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Com students scramble for colleges as seats increased
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The decision taken by the PU Syndicate to give five additional seats to all affiliated colleges of the university for the BBA, BCA and B. Com courses is getting a mixed response from both students as well as the teaching fraternity. The Syndicate has taken the decision of increasing the seats in each unit following a huge rush for these three courses.

This would mean an increase of about 10 to 15 seats in every college as most of the colleges have two or three units of each course.

It is pertinent to mention here that the admissions are almost over in all colleges as the seats were mostly filled on days one and two. Subsequently, the students who could not make it in their preferred colleges had to settle for others. Even so, many students had to opt for other courses owing to the high cut-off percentages in these three courses.

Dr A. C. Vaid, principal of GGGDSD College, Sector 32, which is one of the most preferred colleges for students applying in commerce, said, “Though the decision is taken in the right direction, it might invite trouble. Following the decision, there is already an upheaval among students to shift from one college to another. Students who missed the seat with a whisker will again try their luck, generating chaos.”

A S Sethi, principal of the Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, corroborates with the viewpoint. “Already not wanting to take any chance, most of the students had at least applied in two colleges. Now admissions to the additional seats would be a new chapter altogether. Although the decision is in favour of students as those who had to change their streams can now join in the course of their choice if they fulfil the criteria of merit,” he said.

Says Promila Kaushal, principal of Government College For Girls, Sector 11, “The additional seats will be some respite though the demand of seats in these courses is much more. Nevertheless, had the decision been taken earlier, the disorder could have been avoided.”

After the approval many students went about enquiring today in various colleges, never mind the loss of a few thousand rupees. Puneet, B Com (I) student, said, “ Since I just missed admission in the college of my choice, I took admission in some other college and have even deposited the fees. Now I am hopeful of getting admission there.”

Ankita, another student, was also elated at the prospect of joining her preferred college. “I didn’t want to change my stream so I had to take admission in a coeducational college. With the approval, I see a possibility of joining the college for girls and hostel as well.”

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PU relaxes criteria for defence studies
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Panjab University has opened its door to the military might. Following a nod from the university’s senate, the department of defence and strategic studies will allow admissions to candidates from the armed forces.

Widening its eligibility criteria substantially, the department will now admit defence personnel who have put in five years of regular service for the masters programme in defence and strategic studies.

The earlier regulation permitted only those candidates who had either passed military science as an elective subject or had done their BA or BSc in political science, history, geography or geology.

According to the changes proposed in the current regulations, students who have graduated in defence and strategic studies, military science, history, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, geography, geology, public administration are eligible for admission to the masters’ programme.

The changes proposed in the eligibility criteria will come up for discussion at the next meeting of the senate, scheduled for July 14.

The senate will also deliberate on a resolution proposed by senators Harpreet Singh Dua and Suresh Tandon that students who have got a compartment in Class XII from the Punjab School Education Board be allowed to get admission provisionally in BA, BSc or BCom Part I, even if their marks are less than 20 per cent. It was also been suggested that their annual examination results be declared only if they pass in the compartment subject.

While the syndicate meeting of January 21, 2006 considered this resolution, it was decided to refer it to a committee to be constituted by the vice-chancellor. The syndicate meeting held on May 26, 2007, considered the recommendation of the constituted committee and forwarded it to the senate with a remark that it be approved.

In addition, the vice-chancellor, in anticipation of approval of the senate has amended the eligibility condition for appearing in the entrance test for MPhil and PhD from 50 per cent to 55 per cent. This has appeared as such in the 2007 prospectus as the PhD candidates were enrolled on November 18, 2006. 

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PU students want insurance scheme

Chandigarh, July 9
Members of the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) recently submitted a memorandum to Panjab University vice-chancellor asking for implementation of the group insurance scheme for PU students. State INSO president Vikas Rathee, PU campus president Deepak Hooda and vice-president Sunny Bhardwaj were part of the delegation.

Campus INSO president Deepak Hooda said this scheme would not cost the PU much, but would go a long way in boosting the morale of the student community. INSO leaders said there was no such policy for the students, although one such was in place for the teachers. — TNS

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Protest by BPEd students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
Students of BPEd (IV) at Government College, Sector 11, today took to the streets against the “apathetic” attitude of the college authorities towards the course.

The students of all the batches of BPEd, along with student leaders of PUSU and ABVP, protested on the college campus and reached the principal’s office. They wanted to know why the college was not admitting students in the first year of the current academic session.

The students claimed that due to the callous attitude of the college in getting the affiliation for the course from the NCTE even after three years, many students were being forced to shift to other streams. “If the college admitted students last year, why is it not doing so this year,” questioned an agitated student of BPEd (III).

“This irresponsible attitude not only disheartens students, but also puts a question mark on our future. The authorities have no right to play with our careers,” said another student.

The principal, Dr A.N. Garg, claimed that the admissions were not held this year as they did not want to put the future of more students at risk as the course still awaited an approval from the NCTE.

