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Teachers overstay deputation period
Normal duration of deputation in Chandigarh is five years
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
Even though UT Administrator Shiv Raj Patil has launched an initiative to weed out the staff which has overstayed its deputation period, a look at the list of more than 200 teachers on deputation from adjoining states shows that certain teachers in this category have been working in the city for the past more than 20 years against the normal deputation period of only five years.

In an important order recently, “the Adviser to the Administrator in consultation with the Administrator” repatriated six employees from Punjab State Electricity Board and Haryana Vidhyut Prasaran Nigam Limited “on account of their prolonged period of deputation in the UT”.

The UT teachers are a peeved lot as a number of teachers from “outside” had been promoted over then and even appointed principals. They are complaining that they were also ignored on account of providing them housing compared to their counterparts from the neighbouring states. While the recruitment for teachers is stuck up in files, the UT has sought a list of more than 75 teachers on deputation from the neighbouring states.

The Punjab Service Rules, which the UT follows with regard to the appointment of teachers, clearly says that “the initial period of deputation may be extended up to five years by the Administrative department concerned and in a rare case of special nature, if exigencies so require in public interest, such period may be extended beyond five years”.

The UT list has names of several employees who are working here for the past more than 20 years, besides several others who retired from the UT while on deputation. The list has names of at least 14 Block Education Officers working as JBT teachers.

The UT has more than 200 teachers on deputation from Punjab and Haryana besides certain teachers from Himachal Pradesh who have exceeded a period of stay of more than five years in the city.

Confirming the UT initiative to seek teachers on deputation, Sandeep Hans, the DPI, said, “Punjab has already supplied us with more than 20 names. Our schools have witnessed excellent results in board examination, this year and we did not want to compromise with their classes till the time we finished our recruitment.”

VKSingh, education secretary, said, “The nature of job of teachers did not tally with deputation on administrative posts. Moreover, Chandigarh is unique because it is was the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana.”

Swarn Singh Kamboj, president of the UT Cadre Educational Employees Union, said “the glaring abnormalities in deputation period affected the service interest of the UT teachers. Teachers from outside have been given promoted principals in the city over and above the UT teachers”.

“Employees from other states had even managed residential quarters. through the administration, The list of preferred teachers included wives and relatives of senior teachers and other VVIPs,”Kamboj added.



Advisory committee on city airport lies defunct
Has not met for five years
Anuja Jaiswal
tribune news service

Chandigarh, June 12
In yet another example of how government authorities just brag on public participation in the functioning of their various projects but rarely do anything to achieve this, the high-profile advisory committee, formed by the Civil Aviation Ministry and headed by local Member of Parliament and Union Minister Pawan Bansal to oversee the development of the Chandigarh airport, has literally become defunct, as it hasn’t met even once during the past five years.

At a time when the airport is on the verge of attaining “international” tag and is nearing completion, the fact that the advisory committee, formed to bridge the gap between the public and the airport authorities on issues of development, hasn’t found time to even meet once since 2005 makes a mockery of the very purpose it was formed for. And if insiders are to be believed, the “busy” schedule of the minister has been the main reason for the committee not holding any meeting.

However, Bansal dismisses this claim and says the committee should have been dissolved altogether since he could not head it after becoming a minister. “As per rules, the local MP has to be the president of the advisory committee, but as I have become minister, I can only be on committees formed by the Prime Minister and no one else,” he said, adding that the last meeting was held in 2005, prior to his becoming a minister a year later.

The airport authorities obviously seem oblivious to this fact, as they claim that that over half a dozen letters have been sent to Bansal in the past five years, seeking time for convening the meeting. This highlights another disconnect to the rules and also speaks volumes on the seriousness of those who are responsible to convene the meeting.

The multi-member advisory committee, which also has four members nominated by the Civil Aviation Ministry besides senior functionaries of the UT government and representatives of travel and hotel industry, was formed in 2000 and met regularly, once a year, till 2005. President of the Chandigarh Hotel Association Manmohan Singh, who is a member of the committee, confirmed to The Tribune that since then, no meeting had taken place.

“Does the committee still exist?” was his question when The Tribune contacted Singh. Expressing surprise that no meeting of the advisory committee had been called even when such massive development works were being undertaken, Singh said this was an ideal time to meet and take the view of the public and representatives of the travel and hotel industry.

