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Confusion in Panjab varsity over admissions
Swarleen Kaur

Some facts about the department which should be taken care of

  • Nearly 2 crore of budget is sanctioned to this department per annum but it produces on 50 graduates and 10 post graduates per year, previous results showed
  • A question rises how a one lecturer can deliver two lectures in different classes at the same time if we follow the time table
  • According to UGC guidelines the lectures workload is 14 to 16 hours per week but faculties are working 8 hours per week according to official sources
  • No regular attendance register is being maintained in the department

Chandigarh, July 5
Panjab University can’t set its house in order on the issue of admitting students to the Department of Evening Studies. While it has been unable to frame a foolproof plan to admit only “working students”, it reverts back to the “old plans” despite formulating such procedures year after year.

The department was established in 1961 to give education to the employed persons. To get an admission in this department the candidate, particularly male applicant, is required to present his proof of employment. There is no such rule for female candidates. Male candidates are required to have no objection certificates and affidavits, which should be attested by a magistrate or commissioner or should contain a stamp of the notary public. But various candidates kept on getting admissions by presenting false documents.

This time Board of Control (BOC) of the department suggested that the candidate should fill the registration no in the form which could check the authenticity of the applicant.

A proposal prepared by BOC was sent to the Dean, University Instructions. This proposal highlighted various problems of the department and mentioned new suggestions.

To resolve the issue a committee of 10 members headed by Dr V.K. Bansal was constituted by the Dean, University Instruction, J.K. Gupta. The various heads of the committee disagreed to accept the new suggestion made by BOC. The reason was given that this new stringent requirement can create difficulties among many employees, particularly small shopkeepers who cannot produce the registration numbers.

The chairperson of the committee, Mr V.K. Bansal said, “In many cases it is difficult for the students to bring registration numbers. This stringent rule will not viable. In any case if a candidate produces a false document to show his employment proof then he liable to bear the consequences. I am aware that there have been cases of fake admissions but to stop this malpractice there is need to find out some solid solutions”.

The proposal of the BOC was presented to Vice-Chancellor, K.N. Pathak also. The Vice-Chancellor had ordered to maintain status quo.

The chairperson of the department, Mr Atul Vir Arora, said: “The issue of bogus admissions has been raised many times. Instead of coming up with a solid solution to curb the malpractices prevailing in the department, the authorities always give an order to maintain the previous status quo.”

Now nearly 500 applications have been received till date for this session and the fate of this department is uncertain.

Meanwhile, nearly 27 faculty members of the Department of Evening studies have condemned the chairperson of the department, Mr Atul Vir Arora, who has instructed the office not to accept the admission forms from those candidates who do not mention the registration number of the firms they are employed in. They alleged that in this way he has wilfully defied the orders of the Vice-Chancellor and DUI who had ordered status quo in the norms and procedures of admission process.

They felt that by giving such instructions the chairman is bent upon reducing the number of admissions which can lead to the closing of the department. They have strongly urged that the Vice-Chancellor should take an action against him. 



It rained chaos at class XI admission centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Chaos marked day two of the centralised admissions to Class XI in government schools as rain played havoc with the arrangements made by the UT Education Department at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 23, here today.

Parents and applicants were packed like sardines in the admission counselling hall and squeezed into corridors of the school while the fee counters witnessed “unmanageable” rush forcing authorities to collect forms and fee and close down counters till the crowds subsided.

Parking blues in the limited concrete space available further led to confusion as parents tried to park their cars in the school ground which was flooded with water. However, the officials of the UT Education Department tried their best to ease the discomfiture of the harried parents and helped to hasten the process of admission.

On the first day of the admissions in the general category, science seats in the most sought after government schools, GMSSS-16 and 35, were exhausted. The admissions in the stream closed at 83.2 per cent and 85.8 per cent in the two schools, respectively. The Sector 8 government school was the only one which failed to open an account even as a total of 1,104 students were admitted today.

Non-medical continued to be the favourite and 943 students in all were admitted in science alone. While the commerce stream registered 131 admissions, 26 students were admitted to the humanities stream and only four students opted for vocational studies.

With the cream of the city students, the day was slated for admission of students scoring 80 per cent and above, arriving for admissions at GMSSS-23 spread over three different time slots, every mark they scored carried weight as they vied for a seat in the top schools. Some were disappointed for not having “managed” a seat in GMSSS-16 and 35 while others who did manage to get in said the trouble they faced in reaching the admission venue had been worth it.

While the process of couselling and admission went on smoothly inside the couselling hall, the fee counters witnessed a lot of rush as parents tried to jostle and find their way to the front of the queue. This confusion prompted the officials to collect all forms of admitted candidates. They were asked to collect them a couple of hours later in an effort to ease the rush at these counters.

