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German school’s tie-up with Max Mueller Bhavan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
The city can now hope to have more than a slice of German language, literature and culture with the Max Mueller Bhavan, Delhi, giving affiliation to the School of German Language, Sector 34, at a function in the Shivalik View Hotel this evening. The city can thus boast of the first institute affiliated to the Max Mueller Bhavan in north India.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Stefan Dreyer, South Asian director, Goethe Institute, Max Mueller Bhavan, Delhi, said even with six Max Mueller Bhavans in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune, the huge demand for German language courses could not be met, so it had become essential to cooperate with high quality language teaching institutions.

Tracing the Indo-German cordial relations, Dr Dreyer highlighted the contribution in this area of the great Indologist, Max Mueller. He added, “With the affiliation the Goethe Institute will collaborate in giving teaching materials, training the teachers and holding the examinations for the School of German Languages.” Dr Dreyer praised the high standards of the school, which was started in the city by Mr Surinder Singh Maaken in 2001.

Ms Anke Reiffenstuel, Cultural Counsellor, German Embassy, said the students would benefit greatly from these courses if they desired to study in colleges in Germany. She also added that the city would get to see much more by way of cultural fare from Germany in the times to come. Language certificates were distributed to the students.

Coinciding with the affiliation ceremony, a German film festival has been organised in collaboration with the Chandigarh Film Society at the Government Polytechnic for Women, Sector 10. The festival opened with the screening of Comedian Harmonists by Joseph Vilsamaier this evening. 



School PTA office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
General meeting of the PTA of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19-C, Chandigarh was held on Saturday to constitute new academic executive committee of the PTA. Thirtyone members of the executive committee elected the members to the newly formed constituted body of the PTA.

Election process was supervised by Mr Bharat Mittar Sharma who was unanimously appointed as the election commissioner by the general house.

The following have been elected office bearers: president — Mr Suman Gupta; vice-presidents — Mr Dharmender Singh and Mr K.R. Sharma; secretary Mr Suridner Singh; joint secretary — Mr Kamal Kumar Kalra; cashier — Mr Vipin Kumar; and auditors — Mr J.D. Goel and Mr Rohtas.

More than 1000 members of the PTA attended the meeting.



“Homosexuality in Veil’ 
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, May 2
What happens when men seeks men? Eyebrows are raised. They are denounced by society. The relationship arouses the wrath of close kin. But can we turn away our faces from their existence?

Four students of Mass Communication of Panjab University have made an attempt to deal with this social problem. They have made a documentary ‘Homosexuality in Veil’ on gays. Gursimran Singh, who is the director of the documentary, has filmed the lifestyle of the gays. Starting from their daily routine , the film zeroes down on their problems.

A fair attempt has been made to put forth the biggest problem that beset them— hiding their sexual preferences. Four students- Muneesh Shekhawat, editor of the documentary , Kushalata Chauhan, production in charge, Mohammad Sultan, cameraman and Sumanjeet Singh have put in their efforts in this project.

They have tried to go into the roots of these relationships. Visiting a gay club was part of their milieu. Attended a gay party gave them a view of at their mutual interaction. What lent credibility to the movie is an interview with a gay who was forthcoming about his relationship.

‘’When he revealed about his preference, he came across as an introvert who shuns social gathering. There is always the fear that his sexual preferences will be out,” Gursimran said.

Kushalata Chauhan , the only woman in the group was not shy while taking the issue head-on. In fact she was the first one to pose the questions boldly.

What we have observed is that all they want is a ‘proper implementation’ of the motto—-live and let live. They want acceptance from the society. Their other option is to have a separate community where they could live in their own way”, she said.

A psychiatrist’s opinion has been also included. He says that it is not a disease but various circumstances like family problems, peer pressure and other psychological problems can be responsible for such behaviour.

Views of many parents has been also admitted. They were asked question like: ‘What you will do when you will come to know that your son is gay’?

Most of them chose to evade a direct answer and rounded off the question saying that ‘it will give us a big shock’.

The 12- minute documentary, made in two weeks, speaks a lot about the magnitude of the problem. It was part of their syllabi and they took up the project it in a highly imaginative way.

The film ends with a Christina Augrilla’s song ‘I am beautiful no matter what they say”. 



‘Fashion designers’ copyright should be protected’
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 2
The work of fashion designers should be covered under the Copyright Act to discourage persons who copied the designs and flourished at the cost of those who worked hard creating them.

