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Show of strength at DAV open house
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The open house at the DAV College, Sector 10, gave the student leaders just what they were looking for, a platform to show their strength to the rival body. Unlike in the past when open house would be a debate of the sorts on student issues, problems and agenda, it was more of allegations and counter allegations with representatives of both, SOPU and the rival alliance between ABVP, HIMSU, INSO, UPSU and SOI, at it during the open house.

First it was Maninder Singh, the presidential candidate of SOPU, who addressed the students. With hardly any issues on his agenda, he chose to list his predecessor’s achievements starting from 1997 when elections were started. He promised the students to get abolished the cumbersome process of admission at the college, if he be elected.

It was Gaurav, who spoke on behalf of Mohit Gupta, presidential candidate of the joint front of ABVP, UPU, HIMSU, SOI and INSO. In his speech he claimed that if his candidate comes to power, he would strive for separate car-parking for students, improved hostel facilities and more facilities for sportspersons.

Meanwhile, the campaigning for elections today came to an end in the evening both at the colleges and university campus. While the elections are scheduled for November 5 both at colleges and PU, the supporters of various parties today left no stone unturned to convince the voters to vote for their candidates as they went from departments to hostels and even main library campaigning and urging students to vote for their candidates.

However, everyone was not happy this time with the canvassing and the process of electioneering. One of the student leaders said enjoy campaigning this time was lacklustre we were not even allowed to paste posters and banners. “Cars were not used for the same.

Though we went to every department and hostel and have left no chance in getting the support for our leaders, but we found enthusiasm was missing among the supporters”, he added. Though officially the campaigning has ended but most of the leaders would now turn to hostels to lap up the campaigning there.



Gurdas Mann performs at PEC Fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The second day of the three-day extravaganza- ‘PEC Fest 4th Dimension’ started with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement with the participants flooding the registration counters to participate in events of the day. Events like pot painting competition, ‘junkyard wars’, ‘Wordict’, ‘Nukkad Natak’ competition remained crowd pullers.

In the ‘nukkad natak’ competition, students of the MCM DAV College, Sector 36, won the 1st prize. The street play ‘Chak-De-Fatte’ highlighted the contemporary social and political problems in a lighter view. ‘Shall we Dance’ a couple dance competition turned out to be a huge success and attracted more than 200 students. ‘Cros-swords’-debate finals saw the vision of many great thinkers, with Kritika from SGGS, Sector 26, emerging as one of the winners.

Over 300 people ran around the college campus in an attempt to retrieve the clues of the ‘Treasure Hunt’ game. ‘Go-Karting’ and ‘e-Lan gaming’ continued to draw huge participation for the second day today.

Around 20 teams took part in ‘Hover Rover’, an amphibious robotic vehicle design competition, with a cash prize of Rs 3,000 for the winner. The future designers battled against each other in ‘Cad-O-Mania’, the technical design competition.

In the singing competition ‘Crotchet’, the Hindi solo title was awarded to Nikhil from PEC while Sahil Dhar Hakim, also from PEC, bagged the first prize in the western solo category. The quiz ‘E=Mc2’ was won by the team from Punjabi University, Patiala. But the most awaited moment of the day came in the evening when famous Punjabi singer, Gurdas Mann, performed live at PEC. The chief guest for the ‘Punjabi Pro Nite’ was IGP S.K. Jain.



Soft skill development for SC/ST students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Panjab University’s Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension has initiated a two-month “Soft Skill Development Course” for Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe students of Panjab University today. This programme is supported and sponsored by Confederation of Indian Industry, Sector 31. SRF Limited, Delhi, has taken the lead to provide financial support for this affirmative action, as a part of their social responsibility.

Prof R.C. Sobti, vice-chancellor, formally inaugurated the course. He said there is no dearth of employment rather there is dearth of employable people. He expressed happiness that corporate world is warming to its social responsibility.

Rajender Guleria, chairman, CII, Himachal Pradesh State Council said now, corporate houses have understood their responsibility towards society. Companies and professional firms are being held accountable for their actions, as demand grows for higher standards of corporate social responsibility. The concept of corporate social responsibility is getting popular, especially with number of European and US companies.

Dr Sween, director, Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension said contribution of big business houses to improve community well being and quality of life of people is not only appreciable but is beneficial both to communities as well as corporate.

Prof S.C. Vaidya, chairperson, University Business School while highlighting the objectives of the course said, “This innovative training course would enhance their employability skills and get them better jobs .”



