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A show of strength by Dera followers
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh addresses his followers
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh addresses his followers. Tribune photo Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, December 3
A mammoth rally by Dera Sacha Sauda followers at Sector 25, here, marked the appearance of dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh at the Punjab Police headquarters in Sector 9 today.

While police officials dubbed the rally as a show of strength by the dera chief, the followers maintained that the peaceful gathering was just a solidarity gesture and an opportunity for his darshan.

Whatever it was, the city was jampacked with the followers, who started arriving from all neighbouring states and UP late last night. The followers, who had initially gathered at Leisure Valley, were shifted to the rally ground in Sector 25 where the dera chief addressed them, albeit briefly, after appearing before Punjab Police officials for interrogation.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the dera chief to join investigations for hurting the feelings of the Sikh community by donning an attire similar to that of the tenth Sikh guru Gobind Singh during a ceremony at Salabatpura in Bathinda on May 12 last year.

The dera chief reached the police headquarters in a convoy of 24 vehicles, including several luxury SUVs, around noon amid a tight-security cordon, which consisted his personal security guards and a huge posse of Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh policemen.

The dera chief, who has been given a Z-plus security, was escorted by a fleet of Haryana Police vehicles to the headquarters while the Chandigarh Police took care of law and order situation in the city and provided a free passage to the convoy.

About four cars from the dera chief’s convoy were allowed to go to the porch in the headquarters. However, nothing was visible from outside as huge curtains were drawn as soon as his car reached there.

At the rally ground, elaborate arrangements had been made by the dera for address. A bullet-proof stage was erected for the dera chief at rally ground. His followers patiently waited for hours at the ground to have his glimpse. The dera chief arrived at 4.55 pm after about four-and-half hours of grilling by the Punjab Police.

Organisers of the dera had made their own security arrangements and they had brought their own metal detectors, sound systems, tents and other paraphernalia for the huge rally.

The dera chief went straight into the covered area behind his bullet-proof stage at the rally ground. He appeared before his followers after 10 minutes of his arrival there. He gave a discourse to the followers for about five minutes before returning to his fleet of luxury vehicles hidden behind the huge tents.

The dera chief did not speak about his questioning by the police. He urged his followers to serve humanity and help the military and the police, which took care of their safety. He asked his followers to donate blood to these forces. Besides this, he called upon them to wage a war against the drugs menace.

Dr Aditya Insan, dera spokesman, told TNS that the questioning was nothing else than a harassment tactics of the Punjab Police. He said the dera chief had given replies to all questions for 11 times and undergone grilling by the police for over 30 hours. He stated that the dera chief had apologised over the issue thrice, but the issue was being raised by Akalis to serve their ulterior motives.



Police stations sans officers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
The visit of Baba Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh to the city for questioning by the Punjab Police got the police into a tizzy.

With the almost entire police force pressed into service to avoid any untoward incident here, the normal policing have to bear the brunt.

All visitors, who came to call on the senior police officers at the Police Headquarters, Sector 9, have to go back disappointed. All officers were on duty at Punjab Police Headquarters at Sector 9, where the dera chief was summoned for questioning. Even most of the police stations were also without SHOs.

“The matter was so sensitive thus called for elaborate arrangements”, said Doon, maintaining that around 1,000 personnel, including all DSPs, inspectors and chowki in charges were deputed on special duty to avoid any untoward incident.

Besides, the routine work in many nearby offices of Punjab Police Headquarters also suffered due to police arrangements.

“The police has turned the headquarters and its surrounding area into a virtual fortress. They are not allowing anyone to enter there. I came from Sunam and have an urgent work in Mini Secretariat. But now I have to come back after seeking fresh appointment from the officer concerned”, lamented Gurnam Singh.

Even the police did not allow the media to go near the entry gates of the headquarters, which led a minor tiff between the SSP Srivastava and mediapersons in afternoon. They wanted to go in the headquarters while the officer, pleading the sensitivity of the matter, was reluctant to allow them beyond the designated limit.

As around 45,000 followers turned up from various cities at the Rally Ground, Sector 25, to support their guru, the traffic flow on the city roads also disrupted in the evening when they went back to their respective destinations.



Security beefed up

Panchkula, December 3
The visit of Dera chief kept the Panchkula police on tenterhooks as well here today. The caravan of Baba that had to reach Chandigarh through the district entered from the Shazadpur-Mouli road and while passing through Barwala and Ramgarh, it had a halt at Sector 21 at a follower’s house. 



