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Resentment over selection of school board Secy
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 13
Resentment prevails among the top brass of the Punjab School Education Board over the appointment of the new Secretary, which the officers affected say has been done by overlooking seniority and without proper scrutiny of the service records of applicants for the post.

Ms Pavitar Pal Kaur had been selected Secretary at a meeting of the board from a panel of seven names sent by the state government.

According to board orders issued on March 31, she was posted on a temporary basis. The resentment was likely to affect the functioning of the board adversely.

Ms Sukhwinder Kaur, Controller, Examinations, and a contender for the post, had written to the board Chairman that as the new Secretary was junior to her, files from her office should not be sent to the Secretary.

Ms Jagbir Kaur Brar, Director, Academics, also a contender for the post, had written to the board Chairman that Ms Pavitar Pal Kaur had been working as Deputy Director under her and by this appointment, board regulations had been violated and injustice done to her. She filed a civil writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, challenging the decision of the board.

Senior officers questioned the decision of the board, saying directions given in the letter of the Special Secretary, Education, on selection had been violated.

The letter had said service records of board officers be scrutinised to ensure that no complaint, vigilance inquiry or departmental proceedings were pending against them.

They said Ms Pavitar Pal Kaur was one of the persons facing a vigilance case at Ropar in connection with the recruitment of 134 clerks by the board.

The board Chairman, Prof Harbans Singh Sidhu, said seniority norms had not been violated as the post was a selection post, adding that it was a temporary arrangement.

Asked about the vigilance case, he said he had earlier sent records relating to Ms Pavitar Pal Kaur to the Special Secretary, Education, who had included her name in the panel of officers for selection.

The Supreme Court had stayed proceedings of the vigilance case against her, he added.



Biotechnology, environment ‘vital future sectors’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
"As a result of globalisation there would be changes both sectoral and functional. The important sectors for future would be retailing, biotechnology, pharmacy, automobiles and environment,'' said Professor Satish Kapoor, Chairman, University Business School, while inaugurating a seminar jointly with Chandigarh Management Association today on business school curriculum in changed business environment.

He said functions like business, finance, HR and international marketing would undergo a sea change. Managers of the future would need to understand the cross-cultural differences. The important question would be as to how the business schools incorporate these changes in their curriculum. One way of doing this would be through international collaborations with B-Schools in other countries.

Dr P.K. Vasudeva, Professor, ICFAI Business School, Chandigarh, laid emphasis on Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is an emerging branch of biotechnology that involves the use of software to utilise information from the vast biological database that is developed by experienced biotechnologies. Therefore, a course in MBA with specialisation in Bioinformatics will be very useful for the industry.

Prof Manoj Anand compared the management courses of various national and international business schools like Harvard University, Boston University, Stanford University, Indian School of Business, IIMs and so on. His main emphasis was that the interface with the industry is more important than the curriculum itself.

Lt Col. Karamjit Singh of SAS Institute of Management and Technology laid emphasis on global issues. He said that curriculum of the business schools should be oriented towards the functional areas of the industry so that Indian MBA students can also compete with the global business schools.

CMA on this occasion released a management journal by Prof. Satish Kapoor, Chairman of the University Business School. The journal was edited by Mr. J.N. Vohra, Management Consultant. The main theme of this journal is "Retail Boom."

Mr B.M. Gulati, president of CMA, summed up the seminar by quoting Infosys Chairman, Mr. Narayan Murty & Laxmi Mittal, Steel Magnet, who said that the business schools syllabus should be more confined to the growth of industry rather than class room training.

The faculty and administrators of all management institutes like Gian Jyoti Institute of Management & Technology, SAS Institute of Management and Technology, ICFAI Business School, UBS and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan were present and also interact with the panelists in great detail. In the end Mr A.K. Gandhi, Joint Secretary of the CMA, proposed a vote of thanks.



