Wednesday, May 14, 2003, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PGI Dean controversy still not over
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
Would the move by the PGI Governing Body (GB) to placate Dr Sarla Gopalan, Head of the Gynaecology Department, by making her the Sub-Dean finally put an end to the controversy revolving around the post of Dean, which has remained embroiled in legal controversy for some time now ?

Even as rumours that Dr Sarla Gopalan has resigned, are doing the rounds of the PGI, she refused to talk to the media when asked for her comments. “Since the seniority dispute between the two doctors is still pending in a court, the GB could have avoided further controversy by appointing Dr R.J. Dash, as the Dean, while in the meantime the court decision can come through,” felt a section of doctors.

While appointing Dr Sudha Suri as the new PGI Dean, the governing body appointed Dr Gopalan as Sub-Dean. “Since the issue of seniority between Dr Suri and Dr Gopalan, is still pending in a court the GB felt that further complication could be avoided by creating another post to accommodate both,” said a senior PGI doctor.

The practice of having a Sub-Dean at the PGI is an old tradition as a number of people, including Dr Amrit Tiwari, have held the post at the PGI. Even after that there have been a number of Sub Deans at the PGI.

Ever since the appointment of Dr O.N. Nagi, Head of the Orthopaedics Department, as Dean was made by the GB, the matter has been under legal dispute. It was Dr Suri, who moved court not once but twice as the GB appointed Dr Nagi to the post again.

“Having an unblemished record and seniority are the two most important criteria which are taken into consideration for the post of Dean, so there is no reason there would be any problem,” remarked a confident Dr Suri. She felt that had the court case regarding seniority with Dr Gopalan been an issue, the PGI would have itself requested the court to expedite the matter as the appointment to the post of Dean was due.

Interestingly, while Dr Suri, became Assistant Professor in April, 1978, Dr Gopalan got the same post in October, the same year. As far as seniority in terms of age is considered, there is difference of only a few days as both were born in February, 1944.

Even though as far as the issue of the seniormost doctor at the PGI is concerned, Dr Dash’s name figures at number one but with his retirement due in the next four months’ time, the GB avoided going through the entire process once again within such a short span.

Though it is not for the first time that the PGI will be having a Sub-Dean, but it remains to be seen whether this arrangement worked out by the authorities would be acceptable to Dr Gopalan. PGI circles feel that the controversy over the issue of the Dean is far from over, as Dr Gopalan is keeping everybody guessing about her next move.


Health campaign in city schools from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
With obesity and other health related problems afflicting schoolchildren in the city on a large scale, an adolescent health and nutrition campaign is being launched in 100 city schools from tomorrow.

In order to understand the health, nutrition and psychological problems of adolescents, the UT Science and Technology Department is funding the programme to be launched by the Community Medicine Department of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, at St Stephen's School tomorrow. To begin with, the study will cover only students of Classes 10, 11 and 12, as the problem is more serious amongst this age group.

“Obesity has become a major problem amongst adolescents causing concern to parents and school authorities, so we will be launching this programme in 60 government and 40 private schools of the city,” informed Dr H.M. Swami, head of the Community Medicine at the GMCH. He said at this age, the schoolchildren need to be responsible and healthy for which they need proper guidance by parents and teachers.

Before launching the Rs 40,000 UT Administration-funded programme, the GMCH authorities undertook a pilot study to assess the gravity of the problem amongst adolescents. “The addiction to coke, pizzas, burgers, chips and other junk food amongst the adolescents is becoming a health concern,” he said sounding a note of caution.

Studies undertaken in city schools and elsewhere in the country have indicated this trend of adolescents addicted to junk food. This kind of dietary habit has led to problem of obesity and anaemia among schoolchildren. “Not having a complete balanced diet does adversely affect the overall health of the children, as a result of which their overall performance at school is also affected,” point out doctors.

Under the programme, awareness will be created on these issues amongst the teachers who can guide the students.


Dental camp organised
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 13
Over 1600 students will be examined during a three-day dental check-up camp being organised at Ajit Karam Singh International Public School in Sector 41.

The camp will conclude on May 15.

Today, after checking up the students, the visiting doctors delivered a talk on oral hygiene. They urged the students to adopt and accept preventive measures for maintaining strong teeth.

According to school Principal, Ms Jagjit Sekhon, the main objective behind organising the camp was to create awareness about dental problems among the students.

Giving details, she said the junior wing students were examined by Dr Ashish Sharma of Sector 22 Dental Health Centre, while the senior wing students were examined by Dr Saurabh Goel of Goel Dental Clinic in Sector 38.


