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Thousands queue up for admissions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
Colleges across the city witnessed frenzied activity as thousands of students queued up to seek admissions to various professional and academic courses which began today.

While all BCom seats at GGDSD College, Sector 32, MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, Government College, Sector 46, Government College, Sector 19, Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Government College, Sector 11, were filled on the first day itself, a few seats are stated to be available at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, SGGS College, Sector 26, DAV College, Sector 10, Government College, Sector 42, and SGGS College for Women, Sector 26.

Bachelor of commerce remains one of the most sought-after courses. The cut-off percentage for this course at GGDSD College, Sector 32, went as high as 105 per cent in the general pool and 103 per cent in the UT pool while at DAV College, it was 93 per cent in the UT pool and 101.2 per cent in the general pool. At GCG, Sector 11, the cut-off in the general pool was 101.8 per cent while in the UT pool it was 90.6 per cent. At Government College, Sector 11, the cut-off was 86.8 per cent in the UT pool and 94.4 per cent in the general pool. At SGGS College, the cut-off was 89.2 per cent while at SGGS College for Women, it was 79.6 per cent in the UT category and 97.6 per cent in the general category. At Government College, Sector 19, the cut-off in the general pool was 94 per cent (with weightage) and in the UT pool, it was 79.6 per cent (with weightage). Similarly, at GCG, Sector 42, the cut-off in the general category was 98 per cent and in the UT category, it was 84.6 per cent. At Government College, Sector 46, the cut-off was 82 per cent in the UT pool and 92.2 per cent in the general pool. At Dev Samaj College, the cut-off was 84 per cent in the general pool and 76 per cent in the UT pool while at MCM DAV College, the cut-off was 95.4 per cent in the general pool and 90 per cent in the UT pool.

At GCG, Sector 42, the cut-off for BSc (biotech) honours in the general category was 88.2 per cent and 75.6 per cent in the UT pool. For BCA, the cut-off was 77 per cent in the general pool and 74.4 per cent in the UT pool.

At MCM DAV College, BCA was closed at 82.2 per cent while at GGDSD College the cut-off for the course was 85 per cent. For BBA, it was 83 per cent. For BSc (biotech) honours, the cut-off was 90 per cent and for BSc (biotech) it was 83 per cent. At Dev Samaj College, the cut-off in the UT pool was 63 per cent while in the general pool, it was 84 per cent.

At DAV College, Sector 10, BSc biotech was closed at 83.2 per cent while in BCA and BBA, the cut-offs were 80 per cent.

At SGGS College, the admissions for BCA closed at 74 per cent in the UT pool and at 81 per cent in the general category. Similarly, BSc (biotech) closed at 77.7 per cent.

At GCG, Sector 11, for BCA the cut-off was 84 per cent in the general pool and 79 per cent in the UT pool. At Govt College, Sector 11, BBA cut-off was 71.8 per cent in the UT pool and 79 per cent in the general pool. For BCA, the cut-off was 75.6 per cent in the UT pool and 80.6 per cent in the general pool. For BSc biotech, 78 per cent was the cut-off in the UT pool while it was 86.6 per cent in the general category. At SGGS College for Women, Sector 26, the cut-off for BCA was 70.6 per cent in the UT pool and 79.8 per cent in the general category.

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Hostel forced on students

At GGDSD College, Sector 32, students had to face an unusual problem. The general category students were reportedly forced to take up hostel facility to get admitted to the college even after they figured in the merit list. Manmohan Singh, a native of Panipat who wanted to take admission to BA in the college with 70 per cent marks, said, “I was told if I want to take admission, I will have to stay in the hostel and pay charges even for the mess.”

“Last year, the annual fee for hostel was Rs 16,000 while this year, it has been hiked to 32,000, including the mess charges. My grandparents are staying here, I can’t afford the hostel fee,” said Rishi, another student from Haryana.

When contacted, the principal of the college, Dr A.C. Vaid said, “ Three years back two students of the college, who were staying outside as tenants, died late night. Since then, the college has made it compulsory for the students in the general category to take up the hostel facility.”

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SIDELIGHTS

Hundreds of students along with their parents thronged the city colleges early this morning on the first day of admissions. Beginning as early as eight in the morning, in some colleges the admissions continued till evening. While at many colleges, the admission process went on smoothly, certain witnessed unruly scenes as well.

