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‘Focus should be on overall personality of student’
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
In recognition of the role played by teachers in shaping and fostering the moral and educational fibre of children, four teachers from the city were conferred this year’s prestigious “Tara Chand Saboo Excellence Awards in School Teaching”.

The awards, instituted in 2002, are open to all teachers of government and non-government schools from pre-school to senior secondary level in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.

The recipients of the prizes shared their views with TNS.

Harold Carver, founder and principal of St Stephen’s School-45, Chandigarh, received this year’s Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement.

“Education to me, means the process which helps in developing the overall personality of a child, which involves academics, sports and other co-curricular activities,” said Harold.

“We are giving free education and study material to many underprivileged children. I am happy to say that these children are doing fine in every field.”

With a teaching experience of 16 years as lecturer in English at GMSSS-16, Sarita Tiwari has devoted her life to uplift the downtrodden children by starting the project “Hamari Kaksha” from the premises of Government Primary School-7 along with Anuradha Sharma. This project has seen a real success in bringing down the dropout rate remarkably. “I had noticed that these children need proper guidance and support, otherwise there is no dearth of learning ability in them. At present, I have been shifted to SIE-32, to start another project on similar pattern under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan,” said Sarita, holding this year’s Excellence Award for Teaching in the Secondary Class category.

Zulfiqar Khan uses innovative ways to help underprivileged children. Using his expertise and experience in drama, Zulfiqar has involved children from slum areas into street plays on socially relevant themes like drugs, AIDS, dowry and literacy. He runs a school named “Theatre Age” from Government High School-24, Chandigarh, where these children get quality education in evening.

Zulfikar has got this year’s Excellence Award for teaching economically underprivileged children.

He generated funds for carrying on this self-sustaining programme by collection and sale of paper bags made out of old newspapers.

Apra Sud has won this year’s Excellence Award for School Teaching in Primary Segment. “ Teaching in rural and slum areas deserves the highest priority. Instead of putting children of these areas into urban schools, they should be taught at their place only. Teachers should reach their place. When they go back to their native areas after taking education in urban set-up, they get disappointed due to inferiority complex”, expressed Apra Sood.

Creative and artistic, Apra Sud has been teaching children of primary classes for over 20 years. Keeping herself abreast of latest teaching methods, she keeps on developing teaching methodologies and learning plans for children between the age of three to four.

Meanwhile, Anuradha Saboo, awards director, said, “We might not be able to reach teachers of all schools. My appeal to all teachers is that those who are left out should not feel disheartened and apply for the next edition.”



Principal’s behaviour
DAV teachers to go on mass leave today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
In a meeting held today, the executive of the DAV College Teachers’ Union unanimously decided that the members of the DAV College Teachers’ Union will proceed on mass casual leave tomorrow in protest against the high-handed behaviour of principal S. Marriya with the union members in the college staff room.

The staff members had assembled in the staff room to condole the death of the father of Prof Ravindra Dogra and grandfather of Ashish Dogra, senior lab assistant. Marriya ostensibly came to the staff room to attend the condolence meeting at 12.30 pm when the meeting had already taken place at 12.20 pm as per the schedule. Most of the members walked out of the staff room on his arrival because of the ongoing social boycott of the principal.

When the union members asked their other colleagues to leave, Marriya burst out in anger and caught hold of Prof Avanindra Chopra, staff secretary of the college, by his shoulder and started shouting at him, while pushing him.

However, when contacted, principal Mariya denied the allegations and termed them as baseless. He stated that the matter has been reported to the DAV managing committee.

Meanwhile, the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) has sharply reacted to the reply filed by the DAV management to the Panjab University’s letter dated October 20, in which, the management was asked to implement the provisions of the Panjab University calendar regarding ‘Deduction of Provident Fund on Gross Salary’ and ‘Encashment of Earned Leave’. DAV College, Sector 10, and the MCM DAV College, Sector 36, had filed their reply much after the date fixed by the university.

Teachers working in the aided colleges of Chandigarh will assemble on October 25 in front of PU administrative block to express solidarity with the DAV staff and to show their strong resentment against the DAV management.



PU Poll
Not now, say principals
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
Uncertainty still looms large over the date of Panjab University students’ council elections even after the Panjab and Haryana High Court decision of October 11 in this regard. Though there are speculations regarding the exact date of elections, so far the university hasn’t come up with any specific date.

Nevertheless, the unwarranted delay is causing much unrest in colleges and has become a cause of worry for most of the principals as well. “Holding elections at this time would only create ripples in the ongoing academic session. Studies have already suffered due to youth festival and many other occasions. Moreover, the university has to go by the Lyngdoh guidelines, which clearly mention that the elections should be held within 30 days of the beginning of the academic session,” avers Dr A.C. Vaid, principal of GGDSD College-32.

S. Marriya, principal of DAV College-10, corroborates the view. “Elections at this time would have no relevance. Ideally, they should be held in August or September. If the university decides to conduct elections at this juncture, it wouldn’t be academically in favour of the students. Students are preparing for their December exams and most of them are busy preparing for the CAT examination to be held in November.”

