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Mystery shrouds student's death
14-year-old Nitika was 'fine' when she came to school on Tuesday morning; postmortem today
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
A 14-year-old Class X student of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 19, Nitika, died under mysterious circumstances on the school premises at about 11.45 am today.

The victim, who collapsed all of sudden during the school recess, was taken to the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, and was declared dead after some initial investigation in the hospital.

Her sudden death sent shock waves among the school staff and students. School Principal Sukhneer Sekhon said Nitika, who was studying in the school from Class IV, had no major health problems. Her behaviour in the school was normal.

“Though she was a little weak, her recent medical check-up in the school showed her in a reasonably good health with some dental problem. She arrived fine in the school today. Her classmates told me she was in a jubilant mood," said the Principal.

She said, “We can't believe she is no more. All of us are wondering what may have caused her untimely death."

Amita, a science teacher in the school, who witnessed the incident, said it all happened when Nitika reached the third floor of the school building along with her friend during the morning break. All of a sudden, her legs started shivering and she collapsed on the ground.

“After I raised the alarm, the staff gathered there and she was taken to a hospital,” she said.

The postmortem could not be held today because of her parents' initial disapproval. The postmortem has now been scheduled for tomorrow morning.

Her parents, who reside in Kishangarh, refused to get the postmortem conducted even after being pressed by the school authorities.

Nitika’s father Ankush Kumar, an employee of a private firm, and mother Suman, a Class 1V employee at a private school, even went to meet DSP Vijay Kumar in the afternoon, along with some known people, to pursue their case.

Inspector Harjit Kaur, SHO, Sector 19 police station, said the parents were keen on taking away the body without a postmortem. However, the police decided to get the postmortem conducted as it was important to ascertain whether there was any foul play.

The police said the initial report of the postmortem was expected by tomorrow afternoon.

Nitika's father said his daughter had no medical history and was fine when she left home this morning.

Eyewitness account

It all happened when Nitika reached the third floor of the school building along with her friend during the morning break. All of a sudden, her legs started shivering and she collapsed on the floor.

Amita, Science teacher

Speculation over cause of death

There was widespread speculation regarding the possible cause of Nitika’s death. Schoolteachers said a brain haemorrhage or a heart attack could be a possible reason. Foul play was not ruled out as the case pertains to a girl child. However, all are now eagerly waiting for the postmortem report.



Woman thrashes trader over parking in Panchkula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 4
High drama was witnessed when a 32-year-old woman allegedly thrashed a shopkeeper and created a ruckus over a parking issue in Sector 9, Panchkula, this afternoon. It was only after the police reached the spot that the situation could be brought under control.

“Local shopkeeper Pawan Arora had some work and was taking his car out of a parking area when a woman, driving a Pajero, stopped her vehicle behind his car. When Arora asked her to park her car on one side as he had to take his car out, she asked him to take it out from the other direction,” said Raj Kumar, a shopkeeper in Sector 9, Panchkula.

He said, “Both of them got into an argument over the issue and soon the situation turned ugly as they started abusing each other.”

According to the police, the woman allegedly thrashed the shopkeeper following which other shopkeepers in Sector 9 closed their shops in support for Arora. The situation was brought under control following the intervention of the police.

“The woman is the wife of a businessman. We received a call from a shopkeeper after which we reached the spot. However, a compromise was reached between the two and they said sorry to each other,” said the SHO of the Sector 5 police station, ACP (under training) Nupur Bishnoi.

Commuters in Sector 9 had to face a harrowing time as there was an hour-long traffic jam because of the incident.

Compromise reached

The woman is the wife of a businessman. We received a call from a shopkeeper after which we reached the spot. However, a compromise was reached between the two and they said sorry to each othe.

Nupur Bishnoi, SHO



PU hostels raided ; 10 outsiders nabbed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Barely a few hours after the Chandigarh police launched a campaign to check the identity cards of students campaigning on the Panjab University (PU) campus, raids were conducted on three boys' hostels during the wee hours today in which 10 outsiders were nabbed.

