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City sectors reel under unscheduled power cuts
Overloading to blame, not electricity shortage: Powermen
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
More than a dozen sectors in different parts of the city are witnessing unscheduled power cuts, particularly for the past three days. The department officials, meanwhile, say “there is no power shortage”, as the supply is affected due to overloading, which is a matter of bigger concern. The supply lines are the same and the heat of summer has just started building up, they point out.

Residents need to be prepared for more unscheduled cuts as the UT does not have any data or knowledge about spots which are “soft targets” because of overloading and could melt. Power connections are snapping at random, all over the city. A survey of the emergency number of the electricity department revealed that the understaffed department was facing a flood of calls for repairs at odd hours.

The day temperatures have crossed 41 degree and residents have been bearing the brunt for the past three days.

Power lines to Sectors 15, 16, 40, 43 and 45 were snapped, at irregular intervals, during the earlier part of the day today. Residents of Sectors 35, 37, 38, 40, 41 45, 28, 10 and 11 have been experiencing unannounced cuts for the past three days.

Importantly, the power cuts this time are not because of any power shortage. The UT has made arrangements for about 200 mw of power supply. While residents are complaining that the UT was resorting to power cuts as there was a shortfall in the demand of over 300 mw during summer, the department officials said there was “no shortage at all”. A senior official of the department said “residents and industrialists have gone in for additional power appliances in their houses and industries without informing the department, particularly air-conditioners. This had led to a heavy load on the power supply lines and as the day temperatures rise, we don’t expect any improvement”.

Yesterday, we had a power cut for more than half an hour after midnight and the night before the power supply snapped for more than two hours late at night. We have purchased an inverter now.

Maitri Sinha, a resident of Sector 38

We are facing a very heavy rush of complaints of power tripping for the past couple of days. Most of the inconvenience is being caused due to overloading of the wires, which heat up and burn to snap the power supply.

Jaspal Singh, electricity complaint office, Sector 43



PU sets week’s deadline
Filling of key administrative posts
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
Having failed to fill its key administrative posts for the past two years despite repeatedly posting advertisements, Panjab University has yet again set a week’s deadline to interview eligible candidates.

However, this would be done once a corrigendum is published in newspapers stating an additional condition detailing administrative experience required for candidates to fulfil as qualification. The decision to publish this corrigendum was taken by university Syndicate members in a meeting held at PU on Tuesday. It was only after a Syndicate member AS Bedi wrote a letter to university VC RC Sobti pointing out that the advertisement for these posts must also mention the administrative experience that the issue was discussed by the Syndicate.

Incidentally, the university Syndicate had already approved the qualification and a discussion was also held on the same issue twice in two separate meetings this year. A fresh advertisement will be issued for these posts and candidates shall be required to apply within a week’s time.

Earlier announcements

First advertised in June 2009, these crucial posts are currently being handled as ‘additional charges’ by PU’s senior faculty members who are already managing important charges like that of Controller of Examination and Dean, student welfare.

Having not found any suitable candidate in the interviews conducted last year, the university re-advertised these posts on October 16, 2010. Responding to a query at the Syndicate meeting held on January 21, Sobti said the posts would be filled by February end (2011).

Incidentally, in October, 2010, also, a similar announcement was made that the posts would be filled “shortly”.

Importance of key posts

Registrar is among the most powerful administrative functionary in PU, next to the VC. He chairs the meeting of the highest governing body of the university, the Senate, who, along with the VC is responsible for several administrative tasks.

Dean, college development council is responsible for the PU’s coordination with nearly 179 affiliated colleges. He addresses grievances of college principals and ensures implementations of PU’s rules for colleges.

Director, public relations is also the official spokesperson of PU and is responsible for coordination with the media.

‘Personal interests must be kept aside’

Not deputing permanent persons on key posts adds to the lack of accountability in the system. Centralisation of power with one person has to stop in PU and also the adhoc manner in which things happen. In every Senate and Syndicate meeting, I have been demanding that these posts be filled. Now with a one-week deadline, it is to be seen how many posts are finally filled.

Rabinder Nath Sharma, PU Syndicate and Senate member

I think such important posts must purely be filled on a merit basis and all personal interests and politics must be kept aside. The administrative posts must be filled as soon as possible.

