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Late Night Shocker
58 PU teachers relieved of post
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Appointees

According to sources, in place of the outgoing director of the UILS, G.S. Grewal, Prof S.C. Vaidya, DUI, has been given additional charge of directorship. Vaidya has also been given charge of Centre for Women Studies as its head after its chairperson Meera Malik retired yesterday. Prof Paramjit Singh Jaswal has replaced Prof D.N. Jauhar in the department of laws.

In the department of Sanskrit, Dr Shakar Ji Jha has replaced Dr Ved Praksah Upadhayay. Paramjit Singh has replaced M.L. Sharma in the department of chemistry while Neelam Grover has replaced Aruna Goel in the department of correspondence studies. Prof R.K. Kohli has replaced Prof I.S. Dua in the department of botany.

Chandigarh, November 1
Complying with the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, wherein the court refused to enhance the retirement age of Panjab University teachers to 62 years, the authorities in a late-night development, dispatched relieving orders to all 58 teachers.

Sources said the VC had sent the orders to the teachers at around 11 pm, much to their shock. To top it all, the teachers, who had retired for the day, were also asked to receive the relieving orders.

If that was not enough, the university authorities also tried to strike a “deal” with retiring teachers. The sources said the authorities asked the teachers to submit an affidavit that they would not approach the Supreme Court if they wanted to be considered for the re-employment scheme.

The university can re-employ them for a maximum of three years.

Earlier during the day, an emergency meeting of the syndicate was called and it was decided to consider the re-employment scheme only for those who applied for it. Those who did not wish to do so, could take four months to vacate their official houses (as against the usual six) while those applying for re-employment would have to vacate the houses within two months.

The decision to curtail the period of vacating the premises had been taken as several professors had already attained the age of 63 years and had overstayed.

Surprisingly out of 58 teachers who retired yesterday, 32 were continuing after attaining the age of 62 years causing a heavy financial loss to the university and 26 continued beyond 60.

Around 28 teachers could even serve as chairpersons of their respective departments because of the stay order of the court on their retirement. This includes a former registrar, Prof Paramjit Singh, a senator and the DUI.

The syndics also decided that the outgoing DUI, Prof S.K. Kulkarni, be granted the status of Professor Emeritus, in line with the precedence of the university where all DUIs are honoured with it.

Prof S.C. Vaidya of University Business School has been appointed DUI.



Car dealers flout rules
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 1
In violation of motor vehicle rules, car dealers in the region are selling cars on the basis of trade certificate issued by the respective transport authority. Unsuspecting customers, who are told that it is a temporary number document, realise the grave irregularity when they approach the vehicle registration authority.

Joshi Automobile Pvt Ltd, Mohali, sold a car to Manjusha, a resident of Sector 18, Chandigarh, without issuing a temporary registration mark. Instead of issuing a valid temporary registration number, the customer was handed a trade certificate issued by the district transport officer (DTO), Mohali, while giving delivery of the vehicle on October 19.

A copy of the trade certificate, along with the sale letter, shows the document was issued to permit the sale of vehicle against certain series of a temporary registration mark. The DTO, Balbir Singh, said it was a serious matter and would be probed. A vehicle could not be delivered to a customer on the basis of a sale certificate, he said.

Caught off guard, the general manager of the showroom, Ashok Sharma, said they could sell cars on the basis of the sale letter. After The Tribune sought the version of the car dealer on unfair trade practise, a letter was delivered at the house of the customer, claiming that though they had sold the car on October 19, the physical delivery was given on October 22.

Contradicting the version of the care dealer on the basis of documentary evidence, Rajeev Sahore, husband of the car owner, said: “After taking delivery of the car, we took the car to Himachal Pradesh, presuming that the document was a temporary registration mark valid for a month. To our shock, we came to know about the anomaly when the Registration License Authority (RLA), Chandigarh, told us that it was not valid and a temporary registration mark needed to be issued.”

They then approached the dealer and they were issued the temporary registration mark valid from October 22 to November 21. The RLA again told them that the registration mark had to be issued on the date the car was delivered and taken out of the showroom.