One of the nominated members from the Civil Aviation ministry said even he was pursuing the authorities for convening the committee’s meeting at the earliest. “It’s not done. The meeting should have been called,” he said, hoping that they would meet in July. When contacted, airport director HS Toor said the meeting would be convened soon. 



Imposter IAS official arrested
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 12
On a complaint filed by Rajesh Kumar, a gym owner Amit Kumar Singla (29), a resident of Jind and presently residing in Sector 4, Panchkula, was arrested by the Delhi Police here for allegedly duping Singla of Rs 45.20 lakh after posing as an 
IAS official.

The arrest came following investigations into the complaint filed by Kumar on June 3 at the Mangolpuri police station in New Delhi that Singla had cheated him and threatened him with dire consequences. The police had registered a case against under Sections 419, 420, 406 of the IPC.

According to police sources, Singla had earlier filed a complaint with the Sector 2 police post that Kumar and his brother Manoj had allegedly got him to sign blank cheques at gunpoint.

Sources further said that during investigations, it was revealed that Singla, a commerce graduate, was not a civil servant nor was he known to the CEO of ICICI as he had claimed. The accused had also posed as a bureaucrat to get his sister married in front of his friends for extracting money. The accused also used red beacon atop his car to impress others, the sources said.

The police said that after winning the confidence of Kumar, the accused told him that the CEO of the ICICI had advised him to invest in the printing business and had assured him of getting big contracts of printing for them from all states in the country. The two had met in 2007 when Singla joined the gym introducing himself as an IAS officer with the Finance Ministry.

Meanwhile, Singla’s father, Shiv Kumar Singla said that his son was being framed in a false case. He claimed that the Delhi Police had arrested his son under pressure. 



Car snatched from woman in Mohali
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 12
In a daring incident, two unidentified youths snatched a Swift Dzire car from a Punjab Government official Arina Duggal while she was waiting in the car (PB 04 0800) for her son Chitvan Duggal, who had gone to fetch some medicine from a chemist shop in Phase 3 B2 market at 9 pm today.

The woman, who is posted in the office of Financial Commissioner Revenue (FCR), Punjab, had to jump out of the car to save herself from the snatchers who tried to cover her mouth so that she could not raise an alarm. It is the second such incident in the past two months. On April 29, three youths had snatched I 20 Hyundai Car from the wife of a former Shimla Mayor in Phase 5 market here. The case remains unsolved.

In today’s incident, the woman was sitting on the front seat of the car when two unidentified youths sneaked in to the car. While one sat on the drivers seat and the other one sat on the rear seat to cover her face so that she could not raise an alarm. While the youths were driving away the car, the woman saved herself by jumping out of the vehicle.

Sources in the police said the modus operandi of both the April 29 incident and today’s incident appeared to be the same.

Though the woman was in a state of shock, her son said the incident took place in a matter of seconds. “I had just gone to fetch medicine and had parked the car in the parking. The youths had covered half of their faces with cloth”, he said.

The car was seen going towards Balongi.

Soon after the incident, the police parties reached the spot and parties were sent in search of the vehicle. Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar said the suspects would be nabbed soon.



Labourer falls to his death
Tribune News Service

A view of the building from where a labourer fell from the second floor at Nirwana Society, Sector 49, Chandigarh, on Sunday.
A view of the building from where a labourer fell from the second floor at Nirwana Society, Sector 49, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, June 12
A labourer lost his life after he fell from a make-shift platform made of bamboos while working at a house in Nirvana Society in Sector 49 here this morning.

Salim (40) fell from a height of around 25 feet. He was without safety belt and helmet. Some eyewitnesses claimed that there was also no wooden ladder to climb the platform.

Salim sustained head injuries. On being informed, the police reached the spot and took him to Government Medical College Hospital in Sector 32 where doctors declared him brought dead.

The victim is said to have married second time just a month ago and was residing with his wife and two children at Pandit Colony in Sector 52.

The police ruled out any foul play or suicide angle in the incident.

The postmortem would be conducted tomorrow.


Attawa, Sector 42 residents go without water for 2 days
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
The routine of 14 years old Raksha of Attawa village begins at 4 am these days, as she has to reach the spot to get water from the water tanker to meet the needs of household chores along with her mother, as her village has been deprived of water supply for the past two days.This is not only the story of Raksha but women of more than 900 families residing in the village and adjoining Sector 42 as they have also been facing similar situation for the last 48 hours.

