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Exam Duty
Principal made head examiner; lecturers cry foul
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
If senior lecturers of political science (UT cadre) are to be believed, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has flouted its examination rules.

For it has appointed Indu Bala, principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra, as head examiner for the board examination in violation of its amended bylaws.

The school has been chosen as evaluation centre for political science (class XII) this year.

Senior political science lecturers say the board has deviated from the bylaws amended three years ago making it mandatory to appoint school principals (evaluation centre) as chief nodal supervisor (CNS) alone.

“We are senior lecturers of the UT cadre and one of our senior-most lecturers has acted thrice as head examiner. But this time, the board has ignored us while appointing the principal,” said a lecturer.

The head examiner only re-evaluates one copy, already marked, picked randomly after 10 to 15 copies.

He or she has to abide by the instructions given by the CNS. The CNS is responsible for completion of the evaluation of answer books under the instructions/marking scheme provided by the board.

They question the assignment of head examiner’s duty to principal when she could have been given an even more responsible job of the CNS. They also question the principal’s agreement to hold a position lower than she is entitled to.

Lecturers, pleading anonymity, say this is because the head examiner is entitled to claiming more money as compared to what she will get as CNS.

Under the bylaws, a head examiner, who works under the CNS, gets Rs 428 per day (remuneration of Rs 350, conveyance allowance of Rs 70 and refreshment charges of Rs 8).

If these, the payment of contingent charges, remuneration, conveyance allowance, etc. are calculated for 20 days, it adds up to Rs 8,560.

On the other hand, a CNS gets an honorarium of Rs 1,000 per head examiner.

“The CNS can claim a maximum of Rs 4,000 at a nodal evaluation centre”, said a lecturer.

The joint secretary, regional office, CBSE, said: “All appointments are made in accordance with the rules and they do not violate specific and explicit clauses of the examination guidelines of the CBSE.”

“Our priority is to ensure evaluation of answer books in a judicious manner, adopting marking scheme developed by subject experts. It is nobody’s right to claim any position.”



Archo 07 comes to an end
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Archo 07, the 46th annual festival of the Chandigarh College of Architecture concluded here today with a prize distribution ceremony.

The prize distribution was presided over by Arvind Krishan, former head, department of architecture, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. Prizes were given for sports and cultural events and overall performances of students representing the three houses - Kanishka, Kalinga and Maurya.

Nabin Das and Ekta Agarwal were adjudged the best actor and actress, respectively. The best sportspersons were Puspkant Verma (male) and Disha N.M. Singh (female). The most enthusiastic were Priyanka Thakur (female) and Ravinder (male) while the best all-rounder Ajay Sadana (male) and Sheetal Bedi (female).

Among the houses, Kalinga House bagged the cultural and design trophies while the sports and the overall trophies were presented to Maurya House.

Principal Prof Rajnish Wattas presented the annual report of the college highlighting the numerous achievements of the college as an institute of national and international repute. Recently, the college has also provided the resource base for preparation of the nomination dossier titled Urban and Architectural Work of Le Corbusier in Chandigarh for placing Chandigarh on UNESCO’s tentative list of the World heritage.

He also mentioned the awards won by students at various forums in sports, cultural and academic arenas. Prof Wattas congratulated the faculty members in continuing their endeavour to update themselves through research, paper presentations and higher studies. The principal spoke about the various consultancy works undertaken by the college, including design for murals for City Centre, Sector 17.

An audio-visual presentation was made by Dr Arvind Krishan on ‘A New Language of Architecture for a Sustainable Future’ in the evening.



Girl reports misbehaviour by teacher
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
A girl student of the Government College for Girls, Sector 42, has complained to the principal against the alleged misbehaviour of a male teacher of the college. The complainant, a BA II year student, told the principal that she was harassed by a male teacher of the college during an examination on March 17.

College principal Inderjit Kaur said the complainant had also levelled charges of misbehaviour against an outside lady examiner, who was present during her exam.

Sources said the student had come again to appear for her practical examination today but during the course of the test objected to the way one of the examiners rebuked her and some other students. She went to the principal and complained that the examiners were picking on her and related the incident of March 17 as well. Accompanied by her lawyer, she later gave a written complaint to the principal, it is learnt.

The DPI colleges Raji P. Srivastava said she was aware of the matter and had asked the college principal to hold a fact-finding inquiry into the matter and report to her by tomorrow.



PU Notes
35 teachers attend workshop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
The department of political science, Panjab University, organised a two-day teachers’ training workshop on “New Trends in Political Science” under its UGC Special Assistance Programme. The workshop covered themes like globalisation, Dalit studies, environmental politics, democracy in India, and survey as a research technique in political science. The resources persons included Sanjay Kumar, CSDS, Delhi, Prof Bhupinder Brar, Dr Ashutosh Kumar, Dr Ronki Ram and Dr Pampa Mukherjee of Panjab University.

