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Gallantry Quota Admission
PU responsible for lapses: HC
Vijay Mohan/G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Panel gaffe

The committee had refused admission to the son of an officer decorated with the Army Chief’s commendation on the ground that the Hindi word “Prashansa” mentioned on the citation meant “appreciation” and not “commendation”.

Interestingly, the same committee had granted admission to another candidate in another college on the basis of a similar commendation certificate under the gallantry awards quota.

Chandigarh, October 26
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has held Panjab University responsible for lapses in admission to engineering colleges, where the son of an Army officer was not granted admission to a local engineering college under the gallantry awards quota, even though his father had been awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation for gallantry.

The joint admission committee of the university had granted admission to wards of officers who were awarded Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) under the gallantry awards quota whereas VSM is not a gallantry award, but is given for distinguished service.

“It is pointed out that the university authorities itself were not clear about the issue and have created a damaging situation for respondents, who after getting admission in the desired institution, had foregone counselling in other institutions and that the ambiguity has been created by the university joint admission committee itself,” the court observed in its order.

The court also held that the student wrongly admitted (respondent) under the gallantry award quota, in place of the genuine candidate (petitioner), was not to be blamed.

Directing the university to admit the petitioner, Nikhil Dogra, who had been “wrongly excluded” from the process of admission against the seat reserved for the category of other award winners in the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, the court said with a view to avoiding hardship, the respondent should be adjusted against an available seat in another college. Though the vacant seat was from the general category, it would be converted for dependents of other award winners.

Para of the prospectus talks about gallantry awards quota for availing benefits. The awards mentioned in order of precedence are Param Vir Chakra to Menton-in-Despatches, followed by “other awards”.

Awards like President’s Police Medal for Gallantry and other medals given for gallantry to the police, paramilitary and fire services personnel fall in the other awards category.

They said given the nomenclature of the prospectus, it was incorrect to assume that other awards called for a separate category outside the gallantry awards category where medals like the VSM could be considered.



GPA holders’ SOS to Pawan Bansal
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
Irked at the apathetic attitude of the bureaucracy towards their genuine demand of formulating a "people-friendly" transfer policy, over 15,000 GPA holders in the group housing societies in the city have sent an SOS to the minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal to intervene in the matter.

The Chandigarh Administration was seeking to apply the ill-conceived rules in mooting a policy of transfer of flats in cooperative housing societies in the names of the GPA holders, a representation of which has also been sent to the DC and the registrar of cooperative societies (RCS), alleged.

In reply to an application under the RTI filed by Satish C Sharma, a Sector 50 resident, the authorities claimed that "unearned increase" for transfer has been computed under rule 8-C of the Chandigarh Sale of Sites and Buildings Rules 1960 and Rule 17 (10) of the Chandigarh Lease Hold of Sites and Building Rules 1973.

Recently, the finance department proposed to levy transfer fee(amount of one-third "unearned increase" i.e.difference between allotment price and market price) amounting to several lakhs of rupees for different types of categories of society flats. However, several organisations, including the Chandigarh Social Welfare Council, have been up in arms against the "anti-people" proposal which runs counter to laid down policies in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.

Opposing the application of Rule 8-C tooth and nail, Sharma claimed that it was being applied in isolation and was legally void. The Rule 17 (10) is related to societies which were allotted land on leasehold basis. Such societies have further been given option to convert from leasehold to freehold under The Chandigarh Conversion of Residential Leasehold Land Tenure into freehold Land Tenure Rules, 1996.

Surprisingly, the Rule 8-C of 1996 Rules makes it clear that no "unearned increase" will be recoverable from the allottees. In fact, the societies opting for conversion from leasehold to freehold should be treated on a par with those which have been allotted land on freehold basis, Sharma said, demanding that the matter should be re-examined legally.



Gold magic fails this Dhanteras
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
Not many people bought gold on Dhanteras today even as the demand for silver increased manifold.

Since a large number of people burnt their fingers in the stock market meltdown, no brisk buying of gold was seen. Also, people are anticipating a further dip in gold prices.

The trend prevailed even after the announcement of discounts by bullion traders to boost sales. Most traders announced discounts up to Rs 50 per gm, besides assured gifts.

