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Ryan students in trouble again
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Once again, Class X students of Ryan International Public School, Sector 49, are in a fix as they are not sure if they will be allowed to appear in the board examination - scheduled to be held in March 2008 - or not.

The reason being that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had granted provisional affiliation to the school for 2007-08 which means that its students can appear in the board examinations to be held in 2009.

D.R. Yadav, joint director, CBSE regional office, Panchkula, said, “The school has been granted affiliation for 2007-08 which means the students registered with the board will be allowed to appear in examination in March 2009. But I fail to understand on what grounds the school authorities will manage to get the present batch of 2007-08 appear through the board.”

Principal of the school was not available for comments.

The parents of the students, on condition of anonymity, disclosed that the school authorities kept them in dark at the time of admission. “We were assured that the present batch of students will not face any problem as the affiliation process is in progress, but we are still not sure what will happen to our children’s future,” rued a parent.

DPI (S) S.K. Setia, said, “The school authorities are at fault for which the children will suffer.”

He further said, “It is the lacklustre attitude of the school authorities. They should approach us instantly to find a way out of this problem, otherwise the students will have to suffer like the previous batch.”

It is pertinent to mention that last year, as many as 81 students of Class X were allowed to take the board examination through government schools of the city on the basis of the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, but it was a one-time arrangement, as specified, by the court and the CBSE.

In the latest scenario, the CBSE committee, in its meeting held recently, had taken a very serious note of the fact that the school again has Class X students, due to appear in the examination in 2008. The committee reportedly, directed them to disband this class so that the students enrol in some other CBSE affiliated schools.

Sources said around 55 students of Class X had taken admission in government schools, but the school authorities, on the pretext that affiliation would be granted, had reportedly, managed to retain 50 students and made fresh admissions too. 



Space Constraints
Commerce college awaits affiliation to second year
Future of hundreds of students at stake
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The only specialised college of the city, Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 19, is once again in news.

This time the future of hundreds of its students is at stake. At present, there are two units of BCom (I) and one unit of BBA (I) in the college and it is due for affiliation to second year.

Surprisingly, the college does not have enough classrooms to accommodate the students next year. At present, there are only three classrooms in the college.

The report submitted by the inspection committee of Panjab University last year clearly mentioned that affiliation to second year would be granted only if more classrooms were added to the existing ones. To meet this demand, ahead of the inspection that is due for November, the college proposes to have ‘prefabricated’ classrooms in the campus.

“We need at least three more classrooms to accommodate our students and a common room as well for the students, the college being co-educational,” said A.S. Sethi, principal of the college. At present, the college is housed in a primary school building in Sector 19 and 10 acres of land has been sanctioned for it in Sector 50.

“Though lot of improvements have been made for the convenience of the students, including new flooring, projector screens, white boards etc, still a lot needs to be done,” said a lecturer of the college. If prefabricated rooms are erected, there would be no moving space left in the college as it is already housed in modest premises, says an expert in the engineering department.

Meanwhile, the proposal has already been sent to the engineering department and a final nod is awaited.



From Schools & Colleges

QUIZ: The 12 Wing of the Air Force held a quiz competition here today in which 16 teams from various air force stations under the Western Air Command (WAC) participated. Of the four finalists, the Hindon Air Force Station team stood first. It would now be representing WAC in the Inter-Command Quiz Championship scheduled to be held in New Delhi on October 2 and 3. The team from Pathankot came second followed by the team from Suratgarh. At the fourth place was the team from Chandigarh.

Results: Jasmandeep Kaur of Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Mohali, emerged winner in the arts event (group A) during the mega city round of the Chandigarh leg of the International Art and Craft competition held at Shivalik Public School, Sector 41 here, today. Jyoti of Sri Guru Harkrishan School-38 won in group B while Harmeet Kaur of same school won in group C. In the crafts event, Shagundeep Kaur of JBMP School-27 was adjudged to be the winner while Sushant of Anchal School-41 and Kirandeep of St Soldier School-28 won in group B and C, respectively.

