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Girls excel yet again, bag 3 of 4 top positions
New-age toppers “smart study” brigade, not bookworms
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The girls have once again outshone boys at the national level and it is true for the city as well where they gave the boys a tough fight to bag three of the top four positions. While they have made their schools and parents proud, the new-age toppers are not bookworms, but is the “smart study” brigade.

Basking in success

Name: Jannat Kang

Stream: Medical

Marks: 95.4 per cent

School: Carmel Convent School, Sector 9

Ambition: To be a cardiologist

Success mantra: Smart study balanced with leisure and recreation

Interests: Basketball

What sets her success apart: Deviating from the trend, she opted out of going to a “dummy” school to prepare for her medical entrance exams. She took admission in a regular school and never skipped a class to attend tuitions. Her success endorses the importance of school after Class X also.

Quote: “I credit my success to my parents and teachers, but the key driving force is the passion for one’s ambition. I want to become a cardiologist and that propelled me through.”

Soaring dreams

Name: Heera Raparia

Stream: Commerce

Marks: 96.6 per cent

School: Bhavan Vidyalya, Panchkula

Ambition: To be an IAS officer

Success mantra: Focused study for almost 10 hours

Interests: Reading books

What sets her success apart: Hailing from Assam, Heera came to the city to her uncle for a better future. She wants to join Lady Sri Ram College in Delhi.

Quote: “This success belongs to my uncle and aunt who did not let me miss my parents. They helped me with my studies. They will be shifting to Delhi with me so that I can get admission to my dream college.”

Lottery agent’s son shines

Name: Vivek Mehta

Stream: Non-medical

Marks: 96.4 per cent

School: GMSSS, Sector 35

Ambition: Pursue engineering and become a novelist

Success mantra: Put your heart in whatever you do and success will be your baby

Interests: Quiz and debates

What sets his success apart: Rather than going in for brand names either while choosing a school or tuitions, Vivek chose them as per his comfort level. Instead of studying according to schedule set by his tuition teachers, he adjusted them according to his convenience and chose the best for himself.

Quote: “I am not a bookworm. I never made a timetable and I did not fix study hours. I had a planned routine which ensured that I was never overburdened and stressed out. I never gave up on quizzing for my studies.”

Govt school an asset

Name: Ushma Goswami

Stream: Humanities

Marks: 94.2 per cent

School: GMSSS, Sector 16

Ambition: IAS or pursue a career in psychology

Success mantra: Pursue studies as an enjoyable leisure rather than a boring task

Interests: Reading and other scholastic activities

What sets her success apart: Only topper among four who has studied in a government school

Quote: “My school may not have hi-tech facilities, but it is because of the efforts of my teachers that I have got these marks. It just takes will to learn and teach to script success stories.”



Illness failed to deter her
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
It takes true grit and determination to beat all the odds stacked against one to emerge a winner. Janvi Malhotra, a student of Vivek High School, has done just that.

The way she has performed is remarkable. She could not attend her school for more than half a session in the past two years owing to prolonged illness and intensive medical treatment.

But Janvi came out with flying colours securing 92 per cent marks in the humanities stream in the Class XII CBSE examination.

“Attendance is not the licence to dreams. I knew I had to do it. Many thought that my illness or absence was my failure and would deter me from scoring good marks, but it was just a temporary setback which I have overcome. I owe it to my teachers and thank them and my parents. It would not have been possible without them,” says Janvi.



Fewer make it to 90% list
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh May 23
Contrary to last year’s result where 400-odd students hit the magic number of 90 in the Class XII board exam, the number has gone down to almost half with only 200 students making it to the “A-list”. The worst hit is the science stream.

While students blame it on lengthy paper, CBSE Regional Director RJ Khanderao denied it. “The board strictly maintains the level of its question papers be it difficulty, time required to solve or tricky questions. Every result depends on the students’ preparations and if there is a dip in the quality of percentage, we need to look at the teaching methods and classroom work,” he said. “Last year we had tonnes of students securing above 90 per cent which left those scoring 70 and 80 per cent with no chance of getting into courses or colleges of their choice. The situation may improve this year,” said a university official.



