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DAV Principal to attend seminar in UK
Tribune News Service

Sarita Manuja
Sarita Manuja

Chandigarh, April 11
The Principal of DAV Public School, Sector 8, Ms Sarita Manuja, has been invited by the British Council Seminars, Oxford, to attend a seminar on ‘Developing leadership in schools’ to be held in Hilton Bath, UK, from April 17 to 22.

Addressing a press conference on the school premises, here today, Ms Manuja said that the attempt would be to forge an Indio-UK partnership to facilitate utilisation of resources and develop school leaders in the national contest.

This is the second consecutive year that she has been invited to be a part of the leadership issue deliberations at the international level. Forty delegates from different countries would be attending it while a number of Indian delegates would be participating in it as remote participants,” she said.

Prominent among the remote participants for the seminar are the DPI (Schools and Colleges), Mr DS Mangat, the Director, Vocational Education, Ms Pritpal Kaur, the Assistant Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mr D.S. Saini, Mr K.L. Manuja, Ms Shashi Kiran Gupta, Director, DAV schools and senior journalists.

“The highlight would be the video conferencing in Delhi with the UK experts, enabling the educationists to make queries and provide inputs on the subjects,” she stated.

Ms Manuja would be attending the seminar as e-group moderator and rapporteur for the event. This would involve writing a daily blog, moderating discussions on the forum and participating in the video conferencing.

Math laboratory: The Mayor, Ms Anu Chatrath, inaugurated a mathematics laboratory and gymnasium at Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 40, here on Monday. The programme commenced with the school shabad which was followed by a welcome song by the students.

Ms Chatrath, who is an M.Sc in mathematics appreciated the efforts made by the school in setting up the maths lab and gymnasium.

He said it was a good way of teaching mathematics.

The Principal, Ms Bindu Diljit Singh, apprised her of the problems related to the school which she promised to look into.

The member-in-charge, Mr Chandan Singh, presented a memento to the chief guest. The maths lab, set up as per the CBSE specifications, has portraits of the great mathema-ticians adorning the walls.



Filming college inspections for more transparency
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 11
To improve the deteriorating quality of technical education with the opening of plethora of engineering colleges in the country, the Member Secretary of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, Ms Anuradha Gupta, said video graphing of the visits of the inspection committees in colleges would go a long way in ensuring transparency in the system.

Talking to The Tribune after inaugurating a symposium on “Biotechnology: Engineering Nature” organised by the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University here, today, Ms Gupta said each film of the visit was thoroughly studied to see that all the mandatory requirements of the inspection were met.

“We are able to see whether the inspection team talked to the students and the faculty about their problems and perceptions about their colleges and whether the desired response from the college managements was elicited. Our next step is to digitalise these films and preserve them for future reference,’’ said Ms Gupta.

The member secretary said there was a huge divide between the technical colleges in North India and South India and said colleges from the North were far less behind than their counterparts in the South. “We would like to bridge this gap by making the education from the point of view of the students. So far the colleges here have focused on building the physical infrastructure, but now we would like the focus to shift to the quality of teaching imparted in the colleges,’’ she said.

She disclosed that around 14 new colleges had been inspected in the north-west region (comprising of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and J&K).

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. K.N. Pathak, expressed concern about the dearth of quality engineers in India. He stressed on the importance of good teachers.

Director of the UIET, Prof B.S. Sohi, highlighted that such interactive symposia were necessary as they help the students meet the pioneers, know the areas for focus and orient themselves in the right direction.

To begin the scientific proceedings, the key-note was delivered by Dr Girish Sahni, Director, IMTECH (Institute of Microbial Technology), Sector-39, Chandigarh. Dr R.P. Bajpai, former director of the CSIO, also shared his views on biomolecular electronics and nanotechnology.



Educationists must be catalyst of change: Governor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 11
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Chandigarh, Gen. S.F. Rodrigues (retd.), has called for reorienting and restructuring the technical education system to make students more competent, besides inculcating in them a value-based and nationalistic attitude.

Addressing an inaugural meeting of the Operational Board of Governors of Punjab Engineering College, a deemed university, here this afternoon, General Rodrigues called upon educationists to act as an instrument of change and create a healthy ambience for academic pursuits.

He said fresh ideas, new methods and concepts must be instituted for the evolution of a new India.

Exhorting faculty members to be responsive and dynamic, he said rapid advancements were being witnessed at the global level and to cope with them, there was need for a more responsive system.

Mr Chandra Mohan, Chairman of the Board of Governors, said dynamics of today's world was forcing every country and institution to question everything of the past. "Priorities are undergoing radical change and realisation has dawned that old models are no longer valid and attitudes of the past are no longer tenable," he stated.



Hamara School
Taking education beyond books, computers

ACNP Senior Secondary School, Zirakpur, was established in 1983 and is affiliated with the Punjab School Education Board. The motto of the school is “Quest for knowledge” Where emphasis is laid on the overall development of students . The main objective of the school is to take education beyond books and computers so that children can equip themselves to meet the challenges of life.