These views were expressed by Manju and Bobby Grover, a fashion designer couple from New Delhi, while talking to mediapersons here today. They had come to the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) as members of the external jury to evaluate the final creations of the VI semester students of Fashion Design. The couple, who has been into dress designing for the past 14 years, said that designers had to work very hard for coming out with exclusive creations but a large number of people never thought of creating something new and merely indulged in copying designs.

Bobby Grover said that such persons should be punished for indulging in copying and be made to pay heavy fines. Even shopkeepers should not be allowed to sell much garments.

Manju Grover said people should try to become creative as there was a dearth of talent. While talking about the creations of NIIFT students, she said that students now were more aware about the changing trends and their creations gave a more fresh look. The couple had come as jury members here even in 2003.

Mrs Archna Shastri, a faculty from NIFT, Delhi, who was part of the jury, said that it was her fourth visit to the institute. She said the outfits created by students were becoming more and more professional. Students had tried to create a fusion of the designs prevalent in the East and the West. “One or two creations had an indigenous touch”, she added.

Mrs Shastri said that the industry here had a tremendous amount of potential, skilled manpower, lots of money and fashion conscious people but the potential had not been exploited. While making a suggestion, she said that there was a need to travel a lot for adequate exposure but people in Chandigarh were not much interested in travelling.

Among the other members of the jury were Mr Sharad Mathur, a knitwear expert from Delhi, Ms Harmeet, a choreographer, Ms Gunjan Virk, a local dress designer, and Mr Viren Tanwar, a member to the design collection.

Mrs Vijay Sharma, Director, NIIFT, said that each student had to prepare five to six dresses for final evaluation by the end of their three-year course. The jury selected five best creations out of the entire lot. The students who had prepared the best dresses were given awards at Anukama, the annual function when the creations of the students were presented by a group of prominent models.



Explore other states for technical education to youth: VC
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 2
There is a need to explore the states of Uttaranchal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir to provide technical education to the youth living in remote areas.

These views were expressed by members of the Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association at a meeting held with the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, Dr S.K. Salwan, at Sahibzada Ajit Singh Institute of Information Technology and Research here today.

The university could also explore north-eastern regions like Mizoram, Nagaland and Assam which were in need of education. It was pointed out that seminars and workshops be arranged for providing knowledge about the university and the courses being run by it.

Members said that these days owning a piece of land could not be considered as much as an asset as compared to proper education. The association should give an advertisement in this regard as the university had certain budgetary limits beyond which it could not move. However, it authorised the institutions to use its logo in the case of pool advertisement.

The university authorities also agreed that counselling could be done at Delhi or Chandigarh apart from Jalandhar. It also agreed that admissions in the case of 15 per cent reservations could be done in the beginning instead at the end as was being done at present.

The university officials said that a hall could be provided to the institutions for displaying the curriculum of their institutes. It was also decided that a common brochure be published by the association in which all institutions could provide their brief profile.

The president of the association, Mr J.S. Dhaliwal, honoured Dr Salwan. The meeting was also attended by the Registrar of PTU, Dr M.S. Garewal. 



From Schools 
DAV quiz team bags first prize
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
HelpAge India organised a quiz competition at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, here today. Students from nine schools of the city participated in the contest which saw CL DAV Model School, Sector 7, emerge as the winner.

The second and third place was bagged by Shishu Niketan, Senior Secondary School, Sector 22 and Bhawan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, respectively. The quiz contest was inaugurated by the Director of the host school, Mr D.S. Bedi. The Regional Director, HelpAge India, highlighted the various activities of the organisation.

Awarded: A student of Class IX of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Sarishti Anand has bagged a consolation prize at a national level painting competition held at National Bal Bhawan, New Delhi.

The competition was organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India from April 26 to 29 as a part of the “Education for All” week. It was aimed at focussing on ensuring that all schoolchildren get at least elementary education.

Participants from all states and UT’s participated in the contest. The first position was bagged by Madhya Pradesh, the second position was bagged by Maharashtra and the consolation prize was won by Srishti of Haryana.

Srishti was selected for the national level competition on the basis of her winning first prize at state level and district level competitions. The theme for competitions at district and state level was “ Send my friend to school”.

Celebrated: A function was organised at Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, in connection with May Day, here today. Students of the junior wing came dressed as postmen, cobblers, doctors, sweepers while students of senior classes presented a group song on the theme of Labour Day. The principal, Ms Bhatnagar, delivered a speech on Labour day and gifted school t-shirts and sweets to all the workers.

Flower show: A flower show was held at DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 8, by the activity club. The students made fresh flower and dry flower arrangements which were applauded by the Principal, Ms Santosh Bhandari. The results are as follows: Niharika (1), Shreya (2), Tanvi Dheer (3); Gaurav Tandon (consolation).



