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Water harvesting: students show way at science congress
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Water pollution and its purification and water harvesting were dominant themes at the state-level children’s science congress held at the Indira Holiday Home, Sector 24, here today.

Organised by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), the science congress saw the participation of 350 students from 17 districts of Punjab.

Students of Bhawan’s SL Public School, Amritsar, said during a survey in the area surrounding their school, they found that water pollution was causing jaundice and a number of other health problems.

“We explained to them that water purification could be done without extravagant expenditure”, said Bhavya Mehra of Class VI.

From Government High School, Dus Gorain, Fatehgarh Sahib, students explained how they had encouraged villagers to dig up pits and collect rain water during monsoon.

Students of the government school at Tunga village of Sangrur said they had changed the outlook of people towards water and rain water harvesting was being done in the village.

“We had a big village pond near our school. This monsoon, it overflowed and the water spilled into our school compound. It was then that we thought of tapping the water”, says Karam Singh who explained his project to an audience comprising judges, students and teachers from all over Punjab.

The students were given the theme of making presentations on “harness water resources for a better future”. Sixteen best projects would be selected to represent the state at the national level science congress to be held in Orissa from December 27. 



Computer education drive launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Breaking new ground in providing computer interactive training to students in government schools of the Union Territory, the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, PVSM VSM launched the Computer aided education programme in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, here today.

General Rodrigues, while interacting with children, told them that this was a joint partnership, “We will provide all the opportunities to empower you and in turn want a complete commitment from you. Those of you who will show excellent results, will be given further opportunities to join the world of knowledge and higher professional IT ventures”.

Later addressing the teaching faculty at the state award giving ceremony, General Rodrigues said they had a huge responsibility in shaping the future of the nation and emphasised that they must upgrade their skills and teaching capabilities to impart quality education to the students.

He said launching the computer aided teaching programme was not only to make children computer literate but introduce them to the world of interactive knowledge. Emphasising on the need to create a knowledge based society to compete in the global arena, General Rodrigues said information technology had the power to radically change lives.

General Rodrigues also presented state award and commendation certificates to 10 teachers for their outstanding contribution in the field of education and extra curricular activities during the year 2003-2004 and 2004-2005.

They included: (2003-2004) Sr. Maria Christi, Principal, Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, Mr Amarjit Singh, Lecturer, Computer Technology, GMSSS-33, Ms Urmil Sharma, science mistress, Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, Ms Rajwant Kaur, social studies mistress, GHS-Raipur Khurd, Mr Surjit Singh, fine arts master, GMHS-34.

For (2004-2005): Sr. Sebastina, Principal, Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, Mr Arun Kumar, lecturer in history, GMSSS-16, Ms Devinder Kaur Kang, Punjabi mistress, GGHS-25, Ms Suman Sharma, Principal, GMSSS-37 and Ms Madhu Kanwar, music mistress, GMSSS-10.

Meanwhile, photo journalists at GMSSS-16 to shoot the launch of the computer interactive training, today, were not allowed to enter the room where the UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues, was inaugurating the programme.

Securitymen barred them entry on the ground that there was no space inside the hall. All officers of the UT Education Department besides the Administrator were present at the function for which journalists had also been invited. A couple of them were nudged out as well after which the photographers decided to boycott the function.



Dynamism of Indian democracy discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The Department of Political Science, Panjab University, organised the first Prof Pradeep Kumar Memorial Lecture today at the ICSSR Complex. The lecture was delivered by Prof Niraja Gopal Jayal, Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, JNU, New Delhi. Prof Veer Singh, Dean, University Instruction, presided.

Speaking on “Democracy in India: representation and beyond”, Prof Jayal highlighted the limits of celebrating the electoral form of democracy. She argued that increased level of electoral participation, particularly that of the marginal sections of society, was necessary but not sufficient condition for the success of Indian democracy. The need was to dislodge the deeply entrenched social order for development of democracy.

Speaking of globalisation, she referred to the positive global perception of Indian democracy. Prevalence of social and economic inequality and institutional decline in terms of political parties and leadership raised serious questions about the democratic content of governance in contemporary India.

She referred to the recent constitutional initiatives like the Right to Information Act, Right to Food and, Right to Education that had added to the substantive aspects of Indian democracy.

Prof Veer Singh referred to the incongruence between the formal/legal constitutional order and the existential order in democracy. He suggested that democratic governance should not be viewed merely as a set of rules and procedures.

