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Govt College students win march past award
Tribune News Service

Teachers get certificates, but not on stage

The 169 schoolteachers who were to be honoured during the celebrations had to go back home high and dry. They were not called on the stage during the entire function. Towards the end of the day’s ceremony, they were told that calling each of them to the stage would take too long and they would have to do with collecting their certificates from the SDM’s staff. They were also told that they would be “honoured” on stage on Teachers Day in September.

Mohali, August 15
Students of Government College, Mohali, got the first prize in the march past at the Independence Day function organised by the Mohali Administration at Government Senior Secondary School, Phase 3B1, here today. Students of Shivalik Public School won the first prize for their performance in the cultural show.

The chief guest on the occasion, the Parliamentary Secretary of Home Affairs PWD (B&R), Punjab, Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, exhorted the citizens to live by the ideals of the freedom fighters of the nation in his Independence Day speech.

Other than the 169 school teachers who were given certificates on the occasion, eminent persons of the township and achievers were honoured.

Students of Govt School present a cultural programme at the Independence Day celebrations in Mohali
Students of Govt School present a cultural programme at the Independence Day celebrations in Mohali on Monday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

These include: OSD to the Chief Minister, Lakhvinder Kaur Garcha, Municipal Council president Kulwant Singh, MC Executive Officer Harbhagwan Garg, SP, Mohali, Varinder Pal Singh, Tehsildar Bhupinder Singh, teachers Shashi and Harbans Singh, singer Shalini Sharma, councillor Indu Sehgal, blood donor Jaswant Kaur, Punjabi writer Nirmal Jaspal and SDM office employees Om Prakash and Jaspreet Singh. Kharar MLA Bir Devinder Singh was also honoured on the occasion, but he was not present.

Those honoured for remarkable social work include Dr Raju Dhir, Mahinder Singh, Surmukh Singh Dhindsa, Sandeep Kaur, Raghbir Singh, Jaswinder Kaur, Satdev Sharma, Tarsem Bansal, Ravinder Pal Singh, P.J. Singh and Amarjit Singh Parmar, Devinder Singh, Gurjeet Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Ram Darshan and Amrik Singh.

All those students, who had got more than 87 per cent marks in their board examinations, were given certificates. Students, who were awarded for achievements in sports, include Harpreet Kaur, Garanveer, Alam Singh, Jaspreet Singh, Aditya Kundoo, Jagbeer Singh Sandhu, Amanpreet Kaur Sandhu, Kamal Passi, Parvinder Singh, Seema Devi and Harpreet Kaur.

A colourful cultural show was presented by students of various schools in the township. Students of Government Senior Secondary School, Sohana, got the second prize for their gidha performance during the function while students of Golden Bells Public school and Doon International Public School got a joint the third prize for their cultural performance. Students of Sant Isher Singh Public School got the second prize for the march past.



Festivity marks I-Day celebrations
Tribune News Service

Independence Day celebrations at Shemrock School, Mohali
Independence Day celebrations at Shemrock School, Mohali, on Monday.

Mohali, August 15
Various schools and institutions in Mohali celebrated the 59th Independence Day today.

Attired in colourful dresses, students of D A V Public School here saluted the great leaders of the freedom struggle. An attractive cultural programme, which took off with a welcome song followed by the hoisting of the National Flag by Justice Mr A.L. Bahri, Chairman of the school, marked the occasion. Addressing the students, Justice Mr Bahri (retd) emphasised the need to inculcate the spirit of patriotism in the young generation to keep the unity and integrity of the country intact. Principal Jaya Bhardwaj exhorted the students to strive to maintain our freedom attained by great leaders and freedom fighters. She also said students should not be misguided by the propaganda of anti-national forces and to keep intact harmony among various communities.

The Principal of Saint Soldier International Convent School, Phase 7, Mrs V. Tiwana, hoisted the National Flag and received the guard of honour. Patriotic songs echoed in the air. Students of Sahibzada Fateh Singh House presented a cultural programme to mark the occasion. The celebration commenced with the first speech of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru delivered by Appanjit Kaur, a student of class IX. The students of class III danced to the tunes of a popular song ‘Aisa desh hai mera’. Shruti Mishra and Sudiksha mesmerised the audience with a classical dance. A skit was performed on fundamental rights and duties. The Chairman of the school, Mr Karnail Singh Brar, was the guest of honour. He appreciated the efforts put in by students. Mrs V. Tiwana recited Tagore’s famous poem “Where the mind is without fear” and advised the students to acquire freedom from negativity, corruption, pollution and friction.

