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Parents join hands against Ryan school
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Dejected by the indifferent attitude of the authorities of Ryan International School, Sector 49, here and their lacklustre approach in getting affiliation from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), parents of students have now decided to fight for the cause.

Parents of class X students have formed a 25-member association Ryan School Parents Association, the first meeting of which will be held outside the school main gate tomorrow.

According to Mr Ashwinie Bansal, an affected parent, two panels have been constituted. One will be headed by Mr Rakesh Verma, an advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, for legal action against the school authorities and another committee led by Mr Avnish Khosla will meet the CBSE authorities in New Delhi for a way out.

The affected parents have decided to submit a joint representation to CBSE Chairman Ashok Ganguly and HRD Minister Arjun Singh in New Delhi.

Interestingly, the school has filed a writ petition through its administrator Francis Thomas in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had come up for preliminary hearing yesterday.

In the petition the school authorities have stated that they had filed an online application on October 9, 2006, seeking affiliation for class X for the 2006-07 session.

However, the online application was registered for the session 2008-09. Saying that since they had already informed the CBSE about the fact that they were already running class X, their request should have been considered for affiliation from 2006-07, the petitioner stated that the same was not done.

The hapless parents have appealed to the Chairman of the board to grant their children ‘special permission’ to appear in the class X examination commencing from March 2.

Under ‘special permission’, the parents are urging that their wards be allowed to shift to any other affiliated school so that they could take the class X examination in current session. “ We are urging the school authorities to kindly shift the children to the Ludhiana branch of Ryan School for the sake of saving one year of the children,” said a parent.

In the representation, the copy of which has been addressed to UT Administrator and DPI (Schools), the parents have questioned why the administration has allotted precious land to the school at concessional rates. The school was allotted five acre land (24,000 sq. yd. @ Rs 900 per sq. yd).

When DPI (S) Mr Ashwani Kumar was apprised of their query, he said, “I understand the mental trauma the students as well as parents are passing through. The Chandigarh Education Department has already submitted a recommendation letter to the CBSE to grant affiliation to the school, but we definitely did what we could do!

“As far as the allotment of the land is concerned, the land was allotted to the school as per norms only,” he said.

“Regarding the school being recognised by the Education Department, I must clarify that we recognise the school after inspecting the built up infrastructure,” he said.

“Further, I must say that the Education Department has no role to play when the question of affiliation of the school with a Board comes! The rules say that up to the Class V, the affiliation process is done at DEO level and after that upto Class VIII it is done at DPI (Schools) level. Thereafter, for next higher classes, the affiliation process falls in the court of Board.

“Whenever the Board pass any strictures, it sent them to the schools directly, without letting Education Department involved in it. We only issue the NOC to the school concerned, who later apply for the affiliation to the Board. They function on their own pattern and we cannot govern them in any way.”

Taking note of the situation, Mr Ashwani Kumar said, “In this case, the school applied for the completion certificate very late, that’s why they are facing the problem. But I will personally look into the matter and do the maximum.” 

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Seminar on anthro ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
A two-day national seminar “Anthropology and Society: Issues and Applications” organised by the Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, concluded here today with a valedictory function.

The function was presided over by Prof V. Bhalla, Ex-Emeritus Fellow, UGC. Prof. Bhalla elaborated the practical applications of anthropological researches in dealing with some problems that the society was now facing due to environmental degradation, urbanisation and lifestyle changes. Earlier, Prof Indu Talwar, Chairperson of the department, welcomed delegates and Dr Abhik Ghosh, co-ordinator of the seminar, proposed a vote of thanks.

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Need to save wetlands highlighted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The World Wetlands Day was observed at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 19, here in collaboration with Government College, Sector 11. The Principal of the college, Mr Bhupinder Singh, released a newsletter on the occasion.

In his message the Principal said the concern for environment is of paramount importance in modern times. The World Wetlands Day is observed to make people aware of the need to look after wetlands. The wetlands are the most productive ecosystem in the world. In Chandigarh Sukhna Lake welcomes avians from other countries. These wetlands are also a sanctuary for rare and endangered species. He asked all persons to work for a clean and pollution free environment.

Principal of Government College, Sector 11, Dr A.N.Garg apprised the students of the objectives and importance of observing this day.

Campus placements

DELL officials visited SD College, Sector 32, today for campus placements. As many as 98 students were short-listed for a series of written tests, GD and personal interviews. In continuation of this placement bonanza IBM, Genpact Ltd. and Reliance will be visiting the college campus in the coming weeks. Google.com will also be visiting campus from February 8 to hold the final round of interviews.

