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Compendium of technical institutes mooted
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The creation of a compendium of technical institutions has been mooted for the city. Various engineering and technical institutes affiliated to Panjab University would be brought together in order to promote research in the field.

The proposal put forth by Dr Baljeet Kapoor, Principal, Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26, also Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof R.C. Sobti, is stated to be under active consideration, especially since Prof Sobti himself has been advocating the same as a Senator.

The proposal states that the CCET, Sector 26, Chandigarh, NITTTR, Sector 26, Chandigarh, and the University Institute of Engineering and Technology are pursuing academic activities technical in nature. “This compendium of the three listed institutions may kindly be approved as a joint research centre of Panjab University. The research work pursued at present is inter-disciplinary in nature and such an arrangement would help in the mutual growth of the three institutions,” states the proposal.

Dr Kapoor in the proposal has pointed out that Professors and Readers with PhD in the three institutions will provide a suitable substitute to Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, which has now become deemed university.

Other than the fact that the compendium would provide a platform to the faculties to improve their academic proficiency and quality, the plan also envisages local area networking of libraries of these technical institutions with the library of Panjab University.

“To ensure fiscal economy and the optimum utilisation of the equipment a consortium of laboratories is proposed,” said Dr Kapoor.

When contacted, Professor Sobti said a committee had been constituted to look into the viability of the proposal and a decision on it was likely to be taken soon.

“While to start with, we are considering bringing the university’s technical institutes together, we also intend to involve the PGI, the Central Scientific Instrumentation Organisation and the Institute of Microbial Technology,” he said, adding that research institutes could avoid a lot of overlapping works if they collaborated.

The Vice-President of India and the Chancellor of Panjab University, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, has nominated Dr Pawan Kapoor, Director, Central Scientific Instrumentation Organisation (CSIO), as member of the Panjab University Senate. He has been nominated on the seat vacated by Prof R.C. Sobti.



Institute’s academic session inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Minister of State for Finance, inaugurated the first academic session of the Dr H.S. Judge Institute of Dental Science and Hospital at its south campus in Panjab University here yesterday.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Bansal said it was a matter of satisfaction to see the fulfilment of a long and cherished desire of the people of the region to have a dental institute.

He complimented all those associated with the conception and completion of this institute and made a fervent plea for initiating steps to take care of oral health of the people of the area.

Mr Bansal observed that the city was known for having institutes of excellence and exhorted the faculty to ensure that they did not compromise in their pursuit for excellence in research and service to society.

Dr R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, recalled the contributions of Dr Judge, Mr Bansal, Prof K.N. Pathak, Dr N.K. Ganguly, the PGI faculty, the university Senate and the PU syndicate.

Dr Ganguly, Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research, emphasised the significance of dental education.

He suggested that the institute should impart training beyond their general curricula by inviting faculty from other medical disciplines and involve itself in undertaking projects in popularising oral hygiene and research.

Dr K. Gauba, Director-Principal of the institute, said the university had allocated six acres and there were plans to build a 100-bed hospital for training and teaching of dental students in clinical medical subjects.

The institute would endeavour to make itself a state-of-the-art institute with commitment to fulfil the expectations of the public in oral health facilities both at the basic and specialised levels, he said.



Deeksha does Chandigarh proud
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Deeksha Chandigarh, August 13
“Deeksha, the Board was delighted to see that a ‘small town girl has become global’ and we look forward to your continued progress at Brown. We are impressed with your self initiative, and your desire to draw up your ‘own intellectual path’,” wrote Mr James S. Miller, Dean of Admission of Brown University.

Brown University, one of eight members of the Ivy League which rank within the top 1 per cent of the world’s academic institutions in terms of financial endowment, is ranked the filth best in the world in applied mathematics.

Other members of the Ivy League include prestigious Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania.

With the exception of Cornell, all the remaining seven were founded during America’s colonial period. Deeksha, a Chandigarh girl, who completed her International Baccalaureate Diploma from Mahindra United World College (UWC) School in Pune this year, joins a rare band of students who have been awarded a complete financial package of approximately $ 46,000 a year for study at Brown. She topped in SAT score.

A very small percentage of total students admitted to Brown University get complete funding for their graduate programme.

The biggest advantage for the UWC diploma holders is that they get one year credit at the national universities of the United States in their graduate programme.

So against four years taken by a new entrant, Deeksha will need three years to graduate.

The UWC schools normally take two-third of their total students from all over the world and only one third seats go to the students of the country in which the school is located. At present, there are only 10 UWC schools in the world. And only select students are given full scholarship.

