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Qualtech awards presented
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 10
The sixth North-West Qualtech Awards - 2006 were given away at a function organised by PTU’s Gian Jyoti School of TQM and Entrepreneurship here today. The awards were given in three categories.

In the large-scale business category (with turnover of more than 200 crores) Vardhman Spinning and General Mills Ltd, Baddi, bagged the Vardhman Quality Navigator Trophy. The first runner-up was Phillips India Ltd, Mohali, and second runner-up Ballarpur Industries Ltd, Yamunanagar.

In the medium-scale business category (with turnover between Rs 50 crore and Rs 200 crore) Industrial Organics Ltd, Ludhiana, got the Trident Quality Pioneer Award. Lakshmi Precision Screws Ltd, Rohtak, and Bharti Teletech Ltd, Ludhiana, were the first and second runner-up respectively.

In the small-scale business category (with turnover of less than Rs 50 crore) Hycron Electronics, Barotiwala, won the Winsome Quality Pathfinder Trophy. The first runner-up was Rico Castings, Ludhiana, and the second runner-up was Hankel Teroson India Ltd, Parwanoo.

Vardhman Spinning and General Mills Ltd, Baddi, (in the over Rs 200 crore turnover category) won the Vardhman Trophy for their quality improvement project undertaken last year that resulted in clear savings of over Rs 39 lakhs to the company.

Industrial Organics Ltd, Ludhiana (in the turnover between Rs 50 and 200 crore category) got Trident Award for a project by which their company saved Rs 40 lakh per annum.

Hycron Electronics, Barotiwala, (in the under Rs 50 crore turnover category) won the award for their project that helped save their company Rs 7 lakh per annum through quality process improvements.

The North-West QualTech Awards have been instituted to recognize structured quality improvement initiatives by business in the northern region for achieving competitiveness. There were 30 entries for the awards which were adjudged by a high profile jury headed by Mr RP Sehgal, Executive Director, Swaraj Mazda Ltd, Chandigarh.

The awards were presented by Dr SK Salwan, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, and Dr Surinder Kapoor, CMD, Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd.



PEC emerges runner-up in business plan competition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
The students’ team from West Bengal, Sarvodaya Aloeworld, won the business plan competition organised by the Entrepreneurship Development Circle of PEC, here, today.

Mr Vijay Gupta, Director, PEC, gave away the award and cash prize of Rs 25,000 to the winning team from West Bengal while PEC team was the runners-up and received Rs15,000. He complimented the students and the mentors for working with the participants in preparing their project reports.

The innovative business plans related to manufacturing of aloevera products, roof scaping, manufacturing of solar tube cells using nano-technology, and ready-to-cook sterilised vegetables which did not require freezing.

The presentation by the four finalists were judged by a panel comprising of Mr Puneet Vatsayan, Director, Mobera Systems; Mr I.S. Paul, President of The Indus Entrepreneur (TIE), Chandigarh, and Managing Director of Drish Shoes; Mr Rakesh Nangia, Director, Punjab Venture Capital Ltd, and Mr Rahul Kumar, Senior Correspondent, The Economic Times.

Mr I.S. Paul, President, TIE, and Managing Director, Drish Shoes, advised the young entrepreneurs to work hard as there were no shortcuts to success. He said working hard, believing in yourself, and trusting the people you work with were essential to reach the top.

Mr Sachit Jain, CEO of Vardhman, said success was not only dreaming big but also working hard to making those dream come true.

Fifteen entries were received from undergraduate colleges from Pune, Hyderabad, Solan, West Bengal, Jalandhar, IIT Delhi and other parts of the country which were reviewed and four were finally shortlisted by Mr Puneet Vatsayan and Mrs Anupama Arya, Directors of Mobera Systems

The four finalists included two teams from Punjab Engineering College, one from Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, and Sarvodya Aloeworld from Maulana Azad College, West Bengal.



