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Suspended PU teacher faces fresh probe
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
Suspended Panjab University teacher Manoj Sharma will face another inquiry to be conducted by a retired judge of the Punjab and Haryana High court in the question paper writing case.

Sharma, a Reader at the University Business School, was chargesheeted and suspended last year for “helping” an official question paper setter in writing a question paper.

Facing charges of serious misconduct, Sharma’s chargesheet points out that Bhushan Goel, an employee of the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation, was the official paper setter for a subject in MBA and was required to prepare the question paper himself maintaining complete confidentiality. Instead, he got the paper set by Sharma, who wrote the question paper in his own hand knowing that his own students will be appearing in the subject.

A preliminary inquiry conducted by Varinder Kumar, a former Head of the Department of Laws, gave a virtual clean chit to Sharma taking into account Bhushan Goel’s plea that Sharma merely “wrote down” the paper. Goel claimed that he had prepared the question paper but requested Sharma to write it down as his own hand was injured.

His report concluded that since no actual leakage of the question paper took place, the act of Sharma helping someone on preparing the question paper is at the most an act of indiscretion.

The report submitted before the Senate came up for scathing criticism before it was rejected following which a high-powered committee was asked to conduct another inquiry. The committee under the chairmanship of former Dean University Instructions, Prof Veer Singh found Sharma guilty of serious misconduct.

They concluded that Sharma had failed to maintain absolute integrity. The report also concluded that Bhushan Goel has committed serious breach of trust in taking outside help in setting the paper. The report pointed out that Bhushan Goel has not placed any medical certificate to prove that his hand was injured and even if it was he should have refused the assignment given by the university.

“Misconduct committed by Sharma is deliberate and he cannot take defence of merely providing clerical assistance to the paper setter. Moreover, he is a teacher in the UBS and the examinees were students of the UBS. His writing the paper leads to the influence of possibility of leakage of the paper to UBS students,” noted the report.

Interestingly, the university’s legal retainer Anupam Gupta, whose opinion was sought in the matter, rejected both the inquiry reports. “The earlier inquiry officer Prof Varinder Kumar clearly exceeded his jurisdiction in rendering his report. The report travels far beyond the scope of the inquiry which was fairly narrow and makes rather curious reading” he wrote.

With regard to the Veer Singh report, he opined, “The report of the high-powered committee, regardless of its merits, is in violation of the principles of natural justice since neither Dr Manoj Sharma nor Bhushan Goel were heard by the committee.”

The conclusions of the high-powered committee report were placed before the syndicate and Sharma was suspended and chargesheeted. “Now Sharma has asked for certain documents before filing his reply to the charge sheet.

The reply and the chargesheet will be given to the inquiry officer, a retired judge, who has been selected from a panel of judges suggested by the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court,” said Prof Sobti.

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395 get degrees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
The 37th annual convocation of Punjab Engineering College was held today. Ranjit Puri, chairman, ISGEC, was the chief guest. Shruti Singh of electrical engineering won the administrator’s gold medal for overall outstanding performance during 2003-2007. Saumya Jain (computer science & engineering) won the Miglani memorial gold while Saurabh Jagota won the adviser’s gold medal for overall performance in sports during 2003-2007.

Out of 395 students, who received degrees, 342 students secured the first division.

Prof Vijay Gupta, director of the college, read out the annual report.

College chairman Chandra Mohan congratulated the graduates. The chief guest delivered the convocation address.

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PU results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 20
Panjab University today declared results of the following examinations held in April/May 2007: MSc (Home Science) C and T 4th semester; B.E. (Chemical) 3rd Semester and M.E. (Information Technology) 1st semester. According to joint controller of examinations, PU, the students are advised to see their results in their respective departments and colleges.

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Website redesigned

Chandigarh, June 20
The MCM DAV College for Women-36 launched its redesigned website with improved interface today to facilitate admission seekers and students of the college. — TNS

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CULTURE
 

‘French Kiss’ for music lovers

Chandigarh, June 20
As a part of World Music Day (Fête de la Musique) celebrations, Alliance Francaise de, Chandigarh, and French Embassy in India, in collaboration with the Society for Tourism and Entertainment Promotion, Chandigarh administration and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, have organised live performances by French and Indian rock bands.

Started in France in 1982, Fête de la Musique is held every year on Summer Solstice Day, i.e. June 21.

Kicking off the celebrations was famous French recording and performing artiste Anais, who performed at Chimney Heights, Zirakpur, today and wowed the audience with her timeless and youthful self-compositions. Besides, Indian band ‘Crimson’ set the stage sizzling.

The celebrations this year take on a wider scope than just a one-day festival. It becomes the axis for a nine-city musical expedition called ‘French Kiss’, showcasing a new generation of French women artistes as well as Indian bands.

Now, Indian bands like ‘Stoned on Salt’ and ‘Nachda Punjab’ will perform at Sukhna Lake on June 21 and 23, respectively, at 7 pm while ‘Dhwani’, a band from Delhi, will set The Plaza, Sector 17, rocking to its tunes on June 22. — TNS

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Young dancers enthral
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, June 20
A month-long Bharatnatyam workshop, conducted by Padam, concluded with an impressive dance recital by the new dance enthusiasts and senior disciples of well-known danseuse Suchitra Mitra.

The captivating programme, held at Randhawa Auditorium, was largely attended by parents and friends of the participants.

Suchitra Mitra, herself, led the invocatory dance 'Pushpanjali' along with Ishika and Sumita. A divine fervor pervaded as over 40 student artistes recited shlokas. They went onto demonstrate the technical part of the dance, including initial steps, foot positions and body gestures and their remote

control, ably executed by Suchitra with an amazing command over enunciation in Sanskrit and English. The

nine sentiments (rasas) and their relative moods (bhavas) termed as 'navrasa', which are otherwise beyond the conceptual grasp of child artistes, were immaculately illustrated through an innovative method of a dialogue between them and their dolls.

The concluding part witnessed more scintillating performances by senior disciples of Suchitra as Vrinda, Anjali, Adrija and Ekjot presented 'Todyam'.

Later, Ishika and Sumita were applauded for the presentation of 'Mahaganpatinam' before more disciples joined to stage 'Natesha Kotvam'. Suchitra herself performed a 'javali' before the grand finale with 'Dashavatar’ depicting the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Earlier, the participants were awarded certificates.

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