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Admn wakes up to reality
Makes data on basic needs in applications mandatory
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Three years after introducing the conversion policy, the city administration has woken up the ground reality.

It has now been decided that stakeholders under the conversion policy will have to provide the basic data on the requirement for power and drinking water and expected discharge of sewerage, besides environment impact study.

The applications will be processed only if the basic data has been appended, a senior official in the administration said.

While introducing the policy, significant parameters like adequate roads, parking and storm and sewerage had been “overlooked” while allowing the conversion of industrial plots into commercial sites. This had led to widespread criticism.

Sources in the administration said Sanjay Kumar, secretary, urban planning, had, in a recent order, directed the estate office, urban planning and the MC to strictly follow the instructions issued under Section 9 of the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act.

The purpose is to get information so that the infrastructure and basic services could be upgraded. Another decision of the administration to allow free-floor area ratio under the conversion policy also prompted the move.

So far, the MC has no idea about the infrastructural requirement and the applicants have been asked to provide information in advance.

The department concerned has been asked to collect the basic data in 15 days from those who had already got the sites converted.

It has also been decided that all plans would be submitted to the estate office and then sent to the office of the chief architect.

This is essential because with the coming up of multiplexes and malls, the public inflow into the area is expected to grow many times over, putting pressure on the basic civic support services.

The national standards require that for every 1,000 persons, 10 kilolitres to 40 kilolitres of water should be made available. Though the MC claims to be working on strengthening storm water drainage and sewerage, sources said the existing systems were designed for an industrial area where only workers and employers had been making use of skeletal services. The increased public load required immediate expansion and restructuring of services.

Experts feel that an environment assessment/management plan for the industrial area should have been prepared instead of taking a decision in “isolation”.



PU: OBC quota gets formal nod
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Panjab University is going to admit around 1,100 students between August 31 and September 10 in the general category and the OBC category as the syndicate at a meeting held today gave it a formal nod.

This will be in accordance with the earlier decision to increase 7 per cent seats in both categories in the first phase. Earlier, after a presentation in front of the empowerment committee of the Centre, the union ministry of human resources and development had asked the ministry of home affairs to release Rs 367.62 crore immediately for the university.

Meanwhile, education is set to become costlier as the syndics have approved a hike of 10 per cent in the prices of all applications and forms used for academic purposes.

Also, all items proposed at a meeting of the board of finance, including an 11-KV substation for the campus at a cost of Rs 2.68 crore, four new hostels (two for girls) and a radio station at a cost of Rs 28 lakh, have been approved.

Syndics also agreed to mention the year of passing out on the degrees of engineering students.

A new certificate course in music department with 20 seats each in vocal and instrumental was also approved. The minimum qualification would be Class XII.

The re-employment of teachers (who are 62 years old) for a year was also given consent. They also decided to give 10 days’ time to Homoeopathy College, Sector 26, to follow the terms of agreement between the management and teachers, failing which clause 11.1 of PU calendar would be followed.

For Shri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College, Sector 46, the syndics decided that after the university got a formal letter of disaffiliation of the college from AYUSH, the process of disaffiliation from PU would begin within 10 days.

The syndicate also approved to confer Professor Emeritus on Prof B.B. Choubey.



Senate Polls
Entire DAV staff on canvass duty
Demeaning, say teachers
Ruchika M. Khanna & G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
What happens when the director (colleges) of the DAV management committee decides to contest the Panjab University senate elections? The entire rank and file of DAV schools and colleges in the region is summoned for canvassing.

M.L. Aeri, who was earlier the principal of DAV Colleges at Jalandhar and Phagwara, has the entire staff of DAV schools and colleges canvassing for him. From distributing handouts listing his achievements to calling up the electorate and sending them text messages, the staff has an additional job at hand.

While questions are being raised on the source of funding for this massive electioneering, sources told the Tribune that a meeting of all DAV institutions in the tricity was held at MCM DAV College a fortnight ago, where the “chief election campaigners” of each institution were given cash for getting handouts and banners published. They were even asked to pay the fee for getting vote cards made.

Teachers of DAV institutions were seen carrying the list of PU senate voters. “We feel ashamed going for door-to-door campaigning. We are teachers and not workers of a political party. We campaign the entire evening and it is telling on our performance in school,” teachers on “special assignment” rued.

