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EDUCATION

Welfare schemes for Desh Bhagat institute’s staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
The Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh, yesterday organised a function to introduce welfare schemes for its Class IV employees and their families.

These schemes were offered to the employees in remembrance of late Lal Singhji, a freedom fighter and father of Dr Zora Singh, Chairman, Desh Bhagat Group.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Zora Singh announced many family welfare schemes like accident insurance allowances, family planning, insurance schemes, free medical check-ups, free education facilities to the girl child and the children up to Class V, educational loans and many such others.

Mr Rajesh Chatterji deliberated upon the ideal lifestyle while Ms Raj Bala spoke about the basic postulates of yoga and pranayam.

Mr Narinder Singh gave his views on various medical therapies. In these lectures, the major emphasis was on the ways to lead a free and unstressed life in modern hustle and bustle.

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Now, no NET for M.Phil, Ph.D candidates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has exempted the M.Phil and Ph.D candidates from the National Eligibility Test (NET) with an immediate effect.

Now, M.Phil candidates would be eligible for undergraduate level teaching and Ph.D candidates would be eligible for postgraduate level teaching.

The decision has been taken by the UGC at a recent meeting, as second amendment in the UGC regulations for minimum qualifications for appointment and career advancement of teachers in the universities and colleges, incorporating the recommendations of Mungekar Committee.

A local NGO, the Aryans Education and Charitable Trust, questioned the decision and alleged that the UGC had taken this decision in a haphazard manner and enough ground work had not been done before changing the eligibility criteria.

It alleged that most of the universities in the country were not offering M.Phil course because due to the NET, it was not relevant.

He also demanded that after implementation of the decision, the UGC should ensure that the standard of the research would not go down in the country.

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Vocational training for women stressed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 24
Over 150 persons took part in a training camp organised by the Adult Education Unit of the Chandigarh Administration at Khudda Alisher village here on Wednesday.

Ms Swati Sharma, SDM (East), stressed on the need for vocational training for women to make them self-reliant. Dr Surendra Singh and Mr Harjot Singh, Assistant Directors, Adult Education, stressed the need for educating the girl child.

Ms Jaswant Kaur, from the Red Cross Society, and Dr Gulzar Singh, Deputy Director, Adult Education, also spoke.

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CULTURE
 

Vocalist Shanti Sharma regales audience
Our Correspondent

Shanti Sharma Chandigarh, June 24
The Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi presented an Indian classical vocal recital by the well-known exponent of the Indore gharana, Vidushi Shanti Sharma, at the Tagore Theatre today.

Shanti Sharma commenced the recital with a melodic elaboration of the alaap in raga ''yaman'' before taking up the rendition of a popular composition ''Ae Shahaz- e- karma'' created by Ustad Amir Khusro, the most revered pioneer in the realm of music. She embellished the slow paced ''khayal'' set to taal ''Jhoomra'' with an adroit progression of notes of ''bol alaap'' with a sustained resonance.

Her presentation bore the decisive influence of a serene and contemplative musical influence which is the hallmark of Ustad Amair Khan style, whom she idolises. The immaculate spells of taankari and mercurial sargams lit up the fast paced rendition of ''Tum jag mein sharam rakh meri'' which was a tribute to her guru Pandit Amar Nath.

Amidst a lofty applause, the versatile vocalist bared the melody of raga ''Jansamohini'' through a complex composition ''Van bharast Shiv Jogi...'' The raga composition set in medium tempo and jhaptaal later melted into teen taal of a chhota khyaal. She concluded the recital with a soulful taraana composed in raga ''Megh'' and Ek taal. The felicitous use of Persian touch coloured the raga passion.

Articulating the melody meter were Delhi-based Nissar Ahmed Khan on tabla, Vinay Mishar on harmonium, besides Kiran Sharma and Manjit Singh on tanpura.

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