Students harassed in name of security: NSUI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
Members of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) have demanded that the Panjab University security department and police too should stop harassing students in the name of security arrangements.

According to a press note issued by Mr Nitin Goyal, president of the NSUI, Chandigarh, following the recent alleged firing incident at Students Centre, the university security department and the UT police had beefed up the security on the campus and had also taken various steps.

Now, when the CFSL report had established that the incident was fake and no violence had taken place, the NSUI demanded that the security department and the police too should stop harassing students in the name of security arrangements.

Carrying out late night raids in the hostels in these examination days was not called for, they said. 



PU Registrar to get award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
Prof. S.S. Bari, Registrar, Panjab University, will be presented “Bharat Jyoti Award” and a certificate of excellence at a function being held at New Delhi shortly. A communication to this effect has been received from the India International Friendship Society, New Delhi.

Dr Bari, Professor of organic chemistry and Registrar of the university, has 31 years of research experience and has guided seven Ph. D students. He has published 77 research papers.

Career exhibitions: A two-day programme on career exhibitions at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalyas at Kunihar, Solan and Theog and Shimla was organised by the students of M. Ed. (guidance and counselling), Department of Education, Panjab University, under the supervision of Dr Kirandeep Singh. This event was the brainchild of Mr M.L. Sharma, Deputy Commissioner (Northern Region) of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalya Samiti. The responsibility for the efficient coordination of the same rested with Mr C.M. Sharma, Principal, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalya, Chandigarh. The aim of the venture was to provide career related information to students of Classes X, XI and XII. Since more than 80 per cent of the intake of these residential schools is from rural/remote areas, the concepts of ‘educational loan facilities of public sector banks’, ‘land equity companies’, ‘cooperative farming’, ‘self-employment opportunities’ etc. were amply emphasised.

Personality re-engineering: The ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre in collaboration with the Senior Citizens Council for Human Resource Development, Chandigarh, organised a special lecture on “Personality Re-Engineering and Work Effectiveness”.

Prof Veer Singh, Dean, University Instructions, Panjab University, welcomed the guest speaker and other dignitaries. He said the Bhagvad Gita advises us to do their duty and not hanker after the fruits of their actions.

Swami Bodhananda, spiritual director and founder of Sambodh Society, said, “God has created mankind with great powers. Actualisation of these powers leads to personality development and this is possible only through interacting with the world rather than withdrawing from it. The unfolding of oneself is moksha. Apart from personality development, we also need to change our self-image and attitude”. He was of the view that self-confidence helps re-engineer personality.

Mr Girish Sharma, IRS, Commissioner of Income Tax, Chandigarh, presided over the function.

While proposing the vote of thanks Mr P.K. Saini, Director, ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre, said the Swami ji had enlightened us about the principles of personality re-engineering, which was the combination of three factors i.e. spirit, mind and body.

Professor Shital Parkash, Managing Director, Senior Citizens’ Council for Human Resource Development, thanked Swami Bodhananda for enlightening the audience.



Punjabi culture impresses British teachers
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, April 13
“Life, bubbling with inspiration, is the virtue absolute for Punjabis and all else is immaterial,” opines Ms Anne James, leader of the ten-member study group of school teachers from Britain who completed a tour of Punjab and Chandigarh recently.

The delegation, on a week’s visit here, is a part of the Indo-British Teachers Exchange project organised under the aegis of Heritage, Patiala.

According to Ms James, the rich repository of traditions, enmeshed with the teachings of holy saints and sages, shapes the Punjabi lifestyle.

Teachers Fergus Taidane and Christen Reid, both from Scotland, spoke very highly of the warmth and love showered on them during their visit to various educational institutions.

Ms James found folk dances and songs presented by school and college students exhilarating and rejuvenating. She recounted many memorable moments they spent at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Rangla Punjab Haveli, Punjabi Sath at Lambran and Nek Chand’s Rock Garden.

The delegates rued that the fact that the richness, vitality and vigour of Indian culture is losing its ground because of our mechanical way of life.

