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UT reinstates lecturer who ‘misbehaved’ with girl student
Was chargesheeted, suspended last year for making false declaration
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The UT administration has reinstated the art college lecturer chargesheeted two years ago for “indecent” behaviour with a girl student. Kumar, who joined Government College of Art in December 2003, was chargesheeted for the first time in August 2005 after a third year student alleged that he used “indecent and objectionable language” when she went to discuss a certain matter with him. The college sexual harassment committee had found Kumar guilty of “indecent behaviour”.

A year later in February 2006, the UT administration suspended Kumar on grounds that he had made a false declaration in a certain job application. “He stated that he was not facing any disciplinary action, which was not true,” said college sources, while Kumar maintained he had stated so on the basis of a "good character certificate" issued to him by college principal. Kumar’s suspension has now been revoked following orders of the Central Administrative Tribunal on the petitions filed by him.

Earlier, after his suspension, the lecturer had faced another charge sheet on three counts, including false declaration, threatening a college colleague and allowing some final year students to go for an educational tour that was meant for third year students. Kumar was the tour in charge. It is significant to note that after being suspended in 2006, Kumar was even transferred to ITI, Sector 28. Taking up his petitions in which he challenged the charge sheets and suspension, CAT observed that grounds for Kumar’s suspension were no longer made out.

College authorities had stated before CAT that they had suspended Kumar in the anticipation of departmental proceedings (charge sheet) against him. The tribunal, however, took the view that since transfer orders of Kumar still stood, he could not tamper with evidence in the enquiries pending against him. Hence there was no ground for his suspension. Moreover, enquiries in both the cases marked against Kumar are complete and their reports submitted.

Highly placed UT officials today confirmed Kumar’s reinstatement, adding they could not have gone on paying the lecturer for doing nothing. During a year of suspension, Kumar was drawing subsistence allowance.



DPI dissolves Sector 35 school management
Appoints new principal
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
Taking a serious note of the prevailing irregularities, the administration today cracked the whip on a Sector 35 school.

The Education Department dissolved the management of government-aided Sri Guru Gobind Singh School, Sector 35, today and appointed Harbir Singh Anand, a commerce lecturer, as officiating principal-cum-manager-receiver of the school. This order has been implemented with immediate effect under Section 4 of Punjab-Aided School (Security of Service) Act, 1969.

Shocked by the decision of the Education Department, the chairman of the school managing committee, Joginder Singh Sawhney denied receiving any communication in this respect. “It is really a shocking news for me as we have always been abiding by the orders of the Education Department. I fail to understand why the department has taken such a harsh decision, which is really disturbing”.

“Moreover, it is the prerogative of the managing committee to make appointment, of course, with the consent of the department, but it is not proper to dissolve the committee and appoint somebody as head of the institution, without taking us into confidence”, rued Joginder Singh.

Interestingly, Anup Singh, the present officiating principal of the school, too did not know about this development and was also shocked to know about it.

The school was issued a 15-day show-cause notice in November last to defend their position against the objections raised by the department but the school, reportedly, could not respond satisfactory.

Complying with the high court orders dated September 7, 2007, the department had instructed the school managing committee, not to retain Jaswant Singh, who already was retired, as the principal of the school in any capacity after September 31, 2007.

The department had also asked the management to depute the next senior most teacher to officiate as principal till further orders of high court.

Jaswant Singh was facing serious sexual harassment charges, the decision of which is still pending with the high court. Ironically, the next two seniormost teachers Inderjeet Kaur and Tarsem Kaur, reportedly, had levelled the allegations against ex-principal Jaswant Singh.

“The matter was still pending in the court, so leaving nothing to chance, we had appointed the third seniormost science lecturer Anup Singh, as officiating principal of the school. Now, what objection does the department has, is beyond my understanding”, said Joginder Singh.

Ironically, the school management, instead of relieving Jaswant Singh, had, reportedly, proposed to the department to retain him on the same post on contract basis.