Blood donation camp at Deep Nursing Home
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 13
As many as 52 residents donated blood at a camp organised by Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik in association with the Old Stephenian School Society (TOSS) and the Blood Transfusion Department of Sector 16 General Hospital.

The camp, inaugurated by the Adviser to the UT Administrator, Mr Virendra Singh, was organised at Deep Nursing Home in Sector 21 today. About 25 Rotarians with their spouses also participated in the camp.

Addressing the donors, the President of the Rotary Shivalik, Dr G.S. Kochhar, and leader of the TOSS group Nitin Soni said the camp would be held annually. The Adviser suggested that non-government organisations should put in a co-ordinated effort for carrying out community service.

The former president of the club, Mr Prithi Vohra, suggested that a conference of all non-government organisations in city should be held under the chairmanship of the Adviser.


Blood donation camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 13
State Bank of India, Sector 30 branch, and ISTC, CSIO, Sector 30, organised a blood donation camp today. The blood donation camp was inaugurated by Mr V.S. David, Deputy General Manager, State Bank of India, zonal office, Punjab. Mr C.L. Chopra, AGM, Sector 30 branch, and Mr H.S. Gupta, Principal, ISTC, welcomed the guests and participants.


Tennis ranking meet from May 26
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, May 13
Chandigarh is all set to host the All-India Tennis Association ranking event, named AITA junior tour, at six synthetic courts at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium. The tournament’s aim is to tap talent among the youngsters. This meet will be organised from May 26 to May 31 and will be held in two age groups, under-14 and under-18 in both boys and girls sections.

Tennis coach Kawaljeet Singh has been named as the tournament director. As per the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) sources, the main draw will be of 32 in both boys and girls sections in singles evevt while for doubles, it would be of 16.

The qualifying rounds will be held on May 26 and 27. The city challenge will be spearheaded by Arjun Talwar with eight points while Simerheads heads the list with 18 points among girls. In under-14 boys, Vijayant Malik with 44 points leads the points tally while in under 14 girls section, Ankita Singh of Chandigarh with two points is at rated at number seven.

The prominent under-18 girls from city taking part are — Bahaar Paul, Amanpreet Kaur, Ujala Joshi; in boys under-18 section — Harkamal Preet Singh, Manjit Singh, Rajkanwar Singh, Navinder Pal Singh, Yuvresh Bansal, Sanjog Kapoor, Pritam Singh, Deepinder Singh, Izreek Singh and Jay Vinod.

Among under-14 girls section, the city players taking part are: Navinder Pal Singh, Deepinder Singh, Uday Kiran Singh Puniha, Anand Vidur Puri, Mandeep Gill, Jaivardhan Gupta and Gurinder Singh. The girls under-14 players are — Mehak, Noor Paul, Qudrat Paul, Ramneek Rehal, Divya Joshi, Jaanesh Mohinder Kaur, Pallak, Roop Rehal, Yashmeen Chahal and Shardha Singh.

Simranjit scores century

Simranjit Singh put up a brilliant show by scoring 101 runs, thus enabled his team , Mohali build up a huge total of 278 runs in their first innings against Minor District in the Punjab Inter-District (under-17) Cricket Tournament played here today at PCA Stadium, SAS Nagar. Ram Kumar was another batsman who scored a valiant 67 runs. For Minor District team, Rahul Kumar and Rahul Gandhi claimed three wickets each by giving 77 and 59 runs respectively.

Chandigarh placed comfortably

PATIALA: Chandigarh cruised to a comfortable 284 for 9 in their stipulated 90 overs against Patiala in a league match of the Punjab State Inter-District (u-17) Cricket Tournament played at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium here today.

Opting to bat on a placid wicket which offered little or no resistance to the bowlers, Chandigarh were rocked in the first over of the match itself when their opener Raj Angad slashed medium pacer Prikshit Virdi only to see the resultant edge being easily produced by the second slip fieldsman.

However, a 126-run second wicket partnership between Vijay (58) and Gurkirit (60) steered the visitors to a position of comfort.

While Vijay was more flamboyant in his approach, Gurkirat played steadily as both batsmen notched up fine half centuries in contrasting styles. The middle order trio of Gaurav Chopra (27), Harpreet Sing (16) and Sukhjinder Singh (15) played the supporting cast as the visitor’s finished the day with a satisfying batting performance.

The host’s fielders spilled more than half a dozen chances with wicket keeper Gajinder Singh turning out to be the biggest culprit. He not only flunked two easy catches, but to add to his team’s woes, also missed two easy stumpings.

The shoddy display by the fielders not only let Chandigarh off the hook after they had lost their first wicket in the first over, but they also helped their opponents pile up a comfortable total. Both the Patiala spinners, Sarabjit Singh and Tanmeet Bawa, bowled reasonably well but were badly let down by their fielders.

