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MBA admission norms relaxed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Buoyed by the increase in intake at the Punjabi University Regional Centre for Information Technology and Management in Mohali, the university has relaxed admission norms for its MBA evening course at the centre.

With a view to making MBA evening course and through correspondence more in reach of executives who are unable to continue with their course because of transfers or other reasons, the university has made lateral entry possible for IT and management executives into the MBA correspondence course of the university.

The relaxations include a drop in percentage required for admission to make it on a par with the MBA CC norms to allow lateral entry to the course for MBA dropouts. A decision to this effect was taken in November after approval by a special committee constituted by the university authorities.

The committee, headed by the Dean, Academic Affairs, and comprising the Registrar, the Director of the centre, the head of the Punjab School of Management Studies and the Professor in charge of finance decided in favour of making these changes and the proposal was approved by the Vice-Chancellor of the university last month.

The university has now decided to relax the intake percentage from the earlier 55 per cent to 50 per cent marks in the Bachelor’s degree and two years supervisory managerial or professional experience for the MBA evening course at the centre.

“With the relaxations making MBA CC more flexible, the university authorities hope to fulfil the demand of the rising number of executives in the tricity to resume their MBA course through correspondence,” says the Director of the centre, Prof Umesh C. Singh.

The centre had 55 per cent as the qualifying marks, which had now been relaxed to 50 per cent, he added. The admissions to the course will be made this month.



Nuances of life merge at exhibition
Tribune News Service

Artists of 'Flux Asia' come together for an exhibition of their works at the Fine Arts Museum at Panjab University in the city on Tuesday.
Artists of 'Flux Asia' come together for an exhibition of their works at the Fine Arts Museum at Panjab University in the city on Tuesday.
— Photo by Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, December 5
When creativity, dedication and colour blend together, they create something so beautiful that it is hard to describe. This is just what 'Flux Asia', a colourful exhibition put up by 14 youngsters at the Fine Arts Museum at Panjab University, presented, here today.

The exhibition was inaugurated by S. Santokh Singh Dheer, eminent Punjabi poet and author.

11 members of this "emerging" group, as they call themselves, were present at the occasion. These artists who hailed from all around the globe had one thing in common: they were all alumni of Shanti Niketan, and are apace making their mark in the rapidly emerging world of Indian art .

As fellow-artist and group coordinator Hardeep Singh puts it, "There is only one theme-Flux Asia, but each one has his own identity as far the works of art are concerned." The aim is to establish a link between their love for art with an emphasis on aesthetic values, and a relationship with their own cultural backdrops. The exhibition portrayed each artist's own unique ideas, while at the same time depicted common experiences from Shanti Niketan.

Hardeep Singh and Sudarshan Rajpuri's work was marked by 'photo-realism', a movement that is now gaining ground in India with its vibrant hues and bold strokes. Pritpal Singh's prints were excellent not only in their experimentation, but also because of the impressions they left on the viewers. Binu Thomas's large canvases trailed a journey toward a state of bliss manifested by striking colour and forms, while his wife and fellow-artist Kathrin K Binu explored her transient ideas through installations and paintings.

The three Thai artists brought tremendous vitality to the show with their different styles: Krisana Chavanakunakorn with traditional Thai temple art and graphic prints drawn from the Ramayana, Wasana Srisang with traditional Indian life, and Verapat Sitipol with his merger of mythical influences with brightly hued ideas.

Japanese artists Ai Nakagawa rediscovered clay at Shanti Niketan, while Misato Shimizu combined the fragrance of nature with minute textural techniques of Japanese art.

To add to the beauty of the show, Randeep Kranti's photographs captured a variety of instances, while Preeti Mahajan's unusual ideas in terracotta, metal and fibre-glass stood out.

The exhibition is up for viewing till December 9.



Inderpreet, Namrita win rangoli contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Inderpreet and Namrita emerged winners in the rangoli competition at ‘Blossom VII’ an Inter-School Competition held at DAV Model School-15. The overall trophy was shared by two schools of Panchkula, Bhavan Vidyalaya and Hansraj Public School (Sec-6).