The registration mark fixed on the car on the date of delivery (October 19) was different from that issued on October 22. Rajeev said on the same day, some cars were also sold to other customers also. However, this could not be verified from the dealer.

A few months ago, the state transport authority, Chandigarh, had detected some cases in which dealers were selling cars without even getting trade certificate from the STA.



Depressed youth hangs himself
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Dilbagh Singh (23), alias Vikas, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan at his house in Kishangarh here this afternoon.

The police said Dilbagh, a junior engineer with the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, was not well and suffered from depression.

His wife Priya, who works with a company at the IT park, found him hanging from the fan when she returned home in the afternoon. The door was closed from inside.

According to the police, a suicide note was found from the spot which mentioned that the victim was taking the extreme step due to his prolonged illness.

“He also suggested his wife to remarry and take care of their daughter,” a police officer said.

Dilbagh was staying with his family in a rented accommodation. His father is a constable in the Punjab police and is on deputation with the Chandigarh police.

The postmortem would be conducted tomorrow.



Keep cancer at bay
Drink less & get that walk
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
If you thought cancer is not related to sedentary lifestyle, you are wrong! Experts say 50 per cent of all cancers are a direct result of diet, lack of physical exercise and excess intake of alcohol.

“Accumulation of fat increases the chances of cancer of the breast, colon and uterus. Workouts ensure that fat levels are kept low. Certain cancers are also triggered by hormonal imbalances, which in turn are caused by surplus fat,” says Dr Ramesh Bijlani, physiologist who retired from AIIMS, New Delhi.

Excessive intake of junk food could lead to the accumulation of large amounts of hydrogenated fat that cause cancer. To avoid this, a person should increase the amount of fibre intake by consuming more fruits and vegetables. A fibre rich diet in adolescence fights obesity and cancer.

Exercising ?for at least 30 minutes a day is vital. Physical activity in any form protects against cancer. “It strengthens immunity and helps keep the digestive system healthy, besides allowing for the consumption of more cancer protective nutrients,” Dr Nalin Mehta, another physiologist from AIIMS, said.

Men should limit their alcohol intake to two drinks a day and women to one as it may cause cancer ?of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and breast.

They pointed to probable evidence that drinking was a cause of liver and bowel cancer ?in women. They said those who took to fitness after being diagnosed for breast cancer increase their survival rate. Exercise for one to three hours a day increased the rate of survival by 19 per cent and those who exercised for four or five hours increased it by 54 per cent. Physical activity needs to be combined with appropriate nutrition to fight cancer.


Circumventing Ban
Shopkeepers switch to ‘handle less’ poly bags
Archit Watts

Chandigarh, November 1
Does polythene ban in the city pertain to carrying bags alone? Shopkeepers say yes, administration no. Result: Confusion.

In a move to make the city polythene-free, the UT administration had banned the use, sale, transportation and disposal of polythene and plastic carry bags by any person in the city; however, loopholes in the interpretation of the notification have ensured unchecked use of polythene bags across the city.

While for the administration the ban covers every single article made of polythene, shopkeepers are confining it to carry bags and have switched over to those “without handle” made out of “fresh” polythene.

A visit to various markets of the city revealed that shopkeepers were still using poly bags and authorities seemed to be silent on the issue.

Suresh, a shopkeeper of Sector 20, said: “We sell only polythene bags without handle to customers, even though no notification has been sent to us.”

Veena, a local resident, said: “Nobody can stop these violations in the city. People are still carrying poly bags. The common man can’t afford alternatives to poly bag.”

I.S. Sandhu, additional deputy commissioner, Chandigarh, said: “Every type of poly bag is banned in the city and our teams are working to stop violations. If somewhere these violations are still going on, we will surely fine them.”

Varun Sharma, a lawyer, said the move to ban polythene was just a publicity gimmick of the administration and it could not survive for long. “The administration has taken the decision after ignoring the interest of shopkeepers and public. The cost of commodities has increased due to the ban of poly bags,” he said.

Packaged commodities have been exempt from the ban and defaulters may be given imprisonment of up to five years or fine of Rs 1 lakh.



