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Seminar on higher education organised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
A one-day seminar on 'Higher Education and Engineering Programmes in France' was organised under the guidance of Mr J.S. Sidhu, Chairman, Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology (SUSCET), Tangori, in collaboration with Edufrance and ESIGELEC, school of engineering, France.

Mr Cyril Marteaux, coordinator of Masters Programmes at ESIGELEC Rovers, delivered a lecture and interacted with over 250 engineering students of final and pre-final years. Dr S.S. Koonar, Principal of SUSCET, introduced the chief guest to the head of the departments, faculty members and students.

Dr Koonar expressed the desire to start French classes on the college premises. Engineering students must know one additional foreign language other than English which would help them in finding better placement with various multi-national companies (MNCs), he commented.

To begun with Mr Cyril agreed to the suggestion of starting French classes at the SUSCET. He further expressed the possibility of starting a joint masters programme in the disciplines of Engineering of Electronics Systems of Telecommunication, embedded system, Electrical Engineering and Transport.



College teachers stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
In response to a call given by the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), teachers working in more than 160 non- government colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh staged a dharna in support of their demands.

In a joint statement, Mr R.S. Brar and Dr Jagwant singh, president and general secretary of the PCCTU, respectively, said the posts of employee were sanctioned on the basis of student strength and no posts were sanctioned on the introduction of the 10+2+3 system.

They said each institution was bound by the UGC's minimum standards laid down in 2003 regarding the instructions for first degree and masters degree as these were mandatory under law. With the applications of these norms, there was justification for the release of grant, they said.

Mr R.S Brar said the government should not force them to protest during examinations and should find an early solution. He regretted that the pension scheme promised to them by Capt Amarinder Singh before March 31, 2006, was nowhere in sight and the release of grant to B.Ed colleges was still pending despite an agreement reached with the government at a meeting held on December 8, 2005.

Dr Jagwant Singh said the executive committee of the PCCTU would stage a dharna in Chandigarh on March 27 at GHG Khalsa College, Gursur Sadhar, on April 2 to take a decision regarding the future course of action. 



Seminar on NAC test
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
The UT Department of Information Technology through SPIC in association with NASSCOM, Hewitt Associates and British Council organised NAC (NASSCOM assessment of competence) orientation program at SPIC and a NAC seminar at the SAS Institute of Technology and Management, Mohali, according to a press note issued here yesterday.

The seminar was conducted by representative of NASSCOM, Hewitt and British Council. It was an awareness seminar about India’s first NAC test which will be conducted in the city on April 2.

Mr Nikhil from NASSCOM spoke about the initiatives taken by NASSCOM towards the BPO industry and the need of the NAC test in the present scenario of IT/ITES industry. Mr Sreehari and Mr Ambrish both from Hewitt, spoke about how this test will help the industry to create an assessed and certified talent workforce to cater to their needs.

Ms Alison Barrett from the British Council exclusively spoke on the parameters on which candidates to the will be assessed and also about the modules of the test. The SPIC orientation program was attended by the C-TOSS training agencies and representatives from the industry. Mr Vivek Atray, Director, IT, Chandigarh Administration, was also present.

The test is a national-level assessment one for the BPO industry, which will be a part of the C-TOSS programme from now onwards.

This test is online and will be of two and a half hours’ duration. For the NAC test on April 2, there are two centres — the MCM DAV College, Sector 36 and SPIC-Microsoft Centre of Excellence in PEC, Sector 12.



From Panjab University
Training programme for teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
The ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre, Panjab University, will organise a five-day training programme on “Research Methodology: The Emerging Needs in Designing and Implementing Research Proposals in Social Sciences” from March 27-31 at the ICSSR complex, Panjab University.

According to Prof Manjit Singh, programme coordinator, the objective is to make the teachers, research fellows and researchers familiar with new scientific research methodology in social sciences.

Two-day seminar: The Department of Philosophy, Panjab University, will organise a two-day national seminar on March 27 and 28 on the theme “Values from Different Perspectives”. Scholars from different parts of India have agreed to participate and present research papers. The seminar is sponsored by UGC. Mr Varinder Kumar, Professor Emeritus, Department of Laws, would inaugurate it at 10 a.m. in the Department of Philosophy. Prof Dharmendra Goel would deliver the keynote address.

Seminar: The University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, will organise a one-day national seminar on “Principle of self-determination in International and National Context” on March 25 at the ICSSR Complex, Panjab University. Mr Justice K.S. Grewal, Punjab and Haryana High Court will inaugurate the seminar at 9.30 a.m. The valedictory function of the seminar will be held at 4 p.m. at the complex. Mr Justice Pritam Pal, Punjab and Haryana High Court, will be the chief guest. 