Lush green garden three storey building, well-ventilated and spacious class rooms, well equipped computer room and physics, Chemistry and biology laboratories make the learning process attractive for studens.

Four Houses — Gandhi, Nehru, Subhash and Tagore — maintain discipline, punctuality and cleanliness in school. They also inculcate in students a sense of duty and responsibility.

Academics and extra curricular activities are a important part of the School curriculum and a balance is maintained between them. Inter-House handwritting painting, candle and diya making competitions are regularly organised regularly and students have gone on to excel at district-level competitions. The spirit of patriotism is kindled at an early stage through participation in Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations.

The school boasts of producing overall good results in the area. In 2003-04, Amandeep Singh, a student of Class 10, scored 100 per cent marks in Mathematics and Monika Saini, another student, scored 97 per cent marks in science. At senior secondary school level, all three streams are being taught.

Besides this, sports is also given equal attention. The school provids facilities for sports and recreational activities to its students. Coaching is provided to students in volley ball, basketball, hockey and cricket. Students have brought laurels not only at the district level but at the state level as well. The school has made its mark in sports in the Banur zone.

The school also lays stress on the health of the students. A round-the-clock dispensary is managed by a qualified doctor and it maintains a health chart of the students parents of the students are also provided with free consultation.

Besides imparting quality education the school also maintains strict discipline.


Mr A.C. Agnihotri
Mr A.C. Agnihotri

Morality, discipline, social ettiquette, chastity and self contentment have been relegated to a much lower level in the society. Money is no longer the means but has become an end. Media is playing the most negative role, which has resulted in the negation of ethical, moral and traditional values. Even education is being treated as an industry to make money.

The innocence of a child and his childhood is the prime casualty. In this school curriculum, method and mechanism of teaching and learning has been so designed to impart practical training and knowledge in a homely healthy and congenial atmosphere. Discipline is the need of the hour. Without discipline devotion and dedication is a far cry. Discipline is the buzzword here.

We have a dedicated and devoted team of trained staff with missionary zeal to achieve this goal. Our performance in educational, cultural and social fields is well known in the area. Our students have excelled in every sphere.

The institute has ideal infrastructure for proper education from nursery to senior secondary level in all streams . 



Harnoor wins painting contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 11
Harnoor won the first prize in an on-the-spot painting competition, in the 3-8 year category, organised by the Welfare Society, Sector 45-B, here today.
Sachit and Komal won the second and the third place, respectively.

Ashna won the contest in the 8-12 year category. Deepak stood second while the third place was bagged by Venus.



high court
Army directed to continue proceedings of general court martial
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 11
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Army to continue the proceedings of general court martial (GCM) of Brig Iqbal Singh (retd), an accused in the infamous Tehelka case. GCM proceedings against the petitioner are currently on at Patiala.

The Bench headed by Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar also ordered that no order would be passed by the GCM till the next date of hearing of Brig Iqbal Singh’s petition in High Court.

Brig Iqbal Singh, who retired on February 28, 2003, has moved the High Court seeking quashing of the proceedings of the GCM on the ground that some members of the GCM are disqualified or ineligible to sit as members. The former Army officer has also sought quashing of the proceedings held so far as part of the GCM.

In his petition, Brig Iqbal Singh has questioned the legality of the GCM as two of its members - the GOC, I Armed Division and the GOC, HQ 40 Arty Div - remained his commanding officers after court of inquiry was ordered against him.

The two officers also held inquiries against him. The Court of Inquiry against him began on March 15, 2001, and concluded on May 10, 2001.

This, he has stated, is representative of the fact that both have pre-judged him before the GCM even began and he had no hope of a fair trial. He has claimed that objections raised by him to this effect were not accepted by the Army. Therefore, Major Gen Pradeep Khanna and Brig Sikand both continue to be part of the GCM.

On July 9, 2001, the petitioner was attached to I Armed Division at Patiala, from where, in September, 2001, he was attached to HQ 40 Arty Div.

He has prayed that in view of the irregularities, the proceedings of GCM be quashed.

Today, the Bench, while allowing the GCM to continue, adjourned the matter to May 7.



A new film on Punjabi circuit

A renaissance in the Punjabi cinema is in the offing with a trend-setting thriller “Addi Tappa awaiting release during this week in India and overseas. Away from the traditional love stories or crime thrillers, the film captures romance at a girls college which promises to fascinate every person. The director and lead actors, all girls shared their experiences at a press conference in Chandigarh on Monday.

The unusual cinematic phenomenon completed within 35 days is in fact a year-long dream of the London based film and TV serial director Ajit Matharu. With 24-long years of association with the film industry, he has sculpted a thesis, now titled “Addi Tappa”. However, his dream project got translated into realities with the cooperation of the management of BBK DAV College, Amritsar. The college was equipped with the infrastructure, ambience, accomplished actors and a tradition of excellence.

The film features six girls in the lead roles, a principal and 60 more girls to form the cast.

