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Give precedence to parent dept work, says PU circular
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The Vice-Chancellor, Dr R.C. Sobti, has laid down that teaching and departmental work are of greater importance for teachers of the university than any general extra-curricular work that the university may have assigned to them.

He has restored the authority of chairpersons, who have to be informed of any non-departmental additional work that a teacher may be doing which means non-availability for departmental work.

A circular to this effect has been issued by the Dean, University Instructions, to all department heads following recommendations of a committee constituted by the Vice-Chancellor to formulate norms regarding additional duties assigned to teachers by the university.

According to the circular, as a matter of general principle, a teacher will have to give precedence to duties in the parent department over the additional duties assigned by the university.

The teacher will manage additional duties assigned by the university in such a manner that it does not interfere with duties in the parent department, it says.

The timings and other schedule for the additional duties will be framed keeping in mind that the duties in the department are not affected in any manner, it states.

Orders in the circular also say in case the university gives temporary additional duties to any teacher, a copy of that assignment will be sent by the teacher concerned to the chairperson of the department.

In case of overlapping of duties in the department and additional duties assigned by the university, the teacher will have to inform the chairperson regarding non-availability, along with date and time.

No general exemption from any duty in the parent department will be granted, states the circular.



Plea to resume M.Phil course

Chandigarh, September 20
The Sikh Students Federation has urged the Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, to resume the M.Phil courses in all disciplines in the university.

Speaking to mediapersons, Mr Mandhir Singh, president of the federation, said that by not making admission in any of the M.Phil courses during the current academic session, the university authorities had harmed the interests of students. He said under the fresh guindelines of the UGC, the M.Phil degree was required for seeking job of a lecturer in any of the government colleges. The university was running M.Phil courses in science as well as humanities disciplines.

Mr Mandhir Singh,who was accompanied by Mr Hardev Singh, Mr Kamaljit Singh and Mr Paramjit Singh Gajji, said the university had been failing in its task of promoting research and development of Punjabi language and culture. He said the students doing doctorate in various disciplines were not given the required, facilities by the university. He said such students were not allotted rooms in university hostels.

The federation leader said due to the “indifferent” attitude of the university authorities, even seats had remained vacant in Punjabi Department this year. And there were many other departments where full seats had not been filled. — TNS



Book on sex education released
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
A book "AIDS and Sex Education in Schools", jointly written by Dr R. Kumar, an eye specialist, and Dr Meenal Kumar, a gynaecologist, both health columnists of Chandigarh, was released by Prof R.C. Sobti, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, here today.

This is the couple's 70th book in the series on health education. They had released a report on the perils of premarital sex among teenager girls on July 7 this year. This book was to create awareness about unsafe sex and the importance of imparting sex education at a young age.

Introducing the subject, Dr Kumar said a pilot study had revealed the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases among 50 per cent teenaged girls of the lower economic strata. He said a disciplined life and brahmacharya were the best forms of prevention against AIDS and other sex-related ailments.

Prof Bhushan Kumar, former Head of the Department of Skin and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, PGI spoke on the aspects of prevention of AIDS and care for the victims of AIDS, while outlining the present status of this dreaded condition.

Prof R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, congratulated the authors for bringing a timely book on AIDS and sex education and admired their research into the subject of public health education. "Although we are educating people, yet there is a need to reach out to the slums and rural areas, where the people get infected the most," Dr Sobti suggested.

Dr Sobti also released two other books— "Exotic Ornamental Climbers" by Prof M.L. Sharma and co-authored by Dr Richa and Dr Roohani and "P.N. Mehra Botanical Garden List of Plants, 2005" by Prof M. L. Sharma, Dr Richa, Dr Roohani and Alok, all from the Department of Botany, Panjab University.

The first book provides comprehensive information about ornamental climbers found growing in the gardens and houses of City Beautiful. A total of 84 climbers (both flowering and foliage) have been included. Information is provided about the main features, common names, Latin names and name of the family of all the climbers. The description of each species is supplemented with coloured photographs to facilitate easy identification. A flowering calendar of all the climbers has also been included to ensure continuous flowering of climbers in the garden by making a careful selection during plantation.

The second book is a booklet, which provides comprehensive information about the diversity of plants that are preserved and maintained in the P. N. Mehra Botanical Garden of Panjab University, Chandigarh. The garden, one of its own kinds here, has nearly 400 species of plants. A guide map of the garden has also been incorporated.



Good response to talent hunt contest
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 20
Enthusiastic response from the students marked the first talent hunt competition at the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology here. Twenty cultural and literary activities saw active participation from the students of MBA, MCA, BBA and BCA. The winners of various events are: Gaurav Awasthi, Manpreet Singh, Gagandeep Singh, Shivani Gupta, Taqdir Singh Kang, Shikha Dhawan, Sonali Pahuja, Harsimran Singh, Vir Virender Singh, Jagpreet Singh, Vivek Gupta, Charu Kheterpal, Harninder Kaur, Vaneet Sharma, Ravneet Kaur, Simrat Singh, Shikha, Shivani, Jeffer Jit Singh, Jagpreet Singh, Gurpreet Kaur, Pankaj Tiwari, Upneet Rehan, Gaurav Awasthi, Paij Inder Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Dev Kumar, Sachin Kumar, Baljeet Singh, Komal Saini, Amandeep Singh, Amritpal Singh, Nitin Bagga, Pankaj Tiwari, Ramandeep, Deepinder Kaur, Sapna Gurung, Jagpreet Singh, Niharika, Udyan Dua, Jagpreet Singh, Varun Abrol, Sushil Kumar Jain, Vikas Mohan, Harsh Aditya, Rashminder Singh, Ravi Kumar, Garima Jain, Kaushal Sharma, Jeffer Jit Singh, Jagpreet Singh, Garima Jain, Deepshikha Tandon, Jitendra Malik, Taqdir Singh Kang, Vikas, Sarabjeet Singh, Varun Puri, Charanjeet Singh, Gurpreet Singh Gill, Charanjeet Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Priyanka Rajdev, Sandeep Singh, Shah Faisal, Amrish Mehta, Ranjit Pal Singh, Rajesh Bhatia, Neeraj Thakur, Poonam Lata and Gaurav Awasthi.