Beware snatchers, now cops have Pulsar
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
Fancying sleeker bikes to nail down snatchers in the city, the Chandigarh Police now prefers Pulsar to the good-old Royal Enfield Bullet.

For the first time, the police has purchased the other make instead of noisy 350 cc Bullets which are being used by the force since its inception.

In a week or two, 15 Pulsar bikes will be pressed into service to deal with snatchers, who use speedy bikes to give shape to their nefarious designs.

“We have got the bikes which are being in process of getting registration numbers as well as other formalities. In a day or two, these will be added in our fleet,” said S.K. Jain, inspector-general of the UT police.

Sources said the police was baffled with the increasing number of snatching incidents here.

“Though the police has laid hands on the snatchers occasionally, the criminals managed to give a slip to the police in most cases. The need of procuring the speedy bikes by the force was felt time and again,” added the sources.

The IG said, “Mostly, the snatchers use the advanced bikes, so chasing them on bulky motor cycle is not practical as it is very difficult to manoeuvre the Bullet on quick turns. On the other hand, these new-age bikes are not only light but also have better pick-up, speed and fuel efficiency. This led us to buy the Pulsar bikes.”

Modern bikes are better-suited for patrol duty keeping in view the crime scenario.

Moreover, the Bullet is meant for stout persons. Lightweight cops always find it hard to handle it, added a policeman.

Earlier this year, a proposal to get 25 advanced bikes (from 125 CC to 175 CC) was put forth.

The rest bikes would be procured very soon, said the IG.



PGI approves 27 pc OBC quota
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
The PGI governing body today approved 27 per cent OBC quota for the postgraduate courses in the institute from the next academic year.

The decision was taken at the governing body meeting held at New Delhi today. According to information, the institute has 700 seats in various departments at present.

The governing body also gave its nod for increasing the retirement age of a professor to 65 years. The PGI teaching faculty was awaiting the final decision of the governing body of retirement age as many of its professors, including the heads of departments, are due to retire in the coming months.

1-yr extension to GMCH director

The PGI governing body has given one-year extension to director-principal, GMCH-32, Dr Raj Bhadur.

The deputation period from the PGI to GMCH-32 had expired on November 30. After getting an approval from governing body, director-principal Dr Raj Bhadur, said, “My priority would be to complete the pending projects.”



Mumbai Attacks
Saved many, but lost wife, kids
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 3
He saved lives of some 200 persons during the terrorist attack in Taj Hotel but was not able to save his wife and two kids who were inside the building.

Karam Bir Singh Kang, general manager of Taj Hotel at Mumbai, was out of the hotel when the terrorists laid a siege to the heritage building, recalled his father former Maj-General Jagtar Singh Kang here today.

Speaking to mediapersons at his farmhouse near Kandala village here, he said that his son was busy at a meeting elsewhere in the city when the terrorists attacked the Taj Hotel. He came back immediately and went straight inside the hotel.

He tried to save as many persons as he could and even made efforts to rescue his own wife and children but could not save them.

“My son was inside the hotel for about 36 hours even when his colleagues kept persuading him to move out of the building because of indiscriminate firing by the terrorists,” he added.

Neeti, wife of Karam Bir, and his two children, Uday (14) and Samar (5) had got trapped inside their room when the terrorists had taken over the hotel.

He remained in touch with his wife for sometime through her mobile phone, but ultimately the connection got disrupted, he added.

Gen Kang said that his elder grandson, Uday, was studying in class VII, while the younger one, Samar, was to be admitted in Class I. An interview for the admission was scheduled for the coming Monday, he added.

Relatives said that Karam Bir had also come to the farmhouse but was not willing to talk to anyone about the tragedy.


Plan to install gates in colonies
Tribune News Service

Mohali, December 3
To ensure the security of residents, particularly the elderly, the police and the municipal council has come up with an ambitious plan to fix hundreds of gates in residential areas to restrict the movement of criminal elements.

To discuss the plan at length, SSP Jatinder Singh Aulakh had called a meeting, which was attended among others by SP (city) Varinder Pal Singh, council president Rajinder Singh Rana and former senior vice-president of the civic body Rishiv Jain.

