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Lakshya 2006 kicks off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
The two-day annual technical-cum-cultural extravaganza — Lakshya 2006 — organised by DAV College, Sector 10, here started on a colourful note with the release of hundreds of balloons by the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof K.N. Pathak today.

Earlier Prof Pathak and Mr Satyapal Jain, former MP, Chandigarh lighted the lamp and declared the fest open. Uniformed NCC cadets, NSS volunteers, students organisers dressed in Lakshaya T-shirts and scores of bhangra and giddha dancers dressed to the occasion formed different contingents to welcome the guests.

A galore of events and competitions were held today. Nikhil Verma of DAV College, Amritsar won the first prize in the AD-MAD show, while the team from GGDSD College, Sector 32, including Kanika Verma, Mohit Sharma, Amitpal and Sandeep Anand and the team from DAV College Sector 10, including Manish, Sahil Khattar and Himshikha Bhutani shared the second prize.

The team of Manu Sharma, Sidhartha Dahiya and Aditya Jaswal won the first prize in the quiz competition, while the team from MCM DAV College, Sector 36, including Shalini Sharma, G.S. Sandra and Priya Sharma stood second.

Shweta Garg of Gian Jyoti Institute of Management Technology, Mohali, won the strategy war while Hardit of SGGS College, Sector 26 stood second. Manoj Sharda of SGGS College, Sector 26 won the pre-defined software development competition.

Samar Sood and Shiv K. Verma of GJIMT, Mohali won the on-the-spot software development competition while Rajinder Singh and Pawan Kumar from PEC stood second. Arastu of the University Institute of Legal Studies won the volte-a-face competition and Charanjit of Swami Vivekanada College, Banur stood second. Harveen Singh of GGDSD College, Sector 32 won the paper presentation competition while Tanya of MCM DAV College stood second. Nikhil Verma of DAV College, Amritsar won the mock press conference while Prabhjot Sohal of GCG-11 stood second.

The day ended with a scintillating performance by music band Silk Route. A battle of bands, a dance competition and street play competitions along with painting competitions would be held tomorrow. 



Need to conserve natural resources stressed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
As part of the golden jubilee celebrations of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, a national seminar-cum-workshop on Oil Conservation-A Non Renewable Energy Resource was today organised by Prakriti, environment society of the college, in collaboration with the Department of Environment. About 100 teachers from local colleges and those of adjoining states, in charges of environment societies and eco clubs, representatives of NSS, NCC, NGOs, RWAs participated in the workshop.

The seminar focused on the over consumption of natural resources, reasons and possible solutions, with special reference to oil crisis and its conservation. Also discussed were the alternate and non-conventional energy sources at global level. The seminar was inaugurated by Mr Vivek Attray, Director, Science and Technology, UT, who also released a report and CD on “Global Profile of Oil Conservation”. In his presidential remarks, Mr Attray stressed that conservation was the need of the hour and it needed more publicity. He promised to extend all help for such publicity programmes in future.

Also present was Prof R.K. Kohli, coordinator, Environment Studies, Panjab University, who in his keynote address, emphasised upon the need to manage the existing resources. According to Prof Kohli, management of living resource was relatively more important, because it was renewable and if the living resource was managed properly, non-living resources would automatically get conserved.

In the technical session-I after the oath ceremony, Mr S. Das and Mr Amit Sharma, Senior Manager and Deputy Manager, Petroleum Conservation Research Association, respectively, gave presentations on oil conservation in domestic and transport sectors. It was followed by the screening of films on the efficient use of LPG/ kerosene and better driving habits. This was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Prof Veer Singh, DUI, Panjab University, Amar Singh Chandel, Deputy Editor, The Tribune, Prof Rajesh Gill, Department of Sociology, Dr Manjit Kalra, Principal, GCG-11 (moderator), Promod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta (NGO), and Mr S. Das as panelists.

Addressing the audience, Amar Chandel emphasised that the conservation of resources was possible only if a stringent policy was implemented by the government and public transport was strengthened.

Besides an interesting section of press clippings on the theme, an impressive display of gadgets with economical and alternate energy resources was a big attraction for the participants and the students. Poster making and slogan writing competitions on oil conservation were also organised.



MD/MS entrance test on Feb 12
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
The entrance test for admission to MD/MS course at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here, will be held on February 12.