DPS Randhawa, PU Syndicate and Senate member

There was a lacuna which was identified. One Syndicate member has pointed it out and the House has rectified it. The Vice-Chancellor has said that within this month the interviews would be done.

Dharinder Tayal, PU Syndicate and Senate member



Advocates withdraw anticipatory bail plea
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
All 11 advocates accused of assault on a naib court in courtroom on May 14 withdrew their anticipatory bail application from the Court today. While the police is yet to arrest them, the application was withdrawn on the day it was to come up for hearing.

NK Nanda, president, District Bar Association, said the application was withdrawn as a mark of protest by advocates as the police had added seven more names in the FIR yesterday.

“The police is adding more and more names daily and not arresting anyone. We are pursuing hard for a compromise. If this is the way the police will behave, the advocates are ready to surrender.

That is the reason the application was withdrawn as a mark of our protest,” he said.

Sub-Inspector Rohtash Kumar, in charge, ISBT police post, said that police would arrest the advocates once it prepares all evidence in the case. “The bail application was likely to be rejected by the Court. That is why the advocates preferred to withdraw the application. We are investigating and they will be arrested very soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, the cops and some advocates were also summoned to the High Court, where their statements were recorded as part of the fact-finding report being prepared by the registrar into the incident.

A group of advocates had barged into the Court of JMIC Parvinder Singh on May 14 and assaulted the naib court Ram Karan on duty in full public view and dragged him outside court.



Man accuses cop of ‘running away’ with his niece
Police special assistant was posted near Nadda Sahib gurdwara
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 18
The public image of the local cops took a beating once again after reports of a posted at a police post near the Nadda Sahib gurdwara “running away” with a girl of Nadda village on Tuesday.

In his complaint filed with the Chandimandir police station late on Tuesday night, the girl’s uncle, Prithi Singh, said the cop, Malkit Singh, had “run away” with his niece, Jyoti. The police has registered the complaint in its daily diary report and is investigating the matter.

According to sources close to the police, special assistants have been posted at the Nadda ‘chowki’ to keep a close watch on “antisocial elements” at the gurduwara.

Accompanied with residents of the village, Prithi also met superintendent of police Maneesh Chaudhary on Wednesday and urged him to take steps to find his niece without further delay and take action against the police official.

Talking to reporters, Prithi said Jyoti was working at a gift shop located near the gurduwara and had not returned home till late in the evening on Tuesday. “When I enquired about her from the gift shop’s owner he told me she had come to his shop in the morning and left with Malkit after a few minutes. Jyoti was about 18 years old and had recently appeared in the class 12 exams as a private candidate”, he added.

Despite repeated attempts Chaudhary could not be contacted for his views on the matter.

The villagers said the young constables who had been posted at the Nadda village ‘chowki’ had become a “nuisance” for the residents. “If the police that is supposed to protect ordinary citizens indulges in such acts then who will feel safe? They asked.



The buzz
Vigilance raid in Sector 34

The Vigilance Cell of the UT Police today raided the area in Sector 34 where underground cables were being laid allegedly without permission. Digi Cables, the company which was laying the underground cables, was found to be laying cables without the requisite permission by the Chandigarh Administration. Cables are being laid in Sector 33, Sector 34 and Hallomajra by the company.

Brawl in PU

At a time when most students are busy preparing for their exams, Panjab University (PU) today witnessed a violent brawl, resulting in a fractured arm of a student. PU physics department student, Jaspreet Singh, was today attacked by an outsider Sajal Sharma, who was also a former student of the PU, along with his friends. The police has registered a case. A letter has also been routed by the Panjab University Students Union to police through the PU authorities, stating that Jaspreet, who hails from PUSU, is being threatened by Sharma. The outsiders attacked Singh near the gymnasium hall and fled in a Honda City car, whose number could not be identified by the university security. — TNS


Projects fail to move beyond foundation stones
n Work on three major projects continues to hang fire
n Residents upset over ‘callous’ attitude of MC, admn
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
When it comes to laying of foundation stones for development projects in the city, nobody can match the UT Administration and it civic affairs arm the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC). However, the execution of these projects seems to be Achilles’ heel for the authorities concerned.

