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EDUCATION

Affiliation to BPEd course
NCTE sends report to GC-11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), New Delhi, today sent its report to Government College, Sector 11, regarding the matter of affiliation to the four-year BPEd course in the college.

The council also sent the copy of the report to the regional director of NCTE, Jaipur, for considering the proposed affiliation to the course at Government College, Sector 11, after a team comprising deputy director, colleges, Pahlad Aggarwal, principal Dr A.L. Gauba, Dr R.S. Brar, senior lecturer, Government College for Girls, Sector 42, and others went to New Delhi to present before a standing committee, the innovative features of the four-year course.

The council, in its report, mentioned that the course has been accepted as an innovative course and be considered for an approval by the regional committee.

The council also made certain observations such as the emphasis of the course be on developing specialised skills in the identified sports, rather than on skills that provide a mere service and commercial orientation. It is important that the aim of innovation converges with the provision of training, theoretical knowledge base and skill developments, revision of the readings and course outlines etc.

Dr Gauba, principal of the college said, “The report is a positive step towards achieving our goal. As our next measure, the college would write to NCTE, Jaipur, to send an inspection team to the college as early as possible.”

The inspection team will examine the facilities, faculty and the curriculum of the course, he added.

Director, higher education, Raji P. Shrivastava, who has visited NCTE, New Delhi, thrice to pursue the matter, said, “I would be visiting Jaipur this month . Everything is on course now and the visit will complete all formalities.”

After LNIPE, Gwalior, soon Government College, Sector 11, will be the second college in the country to have got the affiliation. The last date for admission is September 29.

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PU Alumni House
Multipurpose hall faces fund crunch
Rajay Deep
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The lone foundation stone placed at the site of the proposed hall, lounge and foyer at Alumni House, Sector 25, surrounded by overgrown weeds aptly tells its sad story.

It was about a year ago, when Punjab governor Gen (retd) S.F. Rodrigues had laid the foundation stone at Panjab University Alumni House, announcing the construction of a multipurpose hall. However, the hall is still waiting to see the light of the day.

The authorities concerned, at the time of laying the foundation stone, on November 7, 2006, released information that the hall would be constructed at an approximate cost of Rs three crore having a capacity of 1,500 persons. It was further announced the funds were available for starting the construction.

However, now the authorities have fallen back on their words. Till date, not even a single brick has been laid there. Reason is lack of funds.

According to sources, the department had more than 2,500 lifetime members at that time, and was hoping that the funds will be generated by way of donations made by them.

“More than ten months have passed but the work has not started yet. The authorities had claimed that they had sufficient funds to start construction, but where have the funds vanished now?” rued a member of the house.

The newly appointed dean, alumini relations, P.K. Tiwari, said, “The department is facing lack of funds. But the matter is under consideration, as soon as the funds are collected, the work will be started.”

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From Schools & Colleges
Tiny tots have a ‘brush’ with nature
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 20
Small Wonders School organised a drawing-cum-colouring contest here today which saw participation from hundreds of tiny tots from nursery, KG and play classes today. Keen little ones coloured and made wonderful images and drawings of animals in their environs. While Manya Wadhwa, Manvin S. Malhi, Gurpuneet Singh and Arshpreet Banwait won first prizes from various sections of play class, it were Tanushri Jhita, Sarabjot Singh, Priya Sharma and Ishita Bhardwaj from nursery who walked away with first prizes in their respective sections. Rohan, Khusi and Khanij Arya bagged first positions in LKG classes while Prabhroop got first prize in UKG and Shirin Chaudhary won top honour for Class 1.

Convention: Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, here will host the most prestigious ISTE Students’ Section Convention for the year 2007. The convention will be held on October 18-19. President of ISTE, Dr N.R. Shetty, alongwith many members of the National Executive Council and members of the section managing committee will attend the convention. Dr Hira informed that ISTE conducts such conventions at National Level also.

Chandigarh

Lecture: The department of psychology, DAV College, Sector 10, organised an interactive session on ‘Self Empowerment’ in the college today. Renowned life empowerment guide Anita Bansal conducted the session and emphasised the role of self-acceptance and positive emotions in leading a happy life. She also taught the participants a few meditation exercises. Principal S. Marriya, while thanking the speaker, said the college needs such counselling sessions for teachers and students.

Teachers’ stir: The DAV College Teachers’ Union held a house meeting today as a part of their ongoing strike to get the statutory provisions of the Panjab University calendar implemented with respect to encashment of earned leave and PF on total salary. The house appreciated the principal of GGDSD College, Sector 32, Dr A.C. Vaid for following the provisions of the Panjab University calendar in letter and in spirit.

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Debate conducted at law institute

The winners of the debate held at Army Institute of Law in Mohali on Thursday. The winners of the debate held at Army Institute of Law in Mohali on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Mohali, September 20
In a unique style of public debating, the Army Institute of Law, Mohali, organised the annual Intra-Institute Parliamentary Debate Competition at its campus in Sector 68 here today.

This new model of debate had two teams competing in every round, one as the government and the other as the opposition, brainstorming against each other on a plethora of issues ranging from politics to technology and from sports to media and entertainment. Shivika Chowdhary, Shreya Banerjee and Niharika Ray, all students of the first year were adjudged winners. — TNS

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Panjab varsity entrance results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
For all candidates seeking admission to M.Phil / Ph D programmes, the results of the entrance test (M Phil / Ph D-2007) have been declared and posted on the PU website http://www.puchd.ac.in

The admission criteria for the M.Phil programme and the schedule for the same have also been put on the website. Interested candidates are advised to download the application form and apply to the concerned department by October 10.

