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P’kula takes lead
Video conferencing begins in court complex, 17 cases disposed of
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 17
Taking a lead over Chandigarh and Mohali, the Panchkula district today started video conferencing in the court complex here today.On the very first day, cases of 17 undertrials lodged at the Ambala jail were disposed of by three judges, including Chief Judicial Magistrate Rakesh Singh, Judicial Magistrate Jyoti Birbian and Jaiveer Hooda.

Surinder Bairagi, who was a public prosecutor in these cases, said two screens were installed in the court to hear the cases from the Ambala jail. The accused in judicial custody are supposed to be produced before the court every 14 days.

Explaining the procedure of video conferencing, Bairagi said the judges directed Ambala jail officials to produce the accused. The jail officials, who then produced the undertrials before the camera in the jail, identified them by name, along with other personal particulars of each accused with the relevant FIR details.

Welcoming the step, Panchkula SP Manish Chaudhary said the measure would help remove the risk of undertrials fleeing during their transportation from jail to court. Another police official said video conferencing would, however, hit those who used to extend favours to the undertrials while taking them to the courts.

Delayed start

The Panchkula police, along with Ambala jail officials, had planned to start the proceedings through video conferencing at 10 am. However, a wire in the jail was discovered to have been severed, ostensibly aimed at disrupting the proceedings. As a result, the proceedings started an hour late at 11 am. It is a common practice for the undertrials to use their appearance in the court as an opportunity to meet their relatives and even relish delicacies. This is likely to come as a setback to them, said a police official.

Jewellers case spurred cops

It was the Panchkula police which applied for video conferencing of the accused involved in the recent PC Jewellers case in Panchkula. The police, in its application, stated that accused, Amit Yadav, Sunil Malik, Pawan Saini and Sunder, alias Kala, were criminals and that there were inputs from the intelligence agencies that their accomplices could attempt to free them while being produced in court.



Habit-forming drugs seized

Mohali, June 17
A chemist shop was raided at Mohali village and around 24 types of habit-forming drugs were seized from the shop. The shop was raided by district drug inspector Ramandeep Kaur after she had received complaints about the wrong types of allopathic medicines being sold there.

The drug inspector said thousands of proxyvon, spasm proxyvon capsules, microlite tablets and codine syrup bottles were seized. Ramandeep Kaur said a complaint bearing the signatures of 39 persons against the chemist was given to her even at the time when the raid was conducted.

Other types of medicines for which the chemist could not produce any bills were also seized during the raid. All these persons demanded strict action against the chemist. She said in her report sent to the state drug controller she had recommended strict action under Section 22 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

Earlier, a chemist shop was raided at Dera Bassi from where habit-forming drugs worth Rs 7,000 were recovered. — OC Photo P4



Mega Projects
Admn works against time to reply to MHA questionnaire
Smriti Sharma Vasudeva
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
Officials of the UT Administration have been burning the midnight oil over the past couple of days, courtesy the detailed questionnaire handed by the committee appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) pertaining to the mega projects.

Sources say the questionnaire, which runs into nearly 100 pages comprising over 60 questions, has left the top brass of the UT Administration exhausted.

The deadline for submitting one part of the reply was June 16, with the remainder required to be submitted by June 24.

Insiders say what has perplexed the officials are the intricate details that the committee had asked specifically pertaining to the land acquisition for Rajiv Gandhi IT Park.

Sources maintain that since the acquisition of the land for the first phase of the IT Park began more than a decade ago, many records were not available with the present set of officials.

Sources also say that the questions that have been sought by the committee not

just pertain to the mega projects, including the Theme-cum-Amusement Park, Fim City, IT Park, but also certain other UT departments.

The committee appointed by the MHA investigating “discrepancies” highlighted in the special audit on the allotment of land to certain infotech majors at the IT park, had arrived in the city only yesterday. Former IAS officer DR Bhalla, who is also one of the members in the committee appointed by the MHA is scrunitising the reply filed today.

The committee members had also recently questioned former and current bureaucrats of the UT administration in connection with alleged irregularities in land allotment.

Earlier, the union home ministry had ordered an inquiry into the matter by Arun Ramanathan, another retired IAS officer, and had asked the UT Administration to extend support to him.

The special audit, conducted by a team of officials headed by the ministry’s chief controller of accounts, had found “glaring discrepancies” in the allotment of land to IT firms.