Work on at least three major projects, whose foundation stones were laid several months ago, continues to hang fire with the authorities concerned least bothered about the issue.

Topping the list of the delayed projects is the construction of additional building for the UT offices, which is awaiting execution for the past about three-and-a-half years. The building, whose foundation stone was laid by then Adviser to the UT Administrator Lalit Sharma on September 25, 2007, has failed to move beyond the foundation-stone level.

The building, to be built between the buildings of the Police Headquarters and the Chandigarh Housing Board, was to be built for the shifting of UT offices scattered in the city. The fate of the Night Food Street in Sector 48-C is no different.

The foundation stone of the food street, which was touted to be a facility for the residents of the southern sectors, was hurriedly laid by then MC Mayor Kamlesh on December 24, 2009, a week before she demitted office, apparently to derive some political mileage.

Similarly, the construction of the community centre in Sector 49, whose foundation stone was laid by then Mayor Anu Chatrath on May 5, 2010, is yet to start. There is no community centre for thousands of residents of cooperative group housing societies in Sectors 48, 49, 50 and 51. For the solemnisation of their functions, the residents have to go to community centres and private bhavans in the nearby sectors.

While the authorities drag their feet on the execution of these projects, residents are aghast with this callous attitude. “The performance of the MC and the UT Administration in providing civic amenities to residents in a revenue-surplus city like Chandigarh is far from satisfactory,” senior advocate Ravinder Krishan alleged.

The delay of years in the execution of these development works brings credibility of both the UT Administration and the civic body under a cloud, Ravinder Krishan said.



UT wants Rs 100 cr more from Centre
Has prepared a case for hike in the Plan Budget for upgrading infrastructure
Pradeep Sharma

Chandigarh, May 18
The UT Administration wants Rs 100 crore more from the Central government in the Plan Budget in the financial year 2011-12.

Despite a record increase of Rs 210.91 crore (47 per cent) - up from Rs 450.91 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 661.89 crore in 2011-2012 - the UT Administration has prepared a case for the Rs 100-crore hike in the Plan Budget, sources said here yesterday.

The UT top brass, including Adviser to the UT Administrator KK Sharma, Home Secretary Ram Niwas and Finance Secretary VK Singh, and heads of various departments reached a consensus on the issue in the run-up to a meeting with the Planning Commission in New Delhi on May 26.

In the 2011-12 Budget presented by the Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on February 28, there was a substantial hike of Rs 259.21 crore (43%) in the total Budget, both under plan and the non-plan heads. The non-plan outlay was pegged at Rs 1,646.53 crore (2011-12) as compared to Rs 1,586.48 crore, marking an increase of about Rs 60 crore. Officials said Rs 100 crore was being demanded as development had staged a comeback in the city. Though mega projects, including Medicity, Amusement Park and Film City, had been scrapped, a lot of development works aimed at upgrading the infrastructure were in the pipeline.

The major share demanded is in the education sector with new infrastructure being developed in the southern sectors, particularly in the Phase III Sectors (Sector 48 onwards). Besides, youth affairs, sports and health top the list for which the enhanced Budget is demanded.

In 2011-12 Plan Budget, the education had got the lion’s share with the outlay being increased from Rs 89.72 crore to Rs 113.09 crore. Rs 15.98 crore has been proposed for the development of sports and youth activities in Chandigarh.

Political fallout

With the elections to the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) due in December, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Pawan Bansal would lobby for more Budget for the city to beat the anti-incumbency factor in the polls.

Why Rs 100-cr more?

n To finance various infrastructure projects in the city
n To put pressure on the Central government to enhance the revised Budget estimates
n To upgrade civic amenities in the city
n To prepare a case for plan outlay in the next financial year even if the sought outlay does not come in the revised Budget estimates



Summer heralds rise in sunburn cases
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
As mercury continues to soar, hospitals in the city are flooded with complaints of sunburns with an average of over 50 cases being reported everyday.

While many patients come with symptoms like persistent redness, excessive pigmentation and constant irritation, many others are approaching doctors in the chronic stage of disease.

