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Closer ties between PU, Lahore varsity sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Professor Dr Khalid Aftab, the first Vice-Chancellor of Government College University, Lahore, accompanied by his wife Dr Ruhi Aftab visited Panjab University campus here today.

Dr Aftab visited Gandhi Bhavan, the museum of the Department of Fine Arts and the Panjab University library and evinced interest in exploring academic interaction with Panjab University, Chandigarh.

He said that the university in Lahore had acquired the stature of a mother institution.

Professor R.P. Bambah, former Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, said that Government College, Lahore, was established in 1864 and was the most prestigious institution in the entire northern region. It had produced nobel laureates and eminent personalities.

Dr R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, presented a memento along with university literature to the visiting dignitary and endorsed his desire to have closer academic ties. Prof Veer Singh, Dean University Instruction, Deans, Registrar and other senior faculty members were present on the occasion.



PU Notes
PU dept organises lecture
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Continuing the series of special lectures by eminent scholars in different fields, the Department of Correspondence Studies, Panjab University, today organised a lecture by Prof V.R. Mehndiratta. He spoke on “Aaj Ki Duniya Mein Sahitya Ki Prasangikta”. The Chairman of the department, Prof Jagmohan Chopra, welcomed the speaker. Prof Meera Malik introduced the speaker and coordinated the talk. The focal point of the talk was “Has literature been marginalised?”


On the third day of the seminar organised by the Indian National Portage Association, Dr David Shearer talked about teaching parents how to work with their child. Curriculum planning plays an important role for children with disabilities. According to him one must choose the development area in which the child is the strongest.

Dr Vidhu Mohan shared information on theories of child development. Dr Shakuntla Lavasa, child specialist, highlighted early childhood diseases and their prevention and cure.

Visiting prof

Prof Parveen Bawa, Department of Kinesiology, Simon Frazer University, Vancouver, Canada is a visiting Professor in the Department of Biophysics, Panjab University with a broad aim to build long-term academic relations between Simon Frazer University and Panjab University. She has an expertise in neural control of movement, and is currently teaching in the department.



School denies admission to poor student
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 29
Samar Afzal Ansari, a four and a half year old child, from the economically weaker sections was denied admission to Strawberry Fields World School, Sector 26.

As per norms, the school has 15 per cent reservation for children of the economically weaker sections in which fee is waived.

According to Sawar’s mother, Shama Ansari, mother of Samar, around “Samar fulfilled the criteria for admission as prescribed by the school. Though the admissions are on the discretion of the school management, when I tried to contact the Principal and the Director, I was harassed by security personnel. The merit list was displayed on November 24 and the name of only one child appeared in the EWD quota.”

However, the admissions at the school are still on and the final results will be declared after December 15.

Principal Aman Sidhu said: “We do follow the guidelines prescribed by the government for the EWD quota but the condition is that the child should be eligible as per our age criteria for seeking admission in the school.”

“Moreover, the school has a different learning environment and during the interaction we have to judge whether our school environment would be conducive for the child and parents as well. It is not mandatory for us to admit all the students who apply under the EWD quota,” she told

Director Atul Khanna argued that since they were already into many charity services like running slum schools, night schools etc. 15 per cent quota for the weaker sections is not a problem for us.”

Last year three seats were offered under the EWD quota, of which only two turned up to avail the option.

Apart from this, the school authorities complained that there had been some incidents in the past where people had furnished wrong information in order to avail seat under the EWD quota.

Samar Ansari passed his baalwadi course in March, 2006, from the Simla Chandigarh Diocese Society. His father, Mohammad Aamir is a painter and mother is a teacher in an institute for the weaker sections of society.



Sites for Education City to be readvertised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to readvertise seeking ‘Expression of Interest’ for sites in the proposed Education City in the Union Territory.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting here today. The reason cited for the readvertisement is that the list of 25 applicants in the first go had a few big names. “The administration is making allout efforts to select top of the order educational institutes for the Education City project here”, a senior official said.

