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DAV management to set up deemed university
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
The DAV management is all set to have deemed university in the periphery of the city. Stating this at a press conference held at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, here today, Mr G.P. Chopra, president of the DAV management committee, said the management would be purchasing 50 acres near the city.

“The management has given the project the green signal for the project and as soon as the land is purchased the construction will start.” he said. He further informed that 25 acres in Dera Bassi had been ear-marked for an international level “sports school”. This deemed university is expected to have an engineering college and dental college too.

Mr Chopra was in the city to inaugurate staff quarters, “rishi vatika”, fine arts studio and the multimedia hall at MCM DAV College. The “rishi vatika”, informed Ms Puneet Bedi, Principal, would be a storehouse of Indian medicinal plants.

In the evening, students organised a cultural evening.



Hamara School
A nursery of tender minds

WITH the aim of bringing education at the doorstep of all, Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS) was opened in 1983 by the late Miss Ajit Karam Singh, an eminent educationist. Within a span of 22 years, the school has established its supremacy in this part of the region.

Today AKSIPS has two more branches: in Sector 45, Chandigarh, and in Phase XI, Mohali. Along with a well planned curriculum, the backbone of the school rests on its infrastructure, a team of dedicated staff and enlightened management, which works tirelessly for the overall development of the children.

The school is like a nursery where tender minds are attended to by teachers. The students are encouraged to have analytical mind, to ask questions and to experiment so that they become active participants in the learning process.

Students of the school have performed well in the board examinations of Classes X and XII. Out of 100 students, who appeared in Class X, 96 got first division and eight students scored more than 90 per cent marks.

Movin Jain got a Certificate of Merit in Class XII. He had the distinction of getting the 11th rank in IIT (Main) while Abhishek was at the 92nd position. Movin Jain was the only north Indian among six students who were selected to participate in the International Mathematics Olympiad in Mexico.

The vision of AKSIPS is not restricted only to academics, but wide enough to encompass many other areas which are vital for the overall growth of a child.

Students of the school have excelled in sports too. They have bagged gold medals in table soccer competition (Swati, Shamsher, Sahib and Jintender); Bhavan Hawk Roller Hockey Committee (Amit, Vikram, Gaurav and Sumit); All-India Anti-Terrorist Front Karate Competition and Punjab State Full Contact Karate Competition held at Rajpura (Harkamal and Rishab).

The students have also brought laurels to the school in co-curricular activities. In essay writing competition, organised by the Generation Savior Association, Manisha Bansal and Namit bagged the first prizes in group A and group C, respectively. Shifa Mahajan won the first prize in poster making contest on “Ill effects of tobacco.”

Students are also made aware about their social and environmental responsibilities. The school has an Eco Club which makes efforts to conserve the environment.

In this era, where the culture seems to vanish from society, efforts are made right from the kindergarten level to acquaint children with the culture of our country. The school is truly working on secular and democratic pattern where all festivals are celebrated with same zeal and fervour.


Ms Jagjeet Sekhon
Ms Jagjeet Sekhon

Academics provide an essential nutrient for the development of mind because education is purposeful and an ethical activity. A happy and stimulating environment is essential if children are to develop a lively, dynamic and enterprising mind.

Extra-curricular activities are equally important in extracting the best out of the child. Its detrimental to have them for innate growth of a person. A broad and balanced curriculum will foster spontaneity and offering plenty of opportunities for the child to grow as confident and smart. Amassing the treasure of both, knowledge and health should be the aim of every child.

The sole objective of the school is to provide quality education with a focus for the future global citizen. The whiff of air spread by such vibrations edify their minds which also serve as a stepping stone towards elevation of minds to a large extent.



Fashion course opened
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 10
A six-month fashion designing course for women was inaugurated by Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, MP today at Balwari, Dhanas. The course will be run under the patronage of CARES (Citizen Association for Relief Education and Service) in collaboration with the Centre of Adult Education, Panjab University.

Earlier, while stressing on the need to find a suitable market for the products made by villagers, Mr Bansal asked the women to work with zeal. He emphasised that the Government alone could not do much and there was an urgent need for NGOs and welfare agencies like CARES and other departments came together to achieve women empowerment.

