Sunday, September 29, 2002, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


NIPER, PGI joint project on pharmacy
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Keeping in mind the socio-economic spectrum of rural India, the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) and the PGI will be collaborating for the setting up of a department of pharmacy practice to study the distribution and usage of drugs in the country.

The project which had been in the pipeline for the past some time is likely to come through after it receives the formal approval of the governing body of the PGI, scheduled to meet here on September 29.The issue has been enlisted as item number 34 in the agenda of the governing body meeting. The approval of the apex body is also being sought through item number 33 in the agenda for setting up of masters degree in Hospital Administration at PGI and creation of the required posts .

Since clinical pharmacy services are hospital based , the need for having collaboration between NIPER and PGI was felt. “ The post graduate studies and short-term courses which will be held in pharmacy will be open not only for scholars from India, but interested people from South East Asia, Africa and West Asia shall also be admitted,” revealed PGI sources.

The main objectives behind the setting up of the department of pharmacy is to educate and train pharmacists to be qualified as clinical pharmacists. As part of the tie-up, a drug information centre will be set up at the PGI premises. “ Since a majority of the Indian population lives in villages, the need to study the development pattern of rural pharmacy was considered essential,” stated another official.

The main aim would be to provide pharmaceutical benefits to the rural population by taking into account the socio-economic situation in India. The other activities would pertain to studies on drug use, pharmacy components of family planning programmes and forensic requirements for drug distribution. The department will develop a proper drug information centre, including provision of information on poisons.

The proposed tie-up between NIPER and PGI is the outcome of the need felt for backing up of studies by adequate development of subjects like clinical, hospital, community and rural pharmacy.

The NIPER, a centre of excellence in the area of pharmaceuticals, has been given national importance through the Act of Parliament (NIPER Act, 1998). It offers postgraduate courses in seven different disciplines of pharmacy, while three new courses are likely to be introduced.

The department of pharmacy practice, which will be set up at NIPER with the clinical attachment at PGI, would carry out studies on community and institutional pharmacy practices from technical, sociological and administrative angles. The rural pharmaceutical system, which will be developed as a discipline may form part of the health care organisation.

For starting of masters degree in Hospital Administration (MHA), apart from the clinical and para clinical departments of the PGI, there will be collaboration with Panjab University. The Public Administration, Sociology, Commerce and Business Administration departments of PU will be involved with the course at PGI. 



Another golf course in city
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, September 28
The city beautiful today added another chapter in of sports with the inauguration of Forest Hill Golf and Country club. The membership for the golf course was also opened. Local golfers, a few from the Chandigarh Golf Association, had the first-hand experience of golf in this golf course located in the beautiful hilly surroundings, serene environment.

According to Col B.S. Sandhu, president of the Forest Hill resort, members of the golf club would avail themselves of recreational facilities of the resort such as driving range, club house without any additional subscription. He said other projects planned for this year were, banquet facility, hiking and camping, jogging track, cross country, cycle track, tennis and squash court and swimming pool.

Colonel Sandhu said that golf club offered various membership packages like corporate membership, NRI and foreign nationals membership, golf range membership. The five-yearly membership fee would be Rs 2 lakh which would be in lock for a period of one to five years and hence refundable. The membership registration fee amounted to Rs 20,000, besides the annual subscription of Rs 6,000.

Earlier, the golfers had a taste of the facilities and enjoyed golfing in the lush green lawns amid the hilly terrains.

Meanwhile Colonel Sandhu announced that the golf course was all set to host the Forest Hill Golf Open PGA tournament as part of the 10th leg of the PGA tour from October 16 to 22. It would be the first professional event in the golf course spread over an area of 7,123 yards with 18 holes, nine of which had already been commissioned. It would have a participation of 72 professional and amateurs teeing off on one of the most challenging golf courses of the region as termed by few golf professionals.

The top golfers of the country who would vie for top honours in this meet include victors of the Indian PGA tour, led by three-time Mahindra champion Mukesh Kumar, Asian PGA tour star Gaurav Ghei, reigning Indian open champion Vijay Kumar and other stars like Dig Vijay Singh, Firoz Ali Mollah, Rohtas Singh, Yusuf Ali, Uttam Singh, Shiv Prakash among others. The winner of the event would be richer by Rs 1.62 lakh while the runners up by Rs 1.12 lakh.



Sanjay Public School win football title
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 28
Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, retained the football title for the third consecutive year when they overpowered Shivalik Public school, Sector 41, by four goals to nil in the Chandigarh Sub-Junior Boys Football Championship here today at Football Stadium, Sector 17. The meet was organised by Sanjay Public School. Balbir scored two goals while Sushil and Iqbal scored one goal each.

