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PU Notes
Rally marks Earth Day

Chandigarh, October 24
Students and faculty of the departments of geography and geology organised a special function to celebrate Earth Day today. The celebrations began with an oath-taking ceremony followed by a morning rally at 7 am. All participants took oath that they would not permit considerations of religion, nationality or race, party politics or social standing to interfere in performing their duties and the health of the earth. The rally began from the department building (M.R. Sahni Hall) on the campus. Students carried banners and placards with the messages about the environmental issues. The rally was followed by a sapling plantation ceremony performed by the DUI, Prof S.K. Kulkarni and the DSW, Prof Naval Kishore. Following this, a skit was presented by students of the geology department, highlighting the adverse impact of industrialisation on the environment.

Results

Special Diploma in Fine Arts for the Deaf & Dumb and Mentally Challenged Persons 1st, 2nd and 4th year examinations, April 2007; BSc (nursing) four year, May 2007.

Lecture

A lecture on ‘Transformational Leadership’ was organised by the ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre today. Dr K. Ravichandra, professor of psychology, and dean of the faculty of social sciences, Osmania University, Hyderabad, stressed upon the emergence and training of transformational leaders in contrast to traditional managers. Prof Jitendra Mohan from the department of psychology and president, Asian Centre of Excellence, observed that the future of successful organisations depended upon trusting these younger leaders. — TNS

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PU Syndicate meeting today 
Schedule for election of fellows to be decided
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 24
The schedule of dates for election of fellows from various constituencies for the term November 1, 2008, to October 21, 2012, is likely to be decided upon tomorrow when the PU Syndicate members meet. The proposed date of elections of ordinary fellows by registered graduate constituency-2007 is September 21, 2008, for ordinary fellows by constituency other than registered graduates and faculties-2008 is September 15, 2008, and for election of six ordinary fellows by the faculties is August 27, 2008.

Agenda

* Suggestions on endowment fund from affiliated colleges to be considered

* Discussion on enquiry report against Dr M Rajivlochan

* Norms and guidelines for fellowships to be created in each department of the university to be reviewed

* Penalties to be imposed on DAV College, Malout 

The Syndicate members will also consider whether a fine of Rs 25,000 should be imposed on eight of its affiliated colleges and two departments-Correspondence Studies and Evening Studies-for not seeking prior permission to continue/start honours classes at the undergraduate level.

It will also consider penalties to be imposed on DAV College, Malout, as the principal/management failed to deposit the endowment fund amount of Rs 3,00,000 (Rs 2,00,000 for the grant of affiliation for PGDCA course with effect from academic session 2006-07 and Rs 1,00,000 for starting degree classes) as FDR despite repeated reminders.

Recommendations of a committee constituted by the vice-chancellor to discuss the mode and amount to be charged as Endowment Fund from the affiliated colleges will also come up for debate.

The Syndicate members will also discuss the recommendations of the committee constituted by them on January 20, 2007, with regard to an enquiry report against Dr M Rajivlochan, reader, department of history for awarding zero marks to three students of MA Part II (History) in the April 2005 exams. The committee, headed by Prof J C Bansal, PU fellow, found Dr Rajivlochan “negligent in performing his duty according to the instructions issued as part of his appointment as examiner” and it was recommended that he be given a warning to be careful in future and follow the instructions issued by the university to the examiners.

The members will also confer on minutes of the meeting of the committee constituted by the VC to frame norms and guidelines for the fellowships to be created in each department of the university in view of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. A 100-bedded medical hospital to be attached with Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences & Hospital will also be discussed. 

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World Technology Day at Chitkara
Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 24
The Punjab Technical University and Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology observed World Technology Day on the campus of the institute here today.

Chief guest on the occasion was Swarna Ram, minister of technical education and industrial training, social security and development of women and children, Punjab. Dr S.K. Salwan, vice-chancellor, PTU, delivered the keynote address.

Dr Ashok Chitkara, president, Chitkara Educational Trust and Dr Madhu Chitkara, chairperson of trust welcomed the guests.

Dr Salwan touched upon the facets of growth of the university, placement of over 70 per cent students in reputed organisations and student enrolment in distance education. He also explained that communication, soft skills and electronic data processing were important areas of thrust.

In his lecture, Swarna Ram commended the outstanding performance of PTU. He emphasised that the main focus of technical institutes should be the development of professional and skill-oriented techniques.

Joy Mckinnan, vice-president of George Brown College, Canada, also spoke on the 
occasion.

The programme ended with Swarna Ram inaugurating the new block of Chitkara College of Pharmacy.

Later, the minister said five new industrial training institutes were being opened in the state and added that the budget of technical education in state was also being increased.

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High Court dismisses Dhingra’s revision plea
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 24
Dismissing the then UT Superintending Engineer V.P. Dhingra's revision petition against CBI Special Court's orders turning down his plea for acquittal on ground of invalid prosecution sanction, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has adjudicated upon a vital issue of authority competent to grant sanction in such matters.

Referring to Dhingra's case, Justice Ranjit Singh of the high court has ruled: The sanction given by the Administrator, duly authenticated by the secretary, engineering department, is a valid sanction.

