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Class XI Admissions
Day VII: All science seats filled
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
On the seventh day of counselling for the centralised admissions to Class XI for different schools of the city, 916 students were enrolled at the GMSSS-23, here, today.

All science seats were filled at GGSSS-18 today where the cut-off was 44.6 per cent. With this, all science and commerce seats have been filled up in the city schools.

However, seats in the arts stream are still available at GMSSSs-15, 23 and 27, at GSSS-37 and at GGSSSs-20, 38(w), 44, 45 and 47, Behlana, Karsan, Dhanas, Khuda Lahora, and Mani Majra Town.

All arts seats were filled at GMSSSs-8, 10, 18, 20, 32, 33 and 37 today. The cut-offs were 42.8 per cent, 42 per cent, 43 per cent, 44.8 per cent, 43.6 per cent, 46.6 per cent and 47.29 per cent, respectively.

Among the vocational stream, automobile seats in Mani Majra Town, AC refrigeration in Mani Majra, bakery in GMSSS-10, electrical in Mani Majra Town, food services in GMSSS-10, have been filled today. The cut-offs there were 44 per cent, 41.2 per cent, 43.4 per cent, 45.7 per cent and 45.6 per cent, respectively.

All fashion designing seats at GMSSS-8 and GGSSS-20 have been occupied where cut-offs were 44.8 per cent and 44.4 per cent, respectively. All stenography seats are filled at GMSSSs-23, 33 and 37 where the cut-offs were 46.6 per cent, 43.4 per cent and 44.4 per cent, respectively.

According to principal J.S. Basota, spokesman of the department, all left out cases (without compartment) and the candidates, who scored 36 per cent marks and above, will be interviewed tomorrow. Around 400 candidates are expected to take admission tomorrow.

Meanwhile, migration from Vedic Girls Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra, for Classes XI and XII, will be allowed at GSSS, Mani Majra and GMSSS, Mani Majra Complex.

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Art College begins admissions
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
The admission process for students seeking admission to 4-year BFA course at Government College of Art, Sector 10, began yesterday. Counselling for students in the general pool was held for all four disciplines - painting, sculpture, applied art and graphics (print making) - and 25 seats were filled, including one in the reserved category. The entrance test for the BFA was conducted on July 2 & 4. There are 15 seats in each of the four disciplines of BFA. Counselling for the seats in the UT pool will be held tomorrow. For MFA, the counselling will be held in August. 

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Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan
UT to involve local bodies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
In order to streamline elementary education in the city, executive committee of the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Chandigarh, has decided to involve the community, elected representatives of the panchayati raj institutions, local bodies, PTAs and other groups at the grassroots in the management of elementary education at the school/cluster/village level in Chandigarh.

This decision, among others, was taken at a meeting of the executive committee held under the chairmanship of Krishna Mohan, home and education secretary, Chandigarh administration, and chairman, Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Chandigarh. Mayor of the municipal corporation, Chandigarh, heads of various departments and sarpanches of various villages were among those who attended the meeting.

In order to ensure education for all, several committees have been formed to look after various aspects like improving basic infrastructure in schools and checking dropout rate.

The executive committee has also decided to enter into partnership with non-government organisations (NGOs) for out-of-school children of 6-14 years for mainstreaming, selection of education volunteers for alternative education centres and to look after their functioning.

Also, a decision was taken to constitute a committee in convergence with the UT’s labour department to eliminate child labour and to bring these children to the mainstream of education.

The committee also decided to approach the Chandigarh Housing Board for allowing use of the possession office at Sector 52 as primary school. It was also decided that the school education committees may get pre-fabricated structures raised for additional classrooms as per their requirements under the guidance of the board.

The upper limit of age for the teachers to be recruited under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Chandigarh, has been proposed to be raised from 21-30 years to 21-45 years.

Accordingly, the last date for the receipt of applications for 327 contractual posts already advertised by the SSA has been extended to July 25 to enable the candidates up to the age of 45 years to apply for these posts under all categories.

Another decision taken by the committee pertained to improvement of personal hygiene of children studying in schools and the AIE centres in slums and labour colony areas. Efforts are being made to provide a hygiene kit, containing tooth paste, tooth brush, soap and comb, to each child per quarter. For this purpose, the department would try to involve the NGOs, the manufacturers, companies, CII, industries and philanthropists.

The members of the executive committee commended the proposal of introducing the 'Tamasha Gadi' for bringing in street children, roadside children, rag pickers, beggars etc into the fold of education. The SSA will procure big-sized buses fitted with LCD projector, radio, computers, story books, picture books and other interesting learning material. These vans will go around the areas, collect children and take them to some fascinating place in the city and simultaneously pursue the learning activities while on board.

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Prof Ahluwalia to head environment programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
The ‘Environment Outreach Programme’ at the university will now be headed by Prof Arun D. Ahluwalia (geology). He was handed over the charge by vice-chancellor R.C. Sobti. At an informal meeting today, the professor spoke of his plans to reach out to students and teachers on environmental issues.

