Day: July 22, 2008

Off-campus courses in Bharatanatyam

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Off-campus courses in Bharatanatyam

The world’s first off-campus degree programme in Bharatanatyam offered through a joint venture of Bharathidasan University and Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts, Tiruchi, is taking firm root in India and abroad.

For the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts and Diploma courses that are offered under the distance mode, the enrolment is poised to go up to 350 during the current academic year, from 220 last year. Enrolment started with 45 students in 2004-2 005. It increased to 62 students in 2005-2006 and 170 in 2006-2007.

Students from Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana and Assam in India, and from countries such as Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Germany, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, France, Canada and the United States of America already benefit from these courses.

Those running dance schools, dance teachers, performing artistes, or those employed in any other profession, or doing any degree in any discipline in regular colleges, and housewives have enrolled for these courses.

Reputed cultural centres and art centres in India and abroad seek to be recognised as co-ordinating centres for the Kalai Kaviri Off-Campus Degree Programme.

Says Rev. Msgr. S.M. George, Founder and Director of the Off-Campus Degree Programme, who is also the Founder of Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts belonging to the Catholic Diocese of Tiruchi: “The off-campus programmes have revolutionised the concept of promoting and popularising the fine art forms across barriers.”

Impressed by the concept, Bharatanatyam artiste Saraswathi promoting the cause of fine arts with Padma Vibhushan Dr. Balamuralikrishna for the past 20 years and Director of Vipanchee Natyalaya, Chennai, recommends her students who have dance schools all over the globe for admission to Kalai Kaviri Off-Campus programme.

Eligibility options for joining this programme is of a wide range.

A graduate in any other discipline with proficiency in full Maargam (practical and theory) in Bharatanatyam (but does not have a Diploma in Bharatanatyam from any university or government institution) can take a ‘Special Eligibility Test’ both in theory and practicals, for direct admission to M.F.A.

B.F.A. and M.F.A. courses in Bharathanatyam can be done concurrently or simultaneously by students undergoing other UG and PG degree courses in other disciplines in the regular colleges.

Those with a pass in Class X and ten years of experience in teaching Bharatanatyam can join B.F.A. And those with Plus-Two qualification and teaching experience can join the second of the three-year undergraduation programme through lateral entry.

The website http://www.kalaikaviri-offcamp.com provides more information. Application forms can also be downloaded.

R. KRISHNAMOORTHY for THE HINDU

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DEWA brings awareness campaign to malls and private companies

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DEWA brings awareness campaign to malls and private companies
Staff Report KHALEEJ TIMES Published: July 21, 2008, 13:20

Dubai: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched a campaign to raise awareness of water and energy conservation among the public under the slogan “Now that you know, don’t let it go.”

The campaign is a sequel to the “Your Decision Campaign” that marked the introduction of a slab-based tariff system.

The new campaign, which will be implemented at government departments, private companies and shopping malls, seeks to educate the public on avoidance of wastage of water and power to conserve environment and natural resources.

The campaign focuses on behaviour of consumers when it comes to wasting water and electricity, through visual and written communications collateral, giving facts and explanatory messages on natural resources and the importance of saving them.

It uses various channels, including posters, to convey the message of water and energy conservation to governmental departments, private companies and in shopping malls.

DEWA is putting stickers on water taps and electric switches and distributing booklets and brochures to employees and visitors. Moreover, the campaign also uses portable advertising billboards showing its slogan and fact sheets.

The process of electricity production in Dubai requires 7,000 staff workers, 1,219 kilometres of overhead lines and 2,129 km of underground cables.

Water production needs 43 desalinating units and a 769 km pipeline to meet the consumers’ daily demand.

Mission visa holders must leave and return on work visa

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Mission visa holders must leave and return on work visa
By Ahmed Abdul Aziz (Our staff reporter)22 July 2008

ABU DHABI — Workers who enter the country on temporary work permit (mission visa) must leave the country and re-enter if their sponsors seek employment visas, according to a senior official of the Ministry of Labour (MoL).

This was stated yesterday by the Acting-General Manager in the MoL, Humaid bin Deemas, during the ‘Open Day’ in the ministry’s office that was attended by nearly 100 people who sought to find solutions to their problems.

Bin Deemas rejected an application from a contracting company in the capital to apply for a permanent work permit to complete the formalities for issuance of employment residence visa to an engineer who had entered the country on mission visa.

“The engineer must leave the country because the mission visa was issued for three months and extended for three months. Hence, the worker must depart from the country and the company can then apply for an employment visa to bring him back and complete the formalities of either residence or employment visa,” Bin Deemas clarified.

He added that the ministry allowed the companies to bring workers on mission visas for a period of three to six months.

The mission visa costs Dh600 (including Dh100 application fee) in addition to Dh3,000 refundable bank guarantee. This three-month mission visa is extendable at a cost of Dh600.

“The worker must leave the country and the company must produce a statement from the Naturalisation and Residency Department (NRD) confirming that the person had left the country,” added Bin Deemas.

According to the Naturalisation and Residency Department instructions, there is no limit on the period that the worker should stay out of the country in case he had departed after the expiry of the mission visa until the issuance of fresh employment visa.

The ministry’ strongly stressed that the companies shouldn’t apply to bring in labourers who were banned from work in the country as these applications would be rejected and the firms would lose the Dh100 application fees.

There is no need to attest the academic certifications of the worker to get a mission permit issued, the ministry said.