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EDUSAT Programme
Movie magic brings cheer to students
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 20
For a change, little Darshan, a Class II student, was in no hurry to go back home after school like he ordinarily is. In fact, he was hoping the school bell would not go off when the clock struck 2 pm. And, he was no exception. His entire class backed him, saying they wanted to stay on even after schools hours.

Making the mundane teaching at Government Primary School, Sector 12, A in Railly, interesting was “Chamatkari Coat” which kept the children glued to their seats.

Beginning after the mid-day meal, the Saturday movie magic brought cheer and enthusiasm to these school kids. However, what enthused them most was that movies will be made a weekly feature not purely for entertainment but for inculcating moral values, too.

The Haryana Education Department which extended its EDUSAT programme to primary schools of the state recently zeroed in on movies as a medium to give fillip to sagging moral values among the children.

“The idea of the movie sessions in primary schools is to drill in the fast-vanishing values of honesty, truthfulness, respect for others, loyalty among others.

Movies can be a powerful medium to convey these values to the students to leave a lasting impression,” an official of the department said.

While Saturday has been fixed for movies in all schools, the department is also securing rights for transmission of Ramayana through

EDUSAT to students to facilitate connection with their rich mythology.

Meanwhile, at every primary school a similar sight greeted visitors — students of three to five classes sat in absolute silence as they watched little children play pranks in school on the television screen.

Class III student Bipin could hardly contain his excitement. “We were learning our lessons through television, now we are also watching movies. I never thought school could be about so much fun,” he said.

A student of Class IV, Himani, added, “This is the first-ever movie I am watching in school. It is a very good idea to have a movie day on Saturday because on this day we are usually thinking of the Sunday holiday and studies are the last thing on our mind.”

The teachers, too, were pleasantly surprised with the morning announcement of a movie for the children. “The entire class seemed eager to finish classwork quickly to be in time for the movie. It was amazing to see them sit so attentively without having to utter a word.”

“We had no clue about the movie this afternoon. It was only in the morning that we received information for the same after which our campus has been buzzing with excitement. We are hoping the same interest will manifest itself in teaching the various subjects,” the in charge, Sudarshan Seth, maintained.

With 10 minutes of the film still to go, even past 2 pm, the students were unwilling to pack up their bags and leave for home.

They wanted to linger on in school just a little bit more.

It’s one change in education they have been looking forward to and its begun with identification of learning with children’s cinema. 



7,000 take PU CET
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
The common entrance test (CET 2007) was conducted by Panjab University, here, today. Around 7,000 students took the test which was held at around 30 centres across the city, including eight on the campus.

The test was conducted for admissions to Government Medical College and Hospital for MBBS course, Dhanvantry Ayurvedic College-46 for BAMS, Homoeopathic Medical College-26 for BHMS besides BDS, B.Sc honours and various other courses being taught at various colleges. Students had come from far-off places to appear for the CET.

The first paper of legal and general awareness started at 8.30 am and concluded at 10 am; second paper of physics and chemistry from 10.20 to 1 pm. The mathematics paper started at 2 pm followed by biology paper at 3.30 pm. The biotechnology computer paper was scheduled from 5 pm to 6.10 pm.

Last year, the university had cancelled the common entrance test as the truck, which was carrying the question papers, did not reach the university on time. An inquiry was also conducted by the then vice-chancellor Prof K.N. Pathak and the exam was later rescheduled.



From Colleges

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION: Annual prize distribution function of the Centre for Management Training and Research (CMTR), Kharar, was organised at Baba Makhan Shah Lubana Bhavan, Sector 30, here, today. Dr Pawan Kapur, director, CSIO, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. Vipin K. Dewan, director, CMTR, presented the institute's annual report. Prizes were given to students who excelled in academics as well as in extra-curricular activities.

In academics for 2004-2006 session, Inderpreet Kaur got the first prize and Anjali Anand got the second prize. For the session 2005-2007, Simrita Gandhoke got the first prize in MBA first semester while Ruchika Garg bagged the first prize both in MBA second and third semester. For the session 2006-2008, Prakriti Mehta got the first prize in MBA first semester. In sports, Jagdeep Singh topped the charts in boys' single table tennis whilein girls' single Kanika won the first prize. The top slot of the boys' double was secured by Gaurav Khanna and Raghav Khanna while in girls' double, Ruchika Garg and Navneet Kaur secured the first prize. Rubina Ghuman and Jagdeep Singh won the mixed double. Gurdeep Singh, Sarabjeet Mann and Manpreet Kaur Gurm got the prizes for most regular students in the session. Students presented excellent dance performances, songs and skits. — TNS



Job fest attracts thousands
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
A large number of students from engineering, information technology, pharmaceutical and finance services from various institutes of the region thronged the Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information

Technology campus at Rail Majra village, near here, on Sunday as the two-day job festival-cum-carnival got off to a flying start.

