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Kamla Nailed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
At the receiving end of the alleged shoddy investigation into the rape of Nari Niketan’s mentally challenged inmate, the police today arrested Kamla (a sweeper) and Jamna Kumar, a security guard of the Nari Niketan in Sector 26, here today.

However, the police action came in the backdrop of The Tribune exposing the lies of the police on Thursday that Kamla was attending to her duties at Nari Niketan. The police had been claiming that Kamla, who has been named in the FIR as the co-accused, had absconded. The victim had reportedly also hinted at the involvement of Jamna Kumar.

When asked about the basis of arrest of Jamna Kumar, a senior police officer disclosed that the victim described him through gestures during questioning. She explained to the investigators that one of her exploiters had small moustaches, thin bearing, with baldpate and spectacles. The description matched with Jamna Kumar, leading to his arrest. He added that more persons, even outsiders, could be involved in the case.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), led by Kulwant Singh Pannu, arrested Kamla and Jamna Kumar. Sources in the police said the police carried out the entire process late last night after being castigated by the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday.

The accused were produced before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Anshul Berry, who remanded Kamla and Jamna Kumar to two-day police remand.

Seeking the remand of four days, public prosecutor Jatinder Pal Singh argued that the police had to interrogate the accused and find out whether other people were involved in the crime. The police required DNA samples of Jamna to match with the foetus to confirm whether he had raped the victim.

Arguing the case, the defence lawyer for Kamla said, “There is no cogent evidence against Kamla and she had already joined the investigation and there was no need to arrest her. Furthermore, it has not been proven as yet whether the crime has been committed at Nari Niketan or Aashreya”.

The police said Kamla and Jamna Kumar were arrested on the basis circumstantial evidence and other clues. A police officer said after the high court rejected the anticipatory bail of Kamla, it became imperative for the police to arrest the suspect.

A senior police officer said the investigators quizzed staff members of both Aashreya and Nari Niketan. During the probe, the statements of the staff members, circumstantial evidence and other inputs pointed toward the role of the two suspects.

The police so far found that the entry of males was restricted in the area where the victim was living in Nari Niketan and only Kamla had access to her room. It was alleged that she used to take her to the bathroom where she was raped.

The Tribune had taken a lead in reporting the heinous crime since May 18 and raised pertinent questions on the security of these homes and the police alleged role to “hush up” the case.

The police had already arrested Bhupinder Singh, a security guard of Nari Niketan on May 18, the day the heinous crime came to light. A medical social worker of Aashreya reported the matter to the police after the victim complained of pain in her abdomen. A case of rape and criminal conspiracy has been registered in this regard.



Police role under a cloud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
The belated arrest of Kamla, a co-accused in the sensational Nari Niketan rape case, and a security guard today brought the functioning and investigation of the Chandigarh Police under a cloud.

Left to itself, the police could have dilly-dallied on the arrest of Kamla, whose name figures in the FIR. It has taken a sustained campaign by The Tribune and strictures from the judiciary, including the Punjab and Haryana High Court, to get the police into action.

In fact, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) was virtually forced to swoop on the accused late last night following the "direction to the IGP and the SSP, the UT, to personally look into the case and monitor the investigations in a best possible manner by Justice Ranjit Singh of the high court yesterday”.

The police action against the accused was in a sharp contrast to the reported statement of the investigating officer before the Sessions Court that the accused was not required to be arrested in the case and was absconding.

“It is not for this court to see whether the investigating officer would need to interrogate or investigate the case by taking the petitioners in custody, but it is rare to see the investigating officer coming forward to say that the custody of the person is not needed,” Justice Ranjit Singh said in his judgment.

Earlier, the Sessions Court had termed the investigating officer’s assertions about "absconding" Kamla as "debatable in view of the submissions of her counsel."

Even as the High Court strictures were virtually a slap on the face of the police which prides itself with "We care for you" slogan, the observations of UT Senior Standing Council Anupam Gupta in the court that he was "dismayed, if not ashamed" speaks volumes about the working of the police.

While the police had been terming alleged abettor Kamla as absconding, The Tribune captured her attending the office as usual which led to her arrest.



