C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S

Another aviation academy launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Aptech Ltd. announced the launch of Avalon Aviation Academy, here today. The academy inaugurated by Capt Kanwaljit Singh, minister for co-operation Punjab is situated in Sector 34. Addressing a press conference, Preeti Malik, head Avalon Aviation Academy stated that the academy already has 24 such centers across the country.

The academy is offering 12 month diploma in professional cabin crew services, 6 month diploma in professional ground staff services, 5 month IATA, UFTAA foundation course, 3 months certificate course in fares and ticketing, 3 months certificate course in customer service. The fee for each course varies from 15,000 to one lakh. The academy is also offering one month certificate course in personality development.

The academy, like any others claims to be different from others. The USP of the academy stated an official is that it is being launched by an already well established education center - Aptech.



School of film arts launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
Noted producer and director Manmohan Singh launched the Green Apple Foundation School of Film Arts and Production (GAFSOFAP) with technical assistance from Toronto Film College, Canada, in Chandigarh. Singh is also on the advisory board of GAFSOFAP, which has tailor-made courses for all student types.

Students, who have passed Class XII, are eligible for admission to one-year diploma courses in TV/film acting and visual communication. Apart from these, specialised three-month courses in acting and presentation, production, direction and TV journalism and sound recording and radio production are also on offer.



No practical exam for BPEd students
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 17
There seems to be no end to woes for the students of the four year B.PEd course at the Government College, Sector 11. The course that was started in 2004 has always been inviting criticism from all quarters. Be it the issue of affiliation or the callous attitude of the college authorities to persuade the matter with NCTE.

Now the latest to add to the list is a clear-cut violation of the Panjab University’s regulations in conducting a practical examination of B.PEd (I) students, which was actually never conducted. Instead the authorities sent an assessment of all the 30 students on their own. The exam was scheduled for April 15, 2007. It is pertinent to mention that the date sheet for the examination is finalised by the college authorities and then approved by the Panjab University.

The practical examination is of 100 marks out of which only 20 marks are supposed to be given by the college as the internal assessment and rest 80 marks are given according to the candidate’s performance in the practical examination.

However this year, no examination was conducted. Even the swimming pool was not opened for the practical examination thus violating the rules of Panjab University. “Since the examination was not conducted, some of the students were given higher marks than others. Those who were the favourites figured higher in the list,” rued a student on condition of anonymity.

When contacted, A.N. Garg, principal of the college refused to comment on the matter. Instead he passed the buck on to the swimming coach of the college. “I don’t want to comment on the matter. The coach was supposed to conduct the examination, ask him,” he categorically stated. When contacted, Parminder Singh, the swimming coach agreed that the examination was not conducted but excused himself on the pretext of contacting the principal on phone and refused to come on record later.

When contacted the head of the department, Prof Harjinder Singh said, “The practical examination was not conducted and only the viva voce was conducted by the coach and on the basis of that students were given marks.”

According to the university rules, the examination has to be conducted under the supervision of three examiners. The final list of marks is then signed by the head of the department and is counter signed by the principal.

When contacted, Raji P Shrivastava, Director, Higher Education said that a report would be sought in the matter.



From Schools and Colleges

Essay competition: Bhumika Dhiman of St Stephen’s School-45 emerged winner in the junior category during the essay writing competition on “World Population Day”. The competition was organised by Hindustan Scouts and Guides, Chandigarh, in collaboration with Environment Department, at Banyan Tree School, Sector 48, on Tuesday.

Swati Uppal of Banyan Tree School-48 and Parneet Mehar of St Stephen’s -45 bagged second and third positions, respectively.

Inderjeet Rekhi, the chief guest on the occasion gave away the prizes to the winners.

Refund: Chandigarh Administration has decided to refund fee to the students withdrawing from any programme in respect of the Government College of Art, Chandigarh after making a deduction of the processing fee of not more than Rs 1,000. Giving detailed information in this regard, an official spokesman said the college was earlier following the Government College of Art Students' Fund Rules, 2007 according to which the subscription once paid was not to be refunded irrespective of the fact whether students left the College during the course with or without permission. As per the fee structure, the college had not collected the processing fee from the students. It has also been decided that in case the student leaves the college after joining the course and if the seat consequently falling vacant has been filled by another candidate by the last date of admission, the Institution must return the fee collected after making proportionate deductions of monthly fee and other such expenditures, he added.

Counselling: Around 258 students were enrolled in Government Aided Private schools for Class XI, here, on Monday. The counselling for admission were held on Monday in three city schools which including DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Guru Nanak Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Sector 30 and I S Dev Samaj School, Sector 21, Chandigarh. According to officials, 81 students took admission in DAVSSS-8 whereas Guru Nanak School-30 and IS Dev Samaj School accommodated 89 and 88 students, respectively.

