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Mauli Jagran Shooting
Plan hatched in jail, says police
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Police investigations into the murder of a scrap dealer, Rajesh Kala, in Mauli Jagran last night has pointed out that the conspiracy to shoot the victim was allegedly hatched by a suspect lodged in Burail Jail.

Even as the police has identified two accused who executed the murder, the needle of suspicion is pointing towards a notorious criminal, Pradeep, who is lodged in jail. He reportedly had old rivalry with Rajesh Kala. His brother Pawan and father-in-law Harish allegedly executed the crime, sources said.

A day after the murder, the police identified Harish and Pawan as suspects after eyewitnesses named them. Their names are mentioned in the FIR and they are on the run. Harish is a resident of Dadu Majra Colony while Pawan is a resident of Indira Colony.

“We also suspect the involvement of another accused, Pradeep, as he along with eight others had assaulted Rajesh Kala with swords in Panchkula some months ago. Pradeep is lodged in jail in connection with a case of attempted murder. We will procure his production warrants for interrogation in this case,” said Inspector Rajesh Shukla, SHO of the Manimajra police station.

Meanwhile, the postmortem of the victim was conducted in the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16 today. Raj Kumar, deceased’s brother, alleged that Harish’s daughter had eloped with Pradeep some months ago and Pawan was Pradeep’s elder brother. “Both Harish and Pawan visit Pradeep regularly in jail and we suspect that the plan was hatched by Pradeep,” he said.

A junk dealer, Kala, was leaning on a chair near his shop around 9.15 pm last night when three assailants wielding countrymade pistols approached him. He tried to flee, but was shot in the back. Surinder Singh, an autorickshaw driver, too, sustained a bullet injury.



Only 1 cop for over 2,000 residents
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Showcasing the utter failure of the UT police in tackling crime in this area, Mauli Jagran is emerging as the most crime sensitive zone of the city. Yesterday’s shooting is the third murder in Mauli Jagran this year. Over eight incidents of assault on the police, including smashing of a police Gypsy, were reported last year. Yet, all police measures have either turned out to be inadequate or ineffective.

The area remains the most under-policed. There are just 50 policemen for a population of over a lakh reflecting a ratio of one policeman for over 2,000 people. The police force for this area is led by a solitary Sub-Inspector who is assisted by three Assistant Sub-Inspectors, 10 head constables and 35 constables. Further, a proposal for upgrading a police post to a police station in Mauli Jagran to tackle the rising crime has been pending with the Union Home Ministry for over three years now.

The brazenness with which three assailants on foot shot the scrap dealer yesterday speaks volumes of the prevailing lawlessness. All the assailants were residents of the same locality and possessed country-made pistols. Despite claiming to regularly conduct searches, the possession of pistols on colony residents escaped police detection.

The incident also lays bare the tall claims of the police that it had been focusing on strengthening the beat system. Both accused and the deceased had prior enmity and engaged in violent scuffles in the past, something which an alert beat constable would have known. Keeping in view the background of both the victim and the accused, a pro-active police force may have succeeded in detecting the planning of such a brazen shooting.

Only last week, the police had arrested four juveniles for the murder of a schoolboy in Mauli Jagran. In February, the police had arrested four persons for the murder of a carpenter in the area.

Besides, eight separate incidents of attack on the police were reported from Mauli Jagran last year. On a number of occasions, the police post has also been subjected to stone pelting and many policemen have been injured.

All under control: SSP

Crime in Mauli Jagran is very much under control and the number of violent incidents have fallen drastically. There has not been a single incident of stone pelting on the police this year unlike last year when many such incidents were reported. All the murders have been solved and we are close to solving this one too.

Naunihal Singh, UT SSP



Delay in appointment of PGI Director
Panel sends file to Health Ministry for clarification
Anuja Jaiswal
tribune news service

Chandigarh, July 19
With the Cabinet Committee of Appointments (CCA), headed by the Prime Minister, referring back the file for the appointment of the new PGI Director to the Health Ministry for “clarifications”, the selection process for the top post of North India’s premier institute is likely to be further delayed, which will be unprecedented. The post has been lying vacant for almost 80 days, since Dr KK Talwar relinquished charge on April 30.

