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Do better govt school results
reflect actual performance?
Liberal marking drove up Class X scores, say some principals
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The recently declared results of the Class 10 examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education has brought good news all round for government schools and their students, who have recorded their best performance since the city became a union territory in 1966. However, the considerable improvement might be notional, if not misleading, experts caution.

Consider the following: In contrast to over 150 students failing in the CBSE class 10 exams last year, this year only four of a total of 7,819 students of government model and non model schools have flunked. Moreover, in contrast to last year when none of the schools recorded hundred percent results, this year cent all students in 56 of the total 80 government schools registered have passed. Furthermore, schools such as Government High School in Sector 47 have recorded an increase in its pass percentage from 35 to 100 percent.

The results have raised the question of whether the current batch of students and teachers have outdone their predecessors or is it the case that the CBSE’s plan of making class 10 boards optional and introducing continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) done the trick?

Going by what some principals of city schools have to say, it is the overgenerous and liberal marking in formative (co-scholastic activities) and summative assessment (written examination) that has led to this dramatic improvement in results. The question remains whether this is tantamount to making a mockery of the examination system.

“I’m really elated at the results but, yes, it has come as a surprise to me. A hike of a maximum 10 percent in the overall percentage is acceptable. But when a school, which for the past ten years has had an average percentage of about 40, suddenly hits the hundred percent pass mark one is bound to be left wondering. We also think it is internal assessment that has done the trick as teachers appear to have been rather too generous to all students. A good score in the formative assessment has led to grades of many students being upgraded,” said a senior UT education department official on condition of anonymity.

In order to reduce stress while appearing for the Class 10 exams the CBSE now allows students to opt out from appearing for the board examination and has even extended continuous and comprehensive evaluation. Under this system a student is assessed based on his performance throughout the academic year rather than only for just one exam. The student’s performance in class 9 is also taken into account. Furthermore, two assessments of the student’s performance in the form of inhouse exams are done along with a year-long assessment through tests, assignments and project work. The assessment is carried out by the school and then submitted to the CBSE.

“We shouldn’t confine ourselves to the performance of students in government schools. We should also examine many privately run schools where more than five students have never in the past scored over 90 percent. In these schools one will find as many as 30 students scoring a CGPA (cumulative grade point average) of 10 all because they opted for school based examinations. The idea of an overall evaluation is too good to believe. The results indicate liberal marking by a majority of the schools, aimed at ramping up the exam results of the respective school. This in turn has ended up defeating the very purpose of the new evaluation system,” says Anujit Kaur, principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16.

“The CBSE has empowered schools and teachers to give 75 per cent of evaluation. But it has failed to keep a check with most of them displaying generosity in marking. Schools which opted not to take the CBSE exams have delivered unprecedented results. Can we call it a coincidence? I think the CBSE needs to ensure that teachers doing internal assessment are answerable,” suggests Pawan Sharma, principal of Jawahar Navodya Vidyalya in Sector 24.

For many like Vineeta Arora, principal of Bhavan Vidyalaya in Sector 27, the flaw is probably the outcome of hasty implementation.

“The new evaluation system has reduced teachers to clerks. How can a teacher analyse the thinking skills or emotional attitude of a child in a class of 60? If results are for uplifting the school image, can the CBSE be certain that the marking has not been liberal either in internal assignment or school exams,” she said.

‘We expect teachers to be impartial’

Power is accompanied by responsibility. We empowered teachers and schools to evaluate students as they know students the best. We gave them a clear manual and instructions about marking schemes and evaluating co-scholastic activities. It is not possible to keep a check on all teachers and schools. As educators, they have to be impartial and unbiased while evaluating students. The only way to deal with it is through self-discipline on the part of teachers.

— RJ Khanderao, Regional Director, CBSE



MC storekeeper part of nine-day study tour
Will help councillors with final report
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
When it comes to wasting public money on free junkets for even lower level officials, nobody can match the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC). Strange, but true a caretaker-cum-storekeeper of the MC forms part of a study tour of councillors who went on a nine-day junket to Chennai and Puducherry from June 4.

Eyebrows are being raised on how a lower official went on a junket. The per head expenditure of the nine-day tour, including airfare, transport, board and lodging is pegged at over Rs 80,000.

It is learnt that the caretaker, Ashwani Kumar, flew along with a 13-member MC delegation, including two Superintending Engineer Mukesh Anand and SDO Ajay Garg. Ashwani Kumar will help prepare a report on the study, an area clearly beyond his competence or jurisdiction.

The councillors came a day after Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh Palli went on record saying that from now on, he would prefer that officials not below the rank of Chief Engineer and Superintendent Engineer (SE) should accompany a study tour. When contacted today, Palli sent an SMS saying that he was in Mount Abu in Rajasthan.

As per MC norms, two officials are sent along with the councillors to analyse projects or works and help in preparing a report of the councillors.

