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Board to make model question papers: chief
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 12
The Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, Prof Harbans Singh Sidhu, said here on Thursday that the board would prepare model question papers which would be able to test educational standards as well as knowledge.

Professor Sidhu, who was speaking at the concluding function of a four-day workshop organised by the board in association with the NCERT, New Delhi, on the “Analysis of question papers and marking scheme”, said the board would benefit from the suggestions of resource persons and educationists and bring about the required improvements in the setting of question papers and evaluation.

He said the resource persons, subject experts, paper setters and project officers had made a contribution at the workshop in connection with the setting of model question papers and the marking scheme. The question papers would now be prepared keeping in mind the objectives of education.

Mrs Jagbir Kaur Brar, Director (Academics), while highlighting the achievements of the workshop, said the model question papers, which would be based on the recommendations made at the workshop, would be sent to examination centres as well as examiners. She said the board would keep making efforts to improve the standard of education.

On the last day of the workshop, coordinators of various groups presented their reports and recommendations. Prof V.P. Gupta and Prof Chander Shekhar, resource persons from the NCERT, shared their views and experiences with the participants.



Yes, it was on paper only
Bridging the gap between theory & practical 
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
It was a bridge to nowhere, but one of the most difficult to make and cross for Khushwinder Singh, a first-year student of Punjab Engineering College. Nervous he was, after all the bridge was made of just paper and sewn together with a thread! He and his team members, surrounded by other students, waited with baited breath for the red car to cross the bridge successfully. Ten seconds later, it did!

It was an exciting experience for 180 students of the first semester at the college today morning as their paper models of bridges, part of an assignment given to them, were tested in reality.

There was no dearth of creativity in their models. Railway tracks, the London Bridge and tyres of tanks were the inspiration behind these designs. While girls used their gender as an advantage by making use of their sewing skills in various models, boys were not far behind either; they had their mothers help them out.

“My mother sewed the bridge together on a sewing machine,” said Prakram.

The students had to make a bridge using a chart paper cut into strips no longer than 20 cm and no wider than 5 cm. To hold it together, they could use a string/thread of tensile strength no greater than 10N and not more than 20 m in length. Moreover, the bridge should not weigh more than 40 gm.

As a test, a 500-gm car had to successfully move across the bridge without falling. Prof Vijay Gupta, Director, PEC, checked each bridge and gave marks to the students for the assignment.

Around 45 bridges were prepared. While some were rejected as these did not adhere to the specifications prescribed, others failed due to fault in design.

On an average, the students had to make bridges at least thrice before the final model was made. Interestingly, none of the students knew what the other had made. “It was pure competition, a secret project,” they said.

In the end, it was, however, pure fun for the students, as they chorused that they would have no problem doing more such assignments.



Rally against female foeticide
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 12
Hundreds of people led by Swami Agnivesh, president, Sarvdeshik Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, yesterday held a massive rally in the city against the growing menace of female foeticide.

Swami Agnivesh, who reached here today as part of sarv dharm jan chetna yatra, got immense response from residents, specially from girls who had come from various colleges of the city. Girl students from the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, joined the rally which passed through various sectors of the city. Carrying placards saying ‘Stop killing the female foetus’, the youngsters spread the message against this social evil.

The procession was led by various non-government and religious organisations who later attended a huge public meeting by Swami Agnivesh at Nehru Park, Sector 22.

Swami said that more than 30000 ultrasound units were operational in the country.It was reported that around seventy lakh cases of foeticide were being detected.

The yatra which began from Tankara (Gujarat), the birthplace of Swami Dayanand Saraswati, on November 1, will reach Amritsar on November 15 to coincide with the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev. Ms Allena, MP, Germany, who was influenced by the Indian culture, joined the rally.

Later a seminar was also held at Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Bhawan, Sector 30, where eminent doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, lawyers, educationists, police officers and social workers took part. Swami Agnivesh appealed to the dignitaries to spread the message of total eradication of female foeticide.



Baddowal school wins bhangra contest
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 12
Students from Classes VI to VIII took part in various state-level educational competitions, organised by the Punjab School Education Board, on the second day here today. Various contests were held at Green Field Public School, Phase V, and Shivalik Public School, Phase VI.


Bhangra: Government Elementary School, Baddowal (Ludhiana) I; DAV School, Amritsar, II; Doaba Arya School, Nawanshahr, III.

