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UGC directs Panjab, Pbi varsities to rename degrees
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The University Grants Commission has directed Panjab University here and Punjabi University, Patiala, to rename journalism degrees being offered by their departments to bring uniformity in the masters courses in the subject.

Panjab University offers a two-year postgraduate degree in Masters in Mass Communication degree and Punjabi University offers the same course as Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication (MMC). These courses have now been renamed as Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication (MJMC) as structured by the UGC. Students who will clear the course in 2006-7 will be awarded degrees with the changed nomenclature.

The UGC directive follows a censure by the commission to these universities. Students who passed these degrees and cleared the UGC-NET were refused the NET certificate by the UGC on the grounds that the degrees MMC and MJMC are not recognised by the UGC.

The students contacted the departments and the UGC was informed that they were running the courses for decades and UGC had never earlier objected to the nomenclature.

“The problem was sorted out and UGC decided to accept the nomenclature only for the earlier batches,” said Jayant Petkar head, Department Mass Communication, PU.

Students who did the course from Punjabi University faced a similar problem.

On clearing the NET they received letters from the UGC stating that their course was not recognised.

Following this experience the UGC has now written to the two universities directing them to rename the courses as MA courses. “The course has been renamed and the syllabus also streamlined in accordance with the UGC guidelines,” said head of the Department of Journalism, Punjabi University.

There is still, however, some confusion regarding the degrees which are to be given to students this year. PU senate cleared the change in nomenclature for 2006-2007 session and students who pass out this year will get the MA degrees.

However, students who get their degrees during the annual convocation will have to face the same problem as their seniors. “I am not sure, the degrees to be given out during the convocation might have the old nomenclature,” said Petkar.



Short break during convocation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
A short tea break will be part of the Panjab University convocation to be held on March 7. The convocation, which is generally a continuous ceremony, will be held in two parts this year as the President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will be in the university only for an hour. He will be delivering the convocation address on his arrival at 2.50 pm in the university and leave for the PGI at 3.50 pm.

Since the PU vice-chancellor has to escort him to the next destination as part of the protocol, a short break in the convocation ceremony will have to be given.

This is the first time that the President of India will be in the university for its convocation.



Scuffle among teachers over ‘nasty’ remark

Chandigarh, March 5
An alleged nasty remark against a female colleague led to a scuffle among teachers of Government High School, Kaimbwala, here, today.

The allegations and counter-allegations led to heated exchanges among the teachers. The matter was finally brought to the notice of the Sector 3 police station.

Ajmer, a Class III JBT teacher, accused another teacher Yogesh Kumar of passing some malicious remarks against a woman colleague. “Yogesh had spread illogical rumours in the school about me and our woman colleague. I came to know about it from one of our colleagues Ram Vilas. When I enquired about it from him, he threatened me with dire consequences. Unable to bear this humiliation, the woman teacher fainted in the morning and was admitted to the Sector 16 General Hospital,” said Ajmer.

Confirming this, Ram Vilas said that Yogesh came to his class on February 28 and asked about the relationship between Ajmer and the woman teacher. “When I showed my ignorance about it, he told me that even the acting principal Mohinder Kumar knew about it and had caught them outside the school campus during school hours,” said Ram Vilas.

When the teachers enquired about the whole episode from Yogesh this morning, a scuffle arose among them.

Meanwhile, Yogesh has a different story to tell. He claimed that it was a sort of misunderstanding and he had not said anything against any teacher and the teachers had lobbied to defame him. “It was just twisting of words by the teachers, which led to such a mess. They all threatened me, even tried to manhandle me and provoked me to lose my temperament”.

Mohinder Kumar also testified that it was a sort of misinterpretation of words. “ Four months ago, I had spotted Ajmer and the woman teacher together outside the school premises in school hours without letting me know, which I objected to. I might have told about the same incident to Yogesh, who was new entrant to our school, to refrain him from such a practice i.e. to remain absent during school hours.”

Mohinder further said, “ I cautioned Yogesh because he was already facing departmental inquiry about an earlier case and I am supposed to give his conduct report to the department. As regards today’s incident, I have reported the matter to the Education Department and DEO Kamla Bains has initiated inquiry proceedings through Shiv Kumar, principal of GMSSS-23. — TNS



8 govt school teachers promoted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Eight teachers of city government schools were promoted as headmasters and headmistresses on Monday by the education department.

Kailash Rani, home science mistress, Government Model School, Sector-47, has been promoted headmistress Government Senior Secondary School, Maloya. She has also given additional charge of the GMHS-38.

Kamlesh Bhatia, social science mistress at Government High School, Daria, has been given the charge of headmistress of Government Model High School , Mani Majra, whereas Paramjit Kaur, science non-medical mistress of GMSSS 27, has been made the principal of Government Model High School, Sector 22-C. Kamlesh Kumari has been made the headmistress of GHS Daria.

She was earlier working as a science mistress at the GMHS Mani Majra.

Manju Gupta, science mistress of GMSSS 19, has been promoted headmistress of Government High School, Sector 30.

Shushma Saghi has been made the headmistress of the GHS-46. Ramesh Kumar, science (non-medical) master, Government Model High School, Sector 29 and Usha Chawla, science (non-medical) mistress, Government Senior Secondary School, Maloya, have been promoted headmaster/headmistress of Government High School, colony number 4 and Government High School, Sector 38, respectively.



‘Iranian youth more receptive to classical music’
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 5
"With its inviting depths of tradition in the primitive, folk and Sufiana streams of music, the Iranian classical music had enriching cultural contexts like the Indian music," observed the city-based Sarasvani maestro Subhash Gosh after his musical concerts in Iran cities during his two consecutive visits there.

The connoisseurs of music in Iran hold that the systematic classical stream of music had been evolved from the folk music, claimed Gosh while talking to mediapersons at Hotel Aroma, here, today.

Interestingly, the younger generation in Iran is more receptive to classical forms of music be it the Iranian, Indian or western, says Gosh. Referring to the overwhelming response to his concerts at the auditoriums like Hafeziyah at Shiraz , Nivaran Palace and Anisheh at Tehran, he claimed that his ensemble comprising sarangi maestro K.B. Goswami, flautist P.C. Nepali, sitarist Gopala Krishna and tabla exponent Mehmood Khan performed at Shiraz after a gap of 35 years. Earlier, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Bismillah Khan and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan had performed there.

It was more memorable for us as the Indian Ambassador released two sets of DVDs covering our concerts during the year 2005, claimed Gosh.

Gosh had been invited to perform on Sarasvani in Iran with the top Iranian poetry singer Malikhy.

Inspired by their devotional music, Gosh had envisaged a divine music project of delineating all 31 ragas of Gurbani in composition of Shabads as enshrined in the holy Guru Granth Sahib.



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