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Region to have 30 more Montessori schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
ABC Montessori today announced its plans to further expand its network and establish 30 more schools in the region. ABC Montessori already has 11 Montessori schools in the region.

ABC Montessori has been set up in collaboration with the Academy for the Brilliant Child, USA. Addressing a press conference today, Gurmeet Singh Arora, chairman, ABC Montessori, stated, “The Montessori system of education is different from traditional education. It focuses on each child and helps develop his potential.”

“Montessori schools are running successfully in 52 countries across six continents. Every child who passes the Montessori standard is awarded with an international certificate,” he stated.

Giving details of the Montessori system, Cherry Rekhi, general manager, ABC Montessori, stated, “Montessori schools seek to groom and nurture each child's spirit.” Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, she stated that they were basically looking for a tie-up with schools and educational institutes in the region. “We will be holding a seminar with prospective clients soon,” she added.

Currently, the Montessori system is only available up till upper KG. Rekhi stated that they would soon plan to introduce it till Class V. “We have also made efforts to inculcate the Montessori system with the Indian way of teaching so that students do not feel a sudden change when they shift over to the Indian system,” said Rekhi.



PU Notes
Effigy burnt

The Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO) burnt an effigy of union home minister Shivraj Patil on the Panjab University campus in protest against his alleged soft stand on the Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir as reported in a section of the press earlier this week.

Vikas Rathee, president, state INSO unit, said this was an insult to those who had died fighting terrorism in the valley.

Applications invited

The Indian National Portage Association (INPA) has invited applications for one-year (regular) diploma in early childhood special education (MR) up to July 15. Students, who have passed Class XII examination, are eligible for seeking admission to the course. Application forms and further details are available at the INPA’s office, Room No. 15, First Floor, Karuna Sadan, Sector 11-B, Chandigarh. The contact number is 9417372091

Date extended

The last date for the receipt of application forms for BA LLB honours and LLB at Swami Sarvanand Giri, Panjab University Regional Centre, Bajwara, Hoshiarpur, has been extended up to July 6. The applications will be received only by hand at the Panjab University CET cell at Chandigarh and admit cards will be issued on the spot. However, the date/venue of the entrance test remains the same i.e. July 8 (Sunday), 12:30 pm, Panjab University, Arts Block-I.


Panjab University has declared the results of the MEd entrance test 2007 (for regular and correspondence course) conducted by the university on July 1. Candidates can make a result enquiry from the PU Enquiry Office on all working days. The results can also be seen on the university website: results.puchd.ac.in/ocet.


Prof K.N. Pathak, former vice-chancellor and professor of physics, Panjab University, has discontinued his assignment at the Rayat and Bahra Group of Institutions in order to join the UGC Emeritus Fellowship on July 1. The fellowship has been awarded by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, for a period of two years. The fellowship carries an honorarium of Rs 20,000 per month in addition to a non-lapsable contingency grant of Rs 50,000 per annum. — TNS



Girls’ share in NCC to increase
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 5
Taking considerable note of a cadet’s death shortly after he attended an NCC camp, the NCC (National Cadet Corps) authorities yesterday said they would work out the modalities for the second medical examination by its own doctors before taking the cadets to any adventurous activities.

NCC Director Lt General P.S. Chaudhary interacted with both boys and girls cadets at St Stephen School, Sector 45, here yesterday. Appreciating the Indian shooters for their remarkable achievements, Chaudhary announced that the NCC had decided to set up a centralised shooting node in the city to train prospective shooters.

Chaudhary also had a brief meeting with the Governor of Punjab, and Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana. “The strength of the NCC would be raised to 15 lakh from the current level of 13 lakh with the share of girl cadets going up to 33 per cent in the current year, which will gradually be increased to 50 per cent,” said Chaudhary.

Interacting with over 500 NCC cadets today, Chaudhary encouraged the cadets to concentrate on their overall personality development and gave them tips on how to achieve success in life.



Edu dept gets new officers

Chandigarh, July 5
The UT education department appointed four officers — deputy director (schools, adult education) - Rajesh Minhas, DEO -Kushvinder Sharma, Deputy DEO - Chanchal Singh, assistant director - Prem Mallik and assistant director (vocational) - Saroj Mittal — today. The UT School Heads Welfare Association has welcomed these appointments. According to J.S. Basota, president of the association, it was their long-pending demand to fill posts according to seniority. They also demanded that vacant post of principals in various schools must be filled with immediate effect. — TNS



UT upgrades 3 high schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The Chandigarh administration has accorded approval to upgrade three existing government high schools (GHS) to the senior secondary level with immediate effect.

