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PSEB chief’s assurance on private candidates
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 6
The Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board has given an assurance that the proposal to bar private candidates from appearing in the matriculation and class XII examinations from next academic session will be reconsidered.

This was stated by Mr Tejpal Singh, secretary-general of the Punjab Private Schools Organisation (PPSO) at a press conference here today. Representatives of the PPSO had met the Chairman of the board Prof Harbans Singh Sidhu. Mr Tejpal Singh said that students should not be compelled to appear in the two examinations through the Open school system if they were unable to register themselves as regular candidates.

He said that the board had decided to constitute a committee to study the request for relaxing rules related to affiliation of schools. Persons from different institutions would be made members of the committee. Another committee would study the issue of registration of schools.



Workshop on social variables
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
The Department of Sociology, Panjab University in collaboration with Indian Association of Social Science Institutions (IASSI), New Delhi, organised a Workshop on “Measurement of Social Variables: Towards Standardisation” at ICSSR complex yesterday.

Prof. Ashok Chandra, Chairman, IASSI and former Special Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development presented the inaugural address and highlighted that measurement of variables, connectivity among variables and the notion of objectivity is not only important for physical sciences but also for social sciences. He emphasised the importance of observer both for physical and social sciences and indicated that observer has to intervene without influencing phenomena under study.

Earlier, Prof. M.K. Teja, Chairperson of Department of Sociology welcomed the participants and presented a profile of the Department. the main purpose of the workshop is to generate a manual with operationalized social variables, which can be used both for teaching as well as research for measuring the social phenomena.

Prof. K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University asked social scientists to come forward to work in the direction of devising parameters, concepts and measurement tools, which can contribute to the growth of knowledge in the International year of Physics.

Underlined the complexity involved in social phenomena, the subject for social research. Prof. Oommen suggested that a standardisation of variables would imply transforming the non-variables into variables, with specific parameters. Prof. Ashvini Agarwal, Dean, Faculty of Arts, chaired the session. Prof. Mohini Anjum from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, gave a presentation on gender empowerment. 



City lecturer presents paper at conference in Pak
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
Ninth American studies conference “Politics and Religion” was held in Pakistan. It was organised by Area Study Centre, Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad in collaboration with the American Centre, Islamabad recently.

Scholars from all over the world including the USA, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan Contributed at this international conference.

Miss Ishmeet K. Chaudhry a lecturer in English at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Chandigarh who also participated in the conference presented paper titled “Linking Diverse Hemispheres: Equality and Freedom in the Poetry of Walt Whitman and Sri Guru Granth Sahib”. Objective of the paper was to study how across such vast diversities of time, space, culture, genre and language the larger discourse related to the disruption of peace of man’s mind as well as elusive search for answers to metaphysical questions has remained the same in spite of variations in the basic tone, mood and the final resolutions of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and Whitman’s poetry, there is striking similarity in the way emphasis is placed on the theme of surrender of one’s identity in favour of identifying with the divine. In light of all this, the division on the basis of class, caste, religious and ethnicity appear meaningless. Pakistani students and teachers were cordial and curious to know about Indian point of view about Kashmir. Some students from university of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Muzaffarabad expressed hope in youth of India and sent a message to Indian youth that Pakistani Kashmiri youth will cooperate to resolve the Kashmir conflict.



Seminar on career planning held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
Nearly 250 students of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, attended a seminar on “career pathway planning” and further education. The seminar was carried out by Mrs Namrata Pandey, manager of The Chopras, a professional consultant, said that free services were offered to students.

Topics covered were eligibility criteria, university selection, IELTS, TOEFL courses and visa formalities.



PG programme now in WebWorld
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 6
Reliance Infocomm and the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar (XIMB), have launched India’s first ever post-graduate programme through virtual classrooms in the city and over 100 cities via 240 Reliance WebWorld outlets. Blueshift will co-ordinate and manage the programme.

As per the tripartite arrangement, the XIMB will offer one-year post-graduate certificate programme in business management (PCPBM) using Reliance’s platform. In due course, management development and customised training programmes for enterprises will be added to the product suite.

These virtual classrooms will be as good as the real ones, except that students will participate from webworlds using the latest, most powerful and most flexible technology available. Unlike satellite-based technology, this medium offers real-time, multi-way audio and visual presence of the professor and the students. The course will begin with an online registration and examination process, initially across 12 cities through which students will be short-listed.

