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Students given second improvement chance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
As part of its Diamond jubilee year celebrations, Panjab University, has granted a special chance for improvement of performance for all undergraduate and master level courses for those students who have passed their respective examinations between April 1980 and April 2006.

The examinations covered under improvement of performance regulations are B.Ed, M.Ed, Master of Education (educational technology), Master of Education (guidance and counselling), Master of Arts (physical education), Three year degree course in physical education, health education and sports, Master of Arts (education), Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) (correspondence studies), Master of Education (correspondence studies), B.Com (general and honours), Master of Commerce (annual system) (correspondence), Master of Finance and Control, Master of Science in Engineering, M.Tech (polymers), Master of Engineering (M.Engg) chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, electronics, electronics product design and technology and industrial materials metallurgy and environmental engineering, BA/BSc(general and honours) examinations, BSc (honours school) (annual system), MSc (honours school) (annual system), Bachelor of Library and Information Science (semester system), Master of Arts Examination, Master of Arts/Science examination (semester system), Master of Science (2-year course) examination, MSc (home science) (semester system), Master of Science (semester system) examination (revised), Master of Library and Information Science, Prak Shastri and Shastri (3-years course), Acharya in Sanskrit Language and Literature. The students will be required to pay an examination fee of Rs 3,150 per examination.



YPS jr wing resounds with songs
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 7
Students of Yadavindra Public School (Junior wing) participated in the annual song and rhyme day celebrations.

Every student of Class I, II and III participated in the show. The junior school reverberated with melodious Hindi and English songs.

Shivalik students entertain

Students of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, Chandigarh perform at a function in Mohali on Tuesday.
Students of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, Chandigarh perform at a function in Mohali on Tuesday.

Shivalik Public School, Sector 41-B, Chandigarh organised the Annual Prize Distribution and Cultural Programme in the school auditorium yesterday. Students of the middle school put up an entertaining show and enthralled the audience.

The panorama of colour with its multifarious hues began with obeisance to god in the Vandana Dance. The Kashmiri dance transported the audience to the enchanting valley. Gurkiran Nalwa, Principal of the School, presented a power point presentation highlighting the achievements of the students in the annual report.

The chief guest Satpal Kaur Grewal gave away the prizes for the academic achievements of the students and acknowledged their wonderful performance.

Director of the school D.S. Bedi proposed a vote of thanks.



Forum tells PU to refund fee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has dismissed the appeal of the Panjab University (PU), holding it guilty for not refunding fees to a student.

The appeal of Deepika Mohan was accepted by the district forum where the PU was directed to pay an interest of 9 per cent on an amount of Rs 46,266.

Deepika took admission in communication and information technology on July 7, 2002, in PU for which she deposited Rs 61,688. Later, she was admitted to the electrical branch in Punjab Engineering College where the fees was much less. Deepika surrendered the PU seat and opted to join the engineering college.

The complainant gave several representations and reminders to the concerned authorities for fee refund. Later, the fee was refunded in which 25 per cent of the fee was retained as per the decision of the syndicate.

The university’s counsel contended that it was mentioned in the prospectus that 25 per cent of the fee would be retained if candidate left after taking admission and seat is allotted to another candidate. While the petitioner challenged the retention of 25 per cent of fee being illegal on ground of syndicate as it was not mentioned in the prospectus.

The forum stated that there was no evidence that it was mentioned in the prospectus or any other catalogue regarding admission to self-financing courses in the university.



Man acquitted of rape charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Additional district and sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi today acquitted Manohar Lal in a rape case as the victim was untraceable.

On December 3, 2003, the police found a lady in unconscious condition in a forest near Dhanas village. She was rushed to Government Hospital, Sector 16. The victim regained consciousness on the morning of December 4, 2005, when she stated that her clothes have been changed. She said her mobile, leather bag, plastic bag, blanket were missing.

Other than this, a sum of Rs 7,000, along with her trouser, was also missing. She claimed to be going to Delhi when she was stopped by two persons on scooter near bus stand. She alleged that they misled and allegedly raped her. They also forced her to drink liquor.



Life’s her canvas
Geetu Vaid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 7
Forthrightness, focus and faith are the three facets of Anjana Kuthiala's persona that stand out much beyond her intro as a former Miss India who has painted many famous Bollywood stars. Add to this her extremely positive attitude and energy and a mid-morning chat with her gets all ingredients of a lesson in the therapeutic value of art.

She was in the city today on a personal visit and talked about her latest work and forthcoming exhibitions.

Gurgaon-based Anjana has been painting professionally for 17 years now and has done dozens of exhibitions and over 4,000 canvases so far.

Though capturing the essence of feminity and the quintessential Indian woman has been her forte for long, in the past few years she has painted a series on Shah Rukh Khan and has recently painted the 'evergreen hero' Dev Anand also. But the feminine angle has always been there, she says.

''Dev sahib was releasing his autobiography and it was then that it struck me that there have only been three romantic superstars in Bollywood in the real sense of the word, Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna and Shah Rukh. And romance has a perennial appeal for a woman. And since I had already painted a series on SRK, who remained my muse for almost five years, it was but natural that "I paint ed Dev sahib who is the pioneer of romantic heroes and paid a tribute to him on canvas".

Painting for her means making a deep connection with her subjects. "I have to connect to a person on a different plane and it is not just the iconic status of a film star that moves me but the facets of his/her character that are beyond the glitz of arc lights". Thus the enthusiasm and positive energy of the 'evergreen hero' who even at the age of 84 can put a 30-year-old to shame and has a spirit of a 20-year old, was enough inspiration to depict him on canvas capturing his romantic aura.

Talking about her work she says, "I painted Dev Sahib with a woman who reflects almost every heroine introduced and associated with him till now". She has also done a portrait of Preity Zinta for her living room in which the bubbly star has been given the 50s look.

Mixing art with spiritual wisdom and faith is what puts her in a different league of artists. She doesn't believe in depicting negativity on canvas, my works are bright, positive and joyful as I strongly believe that if you focus on good you will attract good".

"Art is therapy and it helps in surmounting all obstacles one comes across in the journey of life. It is even better than meditation", says the artist adding that "when you paint you go beyond yourself and become oblivious to time and surroundings, almost in a no-mind state. So it relaxes and energizes at the same time". She holds art workshops for students in Gurgaon. Her students include women of all ages and from all walks of life be it regular housewives or corporate heads. "I make an effort to help them see their dormant talent and to get a new outlook about life through art. But it is not a hobby class as they get a thorough and serious perspective about painting and I even help them market their work", she adds.

Apart from devoting time to painting and family, Anjana is also penning her autobiography

Anjana also has a mega show, titled Anarkali Reborn, planned for December 14 in Delhi where she will be making a painting of Anarkali live. "It is a story on canvas of a queen who never was. It is going to be my own depiction of Anarkali and it surely is not inspired by a Bollywood face".



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