Shivalik school result withheld
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh May 23
While it was a day of excitement or disappointment for over 8,000 city students, 182 students of Shiwalik Public School, Sector 41, were left curious and anxious as there result was not declared today.

Blame it on legal battle between school authorities and the CBSE over its disaffiliation last year, the board refused to declare the result without the court’s orders.

“When the school was declared disaffiliated last year, the school authorities had claimed that it would not affect our children but I was shocked today when we were informed that our child’s result has been withheld. While others are coming home to distribute sweets for children’s performance, I am just praying that we at least get to see the result,” said an anxious parent from Sector 45.

“The affiliation matter is subjudice so we cannot declare the result on our own. Once we get a go ahead from the court, the result would be released and sent to school,” said CBSE regional director RJ Khanderao.

The school director, DS Bedi, has assured students and parents that there was nothing to worry as the school result would be out latest by May 25 following a hearing scheduled for May 24.

In 2007, the former DPI (S), SK Setia, had found the school to be lacking on various parameters and wrote to the CBSE, recommending withdrawal of the affiliation. It was after almost three years that the CBSE acted on these recommendations leaving everybody surprised. Even the education department, which supported the school initially over this delayed disaffiliation, withdrew its recognition. The school moved the court challenging the board’s decision.



Govt schools a showstopper
Khuda Lahora tops the chart this year with overall pass percentage of about 92 per cent
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh May 23
If one has to sum up the results of government schools then Government Senior Secondary School, Khuda Lahora, is surely the showstopper. The school, which was criticised for registering an all-time low pass percentage of about 35 per cent last year and being amongst the bottom five, has won laurels by topping in the non-model category with an overall pass percentage of about 92 per cent.

GSSS Girls, Sector 20-B, presents a similar fairy tale, as the pass percentage in the school has increased from 55.8 per cent to 81.96 per cent and stood third.

The other “notorious” school, Government Senior Secondary School, Maloya, has left one and all surprised by securing a respectable 86.84 per cent.

The success story probably stretches to all schools belonging to the non-model category, which have a pass percentage of about 67 per cent, but have registered a respectable hike of about 5.5 per cent as compared to the last year.

“These schools have been criticised all this year. But they have proved that if there is determination and will then education can be imparted under a tree as well. The non-model schools through their good results have proven that they are at par with any private or model school,” said DPI (S) Sandeep Hans.

In the category of model schools, which have registered an overall pass percentage of about 87 per cent, GMSSS-37 leads the show with 98 per cent followed by GMSSS-16 with 96 per cent and GMSSS-Mani Majra Complex with 94 per cent.



Govt schools fare better
Two make it to top four
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh May 23
Swanky classrooms, exorbitant fee and tall claims of ‘quality’ education may not be the right recipe for success as continuing their last year’s winning streak, government schools have once again outdone their private counterparts in the CBSE Class XII results declared today.

While the overall pass percentage of private schools in the city is 78 per cent compared to 77 per cent last year, the city government schools have registered a 4 per cent increase by securing 83 per cent this year compared to around 79 per cent last year.

“We have once again proved that the true quality of education lies in hard work and initiative of teachers. We may struggle with lack of space, teachers and modern facilities, but when it comes to quality education, we are not behind. Two government schools have made it to the top four, thereby endorsing government school education,” said DPI (S) Sandeep Hans.

While the pass percentage in the model school category is 87 per cent, it is 67 per cent in the non-model schools.

CBSE regional director RJ Khanderao claims that result is slightly better than the last year as the pass percentage has gone up by almost 2 per cent from the last year’s 77.7 per cent.



Supervisor’s son does him proud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
His father is a small-time supervisor at Sikhya School, Sector 46. His household income is meagre but surely not his dreams. Pradeep Kumar has not only left his school GMSSS, Sector 16, but even his father proud by securing 91 per cent marks in arts stream.