It has been learnt that students of these institutions have been provided with a questionnaire to enquire about the qualification of their parents. The students have also been told to convince their “eligible” parents to vote for DAV contestants.

Two other DAV principals -- Junesh Kakria, principal of HMV College, Jalandhar, and A.N. Kaul, principal of DAV College, Dasuha, are also contesting the elections from the graduate’s constituency.

In spite of repeated attempts, Aeri and G.P. Chopra, president of the DAV management committee, could not be contacted. Chopra’s assistant said Aeri was not available and would call back later.



Who calls the shots in UT ?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The distribution of administrative work among top UT officials by the administrator has turned out to be game of musical chairs. Within two months of distributing departments among senior officials in the name of rationalisation of work, the administrator has reallocated work, assigning important portfolios to even those officers who are on their way out.

While the special secretary, finance, Rajiv P. Srivastva, who has been given the charge of secretary, health, is awaiting her relieving orders, there is no official communication from the Centre regarding an extension to the DC, R.K. Rao, who has been given charge of secretary, excise and taxation.

J.S. Bir, former MD of CITCO, had been given charge of secretary, tourism, a few weeks before his repatriation to Punjab. The adviser, Pradip Mehra, was not available for comments.

No one really knows who is calling the shots. Officials in the UT secretariat who should actually be taking these decisions admit there helplessness. On the condition of anonymity, they admitted that “rationalisation” of administrative work had gone haywire.

Be it excise department, urban planning or the MC, voices of dissent over decision-making are being heard at meetings of senior officials.

“There is no single command in the administration. Even the administrator has not been able to sort out the issue yet,” an official added.



Cricketer Worrell dead
Tribune News Service

Devi Chand Worrell
Devi Chand Worrell

Chandigarh, August 19
Veteran Punjab Ranji player and former coach Devi Chand Worrell (78) died at his Sector 21 house here today following a prolonged illness.

A few days ago, he had been discharged from the General Hospital, Sector 16, where he was operated upon.

He was restless this morning and barely managed to tell his son about his condition.

He is survived by his wife, son and four daughters. Worrell had played 10 matches for the Punjab Ranji team between 1955 and 1965 and had been a coach with the Chandigarh administration for a decade.

“The family has been facing a financial crisis for a long time and there was little hope of his survival as the treatment was too expensive,” a relative said.



Panel report on flooding next month
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
To tackle the problem of flooding due to rains in the city, the secretary (engineering), Chandigarh administration, today constituted a committee to look into the issue and suggest remedial measures.

Under the chairmanship of UT chief engineer S.K. Jaitley, the committee has been asked to submit its report by next month. Help of experts and consultants will be taken to prepare the report.

Issues like sudden flow of rainwater from cloudburst or incessant rains would be taken into account. The Tribune has been consistently highlighting the issue.

In the past few weeks, incessant rains have badly damaged roads and flooded residential and commercial areas. However, the administration is yet to initiate a large-scale exercise to replan the sewerage and storm water drainage system in problem areas.

The committee will study the existing sewerage and storm water system, rainfall date, rainfall intensity, design of storm water and sewerage system and its cost estimation to avoid flooding of the court premises.

In the past few months, the problem of flooding in Sectors 2,10,11, 15, 22, 23, 26, 29, 35, Industrial Area, IT Park, area around the Air Force Station and Mani Majra has been attributed to blocking of natural drains of storm water.

“If the system were to be designed again, we would maintain the natural stream of flows of drain. Most of these have vanished,” feel experts.



Officials review drainage system
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
A review meeting of the drainage system was held to discuss problem of flooding in the city due to changing pattern of rain here today.

It was decided to to conduct a detailed study to augment the capacity of natural choe (N-choe) and Sukhna choe as part of permanent measures.

A rain gauge will be set up at four different corners of the city to collect data regarding intensity and quantum of rainfall. Chief engineer S.K. Bansal said the rainfall this year had been above normal from June up to August 19, with over 925.6 mm rainfall having been recorded.

He said the storm drainage system was working properly, which was clear from the fact that after stoppage of rain water was discharged within half an hour.