Long queues of women can be witnessed near the tubewell of Sector 42, where leakage has occurred and the women are able to fetch water from there for their day-to-day work. An inmate of the village said they had been forced to transport water on cycles, motorcycles, bullock carts and women got their pitchers filled from the water tankers.

During a visit to the site, an official said that three days ago, the UT Administration had begun the work of laying down storm water pipeline on the road dividing Sector 36 and 42. During the digging work, the water pipeline of 20 to 25 feet, had been damaged. Due to the damage there has been no water supply in Attawa village and Sector 42 for the last 48 hours.

When contacted MC, Superintendent Engineer, Public Health, RK Goyal, said that water tankers had been arranged for the residents as per their daily requirements. He said that the damage was being fixed and by tomorrow morning the regular water supply would be resumed. He also added that they would give one and-a-half hour water supply to the residents from Sunday evening on wards, till the repair work was done.

The residents stated that they were facing problem, as they had to queue up in front of the tankers in the mornings and evenings, to fill buckets of water, to meet their daily needs.

MS Batra, resident of Sector 42, said that it was strange that the MC had no information about the break down of water supply. He said that the contractor should be held responsible for the damage of the water pipelines and it was because of their negligence the people had to suffer.



Tricity Scan
Resolution passed

In the meeting of the executive committee of the Chandigarh Residents’ Social Welfare Federation (CRSWF) on Sunday, a resolution was passed by the federation that it would contest the forthcoming election of Municipal Corporation without coalition with any political party.

The federation has flayed the move of the Chandigarh Administration to withdraw the notification, which gave the break up of 20 per cent increased floor area ratio (FAR) in the covered area in marla houses as 65 to 70 per cent on ground floor and 65 per cent on first floor. The federation felt that with the announcement to scrap this notification, there is a great resentment among the residents. In view of the piquant situation, the federation urged upon the authorities to maintain the status-quo and this notification once issued should not be withdrawn, as this will affect thousands of owners of marla houses across the city. SK Khosla, secretary of the federation, condemned the outsourcing policy, which is detrimental to employees concerned, as the staff hardly has any sense of belongingness. He said the Chandigarh Administration should fill up all vacant posts on regular basis to give proper service to the residents.


Bachan Singh Nagarkoti was unanimously elected as the president of Chandigarh Kumaon Sabha. Rajender Rawat and Than Singh Bisht were also unanimously elected as general secretary and cashier, respectively.

Power transformer installed

To de-load the existing power transformer and to meet the further increase in load demand of these southern sectors, the electricity department has installed and commissioned one more power transformer of 66/11KV on Sunday. This new transformer is seen as an important development towards improving the voltage profile in the vicinity of the entire area.


The following have been elected as office-bearers of the Sood Sabha, Chandigarh: president - Kulwant Rai Sood; vice-presidents - Lt Col (retd) SL Sud, Ashwani deogar, Kuldip Rai Sood, Shashi B Sud and Kapil Goel; general secretary - Surinder Sood; and finance secretary - Umesh Sood.

Painting contest

Manmeet Singh was adjudged winner in a painting competition organised by the Good Life Academy, Maloya, on Sunday. Gursimran Kaur and Adarh Pathak were declared second and third, respectively. At least 70 children participated in the contest.


The Sectors 76 to 80 Oustees Sangarsh Committee on Sunday honoured the chairman of the District Planning Board, NK Sharma for persuading the state government to frame the oustees policy. Amarjit Singh Nagra, president of the committee, said it was for the first time that the state government had come out with a transparent policy where the oustees were given plots and land compensation. Those landowners whose dwelling units were also being acquired would be given built-up houses. The committee demanded the draw of lots to be held on July 20, along with the general allottees.

Shortage of power

Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu said the claims of Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal that Punjab was power surplus fell flat, as frequent power cuts were being imposed. The MLA was addressing a rally in Phase I here. He said the Akali government was misleading people in the name of development. Congress district president Rajinder Rana was also present. The Akali government had carved out the Municipal Corporation, but failed to get grants and staff for the corporation.

Child Labour Day

An educational survey on slum children in the Indira Colony near Sector 16 was organised by members of Choti Si Asha (CSA), an NGO. The survey is a part of their project “Khushi”, which aims at stopping child labour and promoting education among slum children. Suprotim Rao, a member CSA, said the survey was conducted to know what the ground realities in slums were for education, even though the government was running the Sarv Shiksha Abiyaan in full form. He said the results of the survey were alarming. He said there was a high dropout rate among slum children and girls did not join school due to parental pressure. There are many children who are keenly interested in studies, but dropout due to financial constraints, he added. Another CSA member, Deepak Jaidka said for many parents, schooling was not on the priority list, as their children prove to be earning hands for them.


