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Fake degrees
Nine-member gang operated from Tricity
All kinds of forged papers were being sold
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The special investigation team (SIT) of the UT police today arrested nine members of a gang operating from tricity who were providing fake degrees of universities, fake birth and death certificates, marriage certificates, income tax documents, bank documents as well as ration cards to a large umber of clients against a heavy price. The certificates were being used for obtaining visas, jobs as well as other purposes. The total number of certificates recovered from the gang is over 1,000. In addition, stamps pertaining to the Food and Supplies Department, UT, and marriage certificates were also recovered.

Prominent among the universities and educational institutions whose certificates were forged by the accused include Panjab University, Punjab Technical University, Andhra Pradesh University, Punjab School Education Board, Haryana State Education Board, CBSE and the Delhi Board. In addition, the gang members are also adept in forging certificates of National Trade Certificates, fake passbooks of the State Bank of India, Fake ILETS certificates, voter cards, driving licences as well as income tax returns.

A case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of the IPC has been registered.

The police has not ruled out the involvement of employees of the universities in the scam and their role was being investigated.

The police said it had deployed a decoy customer to unearth the gang and the exact number and profile of their clients who purchased the fake degrees from them was being investigated.

Those arrested included Manjit Singh, Amandeep Gora, Sushil Kumar, Surinder Saini, Sandeep Kumar Kokhar, Puran Chand, Varinder Kumar, Raman Sharma and Sushant Saini.

Out of the arrested, Raman and Varinder, Mohali residents are the prime accused. They used to give advertisements through a website and then meet their clients at different places.

DSP Anil Joshi said the forged certificates were being provided at a cost ranging from Rs 60,000 to Rs 80,000 while the accused used to charge Rs 30,000 for other documents.

The police said the clients were mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. In addition, involvement of four companies in the scam had also come to light. These four include I.S. InfoTech, Sector 35, Chandigarh, Way to fly Company, Sector 34-A, Global Communication, Sector 70, Mataur, Sohana in Mohali and Bhogal Communication, also in village Sohana. The accused used to prepare documents while sitting in these cyber centres.

In addition, the SIT has also recovered two laptops, two scanners-cum-printer, one coloured printer, sheets (used for certificates and documents), one cutter (used to cut the papers according to the size of required certificates/degrees) which was used to prepare the fake certificates.

Bogus stamps belonging to superintendent, District and Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, examiner, Copying Branch,

District and Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, Registrar Birth and Death, Registration Unit, Municipal Committee, Hisar, Union Bank of India, Phase-1 Mohali, Krishana Auto Sales, Khajuria, Phagwara, Registrar Death and Birth, Kharar, Executive Magistrate, Karnal, Principal, Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic, Bidar, Inspector Food and Supply, Assandh, Karnal, State Bank of Patiala, Phase 10, Mohali Assistant. Food and Supplies officer, UT, Chandigarh, Punjab National Bank, Patiala Punjabi University and Kurukshetra University were also recovered.



Fire spreads panic in P’kula Sec 11
Local firefighting fails; skylift fire tender, boosters from Chandigarh douse flames
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 20
Ill-preparedness of firefighting system came to the fore as local fire tenders failed to douse a fire for about an hour that gutted showroom No. 44 in Sector 11 here this afternoon.

It was only after a skylift fire tender and two water boosters and one fire tender were brought from Chandigarh that the fire was brought under control. It took more than two hours for 11 fire tenders from the town and Chandigarh to extinguish the fire.

In the absence of any fire hydrant, it took about 30 minutes for the first fire tender to refill the water tank after it doused the fire for about 20 minutes at the Sector 5 fire station. The first fire tender reached the spot within 15 minutes and later six other fire tenders also reached the site. But as they failed to control the fire, they sent a request to their counterparts in Chandigarh to send the skylift fire tender so that water could be pointed towards the main points on the first and second floors of the building.

As per preliminary investigations by the district administration, short-circuit was cited as the main reason behind the fire. The developers placed at the rear showroom of Sai Colour Lab caught fire at about 1.15 pm and later it spread to the front portion, damaging two photo printers and other material worth several lakhs. Later the fire spread to the neighbouring showroom Cofee Café Day and further spread to the upper three storeys of the building.

Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar, SDM Sharandeep Kaur Brar, Executive Engineer Municipal Corporation OP Sihag reached the spot.

The DC said an inquiry would he held to ascertain the cause of the fire. She said no loss of life had been reported in the incident and efforts were being made to access the loss.

Earlier, the fire tenders could not reach the site, as these could not find their

way through the parking in front of the building in view of a large number of cars parked in front of the building. People and the police took the initiative to remove vehicles from the area to make way for the fire tenders. The police had a hectic time in controlling the traffic on the road dividing Sectors 10/11 as hundreds of people had gathered at the site to witness the incident.

Meanwhile, four girls of a coaching centre in the building had a miraculous escape as they got stuck on the third floor. After hearing their shrieks, a fireman Sunil Dhull reached there and brought the girls to safety after breaking the grills of the room. Deepika, one of the instructors in the NIIT centre in the building, said after observing the fumes, she asked her students to move out of the building. She said there were about 60 to 70 students in different coaching centres in the building at the time of the incident.

Speaking to media, BB Singal, former MC vice-president and Indian National Lok Dal leader Seema Chaudhary said had not the help come from the fire department in Chandigarh there would have more loss in the market. He said they had suggested for setting up fire hydrants in Sector 5, 19, and 20 a few years ago, but the matter was hanging fire in the Fire Safety Directorate of the Haryana Government.


  • In the absence of any fire hydrant, it took about half-an-hour for the first fire tender to refill the water tank at Sector 5 fire station
  • The fire tenders could not reach the site, as these could not find their way through the parking in front of the building due to cars parked there



3-yr RI for injuring policeman
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today sentenced a Mohali resident to three years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) for injuring a traffic head constable on duty.

In the over four-year-old case, the court sentenced Jatinder Pal to three years’ RI after holding him guilty of voluntarily hurting a public servant on duty and rash and negligent driving.

The incident dates back to September 14, 2007. The accused was identified as Jatinder Pal, a resident of Mohali, and he had hit a traffic head constable Karamvir Singh near the police barricade on the road dividing sectors 40 and 55.

Jatinder and his friend Sukhwinder Singh were driving recklessly in an open gypsy. At a police checkpoint, they were signalled to stop for checking, but instead of applying brakes, Jatinder accelerated. He took a sharp turn and hit the head constable causing him serious injuries.

Karamvir had sustained multiple injuries and a fracture on his left foot. The court has convicted Jatinder under sections 333 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 279 (rash driving) of the IPC.



Parking rates may double
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The paid parking rates in the city are likely to be doubled. The issue will be tabled in the finance and contract committee meeting scheduled on March 22. As per the proposal, the parking rates for all kinds of vehicles will be doubled by the Municipal Corporation.

The proposal, which is going to be tabled in the meeting, says that for two-wheeler the fee will be Rs 4, for four-wheeler Rs 10, for taxi Rs 300 and for heavy vehicle Rs 600.

A senior official said the proposal had been pending for long. If the committee approves it, it will be further tabled in the House meeting for consent.

The official said if the rates get revised, the corporation would get a better response for the auction of parking lots which have been lying vacant for long.



Youth killed in collision of motorcycles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
A youth was killed and another injured in a head-on collision between two bikes at Mauli Jagran late this evening. The mishap occurred near a temple in the area and both were rushed to the PGI where the doctors declared one of them brought dead. The deceased has been identified as 25-year-old Shubh Kishan, a resident of Manimajra. The other injured has been identified as Sushil Kumar. The police said both the bikes clashed near a turn. A girl who was riding pillion on one of the bikes escaped with minor injuries.

Shubh Kishan received grievous head injuries and was lying in a pool of blood when the PCR rushed him to the PGI.


Strong winds lash city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
Strong winds will continue to lash the tricity region on Wednesday in view of the re-emergence of the Western disturbances, an upper-air-cyclonic formation, over Jammu and Kashmir.

