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Admission to Class XI to get simpler
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Come June, admission to secondary classes in government schools will become a simple affair. The department has come out with an information booklet which contains queries on admission and examination for Class XI.

“We want the students to be well aware about the guidelines. In this competitive era, right information is a must,” said an education official.

This single prospectus in the form of a booklet would be based on CBSE guidelines and the curriculum-2009. It will contain the list of courses offered, facilities or infrastructure available in different schools for different vocational courses, the number of seats available, admission rules, eligibility criteria, examination bylaws, procedure to be adopted for admission etc.

The education department plans to introduce several changes from the coming session to further streamline the admission process for plus one. Two new vocational courses-Financial Market Management and Tourism and Travel management-have been included in the curriculum at Government Model Senior Secondary School 19 and Government Model Senior Secondary School-10, respectively.

“The idea for a new prospectus arose from the need to provide updated comprehensive information,”, said the official.‘ Schools with a difference’ too would find a place in this brochure.

The department will print around 15,000 copies of this new prospectus. Though, the price of the prospectus has not been finalised, it is expected to be around Rs 40 to Rs 45.

The instructions in the prospectus will be in three languages -English, Hindi and Punjabi- but the admission form will be bilingual i.e. in English and Hindi.

The usual pale black and white prospectus will be replaced with the new multicoloured booklet, with its size increased from approximately 8” X5” to 9 ½ X7”. The old wornout paper will be substituted with coloured glazed paper and a laminated title cover.



UT to appoint 129 lecturers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The Chandigarh administration will appoint 129 more college-cadre lecturers in different colleges of the city. These lecturers are being appointed to meet the increased requirement of lecturers in view of the new courses that are going to be started in different colleges from this academic year.

The lecturers would be appointed on the contract basis for academic session 2007-2008. At least 47, 29, 38 and 15 lecturers in different subjects would be appointed at Government College, Sector 11, Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Government College for Girls, Sector 42, and Government College, Sector 46, respectively, whereas seven of these lecturers would serve at Government College for Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 19, Chandigarh.

The administration has clarified that the applications complete in all respects should reach the principals of the respective colleges on or before 2 pm on June 4. Direct interviews will be held and no separate interview letters will be sent. The interviews would start from June 11 and would continue till June 15.

At least 16 lecturers will be recruited for biotechnology, 15 for English, eight each for environmental science and computer science, seven for commerce, six for physical education, five each for maths, physics and history, four for chemistry and zoology, three for economics and Punjabi, two for botany, home science and one each for defence studies, geography, dance, French, fine arts, political science and psychology. Around 21 lecturers would be recruited for BCA/MSc (IT) and eight lecturers for BBA under the self-finance scheme.



MBA reappear rules may change
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Panjab University syndicate members scheduled to meet on May 26 will consider a proposal to change the reappear rules for MBA students.

The proposal was moved by senators Mukesh Arora and Satish Sharma during a PU syndicate meeting in March, suggesting that MBA students be given two chances to clear a supplementary or reappear examination instead of the present provision of only one chance.

The proposal had stated that in case such students were not able to clear the supplementary or re- appear examination in the given one chance, they had to repeat the entire semester, which was unfair.

This move was, however, objected to by university business school (UBS) head Prof S.C. Vaidya on the grounds that it would lead to dilution of the course in terms of evaluation.

However, the matter was referred to a committee by the senate. The committee headed by K.K. Uppal had Satish Kumar Sharma, S.C. Vaidya, P.P. Arya and the PU’s joint controller as members.

The members will also discuss a proposal given by Prof Shelley Walia, dean foreign students, to reserve 10 per cent seats in all courses for foreign students.



Braille press installed

Chandigarh, May 23
A new Braille printing press was installed at the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, here today. The press was inaugurated by UT home secretary Krishna Mohan.

With this development, the students of the institute would be provided textbooks in Braille script in all subjects and languages up to Class XII. “Now, there will be no shortage of books and all students will have individual copies of the text. The press has been imported from Sweden at the cost of Rs 14 lakh,” said K.R. Sood, honorary secretary-cum-principal of the institute.

The institute has also launched its website www.instituteforblind.org which would enable one to go through all activities of the institute. It would further facilitate the public in general and the donors in particular to have liaison with the institute. — TNS



HC notice to Panchkula MC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice to the Panchkula Municipal Corporation, the deputy commissioner, Panchkula, and the Haryana Urban Development Authority over a petition highlighting the pathetic condition of roads and sanitation in Panchkula.

The petitioner, O.P. Munjal, submitted that there was gross misuse of funds earmarked for the city’s development and the Panchkula’s civic authorities were not acting efficiently to maintain proper living standards in the city.

The next date of hearing is July 30.



Protest finds a platform
Gayatri Rajwade

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Protest-activism found an eloquent platform in On the Grand Trunk Road, a journey across installations and performances, which opened yesterday at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10.

This poignant idiom of struggle and space, curated by Nirupama Dutt, Shumita Didi and Parnab Mukherjee, began with the idea of displacement and went on to explore the culture of violence, which in Parnab’s words, “is pervading our personal space craftily.”

