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PU panel to review system of internal assessment
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
A high-powered committee to review the system of internal assessment has been formed by the vice-chancellor, Panjab University, Professor R. C. Sobti. In the wake of repeated complaints by students on the lack of transparency in the method, it was decided in the Senate meeting held on July 14 that the entire system would be re-examined and a committee constituted which would also take student feedback into account.

The alleged prejudices in the system have been an issue for long amongst students who view it as “biased and partial” and dependent on the whims of the teachers.

“It is not transparent at all. Power and contacts is what matters and everyone who has contacts uses them to secure better marks. Of the three exams held in a session, the best of two are taken. However, the final marks do not really tally with these,” said a student from UIET.

Similarly, a student from the Department of Physics complained of his teacher favouring certain students over others and said it was showing in their marks as well.

Interestingly, the system in M Sc (Solid Waste Management) and M Sc (Environment Science) is stated clearly in the regulations and syllabus booklet, giving it the much-needed transparency it needs.

“It is all above board purely because marks obtained in the test prescribed for assessment are indicated on the final report card,” explains Professor R.K. Kohli, coordinator of the courses.

The assessment (except for the project and the seminar) is based purely on academic consideration and is calculated on the basis of marks attained in the surprise and pre-announced tests.

“Lack of initiative is the problem. Creating a transparent system is considered to be akin to inviting trouble. The concern should be on improving the system. We did not do anything new here. We have simply made a schedule for the pre-announced test in our academic calendar and surprise tests have been regularised,” says Professor Kohli.

All the debate comes close on the heels of alleged tampering in the internal assessment sheet of the department of Evening Studies last year, for which Professor Sobti has recently formed a committee to initiate enquiry.



UGC centre opens at PU today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
One of 13 ‘Centres for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy’ planned around the country by UGC chairman Prof Sukhdeo Thorat will be inaugurated at Panjab University tomorrow.

The centre will act as a conduit for different disciplines and after rigorous research will give policy prescriptions to state governments in the region. The centre will also act as a data bank where relevant research reports, books, primary and secondary data will be maintained for the interested scholars in the area.

The inauguration will be presided over by Prof G.K. Chadha, member, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, which will be held at the law auditorium immediately after laying the foundation of a girls hostel in Sector 25.



Course in public health at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
In view of the deficient public health professional manpower in developing countries, launch of master in public health (MPH) course is a step forward in the right direction. This was stated by Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, regional director, World Health Organisation, South-East Asia, while inaugurating the course at the School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, here today.

Dr Samlee Plianbangchang was accompanied by Dr S.J. Habayeb, WHO representative to India.

The course is the first of its kind in the country that aims at preparing a competent work force of public health specialists who have basic knowledge of public health principles and methods and ability to apply this knowledge to effectively meet the health needs of the community.

The first batch of students has been admitted to the PGI school of public health. It is envisaged that this type of courses will soon be started in other ICMR public health institutions.

Stressing the need for public health experts in prevailing circumstances in the world, Dr Plianbangchang said issues like global warming, emergence of new communicable diseases, re-emergence of diseases, and persistence of certain public health emergencies and need for strengthening public health discipline had assumed significant importance.

Twelve premier public health institutions of India - PGIMER Chandigarh, NIE Chennai, AIIHPH and NICED in Kolkata, ICMR, NIHFW and AIIMS New Delhi, IIHMR Jaipur, SCTIMST Thiruvananthapuram, AFMC Pune, IIS Bangalore and NARI Pune - have forged a partnership to strengthen public health education in the country with exchange of faculty and students between the partner institutions and by designing common curricula and entrance examination for the course.

Dr Plianbangchang, lauding the initiative of association between the partner ICMR institutions, emphasised WHO’s commitment to strengthening the collaboration between among institutions, governments and stakeholders for building capacity to jointly deal with public health emergencies.

The official assured support from the WHO in strengthening public health education at the PGMIER and offered a working relationship of the WHO with the schools of public health, besides inviting them to join the South-East Asia Public Health Education Institutes Network (SEAPHEIN).

Besides inauguration of the course, Dr Samlee Plianbangchang also visited the departments of radiotherapy and advanced eye centre.



Now, hostel students enter stir
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
DAV College’s, Sector 10 cup of woes seems to be overflowing. Along with ongoing protest by the teaching unions, students living in the hostel jumped into the fray marking their protest against the poor quality food served in the hostel mess, today.

Supported by the PUSU activists, students remonstrated in front of the boys’ hostel mess to bring the attention of the authorities to the key issues.

Sunvir Benipal, of final year BA, pointed out that despite steep fees, the meals cost an additional Rs 2,500 per month as Rs 18 was charged per meal and did not include things like curd, butter and pickle for which there was an extra charge.

“Today is the last day for applying for re-examination in compartments and revaluations. The staff refused to cooperate and said they could not do anything because they were protesting against the management,” said Bisman Singh (BA-II year).

The queues for applying for examination were too long. Many could not fill the fees, now these students have to pay late fees for no fault of theirs,” lamented a student. Principal, S C Marriya calling the protest “an attempt to of the students unions to make their presence felt,” said he had gone there around the college but had got no complaints. 