Aulakh said he had written a letter to the council president about a week ago in which he had suggested that the metal gates be put up in various parts of the town to restrict the movement of the criminals. He had suggested that various pockets should be earmarked for installing the gates. These gates were to be closed at night leaving only one gate open, which would be manned by a security guard, who would be maintaining a register to enter the names of persons entering that particular area once the gates were closed. The security guard would be deployed after carrying out the police verification.

He said the town had been divided into crime zones and a list was passed to the civic body. The area around Matour village was more sensitive. He said the council president had agreed in principle and the work on the project would be started after estimates were prepared in this regard and the proposal was cleared by the general house of the council. If the project involved a large amount of funds it could be implemented in two phases, added the SSP.

Rana said JEs of the civic body would go around the town along with the SHOs concerned to chalk out plans to secure different parts of the town and to find out how many gates would be needed for the security purposes. He said he was very sure that all councillors would extend support in this regard.



World Disability Day
Education a distant dream for him
‘Heartless’ admn denies admission to 20-year-old Ganesh in school
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
Disability has come with more than its share of woes for 20-year-old Ganesh. He was denied admission to a government school on account of his handicap.

Running from pillar to post despite the disability which has left his lower limbs limp, Ganesh swears by the futility of the “heartless” Chandigarh administration observing a World Disability Day.

If an enthusiast like Ganesh wants to pursue education despite all odds, especially at a time when everybody is crying hoarse about education for all, pushing him out of the mainstream only because he cannot walk is nothing short of blasphemy.

“It has been six months since I began correspondence with the administration for a seat in any government school in Class IX. I think the session will end and I will be still looking for ways to get in,” he rues.

Despite being recommended by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to admit him regularly, it apparently was the arduous task for the administration. Otherwise efficient in studies, Ganesh is willing to take admission in class IX which is governed by the UT administration only.

The CBSE joint secretary, D.R. Yadav, said that since there was no provision for him in the Board constitution, he has recommended his case with the CBSE, New Delhi. “His case is with the Board and we are trying if he could be given a chance as a special case. Meanwhile, he could be given regular admission in the CBSE-affiliated school,” said Yadav.

When contacted, home-cum-education secretary Ram Niwas assured that his case would be looked into. “Ask his parents to approach me immediately. I will personally look into the case and all help would be extended to Ganesh as per rules and regulations,” he said.

Ganesh’s passion was to be self-reliant after completing his studies in matriculation. Last year, dejected, as he felt, for not getting the admission through CBSE, he approached the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) which came to his rescue. He was allowed to appear as a special candidate for Class X in March last.

But, now it was turn of the principal and the staff of Sector 44 GMSSS (his examination centre) who were hell bent on ill-treating him to the extent that he had to quit his examination.

The Tribune highlighted the incident and the administration, after conducting an inquiry into the case, chargesheeted the principal and a Sanskrit teacher, but the matter was later hushed up.

For Ganesh, all efforts of the Chandigarh administration to celebrate the World Disability Day are nothing less than a gimmick as it fails to uphold the dignity and justice for disabled persons into practice. Showing concern, the Home Secretary said that the guilty teachers would be pulled up.

Ganesh has been suffering from 100 per cent locomotors disability. He cannot even sit for long time. According to his doctors, he had developed some infection on the right hip. Till date, his wounds have not been healed.

Ganesh never went to school and got education at home.

He was earlier allowed by the Chandigarh education department to appear for the middle examination through his home under the supervision of a teacher. He scored first division.



Inclusive education scheme a non-starter
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
Even after three years of approval, the proposal to set up at least 20 centres of inclusive education in the existing government schools for special children has proven to be a non-starter in the city.

The proposal, prepared in 2005 by the department of social welfare in collaboration with the social activists working in the disability sector, had, for the first time, envisaged the integration of disabled children in mainstream schools rather than in separate, special schools. The then UT home secretary had forwarded the proposal to DPI (schools) for implementation.

It is worth mentioning that UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) had approved 20 inclusive education centres. Of these, 10 schools (eight in urban area and two in rural area) were to be meant for children suffering from hearing impairment and 10 for children with physical disabilities. These 20 schools were to be established in the already running government schools and have regular slots for physiotherapists, speech therapists and remedial teachers.

“We are addressing to the needs of disabled students in best possible manner and have chalked out major plans to increase social exposure and interaction. We have also distributed resource material to all schools under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan,” said Samwartak Singh, DPI (S) UT.