Admit Cards to all eligible candidates have been dispatched by registered post. Those students who do not receive their admit cards by February 9, may get their duplicate cards from the CET Cell, Panjab University, on February 10 from 9 am to 4 pm as per instructions given in Para 30 on Page 9 of the MD/MS prospectus.

According to the Controller of Examinations, PU, enquiry can be made on telephone no 0172-2534829. 



158 conferred degrees

Mohali, February 3
As many as 158 degrees were awarded to MBA, MCA and BCA graduates at the 4th annual convocation of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology (GJIMT) here today.

Dr S.K. Salwan, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said it was important for the professionals to morally and courageously pursue their aims.

He told the students that it was important to have upto date knowledge and multidisciplinary education to meet the challenges of the present time.

The chief guest awarded Nidhi Garg, Ravneet Lyall and Renu toppers of MBA, MCA and BCA batch 2005, respectively. Earlier, Prof R.P. Gupta, Director, GJIMT, welcomed the chief guest. OC



Lecture on ‘cosmos to quarks’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
Prof Suman Bala of Physics Department, Panjab University, delivered a lecture on “cosmos to quarks” at Government College for Girls, Sector 42, here.

She said the most accepted view was that the universe was created in a big bang, billons of years ago. However, there are a few mysteries, which can be understood if we know what happened in the first few microseconds after the big bang explosion when the matter existed in its most elementary form as quark-gluon plasma.

She said a big experiment in which 144 laboratories of 20 countries, including India, were participating, would take place in 2007.



St Anne’s student wins first prize
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
Abhinav Sharma, a student of class X at St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, has won the first prize in the state level essay competition on petroleum conservation. He has been awarded a cash prize of Rs 3000, a memento and a merit certificate at a valedictory function held at the police auditorium.



IT Director visits Landran colleges
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 3
Mr Vivek Atray, Director, Information Technology, Chandigarh Administration, inaugurated a sip-n-bite outlet for the staff and students of the Chandigarh College of Hotel Management, Landran. He also addressed a seminar at Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC), Landran.

Mr Atray congratulated the CEC for getting a number of students passing out in July 2006 already placed and promising to extend help in securing placements of the others.

Speaking on the occasion, he highlighted the growth of IT in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. He remarked that 375 acres had been earmarked for IT companies and almost all leading companies, including Infosys, Wipro, IBM, DLF, Outerbay, were going to start functioning in the near future.

He expressed hope that 25,000 jobs would be created not only for engineers but for graduates and other persons also. Mr Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman, and Mr Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, welcomed the chief guest. Dr G.D. Bansal, Principal, landed the contribution of Mr Atray in bringing Chandigarh on the international map of IT. 



Kids impress at song show
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 3
Tiny tots of DAV Public School, Mohali, put their best foot forward as their parents watched them perform at the song and rhyme show. The grand finale also marked the culmination of the week-long celebrations in the school. Principal Jaya Bhardwaj in her presidential address urged the parents to ensure that their kids adopt discipline as a habit. “Since most of the time children stay with their parents at home and the same time can be utilised to consolidate the knowledge inculcated in them at the school,” she said.

Earlier, students of Class nursery presented a ballad, ‘Dancing Barbie’ to the tumultuous response from the audience. And the audience could not have prevented from tapping their feet to the rhapsodic tune of, ‘Old’ Macdonald had a farm.” Piya of the UKG and Shitij of Class I presented Saraswati Vandana and Punjabi folk, respectively. Shreya of Class II gave a glimpse of Bollywood on the famous number of, ‘Chalein aisi hawain chhanan chhanan’

“The whole endeavour behind the function pertained to instill self-confidence and personality grooming of the small children,” said school counselor, Alka Mahajan while addressing the parents. 



Students tour Kurukshetra
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 3
Students of Holy Child School were taken on a guided tour of the Science Centre, the Krishna Museum, and The Panorama at Kurukshetra yesterday.

This trip was a learning experience for the students as they came in close proximity with Indian culture and science.

The Panorama was a big attraction for the children.

They learnt about the solar system, the universe and convex and concave lenses.

The mixing of primary colours was also shown with the help of lights.

The light and sound effects depicting the Mahabharata enlighted the children.

The visit to temples was valuable as children learnt more about Indian values and traditions.

