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CoE Sodhi Ram handed over charge of Registrar
Appointment despite non-fulfilment of conditions
Tribune News Service

Sodhi Ram
Dr Sodhi Ram

Chandigarh, June 30
Panjab University’s Controller of Examination (CoE) Dr Sodhi Ram has been handed over the additional charge of the university’s Registrar after Prof Paramjit Singh retired here today.

The decision of appointing Dr Sodhi Ram as the officiating Registrar has come as a surprise to many on the campus after the CoE has already been found ineligible for the regular post of Registrar due to non-fulfilment of the conditions that were stated in the advertisement floated for regular appointment for the post.

While the advertisement categorically stated that the candidate should have at least 55 per cent marks in the post graduation examination, the CoE Dr Sodhi Ram had 51 per cent marks, and was rejected by the screening committee on this basis.

However, the point of contention has been that the relaxation of minimum marks for eligibility for selection on regular post available for the scheduled caste ( Dr Sodhi Ram belongs to this category) was completely overlooked while floating the advertisement. A section of the faculty on the campus also believes that the selection of the Registrar should have been completed before the present incumbent retired.

Given the fact that the CoE can still be in running for the post of Registrar, if the post is re-advertised ( as is being speculated) by providing relaxation of minimum marks for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste category, the university in an official note today has stated that the ``without prejudice to the forthcoming selection for the post of Registrar and or/eligibility or ineligibility, suitability or non-suitability of any candidate or applicant therein, Dr Sodhi Ram will look after the routine, day-to-day work of the Registrar till the process of regular selection for the post is completed.

However the important and/or policy decision will remain with the Vice Chancellor.’’

Meanwhile, Prof Paramjit Singh handed over the charge to the CoE Dr Sodhi Ram in the afternoon. What came as a glaring miss was the absence of any farewell party given to the Registrar who has served the university at this post since 1997. Prof Paramjit Singh is expected to join his parent Department of Chemistry as faculty till he is 62 years of age. 



PU admission schedule
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Panjab University has announced the schedule for admissions to various departments today. According to the statement issued by the university, interviews for admission to M Sc I Chemistry (Honours School) for 10 additional and 15 foreign nationals/PIO/NRI/NRI sponsored/Industry sponsored seats will be held on July 8 at 9.30 am in the Committee Room of Department of Chemistry.

The interviews for M Sc I (Honours School) in Zoology for those candidates who have qualified the PU’s O-CET-2005 test will be held on July 7 at 11.30 am. The candidates of other categories, including foreign nationals/PIO/NRI/NRI sponsored/Industry sponsored seats will be interviewed at 3.30 pm on July 7 in the department.

Interviews for admission to MCA (Chandigarh and Muktsar) will be held on July 16 (morning) for the candidates of reserved category and on July 16 (evening) for candidates belonging to the open category. For admission to the five year integrated course of BA LLB, interviews will be held on July 18 (morning and evening) for reserved category and on July 19 (morning and evening) for open category students. Admissions to B Pharma and B.Sc (Hon) will be held on July 20 and 21 (morning and evening) and July 22 and 23(morning and evening) for reserved and open categories, respectively. The admissions will be held according to the ranks obtained in the CET entrance test.

Interviews for admission to NRI and NRI sponsored seats in MCA will be held on July 25, (morning), admission to BA LLB on July 25(evening) and to B Pharma and B.Sc (Hons) on July 26 (morning and evening).

PU also announced today that sports trials for the candidates who have applied for admission in all these courses under the sports quota will be held on July 6, instead of on July 8 as mentioned in the CET Prospectus. The candidates seeking admission under this category have to be present for trials on the Sports Ground on July 6 at 9 am, failing which they will not be considered for admission.



47 teachers attend training programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The 10-day training programme for JBT teachers concluded at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, here today. As many as 47 teachers from different government schools of the city attended the training programme.

During the training JBTs got an excellent opportunity to get first-hand experience on the latest techniques available in the teaching of different subjects at the primary level. Practical interaction with subject experts in the areas of inclusive education hand writing, computer-aided learning (CAL) etc. was a wonderful experience for the freshly recruited teachers.

On the concluding day the visit /exposure to different labs and facilities — nursery, gym, geography lab. rain water harvesting — available at the school was greatly appreciated and felt beneficial by the participants. The course coordinator, Mr Vivek Nagpal, obtained a feedback from the participants and interviewed them regarding impact of the training course. 



Delay in results keeps students on tenterhooks
Sakaar Puri

Chandigarh, June 30
The delay in the declaration of result has jeopardised the careers of 15 students of the Artex Informatics Institute of Sector 34, which is affiliated to Manipal University. Before 2003 the institute was known as the Informatics Computer Institute and was affiliated to the Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar.

In 2001 this institute started a batch of B.Sc (information technology and management).

This (2001-2004) batch took its final year exams in the first week of January. Fifteen students of the batch are still a waiting their results.

Vikas Kumar, one of the 15 final year students, says, “I wanted to pursue M.Sc course from Panjab University. But the last date of submission of application form for admission is June 30. The management has failed to declare my result till date putting a question mark on my future. The indifference of the authorities to the cause of students is clear from the fact that I have not even received the result of my reappear exam of the first year”. Vikas has lost all hopes now and has opened a confectionery shop in Nayagaon to ensure a secure future.

