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PU colleges’ BCA-I result a shocker again
 Pass percentage less than 50 pc for 3 consecutive years

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Blame it on a dearth of competent teachers or the non-seriousness of candidates, but this year, barely 50 per cent of the students who have appeared in the Bachelors of Computer Applications (BCA) Part I examination have passed.

Despite being counted among the most expensive self-financing courses offered by colleges affiliated to Panjab University, the results for BCA-I have come as a surprise, if not as an altogether disappointment, with an overall pass percentage of 49.04 per cent in the April 2011 examination.

Although there has otherwise been a 16 per cent increase in the overall pass percentage in the BCA-I examination compared to 2010, in some affiliated colleges, the results have been so shockingly dismal that barely seven students or a dismal 11 per cent have passed in a batch of 60 students. The remaining 53 students have either failed or, at best, have got a compartment.

Statistics reveal that this year, 3,739 candidates appeared in the BCA-I examination. Of these, 1,049 failed while 743 got a compartment. The candidature of 99 students for the examination got cancelled for various reasons.

In 2010, only 33.85 per cent students who had appeared in the BCA-I examination passed. Of the 3,882 students who had appeared in 2010, 1,506 failed while 1,055 got a compartment.

The results in 2009 were not encouraging either. A similar trend was noticed and the overall pass percentage for BCA-I in 2009 was 36.65 cent.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a senior administrative functionary said the responsibility of ensuring proper faculty and guidance was with colleges.

“Colleges have to ensure infrastructure and students have to ensure that they are working hard. There is not much that the university can do in the matter,” he said.

Incidentally, for a course in which the pass percentage is as poor, most colleges are charging a high fee. These also include PU-affiliated government colleges, that are offering the BCA course.

Until past year, government colleges were charging up to Rs 23,000 for the self-financing BCA-I course compared to just Rs 8,640 for the BA-I course.



8,752 visitors throng Chhatbir zoo in single day
 Highest ever collection of Rs 1.79 lakh
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Chhat (Banur), June 13
Staff members at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park were surprised on Sunday with a sudden rise in the number of visitors, that touched an all-time high of 8,752 footfalls and got them Rs 1.79 lakh in a single day.

The entries included Rs 250 for car, Rs 60 to use camera, Rs 15 for adults and Rs 5 for children and for special school tours, Rs 2 per child upto primary classes and Rs 5 per child from classes VI to X.

“We failed to understand the reason behind the highest-ever number of visitors, but pleasant weather, summer holidays and better facilities can be the reason for such a draw,” said zoo field director Basanta Raj Kumar.

Nearly 1,800 persons visited the zoo in the past three years and during normal days, the collection varied between Rs 75,000 and Rs 1 lakh. Officials said most of Sunday visitors were those travelling between Delhi and tourist places in Himachal Pradesh.

The two newly brought tigers from Gujarat were major attractions in lion safari. A few managed a look at the new entrants, which remained hidden.

Zoo authorities said they had a tough time controlling traffic as many four-wheelers entered the zoo, besides battery operated ferries.

“Vehicles got stuck at the entrance due to heavy rush and employees had a tough time,” said a zoo employee.

The zoo officials held a “chabeel” at entrance for visitors in view of the intermittent power cuts despite hotline connection and deficiency of drinking water.

Officials said the revenue would have crossed Rs 2.5 lakh had the authorities allowed buses, charged Rs 400, and school buses, charged Rs 300. A ban was imposed on May 18, 2010.

Must know

* Major attractions in the zoo are newly bought lion pair of pure wild breed from Gujarat- Gagan and Helly and hybrid lions Lucky and Rocky.

* Zoo authorities said efforts were on to procure more attractive lions, including kangaroo, giraffe and ostrich.

* Besides constructing toilets and installing water coolers, authorities have also put on display the phone number of zoo field director for complaints and suggestions.



CITCO shed allottees to get ownership rights
 MHA favourably inclined to transfer on payment of fee
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
The long-pending demand of allottees of industrial sheds of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation Limited (CITCO) at Phase I of the Industrial Area here regarding the transfer of commercial property in their name is set to be met.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is favourably inclined to the transfer of industrial sheds in their name on the payment of a reasonable fee amount, sources told The Tribune here today. Earlier, the UT administration had sought a clarification from the MHA on the vexed issue of ownerhsip rights of the industrial sheds.