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COURTS
 

HUDA chief argues own case in forum
Geetanjali Gayatri/TNS

Panchkula, September 20
It began like just another day at the district consumer forum in Sector 12-A. Of the 31 cases listed for the day, 20 cases were about the usual battle between the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and its “harassed consumers”.

And, then, the scene changed as lawyers took a back seat. Instead of the usual pliancy expected of administrators summoned by the consumer forum, chief administrator, HUDA, T.C. Gupta, sprung a surprise on those present by arguing his own case.

On the premises after the forum issued bailable warrants against chief administrator, HUDA, for non-compliance of orders issued by the forum in March 2001, he submitted before the court that criminal proceedings cannot be initiated against an office but against the officer.

Contesting the bailable warrants, Gupta argued before the forum president J.N. Bhardwaj and forum member Sarita Jain that the officer guilty of not implementing the orders should have been summoned instead of issuing bailable warrants against the present incumbent. “The forum should have summoned the officer occupying the office in 2001 or issue the same if they find that an officer is wilfully guilty of not obeying orders of the forum,” he submitted.

He added that Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act should be resorted to only after all alternative remedies have been exhausted according to an order of the Supreme Court. “The forum could have ordered attachment of HUDA property under Section 25. However, my office did not get a single notice under Section 25 and went on straight to issue warrants against the chief administrator,” he reasoned.

The forum members told him that they had deliberately taken a “lenient view” of the lapses on the part of HUDA officials who had not implemented an order issued in 2001 even as late as 2007. Bhardwaj said that the warrants had been issued in the name of the chief administrator, HUDA, since he is the head of the department.

To this also, Gupta said that the forum should not take a lenient view about non-compliance of orders. “Punishing those guilty of not complying with the orders of the forum would have a demonstrative affect and the officers will begin to take forum orders seriously,” he said.

Gupta had been summoned in a case filed by Aben Azer, who had sought interest money from HUDA. He had been given an alternative plot in Faridabad as per the directions of the forum but his interest money was still pending. The cheque for that was handed over to him in court today. Warrants have been issued in another case to the chief administrator for tomorrow.

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Suicide: Man gets 3-yr RI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
Narinder Singh who was convicted yesterday for abetting his wife to commit suicide, was awarded rigorous imprisonment for three years at the district courts here today. The judge, Ravi Kumar Sondhi, said if the convict did not pay Rs 5,000 as fine, his imprisonment would be increased by three months.

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CULTURE
 

A mélange of colours — old and new
Delhi-based curator showcases works of Hussain and 23 others

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
It was meant to be an ensemble of eclectic artworks sourced from the repertoire of contemporary Indian artists who have enriched domestic as well as foreign markets. And eclectic it is - sprinkled with colours from the canvases of legends like M.F. Hussain and Dhiraj Choudhary on one hand and young artists like Sanjay Bhattacharya and Siddharth on the other. Siddharth’s work was recently seen at Sotheby’s auction.

“But we are not here to sell”, Bhavna Kakar, the show’s young curator clarifies at the outset, “We are here to help Chandigarh touch base with the latest in art world. They need to appreciate the nuances of art first. Deals will follow. That’s why we got Siddhartha Tagore, a descendant of Rabindra Nath Tagore, to talk on appreciation of contemporary Indian art,” she said. For Kakar, who, along with Tagore, edits Art and Deal, a magazine published out of Delhi, “Arty Facts” which opened at Taj tonight, is a tribute to Chandigarh. An alumnus of Government College of Art, Sector 10, she says she owed it to her city.

ART COMES AT A PRICE

  • Hussain's son costlier than his father
  • Dhaneshwar Shah — Rs 5,000 each
  • Ramesh Tredal — Rs 15,000
  • Shamshad Hussain — Rs 3, 75,000
  • (M.F. Hussain’s son)
  • Shipra Bhattacharya and — Rs 3,50,000 each
  • Shubha Prassnna
  • Sanjay Bhattacharya — Rs 4, 00,000
  • M.F. Hussain — Rs 55, 000 each

That the show is done with heart is obvious. Laced with the works of best Indian artists like Pradipta Chakravarty from Santiniketan and J.M.S. Mani from the Deccan Plateau, the show easily engages the viewer. Right at the entrance to Grand Ballroom at Taj, where colours are dancing to creators’ tunes, M.F. Hussain’s serigraph greets you. It is hauntingly beautiful - true to the Hussain, the legend. And who says Chandigarh does not buy art. The Bolarias of Guru Nanak Paper Mills took away the serigraph soon as they landed. Many corporate buyers turned up, with Shyamal Mukherjee’s “in the face” art on acrylic sheet turning out to be the hot favourite. Hues of fire and quaint faces of men on his canvas did the trick.

Prokash Karmakar’s “realistic” works were no less absorbing. A regular at big shows, Karmakar spent boyhood days at station platforms, city parks and brothels. His works naturally derive from life and are spared of frills and froth. From Siddharth, a Chandigarh boy, the show has a painting recently auctioned at Sotheby’s. And then there is the work of Shamdhad Hussain, M.F. Hussain’s son, whose muted ways easily win hearts.

Among women, Seema Kohli reigns, with her “drawing room” art, which gets soon as it is touched. Vibrant themes and fine execution have helped Kohli emerge among the top five contemporary women artists of India. Buyers adore her works for their decorative value. Says Kakar, “People don’t yet have an eye for what lies beyond the canvas. On the scale of intellect, I would rate Barun Chowdhary’s artwork on cheetah as a masterpiece. It views social ills through an animal and makes a strong statement on men and society. But my recommendation did not help the work. Indians still see art as drawing room stuff.”

Among the more “intense” works in the show are those by Ajay Chowdhary, Dhaneshwar Shah, Dhara Mehrotra and Kalicharan Gupta. In all, “Arty Facts”, is showcasing the works of 24 modern artists.

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