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Experts attribute it to conducive environment
Civil Services: City scores high
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 16
The services sector may offer a plethora of new and challenging career options with a hefty pay package. However, the young and intelligent in this region are still lured by ‘babudom’.

Civil Services continue to remain the most desirable career option for the younger generation, a fact reiterated again this year as thousands of students took the examination, of which 14 have made it to the final list.

Credit it to the excellent educational facilities, the city has emerged as a hub of aspiring civil servants, if the results of the past few years are any indication. Though small in size, the city is already competing with metros like Delhi as far as the success rate in the prestigious examination is concerned.

Each year, around three or four candidates from the city are ranked among the first 100. In 2005-06, city girl Gurneet Tej bagged the all-India rank 2; Prerna Puri grabbed the 14th position, Rohit Gupta got the 30th rank and Dhanpreet Kaur bagged the 67th rank.

In 2004, Dr Gaurav Uppal bagged the 3rd rank while in 2003, Arshdeep Singh bagged the 3rd rank and Shoorbir Singh the 4th rank. In 2002, Ritu Singla bagged the 21st rank while in 2001, Dr Preet Kamal was placed on the 20th rank. In 2000, Gurkirat was 3rd.

While some aspirants make it without depending on any formal coaching, a majority of them join coaching centres. Though most of the toppers belong to the city, many belong to nearby places in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, who come to the city for preparations.

“Till a few years ago, successful civil services candidates were mostly technocrats and medicos, but now results show a resurgence of candidates from the humanities group as well,” says Prof Anil Kumar, director of IAS Study Circle, Chandigarh.

The reason for most high rankers from the city is preparation at the right time; most toppers start as early as graduation, says Praveen Bansal of Abhimanu’s IAS Study Group, Chandigarh.

Says Prof S.C. Vaidya, director, Centre for IAS and Other Competitive Examinations, Panjab University: “A lot of students from the city top the merit list because of the conducive environment in the city for competitive examinations. Moreover, the grooming for these students begins at the college level itself and the number of experts, study material and literature available in city libraries and the university is by far the best,” he avers.



From Schools & Colleges

MEDLEY: Kindergarten students of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, put up a medley of rhymes for their parents before the school closed for summer vacations. Coordinator of the programme Das welcomed the parents.

Vice-principal Gurkiran Nalwa proposed a vote of thanks. She emphasised that the parents should explore potential of each and every child to the fullest capacity.

SPLENDOUR 2007: With eyes set on the approaching summer break, it was fun and frolic time in Shivalik Public School, Mohali. A fancy dress competition titled ‘Splendour 2007’ was organised wherein students of Classes III, IV, V came dressed in colourful costumes.

The costumes of Ninja Turtle donned by Karan and of Akbar by Arshveer of Class III, Gurnoor Singh of Class IV and S. Kalyana of Class V stole the show. Principal of Shivalik Public School, Mohali, was the chief guest. Each participant was judged by a panel of judges comprising Baldeep, Cheema and Satnam for his or her attire, mannerism and dialogue delivery etc. Winners include Ravinder Singh, Kehkashan, Ravneet Kaur, Pranav, Nadeem, Kanwar Shahbaz, Bhupinder Singh, Pranika, Reetendra, Akanksha, S. Kalyana, Isha and Rajwinder Singh.

COUNSELLING: Hundreds of students of Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology (SUSCET), Tangori, underwent counselling by Wing Commander A. Kapoor and his team from Air Force Headquarters at a joint pre-placement seminar held on Tangori campus on Wednesday.

The seminar witnessed elaborate interactive session with Wg Cmdr Kapoor explaining the procedure, avenues and scope of career with the elite Indian Air Force to students. He specially dwelled on the scope of career in the technical and flying branches in the Indian Air Force.

Hundreds of B.Tech students filled application forms for which the written test would be conducted by the Indian Air Force at Chandigarh on July 1.

Group Captain P.K. Verma, human resources head, interacted with the students and answered their queries regarding possibilities for engineering students in the IAF.

RECRUITMENT DRIVE: Miracle Technologies, a US-based MNC engaged in software, will hold a joint campus recruitment drive at the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi, on May 19. The company needs over 500 engineers from the final year CSE, IT, ME, EE, ECE, EIC and MCA branches. The institute has invited final-year students from various colleges of northern region to participate in the drive.

The 2003 batch B.Tech/BE final-year students of CSE, IT, EE, ME and ECE with at least 55 per cent marks in Classes X, XII, and B.Tech having no backlogs are eligible to appear in this interview. — TNS



Dept objects to principal’s appointment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 16
The education department has raised objection to the appointment of Dr Vibha Roy as principal of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8.

