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Expert advises systematic preparation to clear IIT entrance exam
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, May 1
The IIT-JEE (joint entrance exam) is one of the toughest competitive exams in the world. Every year over 1,75,000 students appear in it while only 3500 manage to clear. The fact that only 2 per cent students get through despite professional coaching and rigorous hard work speaks volumes about its high standards.

Papers are set on a totally unpredictable pattern. Not even a single question has been repeated in this examination for the past 30 years. A wrong answer invites negative marking.

Only a thorough and systematic preparation can be a guide to achieve success. The IIT examination checks the analytical approach and understanding ability of the students. Cramming definitely does not help.

An expert, Deepak Mukherji from Delhi, talked to The Tribune on the issue here today. Mr Mukherji has worked with various IITians in companies like Boeing, Dupont, Lucent technologies, Metlife Insurance. At present, he is an adviser to PIE education. He was in the city to speak at a seminar.

The CBSE system does not equip the students with required knowledge and understanding necessary to clear the IIT entrance exam. There is a great need to add practical application aspect to education, he said.

He was of the opinion that these days teachers are in hurry to finish the course and don't give any importance to professionalism. One reason could be that most of them are not being paid well. The basic foundation of education should be strong with a practical approach. There are generally two categories of students -- one which memorizes books and the other which believes in going to the root and solving the problem. Those students who want to clear the IIT exam should focus on solving the problem.

Recounting the changes that have taken place over a period of time he said "In my times when a student used to take tuitions he never used to tell anyone about it because he was looked down upon as half-witted. But these days if a student is not taking coaching classes for competitive exams, then it sounds odd. A lot of changes have taken place and evolving technology is impacting education".

He feels that the biggest problem with the younger generation is that they don't have any certain direction to follow. There are so many choices in career avenues that they confuse them. Every year the market expects something much higher as compared to previous year. All they need to do is to choose the right direction and prepare systematically for any competitive exams. Choosing a good coaching centre could help in developing an analytical approach.

His suggestion to the youngsters is that they should have a dream and then they should chase it passionately. In that cae, the dream destination won't be far away. 



Funds needed to streamline NCC activities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
To overcome the financial crunch being faced by the National Cadet Corps (NCC), the entire spectrum of training activities and administrative expenditure should be funded by the Central Government which can later debit the expenditure under the appropriate heads to the state government.

Recommending this, the outgoing Deputy Director-General, NCC, Brig D.S. Dhillon, said this would ensure inflow or requisite funds and streamline the activities of the NCC, which often got held up due to state governments failing to come up with their financial share.

Speaking to The Tribune just before demitting office on superannuation, Brigadier Dhillon said the Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Directorate could not use additional vacancies for NCC cadets due to lack of funds. In Haryana, the Directorate had to surrender 3,000 vacancies.

Commissioned in June, 1969, into the 193 Field Artillery, he commanded 317 Field Regiment and later commanded two brigades in Nagaland and Central India. He spent about three-and-a-half years in the NCC, including a tenure as Deputy Director-General in Jammu and Kashmir.

Brigadier Dhillon said the fact that this directorate achieved the third position in the national level Republic Day Camp this year showed that there was immense potential and determination among the youth in this region. All they required was the right guidance and support.

This is a marked achievement over the directorate performance in the preceding years, where it used to end up at the 13th or 14th slot among 16 the NCCs directorates.

The number of NCC cadets from the region getting a commission in the three services has also increased. Brigadier Dhillon said this year about 40 cadets joined the services which represented an increase of about 45 per cent. The strength of girl cadets in the NCC at present is 25 per cent, which is expected to increase to 33 per cent next year.

He was also of the view that the government should give more support to outstanding cadets, which includes reservation in professional colleges. Many states are already giving this concessions to NCC cadets.