Another final year student Rajvinder Kaur of Ludhiana, says, “I wanted to do MBA from Pune, But the last date admission has already passed. Because of the delay in declaration of result I could not apply”.

Due to the delay in result declaration Parminder Singh, another student, had to do computer hardware course. The other students also had the similar stories to tell. However, Mr Parjinder Singh Sandhu, Managing Director of the institute, says that the declaration of result is not in his hands and it is not even his responsibility to provide the results. It is the job of the university.

The controller of examination of Utkal University, Prof L.P. Singh, says the results are still in the process of being prepared and will be declared soon. The students say they have been listening to these kinds of promises for the past four months.

Mr Sandhu, an NRI software engineer, started this institute in 2000 as a franchisee of the Informatics Computer Institute, which is a subsidiary of Informatics Holdings Company of Singapore.

The frustrated students say if the results are not declared up till September, they will file a cheating case against the institute. They have paid Rs 75, 000 to the institute as fee for the complete course and now they are not being given degrees.



New PU Librarian takes charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The Panjab University Librarian, Mr A.R. Sethi, retired from the university service on Thursday after serving it for more than a decade. Dr V.K. Anand takes over as the new librarian. Before joining the Panjab University in December 1994, Mr Sethi had served in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for over 22 years.

IAS coaching: The centre for IAS and other competitive examinations at Panjab University is going to start another batch for coaching for the IAS (preliminary) examination from July 18. The last date for submission of application forms is July 11. Hostel facility will be available on first come first serve basis. Coordinator of the Centre, Dr R.K. Gupta, said the centre was planning to start coaching batches for the PCS (Judicial) and the UGC NET shortly.

Retired: The Head of the Department of ENT, PGI, Prof S.B.S. Mann, retired on Thursday after putting in more than 35 years of service at the institute. Prof Mann had also served as the Director Principal of GMCH, Sector 32, for three years and is a recipient of several national and international awards. He has been selected as Director Principal of Miri Piri Medical College, Shabad, Ambala, which is a new medical college started by SGPC, Amritsar.

Campaign: The malaria wing of Union Territory organised an awareness campaign-cum-journey on prevention and control of malaria at the roundabout of Sector 18, 19, 20 and 21 here on Thursday. The awareness campaign was organised as part of the activity of the anti-malaria month during June. The Senior Regional Director, Chandigarh, flagged off the awareness campaign journey. The purpose of organising the campaign was to propagate the theme for prevention and control of malaria and other vector borne diseases.



Summer camp concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
A 10-day Fun ‘n’ Learning Camp for children of the age group of five to 12 concluded today. The camp was part of the family engagement programme of Airtel.

During the camp, the children were involved in a wide range of activities ranging from western dance, painting, card making, clay modelling to making wall hangings. Rupika was the dance instructor, while Sudarshan from the College of Art taught the children to paint and make crafts.



New Releases
Volatile film on crime, love

A consummate craftsman, Ram Gopal Varma (RGV) has constantly varied his style of film making. After ‘D’ he is again in the news for his forthcoming film ‘ Sarkaar ‘. The latest Hindi movie produced and directed by him has a tagline. There are no rights and wrongs........only power........... Sahara One Motion Pictures presents this film in association with K.Sera Sera Production. A much-hyped film from Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Factory’ has already generated a lot of curiosity among the audience. ‘ Sarkaar’ will be released on Friday at Nirman (Chandigarh), Fun Republic (Manimajra), K.C. (Panchkula), New Capitol (Ambala) and Tagore (Patiala).

Teaming up with his son Abhishek on the silver screen after ‘Bunty Aur Bubli’, Amitabh Bachchan hopes to put RGV ‘Factory’ on the road to success. Varma’s last directorial venture ‘ Naach ‘ crashed at the box-office but this time he and trade pundits have pinned high hopes on political thriller Sarkar. The buzz is that it is inspired by Francis Ford Coppola’s unforgettable movie ‘ Godfather ‘. This one is a volatile film dealing with crime, greed, love, family relationship and retribution. ‘ Sarkar ‘ is a bold movie made by RGV who has become a prominent banner in Bollywood. He has produced and directed the movie with renowned stars. Kay Kay Menon, Supriya Pathak, Rukhsar, Katrina Kaif, Tanishaa, Anupam Kher, Kota Srinivasan Rao, Ishrat Ali, Zakir Hussain, Ravi Kale and Jeeva also stars in this movie.

Those who have seen the rushes of ‘ Sarkar ‘ assert that Big B and Junior B have performed exceedingly well. The supporting actors performance is also worth mentioning.

‘Sarkaar’ is a songless political thriller. It is written by Manish Gupta and has cinematography by Amit Roy. Art direction by Sunil Nigvekar, background score by Amar Mohile are another credits of this film.

Fast-paced thriller

A Girish Dhamija film ‘Yakeen’ will also be released at Neelam (Chandigarh). This one is produced by Shreya creations. Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Rampal, Kim Sharma and Saurabh Shukla play lead roles along with Anang Desai and Ankur Nayyar in this fast-paced thriller. Sameer has penned the lyrics for composer Himesh Reshammiya. He has come up the kind of music that is sure to make you snore. — D.P.


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