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Chandigarh Advancing Towards Metro Culture Feb 28

Chandigarh is waking up to metro culture as far as liquor trade is concerned. In fact, the excise policy 2009-10 announced by the Chandigarh Administration today came up with the new concept of the establishment of modern liquor shops in air-conditioned environment, including in shopping malls, in keeping with the changing social trends, besides extending the bar timings to 1 a.m.

The modern shops will be introduced with a lower licence fee of Rs 20 lakh per annum, subject to the condition that such shops will be air-conditioned and be allowed in the SCO/SCFs or shopping malls only. These modern shops will be allowed to have “tasting sessions” as seen in liquor shops abroad and other metropolitan cities of India.

However, the licence fee for the conventional retail sale liquor shops have been retained at Rs 25 lakh per annum. The liquor vends functioning in the existing temporary structures have been disincentivised as the licence fee for such vends has been raised from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh to phase them out in future.

The administration has increased the minimum retail prices for country liquor and IMFL by Rs 5 to Rs 20 per bottle. Similarly, increase in minimum retail price for beer has been pegged at Rs 5 indicating an increase in the liquor rates–a bad news for the tipplers.

In order to promote low alcoholic drinks, the licence fee on the wholesale licence of wine has been reduced from Rs 5,000 per brand to Rs 2,000 per brand and sale of domestic wines has been allowed from licensed departmental stores.

Similarly, keeping in view the changing social trends with regard to increase in the number of visitors to bars/restaurants, the bar closure timings have been further relaxed to 1 am instead of midnight at present. The private possession limits have been kept unchanged. The private possession limits are 18 bottles of IMFL/imported foreign liquor, 36 bottles of beer, 18 bottles of wine and 2 bottles of country liquor, a press note said. There has been no increase in the rate of excise duty on liquor. However, in order to ensure balance in the regional trade and to curb the outflow of liquor to neighboring states, the rate of VAT on liquor has been increased from 4 per cent to 12.5 per cent, bringing it on a par with Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

The licence fee of L-3/L-4/L-5 (bar licences) of 5-star hotels has been reduced from Rs 5 lakh per annum to Rs 2.25 lakh per annum and the licence fee of other bar licences kept unchanged.

Chandigarh Municipal Corporation gears up for Holi Celebration Feb 24

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) is all set to tread on a new path and explore possibilities in realms of entertainment and celebration.

To start with, the MC will organise a grand Holi celebrations in Sector 17 plaza next month. According to MC sources, in a recently held meeting of the Art and Culture Committee of the MC, including chairperson Neelam Malik, MPS Chawla, Harjinder Kaur, Ram Lal, Sarita, Brig KS Chandpuri (retd) and others, it was decided to allocate around Rs 1 lakh to organise the event.

To give a traditional flavour to the event, talks are also on between the MC officials and North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) to rope in artists to perform “ras lila”. School children will be there to do the “teeka” ceremony. A day before Holi, the traditional “Holika dahan” will also be organised.

Giving details of the event, one of the members of the committee said that they were making efforts to make it a big event and it would be a public-oriented celebration. There will be separate enclosures for public, officials and members of the media, said the member.

The committee is coming up with a list of other festivals and events to be organised throughout the year. The committee is also planning to organise a marathon soon.

Hotel Shivalik View to organize three-day travel exhibition Feb 20

India Travel Mart will organise a three-day travel exhibition at Hotel Shivalik View from February 21-23. The exhibition will focus on outbound, inbound and domestic tourism.

Chandigarh Tourism (CITCO) is the state host while there will be about 55 participants from all over the world. Malaysia is the partner country and Uttarakhand is the partner state. Singapore and Jammu and Kashmir will be feature countries and states respectively.

The mart will come up with variety of special and affordable hotel, travel and tour holiday, honeymoon/beach packages and destinations. The main highlight, however, would be pilgrimage, adventure and health tourism across the world.

Punjab University to Organise World Punjabi Conference Feb 19

Panjab University is holding the second World Punjabi Conference on February 24 and 25 for the development of Punjabi language, literature and culture.

Brochure of the conference was released in the senate hall of the university, where some famous personalities were present. The conference will cover a whole range of issues and concerns faced by the Punjabi society.

About 200 delegates from across the world, including England, the USA, Canada, Italy, Germany, Australia, Japan, Pakistan, and various parts of India are expected to attend the conference. The objective of the conference is to develop holistic methods based upon the critical systems available in sciences, social sciences, humanities and literary theory.

Two New Multiplexes Revolutionise Multiplex Culture in Chandigarh Feb 17

The inauguration of two new multiplexes is set to revolutionise multiplex culture in the city. These latest additions to the existing multiplexes have amplified the choice of movie buffs.