Varsity don’s effigy burnt
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 2
Students of Sociology Department, Panjab University burnt an effigy of MK Teja, chairperson of Sociology Department today. The students alleged that they were not getting 10 per cent lectures which could be given by the department considering the problems of the students.

Amandeep Singh, president said that if their demands would not met then we could go on fast. 



Workshop on radiochemistry opens
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
Seven-day “National Workshop in Radiochemistry and Application of Radioisotopes” was inaugurated by Director, Science and Technology, Chandigarh Administration, Vivek Attray, at Panjab University here today. The Workshop is being organised in association with Indian Association of Nuclear Chemists and Allied Scientists (IANCAS) Mumbai. This Workshop is co-sponsored by DST Chandigarh.

In his address, Mr Attray appreciated the efforts being made by eminent scientists for BARC in disseminating correct and useful information about the new developments in this important area of science to young science graduates of this region.

Dr V. Venugopal, Director, Radiochemistry and Isotope Group, Bhabha Atomic Energy Centre, Mumbai in his keynote address highlighted the development of Nuclear Science Programmes, which was initiated in the country. He emphasised the important role which Nuclear technology is going to play not only in the power sector but also in the field of Nuclear medicine and agriculture. He explained the total working of a Nuclear plant highlighting the sophisticated technology involved at every step and lauded the efforts of Indian scientists in developing indigenous technology.

The second lecture was delivered by Dr R.K. Sharma, Joint Director, Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Applied Sciences, Delhi on the application of nuclear medicine in pharmaceutical sciences. In the afternoon, Dr P.R.V. Rao, Director Fuel Group, IGCAR, Kalpakkam spoke on Chemistry of fast reactors followed by presentation by Amit Sachdeva on Radioactivity &nuclear decay according to Dr K.K. Bhasin, Professor, Department of Chemistry & Centre of Advanced Studies in Chemistry at PU.



College students given farewell party
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 2
The final year students of the Rayat College of Engineering and Information Technology were given a warm farewell by their juniors today.
A cultural function was organised on the occasion. Traditional dances and recitation of poems added zing to the show. Titles to the passing out students were also part of the function.

Mr Gurvinder Singh Bahra, vice-chairman, Rayat Educational and Research, Trust, read out the college report. Later he had an interactive session with the students.



Man acquitted in minor’s rape case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 2
District and Sessions Judge, M.M.S. Bedi, here today acquitted a local resident, Sushil Kumar, accused of raping a minor girl of Sector 25.
According to information, the Judge acquitted Sushil following the statement of the girl that she was not raped by the accused.

The police had falsely implicated the accused, the girl told the court.

The police had registered a case on the complaint of the girl’s mother, Palo Devi last year.

The mother reportedly wanted to marry the girl to a boy of her choice and had allegedly framed Sushil.



Hemant Kinger acquitted of murder charge
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 2
Additional Dictrict and Sessions Judge, L.N. Jindal today acquitted Mr Hemant Kinger, General Secretary of the District Congress, in a case of murder. Mr Kinger was accused of killing his wife, Kailash alias Namrata, by poisoning her.

The incident took place in January, when Ms Kailash died after consuming some poisonous substance. The couple had been married for 24 years. However, Mr Ghanshyam Das Verma, father of the victim, had alleged that his daughter was being harassed by Kinger, and he suspected Kinger of poisoning her. Mr Ghanshayam Das died in March, following which his wife, Draupadi Verma told the court that she was not willing to pursue the case against Kinger. Mr Kinger was earlier arrested by the police on January 13, and was granted bail in March.



Adding a new dimension to Feng Shui
Gurvinder Kaur

China may well claim Feng Shui as its very own system, however, an Indian Feng Shui and Vaastu expert is all set to rock the boat through his invention of ‘Cyramid’, which he asserts is a power packed version of the good old pyramid symbol. The cyramid whose final form is near completion will be ready for the public once a patent is acquired for it.

For a man who started dabbling into the world of Vaastu and FengShui after he came across a booklet on the subjects Sanjay Gupta has done fairly well for himself . Within a time span of 12 years he has become an authority on both Vaastu and Feng Shui in Northern India. His book based on the same was a hit as soon as it hit the stands more than five years ago.

His concept of the Cyramid is one that he claims evolved after much research. “A Cryamid is a sort of pyramid with energy boosters. It is a vast improvement on the old pyramid which is considered a powerful symbol in the world of Feng Shui. I believe my invention will change the face of Feng Shui forever”, Gupta asserts.

