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PEC all set to award own degrees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
On June 24 this year, the Punjab Engineering College (PEC), the oldest engineering college of the north-west will, for the first time, award its own degrees. Gen S.F. Rodrigues, (Retd) Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Chandigarh, would be the Chief Guest on this historic occasion.

One of the most prestigious technical institutes of the region, PEC was established in 1921 as Mugalpura Engineering College at Lahore.

The name of the college was later changed to Maclagan Engineering College and it started functioning under this name in 1924. In 1931, the college got affiliated to Punjab University, Lahore. After partition in 1947, it was shifted to Roorkee and was renamed East Punjab College of Engineering. In 1950, the word ‘East’ was dropped and it came to be known by its present name ‘Punjab Engineering College’.

In October, 2003 the Government of India notified the Punjab Engineering College as a deemed to be university under Section 3 of the UGC Act. As such, the college is now managed by a Board of Governors and enjoys complete autonomy regarding its academic programmes. This is the first convocation where students will be awarded PEC’s (deemed university) own degrees. Earlier convocations were held on behalf of the Panjab University to which the college was affiliated.

On June 24, about 500 students are expected to be awarded their Bachelor’s degree in nine different disciplines of Engineering. Besides, around 200 students are likely to be conferred Master’s degrees in eleven different disciplines.



Ambedkar institute students bag top posts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
Sky seems to be the limit for city students. Passouts of the Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management Catering and Nutrition, Sector 42, here have created history, landing some of the most coveted jobs in the catering and hospitality industry.

As many as 115 students of this institute have been selected for various positions in different prestigious hotels. Out of a batch of 149 students of final year about 130 students had appeared in those campus recruitment interviews. The other 15 students are awaiting final result of selection during the current academic year.

Four students of the institute have been selected by Inter Continental The Grand, New Delhi, and another two for The Grand, New Delhi. While one student has been selected by ITC Welcome Group and other three have found jobs in Taj Sats New Delhi. As many as 13 students have found a job at The Cecil, Shimla, while 10 students would be working for Jet Airways.

Institute students Kshitij Khurana and Shruti Sharma of first year were ranked 3rd and 9th respectively in the all India merit list of National Council for Hotel Management.

The institute has built a good reputation over the years, which has resulted into a large number of reputed national and international level hotels preferring to visit this institute for selection of final year students. This year also about 23 top class hotels, airlines, BPOs, fast food chains, hospitals, resorts visited this institute for campus recruitment while some other hotels called our students to their hotels for selection. The position offered to the students include management trainees, operational trainees, entry level positions, team members, guest service associates, cabin crew members, ground support staff etc. and the salaries offered varies from Rs 30,000 per month to Rs 8000 per month.

The institute conducts a three year B.Sc in Hospitality and Hotel Administration. The intake each year is about 150 students and students hail from various parts of the country. Students are selected on the basis of a Joint Entrance Test conducted by the National Council for Hotel Management, Pusa, New Delhi.

The institute also runs post-graduate diploma in account operations and management and two six month certificate courses in ‘rooms management and desk’ and stewarding.



Over 10 students needed to begin science classes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has told the Education Department to start the science stream in all such schools where more than 10 students are interested in studying science subjects.

The Chief Minister gave the directions while presiding over a review meeting of the department here today.

Mr Hooda also sanctioned an additional Rs 30 crore to the department to further upgrade the educational facilities in the state. This amount would be spent on setting up regional centres at Hamirpur and Jind, a women's university and new government colleges.

He said the recruitment of 15,000 teachers would soon be undertaken in the state. As many as 4,700 guest teachers had already been appointed.

Separate girls’ toilets in schools would be constructed under the Total Sanitation Campaign in the state, he added.

The Chief Minister said two model schools — at Gannaur and Biddal in Sonepat district — would soon be opened. Many more model schools would also come up in various blocks during the next financial year. He said the fee of Rs 80 per month earlier charged from students for learning computers would be abolished.