About 500 members, along with their families attended “Manthan 2011” organised by the Junior Chamber International (JCI), Panchkula Elite, to honour children with outstanding talents here on Sunday. Winners of public speaking, best signature contest, banner-making contest and photo-display contest, organised by Dr Shilpa Jain, were also felicitated. Mukhinder Singh, former JCI India’s president, highlighted the significance of various philanthropic and professional activities undertaken by the organisation. — TNS



Power cuts give residents sleepless nights
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
Unannounced power cuts and low-voltage power supply to various sectors in Chandigarh is having a crippling impact on the residents as they are forced to spend sleepless nights in such a hot and sultry weather. The affected areas are Sector 30,34,35, 50 and 52 where there is unscheduled power cuts.

Though the Chandigarh Electricity Board claims that it has streamlined the load-shedding periods, but frequent power disruptions, mostly during afternoons, and voltage fluctuations have become a routine affair in southern parts of the city.

In Sector 35, the residents had to spend sleepless nights in the past two days, as there were long unscheduled power cuts, without any information from the department. Few residents said that they were fed up with the hide-and-seek being played by the electricity department. Resentment prevailed among them against the electricity department for not listening to their complaints. “If this is the situation right now, then we can imagine how it would be in the coming months”, said, a resident of Sector 52. He added that with the onset of summer, the authorities had failed to cope up with the problem of power shortage.

Major DS Sandhu, a resident of Sector 35, remarked, “It is for the first time in the past 10 years that I am thinking of shifting to my aunt’s place in Mohali”. S Bindra, a resident of Sector 30, who runs a boutique in the market, said that power supply was being disrupted at least three to four times a day for the past fortnight. One could make some adjustments if the time of the power cuts were known in advance. At night, the voltage is so low that it becomes very difficult to operate any electricity appliance. Shikha, who is residing in Sector 26, said repeated disruptions in the power supply had created great problems for her. Washing clothes had become a big problem as a fully automatic machine needed full water pressure, which was not available as power supply was disrupted during the time of water supply. She said that power cuts were unscheduled as the authorities had made no announcement in advance.



CCE major reform in educational system

Initially when we came to know that the CBSE is switching over to grading system, we were delighted as a margin of nine marks was satisfying (91-100).

The students, who score high were a little upset, but the students who generally score less were happy about it, as they were getting an advantage of nine marks. The general opinion was that grades will be assigned as per the wish of the teacher, but when it came to the actual practice, we realised that the grades were to be earned and not to be distributed by the teacher. That time we could understand the objective of the CCE and the objective is that each child should be given a chance to show his or her talent.

We got sufficient chances to display our creativity in formative assessments. The teachers’ liberal attitude greatly helped in polishing our talent. The freedom by teachers was a welcome step.

Semester system has reduced the burden of studies and subsequently we got more time for extra curricular activities, which was totally missing in the previous system. The projects taught us the teamwork, the assignments gave us the idea to gather information from different sources and the field trips enhanced our knowledge in an encouraging manner. The formative assessments added an element of joy in the teaching-learning process. We thoroughly enjoyed being assessed in music room, playground, school trips, school functions and above all, the continuous and comprehensive evaluation system instilled in us the values like punctuality, togetherness and discipline.

Teachers, adequately, apprised us of the tools and techniques of evaluation, our assessment on life skills, thinking, social and emotional (our attitude towards classmates, school property and our overall behaviour in all situations). It has provided a great platform to all students to exhibit their inner potential. — Megha Midha

Creativity hallmark of system

The continuous and comprehensive evaluation system is a major reform in our educational system. The CBSE took the initiative to introduce it at the national level. It basically aims at the holistic development of the child and that is why CCE is also called child-centered education. This system has tried to focus on the capabilities and potentialities of the child. Since ages, it was required because the performance of the child was being judged only on the basis of the board examination. It was not justified to assess the child only on academic front. His other qualities such as participation in cultural activities and sports were not given due importance.

These were rather pushed back. In the new system, children rather feel encouraged to participate because it supports them and does not create any hindrance.

