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Suspensions spark protest at DAV
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
Teaching and non-teaching employees of DAV College, Sector 10, held a protest in front of the Principal’s office today against the management’s decision to suspend three office-bearers of the DAV College Teachers Union.

Reacting to the alleged victimisation, the staff decided not to cooperate with the Principal.

The Principal, BC Josan, refused to comment on the reasons behind the suspension but employees claimed it to be the management’s attempt to “curb their voice”.

“We have received unprecedented support from not only colleges in Chandigarh, but also various colleges in Punjab. The units of the Punjab and Chandigarh college teachers are aghast at the misuse of authority by the Principal and the framing of elected representatives,” AK Taneja, president of the DAV teachers union, alleged.

“What baffles us is the fact that since the arrival of the new Principal, no meetings of the academic council and the staff council have been held. Now, with the victimisation of the union and staff representatives, it is clear that he wants to run the college in a feudal manner,” Avanindra Chopra, staff secretary, alleged.

Meanwhile, some protesters claimed that it was the fallout of a brawl between the Principal and union members in October.

“What happened then was also a result of authoritarianism in holding Diwali dinner, despite serious reservations of the staff. The representatives who had gone to the college to inform members who were not present at the general body meeting that day, were intimidated, attacked and abused by the Principal and some outsiders accompanying him. Later, the Principal started levelling wild charges against the union leadership,” a protesting professor claimed.

The incident seems to have laid ground for fresh controversy as the union is not ready to accept the suspension.

According to Prof Anil Sarwal, secretary, the attempt was to stifle the legitimate voice of the union and browbeat its office-bearers.

The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has condemned the suspension, saying that the DAV College managing committee had targeted them out of a feeling of vendetta as three of them had successfully led the agitation on the issue of deduction of the CPF on the total salary and leave encashment.

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Book Scam
3 education board officials suspended
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 3
The Punjab School Education Board today ordered the suspension of three officials of the publication wing for their alleged involvement in the scam involving the release of payment of lakhs of rupees to certain private printers without books having been supplied to the board.

The scam had been highlighted in these columns. Board officials had released payment to publishers without even receiving books, indicating the involvement of certain officials.

The officials against whom the action has been taken are JS Rahi, deputy director (publication), Gurdeep Singh Syal, publication officer, and Des Raj, assistant publication officer.

Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon, chairman of the board, said he had ordered their suspension on the basis of the findings.

The role of some other officials was also under scanner. The conduct of audit officials who failed to detect the anomaly was also being questioned. Sources said the printing firms even got their security released.

The case pertained to the printing of books pertaining to the academic year 2008-09, wherein two Noida-based printing firms, were given the order to publish the books. Though the firm did not supply the entire lot of books, fudged bills for the release of payment were sent to the board officials, who released the payment. The bill against the payment was submitted in parts.

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Dr Dhaliwal gets five-year RI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
Convicting the former head of the department of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, PGI, Prof RS Dhaliwal, of criminal conspiracy and forgery, the CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jain today sentenced him to rigorous imprisonment for five years.

Dhaliwal was held guilty yesterday for conspiring with private chemists in the purchase of artificial heart valves and other accessories at high rates and sharing the profit with suppliers.

The judge stated in his order: “Here the court is dealing with an unscrupulous doctor/public servant who has not only failed to preserve the purity of his life which he had promised while taking the Hippocratic’s oath but has also adopted devious means to earn money. Such persons debase and defile the very system they are expected to protect and uphold.”

The judgment ran into several pages and elaborated on the nature of the crime committed by the doctor. “The kind of crime committed by him in common is known as corruption in civil life which is spreading its tentacles far and wide. It is getting contagious and threatening to devour the very vitals out of the bone marrow of the society.

“A crime committed in the heat of passion may call for sympathetic consideration. He was being treated like god by patients and their wards, therefore, except for greed there was no motive with him to commit the crime. It is a calculative and organised crime and the verdict must be severe and deterrent punishment.”

As soon as the sentence was pronounced, Dhaliwal’s son broke down. The court sentenced the owner of the chemist shop, Sat Pal Singla, to imprisonment of two years and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on him. A fine of Rs 70,000 was also imposed on Dhaliwal.

