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Government schools ‘neglecting’ sports
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The education department has conducted a detailed inspection of the sports infrastructure prevailing in government schools of the city. The inspection was carried out by K.S. Bharti, assistant director, sports, Chandigarh administration, under the aegis of director public instructions (schools) S.K. Setia.

“This exercise was done to have an idea about what infrastructure these schools possess and how they are being maintained. I am working on modalities where the ACRs, principals or heads of these schools will have a slot of their sports related contribution in the schools.”

The inspection was conducted in two phases; the Government Model Senior Secondary Schools were covered in the first phase while the ordinary senior schools were inspected in the second one. In most of the schools, the report say, maintenance of the grounds and sports equipments is not proper. The courts and grounds were not found to be properly marked and the goal posts were found to be rusty and angled.

Bharti submitted the report to the education department yesterday. In GMSSS-19, it was observed that the conditions of the handball, basketball and volleyball courts, made of concrete, are deplorable. In Government Girls Senior Secondary School-18, the swimming pool was found to be in shambles. Though the school boasts of having a 400-metre athletics track and a floodlit basketball court, the outfield was in a very bad shape. In GMSSS-16, which is supposed to be among the best schools in the city, the football ground is in a very dilapidated condition.

“I have observed that there is a lack of sports environment in most of the city’s schools. The outfield of these schools should be handed over to the horticulture department at the earliest. The PTA funds can also be utilised to maintain these grounds. After all, it is for the interest of the students only. A teacher specialised in a specific game should be posted in those schools where facilities of such games exist,” the ADS said. He added that to raise the sports culture, every school should be asked to have a minimum of five major games and the DEO’s office should supply the sports equipments, as per the requirement and capacity of these schools.

“To meet all the expenses, the principal of the high schools and senior secondary schools should be empowered to spend Rs 5,000 and Rs 15,000, respectively, for the purchase of sports equipment, only out of the sports or amalgamated funds of these schools,” Bharti said.

The same situation is prevalent in GSSS-15, 23, 27; GMSS-10, 22, 32; GMGSSS-8, 20.



COA under scanner
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The Chandigarh Olympic Association (COA) is under scanner for its alleged irregularities in maintenance of accounts, delay in conduct of elections and granting last-minute affiliations to new sports associations.

However, secretary of the association Ravinder Talwar has denied the allegations.

The elections of the association, which were due in March this year, have not been held to date. Earlier, a notice to hold the annual general meeting (AGM) was issued on March 27. The AGM is held every four years, in which voters elect the executive committee. The secretary postponed the March 27 meeting by issuing a notice on March 25, citing the reason that some of the affiliated members did not receive the notice in time.

In view of the delay in elections, a requisition under Rule XII of Rules and Regulations of the COA, signed by 20 members, was forwarded to the secretary today asking him to convene the general meeting.

“President Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi and secretary Ravinder Talwar have postponed the elections due to their vested interests. We have forwarded a requisition contending that if the meeting is not convened within 30 days after receiving it, we will hold the meeting on June 24 at Punjab Bhawan, Sector 3, here,” said Vijay Pal, treasurer of COA. Out of 31 members, as many as 20 have signed the requisition, added the treasurer.

The issues of non-submission of the accounts report of the 1st Chandigarh State Games 2005 and the giving of affiliation to nine new sports associations are also wreaking havoc in the sport association.

According to a March 21, 2007 report of the official chartered accountants of the association, the income and expenditure accounts for 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 are yet to be signed by the president, secretary and treasurer of the association. The report further stated that a sum of Rs 25,04,247 was shown to be spent on the 1st Chandigarh State Games 2005. All the documents related to the expenditure are yet to be signed.

“The president and the secretary never took me into confidence while spending such a huge amount on the state games,” rued treasurer Vijay Pal.

“Finding themselves in a minority, the president and secretary handpicked their favourites and made them members of the association. The president and secretary themselves hold the office of president of one new unit each,” he said.



  CFA players begin training at Germany
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Twelve trainees of the Chandigarh Football Academy began training at Sportschule Egidius Braun in Leipzig (Germany) today. According to information received by the Chandigarh sports department, the boys reached Germany last night and began training under A-Grade coach Avid.

The CFA and Sportschule Egidius Braun had signed a memorandum of understanding last year to provide training to the players.

Director of Sportschule Andre Kuhn was present during the training session. Chief coach Harjinder Singh team and delegate Dr J.P.S. Sidhu accompany the CFA players.

Sandhu said the boys would train daily in four sessions of 90-minute each, during their stay in Germany from May 24 to June 9.

One German coach will also visit the academy for 15 days after the players return to evaluate, assess and supervise their progress. Another batch of 12 CFA players will get coaching in Germany from November 18 to December 2, 2007.