The weather office has predicted mainly clear sky, but strong surface winds will continue to lash the region during the daytime. The maximum and minimum temperatures will decline by a few notches in view of the chilly winds blowing from the North-west direction.

Dozens of trees and their branches fell in the region due to the strong winds blowing in the region throughout the day. Many cars and other vehicles were damaged as tree branches fell on them in various parts of the tricity region.

The sky will be mainly clear. The maximum temperature on Wednesday will be around 30 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature on Thursday around 20 degrees Celsius three notches below the temperature recorded the previous night.

People and policemen try to salvage a car after a huge branch of tree fell on itThe maximum temperature on Tuesday was recorded at 31.1 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature was recorded at 23.3 degrees Celsius.

Widespread destruction

Dozens of trees and their branches fell in the region due to the strong winds blowing in the region throughout the day. Many cars and other vehicles were damaged as tree branches fell on them in various parts of the tricity region.

People and policemen try to salvage a car after a huge branch of tree fell on it. Tribune photos: S Chandan



Civic body forgets old sanitation projects
Municipal corporation ready with new plans while old ones continue to lie in cold storage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
Old garbage-segregation projects of the Municipal Corporation are lying in the cold storage awaiting implementation while the fresh ones are ready to be undertaken with zest by the authorities. A classic example is the pilot project aimed at segregation of garbage in the markets which was mooted by the UT Administration two years ago. It is yet to take off. In this project, the MC was to use bags of specific colour, other than the colours meant for bio-medical wastes, for the collection of meat waste from different parts of the city and transport it in separate vehicles to the slaughter house bio-methanation plants.

The MC authorities are ready with the pilot project on placing bins in front of houses in Sector 22 and collecting garbage in designer rickshaws. It was also decided that all the big institutions, market committees, hotels and restaurants, which transport their waste directly to the dumping ground, should be directed to segregate it at source into ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ bags separately.

The pilot project on door-to-door collection of garbage in Sector 22 was approved in the recent meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee and it was to be implemented till April 16.

However, the authorities have taken no action to install bins at the vegetable and meat markets for the segregation of garbage, which was directed by the administration a long time ago. In fact, the system of daily collection of garbage from all over the city is yet to be strictly implemented by the authorities.

Under the new project, the authorities will outsource the job to a private company the personnel of which will collect garbage in designer rickshaws from door to door on a daily basis. In 2001 also the administration had launched this project under which the contractor was to collect garbage in specially designed rickshaws having two different bins for the segregation of domestic waste. But it has not been implemented till date.

In fact, in 2002 the administration had handed over the specially designed cycle-rickshaws and hand carts to the Residents Welfare Association of Sector 15 to collect garbage from house to house in two separate containers (bio-degradable and non-biodegradable waste). According to the proposal, garbage was to be converted into compost at the vermin-culture compost centre situated in Sector 15.

It is strange that the authorities are unaware about the present status of this project.



Acquittal of four accused in double-murder case
Police made no efforts to prove case: Family
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
It’s been two years when two families lost their breadwinners. The sensational murder of two security guards, Gurdial Singh and Sucha Singh, in Industrial Area in 2010 had wrecked two families for life. The families derived solace from the fact that the guilty had been sent behind the bars. With a local court acquitting all the four accused of the murder yesterday, both the families have been left aghast.

“We are aggrieved to know that the accused have been acquitted. We were not aware of the acquittal and got to know of it only today. The police made no efforts to prove the case in court and totally failed to prove the charges,” deceased Sucha Singh’s wife Savita Rani said.

Interestingly, the UT Administration had announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 each to both the families as their breadwinners had died while saving water pipes from being stolen. The UT police failed to prove this motive in court.

Deceased Gurdial’s family of six, including his mother, are surviving on a meagre income to fulfil their needs. His one son suffers from a life-threatening ailment.

“It was a clear-cut case for the police. My husband was brutally killed and the accused will be roaming free now. We have failed to get justice,” added a relative of Gurdial.



No accelerated promotions to UT Inspectors, says CAT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
In a significant order, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has pronounced that no accelerated promotion can be granted to inspectors of the UT Police under reserved category.

