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Boys outperform girls in CISCE Class X, XII results
 Confusion over percentage calculation
 YPS refuses to rank students or calculate percentages

Sumedha Sharma
tribune news service

Chandigarh, May 17
Contrary to the national figures, city lads outperformed girls, with boys bagging top positions in the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) results declared here today.

While according to officials at the council, the pass percentage for boys this year in Class X (ICSE) was 98.1, for girls it was 99.15. At the national level and in Class XII (ISC), it was 98.40 in case of girls and 96.30 for boys. The city came across as an exception where over 70 per cent of the top rankers or the ninety per centers turned out to be boys.

Meanwhile, the results have improved slightly compared to last year as the pass rate for students in Class XII this year was 97.24, which is 0.13% higher than last year. The pass percentage for Class X was 98.61, which is 0.30% higher than last year. The number of students who had appeared for the ISC exams this year was 57,487, whereas the number of students who took the ICSE examinations was 1,22,347. The profile of some of the toppers is as follows.

Dhruv RatanPura
(96.71 per cent, St Kabir)

Dhruv RatanPura“If you aim high then start early to make your journey stress free,” seems to be the success mantra of this tricity topper, who is already off to Kota in Rajasthan to prepare for his next goal, which is making it to IIT. Having won several awards in national level quiz contests, this city lad considers smart work as key to success.

“Abandoning all leisures and clinging on to books can never be of much help. One has to love the work and dream high and work passionately, success is sure to follow,” said Dhruv.

He has taken admission to a CBSE affiliated school in Kota, as he considers syllabus to be more in sync with competitive exams.

Harjeet Singh KajalHarjeet Singh Kajal
(96 per cent, Tender Heart School)

Harjeet claims to have never felt the “Board” anxiety and considers stress-free preparation as his key to success.

“Just concentrate when you study and then live your life. I was never, too, stressed out about my first board attempt, but took it as yet another exam and thankfully have come out with flying colours,” says Harjeet. Just like Dhruv even Raj wishes to make it to IIT and has thus switched to a CBSE school recommended by a tuition centre.

Saruchi Aggarwal
(95.8 per cent, Little Flower Convent School, Panchkula)

“I had expected to score around 97 per cent, but even this is fine. I wish I had topped the tricity,” says Saruchi. An avid reader Saruchi studied hard, but always found time to paint and play basketball.

She also wishes to join IIT and pursue computers and is all set to bid farewell to ICSE Board and move to a Chandigarh based CBSE school for a competition friendly syllabus.



3 PU achievers who stand out
Neha Miglani
tribune news service

Chandigarh, May 17
Three exceptional achievers today outshone all other gold medallists in various subjects at the Panjab University’s academic function. While Dinkar Bhasin and Pranav Chamoli won six and five gold medals each for excelling in medical and law fields, respectively, tabla artiste Anil Kumar Sharma completed and topped his master’s degree at the age of 48. He resumed his formal studies after a gap of nearly two decades!

Dinkar Bhasin
Degree completed- MBBS

A doctor, a music lover and a still life photographer, Dinkar has been a brilliant student since his school days at St John’s High School, Chandigarh. He is the fifth doctor in his family, his parents and both siblings being doctors. He scored all-India rank of seventh in the PMT and is now preparing for his MD entrance test.

Medals awarded today

1. University Gold Medal for year 2010

2. Dr Prabha Chaudhary Memorial Gold Medal

3. Dr Pran Nath Chuttani Memorial Gold Medal

4. Dr Surinder Vadhera Memorial Gold Medal

5. Dr Devinder Sarup Singh Gold Medal

6. Darshi Gupta Memorial Gold medal

Pranav Chamoli
Degree completed- LLB

Pranav, who is also a pass-out of St John’s High School and now a lawyer, has been an all-rounder throughout his academic career. Other than studies, he has been actively participating in public-speaking events and also topped in B.Com in his college SGGS, Sector 26. “The myth that the PU’s department of laws is only associated with ruckus and disorder must be broken. This department has the most experienced senior teachers. The books written by our teachers are recommended in law schools across the country. I am proud of being a part of Panjab University and feel it is among the most glorious universities in the country,” said Pranav.

