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BDS NRI admissions ‘irregular’
Rules followed, says Principal
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Candidates seeking admission to the BDS course of the Panjab University being offered in its affiliated dental college have alleged irregularities in the counseling for admissions in the NRI categories.

Parents of these candidates have given a written complaint to the Counseling Committee alleging that the committee drew up the merit list without following the rules set down in prospectus and during the counseling also 'allowed' a candidate whose application had earlier been rejected.

Some other NRI candidates and their parents alleged that the counselling committee also did not follow the Class-A NRI rule properly according to which these NRIs have to be given preference over the NRI sponsored candidates.

Dr K Gauba, Principal of the Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences, Panjab University, who was involved with the counseling has, however, denied all these allegations stating categorically that rules were followed and admissions were done keeping in view the merit list.

Mr Sukhpal Singh, a resident of Sector 11, stated that his daughter's name was on the merit list but the merit list was drawn wrongly.

"Incomplete applications of candidates had been considered and the list that was put up included many candidates who had not attached the sponsorship certificate. The prospectus says that the application form has to be complete in every aspect before it is considered to be included in the merit list but this rule was not followed," he said.

Dr Gauba, however, pointed out that only complete forms were considered for drawing up the merit list. "The application forms were complete. Some candidates had instead of attaching the original sponsorship certificate attached a photostat copy but that did not call for a rejection of the form," he added.

"This is wrong. Out of the list of 42 candidates who were to be considered for admissions, 14 candidates had sponsorship-certificate-not-attached written next to their names. Which means that these candidates were included in the merit list despite the absence of the certificate," said Mrs Ipneet Kaur mother of a candidate adding that they too had give only the Photostat copy of the certificate but nothing was written by the daughter's name.

"Also, the entire counselling was put on hold for over two hours for a candidate who was later admitted in complete violation of the rules and regulations laid down in the prospectus for admissions. The name of this candidate in fact figured in the list of those candidates whose forms were incomplete. How was she accommodated?” she said.

Admitting that a student's whose form was incomplete was admitted, Dr Gauba pointed out that the student apparently had been wrongly informed by some one at the Medical College form counter that the CET card is not required to be submitted for the BDS course.

"Since this candidate was very high on the merit list and the aim of counseling is to admit the most deserving, she was admitted. Moreover permission from the highest authorities in the university was taken," he said.

Mrs Gurinderjit Kaur alleged that her ward had applied in the NRI Class A category for admission. "Class A category NRIs are those who are living outside India. But our case was bracketed with the others on the grounds that our wards were studying in India and had appeared for CET and were as a result not NRIs," she said.

Dr Gauba said such students need not appear in the CET at all for admissions and can apply directly. "But the condition is that they should have studied abroad. But these candidates had studied here and also appeared in the CET to compete among themselves. Moreover, the Class -A NRI seats and the other sponsored seats are interchangeable. In case there is a set vacant in any one of these it is added to the other category," he said.



Panjab University
Grants to young faculty members
for research projects: VC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Prof. R.C Sobti, the new Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, today called upon the younger faculty members of the university to submit research projects to him for which he would arrange small grants. He said this would be a step towards encouraging younger faculty members to get involved in research projects. He added that some amount would be set aside for such grants after due consent of the PU Syndicate and Senate.

He also visited various teaching departments here today and interacted with faculty members and also talked to the non-teaching employees. ‘‘The aim was to try and see the problems that the faculty is facing and the constraints that they are working with,’’ said Prof Sobti.

Yesterday Prof. Sobti had visited the University Administrative Block to get first hand experience of the way the various administrative wings of the university were performing. Accompanied by the Registrar, FDO and Controller of Examinations, Secretary to VC and other senior officers, Dr Sobti went from room to room and person to person in all branches on all floors. He was stunned to see the plight of the candidates who had come to procure admission forms for correspondence courses and the long queues at the fee payment counters inside the State Bank of India branch.

