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MFA course gets AICTE nod
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, February 15
The Government College for Arts, Sector 10, finally received most-awaited recognition for its Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) course of one-year duration.

Director, Information technology, Chandigarh Administration,Vivek Atray said the course had been approved by the All India Council of Technical Education and the letter of approval was received last week.

Classes for the course were on since October last year. Presently, 40 students were enrolled for the course. They were selected on the merit basis”.

Mr Atray said, “ There is need for better facilities and more equipment for the course. There is also a shortage of space in the college as a lot of space is occupied by some offices of Punjab and Haryana.” A committee of the council will also check all the facilities of the college. The council has put the condition that the teaching work should be for minimum 180 days . Then only it continue for next session,” he added.

The committee will visit the college near April and see the functioning of the course.The teachers hired for teaching the course were on contract basis.

The masters degree had been started in the four streams of applied arts, painting, culture and graphics and has 10 seats each of which six seats have been reserved for the general category and two each have been reserved for the sponsored candidates and SC/ST candidates.



Contests mark youth festival
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 15
Pratibha-2005, an intellectual and cultural youth festival, was organised at the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Phase II, here today.

Padma Shree Chandra Mohan was the chief guest.

Mr Aneesh Bhanot, on advertising expert, was the judge for the event “Sell it” while Prof Sanjeev Sofat, HOD, Computer Science and Engineering, PEC, was the judge for IT paper presentations.

IT and management students of different institutes of this region participated in various competitions.

The Results are: On-the-spot software development: GGNIMT, Ludhiana (I) and DAV Sec 10, Chandigarh (II); pre-developed software development: SGHCMT, Patiala (I), GJIMT Mohali (II), PCTE Ludhiana (II); IT paper presentation: PCTE, Ludhiana (I), LLRIT, Moga (II); quiz: GCM Sector 11 (I), IET Bhaddal (II); group discussion: Chitkara Institute, Rajpura (I), UBS, Panjab University (II); debate: GGNIMT, Ludhiana (I), SUSCET Tangori (II); sell it: GGNIMT, Ludhiana (I), Guru Harikrishan College (II); folk song: Government College, Mohali (I), PCTE, Ludhiana and PIMT Mandi Gobindgarh (II); western solo dance: G.G.S. College (Women), Sector 26 (I), Punjab College of Technical Education (II), rangoli: Government College Mohali (I), Chitkara Institute (II); IT cartooning: IEET, Baddi (I), LLRIET, Moga (II); and collage-making: Lovely Institute, Jalandhar (I), Punjab College of Technical Education (II).



From Schools
Students bid adieu to seniors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
It was farewell time in city schools today as juniors bid adieu to students of outgoing classes. While students of junior classes presented a cultural extravaganza, seniors, attired in formals, sashayed down the ramp and shared their experiences in school.

At Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, the farewell function began with a prayer, followed by a medley, a skit, a talent hunt show and a Punjabi dance.

Students of Class XII shared their experiences at the school. The head girl, Sharan, was adjudged best student of 2004-05.

The Principal, Sister Sebastina, presented mementoes to outgoing students and wished them luck for their forthcoming examinations. She also honoured the “sterling stars” of the school and students with full attendance.

At Vivek High School, Sector 38, the Principal, Ms P.K. Singh, blessed outgoing students with a tilak. A number of students were honoured for their achievements.

All captains of the school cabinet were presented with mementos.

The outgoing girl’s school captain, Disha N.M. Singh, was instituted with the best all-round student award. Also, a special trophy was given to Manavpreet Singh, Disha N.M. Singh, Rattan Amol Singh Johal, Salonika Kataria and Simran Mejie. Class XII students gifted a gymnasium to the school.

Mr and Ms Vivek High titles were bagged by Manavpreet Singh and Radhika Bhalla, respectively. Best Smile title was awarded to Radhika Bhalla and Inderpratap Singh. Simran Mejie was given Ms Congeniality and Rattan Amol Singh Johal Mr Congeniality title.

Students of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, organised a party for students of Class X and XII.

Saurabh Gupta of Class XII and Sunil Garg of Class X were given gifts for punctuality. A trophy for excellence in academics was given to Movin Jain and Amanpreet Kaur X. Sports trophy was awarded to Udai Sharma of Class XII and Sahil of Arora of Class X.