Apart from an environment page on the university website, which will have links to various environmental sites, he also spoke of involving everyone on the campus, students and teachers in the programme instead of sermonising and forcing projects. “Environmental studies are compulsory at the BA-level. We have had the programme running for several years now, but there has been no impact. Perhaps, our methods have not been correct. Instead of courses, we need to set examples. Apprenticeships and voluntary work will attract students more than forcing them will,” he said.

Professor Ahluwalia said he wanted everyone to come up and give suggestions and ideas as to what needed to be done to protect the environment and slow global warming down.

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Eligibility criteria was violated
State award for suspended official
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
Conferring of the state award for teachers for excellence to an official of the education department, apparently in violation of norms, has kicked up a storm in the teaching community.

While deciding upon the award for 2005-06 to Prem Puri, who has just been relieved from the post of assistant education officer (sports), education department, sources alleged that the department overlooked several weak points in his case.

Among the factors raising eyebrows is that he never taught in any school during the counting period of 10 years and he had been suspended for professional impropriety.

DPI (S) S.K. Setia said, “Actually, this lapse had occurred before I joined the department. I will inquire into the matter. If it is so, then it is a sheer lapse on the part of the administration for overlooking the eligibility criteria for the award.”

This correspondent is in possession of an official notice dated February 15, 1996, that was served on Prem Puri, who was the then coordinator of DPI (S) office, stating that he was one of the five officials who had been put under suspension for committing gross irregularities in official affairs and remaining absent from duty on February 14, 1996. Puri remained suspended till August 10, 1996.

K.S. Bharti, assistant director sports, education department, expressed resentment over the issue. “This is a blow to the sanctity of such a prestigious award. An inquiry should be marked in the case and persons responsible for misguiding the authorities should be asked for an explanation.”

As per rules, the person being considered for the award should have a spotless record for the past 10 years. The state awards are given to meritorious and deserving teachers on Teachers’ Day.

A letter of recommendation to this effect is delivered to the heads of all government/aided/recognised schools of Chandigarh from the office of the district education officer.

According to education officials, it is mandatory that the incumbent should not possess any adverse remarks in his ACR during the last 10 years and should have rendered at least 10 years of spotless service as a classroom teacher. In the case of a head of institution, at least 10 years of teaching and five years of administrative experience as head is mandatory.

The official in question does not fulfil any of the above requisites. He retired on December 31, 2006, and as per official records, had “managed” to obtain “stay orders” through a court on the grounds of being a state awardee. He had got an extension of six months in service. He was relieved on June 18, 2007.

Prem Puri could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

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Misconduct PUTA wants action against student

Chandigarh, July 11
PUTA has received a representation from the faculty of laws, signed by 21 teachers of the department, seeking “immediate action regarding the incident of misconduct by a student in the staff room of the department of laws on July 5”.

It sought conducive “academic environment on the campus and safeguard the dignity and life of teachers from the onslaught of unruly elements who indulge in activities other than academics by resorting to trespass, threats, overawing, interference and obstruction in the smooth and peaceful functioning of the university.”

The teachers have demanded strict disciplinary action against the culprits at the earliest so that confidence could be restored among teachers.

The incident refers to Barinder Singh, who is facing charges of attempt to murder following a fight on the campus last month, having submitted his application to the department through his guardian which was rejected. The matter was taken up by SOPU president Harpreet Singh Multani, who had allegedly gone to the chairman, Shashi K. Sharma’s room to discuss the matter with him.

The representation also lists other similar incidents that have taken place. — TNS

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Conference of KV principals

Chandigarh, July 11
The gradation system at the primary level of education and fresh changes in the examination and evaluation systems dominated the proceedings at the annual conference of principals of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Chandigarh region. The conference was held at the Regional Institute of Co-operative Management, Sector 32, here, today.

Assistant commissioner of the Chandigarh region S.S. Sherawat, presided over the conference, which was organised by Kendriya Vidyalaya School, Sector 31. Principal Dr S.P. Shergill organised the proceedings during the conference. Two education officers, Rajiv and R.B. Meena, were also present.

Sherawat emphasised implementation of the gradation system at the primary level on the CBSE pattern. The formula to be followed would be Grade A+ for 90 per cent and above; A for 75 per cent to 89 per cent; B for 56 to 74 per cent; C for 35 to 55 per cent; D for below 35 per cent. However, the minimum percentage to get through the examination would be 33 per cent.

Results of various classes were analysed followed by deliberations on merit certificate by the CBSE, centralised evaluation on answer books of Classes IX and XI, introduction of financial management as the vocational subject offered by the CBSE, sanction of new streams in 10 schools, constitution of PTA, scouts and guides adventure activities, games and sports. — TNS

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PU Notes

Special chance

Panjab University vice-chancellor has approved the recommendation of the committee constituted to consider the modalities for grant of special chance to be given to the students of professional courses (wherever feasible).

A special chance as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations of Panjab University to clear all re-appear/compartment cases (sessional and external) has been granted to the students of professional courses whose careers had been held up for one reason or the other. The last date for receipt of forms for BSc (honours) and BPharma is July 17 with requisite fee of Rs 3,150 (for one paper) + Rs 500 (for each extra paper).

