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20 inclusive education schools for UT’s special kids!
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
As required by the Union HRD Ministry, the UT Administration is ready with its policy of inclusive education for special children in Chandigarh. Till now, the city has been addressing the needs of special children through special schools, meant exclusively for them.

Taking note of the letter earlier sent by the Ministry, UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) has cleared the proposal to set up at least 20 centres of inclusive education for special children in the city. Such centres or schools will be set up in the existing government schools where normal children are already taking classes.

The idea behind setting up such inclusive centres is to bring special children in contact with other normal children and encourage the process of their healthy growth.

The proposal, prepared by Department of Social Welfare in collaboration with the social activists working in the disability sector, had, for the first time, envisaged the integration of disabled children in mainstream schools rather than in separate, special schools. The UT Home Secretary had forwarded the proposal to DPI (Schools) for implementation.

It may be mentioned here that the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Mr Arjun Singh had, in the Rajya Sabha, announced that the government would go ahead with the policy of inclusive education in India.

The Chandigarh Administration had already sent its proposal to the HRD Ministry for perusal. The idea was to get Central funding for the project. Meanwhile, General Rodrigues had approved 20 inclusive education centres for Chandigarh. Of these, 10 schools (eight in urban area and two in rural area) would be meant for children suffering from hearing impairment; 10 would be meant for children with physical disabilities. These 20 schools would be established in the already running government schools.

The proposal targets 95 per cent disabled children in Chandigarh, given the fact that 5 per cent are suffering from disabilities which could only be addressed in special schools. Total visual impairment, multiple and complex disabilities like cerebral palsy etc fall in this category.

Sources in the Administration told The Tribune today that each of the 20 centres of inclusive education, to be set up in the existing government schools, would have regular slots for physiotherapists, speech therapists and remedial teachers. Treatment of children would also go on uninterrupted in such schools.

As for the advantages of inclusive education over “exclusive education” for special children - such schools would help the states prepare the child to face the challenges of community living rather than forcing him to live as an object of pity.

Another reason behind discouraging specialised schools was that such schools were being run by NGOs which failed to maintain standards.



School celebrates environment day
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, June 4
The WWF India (north region) and Sai Dharam Singh Grover Foundation celebrated the World Environment Day with students of Sai Grace Public School at Said Pura village here today.

A painting competition was held in which students of various schools took part.

Project Scientist of the Punjab State Science Council, Sector 26, Chandigarh, Reema was the chief guest. She along with village sarpanch Jaspal Singh and children planted saplings of trees with medicinal value on the school premises and in the village park.

WWF’s regional education officer Ajay Dhiman delivered a lecture to children on the value of medicinal plants.

Eco-friendly pencils, prizes and food packets were distributed among the children of the village.

Results of the painting competition: Group I (age 4 to 8): Jaswinder (Government High School, Dera Bassi) - I; Ashpreet (Sai Grace Public School) - II; Sarabjeet (Strawberry School, Baltana) - III.

Group II (age 9 to 14): Jaswinder (Government High School) - I; Vimal (Lord Mahavir Jain School) - II; Puneet Sehgal (Kendriya Vidyalaya, 
Chandigarh) - III.



Common prospectus for 4 govt colleges
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 4
The four city Government Colleges — Government College for girls, Sector 11, (GCG-11) Government College, Sector 11, (GC-11) Government College for Girls, Sector 42 (GCG-42) and Government College, Sector 46 (GC-46)- have rationalised their fee structure. From the forthcoming session the students would have to pay the same amount of fee, irrespective of the government college that they got admission in.

The fee rationalisation follows the common prospectus (costing Rs 50) for four colleges, which was started by the UT Education Department three years ago.

Also the duration of lectures had been extended from 45 minutes to one hour from this session.

Though the prospectus could be obtained from any of these colleges but the form would have to be submitted in that college where the student was seeking admission.

For the first time semester system had been introduced in the M Sc (IT) in GC-11 and GC-46. The GC-46 had introduced M Sc course from this year only.

Prospectus would be available from June 6. Form can be down loaded from www.chandigarh.nic.in

Last date of submission: GC Sector 11: June 24, GCG, Sector 11: June 29, GCG, Sector 42: June 24, GC, Sector 46: June 24.