The fate of the three shortlisted candidates, Dr Amod Gupta (HOD, ophthalmology, PGI), Dr YK Chawla (HOD, hepatology, PGI) and Dr Raj Bhadaur (Director-Principal GMCH, Sector 32) for the coveted post thus hangs in balance.

Highly placed sources said the ongoing controversy over the issue of modifying the eligibility criterion for candidates b y relaxing the age bar of 60 years and the objections raised by the National Scheduled Caste Commission on non-inclusion of SC/ST members in the shortlisted panel are the apparent reasons for the CCA for sending back the file to the Health Ministry.

Sources said the file was sent back last week and the ministry was asked to give clarifications in this regard.

In contrast to other government organisations like the AIIMS, where the upper age limit for candidates for the post of Director is 60 years, the PGI had modified the age eligibility criterion by issuing an advertisement on January 17, 2011, where candidates above the age of 60 years were allowed to apply. This move had raised eyebrows and allegations were levelled that this modification had been done to benefit a certain candidate who had attained the age of 60 years when the first advertisement for the post was issued in December 2010.

The sources said allegations were also being levelled that one of the shortlisted candidates was facing a vigilance inquiry.

Admitting that the candidates were pulling strings through their political contacts, the sources said anonymous complaints were also being sent to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

With the PMO is still trying to recover from the embarrassment caused by the appointment of tainted PJ Thomas as the CVC, the sources claimed that no one in the PMO was prepared to take any chances and wanted all clarification before giving a go-ahead for the appointment.

Prompt appointments

y The delay in the selection of the PGI Director is unprecedented. Usually such appointments are announced in time to allow a smooth transition. Dr Talwar’s appointment was announced in February 2004 even when his predecessor, Dr SK Sharma, was due to retire on March 31. Dr Sharma’s appointment was announced in January 2000, two months after his predecessor, Prof BK Sharma, retired. However, for the interim period, Prof NK Ganguly, who was with the ICMR, was appointed as the officiating director. Prior to that Prof BK Sharma had taken over from Prof BNS Walia in June 1995, the same month when the latter retired.



MSc seats at PU go begging after dismal test results
200 seats, but only 90 of 600 candidates clear OCET
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Of the 600 candidates who appeared in the other common entrance test (OCET) conducted by Panjab University this year for admission to the master of science (physics) course, barely 90 were able to clear it. As a result several seats for the course in colleges affiliated to the varsity, which are filled up on the basis of OCET, remain vacant.

All put together, PU’s physics department and its affiliated colleges have offered 200 seats for the first-year MSc (physics) course in the current academic session. However, most of the candidates who cleared the test opted to join university departments offering physics and newly introduced interdisciplinary courses.

The worst hit in this scenario are rural colleges in Punjab where most of the seats for the MSc course are lying vacant despite having enough faculty members and adequate infrastructure.

The situation is also grave in local colleges and the poor entrance test results have not been limited to physics candidates. Applicants have fared badly in other disciplines as well including chemistry, zoology and botany, said college officials who are struggling to fill up the vacant seats.

In DAV College, Sector 10, for instance, barely 40 per cent seats of MSc (physics) seats for the new academic session have been filled up. The college offers 20 seats in MSc (physics) and 30 seats each in MSc (zoology) and MSc (chemistry). The Post Graduate Government College, Sector 42, which is much sought after for its MSc courses, still has four vacant seats for the MSc (botany) and MSc (zoology) course each.

The issue is now slated to be discussed at the PU syndicate meeting on July 31, although varsity officials claim to have responded “positively” to the appeal by affiliated colleges to admit students on merit basis.

“We’ve already worked out a solution to the problem. First, students will be admitted on the basis of marks secured in OCET. If seats still remain vacant, then admissions would be done on a merit basis taking into consideration marks in the BSc degree exam,” said PU dean (colleges) Naval Kishore.

Despite an assurance by the varsity administration, college authorities are reluctant to admit students without a formal notification from PU before enrolling students on a merit basis.

Issue cleared, says PU dean

The issue has been resolved now. Affiliated colleges need to fill up the seats first on the basis of OCET (other common entrance test) and the seats left over must be filled up on the basis of merit of the qualifying exam, which is the BSc degree marks. A formal notification will be issued to the colleges shortly”, said Panjab University dean (colleges) Naval Kishore.



