Phase VII market.

The investigations into the case were transferred to the CIA staff, Ropar. When contacted the SP Mohali, Mr Rakesh Agarwal, said no further arrests had been made in the case. He added that the police was still looking for the person who had masterminded the working of the exchange in Mohali.

“When we have the main person in our custody we will be able to tell you how money was being transferred to India by those who were benefiting from the running of this exchange abroad,” he said.

The SSP Ropar, Mr S.P. Singh had said a gang of at least five persons was involved in running the exchange. Other than Ravinder, two brothers from Haryana, Jagbir Singh and Jasbir Singh, Gurparamjit Singh from Sector 35, Chandigarh, and Sukhminder Singh from Ludhiana were also allegedly involved.



Rock band depicts essence of love

The melody, rhythm and harmony coalesced to spell a magical brilliance in a musical concert as the quartet of accomplished French musicians ensemble ‘Matmatah’ enchanted the intrusive audience, mainly in the bloom of youth, at the Panjab University Law Auditorium today.

The ‘Celtic Rock concert’ brought to the city by the Alliance Francaise De Chandigarh and the French Embassy supported by the Department of French of Panjab University, got off to the grandiose start with the lead guitarist-singer Stan and Sammy doling out Elvis Presley ‘s immortal song “That’s all right mama”.

Depicting the essence of love in all its manifestations, the presentation virtually rocked the hall and the audience responding spontaneously zoomed in intoxication and rapture before the stage. Stan, Sammy and Eric playing their guitars to perfection and maintaining perfect synchronisation in the rendition of songs like ‘Archie Kramer’-imbued with the feel of ‘Lost love’ and ‘Casi El Silencio’ highlighting the destruction trail through bombing for gaining the wicked political advantages. Similar sentiments were expressed in another song ‘Alzheimer’ to share the war victims of Iraq and forced suppressions on the poor.

The troupe established quick rapport with the audience as Stan interspersed the concert with witty interactions. Except the drummer Benoit, all three singer guitarists, floated across the stage with virile movements in ecstasy extracting full pleasure themselves during the absorbing concert.

‘Gotta go now...’ a French composition depicting the growing difference wherein the lover admonishes her girl friend got mixed response. Again the love songs like “Creve Les Yeux...” “Au conditionnel”, their fresh composition and “Dorrigor ton dos” the evergreen hit of the Matmatah, enthralled the audience. The group also presented a popular number ‘God Save the Queen’ immortalised by the ‘Sex Pistols band’ of England.

Though the lyrics were not within the conceptual grasp of the audience but the dominant melody supported by chords, melodious voices and the musical instruments sounding in unison augmented the level of presentation. Articulating the rhythm on the drums the noted percussionist, Benoit, contributed in making the concert a memorable musical bonanza which left the audience craving for more.

Earlier, the local pop group ‘Stoned on Salt’ gave a short but scintillating performance . The young artistes engaged the crowd with their choicest numbers. OC



Yoga inculcates aptitude for spirituality, says German expert
Swarleen Kaur

Six feet three inches tall Karoline of Germany knows very little Hindi. Many times it becomes difficult for her to explain her points. But she is more conversant with the ancient Indian curative system of yoga than many yoga practitioners around.

Call her yoga freak and she won’t mind it. Karoline came to India seven years ago to learn vastu shastra. After completing her masters in landscape architecture from Germany, she pursued PhD in vastu shastra from Bangalore. During this period she met yoga master Bharat Thakur and learned yoga.

Yoga not only changed her whole lifestyle but transformed her way of 

“Initially I was not serious about yoga. But slowly when I started absorbing its subtle nuances, I was wonderstruck. I never thought that yoga can be helpful in taking one towards higher dimension of spiritual growth. I started liking and appreciating the healing art. I put my whole body, mind and soul to imbibe it.

Now I have become a passionate proponent of yoga. Bharat Thakur helped me a lot in sharpening my skills and to understand its secrets. But I didn’t even follow him blindly”, she said.

Besides giving her good health, yoga gave her it’s most precious gift — an aptitude for spirituality. Of course there are many ways to get your body back into a working shape. Gym, aerobics and morning walks add to the feeling of wellness. But yoga definitely gives you something more. It removes mental distortions and gives you inner peace and also gives you an opportunity to explore something beyond the physical and mental dimensions.

