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PU postpones inauguration of new block
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
Panjab University has postponed the foundation stone laying ceremony of the "Academic Block II" of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology in the south campus (Sector 25) of Panjab University scheduled for tomorrow.

Adult literacy camp held

Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension (CACEE), organised a two-day training programme for senior secondary school students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidayalaya on the theme of "Mass Programme for Functional Literacy" at Jawahar Navodaya Vidayalaya, Sector-25 here.

As many as 60 students and teachers attended the course. Mr C.M. Sharma, Principal of the school, while inaugurating the course said social learning environment among youth in the age group of 15-25 and effective training programme for adult literacy not only had a positive impact on adult literacy, but also improved the general well-being of youth.

Mrs Renu Gandhi, programme coordinator, while speaking on the philosophy of adult education, said adults in the age group of 15-35 should be provided education to enable them play an active role for their own social and economic development. Dr Sudhir Baweja from the Department of Vivakanand Studies, Panjab University, also spoke on the occasion. Vinod Kumari, vice-principal of the school, proposed a vote of thanks to the centre for organising the programmeand pledged to work for the social cause of adult illiteracy.



From Colleges
Lecture on stress management
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
A lecture on stress management was delivered by Dr Sudhir Saxena, Senior Consultant and Fellow Royal Perth Hospital, Australia, at a seminar organised by the Chandigarh Management Association (CMA) here today.

He said in this modern age, it was not possible to remove the stress of life. So what is to be done is to stay away from the stress and to live a relaxed and stress free life. Others who participated in the question-answer session were Dr P.K. Vasudeva, former president, CMA, Mr J.N. Vohra, Mr S.M. Sharma and Mr Vivek Goyal.

Seminar held

As part of the on-going 10-day NSS camp being held at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, here, a one day seminar was organised on the topic of ‘Promoting Girl Child and Fighting Female Foeticide.’ The seminar was organised by the NSS wing of the college in association with the Kanya Jeewan Dayini Samiti, an NGO based at Dehra Dun.

Mr R.N. Jhingan, president of the samiti, was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, he apprised the volunteers of various activities undertaken by their organisation, including street rallies, nukkad nataks and puppet shows in and around Dehra Dun to spread the message of fighting against female foeticide.

Workshop held

A workshop on ‘breast cancer care' was conducted by the NSS wing of GGDSD College, Sector 32. Members of the Sahyata Charitable Welfare Society, Chandigarh, namely, Mrs Bhan, Dr Savtantra Kapoor, Mrs Mohini Lumba and Mrs Meena Singh delivered lectures. They highlighted not only the basic terminology of cancer but also communicated how to avoid the risk-factor and help the patients. Later, the NSS volunteers organised a peaceful rally to create awareness on drug abuse on the theme of ‘Healthy Youth for Healthy India’.

NSS camp ends

Volunteers of NSS and cadets of NCC Army Wing organised a function here at Government College, Sector 11, in connection with the valedictory function of the 10-day NSS camp.

Col. Harinder Singh, Commanding Officer IInd NCC Battalion, Chandigarh, who was the chief guest, applauded the efforts of the volunteers. Dr R.S. Mann, Principal, Government College, Kalka, encouraged the volunteers to develop a versatile personality and recalled his long association with the college. Dr S.S. Sidhu, coordinator of the college NSS units, outlined the various achievements of the NSS volunteers and NCC cadets. Dr Paramjit Singh, coordinator of NCC Army Wing, Prof Bhupinder Singh, Dean, College Instruction, Dr. K.S. Saluja, Vice-Principal of the college, also attended the function.

Dr Gopal Sahu proposed a vote of thanks. Mohammad Nasser, a student of M.A. I (English), and Zorawar Singh of B.P.Ed. Class, were declared best volunteers. Senior Under Officer, Mayur, Under Officer, Upinder Singh, and Cadet Ajay Sharma along with others were honoured for their outstanding achievements in NCC.



From Schools
Workshop on skill building
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 6
A team from AISEC has conducted a workshop on culture and skill building in Shemrock School. The workshop lasted for four days. Children of Class VI, VIII & VIII interacted with interns from the Netherlands and Nigeria. The interns compared the experience of Indian culture with the experience of Europe and Nigeria.


Swami Ram Tirtha Public High School had organised workshops on “Time management in life” and “Communication skills” in the school premises for teachers. It was conducted by educationist Brig H.R. Sharma. He imparted information about the importance of time as well as identification of time waster elements. He spoke about uneven mutual wave lengths and weak hold on language.



Quiz on Gandhian values
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
A 'Gandhi quiz' was organised here yesterday as part of the campaign for 'Peace-city Chandigarh', by Yuvsatta, Dev Samaj College of Education, and the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi.

Dr Satinder Dhillon, Convenor of the Peace Campaign, honoured the winning students of the quiz. The winners were Pooja, Rajni, Love, Kshish, Keshav and Nitin.

Addressing the youngsters, Dr Satinder Dhillon said there was a general decline of values in the society and Mahatma Gandhi was suddenly emerging as a possible answer to the global crisis of human values and numerous other unresolved contradictions.

Also present on the occasion was Mr Mubashir Mirza, youth leader from Youth Pakistan, who shared his concerns for lasting peace and harmony. He said volunteers had to work towards making the society tolerant.