“Such cases have obviously increased as I am getting over 40 patients everyday. What I find strange is that even though it’s a common knowledge that exposure to sun can lead to skin problems, people hardly take the required precautions. Keep yourself thoroughly covered and stick to cotton clothes,” said Dr SD Mehta, dermatologist, GMSH, Sector 16.

Sunburn can be defined as a ‘burn’ on a living tissue primarily skin due to overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation commonly from the sunrays.

Meanwhile, for a fraction of city residents, sunburns seem to be more of a ‘beauty’ problem as a result city-based beauty clinics and spas are raking in moolah.

Re-apply sunscreen

Though one needs a proper sunscreen or a sun block to deal with sunburns, confusion and misinformation surround the use of these.

“Generally, people step out within minutes of application even as it takes 15 to 20 minutes for any sunscreen to start its affect. If you are spending a lot of time outside then you need to re-apply the sunscreen every two hours. Many housewives who come with problems do not use a sunscreen as they don’t go out frequently. However, it is required even during house hold chores which may last for a few minutes,” said Dr SD Mehta, GMSH, Sector 16.

While choosing a sunscreen, look for ‘broad spectrum protection’ or UVA/UVB protection to fight ageing and burning. The right SPF or (sun protection factor) is 15 and the lotion should be allowed to stay on skin rather than massaging it vigorously.



SBI fined Rs 1 lakh for misplacing title deed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the State Bank of India (SBI) to provide a certified copy of the original title deed of the property misplaced by them to the complainant, Vasu Dev Gupta.

Besides paying the cost for the same, the forum has also asked the bank to pay Rs 1 lakh compensation and Rs 7,000 towards the cost of litigation to the complainant, who had submitted the documents for a bank loan.

In his complaint, 70-year-old Vasu Dev had stated that he was sanctioned a housing loan of Rs 1.5 lakh for repair and renovation of the second floor of his house in Sector 20- A. The loan was sanctioned after submitting the original deed of the property.

The complainant again applied for a housing loan of Rs 2 lakh for repair and renovation of the ground floor of the same house. As the complainant was interested to buy some property in Kalka-Panchkula, he had cleared the entire loan. After clearing it, he had requested the bank to release the title deed of his property but he was told that due to change in centralisation system of the bank, the title deed of the house had been transferred from Sector 30 to Sector 17.

When the complainant went to collect the title deed from the Sector 17 branch of the bank, he was told that he has to provide some substitute collateral security against his existing cash credit account with a credit limit of Rs 25,000 in the name of the firm of the complainant and he did that. Even after that the bank failed to deliver the title deeds to him. In its written reply, the bank admitted the unintentional lapse by misplacing the original deeds of the complainant.

The forum comprising its member Madhu Mutneja and presiding member Ashok Raj Bhandari observed that the bank was duty bound to return the original title deed to the complainant after the loans were adjusted. But they asked the complainant unnecessarily to provide an additional security by way of fixed deposit receipt (FDR) to secure his cash credit account, which was not at all required as he had already deposited the original title deeds of the house property with them as a security against all his loan/cash credit accounts.

As the complainant has already suffered for more than a year and the bank has not been able to trace the original title deeds, it is liable to provide the certified copies of the original title deed after procuring the same from the registrar at their own cost after following due procedure to the complainant, stated consumer forum.



‘Swiss cottages’ in Morni may turn out to be duds
No eco nod despite over Rs 2 cr being spent on project
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 18
The Rs 2.21 crore of taxpayers’ money spent on developing "Swiss cottages” at the Thapli nature camp in the Morni forests in line with the Haryana government’s aim of promoting ecotourism in the state is likely to go down the drain as the central environment ministry has yet to accord its nod for the project.

In his missive to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on June 10 last year, minister of state for environment & forests Jairam Ramesh had taken a strong view of construction of “eco huts” in the dense Morni forests, noting this was likely to disturb the natural habitat of wide animals. He had further requested the Haryana government to either remove the unauthorized structures or turn the half constructed huts into operational facilities of rehabilitation centres.

Notably the central environment ministry released 80 per cent of the total project cost of 2.21 crore and held back the remaining amount after the state government failed to approve conversion of the “eco huts”. The project was almost ready last year but the Haryana forest department postponed the opening of the Thapli nature camp for an indefinite period in view of the Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi in October.

