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More physical activities for schoolchildren in offing
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
“Our main focus is to emphasise more on physical activities for children in schools and make them physically and mentally strong in addition to academics. The department is working on the modalities to introduce traditional sports in schools like rope skipping, kho-kho, swimming and other rural sports where there is little money involved to raise the infrastructure”, informed S.K. Setia, DPI (S), while addressing an award-giving ceremony held at GMSSS-10, here, today.

The DPI (S) further informed that swimming pools and the other sports infrastructure in the schools would be raised. The department is also planning to host a sports meet on November 14 at large scale where the teachers would also participate in various sports.

“We are also planning to introduce dramatic clubs in the schools and on Saturdays, two or three periods would be fixed for various activity based programmes. This will strengthen the mental as well as physical ability of the students,” said Setia.

Meanwhile, various heads of schools, teachers, DPEs, PTIs, students of NCCs, NGOs and Class IV employees of education department were honoured on the occasion.

The function was followed by a meeting of vocational teachers, heads of various schools, home science teachers and work experience teachers to discuss emerging vocational skills, need for skill development of student and apprise them about these programmes. 



  Homoeopathic college has few takers
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, is facing uncertainty over its future as just eight students have been enrolled for the current session.

The college offers 50 seats to the students of Bachelor of Homoeopathy and Medical Surgery (BHMS) through combined entrance test (CET) conducted by Panjab University.

Now that the college remains with 42 vacancies even after the second counselling, the authorities have applied to the university for allowing them to admit students directly on merit basis.

In fact, this is not the first time that the college was not able to fill all the seats. In 2004, the college admitted 42 students through CET and later the university granted permission to hold third counselling to fill up the vacancies. Last year the number stood at 40.

One of the best colleges of homoeopathy in the country, started in 1974, where all seats used to be filled up by the first counselling itself till the mid-nineties, started facing the crunch of admission seekers since medical colleges came up in the neighbouring states, informed Dr K.K. Dhiman, principal of the college.

The college at Chandigarh used to cater to the requirement of students from Himachal, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh as well as Chandigarh, said the principal. Now that more such colleges were set up at Rohtak, Solan, Punjab and many places at Uttar Pradesh, the demand of seats in this college was bound to recede, added Dr Dhiman. The college was still able to attract a substantial number of students due to its good reputation among the masses, claimed the principal.

However, the main impact on the admissions at the college was observed after the opening of the dental college in the city last year.

The college has 100 seats and most of the potential candidates for BHMS at this college were being absorbed at the dental college, resulting in the sudden dip of availability of students in the city, opined Dr Dhiman.



Sanchayika Day
33 schools honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
Annual Sanchayika Day was celebrated at Government College of Education, Sector 20, yesterday.

The function was organised jointly by the Directorate of Small Savings, Chandigarh administration, and National Savings Institute, Chandigarh Centre.

S.K. Sandhu, finance secretary, Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion. He appreciated the good work done by the heads of the schools and teachers in the field of Sanchayika Scheme (Children’s own bank- School Savings Bank) of small savings. He revealed that Chandigarh schools have won National Sanchayika Award thrice during the last decade. He further said Rs 2.52 crore was collected under the Sanchayika Scheme during the year 2006-07.

Rajiv Sagar, regional director, National Savings Institute, Chandigarh Centre, explained the significance of Sanchayika Day and Sanchayika Scheme for growing school children. He informed that the scheme has been introduced in 87 schools in Chandigarh, in which more than 48,400 students saved from their own pocket, a sizeable amount of Rs 2.52 crore during the year 2006-07.

Raji P. Srivastava, IAS, special secretary finance, Chandigarh administration, presided over the function. She appealed other schools to adopt this scheme for the welfare of the students.

Prizes were awarded to the 33 schools in Chandigarh who have done good work in the field of Sanchayika Scheme during the year 2006-07.



  St. Stephen’s wins inter-school quiz
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
St. Stephen’s showed their supremacy for the fourth consecutive year by winning the I.C.S.E. Inter-School Quiz Competition held at St. Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here, today.

In all, there were 12 I.C.S.E. schools of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali who participated in this competition.

After the preliminary round, six teams qualified for the finals.

After trickling their brains for almost an hour, the host school St. Stephen’s bagged the winner’s trophy. The first runners-up trophy was bagged by Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula, and the second runners-up trophy was won by Yadvindra Public School, Mohali.