As per a notice issued to the school management, the department has stated that the authorities concerned had not followed the instructions.

The department has objected that the management neither asked the department to depute a nominee to attend the interview nor did it obtain permission to advertise the post in the newspaper. “Hence her appointment as principal cannot be recommended for grant-in-aid purpose.”

The managing committee of the school has submitted the case of Dr Vibha Roy for approval of appointment w.e.f. February 23, 2007.



Dental college to start MDS courses
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, May 16
National Dental College and Hospital here has been granted permission by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to start MDS courses this year in periodontics, pedodontics conservative dentistry and oral surgery. The total number of seats is 13.

The chairman of the college, Lieut-Col G.S. Sandhu said it would help another 13 BDS students in the state to join MDS in Punjab. “Mostly BDS students go to southern states to get admission in MDS. Admission will be strictly on merit as per the government notification. Students will be admitted as per their merit in PGET 2007 conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot,” he said.



Traffic Management
HC notice to administration
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 16
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has served a notice on the Chandigarh administration and the IGP, Chandigarh, acting on a public interest litigation seeking directions to the respondents to enforce the use of cycle tracks by rickshaw-pullers, cyclists and other slow-moving vehicles so as to separate them from the fast-moving vehicles.

The petition, filed by Gaurav Goel, a resident of Chandigarh, highlighted the fact that Rs 7 crore had been spent to ensure that cycle tracks were properly constructed, maintained and used.

It was further prayed that the administration should be directed to remove encroachments, repair, maintain and construct cycle tracks in a time-bound period.

Also, road signs at all relevant points of roads should be fixed.

Another suggestion was that the administration should consider and implement modern techniques for uninterrupted traffic flow by permitting free left turn on traffic lights at road crossings. Also, slip roads should be constructed at T-junctions, he suggested.

The petitioner also prayed that the administration should consider and set up traffic lights at busy crossings, particularly near the Sector 17 bus stand, near the Piccadilly theatre and Labour Chowk.

It was also submitted that the timings of two traffic lights close by should be synchronised to minimise interruption of traffic flow. It also suggested that a mechanism should be devised to check the roaming of animals on roads during late hours in southern sectors.

The next date of hearing is July 21. The other respondents were the UT SSP (traffic), the chief engineer, the engineering department and the municipal corporation.



2 get life term for murder

Chandigarh, May 16
The district and sessions judge today sentenced Venod and Kaka to life imprisonment and Ashok Kumar to two-year imprisonment for murdering a newspaper hawker, Hari Singh, in April 2004.

The accused had stolen Rs 50,000 from Hari Singh’s house when he woke up and resisted the theft. In the ensuing altercation, Hari Singh was strangled. — TNS



A spontaneous flow of colours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 16
‘Sparsh….!’, an exhibition of paintings in poster colours, acrylics and oils, defines artist Surpreet Manocha’s abstract state of mind.

The exhibition, which was inaugurated on Tuesday at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, by finance secretary S.K. Sandhu, is Surpreet’s second solo showing after a gap of two years.

“It was actually a spontaneous flow of colours. I just poured my thoughts onto the canvas. In fact, I did not even plan the colours I was using.” This is how Surpreet explains her works that were created over a period of two months.

With titles like ‘Festivity’, ‘Thrill of Rain’, ‘Agony’ and ‘Tiredness’ among others, it will not be difficult to imagine what the artist is trying to convey through the 25 works up for display.

Her bachelor’s degree from the Government College of Art, Sector 10, and master’s degree in fine arts from Punjabi University, Patiala, speak of her arty background.

She has participated in several exhibitions and has also been awarded for her work by the All-India Fine Arts and Craft Society (AIFACS ).

At present, she is teaching the art to children at Delhi Public School, Sector 40, where the “simplicity of children” has made a deep impact on her work.

The exhibition is open to the public till May 20 from 10 am to 7 pm at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10. 



Sa Re Ga Ma is back

Chandigarh, May 16
Riding high on the success of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005, Zee Tv is back with the show, but with some changes in the format. Aditya Narayan, the young and charming host of this year’s show, was in the city to promote it.

“Earlier, the show was confined only to Indian contestants, but this year it will be a “vishwa yudh” and will see contestants from seven countries, including South Africa, USA, UK, Canada and Europe,” Aditya said, in an interaction with mediapersons today. On being compared with singers Sonu Nigam and Shaan, the earlier hosts of the show, Aditya said he would make his own identity on the show. — TNS



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