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MCA approval to SD College withdrawn 
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
In a major blow to one of the city’s prominent colleges, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has withdrawn affiliation of its popular master of computer applications (MCA) course at the GGDSD College, Sector 32. Currently, the MCA course has an intake capacity of 60 students.

In a letter dated January 15, 2010, addressed to the member secretary of the college, the council has pulled up the college for providing “false and misleading information”. It also mentions that, following a visit by its inspection committee, it was found the college had not fulfilled the stipulated norms. Even a subsequent inquiry committee, set up after the college enrolled students without affiliation, was not “satisfied by the response” and “recommended withdrawal of the course”.

According to AICTE guidelines any institution or college that runs other general and nonprofessional courses, including BCom, BA, BBA and BSc, is not authorised to hold classes for either MBA or MCA courses as it lowers academic standards. A separate institution has to come up in order to open these courses, the norms say.

This withdrawal of affiliation has also raised doubts on the procedure adopted by the committee members who were sent by Panjab University to inspect the college for this course.

AICTE has pointed out in its letter that on a visit to the college its inspection committee rejected the course on the grounds that-the built up area, infrastructure and the qualifications of the director are not as per AICTE norms. Also, the letter said an unapproved course was being run in the campus and mentioned a dearth of books and journals.

Subsequently, on November 27, 2009, the council had issued a ‘show cause’ notice to the college seeking explanation on certain issues. Despite sending a response to AICTE through a letter (December 8, 2009), the council was not satisfied with it.

However, college principal AC Vaid, who is yet to receive the letter, pointed out the college administration had already rectified the anomalies pointed out by the council. “The unauthorised course being talked about is our formal tieup with the University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia. We will invite the inspection committee again and are confident we would get the affiliation,” Vaid added.

We’ll appeal to AICTE: Principal

“The inspection committee wanted 0.75 acre more whereas we arranged an extra 2.5 acres after its visit. Additionally, we have already bifurcated the wing that hosts the MCA course and an advertisement for the director was subsequently put out. The person has been shortlisted and is joining soon. We will appeal to AICTE and urged it to send its committee to visit the college again and check things for themselves. The students don’t need to worry,” said GGDSD College Principal, AC Vaid



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Democracy at a Price-II

‘Unrelated’ officials were also sanctioned honorarium
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
Even as eyebrows are being raised at the disbursement of over Rs 22 lakh as honorarium to officials of the Chandigarh Administration related to the election work for the May 13 Lok Sabha elections, certain officials, "not related" to the poll process, were also sanctioned the honorarium.

In fact, these six officials, including Joint Secretary (Home), a senior HCS officer, are among 41 officials, who are yet to receive the honorarium amounting to over Rs 3 lakh even after over eight months after the conduct of the election for the Chandigarh parliamentary seat.

Interestingly, among these officials is an IAS probationer officer and 17 daily wage workers. While the IAS officer is waiting for an amount of Rs 21,650, the HCS officer is yet to get an amount of Rs 34,900.The daily wage workers are yet to receive Rs 1,500 each for the work they did for the enforcement staff during the poll.

A careful look at the information obtained under the RTI Act by Sector 27 resident RK Garg revealed that besides the HCS officer, other officials "not related" to the election work included a superintendent, a senior assistant, two steno typists, a junior assistant, a jamadar and gestetner operator.

The official reason for the non-payment is cited as "non-availability of sufficient funds".

It may be mentioned that the administration had spent about Rs 1.38 crore - more than the official amount spent by all contesting candidates - on the holding of the May 13 poll. A substantial part - over Rs 41 lakh - has gone for the payment of the remuneration to the polling parties and honorarium to the staff for election duty.
(To be continued)



Cops’ bitter pill for martyr’s mother
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
Even as the nation salutes its martyrs for their contribution to safeguarding the unity and integrity of the nation, the experience of the mother of a martyr at the hands of the Chandigarh police was anything but pleasant.

The elderly woman, who reported a theft at her residence to the police, was allegedly treated causally and was not sure about the fate of her complaint till late at night.