No taker for development work in Ind Area
MC, admn pass the buck
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The administration and the MC are passing the buck of development works of the industrial area to each other. Recently, at the house meeting of the MC, estimates of shifting lines and other structure which are coming in the way of widening internal roads in the industrial area (phase-I), was rejected.

The mayor, Pardeep Chhabra, said it was not the responsibility of the MC to shift the structure for the widening of the roads. The administration should clear the site and hand it over to the MC, he said.

Sources in the corporation said over a year ago, an agreement was signed that all civic amenities would be taken care of by the MC and the administration would pay for it.

When the MC asked for the payment after the completion of work, the administration refused to release the payment on the plea that it could make the payment only when its funds, deposited in the consolidated fund of the Government of India, were received.

Sources said due to this, the MC authorities had stopped undertaking work in the industrial area. On the persistent request of the administration, the corporation had once again planned to start development work in the industrial area for which estimates had been passed.

An industrialist complained that the civic amenities in the industrial area were poor. The bitumen of a majority of internal roads had been eroded and there was rampant wild growth in open spaces. Most streetlights were also non-functional.

Councillor of the industrial area phase-I, Jatinder Bhatia, said he had raised the issue a number of times in the house, but the work had not yet been started.



Lower-rung cops seem to be less bothered about directives on FIR
Migrants thrashed; cops say no to FIR
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Middle and lower rung police personnel seem to give two hoots for the directives issued by the police top brass on the registration of FIRs.

Though clear instructions have been issued that no complainant should be harassed in the police stations and the FIR should be registered immediately, the ground reality is just contrary.

The case of two migrants, Sham Kumar and Kasi Prasad, who have made several rounds of Sector 34 police station failed to get their case registered. This corroborates the general perception.

This incident took place on Thursday night at Colony No. 5 when a few persons thrashed both for paying no attention to their ‘instructions’ of purchasing liquor from their unauthorised ‘pan’ shop instead of liqour vend located nearby.

Both victims, who received injuries on their head and other parts of the bodies, alleged that the police was shielding the accused.

Narrating the incident, Sector 35 resident Sham Kumar alleged that he along with his friend, Kasi, were intercepted by the accused in front of the vend and instructed to purchase wine from a ‘pan’ shop.

“As we ignored their instructions, they attacked us from behind with bricks. We were thrashed when police reached the spot and took the accused to the police station. Instead of registering the case, a SI made us to sit with them (the accused) in a car of their friend and directed us to go to a hospital”, alleged Sham Kumar.

“But we were taken to Terrace Garden, where they again beat us up. They were also planning to eliminate us. While we were being taken to an unknown destination we jumped out the moving car", claimed Sham Kumar.

He alleged that they again came to the police station from where they were again shooed away by the same SI.

“Interestingly we were told by the cop that we should have purchased the liquor from the unauthorised shop”, alleged Sham.

When contacted DSP (South) J.S. Khaira said the victims were called today evening but they didn't turn up.”

“Neither they gave us anything in writing nor they told us about their complaint clearly”, said Khaira, giving reasons for delaying in registration of the case.



UT engineers told to complete road links
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 1
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has taken up the issue of missing link with the UT engineering department. To begin with, the UT engineering department has been asked to complete the road link between sectors 50 and 51. It would ultimately link the road dividing sectors 62 (Phase VIII) and 63 (Phase IX).

The road link would ultimately link the road with the Central Business District (CBD) in Sector 62. The GMADA has already undertaken the work to lay eight-lane roads around the CBD at a cost worth Rs 17 crore.

A senior official in GMADA said on the road diving sectors 50 and 51, since a thoroughfare was already being used by the residents, the UT had to just lay a short stretch of the road for the convenience of the people.

The matter has also been taken up in a meeting on the inter-state issues of integrated development. The GMADA has sought completion of the Sector 51 road before it passes through sectors 62 and 63. Another missing link was between sectors 54 and 55.

As per sources due to the inter-state coordination, the UT has already allotted the work of four-lane of the remaining portion of road from Sector 47 to SAS Nagar, which runs parallel to the Chandigarh-Ludhiana railway line.

The officials said it was not only the road sections moving east to west from Chandigarh to Mohali that need to be opened up and widened, the roads running from north to south within the two cities also need widening.

