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PU expenditure for 2007-08 approved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The total expenditure of Panjab University for the session 2007-08, estimated to be Rs 167 crore, was approved with slight modifications by the PU Board of Finance at a meeting here today.

The expenditure includes planned amount of Rs 1.03 crore and non-planned of Rs 154 crore. The expected income for this session is estimated to be Rs 81 crore. A provision of Rs 10 lakh has been sanctioned for the elections of fellows for the session 2007-08. This has been done to smoothen the preparatory work of the next Senate elections.

The Board gave approval to some new teaching posts in computer departments and considered the money to be allocated for the maintenance and upkeep of the campus.

The budget would be discussed again in the PU Syndicate meeting to be held on March 17 and again in the Senate meeting on March 25. 



Expert: Interest in reading declining
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
A three-week UGC-sponsored refresher course on the theme “Literature, language, and culture in a globalised world” commenced at the Department of English, Panjab University, here, today.

Prof S.K. Sharma, honorary director, Academic Staff College, Panjab University, in his opening remarks, spoke on the relevance and value of such courses for the college and university teachers. According to him, this would help them in upgrading their knowledge and keeping them abreast of the latest developments in their subject.

The inaugural lecture on “Reading and the cultural context” was delivered by Prof M.L. Raina. Lamenting the declining interest in reading in a globalised world, he explained to the participants how the ‘culture industry’ has affected the perception of people and taken them towards a formulaic conformity. He stressed the need for reading, which does not violate the sanctity of the text.

The course is being organised by the Department of English and the Academic Staff College of PU.



PU Notes
BARC scientists discuss Punjab farmers’ problems
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Panjab University’s biophysics department organised a “scientists-farmers” meet here yesterday. A large number of farmers from various areas of Punjab participated in the programme.

Dr D.K. Dhawan, chairman, biophysics department, apprised the BARC scientists of the problems faced by farmers in Punjab with regard to low yield and pest sensitive crops.

Dr J. Jambhulkar, senior scientist at BARC, highlighted the scientific advancements made by BARC in agriculture. He explained that BARC had developed 29 crops varieties in oil seed and pulse crops. Some of the groundnut varieties are being cultivated all over the world.

Stenos’ body

The general body of the Panjab University Stenographers’ Association at a meeting here yesterday elected following office-bearers for the Year 2007:Bikram Singh, PA to controller of examinations — president, K.G. Grover, PA., vice-chancellor’s office- vice-president; Dwarka Nath, ASO (stenography), general branch — secretary; Shiv Sharma, steno-typist, department of correspondence — joint secretary; Vinod Singh, stenographer, dental college — treasurer. executive members: Vivek Kumar, stenographer, department of economics, Meena Vij, ASO (stenography), department of anthropology; Parmod Singh, ASO (stenography), department of public relations; S.K. Nair, ASO (stenography), eegistrar’s office; co-opted members: Sarita Gupta, A.S.O. (stenography), research bulletin science; S.K. Bhandari, steno., department of education.

Dentistry award

Dr Gurpreet Singh, lecturer at the Dr H.S. Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, and the first dentist to introduce micro dentistry in the region, was awarded the first prize for his paper on “micro dentistry at the India International Dental Congress 2007, held in conjunction with the second World Congress of the New York University College of Dentistry (CDE).


The inaugural function of a two-day national seminar on “Ideological and Cultural Perspective of Guru Arjan’s Bani” was held at PU. The seminar was organised by the Department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies in collaboration with Punjabi Academy, Delhi, and ICSSR to mark the 400th year of Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev. Delivering the inaugural address, Prof R.C. Sobti highlighted the need to imbibe the teachings and philosophy of the Gurus. Harjinder kaur, mayor, municipal corporation, stated that the human beings are the image of the creator. Prof Darshan Singh said all heritage given by God is the collective ownership of people belonging to all religions

Chemistry Dept

The Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, has been granted the status of Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) by the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi. This is in recognition of its accomplishments in research and education. A grant of Rs 1 crore has been sanctioned to reinforce research, equipment and infrastructure of the department. 



From Colleges
GCG-42 students get degrees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The Government College for Girls, Sector 42, held its 21st annual convocation function on the college premises today. 659 graduates were conferred degrees on the occasion. A total of 159 students received their degrees in BA III (hons), 227 in BA III, 51 in BCom III (hons), 77 in BCom III and 145 in BSc III (med and non-med).

Twelve students were awarded the roll of honour for holding merit positions at the university level. Suman Devi was awarded gold medal for securing first position in Hindi (hons) in Panjab University examinations.

