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Helping children master arithmetic
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Miscalculations and silly mathematical mistakes will no longer be a nightmare for students and parents. Students in the city can now learn the technique through an internationally acclaimed, revolutionary, innovative and fun filled programme. This programme is being started by ALOHA (Abacus Learning of Higher Arithmetic) at various centres in the city. Centres imparting abacus learning are, however, already operational in Mohali.

The concept was launched by Loh Mun Sung in Malaysia in 1993 and was brought to India in 2002. ALOHA has centres in about 10 countries with over 26 lakh students.

The programme has got enthusiastic response from parents as well as from children, said Ms Shikha Sood, ALOHA franchisee for Punjab, at a workshop organized at Saupins School in Mohali. At her two centers in Mohali as many as 40 students are already enrolled for the programme. 'We will be opening centers in Jalandhar (Mayor World School), Ropar (Ryat International School), Moga (Sacred Heart School) and Zirakpur soon', she added.

The main aim of the programme is to use arithmetic calculation as a medium for a complete brain development of the child and to impart skills required by the children in today's competitive world like improved concentration, quick grasp of knowledge and retention besides imparting him a razor sharp calculating abilities.

Mr Sanjiv Malhotra, who is bringing the programme to the city held an awareness workshop at Saupins School, Sector 32, recently. Mr Malhotra emphasized that the course helped a child in achieving remarkable ability to solve mathematical problems besides improving his attention span, memory, analyzing power, observation, listening and logical reasoning. He informed that thousands of children mainly in southern and western India had already benefitted from this course.

Mr Malhotra explained that at ALOHA, a child is introduced to arithmetic in a fun way by initially learning addition and subtraction using the finger technique and the abacus concept. Giving details about the programme, Ms Sood says it works on the KVA (kinesthetic, visual and auditory) system. In the advanced stage the children are trained to do complicated calculations without using fingers or abacus and just by mentally working on the abacus.

In reply to a question Mr Malhotra said ALOHA programme in no way added to the existing burden on children. On the other hand, the weekend fun filled class helped lessen the stress experienced by the children. "It should be seen as a mental gym for the child, wherein the confidence level of children starts improving right from the first class itself."

The programme, designed for students from six to 13 years of age, has eight levels and each level spans three months. It complements and supplements the arithmetic approaches adopted in schools, says Mohali-based Ms Rameet Bakshi whose son has been attending the classes for the past one month. 



Kiran advocates pre-marital counselling for students
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 23
‘‘Education should prepare students to face life, said the first Indian woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi who was in the city today to attend the 28th annual prize distribution function of Guru Gobind Singh College for women, Sector 26.

Advising girls to take right decisions she suggested to the college authorities to have a counsellor which could give pre-marital counseling to the students. Otherwise the teachers should be trained to counsel students, she suggested.

‘‘It is the responsibility of the students to give importance to education. Sadly they study to procure the degrees and earn a living. Education is much more than that. They should view it as the guiding force which could change them’’, she added

As many as 350 students were given the prizes for their achievements in the field of academics, cultural and sports activities. The function began with the college shabad. The Principal, Dr Harinderjit Kaur, highlighted the achievements of the college and read out the annual report of the college. Roll of honour was given to the 13 students. The two students, Ms Gaytri Ahulwalia, BCA and Shiwani Garg, M Sc (IT), who topped in the Panjab University were given the cash prize of Rs 10,000 each. College colour was given to 58 students from the sports department. These included Divya, BA IInd year student, who secured the second position in the Commonwealth Judo Championship held in Auckland where she had received a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh from the Ministry of Youth affairs and Sports. Karanjit Kaur, a student of BA IIIrd year, also got the second prize in 14th National women boxing championship held at Kokrajhar and first place in DFF 2004 Indian Amateur Boxing competition held in Dubai. The best all round student award for the session 2004-05 was given to Navjot of BA final and best outgoing student award was given to Prableen Kaur Pabla.



Contribute towards progress, Barnala tells students
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 23
The Tamil Nadu Governor and former Chief Minister Punjab, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, asked the student community in the state to contribute towards the progress of their state and nation. Mr Barnala was delivering the convocation address during the first convocation ceremony of the Chandigarh Engineering College Landran, near here.

He said that though he was not against Indian students going abroad and making use of the opportunities available there, he strongly felt that they should contribute something back to their alma matar their district their state their nation.

Stating that the education scene had changed a lot with times, Mr Barnala said most of the courses for which degrees were being given today were not available during his time. “I got admission to the Roorkee Engineering College in 1940 after my matric. But in the pre-Independence days students from the princely states were charged more than students from the British India. Since I was from the Nabha state I was asked to pay Rs 3600 more than the other students. I refused. And instead of engineering I joined law at Lucknow. Had I joined engineering would have been one of you,” he told the students.

