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Teachers who love to learn
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 6
Five UT teachers who will be honoured by the Administration are the ones who teach while they learn. Never tired of learning from their experiences, these teachers find teaching to be a wholesome experience.

Though they may have been disheartened at not being awarded on the Teachers’ Day, yet they draw solace from the fact that their efforts have been recognised by the UT Administration.

Ms Suman Sharma, Principal of Government Model Senior Secondary High School, Sector 37

She started her career in 1983 as music lecturer and was later promoted as Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Dhanas. Various educational and health talks, rallies and blood donation camps held on the school campus by her brought her in limelight.

In the year of 2002 she joined GMSSHS-37 as Principal. She not only believed in academic development but also attached great importance to spiritual and emotional growth. It helped her students to excel in other spheres of life.

Devinder Kaur Kang, Punjabi teacher, Government Girls High School, Sector 25

Educating slum children gives her the immense satisfaction. She started the innovative 15-skills programmes to prepare slum children for employment. Starting her career in 1975 as a teacher she showed great administrative qualities, which helped her to prove herself in the field.

Madhu Kanwar, music teacher, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10

With 25 of years of experience in teaching, Ms Kanwar has always focused to make students to grow as individuals. It is the second time that she has received this state award. The first state award was conferred upon her in 2003. She wants to bring back the depth in the ‘Guru-Shishya’ relationship even in today’s materialistic world. She had also organised a play on “guru shishya” at Tagore Theatre recently. She has been involved in social work too. She has written a book of poems “Dhundli Chandini”. In her poems she has captured different moods and situation of women. Her strength lies in her tireless efforts to help the students who are weak in studies.

Dr Arun Kumar Sharma, lecturer in history, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16

He has many awards to his credit. He has always been encouraging his students for state and national level competitions. With 15 years of experience in teaching he has always helped students to rise in their lives.

Principal of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, Sr Sabestina

She is on a mission to promote education in slum areas. She took initiative to teach the poor children in Hindi medium upto class X. “ We will even adopt some colonies also to spread the message of education. Research work will be beginning soon in the area”, she said. According to her education is a joint venture of parents and teachers and they should work together for the growth of children. 


Future vision

“We need to streamline assessment and evaluation system. Question papers should be objective type and there should be less stress on subjective questions. Emphasis should be given to project work and cramming should be discouraged”: Dr Arun Kumar Sharma.

“I want to start more skill-based programmes through which slum children will be able to earn while studying”: Devinder Kang

“Stress level in students should come down. Education should be made more interesting “: Suman Sharma.

“To help the students of weaker section and to bring them on par with other students. I also want to make them techno savvy”: Madhu Kanwar.

“There is need to educate every woman in the country”: Sr Sebestina.



Exam Controller for action against employee
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 6
The Controller of Examinations of the Punjab School Education Board today recommended the suspension of an employee working in the examination wing on a charge of corruption.

It is learnt that a student, Karan Singh, from Nawanshahr had come to the board office here in connection with some work. He went to the examination wing where an employee, Avtar Singh, allegedly demanded Rs 400 for doing his work.

He then came to the office of the Controller to make a complaint. Karan again talked on the telephone from the Controller’s office to the employee concerned and the speaker during the conversation was kept on. The employee allegedly demanded the bribe amount. The Controller then gave Rs 300 to Karan to hand over the amount to the employee. The currency notes were signed by the official.

She followed Karan when he had gone to give the bribe amount allegedly to the employee concerned. The money was allegedly recovered from his pocket in the presence of other staff members.



NIPER course starts
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 6
A three-week intensive course on “Development, scale up and production of Biopharmaceuticals” began at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here yesterday. The course, seventh in the series, was sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

Dr K. K. Tripathi, Adviser, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, while delivering the keynote address stated that the importance of biotechnology was increasing. He pointed out that the industrial infrastructure is not adequate to cope with the various demands of biotechnology products in India. He also emphasised the need for more research for the bio-pharmaceutical production.

Dr U.C. Banerjee, Head, Department of Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, NIPER, said: ‘’The quality of pharmaceutical products is paramount for their clinical efficacy and success in the market place. Regulatory system of each country accords top priority to the quality of the pharmaceutical products. Biopharmaceuticals are fast becoming the therapeutic agents of future. Biopharmaceutical industry makes use of living organisms to develop and provide products for human therapeutics and diagnostics. This is in stark contrast to the conventional pharmaceutical activities that make use of chemical compounds to develop drugs”.