Singla was granted bail after he furnished bail bonds of Rs 25,000.

They were convicted under Sections 120-B, 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Arguing on the quantum of sentence, the defence counsel said he was a surgeon and sending him to jail served no purpose.

The court maintained a gentleman surgeon with average capability would do great service to society, but a corrupt surgeon with an exceedingly fine hand would only cause harm.

According to the prosecution, his patients were either government servants or from poor families whose treatment had been funded by the government.

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Admn gets poll process moving
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
Prospective voters whose names do not figure in the electoral lists can become voters by April 24, the last date for filing nomination papers for the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency.

Corrections in voter identity cards can also be done by April 24. This was stated at a meeting that top UT officials, including chief electoral officer Pradip Mehra and returning officer RK Rao, had with representatives of political parties here today.

Close on the heels of parties stepping up their campaign for the upcoming poll, the UT administration has also geared up for the election. Election officials have briefed the parties about the process and sought their cooperation in ensuring fair and peaceful elections.

Source said the parties were briefed about the model code of conduct, which came into force yesterday.

Strict timings for election meetings and permission for the installation of the sound system would have to be observed, officials said, adding that the defacement of public property would attract penalty under the law.

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LS Polls
Chandigarh Seat
Cong panel clears Bansal’s name
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
It is going to be a triangular contest from the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency with the election committee of the AICC today clearing the name of Minister of State for Finance Pawan Bansal from here.

At a meeting chaired by Mohsina Kidwai, Chandigarh affairs in-charge, in New Delhi, Bansal’s name was okayed and forwarded for final approval to the AICC president Sonia Gandhi.

The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) had earlier unanimously recommended the name of Bansal to the party high command.

The BJP and the BSP had already fielded Satya Pal Jain and Harmohan Dhawan, respectively, for the local constituency.

In fact, it will be a repeat of 2004 general election in which Bansal, Jain and Dhawan has battled it out with Bansal emerging victorious by 45,000 votes.

Earlier, Bansal had trained his guns on his opponents claiming that both the BJP and the BSP were going to the polls without any worthwhile issue.

He said the achievements of the UPA at the Centre and its contributions to the development of the city were for all to see.

While Bansal was guarded in his criticism of the BJP and the BSP, he took Dhawan to task for his reported remarks on “diversion” of an amount of Rs 670 crore to the Consolidated Fund of India as “revenue surplus” from Chandigarh.

He said Dhawan should study the working of union territories before making any comments on the “revenue surplus” status of Chandigarh.

Taking credit for the jump in plan budget to Rs 488 crore in 2009-10 as compared to Rs 168 crore in 2003-04, regularisation of the GPAs, permission to construct extra floor in the rehabilitation colonies and relaxations in building bylaws, Bansal claimed that more relief for various sections of society was on its way but had to be kept in “abeyance” due to model code of conduct.

Rubbishing the allegations of the Opposition that his writ did not run in the Chandigarh administration, Bansal claimed that various development works and “pro-people” decision showed that he had been able to extract major benefits for general public.

Bansal alleged that the BJP had stalled amendments to the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, and the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2007, in the Rajya Sabha.

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KC Theatre owner booked for rape
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 3
The maid of Pawan Valecha, owner of KC Theatre, has alleged that she was raped by him at his house here yesterday. The police has registered a case under Section 376, IPC, against the accused.

Forensic experts visited the house of the accused in Sector 9 and took samples, including bedsheets and clothes. The police later sealed the room. The samples have been sent to Madhuban.

The victim, a 35-year-old mother of four, alleged that he raped her around 12 noon. Two other helpers of Valecha were present in the house at the time of the incident, but his family was away, she claimed.

A resident of Azad Colony, the woman said she narrated the incident to someone known to her and he reported the matter to the police. The police took her to hospital for medical examination in the evening. SP Amitabh Dhillon said no arrest had been made, but prima facie a case had been registered on the complaint of the woman.

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Gurdwara mgmt razes disputed structure
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
Members of the Sant Samaj, Jheel wale, along with management of Gurdwara Santsar Sahib in Sector 38 West demolished the objectionable construction on the gurdwara premises today.