Brief scores: Chandigarh: 1st innings: 284 for 9 in 90 overs (Vijay 58, Gurkirat Singh 60, Gaurav Chopra 27, Harpreet Singh 16, Sukhjinder Singh 15, Sarabjit Singh 3 for 70, Tanmeet Bawa 3 for 53, Prikshit Virdi 3 for 49).


City gals feel ‘depressed’ over Mongia’s marriage
Monica Sharma

Chandigarh, May 13
It is a reality so many city youngsters, who consider men-in-blue more than just cricketers, are finding hard to cope up with. Two weeks before Dinesh Mongia’s wedding with Chennai-based Aarti is scheduled to be held, they are holding conferences in cafeterias and fast food joints.

No, they are not planning to obstruct the proceedings in a typical filmi style. They are just discussing the issue in a serious voice. No wonder, his wedding on May 27 has become the talk of the town.

If you are having any doubts about Mongia’s popularity among the youth, just drive down to eating joints in Sectors 17, 35 and other parts of the city. You will see them there feeling bad about the impending marriage.

The reason behind their gloomy mood is not very hard to see. “First Rahul Dravid was bowled out of bachelorhood by the spinning ball of matrimony,” says a Class XII student Tahira. “Now Chandigarh’s twinkling star Dinesh Mongia is all set to play a new innings of his life. All this is depressing”.

Well, she and other youngsters were not exactly eager to play the little game of chance with him, but had hopes of being seen with Mongia. Having a nice cup of steaming coffee, if nothing else.

“In a city starved of young idols where video and disc jockeys are heroes, the rendezvous would have been a great honour — I am sure of the fact,” another student Neha explains. “But the news about his trying the nuptial knot has left us disappointed”.

Sadhana Kakkar agrees with her. The undergraduate arts students from Abohar has removed Mogia’s posters from the wall of her hostel room. In protest, she claims.

Sitting in her room, she can tell you everything about Mogia without even looking at a magazine. “The left-hand batsman with slow left arm orthodox bowling style was born in Chandigarh on April 17, 1977. A penchant for tall scores, he made his Ranji Trophy debut in 1995-96. After a disappointing session in 1997-98, Mogia roared back to form.”

She adds, “His growing stature gained momentum during the 2000-2001 season, when he scored 308 against Jammu & Kashmir. The highest score by a Punjab batsman in the Ranji Trophy was the start of a dream run. His consistency did not escape the selectors’ eye. A plae among 25 probables for the series against Australia was the reward for him. I am sure all this is enough to prove my lover for him”.

Sadhana, however, has vowed not to keep a track of his achievements. “All these years, I had been posting letters to him and passing outside his Sector 40 house after bunking classes just to have a glimpse of aim. But now that I am sure he is going to be someone else, I am going to bid him goodbye for ever”. Others also agree with her.


Young enthusiasts flock to CLTA
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, May 13
More than 400 tennis enthusiasts in the age group 6-11 and about 40 in the below six age group are enrolled with the CLTA. While senior players practice on main 12 courts, the mini age group play on the two small courts. The Director, Kawaljeet Singh, who has produced international players is assisted by four other coaches. They are Mr Robin Dhingra, Mr Praveen, Mr Lalit and Mr Roman. There are three physical trainers, Rajan Tiwari, Dhiraj and Jatinder Sharma In the summer, boys practice between 4 pm and 7 pm and on the basis of skills tests, they are given promotion in their game every year. Meanwhile the CLTA will also hold the under-12 tournament to further give exposure to these youngsters.


Bowling association elects office-bearers
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, May 13
Rana Gurmit Sodhi, president of the Chandigarh Olympic Association, was today elected the president of the Chandigarh Bowling Association, at the annual general meeting of the association held today. Mr Kewal Singh Dhillon, a prominent industrialist, was elected chairman of the association.

Mr P.S. Brar was elected general secretary of the association. The new team was elected for a term of four years.

Later, Sodhi told Chandigarh Tribune that, they wanted to give thrust to bowling activities in the city. He said, their association was already affiliated to the Bowling Federation of India. He said the first Chandigarh state men and women bowling championship will be held in September this year. A permanent centre would also come up soon in Chandigarh for organising the bowling activities, he added.

Other office-bearers are: senior vice- president — Dr C.K. Jerath; vice presidents — Mr T.S. Sandhu and Dr S.K. Thakur. treasurer — Mr B.S. Virk; joint secretaries — Prof H.K. Khanna, Ms Nirmaljit Kaur, J.D. Singh, Dr D.K. Bansal, Satinder Pal Kaur, Dr Gurjeet Kaur and Harbir Singh Anand.

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