Announcing the tie up Fr. E. Abraham, Director of the XIMB, said: “We are proud to partner with Reliance Infocomm and Blueshift to make it possible for students and working executives to do a world-class management programme without having to relocate from their home towns. We have designed the course and chosen a mode of teaching that will revolutionize the way education is imparted in India”



Abacus course introduced
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 6
Sanjay Public School, Sector 70, here has introduced abacus as part of its curriculum. In a press note issued here today, the principal, Ms Reema Sethi, said abacus was introduced with an aim to improve the arithmetic skills of students and to galvanise the overall development of the brain like memory, concentration, speed and accuracy, retention, recalling abilities, and listening understanding skills.



Lakhanpal is HC Bar Association President, Sinhal Secretary
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 6
Advocate Atul C. Lakhanpal was today elected president of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association (HCBA). He defeated his only challenger Mr Puran Singh Hundal by a margin of 113 votes. Mr Lakhanpal secured 925 votes while Mr Hundal got 812 votes.

It was a keen contest, with supporters of both candidates going all-out to ensure the victory of their nominee. Among other winners were Mr Surjit Singh Swaich (vice-president), Mr Lokesh Sinhal (honorary secretary), Ms Anju Sharma (joint secretary) and Mr Suveer Sheokhand (treasurer). Mr Swaich (950 votes) defeated his only rival Mr Sanjiv Gupta by a margin of 180 votes, while Mr Lokesh Sinhal clinched the post of honorary secretary. He secured 772 votes while his nearest rival, Ms Sushma Chopra, managed 653 votes. The third candidate in the fray, Mr Praduman Yadav, got 310 votes.

The battle for the post of joint secretary proved to be in favour of Ms Anju Sharma right from the word go. Ms Sharma (919 votes) prevailed over Ms Aman Sibia (708 votes). The third candidate, Ms Urmil Gupta, got only 108 votes.

For the post of treasurer, Mr Suveer Sheokhand (952 votes) got the better of his nearest rival, Mr Vikas Bali (624 votes). Mr O.P. Dabla, the third contestant, got 158 votes.

Those elected as executive committee members (below 10 years) of the HCBA are Mr Aman Singla (688 votes), Mr Anant Kataria (729 votes), Mr Atul Gaur (586 votes), Ms Balwinder Kaur (644 votes), Mr Harmanpreet Singh Prince (861 votes), Mr J.S. Lalli (654 votes), Mr Puneet Leekha (732 votes), Mr Satbir Singh Gill (752 votes), Mr Saurav Khurana ( 602 votes) and Mr Vivek Singla (605 votes).

Ms Priya Gupta got the better of Ms Avtar Kaur for the single post of executive member (female). Among the Senior Advocates who got elected unopposed executive member are Mr Manmohan Singh and Mr Roshan Lal Batta.

All seven posts of executive members (above 10 years) of the association had already been filled without a contest as only seven candidates filed their nominations for the posts. The elections were conducted under the supervision of an election committee comprising Senior Advocates Rajinder Singh Cheema, Mr M.L. Sarin, Mr S.D. Sharma and Dalbir Malik. None of the members of the election committee cast their votes.



Forest Hill case: CBI gets 10 more months to complete probe
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 6
The High Court on Friday gave 10 months’ more time to the CBI for completing investigations into the alleged irregularities in the construction of the controversial Forest Hill Golf Club and Resort.

The High Court had sometime back ordered the demolition of the club as it was found to be illegal and a consequence of large-scale irregularities in the Forest laws. The appeal of the club management against the High Court order is pending in the Supreme Court.

In its application, the CBI stated that it needed more time to complete its investigation in the case.

The CBI also submitted a status report on the investigation conducted by it so far. The Bench observed that it had gone through the status report and was satisfied with it.

However, the Bench refused to entertain an application by the club owner, Col B.S. Sandhu (retd), who had sought directions to the CBI to stop the investigation as the Supreme Court had directed the CBI not to carry on with the investigation.

The Bench said it was open to Colonel Sandhu to approach the Supreme Court on the same. After hearing the counsel for the CBI, the Division Bench of Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill and Mr Justice Surya Kant gave 10 months’ time to the CBI to complete the investigation.

Notice issued to Registrar

The High Court on Friday issued notice to the Registrar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on a petition moved by the son of a former employee of the High Court.

In his petition, Ravinder Kumar, whose father Bhutto Ram was working as Daftri at the time of his death, has alleged discrimination in appointment on compassionate grounds. He has stated that his father died in harness in 2001 and since then he was moving from pillar to post to get appointed on compassionate.