The names on the list of applicants include: the All India Management Association( New Delhi), Business School of Fashion, Chitkara Educational Saraswati Kendra, Compact Disc Limited, DAV College Management Committee, FIIB(New Delhi), the Gian Jyoti Educational Society, the Global Institute of Technologies Society Jaipur, Ind-Swift and the Institute for Integrated Learning in Management, New Delhi.

The list has the Integrated Learning in Management Steel Technology (Mandi Gobindgarh), the Institute of Management Studies (Hathibrakala), the Institute of Marketting and Management (New Delhi), JCBL Group Company, the Maharaja Agrasen Institute of technology (Delhi), Mintra Mandal (Delhi), the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation (New Delhi), Sri Dhanvantry Educational society and Sri Raghunath Rai Memorial Educational and Charitable Trust, besides others.

The administration has identified 150 acres for the Education City project. The areas of specialisation as envisaged in the masterplan include management institutes, design, languages and a residential school.



DAV school’s fight against social evils
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 29
To bring about awareness and fight against social evils like dowry, female foeticide, untouchability, and child labour, the students and staff of DAV Public Senior Secondary School here undertook a 'Vedic Jan Chetna Yatra' under the leadership of Mr K.L. Aggarwal, Chairman, DAV College, Jalandhar, and Mrs Jaya Bhardwaj, school Principal.

The rally was taken out as a part of state-wide programme of the Arya Yuva Samaj.

Mr Aggarwal flagged off the rally that spiraled through Phase-X, XI of Mohali and Sectors 48 and 49 of Chandigarh. While addressing the participants, Mr Aggarwal told them about the Vedic values of truthfulness, non-violence, etiquettes, love, respect, tolerance, brotherhood and universal patriotism. He also reflected on the selfless service of Mahatma Hans Raj.

Before administering an oath to all the participants, Mrs Bhardwaj exhorted the students to wage a war against social values and eradicate bias and casteism from the society and become human, Indian and vedic in our thoughts, actions and culture.

Teachers of the school wore saffron sashays and caps. Students held placards and banners to protest against these evils. They raised slogans like " pukare beti ki atma" and “sada jeewan uchch vichar".



'Know AIDS For No AIDS', urge students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Abhay Rana secured the first place while Amandeep and Neelam came second in a declamation contest held at the Government Model High School, Sector 36-D, here today.

Harsh was adjudged to be third in the competition. The competition was conducted to mark the launch of an AIDS-awareness campaign programme on the school campus.

A rally was also organised to spread the message of AIDS awareness by the Red Ribbons Club of the school. The rally was flagged off by the Principal, Mrs Rita Batra Jauhar. They covered the entire sector and raised slogan like 'AIDS Se Raksha, Jeevan Ki Surksha', 'Know AIDS For No AIDS' and 'Agar Bachaani Hai AIDS Se Jaan, To Hona Chauhhiye AIDS Ka Gyan'.

Meanwhile, the Red Ribbon club of GSSS, Sector 45, also held an AIDS-awareness rally.

Sunny emerged winner in the slogan writing contest while Hemchand came second.

In the poster-making contest, Tarun stood first while the second place went to Hemchand.

Jitender secured the first place in the declamation contest while Rajni came second.



Students showcase talent at annual function

Panchkula, November 29
Students of Vijay Public School, Sector 17, here celebrated their annual day with a cultural programme at the school premises today. The programme began with the lighting of a lamp followed by Saraswati vandana.

On this occasion, students showcased their talent in song, dance and drill performances. Students of KG Class presented a Western dance item.

Tiny tots of Pre-Nursery and Nursery class walked the ramp during a fashion show.

The taekwando show was a major attraction in which many self defence techniques were displayed. The bhangra item made parents dance to the beat.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest, Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Chander Mohan, exhorted the management to inculcate a sense of patriotism among students.

