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Hasty admn notifies RTE Act
n UT ill-prepared n Schools shocked, confused
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Despite a series of inconclusive deliberations with city schools, the UT administration, in a surprise move, notified the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act today, leaving behind utter confusion.

Schools will now be required to reserve 25 per cent of their total seats in their entry level classes (nursery in the case of most schools and KG and even Class-I in the case of a few) for children belonging to disadvantaged groups. As per the notification, admissions for these category students are required to be completed by March 15. They have further been directed to apprise the UT education department of the left-over seats by March 17.

Interestingly, the decision comes into immediate effect at a time when admissions to nursery classes have been competed in most schools.

The decision has raised eyebrows among private schools as they are yet to be provided with data of eligible children, neighborhood limits and reimbursement details etc. This ‘hasty’ notification is being critiqued by schools, considering that the UT Administration has so far not completed child mapping or an official survey, both mandatory exercises before making admissions, to identify the eligible children for this Act. Though the department has failed to compile survey results for the last one month, it has reportedly issued public notices asking people to approach nearby schools in case they think themselves to be eligible.

Issues still unaddressed
Child Mapping

Chapter 3 Section 6 of the RTE Act states that the UT administration is not only required to identify the eligible disadvantaged children but make their list public. Schools are required to make admissions according to this list. Though the UT Administration claims to have completed its survey in the first week of January, it is yet to compile the data. The department has so far justified the delay, saying this affects thousands of lives and, therefore, needs to be done patiently.

School Management Committees

The RTE Act stipulates that both government and government-aided schools should elect a school management committee with 75 per cent of its members elected from among the parents or guardians of students. One key function of the panel will be to frame a school development plan three months prior to the conclusion of the financial year in which it is elected. UT schools are yet to start the process of constituting these committees even though only a month is left for the current fiscal year to end.

Inclusive education

The RTE Act requires the UT administration to identify physically challenged students and ensure barrier-free education. Not only are school buildings required to be made disabled friendly, appropriate transport is also to be provided to these students. However, the administration is yet to formulate plans even though it should be completed within a month.


The Act requires the UT administration will reimburse schools for admissions to be made under this reservation quota. The school will be provided with the average learner cost of government schools or their own (whichever is less). The UT Administration is yet to survey the average learner cost of private schools and work out the reimbursement details.

Disparity reduction

There is a wide disparity in UT government-run schools and privately run schools in terms of quality of education, staff and infrastructure. Given the fact that a student admitted to a private school under the RTE Act will have access to better facilities compared to his government school counterpart, the UT administration had announced a disparity reduction plan earlier this year which, again, is yet to take off.

Staff shortage

With a skewed teacher-pupil ratio haunting 90 per cent of government schools, the UT administration will have to go in for a massive recruitment drive to deal with the existing staff crunch and comply with the specifications outlined in the RTE Act. But no headway has been made.

EWS vs RTE Act: Fight yet to be resolved

For long, the UT Administration has advocated reimbursing expenses for only 10 per cent of the total 25 per cent students that require to be admitted under the Act. The UT Administration claims that since local schools are required to impart free education to 15 per cent students as per its land allotment clause, they will, therefore, only pay for the remainder 10 per cent students. Private school managements say that the administration’s policy on students falling in the EWS category is contradictory to the RTE Act. The controversy is yet to be resolved.

Act’s applicability to minority schools

While city minority schools have asked the UT to clarify whether or not this Act will be applicable to them, the UT administration is yet to give any clarification.



CHB’s slide takes its toll
Chairman sent to Delhi
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Mohanjeet Singh
Mohanjeet Singh

Chandigarh, February 11
A day after the Union Home Ministry ordered the transfer of UT Advisor Pradip Mehra, another UT Administration official, Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) Chairman Mohanjeet Singh has been transfered to Delhi. His successor is yet to be announmced.

