Thursday, August 2, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Where juniors are privileged
Tribune News Service

The only problem of the Government Home Science College, Sector 10, hostels is that life is uncomfortable for the seniors in comparison with the juniors.

There are two hostels in the college — BSc hostel and MSc hostel. The BSc hostel is for undergraduate students who join the college as freshers and the MSc hostel is for those who have done their BSc in Home Science and want to specialise in a particular subject.

The MSc hostel, in one corner of the campus, is housed in a building which besides being old is also not properly maintained. This hostel was originally meant for the boys of the art college, and was built in a hurry. It is not a very comfortable place. But since the number of girls who are doing the masters course is also small, it accommodates them all, explains the college Principal, Ms Usha Dhawal.

The MSc hostel could do with a lot of revamping. The outer walls have not been painted for years and the corridors do not have adequate lighting. Although the 100 residents of the MSc hostel say that they are comfortable as far as facilities go, they also complain about the strict regimen they are made to follow. “We are satisfied with the food but we have to be in the hostel by 5.30 p.m. for an attendance. We are allowed to move around on the campus till 9.30 but cannot go out. On the other hand, in the BSc hostel, the residents can have more fun. They rarely go for the attendance at 5.30 and can stay out till late”, say the residents of the MSc hostel.

Freedom is not the only privilege of the juniors. “The number of residents in the BSc hostel is much larger and they have a lot of fun together. Here, we are less than 100 girls and we really get bored in the evening,” they say.

As far as other facilities and cleanliness are concerned, the BSc hostel is far ahead of the MSc hostel. There is a tuck shop in the BSc hostel, and its massive common room is airy and comfortable. “The hostel is well lit and architecturally sound,” says the College Principal.

“Even the cleanliness is better. Since we are so few in this hostel, nobody really bothers for us,” said a resident of the MSc hostel.

The residents say that the food is good and economical. “In Rs 750 a month we are given three meals and evening tea. The food is hygienic and clean,” say the residents. But it is prepared in the open under a shed. It is cooked on ‘Bhattis’ since there are not enough gas cylinders. “But gas is used for making tea,” says the contractor. Several changes are being made to improve the hostel, says the Principal. 


M.Sc (IT) fails to attract students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Launched with much fanfare, the M.Sc (information technology) in colleges affiliated to Panjab University has failed to attract students to fill the specified seats in the first counselling.

As a special measure to fill up the vacant seats, a high-level committee today decided to give special concessions to students for filling up the seats. Informed sources said all students who appeared for the entrance test and were able to clear the test will be given top priority for fresh admissions.

Initially, the PU decided to give affiliation to six colleges. However, later certain more colleges were granted affiliation. The total number of seats now exceeded 350.

Interestingly, only 305 students applied for the entrance test. As many as 295 students were able to clear the written examination, and 238 students applied for the course, and only 179 the interview. The committee decided that next on the priority list of new admission seekers would be students who have passed BCA from colleges affiliated to the PU. Students in this category were also to get 10 per cent weightage.

In case the seats were still vacant, students from colleges affiliated to other universities would be admitted. A member said, “We will not entertain private institutes indulging in distance education or related institutes”.

A final decision will be taken after the matter comes under notice of the Vice-Chancellor.

The local GGDSD College and SGGS, Sector 26 topped the list of students with 24 students each admitted in the first counselling. The SGGS College for women had only five students while Government College for men, Sector 11, recorded 11 admissions. Several affiliated colleges outside the city fared even worse, sources added.


General pool counselling ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Counselling for admission in the UT ( general pool) category for the Government College of Education and Dev Samaj College of Education has been completed.

The counselling saw filling of all 125 seats in each college in this category. Out of the four each seats in the foreign students category, the colleges have two seats each lying vacant.

The thrust of today’s round of counselling was filling seats in the reserved categories. Prominent categories in this list were the Scheduled Castes (23 seats each), physically handicapped (five seats each), freedom fighters (three seats each), defence (eight seats each) and sports (three seats each).

In the handicapped category, there were two seats vacant in Government College and one at Dev Samaj College, Mrs Satinder Dhillon, Principal of Dev Samaj College, said. In the defence category, there was one vacancy at Dev Samaj College.

