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Seminars during vacation
Teachers protest against education department
Our Correspondent

Teachers protest against holding of seminars during holidays at Phase 3B1, Mohali, on Monday.
Teachers protest against holding of seminars during holidays at Phase 3B1, Mohali, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Mohali, December 24
Teachers from a large number of government schools held a protest in Government Senior Secondary School, Phase III B-1, here today against authorities compelling them to attend seminars during vacations.

The teachers from about 60 schools raised slogans against the Punjab government. They organised a dharna which started around 9 am and went on till 2 pm. They even blocked a road in the school to prevent officials of the education department to leave.

The teachers had been asked to attend seminars for eight days starting from today. The seminars are being held under the Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan (SSA).

The protesters alleged that authorities failed to chalk out a proper plan for organising seminars and as such these proved to be a waste of time, energy and funds.

They alleged that no qualified resource people were called to address seminars. Some teachers from schools were given the work which failed to yield desired results. Moreover, these seminars were held in schools where no proper sitting arrangements were made for teachers.

Surjit Singh, president of the Kharar block of Government Teachers’ Union said teachers had been called for teacher training seminars in earlier vacations as well.

He was of the opinion that seminars should be held after every three years and qualified people should be asked to address teachers so that proper knowledge was imparted.

He alleged that seminars were being held only to utilise funds provided by the central government.

DPI (Elementary education) Harcharnjit Kaur Brar said teachers had to attend 20 days training seminars during a year under the SSA. She said 12 days training had already been given earlier and now seminars were organised for the remaining eight days.

Seminars were organised during vacations so that studies of students were not affected. Teachers were given earned leave in lieu of holidays spent on attending seminars. Moreover, other states were also following a similar pattern, she added.

Brar said funds for seminars were given by the central government which had to be utilised.

She said she had told the protesters that next year a better plan would be chalked out depending on the working schedule. She said training was provided by lecturers.

Even B.Ed course professionals were called to impart training to teachers.



From Colleges
Experts dwell on management in banking sector
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 24
Dr I.T. Business School, Banur, organised a seminar on “Strategic management in banking sector” here. Institute director Prof P.P. Arya welcomed guests from New Zealand — Venissa Bharadwaj, manager, Bank of China, and Dev Bharadwaj, credit analyst, Australia New Zealand Bank.

Venissa stated that Indians and Chinese were similar in terms of hard work and intelligence. Institute vice-chairman B. Goyal presented bouquet and CEO Deepti Mahajan presented award of honour to the guests.

Meanwhile, Dr I.T. Business School has been listed in All-India Management Association (AIMA). The institute claimed that it was the only institute at Banur to get management aptitude test (MAT) participation.

MAT is one of the tests in India for getting admissions to MBA course. In all, 350 institutes/universities will take part in MAT examination to be held on February 3, 2008.


“The academic ability of a teacher is adjudged from the work published in reputed journals,” said Dr Omparkash Gupta, of A and M University, Texas, USA, while speaking at a workshop on “How to publish in internationally refereed journals” conducted for teachers and research scholars from various management institutes, at the Centre for Management Training and Research (CMTR), Kharar.

Dr Gupta is the editor-in-chief of two journals in the area of management science.

Over 30 teachers and research scholars from various management institutions of Punjab attended the workshop, informed Prof Vipin K. Dewan, CMTR director.

Food festival

A food festival was organised at the Swami Vivekanand College of Education, Ram Nagar. The programme was inaugurated by Kuldeep Singh, Rajpura tehsildar.

SVCE principal Dr Raman Rani Gupta welcomed the chief guest. The winners of various cooking competitions were Surinder Kaur, Ramanpreet Kaur, Kajal, Indermeet Kaur, Shobhika, Sangeeta, Surinder Kaur, Vidhi, Jyoti, Ajanta, Upasana, Kiran, Loveleen, Manjeet Kaur, Sukhdeep Kaur and Swarn.

Book released

A book, “Engineering Material Science and Metallurgy”, was released by chairman Prof Avtar Singh, SSIET, Dera Bassi.

The book is written by SSIET, Dera Bassi, principal Dr I.P. Singh.

He said: “The main objective of the book is to provide general information of science of materials regarding important relationship between structure of metal and its properties.”

NSS camp

A 10-day NSS camp was inaugurated on Chandigarh College of Education, Landran, campus. SCERT (Punjab) director Dr Sadhu Singh Randhawa inaugurated the camp. Mohali SDM Raghbir Kaur Khera was also present and took oath along with students to work for society.


Students of Swami Vivekanand Group of Institutes (SVGOI) initiated a public awareness campaign, “Secure the Future - Say No to Polythene and Global Warming”.

Public relations and cultural affairs director Vivek Atray inaugurated the campaign at the Fountain Plaza, Sector 17 Chandigarh.

Students performed skits to generate the interest of public in the problem of environmental pollution and climate change.