However, contrary to his claims, a department official revealed that the projects are far from successful. “The main aim of this project was to include such kids in mainstream by teaching them along with the normal students. To grant admission and depute trained teachers and therapists is yet a distant dream. Most of the times the resource material like bold font books are unable to reach schools due to financial constraint,” he said.



Physical disability not a handicap
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, December 3
Physical disability does not stops a person to achieve a goal in life. This was proved by Dr R.S. Mann, former principal of Government Postgraduate College, Kalka, during his 37-year service, who retired last week.

Interacting with The Tribune, Mann said, “I have achieved my goal of life with firm determination and hard work despite of physical disability and ill health since last more than two decades. The credit for it goes to my wife.”

Mann joined the Haryana education department in 1971 as a lecturer in geography and worked in different capacity for about 10 years. He taught this subject in a postgraduate college, Hisar, and then was taken by the UT administration on deputation. He was then posted at Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, for about 25 years. Later, he was promoted as the deputy director in the office of the higher education department, Haryana. He worked there for about one year and later on posted as principal, Government Postgraduate College, Kalka, in September, 2006.

During his short tenure in Kalka, Mann gave a new look to the college by starting many mega projects. New courses like MSc in geography, MCom, BCA, biotechnology, honours classes in geography and economics were also started in the last session. Owing to the efforts of Mann, the Kalka college has been included amongst the 25 colleges of excellence in the state.



Fighting all odds with ability
Harpreeti Bassi and Sheetal Mahajan

Chandigarh, December 3
‘Bholi si surat aankho me masti, door khari sharmaye” Gurpreet sings aloud. Though his words may not be too clear, but his zeal and enthusiasm on being present amongst so many people is surely infectious as he insists on being heard and praised too.

Eleven-year-old Shobhit comes over to offer me a glass of water as we try to hide our surprise on the fact that till a year back he could not lift one.

Gurpreet and Shobhit are amongst many who have fought all odds with professional help to create a niche for themselves and realise their simple, yet precious dreams.

“These children, who are specially-abled can, can be a fruitful part of society only if we acknowledge and fulfil their special needs. When any child joins us, even the parents are aghast and helpless. But trust me, a little patience and hard work does wonders. They are very sensitive but very true and innocent at heart.” says Promila Chandra Mohan, chief executive officer and honorary secretary of the Society for Rehabilitation of Mentally Challenged, Sector 36.

“I was shattered when I realised my son was not developing normally. I tried to deal with him at home but things were difficult as I could never make him understand the reason why kids in park smirked at him. But now, after a year of admitting him to a city-based institute, I am proud to see him making confident attempts to be a part of the games along with other kids,” says Shobhna Singh, a Sector 42 resident.

“You have to be very professional and well prepared to help such kids. We have to understand their problem and design therapies and activities accordingly. For example, with many kids we spend months to teach them how to grip things or lift objects. But more than our programmes, it’s their courage and zeal that defeats their disabilities,” adds Dr Shweta.

As we bid adieu after being bowled over by the firm determination and innocence of kids, who come up with requests to stay for some more time, Gurupreet promises a new song in return and without waiting for an answer, starts with his favourite number once again, but a new rhythm now.



Two projects launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues today launched two landmark projects i.e. Aasha Kiran - A Ray of Hope (vocational training centre for differently abled) and Aashreya- home where the mentally challenged would live with comfort, convenience and dignity.

Rodrigues took stock of the skill development and vocational programmes in Asha Kiran in various disciplines, including house keeping, beauty culture, computer technology, mobile repair, stenography, decorative pottery, music classes, candle making and fancy paper bag making.

Besides, the concept of setting up a call centre is also in the pipeline.

This project building has been constructed at a cost of about Rs 3 crore on a plot area of 1.18 acres in Sector 46.

Rodrigues asked the home secretary, Ram Niwas, to issue a directive that the government and public buildings should be made diasbled-friendly by introducing necessary facilities in the next two months.

Later,Rodrigues inaugurated the Aashreya, constructed at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, a two-storey building for accomodating mentally challenged who have noone to look after them.

This project was conceived by Jean Rodrigues when the mother of a mentally challenged person met her and asked who would look after her child after her demise, as she had already lost her husband.