“Most beautiful smile” trophy was awarded to Harpreet Kaur. Gurpreet Singh bagged the prize for most well-dressed boy, while most well-dressed girl prize went to Ishleen Kaur.

Parnika Kalra and Ishat Yadav were adjudged Mr and Ms AKSIPS, respectively. At Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, the farewell function began with a “Saraswati Vandana” followed by skits, songs, and jokes. Students also participated in different games.

The Principal, Mr B.S. Kanwar, urged the students to do well in the forthcoming examinations. He asked them to abide by the their “sarvhitkari” values and philosophy.



Lecture on natural product chemistry
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 15
“Integrate natural product chemistry with biology,” said Professor P. Balaram while delivering the foundation day lecture at the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), here, today.

Dr Balaram, Chairman, Division of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, in his lecture titled “Peptide Toxins from Cone Snails: Revisiting the Chemistry of Natural Products” outlined various techniques and results of his research group to the audience.

His presentation covered diverse areas and was particularly relevant for the younger scientists. He urged scientists to integrate natural product chemistry with biology in order to make progress.

Stating that the field of chemical ecology was now embarking on one of its most challenging phases, Dr Balaram said natural products chemistry was bound to make a comeback.

In his welcome address, Prof P. Rama Rao, Director, NIPER, presented the annual progress report of the institute. Introduction of a new masters degree programme in pharmaco-informatics, over 90 research publications and honors bestowed upon two of the NIPER Faculty members were the highlights of his report.

Further, he said new buildings of the GLP compliant pharmacology and toxicology laboratory and Department of Pharmaceutical Management were nearing completion.

He added that the World Bank had chosen the institute for its ‘capacity building project (training component) for the drug-regulatory personnel’ and the project would run for a period five years.



Experts dwell on info security systems
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 15
Experts in the field of information technology today discussed various issues pertaining to information security systems during skill-cum-technology programme on “Secure your business through information security” that started at the Centre for the Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) here today.

Dr R. S. Khandpur, Director-General, Pushpa Gujral Science City, stressed on the entrepreneurial attitude for small business entrepreneurs. He said time had come for entrepreneurs to develop their business with the use of the latest IT tools and the Internet was one of the main tool for overall business development.

Mr J. S. Bhatia, Director, CDAC, Mohali said information security, or cyber security, was the protection of information against unauthorised disclosure, transfer, medications, whether accidental or intentional.

Mr Ram Nath, General Manager of SIDBI, said such programmes were beneficial for small-scale business enterprises.

More than 35 entrepreneurs from different industries are participating in this four-day programme.



Class VIII exams commence
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 15
The Class VIII examinations of the Punjab School Education Board commenced today. As many as 4.92 lakh students appeared in the examination.

According to board officials the first day of the examination was peaceful and no complaint of copying was received from any centre. The board had set up 3,010 examinatin centres out of which four were in Chandigarh and three in Himachal Pradesh. Nearly 300 teams of flying squads had been constituted to keep vigil at various examination centres.



Book release on Feb 20
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 15
“Lok Peeran”, a book written by Puran Singh Kirti, will be released at Shivalik Public School here on February 20.

The function, which has been organised by the Sahit Sabha, Kharar, in association with the local Sahit Sabha, will be presided over by Dr Atamjit, a playwright.



VC sends drafts for tsunami relief
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 15
Prof K. N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, has sent three bank drafts totalling to Rs 13,43,591 as a contribution from the teaching, non-teaching staff and students of the university, besides tiny tots and teachers of Ankur Nursery School towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for tsunami victims.



Seminar on education

Chandigarh, February 15
A seminar was held on ‘Future of education in colleges’ at SD College, Sector 32, here yesterday. Vice Chairman of the Punjab State Planning Board, Dr Sardara Singh Johl, was the chief guest. He was welcomed by the Principal of the college, Mr A.S. Vaid. Dr Johl said the Punjab government should take the responsibility of giving salary to teachers and staff members of the non-Government colleges in the region. OC



DSP, 4 others summoned
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 15
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice Amar Dutt and Mr Justice Rajive Bhalla today directed a Panchkula DSP and four Inspectors to appear before the court tomorrow following allegations by an NRI from Canada that he was tortured and harassed by the Raipur Rani police. The DSP, Mr Desh Bandhu, and the other police officers have been told to be present in the court at 10 am tomorrow.