City to have Metro rail in 4 yrs
Will also cover adjoining areas of Punjab, Haryana, HP
Tribune News Service

Draft report

* Rs 15,000-cr MRTS to be executed in 4 years

* Transport connectivity to Punjab, Haryana and HP

* Metro distance of 52.4 km in tricity

* Metro stoppage after every 1 km

* Integrated ticketing system for MRTS

Chandigarh, June 12
The proposal to have a Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) for Chandigarh and its adjoining areas moved a step closure to execution with the Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) presenting the draft Comprehensive Mobility Report (CMP) to the Chandigarh administration today.

The CMP highlights that the MRTS project, including Metro, Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and Commuters Rail Service (CRS) has been estimated to be Rs 15,000 crore and will take four years to materialise, said RITES officials at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar.

At the meeting, RITES presented the CMP for Chandigarh Urban Complex keeping in mind the architectural and environmental considerations of the city. The plan covers aspects relating to Metro routes, BRT corridors, grade separators, railway overbridges, railway underbridge, integrated freight complex, parking facilities and cost revenue modes for the entire project. In order to provide seamless transportation connectivity to the commuters in the region, the Chandigarh administration and the states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab have jointly initiated the process to have a MRTS.

RITES has proposed that Metro will cover a distance of 52.4 km, out of which 40.4 km will be in Chandigarh and rest 12 km in Mohali. 15.8 km on Madhya Marg (Khuda Lahora-Housing Board-Manimajra-IT Park), 10 kms on Himalaya Marg(Sector 1-Sector 17 - Sector 43-Sector 51) and 14.6 km from Sector 26 - Industrial Area - Vikas Marg - Maloya - Dadumajra will be covered by the Metro system. The alignment from Transport Nagar to Manimajra and the alignment of Sector 26 to Dadumajra have been proposed on surface whereas rests of alignments have been proposed underground.

The underground system is likely to cost around Rs 320 crores per km whereas surface alignment is likely to cost Rs 140 crore per km. There will be around 50 stations, each after approximately 1 km. To begin with, frequency for Metro has been proposed at every 10 minutes, which could be reduced to three minutes with passage of time. The BRTS and the CRS will be covering 190.5 km and 190 km, respectively. A total of 11 corridors for BRTS system were mooted by RITES.

Sanjay Kumar suggested to RITES to create a catchment area for every station of Metro so that mini AC bus services could be planned for commuters using Metro system. He also asked RITES to submit a report on locations of bus queue shelters on V-3 roads along with the pedestrian under passes. A metro system will take care of the transport needs of the tricity and go a long way to help maintain Chandigarh’s orderly appearance. Once the MRTS project comes into existence, the pressure on the roads will decrease drastically, added the finance secretary.

Integrated ticketing system would be set up for the MRTS by which people would be able to use any mode of transport under MRTS.

When asked on the financial model, Sanjay Kumar said the administration looked at the Metro project more as a social commitment to provide reasonable, good quality transport system and reducing vehicular movement on the roads.



7 of family killed as truck overturns
Tribune News Service

Jansla (Banur), June 12
Seven members of a family were killed in an accident late last night when the truck, they were travelling in, overturned. The truck was loaded with crushed stones and the victims got buried under it after the vehicle overturned.

An inebriated driver, who failed to negotiate a curve on the road, drove the truck rashly. All victims were migrant laborers, who were on their way from Himachal Pradesh to Mansa district in Punjab in search of work in brick kilns.

“All family members belonged to Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. They were sitting over a heap of stones in the truck. While taking the curve, the truck lost balance and overturned,” said police officials from the Banur police station, who reached the spot in the wee hours today. The police said it took nearly four hours to extricate the bodies, which were lying under debris. While five bodies were recovered last night two bodies could be extracted from the pile only this morning. The truck driver and helper escaped with minor injuries in the incident, said police officials.

The 15-year-old cousin of the deceased, Salman, who was sitting beside the truck driver, said the driver of truck seemed to be drunk and was driving rashly. “We pleaded him twice to drive slow, but he did not bother to heed to our requests. He failed to negotiate the curve on the highway”, Salman said. He said his uncle, aunt and their children were sitting atop the heap of stone when the incident took place.