The demolition was carried out in the presence of Baba Hari Singh, Randhawe wale, Baba Manmohan Singh, Avtar Singh and Kulwant Singh and other members.

The Chandigarh administration had pointed out certain illegal constructions on the gurdwara premises to the management and issued several notices for demolition of the same.

The gurdwara management said all documents pertaining to the ownership of the gurdwara land, its general power of attorney papers, etc. had been submitted with Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar.

A notice under Section 15 of the Capital Act was issued to the management.

President Deep Singh, Ranjit Singh, Gurmakh Singh Gill along with their advocate had appeared before the Assistant Estate Officer on January 29.

After going through the factual position, it was unanimously decided that the illegal construction would be removed by the management itself.

An official of the estate office said there was only a small room at the time of acquisition of the area in 1999. Subsequently, the management encroached upon the adjoining government land. Recently, they started construction of a residential block on the first floor consisting of around five rooms.

The management had earlier assured the enforcement staff of the estate office of stopping the construction and remove the objectionable structure on their own.

Instead, they started raising illegal construction on the second and third floors and extended the verandah on two sides of the building in violation of building bylaws.

The compensation for dispossession of the land was fixed at Rs 4,53,900 per acre in 1999. “Ironically, no one from the gurdwara turned up at the Land Acquisition Officer to claim the compensation amount and under the law there is no legal claimant for the land, as it has not yet been registered with the revenue department. So, the administration is supposed to take over the possession of the land,” said an official of the Land Acquisition Office.

The gurdwara management said now when they had initiated the demolition proceedings, the administration should take lenient view of the cases registered against gurdwara representatives.

Nevertheless, recently a notice under Section 15 for violating building bylaws was served on the gurdwara management.

When this notice too was not complied with, the enforcement staff of the estate office carried out the demolition drive, which took an ugly turn.

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41 structures pulled down
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
In a massive demolition drive, staff of the municipal corporation removed 41 newly constructed pucca structures on the municipal land in Bapu Dham Colony here today.

The demolished structures include 10 commercial shops. The drive was led by Assistant Commissioner Parminder Pal Singh and assisted by Tehsildar Surinder Kumar Sharma and Executive Engineer (roads wing) Sanjay Arora.

The anti-encroachment team of the corporation faced mild resistance from the encroachers but no untoward incident was reported.

MC Commissioner Dr Roshan Sunkaria warned that encroachments will be removed immediately and further legal action will be initiated against habitual encroachers.

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Demolition drive at Maloya
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
As part of the anti-encroachment measures an enforcement team of the Chandigarh Administration carried out a demolition drive in Maloya village yesterday.

During the drive, an unauthorised shed-cum-godown constructed on agricultural land in the village was demolished. The shed owned by Avtar Singh was constructed illegally in violation of the Periphery Control Act.

The drive was carried out under the supervision of SDM (South), Prerna Puri, along with enforcement staff of the LAO office, including Tehsildar (Periphery), DS Baloria, and Inspector (Enforcement), Ashok Bisht.

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Cooperative House Building Societies
GMADA may raise allotment rate
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 3
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is contemplating to increase the rate of allotment of land to the 13 cooperative house building societies that are being allotted in Mohali. Though the exact rate is being worked out, a rate of around Rs 10,000 per sq yard has reportedly been recommended.

Earlier, there were different rates for allotment of land to cooperatives societies.

The issue of deciding upon the land rate was put up in a recent meeting of the executive committee of GMADA. However, no final decision could be taken as certain observations were made by the members. “Since the planning of the land where the societies are to be allotted land has almost been finalised, the allotment would be made soon after the rates are finalised. The rates would be finalised after the model code of conduct gets over,” said an official.

Not only the cooperative societies, GMADA has also proposed to increase the rate of residential plots by way of auction. Since the price of land is fixed on the basis of auction rate, the rates would certainly go up.

Sources said due to the intervention of the Chief Minister, who is also the Chairman of GMADA, the 13 societies are being allotted land by way of allotment instead of the current policy of allotment of land by way of auction.