When Deeksha got admission in Mahendra UWC in Pune, she got a full scholarship covering the entire cost of her studies for two years at the school.

Each student is required to take one foreign language in a total of six subjects. And Deeksha has learnt French, Spanish, Italian and German also.

After Harvard and Princeton, Brown is rated the sixth best university which has only 16 per cent of acceptance rate of students who qualify through various entrance exams. Among the highest graduation rate of national universities, it is ranked third behind Harvard and Princeton.

Deeksha is the younger of the two daughters of Mr Parveen Kumar Gupta and Mrs Anuradha Gupta, both IAS officers belonging to the Haryana cadre. Deeksha had her initial schooling at the Sector 9 Carmel Convent.

When she was only 11, she wrote a novelette and has been pioneer of Care and Share Club which used to collect money for charities through small novelty items made by a group of her friends.



Students play netas at I-Day school functions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Patriotism, enthusiasm, devotion and religious fervour marked Independence Day and Janmashtmi celebrations at Genius Public School, Sector 69, here.
Class V students delivered speeches on the significance of Independence Day as well as various aspects related to the life of Lord Krishna. An earthen pot of curd and butter was hung in the room decorated exclusively for Janmashtmi. Students from lower primary classes danced to the tunes of Lord Krishna’s songs.

All students waved flags and were attired in traditional Indian costumes. The celebrations enthralled one and all. Patriotic songs and dancing on songs by Class III stole hearts.

Janmashtmi was celebrated at SD College, Sector 32, here yesterday. Principal A.C. Vaid welcomed Swami Brahmeshanandji, secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Chandigarh, who was the chief guest and key speaker.

In his address, Swamiji stressed the need to imbibe the teachings of Lord Krishna in everyday thought and action. He said ‘struggle’ was crucial in an individual’s growth.

The festive mood was heightened with ‘shloka’ and ‘bhajan’ recitals by Ashish, Poonam, Amandeep and Vikrant. The celebrations came to an end with ‘kheer and maalpura’.

Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, Mohali, celebrated Independence Day and Janmashtmi with gaiety and enthusiasm. The children won hearts with their rendering of patriotic songs and speeches. The day was dedicated to the memory of freedom fighters. Tiny tots were attired as national heroes like Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Lala Lajpat Rai, Jawaharlal Nehru, Radha, Lord Krishna and Balram.

The Principal, Mrs Gurjeet Bawa, talked about freedom fighters.

Special assembly: A special assembly was organised to celebrate Independence Day at Delhi Public School, Sector 40-C. The assembly began with a patriotic song ‘Suraj Badle, Chanda Badle,’ A musical skit and a dance sequence ‘Jallianwala Bagh’ was also held. This was followed by a prize distribution ceremony to felicitate winners of inter-school competitions. In her address, Ms Sunita Talwar, principal, asked students to make India the cultural capital of the world. 



DAV College to hold I-Day function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
DAV College will organise a function on Independence Day. Ms and Mr Neeraj Vats, parents of Major Navneet Vats, a student of the college who laid down his life for the nation, will be the chief guests.

Mr Vats will hoist the National Flag after paying floral tributes to the martyrs from the college. Principal S. Marriya will welcome the chief guests.

Navneet was a science student of the college when he was selected for the NDA in March, 1990. He was commissioned in 4/3 GR in 1994 from the IMA, Dehra Dun. He was an outstanding student and sportsman.

On November 20, 2003, he was asked to take over the charge of operations from his 2IC, who had laid down his life earlier. He went down fighting the enemy. He was awarded the Sena Madal.

The college Principal feels the entire nation should remain indebted to heroes like Navneet and the Army as a whole. 



INIFD students’ creations displayed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Inter-National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) today organised a preview to display the garments prepared by students for the forthcoming fashion show “Fashion Kaleidoscope”.

The INIFD annual passing-out fashion show will feature 16 different collections executed by student designers as part of their passing-out project for B.Sc and Diploma programme in Fashion Design.

Fashion show is a much awaited mega event held to display the creative attributes, which the students have acquired throughout the year.

At the show, the budding designers are going to showcase some memorable fashion concepts.

Before top models set the ramp on fire at the event, local models today displayed student creations on the INIFD campus.

The presentation of five designer rounds displayed unconventional materials, asymmetrical cuts, a mishmash of vivid hues and varied accessories. The rounds are called “The Nomad Nomenclature”, “The Buddha’s voyage to India”, “Rippled Rapture”, “The Coronation Collect” and “Mystical Magic”.



