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Shivraj Patil sworn in Punjab Governor
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
With former Lok Sabha speaker and home minister Shivraj Vishwanath Patil becoming the first politician to be sworn in as the Punjab Governor-cum-UT administrator in almost two decades, the political who's who in the region thronged the Punjab Raj Bhavan to greet the new incumbent.

While the local unit of the Congress party, which had not been seeing eye to eye with outgoing Governor SF Rodrigues, was well represented by its senior leaders, including its president BB Bahl and Chandigarh Mayor Anu Chatrath, party leaders from the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal made a beeline to the city to welcome Patil.

The newly elected president of the city BJP unit, Sanjay Tandon, was among those who attended the ceremony along with municipal corporation councilors and office-bearers of various trade and industrial organisations.

Given Patil's political stature, information & broadcasting minister Ambika Soni specially came from New Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Madhu Bansal, wife of parliamentary affairs & water resources minister and Chandigarh MP Pawan Bansal, who is reportedly abroad, represented her husband.

Several senior Punjab Congress leaders, including its president Mohinder Singh Kaypee and leader of the opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal besides several MPs and MLAs, graced the occasion.

The Haryana Congress was represented by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and several senior ministers and office bearers. Even Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Thakur Kaul was seen at the gathering.

“Working with a politician as the UT administrator naturally provides a “comfort level” to elected representatives, particularly the MC councilors”, a senior Congress leader remarked, trying to give a rationale for the presence of scores of political bigwigs. “As a former home minister, Patil is acquainted with the background of most of the city’s projects, including the ‘mega’ ones. That should stand the new incumbent in good stead while taking decision as the UT administrator”, the leader hoped.

“The municipal corporation looks forward to the guidance and patronage of a statesman like Patil in putting Chandigarh in the league of the country’s leading cities”, said Chatrath.

Meanwhile, Rodrigues and First Lady Jean Rodrigues were given a warm sendoff today at the Raj Bhavan by, besides Badal, Punjab assembly speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon and senior police and administrative officials. Last night the former administrator was given a farewell by officials of the Chandigarh administration.



HC stay stymies GMADA mixed-use project 
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 22
With the Punjab & Haryana High Court granting an interim stay on acquisition of land from Sector 74 to Desumajra for mixed use, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority’s ambitious project has hit a roadblock.

The authority intends to acquiring 200 acres of land for the project in Desumajra, Ballomajra and Bairaley villages along an upcoming 200 feet wide road that is proposed to connect Kharar (via Desumajra village) with the Patiala road at Chatt village.

The stay was granted after the area’s resident welfare association moved the court stating GMADA was acquiring land on which the RWA’s structures were standing. The authority has already issued notices under sections 4 & 6 of the Land Acquisition Act to acquire the land.

Negotiations have been going on for several months between the landowners, who have been protesting against the move, and GMADA on the terms and conditions of acquiring the land for mixed use.

However, the landowners want to retain their lands and registered their protest against the proposed acquisition at the GMADA office a few days ago.

It may be mentioned the district land fixation committee has been deferring the issue of fixing the compensation for the land to be acquired. Kharar MLA Balbir Sidhu stated the government had been “fooling” the landowners who he said had no objection to the land being acquired for a road at “realistic prices.”

“However, the 200 feet-wide stretch planned to be acquired for mixed use on both sides of the road is not acceptable to them”, Sidhu added. He cited the high registry rates in Ballomajra, Mauli Baidwan and Desumajra while demanding a higher compensation rates for the land.



Rathore ‘fails’ to join investigation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Confusion prevailed throughout the day over the questioning of SPS Rathore by the CBI in the Ruchika case here today. The CBI in its notice to Rathore had asked him to join investigation by January 22.

Rathore, however, did not turn up at the camp office of the CBI. Though it could not be confirmed if Rathore had contacted the CBI on phone or through some emissary.

The CBI had set up a camp office in Sector 18 to conduct investigations into the case and three FIRs registered by her father and brother last month.

Media personnel kept waiting at the CBI camp as well as the residence of Rathore in Sector 6, Panchkula, expecting that he would turn up to record his statement with the CBI. Rathore, who left his home twice in his car, however, did not turn up at the CBI office.

His application for anticipatory bail in the High Court is pending for Monday. A lawyer, on the condition of anonymity, said since Rathore had already moved the HC, apprehending his arrest, there was every possibility that he did not appear before them.