“Astrologically, Dhanteras this time fell on an inauspicious day for buying gold. This resulted in a negative attitude among people,” a gold merchant of Sector 22 said.

In the wake of the global meltdown, people are considering to invest in gold for safety, but most buyers are waiting for the prices to fall further. Some investors are selling gold to meet their margin calls on stocks.

“We hope the sales would speed up as prices are cooling down and expect an encouraging response to our scheme. Compared to last season, sales are down this Dhanteras. But there was demand from rural and semi-urban areas, which are not affected by the market crash,” a jeweller in Sector 17 said.

“But the sale of silver increased. Today, people purchased coins, utensils and idols of gods and goddess in silver,” he added.



48-yr-old Zirakpur woman killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 26
Diwali festivities turned tragic for a Zirakpur family when a water tanker knocked down a scooter, killing 48-year-old Kamlesh on the spot. Sonia, the victim’s daughter who was riding pillion, escaped with minor injuries.

According to eyewitnesses, the duo was going towards Panchkula when the water tanker hit their scooter near the Panchkula barrier on the Panchkula-Zirakpur road. Kamlesh lost control over the scooter and both fell down.

The driver of the tanker fled the spot. The victims were shifted to hospital where Kamlesh was declared brought dead and Sonia was discharged after first aid. The victim was a resident of Vasant Vihar at Dhakoli in Zirakpur.



36 senators nominated by Panjab varsity chancellor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
The chancellor of Panjab University has exercised an appreciable balance in the representation of the Senate by including leading personalities in his list of 36 nominations.

A few leading names on the list include H.K Dua, editor-in-chief, The Tribune group; Prof R.P Bambah, member of The Tribune Trust, vice-chairman, governing body, CRRID, Chandigarh, and former vice-chancellor, Panjab University; Lt. Gen. B.S. Dhaliwal, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (retd); Dr K.K Talwar, director, PGIMER, Chandigarh; Dr. K.S. Aulakh, former vice-chancellor, Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana; Dr Ravi Kumar Gupta, Reader, Department of Orthopedics, Government Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh; Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union minister of state for finance; Satya Pal Jain, former MP and dean, faculty of laws; Prof Radha Kumar, director, Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia University and also trustee, Delhi Policy Group; Sada Nand, former chief secretary, Punjab; and Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, Ludhiana.

It is for the first time in the history of the university that a representative of the non-teaching staff has also been nominated to the senate (ex-officio).

According to sources, members of nine associations of different wings of non-teaching staff have unanimously chosen Dharma Pal, president, non-teaching staff associations, as their representative. Also, the name of Dr Rounki Ram, president, PUTA (Panjab University Teachers’ Association), also figures in the list as an ex-officio member.

Besides the abovementioned names, a gamut of academicians from prestigious academic institutions of the country has also been nominated by Dr Hamid Ansari, Vice-President of India and the chancellor of Panjab University. These include Prof. A.K Jafri, professor emeritus, Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh; Prof Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and former vice-chancellor, University of Delhi, Delhi; Dr G.S Bhalla, professor emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Prof. Neera Chandhoke, Professor of Political Science, University of Delhi, Delhi; and Peter D’Souza, director, IIAS, Shimla.

Panjab University will have a number of serving teachers in the House. These include Prof B.S Ghuman, dean, Faculty of Arts, Panjab University; Dr Emanual Nahar, lecturer, Department of Political Science and honorary assistant director, ASC; Dr Gurmeet Singh, lecturer, Department of Hindi; Dr Ishwar Dayal Gaur, professor, Department of History; Prof M. Shakeel Ahmed, professor and chairman, Department of Urdu; Dr Krishan Gauba, director-principal; Dr H.S.J, Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University; Prof Shelley Walia, Department of English and dean, Faculty of Languages; and Dr S.C Vaidya, professor, Department of Finance and Accounting, University Business School.

The list also features the names of some former faculty members of Panjab University’s various teaching departments, including Prof Pam Rajput, former professor and head, Department of Political Science and founder director, Centre for Women’s Studies; S.K Sharma, professor emeritus, Energy Research Centre, Panjab University.

Three college principals, including one former principal, have also been nominated. They are Avtar Singh Bedi, former principal; Dr Madhu Prashar, principal, Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur; and Virainder Kumar Tiwari, principal, D.A.V. College, Jalandhar.