Dr P. Rama Rao, explained the role being played by NIPER in the field of biotechnology.

Resource persons from the pharmaceutical industry, academia and regulatory agencies will be participating in the deliberations.



Withdraw ordinance, says education board staff
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 6
Mr Bhagwant Singh Bedi, general secretary of the Punjab School Education Board (Non-Teaching) Employees Association, while addressing a press conference here today said that the association might intensify its agitation as it had the support of various employees organisations. He said protests would be held in the constituency of the Punjab Education Minister, Patiala.

He demanded that the ordinance issued by the Governor with regard to the Punjab School Education Board should be withdrawn at the earliest as it curtailed the autonomy of the board. He said the work of printing books should remain with the board as it was the only main source of income for it.

He said that the board had become financially independent after years of struggle and now possessed assets worth about Rs 100 crore. The interference of the government at this stage was uncalled for as the board had not received any grant from the government.



Open school admission date extended
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 6
The Punjab School Education Board has extended the date of admission for matriculation and senior secondary classes under the open school scheme with late fee from August 29 to September 15.

According to a press note issued by the board, no forms or fees would be accepted after the specified date for the session 2005-06. The admission forms, along with late fees, should reach the open School wing of the board by September 15. The prospectus is available at the board’s head office in Phase VIII, Mohali.



Protest at PU today

Chandigarh, September 6
The executive body of Panjab University Non-Teaching staff association has decided to hold a gate rally tomorrow morning in front of basement gate at 8.45 am to highlight the problems related to the shortage of staff. The newly elected executive body members met the Vice-Chancellor in this regard on Tuesday. — TNS



High court
Court proceedings stayed against Paudwal
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed court proceedings against renowned singer Anuradha Paudwal in an alleged case of cheating and violation of Indian Copyright Act.

Proceedings are currently on against the singer in an Amritsar court on the complaint of Mr Brij Bhushan Bhardwaj who has alleged that Ms Paudwal and others are guilty of cheating under Section 420 of the IPC and violation of the Copyright Act. He has stated that music company T-Series brought out a two-cassette set on “Durga Stuti”, which had songs sung by Ms Paudwal.

The copyright of “Durga Stuti”, the complainant claimed, was held by his father, Mr Chaman Lal Bhardwaj, since 1950. The copyright was passed on to him in the will of his deceased father.

On his complaint, the trial court had also initiated proceedings for declaring the singer as proclaimed offender.

Today, Mr Justice S.K. Mittal issued notice of motion for November 22.

In her petition, filed through advocate Hemant Bassi, Ms Paudwal has argued that the complainant was a beneficiary under the Indian Succession Act, 1965, which clearly says that any benefit to an attesting witness in the will is void. Therefore, the act of the complainant in claiming copyright of the lyrics of the album was wrong, her counsel claimed.



Police told to file FIR against Joshi Autozone
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 6
A local court has directed the police to register an FIR against the Joshi Autozone, ICICI Bank and an agent, Alok Eshwar Tuli, on charges of cheating and breach of trust.

Acting on a complaint filed by Mr Sajjan Singh Walia, the Judicial Magistrate, Mr Ajay Aggarwal, has asked the Sector 20 police to register an FIR and investigate the case.

The complainant had alleged that he was aproached by an agent, Mr Tuli, for getting a Wagon R financed. He alleged that the agent told him that he would get the car financed through the HDFC Bank, and the complainant gave Mr Tuli 60 post-dated cheques. He says that he had got the car from Joshi Autozone, but no documents were given to him, and he could not get his car registered.

He alleged that after a few months he realised that his cheques were being credited by ICICI Bank, one cheque by the agent and two cheques by Joshi Autozone. When he went to investigate, he was told that his car had been financed by the ICICI bank, and not by the HDFC Bank.

He pleaded that a case be registered against the Joshi Autozone, Mr Tuli and ICICI Bank. 



Appointment of DUI: notice to PU
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice of motion to Panjab University for September 9 on a petition filed by Dr Veer Singh, Professor, Department of Laws, Panjab University (PU).

Dr Veer Singh, who is currently on leave and is working as Director with the Army Institute of Law, Mohali, has challenged the September 4 decision of the PU Senate to appoint Dr V.K. Bansal of the same department as Dean, University Instructions (DUI).

In his petition, Dr Veer Singh has stated that the senior-most teacher in the PU is by convention appointed DUI. He has further added that while he had been appointed to the faculty by direct selection, Dr Bansal had been appointed Professor through the merit-promotion scheme.