He said the drainage system was designed to handle 12.5 mm per hour of rain but this year the intensity of rainfall was between 40 mm and 60 mm per hour, as a result of which temporary waterlogging took place in low-lying areas. As a short-term measure, these choes were being cleared of blockages caused by floating bushes, tree branches and garbage.

Thirteen teams have been deployed to reach affected areas in emergency situation and provide relief by keeping road gullies clear of any blockage. A flood control room has been set up at the corporation, which is operational round the clock with telephone No. 5009333. MC mayor Pardeep Chhabra and MC commissioner Dr Roshan Sunkaria were among other officials who attended the meeting.


GPA holders up in arms against admn
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The Chandigarh administration’s claims of transparency and public welfare have gone for a toss. In fact, hundreds of general power of attorney (GPA) holders in the group housing societies are up in arms against the hefty charges imposed by the Chandigarh administration for the regularisation of the GPAs.

Miffed at the “anti-people” decision of the administration, a section of GPA holders is toying with the idea of moving court against the “illogical” decision.

“It is surprising that the administration took the unilateral decision without taking the managements of the societies into confidence,” alleged Jaswant Singh, a GPA holders.

They alleged that the administration’s decision to charge lakhs of rupees from GPA holders struck at the very root of the cooperative movement.

“Even as the central government makes concerted efforts to strengthen the cooperative movement to turn the housing dream into a reality, the administration seemed to be bent upon imposing hefty charges on GPA holders,” asserted Jai Dev Sharma, chairman of the Chandigarh Housefed, an apex body of the cooperative housing societies.

A few years ago, a majority of the original allottees of the cooperative societies had surrendered their membership in the wake of the cooperative movement not picking up momentum in the city.

And it was with the money of substitute members and GPA holders that a majority of cooperative housing projects were completed.

The administration had regularised substitute members in 2006 and authorised societies to fixed the substitution fee.

The substitution experiment could be replicated in the case of regularisation of the GPAs also, as the substitute members had bought the flats on the GPA.

It may be recalled that the neighbouring state of Haryana charges a nominal amount of Rs 20,000 as the transfer fee for regularisation of the sale agreement of the dwelling units in group housing societies.

When Haryana could formulate a “people-friendly” transfer policy, the administration’s decision smacks of highhandedness, a GPA holder added.



Dhanas Tragedy
Mayor orders probe into sloppy rescue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Chandigarh municipal corporation mayor Pradeep Chabbra has ordered an inquiry into the ill-preparedness of the emergency rescue team of the fire department of the MC that was sent to save Sushil Kumar, who died after being rescued from the swollen Patiala ki Rao at Dhanas two days ago.

The victim remained trapped in the torrent for around two hours.

The family members of Sushil alleged that delay on part of the fire department due to absence of essential rescue equipment resulted in the death.

Former BJP councillor Ranjana Shahi demanded that severe action should be taken against those officials of the fire department who were part of the rescue team and exemplary punishment should be given to them so that it may be a lesson for others while performing their duty during life and death situations.

The inquiry will be conducted by MC commissioner Dr Roshan Sunkaria.

Cong decries BJP role

A meeting of Congress leaders was held in the memory of Sushil Kumar, a Sector-25 resident who lost his life in Patiala ki Rao at Dhanas during the recent rains.

The meeting was attended by senior vice-president Ram Pal Sharma, D.D. Jindal, Bhupinder Singh Badheri and Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress president Harmohinder Singh Lucky.

The leaders condemned the attitude of the BJP for drawing political mileage out of the incident and raising slogans against senior Congress leaders and officials holding key positions.

They claimed that the MC mayor was always available for redressing public grievances.



Labourer run over by truck
Colony residents seek compensation

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
A 40-year-old man, Chandrika Yadav, was run over by a loaded truck at Bhushan Industries here this evening.

Yadav was working as a labourer at the unit in the industrial area. He reportedly came to drink water when a truck, carrying around 10 tonnes of iron, ran over him. He died on the spot and the driver fled. The police has impounded the truck.

Yadav was a resident of Colony Number 4. After getting the news of his death, a large number of residents of the colony reached the spot and started protesting against the factory owners.

