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Knowing child’s psyche through art
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Art has an altogether new dimension at PGI’s psychiatry ward where size, shape, every single line and embellishment matters. These are, in fact, a manifestation of a child’s innermost feelings which may not find expression in regular conversation or counselling. A paper and a pencil and they are all over the psychiatrists’ canvas, providing definite leads into the thinking of the child and even widening the scope of therapy.

That’s just about what it did for children with mental disorders in the Children and Adolescents Clinic of the department. Experimenting with art therapy, the department took 60 kids in the age group of seven to 14 — 20 normal, 20 children each with internalising (suffering from emotional problems like depression, somatic pains, sibling rivalry, bed-wetting) and externalising problems (which include conduct problems and hyperactivity).

“We asked them to draw any individual on the paper and asked them to build a relationship around the drawing. It brings out deep-rooted conflicts and helps uncover the subconscious needs of the child. Since these are child generated, no biases can seep in. Our experiment threw up some very interesting results,” says psychologist Adarsh Kohli, Associate Professor, PGI, who initiated the study.

The analysis of the drawings revealed that children with externalising problems used great pressure to draw the figures disclosing their ambition and high drive, while children with internalising problems drew with medium pressure.

While both groups drew bigger drawings than normal children, as if to compensate themselves for low self esteem, children with externalising problems drew figures in the upper half of the sheet, reflecting, again, their desire of high standards of achievement.

While 80 per cent of these children drew “their individuals” with clothes on, 60 per cent of children with internalising problems also drew them with clothes. The more the clothes, the greater the rebellion against society it reflects in the psyche of the child.

“Drawing more clothes shows the child is making an extra effort to be in consonance with what society expects from him while the inside is revolting against that. Also, most of them gave their ‘people’ a hooked nose, again signifying a contempt for society,” Dr Kohli states.

Open hands, an expression for aggression, were more popular with children suffering from internalising problems. While 63 per cent drew their character with open hands in this category, 48 per cent with externalising problems also drew open hands.

The size of the painting, too, is significant since this too brings out the contempt for society in the minds. “The greater the contempt the child feels, the smaller his painting will be. With all these details and a story which brings out the true feelings of the child towards the sketch, counselling becomes easier,” remarks Dr Kohli, who is particularly interested in children and their problems.

“Therapy also becomes easier. We can add a member to the painting in case a step father is coming in, counsel the child to accept him through the ‘draw-a-family technique’ so that there is no revolt from the child when it actually happens. In the city, a total of 6.23 per cent suffer from psychiatric disorders and art therapy can be of some help,” she maintains.

While the department has arrived at quite a few findings to help counsel these children, minute details like the presence of ears, the drawing of buttons, earrings and just about everything that is made in the sketch are still open for research. Each little things hints at something in the psyche and is likely to be studied exhaustively at a later stage.



Polio immunisation drive launched
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 11
A three-day mop-up polio immunisation campaign was launched in Ropar along with districts of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Ropar, Nawanshahr, Fatehgarh Sahib, a block of district Kapurthala as well as three blocks of Sangrur today. The campaign, which commenced today, will continue till December 13.

Mr D.S. Guru, Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, today visited various polio immunisation booths in Ropar and Fatehgarh Sahib in this regard and expressed satisfaction with the arrangements. He pointed out that this emergency measure had been taken in consultation with the Government of India to stop the spread of virus in the state following the detection of a wild polio virus case.

Mr D.S. Guru said the virus detected in the polio affected case at Ludhiana was of Bihar origin. He further informed that children left uncovered during the booth day activity would be covered during house-to-house visits. During the visit, the Secretary, Health, interacted with the staff deputed at pulse polio booths as well as the visitors. The State Immunisation Officer, Dr V.K. Goyal, also accompanied him during the visit.



Dispensary inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, December 11
Dr Naresh, Chairman of the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi, inaugurated a charitable dispensary at Virasat Vidya Mandir in Dhakauli, near here, today. Initially, the dispensary would work on Saturdays and Sundays.

Its working would be extended to all seven days of the week later, according to a press note.



Osteoarthritis camp

Chandigarh, December 11
Fortis City Centre, Sector 9, here will conduct a free osteoarthritis and joint replacement screening camp on its premises from tomorrow.

On December 12, Dr Manuj Wadhwa will be available for consultation from 10 am to 5 pm and on December 13, Dr Jaswant Rai from 10 am to 5 pm. TNS



Sumit bags snooker title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Sumit Talwar defeated Sandeep Duggal, 4-2, for the title victory in the snooker event of the 21st Chandigarh State Billiards and Snooker Championship held at Chandigarh Billiards and Snooker Coaching Centre, Sector 22, here today.

In the final match, consisting of the best-of-seven frames, Sumit Talwar prevailed over Sandeep Duggal. In the first frame, Sumit edged out Sandeep 59-51. Taking advantage of good start, Sumit scored over Sandeep 65-32 in the second frame and stretched the lead 2-0 in his favour.

