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Maths Phobia
CBSE to help students
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Its good news for Class X students. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is now offering students an option of taking up alternative subject in lieu of compulsory subjects like mathematics if they are unable to pass in it, in the final board examination or compartment exams.

Revealing this, here, today, Ashok Ganguly, chairman, CBSE, New Delhi, said this was a part of measures initiated by the board to remove the phobia of mathematics from the students’ mind.

In town to address the Induction Courses of principals being conducted specially for the newly affiliated schools, Ganguly added, “To make mathematics more interesting, we need to teach it through practical examples and should refrain from cramming the formulas and theorems only.”

“The schools must establish mathematics labs where the students would learn the concept through day to day practical activities and the conducive ambience for students will supplement in this endeavour,” he added.

The Board has also recommended assessing the child’s talent through newly formulated grading system. There would be five point grading system in Primary level (Class I to V); seven point system in Upper Primary level (Class VI to VIII) and nine point in for Class IX and X.



Students put up designs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
The 11th annual portfolio presentation and exhibition, organised today by the Dev Samaj Polytechnic for Women, Sector 45, was a visual treat for design lovers. Crafted by students of the two-year diploma course in fashion designing, the exhibition had everything from toddlers’ knick-knacks to college goers’ stuff. On display were colourful frills and laces, quilts and pillow covers, phulkari suits and dupattas, tie and dye handbags, colourful sequined shirts, western outfits and Punjabi suits.

Students of the cosmetology department also put up a small counter. Dr Shashi Bala Jain, principal of the college, inaugurated the exhibition.



PU Notes

Ambedkar Centre was established by Panjab University, Chandigarh in the year 2001. Till now the centre was functioning from the Department of sociology. The space has now been allotted by vice-chancellor Professor R.C. Sobti on the ground floor of Arts Block VII (behind Law Auditorium). Pawan Kumar Bansal, minister of State for Finance, contributed Rs 6.73 lakh out of the MP-LAD funds for setting up the processes in the centre and will be inaugurating the new premises on July 23 at 11 am.


Panjab University is starting new course in M.A. Police Administration from the session 2007-08. Out of the total 25 seats available, 10 seats are reserved for police officials to be nominated by the police organisation. The eligible police officers can send their nominations to Professor B.S. Ghuman, chief coordinator, centre for emerging areas in social sciences, Department of Public Administration, Panjab University, Chandigarh or to Dr Charanjeev Singh, Coordinator, Police Administration, Dept of Public Administration, PU. Their e-mail IDs are ghumanbs@pu.ac.in and charanjeev434@gmail .com respectively according to Prof. R.K. Sharma, Professor and Coordinator, Police Administration, Centre for Emerging Areas in Social Sciences, PU.

Vacant seats

Twelve seats under ST Category for admission in LLB 3 years course (Session 2007-08) lying vacant have been transferred to SC category. The students of SC category from serial numbers to 12 on the waiting list are advised to contact the Department of Laws for depositing the fee by July 25 up to 12 noon. Further 12 seats lying vacant under various reserve categories have been transferred to open category. The students of General Category from serial numbers 11 to 22 on the waiting list are advised to contact the Department of Laws for depositing fees by July 25 up to 12 noon.


The counselling for admission to LLB (3-Year Professional Course) at Swami Sarvanand Giri Panjab University Regional Centre, Bajwara, Hoshiarpur will be held on July 21 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Department of Law. All those candidates who have qualified the Entrance Test held on July 8 should come with their original testimonials. The list of candidates has also been displayed on the Notice Board of the Department of Law. — TNS



HSEB’s plea dumped by redress panel
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
In a case transferred from the Haryana state consumer disputes redressal commission to the state consumer disputes commission, the commission has pointed out that there was nothing on record to show any substance in the plea by the HSEB.

Giving the decision in consonance with the one given by the redress forum, Sirsa, the state commission stated that there was deficiency in service by the HSEB in disconnecting the electricity supply to the complainant, Hari Singh of Nehrana village, due to which he went suffered a financial loss and mental agony.

The district forum, Sirsa, has directed the HSEB to pay Rs 18,000 to the complainant on account of loss of business and further Rs 2,000 for harassment and mental agony along with Rs 1,000 as litigation charges.

Hari Singh, was running an “atta chaki” through an electric connection. He could not run it for six to seven months as his brother was not well. In November 1992, the complainant received a bill amounting to Rs 12,078. When he complained about it, it was corrected and he deposited Rs 3,114.

After the installation of the new meter, a bill for Rs 3,158 was send. Prior to this, a bill worth Rs 15,000 was received by the complainant. For solving the matter, a superintendent engineer acted as an arbitrator. He said the demand for Rs 15,000 was incorrect. He alleged that his business was badly affected as electricity was disconnected because of the non-payment of the bill.

