Thursday, October 26, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


BE in IT course okayed
By Chitleen K. Sethi

Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 25 — Panjab University has approved the BE course in information technology to start from this session in Punjab Engineering College but the much-awaited approval has come with a catch. Permission to fill the consequent vacated seats has not been granted by the university.

This decision will adversely effect the chances of upgradation of courses of those students who have been admitted to chemical, civil and architecture engineering and have been looking forward to the more coveted course seats being vacated by those who opt for BE in information technology.

The 30 seats of BE in IT are going to be filled on the basis of CET which was held in May, 2000, but the PEC authorities are making a last-ditch effort to allow admissions to the subsequent vacated seats and if that is not possible to at least allow internal adjustments to be done in the various courses being offered by the PEC. The Students Council of the PEC has also decided to protest against this decision.

A letter from the Registrar of the university to the Principal clearly stated,”It may kindly be noted that keeping in view the expected movement of a number of students already admitted to various branches of BE in the PEC, B.Arch in the Chandigarh College of Architecture and BE in Chemical Engineering in Panjab University, permission to fill consequent vacant seats in these courses in all the three institutions due to be BE(IT), has not been granted.”

“The university is not being fair to the PEC. We are not just ready to bear all the expenses of the admissions but also taking up all the responsibility. But the university is taking a decision just to avoid little inconvinence to its Chemical Engineering Department.” reliable authorities in the PEC stated.

Prof S.K. Sharma of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Coordinator of the Joint Admissions, says, “The university’s academic calendar is sacred and just because a few seats will go vacant in the PEC, the whole university cannot be subjected to a chain of shifting of students from one science department to another. This effects the academic enviornment of the university. Also if we allow admissions at this stage, after the first semester is almost over, it will result in setting a wrong precedent in the university. The other departments in the university will then start demanding admissions whenever a seat falls vacant,” he adds.

It is to the credit of the PEC that barely a month after the college received permission from the All-India Council of Technical Education to start the BE course in information technology, it has managed to get the course approved from the administration and Panjab University to start it from this session.


A gala time for hostel inmates
By Niti Arora

CHANDIGARH, Oct 25 — Divali is an occasion for hostel inmates in various colleges in the city to rush home to celebrate the festival in the company of their parents, siblings, and relatives. However, some of these students come from far off places and, therefore, cannot leave for their homes as they find it difficult to return in time when their colleges reopen after a break. There also are those who stay back by choice so that they can celebrate Divali in the company of their friends and have more freedom to do what they like.

Says Reena of the local Home Science College, “Many of us are from far off places; so we are staying back. Besides, it is more fun in the hostel and we enjoy being here.” According to Mandeep and Lata Sona, at home their parents arrange the celebrations and the day is spent in attending to guests. “At home, we enjoy Divali at night only when we burst crackers,” they say.

Nina, who is staying back in the city for Divali, likes to go out for shopping for the festival in Sectors 17 and 22 where, she says, “one enjoys rubbing shoulders with the best crowd in the city.” Most of the hostel inmates in the city are excited about staying back in their hostels to celebrate Divali. “We have collected money and assigned tasks among ourselves for decoration, flower arrangement, buying sweets and crackers etc.,” they said.

Divali celebrations of the hostel inmates started a few days ago. They go out daily for shopping and buying gifts for their families. Says Shweta, “My mother sent me Rs 1,000 for Divali shopping. She called up to say that she would miss me, but here in the hostel, we are so close to one another that we hardly miss our families.” Ritu and Richa say the hostel is a home away from home and they do not feel out of place.

The hostel inmates in the city are busy organising parties and puja for Divali. They have prepared special menus for dinner and sweets. “After bursting crackers, we will hold a boisterous dance party where, unlike at home, we can wear what we like and dance throughout the night to the music of our choice,” say Anu and Meera. Some of them have planned a special tombola session on Divali night.


Lecture-cum-seminar for teachers
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 25 — Dr Mulk Raj Chilana, Director of the Global Institute for Quality Education and Rewarding Life, New Delhi, conducted a lecture-cum-seminar for teachers of the Shemrock group of schools, Chandigarh-SAS Nagar, on the Shemrock Angles premises in Phase 7, SAS Nagar.

Dr Chilana discussed the multi-dimensional aspects of quality education with emphasis on pre-school and primary education. The use of modern technology, classroom management, institutional management and the role of teacher as a counsellor were discussed extensively.

Mr A.S. Bajwa, Director, and Mrs Komal Khosla, Principal, Shemrock Schools, and the teaching staff were present.


ASI gets interim bail in dowry case
From Our Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Oct 25 — Mr Justice K.S. Garewal, Vacation Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today granted interim bail to ASI, Ram Rattan Sharma who had been booked by the police for allegedly demanding a car and Rs 1 lakh from his would be in-laws just a day before his marriage. The ASI, posted at the Sector 19 police station, remained “absent from duty” and had filed an application in the District Courts for grant of anticipatory bail.

The petitioner has stated that he could not marry on the scheduled day as he fell seriously ill a day before his marriage. His counsel stated that the petitioner was willing to go ahead with the marriage as he (ASI) had recovered from illness.

While granting interim bail, Mr justice Garewal observed: “Accordingly, it is directed that the petitioner in the event of his arrest shall be admitted to interim anticipatory bail by the arresting officer on furnishing an adequate surety/ personal bond to his satisfaction. The petitioner shall surrender before the arresting officer latest by 5 p.m. on October 28. The petitioner is directed to cooperate with investigating officer and shall not try to win over or tamper with the evidence”.

A case of a criminal breach of the trust, besides under the provisions of the Prevention of Dowry Act, was registered against the ASI after an inquiry was conducted by DSP Surjit Singh following a complaint by the would-be bride’s father to the UT IGP on October 6.

Claiming to have been “shocked and humiliated”, the complainant had earlier alleged that the ASI had asked for car and cash after leaving the shagun ceremony in a huff a day before his marriage on October 6.

Describing his action as “unjustified”, the complainant had also stated that he had already spent Rs 18,000 during the engagement ceremony on February 23. He had alleged that Rs 5,100 had been given as shagun, besides gold earrings for the mother and a chain for the sister. The complainant had added that his daughter was a law graduate and all arrangements for the marriage had been made. Even the cards had been distributed. 


Kosers to be honoured
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 25 — In appreciation of the contribution made by the husband-wife duo of Mr M.L. Koser and Mrs Shobha Koser in the field of Indian classical music and dance, the Agra Sangeet Kala Kendra has decided to honour them at a function on October 29.

According to reports, Mr Koser, who is officiating as secretary of the local Pracheen Kala Kendra, and his wife, Shobha, who is a kathak exponent of repute, will be awarded the titles of Sangeet Kala Rattan and Nritya Vibhushan, respectively.

Mr Koser is being honoured for his effort to revive the interest of youngsters in the Indian classical form.

Mrs Shobha Koser will be awarded for having fostered the guru shishya parampara, and subsequently having created a chain of disciples in kathak all over the world.


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