During his tenure, construction activity of the monopolisitic construction arm of the UT Administration had virtually came to a standstill. The 1991 batch IAS officer’s tenure will be remembered for reducing a “cash-rich” organisation to a pauper. Yet, he had gone on record to blame the UT Finance Department for the fragile financial condition of the CHB while accusing the former of retaining funds amounting to Rs 621 crore generated through a tie-up between the CHB and the Parsvnath Developers Limited for the high-end residential Prideasia project in the IT Park here in the joint escrow account.

CHB’s lacklustre performance on the construction front against its mandate coincided with his joining the administration in July 2007.

With housing being reduced to a dream for the middle and lower middle class sections of society in the city, the CHB had nothing much to offer to the common man. Pricing of two-bed room apartment for its housing scheme in Sector at Rs 50 lakh and scheme’s brochure at Rs 1,000 each came under sharp attack from a cross section of society.

The actual construction work on the Sector 63 housing scheme for general public launched in 2007-08 yet to see the light of day. The UT employees special scheme,whose draw was held last year seems to be meeting the same fate.

The slum rehabiliation project of the UT Administration, which the CHB is coordinating, is stuck midway on account of shortage of funds.

Projects gone haywire Sector 63 scheme

The general housing, whose “faulty” layout plan was repeatedly rejected by the UT Urban Planning Department, has been hanging fire for the past over three years now.While around 2,000 allottees have deposited lakhs of rupees each with the CHB, the board is still in the “process” of floating tenders for the construction of the four-storeyed flats.

Slum rehabilitation project

The UT Administration’s CHB-coorinated `1,187-crore slum resettlement project to rehabilitate around 25,000 families to make Chandigarh “slum-free” is running much behind schedule. Formulated as part of the administration’s “social commitment” the non-accural of Rs 1,600 crore from the Prideasia project is being cited as the reason behind the delay in the execution of the project.

UT employees scheme

The draw for the scheme was held in 2010 after the legal battle lasting about two years.The layout plan of the scheme is nowhere in sight as the board yet to get going on the scheme.Meanwhile, the impasse between the CHB and unsuccessful applicants, who are also demanding the allotment of the flats, continues.

Green building

The CHB had proposed its office building as the green and intelligent building.Though the concept of the green building which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, helps conserve natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier space for its occupants, was a laudable concept yet no concrete action had been taken so far.



Spate of thefts rocks city
Tribune News Service

A priest of the Prachin Shiv Mandir points at the missing jewellery from the idols on Friday.
A priest of the Prachin Shiv Mandir points at the missing jewellery from the idols on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, February 11
Thieves committed a series of six thefts at several places in the city last night. Thefts included a burglary on the residential premises at Sector 44, two showrooms burglaries at Sector 22 and 37, theft in a temple and theft of two cars.

A house was found ransacked in Sector 44-A here this morning. Sunita Rani, an elderly lady, who was out of town returned today to find the locks of her house broken. Jewellery comprising gold bangles, one gold chain, two rings, two pairs of earrings worth over Rs 1 lakh were found stolen.

Besides, cash Rs 30,000 were found missing from her house (number 3046). Thieves decamped with 7 to 8 kg silver from a temple in Sector 40, theft of over Rs 1.8 lakh was reported in two separate garment showrooms in Sector 22 and 37. An SUV was stolen from Sector 44 and a car was stolen from Sector 37. The police said Ram Shankar, a priest at the Prachin Shiv Mandir in Sector 40, had reported theft of silver crowns from the temple in the morning.

The value of the silver crowns is estimated to be more than Rs 1 lakh. A case of theft has been registered at the Sector 39 Police Station. Thieves stole Rs 82,000 from ‘Amarsons’, a garment showroom in Sector 22, last night. The complainant, Saranpal Singh, a resident of Sector 33-B, reported that today morning he found some cheques and Rs 82,000 missing from his SCO number 825-26 at Sector-22-A in the morning.

The police inspected the spot and found that that the thieves had entered from the shop’s rear side.

In a similar case, Harwinder Singh, owner of a garment showroom “Youth Zone” at Sector 37-D, reported that Rs 90,000 was stolen from his shop last night.

