Tuesday, April 23, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Need to review teaching, evaluation methods: Jacob
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 22
‘‘Our methods of teaching, designing courses and systems of evaluation need to be reviewed and transformed to meet the new challenges of globalisation and the revolution in information technologies.’’ This was stated by the Governor, Punjab and UT Administrator Lt General J.F.R. Jacob (retd) while inaugurating a seminar-cum-workshop for college principals at the Panjab University here today.

More than 80 principals from various colleges affiliated to the Panjab University, Guru Nanak Dev University and Punjabi University are attending the two-day workshop which has been organised by the Panjab University in collaboration with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore.

Congratulating the three universities for having achieved five-star status from the NAAC, the Governor said colleges in the state still need to show enthusiasm in getting their academic and administrative evaluation done from the NAAC. ‘‘The excellence of the universities cannot be sustained without active participatory support from colleges in the academic programmes envisaged by the universities.’’ he said.

Pointing out that there has been increasing dissatisfaction with the state of our universities and colleges, he said it is time some soul- searching is done to recover lost domain. ‘‘We must ensure that our younger generations get the best of facilities and opportunities to become competent and motivated workers at the frontiers of knowledge.’’ he said.

The Governor also stated that it was the social and moral responsibility of institutions of higher education to ensure that they not lack the essential resources for proper functioning.

Prof H.S. Soch, former Vice- Chancellor, delivered the keynote address. He stated that the colleges and the universities should prepare themselves for becoming competitive players in the global market of higher education.

Earlier, welcoming the Governor and participants in the seminar, the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, said that with the seminar, the colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh will acquire the requisite orientation to be ready for being assessed by academic peers for quality, effectiveness and efficacy of the academic programmes. Prof Pathak underlined the significance of self appraisal and peer evaluation for improving the quality of higher education in universities and colleges.

Prof Ramesh Kapoor, Dean College Development Council, PU, proposed a vote of thanks.

During the technical session, Prof K.K. Bajaj, Dr K.S. Arya, Prof Ashok Sahni and Prof S.K. Kulkarni spoke on various aspects of higher education and the evaluation process by NAAC.


Girls break another male bastion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 22
Whether it is passing out with first division or winning gold medals girl students have outdone boys year after year in the engineering stream, considered as the male bastion.

From a single girl student in 1965 to hogging the limelight in subsequent years, their performance has been a result of concentrated and concerted efforts, reflected well in the results of Punjab Engineering College (PEC).

With an enviable record of 89 per cent girls passing with first division with honours against 37 per cent boys achieving the same feat in 1994, the situation has not changed much since then with 70 per cent girls and 30 per cent boys passing with first divisions in 2000.

Among the eight disciplines offered by the college, girl students have shown a clear preference for electrical, civil, computer science and electronics, monopolising the first positions in at least three branches: computer science, electrical and electronics.

The Principal of the PEC, Dr Baljeet S. Kapoor, who got data compiled for an assessment of the performance of boys and girls, says, “While there might have been a bias against girls by companies at the time of placement, my experience shows that they prefer to employ girls, considered far more serious in handling assignments and manage situations.”

In addition, he has worked out an exhaustive plan to improve the facilities at the disposal of girl students and provide them equal opportunities, an issue which has long been neglected.

Under the new scheme, girl students, forced to return to their hostels by 8 pm, will be allowed to avail the services of the cyber room and library till 11 pm, the deadline set for the boys.

Also, the college will start meditation classes to destress the students and provide sports facilities at college premises.

“The idea is to encourage them to diversify in fields other than academics. It is a known fact that sports helps in unwinding and relaxing, something that the students need after a rigourous study schedule,” Dr Kapoor added.

While the number of girl students continues to rise steadily in the college, the authorities are hoping, given the opportunities and incentives, the result graph will also follow suit, ensuring the girl students continue to bring greater laurels to the institution.