Wing Commander D.S. Ahluwalia, VM (retd) President, CARES, said they were actively involved in organising women health awareness, and skill generation programmes. At present, CARES is running five creches-cum-schools in which more than 300 children are being imparted basic education and health- related education. He appreciated the efforts of Mr Jagdish Singh, vice-president, District Congress Committee, Chandigarh, to help ameliorate the condition of villagers.

Dr NS Sween, of the Centre of Adult Education, Panjab University, said they were committed to improve the quality of life of the people and change their outlook to make them independent. 



City to have institute for special children
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
Mr Krishan Mohan, Home Secretary, yesterday announced the setting up of a regional institute for mentally challenged children in the city, according to an official press note. The centre will provide medicare as well as vocational training in order to make them self-reliant and independent.

Mr Mohan made the announcement while addressing a function at Government Medical College, Sector 32. He said the proposed institute will cater to nearly 1,000 persons. An area of 10 acres has been earmarked in Sector 31 for the project. The institute will run in conjunction with the vocational training institutes and children will be imparted vocational training.

The institute will also carry out diagnosis, education, training and research in the field of autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities.



School exhibition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
Students of St. Peter’s Secondary School, Sector 37, held their annual exhibition today. The exhibition was divided into two sections. The science section displayed projects based on space, universe, renewable sources of energy and electronics.

The social science exhibition displayed graphics on world monuments volcanoes, rock forms and land forms. The junior section displayed doll houses in various shaps and sizes.



Low-floor buses: UT Adviser gets notice
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
The introduction of the low-floor buses and the grid system by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking(CTU) in the city is likely to run into rough weather with a local court today issuing a notice to the Adviser to the UT Administrator for October 1.

Acting on an application filed by a member of the District Bar Association, Mr Arvind Thakur, and two others, Mr R.K. Sharma, Civil Judge (Junior Division), issued the notice to the Adviser. While the Director Transport was represented by his counsel, Mr R.S. Gujral, a former UT Transport Secretary, and Dr Amarpal Singh, a former UT Director Transport, were proceeded against ex-parte by the court.

Mr Thakur had filed an application for permanent injunction for restraining the defendants, including the Adviser, from introducing the low-floor buses and the grid system in the city. The petitioner had contended that besides being “environment- unfriendly”, these buses were costlier to maintain as compared to the other buses. In fact, various employees’ union had been at loggerheads over the introduction of the buses and the grid system. While one faction of the transport unions was with the administration on the introduction of the new buses, the other faction had vehemently been opposing its introduction.

After the filing of the petition, Mr Thakur had filed another application urging the court to treat it as “special case” under Section 91 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

It may be recalled that the UT Administration had proposed to introduce the low-floor buses and the grid system in a phased manner with a view to improving the public transport system in the city.

As the meter system was not working for the auto-rickshaws in the city, the commuters were at the receiving end of the auto drivers.The low-floor buses and the grid system were supposed to take care of plight of the commuters particularly in the wake of irregular bus timings.



Lawyers complain against Inspector
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10
The in charge of the Operations Cell of the Chandigarh Police, Mr Satbir Singh, has been accused to violating the guidelines of Supreme Court in the DK Basu vs State of West Bengal case.

In a written complaint to the IGP, Mr Arvind Thakur, general secretary of the local unit of the Lawyers for Human Rights International(LHRI), accused Mr Satbir Singh of using “derogatory language” when asked whether the relatives of Charanjit Singh,an accused in the ISBT blast, had been informed about his arrest. Charanjit was produced in a local court today.

When asked whether the relatives of the accused had been informed as per the Supreme Court guidelines, Mr Satbir Singh, said he was not accountable to any one, the complaint said. When contacted, the Mr Satbir Singh said the relatives might have been informed.

The complaint urged the IGP to take strict action against the official for “violating” the Supreme Court judgement and “maligning” the reputation of the Chandigarh Police.



Garden accessories for a cause
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Sheila Mamik with her friend Avneet Chahal display their garden accessories at an exhibition in Sector 4, Chandigarh, on Monday.
Sheila Mamik with her friend Avneet Chahal display their garden accessories at an exhibition in Sector 4, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, September 10
Funky stepping stones, spouting fountains and garden lights in the shape of frogs, bird baths and feeders all add to the sprightly collection to embellish your home, garden or even your regular “gumlas” (plant holders)!