The DPI (S) S.K. Setia said, “The management was given enough time to explain their cause, which they could not. The person they had appointed was at the third place and the seniormost teachers, too, were facing inquiries against them. How can we allow them to handover the institution to a person without letting us know?”

The department maintained that this decision has been taken after the department had found serious mismanagement and clear cut disobedience and violation of official orders.



UIPS puts students’ career at stake
Violates university calendar, chairman feigns ignorance

Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
Throwing norms to the winds, the University Institute of Pharmaceuticals Sciences (UIPS) seems to have put the careers of four students at a stake.

In a surprising move, the chairman of the department of the UIPS has allowed the counting of lectures of four students of third and fourth year from July last year. This was despite the fact that their admission was only done on December 28, 2007, through an official notice.

The students (two from the third year and two from the fourth year) had appeared in the supplementary examination and the result declared only about a week ago. Subsequently, they applied for admission but the department instead of counting their lectures from the date of admission issued a notice that their lectures be counted from the date of commencement of the session.

In fact, the department’s decision would put the students in great difficulty. While their counterparts have attended a sizeable number of lectures since the commencement of the session in July last year, they will apparently fall short of lectures.

This has resulted in a lot of resentment among the students and the teachers. A former head of the department, on condition of anonymity, commented that the order was legally and morally incorrect. When the students were not on the rolls of the department how can they be marked either present or absent, he asked.

According to the university calendar, students have to be admitted to the next class within 10 days of the declaration of result.

About admissions, the board of control normally sends its recommendations to the Dean University Instructions (DUI) through the chairman of the department.

In this case also, the board sent its recommendations to the DUI, who reportedly gave his consent for the admission.

A former teacher in the department said the syndicate had recently sent a circular stating that lectures of the students had to be counted from the date of admission.

When contacted the chairman of the UIPS, O.P. Katare, feigned ignorance about the issues saying that he was away when the notice was issued.

He promises to investigate the matter. However, The Tribune has a copy of the notice with his signatures on it, in its possession.



From Colleges
17 CEC students get placements
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 3
As many as 17 students of Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC), Landran, who are going to pass out in 2009, have been selected by L and T Infotech. The selected candidates will get a salary of Rs 2.22 lakh per annum plus perks like leave encashment and group mediclaim policies for employees, spouse and department children for Rs 1 lakh per annum.

Camp concludes

Ten-day NSS camp of Government College, Mohali, concluded today with a valedictory function organised on the college campus. Dr Kanwaljeet Singh, DPI (C), Punjab, was the chief guest while Dr Paramveer Singh, programme coordinator of the NSS, Punjabi University, Patiala, presided over the function. As many as 125 volunteers were honoured with certificates and mementos. Results: Best camper: Narinjan Singh, Iqbal Singh and Yadwinder Kaur; best volunteers: Rajpreet, Harpreet Kaur and Vandana; best workers: Sarabjit, Amrinder and Mandeep; slogan writing: Vandna, Pooja and Jyoti; essay writing: Sanbir Kapoor, Jyoti and Jatinder.



New college principal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
Dr Meera Modi joined as the new principal of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, Chandigarh, here, yesterday.

She has served the college for the last 22 years as a lecturer in the department of Sanskrit. During her tenure as lecturer in the college, she held several posts, including chief hostel warden, HoD Sanskrit, coordinator department of fashion designing, coordinator Rotaract Club and In-charge of literary items for Youth Festival.

With seven papers presented in National seminars and International conferences to her credit, Dr. Modi’s book on ‘Mahabharta Mein Sankhya Darshan’ was inaugurated recently by Panjab University vice-chancellor Prof. R.C. Sobti.



City kids bring laurels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 3
The dance troupe of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, has brought laurels to the city by emerging as winner of the All-India dance competition hosted by Disney Channel.

Titled as ‘My School Rocks’, this dance group had to successfully clear tough gruelling rounds, where thousands of children from over 600 schools from all over India participated.

This mega event was adjudged by Shiamak Davar. The school principal Sunita Tanwar said, “I am thankful to all for their overwhelming support in voting them to victory”.



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