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Boston Fiasco
Students used letterheads of ‘non-existent’ PU depts
Varsity receives correspondence from HNMUN
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Letterheads of “non-existing” departments of Panjab University were created and stamped by students and even “outsiders” to forge entries to attend the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN), held on February 11-14 in Boston, USA.

Nitin Jindal is just one of the 40 students who faked identity to attend the conference, posing as students of “University School of Law, PU” and “University Institute of Law, PU”, which do not exist at all, according to the university sources.

This information was revealed today after the secretary general of HNMUN-2010 informed the PU authorities that apart from the official delegation of the UILS, many more students from Panjab University claimed to be representing these two departments of the PU. The email also mentioned that the University School of Law, which does not exist, will be banned entry in the conference for one year.

In another startling revelation, it was also found that self-created letterheads with fabricated stamps on them were produced to get visa and even entry in the HNMUN, said sources.

In addition, 11 students from the PU reportedly photocopied identity cards of their colleagues in their department to attach with their documents.

A copy of the reply of the HNMUN to the PU, which is a student organisation of senior law students of Harvard University in Boston, was also circulated to the syndicate members at the meeting here today.

Meanwhile, a few students, who are part of the official delegation of the UILS and are currently in the USA, told this correspondent that the names of 40 students were being investigated by the Boston police for forging identities to attend the conference.

While the University authorities already sent another mail to the HNMUN on Thursday, seeking more details in the matter, sources revealed that the actual number of students who used the name of Panjab University, officially and unofficially, was more than 60.

Out of these, 21 students form the official delegation of the UILS; some others were from the department of law.

Meanwhile, the fifth year student heading the official delegation of the UILS, Vikram Jeet Singh, who returned on Thursday, claimed that the HNMUN were professional in their approach and their delegation itself produced the certificate of their authenticity, before the organisers asked.

“The official delegation had no connection with Nitin Jindal or any other delegation. We got to know that some of our friends are here only when we reached there. We got the news of arrest of Nitin Jindal after eight hours of the incident. We took all precautions and we had carried our ‘No objection certificate’ from the UILS with us. No other student got the letter from our department,” said Vikramjeet.



Class IX Exam
CBSE’s idea of uniformity backfires
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
The CBSE’s novel idea of introducing uniformity in the class IX examination by itself setting the examination papers for all schools has backfired, as duplication of these papers, coupled with varied date-sheets, has led to what is being called a “paper leak”.

In a startling incident, which has been brought to the notice of the Independent Schools Association, a Sector 36-based school has got same set of papers as being used around a week ago by a Sector 27 school for the class IX examination. The fact, according to sources, got revealed when the papers exchanged hands between students of the two schools. Interestingly a couple of students have uploaded these papers on various social networking sites, which are being accessed by students from across the city.

The schools, meanwhile, are holding the CBSE responsible for the entire goof-up as HS Mamik, president, Independent Schools Association said, “They decided to set papers for all schools and no changes were permitted in it. However, schools were given freedom to decide on the date-sheets themselves. We were given CDs but the passwords reached all schools at a different time. Some got it 15 days ago while others this week only. Many schools are almost done with their exams and those who are mid-way or yet to start are shocked to see that the papers allotted to them have already been conducted in other schools and eventually exchanged hands amongst students. If they have just sent two or three sets of papers to the city, obviously over 25 schools will be having same exam papers. We got to know about the incident of Sector 36 and 27based schools but are still in a fix what to do. We will be talking to the CBSE on this tomorrow.”

DR Yadav, Regional Director, CBSE, reacted saying, “The board decided to set papers to make the system more uniform, as many schools would make papers from their own preferred chunk of syllabus. There are over 10,000 schools in the country. So should we send different papers to all? There is nothing to worry even if a student gets the paper from some other schools. How does he know that he will get the same in his exams also? There is nothing to panic.”