The raids were conducted on hostel Nos. III, IV, V and VIII during which the outsiders were nabbed. The outsiders were let off after verification. Rules stipulate that the hostel inmates concerned from where the outsiders were nabbed are to be fined Rs 1,000 per outsider.

Dean Students Welfare (DSW) AS Ahluwalia said wardens had been asked to verify if any hostel inmate was caught for the second time sheltering an outsider. In case there was any such student, the hostel seat of that student would be cancelled.

During a raid conducted last month, the PU authorities and the police had nabbed 71 outsiders. The students in whose rooms they were staying were fined and warned not to allow outsiders to stay in their rooms.

Police sources said raids were likely to be conducted again to check the presence of outsiders on the campus. “It is suspected that outsiders affiliated with student parties are staying in hostels and can create a nuisance on the election day. More raids will be conducted to look for such persons,” police officials said.

University officials have sought explanation from students who were not present in their rooms at the time when outsiders were nabbed from their rooms.

Rs 1,000 fine per outsider

Raids were conducted on hostel Nos. III, IV, V and VIII during which 10 outsiders were nabbed. The outsiders were let off after verification.

Rules stipulate that the hostel inmates concerned from where the outsiders were nabbed are to be fined Rs 1,000 per outsider

Official's take

Wardens have been asked to verify if any hostel inmate has been caught for the second time sheltering an outsider. In case there is any such student, the hostel seat of that student will be cancelled.

AS Ahluwalia, DSW



UT police set to acquire ‘Segway’ for patrolling
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Naunihal Singh, UT SSP, takes a test ride on a Segway in Chandigarh on Tuesday
Naunihal Singh, UT SSP, takes a test ride on a Segway in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, September 4
Moving a step ahead in technology, the UT police is set to acquire a ‘Segway’ for better patrolling in the city. The light-weight battery-operated vehicle will soon be seen with policemen while chasing thieves and snatchers in crowded areas.

A successful demonstration of the vehicle was made at the UT police headquarters in Sector 9 this evening when senior police officers drove the vehicle and were apprised of its advantages by company representatives.

Commonly used at airports for patrolling by the security staff, the vehicle is just 54 kg and can run at a speed of 20 km per hour. The vehicle costs Rs 5 lakh and can travel 19 km in one go.

“We are currently holding a trial run and will consider purchasing it after looking at its benefits. The vehicle will be helpful in patrolling at the Sector 17 plaza by the police and also at other crowded markets and parks,” said UT SSP Naunihal Singh. Moreover, the vehicle will also be beneficial for patrolling purposes at the Sukhna Lake and also at the parking lots of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The "self-balancing transportation divice" responds to the body’s movements sensing when to speed up or slow down. As its electric motor gives no emissions, it is commonly used at airports to manage traffic. It is also used at golf courses.

A representative of the company said the user commands the Segway to go forward by shifting his/her weight forward on the platform, and backwards by shifting his/her weight backwards.

"The Segway notices, as it balances, the change in its centre of mass, and first establishes and then maintains a corresponding speed, forward or backwards. Moreover, sensors are used to detect the shift of weight," he said.

“It will be useful in a city like Chandigarh where petty crimes are common and round-the-clock patrolling is vital for city policing,” said the company representative.

Earlier plans had failed

Four years ago, the UT police had acquired battery-operated Reva cars for patrolling purposes in the city. However, these cars proved to be an expensive proposition as lakhs of rupees had to be spent on their maintenance every year.

Trial run

We are currently holding a trial run and will consider purchasing it after looking at its benefits. The vehicle will be helpful for the police for patrolling at the Sector 17 plaza and also at other crowded markets and parks

— Naunihal Singh, UT SSP



Attendant molested at GMCH; accused held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
A woman attendant at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here was molested inside a ward of the hospital allegedly by a male attendant last night.

The incident occurred in ward number 72. The male attendant, Kulbir Singh, tried to flee after allegedly molesting the attendant.

The incident occurred at around 12.30 am when the victim was sleeping along with her patient. Kulbir tried to outrage her modesty following which the victim raised the alarm. The accused then tried to run away. The accused is a resident of Sector 7, Panchkula.