Try a bird stick or a metallic frog or butterfly stick for your plant holder or then a pillar with a leafy, luscious money plant draped all over it!

Bird sticks starting from Rs 100 to a lavish bird bath for Rs 4,500, there is a wide variety of interesting garden accessories to choose from.

Terra cotta bird hanging for Rs 130 and toadstools to smarten up that bare corner from Rs 350 to Rs 2,200, plant-holders ranging from Rs 350 to Rs 1,800, including foliage on little table hangers for Rs 400 and even a smiley face with seeds on the head, which sprouts grass for hair at Rs 350, make for appealing “garnishing” to decorate your home or to gift to someone.

The exhibition is the brainchild of Sheila Mamik and what makes this showing so unique is that 50 per cent of the proceeds go towards the care and rehabilitation of young children at Bal Sadan, a home for orphan and destitute children in Sector 12, Panchkula.

“It has been spiritual, gratifying the way people of the city have come forward knowing where the money is going. What makes me really happy is that the residents of Chandigarh are aware of Bal Sadan and what we are trying to do with the money we make here,” says an impassioned Ms Mamik.

The response has been encouraging and Ms Mamik is keen for people to come forward and buy these interesting garden “charms” for the money is all going towards the opening another centre in Chandigarh.

“The basic idea of the sale is to try and help as many children as we can and spread awareness about the orphanage,” believes Ms Mamik.

Made of Dhaulpaur stone and terra cotta, these wonderful garden artefacts selling under the label of “Green Thumb” are now going to be available year-round. So go pick up your leaf-shaped stepping stone or even a terra cotta hanging with birds and bells, after all it is all for a good cause.



Film Review
Salaam Saif
Rama Sharma

The chirpy and bubbly pair of Saif and Preity hand out many exciting and fun-loaded moments in “Salaam Namaste”. The bondings of love here produces an admixture of sense and nonsense.

While understanding each other, they quarrel and make up, outlining the utility of a live-in relationship. Based on freedom, it lasts as long as love lasts.

Saif Ali Khan popularises the idea of men cooking food and earning money out of it with aplomb. Priety spices it up with her vivacity as a radio jockey in Australia.

The heroine decides to have a child without the consent of live-in partner. But the couple lashing out at each other with overheated animation mars the film's texture.

However, Saif carries forward the movie in his usual delightful manner.

After a peg-like experience in “Munna Bhai MBBS”, Arshad Warsi shows his comic spirit again, albeit in bits.

After a boring first quarter, you began to guess if there is a meaningful interplay of emotions ahead but the climax is hijacked by a highly melodramatic Abhishek Bachchan who acts a crazy doctor trying to deliver three babies at the same time.

The “Salaam Namaste....” song has been picturised well on a sea beach.

Dialogues are intensive and to the point. The end is inadequate but the film is worth a watch. TNS



‘Prayas’: doctors’ songs on diseases

WHEN doctors turn their backs on commercialism, the result is a humanistic and holistic approach to healthcare. In a creative effort towards contributing to build a ‘healthy nation’, five super-specialist doctors of the city released a health-related album, ‘Prayas’, an anthology of eight songs at the Chandigarh Press Club today.

The initiative is unique as the songs in the album are based on various health issues to create awareness amongst the masses. Highlighting important health problems, the doctors have gone one step further and sang the songs themselves. What is more, this endeavour is a non-commercial venture and the doctors have pooled in their own resources and valuable time to produce the album.

Dr Raman Abrol, a senior ENT consultant with Fortis Hospital, Dr Sahul Bharti, an endocrinologist, who shifted base to Panyali village in Himachal Pradesh to provide free medical services to 60 villages in the area, Dr Biman Saikia, Assistant Professor in the Department of Immunopathology at PGIMER, Dr Hemant Hardikar, a well-known urologist at Fortis, and Dr Anurag Sharma, interventional cardiologist at Fortis, came together for this unique venture.