The order has been passed on a bunch of applications filed by 11 inspectors of the UT Police belonging to the general category who had sought for quashing of accelerated promotions granted to inspectors under the reserved category.

The applicants stated in the application that they were all of the general category while the respondents were of the reserved category.

The respondents were promoted to higher grades at an earlier point of time. However, the applicants were senior in their earlier pre-promotion placement against the respondents.

Pronouncing the order, Justice SD Anand and Kushiram observed: “We find ourselves in complete agreement with the plea raised on behalf of the applicants. A learned Coordinate Bench of this tribunal recorded the finding, consensual in character, to the extent that no survey in the context had been undertaken by the Chandigarh Administration.”



Fire at dist courts

Chandigarh, March 20
A minor fire broke out at the mediation centre in the UT district courts here this morning.

High drama as witnessed when the court staff and the people noticed the smoke billowed out of the ceiling. Fire tenders were pressed in service and the fire was soon controlled. District and Sessions Judge SK Goel and the other officials rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. — TNS



Unloading of coal racks near Mauli Jagran
Colony residents try to block railway track
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
Hundreds of residents of the Mauli Jagran residential colony today tried to block the railway track demanding the removal of the coal rakes stationed near the colony.

According to the information, the residents sat on the tracks. However there was no affect on the rail movement as they were forced to leave the track. Later, a meeting was also held by the rail authorities in the afternoon to discuss their demands.

Notably, the resident had also protested on March 18 when Union Minister Pawan Bansal flagged off the train to Bandra. Even the senior officials of the Railway Division, Ambala, had also assured them that action would be taken soon to remove their grievances. However, the authorities have done nothing so far.

When the residents threatened to block the tracks at the local railway station the railway officials, accompanied by police officials, assuring them that their grievances would be addressed. The row over the unloading of coal near their colony has been going on for quite some time, as the residents have alleged that the coal dust enter their houses and was affecting their health.

Praveen Kumar, Station Superintendent, said the situation was under control and train movement had not been affected. He said they were trying to look into the matter.



periphery act
33 structures razed at Maloya
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The enforcement wing of the Estate Office and Land Acquisition Collector today demolished 33 illegal structures that had been raised in violation of the Periphery Act in Maloya village here. The personnel of the enforcement wing, accompanied by the duty magistrate, DS Baloria, and a strong posse of police personnel, carried out the drive throughout the day.

The officials, who were supervising the demolition drive, said according to the Periphery Act, no structure could come up on the agricultural land. The owners of the illegal structures had been issued notices prior to the demolition drive.



Traders hail HC order on booth allotment cancellation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
Traders across the city have hailed the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to quash the order cancelling the allotment of a booth in Chandigarh by the estate office on the grounds that the shopkeeper was selling stuff other than the one specified in the allotment letter.

Drawing the attention of the UT officials towards the spirit behind the order, the traders hope that the UT officials should sympathetically review the issue of change of trade by shopkeepers, except the seven restricted trades.

“We are thankful of the High Court, It is traders’ voice as hundreds of traders across the city were facing cases for change of trade. The UT estate office viewed it as a violation and imposed a fine at a rate of Rs 500 per sq ft,” said Jagdish Arora, Chairman of the Chandigarh Business Council.

Hundreds of such cases are pending at different levels in the estate office. “When a site has been allotted for commercial purpose, the trader should be allowed to do any commercial activity other than the restricted trades. Any commercial activity should not be treated as violation,” said JPS Kalra, the owner of a mobile shop.

“Under the garb of misuse of booths, the traders are often harassed by the estate office. The High Court order is welcome,” said Ravi Ahuja, another trader.

Rajinder Manocha, a sector 17-based businessman, said many shopkeepers would now cite the High Court court to get relief in such cases.

The traders quote Estate Rules that read: “Such modifications now permit the use of commercial sites except industrial sites for any trade mentioned in ‘(A) New General Trade’ and ‘(B) New Special Trade’ of Schedule-II without applying for the conversion of trade and without paying conversion fee.

“The restriction is only in respect of migration to seven trades as mentioned in New Special Trade Category of Schedule-II. The seven trades alone require prior permission of the Chief Administrator.