The reaction is bound to astound many, as a city principal said, “Ever since they told that papers will be set only from sample papers the kids have been cramming them. Now when they know that they will get a paper that has already been done in some school, how difficult is it for them to get seven or eight papers and mug? “

It may be noted that as part of the continuous and comprehensive evaluation, the CBSE had announced to set papers for all major subjects of class IX itself to make examination and marking pattern uniform in all schools. The Board uploaded these papers in the CDS and sent them to all schools, which were followed by a password. This password reportedly reached each school at a different time. The schools were asked to work out their own date-sheets.



Teacher Recruitment Controversy
‘Admn not giving proper hearing’
Home Secy rubbishes claims
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Controversy seems to have become an indispensable part of the recently declared teacher recruitment results, with the ongoing representation hearings being the latest to have come under scanner.

The move was taken as a corrective measure by the administration and aimed at hearing the complaints and objections regarding the results at one go and rectify errors, if any.

However, according to some applicants leave aside rectifying the obvious faults, the administration officials are not even hearing them and just disposing of the cases.

Some applicants have even levelled allegations of being forced to sign on paper, showing successful disposal of their compliant. Refusal to do so results in representations being thrown in dustbin.

“I am serving as a contract teacher in a government school since 2002. My experience has been miscalculated by the department. When I gave them a representation, they accused me of having managed certificates after the interview, as the concluding bar of experience reads as ‘till date’. They did not even bother to read the date of issue and apply basic sense that if I am still in a job at a place, any certificate will only be issued ‘till date’. We are working in their schools. They could have always counter-checked our certificates. I brought this point up in hearing also, but THE DPI (S) refused to hear and asked me to sign paper. When I refused, they told me that my complaint was best suited for a dustbin,” alleged Rosleen, a contract teacher, who had applied for the post of Home Science mistress.

“In my category, the MSC degree was to be counted till August 2007, but in case of one of the selected candidates, they had bent the rule. When I put this point across to them, they asked me to mind my business and bring such complaints. Do they want us to quietly accept the inclusion of non-eligible candidates? They are just trying to hush up the entire matter,” added Sunita, another contract teacher.

Home Secretary Ram Niwas, however, rubbished all these claims as nothing but an effort to malign the department’s image.

“Such allegations can only be levelled by people who have been rejected for genuine reasons. If anybody claims to have been dealt with in this manner, we will have a second hearing in the presence of media. As speculated earlier many candidates who had not produced some certificates at the time of interview have managed to get them now and are creating ruckus. We had announced this hearing just to ensure transparency and clear all doubts. A committee is dealing with all cases. If anybody is not satisfied, he or she can move court,” he said.

Meanwhile, according to sources, although the hearing has been extended for some more days, the TGT or PGT list might also be in for major changes as some candidates rejected earlier are now being considered.

It may be noted that the department had recently dismissed 10 of the freshly appointed JBTs after finding them ineligible. The move also accelerated speculation about the entire result being changed. The department had so far received over 500 of RTIs or 200 representations pertaining to result. To clarify all this and put speculation to rest, the administration had decided to conduct a hearing of all complaints within seven days to get done with it once and for all.



Discrepancies in excise and taxation policy for liquor
Punjab for parity of rates

Sanjeev S Bariana & Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Alleging that the Union Territory was making a hole in the treasury of the Punjab government with discrepancies in the excise and taxation policy for liquor, the Punjab Government has sought a parity of rates.

Reliable sources said Manpreet Badal, Punjab’s Finance Minister, called on Shivraj Patil, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator recently and presented the case for parity in the taxation rules. The issue of disparity in the rates of petroleum products was also discussed.

Due to big difference in the liquor rates, there has been a substantial dip in the sale of liquor in Mohali, particularly the areas bordering the UT.

Punjab Excise department officials reveal that the vends in Mohali were reporting a loss of lakhs of rupees per day on account of liquor bottles being bought by individuals from Chandigarh.

Due to a price difference, varying from around Rs 50 to Rs 10 per bottle (depending upon the brand), around 5,000 bottles were daily coming from Chandigarh to Mohali. The department is not taking into account the liquor being smuggled into other parts of Punjab.

Under the new Punjab excise policy, liquor is expected to cost still more than the UT.

