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Emphasis laid on quality in services, products
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
The Chairman of Quark Media, Mr Fred Ebrahami, has emphasised that quality is the best way to add value to products and services.

Addressing a gathering of working professionals from various companies, who had enrolled themselves for the first ever full-fledged B Tech programme in Industrial Engineering and Management at PTU’s Gian Jyoti School of TSM and Entrepreneurship Mohali, he exhorted them to be passionate about quality.

The customer today wants the best in terms of quality, so entrepreneurs, manufacturers and organisers should deliver what he wants. “Quality is not about the product being expensive, that’s a misconception. You have to look at it holistically and provide quality at prices acceptable to the consumer ,’’ said Mr Ebrahami while giving examples to illustrate his point.

The launch of the B-Tech programme in Industrial Engineering and Management by PTU’s Gian Jyoti School of TQM and Entrepreneurship would help provide the right kind of manpower to the industry in this part of the region, he added.

Dr Vijay Gupta, Director, Punjab Engineering College, in his keynote address lamented that the education imparted in the universities was inadequate and did not prepare one for the challenges of life.

Dr M.S. Grewal, Registrar of Punjab Technical University, while reiterating the importance of technical education said, “Business in India is witnessing a rapid change. Facing new challenges requires a new cadre of professionals with intellectual curiosity, besides knowledge of contemporary concept.”

He later read out the message of the Vice Chancellor who said that the PTU was committed to making Punjab into a knowledge society and courses like this would fulfil the need for making India globally competitive.

Mr Satish Bagrodia, Chairman of Winsome Group, said the pool of professionals that emerges from the school would help them reach zero-defect level in the next level of quality management.



Students of Deepmala school get prizes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
The eighth prize distribution function of Deepmala Public School, Dera Bassi, was held here today. The programme began with a Shiv vandana followed by a poetry recitation and patriotic songs. The students presented Indian folk dances and a song on the ill-effects of alcohol consumption.

A fancy dress contest was also held on the occasion. Jaskiran, dressed as the chief guest, Mr Deepinder Dhillon and Shruti Kalia as paper napkin dolls and Gautam as a bridegroom were declared winners. The principal of the school, Ms Amita, spoke on the activities done throughout the year.

Technical Societies, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh are presenting SIGMA, a symbolic name to the intra-college technical event signifying integrated efforts of all technical societies to foster overall growth of the students.

The idea is to develop scientific temperament and to bridge the gap between theory and practical applications. SIGMA, being held from October 21 to 28, is a collection of selected events like guest lecture by the eminent Prof. Yashpal, former-Chairman, UGC, a workshop and various technical competitions.

Prof Yashpal, with the idea of rekindling the diminishing interest in physics amongst engineering students, is presenting a talk titled “Physics Ka Mazaa” on 25th at 3 pm in the college auditorium.

The ongoing workshop on “Matlab”, which is the most widely used engineering software, has already been a big success and has drawn a massive participation. Contests including junkyard wars, parachute design contest, innovative idea presentation, networking games, robotics design challenge and assembling contest also underway, have received overwhelming response from over 1000 participating students.

Seminar: A seminar on “Higher education and scholarships in France” was held at government College for Girls, Sector 11, here on Sunday. Mr Jean-Christopher Carteron from the Euromed Marseille School of Management delivered a multimedia presentation on the subject. He was accompanied by Bruno Plasse, Director of Alliance Francaise.



Inter-school debate at St Soldier’s
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 23
An inter-school debate was held at St. Soldiers International Convent School on ‘Should Class X examinations be made optional?” in which 15 teams from various schools of Mohali and Chandigarh expressed participated.

The judges for the day were Dr Ranjit Powar, Deputy Director, Food and Supplies Department, Ms Rajbir Sandhu from Vivek High School, Chandigarh, and Ms Vandana Tripathi, from D.A.V School, Sector 8, Chandigarh. Ms V. Tiwana, Principal of the school, honoured the winners.

The students of the host school were the winners and Mount Carmel got the runners up trophy.

Winners of the individual prizes were: Sahil from Swami Ram Tirath School; Ravtej Singh Sandhu from Saint Soldier International Convent School, Mohali, and Ankita from Mount Carmel, Chandigarh.

Play contest

Students of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, participated in the inter-house play competition in a big way. The judges for the occasion were Mr Norman Kells, Ms Savita Bhatti and Mr Zubin Mehta. The first play, staged at Tagore House, was titled ‘My Fair Lady’. It was the story of a gentleman who tried to convert a simple, flower-selling girl into a lady who could then move in upper society.