Last month, Ramanathan and Bhalla had visited the city for three days and scrutinised the files pertaining to land allotment and quizzed certain bureaucrats. 

100 pages, 60 queries

The questionnaire runs into nearly 100 pages, comprising over 60 questions. The deadline for submitting one part of the reply was June 16, with the remainder required to be submitted by June 24. Sources maintain that since the acquisition of the land for the first phase of the IT Park began more than a decade ago, many records are not available with the present set of officials

HoDs out of sync!
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
In an apparent attempt to outshine each other in the race to submit the action plans of their departments, many heads of these departments seem to have lost touch with the ground reality.

Officials have now asked these departments to re-do their plans keeping in mind the viability and utility of these projects.

It all began with the Government of India shooting a communication to the UT Administration to have action plans from each department ready. Consequently, all departments were directed to submit their action plans which would include details of the ongoing projects, their status and the time period by when these projects were expected to be completed. Sources claim that the departments were required to submit these action plans both for projects taken up during this fiscal year and also the ones they intend to take up in the next fiscal year. The Centre had specifically asked that these action plans have monitorable indicators so that the efficiency of each department could also be gauged.

Interestingly, some of the departments have come up with such projects, which are not only impractical but also unrealistic.

“ The departments should at least check how a particular project will be achieved and whether it stands to benefit the city residents or not,” said a senior UT official.



Commerce stream a hot favourite
Cut-off to be as high as 9.6 CGPA in all preferred government schools
Sumedha Sharma/TNS

Chandigarh, June 17
Students opting for the commerce stream in city government schools are bound to face a harrowing time, as the number of applicants have massively exceeded the number of available seats.

Out of the total 11,000 admission forms sold so far, over 4,000 students have opted for 1,400 commerce seats and the number is expected to increase in coming days. “With every passing year the number of applicants for commerce keeps increasing. But it seems that this time it has outshone the regular science streams. Competition is always tough, but this year it will be worse as a large number of students seem to be opting for it,” said District Education Officer Chanchal Singh.

Interestingly, the last year’s cut-offs of various schools for commerce have been much higher than corresponding medical or non-medical streams. As per the speculations, this year also cut-off will be as high as 9.6 CGPA in all preferred government schools. The educationists, meanwhile attribute it to the increasing MBA craze among students. “Its not just engineering or medicine that attract students but most of them want to pursue MBAs or go in for civil services. For pursuing MBA, commerce seems to be a better option,” said one of the counsellors, UT education department.

In contrast, vocational courses seem to be the last choice for many students. This is because students do not aspire for jobs immediately after passing out from school. “We have good vocational courses, which are primarily taken up by students hailing from rural backgrounds. Most of the students wish to opt for any vocational subject only at graduation level,” added a UT official.


Retired military officers to fill NCC vacancies
Vijay Mohan/TNS

Chandigarh, June 17
Faced with the prospect of manpower shortage throwing a spanner on its expansion plans, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) is roping in retired armed forces officers on contractual basis to fill vacancies in units as well as higher establishments.

The NCC has a sanctioned strength of about 1,500 officers drawn from the three services and at present is short of about 25 per cent regular officers. “This deficiency is commensurate with the shortage of officers in the regular forces,” NCC Director General Lt Gen RK Karwal told The Tribune here today.

The NCC has plans to increase its cadet strength from 13 lakh to 15 lakh. This will require additional officer strength of 140. About 100 of these will be re-employed officers.

“The Army, too, is engaged in raising new formations and the pressure on manpower is immense,” General Karwal said.

“Re-employing ex-servicemen in the NCC is a suitable means of meeting our needs and we have drafted qualitative requirements that retired officers must fulfil for joining us,” he added. While the commanding officer of a unit would always be a regular officer, re-employed officers would be placed as second-in-command or staff officers in group headquarters and directorates. Final approval from the Defence Ministry for re-employment was expected soon. Selected officers would be on a one-year probation before being approved for tenure of another four years and their remuneration would be at par with their last drawn salary.

“All three services have a crunch as far as the officer cadre is concerned. The minute the services can provide us with the supervisory staff of the Army, Navy and Air Force, we can increase them to almost any level,” the Ministry of Defence’s representative had stated before the committee.

According to the parliamentary report, there are 529 vacancies existing at present in the NCC. On the other hand, the Army is facing a shortage of 11, 456 officers, while the navy and air force are deficient of 1,439 and 1,343 officers, respectively.