The first job carnival, which is being organised jointly by Rayat and Bahra Group and a leading recruitment agency monster.com, saw a great rush of immaculately dressed students. The first day of the job fest saw a lot of activity as the rooms and halls marked for the fest and placement talk drew thousands of students eager to listen to the experts from various companies.



Presentations for Education City conclude

Chandigarh, May 20
Presentations for the prestigious Chandigarh Education City project concluded here yesterday. As many as 25 educational organisations, which were earlier found eligible, made the presentations.

At least 69 applicants had applied in response to the invitation of expression of interests. The organisations which made presentations included Chitkara Educational (George Brown College); DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi; IL and FS Financial Centre, (east) Mumbai; JCBL Group Company, New Delhi and Politecnico di Milano; Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and Sri Raghu Nath Rai Memorial Educational and Charitable Trust. The list also included the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysis of India, Hyderabad; University College of the Fraser Valley; Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd and North Dakota State University, USA; Centre for Advanced studies in Engineering, New Delhi; CIIS Educational Services Society, Mohali; FCS Software Solutions Ltd, Delhi; Fortis Health Care Ltd, Mohali; G.S. Atwal Engineers Pvt Ltd, Chandigarh & San Jose University; Hinduja Foundation, Mumbai; Hit Abhilashi Foundation Society and Institute for Technology and Management, Mumbai, WLC, College India, Delhi, Institute of Management Studies Society, Ghaziabad; Jan Nayak Ch Devi Lal Memorial Trust, Sirsa (Haryana); Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad; Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematic; Ritnand Balved Education Foundation; Sri Vile Parle Kelvani Mandal, Mumbai, and Tech Mahindra Ltd. — TNS



Sexual harassment case: HC upholds
action against Lt-Col
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
The High Court of Jammu and Kashmir has upheld the severe displeasure awarded by the Army to a lieutenant colonel for sexually harassing a woman officer posted in his department at Nagrota near Jammu.

In his petition, the officer, Lt Col Virender Mohan had contended that a false complaint had been made by a woman officer against him, resulting in a court of inquiry (COI). He had also contended violations of principles of natural justice.

The COI had held the officer blameworthy for “various misdemeanours being inimical to military discipline as also to the functional efficiency.”

A show cause notice was issued to him and after considering his reply and the COI proceedings, he was awarded a severe displeasure by the General Officer Commanding 16 Corps.

Taking up issues raised by the petitioner, the court, in its orders, pronounced a few days ago, observed that the submissions of the petitioner and the proceedings of the COI were a sham and actuated by malafide, attributed to senior officers, was untenable and there was no unfairness of any type whatsoever on part of the presiding officer of the COI.

On the issue that definite and specific lapses in unambiguous terms had not been contained in the show-cause notice, which amounted to violation of the principles of natural justice, the court was of the considered view that the petitioner had neither been prejudiced nor disabled in submitting his reply to the notice.

The court observed that the petitioner’s reply indicated he was aware about each and every allegation levelled in the complaint and the nature of evidence in the COI.

The court observed that the petitioner would try various means and methods to harass the woman officer at work place, make un-officer like suggestions and unwarranted gestures at her, which ultimately landed her in hospital as a case of “panic disorder.” It was from the hospital that she lodged a formal complaint.



Consumer panel dismisses plea against hospital
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
The State Consumer Disputes Commission, Chandigarh, has dismissed a complaint against Chaitanya Hospital, Sector 44, Chandigarh, filed by Anoop Kumar, a resident of Sector 21.

The complainant had alleged medical negligence on the part of doctors at the hospital, leading to the death of his daughter Arshia.

Dismissing the complaint, the commission observed: “We have been unable to find any gross negligence. Emotional upheaval of distraught parents is understandable. But doctors cannot be made scapegoats for such acts of nature.”

After delivery, Arshia developed jaundice and was treated at a Sector 18 hospital.

After being cured, the hospital had recommended that the child be treated for heart problems.

Accordingly, she was taken to a paediatrician cardiologist in Delhi.

After being brought back from Delhi, she was seen suffering from pulmonary hypertension. On September 21, 2006, she was admitted to the GMCH for pneumonia. After about eight days, she was shifted from the emergency ward to a private ward.