“In the light of the notification dated March 31, 2006, all allottees of commercial sites/premises are permitted to use the sites allotted for any purpose mentioned in Schedule-II except in respect of seven trades.”



Minister’s security staff manhandle driver
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
The security staff with Culture and Tourism Minister Swaran Singh Phillaur allegedly manhandled the official driver of the Minister's car in Sector 39 today.

Security officials were compelling the driver, Baldev Singh, to handover the keys of the car to them.

Irritated over the incident, the members of the Ministerial Car Civil Driver Union today staged a dharna outside the Vidhan Sabha.

Despite his name being entered in the official register of the Transport Department as the driver of the Minister's official Toyota Camry car, he was not allowed to drive the car, said the union members, adding that on March 14, supporters of newly elected Minister Anil Joshi had allegedly beat up the latter's official driver Rana Singh.

Similarly, Kulwinder Singh, official driver of Gulzar Singh Ranike's car, had also alleged that Ranike's son forcibly took away the car keys from him in the evening in Chandigarh.

The union members said the practise of allowing security personnel to drive the minister's car was a wrong precedent.



Centennial Celebration of Gadar Movement
Global organisation plans series of events
Prabhjot Singh/TNS

Chandigarh, March 20
Neither the Union Government nor the Punjab Government has chalked out any programme for the centennial celebrations of the Gadar Movement that paved the way for the freedom of the country. The Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) has decided to dedicate 2013 for paying befitting tributes to the patriots and the heroes of the movement.

The GOPIO has decided to collaborate with various organisations of Non-Resident Indians, People of Indian Origin, Government of India, various international agencies, individuals and families of the heroes of the movement in the celebrations by organising commemorative events in different parts of the world.

Interestingly, some of the agencies in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States have already finalised their programmes to revisit the movement that had started from the shores of the United States. The Indian Government has not planned anything special so far.

Former Union Sports Minister Manohar Singh Gill had even written to the Prime Minister for holding a series of events to remember those who came back all the way from the United States to fight for India's independence. Among the Gadarites was Kartar Singh Sarabha, a young scholar, who gave up his studies at a top American university to jump into the freedom struggle.

The Gadar Movement, a nationalistic movement to liberate India from British colocolonists, started as the Hindustan Association of the Pacific Coast. It later came to be known as Gadar Movement in 1913 with headquarters in San Francisco. The association began publishing a magazine named "Gadar" that was an instant hit with the expatriates.

The GOPIO is seeking participation and support from the Prime Minister of India, various ministries, including Overseas Indian Affairs, External Affairs and Culture, besides UNESCO, state of California, city of San Francisco, as well as Indian civic organisations, institutions, groups and individuals.

The GOPIO plans include a petition to declare 2013 as the year of centennial commemoration of the Gadar Movement; issuance of a commemorative postage stamp, a special book containing bio-data of all the 48 martyrs and 69 Gadarites who got life imprisonment, establishing chairs in memory of the heroes. Plans also include a finale on November 1 next year in San Francisco with a fitting memorial as a lasting tribute to the Gadar heroes.



DC wants traffic flow to be eased

Mohali, March 20
Having woken up to the problems in the town, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varun Roojam today gave directions to officials concerned to take steps to regulate traffic flow. During a meeting with the district-level Road Safety Committee, he issued instructions to identify all accident-prone points and take the steps required to check the hazard.

As most traffic lights had become non-functional, he ordered that those be repaired. A warning was issued to schoolbus operators who loaded their vehicles beyond capacity. He said there was a need to make students aware of traffic rules. He issued instructions to challan traffic offenders. — TNS



Office-bearers elected
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 20
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Kashmiri Pandit Sabha Panchkula: president: Inder Krishan Koul; senior vice-president: KN Koul; general secretary: Vinay Ganjoo; joint secretary: SK Bhat; finance secretary: RL Bhat; social secretary: Om Jee Tickoo.