Awards given today

1. University Gold Medal for 2010

2. RB Badri Dass S Gold Medal

3. Kartar Singh Chadda Gold Medal

4. Dr JN Kaushal Gold Medal

5. Dr Para Dewan Memorial Gold Medal

Anil Kumar Sharma
Degree awarded - MA (music)

Born in a family of musicians in Allahabad, Anil took his early lessons in tabla from Pandit Vidya Dhar Mishra, Pandit Ram Singh and late Pandit Chandra Bhan Kishore Srivastava.

He has been working in the department of music at the PU since 1998 and has accompanied Padma Shri Ustaad Saeed Zafar Khan during his concerts. Name an event in classical music in the region and Anil would have performed there! From Rose Festival to Sangeet Kala Manch to Sahitya and Sangeet Samaroh, he has performed in all musical events.

Award received today University Gold Medal



Two students drown in canal
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, May 17
Two students of RIMT Polytechnic College drowned in the water channel emanating from Sirhind Canal, near the Floating Restaurant, here today. The victims have been identified as Sukhdeep Singh (17), a student of electrical engineering (IInd semester), and Sumit Tripathi (18), a student of mechanical engineering (IVth semester).

The students were residents of the Shimlapuri area of Ludhiana and had gone to take bath in the canal around 9 am.

Though they were supposed to take examination in the college at 1.30 pm, they decided to take bath in the canal in view of scorching heat.

College students and local residents usually take bath in the canal near the restaurant.

Police officials said people often took bath at a platform adjoining the canal and no such incident had been reported in the past few years. One of the boys apparently slipped into the canal, while the second jumped after him to save his friend, said the police officials.

Inconsolable parents of the boys at Fatehgarh Sahib hospital said their children were not familiar with swimming.

The police officials said they received information about the drowning of two college students and rushed to the scene. Divers were pressed into service to rescue the boys. While one of the boys was pulled out of the water, the second was taken out after plugging the flow of water near the floating restaurant.

The victims were taken in an ambulance to the Fatehgarh Sahib Civil Hospital, where the doctors declared them dead. Sirhind police station in-charge Sukhdev Singh said the bodies of the boys had been handed over to the family members and inquest proceedings would be initiated.



the buzz
Assault case: 7 more names in FIR

The police has added names of seven more advocates in the FIR registered in Sector 17 in the incident involving assault on a naib court on May 14.

These include Ankush Kalia, Manish Kumar Dhiman, Rupesh Kumar, Rajan Khetarpal, APS Dhillon, Surinder Singh and Gurdit Singh.

Meanwhile, registrar of the High Court on today recorded statements of advocates, police officials, court staff and the Magistrate Parvinder Singh. The High Court had yesterday directed the registrar to prepare a fact-finding report into the incident.

Meanwhile, the hearing of the anticipatory bail plea filed by 11 advocates was adjourned to tomorrow after the court issued notice to the police to file a reply.

SHO suffers paralytic attack

Inspector Hardit Singh, SHO, Sector 17 police station, suffered a paralytic attack while he was in the district courts, waiting for his statements to be recorded. He was rushed to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16, from where he was referred to the PGI. His condition was stated to be stable. — TNS


Girls do it again, outshine boys
 163 out of 202 get medals, merit certificates at PU academic function
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
In what has now become a ritual at Panjab University, of the total number of gold medal recipients, who were awarded today during the academic function at the university auditorium, 80 per cent toppers were girls.

Out of 202 students, who received medals and merit certificates for various examinations held in 2010, 163 comprised girl students. 

PM’s principal secy gives a miss to function

TKA Nair, principal secretary to the Prime Minister, who was scheduled to be the chief guest, could not make it to the function. VC RC Sobti read out his message. He said the Syndicate had also approved a special award for Nair for his contribution in making the university financially secure. 

Anthem released

Irshad Kamil, a noted Bollywood lyrics writer, who has films like Chameli and Love Aaj Kal to his fame, released PU’s anthem during the function today. Kamil, who is also a PU alumnus, was awarded with a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a memento. In a gesture of gratitude for his department, he donated the prize money to buy books and movies for the Hindi department.PU anthem, which has lyrics by Kamil, has the music composed by Sandesh Shandilye and is sung by Sukhwinder Singh.

