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Staggered Class X exam elicits mixed response
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
The Council of Board of Schools’ Education suggestion of a staggered Class X examination schedule has failed to find much enthusiasm among Principals of city schools though students are appreciative of the move.

However, they agree that making the paper objective and easier to attempt would be a better alternative.

Mr Sanjay Sardana, Principal, Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, says giving students three years to clear the examination will amount to giving undue liberty to them.

“This arrangement would only lead to an over-stretched examination schedule, unnecessarily burdening the students and giving them a false sense of security to appear later. Our students are not ready for this kind of system yet. The board’s suggestion to simplify the paper is more welcome if the interest of the students is the motivation behind these changes,” he added.

Ms Rajesh Minhas, Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, adds: “It would only lead to greater tension for the child. The name of the board, by itself, is enough to heighten stress levels. Having three years to clear the examination would only mean added anxiety for children as well as parents.”

Principal Madhu Bahl of KB DAV School, Sector 7, too is not supportive of the three-year period to clear examinations. She does not support the two-tier system of elementary and higher levels in maths, science and English.

“These subjects form the basis of all higher studies. Environmental sciences should not be clubbed with other subjects but kept as a separate subject,” she held.

Class X students, however, are of the opinion that the system to stagger the boards over three years was a good idea since it would ease tension among students weak in studies. “For the rest, it has little meaning since most students would want to get over with the boards as soon as possible rather than prolonging the anxiety,” says Nikita Goyal of Manav Mangal.

The suggestion to have an elementary and a higher level of science, maths and English has been applauded by students.

“Not everybody can deal with maths with as much confidence as they can with social sciences. To cater to this group, the identification of a higher and elementary level would be a good deal,” maintains Inderpratap Singh, head boy of DAV Public School, Sector 8.

They are, however, unanimous that lengthy answers should be done away with partially and should make way for short answers and objective type questions.



12 teams take part in inter-zonal debate
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 16
An inter-zonal debate competition sponsored jointly by the Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development, New Delhi, and Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, was held at the Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, (SUSCET), Tangori.

The contest was held among the 12 winning teams of the inter-college debate competitions of PTU affiliated colleges in various zones.

The winning teams participated in the contest for the selection of PTU team that would compete in the national-level debate to be held in New Delhi in November.

Former MP Varinder Kataria was the chief guest and the function was attended by PTU officials, Principals of PTU affiliated colleges and other distinguished guests.

Prof S.K. Girdhar, Principal, SUSCET, welcomed the guests on the occasion.

Dr Geetika Thapar, Dean Academic Affairs, SUSCET, and PTU coordinator for the inter-zonal debate competition, delivered the introductory address and apprised the audience about the general rules of the competition.

The first prize was bagged by the team of the BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib, the second prize went to the team of CIET, Jhansla, while the third prize went to the team of BCET, Gurdaspur.

The best speaker prize was won by Varun from DAVIET, Jalandhar, and the second prize went to Jagnoor from BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Mr Varinder Kataria gave away prizes and certificates to the winning teams and individual speakers. He also shared his views on growing population in India. Mr J.S. Sidhu, chairman, SUSCET, Tangori, extended a vote of thanks.



Freshers welcomed with a party
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 16
Senior students of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, arranged a fresher’s party, “Fire and Ice”, to welcome the newcomers to the Chandigarh Group of Colleges, including Chandigarh College of Pharmacy, Chandigarh College of Hotel Management and Chandigarh College of Education.

Chairman Satnam Singh Sandhu and general secretary Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal were the chief guests of the function.

The programme started with the invocation song by Jasbir Singh followed by a variety of cultural events presented by the students of these colleges.

The western dance presented by students of hotel management, bhangra by students of Engineering College and gidha by students of B.Ed won special applause.

Prerna of B.Ed College exhibited her talent with a classical dance. Comedy skits “Teen Mastane” by students of the HMCT and “Pappu Ki Shaadi” by students of BSs Airlines were presented.

The students of B Pharmacy and D Pharmacy won the hearts of the audience with their songs.

The highlight of the function was a fashion show. The contestants were put through a general round, presentation round and a talent round.

Rajbir Singh of Engineering College and Manmeet Kaur of B.Ed College were selected Mr and Miss Fresher, respectively.

Dr G.D. Bansal, Principal, CEC, distributed prizes to the winners. Speaking on the occasion, he highlighted the importance of time and education and advised the students to fix their priorities accordingly.

Ms Sushma Sharma, Ms Bhanu Vig and Dr Harpreet Kaur, Principals of the college of Pharmacy, College of HM, and the College of Education, also interacted with students.



Workshop on environment education
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 16
The five-day workshop for science teachers on environment education concluded on the premises of the Punjab School Education Board here today. Mr R Venkatratnam, Special Secretary, Department of Education, Punjab, was the chief guest.

Ms Shruti Shukla, Project Officer at the board, presented the valedictory address. She said that the purpose of organising the seminar was to select teachers from the state and impart them inputs in environmental science and also to sensitise them about the latest educational techniques so as to make them key resource persons for various districts of Punjab.

She said that during the five days efforts were made to cover all important aspects of environmental education.

Ms Shukla said that yesterday a high-tech environmental quiz was organised and conducted by Dr Kumkum Kohli from GCG, Sector 11, Chandigarh, in which all participants were involved. The quiz, which contained lot of knowledge about environmental issues, was described as one of the model teaching techniques.

The seminar was attended by 68 teachers selected from various institutions from all over the state. 


From Schools
World Ozone Day observed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer and Tree Plantation was observed at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, here today.

