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Fair to highlight career opportunities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Hundreds of students wishing to graduate from the prestigious London School of Economics or SAE Technology College which claims to be the world’s largest college in media education or many other institutions known for their educational standards worldwide will have an opportunity to make a career choice by meeting representatives from these institutions in Chandigarh over the next two days.

The educational fair, touted to be the country’s biggest, will be held at the CII complex, Sector 31, tomorrow. It is expecting to attract hundreds of class X and class XI students who wish to seek guidance on career choices. The London School of Economics (LSE), through its Indian partner Indian School of Business and Finance (ISBF) is here to recruit local students for its undergraduate programme.

Director, ISBF, Mr Jatin Chadha told The Tribune today that this will be a great opportunity for students of the region who cannot leave the country to procure a degree from LSE. The ISBF with its campus in Delhi holds B.Sc Business, Management and Banking and Finance. The ISBF is imparting teaching and academic support for the University of London External Programme at its campus in New Delhi.

Mr Chadha said the University of London through its internationally renowned external programme offers students the opportunity to study at the London School Economics (LSE) undergraduate courses in India. The degree is of an identical standard to the one received by a student who has studied at LSE. The university maintains robust and effective quality assurance mechanisms for all its qualifications. The degree is awarded by the University of London and the curriculum is managed by LSE.

Professor R.C. Mallan, former head, Department of Economics, St Stephens College, Delhi, is the academic head of the educational faculty, he disclosed. The faculty has varied academic and industry experience, with active involvement in research and publications. The basic mode of instruction is through interactive lectures, which are further supported by tutorials, computer labs, case study workshops, seminars and presentation sessions.

Mr Chadha said in addition to the University of London External Programme, ISBF encourages students to enroll for the B.Com course with the school of correspondence, University of Delhi, for which tutorial support will be provided by the institute. This route will lead to a dual undergraduate degree, one from the University of London and the other from the University of Delhi. Moreover, joining the ISBF will give you the opportunity of being considered for transfer to the LSE and other leading UK Universities.

Established in 1836, the prestigious University of London is one of the oldest, largest and one of the most diverse University of the UK. It is a federation of 20 colleges and a number of smaller specialist institutes, among the most prominent is London School of Economics (LSE).

The education fair is expected to see the presence of several names in the field of education like the Pearl Academy of Fashion, Franklin Institute of Air Hostess Training, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Rai Foundation, Arena Multimedia, University of Windsor, Canada, etc.



Quiz contest on Indian culture
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
A quiz contest on Indian culture was organised by Mr Satya Pal, founder of Pratibimb, at Maharishi Dayanad Public School, Daria, today.

The aim of the contest was to spread cultural values among students. Four teams of two students each were selected on the basis of their knowledge on the Indian culture.

Various questions relating to ancient Indian history and culture were asked. Team A comprising Gautam and Suriya were declared first with 60 points followed by Team B comprising Jyoti and Vijay of Team B by securing 33 points. Puneet and Pawan from Team D were declared third with 27 points.

Mr Satya Pal gave away trophies, certificate of merit and reading literature to the winning teams. Principal Vinod Kumar also presented a memento to Mr Satya Pal.



Polio awareness rally
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 19
As many as 500 students of Government Senior Secondary School, Ramgarh, participated in a polio awareness rally that passed through surrounding villages, here today.

Holding playcards, banners and pamphlets in their hands, the students spread a message among the villagers to make pulse polio drive, to be launched on May 21, a success.

Earlier, Block Education Officer, Mr Harminder Singh Saini, flagged off the rally, He also made the students aware of the importance of their participating in the anti-polio campaign.

The school Principal, Ms Om Kumari, stressed upon the need of administering polio drops to the children.



Schoolbags distributed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Government Model Middle School, Sector 23-D, here distributed free schoolbags among 31 poor children of the school today. The bags were donated by Mr Chander Parkash, president of Ashiana Educational Society, Sector 9, here.

The students also presented a cultural programme on the occasion. Ms Kamla Bains, DEO, UT, was the chief guest. Mr Rajesh Minhas, Deputy DEO, and Mr Gurdev Ram, president, Residential Welfare Association, Sector 23, was also present.

Mr Bahadur Singh, principal of the school, stated that free education was being given to all students up to class VIII. 



Eco-quiz on May 26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The Department of Environment of the Chandigarh Administration will hold an eco-quiz competition on May 26 at Golden Jubilee Hall, Panjab University, an official press note said here yesterday.