The societies, Mohali Cooperative House Building Society, Chandigarh, Dr Ambedkar Cooperative House Building Society, Punjab State High Courts Lawyers Building Society, Sahib Zada Cooperative House Building Society, Punjab School Education Board Employees Cooperative House Building Society, Golden Tone Cooperative, Punjab and Sind Bank Cooperative, Youth Club Cooperative House Building Society, ACC Members Cooperative, Medical Veterinary and Paramedical House Building Society, Aggarsen Cooperative House Building Society, Swastic RBI Staff Cooperative and Hindustan Times Employees Cooperative House Building Society are being allotted land in Sectors 76, 79 and 80.

In 2006, the finance and accounts of PUDA had decided to refund the earnest money to the societies. But since the societies had applied for allotment of sites in 2003, and the decision to go for auction was taken in 2006, the case was reconsidered by the authority in February last year.

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‘Fundamentalism biggest threat to global security’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command (WAS), Air Marshal PK Barbora today stressed that fundamentalism was the latest threat to global peace and security.

Delivering his inaugural address at a seminar on “Security Environment and Employment of Military Power”, organised by the Delhi-based Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) here, he said after the 26/11-terror incident, the international community came together to take some preventive measures so that the situation could be kept under control.

In the session on security environment, G Parthasarthy, former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, said democratic differences between the two political parties in Pakistan was diverting focus from the main issues of concern. He added that military equipment supply from China and impending supply of 62 more F-16s by USA to Pakistan was a matter of concern.

Ajit Doval, former director, Intelligence Bureau, discussed the current politico-military turmoil in Pakistan with special reference to the Talibinisation of Pakistan and developments on the Afghanistan border and SWAT region during the session devoted to the future of Pakistan. Brig Gurmeet Kanwal (retd), director, Center for Land warfare studies, spoke upon “Past Strategy--Future Trends” while Military Modernisation was discussed by Shalini Chawla, Research Fellow at CAPS.

Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak (retd), Additional Director, CAPS gave a presentation on “Conventional War: Coercion in a New Environment”.

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Indian judge elected to UN tribunal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
Justice Kamaljit Singh Garewal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it to the UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT).

Available information suggests, Justice Garewal has been elected to tribunal for a seven-year-term beginning July 1, after getting highest number of 154 votes in the 192-member General Assembly. In all, 172 votes were cast. There were 13 candidates for seven posts. Those from Romania, Ireland, Australia, Lithuania and Britain failed to make the grade.

In the past four years, India has never lost an election in the United Nations. In fact, in every election, the margin of victory has been substantial and the country has been amongst the highest vote-getters.

In 2007, the Assembly had established a two-tier formal system of administration of justice comprising, United Nations Dispute Tribunal and UNAT to deal with internal grievances and disciplinary cases related to the staff and other employees of the organisation. These were the first elections held under the new internal justice system.

Justice Garewal was scheduled to retire upon attaining the age of superannuation later this year. He was born on September 21, 1947, at Mussoorie. His family had reached the hill station after leaving Lahore following Partition.

Justice Garewal was educated at Mayo College in Ajmer and St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, before obtaining a degree from the Department of Laws, Panjab University.

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Panels formed for enforcing code
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 3
The District Election Officer has constituted committees for the enforcement of the model code of conduct in the district. Each of the committee would submit its daily report in the enclosed performa to district magistrate-cum-district election office.

The committees would work as mobile teams to look into violations of the model code of conduct in their respective assembly segments.

For SAS Nagar assembly constituency: HS Sodhi, SE, GMADA, Mohali; naib tehsildar, Mohali and a police officer to be deployed by the SSP not below the rank of Inspector.

Kharar assembly constituency: Parmjit Singh Bains, executive, PSEB, Khanpur, Kharar; naib tehsildar, Majri and a police officer to be deployed by the SSP not below the rank of Inspector.

Dera Bassi assembly constituency: HS Oberoi, executive engineer, PSEB, Zirakpur; naib tehsildar, Dera Bassi and a police officer to be deployed by the SSP not below the rank of Inspector.

Meanwhile, the District Election Officer has constituted a committee to look in to election related complaints that appear in media. The committee comprising of ADC (development), District Revenue Officer and Secretary, Zila Parishad, would redress the complaints and report the findings to the chief electoral officer.

