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2 teachers suspended for copying
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, March 11
Mr Baldev Raj, Deputy Director, Education Department, who had inspected a number of examination centres in the Dera Bassi area to check copying, today ordered the suspension of Mr Milap Singh and Mr Ram Kumar, who were on duty to conduct examination of Class VIII at Government High School, Mukandpur, Dera Bassi.

Mr Baldev Raj told The Tribune that the science paper, that was being taken at the Mukandpur examination centre, had been cancelled. As many as 286 students were appearing for the examination at the centre and of these 126 were private students.

He said he would submit a detailed report regarding the copying at the examination centre to the authorities concerned.

Mr Baldev Raj said when he reached the centre at 11.30, the copying was going on. “I was shocked to find a sorry state of affairs at the centre and immediately ordered the suspension of two teachers, who were assigned the task of conducting the examination in a fair manner,” he said.

Certain other teachers, who were on duty, had been told to report to the District Education Officer at Patiala. They would be transferred from their present places of posting, he added.

“I have reported to the authorities concerned to transfer certain teachers to far-off places for not performing their duty properly at the examination centre”, said Mr Baldev Raj.

He said two teachers, Mr Baldev Singh and Mr Kuljit Singh, who were put on the duty to conduct examination at Government Senior Secondary School, Lalru, had also been transferred. They had been told to report to the DEO at Patiala.

He said both teachers were taking tea outside the examination centre while examination was in progress.



Rubby wins project display event in Panache 2K6
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
Rubby Nair of SUSCET, Tangori, went away with the first prize in project display in the two-day national-level techno-cultural festival, Panache 2K6, which concluded at Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, near here, today.

Dr J.S. Dhaliwal, vice-chairman, SUSCET, and a renowned educationist was the guest of honour on the occasion who gave away prizes to various participating teams from engineering colleges affiliated to PTU, Jalandhar.

The second prize in project display was shared by Ramit and his team from GNDEC, Ludhiana, and Gurpreet Singh and his team from SUSCET, Tangori. In CAD crackers Jeet Vikram Minhas and Amandeep Singh Gill of GGS College, Kharar, bagged the first prize while the second prize was won by Yuvraj and Amit from SUSCET, Tangori.

The singing event took place in three languages. In Hindi, the first prize (solo singing) went to Shailesh Sharma of SUSCET, Tangori, and the second prize to Pankaj of Lovely Institute, Phagwara. In group singing, Shailesh and his team from SUSCET, Tangori, and Kalpana and her team from Lovely Institute, Phagwara, jointly won the first prize.

In Punjabi singing, the first prize (solo singing) was won by Mr Jagjeet Singh and the second prize by Gurvinder Singh, both of SUSCET, Tangori. In group singing (Punjabi) Pritish Narula and Deepak Bajaj of SUSCET, Tangori, bagged the first prize while Arshdeep and team from Rayat College of Engineering, Ropar, bagged the second prize.

In the western song singing event, Amandeep Singh and Kanish Chawla of GGS College, Kharar, won the first and second prizes, respectively. In group singing, Amandeep and group from GGS, College, Kharar, won the first prize while Atulya and group from Rayat Engineering College won the second prize.

In face painting Aditi Ritika from Rayat college won the first prize. The second prize was won by Ankit Mathur and Narinder Singh from SUSCET, Tangori.

In skit the first prize went to Lovely Institute, Phagwara, and the second prize was bagged by SUSCET, Tangori. In twisted movies SUSCET, Tangori, bagged both first and second places.

In camouflage event the first prize went to Rayat College of Engineering and the second to Lovely Institute. In mimicry the first prize went to Chetan Prabhakar from SUSCET, Tangori, and the second to Sukesh from Lovely institute.



Students take out procession in support of Sarbjit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
Students of the Swami Vivekanand Group of Institutes, Banur, today organised a candlelight procession at Sector 17 here this evening to express solidarity with Sarbjit Singh, the Indian in Pakistani jail, whose death sentence was recently confirmed by the Pakistani Supreme Court.

Braving the rainy weather, the students lit candles at the Plaza demanding the release of the Indian prisoner, who was arrested by the Pakistani authorities in a case of mistaken identity.

Later, they also started a signature campaign for the release of prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails.