Around 300 students and faculty of Jan Shikshan Sansthan, Mohali, participated in the Independence Day celebrations. The National Flag was hoisted. Mr Dildar Khan, Director (in charge) of the sansthan, greeted the students and the staff. He emphasised on the importance of celebrating Independence Day and asked the students to work for achieving the ideals set by our freedom fighters. A cultural programme was presented by the students of the sansthan on the occasion. All participants were awarded prizes as encouragement.

Students of Shemrock Public School, Sector 69, came to school with excitement writ large on their faces. It was a day to celebrate and honour the nations independence. The day began with “Vande Mataram”, unfurling of the National Flag and a tuneful rendering of the National Anthem. Patriotic speeches by Aeshita, Simaranjit and Agam informed the students about the relevance of this national festival. A choreography depicting the freedom movement tracing its history from the East India Company days to Partition and the significant contribution of Gandhiji and Bhagat Singh were staged. Group songs in Hindi and English were also sung to mark the occasion. A play on the life of Bal Ganga Dhar Tilak brought to light his grit and courage to fight injustice.

The function at Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, started with speeches by students and teachers about the freedom struggle infusing the spirit of patriotism among them. The freedom fighters, who staked their lives for Independence, were remembered and paid homage. Competitions like slogan writing and flag making were held. Children decorated their classes with flags and slogans. Patriotic songs were also sung. The whole atmosphere wore a festive look. On this occasion, the Principal, Mrs Gurjit Bawa, encouraged students to emulate the lives of freedom fighters and uphold the torch of unity and integrity. The results of competitions were: Slogan writing: Simranpreet, Manpreet, Loveleen Kaur. Flag making: Jasleen, Gaganjot and Harshpreet.



Beautification plan unfurled on I-Day
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 15
The Haryana Chief Secretary, Mr G. Madhwan, today said the present government was developing Panchkula as a model town and Rs 65 crore would be spent on various developmental works and beautification of this town during the current fiscal.

The Chief Secretary was addressing a large gathering after unfurling the National Flag at the 59th Independence Day function organised at Sports Stadium today.

He said at present, Panchkula had 32 sectors and of these 27 sectors had been developed, and the remaining five were being developed. An auditorium was being constructed at a cost of Rs. 14 crore in Sector 5 and three new waterworks had been set up in Sectors 3, 16 and 20 to improve the availability of water. Haryana Urban Development Authority had already set up a sewage treatment plant and the other such plant would soon be set up in Sector 26.

Mr Madhavan said with a view to promote sports, big stadiums had been constructed in the state and Rs 1 crore would be spent to construct the club house at the Panchkula Golf Club. He said a herbal garden was being set up in Sector 26 here to promote medicinal plants.

Paying rich tributes to the martyrs, the Chief Secretary said it was because of their sacrifices that we were breathing in a free nation.

He paid tributes to Major Sandeep Sagar, Deputy Commandant Joy Lal, Major Sandeep Shankla, Capt. Rohit Kaushal and Major Depinder Bhuchar, all hailing from Panchkula.

The Chief Secretary took salute from the contingents of the Haryana police, Home Guards, NCC Cadets and schoolchildren as they presented an impressive march past. The schoolchildren also presented a PT show and a colourful cultural programme comprising choreographies on nationalist themes, and a Haryanavi dance.

The contingent of police led by Sub-Inspector Vikash won the first prize in the march past, while the contingent of the NCC wing of Government College won the first prize in march past among educational institutions. Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, got the first prize for their Haryanvi dance in the cultural items category.

KALKA: The Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Kalka, Mr Maheshwar Sharma, unfurled the National Flag here during the Independence Day celebrations. The Haryana police, Home Guards and school students presented a march past and a colourful cultural programme.

SAKET HOSPITAL, CHANDI MANDIR: Special children of Saket suffer from various physical ailments, but their spirits still soar for Mother India. This was evident as the specially abled children here got together to present a colourful programme “Hum Kise Se Kam Nahin” on the Independence Day celebrations.