Besides these, Chaman Lal Sharma, advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court, V.K Sibal, senior advocate, Punjab & Haryana High Court, H.S. Lucky, president, Chandigarh territorial youth Congress; I.S Chadha and Raman Bahl, former president, municipal council, Gurdaspur, have also been nominated by the chancellor.


Overloaded buses go unchecked
Transport authorities, CTU shrug off responsibility

Archit Watts

Chandigarh, October 26
The local buses of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) can be seen running on the city roads with overloaded passengers. Neither CTU nor the State Transport Authority has taken any effective steps to control the menace. The CTU buses are least bothered that the buses with overloaded passengers lead to fatal accidents. The private and school buses also indulge in rash driving in trying to overtake and thereby put the lives of the passengers in danger.

Time and again people have demanded regularisation of CTU buses on all the routes so that regular services could be made available to commuters. The buses operating in the far-off areas skip their scheduled routes due to a decline in the number of passengers. Daily commuters often face problem in reaching their destinations in late evening hours, for instance, after 6 pm the buses are skipping their routes.

“This practise is continuing from past several months. Despite such gross negligence on part of the bus drivers the authorities have not taken any steps to help the commuters. It appears that the officials have given them a free hand to operate in such a manner,” said a government employee who commutes daily from the Industrial Area to PGI.

The transport authority officials have done precious little to check this highhandedness of the bus drivers. Despite of repeated attempts, CTU director, P.S. Shergill was not available for comments.



Tips for safe Diwali
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
As the city prepares to immerse itself in the Diwali revelry, experts have warned that people should take extra care while bursting crackers. Doctors say they invariably get cases of people with burns, eye injuries and hearing problems the day after Diwali, because the dos and don'ts are not followed.

During last Diwali, at least 150 cases of burns and eye injuries were reported in the PGI, GMCH-32 and GMSH-16. In 2006, only 107 patients had to be taken to hospital after receiving burns and other injuries while bursting crackers.

Experts say the ear problems rise due to the high decibel level of firecrackers. "High decibel levels from crackers can even lead to permanent hearing loss to older people suffering from hearing ailment," cautioned Dr Panda, ENT specialist.

"In case of burns, never pour cold water. The water should be at room temperature," suggested Dr RK Sharma, head of the plastic surgery department, PGI. He said parents should care children when they burst crackers.

With two days to go before the Festival of Lights, city hospitals have started deploying additional staff, changing the rosters of doctors and announcing helplines to take care of the patient load.

Like the PGI, GMCH, too, will have doctors manning the emergency ward round the clock to take care of the patient load on Diwali. Dr S K Bhandari, the joint medical superintendent, GMSH-16, said the additional medical staff would be deployed to handle the emergency services related to burns and face injuries. “Sufficient beds are already in place to deal with any rush of patients,” he said.

OPDs at the PGI, GMCH-32 and GMSH-16 will be closed on Tuesday on account of Diwali. Emergency services in the hospitals will, however, remain open with special staff on duty to deal with burns and eye injury cases.


  • Do not wear loose clothes like saris or kurtas.
  • Do not burst crackers in buildings.
  • Do not keep fire crackers in pocket.
  • Do not burst crackers close to parked vehicles.
  • Never try to check whether the cracker has burst or not.
  • Pregnant women, diabetic and cardiac patients should take extra precautions.

Myths & Treatment

  • Do not apply cold water on the burn. Tap water is the best first-aid.
  • Turmeric, curd, milk or ink do not heal the burn. These can only make matters worse.
  • Blisters are not always bad. They indicate second-degree superficial burns and are better than the non-blister deep burns.
  • Any kind of burns should be immediately given medical treatment

Emergency numbers

  • At the PGI, for eye emergencies contact:·Advanced Eye Centre Emergency: 2756117
  • Emergency Mobile No.: 9814014464
  • At GMCH-32, the hotline number for eye injury cases is 98148-21212
  • GMSH-16: Emergency can be reached at 102 (landline) and 0172-2768201, 202. For enquiries dial 0172-2782457



Coop societies registrar accused of dilly-dally
Probe into misappropriation

Tribune News Service

Mohali, October 26
Members of the Madanpur Cooperative House Building Society, Chapparchiri Kalan, have accused the office of the registrar cooperative societies of dilly-dallying on the inquiry into alleged misappropriation and irregularities committed by the managing committee of the society.