SVIET sanctioned 240 seats
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET) at Ramnagar has become the only college in the region to have been sanctioned 240 seats by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, the CEO of the SVIET, Mr Manmohan Garg, said here yesterday.

Besides the sanctioned additional seats to SVIET for its computer science and engineering branch (60) and the electronics and communication branch (60), the institute had also got permission to start MBA and MCA with 60 seats each from this academic session.

Mr Garg announced that special scholarships would be given to needy students. “Any candidate with a good academic record can approach the management for scholarship, which also included full fee waiver in certain cases,” he added.

The SVIET is the first institution among engineering colleges of Punjab Technical University(PTU) to have MoUs with the British 
Council, the IBM, the C-Toss and Dr IT planet for training and placements through campus 



464 students get admission
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Today was the fourth day of counselling for joint B.Ed. and B.Ed yoga in all the three universities i.e. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Panjab University here. Students took admission in various colleges of education affiliated and approved by the NCTE.

As many as 800 students were called at the gymnasium hall of PU, out of which 464 students were admitted today.

The counselling schedule ended at 5.30 pm. The latest updated information about the vacant seats can be viewed at http: puchd.ac.in/jbed or http://jbed2006.puchd.ac.in

Tomorrow, admission will be held for Punjab quota (85%) and U.T. general pool (40%) for all subjects, except Commerce, in both general and reserved categories.



Awards for educationists
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 13
The district administration today announced awards for eminent people drawn from various walks of life. These awards will be given at the Independence Day function, which will be presided over by Industries Minister Lakshman Das Arora.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Brijendra Singh, said educationists who would be awarded at the function were Mr Sanjay Sardana, principal of Manav Mangal School, Ms Reenat, principal, Little Flower Convent School, Ms Madhuri Shrivastva and Ms Babita Singh, principal of Sarthak School.

Pratik Mittal would be honoured for standing sixth in the IIT examination in the country, Jaswinder Singh of Government Senior Secondary School, Pinjore, for standing first in the district in the 10 plus two examination, Mandeep and Rani of Sarthak School for standing first in Class X and Class VIII examination and Ankita Gulati and Nikita Saxena of Bhawan Vidyalaya for standing first in the tricity.

In the sports category, Manju would be awarded for athletics, as also Smriti Chandel of Satluj Public School. While Dr Neera Gupta, a dentist, has been chosen for her contribution in the field of health, Rohan Khera and Ankita Chakravarty have been chosen for award for their performance in the entrance exam for the medical stream.

Parminder Dhingra would be honoured for social service while a number of administrative officials would be honoured for their contribution towards saving schemes. In the Police Department, Inspector Surjit Singh, DSP Pawan Kumar and Joginder Singh have been selected for honours. Among freedom fighters, Mr Jodha Singh of Karanpur and Desraj Pardesi will be honoured. 



Cultural extravaganza
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 13
A special programme of Punjabi folk dances and songs organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra last evening at it auditorium was educative as well as entertaining.
As a group of 20 artistes, led by Atamjeet Singh, a renowned folk artiste, presented a colourful extravaganza, it categorically explained the significance of folk forms like jugni and attributes of folk instruments like dhol, chimta, bugdoo, algoja and chhika in which the audience evinced interest.

The programme commenced with a devotional song after which Bhupinder Babbal took centrestage with his all-time hit “Gaggar” song. An energetic and dynamic display of jhoomar by young artistes was followed by a popular song “Kalereya mora ve main na tere rehndi”.

“Jugni”, presented with gusto, is a symbolic feminine beauty borne out of a poet’s imagination, which figures as a protagonist in many artistic compositions.

This was followed by gidda, boliyan and bhangra.

Mr M.M. Sharma, Regional Director, ICCR, and Mr M.L. Koser, felicitated Atamjeet Singh who was recently honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award-2005 at Toronto. 