In 2006, certain councillors had met the UT Adviser to seek a ban on study tours on account of wastage of money. As a result, the Administration denied to give consent to such tours.



GMSH to get 3 gynaecologists
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
City residents can expect a better deal at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, as the Union Health Ministry has given its nod to employ three gynaecologists, besides four medical officers for the hospital. These posts will be on contract basis under the National Rural Health Mission. The ministry has also increased the salary of specialists and medical officers to Rs 50,000 and Rs 35,000, respectively, as against Rs 35,000 and 25,000 earlier.

The GMSH has been facing a huge shortage of doctors, especially in the department of gynaecology, over the past few years. While the hospital has been working with 113 doctors against a sanctioned strength of 145, the department of gynaecology has been left with only five doctors, even as it used to have 18 doctors five years ago.

“We had sought four posts for the gynaecology department. But the ministry has allowed us to recruit three which will boost the services at the hospital,” said Dr Chander Mohan, director, health services, UT.

The increase in the salaries of specialists and medical officers would also help the administration in getting medicos, who otherwise were averse to working on contract basis, he added.

In addition to this, the administration is to strengthen its rural health services by setting up alternative medical units which will replace the mobile unit of the health department. Eight medical officers will be recruited and each of them, along with a pharmacist and a helper, will visit two villages every day, said the director. This will provide healthcare at the doorstep of residents in the rural areas.



Parking contractor fined Rs 10,000
Motorcycle goes missing from Sec 17
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The UT Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum (II) has directed a parking contractor of Sector 17 to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation and cost of litigation to a resident as his motorcycle was stolen from the parking lot. However, the bike was recovered later.

In his complaint, Vijay had stated that he had parked his motorcycle in the Sector 17 parking on June 25. But he found it missing when he returned. He immediately approached the parking contractor, Gurnam Singh, but he refused to offer any help. He got an FIR registered on June 29. He stated in his complaint that the CCTV cameras were not functional.

The Municipal Corporation (MC) pleaded that as per the contract between the MC and the parking contractor, it is the responsibility of the licencee (contractor) to indemnify the loss in case of the theft of a vehicle. Also, the vehicle was recovered and as such no claim against the MC was maintainable.

As no one appeared on behalf of the contractor, the court proceeded exparte. The forum said the mere fact that the motorcycle was stolen amounted to deficiency in service. But in the matter of compensation, a lenient view was taken as the vehicle was recovered.

Clause 23 of parking terms:

n “Theft of vehicles: The licencee shall be responsible for theft(s) of vehicle(s) from parking areas. But, the licencee shall not be liable for theft of any article(s) kept in the vehicle or for damage caused to the vehicle(s) while parked in the parking area. The contractor shall not be held responsible for any theft/damage to the vehicle before and after parking hours even though the parking token was issued.”



Rules go for a toss
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The Municipal Corporation, which is generating hefty revenue annually from the paid parking of Sector 17, has failed to provide systematic parking. Often, parking contractors violate the norms set for parking in order to earn more money.

During a visit to the Sector 17 paid parking, it was found that the parking contractor allowed maximum vehicles to be parked in corridors or even on road berms nearest to the parking area so as to charge fee from vehicle owners. At the same time, vehicle owners are sometimes challaned for wrong parking.

As per parking norms, there should be at least one parking staff member at a distance of 50 feet, but a visit to various parking areas in Sector 17, revealed that there are no employees deployed at such a distance.

It was found that the CCTV boxes, installed by the corporation at the entry and exit points, were being used as bins to stock old newspapers or parking slips. The room where the monitor was kept depicted a sorry picture.


Le Corbusier’s small wonders for nascent City Beautiful present a different picture now
n Each of these historical buildings has a tale to tell
Have retained the architectural charm in new avatar
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Some of the magnificent buildings in Le Corbusier’s architectural wonder-Chandigarh- has a history attached to them. While Chandigarh’s first five-star hotel Hotel Mountview- once hosted those involved in the construction of the city and MLAs, a Sector 10 school was used as the Assembly building by the law makers before they shifted to the Le Corbusier designed Assembly building- the Capitol Complex.

In fact, most of the old buildings except Hotel Mountview, which has been transformed into a grand building having 156 rooms, have retained the architectural charm.

The Tribune turns a leaf from the history to bring little known facts about some of the “old buildings” put to new use:

Hotel Mountview

Constructed in 1950, Chandigarh’s first and only five-star Hotel Mountview, was initially served as the government officers field hostel.

In fact, the Hotel Mountview, designed by architect Maxwell Fry, was meant for all those who were involved in the construction and development of Chandigarh and had 33 rooms.

Subsequently, it became a part of the Oberoi Group of Hotels and renovated to suit the needs of luxury travellers. Hotel Mountview was renovated four times- 1989, 1992, 1996 and finally in 1999. Now, the Chandigarh Administration controlled hotel boasts 156 rooms.