Stating that younger and motivated officers be posted to the NCC who can serve as a role model for the youth, Brigadier Dhillon said certain additional powers and decision-making freedom have been delegated to commanding officers and group commanders for strengthening NCC activities in schools and colleges. He added that the NCC had also ensured active involvement of Vice-Chancellors of all universities in the region, who have been nominated as honorary colonel commandants of the NCC.



Two agitating students shifted to hospital
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
The indefinite fast by students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University entered the fourth day today. The condition of the two students of semester VI — Manu Sharma and Rajat Jaitley, who started the fast on Thursday, deteriorated and they were hospitalised in the afternoon.

The ailing students were replaced by Samar and Charanjit, who will sit on the strike outside Vice-Chancellor K.N. Pathak’s office to press for their demand of giving them the extra chance for clearing the reappear examination. The students are protesting against the late declaration of results, which have left them with no time to prepare for their semester exams. The President of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) Amandeep Singh said that the faulty administration is spoiling the career of the UIET students.



Workshop for special children starts
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 1
A five-day workshop for special children organised by ‘Srijan’ a society of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36-B started today. Nearly 100 children from Savera, Institute of Blind, Nari Niketan, Mother Teresa participated in the under the supervision of society president Dr Jyoti Khanna. Satinder Dhillon, principal of the college said that workshop was inaugurated by a youngest mentally disabled child. The children will be learning art, painting, clay modelling, making file covers, candle making and other things. About 40 teacher trainee students will be involved in this venture.



Bansal seeks pension for PU staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, local Member of Parliament, has called upon Mr P. Chidambaram, Union Finance Minister, asking for a pension scheme for employees of Panjab University, a press note said here today.

Mr Bansal brought to the notice of the Finance Minister that PU was the only university in the entire region which did not have a pension scheme for its employees. 



Notice issued to Wakf Board head
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 1
A Kharar court yesterday issued a notice to ADGP, Punjab, Izhar Alam who is also the CEO, of the Wakf Board for September 24. Notice has also been issued to the secretary of the Wakf Board.

Taking up a petition filed by Harnek Singh, a resident of ward number 6 Kharar, the Judicial Magistrate Poonam Ratti also issued notices to SHO Kharar, Gurcharan Singh and ASI Himmat Singh.

The petitioner had stated before the court that the Wakf Board had given large parts of its properties in Kharar on rent and he too was a tenant in one of the properties.

He alleged that he was being harassed by the local police to either vacate the property or pay Rs 5 lakh.

Alleging that since the Wakf Board was headed by a senior police officer he and other tenants were routinely called to the police station in Kharar and harassed. The petitioner’s counsel Mr Rakesh Kaushik pointed out that the Wakf Board had lost a court case against the petitioner earlier.



Saggu appointed standing counsel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 1
Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer Iqbal Singh Saggu has been appointed as standing counsel by the Government of India.

According to an order issued by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice, Mr Saggu will appear for the Government of India in all cases except in those in which the Income Tax Department and the Railways are parties.

His appointment will be for three years.



Music contest for budding singers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 1
It was a musical treat and aspiring singers from all over the region sang melodies of Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar.
The event was a music competition for budding singers organised by Dr Pradeep Bhardwaj at IMA House in Sector 15. Twentythree participants, mainly from Panchkula, Chandigarh and neighbouring areas, vied with each other to win the prize. The contestants were allowed to sing only Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar’s songs.

From old songs of the Lata Mangeshkar like ‘Aye mere watan ke logon’ to the new age songs like “Yeh hain tere karam, kabhi khushi kabhi gham” — women participants managed to hold the audiences in rapt attention. The male participants rendered Kishore Kumar hits like.. “Hame aur jeene ki chahat na hoti” and “Main tera shahr chodd jaonga”.

Mr Murlidhar Soni, Music lecturer at GCG, 11, and Ms Meena were judges for the competition. Amongst the male participants, Teenu and Kumar Sajan were declared winners, and Priyanka and Richa Tyagi were declared winners in female category.



