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China is new destination for medical students
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
For those students who could not make it to any medical college in India, China appears to be the favourite destination.

Some of the Chinese medical universities and colleges have recruited qualified teachers from overseas, including from its own diaspora, to undertake clinical medical programme in English.

After Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Estonia and Cyprus, China is the latest addition to the list of countries which are attracting Indian students for both MBBS and BDS courses.

Though the medical colleges and universities in these countries claim to have recruited staff which can teach in English, yet the problem lies in recognition of the degrees granted by them at the end of the five-and-a-half year or four-year course.

The Medical Council of India reportedly does not recognise many of the degrees granted by the universities in these countries.

Graduates from these medical colleges and universities are required to clear a special examination to get a licence to practise medicine in India.

In a letter sent to The Tribune, Tianjin Medical University has clarified that many of its alumni have started practice back home after acquiring their degrees.

“We have 69 Indian students in the five-and-a-half-year MBBS course,” says Prof Fenglin Guo, Director, International Relations of Tianjin Medical University, revealing that the university started admitting foreign students in 1996. “Since then four batches of foreign students have graduated from our university and have subsequently passed medical licence examinations in their home countries to start practice as doctors.” This batch of 69 students is the first one from India, he adds.

He claims that Tianjin Medical University is the first medical university which has been ranked one of the key universities for the 21st century developments in China. It has been one of first medical universities of China to be recognised by the World Health Organisation. It is also one of the 74 universities of China to acquire approval of its own Ministry of Education and has at present about 500 foreign students from 39 countries.

Professor Guo, while reacting to a report in The Tribune, said Tianjin Medical University was one of the best and as of now there had been no complaint whatsoever from either the foreign students or their parents.

Mr Jagjit Singh, parent of one of the students of Tianjin University, said he and his wife were “fully satisfied” with the facilities and quality of medical education available in Tianjin. “We have been regularly in touch with our wards and they are happy there,” adds his wife.

There are some medical colleges and universities in China where Indian students face problems of language, food and even recognition of degrees offered. “Students should choose good universities with proper tuition fee,” adds Professor Guo.

“We have now received applications from 150 Indian students who are eager to join our medical programme. Only students with a good academic record can join our programme. We will choose only 90 of them,” adds Professor Guo.



City girl for world tetrahedron congress
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
Ms Sheetal Guleria, senior research fellow, Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, PU, has recently presented a research work on steroidal anti-cancer agents entitled “Synthesis of some 16E-arylidenosteroidal derivates as potential cytotoxic agents at the Sixth Tetrahedron Symposium being organised by Elsevier Sciences at Bordeaux, France.

She is pursuing her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She has been awarded the travel grant by the CSIR. She is the only female student to represent India at the congregation .



ICWAI function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 10
The Chandigarh -Panchkula chapter of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) organized a function to celebrate the beginning of new coaching classes from the current session at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8 here today.

Mr Paras Nath Singla, general manager, Accounts, Ranbaxy, who was the chief guest, said the industry was becoming more conscious of the buyer market and scare resources.

He said that for best utilisation of scare resources the costing professionals could suggest beer means.

Mr K.S. Tanwar , chairman of the chapter, stressed on the need of deep study for completion of the course.

He reiterated that the students studying the course should bear in mind that they were preparing for professional course.

Mr Rakesh Bhalla, secretary of the chapter, said in the changed business scenario of globalization of Indian economy, requirement of costing professionals was on the rise.

Others who spoke on the occasion were Mr D.C. Arya, Mr Vikas Gupta and Mr Balwinder Singh.



Living-in with music
Aditi Tandon

Music makes the world go round. Why else would a rocking deejay from Germany take time off his busy schedule back home and camp in India to soak in oriental melodies?

“And also to see what kind of texture emerges from the mixing of music,” adds Germo, sparking off an interesting conversation at Aerizzona in Sector 9, where he gave a scheduled performance on Sunday.

“I am here on the invitation of a famous Delhi-based deejay — Rummy Sharma — who has a strong German connection. For a month, we have been playing to full houses in the best of New Delhi’s hotels and pubs. The very feel of blended music is exhilarating, and I am enjoying it thoroughly,” the 37-year-old music buff rushes to add.

Entrenched in world music, Germo, a happening deejay in Berlin, also spoke about the rapid transition which the realm of music is witnessing. “Preferences are undergoing a world of change and very fast at that. Worldwide, reggae and hip hop are the most relished, especially among youngsters. Dance music — techno and trance is being favoured better in Europe. But talking about India, I am obliged to say people here love domestic music,” Germo said.

Several western musicians have mentioned in the past that Indians prefer local beats, local influences, especially Hindi and Punjabi. Does that, by any standards, means Indians are averse to risk taking?