Varsity-NIFD pact on degree courses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University (Udaipur) has entered into a technical arrangement with the local National Institute of Fashion Designing (NIFD) to offer degree courses from the new session, said Prof B.P. Bhatnagar, Vice-Chancellor, here today.

Ms Ritu Kocchar, Director of the NIFD, said out of 130 centres of the institute, the degree courses were proposed to be offered at 20 centres in the first phase. The courses included B.Sc. (Fashion Designing), B.Sc. (Textile Designing) and B.Sc. (Interior Designing). The institute proposed to have 60 seats in the Fashion Designing course, 20 in Interior Designing and 20 in Textile Designing at each centre.

She said the NIFD would look after the technical and administrative aspects while the university would keep a check on the quality control and implementation of rules laid down by the University Grants Commission. Ms Kocchar said the courses were specially designed to meet the demand of the industry. Professor Bhatnagar said the programme was not in the form of a franchise policy which had been turned down by the UGC.


Results of UT school teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 22
The Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, today released the list of selected candidates for the posts of Master and Mistress, here today. The following candidates have been selected for appointment on the basis of academic and professional qualifications, additional higher qualifications, teaching experience, performance in sports and co-curricular activities, marks obtained in the written test held from January 2 to January 4, 2002 and interviews / viva conducted from April 9 to April 12, 2002.

Mathematics (13): 130536732-Hemlata Narang, 130536245-Lathika Mudappala Nair, 13053600-Shallu Kohli, 130536575-Manoj Kumar Joshi, 130637034-Seema Rani, 130737099-Kamaljit.

Social Studies (14): 140540625-Yogeeta Khanna, 140541125-Rekha Pawar, 140539283-Renu Vasishta, 140539262-Patial Dinesh Singh, 140540293-Monika Vaid, 140540647-Suman Mehta, 140539122-Tejinder Chawla,140540983-Kamal Preet Kaur, 140542098-Sabina Gill, 140539911-Anoopreet Kaur Sangha, 140742121-Anjani Kumar, 140540837-Anita Pandey, 140641639-Harmeet Kaur, 140641720-Singh Rajinder, 140641591-Rajinder Kaur, 140641696-Sukhwinder Kaur, 140842043-Renuka Walia.

Hindi (15): 150544447-Anita Mahajan, 150544863-Shelly, 150545002-Rupinderjit Kaur, 150544507-Sonia, 150544326-Sunita Sharma, 150544710-Lipi Sharma, 150544801-Arvind Bala, 150645103-Anil Kumar, 150645157-Renu Bala, 150745360-Manjinder Kaur, 150545031-Anu Marjara, 150745334-Santosh Kumari, 150845365-Amita Sood.

Punjabi (16): 160547164-Surinder Pal Kaur, 160547019-Devinder Kaur, 160547202-Rajbir Kaur, 160547079-Rajinder Singh Kamboj, 160547400-Narinder Kaur Aulakh, 160647546-Nirpal Kaur, 160747560-Harpreet Kaur.

Sanskrit (17): 170550295-Anuradha Sharma, 170550200-Komal Sharma, 170550110-Meenakshi.

Home Science (18): 180552039-Rachna Aneja, 180552061-Indu Bala, 180552028-Sandeep Kaur Kang, 180652175-Sonia, 180752181-Manu Samriti.

Fine Arts (20): 200556131-Sanjay Kumar Gupta, 200756169-Manmadha Rao Munduru, 200556100-Gursharan Kaur, 200556216-Rupinder Kaur, 200656160-Rakesh Kumar Sahota, 200756167-Suman Prabha, 200856222-Kushwah KM Sita,

The result of selected candidates for the post of Master/Mistress in the subject of General Science(Medical), General Science(Non-Medical), and Social Studies (OBC Category) will be declared later. The result of the posts reserved for Ex-serviceman in various categories will also be declared later.

While every care has been taken in preparing the above list, the possibility of inadvertent errors cannot be ruled out. The department does not undertake responsibility of such errors and reserves the right to rectify the same later.