There had been a tug-of-war between the administration and industrialists for years now, with latter alleging that industrial sheds had not been transferred in the name of allottees and GPA (general power of attorney) holders despite the fact that CITCO and the CHB were governed by estate office rules, which permitted transfer of CHB flats under GPA or will.

Industrialists contended that sheds should have been transferred by 1993, when the 15-year lease for the sheds expired. However, it remained pending due to file shuttling between CITCO and the estate office. Later, the administration transferred the files to the estate office. It was alleged that the allottees could not enjoy several financial benefits, including loan facility, until they got the plots transferred in their name.

Meanwhile, Chandigarh Industrial Association president MPS Chawla hoped that the administration should decide on the issue soon, keeping in mind the interests of the industrial community in Chandigarh.

A senior official of the UT administration said a final decision on the transfer issue would be taken by holding a meeting of the senior officials of the departments concerned soon.

“The administration will examine the MHA clarification and come out with a clear-cut and transparent policy for the transfer of sheds in the name of eligible allottees,” he added.



Punjab board Class X result today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 13
The Punjab School Education Board will declare the result of the Class X examination tomorrow. A spokesman of the board said as many as 3,70,000 students had appeared in the examination.


Encroachers back in Sec 19, 22 markets
  Make mockery of special drives conducted by MC to remove encroachments
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Encroachers are back in the markets of Sector 19 and 22, questioning the claim of the Municipal Corporation to have made the city encroachment free. The “efficiency” of the MC has been questioned by the shopkeepers of Serctors 19 and 22, who have gone on record complaining that the special drives conducted in the market has not declined the mushrooming of the encroachers in the area.

Encroachers are back to business after the MC special drive at Shastri Market in Sector 22.
Encroachers are back to business after the MC special drive at Shastri Market in Sector 22. Tribune photo: S Chandan

The shopkeepers have alleged that the staff deputed in these two areas was not taking any action to remove the encroachers.

Referring to the special encroachment drive, the shopkeepers of various markets including 15, 19, 22 and 34 alleged that these drives were mere eyewash. As after conducting the drive, the authorities forgot to revisit the site to check on encroachers. Resultantly, the encroachers return to their places of business just after an hour from where they had been removed by the enforcement department of the Municipal Corporation.

During a visit to Sector 34 market it was found that all those shopkeepers who were challaned by the enforcement inspector under the special drives had again resume their business from the same site in front of their shops.

Recommendation of increase in fine

About five years ago, a draft recommendation to increase the fine from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 was sent by the MC to the Chandigarh Administration, which was forwarded to the Union Government for getting it approved from Parliament. Neither the councillors nor the officials have any information about the fate of that draft proposal on encroachment.

One of the shopkeepers in Sector 34 said that it ha become a routine practice for these encroachers to resume their business from the similar site in the late evening hours without even paying the challan fee to the authorities. In majority of the Sectors, including 15, 19 and 22, similar attitude of the violators could be seen after the special drive by the enforcement department.

One of the shopkeeper in Sector 15 expressed annoyance at a meager amount of fine imposed on the encroachers by the authorities. He opined that returning to the similar place of business after being challaned by the authorities made the drive a mere joke.

According to the exiting enforcement law, the inspector could impose maximum fine of Rs 500 on the encroachers and impound their articles from the spot. The encroacher could pay the fine and get their products released from the authorities.

It may be mentioned that two years ago, a proposal to increase the fine from Rs 500 to Rs 800, was tabled in the general house meeting of the MC, twice, but it was rejected by the councillors on the plea that increasing the fine would not resolve the problem.



50 challaned at Mani Majra
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
In a special anti-encroachment drive the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) today removed encroachments from a park adjoining Fun Republic at Mani Majra.

During the drive, 50 encroachers were challaned and 42 mechanic boxes, four drums of oil, three cars and other items were seized.

After vacating the park the enforcement team handed over the possession of the park to the horticulture wing of the MCC. Following which, the Subdivisional Engineer of the horticulture wing of the MC has started covering the park with iron railing to develop it as a green park.

The drive was carried out peacefully under the supervision of Lalit Siwach, additional commissioner-II and assisted by enforcement inspector Kashmira Singh along with supporting staff of the enforcement wing of MC.