Aide gets judicial remand

Gajinder Singh, the man reportedly involved in implicating Ashu Girhotra, brother of Ruchika, in various theft cases at the behest of SPS Rathore, was today produced in the district courts in connection with two cases registered against him over a decade ago.

The court had issued production warrants against him for appearing in the court in connection with the cases, which were opened after he was arrested from Pune recently.

He was today brought from Ambala jail where he is lodged at present and produced before the CJM in connection with a car theft in 1993. He had stolen the car from Sector 17 and a case was registered against him. He was declared a proclaimed offender in 1999. Another case was registered against him in 1990 for stealing a motorcycle belonging to Ranbir Singh of Mohali. He was declared a proclaimed offender in the case as well in 1998.

In both cases, he has been sent to judicial custody.



Raid on fair-price shops
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
The CBI today conducted surprise checks at fair-price shops across the city.The DIG of the CBI, Mahesh Aggarwal, said a surprise check had also been conducted at the office of the food and supplies department in Sector 17 and some records had been seized from there too.

The sleuths had found certain incriminating documents which would be scrutinised to find out the irregularities.

The CBI had received a complaint that food items meant for public distribution were been sold in the open market, depriving the poor of subsided foodgrain.

The CBI teams seized records from PDS shops located in Colony No 5, Palsora, Kajeheri and Sector 25 and the UT food and supplies office.



Bitter Pill
Jaggery dearer than sugar
Tribune News Service

A cane-crusher unit along the Chunni-Landran road in Kharar. This year jaggery is more expensive than sugar.
A cane-crusher unit along the Chunni-Landran road in Kharar. This year jaggery is more expensive than sugar. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Kharar, January 22
Small cane-crushing units dotting the Chunni-Landran road are charging exorbitantly for jaggery in the absence of any authority to monitor them.Last year, the cost of jaggery was Rs 35 per kg while this year it has gone up to Rs 60 per kg -- more than even the current price of sugar (Rs 50) in the market. While the cost of manufacturing a quintal of sugar is around Rs 2,500, making jaggery is much cheaper at Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,700. Jaggery also weighs more than sugar.

Cane crushers blame the exorbitant prices for the limited availability of sugarcane. “This year sugarcane is not available in abundance and we have no option but to increase the prices of jaggery. Those who need it would buy and the others need not,” shrugs Dalbir, a jaggery seller.

The decade-old jaggery making market has undergone a sea change with people from Bihar and UP replacing the local population. Most of the migrants here like Rakesh come to Punjab only during winter, take land on lease, buy sugarcane and sell products at a huge margin.

These crushing units are registered with the Punjab Cane Commissioner, however, the department does little to monitor the units. “The district health authorities collect samples to ascertain the purity. Apart from that, no one has any control over the price fixation,” an official at the Punjab Cane Commission stated. Cane Commissioner Mangal S Sandhu said recently 37 samples were collected from the state and 10 had failed.

Only 140 crushers are registered with the commission across the state while the actual number of such units is reported to be more. The registration is free of cost. In most cases, the registration is in the name of Punjabi farmers who have leased the land.

Despite the anomalies, no one seems to be complaining about the business which starts around Dashera in October and continues till March. Apart from the Chunni-Landran road, similar units dot the Ropar-Morinda road and nearby areas. The units at Chunni-Landran boast of customers from Chandigarh, Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Patiala.


Cold weather, fog set to continue
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

People wait for the Shatabdi Express to arrive at the Chandigarh railway stationon Friday.
People wait for the Shatabdi Express to arrive at the Chandigarh railway stationon Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, January 22
With the cold wave showing no signs of easing and the sun playing truant, city residents continued to shiver as the mercury dipped further with the maximum temperature recorded today at 16.5 degrees Celsius and the minimum at 6.8 degrees.

The weatherman said the minimum temperature is likely to plummet further while the fog would continue for the next couple of days.

While no flight could operate from Chandigarh due to poor visibility, several trains ran late due to the dense fog enveloping the region. “A vicious weather circle is responsible for the prevailing weather conditions. The day temperatures are not rising because of the presence of fog, which has resulted in the unabated chill,” a met official said.

Even as the biting cold continued to grip the city with the sun coming out only for a short interval, most people chose to stay at home to ward off the inclement weather. It was yet another chilly day for schoolchildren who went to their classes, seemingly unmindful of the cold.

