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St Soldier wins debate contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Saint Soldier International School, Sector 28, organised an inter-school debate competition here today. The theme was “women and society”.

The principal of the school, Ms Sudesh Chaudhary, said the competition was organised to project the situation of women in society. The chairman of the Servants of Peoples Society, Sector 15, Mr Onkar Chand, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Fifteen schools, from the city participated in the event. The results of the debate are: First St Soldier Divine Public School, Panchkula, DAV Public School, Sector 8, second: Aurobindo School of Integral Education, Sector 27. In the individual category, the first, second and third prize winners were Himmani Mittal, Aastha and Aarti Mehta, respectively. In the special category, the winners are Tania, Kumar Sunny, Ashish and Navkiran, respectively.

Tiny tots of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, celebrated the ‘Parents Day’ on the school premises. The programme began with the children showering petals and welcoming their parents. The highlight of the programme was a song ‘little dollies’ sung by tiny tots. The parents also participated in various events organised on the occasion.

‘Parkash utsav’

The “parkash utsav” of Guru Harkrishan Sahib was celebrated with religious fervour at Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 40, here today. The function was followed by “Shabad Gayan” by students of Guru Asra Trust. Principal of the school, Bindu Daljit Singh spoke on the occasion.


The Lions Club Chandigarh Nightingale celebrated Vanamahotsava at the Sawera School for Handicapped at Mohali. Saplings of different species of trees were planted on the occasion.



PU to toughen norms on research
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 23
Panjab University is gearing up to check fraud in research, especially in Ph.D.

The Ethics Committee, constituted by Vice- Chancellor, K.N. Pathak, has considered the recommendations of a draft report presented by the Academic Committee on Scientific Values of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. The chairperson of the committee is the Dean University Instruction, Professor J.K. Gupta.

It was decided at a recent meeting that steps should be taken to check the authenticity of Ph.D thesis as well as of postgraduate research. A proposal has been mooted in this regard. It says six monthly progress reports of Ph.D students should be reviewed by the academic committee or by the board of control.

The marks given to students in dissertation and viva-voce will be rationalised.

To ensure that the scholar was aware of the contents presented in his paper, he or she has to sign the manuscript before submitting it for publication. In terms of order of authorship, students will be given authorship place depending upon their contribution.

For allotment of students to various faculty members, subject to the availability of the seats and specialisation as well as willingness of the teacher. Students would be allowed to exercise their choice while selecting their guide.

In case, erratic marking by a PU employee comes to light, an expert committee will be constituted to establish the truth. If it confirms that marking is erratic then a warning will be issued to the employee. In case the employee is from outside, then he will be debarred from doing PU’s examination work.

A university official, recounting his experience in one of its departments, admitted that many ‘research scholars’ often boast of their ‘research work’. “They adopt no-holds-barred attitude to come out with flying colours. The stress is on ‘how to attain the maximum’ with minimum efforts,” he said.

The DUI, Mr J.K. Gupta, said, “These steps will surely help to maintain the high quality of Ph.D. The format of code of ethics enforced on the certified ecologists of the ecological society of America was also considered by the members of the committee. Many useful suggestions have been included.”

Mr Pathak said: “To check fraud in research, strong steps are needed. We have considered various recommendations and have come out with solution to ensure the authenticity in the research work”.



30 students get nursing degrees
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 23
As many as 30 students of nursing degree programme of Canadian Institute of International Studies (CIIS) were conferred degrees today. It was the first batch of the institute. The venue was the English auditorium in Panjab University.

Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy CM, Punjab, was the chief guest at the convocation. She said Punjab was on the verge of becoming a major education destination. With foreign collaboration from New Zealand now it would open even more job prospects for the students of the state.

Commenting on the issue of B.Ed colleges in Punjab she said that she was aware of the problem. “There is scarcity of principals and teachers in theses colleges. We will definitely take this problem into consideration.”

Ms Heather Ward, Deputy High Commissioner of New Zealand in India, who was also present, praised the efforts made by CIIS in providing right kind of inputs of education and increasing the India-New Zealand relations.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony president, CIIS Educational Services Society, Col B.S. Sandhu (retd), said a huge demand and acute shortage of nurses all over the globe had underlined the need to have more nursing staff.



NRI seats vacant in M.Tech course
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23
Some NRI seats for admission to M.Tech (Microetelctronics), M Tech (instrumentation) and M Tech ( Nanoscience and nanotechnology) courses are still vacant.

