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Girls shine in ICSE, boys in ISC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
While the girls outperformed boys in the Class X Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) exams, it was the boys who got better of the girls in the Class XII Indian School Certificate (ISC) results in the tricity.

According to an official communication, over 800 students from eight schools in the tricity had appeared for Class X (ICSE) examinations and 166 students from two schools for Class XII (ISC) in March this year.

The results announced by the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) in the tricity is 100 per cent this year for both Class X and XII.

The ICSE exam was conducted in 66 written subjects of which 19 are Indian languages and 14 are foreign languages. The exam was held in subjects like yoga, agricultural science, drama and Indian dance. The ISC exam was conducted in 47 written subjects of which 13 are Indian languages and six are foreign languages.

All the ICSE-affiliated schools have shown 100 per cent results. In St Xavier Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, a total of 44 students appeared for the ISC and 172 for the ICSE. In St Kabir Public School, 79 students have passed the examination with first division and 15 students have scored between 90 and 95.14 per cent.

In Tender Heart School, Sector 33, a total of eight students have scored above 90 per cent marks in the ICSE examination. A total of 46 students appeared in the examination. Tejal Singla scored 94.5 per cent, Parik Bansal and Prabneet Arora 94.2 per cent and Himanshu Gupta 93.7 per cent.

At St Stephen'S School, Sector 45-B, out of a total of 221 students, 22 scored above 90 per cent marks.

Students of St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 71, Mohali, also performed well in the examination. Ninety-five students got the first division and seven got above 85 per cent marks. Maninder Singh topped the school scoring 92.29 per cent marks followed by Mohina who got 90.71 per cent marks.

At YPS, Mohali, a total of 106 students had appeared in the ISCE with 19 doing very well with above 90 per cent marks. Ninety-nine students secured the first division and 59 had distinctions.

However, no student from the economically weaker sections appeared in the board exams from YPS this year, while St Xaviers School, Mohali, said the data in this regard was not readily available.



CBSE Toppers
New success mantra: Work smart, not hard
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
It is not hard work but smart work that has paid off for the city toppers. With girls scoring more yet again, it is the time to celebrate their consistent performance.

Isha Kapoor, 95 per cent (medical), SGGS Collegiate Public School. Having been brought up amidst stethoscopes, thermometers and medicines, Isha had always fantasised having her name prefixed with ‘Dr’.

Emerging a tricity topper is a major step towards realising her dream. “Basically, what makes this achievement more significant is the fact that it was unexpected. I had expected about 92 per cent but when I secured 95 per cent, I confirmed it thrice,” Isha smiles.

Though Isha had been attending private tuitions, she accredits the success to her parents and teachers.

“I used to study for three-four hours daily and it worked wonders for me. I never stopped watching television and played squash every weekend,” Isha tells.

She shares her success mantra and says: “Basically, it is the quality study one needs to do.”

Swati Puri 96 per cent (commerce)
Sacred Heart School

With two avid bankers at home, interest in subjects like accounts and economics come naturally to you. “It feels great when you score 95 per cent and make parents proud. I am not very studious but have been regular that paid me off.

According to Swati, she also believed in being into books in order to score well.

“It is not the number of hours, rather the output that matters,” Swati adds.

Sahil Arora, 96 per cent (commerce)

One thing that is common between Sahil and his co-topper is their dream of pursuing MBA. He had never dreamt of being a topper. Although he was a district-level table tennis player, he had to give the sport a backseat due to studies.

“It feels great as I had never expectde to score 96 per cent. I give the entire credit to my teachers and parents. I used to play table tennis but had to give it up because of my hectic academic schedule but I may soon resume it,” Sahil says.

Samarth Mahajan, 95.8 per cent (non-medical)
KB DAV School

Samarth, who hails from Gurdaspur had come to Chandigarh with big dreams, and he seems to have realised a bit.

Samarth is looking forward to making it to IIT next year.

He say: “I am not a far-sighted person and I believe in setting short term goals and chase them with perseverance.”

Samarth is perhaps the only topper who believes in the pre-conceived image of being a topper, as his world revolves around books only.

Kanu Priya, 93.8 per cent (arts)

She opted to follow footsteps of her father Justice Suryakant and tread her way to the courtroom by pursuing law. Kanu Priya says that she has achieved her first milestone by studying smartly.