Seminar on teacher education concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
A two-day national seminar-cum-workshop on 'Infusing new spirit on teacher education programme in emerging global scenario' concluded at the ICSSR complex, Panjab University, here, today.

Organised by the Sachdeva College of Education, Gharuan (Kharar), the seminar was sponsored by the ICSSR. While inaugurating the seminar, Prof Vidhu Mohan, former chairperson, Department of Psychology, Panjab University, said a teacher was an amalgam of tasks, relationships and values.

Prof G. Ravindra, Joint Director, NCERT, New Delhi, stressed the need for the teachers to speak, communicate and experience truth. He also underlined the need for introduction of syllabus on world peace and conflict resolution.

Prof D.R. Vij, ex-Dean, Colleges, Punjabi University, Patiala, and President, ICTE, Punjab, said methodology of teaching was not as important as passion for teaching.

Mr B.S. Sachdeva, Chairman, Sachdeva Group of Colleges, said the seminar had provided many innovative ideas and sensitised the teachers in developing new skills and methodologies that could help them build better relationship and model themselves as an upright ideal for the students to follow.

The papers were presented on policy, planning and teacher education programme, empowering and equipping teachers with life skills, NCTE curriculum and need for upgrading it and innovative practices in school internship programme

Prof Shakuntala Nagpal, NCERT, New Delhi, also conducted a workshop on curriculum construction in view of the NCTE 2006. Meanwhile, Dr S. Jain, Director and Principal, Sachdeva College of Education, delivered the valedictory address. 



It rained fun at PEC Fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Rain failed to dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic crowd that was here to be part of the celebrations on the second day of the PEC Fest here today. The main building was packed with students. The quiz saw students waiting in queue for their turn. Play and antakshri events also witnessed a huge audience.

The students also enjoyed rain dance. Boys and girls painted their hearts out on each other’s faces in the face-painting event. Spirits were up and alive all through the day as the crowd waited in anticipation for “The Night of the Titans: The Rock Show”. Events like London Bridge, Su Doku, Potpourri, Semantica and Bazm-e-shayari also added spice to the fest.

Results: Groovz (dance competition), western category: IET, Bhaddal, 1; PEC, Chandigarh, 2; folk category: BBSBEC, Fatehgarh, 1; PEC, Chandigarh, 2.

Glitterati: PEC, Chandigarh, 1; DAV, Chandigarh, 2.

Natyamanch: Sri Venkateshwar College, Delhi, 1; PEC, Chandigarh, and SUSCET, Tangori, 2.

Su Doku: Ravinder Pal, PEC, 1; Neha, GNDU, 2; Rajesh, PEC, 3.

Antakshri: Shallu and Swati, CCET, Chandigarh, 1; Agam and Shubhangi, MCM DAV, 2.

Cross Swords (debate): (best speaker against) Devashish, PEC; (best speaker for) Aanchal Gupta, KIET.

Wordict: Sahil Arora and Shubam, UIET, 1; Sandra GS, PU, 2.

How (quiz): Bhagyashree and Jugnoo Goyal, PEC, 1; Souvik Das Gupta, Vishal Arora, Digvujay Singh, UIET, 2.

B-Plan: JIS College of Engineering and Maulana Azad College, West Bengal, 1; Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, 2.



Rodrigues inaugurate school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
The Punjab Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), inaugurated Manav Mangal Smart School in Sector 64, Mohali.

Addressing members of the education fraternity, he said there was a need to initiate holistic programmes aimed at developing the potential of children, maintaining their interest and constantly recharging their enthusiasm.

He said there was also a need to evolve a system of getting feedback about the teachers from the students.

Referring to the ‘Umbrella Programme’ aimed at equipping all schools with computers to introduce free computer education in government schools in Chandigarh, he said leading IT companies had been associated for empowering our youth and young children in rural and slum areas. He said a computer interactive programme in 100 schools had also been launched.

He said the Chandigarh Administration was also planning to set up “Smart Schools” to help students achieve their optimum potential level.

Mr G.S. Sardana, head of the Manav Mangal Smart School, spoke about the school.



