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Gujarat Law University students win trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Students of Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, won the Sarin Moot Court Running Trophy at Panjab University on the concluding day of the UILS-Sarin National Moot Court Competition -2007 at the Panjab University campus here today.

Out of the four teams that had made it to the finals, teams from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar and National Law University, Jodhpur, were selected for finals. The finalists were judged by Mr Justice Mahesh Grover, Panjab and Haryana High Court; Justice M.M.S. Bedi, Panjab and Haryana High Court; Prof Veer Singh, Director, Rayat and Bahra College of Law, M.S. Brar, Director, Information and Technology, UT and Dr Balram Gupta, a former professor and senior advocate, Panjab and Haryana High Court.

Delivering the valedictory address, Mr Justice AK Goel of the Panjab and Haryana High Court, said the proposition on intellectual property rights was interesting and an important subject. Methodology earlier used was giving lecture only. But changing times were about changing challenges.

It was not only becoming corporate lawyers but much more.

He concluded by saying that all legal studies were useless if they did not serve humanity. “We have to stand by justice,” he said.

The guest of honour at the occasion, Prof Gurjit Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi National University, said legal education in India was given step motherly treatment since independence.

This has continued till 1988.

He remarked that National Law Schools have been able to produce quality lawyers.

The aim was to help ordinary man by providing legal services in society.

Prof RS Grewal, Director, University Institute of Legal Studies, said the Bench, Bar and Institutions were together in imparting legal education.

Legal institutions are youngest among the three but they were the most important as they lay down the foundation for future bar and bench.

He stated that with the emergence of globalisation, the legal profession was likely to meet international challenge, accordingly it had to prepare itself to meet challenges from international legal fraternity and ultimately there should be the survival of “legally fittest”.

He admitted that with the fast pace of development of science and technology, trade and commerce, legal profession was faced with challenges.

There was a need for a trained army of legal professionals as litigating lawyers, legal advisers, drafting and legal documents and for conciliation and settlement of disputes, he added. Dr Jasmeet Kaur, Moot Coordinator, read out the report of the UILS-Sarin National Moot Court Competition 2007.

The second best team was National Law University, Jodhpur. Harshita Bhatnagar of Gujrat National Law University, Gandhinagar, was chosen as the best mooter while Vinay Vineet Mishra of the same university and Tanvi Sinha of NLU, Jodhpur, were both chosen as the second best mooter. Best Memorial was given to ILS, Pune.

ML Sarin, senior advocate and secretary general, Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation, appreciated the performance of the students.



Officials burdened with additional charge
Education department without key posts
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Chandigarh, a key education centre of North India, is without a sanctioned post of director public instructions (Schools).

The incumbent, Ashwani Kumar, draws his salary as deputy director, vocational education, not as DPI (S). For there exists no such post in the charter of the UT administration.

He has been assigned additional charge of project director, Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, a senior education official said.

UT home secretary Krishan Mohan said: “It comes under the jurisdiction of the Government of India and we cannot make a decision on it.”

The education department has awarded multiple charge to some senior officials of the department, drawing censure from officials.

Some of them have been burdened with dual charge simultaneously. In some cases, they have been saddled with more than two charge.

Reason: the inability of the authorities to fill vacant posts in time.

Sources in the department say that the annual confidential report (ACR) of principals has to pass through a tedious exercise.

“Under the regular practice, a principal’s ACR is prepared by the DEO, and is referred to the DPI (S). After reviewal, the DPI sends it to the education secretary, who is the final accepting authority. This time-consuming procedure gets everything delayed and posts lie vacant.”

UT-cadre senior principals and lecturers rue that the current scheme of things was not only affecting their promotional avenues but hindering the working of the department as well.

Registrar, middle standard examination, Gulzar Singh is holding the office of adult education project as deputy director.

However, two posts of assistant director and one deputy director are lying vacant.

“The UT sets aside Rs 2 crore as budget for adult education annually. Such a key central government project has been left at the mercy of a single officer. How can the work be justifiably done when posts are not filled,” rued another senior official.

Also, assistant director, vocational education, Chanchal Singh has been given two additional charge i.e. nodal officer, Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan; and deputy registrar, education. His seniority will be counted in the principals’ slot too.

Under the policy, in the event of retirement of a principal in senior secondary schools, a UT-cadre senior lecturer takes over the charge as officiating principal.

In high schools, the senior-most master/mistress or language master/mistress officiates as in-charge.