  • While the students seeking admissions in science stream at GCG, Sector 42, had to wait for almost three hours for the admissions to start, the roads leading to the college were bottled up due to vehicles parked haphazardly on both sides and there was no traffic cop to manage the traffic. Apparently, one of the printers at the four fee counters earmarked for depositing fee for science students broke down following which students had to stand in the queue for hours. Since the queue was at the backside of the college building, there was no place for the students to sit. At this the parents got agitated and started arguing with the vice-principal of the college, who tried to pacify them.
  • While there was no cop deputed to supervise traffic at GCG, Sector 42, at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, had about a dozen cops to manage the traffic.
  • Much to the inconvenience of students, Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, didn’t put the merit list for BCA till afternoon leaving many fuming and fretting. “We were told that the list will be put in the morning, but it wasn’t there. I still have no clue if I will get admission or not,” said Vinita. “I have applied at other colleges as well. I will loose a chance, if I am not clear of the status of seats here,” said Poonam, another admission seeker.

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Admissions begin, so do pangs
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 2
A new girls college, happening courses and a merit list for professional courses - that’s the scene of higher education in Panchkula as admissions began in the two government colleges in Sectors 1 and 14, here, today.

While students opting for BA (pass course) and BSc are being offered seats on the first-come-first-serve basis, the college authorities are drawing up a list of selected candidates for the computer applications and commerce course. The first merit list would be displayed on July 4 at Government College, Sector 1.

“We had honours in three subjects of geography, political science and Sanskrit. Now, we are offering the same in English, Hindi, vocal music and economics too. We are also introducing MA Hindi and bachelor of physical education (BPEd) degree,” principal of the college Jaishree Rana said.

While students seeking admission to the college flocked to the campus, bringing it back to life, teachers spent the day sorting out forms and checking various documents of those being admitted. “BA and BSc has very few takers like everywhere else. After checking their certificates, we are admitting these students. However, for the most sought-after BCom and BCA courses, which have 180 and 60 seats, respectively, we are preparing a merit list,” Rana explained adding that new rooms were being added to the existing building during this session.

Maintaining that there was a clear trend towards BCA and BCom courses, she remarked that the bachelor of mass communication course, too, had elicited a lukewarm response from the students as only 11 applications have been received against 40 seats.

Holding additional charge of the newly opened Government Girls College, Sector 14, Rana said admissions were open to that college as well. Interestingly, a number of girl students, not able to get admission in Chandigarh due to the high cut-off percentages, are seeking admission here.

Though the building is still under construction and does not have even the basic furniture and electrical fitments in place, the principal said everything would be ready in a week’s time. “We will get the ground and the first floor to hold our classes which is more than sufficient. We are offering all regular courses and admissions are open. The new session will begin on July 16 as per schedule,” she said.

With no arrangement for water and power and without a sewerage connection, a lot needs to be done before the building is ready for occupation. For now, the employees involved in the admission process are literally sweating it out on the premises.

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Admission Chaos
Students bear the brunt
Rajay Deep

Chandigarh, July 2
The ‘big day’ for admissions in city colleges showed both the bright and dark sides of the process.

At the Government College, Sector 11, there was some confusion regarding the admission dates for the reserved categories in BA I while at Government College for Girls, Sector 11, the principle of first-come-first-serve to get a hostel aggrieved many students.

The admission dates for the reserved categories students, both for UT and other than UT, were printed as July 2 and 3 without categorisation regarding the percentage of previous obtained marks. Students seeking admission under the reserved categories reached the college irrespective of the percentage classification. The committee for the reserved categories admissions refused to accept forms from students having below 60 per cent marks. A group of suffering students and their parents reached the principal office.

Principal of the College A.N. Garg admitted the fact. “It is a minor mistake and we would resolve it,” he said. In the end, forms were accepted but the students were again called tomorrow for counselling.

“It is the fault of the authorities, but we have to bear the brunt of it. Now, we will have to stay at some hotel as the committee has again called us tomorrow,” lamented a father.

Many students were found crying because of the first-come-first-serve principle adopted by the Government College for Girls. The college was using a token system to control crowd at different counters. However, there was no token system for students seeking admissions to the hostel, where students who came first were entertained first. Parents were furious over the issue and the matter forced the principal Promila Kaushal to intervene.

“I got 73 per cent marks, but the girl, who scored 68 per cent marks got the admission to the hostel and I have been asked to come on the ninth of this month. This is not acceptable,” rued a BA I-student.

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Back to school
Tribune Reporters

Chandigarh, July 2
After a month-long summer vacation, all government and most of the private schools in the city reopened today. There was a mixed response from students as well as teachers. With a bright look on their faces, students seemed eager to meet their classmates. Minakshi Behl, a student of Class X, remarked, “It was really nice to come back to school, I really missed my friends.”