The Punjab Government argued that the big discrepancy in the rates of liquor had led to large-scale smuggling of liquor. It is reliably learnt that the UT has argued against the case of a uniform rate list for the two territories.

A senior official said, “I find it ridiculous when Punjab is making allegations about liquor smuggling. Can’t the state manage approximately 30 km boundary with the UT for the alleged smuggling? We have asked Punjab to point out cases where liquor smuggling had been detected.”

The officer said, “The UT is the common capital of both states (Punjab and Haryana). Why should the local residents sacrifice their tax benefits when Punjab was caught up in the rigmarole of financial management because of lopsided policies?” It was also pointed out that the UT was not making any great profits from liquor. In fact, the number of vends are being reduced every year.

On the petrol issue, a UT official said it was Punjab itself to be blamed for the shifting of its business to neighbouring states. While the UT, Haryana and other neighbouring states had a uniform VAT on petroleum products, Punjab had imposed much higher VAT.

GS Chawla, president, Punjab All Border and State Highways Petroleum Dealers Association, said compared to other neighbouring states which have registered an increase of over 100 per cent in the sales volume, the graph in Punjab was almost negligible. Under the present tax regime, the total tax worked out to around 33 per cent compared to 20 per cent in the neighbouring states, he said, adding that the worst affected had been Mohali while referring to the tricity of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.



Play Holi but with caution
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
While the festival of colours brings plenty of rejoicing, doctors warn that it’s important to take care of skin and hair. The bright Holi colours may be inviting and appealing to the eyes, but chemical used in it can be harmful to skin and also the hair. Many colours have chemicals like arsenic in them others are exceedingly poisonous, says Dr GP Thami, head of dermatology department at GMCH-32.

He says, if you like to play it, make sure you take certain precautions. It is advisable to use natural/skin-friendly and herbal colours or those made by reputed companies using natural products.

“Individuals with a history of eczema or atopic dermatitis are at a high risk of developing allergic reactions to the Holi colours and dyes. Those who are greeted with the colour on their hair should rinse it with a mild shampoo immediately,” he advises.

Dr Amit Gupta, associate professor, department of ophthalmology, PGI, says that though one should avoid applying colour on the face and eyes. Even if the colour gets into your eyes, one should wash it immediately with water. If redness prevails, then a person should immediately consult an ophthalmologist.

“The best thing would be to wear sunglasses or spectacles to reduce the chances of colour getting into the eyes,” he says. “Also, remember not to rub your eyes,” he warns. Those who wear contact lenses should avoid wearing them while playing Holi. “If colour is splashed on them, the lenses must be discarded immediately,” he adds.

The most common problems that doctors have observed after Holi are clinical irritation, watering, inflammation and discharge from the eyes.

Synthetic colours used during Holi often contain lead oxide, engine oil, diesel, chromium iodine and copper sulphate, which cause skin irritation and even blindness in cases of extreme exposure, warn doctors.


  • Wear clothes that cover maximum part of your body.
  • Apply cold cream/oil on exposed parts of the body and follow it up with sunscreen, preferably waterproof.
  • For hair, use oils or gel to counter the harmful effects of colours.
  • Colours cause skin dryness, Vaseline should be applied on nails, soles, elbows and other dry areas of the body.
  • Use dental caps to save your teeth from any unwarranted stains.
  • Use sunglasses to protect your eyes from darts or water jets.



Liquor vends to remain closed on Holi
Smriti Sharma Vasudeva/ Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
It will be a “dry” Holi for Bacchus lovers this year. In perhaps a first of its kind order, the UT administration has decided to close all liquor vends on account of Holi from 7 am till 3 pm on March 1.

While the formal orders are yet to be passed, the move comes following a recommendation by the UT police. Confirming this, DC Brajender Singh said, “ We got a reference from the IGP, UT police. In order to thwart hooliganism, the move has been initiated.”

However, a liquor vend owner while questioning the move said, “What about Mohali and Panchkula, where liquor vends would remain open. How are they going to stop Holi revellers from buying liquor from there?”