“It is hard work along with consistency and regularity that yielded me 93.8 per cent marks,” she adds.



Tribune Impact
Finally, Admn swings into action
Increase height of walls, orders Home Secy
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

A visibly worried Home Secretary Ram Niwas (right) runs towards the Tribune lensman. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, May 20
Sadly, it takes a heinous crime as rape for the UT authorities to wake up from their slumber and realise the seriousness of the incident that shook the city.

A day after The Tribune team exposed the lapses in the security at Aashreya, an institute for mentally retarded children, UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas, Director Social Welfare (DSW) Amandeep Kaur and the security staff of the institute were today on their toes to cover up the slip-up.

HS gets furious

On noticing that The Tribune lensman Parvesh Chauhan is clicking pictures, the Home Secretary lost his calm and came running towards him. The Home Secretary threatened the lensman of sending behind bars. He further questioned the lensman if he had the permission to click pictures.

Since morning, the UT officials were present in large numbers to ensure to all’s well at the centre. The Home Secretary today issued orders with immediate effect to increase the height of the walls. Also, he ordered to add higher grills to the existing angle irons.

It is pertinent to mention here that following the revelation that a mentally challenged inmate was two months pregnant, The Tribune team had exposed the tall claims of the UT officials who had dubbed the incident as a ‘part of the society’ by entering inside the premises after scaling the rear wall. After taking a round of the whole building, the correspondent easily walked out of the main gate of the institute.

As The Tribune lensman Parvesh Chauhan clicked the pictures of the efforts being made to increase the height of the walls by fencing it to ensure security of the institute, the Home Secretary, visibly upset over Tribune’s revelation, was seen scolding the security guard.

The Home Secretary was yelling at the security guard: “When The Tribune correspondent came, where were you.” The nervous gatekeeper was falling short of words.



After 9 months, Indira Colony resident booked for rape of ‘minor’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
After a lapse of nine months, the police today booked a resident of Indira Colony for allegedly raping a “minor girl” of Darshni Bagh, Mani Majra, and also making an obscene MMS of the victim in connivance with the husband of a local councillor.

The victim’s father alleged that the husband of the councillor had also threatened them with dire consequences against pursuing the matter.

According to the SHO of the Mani Majra police station inspector Kehar Singh, the victim’s father had lodged a complaint against Vijay Singh of Indira Colony and Harmail Singh, alias Bubby, the husband of Sunita Chaudhary, councillor of Ward No 26.

The father alleged that on October 12 last year, he had gone to the PGI along with his wife. When he returned, he found Vijay Singh and Bubby at his residence, who slipped away on seeing him. On being inquired, his daughter told him that Vijay Singh had forcibly entered the house and raped her. He reported the matter to the police, which did not take action on his complaint and kept on dilly-dallying over the issue.

He further alleged that though the inquiry was marked to several officials, none took action against the accused, who kept on threatening him with dire consequences. He also alleged that the accused had made obscene MMS of his daughter and tried to blackmail them.

The SHO said he received the complaint on January 12 this year and conducted a fresh inquiry into the entire episode and registered a case of rape, trespass, criminal intimidation, and common intention under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code.

A police officer said though the victim’s father claimed his daughter was a minor, they would get her medical examination conducted to confirm her age. He said the police came to know that the victim was married and had been deserted by her husband.

Talking to TNS, Sunita Chaudhary expressed ignorance about the case. She, however, said that she and her husband had intervened to resolve the dispute between Vijay Singh and victim’s father. She said she was surprised if their name had been dragged into the issue. Bubby refuted the allegation, terming them baseless and maintained that it was a politically motivated attempt to tarnish their image.



Rape of Mentally Retarded
Residents upset at admn’s insensitivity
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
Shocked with the recent incident of the rape of 16-year-old mentally retarded girl in Nari Niketan, the city residents are all the more surprised over the lax security arrangements at these homes and the insensitive attitude of the city administration to such incidents.

Rajan Lankhanpal


Manmohan Kaur

Madhu P. Singh

Highlighting the insensitivity of the administration, the human rights activists give their take:

Reacting to the whole episode, advocate Rajan Lakhanpal said, “It is a barbaric, unpardonable and unacceptable act that is not accepted in a civilised society. The indifferent attitude of the top officials is most condemnable and they should react to such incidents in a better fashion.” He further said, “The administration is vicariously responsible for this act. When child is in custody of an institution run by government and state as such, it is responsible for safety of the child and is liable for the harm caused to the child. We should also demand to take immediate action to ensure safety of inmates and only female wardens should be posted over there.”