Some of the teachers disclosed that it was refreshing as well as tiring. Amrita and Madhu, both teachers, said, “Thrill was in the air. Students were also in a jolly mood and shared their holiday experiences. We checked the homework. It was nice to be back to the routine.”

Another student Usmeet Kaur was thrilled to join the school after about a 40-day off. She said it was very boring sitting idle at home during the break and she was eagerly waiting for the school to reopen.

Some students were looking exhausted at the end of the day and the holiday hangover was still high on their heads.

Shakun was, however, not very happy. “Holidays should not end so soon. It was fun to have late-night chatting with friends and to wake up late. Now, the same old routine is going to be quite boring,” she said.

Two friends Vidhi and Antra of Class IX chipped in, “Getting up early this morning was not that easy for us. But, gradually we will get used to the school atmosphere.”

Ankush, a student of Class X, said, “It was a dull day for me today as I had to follow the same old routine. On the other hand, Vedant was cheerful to come to school. He enjoyed his first day after vacation. He met his friends and shared his experiences with them.

But there were some students who complained that they got so much of holiday homework that they hardly found time to enjoy their vacations. Some parents also agreed to the fact that homework was basically given to the parents and they had to buy it in order to save their kids from punishment.

Panchkula
After a month-and-a-half-long refreshing summer vacation, students reported back to their schools here today. Wearing sparkling uniforms and bright looks on their faces, the students seemed eager to meet their classmates.

At school, even the humid weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the students. Teachers and students were in a relaxed mood and exchanged notes on places they visited during the vacation.

It was also a day to submit the holiday homework. Complaining that there was too much homework to be submitted at the end of the vacation, the children said they did not have enough time to enjoy.

The reopening of schools also brought with it the looming fear of the first-term examinations which are drawing closer. Contrary to expectations, attendance in schools today was high as compared to the previous years.

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Indo Global College wi-fi enabled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
The Indo Global College campus has been made wi-fi enabled. This technology enables students to get round-the-clock internet connectivity on their laptops/cellphones/PDA devices in the vicinity of the college campus.

As such internet connectivity is now available in hostels, playgrounds, canteens and areas adjoining the campus.

Indo Global College chairman Sukhdev Kumar Singla said the wi-fi facility had been provided to students in and around Indo Global campus to fulfil the commitment of the management to provide students round-the-clock internet connectivity.

This would provide students access to latest information.

Col R.S. Khera, head, training and placement, said the college mission was to produce employable technocrats having all-round personality/capabilities by sharpening their technical and soft skills, which had helped students notch high-level positions in reputed 49 national and international companies which visited the college campus for placements.

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Rationalise fee, urge students

Chandigarh, July 2
Members of the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) have demanded rationalisation of fee in all government and private colleges of Chandigarh. Private colleges are charging high fee and funds on “flimsy” grounds, they said.

State INSO president Vikas Rathee in a press statement today said students were being forced to pay thousands of rupees as amalgamated fund, annual charges, campus maintenance charges, development fund, dilapidation charges, PU charges, environment education charges, personality development fund, etc, apart from tuition and admission fees.

INSO leaders said many of these funds and charges were double and students were not even being provided those facilities. He said when aided and private colleges were receiving assistance from the government, the government should ensure that the fee structure was such that a common student could get education at reasonable cost.

Student leader said the situation was worse with so-called “self financed” courses where students were being charged up to Rs 50,000 at the time of admission, apart from regular fee, whereas in general courses the fee was up to Rs 18,000 at the time of admission. — TNS

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‘Pollution Hai Haiwan’ staged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
Students of Dikshant International School staged a street play titled ‘Pollution Hai Haiwan’ in Sector 17, here, today.

The play narrated and explained environmental issues like global warming, deforestation, depleting water levels and other pollutants present in the air. The students were guided by Gagan Mishra, a renowned theatre director from Jaipur and an alumnus of the National School of Drama, New Delhi.

The issue was depicted in a very simple way through acts of comedy and songs.

The play revolved around a discussion amongst God Brahma and God Indra about the growing pollution on the earth and its negative effects.

The Gods decide to come to the earth to inspect the situation. Dhartiputra is summoned and an explanation is sought from Him.

He puts the blame on the ozone layer, which is not able to protect the earth from the ultra violet rays. Finally, a judgment is passed by Lord Brahma that it is the people who are responsible for the pollution disaster on the earth.

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PU Notes

Results

Panjab University has declared results of the following examinations conducted in April, 2007: MA Part I philosophy; MSc bio-technology II semester; MA II ancient Indian history culture and archaeology; and MA II geography.