The Bench also ordered the medical examination of the NRI, Mr Ashok Chopra, who had come here with plans of leading a retired life in Panchkula. The petitioner alleged that the police first pressured him to sign a letter of agreement that he had sold his Panchkula house. Then he was kept in the Raipur Rani police station illegally for four days without being produced before a magistrate.



Proceedings stayed in missing files case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
In a significant decision, the Additional Sessions Judge, Mr B.K. Mehta, today stayed the proceedings by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) in the missing files case.

In his order, Mr Mehta ruled that the ACJM would not hear the case till a decision on the petition of the Chandigarh Administration was taken by him. The administration had questioned the locus standi of the DSP, Mr P.K. Dhawan, to file his reply in the case. The ACJM had recently allowed Mr Dhawan to file his reply in the case.

The Administration had contended that the inquiry reports of the Chandigarh police were not satisfactory. A recent report from the SSP had recommended the quashing of the FIR in the case.

The case had hit the headlines following the disappearance of murder files of Inder Pal Gupta, president of the Hindu Suraksha Samiti, and Ganpat Rai, a watchman. The files were later recovered from the record room of the Sector 26 police station in 1999.

The then UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen B.K.N. Chhibber (retd), had ordered an inquiry into the case and two DSPs, an Inspector, an SI and a constable had been indicted in the inquiry.



10-day police remand for car thieves
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 15
The Chief Judicial Magistrate today remanded the two accused in the car theft racket in police custody for 10 days.

The duo — Jaswinder Singh and Nikku — were arrested by the police yesterday and 13 cars recovered from them.

Meanwhile, the police also presented six other members of the gang - Gaggi, Lakhwinder, Ashwani Sethi, Makhan, Kali and Rinku — in different courts and they were sent to judicial remand.

It may be noted that the gang headed by Jaswinder Singh was involved in stealing cars and other vehicles, preparing their fake registeration numbers, and thus selling them. Till date, the police has recovered 38 stolen vehicles from them, which are valued at Rs 2.25 crore.



Bail application of Tota rejected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr R.S. Baswana, today dismissed the bail application of a notorious criminal, Anil Kumar, alias Tota, in a murder case.

According to sources, the bail application was opposed on the ground that grant of bail would affect the investigation into the case.

Tota is allegedly involved in several cases of dacoity.



Seminar on preservation of paintings begins
Our Correspondent

Malkit Singh
Malkit Singh

Chandigarh, February 15
The 3-day 37th national seminar on “Care and Preservation of Paintings” organised by the Indian Association for the study of conservation of Cultural Property (IACS) in collaboration with the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, opened today at the gallery.

The seminar was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Arun Kumar, who also opened the new Chandigarh Harappan section. Dr V. Jeyaraj, President of IACS, presided over the function.

He said preservation could be done in two ways that were preventive and curative. Under preventive methods, traditional methods were followed. But in the curative methods, expert help was needed who use modern techniques in preserving the paintings.

He said the painting of Mona Lisa preserved in a Paris museum had been preserved in vacuum.

Four factors of moisture, heat, light and dust affected the preservation, he added.

He said the latest trend was the use of non-evasive materials and the laser beams for removing dirt.

Appreciating the interest shown by the young generation in this field he said it augured well for the restoration measures of our cultural property.

Mr A.S. Bisht, former chief restorer, National Museum, New Delhi, said, “There are a lot of art schools and all of theme have a different approach. Earlier in miniature paintings the cellulose paper and natural pigments were used. But now the quality of machine-made paper has become poorer and colors easily fade away after some time”.



Images in fusion
Nirupama Dutt

PORTRAYING the pictures of rural life in Punjab was always a passion with senior Chandigarh-based artist Malkit Singh ever since he started wielding the brush in the Art School at Shimla in 1967. Coming from a peasant family in the twin villages of Rode-Lande, near Moga, Malkit imbibed in his childhood the images of the countryside in his mind and these came alive year after year on his canvas. Thus probing Punjab village life became the subject for a two-year fellowship in visual art, which was given to him by the Department of Culture, Government of India, last year.

