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PU to advertise vacant seats in reserved category
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
Panjab University (PU) will advertise vacant seats of all reserved categories in various courses being offered on the campus. The idea is to enable students who have already applied for admission without opting for the reserved quota to avail themselves of the facility.

Introduced for the first time following a decision by the university Syndicate, the university will advertise all such seats within the next fortnight. If there are any takers for the seats, a new merit list according to the various quotas will be prepared and offered to students. If there is no response from the students who have already applied for admission to the university, these will be converted to seats of the general category and admissions opened.

The issue was raised by Mr Dharinder Tayal at the Syndicate meeting. He said there were candidates among those who had applied for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses, who had failed to give the option of the quotas available to them in the admission form for one reason or the other. Since the usual procedure followed by the university is to convert all vacant seats in the reserved category to the general, it was proposed that students, eligible to seek admission under various quotas, be given one last chance to apply for the same, after which the seats would be converted. This found favour with most members and was approved.

The university already has a similar system laid down for NRI seats being offered in the courses. Every year, the university advertises vacant seats of each course before offering these in the general category. This time, the same model has been introduced for the reserved category seats as well.

This will prove beneficial for students who have, despite being eligible for a seat in the reserved category, not been able to secure seat for not having marked their category in the form. The opportunity will also be a boon for students of the reserved category who have taken admission in the NRI category since it involves a lot of money.
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From Campus
Justice Roy exhorts students to take up law
Tribune News Service

Nidhi Sharma
Nidhi Sharma, who has topped in the final year examination of MA (French) of Panjab University by securing 568 marks out of 800.
Nidhi Thakur
Nidhi Thakur of Government Polytechnic for Women, Sector 10, who has topped the Electronics and Communication exam (final year) conducted by the Punjab State Board of Technical Education.

Chandigarh, August 8
The inaugural ceremony of the first academic session of newly established University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, was presided over by the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Justice B.K.Roy.

In his speech, the Chief Justice encouraged the students to take up a career in legal profession. Prof K.N.Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, called upon the students to put in efforts to succeed in their chosen career. Dr Balram Gupta, Senior Advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, stressed on the importance of language in legal profession. Mr G.K.Charath and Prof R.S.Grewal, Director of the Institute, also spoke on the occasion.

Teachers’ rallies

The executive committee of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has decided to hold rallies in different cities of Punjab to highlight the problems faced by teachers working in government colleges. Dr Jagwant Singh, general secretary of the union said the teachers were anguished that the state government had miserably failed to ensure regular payment of salaries, implement pension scheme of 1966.

Nomination filed

Dr Arun Kumar, a lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Government College, Sector 46, filed five sets of nomination from the constituency of professors, senior lecturers and lecturers of affiliated colleges of Panjab University. The papers were filed before Prof Paramjit Singh, Registrar-cum-returning officer for the senate election.

Drinking water problem

A delegation of the NSUI, led by Harpreet Singh Harry, met the Dean, students welfare, Prof Nirmal Singh, and told him about the problem of drinking water in the newly formed Department of Legal Studies. It was brought to his notice that though teaching work had already begun in the department, there was no arrangement of drinking water for the students.

Officiating Dean

In anticipation of the approval by the Syndicate, the Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, has appointed Prof J.K.Gupta, Department of Microbiology as officiating Dean University Instructions in absence of Prof S.K.Sharma.

Result declared

The result of the entrance test conducted by the university on July 24 for admission to B.Ed course through Correspondence Studies has been declared. The result can be enquired on all working days between 9 am and 5 pm.

NSS workshop

The regional centre of the National Services Scheme is organising a three-day zonal level workshop on the issue at the ICSSR hall, Panjab University, from August 10. As many as 50 NSS functionaries from Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, New Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh are expected to participate in the workshop.

Office-bearers

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Punjab University Class ‘C’ Staff Association: president - Mr Nakhroo Ram, vice-president - Mr Krishna Kumari; general secretary - Mr Angrej Singh Guleria; joint secretary - Mr Saini Ram and treasurer - Mr Umesh Kumar Sethi.

SOPU to hold relay fast

The Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) will begin a relay fast in front of the office of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, to press the authorities concerned to fulfil their demands. The president of SOPU, Ranjeet Singh Raju, said they were in favour of quality education at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET). However, there were very few classrooms in the institute.

