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Public-private partnership on schools discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
Renowned school tie-ups with the Administration to run schools on the public-private partnership model without actual allotment of sites to societies was one of the major recommendations which came up at the meeting of senior officials of the Administration with leading academicians to sort out the issue of allotting school sites here today.

The issue had gained importance in the wake of failure of the Administration to auction sites because of over-pricing of school sites recently.

The educationists were consulted on the manner in which public-private partnership could be a model for the setting up of new schools in Chandigarh.

The educationists were of the view that it would be appropriate that renowned schools had tie-ups with the Administration to run schools on the public-private model.

A decision on the matter would be taken after a further process of consultations.

NSS camp opens

A 10-day NSS camp began at the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here today.

A survey on female literacy, a magic show, a street play on HIV-AIDS awareness, a cleanliness and personal hygiene drive, a pollution control effort and a breast cancer awareness campaign for women would be organised at the unit’s adopted village Khudda Jassu during the camp.

Development projects

The Administration today sought applications for development schemes for the Scheduled Caste population and physically challenged persons.

The Administration invited applications for the Post-Natal Financial Assistance Scheme for Scheduled Caste women to take nutritious food, under which Rs 1,000 would be given to them at the time of first and second deliveries.

Nehru award

The Administration today sought proposals for the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding for 2005 and 2006.

The Administration would forward appropriate names to the jury for the award, which would be given for outstanding contribution to the promotion of international understanding, goodwill and friendship.

Registration series

A new series of registration of vehicles — CH03Y — would commence shortly, a press note said today.

Motor vehicle owners desirous of obtaining a particular registration number against payment should submit applications with the amount prescribed by October 10.



Apology for a seminar
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 27
It was an apology for a seminar with hardly any speaker sharing views on promotion of science in colleges.

A state-level seminar on enhancement of science in higher education was to be organised at Government College in Phase VI here today. The Secretary, Education, could not come for the seminar as he was busy with work related to the visit of the Prime Minister to Mohali.

The DPI, Colleges, Mr Kanwarjit Singh, also left the venue soon after addressing the gathering for about 10 minutes as he had to attend function organised in connection with the visit of the VVIP.

Lecturers with Ph.d degrees in science and mathematics were invited from various colleges in the state for the seminar. More than 50 persons had come to attend the seminar but none of them had given any presentations.

They were more eager to attend the function of the Prime Minister rather than sharing views on the promotion of science.

Mr Kanwarjit Singh, DPI, said in his short address to the gathering that progress in society was only possible with promotion of science. But science education trends were very disturbing at the national level.

The percentage of those who enrolled themselves for higher education stood at only 12 per cent.



Stone laid for Army school

Chandigarh, September 27
The Chandi Mandir military station will soon have another army school which will accommodate 2,400 students. The school is scheduled to become functional by March 2008.

The building’s foundation stone was laid today by Ms Mohini Daljeet Singh, president of the Western Command chapter of the Army Wives Welfare Association. — TNS



Courses for poor girls

Mohali, September 27
Ravikiran Infotech Limited, Mohali, has launched free computer courses for needy and poor girls at 2079, Sector 68, here. This was stated by Mrs M. Kaur, director of the institute. — TNS



Notice on PIL challenging panchayat resolution
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for November 23 on a PIL challenging the resolution passed by the members of gram panchayat, Sukhgarh in Mohali district, on August 5.

Through the resolution the panchayat has offered to exchange the entire chunk of shamlat (village common land) land in the village with a similar piece of land in Raipur Khurd village of the same district.

Challenging the same, the petitioner, Mr Randhir Singh, a resident of the village, has stated that the resolution was passed in an arbitrary and illegal manner for extraneous considerations. The petition filed through advocates Surjit Singh Swaich and Tekwinder Singh also alleges that the decision was part of a conspiracy of some colonisers to grab valuable land, located in a prime location with the help of members of the panchayats.

The petition states that the land, which is about 111 kanals, is being exchanged for land in another village so that colonisers can make crores of rupees from the sale of the land. It also points out that the resolution does not say who approached the panchayat with the offer to exchange the land.

It also states that the entire village has opposed the panchayat resolution, following which even three members who were instrumental in the resolution being passed also wrote to the government seeking cancellation of the same.

Apart from praying that the resolution of the panchayat be set aside, the petitioner has also sought directions to the respondents not to proceed further with regard to the resolution.

After hearing the counsel, the Division Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Mr Justice H.S. Bedi, issued notice to the respondents for November 23. The Bench also ordered that status quo be maintained in the matter.



