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GCG-42 gets nod to start add-on courses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Panjab University syndicate, in its meeting yesterday, abolished internal assessment for students of BCom II and III studying in the department of correspondence studies.

The syndics allowed Government College of Girls, Sector 42, to start add-on courses in tourism and travel management, bio-informatics and environment auditing.

The syndicate accepted the report regarding merger of the department of campus sports with directorate of sports.

Earlier, the committee constituted by the vice chancellor, in its meeting held recently under the chairmanship of Inderjit Singh Sandhu, director, sports, UT administration, had recommended that the department of PU campus sports and directorate of sports be put under the administrative and financial control of the sports director so as to work as one comprehensive unit.

They also recommended that the source of funding and finances for the existing directorate of sports would be the same as at present even after the merger. The syndicate accepted the report regarding two PU employees, who had wrongfully claimed house rent allowance (HRA). Sources said, Pinky, a stenographer working in the re-evaluation branch, and Mamta Ghai, working as senior assistant in the youth welfare department, were living in the government accommodation entitled to their spouses. The report stated that the employees had already been punished and had deposited the wrongfully claimed house rent with interest.

The syndics, however, deferred the case regarding penalty to be imposed on Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, for wrongly awarding zero mark to candidate Amit Luthra in the practical and internal assessment.

Meanwhile, members of the MCM and DAV College Employees’ Unions staged a protest against the DAV management in front of the administrative block where the meeting was being held. The union members appreciated the decision of the VC for levying a fine of Rs 1 lakh to DAV College, Chandigarh, and GC-11, Chandigarh, for offering BPEd and MA History without getting the requisite affiliation from the PU. They also submitted a memorandum to Sobti showing their resentment against non-implementation of the norms by the DAV institutions despite being directed by the PU.



Payment of retirement dues
DPI’s (C) memo is a relief: Teachers’ body

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) today welcomed the memorandum issued on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court by Dr Kanwarjit Singh, DPI (C), Punjab, for evolving a mechanism to ensure that employees working in the aided colleges are promptly paid their retirement dues.

Prof Anil Sarwal, vice-president of the union, said, “It had been noticed that in a number of cases, the retirement dues like gratuity and leave encashment, which are supposed to be paid to the employees on retirement, were not being paid causing undue hardships to them.”

Now, it has been decided by the government that college principals shall submit a certificate countersigned by a charted accountant along with the claims of release of quarterly installment of grant-in-aid “that retirement benefits of all employees have been paid.”

The memo further stated that unless this certificate was received the grant dues to the colleges would not be released.

In a statement, Prof S.S. Hundal and Prof Kuldip Singh, president and secretary of the PCCTU, respectively, said, “This has come as a major relief to employees of the privately managed aided colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh, who, in their old age, had to seek the help of the courts to get their legitimate dues.”



Education board felicitates foreign students, teachers
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 9
The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) organised a function to felicitate a delegation of 17 students and eight teachers of Jeong Myuong High School and Jeong Myeong Middle School, Mokpo, South Korea, here today.

Chairman of the board Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon was the chief guest.

Dr Dhillon lauded the achievements of the Korean schools and pointed out that more schools should take up such exchange programmes with foreign nations.

He added that this would lead to reshaping of education in the state and give good exposure to the teachers and students.

Led by Jeong Mon Ju, vice-principal of Jeong Myuong High School, the delegation had been visiting various places in Punjab and arrived at the Punjab School Education Board office as part of an educational exchange programme between the two countries.

Thanking the chairman of PSEB, Jeong Mon Ju expressed happiness over the hospitality accorded to the delegation by the school board. He said the group was taking back memories that they would cherish for the rest of their lives.

Dr Suresh Kumar Tandon, vice-chairman, Dr Suresh Menon, director (academic), Pavittarpal Kaur, secretary and Jeong Jong Jig, vice-principal of Jeong Myeong Middle School, also spoke.