Saurabh wins tennis title: Saurabh Singh won the men singles title in the ninth Haryana State lawn Tennis Tournament at Gymkhana Club, Sector 6, Panchkula. In the final, he overpowered Jitin Bishnoi 6-3, 6-4. Earlier Shiva Sangwan clinched the under-14 and under-16 title. The second place in under-14 went to Mohak Mehta while in under-16 to Anshul Garg.

PML SD Public win: PML SD Public School, Sector 32, beat Guru Harkishan School, Sector 38, by 52-26 with half time score of 22-11 in the fourth SNOSA Basketball Meet which began today at Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22. In other matches of the day, DAV Senior Secondary school, Sector 8, defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, by 49-19 with half time score of 25-9. Shishu Niketan School defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, 46-21 with half time score of 12-4.

Kho-kho meet: Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, bagged two titles in the All-India Mahatma Hansraj Aryan Zonal Kho-Kho Meet for boys and girls today at Panchkula. In the boys final, HPS Boys defeated DAV Model School, Sector 15, by one turn and one point. In the girls section, HPS eves got the better of DAV Model School, Sector 15, by eight points.

PU Director Sports: Prof R.J. Hans Gill, Dean of University Instructions, Panjab University, was today given the additional charge of Director, Sports, PU. Mr Kewal Singh, Assistant Director, Sports, was given the additional charge of Coordinator, Campus Sports. The PU authorities also constituted an emergent Panjab University sports committee.

DAV win TT title: DAV Public School, Sector 8, bagged the under-14 table tennis title in the UT Inter- school TT Tournament organised by the UT Education Department, today. In the finals, they downed Bhawan Vidyalya School, Sector 27, by 3-0. Sunanda beat Guneet Kaur 11-6,11-6, 3-11, 8-11,11-6, Mahima beat Alamjit Kaur 11-3,11-6,11-5 and Kanvi defeated Swati 11-5, 11-2, 11-6.



Permission to stage Ramlila sought
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 28
A delegation of the Chandigarh Kendriya Ramlila Maha Sabha has submitted a memorandum of demands to the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Ms Neeru Nanda, and the Home Secretary, Mr R.S. Gujral, seeking permission to stage Ramlila for five hours (till 1 am) daily.

Other demands include permission to stage Ramlila at least a week in advance, adequate police security at the venue, besides temporary electricity meter with security fee at a uniform rate which should not be more than Rs 2,000.

The sabha has also asked for maintenance of proper cleanliness at Ramlila and Dusehra grounds.

The delegation was led by the sabha chairman Mr I.D. Singla. He was accompanied by the general secretary, Mr B.P. Gaur, the senior vice-president, Mr B.S. Rawat, and the cashier, Mr Satish Joshi.

The delegation also demanded that all city schools should remain closed for 10 days when Ramlila is staged in the city.

These holidays could be adjusted against 10-day vacationin in April every year, members of the delegation maintained.



MCC nod to plasma-technology project
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) yesterday gave a go-ahead to a plasma technology project for converting garbage into electricity.

The MCC also cleared a 100-tonne vermi-compost project to meet the December 2003 deadline set by the Supreme Court and the Union Environment and Forest Ministry.

The House was informed that it would not have to spend a single penny on the power project and its 46 per cent equity participation would be met by a Rs 15 crore grant from the Union Non-conventional Energy Sources Department.

The House was also informed that the Chandigarh Administration was ready to enter into a power purchase agreement at Rs 3.17 per unit charge and the project would be able to convert even non-biodegradable waste into electricity and tiles.

The House gave approval for preparing terms and conditions of a letter of intent to the Terrasafe Technologies Private Limited with a condition that the MCC would not bear any liability whatsoever on this head under any circumstances.

MCC officials also relented on providing the entire record of recruitment in the Fire Department within a week. The record would be kept in the custody of Mayor Lalit Joshi till she wishes.

The decision was taken on BJP councillor Gian Chand Gupta’s requisition which also supported by the chairman of the committee going into the recruitment of the Fire Department, Mr Subhash Chawla.

The inquiry committee assured that within a month of the avail lability of records it would table the report before the House in its next meeting. The committee would meet three to four times before reaching any conclusion.

The House extended for two years on contract basis certain posts in the Electricity Department and rejected former Mayor Harjinder Kaur’s resolution of including garbage penalty in water bills.

It also approved inclusion of certain areas of Shastri Nagar in the MCC limit.

The House decided that the corporation would not bear any in liability in Sahaj Safai Kendras being developed by an official NGO.


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