Saturday, June 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Colleges following their own rules
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, June 28
It seems that various colleges of Delhi University (DU) are making their own set of rules and regulations for admission, forcing the applicants to approach the Dean, Student Welfare, to look for a solution.

“It’s like every year now. Basically, the college authorities do not want to deal with the students’ problems themselves, so they send the perturbed applicants to us. In other words, they (the colleges) want to show their supremacy,” said one of the DU officials.

Shweta Chaudhary is one of the applicants to Dayal Singh College but now the college is refusing her admission, because apparently the college doesn’t recognise the computer course in the best of four aggregates for admission to BSc General.

“I am surprised myself, because, technically, the college should recognise such courses as they are also approved by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE),” said a DU official.

Rashi Singh is also confronting a similar problem. She had 91.2 per cent marks and the minimum cut-off mark is 90.07 per cent for BCom Honours in Lady Sri Ram College of Commerce. However, she is denied admission by the college.

“How is it possible that my name isn’t there on the first cut-off list? The college tells me that I don’t have good grades in mathematics but in the prospectus there is no mention of such a thing,” said an angry Rashi.

“Thousands of students come with their issues regarding the admission process. Usually, we receive the complaints after the first cut of first cut-off list. The college authorities, at times, do create nuisance but their problems are also genuine. The students then come to me with their various problems as I am here for them only,” said Dr Hema Raghavan, Dean, Student Welfare.

“The problems of students are varied. But mostly, the kind of issues I face is about the gap year. Some colleges try to follow their own admission procedures. For instance, it is seen that applicants come to Delhi University after applying to all the engineering and medical colleges. If they are unable to clear the entrance tests to these courses, they give themselves one year to prepare again and in the process they lose out one precious year. And when they again apply to DU, the college authorities ask the applicants what did they do the previous year. That’s where the problem starts and some of the colleges even refuse admission to such candidates,” she added.


MDU Hindi professor to be honoured
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, June 28
The India International Friendship Society has decided to honour Dr B. N. Singhal, a senior professor in the Hindi Department in Maharshi Dayanand University, for his achievements in the field of Hindi literature. The society would honour Dr Singhal by presenting him the ‘Vijay Rattan Award’ along with a certificate of excellence at its annual awards presentation ceremony slated for July 30 in Delhi. Dr Singhal has got over 50 research papers published in different journals of repute and authored nearly 13 books. His four books were honoured by the Haryana Sahitya Akademi while certain books were prescribed by the state universities for undergraduate classes and by the Board of School Education, Haryana.

A gold medallist in BA (Honours) and MA (Hindi), Dr Singhal was enlisted in ‘Marquis’ Who is Who’ and ‘Cambridge International Writers Who is Who’. Besides, he was declared the ‘Man of the Year’ by the American Biographical Institute for Research. In a letter written to Dr Singhal, the secretary general of the India International Friendship Society, said it was a leading voluntary organisation, which was a strong advocate of economic growth and national integration. Peace, progress and prosperity of the global community were its cherished objectives.


Kids have gala time at summer workshop
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, June 28
A summer workshop was organised by Creative Steps at Sector 9 here recently for schoolchildren with a view to promoting talent in fields like painting, clay modelling, pot painting, greeting cards, foil painting, doll and puppet making and use of waste material. Several participants were awarded with prizes.

According to Ms Pinki Gandotra, organiser of the workshop, while more than 300 children took part in the workshop, an exhibition was also held to exhibit the products prepared by the participants. She said face painting thrilled the children as it was a totally new experience. Prizes were given away by Mrs Rupan Jha, wife of the outgoing Deputy Commissioner.

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