Chandigarh Club

Chandigarh’s oldest club with over 5,000 members was once the Sports Centre. It was leased out to Chandigarh Club in 1957 for Rs 50 per month. The club didn’t execute a formal lease deed despite several reminders in the 1960s. Since then it had been having troubles with the Chandigarh Administration over building violations and the non-payment of the lease money.

Government College of Art, Sector 10

Initially designed by master architect Le Corbusier as an audio-visual institute, Government College of Art, Sector 10, later became a prototype for Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) during 1963-64. Chandigarh College of Architecture was started in the Punjab Engineering College building on August 7, 1961.

Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 23 A

Set up on May 26, 1953, Government Postgraduate College, Sector 11, is now Mountview Hotel, the college was later shifted to the premises of Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 23. It moved finally to its present building in Sector 11 on October 13, 1960, and its building was designed by Maxwell Fry.

Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16

Designed by British architect Jane B Drew, the hospital was earlier planned and built as a maternity hospital.

While the maternity ward of the hospital is still popular, the hospital has grown into a full-fledged multi-speciality hospital in the government sector to cater to the need of the ever-increasing patients.

Old Estate Office building, Sector 18
Presently housing the Department of Town and Country Planning, Punjab, the building housed the UT Estate Office in the early 1950s and 1960s.

The Old Architects’ Office, Sector 19 (Le Corbusier Centre)

This is one of the earliest buildings constructed in Chandigarh, along with the Old Engineers’ office and staff residences in Sector 19.It continued to be put to its original use till 1965, when the Department of Urban Planning shifted to its present location within the UT Secretariat in Sector 9. Being the workplace of Le Corbusier and his team, as also the spot from where the entire city was designed, the building is of immense historic value to Chandigarh. The structure is also a significant resource for understanding the technological, formal, and aesthetic spirit of modern architecture. The original building was designed with particular attention to Chandigarh’s mandate of cost-effective and climate responsive design. The spirit of experimentation of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s new city “free from encumbrances of the past” was also obvious in the choice of its general form as well as construction. On October 6, 2008, on the occasion of the 121st birth anniversary of Le Corbusier, the Chandigarh Administration inaugurated the Le Corbusier Centre to commemorate and preserve the work and legacy of city’s creator. The Swiss-French architect used the office while conceptualising the city almost six decades ago. The centre displays and exhibits the life and works of Le Corbusier, so that tourists and future generations may be able to acquaint themselves with the rich cultural heritage of the city.

Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10




The school building served as Assembly for Le Corbusier designed the magnificant building of the Assembly in the Capitol Complex.



Cops meet to tackle drunk driving
n Men in khaki to be on fast track to put violators behind bars
n Get tips from Delhi Police Joint Commissioner (Traffic)
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
After announcing three days ago that the Chandigarh Police will make the law strict and initiate imprisonment of drivers found drunk, senior police officials today held a meeting with Delhi Police Joint Commissioner (Traffic) Satyendra Garg, who was invited to the city to throw light on the issue and suggest ways for effective implementation of the law.

The Delhi Police had already imprisoned around 1,300 persons for drunken driving in the past year and the Chandigarh Police was all set to follow in its footsteps to make roads safer and reduce the number of fatal accidents.

According to Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act, drunken driving could invite a six-month jail term and a fine of Rs 2,000 for the first offence, and a two-year jail term and a fine of Rs 3,000 for a subsequent offence.

Currently, drivers found drunk in Chandigarh managed to get off after paying the fine, but in the future, it would not be easy, with the police all set to seek their imprisonment from court.

Addressing mediapersons, Garg said after implementing the law in Delhi, it had effectively reduced the number of road fatalities by 10 per cent since it became strict on drunken driving.

Explaining the way in which it could be implemented, Garg said drunken driving was a non-compoundable offence and the challan was to be cleared from court by paying a fine.

“The Delhi Police held number of discussions with judicial officers on the need to be strict on the issue. It was decided that the police would contest the challan in court and seek the imprisonment of the drivers, which could range from some days to a few weeks,” he said, adding that courts there fully supported the police stand, making its endeavour a successful one.

Inspector-General of Police Pardeep Kumar Srivastava said the success achieved by the Delhi Police had encouraged it to implement a similar law in the city.

He said a meeting would be held with members of the judiciary to try to convince them as the law could not be implemented without their approval.

Traffic police Facebook account to be converted to page

Three days after the facebook page of UT traffic police was launched, the police today aid they will soon convert it into a page rather than account to avoid the limitations.

The concept of facebook page was launched on the pattern of Delhi police. The facebook page of traffic police has evoked a huge response from the city residents and more than 80 comments including complaints, suggestions and queries have already poured in.



Strange are the ways of the MC!
n Norms in answering queries under RTI Act unusual
n Depend on CPIO, a retired employee, now on contract
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Unusual norms are being followed in the municipal corporation (MC) in giving replies under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

A retired contractual employee has been designated Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), on whose whims and fancies depends which RTI query is to be replied to, ignoring the fixed time limit under the Act.