2 killed in accident
Tribune news service

Chandigarh, July 19
Two persons died in an accident near the Hallomajra roundabout here tonight after a Scorpio hit them. The police said the victims were daily labourers who had been identified as Lalan and Uma, residents of Hallomajra. The police said after the accident, the vehicle turned over and the driver also sustained injuries.

The police said it was investigating the matter and would record the statements of eyewitnesses.


P’kula to have CBI Magistrate Court
Two cases of former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore to shift from Ambala
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune news service

Panchkula, July 19
With the Haryana government approving the setting up of a CBI Magistrate Court in Panchkula, two cases against former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, accused in the infamous Ruchika case, would shift here from Ambala.

In November 2010, the CBI had filed a closure report, but Ruchika’s family members had objected to it. The court at Panchkula will help the CBI as the investigating agency was finding it hard to file a chargesheet in any case relating to the Haryana region.

At present, Additional District and Sessions Judge AS Narang is the judge of the CBI Sessions Court, which was shifted here in April from Ambala. Sources said the Haryana government would give the powers of the Magistrate Court to the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Panchkula.

The Haryana government has already got the required permission from the Union Home Ministry and it would soon issue a notification for shifting the CBI Magistrate Court from Ambala to Panchkula.

Initially, the state government had demanded a special CBI court in Sirsa district along with the already functioning CBI court in Ambala. However, the CBI zonal headquarters in Chandigarh had urged the Union Home Ministry for setting up the court at Panchkula. CBI officials had stated that as their headquarter was in Chandigarh, it would be easy for them to attend court proceedings in Panchkula rather than in Sirsa, which was around 300 km from Chandigarh.

CJM likely to head court

  • At present, Additional District and Sessions Judge AS Narang is the judge of the CBI Sessions Court, which was shifted to Panchkula in April from Ambala. The Haryana government is likely to give the powers of the Magistrate Court to the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Panchkula.
  • Initially, the state government had demanded a special CBI court in Sirsa district along with the already functioning CBI court in Ambala. However, the CBI zonal headquarters in Chandigarh had urged the Union Home Ministry for setting up the court at Panchkula. 



3 sites for affixing high security number plates
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Setting aside the apprehensions about not coping with the heavy rush of vehicle owners seeking installation of the high-security registration plates, the Chandigarh Administration said it has decided to set up three sites for the purpose.

“The sites would be increased accordingly,” said UT Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh. The work of installing new number plates will start from August 1 as per the UT Administration notification dated July 12. There were apprehensions that it would be difficult to complete the job in the stipulated two years.

“I don’t agree as all these apprehensions are baseless,” said the DC, adding that fastening and affixing of new number plates is hardly a one-minute job. “We have proper infrastructure and manpower to deal with any kind of situation. We have already decided to set up three sites for the installation of high-security registration plates. The sites will be increased if need be. So, I don’t think that two years is ashort period to complete the job,” he added.

He said the National Informatics Centre’s approved software was under preparation, which would be used for storing nine-digit security number.

The fastening/affixing of registration plates on the vehicles would be done at the office of the UT Registration & Licensing Authority in Sector 17 or at the office of the Subdivisional Magistrate (East) Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh, or SDM (South), Sector 42, in the presence of the RLA or his authorised representative.

As far as old vehicles that have already been registered, the task of implementing the scheme would be completed within two years from August 1, 2011.

So far, five vendors, approved by the Central government for affixing high-security number plates, have contacted the UT authorities for setting up their shops here. There are total 18 such vendors in the country, the rest are also expected to come this week, added the DC. The vendors should also possess a valid “type approval certificate” issued by any of the testing agencies authorised by the Central government.



Jet Airways told to pay Rs 12,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Jet Airways to pay a compensation of Rs 12,000 to a city resident for unfair trade practice and deficiency in service.

The forum, comprising its president PD Goel, members Rajinder Singh Gill and Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota, observed that the complainant, LR Roojam, a resident of Sector 20 and a member of the Human Rights Commission, along with his family members reached the airport on time and stood in a queue till 12.45 pm when the counter was abruptly closed.

“It is the bounden duty of the airways operator to have checked-in all those passengers who were standing in the queue at that time, including the complainant along with his family members. The airliners, therefore, had been negligent in their duty in not allowing the complainant and his family members to board the flight. Hence, the complainant is entitled for the refund of Rs 2,950 being retained by the opposite party from the airfare paid by him for passage on flight,” the forum observed.