Parents stage protest
Lack of facilities at school
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
Parents today staged a protest against the insufficient space and lack of infrastructure at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, here.

The parents resented that the school doesn't have adequate space and teachers to teach their kids in the school. The parents also raised slogans against the education department and the school authorities.

Around 2,300 students in the school only 41 teachers were there to teach and out of which two were on election duty and one on ex India leave. Further, around 115 students have been adjusted in single section of the class because of this scarcity. There are many classes in the school that don't have benches for students and the students have to sit on the floor. The scarcity of rooms can be judged from the fact that there are only 28 classrooms for 49 sections of different classes.

The school is running both model and non-model classes in its premises and that's why it witnesses huge rush of students.

Though, Baljit Singh, principal of the school tried to calm down the agitated parents but the parents claimed that they would again protest against the authorities if the department does not meet their demands. 



ETT Entrance results declared

Chandigarh, July 27
The result of Elementary Teachers Training Entrance Test held on July 22 was declared by State Institute of Education, Sector 32. Around 2000 candidates appeared for the entrance test for Elementary Teachers Training for 100 seats in the Institute and 50 seats in the Brahmrishi Yoga Training College, Sector 19, here.

The results will be available at chandigarh.nic.in and www.siechd.nic.in.

The counselling for filling the pool seats will commence at 9 am on July 30 and counselling for the general pool will commence on August 1.



PU Notes

Results of the following examinations held in April and May 2007 have been declared: BHMS 2nd Professional, MCA 3rd semester, BPEd (one year course), PG Diploma in Health Family Welfare and Population Education and MA (Punjabi)-II.

Students should see their results in their respective departments, colleges and the university website.


The last date of submission for the Post M Sc Course in Accelerator Physics has been extended to July 31.


Entrance test for Diploma Translation (English to Hindi) will held on August 7 in the Department of Hindi on campus at 10 am for the academic session 2007-08. Candidates should bring their original certificates. 



Mohd Rafi finals on July 29
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27
The Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society, Chandigarh, is holding the final round of its singing competition for the best singer award in male and female categories on July 29, 2007 at Tagore Theatre at 5 p.m..

This time the society has dedicated the contest to music maestro O.P. Nayyar. 28 male and female singers from this region will sing songs of Mohd Rafi and Asha Bhosle.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh, minister for Co-op, Defence Services, Punjab, will be the chief guest of the evening while Mr Ashwani Garg, chairman, SVIET will preside over the function.



Carnival off to majestic start

Panchkula, July 27
The Panchkula carnival got off to a majestic start here today. This is the first ever carnival in the state of Haryana. Deputy commissioner Neerja Shekhar inaugurated the mega event at the fountain park in Sector 5.

Earlier, over 1,600 students, drawn from different schools of Panchkula participated in a carnival parade, which was flagged off by superintendent of police Balbir Singh.

The fireworks display followed the inauguration. Punjabi and western music was presented.



Rajasthani maestro spells magic
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, July 27
The grandeur of Haryanvi and Rajasthani folk music captured the moods of monsoon and the serenity of soulful sufiana sangeet came alive today.

The specially designed programme to celebrate the romance of rainy season under the aegis of Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademy featured the world acclaimed sufio and folk maestro, Ustad Gafoor Khan Mangniyar and his troupe from Rajasthan and the artists of 'Hasta gaata Haryana'.

Gafoor Khan Mangiyar opened up with a folk song 'Balam ji hindo' wherein a blonde exhorts her lover to relish the rain before doling out another popular

item' Mehndi rang laago'.

Gafoor depicted the mystic woman hood of Meera and divine love for Lord Krishana in a devotional bhajan 'Radha Rani bansi'. Traversing all the octaves with consummate ease Savan Khan mesmerised the audience with his amazing range of voice and immaculate reflection of the submissive attitude of a seeker before the preceptor through a Sufi qalaam 'Mera yaar saudagar dil da'.

Equally impressive was Zameel Khan with solo 'Sar Isahq mein diya' as well as a vocal support. However the troupe was at their best with the vibrant and mellifluous spell of 'Nimbuda'. Academy chairperson, Kamal Tewari welcomed the chief guest NS Rattan IAS (Retd) who honoured the artists.



Urdu literary symposium organised
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, July 27
As many as seven celebrated litterateurs from the region presented their short stories on diverse themes at a symposium 'Kahani Ki Ek Subhah' organised by the Haryana Urdu Akademi at the Red Bishop conference hall here today.

Dr Renu Behl explored the perfidy and exploitation of relationships by the women in her story 'Kokh Jali', while Mohammad Bashir dealt with a bold subject of forced homosexuality in 'Ahle-Kitab'.

'Aakahri Kash Zindagi ka' by Dr Sultan Anjum and Dr Shama Afroz Zaidi's story titled 'Bisvin Sadi' spelt the virtues of humanism.

Rajender Verma read out 'Kabile Faqr'. Musharaff Alam brought alive the agony and anguish of the heinous riots in Gujarat.

Deepak Budhki read his 'Sher aur Bakra'. Noted poet Shamas Tabrezi conducted the proceedings and offered analytical appreciation.



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