Security guards deployed at the hospital managed to nab the accused at a short distance and called the police. In her complaint to the police, the victim alleged that Kulbir Singh had tried to molest her twice earlier.

The police has arrested the accused and a case has been registered.



PU Vice-Chancellor acts traffic marshal
Warns students not to ride two-wheelers without helmets
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Students give traffic norms the go-by on the PU campus in Chandigarh on Tuesday
Students give traffic norms the go-by on the PU campus in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari


Chandigarh, September 4
Panjab University Vice-Chancellor (VC) Arun Grover today meant business while enforcing the traffic law on wearing of helmets. Falling in the footsteps of previous Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti, Grover has categorically told the students not to drive two-wheelers without wearing helmets.

“Students will have to wear helmets on the Panjab University campus even if it means putting my 'vice-chancellorship' at stake,” said Grover during an interaction with student leaders here. Sending a strong message to the students, Grover said the practice of driving without helmets on the campus would have to come to an end.

In an all-party meeting, Grover made it clear that even if a student had to ride a two-wheeler from his hostel to any of the departments, he would have to wear a helmet.

Justifying his move, Grover said as the Vice-Chancellor, he was accountable for the safety of the students on the campus and he would not compromise on the safety aspect.

“A large number of families have a single child and it’s my duty to ensure that the child is safe on the campus,” Grover said.

Student leaders, fearing that the decision might draw criticism from their supporters once it was implemented, tried to build pressure on the authorities. However, the VC was firm on his decision and made it clear that he would even put his chair at stake to ensure the implementation of the decision. Superintendent of Police (SP) Des Raj and DSP (Central) Ashish Kapoor was also present during the meeting and they endorsed the plans of the VC.

Grover said initially they would upload registration numbers of the vehicles violating traffic rules on their website and the students concerned would be counselled for wearing a helmet.

Asked whether the university would write to the Chandigarh police allowing it to issue challans on the campus to students riding without a helmet, Grover said the university wants to enforce the rules at its own level. A police official said on condition of anonymity that the decision could not be enforced if the university did not penalise the erring students or allow the police to issue challans on the campus for helmetless riding. 


Metro trains will be gradually increased to 52 in 2041
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
In order to cater to ever-rising population and to meet future demands, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), in its detailed project report (DPR), has suggested that for the residents of the tricity region the number of Metro trains, which will be 16 in 2018, will be increased to 52 in 2041.

The DMRC has stated that a fleet of 16 metro trains comprising four coaches each would be operational in the tricity by the end of 2018.

In the DPR, it has been suggested that in the north-south corridor, the number of trains, which will be six in 2018, would increase to 12 in 2041. Similarly, in the east-west corridor, the number of trains would increase to 40 in 2041 from 12 in 2018.

In the initial years, during the peak hours, the frequency of metro service will be 12 minutes whereas during lean hours it will be 16-30 minutes. But, in 2041, the frequency of metro service in the east-west corridor will be 2.5 minutes whereas in north-south corridor it will be 5 minutes.

The DMRC has also proposed the standard speed of the Metro train to be 36 kmph on the north-south corridor and 35 kmph on the east-west corridor in 2018. The maximum operating speed will be 85 kmph and the designed maximum speed will be 95 kmph.

As proposed by the DMRC, work on the 37.573-km Metro rail project will begin in 2013 and is expected to be completed by 2018. The DMRC has also proposed a total of 30 Metro stations on the two corridors in the phase I of the project. The Metro will be underground within the sectoral grid of Chandigarh. Outside the grid, it will be elevated.



‘Fake SP earned Rs 50 lakh a month’
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 4
In a major revelation of the fake IPS officer case, the police has revealed that the accused had a monthly income of Rs 50 lakh. The police has also revealed that three persons from Chandigarh were also involved with him in the racket and his network was spread till Mumbai.

It was on August 30 when a fake IPS officer identified as Aman Kumar along with three others was arrested by the Panchkula police. The accused used to extort money from people under the pretext of being an IPS officer.