Meanwhile, the police has made elaborate arrangements to check the traffic violations and hooliganism during the Holi celebrations. In all, 22 nakas have been laid to thwart the entry of anti-social elements. Sources in the police said six interceptors would be pressed into service to check triple riding and riding without helmets.

The sources further said around 400 jawans of the local police and home guards would be deployed in the city to keep a check on anti-social elements. They said the police had also identified sensitive areas.

A team, including 60 jawans of the Chandigarh police held a flag march in Vikas Nagar and other localities in Mauli Jagran, Mani Majra. It launched door-to-door hunts to arrest anti-social elements in view of the Holi celebrations.



MC keen to revise rates of land given to liquor vendors
Plan to demand Rs 1 per bottle as share from UT admn
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Once again the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is planning to revise rates of land, which is given to liquor vendors. It is also deciding to demand Rs 1, on each bottle, as share from the Chandigarh Administration.

As per records of the corporation, there are around 40 sites of the corporation on which liquor vends have been opened and the corporation is getting monthly rent of around Rs 30,000 from each shop.

Sources said that for the past more than five years, the corporation has not revised the rent of land on which liquor vends have been set up. The corporation is mooting over a plan to revise it in the coming finance and contract committee (F&CC) meeting scheduled for March 16.

The sources said the corporation was working out the increase of rent of the land allotted to set up liquor vends in the prime areas of the city. Besides this, they are also approaching the administration to fix Rs1 per bottle as tax, which the corporation will collect from the vendors.

The sources said earlier too such a proposal was tabled in the House, in which the authorities proposed to double the rent of the land allotted to the liquor vendors. The House approved the proposal pointing out that rather than imposing tax on the public by increasing the water tariff or property tax, such taxes should be introduced to increase the revenue of the corporation.

But the corporation proposal was rejected by the administration on the ground that as the liquor vends were auctioned by the administration, the corporation could only earn fixed revenue on it. Even the issue of collecting Rs 1 per bottle was also not approved by the administration.

MC Mayor Anu Chatrath said a proposal was going to be tabled in the coming F&CC meeting and after its approval from the House it would send to the Chandigarh administration for its approval.

BSP councillor Jatinder Bhatia said the administration was repeatedly asking the corporation to impose House tax in the city to generate revenue, but as to why it could not permit tax on purchase of liquor bottles. He said the corporation was not even getting the rent of land, in time, on which liquor vends have been located.



Literary Fest
Focus on Indian writings in English
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, February 27
Divergent yet meaningful views were expressed on the world literary scene with a focus on the Indian writings in English and vernacular languages on the concluding day of the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademy’s first ever literary fest in association with PU and Melus Melu International Conference on Contemporary issues: Literature and Culture since 1980. Day Three belonged mainly to four female writers who have made their presence felt on the contemporary literary scene.

Rightfully honoured and acclaimed litterateur Shashi Deshpande lighted up the opening session as she, with her poised intellect and amazing oratory skill discussed the politics of language and the situation of Indian authors writing in English. She maintained that it was always ideal to write in the language of one’s creativity, even if it is not one’s mother tongue.

Focusing on ‘family, freedom and rights’ that marks her writing, Deshpande reflected on life’s paradox that “enjoins us to be free yet captive at the same time while in conversation with Pratibha Nagpal and Sudhir Kumar. The audience, who fielded questions made the discussions very lively.

Mamta Kalia, bilingual poet, author of 32 popular literary creations, which fetched her numerous awards, including the Mahadevi Verma Samman, however was more articulate to assert that, “You write for society not for yourself alone.”

She dared to term many writers and readers as change agents with an oblique reference and called upon both to respect the sanctity of their mindsets instead of subscribing to borrowed sensibilities which did not commensurate with India’s ideology and cultural heritage.

Mina Surjit Singh read out poems by Mamta Kalia and interacted along with Poet Madhav Kaushik. In a bid give a new dimension to their popular work “ In Search of Sita” Namita Gokhale and Malashri Lal, fairly attempted to coalesce the creative, academic and modern concept focusing on its mythological base and how it had influenced the collective consciousness of the people.