The roll of honour was awarded to Pradeep Kaur (public administration), Bhavna (history), Ritesh (sociology), Japneet (psychology), Dimple (geography), Rajni (political science), Rajni (Sanskrit), Neha (commerce), Mamta Rani (BSc), Silky (B Sc) and Puneet Kaur (BA).

Eight students were given prizes for holding positions at the college level in the annual examination.

Pawan Kumar Bansal, minister of state for finance, was the chief guest on the occasion. He emphasised the need for providing right education to all strata of society and reiterated that it is our endeavour to provide education to the poorest of poor.

A book entitled ‘Principles of Practical Translation’ written by D.K. Pandey, faculty member of the college, was also released by the chief guest. Earlier, principal Inderjit Kaur highlighted the achievements of the college, which has also received a financial assistance of Rs 17 lakh from the UGC as seed money for the introduction of career-oriented programmes in tourism, bio-informatics and environment and auditing. A.L.Gauba, vice- principal, proposed a vote of thanks.

GC-11 students honoured: The annual prize distribution function of Government College, Sector 11, here was held yesterday on the college premises.

As many as 374 students were felicitated at the function, which started with the chanting of shlokas. Krishna Mohan, education secretary, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion.

A.N.Garg, principal, read out the annual report of the college, highlighting the achievements during the session 2006-07. The college roll of honour was conferred on Akrit Jaswal, the child prodigy and winner of Pogo Amazing Kids Award, Naval Mehta, first position holder in gazal category and Anupam Kant Verma, Bharat Banga, Vikrant Avasthi, winners in the quiz at the all- India inter-university youth festival.

In his presidential remarks, Krishna Mohan congratulated the principal and faculty members for the achievements of the students. Sixteen students were awarded the prestigious roll of honour, 66 received the college colour and 298 received the certificates of distinction in academics, NCC, NSS, sports and cultural activities.

Kundan Singh and Mayur Jamwal were awarded roll of honour for bringing glory to the NCC wing of the college. Arsh Singh Rana was awarded the same for excelling in debate and declamation. Eight students from the sports category were also conferred roll of honour for their consistent and outstanding performance.

The chief guest also released a colourful ‘Gee Cee 11’ chronicle on the occasion. The function concluded with a vote of thanks presented by the college vice-principal K. S.Saluja.

Blood donation camp: A blood donation camp was organised at Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management Catering and Nutrition, Sector 42, yesterday by the department of blood transfusion, PGI, Chandigarh. Dr Usha Rao headed the team. 121 donors donated blood on the occasion.

Seminar on lab technology: Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Pharmacy organised a scientific seminar and techno quiz in the college for the students of diploma in medical lab technology. Kusum Joshi, head, department of histopathology, PGIMER, was the chief guest on the occasion. The scientific session included lectures on hospital waste management, safety precautions, career opportunities etc. A prize distribution function was also held.



‘Skills initiative’ by CII
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Reiterating its commitment to take industry to a new and enhanced level of competitiveness by creating a world- class skilled workforce, the CII and City and Guilds have launched a nationwide 'skills initiative' to develop and spread occupational skills among India 's current and potential work force.

As a first step forward in the direction to provide impetus to quality in vocational education, CII today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Guru Nanak vat Polytechnic, Mohali, committed to provide a framework of assessment and certification for manpower development. Regional director, CII Northern Region signed on behalf of CII Northern Region and Col A S Rattan, principal Guru Nanak vat Polytechnic, Mohali, signed the MoU.

It was agreed that under the project, 100 candidates will be imparted training and assessment as per the standards laid down by CII and its partners at the Guru Nanak vat Polytechnic. The courses will be of a short duration, benchmarked and job oriented. CII would be responsible for provision of standards, verification, assessment, quality assurance and certification. 



Sankalp offers help

Chandigarh, March 10
Sandeep, a poor child and a heart patient being treated at PGI, was helped by students of DAV College Sector 10, by presenting a cheque of Rs 40000 to Prof Raj Bahadur, additional medical superintendent PGI here today.

The students formed an organisation called ‘Sankalp’ with a motive of helping poor patients at PGI. Harpriya, secretary Sankalp, along with other members of organisation handed over the cheque.

Prof Ashok Kumar and Prof Umesh Vinayak under whose guidance Sankalp is functioning were also present. — TNS



SI gets 1-yr RI in graft case

Chandigarh, March 10
CBI special judge Jagdeep Jain today sentenced Chandigarh police SI Sunita Bakshi to one-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) and a fine of Rs 5000 for being involved in a case of corruption.

Though CBI public prosecutor P.K. Dogra sought maximum punishment, the court, after considering all facts, handed out a one-year sentence.

Another accused in the case, constable Husan Lal, who had taken money on behalf of the SI, was let off as the witness turned hostile.