Sudesh Sharma, mother of late Captain Atul Sharma, who laid down his life fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on November 15, 2000, said the policemen told her that they were not aware that she was living alone. They told her to get herself registered and to make it a point to inform the police before going out of station.

The policemen pointed out that the newspapers lying in front of her residence gave the idea to the thieves that the owner of the house had been away for days. This also reflected badly on them and exposed the efficiency of the beat staff, who had not paid a visit to the area for week together.

“Either they did not conduct patrolling or failed to notice that the house had been locked up for days,” pointed out Sudesh, who had retired as senior manager with the Haryana Financial Corporation.

Sudesh said her neighbours informed her about the theft around 3 am after spotting a thief. She informed her relatives in Sector 22, who reached the house and called up the police.

Two policemen reached the house on foot after about 40 minutes. They took a round of the house in a casual manner and went away saying they would come in the morning and take action after the arrival of the owner.

“They did not bother to seal the house. We stood guard to the house and waited for Sudesh to come,” said a neighbour. The house was completely ransacked.

Sudesh suspected that around Rs 10,000, 100 UK pound sterling and jewellery worth around Rs 15 lakh had been stolen. Her neighbour said they heard noises two days ago, but failed to take notice.

Today, in the wee hours, they heard noises and came out. They noticed a thief, in his early twenties and well-dressed, rushing out of the house. Two of his accomplices were waiting for him on a yellow motorcycle.

The police seized a helmet from the spot along with a mobile phone, which Sudesh claimed was of her daughter. Her daughter had been staying in Delhi after marriage. Sudesh was away to meet her daughter on Lohri. Her husband, a Haryana Civil Aviation employee, had died in 1991.



Police to expedite return of stolen property
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 25
In a new initiative to improve its image, the Punjab Police has decided to ensure that articles and cash recovered in theft cases are returned to the complainants within a few days.

The Mohali police today made a beginning in this direction by initiating the process to hand over stolen goods and cash worth Rs 5 lakh that were recovered from burglars on ‘supardari’ to the complainants. Sohan Singh, a joint director in the defence ministry who lives in Riel estate, Zirakpur, had filed a complaint, stating that silver jewellery, utensils, four watches, two cameras, and Rs 11,000 cash were stolen from his home.

Addressing a press conference, Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar said the initiative had been taken on the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal’s directions. “In future, it would be ensured that articles recovered in theft cases were released to their rightful owners at the earliest,” he added.

Citing the theft case, Bhullar said based on the inputs provided by the complainant, Ram Niwas, the servant employed at Sohan’s house, was questioned. “Niwas revealed the name of two painters, Sharif Khan and Fariad, who had recently worked at the house. The police is hopeful of solving more theft cases,” he added.


Police Medal for SSP
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
Sudhanshu Shekhar Srivastva, the UT SSP, has been awarded the Police Medal for his meritorious services.

An MBA from Punjabi University, Patiala, he joined the Indian Police Services in 1994 in the Punjab Cadre. He remained posted in various districts across Punjab and was selected for the UN Mission Kosovo for peacekeeping duties from September 2003 to September 2004.

During his tenure in Chandigarh, the CIPA project was put into action in all the police stations and all the police stations got the ISO:9001 certification. He was instrumental in setting up an ultra modern police control room with GPS-based automatic vehicle tracking system (AVTS).

Srivastva has been instrumental in formation of the “Tricity Contingency Crisis Management”. The Chandigarh Police has solved a number of cases under his supervision, including the sensational German woman rape case, kidnapping for ransom of an eight-year-old boy and several murder and robbery cases. 



Honour for DIG 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
DIG, Central Bureau of Investigation, Chandigarh Zone, Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal will be awarded the Police Medal for meritorious service on of the Republic Day.

Aggarwal is a 1994-batch IPS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre.

He hails from Bathinda. He joined the CBI in 2006 and was posted as the SP, anti-corruption branch, Chandigarh.

