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PU Syndicate meeting to decide action against ex-sports director
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

MA Geography or MSc Geography?

Syndicate members meeting tomorrow will also consider a resolution regarding the conversion of the discipline of geography from arts to science. Prof R.K. Kohli had moved a resolution that instead of MA Geography, it should be M.Sc Geography. The dean, faculty of arts, Prof Ashvini Aggarwal, has objected to the move on various grounds.

Chandigarh, February 22
Cash-strapped Panjab University has spent Rs 1.85 lakh in holding inquiries into allegations of misappropriation of Rs 1.65 lakh. Four enquiry officers who have looked into the case of Dr Ajmer Singh, former director of sports, who is facing allegations of misappropriation of funds, have been paid more money that the amount that was allegedly misappropriated.

And the whole purpose seems to have been defeated. The inquiries conducted over a period of four years have come to a naught with the main enquiry officer H.L. Sharma (whose report had found Ajmer Singh guilty), now telling the university that he does not want anything to do with the issue any more and “he should not be troubled any further”.

Interestingly, also the university has found that while the Sharma inquiry committee had found Ajmer Singh guilty, there is no documentary evidence to corroborate his findings.

The university Syndicate meets tomorrow to consider the action to be taken against Ajmer Singh but it seems no charges can be framed against him and the matter can’t be sent to the police for further action.

The matter of what action should be taken against Ajmer Singh came up for consideration at a Syndicate meeting held in July, 2006, when it was decided that charges should be framed against him, supported by documentary evidence, and thereafter, a compliant be filed with the police.

H.L. Sharma was contacted by the university to frame the charges since he had been closely associated with the whole thing but he refused adding that the police should not be involved in the case.

It was also realised that Ajmer Singh allegedly misappropriated Rs 1.65 lakh but his Central Provident Fund had only Rs 87,000 and so the whole amount could not be recovered. Also in the absence of any documentary evidence it was useless contacting the police.

The matter again came up for discussion by the Syndicate in September last year. Then syndic Prabhjit Singh had asked for details of how much the university had spent on the inquiries. The university authorities will be placing these details before the Syndicate tomorrow. H.L. Sharma was paid over Rs 73,000, R.K. Khullar associated with him was paid over Rs 37,000 and Ranjit Singh also associated with him was paid over Rs 32,000.

Another enquiry officer A.N. Mathur, who conducted an independent probe into a related aspect of the case, was paid Rs 40,000. 



From Colleges
'Samgama Austria-India'
Tribune News Service

Austrian dancer Radha Anjali with fellow dancers during the bharatnatyam performance at SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday
Austrian dancer Radha Anjali (extreme left) with fellow dancers during the bharatnatyam performance at SGGS College, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, February 22
Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, organised an international culture exchange programme, “Samgama (going together) Austria-India” in Association with the Indian Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries and the Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Austria.

The team comprises five Austrian dancers led by Radha Anjali, a renowned classical dancer in Europe, Rani Candratara, Barbara Mayer, Eva Schober, Asmita Biswas and three musicians Thomas Nawratil, George Graf, Adyar K Gopinath.

The dance programme is a synthesis in the realm of contemporary dances. The language of performance is taken from the traditions of bharatnatyam and its interpretation and the expression is presented by the troupe under the name of “Radha Anjali and Natya Mandir”.

“Sari Dance”, “4 Adavu”, “Ashtaraga Tillana”, “Mallari”, “Furuikeya”, “Ashtapadi” and “Tillana Mohana” were some of the items the troupe performed. The musicians used musical instruments including vibraphone, saxophone, African drums, flute, trumpet, clarinet and mridangam to create absolute melodies.

The troupe is on a two-week tour of six cities in India and today was their third performance after Jammu and Hoshiarpur.

Intra-college quiz: Eureka, the history society of MCM DAV College organised an intra-college quiz competition on Thursday, covering topics from proto-history to 1200 AD. Neena Dhawan of the Department of Sociology and Neelam Makkar of the Department of Political Science presided over the event. Shalini and Tanya of BA III won the first prize, Prerna and Shilpa of BA II and Gurpreet and Nitin of BA III won the second and the third prizes, respectively.

In another event the medical committee of MCM DAV College held a camp for detecting risk factors of cardiovascular diseases for its staff. The tests included LFT, lipid profile and ECG. The camp was held in association with the GMCH, Sector 32.

Annual function: The annual prize-giving function of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, was held on Thursday. K.K. Talwar, PGI director, was the chief guest. He appreciated the hard work and achievements of the students.

Upinder Mehra, principal of the college, read out the college’s annual report. Prizes were given to 319 students in academics and 124 students in extra-curricular activities.

Vrinda Sharma of BA III was declared the all-round best student of the year. College colour was awarded to 31 students who had excelled in sports at the national, state and inter-university levels. Yakshi, Savita Negi, Konika, Zeeniya, Shivani, Rama, Simer, Manmeer and Ujala were decorated with roll of honour for excellence in sports. Vrinda Sharma, Avantika, Shallu Saini and Samvadini were decorated with roll of honour for their brilliance in extra-curricular activities.

Play on AIDS: GGDSD College, Sector 32, chapter of the Red Ribbon Club staged a street play, ‘Yuva’, on the college campus on Thursday. The play highlighted the causes of the spread of the AIDS virus and ways to prevent it. The State Aids Control Society, Chandigarh, sponsored the play which was staged by Hitendra and his group.



Tributes paid to Powell
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Zirakpur, February 22
Tributes were paid to Baden Powell, founder of Scouts and Guides at the "Thinking Day" celebrations in Kendriya Vidyalaya here today. The Principal, Ms Annie Thariyan, garlanded the photograph of Baden Powell. Students participated in the cultural programme and a pledge was also taken by all.