The hospital reported re-occurrence of pneumonia and again she was admitted to the emergency ward.

The complainant alleged that his daughter was taken to Chaitanya Hospital at midnight when Dr Nardeep was on duty. The doctor did not attend to her properly. She suffered a heart attack and was admitted to the ICU.

However, the hospital refuted the allegation and said the child died due to pneumonia.



Sharing legacies & lives…
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi in Chandigarh on Sunday
Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi in Chandigarh on Sunday.—Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Chandigarh, May 20
The power couple is back with another masterful stroke. And this time their canvas seems richer than ever. Splashed with the colours of Kaifi Azmi’s poetry, it reflects the many shades of life captured in his accounts by the legendary poet.

For Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, who have nursed their latest venture with care, the experience has been “blissful”. So it has been for those across the world who have watched “Kaifi aur Main” and woken up to an all-new Kaifi, who romanced life in many different ways - ways that were not always revealed to admirers.

In this ignorance of Kaifi’s exploits lie the roots of Javed’s theatrical representation of the genius. Designed as a tribute to the poet on his fourth death anniversary, the play has created ripples in the world of art.

Today it came to Chandigarh and with it came a new perspective on Kaifi Azmi, thanks to his daughter and son-in-law, who have created a unique theatrical experience to offer purely personal insights into the life of a revered public man.

“This is not a traditional play. It has different theatrical elements that vie for the audience’s attention at the same time. Primarily, it is about readings of Kaifi’s poetry by me and Shabana.

Most of the content comes from Kaifi’s literary corpus and his interviews.

We have also taken texts from Shaukat Azmi’s book on Kaifi. The book is a brilliant account of socio-political times in which Kaifi’s poetic talents blossomed. Academically, it’s so strong that 14 universities across the world have taken it into their courses,” Javed said, while introducing the project.

Shabana was more passionate in her analysis of the play: “Of course, we wanted to present Kaifi in all his myriad splendour.

There’s so much more to him than the world knows.

He was a humorist, a romantic, a socialist who spent a lifetime working in a village.

The play uses Kaifi’s poetry to create powerful narratives. It’s a unique production in which family comes together to share its own history.”

In many ways then, “Kaifi aur Main’, is a theatrical resurrection of the poet - the only one besides Tagore and Prem Chand after whom trains have been christened in India.

For the family, it’s a matter of pride and this play an extension of that pride. But it has not come without challenges.

“It was taxing to read Kaifi’s verses instead of directly engaging with people,” said Shabana. For Javed, the real challenge was to communicate. “Even as a poet, I must say something new, something that has never been said. Although writing lyrics is my profession, I write poetry only when I feel the need to.

I am now publishing my new collection of poems called ‘Lava’.

The last one, ‘Tashkar’, was the highest selling collection in Indian in 60 years, I was told,” said Javed, who doesn’t conform to the standard definitions of art and its so-called responsibility.

Artistes must have the privilege (not the responsibility) to talk about social issues, said the poet.

Shabana, for her part, agreed: “Even theatre doesn’t inspire direct change. It only facilitates change,” she said, priding in the brand new Bollywood that has tremendous scope for old actors.

“The best roles of my life have come in the past eight years. It’s a happy time for old actors,” Shabana said, her partner in life and art nodding in agreement.



Paslewaale enthrals audience with Sufiana qalaam
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 20
The Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Punjab Arts Council, in collaboration with the newly formed S4 Charitable Trust for promotion of art and culture in the region, organised a concert of Sufiana qalaams at Randhawa Auditorium, here, today.

The programme under the Horizon Series aimed at reviving the qawwali genre of music featured the well-known qawwali maestro B.S. Balli Paslewale and party.

Commencing with an invocatory tribute to Sufi poet and musicologist Amir Khusro, Balli presented his natia qalaam 'Halke mein rasoolon ke.'. He brought alive the mysticism of Baba Bulle Shah and reverence for his divine master in 'Ni mein jaana jogi de naal' as also in 'Nit khair mangan Sohneya' immortalised by legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

The artistes were at their best while delineating the spiritual content of traditional composition. Kuldip Singh and Gopal Dass provided musical accompaniment while S.K. Sagar led the supporting vocalists Manjit, Sunny, Gian Singh and Aman. The artistes maintained perfect synchronisation while providing vocal support.

M.M. Sharma, regional director, ICCR, and Prof Rajpal Singh, secretary general, Punjab Arts Council, honoured the artistes.



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