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PU Syndicate Decides
Only Rs 2,100 fine for non-compliance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , May 26
Considerably diluting its control over affiliated colleges, Panjab University syndicate has “let off” lightly colleges not following the rules laid down by the university.

At the syndicate meeting here today, members reduced the fine to be charged from colleges for non-compliance of university rules to a meagre Rs 2,100 and also regularised a controversial case of wrong admission by DAV College, Sector 10.

Sources pointed out that the decisions had been taken on pressure from PU’s senators from colleges. The syndicate has decided that colleges which had been fined up to Rs 25,000 for non-compliance since July 2006 would now have to pay only up to 10 per cent of the fine.

The syndicate members regularised the admission of a MSc Biotech student at DAV College Sector 10. The case was highlighted during a syndicate meeting in December 2006.

The syndicate also approved the new rules for the conduct of students’ elections, keeping in view the directions issued by the Supreme Court of India and accepted the Lyngdoh Committee’s report in this regard.

Members referred to the proposal to change re-appear rules for MBA students. The proposal moved by senators Mukesh Arora and Satish Sharma envisaged that the students be given two chances to clear a supplementary or reappear examination. This move was 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.

A committee was constituted to look into the a proposal by Prof Shelley Walia to reserve 10 per cent seats in all courses for foreign students. The syndicate decided to change the title of the dean, foreign students, to dean , international students.

The syndicate allowed the Department of History to introduce MA semester system with effect from the forthcoming session. Syndics also approved the merger of the Directorate of Sports and the Department of Campus Sports.

Prof G.P. Mehta of the Department of Statistics was head of the IAS coaching centre at the campus.



For this student, ill-health no impediment
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 26
Six months and multiple fractures later, Sanna Dhiman wasn’t expecting a miracle in her Class XII CBSE examinations. Oscillating between bouts of depression following an accident in October and the determination to come out with flying colours, she finally tasted success, scoring creditable 87 per cent marks.

All this despite the fact that she did not attend the school for five months before the examination. “In fact, I was a little disappointed with my result and my favourite paper let me down. For want of practice, I scored much below expectation in Accountancy, but I am happy that my determination to do well triumphed in the end,” says Sanna, a student of Hansraj School.

During a period of three months she stayed confined to bed, visitors would often tell her to take her examination in the next session. “Initially, I was very upset about the accident and even thought that I would not be able to appear for the Boards this year. Then, gradually, I took charge of my life and decided I had to go for the examination this session. With my mind made up, I began planning my study schedule,” she says.

A member of the student cabinet and the captain of school basketball team, Sanna admits that it is tough being bed-ridden. “My parents and teachers reposed complete faith in my abilities and assured me that I could succeed. That propelled me further and after three months of self-study and help from teachers who came to address my problems at home, I started going to school with a walker to solve any problems I had,” she says.

Her mother Sangeeta adds, “It was a gruelling five months but she proved that she is made of stronger mettle than others thought her to be. We are very excited about her result. She scored 89 per cent in Class X and now this 87 per cent when we were not expecting anything. We are very proud of her.”

The mother quips, “My only contribution to the result was that I would try to pep her up when she was feeling low. She needed that encouragement and we gave it her because that was all we could have done.”



KV teachers attend course

Chandigarh, May 26
At least 50 teachers from various kendriya vidyalayas are attending a 12-day in-service course for TGTs (Hindi) at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, here.

The course commenced on May 24. It was inaugurated by assistant commissioner S.S. Sherawat. Dr S.P. Shergill, principal of KV-31, addressed the participants and apprised them of the importance of orientation programmes. TNS



Melodies on flute
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
It was an evening dedicated to music as flautist G.S. Rajan, bharatnatyam dancer Anjana Rajan and kathak exponent Samira Koser came together to present their respective recitals. Impeccable presentations by G.S. Rajan and wife Anjana wove magic which recalled the beauty of the Kalashetra style, seldom presented at Tagore Theatre. The programme was organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra.

The evening commenced with a flute recital by Rajan, who exhibited tremendous poise in handling the delicate instrument, brought to fame by Sarabha Sastri in the south. For the first time, the city audience got the taste of the Carnatic flute which offered hundred different flavours reflecting the musician’s rich lineage and training. It was modern and traditional at the same time creating an impression of its own.

Following in the classic genre was Anjana, who performed bharatnatyam starting with a ‘varnam’ in raga ‘nattakurinji’ set to ‘adi tala’ - a traditional composition from the bharatnatyam repertoire.

Then came a piece based on a Kabir composition, “Sat guru mil gaye”. She was accompanied by Karaikudi Sivakumar (nattuvangam), Ramu (vocal), Sumod Sridhar (mridangam) and G.S. Rajan (flute).

In the end, Samira Koser, disciple of Shobha Koser, presented a kathak recital. Beginning with an invocatory piece Krishna vandana, she moved on to present pure dance in teen taal. She concluded with a thumri in raga ‘puria dhanashree’. Her accompanists included Shobha Koser (padhant), Mehmood Khan (tabla), Vinod Sood (vocal), O.P. Gupta (sitar) and Ravinder Singh (flute).

P.H. Vaishnav, former chief secretary, Punjab, presided over the function. S.K. Monga (IAS retd) and M.M. Sharma, regional director, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, were the guests of honour.



Haryanvi folklore artistes regale audience
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, May 26
Twang, grace and melody of the Harynavi folklore wafted across Yavanika, an open air theatre situated in the panoramic ambience of the city park, as well known Haryanvi folklorists and ragni singers Sharif Ahmed and Palle Ram doled out their choicest numbers.

The event, organised by the department of public relations and cultural affairs, Haryana, was largely attended due to the pleasant weather.

After the project director, also an acclaimed Haryanvi actor Bhal Singh Ballara, inaugurated the soiree, Sharif Ahmed opened up with a song from the legend of Pingla Bharthari. Amidst applause, he doled out another ragini from 'Dhurv bhagat' and ‘Heer Ranjha’, the slumbering love legend of Punjab.

Palle Ram was more romantic in his two raginis 'Zahaaj ke maa baith gori’ and ‘Ho pasrdesi gail meri..'. The raginis were interspersed with crisp jokes which kept the audience glued to their seats despite showers.

Meanwhile, Sham-e-Ghazal by Devaki Anand at the Gymkhana Club, Sector 6, here, has been postponed due to rain.



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