Friday, January 11, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


General pool seats at PEC doubled
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

The city will boast of three engineering colleges when the next academic session gets underway.

Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12: To be upgraded to a “deemed university” with 70 per cent reservation of seats for the UT pool and 30 per cent for the general pool.

Institute of engineering and technology, Panjab University: Slated to begin over five courses with 40 seats each.

Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26: Will run two courses and have 120 seats.

Chandigarh, January 10
Aimed at giving a more national (rather than regional) character to the Punjab Engineering College, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to cut down seats allotted to the UT pool from 85 to 70 per cent.

Under the new scheme of things, seats for the general pool, open to all students, have been doubled with reservation going up from the 15 per cent to 30 per cent.

Sources said the decision was necessitated in view of PEC being declared a “deemed university” from the next session. With the decision, the college is a step closer to realising its objective though it would have to take the reservation of seats in the open category up to 50 per cent and cut the UT share by another 20 per cent in times to come, an essential pre-condition for a “deemed university”.

However, despite the reduction in reservation of the total number of seats for students seeking admission to PEC from the UT pool, the number of seats available to them would go up with the opening of two new engineering colleges in the city, slated for the next academic session.

While an institute of engineering and technology would be set up on the Panjab University campus, the upgradation of the Central Polytecnic, Sector 26, to be rechristened the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, to an engineering college would also add to the seats available.

The institute at the university would offer four-year degree courses in software engineering, telecommunication and information technology, microelectronics engineering and biotechnology. The university was considering 40 seats for each of the courses.

Meanwhile, sources said the college in Sector 26 would offer two degree courses though deliberations over the choice of subject from amongst electronics, information technology and computer science were on. The college would have a total of 120 seats, 60 assigned to each of the two courses.

Complete revamp of the college was also being undertaken in consultation with the UT Engineering Department to equip it to meet the requirements of degree classes scheduled to begin in the next academic session. The added advantage would be that the diploma courses being run at the college would go on simultaneously.

The upgradation of the polytechnic was decided after the Punjab Governor and Administrator, UT, Lt-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd), began his surprise checks at the educational institutions.


Saying it with flowers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
The Students Centre of Panjab University saw a heavy rush at a stall set-up by the Panjab University Campus Students Council selling flowers on the occasion of “friendship day”.

Besides a heavy rush for purchasing flowers to be sent to friends along messages, at the venue was seen a group dancing to peppy tunes. The music system was impressive and so were the tunes played on request.


PU panel to look into Ajaib election case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
Panjab University has constituted a committee to “further advise” on the case of the Senate pertaining to approaching the Supreme Court regarding the election controversy in the graduates constituency.

Dr Ajaib Singh was declared elected following on order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to carry out the counting of the results pending in the graduates constituency.

It was earlier pointed out that Dr Ajaib Singh was not eligible to contest from the graduates constituency.

The elected Fellows of the graduates constituency attended the last Senate meeting held on December 29, 2001.

This was followed by elections to the university Syndicate.

Meanwhile, letters challenging the election of Dr Ajaib Singh, which were addressed to the Chancellor, were submitted to the University Registrar. The letters included those from two Fellows, Mr Ashok Goyal and Mr Pawan Valecha. The Chancellor office has asked the university to look into the matter, it is reliably learnt.

The committee has Justice D.V. Sehgal as its chairman. It also comprises Mr Anupam Gupta, Mr Satya Pal Jain, Prof R.D. Anand, Prof S.P. Gautam, Prof Charanjit Chawla, Principal Tarsem Bahia and Mr S.K. Sharma, who is secretary to the Vice Chancellor.

A meeting of the committee is scheduled for January 12.


Students get 2 yrs to submit fee for result card
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
A committee of Panjab University has decided to give a maximum of two years to students whose results have been withheld due to non-submission of fee.

These results are blocked under the RL (fee) category. The university has decided to give a period of two years to RL (fees) cases which pertain to the period after September, 1999.

The university will give a maximum period of three months to candidates whose results have been withheld pertaining to the period before 1999.

The committee members who attended the meeting included Prof S.P.Gautam, Principal A.C.Vaid, Prof Paramjit Singh and Mr Ashok Raj Bhandari.

The dates will be decided after the issue is formally cleared by the university Senate.

