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PU board okays regularising staff on condition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
The Panjab University Board of Finance today cleared conditional regularisation of its employees and daily-wager, earners. The pay scales of the university’s securitymen were also enhanced.

Over 200 employees are working in various capacities across the university on a contract basis. Some have been working thus for the past 19 years. These employees include clerks and Class III employees.

However, it was decided that the clerks would have to pass the prescribed test laid down for the purpose and only those are eligible to sit for the test would be allowed.

The members cleared a recommendation by the committee constituted by the VC to consider enhancement in the pay scales of PU’s security officer and assistant security officer. Certain changes in the minimum qualifications required for these posts were also cleared.

The members met at the university today to pass the annual budget of the university. The members passed the university’s annual Budget for 2006-2007 for Rs 145 crore out of which Rs 131 crore is part of the non-Plan budget.

The members noted that the university had recorded a deficit of over Rs 68 crore in 2005-2006 and an estimated budget deficient of Rs 70 crore for 2006-2007.

The budget proposed a 10 per cent increase in the scholarship money for SC/ ST students. Provision in the budget were kept aside for construction of the second phase of the Dental College, upgradation of computer centre, construction of the UIET building and construction of Ancient Indian History Museum.

The proposals include starting a five-year integrated law course at PU’s Regional Centre at Ludhiana and starting of a five-year integrated course in economics at the university campus here.



Seminar discusses trends in medical librarianship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
A seminar on “Recent trends in medical librarianship” was organised by the PGIMER Library here today. Prof R.P. Bambah, former Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, chief guest, highlighted the importance of latest researches in the field of medical sciences for better healthcare.

Prof H.R. Chopra, Chairman, Department of Library and Information Science, PU, explained the component of automation of library services, use of electronic documents, need of resources sharing and networking of medical libraries, online searching of medical literature and providing library services as per the need of its clientele.

Dr R.P. Kumar, Chief Librarian, AIIMS, New Delhi, delivered the keynote address. He also spoke on user-oriented library and information services.

Prof I.V. Malhan, head, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Jammu, spoke on “Medical librarianship in 21st century”.

He viewed that Indian medical librarianship should come on a par with developed countries. The role of national and international agencies was suggested to be an important contributor in this regard.

Prof Sudha Suri, Dean, PGI, also spoke to the participant and delegates. Earlier, Mr Raj Kumar, Senior Library and Information Officer of the PGI Library, introduced the chief guest and other dignitaries on the dais. Some commercial companies dealing with library softwares, library automation and related areas presented their products and services.

The seminar was attended by 100 participants from various medical libraries and schools of library and information science from Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. The participants gave various viable experiences in the field of medical librarianship. A few recommendations were made, based on the deliberations in the seminar.



Pecfest evokes good response
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Pecfest’06 got off to a scintillating start today with “Nukkad Natak”, the street play competition, organised by the Dramatics Club of Punjab Engineering College.
Members of Agaaz — the dramatic club of DAV College Sector 10 — won the first position in the competition with a brilliant performance — kya aap sab chuhe hain?

This high-energy event, in which social issues were portrayed brilliantly, generated mass appeal. Youngsters come forward and threw light on grim realities of society. Dr Surinder Sharma, a renowned theatre personality, judged the performances of various teams. Among other judges were Ms Meena Mahajan, officer in charge of the Dramatics Club of Punjab Engineering College and Ms Tejbir Kaur from the mechanical engineering staff of PEC.

DAV’s Agaaz team, including Hardeep Singh Sethi, Charandeep Singh Kalra, Sameer Kaushal, Rochak Kohli, Vikas Sharma, Aviral Gupta, Gurpreet Saini, Ankit Sakhiya, Ravish Keswani, Gautam Sharma, Sahil Khattar, Shivank Chaudhary, Saurabh Mittal, Sanjay Sharma, and Manish Gandhi, also shared the runners-up prize for “Chal Chhod Na Yaar…….Egjactly” with the girls’ team from MCM DAV College Women of Vasundhara Chadha, Sakshi Jindal, Tilottama Singh, Vasundhara Kumar, Shikha Chaudhary, Gitika Kamboj, Nalini, Pankhuri, Aurodeepa Rath, Jasmine for “Garam Masala”.

