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EDUCATION

Syndicate decision put on hold
Seats in reserved category
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

The issue was raised in the Syndicate to “help” a student who took admission in the NRI category in the University Business School. Since he was taking admission in the NRI category and was not hopeful of securing a seat in the “Riot victims category”, he did not opt for it in his admission form.

Later, he found out that he could avail himself of the option and end up paying much less in comparison to what he had given for the NRI seat. Taking a compassionate view of his pleading, the matter was raised and approved without the realisation that the seat he was targeting had already been converted to the general category.

Chandigarh, August 23
Panjab University has put on hold the decision of the Syndicate pertaining to advertising of vacant seats in the reserved category in the various departments before converting these to the general category.

The process has been stalled after the university authorities found that the University Business School (UBS) had already converted the vacant seats to the general category much before the meeting. This conversion of seats, interestingly, has the stamp of the higher authorities since the department routes its seat-conversions through the Dean University Instructions (DUI) and the Vice-Chancellor.

Surprisingly, a faculty member of the department and Syndic, Prof. P.P. Arya, was party to the decision of advertising the vacant seats, taken at the Syndicate meeting held on August 7.

Adding to the controversy is the fact that the minutes of the meeting, released recently, state that the issue pertaining to conversion of vacant seats was only discussed at the meeting and no decision in this regard was taken by the Syndicate.

Sources said this was an attempt to save the university from embarrassment for having taken a wrong decision.

It may be recalled that the Syndicate, at its meeting, had, for the first-time, decided to advertise all vacant seats in the various reserved categories in all departments to give an additional chance to students who had not opted for the quota seats at the time of admission.

It was decided that 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 the general category.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof KN Pathak, could not be contacted as he was out of station.

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Senate poll: PU Registrar refutes allegations
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 23
The Registrar of Panjab University today refuted allegations levelled by Dr S.S. Randhawa of Shri Guru Gobind Singh College, Mahilpur, regarding entries in the list of voters for the Senate elections and giving of undue benefits to certain Principals allegedly loyal to the Vice-Chancellor.

According to the Registrar, Prof Paramjit Singh, a Principal could be registered as a voter before May 31 this year but there was no such date in the approved schedule for the conduct of the Senate elections. The names of such Principals whose particulars were received in the office by July 19, 15 days before the publication of the final register of electors in accordance with the regulations laid down in the university calendar, could be included in the final list.

Accordingly, the names of Dr Satish Kumar Sharma, Principal, LR D.A.V College, Jagraon, Mr Suresh K. Sharma, Principal, RSD College, Ferozepore City, and Ms Achla Kant, Principal, GC Arya Mahila College, Abohar, were included in the list of voters. The name of Mr A.S. Bedi, Principal, SD College, Hoshiarpur, was included in the list of voters as he was granted a stay by the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the orders of his superannuation beyond the age of 60.

Prof Paramjit Singh said as a result of an inquiry report on the alleged fraudulent use of a fake certificate of date of birth by Dr Randhawa, the Syndicate, at its meting held on April 30, withdrew the orders of his approval of appointment as lecturer and his appointment as Principal was not approved. As such, his name was not included in the list of voters.

The case was sub judice as he had filed a civil writ petition in the high court against the orders of the Syndicate.

The Registrar clarified that the name of Mrs Kirpal Kaur Randhawa, wife of Dr Randhawa, who was the Principal of Mai Bhago College for Women, Randhawa (Ludhiana), was included in the preliminary register of voters but was excluded from the final register of voters as the college management had informed the university office regarding the termination of her services before the date of publication of the final register on August 2.

He also clarified that appointments were made by duly constituted selection committees and were approved by the Syndicate and the Senate. As such, he rejected the charges of favouritism and giving of undue benefits.

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Rejected, UBS Reader aspirant writes to VC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Challenging the Syndicate decision of turning down his appointment as a Reader in the University Business School, Panjab University, Dr Parvinder Arora, in a representation to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof K.N. Pathak, has said that it should be reviewed at tomorrow's meeting of the Senate.

The representation adds that his selection was rejected after a few Syndics said he had been fount "unfit" for the post of lecturer a few months ago. They question how such a candidate had suddenly become suitable for Readership in the same department.

He stated that at the time of the interview for lectureship, he was a non-Ph D which could have gone against him while adding that the selection committee for the selection of a Reader had experts as per UGC guidelines.

"If my selection is rejected, the university must show rules which support its claim that a rejected candidate is not fit for selection ever after," he said.

Journal: The abstracts of all scientific research articles and papers appearing in Panjab University Journal (Science) were put on the newly created websitehttp://purjs. puchd.ac.in. The site also contains abstracts of all Ph.D theses approved by Panjab University for the award of doctorate degrees for the faculty, according to Prof I.S. Dua, Chief Coordinator, Panjab University Research Journal (Science).

Elected: Subject to the approval of the Chancellor of the university, Mr Gopal Krishan Chatrath has been unanimaustly elected against the only reserved seat for the election of Ordinary Fellows by the faculties from the Faculty of Laws. As such no election will now be held on August 25, according to Mr K.C. Sharma, D.R. (Colleges), PU.