The university was witnessing a major pile-up of old cases which were pending due to non-settlement of the fee account by students. There were cases when students had gone abroad and not bothered about the results.

The bundle was piling up which was difficult to maintain. It was decided that a maximum time period should be fixed for the students to clear the dues”, a member explained. 


258 DHMS students awarded diplomas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
As many as 258 students of homoeopathy received their DHMS diplomas at the annual state-level convocation organised by the Council of Homoeopathy System of Medicine Punjab at the PGI here today.

Students from six colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh attended the convocation which started almost an hour behind schedule due to the delayed arrival of the chief guest Mr S.P.S. Bakshi, Chairman of the Central Council of Homoeopathy from New Delhi.

Dr Darshan Puri and Mr M.S. Chugh were also honoured on the occasion. Five students — Payal Chopra, Mandeep Arora, Anita Singh, Hitesh Mahajan and Ajaib Singh, were awarded for achieving top positions. 


Incinerator must for 5 lakh-plus towns
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the governments of the two states to take appropriate steps for ensuring the installation of at least one incinerator for waste disposal in every city and town with a population of over five lakhs.

Delivering the verdict on a bunch of petitions, including a public interest litigation, the Bench, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Bakhshish Kaur, also directed the issuance of necessary instructions to expert committees to be constituted for considering the issue “relating to the installation of incinerators as a condition preceding the setting up or expansion of urban estates with population of five lakhs or more”.

The Bench also directed that a meeting of the Secretaries in the Department of Local Bodies and Environment in the states of Punjab and Haryana, besides Chandigarh, should be held within three weeks for discussing and taking appropriate decision on the issue pertaining to the levelling of water cess for creating a fund to construct sewage treatment plants.

The Judges observed: “It would be in larger public interest that the issue regarding the discharge of untreated sewage in rivers is immediately taken care of by the governments of the two states and that of the Union Territory”. The report on the meeting should be submitted in the court by February 13, the next date of hearing.

Order in Dangi case reserved

A Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Mr Justice Nirmal Singh, on Thursday reserved orders on a writ petition filed by a former minister, Anand Singh Dangi, seeking directions for ordering a probe into the firing at his residence. The High Court had earlier entrusted the “entire case” to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Disposing of the petition filed by the Haryana’s ex-minister, directed that the investigation agency “shall now complete the investigation in FIR No 130 registered at Meham Police Station in Rohtak district on May 17, 1990”.

Directive to SP

The mystery on the disappearance of a Panipat girl moved closer to solution today with Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the asking Panipat’s Superintendent of Police to look into her mother’s representation within a month of receiving it.

Alleging inaction, Raj Rani in her petition had contended that the police had failed to trace the girl or even act against an accused even though specific allegations were levelled against him. Going into the background of the case, she had claimed that her daughter had gone to the market for purchasing medicines on September 12 last year but had not returned. 


Akademi awards for Gurmeet Bawa, Gursharan Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 10
Gurmeet Bawa, Baba Pokhraj and Gursharan Singh will receive the third annual Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi awards at a special function to be organised on January 17.

Announcing the names of this year’s award winners at Punjab Kala Bhavan today, the chairman of the akademi, Ms Harjinder Kaur, said the akademi was proud to continue the tradition of rewarding talent. Gurmeet Bawa will receive the award in the category of songs, Baba Pokhraj in the category of folk dances and Gursharan Singh in the category of theatre.

Apart from the three routine awards, the akademi will also present a special award to Punjabi comedian Bhagwant Mann this year. Bhagwant Mann will be awarded for his efforts to lend meaning to Punjabi comedy which had, of late, been reduced to mere mockery. Each award will comprise Rs 11,000, a citation, a shawl and a portrait of the awardee sketched by Rahi Mohinder. The annual awards will be presented on January 17 by the UT Administrator and Punjab Governor Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd).

Apart from this function, the akademi will also hold another award presentation ceremony to reward people who have contributed immensely to the field of Punjabi and Indian culture. The ceremony is being held in view of the fact that many a time the akademi receives a large number of nominations for many people. Ms Harjinder Kaur said, “It becomes difficult to choose the awardees at times. So we decided to hold a special function to honour those who deserve to be honoured.”