They also learnt to appreciate the architecture of the previous centuries.



Rabab exponent weaves magic
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 3
The special programme series of the Pracheen Kala Kendra featured Kabul-born and Germany-based rabab exponent Daud at the auditorium of the ‘kendra’ here today.

The dynamic and accomplished artiste was lauded for his endeavour to preserve and propagate the rich musical tradition and cultural heritage of Afghanistan.

A former disciple of the traditional rabab proponent, Muhammad Umar of Kabul, he was now under the tutelage of sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

Daud’s recital was an amalgam of traditional folk music and Indian classical music.

He began his concert with a ‘gat’ in ‘Raga Bhupali’ set to ‘Jhaptaal’, which melted into ‘Drut teen taal’, maintaining its melody.

The extraordinary grace and delicacy in the methodical handling of the ‘raga’ and the resounding depth of the tonal quality of his rabab during the ‘vistaar’ in lower octave was a good attempt.

He was at home playing a Pashto folk song as he refreshingly executed melodic sequences.

Daud concluded his concert with a ‘ghazal’ on the rabab in ‘gayaki ang’ in ‘Raga Pilu’.

Young percussion-ist Avirbhav Verma provided variations on his tabla to embellish the performance.



Danseuse mesmerises sparse audience
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, February 3
Scintillating spell of Raga Kedar and Basant from Pandit Vidyadhar and versatile Vidushi Sulochna Brahspati provided grand finale to the second annual Brahaspati Sangeet Samaroh organised by the Acharya Brahaspati Kala Kendra and Research Institute in association with the Sedbhavna Arts here on Friday. The event was dedicated to the memory of the wizard musicologist Acharya KCD Brahaspati.

Commencing the recital with raga Shudh Kalyan, adroit Sulochana lent credence to the opulence of Indian classical music. She laid bare the melody of raga through’ compositions like ‘Mere ghar aayo’, ‘Aao nayanan mayi’ set in Madhya and drut tempo respectively. She doled out traditional items in Raga Basant concluding with a Kabir bhajan in raga ‘Mishar maand.

The only bharatnatayam dance recital came from danseuse Suchitra Mitra who mesmerized sparse but receptive audience with eloquent stage movements and body and facial gestures after a serene start with an invocatory Pushpanjli. She presented Alarripu, Padam, Javali and Thillana with agility and consummate ease.

The second day belonged to versatile maestro and proponent of the Bhindi Bazar Gharna, Dr Suhasini Karotkar who cast a spell with her dexterous rendition of Raga Malkons. After establishing the raga form, she captured its melodic essence in all the compositions like Mardang Baaje, Mai Dhan.. (both in Madhyalaya) and Agva Lagan in fast tempo. Amidst a well-deserved applause, Dr Suhasini concluded the programme with captivating Aeri Din.. in Raga Kirwani.

Earlier the accomplished vocalist, Ms Rupinder Mohindroo opened up the concert with a recital of the complex Raga Puriya Kalyan after delving into the alaap. She presented the slow paced ‘Akul nayan piya..’ and the fast laya ‘Tinn phal..’ weaved in melodic syllables. Her rendition of traditional ‘Koyaliya Boli re..’ in Raga ‘Bahar’ was highly appreciated.

Later Dr Suresh Kumar Shrikhande took the centrestage and displayed his artistic prowess defining the raga ‘Bachaspati’ with rendition of a composition in Madhya laya and another ‘Dekh chanda..’ set in Drut teen taal.

The concluding spell of Raga Bageshri composition ‘Baar Baar Vinti karat..’ was well received. Neeraj Gandhi, Mehmood Khan, Dr Mahender Partap Sharma and Bharat Bhushan Goswami embellished the vocal performances with their brilliant accompaniment. Dr Saubhgya Vardhan coordinated the festival.



Basant Utsav festivities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 3
On the second day of the ongoing Chandigarh Basant Utsav, folk artistes from Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana enthralled visitors with a variety of performances like folk songs, dances and puppet shows.

An exhibition of 24- colour paintings of Chamba, Guler, Kangra, Mandi, Jaipur and Bundi showcasing the life, ceremonies and rituals of the people in different seasons was put up by Government Museum Chandigarh.

Tattooing, card making, kite flying were some of the other activities organised today. 


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