Gidda: Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Khanna (Ludhiana) I; Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Mahana Singh Road, Amritsar, II; Baba Farid Public School, Bathinda, III. Shabad gayan: Sukhpreet Kaur and party, Senior Secondary School, Punjabi University, Patiala, I; Jaspreet Kaur and party, Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Model Town, Hoshiarpur, II; Neeru and party, Government Girls School, Railway Mandi, Hoshiarpur, III.

Calligraphy: Jasminder Kaur, Guru Nanak Public Senior Secondary School, Preet Nagar, Jalandhar, I; Guffar Khan, Government Elementary School, Bandran (Sangrur), II; Gurinder Pal Singh, Baba Farid Public School, Bathinda, III. Painting: Jagdeep Singh, Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School, Marhali (Amritsar) I; Rajinder Singh, Senior Secondary School, Punjabi University, Patiala, II; Harsharanjit Kaur, Hindi Putari Pathshala Senior Secondary School, Khanna (Ludhiana), III.

Kavishri: Mandeep Kaur, Central Public Senior Secondary School, Ghuman (Batala), I; Mandeep Singh, Government Middle School, Biddowali (Muktsar), II; Baljit Singh, Shri Guru Ram Dass Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Amritsar, III. Singing: Jagtar Singh Dhanesar, Government Senior Secondary School, Simalmajra (Nawanshahr), I; Maninderjit Singh, Central Public Senior Secondary School, Ghuman (Batala), II; Sapna, Senior Secondary School, Railway Mandi, Hoshiarpur, III.

General knowledge: Puneet Verma, Guru Nanak National Public School, Mahilpur (Hoshiarpur), I; Sangeeta, Green Field Public School, Mohali, II; Rajwinder Kaur, Major Ajaib Singh Senior Secondary School, Jeewanwala (Faridkot), III.

Vaar Gayan: Yuvraaj Singh and party, Shri Guru Ramdass Khalsa Secondary School, Chatiwind Gate, Amritsar, I; Sarabjit Singh and party, Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Amritsar, II; Kulbir Kaur and party, Kalghidhar Senior Secondary School, Malout, III. Poetry recitation: Dolly Gosain, Shri Mahvir Jain Model Senior Secondary School, Phagwara, I; Preeti Bala, Senior Secondary School, Bhunga (Hoshiarpur), II; Kulbir Kaur, Guru Govind Singh Khalsa School, Sarhali Kalan (Amritsar), III.

Declamation: Amandeep Kaur, Baba Farid Public School, Bathinda, I; Rajbir Kaur, Central Public School, Ghuman (Batala), II; Tej Kiran Bhattal, Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Binaheri (Nabha), III.



From Schools
Students have slice of history
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 12
Students of Genius Public School, Sector 69, here visited the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10, Chandigarh. The students had a look at paintings, sculptures and decorative objects reflecting the belief, customs and traditions of the common people at the museum.

Students took special interest in old coins and important specimens of decorative arts acquainting them with Indian history.

The paintings exhibited in the museum made the students understand the origin of evolution of life, variety and diversity of plants and animals.

Novel gesture: Students of Euro Kids, Mohali, celebrated Children’s Day by presenting toys and clothes to inmates of the Mother Teresa Home, Sector 23, Chandigarh.

Sangeet Growar, Principal, said: “We want to inculcate values of sharing and compassion in our students. They happily shared their toys with the underprivileged children of the home and learned about the true meaning of sharing as they interacted with these children.”

Later, the students were told about Pandit Nehru and the significance of the day.

Science exhibition: Students of Shastri Model School here bagged second position in “Rural Development” category during the district-level science exhibition held here.

According to a press note today, students of Shastri Model School presented a model on how to produce electricity from sewage waste.

These students also stood second at tehsil-level science exhibition held at Mohali earlier.

Quiz contest: The local unit of the Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP) organised a quiz on the ‘Bharat ko Jano’.

Students from eight schools of Dera Bassi participated in the contest. In the senior group, Deepmala Public School and in the junior group, Lord Mahavir Jain Public School were declared first. Shivalik Bharti Senior Secondary School got the second position in the senior group, while Acharaya Atma Ram Jain Model School and Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir were at the second position in the junior quiz.

Dr Jitender Singh Sidhu, Joint Director (sports), Chandigarh Administration, was the chief guest. Addressing the students, he praised the students and the BVP for its achievements. Mr Vijay Kalia, president, and Som Nath Sharma, secretary of the BVP, said a district-level competition would be held at Patiala on Sunday.

Honour: More than 200 students of the local government schools and another 50 handicapped children will be honoured during the Children’s Day celebrations to be held at Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, on November 14.