The consultant says that both Vaastu and Feng Shui are based upon the premise that all five elements and eight directions should blend harmoniously with each other as well as with the surroundings to generate positive energy which in turn promotes well being and prosperity. Besides “Cyramids” in the pipeline are other projects for the manufacturing of special mattresses, name plates and utensils which Gupta claims will boost energy and performance levels.

He says that he used his own house and family as a subject for extensive research on his inventions . Such is his confidence in his ‘sciences’ as he calls them, that he says that six weeks time is enough to change even the most hard boiled cynic into a believer.” Do not have any faith in me just give me my time and see what can happen. All sciences keep on redefining their borders and so is the case with both Vaastu and Feng Shui. The “remedies” I have evolved are based on an exhaustive knowledge of the subject coupled with experience”, he claims.

Counselling and psycho therapy are almost as important as in the practice of Feng Shui, says Gupta. A true expert in the field will also venture into the personal and emotional world of the client to get to the root of the problem he is facing.” That is when he can assure complete success”, adds the consultant. Gupta`s practice is steeped in practicality and honesty, he assures. “ I never lead on a client unless I know I can bring about a qualitative change. After all not all cases can be remedied. I know our limitations . To shun them would be like a doctor assuring complete cure for a patient suffering from incurable cancer”, sums up Gupta.



Funcity Kids Zone at Sukhna

Now kids can enjoy all the rides at one place. The management of Surya Funcity Limited has taken over charge of the amusement park at Sukhna Lake.It has added Funcity Kids Zone which will cater to the kids with special attractions.

Arcade games like single rocking bike, double rocking bike, two gift catchers and air hockey have been installed for the children. It will definitely attract the kids. Apart from these the other main attractions are mini train and helicopter and merry-go-round, which would thrill the kids and even their parents. OC



Vinod Sehgal rues commercialisation of music
S.D. Sharma

“Hain aur bhi duniyan mein sukhanver bahut achhe, kehte hein ke Ghalib ka hai andaz-e-byan aur”. The title song of a TV serial “Mirza Ghalib” was rendered in the mellifluous voice of Vinod Sehgal.

A platinum disc honour for this Ambala-born singer in film “Machis.” established his credentials as a versatile vocalist.

Vinod Sehgal laments the fast emerging trends of commercialisation. Sharing his views on decline in craze for ghazal, the maestro opined with a somber touch “Mohabbat ki tarah, ghazal ke liye bhi kuchh khas dil makhsoos hote hain”.

Vinod Sehgal, however, reiterates to promote, and restore the grandeur of the ghazal. He keeps on shutting between Mumbai and Ambala. His recent successful ghazal concerts in Delhi and other cities are a testimony to his popularity.

He disclosed that after an extensive training in music he fell to the Bollywood charm in 1975 and assisted music director Hans Raj Bahl for over 10 films. The best phase of his career coincided with a chance meeting with the ghazal king, Jagjit Singh in 1980. He gave fine an instant break in film.

“Ravan” before introducing him as a ghazal singer in HMV’ “Brightest Talents of 1980” he launched another album “Jagjit Singh Presents Vinod Sehgal” on HMV in 1983 which clicked well.

I was inclined to ghazal singing though my voice suits to film songs too,” Vinod said.



“Journey the straight line” to be released on May 7

Yet another absorbing book “Journey of the Straight Line” from the man of letters, Dr S.S. Bhatti, is a welcome addition to his repertoire of nine books on diverse subjects.

An erudite scholar, holding two doctorates in Architecture, and the former principal of the Chandigarh College of Arts maintains that the book is not an usual monograph on the work of the unassuming genius of S.K. Sahni, a former keeper of the National Gallery of Modern Arts but an attempt at recovering India’s most wonderful cultural endowment “Holism”.

It outlines a holistic approach in viewing and valuation of the works of modern art which is the necessity in the contemporary cultural context.

Dr Bhatti says the text provides a comprehensive perspective in which to view the modern art in general and Sahni’s work in particular. This perspective is reflective of metaphysical assumptions, technical concerns, and artistic imperatives setting out a coherent line of argument which draws its sap from an illustrated analysis of relevant art objects.

S.K. Sahni is in no way the charismatic M.F. Hussain opines but his intellectual elegance and pioneering efforts shining through his life-long contribution to art has fascinated me to sculpt this thesis on the phenomenal exposition of Sahni’s drawings and creativity now titled “Journey of the Straight Line”, says Dr Bhatt.

The release of the book is slated for May 7 at 11.30 a.m. at the Government Museum complex. OC


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