Located 15 km from Panchkula in unspoiled surroundings, home to a rich diversity of animals and herbal plants, the huts, set up on the pattern of “Swiss cottages” in the jungles of Karnataka, were to offer “eco travelers” all the amenities to enjoy their holidays. The cottages, made of tents on an elevated platform, were equipped with modern facilities including a study table, a sitting corner, an attached bathroom and a dressing room. Landscaping is planned in the area around the cottages and a campfire place had also been provided in the area to provide entertainment to visitors at night as well.



10 months to get theft case registered!
Police has only assurances for this octogenarian
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 18
Thanks to the “efficiency” of the police that an octogenarian is running from pillar to post to get a case of theft by his tenant at his factory in Industrial Area, Phase VIII, registered.

For the past 10 months, Mohali police has not been able to register a First Information Report (FIR) and that, too, after orders of the Senior Superintendent of Police GPS Bhullar a police probe by Deputy Superintendent of Police (City-I) had established contention of the complainant, Capt Joginder Singh (retd).

During the course of inquiry and subsequent orders by the SSP to register a case, the case has been shifted from Superintendent of Police (detective) to Superintendent of Police (city), but the case has not been registered despite assurances given by SSP.

The ex-serviceman, who has also served in Panjab University, has now literally given up hope to see his case being registered. “I am running from one office to another to get the case registered,” he said while showing the documents of his correspondence with the police department. Appreciative of senior police official of doing an impartial probe, first by the DSP, City-I and then by the economic offence wing, he is critical about the conduct of the Industrial Area Police Post in charge and officials at the Phase I police station in causing the delay.

He claims to have suffered a loss of Rs 2.65 lakh.

The incident dates back to July, 2010, when a tenant at the factory of Capt Joginder Singh while shifting his business also took along aluminium fitting and didn’t pay rent of Rs 6 lakh. This was confirmed in an e-mail sent by his tenant. The complaint was verified by the DSP and found to be true.

A counter complaint filed by the tenant with the economic offence wing was found to be false.

Since then the complainant has been doing rounds of different officials.



High-voltage wire damages electronic appliances
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 18
More than 20 electronic appliances, including refrigerators, TV sets, ACs, coolers and other electronic goods were malfunctioned after a high-voltage wire broke down near the transformer in Saini Vihar, Phase-II, Baltana here this afternoon.

Residents of the area alleged that there was a heavy load on the transformer installed near Peer Baba road. They claimed that the voltage was increased in the afternoon and damaged the electronic appliances of more than 20 houses.

Parveen Sharma, president of the Saini Vihar Phase-II, said high-voltage damaged his TV and a refrigerator. Residents demanded that authorities should compensate their loss. An official of the Powercom said the incident occurred when an electric wire broke down after a vehicle hit the electric pole near the transformer in the area. After some time, the wire was repaired and power supply was restored, the officials added.



Lok adalats schedule issued
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 18
The District Legal Service Authority issued the schedule of lok adalats, rural lok adalats and legal literacy classes here today.

Gurvinder Kaur, chief judicial magistrate-cum-secretary, during a press conference, said lok adalat, on old pattern, would be held at district court on May 28, while the rural lok adalat would be held at Bir Ghaggar village on June 5.

Cases pertaining to various categories would be taken up in the lok adalat for settlement, she added. She said literacy camps would be organised at Surajpur village, Pinjore, on May 22 and at Indira Colony on May 29 in order to educate rural masses about legal aid schemes.

Similarly, such camps would also be organised at Bir Ghaggar village on June 5, at Mandana Bhoj village in Morni Block on June 12, at Bhudanpur village on June 19 and at Ramgarh village on June 26.

She further said the aim was to apprise people about the legal aid schemes and also to inform women, poor, backward, weaker section and senior citizens about the concept of litigation-free villages and citizens committees.

She said legal literacy classes for women in the district had also been scheduled and added that a panel of advocates had been constituted to educate women about various legal and social aspects.

She also informed that classes would be held at Government College, Sector 1, on May 28, at Pinjore on June 4, at Kalka on June 18 and at Saketri on June 25.

She said such classes would be organised in small groups with the assistance of district child welfare officer, district welfare officer and protection officer.