In a classic example, after this correspondent filed an application containing five queries under the RTI Act to the MC Chief Engineer on March 23, an incomplete reply was sent back by the MC on May 12, with the signature of the superintendent, instead of the CPIO. Interestingly, the department had not replied to queries related to it.

It was asked whether any official appointed on contract could be held responsible for any lapse or irregularity; whether an official working on contract could be appointed CPIO; if yes, under which rules under the RTI Act; whether clearance from Vigilance had been taken before the posting and promotion of an employee who was under a Vigilance enquiry?

Surprisingly, the department had not even mentioned in the reply why it was not providing any information regarding these queries.

In another case, an MC employee who had filed three questions under the RTI Act about a year back had not yet got a reply to his queries from the MC. Nobody was bothered to inform him regarding the reason for the delay.

As per Section 5(2) of the RTI Act, a gazetted officer could be appointed CPIO in any government office. It was also mentioned that if there was any delay in giving a reply, the department concerned had to inform the person in writing about the reason for the delay.



Army commando to face re-trial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
An Army paratrooper, who was convicted by a summary court martial for allegedly stealing three service rifles, will face a re-trial after the Armed Forces Tribunal found inconsistencies in the trial procedure.

The accused, Rajiv Kumar had been dismissed from service and sentenced to six months rigorous imprisonment. Remanding the case back to the Army authorities to reconstitute the court martial for the further trial, the tribunal has directed that the petitioner would be reinstated into service, but would not be entitled to back wages.

Contending that the entire case against him was fabricated, he claimed that he was not given any chance to cross-examine the witnesses, though this was refuted by the Central Government counsel.

He also claimed that he was made to sign some blank papers and it was on these papers that his plea of being guilty and confessional statements were recorded behind his back. Moreover, he was not explained the implications of recording the plea of being guilty, which was mandatory under the regulations.



Railways to launch portal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
For the convenience of passengers, Railways will soon launch a new web portal containing information related to traveller services. Besides, passengers will be able to lodge their complaints through telephone number 132, which has been reserved for the purpose.

Though Northern Railway has started the pilot project for the web portal, which is still in the developing stage. Soon, passengers will get the facility of the web portal.

SK Sharma, chief public relation officer, Northern Railway, said the portal would be based on web complaint management and SMS management system.



Patil holds public hearing session
n Says CHB houses are not for selling and doing business
n Changes in power dept tendering not possible now
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Punjab Governor-cum-Chandigarh Administrator Shivraj V Patil today held a public hearing session at the UT Secretariat here, in which heads of all departments concerned were present to redress the problems of the public on the spot.

Responding to the demand of Vidya Sagar Sharma that the transfer policy of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) should be on the basis of general power of attorney, Patil said houses allotted were to live in and not to sell and do business.

Surjit Singh requested for a job on compassionate grounds as his father had died while serving on deputation in the police department of the union territory. On this, Patil said since his father was on deputation from the Punjab Police, he could get a job in the Punjab Police.

In another case, Rita, widow of Raj Kumar, requested for a job on compassionate grounds. After enquiring about her case on the spot, Patil told her that her name was in the waiting list and she would get a job as and when a post got vacant.

Rohit Saraf requested Patil to make some relaxation in the tendering of the electricity department. Patil told him that the tender had already been released and it was not possible to make any change at this stage.

Patil asked senior officers of the Chandigarh administration to strengthen public grievance mechanisms in their respective departments to improve service delivery systems. Adviser to UT Administrator KK Sharma, Principal Secretary to Governor MP Singh, Finance Secretary VK Singh, Municipal Corporation Commissioner Prerna Puri, Inspector-General of Police PK Srivasta, ADC ML Sharma and Director IT and Public Relations Yogesh Kumar were present.



Clarion call to good Samaritans for help
Poor labourer needs Rs 3 lakh for renal transplant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The need for money is a hindrance in saving the life of Chanranjit Singh, a poor labourer from Amritsar. Suffering from kidney failure, Charanjit has not been able to undergo a renal transplant since his visit to the PGI on December 4.

Charanjit was injured in a road accident at Amritsar when he was 14 years old, said his wife Jyoti. For the past 18 years, he had been taking treatment for injuries suffered in the abdomen. The money earned by his father, a labourer, had been spent on medicines. His parents had solemnised his marriage and now he had a five-year-old daughter, said Jyoti.

Things turned from bad to worse when doctors at Amritsar told them that Charnajit’s kidneys had been damaged and he required a renal transplant. Doctors at the PGI told them to arrange a kidney and Rs 3 lakh.

The surgery had been postponed thrice for want of such a huge amount. Charanjit had to undergo dialysis twice a week, which along with medicines cost at least Rs 20,000 a month. Though they could meet the expenses with the help of relatives, they required money for surgery, Jyoti added. Donors could contact them at Hansraj dharmashala at the PGI or on 09592405022.