“My father was not able to help me with my studies but he always encouraged me to perform better. We could not afford tuitions but his dreams were my catalyst and I am happy I have done it. I don’t know where I land up tomorrow, but wherever I go, I shall always make him proud,” said elated Pradeep.

“What can be more important for a father than being known by his son’s deeds. Pradeep has given me a gift which I cannot explain in words and it’s because of him that I will feature in a paper for first time in my life,” said Pradeep’s father.



EWS students make it big
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, May 23
Known for nurturing talent of hundreds of unfortunate students, Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya has left its mark yet again. Manisha, who secured 76 per cent marks in the science stream, lost her parents years ago.

Her sister, residing in Mani Majra, though took in the girl, but she found her true home in the school. Years after, the girl has been selected for the BTech programme at Rai Foundation under Gifted and Genius Girl’s Scholarship scheme.

Similarly, Pratibha Kumari, daughter of a Pinjore-based electrician, has secured 90.2 per cent in the beauty clinic course.

“I wish to make it big in Bollywood. I chose this stream to get independent and support my dream. My parents and school have been supportive,” says Pratibha, who wants to celebrate the moment by going on a long drive on a bike.



Non-medical topper aspires to be IAS
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 23
Girls have once again outshined boys in the Class XII CBSE results declared today. In the non-medical stream, Akriti Chadda of Gian Jyoti Public School has topped the town by scoring 92.8 per cent marks. A refined orator and winning various awards in dancing, Akriti is aspiring to become an IAS officer and serve society.

Hailing from Jalandhar, she stayed with her maternal aunt to get coaching for the competitive examinations. “Presently my focus is preparing for interviews after clearing the competitive exams. After completing my engineering, I would prepare for civil services examination,” said Akriti. She also has various articles published in local newspapers to her credit.

In the medical stream, Harsimar Kaur of Gian Jyoti Public School, who has topped the town by scoring 93.4 per cent, is aspiring to become a cardiologist. She has already cleared the AFMC entrance exam. While her father Manmeet Singh is an SDO with the PWD department, her mother works in LIC.

In the commerce stream, Jaspreet Kaur of St Soldier School and Minkal Goel of Doon International School share the top position by scoring 91.4 per cent marks.



Girls outshine boys in Mohali, Panchkula
Tribune Reporters

Aaisha Madan
Aaisha Madan of DAV Public School, Sector 8, bagged the first position in Panchkula in the medical stream with 91.8 per cent marks.

Ankita Kanwar
Ankita Kanwar of BBMB DAV Public School, who has topped the CBSE Class XII (medical) exam in Ropar securing 96.2 per cent. Earlier, Ankita had topped the matriculation exam securing 97.6 per cent. She had stood first in the Panchkula region.

Mohali/Panchkula, May 23
Following the national trend, girls of private schools in Mohali have outshined boys in scoring high percentage in Class XII, the results of which were declared today by the Central Board of Senior Education.

Leading the pack of girls, Harsimar Kaur of Gian Jyoti Public School has scored 93.4 per cent marks in the medical stream, followed by Aanchal Wats of St Soldier School, who has got 92 per cent marks in the medical stream followed by Darpan Ahluwalia of the same school, who got 91.8 per cent marks.

Brahmpreet of Gian Jyoti Public School got 91.2 per cent marks. In the non-medical stream, Akriti Chadda of Gian Jyoti Public School secured 92.8 per cent marks, while Ramandev Singh Guleria of St Soldier School got 92.4 per cent marks. He scored 96 per cent marks in mathematics.

Jaspreet Kaur of St Soldier School scored 91.4 per cent marks in the commerce stream, while Riya Gupta of Shivalik Public School secured 90.6 per cent marks. Jaspreet obtained 96 per cent marks in accountancy and 95 per cent marks each in economics and physical education. Puneet Virk of St Soldier School got 85 per cent marks in the humanities stream.