Conference stresses on better neuro-management
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Chandigarh, February 22
Experts stressed on the need of skilled doctors in the field of trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE) and improved skills in neuro-management in the country at the 10th annual conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA) being organised at the PGI here.

The TEE (echo examination of the heart through the food pipe) workshop is being conducted by the Department of Anaesthesia and intensive care of the PGI.

Surindra Rengaswamy, assistant professor, Boston University of Medical Centre, USA, claimed that the patient and expert (echocardiography) ratio in India is quite inadequate. Moreover, the number of experts in the field is also less. The advancement can be used for detecting tumours and holes in heart, besides proper functioning of valves in pre- and post-surgeries, he added.

Knowledge about the functioning of the brain of a patient (on the operation-bed) plays a major role in the heart surgery. Neuro-management is equally important for surgeons while performing heart surgery, opined Andreas Fiehn from Germany. Apart from this, risk management in such surgeries reduces the chances of mortalities, he added.

Balachunder and Kathirvel, both from the USA, highlighted the use of the TEE for measuring the blood-pumping ability of the heart and the abnormalities associated with it. Vijayendra (USA) talked about the assessment of the degree of narrowing/leakage of different heart valves. The next session comprised lectures by Rohit Manoj (PGI) and Bainbridge (Canada) pertaining to the latest advances in the TEE in assessing the heart diseases in newborn and children.

Krishna Kumar (Kochi) explained the added advantage of the TEE in the assessment of heart diseases in newborn following surgical repair. Assessment of adequacy of the heart-valve repair and repair of the enlarged and ruptured great vessel were explained by Vijayendra and Kathirvel from the USA. Utility of the TEE in conducting the beating heart surgery was explained by Bainbridge. 



Dhaliwal is PNDT advisory panel chief
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Chandigarh, February 22
Dr Lakhbir Dhaliwal, head of the department of gynaecology and obesity, PGI, has been nominated as chairperson of the pre-natal detection tests (PNDT) advisory committee for one year.

This decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Dr M.S. Bains, director, health services, UT, at the district family welfare office, here today.

It was also decided that the health department would sponsor the poster and slogan-making competition for creating awareness about the PNDT Act.

Those who participated at the meeting included the outgoing chairman, Dr Anju Hurria, head of the gynaecology and obesity department, GMCH, district family welfare officer Dr Kavita Talwar and others officials of the health department



Kalam to attend PU, PGI convocations

Chandigarh, February 22
The President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, will be in the city on March 7 for the annual convocations of Panjab University and the PGI. PU Vice-Chancellor R.C. Sobti said in a press conference here today that this was the first time that the President would be in the university for its convocation.
He added that this was a big event for the university and preparations were already on. TNS



Health, medical camp organised

Chandigarh, February 22 
As many as 250 people attended a health-cum-medical camp organised by the Social Care and Development Society, Sector 41-A, in collaboration with the State AIDS Control Society, UT, at community park in Butrela village, here today. The organisers educated the attendants about the disease and preventive measures to safeguard against the deadly disease. Free medicines and condoms were also distributed. TNS



Sacred Heart, DAV overall champs in athletics
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Chandigarh, February 22
Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, and DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, clinched the overall trophies by securing 70 and 58 points, respectively, in the two-day inter-school athletics meet which concluded here at the sports complex, Sector 46, here today.

DPI (schools) Aswani Kumar gave away the prizes to the winners of 21 sports disciplines. Deputy DEO Rajesh Minhas, councillor Jitinder Bhatia along with other officials were also honoured on the occasion.

The other results:

Under-17 (boys) 100 m: Yesu Raj (DAV Model Senior Secondary School-15) 1, Faisal Ali (Government Senior Secondary School-38 (W)) 2, Arjun (GMSSS-47) 3; 200 m: Yesu Raj (DAVMSSS-15) 1, Anurag (Jawahar Navodya Vidyalya-25) 2, Arun Kumar (DAVSSS-8) 3; 400 m: Yesu Raj (DAVMSSS-15) 1, Ankit (Baptist-45) 2, Top Bahadur (DAVSSS-8) 3; 4 X100 (relay): GMHS-42, (1), DAVMSSS-15, (2), GMSSS-35, (3).



PU Campus surge ahead 
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Chandigarh, February 22
The hosts PU Campus beat GKSM Government College, Tanda Urmur, by five wickets in the Panjab University Inter-College Cricket (Men) A-Division tournament on the campus grounds here today.

GKSM college gave the target of 167 runs, which PU Campus achieved by losing five wickets. PU made 172 for 5 in just 30.5 overs.

For PU Campus, Sarpinder and Nitin Rathi contributed unbeaten 64 and 47 runs, respectively.

Another match between Government College, Sector 11, and DAV College, Sector 10, was won by the former by eight wickets.

Batting first, Government College-11 were all out for 164 runs in 45.4 overs. Gurwinder scored 53. In reply, DAV reached the target by scoring 169 for two wickets in 31.4 overs. Siddarth Sharma scored unbeaten 67 runs. 



Kickboxing clinic

Chandigarh, February 22
The Chandigarh Kickboxing Association (CKA) is conducting one-day clinic at IS Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, here tomorrow from 10.30 am to 2 pm.
The clinic will be conducted by Indian Association of Kickboxing (IAKO) working president S.S. Harichandan, a renowned international kickboxer, seventh Dan Black Belt. Interested coaches, physical education teachers and sportspersons can attend the clinic. They may contact Sumiti Kanwar, principal of IS Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21. TNS



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