The project has six dormitories with multifarious facilities, including activity hall, gymnasium hall, physiotherapy room, kitchen, toilets and other necessary support structures.



Talk on rights of disabled
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 3
The department of physical and rehabilitation medicine, PGI, organised a special talk on the World Disability Day here today. The theme of the talk was “Convention on the rights of persons with disability: Dignity and justice for all of us,” adopted by United Nations.



Regular Appointments
CAT asks IT dept to consider applicants’ plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
Taking note of application filed by 60 employees of the Income Tax department, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the secretary, ministry of finance, income tax department, to consider the applicants’ plea of providing them with regular appointment, if they were entitled for the same.

A number of employees here are working as peon or chowkidars in various offices of the department in the region for over 10 years.

CAT held that the department should pass a speaking order on their claim and inform the applicants in writing within three months.

It was stated in the application that that the applicants had been working as peon or chowkidars for more than 10 years. They had been working on sanctioned posts and about 77 of these posts were lying vacant.

Elaborating their stand, the applicants further stated that on December 11, 2006, the Supreme Court, while pronouncing the decision in a similar case, had directed Department of Personnel and Training, government of India, that as a one-time measure, the services of such irregularly appointed employees, who had worked for 10 years or more on duly sanctioned posts, be regularised.

The applicants had appealed before the tribunal to give directions to the income tax department to consider the case of the applicants for regularisation in pursuance of these orders with effect from December 11, 2006, and grant them consequential benefits.



City gets awards for water supply, drainage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
Chandigarh has added another feather to its cap with the city being awarded two first prizes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for the improvement in water supply services and waste water management and drainage system.

The awards were received by Pardeep Chhabra, mayor, and Roshan Sunkaria, commissioner, Municipal Corporation, from S Jaipal Reddy, union minister for urban development, at New Delhi today.

Chandigarh has the highest per capita quantum of water produced which is 332 litre per capita per day in the country. Chandigarh has 100 per cent coverage to direct water supply connections out of which 78 per cent are metered.

The municipal corporation has also undertaken a project of automation of water supply system under the JNNURM at a cost of over Rs 26 crore for the 24-hour water supply to the city.

Chandigarh is the only city in India which has prepared a concrete action plan to treat its sewage effluent as per the Central Water Pollution Control Board standards before its disposal into natural streams. The coverage of waste water network is 100 per cent in Chandigarh. The corporation is executing a project for the conservation of drinking water by harvesting tertiary treated sewage for irrigation of green spaces of Chandigarh under the JNNURM for a cost of Rs 36.80 crore.

An elated Chhabra told Chandigarh Tribune that these awards would prove to be a morale booster to the corporation which would now be able to serve the residents in a better way. The major development projects, undertaken with the help of funds released with the help of minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal from the central government, would go a long way in improving civic amenities in the city, he added.



CITCO withdraws discount packages to bureaucrats

Chandigarh, December 3
The Chandigarh Industrial Tourism and Development Corporation has decided to withdraw the enhanced discount packages to the bureaucrats of the Chandigarh administration at its hotels and restaurants.

This decision has been taken in the board of directors’ meeting held under the chairmanship of home secretary Ram Niwas. He clarified that a compliance report about the discount package of 50 per cent at the CITCO joints was reviewed in the meeting and it has been made null and void. “We have reversed the orders of giving 50 per cent discount to the bureaucrats,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention that the previous BoD meeting held on August 29 under the chairmanship of then home-cum-finance secretary Sanjay Kumar had notified action taken report about extending 50 per cent discounts to all IAS, IPS, HCS and PCS officers the chief architect and chief engineer and accountant generals, Punjab and Haryana, besides ex-managing director, the CITCO. — TNS



Principal in house row
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
The pre-engagement party of principal Promila Kaushal’s son in the her lodge on the college premises has sparked off a row over her “actual” residence and raised questions about her claiming HRA despite having the official accommodation.

According to sources while the principal claims to be staying in Panchkula, she has an electricity meter in her name and is even using the official landline number.

“She uses the lodge for her personal use off and on. She even held her son’s pre-engagement party in the lodge’s lawns and still claims HRA.” revealed an official.

When TNS asked her she said, “I stay in Panchkula and did not hold engagement in those lawns. It was just a get together. I never got electricity disconnected as I thought I could move in the lodge after its renovation and if the bill is more than rental, I will enquire some body might be misusing the lodge. I will also enquire about the official number. I suspect some guard and chowkidaar to be the culprit who might be living in the shed built by earlier principal.”