From Schools and Colleges
  ‘Melting Glaciers’ concludes at GCG-11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
A week-long programme on the theme ‘Melting Glaciers’ organised by PRAKRITI, the environmental society of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, in assistance with the science association of the college, culminated into a grand finale today on the eve of international day for preservation of ozone layer. Students from various city colleges addressed the issue by translating their information and knowledge through their participation in competitions like quiz, power point presentation, eco-rangoli, collage making, model-making, slogan writing and poster making.

Literacy Day: The students of Rotaract Club of Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26, conducted a survey today in Kishangarh village to mark World Literacy Day.

Talent hunt: A two-day talent hunt competition concluded at Government College, Sector 11, today. More than 70 students took part in music competitions. Ozone Day: NSS volunteers of ‘Environment Club’ of Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, observed Ozone Layer Preservation Day today. The club members highlighted the importance of plants and their usefulness through a skit.

Freshers’ bash: Students of M.Com (II) and MBE (II) of SGGS College, Sector 26 organised a freshers’ party for the students of first year today. Gurdeep Singh, principal of the college, addressed the students and gave them words of advice.Jasbir Singh was declared ‘Mr Fresher’ while Harman bagged the ‘Miss Fresher’ title.

Seminar on VAT: A session on value-added tax (VAT) at DAV Public Senior Secondary School, Phase X, provided the students with an opportunity to understand the intricacies of VAT. Baldeep Kaur, assistant taxation commissioner, conducted the session and apprised the students about VAT and its implications on the existing taxation system.

Hindi Divas: Swami Ram Tirtha Public High School, Phase IV, observed Hindi Diwas on the school premises. The students were apprised of its origin and development. A student of the school Jaskirat Kaur scored 98 per cent marks in Hindi and was among the top 0.1 per cent candidates in the All India Senior Secondary Examination, 2007. She was honoured for her outstanding performance with a certificate.

Awarded: Four students of Shivalik Public School, Mohali, have been awarded certificates of merit for their outstanding academic performance and for being among the top 0.1 per cent of successful candidates in the All India Secondary School Examination 2007. The students are Karan Aggarwal, Puspraj Singh, Kirpal Singh and Sumit Singh Sidhu.

Contest: Students of Sacred Souls School, Ghuruan, won the archery competition at the second district school games held at Yadvindra Public School, Phase 8, Mohali. Principal of the school Neelinderjeet Sandhu congratulated the sports teachers and students on this achievement. This is the third consecutive achievement of the school at district level.



KB DAV students enthral at Guru Pratibha Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15
The students of KB DAV-7 enthralled the audience with their awesome performances during ‘Guru Pratibha Day’ celebrations of the school. The function was held at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, here, yesterday.

Jasmine House, with its mesmerising performance, was adjudged the best house and grabbed the big silver trophy.

Lotus House was declared the second best house and Rose House came third. However, Tulip House managed to get only the consolation prize.

Keeping the tradition of the school intact, all teaching and non-teaching staff members presented theme-based, value-oriented items for the school children, which were choreographed in an exceptional manner.

To grace the occasion, eminent dignitaries from various field were present. H.S. Mattewal, hon'ble advocate general of Punjab, who was the chief guest, inaugurated the grand show by lighting the lamp. S.K. Setia, DPI (S), Chandigarh administration, was the guest of honour and D.R. Yadav, joint secretary, Central Board of Secondary Education, Panchkula, presided over the function.

All the teachers of the four houses faced tough competition from each other.

Lotus House teachers presented the life of soldiers and scarifies made by them during war. The journey of music was the theme of Jasmine House teachers which stirred the souls of the audience.

There was another interesting presentation by Rose House teachers, which was amalgamation of classical and western dance.

Tulip House teachers presented the journey of child from school till he takes the first step in the competitive world, which was indeed an educating one.

Later, principal Madhu Behl announced seven best teachers of the year 2006, who were honoured by Mattewal with a shawl and mementos. The teachers included Subhash Semwal, Geeta Rani, Kiran Pathania, Anita Awasthi, Neetu Vashisht, Hema Malhotra, Ritu Mahajan and Parkash.

Mattewal also honoured Madhu Bahl with a shawl and memento for recently being bestowed with Punjab Rattan Award. D.R.Yadav honoured Meenakshi Mahindroo, Santosh Bhandari and Satinder Dhillon for their contribution in the field of education and social sphere.