Dr Sushma Madan, Director General Health Services, Haryana, was the chief guest.

In spite of their disabilities, the children presented patriotic songs and dances.

Sri Yog Vedant Sewa Samiti, Panchkula organised a satsang and also served langar. The Secretary of the samiti, Mr Suresh Vyas, addressed the gathering.

Independence Day celebrations were also held at Satluj Public School, Blue Bird High School, Kendriya Vidyalaya 1, Chandi Mandir, and by Bhartiya Yog Sansthan at HUDA Park, Sector 5.



Patriotism marks PU function
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 15
Greetings, guard of honour, patriotic and national songs, distribution of sweets and snacks formed part of Independence Day celebrations at Panjab University today. Prof K N Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, hoisted the National Flag.

Addressing the gathering, Professor Pathak emphasised the need “to re-examine the aims, contents, qualification and methods of educational systems” for the survival and development of society. “Education should produce citizens not only in diverse branches of knowledge, theoretical and practical, but also persons of positive outlook, inspired with the spirit of service. The achievement of such an objective is possible only when the institution has the required number of faculty, students and staff who work with the needed zeal and earnestness”.

Expressing concern at the lack of social welfare measures in the University and the fast depleting faculty, Professor Pathak shared his optimism that the concerted efforts made by the university fraternity were likely to get the approval of implementing the Pension Scheme in the near future.

Professor Pathak announ-ced that efforts would be made to expedite computerisation,and the process of recruitment to make the system of examination, and the declaration of results more student friendly.

Professor Pathak advised the students to be a “disciplined force, ebullient with new ideas, agitated over issues which though maybe minor for the administration but are of immense importance for the career building.” He observed that India’s large population had a potential of being a world leader in production, storage and supply of stem cells, which could bring about a revolution in the field of scientific and medical research.



Doctors show patriotic zeal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
Speaking on the occasion of Independence Day celebrations at the PGIMER, the Director of the institute Prof K.K. Talwar, said, “Our primary duty is to satisfy our patients as they are our best ambassadors. If we give them our best, we would not only have peace of mind but also their goodwill.”

He also remembered the contribution of Sardar Pratap Singh Kairon, former Chief Minister, Punjab, and doctors for building the PGIMER and also paid tributes to the martyrs of India’s freedom struggle.

Professor Talwar also thanked NGOs, Lifeline, Sahayta and Sewa Bharati, for their contributions towards the PGI patients. He expressed his gratitude towards the media for highlighting the plight of poor patients and helping in collecting funds for them. He also spoke about the public awareness programmes like “Brain awareness week” organised by the Department of Neurology and “Chandigarh Healthy Heart Action Project” by the Department of Community Medicine and said soon public lectures by experts at the PGI would be held to increase awareness of good health among the people.

Professor Talwar recounted the major achievements of the Institute in the past few months which included the inauguration of the telemedicine link by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh; signing of an MoU for collaborative medical research between the institute and the University of Innsbruck, Austria; inauguration of an advanced Urology Centre and Bone Marrow Transplant Centre and the procuring of research projects worth Rs. 78 lakh from various health and medical organisations by the faculty at the institute.

Patriotic songs were sung on the occasion and sweets were distributed amongst the employees by the Director.

The celebrations at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here were marked with a marchpast by the security personnel of the GMCH, singing of patriotic songs, distribution of commendation certificates and cash awards to 30 contractual employees for outstanding performance and sweets were distributed to everyone on the occasion.

Professor H.M. Swami, Director Principal of the GMCH, unfurled the National Flag and commended the contribution of the entire faculty and staff in providing excellent services in the care of patients and teaching of students. He highlighted the various achievements made in the past one year.

He spoke about the various high technology instruments and analysers installed. He also talked about the MRI facility which will be provided through outsourcing by next year; 11 speciality post-graduate courses introduced since 2004; seven operational theatres which became operational; the community-based healthcare facilities in rural and slum areas of the city in community medicine, psychiatry, ophthalmology, paediatrics and dentistry.

He said the GMCH was striving to be awarded the status of a deemed university in the near future and that the entire faculty and staff were working hard and striving towards it.