The theft came to light in the morning after the manager came to the shop and found the shutters broken.

Besides, thieves also laid their hands on vehicles. Amritpal Singh, a resident of Sector 44-C, reported that his newly purchased Tata Safari was stolen from his residence in Sector 44.

Vibohar Gupta, a resident of Solan, reported that his Maruti Car (HP-12B-4741) was stolen from Mahajan Bhawan at Sector 37 last night.



Now, UBS students seek dept head’s ouster
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
After creating adversarial circumstances that forced Dr HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital director Dr Krishan Gauba to leave, certain students of University Business School (UBS) have now kicked off a protest seeking ouster of their department director.

A day after being allocated Rs 1 lakh for their placements, nearly 20 girls of Masters of Commerce (E-commerce), UBS, today staged a protest outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office alleging misbehaviour by the department faculty members and demanding ouster of their director. From better placements to having a projector in their class, MCom students are now demanding the ouster of their director.

University authorities have suspended the classes of MCom (e-commerce final semester) till Monday.

The UBS director, who is abroad, is likely to return on Monday. Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti said he failed to understand the students.

“We have already allocated Rs 1 lakh for placement of MCom (e-commerce). They will be provided a classroom with LCD as was requested by them. Meetings were held twice with the students, which were convened by the Dean University Instructions (DUI). Yesterday, the students said they had no grievances and their problems were solved. But today they suddenly resumed their protest,” said Sobti.

He added that the students could have been instigated to continue with their protest by some people. “I don’t know what to do now,” said Sobti.

Leaders of the Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and National Students Union of India (NSUI) were spotted counselling the students and urging them to end their protest.

Student leaders had been criticised in the past by PU teachers for forcing the dental college director to resign “ungracefully”.

“A student of dental college, who is a part of a youth organisation, was instigating and misguided by UBS students. We have asked them to end their protest,” said Vikramjeet, campus president of SOPU.

Meanwhile, a UBS faculty member said: “We are fed up with these girls, who are being instigated by a Senate member for their political interests. Primary demands of these students like a class with an LCD, etc are very petty. They should be ashamed of targeting their director and faculty members, who have such an impeccable record.”



Land Acquisition
Admn gets another rap from HC
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
The Chandigarh administration has received yet another rap on its knuckles in a land acquisition case.

Finding fault with another “frivolous” appeal for reducing compensation awarded to a landowner for superstructure existing on the acquired land, Justice Rajesh Bindal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has imposed a cost of Rs 20,000 on the administration. The administration has been given the liberty to recover the cost from the “guilty official”.

The smack came on the administration’s appeal against Ram Paul. Going into the background, Justice Bindal observed: “Vide notification dated January 15, 1999, under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, 1.862 acres in Dadu Majra were sought to be acquired for development of major institutions in the west of Sector 38, Chandigarh. The same was followed by a notification dated July 27, 1999, issued under Section 6 of the Act. The Land Acquisition Collector awarded a compensation of Rs 4, 01,896 per acre for the acquired land.”

“Vide supplementary award, the collector awarded the compensation for the superstructure existing on the acquired land. As the landowner was dissatisfied, he filed objections, which were referred to the Additional District Judge (ADJ), Chandigarh, for consideration. Keeping in view the material placed before him, the ADJ awarded increase at the rate of 15 per cent over and above the valuation of superstructures assessed by officials of the administration, besides 10 per cent increase on the difference in the market rates and scheduled rates. It is this award, which is impugned before this court,” Justice Bindal observed.

“The counsel for the appellant stated he had been instructed by the Chandigarh administration to withdraw the present appeal in view of the fact that increase on the amount of compensation awarded to the landowner for the superstructure existing on the acquired land is in terms of the judgments of this court, which were accepted by the administration,” Justice Bindal asserted.