While requesting the staff to do their best to make things work smoothly for students and public, Dr Sobti pointed out that the best greetings for him would be in the form of optimum work, positive attitude and helpful nature, which should be forthcoming from each employee. Dr Sobti in turn offered that he would be available to take care of all problems of the employees.

Later, Dr Sobti also asked the bank staff to take immediate steps to streamline their working so that queues could be reduced and students’ time could be saved. It was also suggested that bank officials could make arrangements for the payment of fee in the respective departments.

PUTA members meet VC

Executive members of the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) met the Vice-Chancellor here today to apprise him of the demands and issues affecting the teaching fraternity. Initiating the discussion PUTA President Prof N.K Ojha strongly put forth that the CAS interviews should be held at the earliest as the matter had been hanging fire for a lot of time. The president also put forward the demand that 62+3 years re-employment scheme be introduced at the earliest as it had been cleared by the UGC. Other demands raised were regarding medical reimbursement for women fraternity no allotment of houses on priority basis increasing the hours of opening the campus gate number three till 11pm to give better connectivity to the residents of the south campus and regarding the up keep of the south campus, better security arrangements on the campus.

Meanwhile, members of the Panjab university SC/ST/BC Employees welfare association have extended cooperation to the new Vice-Chancellor and have hoped that the weaker sections of society would be getting their due share within the university.

Admission schedule

Department of Laws: The interview for admission to LL.M. (Part-I) for the session 2006-07 for all categories (general and reserved) would be held on Thursday July 27, 2006 at 9 am in the Department of Laws, Panjab University. Candidates should come with their original documents. The selected candidates would have to deposit their fee on July 28, 2006

Department of Physics: Interview for admission to Post M.Sc. Course in Accelerator Physics would be held on July 31, 2006 at 9.30 am in the Department of Physics.

Department of Physical Education: Counseling/ interviews for admission to M.P.Ed.1st Class for the academic session 2006-07 would be held on July 28, 2006 at 10 a.m in the Department of Physical Education, PU. Candidates are advised to bring their academic as well as sports certificates. 



Orientation programme for teachers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 25
An open orientation teachers programme was organised at The British School (TBS), Sector 8, Panchkula, for providing a novel interactive way of mutual exchange of ideas between the school management and teachers with Cambridge University representative here yesterday.

The Regional Manager, South Asia Cambridge International Examination, U.K., Mr William Bickerdike, highlighted the importance of Cambridge International CIE examinations and Cambridge International Curriculum at the TBS in the programme.

He said the Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) was a revolutionary education system, which helped to identify a student’s strength and weakness and could be used to support learning and development processes. “It helps students to participate rather than cram what they are being taught”, he added.

Mr T.R. Sethi, chairperson of the school, said providing a practical education was the need of the day as we expected our children to get global careers in every field.

He also highlighted the role of the school for offering education in the classrooms as well as in the playground. The CIPP was different from Indian syllabi as it was fun filled and interesting, he added.

The school director, Ms Geetika Sethi, highlighted various features of the school.



Dev Samaj College celebrates jubilee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
It was dual celebration time at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, as the staff and students joined in the dance and merry-making to observe its silver jubilee day and to welcome its batch of fresh students to the streams of arts, commerce and computer applications.

The item that stole the show was the Miss Dev Samaj Contest which had 40 poised damsels walking the ramp in three rounds. Each contestant was expected to display her talent in a performing arts.

Gurbani of B.Com I clinched the title with her confident answer to the judges’ question. The other winners of the day were Sanskriti (BCom I) and Disha (BCA I year). The panel of judges included Mrs Neelu Mishra, Mrs Shashi Purohit, and Mrs Puneeta Chadha.

The principal, Dr Shashi Jain, crowned the winners.

The guest of honour Ms Satyawati, Chairperson, Dev Samaj College Managing Committee, blessed the students for a bright future.

A talent hunt contest was also held on the occasion.



School dance, song contest rules changed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
The Education Department of UT (Schools) has made some amendments in the rules of folk dances and group songs which have been published in the handbook of instructions of inter-school tournaments. These amendments will be implemented in the competitions being held from August 7.