The officials succeeded in their bid to facilitate payment of fee since parents went away and then trickled in to pay their fee all afternoon. Admission of students score 72 per cent and above is scheduled for tomorrow.



Girls’ ITI to be upgraded
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 5
The local ITI for Girls has been chosen to be upgraded as a centre of excellence by the D.G.E&T and Government of India under a centrally sponsored scheme.
According to a press note issued by the institute here today, a sum of Rs 1.6 crore would be spent on the renovation of the building, on procuring state-of-the-art equipment, providing training to faculty members and on holding seminars and workshops.

Mr K.M. Sahni, Secretary, Labour and Employment, Government of India, Mr K.K. Mittal, Director, D.G.E&T, and other officials visited the institute today to monitor the implementation of the scheme. Mr Sahni took a round of the institute and interacted with the staff and students.



Shahnamah heritage on display
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 5
A painting exhibition on “Shahnamah-the everlasting heritage” opened today at Art Gallery, Department of Fine Arts, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
The Shahnamah is an impressive monument of poetry and historiography. It focuses on selected folios of two manuscripts of the 14th century AD.

Inaugurated by Mr A. R. Kidwai, Haryana Governor, the exhibition is a storehouse of knowledge of and era bygone.

A venture of the Iran Cultural House, New Delhi, the paintings are the creation of Prince Bayesunghur, a grandson of the King Timur of the Timrid period which is based on two original created by great Persian poet Firdausi.

Prince Bayesunghur ‘s paintings reflect the influence of individual masters of conspicuous skill. The work of his century represents the climax of the development of Persian miniature painting.

The paintings reflect the images of ancient culture. The fact that Iranian and Indian culture were always influenced by each other is reinforced by these paintings.

The Ambassador of Iran Mr Siyavash Zargar Yagubi, was also present on the occasion.

Mr Yaguti also met Dean of University Instruction and expressed his desire to have a tie-up with PU regarding a students exchange programme.

The exhibition will be on till July 10. 



How to tackle snake bite victims
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 5
“Poisonous snake bites are medical emergencies and can be dangerous if not attended to quickly. Because of their smaller body size, children are at higher risk of death or serious complications.”

This was stated by Dr Vikas Bhutani, MD Consultant, Internal Medicine, Fortis Hospital, while giving advice on snake bites.

He said if a poisonous snake bites a person, the most important thing is not to let him panic. Make him lie down and stay as still as possible as any physical activity may increase the flow of venom to the bloodstream.

If the area of the bite begins to swell and change colour the snake is probably poisonous. Wash the bite with soap and water. Immobilise the bitten area by applying a splint on the arm or leg that is bitten; this is intended to limit motion and thus, limit the flow of venom into the bloodstream.

If possible, keep the bitten area at or slightly lower than the level of the heart. Remove any jewellery on the bitten limb as the limb might swell, making it difficult to remove the jewellery after swelling begins.

Monitor the person’s vital signs-temperature, pulse, rate of breathing and blood pressure, if possible. If there are signs of shock (such as paleness) lay the victim flat, raise the feet by about a foot and cover the victim with a blanket.

Get medical help at the earliest. Immediate home treatment should not delay transport to the hospital emergency as anti-snake venom is the only specific therapy available for snake bite poisoning and should be given to every victim at the earliest.

The systemic effects of poisoning usually start within 15 minutes to 12 hours of the snake bite. If the victim is unable to reach medical care within 30 minutes, a bandage or a crepe bandage, wrapped 2 to 4 inches above the bite, may help slow venom absorption into the bloodstream.

The bandage should not cut off blood flow from a vein or artery. A good rule of thumb is to make the bandage loose enough so that a finger can slip under it. A suction device may be placed over the bite to help draw venom out of the wound without making cuts.

Care should be taken not to apply incisions or cuts on the bite wound, not to tourniquet the affected limb tightly and not to apply ice over the wound area as these measures can be potentially harmful.

If possible, try to identify the type of snake which has bitten the person, as all snakes are not poisonous.



Awareness drive on anaemia
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
The Chandigarh branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has launched a campaign to create awareness on anaemia, its reasons and remedies. As part of the campaign, different sections of society are being told about the symptoms of anaemia, said Prof B.S. Chavan, state president of the IMA.

Addressing a press conference, he said the awareness level among members of the public, irrespective of their social strata, was low. Already, the association had conducted camps in Bapu Dham and Mauli Jagraon Colony and would visit four city schools to create awareness among schoolchildren.

He said various causes of anaemia were bone marrow depression, leukemia, hypothyroidism and chronic mental disorder. Surveys indicated that 70 per cent to 80 per cent of adolescent girls suffered from anaemia.



