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All clear for business school in Banur on IIM pattern
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 4
The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi , has issued a letter of intent to an educational institute for the first time in this part of the region for setting up a business school on the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) pattern.

With this, the council has paved the way for Banur-based Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET), to introduce a postgraduate diploma in business management (PGDBM) from January next.

Sources in the council assert the institute can now design its own syllabus and formulate a fee structure for the course. This leaves the institute with ample scope to plan a more interactive and challenging course outline compared to "traditional curricula" often designed by universities across the country.

SVIET's chief executive officer Manmohan Garg says: “The up-to-date postgraduate course, introduced with AICTE approval, leaves the students well-versed with not just the theory, but also buffs up their professional skills through practical and specialised training.

"It is precisely because of this reason that the tycoons and the corporate world consider such postgraduate diplomas as best professional courses in management studies," he says, adding that the opposite combination of theory and practical knowledge helps in creating not just qualified manpower, but professionally qualified post graduates too.

He says that the institute is already working out the modalities for imparting practical training to eager students and is setting up state-of-the-art infrastructure on a par with the IIMs.

"Besides regular studies, the students will be given an opportunity to undergo internship in more than a few professionally managed companies across the country. In the process, they will not just familiarise themselves with the professional environment in the country and the corporate world, but will also learn to be more interactive and responsible."

The management is also in touch with "the best" corporate houses for providing campus placements to students successfully completing the course. The institute has already signed a memorandum of understanding with the British Council, the IBM and Chandigarh Administration's Department of Information and Technology for training and placements through campus interviews, Mr Garg says.

“ SVIET is also developing the first private technology park by any educational institute. Swami Vivekanand Technology Park will act as an information technology hub for firms and professionals,” he adds.



People-to-people contact vital for peace: Pak student
Tribune News Service

Mubashir Ahmed Mirza
Mubashir Ahmed Mirza

Chandigarh, October 4
“If India and Pakistan join hands, we can become a force to reckon with in South Asia. And in the next decade the two nations can be the superpower of the world,” said Mubashir Ahmed Mirza, a 21-year- old chemical engineering student from Pakistan, here yesterday.

Mibashir Ahmed Mirza is leading a group of 16 students from various cities of Pakistan to Chandigarh for an Indo- Pak peace camp being held at the Dev Samaj College of Education here.

A firm believer in peace and development and with a dream to carry his nation forward towards progress and modernity, Mubashir said he had been to India thrice and was running an NGO, the Youth Pakistan there. Other than peace, which is the main aim, we are also working for literacy, cultural awareness and environment.

Mubashir feels that the life of an average Indian and Pakistani is so similar that it is almost impossible to feel the difference. “When people from across the borders meet, they realise that their problems have been a creation of those at the higher levels. People-to -people contact is going to lead to peace,” he said.

The student of Dawood Engineering College Karachi reiterated that the challenges before youth in India and Pakistan were also similar.

“Unemployment, limited opportunities for growth, illiteracy and poverty most of the problems are the same. So why not common solutions also?” he asked.

He said students in Pakistan were very keen to come to India, and if possible, study here. “Just to attend this camp we received 90 entries. We had to bring about 25 students.”

Full of hope for the future, Mubashir said Pakistan was on the road to progress. “Things are improving there. The government is taking a lot of interest in making the life better for the citizens,” he said.



3-month jail for jeweller
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 4
A local jeweller, Ajit Jain, was today sentenced to three months’ imprisonment in a seven-year-old case of cheque bounce. The orders were passed by the Magistrate, Mr A.S Shergill, on the basis of a complaint made by Joginder Kaur.

The jeweller had got a family photograph clicked in 1999 from Photonic Studio in Sector 17, Chandigarh, and had issued a cheque for Rs 10,000 in lieu of the job. During the course of hearing, it was proved that signatures on the cheque had been forged. 



“No art form has impact like theatre”
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 4
For 62-year-old Amritsar-based Suresh Pandit, theatre is like a painting "where colours and thoughts of the mind are given a profusion of hues and where the canvas is as wide as the limitless boundaries of the imagination".

Having started out with a diploma in fine arts in his younger days, this theatre director’s metaphors come as no surprise. "Both painting and theatre are forms of art and if I did not pick up a brush to paint, at least I took up theatre to make my kind of images for theatre is, after all, a 'sangam' (meeting point) of all forms of art," he smiles.

In the city to present Samuel Beckett's 'End Game' in Punjabi (his preferred language of communication) as part of the ongoing Sada-e-Aman Adakar International Theatre Festival organised by the Adakar Manch, Mohali, he waxes eloquent about the theme of the play, its premise very close to his heart.