Chitkara ties up with Canadian college
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
Canada’s George Brown College (GBC) and Chitkara Educational Trust today announced that they would join hands to provide excellent opportunities for students in India.

In a joint initiative, graduates of the Joint Program of GBC and Chitkara will be simultaneously awarded a Computer Systems Technology diploma from GBC, Canada and a Bachelor of Computer Applications degree from an accredited Indian University. Students will study for two years at Chitkara in India and then complete their final year at GBC in Toronto, Canada. Students who qualify will also have an option of joining a one-year post-graduation work programme.



CET merit list released

Chandigarh, June 16
The Panjab University today released the merit list of candidates who had topped the various tests held as part of the CET 2006.
Merit list for Common Entrance Test CET-2006 (PCB Group): Rohan Khera, Rohit Malhotra, A.S. Sanjeev, Kartik Mittal, Ankita Chakravarty, Akhil Parashar, Dinkar Bhasin, Jaiveer Yadav, Ishita Laroiya and Alpana Garg.

Merit list for Common Entrance Test CET-2006 (PCM Group): Manoj Garg, Shreeya Verma, Priyadeep Kaur, Rahul Singh Bhandari, Gursardha Saini, Preetdeep Kaur Chawla, Jaspreet Kaur, Ravinder Dhiman, Ankur Aggarwal and Aninda Halder.

Other than these students Amrita Bhattacharya, Karan Singla and Preetdeep Kaur Chawla have also scored top position in various tests of the CET. TNS



Court upholds decision on suspension of ex-Principal
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 16
A local court in its verdict today ruled that the suspension and transfer of a former Principal of Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, is legal.
Pronouncing a decision in a case ‘‘Dr Rajni Thareja, Principal of Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, vs the DAV College Managing Committee, Chitra Gupta Road, New Delhi, and seven other members of the committee’’, Ms Shashi Bala Chauhan, Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Panchkula, said school Principal Dr Rajni Thareja’s transfer and suspension by the DAV Managing committee is legal and in accordance with the rules.

The judge also observed that Dr Thareja failed to produce substantial documents in support of her claims before the court, hence the orders of her transfer from Hansraj Public School Sector 6, Panchkula, to DAV Senior Secondary School, Surajpur, on October 22, 2003 and subsequently her suspension orders the very next day were legal.

DAV Management Committee had issued transfer orders to Dr Thareja directing her to take charge as Principal of DAV Senior Secondary School, Surajpur, after an inquiry into embezzlement allegations.

She, instead of receiving the transfer orders had misbehaved with the Manager of the School, Mr Subhash Marriya, Principal of DAC College, Sector 10, Chandigarh. Mr Marriya had been to the school for issuing the transfer orders to Dr Thareja.

On his complaint of insubordination against Dr Thareja, the DAV Management Committee took a serious note and placed her under suspension.



Penalty slapped on Airtel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
The Permanent Lok Adalat for Public Utility Services has pulled up M/s Bharati Mobile (Airtel) for causing inconvenience and mental agony to its customer by wrongly disconnecting his mobile and wrongly charging for GPRS facility, even though the same was not applied for.

Earlier, the complainant, Mr Gopal Dass Gupta of Sector 40 D, Chandigarh, filed a complaint alleging that he represented against the excess billing to the Airtel customer care but there was no response. Instead, his mobile connection was disconnected in May 2005. He had to deposit Rs 1000 to restore the connection.

The officials told that his bills included Rs 600 per month towards Internet (GPRS) facility. Mr Gupta said that the cellular company had deceitfully activated GPRS to put the applicant to inconvenience and hardship.

The company in its reply contended that the billing was as per actual usage and the complainant had duly opted for the GPRS facility. However, it failed to produce any document to show that the facility was applied for.