Those candidates who have qualified the entrance test for admission to the above said courses and wish to be considered under the NRI quota should submit the admission form from August 1 and report for counselling on August 8 at 10 am in the UCIM building.

The forms can be downloaded from Panjab University website www.puchd.ac.in. At the time of counselling, relevant documents, original certificates and bank drafts as mentioned in the PU handbook of information 2005 should be submitted.



104 cases disposed of in Lok Adalat
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 23
As many as 104 cases were disposed of and a sum of Rs 3, 78,500 was collected from litigants in various cases that came up in the Lok Adalat organised at the District Court premises today. The cases put up in the Lok Adalat were 278.

All categories of civil cases, including bank disputes and service matters, cases under the Motor Vehicle Act, accident claims, and some cases of criminal revision were taken up.

While most of the cases (52) related to the realisation of challans under the Motor Vehicles Act were taken up, 20 cases of criminal nature and 26 of civil nature were also taken up. Besides, four accident claim cases were taken up and Rs 3. 69 lakh was paid as compensation, informed Mr Gulab Singh, CJM and Member Secretary of the State Legal Services Authority.

He added that the State Legal Services Authority, which organises the Lok Adalats, also provides free legal aid to persons whose annual income is below Rs 25,000 per annum; persons in custody/ jails/ psychiatric hospitals, besides industrial workmen, women and children and also those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Tribes.



Passion for acting-at 60
Swarleen Kaur

Chandigarh, July 23
Age has not mellowed down his usual ebullience. Nearing 60, he is eager to learn a trick or two in the field of acting. Ved Rattan Sethi, a retired professor of English literature, Government Postgraduate College, Faridabad, is eager to join the Department of Indian Theatre of Panjab University as a student.

“I can be a veteran actor if I am able to get the right grooming at the department”, said the former professor. Chandimandir-based Ved wants to learn acting and aspires to be an actor in the fall of his life.

The subtle nuances connected with dramatics, theatre and dialogue delivery inspire him to showcase his “talent”. While preparing college teams for dramatic and youth festivals, he always felt that he should be one of the participants rather than the manager.

A product of Panjab University, Ved completed his postgraduation in English literature in 1971. The passion for acting always lay subdued in his heart as literature was his first love. Now a ‘free man’, his latent desire to be an actor is taking a practical shape. He had to go through a long and tumultuous thought process before finally taking the decision to join the department. As a result when applied, the admission in the department was over.

When contacted, the chairperson of the department, Neelam Man Singh, said, “Yes, Ved Rattan had applied for a seat. But he was very late. We conduct a test and give admission to the deserving candidates only. I cannot go against the procedure. We will talk to Dean, University Instruction (DUI), to fill the remaining seats”.

DUI, J.K. Gupta, said, “I am not aware of the issue. But if the case comes to me, I will definitely look into the matter. If we fill the seats, we will inform the candidates as per norms so that they could apply. But admission will be done purely on merit.”



Workshop on self-awareness

The British Library organised a one-day workshop on ‘Total Quality Man’ (TQM) for its corporate members. The programme aimed at attempting to achieve a balance and bring into perspective the participants’ family life and work arena with self-development as the cornerstone for both.

The programme, facilitated by Pradeep Prakash, author of book ‘Knock and the door shall be opened’, was attended by more than 30 participants from the corporate world.

According to Prakash, the workshop was not based on lectures. Instead, experiences were used as tools to move the training forward. The objective was multi-pronged — to increase achievement drive, to develop a healthy attitude towards work, people and situation, to sharpen inter-personal skills, to bring peace and harmony in self and most importantly how to release stress. In short, said Prakash, “Greater self-awareness towards improving all aspects of life”.

Mr A.S. Singh, of Hot Millions said the workshop helped us to re-look at ourselves and show us how we can be better by adopting corrective steps.

Harsimran Walia of the Canadian Institute for International Studies called the session productive and interactive and said the programme included everything “that could be inculcated easily in everyday life”.

Similarly, Sumit Khatri, area sales manager, Godfrey Phillips India Limited, said, “The sessions have made me rethink certain aspects of my life like self-discipline, time management and have helped me understand how to direct one’s energies productively”.

Both Neeraj Pasricha from the Institute of Co-operative Management and Namrita Pandey from “The Chopras” focused on the benefits for ‘self’.

