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EDUSAT system installed at PU
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 24
A satellite interactive terminal, (SIT), was installed at Academic Staff College, Panjab University (PU), here yesterday. It established the university’s link with the UGC-CEC. Vice-Chancellor K.N. Pathak interacted with Prof Nigavekar through the satellite link.

A video-conferencing was also held between the UGC-CEC and 10 other SIT centres, including Indore University, Benares Hindu University, Srinagar University and the University of Mysore.

Prof J.K. Gupta, Dean, (university instructions), Dr Sodhi Ram, Registrar, Prof A.K. Sehajpal, Coordinator, IGNOU, and Prof R.C. Sobti, Director, Academic Staff College were present on the occasion.

Prof Nigavekar spoke about the capacity of the new technology to improve the quality of education. He said the cost of the technology was coming down and very soon it would be available in all colleges across the country.

The UGC-CEC with the support of the ISRO will also set up a network via SIT through which 58 institutions will be linked together. The network will create a countrywide classroom and a teaching end.

An expert teacher on the subject will be able to address students in each of these locations and the students will be able to ask questions from him. An MOU between the UGC -CEC and the university will be signed soon in this connection.



Vivekanand institute cultural fest
Our Correspondent

Students perform at a cultural festival organised by the Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET) at Government Polytechnic College for Women, Sector 10, on Sunday.
Students perform at a cultural festival organised by the Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET) at Government Polytechnic College for Women, Sector 10, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, July 24
Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET) organised a cultural festival “NOOR-2005” at Government Polytechnic College for Women, Sector 10, here today. The occasion was graced by Mr J.B. Goyal, Secretary, Technical Education, Punjab, as the chief guest. Mr Vijay Gupta, Director, Punjab Engineering College, Mr C.S. Rao, Director and Mr Manmohan Garg, SVIET Chairman, were also present on the occasion.

While addressing the students, Mr Goyal impressed upon the participation in such cultural aggregations which gather equal significance as academic accomplishments. “Active participation in such cultural progressions facilitates the professional students to mitigate stress and thereby give an impetus to their overall persona grooming,” he said.

Mr Gupta valued the performance of the participants while Mr Rao enumerated and brought forth the achievements of the institute. The occasion was addressed by various members of the managing committee that included Mr Ashwani Garg, Mr Ashok Garg and Mr Deshraj Thakral.

Mr Manmohan Garg said a team of the college faculty was paying visit to America and England to have a close interface with various technical institutions so that their course contents be brought in SVIET via V-SAT for implementation during 2006-07. He further said the institute would commence the B.Ed course from the academic year 2005-06 for which sanction had been granted.



Three CIIS nurses get scholarships
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 24
The Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, and the Deputy High Commissioner of New Zealand in India, Ms Heather Ward, gave scholarships to nursing students of the Canadian Institute of International Studies (CIIS) here today.

Mrs Bhattal, Ms Ward and Mr Simon Smith, First Secretary (Immigration), New Zealand, were on a visit to the CIIS.

While Mrs Bhattal awarded the first scholarship of NZ $4000, Ms Heather Ward awarded the second scholarship of NZ $3000 and Mr Simon Smith awarded the third scholarship of NZ $ 1500 to three students of the current batch.

Earlier in the day, a nine-member delegation from New Zealand, led by Ms Heather Ward, had met Mrs Bhattal at her official residence. Mrs Bhattal said Punjab was on the verge of becoming a major destination with foreign collaboration from New Zealand which would open more job prospects for students of the state.

Mr Simon Smith said he had cleared visitor visas to all 23 nurses, who had completed their training course from the CIIS. She said the second batch of 80 nurses would get training during the next session. Special arrangements had been made to impart training to nurses in Fortis Hospital, Mohali.

Other members of the delegation included Mr Janet Olliver, Professional Head

of Nursing, Ucol, New Zealand, Mr Bruce Osborne, Director, Ucol, and Ms Sheila Grainger, Deputy Chief (Academic). Mr K.K. Bhatnagar, Principal Secretary, Technical Education, Punjab, Mr Narinderjit Singh, Director, Technical Education, and Lt Gen K.S. Mann (retd) Director, CIIS, were also present at the meeting.



Electronic microscope lying unused
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 24
A transmission electronic microscope worth Rs 90 lakh has been lying outside the Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facility Department, (SAIF), Panjab University, for more than three and a half months.

The only concern the authorities have shown is that they have covered the sophisticated instrument due to rains.

Mr Subash Bedi, Director of SAIF, said the microscope which had a warranty of three years had not been left uncared for. “We could not take it inside as it is very big in size. Its installation work is in progress and we have already called tenders in this regard. It will take three to four weeks to get it properly installed. One more such instrument will arrive tomorrow but that will be installed easily.”