Schools celebrate I-Day with fervour
Tribune News Service

Children of Chandigarh get into the patriotic spirit (from top) at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41B, Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, and Ryan International School, Sector 49.

Students of Chandigarh Baptist School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, celebrate Independence Day
Students of Chandigarh Baptist School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, celebrate Independence Day on Monday.

The Haritama Eco Club plants saplings to celebrate Independence Day
The Haritama Eco Club plants saplings to celebrate Independence Day on Monday.
— Tribune photographs

Chandigarh, August 15
Independence Day was celebrated with great fervour in city schools. While the Tricolour was hoisted in all schools, each one had its own way of celebrating the day.

DAV Public School, Sector 8: Students entered the campus with the Tricolour painted on their faces, spreading the message of peace and purity. The Principal, Ms. Sarita Manuja, hoisted the flag. The head girl, Ruhi Gupta, paid tribute to national heroes in her speech. Class VI and VII students choreographed a dance sequence sensitising the audience about their love for their country and its freedom.

The Principal exhorted the students to understand the real meaning of independence. She said, “Freedom can always be enjoyed if the responsibility associated with freedom is taken care of sincerely and faithfully. Each one of us has to forget ‘I’ and remember ‘We’.”

Ryan International School, Sector 49: Students participated in various activities such as debates, essay writing, poster making, fancy dress based on the theme of patriotism. The celebration culminated with a performance by the school band. The ‘student council’ members took oath and were invested with their portfolios by the chief guest. Patriotic songs, dances, speeches and a play depicting the struggle of independence.

Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47: The chief guest, Mr. Jatinder Bhatia, Municipal Councillor, hoisted the flag. The students presented a cultural programme. NCC and NSS volunteers presented a march past. The Principal, Ms. H.K Bhatia, appreciated the efforts put in by the students. The function concluded with a national anthem. Later, sweets were distributed to the students and the teachers.

Government Model High School, Sector 12: Independence Day was celebrated with great zeal in the school. The head mistress, Ms Vijay Kaushal, unfurled the flag and students presented a cultural programme.

Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22: A colourful cultural programme was presented by the students. Some students came dressed as national leaders. Ms Amita Khorana, Principal, explained the importance of the day. Ms S. Khorana, Director of the school, presented a vote of thanks.

Shivalik Public School, Sector 41: The day’s programme began with the hoisting of the flag by the Director Principal, Mr D.S. Bedi, followed by the march past. The cultural programme highlighting the patriotic fervour marked the occasion. The tiny tots also presented a fancy dress show depicting the freedom fighters. A pledge to uphold the dignity and honour of the country was administered.

SD Public School, Sector 32: The Principal, Ms Manju Bhardwaj, hoisted the national flag. The students sang the national anthem and other patriotic songs. The students highlighted the importance of the day and homage was paid to the martyrs and the freedom fighters. The programme ended with a pledge by the students to work for the progress of the nation

Dev Samaj School, Sector 21: The chief guest, Ms Sarla Sharma, freedom fighter and president awardee, hoisted the flag. A cultural programme was presented by the staff members and the students. The Principal presented a vote of thanks and later distributed sweets.

Government Model High School Sector 29-A celebrated Independence Day with Mr Dharam Singh, president of the Parent Teacher Association, unfurling the National Flag and presiding over the function.

A cultural programme along with an exhibition and a flower arrangement competition was also organised.

The school’s Haritama Club observed the day with a tree plantation ceremony. As many as 50 saplings were also planted by the club. Sweets were distributed and the Headmistress, Mrs Shobha Kapoor, addressed the children on the occasion.

St Soldier International School, Sector 28: The Chairman of the school, Mr Gurdev Singh Hayer, unfurled the Tricolour. A Saraswati vandana, patriotic songs and a play titled “Freedom” was presented. A fancy dress contest was also held.

Saupin’s School, Panchkula: After the flag hoisting ceremony, an inter-house group song competition, based on “patriotism”, was organised. On this occasion, the names of the head boy, the head girl, the captains and the vice-captains of the four houses were also announced. The celebrations concluded with a lovely Punjabi folk dance presented by the students.

Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula: The Chairman of the school, Mr Kulwant Singh, hoisted the flag. Students presented patriotic songs and the Chairman inspected the guard of honour. THe annual prize distribution function of the school was also held.

As many as 254 students were honoured for outstanding performances. The C Subramanium Award for Excellence in Character was conferred on Jyoti Nayar of Class VIII, Yamini of Class IX and Harsh Soni of Class XII.

The two-day annual exhibition was also inaugurated today. The event showcased models and charts on theme like culture, archeological heritage of India, environmental changes, scientific temper. The objective of the exhibition was to inculcate team work.

Doon Valley School: Independence Day at Doon Valley Public School, Nalagarh, was celebrated with great enthusiasm and vigour. Cultural items based on patriotic fervour marked the occasion.

The programme commenced with a Saraswati Vandana and was followed by Rajsthani dance. Fancy dress contest, play and group song were part of the miller. The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by the Principal.

Chandigarh Baptist School, Sector 45: Independence Day celebrations at the school included a flag hoisting ceremony, a parade, bhangra and giddha. Students of junior classes participated in a fancy dress contest, with most coming dressed as national leaders. A skit on the necessity for creating a healthy environment was staged. Sweets were distributed after the function.

Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2, 3, BRD AFS: Independence Day was celebrated in Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2,3 BRD AFS, Chandigarh, under the guidance of the Principal, Mrs Ranjana Bassi. The primary section of the vidyalaya celebrated Independence Day by organising a group song competition. Various houses participated in the competition and sang patiotic songs. The Principal appreciated and encouraged the students for their active participation. The National Flag was hoisted and sweets were distributed to mark the day.



Sai Grace students celebrate I-Day
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, August 15
Independence Day was celebrated at Sai Grace Public School, Saidpura, Dera Bassi, here today.

The Principal of the school, Ms Monica Grover, hoisted the National Flag and told the students about the importance of the flag.

A cultural programme and fancy dress competitions were also held. All children were dressed up as Indian heros and sang patriotic songs like “Bharat Mata ke jai”. Results of fancy dress competition are: Category A: Harshdeep Ghuman (I), Aishpreet (II) and Dikshant Sehgal (III).

Category II: Pranjal Papneja (I), Pryanka (II), and Babneesh Mangla (III).

Prizes were given by the vice-president of the Sai Dharam Singh Grover Foundation, Mr Swarnjeet Pahwa. Other members of the foundation were also present at the occasion.

Sukhmani school: Students of Sri Sukhmani International School, here celebrated Independence Day by presenting a cultural programme.

The students participated in group song competition, in which Vindhya house was adjudged the best. They also recited patriotic poems and recalled the sacrifice of freedom fighters. Tiny tots regaled the audience with patriotic rhymes.

Earlier, Dr G.S. Rekhi, director of the school, stressed upon the fact that the country would not have achieved independence without the sacrifice of martyrs, freedom-fighters and great leaders of India. Sweets were also distributed among the students on the occasion.



Tricolours hoisted at city colleges
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 15
The staff and the students of Government College, Sector 11 organised a function on the occasion of Independence Day. Principal of the college, Pahlad Aggarwal unfurled the National Flag. He exhorted the students to work diligently for the development of the country. He urged the students to have definite aim in their lives and put in their best efforts to realise their dreams.

Major Jiwan Tiwari, a former member of Syndicate, Panjab University, released the news letter ‘Print Journo’ on the occasion.

A cultural programme was presented by students of M.A.-I, English, and Bachelor of Physical Education. Prof Bhupinder Singh and Dr A.L. Gauba organised this function.

Government College, Sector 46: A cultural programme was presented by NSS volunteers to mark Independence Day at Government College, Sector 46, today. The Principal of the college, Dr A.N. Garg, hoisted the National Flag. He called upon the students to salute the patriots, who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country. He advised the students to do their best to maintain the integrity of the country.

GGDSD College, Sector 32: The staff and the students of GGDSD College, Sector 32, celebrated Independence Day with great fervour. The principal of the college, Dr A.C. Vaid, hoisted the National flag followed by cultural programmes. Students expressed the spirit of nationalism by singing patriotic songs. A thought provoking skit ‘Zamindar Kaun’ was also presented.



