Friday, August 4, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
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VC seeks cooperation for upgrading exam system
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 3 — The Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Prof K.N. Pathak, today urged cooperation from all quarters, particularly the non-teaching staff, in upgrading the examination system.

The address was historical in a sense that it was probably the first time that a Vice-Chancellor of PU walked on to a forum of the non-teaching staff to address their issues on a stage. The brief but terse addressal asked for a correct balance needed in the current system to assure that the conduct of examination and declaration of results fell in line for maintaining a strict time schedule.

Professor Pathak said that the conduct and tabulation for re-evaluation and the supplementary examination which also had a direct bearing on the annual examination also needed a corresponding change.

Professor Pathak said: “I am with you. I need you to be with me. In a congenial atmosphere, I will do my best for the welfare of the university”, he added.

Mr Dharam Paul Sharma, President of the Non-Teaching Employees’ Federation, said that he welcomed the VC on behalf of all non-teaching associations. “We have conveyed him a list of demands for the non-teaching employees. We only wish to highlight our old demand of having some representation in the Syndicate and the Senate. Problems of non-teaching staff could be better comprehended and better represented by a person who is not a teacher”, he added.

Mr O.P. Sharma from the federation welcomed the Vice-Chancellor, Mr Shivanand from the Class ‘C’ Employees Union thanked the VC.


Technical field best suited for kids
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 3 — “The best-suited fields for children to follow at the higher level in the current education scenario were technical or professional courses”, said Mr Vinod Sharma, an Assistant Regional Employment Officer, while addressing a batch of students from the local St Xaviers School at Panjab University here today.

Children also needed to be more conscious about several alternate courses besides ‘routine’ courses. For example, a course for a dietician in the science stream promised a bright future. The awareness level needed a careful look, he said.

The address was followed by a question-answer session. A large number of them related to options available after school. Mr Vinod Sharma also mentioned the impact of reservation policy of 85 per cent for local students in professional courses.


Tax-free donations for PU soon
By Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 3 — A Panjab University Alumni Association’s (PUAA) Canadian chapter will soon get the status of a “prescribed university” under the Canadian Income Tax Act. Following this, all donations to Panjab University collected at this chapter would be tax-free for the PU alumni settled in Canada.

The PUAA has four chapters in Canada, one each at Kingston, (Ontario), Vancouver, Montreal and Lancaster, Ontario. The Kingston chapter has convinced the Canadian Income Tax authorities for attaining this privileged status. The authorities have recommended the same to the Governor-in-Council, whose reply is awaited.

Interestingly, the patron-founder of this chapter is Dr K.N. Pathak, the new VC of Panjab University who had spent two years at Kingston. Mr R.K. Chandra, an alumnus of the university settled in Canada, who has donated around Rs 2 crore to the university, is also coordinating the establishment of the North America branch of the PUAA.

In January this year, an association called the Friends of Panjab University was formed in the UK during the visit of the then VC, Mr M.M. Puri. Mr N.R. Puri who has promised to bear the expenses of the construction of the Alumni house in Sector 25, Chandigarh, is the patron of this association. This group comprises not just the PU alumni, but also others who wish to contribute to the university’s betterment. 


Lecturers’ appointment challenged
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 3 — Acting on public interest litigation for quashing the selection and appointment of political science lecturers in Panjab University here, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion for November 21.

Seeking the direction, Ms Veena Kumari of ‘Lawyers Initiative,’ in her petition, taken up by Mr Justice R.S. Mongia and Mr Justice K.C. Gupta, stated that the constitution of the selection committee was “illegal, being violative of the mandatory provisions of the University regulations.”

She added that the respondents were issued appointment letters, even though the posts of political science lecturer in the Department of Correspondence Studies were never advertised.



Passenger sues Railways
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 3 — The customer service being provided on board the Shatabdi, may well come under suspicion, what with a retired Punjab Additional District and Sessions Judge and President of a consumer forum, filing a consumer complaint against Northern Railway.

In a complaint submitted to the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum here, a former ADJ, Mr N.S. Saini, has alleged deficiencies in the standard of customer service being provided on board the Shatabdi. He sought a direction from the forum to fix superior quality latches in the toilets of the Shatabdi, alleging that he had to remain locked in a toilet for about half an hour on July 7 when he was travelling to New Delhi by the Shatabdi Express (No.2006).

The complainant alleged that at about 8 a.m. that day, he went to use the toilet and locked it from inside. But after about five minutes, the latch got stuck. He added that he could not be rescued until after about half an hour when he managed to wrench free one of the iron strips of the window and attract the attention of a passenger. It was only when the passenger called the train superintendent and a technical attendant that the latch could be opened.

The complainant claimed a compensation of Rs 5,000 on the ground that following the incident, he had a persistent feeling of discomfort even after reaching his destination, and that he also had to cancel important meetings fixed with judicial officers in Delhi. He also stated that he found many complaints of a similar nature mentioned in the train’s complaint book.

He also stated that on the day in question, pre-prepared tea or coffee was served in place of the normal routine of serving a flask of boiled water and tea leaf satchets separately. He sought the court to direct the authorities that such a service be discontinued through a restoration of status quo ante.

Mr Saini further pointed out the inconvenience which he and other passengers have to bear on account of the fact that the ticket does not mention the departure timings and the new time table was also not available. The complainant has sought a direction that the railway time table (including ‘trains at a glance’) should be made available at each reservation centre throughout the year, with sufficient stocking at the railway book stalls for the convenience of the general passengers.Back


Company director gets bail
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Aug 3 — The bail plea of the director of a finance company who was accused of cheating and breach of trust, was today accepted by an Additional District and Sessions Judge here.

The accused — Brig Gurcharan Singh (retired) of Firms Trans World Trading and Finance Corporation — had been arrested by the Chandigarh police after a case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC had been registered against him in November 1999 on the complaint of a person called R.K. Gupta.

The complainant, also a retired defence personnel, had earlier claimed that he had deposited Rs 2,01,000 with the company on May 1, 1997, for a year. The cheque issued by the accused bounced due to insufficient funds.

The Additional Sessions Judge, after hearing the arguments on the bail application, said the accused was suffering from coronary artery disease and might not be able to bear detention. The Judge ordered his release on furnishing a personnel bond of Rs 50,000 with two sureties of the like amount. The Judge also ordered the accused not to leave the country without the permission of the court.Back

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