Government College has one vacancy in the freedom fighters category. There were two seats vacant in the sports category at Dev Samaj.

The vacancies were against separate subject combinations. As many as 135 toppers on the list office called for counselling in the SC list for the humanities group, while 120 were called in the science group.

There existed a long list of subject combinations on the list. Admissions were however based on the availability of teachers concerned in the colleges. Mrs Dhillon said that student strength in a class was not expected to exceed 24 under NCTE norms which were strictly adhered to.


Counselling for BE, B. Arch from Aug 7
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
The first counselling for admission to BE and B Arch courses in Punjab Engineering College, Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, and Chandigarh College of Architecture will be held from August 7 to August 11 in Panjab University Auditorium according to an official press release of the university here today.

The reporting time of respective CET merit holders will be the same as per the joint admission brochure. No separate interview or counselling letters are being issued to the candidates in this regard, the release added.


ITI students seek grace marks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Students of the ITI, Sector 28, in a representation, have pointed out errors in the question paper in instrument mechanic theory.

The paper mentioned “pitot” as “pilot” which was confusing. There were no corrections of misprinting. There were more errors in the Hindi version of the paper, the representation said. Students have also pointed out that certain portions were out of syllabus. Students have sought grace marks.


D. P. Singh to continue as Principal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Major D.P. Singh has been asked to continue as the officiating Principal of Government College, Sector 46, sources in the UT Administration said here today. He was superannuated from active service yesterday.

Sources said Major D.P. Singh has been asked to continue for six months or till the post is filled up by the UPSC, whichever is earlier.


Lawyers, litigants want some space
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 1
The shortage of space for parking vehicles in the local District Courts complex has made the nearby roads traffic hazards. These roads remain virtually blocked at peak hours and traffic policemen are rarely around to restore order.

Visitors to the complex park their vehicles in the middle of these roads and even in front of the only entrance to the courts for litigants, ignoring the inconvenience they cause to passers-by in doing so.

Litigants, advocates and employees complain that there is a perpetual shortage of space for parking vehicles in the complex. They have to park their vehicles at an inconvenient distance from the complex due to the resultant chaos.

Ms Pooja, an advocate, said “Something like an underground parking lot can reduce this traffic chaos. There is always a traffic jam near the complex and the only parking lot for visitors, that is near the boundary wall of the complex, is not big enough.”

A litigant, Mr Ranjan Kumar, said there was no proper parking lot for litigants in the complex and roads near it were always virtually blocked. He said he often parked his vehicle in Sector 17 whenever he had to visit the courts.

Mr Ravinder Singh, an advocate, said, “Lawyers, too, are facing problems due to a shortage of space for parking vehicles. The reserved parking lot near the complex for more than 1,500 lawyers who practice here is insufficient.”

The President of the District Bar Association, Mr H.S. Hundal, said the Bar had already informed the authorities concerned about this problem. He said officials of district courts, the Administration, the Municipal Corporation and the District Bar Association had held a meeting to discuss this and various other problems related to the complex.

Sources said the MC officials had studied the possibility of having separate parking lots for lawyers and litigants, but there was not enough space for that. The only space near the complex is a green belt where a parking lot cannot come up.



Magistrate told to explain grant of bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Issuing notice to Kaithal’s Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr Justice K.C. Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked him to explain the circumstances under which bail was granted to a director of a forest company in a cheating and a criminal breach of trust case.

Issuing the directions, Mr Justice Gupta observed: “It has come to my notice that Judicial Magistrate (First Class) on duty had granted bail, without giving reason, to one of the directors of Bright Forest Company, Ram Pal Garg, who had swindled crores of rupees from the public”.

The Judge added: “Let notice be issued to Ram Pal Garg asking him why the bail granted to him should not be cancelled. Notice be also issued to Kaithal’s Judicial Magistrate, who had granted bail to the accused, to explain under what circumstances the bail was granted”. The case will come up for hearing on August 24.

‘Issue marksheet to student’

The second permanent Lok Adalat of the High Court asked Kurukshetra University to issue a detailed marksheet of compartment examination to a student. The marksheet had not been issued by the university on the ground that the student was ineligible to appear for the supplementary examination in 1986 since he was declared successful in the paper after re-evaluation.