Home Secretary’s surprise visit to estate office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Home Secretary Ram Niwas today conducted a surprise check at the estate office (EO) here. During the checking at the Building Branch of the EO, certain staff were found to be absent from their office. 

As the word spread that the Home Secretary had conducted a “raid” the staff started trickling in. The Home Secretary also checked certain files particularly related to the approval of the building plans and occupation certificates and found that “unnecessary” objections had been put for clearing them by the officials concerned. Sources said the staff found absent could face action.

Staff found absent

During the checking at the Building Branch of the EO, certain employees were found to be absent from their office



Speedy decision-making not Mohali police forte
 Proposal on CCTVs in limbo
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 13
The inability of the Mohali police to use the modern-day technology of surveillance cameras is working to the advantage of criminals.

While an ambitious proposal to instal close-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) at all major entry points and vulnerable intersections is stuck in official rigmarole due to delay in deciding the technology to be used, five incidents of car snatching and several incidents of car lifting have been reported from the commercial pockets of Phases 3B2, 5 and 7 in the past nine months. Footage of the CCTVs planned to be installed in the markets may have helped the police in tracking the criminals.

Three of the incidents of car snatching have been reported from the Phase 5 market alone. This year alone, three incidents of car snatching have been reported from Phases 3B1, 3B2 and 5.

In September last, the Deputy Chief Minister had directed the local administration to instal CCTVs at least 18 points in Mohali, Zirakpur and Kharar.

Of these, 11 CCTVs were to be installed in Mohali alone. The coverage of the traffic intersections and other points were to be based on an Internet protocol (IP) network. But for the last three months, the case is pending with the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority.

Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar said after preparing the proposal of high-resolution CCTVs, with a capacity to record day and night for a year, a fund of Rs 1.50 crore had been put at the disposal of GMADA after getting clearance from District Planning Board chairman NK Sharma. Several rounds of meeting had been held to finalise the technology.

GMADA officials said the earlier technology of using existing underground cabling to connect CCTVs with the master control room, in case of the Chandigarh Police, was not successful and instead, wireless connectivity of CCTVs through special towers was being actively considered.

A meeting to finalise the technology would be held on June 16. Sharma said he was tracking the case and would get it implemented on a priority basis. Another proposal to instal CCTVs at security gates on 60 to 70 strategic points at a cost of Rs 1.6 crore was also pending.


Police hopeful in cracking case

Victim Arina Duggal, whose car was snatched at Phase 3B2 on Sunday night
Victim Arina Duggal, whose car was snatched at Phase 3B2 on Sunday night. A Tribune photograph

In yesterday’s incident of snatching of a Swift Dzire car from a Punjab Government official Arina Duggal, the police will be zeroing on some suspects, who are believed to be behind a similar incidents in the past.

Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar said it would be premature to reveal the investigations. “We are hopeful of zeroing in on the suspects soon,” he said.

The police officials believe that youths involved in the yesterday’s incident are in their early 20s. There seems to be a similarity between the car snatching incident in Phase V and Phase 3B2.



9 months on, parking project still hangs fire
 Panchkula administration yet to get revenue dept nod
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 13
The fate of several civic projects such as a multilevel parking lot proposed to be built near the mini secretariat in Sector 1 hangs in the balance, with the administration waiting to receive the final clearance from the revenue department in the case of the latter.

The Haryana government is yet to respond to the Rs 40 crore budget proposal for Panchkula’s first multilevel parking. Officials of the public works department have already forwarded a letter to the government to clear the file at the earliest. The project has been stuck for over nine months due to the delay in approving the estimated project cost and the administration has yet to receive any confirmation in this regard.

Having a covered area of about 30,000 square feet the six-storied parking lot will have space for about 68 cars on one floor. Three floors of the building will be used for parking while the others will housed the offices of the ‘panchayat’ department, storerooms for keeping records and a storage room for EVM machines used during elections.

With thousands of people visiting the secretariat and district court for every day a multilevel parking lot is urgently required to deal with the heavy rush of vehicles.

Deputy commissioner Ashima Brar said the budget proposals had been sent to the state government and it was hoped the nod would come soon. “The three principal factors delaying the project include diversion of a sewage line and shifting power transmission lines and axing trees coming in the way. Work on this has already been undertaken by the departments concerned. Construction on the project would commence soon as we’re hoping to receive the budget approval any time now”, she added.