In May 2009, he was promoted as the DIG and took charge of the Chandigarh Zone.

During his tenure, the Chandigarh branch of the CBI achieved 80 per cent conviction rate.



Two cops get President’s Police Medals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
DSP (CID) Satbir Singh and Ashwani Kumar, SP, CBI (HQ), Delhi, will be awarded the President’s Police Medal for their distinguished services on the Republic Day.

As the in charge of the Special Crime Investigation Cell, Satbir Singh was instrumental in the arrest of wanted criminals in Chandigarh. Under his supervision, the UT Police extracted vital information from a gang of highway robbers, arrested Dalwinder Singh, alias Whiskey, in the murder case of a financer, nabbed Baba Pritpal Singh and Davinder Singh Babla, who remained elusive for months. Apart from this, his team solved many blind murders and other heinous crimes.

Satbir Singh joined the Chandigarh Police as an assistant sub-inspector on April 27, 1979. In the Bent Singh assassination case, he arrested accused Lakhwinder Singh, a constable in the Punjab Police, and Gurmeet Singh, an engineer of the BPL, along with other members of the police party. He was promoted as the DSP in 2007.

Ashwani Kumar, SP, CBI (HQ), Delhi, who will also be awarded the President’s Police Medal for distinguished services on the Republic Day, has already received the Indian Police Medal for meritorious services in 1996.

Ashwani Kumar has handled a number of cases while during his stint in the anti-corruption branch in Chandigarh. He hails from Jalandhar and is now settled in Chandigarh. 



Air Cmde Nair decorated with AVSM 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
Air Cmde SRK Nair has been decorated with the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) for distinguished services of an exceptional order. He had served as the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) 12 Wing here for about two years before being nominated for the National Defence College course last month.

It was during his tenure at the Chandigarh Air Force Station that the IAF squadron based here had operationalised three advanced landing grounds close to the Line of Actual Control in eastern Jammu and Kashmir to beef up defence capabilities in the sector. This included the first-ever touchdown by a twin-engine aircraft at Daulat Beg Oldie, the world’s highest landing ground.

He was earlier deputed as the team leader in Exercise Indra-07 in Russia. His achievements include the pioneering flight to the North Pole during which he also established an endurance record on the IL-76 aircraft.

Gp Capt JX Israel, who had commanded 25 Squadron here, has been awarded the Vayu Medal for distinguished services. He also recently moved out from Chandigarh on completion of his tenure.

The squadron, popularly known as Himalayan Eagles, operates a mix of AN-32 medium and IL-76 heavy-lift aircraft and undertakes many strategic tasks, including overseas missions. 



Poll Duty
MC men hold gate rally 
Our Correspondent

Mohali, January 25
The Municipal Employees Union today held a gate rally in protest against the deployment of solely Municipal Council employees for election-related duties, which adversely affected work at the civic body office.

The union leaders struck work for an hour to hold the rally and demanded that three employees who were working at the office of the SDM for the past many months should be relieved. The protesters demanded that employees from other departments should also be put on election-related work instead of deploying employees of the civic body only.

Krishan Kumar Saini, president of the employees union, said on January 22, a driver of the council, Sukhwinder Singh, was called to the SDM office for election-related work even when the civic body was facing shortage of drivers. Three employees of the council were deployed on election duty before the Lok Sabha elections and had not been relieved till now. One of these employees, Ashok Kumar, was a telephone operator with the fire brigade. He said staff of the essential services could not be put on such a duty and moreover, he had not been discharged so far.

Now four more employees of the council-stenographer Satwinder Kaur, superintendent Rajesh Kumar, computer programmer Krishan Joshi and junior assistant Sher Ali had been deployed on duty for the byelections for municipal ward number 22.

Saini alleged that employees who worked as supervisors and BLO’s during the Lok Sabha elections had still not been given their payments in this regard.

SDM Ravinder Pal Singh said he had only requisitioned the driver of the council, as he needed help for the byelections that would be held soon. The other three employees were called against some earlier orders and not by him. He said four employees of the civic body had only been asked to prepare lists of voters for the byelections and would not be playing any role in the conduct of elections as such.



