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Goonj ends on colourful note

Chandigarh, March 18
The cultural-cum-technical fest of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) ‘Goonj 07’ today came to an end with a series of events and a colourful night which had ‘The war of DJ’s’.

The day began on a technical note with a general knowledge quiz ‘Inquisitive’. This was followed by a series of cultural programmes like antakshri, ‘besura’ duet, regional folk songs and sudoku.

The crowd puller for the day turned out to be the scholarship test conducted by Bulls Eye in collaboration with the Public Relation Committee of the UIET. The event saw the participation of more than a hundred students.

At least 250 saplings were also planted around the circumference of the new building.

The winners:

Gaming: Counterstrike: Asheer Malhotra, Rahul Kamra, Tarun Bakshi, Sushant Sehgal, Vikas Rawat; Age of Empires: Harjot, Lokesh; Data mining: Piyush Agrawal, Mitika Singla, Siddharth Malhotra, Gunjot Rana; Technical quiz: Aditya Kashyap, Sagar Sobti, Satyen Abrol, Sukhmani Khanna; Assembly Freaks: Vishal Nayyar, Navjit Singh, Amrit Garg, Divyadeep Goel; Twig_hack_yo!!: Mandeep Singh, Manu Manrai. —TNS



230 attend seminar on higher education
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
A UGC-sponsored international seminar on “Higher Education Process Re-engineering” was held at GGDSD College, Sector 32. More than 30 foreign emissaries and 200 delegates from all over India attended the seminar. Principal A.C. Vaid welcomed the guests at the seminar and dwelt upon the problems faced by higher education institutions.

Founder and director of World Development Foundation Raju Chandrasekar delivered the keynote address.

K.V. Bhanumurthi, head, department of commerce, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, said the university system is under great pressure from the industry and the society to deliver finished products in the form of graduates to be directly absorbed into the industry at a mass scale and in a short period of time.

Ian D. Brindle, chancellor's chair for research, Brock University, Ontario; Bruno Plasse, director, Alliance Française Le Corbusier de Chandigarh and Ed Li, professor, University College of Fraser Valley, BC, Canada, shared the experiences of their institutions.

On this occasion, the host college signed a MoU with Tally (India) Pvt Ltd. for joint training of commerce students and faculty-development programmes.

Meanwhile, a two-day national workshop on “Praxis of policy to effective practise of quality assurance in teacher education”, in collaboration with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, was organised at the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36.

The objectives of the workshop were to identify means and ways of enhancing the praxis of policy to effective practise of quality assurance activities in teacher-training institutes, helping in the process of value clarification of current polices and practices in NAAC-accredited institutes and identifying significant gaps in these policies.

The director, Institute of Correctional administration, Chandigarh, S.L. Sharma, in his keynote address, suggested that NAAC should be an enabling agency, i.e., it should give suggestions, provide help to develop standards of institutions, and appreciate good works. In the post-tea session, Satinder Dhillon, principal of the college, welcomed resource persons: R.L. Phutela, NCERT, New Delhi and Raj Kumari Gupta, chairperson of department of education, Punjab University. 



Top honours for Jamia Millia Islamia
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 18
A two-day national consumer moot court competition concluded at the Rayat College of Law, near here, today with Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, bagging most of the top prizes in various categories. Sowmyn Suman of Jamia Millia Islamia University was adjudged the best mooter in the competition, which saw teams from over 33 top law institutes and colleges from across India participating and vying for the top honours.

The university also bagged the Best Memorial award. The second prize went to the Institute of Law and Management Studies, Gurgaon.

Among the prominent law colleges which participated in the competition were Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur, Chanakya National Law University, Patna, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, and Institute of Law, Kurukshetra. Teams from Bharati Vidyapeeth University, New Law College, Pune, and National Law University, Jodhpur School of Law and Devi Ahalyia University, Indore, also participated in the competition.

The event concluded with valedictory address by Justice Rajiv Bhalla who exhorted young law students to exercise honesty, sincerity and righteousness in their conduct and practice of law as a profession. Vice-chairman of the Rayat and Bahra Group Gurvinder Singh Bahra said the success of moot court competition ensured that every young law student who participated walked back with a bagful of exposure and experience from this competition.



‘Save animals’ show by students
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 18
Students of DAV Public Senior Secondary School today made a fervent appealthrough their heartrending performance to save animals from the wrath of those who are destroying them for their narrow ends. The message was read loud and clear at the annual Recognition Day of the school as the audience watched in awe the emotional presentation in form of a play.

Punjab cooperation minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh also joined the chorus to appeal everybody to spare animals especially those who were on the verge of extinction due to hunting and smuggling of animal skin. He said education was the best medium to enlighten students against the social evils. He also said the new government of Punjab has vowed to end corruption in the state and would ensure transparency and uprightness.