Retired teachers assn function today

Chandigarh, March 24
An annual function of the Punjab Government College Retired Teachers Welfare Association will be held at Government College for Men, Sector 11, tomorrow.
Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister of State for Finance, will preside over the function, said Mr S.P. Dhawan, a spokesman of the association. TNS



Consumer forum order goes missing
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
An order of the District Consumer Redressal Forum-I sent to the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chandigarh, for taking action against an insurance company which had filed a false affidavit in case of an insurance claim, has gone missing.

The order recommending the action was sent to the district courts in October 2005. The complainant in the case is now moving from pillar to post to know about the fate of the order which was issued after he had moved an application against the insurance company in 1999.

After failing to trace the order, despite having the despatch number and date on which the order was sent to the district courts, Mr P.N. Wanchoo (82), an NRI, has moved an application in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ms Neerja Kalson, seeking issuance of necessary orders to trace the order.

Mr Wanchoo said in July 1990, when militancy was at its peak in Kashmir, he had to abandon his house and valuables. He telephonically came to know from his neighbour that his house had been damaged due to a fire in the adjoining house.

In November 1990, he filed an insurance claim with National Insurance Co Ltd. The company fixed the loss at Rs 9,000, which he did not accept.

During the pendency of the case before the forum, the insurance company filed an affidavit which was contested by the complainant. The forum, headed by Mr N.S. Ahlawat, in its orders observed that the complainant had stated that he was in the USA at the time when the company had claimed that a meeting had taken place between the two parties.

The forum observed that it was prima facie the mala fide intention of illegally closing the genuine case by forging documents and submitting them in the forum on oath. 



Debu mesmerises audience
36th Bhaskar Rao music festival
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 24
The serenity and grandeur of classical musical arts pervaded the ambience of the local Tagore Theatre as the 36th All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan, being organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra, commenced today.

Sitar wizard Pandit Debu Choudhry, accompanied by the executive board of the kendra, lighted the traditional lamp to inaugurate the sammelan. He lauded the dedication of the kendra management in maintaining their tradition of excellence in propagating the classical arts in the region.

The maestro then took the centre stage, along with his foremost disciple and son Prateek Choudhry, only to mesmerise the city music lovers with scintillating music spells.

The programme got off to a majestic start with the exposition of popular raga “yaman” by the father-son duo on sitar. With their adroit mastery over the instrument and in depth understanding of music, the twosome really combined well to unfold melody of the raga in “alaap”, “jod” and “jhalla” through crisp jugalbandis.

They interpreted the raga in style with Debu delving deep with imagination and tranquillity and Parteek triumphing with his usual exuberant melodic momentum and “tanatrkari”. Earlier, Debu introduced the raga strumming the folk tune “Mirza”, which is weaved in “yaman”.

Complementing each other and paving the tuneful path for the “vilambit gat in ek tala”, which melted into “drut gat in teen tala”. Each one attempted to enchant the audience producing magical spells in calm contemplation as well as in electrifying speed. Akram Khan, who was on tabla, stole the limelight.

Then came Leesa Mohanty with her troupe to present the Odissi dance in its purest form. Her six-member troupe included Pitambar Biswal, Raseswari Mohanty, Sabitri Mallick, Aurosmita Acharya, Jaismita Patra and Pritisni Mohanty. Their performance commenced with “mangalacharan”, an invocatory piece paying salutations to Lord Krishna.

Then followed Leesa’s solo piece “abhinaya” (rati sukha saare) taken from Jayadeva’s Geeta Govinda. The composition narrated Krishna’s eagerness to meet Radha and the divine lord awaits her arrival on the banks of the Yamuna. Leesa made full use of her agile body and limbs to create forms of beauty in poses and movements in rhythm.

The piece, “dasa avatar”, depicting 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu, was well received. Leesa, then, moved on to present pure dance item “Pallavi” set to Raga Basant with intricate footwork concluding the programme “mokshya”, the piece dedicated to Shakti.

Pandit Brij Narayan and Subhra Guha will present sarod and vocal recitals, respectively, tomorrow.



For art’s sake 
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
Art has few takers, at least in this part of India. This explains why 49 established artists from Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali have come together for a show that is unique in two ways.

One, it reflects a host of styles in a single space. Two, the artworks are "priced much lower" than they are. The secretary of the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi which has facilitated the show has no qualms about admitting that art sales are poor in the region. "Our idea is to encourage a taste for art. And we are sorry that we had to reduce the prices to achieve this objective."

But the slash in prices is working. And it does not retract value from any of the works. The displays have been chosen from the existing body of works to inspire visitors to the Government Museum Art Gallery. And they are all promising in their own right.