These amendments were discussed in the committee of experts of folk dances and group songs. A proposal was submitted to DPI (Schools) Ashwani Kumar and was approved today. A circular is being circulated among different schools of Chandigarh.

The amendments made are: harmonium instrument can be played by student/teacher only for group song (B&G), 4-6 minutes’ duration for song competition and 8-10 minutes for dance competition, 8-10 participants are allowed in song and dance competition, the song presented by a school in a competition should not be repeated for the next three years, participating schools are allowed not more than four accompanists in group song and six in group dance competition, no electrical instrument/cassette is allowed, dholi /dholak is permitted for each participating schools.

The rest of the rules will remain the same.

According to Mr J.S. Basota, secretary, Inter-School Tournament Committee (Boys), and Mrs Indra Beniwal, secretary, Inter-School Tournament Committee (Girls), the group song and dance competition of boys and girls will be held in the auditorium of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, from August 7 to 11. The last date for entries is August 4. 



Cop gets prison for murder bid
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
A Head Constable of the Chandigarh Police, Surinder Singh, was today sentenced to three years of imprisonment for allegedly attempting to murder an advocate, Mr Mansoor Ali Khan. The sentence was given by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mr S.K. Aggarwal.A fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed on the accused. The head constable was bailed out by the judge.



British girls come to launch music album
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
They insist they are different like so many before them, but this singing duo of 'Nic 'n' Nicole' is unusual, for these two girls have come all the way from their homes in England to launch their debut music album, 'Aaja Pyar Kar Le' in India.

That is not all, Devinder Kaur alias Nic, although born and brought up in England, has Punjabi roots, while Nicole is a self-professed 'Indiaphile'. Together, they believe they represent a whole new sound.

"It is neither British Asian (think Hard Kaur) and nor is it too Indian. Our music is a bit of both with an emphasis on pop" chorus the duo. With the lyrics sprinkled liberally over Punjabi, Hindi and English, they both wanted to create "something unique and original." This is not saying very much especially since it is accompanied with a music video that features the Chairman of the company releasing the album, Frankfinn Music's K S Kohli, who incidentally also finds place of pride on the album cover sandwiched between the two willowy lasses.

The girls are earnest, eager for feedback and obviously pleased as punch now that the album is all set for a country-wide release what with a two-year contract with Frankfinn Music which includes production, promotion and distribution of their first album.

"We want you to sing our songs back to us and want our music to be taken seriously," says Nic.

And despite the minuscule outfits that they are attired in, both girls insist they are no "item numbers" here. "We will always maintain our self-respect and do nothing that our parents will feel ashamed of," asserts Nicole. The association between the two began four years ago when Nic was working in the field of marketing while playing with a local band in London and Nicole had just completed her degree in film and drama.

Both have grown up around music in their own ways. "In school I played the piano and the cello and took formal singing lessons," elucidates Nicole while Nic grew up listening to western, Indian and Punjabi music. Singing lessons apart, she also tried her hand at the sitar, "but I was too lively to sit still," she laughs.

Both girls are learning the harmonium and Indian classical singing to give "more range" to their voices. "We specifically wanted to work with Indian musicians because this kind of talent is not available there," they say.

Mixing and remixing is their forte, they maintain-melodies with strains of Assamese folk tunes, the dhol, the sitar, the guitar, electric sounds with the tabla-even their vocals suiting different genres which blend well together. Together they hope that "like the ring in our names, our music will grow with us and will not go out of fashion."


AIDS awareness club opens in KBDAV-7
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
The Red Ribbon Club for HIV-AIDS awareness was today inaugurated by Mrs Jean Rodrigues, First Lady of Punjab and Chandigarh, at KB DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 7.

This club has been started by the Yuvsatta and State AIDS Control Society, UT, to sensitise young people who are at greater risk to HIV in community. Ms Madhu Bahl, Principal of the school, informed that the club would address the knowledge, attitude and behaviour of youth in the inter-related areas of HIV/AIDS and sexuality, as demanded by their age, environment and lifestyle.