Another project that is yet to see the light of the day is installation of automated solar streetlight switches, which the municipal corporation announced in July last year. According to sources the civic body had invited expressions of interest last August and the switches were to be operational the following month. The Rs 5 lakh project was to be outsourced to a private firm but the sources said none had come forward because of the high cost of maintaining the switches, a task that would be the firm’s responsibility.

The solar switches were to be installed on the main streetlights and also on the high-mast streetlights, which are currently nonfunctional in various parking lots. After initiation of the project each streetlight would automatically get switched on after sunset and switched off during the day. At present, the job of switching the lights on and off is being done manually by about 50 employees who go around the town switching off the lights in the morning and switching them on after sunset.



Helpline launched to check crime
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 13
In order to check crime against women and also to eradicate the social evil of female foeticide in the district, the administration has launched a toll free help-line number 1800-180-2056.

This helpline service will remain functional round-the-clock in the office of the District Child Welfare Council, Sector 14, Panchkula. The team of officials concerned will rush to the spot immediately to provide necessary assistance to the distressed children and women. Nodal officers of the departments concerned have been appointed for this purpose.

Stating this to mediapersons here today, Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar said one could also register complaints regarding child labour and child marriage at this number.

A high-level team of officials could also be constituted depending upon the gravity of the incident, she added.

Ashima further said this toll free helpline would also serve the purpose of childless parents, as they could also contact this helpline to be acquainted with the procedure to adopt a child.

Stressing upon the need to spread awareness against female foeticide, she said the district administration was making all efforts to eradicate this social evil, but it won’t be possible unless people come forward to join hands against the social stigma.

Answering to a query, Brar said a team of health department officials, including various senior officials had been constituted to carry out regular raids to inspect the ultrasound machines operating in the district adding that FIR would be lodged against those found guilty. Anyone who furnishes information about the person the guilty would be awarded with a cash prize of Rs 51,000, she announced.

The DC said Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna (IGMSY), stared in 52 districts across the country, is started in Panchkula and added that a cash incentive of Rs 4,000 was being provided in three installments directly to a woman for the first two births subject to fulfilling specific conditions relating to maternal child health and nutrition. 



tricity scan
Chandigarh Scan

The move of the urban planning department of the UT Administration to scrap the notification issued by the Chief Administrator in October, 2008, to provide some relaxations in the old building bylaws, including increase in FAR in marla and kanal houses, has caused resentment and anguish among different Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) and Federation of Sector Welfare Associations (FOSWAC).

Students’ protest

Students of BBA-I of Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, along with members of Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) on Monday staged a protest on the PU campus. The students had been demanding an action by the PU authorities in the case of poor results. University officials, however, added that awaiting re-evaluation results was the only option.


Dr Sandeep’s house at Barnala in Punjab designed by Chandigarh-based architect Surinder Bahga of the Saakaar Foundation has been selected for the national exhibition on best contemporary houses in India. Bangalore-based organisation “In-Cite” has prepared an exhibition on contemporary Indian houses, which will be showcased at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Delhi, from June 17 to 26. It will feature 91 completed houses and 19 works in progress designed by architects across the country between 2000-2009.

Memo submitted

The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) in a memorandum to the UT Administrator has demanded the filling up of 1,009 posts of regular safai karamcharis in the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh.

Training course

The 11th training course in diagnostic medical mycology conventional and molecular techniques started at the department of medical microbiology, PGIMER, here on Monday. Delegates from different medical institutes, including Agartala, Kolkata, Cuttack, Delhi, Mumbai, Karad, Shimla, Chennai, Belgaum, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Ludhiana, are participating in the course. The training course will run for six days.


Five samples of food items were found to be adulterated or misbranded in the city. The health department, Chandigarh Administration, had seized 74 samples during the period of January 1 to April 30. While 58 samples were found to be genuine, reports of five samples are awaited.


The health department, Chandigarh Administration, has warned fruit vendors against selling fruits ripened with the help of acetylene gas, commonly known as carbide gas (in layman language “masala”), which is prohibited under the provisions of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954 and Rules 1955 thereof. The fruit vendors dealing with the sale or offer or expose for sale or have on their premises for the purpose of sale under any description, fruits which have been artificially ripened by use of aforesaid gas are to face strict action, said a press communiqué of the administration.