Since it’s a major paradigm shift, I as a master trainer have realised in various workshops that teachers’ training is imperative. Until and unless they don’t understand it deeply, it won’t be possible to apply it in letter and spirit. Parents and students, too, need to be sensitised because it is the triangle of teachers, students and parents, which works and any gap in the triangle affects the performance of the child.

First of all, we must appreciate the core philosophy or the rationale behind this new evaluation pattern, and that logic is to give a chance to the child to grow and glow according to his interest and aptitude. It has been rightly said it was not the attitude but the aptitude that takes us to the altitude. Two words “continuous” and “comprehensive” give ample opportunity to the child to show his interest. The new pattern has given a variety to the students, so that they can opt for activities, games, projects and assignments, according to their talent. Creativity is the hallmark of the system.

The new system has made students as well as teachers more creative. It has strengthened the bond between them.

— Dr Rakesh Sachdeva, Principal, DAV Model School, Sector 15 A, Chandigarh

Commendable change

The present CCE system, which got implemented last year in Class X is a commendable change in the education system, as apart from scholastic areas, it takes care of other developmental activities like sports, social and emotional skills, value systems, behavioural patterns, health and wellness, etc. So CCE, to me, is a welcome change in a student’s life for the overall development of a child.

The formative assessment helps the student in all fields apart from scholastic areas. It helps to improve the overall personality. Summative assessment helps reducing burden on the students because of the semester system.

Overall, I found CCE as a change in positive direction and expect that the same will be implemented in Class XII also. — Aneesh Verma

It makes learning easy

As a teacher, I feel that the CCE has given freedom and autonomy to teach students. It also gives a self-defined system of classroom where the teacher and taught are comfortable with each other. It’s a system that makes learning easy. Moreover, it develops democratic attitude on the part of students. The CCE has now done away with rote learning and use different methods for delivering education.

To quote a few, we use the role-play method, drama in education, projects through excursions, etc. A few more are use of cinema, projectors and LCD’s to give the comprehensive understanding of the concept to learners. The students are also taken to relevant tours and trips to get a real life view of the situations. Although this has made learning easy and interesting, it has not made its place in the heart of every teacher and student. It is may be due to the lack of infrastructure in different institutes and different geographical regions.

Sometimes a teacher also suffers due to the lack of interest of parents and hence students. Many times it becomes difficult for a teacher to finish syllabus a in a stipulated time period of the semester. But even then, it is by far one of the best and most interesting ways to deliver different variables of education to the learners. It has enabled the students to get rid of fear of board examination. Now Class X is no more a terminating class, but is a continuing class. We can reap many benefits from this system of education if it is used meticulously. — Leena Seth

Easier for parents

It was much easier for parents in handling the burden of their children. Things had become easier and better after the introduction of the grades.

— Dr PN Sharma, Sector 22, Chandigarh



UPSC prelim exam, surprise for candidates
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
Lesser number of questions in the general knowledge category of the preliminary examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today came as a surprise for most candidates appearing in it.

Nearly 15,000 candidates across 25 centres in the city appeared for the preliminary examination held today. Unlike the past trend of 150 questions in paper I (general knowledge) each year, this year only 100 questions were given. The newly introduced paper II (aptitude test) consisted 80 questions and both papers contained 200 marks.

Experts cited that the general knowledge paper this year was more theoretical and not typically on general affairs. “The paper-I was an attempt to check how well-read a candidate was. Paper-II, which was the aptitude test and introduced for the first time, was simple,” said Aashutosh Jerath, northern region head, Career Launcher.

“The aptitude paper consisted nearly 20 qualitative questions, 15 questions on problem solving skills, checking the ability of a future civil servant to act in certain situations. There were about 25 questions on English and logical reasoning. Since the two papers were relatively simpler than last year, the cut off is expected to go high,” he added.

The two papers also had one-third negative marking for incorrect answers.



Now, GMCH fines chemist for overcharging
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
After PGI, now it is Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH), authorities have penalised a chemist on its premises for adopting unfair trade practices.

A resident of Sector 27, RK Garg, had lodged a complaint with the GMCH authorities last month alleging that the chemist M/S Goyal Medicose, a chemist of GMCH, had delivered him wrong medicines to earn bigger profits. It was last week that PGI had slapped a fine of Rs  20,000 to each of three chemists at PGI for over charging.

