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‘PeakTime’ for four PEC students
Make it to business meet in Europe
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 25
A team comprising four PEC third-year students - Jagnoor Singh Grewal, Avitosh Pal Singh, Bhuwan Mahajan and Manu Manrai - have made it to the finals of “PeakTime 07”, one of the largest international student business competitions in Europe.

The event is organised annually by the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia, which is ranked 12th amongst all business schools in Europe.

Twenty-two teams from universities across the world have been short-listed for stage two of the contest and the only team from India has all four as its members.

The aim of the event is to provide business students with an opportunity to test and apply their skills and theoretical knowledge by solving realistic assignments.

Avitosh, pursuing a degree in computer science engineering, says: “We will compete with teams representing different countries and it will be a great cultural learning for us, as this will provide us an insight into the world of international business and negotiations.”

“This is an event where students apply and test their academic and empirical knowledge in a competitive and realistic environment. It is also an international forum where students and professionals from various academic and cultural backgrounds meet and make new contacts,” says Manu, pursuing electronics engineering from the college.

Detailing on the competition, Jagnoor, doing engineering in IT, adds: “The idea of the competition originated in 1999 at the Stockholm School of Economics, Riga. Last year, PeakTime attracted over 350 applicants from 19 countries.”

This year, competition takes place from May 10 to 13 in Riga and will consist of two main parts: CESIM and case solving.

There will also be guest lectures by distinguished entrepreneurs, economists and professionals, including Rain Lohmus, founder of Hansabank, and Michael Hudson, a Wall Street financial analyst and president of the Institute for the Study of Long Term Economic Trends.



An integrated course in public health to be started at PU
Senate passes annual budget
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 25
Panjab University senate today passed the annual budget of the university for the year 2007-2008. While the university has envisaged an expenditure of Rs 154.52 crore for the year 2007-2008 the estimated expenditure for the current year has been shown a little above Rs 136. 53 crore.

The university’s revenue in the current year was Rs 65.35 crore and has estimated revenue of Rs 68.96 crore in the budget year. For the current year the university has incurred a deficit of Rs 71.15 crore and for 2007-2008, the deficit is expected to be Rs 86.07 crore.

Delivering the annual budget speech the VC highlighted achievements of the university. He said a five-year integrated course in public health would be started in the 2007-2008 session. A four-year BA/BSc BEd course will be started at the proposed Institute of Educational Technologies.

Other than these, MSc in Medical Physics in collaboration with the PGI and MSc in Radiation Physics in collaboration with the PGI, MA in Human Rights and Duties, Masters in social work, MA in Police Administration, Masters in solid waste management and MBA in biotechnology will also be introduced.

Glaring signs of the university’s regress were also obvious in the VC’s budget speech. The number of students of the university had increased from 1.9 lakh in 2003 to 2.3 lakh mainly due to admissions into professional courses offered by the university but the number of students taking admission in the various social science departments, department of evening studies and department of correspondence studies in the PU campus had substantially reduced since 2003.

Also the amount of consultancy works done by the university faculty through its industrial partnership center has reduced from Rs 68 lakh in 2005 to Rs 59 lakh in 2006. Similarly, the number of teachers who attended national and international seminars has reduced from about 500 in 2003 to 383 in 2006.

During the discussion on the budget speech, fellow Ajay Pal Singh and Rabindernath Sharma proposed the establishment of a Shaheed Bhagat Singh chair to commemorate the centenary celebration of the great martyr’s birth. The house agreed to the move and further decided that seminars and special lectures will be organised through the year.

Former MP Satya Pal Jain said the Government of India had not paid 8 per cent of its share of the increase in actual expenditure to the university for the past two years and the Punjab Government too had not paid its due to the university. He exhorted the VC to take up the matter with to Central Government, which, he added was shirking from its responsibility.

This statement was, however, objected to by GK Chatrath who termed its as “politicisation” of the issue.



Ex-Sainik School boys share good old memories
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 25
For the former students of Sainik School, Kapurthala, it was time to share some good old moments spent growing up together in their alma mater during a meet organised by the “Old Saikapian Association” at Chandimandir near here late Saturday night.

As light music floating from the speakers set the pace for the evening, around 100 of them “right from the first 1961 batch” converged at the ASC mess. Former teachers were also present at the get-together to see their hard work manifest itself in the fine officers.

Punjab’s Advocate-General-cum-association president Hardev S Mattewal was the guest of honour during the meet as the “old boys” from across the country congratulated him almost relentlessly for taking over the coveted AG’s post for the fourth time.

Among the members present at the meet was Lt-Gen Amarjit Singh Sekhon. Posted at Srinagar, the general, when asked about Kashmir, said the inflow of tourist into the valley had tremendously increased over the years with the improvement in the conditions. This time around, Gulmarg was the hot favourite destination with the tourists skiing all the way to pleasure, he added.

The other members included Major-Gen. Gurdeep Singh and Brig. M.P.S. Bajwa. The discussions mostly hovered around the school with the members appreciating it for provided them with a sound all-round education to make officers and gentlemen out of the students.

Recalling the old days, Mr Mattewal said the school gave them opportunities to show initiatives and to develop different aspects of their personality. It still provides an environment that encourages a questioning mind and provides the students with a platform to express their creativity and to build up their skills.