Water shortage fumes residents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
The water supply to various parts of the city remained disrupted yesterday due to some technical fault at the main waterworks in Sector 26.

The supply was restored in some areas, while others continued to reel under the water shortage.

Holding the Public Health Department responsible for the crunch, residents alleged that the authorities made no alternative arrangements for them.

Resentment prevailed among residents against the apathetic attitude of the MC authorities towards their problems.

The water shortage affected the normal life of residents.



Odissi recital tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 25
Malaysian dance ensemble “The Sutra Dance Theatre” will enchant audience with Odissi dance recital at the Tagore Theatre on January 27 at 6.30 pm.

The programme organised by the regional chapter of Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) and aptly titled “Spellbound” is a tryst with the timeless beauty of Odissi, a popular south Indian dance genre, said Gyan Chand, ICCR regional official.

The innovative production “Spellbound” directed by Ramli Ibrahim, an acclaimed dancing art genius, had been staged world over as a part of the Sutra’s international tour in 2006.



Tributes paid to martyrs

Chandigarh, January 25
An unusual exuberance and sense of pride prevailed as budding artists gave a spirited and thrilling performance at the cultural bonanza organised by the Chandigarh administration on the eve of 61st Republic Day at the Tagore Theatre here.

Artists from DAV Model SSS-15 began the programme with a traditional vandana. St Kabir School’ artists paid tributes to the martyrs through a qawwali “Dekar jaan Shaeedon ne…,”.

Undeniably the best educative and didactic presentation “Azaadi ke Diwane”came from GMSSS-Mani Majra, which traced the historic events from the arrival of Britishers in India, struggle for freedom, 1857 Revolution and supreme sacrifices of martyrs.

Navodya Vidyalay-25 students gave a soulful rendition of Gurudev RN Tagore composition. Manav Mangal SSS-21 presented dance, dialogue and drama. Chief guest Pradeep Mehra, Adviser to the Administrator, enlisted the overall achievements of India. — OC



Tuition thrives despite ban 
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
While UT administration may have strictly prohibited government teachers from taking private tuition classes, many continue to violate the rule blatantly and run full-fledged coaching institutes.

Though this fact is yet to be officially acknowledged by the UT education department, many such centres continue to thrive in Sectors 20 and 34 and parts of Mohali.

These centres are either owned by or have roped in ‘known’ teachers from various model schools of the city and are even catering to children of various high-ups of the UT administration.

The department has made a provision for teachers to take extra classes of weak students only at schools, but this has failed to yield results as these teachers justify their actions.

“When I teach at school, I have to cater to a minimum of 40 students. Some may want special attention to score high or average students may wish to catch up. We can hold classes at school, but do we continue there till 5 pm? Will the education department give me some extra money for this,” said one of them.

“What is the harm in it? My institute does not hamper my teaching at school. Do others not have a part-time business? At least I am doing some good to some students,” said another.

When contacted, DEO Chanchal Singh said there was no way to ascertain what a teacher did after going back home.

He maintained that they had not received any complaint so far and thus, could not act.

The response perturbed CBSE officials, who considered this trend a great obstacle to its new evaluation system.

“When we are out to give 80 per cent of evaluation in teachers’ hands, how can it be transparent if they take tuition classes? What is the guarantee that they will evaluate students impartially and not favour students they teach during tuition classes as well? Government teachers have to be barred from it so that this system does not backfire,” said a Delhi-based official.

Home Secretary Ram Niwas said he would immediately ask school heads concerned to ensure that no teacher continued with tuition classes and those found guilty would be dealt with sternly.

Many a time, teachers had been asked to file affidavits and there was a proposal to constitute a checking committee, which apparently had been shelved.



DPS student gets award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
The National Bal Bhavan’s Bal Shree Honour 2009 will be conferred on Chetan Gupta, a Class VII student of Delhi Public School, in New Delhi tomorrow.

