Saturday, August 18, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PU to begin audit of 108 affiliated colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh August 17
Following the directions by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Panjab University is all set to start the process of academic and administrative audit of its 108 affiliated colleges.

This step would be a part of the university’s efforts to ascertain the strength and weakness of its affiliated colleges and feed it back to the UGC. This kind of audit, which is more like an exercise of self review rather than an external inspection, has already been undertaken by the university.

The UGC had started a scheme of academic and administrative audit for universities and colleges of the country that entailed the university and its affiliated colleges to conduct yearly administrative and academic audit by specially constituted committees.

The UGC in its circular to various universities in the country stated that such an exercise aimed at ‘‘monitoring the implementation of academic norms prescribed by the university bodies, state/central government, UGC, etc and prevention of violation of academic norms and seeing that the administrative effectiveness becomes conducive for academic development.”

The procedure suggested by the UGC to the universities and its affiliated colleges included constitution of a committee consisting of eight to 10 members of teaching staff and educational administrators appointed by the Vice Chancellor each year at the end of the academic session.

The university will be sending a circular to all its affiliated colleges regarding the constitution of these committees. At least three to four of the committee members will be nominated by the VC. The colleges will be given a panel of university faculty members from which the colleges can select the members but majority of the committee members will be from the colleges themselves.

The committee will visit colleges and meet teachers and student representatives as well as the academic staff to check time-tables, academic and administrative records, etc. The committee will find out and report on whether the administrative and academic norms regarding the number of working days and working hours; time tables; utilisation of class rooms, library, computers, equipment, research manpower and facilities, services of teachers were being followed or not.

The admission criteria and procedure, student attendance, curriculum and its revision, qualifications, workload and performance appraisal of teachers will also be examined by the committee. The UGC has also asked the committee to include any other matter pertaining to academic standards.

The colleges will submit their report to the university, which will forward these to the UGC and the state government. PU has already submitted the report of its administrative and academic audit to the senate and has also sent it to the UGC. The university is also planning to send a pro forma similar to the one used by them to be filled by the various university departments to be included in the report.

The reports from various colleges will also act as a detailed data bank of information on these colleges by the university. The facilities, courses and faculty members in the colleges will be graded on the basis of these reports. The top colleges and faculty members are likely to benefit from this audit.



Student bodies flay PU decision
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The decision of Panjab University to allow a special chance to students who had not sufficient “credits” in the B Sc (honours school) came in for sharp criticism here today.

It was said that the university went back on its own words and let down students organisations who had “dared to stand up in its defence.” The university had already “lowered the credit requirement to 92 from 120, which now goes further down.”

Three major student’s organisations of the university issued a threat that if the demand of giving representation to students in the university Senate was not agreed to within 48 hours, an agitation would commence on the campus.

Elections were demanded for student bodies in all colleges of the university, not just in the city but even in districts.

The meeting was attended by members of the Panjab University Students Union, the Haryana Students Association and the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

Munish Anand, a former president of the Panjab University Campus Students Council, said “the university decision of allowing everybody a chance amounted to bending down on knees to mounting pressure from “certain” quarters.

Malwinder Kang, president of PUSU, said that the university seems to listen only to voices aired during an agitation.

Vivek Chauhan of the ABVP also announced the party programme on the same demands. Chand Singh Madaan, chairman of the HSA, said that university did agree to setting up a placement cell earlier. However, nothing had happened on that front. Students would even agree to contribute funds for a new cell.

The meeting highlighted the demand for the creation of a council which should have representation from the university and all affiliated colleges.

Prof Ashok Sahni, Dean University Instructions, when contacted confirmed, that the university had taken the decision of allowing promotion in case students cleared the special test to be organised in September.



PU accedes to demand, stir called off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The Students Organisation of Panjab University yesterday called off its ongoing indefinite dharna following an assurance by the university to give a special chance to the students who have not cleared their credit requirement of the B.Sc (Honours) class while seeking admission to the Masters course.

Reliable sources said in a meeting of the students with the Dean University Instructions it was decided that “cases of students seeking a promotion will be considered individually and they will have to submit the forms separately”.