“His fake gunman and other gang members used to approach needy people and say tell them that their sir ji could do the work. It was how their extortion business began. The minimum amount, which he used to ask from a single individual was Rs 70 lakh,” said a police official.

The accused had also married a girl from Chandigarh on August 13 under the pretext of an IPS officer.

“It was on August 13 when Aman married a girl from Chandigarh, who is a charted accountant. The girl was from a well off family. She was not aware that he was a fake IPS officer,” said a senior officer of the Crime Investigating Agency. The accused had made an account on a matrimonial site before marriage.

Aman was arrested twice, once in Chandigarh and second time in Kurukshetra for the same charges but was released on bail.

The other three accused have been identified as driver Swaran, a resident of Mani Majra, Ravinder Kumar, in the uniform of a homeguard and Naresh Kumar. All the four have been sent to the police remand till September 6.

Aman had done LLB and postgraduation from Kurukshetra. He confessed that as he was not getting any job, he entered the world of crime.

The police has also recovered one revolver with five live cartridges, a red beacon fixed atop his car, uniform of an IPS officer, one dummy AK 47 rifle, one dummy pistol, one fake identity card, some documents and an Innova Car with red beacon.



6,000 apply for 226 posts of TGT
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
More than 6,000 applicants, who have cleared central teachers eligibility test (CTET), applied for 226 posts of trained graduate teacher (TGT) advertised by the UT education department on August 14. Advertised under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan Society, UT, on a contractual basis, the last date to apply for these posts was September 4.

According to the information, this time candidates were required to fill in their application forms online and thereafter they were asked to submit their required fee through a challan, which is generated after the online submission of application. Last date for submitting fee is September 5.

Deputy Director, Education Department, Chanchal Singh said while the number of applications received by the department had gone beyond 6,000, the fee-confirmation list has not gone beyond 3,500 candidates. More candidates are expected to pay their fees before the deadline, he added.

The fee-confirmation list with the required details will be displayed on September 11 followed by the display of a provisional merit list of all the candidates by September 21. All the updates and notices will be uploaded on the website of the SSA (www.ssachd.nic.in).



Verka takes steps to keep milk quality intact
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, September 4
To keep the quality of milk intact till it reaches consumers, the Verka milk plant in Phase VI has decided to provide insulated shippers to its dealers at a cost of Rs 45 lakh. It has also decided to make sweets available throughout the year at the plant outlet .

The insulated shipper facility will be aimed at maintaining a "cold chain" from the milking of animals to the level of the consumer. Milk coolers were already available at 132 milk collection centres and around 25 more would be purchased. At present, Verka has 490 dealers, including 58 in Mohali, some of whom do not have proper refrigeration facility which adversely affects the quality of milk supplied to the consumer.

General manager of the plant Balwinder Singh said consumers should get milk in a proper and safe condition. At an ambient temperature of 4 degrees, the milk does not get spoilt for eight hours, he added.

Parminder Singh Chalaki, chairman of the Ropar District Milk Producers Cooperative, said that earlier Verka used to make sweets on a seasonal basis. but it had now decided to make sweets round the year. He also said that depending on the consumers' response, more items would be added to the list. At present, items like kaju barfi, mah dal pinni, pehra and milk cake were produced around Diwali. Chalaki said that a separate wing would be formed in this regard which would be asked to follow Health Department's guidelines while making sweets. A new outlet, he said, was planned to be opened near the plant milk bar for the sale of sweets. The area would be also beautified.

Animal health services would also be strengthened so that these were easily available on the doorstep of the farmer, he said.



Prevention of Atrocities
Rules for SCs/STs amended
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The Chandigarh Administration has revealed that the Centre has made amendments to Annexure-1 of the Schedule to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules, 1995, leading to an increase of 150 per cent generally in the minimum scale of relief for the victims of atrocities.

The quantum of assistance is Rs 50,000 to each victim depending upon the nature and gravity of the offence relating to right to franchise. In case of beggar or forced or bonded labour there is a provision of an assistance of Rs 60,000 to each victim.