In most offices the staff spent the day ordering endless cups of steaming tea and warming themselves in front of heating appliances. “There’s nothing much for us to do with no public to deal with due to cold weather. We’ve been passing away the time by gossiping or discussing politics in our cosy rooms,” said an employee of the municipal corporation.

Those commuting on two-wheelers, however, had a miserable day. “Gloves and windcheaters have failed to provide relief as the bitter cold bites through them. I’ve been driving with one hand behind my back, even though it’s dangerous, due to the icy winds,” said Ila, a resident of Sector 52 who drives to his office in Sector 7 every day.

At the city’s three state-run hospitals - PGI, Government Multispecialty Hospital, Sector 16 and Government Medical College & Hospital, Sector 32, attendants accompanying patients braved the severe weather as they sat in the open, waiting for a call from inside the emergency wing where their near and dear ones had been admitted.

According to the information available, while foggy mornings and misty evenings will persist the sky is expected to remain party cloudy and obscure due to fog. 



MC House Meeting
Fire academy proposal to be tabled, again
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
The proposal for setting up of a fire academy by the Chandigarh municipal corporation will once again be tabled in the house during its meeting scheduled for January 29.

A corporation committee had earlier rejected the proposal on the grounds that the project was not feasible for the city and had recurring expenditure.

This will be the first meeting of the house under new MC Mayor Anu Chatrath.

The three-member committee constituted under MC Additional Commissioner PK Sharma with two other members — station fire officer M L Sharma and fire and emergency services sub committee chairman Arshad Khan — had stated in their report that the proposal for setting up of a fire academy in the city was not economically feasible.

It was also pointed out by the committee that the project would involve a recurring expenditure of crores of rupees on faculty and infrastructure, which will be difficult for the corporation to bear annually.

The report mentioned the visit of the team to the Delhi Fire Academy, which had a six-storey building on four acres of land.

The expenditure involved in the project was around Rs 4 crore, excluding the cost of land, vehicles, equipment with staff and trainer strength of 62.

The committee members pointed out that the Delhi fire service had around 2200 employees, whereas, the strength of the Chandigarh fire and emergency services was just 220.

Also, there were 50 fire stations in Delhi, while Chandigarh had only seven fire stations.

Keeping in view these facts, it was not feasible to go ahead with the project in the city. The report also mentioned that the local fire department was already imparting intensive training to their personnel engaged in fire-fighting activities.

The committee was constituted by former mayor Kamlesh after her visit to Vadodara, Gujarat, and had asked the officials to look into its feasibility in the city.

Strangely, the currently Mayor was tabling the agenda for discussion in the house when the earlier committee had clearly stated in its report that the academy was not required as per the exiting staff and infrastructure in the city.

Other agendas expected to be tabled in the house include estimates of mahila bhawan, setting up of two community centres at Mani Majra and re-allotment of sanitation contract to private contractors. 



UT police drags feet on fraud case
Ramanjit Singh Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
When it comes to dilly-dallying over a complaint, the Chandigarh Police even ignores the recommendation of the UT law department.

A city resident has accused the local police of sitting over his complaint for over one-and-half months while ignoring the legal opinion recommending registration of a criminal case a month ago.

Talking to the TNS, complainant Bharat Bhushan Aggarwal, director Jai Mata Food Limited, Phase II, Industrial Area, said on October 15, 2007 he had lodged a complaint of fraud with the UT police regarding deceitful transfer of his 10 lakh shares worth Rs 1 crore of face value by a Sangrur resident.

“Since then, the police has used every possible way to delay the issue and made me run from pillar to post. Initially, they refused to entertain my complaint saying no cognizable offence was made out during the probe. The complaint was sent for a legal opinion on my insistence and then they admitted that the complaint was fit for registration of case,” said Aggarwal.

However, the police, adamant on not proceeding on his complaint, found another way to delay the matter.

It allegedly cited the jurisdiction hindrance and sent the complaint to the Sangrur and Jalandhar police. Aggarwal was, however, not informed about the status of his complaint during the period.

“It was only when I got a call from the Sangrur police that I came to know that my complaint had long been forwarded to the Punjab Police,” alleged Aggarwal.

Apprehending an unfair probe into the matter, Aggarwal took up the issue with the UT Home Secretary-cum-chief vigilance officer seeking transfer of his complaint to the vigilance department or the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The Home Secretary referred the matter to the legal remembrance-cum-director of prosecution, which recommended registration of case of cheating, forgery, and criminal conspiracy on November 25, last year.