Expressing distress on the whole episode, social activist Sangeeta Vardhen said, “Truly evolved and humane society is one which not only has malls, parks, heritage and art festivals, but also effective and compassionate treatment of the underprivileged. Public office, public trust and the symbol of the city, the open hand, looks towards the future, not towards the savage path, where the rape is accepted as part of the society.”

Agreeing with her, Manmohan Kaur, chairman of the Punjab Council for Child Welfare, termed the act as “gruesome one”. Giving tips on the arrangements to be made, Manmohan said, “It is not only that it has happened in Nari Niketan. If the act would have been committed with another girl, it should be condemned.”

Another human rights activist, Madhu P Singh said, “Rape being committed on a mentally retarded child within a government institution shows that the children living in these institutions are very unsafe.”


City hit by water, power shortage
Likely to make agreement with J&K for 25 MW of daily power

GS Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
Erratic water and power shortage has been bothering residents across the city for past one week. Due to temperature soaring high, the unprecedented increase in the consumption of power above the sanctioned load is rampant, which has caused tripping and subsequent power cuts in many parts of the city.


The water supply to all parts of the city will be suspended tomorrow from 9 am to 6 pm. For, urgent repair is being undertaken in 66 KV sub-station at Kajauli. However, from 4 am to 9 am and 6 pm to 9 pm, the water will be at full pressure.

For the last few days, the peak hour consumption of the city has reached up to 290 MW, whereas the allocation of power has been between 250 MW and 260 MW. To meet this gap, the city administration has mulled to enter into an agreement with Jammu and Kashmir for 25 MW of power daily.

Due to interruption in power supply, there has been a consequential acute shortage of water supply in many parts of the city. Not only southern sectors, the posh northern sectors too are suffering from this menace.

SK Bansal, Chief Engineer, Municipal Corporation, said the water supply had been hit because of the snag in the Maloya water works. The water pressure kept on decreasing and reduced to trickle at 8 am for last two weeks.

“The problem is that in some parts the overhead water, reservoirs could not be filled up. But it is a temporary phase, we are repairing the snag. I appeal to public to bear with us. Even tomorrow, the water supply will be disrupted in almost all parts of the city”, he said.

The water supply is being disrupted in Sectors 7, 8, 9, 15, 22, 23, 24, 35, 38 45, 46 and 47. The MC officials are on to check the leakages at various supply points and the misuse of water too. A senior UT official opined that in northern sectors, the problem arose because of unnecessarily storage and wastage of water.

“Each house will store over 1,400 litres of water for no use. The most cases of misuse of water is prevalent in northern sectors like they water their big lawns, wash their vehicles even in peak morning or evening hours. Naturally, it creates problem for other sectors. Over 1,000 notices have been issued to the wrongdoers, ” he said.

Normally, the power consumption of the city varies between 197 and 290 MW, but during peak hours, it touches around 290 MW. Due to overloading, more breakdowns occur.

Sanjay Kumar, secretary (engineering), said, “Due to rise in temperature, the power consumption tend to increase between 12 noon to 4 pm and 9.30 pm to 2 am. During this period, there remains a difference of over 30 MW between the supply and the consumption. This difference has been planned to be compensated from Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.



Admn comes to rescue of GPA holders
To get tough with society managements

Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to come to the rescue of the harassed general power of attorney (GPA) holders in the cooperative group housing societies, who are at the receiving end regarding transfer of flats in their names.

In a bid to implement the March 2, 2009, notification on the transfer of society flats to the GPA holders in letter and spirit, Home-cum-Cooperation Secretary Ram Niwas today directed the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Registrar, Cooperative Societies (RCS), to immediately convene a meeting of the managements of various societies to redress the grievances of the GPA holders regarding transfer of their flats.

Got a complaint?

The GPA holders having grievances have been asked to approach the RCS and the Home Secretary in case they face any problem regarding the transfer of flats in their names for immediate action

The RCS was directed to ensure that the GPA transfers were carried out in a hassle-free manner according to the provisions of the notification. The erring management committees were threatened with dire consequences, including their dissolution and appointment of the administrators to manage their affairs.