He has also pointed out that while his case has been hanging fire since 2002, the widow of a peon in the office of the Registrar was given appointment immediately.



Students capture life and longing in prints

Even a lifetime of creation is not enough for a striving artist. But the charm of creation lies in seizing the moment and stretching it beyond eternity.

The 14 students of Government Art College’s Printmaking Department seem to understand this nuance of creation well. Why else would they pour their hearts out on the canvas, and use it to project life at large? Put together under the title of “Kalaswar”, all graphic prints and photographic exhibits make sense as they raise pertinent issues concerning the self and society.

The students have managed a heady mix of themes — some like Isha Singh have experimented with a subject as rare as “Mira” in printmaking; some others like Anchal Kaushal have constructed powerful symbols to portray the woman and her sensibilities. Overall, the collection of every student is promising.

To begin with, the gallery offers colours of love, as Isha Singh explores the dynamics of “Mira” using etching and serigraphy as her tools. She fuses the concept of Bani-Thani with the contemporary anatomy to represent the beauty of a Rajasthani woman. Her prints are striking and hugely innovative.

Anchal Kaushal captures womanhood in her serigraphs. Her sensitivity to the subject is apparent in each work. She successfully structures a series of prints to underline the worth of a woman. “I have used art to personify my emotional being as a woman,” says the student.

For Jaspreet, who manages a remarkable collection of photographs from Ajanta and Khajuraho, “Visions are either slow processes or flashes of creativity”. The budding artist uses her forms to question her own place in the world and to search for plausible answers.

Prerna Katia’s works are all about the relationship between the expressions and their outlets. She indulges heavily in geometric forms that create a mystic impression on the mind. Her prints are more or less extensions of her personal experience. The forms are attractive and insightful.

Nature is at the heart of Amanjot’s works which recreate nature on the canvas. Her work titled “Panch Tatva” typifies her art collection which is heavily inspired by nature. While Amanjot finds her calling in nature, Deepika chooses to dabble in human nature and mind. Her works are powerful as they make a purposeful statement. She uses the tree to symbolise the journey of life.

Ravish Kalia and Gurveena Gill strike unfamiliar chords. While the former creates on the canvas forms that reflect “Maya” and all that is lustful about life, the latter’s attempt is to project metaphysics through art.

Another striking collection comes from Guriqbal Singh whose portraits are fascinating in their construction and content. He uses the human form as a symbol of force in whose backdrop everything else fades out. Amandeep Singh, Surbhi Chowdhery and Rohit Bagga are among the other participants in “Kalaswar” which will be on at the Government Art College Gallery in Sector 8 till May 11. TNS



Wearing sweetness on his sleeves 
Swarleen Kaur

“I am a thorough professional. Look, I am here on time, said fashion model-turned-actor Jas Arora, trying to keep mediapersons sweet. With a glint of pride in his eyes and a dimpled smile, he is among the lucky ones who are well-equipped to charm beautiful women.

The Punjabi musical video “Gud nalon Ishaq mitha” with Jas Arora doing bhangra steps was once the flavour of the season. Many still fondly remember the revelry it created when it hit the market.True to the number, this Mumbai-based boy is fluent in speaking Punjabi.

He is in the city in connection with city based fashion designer Dimpy Gujral's fashion show. Having done various musical videos and acting in couple of movies, he has his fair share of popularity.

These days a comedy serial “Achaar” for a channel in Singapore is taking up his time. He is on a three-year contract in connection with the serial about a Indian boy who is married to Chinese girl.

“In India I had a taxing schedule - working from 6.30 am to 2 am. Now in Singapore I am relaxed and well-paced. What is more I am being paid well and I don't have any worries”, Jas said.

He will be seen in a forthcoming movie,“Sayonee”.

Zulfikar excited about “Tajmahal”

Much enthusiasm has overflown about the forthcoming movie “Taj mahal” which has a budget of Rs 75 crore, more than that of blockbuster “Devdas”. Model-turned actor, Sayeed Zulfikar, who is playing a lead role is naturally very excited about it.

What makes him sure about the success of historical love story is the script which he says will surely leaves its impact on the viewers and touch their hearts.

“A few know the true story about Taj Mehal. Viewers generally don't accept new faces easily but when the script is strong then it is bound to make an impact. If it doesn't work then it affects the producer but for me its is one -time affair” said Zulfi in an interview with Chandigarh Tribune here today. He is in the city in connection with a fashion show.