Cultural function

Panchkula, August 13
The Bangiya Parishad, Panchkula, will organise a cultural function on the eve of Independence Day at Gori Shankar Mandir, Sector 17, at 8 pm. The president of the Nagar Parishad, Ms Manvir Kaur Gill, will preside over the function.This was stated by the general secretary of the parishad, Ms S. Ghosh. TNS


Charitable dispensary opened
Panchkula, August 13
As many as 120 persons underwent a free blood sugar and haemoglobin test organised by the Charitable Diagnostic Laboratory, Sood Bhawan, here today. The charitable allopathic dispensary was also inaugurated where free consultation and medicines will be provided to the poor. Dr B.L. Bansal, former Medical Officer with the Punjab Government, will be available for consultation from 8 am to 11 am.
A block of eight rooms was also inaugurated. These rooms will be available for social functions, a spokesperson of the Sood Sabha said. TNS
A charitable allopathic dispensary being inaugurated at Sood Bhavan, Sector 10, Panchkula
A charitable allopathic dispensary being inaugurated at Sood Bhavan, Sector 10, Panchkula, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph



Rinku adjudged “best locker” 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Rinku Jawdiwal and Golu Jawdiwal were adjudged the “best locker” and the “best raider” of the kabaddi event on the concluding day of the two-day rural sports meet organised by the Azad Sports Society Club at Dronacharaya Sports Stadium in Dadu Majra village here today.

Both Riku and Golu were awarded Honda generator handsets worth Rs 12,000 each. Those were sponsored by Mr Ramandeep Singh. The Jawdiwal team bagged the kabaddi title (circle style) in open category and got richer by Rs 31,000 whereas the Mauli Baidwan team was placed second. It was awarded the second prize money of Rs 21,000.

In circle style kabaddi under-62 kg category, Rehera’s team emerged winner while the Ballomajra team was declared runners-up.

Under-42 kg category, Matordan’s team clinched the title and went home with a prize money of Rs 3,100. The second place was won by the Chardian team, which was awarded Rs 21,00 as prize money.

In volleyball, Khalsa College was adjudged winners and were awarded a cash prize of Rs 3,100 followed by the Panchkula Club team, which was given Rs 2,100.

In 400-m race, Manjit Singh stood first, followed by Randip Singh. In 1500 m, Sukhdev grabbed first place while second place went to Deepak Singh. In high jump, Amrinder Singh emerged winner while Bhawtaran Singh secured second place. In long jump, Jaswinder Singh was declared winner while runner-up place went to another athlete sharing the same name.

Atinder Singh emerged winner in the shotput event while Harminder Singh was placed second. In all track and field events the winners got prize money of Rs 700 each and runners-up got 500 as prize money each.

The chief guest at the concluding function was Mr Didar Singh, chairman, Panchayat Smiti, and Mr Amarnath, director, Panchayat Samiti, donated Rs 31,000 to the club from the Panchayat Smiti Sports fund while Mr Tarlochan Singh, Sarpanch, Balongi villlage, donated Rs 51,000 to the club.



DAV College launches cricket academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
DAV College, Sector 10, which has produced many international cricketers, including Kapil Dev, Yograj Singh, Ashok Malhotra, Chetan Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Mongia, has launched a cricket academy — the DAV College Centre of Cricketing Excellence (DCCCE) — on its premises here.

Talking to mediapersons here, Mr R. Bajaj, managing director of the academy, said, “The academy will have more than 20 practice pitches and eight match wickets with an Australian variety of grass.”

“Besides, the academy will comprise the necessary modern amenities and techniques like online computerised analysis, video clip technique analysis, bio-mechanic research programme, sports science medicine advisory group, yoga classes, swimming pool, fitness centre and psychological conditioning sessions to provide physical and psychological conditioning,” added Mr Bajaj.

“We have the basic cricket infrastructure and there is need to upgrade it. We have a bunch of experienced persons of the field, whose services will be taken to train budding cricketers, which will be divided into under-13, under-15, under-10 and senior side A and B,” said Mr S. Marriya, Principal of DAV College.

The DCCCE, based on the lines of the Australian Institute of Cricketing Excellence, will be open for every talented cricketer of any region. “Our players will get the same training as they would have got at the Australian Institute of Cricketing Excellence. The idea is to provide our players a similar kind of cricket coaching. International and national players will conduct workshops for the benefit of players,” said Mr Bajaj. He said a South African under-19 cricket team would visit the DCCCE to play on a reciprocal basis in December.

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, would formally lay the foundation stone of the DCCCE tomorrow on the college grounds at 6 pm.



Minerva Academy, HP Cricket Club enter finals
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 13
The Minerva Cricket Academy and the Himachal Cricket Club are set up for the final clash after beating their respective rivals in the semifinals of the first edition of the Tri-City Twenty-20 Cricket Championship at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here today.