The pressure in Mohali region is going to increase manifold as private residential projects that dot Mohali’s periphery are located on roads that spread out to Banur, Kharar and Fatehgarh Sahib.



Website for villagers launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
To get rural people acquainted with the tech revolution, the “Society for Upliftment of Rural Folks” (SURF), today launched its official website www.pindonline.com, here.

With the motto “a link between the head of the nation and the heads of villages”, Sadhu Singh, a sarpanch of Sarangpur village in Chandigarh, inaugurated this web site.

“Out of 490 lakh Internet users in India only 90 lakh belong to the rural areas. The website would carry the names and photographs of sarpanches and panches of villages in and around Chandigarh and Punjab at present. States like Haryana and Himachal Pradesh will shortly be uploaded. The other states will follow subsequently,” told Sadhu Singh, representative of sarpanches and panches of the villages in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

The site also contains information regarding the government policies for the upliftment of rural folks. The major beneficiaries of the site will be the rural masses related to agriculture and allied fields besides the student community in villages. Students and job seekers will be able to access all sorts of information related. They can download the requisite forms for jobs in the country, which are otherwise difficult to get.

The SURF is endeavoring for the upliftment of rural masses through the medium of information technology. The main objectives of the SURF are to spread awareness among the rural masses about banking facilities, education and career opportunities, insurance benefits, telecom revolution etc.



Free counselling for psoriasis patients
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 1
Psoriasis an immune system disorder that affects the skin, and occasionally the eyes, nails, and joints is probably one of the longest known illnesses and simultaneously one of the most misunderstood, said Dr Vikas Sharma, a dermatologist here today.

In fact psoriasis has been shown to affect the quality of life to an extent similar to the effects of other chronic diseases such as depression, myocardial infarction, hypertension, congestive heart failure or type-2 diabetes. Psychological distress can lead to depression and social isolation, said Dr Sharma who is organising “psoriasis week” on the occasion of “World Psoriasis Day.”

During the week, patients suffering from different types of psoriasis would be provided free consultation, and skin testing at National Skin Hospital, Mansa Devi Complex. A team of doctors would also conduct dermatological counselling to the patients and their families.

About two-three per cent of the world population is suffering from psoriasis. Dr Sharma said psoriasis might affect very small areas of skin or cover the entire body with a buildup of red scales called plaques, he said.

Psoriasis affects both males as well as females equally and can occur at any age, although it most commonly appears for the first time between the ages of 15 and 25 years, he added.

Dr Vikas stated that it can be due to heredetorcila factors and around one-third of people with psoriasis report a family history of the disease.

Onset before 40 years usually indicates a greater genetic susceptibility and a more severe or recurrent course of psoriasis. About 25 per cent of patients who develop psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis also, he added.



Karnataka’s foundation day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 1
The Kannada Sangha is celebrating the 52nd foundation day of Karnataka ‘Kannada Rajyostava’ at a function being organised at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 71, here tomorrow. The Punjab cooperative minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, would be the chief guest on the occasion.

Giving a brief about the organisation, a spokesperson of the body said about 500 families belonging to Karnataka, who had been residing in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula, were actively involved in various social activities. The inhabitants of the state were serving in various banks, health care sector and defence service.

The Kannada Sangha has been organising blood donation camps, distribution of medicines and clothes to the orphanage and old age homes. The Sangha has demanded a site to construct a temple dedicated to Lord Siddhi Vinayaka.



Mushaira marks Haryana Day celebrations
S.D. Sharma

An Urdu mushaira in progress at Haryana Sahitya Akademi, Sector 14, in Panchkula
An Urdu mushaira in progress at Haryana Sahitya Akademi, Sector 14, in Panchkula on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Panchkula, November 1
Well-known Urdu poets participated in a Mushaira organised by the Haryana Urdu Akademy to mark the Haryana Day celebrations at akademy bhavan here today.

After an inordinately-delayed mundane start, the proceedings gathered momentum with poet Madhav Kaushik taking the centre stage. Some of the poets commenced their recitations on a patriotic note lending credence to the Harayna day, but later, switched over to the usual satire, romance and socio-political themes.