Zulfi, who received the first feel of the camera on ramp, didn't take any training in acting. It has helped him because he feels that those who had graduated from acting schools are very loud in front of the camera.

Commenting on the women's dominance in the glamour world, he said the scenario was changing. Men's fashion shows are big events like the one held in Bangalore recently where women were not present. Zulfi's own fashion statement lies in boots, good jeans teamed up with a good shirt. His favourite colour is white. OC



Friends share Shiv Batalvi’s memories
Aditi Tandon

Some people live beyond lifetimes. Shiv Kumar Batalvi is one of them. As the legendary poet’s memory lingered into the 32nd year today, one managed a peek into his private space - the one he had reserved for the chosen few.

Gurdev Chauhan explains about Shiv Batalvi at a function organised by Kayanaat Arts and the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy at the state library, Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Gurdev Chauhan explains about Shiv Batalvi at a function organised by Kayanaat Arts and the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy at the state library, Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Those chosen few were in full presence at the State Library in Sector 34, where Kaynaat Arts in association with the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, hosted an informal get together of Shiv Batalvi’s closest associates and apprentices. At the heart of the evening was the man himself- the one who made a legend of pain. Small wonder then that Amrita Pritam had named him “Birha da Sultan”.

It is another matter that those close to the poet vouch as much for his zeal for life and for the virgin pain he so eloquently voiced in his verse. It was this fine balance of elation and depression that made Batalvi’s poetry rich and radiant. Had it not been for his skill of writing the “felt” as “felt”, he would not have been the legend that he is. As Bishambar Shambi, known for an incredible rendering of Batalvi’s poems, said today, “It is a myth that Shiv was morbid about life. He was sensitive and that accounted for the pain in his verse. But he was also spirited and humorous. I still remember his joy over the shared moments of poetry and music at Amrita Pritam’s residence in Delhi. Such was the spirit of these gatherings that they would last for days together.” Shambi also recreated Shiv’s aura by singing two of his most famed nazms, “Shikra” and “Ki puchhde o haal fakiraan daa…”

Conducting the evening was Bhushan Dhyanpuri, an eminent poet who owes his success to Batalvi. Without mincing words, he admitted the fact with pride, further raising the gathering’s curiosity about the poet. In his inimitable style, Dhyanpuri rubbished the infamous references made in the poet’s context, though writer Nirupama Dutt talked of how Batalvi’s wife Arun was always aware of the presence of women in her husband’s life. “She was happy despite that,” said Nirupama, while referring to Batalvi as a legend and a brilliant representative of the eastern poetic tradition.

In his situation, Dhyanpuri did well to give everyone an equal chance to talk about Batalvi. Two very emotional accounts came from Hardial Singh and Gulzar Singh Sandhu. While the former had witnessed Batalvi’s final departure from Chandigarh when he had rather poignantly uttered, “I am going never to return.” (Batalvi actually died soon after he left the city), Sandhu concentrated on Batalvi’s soul stirring verse. He equally emphasized Batalvi’s chosen language of expression — Punjabi.

Interestingly, almost all writers present on the occasion - from Mohan Bhandari to Gurdev Chauhan -proudly mentioned the symbiotic relationship between Batalvi and Punjab. Both indeed drew immensely from each other. TNS



Musical tributes paid to poet

The Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi was an epoch in himself, a born romantic, introvert and passionate performer blessed with mellifluous voice laced with poignant emotions soared high to leave impeccable impression on his fans. To emulate immortal writings full of pathos and soulful renditions of Shiv is a dream of any naïve artist. The Pracheen Kala Kendra in association with the Swar Lehar Musical group paid a melodious tribute to the memory of Shiv Batalvi, on his 32nd death anniversary at the Tagore Theatre today.

After ceremonial lighting of lamp by chief guest S.K. Monga and T.V. Gupta thespian Dr Sahib Singh took over the compereing as young artistes doled out lyrics of pain penned by Shiv and set to music by music composer Virender Bachan. After a start with spells of songs from trained voices of Rajan, Mohini and Poonam a naïve Munish Bobby struck the right chord with ‘Yardiya rab kar ke’ bringing out of pathos in natural poetry articulating pain as if emanating from the soul of Shiv’s timeless legends.

Another singer, winner of many national competitions, Rinku Kalia augmented the tempo with the rendition of ‘Koi bol ve...’. Adulation greeted Brijesh Ahuja a play back singer of Punjabi films who presented ‘Bhatthi waliye...’. Artistes from Panchkula Muktesh Dewan and Kuljit too cast a spell. OC


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