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Non-absorption of teachers: PCCTU plans protest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh March 6
Members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) have decided to launch an agitation following the failure of the Punjab Government to provide a solution for the absorption of staff affected by the shifting of plus two classes.

Dr Jagwant Singh, general secretary, PCCTU, said the issue had reached a stage where teachers were losing their patience. He said Punjab should follow the footsteps of the Chandigarh Administration and own responsibility of the staff affected by its policy decision.

He urged Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy CM Punjab, to take a decision to allow grants on posts up to July 31 and take the staff on deputation in government colleges.

Mr R.S. Brar, president, PCCTU, said the government must recognise that in view or the ban on recruitment during the past 18 months, the affected teachers did not even have an option to shift to another college.

He said PCCTU members would not remain silent.

Dr Jagwant Singh appreciated the decision of the government to accept many of its key demands.

However, he said other two demands regarding the absorption of the staff and the pension scheme of 1996 promised by the Congress were equally important.

He said the teachers would hold dharnas on March 17 and March 24, however, practical examinations scheduled on these days would be conducted as per schedule.

The executive committee of the union would hold a dharna in Chandigarh on March 27. 



Paper cancelled at centre, staff removed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The staff posted to conduct the examinations of Class XII at Centre No. III (Block II) of Government Senior Secondary School, Bassi Pathana, has been removed for dereliction of duty. The English examination conducted today has been cancelled. This was disclosed here today by Mr Baldev Raj, Deputy Director, who has been given the responsibility of checking copying in examinations in Fatehgarh Sahib district.

He said the District Education Officer, Mr R.D. Goyal, had been directed to post new staff at the examination centre immediately. Mr Baldev Raj said there was total chaos at the centre. No seating plan was followed. He said he had recommended disciplinary action against the staff, including the centre Superintendent. “I have recommended their transfer from their present place of posting,” he added.



Abacus comes to city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
Learning arithmetic may no longer be as difficult as you or your child perceives. An Abacus training company, International Concept of Mental Arithmetic System (ICMAS), today launched their operations in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

The K.N. Educational Foundation has been appointed the master franchisee for Chandigarh and other states.

Established in 2003, ICMAS is a modern representation of an ancient art of mental math. It uses the ancient tool, abacus, for the right brain development, which helps increase speed and accuracy, learning ability, concentration, perceptual capability and photographic memory skills, resulting in student's better performance in academic subjects.

“In the ICMAS-mental arithmetic program the abacus is extensively used as a tool to enhance the child’s image memory or photographic memory. The child uses abacus for some length of time to solve simple arithmetic functions and this consequently helps them improve their image memory skills,” said Mr Jay Vardhan Rishi, regional manager (north).

With the ICMAS program children are trained to use their right brain more, resulting right brain development and improvement of overall intelligence, he added.



Experts discuss impact of globalisation
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 6
A seminar on "Impact and need of globalisation, entrepreneurship and knowledge of management on Indian industry" was held at Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, today.

Dr Amanpreet Chinna, Professor in Georgian College, Toronto, presented an interesting comparative study on the impact of globalisation on Indian and Canadian culture. She said individualism was the result of consumerism. She said 20 per cent population was using 80 per cent of resources all over the world.

Mr Munish Sabharwal, in charge, Chandigarh SBI Funds Management Ltd, presented a study on the financial aspect of globalisation and entrepreneurship. He said new services in banking and insurance were emerging and benefiting consumers. He said growth opportunities were there in the financial sector and the Indian economy was the fastest growing sector.

Dr S.K. Chadha, Professor, University Business School, Panjab University, defined management as customer satisfaction.

He stressed on the need to develop entrepreneurship among students.

Mr Hardyal Singh Cheema, Joint Director, Cheema Spintex Ltd, who was the chief guest, termed globalisation as a two-way traffic.