Fee Structure:
  • B A I 6465
  • B A II 5370
  • B A III 5405
  • B Sc I (Medical) 8205
  • B Sc II (Medical) 7110
  • B Sc III (Medical) 7145
  • B Sc I (Non-Med) 7725
  • B Sc II (Non-Med) 6630
  • B Sc III (Non-Med) 6665
  • BCA I 21,465
  • BCA II 21,095
  • BCA III 21,130



College Call
Range of new courses at DAV-10
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Traditionally a boy’s college, the gender tag has become a misnomer for DAV College, Sector 10. After opening its gates for girls in B.Sc medical and non-medical last year, the college makes way for accommodating more girl students as it is going to start as many as eight co-ed postgraduate courses from 2005-06. The college does not shun away from boasting that it offers maximum courses at the MA level.

The college is offering 40 seats each in MA Zoology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Sociology, Psychology and Public Administration from this session. Admissions will be on the basis of merit.

In science stream, the college is starting M.Sc (Bio-Technology) and M.Sc (Bio-informatics), with 15 seats each.

“With the new existing courses at the college, we are sure that our college is next only to the university in offering the number of courses in MA and M.Sc,” says senior college faculty Prof R. Vinayak.

The college has been offering MA (English), M.Sc (IT) and M.Com with 30 seats each for several years.

Moving away from the core undergraduate courses, the college adds to its repertoire three new courses with 15 seats each this session — B.Sc (Bio-Technology), B.Sc (Bio-Informatics) and Bachelor of Physical Education (B. P. Ed).

“Given the increase in interests of the students in opting job oriented short duration courses, we are planning to start six one-year postgraduate diploma courses in the evening. These diplomas are suited for those students who after graduation opt for a suitable course for placement,” adds the professor.

The six new diplomas include Human Resource Management, Foreign Trade, Tourism and Trade Management, Entrepreneurship Development, Family Business and Public Relations and Event Management. Each diploma has 15 seats.

And for the undergraduate students who want an added qualification for better job prospects, the add-on courses in translation, journalism, counseling and guidance, industrial chemistry, pathological laboratory technology and hardware maintenance.

“Each year we take around 900 students in BA and around 500 B.Sc. Apart from that we have three units of B.Com (210 seats), BCA, BBA and B.Sc (Computer Science). This easily makes us among the largest colleges in the city,” adds Prof Vinayak.

At a glance:

1. New PG courses: MA in: *Zoology



*Public Administration



2. Add-on courses in: translation, journalism, counseling and guidance, industrial chemistry, pathological laboratory technology and hardware maintenance.

3. Six new PG Diplomas in Commerce and Management.



Film Review
‘D’ — not up to the mark
Rama Sharma

Chandigarh: Factory king Ram Gopal Verma’s latest output with the shortest possible title and similar to the life of Dawood Ibrahim was supposed to kick up our heels.

But after his superb “Satya” and “Company”, “D”, another gangster flick in the league, does not exactly measure up to expectations. But it is not a bad attempt either by first -timer director Vishram Sawant.

Chunky Pandey, written off long ago, makes a not so-great comeback. Nevertheless he shows sufficient spark working as an accomplice (Raghav) to the hero.

Randeep Hooda’s second appearance on the silver screen, as the lead gangster, Deshu (D), is not without promise.

Deshu is assisted by his mentor (Goga Kapoor) but is vehemently opposed by his two sons (Yashpal Sharma and Sushant Singh). The underworld rivalry, spewing venomous pride, has been dealt with accordingly. But we have enough of this blood-curdling and gun totting tactics. TNS



Cultural show at Yavanika
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 4
Hundreds of visitors to the Yavanika Open Air Theatre got a taste of Haryanvi culture. The Haryanvi Sanskritik Avam Khel Vikas Manch had organised a cultural programme here this evening.

Raginis and folk songs by famous singers — Neelam Chaudhary, Jitender Parania, Narender Dangi and Gajender Phukat — rent the air. Students of St Theresa Public School, Sector 26, also performed a dance and song programme. Mr Rajiv Sharma, Director, Public Relations, Haryana, was the chief guest on this occasion.



Comedy play on environment staged

“Any further neglect in preserving the ecological balance is bound to lead to a disastrous situation,” opined the Panchkula SSP, Dr R.C. Mishra, author of over 12 books on the subject. He was speaking while presiding over a function organised by the Theatre Arts on the eve of the World Environment Day at the Plaza today.

Engaged in creating awareness about the issues of social relevance, the Theatre Arts, in association with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Haryana, has projected the cause of environmental conservation through a comedy play ‘Paryavaran ka Vinash”.