“I failed to hear even a shriek of any of my relatives”, he said. Salman added that he had to plead other commuters for help for nearly an hour after which the police officials reached.



Col, capt face GCM for loss of I-cards
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
A colonel commanding an armoured regiment and a captain from the same unit are being tried by a general court martial (GCM) for alleged lapses that led to the loss of 87 identity cards from the unit during field exercises.

The colonel, to try whom the GCM assembled at Bathinda military station a few days ago, is facing three charges under Section 63 of the Army Act for alleged lack of supervision and violation of security instructions, it is learnt. The General Officer Commanding, 16 Infantry Division, Maj Gen AK Bakhsi, is the court’s presiding officer.

And the court martial of the captain, who was a squadron commander in the unit, would be conducted at Ranchi. Loss of personal I-cards, considered accountable documents, is a serious offence in the armed forces with grave security implications.

A court of inquiry (COI), ordered by Headquarters 23 Infantry Division, had held the officers along with some jawans blameworthy for the loss of the I-cards. The loss was detected in December 2007 even though the I-cards are believed to have gone missing much earlier. The loss had created a security alert in several sensitive states and it was feared that if the cards had fallen into wrong hands, there could be a possibility of an untoward incident on Republic Day.

One of the men responsible for the custody of the I-cards had maintained that the cards were destroyed by burning and a record of the same was kept. When a search was carried out, his card was found in his luggage even though it was mentioned in records of having been burnt. Another jawan suspected in the matter had absconded. Sources claimed that though the Army traced him, he allegedly committed suicide before he could be apprehended.

According to sources, the military intelligence had busted an espionage racket in Bikaner in the eighties where stolen I-cards of military personnel were being smuggled across the border. The involvement of a cook and some other low-level elements had also come to light then.


Maze of Bamboo Valley falls prey to miscreants
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
The Sector 23 Bamboo Valley, which was inaugurated two-and-a-half years ago, is in a deplorable state with overgrown weeds, unkempt grass and vandalised structure, courtesy callous attitude of the authorities concerned.

Residents of the area said the valley had become a hangout for miscreants, who left their trail of destruction in the absence of any caretakers to guard the premises. In the absence of any guard or caretakers, anti-social elements frequented the valley and carried out nefarious activities there.

A visit to the valley disclosed that it was in a state of neglect. The walls of the maze constructed for children were razed. The marble tiles came off the floor and the windowpanes of the toilets were smashed. Besides, the water taps were also stolen.

Several lampposts installed in the valley were twisted and found broken. A thatched structure made of bamboo was in a bad state, as its windows were pulled down. The place was strewn with empty polythene and plastic bottles.

Surinder Pal, chief engineer, UT administration, while admitting that the walls of the maze were demolished, said it was an act of urchins from the area. President of the Residents’ Welfare Association of Sector 23 Gurdev Chand had approached the administration seeking authorisation of the upkeep of the valley.

“I would check up with them about the neglected state of the valley. Since you have brought the matter to our notice, we would take steps to repair the damage and take care about its safety and upkeep,” he added.



Alcoholics Anonymous is 75
Tribune News Service

Help at hand

Problem drinker can contact the AA at PO Box 1721, Sector 36, Chandigarh.The 24-hour helpline — 9417037358 can also be contacted for assistance.

Chandigarh, June 12
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), worldwide fellowship of over 3 million recovering alcoholics, has completed platinum jubilee of bringing “hope to the hopeless”. And like millions of grateful “sober" alcoholics all over the world, a special open public awareness-cum-recovery meeting will be held at Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, here tomorrow (June 13) in a bid to pass on the message to still-suffering alcoholic.

In fact, “each one bring one” will be the theme this year as the public will be encouraged to bring their alcoholic friends. Recovery from alcoholism, once nearly impossible, is now routine, a fact that would be underlined at the meeting.

By definition, AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.



Railway station facelift a headache for passengers
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
The death of a railway employee, Jagdish, who accidentally fell on the railway tracks due to heavy rush, seems to have served no lesson for the railway authorities.