UT admn playing vote-bank politics already
UT estate office accepting forms of ‘ineligible’ applicants for one-room tenements
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The “benevolent” Chandigarh administration has opened its doors to slum-dwellers in the city to stake their claim for one-room tenements being allotted under a rehabilitation scheme.

With just six months to go for elections to the municipal corporation, the spadework to consolidate the vote bank for political bosses seems to have already begun.

In a move likely to benefit the “masses”, the UT estate office has started accepting forms of “ineligible” applicants in the office of the SDM (South), a stand contrary to the previous practice of only entertaining eligible candidates’ forms.

The office is accepting forms of even those applicants who do not fulfil the eligibility criterion of being a resident of Chandigarh on January 1, 2006, under the Chandigarh Small Flats Scheme, 2006.

To shortlist the beneficiaries under the scheme, the UT administration had conducted a biometric survey of 18 illegal rehabilitation colonies to allot flats to slum-dwellers, fixing January 1, 2006, as the cut-off date.

However, during a visit to camp at the office of the SDM (South), it was found that officials were accepting forms of even those slum-dwellers who had voter identity cards issued in 2007, 2008 and even 2010.

Estate office records showed that residents of Nehru Colony, Colony No. 5 and Rajiv Colony had already deposited their forms in the past three months at the camp.

The process of submission of forms by residents of Colony No. 4 was in progress. However, no allotment had been made by the estate office in the past three months.

Sources in the estate office said there was no change in the cut-off date for allotment of small flats by the UT administration.

Estate office camp in charge, SDM (South) Amrinder Singh, said forms of “ineligible” slum-dwellers had been put separately by officials as the policy for these were yet to be decided by the authorities.

Colony No. 4 resident Angur, who came to submit his form to the camp office, said forms were earlier submitted with the Chandigarh Housing Board, which issued the allotment letter.



GGDSD College-32 directed to pay refund to complainant
n Also told to pay Rs 5,000 each as compensation, costs of litigation
n Student had not attended classes as she got admission elsewhere
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (II) has directed Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma (GGDSD) College, Sector 32, to refund Rs 17,652, after deducting processing fee, paid by a city student, as she had not attended classes. It was also directed to pay Rs 5,000 each as compensation and costs of litigation to her.

In her complaint, Priyanka stated that she had applied for the postgraduate diploma course in computer application at the college and deposited Rs 18,652 as fee on July 5, 2010.

In the meantime, she got admission to the MBA course at the Panjab University for the session from December 2010 to April 2011.

After getting admission to the MBA course, she had applied for refund of fee deposited with the college, but it refused to pay the refund. As per the forum, the college was duly served summons, but it refused to accept those.

The forum, comprising its president Lakshman Sharma and member Madhu Mutneja, stated that it was proved on record that the complainant did not attend classes and left the course before the commencement of the course.

As such, the seat vacated by the complainant could have been filled from the waiting list maintained by the college. In the light of the case, the forum stated that the complainant was entitled to the refund of fee deposited with the college after deduction the minimum Rs 1,000 as processing fee.

The college was directed to refund Rs 17,652 to the complainant, along with a compensation of Rs 5,000 for causing mental agony and harassment to her and an identical amount as costs of litigation.

In the forum’s view, non-refund of fee by the college amounted to deficiency in service as well as unfair trade practice on its part.



Manufacturer, distributor told to replace burner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Bharat Distributors and Faber Heat Crafts Industries to replace the defective burner of a city resident.

They were also directed to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation and Rs 2,100 as litigation cost to her. In her complaint, Mandeep Kaur, a resident of Sector 40, stated that she had purchased four-burner stove, along with a chimney, from Bharat Distributors for Rs 10,900. But it was not functional from the date of its purchase. As the chimney was under warranty, she had lodged a complaint with Faber Heat Craft Industries, but they didn’t redress her grievance.

After a few days, gas stove caught fire. In order to avoid any mishap, she switched off the regulator.

In its reply, Fibre Heat Craft denied that the product was defective. They stated that the product was thoroughly checked at the time of its purchase by the complainant.

They stated that the complainant was not entitled for replacement of the product and it was repaired.

As no one appeared on behalf of Bharat Distributors, the court proceeded ex parte.

The forum observed that there was no cogent evidence to prove that the respondents intimated to the complainant as regards the rectification of the defects and to collect the same on some specific date.

The forum stated that since the gas stove and the chimney were used daily, so no chances could be taken by ordering the repair of the same because once the gas stove had already caught fire.

“For precaution, we deem it proper to order for the replacement of both the gas stove and the chimney in question as the same are still covered under lifetime warranty,” the forum added.