Back from Lahore, with sweet memories
Swarleen Kaur

When the Indo-Pak cricket match was held at Mohali, many Pakistani nationals came to witness the game and the nation. Among them were Kamran Malik Atif, Muhammad Naeem and Naeem who struck friendship with city resident Madhusudan Sharma. Back home, Malik did not forget his good friends and he invited Madhusudan to his wedding.

Just back from Pakistan after attending the wedding, Madhusudan has brought home a bagful of sweet memories. His wife Nisha and sons Saurabh and Siddarth were with him for 10 days there.

Enamoured by their varied marriage tradition, they have a tale to tell. ‘In Pakistan because of a ban on lavish wedding you are served only one dish — either chicken or mutton with nan, raita’’.

‘’We travelled a lot. We saw Islamabad, Rawalpindi and a few other places. At many shops, we were offered sweets, juices and other eatables free of cost. We were delighted at the discount which we got on the clothes”, he said.

“My father always used to say that one must see Lahore and I just dismissed it as a improbable idea. But when I was there, I remembered what my father said about the legendary city. Now I understand what he actually meant. It is a very beautiful city and I will cherish the sweet memories of Lahore”.

These Indian guests received a lot of respect there.Pakistanis were curious to know more about the lifestyle of Indians. They were treated as their family members.

The bitterness between the two nations was not strong enough to demolish the bonds of brotherhood.

“Not even for a minute did we realise that we are outsiders’’, he said.

Pakistanis felt that the Kashmir issue was a political issue. They did not want violence on the border. All they want is peace which should not be fragile but eternal and evergreen.



Sculptures which exude inner trance

All art is said to be imitation of nature but the art works of Baroda-based sculptress, Sushma Kaur Sekhon, displayed here at the Gallery Jodh exude inner trance.

The intensively creative, soft spoken young alumnus of Maharaja Sayajirao University Baroda, Sushma had transcended the conventional themes to give expression to the intense rational thoughts which vibrate alone with the pure passion.

All the ten odd terracotta sculptures with open geometric spaces and unbalanced pattern illustrate the optimistic and negative aspects. She emphasised that one is blessed with the wisdom to derive enlightenment from within oneself and her art works tend to endorse her contention in vivid expression.

Art, she maintains is an inner contemplation and the art works must be in close proximity and affinity with the environment around besides being interactive with your innerself. The exquisite landscapes, galaxy of gardens, nicely maintained kitchen gardens and lawns here had enamored the sensitive Sushma and obsessed with a zeal to add more beauty to the city beautiful had spontaneously designed and put up a series of planters which articulate an exquisite relationship between the pot, the plant and the place.

These pieces of art work are required to be produced in mass quantity and marketed to reach the masses.

Her batch mate, Patchouli based Santee, who won a prestigious US award for his creations disclosed that due inadequate firing facilities for producing these terracotta works we had to involve the traditional potters from Kishangarh who had evinced great interest in the captivating concept and designing of the planters by Sushma Kaur which are undeniably a treat to watch. OC 



Cultural activities in city

The folklore music of Punjab dominated cultural activities that reverberated in City Beautiful on Sunday. Visitors relished the presentations of Punjab Arts International group at the Sukhna Lake. The artistes presented a composite cultural programme of folk songs, folk dances, including an opera and ballet, “Vangan da vanjara” besides “Luddi”, bhangra.

Led by the Director, Narinder Nindi, it had the able vocal support of Satnam Mullanpuri.

Similarly, another group of artistes from the Oasis presented Punjabi folk music at Rose Garden. The artistes presented folk tunes of “Mahiya”, “Dhola”, “Latthe di chadar” and others on toombi to the accompaniment of dhol, chimta and sapp.

At Kalagram 200 slum children from Mauli Jagran village and Vikas Colony, undergoing training in theatre, music folk and classical dance under the aegis of the NZCC, shared the stage with the well-trained children of the Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts.

The dancing activities continued till late evening as the excited slum children cheered their participating friends. OC


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