Over the last two years, the department has thoroughly revised its syllabus at different levels in tune with not only the changes in the discipline but also with emergent needs of the society. Subsequently, many new topics and readings were added. 35 political science teachers from different constituent colleges attended the workshop.

Bhandari appointed

Ashok Raj Bhandari, former F.D.O., Panjab University, has been appointed as member, District Consumer Forum-II, Chandigarh, w.e.f. May 1. Bhandari was unanimously recommended by the selection committee. The appointment is for a period of five years or till the incumbent acquires the age of 65. According to sources, a selection committee comprising of president of the state commission justice K.C. Gupta (retd.), and secretary Home, department of law and consumer affairs, Chandigarh, Krishna Mohan, interviewed 29 applicants whose knowledge and experience relating to law, economics, public affairs, administration, their ability, integrity and standing, were assessed.



Hike intact; VC meets students

Chandigarh, March 21
In a move to placate Panjab University students following the 10 per cent hike in fee, vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti today met with various student leaders of the university.

In a press conference later, he said the hike would lead to an increase of only Rs 50 per students per month, which was not much.

He said the hike would get the university Rs 73 lakh, which would be solely used for the welfare of students.

He said he had planned an expenditure of Rs 4.5 crore for the upgrade of infrastructure for students.

He said a diamond jubilee fellowship for each department too had been planned that would be given to meritorious students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Meanwhile, Students Organization of Panjab University (SOPU) president Harpreet Multani said a decision regarding the protest would be taken tomorrow. — TNS



Chandigarh NCC cadets felicitated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Chandigarh group NCC felicitated their young cadets of the Army, Naval and Air wings today in a brief valedictory function of the NCC group held on the Punjab Engineering College campus. The cadets were honoured for their noted performances at various levels and camps namely the Republic Day camp, National Integration camp and so on.

The contingents of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Chandigarh Directorate has made a remarkable comeback from erstwhile eighth position to the recent third position at the all-India level competitions held at the Republic Day camp in Delhi. The Chandigarh group dominated the scenario vis-à-vis the small strength of the UT amongst the big directorate. Kundan Singh, who had bagged the second position in the all-India best cadet competition for 2007, was honoured.

The valedictory function was presided over by Raji Srivastava, DPI (colleges), who applauded the girls and boys and exhorted them to brainstorm some worthwhile development programmes for the youth of the city beautiful. The director, Higher Education, commended the good work, developing good culture among youth while pursuing unity and discipline, the motto of the NCC. She proposed an everlasting support of Chandigarh to the NCC cadets and the organisation.

Earlier, Col Manjit Singh, Group Commander, Chandigarh, read out the annual report, briefing a long lists of achievements of Chandigarh cadets, including the participation in international youth leadership programmes and personal achievements at all-India levels. Vote of thanks was presented by Commodore Khan.



Chitkara opens charitable computer centre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Residents of Buta Singhwala village in Rajpura tehsil of Patiala district will have access to computers and computer education. A charitable computer centre has been inaugurated here by Dr Madhu Chitkara, director of the Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology.

The centre has been set up under the aegis of the NSS department of Chitkara Educational Trust and a non-profit organisation, ‘People for You’.

The trust already runs a free cutting and tailoring training centre for girls in Jansla village.

The computer centre is another step aimed at providing quality education and practical skills to the underprivileged sections of society.



Save Punjabi culture: Jassi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 21
Renowned Punjabi pop singer Jasbir Jassi today exhorted the new Punjab government to take steps and save the culture and traditions of the state. Jassi was interacting with media persons at the DAV College where he performed live at a charity show organised by the students.

He said the government should sit up and take notice of the direction in which the state’s youth were going. “The government has the machinery to do it,” he said.

Taking a dig at the censor board of the state, Jassi said it should have another censor board to control itself. “It is a known fact that the board does not bother about the quality of the videos that are shown on TV. A more disturbing trend is that even the lyrics are getting vulgar now,” he said. The quantity of Punjabi pop singers has increased but the quality has suffered, Jassi pointed out.

The ‘kudi Gujarat di’ fame singer is working on his new album now. “My contract with T-Series has just ended and I am talking to a few companies. I have already worked on an album that will be liked internationally and have used many traditional sounds in the songs,” the singer added.

The proceeds of the charity show will be donated to Sankalp, the social service outfit, floated by the students. “We do many charity shows, but only after we are assured that the cause is genuine,” he added.



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