In the case of outraging the modesty of all women or sexual exploitation of a woman, there is a provision of an assistance of Rs 1,20,000 to each victim of the offence. In case of 100 per cent incapacitation and death, a compensation of Rs 2,50,000 is given in case of a non-earning member of a family and Rs 5,00,000 in case of an earning member of a family.

In case of murder, death, massacre, rape, mass rape and gang rape, permanent incapacitation and dacoity, in addition to other relief, there is a provision of pension to each widow and/or other dependants of the deceased SC and ST at a rate of Rs 3,000 per month, or employment to one member of the family of the deceased, or provision of agricultural land and house, if necessary by outright purchase along with full cost of education and maintenance of children of the victim. The affected children may be admitted to ashram schools/residential schools.



60 attend workshop on infections at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The “asian tiger mosquito”, which breeds in artificial collection of water, in urban areas, has been found to affecting people during the daytime and causing fatal diseases like dengue and chikungunya.

The mosquito, scientifically known as Aedes Aegypti, mostly breeds during the post-monsoon season, which starts from September every year, according to the experts who gathered here at the PGIMER for National Continuous Medical Education (CME) programme on “Arboviruses”.

“The key precautions for prevention of the infection caused by the aedes mosquitoes, are to keep stored water covered and clean the water tanks, coolers regularly,” said Dr Ratho, head of department of virology at the PGI.

In order to enhance the treatment of dengue and chikungunya, the department has organised two-day hands on workshop on “Advanced Molecular Techniques for Arboviral diagnosis”.

As many as 60 microbiologists, researchers and technicians from over 13 states are being trained at the workshop. The workshop has been organised to enhance the diagnostic capabilities of budding virologists. The training will help in early detection of the two diseases.

The Department of Virology is the Apex Reference Laboratory for Advanced Diagnosis of dengue, Japanese encephalitis and Chikungunya under the NVBDCP.



DC reviews work on projects
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 4
To ensure usage of good quality material in developmental projects, the Mohali deputy commissioner today visited various spots where such work was being undertaken.

At Phase 1, where paver blocks are being installed to beautify the area, Roojam checked the quality of the blocks. He also questioned the officials about the material.

“We are spending about Rs 12.75 crore on various developmental works at different sites here. We are installing paver blocks on footpaths and in parks to beautify the town. I am checking the quality of material while visiting the sites,” said Roojam, terming it as a routine check.

He also directed the officials not to compromise with the quality of work or the material at any cost. He said that action would be taken against the guilty.



Secretaries’ meeting on Kajauli waterworks today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The Civic Body authorities will discuss the issue of Kajauli water with the UT Administration on Wednesday. A special meeting has been convened by the the UT Administration which will be attended by the officials of the administration, the Municipal Corporation and the Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana.

The meeting has been called following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to the UT Administration, Punjab and Haryana to resolve the inter-state dispute of Kajauli water share.

The next hearing of the case is scheduled for September 12. The city at present tops the chart in terms of water supply to households.



Law dept loses its dominance
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The dominance of Panjab University’s (PU) law department, which was considered as the nursery for budding leaders, has faded away following the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations.

The earlier trend of student leaders, only from the law department, making it to presidential post in the student council has changed with the fact that now even students from science and engineering departments are getting elected as the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) president.

Since the direct elections that started in 1997 at Panjab University, most of the presidents were from the law department or had graduated from the law department before contesting the student elections.

However, the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations, mainly indicating that the leader contesting the elections should not have a criminal record, should have a minimum of 75 per cent attendance in the department, should not have academic arrears in the year of contesting elections, have thrown the law students out of the race of contesting the elections.

PUCSC president in 1997, Munish Anand, was a student of the law department, in 1998 and 1999, DPS Randhawa won the elections and he was also a student of the law department, followed by Bhupinder Bhuppi, who was the president in 2000 and graduated from the law department before winning the elections, while studying MA (English).