Seminar on system certification
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
A seminar on management system certification (ISO-9001, ISO-14001 and ISO-18001) was organised by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers(Chandigarh Regional Centre) in collaboration with the Bureau of Indian Standards, Northern Regional Office, Chandigarh and Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, here today.

Inaugurating the seminar, Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, spoke about the standardisation of university management systems and implementation of quality parameters. He said it was high time to document management systems and evolve scientific parameters for management system standardisation.

More than 100 practising engineers, scientists and teachers participated. Prof Daljit Singh, Chairman, DCET, in his address emphasised the importance of technical standards in the era of techno-economic globalisation.

Mr S.P. Sharma, Director-General, BIS, differentiated between standards and regulations. He said educational institutions should provide quality education for which standards must be laid down, particularly in the phase of competition from foreign universities.

In the technical session, Dr D.R. Sharma, Director, BIS, Chandigarh, Mr Avinit Singh, principal counsellor, quality professional group, emphasised on management system certification. Dr Basu from Ambuja Cement and Mr N.S. Birdie from Siel Chemicals presented case studies.

Meeting on nano materials: A national meeting on nano and novel materials would be held from March 8 to 9 at the Department of Physics and Centre for Advanced Study in Physics, Panjab University. The meeting is funded under the Centre for Advanced Studies (UGC) Scheme. Attention on nano and other novel materials has risen during recent years.

Pension scheme: University employees, retired as well as in service, have been asked to exercise their options regarding the implementation of the Panjab University Employees Pension Scheme 1991 (as amended in 2006).

The eligible employees are required to exercise their options as per the prescribed option forms available on the website www.puchd.ac.in and also in the Finance and Development Officer's Office. The forms should reach in the Finance and Development Officer by April 3.



From Colleges
Dev Samaj-45 honours bright girls
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh/Mohali, March 6
It was a moment of pride for Ritika Walia, Arpana Soni and Renu Kumari of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, as they walked up to the podium to sign the Roll of Honour and receive the award from Mrs Raji P. Shrivastava, Joint Secretary (Finance) and DPI (Colleges), Chandigarh. The occasion was the annual prize distribution function of the college.

While Ritika received the honour for being a Panjab University gold medallist in B.Com (Honours) in Business Management, Arpana Soni got the prize for winning the first position in creative writing at Panjab University Inter-Zonal Youth Festival. Renu got the Roll of Honour in the sports category.

The next category of excellence awards in academics included the golden certificate of merit and merit scholarships to eight students, who had secured above 75 per cent marks in the PU 2005 examination. Amongst them were the toppers, Manisha, who had secured the 1st position in BA II examination among city colleges and Meenu Yadav, who had secured third position in BCA II among girls’ colleges.

College colours were awarded to 19 students for achievements in cultural activities and to 10 students in the sports category. Amanpreet Kaur received the college colour for the prizes won by her in poetry recitation and Apurva for her achievements in debating contests. The eight-member college Indian orchestra team, which had bagged the first prize in the PU Zonal Youth Festival was among the other awardees of the college colour.

The most voracious reader prize was given to Ramandeep Kaur of BCA II while the best Rotaractor and best NSS volunteer prizes were given to Parul Sharma of B.Com II. Ninetyeight students received academic prizes on the basis of the two house examinations held in September and December, 2005.

Principal of the college Shashi Jain welcomed the chief guest and presented the annual report of the college. She highlighted the new strides that the college was set to take in the coming session which included the completion of the girls hostel with a capacity of 200, a new academic block with a students’ centre and a mini multimedia hall and the introduction of new courses such as PGDCA, honours in economics and two new subjects psychology and fine arts. Addressing the students, the chief guest, Ms Raji P. Shrivastava, advised them to take ups and downs of life with tranquillity.

NSS volunteers hold annual function: NSS volunteers of DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, organised their annual function to honour the volunteers, who had worked all through the year. Major-Gen Rajendra Nath (retd), senior vice-president, Society for the Care of the Blind, was the chief guest.