Presiding guest, Ms Manveer Gill, encouraged students to become ideal citizens of the country and inculcate a sense of responsibility. TNS



Non-supply of water to hostels resented
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Members of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) today protested against the non-supply of water to hostels. PUSU president Abhishek Puri said he had brought the matter to the notice of the Dean, Students Welfare, pointing out that that students in hostels were suffering as there had been no water for the past one day.

In a press note issued by the university this evening, it was stated that the water supply to hostels, departments and residences had been restored from 5pm today. The supply had been disrupted owing to bursting of waterline behind Arts Block Number III on Tuesday evening.



Krishna Saini
Krishna Saini

Tribune school teacher retires

Chandigarh, November 29
Ms Krishna Saini retired from the Tribune Model School today after putting eight years of service in the institution. She has served in many reputed educational institutions in the city. Mr O.P. Arora, AGM of the Tribune, and the school principal, Ms Amrit Dhaliwal, lauded her contribution. TNS



Man gets life term for triple murder

Chandigarh, November 29
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr BK Mehta, here today convicted Suresh Chand, a resident of Sonepat, to life imprisonment for a triple murder he committed in 2003.

Suresh Chand had killed three persons, including Vikas and Rajesh Bhaiya, with his revolver on Janamastami. He has been granted life imprisonment under Section 302 of the IPC and fined Rs 3 lakh by the court. He has been also been held guilty under the Arms Act and given imprisonment of five years.

According to information, the guilty was a dealer in a leading cold drink company in Sonepat. He shot three people to settle a score with them after his son ended up hurt in a brawl with them.

The district bar association of Sonepat, too, had boycotted the case saying that nobody would appear for the accused. So, the case was transferred to the local district court by the high court.

The co-accused in the case, Sonu and Prakash, were acquitted as they were not found guilty. — TNS



Old Nabhaites share memories over evening of ghazals
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
The 'Sham-e-Ghazal' programme of Old Nabhaites Association at Tagore Theatre turned out to be a low-key affair with a small audience turning up for it.

But the few who did attend the evening were captivated by the melodious renditions by Naushad Reza Jaunpuri. Naushad happens to be an engineer by profession and is presently vice-president of an engineering firm in Canada. Despite his other engagements, he has managed to keep in touch with his passion which is ghazals.

Not only is he a fine ghazal singer, but can also play the flute, sitar, tabla and harmonium with ease. He also writes Urdu poetry and has an anthology "Dooriyan" to his credit.

Surprisingly, there was no chief guest for the function. Supreet Singh, executive member, Old Nabhaites Association and one of the organisers, said, " For us everyone is a chief guest because all of us are old students from the same school and equally important."

The idea behind the event was to put people in touch with their roots, said the organisers. "In these times when consumerist culture has taken predence over the rest, such events serve as anchors. They help you connect to your heritage," said Supreet.

The students present on the occasion were a mixed bunch. It included retired army personnel and IAS officers among others.

One Col Chehal, when asked how it felt to be part of the reunion, said: "This is an excellent event to revive old ties not only with old friends but also with our rich heritage."



Exquisite display of fashion accessories
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29
Fashion, thy name is innovation and reinvention. This seems to be the latest mantra in terms of clothes and accessories. This was well established in more ways than one during the number of fashion shows that were held lately in Chandigarh. The same was spotted at the Swarovski fashion show held today with some of India's leading models--- Indrani Dasgupta, Tina Chatwal, Laxmi Rana, Krishna Somani et al--- unveiling the new fashion collection 'Poetic Night' at the Taj Hotel, Sector 17. Inspired from the depth of the night, the collection has exquisitely done jewellery, watches, handbags and accessories that are designed keeping in mind the global trends. Giving details about the collection, Pooja Chaudhary, Senior Manager, Swarovski, said:"We believe in theme marketing. So this entire collection that draws its inspiration from the darkness of the night has everything created around the same". No wonder we have broaches, pendants, crystal strings, bracelets and hair accessories in the form of scorpions, dragonflies and snakes in midnight blue, raging red, purple, black and green colour. Interestingly the large waisted belts with big buckles in similar shapes in the collection are labelled " bad belts".



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