Expressing an optimistic view of life, the octogenarian poet, KL Zakir, observed Arzoo ke diye jalaane se ye andhere kam nahin honge, kabh zamanne mein nahin thhe , kabh zamanne gam nahin honge. TN Raz, the only humorous poet from the region, articulated the socio-political scenario in his satirical parody, Muflisi, Berozgari, Rape, Rishwat, sabh, Waqt-e, akhir naam tere ai vatan kar jayenge. Besides Madhav Kaushik, MP Chand, Dr Rana Ganori, Dr Devinder Kafir, Siraaj Paiker, Kulbhushan Parwaz, Dr Rubina Shabnam, Ved Diwana, RD Sharma Taseer, Rupa Saba, BD Kalia Hamdam, TN Raz, Ram Tirath Joshi, SL Dhawan Kamal, Qamr Rais, Shama Hariyanvi read out verses before the audience.



Advani to address rally on Nov 16
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
“It’s been unfortunate on the part of the Union government, especially the Prime Minister and the home department to create a wedge between the Chandigarh Administrator, his Advisor and the local MP. It’s going to people in general who will turn to loss,” said Satya Pal Jain, former MP.

Addressing mediapersons after briefing about the “Vijay Sankalp rally” being organised by the party in Chandigarh, Jain said the rally was being organised by the BJP in connection with the forthcoming parliamentary elections. L. K. Advani will address the gathering at Circus Ground, Sector 17, on November 16.



NCP celebrates Chandigarh Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Chandigarh unit, today celebrated the ‘Chandigarh Day’ at Sector-17 plaza, here, today. The party demanded that on the pattern of Delhi and Puducherry, Chandigarh, too, should be declared a state. A 20-kg cake was also distributed on the occasion.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the All India Blind Employees Association, today met minister of state for finance Pawan Kumar Bansal, regarding non-implementation of the Equal Protection of Rights for Disables Act 1995. “It’s been 13 years since this Act came into being, but it has not been implemented as yet”, told Tulsi Ram, president of the association.



World Thrift Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The World Thrift Day was celebrated by National Savings Institute (Government of India) and Directorate of Small Savings, Chandigarh, here yesterday. Lalit Joshi, chairperson, Social Welfare Advisory Board, Chandigarh, was the chief guest.

Lalit Joshi highlighted the significance of small savings in the economic development of the country. She appreciated the good work done by the National Savings Institute and Directorate of Small Savings, Chandigarh Administration, in addition to the concerted efforts made by the Agents, Postal/bank officers and officials.

She revealed Rs 386.64 crores were collected under small savings schemes in UT during 2007-08, out of which Rs 310 crores were contributed by the small savings agents. She made an appeal to the citizens of City Beautiful to develop the habit of thrift and save for themselves as well as for the nation.

Rajiv Sagar, regional director, National Savings Institute, Chandigarh, spoke about the importance of the World Thrift Day and idea behind the celebrations.



Army aviation observes 23rd anniversary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
All Aviation Squadrons under the Western Command observed the 23rd Army Aviation Corps Day at Chandimandir cantonment today. This year Western Command was awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Flight Safety Trophy.

A high tea for all officers of Command at Command Headquarters was held to mark the occasion.

A social evening was also organised with all retired and serving aviators at the Defence Service Officers Institute (DSOI) in Chandigarh.

The Army Aviation Corps was created on November 1, 1986 from the erstwhile Air Observation Post. This elite arm today is wholly manned, maintained, and flown by selected officers of the Indian Army.

The “Soldiers in the Sky”, with their versatile helicopters, are a lifeline for troops deployed in far flung areas and inhospitable terrain like the Siachen Glacier.

Making a humble beginning with four light weight unarmed Auster aircraft in 1947, the erstwhile Air Observation Post made stellar contribution in three Indo-Pak conflicts.



IAF seniors honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
Air Force octogenarians were felicitated during the annual meet organised by Air Force Association (AFA), North Zone, at the Air Force Station here today. Retired IAF personnel from all over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh attended the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion Air Officer Commanding 12 Wing, Air Cmdr S.R.K. Nair said present generation of the Air Force is the result of the efforts of these dedicated soldiers, who by means of their devotion and hard work made the organisation stand tall.