Moral ethics are so strongly inculcated in students that they are too respectful, disciplined and hold the teachers in reverence. This is the most vital aspect of the Indian education system though the infrastructure and facilities in schools needs improvement, suggests Ms James.

The Heritage coordinator, Prof Rajpal Singh, disclosed that the Department for Education and Skills UK, the Commonwealth Council and major county councils in England had been collaborating with Heritage, the Patiala-based Art and Education Institute for 12 years.

Regular cultural and educational exchange programmes are aimed at providing opportunities to the artistes, teachers and students to explore, understand and do creative work in other countries.

Other members of the study group include Dobrah Marxlove, Binixa Mistry, Kathrene Lee, Katherine Fry, K. Tumer, Andela Rodrigues, Jean Bewitt, Fergus, Christen Reed and Racneraman.

Nek Chand will lay the foundation stone of the Heritage complex in Sector 69, Mohali tomorrow.



Baisakhi celebrated all over with dance and song
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
The festival of fun and frolic, the festival of gaiety, the harvest festival of Punjab was today celebrated with great zest and revelry. The festival was marked with chhabeels, kirtans and shabad recitals in various gurdwaras which were decorated with colourful lights. Langar of kheer and jalebis was served at various gurdwaras. 

The devotees celebrated the festival by participating in the chhabeels put up at various places in the city. The committees of various gurdwaras also organised lectures to educate the masses about the significance of the Khalsa Panth.

The city schools too celebrated Baisakhi with great fervour. At St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, the students were made aware of the significance of the festival through a short play. A dhola dance was performed by the children of classes VI-VIII which enthralled the audience. The traditional song ‘Sami’ was sung by the students who also sang other Punjabi folk song ‘Jindwa’ and danced on foot-tapping Punjabi music. The function concluded with a scintillating dance performance `Baisakhiyan Diyan Boliyan’ by the children of the primary wing.

At Kendriya Vidyalaya, AFS High Grounds, Punjabi folk songs and a fusion of gidha and bhangra marked the Baisakhi celebrations. Students danced enthusiastically on the foot-tapping beats of the ‘dhol’ and popular Punjabi numbers. Also present was school principal S.K. Bhatia who blessed the students on the auspicious day which marks the new year in Punjab.

Another senior teacher, Ms B. Sodhi, enlightened the students about the social, religious and historical significance of the day. Homage was paid by the students to the martyrs who had sacrificed their lives in the cold blooded massacre of Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on this day in 1919 during the freedom struggle.

A shabad was presented by the music teacher Mr V.K. Chopra. An on-the-spot quiz competition was also held to enhance the awareness of the students about the significance of Ambedkar Jayanti, Good Friday and Baisakhi.

At Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS), Sector 65, a fashion show was presented by the kindergarten children. The primary section students displayed phulkari and stacks of wheat to add on to the festive mood. Also present on the occasion was the school director Mrs Jasmine Kalra, who highlighted the importance of festivals in one’s life.

At Shishu Niketan Public School, Sector 43, Baisakhi was celebrated with much gusto and enthusiasm. The school’s nursery block was abuzz with activity as the students who came dressed as in traditional Punjabi attire danced on Punjabi beats. A Punjab village set- up was also created by the teachers.



Schools celebrate Baisakhi
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 13
Baisakhi was celebrated by staff and students of Doon International School here on Thursday. A cultural programme was organised on the occasion. The programme started with the recitation of shabads. Later, students were told about the significance of Baisakhi and the foundation of the Khalsa Panth.

Ms Maninder Kaur Mann, education director of the school, said that the best way to celebrate such occasions was to share one’s happiness with others and by helping the needy.

Students of the Shivalik Public school here celebrated the birth of the Khalsa Panth, Mahavir Jayanti, Good Friday and Ambedkar Jayanti.