Next was ‘The Apple’ performed by students from Aitchison House. It was a satire on the perceptions that people create and project about art. Next in line was Ranjit House’s presentation: ‘The Hour of Truth’ about a man fighting all odds against the temptation of money.

Then Nalagarh House showcased ‘Being King Arthur’. It was about King Arthur’s conversion into a humble and wise man. The last play was Patiala House’s ‘MmmBeth’-a humorous version of the Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.

The young actors gave a spirited performance and were rewarded with great applauses from the audience. The best actors in various categories were: Haripal Singh, Ramandeep Kaur, Roohbir and Mantegveer. The judges and Dr H.S. Dhillon, Principal, Yadavindra Public School, congratulated the students on their performance.


A national conference-cum-seminar on 3-G Technology and advanced topics in computer science and engineering was held at the Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori. Professor J.S. Bhatia, Director, Centre for Development of Advance Computing (CDAC), Mohali, was the chief guest and enlightened the audience about the applications of 3-G technology in everyday life.

Mr J.S. Sidhu, chairman of the college, presided over the function. The event was organised jointly by the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering and the Computer Science and Engineering under the guidance of Prof S.K. Girdhar, Principal, SUSCET.



Hansraj students shine in science exhibition
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 23
Students of Hansraj Public School have done the region proud. The students participated in the state-level CBSE-Intel Science Exhibition held at Salwan Public School, Gurgaon, recently, where the Science and Mathematics models of the school have been selected from among 70 other models, to participate in the national-level exhibition to be organised at Laxman Public School, New Delhi, on October 26 and 27.

The Principal of the school, Mr Vijay Kumar, said the science exhibit showed “Jatropha – the wonder plant” and was displayed by Aruj Garg, Gorky Saini and Arjun Gupta of Class X.

The specialty of plant is that it can solve the world’s energy crisis to a large extent as the seeds can be processed to generate fuel that can be used as a substitute for petrol.

“Mathematics made easy” model created by Vishesh Mittal, class X, consists of a unique software that can solve an unlimited number of equations by any method be they linear, quadratic or dealing with installments (specially useful in calculating EMIS).

An added attraction of this software is that it generate sums as per the level of the child with increasing difficulty.



Hot debate marks youth fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
Drama, histrionics, mimicry, creative-writing and clay-modelling marked day two of the Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival of professional colleges being hosted by Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today.

Elocution, debate and poetry recitation were also held. The topic for the debate “Foreign coaches should be engaged for sports in India” was hotly discussed while elocution on “Effects of Globalisation on our families” was held.

In the poem-recitation competition, the participants enthralled the audience with their moving and melodious compositions. Today’s morning session was inaugurated by Mr B.D. Budhiraja, Dean College Development. The Principal of the college, Dr Satinder Dhillon, welcomed the chief guest and participants.

The Deputy Director of the Haryana Urdu Academy, Mr K.L. Zakir, and Special Secretary, Science, Technology and Non-Conventional Energy, Punjab, were the chief guests for the afternoon session.

Tomorrow’s schedule includes a quiz, skit, mime, classical dance, group dance, giddha and bhangra.



“Bharat ko Jano” contest results
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 23
Students of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, won the overall trophy for both senior and junior groups at the All-India ‘Bharat Ko Jano’ competition-2005 (district level), organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad here yesterday. The quiz, which saw participation from 10 schools of Panchkula, was held at the Bharat Vikas Parishad Bhavan in Sector 12.

According to Dr R.C. Chandna, an organiser, the two teams of Manav Mangal School will now participate in the state-level competition to be organised at Karnal. In the senior group, Vaibhav Verma and Kapil Sachdeva of Manav Mangal scored 115 points to beat Moti Ram Arya School, which managed to net 100 points and secured the second position, while DC Model school was third.

In the junior group, Avinav Singla and Salil Jain of Manav Mangal scored 135 points to bag the first position, while Jainendra Public School and New India High school came second and third, respectively.



Khalsa School students honoured
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 23
The Old Student’s Association of Khalsa School, Phase VIII, honoured students who had excelled in various fields at a function here yesterday.

According to head of the institution, Mr Kuldip Singh, the award for the best boy went to Mangal Singh and that for the best girl to Rajinder Kaur.

For their performance in the declamation and shabad gayan contests, Mandeep Kaur and Jaswinder and party were honoured with the Headmaster Joginder Singh Baidwan Yadgari Award, respectively.

Tejinder Singh was honoured for his good performance in the NCC Parade.