Dean, University Instruction, J.K. Gupta said, “This problem came to my notice recently. The size of the instrument is very big and to install it we will have to break the wall or door. I have to talk to the Executive Engineer in this connection and we will come up with a solution soon”.



Clubs launched in Sacred Heart
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
With a view to identifying students with creativity and encouraging innovative ideas among them in Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, here, under the guidance of its principal, Sister Sebastina, inaugurated various clubs for students.

These include sanskriti, art and craft, science and sports clubs to nurture the talent of students in the areas of their interest. These clubs received an encouraging response from students.

The introductory session of the clubs’ yearly activities commenced with orientation programmes of Mr Ghansham Das, well-versed in the art of communication skills and personality development. The students were impressed when he illustrated his view that “the spoken word rules the world”.

Mr Mohan Ray, a handwriting expert, mesmerised the children with his simple looking but effective techniques for improving ones handwriting. The children were happy with new kinds of creative and meaningful activities.

PANCHKULA: To promote awareness about dental care and oral hygiene among children, a talk on dental care by Dr S.D. Goel was organised at Shishu Niketan Public School, Sector 5, Mansa Devi Complex, here today.

Dr Goel emphasised on the benefits of dental care from the childhood. He also recommended students to avoid junk food. With the problems of cavities and tooth decay on the rise, the speaker demonstrated the correct way of brushing the teeth and the use of quality products for oral hygiene.

The talk was followed by queries from the students and a free dental check up of nursery students.



B. Pharmacy counselling

Chandigarh, July 24
The counselling for the seats in reserved and general categories for B. Pharmacy and BSc (H.S.) (first year) for the session 2005-2006 has been held in the Department of Biotechno-logy. The details of seats filled are given below:

All seats in the general category in all departments except for mathematics have been filled. OC



Seminar on value education
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 24
A seminar on “Value education for self-empowerment” for teachers and principals of various schools was organised by Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vidyalaya at Rajyoga Bhavan, Sector 33 here today. As many as 200 educationists participated in the seminar and shared their concerns about improving quality of education in the country. It was inaugurated by the Special Secretary, Secondary Education, Haryana, Mr K.K. Khandelwal.



Patar’s poetry deals with contemporary concerns
Nirupama Dutt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Female foeticide, mass exodus by Punjabi youth to the West, onslaught of globalisation on the Punjabi language and culture as well as environmental degradation are some of contemporary concerns of the land that prominent Punjabi poet is voicing poignantly in his recent poems. Speaking of his poetry in the context of Punjab, Surjit Patar said: " At least 50 per cent of my poetry is concerned with Punjab and the other 50 per cent can be called universal."

Patar was addressing a group of scholars from the US and the UK who are in the city to attend the ongoing Punjab Studies Course. Later, in an interview, Patar said: "As a young poet I found it difficult to reconcile to the partition of Punjab and, thus, that became a subject of a number of poems." It is well known that Patar, who is well entrenched in the poetic tradition of Punjab, has always been quick to respond to the disquiet of the land of the five rivers that he was born to. "I was very young at the time of Partition, but later I was sorry to see that it had just become a land of two rivers and a half."

Patar's poetry written in empathy with the Naxalite movement in Punjab in the late '60s shot him up into recognition. And later, his verses during the dark days of militancy were on the lips of every Punjabi. These included 'Kal Waris Shah nu wandea si, ajj Shiv Kumar di waari hai' and 'Lagi nazar Punjab nu'.

One of his recent poems dwells on the oppression of women in Punjab and makes a scathing comment on female foeticide: 'Aithe kukhan hoyian kach dian/ Aithe masan bachian bachdian/ Jo bachdian agg vich machdian.' (The wombs here are made of glass/ It is difficult for baby girls to survive/ And those who do are burnt alive).

The sorrow at people leaving the land in the race for dollars and pounds is voiced thus: 'Aithon kul parinde urh gaye/ Aithon megh aonde vi murh gaye'. (All the birds have flown away/ And the clouds too have dispersed).

The experience of immigration is one that Patar said he had felt deeply in childhood when his father went to Africa in search of a livelihood. "I was just two when he left and I saw him later when I was seven." Thus, this dichotomy of leaving one's land to earn a living figures in many of his poems.

Of late, Patar has also been addressing the problem of language in his poetry: "We have so many words for intervals of time in Punjabi like 'Amrit vela', 'Sargi', 'Laude vele,' but these have been swallowed by the one English word—'Time.' We no longer call our parents Ami and Bapu. They are now called Mummy and Papa." Giving many examples, the poet recites an ironical line from his poem: "Mar rahi hai meri bhasha, By God!" However, he hopes with a vision of a poet that things will change for the better in his Punjab one day.



Lamenting dearth of good literature for kids
S.D. Sharma

“Art is an intellectual act and behind all artistic or literary creations there exists an emotional urge to express in some form or the other — the vaguely felt or perceived experiences during different phases of life,” observed Dr Darshan Aashat, winner of Rs 1 lakh State Shiromani Bal Sahit Lekhak Award-2005.

