Web Portal of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh at Law Bhawan, Sector-37 A, Chandigarh on December 12, 2019.

Chandigarh December 11: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal will launch the Web Portal of Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh at Law Bhawan, Sector-37 A, Chandigarh on December 12, 2019. He would also unveil the book written by Justice S.N. Aggarwal (Retd.) on this occasion.

While giving this information here today, a spokesman of Office of Advocate General, Haryana said that Judge Supreme Court of India Justice Mr Ashok Bhan (Retd.) would preside over the function in the presence of Advocate General of Haryana Mr Baldev Raj Mahajan.

He said that Chairman, Bar Council Mr Harpreet Singh Brar, Vice Chairman Mr Gurtej Singh Grewal, Member Bar Council of India Mr Partap Singh and Honorary Secretary Mr Suvir Sidhu would also be present on this occasion.

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Haryana Government to open one Sanskriti Model School in each block of the State in the year 2020.

Chandigarh December 11: In a significant move to further improve the quality of education in the State, Haryana Government has decided to open one Sanskriti Model School in each block of the State in the year 2020. At present, 22 such schools are operational in the State, one in each district.

This was informed by Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal while presiding over the meeting of Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associates (CMGGAs). Project Director, Chief Minister's Good Governance Associates Programme Dr Rakesh Gupta was also present in the meeting.

Mr Manohar Lal was apprised of the work done in different initiatives under the Saksham Haryana project. He appreciated the work done in the last 2 years on Saksham ghoshna and encouraged the digital interventions (Service books, Saksham adhyapak app, Chalklit). He also directed to get a survey conducted to find out the enrollment ratio of students in science viz-a-viz other streams so as to ascertain the interest of students. He also directed to fasten the approval process for CM Saksham scholarship initiative.

It was informed that 107 blocks out of the total 119 blocks have been declared Saksham and 86 per cent students grade-level competent. It was also informed that recruitment to more than 1300 posts of Block Resource Persons (BRPs) and Assistant Block Resource Persons (ABRPs) have been made on contractual basis in the State. Working as mentors, the BRPs and ABRPs spent two-and-a-half hours per day in schools and watch the education being imparted to the students. Rigorous training of all new mentors was conducted to ensure that they provide good support to teachers.

He was also informed on the strategy for improving the board results this year for classes 10th & 12th and about the upcoming Saksham ghosna rounds in January and February. He said that the present State Government has discontinued the system prevailing earlier of giving grace marks to the students of class 10th and 12th in order to improve the results. But ever after this, the results of students has been improved considerably.

While addressing the CMGGAs, the Chief Minister said that this is the fourth consecutive year of this programme and every year it is getting better in performance indicators. He said that the State Government has taken various initiatives in the field of e-governance to provide transparent and graft-free governance to the people. It is also a leading State in the country in many spheres. Describing corruption as a cancer, he said that it could be checked through the effective use of information technology.

While reviewing progress on Antyodaya Saral, he directed to do a diagnosis and finalise the list of new kendra’s on the basis of demand and geography and appreciated the good performing districts and departments on Antyodaya Saral dashboard. He also directed to make more efficient systems to tackle corruption and work on social audit and act upon the feedback by the citizens on different channels and call centre.He also reviewed the progress on other IT initiatives like E-office and property tax and directed the team to work on them and use IT as a tool to improve governance in the state.

He also directed the associates to work on women's safety campaigns in the districts and work on innovative strategies to make women’s safety a movement in Haryana by involving different local communities and civil societies. While referring to the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Programme, he said that in the year 2014, the sex ratio of Haryana was only 871. But as a result of efforts made by the State Government and support of people and other social organizations, it has touched 937. Today, Haryana is being recognized in the country and the world for its efforts made towards saving girl child, he added.

He said that the state government is actively working on the topic of higher education and the present State Government has opened 29 colleges for women in the last five years whereas in the past 48 years only 31 such colleges were opened. He said that it was for the first time in the State that Haryana Higher Education Council has been set up with an objective of guiding the growth of higher education in accordance with the socio-economic requirements of the State. He also directed the team to focus extensively on solving the quality of education in these colleges through different national assessments and accreditations.

On this occasion, the Chief Minister also reviewed Swach Survekshan, Good governance scorecard and prevention of stubble burning. He was apprised on the preparedness for the upcoming Swachh survekshan and systemic solutions to get Haryana districts in Top 10 in the survekshan rankings.

He concluded the meeting by motivating the associates to keep up the good work and build sustainable systems that will help tackle problems from the grassroot level.

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Haryana Art and Cultural Affairs Department to organise a national level camp based on National Modern Contemporary Sculpture for providing a golden opportunity to the artists of the state to showcase their artistic excellence.

Chandigarh, December 11- Haryana Art and Cultural Affairs Department will organise a national level camp based on National Modern Contemporary Sculpture for providing a golden opportunity to the artists of the state to showcase their artistic excellence. The meritorious and eminent sculptors of Haryana and other states, who are desirous of participating in this camp can submit their applications till December 20, 2019.

Giving information in this regard, Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Art, and Cultural Affairs Department, Mrs. Dheera Khandelwal said that in this camp the Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs is providing opportunity to all the sculptors of the state, who are skilled in making five to ten feet modern abstract sculptures in stone, metal, glass, wood, fiber and welding to showcase their talent.

She said that the interested sculptor can send their bio-data to the Department along with the original photographs of their work to Director, Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs, SCO-29, Second Floor, Sector-7C, Chandigarh.

She further informed that in future, efforts will be made to give opportunities to selected artists in sculpture related camps, workshops and other works as per their willingness and availability.

For more information in this regard, the Department of Arts and Cultural Officer (Sculpture) can be contacted on a telephone number- 0172-5059158 and 5059155.