Teachers raise voice

Over 500 Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers, along with their families gathered at the Rally ground in Sector 25 to protest against the UT education department by writing 500 letters to the Administrator, Finance Secretary-cum-Education Secretary against being made to attend in-service training programmes during summer vacations. These SSA teachers have been protesting against this training programme, which started on June 2, saying despite the fact that they had similar work nature as regular employees, it was they who were made to attend this 30-daylong seminar.

Drunken driving

The Chandigarh traffic police issued a total of 134 challans in a special drive to curb drunken driving. A total of 40 challans were issued to drunken drivers across six barriers in the city, specially laid for this purpose. A large number of challans were also issued to use high beam while driving, while rest were under miscellaneous category.

Summer camp

“Wonder Kidzzz”, a summer camp concluded at Small Wonders School. In the 15-day camp, more than 60 children participated in activities like cooking, yoga and meditation, personality grooming, art and craft and dance held by eminent experts of various arenas. The children thoroughly enjoyed the dramatisation of stories and personality grooming sessions. A fancy dress competition followed by a dance party was held on Monday before the conclusion of the summer camp.

Anti-Tobacco Act

Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roozam on Monday said the Anti-Tobacco Act would be properly enforced in the town. The views were expressed by the DC at a meeting of the Tobacco Control Committee and District Health Society. He directed the health department to create awareness about the act. Police officials were also asked to carry out special drives to enforce the act.

Poor amenities

The Resident Welfare Association of Sector 71 has in a representation complained to the Mohali Deputy Commissioner that there was no way to dispose the sewerage and storm water. Though 95 per cent of the plots in the sector had been constructed, the basic amenities still eluded the area. PP Singh, president of the association, said heaps of garbage, tall wild grass growth and unkempt green belts spoke volumes about the careless attitude of the authorities. — TNS



MBA at Lincoln Business School
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
“Reputed universities abroad are now realising the importance of enrolling students from across diverse cultures,” said Karen Raynes, communication manager, University of Lincoln, UK.
on a mission Karen Raynes with Thirzah Wildman
on a mission Karen Raynes with Thirzah Wildman. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Officials of the University of Lincoln, including Karen and Thirzah Wildman, communication manager of the university, talked about MBA admission procedure at Lincoln Business School during a press conference held today.

“There are several Army officers in UK, who have joined our MBA programme at Lincoln Business School to help them manage their subordinates. The course is backed by a strong industrial feedback. The curriculum is designed in a manner that it suits the industry needs,” said Wildman.

Karen added that due to intense curriculum designing by the industry experts, students don’t find it hard to adjust when they start working and even companies find them more skilled.

“University of Lincoln is among the upcoming and respected modern higher education institutes in the UK and has set an example for other universities across the globe,” said Karen.

The university’s main campus is set on Brayford Pool waterfront in the heart of Lincoln with more than 10,000 students and 1,200 staff.

Karen said Indian students had the option to choose from a varied range of degrees in the fields of business and management, business and HRM and international business and international hospitality business management.

Applications have been invited for the MBA programme of the university. Graduates without management experience are also eligible for the course.



Year gone, but no progress
 Modernisation of PU’s science laboratories hanging fire
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Announced with much fanfare exactly a year ago by the Panjab University authorities, the modernisation of laboratories in most science departments is yet to take off.

Additionally, the proposal to construct a common laboratory for inter-disciplinary research work (announced on September 27, 2010, by Dean, Sciences, AS Ahluwalia) and mooted by Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti during a feedback session with research scholars the previous year has now been corned due to unknown reasons.

Surprisingly though, science department chairpersons claim that the process of renovating the existing laboratories, particularly involving PU’s construction wing, has been a bottleneck for them to utilise Rs 5 lakh granted to them.

The amount was allocated to each department from the PURSE grant (Promotion of University in Research and Scientific excellence) under the infrastructure head by the Centre.

Having faced several hiccups in the execution of this proposal, the committee constituted to monitor the utilisation of this grant decided to give autonomy to departments to modernise the laboratories since purchase at a common level was not found non-feasible. However, procedural delays and time restraint to use the grant had been a serious challenge, claimed heads of departments.

“The committee felt that it was impossible for it to purchase material for all science departments. Then the departments were given the responsibility of upgrading the laboratories as per their needs. But there has been an issue of time constraint for departments to utilise the funds,” said Paramjit Singh, chairperson of department of chemistry and a member of the committee formed to monitor utilisation of the PURSE grant.