Around 150 students participated in a rally flagged off by the chief guest Mr R.S. Goraya, DEO. The students spread the message of preservation of ozone layer by carrying placards and raising slogans.

Saplings were also planted by Mr Goraya. The Principal, Ms H.K. Bhatia, and PTA members also planted saplings on the occasion.

A mathematics lab was inaugurated and a short cultural programme was also organised by the students of the school stressing the need of sapling plantation and the importance of ozone layer.

DAV-15: The World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) office celebrated World Ozone Day with members of its nature club “Sampada” of DAV Model School, Sector 15.

Mr Ajay Dhiman, education officer of the WWF-India, delivered a series of lectures on “Ozone layer depletion and its effects on life”. He spoke on Montreal Protocol that was signed by 24 countries and by European Economic Community on September 16, 1987.

To mark this occasion, Principal of DAV School, Sector 15, flagged off a rally of 150 students, holding banners and placards. They marched from school to Sector 15 market appealing the citizens to make their lives ozone friendly.

GMSSS-46: The Eco-Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46-D, observed World Ozone Day in collaboration with the Environment Department of UT, Chandigarh.

Mr R.S. Goraya, DEO of the Education Department, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion. A painting competition was held on the subject of preservation of ozone layer. The president of the eco-club, Mr Om Parkash, said, “We should plant more and more saplings for the protection of environment.”

Mount Carmel School: The eco/environment club and the science club of Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, celebrated World Ozone Day on Friday.

On this occasion, the students staged a play “Pradushan Ek Samasya” in which harmful effects of various types of pollution were depicted in a humorous way.

Conference: Vivek High School students have left for Australia to take part in the International Round Square Conference.

The conference will be held at Ivanhoe Grammar School, Melbourne.

All seven students, Harleen, Hashmita Sidhu, Meher Sindhu, Anahat Chahal, Sahil Singhal, Sangram Malik and Diya Sodhi, are from Class XII.

The Principal of Vivek High, Ms P.K. Singh, will accompany the students. The school became member of the Round Square Group in 2003.

The students will participate in different activities and stay together in various groups comprising students from different countries. The conference will be held from September 20 to October 2.



Founder’s day of St Xavier’s
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 16
Students of St. Xavier’s School, Mohali, celebrated their founder’s day here today.

The school wore a festive look with rangoli, streamers and balloons strewn all around the campus. The slogans and banners revealed students’ love and gratitude for their founder.

Mr Andrew J. Gosain, chairman and founder of the St. Xavier’s group of schools, was welcomed by the Principal, Ms Georgina Roy, and the students.

A cultural programme was organised on the occasion.

Mr Gosain gave away prizes to the winners and encouraged each and every student to perform its best and hold the school banner high.



Abhipur student is best delegate
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 16
Abhay Basur, a third semester student of the Indo-Global College of Engineering, Abhipur, near here, was declared best delegate at the International All-Youth Cultural Exchange Programme held in Cairo, Egypt.

He was part of the Indian team that represented the country in the programme. The 11-day programme had student delegates from 41 countries to represent their culture and traditions.

According to Basur, the exposure he got was immense. He thanked his college management for its support and encouragement.

Talking to mediapersons, he said he learnt a lot about the culture and tradition of Egypt. “I explored the educational riches in the country other than the regular tourist destination that the country is better known for,” he said.



High Court
Law Institute case adjourned
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 16
Counsel for Directors of the Chandigarh Law Institute Private Limited on Friday asserted that there was certainly a difference of opinion between the two Judges, who had quashed the allotment of a prime piece of land to the company.

During the resumed hearing of applications filed by the company and the Chandigarh Administration, seeking a review of the judgment of the high court on the ground of “conflict of opinion” between the two Judges who constituted the Bench, the counsel prayed that the case be reviewed by a third Judge.

The case was thereafter adjourned to September 23.



A celebrated painter
S.D. Sharma

Braham Parkash and his five brothers have successfully carried forward the rich family legacy of painting as desired by his illustrious father, Shivender Nath Sharma.

A child prodigy, Braham Parkash spent his early childhood in his native sleepy village, Rakhigarhi, Haryana, and says he never dreamt of the national and international honours bestowed upon him.

At present, the Principal of the Government College of Arts here, Braham Parkash was the topper in Bachelor of Fine Arts at Delhi University in 1975. He has all along maintained this tradition of excellence in his works, be it oil painting, prints or digital computer graphics. Bestowed with the National Award (1980)) and the V Trinnale India International Award, Brahm Parkash has many other awards to his credit.

He has represented India in various international art exhibitions, including those in Australia, Algeria, Tunisia, Lisbon, Madrid and Cairo. Besides, he has participated in international art festivals in Tokyo, France, Harare and Yugoslavia.

Just back from a solo show of 15 graphics titled “Illusions” at Rabindra Bhavan, Delhi, Brahm Parkash has experimented with digital painting in abstraction.

Brahm Parkash is scheduled to visit China this weekend as a member delegate of the Indian team of four renowned painting artists and an equal number of music maestros under a cultural exchange programme.



City natak akademi chief to visit China
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16
Mr Kamal Tewari, Chairman of the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, is a member of the eight-member Indian cultural delegation visiting China under a cultural exchange programme, signed between the Government of India and the Republic of China. The delegation has members from Central Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Central Lalit Kala Akademi.

The delegation will visit various cultural organisations and centres related to art and culture and will interact with performing and visual artistes of China.

Mr Tewari has been nominated by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi, as one of the members of the delegation. The delegation will remain in China from September 19 to 25, an official press 
statement said.


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