Mr J.S. Bedi Chairman, GJ-IMT, gave away the prizes to the winners. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bedi congratulated the participants. He told the students that extracurricular activities were as important as studies to build character and team spirit in the students. He urged the students to keep up their enthusiasm and wished to see more participation from them in future events.



Dr Sakhuja to stress on research
Tribune News Service

Dr Vinay Sakhuja
Dr Vinay Sakhuja

Chandigarh, September 20
Research and education would be the priorities of Dr Vinay Sakhuja, the newly appointed Dean of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

Addressing a press conference after taking his new charge, Dr Sakhuja claimed that he would devote equal time to the patients apart from the academic affairs of the PGIMER. Certain new courses, including National Institute of Paramedical Sciences, have also been put on the priority list works. The case was also taken up at the governing body meeting of the institute in New Delhi, he claimed.

More research and educational institutions would be roped in for conducting studies. Dr Sakhuja also claimed that more institutes would be offered to sponsor researches.

Expressing happiness over his appointment as the Dean of the PGIMER, Dr Sakhuja said the seniority had taken a lead this time.

Head of the Nephrology Department, Dr Vinay Sakhuja was appointed Dean after the governing body meeting of the institute cleared his name at a meeting held in New Delhi on Wednesday evening. The meeting was presided over by the Union Health Minister Dr Abumani Ramadoss.

Dr Sakhuja had been officiating as the Dean for the past several months after the retirement of Dr Sudha Suri, Head of the Radiodiagnosis Department.



B.Sc course on films begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20
The B.Sc. film technology course was inaugurated at Desh Bhagat Institute was inaugurated here on Monday.

The 3-year regular degree course can be taken up by students who have passed the 10+2 exams. Punjab Technical University has approved 40 seats.

Dr Zora Singh, Chairman, Desh Bhagat Group presided over the function. Ms Shalini Gupta, Director, Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, welcomed Bollywood celebrities Kapil Matoo, film producer and Kamal D. Nathan, director, stars Preeti Jhangiani, Anupama Verma, Parveen Dabas, Nakul Vaid, Lalit Prashar and Sharat Saxsena to the Institute.

Kapil Mattoo and Kamal D. Natham said the course would pave the way for preparing and grooming students for film editing, video mixing, reporting, advertising, animation, graphics and news broadcasting.



Xavier’s celebrates Founder’s Day
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 19
St Xavier’s, Mohali celebrated Founder’s Day with enthusiasm. The school wore a festive look after a week-long celebrations of mini sports events.

The Chairman and the Founder of Xavier’s group of schools, Mr Andrew J. Gosain, was given a warm welcome by the Principal, Mrs Georgina Roy, staff and students of the school.

A cultural programme was presented by the students which started with the customary birthday song followed by a song and dance sequence staged by the tiny tots of pre-nursery.

Children of classes II and III sang and enacted a parody, depicting the plight of patients in the hands of a quack. The grand finale was a classical group dance depicting Shakuntala and Dushyant’s celebration of love.



PIL challenging land to society admitted
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, September 20
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has admitted for further hearing a PIL challenging the allotment of a 7-acre plot in Sector 40 to the Heritage Educational Society. Admitting the petition, the court has ordered that the case be heard by a Division Bench.

The PIL filed by advocate Vinay Kumar claims that two Members of Parliament Ambika Soni and Pawan Kumar Bansal had used undue influence on officials of the Chandigarh Administration to amend the rules for allotting land to their society.

Earlier, a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi and Ms Justice Kiran Anand Lall had issued notice of motion to the Chandigarh Administration and the society.

Claiming the allotment to be “totally illegal” and “arbitrary”, the petitioner has also alleged that as per the Registration of Societies Act of 1860, seven members forming the society should be unrelated to each other, whereas in the present case, out of the total nine, two were related to Ms Soni, who is a minister in the Manmohan Singh government, while some members were related to Mr Bansal, who is the Union Minister of State for Finance. He has further claimed that the land was allotted to the society for just Rs 90 lakh even though the market price of the land was about Rs 50 crore.

The petitioner has also alleged that the UT Administration, with a view to obliging Ms Soni and Mr Bansal, carried out amendment after amendment in the allotment rules to make their society eligible even though it was otherwise ineligible to apply for the land.

He has also claimed that even the last date for submitting the application forms was extended by the Administration to enable the society to apply. The Administration had also amended a clause regarding the number of government nominees on the management and number of students to be given free education. This, he added, was done to give a free hand to the society to run the school in any manner it liked.



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