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PU schedule for interviews
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
Panjab University today released the schedule for interviews of candidates for the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) and the Geology Department.

The UIET will start admissions to ME (electronics & communication engineering) for the session 2005-2006 from July 25 as per the schedule below.

As regards the Geology Department, the interviews for BSc (HS) III geology students, who appeared for their examination in April/ May, 2005, will be held on July 25 at 11.00 am for admissions to MSc (Hons. School) I for the session 2005-2006. The interviews will be held in the office of the chairman of the department.



Development programme concludes
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 21
An entrepreneurship development programme organised at the Indo-Global College of Engineering for the 3rd semester B.Tech students ended today. This was part of the institutional workshop training being conducted for students.

The programme was inaugurated by Dr S.R. Prabhakar, Principal of the college. He said for India to be a developed nation, young engineers needed to depart from the conventional approach of seeking wage employment.



Commissioner, KVS, visits school

Chandigarh, July 21
Mr Rang Lal Jamnda, Commissioner Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan yesterday visited K.V. AFS High Grounds here. He was escorted by Mr D.S. Saini, Assistant Commissioner, Chandigarh Region.

He was accorded a warm welcome by principal S.K. Bhatia, the vice-principal and the headmistress. Children dressed up as puppets regaled the chief guest. TNS



Hamara School
Where focus is on value education

The building of St. Mary’s School in Sector-46, Chandigarh
The building of St. Mary’s School in Sector-46, Chandigarh

St. Mary’s School, Sector 46B, Chandigarh, was founded on 15 August 1989, by Dr Poulose Mar Gregorios, a great scholar and famous educationist, with the aim of imparting quality education at affordable cost. The school is appropriately named after St. Mary, The mother of Lord Jesus, the symbol of love and compassion. The Orthodox Syrian Church of India, which has its HQ at Kottayam, Kerala, manages the school. It is an English medium, co-educational school, following the CBSE curriculum. The admission is open for all irrespective of creed and caste.

The motto of our school, By Love We Serve, is a constant reminder that we should serve others selflessly, graciously and with great love. By serving others, we serve God. The essence of God is none other than love. God created man in his own image and likeness and by loving and serving His creation, we love and serve God. We should not expect anything in return for our service because there is a greater pleasure in giving than in receiving.

Besides imparting knowledge, education involves overall development of a child’s personality. Personality development is a task which requires experience, patience and persistence. Our well-qualified teachers have all these qualities in abundance. In today’s materialistic world, children are exposed to the great peer group pressure and immense emotional stress.

Under such circumstances the basic human values such as mutual respect, honesty, and humility are often forgotten. Therefore, a lot of emphasis is laid to value education and character development. Our school is committed to groom our children into healthy, dynamic and responsible citizens of tomorrow. Every child is given individual attention and is taught to face this competitive world with confidence and courage.

The new school complex with the state-of-the-art facilities which was inaugurated in April, 2004, can boast of a sprawling campus with lush green lawns, spacious and ventilated classrooms and well-equipped computer room with multimedia projectors, a well-stocked library with large reading room, a conference hall and various sports facilities. The children are imparted education using the modern methods of teaching to make learning more interesting and rewarding.


The school has always been in forefront in sports and all extra-curricular activities like, martial arts, music, dance, debates, painting, art and craft. Students are encouraged and trained by qualified instructors in these activities since they play a major role in the overall development of the children. The school also has an Eco Club, Quiz club and a school choir. Regular seminars are organised in the school for motivating the staff.


To name a few, Master Gaurav Shah “The little Master of St. Mary’s” has represented our country in a recent Global Festival held at Dubai and Miss Arshpreet Kaur of Class VIII won a cash prize and a memento during a national-level essay competition held on conservation of petroleum products. The school was also awarded a cash prize and trophy for the same. Our students won prizes for slogan-writing and handwriting competitions held by the State Library Association. On Christmas our students won prizes in the inter-school carol singing competition conducted by the YMCA. Our students also participated in the Science Olympiad.