Residents oppose admn’s decision
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 1
The Residents’ Welfare Associations of Mohali has constituted a joint action committee to fight against the decision of the district administration and GMADA to get the conveyance deed of their plots registered at the prevailing rates instead of the allotment rates.

Baljit Singh, general secretary of the joint action committee, said memorandum in this regard had already been given to the Chief Minister, cooperation minister, revenue minister and other authorities concerned. The committee threatened to intensify its agitation against the government if their demands were not met. The committee announced to hold a meeting on November 5 in Phase I.



Tribune employee retires
Tribune News Service

B.B. Singla Chandigarh, November 1
B.B. Singla, Chief Pharmacist, The Tribune, retired here today after putting in more than 30 years of service. He joined the institution as a pharmacist on February 8, 1978.

He was given warm send-off by his colleagues. A farewell party was also arranged in his honour on the office premises. Among others, Rajeshwar Chopra, AGM, The Tribune, lauded his services to the institution.




Cut down RTI fee

The price for filing an RTI application was increased from RS 10 to Rs 50 by the Chandigarh administartion in February’08 after a spat of so- called frivolous applications.

In the past nine months, the administration would have done an in house inquiry/calculations about those, who had filed RTI applications and had the number of applicants been discouraged. To me, those who realise their social responsibility and are serving the society with the help of the RTI Act, will never abstain from filing an application, comewhatmay, be the price of it.

Increasing the fee has not served the purpose and money collected so does any way serve the purpose of the administration because it does not get RTI money, as it goes in the consolidated fund only.

In future, RTI applications will be booked free of cost for those under BPL as there’s already a provision of free applications for them. The Chandigarh administration should also rise to the situation and reduce the processing fee.

R K Garg

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Panjab varsity diamond jubilee celebrations conclude
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The closing day of the year-long diamond jubilee celebrations at Panjab University saw various departments organising a series of academic activities, special lectures, alumni-meets, essay-writing competitions and cultural programmes, throughout the day. The main function to formally culminate the celebrations was organised at the University Law Auditorium. On the occasion, Prof. A.R. Kidwai, Governor of Haryana, congratulated the university for what he termed as its “consistent record of growth and development” in the field of higher education. Recounting his association with the university, the Governor appreciated the way this institution of higher learning had maintained its standards of excellence, despite financial constraints. He described the diamond jubilee as the “beginning of new era”.

Prof Ram Prakash, MP, in his address exhorted the university fraternity to compete with global players and to rise to international standards in research and teaching. He regretted the fact that none of the Indian universities figured in top 500 best universities of the world. Despite the fact that India had rich reservoir of talented scientists, IT professionals, writers and thinkers, it had failed to harness their potential in any systemic manner, he said. “We continue to supply our recourses to the West, while our own institutions clamour for talented faculty,” he said.

Pawan Kumar Bansal, minister of state, (Finance), in his presidential remarks expressed a sense of satisfaction with PU’s past achievements and congratulated the university for keeping its head high despite what he rather cryptically termed as “constraints and restraints”. He asked the university to compete with institutions of higher education in the private sector and also with the universities abroad. He cautioned the university not to become offshore campuses of foreign universities in its pursuit of having international collaborations.

Earlier, vice-chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti, in his welcome address, highlighted various academic and other activities that the university had undertaken during the year-long diamond jubilee celebrations.

A book entitled “The Flight of the Phoenix”, co-authored by Prof D.V.S. Jain, Professor Emeritus, and Dr V. K. Anand, chief librarian, AC Joshi Library, was also released on the occasion. The book chronicles the history of varsity since its inception in 1882 as one of the four federal universities in India.

Meanwhile, various activities were undertaken in different teaching departments. Students of the UBS visited Old Age Home in Sector 15, school for blind and mentally retarded children and Sahayta in the PGI, so as to learn the real corporate social responsibility.

They also interacted with Swami Bhrameshanand, secretary of Ramakrishna Mission, Sector 15.