While one boasts of a four-theatre multiplex with a capacity of 1,000 people, the other has come up with three screens with a capacity of 652 with 42 leather recliners.

It also offers a pillow and a blanket as well a butler service.

“I am a movie fanatic and the opening of two more multiplexes is a special gift for this season,” quips Harmadeep, a Panjab University MTech student.

“Earlier it was a nightmare to watch a movie in the city, but coming up of so many multiplexes has ensured that if I want to watch a good movie even on a weekend I get a ticket in one of the multiplexes,” adds Ratul Arora, a student Panjab Engineering College (PEC).

With two new additions, there is still more to come as market experts expect better packages from existing multiplexes due to competition.

Fourth South Asian Universities Youth Festival Feb 12

The youth welfare department, Panjab University, in collaboration with the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, will be hosting a five-day 4th South Asian Universities Youth Festival (SAUFEST) from February 12, 2009, on its campus.

Over 175 artists from 22 South Asian Universities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and India will be participating in various disciplines during the festival.

The department spokesperson revealed the festival had been dedicated to the theme of promoting international peace and development. The youth festival would promote the active collaboration and mutual assistance among the South Asian countries in educational, social, cultural and economic fields.

The youth festivals are dedicated to the youth, as they symbolise courage, initiatives, exuberance and idealism.

Such festivals instill awareness and respect for our historical and cultural heritage in the youth, thereby inculcating in them a sense of pride and national identity, he added.

Youth cultural troupes from various South Asian countries will be participating, which will help in projecting the composite cultural heritage of the South Asian countries.

Sufi Music Concert in Chandigarh Feb 12

The Pracheen Kala Kendra today presented a Sufiana spell by young maestro, Neelay Khan, at its auditorium here today. The audience relished the splendour of mysticism.

Holding allegiance to the Patiala gharana, Khan, with postgraduation in music, has a distinctive style of singing, which is a blend of Sufi and traditional folk, interspersed with recitation of couplets relevant to the compositional theme.

After a reposeful alaap, He commenced the recital with an invocatory composition, “Sanson ki mala”, in a calm contemplative mood. As expected, this was followed by couplets of Bulle Shah and a bandish, “Abe tu jaan, na jaan”. He doled out the “Mainu ishq de rang wich rang sajna”. He depicted the anguish and the tormented psyche of Punjabi poet Shiv Kumar Batalvi while presenting his poems. After a few songs when he concluded his recital with a composition, “Ve ja tu bada harjai”, requests for more poured in. He obliged the audience with many ghazals.

He was accompanied by Manoj Kumar and Jolly on tabla, Amit Kumar on dholak, while Shanty and Sajjan provided him vocal support. Shobha Koser, registrar of the kendra honoured the artists.

Fusion Music Concert in Chandigarh Feb 10

A cohesive melody comprising of mutually embracing musical notes reverberated all through the fusion music concert organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra at the Law Bhavan auditorium here in Chandigarh.

It was indeed a rare confluence of Indian and German musicians where East met West with satvik veena maestro Salil Bhatt and German guitarist Matthias Muller enchanting audience.

Artistes in a scintillating jugalbandi mainly presented compositions from their latest album titled “Mumbai to Munich”, which they have dedicated to victims of the Mumbai blasts.

The duo opened the soiree delineating serene character of raga “Basant mukhari” interspersed with influences of Carnatic classical style. A tranquil environment pervaded as the accomplished musicians made their stringed instruments to exude contemplation in the next offering veritably titled “Peace”.

The duo performed “Ahimsa”, a master piece composed by Mutthias Muller and dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Another composition “Jhinjhoti” brought alive the love and romance. “Kirwani hichki”, a popular Rajasthani folk melody based on raga kirwani, played to perfection by Salil and Matthias showing their perfect matching of imagination. Salil apparently taking the lead on his satvik veena, Matthias Muller’s notes on the Spanish guitar merged so well, one couldn’t really shift them apart. The concluding presentation was “Jog Blues”, based on raga jog, a very intense, serious and meditative melody.

Articulating the melody metre on tabla, the Benaras gharana maestro Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra won tremendous applause and emerged as the real hero of the concert. The fusion concert was a perfect blend of classical folk with western music flavours.

Earlier kendra registrar Shobha Koser welcomed the chief guest SK Monga, an IAS, who lighted the inaugural lamp and honoured the artistes.

Coin-dispensing machine in Chandigarh Feb 10

The Canara Bank and the State Bank of India (SBI) installed coin-dispensing machines at Sector 34 Canara Bank branch and ISBT-43, respectively, here today.