In a representation to the Cooperation Secretary yesterday, the Chandigarh Social Welfare Council had stated that out of 76 habitable housing societies, the GPA holders had managed to win their rights in a few cases only. It was brought to his notice that in most of the cases, the management committee were not inclined to transfer the share/flats in the name of GPA holders.

It is alleged that the arbitrary functioning of the society managements, allegedly in connivance with the officials of the RCS, threatened to derail the whole policy formulated for the benefits of the GPA holders. “The GPA members are often made defaulters of huge amounts by existing management committees without any justification," the council representation alleged.

In certain societies, GPA holders, by the mandate of the managing committees, are forced to pay an extra amount other than the prescribed fee to meet financial liabilities of the society. In some cases, the GPA holders have been fleeced as the management insisted on seeking legal advice on the transfer, the council complained.

The administration had come out with the transfer policy for the GPA holders in cooperative societies fixing Rs 50,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000 as transfer fee for Category A, B and C flats, respectively. While policy's formulation was widely acclaimed its implementation is still passing through the teething troubles.



e-Sampark Centres draw Rs 759 crore
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
Besides being a quick service provider, the successful e-Sampark project of the IT department of the UT administration, launched in September 2004 to bring various services under one window, has emerged as a key revenue mop-up agent.

The success of the e-experiment is explained both by the revenue collection figures and the number of transactions.

“In 2008-09, revenue collection at 10 such centres in UT shot up by more than 90 per cent to Rs 759 crore from Rs 403 crore in 2007-08. The month of April, 2009, set a new record. It accounted for revenue collection of Rs 83 crore, the highest in one month, compared to only Rs 30 crore in the corresponding month last year,” said Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar here today.

The number of transactions at these centres are average two lakh per month. Since the launch, the department has collected Rs 1,874 crore of revenue from 68.26 lakh transactions up to March, 2009.



4 cinemas in multiplex closed
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 20
All four cinemas in the multiplex at Paras Down Town Square in Zirakpur were closed on the directions of DC Mohali PS Mand on Wednesday. It was stated in the directions that the multiplex had failed to fulfill the conditions mentioned in the license for running the multiplex.

According to the local district administration sources, the temporary license for the multiplex was issued from January 19 to March 18, which was further extended to May 18. The multiplex operators were asked to fulfill all conditions, pertaining to cinema license but they failed to meet the same. The administration made these directions effective on May 20, sources added.



Advisory council to be reconstituted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
UT administrator SF Rodrigues today ordered the reconstitution of the administrator’s advisory council.

According to sources, a meeting of the reconstituted body, representing various political parties and other organisations, will be held soon. Earlier, the administrator had constituted the council in January 2007 for a period of two years, whose term expired in January. However, its meeting could not be held regularly, making it an “ineffective” body.



CBSE Class XII, ICSE, ISC Results
Jaskaran, Sukhman top in Mohali
Non-med, medical streams
Our Correspondent

Sukhman Kaur with her mother

Mohali, May 20
Two students of Sant Isher Singh Public School, Phase VII, Mohali, topped the CBSE class XII examination in the town, the results of which were declared today.

Jaskaran Kaur came first with 93.2 per cent marks, while Sukhman Kaur stood second with 93 per cent marks.

Jaskaran had taken up the non-medical stream and Sukhman the medical.

In the commerce stream, Nishu of St Soldier International Convent School, Phase VII, stood first in Mohali town with 91.6 per cent marks.

In the humanities stream, Supreet of Lawerence Public Senior Secondary School secured the first position with 88.4 per cent marks.

In Sant Isher Singh Public School, Anmol Preet Singh and Gurinder Kaur obtained 89.6 per cent and 87.8 per cent marks, respectively, in the non-medical stream.

In the medical stream of the same institution, Heena got 87 per cent coming second in the school. In Shivalik Public School, Phase VI, Kirandeep Kaur and Arshpreet Kaur, both from the medical stream, obtained 89.4 per cent and 83 per cent, respectively. In the non-medical stream Gurpreet Singh ( 87.6 per cent ) , Darshpreet Kaur ( 85. 6 per cent ) and Surbhi Bhatia (83.2 ) secured the first three positions in the school. At St Soldier International Convent School, Palvi Tangra (89.8 per cent ) came first in the school in the non-medical stream. Priyanka Kapoor (89.6 per cent) and Chandni Sharma (80.2) topped in the medical and humanities streams, respectively, in the school.