They were joined by factory workers who blocked the main gate of the factory. They alleged that the owners tried to destroy evidence and a factory contractor bundled the body in a cloth and instructed two employees to take it to the GMCH-32.

“They (the owners) also put dust to cover blood stains,” the residents alleged.

They said if his family was not given proper compensation immediately and the driver and others responsible for the incident were not arrested, they would not allow work to start in the factory. The police is investigating the matter and the body has been sent to the mortuary at the GMCH.



Another case of dengue in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 19
Surinder Kaur (67), a resident of Phase III A, has been tested positive for dengue and four persons from Balongi, Badmajra and Balmiki Colony have suffered from cholera.

J.S. Sodhi, husband of Surinder Kaur, told The Tribune here today that his wife suffered from fever in the last week of July, which was initially taken as viral fever. She was referred to PGI by Cheema Medical Complex when her platelet count was found to be very low after various tests. More tests were done at PGI and she was tested positive for dengue.

He said fear had gripped the family when some marks were found on the back of her body as bleeding in such cases could prove fatal. However, efforts were made to improve the platelet count. She was discharged after her condition improved, but she was still undergoing treatment.

A case of dengue fever was reported from Phase III B 1 in the third week of July. Pardeep Singh was tested positive at PGI.

Punita (30), a resident of Azad Nagar, Balongi, Nanhey Lal (27), Dinesh (33), both residents of Badmajra Colony, and Pooja (4) from Balmiki Colony have been tested positive for cholera. The stool samples of the patients were sent to PGI for examination where positive report was given.

District health officer S.P. Surila said he would carry out investigations to find out the cause of the disease. He said he had taken three water samples from Mirzapur village and they all failed the potability test. He had asked the authorities concerned to provide clean drinking water to the residents of the village.



Cellular services go awry
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Services of all cellular companies went awry today with reports of cross-connection of calls being received since morning.

Sakshi, an Airtel subscriber, said she had to make numerous calls to get connected to the desired number, as most of her other calls got cross-connected.

Even during the call, she received a voice message informing her that call charges had been deducted for the call.

She claimed that she tried dialling the customer care number (121) umpteen times to get the error rectified, but to no avail.

Similarly, Sonia, a Spice connection user, said during one of her calls, her line got linked to third person. Even during some of the calls, she was unable to hear the voice of the person, she claimed.

An official from Airtel said there was no problem in Airtel-to-Airtel services. However, some problem had crept in during inter-connectivity, which had been resolved by the company.



Admn warns power men against action
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
In the wake of a strike call given by the UT Powermen Union on August 20 due to non-acceptance of their pending demands, the Chandigarh administration has clarified that the principle of “no work no pay” will be strictly enforced.

The employees have been advised to attend their work. The defaulting employees will also be liable to other disciplinary action under ESMA.

Necessary arrangements for maintaining the continuity of power supply have been made but chances of failure of power supply due to any untoward incident has not been ruled out.

The electricity bills with last date of payment on August 20 will be extended to the next working day i.e. August 21 in the event of strike. 



AWWA raising day celebrations kick off
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) week-cum-raising day celebrations took off on a festive note at the Chandi Mandir military station today with a thanks-giving function organised at the Command Hospital. The celebrations will continue till August 23.

The aim of the function is to recognise the efforts of people who work both with the patients and behind the scene. The work done by such workers often goes unnoticed, yet they continue with dedication.

Officiating president of the AWWA (Western Command) Bina Aul presided over the function and felicitated some deserving staff members of the hospital.

A host of events will be organised at the military station during the week.




Disaster management

Sunday’s s incident, in which Sushil lost his life after being drowned in a rivulet near Dhanas exposes municipal corporation's and administration's incompetence in dealing with such accidents.

To minimise the risk, emergency rescue teams can respond faster provided they are well rehearsed for such operations.

The accident calls for immediate attention to effectively implement disaster management policies.

It is high time to make necessary arrangements for the smooth implementation of the disaster management plan.

Rajesh Krishan

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Higher Education
UT registers 29 pc enrolment ratio
G. S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
After it’s disheartening performance in upper primary education, UT education department finally has some reasons to smile. The city, which slipped a notch in UPE set-up, has scripted a 29 per cent enrolment ratio in higher education, the best in the region.