Under the aegis of the Madanpur 1984 Riot-affected Charitable Society, members pointed out that on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, a revised petition was filed with joint registrar. However, so far there had not been no progress in the case.

Even cooperatives minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh had not come to the rescue of members in spite of the latter having met with the minister several times.

The House Building Cooperative Society was formed to provide land to victims of the 1984 riots and 1,155 persons were enrolled as members.

A chunk of land measuring 94 acre at Chapparchiri village was registered in the name of the society and plots were allotted to the members in 1987.

The members allege that a group of people had been managing the affairs of the society and other members were not informed about the status of the land.

Since the land had come under the Mohali master plan, the change of land use was required to undertake the designated type of development.

Since the cost of the land had gone up manifold, the society was keeping members in dark, alleged its members.

After being suspended on March 2007 by the assistant registrar, the managing committee was reinstated by joint registrar, cooperative societies, Punjab.

An inquiry officer, Jagpal Singh Kang, in his report (August, 2006) had pointed out that the interest of the members was not safe in the hands of the managing committee, as it had not conducted elections in the right way and the records were not being maintained. The inquiry officer had recommended dismissal of the managing committee.

However, following an appeal filed by the dismissed managing committee, the joint registrar set aside the order of the assistant registrar on the ground that the managing committee could not be suspended under Section 27 of the Act.

Another inquiry against the managing committee went against the managing committee. Members alleged that the cooperatives department was helping the society.

They have again appealed to the state government seeking justice. None of the members of the managing committee could be contacted for comments.



Slaughterhouse Waste Disposal
Biogas plant inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
A biomethanation gas plant meant for the disposal of slaughterhouse waste was today inaugurated in industrial area, Phase I.

Union minister of state for finance and parliamentary affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal inaugurated the plant.

Municipal commissioner Roshan Sunkaria said the corporation had installed the biomethanation gas plant for disposal of slaughterhouse waste as per Bio-medical Waste (management handling) Rules, 1998. He stated that the plant would also help in generating electric power from the waste and the power would be used for the functioning of electric motors and machines in the slaughterhouse.

The plant with a capacity to dispose three tones of waste per day has been built at a cost of Rs 44 lakh.

“The waste that includes dung, effluent discharge and discarded meat waste are buried in landfills, which causes negative environmental impact. But the biogas plant solves this disposal problem by converting residues into useful energy,” said a senior municipal corporation official.

He said biogas power was a combination of anaerobic digestion system with associated electricity generator and the electricity, thus, produced was classified as renewable or green energy.



Virtuosos cast spell
S.D. Sharma

Chandigarh, October 26
A session of vocal recital by Pune-based celebrated classical music icon Ashwini Bhide Deshpande and flute recital by melody maestro Ravinder Singh provided the grand finale to the Chandigarh Sangeet Sammelan at Randhawa Auditorium here today.

An aura of sublime serenity pervaded as the spell of soulful strains of flute by acclaimed flautist, Ravinder Singh, wafted across the auditorium. The Kirana gharana maestro commenced the recital baring the melody of morning raga Gujri Todi through an absorbing free floating alaap.

His display of breathe control, modulation in pitch, resonance and volume marked the slow-paced composition, Vilambat gat, as also the drut gat. Ravinder Singh brought the aesthetic and emotive appeal of the raga and maintained the brilliance while concluding the recital with a dhun in raga Pilu. Young Tabla exponent Gautam Dhar provided excellent accompaniment enhancing the level of otherwise sleek performance.

Undeniably the reigning doyenne of Jaipur-Atrauli gharana and the vivacious and versatile vocalist, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, from Pune took the centre stage only to spell magic with her recital.

After an introductory brief alaap Ashwini delved deep to infuse divinity in her Vilambat composition “Maha deva devan pati” in raga Bahduri Todi, a forte of their gharana.

Traversing in all octaves with consummate ease, she was equally brilliant while executing the drut gat “Koi aan milavo sham” in raga Brindavani sarang. Her recital of “Mer jiya..” in a rare rhythmic pattern of nine beats was equally melodious though challenging. She illumined the horizons of melody in her favourite bandish “Kal na pare”, “Merra bhajan” and the concluding “Apang”.