Artwork from Pahari and Sikh school a rage in USA
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

"Guru Gobind Singh": This rare specimen of art is part of Government Museum's collection, currently on display at the Revin Museum of Art, New York
"Guru Gobind Singh": This rare specimen of art is part of Government Museum's collection, currently on display at the Revin Museum of Art, New York.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tiwari

Chandigarh, September 27
Rare specimens from the reserve collection of the Government Museum, Sector 10, are casting a spell on art lovers in the USA these days.

Sourced from the Museum's priciest ensembles on Pahari and Sikh art, the collection, presently on display at the famous Revin Museum of Art, New York, recreates the glory of Sikhism in the finest traditions of visual art. It narrates inspiring stories from the lives of Sikh Gurus, who have been painted in different genres across centuries.

The exhibition titled, "I Know no Stranger: Early Sikh Art and Devotion" supplements some works from the National Museum, Delhi, which have also travelled to New York for display. It features specimens of Pahari and Sikh school of art painted across the 18th and the 19th centuries. The works present striking details of important episodes from the lives of gurus, beginning from Guru Nanak.

The collection's hallmark is a brush drawing on paper capturing one of the most historic occasions -- Guru Nanak sleeping with his feet towards the Ka' aba at Mecca. Giving company to this work of art are others in the same genre with themes like "Guru Nanak in conversation with holy men" and "Guru Nanak subduing the Kaliyuga".

Curated by art historian Dr B.N. Goswamy, the show features a generous collection from Pahari school paintings that draw from the philosophy of Sikhism and the magnetism of Gurus. "Most of these works come from the repertoire of the celebrated Pahari painter Nainsukh, who belonged to the Guler school," says Museum director Mr V.N. Singh.

Most works present real life situations that Gurus encountered. Some of the paintings, mostly water colours on paper, represent the compassion of Gurus and their immense reputation. Where one shows a king paying homage to Guru Nanak, another shows Guru Nanak with "sadhus" - an episode that underlines the spirit of secularism which Sikhism has fostered among generations.

Yet another section of the exhibition titled "Guru Nanak and other Gurus" brings alive the glory of Sikhism by recreating the aura of all Sikh gurus. It features the best of light-lightened brush drawings on paper on various subjects including portraits of Sikh gurus.

An opaque water colour on paper showing the tenth guru Guru Gobind Singh with the sahibzadas is one of the classiest works in this section. Equally impressive are the portraits of the fourth Guru Guru Ram Das and the sixth Guru Guru Hargobind. The water colour work showing Guru Nanak in meditation is another priceless work.

What also makes the exhibition unique, apart from the fact that it will be in New York for four months, is its near-perfect sourcing carefully executed to showcase "equality" - the quintessence of Sikhism. Apart from detailed sections on the Sikh Gurus, the show features a component under the head "Craftsmen and Others".

This section completes the missing link in the show on the glory of Sikhism which holds equality close to its heart. For, this one features men who were the dearest to the Gurus. These men were commoners.



Using theatre for HIV awareness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 27
The environment building campaign launched by the Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society (SACS) in its bid to set up “Red Ribbons” clubs in all colleges and senior secondary schools of Chandigarh is in full swing.

Interestingly, SACS has hit upon an innovative idea to break the silence of the community on HIV/AIDS issues and spread awareness about the concerns. It has roped in theatre artistes from the city to “demystify the virus” using performing art as a tool. Over the past few days a series of plays are being held in chosen institutions.

Structured around the impact of HIV/AIDS and the cost of ignorance about the virus, the plays touch an emotional chord with the young. No wonder they reach out forcefully, creating the desired impact. Guiding forces behind the effort are the members of Holy Theatre Group.

One such performance was held at Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, today. A while ago, the play on HIV/AIDS issue was organised at GCG 11 and Government Polytechnic for Women, Sector10. In each of the situations, the trick has worked and the youngsters have responded to the call of volunteers more than heartily. The visitation during the performance of each such play is to be seen to be believed.

Perhaps what is working best for the college and school students is the testimony of some HIV positive people, who also form an integral part of the project to “spread HIV awareness” through theatre. Interaction with HIV positive people helps to bust several myths around the virus.

While the artistes and HIV positive ambassadors do their job of spreading awareness, SACS is busy short listing students who can be part of the Red Ribbons Clubs on the basis of their participation in theatre sessions. IEC (Information, Education and Communication) campaigns of SACS are also designed to create awareness and influence individual behaviour. Such a strategy has helped to create a high level HIV/AIDS awareness.

“Over 86 per cent of transmission of HIV in Chandigarh is through the heterosexual route. Yet, most people who contracted HIV this way never thought it could happen to them. This points to the need for increased awareness. And in doing so the efficacy of folk media cannot be overemphasised,” says SACS Project Director Dr Sonia Trikha.



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