The SI was arrested in 2005 for allegedly demanding money from Zakir Hussain to settle his matrimonial dispute.

Earlier, the judge had dismissed an application moved by the CBI for the cancellation of bail of the SI. — TNS



Waaris casts magic spell at Panache ’07
Tribune News Service

 Manmohan Waaris
Manmohan Waaris 

Chandigarh, March 10
Noted Punjabi singer Manmohan Waaris weaved a magic spell with his electrifying performance on the concluding day of Panache ’07 at the Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Techno-logy, Tangori, near here, last night.

The Punjabi music icon sang some of the most popular Punjabi songs from his albums. He began by singing his popular number on Bhagat Singh, which set the tone for the rest of the evening. This was followed by “Koka Kar ke Dokha ni Dil la Geya” and “Ger nal Pingan”, which had the audience dancing wildly to the tunes and beats of Punjabi trademark music.

The two-day cultural extravaganza saw a host of events ranging from “Antakshri”, painting competitions, theatrical events, rangoli, nail-painting, collage-making, finger-painting and tattoo-making competitions.

Theatrical dumb charades, street plays and a skit by SUSCET students made their mark on the concluding day, while the best of creative talent of SUSCET students came to fore with classical, Hindi, western and Punjabi singing competitions along with Giddha and Bhangra performances.

The event also saw quiz competitions, mock CAT, CAD crackers, Animax, Morph X, How things work, Lone wolf challenge, make things work, fix it, Vista mobile move and Panache shot competitions, which were rounded off by literary events including a debate and declamation contest.



Music albums released
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 10
Two Punjabi music cassettes, ‘Punjabi Mera Naaam’ and ‘Nishani’, were released at Chandigarh Press Club. ‘Punjabi Mera Naaam’ is the third cassette of the Punjabi singer Paramjit Nabha. Its music is composed by UK-based music director Pavneet Virdi while Aryavir Rinku has directed the video filming of the title song and a Lohri song.

Ranjit Malvai and Dilpreet presented the other album 'Nishani' under the music direction of Santosh Kataria. While releasing the cassettes, the director of manufacturing company Lavaniya Productions stated that unlike other commodities the brand name had no relevance in music where the talent of the artistes only mattered.



Rain washes out Jagjit concert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
The much-awaited concert by ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh was advanced on account of the downpour today. The show will now be held later in the month; dates will be announced later. Cards issued for today’s show will be valid for the next show.

Announced much in advance, the concert had more than 500 Jagjit Singh fans waiting upon him this evening, while the rain played its own music. Visitors thronged Nehru Bhavan in Sector 24, despite the dull weather. Many of them came with umbrellas, but to no avail.

Atul Khanna of the Durga Das Foundation, which organised the show, said “We will sit decide on the date for the concert soon. All cards that have been issued will hold good.”

At one point during the show, artistes on stage had started tuning their instruments. But just then the rain played truant and the show, co- sponsored by The Tribune, was cancelled.



Every fifth diabetic in world an Indian: Expert
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Every fifth diabetes patient in the world is an Indian as more than 30 million people are suffering with the disease in the country. This was stated by Dr Anil Bhansal, head of the Department of Endocrinology, PGI, here today.

The sedentary lifestyle and changed eating habits were found the main reasons behind the disease, said Dr Bhansali.

While interacting with the mediapersons after the launch of a blood glucose monitor by Lifescan, a division of Johnson and Johnson Medical Dr Bhansali said the situation was grave in the country as the number of patients were expected to reach 80 million by 2025.

Even China where the population was more than India has far less number of patients suffering with the diabetes, added Dr Bhansali.

However, the improved health services in the country has ensured the longer lives for the patients otherwise 20 years back the life of a patient suffering with diabetes was reduced to 20 years, said Dr Bhansali, adding that still they have to live with complications.

Unfortunately, the people were not aware about the benefits of self monitoring of blood glucose levels, which otherwise could help in leading a normal life as the patient could modify hid diet and exercise schedule, said Dr Anil.

Moreover, the cost of self monitoring was a big hindrance in the countries like India as it involves regular expenses, said the doctor.

Even in developed countries like the USA, 15 per cent patients of diabetes were found using self monitors, informed Dr Anil.

According to a study in Chennai just 1 per cent patients were monitoring their blood glucose level themselves, added Dr Bhansali.

What is true of Chennai could be true of other metros like Delhi, Kolkata, Bengalaore and Mumbai.



Gastro society formed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
Aiming at promoting the advancement of basic and clinical research on prevalent and emerging gastrointestinal infections and providing a platform for discussion and deliberations on various modalities for the diagnosis and treatment in the field, the Gastointestinal Infection Society of India has been formed here.