The HSEB said the bill amounting to Rs 12,078 for November was corrected while the bill of Rs 15,000 was quashed by the arbitrator. It added that the connection of the complainant was disconnected for the non-payment of Rs 15,000. Also, when a checking party checked the premises of the complainant, power theft was detected.

The redress commission said there was nothing on record to prove that the bill was based on either actual consumption by the complainant or levied on him as penalty. A report regarding the complainant adopting malpractices had not been given on record. The commission found the impugned order fair and legal.



Refashioning classics for new audiences
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Adapting classics is not easy. But Lillete Dubey does difficult things with a great deal of conviction and charm. The last time she won over the audiences was when she did Mahesh Dattani’s “Dance like a Man”. This time, she is back with a more challenging production - one that’s rated as the finest of Vijay Tendulkar’s fine plays. “Kanyadaan”, her latest, could well have slumbered in the Marathi performance space had it not been for Lillete’s keen interest in its “English” resurgence.

Nine performances later, the power of the production is speaking for itself, and with it is speaking the ingenuity of Tendulkar’s craft. “Kanyadaan”, says Lillete, was inspired in the first place by its obscurity in the non-Maharashtrian space. “The original Marathi version was done 24 years ago, with Sriram Lagoo in the lead role. We refashioned the script for English theatre. The idea was to bring it to the world in all its finesse,” said the director-actor, who was in Chandigarh today with her troupe to stage the play under the aegis of the Durgadas Foundation and The Tribune.

For Lillete, an ardent Tendulkar fan, attempting “Kanyadaan” in English was extremely challenging. “Let’s not forget the play is located in 1981. But years later, it remains surprisingly relevant. It’s strong, fantastically written and beautifully characterised. What more could I ask for?” Lillete said.

“The purpose of theatre is really secondary. The primary part is the love of it and the joy of handling a beautiful script, like Tendulkar’s. He fleshes out his characters with great skill. They are so well-rounded. The tough part of this play was, of course, its translation. To the best extent possible, we retained the original, chaste script expect for breaking the syntax here and there. I even sought Tendulkar’s permission before cutting short the play by half an hour,” Lillete said, priding in the rave reviews the play has managed ever since it opened.

Seated by her side, Rajendra Gupta and Joy Sengupta appeared no less proud. “I was surprised when Lillete cast me. We had never even met one another. Also, I had that initial hitch in expressing myself in the language I was never trained to think in. But as I engaged with the script, I realised that I was actually at home with English. I was actually evolving,”said Gupta, whose only other English theatre production has been “Chanakya Shastra” with Sanjay Shreyas.



‘Kanyadaan’ shakes perceptions
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20
Theatre seldom moves you to the core and alter your perception of reigning realities. But Lillete Dubey’s latest English production “Kanyadaan” does precisely that. Located in a socialist, politically sensitive Marathi household, the play explores serious issues of caste divide, coexistence and idealism in an atmosphere wreathed in strain and strife.

“Kanyadaan” is essentially about interpersonal relationships, of how these blossom and wither, now seeming perfect, now crumbling to pieces. In a typical Vijay Tendulkar play, bitter truths always prevail as they did in “Sakharam Binder” and as they again do in “Kanyadaan”, staged at Tagore Theatre under the aegis of Durga Das Foundation and The Tribune today.

But in more ways than one, “Kanyadaan”, which Lillete beautifully adapted into English from the original Marathi version, proves to be a superb extension of Tendulkar’s genius. It is humorous and acerbic at once, taking root in an average Marathi household — the Nath Devalikar house at Pune.

The opening act paints the portrait of a happy family of four — Nath Devalikar, the patriarch and a political visionary; Seva Devalikar, the wife and a doting mother, and two children fed on their father’s idealism, which exults when the daughter of the house marries a Dalit.

The idealism, however, breaks into pieces as the story inches towards its end. At the heart of the matter is the Dalit who lives in his tormented past and unleashes torment on his high-caste wife. A beast one moment, a lover the next, Arun Athavle, played by Joy Sengupta, drives the world of Jyoti, the daughter (played by Radhika Apte) mad.

She realizes he is not the man whose poetry she adored; he’s a Dalit, whose past returns to haunt him every night. And through him the venom that’s his legacy enters her being, weakening her and warping her thought process. Backed by powerful performances of Lillete and Rajendra Gupta, who play the parents, the play gets heavier with every spoken word.

Aside from political resonances, it emerges as a gripping family drama of a daughter marrying an unsuitable boy.

Through a multi-layered content, Tendulkar finally drives home the point that the reality of one man is different from what the other man perceives it to be. In this case, the daughter finds her own reality in a filthy slum, where her man returns roaring drunk every night to beat her up one moment and caress the next. And once she realises she must love Arun, the man and not Arun, the poet, she finds peace, but not without discovering the emptiness of her father’s idealist rhetoric.

The concluding lines of the play the daughter utters to her father sum up the powerful production: “We will go on dying like guinea pigs in your liberal democratic experiments. And you will go on rousing the Gods slumbering in men.”



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