The evening was marked by “Raasleela”, a skit competition, also organized by PEC’s dramatics club. The topics that were taken up were innovative, with some tickling the funny bone and others conveying a serious message. Mr Ayushmaan Khurana was invited as one of the judges for the event. Ms Kusum Gupta, wife of Dr Vijai Gupta, Director of PEC, was the other judge.

The event proved to be a grand success drawing a large crowd. The DAV College team again proved itself better than the rest with their skit, “Man Ki Bhadaas”. The hosts team of Ravit Madan, Aditi Somani, Divya Sharma, Gautam Garg, Arshdeep Singh, Ashish Bansal, Sarthak Kumar, Nitin Patil, Bhupinder Singh, Arjun Mehra, Samridhi, Karan Malhotra emerged as the first runners-up for their skit, “Pareshaan Ki Kahaani”. The team from MCM College were the second runners-up for “Garam Masala”.

The festival started with the lighting of lamp by UT Home Secretary Krishan Mohan. The first mega event was Think India Think, which had speakers, including Mr Vivek Atray, Director of Technical Education, Chandigarh, Mr Chander Mohan, Chairman, Board of Governors, PEC, Mr RS Bains, advocate and human rights activist, Bikramjit, Special Correspondent Tehelka.com and Prof Vijay Gupta.

The event — treasure hunt — took hordes of students across the sprawling PEC campus to find clues hidden in the campus. Over 100 teams were running all over the campus, cracking the clues. PEC team-Searchers-won the competition, while PEC’s Cool Eeshwars came second. In “WORDICT” — the battle of words — there were three winners, all from PEC. The top three prizes in Couple Cricket were also won by PEC.

Various student management games were held in association with the All India Management Association. It is a two-day event and its results will be announced tomorrow.

The event Eclectica had a paper presentation competition, which was won by a team from DCE followed by Swati Gupta from PEC and Abhimanyu Dhar from BVCE, Pune. The poster-making competition was won by Malav Shah, IICT, Gandhinagar, Shishir Goyal and Sachin Bharadwaj from IICT, Gandhinagar and Rishab Mahajan and Sumeet Trehan from PEC.



Seminar for engg students
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, February 10
The NIIT Technologies, an IT education and software development company, conducted a seminar for final year students of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering & Technology(SSIET) here today.

Speaking at the seminar, Mr Prakash said the NIIT had introduced 100% placement-oriented programme for final-year engineering students for which only the SSIET had been selected in this region.

The NIIT has a tie-up with IT giants like the Infosys, Satyam, Wipro Technologies, HCL Technologies, Mobera, Flextronics and other non-BPO companies which had spelt out their job requirements to the NIIT.

To enroll for the programme, there would be an aptitude test, group discussion and interview. This would be followed by a four-month comprehensive training as per the companies’ requirements.

Prof Avtar Singh, SSIET chairman, appreciated the efforts of the training and placement cell for organising such a seminar for benefit of students.

Prof N.S. Julka, training and placement officer, explained to the students that although placement avenues were on the rise, yet companies were quality-conscious.



Food samples at eatery of District Courts fail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
If reports of food samples taken by the district health authorities from a small eating joint in the premises of the local District Courts is any indication, then advocates and litigants visiting the courts are being forced to consume adulterated and unhygienic food.

The shocking revelations were tabled by the health authorities as part of case proceedings being heard by Judicial Magistrate (First Class) R.K. Bhankar.

A local human rights lawyer, Mr Arvind Thakur, has filed a case on lack of basic amenities and food being served by the owner of the joint.

As per the reports, dead insects were found in a bottle of mango shake and declared unfit for human consumption. The complainant had stated that the eating joint did not have any licence to sell the eatables.

In another sample of alu chana, prohibited red oil soluble synthetic colour had been used by the joint owner.