Keeping in view the overwhelming response of schools in the quiz last year, it has been decided to further spread and strengthen the movement of protecting environment through creative and action-based programmes. The quiz award will include a cash prize and a trophy.

All schools are eligible to send one entry consisting of three students (open to all students). The principals are required to send entries by May 23. 



CAT comes to lecturer’s rescue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has quashed the orders of termination and subsequent modifying of the punishment of Mr P.C. Sharma, a Guide Lecturer at the Government Museum and Art Gallery.

Quashing the punishment awarded during the course of an inquiry, Mr L.M. Goyal and Ms Shyama Dogra, Chairman and Member (Judicial), respectively, of the tribunal, observed that the lecturer was entitled to all consequential benefits, treating the period of his removal as in service. The applicant has also been allowed consequential benefits of arrears of pay and allowances from the date of removal till the date of his reinstatement along with other benefits of restoration of his increments.

The lecturer was chargesheeted following a news report in which he had allegedly criticised the Chandigarh Administration. In the chargesheet, the appellate authority had held that the lecturer had violated Punjab Civil Services Government Employees (Conduct ) Rules, 1966, as applicable to UT employees.

The applicant challenged the orders stating that he never gave any statement in the media and the writer of the news report was never examined. He further stated that he was never given an opportunity to explain his position and that there was irregularity in the inquiry.

After hearing arguments of both sides, the tribunal observed that “though the Director of the Museum, Mr V.N. Singh, had talked to the media, it was strange that no such allegation had been levelled against him. The departmental inquiry has been conducted in haste.”

In light of the observation, the tribunal quashed the punishment awarded to the lecturer.



Raju gets 14-day judicial remand

Chandigarh, May 19
The Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr B.K.Mehta, today sent Raju, the salesman involved in the theft of clothes from a Sector 17 showroom to 14-day judicial remand. TNS



Hindi monologue presented
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, May 19
As per its plan to promote theatrical and musical arts, the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi has endeavoured to provide a platform to aspirant artistes.

Under the series, Kamlesh Sharma presented a Hindi monologue, “Badlate Bimb”, at the akademi’s conference hall. A veteran of many Doordarshan serials and directorial assignments, Kamlesh delineated existential truths concerning human nature.

Saza-e-maut awarded by society narrates the plight of subjugated womanhood. The potent script depicted the complexity of emotions and multiplicity of motives, which keep changing, giving an impetus to the element of conflict.

In the absence of proper infrastructure and ambience of an ideal theatre, Kamlesh made a bold attempt to bring alive the character.

Despite the brilliance, the ariste at times failed to carry along the related emotional expressions through the body language.

The composite monologue, however illustrated the perceptions of sin and suffering, illusion and reality, love and longing, alienation and fulfillment through references of cosmic objects and phenomenon.



Strokes of innocence
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Nine-year-old Simran Sidhu has found a way to express herself. Under the guidance of her art teacher Kaushik Sinha, she has created an impressive body of artworks which is currently being displayed at Ryan International School in Sector 49. Coming from a nine-year-old, the solo exhibition is praiseworthy indeed.

A student of class IV at the school, Simran casts a spell on the visitors with the power of her creations. What makes her works unique is their innocence and genuineness — one that nobody can ignore.

Having done her parents Manvinder Sidhu and Harjit Kaur proud, the little girl is now all set to win appreciation from the public as she throws her well-conceived exhibition open to people tomorrow. Although put up today, the show was open only for school students who were all praise for the little girl’s efforts.

Among the works on display are paintings that have won Simran coveted awards from government as well as private bodies and NGOs like Lions Bhavan, Burning Brains Society and many other outfits working in the area of social welfare.

Simran’s particular interest, as her works reflect, lies in issues concerning drug de-addiction, and her medium of expression is oil pastel. She has won several prizes for her paintings that denounce the evil of drugs.

Equally impressive are Simran’s landscapes, which draw inspiration from the coastal magnificence of West Bengal. Ask her how she manages to paint water and boats with such elan and she replies, “Because my teacher is from Bengal.”

For Kaushik Sinha, the decision of accepting Simran as a student was a tough one. He had never taught such a small child. But he was finally compelled to do so when he saw the firmness of her resolve to paint. “She had a fire in her. And I could not ignore it,” he says.

He also credits Simran’s parents for her many achievements (the girl has won several prizes and has created 45 works).

For the future, Kaushik plans to take Simran to greater heights. The exhibition proves that the child is ready to soar further.


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