Teacher evaluation by students emphasised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 22
The revolution brought about by the advent of information technology and the supremacy of knowledge in shaping the affairs of society came in for discussion at the first conference of the Council of Teacher Education.

Held on "Towards better teacher education in Punjab and Chandigarh'', the conference was organised at the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, here today.

In his keynote address, Dr S.L. Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Panjab University, said, "Education is a means of equipping people to live changing times."

He stressed the need to produce teachers who are competent, communicative, creative, innovative and to do away with the authoritative hierarchal society, giving way to democratic society in the schools. Teaching aptitude tests should be an essential requite before entering the teaching profession, he added.

Inaugurating the conference, Dr Gulab Chaurasia, National President of the CTE, said he thought of decentralising the CTE in 2000 to establish state chapters with an aim to organise such conferences. He concluded that teaching was a miracle and the teachers were the real miracle makers, the biggest challenge being to promote global contacts in education in the third millennium.

The Principal of the college, Dr Satinder Dhillon, presented the vote of thanks and agreed that teaching aptitude tests should be a part of the teacher training programme.

She emphasised that evaluation of teacher by students was essential for improving quality of teaching. She spoke on the commitment among principals and the need for communicating his vision and values to members of the staff.

Various papers on teacher evaluation and improvement in teaching competencies were also presented. A plenary session was organised where the participants were divided into groups and their recommendations duly recorded on ways to improve teacher education.

The programme concluded with the chief guest, Dr Daya Singh Sandhu, Head of Guidance and Counselling cell, University of Louisville, USA, releasing a book on teacher education. Dr Chaurasia released a newsletter of the CTE, Punjab State Centre.

Earlier, eminent educationists which included Prof S.L. Sharma, Dr Prem Sagar Chanana, Dr T.R. Sharma, Ms Rajinder Kaur, Dr T.S. Sodhi, Dr S.S. Mathur, Dr A.S. Sodhi and Dr D.S. Gupt, and Panjab University toppers of the last session and those conferred with Ph D degrees were honoured at the function.

Also, the National President of the CTE installed the office-bearers of the local chapter. These included: president — Dr D.R. Vij; vice-president — Dr Satinder Dhillon; secretary — Ms Nisha Sethi; and joint secretary — Mr S.P. Khanna. 


Ensure use of helmets, states told
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 22
Directing the states of Punjab and Haryana, besides the Union Territory of Chandigarh, to ensure the wearing of helmets by the pillion riders as well, Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered that buses, dropping the passengers, would no longer stop in the middle of the road.

In a ruling, Mr Justice Kumar also directed the traffic police and all the authorities concerned to ensure complete compliance with the court directions regarding the use of seat belts by the “car drivers as well as the occupier”, besides ensuring that the drivers were not using cell phones. Mr Justice Kumar also ordered the maintenance of one way traffic in front of the schools. “The traffic police would leave no efforts undone to complete the job,” he added.

The Judge also asked the transport secretaries of both the states, besides the Secretary of Regional Transport Authority of Chandigarh Administration, to file affidavits by the next date of hearing giving details of those who suffered head injuries on account of non-wearing of helmets while driving or sitting on the pillion.

In his detailed order, the Judge ruled: “All the buses which intend to drop the passengers shall ensure that they do not stop in the middle of the road, particularly near traffic lights. They should drop the passengers either at local or at Inter-State Bus Stand meant for this purpose. This direction shall be carried out by the traffic police, RTA Secretary of the states.

Hand over challan copies in VC case

Mr Justice M.L. Singhal of the High Court on Monday directed a police inspector to hand over the photocopies of the challan submitted in the Saru Rana case to counsel for the complainant, counsel for Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia and the Advocate-General. The case will now come up for hearing on April 26.

The Judge, on the last date of hearing, had directed Patiala’s Judicial Magistrate (First Class) to depute his ahlmad for producing before the court complainant Saru Rana’s statement.

Give details of pardon cases

A Division Bench of the High Court today directed the state of Haryana to furnish the details of all the cases in which pardon was granted to murder and attempt-to-murder convicts. The Bench, comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Bakhshish Kaur, also fixed May 13 as the next date of hearing in the case.

