Thursday, July 27, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PU steps to check ragging
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 26 — A business committee of Panjab University here today announced expulsion and fine as penalties for those found involved in ragging incidents in the forthcoming academic session.

According to sources, the decision was taken by a 16- member committee comprising the Dean Student Welfare, the DUI and chairpersons of different departments.

The committee considered a UGC circular banning ragging on the campus. It suggested imprisonment up to three years and a fine up to Rs 25,000 in addition to expulsion and rustication from the campus and hostel. The punishment also seeks withdrawal of any special scholarship to such students.

Prof V.K. Bansal, DSW, while confirming the suggestions of the meeting, said that the imprisonment aspect could be incorporated only after legal advice on the issue. Notices would be put up in all teaching departments and on the hostel notice boards.

A vigilance committee is proposed to be set up in the hostels to keep a check on ragging.Back


B.Com admissions: fresh confusion
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 26 — With admissions to B.Com (I) starting tomorrow in various colleges of Chandigarh, another notification sent by the Panjab University, regarding the criteria for admission, has ended up in causing confusion regarding the merit lists being made in the various colleges according to a revised criteria.

On July 10, on the eve of admissions (later postponed), Panjab University issued a notification asking for a complete change in the criteria for admission to B.Com and BCA. Some colleges of Chandigarh who were able to get hold of the notification the same day, changed their merit lists overnight. But then, admissions were postponed and all affiliated colleges of Panjab University brought about the required changes in their final merit lists. Today, again on the eve of admissions, a notification dated July 24 has reached some colleges asking to be read with the earlier notification “clarifying” certain points in it.

Some of the principals say that this new notification actually changes the criteria for admissions to B.Com again and though there is not a substantial change in the final merit list, it will affect some students’ position in it. The University officials are on the other hand insisting that this notification, is basically a clarification to the earlier notification as a large number of colleges were having problems computing the new merit list as per the earlier notification.

The colleges who have received the notification have again revised their merit lists which were to be put up on the notice boards today and tomorrow. The principals are also of the opinion that these last minute changes have created nothing but confusion regarding the criteria of admission to B.Com and the university has been very inconsiderate in imposing their last minute decisions on them. These have also led to a delay in the start of the session they added.

Those who will suffer most are the colleges affiliated to Panjab University outside Chandigarh who are yet to receive this notification but start admissions tomorrow. 


Setting an example for other children
By Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 26 — Just in their teens, five local students have not only realised the meaning of social work but have also been acknowledged for actively helping in the running of night schools where slum children come to study.

This noble mission dawned upon them at a young age. It made them shed all hesitations and step out of their houses to spread literacy among the children of slum dwellers. These five are Social Welfare Agents of the Government High School, Sector 40, who have made the night school here a success.

Manju, Meena Rawat, Mandeep Kaur, Amandeep Singh and Kavita Rawat, volunteered to help the school authorities in running the night school. They were among 125 students who all offered their services. These five worked tirelessly to keep up their promise and they were rightly honoured by their school in a function.

They started working in May when the school started with its night school. Their job was to visit various colonies including Palsora Colony, 38 Colony, Rajeev Colony, Daddu Majra and Maloya village and convince the slum dwellers to send their children to school. They used to start in the evening after their school hours and visited these colonies on foot.

“It was a unique idea to involve the students in the project. It was to generate a sense of social responsibility among the students. It was a success and it served two purposes.” said Mr Bahadur Singh, the Headmaster of Government High School, Sector 40.

“They did a marvellous job. They made a long list of students who were not enrolled in any school and visited them again and again to make their parents realise the importance of education. Today the school has more than 70 children on roll and the credit goes to them.” added Mr Singh.

Their job did not end after the survey and the enrolment only, but they used to visit slum children every day and accompany them to school till it became a routine with the children.

Meena Rawat is a student of the ninth class. Her father is no more and her mother works as a peon in a private school. A resident of Palsora Colony, she has enrolled 15 slum children in school. “I faced many difficulties in dealing with the slum dwellers. Sometimes they were very rude with us. But it did not deter my spirits and I was able to make many students come to school,” she says.