Around 20 schools of city and vicinity participated in the event. MCM DAV College Principal Puneet Bedi was the chief guest on the occasion.


Sketching: Nityanshu (DAV Model School, Sec-15, Chd) 1, Yatharth (DAV Model School, Sec-15, Chd) 2, Simranjeet (DAV Public School, Mohali) 3, Pragya (DAV Public School, Mohali) Consolation Prize.

Collage Making: Megha Goyal and Nimisha (DAV Public School, Mohali) 1, Simran Toor and Tanya (Gurukul, Sec-20, Pkl) 2, Gazal and Apoorva (Hansraj, Chd) 3, Seemon and Priya (CL Aggarwal DAV, Sec-7, Chd) Consolation Prize.

Solo Singing: Poorvi (AKSIPS, Sec-41, Chd) 1, Jasmine (DAV Model School, Sec-15, Chd) 2, Suigdha (Gurukul, Sec-20, Pkl) 3.

Science Quiz: Sany and Anuj (DAV Model School, Sec-15, Chd) 1, Sonit and Sahil (Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sec-15, Pkl) 2, Kashish (AKSIPS, Sec 41, Chd) 3.

Press Conference: Ayush (DAV Model School, Sec-15, Chd) 1, Vishakha (KB DAV, Sec-7, Chd) 2, Rohit (Shivalik, Sec-41, Chd) 3.

Best Out of Waste: Hansraj, Panchkula 1, St John’s High School, Chandigarh 2, Manav Mangal School, Chandigarh 3, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, Consolation Prize.

Slide Show: KB DAV Sec-7, Chandigarh 1, Bhavan Sec-15, Panchkula 2, Hansraj Sec-6, Panchkula 3, DAV Model School Sec-15, Chandigarh Consolation Prize.

Rangoli: Inderpreet and Namrita (DAV Model School, Sec-15, Chandigarh) 1, Ramandeep and Shavani (KB DAV, Sec-7, Chandigarh) 2, Anchal and Vasundhara (Hansraj, Sec-6, Panchkula) 3.

C++ Quiz: Shitanshu and Simranpreet (DAV Model School, Sec-15, Chandigarh) 1, Ishan and Mohit (Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sec-15, Panchkula) 2.



PEC students will now map Mohali
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
Students of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) will now map Mohali. The Centre for Computational Engineering of the college has been given a project as a part of which the 1,350 sq km of the area falling under the jurisdiction of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) will be mapped to create a base picture.

According to Prof S.C. Dhawan, in charge of the center, the main aim is to generate a ground picture of the area so that future planning can be done accordingly. Other than the inputs given by students who will move around the entire area, geographical survey of India sheets and other geo-spatial data will be used to complete the picture.

The project titled “GIS based land use mapping” involves the creation of land use map for Greater Mohali. For this satellite image ‘cartosat’ is being procured from the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), Hyderabad. The CCE will prepare the land use map using the Satellite Image and Survey of India topo sheets. Major features like roads, water bodies, village settlements, high transmission lines etc. will be mapped. This information will be used by the department for planning of the Greater Mohali area. The college is now awaiting a work order from GMADA to begin the work.



"Satluj Stars" brighten up the day
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 5
'Satluj Stars Night 2006', the annual prize distribution function of Satluj Public School, Sector 2, was held here yesterday. The programme began with a "sarv dharm sabha".

Students from all classes presented exciting and colourful items based on the themes of heritage and dance .

Around 55 per cent of the students were awarded prizes and certificates for excellent performance in academics, cultural, and creative activities. Merit holders, students with 100 per cent attendance, and students who excelled in various fields were also awarded prizes.

Parents were also rewarded for their co-operation and contribution to the school development.

The prizes were given by Mr Brijendra Singh, Deputy Commissioner, who was the chief guest.

The guests were welcomed by Ms Harpreet Kaur, the co-ordinator of the school. The senior wing principal, Mr Krit Serai, presented a report on the adoption of multimedia in the field of teaching. "Our students are proud to be global learners with modern technology-based educational facilities, in a stimulating green environment.", the school director, Mr Pritam Singh Serai said.