Political parties celebrate I-Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
Functions and unfurling of the National Flag marked the Independence Day celebrations in different parts of the city today.

The BJP president, Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, unfurled the National Flag at the party office “Kamalam” in Sector 33. A former MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, unfurled the National flag at several places, including Burail, Sector 20, Colony No 4, and the Lal Bahadur Shastri Colony in Sector 56.

At a function organised by the Welfare Association of MIG(I) Houses, Sector 40-C, Ms Geeta Rani, area councillor, unfurled the Tricolour.A cultural programme by children was the highlight.

The District Congress Committee Urban(I) organised a function in Colony No 4. The Samajwadi Party celebrated the occasion in Colony No 4 and 5.

Students of various schools presented a cultural programme at the Punjab branch of the Indian Red Cross Society in Sector 16-A. A discussion on freedom struggle was organised by the All-India Ithaas Sankalan Samiti at another function.

Activists of the local unit of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front took a pledge to safeguard the freedom of the country. Meanwhile, a free eye check-up was organised by the front at Mullanpur village, near here. Over 300 persons visited the camp and were given medicines. As many as 53 persons were selected for free cataract surgery at the PGI and 47 for providing free spectacles by the front.

The offices of the Accoutant General, Punjab and UT, also celebrated the day at Sector 17.



I-Day with inmates of Old Age Home
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 15
Members of the Lions Club, Chandigarh, celebrated Independence Day with residents of the Old Age Home, Sector 15, and students of Lions Bal Vidya Mandir. The National Flag was hoisted by president of the club Vijesh Sachdeva. The students of the mandir presented a cultural progaramme.

Residents of the Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra, celebrated Independence Day with senior citizens and kids.

Organised by the Modern Housing Complex (Duplex) Residents Welfare Association, many senior citizens shared their old memories with the youngsters and children. They recalled the days when India and Pakistan were separated. They also educated children about the importance of the Tricolour.

The children sung patriotic songs, recited poems, besides presented dance on the tunes of Hindi pop songs.

Earlier, Mr S.S. Dhillon unfurled the National Flag, while Mr Balraj Singh, Municipal Councillor of the area, was the chief guest. Mr K.L. Aggarwal, president of the association, apprised the residents of the development works taken up in the complex. The students who participated in function were also given prizes.

More than 1,500 students of different schools in Kishangarh village celebrated the Day with members of the Rotary Chandigarh Central in the village.

Mr S.K. Cheker, president of the club, unfurled the flag and the students sang the National Anthem. Mr Cheker also announced to start a computer training programme in the village at reasonable prices. Sweets and water bottles were also distributed among the students.



Farmers observe I-Day as black day
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 15
Members of the Kisan Hit Bachao Committee (Periphery Area) observed Independence Day as a black day here today in protest against the failure of the Punjab Government to concede to their demands.

The members wore black strips on their heads as a mark of protest. They said their protest against forcible acquisition of land by PUDA had entered its 456th day today but the government had done nothing to solve the matter. Instead, agreements were being signed with private colonisers, much to the annoyance of the farmers.

Mr D.P. Singh Baidwan, convener of the committee, said Independence Day held no significance for them when the government was forcibly taking away their land and was giving it to private colonisers to make profit. This was causing widespread resentment among the farmers.

The president, Mr Tejinder Singh Jakhar, threatened that if the government failed to come out with a policy of giving a share in the developed areas to farmers to stop unemployment, they would be compelled to intensify their agitation.



Parking chaos at PU’s Arts Blocks 1 and 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 15
The little gate blocking the entry to Arts Blocks 1 and 2 of Panjab University housing the Departments of English, Mass Communication, Punjabi, Hindi etc may have served the purpose when it was put up a couple of years ago for a function in which VIPs, including the Vice-Chancellor, had taken part.

But ever since, it has proved to be nuisance for the staff, students and visitors to the two blocks. Because the little gate remains locked normally, vehicles cannot be taken up to the parking areas in front of the departments. And the slot made ahead of it for vehicle has been rendered useless due to haphazard parking of vehicles.

At peak hours, scores of two-wheelers can be seen parked at random, making it virtually impossible for four-wheelers to gain entry into the area earmarked for them. There is chaos all over. And if one manages to go in, there is all probability that after having done work in the department, one may find it impossible to take the car out, forcing one to look for space elsewhere. Even if it means walking that extra yard in the sun or rain to the department.