As the producer of the album, Dr Abrol, in his opening address said, “We have tried to pick up concerns like AIDS, polio, female foeticide, drug and alcohol addiction, anaemia and even iron and iodine deficiency. The message is simple and fully consistent with the fundamental principles of the ongoing National Health Programmes in the country”.

The inspiration came from Dr Bharti and his locally-started medical musical initiative called, “Swasthya Satsang”, which is being held in remote hilly hamlets of Nahan tehsil in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh. “We realised that bringing out medical concerns through music seemed to evoke greater understanding and awareness amongst people. So, near a natural fresh water spring, the youth of the villages and I sat and started composing and building a platform for a musical soiree, which evolved in this ‘Swasthya Satsang’,” explained Dr Bharti.

Encouraged by the popularity of this “Satsang”, these five doctors decided to come together and create a professional album for free circulation hoping that various government health agencies at the rural and urban levels will pick it up and use it to give their healthcare and awareness programmes that extra fillip.

The album was released by Prof I.C. Pathak, former Director, PGIMER, who said the effort was laudatory, because, “Happiness does not come with money, it comes with the joy of fulfilment of ideals and creative energy like these five doctors have shown”.

These doctors have also formed a band called “The Medix” to create and promote health-related music and will also conduct live performances at various health forums. TNS



Actor is an interpreter of reality: Dr Rastogi
S.D. Sharma

‘An actor should interpret reality and not reproduce it. Besides the performing theatre artist must delve deep into the literary concept of the play, since it is the perception of the director to justify the theme conceived by the playwright,’ opines the versatile scientist actor, Dr Anil Rastogi.

Credited with over 600 theatre performances, eight films and serials, this former scientist of the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, with fresh, fragrant passions is a myriad minded artist. Holding a doctorate in microbiology and a self-taught actor Rastogi had imbibed the finer nuances of the theatrical art while working with thespians like BV Karanth, MK Raina, Ravi Baswani and Balrja Pandit. He had been associated with a prime cultural organization ‘Darpan’ and recalls his triumphant 350 repeat performances in a play Panchhi jaa’ directed by Dina Nath’.

Dr Anil Rastogi was in city to stage ‘Sansdiya sadan…’ in the National Drama Festival. Sharing his views about the diverse passion for arts despite his devotion to duty as a scientist, he disclosed that he fell for theatre in 1962 after completing his post graduation in bio-chemistry. “As I executed my roles with a matured feeling and with following the director’s instructions, my artistic potential blossomed and prestigious roles in films and TV serials followed.”

His portrayal of a super cop Bashir Ahmed, a mentor and boss of Kavita Choudhry in popular TV serial ‘Udaan’ won instant recognition which was followed by ‘Bivi naatiyon waali’ and a telefilm ‘Inspector General’ with Utpal Dutt. A feature film ‘Manzil’, ‘Khoon Baha Ganga Mein, Mareechika, Nazara Darmiyan and the forthcoming ‘Pati Patni aur Voh’ in which he plays the father of the heroine.



Parliamentary panel goes to absurd limits
S.D. Sharma

The ongoing National Drama Festival, organised by the Department of Public Relations and Culture Affairs in association with the NCZCC has brought the diverse theatre forms to the city. If ‘Anveshak’ presented yesterday, juxtaposed the stalling of progressive thought and invention by anti-human forces, today’s play by Darpan Lucknow ‘Ek Sansdiya Samiti ki Uthak Baithak,’ (Working of a parliamentary committee) bared the functioning of our parliamentary 

Director Ranjit Kapur used the Brechtian model to illustrate the mockery of the democratic norms and codes by the legislators.

A high-powered parliamentary committee is constituted to suggest the deployment of the Indian peace keeping force in a neighbouring country. The committee members discuss every subject, but not the real issue.

The actors, with spells of crisp dialogues and eloquent stage movements regaled the audience.

The production drove home an advice to politicians that, ‘If you cannot fight the corrupt, join them.

Dr Anil Rastogi led the cast which included Abhishek Nrayan, Vijay Vastva, Dsauvik Chakraborty, Gopal Singh, Manjushri Banerjee, Priyanka Mishra and Chanchla Chaterjee.

The ‘Toli’ presents Munshi Premchand’s ‘Gaban’ tomorrow.


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