Dance of triumph
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 5
The Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology is in a mood of celebration as its Tangori giddha team has brought home laurels by bagging the first prize in the PTU Inter College Youth Festival held at IET Bhaddal recently. What made the occasion even more exciting was the fact that the same team had carried home the first prize in the NIT (Deemed University) Hamirpur festival earlier this month.

Giddha, a traditional Punjabi folk dance is known for its classy look and formal nuances. The winning team led by Ashit Chauhan, comprised of Noveshika, Tarandeep, Amandeep, Rishamjeet, Ruban Brar, Gurpreet, Mzanmehak, Apneet and Babita. Performing with a lot of zest, the team literally cast a spell on the audience.



Mummyji’s mamma!
Gayatri Rajwade

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 5
She holds that she never takes anything for granted but yes, she is certain that her directorial debut will be a hit! That is the buoyancy and belief that emanates from writer, film journalist and now film-director Pammi Somal. Hers is a name that would probably strike you while talking of Hindi filmdom’s stars, “But I know I am no Madhuri Dixit, so having people elicit an interest in my film and come to hear me speak about it is gratifying,” she smiles.

The film, at the risk of sounding clichéd, sounds different. For one it is called ‘Mummyji’- Mummy is a universal word and ‘ji’ is a rather alien way of addressing her, explains Pammi — and has no action, no violence and what is more no item number. But Pammi promises a film that is “fun as ‘Mummyji’ is “no filmy mother but is someone everyone will identify with”.

The message is simple: love your parents and value them. Told with liberal doses of humour, “it is the story of an urban-Indian Punjabi mother who forays from the kitchen to the clubhouse”.

However, the film’s real selling point is the presence of the inimitable Kirron Kher who plays ‘Mummyji’ in the film. Not just this, Pammi has managed to rope in several other big names from the Hindi film industry like Jackie Shroff (essaying the role of a Sardar), Divya Dutta (as Mummyji’s feisty maid), Kanwaljit Singh, Anupam Kher, Satish Kaushik and even glamour in the form of Viraf Patel (Grasim Mr India 2005) and Raveena Tandon who makes a very special appearance.

The film is being produced by an Indian-American realtor Dave Atwal (who, incidentally, was born in Gurdaspur) and theirs is a combination of what Pammi refers to as “faith, trust, guts and a common value system”.

For Pammi, scripting and directing ‘Mummyji’ is simply a natural progression in writing. “Even at the age of 10 when I wanted permission to go somewhere, I used to write out the request and give it to my parents,” she laughs.

But writing in earnest began only when she moved from Chandigarh (she studied at Carmel Convent here) to Mumbai after her marriage. “I started writing letters to editors of film glossies which led to an offer to write for one,” she says and so started her film-journalism career.

‘Showtime’, ‘Stardust’, ‘Cine Blitz’ and even the launch and editorship of the film magazine ‘Café Celeb’, she has written for them all. This, along with writing for television (Neena Gupta’s ‘Siskiyan’, Zee TV’s ‘Rishtey’ among others) and even a book of poems, is just some of her body of work. Ask about her filmy experiences and she remarks about actors: “Beautiful faces with ugly, sad lives” but somewhere she did strike a chord and today believes that it was sharing the lives of these stars which enriched her.

The scandals are many, the stories abounding and the exclusives exciting but what she says she learnt in all of this is one significant thing, “if you are a thinking person and are not just reporting then you end up being different.”

A “difference” she hopes to bring by making ‘Mummyji’. “This is my tribute to the spirit of this city, where I grew up and also because the urban-Indian mother from Chandigarh rocks!” beams Pammi. The film is slated for release on Mother’s Day in May next year.



Biswajit to give away Rafi awards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 6
A popular hero of 60s, Biswajit will be the chief guest at Rafi Nite to be organised by Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society, Chandigarh, on December 23, at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh.

He will give away awards to the winners of the contest held in the month of July this year.

Biswajit started his career with the popular film ‘Bees Saal Baad’. He acted in many hit pictures like ‘Mere Sanam’, ‘Night in London’, ‘April Phool’, ‘Do Kaliyan’, and many more.

Nearly 40 amateur singers will participate in this programme.



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