Pronouncing the orders on a petition filed by Jai Singh of Hisar district, Lok Adalat president Justice A.L. Bahri and member Kamlesh Gupta observed: “When the petitioner had appeared for the supplementary examination in the history after compartment, he was eligible on the basis of the result of the previous examination”.

The Bench added: “The contention of counsel for the university that since subsequent to the declaration of the result of the supplementary examination, the result of re-evaluation of the previous examination was declared, but as the student had passed the examination after receiving grace marks, he should be deemed to be ineligible to appear in the supplementary examination. This contention is devoid of merit”.

Bail plea dismissed

Finding no merit, Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the High Court on Tuesday dismissed interim bail application of Dr Naginder Singh Harika, managing director of a dental college in Mansa district, in a cheating case.

Dr Harika was earlier booked by the Police under Sections 420, 465 and 467 of the IPC on the complaint of a retired IAS officer. The complainant had alleged that Dr Harika had trapped a large number of people by assuring them of admission to BDS courses. The doctor had collected lakhs of rupees even though the dental college in Nangal Kalan village was neither approved nor recognised.

Special road tax challenged

On a petition filed by Amandeep Transport Company and 59 others, challenging the vires of Punjab Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, a Division Bench of the High Court issued notice for October 9. In their petition taken up by Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi and Mr Justice Jasbir Singh, the petitioners had stated that as per Section 3-F of the Act, special road tax had been imposed.


Next hearing on PGI Dean’s selection
case on Sept 5
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Issuing a notice of motion to the Union of India and other respondents on a petition filed by the Head of the Radio Diagnosis Department, Prof Sudha Suri, seeking directions for quashing the “appointment” of Dr Onkar Nath Nagi as Dean of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today fixed September 5 as the next date of hearing.

In her petition, Dr Suri had earlier stated that even though the High Court had directed the respondents to keep the proceedings of the governing body in a sealed cover, the “appointment” of Dr Nagi as Dean had been “published” in complete violation of the orders.

Quoting newspaper reports, Dr Suri had stated that as per certain items a senior politician was instrumental in the appointment of Dr Nagi as Dean. Her counsel had added that Dr Nagi was being informed about the developments, evident from the fact that he had filed a caveat on July 26, apprehending a challenge to his selection, even though the governing body proceedings were kept in a sealed cover.

Today, after hearing the arguments, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar and Mr Justice J.S. Khehar, issued notice of motion to the respondents. Notice on behalf of the institute was accepted by Mr Anil Malhotra.

Mr Justice R.S. Mongia and Mr Justice K.C. Gupta, while taking up another petition, had earlier directed the PGI to complete the process of selecting the Dean for the institute, but not to declare the result. The Bench had also directed the respondents to produce the result in the court in a sealed cover.

The Bench had further directed the respondents to consider Dr Suri and another petitioner, besides, respondent in that case Prof Sarla Gopalan, along with other eligible candidates, for the post as per the rules and the regulations of the institute.

In her petition, Prof Sudha Suri had sought directions for quashing a communication dated February 7. Counsel for the petitioner had stated that in this communication, her name had been reflected lower to Professor Gopalan on the seniority list of professors.



Law Dept case hearing on Aug 17
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1
Bunch of petitions filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the Panjab University Law Department admission case will come up for further hearing before a Division Bench on August 17.

The High Court while issuing a notice of motion for today on a petition filed against the department, had earlier directed that fresh merit list, if displayed, would be “subject to further orders of the court”.

Pronouncing the orders on the petition filed by candidate, Jagjot Singh and others, Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar had added that a “specific note shall be given in such a merit list, if so displayed”.

The High Court, on a similar petition alleging the declaration of entrance examinations results by the university before the announced date, had directed that another candidate, Ashima Prashar, “shall be provisionally interviewed”. The judges had added that the result shall, however, not be declared.

In her petition, Ms Prashar had alleged that the respondents, not adhering to the conditions, allowed the petitioner and other candidates to believe that the result would be declared on July 5, but the same was declared on June 30.

Her counsel had added that the petitioner submitted her application, as the successful candidates had been asked to do so, with a request that the same should be considered for counselling to be held on July 7, but the same was turned down.