SOPU would form a joint action forum against the repetitive mistakes committed by the examination branch and frequent out-of-syllabus question papers. The organisation has demanded re-examination of a subject of students of the Chemical Engineering Department. Out of a total of 160 marks, questions totalling 140 marks were out of syllabus in this examination, he added.

SOPU has demanded a complete overhaul of the placement cell of the Food Agro Processing Cell of the department. He claimed that not even one student was able to get a placement through the cell this year.
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Shivalik school wins contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8
An inter-school competition was organised by the Lakshya, a youth organisation, at the Sector 10 art gallery here today. The contest “Ultimate Challenge” comprised four rounds — GK quiz, group discussion, ad mad and hot seat.

The trophy was won by Shivalik Public School and St John’s bagged the runners-up trophy. The Bhavan Vidyalaya team won a special prize. The function was presided over by Mr S. C. Choudhary, Secretary, Industries Department, Haryana. The guest of honour was Mr Sandeep Sumbli, Circle Head ( North), Reliance Web World. The competition was for students of classes IX and X.

Founders Day

Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, celebrated its founders day. The day began with a “havan” followed by a cultural programme and a sapling plantation drive. The students presented a skit based on water conservation and fuel management.

Twenty students, who had won gold and silver medals in the national and state -level events, were honoured by Mr Pawan Kumar Sharda, chief guest. Eight students were given a cash award of Rs 5,400. The Principal, Ms B.S. Kanwar, gave a vote of thanks.
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Nestling in serene surroundings
Swarleen Kaur

Silence is valued most by those who lead stressful lives. Silence and serenity help one to reconnect to the inner rhythm. No wonder, restless city folks aspire to spend as much time as possible in the lap of serene and calm nature.

Amravati Enclave located in the lap of nature, just off the Panchkula- Kalka national highway, is one such place whose silent beauty has drawn many a city-weary soul towards it.

Many couples have come here to lead their retired lives. They are of the opinion that they can live the rest of their lives peacefully amidst the natural beauty of the Shivaliks. Most of them say that after they were free from the family responsibilities, they decided to settle down here.

The colony has residential plots, independent houses and commercial sites. There is also a provision for group housing flats in nine acres. There is arrangement for 800 houses and 400 flats.There are plots of 2 kanal ( 1000 sq yards), 1 kanal ( 500sq yards), 14 marla ( 358 sq yards), 12 marla (305 sq yards), 11 marla (275sq yards), 8 marla (200sq yards), 6 marla (150 sq yards) and 2.5 marla (60sq yards). It has it a wide metalled road and a Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan School. Bankhandi Durga Mandir is also there. A bridge over the Kaushalya choe connects the enclave to the National Highway 22. It is 10 km away from the Chandigarh railway station.

According to the Project manager, Mr Ashok Arora, 20 families are already living here and construction of 70 houses is in progress. Plans are afoot to provide modern shopping malls. A water-edged club under construction will provide facilities like a swimming pool, a tennis and a badminton court, a health club and a restaurant.

For Ms Vidya Tripathi, BRD in the Air Force, who shifted from Chandigarh in 2000, the enclave’s vast open green spaces and a hilly background was the biggest puller.

“The hustle-bustle and noise in the city is taxing and a drain on the senses. I used to get disturbed every time the door bell rang in my home in Chandigarh. We had so many acquaintances there. Now I have enough time for myself and I can spend my Sunday peacefully”, she said.

The enclave’s serene and natural surroundings have helped her to regain her sensitivity. “My minor health problems like headache, backache almost disappeared. Moreover here there is no noise pollution. My children can concentrate on their studies better here”, she said.

Her husband is working in Reliance company and is posted in Jalandhar. She is living here with her children who are studying in Chandigarh. Commuting to the city is not a problem because the city is not far way from here.

Says she, “ I was the first resident here. I think we took a good decision to come here”.

When asked if she felt insecure as very few families had settled here, she said, “Since I am from an Army background, I do not fear anything. And when you have such a good and a healthy environment then little problems do not matter at all.

Another resident, Mr Virender Kumar, who is an advocate, said “when I came here with family, my wife was a little upset initially because she had no neighbours, nobody to talk to. But now she enjoys here more than me and even my children are very happy here.