The doctor at GMCH had prescribed the patient tablets of Dycerin GM (manufactured by (Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd with MRP of Rs 116.55 for 10 tablet) and Hifenac-P (manufactured by Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd with MRP of Rs 45.90 for 15 tablets), claimed Garg. The chemist however delivered Dicafast -GM and Elzefen-P, the substitute of these medicines, he alleged.

The total cost of the substitute medicines was quoted by the chemist as Rs 364.

On the other hand, the price of medicines prescribed by the doctors was calculated as Rs 324, said Garg.



Power supply to be affected in Zirakpur, Pabhat, Baltana
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 12
Power supply in various parts of Zirakpur was disrupted, as two 66 KV
towers were uprooted due to strong winds today morning.

Powercom SDO GS Sandhu said the areas where the power was supplied from the Pabhat 66 kv grid would be affected for the next few days.

He said the power supply was affected in parts of Zirakpur, Pabhat and
Baltana. “The power supply in the affected areas will be given on rotational basis for two hours,” Sandhu added.

He said it would take at least three days for the power supply to be restored. He said the repair work of the tower would continue. To cater to the needs of the residents, the department is taking power supply from Mubarikpur and Kharar station.

Water supply was also affected, as tubewells in the area didn’t get power supply.



Want concession, install solar water heater
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 12
Install a solar water heater and get a concession of Rs 100 to 300 per month on electricity bills for three years. This subsidy is being provided by the renewable energy (RE) department on the installation of solar water heater for both domestic and commercial use.

Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar said solar energy equipment was being provided by the department on subsidised rates on the first come first serve basis.

She said solar lantern costing Rs 900 equipped with the facility of a mobile phone charger and a solar home light of Rs 10,600 was available at a price of Rs 8,330 only.

Brar said the state government would give a cash prize of Rs 25,000 at the district level and Rs 5 lakh at the state level to gram panchayats for promoting renewable energy equipment such as solar lantern, home light system, solar street light, biogas and solar cooker.

She said gram panchayats, which were interested in sending their nominations, could fill in forms available in the offices of Additional Deputy Commissioner and Chief Project Officer, Panchkula, or in the office of their respective block development and panchayat official and the same should be deposited by June 30.



A peep into premier educational institutes
With over 7,000 students from the tricity and periphery bidding adieu to their school life and looking forward to making the right choice of college and course, Chandigarh Tribune brings you an overview of the city’s major private colleges that have already started selling admission forms

MCM DAV College for Women

Location: Sector 36, Chandigarh

Prospectus: The prospectus is available and the last date to apply for admission is July 8, the admissions will take place on July 11.

Profile: One of the premier institutions in women education, the college was established in 1968 by the DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, to commemorate the meritorious services rendered by Justice Mehr Chand Mahajan, former Chief Justice of India, a distinguished legal luminary and a committed educationist. This multi-faculty institution has been marching forward, aided by timely expansion of the goal-oriented and value-added facilities, be it academic or infrastructure. The college is renowned for its academic programmes, intellectual vigour, cultural and moral sensitivity, dedicated faculty and achievements of the students.

Infrastructure: Having a current strength of about 3,000 students, the college is spread over an area of 16 acres and boasts of imposing building, sprawling lawns and lavish playgrounds. In addition to the conventional “chalk and talk method”, the students and faculty have adopted the latest teaching techniques such as LCD, OHP, visualiser and other multimedia system. The college compliments its academics standards with latest auditorium, seminar halls, conference halls, food plaza, multimedia hall, open-air theatre, students’ lounge and campus parking area.

Hostel facility: The four hostel blocks located on the college premise are fit to adjust around 900 students. The rooms and bathrooms are well furnished with modern amenities. It has various value added services like medical room, snack cafeteria, mess providing special food like navratra thali, bus facility, etc.

Courses available

Course No. of Seats

BA (General) 800

BSc (Microbial and food technology) 40

BCom 210

BCA 80

Last year Cut Offs

Course Cut off

BCom 94.4%

BCA 80%

BA 60%

Economics 75%

Psychology 75%

BSc (Mft) 70%

Principal Speak

The college aim has always been to produce enlightened and potential women, the future decision and policy makers, who would repay society through maximum utilisation of their educational input. The college thrives on a unique blend of retaining traditional values and incorporating technological advancements as well as creating consciousness about rights and duties towards the nation, which have fully been internalised by the faculty and stakeholders - the students. Dr Puneet Bedi

GGDSD College

Location: Sector 32, Chandigarh

Prospectus: The sale of prospectus has already begun and the admission form can either be purchased or downloaded from the college website and submitted latest by June 30.

