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VC promises to transform PU into ‘Shatabdi’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Referring to the University as a “good train” moving at a gradual pace, vice-chancellor, Panjab University Professor R.C. Sobti promised to transform it into a speeding “Shatabdi”, provided all affiliated colleges, principals and teachers worked in tandem with each other.

The VC was addressing the annual conference of principals at the English auditorium on campus today and was at his feistiest best. Making a fervent plea to the principals, he urged them to make PU a model university, worthy of emulation the world over.

Professor Sobti also made a presentation showing the anomalies, mistakes and aberrations in communications sent by various colleges and exhorted the principals to evolve a foolproof mechanism that would not only save the time of the university and colleges but also help serve the students better.

The meeting also served as a platform for the principals to air their grievances and raise their issues.

The problems pertaining to the four-year integrated BPEd program arose again. According to some colleges, while the result for the course had been declared, detailed mark cards were still not being issued. The VC ordered immediate action to be taken in this regard but also berated the colleges for putting the onus of the issue of non-recognition of the program by NCTE on the university. “Those of you who wished to start the course gave it in writing that it would be at your own risk and responsibility. Why are you putting pressure on the university now? We will give the four year degree but will you be responsible for the degree and for the students if they do not get a job with it?” he asked.

Speaking further on the issue he said the Bahia committee had given its recommendations but the students were being waylaid into believing it was not to their benefit. “I will implement it if that is what you want,” he said.

The principals also brought up the issue of contractual teaching staff saying that what applied to the university should also be applicable to the colleges and they should be able to hire teachers on contract. Sobti however said colleges should audit their courses and reassign their teachers. “Before starting new courses shed old ones,” he said.

The principals also expressed their reservations about add-on courses saying that a uniform pattern for introducing these courses should be evolved. To this the VC said the committee constituted to look into these courses had decided that those courses whose syllabi were similar should be clubbed and that they should be streamlined. The subject of affiliations was also raised and it was decided that the colleges should apply for affiliations by November 15 to enable the university to process it on time.



Rayat & Bahra group forays into physical education
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 14
Rayat and Bahra Group has set up the Rayat College of Physical Education. Announcing this here yesterday, group vice chairman Gurvinder Singh Bahra informed that the newly set up college at Kharar will aim at attracting the best sporting talent across the region for purposes of sports education by offering two separate degree courses and a host of other state of the art facilities for the sportspersons of region. The physical education college will offer two dedicated degree courses, which will give Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd) degrees to both graduates as well as under graduates.

While graduate students will be offered one year degree courses, plus two students will have to enroll for four year integrated graduation courses that will enjoy equal standing as one year degree courses, informed Bahra. Sportspersons with distinctions and standing at national and state levels will be given precedence over the rest.

The college will have state of the art infrastructure to match the objectives set by management. 



29 schools to get vice-principals soon
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, August 14
The Chandigarh Administration has given its nod to the much-awaited posts of vice-principal in 29 government schools of the city.

The decision has been taken to streamline the administrative control of the schools.

Administration sources said the senior-most lecturer of the school would be appointed vice-principal and would not be entitled to any additional financial benefits.

Vinod Sharma, secretary general of the Government Teachers Union, and Vijay Pal, secretary general of the UT Teachers Association, welcomed the administration’s decision. “It was our long-pending demand which was fulfilled today. This will help in breaking the promotional stagnation too,” they said.

Principals of two government schools have been given explanation notice for showing negligence to the DPI (S) orders. Krishna Babbar, officiating Head of Governemnt High School, Police Lines, Sector 26, and Manjit Kaur, Government Model High School, Timber Market, Sector 26, were served explanation notice.



From Schools
Know India movement by Kundan International School
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
Do we know that India is the place where Sushruta conducted the first surgery more than 2, 500 years ago? Or the discovery of zero, algebra, the most ancient civilisations and ayurveda were all born in India!

This and many other astonishing facts about our country was revealed in an interactive session ‘Know India Movement’ organised by Kundan International School, Sector 46, at Sector 17 plaza and Sector 46, here, today.

I-Day celebrated:

The Independence Day was celebrated at the school premises in Sector 63, Chandigarh, with fervour and enthusiasm. The celebration began with the tree plantation ceremony. As many as sixty plants were planted in the school campus on the occasion. The students presented a culture programme which consisted of patriotic songs, recitation of poems, speeches. The special attraction of the day was the play specially organised to celebrate 150 Th anniversary of India’s struggle for independence whose seed was sown in 1857 and it became fruitful in 1947.

Patriotic fete

The junior section of Tender Heart School, Sector 33, was decorated with tri-colour balloons on the occasion of Independence Day celebrations, here, today.

The children were wearing flags proudly on their chest and recited slogans like ‘I love India’ and ‘Jai Hind’.

The students were all excited to wear the tri-colour masks. Thereafter, the history of India’s Independence was told to the children in a story form.

Play presented

The school students presented a play on struggle for freedom; more emphasis was laid on women empowerment and her progress and achievement in different spheres of life. The students presented patriotic song and dances. On the spot drawing competition was also organised.

I-Day celebrated with patriotic fervour
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 14
The British School: The week long Independence Day celebrations at The British School culminated today with patriotic songs, dances and speeches. The tricolour painted faces of the students added to the spirit of patriotism. A thought provoking and inspiring speech was given by the principal on the occasion.

St. Joan’s Public School: A cultural programme was organised on the eve of Independence Day here today. Scenes of Gandhiji’s Boycott and Swadeshi movements were brought alive on the stage. Renuka Roy, house mistress of Albatrouss House, exhorted the students to value their freedom and pledge to maintain discipline in the school and in their life as well.