From Colleges
Do not marginalise kids with learning disabilities: Expert
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Bharti Kapoor, an eminent psychologist and director, Optimising Development in Education, delivered an extension lecture on ‘Label to Able - Understanding Learning Disabilities’ at Government College of Education, Sector 20, today. Emphasising the need to be familiar with the concept of learning disabilities, Bharti said there were 10-12 per cent of children, who suffered from learning disabilities but they should not be labelled as mentally retarded. Reiterating that the tendency to marginalise the children with learning disabilities should be discouraged, she said they should rather be helped to overcome this problem. Earlier, Principal of the college Dr Harsh Batra welcomed the guests and Pritpal Halwarvi proposed the vote of thanks.


The two-day workshop on female foeticide concluded at Government College, Sector 11, here, today. A Punjabi film, ‘Har Mitti Kudian Nahin Phutdi’, by Daljit Ami was screened.

Release of a book titled ‘Meri Nibbhi Rahe Preet’ by BA final-year student Jasvir Singh Gahunia was the highlight of the day. Principal of the college Dr A.L. Gauba complemented the budding writer and urged the students to draw inspiration from him. Executive members of the College Alumni Association were also present.


Mohit Kaushal of B.Com I emerged winner in the chart-making competition while Divya and Mithu, both students of BBA II, shared top place in collage making competition during the two-day workshop on Fight Female Foeticide, held at Government College, Sector 11, here, yesterday. Addressing the students on the occasion, director, Higher Education, Raji P. Shrivastava stated that college students were a key force in the fight against female foeticide. She also highlighted socio-economic, religious and cultural reasons for this evil practice and appealed to the audience to play a active role in combating female foeticide.

Students of the dramatic club of the college presented a thought-provoking skit ‘Sochna Hoga’ on changing the patriarchal mindset of our existing society. A soul stirring song and a poem was also presented by the students. A candle-light vigil was observed by more than 300 students with placards and hand-made book-tags in their hands.

Results: Chart making:1 Mohit Kaushal, 2 Ram Singh Brar and Shailender Singh, 3 Piyali, Ranjana, Gagandeep and Vikas; poster making: 1 Meena Kumari, 2 Shailender Singh, 3 Mamta, Gurjot and Roohi Kaushal; collage making: 1 Divya and Mithu, 2 Vinny Singh and Teena, 3 Meena Kumari B.Sc. (CS) I IIIrd; slogan writing: 1 Aman and Rajan, 2 Jimish Sablok, 3 Amit Kumar, Gurinderjeet Singh, Varundhir Singh and Amandeep Singh; declamation contest: 1 Gurjot Singh, 2 Arif Hayat, 3 Amandeep Singh; maximum participation: Mohit Kaushal; overall best: Shailender Singh B.Com I.



CAT rejects ad hoc lecturers’ plea
Only regular staff eligible for raise

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today disposed of the application of two lecturers Kulmohan Singh and Abdul Salem who pleaded that ad hoc service rendered by them as lecturer could be counted for granting them financial upgradation under the assured career progression (ACP) scheme.

The tribunal ruled that the language of the scheme of financial upgradation was very clear that only regular service rendered by an employee was to be counted towards eligibility for grant of financial upgradation and ad hoc service could not be counted.

The applicants had approached the tribunal claiming that they were working on the ad hoc basis as lecturers in a government college. The applicants stated that as per the assured career progression scheme, the years of service entitle them to financial upgradation.



Consumer Court
Finance firm fined Rs 50,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the owner of Excel Creditor, Sector 20, Aman Sharma, to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 to a shopowner in Sector 32 for unfair trade practice. The petitioner Birbhan Surinder Kumar has also been entitled to Rs 5,000 as cost of litigation.

Birbhan had purchased a TATA Indica and got it financed from ICICI Bank after taking a loan of Rs 3.25 lakh.

The owner of Excel Creditor got the loan financed from the bank. After giving a down payment of Rs 71,278, Birbhan was given the possession of the car. Thereafter, he was supposed to pay monthly instalments of Rs 10,295 for 36 months for which he gave cheques in advance.

