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Question paper goof-ups stump students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
In what seems to have been the result of a major confusion at the level of paper setters, candidates appearing for some of Punjab University examinations were finding the question papers had not been set in accordance with the style rules laid down by the university.

Sources added that complaints were pouring in at the Vice- Chancellor's office from undergraduate and post graduate candidates.

The head of the Department of Economics, DAV College, Sector 10, Mr Y.R. Bhardwaj has in a complaint to the PU registrar stated that there was a discrepancy in the question paper of Business Economics (Paper IV), for B.Com 2nd year, held on April 20, 2006.

The letter stated that as per rules, candidates are expected to attempt two questions out of four in section B of the question paper. And each question carries 15 marks. However, according to this year’s question paper, they had to attempt three questions out of six, each carrying 10 marks.

Similarly in Section C, candidate were required to attempt two questions out of four, each carrying 15 marks. However, this time they had to answer three questions out of five, each carrying 10 marks.

"In other words, a candidate has been made to attempt two extra questions. This calls for adequate compensation to the candidates," pointed our Prof Bhardwaj.

In another complaint, Head of the Department of English of the same college, Prof Ashok Sharma said mistakes were found in the English paper (Contemporary Critical Theory) of MA-II held today.

While some parts of the question paper were reported to be out of syllabus, students had to attempt 4 out of 10 terms in 250 words each instead of three terms in 200 words each, which had been the set pattern. This amounted to asking students to write 1000 words in place of 600 words, he said.

Similarly, students of political science of MA-I complained that parts of their Western Political Thought question paper were out of syllabus and different from the set pattern.



Scouts in city for camp
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
At least 300 scouts and escorts from Kendriya Vidyalayas in Delhi, Dehra Dun, Jaipur and Jammu regions have reached the city to participate in the five-day camp being conducted at grounds of Kendriya Vidyalayas here for the Rashtrapati Scout Award.

“A campfire and a cultural programme will be organised every evening during the stay of participants”, said, Ms S.P. Shergill, Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31.

Jagmohan Sharma from the Jaipur region said, “I love to do something for the poor. I go to slum areas in the evenings, where I help in education.”

Sumit Kumar Dixit from Delhi said, “I have discovered a better person within me after being a scout. Camps instil a sense of national integration, brotherhood and serving humanity and give a chance to meet counterparts from other parts of the country.”

Lokesh Kumar from the Dehra Dun region said, “We are trained to face challenges of society, fight evil and help others. This training puts us on the road to humanity.”

Said Gaurav Mehta, a local scout, “When I was in Class III, I saw my elder brother wearing scout’s uniform. When he told me about the tasks scouts were taught, I developed interest in being a scout.”



Over 7,600 students fill in forms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Over 7,600 students have filled in the application forms for the Other Common Entrance Test 2006 (OCET) to be held by the Panjab University for admission to various postgraduate science courses. The last date for receiving these applications was today.

Prof I.S. Dua, Coordinator of the tests stated that the number of application forms had gone up substantially from about 6050 forms which were sold last year. This was mainly due to the fact that the university had brought admissions to the various MSc courses being offered in the university under the purview of the test. "This would lead to an improvement in the standards these courses," he said. 



“Many opportunities Down Under”
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Indian students are the top productive workforce for Australia said Mr Colin Bear Manager Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe Melbourne Australia and Mr Adam Sues International Relations Consultant for South Bank Institute Queensland, Tafe in a joint press conference organised by B.N.Overseas Educational services here today.

There are tremendous opportunities of education, career building and for a prosperous future in Australia added Mr Kamal K.Bhumbla who is the AAERI (Association of Australian Education Representatives in India) Executive member.

Today the six day B.N.Mega Education Expo also began with the first city to be covered being Chandigarh. The expo would be held at Rajpura on April 22nd, at Pathankot on April 23, Amritsar-April 24th, Ludhiana- April 25thApril and Jalandhar April 26th.