Both editors maintained that the book reflected what Sita meant to different people, cultures and perceptions. US-based academician author Anu Celly, M Esmeili from Iran and others entered into constructive discussions while Manju Jaidka coordinated the session.

Acclaimed veteran city litterateurs Dr Virender Mehndiratta and Indu Bali presented Hindi stories respectively titled “ Genetic ” and “Tarazu” in a session chaired by Padmashri Dr KL Zakir.

However, celebrated author Dr Ravinder Kalia lamented the scant audience in the Hindi session through the literary content was quite heart warming in both segments.

The English segment was chaired by Manjula Padmanabhan, author, artiste along with the rendition of Dr Jaideep, Dr TN Dhar, Carolyn Kraus, PC Kar and others.



Constitution of working committee
BJP to send observer with special orders
Smriti Sharma Vasudeva
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
To sort out latest rift between the BJP factions in the city over the constitution of a new working committee, the party high command is going to send its observer Balbir Punj with special orders to the city.

Party insiders claimed that he was expected to arrive in Chandigarh on March 5 and would be holding separate meetings with new office-bearers and dissatisfied ones and would send his report to the party high command.

Sources claimed that only after Punj submits his report that the party would decide about current differences.

The party insiders claimed that after the recent dissatisfaction as expressed by some party workers over the constitution of the new working committee, a few of these leaders also held a meeting today. These leaders also reportedly spoke to party president Nitin Gadkari over the telephone. It has been said only after the call that the party president asked the BJP observer to check out the situation.

It has been said during the meeting, it was decided that all of them would soon go to Delhi to meet the party president and would ask him dissolve the working committee. The leaders of the dissatisfied group want to apprise the president that the present BJP in the city are defying the party high command and senior leader Rajesh Pratap Rudy.

These leaders also alleged that during the elections of the local party president, party co-observer Kiran Ghai, general secretary Mohan Lal Khattar and senior party leader Rajesh Partap Rudy were present. They had at that time made it clear that the party president wanted to take everyone along so that there is no difference.

The dissatisfied leaders, however, claimed that it was promised to them that Rambir Bhatti would be made the general secretary from their group, but this was ignored.



Sanitation Supervision In Panchkula
Ward executive panel comes under criticism
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Sweepers set garbage on fire in Sector 19, Panchkula, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, February 27
Two months after the sanitation supervision was handed over to the ward executive committees formed under the chairmanship of local councillors, the systems has come under criticism from the councillors as well as residents.

On the other hand, heaps of garbage have started doting many spots in the town, and the labour employed for lifting the garbage has begun burning it, making things worse for the people here.

A visit to different parts of town, including Sector 19, 3, 7, and Mansa Devi Complex, it was found that the garbage was not cleared from the dumping spots for many days. In Sector 19, after the residents raised objection over the deteriorating civic condition of the area, following which the sweepers set the garbage on fire.

In fact, the new system introduced on the instructions of the Commissioner, local bodies, was shrouded in controversy since it began on January 1. While a few councillors refused to implement it in their wards, some alleged of chinks in the system.

Ravinder Rawal, Municipal Councillor from Ward No 13 said asking the councillors for this job was against the spirit of the Haryana Municipal Act 1973 and the Haryana Municipal Citizen Participation Act 2008.

“There is no provision for the constitution of the ward executive committees as per the Haryana Municipal Act 1973 and the Haryana Municipal Citizen Participation Act 2008.

It is only the ward committee provided in the Act and rule and as per the Haryana Municipal Citizen Participation Act 2008 Rule 12, the function of the ward committee is to provide assistance in the solid waste management and conduct supervision of sanitation work in the ward”, said Rawal, adding that “ Now the ward executive committees have been formed as execution body”.

Many of the residents allege partiality also. Davinder Mahajan, president of Mansa Devi Complex, said there was no improvement in the situation in the sector as the garbage was collected only on alternate days while in Bahisa Tibba village, where the local councillor resides, the things have changed for the better.