Rural govt schools in Mohali do well in Class XII results
Yield 3 of 5 state toppers; 2 attain 100% pass percentage
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 6
Besides the five students who have made it to state level merit list, some of the rural government schools in this district have registered a good pass percentage in the results of the class 12 examinations conducted by the Punjab School Education Board declared on Monday. Last year only two students in the district managed to make it to the list.

Two rural schools - Government Senior Secondary School, Shakrullapur and Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Gharuan - have recorded 100 per cent results. And, three of the five students in the district who secured positions in this year’s state merit list - Ramandeep Kaur of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Kurali and Balwinder Singh and Kirandeep Singh, both of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Kharar - are students of government schools.

A number of other rural schools have performed well in the class 12 results. For example, 97 of the 99 candidates belonging to Government Model Senior Secondary School, Kharar, cleared the exams, bringing the pass percentage to 97 per cent. Or take the case of Government Senior Secondary School, Dyal Pura where 53 of the total 61 students got through, registering 86 per cent results.

Another rural school, Government Senior Secondary School, Jarout, registered a pass percentage of 80 per cent. Similarly, students of Government Senior Secondary School, Lalru, secured 92 per cent results.

There are many schools with a pass percentage ranging between 50 and 70 per cent. Among the poor performers are Government Senior Secondary School, Mundho Sangtian, Government Senior Secondary School, Jhanjheri , Government Senior Secondary School, Handesra, and Government Senior Secondary School, Amlala, which recorded a pass percentage of 38 per cent, 39 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively.

An urban school, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Phase 3 B1, Mohali has recorded only a 64 per cent pass percentage with 314 of the total 489 students clearing the exam.

Double feat

Shakrulapur village near Kurali has achieved the rare distinction of recording 100 per cent results in the class 12 examinations conducted by the Punjab School Education Board as well as attracting the maximum number of applications for liquor vends in any village



Defying all odds to make it to the top
Carpenter’s son Gurpreet does him proud
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 6
Gurpreet Singh didn’t allow hardship to come in his way of success. Seeing his father (a carpenter) struggling hard for livelihood, Gurpreet had decided to make him proud.

On hearing that he had secured 38th position in the state-level merit list and topped in the Mohali district in Class XII results of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), Gurpreet’s happiness has no limit.

A prospective engineer, Gurpreet has done his alma mater Paragon Senior Secondary School, Sector 71, proud. Balraj Singh Shergill, head of the school, said Gurpeet was a bright student and the school had been helping him all through out. The school management has been paying him scholarship every month for the past four years, besides, incurring all expenses on his books and stationery.

For his good result in Class X, he was also taken to China on an excursion trip, along with other schoolchildren.



Realtors demand decrease in collector rate
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 6
Buoyed over the decrease in the collector rate of the Amrawati Enclave area falling in the Surajpur area of the Kalka tehsil, the members of the Haryana State Property Dealers’ Welfare Association (HSPDWA) here today met the Deputy Commissioner demanding decrease in the collector rate in the Panchkula area as well.

Suresh Aggarwal, president HSPDWA, while welcoming the decrease in the collector rate in the Amrawati Enclave said the collector rate announced by the administration was even more than the neighbouring Chandigarh where the cost of property was much higher than Panchkula.

He said the collector rate in Chandigarh had been fixed at Rs 40,000 per sq yard while it was Rs 48,000 in Panchkula which had hit them hard.

Aggarwal urged the district administration to rollback the collector rate in Panchkula district so that growth of the industry was not hampered. He said people in the town were now opting for General Power of Atorney (GPA), as they had to pay huge amount to transfer the property in their names. This has also resulted in the loss to the exchequer, he added.



90 trees axed to pave way for multi-level parking
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 6
Not giving two hoots to environment concerns, nearly 90 trees were chopped off to pave way for the construction of multi-level parking complex here today. The site is hardly 20 yards away from the Mini Secretariat, which houses the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police.

Even about 24 trees on the sides of the road leading to the Mini Secretariat and in the small lawn in front of the parking area has been cut down by the contractors engaged by the forest corporation of Haryana.

Indian National Lok Dal leader Vijay Kumar Bansal said the administration should have avoided chopping of the trees. He said at least the trees on the roadside should have been spared. He rued that the district administration had promised to plant trees on both sides of the four-lane national highway number 22, but nothing has been done so far.

However, District Forest Officer Vijender Kadian said they had submitted the list of 90 trees after valuation to Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar. He said trees were being cut as per the agreement and the work had been assigned to the forest corporation department.

Sources in the administration said these trees were proving to be a hurdle in the construction of the much-needed multi-level parking, which was to come up in the Mini-Secretariat complex of Sector 1.

The administration had sought permission from the forest department for the cutting down of the trees to make way for the construction of the parking.

Notably, thousands of visitors came to the Secretariat and the district court for work. Most park their vehicles on the road or in ‘No parking’ zones and many vehicles end up being towed away by the police. The proposed parking in the town would be a four-storied multi-level space that was open from all sides, making the town first in the tricity to have such a facility.



