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A day before exams, PU students seek roll nos
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 31
With less than a day to go for the Panjab University undergraduate examinations, hundreds of candidates have reportedly not received their roll numbers.

Majority of these are private candidates whose roll numbers had been withheld by the university for not supplying the requisite documents. While many such candidates who managed to produce the necessary documents were issued roll numbers on the spot, there were some students who spent the entire day today trying to locate the documents already supplied by them but which have been reportedly misplaced by the university.

Mr Darbara Singh, father of Gagandeep Kaur, a private candidate, who is due to appear for her BA first year examination was told that the university could not locate the original Plus two certificate which had been sent and as a result, the roll number could not be issued. “My daughter stands to lose an academic year and it seems her certificate too has been lost,” said Darbara Singh.

Similarly, Satnam Singh who runs a private academy in Garh Shankar reported that he had sent 49 examination forms for which only 39 roll numbers were received. “The documents were complete. Today we came to personally collect the roll numbers and we have been told that only eight roll numbers could be issued. Two of our students stand to lose one academic year. The university has lost their original documents it seems,” he said.

Another person running an academy stated that he had collected as many as 200 roll numbers today since not a single one had been received by post.

In a press note, the university authorities have stated that the examination conduct branch staff has been working all these days without a break in sorting out such problems.

The note states that the total number of forms received by the university is over 1.4 lakh and only about 1 per cent of the candidates have reported to the university that they have not received their roll numbers. The university authorities further stated that more than 350 duplicate roll numbers have been issued to the candidates in three days.



From Panjab University
Date extended for submitting pension options
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 31
The last date for submission of option forms for pension has been extended up to April 17. Orders to this effect have been issued by the Vice-Chancellor with proviso that “no further extension under any circumstances” would be granted.

The PU Employees Federation had been asking for the extension as guidelines and scheme details were not available with them. Also, many employees have been busy in examination duties and haven’t had the time to think about the options.

Training programme concludes

A five-day training programme on “Research methodology: the emerging needs in designing and implementing research proposals in social sciences” organised by the ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre concluded today at the ICSSR Complex, Panjab University. Dr Komila Parthi, lecturer in psychology, DAV College, presented a comprehensive report of the training programme.

Prof Veer Singh, Dean University (Instruction), while delivering the valedictory address expressed hope that the objectives of the workshop have been achieved. He exhorted the participants to take up the challenge of emerging social and political issues, particularly in the light of globalisation.

Prof Manjit Singh, programme coordinator, while thanking the participants and the resource persons expressed his satisfaction at the level of interest the participants displayed during the five-day training programme. Mr P.K. Saini Director of the ICSSR, promised to undertake such programmes here and in other universities of the North-Western region.


The students who were on indefinite hunger strike were forcefully shifted to the Government Hospital, Sector 16, here this morning following a deterioration in their condition. These students were then replaced by another set of students. The hunger strike has been resorted to support students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET). According to the students, the institute’s authorities had refused to declare the results of the second and fourth-year students due to a shortage of lectures.



Sector 8 DAV school gets first girl student
Payal Pruthi
Tribune News Service

Sheenam Goel
Sheenam Goel

Chandigarh, March 31
With the enrollment of Sheenam Goel from Kalka in class VII at the DAV Senior Secondary School (Lahore) Sector 8, a 120-year-old male bastion in the city has now opened up to the fairer sex.

The school has changed from a ‘boys only’ school to ‘co-educational’ one after 120 years.

Ravinder Talwar, the school principal, expressed happiness over the admission. “We are really happy and to mark the occasion, we have waived off the fee for the entire year for Sheenam, including the prospectus charges,” said Mr Talwar.

He added that the school is looking forward to having more girl students as the admissions open from April 1. Two more girl students are in the process of being enrolled and all the existing facilities will be available to the girl students as well, said the school principal.

According to Mr Talwar, additional co-curricular activities like music will also be introduced as the school goes co-educational. The school will soon provide hostel facility to the girl students.

As for Sheenam’s parents, Mr Ramesh Goel is quite satisfied with the decision. “Though there was an initial hesitation but going by the school’s history and reputation and after counselling with the teachers, we made up our mind,” said Mr Goel. He added that even Sheenam was comfortable with the idea of being the first girl student in an all-boys school and will be attending the school from April 1.

It is interesting to know that this strictly boys’ school did not have a lady teacher for 97 years and it was only in 1983 that the DAV Managing Committee appointed the first lady lecturer in Biology.



UT Class VIII board exam results today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 31
The Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, will declare the results of Class VIII board examination on April 1.

According to Mr Chanchal Singh, Assistant Director, Vocational, the results will be displayed by 9 a.m. on April 1. He added that the results were being declared late because of the request made by the school principals who have to also declare the results for other classes in the school around the same time.



