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Indian translations crucial references for students: Expert
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
Alok Bhalla, director, Central Institute of English and Foreign Language, Hyderabad, said today that regional language works translated into English should also form a part of teaching of literature in India.

Bhalla is in the city to attend an international symposium on “Literature in times of violence” organised by the Department of English, Panjab University.

Stating that English works of Indian writers have been introduced in the course, Bhalla added that Indian translations are crucial reference points for the students.

“There is a need to locate our cultural and literary history through the study of these works,” he said.

Advocating a more liberated way of teaching, Bhalla said: “In Hyderabad, the curriculum is changed in each semester and teaching of literature includes using music, films and even paintings. While words retain their importance, we connect these with other histories and genres,” he said.

Warning that the English literature teaching might find itself nowhere in a few years, Bhalla said: “The basic grounding of English literature is important before it can be expanded or broken away from.”

“A large variety of post-modern texts, for example, presume a knowledge of classical texts,” he pointed out adding that once this grounding is intact the discipline can be made “porous” to include other writings. “First learn the craft and then play with it,” he suggested.

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Experts discuss technology in modern times
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 23
Dissemination of knowledge is as important as gaining it. One of the main reasons why India has lagged behind other countries is because millions of Indians are not literate and have no access to knowledge, said AJ Philip, Senior Associate Editor, The Tribune, here today.

He was delivering the inaugural address at a two-day international conference on “Research in management and technology” that began at Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology here today.

Giving examples of the iron pillar near the Qutab Minar in Delhi and the Konark Temple at Orissa, he pointed out that India had failed to harness many of the technologies, which were known to the Indians centuries ago. “Historians still wonder how rust-free iron was available centuries ago and how a rock from which the temple is carved was lifted at Konark.”

The Chinese were the first to invent paper, but it became a tool of dissemination of knowledge only when printing was discovered. “Technology is important for the dissemination of knowledge. If we aspire to be a developed nation, we should focus on primary education,” he concluded.

Delivering the keynote address, Dr MM Pant, Pro Vice- Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi, said science, technology and management should go together if India has to move towards economic development. “The words Gian Jyoti are the key to the future of a knowledge economy. The whole world is in a new situation where ideas are being converted into products and products converted into experience.

“The gap between theoretical knowledge and its commercial use has diminished,” he said. In such an economy, research takes on an important role since generation of ideas that cane be used commercially faster than the others is the need of the day.

Stressing that managers need to have a multi-skill approach, Dr Pant concluded by saying that specialisation and super-specialisation was a thing of the past. “ There is no such thing as limited local issues,” he said.

The first day of the conference saw a host of experts from premier management and technology institutes of several countries, including Pakistan, Malaysia and Oman.

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Disability course in universities soon
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
After concerted efforts by disability rights activists, disability has been recognised as an academic discipline to be taught at colleges and universities in the country. The recognition came recently from the ministry of human resource development, which has also directed the UGC to support educational institutions to set up special departments and Rajiv Gandhi chairs on disability. However, the UGC is yet to set up a model curriculum development committee for the purpose.

G.S. Karna, honorary president of the society for disability and rehabilitation studies, New Delhi, which pursued the matter in this regard with the President of India, today told The Tribune that the step could be a landmark in the disability movement in India, if implemented properly.

“The UGC should take the preliminary step of constituting a curriculum committee at the earliest. And disability experts should be empanelled for the purpose,” he said. He was here to attend the national seminar on disability movement held at the Institute for Blind, Sector 26.

Significantly, the HRD ministry has incorporated “disability as a discipline issue” in the comprehensive action plan on disability announced last year. But no university or college has yet come forward in this direction, said Karna, who just chaired the 94-member working group on empowering the disabled for the 11th five year plan. The Planning Commission of India constituted the group to invite solutions to the problems of disabled.

In the report submitted recently, the group has recommended the establishment of a separate ministry for disability affairs at the Centre.

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Extend pension scheme to us: ex-PU teachers

Chandigarh, March 23
A set of retired teachers of the Panjab University has demanded their inclusion in the university’s pension scheme implemented last year.

According to these former employees, under the regulations service rendered by an employee in specified organisations prior to joining PU’s service will count for pension if the organisation concerned has discharged its pension liability by paying in lump sum as one-time payment the pro-rata pension and gratuity for this period.

