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Conference on women empowerment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The second annual conference of the Bharatiya Mahila Darshnika Conference was inaugurated by Prof R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, here today.

Prof Sobti stressed the importance of women and their contribution to society. Recalling the great position and respect women held in the society, he regretted the way they were being exploited now. “This exploitation will not end by the Constitution or other legal measures unless women themselves rise and fight injustice. This fight need not be a blind imitation of the West. We have to correct the flaws in our own culture. Women have to realise that they are powerful, and they have to take the initiative themselves. No one can enslave a woman till she is willing to enslaved,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Asha Maudgil, woman philosopher and local secretary of the parishad, pointed out that while the women had suddenly enlightened, their feminism was basically a Western import and it was destroying family and society. We ought to make a diligent balance between conservatism and radicalism.

In her keynote address, Prof. Chhaya Roy recalled the eminent philosophers of the Vedic times like Goha, Arundati, Vishwara and others, who had been ignored by the intelligentsia. She urged research scholars to work on these women philosophers, and also stressed the need to include women philosophers in the curriculum. Dr Rakesh Chandra put forward his views on ways of empowering women, and asked if a model to measure empowerment could be found.

Dr Geeta Mehta, Dr Aruna Goel, Prof Asha Mookherjee, Prof Gauri Chattopadhyaya, Prof Gayatri Sinha, Dr Veena Kapoor, Dr Indu Sarin, Dr Sebastian and others will take part in the two-day seminar that has delegates from all over the country.



PU Notes
Prof Kulkarni is Dean, University Instruction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
Prof S.K. Kulkarni, the senior most Professor in Panjab University and first from Pharmaceutical Sciences has taken over as Dean University Instruction (DUI).

Recipient of several honours and awards for his contributions to Pharmacology research and Pharmaceutical Education. Dr Kulkarni, Professor of Pharmacology and Coordinator, UGC Centre for Potential in Biomedical Sciences of Panjab University has more than three decades of teaching and research experience. He has published three books and more than 300 research and professional articles and book chapters.

A fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and Indian Pharmaceutical Association, he is the recipient of coveted Ranbaxy Research Foundation award, UGC Hari Om Ashram Trust National Award, Cipla Distinguished Fellowship Award, Professor B. Uvnas prize, Sir Ram Nath Chopra Oration, Sir Shriram Memorial Oration, IBRO Asia Fellowship and IDMA awards.

Dr Mehta awarded

Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India has awarded a research project of Rs 24 lakh for a period of three years to Dr S.K. Mehta, Reader Department of Chemistry, Panjab University here. Dr Mehta has been appointed Honorary DAAD Advisor (2006-2009) and is recipient of German DAAD fellowship and Authors award of Royal Society of Chemistry, U.K.



From Schools
Students excel in paper reading contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The Red Ribbon Club of GMSSS Sector 22 organised an inter school paper reading, slogan writing, poster making and rangoli contest here today. The winners include: Shrishty Chaudhry, Ankita Deivan, Gaganjot Singh, Rohit, Ishan vadehra, Naina Sharma, Gurpreet Singh, Jaspreet Garewal, Divya, Rashmi, Manisha, Ruchira, Harmanpreet, Karnika, Gautam and Nitika.

80 students honoured

The Eco-Club of GMSSS Sector 32 here organised a prize distribution ceremony for students who had participated in the various activities conducted for creating awareness regarding the environment. The Principal Mrs HK Bhatia honoured over 80 students.

Pratibimb organises quiz

Pratibimb, a social organisation, conducted a Quiz program on the life of Sikh Gurus and Indian Mythology in Saint Xavier's Senior Secondary School Sector 44 here yesterday. About 120 students participated. Eight students were selected out of the participants by asking questions as regards to the administration of Chandigarh. Four teams each of two students were formed. 10 questions were asked from each team. Karanvir and Naman stood 1st. Gunvir and Agami got 2nd position, while Abhinav and Ankur of team A bagged the 3rd position. The winning students will be rewarded by the founder member of Pratibimb, Mr Satya Pal on February 3, during the school assembly.



From Colleges
Inter-college physics quiz
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The annual inter-college physics quiz contest was held at Government College, Sector 11, here today. More than 30 students from various colleges of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana participated.

Six teams were invited for the buzzer round to decide the winners. Prof Ranjjan Verma conducted the quiz. Dr S.P. Puri, former chairman, physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest.

The winners are: Nitish, Nishad, Gurmeet Singh, Rajni, Arvind, Divya, Naveen Gupta, Jasdeep Singh and Devendra Tiwari. A computer-cum-projection room of the department was also inaugurated on the occasion by Principal Dr A.N. Garg.

Campus recruitment

Representatives of IBM DAKSH visited Government College, Sector 46, here on Thursday for campus recruitment. As many as 26 students got offer letters from the company. Final year students of BCom, BCA and BA participated in it.

The company also visited Government College for Girls, Sector 11, where 84 students were selected as customer care specialists.

Meanwhile, representatives from Wipro visited Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, here for holding campus interview. More than 70 final year students participated in it.



ABVP office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 1
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at its meeting held yesterday declared the Chandigarh city executive unit office-bearers. Ms Mukta Sharma, member, national executive committee, announced the names. The office-bearers are: Mr Kanwar Shailender Singh (president); Mr Vikram Sharma (secretary); Mr Gaurav, Mr Ranveer, Mr Shamsher and Mr Rattan Negi (vice-presidents); Ms Jyotsna Vaid and Mr Parveen (joint secretaries); and Mr Vivek Chauhan (treasurer).

Earlier, Mr Bihari Lal Sharma, regional joint organising secretary highlighted the ABVP’s main objectives. 



Pack of Rockers called ‘Merzhin’
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, February 1
They are a pack of six rockers and together they comprise ‘Merzhin’, a rock band that has performed in more than a 100 concerts and have three albums to their credit. They are here as a part of a two-day musical bonanza to be held on February 2 and 3 being organised by Alliance Francaise, Sector 36 in collaboration with the French Embassy in India.

The group is a firm believer that music cannot be made in a box.

The group draws inspiration from their roots in Brittany. Describing their music to be a blend of rhythm and melody, for the rockers lyrics precedes the music and they derive the musical notes only after composing the lyrics.

The group that has enthralled the music lovers mostly in Switzerland, Belgium and France, is a firm believer that music cannot be made in a box.



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