Ms Bahl further said to make the AIDS education activities sustainable in the school, two question boxes had been put up in the school library and canteen in which students can put anonymous questions related to HIV/AIDS. Trained teachers would subsequently organise talks or presentations on matters raised in these queries.

Introducing the concept of the Red Ribbon Club, Dr Sonia Trikha, Project Director, State AIDS Control Society, UT, Chandigarh, said its objective is to reduce new HIV infection among the youth through proper education on sex and sexuality and HIV/AIDS.

Mrs Jean Rodrigues highlighted that 50 per cent of all HIV infections occurred in the productive young age of 15 to 24 years. So, it is high time not only to prevent new infections from spreading in our young generation but also to channelise their energies in spreading the message of ‘healthy lifestyle’.

On the occasion, students of the school staged a beautifully choreographed skit and songs on HIV/AIDS awareness. Forty poor children of Bapu Dham Colony adopted by KB DAV-7 under a programme ‘AHSAS’, were given new uniforms on the occasion by Mrs Rodrigues.

Presenting a vote of thanks, Mr Parmod Sharma, coordinator, Yuvsatta, said they would try to launch more Red Ribbon Clubs in other schools and colleges of the city.  



Memory clinic for elderly launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
The first memory clinic for the elderly was launched in the city here this evening. The clinic was opened at the neuropsychiatry and drug de-addiction-cum- rehabilitation centre, Sector 23-B, in association with EISAI (of Japan) - a global expert in care of dementia patients.

Talking to mediapersons following the launch, Dr Hardeep Singh, senior consultant psychiatrist said a dedicated OPD would be conducted every Tuesday between 4-6 PM (with appointment).

He said aim of the clinic was to be able to help the vast number of elderly who suffered from a decline in their cognitive functioning. “Dementia is progressive deterioration in intellectual function and other cognitive skills, leading to a decline in the ability to perform activities of daily living. Diagnosis is by history and physical examination. People with the disease may also become depressed and have other emotional problems. Patients with dementia eventually become dependent on others for help in performing even the most basic activities required for daily living, such as bathing, moving around, preparing and eating meals, and toilet functions”, he said.

The prevalence of dementia doubled every 5 years after age 60 until about age 90. Dementia affected only 1 per cent of people aged 60 to 64, but 30 to 50 per cent of those above 85, said Dr Dwarka Pershad, clinical psychologist. He added that nearly 30 per cent of the elderly required help and with the availability of various newer drugs for Dementias, the outcomes were now much better.

Ms Suman Gupta, psychiatric social worker and counsellor, said the general public needed to be made aware of the disorders and they should do away with the stigma of visiting a psychiatrist.



Orissa romp into final
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Orissa registered a one-sided 6-0 victory over Haryana in the semifinals of the third Junior Girls Under-17 Football Championship at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here today.

Last year’s runners-up Orissa owed their comfortable triumph to the précised team-work. It was Jhele Munda who proved to be too tough for defenders of Haryana and executed the move thrice, followed by left-winger Rashmita Poth (2) and Santoseni Oram (1).

Rashmita Podh justified three Ss — speed, stamina and skill — and displayed total ball control, which baffled the Haryana’s defensive approach throughout the match. Santoseni Oram emerged the play-maker and Jhele Munda capitalised on the opportunities which came her way and found the target three times.

However, Haryana’s defenders Monti and Meenakshi put up a stubborn defence, but that was not enough to prevent the speedy Orissa forwards. On one occasion, Rashmita Podh, after trapping a through pass on the left, shot which Haryana goalkeeper Rani collected smartly.

Orissa grabbed the lead in the sixth minute when Rashmita sent a good cross to Jhele Munda, who dodged Haryana’s goalkeeper Rani. Eight minutes later, Rashmita also had her hand in Orissa’s second goal as she sent a calculated pass to Jhele, only to give finishing touches.