Youth festival: The youth festival this year for women colleges zone B, pertaining to Chandigarh and Ludhiana, will be organised at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, from October 18-21. Principal of the college Dr Shashi Jain disclosed that more than 1000 students would be participating in various competitions on all the four days.

Conference: The two-day National Conference on Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Technology (AMMT-2007) organised by the department of mechanical engineering of Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, today began on the campus. — TNS



HC notices to admn, home secy
Delay in fund release for judicial complex
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
The District Bar Association, Chandigarh, through its secretary Kailash Chander, today raised the issue of delay by the UT administration and the union law ministry in the release of funds required for construction of a judicial complex in Sector 43 here.

After the preliminary hearing, division bench comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover served notices on the Chandigarh administration and its home secretary, union home ministry and the union law ministry for October 18.

The association has sought directions to the respondents to expedite the construction of the proposed complex that will house the district courts, district consumer forums, etc.

The lawyers have already collected Rs 1 crore on their part for the purpose.

The division bench was informed during the hearing that the project had already been delayed by around 10 years and unless action was expedited, the cost of construction would go up enormously.

The association also referred to a number of meetings held in this regard with Justice Mehtab Singh Gill and other functionaries who were overseeing cases of providing judicial complexes and chambers to lawyers.



Attempt to kill children: Man gets 3-yr RI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
A local court yesterday convicted Sandeep of attempted murder of his children and sentenced him to three years of rigorous imprisonment.

Pronouncing the judgement, additional sessions judge Raj Shekhar Attri also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on the convict.

Sandeep had gone to Sukhna Lake with his son Deepu (3) and daughter Reema (5) on March 3, 2004. After strolling around for some time, he approached the stairs leading down to the water and tied his own hands with those of his children. He then jumped into the water.

Visitors nearby raised the alarm and constable Jagdev Singh, who was on duty, reached the scene and pulled out the three.

Sandeep had had a fight with wife, Anu, who wanted to go to Ludhiana to visit her parents and attend her brother’s wedding.

Anu, a domestic help, and Sandeep, married for 10 years, had been having a strained relationship.

Sandeep had left home around 10.30 am that day and told his son that they were going for an outing. He later picked his daughter from school and left for the lake. 



HC allows arhtiya association plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
A division bench comprising Justice M.M. Kumar and Justice A.K. Mittal allowed the writ petition filed by the Chandigarh Arhtiya Association and directed the Food Corporation of India to reimburse the incentive bonus amount.

The bonus will be reimbursed at the rate of Rs 40 per quintal i.e. Rs 59 lakh for the kharif season 2006-07, which was paid by the association to farmers under the directions of the government.

The counsel for petitioners said they had paid the incentive bonus amount at the rate of Rs 40 per quintal on the procurement of paddy. In spite of that and even after repeated representations, the FCI had been delaying the reimbursement on technical grounds.

It was further contended that the petitioners had paid the incentive bonus of farmer under the directions of the government and it was promised that the amount would be reimbursed.

He averred that the government could not deny the reimbursement to petitioners.

After hearing the contention, the division bench ordered that the claim of the petitioners could not be deferred for indefinite period as the kharif season for 2006-07 was long over.

PIL on gastro cases

A PIL today sought immediate remedial measures to prevent and treat diseases like diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and cholera, which may assume epidemic proportions in Ambala Cantonment and Ambala city.

The petition was taken up for consideration by the division bench of Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover. It has been filed by Ambala-based social activist Viresh Shandilya.

Quoting cases, the counsel for the petitioner pointed out that diarrhoea had already claimed three lives, besides leading to hospitalisation of 35 others, whereas gastroenteritis had taken four lives, besides 66 persons being admitted to the hospital.

The petitioner claimed that the civil surgeon, Ambala, had admitted to the supply of chlorine tablets that had surpassed their expiration date.

At least 163 persons had been affected. Though the authorities claimed that there were 210 diarrhoea patients, the same could well be around 500 in the area under reference.