Monisha Kumari of Golden Bells School, Sohana, has topped the school by securing 87 per cent marks.

At DAV Senior Secondary School, Mohali, Namdeep Kaur obtained 86 per cent marks in the medical stream followed by Shreya Sharma with 80 per cent marks and Gulshanpreet secured 84.4 per cent marks in the commerce stream.

Doon International School secured 100 per cent result. Minkal Goyal has secured 91.4 per cent marks and Harleen Kaur has secured 90 per cent marks in the commerce stream.

Girls in this satellite town of Panchkula have again outshone boys in the class XII exams of the CBSE, the results of which were declared today.

Heera Raparia and Priyanka of commerce stream in Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 15, bagged the first two positions in the tricity securing 96.6 and 96.4 per cent, respectively. Dwijesh Sharma of commerce bagged the third position with 95.4 per cent while Ravneet Riar, from the same stream, scored cent per cent in accountancy and an aggregate of 95 per cent.

Elated over the results, school principal Shashi Bannerjee (94.8 %) said in the non-medical steam Srijan Bhatt secured the first position in the town.

Sonali Bhardwaj of the humanities stream stood first with 92.6 per cent. On the whole 18 students of the school scored 90 per cent and above in various streams.

Aaisha Madan of DAV Public School, Sector 8, bagged the first position in the town in the medical stream as he scored 91.8 per cent. Sahil Singh (87.2) secured the first position in the commerce stream while Sukhmani Kaur got the first position in humanities by scoring 80 per cent.

Jitesh Wadhawan secured the first position in Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, in commerce stream with 94.2 per cent. Saurabh Dhir and Abhishek Bansal scored 100 per cent in accountancy.

Anjali Ghai, a student from ‘Ashiana’ and adopted by the school, scored 79.2 per cent in the medical stream.

About 28 per cent students of Satluj Public School, Sector 4, had scored more than 90 per cent in all three streams and over 30 per cent students more than 80 per cent.

Tanvi Joshi of DC Model School had topped the school with 94.2 per cent in the non-medical stream. Wamil Vashisht had topped in the commerce stream with 90.6 per cent.

Three out of 84 students of Chamanlal DAV Senior Public School, Sector 11, have scored above 85 per cent. Mohit Pandey and Vidhushi scored 89.2 and 88 per cent, respectively, (both commerce) while Lokesh Kumar got 86.6 per cent in non-medical.


NCB plan to destroy drugs comes unstuck
Pollution board objects to burning them at waste disposal plant
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
A move by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to destroy 4,000 kilos of contraband poppy husk worth crores of rupees at JP Associate’s solid waste disposal plant in Dhanas on Monday failed to materialise after officials of the UT Pollution Control Board (PCB) termed the method of disposal as “environmentally hazardous” on the grounds that the plant was not equipped to conduct such an exercise.

Moving into action after publication of a news report - ‘4,000 kg poppy husk to be destroyed today’ - in these columns on Monday morning, PCB officials made hectic inquiries to identify the spot where the contraband was to be burned and, after this was ascertained, they reportedly contacted the management of the JP Associates plant and sought a copy of a permission from them. Since neither the NCB nor the plant’s management had taken any authorization from the PCB for destroying the drugs, they were categorically told to refrain from doing so or face legal action.

According to PCB officials, the solid waste disposal plant does not have an incinerator and uses a hot air generator to burn only solid waste. “Burning drugs in a hot air generator can be an environmental hazard”, said an official, adding the board officials were surprised that the NCB had unilaterally decided to go ahead with destroying the drugs without seeking the mandatory approval from the PCB.

Unmindful of the preventive steps initiated by the PCB in the morning, NCB officials led by its regional director, AK Yadav, arrived at the JP Associates plant at 11.30 am today. The other two members of the panel, UT deputy superintendent of police Satbir Singh and assistant customs commissioner Sunder accompanied Yadav to the scene.

The contraband was brought in a truck amidst tight security with a large number newsmen accompanied by TV and camera crews gathering there to witness the exercise. After their arrival, the officials were taken into the plant’s office where they were reportedly apprised of the objections raised by the PCB.

