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PU to change norms for affiliation
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Taking a tough stand on granting affiliation to the new colleges, Panjab University’s committee headed by the Registrar, Prof Paramjit Singh, has decided to make changes in the affiliation guidelines.

In the new guidelines framed by university, which have already received the mandatory approval of the Syndicate, the new colleges aspiring affiliation with PU have to show a minimum of Rs 25 lakh in their fixed deposits. Also the society or the trust, managing the college has to give a mandatory undertaking that it will not seek any financial help from the state government once they start the college. Also an affidavit will have to be furnished by the new colleges that they would abide by the rules and regulations of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and PU for admissions and recruitment of the staff.

The state government will also not be involved in the disputes of the colleges as the guidelines would require the colleges to give an undertaking that in case there is any clash between the management and the staff, the state governments will not be involved in the legal tussle.

The trust or the managing society, which desires to open the new college, is required to have the land on long term basis, on which the college premises would come up. According to the new guidelines, the lease has to be 50 years or more and the university would scrutinize the registered deed at the time of granting affiliation.

The committee expressed concern that a large number of colleges promise to abide by the UGC and university norms at the time of affiliation but fail to fulfil them after getting the affiliation.

However, to correct this persistent lapse on the part of colleges, the committee has recommended that a panel from the university should be sent to the college before granting affiliation to make sure that the regular and qualified staff is appointed before hand. “It has been observed that once affiliation is granted, the college expresses its inability to appoint qualified staff as per UGC and university rules. And once affiliation is granted, it is very difficult to withdraw the same,’’ said a member of the committee. 



Proceedings in case against Bhatti stayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr BK Mehta, has stayed the further proceedings by a lower court in a case related to the alleged hurting of religious sentiments of Hindus by noted comedian and president of the Nonsense Club Jaspal Bhatti.

Mr Mehta also issued notice to the respondent, Mr Vijay Singh Bhardwaj, for July 4. In his application before the court yesterday, Bhatti had argued that his summoning under Sections 295-A and 298 of the IPC by a local court was against law.

The case, filed by Mr Bhardwaj, prachar pramukh of the VHP, dates back to July 21, 2004, when Mr Bhatti and members of his Nonsense Club held a demonstration in Sector 17 Plaza which reportedly hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindus.

They had organised a protest against the wrong prediction of the Weather Department about the monsoon and had mocked at the Hindu gods, which had hurt the religious sentiments of the community. It was also alleged that a mock yajna was organised and Hindu rituals were performed to make fun of the Hindu gods.

However, Bhatti claimed that no “shlokas” were recited and the demonstration was a satire on the predictions of the department.



Honing English language skills

A three-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on “English teaching in the 21st century: methodologies and techniques” started at Dev Samaj college, Sector 36, in Chandigarh on Monday.

The aim is to bridge the gap between classroom teaching and methods adopted by English teachers.

The chief guest was the Dean Faculty of Languages, Panjab University, Prof Devinder Singh, and principal of the college, Dr Satinder Dhillon.

Prof Devinder said the main problem in teaching English was that it was not our mother tongue. He said to understand a language, it was important to understand its culture.

Dr Dhillon said English was becoming a global need and it should not be neglected.

The first technical session began with a presentation by the Reader, Department of English, Panjab University, Dr Deepti Gupta.

Consultant academics, Dr Natasha Mehta from Mumbai, was of the opinion that in language education, teachers, learners, researchers and curriculum specialists should work together. OC



Workshops galore

Summer vacations began with a series of workshops at the Saint Soldiers Convent School here in Mohali on Monday. The workshops would continue till May 28 and are aimed to hone skills and talent of the staff of the school.

Eminent resource persons and educationists have been roped in to conduct workshops on topics like pro-active living, effective learning, communication skills, features of spoken English and stress management.

A workshop on pro-active living was conducted by Col. Apar Nakai, who guided the teachers to implement new and creative ideas and have a positive approach towards life.

He pointed out that the concept of “I discover I” can help teachers realise that they have latent talent which can be tapped towards better development and achievement of students. He also emphasised on thinking and questioning abilities.

The next workshop in the series would be held on May 25, on communication skills. The workshop would be conducted by Mrs H.S. Anant. The basis of good listening and conversation would be explained.

Other than workshops, the teachers would utilize their free time in a constructive way. The teaching aids prepared by the teachers would be displayed on May 28 in the school. TNS



Tips on effective teaching

A workshop on effective ways of teaching was conducted for teachers at New India Public School in Panchkula on Monday. Ms Sangeeta Sharma, a consultant, Special Education, guided participants on ways the teaching fraternity should adopt for diverse learners. She said each child had a different way of learning and reiterated that each student should be dealt individually.

She said while some children learn through visual means, some by audio aids, others by kinesthetic method or tactile method. A combination of these skills could be adopted for effective learning.

One counsellor gave a lecture on how to overcome depression. The teachers of the school gave tips on how they could make various subjects more interesting for students. TNS



Fitness workshop for children

A three-week fitness workshop that introduces children to healthy lifestyle is being organised at Planet Fitness in association with the Go Bananas Kids Club in Chandigarh.

The workshop includes aerobics dancing, yoga, martial arts and kickboxing. Various dances like jazz, ballet and bhangra will also be taught. Nutritional counselling will also be provided.

Another attraction will be theatre training. It will culminate with the children putting up a performance.

The camp is being conducted by instructors and trainers. The workshop will be conducted on air-conditional premises. Transport will be available on request. The workshop will go on till June 12. TNS



Tress Lounge celebrates anniversary

L’Oreal Tress Lounge, celebrated its second anniversary in Chandigarh on Monday. Talking about the latest colour trends, Ahmed of the lounge said, “Earlier, people would experimentless and would stick to basic colours like red, mahogany, blonde or copper. Today, those who visit us have become more adventurous. Blending of colours like copper and

blonde, red and blonde, mahogany and ash are in vogue.”

“As regards haircuts, it is wind-blown with colour placement and a lot of gold,” says Munish Bajaj. OC



ISKCON celebrates appearance day

The local chapter of ISKCON celebrated the appearance day of Lord Narsimha, an incarnation of Lord Krishna, at Hare Krishna Dham, Sector 36-B, in Chandigarh on Monday. A large number of devotees thronged the temple, according to H.G. Nand Maharaj Das, co-president.

The programme began with Harinam sankirtan. The main attraction was “mahabhisheka” by initiated devotees. A discourse was also held. OC


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