“The fact that the legal issue involved in the appeal already stood settled when the present appeal was filed is not in dispute. Considering the fact that the judgment of the learned court below was strictly in consonance with the law laid down by this court, which attained finality, but still the appeal was filed in this court, the appellant is permitted to withdraw the appeal. However, for filing frivolous appeal, the appellant is burdened with cost of Rs 20,000, which shall be deposited on or before April 30 with the Mediation and Conciliation Centre in the High Court.” Justice Bindal asserted.

Justice Bindal has already imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on the administration for filing an appeal seeking reduction in compensation, which was never given to a landowner.


UT’s master plan by March 31
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Chandigarh’s master plan is set to be completed by March 31 this year. This was the consensus reached at a meeting of the inter-state coordination committee held under the chairmanship of union urban development secretary at New Delhi on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by Adviser to the UT Administrator Pradip Mehra, UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas, Punjab Housing Secretary SS Sandhu, Haryana Town and Country Planning Secretary KK Jalan and Haryana Housing Secretary Raj Kumar.

It was decided to have a comprehensive master plan for Chandigarh so that land utilisation for all areas could be earmarked.

The preparation of the master plan in the backdrop of the haphazard growth in the city’s periphery was also discussed.

Sources said various ways and means to protect Chandigarh’s periphery in the backdrop of the large-scale construction in the vicinity of the city in Punjab and Haryana would form an integral part of the master plan.

At a meeting in New Delhi on January 10, the central government had directed the Chandigarh administration and the Punjab and Haryana governments chalk out a comprehensive plan for the integrated development of Chandigarh’s periphery.

As a sequel to the Centre’s directions, a meeting of senior officials of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh was held here on January 14.



A real timesaver
Test for prompt detection of TB cases soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
In order to contain the number of multi-drug resistant (MDR) cases among tuberculosis patients, the country is all set to introduce GeneXpert, a test that can identify tuberculosis and check the resistance to multi-drugs within 90 minutes.

Medical diagnosis laboratories in the country normally take around three months to prepare a report. The early diagnosis will help start the treatment of such patients immediately.

Over 99,000 patients are diagnosed with the MDR in the country every year and require medication worth Rs 1 lakh over a period of two years.

This facility is initially planned to be provided at 10 places across the country, including four national medical diagnostic laboratories of Delhi, Agra, Chennai, and Bangalore, said Prof D Behra, Director, LRS Institute of Tuberculosis and Respirator Diseases, (LRSITRD), New Delhi.

Dr Behra, who was here recently, said no accredited or reliable private laboratories could run such tests in the country as of now.

The union ministry of health, however, was in the process of setting up 43 laboratories all over the country.

Before the GeneXpert technology was introduced in the country, these laboratories would provide the report of MDR cases within 48 hours, added Dr Behra.

The country has already crossed the target for the detection and treatment of new tuberculosis cases, as prescribed by the World Health Organisation.

“Against the target of detecting 70 per cent new cases and treating 85 per cent, we have detected 72 per cent cases this year and the cure rate is as high as 88 per cent,” said Dr Behra, adding that for 2011, India had set a target of 90 per cent for the detection of cases.

At least 1.96 million new cases of tuberculosis were reported every year, he added.

The silver lining, however, was the fact that for every one lakh people, only 168 were affected with the diseases, while four decades ago - between 1960 and 1970 - the number was as high as 564, he said.



Rs 11 cr proposed to decongest Zirakpur highway
Rajiv Bhatia

Zirakpur, February 11
To solve the problem of traffic congestion on the busy Chandigarh-Ambala highway at Zirakpur, the GMR, the company undertaking maintenance of the Ambala-Chandigarh highway, has decided to widen the stretch between Zirakpur-Patiala traffic light point and Zirakpur-Kalka traffic light point.

A GMR official stated that the project report was sent for the approval and Rs 11 crore would be spent on this project.

Earlier, the Zirakpur Municipal Council had written to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for an NOC to beautify the space beneath the flyover.

The GMR official said the higher authorities had rejected the proposal of the MC and planned to beautify the area itself.

Notably, traffic jam is a routine affair on this stretch. In the absence of the proper parking, the commuters park their vehicles on the roadside while visiting the market.