Official apathy ruins Kargil Park
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 18
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) appears to have abandoned the Kargil Park, dedicated to the martyrs of the 1999 Kargil war, located in Sector 71. Missing or broken lights, uprooted plants and uneven mounds of earth now greet visitors.

The situation has gone from bad to worse ever since the Punjab water supply and sewerage department dug up the park last year to lay a stormwater pipeline. A musical fountain installed at a cost of Rs 26 lakh has been nonfunctional for months. Nor has any efforts been made to repair the damaged garden lights and damaged fountains.

“It’s become almost impossible for morning walkers to have a stroll in the park. We’ve requested the authorities to get the lights and fountains repaired but in vain,” said JPS Kalra, coordinator of the Sector 71 residents’ welfare association. The residents have also brought the matter to the notice of district planning board chairman NK Sharma but to no anvil.

The musical fountain, which has a preprogrammed control system with auto sensors, 29 water effects, 60 lights of five colours, a 500 watt sound system, an amplifier and eight speakers, has also not been made functional again.



Consumer federation seeks rollback
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 18
The Consumer Protection Federation has demanded that the hike in fuel prices be rolled back immediately.

President of the federation PS Virdi said prices of petrol had been hiked nine times over the past 11 months and the hike of Rs 5 per litre this time was totally unjustified. He said the government should keep in mind the problems faced by the common man while hiking rates.

Even the recent hike in power tariff was uncalled for as the tariff was already higher in Punjab as compared to the neighbouring states, added Virdi.



Honour for geologist

Eminent Himalayan geologist Dr Om Narain Bhargava, Director (retired), Geological Survey of India, and Visiting Professor Vienna University, has been honoured for his lifetime achievement and awarded a gold medal and citation by the prestigious Asiatic Society, Calcutta. Dr Bhargava is an alumnus of Panjab University from where he got his PhD degree. He is also a consultant to the ONGC.

Car dealers’ meet

SK Sehgal, chief general manager, State Bank of India (SBI), Chandigarh Circle, while inaugurating a car dealers’ meet here on Tuesday highlighted various features of bank’s car loan scheme and also assured prompt and speedy disbursement of car loans to customers. Recently, the SBI has withdrawn the provisions of penalty for pre/partial repayment of car loans before their due date. Almost all major car dealers of the area participated in the discussion. PK Srivastava, DGM, also spoke on the occasion.


The Chandigarh Administration has amended the Punjab Liquor Permit and Pass Rules, 1932, as in force in Chandigarh. These rules shall be called the Punjab Liquor Permit and Pass (Chandigarh Administration) Rules, 2011. In rule 22 (B) for the words and figure “Rs 1,000”, the words and figure “Rs 1,100”, shall be submitted. In rule 22 A Sub-Rule (i) for the words and figures “Rs 200” and “Rs 2,000”, the words and figures “Rs 220”, and “Rs 2,200”, shall be substituted, respectively.


UEI Global, a premier educational institute, has organised a seminar for Class XII students on “How to become a champion in life” on May 20. The seminar will be addressed by Kapil Dev, former captain of the Indian cricket team.

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‘Expedite expressway’

Members of the Citizens’ Welfare Association, Panchkula, have urged the Union government to expedite the Chandigarh-Delhi-Assess-Controlled Expressway, which is one among the seven selected projects in the country project on priority for the better facilities to be made available to the residents of Northern India as a whole and Chandigarh region in particular.

SK Nayar, president, in a press release said, “It is an admitted fact that Chandigarh region is the main door for Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, a part of Punjab and towards the Indo-Pakistan border and Indo-Tibat-China border, too, as such there is a need of the latest facilities to be provided to introduce, as the public transport perfect, smooth and speedy just to link New Delhi with Union Territory Chandigarh.”

Summer camp

Former Punjab Ranji Trophy player and highest wicket taker Bharti Vij in the domestic circuit would organise off-season summer camp at Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, from May 24. The press note said the camp would be held from 6 am to 8.30 am and would conclude on June 2. Those interested to attend the camp should contact coach Sarpreet Gill on 9803366989, he added.