The vice-president of Muncipal Council BB Singhal, when contacted said there was shortage of dumper replacers, and now the MC had requisitioned more replacers the situation would be improved in a couple of days.



VIP Numbers Auction
‘0001’ fetches Rs 4.30 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
While yesterday’s Budget may not have been the one for aam aadmi, but it failed to affect the spending capacity of the city’s rich and affluent. A testimony to this was the auction of VIP numbers by the Registering and Licencing Authority today. While number CH-01-AB-0001 fetched Rs 4.30 lakh, number 0002 in the series went for Rs 2.55 lakh. Interestingly, Talwarsons Jewellers bought both numbers.

Noted Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann bought number 1786 in the series for Rs 1.06 lakh.

During the nearly seven-hour auction, number 0003 went for Rs 1.80 lakh and 0004 went for Rs 1.22 lakh. Similarly, 0005 fetched Rs 1.66 lakh and 0007 fetched a whopping amount of Rs 2.10 lakh.

While an industrialist had bought number CH-01-AA-0001 for Rs 2.60 lakh last year and number 0011 went for Rs 1.16 lakh, this year number 0011 in the current series went for Rs 1 lakh.

On the contrary, once a hot favourite number 0010, which also coincided with the current year 2010, went for a little less than Rs 87, 000 and number 0006 for Rs 81,000, while number 0009 on the other hand fetched Rs 1.86 lakh.

Even a little less fancy number 0050 went for Rs 1.52 lakh, while 9999 in this series went for Rs 1.37 lakh.

While the revenue collected in the auction is said to be a record with the amount pegged over Rs 40 lakh and is much higher than the revenue collected during the last auction held for the VIP number in AA series.

The total revenue collected during the last auction held in November last was only Rs 5.16 lakh.



Fire dept lacks data on storage of chemicals
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Thanks to the swiftness shown by firemen of the Chandigarh Fire and Emergency Services, a massive fire, which broke out at Vardhman Industries, plot No. 30, Industrial Area, Phase-I, yesterday was controlled on time, which otherwise could have proved to be a major mishap.

Fire officials stated that although they were clueless about the kind and quantity of chemicals stored at this plot, a timely action by them helped curb the fire from spreading.

However, the incident makes it necessary for the fire department to have prior information of how many industries in the city are using/storing chemicals and for what purpose.

MC Commissioner Dr Roshan Sunkaria stated that their fire team and other employees acted quickly and managed to take away the drums of chemicals from the spot. He said the fire department had no idea about which kinds of chemicals were being used at this plot and for how long?

Sources said the fire department also did not have any data regarding how much oil, diesel, nitrogen and LPG-carrying vehicles pass through the city while heading towards other parts of the region. In case of a fire incident, the department does not have any idea about the quantity of the inflammable material involved in it, so it cannot formulate any foolproof action plan for it.

They were also told to have information of the transportation of combustibles by rail.

Sources said the department had never communicated with the railways to get data in this regard.

Even the fire department should put ‘nakas’ in the city so that they could know about the movement of the vehicles having poisonous gas or oil. Surprisingly, as per the records of the department, not even a single “naka” has ever been put up by the department to keep a check on such vehicles.

Moreover, the department has never checked fire safety measures taken in the godowns of LPG cylinders, which are located on the outskirts of the city. A gas agency official stated that they had made adequate fire safety arrangements on their own, so there is no need to check it.



Row over seniority of DIGs in ITBP
Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
A Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police posted at Bhanu, near here, has challenged the seniority of two other officers of the same rank.

He has claimed that his seniority in the preceding ranks had been wrongly fixed recently, whereby his juniors had been placed above him.

In a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, RS Pundir has contended that the action of the ITBP authorities had adversely affected his seniority and future promotional prospects. Further, the department had also failed to give reasons for the denial of his claim for seniority.

The controversy has reference to litigation filed by some ITBP officers in 1989, challenging the promotion of certain ITBP personnel to be placed as company commanders over and above them. In that case, the petitioners were placed over and above the personnel. This included officers who were among the respondents in Pundir’s case.