The counsel for the complainant submitted that his client’s wife suffered from severe food poisoning during their stay at Srinagar. As her condition was not stable, the complainant booked seats with Jet Airways and reached the airport. The queue for boarding pass was quite long and by the time the complainant’s turn came, he was informed that that the counter was closed.

Following this, the complainant had to book six tickets in Indian Airlines for Jammu and further took the flight from there to Chandigarh.

However, the counsel for Jet Airways pleaded that every possible effort was made to ensure the best possible services to the complainant, but due to his own negligence and carelessness, he missed his flight. The complainant was ‘no show passenger’ on the said flight, hence the opposite party refunded the balance amount of the airfare after deducting cancellation charges. He pleaded that was no deficiency in service on their part.



Tricity scan

82 shopkeepers challaned

A total of 82 shopkeepers were challaned for encroachment on the municipal corporation (MC) land during an anti-encroachment drive held in the Sector 22 market here on Tuesday. The drive was conducted under the supervision of MC Additional Commissioner Lalit Siwach and assisted by Inspector Kashmira Singh, along with other enforcement staff of the MC. During the drive, the enforcement staff seized three truckloads of items. The Additional Commissioner said these types of anti-encroachment drives would be held in the future too.

Fire in salon

Electronic appliances, furniture and other articles worth thousands of rupees were gutted in a fire that broke out at booth number 22 in a salon at Sector 47 on Tuesday morning. The fire broke out at 9.51 am due to short circuit in the electricity wires crossing above the booth. Fire official stated that two water tenders were immediately rushed to the site after getting a call from the shopkeeper. Later, one emergency tender and water boozer was also sent.

Store launched

Tunturi, global leader in commercial and home fitness equipment, on Tuesday announced launch of its “Tunturi by Stag”, an exclusive store in Chandigarh. Tunturi enjoys strong and unparalleled global presence and brings its innovative character, high quality and characteristic design for fitness conscious of the country with the launch. As a brand promise, Tunturi equipment comes up with an unmatched warranty and provides the best of the class service guarantee. Tunturi has partnered with Stag International, the leading sports goods company for marketing its products in India.

Hearing on Aug 2

The public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Pankaj and Sangeeta Chandgothia, a Panchkula-based couple, seeking solutions to parking problems prevalent in the UT will now come up for hearing on August 2. The court of SK Sharma, Civil Judge, junior division, on Tuesday heard the case and told the plaintiff advocate to address arguments on the application seeking “leave of the court” to agitate the matter of parking woes under the definition of “public nuisance” under Section 91 of the CPC. The case has been filed against the Municipal Corporation and 26 parking lot contractors complaining against total mismanagement of parking lots, which have become a source of nuisance for the general public, instead of being a convenience. The petitioners have contended that charging of parking fee at the entry point amounts to unfair trade practice, as contractors do not provide any service or guidance inside the parking lots.

Hospitality body meets Adviser

A meeting between UT Adviser KK Sharma and executive committee of the Chandigarh Hospitality Association was held here on Tuesday. The points discussed at the meeting included obsolete building bylaws, promotion of tourism using Incredible India scheme, guest houses- wrong branding as hotels, drunken driving drive- how to take it to its logical conclusion and corporate social responsibility. Ankit Gupta, secretary of the association, said a follow-up meeting would follow soon.


The following have been elected as office-bearers of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School: chairman - Malik Singh Kohli; vice-chairman - Amarjit Singh Sehgal; manager - Amrik Singh; cashier - Sukhcharan Singh Lamba.

Dental awareness

Shivalik Public School, Mohali, organised a talk on “dental awareness” by Dr Rajiv from Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental and Science Hospital, Sector 25. He directed students to take care of their teeth and visit a dentist on regular basis. According to him, parents are the foremost, who can guide their children for maintaining good teeth. He also made children familiar with the role of a dentist in society.

BJP forms investors cell

The Punjab unit of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has constituted a state-level investors cell to guide industrialists while investing in the state. Giving details about the objectives of the investors cell, Amardeep Sharma, the newly elected secretary, said the body constituted at the directive of cabinet minister Tiksan Sud would also act as a watchdog of the state government to check whether the state funds were being used in creating industrial infrastructure or not.