In DAV Senior Secondary School, Mohali, Richa obtained 91.8 per cent and Sahil and 90.6 per cent in the medical stream. In the non-medical stream, Rajan came first in the school with 91.2 per cent, with the second position going to Harcharn with 90 per cent.

Sanchi of Lawerance Public Senior Secondary School, Mohali, secured 90 per cent in the medical stream followed by Amrita (89 per cent) and Nayantara (88).

In the non-medical stream, Palak Jain topped in the school with 91.8 per cent followed by Manisha Lamba ( 91.5 per cent), Simrandeep (91) and Meharbaan (90.8).

At Gian Jyoti Public School Maninder Singh topped in the medical stream in the school with 87.6 per cent followed by Bhavnoor Kaur (87 per cent) and Alka (86) . In the non-medical stream Abhinav Kapoor secured the highest marks in the school with 86.8 per cent while Gaurav Gogna (85.6 per cent) and Gursimran Kaur (84 per cent), came second and third, respectively.



Panchkula girls outperform boys
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 20
Panchkula girls outshined boys in almost all streams in Class XII and Class X 2009 examinations announced by the Central Board of Secondary Examination and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, respectively, here today.

While Ria Aggarwal, a student of Class X from Little Flower School Convent School has brought laurels to the town with standing on the top in the tricity, others including the students of Class XII did not lag behind in coming out with flying colours.

With a cent per cent result of Class X, a total of 11 students from Little Flower School were able to secure above 90 per cent marks.

St Xavier’s School, where 46 students appeared in Class X this year, two students, Sonali Zutshi and Deeksha Singh Thakur, remained on the top in school with 90 per cent marks each.

At Saupin’s School, Yantisha Jairath remained first in the school with 85.7 per cent marks.

The situation is not different in Class XII.

A student of DC Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, securing 94.1 per cent marks, stood first in medical stream in the town. Here, in non-medical also, another girl Rytasha secured 89.6 per cent marks. Similarly, in commerce, a girl Anusha, with 92.8 per cent, stood first in school, closely followed by Payal Mittal, who got 92.6 per cent. Puneet, Sapna and Vijender Singh also managed to secure 91.6 per cent, 90.8 per cent and 90.6 per cent, respectively.

At Bhavan Vidyalya, Sector 15, first three positions were clinched by the girls in commerce stream. Shivam, Maitreyi, and Shameesh got 92.8, 92.2 and 91 per cent marks, respectively. Only one boy, Krishna Ahuja, in the school could cross the mark of 90 per cent remaining at fourth position with 90.3 marks.

Here, a boy, Pragati Singh, with 92.9 per cent marks, stood first in the science streams, followed by Roopali Garg, who managed to get 90.2 marks.

At Mahatma Hansraj Public School, Vrinda Mittal topped the school, getting 91.4 marks. Rishab Jain was second to her with 91.2 per cent marks.

At Satluj Public School, two students got more than 90 per cent marks, one each in commerce and science. While Neha Arora was first in the school with 90.2 per cent marks in science, Reekrit Serai topped the school in the commerce stream.

At Army Public School, Chandimandir, five students were able to secure 90 per cent and above marks. In science stream, Sudeep Rawat was first in the school with 92.2 per cent. Sonal Chauhan and Lakhwinder Singh were at second and third positions with 91.8 per cent and 90.2 per cent marks, respectively.

Monika Gulia and Aanchal Madan got 92.2 per cent and 92 per cent marks in commerce stream, respectively.



ICSE Results
Ria scores 95.7 pc, tops tricity
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
“Hard work and discipline played a key role in one’s success,” opined Ria Aggarwal, the tricity topper, who scored 95.7 per cent marks, in the class X Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) examination results which were declared today.

For this prospective computer engineer, to score high in the ICSE examination was never meant to shelling out huge fees for taking tuitions. “Being focused and having knowledge about what’s happening around is all that you require to attain perfection in studies,” commented the topper.

A student of Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula, she said, “I feel there was no alternative to hard work and no short cut for success in life.”

“In fact I was expecting a good score even after taking my examinations, however, I did not expect that I will be the one who would be the topper of the year in the tricity,” said elated Ria.

Ria’s father, Mukesh Aggarwal, a chartered accountant, told that she had a knack for drawing and painting too apart from being the topper throughout.