This two-day ‘journey’ started on Monday evening with a voice enactment of two powerful short stories written by renowned Hindi writer Asghar Wajahat. Translated and rendered by Poonam Singh, the two stories - Shah Alam Camp Ki Rooh (written after the communal violence in Gujarat in 2002) and Drain Mein Rehti Ladkian on female foeticide - depicted two very different forms of violence.

The actor’s space on one side is complete with “material for performance” in the form of books, props and clothes to “deconstruct sources behind the text,” says Parnab. On the other hand, a rendition of Nandigram is in the center of the exhibition hall. What is interesting is that these sections are “dynamic” in nature. “People can take, use the performance space, read, pull out and feel the objects, articles and books,” avers Parnab.

Photographs of the actor’s interaction with these objects are all a process of “uniting people to connect in a more personal way to things around us,” says Shumita.

In the middle of all this is Nirupama’s corner, with her paintings, her favourite books and objects. The cross in her paintings portrays a bridge to a better world; a ‘journey’ that will lead to an awakening.

At the show today, a co-collaborator asked Parnab whether the installations on the Grand Trunk Road needed to be more finely etched. Parnab did not agree. “We have no right to define history from a collaborator’s point of view. Also an installation in itself does not only mean what it shows,” he explained.

A one-hour performance Sham Da Rang by Parnab Mukherjee and Nirupama Dutt was held today, which portrayed a ‘journey’ that explored struggle, pain and the culture of “fascist violence.”

A poignant tale by Mahasweta Devi, highlighting the struggle of a tribal Santhal woman, taken from Lal Singh Dil’s stirring verses and Joy Goswami, Gorakh Panday and Raghubir Yadav’s poetic writings - all made for an evening that was as moving as it was thought-provoking.



Nirmal Pandey in new avatar
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 23
"To be ideologically and aesthetically impartial, I evaluate art on the scale of utility and quality rather than quantity," opines the celebrated film actor and thespian Nirmal Pandey, who won the Cannes Film Festival award for his film 'Daayre'. The versatile actor had earlier shot into prominence for playing a bold dacoit in Shekhar Kapur's classic 'The Bandit Queen' which also credited him to be the first Bollywood actor to participate in the prestigious Cannes, the Mecca of the world cinema. The actor is in the city for the shooting of a 252-episode historical TV serial 'Sultan-Ul-Qaum' formally launched yesterday at the Chandigarh Press Club.

Pandey, a veteran of over 50 feature films, said, “Cannes is every actor's dream and its memory always rejuvenated and inspired me to promote meaningful art films and serials.” Pandey hopes to maintain the tradition of excellence in his forthcoming ventures like 'Chhatis Ghante, Prabhu Ke Gun Gao, Lahore and TV serials like Prithvi Raj Chauhan, Gulbano and the latest Sultan-Ul-Qaum.

He claims to have refused many big commercial banners to devote himself to his passion for theatre and music. Times Music had released his Sufiana music album 'Jazba' while another is in the offing and he owes this to his mother, who honed his musical skills.

Born and brought up at Nainital, in the cradle of nature, Pandey completed his master’s in economics after doing B.Com and served the State Bank of India for two years. Gifted with myriad talents, Pandey had staged over 100 plays before joining the National School of Drama and toured the world for three years with Tara Arts to stage plays, including 'Heer Ranjha'. The legend and my role in 'Train to Pakistan' gave me glimpse of rich Punjabi heritage which inspired me to play the challenging role in the historical serial depicting the valour of martial Sikh misls, says Pandey, known for his gun-wielding role of a dacoit in the film The Bandit Queen. Theatre is still his first love and he imparts training to actors at seven centres in India.

Addressing mediapersons H.S. Tony and director Harjit Ricky of Cine Vision Films India disclosed that the serial depicted the slice of history when the heads of 12 Sikh misls had repelled the foreign aggressions by Ahmed Shah Abdali and saved the honour of the Indian women abducted by tyrant Abdali. Dr Sahib Singh sculpted the dialogues and screenplay while Varinder Bachan scored the music for the serial.



Earth film show concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Excerpts from 21 films were shown followed by a discussion on how to ensure learning in a pleasurable manner on the last day of Earth Film Show at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10.

Dr V.N. Singh, director of the museum, said this showing was a precursor to their next project in the museum’s mother earth gallery. “We are organising a show where 51 rocks from the various ages of earth will be showcased. This is being organised to break myths and mysteries of how the earth came into being and will be captioned in English, Hindi, Punjabi and even in Braille so the information can reach out to many more.”

Prof Arun Ahluwalia, department of geology, Panjab University, spoke of the how important such shows were to clear the misconceptions and have a better understanding of the planet. “Only if we know how life began here, will we be able to understand the science of this earth.”

Despite the films being sourced from the USA, Canada, Japan, Italy and Germany and even from the BBC repertoire being shown, there was a universal underlying identification of how the earth worked which appealed immensely what with the gamut covering dinosaurs, volcanoes and even picturesque Ladakh showcasing the natural wonders and mysteries of our planet.



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