“Certain departments have already started work on laboratories. But due to procedural delay, the process of renovating those is very tedious. In most cases, it takes up to 18 months to do so. Then there is no measure to see the quality of laboratories. Each department will prefer different quality or brand of material,” said Karan Vashisht, chairperson of the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and a member of the committee.

Asked about the status of a modern laboratory with multiple facilities and common apparatuses, certain members of this committee were completely unaware of any such proposal. 

Blaming it on delays

Procedural delays in renovating a laboratory have been a bottleneck in utilising the money allocated for infrastructure by the Centre, say departments’ chairpersons.



class XI admissions
Education dept sells 12,500 forms so far
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
In what comes to fore as a record of sorts, the UT education department already managed 12,500 admission forms for 11,000 seats for admission in Class XI, even though there is still a week to go before the conclusion of sale.

checking it out Students go through Class XI admission prospectus in Chandigarh
checking it out Students go through Class XI admission prospectus in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Though the increased demand of government schools has left the education department elated, this may not be good news for applicants, as the competition is bound to be fierce.

“We have a total of 11,000 seats and have already sold almost 12,500 forms, though it’s just the fourth day of the sale. We are used to having 2:1 ratio for top three model schools, but if this pace continues, the number of applicants may end up being thrice as compared to available sets,” said a senior official.

While the government schools had always been preferred for science streams for being “tuition friendly”, it’s good results for last two years, which have made students to sit back and consider them for other streams as well.

“Be it Class X or Class XII results, the government schools have left private schools behind, which has ceased the mad rush behind brand names. The students are now weighing quality over claims,” said a principal of a local government model school.

The admission process for Class XI in various government senior secondary schools has already commenced and the last date for submission of filled in registration form is June 20 up to 1 pm. The forms can be deposited in GMSSS-10, GMSSS-19, GMSSS-21, GMSSS-40, GMSSS-46 and GMSSS-MMC, Mani Majra.

Around 889 forms have already been received at these centres. All information given by the candidate will be uploaded on the website of the education department www.chdeducation.gov.in on June 27 at 11 pm. The candidate may check their complete details and in case there is any error/discrepancy, it must be addressed to the grievances redressal cell set up at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, Govt Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, which will start functioning from June 27.


* Fill correct grades/marks for subjects and attach Class X marksheet (online marksheet if board marksheet is not available yet).

* Fill category column if you belong to any reserved category and attach relevant certificate.

* Fill 15 preferences for school/stream in order of preference with correct code

* Fill preference no 16 and 17 for schools (non-model category), which are near your residence, so that seat can be allotted in these schools.

* Before filling up the preferences of school and stream, candidate must see last year CGPA on the website of education department to take the idea where they can get admission.


* Don’t claim benefit of reserved category in case certificate/document is not available.

* Avoid filling up preferences for all those schools and stream where the cut off CGPA is high and doesn’t match with your CGPA.

* Don’t fill up preferences of model school in preference no 16 and 17.

* Don’t forget to check your particulars on June 27 on the education department website www.chdeducation.gov. in

* Don’t fill wrong stream/school code.

* Don't forget to deposit printout of online filled admission and registration forms, along with cash Rs 100



Campus Calling: Shape up a career
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
Chandigarh is probably one of the lucky few cities in the northern region where government colleges give their private counterparts a run for their money, be it in the case of academics, infrastructure, faculty or repute. 

The admission process to six city government colleges, namely Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11 and Sector 42; Post Graduate Government College (Co-education), Sector 11 and Sector 46; Government College of Commerce, Sector 42; and Regional Institute of Education, Sector 32, will trigger with the sale of admission brochures tomorrow. The common prospectus, which will also be available on the UT Administration and colleges’ website can be bought from any of these colleges for Rs 80. The last date of submission of admission forms is June 30. To help you in making the right choice, Chandigarh Tribune brings you a brief profile of these colleges.

Post Graduate Government College for Girls
Location: Sector 11, Chandigarh

Profile: Started in July 1956, the college today is a premier institution for quality learning, especially in humanities. The college is probably the only women educational institution in Northern India to provide 280 combinations of subjects at the graduation level. It has recently been accredited with an “A” Grade from the University Grants Commission.