  157 get gradation certificate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
As many as 157 players of different disciplines were granted gradation certificate by the Chandigarh education department at the Sector 42 sports complex, here, today. A committee scrutinised the players before they were granted the certificate.

The committee comprised director sports I.S. Sandhu, district sports officer I.S. Negi, besides representatives from the education department.

“The applicants were interviewed today by the panel and some were asked to undergo a field test in the discipline concerned to ascertain the genuineness of the testimonials and certificates they produced for gradation,” an official said.

The Chandigarh administration has revised the criteria for the grant of Sports Gradation Certificate. According to the new criteria, 2 per cent of the total number of seats in each course is to be filled by sportspersons. 



36 given jobs
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 24
As many as 36 persons were given the letters of appointment on compassionate grounds by education minister Upinderjit Kaur at a camp held at Government Senior Secondary School here yesterday.

She said while 14 persons belonged to the teaching side, 22 were from the non-teaching side. She said the department had received 130 more cases of those seeking jobs on compassionate grounds. But this would be done only after the applicants fulfilled the basic requirements for such type of jobs. She said such camps would be held once in every three months and cases would be cleared within the minimum possible time.

The minister said at a press conference here today that a committee would be set up to scrutinise such cases and the convener of the committee would be DPI (Schools), Punjab. All applications received would be dealt with in three months’ time.

The minister said the government would be recruiting teachers to fill vacant posts in the state.

She said the protest organised by employees of the Punjab School Education Board against the appointment of S.K.Saroya as the controller of examinations was unfortunate and they should learn to become disciplined citizens. The appointment of the controller was only a stop-gap arrangement. The final selection would be done by a panel after an advertisement was given for the post, she added.

Polio camp

As many as 115,932 children would be given pulse polio drops during a campaign on May 27.

Civil surgeon M.S. Toor said 407 booths would be set up in the district for administering polio drops to children even as 11 mobile teams and 10 transit teams would function from 8 am to 3 pm. 



2 parking lots near DC’s office to be opened
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The UT engineering department has been asked to open two underground parking lots adjacent to the office of the deputy commissioner-cum-estate office in Sector 17 here. Minor repairs have to be carried out before making the parking lots operational.

Things have started moving after the UT administrator recently visited the area to access the situation.

The two parking lots, one for four-wheelers below the office of the SDO (building) and the other for two-wheelers, will now be used for parking of vehicles belonging to employees of the Chandigarh administration. At least 200 vehicles will be accommodated in the two parking areas.

For the past many years, these parking lots were being used either for dumping of election material or were just lying unused. At times, the access to the DC’s office is literally blocked by haphazard parking of vehicles on both sides of the road.

Taking cognisance of parking woes, deputy commissioner R.K. Rao has moved a proposal to decongest the parking lots.

A portion of the two-wheeler parking houses a generator set and a rest room, while the other half is being used as a store. The entry to both parking lots has been locked by the officials concerned.

“Officials will be asked to park their vehicles in the underground parking. It has also been decided to level a vacant plot along a corridor, connecting the town hall building and town hall extension building, and use it for parking,” said the DC.

Once the underground parking becomes functional, a parking lot currently being used for two-wheelers will be used for parking of four-wheelers. Creating more space in paid parking lots is also being contemplated.

An official said the problem could be solved if private vehicles brought by UT employees were parked in the basement. This would create additional space for visitors to park their vehicles. 



Quality work focus, says MC chief engineer
Tribune News Service

The new chief engineer of the MC, S. K. Bansal, who recently assumed charge.
The new chief engineer of the MC, S. K. Bansal, who recently assumed charge.—Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan 

Chandigarh, May 24
The new chief engineer of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, who joined here recently, has come up with an innovative idea to ensure quality of work.

S. K. Bansal, a top brass from the Haryana PWD and the public health department, who joined the MC on deputation, has plans of promoting a system in which a private party that executes the work is entrusted with its maintenance for a period of three years.

Speaking to TNS, Bansal said the new concept would guarantee that private parties provide the corporation with quality work. He said there were certain gray areas that needed immediate attention. He said he would first work to ensure better roads, streetlights, water supply and sewer network in the city.

Having started his career as a civil engineer in HUDA in 1977, Bansal said at present streetlights were a major issue in the city. He said streetlight projects on Dakshan Marg, Madhya Marg and Jan Marg were being undertaken by the MC on a priority basis.

Bansal said uninterrupted 24-hour water supply to residential areas was next on his agenda.

Bansal worked as executive engineer in the PWD and the public health department during which he remained associated with several prestigious projects of the state government. He worked with the State Pollution Control Board for four years before he was promoted as chief engineer in the PWD and the public health department in 2006.

Bansal said the capacity of the sewer water treatment plant installed in the city would also be enhanced soon. The treated water would be used to water green belts, he said.

Roads fall next on the priorities of the chief engineer who stated that all roads laid five years ago would now be re-carpeted. 





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