Teachers gave motivational speeches to make students aware of the importance of Baisakhi. Students, who had excelled in different competitions at the national level, were given certificates and prizes. The Director Principal of the school, Mr D.S. Bedi also addressed the gathering.



Institute organises annual function 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
The students of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology(SSIET), Dera Bassi, organised the annual function at the Tagore Theatre here today.
According to a press note, group dances and solo performances were the highlights of the function.A special feature of the function was showcasing of the annual portfolio by the students of the International Polytechnic for Women.

As many as 17 students of the SSIET, who secured positions in the examinations conducted by Punjab Technical University(PTU), Jalandhar, were given cash prizes.

Prof Avtar Singh, SSIET Chairman, appreciated the efforts of the students in putting up an impressive show. Mr JB Goel, Secretary of the Technical Education Department, Punjab Government, was the chief guest.

Meanwhile, Simran Rihal was declared as the best singer and Yukti Sareen as the best dancer. Charanjeet Singh was adjudged as the best actor and Ankit Dev as the overall performer. Vikram Ajit Sidhu walked away with overall best coordinator.



Students pay tributes to Ambedkar
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 13
Swami Ram Tirtha Public High School, Mohali, observed Baisakhi, Good Friday and Dr Ambedkar’s birthday today. Students performed bhangra and recited the ‘shabad’. Tiny tots of the school paid a visit to a gurdwara.
Students also paid tributes to Dr Ambedkar, the architect of Indian constitution.



City hospitals short of burns beds
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

A fire can result in:

*Respiratory burns: If fire engulfs the face and patients inhales a lot of hot air

*Swelling of voice box: this also occurs due to inhalation of hot air and can even kill the patient.

*Peeling skin: The skin is the first casualty in a burn case where a patient needs trained handling to contain the damage.

What you can do:

*Move out of the area where the fire has broken out

*As far as possible, try to inhale fresh air

*Do not put a blanket over a person engulfed in fire since it increases body temperature. A patient with first-degree burns can end up being as a third degree burns patient.

Chandigarh, April 13
Beds for burn victims, in the three government-funded city hospitals, are in short supply. One exclusive nine-bedded burns unit at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, a handful of beds at the Plastic Surgery ward at the PGIMER, and only first aid in the name of burns at Government Hospital, Sector 16, is all that these medical institutions have to offer in a city which is working to attract medical tourism in a big way.

Highly insufficient, as it may sound, doctors, too, admit the city is ill-equipped to handle burn patients in large numbers. The only saving grace is the GMCH burns unit, equipped with all facilities needed to handle patients with burns.

“The burn unit is an isolated area where barrier nursing is practiced. Nobody is allowed near the patient since infection is the only single primary cause of death in a burn victim. A patient suffering from over 50 per cent burns requires special handling since the wounds are raw. We have trained attendants for the purpose who wear masks and caps before handling patients. Also, this is a private area, segregated for men and women, since most patients cannot wear any clothes,” the Head of Department, Prof A.K. Attri, said.

Maintaining that exposure to sunlight controls infection, the ward has a special place to sun the patients admitted here, besides special bathrooms which are sterilised to make them infection-free.

“A special shower is recommended before dressings. In case of an exigency, a general ward can be converted into a burns ward and the practice of barrier nursing can be followed to deal with patients,” he maintains.

At the PGI, though there is no separate burns unit, 20-odd burns patients are invariably admitted to the institute at any given time and has only five beds reserved for them. In case of an equal number coming in, the authorities maintain that they would have no alternative but to discharge routine patients undergoing treatment in the ward.

While immediately patients can be administered IV fluids to deal with the initial impact, after the first two weeks, there is a likelihood of infection setting in since body resistance is low. While a burns ward has now been sanctioned for the PGIMER, the predicament over dealing with such patients requiring critical care is a question mark.

“We don’t have a dedicated burns unit at present. Patients are treated in the general plastic surgery wards though efforts are made to keep them separate from the non-burn patients as far as possible because infection certainly poses a risk to them,” says Prof R.K. Sharma, Head of the Department of Plastic Surgery, PGIMER.