For 30 seats in the course, about 20 forms were reportedly submitted this year by students seeking admission to BPEd. Though the education department has not officially restrained the college authorities from admitting students to the course, the college is drawing its own conclusions regarding the future of the course.

Dr Garg said, “It is mentioned in the prospectus that the course awaits approval, which automatically implies that no fresh students should be admitted.” 

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Class XI Admissions
1,073 students enrolled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
As many as 1,073 students were enrolled in Class XI on the fifth day of counselling at GMSSS-23, here today.

All the commerce seats in 13 government schools were filled today, whereas seats in the arts stream are still lying vacant in almost all city schools, except GMSSS-16, where the cut-off percentage was 55.6 per cent.

In the science stream, seats in 14 schools have been occupied today, barring GGSSS-18, where seats are still available. The science stream seats in GMSSS-MMC and Dhanas have been filled today. The cut-off percentages in these schools were 53.6 per cent and 55.2 per cent, respectively.

In the vocational stream, all the seats in GMSSS-18 (accountancy and auditing), GMSSS-23 (automobile), GMSSS-23 and GMSSS-40 (electronics) have been filled today. The cut-off percentages in these schools were 54.4 per cent, 55.6 per cent, 56 per cent and 54 per cent, respectively. Electrical seats in GMSSS-23, hotel management seats in GMSSS-10 and MLT seats in GMSSS-32 also have been filled, whose cut-off percentages were 55.2 per cent, 57.2 per cent and 56.2 per cent, respectively.

According to J.S. Basota, spokesperson of the education department, students who have obtained 47 per cent marks and above will be interviewed tomorrow. 

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Notice to school principal on admission mess
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The UT education department has issued a show-cause notice to Rajesh Minhas, principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, Chandigarh.

According to officials of the department, Minhas, head of the admission committee of Class XI, showed “irresponsible” attitude towards performing her duties as head of the organising committee of the admissions.

The officials informed that she went on leave without delegating proper charge or information to other committee members. Also, around 650 admission forms had got misplaced and there was inadequate drinking water and seating arrangements for students and their parents.

The officials also claimed that she could not implement the proposal of computing marks of best five subjects properly, causing inconvenience to students who passed Class X through PSEB or other boards.

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Geared up to tickle young taste buds
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The excitement is already in the air for students who have just got admissions to various city colleges; not just for the sheer freedom that colleges offer but also for the lip-smacking delicacies that the college canteens now offer. Gone are the days when college canteens had only one or two items on menu cards. Today, the canteens are more than what they used to be.

Visits to various college canteens in the city reveal that the young collegiates have ample options to choose from. Though traditional foods like ‘rajmah chawal’ and ‘kadhi chawal’ are still hot favourites, good old ‘bread pakoras’ and ‘samosas’ are fast becoming out-of-date. Even the traditional cutting ‘chai’ and ‘cuppa’ of hot coffee has given way to a variety of shakes, ice cream sodas, lemon tea, cold coffee and even health drinks.

The choices, now, are infinite. From ‘chats’ ‘golgappas’, burgers, French fries, grilled sandwiches, croissants, puffs to spring rolls, chow mein and pizzas, everything is available at college canteens. The numerous foreign food chains opened in the city over the past few years have also influenced the eating habits and choices of students in colleges.

“In our times, munching bread pakoras in the company of friends on a winter morning after a lecture or treating the entire class with samosas during a free lecture was a common sight. But the generation next prefers junk food which is fast to cook and are easily available,” says a professor at Government College for Girls, Sector 42.

Avinash, a BA (II) student at one of the government colleges in the city, said, “In between the lectures whatever little time I get, I rush to the college canteen where I get to eat my favourite sandwiches with cold coffee right in the college without burning a hole in my pocket.”

“I used to bring lunch from home during my first year at college. But after knowing what all was available in our canteen, I started having my lunch in the college itself,” said Bhawna, a BA (III) student at MCM DAV College, Sector 36.

“We try and include new items on the menu each year to add variety for both old and new students. With more and more items available in the markets, students’ expectations also rise,” says Shalendra, canteen owner at MCM DAV College. In fact, we will be adding footlongs and mocktails in our menu from the new session, he added.

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PU Notes

ENROLLED: Counselling to the five-year integrated BA LLB (Honours) course at Panjab University and the regional centre at Ludhiana was held at the Law Auditorium, here on Monday. Sixty-seven students were admitted in Chandigarh and 30 in Ludhiana. Counselling for the reserved category seats will be held on July 10, 2007, at the Law Auditorium at 9 am.

SCHEDULE: The counselling schedule for admission to BPharmacy, BSc (Honours) and MCA has been displayed on the following website: www.puchd.ac.in.

RESULTS: Results of the following examinations held in April and May 2007 have been declared: BA Part-1, BPharmacy fourth year, MBA (Executive) fourth semester, MTech (instrumentation) second semester and MTech (micro-electronics) second semester. The results can be seen on the respective departments and on the university website. — TNS

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e-courts set in motion
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
A function to mark the launching of the first phase of e-courts project in Punjab and Haryana was held at Haryana Niwas here today. The Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Vijender Jain, presided.