Padamshri Mehmood Dhaulpuri on Harmoinium and Vinod Lele on the Tabla embellished the memorable performance. Vinita Gupta compeered the three-day sammelan. IAS officers S.D. Bhambri (retd) and P.H. Vaishnav honoured the artistes.



City Scope
This real estate business
Raveen Thukral

Though I'm not the "page 3" kind (no offence meant to those who are) and strictly avoid such social get-togethers, I made an exception this weekend.

The mood at the otherwise lively party was no different from the general negative sentiment prevailing in the market and whatever was discussed ultimately ended up in a conversation on the global meltdown, the crashing Sensex and how life had by and large become tough for everyone. With each and everyone giving their take on the global recession (how much they had lost in the share market and mutual funds) and speculating how things would be in the coming year - when the Sensex would regain its lost glory, when gold prices will rise and the how the job scenario will be in 2009-, an elegantly dressed lady made a comment that got me thinking.

"Thank god the land prices in Chandigarh are stable and are rising", she said. Obviously she was referring to the whopping Rs four crores netted by the Chandigarh administration for a one kanal plot in a southern sector at an auction, earlier in the week, that defied the market sentiments. The auction conducted on Friday left the UT administration richer by 95.31 crore with a two kanal plot going for Rs 5.42 crore, a 14 marla for Rs 1.98 crore, a10 marla for Rs 1.71 crore and 5 marla for Rs 83 lakh.

While the lady, presumably a proud owner of a plot, was contended with this market trend, I was again reminded of my shattered dream of ever owning a house or even a flat in this city. And surely I am not alone as there are thousands of people like me - the salaried class - who have made this city their home but still do not have a house that they can call as their own.

If one looks at the demographic composition of this city, perhaps salaried class - employees of Punjab, Haryana, UT, Centeral government, defence services, private sector and private establishments - form a majority. Since the city came up in 1952, it's pretty young and thus does not have many ancestral properties. Most of the people who came to this city then were fresh entrants and this trend continues till date as the governments of Punjab, Haryana and UT have no policy of restricting employment to residents only. And this is there in the private sector too.

The percentage of people who go back to their native places after spending the productive years of their lives in this city is minimal and the way the land prices have escalated in the past decade housing has become unaffordable for middle and lower middle class families. It wouldn't be wrong to say that the administration has failed to visualise the housing needs of such people.

Let's take a look at the prices of flats being offered by the Chandigarh Housing Board. A three bedroom flat in Sector 63 costs Rs 39.69 lakh, a two bedroom for Rs 29.14 lakh and one bed room for Rs 17.29 lakh. If one includes the finance cost to this, each apartment will cost the owner an extra Rs three to four lakhs, depending on their loan amount. The prices are astronomical and out of the reach of even the middle class family.

The absence of affordable housing in the city has resulted in unplanned growth in its periphery which now extends literally upto Kharar on one side and Landra and Derabassi on their other. The co-operative housing in the city is also limited, forcing the people to look outside the city for something reasonable and comparatively inexpensive.

If Chandigarh wants to attract industry, commerce and IT what do they have to offer in the name of affordable housing. If the UT administration has to act as a premier auction agent and real estate developer and hand over precious land to "five star" developers, who propose to sell flats and villas for crores of rupees, from where will affordable housing come for those who require it genuinely?

Instead of being realtors, the state should rather act as a market interventionist to control prices of real estate for its bonafide residents. When the government can act as a market interventionist on issues relating to subsidised food grains and even the stock market (relaxation of Repo rates and liquidity adjustments) why can't it do so for the real estate?

Instead of the five star deluxe penthouses built by private builders and real estate manipulators, the administration should construct thousands of flats on no profit-no loss basis and allot them on to genuine and bonafide users on fixed lease with stringent legal embargos on transfer and sub-letting.

While the middle class today is earning enough for Roti and Kapdaa, the Makaan is getting way out of its reach.

(Wish you a happy and safe Diwali)
Write to cityeditor@tribunemail.com



Sec 144 imposed on cyber cafés
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 26
Deputy commissioner Rajender Kataria has ordered imposition of Section 144 of the CrPC on the functioning of cyber cafés in the district. The order will remain in force for two months up to December 23.