Acting on the recommendations, the Home Secretary directed the UT police to register a case on December 8. Since then, there has been no word from the police, alleged Aggarwal.

Inspector Prem Chand maintained that the Sangrur police had filed the complaint. A team was sent to get the complaint but the Sangrur police refused to hand over the same asking the UT Police to get the same through the Director General of Police, Punjab, and the channel was being followed.



Swine Flu Vaccine
Human trials may begin at PGI shortly
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Human trials for the imported vaccine against swine flu or influenza A (H1N1), which will pave the way for its use in India, are likely to be conducted at the PGI in the coming week.

Assistant Professor Binod Patro of community medicine department and in-charge of the project has said the human trials of the H1N1 vaccine will start soon after getting approval from ethical committee.

“The project is under review and will get approval within a few days,” says Dr Patro.

The trials are necessary to determine if the vaccine, tried and tested in foreign countries, will be safe for use on Indians, he says.

According to experts, even if the vaccine is found to be safe, those receiving it will continue to be assessed for a period of six weeks to check for side effects that may even include serious conditions like the Guillian-Barri Syndrome (GBS), a rare disease, in which the body damages its own nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.

Doctors at the PGI say while vaccine trials usually take years, in view of swine flu’s pandemic situation, companies have been allowed to cut short the time.

Experts point out that no vaccines is completely safe in all cases. People allergic to eggs, for example, cannot use flu vaccines because eggs are involved in the manufacturing process.

Meanwhile, India’s indigenous H1N1 vaccine is expected to be available by April 15 and may cost between Rs 80 and Rs 100.

Cadila Healthcare has already started trials of a live, inactivated vaccine.

Three other companies working on an indigenous vaccine — Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech International and Panacea Biotec— have also got permission to test the vaccines developed by them.

The experts say if the testing proves that the Indian vaccines are safe and effective, they will become available around the latter half of April.

The Indian vaccine industry is well developed and indigenous H1N1 vaccines can be expected to be of high standard, he points out.



Road Wing
Mayor wants uniform policy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
To streamline the functioning of the Municipal Corporation’s road wing, Mayor Anu Chatrath has instructed Chief Engineer SK Bansal to formulate a uniform policy. This was decided at a meeting chaired by Chatrath with councillors from ward Nos 11 to 15 and officials recently. She expressed surprise that the three divisions of the road wing followed different norms for similar work, due to which there was no coordination between them.

She also directed the horticulture department to focus on southern sectors as most were being neglected in terms of development of parks and green belts. Fixing August as deadline, she asked the department to develop two green belts in Sector 51 and one in Sector 56. A few councillors pointed out that they were not satisfied with the work undertaken by contractors in their respective areas. She asked the officials to avoid taking services of such contractors.



5 councillors file papers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Five nominations papers were filed by councillors of the Chandigarh municipal corporation for the January-29 elections to the finance and contracts committee today.

Since only five members are to be elected to the committee, all of them would be unanimously elected to the committee.

While Pardeep Chhabra and Chander Mukhi Sharma filed their nomination papers from the Congress, Ram Lal filed the papers from the BJP-SAD

Also, Jatinder Bhatia of the Bahujan Samaj Party filed his nomination papers. Nominated councillor Dr Amrit Bolaria was the fifth candidate to file his nomination papers.

Mayor and MC Commissioner will be the ex-officio members of the seven-member committee. 



Rs 11.44 crore for revamp of 110 govt schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
In a bid to revamp the infrastructure of about 110 government schools the UT administration has earmarked Rs114.4 million (Rs11.44 crore) under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) scheme.

As per the plans, Rs 320.91lakh will be spent on the Government High School, Rehabilitation Colony, Mauli Jagran, while a total of Rs 118.33 lakh will be used for building two new floors in GPS, Sector 23. Similarly, an amount Rs 241.55 lakh has been kept aside for building additional classrooms in Government High school,Vikas Nagar, Mauli Jagran, and Rs 206.44 lakh for the construction of 3 rd floor of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26 (Timber Market).

As much as Rs 257. 20 lakh will be spent on the construction of Government High School, pocket No 4 and 5 Mani Majra.