Swami Ram Tirtha Public High School: The students of Swami Ram Tirtha Public High School, Phase IV, paid tributes to the freedom struggle by remembering the martyrs who laid down their lives for their country. The students pledged that they will make every effort to become an empowered citizen and will tread on the path of empowering the country.

BMD Public School: The 60th Independence Day was celebrated at BMD Public School, Sector 63, with a sea of fervour and enthusiasm. On the occasion, 60 plants were planted in the school campus by the members of the management, teachers and students to celebrate the day. The principal of the school also addressed the students on this occasion.

Sri Sukhmani International School: The function commenced with a “shabad” paying obeisance to “wahe guru” to mark the sanctity of the day for the peace and progress of humanity. Subsequently the students presented a colourful cultural programme depicting the vast cultural heritage of India.

Doon International School: The kindergarten of Doon International School celebrated Independence Day with great zeal and patriotic spirit in the premises decorated with tricolour dupatta and balloons. They brought tricolour food in their tiffins to celebrate the spirit of patriotism. Tricolour tattoos were also painted on their faces.

Saint Soldier School: At Saint Soldier School, patriotic songs echoed in the air as the students of pre-nursery sang to spread the message of love with their tricoloured painted hands and faces. Principal V. Tiwana in her speech, reminded the future citizens about the fundamental duties.

Asmah International: Asmah International School, Mohali, saw enthusiastic and spirited celebrations at Mohali. The tiny tots of the school gave remarkable performances as about a dozen students dressed up like famous national leaders Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru helped filled the entire ambiance with memories of pre-independence days. Ghuman, while informing students about the importance and sequence of events leading to the Independence Day, remarked that the real aim of independence will be achieved only if the younger generation takes upon itself, the task of spreading the message of love and patriotism to the community.

Golden Bells Public School: At Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, various competitions and cultural programmes were organised. A colourful show was presented by tiny-tots dressed up like freedom fighters. Students reflected their views in patriotic poems. Principal Gurjit Bawa, who, on this occasion, highlighted the sacrifices made by our national freedom fighters, advised them to preserve our freedom.



From Colleges

I-Day celebrations: Independence Day was celebrated in the MCM DAV College, Sector 36, with pomp and show with students presenting a variety of patriotic items. To add to the charm, the principal and the teachers danced with the students. The teachers, the students the principal all dressed in the tri-colours depicted the happy and joyous mood of the youth. Mass communication department, music department, commerce department interior design and decoration department together took a pledge on this eventful occasion.

Freshers’ party: Biotech department of DAV College, Sector 10, organised a Freshers’ Party for students of B Sc (I). S Marriya, principal of the college inaugurated the function followed by a welcome address from Dr Kakoli Biswas, head of the department. Dr Raman Soni, teacher in-charge of the club, inaugurated activity club as a part of the occasion.

Students presented a highly entertaining cultural program. The audiences were enthralled by Indian and western dance performances. Gunjan from B.Sc (biotech elective) and Prince from biotech (honours) were assigned titles of Miss Fresher and Mr Fresher.



High Court
Inappropriate court fee no ground for dismissing suit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
“Whether the suit could have been dismissed for want of appropriate court fee?”

Deciding this substantial question of law, justice Hemant Gupta has set aside the lower courts’ judgment and decree by which the suit had been dismissed just for the want of an appropriate court fee.

In a case titled, Wazir and other vs Ram Prakash and others, the plaintiff-appellants had filed a suit in the lower courts for directing the defendants to give 52,500 bricks to the plaintiffs in 1992-1993 as per a lease deed, dated August 3,1989.

According to the deed, the defendants were entitled to take four feet of earth for five years from August 2,1989, to August 1,1994. In return, they were to give the number of bricks to the plaintiffs.

The defendants gave the bricks for 1991-92 but not in 1992-93. The plaintiffs accordingly filed the suit. The trial court found that as per the lease deed, the plaintiffs were entitled to bricks and the price of the bricks would be around Rs 1300-1400 per thousand. Thus, the plaintiffs were required to deposit court fee. The trial court said since the court fee had not been paid, the suit was dismissed. The first appellate court had affirmed the findings.



Vacate school accommodation: HC to retired teacher
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 14
A Division Bench comprising Justice A.K. Goel and Justice Ajai Lamba today stated that Christopher Dean (a retired teacher of Christian High School, Kharar) could not be allowed to retain the accommodation provided to him by the school in disregard of the rights of the school.

“It is unreasonable on the part of the petitioner (Dean) to retain the accommodation and thereby deny the benefit of its use to the next incumbent. He cannot be allowed to abuse the facility given to him in disregard of the rights of the respondent school,” the Bench pronounced in the open court.

The Bench stated that the school should process and forward the petitioner’s retirement benefits’ case to the authorities concerned within two weeks of vacation of the school’s accommodation by him. It was observed by the Bench that the petitioner had no right to retain the accommodation that had been given to him only for the period of service.

Notice to PU

The High Court has issued a notice to the Panjab University to reply as to whether only genuine candidates were being given admission under the NRI quota or not. The notice came on a plea by Parul Mahajan, who was seeking admission to LLM under industry-sponsored quota.



Patriotic play draws crowds at Plaza
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, August 14
With ‘Shaheed Ki Wapsi’, a patriotic street play, the Theatre Arts group paid a tribute to the martyrs and freedom fighters on the eve of the 60th Independence Day at the Plaza here today.

Written by playwright historian C.S. Sindra based on his extensive research on Shaheed Udham Singh, both in India and England, the play also makes oblique reference to the role of the present day leaders.

Director Rajiv Mehta relied on brief narratives and musical renditions to link up and resurrect the chronology of historical events.

The play would be staged at Sukhna Lake tomorrow at 6 pm. 



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