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Punjab, UT staff stage protest
A Correspondent

Chandigarh, March 3
The joint action committee of Punjab and UT employees organised a rally to at Sector-17 plaza today.

Committee patron Raghbir Singh said: “The government has delayed the decision to increase pay scales without giving any reason.” The matter had been taken up with the chairman of the pay commission under the code of conduct for coming Lok Sabha elections and he had asked them to submit full report within 14 days, Raghbir added.

The activists also threatened the government against serious consequences if their demands were not fulfilled.

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Sanjay Kumar to be Excise Secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar will replace DC RK Rao as the new Secretary of the Excise and Taxation Department as part of administrative reshuffle here today.

While Director Transport PS Shergill will be the new ADC, ML Sharma, who recently joined the administration in place of former ADC IS Sandhu, will be the Director Transport.

Sources said the orders have been sent to the election commission for approval as the model code of conduct came in force yesterday.

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SAD councillor dead
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
Hundreds of city residents bade an emotional farewell to Gurnam Singh, sitting SAD councillor from ward No.10, who died of brain hemorrhage at his home here today. He was 57.

The funeral was attended by senior officers of municipal corporation, including MC Commissioner Dr Roshan Sunkaria, Additional Commissioner PK Sharma, Assistant Commissioner Parminderpal Singh and other senior officers of engineering wing.

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Implement notification, UGC tells Punjab
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
University Grant Commission has directed the Punjab Government to immediately implement the notification issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Government of India, dated December 31 2008, revising the pay scales of the teachers, equivalent cadre and administrative post in the university and colleges as per the Sixth Central Pay Commission. The commission has sent a communiqué to the Punjab Government to implement the revised pay scale in a time bound manner.

The commission has informed the Punjab Government that they have received orders from the MHRD, department of higher education about the scheme of the revised pay scales. As per the directions the state government has to adopt the Central Government scheme for state university and colleges with regard to payment of pay scales, enhancement of retirement age and releasing 40 per cent of arrears in current financial year.

The commission as per the provision provides financial assistance to the extent of 80 per cent of the financial burden arising out of revised pay scales for the period of January 1 2006 to March 31 2010.

The commission directed the government to execute the entire scheme of revision of pay scales together with all conditions laid down by the UGC in university and colleges coming under their jurisdiction without any modification.

When contacted PFUCTO, vice-president Dr Ronki Ram, said most states have already agreed to implement the new pay scale soon. Strangely, Punjab Government even after promising a week ago to execute this scheme has not implemented it. He said the association appreciates the initiative taken by the UGC for the implementation of this scheme in universities and colleges under the jurisdiction of Punjab Government.

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VC gets 3-yr extension
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, has been granted extension of three years by the Vice-President of India and Chancellor of Panjab University M Hamid Ansari today.

A communication to this effect was received at the PU VC office here this evening.

Sobti tenure as the VC was to expire in the month of July this year. He has recently been appointed as the VC of the central university to be set up in Himachal Pradesh.

Dr Sobti is a Padama Shree awardee for his outstanding contribution in the field of education. He has several books and research papers published in reputed national and international journals to his credit.

Prof Sobti, who began his career as a zoologist, has been responsible for the establishment of the department of biotechnology at the university, which he has headed for many years.

He is also a member of the PU Syndicate from the medical faculty and also director of the Academic Staff College.

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Selections for Rajiv Gandhi Chair ordered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that Panjab University has to hold fresh selections for Rajiv Gandhi Chair Professor.

Disposing of a petition filed by professors Rajesh Kocchar, Justice TPS Mann asserted: In view of the fact that fresh search/selection committee in pursuance to order dated August 11, last year, stands duly constituted, Panjab University has to make fresh selection in accordance with law, as was observed in the order.

Panjab University had earlier admitted the selection committee set up by it for appointing a Professor to the Rajiv Gandhi Chair was not in accordance with the norms prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

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

Counsel had added in August, last year, the process of carrying out fresh selections would be completed within three months of receiving the order's copy.

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

The Chair was to be headed by a Prof in the age bracket of 50-65, and the mode of appointment was prescribed by the UGC in the norms and procedure prepared in consultation with the universities concerned.