Social service activities

Besides providing fee concessions and educational scholarships to the economically backward children, the school provides free education to many needy children. Our students regularly visit the missionaries of charity and distribute clothes and medicines to the underprivileged children. With the contribution from our students, St. Mary’s School donated Rs 45,000/- to the Indian Leprosy Foundation, Rs 16,500/- for Helpage Indian and Rs 25,000/- for SOS Children village during the last academic year.

The sole aim of our school is to build up character and capability of child for responding to the challenges of life with love and deep faith in God. Trained at St. Mary’s, your child will become a self-reliant and socially valuable citizen whom you and the community can be proud of.



Principal Speak

Education is basically concerned with worldwide information, social behaviour and personality development. An educationist should focus on the outcome of the culmination of these three important aspects.

In general, every school provides an opportunity for this orientation but the challenge comes when you involve yourself at every stage of student’s growth. In order to understand the difficulties in this decisive process, one should keep in mind his/her own stages of development with unique qualities. Let us not forget that every individual is a bundle of emotions to be handled with great care, love and respect to obtain positive results. Therefore, it is our utmost responsibility to shape the future of our students by providing all that is available under our domain in spite of complexities.

We, at St. Mary’s School, are motivated by the ABC of our school. We consider teachers our assets, as they are instrumental in bringing about the desired changes in the lives of the students.

Our students’ parents are our benefactors as they provide us the support we need, for continuing our good work.

And our students are our main concern as we dedicate our lives for them.

Principal, Saji Yohana



Team work must, Mizo Governor tells students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
“There is need for maintaining a faster pace, in tune with the physical surroundings, for the management and students of University Business School to tap the potential of its alumni.”

This was stated by Mr A.R. Kohli, Governor of Mizoram, at a seminar on “Challenges for universities in the twentyfirst century” organised by University Business School on the Panjab University campus, here today.

Citing examples of ASEAN and the European Union, Mr Kohli highlighted the importance of inter-dependence, team work and networking in the 21st century. He suggested a change in the teaching methodology and method of learning from “swa-adhyae” to “Seh-adhyae”, i.e. from “self-learning” to “learning together”.

In his message to the students, he urged them to strengthen emotional bonds and work towards nation building. Appreciating the intellectual capital of UBS students, Mr Kohli encouraged them to develop a positive attitude and be focused in their approach in order to bring the institute among the top-ranking management institutes in the country.

Earlier, Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, PU and Prof Satish Kapoor, Chairman, UBS., welcomed and introduced the chief guest to the audience which comprised members of the Senate, the faculty and students from the UBS.

Professor Kapoor stated that Mr Kohli’s association with Panjab University dated back to 1957. A first batch passout from IIM, Calcutta, Mr Kohli was also a founder of the DAV Institute of Management, Faridabad.



New Release
‘Viruddh’, a fight against corrupt system

With the release “Black”, “Bunty aur Bubli”, “Sarkar”, Amitabh Bachchan will be the Bollywood’s busiest star over the next few months. After successful ‘Sarkar’, Big B is ready to take his audience by surprise in ABCL and Satyajeet Movies Pvt Ltd’s ”Viruddh”! Bachchan has every chance to showcase his histrionics in this film. It has been shot in the English version titled as “Versus”. The director of “Vaastav”, Mahesh Manujrekar, promises something different this time. “Viruddh” stars Amitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore, John Abraham, Anushka Dandekar and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. It will be released on Friday at Piccadily, Chandigarh, and Fun Reupblic, Mani Majra. The expectation are high but the star cast has the talent to surpass the expectations.

“Viruddh” depicts the struggle of an individual against the corrupt system. The main character has not seen the inside of a courtroom or a police station. How he learns the ropes and beats the corrupt forms the crux of the story.

The film expresses individual and social vulnerability in the face of a corrupt system. “Viruddh” suggests that if you do not stand up to your convictions and beliefs, you are nothing but a dishonest and hypocrite.

The promos of “Viruddh” have a “Saaransh” like feel but Mahesh Manjurekar denies this and says. “It is not remotely like “Saransh”. It is totally fresh and has a tagline.... family comes first’’. Interestingly this ABCL Ltd film has only one song, Bhooli bisri yaadon mein. Music composer duo Ajay-Atul has come up with a melodious score.