The three high schools situated in the rural belt - GHS, Maloya, GHS, Behlana, and GHS, Khuda Lahora - will offer subjects English (core), political science, economics, history, sociology, Hindi, Punjabi and physical education.

Meanwhile, approval has also been accorded to introduce science subjects i.e. physics, chemistry, maths and biology in the GSSS, Dhanas, on demand of the village panchayat.

The students can get admission to these schools through the counselling centres for Class XI admissions, which are underway at GMSSS-23.



HC stays demolition of farmhouse
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed the demolition of a farmhouse in Phase 3, IT park, Mani Majra, owned by Iqbal Singh Gill and posted the matter to July 24 for further hearing.

A division bench, comprising Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Rajive Bhalla, referred the matter for further hearing to the bench hearing other matters of land acquisition of that area.

It was averred by the petitioner, Iqbal Singh Gill’s counsel before the court that the land acquisition officer had issued notice to the petitioner to appear before him on July 31 as to why his farmhouse building should not be demolished. It was also submitted that the petitioner was being forced to forego his land at prices much cheaper than the market price.

Last month, the district administration had issued notices to violators of the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Act.

Individual notices were being sent to around 37 farmhouse owners. Under section 12 (2) of the periphery Act, farmhouse owners are being asked to remove violations failing which the same would be demolished by the administration and the cost would have to be borne by the violator.

There were around 40 farmhouses in 272 acres being acquired for the IT park. Some of these had gone beyond the permissible limit and others had raised construction without any permission. Incidentally, some farmhouse owners have got an interim stay on their dispossession from the Punjab and Haryana High Court. 



The bhangra rapper who sings Gurbani
To release kirtan album in November
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Ask him what he’d like to be called and the nickname rolls of his tongue as do the Punjabi songs. “Call me Mehso (pronounced Mess-oh),” says Mehsopuria. This British-born music sensation’s first album ‘The Album’ was ranked as the top-selling debut international bhangra album of 2004.

While blogs dedicated to bhangra music may like to call him a one-album wonder, Mehso has proved his detractors wrong by releasing his second album, ‘Warrior’ in April this year to worldwide success.

In Chandigarh for a day and brought to the city by Big FM, for which he performed live for two hours today, Mehso’s down-to-earth demeanour surprises many. Especially since the artiste has been catapulted to seventh heaven by his Indian fans, whom he calls by far the “wildest and craziest”.

Mehsopuria is Punjabi but no one knows his real name, (even his younger brother, a percussionist, is called 2Dark!). His ‘musical name’ is a creative derivative from his village name, Mehsumpur, in Punjab. “I wanted to represent my roots. My name is a statement for me,” he declares.

It is a statement that also percolates to his music. “It is like a heartbeat for me. It is about life and living,” he says. Mehso is clear that bhangra is not just about Punjab since its vigorous beats are already a part of mainstream music.

In his bid to make bhangra more international, Mehso says he is constantly evolving his music and introducing new sounds. For his second album he has collaborated with Hollywood (an Atlanta-based rapper) to create a fusion-track, Patna. “Crunk (taken from crazy-drunk) originated in South America in 2001. An off-spring of Hip-Hop, we created something new called Bhrunk-a combination of bhangra and crunk,” he smiles.

Mehso writes his own lyrics and composes his own music, but what is interesting is that the lyrics are in Punjabi. “I learnt how to read and write the language early in life. I graduated to learning kirtans but in 1983 when I met Surjit Bindrakhia, my favourite singer, I knew I had found my calling,” he explains. His beliefs today have led him to his most exciting project yet. “It is a kirtan album which I plan to release in November to coincide with Guru’s birthday,” he says.

Mehso believes this is his most difficult work because “one cannot change the words of Gurbani”. The profits from this album will be donated to charity, he says.

But his faith does not just stop here. ‘Warrior’ is, he believes, a blessing that has come to him via his grandfather’s deeds. “During Partition days my grandfather escorted a Muslim family of our village to the border. The title is in reverence to what my grandfather did.”

For him, it is his faith that makes his music go around.



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