When contacted PU vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti said, “Elections will happen soon for sure. Though no date has been finalised so far, we will come out with it in a day or two.”



Result declared

Mohali, October 23
The result of the supplementary senior secondary (+2) open school examination held by the Punjab School Education Board in August was declared today.

According to a press release of the board, the pass percentage in the examination was 37.01.

The result gazette will be available for the public in the board’s field offices located at district and tehsil headquarters on October 24 at 4 pm. However, book sellers can collect their gazette from field offices situated at district headquarters only. Detailed result will be available from midnight between October 24 and 25 on the board’s own website www.punjabschool.indiaresults.com and www.indiaresults.com, www.result.jagran.com, www.ilfssets.com, www.amarujala.com. — OC



Insurance co. to pay Rs 50,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-II has imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on the regional manager and divisional manager of National Insurance Company Limited for not honouring the medical claim of Sito Rani under an accident insurance policy.

The insurance firm has also been directed by the forum to pay Rs 50,000 to Sito Rani at 9 per cent interest per annum after expiry of three months from the date of submission of the insurance claim.

President of the forum L.R. Roojam said, “Things like non-acceptance of the documents, coming up with false affidavits and pleading regarding non-issuance of insurance policy amount to deficiency in service on the part of the New Insurance Company Limited.”

Going into the background, Sito Rani stated that her husband Mukesh Kumar purchased an accident policy for Rs 50,000. Later, Mukesh met with an accident and expired on January 1, 2005. Subsequently Sito asked for the claim and was assured that she would get it very soon. On getting no response from the insurance firm, she filed a case on them.

In response, the insurance firm flatly refused issuing the insurance policy in question in writing. However, Golden Trust Financial Services produced documentary evidence that helped Sito Rani to establish that her husband had bought the insurance policy.



Six acquitted in assault case

Chandigarh October 23
Six accused were acquitted in the court of Additional and Sessions Judge S.K. Aggarwal today.

All the accused—Balbir Singh, Harjit Singh, Kishore Kumar, Sukhwinder Singh, Parpinder Singh and Ravinder Singh were accused of assaulting Shashi Bhushan on December 1, 2002. They were acquitted as two of the four witnesses had turned hostile while the other two had emigrated.

They were booked under Sections 307, 147, 148, 323, 325 and 392 of the IPC. TNS



70 audition for city's first choir
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 23
Trust this city to rise to any occasion, with or without notice. The rush at at St Stephen’s, Sector 45, today proved this point. The occasion was auditions for the city’s first official choir and the response was heartening.

The auditions, which started yesterday, have already drawn more than 70 wannabe singers between 10 and 50 years. And most, said the judges, were impressive. That means the UT’s tourism department will not have much difficulty in finding its first 100-member choir.

The idea is to have a group to perform on all major official and non-official presentations, including mega cultural shows like Rafi Nite and others. The hunt is for people, who can sing comfortably in all three languages - Hindi, English and Punjabi.

Further, the focus will be on those, who can sing in a group, said Geoff, music teacher at St Stephen’s, who headed the panel of judges for the auditions. Others on the judges’ board were Chandralekha, Monica Keshav and Mohit Ranjan Das, all music instructors at St Stephen’s.

As regards talent drawn by the event, Geoff said, “We never knew the city had so much talent. It revealed to us another, very zealous face of City Beautiful. We just advertised once and people came running for the auditions. We had housewives, doctors, singers, all sorts of people trying to cast a spell. We even had some very special persons, including a visually impaired man, who played tabla wonderfully.” Geoff, who has earlier judged events like MTV Rock Idols, is trained in the western format and has been performing with music bands in Delhi.

His musical history notwithstanding, Geoff enjoyed judging the contestants today. “We will finish the first phase of selections within two days,” he said.



Blending abstraction with reality
Mohinder Tuli puts up his maiden solo collage expo
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, October 23
"In the fine arts, it is only the convention, the form, the incidentals that change; the fundamentals of passion, of intellect and imagination remain unaltered." These words of Aldous Huxley aptly sum up the artistic creations of Mohinder Tuli, a talented artist, who, after a hibernation of three decades, has put up a grand solo show of his 40 collage painting works at Government Museum and Art Gallery, here, today.

The artist’s versatility encompasses the related forms of painting, sketching, carbon drawings, poetry-writing besides collage-making. Inaugurating the exhibition, world-renowned art historian Padmashri Dr B.N. Goswami lauded the dedicated devotion of Tuli for maintaining rather augmenting the excellence, which he witnessed in his shows 40 years ago. Adulating Tuli as the Nek Chand of collage painting works, all generated out of stationery and other waste products, Goswami said this collage form with a blend of abstraction and reality was first introduced by Picasso in 1910 in the Cubism painting and later practised by many, including Kurt Switzer, a legend in this realm of art.

Each one of the artworks on display vies for attraction. His themes range from patriotism, secularism, nature and love. All images are realistic and suggestive. The secretary of the Lalit Kala Akademi complimented the artist for the dexterous harmonisation of negative and positive spaces in all his works.

The exhibition will be on till October 27 between 10 am to 7 pm.



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