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PU Syndicate to discuss NCTE affiliation for BPEd
Gayatri Rajwade
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
The mandatory affiliation for the four-year integrated BPEd course from the National Council of Teachers’ Education (NCTE) will come up for discussion at the PU Syndicate meeting to be held on August 12.

The course, which was first started at Government College for Men, Sector 11, in 2004-05, was then extended to other colleges as well. GCM is in trouble as it has not yet been granted affiliation from the NCTE to run the course, a requirement mandatory for such courses.

It has also been proposed that no affiliated college should admit students to the 1st year from the current session without getting recognition from the NCTE. In case students have been admitted this year, no admissions will take place the next session.

Another resolution for which approval is being sought refers to the introduction of greater decentralisation and flexibility in the process of amending the syllabus. The idea was proposed by senator Dharinder Tayal.

The idea, according to Tayal, is cut down on the procedure and time required to amend the syllabus. “Minor changes should be possible at the lower levels instead of everything going to a higher one,” Tayal said.

Other items on the agenda include a decision of the Home Science College at Kauni in Mukhtsar. The land and building belonging to PAU, Patiala, was to be transferred to PU and the university was to take up all the assets and liabilities, including the staff as a whole. It has been decided that the “necessary special repair work” would be carried out by the department of public works, Punjab, so there the PU would not have any additional financial burden.

A resolution proposed by Harpreet Singh Dua and Suresh Tandon will also come up for deliberation. They have suggested that “librarians of non-government affiliated colleges be treated at par with the teachers of non-government affiliated colleges with regard to seniority, working hours, vacation, earned leave and examination duty.”

Ajay Pal Singh Gill’s resolution that centres working independently be given the status of departments in case they have successfully completed three years or more, will also be discussed. 

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PU Notes
2nd counselling for CET from Aug 8
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Second joint counselling for CET-2007 will be held at the university auditorium for all reserved categories on August 8 according to the following schedule: B. Pharma, BSc (honours) from 9.30 am to 12 noon, BA LLB (honours) five-year integrated course from 12 noon onwards and MCA from 3 pm onwards.

For the general category, counselling will be held on August 9: B. Pharma, BSc (honours) from 9.30 am to 12 noon, BA LLB (honours) five-year integrated course from 12 noon onwards and MCA from 3 pm onwards.

Interviews

Punjab University, under the auspices of the Centre for Emerging Areas in Social Sciences, has introduced MA (human rights and duties) and MA (social work) from the session 2007-08. Some seats are lying vacant in these courses and the Centre seeks fresh applications latest by August 13.

Interview and counselling for the new candidates as well as those who had applied earlier and could not come will be held on August 17 at 10 am in the Department of Public Administration, Arts Block-III. For further information, the candidates should contact Prof BS Ghuman, chief coordinator of the centre.

Meanwhile, interviews of candidates who have applied for admission to certificate, diploma and diploma for proficiency for interpretership in Tibetan for the session 2007-08 will be held August 9 at 10 am while interviews for admission to PG diploma in Buddhist Studies for the session 2007-08 will be held at 10 am at the Department of Chinese and Tibetan Languages.

Results

Results of the following examinations have been declared: BE (electronics and communication engineering) 3rd semester, BE (computer science and engineering) 5th & 6th semester (special exams), MSc-II (mathematics), PG diploma in marketing management (2nd semester), BFA III, MA-I (physical education), BA-I (DCS), post-graduate diploma in human rights and duties, and diploma in statistics.

Scholarships

Two research scholars from the department of English - Seema Kaushal and Mona - have been awarded the 2007-08 Fulbright scholarship for participation in the foreign language teaching assistantship (FLTA) at Duke University-NCSU, North Carolina, and Stanford University, California, respectively.

Seema did master’s in English from PU in 2005 and topped the department. She also taught English at the department of legal studies on the campus. Mona was associated with the Regional Institute of English, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Elected

Following have been re-elected office-bearers of the Panjab University Teachers’ Association: president - A.S. Ahluwalia (botany); vice-president - Rajan Gaur (anthropology); secretary - Manjit Singh (sociology); joint secretary - Sunita Srivastava (physics); treasurer - Karamjeet Singh (UBS). The formal announcement will be made in the general body meeting of the PUTA, slated to be held on August 14 in the English Auditorium.