Justice Ranjit Singh has further held: Nothing is pointed out to show that secretary, engineering department, is not authorised to authenticate the order in respect of an employee working in his department, especially in the background that a notification, authorising any secretary to authenticate sanction on behalf of the chief commissioner, has not been changed or superseded in any manner.

Working in the electricity department, Dhingra was accused of an offence under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1989. He was allegedly caught red-handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 20, 000 from the complainant in the matter in the presence of independent witnesses.

After the completion of investigation and on receipt of sanction for prosecution, a charge sheet dated November 30, 2006, was filed before the Special Judge's Court. It is pleaded on his behalf that the order granting sanction was issued by secretary, engineering, on behalf of the UT Administration, whereas Dhingra was working under the control of home secretary. As he was not under the secretary, engineering, the order was not valid.

Appearing on CBI's behalf, Rajan Gupta, on the other hand, referred to a notification dated November 1, 1966, issued by the Government of India. Referring to it, Gupta said it specifically provided that all orders and other instruments made and executed in the name of UT chief commissioner shall be authenticated by "the signature of a secretary, a deputy and under secretary, an assistant secretary in any of the departments of the Chandigarh Administration".

After going through the records, and submissions by both the sides, Justice Ranjit Singh held: In the instant case, the order has been authenticated by secretary, engineering. There is nothing to show that he is not authorised to authenticate such an order. 

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Photo Exhibition
Capturing Corbusier’s legacy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 24
Le Corbusier’s heritage found a fitting tribute at a photo exhibition which opened in the city today.

‘Regards Croises’ Indo-French Glances, inaugurated by Pradip Mehra, adviser to the administrator, Chandigarh, truly drew in the glitterati from the city and outside.

Indeed, it was an endeavour that came from a little town in Central France, Firminy, the second largest architectural accomplishment of the master architect after Chandigarh.

The cultural camaraderie was not lost on those present as Francois Jamond and Martine Fontanilles, deputy mayors of Saint-Etienne, who have been attached with this project from its inception, spoke of ties that bind the two nations.

The cultural counsellor from the French Embassy, Philippe Martinet said, “The idea of this evening is to look at different cross visions of Corbusier’s legacy and cooperating with the city in maintaining, preserving and developing its architecture along these historic lines.”

Echoing these words, Mehra too spoke of the need for greater interaction and responsibility towards the heritage the city has inherited. “If not an institute in the immediate present, the city ought to have either a department or a professorship in Corbusier’s name focussing on the field of urban planning and design,” he stated.

A surprise visitor for the evening was distinguished photographer Raghu Rai. While he voiced his belief that photographers should not speak as their camera does it for them, he did say that the endeavour truly reflected the “coming together of two different energies, intellects and minds.”

The photographs themselves drew immediate attention for bringing to life, the buildings that do not speak. This evening they did, through the sheer brilliance of the works on display.

Light played a pivotal role as two unique glances - that of Diwan Manna and Michel Dieudonne - presented the Saint-Pierre Church at Firminy and the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh with remarkable aplomb.

Diwan’s eye picked out light and showed it in fluid strokes of a painting while Michel’s architectural training highlighted niches and structures from hitherto unknown angles.

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Reviving tradition through art
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 24
Thanks to the art gallery culture, art, these days, is everybody’s deal. All you need for your exhibition to roll is a little zeal. And Darpanjot, a former lecturer from Samrala, has loads of this essential ingredient. Very often, it spills over into her works, which are on display since yesterday at IndusInd Gallery in Sector 8.

The artworks, captioned ‘Udaan’, are executed in an array of colours. They seek to draw the viewers’ fleeting attention to small treasures lying hidden in nature. While rainbow colours beckon from some canvases; deep, dark hues stare out from the others.

The underlying thought, however, remains constant throughout the show. It’s all about happiness, the joy of being and of sharing. And the colours 
correspond to themes. Hues of fire dominate, mirroring the zeal for life.

This expo is a sort of attempt at the revival of those lost traditions and tales. Above all, it is a show from the heart, never mind minor aberrations of detail and execution here and there. The point is gratification of passion. And this show does that well. It sometimes also goes beyond to gratify others. The exhibition is on till October 30.

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Raise award money to Rs 5 lakh, akademi to UT
Tribune News Services

Chandigarh, October 24
Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi recently convened a meeting to formalise the procedure for presenting the first Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi awards.

The UT Administration has instituted akademi awards for the city on the lines of central akademi awards. And though it announced the release of Rs 1.50 lakh for award purposes to each of the three akademis - Sangeet Natak, Lalit Kala and Sahitya - the money has not been released yet.

The Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi members felt the award money of Rs 1.50 lakh each was too less and it should be enhanced to Rs 5 lakh. Besides, the akademi decided to give this year’s sangeet natak awards in the following categories - dance, music, theatre, folk forms and overall achievement in the field of performing arts.

The akademi also decided that nominations for awards be sent by akademi members or invited from institutions engaged in the promotion of performing arts in this region. The awards will be open to any Indian who has contributed to the performing art scene in and around Chandigarh. No association or institution will, however, be eligible for the award, said the akademi. 

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