Though not very gratifying, the ranking, if one goes by the recent statistics of other states compiled by the Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE), is quite high. This signifies that as compared to other states the dropout rate of students after Class XII in the UT is far lesser than other states. According to the CABE report, out of 35 states and UTs, 15 states and union territories have reported the enrolment rate lower than the national average which stands at 9 per cent. The states like Nagaland and Jammu and Kashmir have less than 5 per cent enrolment. Among others, the states with low enrolment ratios are: Orissa (8.71 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (7.03 per cent), Madhya Pradesh (7.77 per cent) and West Bengal (8.21 per cent).

The report confirms the regional disparities in both higher and primary education. It shows how southern states have outperformed northern and eastern regions in respect of economic growth and literacy. To further boost up the literacy level, the city administration has decided to take on the recommendations of National Knowledge Commission (NKC). The NKC has submitted a charter consisting of around 200 concepts pertaining to schools and higher education institutions.

UT director, higher education, Raji P. Srivastava, has been appointed as nodal officer to proceed further after scrutinising the recommendations. S. Regunathan, one of the advisors of NKC, was recently in town to have a dialogue with the administration for streamlining the education system.

Considering language as the most important factor and observing English as an international language, the NKC had advocated that all schoolteachers, regardless of subject expertise, should be trained in English language.

Sanjay Kumar, education secretary, said: “ ‘Faculty development’ is significant ingredient to reform the education system. The modalities are being chalked out to run special short-term language programmes during the vacation period for teachers.”

At the school level, the city administration is initiating to regulate mechanisms for private schools and raise the infrastructure of government schools by way of involving corporates under Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme. “But our main focus would be to make the education affordable. Fee structure in any case would be monitored after by the administration only,” said the education secretary.

To make children self-reliant, the administration is introducing more vocational courses within the mainstream education system. The administration has earmarked 4.5 acres of land at Maloya to set up a vocational training centre to cater as many as 900 ‘out of reach’ children. The officials confirmed that the construction of the first phase is on the final stage and is likely to be handed over by October this year.

“Special courses would be organised for children in the age-group of 11 to 15 years for imparting information and knowledge through special curriculum so that in the next two years they will be brought to the level of Class IX standard,” he said.

“During the day time they would pursue their respective training courses and in the evening the educational classes will be organised for them,” he elaborated. 



Rajiv Gandhi Chair
Panjab varsity to hold fresh selections
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Panjab University has admitted the selection committee set up by it for appointing a professor to the Rajiv Gandhi Chair was not in accordance with the norms prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The declaration came by the university counsel during the hearing of a writ petition filed by Prof Rajesh Kocchar. Dr Kochhar was seeking directions to the university and the UGC to quash the constitution of the selection committee, along with the recommendations made by it for appointing a professor to the Chair.

As the matter came up for hearing before a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the university counsel very fairly stated that a fresh selection or a search committee would be set up in accordance with the law, as the previous one was not as per the norms.

Appearing before the Bench comprising Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice R. K. Garg, the counsel added the process of carrying out fresh selections would be completed within three months of receiving the order’s copy. The same is likely to be received by the university within this week.

The Chair “in contemporary studies” was sanctioned by the UGC in as many as 10 central and state universities, including the Panjab University. It was to be fully funded by the UGC and thrust area was to be chosen out three areas prescribed by it.

The Chair was to be headed by a professor in the age bracket of 50-65, and the mode of appointment was prescribed by the UGC in the norms and procedure prepared in consultation with the universities concerned. The procedure, Dr Kocchar had asserted, was mandatory in nature rather than advisory.

In his petition, Dr Kocchar contended he was best suited for the post. His vast area of experience included stint as professor at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics at Bangalore and also as professor of pharmaceutical heritage at Mohali-based NIPER.

Challenging the committee’s constitution, he had added there was no nominee of UGC chairman as prescribed by the norms and procedure to which the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor was a signatory.



Sohana resident tops HP civil services exam
Our Correspondent

Rana Pritpal Singh
Rana Pritpal Singh

Mohali, August 19
A resident of Sohana has topped the Himachal Pradesh administrative services examination, the result of which was declared today.