The respondent and others, who Pundir claims were junior to him, filed a writ in 1996. Though the petition was allowed, no relief involving Pundir was claimed as he was not a party in the case.

Meanwhile, Pundir along with another officer filed a writ before the Delhi High Court, also in 1996, which was admitted. By virtue of orders dated August 14, 1996, and February 28, 1997, revised seniority list of Second-in-Command the two respondents in the present case were given seniority over Pundir, but with a condition that the promotion of the respondent should be subject to decision of the court case, the petition claims.

The petition was allowed by the Delhi High Court in 2008 and a SLP filed against the same was dismissed last year. The court granted Pundir seniority over and above the respondents in the present case but it had been denied to him by the department, the petition said.

He has now sought quashing of the revised seniority list issued in June, 2009, besides directions to the government to carry out relevant corrections and amendments in the seniority list so that he is placed in accordance to his correct and consequential benefits.



Talk on drug metabolism
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 27
A two-day symposium on ‘Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK): Applications toward Drug Discovery and Development’ was inaugurated at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) here today.

Dr Michael Sinz and Dr Punit Marathe from Bristol-Myers Squibb, USA, and Dr Sandhya Mandelkar from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bangalore, were among the key speakers.

Officiating director NIPER, Prof KK Bhutani, said the symposium was part of the NIPER’s endeavour in reaching out to the pharmaceutical fraternity through continuous educational programmes.

Dr Michael Sinz said drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics was an innovative and interesting area to work upon and this event would bring the people working in Industry and academia to work effectively. Dr Punit Marathe, Dr Sandhya Mandelkar and Prof PV Bharatam also spoke.



160 units of blood donated
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 27
As many as 160 units of blood were donated at a blood donation camp organised by Manav Mangal Smart School here today. The camp was organised under the aegis of Simply Health Plus, the school’s health service provider. A team of doctors from the PGI conducted the camp.

Shemrock school

Students of Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Mohali, participated in a series of activities organised here today. School principal Air Cmdr SK Sharma said these activities explored creative bend of mind of the students from different age groups.


Colourful activities and festivities marked Holi celebrations at Anee’s School. The school campus broke into a riot of colours with students and teachers playing with gulal and dry skin-friendly colours.



Himachali folk dances impress audience
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 27
The Indian Council of Cultural Relations organised a programme at Navodya Vidyalya, Sector 25, under their horizon series. The programme began with a Himachali vandana by artistes of Baunal Sanskrit Dal Sirmour. They presented a “Sirmouri Naati”. A captivating dance performance “Rasa Nrit” was appreciated by all. “Deepak Diwali Dance” and “Praat Nrit (brass plate)” mesmerised audience. The programme concluded with “Purudha Giddha”.

Earlier, Gyan Chand, regional officer, Indian Council of Cultural Relations, said, “Besides, organising international cultural exchange programmes, the council is also committed to propagate regional folk as well.” Chief guest CM Sharma honoured the folk artistes.



Seminar on Punjabi culture ends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
International seminar on Punjabi culture concluded at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26. Experts deliberated upon several facets of Punjabi culture, language, history and traditions.

Gulzar Singh Sandhu, famous Punjabi writer, chaired the first session of the seminar. Dr Ramesh Kuntal Megh, who presented the first paper in the session, dwelt on the national concerns surrounding Punjabi culture. Ajmer Singh, an activist and social luminary, expressed his pain and anguish at the gradual erosion of Punjabi culture.



Changes in IIMs selection process disappoint students
Chhavi Garg / Nidhi Bhatia

Chandigarh, February 27
The declaration of three IIMs to consider marks of final year of graduation has panicked MBA aspirants who took online CAT examination this year.

The three IIMs, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Shillong, have drastically reduced the weightage of CAT score. IIM Bangalore will now give merely 20 points to CAT score, while IIM Kozhikode has reduced the weightage for CAT to 50 points from 90 points. They have even decided to give weightage to the scores of Class X, Class XII and graduation.