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Manav Mangal School goes smart
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 2
Taking technology as its driving force, Manav Mangal has approached with an innovative smart learning concept by establishing an educational institution by the name of Manav Mangal Smart School at Sector 64 here.

Mr Sanjay Sardana, Director-Principal, Manav Mangal, said: "It will be the perfect blend of the best of conventional chalk and talk method and the latest hi-tech methods of teaching and learning.”

According to Mr Sardana, “it has been established scientifically that the conventional teaching method makes use of the ‘hearing sense’ and results in only partial learning. The 100 per cent acceptance of the brain comes into play when the ‘visual effects’ are included while teaching. This method of teaching which makes use of audio-visual media is called as ‘Smart Learning’ as it makes teaching learning effortless.”

“Normally schools have one/two smart classrooms which cater to the needs of the entire school. What makes Manav Mangal’s effort worth mentioning is that this school is coming up with each and every classroom multimedia ready for smart teaching /learning”. 

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Five Kharar college students get jobs
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 2
Five students of the eighth semester of GGS College of Modern Technology, Kharar, have been selected by M/s Industrial Equipments in a joint campus placement drive held at the Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, near Ropar.

Of the five students, four are from the mechanical stream and one from electrical.

The company also held a campus interview for the polytechnic students of mechanical and electrical engineering branches in which three colleges participated.

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Students welcome migratory birds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
It was walk of a different kind, as over 250 students from different schools walked near the Sukhna lake to welcome the migratory birds.

Students from Eicher Public School, Yadvindra Public School, Mohali, Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, participated in the event, organised by The Environment Society of India.

The students identified birds — brahminy duck, pintail, mallard, gadwall, pinkhead duck, tufted pochard, coot and little cormorant. Prof M.S. Johal of the Department of Zoology, Panjab University, and Dr R. Jindal educated the students about the fish species in the lake. He also spoke about the shortage of fish in he lake for the migratory birds.

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'Merzhin' melodies move music lovers
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 2
The French Celtic Rock Band 'Merzhin' enthralled music lovers, mostly students, at the Punjab University Law auditorium here today.

The musical extravaganza, organised by the city chapter of Alliance Francaise in association with the French Embassy, was rich in solemnity as well as grandeur and gaiety of the Celtic music, a regional form of folk-popular fusion of France. The repertoire of over 15 songs rendered by the lead singer Pierre Le Bourdonnec with an immaculate vocal support from Bass guitarist Demien Le Brass, electric guitarists Vincent L' Hour, and Stephane Omnes , Ludovic Berrou and ace drummer christophe virtually rocked the packed hall. The singers established an instant rapport with the young listeners after M.L Sareen, President, Alliance Francaise, inaugurated the concert.

Employing 'Melodic resonance' as a medium of aesthetic expression the artists made the audience feel and enjoy the intrinsic beauty of nature, transcendental calmness of the soul, love in all its manifestations and human relationships all captured in the otherwise foreign French lyricism. Be it the opening song 'Pavillons Kanikazes' defining the avoidable gap between the northern or southern borders or 'La Cour Dos' depicting the innocent soul of a child or song 'Betti' depicting the political hypocrisy of China towards Tibetans enthralled the audience.

Laced with folk flavor and Celtic rock the songs on love, passion and romance like 'Fawwy', 'conscience', or 'Torcus vivantes' were presented by spirited singers with high voltage music. The only English song 'The Passengers' and 'Av bout de la sient' about the life of a musician were well received. The dazzling but soothing light effects designed and executed by Ms Fabiaane augmented the level of presentation.

Meanwhile, a Jazz concert by another French ensemble 'Erik Truffaz' will be presented at Tagore Theatre today. 

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Play stresses healthy lifestyle
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The Chandigarh Healthy Heart Action Project (CHHAP), Department of Community Medicine, PGI, in collaboration with a theatre group - Mask theatre - staged a 30-minute street play “Dilon Ki Hartal” at Sector-17 Plaza, here yesterday.

The play was focused on the rising menace of lifestyle diseases among city residents. A comic play spread a message of healthy heart and lifestyle.

The play also depicted day’s fast-track life. The healthy diet consisting of balanced nutrients, and a regular physical activity, were also one of the messages given through the play.

The play was also focused on all age groups, especially children, so that they could inculcate healthy habits at an early stage. 

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