Mr Bhumbla disclosed that with the relaxation in laws by the Australian High Commission and the first ever greatest intake of students from India in 2005 session, doors leading to great future opportunities were opening up for deserving Indian students.

Both South Bank Institute and Northern Melbourne Institute of Technology (NMIT) are large multi-campus, government-funded institutions providing a broad range of accredited vocational education and training at different campuses in Australia.



When young minds think green
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Sampooran is a class VI student of St John’s High School. His obsession is to plant saplings to increase the green cover. Akshit, Shaurya, Ishpreet, Bharat, Angadh and others are also concerned about the deteriorating flora and fauna and increasing pollution. They all believe that this is the time to go green.

On the eve of World Earth Day, as many as 150 students from Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, St John’s High School, Sector 26, and C.L. Aggarwal DAV Model School, Sector 7, joined hands to take stock of environment degradation. They were part of a programme organised by CAPE (Children’s Alliance for Protection of the Environment) at the Sukhna Lake today. The organisation is an offshoot of the city-based Environment Society of India (ESI).

In order to ignite curiosity among young minds about the migratory birds, an annual exercise, Welcome to Migratory Birds, was started in 1976. Since then, every year the exercise is being carried out by the ESI.

In 1991, the Administration gave “Sukhna Atithi”, a running trophy, to the ESI. The trophy is given every year to a school in this region which has worked for the protection and identification of the migratory birds. This year the trophy was given to YPS, Mohali.

“Green is in and World Earth Day is the right time to make a beginning. Whether it is the campaign to protect the tiger or save the olive ridleys or the vultures or the lesser known civet cat, each species plays a significant role in nature,” said Mr S.K. Sharma, president, ESI, while addressing students.

Recalling an incident, Mr Sharma said during a bird-identification drive this year, YPS students had noticed a trap in the Sukhna catchment. They not only removed the trap but also destroyed the nylon thread so that it could not be used again.

Lieut-Gen Baljit Singh (retd), a wildlife enthusiast who released “Birds of Sukhna”, an ESI booklet having bird identification charts, appealed to the students to start a campaign to save the vanishing tigers and vultures.

“Don’t think of pollution, start thinking about solutions”. This was the concluding remarks of Dakshak of St John’s.



Teacher absent, holiday in school
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Karoran Kalan ( Sas Nagar), April 21
It was an undeclared holiday for students of Government Elementary School here.
The 40-odd students did turn up for their classes, however, no teacher came. No one could have come either because no teacher was assigned the duty. As a result, the students found the school closed.

Since the regular teachers were on a long leave, the Circle Office of the education department was supposed to depute teacher from another school on “rotational” basis. The parents of the students lamented that no prior notice was given by the Punjab Education Department.

Taking a serious note, the District Education Officer, has marked an inquiry in to the faux pas.

Sources revealed that the circle head was supposed to depute a teacher for five days. After the five-day duty of a teacher ended yesterday, the officials in the Education Department apparently forget to send another teacher in rotation, a fact denied by the Education Department.

By the time the issue was brought to the notice of the state education authorities, it was too late. The District Education Officer (DEO), Mr Roshan Lal, directed the Block Elementary Education Officer, Ms Bhagwati Devi, to inquire in to the matter. The circle head, Ms Usha Rani, who was supposed to depute the teacher, was not available for comments.

The DEO said, “Though the officials concerned had been directed to file their reply by Monday, I have come to know that a teacher from the Government School at Tanda village had been asked to report at the Karoran Kalan school”.



Jugnus selected for vocational training
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Sikhya School, Sector 46, has selected 50 of the former jugnus (a term coined for the pass-outs of Pustak schools) from five centres of the Youth Technical Training Society, which works for empowerment of marginalised children.

In Vineet 25 (the YTTS Centre in Sector 25) the selected students were jubilant when their names were announced by Renu Puri, their mentor. Some others were, however, inconsolable as their friends had made it to the final list of selected students, while they had been left behind.