Describing the school as one of the most preferred and prestigious public institutes in India, he said it was spread over approximately 200 acres and had a remarkable building. The school came into existence in 1961. Since then, the school has delivered highly talented, motivated, and responsible youth not just to the Indian armed forces, but all walks of life.

He added that the contribution of school in the civil sector was also immense. “Name any profession and you will find a Saikapian leading from the front,” he said, adding that the school has always taught the students to act as disciplined leaders. Each state has a Sainik School , except for North-Eastern states. Assam and Manipur have a school each for all the states in the North-East.



Experts discuss sources of renewable energy
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 25
The Indo Global College of Engineering (IGCE), Abhipur, organised a seminar on renewable energy resources. The Indo Global Energy Club, led by Binay Kumar, professor and head of the Indo Global mechanical department, organised the event. The seminar focussed on the “present status and problems in some key areas of renewable energy sources.” The chief guest at the function was S.S Bedi, regional director, ministry of new renewable energy, New Delhi.

Experts from various colleges were invited to share their findings on the subject. Students from various engineering colleges and institutes also attended the seminar.



900 children ‘graduate’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 25
900 children (up to the 4th standard) received awards during the Annual Recognition Day of the pre-primary wing, held at the KB DAV school premises in Sector 7, here, today.

The little achievers were awarded with medals and certificates for their academic excellence and achievement in various fields. They were stunningly graceful in their gowns during the ‘graduation ceremony’. Thereafter, a cultural show was presented.

“This recognition will awaken creative faculties which lie latent in every child”, said Madhu Behl, principal of the school.



Education camp

Mohali, March 25
Swami Ram Tirtha Public High School here declared the annual result and organised a fun-filled educational camp, in collaboration with the “Centre for Education and Voluntary Action”, to develop a more healing and joyful relationship among children. The small budding scientists came up with sincere efforts and demonstrated various models. Models of small streetlights, electric current, the skeleton system and voltaic cell, were some of those showcased. — TNS



In pursuit of justice
Employee fights on 2 legal fronts
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 25
He is fighting two legal battles, one with his employer to get promotion under the assured career progression (ACP) scheme and the other with a Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer to get compensation for deficiency in service.

While Vinod Kumar’s, a Ferozepore-based employee of military engineering service (MES), legal battle over promotion being fought in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) awaits judgment, the compensation awarded to him by the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Chandigarh, against the lawyer in another case has not been received by him yet.

Over two months after the consumer forum handed down its verdict, directing lawyer Ramesh Sindhar to refund Rs 2,500 (charged as fee to fight the case) and Rs 1,000 as cost of litigation, the complainant has now filed a case of contempt against the lawyer.

The refund was ordered along with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from the date of the receipt of the amount i.e. May 30, 2005.

Moving an application before the forum, the complainant had stated that on May 30, 2005, he had approached the lawyer to engage him for fighting his case in CAT.

An amount of Rs 2,500 was charged and his signatures were obtained on blank stamp papers by the advocate, the complainant had alleged.

The complainant was assured of filing of his case before CAT within one or two days. But when the case was not filed, he again approached the lawyer.

“A complaint filed before the bar council of the Punjab and Haryana High Court did not yield any result, following which I approached the consumer forum,” said the MES employee.

The advocate in his reply to the forum stated that the complaint was not maintainable as the complainant could not avail himself of two remedies to get his grievance redressed.



Nritya and sangeet sammelan concludes
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 25
The 37th All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan, organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra, concluded amidst immaculate recitals of the sitar by young Manu Kumar Seen, a mesmerising vocal by Padma Bhushan Dr Prabha Atre and Bharatnatyam by Mysore based eminent danseuse Vasundhara Doraswamy at the Government Polytechnic for Women auditorium, here today.

A scintillating spell by Sitar virtuoso Manu Seen gave a grandiose start to the three-day long classical musical bonanza Avirbhav Verma kept lively rhythm on the tabla.

The receptive audience was treated to soulful sangeet when legendary Hindustani Classical musician Padmabhushan Dr Prabha Atre redefined melody in the art of classical vocalism. Torchbearer and icon of Kirana gharana Dr Atre commenced her recital with Raga Bihag. Defying her age, she displayed unusual verve and vitality. Padmashri Mehmood Dhaulpuri on the harmonium, Pandit Kale Ram on the tabla and Chetna Banawat with vocal support, augmented the memorable performance.

The last part of the evening, however, belonged to Mysore-based vivacious and vibrant Vasundhara Doraswamy, who emerged as a star performer of bharatnatyam. She commenced with ‘Melaprapathi,’ a rare confluence of music, percussion and dance, thereby creating the right ambience for more dazzling numbers.

Earlier, Kendra director M.L. Koser welcomed Dr M. Balaurali Krishna and S.K. Monga who honoured the artists. Vijay Vashisht compared the programme.



Five artistes honoured

Chandigarh, March 25
Five recipients of the coveted National Sangeet Natak Akademi awards 2006 were felicitated by the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi at a function held here yesterday evening.

The recipients included the legendary thespian Gursharan Singh, playwright Ajmer Aulakh and folklore maestro Mohd. Sharif Idu. Besides, young theatre icons Ramanjit Kaur and Rajinder Rozy had been given the Bismillah Khan Yuva puruskar, instituted this year. — OC



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