He exhorted the volunteers to work more for society to make the world a better place to live. He gave away medals and certificates to over 60 volunteers. Mr Nipun Gupta, Commander, NSS, was honoured for his leadership qualities and dedication. Songs and dances were presented on the occasion by the volunteers

Shivalik Institute of Education: The 6th day of an NSS camp of the Shivalik Institute of Education and Research, Mohali, was celebrated as International Women Day on Monday. A multimedia presentation on the theme of women empowerment was presented by Dr Neena Sawhney. The chief guest was Mr Tilak Raj Sarangal, MD, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Punjab. He spoke on the global issue of women empowerment and highlighted the various problems being faced by women.

Ms Indu Sehgal, Ms Amteswar Kaur, Ms Anita Sharma and Ms Manju Sharma were also present.

The function started with a shabad recitation by the volunteers. This was followed by self-composed poems, speeches and songs sung by them. College faculty member Anju Mahal enlightened the audience on the National Policy on Women Empowerment.

A skit titled “Mamta ka Balidan” was presented by the volunteers. Raveneet Kaur recited a poem on female foeticide. Anita Sharma recited a poem “Chidhi Di Ambar Utte Udan”. Principal of the institute Satpal Kaur Grewal proposed a vote of thanks.



Collect nursery forms, schools told
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
The Education Department, UT, Chandigarh, today asked all the schools heads to collect nursery forms from the office of the District Education Officer, Chandigarh Administration. The last date of submission of admission forms is March 25 of the concerned school.

The school authorities will display the list of eligible candidates for draw on March 28. The draw of lots will be held on March 30 at 9.00 a.m. on the school premises and the list of selected candidates will be displayed on the same date.

The District Education Officer has also appointed various observers who will be present at the time of draw of lots. 



Rock 'n' Rhyme show organised
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
Fun and frolic marked the Rock 'n' Rhyme show organised recently at Pioneers Nursery School, Sector 23. As many as 50 toddlers performed in the event which included a variety of items ranging from rhymes, songs and traditional Punjabi dances. Bhangra performance enthralled the audience. Present on the occasion were educationist Romila Suri and Sister Maria Christie AC, Principal, Carmel Convent School.



Protection to Tehelka prosecutor ordered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 6
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the central government standing counsel to ensure all possible protection to Lt-Col Sanjay Sitanshu, persecutor in the Tehelka case who has moved the court alleging victimisation over his role in the Tehelka court martial.

Colonel Sitanshu, in his petition, had contended that he was being victimised because he refused to help the accused at the behest of senior officers during the Tehelka trials despite being allured repeatedly to do the same.

Arguing in person, he stated that his posting was diverted at the instance of a very senior officer who had written a demi-official letter to Army Headquarters in this regard.

He alleged that he was being punished for doing his job properly, which resulted in two senior officers involved in the Tehelka scam, being convicted by courts martial.

The Bench also dismissed the central government counsel’s contention that the court did not have jurisdiction to hear the petitioner. The court fixed March 9 as the next date of hearing. 



Consumer rights discussed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 6
The local Consumers Protection and Grievances Redressal Forum observed World Consumer Rights Day at a function at Government College, Phase VI, here today. Mr H.S. Sidhu, Additional Director, Department of Food, Supplies and Consumers Affairs, Punjab, urged consumers to fight for their rights. He said with the formation of the new district of Mohali, justice would be available nearer home.

Mr H.S. Walia of the consumer forum, explained the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act.

Mr Rupinder Kumar, Joint Director, Bureau of Indian Standards, Chandigarh, explained the use of hallmark on jewellery. He said this jewellery, though slightly costly, was a better investment than other jewellery.

Dr Bela Sharma from Fortis Hospital spoke on stress management while Prof R.P. Sidhu gave a talk on environmental hazards.

Mr N.S. Gill, president of the local forum, gave a brief history of the consumer movement.


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