Infrastructure: The college library is fully computerised and has a stock of over 87,000 books. In addition to the well-equipped classrooms, the college has fully air-conditioned auditorium, gymnasium and a unique herbal garden. Besides basic amenities, the college has hygienic eating places, cyber café, a beauty salon, tuck shops, bank, etc, on the campus.

Hostel facility: The college has three hostels with a scope of 200 new admissions. The hostels are equipped with reading rooms, nutritious food and medical facilities. In addition to these seats, the college offers an arrangement of hostel accommodation in Government Home Science College, Sector 10; Government Polytechnic College, Sector 10, and New Block Working Women’s Hostel, Sector 24.

Principal Speak

}We strive to provide the best to our students, be it educational ambience, infrastructure or technological advancement. The institute has created a benchmark of infusing the spirit of inquiry, accountability and sincerity in the young minds of students. The college motto “Courage to Know” represents the same. We believe in the power of translating ideas and dreams into reality.~

Achila Dogra

Courses available

Course Seats

Fine Arts 40

Dance 20

Economics 215

English Elective 120

Functional English 30

French 15

Geography 75

Hindi 280

History 215

Home Science 70

Maths 45

Music (I) 20

Music (V) 35

Punjabi 60

Physical 110 Education

Philosophy 35

Political Science 230

Psychology 110

Public 240 Administration

Sanskrit 20

Sociology 360

Last year cut offs

Course UT pool General BA 56% 62% (General)

BCom 86% 98%

BSc 68% 76% (Non- Medical)

BSc 65% 75% (Computers)

BSc 55% 65% (Medical)

BCA 60% 75%




Post Graduate Government College for Girls
Location: Sector 42, Chandigarh

Profile: The college was established in 1982 with arts and commerce faculties. At the initial stage, there were 300 students and 20 teachers in the college. The science faculty was added in 1989. The 27-year-old college, serving the cause of women empowerment, has been accredited a B+ grade by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC).

Infrastructure: The college with its impressive building and rich infrastructure caters to the academic needs of the students. The college has separate administrative, science, arts, commerce and professional blocks. The college has a newly constructed canteen and has many projects in the pipeline like separate IT block, auditorium, gymnasium, sports track and a new hostel block.

Hostel facility: The college has accommodation capacity of about 300 students in its hostel, which is modern in concept and design, having latest amenities like television with cable connections, music system, indoor and outdoor games, newspapers, magazines, water coolers, public telephones and electric geysers.

Principal SpeakWe emphasise in making the campus life a community life, which would not only sensitise students towards community needs and aspirations but also towards their emotional integration. We inspire the students to diligently follow the college motto “Higher Still”, which is the guiding spirit behind our achievements and efforts towards excellence. Mani Bedi

Courses available

Course Seats

BA-I 850

BCom-I 140

BSc-I (Medical) 120

BSc-I 40 (Biotechnology) Elective

BSc-I 30 (Biotechnology) Hons.

BSc I 40 (computer science)

BCA-I 80

BSc (Non-medical) 160

BSc-I 30 (microbiology) Elective

BSc-I 30

(Bio-informatics) Elective

BPEd 50

Last year cut offs

Course UT pool General BCA 65% 72%

BSc 64% 75% (Biotechnology Elective)

BSc (H) 71% 88% (biotechnology)

BCom 78% 62% (with weightage) (without weightage)

97.3% 83.3% (with weightage) (without weightage)

BSc 58% 56% (Medical)

BSc 65.6% 56.6%

BSc 65.6% 76.4% (Computer science)

BSc 65% 60% (Microbiology)

BSc — 62% (Bioinformatics E)




Government College of Commerce and Business Administration
Location: Sector 42, Chandigarh

Profile: The college is an initiative of the UT Administration, established four years ago to cater to the growing demand for commerce and management education in Chandigarh. It is the only college in the city providing quality, contemporary education, exclusively in the field of commerce and management.

Infrastructure: The college has modern air-conditioned classrooms and computer labs with 22 computers. The library has a collection of 1,782 documents The library subscribes 25 magazines, journals and 12 newspapers.