Better late than never

Certain students got their gold medals after much struggle with the university’s administrative block staff. In one such case, Abhishek Gupta, who topped MBA (international business) in 2009, went from pillar to post in 2009 and 2010 to ensure that his name figures in the toppers’ list. “I did my last semester in Paris, according to the provision in my degree, and the result compilation took time at the level of PU’s administrative block. When I informed the VC about the trouble, he swung into action and ensured that I will get the medal I deserved,” said Abhishek. In a similar case, Namita Gupta, who passed MPhil (public administration) in 2003, was awarded the gold medal today.



Percentage calculation baffles many
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
How to calculate the percentage of class X and XII students? The question once again haunted the Tricity schools today with the declaration of the results of the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE).

While five out of the six affiliated schools insisted on going with the regular method of considering all seven subjects to calculate the percentage in case of class X, Yadvindra Public School (YPS) Mohali batted for the “English+best four subjects” rule.

“The council, in its latest communication with us, has clarified that in case of the ICSE (Class X), percentage would be calculated considering the score of English and best of four subjects, while in the case of ISC (Class XII) it will be best of three subjects along with English. Anyway we have not calculated any percentage or declared toppers,” said J Ray, principal, YPS, Mohali.

According to other schools, the appointment of two coordinators that creates this confusion.

“In case of class X, Harold Carver of St Stephens is the coordinator, YPS principal coordinates class XII, so we are to calculate our results as per their directives, which vary from each other,” said a principal of one of the affiliated school.

Board refuses to declare national toppers

“The Board has not declared any top rankers at the national level because of this confusion only. While one set of educators wishes to assess the child’s performance on the basis of all subjects taken by him, the others bat for the best of four or five subjects. Schools in Mahrashtra on other hand bat for not making English a mandatory inclusion in percentage calculation. So the council has just declared the marks and results. We will be declaring toppers as per the individual needs of scholarship granting institutions,” said Jerry Arathoon, Additional Secretary and officiating CEO, ICSE, New Delhi



YPS Patiala keeps up the good work
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 17
Keeping up the good work, Yadavindra Public School (YPS), Patiala, students have once again brought laurels to the school in the ICSE and ISC examination, the results for which were declared today.

In ISC (Class XII) examination, 101 out of 102 candidates of YPS, Patiala, were declared successful of which 10 students scored 90 per cent and above.



‘Get well soon wish for father’
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Sporting a suave smile on his face, Meer, a student of St Kabir School, comes across as yet another student scoring 90 per cent at first look, but what sets him apart is his true grit. With his father admitted to the PGI for the last two months and mother taking care of his father, Meer went through a lot, but still came out with flying colours.

“Everything was fine till two months back when my husband was diagnosed with a neuro problem. He was immediately admitted to the PGI and I had to be with him to take his care. It was a crucial time for Meer, as he was appearing for boards for the first time but I could not do much. He stayed with his grandparents and I don’t know how he managed to balance out his worries, emotions and study,” said Meer’s mother, a teacher.



Peon’s son does him proud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
“My parents are not highly qualified and thus couldn’t help me much with my studies, but their hopes, struggle and ambition was my key driving force. I wish to make all their dreams come true,” said Sumit, a son of a peon at St Xavier’s, who passed Class X, from the same school with 77 per cent marks.

For many this percentage may be too less, but for someone like him who had to battle all odds to even study at this school it’s a moment to celebrate.

“I worked as a peon in this school and always dreamt that even my son will one day be apart of these nicely dressed children. Ever since we got him admitted to the school we ensured that he got all comforts we could afford. I couldn’t help him much with studies, but always made him understand the importance of education. Today, I am a proud father as my son got me respect from school authorities who otherwise are my bosses,” said Suresh.



Allotment on lease basis sought

Workers of the engineering department of the Chandigarh Administration have demanded that tenements for the economically weaker sections (EWS) in Sectors 37C, 38C and 38D should be transferred to the occupants on a lease of 99 years, a press release said here today.

The Engineering Department Employees’ Association has sought the transfer on the pattern of slum dwellers who have been allotted the EWS tenements on a 99-lease basis on payment of mere Rs 103 per month.

It has been sought that the ESW tenements occupied by “malis”, “baildars”, “chowkidars”, sweepers and other field staff, not having any residential units in the city, Panchkula or Mohali, be given the houses on a leasehold basis.

World Hypertension Day

High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the leading reasons for death around the globe. In India, one in every five adults is hypersensitive and the disease is aptly called the “silent killer”.