For the next two hours or so the NCB and PCB officials remained engrossed in discussions on phone to find a way out for destroying the contraband drugs. However, PCB officials did not relent and stuck to their stand that the drugs could not be burned at the plant as it was not equipped to do so.

It is reliably learnt that, when pushed, PCB officials went to the extent of threatening legal action on the matter against both the NCB and the plant’s management, if any attempt was made to bypass them and destroy the drugs without approval and clearance. Left with no choice, the contraband drugs were taken back to the NCB office.

Talking to The Tribune, PCB chairman PJS Dadwal confirmed JP Associates were not authorized to burn the drugs as its solid waste disposal plant did not have an incinerator. “The plant uses a hot air generator to burn solid waste only,” he said.

“We’ll initiate action under the Environment Protection Act if any attempt is made to burn the drugs. The company would also be violating regulations on municipal solid waste disposal by indulging in such activities. On their part, the plant’s management feigned ignorance about obtaining approvals from the PCB prior to undertaking such exercises”, Dadwal added.

However, RD Sharma, liaison officer of JP Associates, claimed: “We were unaware NCB hadn’t taken permission from the PCB”.

When contacted, Yadav maintained there was some communication gap and the issue would be resolved soon. “No rules will be violated and the drugs would be destroyed as procedure prescribes for”, he added.

Meanwhile, it is reliably learnt only the Government Medical College & Hospital and the PGI have incinerators in the city. While the GMCH incinerator is small and not capable of handling destruction of such huge quantities of drugs, sources said the NCB had initially sought permission from the PGI but it was denied.



Rawal back as Panchkula Municipal Council chief
Entitled to resume office, HC sets aside impugned judgment of single judge
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Ravinder Kumar Rawal Chandigarh, May 23
Ravinder Kumar Rawal is back on the Panchkula Municipal Council president’s post. Two years after his election was set aside, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today held him entitled to resume his office “as substantive term was still available to him”.

The Bench of Justice MM Kumar and Justice AM Jindal also set aside the impugned judgment of the single judge, vide which the state of Haryana in January last was directed to conduct and complete the election process of the Panchkula Municipal Council president within four weeks.

The Bench also dismissed the initial election petition.

Rawal was elected MC president on May 13, 2008, defeating VK Sood of the BJP. Civil Judge (senior division) and the judge of the Municipal Election Tribunal, Panchkula, Anshu Shukla, had declared Rawal’s election void on May 4, 2009. Subsequently, an appeal against tribunal’s orders filed by Rawal was also dismissed by the appellate authority - the District and Session Judge, Panchkula - on June, 2009. Thereafter, Rawal had approached the High Court for quashing both the orders, but lost even before the single judge.

The single judge had expressed the opinion that the entire election process of Rawal’s election on the post was illegal as the provisions of the Haryana municipal rules were not followed during the poll process.

Taking up the appeal, the Bench asserted to their mind that no election could be challenged on the ground of apprehension or anticipated breach of secrecy.

Pronouncing the orders in an open court, the Bench asserted: “No such act of breach of secrecy has been pleaded or proved by evidence. If we go through the pleadings as set out by respondent VK Sood in his petition, there is nothing to disclose at the time of preparation of the list, issuance of ballot and polling of votes, any ballot was leaked, which influenced, impressed or prejudiced the elector to cast his vote in a different manner.”

“None of the electors has come forward to say that due to any such pressure on account of breach of secrecy, he had to change his mind or he was compelled by any of the candidates to cast his vote for a particular candidate.”

“There are only vague pleadings that with the marking of the serial numbers, the electors would have felt that their ballot papers were open to scrutiny and for the fear of reprisal they may not have exercised their right to vote in a free and fair manner,” the Bench asserted.