Job fest at MCM
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
The placement cell of the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector-36, organised the third annual ‘Maha Job Fest’ in continuation with its drive for campus recruitment. A unique feature of the fest was that girl students from other colleges also participated in it.

Some of the prominent companies that came forward to participate in the fest were Dell, ICFAI, Gen Pact, Wipro, Bank of America, Sebiz, EXL and IDS InfoTech. Students were offered jobs in the field of advertising, banking, media, BPOs and telecom sector. Registration and recruitment drive was also launched by the AIESEC, a global student organisation that actively conducts student exchange programmes.



Poem recitation day
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 10
Rhyme and rhythm ruled the roost as tiny tots of Small Wonders School recited poems on the annual poem recitation day held on the school premises here today.

It was delight to see students as young as two to five years of age singing the curriculum-based poems with full gusto.

Parents saw their children dancing to the notes of “Ek billi hamaari….” Not behind were nursery students who recited “Here is a tree with leaves so green” with excitement.

The students of LKG and UKG left the audience spellbound with their song “We all live in a beautiful world.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Anu Mahajan, Principal of Small Wonders School, said it was the sincere endeavour of Small Wonders School to inculcate the best of thoughts in a methodical manner in children.



Students bid adieu to seniors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Students of Classes IX and XI of Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41, organised a farewell party for their outgoing seniors on the school campus today.

The students prepared some dance items, a play and games for the party.

Love Upadhyay and Isha Chopra were crowned Master and Ms AKSIPS, respectively. Kashish Vij and Surbhi Kamboj were declared the best all-rounders.

The party concluded with bhangra by the students.



Ivneet, Isha are Mr and Ms DAV
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Ivneet Singh Bains and Isha Mehta of Class X were declared Mr and Ms DAV - 2007, respectively, while from Class XII Prakhyat Goel and Prachi Gera won the titles at a farewell function organised for the outgoing classes of DAV Public School, Sector 8, here, today.

Spectacular performances and impressive speeches and colourful dance items by students of Classes IX and XI marked the function. A comedy skit and musical performances also formed part of the programme.



DBA poll on March 9
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
The executive committee of the District Bar Association (DBA) today decided to hold elections for the next term (2007-2008) on March 9. The decision has been put on the notice board in the Bar room.

Though the schedule of the run-up to the elections has yet to be announced, there were chances of the sitting and a former president contesting for the coveted post again.

A cross-section of lawyers contacted by Chandigarh Tribune said early completion of the new district courts complex in Sector 43 and simultaneous construction of chambers for lawyers in the proposed complex should be the priority of the new team.

A demand for a separate high court for Chandigarh on the pattern of separate high court for Haryana and elevation of senior-most lawyers as judges in the Punjab and Haryana High Court were also on the agenda.

The Bar members have clarified that the advocates holding dual membership can cast votes either at the District Bar Association or at subordinate courts in Punjab and Haryana. However, they could cast their votes for the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association elections.

This has been communicated to the president of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association and the president of the District Bar Association, Panchkula.

Clause 3(iii) of the Constitution of the District Bar Association reads that in case any member, who is holding a dual membership, was interested in casting his vote at the District Bar Association elections, he will be required to file an undertaking that he will not cast vote in the elections to be held by other Bar associations.



Film on artificial glaciers becomes global rage
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Syed Fayaz Rizvi loves to tell tales of his environment. And he tells them with such conviction that the world can’t but listen. Very recently Rizvi clinched the UK Environment Film Fellowship for his unusually-inspiring documentary that was first shown on Discovery channel.

Titled “The Degree of Concern”, the film captures the making of artificial glaciers in Ladakh, which has long borne the brunt of climate change. “The glaciers have been melting fast and farmers are finding it hard to nurture their fields. By the time it is sowing season, precious water from glaciers is lost.

The problem would have devastated the region’s agrarian economy had it not been for an enterprising civil engineer who found a viable alternative,” says Rizvi, making generous references to Chevang Norphel, a Ladakhi volunteer, who has won the President’s Medal for his experiment.

