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PU sports dept seeks Rs 8.5 crore
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
To develop top class infrastructure at Panjab University, the (PU) sports department has sought a sanction of Rs 8.5 crore from the central government under the 11th plan.

The sports department last week had sent its proposal to dean university instructions, (DUI), PU, in this regard. The DUI will send the demands of all departments of the university.

Director PU sports department Dr D.N. Jauhar said, “We have chalked out an elaborate plan for the overall development of sports at the premises.”

Dr Jauhar said the department needed Rs 3 crore to set up an international standard hockey ground.

Besides, the authorities also contemplate laying out a standard synthetic track for scientific training of the university athletes and for various university and inter-university athletic competitions. The approximate cost of the laying of the track is Rs 3 crore.

The construction of an all-weather swimming pool, four tennis courts having ultra cushion deluxe with eight layers, two floodlit-cemented handball courts, extension of the sports hostel, a house for the warden of the sports hostel, a store, a multi-gym and gymnastics equipments.



‘International’ PU students showcase their cultures
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
Annual day of the international students of Panjab University was celebrated today. A variety of interesting ethnic stage items marked the inter-cultural event in which students from Iran, Afghanistan, Ladakh, Yemen, Iraq, Tibet, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Japan and India represented their cultures.

Prof R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor, Panjab University, was the chief guest. He emphasised that he had looked into the problems faced by the foreign students and prompt measures were being taken to ensure immediate solutions.

Prof Shelley Walia, dean, foreign students, stressed that the nomenclature ‘foreign’ was inappropriate as students could not be foreign to their alma mater. Using the expression ‘international students’, he visualised a future for which the university was making serious endeavours to prepare these students for the increasingly demanding standards around the world.

Prof Walia said new proposals for an international hostel and a mess for overseas students had been sent to the UGC. In the coming days the university will be in a position to cut down on any delays and streamline procedures for admissions to the university.

The university will also start a remedial course in English as well as classes in research methodology by the next academic session. This would help in enhancing the image of the university abroad and enable it to become an international centre for higher learning. Dr Ahmed Momeni, cultural secretary, was the guest of honour.



Panchkula lad tops IIM-A
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 3
Twenty-five-year-old Mayank Rawat, a resident of Mansa Devi Complex, has brought laurels to the city by winning the President's medal for topping at IIM-Ahmedabad.

"It's been a lot of hard work. All we did in the first year was eat, sleep and study. There were absolutely no breathers. When I went to the institute, I was only expecting to be an above average student. Topping in the first-term examination motivated me to keep up my good work. It was then that I dreamt of topping the institute and today it's a dream realised," he remarks.

A pass out from IIT, Delhi, Mayank has a number of first positions to his credit. "I think what made me stand apart was the fact that I set a schedule and stuck to it. I would study till 11 pm and then go to sleep while my fellow students would slog on till 3 am in the night," he stated.

He is looking forward to picking up a job with a private equity firm.

Having already worked with a firm for a couple of years before sitting for the CAT examination, Mayank says, "Though it is difficult to get back to studies after a break, a couple of years of job experience really helps. It gives you a clearer perspective of what you are getting into by opting for a management course." His parents, Puran Singh Rawat and Jyoti Rawat, too, are elated at their son's success and it's celebration time for them.



Admissions to acting school on
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
Actor Prepares, an organisation set up by renowned actor Anupam Kher, and the Society for Tourism and Entertainment Promotion in Chandigarh (STEPS), an initiative of the Chandigarh administration, have initiated the process of admissions to their recently launched Chandigarh Acting Institute (CAI). The two had signed a memorandum of understanding earlier.

Various professional courses offered by the institute will be of six months duration and will provide specialised training in acting. Classes at the institute would be conducted by competent in-house faculty members.

Admissions would be finalised by competitive auditions and interviews. At the time of auditions, candidates would be asked to perform two scenes - one of their own choice and one given by the institute - not exceeding three minutes. Interviews and auditions will be held at Chandigarh on April 17 and 18 and the first batch will begin on May 15.