“A handful of principals have been given the powers of a drawing and disbursing officer (DDO) of other schools,” lamented a lecturer.



10,500 take pre-medical entrance test
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
At least 10,500 candidates from Punjab, Himachal, Haryana and Chandigarh appeared in the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) pre-medical/pre-dental entrance test (PMT) 22 centres in the city today.

There was a mixed response form candidates on the pattern of the paper, though experts opined that the paper was set as usual.

“There was no specific change in the pattern of the test. The students who knew their basics well should have done well,” opined Prof S.C. Gupta, a physics lecturer.

Kabir and Jagneet from Yamunanagar found the physics part a bit tricky.

Himpreet from Patiala, who took the test for the first time, found the biology section tough.

“Maybe I did not prepare too well for biology”, he said.

Binsi (HP), Supreet (Gurdaspur), Gurkiran (Ludhiana) and Daman(Ferozepore), all found the test easy.

Mohit Sachdeva from Abohar had a piece of advice too. “Though the test was organised well, the process of marking attendance midway did cause some distraction. We were made to sign our attendance as we attempted questions. Couldn’t it be done before or after the test?” he asked.

When board officials were apprised of this, they said: “We are very particular about curbing impersonation. So we adopt these methods to verify candidates’ identity and this has to be done in-between the test not before or after.”

According to officials of the CBSE, no untoward incident was reported from any of the centres in the city.

A meeting of principals and centre supervisors of all centers under regional officer, local CBSE office, D.R. Yadav was held at KB DAV School, Sector 7 here, yesterday.

Thirty observers were given directions to dispel fears of leak of question paper or how to deal with “irregularities”, so that the test could be conducted smoothly.

The test, which started at 10 am, concluded at 1 pm.

The result would be declared within a month, the CBSE sources said.



Promote common school system: Teachers’ body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
In order to prepare for the mass mobilisation and to force the central government to enact the Right to Education Bill, a three-day teachers’ workshop is being conducted at Panchayat Bhawan, Sector 18, here. The workshop is being organised by the All-India Secondary Teachers’ Federation.

General secretary of the All-India Federation of College Teachers’ Organisation (AIFCTO) V.K. Tiwari inaugurated the workshop. Tiwari said, “The UPA government is evading its responsibility of providing free and compulsory education for children belonging to underprivileged strata of society.”

Tiwari, while advocating the neighbourhood common schools system, stated that no country in the world had universalised elementary education without promoting common school system. “The lack of commitment to this system would further defeat the very purpose of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan.”

The teachers’ union leader from Punjab Ranbir Dhillon said the excuse of paucity of funds was meaningless. It was a unanimous opinion of the teachers to build a powerful movement to force the government to allocate 6 per cent of the GDP in this year’s budget to be raised to the tune of 10 per cent by 2010.



Students showcase creativity
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 1
The Northern India Institute of Fashion and Technology (NIIFT) organised a two-day inter-college fest, ‘Arc En Ciel’, which concluded on the campus here yesterday. NIIFT director Vijay Sharma inaugurated the fest.

Students from various colleges exhibited their creativity and skills in various competitions, cultural events and fun games.

Various events included a spoon race, three-legged race and tug of war. Song and dance performances along with a fashion show on the theme “Nautanki” to add a tint of fashion and glamour were also organised. The show presented by the students of the NIIFT was in the form of a drama and had garments which were self created.



DAV-15 students, principal felicitated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 1
Seven students and Principal Rakesh Sachdeva of DAV, Sector 15, Chandigarh, were honoured at a function organised by the DAV College Managing Committee in New Delhi last evening.

The students were presented with gold medals and certificates for excelling in academics, sports and co-curricular activities. Rakesh Sachdeva was given a gold medal, shawl and a certificate. He was one of the 24 principals selected from 700 schools and colleges for felicitation by the committee.



Workshop clears fuzz on fuzzy logic

Chandigarh, April 1
A Matlab and Simulink workshop was organised by ISTE electrical student's chapter, Punjab Engineering College, in the PEC auditorium yesterday.