Ajit Matharu said an usual competition between two groups turns sour as the only male representive in the cast, the young suitor of one of the heroines, is found dead in the girls’ hostel. The murder mystery deepens as efforts are on to trace’ the murderer.

Richa Sharma portraying Jasleen Sandhu is popular among students supported by the brainy and witty Ashima Sabikhi ( Rinki). An NRI girl Pammi, played by Parul, leads another group. The other characters of “Buaji” and a DSP are portrayed by Meenu Sharma and Vibha Bhagat, respectively. Heading the Hindi Department Suprabha Arya plays the college principal.

The film premier is on Baisakhi in Amritsar. The music is a vital ingredient of the success of the film. Weaved in Punjabi folk lore, under the music of Gurmit Singh, the film has songs by Jaspinder Narula, Wadali Brothers, Sardool Sikander,Nacchatar Gill and Inderjit Nikku. OC



A vocalist and a prolific poet
S.D. Sharma

It is a rarity that a man is an accomplished vocalist and a prolific poet but both these traits are part of the personna of Vinod K. Bhardwaj, known as Nashad Jaunpuri. The Edmonton (Canada)-based artist regaled the audience at Pracheen Kala Kendra today at a musical soiree, Sham-e-Ghazal.

Nashad was in full command while singing the verses, especially those penned by him. His poetic potential and musical training came handy for him as he brought out the essence of each couplet by modulating voice. The added attraction was the weaving of his compositions in appealing tunes, away from the complexities of musical and rhythmic patterns.

He began with Nawab Gudri Shah’s sufi kalam “nazar mein jab sama jata hai koi to phir dil ko nahi bhata hai koi” in dadra taal and doled out another sufi number “jidhar dekhta hu udhar tu hi tu hai ki har shay mein jalwa tera hu-b-hu hai in jhaptala, by Khaliq.

After a spell of some “rubayiat” Nashad presented his favourite ghazal “hai ye kyon kar stati dooriyan, hanste hanste kyon rulati dooriyan” from his latest album. Then followed the melodious and ecstatic rendition of ghazals like “dil ko ek tak pe rakhne ka kareena kaisa, neem bismil na agar to jeena kaisa” and “jara dhadkano ko sambhalo sambhalo, jo ude hain dil mein vo tufaan daba lo”. He was at his best with “reh gujaron mein mili hain aapki parchhaiyan, hum kadam si ho chali hein apki parchhaiyan” and concluded with “Shisha-e-dil ko sambhalo ek ek barka udta jaye hai..”

His wife Rubina Bhardwaj compered the programme. Nashad was accompanied with Athar Hussain on the tabla, Kamal Ahmed on the sarangi, Rishi Ranjan on guitar and rabaab. TNS



The table is laid for a Navratra feast
Gayatri Rajwade

It is navratra time and the tandoori chicken has taken a back seat for some days. Pure vegetarian food is the order of the day, without the usual garlic, onions, lentils, grains and salt. The restaurants in the city are brimming with special menus for the devout.

Nirula’s has started its special ‘Navratra thali’ from April 9 and the city is flocking it with over 75 thalis being ordered everyday. Mr Gurinder Pal Singh, Assistant Restaurant Manager, believes catering for the special festival makes sense because “the period has seen a definite slackening off in non-vegetarian dishes.”

Dhabas around the city are not putting their creative feet forward and nor are big hotels passing up chicken tikkas. For Swaran Dhaba in Sector 30 and Pal Dhaba in Sector 28, it is business as usual, although the paneer recipes are selling faster than the others. The unusual introduction of mushroom chops at Swaran Dhaba indicates a confidence, not entirely unfounded, that the food at this dhaba is always welcome.

Sindhi Sweets in Sector 17 has all the poise of an old-timer. Owner Chander Bajaj is self assured. “We are the pioneers in the commercialisation of the Navratra thali which we started 10 to 12 years ago. We ensure that we have four separate cooks preparing the thalis. They bathe before they start cooking and there is no smoking or drinking during these nine days. We are as particular at our outlets as we would be in our own home,” he says.

But there is competition bang opposite: Sagar Ratna, which offers chole bhature and rajma chawal in its regular fare, offers “the special Navratra thali across in its branches all over the country”, says Mr Srinivas, the manager. Sagar caters to almost 100 to 150 requests a day for the festival thali.

Not to be outdone in the quest to keep the devoted sated, KFC in Sector 8 has launched the KFC veggie feast burger. “What better time to launch a new vegetarian product than the Navratras,” asks Ms Sharanita Keswani, Director, KFC, Yum! Restaurants International. The kitchens have separate cooling equipment and cooking oil. A separate crew is identified by the colour-coded uniform and handles vegetarian food.

Even Baskin Robbins is meeting the Navratra challenge. A banner proclaiming “100% vegetarian ice-creams”, places it in the centre of all Navratra-related activity. “The ice-creams are vegetarian but we are simply reiterating this fact to our customers in case they have a doubt”, says a staffer.

Time for the faithful to rejoice, for the choices are delicious!


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