In 2001, Santokhwinder Singh Nabha, a law department pass-out took admission in the education department and won the student elections. In 2002 and 2003, Malwinder Singh Kang, a then law department student, won the elections for two consecutive years, followed by Rajwinder Singh Lucky in 2004. In 2005, Amandeep Singh, another law department student, again won the PU president’s post. Dalvir Singh Khangura was the only president in 2006 before the adoption of the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations, who didn’t have law background.

However, since then the trend of the students from the law department becoming student council presidents has almost faded away. With the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations in force now, meritorious students from other departments are coming up as the presidential candidates.

A glance at the current leadership contenders is enough to support the argument. In 2007, with the introduction of the Lyngdoh recommendations, Parminder Jaswal of defence studies won the elections, as the party’s main leader failed to clear the Lyngdoh requirements, in 2008, Sahil Nanda of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) won the elections and Amit Bhatia of the University Institute of Applied Management and Sciences (UIAMS) became the university president in 2009.

In 2010, Gurinderveer Singh Aulakh pursuing MTech won the elections. It was in 2011 that Pushpinder Sharma from the law department became the president.

Interestingly, this year also, no candidate contesting for the presidential seat is from the law department.

Both SOPU and PUSU have fielded their presidential candidate from the science and engineering departments. PUSU had pitched its candidate from UIET, while SOPU has fielded a candidate from the geology department for the presidential post.



PUSU president’s pending dues: Rs 85,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Barely three days before the student elections, the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) exposed the controversy regarding pending hostel and mess dues of Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) president Sukhjeet Singh Brar, amounting nearly Rs 85,000.

Members of SOPU staged a protest against the university authorities for not acting against PUSU leader. Brar was a resident of the boys hostel number V in the 2011-12 academic session.

According to hostel warden Ashok Kumar, Brar has a due of around Rs 85,000, following which his room was sealed and his belongings were seized. “We had informed the PU authorities about the incident earlier and various communications were sent to the address mentioned by him in the hostel form, however, the address was found to be fake, said the hostel warden.

Reacting to the protest, dean student welfare (DSW) AS Ahluwalia sent a communication to the PU administrative block mentioning that the migration certificate should not be issued to PUSU leader till the time he pays the due.

The agitated SOPU members complained that the university despite aware of the fact that Brar owed such a huge amount didn’t take any stern action and it was only after the protest that the university acted.

SOPU president Brinder Dhillon said the intentions of the party could be cleared from the fact that the party leader didn’t pay the university’s money and was openly campaigning on the PU campus.

Justifying the delay in submitting the dues, Sukhjeet Singh Brar said after the academic session ended, he was arrested in a false case registered against him and by the time he was released, the preparation for the elections started, following which he could not deposit the money.

“I had sought time from the PU authorities and had assured them that as soon the elections get over, I would clear all my dues,” Brar said.



Topper to be GGSCW president
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The 2011 topper will be the president of the Guru Gobind Singh College for Women (GGSCW), Sector 26. After the only nomination filed for the post of president got cancelled, the college has decided to appoint the meritorious student as the college president.

Divya, a student of BA final year, had filed her nominations for the post of president, although it was expected that she would be elected as the college student council president unopposed, however, her nominations were cancelled during scrutiny of papers.

College principal Charanjeet Kaur said as per the norms, they would be offering the post of president to the student who topped the college in 2011.

The student who had the highest marks and class attendance will be appointed as the college president, the principal said.

The principal further said if the topper refused to take the post, the next topper would be offered the post. The post of joint secretary in the college would also be offered to one of the college toppers, as no one filed the nominations for the post.

Meanwhile, the candidates were elected unopposed for the posts of vice-president and secretary.

Divya, a student of BA-II, was elected as the vice-president and Sheeba, a student of BCom-II, has been elected unopposed for the post of secretary.

The nominations of the candidates for the posts of vice-president, secretary and joint secretary at the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, were rejected during scrutiny of documents. Meanwhile, Parul and Neha, both students of BSc-III, would be contesting for the post of president.

The final announcement of the candidates elected unopposed will be made on September 7, along with the results of other candidates contesting the elections.