Prof Lini Mathew, Department of Electrical Engineering, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Chandigarh, conducted the five-hour-long workshop. He delivered a talk on the mathematical tools involved in Matlab and Simulink before moving on to more specific usage in control system design, neural networks and fuzzy logic. — TNS



NET on June 24

Chandigarh, April 1
The University Grant Commission (UGC) will be conducting national eligibility test for junior research fellowship (JRF) and for lectureship on June 24. Last date for submission of the forms is April 30. — TNS



Poets keep audience glued to seats
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 1
With their brilliant sallies of fancy, ethereal vision and impulse, all six poets of humour and satire doled out their verses on diverse themes only to mesmerise the elite audience at a hasya kavi sammelan held at the auditorium of Government Museum, here, today.

The event organised by the Chandigarh Tourism in association with the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi witnessed the largest gathering of intrusive audience who kept glued to their seats throughout. After akademi secretary Prem Vij welcomed the chief guest, Vivek Atrey director, Tourism, to honour the poets, Dr Sunil Jogi from Delhi gave an impressive start to the mushaira.

His poetry, though laced with subtle metaphors and allegories, had an in-depth appeal of didacticism and awakening. On failed love he remarked, ‘Voh hamko mohabbat ki pothi kya padayaga, jo apni premika se rakhi bandha rha hai’. Dr Rajesh Khushdil from Ballabhgarh was more candid and articulate in his comments on political corruption in “Gar athvaan ajooba tumko hai dekhna, toh sansad mein daakuon ka sanmaan dekhiye.” His poem on female foeticide was very touching and made many eyes moist.

Septuagenarian poet Hari Singh Dilbar scored over his younger counterparts while delving into romanticism “Mainu nazar battu wangu apnbe nall rakhya kar, Mera jee lagga rahoo tenu nazar naa laggu”.

But on freedom he lamented “Azadi taan ayi parr aundi chad gyi caran anthar, Inqlab kahada hai ajj bhi ration diyan katarna anthar.’’ The only female poet Suman Dubey from Lucknow was as melodious as impulsive and repeated her verses on demand. Lead poet Manjit Singh won lofty applause for conducting the mushiara with admirable excellence and for his poem ‘Hello Mobile Tunes’.



Eminent classical vocalist regales audience
Our Correspondent

Dr Kalyani Deshmukh
Dr Kalyani Deshmukh

Chandigarh, April 1
The Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Indian National Theatre teamed up to present a memorable classical vocal recital by the Nagpur-based maestro Dr Kalyani Deshmukh at the auditorium of Government Polytechnic for Women, here, yesterday.

Commencing the concert with a bada khayal ‘Sakhi mann lagge na’ in raga bageshari, Dr Kalyani defined the character of the raga through the power of musical notes.

The composition melted into a chhota khayal in faster tempo laced with the romance and ecstasy of the Holi festival.

Her crisp tarrana in the same raga enthralled the audience who were later treated to another amazing spell of taans and palte in her next offering in raga shankra which was ably supported by Potedar on harmonium with Sudhir Pande on tabla.

She was at her best as she employed all her experience and expertise while delineating the romanticism of a thumri ‘Laagi re preet’.

Akademi chairperson Kamal Tewari welcomed the chief guest Navjeevan Khosla IAS (retd) who honoured the artist.



Classical dances mark Utakal Dibas
Tribune News Service

Dancers perform a folk dance during the 71st Utkal Dibas celebrations in Chandigarh
Dancers perform a folk dance during the 71st Utkal Dibas celebrations in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, April 1
The Utkal Sanskrutik Sangh celebrated the 71st Utkal Dibas/Orissa Day on the premises of Lord Jagannath Temple, Sector 31, today.

Subhash Chandra Pani, secretary, rural development, Government of India, was the chief guest.

Prof Digambar Behra, sangh president, welcomed the guests.

Children of the community presented a cultural programme.

The programme started with a “Geeta Govindam” by Subhalaxmi, followed by Nupura Mo Runujhunu, a folk dance.

Niki and Anchal performed a dance on “Kiranga Lageidelu” in the praise of Lord Krishna.

The special attraction was performances by Chandana Roul, a classical Odissi dancer and her troupe from Delhi.

Speaking to Chandigarh Tribune, she said: “Though I have performed here before, this is my first performance for my community on Utkal Dibas.”

On the challenges before classical dancers, she said classical dance had very few takers. “Classical dancers have to bring variety to folk dances.”

Her troupe comprised Savita, Suparna, Rekha and Tulika. They performed Sambalpuri dance of Sambalpur district in Orissa.

She performed a duet, Dasavtar, with Shashikant Nayak and gave a solo performance on Shiv Tandava.

The cultural programme ended with a vote of thanks



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