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Corporate heads spell out requirements
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The annual technical-cum-cultural fest — “GOONJ” — of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology took off with an interface with the corporate head honchos today.

“Rendezvous” drew the participation of various stalwarts from the corporate world who addressed the students on “Expectations of industry from technical graduates”.

This year, however, the event attracted students from Delhi University, IET, Bhaddal, Punjab Engineering College, Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology and DAV, Jalandhar, though fewer in number.

Present on the occasion were Ravi Kant from Punjab Infotech, Sanjeev Kumar from Virsa, Ashwini Sharma from Microsoft, Sanjay Sharma from Tata Consultancy Services, Ganesh Kumaraj from Panacea Biotech, Dr N.K. Rathi from Oracle and Lalit Kishore from GE Healthcare.

Lalit Kishore and Ganesh Kumaraj shared various experiences with the students and detailed them on the expectations of the industry from fresh biotechnology engineers.

The corporate heads asked the students to develop a global outlook and also informed them of the various job opportunities in this field.

Ashwini Sharma emphasised on exploring new potentials in the software world.

Earlier, the inaugural function was held at Gandhi Bhavan where a number of cultural events were performed, including “jaago”, giddha and bhangra. A laser show also remained a big attraction.

A number of technical events, including technical article writing, on-the-spot software development and IQ-EQ test were also organised.

Face painting, caricature and math-mania also drew the participation of a large number of students.



Painting competition

Chandigarh, January 27
A drawing and painting competition on conservation of petroleum products was organised by state-level coordinator (oil industry), Mr V.K. Yadav, Chandigarh at St. Peter’s School, Sector 37, recently. This was followed by quiz and slogan contest on the same subject. A drawing, painting and quiz contest was also organised at Sanjay Public School, Sector 44. About 250 students of the school also took out a rally, which was flagged off by Mr Yadav and Ms U. Sethi Principal of the school. — TNS



Students elect council
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 27
Elections to elect head girl, head boy and school’s students’ council were held at Blue Bird High School for 2006-’07 recently.

Students from Classes V to X voted to elect their representatives. Shanndi and Nishant were elected head girl and head boy, respectively. While Anamika and Akshar were elected captains, Manpreet and Sahil were voted in vice-captains of the school.

The oath taking ceremony was held on Tuesday during which the outgoing council handed over their badge and sashes to the new council.



Promotions against quota stayed
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 27
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today stayed the process of appointing IAS officers in Punjab, promoted against the state quota for 2004 and 2005. The orders would affect the promotion of two officers of the Punjab Civil Services (PCS) whose names had been cleared by the selection committee of the UPSC in December 2005.

The orders were passed by the tribunal after two PCS officer, Mr Suresh Kumar Sharma, Commissioner of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, and Mr Dipinder Singh, Additional Secretary, Department of Agriculture, challenged the promotions on the ground that the vacancies determined by the Government of India (GOI) were not as per the law.

The two officers stated that their names had not been considered by the UPSC while clearing their names against the state quota from 2001 to 2005. They had pleaded that the vacancy positions be re-determined.

The applicants stated that one vacancy each in 1999 and 2000 had not been filled before selecting the vacancy positions for 2001 to 2005.

In 1999, the notification for promotion of Mr H.C. Kumar could not be issued and against the 2000 quota, the name of Mr G.R. Bansal could not be notified by the UPSC as he died before it. But the vacancies were not filled by the UPSC.

Initially, the UPSC was scheduled to hold the selection committee meeting in June but it was delayed and again held on December 28, 2005. Two officers who were being promoted against the quota for 2004 and 2005 were Mr Satwant Singh Johal, Commissioner of Jalandhar Municipal Corporation, and Mr N.K. Wadhawan, Additional Secretary, Industries Department.



Ex-bank employee, son get 1 year in jail
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 27
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court today sentenced a former Assistant and general secretary of the All-India Oriental Bank Employees Union and his son to one-year rigorous imprisonment for criminal conspiracy and forging a fake birth certificate to secure a job as a peon in the bank.

Sources in the CBI said Yog Raj Gupta, a former Assistant and general secretary of the All India Oriental Bank Employees Union, and his son Rajiv Gupta had allegedly got issued a duplicate middle-class certificate of the Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, by producing a fake birth certificate. On the basis of the certificate, Rajiv Gupta got appointment as a peon in the Oriental Bank of Commerce.

The CBI registered a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy, and forgery under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code in this connection. A Special Judicial Magistrate, Patiala after holding the father-son duo guilty sentenced them to one-year rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 500 each.


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