Spring Fest starts on a rainy note
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, March 11
The twentieth Panchkula Spring Fest commenced on a rainy note today. Mr Chander Mohan , Deputy Chief Minister, Haryana, inaugurated the festival.

A galaxy of artists attired in different costumes brought the diverse cultures of the region to the city park. After a welcome by the Administrator, HUDA , Ms Neelam Kasni, and Estate Officer S.P. Arora and senior officers, the chief guest went around stalls while interacting with the artists before visiting the flower arrangements area. He witnessed the performance of the martial arts, gatka, bhangra, giddha, naati folk dances by artists of Chetna Kala Institute.

The frequent spells of rain ruined the charm of the festival for the visitors and many programmes had to curtailed. The baby show, solo dance performance, mono-acting, group dance and kite flying competitions will be held tomorrow. 



Free coaching classes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
Sikh Missionary College (Chandigarh zone) in association with the managing committee of Gurdwara Sahib, Sector 34, here will start free coaching classes for deserving students aspiring to appear in CET/PMT competitive exams.

The entrance test will be conducted on March 26 at 2 p.m. at the gurdwara and the classes will start from April 1. The admission forms are also available at the gurdwara.



Two-week training for teachers ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
The National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Government of India, held a special two-week training programme at the Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology (CIET), which concluded today. The programme was designed to enhance the skills of the teachers in planning and delivering instruction in the classroom and laboratories and evaluating the students’ performance.

Thirtyseven teachers of CIET participated in the programme which had been sponsored by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), a statutory body established for proper planning and coordinated development of technical education system throughout India. Interestingly, the AICTE was planning to make this programme compulsory for all engineering colleges.

While delivering the valedictory address, Dr O.P. Bajpai, Director, NITTTR, Chandigarh, emphasised the need of inculcating effective teaching skills among the faculty in order to improve the quality of pass-outs from the engineering colleges so that they might contribute in the industrial and economic development of the country.

Dr P.K. Tulsi, Professor and head, NITTTR, emphasised the need of use of innovative methods to impart knowledge and skill to the students. Dr Sunil Dutt, programme coordinator, NITTTR, delivered an overview of the topics covered and presented a feedback to the participants. 



Alumnus Award goes to IBM Daksh CEO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
The University Business School (UBS) Alumni Association honoured the IBM Daksh CEO, Mr Sanjeev Aggarwal, with the Alumnus Award at its reunion held today at Panjab University.

A number of pass-outs of the 1980 batch who studied in the Department of Commerce and Business Management (the old name of UBS) were also felicitated on the occasion. Last year the award was given to S.P. Oswal, chairman of Vardhman Mills.

However, Dr R.A. Yadav, vice- chairman, AICTE, who was supposed to inaugurate the reunion-2006, failed to turn up and even the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Mr K.N. Pathak, turned up very late due to the Syndicate meeting.

Meanwhile, it was decided that the alumni will contribute Rs 10,000 every year to the UBS library.



Overseas assignment for ex-Director of NISTADS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
Prof Rajesh Kochhar, former Director of the National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies(NISTADS), New Delhi, is proceeding on extended lecture tour to the USA, the UK and Ireland during March-April this year.

According to information received here, Professor Kochhar will mostly discuss how attitudes within India have been fashioned by the colonial experience. Besides, he will be spend a week in March-end at the South Asia Institute of the University of Texas in Austin for discussions and a well-publicised seminar on colonial use of science and native responses.

He will discuss the same topic at the South Asia Programme in Cornell University.

In the American heartland in Colorado, Professor Kochhar has been asked to speak on what outsourcing means to the USA and India. At Harvard University, Professor Kochhar will speak on "Ancient India:Discovery and Invention".

Professor Kochhar will speak at Queens University, Belfast,on the impact of the British rule on the India middle class mindset. At Brighton, under the auspices of European Union, he will be discussing the metal craft of the Eastern India.



Farewell function at Govt College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
A farewell function was organised at the IT Department of Government College, Sector 11,here on Saturday in which seniors were given a warm send off by their juniors.

A cultural function was also organised during which a number of events like solo and group dances, songs and games enthralled the outgoing students. Various titles were also conferred on the seniors.

The college Principal, Mr Pahlad Aggarwal, was also present at the function.