All these changes in the selection process have stressed students who had appeared for CAT examination last year.

Our correspondents talked to a few students and experts to know what’s going on in their minds.

“Students think their chances of getting admission in the IIMs have reduced, but there is no need to worry, as the number of IIMs has surged. An increase in the number of seats will help balance changes,” said Akash Gautam, national consultant, Career Launcher Pvt Ltd.

Jaskirat Singh
Jaskirat Singh

“I devoted 70 per cent of my time to prepare for CAT examination. This sudden declaration has changed everything for me. Now suddenly they have decided to consider marks of Class X, Class XII and graduation, which is not fair. Even the delay in results is causing a lot of problem,” said Amarjot Singh, engineering student, CCET.

While Jaskirat Singh, a BCA student, DAV-10 said, “My marks in graduation are not good. The declaration should be applicable for those students, who apply later.”

Rabab Singh
Rabab Singh

There are a few students who want CAT to be scrapped, as it burdens students. “Entrance exams should not be conducted, if the IIMs want to consider Class X and Class XII marks. It will be very difficult for students to concentrate on both the exams. This move will certainly reduce the number of students appearing for CAT,” said Rabab Singh, a BBA student, DAV-10.

However, there are others who feel the selection process is good, as students will concentrate on their regular classes. “This will enable only those students to enter the IIMs who have a good academic record. I think it’s a good move,” said Deepika, MCM DAV.



Syndicate Meeting
Migration fee for law students waived
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Migration fee of Rs 4,00,000 for law students seeking admission from regional centre of Panjab University to the campus has been waived off. Syndicate members took the decision at a meeting held today.

Meanwhile, the migration fee in case of other private colleges would remain same.

The university also decided to open improvement exams for all students of PU, who received less marks or had compartment in any year. The crucial agenda of fee hike of various courses in the colleges has been approved but with certain conditions on self-financing courses in the colleges.

On the agenda item of semester system in postgraduation courses in the colleges, the Syndicate has deferred the matter.

PU has also accepted the UGC recommendation of paying Rs 1,000 to guest lecturers.

In the case of recommendation of cancellation of MPhil degree of a student on charges of plagiarism, the case has been referred back to the committee. The Syndicate members discussed the issue thoroughly and the members found out that the committee did not mention the role of supervisor of the thesis.

In addition to this, the Syndicate has directed the committee to study the case of Punjabi as a compulsory subject in the undergraduate courses.



Prize distribution at GCG-42
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Government College for Girls, Sector 42 (GCG-42), has launched its annual newsletter of the Functional English department.

On the annual prize distribution function, UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas was the chief guest, while SDM South, Prerna Puri, was the guest of honour.

The college has also been granted Rs 4 crore for developmental purposes. As many as 351 students were awarded prizes for excelling in the field of academics, sports and co-curricular activities. Fourteen students were honoured with the Roll of Honour (for academics Spalzes Angmo, Shivranjini, Jasminder, Manpreet Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Nidhi Khurana, Devanshi Khare, Pratibha, Gurpreet Kaur, Devika Rangnekar, Ruchika and Rajni Thakur; cultural activities: Chandni and Preetika).

Eighteen students were honoured with the College Colour for their outstanding performance in the cultural activities.

A total of 265 students were awarded academic prizes for securing positions in the university and house examination. Thirtyone students were awarded mementoes for cultural activities, sports, student council, NCC, NSS and blood donation. Amarjit-Beena Memorial and Baba Kundan Singh Scholarships were awarded to 23 students for excelling in the field of academics with a cash prize of Rs 500.

Laxmi Devi Memorial Cash Award of Rs 1,000 went to Nidhi Khurana of BSc-III, who was declared the all-round undergraduate student of the college for 2009-10. Rajni Thakur of MA English was declared the best postgraduate student for 2009-10.

Principal Mani Bedi highlighted the achievements of the college. As many as 110 units of blood were also donated by staff and students. A total of 150 students got placements in different multi-national companies like Dell, IBM, Genpact and Wipro.



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