Two students of Yadavindra Public School (YPS), Mohali, Himanshu Gangwar and Siddharth Sehdev, who secured 95.3 per cent marks each, clinched the second place in the tricity.

Himanshu hailing from Uttar Pradesh said he was not happy with the result as he was expecting a higher percentage. He said he devoted about eight hours to studies during the examination period though otherwise his study time was about an hour or so.

He was planning to take up the non-medical stream. He was disappointed with his mathematics score which was only 83 per cent, as he had been getting about 97 per cent marks in his school examinations.

Siddharth had left sports in order to get good marks in his class X examination. He had participated in the IPSC tennis tournaments earlier but sports had taken a back seat. He plans to join one of the IITs and pursue engineering in electronics or mechanical branch.

Not lagging much behind for the third position were Satishwar S Dhillon of St Kabir and Sanchit Kumar of St Stephen’s School, who scored 95.14 per cent marks.

Not advocating tuitions or extra coaching to gain good success, Satishwar said consistency with hard work was the key to be on the top.

Sanchit Kumar of St Stephen’s School said classroom teaching provided a compact learning environment and competition among classmates encouraged one to study harder.

He opined that focused study after school for a couple of hours was more than enough for a good percentage. He wants to go in for medical, as his ultimate goal is to be neurosurgeon.



Kavita tops in medical stream
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 20
The crunch of resources were not a problem for Kavita Pathak, who secured 94.1 per cent and stood first in medical stream in Class XII here today.

Hailing from a poor family, daughter of a Class IV employee of the Punjab irrigation department Kavita has already passed out preliminary test of the pre-medical entrance test.

She is a student of DC Model School, Sector 7, and was picked up from a government school under a special scheme for the underprivileged about seven years back. Securing 96.6 per cent, she topped in Class X also. She shared her first position with another student of the same school Gaurav Kumar in Class X.

“It give the credit to my teachers and parents who have supported me throughout. As money was always a problem, I never went for tuitions,” Kavita said.

Kavita said: “I wanted to pursue medical profession and my teachers have been there by my side.”

The school authorities have assured me of bearing all expenses when I get admission in a medical college, she added.



Deaf and dumb scores 77.2 pc in ISC exam
Our Correspondent

Rahul Mahajan with his mother enjoys a ladoo after declaration of class XII ISC examination results in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, May 20
A differently abled student of Yadavindra Public School (YPS) took up the challenge and appeared in the ISC class XII examination by getting an aggregate of 77.2 per cent marks.

Rahul Mahajan, a resident of Sector 9, Chandigarh, who has hearing and speech impairment, put in a lot of hard work to clear the examination.

He secured 90 per cent marks in art and 86 per cent in accounts. Besides, he obtained 72 per cent in commerce and 69 per cent each in English and environment studies.

Asha Mahajan, Rahul’s mother, told The Tribune today that she used to teach him till class X. She said it became difficult for her to help Rahul in his studies after he took up the commerce stream because she was not well acquainted with the subject.

She had all praise for Rahul’s teachers who had gone out of the way to help him.

Asha said Rahul found English and environment studies difficult because of the language problem. He was happy to know his result. She wanted him to take admission in a local college of art.



Determination knows no limits
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
‘Success gets sweeter if achieved against all odds,’ the statement gets exemplified as one meets two city boys Ram Kumar and Sumit who fought against all odds and emerged winners.

The son of a cook, Ram Kumar, who joined KB DAV School and was provided free education since pre-nursery, has secured 80.6 per cent in Class XII.

Ram, who wants to become a computer engineer, accredits his success to his parents who ensured that he should get good education what they missed out on.

“I come from a humble background as my father is a cook. While he has received elementary education, my mother is an illiterate but still persuaded me to weave big dreams and chase them,” he asserts.

Ram also thanked his school principal Madhu Bahl for giving him an opportunity to do so.

“I am thankful to her because she believed in me and gave me guidance at such a tender age,” he adds.

His story is similar to an electrician’s son Sumit, who made it big in ICSE Class X results by securing 74 per cent.He si a student of St. Xavier’s School and aspires to do B.Com. from a reputed college.

“My ideal is our school chairman AJ Gosan as there is a lot that I have learnt from him,” he smiles.