Judges of the high court, district and sessions judges from Punjab, Haryana and the UT, judicial officers from Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, besides trainee judicial officers of the Chandigarh Judicial Academy attended the function.

The Chief Justice presented laptops to five judicial officers as a symbolic gesture. He said the high court had received laptops for all judicial officers from the e-committee of the Supreme Court and these would be distributed soon.

He reiterated his commitment to provide latest electronic gadgets and peripherals to all judicial officers. He pointed out that a common litigant had the first brush with the judicial system when he approached the court of a magistrate. It was, therefore, necessary that an officer working at the grassroot level was provided with qualitative infrastructure.

Justice P. Sathasivam spoke on how information technology could be put to optimum use in courts. He also mentioned about his experiences in respect of computers as a judge of the Madras High Court.

The adviser to the administrator, Lalit Sharma, who is also a member of the e-society formed for the computerisation of subordinate courts in Punjab, Haryana and the UT, expressed happiness on being associated with such a project.

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PIL on liquor cash memos
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
In a public interest litigation on the functioning of liquor vends in Chandigarh filed before the high court, a resident today claimed that dealers were not issuing cash memos to purchasers.

Seeking directions to the Chandigarh administration and another respondent to make the same mandatory, petitioner Arvind Thakur claimed that even in the liquor policy, there was no provision for the proper issuance of memos.

A Division Bench, comprising the Chief Justice and Justice Mahesh Grover, today issued a notice of motion in this regard. The petition will come up on October 4 for further hearing. 

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City sways to folk dances
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 9
The Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), in collaboration with the department of tourism and public relations, presented a programme of dances by the Rasika Dance Academy of Mauritius at the Tagore theatre, here today.

Directed by Bharatnatyam exponent Raveeta Salick Peetumber, the programme brought alive the vitality and grandeur of regional Indian folk forms.

The nine danseuses began their performance commenced with a theme-based dance item, ‘Aparvasion Ka Aagman’, which depicted the plight of immigrants from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Maharashtra to Mauritius. Their struggle and victory over the colonial masters was ably reflected in the next dance with the 'Vande Matram' performed as a celebration of the conquest.

The artists from Mauritius were at home with Bhojpuri folk dances, especially the fusion of the Cega dance of Mauritius and a Bhojpuri folk dance.

The audience was enthralled by the crisp and electrifying Punjabi 'giddha', which virtually set the stage on fire.

Director tourism Vivek Atrey and ICCR regional director M.M. Sharma honored the artists.

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‘Bharatnatyam blooming in Mauritius’
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, July 9
“Several Indian dances like Bharatnatyam to Bihu are blossoming in Mauritius and that too in their pristine forms. These dances have been brought to the beautiful country by the Indian immigrants settled here,” said Raveeta Salick Peetumber, a leading Bharatnatyam exponent from Mauritius.

Born and raised in Mauritius, Raveeta learnt Bharatnatyam from legendary guru Chandrashekhar at Hyderabad from 1982 to 1987, before starting her own academy. Credited with solo and group performances the world over, Raveeta has been awarded the President's batch of honour and higher national commendation of the 'OSK'.

In the city for a performance with her troupe, Rasika Dance Academy, Raveeta spoke to the Chandigarh Tribune on the perspectives of Indian dance forms in Mauritius.

“Folk music is instrumental in holding a community together,” says Raveeta, eulogising her love for the Bhojpuri folk, of which her ancestors belonged to before migrating to Mauritus in 1845.

As there is no film industry in Mauritius, people relish Indian film music, the danseuse says. She adds that the gusto and fervour of regional dances like lawni and garba light up community festivals in Mauritius, while religious festivals like Shivratri run for several days.

Commenting on the love for Indian folk dance in Mauritus, Raveeta says that Indian children are coaxed into learning classical music or dance by their parents who want them to stay in touch with their ancestral heritage. “Some of the dancers in my troupe are so committed and have skipped their annual examinations so that they could perform in India,” she maintained.

The Indian and Mauritius governments have been very liberal, says Raveeta, adding that financial constraints have not been an issue for them.

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Archaeological sites on display
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9
The poster exhibition that was kicked off today at Alliance Française, Sector 36, takes one on a breathtaking journey to the world’s most famous archaeological and heritage sites. From Shabwa in Yemen to Xanthos in Turkey, from Delphi’s in Greece to Strasbourg in France, the exhibition includes 14 posters of historical monuments, depicting the preservation and restoration works undertaken by various agencies, and experts.

One can assess and understand the kind of damage that these monuments have suffered over time and the techniques used by scientists for their conservation and restoration.

Blois exhibits different styles of architecture and had undergone many additions and changes since the 14th century. Neglected, it was later ordered to be destroyed. It was one of the first monuments to be restored.

Others monuments are Appolonia in Albania, Abou Simbel and Karnak in Egypy, Tikal in Guatemala, Pétra in Jordan, Angkor in Camodia, Blois, and Bourges in France.

The exhibition has been put up by the Centre Sciences, CCSTI of “Region Centre-France” with the assistance of the French foreign office and the regional council of the centre.

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