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Poor facilities at Govt College-19
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The infrastructure and facilities at the only specialised college of the region, Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 19 are abysmal. Be it the entrance of the college or the canteen or even the security provisions at the college, nothing seems to be up to the mark.

The college, which shares the premises with a school for deaf and dumb students, has a narrow kaccha path leading to its building. It becomes almost impossible for the students to enter the college during the rains.

“I was unable to reach inside since water had clogged right at the entry point of the college around three days back after it rained,” said a B.com(I) student. “The college is not at all prepared for the rains and it would add to inconvenience to deaf and dumb children who are also sharing the campus with us,” remarked Parul, another first year student.

Worst is the condition of the canteen, which is operating from under a shed with all the eatables lying in the open. Top it all the canteen even has put up two banners with the contact numbers to advertise for supplying tiffins and arranging food for outside parties.

The college even has no security provisions for the students as well. Being situated on the main road, the college has a very low boundary wall making the college vulnerable to trespassers.

Moreover, the administration has earlier announced to provide air conditioners in the classrooms. But as of now there are no air conditioners installed in any of the classrooms as promised.

It is pertinent to mention here that the college had got an additional grant of Rs 3.75 lakh besides Rs 1 lakh given to each college for improving the infrastructure of the college.

When contacted, the principal of the college, A.S. Sethi said, “The air conditioners would be installed within two weeks as the rate contract was not yet renewed.” Regarding the low boundary wall, he said the college has already written to the higher authorities for raising the wall and putting up barbed wire and the process is on to improve the infrastructure.



Counselling deferred after notice
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The counselling of the aspirants for admission in MBBS at city medical college has been postponed to next week as a candidate has filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High court seeking reservation under category of Scheduled Tribe (ST) in the seats meant for UT Pool. The court issued a notice of motion on the petition.

Counselling scheduled to be held on July 18,19,and 20 has been deferred to July 25,26 and 27 as the next date of hearing has been fixed for July 23. Mridu Chauhan filed the petition on Friday.

The Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 accepts applications for admission for 50 seats every year out of which 39 seats of UT pool are filled through Combined Entrance Test of Panjab University. While 2 seats are reserved for physically handicapped candidates, 7 seats are meant for scheduled castes candidates. The rest go to the general category candidates.

The remaining eleven seats for all India quota include 3 NRI seats, one seat nominated by Government of India and seven for general category.



Diet counselling for parents at GMSSS-19
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
As many as 140 parents attended the diet counselling session held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here, today.

The two and a half hour session, organised by the Department School Health, Chandigarh, apprised the parents about the balanced healthy food for the children, food hygiene and the importance of green vegetables and fruits.

Dr Paramjyoti, nodal officer, School Health, delivered the lecture on important issues of health and nutrition. “This was a part of the programme - the concept of balanced diet, which we are already running in schools where we apprise the parents, teachers and children on importance of diet and physical exercise.”

Giving directions on proper diet, Dr Paramjyoti informed that good eating habits should be inculcated in children at early stage. The parents should refrain from alluring children towards junk food or coco-products. “To create interest in children, the parents can daily make a change in their children’s tiffin box. We have also given a health related book Aapka Ahaar in every library of the school and children who are occasionally acquainted with the benefits of balanced nutritious diet”.

In addition to this, a dental doctor from school health department also interacted with parents regarding dental health of children. “The children are more prone to tooth problems because of their unhealthy eating habits. It is the parents who need to be educated more on the issue,” she added.



536 teachers to be appointed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
After a dearth of five years, as many as 536 posts of lecturers, JBT teachers and NTT on regular basis will be filled soon by the Chandigarh Education Department.

According to the officials, around 273 posts of lecturers will be advertised. Under this category, 98 posts will be filled up in social studies, science non-medical (42 posts), science medical (6), mathematics (4), in DPE and in Fine Arts, 18 posts each will be filled up shortly.