"The play addresses the whole philosophy of existentialism, of death and reincarnation, of a linear progression towards nothingness. If one looks at this world closely, there is really no remedy to being on earth. Even if we run away from ourselves, can we run so far as to get away from where we stand," he asks. The play examines the discarding of old values and philosophies but there is no hope in sight for it is a grim portrayal of the basic fact that "we are living death every moment."

The play comprising four characters is not only directed by Pandit, he also plays the role of the father of the main protagonist, Hamm.

Directed for Kewal Dhaliwal's Manch Rangmanch just a few months ago, this is the play's second showing and is the perfect platform for the style of theatre that Pandit enjoys doing. "Classic philosophical themes are what I like to dabble in," he says, listing amongst his other favourites Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot', Romanian-born playwright Eugene Ionesco's 'The Chairs' and even Shakespeare's 'Othello'.

As for inspiration, "it can come even from trees around you," he says. But having said this Pandit believes it is actually "a voice from within urging you to do something different and give expression to that calling."

For Pandit truly believes that theatre is one form of art that has the fortitude to develop society in a manner no other medium can. "Theatre is a direct dialogue with the audience and has an immediate impact. The decision of whether to be a 'shaitan' (devil) or an 'insaan' (human) can be made in an instant-that is the force of this form. Therefore, it is the best possible voice of reason," he elaborates.

And it is this "essence of performance" that has kept Pandit closely within the gamut of theatre for more than 40 years now. "Peshkari (presentation), whether we are cobblers, tailors or barbers, we come on this earth to present ourselves and theatre is the only mode of presentation I know," he smiles.

From having worked with stalwarts like eminent playwright and director Gursharan Singh to dabbling in documentaries and films to writing, translating and directing plays, Pandit has done it all.

Today all he wants to do is his kind of theatre, without restrictions. "I cannot compromise and make adjustments now. Let me walk my path for I have miles to go before I sleep," he says quoting Robert Frost's famous poem as he walks into the building and onto the stage to yet another performance. 



‘End Game’ evokes good response
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, October 4
The Manch Rangmanch, Amritsar, staged Samuel Beckett’s classic play “End Game” on the second day of the ongoing Adakar International Theatre festival-2006 “Sada-e-Aman”, which opened at Tagore Theatre yesterday.

The event, organised by leading theatre ensemble, Adakar Manch, Mohali, with The Tribune group of newspapers as media sponsor, got off to a majestic start, bringing alive the spirit of Indo-Pak amity, to which the theatre has been dedicated.

Structured in the post World War-II environs, the play depicted the psyche of four characters, which include the blind and handicapped Hamm, his faithful but frustrated servant Clove, besides Nag and Nell, old parents of the protagonist. The parents symbolise the worth of old ethical values. They all yearn to get rid of the confinement and struggle for better life.

Narinder Jattu excelled as also veteran Jatinder Kaur, Sudershan Sharma and Suresh Pandit, who directed the serious play with admirable expertise.

“Tritiya Juddha” (Third War), presented by Kolkata-based Alternative Living Theatre, marked the opening of the festival. Conceived, scripted and directed by Probir Guha, thespian of international eminence, the play was able to raise the issue of pollution in our socio-cultural environment caused by the alien powers under the garb of globalisation. With no conventional storyline or dialogues, the play depicted very potent message with artistic expressions through body language, dancing movements, mime and gibberish utterances. The language of theatre and percussion music eloquently conveyed the thematic essence of the play.

There were accomplished set of actors, including Tapan Das, Suman Das, Guatam Sen, S.Roy Choudhury, Sukanta Roy, Biswajit, Jakir Hussain, Roma Halader and Sayantani Indu.


Apathy making GMCH-32 sick, says Dhawan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 4
Former Union Minister and President of the Chandigarh Vikas Manch Harmohan Dhawan while addressing a press conference here yesterday expressed anguish over the condition of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

‘‘GMCH-32 was an ambitious and prestigious project which I as an MP and minister was successful in bringing to Chandigarh. The institution which was meant to impart medical education to the students besides providing healthcare facilities to the residents of the city is getting sick itself due to the apathy and negligence on the part of the Congress Government,’’ he alleged while addressing a press conference at his residence.

He alleged that in spite of the fact that more than Rs 500 crore had been spent on the project hundreds of posts still needed to be sanctioned. He also alleged that equipment was lying unused because there was no Para Medical staff to operate it. Mr Dhawan also demanded an inquiry into the total amount sanctioned from the MPLAD fund for various projects along with the progress made and the current status of these projects.

He alleged that the MPLAD funds were being misutilised .