CBSE Sahodaya conference concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The concluding day of the National CBSE Sahodaya conference started off with an all-dharma song at PU Law Auditorium, here, today.

The Chandigarh convener Madhu Behl read the welcome address.

Vineet Joshi, secretary of the CBSE, New Delhi, was the chief guest of the day. In his valedictory address, he said these kinds of conferences enrich the leaders of education with innovative ideas and they go back to their schools totally charged with enthusiasm to do changes for the betterment of their institution and for the society at large.

He said the CBSE has always been student friendly and tries to find various methods to reduce the stress level of the children in this competitive atmosphere. Through these conferences the principals discuss and share different methods of dealing with challenges looming ahead of them.

Prof Anil Gupta from IIM, Ahmedabad, said all schools must have innovative clubs and he presented a number of marvelous innovations made by children from various parts of the country.

Sreedharan showed a heart rendering short movie on a handicapped person who does not have legs and hands even then he manages himself and today he is a speaker of par excellence. He spoke on Neuro Linguistic Programme.

In the post lunch session a panel discussion on Innovative practices developed and adopted by schools was discussed. In the evening, the Sahodaya Tricity presented a cultural programme at Rock Garden "Purvan de ladi" in which different school children from the tricity depicted the festivals of Punjab and Haryana.



Workshop on female foeticide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The two-day ‘Sensitisation Campaign on Female Foeticide’ organised by the department of women’s studies (DWS), NCERT, in collaboration with directorate of higher education, Chandigarh Administration, concluded today at Government Home Science College, Sector 10.

Principal Dr Sukhvarsha Narula inaugurated the session. Sangmitra Bharti, a speaker from Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan, delivered a lecture on the role of religious bodies in dealing with the issue of female foeticide and empowerment of women’s mind. She emphasised the need to groom the personality of youth so that they can make their own decisions in all life situations.

A play was presented by the National School of Drama, Chandigarh. The programme was attended by faculty members of the college and students of various other colleges of Chandigarh.



Environment studies must for Class XII

Mohali, November 3
The Punjab School Education Board has made the teaching of environment studies compulsory for Class XII.

However, much to the relief of students, the subject would be evaluated on a five-point scale in the school and the grades would be sent to the board to be shown on the detailed marks certificate of the students.

For private candidates, environment studies would be listed as an elective subject in the humanities group at the senior secondary level. Practical examination for them would be conducted at the school level, he added. — TNS



150 students get prizes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The annual prize distribution function of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22 A, was held here today.

DPI (schools) S.K. Setia presided over the function.

The function started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp. The DPI handed over prizes to around 150 students for their academic and extracurricular achievements.

He also went around an exhibition organised by the students on issues like AIDS, road safety, first aid, etc.



Consumer Courts
Car firm penalised Rs 20,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I has directed a car firm, Indian Car Centre, to pay Rs 20,000 for not providing the registration certificate for a second-hand car to a consumer.

The forum has also directed the firm to pay the costs of litigation, Rs 2,100, to the complainant, Rakesh Kaushal, a resident of Sector 37.

Kaushal had entered into an agreement with the company for the purchase of an old Honda City car for Rs 2.6 lakh.

A sum of Rs 10,000 was paid in cash, while Rs 2.4 lakh was paid through cheques to the firm.

A sum of Rs 10,000 was kept as balance, which was to be paid after the production of a no-objection certificate (NOC).

However, the firm failed to provide the complainant with the NOC even nine months after the purchase of the car.

Kaushal alleged harassment on account of being fined Rs 2,100 as traffic challan for not having a valid registration certificate.

He had to stop driving the car as he didn’t have the NOC, he had claimed.

Company’s sales manager Raghubir Singh appeared before the SHO of the police station-26 and sought time till May 15, 2007 for issuing a valid NOC.

In spite of paying Rs 1,500 for a new registration certificate, it was not issued for the want of documents.

Kaushal alleged that he had to close his clinic and his son, an MBBS student, had to take leave from college a number of times to meet the defendants. No one from the company appeared in the court.

The forum said: “It is contended that the defendants have failed to provide a valid NOC to the complainant even nine months after the sale/purchase of the car. The defendants claimed that an NOC would be released within a few days, but they failed to deliver the same even nine months after its purchase. In view of the aforesaid reasons the complaint is accepted.”



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