The Bench concluded: “Hyper-technicalities should not be used to throttle the will of the people expressed through the ballot in an election held substantively in accordance with law, rules and procedure. An insignificant deviation of the rule without disturbing the substantial frame does not make an official act done by a public servant in discharge of his official duties as illegal rendering the void.”



Film actress Dimple Bagrai alleges negligence by doctor
Tribune News Service

Film actress Dimple Bagrai shows allergy marks on her legs allegedly caused by wrong medication at General Hospital, Sector 6, in Panchkula on Monday
Film actress Dimple Bagrai shows allergy marks on her legs allegedly caused by wrong medication at General Hospital, Sector 6, in Panchkula on Monday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, May 23
Film actress Dimple Bagrai alleged today that doctors at the Government Hospital here prescribed her wrong medicines, which caused a reaction leading to allergy on her body.

Dimple, who had played mother’s role of noted star Akshay Kumar in ‘Namastey London’, while talking to the media here today said on May 19 she had been constantly vomiting and decided to visit General Hospital, Sector 6, around 11.30 pm.

She claimed that even though she had cautioned the doctor on duty that she was allergic to certain salts, she was administered the medicine with same salts.

She said after waiting for about half-an-hour at the hospital on the advice of the doctor she returned to her house. However, soon she felt burning sensation on her skin and rashes appeared on legs and arms and other parts of the body. She said she could not bear the pain and again visited the hospital and Dr Mandeep treated her for the same.

She further alleged that the next day she reported the matter to Civil Surgeon VK Bansal who asked her to contact Dr Mankirat. She alleged that Dr Mankirat told her that she was an educated woman and should not have taken medicines which did not suit her.

She said that she again contacted Dr Bansal who told her to visit room number 200, but no one was present there.

When contacted, Civil Surgeon Bansal said they would investigate the matter and added that action would be taken against the doctor if found guilty of negligence.

Demanding an action against the erring doctor, Dimple warned that she would be forced to move the court if the authorities failed to take action against the doctor.



Spot billed ducks produce two chicks after 9 yrs
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Chhat (Banur), May 23
Two chicks were born to a pair of spot billed ducks, after a gap of nine years, at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park. Zoo authorities said that now they were trying to make the chicks survive.

Spot billed migratory ducks, which come from nearby Asian countries, lay two to five eggs once in a year. Most of the times these eggs get damaged due to inclement weather conditions or other reasons. Last year too these ducks had laid eggs, but no chick was born. This year a duck laid only two eggs and both were successfully hatched.

Zookeepers said that last time the eggs hatched successfully in the enclosure was around nine years ago. There are around 35 spot billed ducks in the zoo, which are kept in open lake and 10 of them are put on display in the enclosure. “Since the ducks keep on migrating from one place to another we have kept 10 of them for display in the enclosure and others are allowed to roam free in the open lake,” said the zoo field director Basanta Raj Kumar.

He said the spot billed duck is a dabbling duck, which breeds in tropical and eastern Asia and its sub-species come to India from nearby Asian countries. Many of these ducks remain at the zoo for years together, while few of them migrate.

He said the zookeepers have been told to record behaviour and diet of the chicks, which are now 12 days old, as well as that of their parents. Chicks, so far, seem to be quite healthy and very active.

They respond to the calls of their parents. Their genders would be identified after around eight weeks. Zoo authorities provide earthworms, feed prepared of grain and leaves of vegetables to these ducks. The incubation period of these ducks is 23 to 29 days and breeding season is January to July.



Seva centres for development of villages in Haryana
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 23
Rajiv Gandhi Seva Centres at the cost of Rs 10 lakh each would be set up in those villages of the state, which have done exemplary work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA).

Haryana chief parliamentary secretary Dharambir Singh stated this while addressing participants at the district-level panchayati raj workshop organised on the occasion of death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at Morni near here on Saturday.

A two-minute mourning was also observed on the occasion.

Dharambir said it was Rajiv Gandhi’s dream to strengthen farmers and labourers of the country and his dream could only be realised when this scheme would be successfully implemented in the villages. He said the objective of the scheme was to ensure the development of villages through people’s participation and added that it was the duty of the village panchayats to apprise the people about this scheme, so that they could take benefit from the scheme.