“Not essentially,” replies Germo, who has participated in several world music congresses by virtue of living in Berlin, the hot spot of contemporary dance music. “This tendency also seems to be a part of the transition which music is undergoing worldwide. In fact, many Indians, especially Punjab rhythms are a rage abroad. There is a particular track which became a hit in Germany long before it came to India. Indian music is vibrant and I see no reason why Indians should not love their own music and demand it from the DJ.” A great admirer of Indian musical styles where film music and pop music complement each other, Germo said he particularly enjoyed playing Bombay Rockers and Rishie Rich.

“I started listening to Indian pop in the early 90s. Even British music has strong Indian influences. And personally, I love British rock and dance music,” said the deejay who loves to “live-in” with music despite challenges of his job.

“Deejays have lost the kind of respect they commanded in early 90s. That was the time when a deejay was viewed as a primary source of entertainment in parties. He was the man who knew music, could get it and perform it. But today Internet music has come handy for party organisers who think they can do without the personal touch of a deejay.”

Recently, however, the trend has witnessed a reversal, with people hankering after action and vibrancy in the party halls. And there is only one man who can provide all of that — the deejay.

Germo could not agree less, “The profession is here to stay irrespective of the settings.” In Aerizzona this evening, Germo proved all of this and also that “music makes the world go round”.



Sharing ‘royal’ music

In this age of commercialisation, it is tough to fathom a combination like this one. Born into the traditional Gwalior gharana which owes its musical legacy to Mian Tansen, brothers Abdul Salim and Hanif have sung little for money. “Our forefathers were court musicians of the Scindias. They made musical offerings nowhere except in the presence of the royalty.

Until recently, we were also following in their footsteps, until of course the very meaning of the courts was lost,” says Salim, elder of the two brothers and a promising singer.

Although well grounded in classical musical traditions which make the Gwalior tradition rich among others in India, Salim and Hanif have mainly specialised in ghazals.

In fact, they have started performing publicly very recently. “We felt the need to cash in on our music after the demise of Madhav Rao Scindia. Until then we had never known what scarcity of money was like.

Helpless, we turned to All India Radio which was more than happy to welcome us,” Salim said, rather pensively.

But a change in the lifestyle was indeed coming, as Salim reasons, “Music is meant to be shared with people.

This we realised later when we became part of the AIR family in Madhya Pradesh and started performing extensively.

Proximity to people has given us satisfaction. Now we also adapt Hindi film songs into ghazals.”

But both the brothers prefer traditional literature when it comes to musical renderings, Hazrat Amir Khusro being their favourite. They have also cut an album recently.

Today they regaled the crowds in city at Hotel Metro in Sector 35. TNS



Man with passion for poetry
S.D. Sharma

The literary creations of the octogenarian poet Kedar Nath Kedar epitomise the pious spirit of ‘love’ in all its manifestations which he reiterates is the essence of life. Despite being at variance with his profession during his three-decade sojourn in Kuwait, the UK and USA, the poet in him remained alive to the essential virtues and magnanimity of a human , which shaped his sensibilities and persona to be the most popular poet among the masses and the classes in Kuwait.

This fact got substantiated as on his recent visit to the USA, UK and Kuwait after a decade, the prime publications, Kuwait Times (May 24), The Arab Times Kuwait (May 31) and the May issue of Islamabad’s Urdu literary magazine ‘Jahan nama’ heralded his incredible contribution for the dissemination of Punjabi and Urdu “adab” in the alien lands. Sharing the memorable moments of honour by the Writers Forum Kuwait, with the Chandigarh Tribune, Kedar maintains that such a selfless service to literature rejuvenates him to feel young always.

Obsessed with the passion for poetry young Kedar learnt ‘Pingal’, the grammar of poetry under the tutelage of Ustad Arshi Man Singh at Lahore way back in 1945 which had been a boon to accomplish creativity in his works like ‘Yadaan de Maruthal, Mehak Pyar Di, Suman Yadan, Kedar Nama (a tribute by poets of England) and others. Kedar was a regular playwright and drama voice for the All India Radio, Jalandhar, before migrating to Kuwait in 1969. His popularity as a dramatist and poet was established among the culturally starved Indian and Pakistani Punjabis there. “Literary organisations Bazam-e-Adab, Adabi Sangat and Bharti Kala Sangam for visual arts founded by me with close cooperation of poet Athar Nadeem, now Joint Editor ‘The Sun’ Lahore are still active,” says Kidar beaming with pride.

Back in Panchkula he is committed to the promotion of Punjabi and propagation of good literature. For the purpose Kedar had set up ‘Kedar Adabi Trust’ himself donating Rs 3 lakh besides the Adabi Sangat. The trust awards scholarships and cash prizes to the toppers in Haryana.

He is also behind various literary competitions organised in association with the Haryana Punjabi Academy. Truly secular and patriotic Kedar reiterates his pledge to restore peace harmony “Mere khoon naal nafarat di jekar agg bujhh jaave, tey ley lo jaan meri , Eh mein kad tak sanbh rakhni hai..” and signs off with “Mera paigham mohabbat hai hahan tak pahunche…”


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