The objectives of the programme, were succinctly summed up by Neeraj Kohli, vice-president, Recorders and Medicare. “The whole workshop has been an amazing zigzag movement similar to the evolution of life. Chaotic when it begins, to the realisation of who ‘I’ am to what ‘I’ am doing to what ‘I’ am supposed to be doing-parameters for becoming a total quality person.” TNS



Theatre yet to get its due in India
Aditi Tandon

Ram Gopal BajajThose who are rooted in theatre know all about the maladies of theatre world. It’s a world larger than life; a world with a power to cause change; a world that strives so societies can tell day from night and can sift right from wrong.

But for many reasons, theatre has not managed its due in India. So feels Ram Gopal Bajaj, the illustrious son of Indian theatre who has few good things to say about the cultural state here. “Governments have ignored the medium. No policies have been made to take theatre to grass roots and ensure it does not remain restricted to the NSD. If we don’t recall cultural moorings by taking theatre to children, we will never be able to end this civil war like situation.”

In Chandigarh on an invitation from the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, Bajaj spitted venom on those who treated theatre as subsidiary. Rueful and anxious, he squarely blamed the policy makers for the rot. “The NSD was also conceived as an adult education programme and I am sad to see that theatre has not been adopted by local bodies. It should have formed a vital part of infrastructural plans. As villages demand drains, they should have demanded theatre for children.”

For a man who spent years bringing quality changes at the National School of Drama, it is natural to react with a vengeance. During his six years as director, NSD, he was able to involve children in theatre. He carried forward the children’s theatre movement conceived by BV Karanth He also started the National Drama Festival which is still a rage. But since he left the institution, it has been a long haul.

Frustrations have crept in and Bajaj is not afraid to tell, “Molier is a legend today but he did not even get burial space in his homeland France. Molier’s fate is symbolic of the state Indian actors are in.” For his part, Bajaj has been trying to make a difference.

Among the many credits he has, few are — 30 productions as director, 36 productions as actor, Sangeet Natak Akademi award, Padma Shri. But these bring few smiles to Bajaj’s face. He cares more for the revival of dying arts like story telling and for connecting the two lost generations - children and parents.

“How many parents encourage children to act? If a child mimics them they intimidate him, killing his natural urge to enact. We are yet to mature as a democracy. We take ourselves too seriously to enjoy existence. For us to prosper as a society it is important that we learn to laugh at ourselves and theatre is good way to learn that.”

Bajaj’s own life is an example of how a person with humble moorings can trigger purposeful change. Under the care of Alkazi, Bajaj grew into a fine actor and then served his alma mater years later. He still remembers the genius of Manohar Singh and Om Shivpuri who, unfortunately, are known better for their film roles than their tremendous contribution to theatre.

“But I still feel there is nothing wrong with actors deciding to switch genres. Manohar did well to act. Even I am acting. You will soon see me in a Jackie Chan film,” said Bajaj, who is also trying to evolve Waris Shah into a Punjabi production.

He tells, “The language is not new to me. I earlier did Tagore’s “Muktdhara” in Punjabi.” And that is not all from the thespian’s desk. On a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, he is working on a combination between the modern actor and the modern poet, besides writing rules of the Rasa Sidhant. TNS



Impressive performances at Malharutsav

Vinita Gupta A scintillating recital by vocalist Vinita Gupta and sitarist Harvinder Sharma was on display at the Malharutsav, organised by the Indian National Theatre at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan.

Since the sublime Indian music is a manifestation of human emotions and its ragas are structured to represent a particular disposition and ardour, it was challenging for Vinita to bring alive the romanticism of raga “Miyan Malhar”. She commenced with a short “alaap” and captivated the audience with “Ai garje ghanghor..” set in Vilamabat Ek Taal followed by a composition “Umdi ghaghor..” in fast tempo set to “teen taal”. She then showed the melodious ingredients of raga ‘Des’ with sleek rendition of a “Choota khyal Mein to akeli…’.

She paid rich tributes to Acharya Brahspati by singing his compositions. She concluded the concert with a bhajan in “bhairavi raga” in “dadra taal”. Accompanying the vocalist Gautam Dhar on tabla was Neeraj Gandhi, Gehna Gujral and Nausheen Sodhi.

Harvinder Kumar Sharma took the centrestage to present “Ramdasi Malhar”, a rare form from the vast repertoire of the parent raga ‘Malhar’. During the dexterous display of “alaap”, “Jod alaap”, “jhalla” and “gat”, Harvinder impressed with his adroit mastery over “swar”, “laya” and “taal”. He presented a composition in medium and later in tempo set to rhythmic pattern of 16 beats. OC


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