He has also claimed that even the High Court had sometime back settled the issue of his being senior to Dr Bansal.

Incidentally, Dr Bansal is due to retire by the end of this month. While appointing him DUI, the Senate had ordered that if Dr Veer Singh joined his department back by October 1, he would automatically be appointed the next DUI. Otherwise, Dr Kulkarni of the Department of Chemical Engineering would get the post.

Today, after Division Bench of Mr Justice N.K. Sud and Mr Justice Virender Singh issued a notice of motion to Panjab University for September 9. However, the Bench declined the request of Dr Veer Singh’s counsel for staying the appointment of Dr Bansal to the post.



Nayagaon rape: bail plea of 2 dismissed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ropar, Mr S.K Goel, today dismissed the regular bail application moved by the two suspects including the suspended SHO, Jagjit Singh, and Avtar Singh, in Nayagaon rape case. Mr Goel also rejected the pre-arrest bail application moved by Gurdhian Singh in the case.

The Judge in his order observed that during the investigation done in the case by an SIT team, it came to light that Jagjit Singh, had taken about 10 lakh amount from the suspect to favour them in the case.

In addition to it, the Judge observed in the order that perusal of the FIR and investigation showed that names of the accused Gurdhian Singh and Avtar Singh have been specially mentioned in the commission of the offence punishable under section 376. A rape is crime against the society.

The case is under investigation, so the bail application moved by the three accused could not deserve the concession of the bail.

Going into the background of the case, the prosecution said that a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a number of persons including Panch, Kesar, Gurdhian Singh, Rinku, Gurjit and Avtar Singh.

The victim delivered a baby on March 1, 2003. During the investigation of the case, it was revealed that on March 6, 2003 at about 7.30 pm, Gurbachan Singh, Avtar Singh and other suspect took her in a white Maruti car along with her mother and kept in a house. Where she was allegedly threatened by SI Amanpreet Singh, then SHO Nayagaon.



Drama festival opens on Sept 9
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 6
A theatrical treat awaits the art lovers as the weeklong fifth Rashtriya Natya Parv — 2005 opens at Tagore Theatre from September 9. The annual mega dramatic bonanza is jointly brought to City Beautiful by the North Central Cultural Centre, Allahabad, and the Department of Public Relations and Cultural Affairs, Haryana.

The festival commences with a historical play “Annveshak” structured in the 5th century rule of Gupta dynasty. It is directed by Satish Anand, a highly decorated thespian credited with over 60 theatre productions in Hindi, Gujrati and Bhojpuri.

A Lucknow-based group, Darpan, will stage a satirical play “Ek Sansdiya Samiti Ki Uthak Baithak” on September 10.

Directed by Ranjit Kapur, the play offers a critical analysis of the working of a democratic functioning in Parliament through a debate on a bill proposing to deploy peace forces in a country. The presentation promises a rib-tickling humour.

The presentation of Hindi play “Gaban” by the Toli theatre group of Bhopal on September 11, will be a tribute to legendary writer Munshi Prem Chand on his 125th birth anniversary. Vibha Mishra directs the social play woven around the aspirations, joys and sorrows of all segments of society.

On September 12 emotions and lifestyles of the young generation will be portrayed in a pulsating presentation of “Chhamak Chhalo”. Romesh Manchanda directs the play for Akaar Kala Manch, Delhi. Based on Neil Simons’s play “Star Sprangled Girl”, the play is a situational comedy developed on the ideologies of idealism and realism.

Allahabad-based repertoire Samaananatr to reveal the complex emotional psyche of a woman through a sensitive portrayal in the play “Susheela” on September 13. Directed by Anil Ranjan Bhaumik, the presentation is a synthesis of strengths and weaknesses of the ‘womanhood’.

“Salim Sherwani Ki Shaadi” will be theatrically solemnised on September 14 under the aegis of the Yayavar Mandal group and directorial elegance of Jitender Mittal. The play depicts the plight of those aged depressed persons marrying the younger woman in haste and repenting in leisure.

The concluding but prestigious presentation of “Kuamara Swami” by the Nishtha Saanskritik Manch, Gurgaon, on September 15 bares the pragmatic egoism and unethical acts of the rival custodians of respective religious establishments for gaining supremacy. Sanjay Bhasin directs the play which excavates explosive facts about heinous crimes committed under the cover of religion.

The entry will be strictly through invitations and plays will commence at 7 on all days.


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