General Karwal said there was a move to increase the vacancies reserved for NCC C-Certificate seeking a commission as officers in the Army. These vacancies were being increased from the annual 64 to 90 in the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun for permanent commission and from 100 to 125 in the Officers Training Academy at Chennai for short service commission.



Book on environment released
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 17
The vice-chairman of the Punjab School Education Board Dr Suresh Tandon, today released a book “Eco guru” written by subject experts of the Board.It’s a reference book on environment education for all teachers of schools affiliated to the Board.

After state government made environment studies in schools, the board was asked to develop a handbook. Ministry of Environment and Centre for Environment Education’s help was taken to compile the book.

The handbook is for class III to XII teachers and attempts to provide opportunities and resources for teachers to support them in developing healthy attitudes and encouraging positive actions through activities, projects and field experiences. It is based on the syllabus prescribed and developed by the PSEB and NCERT.

Dr Tandon said there was a feedback form in the handbook to be filled by teachers. Initially, handbook would go to 1,000 schools of Punjab where teachers would send their feedback, inputs and suggestions on the handbook. This would help in improving the content for the development of the Punjabi version of the handbook. Shruti Shukla, scientific officer in the board, was the project co-ordinator for the publication of the book.



Now, SHGs to deliver driving licences
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 17
Taking a step forward towards women’s empowerment in Haryana, the district social welfare department has decided to hand over the task of distribution of driving licenses and vehicle registration certificates to self-help groups in which the majority of members are women from below poverty line families.

Till now these documents, issued by a subdivisional magistrate, were distributed by the postal department through Speed Post. While 115 self-help groups in the rural areas of Raipur Rani and Barwala area have already been assigned the job, three such groups in urban areas have also evinced interest to join in.

The scheme would not only ensure these documents are delivered to the recipients properly but would generate a significant amount of income for the poor in the district.

About 8,000 driving licences and vehicle registration certificates have been issued by the SDM, Panchkula. The social welfare department spends Rs 12 for delivery of every document. The self-help groups, however, will be paid Rs 10 for every document, leading to a substantial saving.

“Involving self-help groups in distributing these documents will eliminate many problems in the procedure”, said district social welfare officer Virender Singh.

The move would help in reducing the incidence of unscrupulous elements obtaining these documents by providing false particulars as members of self-help groups are well informed about the residents of their areas.

“Moreover the groups can ensure delivery any time even if the recipient was not available at his home for days at a stretch. In such circumstances postmen usually return the mail to the sender and the applicants have to rush to the SDM’s office to get hold of them, said Singh.



Zirakpur to have slaughterhouse
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, June 17
The Zirakpur Municipal Council is planning to set up a slaughterhouse at Gazipur village to maintain hygiene in shops selling meat.The issue of setting up a slaughterhouse is likely to be discussed in MC meeting, scheduled to be held on Friday. The proposal has been mooted after the Zirakpur MC realised that meat was being sold without verification from veterinarians. Moreover, the animals were being slaughtered in shops leading to mess and the possibility of spread of an infection.

MC sources said they had been receiving complaints from area residents regarding animals being slaughtered in almost all meat shops. They rued that the animals were not being slaughtered scientifically leading to unhygienic conditions.

Sources said the MC had identified a two-acre land at Gazipur village. A detailed report has been prepared and sent for approval. The total cost of the slaughterhouse would be finalised after the approval. It is expected to be ready by the year-end, sources added.

Sources said as the council does not have the technical expertise, a consultant will be appointed to work out the specifications and the tender document.

Ankit Sharma, a resident of Zirakpur said, “It is a serious matter as the waste meat products are not properly disposed of. The sellers slaughter the animals in their shops and dispose of the remnants into the surrounding drains.”

When contacted, MC president Narinder Kumar Sharma said: “The issue of setting up a slaughterhouse will be discussed in coming MC meeting and the site would be finalised after the councillors’ approval,” he added.

Dumping ground

After an objection by the pollution control board on the dumping ground site, the MC has planned to identify a suitable site on the outskirts of the town. An MC official said that in terms and condition, the dumping ground should be set up at a distance of 2 km from the town

Sewerage treatment plant

The Punjab Pollution Control Board has asked the MC to set up a sewerage treatment plant till March 2011. MC officials said the case regarding the land for the plant was in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The pollution control board had asked to finalise another land to set up the plant till March 2011. The board has said that if the MC fails to meet the deadline it would have to pay Rs 2 lakh bank guarantee for an extension



BSNL subscribers a harried lot
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 17
Inconvenience was caused to a large number of BSNL subscribers of Baltana and surrounding areas, as telephone, broadband and mobile connections have been affected due to cutting of a cable during the digging work of a drain on the Choice road. According to a BSNL official, more than 100 connections of Baltana and surrounding areas had been suffered, as MC workers had started the digging work on the Choice road to lay down the drain line.