Mr Barnala said technical institutions should keep abreast of all the advances in education that take place. “Technical institutions can only succeed if they provide the best and the latest courses to their students”, he said appreciating the Landran college. “A rural cum urban college in the area was required. Its remarkable that it caters to the students from both these areas, “he said.

The first batch of the college was awarded degrees of MCA and BCA. Mr Barnala, distributed medals to the toppers of MCA and BCA and trophies to the outstanding sportspersons of the college. The degrees were awarded by S.K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor, PTU Jalandhar. Dr. M.S. Grewal, Registrar, PTU was also present during the convocation.

Ms Monika Chadda and Mr Harjit Singh were awarded gold medals, Ms. Rupinder Kaur and Mr. Salil Kaplash got Silver medals and Ms. Payal Jhamb and Mr. Rajat Suri were awarded bronze medals for standing first, second and third, in their respective classes of MCA and BCA. Mr Barnala also awarded trophies for the most outstanding sportspersons of the college. Mr. Damandeep Sharma, Mr. Bikram Singh Sandhu and Mr Varinder Rajpoot were awarded first prize for their having won gold medals in the Inter College weightlifting Tournaments 2004-05 held by PTU, Mr Amandeep Cheema and Ms Vibha were given second prize for their having won silver medals the weightlifting and Athletic Meet respectively while Mr. Damandeep Sharma, Mr Gurveer Singh and Mr Aman Rajpoot were awarded third prize for their winning bronze medals in triple jump,10000 meter race and weightlifting event, respectively.

Earlier, Mr Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chairman, and Mr Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, General Secretary, welcomed the chief guest. They stated that all possible facilities and incentives are given to promote the students in their academic, sports and other extra curricular activities.

Dr.G.D. Bansal, college principal, in his report highlighted that 55 out of 57 students of MCA were able to complete their degree within the stipulated of three years which was a remarkable achievement of the college. 



Eight students bag roll of honour
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 23
As many as 865 awards were given to students at the annual prize distribution function of GGDSD College, Sector 32, today. Mr Krishan Mohan, IAS, Home-cum-Education Secretary, UT Chandigarh gave away the prizes to the students. Nearly 526 students of the college were awarded prizes for their meritorious and excellent performance in various fields during the current session.

Roll of honour was given to the eight students for their outstanding achievements in academics, sports, extra-curricular activities. Sandeep Kaur received roll of honour for standing first in Panjab University in M Com second year examination. Suangana Singh got this honour for standing first in B Com IIIrd year university examination. For outstanding performance in extra-curricular activities this honour went to Harleen. Chander Kumar, Harsimrat Kaur, Bahar Paul, Munish Kumar and Harpreet Singh were awarded roll of honour in sports category. Around 39 students were given college colours and 15 students were honoured with gold medals. Besides this, 175 students received certificate of distinction and 290 students were given certificate of merit.

Dr A.C. Vaid, Principal of the college, presented the annual report of the college and highlighted the achievements of the college. The college has been shortlisted at No 1 out of the 125 colleges of the Panjab University.



Warm send-off to seven Sacred Heart teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
It was a nostalgic day at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, as it bade farewell to seven of its teachers, here today. The staff of the school presented a cultural programme for the outgoing teachers, some of whom had retired after putting in over 30 years of service.

The outgoing teachers were given a traditional welcome at the programme, a tilak ceremony was followed by garlanding of the teachers. The staff members presented songs and recited poems to wish the seven teachers good luck. While the staff spoke about the contribution of each of the outgoing teachers and the teachers, too, shared their experiences of working at Sacred Heart. They appreciated the management and the students for creating a congenial atmosphere in the school.

Speaking on the occasion, Sister Sebastina, Principal of the school, said the teachers, all through their years of teaching, had never given her a reason to complain and had performed their duty with devotion and dedication. "They would be missed in the years to come," she added.

While Ms Uma Vasa retired after putting in 34 years of service, Ms S Thukral after 32 years, Ms Usha Subhramaniun after 31 years. M. Rashmi Paruthi, Ms Banki Chimney, also retired today while Ms Rupinder and Ms Swatantar Gulati, too, left the school for personal reasons.

The school management, led by Sister Sebastina presented mementoes to the teachers while the staff presented gifts and bouquets to them. 



Seminar held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The Department of Political Science, under the UGC Special Assistance Programme, began a two-day national seminar on “Politics of globalization, identity and development”, here today.