Fashion show

International Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT) held “Xmas Jingle Rocks” fashion show at Industrial Area, Phase VII, here.

The young designers showcased their designs for Christmas.

Students Vinod, Gaurav, Asif, Yugal, Narpinder, Surbhi, Neha, Mandeep.

Tarunjot and Parul walked the ramp, while designers included Tanvir, Ishwinder, Dilroop Kamal, Pawan.

Students also showcased festive collection designed by Ritu Kataria.


CGC chairman Satnam Singh Sandhu and president Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal flagged off a rally on female foeticide to motivate students to join hands against the evil.

The rally went through various parts of villages explaining masses regarding the ill-effects of the menace.



Naat Utsav raises social issues
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 24
The Fourth Gursharan Singh Naat Utsav organised by Suchetak Rangmanch concluded at the Randhawa Auditorium here today.

The three-day theatre bonanza supported by Punjab Auto Council, NZCC and DPR, Chandigarh. It offered an engrossing and meaningful entertainment besides raising issues of social relevance.

The octogenarian master Gursharan Singh took the centre stage to introduce his popular play ‘SARPANCHANI’ on woman empowerment. Beginning in a typical ‘thada theatre’ style, the play depicted the dilemma of a lady head of a Panchayat chosen.

Unfortunately the elected representative faces opposition to her planned social reformations from her husband who with commanding male chauvinism subjugates her. The play encourages the participation of women in the social and political dialogue of the times.

Aman Khaira, Sukhvinder, Kulbir, Iqatar Sahota played main roles. Earlier, the Chetna Kala Manch, Chamkor Saheb staged a play ‘Tinn Trunkan di dastaan’ directed by Gurpreet Kaur Bhangu, who also played the role of a protagonist, a migrant from Pakistan during the partition.

The play depicts the human relationship and psyche of not believing a person of different cast as the pangs of partition had shattered their ideological stand. The family leaves behind three trunks containing dowry for their daughter to a poor Muslim, Allah Rakha, and later doubt his integrity when he fails to transport the articles to them in India. But the myth is broken after years when Allah Rakha narrates the truth.



Writers’ workshop begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
A five-day writers’ workshop to develop neo literates material in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi, is being organised by the directorate of adult education, ministry of Human resource development, department of school education and literacy, government of India in collaboration with Jan Shikshan Sansthan, Chandigarh, and regional resource centre, PU from December 24-28.

Prof R.C. Sobti inaugurated the workshop today. In his speech, he insisted on providing vocational education to the neo-literates.

Harjinder Kaur, mayor in her presidential address emphasised that there is a need to conduct more such workshops to develop material in local languages especially in Punjabi and put it to test.Dr Kashmiri Lal Zakir, an eminent Urdu writer, secretary Haryana Urdu Akademi and chairman, Jan Shikshan Sansthan, welcomed the participants to the workshop.



Indian Idol finalists back SMS voting
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 24
Glow of young enthusiasm, never-ending optimism and a melodious voice to ensure that brimming confidence, the Indian Idol finalists were here in the city to perform at Chandigarh Club in Sector 1 at a show organised by Insignia Direct, the singing trio, Emon Chaterjee, Deepali Kishore and Ankita Mishra, made sure to bowl the audience over at Christmas Eve.

The Tribune was the media sponsor of the event. While Deepali, the seventh finalist of Indian Idol came to the city for the first time, Emon, and Ankita, the third and fourth finalists respectively, said they are simply in love with Chandigarh. “It’s amazing weather out here, so pleasant, too good,” said Emon (18).

So how has life changed for this trio after Indian Idol? “It’s a complete turnover,” echoed the three of them. “Now we just don’t have time for ourselves,” said Ankita (17).

“Earlier, we used to see the Indian Idols perform, we used to buy tickets to watch Abhijeet Sawant and the rest compete. Now, we were actually part of the show, with it came the fan following, the euphoria, busy schedules, the shows and offers now, the world around us have changed,” said Deepali (17).

“We used to sit and watch the prior parts of the show and dream that one day we will be there, the show made us believe that dreams come true,” said Emon, adding that he would perform in hometown Kolkata in the next two days.

Offers from Bollywood have been pouring in for them and Emon and Deepali have recently sung a duet for Anu Malik in a film. As for Ankita, there is a whole lot happening in the singing arena.

The trio is in full support of SMS polling and believe its an absolute fair form of voting. “Every time one contestant loses on grounds of SMS, his or her supporters start blaming the system of voting and controversies begin. If a contestant has won, it clearly means more people were in favour of him,” believes the trio. “And yes, the comments of judges at the panel also influence voters to a great extent,” said Deepali.

And looks? Are they important? We ask. “Talent cannot be hidden, it’s the overall presentation that matters, you may not be good looking, but your presentation may win hearts of people,” said Ankita.

“Its few hours before Christmas and we are partying, are in a festive mood,” they sign off.



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