These remarks were made by Dr GP Malik, a heart specialist, while speaking on the occasion of the World Hypertension Day. He advised diet control, exercise and medication as the three best components of managing hypertension.

Nurses Week

Celebrations of the International Nurses Week concluded at General Nursing, GMSH, Sector 16, here today. Dr Chander Mohan, DHS; Dr MS Vadhera and Dr G Dewan, DMS, were the guests of honour on the occasion. Chander Lata, vice-principal, read out the report of the week.

Dharna staged

On a call given by the Indian Council for Child Welfare Employees’ Union, workers from various crčches, prayas and Bal Haven staged a dharna in front of the Bal Haven, Sector 23. The employees are demanding revised pay scales.


The following have been elected as office-bearers of the Sankalp Upasana Niketan: president - BP Gupta; senior vice-president - Dr Neelesh; vice-president - Anil Sharma; general secretary - Arvind Kumar Budhiraja; and treasurer - Srinivas Rai.

Acupressure training course

The Haryana government will promote acupressure as an alternative medicine and will be organising acupressure training camps in the state so that people get benefit from this natural way of treatment, which is known for quick results and having no side effects. This was announced by additional principal secretary to Haryana Chief Minister and director, Haryana Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department, Shiv Raman Gaur after inaugurating a five-day acupressure training course by renowned acupressure therapist, Dr Rakesh Srivastava at Gandhi Samarak Bhawan, Sector 16, today.


Dr Virendra Singh, professor in the PGI’s department of hepatology, has been awarded a fellowship by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (FASGE). The fellowship was awarded at the Crystal Award session during the digestive disease week conference, which held from May 7 to 10 at Chicago. The fellowship is awarded for significant contribution in the field of endoscopy and ASGE.

Suprotim RaoHealth awareness camp

A health awareness campaign was organised at Indira Colony, a slum area near Sector 17, here today by members of a social organisation, Choti Si Asha (CSA). Suprotim Rao, member CSA, said the main aim of the camp was to spread awareness against dengue, malaria and other water borne and seasonal diseases among residents of the Indira Colony. He said people were also made aware about various diseases that are caused due to unhygienic surroundings. The members also observed that most of the slum dwellers did not have toilets in their houses and sewerage pipe passing through the area was open at several places.

Jahan, Chitrakshi excel in debate

Jehan Pauriya and Chitrakshi Nagpal have won the debate contest held at St Xavier’s High School, Sector 20, here on Tuesday. Jehan has won the debate contest on “Organic Farming vs Chemical Farming” (Group I), while Chitrakshi bagged the first position on “Human Cloning, a praise or a folly” (Group II). Dilpreet Kaur and Vanshika Singh bagged the second and third prize in Group I, while Shagun Kapoor and Divya Oberoi have secured the second and third prize in Group II. Principal George S Shear while commending children’s performance appreciated their knowledge.



Fiza announces agenda of her party
Says ready to take on Badals in Punjab
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 17
Yet again Fiza, alias Anuradha Bali, the estranged wife of former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, today again surprised everyone when she announced the broad agenda of her yet-to-be-named political party during a press conference called at her residence in Sector 48 here.

At a colouful erected tent and escorted by handful of supporters, she announced that after entering into wedlock with the nation, she was ready to take on the Badals in Punjab. “After exposing the Bhajan Lal family followed by series of meetings in Uttra Pradesh, I have now announced to weed out the Badals whom I see hand in glove with the Bhajan Lal family”, she said.

While keeping the name and nomenclature of the yet-to-be name political party close to her heart, she announced that she would open gurukul schools where Urdu, Sanskrit, and Punjabi will be taught and unite the nation. 



78 shopkeepers challaned
Tribune News Service

MC enforcement staff seize furniture of shopkeepers in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
MC enforcement staff seize furniture of shopkeepers in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, May 17
Seventy-eight shopkeepers were challaned for encroaching upon the Municipal Corporation land during an anti-encroachment drive in the Sector 34 furniture market here today.

The drive was conducted under the supervision of MC Additional Commissioner-II Lalit Siwach and assisted by inspector Kashmira Singh along with enforcement staff of the civic body.