The traffic police fails to control the traffic movement every day which causes inconvenience to the commuters passing through this stretch.

However, shopkeepers in the market said their business was affected due to the parking problems. They demanded that the local administration should provide them with a site for parking.

SDM, Dera Bassi, Puneet Goyal stated that the matter was discussed at a recent meeting held in Mohali. He said after the widening of the stretch, the problem of traffic jam would be solved.



Gogoi to take oath as CJ today

Chandigarh, February 11
Justice Ranjan Gogoi will be administered oath as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court tomorrow at 10 am by Haryana Governor, Jagannath Pahadia. 

The oath ceremony will be held at the Haryana Raj Bhawan. His warrants of appointment have already been received after the clearance of his name for elevation. Currently functioning as the Acting Chief Justice after the retirement of Justice Mukul Mudgal on January 3, Justice Gogoi’s name for elevation was cleared by the Supreme Court collegium at a meeting held in Delhi in December last.

Earlier, the Acting Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court, Justice Gogoi, was transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in September. — TNS



Poor patients suffer due to closure of Jan Aushadhi
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, February 11
Patients belonging to the economically weaker sections have been hit following the closure of a jan aushadhi store on the premises of the Civil Hospital in Phase VI here.

Senior officials of the Health Department had ordered the closure of the store after patients had complained of some alleged irregularities in the functioning of the set up.

A round-the-clock jan aushadhi store was inaugurated by Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister for Chemicals, Fertilisers and Steel, at the Civil Hospital here on February 23, 2009. The prime objective of opening such a set up was to promote the sale of quality generic drugs that were available at far more cheaper rates as compared to branded medicines and consumables.

Mohali Civil Surgeon Dr PK Shridhar, when contacted, said complaints were received alleging that the store in charge was not issuing bills for the medicines sold to patients and also did not have the required manpower for running the set up. The matter was brought to the notice of the higher authorities who had then ordered the closure of the store. Jan aushadhi stores in Patiala and Ludhiana had also been closed, added the Civil Surgeon.

Dr Shridhar further said that the higher authorities had asked him to look for other options of opening a store on the guidelines of jan aushadhi so that patients did not suffer. A meeting was held to discuss whether such a store could be opened with the help of Rogi Kalyan Samiti and NGOs.

According to the Civil Surgeon, the owner of the store had gone to court against the orders of the Health Department. The court had granted him stay orders against vacating the building, but had asked him to stop the operation of the shop.

About a year ago, the health authorities had issued a warning to the owner of the store, who was asked to be more cautious while selling medicines after a patient had alleged of having been given a wrong medicine. Meenakshi, a resident of Phase III-B2, had said in February last year that she had aborted her 54-day-old foetus after she was allegedly given a wrong medicine by the shop on the hospital premises.

She had then made a complaint to the managing director of the PHSC after which an inquiry was initiated. However, this inquiry did not make much headway as the person running the store reportedly kept denying of having sold any wrong medicine to the pregnant woman.

A fine of Rs 10,000 was later imposed on the owner on charges of running the store in a lax manner. 



Illegal sand mining
Counter case filed against forest officials
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 11
Five months after the Punjab Forest Department lodged an FIR against Manga Singh and Varinder Singh for allegedly indulging in illegal sand mining, the Mohali police today registered a cross case against the forest officials for allegedly threatening the suspects.

As per the complaint lodged by Varinder Singh, Forest Range Officer Guraman Singh, guards Devinder Singh, Sahib Singh and Amrik Singh, along with six other persons, fired in the air to threaten him and took away his tractor. On the basis of the complaint the police registered a case against the forest officials.

Divisional Forest Officer Vishal Chauhan expressed surprise over the police registering a case against the forest officials who were enforcing the law to check illegal mining.

The forest department has been alleging that the sand-mining mafia, who enjoy political patronage, was getting stronger in the forest area here. On the night of September 26 last year, four forest officials were allegedly assaulted and gunshots were fired in the air to terrorise them, who had seized a sand-laden tractor at a naka.