Weeklong Vanamahotsava celebrations concluded here on Tuesday at Small Wonders School, Mohali. The eventful week began with a fancy dress competition marked with significant messages by students on themes like don’t cut trees, grow more tress, save mother earth, use paper bags, etc. On the second day, students took out a rally in the Phase VII market and distributed paper bags made of old newspapers. The third day of the celebrations saw all students dressed in green clothes to disseminate the message “Go Green”. The concluding day witnessed colourful events followed by sapling plantation drive in the presence of dignitaries, Tripat Parmar, director Deeksha, and SR Chaudhuri (IFS retd), president Environment Protection Society, Mohali.


As a part of the faculty development programme on “Academic innovation through advanced teaching aids and learning process”, a lecture was delivered by Dr Harsh Sharma at Chandigarh Business School. Faculty of the business school and other colleges that are part of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges was apprised of the way Dr Harsh Sharma juxtaposed his knowledge of astrology with his medical profession and how it has helped him in treating patients. Dr Harsh Sharma also dwelled on various ways astrology and its knowledge can be used to diagnose problems that a patient may be suffering from and may even suffer from in the future. He also shared his experiences of using social media sites like Facebook to reach out to masses and also to educate people about various options available to them. The faculty members also expressed their desire to use various latest tools to reach out to students and help them in their academics and also streamline the placement process. Dr Col SPS Bedi, executive director, CGC, and Dr Hitesh Katyal, principal, CGC, were highly appreciative of the innovative methods used by Dr Harsh Sharma for the benefit of common people and also the way various latest technological tools were being put to the optimum use.

Justice Day

On the occasion of International Justice Day, the E-Max Group of Institutions appealed to international community for extradition of criminals like Dawood Ibrahim and many others. Members of E-Max Youth Club “Prayas” also made general public aware about this issue. Various posters highlighting this sensitive issue was prepared and displayed by members of youth club and faculty members of E-Max. Slogans like “Justice for India”, “Motherland India wanting Justice”, etc, were displayed.


The mathematics department of Satluj Public School, Sector 4, conducted a puzzle-solving quiz as a part of the Mathematics Club activity. All students from Classes VI to X participated in the quiz. Meritorious students were awarded certificates by Principal Krit Serai.

Pensioners’ plight

A delegation of leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, comprising Gian Chand Gupta, treasurer Haryana BJP; Panchkula MC vice-president BB Singal and convener of district BJP local bodies cell CB Goel, met Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar and informed her about the plight of pensioners on account of non-payment of pensions from the last four months.

--Tribune reporters



commissionerate system
Only 75 posts approved
Police dept had demanded 294 posts
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 19
In a step closer towards the formation of the joint police commissionerate for the Panchkula and Ambala districts, the Haryana state finance department has approved 75 new posts for the commissionerate system. The state government is claiming that in one-month time they will issue notification for the commissionerate system.

Though the police department had demanded 294 posts, the state finance department has only approved 75 news posts for the joint police commissionerate system for Panchkula and Ambala districts.

The move is aimed to improve the policing system of the two districts. When contacted, the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary to the Government of Haryana, Sameer Mathur, said the finance department had made some changes, but he could not divulge more details on this issue. He, however, assured that state government was soon going to issue notification for the joint commissionerate system for Panchkula and Ambala.

After issuing notification, the state government would provide for a police officer not below the rank of the Inspector General of Police to be the Commissioner for both Ambala and Panchkula.

Apart from the post of Commissioner, there would be a Joint Commissioner with the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police and five Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP). Sources said there would be a DCP (crime), DCP (traffic), DCP (Panchkula), DCP (Ambala) and DCP (rural).

In the commissionerate system, the Police Commissioner would have powers under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). Under the commissionerate system, the police would get magisterial powers, including those under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC, along with the power to issue licenses under the Arms Act.

The police would be able to issue search warrants, take preventive measures and allow use of force. They could also invoke Section 144 of the CrPC. These powers were at present vested in the Deputy Commissioner of the district.

Gurgaon was the first city in Haryana to get the commissionerate system of policing in 2007, followed by Faridabad in 2009.