A special examination will be conducted in September later this year.

The decision is important in wake of the recent university stand of not giving students with less than 92 credits any chance of promotion. The university stand was supported by all other prominent student organisations on the campus, including the Panjab University Students Union, the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the Haryana Students Association and the All India Sikh Student Federation.

Students earlier during the day blocked the entry of the Vice Chancellor to his office. The group also included students from ‘outside the campus’.

The university gate, facing the PGI, was closed to vehicular traffic during the day.



PU to publish booklet for foreign students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Panjab University is planning to bring out a booklet for foreign students that will provide information about the various courses available in the university and its affiliated colleges in addition to the required procedure for application.

This was stated here yesterday by Prof R.C. Sobti, the newly appointed Dean Foreign Students, while talking to Chandigarh Tribune.

Expressing concern over the gradual but definite fall in the number of foreign students in city institutions over the past few years, Professor Sobti said that the university organised a meeting of officials concerned of local colleges in this regard on Monday. This was followed by a meeting with foreign students on Tuesday.

The PU will organise a special meeting with maximum possible foreign visitors on September 1. Students are expected to come and point out their various procedural problems, he said. A research scholar at PU from Iraq said one major problem faced by foreign students was non-availability of residential facilities for their families on the college and university campus. Even outside, students faced reservations on this count.

Presently, the total number of foreign students in the PU and affiliated colleges of the city is only around 200, Professor Sobti said.

The PU faces a big cash crunch in raising finances for developmental activity for foreign students. It will be asking students to come forward and contribute towards a common fund which will be maintained by student representatives themselves, he said.



Counselling for B.Sc (hons) on Aug 23
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Vacant seats in all reserved categories of first year B.Sc (honours) classes of Panjab University will be filled in a counselling session planned on August 23, official sources said here yesterday.

The category includes at least 15 seats of the Scheduled Tribes category, which have not been filled. University sources said that the seats would first be open to candidates of the Scheduled Castes category.

Seats with vacancies in the reserved category also include the categories of sports, physically handicapped and riot victims.

Admission guidance for vacancies in the general category are scheduled for August 24. Students, with 130 marks and above, have been asked to come on that day. In case there are still vacant seats left, students with 117 and above marks have been asked to report on August 25.

Candidates seeking admission in honours school of mathematics and mathematics and Computer Science will be interviewed on August 25. Candidates seeking admission in the NRI and NRI-sponsored categories will also be interviewed on the same day.



DSP charged with falsification
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The matter of a serving Deputy Superintendent of Police allegedly having furnished fake certificates to get his wards admitted in the Punjab Engineering College has created a furore.

In a letter to the UT Administrator, Lieut-Gen JFR Jacob (Retd), the wife of the deceased District Sports Officer, Mr O.P. Puri, has alleged that the police officer had tampered with the documents in order to secure admission for his two sons in the local engineering college, through the sports quota.

The complainant, Ms Rani Puri, has alleged that the officer had also issued false affidavits in this regard. She said when her deceased husband had expressed his reservations on this, the police officer in question got him implicated in a false case.

She said following the false implication, her husband had died.



Saplings planted at Kendriya Vidyalaya
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 17
About 30 saplings were planted at a tree plantation camp organised at the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31. The camp concluded today. Each sapling was patronised by a student.

The chief guest, Assistant Commissioner , Chandigarh region, KVS (CR) Ms Manju Lata Saxena, told the students about the importance of trees in human life. The Chief Conservative Officer , Mr M Chibber, laid emphasis on clean environment and stressed the need of planting more trees to save the environment.

The principal of the school, Ms S P Shergill, and staff of the school was also present at the camp. The tree plantation camp was organised by Bharat Vikas Parishad.

Competitions, including slogan writing, display board competition on van mahotsav and clean environment, were conducted in the school premises.

The results of the competitions are as follows:

Slogan writing competition :

1 Neetu Bhatt first position junior group

2 Navjot Kaur first position senior group

Poster making competition :

1 Himanshu Jamwal first position junior group

2 Sonia Tonk first Position senior group

Display board competition:

Tagore house (Anuj, Sonali) first position

Shiva Ji house ( Ajay, Nancy) Runner-up.