Petition disposed of

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today disposed of a petition filed by the World Human Rights Protection Council seeking directions to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, along with other respondents, for installing additional CT scan and MRI machines.

In their petition, the council had earlier stated that the machines were essential so that “precious lives were not lost due to the non-availability, or non functional, medical equipment”.

The petitioners had added that the newspapers last year had carried news about the death of a city student due to non-availability of essential equipment. Counsel Ranjan Lakhanpal had added that another accident victim, Meena, died as vital time was lost in taking her out of the institute to some other diagnostic centre for the scan.


Summons against ex-chief of SGPC
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 1
A local court today issued fresh summons for October 5 against the ex- President of the SGPC, Bibi Jagir Kaur, in a case of criminal conspiracy and defamation.

The complainant, Ms Kulbir Kaur Dhami, stated in the complaint that she was the president and director of the Guru Asra Trust. She alleged that Bibi Jagir Kaur and Jaspal Singh Dhillon had indulged in a criminal conspiracy against her and defamed her.

It was alleged in the complaint that the accused, Jaspal Singh Dhillon, and Bibi Jagir Kaur, had widely circulated copies of material (a book published by Jasbir Singh Dhillon and a letter in which he had levelled false allegations against the complainant) in India and abroad with criminal intent to defame her .

The complainant had stated that she was president of a trust, which was a non-profit and a political organisation focussing on educational and human resource development of children, irrespective of their racial or religious differences.

The trust was set up in February 1997 for specially catering to those children, who had become orphaned due to “police-excesses” in Punjab and 1984 anti-Sikh riots. She was the chief executive of the said trust and all power and authority was with her in matters relating to the functioning of the trust. It was alleged that the accused, Jaspal Singh Dhillon, held the position of the an executive secretary of the trust. Later, Jaspal Singh Dhilon separated from the complainant and floated another trust by the same name.

Bailable warrant issued

A local court on Wednesday issued a fresh bailable warrant against Jagjit Singh Dhaliwal for September 3 in a cheque-bounce case. The complainant, Ms Gurmeet Kaur, Director of Square Marketing Private Limited, had filed a complaint against Jasjit Singh Dhaliwal, managing director of the limited firm under Sections 138, 141 and 142 of the Negotiable Instrument Act on June 9, 2000.

The complainant alleged that she was appointed consignee agent for the territory of Chandigarh, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pardesh and Haryana by the firm under duly executive agreement on August 1,1995. The pharmaceutical company had demanded deposit of a sum of Rs 12 lakh, which carried interest of 18 per cent per annum, payable quarterly to the complainant through written agreement on August 1, 1995.

The complainant had alleged that the accused had issued two cheques worth Rs 23,05,500 and Rs 21,54,000 payable on Punjab and Sind Bank, Sector 17, on February 2, 2000 but cheque was dishonoured by the bank on February 12 with the remark “Funds insufficient”.

Notice to college Principal

A local court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Principal of the MCM DAV College, Sector 36, for October 19 on a civil suit filed by a student for recovery of fees submitted by her at the time of admission.

The complainant, Reema Kataria, a resident of Sector 32, had filed the complaint that she had applied for admission to BA (I) in MCM DAV College for the session 2001-2002. She had also applied for admission to BBA (I) in the Government College for Girls, Sector 11.

It was stated in the complaint that she had cleared interview and was declared successful, and deposited the entire fee of 4259 in the college immediately.

She had deposited a fee of Rs 4,775, including Rs 279 as amalgamated charges, Rs 3300 as annual charges, Rs 279 as PU charges, Rs 150 as parking charges and Rs 200 as caution money, Rs 90 as parking charges and Rs 200 as caution money, Rs 90 as environment fee, Rs 138 as admission fee and Rs 378 as tuition fee.

Meanwhile, the complainant also got admission in the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, and was asked to deposit a sum of Rs 8750. She deposited the entire fees again.

The complainant decided to leave MCM DAV College and filed a application for refund of her money. The complainant alleged that the college, after persuasion, returned only a sum of Rs 2500.

The complainant also alleged that the college had illegally deducted a sum of Rs 2275 from the fees deposited by her.

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