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UGC letter may open Pandora’s box in PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh April 27
In what is likely to open a Pandora’s box in Panjab University, the UGC has re-issued an eight-year-old letter regarding an increase in the age of retirement for the university faculty and some members of the non-teaching staff from 60 years to 62 years.

The university has recently received the communication from the UGC reiterating that the university faculty, along with the Registrar, the FDO, the librarians, the Controller of Examination and the Director, Sports, will retire at 62, with provision for re-employment on contract till the age of 65 for the teachers.

A notification regarding provision for re-employment of university faculties on contract till the age of 65 years had been sent by the UGC to various universities in 1990 also following a Government of India decision in this regard.

Another notification, regarding an increase in the age limit for retirement, too, had been issued to the university in 1998. The Syndicate and the Senate had approved its implementation for faculty members. However, the Punjab Government refused to allow the increase in the age limit for retirement for the university teachers as its own employees retired at 58.

“It was thought that this would begin a chain reaction in the state and other Punjab Government employees would demand similar benefit in service,” said Mr N.K. Ojha, chief of the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA).

Since the Punjab Government did not agree to the change in the retirement age for the faculty, the latter have moved court for relief.

Those who retire either at the age of 60 or 62, however, still do not have the option of being re-employed till they are 65. This benefit is available to the faculty at Delhi University, the JNU, Central University, Hyderabad AMU, the BHU, etc.

The PUTA executive committee has met over the issue and decided to revive the demand for an increase in the age limit for retirement. 



CTU urged to end discrimination against Mohali students
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 27
A former municipal councillor has demanded that the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) authorities should check discrimination against students from Mohali while issuing concessional bus passes.

Mr Amrik Singh said here on Tuesday that students from Mohali were being charged nearly four times the amount charged from the students coming from different areas of Chandigarh. This was totally unjustified, he said.

He said bus passes for students of Chandigarh were made at the rate of Rs 60 per month, while students from Mohali were made to pay Rs 225 per month.

He said students of Sector 61 who boarded local buses from the YPS bus stop had to pay different fares because of different addresses although they went to the same institution.

He said a delegation of municipal councillors had met the Governor in this regard in 2001. He had directed the CTU authorities to charge Rs 100 per month from students of Mohali, but the directions had not been implemented so far.



Police called over parent-teacher tiff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
High drama was witnessed at the Government Model High School, Sector 39, here today after a fight broke out between a parent and the school in charge following which the police had to be summoned to the school premises.

Talking to the Chandigarh Tribune, Dharampal, a parent, alleged that he had gone to the school to enquire about the availability of books which were being provided free of cost to the students.

However, even after visiting the school twice, he was not able to meet the school in charge and was asked to return after 12.00 pm, he said. Dharampal objected to this but in turn was abused and pushed by the school teacher.

He further alleged that when he returned at 12.00 pm, the police was already there and he was taken to the police station for enquiry.

Meanwhile, school in charge Bhupinder Jit Kaur refuted all allegations and said since the school was without a Principal for the past three months and was short on staff, so the visiting hours were changed to accommodate the admission rush as well. She alleged that Dharampal visited the school only once and was asked to wait till 12.00 pm.

But he started abusing the teachers present which lead to a minor scuffle, she said.

Bhupinder Jit Kaur added that it was only after the scuffle that she called the police to take charge of the situation. The matter was resolved later.



Rallies mark Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan week
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
The Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan week is being observed in various city schools here. To mark the campaign, students of Government Model High School, Sector 20, took out a rally today which was flagged off by Ramesh Handa, Bureau Chief, SITI Cable, Chandigarh.

The rally passed through the entire sector and students distributed pamphlets to passers by. A slogan-writing competition and a talk on ''Importance of Education For All' was also organised.

At Government High School, Sector 30, various lectures highlighting the importance of education were organised.

A slogan-writing competition was also held in which students from classes VI, VII and IX participated.

A rally was taken out by the students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 44.

About 200 students participated in the rally which was flagged off by president of the Resident Welfare Association F.S. Parwana.

The students carried placards and banners to spread the message of education for all.

A similar rally was taken out by the students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33. At GMSSS, Sector 33, a slogan-writing competition was also organized.

Students of Government Model High School, Sector 29-A, here, organised a rally on Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan today.