St Stephen’s teachers told to wear helmets
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 17
Practice before you preach Keeping this maxim in mind, St Stephen’s school teachers have been asked to wear helmets on the way to school. The orders to this effect were passed by the school Principal, Mr Harold Carver.

“Teachers coming to the school without helmets will not be allowed to park their vehicles in the premises”, says Principal Carver. “The decision has been taken to prevent head injuries”.

St Stephen’s is not the only school to implement the decision. Teachers of Sector 15 DAV Model School will also be served notice to wear helmets on Monday. The plus one and plus two students are also being asked to wear helmets.

The Director, Public Instructions (Schools), Mr D.S. Saroya says: ‘’This is a welcome development. By asking the teachers to wear helmets, the school authorities are setting an example for the students to follow. Otherwise too, the action will ensure safety of school teachers”.

The authorities of certain schools, however, do not feel the need to make the use of helmets compulsory. One of the principal of a school feels that teachers are quite mature and responsible citizens. “The teachers are themselves aware of the fact and are sensible enough to use helmets for their own safety, he says.



City teachers submit memorandum to Gujral
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 17
The UT Teachers Association submitted a memorandum of their demands to the Education Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, here yesterday.

The teachers demanded the removal of the present District Education Officer, Mr Brahmjit Kalia, from the post . They said he was on extension and should be removed immediately from the post. He should be appointed as Assistant Director, Adult Education.

Any senior Principal can be appointed as District Education Officer. To bring efficiency in the DEO office, a Principal having at least five years of experience of Deputy District Education Officer should be appointed as District Education Officer.

Some of the teachers were promoted as lecturers on a temporary basis subject to the decision of the court case. The case was decided in favour of the department. These lecturers should be regularised from date of their promotion. Teachers recruited after April, 1992, should be regularised year wise.



Aakriti inaugurated
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, August 17
Aakriti, a three-day annual exhibition of the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), opened on the institute campus in Phase VII here today.

The work of the students of fashion design, textile design and interior design have been put on display. The daisy kingdom section of the exhibition dealt with the children collections and the Indian ethnic section included tie and dye, block printed and screen printed collections from Indian tradition.

In the palette section, hand painted and embroidered suits, printed bedspreads, quilts and cushions were the highlights. The exhibition was inaugurated by Ms Savita Bhatti, wife of Mr Jaspal Bhatti, a famous comedian.



PG courses inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Ms Neeru Nanda, Advisor to the Administrator, UT, inaugurated the post graduate diploma courses in evening classes of various faculties at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 27, here today.

Addressing students, she said the bhavan management was doing a valuable service by providing quality education with the motive of spreading the knowledge based on Indian traditions.

The principal of the college in his address highlighted the achievements of the college and said 300 students had been registered till date for admission in the evening classes, of which 200 had applied for the public relations and journalism course.



Swatin crowned  Miss Fresher
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Swatin of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, was crowned as Miss Fresher at the freshers party of the college.

After their metamorphosis from school-going to college -going girls, the first year students emerged from their cocoons of freshers and walked down the ramp.

The college Principal, Ms Usha Gupta, presided over the function. Bollywood reigned supreme as the girls performed on a variety of latest Hindi film numbers. This was followed by one round after another of the college girls scintillating in their dresses walking down the ramp.

Seven girls were chosen in the second round and three of these were chosen in the final round. Aditi and Deepti were the first and second runners up. The function saw some interesting questions being asked to the participants. ‘‘What question will you ask a participant of Miss Universe contest?’’was one such question. But it was the final question which was the trickiest but very well answered by Swatin. She was asked,‘‘Will you prefer to be the ugliest woman with all the wealth in the world or the most beautiful with no money.’’ She replied, “Think what you may money does not matter.” and it was roaring applause which followed the answer which got her the crown.