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From Schools & Colleges
Tender Heart wins Map Quiz-2004
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
As many as 61 teams of different schools of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula participated in the preliminary round of Map Quiz 2004, organised by the Indian National Cartographic Association and the Geo-spatial Data Centre at Survey of India, Sector 32 here today.

The winners of the quiz are: Jaskirat Singh, Sahil Singla and Karanveer Thakur (Tender Heart School, Sector 33) 1, Shamit, Chandi Chopra and Ishaan Jain (St Kabir Public School, Sector 26) 2, Krishna Dutt Pandey, Parul Jaiswal and Kapileshwar Singh (St Stepehns School, Sector 45) 3. Jatin, Nikhil and Kritika (Tender Heart School, Sector 33 4, Ramil Vig, Manav Gupta and Arya Pahwa (St Kabir Public School, Sector 26) 5.

These teams would take part in National Map Quiz 2004 to be organised on August 29. The first three would also be awarded on August 29.

Lecture on privatisation

The Department of Economics, Government College, Sector 46, organised an extension lecture on “privatisation in India: reationale, problems, prospects and progress”. Prof S.L. Kansra from Department of Economics, Panjab University, spoke on the process of privatisation in India.

He emphasised that due to certain inherent problems in public sector it was not working efficiently. Mrs Deepsikha, Head of Department of economics, welcomed Prof Kansra.

Folk dance

St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, has won the Inderhanush Folk Dance competition held on august 21. As many as 22 teams had participated in the competition organised by the Chirag Kala Academy.

Tree plantation drive

A tree plantation drive was undertaken at Government College of Education, Sector 20 here today. Mr Ishwer Singh, Deputy Conservator of Forests, inaugurated the drive. He said the forests play a vital role in maintaining the ecological balance. He also spoke about the measures taken by the Chandigarh Administration in establishing the Sukhna Wildlife Sactuary. Mr Surinder Kaur Tangri, Principal of the college, welcomed the guests.

Refresher course

A UGC sponsored three-week refresher course on ‘Contemporary Issues in Home Economics: prespective in research and application’ was organised at Government Home Science College in coordination with the Academic Staf College, Panjab University. Dr S. Narula, Principal, welcomed the chief guest, Prof Ramesh Kapur.

Blood donation

Vivek High School ,sector 38, Chandigarh, organised a blood donation camp yesterday on the school premises. The camp was organised by the Blood Transfusion Medicine department of PGI, under Dr Neelam Marwah. Staff and parents of students of Vivek High donated blood.

Group singing contest

St Josephs, Sector 44, has won the group singing competition as part of ongoing Fanta Fiesta 2004. As many as 23 schools participated in the event.

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Science exhibition on August 27
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The Central Board of  Secondary Education in collaboration with Intel is holding a two-day science exhibition competition in the city on August 27 and 28.
Students from Class IX to XII of over 180 school in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are participating in the event scheduled to be held at DAV Public School, Sector 15.

A senior officer in the board said the students selected at the regional level competition would complete at the Jawaharlal Nehru National Science Exhibition to be organised by National Council of Educational Research and Training in November this year.

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PCCTU flays Punjab Govt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union has flayed Punjab Government for its failure to release the salary grant of Rs 14.4 crore which had been pending since March 2004.

They criticised the indifference of the government towards the non-government colleges. Mr Jagwant Singh, general secretary of PCCTU, appealed to Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, to intervene.

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Lawyers lodge complaint

Chandigarh, August 23
A large number of lawyers tonight gathered at the Sector 19 Police Station to lodge a complaint against a woman who had allegedly threatened a lawyer when he filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against an alleged bungling in the admission for B. ed. course in Panjab University recently.

The woman allegedly reacted saying that one of the petitioners had allegedly threatened her from the mobile phone of the lawyer, Mr Brijeshwar Jaiswal. TNS

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Make promises with care
Swarleen Kaur

When we keep our promises, we win the trust of our loved ones. However, many times it is not possible to fulfil certain promises. This lowers self esteem. Says Sanjay, a BA final year student, “When I fail to fulfil promises I feel guilty.” I feel bad for many days when I let down the loved ones.

But in the first place why promise anything?

Mandeep Kaur, a student of BA second year of GCG 11, says, “It is easy to win the trust of others when you promise something”. Make promises, break them and then apologise with utmost sincerity “. This is the cool and comfortable approach adopted by Vicky, a college student.

But can’t we see that promises can’t be kept simply because life is changing every moment. We may not feel the same tomorrow. Our thoughts, feelings and values keep on changing. Nothing in nature is stable.

Viram Sinha, a law department student of Panjab University said “ When I was in love, I promised my girlfriend that “I will love you forever”. But later all my feelings charged. I was in dilemma as I found it difficult to keep my promise but her attitude towards me was as warm as before. I felt guilty that my love for her has finished. Then for the first time I realised that my promise had become a burden which was difficult for me to bear. I pretended that I had the same feelings for her. But this could not go on for long. I had to tell her that “I no longer love her”. It was quite painful but of course it was better than living in untruthful relationship.

