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Indian culture, ethics impress UK teachers
S.D Sharma

Chandigarh, February 14
A group of 19 teachers from Wigan and Sheffield in the UK are on a week-long visit to schools for ascertaining the role of performing and visual arts in imparting a better education.

Supported by a league for exchange of commonwealth teachers, the British teachers had interactive sessions with educationists, artistes and mediapersons on the invitation of the Mohali-based Heritage Art and Education Society.

Heritage director Rajpal Singh disclosed that the Department for Education and Skills, UK, and Commonwealth councils was collaborating with the society to provide opportunities for artistes, teachers and young students to explore , understand and undertake creative projects of socio-cultural relevance.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Ms Pamela Jean Harrison , a musician and educationist from Wigan extolled the reverence and gratitude, the Indian students held for their teachers. “We are really enamoured at the humility with which the youngsters adore elders and my heart goes out for the inherited ethics and cultural traditions of your land” remarked Pamela.

“In comparison , all was not well with our younger generation”, lamented some teachers. That was why the West was on way to imbibe the best of the oriental culture. In fact, many migrant nationals had made the UK a melting pot of so many diverse cultures, added Pamela. Music was a compulsory subject in the UK but more students opt for drama and dance which was otherwise optional. There were many to appreciate the Indian music but a few only took to its instrumental stream because of its complex grammar and intricate patterns.

All the teachers felt that private schools had better infrastructure, amenities and discipline than the government schools. But the condition was woefully miserable in all schools of the rural areas where the suppression and cane-driven sense still prevails.



From Schools
Arijit, Preeti win gold in debate
Tribune News Service

Mohali/Chandigarh, February 15
“Avantika”, a group of contemporary artistes and intellectuals, organised a debate in Shivalik Public School, Sector 41-B, Chandigarh, today.

The topic for the debate was “Importance of Non-violence in today’s world”.

Students from various schools participated in the debate.

Arijit of Shivalik Public School and Preeti Sandhu of Sacred Heart School got gold medals. Dupinderjit Kaur and Akansha Sharma of St.Soldier International School got silver medals. Bronze medals were given to Archit of Shivalik Public School and Anjali Taneja of Sacred Heart School.

Students were also awarded for dance, art and music at district, state and national levels.

Principals and teachers of various schools were also awarded for their achievements in different levels.

St. Xavier’s

St. Xavier’s, Mohali, hosted an inter-branch competition in story-telling, one-act play and folk dance. The day witnessed electrifying performances by the talented students. In the story-telling category for students of Class II and III, the children narrated beautiful stories in their musical voices in the most impressive ways. The winners were St. Xavier’s, Panchkula. The best speaker was Kirpaeesh Kaur of St. Xavier’s, Mohali.

One act plays staged were based on burning, contemporary issues and fairy tales, giving clear and distinct messages in a witty and subtle manner. The winners were St. Xavier’s, Mohali. The best actor award went to Zaib Shaikh of St. Xavier’s, Panchkula.

In folk dances the winner was St. Xavier’s, Panchkula.



Udham Singh college set for placement carnival
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 15
The Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, is all set for a grand placement carnival with several MNCs and national majors in the engineering and technology industry scouting for the best of the talent in the region.

Addressing a joint press conference here today, Mr Sukhwinder Singh Sidhu, Chairman and Mr Gurlabh Singh, General Secretary of SUSCET, said the fortnight will get underway from February 15 with Mobera Systems Private Limited holding talent hunting sessions on February 16, the inaugural day of the 15-day affair. Further, it will be Excel Private Limited on February 19 with its HR managers doing their bit. Wipro Technologies will be the next to chip in with its team of experts and officials who will assess the skill sets of SUSCET students.

Following next will be Dell International which will be holding sessions for its probable employees on February 27. Apart from these technology majors, Bajaj Sons Private Limited, Global Electronics, Sigma Vibracoustic ( India) Limited and Sri Vardhman Technologies Limited are likely to join the on campus recruitment festival.



From Colleges
Experts give tips on resume writing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
A workshop on resume writing, personality development and communication skills was organised by the placement cell of the Government College of Education, Sector 20.

Ms Namrata, Career Counsellor, Punjab University, Dr Paramjit Singh Kang, and Mr Shivinder Kang, Lecturer, CIIS, Mohali, were the experts at the workshop. Dr Harsh Batra, principal of the college, and Ms Jasvir Kaur Chahal, in-charge of the placement cell welcomed the guests.

The workshop was divided in to three technical sessions. Ms Namrata briefed students about the art of writing expressive resume in the first session.

During the second session on personality development, Dr Kang stressed on the need to groom one's personality and how personality development could open new vistas of opportunities for an individual.