Since over the years, the number of teachers as well as students using cars, scooters and mobikes has risen manifold, there is pressure on space. A lot of people are compelled to park vehicles on the adjoining roads.

Perhaps the university authorities would do well to revisit the matter of the little gate and open it. Just as in the other blocks, vehicles should be allowed entry up to the entrance of the departments.

This would solve two purposes: firstly, with more parking area available, the menace of vehicle parking along the roads and kerbs will be arrested. Secondly, the new car parking area will also be put to optimal use as the two-wheelers will no longer block its entrance.



Admin decision a welcome relief for young lecturers
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 15
The Chandigarh Administration’s recent decision to appoint lecturers with UGC qualifications at four government colleges of the city has come as a major relief for the students who have qualified the eligibility test conducted by the UGC.

Earlier, the Administration had decided to appoint retired teachers up to the age of 62 years in colleges which caused resentment among those youngsters who had qualified the UGC. The Administration’s offer for the retired teachers had not elicited a favourable response from them. Very few candidates appeared for the interview.

But now Administration’s nod to fill the vacant posts by appointing those who fulfill the eligibility criteria as per the UGC qualifications has come as a blessing for the youngsters. Armed with right qualifications and aptitude, these fresh to-be lectures were cooling their heels for a right break. Their salary will be Rs 8,000 and they will get dearness allowance too.

Earlier, the college authorities used to appoint lecturers as guest faculty and their salary was paid from the amalgamated fund of the college which was actually given by the students. But this time their salary expenditure will be borne by the Administration.

Another positive decision of the Administration is that nod has been given to appoint two part-time lecturers for teaching environment education in each government and science college on contract basis with UGC qualifications.

The Principal of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Dr Manjit Kalra, said, “ This decision is definitely fruitful for the students, college and its authorities. This decision has brought the solution for the problems and I hope it will definitely create a healthy environment on the campus. We will conduct interviews for the vacant posts on August 19”.

The Principal of Government College, Sector 46, Dr A.N. Garg, has also welcomed the decision as it will provide good opportunity for the youngsters. But the college authorities have not decided the date of interviews yet, he added.



Annual scholarship test
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 15
Bulls eye, city-based MBA preparatory centre, in association with Education Times organised its fifth annual scholarship test at Shishu Niketan School, Sector-22 today.

The test, meant to select around hundred students for free/partial scholarship for CAT training for 2006, attracted more than 500 students from Chandigarh and nearby areas.

The result has been declared and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed to judge overall suitability for the scholarship programme.



Soothing notes of Sufiana qalaam
SD Sharma

The melody and spirit of soulful Sufiana qalaams wafted across the tranquil ambience of the Open Hand Monument complex today.

The Wadali brothers enchanted legal luminaries at a largely attended musical soiree. The programme organised by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association to celebrate the Independence Day commenced with an ‘Chhota khyal’ in bageshwari raga by an advocate, Dr Malkit Singh, a renowned gurmat sangeet exponent. Initially set in vilambat teen taal, the composition ‘Sham Sunder…’ melted into a captivating ‘tarana’ in the fast ‘drut’ laya.

The young pair of advocates Shahnaz Singh and Aman Bahri brought alive the nationalist spirit with immaculate rendition of two patriotic songs. A child prodigy, Sai Anukran, presented instrumental ‘dhuns’.

Maestros, Padmashree Puran Chand and Pyare Lal brought out the Sufi fervour through their melodic renditions.

After a short alaap by Puran Chand, the duo touched the spiritual depths while baring the mysticism of Shah Hussain in ‘Assin naina de aakhe lagge…’. Both the ustaads, versatile Pyare Lal and Puran Chand through Sufina couplets, established an instant rapport with the audience. In ‘Tujhe takya ..’ and Bulle Shah’s ‘Tere Ishaq nachaya ….’ And ‘Tera naam’, the realisation of ultimate truth, found a beautiful expression.

Earlier association president Atul Lakhanpal welcomed the chief guest, Mr Justice D.K. Jain, Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court. Saurav Khanna compered the programme.


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