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Students want to jog, but not pay for it
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 17
A state-of-the-art gymnasium was opened in the hostel of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45-B, here today. Chairperson of the college management committee Satyawati inaugurated the gym, which is well-equipped with 15 machines, including treadmill, jogger, twister, cycle, vibrator, weight-lifting dumbles, abdominal board, chin up bar and stepper etc. The officials of the college said the gym would be open to the staff, students and hostellers and they can become its members after paying a nominal fee.

However, students, especially the sportspersons, demanded that they should not be charged any fee to avail themselves of this facility. “We appreciate the initiative of the college to install such sophisticated exercising machines on the college campus. But we request the authorities to consider our paying capacity before finalising any membership fee,” they said.

The hostellers said they were already putting burden on their parents and do not want to put extra pressure on them for their leisure.

Till now, the college has not arranged any exercising instructor and the job has been assigned to the college’s physical education lecturer Dr Surinder Kaur as a stopgap arrangement. “Since I know the technical knowhow of the things, I would manage till the time special instructor comes,” she said.

DAV managing head Shashi Jain said though no fee structure had been finalised officially, yet to maintain the gym, nominal fee of around Rs 50 could be asked as membership fee.

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GGDSD College gets free library service
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 17
GGDSD College is once again in the news. This time, the college has been selected by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for INFLIBNET service free of cost.

The college is the only one in the region to have made it to the prestigious list of top 97 colleges of the country using the service. The service will enable students of the college to access around one lakh international and national journals worth Rs 1.65 crore.

It will give a boost to research and teaching endeavours on the college campus. Already many sponsored research programmes are on in the college in the departments of biosciences, biotechnology, bioinformatics and commerce.

The cost of the service, which is Rs 1 crore, will be borne by the UGC. INFLIBNET centre is an autonomous inter-university centre (IUC) of the UGC involved in creating infrastructure for sharing of library and information resources and services among academic and research institutions.

The service will also provide the document delivery system in collaboration with libraries of various Indian universities, including Benaras Hindu University, University of Hyderabad, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai.

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PU Notes
Symposium on adult education
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 17
Regional Resource Centre (RRC) for Adult and Continuing Education organised a symposium on convergence of development schemes with literacy programme at Panjab University today. About 50 participants, including BDO, BDPO, panchayat secretaries and sarpanches, from different blocks of 15 districts of Punjab attended the symposium. Dr Anuradha Sharma, project officer, RRC, stated that the role of literacy was holistic development and the benefits of central and state development projects should not only reach the grass-roots but also benefit them. Dr Manjeet Paintal, director, RRC, stated that the objective of the programme was to converge literacy with all development programmes to make them sustainable. Devinder Ahluwalia, deputy director, rural development, Punjab, discussed various schemes and projects like National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Indira Awaas Yojana, Sampuran Gramin Rozgar Yojana, Swaran Jaayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana in detail. For research purposes, Dr Anuradha collected data on the actual development of schemes being implemented and number of beneficiaries.

Results: Panjab University has declared the results of BA I, BSc I certificate course (add-on course), MA II sociology, BPEd I (4-year) examinations. 

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From Schools & Colleges

Chandigarh
CAMP: A 10-day NSS camp was organised at Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today. The camp was inaugurated by chief guest Dr C.L. Narang, director, youth employment, Punjab Red Cross Society. The inaugural task was undertaken at Butrela village. As many as 200 volunteers of the NSS unit of the college along with programme officers Dr Seema Sareen and Kiranjeet Kaur participated in the camp. The programme was presided over by Principal of the college Dr Sarita Rani. Various sensitisation programmes, including AIDS awareness, safe blood donation, vaccination of stray animals, medical camp and literacy campaign, would be undertaken during the camp.

FUNCTION: St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School-44 organised its 24th annual function here on Saturday. Director and principal Government Medical College and Hospital Professor Raj Bahadur was the chief guest. He danced with the students. The programme commenced with a welcome speech followed by a melodious Christmas carol by the school choir. Tiny tots of nursery and KG danced to the tune of ‘Jingle Bells…’. About 2,000 students presented a variety of dances like Kung Fu dance, Arabian techno dance, dragon dance, Irish maypole dance, fan and flag dance, Japanese dance and puppet dance. The function ended with a bhangra performance. — TNS

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KV celebrates foundation day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 17
Kendriya Vidyalaya, Zirakpur, celebrated its foundation day on school premises. Branch manager of the Bank of Baroda, S.K. Gupta, was the chief guest. He gave away prizes to the winners of sports meet.

A cultural programme was also organised which included Bharat Natiyam, a debate and folk dance competition.

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Prof S.C. Mishra memorial lecture
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 17
Dr Rajesh Kochhar, Professor of Pharmaceutical Heritage, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, here, has been invited to deliver the prestigious Prof S.C. Mishra Memorial Lecture at the Indian History Congress to be held in Delhi University from December 28-30, 2007.

He will speak on ‘Seductive Orientalism: English education and modern science in India.’

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Sidhu leads Bar council poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 17
Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Dr Anmol Rattan Sidhu is leading with 731 votes in the first round of the Punjab and Haryana Bar Council elections.

He is followed by Mukesh Berry with 705 votes and Harpreet Singh Rajan with 703 votes.

Advocates C.M. Munjal and Brij Mohan Vinayak have both secured 661 votes each. In all, 28,930 votes were polled.

Dr Sidhu is the president of Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association. He was also the chairman of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana and is a sitting member of the council for the third consecutive term.

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