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Education fair shows path to many students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
The conclusion of the two-day Education Worldwide India Fair at the CII, Sector 31, here, today, has brought the city to the international scene.

Offering global education on a platter, the fair had a wide gamut of both national as well as international institutes and universities from various countries like the UK, the USA, Denmark and Australia trying to woo Indian students.

The students, who are pursuing or have done plus two, seemed to be quite a confused lot. They had lots of queries. Most of them knew what they wanted but were not aware of the right approach to do it and hence required counselling.

According to Kulvinder Singh, Director-Principal, BGS Institute of Science and Technology, Mohali, “The counselling can be bifurcated into two segments- one for undergraduates and another for postgraduates. It is the first slot who needs more attention. There is a lot of competition in this segment and at the same time there is lack of confidence in them.

The postgraduates know what to do and how to proceed. We, at the BGS, bridge that gap by bringing in a special one-year study programme for undergraduates.

The course enables them to gain entry to top four or five universities of the world. In a way, we just ignite their instinct to make a go ahead. Here, in Chandigarh, the response was tremendous”.

The Masters in Business Management (MBA) from foreign universities was found to be the most sought after course by plus two passouts. The second choice of students was the engineering course in Aircraft Maintenance offered by the Academy of Aerospace and Aviation, Indore followed by a career in the Indian Air Force.

Just a sheer imagination of flying faster than the speed of sound, skimming over the tree tops touching the sky with glory and landing in remote yet unexplored areas prompted Arjun Bajwa, a plus two student of Government Model School-16, to search a career in the IAF.

Koge Business College, Denmark, had an edge over other foreign universities as they offered on the spot admission and that too at a lesser cost. “ If you do MBA from other foreign universities it costs you around 12 to 15 lakh whereas we offer quality education in same grade courses at Rs 5 to 6 lakh. Besides, the fact that all our courses are recognised by the Danish Government, the students are given temporary residency too,” said Deepinder Singh.

“It’s always better to have a face-to-face interaction with the consultants of various universities. The students get to know better about the functioning of these institutions, options about fee structure and quality education,” said Sandeep Malhotra, a student.

Ajay Pahuja, another student who visited the fair, told The Tribune that he knew about most of the universities and many a time had downloaded admission forms and also sent them but was never confident about his decision. Now, he was actually able to make up his mind to go in for business-oriented courses.

“Now I can convince my father about what I exactly want. Thanks to this type of education fair. It has answered my queries,” Varun Rastogi, another student chipped in.



AICE announces scholarships
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Entering the coaching arena with a cause, the Adesh Institute of Competitive Examination (AICE), Chandigarh, today announced its unique scholarship schemes. The institute aims at funding and providing concessions to wards of the slain martyrs of the security forces and the families affected by terrorist activities.

The plan was announced by the Director of the group, Mr Vikas Khanna, at a media briefing here. “The scholarships being offered vary from full fee exemption to part concessions depending upon the assessment of cases by our technical review committee.” he said.

“However, we will be offering normal and reasonable fee structure for different courses to the students enrolled on regular basis,” added Mr Khanna.

The institute will provide the vital buffer to the Adesh Group which already has a chain of several medical, engineering and technology, pharmacy, physiotherapy, nursing and polytechnic colleges all over Punjab.

“An institute of competitive examination in our repertoire will provide an immense support all our institutes and also to our students who opt for our pre-exam coaching,” said Dr Harinder Singh Gill, Chairman of the group.



From Colleges
SD College holds Industry talks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
Post Graduate department of Commerce and Management of SD College held Industry talk on Derivatives and Career Planning. Speaking on derivatives, Mr Anil Katia, the Assistant Vice-President, HDFC Bank Ltd. simplified the complexities inherent in financial derivatives trading system.

Stress management

Mr Pahlad Aggarwal, Deputy Director (Colleges), conducted a two hours workshop on Stress Management with the theme of ‘Thanksgiving’ in Government College of Commerce and Business Administration. He urged students to develop initiative, dynamism and positive attitude.



AIDS awareness

Dera Bassi, January 28
An AIDS awareness rally was held at Government High School, Rampur Sainian, near here, today.

According to the school Headmistress, Ms Vijay Bala, this was the third rally under the adult education programme. Mr Tarsem Chand, a retired Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax, flagged off the rally. — TNS



Litterateur gets special gift on 90th birth anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 28
For the eminent Hindi litterateur, Dr Sansar Chandra, this day was all about reliving the past through his own works. On his 90th birthday, Dr Chandra was presented with a special gift in the form of a book dedicated to him as a humorist and satirist.

Released at the Chandigarh Press Club today, the book titled "Dr Sansar Chandra ke Shreshtha Hasya Vyangya" has been edited by Subhash Rastogi and features 28 humorous essays which Rastogi culled out of 200 such pieces contained in the eight books written by Dr Chandra on the subject.

The day was made even more special by the presence of intellectuals like Mr H.K. Dua, Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune, who was the chief guest. Prof Shanker.G. Jha of the Department of Sanskrit, Panjab University, and Dr Sudha Jain, a writer of eminence, were also present.

While crediting the litterateur with a unique creative edge, Mr Dua remarked that Dr Sansar Chandra and creative excellence in Hindi were synonymous with each other. Praising his works, Mr Dua said the compilation of his humour-satires was lending itself into a league of its own. "This book is a testimony of the fact that a compilation is a genre in its own right," said Mr Dua adding that humour was an inseparable and essential part of our life.

"We cherish Khushwant Singh's writings which have inspired a change in society. Likewise, we love reading Dr Chandra's works. He has never used his skill to criticise anybody handling the fine art of humour with utmost responsibility," said Mr Dua while congratulating the veteran writer. Mr Dua also presented the writer with a shawl.

Earlier, the function started with a ‘Swasti vachan’ by Prof Shanker.G. Jha from the Sanskrit Department, PU. After the chanting of shlokas, the writer of the book, Mr Rastogi, talked about the book.

Later, the poet and short story writer, Dr Sudha Jain, elaborated upon the genius of Dr Chandra. She said he had lent a new dimension to society by his satires and had undertaken a splendid literary journey from satire "Satak Sitaram" to "Sone ke Daant".

"He has made subtle satires on politicians. No wonder his style is cherished by all his readers," she said. A famous poet, B.D. Kalia "Humdum", also spoke on the occasion as did Dr Leela, former Head of Department, Hindi, S.D. College, Ambala, who narrated his memoirs of working with Dr Chandra.



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