Mandeep Kaur, a seventh class student managed to get 40 students enrolled in the night school. “I always wanted to work for a social cause. I feel very good when I see all these students studying. Earlier I used to see them wandering about and wanted to do something for them. When our teachers asked us to volunteer, I very happily offered my assistance. I was praying all the time, hoping that they would select me for the job,” says Mandeep.

Amandeep Singh, of the ninth class, was very enthusiastic about relating his experiences in the slum colonies. “They were very difficult to convince. Whenever we visited them they asked us if we would work in their place if they were to go to school. Then we used to tell them that they would be given free books and eatables in the school and so problems were solved. They immediately gave their consent.”

Kavita Rawat helped 12 students to enroll themselves in the school. “I used to go to the parents and tell them that if they were not able to impart education themselves, they could at least send them to the school. All this helped and we were able to bring many students here.”

Manju, also in the ninth class, said that it was a dream come true for her when she was selected by the school authorities to go to the slum colonies. “Our teachers made us attend seminars for convincing the slum dwellers. It proved quite helpful in dealing with them.”

In today’s world where most children spend their free time in self indulgence, the selfless enthusiasm of these five youngsters to help others is like a breath of fresh air. One can only wish that more of us get inspired by them.



PU admissions rescheduled
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 26 — The admission schedule in Panjab University continues to witness changes.

Chairpersons of at least five faculties offering postgraduation courses have rescheduled the date for submission of forms as August 4. This delays the normal schedule by nearly three weeks.

The Departments of Central Asian Studies, South Indian Languages, Russian, Persian, Urdu, German and French have extended the last date till August 4. Admissions have been scheduled between 12 and August 21.

The last date for admission on payment of Rs 625 with permission of the Vice-Chancellor is September 15.

Interviews for foreign and NRI seats in B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc (Hons) in Microbiology first year, will be held on August 2 in the department.

In the Political Science Department, provisional merit lists will be displayed on July 27. Interviews have been scheduled for July 28. The classes are scheduled to commence on August 7. Admission for students on the waiting list will be carried out on August 4 preceded by regular admissions on August 2.

Interviews for admission to 10 additional seats and five seats for NRI quota in M.Sc honours (chemistry) will be conducted in the Chemistry Department on August 2.

Interviews for M Com (I) at DAV College are scheduled for July 31. Admissions for B Com (I) BA (I) B Sc (I) and BBA (I) will be conducted on July 27.

Students seeking admissions to M.Sc (I) (anthropology) will be interviewed on July 31. Out of the 113 candidates who applied 77 students have qualified in the entrance test. The department has a provision of 20 seats.

Interviews for reserved categories in the MA (I) course of economics are scheduled for July 27. The general category student will be interviewed on July 28.

The MA (I) Punjabi students will be interviewed on July 27. The second year students will be interviewed on July 31. Test and interviews for M Phil (Punjabi) and M Phil (Guru Granth Sahib) are scheduled for August 1.Back


Students flay school board’s inaction
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, July 26 — Agitated at the lackadaisical attitude of the Punjab School Education board, (PSEB), several students of Arya Girls Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, along with their parents today criticised the authorities concerned for not looking into their complaint. They lamented that their roll number of matriculation examinations against which they appeared had been jumbled up by the board authorities.

The harried parents said that the roll numbers of their wards had been swapped with students of Hindi Putri Patshala, Khanna. They said they had been running from pillar to post to get the error rectified. On the other hand the board authorities in a letter written to Arya Girls Senior Secondary School on June 14 had put the blame on changing the roll numbers on the school authorities.

The students and parents met the Chairman of the Board, Dr Kehar Singh, who in turn is reported to have directed the officials concerned to do the needful.Back


Painting contest, cultural events by kids
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, July 26 — An inter-school painting contest was organised by the district administration at Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, here today, to mark “Kargil Vijay Divas”. Over 100 students from 12 schools participated in the contest, where students were divided into two categories of below 12 years and above 12 years.

