Friday, September 7, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Homoeopathy diplomas of Punjab, Chandigarh get recognition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH), New Delhi, has recognised the diplomas awarded by homoeopathic medical colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh bringing relief to thousands of affected students.

Addressing mediapersons today, representatives of the homoeopathy students, Ms Monika Matta, Mr Gagan Grover, Mr Shuchy Chugh and Ms Sonia Paul, said the recent decision by the apex court had finally put an end to the long-drawn agitation by the students of these colleges over the uncertainty regarding the recognition to the DHMS diploma awarded by the Council of Homoeopathic system of medicine, Punjab. “ After this, please do not refer to us as quacks, “ implored the young homoeopaths who had passed out from Chandigarh Government Homoeopathy College, Sector 26.

It may be mentioned that more than 300 students had been agitating for recognition to their diploma for more than five years. “Denial of such recognition had affected more than 2,000 students who passed out from these colleges in all these years,” said Ms Matta.

According to the doctors , despite strikes by the affected colleges, the efforts of the students were not successful.” It was in January, 2000, that we all decided to approach the court of law for justice. Following the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in our favour, the CCH took the matter to the Supreme Court. However, the apex court in its decision also dismissed the special leave petition (SLP) filed by the CCH in March, 2001,” they said.

According to the doctors, this has put an end to the uncertainty regarding recognition to the DHMS diploma awarded by the Council of Homoeopathic medicine, Punjab, after adopting the CCH regulations in 1983.

A controversy, they said , had been prevailing whether the DHMS diploma awarded by the council was included in the second schedule of the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973.

“With this decision, that we possess the qualification recognised under the Act, one can very well imagine our relief. Even after studying for four years, we are called quacks or” qualified unqualified” and denied the right to practice in all other states except Punjab,” they said.


Police meeting focuses on students’ poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The forthcoming elections to the Panjab University Campus Students Council and the students councils of affiliated colleges was the main topic of discussion at the monthly crime meeting held today.

According to the police the monthly crime meeting chaired by the UT Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr Parag Jain, focussed on the students’ election and the need to ensure that law and order was maintained.

Following three incidents of clashes in the university within a week’s time, the police has decided to leave nothing to chance. The SSP reportedly asked all officers to ensure that adequate cops were deployed near all colleges and the university.

He also asked the police officers to initiate a dialogue with various students’ bodies in order to ensure that the elections were held smoothly.

Discussions were also held on the crime graph during the past month. Mr Jain expressed concern over rise in the cases of vehicle thefts from different parts of the city.

During the first six months of this year, 92 cars were reported stolen as compared to 165 cars stolen during the year 2000.

Mr Jain asked the officers to formulate a plan for reducing auto- thefts from different parts of the city, especially the commercial hub of Sectors 8,9, 17, 22, 34 and 35 and in other southern sectors.

Besides, Station House Officers of all police stations, in charges of various units of the police, the SP City, Mr Baldev Singh, and Sub- Divisional Police Officers were also present in the meeting.


FCI likely to be ‘Smart Institute’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Food Craft Institute, Sector 42, is likely to be the first UT Administration-owned institute in the city to be upgraded into a “smart institute”.

As part of a project called the “Smart Institute Project” started by the Department of Information Technology, UT Administration, a special committee constituted by the Administration held its meeting at the institute here today. Convened by the UT Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, Chairman, FCI, the meeting was chaired by Mr Vivek Atray, Director, Information Technology, UT Administration, to look into the details of transforming the institute into a smart institute. Other members of the committee were Principal, FCI, Mr Alok Shivpuri, Mr Ajay Rampal, Senior Information Officer, NIC, UT, and Mr S.C. Dhawan, Additional Director, IT, UT.

“Smart basically means a fully wired and connected institute. Fully computerised and networked, basically the institute will be a smart paperless organisation where work will be carried out completely on computers.” said Mr Vivek Atray. Along with Mr Dhawan and Mr Rampal, he also launched the “Grow Green” drive in the city.

The FCI comes under the Department of Tourism and will be the first institute in the city to be a “smart institute”. “In case we are able to get good results with the effort put at FCI, other institutes will follow. Which will be the next institute is still not clear,” informed Mr Atray.

“The reason for choosing the FCI is that it is already an almost smart institute. In fact, very little work will go into networking its working, most of which is already done in a smart brisk businesslike manner,” said Mr Atray.

The institute trains students in cooking, housekeeping and front office. It also has a commercially run restaurant called “Nimantran” and a pastry shop called “elevenses”.

“The whole process will be taken up in three phases. The first two phases will be completed within six months. The first phase will include upgrading of the existing computer laboratory we have here. More computers will be placed, and networked along with customised software for these computers. In the second phase we will have computerisation of the administration of the institute. The routine day-to-day working like the admission process and fee collection will be computerised, followed by administration of the academic part of our set-up here,” stated the Principal, Mr Alok Shivpuri.

