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Fellowship for former PU don
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
Dr Devinder Singh, a retired Professor of Punjabi and former chairperson, Department of Correspondence Studies, Panjab University, has been awarded senior fellowship for Punjabi literature for two years by Government of India, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, New Delhi. A communication to this effect has been received from Ms Manisha Sinha, Deputy Secretary, Govt. of India, Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi.

Dr Devinder Singh is a well-acclaimed academician and photographer. He has done exhibitions at national and international levels and has got national and international awards. He has served Panjab University for more than 35 years. Dr Singh’s contribution as a researcher and as creative writer is well known.

Scholars’ meeting: A meeting of research scholars, teachers and writers was held in the Department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies under the chairmanship of Dr Jaspal Kaur Kaang, chairperson of the department to finalise the programme in connection with 400 years of Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev.

It was decided to hold a seminar on the life and Bani of Guru Arjan Dev, to edit a book and to register research scholars who will pursue their research work of Guru Arjan Dev Ji in the context of Indian Ethos. Dr (Mrs) Jaspal Kaur Kaang informed that the Department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies will hold poetical recitation and quiz competition on the contribution of Sikh history, Gurbani and Indian sacred scriptures.

The Mathematics Training and Talent Search (MTTS) programme of four weeks duration being held at the Department of Mathematics, Panjab University, entered its third week today. It was inaugurated by Prof R.P. Bambah, an eminent mathematician and former Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University on May 29. The first lecture introducing some elementary challenging problems was delivered by him followed by a general talk by Prof. IBS Passi. The students have been attending four lectures everyday of one and half hours duration on the basic topics in linear algebra, analysis, number theory and foundation course. The courses are being given respectively by Dr D.B. Rishi, Dr. S. Bhatia, Prof. R. J. Hans-Gill and Dr Amber Habib. The stress is on the understanding of the concepts, how these are formulated and how new results are discovered. Students are also being introduced to some topics in combinatorics by Prof. Madhu Raka.

The programme is funded by the National Board of Higher Mathematics and is co-ordinated by Dr D.B. Rishi.




Chandigarh, June 15
Members of the Principals Association of Non-Government Colleges affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh, today protested against the Punjab Government for reducing the grant-in-aid of non-government privately aided colleges from 95 per cent to 55 per cent.

The protesting Principals staged a dharna in front of the office of the DPI (colleges) in Sector 17 here this morning. The principals led by Dr Satinder Dhillon, Principal, Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, Chandigarh, included Dr Janmit Singh, Dr Hardaljit Singh Gosal, Dr Jagdish Kaur, Dr RS Jhanji, Dr Tejinder Kaur, Dr SS Sangha, Dr Suresh Tandon and Dr Rajinder Kaur. —TNS



Notification of wards: HC notice of motion
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 15
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for July 4 on a petition challenging the notification of wards as notified by the state government for the forthcoming elections of the Municipal Council (MC), Mohali.

The petitioner, Ms Harbans Kaur, a two-time elected municipal councillor from Ward No 23, has challenged the notification issued by the Principal Secretary, Department of Local Government, Punjab, on May 18 notifying the fresh delimitation of the 31 wards.

During preliminary hearing, her counsel, advocate Sameer Sachdeva, stated that the notification was violative of the Constitution and the provisions of the Delimitation of Wards of Municipalities Rules, 1972.

After hearing him, the Division Bench comprising Mr Justice K.S. Garewal and Mr Justice Rajesh Bindal issued notices to the respondents for July 4.



6 local caddies make it to qualifying school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
Six local caddies-Sanjay Mandal, Saver Hussain, Santosh, Makhan Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Khem Raj could not ask for more when they were chosen to appear for the qualifying school of Professional Golf Association of India (PGAI) at Delhi.

In its continuous mission of producing as many professional golfers as possible, the Chandigarh Golf Association (CGA) launched a special free coaching programme “Talent Hunt” for caddy golfers at the CGA Range, which concluded here, today.

As many as 25 caddy golfers participated in the camp held under the guidance and instructions of Mr Jesse Grewal, a class ‘A; teaching professional, ably supported by Mr Mahesh Kumar who is a class ‘C’ teaching professional.

It was Mr J.S. Cheema, general secretary and Chairman of activities committee, CGS Golf range, who initiated the idea of training the caddy golfers. “The coaching has been planned two days in a week (Mondays and Thursdays) spread over a period of seven weeks. A limitation of two days has been kept with a view to enabling caddies to do caddy work for their daily earnings. The next camp is scheduled in July-August“, he said.

“It is planned to run four courses in a year out of which three will be for those who intend to turn professionals and one for selected 15 caddy golfers for ‘excellence’. These camps included basic instructions, etiquette, fundamentals of the game and much more. Proper emphasis is being laid to upgrade the caddy’s knowledge which will further helpful to the players during the game.”

“I felt that some of the caddies possessed coaching skills and these six caddy golfers had aptitude for coaching. They can enhance their daily earnings by coaching. Those who could not become professionals or coaches can provide guidance to the players during the game because they would learn the basics of the game”, said coach Jesse Grewal.

The entire caddy lot, majority of who come from very humble background, are highly motivated by this course. Initially, they took up the caddy work to earn their living. Over a period of time their inborn talent comes to the fore but due to lack of resources and financial support they were unable to give exposure to their gold potential. It may be appreciated that some of the leading golfers on the national circuit are erstwhile caddies.

“This is an incessant process and more such camps will be held in the near future and we hope that some of these golfers will join the amateur as well as professional circuits, concluded Mr Grewal.



U-22 probables selected
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
The following probables have been selected for the Under-22 cricket team for the Chandigarh District Cricket Association, after trials were conducted at DAV School, Sector 8, here, today: Gaurav Gupta, Vishwas Bhall, Rahul Arora, Udai Kaul, Gurkirat Singh, Karanbeer Singh, Akashdeep, Sarul Kanwar, Sumit Dhiman, Simrat Bawa, Vijay, Siddharth Sharma, Amit Prashar, Saurav Kumar, Vikram, Suyush, Naresh Gogian, Gaurab Gambhir, Asim Gupta, Anupam Gambhir, Harpreet Singh, Parvesh Kumar, Varinder Kumar, Satnam Singh and Namneet Singh.



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