The bench issued notices for December 11 to the Haryana health secretary as also director general health services, civil surgeon and chief medical officer, Ambala, and secretaries of Ambala Cantonment Board and the municipal council.

Encroachments in MDC

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Mahesh Grover today issued notices for January 11, 2008, to Haryana urban development secretary as also chief administrator, HUDA, on a PIL seeking directions to remove encroachments in the markets of various sectors of Mansa Devi Complex, Panchkula.

The petitioner averred that these encroachments were making the normal movement of residents through the sectors increasingly difficult. He also sought directions to the authorities concerned to ensure steps for maintenance of parking places and other public utility services to make the life of the residents worth living.



Maya Rao explores the world with theatre
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Maya Krishna Rao interacts with students during a workshop at the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, on Friday
Maya Krishna Rao interacts with students during a workshop at the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, on Friday. —Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, September 21
Her intense glance is worth beholding, so is her passion for the task at hand. No wonder no one messes with Maya Krishna Rao when she is at work. And her best work is “teaching the young and fidgety how to act”.

“Acting brings concentration. It helps focus energies in many creative ways. It begets attitude. And unless you listen to your body, to the voices lurking around in your mind spaces, you won’t be in a position to improvise. I teach my students how to make situations out of the simplest things as the act of walking,” says Maya, the visiting acting faculty at the National School of Drama (NSD) , where she taught for a couple of years before quitting in 1993.

For Rao, the departure from the NSD was essential to protect her identity as a performer. “Students have a way of sucking your energies. I needed a break,” says the kathakali dancer, who specialised in male roles and brought to theatre a unique charm. Even today, when she instructs the class, her eyes do the talking, creating images with their movements. Years of aggressive training in kathakali, especially in male roles of Ravana, Arjuna, Bhima, have afforded Maya a special skill - that of perceiving the mundane as exotic. That’s what she is now passing on as legacy to her students.

“The beauty of kathakali has gone into a whole range of its male roles. For those who have practised these roles, the palette has remained really vast. The form still influences me in invisible ways. And I convert it into lessons for a modern actor,” says Maya, here to conduct a workshop at the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University. She is also planning a production around kathakali.



Taking art to people
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 21
Siddhartha Tagore could have gone to the world with his lineage, and no one would mind. But the shy, unassuming publisher of Art and Deal, a leading art magazine published out of Delhi, prefers silence over hype.

In spite of being a descendant of Rabindra Nath Tagore, he never flaunts his legacy. That’s what makes him special. In Chandigarh yesterday to showcase the artworks of 25 contemporary Indian artists in a specially crafted exhibition titled “Arty Facts”, Tagore spent a lot of time apprising the uninitiated Chandigarh viewers with the fascinating world of modern Indian art. Accompanying him was Bhavna Kakar, who edits Art and Deal.

For Tagore, personally, the magazine has been a precious engagement. Still young, it has made a name in art circles for its ability to deliver art from the cocktail circuit and take it closer to people. As Tagore said, “We are in the business of helping people appreciate art. Every work has a life beyond the canvas. We are showcasing that life. It is often invisible, but palpable.”

Art and Deal works on this very philosophy of Tagore. Fair in its coverage of old masters and young artists, it helps create the much-needed balance and afford to viewers, a range of works to choose from. For artists, too, Tagore’s magazine and Art Konsult, his gallery at Hauz Khas, Delhi, work well. Tagore is famous for his penchant for the unusual. In the past, he has been in the news for throwing open his gallery for some daring departures in art, like anti-imperialism.

Even the exhibition he brought to Chandigarh yesterday was cohesive and novel. It provided space to legends as well as to artists who have been on the receiving end of life. A special mention must be made of a section of collages, made by an artist from the northeast. “He uses newspapers to make collages because he can’t afford any other medium. He is poor, but creative. And we are here to promote such artists,” said Bhavna Kakar. Tagore nods in agreement.



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