Then I decided never to make a promise because we can’t predict the next moment.

When we make promises the expectations from the other person are high. Since many times it is not possible to keep the promises it adversely affects the relationship.

According to Viram, “best mantra is don’t make promises, but be honest and make sincere efforts to be truthful. You never know what next moment holds for you and in which direction life will take you.

At times even small promises are hard to keep says a businessman D.P. Sharma,” Last Friday I promised my five-year-old son that I will bring his favourite toy car in the evening but I got involved in the work and I forgot about it all together. Upon reaching home I found him waiting for the gift. When I told him that I haven’t brought it he started crying and cried continuously for over two hours. I felt very bad and guilty when my son kept on saying ‘But you promised me’.

“Promises made are debt unpaid”, someone said it rightly.

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Is DTH an answer to cable woes?

Several die-hard TV fans were left high and dry last week during the strike by cable operators in protest against the imposition of service tax. Irked over the disruption of cable service, Mr Ram Prakash, a resident of Mansa Devi Complex in Panchkula, said, ‘‘Last time it was the issue of increase in the subscription rates when transmission was interrupted and during summer months, power cuts played spoilsport; so cable viewing is not a smooth operation.’’

The much talked about direct to home (DTH) service in which the signal is delivered directly to the viewer from a satellite is being touted as an answer to the cable woes. Though the technology is still in its infancy in India, it is fast catching up in urban areas. At present, only two operators — Doordarshan and Zee TV — have a licence to provide the service in the country. A KU-band satellite is used to deliver a number of channels directly to the viewer via a compact powerful dish and set top boxes. ‘‘The DTH offers freedom to both the viewer as well as the broadcaster.

Viewers can access a wide range of channels directly from the satellite. The direct transmission ensures better viewing experience in terms of picture clarity, sound quality and connectivity. The picture is crystal clear because of the digital signal from the satellite and there are no tranmission cuts’’, says a Dish TV service provider in Chandigarh.

The dish can be easily re-installed in case of change of residence and can even serve for two TV sets in the same house. The reception is not affected by cell- phone towers and bad weather, he adds.

Ritu, a resident of Sector 8, Chandigarh, says the DTH experience is hassle- free as I was fed up with frequent problems with the cable booster at my residence’’.

Initial payment of a few thousands and monthly packages, depending on the number of channels being viewed are being offered at present, says the service provider.

Jagdeep Sharma, a resident of Naya Gaon, who has a Dish TV connection for the past two months says the days of running after the cable operator to get problems like poor signal or broken cables rectified are now over as the digital signal ensures perfect picture quality. ‘‘The cable rates were also increased by operators from time to time. After the initial installation charges, I am now paying around Rs 230 and getting about 70 channels, and there is much more peace of mind’’.

Another added benefit is that it can be installed anywhere, even in places where cable operators have not set up their centres. Col Balbir Singh, who lives in Sector 25, Panchkula, says the quality of signal is very good, but he misses watching channels like Star Plus, and HBO. Mr Sharma talks are on to add these and other channels to the Dish TV’s channels. TNS

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Carrying the burden of education

The sight of small children carrying school bags more than their weight should spur us to take immediate remedial steps but all we have discussions and debates. The proposal of the CBSE Chairman, Mr Ashok Ganguli, that children studying up to Class II will not carry school bags, gives us some hope.

A majority of young students spend over six hours in school sitting on chairs or mats. They are supposed to sit silently and listen attentively and not much insight is needed to understand that making these bundles of energy to sit continuously is expecting too much from them. Apart from Hindi, English grammer books, a Class II child has to cope with general knowledge too.

“Education is more than imparting information about physics, maths or geography. A child’s mind should not be filled with too much facts and figures. Memorising facts is no indicator of intelligence,” said Mr Taranjeet Singh, father of a four-year-old daughter.

“I hope that the CBSE decision would lessen not only their burden but also children should be able to learn and grow in a non-competitive”, he said.

City-based psychologist Vandana Narula says that “This proposal of the CBSE board is good for the tiny tots. It is the best way to reduce stress among them. Emphasis should be on holistic learning as text-based education limits a child’s mind. It doesn’t develop his mental and emotional capabilities. Education should also help the child to become emotionally strong”.

After taking of the text burden, stress should be on developing emotional qualities. Parents need to become more aware on the issue. Asked about the growing ambition and competition among students, she said, “this needs to be checked. If they develop and work to the best of their natural potential they will feel more fulfilled and relaxed”.

The Principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School Sector 16, Mr Ram Kumar said,” There is no need for school bags upto class II. Books should be kept in the school and there is no need to give them homework. They should taught through demonstrative methods. They can learn more through experience and there should be more interaction with teachers. Stress should not be on cramming.”

Ms Surjeet Kaur, a mother of a five-year-old son said.: “I feel pity for my son whenever I see him cramming lessons. He does not even get time to play because of homework. I will be very happy if books are done away with. There can be many other methods to educate them. For example children’s sensitivity towards nature can be developed if they work in the garden. Watching saplings grow will inculcate awareness in them. It will be more effective than teaching them lessons on environment”. OC

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