Coming from a sleepy village of Braas in Patiala district the modest author of over 20 books for children (some published into other languages, including Shahmukhi in Pakistan) and scores of articles on children’s literature has veritably emerged as a well-known author on children’s literature.

Employed as a steno typist with Punjabi University since 1986 Darshan Singh started his career as a daily wager in 1983 to eke out his living . But the passion for writing kept him rejuvenated and improve his academic qualifications which got a further boost with his marriage to Rajwant Kaur, a co-typist with a flair for literature, in 1989. She has three books on Punjabi folklore and ritual songs to her credit besides jointly writing four books (under publication) with Aashat. Coupling a unique success story, both of them worked hard to obtain the coveted ‘Doctorates’ in Punjabi in 2003 with dissertation for Ph.D on literature for children. Aashat gives credit to brother Bhupinder Singh for initiating him to write for children but he reveres his mentor and guide Dr Satish Verma for enhancing his literary elegance. Gifted with poetic vein Aashat creates subtle and comprehensive stories on varied themes relished by his naive readers.

Sharing an honour from across the border Darshan Aashat revealed that his novel ‘Wapsi’ and book ‘Navan Zamana..’ published by the Punjabi Bal Adabi Board, Lahore, in Shamukhi had been prescribed in the syllabus of Islamabad University since 2001. Besides one issue of ‘Pakheru’, the leading magazine of Pakistan, on children’s literature was entirely dedicated to ‘Aashat’ publishing his works.

Aashat maintains that writing literature for children is an arduous job in view of the changing trends in the life style, social environment and psyche of modern readers whose interest is no more confined to fairy tales.

He laments the dearth of good literature for children and rues the minimal contribution by veteran authors, unlike Maxim Gorky, Rabindra Nath Tagore and Leo Tolstoy, some of whose works for children literature had run into 80 editions, claims Aashat. The parents too should cultivate the art of story telling or interact with their progeny to educate them about our rich cultural heritage and moral wisdom keeping in mind that “Children are the future of the nation”.



South cinema at Alliance Francaise
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 24
Alliance Francaise Chandigarh and the Embassy of France will host a festival of films in the city from July 25. Titled “The South of Cinema”, the festival will feature films made by top film creators in the developing world.

Conceived with the objective of offering to the audiences glimpses of the world, The South of Cinema rests on the premise that independent cinema is not one that is supported by the industry. To exist, it must fight and defend its strong ideas. In fact, the productions that feature in this festival are the ones that do not aim at immediate world recognition boosted by merchandising. All are seeking sensitivity for the causes they project.

Some of the Indian films that have been aided by the French Ministries of External Affairs who support the festival are “Bargad ke Neeche” by Nikita Vachani, “English August” by Dev Benegal, “Genesis” by Mrinal Sen, “Jaya Ganga” by Vijay Singh, “Nizhalkkuthu” by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, “Let the Wind Blow” by Partho Sen Gupta and “Maya Memsaab” by Ketan Mehta.

The festival, upto August 3, will feature the following films:

July 25: “Hyena”, a film about a woman who becomes multimillionaire and returns to her homeland to make its people an offer - she will donate 100 billion to the one who sacrifices the life of her former lover who betrayed her years ago.

July 26: “Wedding Singer” is the story of a woman who is tired of singing in weddings and living as a concubine. She leaves in search of traces of her childhood spent in a Prince’s palace.

July 27: “West Beyrouth”: Through their camera, three teenagers live the explosions of the civil war in Beirut like a children’s game. But soon they realize the reality of horrors surrounding them.

July 28: “Father Moon”: One moonlit night, Mannikat is seduced by a stranger who disappears and leaves her pregnant. Restoring the family honour is a matter of prestige for Mamikat’s father who, with Mamikat and her brother, sets out to find the culprit. On the way they meet incredible adventures.

July 30: “Platform”: The film follows over a 10 year period; the tribulations in China, of a theatre company that has turned to rock “n” roll music. Minliang and his friends will go through many adventures, both artistic and romantic…

August 1: “The Marsh”: Two families, torn apart by conflict, reunite during a summer vacation at a family domain.

August 2: “Zulu Love Letter”: Thendeka is a journalist and she is black. An old woman Metua turns up at her office and asks her to testify before the “Trust and Reconciliation” Commission, Metua believes this will help her find the remains of her assassinated daughter, permitting her to bury her as per the Zulu traditions.

August 3: “The Rice Planters”: The lives of Vong Poeuw, his wife and their seven daughters follow the rhythm of rice cultivation. Then an event occurs that disturbs the delicate balance.

The films will be screened at the art gallery of Alliance Francaise in Sector 36; every day at 6 pm.


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