Prof Bhupinder Brar, SAP Coordinator and Director of this seminar, presented the theme paper. He argued that the globalisation has a direct bearing on the politics of identity and development. “Parallel and counter-pulling processes of globalization change group identities with equally telling effect. We know that identities do not yield passively to pressures; they resist and react in different ways. But even such reactions change them,” he said.

Prof J.K. Gupta, DUI drew attention to the pros and cons of globalisation. He lauded global connectivity in the cultural, political and economics sense that is overwhelming the global relationships. Dr. Ashutosh Kumar welcomed the delegates and Dr. Pampa Mukherjee presented a vote of thanks.

In the first session, Dr. Pralay Kanungo from JNU, spoke about the emergence of divisive Hindu diaspora identity that can be considered a failure of multiculturalism that pervades the western liberal democracies. Dr. Jagpal Singh referred to the newly found politics of recognition that has empowered the Dalits and the backward classes in a limited way.

Dr. Baljit Singh from Jammu University referred to the reconstruction of identities as a result of the processes of globalisation. Dr. Ashok Acharya from Delhi University argued that contrary to popular perception the states in general and Indian, state in particular has not been weakened and has willingly withdrawn its social responsibilities. Dr. Bhagwan Josh from JNU referred to construction of nation and nation state in historical manner. Prof. Gopal Guru referred to the dalit discourse on globalization and how a new dimension has been added to the critique of globalization. Prof. Sushil Kumar from IAAS, Shimla also expressed his thought on the identity formation.



high court
Status quo ordered on UT move to acquire land
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered status quo on the move of the UT Administration to acquire land in Kishangarh village for the purpose of IT Park as well as beautification of the Sukhna choe.

Taking up a petition filed by Mr Mohinder Singh and 124 other residents of the village whose land is being acquired by the Administration, the Bench of Chief Justice Mr Justice DK Jain and Mr Justice Hemant Gupta also issued notice to the Administration for March 30.

In their petition, Mr Mohinder Singh and others have challenged the acquisition of the land on which their houses stand on the ground that the Administration adopted different yardsticks while dealing with the various objections filed against the proposed acquisition.

Stating that majority of them are Class III and IV employees, the petitioners have said that previously also they were displaced when the Raj Bhawans were being constructed.

They have also alleged that the acquisition is being done in a haphazard and discriminatory manner, thereby leaving out some residents while acquiring the properties of others.

The petitioners have also pointed out that in an earlier writ by some other persons against the acquisitions, the UT Administration had taken the stand that some residents were left out from the acquisition on humanitarian grounds. The petitioners have wondered if they are not humans.

They have also stated that no purpose will be served by the acquisition in such a haphazard manner.



Rich customs of Kerala come alive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The rich cultural traditions of Kerala came alive during the 14th Pratishtha Mahotsavam and shobha yatra celebrations organised by the Sree Ayyappa Samajam, Sector 47 today.

From dawn to dusk, the celebrations were marked by several rituals that typify the land of lagoons. But the most impressive of all events that lasted throughout the day was the shobha yatra - a colourful procession featuring a thrilling performance of the ritual arts from North Malabar in Kerala.

Called “Teyyam”, the rich custom was the greatest attraction in the shobha yatra which also featured an embellished elephant. The procession first reached the Karthikeyan Temple in Sector 31 before finally heading back to Sree Ayyappa Temple.

During the procession Teyyam performers grabbed the attention. A rare combination of dance and music, Teyyam reflects the important features of the tribal culture of North Malabar.

It is a medium that draws from stories that can be traced to the myths and legends related to gods and goddesses. The dance and music ritual is indeed used to record local historical developments and events and perpetuate their collective memory through visual forms on particular occasions.

In the background of Teyyam presentation, folk music instruments like Chenda, Tuti, Kuzhal and Veekni are played with rhythm. A popular ritual dance which dates back to centuries, Teyyam cuts across castes and classes to bind everyone together.

Today, three Teyyam presentations were made, including Vishnumurthi by Andy Panicker, the winner for the best Teyyam performance in the year 2002; “Kativanur Veeran” by Rajan Panicker and Puthiya Bhagvati by Madhu Peruvannan. The themes revolve around age old legends.

The first presentation “Vishnumurthi” told the tale of a popular folk God of Malabar and South Kanara. The dance features a particular incarnation of Vishnu which kills Hirnakashyap, the demon king.

“Kativanur Veeran” was about a medieval hero worshipped by the masses, while the last presentation “Puthiya Bhagavati” reflected the power of a woman over a chieftain.

It is about a woman who is killed because she refuses to give sexual favours to the chieftain. Respected for the strength of her character, the woman was later elevated to the level of a goddess. “Puthiya Bhagavati” brought the trauma of that woman alive.

Following the procession, the celebrations featured other events including Deeparadhna, a virtual treat for the eyes.