The society would also undertake the work to promote scientific knowledge and disseminate the information collected to the members of the society and the general public from time to time. Meanwhile, the following have been elected as office-bearers of the society: president-Prof Meera Sharma; president-elect-Dr Chetana Vaishnavi; secretary-Prof Atul Sachdev;convenor-cum-joint secretary-Dr Pallab Ray; treasurer-Dr Varsha Gupta; editor-Prof Rakesh Sehgal; and associate editor-Dr Neelam Taneja.



200 attend AIDS workshop

Chandigarh, March 10
A sensitisation workshop on HIV/AIDS was organised by the State AIDS Control Society, Chandigarh, in collaboration with the adult education department of the Chandigarh administration for rural women of Mauli Jagran to mark International Women's Day.
Around 200 women participated in this sensitisation workshop. A magic show on HIV/AIDS was held to bring about awareness among the women. — TNS



Pauline, Vikas swing to glory
Donald Banerjee
Our Golf Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 10
Vikas, P.K. Chowdhary and Pauline J.M. Singh made the most of a windy day on the Chandigarh Golf Club greens as they clinched the men’s and ladies’ titles of the Intach Golf Tournament here today.

Playing on the stableford format, Vikas garnered 35 points to clinch the title in the 19 and above handicap.

P.K. Chowdhary finished with a tally of 40 points to win the title in the 18 and below handicap group.

But in the ladies section, Pauline J.M. Singh triumphed with a tally of 33 points.

Her nearest rivals were Kiran B.M. Singh, Meena Sondhi and Mala Singh, who bracketed with 27 points each.

Intach golfers could not have asked for a better person to receive the trophy from. It was S.K. Misra, Haryana’s tourism pioneer who brought in the rare bird tags to the tourism centres that dot the highways in the state.

K.P. Singh finished with the longest drive and Sushil Suri bagged the nearest to the pin title.

The results: Ladies: Pauline J.M. Singh (33 points); Kiran B.M. Singh, Meena Sondhi and Mala Singh (27).

Men (19 handicap and above): Vikas (35), Vishwajit Khanna (32).

Men (18 and below): P.K. Chowdhary (40), O.P. Singh (35).

Nearest to the pin: Sushil Suri.

Longest drive: K.P. Singh.

Special prize for longest drive: Rima Dhillon.

Tourneys today

Engineers from all over the country will converge on the Chandigarh Golf Club greens tomorrow to slug it out on the stableford format.

Golfers will come from Ludhiana, Patiala, Chandigarh and the EME, Pune, to play for the prizes at stake.

Competitions will be held in team championship as well as individual events in the under-14 and above-14 handicaps.

The other prizes at stake include maximum number of birdies and pars.

Also, a golf tournament for the legal fraternity begins at the Panchkula Golf Club tomorrow.

According to Jaishree Thakur, lawyers from the city, nearby areas as also from Delhi will be seen in action in the tournament to be played also on the stableford format.



Sigma beat Connect for cricket title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 10
An unbeaten knock of 30 by skipper Sanjay Jain helped Sigma XI register a two-wicket win over Connect XI in the final of the inaugural Inter-Corporate/ Media/ Financial Institutions Twenty-20 Cricket Tournament organised by Chandigarh Twenty-20 Cricket Association today.

The match was held at Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, here. Connect XI skipper Rajil Sawhney decided to bat first after winning toss. They suffered an early blow after opener Rajil Sawhney (2) fell victim to Ranjeet Singh (2 for 25) at four runs.

Ravinder played a defiant knock of 24, which contained three fours. Connect XI mustered 120 for 8 in 20 overs.

Needing 121 runs for victory, Sigma achieved the target with the loss of eight wickets in 19.3 overs.

Parminder Singh of Connect was adjudged the man of the series for taking a total of 14 wickets and scoring 132 runs. Sanjay of Sigma was declared the man of the match.

Sanjay Kumar and Rajil Sawhney (both of Connect) were declared best bowler and best batsman, respectively.

Brief scores: Connect XI: 120 for 8 in 20 overs (Anil Verna 21, Vikram 30, Ravinder 24, Raman Sharma not out 9, Ranjeet Singh 2 for 25, Sanjay Jain 2 for 18, Kafeel Ahmed 1 for 24, Sandeep Mehta 1 for 26, Parminder 1 for 15).

Sigma: 121 for 8 in 19.3 overs (Parminder 18, Aman Patial 33 (2x4s,1x6), Sanjay Jain not out 30, Naveen 10, Jaspreet Singh not out 9, Anil Verma 3 for 20, Mohit Garg 2 for 33, Ravinder 1 for 24, Sanjay 1 for 17) by two wickets.



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