Enquiries revealed that the food joint had been running for the past many years. The water of public health was being used unauthorisedly.

The complainant has also sought a new lift in the old block and proper drinking water facility for lawyers and litigants. It may be mentioned the newly elected District Bar Association had promised to provide the basic amenities at the District Courts.



Statement of minor girl recorded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
The Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mr R.K. Bhankar, today recorded the statement of a minor girl who was allegedly kidnapped and then walked up to the Sector 34 Police Station under mysterious circumstances. The statement was recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC by the JMIC on a request made by the police.

It could not be known whether the girl had named any person for her alleged kidnapping. The Chandigarh Police had registered a case of kidnapping against unknown persons on the basis of a complaint by the mother of the minor girl. She had reportedly named two persons from a Sector 8 Call Centre where her daughter used to work. In her complaint to the police, she had stated that, her daughter was last seen with these two persons before she had gone missing.

The police had registered a case after the Lawyers for Human Right International prevailed upon the Senior Superintendent of Police and the DSP, South, to trace the girl. Within two hours of the threat, the girl had reached the police station yesterday.

The girl was taken to Nari Niketan without a medical examination. Police officials said the girl refused to undergo the examination. The Lawyers for Human Right International (LHRI) alleged that the police had intentionally avoided medical examination as the names of the bigwigs in the case could come to light. She being a minor, a medical examination was mandatory, said a lawyer.

The LHRI would move an application tomorrow to get her medically examined.

Statement recorded: A local court today recorded the statement of the victims allegedly sodomised by CFSL scientist Dr Paul Ramesh. He was yesterday granted bail. The victims had been sent to the CFSL for a lie-detector test.

Bail granted: A local court today grated bail to a truck driver, Darshan Singh, who was arrested on January 26, for trying to sell apple boxes of a Sector 26 based trader. A case had been registered against the truck driver.

Appointments: Decks have been cleared for the appointment of lawyers (with less than five years of practice in the District Courts) as local commissioners. The newly elected Bar Association had recommended the names of 25 lawyers for being appointed as local commissioners. The names were approved by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr B.K. Mehta. The local commissioner would check the city restaurants and discotheque which would play music without seeking permission from the Phonograpic Performers Limited (PPL). The PPL had moved the court against the erring restaurants & discotheques.



Play on woman shakti
S.D. Sharma

The International Punjabi Literary Trust Vancouver (Canada) and the Adakar Manch, Mohali, presented a Punjabi play, “Shobha Shakti”, at the Tagore Theatre today and honoured the playwright.

The Canada-based, Dr Darshan Gill, and Mr Narpinder Singh Rattan IAS (retd), felicitated the 93-years-old playwright, Dr Harcharan Singh, with the Manjit Gill Memorial Award, which carried a citation and a cash award for Rs 21,000.

The play dedicated to the cause of woman empowerment was aimed at exhorting the women to cultivate inner strength to exercise fundamental rights rather than begging for the same.

The essence of the potent script sculpted by the grand old thespian way back in 1961 still holds relevance — subjugation of woman from the vedic period.

The basic theme of social concern for gender equality found true expression under the direction of Dr Sahib Singh, who carried out certain aberrations to relate the proceedings with contemporary modern lifestyles.

The play depicted the struggle of the protagonist, Ms Shobha, at various levels to live on her own terms and not relent to the pressure of male chauvinism.

Be it choosing her life partner, divorcing her advocate husband to settle alone with her son and finally preferring to part with her son and not succumbing to the dictates of her daughter-in-law and son.

Acrimonious debates, studded with satire and humour, curious and tense moments spelling difference of opinion and eloquent verbal duels kept the interest of the audience alive.

The accomplished actors is Dr Sahib Singh, Rajinder Rosy, Harmanpal, Gaurav Sharma, Satwinder Kaur, Sunny Gill and Harish Verma were supported by Gunjan, Gurmandeep, Sumeet and Parminder.

A Hindi comedy “Hai Mera Dil” directed by Praveen Jaggi will be staged tomorrow at the same venue and time.


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