District Courts
Charges framed against former Home Secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
In a case of corruption registered by the CBI against a former Punjab Home Secretary, Mr Bikramjit Singh, the CBI Special Judge, Mr Jagdeep Jain, today framed charges against the former bureaucrat.

While framing charges under various Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 52 lakh have been mentioned. Earlier, the assets had been valued at Rs 1.3 crore but later the court took out his ancestral house in Sector 9 and another property in Sector 8 from the list of properties.

The CBI had registered the case against him when he was Principal Secretary to the then Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

Though at the time of the registration of the FIR, investigations centred around the period between 1985 and 1997, it was extended by another five years. He had been on anticipatory bail since then.

Heart valve case

The CBI Special Court would, on April 10, frame charges against Dr R.S. Walia and another accused in the case of cheating patients by implanting Indian heart valves and charging for imported valves. Dr Walia, a heart surgeon at the PGI, and Sat Pal Singla, a chemist, have been named in the case registered by the CBI.

Dr Walia and Singla are on bail. Surinder Singh Uppal, another accused, had turned approver. The challan produced by the CBI in the special court came up for scrutiny before the judge.



Koser awards conferred
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, March 11
Riding on the glory of achievements, the Pracheen Kala Kendra must expand its wings at the international level by launching a website, opined the Haryana Governor, Dr A. R. Kidwai, as he conferred the prestigious Guru Madan Lal Koser and Guru Shobha Koser Awards in classical arts on Kolkata-based sitar wizard Shahid Parvez and Singapore-based kathak icon Charna Girdhar Chand at the Tagore Theatre here today.

They were presented with a shawl, a memento, a citation and Rs 50,000 each.

The award ceremony was followed by a concert and dance. Amid applause, Shahid Parvez, the finest sitar player in the world, commenced his recital with an immaculate alaap of raga Shyam Kalyan. After the perfect exposition of jod and jhalla, the maestro spelt magic with three compositions in vilambat, madhya and drut laya set to teen tal.

The ustad displayed rare dexterity while executing the musical phrases to the minutest perfection which is a feature of his Etawah gharana. He concluded the recital with a melodious dhun in raga Pilu. Sudhir Pande accompanied him on tabla.

It was followed by a scintillating kathak recital by Charan Girdhar Chand. His aesthetic performance and technical competence of intricate dance patterns won him spontaneous applause. His fine balance between the lyrical and technical contents was a feature of his recital of Ganesh vandana and Vishnu vandana which produced rare grace in the treatment of laya.

He also produced compositions of his father-nrityacharya, Pandit Narayan Prasad, like Radha-Krishna raas leela, Govardhan leela and Kalia daman which were thrilling.

In the abhinaya portion, he danced on a thumri—kesariya balam. He presented "Hori" and concluded with a tarana. His footwork and gestures were at their best in this piece which explored a wide range of rhythms.

He had a fine team of Triveni Prasad(vocal), Subhash Nirwan (tabla), Matloob Hussain Khan (sitar) and Devendra Jaipurwale (flute). Shobha Koser provided "pedant". 



Fighting foeticide through cartoons
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 11
City cartoonist S.C. Bhattacharya has effectively raised his voice against the evil of female foeticide through his cartoons exhibition on the topic which began at Fun Republic, here today.

He tried to drive home the point that discrimination against the girl child must end.

Famous for his art all over the country, the cartoonist managed to rope in Fun Republic for a social cause. “I wanted to display my works here because it is frequented by the common man. Since he is the target group for burning such social issues, there couldn’t have been a more apt place. The galleries are for those interested in art,” he quipped.

His works draw inspiration from almost everything in the surroundings. From dowry and unequal employment opportunities to foeticide, the exhibition features serious stuff in comic moulds, effectively conveying the message that societal mindset must change.

Though not very refined in his strokes, the artist manages to arrest viewers’ attention with his unique portrayals and catchy captions. A family seeking dowry without being bothered about human values, a foetus pleading with her father to save her, a girl seeking equality in work and food — the list of cartoons on display is endless, touching practically every aspect of life where the girl child is discriminated against. His work has got a special commendation from President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

“I was very moved by the way the girl child was being treated. Based on experiences while interacting with friends and family, I realised it was not confined to one segment of society but had enveloped all. That’s when I decided to have an exhibition on saving the girl child. After this I plan to deal with drug addiction and its growing menace in society,” Bhattacharya stated.


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