The High Court had earlier directed the state to Haryana place on record the judicial orders allowing the withdrawal of cases involving serious offences. The Bench had also directed that the list of cases in which pardon had been granted should also be produced in court. In his petition, Rohtak resident Satpal Kadian had earlier sought directions for ordering an independent probe, preferably by the CBI, into the withdrawal of criminal cases by the state due to political reasons.


Murder accused remanded
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 22
An accused, Girish, arrested yesterday by the city police for murdering a city resident, Navin Bhatia, was today remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody by a local court. Navin and Girish stayed in opposite apartments on the first floor of the same house.

It is alleged that Navin, a 33-year-old insurance agent residing in Sector 44-D, was brutally stabbed by the accused on Sunday afternoon. Later, Naveen was rushed to the PGI and operated upon. He was shifted to the emergency recovery room, where he died at about 7.45 pm. He suffered about 25 stab injuries on various parts of the body, including neck and abdomen.

Hearing adjourned

A local court adjourned a defamation complaint filed against the PPCC by the president of a local unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Mr N.S. Minhas, till July 13. The court has adjourned hearing on the complaint filed by the PPCC for quashing of the complaint filed against it.

Mr Minhas had filed a complaint under Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC against the PPCC for publishing posters in various national and regional newspapers against the party President, Mr Parkash Singh Badal. He claimed that the contents of the advertisement were false and malicious.

He alleged that the PPCC had got advertisements published to mislead public and lower Mr Badal’s esteem.


An accused, Rakesh, allegedly involved in a case of abduction and rape was remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody on Monday by a local court.

It was alleged that the accused had abducted and raped a minor. The police had registered a case under Sections 363, 366 and 376 of the IPC.


DSP, ASI charged with abduction
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 22
A charge of abduction has been framed against a DSP of the Punjab police, Surjeet Singh Grewal, and an ASI Amarjit Singh and charge of murder against five other police personnel — Birbal Das, Gurcharan Singh, Nikka Ram, Chanan Singh and Dayal Singh — for their alleged involvement in killing of Kulwinder Singh alias “Kid” in a fake encounter, by a local court today.

It was alleged that Surjeet Singh Grewal and Amarjeet Singh along with some other CIA personnel had raided kothi number 1752, Phase-V, SAS Nagar, on July 22, 1989, to search terrorists, Dhyan Singh, Kulwinder Singh alias Kid and Jagbir Singh alias Panjola. During the raid, Phulwinder Singh was shot and Kulwinder Singh was picked up by the raiding party. Later Kulwinder Singh was killed by the five police personnel in an alleged fake encounter.

The father of the deceased, Mr Trilochan Singh, had moved a writ petition against the police personnel before the High Court. Acting on the petition, the HC directed the then Session Judge, Mr M.S. Lubhana, to inquire and submit the report. He submitted his report on April 24, 1995.

After the receipt of the report, the HC had directed the CBI to register a case against the Punjab police personnel. The CBI in its investigation revealed that Kulwinder Singh alias Kid was picked up by Surjit Singh Grewal and Amarjeet Singh and five CIA personnel. Then Kulwinder Singh was killed by Birbal Das, the then SHO of the Sohana police station, Gurcharan Singh (head constable), Nikkaram (head constable), Chanan Singh (ASI ) and Dayal Singh (constable) in the intervening night of 23 and 24 July, 1989, at the Tangori Kurda road police station, Sohana. During his killing, a company of CRPF headed by Inspector M.S. Rao was also present at the spot.

In spite of having sufficient knowledge about the identity of Kulwinder Singh they cremated the body as an unidentified extremist. In the same context the police personnel had also submitted false report and tampered with the photographs of the deceased in the court in response to the petition filed by the father of deceased to know whereabouts of his son. After the completion of the investigation, the CBI held the accused guilty under Sections 120-B, 302, 364, 201 and 218 of the IPC.

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