Meanwhile, the principal declared September 15 and 17 as closed days.



  Impulse’07 draws great response

Chandigarh, September 15
A one-day event, ‘Impulse ’07’, encapsulating three workshops, was organised at Government Art Gallery, Sector 10, by ‘The Daniels’, a non-profit organisation comprising students of Punjab Engineering College, today.

The event started with the workshop on radio jockeying by Hardeep Chandpuri followed by a highly interactive session on animation by Animation Live. The students were enlightened about the mantras of entrepreneurship by Sarthak Kumar, director of Vibe Internet Solutions Pvt. Ltd. The event pulled an enthusiastic crowd of around 200 participants. It turned out to be a great learning experience for the students, giving an overview of these newly emerging fields. — TNS



Law students do institute proud
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 15
There is no shortcut to success and hard work is the key to achievements. This has once again been proved by three students of Army Institute of Law.

A team comprising of Abha Tiwari of 4th year, Anupama Gupta and Snigdha Ghoshal of 3rd year, recently represented the institute in the 3rd International Minority Right Moot Court Competition held at Pune from September 7-9, organised by Surana and Surana International Attorneys and Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society.

As many as 54 teams participated from all top law colleges/institutes of India, including National Law School, Bangalore, National University of Juridical Science, Kolkata, Government Law College, Mumbai, NALSAR, Hyderabad, National Law School, Jodhpur. A team from London College of Legal Excellence, Bangladesh, also participated in the competition.

Mooting before the European Court of Human Rights on the most debated topic of minorities’ right to education under international law, Abha Tiwari was adjudged the best student advocate out of 104 students.

The moot witnessed a fierce advocacy on the rights of ethnic and national minorities. The team of Army Institute of Law was amongst the top 4 scorers and was the best amongst the teams representing various law colleges of north India.



Last date of CSIR-UGC form submission extended
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 15
The last date for the sale of forms for the CSIR UGC Test has been extended to 21.09.07. Earlier the last date was September 14.

There is no other change in the scheme and schedule of the test. The last date for filling the application forms is September 2007. The test will be held as per the scheduled date on December 23, 2007.

The completed application forms must reach to the examination unit, CSIR on or before the last date. These forms are available in all the notified branches of public banks.

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) holds the National Eligibility Test (NET) to determine the eligibility of candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and for the appointment of lecturers in science subjects (life sciences). The exam is held twice a year.

The eligibility of the test is M.Sc. or equivalent degree with minimum 55 per cent marks.

The candidate appearing in the examination of second year of their post-graduation can also appear in the test. The candidates can get the detailed syllabus for the test from the information bulletin or they can check on the website: http//csirhrdg.res.in.



 ‘Chak De India’ fame Krishna wishes to emulate Nusrat 
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, September 15
With an impressive record of playback singing in 21 Hindi films and a dozen films awaiting release, Chandigarh lad Krishna has achieved fame and glory in Bollywood with an immaculate rendition of the song ‘Maula mere..’ for the blockbuster ‘Chak De India’.

He has many hits like ‘Ishaq Khudai’, ‘Teri yaad saath saath’, ‘Aapki kashish’, ‘Zindagi mein bhi koi’, to his credit. Krishna, though hailing from Orissa, was brought up in Chandigarh, and he did his education at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, and SD College. He did masters in Indian theatre from Panjab University. “However, my long training in classical music at the Pracheen Kala Kendra under O.P. Gupta had kept me afloat during my days of struggle,” disclosed Krishna while talking to The Tribune.

Environment and upbringing go a long way in making a musician, claims Krishna while asserting how his innate love for Punjabi culture, Punjabiat and his grounding in Punjabi folk music had transformed his mind to emulate the indomitable Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. “I fell in the blessed tutelage of the Ustad like ‘Eklavya’ with a mission to emulate the soul stirring Sufiana gayaki immortalised by Nusrat Saheb”.

In search of a music career, Krishna went to Mumbai after gaining a rich experience in Dubai working for UAE Radio Um-Al-Quwain as a radio jokey. Luck smiled on him as Sanjay Dutt, an ardent fan of Nusrat Saheb gave Krishna a break in film Radrakshas and the rest is history.

The standards of struggle in film music has changed a lot now as one has to struggle to maintain the performance level and continuity. As regards the import of singers from Pakistan, Krishna feels talented singers must get a chance here.



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