The District Education Officer, Ms Phool Khatri, gave away prizes to the winners. The contest was judged by Mr Shiv Singh, Mr Ashok Sarin and Mr HG Jhamb. The prize winners are as follows: Class V to VIII: Akanksha Mittal — Hansraj Public School (1), Kanav Goyal (2) and Shailender (3) — Manav Mangal School; Class IX to XII: Naresh Pathak — DAV-8 (1), Pawan Kumar — GHS-19 (2), Amit Jindal — Hansraj Public School (3).

Earlier, 350 school children took out a procession. It was flagged off by the Secretary of the District Sainik Board from Yavnika to mark the occasion.

Meanwhile, a wreath was laid at the Sandeep Sankhla Chowk in Sector 2 by Brig SS Sahni (retd) on behalf of the Principal and students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16. Speaking at the function, the Principal, Ms Bhatnagar, appreciated the services of the officers and jawans who laid down their lives fighting for the country. A two minutes’ silence was also observed in the memory of the martyrs.

Later, a cultural programme, depicting the arms attack by Indian soldiers on Pakistani forces, was also enacted by students of Class II and III, while students of Class X presented a patriotic song. Students of Nursery class also gave an item at the function.Back

Affiliation for nursery course
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 26 — The National Council of Teachers Education has granted affiliation to the nursery teachers training course, conducted by DAV Model School, Sector 15. The school authorities claim that this is the first institution in the chain of DAV institutions that has been granted affiliation by the council.

The affiliation has been granted by the NCTE under section 14(3)(a) of the NCTE Act subject to fulfilling some conditions. The institution is required to appoint six teachers possessing the qualifications as laid down in the NCTE norms, before the commencement of the next academic session in the salary structure prescribed by the UGC.

The institution is also required to ensure a library, laboratories and other instructional infrastructure and shift to its permanent building within a period of one year. The admission to the above courses can only be given to those candidates who are eligible as per regulations.

The NCTE has also asked the school to charge tuition and other fees as per the norms and to organise practical work and curriculum transactions as per the NCTE guidelines.Back


Admissions begin amidst confusion
By Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 26 — With admissions in various colleges of city starting tomorrow in undergraduate courses, there still remains a great deal of confusion as far as the fee to be charged from the students is concerned.

The Panjab University notification regarding the hike in fees dated July 21 is yet to reach some colleges. As a result, some colleges are charging fees according to the old rates while others have decided to increase all fee and fund charges by the stipulated 25 per cent. Some other colleges have increased some parts of the fee/fund break-up while the rest is being charged at the old rates.

Private colleges of Chandigarh at a meeting held earlier had decided to keep a similar fee structure during admissions in all private colleges of the city and to comply with the revised fee structure. The government colleges on the other hand continue to charge according to the old rates, pending the approval of the DPI(UT) to increase the fee.

Also noteworthy is the stark difference between the fee structure of the private and government colleges of the city. Whereas the government colleges charge approximately Rs 1500 as the fee for the first six months inclusive of the annual college charges in BA I, the private colleges are charging even up to Rs 4500 for the same course. (see table).

Similarly, the hostel charges in government colleges are about Rs 3500 for a year while that of private colleges goes up to Rs 18500 for the same period. Private colleges reportedly maintain that they provide better facilities to the hostel inmates.

The consolidated fees for BBA and BCA has also been increased from Rs 7000 and Rs 12000, respectively, to Rs 8750 and Rs 15000, respectively, in the new session. 

Class XII RL results this week
From Our Correspondent

SAS NAGAR, July 26 — The Chairman of the Punjab School Education Board, Dr Kehar Singh, said here today that all result later (RL) cases relating to class XII examination would be sorted out this week.

