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‘Capitalism, socialism have failed people’
Tribune News Service

From left: Prof Lassi Heininen, Prof Siddiq Wahid, Mr Asko Numminen, Prof Rajen Harshe and Prof K.N. Pathak at the inauguration of an international conference on Euro-Asia at Panjab University, Chandigarh
From left: Prof Lassi Heininen, Prof Siddiq Wahid, Mr Asko Numminen, Prof Rajen Harshe and Prof K.N. Pathak at the inauguration of an international conference on Euro-Asia at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Monday.
— A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, February 13
“We live in a world that is at a critical juncture in its common history as it struggles to find a lexicon for social relationships and political governance amongst its societies. A lexicon, which is based on greater trust and transparency, give and take, beauty and wisdom,” said Prof Siddiq Wahid Vice-Chancellor, University of Science and Technology, Jammu and Kashmir, here today.

Prof Wahid was delivering the keynote address at the inauguration of the three-day seminar on “Revisiting ‘Euro-Asia’: Cultures, Connections and Conceptualisations” organised by the Centre for the Study of Mid-West and Central Asia, Panjab University, and the Jean Monnet Centre for European Excellence, University of Tampere, Finland, at the university here today.

Stating that both systems of capitalism and socialism unashamedly advocate governance by dictatorship and plutocracy, respectively, have failed us miserably, Prof Wahid said, “And yet, both capitalist and socialist systems use the word democracy albeit with qualifiers that immediately compromise and neutarlise the very things democracy promises.”

He said if we truly shaped a different future for ourselves, we had no choice but to address the vitiated atmosphere of world views that had turned antagonistic rather than dialogic and the crisis of identities that had become complicated, than the traditional ones of ethnicity, language, culture and religion.

Stating that Inner Eurasia can contribute a lot to the rest of the world, Prof Sadiq said, “If we review the history of Inner Eurasia from the 7th to the end of the 15th century, we will find that it created ecumenics of civilisations that were based on trade and commerce and politics and diplomacy that could well serve as a model for us in the 21st century.”

Dr Lassi Heininen, senior scientist at the faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, Finland, argued that Northern Eurasian geopolitics was in transition. “Instead of or parallel to traditional geopolitics new approaches of geopolitics have arisen and more human oriented concerns like human capital societal responsibility and the question of identity politics have become relevant,” he said.



Attracting Indian students to Europe
Tribune News Service

Armel Esnol
Armel Esnol

Chandigarh, February 13
Armel Esnol is a man on a mission. With over hundred strategic partnerships and 34 years in service, this Director of International Relations at the 'Ecole de Management de Normandie' (Normandy Business School, France) is in the city to familiarise students seeking enrolment for the Fall 2006 semester and to forge new educational partnerships with Indian institutes in Chandigarh, Delhi and Hyderabad.

The Institute of Hotel Management and the University Business School are two institutions in the city with which preliminary meetings have been scheduled.

Established in 1872, Normandy Business School is a business and management school in France working on the underlying principal of "teaching what the business community thinks should be taught". Hence a set of courses that is current, updated, intensive, specific and taught in English by "highly specialised masters who have global value."

The programmes—double-degree awards with major English-speaking universities-Macquarie University, Sydney, University of Brighton and Glamorgan University, UK— is all about "international bi-continental experience."

An undergraduate programme in European Business, an MS in Value Chain and Logistics Management and MA in Tourism Management at approximately 4000 Euros per semester; the school also offers a three-month programme in European Strategic Management which combines practical with theoretical training and a four-week summer programme — Know Europe — through Holland, Belgium, France and Spain to get a feel of European business methodology, language and culture.

With fifteen hundred students, there are currently only two Indians on campus and it is to rectify this that France is looking towards attracting Indian students. The potential is strong, but Esnol believes, “We are not here to recruit indiscriminately. We are here because we are aware that India is on the threshold of becoming a big power.”

Towards this end, an EU education fair with representatives from most EU countries, hosted by ‘EduFrance’, the education help-desk established at seven centres around the country, will assemble in Delhi in November to promote higher education in Europe.



Colourful nite by Toddlers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 13
It was nothing less than a Bollywood nite, colourful costumes, foot tapping music, precision entries, everything with one exception, the stars were students of JPA Toddlers’ World Preparatory School. Every student of JPA Toddlers World from playgroup to 1st standard today participated in the annual function “Blossoms” held at the Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh.

The function opened with the Saraswati vandana and went on to songs like the “Ketchup Song” which had parents and grandparents clapping and swaying their arms along with the children. The programme mixed the old with the new, the modern with the epic, a scene from the Ramayan and the story of Cinderella. Other programmes included a parody of old hindi film songs, Old McDonald, solo Bharatnatyam performance by Sama Bansal. The toddlers had been diligently practicing for the annual function for over a month.

According to Mrs Neena Atray, Principal, “Blossoms gave a chance to the children to overcome their shyness and inhibitions and face the audience on stage at such a young age. This also gave them a chance to explore and showcase their creative side.”



‘Hai Mera Dil’ draws smiles
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, February 13
The Sandli Paidan Kala Kendra staged a Hindi play, “Hai Mera Dil” in collaboration with the Sangeet Natak Akademy New Delhi and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Chandigarh administration at the Tagore Theatre here.

The hilarious situational comedy was a blend of humour, intrigue and wit, as the protagonist, Madan, an a misunderstanding perceives himself to be a severe heart patient and on the verge of slow demise. Torn between instinctive love for his wife and the perpetual fear of his sure death, he manages to deposit enough money in his wife’s bank account and even plans to arrange for her marriage with a close friend. Impelled by the inevitable situation, he encourages his friend to accompany her wife on several occasions tactfully while withdrawing himself. But the wife, fully ignorant of his disease, feels ignored and becomes suspicious of her husband becoming estranged.

The situations generate a genial comedy and laughter, as the play scripted by Ranbir Sinh Jaipuri unfolds the myths and realities, under the direction of Parveen Jaggi. However, it ends with the clarifications by a doctor friend that he (doctor) was referring to a cardiac arrest problem of someone else while talking form Madan’s telephone . Gagan Pardeep, Kanchan Gupta, Gautam Sharma, Krish, Vijay Kumar, Vikram Thakur, Madhu and Rajesh formed the cast.


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