The function organised by the Sant Jodh Sachiar Social Development Council, Mohali, will have Milkha Singh as the chief guest, while former Secretary, Punjab School Education Board, J.S. Sidhu, and Punam Singh, Chief Editor, ‘Preet lari’, will preside over the function.

According to president Inderjit Singh Jodhka, another 100 child artistes would be honoured along with 30 needy girl students of the Guru Nanak Dev Handicraft Institute. He said Harbhajan Kaur, a social activist of Chandigarh, would be given the Shiromani Samaj Sewa Award-2005.



Club launched at engg college
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 12
Students of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, on Thursday launched PHOENIX, a club set up by its Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The motive of this club is to establish a research and development centre in the college where needs of the industry would be taken up and consultancy would be provided to the students to prepare them for the competitive world of information technology.
Dr G.D. Bansal, Principal of the college, lauded the department for starting the club. 



Proponents of tradition, modernity
S.D. Sharma

“Music is a unique gift to the humanity from God and in contemporary times it can be classified as entertaining music or puritanically traditional music,” opined Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

Sharing his views here today, he said: “We are however representatives and proponents of the latter realm of Indian Classical music as well as the rich legacy of Senia Bangash gharana with roots to the great Mian Tansen. Our music is basically sublime and transcendental in character, soothing to the soul rather than the intellect in view of its spiritual and religious content. Besides, our cultural traditions influencing the folk or classical music are enmeshed with teachings of our sages seers and Sufi saints, which clarify that all musical compositions originate from religious themes.”

The Ustad, accompanied by his son Amaan Ali Khan Bangash, is for innovations in classical music like blending the tradition with modernity so long the sanctity of tradition is secure.

He maintains that the “sounds of swara” in instrumental music form are more “pristine and pure” than the “swara bols” of vocal music.

With a realistic satirical touch, he defends that the sounds of instruments take you in clam contemplation, while the “bols” may evoke many a controversial effect.

He denounced the activities of those indulged in unethical beliefs and causing harm to humanity in the garb of religion.

Amaan did most of the talking and shared his experiences of musical concerts abroad and especially in film “American Delight” for which they have scored the music.

Another milestone “Moksha”, which is being tipped for prestigious awards, is a testimony to the prominence of Indian classical music, adores the handsome virtuoso.

He sums up his life and passion: “Tradition is my soul and modernity is my mind.”

The maestro and the coming masters, Amaan Ali Khan Bangash and Ayaan Ali Khan Bangash, will present a rare confluence of music and melody on the sarod in a concert at Tagore Theatre on Sunday at 6.30 pm.

The Tribune Group of Newspapers is the media sponsor for the concert, being organised by the Durga Das Foundation in association with Spice Telecom.



Film Review
Rajpal fails to rise to the occasion
Rama Sharma

“Main Meri Patni aur Woh” evokes a multitude of apprehensions. Especially when one knows that Rajpal Yadav, whose only credit to cinema is playing a distinguished watchman or waiter, leads the cast.

The endless seams of Rajpal Yadav, positioned with the Bengali beauty (Rituparno Sengupta), bores us no end. The five feet two inches man, married to a tall beauty and fighting his complexes, seldom gets funny.

The flick is minus its anticipated comic sense.What is evident is Director Dharmendra Sharma’s comical attitude towards film-making. While he has ascertained that Rajpal Yadav plays the pied piper, he fails to ensure that Yadav rises to the occasion.

While the leading man is annoyed by his short height, he consistently bothers the viewers with his myopic manoeuvres. “Main Meri Patni aur Woh” neither entertains nor satisfy the palate of discernible viewers.

Kay Kay Menon has the sparks. He sways the screen with his verve. Rituparno Sengupta’s sensuousness has an added glamour which is not so common.

Glistening with a music, which has freshness, the movie delivers sheer boredom. The theme of an aggravated husband becomes too tiring and one finds it hard to enjoy. — TNS



‘Dhan Guru Nanak...’ on Balle Balle channel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, an album titled “Dhan Guru Nanak Tu Hi Nirankar” by Brig Partap Singh Jaspal will be telecast on Balle Balle channel on November 15 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Brigadier Jaspal, who is the founder of Guru Nanak Data Baksh Lai Mission, has earlier brought out an album in two volumes on the occasion of tercentenary of the martyrdom of Sahibzadas.

These cassettes can also be accessed on the Internet on the website www.sikhvideos.org.


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