— D.P.



Rodrigues wants Tagore Theatre upgraded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21
With a view to upgrading and modernising infrastructural facilities in the Tagore Theatre, Gen (retd) S.F. Rodrigues, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, asked senior officers of the Chandigarh Administration to plan innovative modifications in the hall, including the stage, seats, lighting and sound system to meet the changing needs of the performing arts.

Accompanied by Mrs Jean Rodrigues, the Administrator today paid a visit to the Tagore Theatre, took stock of the existing infrastructural network and discussed with the Home Secretary, Chief Engineer and Chief Architect the modalities for carrying out the plan. He emphasised that distinguished architects and members of the Tagore Theatre Society must be consulted to establish the needs of different art forms. He said that three core groups of experts, one for stage and green rooms, the other for seating plan and another for light and sound systems and interior decoration should be constituted to plan the renovation process of the hall of theatre.

The Administrator also asked the officers to explore the possibility of adding one small auditorium to the complex for holding functions.



Musical evening tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 21
The Indian National Theatre is celebrating the onset of ‘sawan’ with a classical musical evening to be held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on July 23 at 6.30 pm. The evening would see performances by Vinita Gupta, a vocalist of Rampur Sadarang tradition. Tabla exponent Gautam Dhar will accompany the vocalist. Sitarist Harvinder Sharma will lit up the second part of the concert. 



Pak poetess hopeful of Indo-Pak peace
Aditi Tandon

Little deliberation on second day of seminar

The Indo-Pak seminar on Urdu poet Hali concluded today with the participating delegates resolving to keep the memory of Hali alive by promoting publications of his work. Talks were also held on further enriching the library of Hali’s works, located in Panipat.

While the attending Pakistani scholars extended academic support to the Haryana Urdu Akademi, which organised the seminar, the akademi, on its part, ensured everyone that it would continue to publish Hali’s ghazals in both Urdu and Hindi.

Incidentally, the proceedings did not yield much because four of the Pakistani scholars who were supposed to read their papers today never showed up.

Unfettered and empowered, poetess Sultana Munawwar uses the power of verse to paint vivid pictures of her land, - Pakistan. In these pictures, Pakistan looks brighter, radiant than ever. Ask the poetess if there are streaks of truth in her verbal imagery and she manages a reply, “Truth is subjective. My truth is different from yours. That’s why you can’t see what I can. But I am sure someday you too will share my vision.”

With a poetess like Sultana, who’s in the city to attend a seminar on Urdu poet Hali, Pakistan would never fall short of people who have hope in its glorious future - a future where Islamic fundamentalism is nor a norm but an exception, a future where women are not battered and jilted, a future where liberation has a hope.

The best part of Sultana’s poetry lies in its ability to cut across borders. No wonder she has endeared herself to many in India. “I have been here on poetic symposiums and I have been welcomed with open arms. My poems draw their life blood from love and romance but they go on to raise bigger, more vital issues, the ones that are critical for survival in this global world. “I would love to tell you that the face of Pakistan is now changing. Its women are waking up from deep sleep. They are talking of their rights and are being heard.”

Referring to the tragic incident of Mukhtar Mai, whose pathos now form a part of her poetry, Sultana said: “Mukhtar got justice after a lot of struggle, but the significant point is that she got justice. There were people who cared for her, who stood by her and brought her hope.

“But this was a stray incident located in a backward, interior Pakistan where the fruits of literacy have not yet reached. In urban Pakistan women hold as many jobs as men do. They are as respected as men are.”

Hopeful about the resolution of Indo-Pak problem, Sultana signs off on a vibrant note, with one of her most loved verses:

“Na roko raasta iska, Ise har samt aane do…

Mohabbat rang hai khushboo hai isko fail jaane do.” TNS



Inspired makeover for city denizens
Gayatri Rajwade

Do you wish to reinvent yourself? Be a special artist, impress the family with your creative ability or better still, preen and colour up and feel the difference! The city’s women entrepreneurs are introducing savvy makeover formulas for the savoir-faire amongst us! Complete changeovers from the face to nails personify the enlivening spirit of the women of this city.