The play, written by Suvinderpal and directed by Mehta, was a satire on the current environment situation in the country and a focus on the measures to be taken by the public and the government. With a view to conveying the thematic content of the presentation to the masses, both playwright and director relied upon a mythological base to depict the deepest concern of even revered ‘gods’ to the rising level of deforestation, pollution control and scarcity of water.

Gods of heavens, Inder and Narad, visit the earth only to get shocked observing the ignorance and uncaring attitude of the worldly creatures towards the environment. The performance was so gripping that the scorching heat was no deterrent to the strong crowd of over 500 viewers. Sachin Sharma (god Indra) Yogesh Arora (Narad) Rajiv Mehta (Chitragupt) Suvinderpal (farmer) Bhavna (mother) Harshvir Latta (son) and others brought out their characters with the crisp comedy spells. OC



French group enthralls music lovers

Members of French music troupe Images Quartette, perform at Baba Makhanshah Lobana Bhavan, Sector 30, Chandigarh on Saturday.
Members of French music troupe Images Quartette, perform at Baba Makhanshah Lobana Bhavan, Sector 30, Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Rarely music passes beyond pleasures and pains, but today it transcended all frontiers as the musical ensemble “Images Quartette” from the alien land of France enthralled elite city music lovers at Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Bhavan.

The French classical and jazz clarinet concert, a tribute to French composers presented by the Alliance Francaise in association with the French Embassy marked the culmination of the series of ten concerts held in India. The quartette epitomises the family of four clarinets from the smallest clarinet, played by Vincent Lauret, the baby of the team, affectionately nicknamed ‘Vishnu’ to the biggest bass clarinet played by the eldest Bruno Cohard, the troupe leader.

The ensemble presented six classical numbers composed by French legendary maestros. As the series of programmes had been conceptualised and dedicated to human emotions, the artists presented compositions exuding the fragrance of a particular sentiment and thus the complete repertoire of items was a veritable “image” of a multi-hued “rainbow” as Bruno puts it.

Most of the audience being naďve to the French music traditions relished the inextricably composed music pieces like “La Toupe”, depicting the morning colours in Paris and the “Tip Top” giving the feel of night colour. Jean Bernrad displayed dexterous display of xylophone to the company of Vincent’s small clarinet tune. Francis Chambert and Arnaud Pairier joined them to present an interesting and melodious “Two cocks in hen’s house”.

The second phase of jazz music, however, captivated one and all. Even the artistes extracted full pleasure especially Bruno, who established an instant rapport with the crowd. The hall reverberated with elation for a young city artist Ahirbhav Verma, who accompanied the troupe on tabla and later doled out a captivating “rela” in a solo performance. OC



From painter to singer

Creativity overcomes all barriers. It has the capacity to excel inspite of deterrents.

Ravinder Ravi, who made to the top five of the Indian idol contest, has proved it in ample measures .Be it whitewashing houses or singing on public platforms, he exhibits the creative verve.

A painter, who eked out his living by painting houses in Ludhiana, he always nursed a deep desire to sing. It was then that Sony Television came looking for unidentified talent. Waiting in the queue for the audition, he knew he was competing with trained contestants.

His social status could not dent his enthusiasm. His confidence, too, remained unaffected. When selected, he faced contestants who were lucky than him. Yet he sang into the hearts of the people, moving to the top 10.

Every week judges would belittle him, but the audience stood by the gutsy singer and voted for him.

Poor finances and no formal training in music did not affect his confidence.

Now, he has settled down in Mumbai and is busy doing shows.

He was in the city to deliver a lecture at a talk show held by Chitkara students.



Play focuses on sharing wives

The truth is stranger than fiction, more so in times when women, are shared by unmarried brothers to avoid division of ancestral property. The Punjabi play “Kaala Ilam” by the Adakar Manch, Mohali, with The Tribune group of newspapers as the media sponsor is slated for June 5 at the Tagore Theatre and will bare the “necessary evil”.

The play has been scripted by Dr Sahib Singh and is based on a short story by Ranjit Rahi. Rahi delves into the needs, aspirations and economic compulsions of poor farmers. The issues are brought to the forefront through the effective medium of theatre.

Dr Sahib Singh, addressing a Press conference at the Press Club, Chandigarh, maintained that society must analyse and confront the sexual dilemma. Unlike the problems of the small rich segment of society, he is seized with the potent issue of the forced sharing of wife. OC


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