In a bid to facelift and repair the existing floor at the Chandigarh railway station, new kota stone is being laid at the platforms, but there is hardly any space left for the passengers to pass by.

The situation appears to be a threat, especially in times of heavy rush of passengers at the station. The barricades on platform No.1, which are placed around the floor being carpeted, have not left any space between the yellow line (meant for warning the passengers to keep away from tracks) and the tracks.

A passenger, Deepak Yadav, said: “These barricades put up here are causing havoc for the passengers. In times of rush, one may slip accidentally.”

“Even the metal detector is placed near the ‘ticket counters’ instead of the entrance due to renovation, which serves no logic and dismantles the security,” added Deepak, who was at the station to catch Jan-Shatabdi.

Meanwhile, the officials said the work would be complted in one week as nearly 50 m of the area was yet to be repaired. “The renovation and laying of kota stone will take another week to complete,” said station superintendent, RK Dutta.



Many injured in group clash
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
Several persons were injured in a group clash over a scant issue outside a shop in Industrial Area, Phase II, here.

A group alleged that besides sticks and swords, a bullet fire was also shot. Two of the injured had to be admitted in Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital.

According to the police, Mehak Singh, a local resident, came to buy a thermos on a red van along with his two friends, Avatar Singh and Gulzar Singh, at a shop and had parked his car outside Shiva appliances. This was objected by the owner of the Shiva appliances, Rajinder, and he deflated a tyre of his car.

Following this, both indulged in a heated argument, which resulted in beating of Mehak Singh and his two friends. Irked by the thrashing, the trio called up a group, who later bashed the owner of the shop and his two sons, Inderjeet and Kamalpreet, who were admitted in hospital.

However, owner of the shop denied such reports.

On the contrary, Mehak said he had gone to buy a thermos and was beaten up along with his friends for parking his car outside their shop. His friends, Gulzar and Avtar Singh, alleged that a bullet was also fired by the shopkeepers, however, they had a narrow escape.

Bhupinder Singh, SHO of the Sector 31 police station, said they had confirmed from the nearby shopkeepers and also checked the spot, but no possibility of bullet fire was there. The police rounded Mehak Singh, Gulzar Singh and Avtar Singh.



UT reviews pandemic preparedness in hospitals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
Immediately after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Swine Flu as a global pandemic, the Chandigarh health department held a meeting to review the pandemic preparedness in all the major hospitals in the city under the chairmanship of UT Health Secretary.

Ram Niwas, UT Health Secretary, directed the medical superintendents and other representatives of the health department to monitor the progress daily about the admission of the patients in the hospitals. He said the medical facilities, including ventilator and other equipment, should be available in the isolation wards to meet any kind of eventuality.

He was of the opinion that for providing the community quarantine during pandemic outbreak, an advance planning should be undertaken in each sector for accommodating the patients suffering from influenza like illness.

The Nodal Officer of Swine Flu suggested some of the priority areas during the global pandemic, which were to be undertaken as per guidelines of Government of India.

These included the involvement of non-health sectors, for which the guidelines had already been issued.

He also desired to step up the activities and upkeep the hospitals, especially the isolation wards, which should be fully equipped with the facilities so as to treat the patients admitted in these hospitals. He also advised the officers to maintain liaison between each other for making arrangement to treat the patients during outbreak conditions.

The Director, Health and Family Welfare, briefed about the availability of PPE Tami Flu and test kits, which were already supplied to hospitals for isolation ward along with the instructions for the same.

So far, no positive case has been reported, said HC Gera, nodal officer of UT.



City card fizzles out
Smriti Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
After creating a hype of booming tourism industry in the city beautiful, plans to popularise Chandigarh as a tourist destination seem to be falling flat on the ground.

A classic example of this is “city card”, which was launched with much hype and hoopla last year on the occasion of World Tourism Day on September 27.

Even after nearly a year of its launch, the city card seems to have fizzled out with barely a handful of cards reportedly being sold. The card, which was available at the tourist information centres and popular tourist spots, including Rock Garden, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, bus stand, airport, railway station, ISBT-17 and Sukhna Lake has hardly attracted any tourists.