Profile: Named after luminary Goswami Ganesh Dutta, this co-educational postgraduate institute was established in 1973. Having started with just 30 students, the college today is the sought-after destination of students opting for commerce, as the college is one of the best institutes in the region for business studies. It is the lone PU affiliated college to have the status of “College of Excellence” by the UGC, New Delhi. It has also been accredited as a star college by the Union government’s department of science and biotechnology. The college has gained repute for its hi-tech teaching facilities and an array of vocational courses being offered as add-ons.

Infrastructure: The college boasts of a campus equipped with ultra-modern facilities, including hi-tech classrooms, well-equipped labs, auditoriums, seminar halls and library. It has its own parking lot as well.

Hostel facilities: The college has five hostels, three for boys and two for girls with a capacity of accommodating 325 students. The rooms are spacious and well equipped. The easy availability of the in-house recreation options like indoor games make the campus life a hit. The college is widely known for it’s stringent hostel 
security norms.

Courses available

Course No. of Seats

Arts 600

Science 360

Commerce 280

Last year Cut Offs

Course Cut off

BCom (with maths) 96.40%

BBA 85%

BCA 80%

BSc (H) Bio-informatics, Biotech 80%

BA 50%

IT 70%

Principal Speak

We believe in the overall development of students and thus stress on the principle of ‘complete and worthy’ education. The college had a humble start, but is amongst the best because of our innovative ideas and hard work. We supplement the regular courses with an array of add-ons, which make the college education more job-oriented. We believe in an enriched and fulfilling campus life, but ensure that discipline is not compromised. AC Vaid

DAV College

Location: Sector, 10 Chandigarh

Prospectus: The sale of prospectus will start mid June and the last date of applying for admissions is July 10.

Profile: Established in 1958, the college has been a witness to the evolution of the city. It’s one amongst the reputed members of DAV institutions, founded by Mahatma Hans Raj and inspired by the great visionary, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, the doyen of the Arya Samaj. The institution told to give a practical shape to the ideal of Swami Dayanand’s educational philosophy, which aims to develop a modern scientific approach among students, coupled with an understanding of their roots in the ancient vedic culture. The National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) has recently declared the college as the “model college” and Panjab University has recognised it as an institution with “Potential for excellence”. It has also got an A+ grade from NAAC Committee.

Infrastructure: The college building is equipped with spacious classrooms, sprawling lawns, a beautiful seminar complex with audio visual aids, two auditoriums, a cyber café, 23 sophisticated labs, well-equipped gymnasium and playgrounds. Besides this, the college has a big coffee house and a separate canteen on the campus. A doctor remains on duty in the college dispensary to attend to minor ailments/diseases of staff/students.

Hostel facility: The college has three hostels for girls and one for boys. Primarily established as boys’ college, it opened its gates for girls later. Now it has 700 seats for girls in their hostels and 200 seats for boys.

The mess for boys and girls’ hotels is separate and rooms are furnished with all modern facilities.

Courses available

Course No. of Seats

BBA 160

BCom 280

BCA 120

Biotechnology 25

Bio-informatics 25

Last year Cut Offs

Course Cut off

BBA 74%

BCom 79%

BCA 65%

Biotechnology 84%

Bioinformatics 70%

Principal Speak

Over the years, the college has set a commendable tradition of initiative and imagination and has grown into an institution of significant stature in the educational scene. The diverse academic activities of the college, all imbued with a sound value system are focused on balancing knowledge assimilation and skill acquisition. The college has succeeded in instilling a definite confidence in society at large about the quality of education it offer. BC Josan

Guru Gobind Singh College for Women

Location: Sector 26, Chandigarh

Prospectus: Sale of prospectus is on and the last date of submission admission forms is June 25.

Profile: Established in 1973 under the aegis of Sikh Educational Society, this college has been a pioneer in the progress of women education, not just in the city, but in the entire region. Encouraging students to aim and achieve high goals by adopting just paths, the college offers girls a variety of courses in addition to other co-scholastic activities.

Infrastructure: The college campus boasts of well-equipped auditoriums, gymnasiums, classrooms, computer labs. The library, which has recently been upgradedhas a vast collection of books and journals. The college has an edge over many others in providing one of the best sports facilities. It also provides free training on communication skills, TOFEL/IELTS preparation, etc.