Officials said the college was also expected to choose the candidates for the remaining three posts in a similar manner other colleges would be selecting office-bearers.



Teacher’s Day Today
Teaching runs in their veins
Many schoolteachers from the city belong to the third generation in this profession
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Education runs in their veins. Meet these school teachers and principals from the city who are into teaching more by choice and inspiration and belong to families having three generations into the teaching profession.

Kavita DasKavita Das is not only the well-known principal of St John's Public School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, but also belongs to a family whose teaching legacy goes much before Independence. Both her parental as well as maternal grandmothers were English teachers in Patna and Naintal, respectively, before Independence. Her mother served as an English teacher all her life in Delhi and Mumbai.

It is no surprise that Kavita, too, has remained an English teacher all her life. In the teaching profession since 1985, Kavita says, "I count myself one of the lucky few to have grown up in such a rarefied atmosphere. When I think about it, I realise how fortunate I have been to have a family who allowed women to not only become educated in that era, but also to have freedom to teach and have a visionary approach to life.

She says there is no profession as noble as this and she hopes her daughter, too, follows in the family's footsteps.

Madhu BehlBesides being the founder principal of KVDAV, Sector 7, Madhu Behl has remained a biology teacher all her life. She says there is never a day in her life when she didn't have any interaction with students and she feels fortunate to be serving this profession for a long time now.

She belongs to an illustrious family of teachers as her father-in-law, who is also her mentor, BS Behl has been the founder principal of DAV College, Amirtsar. He has head many education institutions besides being the senior-most vice-president of the DAV managing committee

Her husband, too, is a professor of organic chemistry at Panjab University, and surprisingly her daughter is a teacher of architecture in a college in California, the US.

In the teaching profession for the last 30 years now, Madhu feels, "Many feel that perception of teacher-student relation has changed today but I believe that its relevance has not fully gone." There are good and visionary teachers and those students too who understand the importance of teachers in their lives. "On Teacher's Day, I just want to say that every teacher has a big responsibility of nurturing a child, to which he or she should be totally dedicated and committed," she said

Anamika VanmaliAnamika Vanmali (41), a chemistry lecturer at DAV Model School, Sector 15, also belongs to a family whose roots can be traced across the boarder.

She says her grandfather, Sham Lal Nanda, worked as an English teacher at DAV School, Chakwal, near Lahore, before moving to DAV, Dasuya. My father B M Nanda worked as a math's teacher at DAV, Dasuya, before shifting to Chandigarh.

"I chose to become a teacher by the sheer inspiration as also for the fact that I inherit a great family legacy. These days not many chose to become teachers but I feel that if somebody wants to make a positive contribution to society there is not better job than becoming a teacher."

Mallika KapoorThe list of teachers in Mallika Kapoor's family, who is a PGT, Commerce, at St John's Public School, is much longer. Her father-in-law Surinder Nath Kapoor was a government teacher at Nabha and her mother-in-law had served for 32 years in this field of education in Chandigarh in different schools. Her sister is a lecturer in Noida. Her sister-in-law is also a teacher.

She says teaching is a very difficult job but a very satisfactory occupation. Having more than six years of experience in teaching, she does feel that teaching is the best occupation one can have. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires," She signs off, quoting William Arthur.

‘Pleasure of teaching is not the same now’

Harold Carver Harold Carver, Director, St Stephen's School, and one of the oldest teachers in Chandigarh, however, says the pleasure of teaching is not the same as it used to be. In the teaching profession in Chandigarh for the last 45 years, he says what has changed drastically is our value system which has gone against our education system. "But, I still believe the power of teaching and how important it is to mould our society. "Sports is one area where a school can make a very positive contribution. I am in favour of marks for sports achievements being added to the overall tally of a child's performance and push for more reforms in extra-curriculum activities," he says.



Mohali Police asks for reserve force from Patiala
40 commandos to be deployed to avoid any untoward incident
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 4
With three back-to-back shootout cases involving students of Panjab University (PU) in the area in a span of less than five months, the Mohali Police is overcautious for the forthcoming student elections at Panjab University (PU) on September 7.