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Property consultants

A deputation of the Chandigarh Property Consultants Association led by Kamaljit Panchhi called on KK Sharma, Adviser to UT Administrator on Monday. Amendment of rules for the issue of no objection certificates for general power of attorney (GPA) holders, conversion of leasehold property to freehold on Delhi pattern, putting a proposal to increase extension fee due to an increase in the floor area ratio (FAR) on hold, and no increase in the collector rates were some of the issues taken by the deputation with the Adviser.

RBI advisory

“The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has taken many measures to create awareness among the public about fraudulent communications relating to fictitious offers/ lottery winnings/ remittance of cheap funds in foreign currency from abroad/ employment offers/scholarship offers,” said Jasbir Singh, regional director, Reserve Bank of India, Chandigarh, on Monday. He said the RBI had also started an online helpline i.e. helpchandigarh@rbi.org.in for receiving complaints in this regard. He advised victims to register the complaints with the local police/cyber crime cells in case of any doubts regarding such fictitious offers received. The public may also refer to the Reserve Bank’s website for clarifications.

FOSWAC meeting

The Federation of Sector Welfare Associations (FOSWAC)) held its executive meeting at the Community Centre, Sector 42, on Sunday. At the meeting, members expressed concern over adulteration in edible products. The issue of an increasing number of slum-dwellers in the city was also taken up. The members appealed to the Chandigarh administration to get the encroached land vacated from the slum-dwellers. The members said paver blocks should be laid only at appropriate places so that underground water level was not depleted.


The Chandigarh Territorial Janata Dal (United) on Monday condemned the Chandigarh administration for invoking Section 144 of the CrPC and the arrest of the BJP workers.

A statement stated that imposition of the prohibitory orders was a panic reaction of the Chandigarh administration to stifle the democracy and democratic voices.

Support for Ramdev

Members of the RSS and its front organisations organised protests, including candle march processions, in support of Swami Ramdev. The protesters criticised the Congress-led UPA government for its crackdown on the Swami Ramdev and his supporters at Ramlila ground in New Delhi.

Chain snatched

Chain snatchers targeted wife of a UT police inspector last night and fled away with her gold chain. Renu Ranjan, wife of inspector Devinder Sharma, a resident of Sector19, alleged that two occupants of Pulsar M/Cycle, whose partial number was noted down as PB---7940 sped away after snatching her chain from near her residence. A case has been registered at the Sector 19 police station. In a separate case, Baljit Kaur, a resident of Sector 35, Chandigarh, reported that two motorcycle-borne youths sped away after snatching her gold chain from near her house.

Iron articles stolen

Parvesh Sharma, a resident of Behlana village reported that iron articles were stolen from plot number 202, Iron Market, Sector 29, after cutting the grill with a gas cutter. A case under Sections 380,457 of the IPC has been registered at the Industrial Area police station.

Unicef honour

Karin Hulshof, Unicef representative and head of India office, has lauded the role of advocate Arvind Thakur, chairman of the Global Human Rights Council (GHRC), for his services to Unicef. He has been termed a “hero” in the Unicef annual report.


To mark the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev, Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra Unit of Bharat Vikas Parishad (BVP), organised a “Chabeel” in the MHC market. Sweetened milk, sharbat, “Karah and chana prashad” was distributed among people on the occasion.

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Talks of alliance after June 30, says Manpreet

President of Peoples’ Party of Punjab, Manpreet Singh Badal, said his party would form an alliance with like-minded political parties to fight the SAD and Congress in forthcoming assembly polls. Addressing to a public rally at the Ramleela ground here, he said talks of an alliance would be started after June 30 after completing the membership drive. Speaking on the anti-corruption move of Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare, he cleared that his party would support any move against corruption, but he did not believe in satyagraha. His party would fight against corruption by launching a political movement and gathering people against this evil, he added. He criticised the undemocratic way adopted by the Central Government to crush the move of Baba Ramdev.

Cricket camp concludes

The three-day cricket tournament organised by the District Congress Committee in association with the Punjabi Versa Cultural & Welfare Society, Mohali, ended here today. The tournament was a brainchild of Balbir Singh Sidhu, MLA, Kharar, and Joginder Singh Dhariwal, presidents of Punjabi Versa Cultural and Welfare Society. Ravneet Singh Bittu, president, Punjab Youth Congress, and Member Parliament, Anandpur Sahib, gave away the prizes to the winning teams. There were cash prizes of Rs 35,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000 besides trophies for the teams at the first, second and third place. Baidwan Sports Club, Sohana, won the first prize by beating Bright Club, Phase-3B-2, Mohali, which got the second position, while Bhai Ghania Sports Club, Phase-XI, Mohali, secured the third position.

Science camp

A week-long national-level science camp involving KVPY programme-run by the department of science and technology, Government of India, started at the IISER, Mohali, Sector 81, today. Director IISER Mohali Prof N Sathyamurthy addressed participants while inaugurating the camp.