In the third frame, Sandeep was back in the game by winning 24-63. Sumit captured the fourth frame to made it 3-1 in his favour. Sandeep won the fifth frame but lost the sixth and the game 4-2 to Sumit Talwar.



Encouraging response to walkathon
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, December 11
More than 1000 participants from walks of life converged this morning at Rose Garden to express their support to a walkathon organised by Aurobindo Chaudhuri Memorial Great Indian Dream Foundation. The walkathon was flagged off by Mr Chandra Shekhar, Additional Director General of Police, Punjab.

Enthusiastic children, youngsters and senior citizens walked hand-in-hand during the walkathon.

The walkathon, the first of its kind in Chandigarh, was organised to create awareness and support for children in Jammu and Kashmir who have been affected by natural calamities.



Women’s fun drive results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Renu Gupta, driving Maruti 800, secured the first position, in Maruti Suzuki women’s fun drive, an exclusive women’s event held here today.

The event organised by Maruti Udyog Limited is now an annual feature. Anita Budhiraja stood second driving an Esteem while Shalini Mehta stood third driving Maruti 800. A special senior citizen’s prize was given to Jasbir Kaur.

The top three contestants of the event were given gift vouchers worth Rs 15,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000, respectively. There were a lot of other consolation prizes for the participants.

More than 125 enthusiastic women, along with their friends and family participated in this fun-filled rally.



School celebrates annual sports day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
The second annual sports day of Rai School, Sector 48, was celebrated today. The programme commenced with a welcome dance, which was a fusion of games and folk dances of India.

Dressed in bright clothes, pre-nursery students presented the cartoon world while LKG students participated in the alphabet relay race. A display of martial arts was staged, followed by balloon race. An aerobics show was presented by the students of Classes II and III.

A family game for parents and their children and musical chairs were the other attractions. The eco-activity report was also read out. 



Work in building branch comes to a standstill
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
Work in the building branch of the UT’s Estate Office has come to a standstill, thanks to the failure of the Chandigarh Administration to post staff against vacant posts.

For the past one month, cases for approval of building plans, and no objection certificates (NOC) for occupancy are not being dealt with. The issue is being repeatedly raised with the officials in the Administration at different forums. The visitors to the building branch are greeted by empty tables.

The harassment to the applicants started after the Administration , acting on a note forwarded by the Deputy Commissioner, decided to transfer, Mr Sanjay Arora, Sub-Divisional Officer (Buildings) for dereliction of duty and decided to repatriate 18 employees of the building branch and of the enforcement wing of the Estate Office. “Some orders for posting new staff have been issued”, confirmed a senior officer in the Administration.

It had been pointed out that action had been taken after the Deputy Commissioner sought disciplinary action against the officials for unsatisfactory performance. A majority of them, on deputation from Punjab and Haryana, had overstayed in the UT against the expected norm of three years.

Sources said the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in its guidelines has specifically said that officials engaged in public dealings or in other sensitive assignments can spend a maximum of three years in the particular post.

The issue of action against the officials surfaced after the UT Administrator followed by the Deputy Commissioner paid a surprise visit to the building branch and inspected the records.

Mr B.D. Kapoor, executive member of the Practising Architects Association of Chandigarh, said: “The officials in the building branch say they are under transfer. My cases are pending for a long period”. The association also met the Finance Secretary and Chief Engineer in this regard.

Members of the association have demanded that the staff of the building branch should be brought under the Deputy Commissioner so that accountability could be fixed and there was speedy disposal of cases. Fixing of processing fee for passing of building plans in time bound manner has also been demanded.

The visitors to the building branch have demanded that all the employees dealing with the passing of building plans should be brought under one roof.

Harassment of applicants in the building branch has been continuing for long. A few years back, the staff in the two branches came on deputation or was recruited directly by the office of the Deputy Commissioner. But later the branches came under the engineering wing and thus the trouble started.

Since the officials are on good terms with their “bosses” in the engineering department, they believe that they are not answerable to the office of the Deputy Commissioner.



Facilities at Sec 17 to be upgraded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 11
The Municipal Corporation has decided to upgrade the infrastructural facilities in Sector 17 to give it a new look.

An official press note here said a meeting with regard to upgrading the infrastructural facilities in Sector 17 was held under the chairmanship of Mr S.K. Sandhu, Finance Secretary. Mr R.K. Rao, Deputy Commissioner, and Mr P.S. Aujla, Commissioner of the MC, also attended the meeting.

The pavement in the Central Plaza would be covered with textured tiles to facilitate persons with disabilities, specially the deaf and the dumb. The administration had approved a grant of Rs 1.30 crore for granite benches around trees in the main plaza. It was also decided that three “islands” of green space would be constructed, one near Bird Fountain and the remaining two near the carnival stage. Campus lights would be provided near the Central Plaza.


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