At least 15 per cent of the selected students will be given scholarships named after eminent theatre personalities on a need-cum-merit basis for the full-time programme provided the faculty is convinced of their exceptional talent.

The institute is located at the Central Crafts Institute (CCI), Sector 11.

About 30 students would be enrolled in each course. The admission forms are available at STEPS office at Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, Chandigarh. The forms can also be downloaded from the website www.actorprepares.net.



UGC project for lecturer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 3
Dr Shagandeep Kaur, lecturer in postgraduate department of zoology, DAV College, Sector 10, has been awarded a major research project on “Biosystematics studies of aedes mosquitoes”, which are vectors of various dreadful diseases like dengue and chikungunya in India, by the University Grants Commission.

A grant of Rs 6 lakh has been sanctioned for the project.

She is the first college lecturer in science to receive a major research project from the UGC.

Earlier, she had completed two projects worth Rs 15 lakh awarded by the department of science and technology (DST) Government of India, New Delhi.

She has 20 research publications to her credit in national and international journals.



Aulakh takes charge as principal

Chandigarh, April 3
Rup Aulakh took over as principal Government College here today.

She expressed her desire to uplift the college by completing the work on gymnasium, and bringing about infrastructure development.

She said professionally oriented add-on courses in communication skill in English, home science, commerce, etc would be introduced.

She expressed her concern at the increasing dropout rate of students from the college. — TNS



Parents get tips on positive parenting
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 3
The first leg of an orientation programme was held at St Soldier International Convent School, here, today. This interactive session was held for the parents and teachers of pre-primary wing.

Tips on positive parenting were provided by principal V.Tiwana. She touched all aspects of the Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Seven basic needs of a child’s growth were explained with the help of a power point presentation.



DPI transferred

Chandigarh, April 3
The Director, Public Instructions (Schools), Ashwani Kumar, has been transferred as Director Hospitality and Secretary House Allotment Committee, an official press release said, here yesterday.

S.K. Setia, Director Technical Education, Joint Secretary Technical Education and Director Hospitality, has been posted as Director Public Instructions (Schools), Director Technical Education and Joint Secretary Technical Education. — TNS



209 exhibits displayed at Putul Yatra
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 3
The second day of the ongoing ‘Putul Yatra-2007’ witnessed a burst of activities, including the inauguration of the ‘Exhibition of Indian Puppetry’ and staging of three puppet plays at the Punjab Kala Bhavan, here, today. Acclaimed thespian and akademi ‘Rattan’ Gursharan Singh, accompanied by akademi deputy secretary Kiran Bhatnagar and Rajpal Singh, inaugurated the exhibition.

It was fascinating to see the 209 exhibits displayed, representing the repertoire of string, rod, glove and shadow puppets with supporting musical instruments, both in traditional and contemporary puppets from all over the country. The exhibition will remain open till April 15.

Later in the evening, the scene shifted to the Randhawa auditorium where the Benir Putul Traditional Glove puppetry of West Bengal presented the puppet drama depicting the divine love legend ‘Radha - Krishna Milan’ under the direction of Shaktipada Goroi.

Two puppeteers and a musician kept the audience engaged with narration in Bengali being no barrier.

The packed hall relished Krishan Leela, including the killing of contemptuous Kans.

The widely-traveled puppeteer-director Mahapat Kavi presented the much-staged satirical play ‘Andher Nagri Chaupat Raja’ articulated the music and light effects.

The audience occupied the seats much before Kolkata Puppet Theatre took the center stage to present ‘Ram Katha’ based on epic Ramayana, under the direction of Suresh Dutta, who leant the art at the Moscow State Puppet Theatre.

The Contemporary West Bengal group will present ‘Kab Tak Rahega’ under the direction of Rachel Macbean while Traditional String Assam will present ‘Abhimanyu Vadh’ tomorrow.



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