Indian hockey probables practice at Sec 42 stadium
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Probables of Indian hockey team practiced for more than two hours at the Sector 42 hockey stadium here this evening. These 23 probables practiced at the stadium for the second time.

The probables are preparing in the ongoing conditioning camp, started from June 23 to July 13, at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, for the Mini World Hockey Cup to be held in Holland in August. The bad surface at Patiala forced these probables to practice here for one or two days in a week.

Expressing satisfaction on the fitness level of the team, Mr Sampat Kumar, physical trainer of the team, said, “The level of fitness of every player is up to the mark. At present, I am concentrating on the developing of muscle endurance, but in the next camp I would emphasise on speed, reaction, agility and mobility”.

He was also of the view that this time they had enough time to give attention on fitness which would definitely pay rewards in coming big events.

Meanwhile, two senior players, Prabhjot Singh and Gagan Ajit Singh, could not take part in the practice session due to minor injuries. Rajpal Singh is the lone player from Chandigarh in the probables. The team coach Rajinder Singh (Jr), goal keeping coach Romeo James also accompanied the team to the city.

Ball pool tourney: Pramod Kumar just streamrolled Sumer Chandi by five racks to two (5-2) in the ongoing Ch. Vishnu Pal Singh Memorial 9 Ball Pool Prize Money Tournament held at the Chandigarh Billiards and Coaching Centre, Sector 22, here, today.

In another match of the day, it was a one-sided tie in which seeded player Divya Sharma defeated Anand Sharma by five racks to two (5-2).

Ajay Singla could not face the challenge posed by Harpreet Singh in the next tie and eventually lost the tie and the score stood at 5-2.

In another match, Sameer Bhalla outplayed Vishal Mor in a closely contested match. Vishal gave a tough fight to Sameer but at the end of the day lost the match in favour of Sameer by five racks to four (5-3).

Ankur Nanda beat Deepak Goel in a close contest at score of 5-4. Dinesh Kanwar thrashed Dharminder Singh by 5-1 and similar defeat was faced by Rohit Sood from Gagandeep (5-1). Again, it was Harpreet Singh who outslug Gagandeep at 5-1 and Abhishek beat Anjay at 5-1.



City to have all-weather pool by next year
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 5
Swimming aficionados are in for a special treat. For, the city is going to have its first “all-weather pool” and water enthusiasts can now look forward to the luxury of swimming right through the year!

A first for the region as well, the existing Sector 23 yoga swimming pool is going to be converted soon into an all-weather pool. The proposal, which hung in balance for over two-and-a-half years, has finally fructified and February 2006 is when the pool in its ‘new avtaar’ will be opened to the public.

It was the confusion between the Engineering Department and Science and Technology Department about taking up this project that had led to a delay in the project. Afterwards, it was the indecision regarding the heating system to be adopted— whether conventional heating or solar heating.

It was ultimately decided that the UT Engineering Department would do the construction work and Science and Technology Department would install the heating system.

The Science and Technology Department proposed that the solar water heating system should be installed which is capable of maintaining the pool temperature in the range of 22 to 26ºC, even in the months of December and January.

“This system will be functional on all clear sunny days without any backup being required keeping in mind that the city remains sunny through a good period of year”, told Mr Vivek Attray, Director, Science and Technology.

Project Director G.S. Bains said, “Solar thermal energy system is most viable and cost effective method of providing hot water, even on large scales. Even the maintenance expenditure is less in comparison to the non-conventional energy sources and the life of the system can be expected to be between 20-22 years.”

Chief Engineer V.K. Bhardwaj said, “Our liability is only restricted to constructing the pool. All formalities in this regard have been completed and the work will be assigned to the construction company within this month and we hope to begin the work by mid August.

The pool’s size would be increased by 40 feet in width whereas the length, which is 75 feet, will remain the same. All sides of the pool would be covered with aluminium glazing and the roof will be of pre-coated GI sheeting with a false ceiling under it, explains Superintending Engineer S.K. Jaitely.

A separate changing room for boys has been proposed whereas the girls’ changing area will remain the same.

The position of the diving board will also be changed but that will be decided once the pool is ready.

Mr Bhardwaj said six months were needed to complete the civil part of the work and the heating system would be installed almost simultaneously. “The state of the art all weather pool will be ready by February end”, he told.

The tentative cost of the project (heating only), according to the Science and Technology Department would come out to be around Rs 28 lakh. The estimated cost of the civil work is expected to be around Rs 33 lakh.

Total approximate cost of the project would be around Rs 61 lakh.

The all weather pool will be a welcome addition to the city’s sporting arena what with Chandigarh witnessing the vagaries of three seasons of which only the summers are conducive to swimming. After all, Chandigarh has a reputation of being the sporting centre of the country.


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