During the 34th minute, Preyenka Sahoo sent a cross from the right flak and Rashmita dived forward to head the ball in vain. Rashmita’s hard work bore fruit in the 37th minute. Following their fifth flag kick, Rashmita dispatched the ball home in a smooth action.

Two minutes after resumption, Rashmita was again on target. In this raid, Jhele gave a perfect pass and Rashmita’s diagonal shot crossed the goalline.

Orissa were awarded a spot kick in the 60th minute when Haryana defender Monti tripped Rashmita in the prohibited area. Jhele Munda converted the penalty in one action. Incidentally, it would be a repetition of last year. Orissa would clash with evenly matched defending champions Manipur in the final on July 27 at 3 p.m. at the Sector 17 Football Stadium.



Yuvraj’s mother opens cricket academy
S.D. Sharma

Panchkula, July 25
A child should not be forced or pressurised for optimum output from the routine tasks assigned to him/her, be it the academics, sports or any other field, opined Shabnam Singh, mother of ace cricketer Yuvraj Singh.

“I am sharing my views based on my personal experience of raising Yuvraj and Zorawar and no way it is a doctrine for the parents,” she said with a hearty laugh. She was speaking after inaugurating Bhavan Blasters Cricket Academy at the Bhavan Vidyalaya complex here today.

Welcoming Ms Shabnam Singh, the principal and the chairperson of the academy, Shashi Banerjee, said the academy was informally functioning for the past one year and it had produced a number of budding cricketers. It is affiliated to the Panchkula District Cricket Association (PDCA).

Talented players from outside too would be trained in the academy, said Shashi Banerjee. The academy has already achieved the distinction of winning the Satluj Cricket Trophy last year and the Satluj Public Challenger trophy (u-15).

Sandeep Moudgil, secretary, PDCA, said technical equipment like cameras and ball machine would be installed in the academy soon.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Shabnam Singh said she had been a state-level basketball player and won awards in shot put and high jump events.

“I have never discouraged Yuvi and Zorawar and allowed them to learn through experience. Yuvi was just an average student but he completed graduation privately. Zorawar had a fascination for western music, endeavoring to raise a rock band in Gurgaon, where we live now. I fully support him but with an advice to accomplish the finer nuances of the art for which he is working.

But Yuvi is very laborious though sentimental and is highly concerned when his team loses or his own performance is below expectation. Even I had a restless period when India lost the one dayer in West Indies with Yuvi losing his wicket at a crucial juncture. That was the most disgusting moment for me,” she said.

“Yuvraj has to do a lot for the country before he thinks of marriage,” she added.



GMHS- 42 register win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Government Model High School, Sector 42, beat Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, by 2-0 in the Pre-Subroto Mukherjee Football Tournament (under-14 boys) at the football ground of Government Model Senior Secondary School , Sector 37-B, here today.

In another match, St John's High School, Sector 26, thrashed St. Kabir Public School by 4-0.

In the pre-Nehru Hockey tournament match at the Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, the team of St. Stephen, Sector 45, drubbed Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, by 3-0.

Following are the results.

Football: (1st match) Government Model High School, Sector 42, beat Sanjay Public School, Sector 44, by 2-0, (Sumit 1 goal (36th minute) and Gagandeep 1 goal (39th minute).

(2nd match) St. John's High School, Sector 26, beat St. Kabir Public School, Sector 26, by 4-0 (Gurbaz (8 th minute), Yatharth (17th minute), Jaskaran(35th minute) and Sachin( 58 th minute).

(3rd match) Vivek High School, Sector 38, beat Ryan International Public School, Sector 49, by Walkover .

Results (Hockey U-17 boys)

(1st match) Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, beat Sri Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Sector 35, Chandigarh by Walkover

(2nd match) St. Stephen, Sector 45, Chandigarh beat Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Chandigarh by 3-0. Gurjot (7th minute), Aman (17th minute) and Sukhraj (25th minute).



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