Chairman of the school Justice A.L. Bahri presided over the function. Principal Jaya Bharwdaj while welcoming the chief guest said their idea was to impress upon the young generation towards the importance of our wildlife. “We have also tried to underline that the massive urbanisation was another reason for fast reduction in animal population of the country. The students had prepared a computerised presentation also for putting forth their appeal not to kill animals,” she said.

School manager Madhu Bahal proposed the vote of thanks whereas Alka Mahajan compered the show. 



Ek shaam Himachal ke naam
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
“In the coming years, 70 per cent unemployed youth of the state will be given jobs,” announced Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh at “Ek Shaam Himachal Ke Naam”, the annual prize distribution function, held today at the law auditorium of Panjab University.

He furthur informed the gathering about the launch, in the near future, of various projects in the state. He also donated a sum of Rs 1.25 lakh to HPSU.

Accompanying the Chief Minister was Himachal Pradesh minister for irrigation and public health Kaul Singh Thakur, who was the guest of honour. The cultural programme began with the traditional lighting of the lamp by the Chief Minister followed by a Shiv vandana. The venue was packed mostly by students of the university and its affiliated colleges. Students attired in traditional Himachali outfits presented various cultural items of their state, including the gaddi dance of Chamba and nati dance of Mandi and Shimla. The crowd was captivated by the performances and most of the students were seen swaying to the tunes. Rohit, Meenakshi, Maan Singh Maan and Dev entertained the audience with pahari and Hindi songs. 



Satyam picks 1,386 students
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 18
Satyam Computer Services shortlisted a record number of 1,386 MCA and B.Tech students of the 2008 batch at a joint placement drive that concluded at the Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, today.

There were more than 3,500 aspirants from 50 colleges of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. Company official Sunita said it was the biggest placement drive she had held ever. As many as 112 faculty members, including seven heads of the department of CEC, conducted the drive.



First woman santoor maestro in city
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 18
“Music as a work of art is a continuous, renewing and progressive phenomenon steadily growing with life. Its transition from the temples to royal courts and auditoriums was necessitated by the innate dynamism of the music itself as well as the growing cultural needs of humanity,” maintains Bhopal-based santoor maestro Prof Shruti Adhikari.

On the invitation of the Triveni Sangeet Sabha for a music concert, the first ever woman santoor maestro of India, shared her views with The Tribune on the contemporary classical music scene and her enterprising initiative of opting for the complex 100-stringed lute instrument at the professional level.

Indian classical music is an unending quest and the student fraternity, too, has a gradual infatuation for its intrinsic appeal. There is enough patronage from government and corporate bodies in MP, Maharashtra and other states for proliferation of the Indian classical arts, says the maestro.

There is no bearing of western or any other influence on our classical music traditions, she claims. Although not averse to blending of tradition with modernity in musical compositions, Shruti says the originality of the instrument must be maintained. “With an inherited passion, I accomplished the art of playing violin, sitar, tabla under my sitarist father D.Y. Katahale and vocalist mother Sangeeta Kathiale at Bhopal but I had made a resolve to scale a new high in life and accordingly took to the most challenging task to master santoor playing. The blessed tutelage of legendary santoor maestro Padmavibhushan Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma awakened my dormant aesthetic abilities into potential artistic creations. The inspiration, concentration, hard work and faith made me achieve the distinction of being the first woman santoor vadak of the country.” says Shruti.

Her musical voyage between her maiden performance in 1988 at Gwalior state festival, where she shared the stage with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, to the latest ‘Partham Samroh’ held at Bhopal, where she was honoured along with 15 women pioneers of the instrumental music, was a revelation of luminous joy.

Despite performing at prestigious venues and winning galaxy of national awards, Shruti is not complacent but strives to learn more from her guru Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma shuttling between Bhopal and Mumbai.



Session ends with cultural programme
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 18
Tiny tots of the kindergarten section of DAV Public School, Sector 8, presented a colourful cultural programme to mark the conclusion of the session 2006-07 here today. Students of pre-nursery presented a ramp show followed by an action song "Happy days" by nursery students.

Displaying universal brotherhood, KG students presented a song “Desh Rangila” and also a dance item “Nach Baliye”. Two solo items were presented by KG students. The meritorious students were honoured.

Meanwhile, students of Class II graduated to Class III at a function organised at Hansraj Public School today. This initiative was taken keeping in mind the shift of students from pre-primary to primary and from a mother-teacher system to a subject-teacher system.

Geeta Prakash, senior town planner, Haryana, was the chief guest, who gave away the certificates and medals to students for their individual achievements. 