The UT administration had in a bid to make the city the tourist destination of North India had launched the city card offering a slew of benefits to the tourists on the card.

UT Administrator and Punjab Governor Gen SF Rodrigues (Retd) had launched the first of its kind card. Launched as a part of the Tourism Action Plan 2008-09 to boost tourism, the city card, was priced at Rs 100 each and entitled the tourists to a few additional facilities.

Based on the pattern of the established tourist destinations all over the world, the card enabled the tourists to visit Rock Garden and the museum and ride the hop-on-hop-off bus. Besides this, the tourists were entitled to discounts at CITCO hotels, Hotel Chandigarh Beckons in Sector 42 and selected private hotels interested in being a part of the tourism promotion campaign of the administration.



GMADA hard sells land-pooling scheme
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 12
After paying a compensation of Rs 1.5 crore an acre for the land acquired for the international airport and for the proposed road to the airport, the Punjab government is now convincing farmers to opt for the land-pooling scheme.

The scheme is beneficial to the government as the developing agency - the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GAMDA) - would not have to hand down land compensation running into several crores to them.

For an acre, the beneficiaries would get around 930 sq yard of residential plot and 121 sq yard of commercial plot.

The land in question is earmarked for mix land use along a major road connecting the airport with the Chatt-Kharar road.

Even as farmers are yet to react on the offer, GMADA is going all out to hard sell the land-pooling scheme to them.

After calling the landowners in batches, GMADA has prepared a power presentation to explain the manner in which they stand to benefit from the scheme.

“They will be a part of the development if they opt for the scheme. The decision will be futuristic,” said a GMADA official.

With the landowners getting handsome compensation, a new social order is emerging. With newly acquired lifestyle, their demands and requirements have also changed. With the changing needs, GMADA has also changed its strategy to deal with the farmers.

Devinder Singh, who owns land in Sohana, believes there are loopholes in the land-pooling scheme. The officials do not want land pooling to be implemented due to vested interests. In a 121 sq yard commercial plot, at least 50 per cent space has been earmarked for parking.



PG Accommodations
Information commission pulls up GMADA
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 12
The Punjab State Information Commission has pulled up superintending engineer-cum-public information officer HS Sodhi for inordinate delay in providing information on PGs in the city.

The Mohali coordination committee against paying guest accommodations in residential areas had sought information on the PGs under the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005.

Directing the GMADA official to provide the information by June 15, the Commission has asked the information officer to appear before it on June 18.

To fight on the issue of shifting paying guests from the residential areas, the coordination committee had sought information on the action taken against the field officers who failed to report about PGs in their respective areas. So far, only one PG accommodation has been allowed by GMADA, said JS Kranti, finance secretary of the coordination committee.

In 2007, GMADA has formulated PG policy for 10 marlas and above. GMADA has incorporated a provision wherein it can stop the facility of PG accommodation in case of a law and order problem/ breach of peace in the locality.

Due to increasing incidents of law and order problem in the areas where illegal PGs have come up, various resident welfare associations have been knocking at the door of GMADA and police seeking action against the unscrupulous elements.

Ranjivan Singh, who has been appearing before the commission, said on one hand, GMADA was issuing notices to the owners of those houses in which commercial activities were being carried out, but on the other hand it was allowing illegal PGs in residential areas.



Gynaecologists meeting held in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 12
A meeting of gynaecologists and female medical officers working in CHCs and PHCs under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) project, Punjab, was held here yesterday. Prof Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab, chaired the meeting.

She urged the doctors to make efforts to increase the number of institutional deliveries in government hospitals and stressed them to serve the patients in a compassionate manner, especially the poor patients. She said the government was committed to provide better healthcare services to improve certain under-performing CHCs and PHCs of the state by providing adequate staff and infrastructure in such institutions under the project.

Prof Chawla said the government had decided to provide treatment free of cost in government hospitals to children studying in government and government-aided schools. She said measures were taken to check the sale of adulterated food items, including synthetic milk, paneer and other eatables. Satish Chandra, mission director, NRHM, said the project was targeted to reduce maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate.

He said last year 70 women doctors were appointed in various hospitals where delivery rate was less, after which improvement had been witnessed. He said in 2007-08, the number of institutional deliveries was 44,451, which has improved to 66,451 in 2008-09.