About 500 students took part in the rally. Through slogans and songs, they spread the message of learning.



Petitions of Sohana villagers adjourned
Land acquisition for Mohali sectors
High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, April 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday adjourned sine die the bunch of petitions filed by the owners of land in Sohana village in Mohali district, challenging the acquisition of their land for the proposed Sectors 76-80 of Mohali.

The Division Bench, headed by Mr Justice S.S. Nijjar, today adjourned the matter, directing that the petitions be listed for hearing after the final disposal of the appeal filed by the Anandgarh Sahib Development Agency against the order of the High Court in the case titled Sanjeet Singh Grewal and others versus State of Punjab and others.

The petitioners — Jasmer Singh and others — have also challenged the order dated May 19, 2003, issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Punjab, through which the acquisition process has been exempted from some clauses of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act, 1995.

Dispossession of the petitioners has been stayed by the High Court, which was later confirmed by a Division Bench. The Division Bench, however, has given liberty to the PUDA, which was acquiring land for the proposed sectors, to continue further proceedings subject to the final orders in the matter.

However, the counsel for the petitioners had stated that the exemption was in contravention of the Section 178 (2) of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act, 1995.

Adjourning the matter, the Bench said since by separate order on a number of previous occasions, Benches of the High Court had adjourned the hearing of the petitions in view of the pendency of the appeal filed by the Anandgarh Sahib Development Agency in the Supreme Court, the petitions filed by Jasmer Singh and others were being adjourned sine die.



Mrs Rodrigues visits eye camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Ms Jean Rodrigues, wife of the Punjab Governor-cum-Chandigarh Administrator, today visited a free eye check-up and screening camp organised by the Society for the Care of the Blind at Kajheri village here.

In this three-day camp, about 1,000 persons, including women and children, were screened by a team of eye specialists from the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, General Hospital, Sector 16, and Opthalamological Society, Chandigarh.

As many as 400 patients were shortlisted for further treatment for various eye ailments and were given medicines and other necessary supporting aids.

A high-level team of doctors, led by eminent surgeons Dr Harbhajan Singh and Dr K.L. Passi, was examining patients. Those needing surgery will be operated in the government hospitals.

Such patients will be given free transport facility, medicines and spectacles by the Society for the care of the Blind. Mrs Jean Rodrigues went round all the rooms where the patients were being examined by the health teams.

Major-Gen Rajinder Nath, PVSM (retd), said the society had laid special emphasis on ophthalmic care of the needy people by organising free eye check-up and treatment camps in rural areas and slums and to give them necessary eye care. 



City girl beats Delhi player in tennis tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 27
Local girl Roop Saran Rihal beat Tarannum Handa of Delhi 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in under-14 category finals of the AITA-Dellta Talent Series Tennis Tournament concluded at the courts of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Associations here today.

The other results of the event are as follows:

Girls under-14 ( doubles ):

Shilpa Naruka (Chd) & Jaanesh M. Kaur (Chd) bt Ikttesh Chahal (Chd) & Roop Saran Rihal (Chd) 6-4, 6-4.

Boys under-14 ( doubles ):

Raghav Singhal (Chd) & Jashanvir Singh (Pb) bt Gautam Ahuja (Del) & Karan Bidani (Del) 6-1, 6-2.

Boys Under-12 ( Doubles ):

Ajay Yadav (Chd) & Pankaj Kumar (Chd) bt Digvijay S. Naruka (Chd) & Rishab Dev (Chd) 7-6(4), 7-6(3).

Girls Under-12 (Singles):

Tarannum Handa (Del) bt Bhavika Wadhawan (Chd) 6-1, 6-1.

Boys under-12 (Singles):

Karan Bidani (Del) bt Ajay Yadav (Chd) 6-3, 6-1.

Girls Under-14 (Singles):

Roop Saran Rihal (Chd) bt Tarannum Handa (Del) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.

Boys under-14 (Singles):

Garry Singh Amor (Chd) bt Hardarshan Singh (Raj) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.



Yoga camp

Chandigarh, April 27
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) is organising a 10-day fitness yoga camp, ‘Yoga for Health’ at its premises from May 1 to 10 from 5.30 am to 7.30 am. Acharya Prem Bhatia will conduct the camp. — TNS


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