In case an employee is enjoying CP fund benefits in the previous organisation, his service shall count for pension at the PU if the employer’s share of CP fund with interest received by the employee is transferred to the PU pension corpus, claim teachers. — TNS

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Degrees conferred on 745 students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
At least 745 graduates and postgraduates were awarded degrees at the 50th annual convocation of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, today. Krishna Mohan, home secretary, Chandigarh administration, was the chief guest.

He gave away prizes to 24 postgraduates and graduates for their excellent academic performances in the university examination and also awarded the roll of honour to 13 girls for bringing laurels to the college by securing top positions.

Ritu Saroch of MA music (instrumental) was awarded the BP Bagchi Medal and Dr Panna Lal Madan Medal while Harpreet Kaur of MA music (vocal) was awarded the Dr Panna Lal Madan Medal.

The students who received the roll of honour included Amritapal Kaur MA dance, Ritu Saroch music (instrumental), Harpreet Kaur and Mandeep Khurana MA music (vocal), Sonam MA public administration, Mansi Arora and Anu Bhasin B.Sc Gunja Markan French (Hons), Aruna Kumari geography (Hons), Neetu Garg music (instrumental) (Hons), Simplejeet Kaur political science (Hons), Ritika psychology (Hons), Savita public administration (Hons)

Principal Promila Kaushal conferred degrees on 44 postgraduates in music (instrumental and vocal), dance, economics and public administration.

At least 287 honours graduates were also awarded degrees.

Krishna Mohan congratulated the students and appreciated the college faculty and its infrastructure for bringing out the best in the students who excelled not only in academics but also in extra-curricular activities and sports.

Govt College-11: As many as 544 students were awarded degrees at annual convocation of Government College, Sector 11, here, yesterday. Dr N.K. Ganguly, director general, Indian Council of Medical Research , New Delhi, was the chief guest. The function was presided over by Punjab minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa.

Delivering the convocation address, Dr Ganguly stressed on taking new challenges with due preparation and planning. He urged the students to be sensitive to the needs of people staying in rural areas. He inspired the students to dream big and celebrate life in all possible ways. He congratulated and offered best wishes to students who received degrees.

Parminder Singh Dhindsa, an alumnus of the college, exhorted them to make the best use of all facilities and infrastructure available in the college. Recalling his days at the college, he expressed gratitude to his teachers who had helped in grooming his personality.

The students who received degrees included 36 postgraduates, 85 B.Com graduates, 9 B.Com (Hons) students, 68 B.Sc students, 276 Arts graduates, 44 B.A (Hons) students, 15 BCA students and 11 were BBA students.

Dean, college instruction, K.S. Saluja, proposed the vote of thanks at the conclusion of the convocation.

Panchkula
Govt College-1:
As many as 150 students were awarded for excellence in academics at a prize distribution function of Government College, Sector 1, here, today. Fifteen of them were awarded college colour while eight received the roll of honour.

Deputy commissioner Neerja Shekhar, who was the chief guest at the function, said the youth must take on the responsibility of transforming society for the better. She added that India was on the road to progress largely due to the contribution of the young generation.

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PU Notes
Ergonomics science of the future: Expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The department of anthropology, Panjab University, organised a special lecture on the ‘Role of anthropological ergonomics in man-machine relationship” by renowned anthropologist Prof S.L Malik of Delhi University, invited as a visiting fellow.

Prof Malik said the rapid speed of machine and changes in the work environment had made the man-machine environment relationship crucial than ever before. Knowledge of anthropology was being applied for the development of work environment, design of machines, clothing and personal equipment design and so on.

Anthropology and ergonomics were the sciences of future aimed at developing a congenial man-machine relationship. Ergonomics was the science dealing with the application of information on physical and psychological characters to the design of devices and systems for human use.

Designing machines and products suitable to the users exhibiting wide variation in physical, physiological, psychological and social characteristics was a daunting task for scientists.

The lecture ended with a vote of thanks by chairperson Prof Indu Talwar.

“Anthropology and ergonomics were the sciences of future aimed at developing a congenial man-machine relationship.

Symposium

A one-day national symposium on ‘New Trends in Plant Sciences’ was inaugurated by the Prof R.C. Sobti, department of botany. Dean S.K. Kulkarni delivered the keynote address.

