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Training programme for lecturers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 30
The Regional Institute of Cooperative Management here organised a training programme for the lecturers of junior training centres and education instructors of cooperative departments of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

The five-day programme was inaugurated by Mr Roshan Lal, Registrar Cooperatives, Punjab, on December 26. The valedictory function of the course was held today which was presided over by Mr Sita Ram Chauhan, chairman, management committee of the institute. Mr G.D. Bakshi and Dr A.C. Vaid, Principal, SD College Sector 32, Chandigarh, were the chief guest and guest of honour, respectively.



Campus interviews at Landran college

Mohali, December 30
The Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, here has invited V Customer Corporation, a leading US-based company, for holding campus interviews for the placement of its MCA, BCA and engineering students on January 3.

Giving details, Mr Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman and Mr Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, of the college said this company was a global provider of customer care, relay, directory assistance and technology support services to Fortune 1000 companies with headquarters in Kirkland, USA.

Dr G.D. Bansal, Principal, said the company was offering career opportunities with fast growth prospects by setting high standard of performance excellence. — TNS



Orientation course begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 30
A 10-day orientation course in linguistics and phonetics for language teachers of Punjab began here on Wednesday. It conducted by the Northern Region Language Centre in collaboration with the Shanti Devi Memorial Institute of Language, Chandigarh.

Prof Surjit Singh Lee, a renowned linguist and former Head, Department of Linguistics, Panjab University, inaugurated the course. Dr Ghazanfar Ali, Principal, Northern Regional Language Centre, Patiala, is the coordinator of the programme. He introduced the orientation course and told the participants about the aims and objectives.

Mr Veerinder Kumar Jindal, chairman, Shanti Devi Memorial Institute of Language, presided over the function. Ms Anita Babbar, the Principal, welcomed the 



Class VIII exams from Feb 6
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 30
The Class VIII examinations in government schools across the city would begin on February 6, 2006 and end on March 2, 2006. The date sheet of the examinations was released by the DPI Schools here today. All examinations will begin at 9.30am and end at 12.30pm.

The examination will begin with English on February 6 with English orals the next day. Students get a two day holiday for the science and technology theory exam to be held on February 10. Three holidays will give enough time to students to appear for the mathematics examination on February 14. There is only one holiday before the first language Punjabi/Hindi examination to be held on February 16. Drawing examination would be held on February 17.

Two holidays will precede the social science examination to be held on February 20 after which there is one preparatory holiday for the Hindi/Punjabi II language examination to be held on February 22. A single holiday would then precede the Skt/Music (Th)/DSc. (Th) examination on February 24.

Science and technology practicals will be held on February 25, 27 and 28 followed by the Music/DSc practicals on March 1 and 2.



PU staff had a lot to smile about
Amrita Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh: The year 2005 was a memorable year for the education sector in the city. After years of struggle Panjab University employees got the issue of pension resolved this year. Punjab Engineering College, after having crossed the initial stage to become a deemed university last year, saw itself get a new Director and a brand new academic structure.

This year was lucky for PU in more ways than one, with the High Court passing orders to pay the salary of about 75 professors, who had attained the age of 60 and had continued to teach till 62. Their salaries had been “blocked” for the past three years due to a case in the High Court.

The year was, however, not all positive for PU; the later half saw a CBI enquiry being marked into the issue of bungling of money by some PU and State Bank of India branch employees. The bungling is expected to go into lakhs. The year also saw lot of speculation over the issue of the next Registrar of PU. Though the Controller of Examinations, PU, left no stone unturned to grab the post and also got the additional charge for about a month, it was Prof S.S. Bari who finally got the post.

The year also saw the city get its first dental college. Though having been given the approval by the Dental Council of India, the course couldn’t start as the approval came a bit too late. Affiliated to the Panjab University, the entrance test for the college had to be postponed more than once, upsetting future plans of many students.

Interestingly, the student elections this year were held very early, in the first week of September itself. It was also for the first time that a single party-Panjab University Student Union won the elections.

Meanwhile, teachers went on strike to protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands. Called by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, the strike was announced a day before it was organised and was held during the annual examinations of PU, GNDU and Punjabi University. The strike took everyone especially the students, by surprise. Though it lasted only for a day, it had PU authorities on their toes as they had to reschedule the exam.

In a move to end the ever prevalent chaos in the PU Examination Branch, the university with help from the UT Administration initiated the computerisation process for this branch.



City emerges as hub of cultural activities
S.D. Sharma

The City Beautiful turned out to be the most happening place as cultural activities in the performing and visual arts achieved a new high during the year 2005.

The city had rightfully vied for a ‘Bollywood of the North’ status with the upcoming ‘Chandiwood’ project which already has many top film makers interested in setting up their establishments here.

Evincing keen love for the panoramic locales here, a galaxy of stars like Dharmendra, Raj Babbar, Shilpa Shetty, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Jimmy Shergil, Juhi Babbar, Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar and others came for shooting of their films in the city. Veteran star Mala Sinha, however, came to grace the Rafi awards function.

Theatre shows by prominent film personalities like Farooq Sheikh, Sonali Bendre, Rati Agnihotri, Poonam Dhillon, Aisha Julka, Mangal Dhillon and others at the local Tagore Theatre had affirmed their liking for the passion and aesthetic sense of the art aficionados of the City Beautiful.

The week-long theatre festival by Haryana Cultural Affairs department five-day festival by Theatre for Theatre group as also by Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh School of Drama, Suchetak Kala Manch and Abhinet were a testimony to the growing appreciation for art and cultural activities.

A Bengali play, “Feriwalaar Mrityu” (Death of a Salesman) by Nandikar Kolkatta was well received and proved to be a classic presentation by any outside group . But play by the local Theatre Lab ‘Ek Aur Dronacharya,’ directed by Umesh Kant came out as the production of the year as evidenced by its prestigious selection to participate in the National Theatre Festival in Pune next month.

The reconstituted Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy, Sahitya Akademy and Lalit Kala academies had registered a credible performance for the promotion of their respective realms of art.

While many ghazal concerts were lit up by Ghazal superemos Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh, Pankaj Udhas, Chandan Das, Vinod Sehgal and Talat Aziz in the city the Bollywood singing icons Yeshudas, Sukhwinder Singh, Abhijit, Sadhna Sargam, Chitra Iyer, Shaan and Indian idol Abhinjit Sawant too regaled the elite city audience.

The Bhaskar Rao Sangeet Sammelan, Malhar Utsav, Brahspati Sangeet Sammelan and Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan featured top classical singers. The Pracheen Kala Kendra presented the Grammy award winner Pandit Vishva Mohan Bhatt, Sitara Devi, Kankana Banerjee, Mani Lal Nag, Runa De from India while Sujjat Hussain Khan, Aloke Das , Prachi Dixit Rich Gupta, Vinod Bhardwaj came to perform from abroad. The Durga Das foundation presented music concerts by Jagjit Singh, Amjad Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Bangash and Amaan Ali Bangash besides sponsoring theatre shows. The Alliance Francaise and ICCR organised jazz and rock concerts by foreign troupes. 



Jaspal Bhatti on Aaj Tak
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 30
Renowned artiste Jaspal Bhatti will feature on ‘Aaj Tak’ channel with his New Year show titled ‘Gang Channel’. The half hour show will be a spoof on gangsters and the prevalent lawlessness in the country.

The show, which has been conceived, written and directed by Jaspal Bhatti, will be aired at 8 p m on ‘Aaj Tak’ on December 31.


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