Mr Shavinder Kang, who held the third session, acquainted the students about the phonetics of language, its usage and modes of effective communication. Students were told about methods of facing interviews in the last session and various mock interviews were also conducted for M Ed, B Ed and B Ed (yoga) students.

Productivity Week

GGDSD College, Sector 32, celebrated ‘Productivity Week’ on the college premises today. An essay writing and declamation contest was organised to mark the week. The highlight of the day was the launch of 'Spirit India ', a brigade of students and teachers charged with patriotic fervour to preserve, nurture and strengthen the hard-earned freedom of our country. Ms Meera Sharma, senior faculty member in the Department of English, appealed to all present and urged them to stand up for the cause. Dr A.C. Vaid, principal of the college, launched the brigade.

The appeal got an overwhelming response from the students and staff, as they volunteered to be a part of the cause. While Shashank of B A (I) was adjudged the winner of the essay writing contest, Deepika Pundir of B A (III) won the second prize. Aakrite of B Com (I) and Mantegveer Singh of B A (I) bagged the first and the second positions respectively in the declamation contest.

The National Productivity Council, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India as a part of its observance of the ‘Productivity Week’, from February 12th to 18th throughout the country, sponsored the contests. The theme for the year is "Productivity For Global Competitiveness". The winners and runners-up of both the contests were awarded cash prizes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 respectively.

‘Literary Extravaganza’

The English Literary Society of the Government College for Girls, Sector 42, organised ‘ Literary Extravaganza’, that included events like ‘enactment of scenes’ from English plays and ‘Just-a-Minute’ sessions. A total of 15 students and three teams participated in the events. Shiwalika, Esha and Preet Kaur bagged the first, second and third prizes respectively, for their commendable performances. Two consolation prizes were also given to Preeti and Deepika. Ms Inderjit Kaur, principal of the college, presided over the function and gave away the prizes.

Chem Quiz

‘Chem Quiz 2007’ was conducted by the Department of Chemistry, Government College for Girls, Sector 42. Eight teams participated in the quiz contest. Niharika, Smriti, Leena were the winners while Gurmeet, Monika and Nipun got the second prize. Nutan, Shilpa, Amonika got the third prize.

The Environment Society of the college held a seminar on ‘Solid Waste Management’ in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh, and Punjab University. Dr S.K. Sharma, president, Environment Society of India, delivered the keynote address. Dr Satnam Ladhar, principal, Scientific Officer, PSCST, delivered a lecture on the topic in the forenoon session. Mr Ishwar Singh, IFS, Deputy Conservator Forest and Director, Environment, Chandigarh Administration, was the guest of honour at the prize distribution function in the afternoon session. He gave away prizes to the winners of various competitions held as a part of this function. The ‘Vermicomposting Unit’ of the college was well appreciated by the guests and faculty members of the participating colleges of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali. An exhibition of various articles prepared from waste material was a centre of attraction and was appreciated by the guests. Ms Parvinder Kaur, co-ordinator of the function, proposed a vote of thanks to the guests, winners and participants.



Student injured in clash
Our Correspondent

Mohali, February 15
A student of Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology got injured after a clash between two groups
here today.

According to the police, Vikas, who was a second year student of BCA, was taken to a hospital where he had to be given stitches.

Some heated exchanges had taken place between two groups of boys, one of them being an outsider, in connection with Valentine’s Day yesterday. The two groups again got together today leading to a clash between them.

The police is investigating the matter.



Seminar on ‘Marginality in Modern India’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
A two-day national seminar on “Meanings of Marginality in Modern India” organised by the Department of Political Science Panjab University was inaugurated here today. This seminar is last in the trilogy of seminars organised by the department in the past three years focusing on the complex interface between Indian politics and its fast changing international context.

The seminar was inaugurated by R C Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University. The Chairperson, Dr Ashutosh Kumar, welcomed the delegates and informed them about the activities of the department. Prof Bhupinder Brar, Coordinator, UGC-SAP, introduced the theme of the seminar and spelled out the key questions that would receive attention in the various sessions. Prof Sobti noted that marginality in modern India had taken multiple forms and dimensions and questions of social justice, equality and freedom had not been addressed seriously even after six decades of independence.

In the first session, Prof Gopal Guru and Prof Gurpreet Mahajan, both from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, deliberated on the conceptual issues with regard to marginality. Both speakers noted that the margin and the centre could not exist without each other.

Prof Guru illustrated his presentation with a variety of examples to bring out the changing meanings of marginality. Prof Mahajan recognised that there could be different types of marginality and all problems could not be painted with the same brush. She noted that older terms like discrimination and disadvantage need not be discarded and could still provide us a handle.