Meanwhile, at General Hospital, Sector 16, there’s no burns unit and there’s no plastic surgeon. Equipped only to handle primarily first-degree patients, the hospital can do little in the absence of an isolated area earmarked for the purpose. It does have a room for patients undergoing surgery which also caters to those with burns. However, beyond administering the emergency medicines and IV fluids, the hospital is inadequately equipped to handle severe burn injuries. 



Meeting of lab technologists tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
The Chandigarh Chapter of the All-India Medical Laboratory Technologists Association (AIMLTA) will organise its second meeting on April 15 to commemorate World Biomedical Science Day.

“The meeting will provide scientific information on all aspects of laboratory medicine relevant to the patient care, health promotion and disease prevention. More than 250 delegates are expected to attend the conference,” said Dr Pankaj Kaul, secretary, AIMLTA

“Advances in medicine for the past decade have been due to advances in biomedical technology services, including diagnostic clinical laboratory. Modern medicine is becoming more and more about teamwork and biomedical laboratory technologist an important member of this professional team,” said Dr Kaul.

Guest lectures on latest advances in biomedical laboratory technology will be delivered by eminent speakers, added Dr Kaul.



VRV’s poor showing attributed to pressure
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

V.R.V. Singh
V.R.V. Singh in action.

Chandigarh, April 13
Local cricketer Vikram Rajvir Singh, popularly known as V.R.V., who made his debut in the sixth one-day international against England at Jamshedpur yesterday, could not put up an impressive show.

His average performance disappointed the local cricket fraternity, which had pinned high hopes on him.

Rated as India’s fastest bowler, he bowled at speeds ranging between 120 kmph and 140.6 kmph.

Much to his disappointment and of local fans, he could not capitalise on chances and failed to capture a wicket.

He was unfortunate as Ian Bell was caught by R.P. Singh off the third ball of his first over, but the umpired signalled it a no-ball.

He was the most expensive bowler for his side in the match, conceding 33 runs in five overs.

His coach Sukhwinder Bawa was not disheartened, attributing the poor performance to the pressure of the first one-day international.

His parents Krishna Vaid and Darshan Pal Vaid thanked God and the cricket authorities for providing an opportunity to him, but were sad that he could not get a wicket.

Former Ranji player Bharti Vij said V.R.V. could not perform upto his potential due to pressure, adding that he should be more careful about pitching and speed.



Tennis coaching camp starts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
A nine-day special tennis coaching camp for upcoming junior players of the city and neighbouring states, where international coach Akhtar Ali would impart training, commenced at the CLTA, Sector 10, here today.

He expressed confidence that the trainees would reach national and international levels, assuring that he would visit the city once every three months to upgrade and review the project.

The camp was inaugurated by the Chief of Staff, Western Command Headquarters, Lt-Gen Paramjit Singh, who announced that the Army had extended the agreement with the CLTA for three years.

CLTA chairman Rajan Kashyap explained the partnership between the CLTA and the Western Command to make gifted sons of serving soldiers good tennis players.



U-17 cricket probables selected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 13
The selection committee of the Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association has selected the probables for the Under-17 team, which will participate in the Punjab Inter-District Cricket Tournament for M.L. Markan Trophy for the year 2006-2007.

The names of the probables are Navtej,  Rohit,  Gaurav Puri,  Rohit Rathi, Himanshu,  Vaibhav,  Amit Rana,  Ayush,  Anil,  Shanam Khurana, Ankit ,  Sandeep,  Vikram Bansal,  Pankaj,  Gur Sahib, Siddarth Kaul, Japneet Singh,  Mukesh, Rahul, Angad,  Anshul Tripathi, Arjit Gupta, Sarabjit, Karanbir, Balwinder, Pawas,  Ajay Pawar and Aditya Sood.


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