Mr R.P. Bajaj, Chairman of the Lok Adalat observed “Another circumstance that favours the applicant is an admitted fact that the applicant never used the Internet facility. This fact travels in favour of the applicant to a large extent. Had he opted for internet facility, he would have availed of it. Non-user of Internet facility clearly shows that the applicant never asked for it.”

The panel, therefore, held that the disconnection of phone for non-payment of charges, including Internet charges, is a serious lapse on the part of Airtel. “The representations made by the applicant as usual fell on deaf ears, thereby accentuating the matter.”

The company has been directed to revise the bill by deleting Internet charges and surcharge. Consoli-dated compensation and cost of Rs 10,000 has been imposed on Airtel.


Two-day gastro and liver camp concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
A two-day free gastro and liver camp organised by Fortis Hospital, Mohali, concluded yesterday at the Fortis City Centre. The two-day camp was an initiative to reach out to the masses and was attended by over 150 persons.

During the camp people from all across the area received free gastro and liver consultation from Dr Arvind Sahni, director, gastroenterology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, and Dr Mohinish Chhabra, consultant, gastroenterology.

According to Dr Sahni, “Acute viral hepatitis (A and E) tends to be associated with periods of heavy rainfall. Major route of transmission is through contaminated water, food and milk. There is a phase of mild fever, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite before the appearance of jaundice. Once the jaundice appears, fever subsides and appetite improves. The commonest practice is to restrict fats in diet, which leads to a marked weight loss.”

He added, “However, fats should be restricted through phase of vomiting and later when vomiting subsides, normal diet should be resumed. Another common practice is the advise of complete bed rest but normal activity can be carried within limits. There is usually a spontaneous resolution of jaundice within 4 - 6 weeks in uncomplicated cases.”

“One should also avoid consumption of liver tonics readily available in the market. The best way to prevent this disease is to wash hands properly, especially before eating and after using the toilet. Also, using clean water, that is, with adequate chlorination and boiling of water, for food purposes,” he added.



Upgradation of Civil Hospital within 15 months
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 16
Construction work for the upgradation of the local Civil Hospital here from 50 beds to 200 beds is expected to be completed within 15 months if adequate and timely funds are made available for the purpose.

Officials say the project began to roll after the announcement by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, on the occasion of the inauguration of Mohali district on Baisakhi that the hospital would be upgraded and equipped with ultra-modern facilities. In fact the Chief Minister has already approved in principle the proposals related to the upgradation of the hospital.

Further, the case has been taken up with the Planning Department for the required approval and the engineering wing has been asked to prepare the necessary estimates. Efforts are being made to ensure that the announcement made by Capt Amarinder Singh was implemented in a time-bound manner.

The Punjab Health Minister held a meeting on May 3 which was attended among others by the Kharar MLA, the Deputy Commissioner, Director, Health Services, Director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, and the Civil Surgeon. It was decided that the upgradation of the hospital should be done immediately. Further, in view of the growing population, planned future industrial growth in the area and declaration of the local Civil Hospital as a district hospital , the upgradation was essential. It was also felt that this hospital could take care of back-referral cases from the PGI, Chandigarh, in order to reduce congestion there.

It was also decided that for funding this development activity, the requirement of funds may be posed to the Planning Department for meeting the same out of the state level initiative under Punjab Nirman Programme.

Since the past many years efforts were being made to upgrade the local hospital.

There was a plan to add 150 beds under a World Bank project to take care of the load of the PGI as the local hospital was located on the national highway. Due to constraints on funds under the civil components of the World Bank project, the upgradation could not take place.

It had been decided that an additional 9302.55 sq metres of covered area would be added for which at least Rs 7 crore was required. The required land was available within the hospital complex. Various types of modern equipment would be provided at a cost of Rs 57.42 lakh. Though doctors had been sanctioned as per the norms of 200 bed hospital, there will be a requirement of paramedics for which the annual additional liability would be around Rs 27.37 lakh. 