PU diamond jubilee celebrations conclude
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The culmination of Diamond Jubilee Celebrations witnessed many programmes on the campus, including the function, organised by members of the non-teaching staff of Panjab University. The programme comprised of a Cultural Pageant, Prize Distribution to the teams, which got 1st Position in All India (Non-Teaching Employee) Inter-University Sports Festival in Football and 2 nd position in Cricket, and a special lecture by KK Khandelwal, IAS, principal secretary to chief minister, Haryana, on the “Right to Information Act” here today.

Department of Vocational Education: Institute of Educational Technology and Vocational Education organised functions for the D-day celebrations of PU. 17 students of Semesters 1 and 3 of BA Honours (Education), BEd, participated in poster making and slogan writing. Richa Sharma, lecturer of Arts, Dev Samaj College of Education, was the judge. Prof Malvinder Ahuja, chief coordinator, gave away the prizes to the winners of the competitions.

Department of Sociology: The culmination of Diamond Jubilee year was celebrated in the department of sociology here today, in which former and present faculty of the department, non-teaching staff and students participated with great enthusiasm. The faculty and staff felicitated the former teaching and non-teaching members of the department. Presentations were made by SL Sharma, Prof. (Mrs.) KP Singh, Prof SR Mehta, Prof (Mrs) Raj Mohini Sethi, and Prof KG Iyer on the subject of “Relevance of Sociology in the Globalised World”.

Department of Geology: In the geology department, a five-hour-long marathon session of the students, faculty, alumni and friends of the department, saw a galaxy of old students and teachers attending it. The guest of honour was Prof SB Bhatia FNA (Ph. D. Imperial College London) and former CSIR scientist emeritus, who fifty years back had joined as a founder teacher of the department. The chief guest was Padma Shri CP Vohra, Everest and Anatrctica Hero and retd. director-general Geological Survey of India, who is the lone geologist in world to have gone to both Mount Everest and Antarctica. Speakers included CP Vohra, SB Bhatia, VK Raina, ON Bharga, BK Das, AD Kharkwal, Ravindra Kumar, PK Mehta, BK Das, Rajeev Patnaik, Parampreet Kaur, Rajnish Vij and department representative Ravi shanker Chaubey, who demonstrated the Rajasaurus model he was preparing to the Ankur school kids.

Department of Fashion Technology and Vocational Development: University Institute of Fashion Technology and Vocational Development organised a ‘Paint Your T-Shirt’ and ‘Paint the Classroom Wall’ contest today. The theme given to the participants was “Save the Planet”. 28 students participated in the contest, which was judged for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes. Judgment of the creative ideas of the students was a tough job for the jury. The contest was judged by Dr Rita Kant (UIFT), Dr Sween, (coordinator), Dr Paramjit Singh Kang and Dr Prabha Vig

Department of History: Diamond Jubilee celebrations were held in the department of History today with a lecture delivered by Meeta Rajivlochan (IAS) controller, Semi Conductor Laboratory, Mohali, on Looking back at History: The relevance of history today. She highlighted the fact that history had been the seminal discipline of social sciences from which the other disciplines had emerged such as Political Science, Economics, Sociology.

Department of Laws: As a part of the D-day celebrations, the department of laws organised a get-together of the alumni and a lecture by Prof Varindra Kumar on the topic “Law Teacher and the Legal Order - A Reminiscences and Reflections of a Teacher’. The guests and faculty members were welcomed by Prof PS Jaswal, chairman of the department.

HS Mattewal, advocate-general Punjab and Sh HS Hooda, advocate-general Haryana also attended the function.

Department of Physical Education: The department of physical education celebrated the eve by conducting Mini Marathon through the residential areas of the campus. The students wore T-Shirts which were carrying PU Logo along with Diamond printed on the back. The race was flagged off by Meeta Rajivlochan, senior IAS officer and alumni of PU. A vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Gurmeet Singh to the participants

Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension: The Centre for Adult, Continuing Education & Extension, PU, held a function to mark the celebrations. To make the University-Community partnership a reality, 30 women from slums of Bhaskar Colony, Madrasi Colony and Janta Colony visited the university. A seminar on ‘various forms of music’ was held in the department of music.