The suspects, who were driving the tractor, were identified as Manga Singh, a perpetual offender of sand mining, and Varinder Singh. “There are several cases of illegal sand mining against Manga and each time he is bailed out due to week offences slapped against him by the police,” said a forest official.

While forest officials were claiming that the police officials were reluctant to tackle the sand mining mafia, police officials have been claiming that the forest officials had fired in the air and thrashed the driver of the tractor trolley.



Dr Amod Gupta is PGI dean
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
In pursuance of the decision of the governing body in its meeting held on January 17, Dr Amod Gupta, professor and head, department of ophthalmology, has been appointed as dean of the PGI here today.

Dr Gupta, who has been holding the additional charge of sub-dean, will replace Dr V Sakhuja, who has completed his tenure.

Similarly, Dr Kusum Joshi, professor and head, department of histopathology, has been appointed as sub-dean of the institute for a period of three years with immediate effect.

Prof Gupta is a leading clinician and research scientist of international repute in the field of retina and uveitis with significant original contribution in the field of diabetic retinopathy, tuberculosis of the eye and endopathalmitis. He is recipient of the Dr RN Mathur Award and the AW Sherrit Memorial Award. He was president of the Viteoretinal Society of India and the founder president of the Uveitis Society of India.

Prof Joshi’s major research contributions have been in the field of breast pathology, oncopathology and renal and transplantation pathology. She has been honoured with the fellowship of Indian College of Pathologists, honorary consultant (histopathology) to the armed forces. 



250 to attend conference on limb deformities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
More than 250 delegates from India and abroad are expected to attend the three-day Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of India conference at the department of orthopaedics, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here.

Dr Sudhir Garg, chairman of the organising committee, said the workshop would be conducted by the eminent personalities, including Dr Sanjeev Sabharwal from the US, Dr Sunil Dhar from the UK, Dr Abahy Khot from Australia, Dr Benjamin Joseph from Manipal, Dr Sanjay Sarup from Delhi and Dr Aleric from Mumbai.

The theme of the conference is “Limb Reconstruction Surgery in Paediatric Orthopaedics”.

Prof Raj Bahadur, director principal, GMCH, and an eminent orthopaedic surgeon of the region, said a large number of children our country suffer from limb deformities resulting from congenital malformation, infections and complex injuries.

Most of the times, many such deformities get neglected resulting in significant disability as well as more resistant to treatment.

The specialty of paediatric orthopaedics has an important role not only in the treatment of such deformities at the time of their occurrence, but also to guide and train a team of rehabilitation and occupational experts so that such patients can be rehabilitated into the mainstream of the society. 



Prof Raj Bahadur feted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
For his contribution in the field of orthopaedics, professor Raj Bahadur, director-principal of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, has been awarded the fellowship of the Academy of Science, Punjab (FPASc).

The award was given to him on the inaugural function of the 14th Punjab Science Congress of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET) at Longowal in Sangrur.

Professor Raj Bahadur has already been awarded fellowships of the prestigious academy of the National Academy of Medical Science (India) and the International Medical Science Academy.

Recently, he was awarded fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, UK, for having acquired distinction as a surgeon. 



Reconsider Dr Gauba’s repatriation: Teachers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 11
Perturbed over the “disgraceful exit” of their director-principal, Dr Krishan Gauba, after students demanded his ouster through protests, nearly 70 teachers of Dr HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, delivered a representation to the university Vice-Chancellor asking him to reconsider Dr Gauba’s repatriation. However, the emotions of distress and anguish among teachers were missing in students of the dental college, who appeared rather relaxed today. In their letter addressed to the VC, the teachers claimed, “We can vouch for hardworking and diligent nature of Dr Gauba, who had worked tirelessly for the institute’s growth.”

When questioned by the correspondent, the teachers said they had been discouraged from talking to the media by Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti at a meeting held yesterday. Nevertheless, they went on to say that it had been 24 hours since they appealed to the PU authorities to “let Dr Gauba return to PGI with dignity.”