Harmanpreet was honoured in the ‘lok geet’ category and Harpreet Kaur for ‘Shudh ardas’.



125 cases settled at Lok Adalat
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 23
As many as 125 cases were disposed off while a sum of Rs 14, 400 was awarded as compensation to litigants in various cases that came up in the Lok Adalat organised on the district court’s premises yesterday. As many as 313 cases were put up in this Lok Adalat.

All categories of civil cases, including bank disputes and service matters, cases under the Motor Vehicle Act, accident claims, and some cases of criminal revision and summary cases were taken up. The Lok Adalats were held in four courts here — the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Gulab Singh, the court of District and Sessions Judge, Mr Arvind Kumar, the two court of judicial magistrates — Mr Ajay Aggarwal and Mrs Shashi Bala Chauhan were taken up.

The State Legal Services Authority, which organises the Lok Adalats, also provides free legal aid to persons whose annual income is below Rs 25,000 per annum and the persons in custody, jails or in psychiatric hospitals. It also provides aid to industrial workmen, women and children and also to those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Tribes.



Mishra Bandhu embellish sammelan finale
S.D. Sharma

If the daughter disciple of legendary Pandit Kumar Gandharv gave a majestic start to the 28th Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan, legends Pandit Rajan Mishra and Sajan Mishra provided the grand finale with their melodic spell of classical music on Sunday. The annual event organised by the Indian National Theatre in collaboration with the Chitkara foundation brought together the diverse gayaki styles of different gharanas during the three-day soul-enriching musical spectacle.

The melodic strains wafted across the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan hall as the Mishra bandhu delved deep to establish the emotive character of the morning raga , Bilaskhani Todi through a vilambat khyal ‘Varni na jaaye..’ in laudation of the Divine Lord. Fully engrossed with equanimity, they depicted the wisdom and virtues of Lord Krishna in ‘Kanha re murli..’ in medium tempo and teen taal.

After another composition ‘Piya ko manaun’, the duo presented a composition, ‘Man Harva re..’ in raag alhaiya bilawal in madhya laya, melting it to the drut laya. They enchanted the audience with more bhajans in different ragas, sending them into a scintillating reverie.

Endowed with a mellifluous voice with youthful freshness, imaginative intensity of rare calibre and innovative blending of the swar , laya and taal to weave magic, the versatile duo of Rajan Mishra and Sajan Mishra rejuvenated the music aficionados. Their being in perfect synchronisation throughout was marvelous.

Akram Khan on the tabla and Mehmood Dholpuri on the harmonium accompanied the illustrious music legends.

Earlier, young Fakruddin Khan Dholpuri gave a solo sarangi recital. The son of Ustad Mehmood Dholpuri bared the melody of raag ‘Bhokhari’. Guatam Dhar on the tabla embellished the melodious sarangi recital.

The other celebrated artistes who regaled the audience were the globe-trotting sitarist Ganesh Mohan known for his contribution to film music as a leading musician of the Laxmikant Pyarelal ensemble. He displayed a rare expertise blending the dhrupad and ‘khyali ang’ while presenting raga ‘des’ and later raga ‘bageshwari’.

Avirbhav Verma articulated the melody on the tabla.

Yet another soulful rendition of raga ‘jog kauns’ came from Dr Alka Deo Marulkar . Her exposition of the raga in vialmbat and Drut laya both set to teen taal got augmented with a melodic support from her young daughter who doled out ‘Peed parayi’ immaculately.

The festival witnessed the emergence of versatile young accompanying artistes from the city like Gautam Dhar, Avirbhav Verma both disciples of Pandit Pavan Kumar Verma and Neeraj Gandhi. Many a music lover felt that if the timing of the festival was advanced to 6.30 pm against the scheduled 8.30 pm, it could ensure better audience participation.



True exponents of classical music
Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 23
The leading lights in ghazal singing, Ustad Ahmed Hussain and Ustad Mohammad Hussain, are busy trying to save this form of music from the glamour as well as remix culture, so as to protect its quintessential features of ishq, ibaadat and ilm.

The brothers were in town yesterday in order to interact with students of The Gurukul, Sector 20, and acquaint them to the nuances of ghazal and classical singing.

"When we received the offer from the Veer Deva Foundation to interact with students, we immediately agreed. Since music is an important part of the traditional Indian ethos, we thought it a good opportunity to acquaint the young students with traditional Indian music," they say.