The underground telephone cable reportedly got cut by a JCB machine, while digging the road. Due to this, optical fiber cable got damaged. The official claimed it was the fourth time that the same cable had damaged.

The official stated that the affected connections would be restored by the evening.

He said he had also filed a police complaint.



Burgeoning Traffic
Roads to be widened

Mohali, June 17
Chairman of the District Planning Board Narinder Sharma said roads of the town would be widened and strengthened to cope with the traffic which had increased over the years. Sharma said Rs 15 crore would be spent on widening and strengthening the road leading from the cremation ground to the PCL chowk. The work would start from July 1.

Power cables would be laid underground from the PCL chowk to Kumbra chowk at a cost of Rs 10 crore. Later, this stretch of the road would also be widened and strengthened at a cost of Rs 15 crore. — OC



Balongi-Mohali Road
High-tension lines to go underground

Mohali, June 17
The overhead high tension lines running along the Balongi-Mohali bus stand road will be laid underground to enable widening of the road. According to sources, decision will be taken at the executive committee meeting of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority here today.

A senior official of the GMADA said since there was a lot of rush on the road from Balongi bypass on the Chandigarh-Kharar road to the Industrial Area, Phase IX here, widening of the road was the need of the hour. — TNS



MC lacks procedure to supervise task
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) does not have any proper procedure to supervise the quality of work, which they allot to private contractors in the city.During a surprise visit by nominated councillors, Pallav Mukherjee and MPS Chawla, to the venue of the construction of water tank in Sector 21, it was found that the contractor was not following the proper norms of the construction.

Records of the corporation reveal that the work of construction of water tank is allotted to a Bathinda-based contractor.

As per the proposal, a water tank costing around Rs 40 lakh of five lakh litres is to be constructed for the supply of water to the sector.

When both councillors visited the site, they found that labourers are not following the proper procedure of construction.

According to Pallav Mukherjee, the concrete slab of the tank, which was recently constructed should be sprayed with water for 28 days, but these were lying dry.

When he asked about it to the labourers, they replied that they always followed this process whenever there was any construction.

MPS Chawla said while constructing this tank, the contractor should have removed the play equipment, which were installed at this place. He said the construction was going on for the last 20 days and the expensive equipment were lying on the ground like a junk.

Chawla said when an official of the engineering department was called at the spot for the supervision and asked to produce the bills relating to this work, he informed that these were yet to be prepared by the department.



Lawyer, son thrashed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
High drama was witnessed at the Sector 22 police station when a well-known city-based human rights lawyer Rajwinder Singh Bains alleged that he along with his son Utsav Bains were allegedly thrashed by cops led by police post in charge sub-inspector JS Bhullar.

The lawyer had objected to te ill-treatment being meted to a girl by cops at the police post. He alleged the moment they objected to the treatment being meted to the girl, the cops got annoyed and started bashing them up. The girl was allegedly being harassed and when the lawyer and his son objected, they were thrashed. DSP (Central) Jagbir Singh said there was some misunderstanding between the cops and the lawyer leading to heated arguments. The issue had, however, been resolved, he said.

The lawyer had landed at the police station after his wife, who was travelling with her two daughters in her Maruti Alto car, was hit by another vehicle near Sector 23. Both the vehicle drivers were brought to the police post. Soon after reaching the police post, Renu Bains called up her husband.

While the police was listening to both the parties, the lawyer objected to the behaviour of the cops to the other couple. Till the filing of the report, no complaint had been lodged.



Road safety pamphlets distributed

Chandigarh, June 17
As a part of the traffic awareness campaign, 50 NCC cadets today distributed road safety pamphlets in the city. Traffic police officials divided the NCC cadets in five groups and deployed them at five different light points, including Government Press light point, Sectors 22 and 23 light point, Aroma light point, Transport light point and Tribune Chowk.

They distributed the road safety pamphlets to motorists. UT SP (traffic) HS Doon, DSP Kulwant Singh and other police officials were present on the occasion. — TNS



Auto dealer raided
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
The UT excise and taxation department today conducted a raid on one of the prominent automobile dealers in the industrial area.

