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PU to give special chance to failed candidates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The year's last meeting of the Panjab University Senate brought good news for scores of failed university candidates. Members decided in principal to grant a special chance to failed candidates as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the university that begin from the New Year.

It was, however, added that modalities of candidates eligible for this diamond jubilee year special chance will be worked out later and a formal announcement made.

Today's meeting of the Senate turned out to be the fieriest of all meetings held this year. Following a lengthy discussion, members rejected the inquiry report that had exonerated Manoj Sharma, a faculty member of the University Business School.

Manoj was facing charges of having failed to maintain absolute integrity in the discharge of his duties and serious misconduct in having "written" a question paper for the question paper setter chosen by the University. He had been charge sheeted, following which he had replied that he had merely copied in fair the rough question papers prepared by the question paper setter Bhushan Goyal.

Setting the scorching tempo for the day, Ashok Goel shred to pieces the findings of the report alleging that the inquiry officer Prof Varinder Kumar had not conducted a thorough inquiry and there were vital gaps. He further alleged that Manoj's own reply before the inquiry was false. Claiming that he had documents to strengthen his statements, Goel also alleged that Sharma was responsible for giving false information about the UBS to various rating agencies to enhance its position. The information sent by Sharma said UBS had 23 research chairs run by various corporates when actually the UBS has not even a single such chair.

It was finally decided that a high-powered committee be constituted that would look into all aspects of the case and delegate to someone further inquiry into the matter.

The Senate passed the resolution moved by Dharinder Tayal that 5 per cent seats in Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Science and Hospital be reserved for sportspersons.

The Vice-Chancellor decided to constitute a committee to consider the resolution moved by Principal Suresh Tandon, Principal Satinder Dhillon, Prof Deepak Manmohan Singh and Principal Sahota. These Senators pointed out that the endowment fund charged by the university to start under- graduate and post-graduate courses was too high and rural colleges could not afford it. Principal Sahota demanded that this amount be reduced for women and rural colleges. She further highlighted that the endowment fund was not being used for any purpose by the university.



Date sheets for board exams out
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to start examinations for Class 12 from March 1, 2007, with the Physics paper. The examinations for Class 10 will commence from March 2 with the Social Science paper. The examination time for all papers has been fixed at 10.30 am as per date sheet given below:

Class XII: Thursday, March 1: Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Fabrication Technology-III, Electrical Engineering, Biology (Ophthalmic); 10.30 am

Friday, March 2: Fashion Studies; 10.30 am Monday, March 5: Business Studies; 10.30 am Tuesday, March 6: Chemistry, Stenography-(English/Hindi), Engineering Science, Floriculture, Cosmetic Chemistry, Clinical Bio-Chemistry, Textile Science, Travel Trade management, Radiography; 10.30 am Wednesday, March 7: History; 10:30 am Thursday, March 8: Dance (Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri, Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Multimedia & Web T; 10.30 am Friday, March 9: Painting, Graphics, Sculpture, Commercial Art: 10.30 am Saturday, March 10: English (Elective, Functional, Core): 10.30 am Monday, March 12: Political Science; 10.30 am Tuesday, March 13: Biology, Office Communication, Typewriting (Hindi), Financial Accounting, AC and Refrigeration (IV), Dyeing and Printing; 10.30 am Wednesday, March 14: Physical Education : 10.30 am Thursday, March 15: Accountancy, Secretariat Practice and Accounting, Storekeeping, Auto Engineering, Civil Engineering, AC and Refrigeration III, Fabrication Technician, Microbiology, Radiography-II Spl; 10.30 am

Saturday,17th March 17: Hindi: 10.30 am Tuesday, March 20: Philosophy, Biotechnology, Entrepreneurship, Typewriting(English) Wednesday, March 21: Sanskrit; 10.30 am Thursday, March 22: Mathematics; 10.30 am Friday, March 23: Punjabi, Urdu; 10.30 am Saturday, March 24: Geography; 10.30 am

Monday, March 26: Economics; 10.30 am Wednesday, March 28: Home Science; 10.30 am Wednesday, April 4: Computer Science, IT Systems; 10.30 am Thursday, April 5: Informatics Practicals: 10.30 am Saturday, April 7: Sociology, Agriculture; 10.30 am Monday, April 9: Psychology ; 10.30 am Tuesday, April 10: Music ; 10.30 am