In the category of music the persons to be awarded are Kuldip Manak, Sarbjit Kaur, Puran Shahkoti, Sardool Sikander, Wadali brothers, Jogi Kashinath, Patialavi dhadhis. In the category of theatre and films the awards will be presented to Ajmer Singh Aulakh, Kewal Dhaliwal, Gurcharan Channi, Devinder Daman, Sudershan Maini and Atmajit. In dance the honours will go to Balbir Sekhon, Harbhajan Singh, Paramjit Pammi, Surjit Kaur and M.L. Koser.

Giving information regarding these awards today, chairman of the akademi also informed that the International Sufi Conference which was slated to be held in January had to be postponed till after mid March on account of the changed political scenario. Due to the same reason, Pakistani theatre director Madeeha Gauhar, whose play “Bulle” was to be staged during January, will also come to India only after normalcy is restored along the border.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi, whose term ends on February 9, will also hold a concluding function which will feature Dolly Guleria in a live concert. Prof Rajpal said, “All members of the akademi will be welcome to take part.” The function will be held on February 9 or on March 31, in case the akademi manages an extension of term.


Babus showcase dancing, acting skills
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 10
Taking time off from their work, members of the Central Government Welfare Coordination Committee, Chandigarh, presented a variety programme, showcasing their dancing and acting talents, at Tagore Theatre in Sector 18 here today.

The programme started with ‘Saraswati Vandana’ by artists from the Song and Drama Division. It moved on to Bulbul Cheema’s dance item from the Labour Bureau and a Punjabi song by Ms Madhu Bala from the Department of Youth.

The major attraction of the function was a drama competition that featured comedy plays from various departments. The competition started with ‘Girdhari Lal-Hai Mere Bhai’. The play was based on the struggle of an honest officer to survive in this corrupt world where bribery was an accepted norm. The play was presented by the Income Tax Department.

The other contestants in the drama competition were the drama group from A.G. (Audit), Haryana. It staged ‘Insaniyat jinda hain’ and ‘Kiraye ka makan’ was presented by “AG (A&E) Haryana. The function was enlived with bhangra, giddha and Haryanavi dance items by family members of employees of various departments.

The function was inaugurated by Mr Vimal Gandhi, vice-president, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal and Chairman, CGEWCC, Chandigarh, with the lighting of the traditional lamp. The secretary of the committee, Brig K.S. Khatri, presented the annual report of the CGEWCC for 2001-2002.


Pammi’s album reflects richness of folk music
Our Correspondent

Pammi BaiChandigarh, January 10
Pammi Bai, alias Paramjit Singh Sidhu whose name is synonymous with Punjabi folk dances is back with his third album “Nach Nach Pauni Dhammal”, a collection of eight songs based on rich ‘boliyan’ of Punjab. Produced by HMV (Sa Re Ga Ma) company , the cassette has been released only four days ago.

“This is an effort to eliminate vulgarity which has become an integral part of Punjabi songs and propagate true Punjabi culture among the non-Punjabis,” said Pammi Bai while addressing a press conference at the Chandigarh Press Club in Sector 27 here today.

To prove his point Pammi Bai has incorporated eight songs that range from Jhoomar to Bhangra dhamal to Jindua. The title song “Nach Nach Pauni Dhammal” is based on Bhangra dhamal while other songs like “Surmedani”, “Aari Aari” and “Do Cheez Jat” depict the simplicity of ordinary Punjabi people. Not only that Pammi Bai’s song “Allah Jane” has shown three generations of Jhoomar dancers, including Punjabi Sangeet Natak Academi award nominee Baba Pokhar Singh.

Pammi Bai who sings as well as he dances describes himself as performer whose only objective is to promote the rich heritage of Punjabi folk culture. “We have used the traditional folk instruments to give an authentic touch to the songs,” he said. Pammi has performed all over the world as a singer dancer besides having a number of solo songs for different albums including “Ichhabat” with Jagjit Singh.

Besides singing and giving dance performances, Pammi Bai has also acted in Punjabi feature films like “Bagawat”, “Dhee Jat Di” and tele serial “Vichora”. Music his latest album has been given by Kuljit and film director Jagmit Bal has filmed five of his songs. Ms Harshadeep, an upcoming singer has also sung some of the songs in the album.



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