The petitioner alleged that he was not given all the documents for getting permanent registration number and he was unable to drive it.

The bank stated that the allegations of the complainant were not related to it.

The petitioner has stated that the loan was disbursed after deduction of advance monthly instalments, which the complainant failed to pay.

The bank said no advance cheque was provided and a cheque bounced, but was subsequently paid by the petitioner.

The forum stated: “The conduct of the finance company, Excel Creditor, in retaining the papers of the car caused physical and mental harassment to the petitioner. On the one hand, he was paying the instalments to the bank, and on the other he was deprived of the use of the vehicle.”



Hearing in Bhattal case deferred
Prosecution for case withdrawal

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
The opposition leader, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today appeared before the court of the additional district and sessions judge, Raj Rahul Garg, who deferred the hearing and gave the complainant time to file a reply to the prosecution’s plea to withdraw the case against her.

The complainant, Balwant Singh Dhillon, senior vice-president of the Lawyers for Human Rights International and president of the District Amateur Boxing Association, Bathinda, accused the Punjab vigilance department of fabricating evidence to help Bhattal’s exoneration and demanded the registration of cases against vigilance officials who had allegedly fabricated evidence to favour Bhattal.

Dhillon said, “I will surely contest this cancellation report. The investigating agency has pleaded to withdraw the case in public interest. I fail to understand what public interest is served in saving a corrupt politician.”

The court deferred the hearing till February 9. The investigating agency has found receipts that showed the use of Rs 20 lakh by Bhattal from the CM’s relief fund. The investigating agency stated that the receipts were genuine. Thus, the court should allow it to withdraw the case.

During the pendency of the trial the state government had placed few receipts on record saying it was found that there was a file containing receipts with regard to the distribution of Rs 20 lakh out of the Chief Minister’s relief fund. These receipts had been inadvertently mixed with other files.

Following this, the vigilance department in December 2006 had moved an application under Section 321, CrPC before the trial court pleading the court to accept the cancellation report filed by it.

Bhattal had filed an SLP in the apex court which was later withdrawn. Thereafter, the stay on the proceedings of the case was removed.



High Court
PGI appointments through advt tentative
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Taking up a petition against reservations in faculty post appointments in the PGI here, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed that the appointments made in pursuance to an advertisement/circular would be tentative.

The Bench issued the directions on a petition filed by advocate Surinder Batra on behalf of the Association of Youth for Equality.

Seeking the quashing of advertisements inviting applications for filling up various levels of faculty posts, Batra claimed that there could not be reservation in any faculty post appointment in the institute in view of an Apex Court judgement.

The petitioner contended that the advertisement/circular was liable to be quashed as the Supreme Court had held that there could not be any reservations while making appointments to super-speciality fields of medical sciences, scientific and technical posts, along with pilots and other posts.

He had also asked for staying the operation of the advertisements as the final results were yet to be declared, and the interviews were still to be held.



High Court dismisses Wadwalkar’s petition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9
Professor-cum-former head of Panjab University’s mass communication department Sanjay Wadwalkar’s petition seeking directions to the varsity and other respondents to consider him for the department chairperson’s post was today dismissed as withdrawn.

Taking up the matter, the Punjab and Haryana High Court also granted him the liberty to invoke the jurisdiction of the court. As the matter came up for hearing, the court was informed that a committee, headed by the varsity vice chancellor, had been constituted to look into the issue.

Wadwalkar had earlier contended that he was the only eligible candidate in terms of the rules. Quoting the provisions of the university calendar, he had contended that only a professor could be appointed as the chairperson. His claim for the chairmanship was independent of his previous tenure, when he was a reader in the department.

Referring to the recommendations regarding the appointment of lecturer Mohanmeet Khosla, he had also raised the issue whether a lecturer was entitled to be designated head of the department despite availability of a professor. 



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