Giving information about the Gandhi Quiz, Mrs Charanjit, in-charge of Peace Club of Dev Samaj College of Education, said the quiz was now being organised in several parts of the country. It was an attempt to develop a knowledge base among students on the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji's autobiography 'My Experiments with Truth' forms the reference material for the competition. The 3-tier competition at the school, city and national-level saw students compete for the prestigious President R. Venkataraman rolling trophy which was instituted by the former President himself. The nationals will held on November 9, 2006, at Gandhi Smriti, Tees January Marg, New Delhi.



Value of self-discipline emphasised
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 6
Brahm Kumari Mamta today shared her views on the topic “Living values for success” at the Shivalik Institute of Education and Research here today.

She laid emphasis on the importance of self-discipline to attain success in life. Tension comes only when we don’t pay attention to our values. Youths have the potential to change the world but it is possible only when they are aware of their potential and vigour. Dr Satpal Kaur Grewal, Principal, Shivalik Institute of Education and Research, appreciated her words and advised the students to act upon them.



Students take out rally against social evils
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, October 6
The NCC cadets of Shrimati NN Mohan DAV High School organised a rally against social evils here today.

While flagging off the rally, Mr Narinder Sangha, local SDM, exhorted the students to wage a war against social evils. Dr Mandeep Singh, while terming the female foeticide as a crime, appealed to the students to spread awareness about the evil.



GMSSS-22 wins quiz contest
Tribune News Service

The team of GMSSS, Sector 22-A, Chandigarh, that won a quiz contest in Chandigarh.
The team of GMSSS, Sector 22-A, Chandigarh, that won a quiz contest in Chandigarh.

Chandigarh, October 6
A quiz on the subject of youth and adolescent health, sponsored by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, was held today in GMSSS, Sector 22-A.

The quiz covered questions related to knowing the world around us, understanding self-anatomy and emotions, maintaining good health, marriage, contraception, gender relations, living without fear of HIV and AIDS-prevalence etc.

Eight teams from various schools of Chandigarh participated in the quiz. GMSSS 22-A bagged the first position, followed by team from GMSSS-21, and GMSSS-7. Sham Lal, Principal, GMSSS-45, was the chief guest.



Big-screen ‘Ramayan’ a big draw
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 6
The Ramayana remains eternal in appeal. No wonder then that thousands of men and women from all sections of society gathered in the small compound of Sector 31-D market every night to watch evil go down. Yesterday was their final moment of joy as Rama brought down Ravana with his masterful-yet-fatal strokes.

And if you thought it was all being played out on a stage during the Ramlila, you must be mistaken. For, this time the timeless tale of triumph of good over evil was being doled out on a massive screen put up by the techno-savvy members of the Market Association, Sector 31-D.

“This is an age of technology. So we thought of playing the Ramlila in a different way. We simply procured the CDs of Ramanand Sagar’s ‘Ramayan’ and showed them. The response was greater than expected.”

On the last day of the show yesterday, there were at least 1,000 persons, huddled together on rags spread out to cover the road. Excited over the nerve-racking war between the demon king and the master of Gods, people sat in pin-drop silence, broken occasionally by a clutter of claps, inspired by each one of Ravana’s defeats.

The best part of the event was its socialist structure — which is also the basic premise of the Ramayana. Among those who assembled to watch the show were all sorts of people from rickshaw-pullers, tea vendors and gardeners to policemen, industrialists and housewives.

The constitution of the gathering was too interesting to ignore. Only the ‘Ramayan’ could have inspired such a variegated gathering.

But that is not to say the market association was solely driven by the “socialist” motive in arranging the rare show of the ‘Ramayan’.

It also had profit in mind when conceptualising the event. The logic was simple — anyone who wanted to watch Rama’s divinity for two hours every evening would at least care to pick a packet of snacks, to say the least. Some would pick out more, just like other visitors to cinema halls.

“It is plain psychology. People like to eat while they watch something interesting. We have recovered the costs incurred because of record visitation during the past nine days,” said a shop owner in the area. The show cost the Market Association Rs 28,000, but it yielded greater returns.

So the nine-day ‘Ramayan’ on the big screen was not just about entertainment. It was about both religion and commerce woven together in fine patterns.



Indian dance forms have profundity not found in western ballets: Prathibha
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, October 6
Of all performing arts dance is most attuned to the infinite. It has its essence in nature. Its ingredients — rhythm and harmony — are perceptible in the murmur of waves, the whisper of leaves and the plaintive notes of wind,” says world-class exponent of bharatnatyam Prathibha Prahlad.

“All dance compositions are weaved around Indian mythological themes and fence. It is said that this art is the creation of gods.”

An M. Phil in English literature, the Bangalore-based dancer is a combination of talent, intellect and beauty . She learnt bharatnatyam and other dance forms from legendary exponents. In city for a dance recital at the Pinjore Heritage Festival, Prathibha shared her experiences of her performances abroad as also her views on the rich cultural heritage of India with the Tribune today.

“In fact, all classical dance forms in India are highly specialised science with a traditional background and a rigid code.” She elaborates with special reference to ‘bharatnatyam’, known as the dance of the South.

“Our dances are closely associated with the Hindu thought and philosophy have an emotional appeal, with rasa and gestures holding a wealth of meaning.”

The nine rasas with an equal number of complimentary moods (bhava), she explains, represent spectrum of human emotions and life in various manifestations. As such it has a profundity not found in western ballets.

Besides Indian dance is sublime. She says she realised its grandeur at a prestigious performance for the United Nations concert at New York and Bangok in 1989.

Credited with representing India at all world festivals at Indonesia, Australia, Japan, the USA, Russia and European countries, the dancing beauty says she relished staging theme-based recitals “Panch-janya” and “Krishna counch” at Kurukshetra.



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