An elated Rana Pritpal Singh (30) said he was sure that his name would figure among the selected candidates, but never expected that he would top the examination. “It was the biggest surprise for me,” he added.

He belongs to Ludhiana and has been staying in a rented accommodation in Sohana for about two years. He said the post allocated to him was Himachal Administrative Services.

Pritpal Singh, who was working as a teacher in the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Chandigarh, said that it was his first attempt in the HP administrative services examination. He was preparing for the civil services examination for about six years and applied for the HP administrative services examination when someone told him that its posts were out. The notification for this examination was out in 2006.

Son of a schoolteacher, Pritpal Singh said he had done self-study for the examination though he attended some mock interviews in Chandigarh. He said he had prepared notes from books and also kept his general awareness up to the mark. “Time management and proper planning of the syllabus helped me to achieve my goal,” added Pritpal Singh.

He said he was a bachelor even at the age of 30 because his priority in life was to get through civil services examination.



Pbi dept students continue on hunger strike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Stalemate in department of Punjabi, Panjab University, regarding abolishment of internal assessment continued for the second day today with students, including many girls, sitting on hunger strike throughout the day. By evening, one of the girls, Harvinder Kaur, was reportedly in a serious condition and was taken to the hosipital.

The students of MA (Punjabi) had proceeded on hunger strike protesting against the decision regarding doing away with the internal assessment and also for not offering the students any optional subject in the post-graduation course.

Despite repeated rounds of talks, the authorities failed to redress the issues raised by the students, who accused the university of step-motherly treatment with them. The students alleged that they were bearing the brunt of politics of the department.

The authorities today met and after a meeting with the students, the officials, including the vice-chancellor, decided that the students should give it in writing that they wanted the internal assessment back and get it signed from all the students and faculty members.

According to sources, some of the students refused to sign and so did two of the faculty members. Apparently, this didn’t go down well with dean, university instructions, Prof S.K. Kulkarni, who was to give his final nod to the letter and sign it.



400 anganwari workers attend orientation workshop
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, August 19
An orientation programme was organised for anganwari workers today in Government College for Girls, Sector 11, here as a part of city administration’s action plan for gender sensitisation.

Around 400 workers from across the city attended the programme, who were addressed by Dr Mangla Dogra, gynecologist, Dr Bhavneet Bharti, assistant professor, pediatrics, PGI and Dr Prabhjot Malhi, child psychologist, PGI. Briefing about the future action plan of the administration, Raji P. Srivastava, director, higher education said: ”The main aim should not be only to save the girl child but, more importantly, value her. Anganwari workers are a vital and crucial link in the administration’s efforts to bring about change.”

“A girl child can only be valued if ample awareness is created on the implications of repeated pregnancies and multiple abortions on the health of the mother and child, low-cost nutritive and high calorie foods,” said Dr Mangla Dogra.

Dr Prabhjot Malhi, along with Dr Bhavneet Bharti, elaborated on the reasons for the rise in female child mortality, which they attributed to gender-inequality due to the conscious neglect of girls and the deep-rooted son preference.

Amandeep Kaur, director, social welfare, concluded the discussion.



From Schools & Colleges
Param adjudged best dancer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Param of Lawrence Public School, Mohali, was adjudged to be the best dancer while Kriti Kapoor, Manav Mangal School-21, Chandigarh, was declared as best choreographer during the silver jubilee celebrations of Ajit Karam Singh International School-41, here today.

The school organised “Bollywood Bash-2008”, an inter-school western dance competition, in its auditorium. Almost fifteen teams from schools of the tricity participated in it.

Deputy senior mayor Anju Bheniwala was the chief guest who lit Jyoti Kalash. Dr B.N.S. Walia, former director of PGI, and Jasdeep Kalra, executive director of AKSIPS Group were also present at the occasion. J. Sekhon, principal, AKSIPS-41 proposed a vote of thanks.

Orientation programme: Zoya Sharma, eminent sculptor and social worker, addressed the students of the college on the second day of the orientation programme at Government College of Education, Sector 20-D here today.