Patiala doc gets fellowship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
Dr KK Locham, head of the paediatrics department, Government Medical College, Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, has done his students proud.

Dr Locham, who has been working as the head of the paediatrics department in the college since 1999, has received fellowship by the Indian Academy of Paediatrics this year.

He completed his doctorate in 1987 and achieved the Fellowship of Indian Academy of Paediatrics besides receiving other honours in the field.

He has also written more than 40 international and 300 national books, journals and research papers.

Some of his books are ‘Indigenous CPAP - our experience’, ‘apnea in newborn in our set up’, ‘ effect of general anesthesia on apger score’, ‘incidence of birth asphyxia by WHO’, ‘polycythemia in high risk newborns’.



Commando awarded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
The police today commended the courageous efforts of the commando, who brought down a man from a mobile phone tower where the latter had climbed for allegedly committing a suicide in Sector 42 yesterday. The UT IGP S.K. Jain conferred a first-class commendation certificate with a cash prize of Rs 1,500 on the commando, who climbed on the tower and caught hold of Kirandeep Singh at the top of the tower till the hydraulic ladder of the fire brigade reached there. Kirandeep had climbed the tower to commit a suicide. The IGP said commando constable Rajesh Kumar had exhibited high sense of responsibility.



PU budget a bonanza for students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
The budget of Panjab University for 2009-2010 has a lot to offer to the students with the prime declaration being constitution of Rs 1-crore corpus wherein a student can take loan at the time of need.

The university has also, for the first time, come out with a provision of insuring students, and if possible their parents as well, by making an insurance cell other than outsourcing the job to somebody.

While Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti, in addition to introducing such financial reforms, has also chalked out a plan for the renovation of the Student Centre and hostels.

According to Sobti, though the university suffered deficits, he has tried his best to take the infrastructure and facilities a step further.

Two new girls’ hostels shall be coming up very soon in the university. The university is not only planning to revamp the scholarships programme, but is also considering a fee waiver for thalasemic students on the lines of initiative taken for the blind.

The senate has resolved to make students council president and general secretary member of all committees dealing with funds in order to increase their participation in the functioning of the university.

Budget highlights for 2009-10

• Institution of a new corpus — Rs 1 crore ‘Merit-cum-Poor Student Loan Scheme in self-financing courses’ — out of the fund ‘Foundation for Higher Education & Research Account’.

• Rs 1.10 crore (R) provided for new type of (OMR) answer sheets.

• Rs 20 lakh (R) - Membership INDEST-AICTE Consortium.

• Rs 10 lakh (R) - Provision for SCOPUS.

• Rs 1 lakh more for subsidy to SC/ST students.

• Additional staff provided for RTI cell, add-on courses, single window and new courses, etc.

• Welfare scheme for PU employees (contributory).

• Synthetic lawn tennis court.

• Renovation of Student Centre.

• Parking in boys’ hostels No. 1,3,4,5 and Student Centre.

• Construction of two new girls hostels, one each in South Campus, Sector 25 and Sector 14.

• Provision for gymnasium facility in the hostels

• Extension of dining hall and facility of common room in boys’ hostel No. 7.

• Extension of boys’ hostel No. 6.

• Parking for UILS, UIET and BDS students and faculty.

• Renovation of washrooms of boys’ and girls’ hostels.

• Insurance scheme for students.

• Bus facility to ferry students from departments to hostels.

In fulfilment of vision and mission of Panjab University, as also the societal needs, new courses have been designed:

• University institute of hotel management and tourism.

• Institute of forensic sciences and criminology.

• MBA course in energy management.

• Diploma in early child care and education (adult education department).

• MSc in petroleum geology

• Five years integrated course in English.

• BA (Hons) course in colleges according to Delhi University pattern.

Other projects in the pipeline are:

• Setting up of educational multimedia centre.

• Setting up school of lighting designing (certificate course in lighting).

• Creation of PU regional centre Nathuwala, Moga district, for running BA, BEd, BCA and BBA.