“These funds will be spent on the further development of schools with special emphasis on those schools which are located on the outskirts of Chandigarh. During the recent surprise visits by special teams, we decided to undertake the construction and further development of school buildings. All funds provided will be used for the upgradation and maintenance of present facilities and on introducing additional amenities within the school premises. The idea is to make available quality education to our students in a healthy ambience,” Home Secretary Ram Niwas said. 



2,000 candidates turn up at job fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Career Weavers Consultants Pvt. Ltd., a city based human capital management organisation, conducted The Grand Employment Fair 2010 at Hotel Piccadilly, Sector 22 today.

The unique Mega Hospitality, Aviation & BPO Employment Fair saw more than 2,000 candidates, both fresher and experienced candidates, vying for jobs in the corporates like Indigo Airlines, ITC Maratha-Mumbai, ITC Grand Central-Mumbai, Genpact, Aegon Religare, Oberoi Delhi, IBM Daksh, Spice & CCD etc.

“We are very pleased to bring the second edition of the unique Mega Hospitality, Aviation & BPO Employment Fair to the City Beautiful. Like last year, we have seen excellent participation both from the candidates and the corporates.

Once again, our fest has become the calendar marquee event where the top companies search for the top candidates from the city and vicinity. We are committed to the continuation of the fair as an anticipated annual fixture,” said, Gurpreet Singh, head, recruitment, Career Weavers.At the end of the day over 25 candidates had been placed with The Oberoi - while Livewell recruited 71 and 28 are going to CCD.



Four cops promoted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Sub-inspectors Amanjot Singh and Baljinder Singh were promoted as inspectors by the Chandigarh police yesterday.

The police said Amanjot Singh had been promoted as inspector under the own-rank payment category while Baljinder Singh had been promoted as inspector (wireless/technician). Similarly, ASI Ramesh Kumar had been promoted as SI (wireless section) and Constable Ramesh Kumar had been promoted as Head Constable (ORP). 



Maid’s body found hanging
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
The body of a 17-year-old maidservant was found hanging at her employer’s residence in Sector 50 here this afternoon.

Though no suicide note was recovered from the scene, the police termed the death a suicide, ruling out any foul play behind the incident.

The police said the deceased, Kavita, a resident of Colony No. 5, was working as a maid at the residence of Sanjay Kumar, an engineer in a private company.

He had gone with his wife to a hospital, leaving his elderly father Shiv Charan at home.

Shiv Charan said when his repeated calls for water went unanswered, he went to check on Kavita.

He found her body hanging in another room and called his son.

Sanjay reached home and informed the police, which reached the scene and shifted the body to the hospital.

The police was trying to ascertain the reason behind the step and had initiated inquest proceedings into the incident.



Workshop on stress management
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
The Department of Psychology, DAV College, Sector 10, organised a workshop on stress management for the faculty and students of the college here today.

The workshop was conducted by Col Gursewak Singh, a consultant, on stress management and a specialist in marital counselling and a qualified gemologist.

Principal (Dr) BC Josan welcomed the guests. Singh highlighted the competitions in the contemporary world to help the audience understand the dynamics of the process of stress.

The presentation was divided in three segments. The first segment of the presentation dealt with the concept of stress and stress-related diseases called the lifestyle disorders.

The second segment highlighted the psychological approach to manage stress in everyday life. He focused on the five steps mind-body technique of cosmic meditation, which utilises strengthening of human aura and is based on the ancient vedic philosophy and modern theories of cosmic energy.

In the third segment Singh promoted the PEG therapy, which illustrates the role of personality analysis and personality development in understanding stress among individuals and help them with emotional counselling and gemology. The workshop concluded with productive interactive session with the students and faculty.



Ex-serviceman remembered

Mohali, January 22
The ex-servicemen league has remembered Capt Mehnga Singh (88), a decorated officer of the Sikh Regiment and a former honorary Captain of Indian Military Academy, who breathed his last on January 14. He died at Fortis Hospital after prolonged illness here.

Father of additional chief administrator of GMADA, Balwinder Singh Multani, the decorated officer is survived by a son and two daughters. After serving in the Indian Army for more than 32 years, he was actively involved in the welfare of ex-servicemen.

He was nominated twice as a member of the All-India Governing Council of the ex-servicemen league, New Delhi, and was the president of the ex-servicemen league, Hoshiarpur district, till he breathed his last. — TNS



25 commandos for traffic duty
Tribune News Service

A commando regulates traffic in Mohali on Friday.
A commando regulates traffic in Mohali on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, January 22
To strengthen the traffic wing of the Mohali police, at least 25 commandos of the Punjab Police were today deputed to regulate traffic at busy traffic junctions in the city.