Kataria said a large number of cyber cafés were functioning at various commercial places or shops in the district where a large number of people visited to utilise networking services, including e-mail facilities.

There was a possibility of anti-social element, criminal and terrorists using these facilities for unlawful activities.

He said there was also a possibility of such elements creating panic in public or posing security threat to general public, VIPs and government institutions.

To keep a check on such elements, owner of the cafés had been asked to prohibit the use of cyber cafés by unknown persons whose identity had not been established. They had been asked to maintain register for identity of the visitor, make entry in the handwriting of visitor mentioning his name, address, telephone number and identity proof.

The identity of the visitor/user can be established through identity card, voter card, ration card, driving license, passport, photo credit card. Activity server log should be reserved in main server and its record should be preserved for at least six months.



Gas plant opened at Ind Area
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 26
A biomethanation gas plant meant for disposal of slaughter house waste was inaugurated at the slaughter house in Industrial Area, Phase I, today.

The plant was inaugurated by union minister of state for finance and parliamentary affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal.

Giving details about the plant, municipal commissioner Roshan Sunkaria said the corporation had installed biomethanation gas plant for the disposal of slaughter house waste as per bio-medical waste (management handling) rules, 1998.

He said the plant would also help generate electric power from the waste of slaughter house and the power would be used to run electric motors and machines, etc. at the slaughter house.

The plant, which has a capacity to dispose three tonne of waste every day, has been built at a cost of Rs 44 lakh.

“The waste which includes, dung, effluent discharge, discarded meat waste etc. are buried in landfills, which causes negative environmental impact. But biogas plant solves the disposal problem by converting residues into useful energy,” said a senior MC official.




‘Chalta-hai’ attitude reason for indiscipline

This refers to “It’s all just compromising” in City Scope by Raveen Thukral on October 20. There are a number of incidents where the administration compromised against the principles of law and justice. The education department or the PGI should have settled the issue.

The stand taken by their decision-making authorities is not in the right directions with "chalta-hai" or "chhaddoji" and "please all" policy. In fact, indecisive attitude of the administration creates problems for the victims.

Such incidents are common in our society with more people taking law in their own hands to assert themselves. The police ever try to settle the matter with compromise under pressures and not stand up for the rights.

Lack of accountability and least courage to say right or wrong are the reasons for the growing indiscipline in our society and incidents that occurred at MCM and the PGI are merely a reflection. The administration should leave this theory to come true before the victims.

M L Garg


I feel that the incidents of the PGI and MCM quoted by Raveen Thukral in his write-up are the trivial issues which happen several times at our work place, educational institutions, road side or anywhere else. The need of the hour is to ponder over these issues how these are taken and settled by the authorities without provocation. The cardinal principle of the administration is how to be fair and impartial towards every one in the respective establishment irrespective of big, small, caste, religion, region etc.

Psychologically, some things take place because of frustration, misunderstandings, emotions, anger and ego clashes but certainly not because of personal enmity. Forgive and forget is the best policy in the given situations. The case in point is of the slapping of a senior resident doctor by an assistant professor in PGI. It would have been better, at the first instance, had the doctor tendered an apology which should have been accepted by one and all to avoid affecting medical services in this premier institute. It is a welcome step that the administration now has constituted a committee to address such incidents in future in a given timeframe.

S.K. Khosla


Raveen Thukral’s write-up “It’s all just compromising!” (Chandigarh Tribune, October 20, 2008) has convincingly brought off the reasons for the growing indiscipline in our society. The similarity between the two infamous incidents that occurred at MCM College and the PGI is primarily in respect of the “chhaddoji” or “chalta-hai” attitude of the authorities manipulating compromise between the oppressor and the victim at the cost of the latter. Even honorable courts do not consider acceptable if the compromising is shameful and lower than desirable.