For a polished makeover, a makeup school opens in the city in Sector 10. Founded by Anita Sharma, the school edifies a complete transformation by this spirited lady who has more than 35 years of practical experience backing her.

Armed with a diploma from the prestigious Joan Price Beauty School in London, Anita worked with the fashion industry specialising in Asian bridals, makeovers and skin treatments for over nine years before deciding to move back to India.

The move was a “natural” one for this elegant lady who has also worked as a beauty adviser with none other than Estee Lauder in London! Today she has students coming from as far as Patiala to train in the art of makeovers!

The training modules range from Rs. 1500 for day makeup in a day to Rs 22,000 for an advanced professional makeup artist course which is a two-month course and includes 17 different types of makeovers ranging from theatre to the wet look!

The basic art of makeover, a one-month, module, will make you shell out Rs. 12,000 but includes nine different types of makeup ranging from theory sessions to corrective makeup.

Anita has the verve and zest to succeed. “I believe I will accomplish something because the city is ready for this. Everyone wants to look good.”

So this spirited lady, who takes classes from 9 am to 2 pm everyday and does bridals and makeovers in the evening, knows teaching is where her passion lies.

After dreaming and working towards this for more than two decades, she has picked up her ‘work boots’ to start anew.

“It is not difficult to start again. You must live each moment, get up in the morning look fresh, smile and take inspiration from nature. I want to give back all that I have gained in all these years.”

Indeed! For Jaswinder Matharoo, of one the pioneer’s of ‘Nail Art’ art in the city, “Doing something different to keep busy” also translates into being a perfectionist! “If I spend so much time on something I should be good at it,” is Jaswinder’s refrain.

In her fresh, pink, sparkling salon in Sector 8 are an array of plastic and acrylic nail extensions funky designs on nails and French manicure kits that give your hands instant stardom!

“Beautiful, well-groomed nails are an important part of your overall look,” believes Jaswinder. Today she has the fashion conscious Ludhiana, Ambala and Patiala coming for a ‘polish’ for it is, “women in the smaller towns and cities of India that are more aware of changing trends in style.”

An exclusive three-week course completed in all of 10 days from NAIL BAR in Mumbai along with prior experience in nail art makes this lady totally proficient in taking your hands in to hers. “As a nail stylist, I use nail tips to transform chipped, shapeless nails into a pair of lovely hands.”

The best part is that these nails can be worn for a month, they grow along with your nails and can withstand all your household chores without fear of chipping the shimmer or designs.

With prices ranging from Rs 200 for nail art for the whole hand to Rs 2000 for ‘overlays’ or buffing and polishing of acrylic nails, there is something in here to suit all budgets.

For Jaswinder, from being a “complete home-maker and baker, (she professes to make the yummiest tiramisus!), to opening a salon for grooming and caring for nails is simply about the fine art of balancing. So get ready to look your best! TNS



Local musician to perform in Iran
S.D. Sharma

Subhash Chander Ghosh
Subhash Chander Ghosh

SUBHASH Chander Ghosh, city-based exponent of Indian classical music will present a series of musical soirees on his self-designed musical instrument — ‘Sarasvani’ — in Iran.

Ghosh, the foremost disciple of Padma Vibhushan Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, said his venture to study the influence of Indian classical ragas on the literary and musical traditions of Iran had won him the government-sponsored contract abroad.

His troupe comprises tabla performer Mehmood Khan and flautist Parkash from the city, sitarist Gopal Krishan and sarangi player, Kulbhushan Sharma from Delhi.

He said the tour itinerary would open with a classical music concert at the Niyavaran theatre of Teheran on July 27. The programme would be repeated for three or four days.

Iranian artists too would perform with us for a few jugalbandis. We would be in Teheran three days ahead of the scheduled concert to interact, experiment with their ethnic and contemporary music, identify the common ingredients of melody and create fusion compositions form two classical traditions.

Our troupe would also perform along with local artistes in more concerts at other venues, said Ghosh.


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