The chief parliamentary secretary said a sum of Rs 70 crore was being provided by the Government of India for various developmental activities in the state under MNREGA every year. He said a survey would be conducted by the agriculture, horticulture department to identify the place for setting up of a sub-yard in this area so that the farmers need not to go outside to sell their produce.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Sanjeev Verma urged the chief parliamentary secretary to provide electricity to as many as 83 dhanis in the area and said a proposal for approval had already been sent to the power department.



Negi takes over as ITBP L&C head

IS Negi Chandigarh, May 23
ITBP Force Deputy Inspector General IS Negi has taken over as the head of the force’s Logistics and Communication (L&C) sector here today. Prior to this, he was DIG Anti-Naxal Operations in Chattisgarh.

He takes over from Harbhajan Singh, who has been posted to the North-West Frontier. A 1980-batch direct entry officer, Negi is a specialist in commando training and has also served as an instructor in the ITBP Academy, Mussorie, and the Bureau of Police Research and Development. — TNS



PU to double check CET bio paper
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The Panjab University authorities today decided to conduct both manual and electronic checking of answersheets for the D-series biology paper of the common entrance test (CET) held yesterday in which 10 questions were repeated due to erroneous printing.

In a meeting convened by PU Vice-Chancellor Ranbir Chander Sobti today, it was also resolved to get only 50 common questions evaluated across all four sets -A, B, C and D of the biology exam.

Each subject paper (physics, chemistry and biology) in the CET exam is framed in four sets, which has same questions, but are printed in different serial order.

University officials today revealed that in the biology CET exam, instead of page 7 of the D-series, page 7 of the C-series was printed, resulting in duplication of questions.

“We had informed the centre invigilator about the duplication immediately after reading the questions, but there wasn’t much they could do. We were told to attempt the paper as much as we could and the university would take care of the rest,” said Agami Mehta, a student who appeared in the CET exam.

Apart from double verification of the answersheets of those who attempted the D-series paper, the university officials have also assured that the total marks of all students who appeared in the biology exam would be proportionally scaled from a total of 120 marks.

“It was an unfortunate incident. No injustice will be done to any student. At the moment, the best possible solution has been worked out and 50 common questions in all sets will be evaluated. Hence, no one will be at a loss. Their marks will also be scaled proportionally out of 120. We will also ensure that the D-series answersheets are checked twice - once manually and then electronically since they are on OMR sheets,” said AK Bhandari, PU’s Controller of Examinations and Registrar.

However, when asked if any action is being taken at the level of university to impose penalty on defaulters, he refused to comment.

“It is for the university to work out internally what has to be done. However, students’ interest has been kept in mind and all possible efforts are being made to ensure justice to all,” he added.



Technical glitch hits compilation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 23
The compilation of results in several city schools was delayed by a few hours due to a technical glitch in the download server. A majority of schools were able to download the complete results, on the job since 10 am, only by 1:30 pm.

“While students were able to access their individual results easily, we had a tough time doing so as the server was too slow.

It was not just a problem with us as many schools complained of similar problems.

Probably excessive traffic blocked or slowed down the result website,” said Madhu Bahl, CBSE counsellor and principal of KBDAV, Sector 7.



Musical evening at Law Bhawan
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 23
Leading vocalists of the region regaled the audience in the 41st edition of a musical evening “Sunta Jaa” organised by Swar Saptak club, Mohali, at the Law Bhawan Auditorium here yesterday.

Programme director S Rakesh, writer of ghazals like “Thodi thodi piya karo,” penned lyrics of all 16 songs written in Hindi and Punjabi. Playback singers Brijesh Ahuja, Veenu Kautish, Neelam Chauhan, Ram Tirath, Nidhi Narang and Arti Gill presented songs while music composer GS Lovely arranged the musical score. Chief guest Dr Sudhir Batish honoured artistes.



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