Some of them are instant delights, like the one by Madan Lal which colours a human's quest for peace and passion, and another by Ravindra Sharma which makes a rather weak, but true projection of a woman. Other inspiring displays come from seasoned artists like Satwant Singh whose animal figures continue to romance human forms and Jodh Singh whose verdant frames are a delight to the senses.

R.C. Singla, H.G. Jhamb, Ram Pratap Verma, Malkit Singh and Subhash Shorey also add punch to the show. Anju Pasricha's subtle frames lend a different flavour by expressing silence. She paints all things mute but beautiful.

Another very impressive line comes from printmaker Anand Sharma, whose hues of fire are striking in tone. He makes a daring projection of scriptures in his works and manages to arrest attention. Rakesh Bani's displays are equally strong in the graphic section. Along side these works hangs an innocent frame by five-year-old Azardeep.

Then there are works from students like Som and Shakti, who paint portraits with incredible might. Both these students are finds of Ravindra Sharma who has been holding talent search workshops with other members of the akademi.

The exhibition ends on March 28.



Framed innocence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
Any show that draws inspiration from children is likely to cast a spell. That is how O.P. Gupta's exhibition of 39 photographs at the Punjab Kala Bhavan appeals to an average viewer. Though not technically perfect, the show is powerful with striking themes. It draws attention to children, their moods, their hopes and dreams.

Shot at different locations in Chandigarh, the show seeks to paint a true picture of slums. Far from focusing on the dullness of that space, the photo artist brings out the brighter aspects of tough lives by picturing the children who live them.

So children are seen smiling, laughing, crying and dreaming. Ask the artist's inspiration behind the project and he says, "I wanted to photograph children. They reflect life in the real sense. Whatever the odds, their innocence is always a source of hope."

A musician and painter, Gupta has worked hard to put the show together. He has waited for hours before shooting a frame, just so his pictures don't appear posed. He knows natural is beautiful.

The display will continue till March 27.



‘Meet Brothers’ come calling
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
You know them better for their acting skills, but Meet Brothers of Ekta Kapoor's "K" brigade are now trying their hand at something new— singing. And if the structure of their music videos is anything to go by, there is a faint chance they will fail. For, videos of songs from their new remix album "Meet Brothers - Fully Reloaded" feature their wives - both sultry small screen dames who are known for their loaded performances.

While Shefali Jariwala who shocked audiences with her gyrations in "Kaanta laga…" is Harmeet Gulzar's wife, Manmeet Gulzar's better half is Karishma Modi who won Femina Look of the Year award in 1999.

At Rendezvous, Chandigarh, to promote their album today, the foursome expressed no reservations about the business of entertainment and the need to fall in line with the times. They, however, admitted that the race was tough and said they would do great as a family.

The new album has remix songs by Harry Anand. The video, Manmeet Brothers said, was upbeat, flashy and nice…simply because of the onscreen chemistry between the couples. And obviously the skill of the girls!

Scheduled for an all-India release on March 24, the album has another selling point to its credit. As the family said: "We are trying to make entry into Limca Book of Records. It is the first time that such a combination has been struck for a music project. Never have two husbands and wives played couples on screen."

"We have been trained in music by Pt Sukhdev Chaturvedi and we have been rehearsing as and when possible," they say.

But they love their "K" roles equally. Interestingly, Manmeet has even won the best actor award for a negative role in "Kyunki Saas…" And Harmeet has cast a spell in other "K" serials like "Kyun hota hai pyar…" and "Kkusum".



Telefilm on Guru Arjan Dev
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 24
A telefilm, Shaheedan de Sartaj, dedicated to the 400th martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev, has been produced by Mr Hardeep Singh, a member of the SGPC. The premier show of the film was organised at Shivalik Public School here today.

Mr Hardeep Singh, who has also directed the film, said it took two years to complete the film and would be shown all over the country in the coming days. He said prominent artistes, from Punjab and Mumbai, like B.N. Sharma, Shavinder Mahal, Sukhbir Sukhi, Tarsem Pal, Amrik Teja, Amritpal Singh, Arjan Singh and Narinder Singh have worked in the film. Music was given by Santosh Kataria while Pawan Kumar worked as the technical assistant.

Mr Hardeep Singh said the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev fell on June 16 and the two-hour film was dedicated to that day. He said the history related to Guru Arjan Dev was very important.



Exhibition at crafts institute
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
As part of a plan to empower women by combining the creative talent of students with the traditional artistic skills of disadvantaged women, the Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), inaugurated an annual crafts exhibition at the Government Central Crafts Institute for Women here yesterday.

The exhibition has a special stall of clothes put up by poor women who have been imparted training under a programme launched in the institute by Ms Rodrigues a few months ago.