Class X: Friday, March 2, 2007: Social Science; 10.30 am Monday, March 5: Bengali, Assamese, Nepali and Home Science ; 10.30 am Wednesday, March 7: Painting; 10.30 am Thursday, March 8: Mathematics; 10.30 am Saturday, March 10: Elementary of Business , Introductory I T , Elementary Book-K & Accountancy, Typewriting-Eng, Typewriting-Hindi; 10.30 am Monday, March 12: Comm. Sanskrit; 10.30 am Wednesday, March 14: Hindi Course-A , Hindi Course-B; 10.30 am Friday, March 16: English Comm, English Language and Literature; 10.30 am Tuesday, March 20: Urdu Course, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Sindhi, Marathi, Gujarati, Manipuri, Malayalam, Oriya, Kannada, Arabic, Tibetan, French, Portuguese, German, Russian, Persian, Limboo, Lepcha, Bhutia, Spanish, Kashmiri, Mizo, Urdu Course-B; 10.30 am Thursday, March 22: Music Kar.Vocal, Music Kar.Ins.Mel., Music Kar.Ins.Per., Music Hind.Vocal, Music Hind.Ins.Mel, Music Hind.Ins.Per; 10.30 am Saturday, March 24: Science & Technology (Theory), Science and Technology (w/o PR); 10.30 am Wednesday, March 28: Science and Technology (PR); 10.30 am 



Former VC new DG of Rayat and Bahra group
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Former Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Prof K. N. Pathak has joined the Rayat and Bahra group as the Director-General, Academics. An announcement to this effect was made here today at a media briefing in the presence of Prof Pathak and several directors and top officials of the Rayat and Bahra group.

Flanked by Mr Gurvinder Singh Bahra, Vice-Chairman, Rayat and Bahra Group, Prof C. M. Behl, the Managing Director of the group, welcomed Prof Pathak.

The joining of Prof Pathak has come as a major breakthrough for Rayat and Bahra that has plans to vie for the status of a deemed university shortly.

Dr Pathak, has been widely accredited with achievements and successes of the university during his tenure, prior to his retirement early last year.

Prof Pathak's contribution in securing an NAC granted five-star status to Panjab University in 2001 and making the university in getting the status of "university with potential of excellence in bio-medical sciences" by the UGC in 2002, is well known.

It was during Prof Pathak's tenure that the establishment of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), the University Institute of Dental Sciences (UIDS), on the PU campus at Chandigarh, and other regional campuses of the university at Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana were set up.



IPA lecture: Prof Sood shares his experience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Indian Physics Association (IPA), Chandigarh Chapter, organised a lecture on “Joys and Challenges of doing Experimental Sciences in India: Some Personal Experiences” by Professor Ajay K. Sood, an eminent scientist from the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Professor Sood, who has worked with Professor C.V. Raman, started his lecture by recounting his journey as a scientist. He recalled how the Raman scattering system was created without any imported parts.

He also discussed the application of carbon nanotubes as flow sensors and told how simple basic laws of physics can explain these flow sensor mechanisms.

Professor Nirmal Singh, Chairman, Department of Physics, who is also the President of IPA, Chandigarh Chapter, welcomed Professor Sood, Professor R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Professor K.N. Pathak, Former Vice-Chancellor, PU, Professor H.S. Hans, Department of Physics, PU.

Prof Sobti talked about the need for interdisciplinary research in all science streams. Professor K.N. Pathak recounted his teaching days. Dr S.K. Tripathi, Secretary, Indian Physics Association, Chandigarh Chapter, gave the vote of thanks.



Candidates block road as bank cancels interviews abruptly
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 1
Candidates for the post of clerks in the Haryana State Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank today blocked road in Sector 2 here in protest against the cancellation of their interview.

Irked at having spent the whole night travelling by buses to the city, they said the interviews had been on for the past five days for 150-odd posts. As many as 5,000 candidates had already been interviewed while their interview was cancelled without any prior information.

“We have spent money to come for the interview. We could not even spend our new year with our families because of the interview. The bank cannot behave in this rather irresponsible manner and get away with cancelling our interview at the last minute,” Roshan lal from Hisar said.

Maintaining that he and many others waited by the roadside after arriving in the city for the morning to dawn and the interviews to get underway, Rakesh Kumar from Jind added that only a notice announcing the cancellation greeted them at the office.

“We searched around for somebody who could give us a fresh date for the interview or answer our queries about the reason for the cancellation. However, only a lock stared us in the face. There was no official from the back to handle all the subsequent chaos that spilled onto the road. The bank officials are themselves responsible for this fallout,” Suresh from Jhajjar maintained.

The DSP, Dr Abhay Singh Rao, reached the spot along with the SHO of the Sector 5 police station. The SDM, Mr Varinder Dahiya, too, tried to reason with the candidates but to no avail. They were in absolutely no mood to relent. No amount of persuasion worked as they insisted on calling a bank official to reply to their queries.