Inspired strokes

This is surely a season of art exhibitions and all classy ones at that. After the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi displayed some fine talent from the region a few days ago, it was the turn of Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi to get the best possible fare for its show that began today at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16.

On display are 78 works chosen out of the 210 entries in the categories of painting, applied art, sculpture and printmaking. Though all works have their respective potencies, the ones that caught the imagination of jury members include Jaspal’s “Touch” which celebrates the power of senses; G.C. Jena’s “Relation-I” which captures an indulgent Krishna in the company of his flock and Manoj Sharda’s “Moods of Nature” which revives the charm of nature on the canvas of art.

Other winning entries are equally impressive in content and execution, especially the one by Vikas Bhardwaj who paints a picture of life study by the night. Against the backdrop of black and white, artists come together on the dead canvas and inject it with life. A bit of this life energy is again traceable in Shivdev Singh’s prize winning sculpture “The Hope”. Other award winners for the day were L.G. Parashar and Rakesh Bani.

Of the many themes that have inspired creative pursuits of artists this time, nature seems most dominant. Manoj Sharda’s ode to nature is particularly interesting. In muted shades he has managed to capture the vibrancy of nature.

Each award carries a prize of Rs 10,000. TNS



NIFDians capture filmi moods
Swarleen Kaur

A student performs at the mega annual award function of NIFD at Kalagram on Tuesday.
A student performs at the mega annual award function of NIFD at Kalagram on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

The mega annual awards function of the National Institute of Fashion Designing today saw scintillating performances by its students at Kalagram today. Expectedly, the show was full of glamour and glitz inspired by Bollywood, as students tried to capture all possible filmi moods in their own delightful manner.

In all, there were seven categories. The show opened with sprinkling of ‘Desh Bhakati’ sentiments. The students gave a wonderful performance on ‘Vande Matram and ‘Suno Gor se duniya walo’.

The inevitable romantic element in — ‘jise dhoondhta hoon’ and ‘aaja ve mahi’ — charged the the air with a spirit of camaraderie. Depicting the theme of the village, students danced with gay abandon on ‘Ude jab jab julfen teri’ and ‘chunari sambhal gori’. But what stole many a hearts was ‘chad gaya re paapi bichua’.

It was a big-day for the students who bagged the nominations and awards for their creativity, excellent performance in academic and for extra curricular activities for the session 2003-04.

The awards were conferred for various categories of ‘annual passing out fashion show’ NIFD fashionatails’, the annual exhibition, vivid India presented by the Interior Design and textile design students.

The whole evening was conceptualised and presented by the choreographer Priyanka Singh. The garments worn for all the sequences were designed as per theme by fashion design students and the props by textile and interior design students.The innovative backdrops were designed by the students according to the themes.The main guests of the even were Ritu Kochhar, Director NIFD, Mr Gursewak Mann, Punjabi singer, Ms Shobha Koser, founder of Pracheen kala kendra, Gubaaz Maan, professional golfer, Mr Salil Gulat, fashion designer, Vandana Singh and Vikaram Pannu. OC



Scour for liberation
S.D. Sharma

Love and zest for life, its bounties and graces. Stress, strain, tension and unethical means employed to secure gain. But an inquisitive soul looks for the liberation from the bondage.

Under the divine care of Sri Sri Ravi Shanker, the International Association for Human Value and the Art of Living, has devised special courses for the media fraternity and the corporate world, inluding general public, from May 4 to May 9 next in the city. The region coordinator, North India, of the organisation Ashok Khanna and Umesh Kapur while talking to the Chandigarh Tribune disclosed that the Rhea Pillal from Mumbai and Mohini will conduct a workshop courses on breath and sudershan kirya. OC



A news too good to be believed

Twentytwo-year-old Narinder Singh of Amritsar has won a brand new Mercedes Benz C Class Car under the Airtel mega celebration offer.

Narinder is a salesman with a cloth merchant in Amritsar on Tuesday and does the rounds on his bicycle, selling cloth. He was inspired by his friends to participate in this offer. All Narinder, and the other Airtel customers who participated in the Airtel Mega Celebration Offer, had to do was call 234 and answer two simple questions. The customers who answered the questions correctly automatically qualified for a lucky draw. Narinder emerged the winner.

On getting the good news from Airtel, Narinder couldn’t believe his luck and his first reaction was that someone was playing a joke on him. However, a letter from Airtel office confirmed the news and brought happiness into his life.

Narinder has made his future more secure after winning the Mercedes Benz. He intends to pay off his debts by selling the car, buy a new house and also get married. He also intends to set up his own business with this lucky money. According to Narinder, this car is a blessing from God to get rid of hardship, which he has faced in his life. OC


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