Union Minister of State for Finance Pawan Kumar Bansal, regional director, Reserve Bank of India, J. Sadakkadulla and Director, Canara Bank, Sushil Gupta were present on the occasion.

While inaugurating the machine at ISBT-43, Regional Director, RBI, Sadakkadulla said, “Basically, the machine will help the conductors and the passengers, as earlier there was a big problem to get the change.”

An official of the bank said that machine would accept currency notes of denomination of Rs 10, 50 and 100 and will deliver the coins of Re 1 and Rs 2. Sadakkadulla said that a machine was already working at ISBT-17.

Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh Feb 06

Punjab Engineering College University of Technology, is an engineering institute located in the city of Chandigarh.The institute is well known for its collegial learning environment and its beautiful campus. It offers engineering studies in various disciplines at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Numerous graduates of PEC have worked in the task of nation-building since the Independence of India in 1947.

The institute is the Alma mater of the Space Shuttle Columbia astronaut, the late Kalpana Chawla, North American actor Remi Kaler and the satirist Jaspal Bhatti among many others. PEC celebrated its 50th year of establishment in India in the year 2000. A popular event in the festivities was the millennium function called Mile-nahi-hai-hum (We have not met) organized by the alumni association. In 2004, PEC was given the Deemed University status and it is no longer affiliated with Panjab University Chandigarh.

About Pec

After partition of the country, the Punjab College of Engineering & Technology, Lahore (formerly known as the Maclagan Engineering College) of the pre-partitioned Punjab remained in Pakistan under the name of “East Punjab Engineering College”. From December 1947, it functioned in the premises of the Thomson engineering College, Roorkee now known as Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee). In 1950, the word “East” was dropped and the college was named as “Punjab Engineering College”. At the end of year 1953, the college shifted to it’s own premises built at Chandigarh and started functioning here from January, 1954. In 1994 this institution was adjudged the best technical college in India by the National Foundation of Engineers. It occupies a 146-acre campus with facilities for all sorts of sports, a gymnasium and swimming pool, playing fields and numerous specialized laboratories and libraries for the various engineering disciplines. Up to 1962, the college comprised of engineering departments of Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Thereafter the college expanded & five new departments in the fields of Aeronautical Engineering, Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Production Engineering and Computer Science Engineering were added gradually. Recently a new department of Information & Technology has been added. In the year 1957, Highway Engineering was added as the first post-graduate course in the college. Gradually other post-graduate courses were subsequently added. Presently there are eleven post-graduate courses leading to Masters of Engineering degree in Highways, Structures, Hydraulics and Irrigation, Rotodynamic Machines, Electrical Power Systems, Environmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary), Electronics Metallurgical Engineering and C.I.M. Facilities for post-graduate studies exist for regular as well as for part time students .The college has facilities for research work leading to the award of Ph.D. degree in engineering in certain selected fields of different disciplines. The college also offers consultancy services in different disciplines. PEC has been conferred the Deemed University status in 2004. It is currently ranked as the 15th best engineering college in India by India Today Group.


The college is situated in Sector 12 at the north end of Chandigarh. The premises of the college is within a few minutes walk from the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat, the Panjab University, Post graduate Institute Of Medical Education And Research (PGI). The campus is 9 Km from the Chandigarh Railway station and 5 Km from the bus stand situated in sector 17.


The college campus extends over an area of 146 acres of the land situated close to the beautiful Shivalik hills. The campus is divided into various functional zones like hostels, Main College Building, Administration Block, Residential Complex for staff and faculty and a shopping centre. In addition to Lecture theatres, tutorial rooms and drawing halls, the college has an Auditorium, library, computer centre, reading rooms, workshops and well equipped laboratories. The college has spacious playgrounds, tennis courts, squash courts, swimming pool, gymnasium and a students centre. There is a branch of State Bank Of India and a post office in the campus. Adequate Hostel facilities for both boys and girls are available in the campus


  • Bachelor of Engineering courses (8 semesters):
    • Aeronautical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Science and Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electronics and Electrical Communication
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Metallurgical Engineering
    • Production Engineering
    • Information Technology
  • Master of Engineering courses (4 semesters):
    • Civil Engineering (Highways)
    • Civil Engineering (Irrigation and Hydraulics)
    • Civil Engineering (Structures)
    • Environmental Engineering (Inter-disciplinary)
    • Electrical Engineering (Power Systems)
    • Electronics Product Design & Technology
    • Mechanical Engineering (Rotodynamics)
    • Electronics Engineering
    • Materials and Metallurgy
    • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Part-time Master of Engineering courses (6 semesters) for industry and government sponsored candidates
  • Doctoral Research opportunities available at all departments
  • Other Departments
    • Applied Sciences