“I am preparing for LLM and here I can study with more concentration. When I get up early in the morning, I just enjoy the beauty of Nature. I am so happy that I took the right decision.

“I realised that it was so important to spend time with oneself. The beauty of nature has so much to offer that you hardly think of going outside. I never realised that nature could help in so many ways. Breathing in fresh air and without any pollution, I feel fresh and healthy.

“I was planning to install an air-conditioner in my house but then I had to drop the idea because we don’t need it at all. You just have to open the windows”, he said.

So far, very few families have settled here. Nearby residents attribute this lukewarm response to the fact that the township is close to the choe. Moreover, the lone bridge which connects the enclave to the road faces a threat in case of flash floods, they say.

Asked about the threat to the bridge over the Kaushlaya choe which overflows during the monsoons, Mr Kulbhushan Gul, managing director of the enclave, ruled out any such threat. He said since the enclave was 40 feet above the choe, flash floods would pose no threat.

However, Mr Raman Lal, who lives in nearby Rajipur village, said they had planned to shift to the enclave in view of its urban facilities, but they felt that it would not be a safe investment because of the Kaushlaya choe. “So, we don’t feel we will be safe there.”
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Accountant couple finds solace in inspirational writing
Aditi Tandon

For a couple, primarily involved in the mundane job of handling finances, writing a book would have been a rather difficult decision to make. But for Chandigarh-based Sanjay and Priya Tandon, it was not so difficult, thanks to the inspirational calendar which they brought years ago from the ashram of Sat Shri Sai Baba in Puttaparti.

The quotes in the calendar were striking and soothing at the same time. And Sanjay Tandon, who kept them right in front of him while discharging his functions as chartered accountant and also head of call centres for the local telecom industry, found each one of them very hard to ignore. He recites one of those: “Truth is one; there cannot be two. For two can only be one occurring twice.”

In the first instance, Sanjay began with sending these one-liners to friends and acquaintances. In the second, he worked with his wife Priya on some real and some fictional stories that had the potential to inspire people. Now the labour of their love has met the public eye in the shape of a compendium of stories called, “Sunrays for Sunday”. Interestingly, the book has a foreword by two eminent people — Mr Balramji Das Tandon and former Chief Justice of India M.M. Punchhi. We later discover that the two have fathered Sanjay and Priya, respectively.

The book does not literally fall in the category of literature, but it carries a great deal of impact with its collection of purposeful stories. For a change, the language is as simple as could be, and the expression flows easily, making the book an easy read for children too. As for the stories, Sanjay and Priya say, “These kept surfacing whenever we sat down to discuss life and its events in general. In the course of time we realised we had many stories to tell, some our own, some of our friends”.

“These stories are meant for every mood and they would interest people from all age groups and from all strata. Our objective is to share incidents which have a meaningful end. Every story leaves a message that lends hope for life and for everything we associate with it,” they said.

Coming from a political background, Sanjay had never quite thought he would one day author a book. Published by Competent Publishers, the book has already sold 2,000 copies. Another order of 1,000 is being printed. As for Priya, much of the inspiration came from self. Although she got enough food for thought at her home, her father being the former Chief Justice of India, she waited for her own motivation to write.

She says, “There was this need to rediscover oneself. I had already read a lot of Sai Baba’s books, apart from other scriptures. But there was a lot of fermentation happening inside me. I simply crystallised my thoughts into stories which tell varied tales. The one I like the best is the first one which talks of friendship and how it grows and evolves into an eternal bond”. The story touches with its simplicity. It also teaches a lesson or two in patience and faith, she adds.

Entire proceeds generated from the sale of the book have been pledged for charity. Around 300 books have also been donated to the Sat Sri Sai Baba Ahsram. TNS
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Nadira Babbar’s play today

Theatre lovers will have a chance to view Nadira Zaheer Babbar’s play “Begum Jaan” on Monday. Written by Javed Siddique for Nadira’s theatre group Ekjute, “Begum Jaan” has received rave reviews.

Considered one of the finest productions of Nadira’s company, the play will also feature Nadira and Raj Babbar’s daughter Juhi in significant roles. Being brought to the city by the North Zone Cultural Centre, Kala Gram, in collaboration with the Chandigarh Administration, the play will be staged at Shivalik Public School auditorium, Phase VI, Mohali. — TNS
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