During the duration of power cuts, the commandoes were put on duty. Dressed in their black uniforms, the cops have been given white band (to be tied on their arm) so as to distinguish them from other cops.

A senior official said on the orders of the DGP, two battalions of commandoes had been given to the Mohali Police.

 Apart from traffic duty, the force has been given to police stations and for law and order duties.



Canadian MP visits WWICS
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 22
Canada is the only country that spends maximum for benefits of new immigrants to help them integrate in the maple leaf country.

Gurbax Singh Malhi, Canadian Member of Parliament, stated this during his visit to the World Wide Immigration Consultancy Services (WWICS) office here.

Malhi spoke high on the contribution of Indian immigrants in Canadian economy. “The contribution of Indian immigrants to Canada’s economy is very high. East Indian immigrants have been making contributions to the Canadian economy since their arrival 120 years ago,” he added. 



From Colleges
New trends in business discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
The postgraduate department of commerce, Government College, Sector 46, organised an inter-college multi-media presentation competition on e-business for the postgraduate students here today. Dr JK Sehgal, head of the department, welcomed the guests and judges. He apprised students of new trends in business. Dr JS Raghu presided over the competition.

Around 12 participants from various colleges presented multi-media presentations on different aspects of e-business like electronic payment systems, electronic data interchange, supply chain management, electronic fund transfer and current issues in e-business. Dr Pradeep Walia, BCA department, GCG-11, and Prabhkirtan Singh, senior consultant, ICFE, were the judges.

Students claiming the first, second and third places were given cash prizes of Rs 500, Rs 400 and Rs 300, respectively.

Dr Surinder Kaur proposed the vote of thanks. Meetu from Dav-10 bagged the first prize, Deepika from GC-46 bagged the second prize, while Mandeep from GC-46 bagged the third prize. Deepa Madaan from SGGS-26, Chandigarh, got the consolation prize.

Foundation day

Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, celebrated its foundation day here today.

An akhand path was organised on the school premises. Principal of the college HS Sohi enlisted the achievements of the college. Gurdev Singh Brar, IAS (retd), president, Sikh Education Society, congratulated the principal, staff and students.

Gurdev Singh Brar and Col Jasmeer Singh Bala, secretary, Sikh Education Society, attended the function.


Government College for Girls, Sector 11, organised a motivational talk here today.Major (retd) Gulshan Sharma, along with his team from the Chandigarh Tourism Club, interacted with students on the occasion. Dr Sham Lata, vice-principal of the college, welcomed the guests. The tourism quiz was the major attraction and was enjoyed by all students.

Bose remembered

The ABVP unit of Panjab University celebrated the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and Subash Chandra Bose by putting up a book stall at the Student Centre here today. A talk was organised. Prof Davinder Kumar graced the occasion as chief guest.


Dr Vini Arora and Meenakshi Rathore of MCM DAV College won the academic council’s elections of Panjab University. The faculty pledged to work in the interest of students and teachers.


“Dharam Shiksha Examination 2009-2010”, an unusual contest will be held on January 25 at DAV College, Sector, 10. The examination is held annually at under the aegis of Arya Vidya Sabha. Prof Arvind Garg said the college gave free books to students.



Teachers’ Evaluation
Student leaders all for it
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 22
Student leaders of Panjab University have come out strongly in protest of the dilly dallying attitude of the teachers on the issue of teachers’ evaluation and have even threatened to appeal to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) in this regard.

Prominent student parties in PU have united on the issue, including PUSU, SOPU, INSO and ABVP.

“The facilities that the teachers of PU have been given, they must be accountable to the system. There have been no classes in winters in many departments.Why is 75 per cent attendance made compulsory when the teachers are not taking classes,” said Sunil Thakur, of ABVP.

“Before the academic standards fall drastically, we need to implement the teachers’ evaluation. Students have been demanding it since a long time and if we as students’ representatives cannot push it to the highest level, we have failed in our duty. If the teachers are good at their work, then why are they opposing it so strictly?”, rued Deepika Thakur, of INSO.

The student leaders have also warned that they would write to the UGC and the MHRD and meet the officials concerned if the teacher’s evaluation is not implemented. 



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