Tuesday, June 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Institute celebrates success by honouring students 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
FIITJEE toasted its winning horses on Sunday, at Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park here after logging a record of 2078 quality selections in the IIT Joint Entrance Examination, 2002 and capturing 9 out of top 10 all India ranks.

On the home turf, students of FIITJEE captured 6 ranks in the top 10 in the Delhi Zone, including the topper of Delhi Zone, Sumit Kumar (AIR-5,Delhi-1).

In all, 600 FIITJEE classroom contact programme students have emerged successful in IIT-Jee, 2002.

The packed auditorium was reverberating with the success of FIITJEE while enjoying its annual felicitation celebration, Utkarsh, 2002.

According to the organisers, every year this event gets bigger and better, as the number of successful alumni swells.

Under the guidance of FIITJEE’s founder, Mr D.K.Goel, a mechanical engineering graduate from IIT Delhi, the organisation has transformed itself from a modest training institute to a big corporate house.

The felicitation function of FIITJEE not only symbolises the mere success of its students but also the rich harvest the IIT aspirants reap at the end of their study program. The IIT aspirants not only manage a place into one of the prestigious IITs but also get loads of social adulation and appreciation.

The chief guest for this annual function, Mr Narendra Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. also shared his views on FIITJEE’s success saga. He hailed the impetus that FIITJEE has provided to the fledgling engineering entrance training industry, by imparting quality training in the field.

While presenting the prizes to the successful fiitjeeian’s in top 10 all India ranks, Mr Sharma congratulated them on their success.

He observed that the pioneering work of FIITJEE had sparked off a multiplier effect into the education industry as a whole.

A panel of top academicians (including IIT Professors, HODs), eminent custodians of law, celebrated corporate personalities, etc., joined the chief guest in presenting the prizes to the successful candidates.

One of the noteworthy programmes of the evening was the cultural and entertainment programmes presented by the FIITJEE students. Noted Bharat Natyam exponent Ms. Rama Vaidyanathan’s dance recitals kept the audience spell bound.



Ex-minister calls for job-oriented courses

Jhajjar, June 24
The former Technical Education Minister and a Haryana Congress leader, Mr Chhatarpal Singh, termed the state government’s decision to remove the “moral education” subject from school curriculum as most unfortunate. The decision reflected the immorality of the present government, he said. Addressing a press conference in Bahadurgarh today, the former minister, however, hailed the decision to increase the minimum pass percentage from 33 to 35 in all the subjects of school education. He stressed the need to initiate new job-oriented and professional courses, especially keeping in view the growing unemployment among rural youths.

Advocating wide-ranging reforms in the school education system, he said that there was no control on the school faculty, which resulted in the deterioration of education standards.

He alleged that while the needs of rural students were being neglected, the urban children were getting all the advanced facilities. As a result of this unfair treatment, the gap between the standards of rural and urban students was widening, which was a dangerous trend for the society, he said. He said the government was not in a position to control all students after completing their schooling even in general courses in colleges.

Meanwhile, the correspondence and private courses had become meaningless in the absence of proper coaching facilities. OC



HC restrains VIMHANS staff from 
protesting in complex
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 24
The Delhi High Court has restrained the hospital staff of Vidya Sagar Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (VIMHANS) from demonstrating within 50 metres of the complex. The hospital employees, who have threatened to go on a strike, have been demonstrating for salary hike and other issues.

Taking cognizance of a petition by the Vidya Sagar Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (VIMHANS) filed by its counsel V. K. Malik, stating that its employees had threatened to go on strike on their demand for salary hike and some other issues, Justice M.A.Khan gave an interim direction in this regard.

“This court orders that employees or their agents are hereby restrained from holding a demonstration in a manner which may in any way obstruct any member of the hospital, its employee, patient and visitors.”

The Court, however, allowed them to hold demonstration “peacefully” outside the 50 metres distance from hospital’s entrance with a warning that its order should be “observed, obeyed and carried out by all concerned.”

Issuing notice to the Hospital Employees Union, the Court said they should file the reply by August 20.

Mr Malik said though the hospital had agreed to consider the demands of the employees for salary hike, increasing their leave and providing them medical facilities, they had threatened to go on strike saying that the management’s offer is below their expectations.

Regarding the employees’ bonus demand, Malik said the staff of a charitable hospital was not entitled to it. 


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