Speaking on the need for spreading awareness amongst the schoolchildren, she said this was the only way for rooting out the social evils challenging our society today. Sharma pointed out that teachers should provide support and care to the adolescent students. “During adolescent period students are especially vulnerable to the negative influences and teachers, along with parents, can play a very important role during this time,” she said. There was a question-answer session in which students posed various queries to which the guest speaker responded. Earlier, Dr Harsh Batra, principal of the college, welcomed the guest speaker and acquainted her with the college and its curriculum.

Freshers meet: Mayuri was crowned Miss Dev Samaj while Bhumika and Loveleen stood first runner up and second runner up, respectively, during the freshers meet held at Dev Samaj College for Women-45. The programme was presided over by Dr Meera Modi. The chief guest on the occasion was Sarita Bhalla, member, managing committee, Dev Samaj. The guest of honour Dr Shashi Jain, director, Dev Samaj, graced the occasion. The programme was in full swing with a welcome dance by Yashika, Niketa and Shweta who gave a well-synchronised performance.

QUIZ: Students of KIDS ‘R’ KIDS School presented a programme entitled ‘An August Morning’ depicting the relevance of Rakhi and Janamashtami in the school premises, here today. The children of the primary classes presented dances, highlighting the significance of Janmashtami, and the beauty of the rainy season with an umbrella dance. A quiz about current affairs, focusing especially on the Olympics was also held on the occasion. Principal Anupam Grewal motivated the children to take part in sports activities.



School recruitment: Ruckus on last day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Chandigarh education department had to experience a total ruckus on the last day of guest faculty recruitment for government schools, when over 1000 job seekers appeared for the job. The recruitment process was scheduled at GMSSS-23 and 10, here.

The situation apparently arisen because of absence of sufficient number of counters to cater the candidates. Consequently, they could not get their turns as per prescribed times leading to their resentment. The candidates rued that they had to wait for hours together to get their turn.

The officials of the department maintained that everything was planned according to the criteria only. “The recruitment process was underway for the past five days and the arrangements were made according to the average number of candidates visiting the recruitment centers all these days. We are trying our best to cater to all,” said the officials.



DAV college students create commotion on fee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
Some girl students of BPEd course at DAV College, Sector 10, barged into college principal’s office and created commotion.

It has been learnt that the students went to meet principal B.C. Josan to discuss the issue pertaining to the fee structure for BPEd course.

The students alleged that they were asked to pay the entire fee, which amounts to Rs 27,000 for the course, thus ignoring the latest decision of giving 30 per cent rebate on the fee.

The students alleged that principal Josan refused to listen to them and shouted at them. This led to the controversy and the students protested the principal’s gesture outside the college gate.

However, principal Josan was not available for comments.



Consumer Courts
Rs 50,000 fine slapped on fake doctor, son
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed a fake doctor and his son to pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 to three petitioners for unfair trade practices.

The orders have been pronounced months after the special crime investigation cell of the Chandigarh police arrested the two accused — Des Raj Rana and his son Ajay Rana — for running a private institute in Sector 38.

The two are currently in judicial custody after being booked for fraud.

The petitioners — Ravi Kumar, Ashu Kumar and Sudhir Kumar — were students at Institute of Paramedical Sciences, which was run by the two. The institute was supposedly affiliated with Vinayaka Mission College, Salem, Tamil Nadu.

Thereafter, a criminal case was registered against them and both were arrested following raids in April this year.

It was found that Des Raj was a matriculate but was officiating as principal of the institute, which was never affiliated with any university. All degrees of the accused were found to be fake.

The police had also recovered a number of fake stamps from their possession.

It was alleged that the petitioners had paid Rs 5,000 as admission fee. Furthermore, they had deposited Rs 36,660 for a diploma in medical laboratory with the institute.

They also paid a monthly fee of Rs 1,250 for a period of 15 months. Seeking refund and compensation, they moved the forum.



7-yr RI for rape
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 19
District and sessions judge K.K. Garg today sentenced Gudda to seven-year rigorous imprisonment in a rape case. A fine of Rs 5,000 was also imposed on the convict.

According to the prosecution, the victim, a 40-year-old woman, was raped by the accused late in the night.

Both the complainant and the accused were residents of Colony No. 4 and were neighbours. The woman used to work as labourer with a contractor and her husband had deserted her.



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