In our present indulgent lifestyle, where we freely yield to desires and gratification, understanding Yoga has become crucial.

Not only it can cure many diseases, if practiced properly, it can help one to come out of stress and depression. Being a holistic system, it can help us regain our inner harmony, so essential for a zestful living.

But before trying a particular asana one should take proper consultation. Many people just read a few books or watch it on television and start doing it at home without any consultation.

This could land them in serious trouble. Wrong asana have a harmful impact on the body.

Totally into healthy living arena, Karoline is now experimenting with herbal products and health food.

Presently, she is imparting training in artistic yoga at Bharat Thakur’s yoga centre in Chandigarh.



Poetic tribute to K.L. Saigal
S.D. Sharma

‘Aisa koi funkar-e-mukqammal nahin aya, Naghmo ka barsta badal nahin aya, Sangeet ke mahir to bahut aye hain , Lekin duniyan mein doosra Saigal nahin aya.’ This couplet by maestro Naushad is veritably the befitting tribute to the golden voice of legendary K.L. Saigal, which has established an immortal mystical bond between himself and his inquisitive admirers.

Local poets and music lovers paid rich tributes to the legendary maestro on Tuesday at a poetic symposium “K.L. Saigal ki yaad mein” organised by the Environment Society of India at the Government Museum Auditorium on the death anniversary of K.L. Saigal.

The poets captured various hues and nuances of the peerless performer as an actor, singer and above all a gem of humanistic vision.”

Jab se dil gham se wabasta ho gya hai, ghazal tarashon se ikk rishta ho gya hai..”, the soulful rendition came from Gurdip ‘Gul’ sharing the relationship of emotions and the aesthetic art. B.D. Kalia ‘Hamdam’ rued the lack of patronage to the writers, poets and litterateurs but reiterated his pledge to serve the literary world, in his couplet “Beghar hi sahi, phir bhi ham ehl-e- hunar ‘Hamdam’ iss shehar-e-ghariban ko tehzeeb-o-adab denge”.

R.D. Sharma ‘Taseer’, however, in his philosophical enunciations said, “Khud ko dhoondta reh jaaon itna paas na aya kar” and on the necessity of being humble” Aur ooncha ho jayega, thoda sa jhuk jaya kar,” advises Taseer.

Notwithstanding the craze for pop and western music, Saigal still commands respect in the musical world as young poet Shams Tabrezi puts it “Ghamon ki dhoop mein tanha dikhaii deta hai, diya hai, aandhi mein jalta dikhai deta hai”. Besides T.N. Guta, Sudershan Walia, Mehmood Alam, Zafar Ahmed, Dr Sultan Anjum, Ved Diwana and others participated.

In the second phase J.S. Grewal and K.S. Chawla presented songs and ghazals of K.L. Saigal. H.S. Dilgeer compered the programme. Earlier S.K. Sharma, the society president, lit the ceremonial lamp.



Play highlights sorrow of illegal immigrants

Illegal immigration was at the heart of Kewal Dhaliwal’s play presented on the second day of the ongoing drama festival at Tagore Theatre. A juxtaposition of four short stories by eminent writers from the region, the production successfully brought alive the trauma that follows voluntary dislocation from places of origin.

The play was presented under the aegis of Kewal Dhaliwal’s theatre company, Manch Rangmanch.

Deriving heavily from “Sukh di ghari” by Baldev Singh Dhindsa, Pailan Paunda Sap by Jaswinder Singh, Ram Gau by Karpreet Sekha, , Galat Aurat by Veena Verma, and poetry by Surjit Patar, the production wove together various tales of suffering men and women, who abandoned their home and hearth in the hope of making it big in distant lands. The dreams however remained elusive and fragile.

The beauty of the play, “Gaddi charhan di kaal bari si” lay in its ability to evoke the deepest sentiments of immigrants who abandon their lands under various pressures.

Outstanding debts and non-remunerative farm produce come across as predominant factors responsible for the unhealthy trend that yields nothing but trouble.

Music by Gurcharan Chan, Paramjit Hans and Harjit Sonu enhanced the quality of the production which featured Manchpreet, Pavel Sandhu, Gurinder Makna, Pritpal Pali, Sarabjit Ladi, Mandeep Kaur, Rupi Kamboj and Baby Raavi. TNS


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