Drug research doesn’t come cheap, says expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
It takes around 15 years for a drug to reach the market from the time of its discovery and on an average a pharmaceutical company spends around $ 800 million on research and development of a new molecule, said Dr Viraj Rajadhyaksha from clinical research division, Pfizer, Mumbai, here today.

Dr Rajadhyaksha was here to attend CME-cum-workshop on “Good clinical practice” being organised by the department of pharmacology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, in association with Pfizer.

Dr Rajadhyaksha touched upon the ethical issues in clinical research and the role and responsibility of sponsors and investigators, while discussing the changing clinical research environment in the country.

Regulations should be followed so that patients were not exploited or harmed by participating in drug research, he said.

Dr S. Malhotra, assistant professor, department of pharmacology, PGIMER, detailing the role and responsibility of the ethics committees said before any clinical research was carried out it was approved by the ethics committee, which ensured that the rights of patient were respected and subjects in the research were not harmed.

Speaking on the process of taking consent from the patient, Dr Nusrat Shaffiq, pool officer in the department, said before including the patient in any clinical trial, it was imperative to take his informed consent after giving full details about the trial.

The patient had full right to refuse participation in any trial and this ensured voluntary participation.

Dr Viraj Suvarna from clinical research division of Pfizer, provided details on clinical trial monitoring.

He said this was done to ensure that data being generated was in accordance with the principles laid down in the ICH-GCP, Indian GCP guidelines and other regulatory norms.

Prof P. Pandhi, organizing committee chairperson, said clinical research had to be carried out under the good clinical practice (GCP) guidelines.



Bring compassion into profession: doctor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
“Commercialisation in the medical profession has brought about erosion of human emotions in the relationship between doctor and patient, which has rendered medicos health providers and patient clients,” said Dr P.N. Nagpal, a renowned ophthalmologist, while delivering the founder’s day lecture at the advanced eye centre at PGIMER here today.

Dr Nagpal was speaking on the “Declining medical ethics: what to do?”

Dr Nagpal has 138 publications to his credit, including 11 books, and edited two issues of the “Ophthalmology Clinics of North America”. He is also the member of the advisory committee to the ECO, the AAO, and the WHO International.

Expressing concern at the rise in insensitivity in the profession, Dr Nagpal said the profession had become a business.

Calling upon the medical fraternity to be more compassionate towards patients, Dr Nagpal said they must follow four ‘Cs’ - competence, cost effectiveness, convenience and care - for the benefit of patients as well as the profession.

Earlier, Professor K.K. Talwar, director, PGIIMER, while congratulating the faculty of the department of ophthalmology for their achievements, stressed the need for strengthening the profession.

The fraternity should avoid commercialisation, strengthen public sector organisation and promote group practices, said the professor.

Prof Amod Gupta, head of the department, said during the past 43 years the department had treated over 15 lakh outpatients and 70,911 inpatients.

The advanced eye centre, which had already devised novel strategies for diabetic retinopathy, ocular tuberculosis, retinopathy of prematurity and ocular infections, would for the first time in India introduce a multiplex molecular biologic diagnostic kit for intraocular infections form a single drop of ocular fluid, he added.



‘Old-age diseases have increased with life expectancy’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
The trend in emerging diseases is linked to the increase in average age of an individual in the country. Old-age-related diseases are now being reported in hospitals in larger volumes, said Dr P.N. Nagpal, the founder director of Retina Foundation, Ahmedabad, here today.

While talking to The Tribune on the occasion of the founder’s day celebrations of The Advanced Eye Centre, Dr Nagpal said more and more people were living for the longer period and the average age of people in the country has reached 67 years in comparison to 37 years in 1947. This has resulted in an increase in old-age-related diseases proportionately, he said.

Citing cataract and diabetics as main diseases being reported in hospitals, the increase in diabetic patients in the country had resulted in an increase in eye patients as well. Patients with diabetes were more likely to develop eye problems, said Dr Nagpal.

Appreciating the facilities and research work being carried out at the Advanced Eye Centre at PGIMER, Chandigarh, Dr Nagpal said he did not find a better eye hospital than it even in developed countries.



423 patients examined at camp

Mohali, March 18
The Rose Sports and Social Welfare Club organised a free medical camp in village Balongi, here today.
The camp was inaugurated by social worker Tarlochan Singh Mann and presided over by J.S. Bajwa. Around 423 patients were examined by a team of doctors from the Civil Hospital, Mohali, including Dr Surinder Bhagat, Dr Raju Dheer, Dr Rashmi Dheer, Dr Manohar, Dr Sangeeta, Dr Verma and Dr J. Sultan. Ranbaxy Ltd, Mohali, distributed free medicines. Club chairman Manish Shanker, president Mani Shanker, and other members honoured the guests. TNS



Sachin, Sumit storm into semis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
Top seed Sachin Kumar and the third seed Sumit Pal Singh reached the semifinal stage by defeating their respective opponents with an identical score of 8-1 on the second day of the ongoing third Late Shri L.D. Kapoor Memorial held at YMCA Total Tennis Academy, Sector 11, here today.