Talking to the The Tribune, he said he had given instructions to the board wing concerned not to delay the announcement of the pending examination results beyond this week. The RL cases, he said, mainly related to institutions in Patiala, Ludhiana, Sangrur and Mansa districts.

A look at the board gazette of Mansa district shows that out of nearly 26 institutions, 17 have all their results placed in the RL category. A student, Harpreet Singh of Bhai Rupa Senior Secondary School, had come today from Bathinda to the board office here to get his examination result because tomorrow was the last date for admission in this area. He was worried whether he would be able to get admission at all. There were a number of students at the board office trying to get their results.

Dr Kehar Singh said the results of 11 schools of Ludhiana fell in the RL category. The results of 6 of these had been cleared and those of the rest would be sorted out today. Thereafter, the results of the Sangrur, Patiala and Mansa areas would be taken up.

He said the results this time were declared late because the examinations had commenced late. Moreover, the board faced some administrative and technical problems. The employees had resorted to a pen-down strike for some days. To add to the delay, the board authorities made a wrong assessment of the capacity of the computer firm which had prepared the science results. When the work of preparing the result of the arts group was given to it, it failed to come up to the expectations of the board authorities.

The board chief further said in the case of the vocational stream, students had to appear in a number of practicals and the awards in such cases had not been sent in time. The secrecy branch of the board was unable to feed proper information to the computer staff.

In certain cases, the same roll number had been allotted to more than one student. The mistake was rectified at the office, but had not been communicated to the examiner concerned, which resulted in RL cases.Back



Three acquitted in fraud case
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, July 26 — Three persons accused of defrauding a woman have been acquitted by a city court on grounds that the complainant in the case could not prove that she had been induced by any of the accused to deliver finances to them.

Deciding the case here today, the UT Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class), Ms Gurvinder Kaur, acquitted the three accused, Subhash Kumar, Hari Chand, Jai Karan, all sons of Mr Jagat Ram, a resident of Rehlu village in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

The complainant in the case Harpal Kaur had alleged that the brothers had hatched a conspiracy against her by committing a fraud. She alleged that they had obtained Rs 35,000 from her and told her that they would multiply the same.

After hearing the defence counsel and going through the case file, the magistrate observed that the accused Subhash Kumar had given affidavits to the complainant regarding acquiring her money, and the same had been proved on the file. The magistrate observed that the complainant had not been able to show that she was forced or induced by the accused to deliver them the amount. Hence, there was no dishonest intention on the part of the accused.

On these grounds she held that the charge of fraud against the accused had not been proved and acquitted them.


PUDA allots incomplete houses
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 26 — In a case of deficiency in service, the Punjab Urban Development Authority has been directed by the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission to pay Rs 10,000 and another Rs 2,000 to six complainants respectively. The complainants approached the commission, alleging that despite payment of the required amounts for possession of HIG partly furnished houses in Sector 48-C, PUDA provided them with incomplete houses which lacked even sewerage and electricity connections, not to mention incomplete plastering of walls and flooring.

Taking serious cognisance of the deficiencies, the commission Bench consisting of President, Mr Justice J.B. Garg and members, Dr P.K. Vasudeva and Ms Devinderjit Dhatt, held that “there was considerable deficiency on the part of respondents. Without sewerage, electricity, road, boundary wall etc, the complainants, all senior citizens were compelled to occupy the premises on fabulous prices.”

On these grounds the “Commission directed PUDA to make the required provisions within six months and also compensate each complainant to the tune of Rs 10,000 each and another Rs 2,000 as compensation against the cost of litigation incurred by the complainants.

The six complainants, namely Mr B.M. Khanna, Mr Paramjit Dhillon, Mr Harbhajan Singh, Mr Prem Chand, Mr Gurpal Singh and Mr Amarjit Singh Sodhi, stated that the cost of each such flat was fixed at Rs 9.70 lakh. The complainants added that they had all paid Rs 92,380 as earnest money and the flats were allotted to them in March 1998.