Prof S.C. Maheshwari, Delhi University, in his lecture “Flowering in plants” outlined the physiological processes involved in flowering. Prof R.N. Sehgal from the University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, talked on “Seabuckthorn” in the cold deserts of Himachal Pradesh.

Prof S.C. Verma elucidated on “Global concerns for phytoremediation of arsenic-contaminated sites”. Dr Paramjit Singh from the Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun, talked on medicinal plants.

Writers’ workshop

A four-day writers workshop is on at the ICSSR Seminar Complex. Naresh Kaushal, editor, Dainik Tribune, in his presidential remarks highlighted the role of the print media.

Prof Laxmi Narayan delivered the keynote address.

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Shivalik ‘e-result’

Mohali, March 23
Shivalik Public School, Mohali and Chandigarh, has put the class-wise result of the annual examination held in March on the school site, i.e. www.shivalik.org, for the convenience of both parents and students. According to school director D.S. Bedi, the result can be downloaded from the site using roll numbers. — TNS

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Tiny tots explore nature
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 23
Tiny tots of Asmah International School, Mohali, went on an excursion to the forests of Seonk, in Mullanpur, near the PGI, last week. The underlying message which these students took home was how to appreciate and love nature.

The trip was organised with a purpose to educate the little ones about the benevolence and magnanimity of the nature. Around 160 students from KG, nursery and play class along with faculty and principal Devneet Singh enjoyed themselves away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Women in posters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
Jean Rodrigues, wife of Punjab Governor and UT Administrator General S.F. Rodrigues (retd), inaugurated a “Poster women exhibition” on women at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, here today.

The exhibition is a visual mapping of the women’s movement in India through posters collected over the past 30 years.

It was first opened at New Delhi in March, 2006 and had so far been displayed in various parts of India and abroad.

This is for the first time that such an exhibition has been attempted in India and probably anywhere in the world.

Over 1,200 posters have been collected from all over the country, in collaboration with over 200 groups, organisations and individuals.

The aim of the exhibition is to address women-related issues like violence, rape, dowry, gender-sensitive laws, health services, right to food, information, shelter, housing, political participation, amongst others.

Efforts are being made to retrieve valuable archive of posters to showcase it and in doing so, to present a selection of posters that demonstrate an alternative aesthetics and throw a light on the women movement in India.

The posters display the status of women and how crime against women has changed over a period of time.

Project “Poster Women” is conceived and coordinated by Zubaan, New Delhi, and aims to document the rich and multi-layered history of the movement by putting together a selection of posters created for particular campaigns, and also some that are more general.

A book of posters, “Poster Women”, which aims not only to document and preserve a different history of the movement but also to address the new and important questions of using usual sources as ways of understanding history, was also presented to Ms Rodrigues.

The exhibition is being jointly organised by the Institute for Development and Communication (IDC), Chandigarh, and Zubaan, New Delhi, and will be on till March 29.

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Gursharan to be honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 23
The Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi will honour well-known playwright Gursharan Singh and Ajmer Aulakh at a function to be held at Punjab Kala Bhavan tomorrow.

Dolly Guleria, president of the akademi, today said that others who would be honoured were Shareef Idu and Bismillah Khan, who had recently won the Lok Sangeet award.

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Flute recital by Pt Mehta mesmerises audience

Chandigarh, March 23
The Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi presented a classical music flute recital by Pandit Sham Prakash Mehta at the akademi conference hall, here, today. Pandit Mehta, a disciple of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Hari Prashad Chaurasia, had learnt finer nuances of the classical vocal from Ragunath Telegoankar and violin from Lalgudi G. Jairaman.

Mehta claim to have given over 25 flute recitals in India. He opened up the concert with an alap of raga Bhopali gradually bearing the melody of raga in Jhod Jhala and two compositions. The first composition weaved in Madhayla melted into Drutlaya. He later presented raga Jog with a detailed alap Jhod and Jhala before doling out two compositions in Madhyala and Dhrutlay. After a devotional bandish, he concluded the recital with a melodious delineation of Heer, the slumbering love legend of Punjab. Akademi chairperson Kamal Tewari disclosed that the akademi was engaged to promote the classical arts and the artistes.

The acclaimed flute maestro Ravinder Singh honoured the artistes. Noted young tabla exponent Mahmood Khan provided an able accompaniment. — OC

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