At other Pustak schools like Vineet 17, students from the SP Jain Institute of Management, Mumbai, are cataloging the skills presently available so that improvements can be effected later. Col Ravi Bedi, chief functionary of YTTS, said the idea was to put in place certain courses which would lend a practical shape to proposals.

Pustak is preparing nearly 25 girls, school dropouts, for Class V examination. These girls will also be given domestic skills to enhance their chances of employment.



“Virasat 06” kicks off
Tribune News Service

Banur, April 21
The rich cultural heritage of Punjab was in full bloom at the Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET) at Ramnagar, near here, as the first three-day cultural bonanza of the Punjab Technical University (PTU) got off to a colourful start today.

The campus wore a rustic Punjabi look, with hundreds of students from over 60 colleges affiliated to the PTU thronging the venue to take part in of competitions over the next three days.

With the stage set in a ‘phulkari’ backdrop, the special village ‘virasati pind’, made of mud and bricks complete with thatched rooftops, portrayed rural Punjab even as three stages were abuzz with cultural activities.

Making an appeal for the preservation of Punjabi culture, Dr S.K. Salwan, PTU Vice-Chancellor, who inaugurated the festival, regretted that the people had adopted different lifestyles, with the result that there had been a vast change in cultural traditions over the years.

The process of transformation had made the people forget their rich heritage and the holding of ‘Virasat 06’ was the first step in the revival of the cultural heritage, he added.

Dr Salwan praised the CEO of the SVIET, Mr Manmohan Garg, for maintaining high standards of excellence in teaching and extra-curricular activities.

The PTU had provided a chance to the SVIET to showcase organisational abilities during the festival, he added.

Such festivals provided an opportunity to the youth to have close glimpses of Punjabi culture and heritage, the PTU Registrar, Dr M.S. Grewal, said.

Such fairs should be organised on a large-scale regularly, Mr Ashwani Garg, SVIET Chairman, said.

Meanwhile, ‘taaki’, the exhibition categorised into folk art and fine art sections, gave a peep into traditional art and craft of Punjab, which were on the verge of extinction.

Antique paintings and jewellery, ‘pakhiyaan’, ‘peedhiyaan’, ‘rassa vatna’, ‘kheedo making’, ‘nalle making’, ‘prandi making’, ‘kroshiya’ and ‘phulkari’ drew visitors.



IIT professor awarded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Prof Sambasivarao Kotha, Department of Chemistry, IIT, Mumbai today received the first Bhagyatara Educational Foundation awarad instituted by the Panjab University here today.

Professor Kotha also delivered the award oration on the application of olefin metathesis in organic synthesis. The function was presided over by Prof K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, PU. The Vice-Chancellor emphasised that conferring of such awards give incentive to young scientists. Prof D.S. Gill, organiser of this function, highlighted the research achievements of Professor Kotha.

Rs 3 lakh given for dictionary compilation

The PU Vice-Chancellor (VC) today decided to grant Rs 3 lakh to the Punjabi Department for the compilation and publishing of the Punjabi-English dictionary, a project that was incomplete for some time now.

The VC has also given the nod for giving monetary help for the compilation and publication of a college edition of the dictionary also.

Welcoming the step, the Department chairman, Prof Nahar Singh, added in a press note issued that the department had sent a proposal to the university authorities regarding the preservation and maintenance of rare books lying in the university library.



Drill on disaster control
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 21
The students of DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 8, today carried out a mock drill on disaster control.
During the drill, students were taught "don't panic, stay calm"— the golden rule to be followed in difficult situations.

Fire hazards and methods of controlling a disaster were also taught to students.

As part of their syllabus, students were taken to the Sector 5 fire station and educated about saving human lives in case of devastating fires.

The students were given tips to be followed during fires caused by short circuit and inflammable liquids. 



JRF/NET result
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The result of the joint Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and University Grants Commission (UGC) test for the JRF and NET held on December 18, 2005, was declared today.