Inheritors of a rich legacy (they are seventh generation ghazal singers), the Hussain brothers say that music has been the central focus in their lives from as early as they can remember. They shot into limelight because of their melliflous voice as teenagers, and have since been recognised internationally as exponents of traditional and classical-based ghazals. They have been bestowed upon with many awards, including the Sangeet Academy Award in 2000. They have been recognised for their versatility, touching genres such as classical, ghazals, qawalis, shabads and bhajans.

'Our father, Ustad Afzal Hussain, was our guru. What he taught us decades ago, holds true even to this day. It is not the gharana you belong to; or how much you can glamourise and present yourself, but the ishq (passion) and ilm (knowledge) that helps you succeed and makes a place for yourself.

It is with the intention of saving the traditional form of ghazal and passing it on to future generations that they have even started a Hussain Bandhu Music Academy in Jaipur.

The brothers express anguish that people with limited knowledge of ghazal are spoiling the traditional form of music. "There can be no short cuts in the fields of art and music. Learning has to be a continuous process, and we are learning even today - more than 45 years since our first recital.

But are they in competition with each other? The brothers laugh it off as Ustad Mohammad points out," Kya batayen sur sagar mein doob ke hum kho jate hain; hum donon lehron ki tarah lad kar ek ho jate hain". Ask them about any regrets, and they point out that musicians and exponents of traditional art forms are not getting due recognition from the government.



Festival of Pak plays concludes
Our Correspondent

The woman has been adorned with the exalted status of a goddess in our scriptures, but in reality she has been over the ages subjugated to bear male chauvinism. The social injustice meted out to the women in real life finds an eloquent reflection in the popular Pakistani Punjabi play, ‘Jhalli Jaave Kithe’, which marked the conclusion of the two-day drama festival organised by the Chandigarh School of drama and Pracheen Kala Kendra at the Tagore Theatre on Sunday.

Penned by Lahore-based thespian Shahid Nadeem, the Navchintan Club Beas (Amritsar) at the Tagore Theatre presented the thought-provoking play under the direction of Hansa Singh, a reputed proponent of rural theatre.

Structured in the nukkad natak form in the pastoral background, the play depicts the sentimental Gloom of a newly married girl as her husband goes abroad to earn money to meet the urgent needs of the family which invariably include raising dowry for his sister, higher education of brother and medical expenses of ailing mother.

It is common for many sons of the soil going abroad for livelihood and lucrative earnings but leaving their spouse to be condemned to isolation and a virtual social ostracism like the protagonist Bhagan called ‘Jhalli’ (mad). The orthodox in-laws rely on superstitions, realising little the sympathy and love she deserves.

Krantipal, Rupneet Kaur, Sonu, Gurdeep Singh Viklramjeet Singh Tarsem and Tejinder Lalli form the cast.

Earlier, the hosts presented an emotional play, ‘Dharti Da Dil’ written by Mansoor Kaiser under the direction of Asha Saklani. The protagonist Ashraf (Jasvir Kumar), a missing soldier, visits his village after he turns ugly following damage to his body during the war.

A sense of acute inferiority complex develops in his mind, fearing a dislike from his family and friends and he remains a stranger as none can recognise him. Jasvir Kumar, Kamaljit Kaur, Iqatar Sahota, Amandeep Kaur and Master Sahil formed the cast.



Tandon auditioning for international film
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
Raman Tandon, the man behind Punjabi idols, is now hunting for fresh talent to cast in his latest international venture. Titled “Always for You”, the new cross border film is being made in collaboration with Universal Studios, and will be shot at prime locations across New York, Italy and London. This is the first serious attempt of Universal Studios to venture into India, especially after Bollywood was declared a licensed industry.

In Chandigarh these days to announce the second phase of his Punjab idol contest, Raman Tandon spoke about the film which seeks to touch upon contemporary themes of migration in a funny way. “The film is a comedy and it will have three main characters, apart from the much loved Lawrence Jones from the USA.

We are looking for three new faces of girls who can play confident on the screen. They have plum roles in the film,” says Tandon.

Raman Tandon has decided to conduct common auditions for the film as well as Punjabi idols.

To be held in Dara Studios on October 25, 26 and 27, the auditions will be conducted by a separate team, while Tandon and his colleagues shoot with those selected during the first phase of Punjabi idol.

As for the performances acceptable at the auditions - there is a vast range to choose from, as Tandon tells, “We are not here to hunt for the best singers or dancers or comedians. The idea it to get the youngsters to perform and make them capture audience imagination. They need not just sing or dance.

There are many other things to do like simply mimicking an act from a film or anchoring a certain situation.

We received a good response from Chandigarh during the last phase of auditions.”


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