To Rizvi, filming the process was like unravelling a mystery. “I camped in Ladakh for a year and watched the engineer at work. His solution worked simply - In October-November when the glaciers start melting, he diverts the water towards steps constructed at the foot of mountains.

The process involves reducing the velocity of water. As the temperature falls, the diverted water starts to freeze taking the shape of artificial glacier. These glaciers come handy when the sowing season begins around March.

The model ensures livelihood for the farmers of Ladakh,” says Rizvi, who won the UK Fellowship for this film. He was in Chandigarh today to participate in an interactive session on “Climatic Changes: Effects of Global Warming” organised by the local chapter of the Association of British Scholars.

But this film is just a minor part of Rizvi’s vast profile. He has filmed many hitherto unexplored areas of India’s environment and wildlife, besides inspiring legal protection for some precious species. “I like to handle projects that are challenging. That’s why I choose to work on low-profile species like the red panda, the clouded leopard and the snow leopard. I have special affinity with Kashmir where I was born.” Rizvi says.

No wonder then that his films mirror his passion. The one on the extinction of Tibetan Antelope (Chiru) was instrumental in getting the “shahtoosh” trade banned; another one ensured protection for the mongoose whose wool goes into the making of drawing brushes. These days, Rizvi is working on another film on the flagship species of Indian wildlife.

This one is being funded by the Public Service Board Trust and the Ford Foundation and will be shown on Doordarshan. Besides, there are other jobs Rizvi does to make a living.

By profession, he is a broadcast journalist who must make money to feed his passion. Environment, after all, is the costliest passion one can have in a world faced with climate change, among other hazards.



A biography should be well researched: Penguin chief
Chitleen K.Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
“In India, a writer cannot live off his writing. A career in writing may be possible in the next 10 years, but today if you want to be a writer, please have another profession also,” said the Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Publishers, Mr Ravi Singh yesterday.

In the city for the valedictory ceremony of the two-day national seminar on “Trends in Contemporary Indian Writings in English” organised at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College here, Mr Ravi Singh said budding writers should take their “craft” seriously, not their own selves.

Inspiration is over rated, what writers should learn is discipline. Write every day, do your research well, be mindful of the reader, do not indulge in writing only for yourself and respect a publisher’s decision, he further suggested.

“Research is not the strong point of Indian writers writing in English. But then considering that writers in India are not paid very well, its understandable since research requires a lot of money,” he said.

For Mr Ravi Singh, Indian writing in English also lacked a tradition of biography writing. There were very few Indian writers who had written good biographies in English. Giving the example of a biography of Maharaja Ranjit Singh penned by Khushwant Singh, he said a biography should be well researched and readable.

“Which is true of any writing. A good piece of writing is the one which is able to do what it has set out to achieve. It need not be literary in quality, but should be able to tell a story in the best possible manner.”

When asked about other “gaps” in English writing, he rued that most of the recent works had been stories of the self. “Indian writers are writing too much out of their own experiences. There is also too much of urban India in these writings. I wish young writers step out of their own stereotyped and small-town milieu and experiment more with content than form.”

Disagreeing that Penguin has not give much attention to translations, Mr Ravi Singh pointed out that many translations of classics were available in Penguin. “We have not been able to get into translations as much as we would want to. This is because there are not many good translators available. We are not looking for functional translations.”

He added that historical writing in India too had a limited tradition. “We have sound historians, but they rarely write for the general reader. This gap is then filled by a William Dalrymple who writes a book on Indian history. Here, Ramachandra Guha and Nayajit Lahiri are doing good work in this field also. The focus needs to be the general reader, not scholarly.”

Optimistic about the future of Indian English writers, Mr Ravi Singh felt that things were changing fast. The number of people writing in English had increased manifold in the past 15 years. “The scene is vibrant. There is promising talent. Also in terms of themes, these are more varied, confident and based on greater exposure,” he said.



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