On being questioned that so far administration has okayed the use of premises for personal function on the grounds of employee’s residence being there so what justifies the use of a premises deemed unfit for residence by principal for her personal function Raji P Shrivastava Director Higher Education said, ”I need to clarify facts. ”



Punjabi play ‘Mann De Haani’ staged
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, December 3
The Adakar Manch, Mohali, staged a Punjabi play “Mann De Haani” (soul mate) at the auditorium of Government College, Sector 46, here today. The play with an altogether new theatrical perception was a treat to watch for its dialogues in verse and actors competence to render these with the emotional feel bringing out the intent of the script. The pioneering musical play written in verse form with dialogues in poetry was sculpted by Ravinder Ravi and directed by Dr Sahib Singh with an excellent comprehension of the complexities of human relationships.

Engrossed in the transport business and other money generating pursuits the protagonist ignores his loving wife, who failing to compromise and having no option finds a sympathetic partner in her life. The lighting effects by Jaspal Singh and musical score by Jatinder Shaw augmented the production level.

Versatile actress Anmol Bharat and Harman Pal led the cast with Manish Kapur, Gurbir, Manjit Kaur, Karan and Harjot Kaur. Former editor Punjabi Tribune Gulzar Aingh Sandhu welcomed the chief guest principal Dr K.S. Saluja.



PGI psychologist bags honours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
Dr Adarsh Kohli, additional professor in clinical psychology of the department of psychiatry, PGI, was awarded the prestigious GC Boral 1 Award for her work on “Psycho-social package for children with Attention Deficit Hyperkinetic Disorder”(ADHD) at the 16th Annual Conference for Social Psychiatry at AIIMS, New Delhi, from November 28 to 30.

During her research on ADHD, Dr Kohli developed a package of comprehensive, practical and handy tools for teachers and parents to manage the attention deficit hyperkinetic disorders.

The disorder is a combination of inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive behaviour in children. This research was a part of the PGI project.




Teachers or outsiders

As a teacher for the past 23 years, I have never felt as shocked and disgusted as when I visited the university guest house, faculty house and Golden Jubilee guest house. As an idealist, who believes in the sanctity of the education institutions, I was secure in the knowledge that the participants of an upcoming course on the campus would be happy and comfortable in the accommodation on campus. But when I walked in to confirm the arrangements, I saw people staggering around dead drunk, swaggering, throwing their weight and choicest abuses around. When I inquired who they were, I was counter-questioned and told off. “They were there at the invitation of the highest echelons and a teacher had no business disturbing their orgy.”

It is quite all right to seal the university against “outside disruption” but what about the inner disruptions that make the teachers feel like outsiders?

Incidentally, the participants of the course who had been “granted” accommodation that they were paying for were refused to stay and these “baratis” stayed on, partying into the wee hours...vive la education!!!!

Prof Deepti Gupta

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Missing answersheets
VC cancels UBS exam
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
Following the incident of four missing answer sheets of students of (first semester) business management during examinations held recently, the authorities today decided to cancel the examination.

A committee was formed to ascertain any mischief behind the incident. Headed by DUI (Dean University Instructions) Prof S C Vaidya comprising chairman of UBS (University Business School) Dinesh Gupta, A K Saihjpal of UIAMS (University Institute of Applied Management Sciences), A S Bhandari, controller of examinations, a meeting was held earlier and another took place today.

After the members failed to reach a decision, the vice-chancellor decided to cancel the examination.

According to sources, the incident happened around a week back when the students of UBS took their semester examination. Though there were 30 students in the semester examinations, an equal number of answer sheets at the end of the examination, were to be sealed according to the examination rules.

The next day, it being a Saturday and hence a non-working day, to their utter shock, the secrecy wing of the examination branch found that instead of 30, only 26 answer books were available, that is short of four answer books.

According to insiders, soon after the secrecy department realised the lapse, they immediately contacted the chairperson apprising him of the matter.

The chairman called the centre superintendent who had the keys of examination control room with her. The centre superintendent opened the control room and found four answer sheets, all in series, inside the examination hall lying on the floor. Though the sheets were found on Saturday, nevertheless the incident was shaking enough for the authorities to formulate a committee and cancel the examination.