In a subsequent petition placed before Justice Mann, Dr Kocchar had asserted the selection process was to start from the stage of viva-voce. Fresh advertisement was not to be issued. But the varsity issued a fresh advertisement. Seeking a stay on further proceedings, the petitioner added the respondents had fixed March 4 as the date for viva-voce/meeting of the search committee.

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MICROCON kicks off at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
In an ongoing effort to promote emerging areas in science and technology, Panjab University is organising a two-day international conference on microbial biotechnology “MICROCON 2009” on the campus starting today.

On this occasion, Dr Rajesh Jain, joint managing director Panacea Biotec, New Delhi, was the chief guest.

Jain shared his views on Innovation - what differentiates innovators. He stated that with rising cost of bringing drugs to the market, low R&D productivity across the world, increasing pressure from governments, insurance companies, patients and NGOs to bring cost of treatment down, it has become imperative for industry and academia to drive innovation in order to meet expectations of all stakeholders.

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From Colleges
Holland varsity to open more learning centres
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
After establishing specialised learning campuses in Russia, Nepal and the UK, Netherlands-based Wittenborg University, an associate of the Further Education Group (FE-Group), is now planning to establish learning centres in India, China, Ukraine, and the Philippines under the name of Wittenborg Asia, this was announced here yesterday by P D Vis, director International Projects, Wittenborg University, and president of Wittenborg Asia. In India, the university is at an advanced stage of discussions with local partners for setting up the centres and the first centre is likely to open in North India in 2009 itself.

The group had set up a base in India in November 2007 through its office in Chandigarh, headed by Gagan Sahni. Till now, the group has been instrumental in sending quality students to Europe for higher education. Another field in which the group is active is finding jobs for fresh graduates, as most European countries have policies where graduates can get work permits if a proper job is found for them.

Fashion Show

A fashion extravagance, Aakriti 2009, was organised by the department of clothing and textiles, Government Home Science College here yesterday.

The National awardee costume designer, Dolly Ahluwalia Tiwari, was the chief guest for the evening. Dr Rani Balbir Kaur, a consummate actor and famous theatre personality, also graced the occasion. The show exhibited the creations of the students of M.Sc. Clothing & Textiles, Postgraduate Diploma in Fashion Designing and B.Sc. Fashion Designing. The models carried the collections on 14 different themes of garments based on Exotic Fusion, Scotland Beckons, Punctilious Jibe, Midnight Medleys, Earthy Flirtations, Colour Blast, Fee Feminine, Bohemian Manifesto, Quintessentially Indian, Mayur Sheath, Exquisite Fantasy, Road Paradise, Subtly Folk and Playfully Mischievous.

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PU Notes
Training programme for teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
A four-week in-service training programme for 31 university and college lecturers was initiated at the Academic Staff College, Panjab University, today. Prof AK Saihjpal, director, University Institute of Applied Management Sciences, Panjab University, was the chief guest.

Interviews cancelled

Panjab University Vice-Chancellor has cancelled interviews scheduled on March 4 and March 8 under CAS and open selections. Further, the interviews, which were scheduled on March 6 and March 8 through walk-in-interview, have also been cancelled according to official sources.

Quiz contest

The Panjab University’s ABVP organised a quiz competition “Eklavya” at student centre today. PUTA chief Dr Ronaki Ram inaugurated the quiz competition.

A total of 65 teams have participated in the quiz competition from different colleges across the city.

Team of UIET comprising Sachin Kaushik and Saurav Chopra bagged the first prize, Arastu Chopra and Rakesh of UILS got the second and Swapnil and Ankush of UIET got the third prize, respectively.

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School starts sign language course
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 3
Stepping Stones School has started an Indian sign language course for the hearing-impaired. The A-level course will be started in its 38 branches, under the consultation of Dr Surinder Randhawa, a specialist in deaf education and Gurmeet Gill, coordinator of the A-level ISL course here.

Monica Punjabi Verma, director, ISL department, Indore, will be the resource person and Mook Badhir Sansthan will provide the teachers. The course will help in producing a local interpreter to help the deaf study in regular classrooms. It will expand to English literacy classes, computer classes, market survey of jobs and need-based job training for the deaf.

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