Finally, the district administration called the MD of the Bank, Mr R.L. Bhatla, who said the interviews had been cancelled in accordance with a government order. He assured the candidates that their fare for commuting would be looked into the next time they came for the interview.



Students protest re-examination
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Students of various colleges affiliated to Punjab Technical University have objected to university’s decision to re-examine students of fifth semester in the subject Design And Analysis of Algorithms. The exam was held on December 23.

The question paper for the examination was reported to be outside syllabus and following complaints the university decided to conduct the examination again on January 3. The candidates, however, have pointed out that they had already planned their holidays and many had actually booked tickets for travelling back home. Students said in protest many colleges affiliated to the university, had sent their representations to the Registrar for the cancellation of the re-conduct of the exam.



NSS camp ends
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 1
The valedictory function of the 10-day NSS camp of Government College here was presided over by former Principal S.S. Gill.

A colourful cultural function was organised. Shilpi and Harpreet presented the camp report. During the 10 days, various lectures were organised on the topics like AIDS, drug de-addiction, environment awareness, blood donation, art of writing, nutritious diet, community services etc.

Mr Bir Devinder Singh, local MLA and Dr Paramvir Singh, Programme Coordinator Punjabi University, Patiala, appreciated the work done by the volunteers during their visit to the camp. Sukhjinder Kaur and Prabhjot Singh were declared the best speakers. Sangram, Munish and Vikram were adjudged the best singers. Ajay Pal Sidhu, Niranjan and Ravinderjeet Kaur were declared the best campers.

The camp was organised by programme officers Prof Ashwani Kumar, Prof Devinder Kaur and Dr B.S.Gill. The Principal of the college, Mrs Mandeep Kaur extended a vote of thanks.



French, German writers share views
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, January 1
The Punjab Arts Council organised an interaction of literary luminaries from the region with the visiting delegation of writers from Germany and France at its Kala Bhavan hall with a focus on the ensuing first-ever International Literature Festival of India at Mumbai.

The spirit behind such festivals in Germany is Ulrich Schreiber, the creator director, his French counterpart Carine Delplanque, a serving diplomat in Austria, and Rajwinder Singh, the poet laureate, participated in the dialogue.

Initiating the dialogue, Rajwinder Singh, who being an accomplished Punjabi poet is seen as the city's important link with alien languages and related projects.

He observed that with the advent of globalisation there had been a substantial understanding among the comity of nations leading to an integrated development in all spheres of life. The 'literature' had always played a constructive role in transforming the world into a melting pot of diverse cultures and bringing them closer. Thus, emerged the concept of International Literature Festivals, said Rajwinder, who is instrumental in organising the International Literature Festival at Mumbai between February 20 to 25 last year alongwith associate organiser Padmashree Namdeo Dhasal from Mumbai.

During the interactive session, Rajwinder said around 100 chosen writers from the world, including Indian writers, three from each of the 25 languages will participate in the Mumbai festival. In order to give an international exposure to the budding writers, they will be attached to celebrity writers during the Mumbai festival. In view of the potential of Punjabi writers it is likely that more writers than the scheduled number would be accommodated for participation in the maiden International Literature Festival at Mumbai.

Dr Gulzar Singh Sandhu, Prof Rajpal Singh and Manna Dewan desired that such projects must get accredited and supported by UNESCO or other international bodies in view of its social cultural perspective. They proposed that such festivals should be brought to small cities as well.

Presently, Maharashtra and the Central Government had offered financial support , added Rajwinder Singh. Prof Gurdial Singh, Surjit Patar, Jasbir Bhullar, Gulzar Singh Sandhu, Ajeet Caur would be the delegates form the region. The publishers will be given a fair representation to interact with writers. Secretary-general, Punjab Arts council, Rajpal Singh expressed gratitude for involving Punjabi writers in the project.



Classical music welcomes 2007 at Sukhna Lake
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, January 1
The new year celebration festival organised by the Department of Tourism, Chandigarh administration, welcomed year 2007 with an entrancing spell of Indian classical music jugalbandi at the entrance lawns of the Sukhna Lake today. After throbbing power-packed music that reigned supreme in regular parties, this sublime classical music proved to be a welcome change.

The leading Sarasvani exponent Subhash Ghosh and Delhi-based flautist and sarod player Rakesh Parsanna teamed up to bring alive melody on their respective instruments. They defined the finer shades of the raga through their presentation. Ably supported by Rakesh Parsanna alternately on the sarod and the flute, Ghosh displayed versatility as he played another composition.

Ghosh concluded the programme with a 'Bhairavi dhun' marking the mood of celebrations. Mehmood articulated the melody meter on the tabla while Gaurav Deep and Manish accompanied them.



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