The director, UIET, chairperson, department of chemical engineering and technology will fix the last date for receipt of application forms for engineering courses after consultation with the students. The examination fee is fixed as Rs 5,000 (for one paper) + Rs 1000 (for each extra paper).

A special chance has also been granted to students of BA/BSc/BCom/ BBA/BCA/Prak Shastri/BSc (home science) examinations and MA, who could not clear their compartment/re-appear examinations conducted in April 2007. The last date for submission of examination forms is July 27. The examination for the candidates under this category shall be held in September 2007 for which the examination fee is Rs 3,150.

Application forms

Last date for submission of application forms to MEd course in the department of education is August 3. Only those, who qualified the entrance test, are eligible to apply.

Those students, who have already submitted their admission forms for admission to MCA course in Chandigarh, Muktsar and Hoshiarpur, are required to submit their detailed marks cards at the department of chemistry by July 15 up to 4 pm.

Admissions

Admissions to two NRI/industry-sponsored seats in MSc (honours) I chemistry will be held on July 13 at 12 noon. The seats will be filled from amongst those candidates who appeared for the counselling on July 9, but did not have the requisite draft with them. Interested candidates should come with all documents along with the drafts.

Vacant seats

There are seats vacant for admission to LLB (3-year professional course) at Swami Sarvanand Giri Panjab University Regional Centre (SSGPURC), Bajwara, Hoshiarpur. Students, who had applied to the Panjab University, Chandigarh, for admission to the department of laws above the rank of 301 can opt for admissions to the SSGPURC, Hoshiarpur. Applications can be given to the coordinator, Dr Daya Nand Garg, at the law department, first floor by July 24.

Results declared

Results of entrance tests conducted for admissions to BEd, LLB (3-year professional course) and BA LLB honours (5-year integrated course at Swami Sarvanand Giri Panjab University Regional Centre, Bajwara, Hoshiarpur) conducted by Panjab University on July 8 have been declared. The results are available on the university website www:puchd.ac.in and also at the enquiry office, Panjab University, from 9 am to 5 pm on all working days.

Maths olympiad

The National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) will conduct the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO) on January 20, 2008, for which 30 students will be selected on merit on the basis of the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad Test (INMO). The selection is done in two tiers through a screening test followed by the Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) test. The first round will be held on August 19 from 2 to 5 pm at the various centres, including the one at Chandigarh.
The competition is open to the students of Classes XI and XII. Meritorious students of Class X may also appear for the test. Participants should apply by August 7. A training camp will be organised for the selected candidates, which will be followed by RMO.

The second round will be held on October 7. Details are available with the regional coordinator, Prof Vinod Kumar Grover, department of mathematics.

To obtain the detailed information about the mathematics olympiad in India log on to www.isid.ac.in/~rbb/olympiads.html. — TNS

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From Colleges

Dera Bassi
PTU RESULTS:
Students of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology here have brought laurels to the college by figuring in the PTU merit list. Himani Bansal of the eighth semester of electronics and communication engineering has bagged the sixth position while Hemant Sidana has bagged the eighth position.

Sandeep Dhingra of electrical engineering is also on the eighth position. Shivani Bansal of information technology has secured the seventh position while Anurag Thakur has got the ninth position. Prof Avtar Singh, chairman, Sukhmani Group, congratulated the meritorious students and announced cash prizes for them. — TNS

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Ghazal maestro spells magic
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 11
Sham-e-Ghazal, a captivating programme by Lucknow-based young maestro Krishan Nand, was organised at Pracheen Kala Kendra here today. Krishna Nand impressed the city audience with the opening spell of ‘Mein kyaal hoon kisi aur ka mujhe sochta koyi aur hai’, a melodic lyric by poet Salim Kauser. Encouraged with adulation Nand, attempted to bring alive the element of pathos in another popular composition ‘Silsile tod gya voh sabhi jaate jaate’ by Ahmed Faraaz.

The young and versatile singer established instant rapport with the audience by interspersing the recital with soothing couplets. Correct pronunciation and musicality was the forte in the rendition of poet Rajiv Rai’s ghazal ‘Agar daulat sukoon deti to bachpan yaad aata kyon’, which came next. The singer modulated his voice with perfection to give expression to the lyrics. It was perceptible in the ghazal ‘Mehfil mein bar bar unper nazar gayi’ penned by Aaga Bismil and immortalised by his mentor and peer ustad Ghulam Ali. He rounded off his concert with Dil Lucknavi’s composition ‘Ghata udi udi, ye mausam sohana’.

Krishna Nand was accompanied by Subhash Sharma on tabla and Vasu Singh on guitar. City-based sarangi player Vinod Pawar provided admirable support. Shri M.L. Koser, registrar of the kendra, honoured the artistes.

Earlier, talking to Chandigarh Tribune Krishna lamented the role of music companies, which prefer to promote the ‘Kanta laga’ stuff ignoring the divine and soulful classical music.

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