The Minerva Cricket Academy got the better of JJ Sports by eight runs while Himachal Cricket Club thrashed Anoop Cricket Club by seven wickets. The Minerva Academy, which was put to bat first, made 167 for 8 in 20 overs with the help of fine knocks by Michael Vishal (51) and stroke player Karan Kherwal (47).

Both players shared an 86-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Jagdish Singh (3 for 45) and Manpreet Singh (3 for 23) were the main wicket takers.

JJ Sports played under protest, alleging that the Minverva Academy had fielded few ‘outsiders’. They were bundled out on 159 for 9 in 20 overs. Tejwinder Gill (39) was the highest scorer. Sandeep Kohli (2 for 19) and Vipin Chouhan (2 for 26) were the main wicket takers for the academy.

Earlier, the first semi-final match between the Himachal Cricket Club and the Anoop Cricket Club turned out to be a one-sided affair. Batting first, Anoop CC were wrapped up at a meagre 69 runs in 16.5 overs. Kamal Walia claimed three wickets, dismissing opener Dharamveer (28), Amandeep Saggu (2) and Satnam Singh (10). Gurinder Saini captured two wickets for 9 runs.

Himachal CC achieved the target in 13.2 overs for three wickets. Opener A.P. Singh contributed an unbeaten 46.

Brief scores: Minerva Cricket Club: 167 for 8 in 20 overs (Michael Vishal 51, Karan Kherwal 47, Jagdish Kumar 3 for 45, Manpreet Singh 3 for 23, Monu Kehra 1 for 18). JJ Sports: 159 for 9 in 20 overs (Manav Asopta 25, Tejwinder Gill 39, Manpreet Singh 17, Sandeep Kohli 2 for 19, Vipin Chouhan 2 for 26)

Anoop Cricket Club: 69 in 16.5 overs (Dharamveer 28, Satnam Singh 10, Gurinder Saini 2 for 9, Kamal Walia 3 for 9, Ashwani Khokher 1 for 18, Vindo Binta 1 for 18, Madan Lal 1 for 12).

Himachal Cricket Club: 70 for 3 in 13.2 overs (AP Singh 46 not out, Prabhjot Singh 17, Amandeep Singh 1 for 16, Radhey Sharma 1 for 17).

The final will be played on August 20 at the same venue.



St. John’s-26 dominates sports meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
The host, St. John’s School, Sector 26, dominated in almost all events on the opening day of Edumund Rice Sports Meet 2006, which commenced on the school campus here today. They beat St Mary’s High School, Mount Abu, 2-0 in badminton. In the singles, Akshit Banerjee of St John’s beat Jonathan of St. Mary’s 21-17, 20-22, 21-8.

In football, the St John’s team drew 1-1 against the St Mary’s team. The other match between St Joseph College, Nainital, and St Columbus, New Delhi, also ended in a 2-2 draw.

In table tennis, the St Johnians beat the St Mary’s team 3-0. In the second match, St Columbus, New Delhi, paddlers emerged winners beating St Joseph’s team 3-1.

In basketball, St Columbians beat St Joseph’s 34-27 and the Mount Abu team toppled St John’s Chandigarh 23-19. In another match, St Mary’s beat St John’s 23-19. 



Vijay strikes Best Shot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Vijay Kumar won the Best Shot in the Air Pistol N R Senior Men event by scoring 95/100 at the Sunday Shooting Competition at Shooting Range, Sector 25, here today.

The competition was organised by the Chandigarh Rifle Association.

The results:

Air Pistol N R Sr Men: 1 Vijay Kumar (95/100), 2 Shivendu (84/100).

Air Pistol ISSF (Men): 1 Aakash Pahuja (91/100), 2 Navneet Singh (44/100).

Centre Fire Pistol Men: 1 Parminder Singh (175/200), 2 Holinder Singh (160/200).

Air Pistol N R Women: 1 Akanksha (89/100).

Free Rifle Prone Men: 1 Upinder Singh (81/100).

Air Rifle OS N R Jr Men: 1 Himat Singh (54/100).



Meghna, Kartik win TT titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13
Meghna of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, and Kartik of Jalandhar clinched the girls’ and boys’ sub-junior titles, respectively, on the concluding day of the Prof R.S. Mehta Memorial North Zone Open Table Tennis Tournament held at the Sector 23 TT hall today.

Meghna defeated Naina of DAVPS, Sector 8, 13-11, 5-11, 13-15, 16-14, 11-7, while Kartik beat Puneet Kumar of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, Chandigarh, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8.



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