Shift DSP from CID to distant place
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
Coming down heavily on the Punjab Director-General of Police for not implementing orders directing him to consider the advisability of placing two Deputy Superintendents of Police under suspension while granting them pre-arrest bail in a 1993 abduction case, Mr Justice V.M. Jain of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed him to immediately transfer DSP Jagtar Singh to a far-off place and give him a less important posting.

Pronouncing the orders, Mr Justice Jain directed the DGP to do the needful within 10 days. The Judge observed: “The DGP was definitely in charge of the entire police force. He was competent to deal with the matter at his own level. No case was made out for the DGP to have left the matter to the discretion of ADGP (Intelligence).”

The Judge also observed: “DSP Jagtar Singh has been retained in the CID and has been transferred to an adjoining district. In my opinion, if the DSP was not to be suspended, he could have been transferred to a far-off place and given a side-line post instead of keeping him in CID”.

Regarding DSP Ramesh Chand, the Judge asserted: “So far as he is concerned, considering the fact that he is to retire on November 30 and considering that he has been transferred to India Reserve Battalion at Ludhiana, no further orders are required to be passed especially when the case pertains to Ropar district and is being currently tried at Patiala.”

In her petition, Kamaljeet Kaur, wife of missing transporter Sukhdev Singh alias Sukha, had earlier submitted that the court, while passing orders on April 4, had directed the DGP to consider the advisability of placing DSPs Ramesh Chander and Jagtar Singh under suspension, but no action had been taken.

Going into the background of the case, she had alleged that her husband Sukhdev Singh of SAS Nagar was directed to come to Sohana police station before being detained at different places. Her counsel had added that Sukha’s whereabouts were unknown and there was a strong apprehension regarding his elimination.

Referring to a report by the Central Bureau of Investigation, she had added that certain police officers had been found guilty of abducting her husband. She had added that as per the CBI’s report her husband had been eliminated but the date, time and place of the encounter could not be ascertained.

Notice in BFU admission cases

Issuing notice of motion on a petition filed against Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and other respondents, Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar today directed that the admission of reserved category candidates with less than 40 per cent marks in the entrance tests, who were being called for counselling on the basis of a government notification, shall be subject to final decision of the writ petition.

Taking up a petition filed by Nimish Sharma of Hoshiarpur, the Judges added that the “counselling and admission of such candidates would be separately made and notified”. Nimish Sharma had earlier sought the quashing of the notification dated August 8 after terming it as illegal and unwarranted.

On a related petition filed by Rajinder Kumar of Nawanshahr seeking directions to the central admission committee to entertain his application for admission to MBBS and BDS courses, the Judges ordered that the petitioner shall be called for counselling in case candidates lower in merit were called. They added that the petitioner’s application shall also be accepted on the basis of the government notification.

The Judges also directed that Damandeep Singh of Jalandhar shall be allowed provisional counselling for the MBBS course on the basis of a certificate issued by the SGPC Secretary. In his petition, Damandeep Singh had sought directions to the respondents to grant him admission under the category meant for the wards of persons who had participated in the Dharam Yudh and Punjabi Suba morchas.

Pre-arrest bail plea dismissed

Dismissing the anticipatory bail plea filed by a Muktsar advocate booked under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities Act), Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the High Court on Friday directed the Special Judge to decide application for regular bail within three days.

Giving a ruling, Mr Justice Singhal observed: “The petition is dismissed in view of the provisions of Section 18 of the Act which bars the grant of anticipatory bail to the accused booked for offences under the Act.

“If the petitioner surrenders and applies for regular bail before the Special Judge, he will decide the prayer within three days from the date of making the prayer”, he added.



Bail refused in liquor case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today rejected the anticipatory bail application filed by Harvinder Pal Singla booked by the police after a “huge quantity of liquor” was found in an Industrial Area shed.

Pronouncing the orders, Mr Justice K.C. Gupta observed: “Such a substance which is being manufactured by the petitioner could create havoc with the lives of the people after consumption. Hence, there is no justification to release him on anticipatory bail.”

Singla was booked by the Chandigarh police under the Excise Act and Sections 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code. According to the prosecution, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Chandigarh police had found illicit liquor after he reached a shed in the Industrial Area upon receiving information that an oil tanker had caught fire.


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