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Education Dept Initiative
Teaching through theatre
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
To make the curriculum more interesting and student friendly, the Chandigarh education department has found out a novel way of teaching difficult subjects. It is ‘study through theatre’ project.

DPI (S) S.K. Setia said, “Our endeavour is to create interest of the students in subjects like maths, science or English which are difficult to grasp. In order to make learning exciting, we will introduce various concepts through dance and drama.”

This project has already been started at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35. Setia said, “It has initially been started at Sector 35 School, but we have plans to implement this in other schools gradually. We have plans to introduce this programme with the slum children also to generate their interest in studies. They would be tempted to go to school.”

Two well-known theatre actors Manish Gandhi and Rubina Singh have taken this task of new learning at the school. The duo runs an association ClustalZ. “Our endeavour is to make the learning interesting and easy. For this, we have picked up subjects like civics, history and English and through enacting, we will educate children about particular issues or topics," said Manish.

Presently, the association is working on the modalities to make items for teaching English literature and at present, about 100 students of Class IX are being imparted education through theatre. “This would further give exposure to students who have knack for acting.,” said Setia.

The education department has plans to rope in other well-known theatre artistes, including Zulfiqar Khan and G.S. Channi.



PU seminar concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
The three-day Indo-US seminar-cum-demonstrative workshop on ‘Animal cell culture, DNA fingerprinting and cell marker identification’ concluded today at Panjab University (PU). PU vice chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti, also the chairman of the seminar, dedicated his talk to his revered teacher and mentor late Prof G.P. Sharma.

The deliberations were mainly focused on the use of flow cytometric assays in cell marker identification and diagnostics. The morning session was inaugurated by Prof Awtar Krishan from University of Miami Florida, Miami, USA. Professor Sudhir K. Sinha, president and director, Relia Gene Technology, Tulane, USA, was the guest of honour. Dr Krishan deliberated on the basics of the flow cytometric applications. Dr Girish Varsheny from IMTECH, Chandigarh, talked about the power of flow cytometer in disease diagnosis.

During the valedictory function, Professor Sobti highlighted the views shared by all foreign delegates to develop more such types of interactions to teach and train the young minds and bring them on a par with the international scientists.



PU job fest on December 18
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
The Indian National Students Organisation (INSO), Panjab University Campus Students’ Council and Aspire would jointly organise a one-day job festival at Panjab University on December 18.

PUCSC general secretary Sunny Bhardwaj and INSO PU campus president Deepak Hooda said the festival would provide much-needed job opportunities to the students of the university. Companies like Aspire and WNS have already confirmed their participation. A five-member organising committee under the convenership of INSO PU campus chairman Anurag Chauhan has been constituted for the making arrangements.



1,782 cases settled at lok adalat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
At least 1,782 cases were disposed of during a lok adalat held at the district courts here today. A compensation of Rs 54.67 lakh was awarded in 41 cases of accident that were settled. Also, 1,230 cases were settled under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instrument Act. The presiding officer of the labour court settled 36 cases with a sum of Rs 4.42 lakh.

The adalat was held under the supervision of Justice J.S. Khehar, chairman, State Legal Services Authority (SLSA), UT, and Justice Pramod Kohli, administrative judge, sessions division.

The court has asked those whose traffic challans are pending to attend the next lok adalat to be held on December 22.

The lok adalat ordered the impounding of vehicles of those who failed to turn up at the courts, besides issuing bailable warrants to them.



Power Theft
Tehal Singh, wife get bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 15
Tehal Singh and his wife Subh Lata, accused of power theft, were granted bail by different courts here today.

While judicial magistrate Atul Marya granted bail to Tehal Singh, UT additional and sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg, who had earlier stayed the arrest of Subh Lata, granted her anticipatory bail.

Tehal Singh got the bail after he furnished bond for Rs 50,000.

Subh Lata was booked for allegedly stealing power on December 11.

Tehal Singh, the owner of a city’s well-known chicken eatery, was remanded in judicial custody yesterday. He was arrested by the police for allegedly stealing power.

Tehal Singh and his wife have been booked under Sections 379 and 420, IPC, and Section 135 of Electricity Act, 2003.

The police maintained that the case was registered on the complaint of junior engineer Rakesh Kumar, electricity sub-division, Sector 43.

Subh Lata is the owner of Aadarsh Public School, Colony No. 5.



Befitting tribute to Rafi
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, December 15
God and nature seemed to have collaborated to set up a wondrous miracle, called “Golden Voice of Mohammed Rafi”, which virtually continues to still the flow of time even after decades of it was silenced by the untimely demise of the legendary singer in 1980.

The modest Rafi had established an immortal mystical bond between himself and his intrusive admirers.

The much-awaited annual event organised by the Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society was supported by Markfed, SBI, Central Bank of India, BSNL, with The Tribune Group of Newspapers as media sponsor. The captivating programme relived the majesty of Rafi through presentation of 30 film songs.

The programme attained the inevitable climax, as melody queen of the yesteryear and chief guest Suman Kalyanpur, credited with playback singing of 3,000 songs in films, made brief encore recital of her hit numbers like “Tere mere pyar ke charche”, “Chaand takta hai udhar”, “Maine jaane wafa tumse mohabbat ki hai” and the intoxicating “Sharabi sharabi”.

She was accompanied by her daughter Charul and latter’s son Avneesh, her three generations.

Earlier, B.M. Kalia and B.D. Sharma welcomed the chief guest, Suman Kalyanpur, and the guest of honour, Choudhry Chander Mohan, deputy CM Haryana, who lighted the traditional lamp.

Chander Mohan, while announcing a grant of Rs 51,000 to the society, observed that the members had been all along cultivating an environment for both conservation and promotion of the gayaki style of Rafi. The accomplished artistes regaled the audience with film songs immortalised by Rafi and Kalyanpur, as versatile composer Raman Kant scored the music.

While child prodigies Rupali Jagga and Rishabh enraptured the audience, veterans B.D. Sharma, R.D. Kailey, Dr Anil Sharma, K.S. Chhatwal and Raman Kant gave an impressive show of their talent.

Female artistes Priyanka Singh, Veenu Kautish, Richa Sharma Sunita Dabar Superiya Seema and others were superb and scored over their male counterparts. Jainendra Singh of the AIR conducted the programme. The following winners of Rafi Finals-2007 in respective order of merit were awarded trophies:

Senior male: Vinal Malik, Deep Kataria, Chander Kant.

Senior female: Sarmishtha Bannerjee, Priyanka, Lata.

Junior male: Lakshya Kapoor, R. Kartik, Kshitij Bansal.

Junior female: Pritika Bhasin, Rupali Chhabra, Jyoti Kapoor.

Consolation prizes: Sambhav Anand and Sapna Singh.



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