Chetan has done the city proud by making it to the list of 15 students from across the country, who will be getting this award for creative scientific innovations.

In addition, he will also be awarded at the Poetry Festival, which will be held in Delhi on January 29, for his poem on Mahatma Gandhi submitted during Bal Shree Selection Camp 2009.



From Schools & Colleges
Republic Day celebrated with patriotic fervour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary Model School, Sector 27, celebrated the Republic Day with a great fervour and enthusiasm today.

Various cultural items, which included an array of patriotic songs, marked the event.

School director S Mahajan and principal Savant apprised the schoolchildren about the importance of the day.

St Joseph’s school

A patriotic week commenced at St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, today.

The tiny tots of the kindergarten block performed various items emphasising on the spirit of national integration. Competitions like bookmark making and slogan writing were also held.

The British School

The British School (TBS), Panchkula, organised the activity day at the Gymkhana Club-II, Sector 3, today.

To stir the imagination of children, several competitions were also held at the school like a fancy dress competition based on the theme “Indian celebrities”. The kids came dressed up as freedom fighters, national and political leaders, sportsmen, business tycoons, etc.

Govt school

Girls’ Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, organised a quiz competition and constituent assembly today to mark the Republic Day.

Principal Nirupma K Kush was present as a chief guest and delivered a lecture on the importance of democracy and Indian Constitution.

DAV College

DAV College, Sector 10, celebrated the Republic Day by conducting a test on “Moral Education” here today.

Principal Dr BC Josan inaugurated the quiz.

Josan said more than 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students took the test.

Dr Surender Kumar, Prof Rita Jain, Arvind Garg and Dr BK Vermani organised the quiz

PKR Jain Vatika

Ambala: Ambala City, celebrated the Republic Day with great zeal and enthusiasm. Students performed patriotic songs and poems on the occasion. Principal Uma Sharma emphasised on the importance of the day.

School management committee president Bharat Bhushan Jain wished the students a happy Republic Day and asked them to pay regard to the martyrs and patriots who laid down their lives for the country’s independence.

Mind Tree school

Mind Tree Public School organised a colourful function on the eve of Republic Day. The students recited patriotic poems. Principal Sudha Mathur briefed the students about the Republic Day and asked them to work hard to achieve their goals. Deepak Mongia, a senior member of the school trust, while addressing the students said independence of the country was achieved after a great sacrifice and it was our duty to work towards strengthening the country.

MDSD college

The Republic Day was celebrated on MDSD Girls’ College premises, Ambala City. Ambala SP Bharti Arora addressed the students and asked them to work for the unity of the country and launch campaigns against social evils. College principal Kiran Angra also addressed the students.

The Republic Day functions were also organised in Police DAV Public School, Dev Samaj Girls’ College, PKR Jain Public School and DAV Public School.



Rally to spread awareness about oil conservation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
Hundreds of schoolchildren today participated in a rally organised to spread awareness about oil and gas conservation.

The rally was organised by the state-level coordinator oil industry, Chandigarh, as a part of the oil and gas conservation fortnight celebrations.

The rally comprising 250 students was flagged off from Gyandeep Model High School. The students carrying placards with the message of oil and gas conservation went around various places in Sector 20 and on the Dakshin Marg before returning to the school.

As the part of the celebrations, an LPG conservation clinic was also organised at Government Central Craft Institute, Sector 11.

Abhinav Sethi, a senior official of Hindustan Petroleum, conducted the clinic and explained the safe practices for the use of LPG equipment and techniques for saving LPG. A quiz contest was also organised for the students of the institute. Later, the students pledged to work for the conservation of oil and gas.



PU students gherao police post
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
Students of Panjab University today gheraoed the police post on the campus after the police detained an outsider caught having dinner in hostel No. 7.

Sources revealed that around 10 pm, when the outsider entered the hostel, he was questioned by the security. Other students demanded that the DSW and warden be present on the spot.

The police took the outsider to police post. Nearly 500 students started raising slogans outside the DSW residence and when he came out of his house, the boys mobbed him.



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