The third phase of the process would begin when the training hotel currently under construction attached to the FCI would be computerised and networked. “If all goes well, the hotel should be ready by the middle of next year,” informed the Principal.


Children sing their hearts out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The opening day of the musical mornings at Strawberry Fields Kindergarten in Sector 24 here today was a celebration of all things innocent, fresh and exciting in the growing pre-schoolers’ life.

Children of Lower K.G. sang delightful songs about their environment, relationships and daily experiences to the accompanying notes of the piano played by Sheila Bhasin, their piano teacher. It was an extension of their daily music lessons.

The lively backdrop painted by the teacher added colour to the programme. The four-year-olds were confident, happy and articulate as they spoke of many innocent and wonderful facets of their life. “God always listens”, “In and out the window”, “Fuzzy fuzzy caterpillar” “Each day different” were some of the songs the children sang. They were quick to take their cues, announce their songs and synchronise completely with the piano notes. Their happiness and natural expression confirmed that music has the power to brighten the dullest of days and the gloomiest of spirits.

As the parents sat with nostalgia, one could see that the children of Strawberry Fields had sung their way into the hearts of the parents. Ms Pushpinder Cheema, Principal of St John’s High School, was a special invitee on the occasion. 


Saplings planted by students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
Over 50 teachers and 200 NSS volunteers participated in the celebrations of the World Literacy Day at Government College for Men, Sector 11, campus here today. A sapling plantation drive was also launched on the occasion.

The plantation drive began with the former MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, planting the first sapling. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Jain said teachers and students can play a vital role in keeping up the solidarity and integrity of the nation. Mr C.L. Narang, Director, NSS, Punjab University, while speaking on the occasion said the increasing population and poverty were the main reasons behind the rising incidence of illiteracy in the country. He said the students should help in eradicating the problem by imparting basic education to as many people as possible.

Dr S.N. Singla, Principal of the college, urged the NSS volunteers and teachers to help in creating a healthy society by spreading awareness about literacy. Dr Maghar Singh, Dr. Sarbjit Singh, Prof R.S. Brar, Dr Sartik, and program officers of the NSS had organised the programme.


Seminar on polytechnic education begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
As part of the two-day celebrations preceding the 34th annual day of the Technical Teachers Training Institute, Sector 26, a two-day national seminar on “Impact of World Bank Project on Polytechnic Education System: Sustenance and Future Challenges” started at the TTTI here today.

Inaugurating the seminar, Mr S.K. Srivastava, a senior education specialist with the World Bank, traced the history of polytechnic education in the country. He emphasised that this kind of education was faced with a wide variety of challenges.

He suggested that the solution was in providing autonomy to these polytechnics and if and wherever possible, upgradation into engineering colleges and development of nodal polytechnics. He also stated that there was growing need to strengthen linkages between technical institutions and industry.

Mr Yash Pal Mahajan, Chairman, Board of Governors, TTTI, presided over the inaugural session. In his address, he narrated the achievements of the polytechnic education system during the post-independence period. He was of the opinion that the polytechnic education systems of Singapore, Germany and Japan should become benchmarks for the polytechnics in our country.

Earlier, welcoming the participants and guests, Dr S. Krishnamurthy, Principal, TTTI, explained the role of polytechnics in the fast-changing economic scenario. He expressed concern about the shrinking job opportunities for polytechnic diploma holders.

Prof Y.K. Anand, senior coordinator, listed the themes which would be discussed during the two-day seminar. More than 80 participants would attend the seminar and the annual day celebrations. A cultural show was organised by the staff of the TTTI in the evening.


ISTC students allege harassment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
A large number of students at the Indo-Swiss Training Centre (ISTC) and their parents here are perturbed over the refusal of the ISTC authorities to accept drafts of banks other than the State Bank of India (SBI).

Talking to TNS, several affected parents said the sudden decision of ISTC officials to reject bank drafts other than the SBI is causing them unnecessary harassment.

According to a student, they were supposed to pay the bi-annual fees (Rs 3,000) this month. They were taken aback when the authorities refusal to accept drafts of other banks. Students say that no particular bank has been specified by the authorities when paying fees through a bank draft. They add that earlier they had been paying fees through draft payable by any bank located in Chandigarh. Parents said the “arbitrary” decision had caused loss of time and money to them.


Talent search contests conclude
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The three-day inter-college talent search competitions ended at DAV College, Sector 10, here today.

Debates and declamation contest marked these contests. Those who won these competitions would participate in these events during the inter-college youth festival.

More than 20 students participated in the declamation contest. The participants talked on a wide variety of contemporary issues like youth and politics, dying reading habits, changing role models for the Indians and leadership crises in modern Indian politics. The first prize went to Puneet Khanna, while Mayank Lakhanpal got the second prize and Kumar Saurav got the third prize.

A total of 22 students participated in a debate held yesterday on the topic of whether parental consent should be the basis of matrimony or not. The students came up with innovative and interesting ideas reflecting the changing attitude of the new generation. The first prize was won by Aseem Gill, while Rahul Sanan came second and Balwant got the third prize.