Department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies: The department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, PU, organised a talk by Prof SS Bhatti. Prof Jaspal Kaur Kaang, chairperson of the department, welcomed the speaker and other honourable guests. Bhatti highlighted the architectural aspect of Guru Nanak Bani.

Department of Psychology: The department of psychology organised lectures by Prof BS Chavan, head, dept. of Psychiatry, Govt Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, and Prof Jitendra Mohan, emeritus professor of the university on the occasion. Deliberating on the theme of Stress at Work Place, Chavan highlighted the impact of stress in various areas of human activity and dwelled at length on the effective ways of management of stress in all areas.

Department of Social Sciences: The Centre for Emerging Areas in Social Sciences, organised the closing ceremony of Diamond Jubilee celebrations at ICSSR Complex here today. The celebrations commenced with a special talk by VK Bhawra (IPS) IG, Punjab, on Human Rights having bearing on the Police Administration and Social Work. The talk was followed by adjudging poster exhibition on varying themes like female foeticide, environment, smart policing, women empowerment, say no to drugs, ‘no smoking’ among others.

Department of Indian Theatre: The department of Indian Theatre celebrated the day by planting 36 saplings as a mark of completing 36 eventful years of its existence on campus. The students, staff and faculty engaged themselves in interaction and activity. Zulfiqar Khan, one of the most illustrious alumni of the department, was honoured for his commendable work with underprivileged children.



Workshop on health education for schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The division of Health Education of the department of pediatrics along with National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE) of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) organised a unique workshop for schoolchildren and their teachers from various government schools of Chandigarh here today.

The theme of the workshop was “Children as partners for Health Promotion- Skill Based Health Education”. Over 20 students from nearly 65 government schools along with their teachers attended the workshop. They were taught about their common health related issues and problems, frequently encountered by them in their home, school and playground environment.

Various audio-visual clips about commonly encountered problems were also shown. Dr Bhavneet Bharti, organiser of the workshop, delivered lectures on basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other essential first aid-measures. Earlier, Dr Sunit Singhi, head of pediatric department, inaugurated the workshop.

Dr Prabhjoy Malhi, child Psychologist, PGI, explained the simple ways of handling stress by using various life skills. Dr Ashima, Oral Health Sciences, PGI, elucidated to students basics of dental health along with correct techniques of brushing and other dental hygiene measures.

Furthermore, Dr Sahul Bharti enlightened schoolchildren about common health issues like nosebleed, stings and bites and panic attack. He highlighted the role of correct hand washing techniques to prevent various morbidities such as diarrhoea, worm infestations in children. Dr Raman Kalia, Dr Sushma and Dr Sukhwinder from National Institute of Nursing Education gave hands on training for schoolchildren about bandaging, dressing and splinting.



RSS gen secy attends lecture
Tribune News Service

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal and RSS general secretary Mohan Bhagat release a book in Chandigarh
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal and RSS general secretary Mohan Bhagat release a book in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, November 1
Hindu nationalism or Hindu nation is not a concept or any political ideology. It should be understood as a way of life that leads to an ideal coordination between man and environment, said Mohan Bhagwat, general secretary of the RSS, here today.

Delivering the 18th Panchnad lecture organised by Chandigarh-based Panchnad Research Institute, Bhagwat said the science that binds spiritualism and the materialism together was Santana dharma (eternal moral ethical code).

He said it appeared as if the country was distained to deliver to the world the recipe for a harmonious and nature-friendly way of living. He said India’s identity lied in the eternal balance between various forces and only this kind of identity would bring honour and dignity to its inhabitants.

Bhagwat was presented with “abhinandan patra”, a shawl and memento on behalf of the institute. Earlier, he released a book on “Hindu nationalism-a contemporary perspective “ published by the institute.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, who presided over the function, released a souvenir on the occasion. He regretted that Hindutva had been maligned by pseudo-secularists. Hindutva was the soul of our nationhood, Dhumal added and emphasised on the need for universal brotherhood based on the ancient Indian wisdom.

Bajrang Lal Gupta, member of the institute steering committee, said the institute’s objective was to involve the community in healthy consultation process so as to arrive at logical and humanitarian policy.



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