Anshul scripts DPA win
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 17
Anshul hit 37 runs to guide the DP Azad Cricket Academy to lift the Inter-City Cricket Tournament U-11 after beating the host, District Coaching Centre, Panchkula, by 26 runs. DP Azad gave the target of 116 runs in 25 overs, but the rival team gave up at 89 in 24 overs.

Brief scores: DP Azad: 115 for 9 in 25 overs (Anshul 37, Ritik Shukla 22; Monark 2 for 25, Sharwan 1 for 20).

District Coaching Centre: 89 all out in 24 overs.



Arshia tops in maths contest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Arshia Gupta, a Class II student of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, Chandigarh, has stood first in the tiny tots category of the first northern region competition of ITM (a brain development course) held at DAV College, Ambala, on Tuesday. A large number of students from Haryana, Punjab, NCR and Chandigarh, participated. The mental abilities of children were tested through the medium of complex arithmetical sums. Children solved 50 sums in less than five minutes.



Some believe in keeping academics, passion alive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Despite the fact that its just two schools in the tricity- St Xavier’s and YPS which have Class XII, figuring out toppers was probably a tedious task which left both parents and students confused, as YPS never calculated the percentage of its students. Going by the “formula” (English+best of three subjects) professed by YPS the following students have topped.

ISC Class XII non-medical topper Anudeep Singh. Anudeep Singh Lotey (92 per cent marks in non-medical, YPS)

Anudeep along with his parents had shifted to Mohali a few years ago for quality education. He claimed that it was a dream come true for him. This success means a lot for him.

“It feels great to have stood first in my stream. I have my eyes set on the next goal, making a career in IT,” said Anudeep. Its double bonanza for his family, as his twin sister Avneet has also passed with 73 per cent from commerce stream.

All smiles: ISC Class XII commerce topper Rana Gurtej Singh with his sisters in Kharar on Tuesday.
All smiles: ISC Class XII commerce topper Rana Gurtej Singh with his sisters in Kharar on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Rana Gurtej Singh (93.5 in commerce, YPS)

“I never followed a set pattern and prepared my own schedule. I stuck to it and have been rewarded now,” says an elated Gurtej.

Passionate about photography, recently he held an exhibition of his works.

“Academics is one part of life and passion is the other, photography is my love and I will always keep it alive. All thanks to my parent’s support,” he adds. Gurtej’s father runs a gas station in Kharar.

ISC Class XII medical topper Oshin Sankaria. Oshin Sankaria (87.5 per cent in medical stream, St Xavier’s)

Daughter of former Municipal Commissioner Oshin looks forward to becoming a doctor and do her MBBS from a reputed medical college.Besides, Oshin credits her success to her father Roshan Sankaria, who despite his tight work schedule ensured that he helped me with my studies. Roshan Sankaria took off to help her daughter prepare for these exams.



YPS refuses to divide students on merit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Claiming to have taken a cue from the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, refused to calculate the percentage of its students or rank them as toppers. The initiative was taken to keep up with the spirit of council to do away with academic strata system.

“The council has urged us not to rank the students so we are not even calculating the percentage. The merit-based classification creates a divide among students and thus it needs to be done away with,” said principal J Ray.

However, other affiliated schools claimed it to be the outcome of the last year’s incident where the school had drawn flak for claiming to have a topper by calculating marks as per best of five subjects rather than all seven subjects.



St Kabir steals the show in ICSE
  Tender Heart School follows
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
St Kabir School, Sector 26, came out with flying colours in ICSE results with over 37 of its Class X students securing above 90 per cent. The school is also proud of one of its students Dhruv Ratanpura, who topped the tricity.

“The hard work has finally paid. We have got the best result in the tricity with over 30 students getting 90 per cent marks. We have 29 others who have secured above 80 per cent marks,” said Gurpreet Bakshi, administrative head, St Kabir. Close to its heels, in St Stephen’s 18 students have secured above 90 per cent marks, while 94 students have secured above 80 per cent marks.

The Tender Heart School follows with over 11students hitting the magic number 90 and 11 others securing above 80 per cent marks. 11 students have scored above 90 per cent in English whereas two students have got 100 in environment education. 13 students have scored above 90 per cent in history and geography. St Xavier’s has seven 90 per cent holders to its credit. However, the school made up by its stupendous show at Class XII level where it got winning trio who secured 93 per cent and stood second in commerce stream.



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