Malkit says: “I felt that I had not returned the rich experience that I had gained from life in the village. Thus, I wanted to paint the Punjab landscape not in the traditional way of a hut and a tree or stretches of trees. I wanted to paint the inner journey of images that go into the making of the experience of rural life,” says Malkit. The technique Malkit chose was the fusion of paintings and computer art. Now that Malkit has done a year of work on the theme, the images that have come up alive and throbbing in his art include forms of village women, fields, trees, goats and the image of Sufi poet Bulleh Shah. These are painted in vivid colours.

The artist says: “The purpose the computer served was to make my palette very brilliant.”

In fact, the works are showing a fine fusion of Sufi and Sikh images. How did this come about? The painter replies: “I visited Lahore by chance and went to the mazaar of Baba Bulleh Shah in Kasur and also visited Nankana Sahib.

Thus, childhood memories of a composite culture were revived and found their way into my works.” Malkit says that in his childhood, nomadic Muslim goatherds would come to the village with hundreds of goats. He made friends with a little goatherd girl and they would play together. “When I went to Lahore, the festival of Bakar-Id came and saw so many goats slaughtered for sacrifice. Thus, the goat became a symbol of innocence, simplicity and peace,” he adds.

Malkit says that in his works he has attempted to represent life through various images gleaned from life around him with a view to sensitising the viewers to the ecological and ethical changes confronting us in cotemporary life. TNS



Girija to act in ‘Sirhind di Diwar’ after 25 yrs

AFTER a gap of nearly 25 years, I have come to perform in the same play “Sirhind di Diwar” and at the same venue. I am feeling very nostalgic about it.

Dhritrashtra of Mahabharat and Raliya Ram of Buniyad, Girija Shankar, has come to take part in the Patiala Heritage Festival. He is very excited about the show that is going to be staged on Wednesday evening. He was 20-year-old when he earlier performed in the same play at the same place. He was in the town to flag off a toy train at Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, in Mohali on Monday.

A well-known actor who has now taken to direction, Girija Shankar, said the film “Banana Brother” coming under the banner of Ocean Media International, had been directed by him. The film, in which Anupam Kher, Johnny Lever, Gulshan Grover were working, focussed on the problems faced by Asians who went to the USA. Efforts had been made to present everything in a humorous way, he added. The film, which has an English-Punjabi song, would be released in the first week of April.

Girija Shankar, who had acted in a number of Hindi films, said he had also acted in English films like “The Night of Henna” and Rising Shores”, apart from acting in some Punjabi films like “Mela”, “Ucha Dar Babe Nanak Da”, “Diva Balle Saari Raat” and “Naseebo”.

Talking about his role in Mahabharat, he said it was a very strong character and he had deeply got involved in it. He said he visited various schools for the visually impaired to get an insight into the character that he had to portray. It was the work that was always remembered, he said.

Talking about future of Punjabi films, he said films in Punjabi would succeed if these reflected larger section of the society.

The actor, who had performed on stage for more than 1,000 times, said he learned acting in Patiala and did about 25 plays with Harpal and Nina Tiwana. Then he moved to Mumbai and did theatre for five years and worked with his seniors like Naseerudin Shah and Raj Babbar. OC



Nirmal Sidhu’s album released

PROFICIENCY in vocal, instrumental, dance streams and literature makes person a “complete artiste”, Nirmal Sidhu, a folk singer and music composer of eight Punjabi films, says.

Since Punjabi music now dominated by lyricism, it is vital for an artiste to assimilate the essence of its contents before transforming it into a song, says Nirmal Sidhu, a post graduate in music, while interacting with mediapersons at the release of his cassette “Sajjan Vichhde” at the Punjab Kala Bhavan in Chandigarh on Monday.

The cassette was released by former Mayor Harjinder Kaur and Gurnam Singh Derabassi. The songs have been penned, composed and sung by Nirmal Sidhu in the album which has been produced by T-Series. He says that the song “Sheeshe ka dil” at the Zee-Lux TV annual awards show was performed by him.

A strong proponent of pure folk music of Punjab, he rues that much harm had been done to the rich folklore which has been popularised the world over as Punjabi pop.

He opened the concert with shabad and doled out hit numbers. Dilkhush and Pardeep Kumar accompanied him on key board and tabla. — OC


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