Interactive session

An interactive session on “Career options: College and beyond” was organised by Wipro Technologies, Bangalore, at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here today. Project engineer Piyush Anand while interacting with the students stressed upon one’s own interests and subsequently pursue opportunities accordingly. He also discussed various streams of engineering and career opportunities, which lay ahead after graduation like job, further studies abroad or even entrepreneurship, giving various examples of leading ventures started by IIT graduates. He also said there was lack of awareness of various career opportunities among students.

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Dental camp

The Rotary Club, Mohali, in association with Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sohana, organised a dental camp for students of Government High School, Phase XI, Mohali. A team of doctors comprising of Dr Geetanjali Sharma and Dr Pavittar Singh examined 365 students. School principal Surinder Pal Kaur said she was impressed with the type of community work that Rotarians and doctors of Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (C) Multi-Speciality Hospital have been doing. — TNS



PU library to exhibit heritage furniture
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

A cupboard (in the backdrop), almost seven decades old, preserved in Panjab University’s AC Joshi Library
Prized possession A cupboard (in the backdrop), almost seven decades old, preserved in Panjab University’s AC Joshi Library. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, May 18
Panjab University’s AC Joshi Library, which houses heritage furniture items as old as 100 years, is gearing up to exhibit these, along with manuscripts in the forthcoming session for students.

The furniture comprising of cupboards and tables with copper top is originally from Panjab University, Lahore, and has been evaluated to be of great aesthetic and historic value. These furniture items were earlier kept in the United Services Club, Chalet, a defence building in Shimla, built during the British rule.

In this building at Shimla, two rooms were devoted to Panjab University library and the furniture was brought here from Panjab University, Lahore.

Later, after Independence in 1947, these cupboards and tables were brought from Lahore to Shimla, which are now preserved by the AC Joshi Library.

“Although at a planning stage, we intend to display all rare manuscripts and books available with us at a special exhibition, where students can come and see these. We have books print back in 1800’s and rare of scripts, which has been preserved by the library for a long time now,” said Raj Kumar, librarian, AC Joshi Library, PU.

Last year, PU library had taken up the task of making rare documents available in the public domain for study. According to a proposal mooted earlier, the library had planned to convert nearly 20,000 books of immense historic value into e-books.

Additionally, a re-print of these old books with prior permission, was also being considered. In the first phase, about 800 books were selected out of 20,000 for reproduction. These documents contain rare collection of diaries, memoirs, manuscripts and biographies, which are not available in the market anymore.

The library staff informed that study tables and chairs kept here were also heritage items.

“The staff has been asked by the administration not to dispose a chair even if any arm was broken and it is all to be preserved,” said an employee at the library.



Finally, PU’s dental college gets recognition
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18
The much awaited uncertainty over the affiliation of Panjab University’s Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital was cleared yesterday with an announcement by Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti that the institute has been granted recognition by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

As per the notification received from the Ministry on May 6, 2011, the degree of bachelor of dental surgery offered by Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences, Panjab University, stands recognised on or after June 19, 2010. The letter states that the ministry, in consultation with the Dental Council of India (DCI), has made the necessary amendments in Part-I of the schedule to the Dentists Act, 1948 (16 of 1948), pertaining to recognition of dental degrees awarded by Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Sobti said copies of the notification were also marked to the secretary, DCI; secretary and director, department of medical education and research, Chandigarh Administration; and all states and Union Territories.



PU notes
Foundational school

CHANDIGARH: The department of mathematics, Panjab University, is organising the annual foundational school-II sponsored by the National Board for Higher Mathematics, Department of Atomic Energy, Mumbai, from June 2 to 29. About 30 research scholars and eminent resource persons from all over India are expected to participate in the programme.

Research paper

Research paper of Jyoti Rattan, assistant professor, department of laws, and Vijay Rattan, professor of public administration, both from Panjab University, has been selected from among global entries for the fourth time. Both would be making an oral presentation at the 2011 International Congress of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), being organised at Lausanne, Switzerland, in cooperation with the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Administration Publique (IDHEAP) from July 4 to 8.

OPD timings

The OPD timings of dental hospital at Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital will be from 8 am to 2 pm and the new registration of OPD cards would be done from 8 am till 11.30 am on all working days during the summer vacations from May 18 till July 15. — TNS



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