German Department function

Annual Prize Distribution Function of German Department was held and the students of the Department regaled with colourful cultural programme. Students from Certificate Course, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in German, presented songs, dances and skits. Students, who passed out last year in academic session 2005-2006, were given certificates and trophies.

Ms. Christma, a student from Certificate Course in German, who stood first, was also given a cash prize of Rs 2500 instituted by Mr. J.C. Dhingra. Students were apprised of the importance of foreign language in this Era of globalisation, various jobs options available with different organisations were highlighted. The function concluded with the vote of thanks by Dr M.M.S. Chauhan.

Musicians enthrall audience

Eminent musicians Prof Ajit Singh Paintal (a disciple of Pt. S.N. rattan Jankar and ustad Amir Khan Saheb) and Prof Suneera Kasliwal (a disciple of Pt. Uma Shanker Mishra) performed at the Music Department and had the audience spell bound with a recital of Raag Gaud Sarang and Bhim-Plasi. Prof. Suneera Kasliwal performed Nat-Bhairav on Sitar. Both the artists from Delhi University are presently conducting workshops in the Music Department.

Dr Arvind Sharma on Harmonium Dr. Mahendra Prasad Sharma and Dr. Parmajit Singh on Tabla accompanied the artists. The Chief Guest Prof. A.K. Prasad, Ex Dean of the University, honoured the artists. Prof. Saroj Ghosh, Chairperson of the Department, proposed a vote of thanks.

Lecture on wars

The Centre for Defence and National Security Studies organized a lecture on 1962 and 1971 War and the guest speaker was Brig Sant Singh, MVC, and Bar, the man who captured Dhaka. Sharing his experience, he discussed the military plan and the operations, which led to the conduct of both the wars. According to him, in 1962 the then political leadership did not pay any heed to the field reports by the military commanders. Both the military and political leadership perceived differently as far the actual onslaught of threat from China. The lecture was presided over by Prof. S.S. Bari, Registrar, PU.

Soli J. Sorabjee to deliver lecture

Mr Soli J. Sorabjee, former Attorney-General of India will be delivering Ajit Singh Sarhadi Memorial Lecture on “Judicial Activism - Bane or Boon” on February 17th at 4.30 pm at University Auditorium, P.U. Mr. Justice (Retd.) S.S. Kang, former Governor of Kerala and former Chief Justice, Jammu and Kashmir High Court, will preside over this lecture. The lecture is being organized by the Department of Laws, Panjab University.

“Young Scientist Award”

Ms. Indu Chhabra from the Department of Computer Science and Applications, Panjab University has been awarded “Young Scientist Award” in Section-D by Punjab Academy of Sciences. Disclosing this here today the official spokesman said that the award has been conferred for her work on “The Recognition System for Gurmukhi Script”.

VC meets non-teaching staff

The PU VC Prof RC Sobti today held a meeting with the non-teaching staff of the university. The VC told the employees to improve the work environment in the university and feel proud of their work. He also told them to contact the officer in charge for the redressal of their grievances. 



120 students of St Soldier school get prizes
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 15
The annual prize distribution function of St. Soldier International Convent School, Phase 7, Mohali, was held here on Thursday. Mr Y.P. Katyal, former Head of Department, Special Examinations and CBSE Training, was the chief guest.

The function began with Saraswati Vandana. More than 120 students were given away prizes on the occasion.

Manu Waraich, who topped the CBSE class XII examination held in 2006, was given Rs 5,000 by the management.

Preetinder Singh, Sukhdeep Kang, Karanveer and Gurleen were honoured for their achievements in athletics. Students who bagged various positions in club competitions were also awarded.

Sahibzada Zorawar Singh House bagged the Best House Trophy.



Advocate files defamation suit against Bar Council
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 15
An advocate of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Jagmohan Singh Bhatti, has dragged the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana to the District Courts here for defaming him by issuing a statement in Press regarding the suspension of his licence to practice law.

The advocate has filed a suit pressing for damages and compensation against the Bar Council for allegedly defaming him without reasonable and probable cause. He has claimed that he suffered damages to the tune of 500 million pounds.

The Bar Council, through its Secretary and Additional Secretary, Law Bhavan, Sector 37, has been made party to the case. In the suit, the plaintiff has stated that he had approached the office of the Bar Council on March 1, 2006, with an application to supply a copy of suspension order along with other documents. The plaintiff alleged that he had not been given a copy of the suspension order till date. He alleged that in the absence of the suspension order the defendants had forged, fabricated and tampered with the proceedings and records of the State Bar Council and the record concerning the plaintiff. There was sufficient evidence to demonstrate this fact on the subject. He stated that due to the arbitrary act and conduct of the defendants, the plaintiff has suffered a big setback to his professional career of more than 23 years. The court has issued notice to the defendants for May 24, 2007.



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