However, there are certain glaring dissimilarities between the PGI and MCM incidents. The one at the PGI was the result of lose temper of a consultant doctor who had physically assaulted a senior resident. His conduct was instant and impulsive in nature. On the other hand the long-drawn MCM trouble is the outcome of the badly conducted and motivated bias shown by those in position. It needs to be looked at as to how it all started. Going by the media reporting, the subject of dispute revolved around mandatory eligibility criterion of at least 75 per cent attendance for candidates contesting elections. I know that the attendance record of students is collected by the head of the institution/election committee before the papers are filed by the candidates to contest elections. There seems to be some procedural lapse as doubts have been raised against the making up of 75 per cent attendance of a favoured candidate. Point in question is, who is accountable for holding elections to the students’ bodies in Chandigarh colleges affiliated to Panjab University? I fail to understand why the problem was not contained as early as when the first joint committee comprising top officials of the administration and Panjab University and college principals had prima facie evidence that the role of the college authorities was partisan. Every thing came later. Maybe they were there to help each other and protect each other.

Dr. I.M. Joshi


Raveen Thukral’s write-up “It’s all just compromising” is appropriate and thought-provoking. The incompetence of administrators, pessimism on their part of tackling rising disorders, lack of decision-making process is deteriorating our institutions. It has also shown a strong correlation between lack of accountability and reluctance to administrate.

Furthermore, it has been observed that the lack of managerial techniques tends to contribute to flare up inconsequential issues. Consequently, fighting disruptiveness has become a major cause for concern for policymakers and commoners who are at the receiving end. Due to increasing disturbances of essential public utilities such as health and education sectors, the social order is becoming nauseous. Any attempt to improve the functiong of indispensable sectors cannot prove successful, if problems of indiscipline, insubordination, etc are not promptly dealt with.

Lukewarm attitude of the authorities in both cases had blown up the issues. The indiscreet escape route adopted by the PGI and MCM while referring cases of rowdy behaviour to the higher-ups is delaying tactic. The compromise prescription worked only after resident doctors went on strike hitting hard the hospital services. The good old saying "A stitch in times saves nine” had totally been forgotten. Thanks God! Now the anguish of patients is over.

Suresh Khosla


I agree with the views of Raveen Thukral. To get justice in a civilised society means the society is accountable.When Dr Santosh did not agree to apologise, the association had gone on strike. It shows his adamant attitude. Anybody dare not raise hand o anybody. It is natural to annoy the entire fraternity and organisation which will not be tolerated. It is sad to view the plight of juniors at the hands of seniors. It is a known fact that most senior doctors are arrogant and patients are scared from them to ask about their problems.Whereas the medicine is a scared profession, there has to be mutual respect and a junior Doctor cannot be considered a private servant who can be bashed up any time. Same was the case of MCM girl who when did not get any justice approached students' union. Nobody cares about the grievences unless brought to public by the media.It is common nature of the authorities to comment that such incident took place outside the gate. Chhaddoji is easy to say but if it happens with their daughter then only the education department or the college authorities know that's how it's easy to say and not easy to bear. It is important to get involved in the situation and make difference in our world.

Opinder Kaur Sekhon

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From Schools & Colleges
Chinese delegation visits Paragon
Tribune Reporters

Mohali, October 26
A four-member team of senior officials from the embassy of China, headed by Xie Fei, cultural counsellor, visited Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 71, in connection with the selection of a dance team, which will represent India at the Beijing International Dance Festival.

Students of the school presented a cultural programme. Xie Fei assured the gathering that items like giddha and bhangra would captivate the Chinese.

Blood donated

Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi, organised its 10th blood-donation camp on institute premises. The camp was organised in association with department of transfusion medicine of the PGIMER, Chandigarh, under supervision of Dr Anuradha. As many as 233 units of blood were donated by students and staff of the institute.

Principal of the institute, Dr A.K. Ghai, inaugurated the camp. He motivated the students for blood donation.

Meanwhile, the annual blood donation camp was held at the Army Institute of Law, Mohali. The Rotary and Blood Bank Society resource centre, Sector 37, and the Military Command Hospital, Chandimandir, collected the blood. As many 100 students donated blood.

Campus placement

Eli Lilly, a pharmaceutical industry, selected 35 students during a joint campus placement drive at Chandigarh College of Pharmacy, Landran. More than 500 students from various colleges of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh participated in the programme.The students underwent a group discussion that was followed by technical and HR interviews. Those selected will join company as trainee territory manager.

Diwali celebrations

The Rotract Club of Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Mohali, in collaboration with Blind Institute, Sector 26, Chandigarh, celebrated Diwali on the institute premises here yesterday.

The visually impaired students of the Blind Institute were offered sweets and presented gifts by the students of Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology.



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