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Haryana order

The Haryana government has revised the application form and terms and conditions of various schemes namely widow pension, ladli social security allowance scheme, scheme of financial assistance to Kashmiri migrant families, dwarf allowance and financial assistance to destitute children. The revised application form and conditions would be applicable with effect from July 1 next. While giving this information here today, Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar said now these forms would not be filled in the month of June and added schedule of applying forms in the month of July would be issued later. She urged beneficiaries to not to fill in forms for these schemes in the month of June, 2011.

Candle-lit march

A large number of workers of the local unit of BJP took out a candle light march around the roundabout of Sectors 17 and 18 to protest against the alleged nefarious acts of the Congress led UPA government at the Centre. They were led by Rattan Lal Kataria, former Ambala MP, Banto Kataria, BJP state unit vice-president, Gianchand Gupta, state unit treasurer, Kanwar Sain Singhla, district president, and local MC vice-president BB Singal. Kataria said the events that occurred on June 4 were a blot on the face of UPA government. He said the brutal behaviour of UPA government and its leaders like Digvijay Singh, Kapil Sibal and Pawan Bansal had exposed their real intentions. — Tribune Reporters



Sale of forms to begin from June 10
Admission to government schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The sale of admission forms for 80 UT government schools will start from June 10 at Government Model Senior Secondary Schools in Sectors 10, 19, 21, 40, 46 and Modern Housing Complex at Mani Majra.

The form, which is priced at Rs 100, can also be downloaded from the department’s website and submitted to these centres latest by June 20. Sticking to the last year’s pattern of online counselling, students will not only fill in his/ her usual personal and academic details, but also list the schools and respective streams in order of his or her preference. The department will analyse these preference viz a viz the available merit and give admission to a student in the best possible school in his or her preference list. “Though we had some teething problems with this counselling last year, it was a successful endeavour. Online counselling ensured complete transparency in admission process and students were thoroughly satisfied. Though we had initially planned to take submission of preference list online, we decided to wait for another year,” said a senior official of the UT education department.



PU Notes
Online admission to BCom

Chandigarh: Admission to BCom I in PU affiliated colleges at Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur for the session 2011-12 will be conducted online. Detailed information regarding application form, number of seats in different colleges, eligibility conditions, and reservation policy ia available on bcomadmissions.puchd.ac.in<http://bcomadmissions.puchd.ac.in>.

Interested applicants are required to fill in online application forms and submit its print out along with a demand draft of Rs120/- (Rs 60/- for SC/ST candidates) in favour of coordinator, BCom admissions, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and send the same through registered/speed post to Prof AK Vashisht, coordinator, BCom admissions. The same can also be submitted on the spot at University Business School, Arts Block-3, latest by June 21, 2011 up to 4 pm.

Roll numbers dispatched

Roll numbers of all eligible candidates of the UGC-NET for junior research fellowship and eligibility for lecturer scheduled to be held on June 26, 2011, have been dispatched. Around 10,793 eligible candidates shall be appearing for the examination. Twenty six centres have been set up on the PU campus and various local colleges.

Candidates, who do not receive the admit cards by June 20, 2011 should personally contact the coordinator, UGC-NET, Prof VK Walia in the department of zoology, PU, for duplicate roll numbers, along with their two passport size photographs, duly attested by a gazetted officer. The candidates of visually impaired category, can request for a scribe latest by June 20, 2011. Meanwhile, admit cards of Other Than Common Entrance Test (O-CET)-2011, to be conducted by Panjab University from June 11 to 14, have been dispatched to all eligible candidates by registered post on May 26, 2011. “Those, who do not receive the cards, by June 8, 2011, may get duplicate cards from the university’s office (CET Cell, Aruna Ranjit Chandra Hall, near Post Office) on June 9 and 10, 2011 after completing pre-requisite requirements as detailed in Para 38 at Page 26 of the O-CET Prospectus-2011,” the Controller of Examinations stated.


An in-service training programme for college and university teachers based on theme “Higher Education at the Crossroads: New Dynamics for Social Responsibilities” concluded at the Academic Staff College, Panjab University, here today. Thirty-five participants from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Maharashtra and Assam received their certificates from Prof Shelley Walia, director. — TNS



CBSE responsible for delay in Class X result: DEO
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Facing criticism over the delay in collating Class X result of government schools, the education department has held the CBSE responsible for it.

In an official statement issued today, District Education Officer Chanchal Singh dismissed the claims of CBSE regional director RJ Khanderao that nobody had approached the board for a result gazette.

“It’s not us, but the CBSE which has failed to collate result in time. The entry register of the board’s office in Panchkula will reveal that our representative had gone there and waited till evening for the result. Even on the third day of declaration, the board failed to provide a comprehensive result gazette and we had to depend on an online copy. We can download the result, but can only release figures after getting gazette, as online data is sometimes prone to errors,” he said.



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