However, the result of the UGC NET December 2005 for humanities and social sciences was still awaited. This year the UGC-NET test is being conducted on June 25 and the CSIR-UGC test is being conducted on June 18. The last date for the submission of the UGC-NET form is April 28.



A clarification
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
In the news item titled ‘Camp for Scouts, Guides begins’ in Chandigarh Tribune, dated April 21, regarding the Rashtrapati Award Testing Camp 2005 for Scouts, the function, inaugurated by Principal Dr (Ms) SP Shergill, was held at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31 grounds, where Mr RK Srivastava, Air Cmde, AOC, 3 BRD, Chandigarh, was the chief guest. Also the photograph accompanying the news-item was of the function held at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31.

The leader of the camp Mr CJ Kalra from Bharat Scouts and Guides, NHQ, New Delhi, is the chief examiner of all scouts activities being conducted at the KV, Sector 31, Chandigarh.



Speedy disposal of cases at Lok Adalat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
A Lok Adalat was held at the Chandigarh Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum here today.
Aimed at fast disposal of cases, it is held on every Friday. In the past seven months, 150 cases have been disposed off by way of settlement.

Today's Lok Adalat settled cases of payment dispute with M/s Cossets Marketing, which was involved in a multi-level marketing fraud.

Some consumers who had booked and then cancelled Uno and 1.38 D cars of Premier Automobiles Ltd were offered Rs 30,000 as refund/ compensation.

One of the cases settled recently, related to a defective washing machine sold by M/s Electrolux Kelvinator Ltd. The machine had not been repaired to the satisfaction of the complainant, Dr Supriya.

Another consumer, Arun Bindlish, got a new LG refrigerator with fresh warranty as a replacement for his defective one.

A mobile subscriber, Manoj Kumar, withdrew his case against Nokia after the company replaced the defective board of his handset and gave a six-months warranty.

Another important aspect of cases settled by the Lok Adalat is that it is put to an end once and for all and there is no possibility of an appeal, thus saving the time of the appellate court also," said Mr Pankaj Chandgothia, President of the Consumer Court Bar Association. 



Bhandari reinstated as P’kula MC chief
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 21
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today reinstated the recently-removed president of the Panchkula Municipal Council, Mr Tarun Bhandari.
Allowing the petition filed by Mr Bhandari, challenging his removal from the post on the basis of a controversial vote of no-confidence, the Division Bench headed by the Acting Chief Justice, Mr Justice H.S. Bedi held that the meeting held on February 15, where the members voted out Mr Bhandari, could not have been held as per the law as six months had not elapsed since the last meeting.

The Bench also set aside the no confidence motion passed against Mr Bhandari by the councillors.

Sometime back, the court had reserved its order on the petition. On February 20, the court had restrained the Haryana Government from holding election for the post of president till further orders.

In his petition, Mr Bhandari had also challenged the legality of the no-confidence motion passed against him by the councillors on February 15. He had stated that since the previous meeting to vote on the motion of no-confidence against him had been held less than six months ago, a similar motion could not have been brought within such short time.



140 units of blood collected

Chandigarh, April 21
Over 140 units of blood were donated at a camp organised at Industrial Training Institute, Sector 28-C, in collaboration with Blood Bank, Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGI, today. TNS



500 students participate in bicycle games 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
To strengthen the culture of cycling amongst the city residents, volunteers of Yuvsatta today celebrated Chandigarh Bicycle Day by organising inter-school bicycle games. The programme was organised in association with Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, and the Department of Environment, UT.

As many as 500 students from 200 schools participated.

A number of bicycle games were organised which included “Decorate your bike contest”, “Slow cycling contest”, “Largest team on a bike” and “Ball picking”.

In the “Largest team on a bike” contest, the first prize was bagged by KB DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 7. Three schools — New Public School, Mount Carmel School and K.B. D.A.V. School — were declared the best participants.


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