A trap was laid following a tip-off that a car dealer was cheating on the department by not paying the mandatory sales tax.

It was alleged that the billing of the cars was being done in Karnal and the delivery was given in Chandigarh to evade sales tax. This was causing loss of revenue to the department.

A team led by assistant excise and taxation commissioner Naresh Dubey seized documents pertaining to car sales. The scrutiny of documents continued till late evening.



Excise and taxation dept gets Rs 5.97 cr
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
The department of revenue, Ministry of Finance, has sanctioned Rs 5.97 crore to the department of excise and taxation, Chandigarh administration, as a part of the project under the CT-MMP.

The project was sanctioned by the Department of Revenue at a meeting held recently, where Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar represented the Chandigarh administration.

Sanjay Kumar said various e-services would be introduced in the city with an aim to create citizen-centric environment. The plan advocates definition of institutional mechanisms and core policies for managing e-governance initiatives. These services would be available to the citizens on 24 x 7 basis, he added.

The department has proposed introduction of e-registration, e-filing, e-payment, e-forms, e-refunds and e-redressal of grievances. This will help the dealers of Chandigarh to easily have access to all the services on anytime anywhere basis. The project will be executed in a span of two years.



Mangoes ruling the roost in markets
Swati Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
The undisputed king of fruits has edged out all its rivals in city households. A random survey of fruit and vegetable markets, including those in Sector 26, 19 and 22, revealed stalls selling mangoes were drawing the biggest crowds.As expected, the grain market in Sector 26 had the largest range of mangoes. Three perennial favourites - Safeda, Dashehri and Kalmi - which poured into the city from places like Warangal, Nagpur, Lucknow and Saharanpur, are available in plenty.

You can also look forward to relishing an exquisite variety of Chausa and Langda mangoes in shades of deep yellow, as they are expected to hit the city’s markets in August. Though the supply of Safeda, which is known for its large size, is abundant, Dashehri appears to be overshadowing it in sales.

The prices of the delicious fruit vary from one variety to another, with no major change as compared to last year. The produce this year has been good and the fruit has arrived 
on time. Safeda is priced at Rs 40 per kg in wholesale and Rs 55 in retail, whereas Dashehri is priced 
at Rs 20 to 22 per kg in wholesale.

“In the months of June and July, Dashehri is the king,” says Subash Chander Randhawa, vice-chairman of the Grain Market Association, Sector 26.

“Kalmi mangoes, which are transported from Saharanpur and Lucknow, are a poor man’s delight. They are just right for those who can’t afford Safeda”, says Ram Nath, a fruit vendor. The Kalmi variety is priced at Rs 12 to 15 per kg in wholesale.”

On the whole prices have managed to remain stable, as mangoes did not perish this year. “The fruit usually perishes due to soaring temperatures,” said a distributor of the market committee.

As a prelude to the bumper season, the Alphonso variety, generally beyond the reach of the common man, was sold for Rs 360 per kg in March.



Puducherry MC team visits city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
A 25-member team of the elected representatives and officials of the Yanam (Puducherry) Municipal Corporation (MC) visited Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) today to study major projects of the city, taxation and finance system, urban planning and sanitation system.

MC Mayor Anu Chatrath welcomed the delegation and Additional Commissioner PK Sharma gave a brief introduction regarding various projects and functions of the corporation. The team also visited sewerage treatment plant and a few gardens developed by the corporation.

The members included chairman G Chander Rao, vice-chairman PS Parkash, councillors, K Mukund Kumar, R Anjnel, Venkatalakshmi, Nagalakashami, G Parmila Devi, and team manager D Serveshwar Rao.

Others who were present on the occasion were senior Deputy Mayor Bhupinder Singh, Manjit Singh Chohan, Vijay Singh Rana, Resham Chand Jakhu and other councillors and officials of the corporation.



Bhopal Gas Tragedy
RTI activists form human chain
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
Around 35 RTI activists today formed a human chain at Sector 17 plaza to express their solidarity with the victims of Bhopal Gas Tragedy.The Activists Federation, Punjab, and members of some human rights organisations also carried placards.

The activist demanded that a curative petition should be filed in the Supreme Court for seeking reversal of the 1996-judgment of Supreme Court of India.

According to which it was held to be a case of “negligence causing deaths (under Section 304-A IPC).