Maths week: ‘Mathematics Week’ was celebrated by Doon International School from July 8 culminated on Tuesday. An inspiring inter-house mathematics quiz conducted in three competitive groups: junior school, middle school and senior school comprising of classes IV to X.

DIPLOMA: The counselling for JET entrance test conducted on May 27 for admissions in diploma courses at various polytechnics across Punjab and Chandigarh began on Monday by the State Board of Technical Education, Sector 36, Chandigarh. The counselling was held for the three colleges in Chandigarh that includes Government Polytechnic for women, Sector 10, Chandigarh college of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26 and SGGS College of Pharmacy in the 15 per cent quota of All India open category and other reserved categories as well.

ADMISSIONS: Admissions to MSc I at the Government Home Science College, Sector 10, were conducted on Tuesday. There were 12 seats each in fashion designing, diet and nutrition and in guidance and counselling. According to the principal of the college, all seats in the UT pool have been filled.

Safety Day: The National School Safety Day was organised by District Administration, SAS Nagar and Institute of EHS Studies, coordinated by District Education Department at the Gian Jyoti Public School here on Tuesday.

District Education Officer (secondary) B.S. Sidhu inaugurated the session. S.K. Suri, chairman, Institute Studies narrated the significance of National School Safety Day. He and all others present paid tribute to the students who lost their lives in the fire accident in a school in Kumbhkonam, Tamil Nadu. — TNS



PU Notes

Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) felicitated 35 teachers who have joined Panjab University since August 2006 at the auditorium, Department of Evening Studies on campus on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. A.S. Ahluwalia, president PUTA updated the house about the achievements made by PUTA during the year 2006-07 which included dealing with several long pending demands such as medical facility to the dependents of women employees, increments to teachers, lecturer status to curator-cum-tutor in the Department of Correspondence Studies and providing office space to the teachers in the Department of Evening Studies.


The names of short-listed candidates of all categories for admission to MBA (biotechnology) for the session 2007-08 has been displayed on the UBS notice board as well as on the UBS website www.ubschandigarh.org. Group discussions and personal interviews for admission to MBA (biotechnology) course will be conducted at the University Business School, on July 23 and 24. Separate letters are being sent for group discussions and personal interviews to all the short-listed candidates.

Counselling and admission

The University Business School has also declared the final merit list for admission to MBA Programme at Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana on Tuesday. The final merit list for all categories of 60 seats has been displayed on UBS notice board as well as on UBS website.

The counselling/admission session will be held on July 27 at 10 am at University Business School. All the candidates whose result has been declared are invited for counselling. The seats would be filled up in the order of merit. Students whose results have been declared but do not attend the counselling will lose their claim for admission at P.U. regional centre, Ludhiana. The last date for admission to Diploma in Early Childhood Special Education has been extended to July 30.

Counselling for general category to MCA for DCSA, Chandigarh, PURC, Muktsar and Hoshiarpur was held today in Law Auditorium. All seats were filled in DCSA, Chandigarh and PURC, Muktsar. Some of the seats are lying vacant at Hoshiarpur.

Counselling for all seats belonging to SC/ST and other reserve categories, NRI/Industry sponsored will be held tomorrow in the Law auditorium at 9:30 am


Results of the following examinations held in April and May 2007 have been declared: MCA 1st semester, certificate course in Tibetan and Chinese, diploma course in Tibetan, Russian and Chinese, Advanced diploma in Chinese, M Sc 2 Year (1st Year) in Chemistry and BA LLB (5-Year Integrated Course), 6th Semester. Students should see their results in their respective departments and colleges or the University website. — TNS



Dept of Indian Theatre cries for revamp
Rajay Deep

Chandigarh, July 17
One of the most prestigious universities of the region, Panjab University, which boasts of a five-star status by NAAC, has not been able to live upto its status. Old chipped walls, wild plants, pits welcome visitors as one enters the Department of Indian theatre. Adding to the misery is the callous attitude of the authorities concerned towards the maintenance of the campus.

The department of Indian Theatre is perhaps the worst hit of the carelessness shown by the authorities. The road leading to the department is crying for repair and is full of pits and pebbles. Not only this, the entire pathway is full of wild growth and congress grass much to the inconvenience of the students and visitors.

“The road leading to the department was in such a bad condition as we used the alternative road to reach the department through out last year. Nothing has been done in this regard during vacations this year. So we have no hope of improvement in this new session,” rued Anjum Batra, a second year student of M.A. (Indian Theatre).

Another student of the department said, “The outlook of the department is so deserted that it has become the black spot on the face of the university.When we compare the over all look of our department with others, we feel neglected,” he averred.

When questioned on the poor condition of the department the vice-chancellor R.C. Sobti said, “The beautification of the campus is under my consideration. Road leading to the Indian theatre will be repaired very soon.” He assured about the improvement of the outlook of the department too.



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