NSS camp concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 31
A 10-day NSS camp of Indo-Global College of Engineering, Abhipur, concluded at village Dulwan, near here, yesterday.

Mr O.P. Arora, Additional General Manager of the Tribune Group of newspapers ,was the chief guest, at the concluding function today.

Mr Arora praised the job done during the camp and gave away prizes to outstanding volunteers.

Dr. S.R. Prabhakar, Principal, said the camp was sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Govt. of India, under the guidance of PTU ,Jalandhar. As many as 50 volunteers attended the camp.

The NSS volunteers held a blood donation camp on March 22. A team of Doctors led by Dr. Usha Rao from the Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGI, Chandigarh, conducted the camp. About 169 units of blood was donated by the NSS volunteers and other students.

The volunteers conducted surveys on economic health and literacy level in the village.

Under the guidance of experts from the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), Chandigarh, and Chief Agricultural Officer, Ropar,the volunteers helped villagers set up gobar gas plants .

The NSS volunteers along with village youth also repaired some roads.



Teachers to meet Bansal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 31
A meeting was organised today by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Government Teachers’ Union. The members expressed unhappiness on the lukewarm response of the Administration towards their demands.

Regarding the confirmation of 193 lecturers and clearance of 146 probation period cases, the members termed it as a positive step but said that a lot still remains to be done.

The JAC members decided that a delegation will meet the Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration and also the Union State Minister of Finance, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal.

Also personal contact programmes will be started in various schools to mobilise teachers to co-operate. Among those present at the meeting were Dr Vinod Sharma, Harbir Singh Ananad, Jit Singh Somal, K.R. Sharma, R.S. Rathore and Savinder Singh.



Art exhibition at KV 2
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 31
The session closed at Kendriya Vidyalaya no 2, Chandimandir, with the declaration of results and an art exhibition here today.

The chief guest, Col V.N. Money, inaugurated the exhibition that had paintings, murals and craftwork created by students on display. He also gave away the prizes.

The Principal, Ms Rama Sharma, lauded the efforts of the students. Later, high tea was held for parents of meritorious students.



Kids feast on self-made pizzas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 31
It was the ‘pizza power’ that gripped the 30 kids between the age group of 3-14 year at a pizza making and eating session organised yesterday by the Go Bananas Kids Club at Domino’s Pizzas, Sector 34.

The activity included the little ones attending the annual spring camp held by the club. Not only did the kids receive lessons in pizza-making but even enjoyed feasting on them.

According to Anu Vala, director of the club, the children were first given a demonstration on how to fold the boxes for the pizzas and were later taken into the kitchen where they decided on their own ingredients and fixed up their pizzas.

The Go Bananas Spring Camp is a two-week workshop which will conclude with a stage performance for the camp participants.



New school board Secy

Mohali, March 31
Ms Pavitar Pal Kaur was appointed Secretary of the Punjab School Education Board here today. The post was lying vacant since September last. OC



Six to take oath as High Court Judges today
Maneesh Chhibber
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 31
Less than a fortnight after seven lawyers were administered the oath as Judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, it is the turn of six District and Sessions Judges to join the Bench.

The Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court will administer the oath to Mr H.S. Bhalla, Mr A.N. Jindal, Mr M.M.S. Bedi, Mr Arvind Goyal, Mr S.D. Anand, and Mr R.S. Madaan here tomorrow.

Their warrants of appointment were received this afternoon.

The names of these District and Sessions Judges, three each from Punjab and Haryana, had been recommended in November last year by the collegium of the High Court.

While Mr Bhalla, who has remained the District and Sessions Judge, Chandigarh, is at present Legal Remembrancer, Punjab, Mr A.N. Jindal is posted as District and Sessions Judge (Vigilance), Punjab. Mr M.M.S. Bedi is District and Sessions Judge, Chandigarh. All three belong to the Punjab cadre.

The District and Sessions Judges who will be elevated tomorrow from the Haryana cadre are Mr Arvind Goyal, now posted as District and Sessions Judge, Panchkula, Mr S.D. Anand, District and Sessions Judge, Gurgaon, and Mr R.S. Madaan, Legal Remembrancer, Haryana.

With their joining, the total strength of the High Court Judges will go up to 40 from the present 34. The sanctioned strength is 53.

Meanwhile, sources said the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has also cleared the proposal for the elevation of Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice D.K. Jain to the Supreme Court and he will take the oath in New Delhi early next week.

The sources said till an alternative arrangement was made, the senior-most Judge, Mr Justice H.S. Bedi, will be the Acting Chief Justice of the High Court. Mr Justice Bedi was the Acting Chief Justice for sometime last year also.


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