The activists further sought Anderson’s extradition. A request for granting a reasonable or higher compensation to the victims was also made.The activists also sent a postcard regarding their demands to the Prime Minister.



Forms for Aerocity still in demand
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 17
The application forms for Aerocity, a residential project launched by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority, are still in demand.Banks have received as many as 1.88 lakh forms so far and have demanded another 50,000 forms.

The issue was today discussed at a meeting between GMADA officials and representatives of banks.

GMADA has asked banks to give a report on the status of sale of brochures on a regular basis.

The banks have also been asked to keep a record of the applications.

The sale of forms for the prestigious project coming up near the international airport started on June 7. Forms are being sold through various public and private sector banks.

Balbir Singh, estate officer, said there was some confusion regarding the attestation of photographs to be affixed on the forms. These photographs had to be self-attested. Moreover, the forms could be filled in more than one name but both the applicants must fulfill all conditions laid down by the authority in this regard. Regarding the reserved category, including the defence personnel, the applicant must be domicile of Punjab. The domicile policy was as per the Punjab government’s instructions. 



Park or playground?

The park in Sector 46-D which was thrown open to public by Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in April this year is plagued by a plethora of problems. The biggest problem is that the park is being used as a playground for cricket and football, besides other games.

This not only violates the provisions of the law pertaining to the maintenance of public parks in the city, but also jeopardizes lives and property of public. There are a number of cases of the walkers being grievously hurt. Windowpanes of houses in the adjoining areas are often smashed.

A random look at the park reveals that the flowers and delicate plants are being mauled by these youngsters. The authorities concerned must take corrective measures to check the menace, thereby saving the public from this unmerited harassment and causing any damage to their property.

SS Chawla,Chandigarh



PU colleges told to submit fee details
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 17
Taking first step towards bringing the private college fee on a par with their government counterparts, UT higher education department has asked PU colleges to submit a detailed justification of their fee structure.

The move has come with the department waking up to the fact that these colleges were working on the basis of a grant-in-aid system and were required to have similar fee structure as government colleges.

“Most colleges get grant from government and as per these grants they need to have their fee equal to the fee of government colleges. A slight difference of 10 per cent is still justified, but it had recently been brought to our notice that in some cases the gap was up to 50 per cent. So we decided to ask the colleges to justify,” said director higher education, Ajoy Sharma.

Besides regular fee, private colleges are known to charge exorbitant funds from students on pretext for student welfare.

“Facilities can’t only be on papers. Colleges will now have to justify the money being charged from students viz a viz staff salary and infrastructure. After reviewing their take, we will ask them to cut down funds,” added Sharma.

According to sources, private colleges will also have to follow government colleges in submitting their staff details, annual planners and other records to the department.

Average Fee (in Rs)

Course Private Government

BSc 15,000 10,000

BCom 14,000 11,000

BA 14,000 10,000

BCA 30,000 17,000

BBA 27,000 17,000

Directives Issued

l Irrespective of students in classroom, faculty member has to be present in the classroom at the appointed hour

l Director higher education to constitute teams that will conduct surprise inspection

l Colleges/faculty should submit their proposals for development of e-content on their subjects

l Every college should have a counselling cell

l Phone number of counsellors as well as NGOs working for drug de-addiction should be prominently displayed in colleges as well as hostels

l Each faculty member should act like a mentor to a group of 15-20 students. It should be ensured that every mentor meets his/her mentor group regularly

l Colleges should install CCTV cameras at entry and exit points



Scholarship for students
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 17
The Panchkula Engineering College, Mouli, Barwala, has introduced scholarship schemes for students on the basis of their Class XII marks.Chairman of the college Shrawan Gupta said students securing more than 90 per cent marks would get a scholarship of Rs 25,000, while students with more than 80 per cent marks would be awarded Rs15,000 from the next academic session.

Gupta said the management had also decided to waive 50 per cent tuition fee for children belonging to economically weaker sections. He said students needed to produce relevant documents. He added that the college was mulling over collaborating with some NGO’s of the region for the purpose. Free books will also be distributed among such students.



Paper presentation

Chandigarh, June 17
Research paper of Ritu Rathi, a PhD student in the department of biochemistry, PGI, has been selected for presentation at the Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The title of research work is "Polymorphisms in UGT1A1 Gene among North Indian Neonates Presenting with Unconjugated Hyperbilirubinemia". — TNS



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