Principal SpeakThe college is a student-centric college. The campus offers the students an ideal place to learn and grow, both intellectually and personally. It seeks to combine co-curricular and extra curricular, along with curriculum in consonance with the needs of the youth .— Manjit Brar 

Courses available

Course Seats

BCom-I 140

BBA I 40

Last year cut offs

Course UT pool General BCom 78.2% 92.8%

BBA 74.6% 82.2%




Postgraduate Government College (Co-educational)
Location: Sector 46, Chandigarh

Profile:The college is a fast emerging institution of higher learning. Established in 1982 as a college for boys, it became co-educational in 1992 and has made rapid strides in academic excellence, both qualitatively and quantitatively. The aim of the college is to enlighten the lives of young generation by imparting quality education. The college has also set up a placement cell in 1995.

Infrastructure: Emphasising holistic education, the college has teamed academic excellence with modern infrastructure. Be it classrooms, library, seminar halls, auditorium or sport facilities, the college has ensured that the best of the facilities are provided to students to ensure a smooth and comfortable campus life.

Hostel facility: The college hostel offers limited and shared accommodation to boys (only). Admission to hostel is on merit basis and is provided only after confirmation of a seat in the college. The hostel rooms are spacious and well equipped.

Principal Speak

The college toiled for quality education, which includes academics, sports, inculcation of values like discipline, team spirit and punctuality. We aim at building characters and ensure that the campus life is enriching and learning.— Dr Sham Lata 

Courses available

Course Seats

BA 650

BCom 140

BCA 40

Last year cut offs

Course UT pool General BCom 72% 80%

BCA 71.8% 77.5%




Post Graduate Government College (Co-educational)
Location: Sector 11, Chandigarh

Profile: The college was established in 1953. It was shifted to its present campus in 1960. It has a distinct impression on the educational and cultural life of the city.

Infrastructure: The 31-acre campus houses modern classrooms, library, outdoor and an indoor sports facility, a swimming pool, a multi gym, a book shop, canteen, an extension counter bank, a PCO and a cyber cafe. The college has six academic blocks with well-equipped laboratories. The college has one of the largest auditoriums with a seating capacity of around 400 students.

Hostel facility: The college provides accommodation facilities for 400 boys and girls in its three hostels. Two of these hostels are on the campus and one is in Sector 15-B. The hostel is equipped with all facilities like common rooms, guest rooms, canteens and messes, dhobi ghat or laundry service and facilities for indoor and outdoor games like table tennis, badminton, volleyball and basketball.

Principal Speak

The college aims at the integrated development of personality and character of the students and strives to inculcate the basic moral and human values in them. We believe in churning out well-educated human beings and thus lay stress on holistic education.— JS Raghu 

Courses available

Course Seats

BA 800

BBA 80

BCA 120

BCom 140

BSc (Non-med) 200

BSc (Medical) 100

BSc 60 (Computer Science)

BSc 30 (Biotech Elective)

BSc (Biotech H) 30

BSc (Microbiology) 30


Last year cut offs

Course UT pool General BA 48% 50%

BBA 60.2% 69.2%

BCA 4.80% 76.40%

BCom 82.6% 86.2%

BSc 59.2% 56.6% (Non-medical)

BSc 59.6% 67.2% (Medical)

BSc 63.2% 72.2% (Computer Science)

BSc 64.6% 67.6% (Biotech Elective)

BSc 74.4% 82.8% 

(Biotech H)

BSc 61.4% 64.8%


BPED 60.56% 64.40%



PhD prospectus gives a miss to no. of seats
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13
After errors were found in the number of seats mentioned for various departments in the PhD prospectus issued by Panjab University last year, the data related to seats is missing from the fresh prospectus issued this year.

Justifying the university’s stand, senior faculty members in PU said the figures were not mentioned this year, since R&S branch cleared names of students after the prospectus is released and hence the figures related to the number of seats  get changed.

Incidentally, it was also mentioned on the PU website that forms for PhD admissions would be released in May, 2011. However, the forms were released much later and the information was uploaded on the website barely a few days ago. 



Defacement of walls on rise in PU
tribune news service

Chandigarh, June 13
Way ahead of the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) election in September, defacement has become a norm on the university campus.

The university walls can be spotted defaced with posters, half torn and fresh posters of student leaders pasted over them. The worst affected area is the rear end of the arts block on the campus, where the posters have been pasted on walls instead of notice boards.

In past, the university authorities have been imposing a penalty on student organisations, whose posters are found pasted on the walls and areas that are prohibited.

However, this time, the rivalry among certain student organisations and also within these organisations among different groups is causing more damage to the university property. All this, despite the fact that most students are back home and hardly any student is present on the university campus.



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