Seminar

A national seminar on ‘Science and Spirituality in the Indian Context’, under the aegis of the Centre for Swami Vivekananda Studies, will be organised on August 9 and 10 at the Golden Jubilee Seminar Hall. Dr Pranav Pandya, chancellor, Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Hardwar, will inaugurate the seminar and preside over the inaugural function. Dr Swami Parthasarthi, member of the Prime Minister’s National Advisory Council, New Delhi, will deliver the key-note address. — TNS

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Creative writing workshop on August 25
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi will organise a workshop on creative writing at the conference hall of the state library building in Sector 34 on August 25.

Chairman of the akademi, Dr Naresh said, “The workshop has been divided into four sections: poetry, short story, article and play writing. Each section will have an eminent writer from the concerned field interacting with the participants.”

The poetry, short story, drama and article sections of the workshop will have Dr Ramesh Kumar, Dr Vimal Kalia, Dr Sunita Dhir and Dr Sarabjit Bedi addressing them, respectively.

Simran Kaler will be the coordinator of the workshop. 

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From Schools and Colleges
Students observe Hiroshima Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6
Sri Guru Harkrishan Model School, Sector 38, observed Hiroshima Day, here on Monday. The teachers and students paid homage to the innocent victims of the atomic bomb that exploded at Hiroshima, Japan, on 1945. Besides the screening of a short film on World War II, a play was also organised. Various other activities like poster-making, essay-writing, book-mark making and badge-making will be held till August 9 to mark the tragedy

MOU: Hewlett Packard (HP) and Swami Vivekanand Research and Technology Park (SVRTP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the establishment of the first HP centre for excellence at SVIET, here, on Monday. “SVIET will invest Rs. 1 crore for the centre, where technocrats from HP Education will impart training,” CEO of SVIET Manmohan Garg said.

SEMINAR: MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, organised a seminar on “How to enhance efficiency among students” on the college premises, here, on Monday. The seminar was a preview to a course which would be introduced soon. Principal of the college Puneet Bedi said, “MCM is aiming at the holistic development of each young girl that joins the college.”

Dera Bassi
ORIENTATION: An orientation programme was held at Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, here, on Monday. Students were apprised of the various departments, labs, workshops and library of the institute. Registrar Gurpreet Kaur formally welcomed the newcomers. Chairman Avtar Singh advised the students to explore their potential and creativity during the formative years of their life.

Mohali
CEREMONY: The student council of Doon International School took the oath of office in an impressive investiture ceremony on Saturday. Mantegh Singh and Rubleen Kaur were appointed the head boy and head girl, respectively. Principal M.K. Mann administered the oath. The students pledged to uphold the dignity and honour of the school.TNS

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Protest against ‘poor’ facilities in law institute
Tribune News Service


An empty classroom

Chandigarh, August 6
BA LLB students of the University Institute of Legal Studies went on strike today in protest against shortage of teachers and poor facilities in the institute.

Expressing discontentment, they said while classes had started there was a large number of vacancies of teacher.

“In Semester VII, there is only one teacher and eight are yet to be appointed,” said a student.

They also protested against lack of infrastructure in the institute. They said the building, which is under construction and houses nearly 450 students, was posing inconvenience to them in the form of seepage on walls, water-logging, falling debris, windows without panes, non-functional water-coolers and unhygienic bathrooms.

The agitating students resolved not to join classes till their issues were addressed.

Meanwhile, a meeting was convened by Director R.S. Grewal and DSW Naval Kishore to address the issues being raised by the students.

Naval Kishore said this conflict was unnecessary as interview for appointing teachers had already been conducted and since the decisions had to be confirmed by the Syndicate, the letters of appointment would be with the teachers by August 13, a day after the Syndicate ratified the appointments.

Grewal referred to the whole incident as an “election gimmick” saying that every new institution had teething problems and that they would be resolved.

“With regard to teaching staff, I have already made temporary arrangements even without appointments and within 10 to 15 days we should have more teachers in.”

When asked if new institutions should come up without the necessary infrastructure in place, Grewal said: “We have managed for three years and with dignity and honour. These problems will be solved shortly. We have excellent teaching staff.”

Sources, however, said the students were not willing to bend and have resolved to be on strike till August 13.

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