Students told to pay for teacher’s car repair
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
Students of class 9 and 10 of Bhawan Vidayalya, Sector 27, here are in for trouble as they might have to cough up Rs 200 each to pay for the windscreen of a teacher’s car that was allegedly shattered by one of them on the school premises.

The incident came to light when a couple of parents approached the DEO against the school authorities for demanding a fine from all boys of class 9 and 10 for the repair of broken windscreen of the teacher’s car as the school authorities claimed it to be a student’s mischief but could not find the culprit.

“Our children told us that the windowpane was broken when something fell on it. They even claimed when the incident happened, guards were present there so if it was some student he could have not escaped.” said one of the parents.

“Even if some student did this why should everybody pay for it? Even the DEO says that she can’t do anything till we give written complaint which we can’t as the students will be harassed by the school if they get to identify us.”

Principal Vineeta claimed it to be a measure to make the guilty come forward. “We made this announcement to make the students reveal the guilty, I dont want to comment on whether we will do it or not if the culprit is not caught.”



Daljit principal of SVIET
Tribune News Service

Banur, December 3
Dr Daljit Singh, former dean and chairperson of the department of chemical engineering and technology of Panjab University, has joined Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology (SVIET south campus) as the principal.

Prof Daljit is a chemical engineer and has made significant contributions in the field of education, research and development, industrial consultancy and international diplomacy. He had been involved in policy formulation in India and USA.

Dr Daljit was serving as a counselor (science and technology) at the Indian embassy in Washington before joining the Swami Vivekanand Institute.



Dance sport team for nationals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3
A six-member Chandigarh Dance sport team will take part in the 3rd National Dance sport Championships to be held at Bhubneswar (Orissa) on December 6.

This information was given by Rakhee Gupta Bhandari IAS, president of the Chandigarh Dance sport Association.

She informed that this is for the first time that the Chandigarh dance sport team is participating in a national competition.

The team is attending a ten-day training camp. The selected pairs are Micheal and Chetna, Mohak and Neeti, Madhav and Tanya.

The top trainers of the dance sport in the country Dr Priti and Shannon conducted a special workshop for the Chandigarh team last month.



From Schools & Colleges
Cultural fiesta begins with pomp and show at Smart School
Our Correspondent

Mohali, December 3
A four-day cultural fiesta ‘Globe Trotting’ began with pomp and show at Manav Mangal Smart School here today.

As a mark of respect for all those who lost their lives and their loved ones, the event began with a one-minute silence followed by the National Anthem. The cultural fiesta began by a ‘Shiv Vandana’ presented by the budding dancers of KG. Attired in dresses from around the world, pre nursery and Class III students mesmerised the audience by walking together on the ramp in ‘Apparel Galore’.

The adventures of a sailor were depicted through an enthralling dance number ‘Sindab the Sailor’. The highlight was the ballet ‘Four Elements of Life - with Love and Strife’ showcasing Greek culture. As many as 600 students participated.

Peace march

Students, staff of Swami Ram Tirtha Public High School and members of the Know Thy Neighbour Association of Phase IV organised a peace march in memory of the innocent people and the soldiers who died in the Mumbai attack.

Students were holding banners with peace messages. A two-minute silence was also observed to pay homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the nation.


PTU's Gian Jyoti School of TQM and Entrepreneurship initiated the first session of the 10-day workshop on Total Quality Management (TQM) for the senior executives of Milkfed here today.

Manish Trehan CEO of the school, informed that this workshop would be completed in 4 sessions, spread over a period of 4 months. He mentioned that in the first phase, four cross-disciplinary teams of 20 senior officers, from four plants of Milkfed were attending the programme to hone their skills in TQM.

V.K. Singh, managing director Milkfed Punjab, affirmed that TQM inculcated the habit of excellence that ensured radical positive organisational transformation. He said this workshop would facilitate the process of transformation of Milkfed to meet the challenges of global competition.

Dr Arwinder Singh, additional registrar, cooperative societies, Punjab, highlighted the importance of TQM in the government and cooperative sector, and said based on the success of this pilot project, we would encourage other Punjab Government corporations to adopt structured TQM.

Total quality management was the only route to ensure productivity, efficiency and profitability of an organisation in the current economic situation, said Chandra Mohan, chairman of the governing council of the school.



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