It was smooth sailing for almost all seeded players with the only exception being Dhiranush Bhatti, the second seed in the boys under-10 age category. Bhatti was upset by unseeded Param Punn 7-5 in the tie breaker. The final score was 8-7 (7-5).

In another match in the same category, Nihit Rawal beat his much-experienced opponent Raghav Talwar in a tough match which also went to the tie breaker stage at 8-7 (7-4).

In the boys under-12 category, top seed Digvijay Naruka, second seed Nishchay Rawal, third seed Utkarsh Khosla and the fourth seed Shubham Vij moved to the quarterfinal stage without much difficulty.

In the boys under-16 category, top seed Raghav Singal and second seed Ishan Gupta beat Honey and Devinder Singh, respectively, to reach the semifinal stage. Raghav will now face Aviraj Kamboj and Ishan will face Nishchay Rawal in the semifinals.

The results:

Boys u-10 (quarterfinals): Sachin Kumar b Abhijeet Singh 8-1; Sumit Pal Singh b Lakshay Sofat 8-1; Nihit Rawal b Raghav Talwar 8-7 (7-4); Param Punn b Dhiranush Bhatti 8-7 (7-5);

Boys u-12 (second round): Digvijay Naruka b Barun Gill 7-3; Bhavya Jain b Dhruv Walia 7-5; Utkarsh Khosla b Tegbir Singh Hara 7-2; Sarthak Dass w.o. Harpreet Singh; Shubham Vij b Srijan Uppal 7-3; Jatinder Singh w.o. Mandeep Kumar; Andrew Pradeep b Jaideep Sidhu 7-0; Nishchay Rawal b Param Punn 7-0;

Boys u-14 (second round): Digvijay Naruka b Rahil Mahajan 7-1; Jatin Kharab b Anvit Gupta 7-1; Ravisher Singh b Bhavya Jain 7-1; Srijan Uppal b Ashutosh Sharma 7-4; Pankaj Kumar b Jatinder Singh 7-2; Aviraj Kamboj b Raghav Talwar 7-2; Ranjodh Singh b Bhavtaranpreet Singh 7-6 (7-4); Nishchay Rawal b Suveer Sachdeva 7-1;

Boys u-16 (quarterfinal): Raghav Singal b Honey 8-3; Aviraj Kamboj w.o. Devbir; Nishchay Rawal b Anvit Gupta 8-0; Ishan Gupta b Devinder Singh 8-4.



PEC Mini-Marathon
Varun, Shruti emerge winners
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
Varun Kashyap emerged winner in the boys section while Shruti won the first place among girls in the second Mini-Marathon which was flagged off from the athletic stadium in PEC premises here today.

The marathon was organised to promote health through physical activity among present and old students, faculty, staff and their families of PEC. Around 350 persons completed the event successfully.

Dr Vijay Gupta, director, PEC, inaugurated the meet and later gave away the prizes to the winners.

The results:

Boys: 1 Varun Kashyap (mechanical stream), 2 Jorawar Singh (electronics), 3 Vaibhav (electronics), 4 Sunil (electrical);

Girls: 1 Shruti (electrical), 2 Garima (civil), 3 Sudesh Rani (computer science), 4 Upinder Kaur (computer science);

Faculty (male): 1 S.K.Singh (civil), 2 Manu Gupta;

Faculty (female): 1 Harpreet Grewal;

Staff (male): 1 Harjinder Singh (workshop), 2 Gurmail Singh (electrical), 3 Gopi Ram (production);

Staff (female): 1 Sumitra, ward (male);

Above 16 yr: 1 Dheemindu (civil), 2 Nilish Saini, 3 Tarun Kumar;

Ward (female): 1 Megha, 2 Renu;

Ward (male) 15-16 yr: 1 Suraj, 2 Jeevan, 3 Ambrish Dubey;

Ward (female): 1 Apoorva, 2 Purodha;

Male (12-14 yr): 1 Sanjeev Kumar, 2 Sushil, 3 Munish Thakur;

Female (12-14 yr): 1 Shalu, 2 Sheema;

Old Students and guests: 1 Balwant Singh, 2 Harneet Kaur.



Legal eagles to fight it out on pitch

Chandigarh, March 18
As many as 13 teams of the District Bar Association of Punjab, Haryana and High Court Bar associations will take part in a cricket tournament to be held at grounds at Jalandhar, Sonepat, Fatehabad, Karnal, Panchkula and Chandigarh from March 23 to 27.

Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijender Jain will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony at DAV Cricket ground, Sector 10, on March 23. — TNS



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