Besides this, there will be 17 posts in home science, 13 in music, 34 in hindi, 20 in punjabi and three posts in sanskrit will be filled up by the department.

Around 235 JBT’s will also be taken in the education department. Around 118 JBT’s will be recruited under general category, 35 under schedule cast category, 63 under OBC, 7 and 12 JBT’s, will be recruited under physically handicapped and ex- servicemen, respectively.

The upper age limit for lecturers has been fixed up to 30 years, for JBT’s while the age limit for nursery teachers is between 21 to 30 years. However, the age limit is flexible by five years for SC’s, government servants and women whereas for OBC’s and widows for ten years an age difference of three years has been allowed.



Students return from exchange programme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
In order to teach the students of Vivek High School-38 to look beyond gender, class, race, creed, nationality and culture through a keen understanding of human nature every year they go abroad.

Six students of class X, XI and XII from the school, spent one-month each with the member schools of Round Square in U.K. and Australia under the “Round Square Students exchange programme”.

The term period was from April to the first week of July. Viraj Gandhi of Class XII went to Abbotsholme School in U.K. where he played cricket as a part of the Abbotsholme School Cricket Team.

Jannat Gill of Class XI attended Westminster School in Adelaide, Australia. Pankuri Sundra and Tripti Singh joined Ballarat Grammar School, Australia, for the term.

Amit Pal Kang (Class XI) was delighted to be with St. Phillips College, Alice Springs, Australia while Siddhart Veer Chhabra of grade-X was at Armidale School, Australia.

Besides academics their curriculum included leadership camps, sports and community service. The students have returned enriched with varied experiences, a deeper sense of social responsibility and a spirit of universal brotherhood.

Jannat Gill, Tripti and Pankuri stayed with Australian families and were extremely touched and impressed by their warmth and hospitality. The boys, however, got a taste of boarding school life in Australia and the U.K. and enjoyed every moment of it.

Meanwhile, two girl students from Ballarat Grammar School, Australia, will be joining Vivek High as exchange students in October this year.



PU Notes

Results for the following examinations held in April and May, 2007 have been declared.

BA-II, MA-I (hindi), MA-II (english), MCA 6th Semester, M.Sc (2-year) II, physics and BE (Computer Science and Engineering), 1st Semester.

Students should see their results in the respective departments, colleges and on the University website. Principals of the affiliated colleges are requested to depute an authorised person from their college to collect the detailed marks cards from the examination branches.


Counselling for seats belonging to Foreign National/PIO/NRI/Industry Sponsored in B Pharmacy, B.Sc (Honours), 1st Year, Panjab University, CET-2007 was held today. All the seats in B Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Microbiology were filled completely. Some seats are still lying vacant in Anthropology, Biophysics, Botany, Computer Science & Applications, Geology, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computing, Physics and Zoology.

Counselling for MCA at Panjab University, Chandigarh, Muktsar and 
Hoshiarpur in General Category will be held tomorrow and for Foreign 
National/PIO/NRI/Industry Sponsored and all reserved categories on July 18 at 9.30 am at Law Auditorium.

Seats vacant

There are certain seats vacant for admission to B.A. LLB. (Honours) (5 Year Integrated Course) at Swami Sarvanand Giri Panjab University Regional Centre, Bajwara, Hoshiarpur. Students who had applied to the University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh can opt for admissions to SSGPURC, Hoshiarpur under NRI category.

Such students can give their applications to the co-ordinator (Dr. Daya Nand Garg) at Department of Laws, Panjab University, Chandigarh (1st Floor) latest by July 24. — TNS



Saupin’s meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
In a general body meeting of Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of Saupin’s School, Sector 32-A following office bearers were nominated uanimously for the academic year 2007-08. J Saupin was nominated as the director of the school was nominated as patron, A.B.S. Sidhu, headmaster of school was elected as the president, B.D. Kalra as the vice-president, Anil Gupta elected as general secretary while Nina Mimani and A.A. Roberts were nominated as the joint secretary and secretary finance respectively.



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