They, however, alleged that they were shocked on taking possession of the flats because apart from the above mentioned deficiencies on part of PUDA, the flats were also located near a slum colony which proved to be a health hazard to the occupants of the flats. The complainants added that they had to spend huge amounts in order to make their respective houses habitable. Further it was stated that the houses were not even semi-furnished as promised by PUDA.

Alleging that the entire purpose of going through the scheme stood defeated on account of the indifferent attitude of PUDA, the complainants stated that they were entitled to 18 per cent rate of interest from the date of payment till the date the said facilities are actually provided in the dwelling units. They also claimed damages to the tune of Rs 40,000 each.

Replying to the allegations, PUDA maintained that the joint application by the six complainants was not maintainable in the present from and was liable to be dismissed. PUDA further stated that the facilities were in the course of being provided.

PUDA however denied that there was any commitment with regard to the provision of a boundary wall. It was added that the matter of removal of hutments was also under consideration.

After going through the rival contentions, the State Commission held that deficiency was writ large on the face of PUDA and it was obligatory on the part of PUDA to make the provisions as earlier promised.Back



Notice to Anuradha Gupta
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 26 — The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued a notice to Haryana’s Director of Higher Education, Ms Anuradha Gupta, following a petition alleging disobedience of orders regarding the grant of professor’s grade to a college principal.

In his petition, Principal of Rao Birender Singh College of Education at Rewari, Mr M.R. Popli, had earlier alleged that despite representation and even after having lost up to the Supreme Court, the respondent had not granted professor’s grade to the petitioner from the date his juniors were granted the same.Back


Entrance test case adjourned
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 26 — The proceedings of the Punjab pre-medical entrance test case were today adjourned till July 31, after the Supreme Court’s stay orders, were placed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The orders, dated July 21, were passed by Mr Justice S.P. Bharucha and Mr Justice Ruma Pal of the Supreme Court.

The High Court, it may be recalled, had earlier directed the declaration of result of the candidates who had provisionally appeared for the entrance examination. The orders were passed on an appeal filed by Damandeep Singh and others. They had stated that the order of the Single Judge deserved to be set aside on the grounds that it was based on wrong facts.Back


Notice to Union of India, UT Administration
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 26 — On a petition challenging the issuance of a corrigendum in an advertisement already quashed by the Central Administrative Tribunal, Mr Justice R.S. Mongia and Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to the Union of India, the UT Administration and another respondent.

In their petition, filed after a news item highlighting the issue appeared in Chandigarh Tribune on June 26, Lawyers Initiative stated that the only option for the respondents, after the quashing of the recruitment rules and the advertisements, was to issue a fresh advertisement.

A perusal of the corrigendum, counsel for the petitioner added, showed that it was published as a part of an advertisement by the Union Public Service Commission for assistant law officers and other posts.Back

PUDA’s plan on legal cases
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 26 — The Punjab Urban Planning & Development Authority (PUDA) has finalised a strategy to pursue the legal cases under which properties worth crores is locked up. The minister in charge of PUDA passed directions to this effect today.

An official spokesman stated that three writ petitions against PUDA pertaining to 1987,1991 and 1995 have been pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the petitioners have obtained stay orders against dispossession and the disputed land had become a eyesore for the township.

As per the orders given by Chairperson, PUDA, the Advocate General, Punjab would be requested to file applications before the high court seeking early hearing for the disposal of the writ petitions or in the alternative civil miscellaneous applications for vacation of the stay orders.Back



Sukhi Brar to sing on Teej
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 26 — Sukhi Brar will sing the glory of Teej, on the occasion, in a colourful celebration Teeyan Teej Diyan being organised here at the Punjab Arts Council, Sector 16, tomorrow. The function is being organised by the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi in collaboration with the North Zone Cultural Centre.

Sukhi Brar will be supported by another folk singer from the region, Gulshan Komal. An added attraction of the show will be Giddha presented by Dr Prabhsharan Kaur of Patiala. A troupe from Jammu and Kashmir will also present Dogri dance in the typical Kashmiri style.

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