Appreciating the efforts of students and women trainees, General Rodrigues asked the Home Secretary, Mr Krishan Mohan, and Mr Vivek Attray, Director, Technical Education, to give momentum to the programme.

The Administrator also inaugurated a blood donation camp organized by the Institute management in collaboration with the Rotary Blood Bank Society, Chandigarh, in which about 60 students and teachers donated blood.

He also released a magazine of the institute on the occasion. Mr Rajan Kashyap, Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab, and Ms Krishan Saroop were also present.



HelpAge India holds health camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
The HelpAge India organised an eye-cum-health camp at Dadu Majra village here today. According to Ms Rajneet Gill, project officer, Mobile Medicare Unit, Chandigarh, the organisation has been running 54 mobile medicare units all over the country. The Chandigarh unit covers slums and colonies in and around the city. It provides health facilities to the poor elderly free of cost on their doorstep. The unit examined 119 patients and distributed medicines among the poor at the camp free of cost.



PSEB beat AP Genco in hockey
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 24
PSEB Patiala registered a brilliant victory over AP Genco 7-0 in a one sided match on the second day of the All-India Electricity Sports Control Board Hockey Tournament played at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, here today.

The PSEB made the first successful move in the 9th minute of the game when Varinder Singh, made no mistake in converting a penalty corner. Maintaining the pressure, the PSEB scored a second field goal through Hardial Singh in the 17th minute of the play. Two minutes later, Gurdeep Singh converted another penalty corner 3-0.

In the 26th minute Kulwinder made a fine move and dodging the opposite's defence, deflected the ball into the goal post. In the 28th and 31st minute of the play, it was Kuljit Singh who proved to be tough for the AP Genco defenders and banged the board twice. Two minutes later, Jatinder executed a field goal guiding the team to have victory over AP Genco 7-0.

In another match of the day, Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board team toppled AP Transco, Hyderabad, by 5-0. In the 3rd minute of the match, T. Shah scored first goal of the match where he converted a penalty corner. In the 12th minute, B Topo increased the margin by scoring a field goal. Six minutes later, B Topo made no mistake in converting penalty corner putting his team ahead by 3-0.

T Shah stroked twice again in the 46th and 53rd minute of the match, locking final score 5-0.

In the third match, HVPNL team got better of TNEB team in a close contested match 2-1, where HVPNL opened their account in the 20th minute when Balwinder scored a field goal. Three minutes later, the equaliser was scored by Suresh Kumar through a field goal 1-1. In the 48th minute, Naveen of the HVPNL bang the boards finally sailing his team to victory 2-1.

The last match of the day was between the teams of PSEB and BBMB, where PSEB toppled BBMB in a one sided affair tie 5-0. PSEB took initial lead in 3rd minute of the match, Parminder scored a goal. Four minutes later, Gurdeep increased the margin by converting a penalty corner. At the half time, the score was 2-0.

In the second half, Gagjit and Jasmanpreet included their names in the list of scorers when they scored one goal each in the 33rd and 40th minute 4-0. In the last minutes, Gurdeep got an opportunity to convert a penalty corner PSEB earned in the 52nd minute, locking final score 5-0. 



Sports meet of Haryana Warehouse begins
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 24
RK Nayyar of Panchkula gave a one-sided defeat to Inderjit Singh, also from Panchkula, in the table tennis (singles) event 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 on the inaugural day of the 9th Annual Sports Meet of the Haryana Warehousing Corporation held at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here today.

The meet was declared open by the Minister for Agriculture, Haryana, Mr H.S. Chatha.

Results: 800m race: Amit Kumar 1, Dharambir 2, Sanjiv Kumar 3.

Badminton (singles): KC Kansal bt LN Malik, Bodh Raj bt IP Sharma, Dharamvir bt Vikas, Inderpal gets walk over NC Watts.

TT ( singles): RK Nayar bt Inderjit Singh , CK Sood bt VK Chakarwarti, VK Chakarwarti bt RK Singh, NS Yadav bt JS Nara, RK Nayar bt Sandeep Gujral Inderjit Singh bt VM Kaul, CK Sood bt HM Bakshi.

TT (doubles): CK Sood bt HM Bakshi.

Tug of War: Panchkula bt Rohtak, Ambala bt Kaithal, Panipat bt Rewari, Kurukshetra bt Sirsa, Hisar bt Kurukshetra.

Volleyball: Panchkula bt Ambala, Panipat bt Rewari, Rohtak bt Hissar, Kaithal bt Sirsa.

Kabaddi: Panchkula bt Ambala, Rewari bt Kurukshetra, Rohtak bt Hisar. 


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