College Admissions-2009
SGGS College, Sector 26
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, a co-educational institute, has a lot to offer to its freshers, be it recreational activities, a new BCA unit being introduced or the college’s own students centre that is coming up in this session.

The admission process has already begun in the college and the issuance of prospectus started on June 9. An attraction for the freshers is the student centre of the college called Maharaja Ranjeet Singh Bhawan.

The new introductions in the college also include a four-storey building that will house sports, NCC and NSS offices in the basement. In addition to all, the college is also introducing an additional BCA unit due to which the number of seats is likely to increase.

The college has in all seven-computer labs with nearly 100 computers for the convenience of the students.

The college also has hostel facility- one for boys and one shared for girls with the neighbouring girls’ college. While the boys hostel accommodates 200 students, the girls’ hostel accommodates about 100 students and the seats are filled on first come first serve basis.

Important dates

Forms available from June 9
Last date of submission July 7
Merit list will be displayed on July 13
Admissions between July 14 and July 21

Courses offered
1. BA (General)
2. BA Honours (History, Economics, English, Public Administration)
3. BCom
4. BCom (Hons) (Offered in second year)
5. BSc (Bio-technology)
6. BSc (Bio-informatics)

Add-on courses
1. Insurance Business
2. Banking Management
3. Entrepreneurship in small business

Postgraduate courses
1. MA (English)
2. MSc (Bio-technology)
3. MCom
4.MSc (Mathematics)
5. MSc (IT)



Processing Fee
GC-11 overspends on lecturers’ interviews
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
When it comes to managing processing fee, Postgraduate College, Sector 11, has surprised all.

The college, in lieu of its inadequate income from the sale of forms (at the rate of Rs 250 each) for the posts of contractual lecturer, has spent Rs 17,000 in conducting these interviews.

As per the information provided by the college under the RTI Act, the income was Rs 1,00,750 while the expenditure was Rs 1,17,763.

The interviews were held between June 27, 2008, and July 2, 2008, and July 12, 2008. The college received over 404 applications but failed to meet the organisational charges from the income from the sale of forms as the expenditure was much more than in any other college.

The college claims to have spent around Rs 12,000 for providing refreshment and lunch to the candidates and as per the receipts some of the members, especially those of Class IV, have been paid extra.

RTI activist VB Khanna said: “It’s surprising that they have spent almost Rs 20,000 extra on these interviews just because their honorarium charges were not in sync with the DPI orders. Though it has clearly been mentioned that the colleges would just provide refreshments to the applicants, the bill provided talked volumes about the lavishness of these refreshments.

The college, in spite of an appeal, has also concealed certain information.”

The college has neither opened any government account nor has filled Form 16, thus raising a few questions.



Contractual computer teachers await salaries
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
Resource “crunch” with the revenue-surplus Chandigarh Administration has delayed payment of salaries to contractual computer operators in schools.

At least 120 teachers have been waiting for their salaries to be released by the education department since one-and-half-month.

Sources in the education department revealed that the department had outsourced IT technical experts from DOEACC institute for various schools of the city to impart computer training to students.

As per an agreement with the company, the education department has to disperse the salaries of the employees, which are outsourced on the basis of working days. Strangely, the salary for the period of March 20 to March 31 and for the month of May 2009 has not been released by the department so far.

The sources in the department revealed that the agreement of the education department with the DOEACC institute expired by March end and all teachers were relieved from their duties.

An official, however, stated that the dues of 11 days of the salary had yet to be cleared by the department.

When contacted DPI Samwartak Singh stated that due to some clerical problem the salary of the computer operators of the schools had been delayed. He said soon the department would release the salaries of all computer teachers.



Classes XI, XII admissions from July 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
Admission to classes XI and XII in all CBSE affiliated Government Senior Secondary Schools of Chandigarh will start from July 2.

Prospectus can be obtained from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, Government Senior Secondary Schools in Sectors 18, 32, 37, and Modern Complex, Mani Majra, by paying Rs 60 from June 16, 2009.

The admission form can also be downloaded from website www.chdeducation.gov.in<http://www.chdeducation.gov.in>The form can be deposited in any of the aforesaid schools. The last date of submission of the form is June 26.



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