UT Admn, pvt schools cross swords
Authorities advertise 470 seats available under the RTE Act, with no neighbourhood restriction, but schools refuse to comply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
In one of its last desperate attempts to get the Right Of Children To Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act implemented, the UT Administration has advertised 470 vacant seats in various city private schools. Claiming that they had to step in as a major chunk of the 25 percent seats reserved under the Act were still lying vacant, the department has invited applications from parents of eligible children latest by March 27. Interestingly the department has done away with the neighbourhood restriction, allowing applicants to choose amongst any of the listed 38 schools, irrespective to their area of residence.

“The schools had already been informed about the entire city being considered as neighbourhood; so there is no hassle. The advertisement has been issued on the basis of information provided by private schools,” said District Education Officer Ram Kumar.

According to the department, any bona fide resident of Chandigarh who has an annual income below 1,50,000 is eligible to apply for these seats.

The move, however, has intensified the ongoing trouble with schools which claim that there admission season is over and they will not make any more admissions.

“They are violating the RTE Act. Neighbourhood is a key criterion, which was even implemented in their own nursery admissions. It is being overlooked in our case. They have still not talked about reimbursement and expect us to make admissions. They can go ahead with advertising whatever they want, but for us admissions have closed and we will not entertain any further applications. The department is not authorised to impose any thing on us, only the MHRD can,” said HS Mamik, president of Independent School Association.

Sensing trouble, the department has asked applicants to contact the DEO Office at 0172-5021694 in case of any complaint or problem.



Next Syndicate meeting likely to be stormy
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
In what is bound to snowball into a major controversy during the forthcoming Panjab University Syndicate on March 24, the university has sought applications from fellows seeking change of their faculty.

Many senators, who have accused PU authorities of being hand in glove with a particular group, have dubbed the move, which is bound to have huge impact on the forthcoming Senate elections, against all propriety. Senators, including GK Chatrath, Rabindernath Sharma, HS Ghosal, Jarnail Singh, and PS Gill, in a written representation, have questioned the VC’s authority in allowing the change of faculties.

“The Calendar says that faculties can be shifted after every two years, but what is the logic of doing so now when the senate elections have been declared. It is against propriety and is being done with the sole motive of helping a particular group. Getting members shifted from faculties has only one motive and that is to strengthen the ‘weak’ faculties in the forthcoming election to help a few chosen fellows. PU authorities should abstain from indulging in such political tactics,” said HS Ghosal, a senior PU Senator.

Rabindernath Sharma, another senior Senator, said,” Fellows have spent four years in their respective faculties, selecting Deans and even Syndicate members. Now they want change. Senate elections have been anounced and the move is politically motivated. The outgoing VC is being a being a party to the political move.”

When contacted, Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti said it was not him, but the Registrar who had sent the letter. As usual, all attempts to contact Registrar AK Bhandari proved futile. An official, however, claimed, “ Some fellows came to us and asked for being allowed to change their faculty. We asked them to give requests which will be put forth in Syndicate. So it is the house which will decide, and not us. Moreover, it is not happening for the first time. The same thing happened in 2004 and 2008 as well.”

Decision questioned

Senators have accused PU authorities of being hand in glove with a particular group. The decision to allow change of faculties has allegedly been taken to influence the forthcoming Senate elections. Senators, including GK Chatrath, Rabindernath Sharma, HS Ghosal, Jarnail Singh, and PS Gill, in a written representation, have questioned the VC’s authority in allowing the change of faculties.



314 students awarded degrees at convocation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20
Postgraduate Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, organised its 34th annual convocation today. 314 students were awarded degrees during the ceremony.

KK Sharma, IAS, Advisor to Administrator Chandigarh was the chief guest of the event.

Charanjeet Kaur Sohi welcomed the guests and presented the annual report of the college, highlighting the achievements and activities of the college faculty and students. Overall, 18 students received degrees in MSc (IT), 36 in MCom, 122 in BCom, 87 in BA, 24 in BPEd and 37 in BCA.

Sharma, in his convocation address, praised the degree holders and wished them success in all their future endeavours. He motivated the students and teachers to update their knowledge with the changing times and highlighted the significance of technology in the globalisation of education. He also stressed on the need of knowledge and culture-based education. Col JS Bala, secretary, Sikh Educational Society, extended the vote of thanks. 



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