DMCs

Panjab University has dispatched the detailed marks cards (DMCs) of the private candidates at the address available on their examination forms. The students are advised to collect the same.

Circle Day

State Bank of India, Panjab University branch, Sector 14, observed Circle Day on Monday on its premises. The branch honoured the “pensioners” and also organised a tree plantation programme.

Schedule

The last date of submission of forms for admissions to MA part-I and II Punjabi has been extended upto July 3 till 5 pm — TNS

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Sexual Assault Case
GCM defence sends submission on irregularities in proceedings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
The defence in the general court martial (GCM) trying a major at Tibri for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman officer has forwarded a lengthy submission to the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, and the court’s convening authority over perceived irregularities and illegalities in the trial’s proceedings.

The 50-odd page representation, including annexures and supporting documents, states that submission and statements made by the defence are not being recorded by the court as warranted, which is detrimental to the defence. The defence has maintained that it is due to non-recording of its submissions that the defence counsel was forced to withdraw from court.

The representation has also questioned rationale behind army authorities handing over a copy of the court of inquiry conducted into the matter to the complainant woman officer. This, the defence has contended, violated provisions of Army Rule 184 and was also detrimental to the interests of the defence.

Further, the representation states that the decision has been taken on the objection raised by the defence that the complainant had raised fresh allegations during her deposition before the court.

Besides contending that the court had taken contradictory decisions on certain aspects, the representation adds that no decision has been taken on its objections that provision of Sections 14 and 15 of the Indian Evidence Act, which deal with intentions of the accused and whether an act was accidental or intention, were not complied with.

The representation also adds that the defence had objected to the continuance of the judge advocate in the trial, who is the legal adviser to the court. Since there were accusations against the judge advocate, he could only give explanations on the issues raised against him and not render legal advice to the court in his own case, the representation contended.

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Dharm se, this film reaches out with its message
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 2
Ask if ‘Dharm’ is a film out to reform and the talented husband and wife duo, Pankaj Kapur and Supriya Pathak, acting in it, are quick to dispel that notion. “As actors we look at the content of a film. However, ‘Dharm’ is so powerful, contemporary and necessary that it will reach out with its message,” they say at a tête-à-tête in the city today just a few days prior to the release of the film.

While the makers and actors may not be out to ‘change’ beliefs, it is doing precisely that. Made by debuting director Bhavna Talwar (a former journalist) and her banker-turned-producer husband Sheetal Talwar, the film has garnered tremendous critical acclaim both within the country and outside. ‘Dharm’ was shown at Cannes Film Festival this year and the film-maker says she was overwhelmed with the reaction of the people who said they identified with the subject even though the theme is Indian in spirit.

‘Dharm’ is the story of Pandit Chaturvedi, a Hindu priest deeply seeped in his religion and living his life through the Vedas in Benaras. A young abandoned child comes into his life whom he adopts. However, turns of events result in this four-year old challenging the very beliefs that the Panditji stands for.

“Over centuries, we have attached too many meanings to religion. The point of the film is to come and question your faith. It is not to shake your beliefs but to believe in the same faith but with an open mind and a liberal and humanitarian view,” explains Pankaj.

The issue is resolved through the very faith that the priest believes in and that according to Sheetal is the beauty of the film. “The Panditji could have been anybody. His life is representative of a small family anywhere in India and the message is universal. Each one of us is unique in our own way.”

While the role of Panditji is essayed by Pankaj, Supriya plays his wife in the film. “This common Indian ‘Panditian’ has basic common sense. Her perceptions are very strong and she pushes the viewer to think emotionally,” she avers.

Lead actor Pankaj says, “Content-driven films can make money. Something that is gripping, is a journey of revelation and is relevant is cinema.”

And that is exactly what he has subscribed to over the years too. “Right from the beginning, it was a conscious decision not to get trapped into something one did not want to do. The point of interest was how many different people can I understand, discover and recreate and if it can be done with content backing it, then good.”

He says he was lucky. First to get the kind of roles in television when he did and when its face changed to that of ‘saas-bahu’ he was fortunate that cinema was coming into a “sensible” phase.

Supriya echoes his views. “It is about your attitude to work. Do you want to act or make money? We enjoy acting and not its peripheries and that is all I want to do,” she smiles. At the end of the day they believe they are “the common man” and if they feel something there is “no reason why the message will not go through.”

They leave but not before articulating their belief. “Daira (limit), bardasht (ability to bear), patience, welcome and adjustment that is Indian-ness. There are no short-cuts to success just like there is no greater religion than humanity.”

‘Dharm’ shot on HD (high definition) format releases on July 6.

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