Panel set up on medical, dental colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The Punjab Government has set up a committee to improve the functioning of the government medical and dental colleges.

Disclosing this, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, Medical Education and Research Minister, Punjab, said today that the committee had been told to provide latest machines, other equipment and medicines to the hospitals attached with these institutions. 


Employee’s kin can’t claim job on maturity
Tribune News Service 

Chandigarh, September 6
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today ruled that the minor heir or dependant of an employee who died in harness cannot claim the right to appointment on becoming eligible subsequently.

Delivering the verdict on a bunch of petitions, Mr Justice S.S. Sudhalkar and Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel observed: “The question involved in these writ petitions is whether compassionate appointments can be granted after a long lapse on the ground that the claimant was minor at the time of the death of an employee and became a major after a long time”.

The Judges ruled: “In view of the fact that compassionate appointment is an exception to the general requirement of Articles 14 and 16 and the object of the appointments is to provide immediate relief, we are of the view that a minor who is not eligible for appointment cannot claim right to seek appointment on becoming eligible subsequently. The dependant or the heir of the deceased can be appointed if eligible and if the appointment is sought within a reasonable period of time. The candidate either acquiring eligibility afterwards or not applying within a reasonable period of time cannot be given compassionate appointments”.

In their detailed judgement, the Judges added: “Before we part with the judgements, we may notice one more submission made by counsel for the petitioners. He claimed that though the petitioners were denied appointments, the authorities were making appointments in similar circumstances long after the death of the employee concerned to the heirs who subsequently became majors. We direct the authorities to ensure that no such appointments are made as may result in discriminate implementation of the policy as interpreted by this court and appropriate clartificatory order should be issued by the Secretary concerned to the government within a month from today.

Notice on vehicle auto-dippers

On a public interest litigation seeking directions to the Union of India and the state of Punjab to enforce the installation of auto-dippers — a safety device which automatically lowers the headlight beam of a vehicle with the help of sensors — a Division Bench of the High Court issued notice of motion to the respondents.

In his petition, taken up by the Bench, comprising Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta, Mr Vasu Dev Aggarwal of Bathinda had contended that the absence of the device was playing havoc with the lives of the people and was leading to multifold increase in road accidents at night.

Publish notice on IT courses

On a petition filed against Punjabi University and other respondents for quashing the decision to set up automonous institutes for imparting education in information technology and computer sciences through private companies, a Division Bench of the High Court on Thursday directed the university to get a public notice published in The Tribune specifying that all the admissions will be subject to the decision of the writ petition.

In his petition taken up by Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr M.M. Kumar of the High Court, Mr Rajan Gupta, appearing on behalf of petitioner Balwant Singh, had also sought directions to the university to start computer courses after setting up its own department as envisaged under Punjabi University Act. He had added that the same was possible as the department of computer sciences was existing in the university.


Dean case referred to another Bench
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 6
The writ petition filed by Head of the Radio Diagnosis Department, Prof Sudha Suri, seeking directions for quashing the appointment of Dr Onkar Nath Nagi, Professor and Head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, as PGI Dean was today referred to another Bench by Mr Justice S.S. Sudhalkar and Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The petition will now come up for further hearing on Friday by a Division Bench of the high court headed by Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi. In her petition, Dr Suri had earlier stated that even though the high court had directed the PGI and other 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. Dr Nagi, it may be recalled, was appointed as Dean on Wednesday.



September 7 will see the release of South Indian top director Shankar’s “Nayak — The Real Hero” and Chi Chi’s (Govinda) new movie “Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya”.

Sri Surya Movies produced “Nayak” will be released on Friday at Nirman, Chandigarh, and K.C. Panchkula. This is one of the most ambitious projects of Shankar. He makes his own remake of Tamil blockbuster “Mudhalvan”. Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai were selected for the lead roles but Shankar later opted for Anil Kapoor and Rani Mukherjee. Pooja Batra, Paresh Rawal and Amrish Puri star in this film. Sushmita Sen is in a special appearance.

“Nayak — The Real Hero” is about a reporter who becomes a chief minister for a day. He cleans up the system, eradicates corruption and wins hearts of the people.

The film has extravagant sets, colourful costumes and stunning special effects.

A. R. Rahman’s score is another highlight of this film. Picturesque locales, Shankar’s perfect record are also assets of this film.


N. Kumar presents “Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya” starring Govinda will also be released on Friday at Batra, Chandigarh and Dhillon, Mani Majra. Now Govinda’s turned into a brand. In this light comedy movie, Govinda tries to win hearts of the masses.

The film is produced by Mansoor Ahmad Siddiqi and written and directed by Rajat Rawail. It has lyrics by Sameer and music by “Gadar” fame Uttam Singh.

Tabu, Pooja Batra , Vinay Anand (Govinda’s nephew), Kiran Kumar and Sadashiv Amrapurkar also stars in “Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya”.

— DP

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