“We cannot do what student leaders did like going on a hunger strike. But we want the PU authorities to understand that they cannot let the director go in such a disgraceful way. He has been given a clean chit by the inquiry committee. Then why is he being forced to sit at home? A man, who has never taken a leave in the past five years, has been forced to proceed on leave. His resignation was not voluntary,” said a teacher on anonymity. Claiming that they do not want more controversies for the dental college, these teachers pleaded not to be named.

“Dr Gauba is our guru and he must complete the last two months gracefully. After being proved innocent, he must be forced to stay on leave,” added another faculty member. Reacting to the teacher’s plea, the VC today said, “I had been requesting the dental college faculty to talk to students and parents of their institute since one week now. Why has such a representation been given now?”

Meanwhile, the notice board outside the dental college and the student’s section notice board today displayed copies of a letter by Dr Gauba, in which he had requested PU to relinquish him of the charge and another letter in which he requested not to be appointed to set any question paper or act as an external examiner.



From Schools
Annual fest

CHANDIGARH: Saupin’s, Sector 32, organised its fourth annual fete (Razmatazz) here on the school premises. A total of 40 stalls ranging from mouth-watering savories to cosmetics and fabulous display by boutique houses were put up during the fete. Amusement games and swings were the major attractions. Principal ABS Sidhu inaugurated the function. The day brought cheer to those few lucky ones whose names were announced in the lucky draw. Overall the fete was a huge success.

Books distributed

Mohali: A former senior vice-president of the municipal council Harmanpreet Prince distributed around 1,000 primary school books, basic learning charts, copies and pens among the needy children at Jagatpura village. He urged village residents to send their children to the school and if they faced any problem regarding admission, school fee or uniform, he asked them to contact him.

Seminar on parenting

Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, Mohali, held a seminar on positive parenting for parents. Dr Deepali Sharma was the key speaker. She has worked with international institutions as a child psychologist. Dr Sharma laid emphasis on the qualities needed for effective parenting. “The behaviour such as throwing temper and tantrums, excessive shyness, lying, sibling rivalry, bed wetting, having fears, phobias and academic skill related problems can be easily solved at parents’ level with a professional help,” she said.

Basant celebrated

The spirit of spring came alive at Small Wonders School in SAS Nagar on Saturday as students, parents and staff celebrated Basant Panchmi on the school premises in Sector 71 here. Basant is celebrated every year on the fifth day (Panchami) of the Indian month Magh (January-February), the first day of spring. Hardip Nama, principal, Small Wonders School, Mohali, said it was an event where not only children, but parents also celebrate the day. A function based on a theme “Lo Phir Basant Ayi” saw the school campus buzzing with excitement as the children presented a colourful cultural programme based on how spring gives a new start to the year.

Sports meet

Euro kids organised its annual sports meet - “Health is wealth day”. The theme of the sports day was “ Sports around the world “.Tiny tots participated in various races. Parents also had their slice of fun on the tracks.The event saw an overwhelming and magnificent response from parents.


More than 3,500 students appeared in “Brain Quest”- an admission test for admission to BBA, BCA and BSc (IT) courses today. The test which was held by SAS Institute of Information Technology and Research, Mohali, in more than 50 schools of the SAS Nagar district consisted of a scholarship worth Rs 25 lakh. The test consisted of 75 multiple choice questions and was of 90 minutes duration. The students seemed well prepared and were seen participating enthusiastically in the test. Dr JS Dhaliwal, chairman, SAS Group, said the test was held on a merit-cum-means basis.


As part of the ongoing campaign to bring awareness among children, Mohali Reporter, an NGO, organised its second painting competition at the Sector 70 special park in collaboration with the Social Awareness Group and Public Alert. A painting competition was held in Sector 66 last week. Another painting competition will be held in Sector 67. The final competition will be organised ion March. Around 328 children, along with their parents, participated in the competition. Participants were awarded merit certificates. The winners of competition will be awarded in March. — TNS



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