Prof Bhupinder Brar recalled the life and times of his late friend and colleague, Prof Pradeep Kumar.



Physics enamours students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
As part of the International Year of Physics celebrations, being carried out jointly by the Department of Physics, Panjab University, Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) and Indian Physics Association (IPA), about 50 students of Class XI/XII from 10 schools of the city paid a visit to the Physics Department of PU.

They were invited “to interact with physicist(s) at work” sponsored by the NCERT.

Prof Nirmal Singh, Chairman of the Department, said Physics was the most basic science and hoped the students would opt for Physics in higher studies.

The students were then briefed by Prof Suman Bala and Dr Devender Mehta about various research programmes being followed in the department.

The students interacted with researchers with great enthusiasm. 



School holds annual day function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Valley Public School, Mansa Devi Complex, held its annual academic day celebrations here on Sunday. The programme was named Navrangika-2005. Mr Phool Chand Mullana, Education Minister of Haryana, was the chief guest.

The school was tastefully decorated. The function started with the lighting of a lamp and Saraswati Vandana. Lieut-Col S.K. Verma (retd), Principal, welcomed Mr Phool Chand Mullana.

The occasion was marked by a colourful display of cultural items. The programme ended with a bhangra presentation.



Inter-college debate organised
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, November 29
An inter-college debate competition by the Chandigarh Librarians Association in collaboration with Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, was organised yesterday.

Fourteen teams comprising two participants from each college and adjoining areas debated over the “The role of libraries has minimised in the Information Technology era.”

The competition was a part of the 13th master library related competitions.

Result: Apurva and Prachi of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45 (1); Shruti and Rajdeep Singh, of DAV College, Sector 10 (2); and Shweta and Mehak Mehra of GGDSD College, Sector 32 (3).



SSC admission certificates

Chandigarh, November 29
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has issued admission certificates to all eligible candidates for the Tax Assistants Examination, 2005, scheduled to be held on December 11.

Those candidates, who do not receive their admission certificates by December 7, may contact the regional office of the SSC at the Kendriya Sadan, Sector 9, on December 8 and 9 during office hours, according to a press note. — TNS



Abhijeet magic lights up Kalagram
S.D. Sharma

The mega musical show ‘Chandigarh Rocks Live’ filled the ambience at Kalagram complex with the richness, variety rustic vigour of Punjabi folklore and enchanting Bollywood melodies.

The event organised by the ETC Channel and Zee Punjabi was aimed at providing a chance for the Punjabi folk singers to showcase their talent at a common platform where the maverick musical genius like Abhijit shared the stage with them, says Rabindra Narayan the chief event organiser and President ETC and Zee Punjabi channels.

Vancouver-based young singer Gippy Grewal commenced the programme with Punjabi hit “Manja gali de ..” and “Bhamve fulkari” after the Scorpions group gave a majestic start with the medley of songs. The singing sensation Rani Randip doled out “Mera ghagra ..” but won applause with her evergreen “Ishaq-e-di maar…”.

The audience gave a standing ovation as the star performer Abhijeet took the centre stage.

Abhijeet sang straight into the hearts of the audience with the very rendition of “Suno na suno mere dil ki dastaan” followed by hits like “Mein hoon naa”, “Badi mushqil hai” “Khoya mera dil ha”, “Bas itna sa khwab hai” and “Chalne lagi hain havaein” with resounding alaap which stamped his versatility as a magical performer commanding an adroit mastery over laya, taal and visualising the emotional expressions.

The audience reciprocated with adequate response listening in rapt attention to the serious songs like “Ishaq chhupta nahin”, “Main koi aisa geet”, “Oh maajhi re..”. Abhjeet mesmerised the audience with the immaculate performance and delved deep in the “swar sagar” himself drawing full pleasure.

Interacting with audience in chaste Punjabi he lauded the efforts of ETC for promoting the cultural heritage of Punjab. Abhijeet paid rich tributes to the legendary Kishore Kumar by doling out “Musafir hoon yaaro”, “Tumhen jo meine dekha”, “Tauba tumhare ye ishaare”, “Tum dil ki dhadkan ho..” and after presenting more captivating hits in the second spell he belted out “I am the best” which really he was today at the memorable musical evening.

Meanwhile, Balkar Sidhu presented Punajbi hits “Gabroo”, “Daulta”, “Gidhaand Phulkari” leaving the stage for the invincible Abhijeet as the concert went on till late evening.

The prolific compere Satinder Satti with soulful couplets from Sufi saints and poets knitted the programme.


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