A reserve force of 40 commandos from Patiala has been summoned by the Mohali Police to avoid any untoward incident involving PU students on or before the elections.

These commandos would be deployed on special nakas, which will be laid at various sensitive points from September 6, said Mohali SSP GS Bhullar.

Notably, several leaders and members of various student bodies have been residing in the town as paying guests.

We have been keeping a close vigil on these students and are also checking their credentials, added SSP Bhullar, claiming that policemen were visiting their houses regularly.

Bhullar also added that they have prepared a list of possible troublemakers. “We have also taken a list from our counterparts from Chandigarh. Seeing some past incidents, we don’t want to take any risk during the elections,” he said.

Notably, two of the shootout incidents have taken place in Sector 69, one on June 20 and other on July 10, while the third one had occurred at the Phase VII market in February.

“Most of the culprits involved in these incidents have been nabbed. Still we are alert due to the forthcoming elections,” said Bhullar.



INSO leaders ‘thrash’ UIET student
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
A student of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) today alleged that he was beaten up by leaders of the Indian National Students Union (INSO) at their party tent erected in the PU campus.

Anirudh Shekhawat, a third year student of UIET, alleged that he was forcefully taken to INSO tent by an outsider, identified as Gautam Nain, in his car. “The party leaders abused me and thrashed me in front of everyone in the tent,” he complained.

The student registered a complained against INSO leader Anil Ghanghas, Somvir Singh, Gautam Nain and other party members.

When contacted, Anil Ghanghas claimed that they had stuck a compromise and the complainant had given in written that it was a personal matter, which was sought.

Refuting all allegations, Ghanghas claimed that they had no information of any complaint being made against the party leaders.



Ensure violence-free polls: VC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Vice-Chancellor (VC) Arun Grover interacted with college principals and student leaders today in the wake of student council elections to be held on September 7. The student leaders were warned that excess expenditure can lead to cancellation of candidature.

The VC instructed the college principals to ensure violence-free elections. The VC while mentioning various Lyngdoh violations that were on the PU campus, asked the college principals to keep an eye on such violations.

An interaction with the student leaders was also held, which was attended by Superintendent of Police (SP) Des Raj and DSP (Central) Ashish Kapoor apart from other police officials.



ISB announces scholarships for Rs 2.5 cr
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 4
The Indian School of Business (ISB) has announced “Diversity Scholarships” totalling Rs 2.5 crore for its students of incoming PGP class session 2013-14. The scholarships are part of the school’s total scholarship outlay of about Rs 8 crore, comprising both merit-based and need-based scholarships.

The scholarships will be awarded to talented professionals from a broad spectrum of sectors, namely healthcare, government, the social sector, hospitality, the media and fashion, and spheres of activity like manufacturing, finance, marketing and sales and technology.

This will help promote diversity of students in the postgraduate programme in management class, which has been a trend at the ISB over the past few years.

“The ISB awards scholarships to students selected on the basis of exceptional academic and professional performance as well as personal qualities such as leadership, integrity, and community service,” said an ISB spokesperson.

Over the years, the school has been successful in attracting students from a variety of backgrounds such as chartered accountants, lawyers, bankers, consultants, doctors, merchant navy officers, officers from the armed forces and entrepreneurs with experience ranging from two years to 18 years.



PU prof is member of minorities commission

Ajaib SinghChandigarh, September 4
Ajaib Singh, a Panjab University teacher, is all set to join the National Minorities Commission (NMC) as a member against the vacancy created after the retirement of former Rajya Sabha member and ex-chief of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), HS Hanspal.

Ajaib Singh, who took premature retirement today to take up the new assignment, was the head of the Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension at Panjab University.

Earlier, Ajaib Singh served the Punjab Public Service Commission from April 2006 to March 2009.

Before Ajaib Singh, other nominees of the Sikh community who had served the National Minorities Commission included Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, Tarlochan Singh, Harcharan Singh Josh and HS Hanspal. — TNS



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