Lankans sweat it out at nets
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 4
The Sri Lankan squad, in top form after whitewashing England in July, are in the mood to leave no stone unturned in preparation for the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy, commencing at the PCA Stadium here from October 7.

The islanders, who will take on minnows Bangladesh in the opener, toiled at the nets for more than two hours today.

This was the second day of their training session after their arrival here yesterday afternoon.

The practice session, which started at 10 am with half an hour of warm-up exercises, continued till 12.30 pm.

Some local budding bowlers got the chance to share the bowling with Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas.

Both players had bowling practice for more than half an hour while skipper Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya practised with the bat for nearly an hour.

The session was held under the watchful eyes of their coach Tom Moody.

The practice session provided the team to have a feel of the wicket as the skipper, the coach and the ace spinner inspected the pitch closely.

The team would play a practice match against the PCA President’s XI in the Cricket Stadium at Sector 16 in Chandigarh at 9 am tomorrow.



We will maintain momentum: Moody
Tribune News Service

Tom Moody
Tom Moody 

Chandigarh, October 4
Sri Lankan cricket team coach Tom Moody is confident that the islanders will maintain the momentum in the ICC Champions Trophy.“We are in great form and are physically and mentally stronger now. I hope we will continue our winning momentum here”, opined Moody.

About the team’s prospects and preparations, Moody expressed that their side had undergone a complete transition and is more matured now, but the bottomline was hard work

Moody, along with two officials of the Sri Lankan team, spent their evening teeing off a 9-hole game at the course of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Moody also spent a couple of hours with the youngsters who participated in a putting competition and a coaching clinic conducted by professional Ajay Gujral.

Highly impressed with the CGC greens, Moody expressed that the course has improved a lot comparative to their last visit and never spare a chance to visit golf course.

“Whenever there is a chance to visit the City Beautiful, I never forget to come here,” he said.



Practice match helped, says Whatmore
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 4
Sri Lanka are not only strong, but also hot favourites for the ICC Champions Trophy. “We will take on to the best of our abilities,” said Dave Whatmore, coach of the Bangladeshi team.

Talking after his team’s practice match today, he said, “As we could not have a training session back home due to heavy rain, today’s match helped us to adjust ourselves to the playing conditions here. We will decide the final XI against Sri Lanka only after seeing the playing conditions at the PCA Stadium”, he added.

Expressing satisfaction over the progress of the team, Whatmore, who was coach with the 1996 World Cup winning Sri Lankan team, viewed, “We are shaping up well and I am quite satisfied with the results shown by the team so far”.

About the rating of the team in the forthcoming championship, Whatmore said, “At present, we are at number 10 in the world rankings. Every team will take us lightly, but we, too, are ready and eagerly awaiting the start of the tournament”.



Rahul Bakshi shines in golf championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 4
Local lad Rahul Bakshi compiled two-under 70 to register the sole lead in Category ‘A’ of the Sunfeast Chandigarh Junior/Sub Junior Golf Championship, being played at the par-72 Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Bakshi’s tournament tally now stands at two-under 142 after the mid-way stage. The tournament forms the sixth leg on the National Junior/Sub Junior golf tour.

Overnight leader Rashid Khan returned a card of two-over 72 to be placed second at one-under 143, while Abhijeet Chadha carded a 74 to occupy the third place at 147. Amanjyot was tied for the fourth place with Abhinav Lohan at 149.

Category ‘B’ witnessed Raghav Bhandari lead the field, as he returned a card of two-over 74 to take his two-day tally to 149. Anish Gupta was placed second at 150, while Chikkarangappa occupied the third place at 151.

While the number of participants on-course was impressive, the crowd of non-golfers was even more encouraging. The event witnessed more than 100 youngsters participating in the putting competition and a coaching clinic conducted by leading professional Ajay Gujral.

Sri Lankan cricket coach Tom Moody was also present during the coaching session and motivated the kids.

Scores after 36 holes:

Category A (15-17 yrs): 142 Rahul Bakshi (72, 70); 143 Rashid Khan (69, 74); 147 Abhijeet Chadha(74, 73); 149 Amanjyot Singh (72, 77), Abhinav Lohan (72, 77).

Category B(13-14 yrs): 149 Raghav Bhandari (75, 74); 150 Anish Gupta (76, 74); 151 Chikkarangappa (78, 73).

Category C (11-12 yrs): 156 Ashbeer Saini (80, 76); 157 Ankur Chadha (81, 76); 162 Tarundeep Chadha (82, 80).

Category D (10 and below) (18 holes): 82 Vidit Singh; 83 Jai Raj Singh, Akash Srinivasan; 84 Master Honey.



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