Lab services normalise at GMCH-32
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
Medical and laboratory services at GMCH-32 have returned to normalcy following a meeting at the office of the Additional Director of the hospital to redress the situation. The meeting was attended by heads of para-clinical departments.

The authorities of the hospital stated that all labs, including the blood bank, was functionally properly after the newly recruited lab technicians assumed charge. All lab tests were being done as per routine. Blood was also being given to all government and private hospitals.

There was no interruption in the working of the hospital due to cessation of work by contractual technicians. 



Rohit, Fatehdeep enter semifinals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
Rohit Vinayak, Fatehdeep Singh, Kritarth and Sanchit Thakur reached the semifinals of the boys under-10 category in the LD Kapoor Memorial Yonex YMCA Total Tennis Championship, here today.

Rohit was ruthless in his match against Nihit Rawal, whom he defeated 7-0. Fatehdeep beat Anant in a tough battle 7-5. In the girls u-12 group, Sheshna Sekhri and Harkirat Kaur reached the semifinals. In boys u-12, Pragun Vinayak, Kritarth, Bahvtaran Singh, Srijjan Uppal, Nishachay Rawal, Ranjodh Singh, Jatin Khrab and Dhruv Walia were through to the quarterfinals with ease.

In girls u- 14, top seed Prabhamrit Kaur and second seed Ravnoor Kaur reached the semifinals.

Results: boys u- 10 quarterfinals: Rohin Vinayak b Nihit Rawal 7-0; Fatehdeep Singh b Anant 7-5; Kritarth b Parampunn 7-1; Sanchit Thakur b Abhijit Singh 7-3; boys u- 12 prequarterfinals: Pragun Vinayak b Harmeet Singh 6-3; Kritarth b Sanchit Thakur 6-3; Bhavtaran Singh b Raman 6-1; Srijjan Uppal b Manav Poddar 6-2; Nishchay Rawal b Andrew Pardeep 6-1; Ranjodh beat Parminder Singh 6-3; Jatin Khrab b Arjun Mehra 6-5(6); Dhruv Walia b Nikhil Peshwaria 6-0; boys u-12 quarterfinals: Pragun Vinayak b Kritarth 7-5; Srijjan Uppal b Bhavtaran Singh 7-5; Nishchay Rawal b Ranjodh Singh 7-4; Jatin Khrab b Dhruv Walia 7-6(5); boys u- 14 pre quarterfinals: Jassahib Singh b Rehatbir Mann 6-3; Raghav Singh b Sunny Bajaj 6-0; Ravisher Sandhu b Jaideep 6-5(1); Gagandeep Singh b Vikramjeet Singh 6-1; Amit Chauhan b Nishchay Rawal 6-0; boys u- 18 prequarterfinals: Shobhit Putella b Manpreet Dhindsa 6-1; Ravneet Saini b Ishan Gupta 6-1; Gauravinder Toor b Bevbir Singh 6-1; Arshbeer Singh b Sayan Dass 6-2; Karanveer Singh b Rishidev Arora 6-5(5).

Men’s singles quarterfinals: Sunny b Vishal Thapar 7-0; Karan Patnaik b Bhupinder Singh 7-2; men’s doubles quarterfinals: Karan Patnaik/Devinder Kapoor b Sadeev/Jagneet 7-3; Sachin Patil/Sunny b Parvesh/Karanveer 7-2; Gauravinder/Shobhit b Amandeep/Balwinder 7-2; Nikhil/Akshat b Bhupinder/Arvind 7-1; girls u- 12 quarterfinals: Harkirat Kaur b Arshpreet Kaur 7-2; Sheshna Sekhri b Ganeev Kaur 7-4; girls u- 14 quarterfinals: Prabhamrit Kaur b Harkirat Kaur 7-1; Rhythm b Kudrat 7-5; Sheshna Sekhri b Arpan Chahal 7-1; Ravnoor Kaur b Inderjot Kaur 7-5. 



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