Empowering police

Under the commissionerate system, the police will get magisterial powers, along with the power to issue licences under the Arms Act. It would be able to issue search warrants, take preventive measures and allow use of force. It can also invoke Section 144 of the CrPC.



Vanmahotsav celebrated
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, July 19
Van Mahotsav was celebrated with enthusiasm at Gurukul Junior School, Zirakpur. The week-long celebrations ended today with “The Sapling Wave” project.

To mark the beginning of this project, a sapling was planted in the school premises by chief guest Narender Singh, DEO, elementary schools, Mohali, Punjab.



ba-iii result
Grace marks buoy up pass percentage
Still lowest in 5 yrs; kudos for anti-cheating drive
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
In what Panjab University (PU) officials claim to be a result of their anti-cheating mechanisms, the overall pass percentage of BA-III has come down from 69 per cent past year to 56 per cent this year.

In a quick damage-control measure, Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti, using his powers provided under the PU calendar, has awarded grace marks to all students, raising the pass percentage to 62.

The percentage is the lowest in the past five years, with English being the worst-hit subject and affiliated colleges in Punjab the key culprits.

While all top officials are tight-lipped on the issue, a majority of them consider this dip as a reason to cheer.

“The university tried hard to curb cheating and succeeded in doing so. It is because of strict invigilators and a check on cheating that the pass percentage has dipped,” said a senior official.

“The VC has ensured that students are not affected badly and so, grace marks have been awarded across the board. The dip is temporary and the pass percentage will go up soon,” the official added.

“Students who appear from far-flung colleges generally pass in all subjects, thanks to mass cheating. This year, we tightened the noose around such notorious centres and curbed cheating to a great extent,” said another official.

“This is the reason so many students have failed. Many will learn a lesson and study, rather than depending on chits or mobiles, from next year,” the official added.

Contrary to the authorities’ tall claims of strict anti-cheating mechanisms, the PU ended up registering 300-odd cases of use of unfair means in the recent examinations.



Students felicitated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
The UT education department organised a felicitation ceremony for meritorious students, who came out with flying colours in this year’s CBSE class X and XII examinations, at GMSSS, Sector 10, here yesterday.

The students, a majority of whom had left their private counterparts behind, were given laptops in recognition of their hard work.

“Government schools had a higher pass percentage than private schools. These students proved that hefty fee and air-conditioned classrooms are not necessary requisites for quality education,” said DPI(S) Sandeep Hans.



Principals back Josan
Tribune News Service

Chandigharh, July 19
Even as Panjab University (PU) plans to seek legal opinion on BC Josan’s request to revoke his suspension as principal of DAV College, Sector 10, the Principals Federation of PU-Affiliated Colleges has expressed its support to Josan.

In a meeting with university officials today, members of the federation urged the PU Registrar to revoke his suspension, claiming the charges filed by the college mangement to be frivolous.

“We have decided to support him because a majority of charges mentioned in the charge sheet are frivolous. He has been targeted for acts done by his predecessors,” said Gurdeep Singh, a member of the federation.



Punjabi a headache for unlucky 99 of class X
Moti Ram Arya students clueless about score
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Confusion over the new evaluation system for class X, introduced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) this year, has left 99 students of Moti Ram Arya School, Sector 27, in the lurch.

These students had opted for Punjabi as additional subject and appeared in the class X examination, but despite getting results in all other subjects, they were still waiting for the result in this subject.

“Even after a month, we have no clue about the result. The school authorities have failed to tell us anything,” said a parent.

The school authorities shot off a letter to the CBSE Regional Director, informing him about the lapse and urging him to declare the result at the earliest.

The CBSE held the school and students responsible for the non-declaration of the result.

The students had been marked absent in formative assessment (co-scholastic evaluation) and summative assessment (first-term examination).

‘CBSE yet to revert’

We wrote to the board on June 8, but it is yet to revert to us. We will take up the issue with the board, but cannot say much until it responds. We did not get any instruction, asking us to conduct internal evaluation for additional subjects.

— Saroj Savant, principal, Moti Ram Arya School, chandigarh

‘Marked absent’

These students have been marked absent in both formative assessment and summative assessment and so, the result has been withheld. As per norms, they should have appeared for these, as in other subjects.

RJ Khanderao, Regional Director, CBSE, Panchkula



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