Akshi, Ravinder shine in ISC Class XII
Our Correspondent

Akshi Chawla

Ravinderpreet Kaur

Anchal Bajwa

Greg Elphonse

Mohali, May 20
Students of YPS put up an excellent performance in the Indian School Certificate (ISC) class XII examination.

Akshi Chawla stood first in the school by getting 92. 8 per cent marks in the humanities stream.

Akshi, who aims to clear the civil services examination, said she was more than happy with her result, as one did not secure such marks in the humanities stream.

She plans to do her graduation from a good institute with psychology as one of the subjects. She did not devote too much time to her studies during school days but worked hard during the examinations.

Kashika Kaur Juneja was second in humanities scoring 82.8 per cent marks and Aatish Bhalaik third by getting 82.2 per cent marks. In the medical stream, Ravinder Preet Kaur, a resident of Sohana village, stood first by getting 92.6 per cent marks.

She said she was expecting more marks than what she had got and was able to achieve so much without taking any tuitions. She too plans to appear in the civil services examination. She said she devoted six to seven hours to her studies but with frequent breaks.

In the commerce stream, Greg Alphonse of St Xavier Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh, bagged the first position by obtaining 91.75 per cent marks.

He said he would probably go for BCom and aspired to become a chartered accountant.

Charanjot Kaur Sidhu by scoring 87.6 per cent marks and Mustafa Muzzam by scoring 86.8 per cent marks were among a few others who also did well in the examination.

Anchal Bajwa topped the school in the non-medical stream securing 86.8 per cent marks. Vasundhra was second by getting 83.4 per cent and Prabh Sahil Singh Chhina stood third by obtaining 83.2 per cent marks.



93 score over 90 pc
Sacred Heart creates record
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, has created a record in itself as around 93 students of the school have achieved more than 90 per cent marks in English.

Elated at the success of the students, faculty asserts that its just an outcome of different approach that they have adopted to teach the students.

“We never restricted ourselves to books but recognised and inspired creative streak in the students. We encouraged the students to write speeches, do book reviews and write diary entries over current issues. The students actively participated and enjoyed activities like group discussions,” said one of the teachers.

Even the students credited their success to the school by saying, “Unlike other schools the school stresses upon literary activities. Right from our younger years we get used to this language and thus perform well.”



Govt, model schools fare well
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20
Having produced two tricity toppers, government senior secondary schools of Chandigarh have made a mark in the CBSE class XII examination by achieving 84.16 per cent result in the model school category and 60.2 per cent in the non-model school category.

The overall pass percentage of government schools in Chandigarh is 79.16 per cent. With 5,983 students having successfully cleared the examination out of a total of 7,558 students, GMSSS-16 has again taken the lead by achieving the highest pass percentage of 98.3 per cent, followed by GMSSS-37 with 95.5 per cent and GMSSS-35 with 93.5 per cent.

In the non-model school category, GSSS-15 has topped with a pass percentage of 76.6 per cent. Sahil Arora of GMSSS-16 is on top of the list in the commerce stream with 96 per cent marks in aggregate.

Ankit Gupta of GMSSS-19 has topped the science stream by securing 94.4 per cent and Kanu Priya of GMSSS-33 has topped the arts stream by securing 93.8 per cent marks.

In vocational stream, Divjot Kaur has topped with 92.6 per cent marks in information technology.



Class VIII Results
Failed students to get compartment chance
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 20
In an unprecedented move, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has decided to apply the pass formula of Class X to the Class VIII students.

Following the directions of the Punjab Chief Minister and Education Minister, the board authorities today initiated the move to apply the new pass formula for the students of Class VIII, who could not clear examinations this year. According to board officials, around 1,78,000 students had failed the Class VIII examination out of 4,92,000, bringing the pass percentage of the board examinations to 63 per cent.

Sources said after the directions of the Punjab government, the board authorities would check the answer sheets of the failed students and would allow eligible candidates, as per the pass formula, for the compartment examination to be held in September.

Sources said since the results had been declared before the elections, the new move would burden the board authorities as money and man power would be used in re-checking the answer sheets. As per the new formula, the students, who have failed in two subjects, would be entitled for the compartment exams.

A board official said due to the high fail percentage in Class VIII examinations, the government had directed the board to implement the pass formula of Class X to Class VIII.

This is for the first time that the board will be allowing the failed Class VIII students to appear in the compartment examinations.



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