Hostel: Having a capacity of 350 students, the four hostels have well furnished rooms, bathrooms and common rooms. Students also have an access to various recreation activities and even an inbuilt gurdwara.

Courses available

Course No. of Seats

BA 300

BCom 140

BCA 80

Last year Cut Offs

Course Cut off

BCom 80%

BCA 70%

Principal Speak

We believe in being traditionally modern. While toiling for holistic academic growth, the college ensures optimum stress on value system development amongst students. We aim at producing confident, righteous and progressive women, who can make a difference to society. Charanjit Kaur Sohi

Sri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College (Co-educational)

Location: Sector 26, Chandigarh

Prospectus: The sale is on

Profile: Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, the first co-educational institute of higher education in Chandigarh, established by the Sikh Educational Society in 1966, is today one of the leading educational institutions of the Northern India. The college is fully geared to honour its commitment for providing quality education and imparting values enshrined in the personality and teachings of Sri Guru Gobind Singh.

Infrastructure: The college building consists two modern four-storeyed blocks - arts block and science block. The existing college infrastructure is further being augmented with a postgraduate block, which comprises of 12 lecture theatres, faculty rooms, classrooms, a cyber cafe, a placement cell and office of the Alumni Association.

Courses available

Course No. of Seats

BCom 280

BSc (Medical) Open

BSc (Non-Medical) Open

BSc (Computer Science) 40

BSc (Biotechnology) 40

BA Open

BA (IT) 40

BA (Functional English) 30

Cut Offs

Course Cut off

BCom 74%

BSc(Honours/biotechnology) 62%

Principal Speak

The college pays special attention to the all-round development of students, encouraging them to think innovatively and become globally adaptable. For a complete development of their personality, co-scholastics and sports, have been made an indispensable part of the education. HS Sohi



BBA-I students to protest today
Disappointment over treatment meted out to them by PU re-evaluation branch staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12
Disappointed by the treatment meted out to them by re-evaluation branch employees at Panjab University, nearly 50 students of Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, would hold a protest outside the university’s administrative block tomorrow morning.

Barely 13 students of PGGC-11, out of a batch of 120, passed the exam of bachelors of business administration (BBA-I) conducted by PU. However, a similar trend was noticed in all colleges affiliated to PU that are offering the course since the overall pass percentage this year is 40 per cent.

When the students highlighted the matter, university officials claimed that the students must follow the due procedure and apply for re-evaluation. Senior administrative functionaries of the university also assured the students of timely result.

However, when the students filled up the form, the re-evaluation branch employees told them that the results would be announced two months later. Irked by the attitude of the staff, these students then contacted BBA and BCA students across other colleges, who met similar fate.

“We will stage a protest tomorrow and students from other colleges, including Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, and Postgraduate Government College, Sector 42, will join us in the protest,” said Sourabh, another BBA student.

PU officials, however, continued to say that the students must follow the procedure for re-evaluation and wait for results. 



Admn submits list of admissions made in schools
725 were admitted under RTE quota
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 12
The district administration on Friday filed a list of new admissions made to as many as 101 schools of Panchkula district in compliance of orders of the court in the public interest litigation filed by Pankaj Chandgothia, an activist for implementation of RTE provisions.

The government pleader on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner and district education officer (DEO) said 8,240 new admissions were made up to Class VIII, out of which 725 students were admitted under the RTE quota for below poverty line (BPL) families. However, petitioner Chandgothia argued that these admissions were less than even 10 per cent of the total new admissions, whereas the RTE quota is 25 per cent. Therefore, the court orders had been violated, he added.

The government pleader informed the court that this was only a partial list of BPL admissions and the list of admissions made under various other sub-categories of the RTE quota had still to be accumulated.

The Court of Civil Judge Renu Rana directed the government pleader to file the comprehensive list on July 26, the next date of hearing, along with detailed replies by the DEO and DEEO, who has been today added as defendant No. 9 to the case.

The government pleader said the DEO office, vide its letter dated June 6, has written to all principals, calling for lists of all admitted students under the RTE from all schools of the Panchkula district and it shall be furnished to the court on the next date of hearing, he added.

Meanwhile, the counsel for the defendant schools sought an adjournment to address arguments against the confirmation of interim stay order. Upon this, the Civil Judge adjourned the matter to July 26 and extended the operation of the interim order staying general admissions to 25 per cent seats up to Class VIII.



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