Monday, January 3, 2000,
Chandigarh, India

C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Delay in re-valuation results worries HSA
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 2 — Delay in the declaration of the re-valuation results and despatch of the detailed marks cards (DMCs) concerned was among the major concerns voiced at an executive meeting of the Haryana Students Association of Panjab University, sources said here today.

General Secretary Gurnam Singh said that the pace of the result declaration process was very slow and one important section of the affected students was those appearing under improvement cases. The association threatened an agitation in case the result declaration and mark sheet handing out process was not improved.

Another important item on the agenda was the environment studies paper at the undergraduate level which had been made mandatory by the university. The university even at this late stage was yet to formally announce the decision on whether there would be a paper or not.

A special committee had decided the modalities of the paper. This included jut an hour paper and consisting of objective type questions only. The papers would be set only at the level of BA (I). However, students could clear it just once during any year of the graduation.

Committee members said that the draft was prepared because the committee members were informed that the papers would be conducted.

The Senate meeting recently, however, did not announce a formal decision. There were reflections that there was a very less time left for the students to prepare for the current session. The university also did not clearly announce the broad outlines of the paper.

The HSA has demanded a quick university decision on the issue, failing which it be forced to launch an agitation. The association welcomed the university decision to conduct an international youth festival on the campus shortly.


Essay contest for students
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 2 —The local unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) will organise a state-level essay writing competition for students on science related subjects at Panjab University on January 6, a press note said here today.

The topic for the secondary and higher secondary students would be My Favourite Indian Scientist and his Contribution. Undergraduate students will write on Science in Indian Tradition, while postgraduate students and research scholars will write on Sustainable Development Through Science and Technology.

Students will have to contact Dr Ranjan of the Physics Department for getting the entry forms of this contest. Students can write in Punjabi, Hindi or English.

Two cash awards will be given at the contest, one for the essay written in any of the three languages and the other for the best essay at the state-level. The two winners will be invited to participate at a national-level contest in New Delhi as part of the Swadeshi Vigyan Mela to be held from February 2 to February 6, the press note added.Back


School holds annual function
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 2 — The annual function of the MS Public School, Ram Darbar, was held at Lecma Theatre, 3 BRD Air Force, here today.

Mr Brahmjit Kalia, District Education Officer, Chandigarh, distributed prizes among the students.

A cultural programme was presented by students of the school.Back


Camp ends with tree plantation
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 2 — A 10-day NSS camp organised at the GGSSS, Sector 20 concluded yesterday.

During the camp, volunteers were addressed on AIDS awareness by Dr Avinash Jolly and the employment officer, Mr Malkiat Singh.

The main project of the camp was 'Youth for Healthy Society', cleanliness of the campus and tree plantation.

Mr G. S. Bhatti was the chief guest on the concluding day of the function today. The Principal, Mr S Kapoor presided over the function and the PTA President Gian Chand was the guest of honour.Back


Remuneration for evaluation work not paid: Principal
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Jan 2 — Resentment prevails among lecturers and doctors of the College of Nursing, PGI, against the non-payment of remuneration on account of the evaluation work done by them in the Panjab University examinations for the past two years.

The college Principal, Mr Inderjit Kalia, said that he had written a couple of letters to the university authorities in this regard during the past two years but no one has bothered to look into this. Not only the internal examiners but even the external examiners, who had come to evaluate the practicals or dissertations, had not been given any remuneration. In fact, the outsiders had not been given any TA or DA also.

Mr Kalia said that the examiners, who came from far-off places like Bangalore, Delhi, Rohtak, etc., faced a lot of difficulties to come here and then they were not paid any remuneration. ''How can we expect them to come again?'' he asked.

The authorities in Panjab University when contacted assured that the amount of remuneration would soon be remitted to them. Back


Right to information case: DC gets notice
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Jan 2 — The Presidents of Yuvsatta and Punjab Civil and Consumer Welfare Front (PCCWF) and Mr Anehas Shaswat, correspondent of a local Hindi daily, have served a notice through their advocate to the UT Home Secretary and Deputy Commissioner for not providing them the necessary information.

Mr Pramod Sharma and Ms Jasjit Kaur, Presidents of Yuvsatta and the PCCWF, respectively, have alleged that they along with Mr Shaswat, approached the Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh on September 23 to get information regarding the development schemes and policy of the Administration about the rehabilitation of people living in unauthorised colonies on the outskirts of the city. The DC refused to meet them and give the details in violation of their fundamental right to information.

They further alleged that the DC again did not meet the correspondent and even refused to accept a written letter in which they had sought reply of their questions on November 26. By concealing and refusing to supply the demanded information and documents, the DC had violated the fundamental right to information of the press as well as general public, they alleged.

The trio had threatened to file a case in the court against the DC for not giving them the required information.Back

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