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B.Com students await part I results even as part II exams are on
Neelam Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
It’s been a wait of more than a year for 50 correspondence students of B.Com, whose first year results of the compulsory subject of environment studies are yet to be declared by Panjab University. Repeated enquiries have fallen on deaf ears of the officials who refuse to divulge any details about the papers which were held in April 2004, even as the students are now appearing in B.Com II exams.

“I am appearing in the B.Com II year exams now but the results of the previous year have not yet been declared. In fact the entire row of roll numbers from 10251 to 10300 have not received their results and no one answers us where the papers are,’’ laments a harassed student.

Under the university rules, a student can clear his first year and becomes eligible to sit in the second year exam only if he has procured the pass certificate for clearing the environment studies exam. The marks obtained in the exam are not added to the grand total of all students.

The students complain that no one in the administration machinery is ready to listen to their complaint. “Environment studies is a compulsory exam that the university requires us to clear and without passing it we cannot be promoted in the next year. We have been running around from one office to the other to know about our status,’’ added another student. Despite repeated attempts, the Controller of Examination, Dr Sodhi Ram, was not available for comment.

As the B.Com students resent the “harassment” against the examination branch for the delay in declaration of the results, the students of various semester systems say that late declaration of the results has become a routine for them.

“The semester system students are the worst affected as their results of the previous semesters are declared only when the final exam of the next semester are about to begin. The preparation of the student for the finals exams is affected who get a compartment in the previous semester,” said Amandeep Singh, President of the Panjab University Students Union.

UIET students start indefinite fast

Two students, Manu Sharma and Rajat Jaitley of semester VI of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), have been sitting on indefinite fast outside Vice-Chancellor’s office against the late declaration of their semester II results since Thursday night.

The university allows the student to sit for his semester VI exam only if he has cleared his semester II exam. However, the students say that the declaration of the semester II results merely four days before the semester VI exam has severely affected their preparation.

“There are many students who are affected by the late declaration of results. What will happen to those students who got their compartment in semester II and want to apply for revaluation? Should they prepare for their semester VI exams or fill revaluation forms? It has upset the entire rhythm of preparation,’’ said Manu Sharma. 



‘Illegal’ file seized

Mohali, April 29
Representatives of the Punjab School Education Board Non-Teaching Employees Union yesterday took into possession a file of the local Municipal Council which was allegedly being got typed unauthorisedly on the directions of a senior board official.

The file of the civic body which runs into 147 pages, related to audit matters. Its contents were being typed by a board employee on the premises of the school board allegedly on the directions of an official of the rank of Deputy Director.

A spokesman of the union said it would not allow employees doing the work of other offices during duty hours. OC



Campus notes
Entry to PU to be monitored
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
To maintain law and order, Panjab University has decided to monitor the entry of outsiders on the campus. The Registrar’s office, today advised the students to carry with them their identity cards.


Panjab University has declared that the results of the candidates, who appeared in BA I (compartment) examination held on March 30 and 31 will be declared on April 30.

The result gazette will be available at 2 pm at Main Enquiry of PU. The result will also be available on the university website www.puchd.ac.in on Monday.


The Centre for Adult, Continuing Education & Extension (CACEE), Panjab University, organised a seminar on “Science of Achievement and Art of Fulfilment” for plus two students of Government. Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh, today. As many as 80 students and teachers attended the programme and its main objective was to awaken up the hidden potential of the students.

Mrs Renu Gandhi, Programme Coordinator from the CACEE, said that healthy atmosphere at home and school, time management and development of human resources would help the students to achieve the desired results in their examination and in their day-to-day life.

She was of the opinion that failure in life may not result as degradation in life rather than used as an optimistic approach to achieve the success in their life.



HC dismisses petitions against land acquisition
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 29
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has dismissed the civil writ petitions filed against acquisition of land for garbage dumping ground at Sohana. Writ petitions have been dismissed along with costs Rs 10,000 in each case. These petitions were filed against PUDA by Mr Karnail Singh and Mr Mehma Singh against the State of Punjab through the Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) through its Chief Administrator and the Land Acquisition Collector, Mohali.

According to a press note issued by the authority, relief claimed in both the petitions was similar. Petitioners who are the owners of land had pleaded before the court for the stay of dis-possession from the land in question and quashing of the notification under Sections 4 and 6 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 and also to examine the validity of the orders/notices issued under Section 9 of the Land Acquisition Act 1894. Sale/purchase price of the land had also been challenged by the land owners.

Earlier, the Punjab Government had notified the acquisition of 13.30 acre of land situated in Sohana village on October 18, 2002. The land had been acquired for public purpose namely ‘Dumping of solid garbage’ of Urban Estate, Mohali.

During the course of arguments, it was observed that petitioners had reportedly concealed material facts from the court. The counsel for respondents pleaded that if the petitioners concealed material facts, not only interim relief would be declined but the petition should also be dismissed. Plea of the counsel for respondents lead to the dismissal of petitions against PUDA.



Notice served on Jaspal Bhatti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 29
On the complaint of an advocate of the District Courts, a local court today issued notice for August 19 to a noted comedian and president of the Nonsense Club Jaspal Bhatti in a case related to the alleged hurting of the religious sentiments of the Hindus.

Mr Arvind Thakur filed a suit for the recovery of Rs 50 lakh as damages for hurting the religious sentiments. The case dates back to July 21,2004, when Bhatti and members of his Nonsense Club held a demonstration in Sector 17 Plaza.

The members at the demonstration, organised to protest against the wrong prediction of the Weather Department about the Monsoon, had mocked the Hindu gods, which hurt the religious sentiments of the majority community, it was alleged.

Among others, the rain god Indra was invoked in such a way as to hurt religious sentiments of the Hindus.

It was also alleged that a “mock yajna” was organised and Hindu rituals were performed to make fun of the Hindu gods.



School bus mishap: driver gets bail
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 29
Dalip Singh, the driver of school bus that met with an accident near Mansa Devi Complex yesterday, was released on bail today. He was arrested by the police yesterday. About 40 specially abled children in the bus were injured in the accident. The police said that he was not in possession of a driving licence.

Notice issued: A local court has issued a show cause notice to the Civil Surgeon, Panchkula, Dr Satvir Chaudhary, for his non- compliance in constituting a board of doctors for examining an accused, who claims to be mentally challenged.



Villager gets jail for murder bid
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 29
A local court yesterday sentenced a resident of Khatauli village, Lakhan Pal, to four years of imprisonment in a case of attempt to murder and two years of imprisonment for criminal trespass. Both sentences are to run concurrently, the court ruled. Lakhan Pal had reportedly attacked Randeep Singh in October 2003 and was booked under Section 307 of the IPC.


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