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Another controversy rocks panjab varsity
Dept head shifted a day before inspection by national team
Sunedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Panjab University (PU) has come in the eye of another storm with the shifting of the chairperson of the Department of Community Education and Disability Studies to the Institute of Educational Technology and Vocational Studies only a day before its inspection by a team of the National Council of Teachers Education (NCTE).

The institute had been disaffiliated nearly a year-and-a-half ago for lacking teaching faculty. Raising many eyebrows, Manjeet Paintal was not alone to be shifted to meet the “shortage of trained regular staff”, which was one of the major reasons for the disaffiliation of the institute.

The appointment of Dr Sween, who is the assistant director in the department of Life Long Learning and Extension Coordinator of Fashion Technology Department and was also made the coordinator of the institute, has raised questions.

The list of controversial names in the faculty of the department include Dr Anuradha Sharma and Navleen Kaur, both from the Department of Community Education and Disability Studies, besides Dr Prabha Vij who is from the Department of Life Long Learning and Extension.

The first batch of students who graduated from the institute this year was handed over their result only after the intervention of the High Court, which asked the NCTE to inspect the department again.

“How can the PU engage in an illegal activity which it checked for aberrations in its affiliated colleges? How can the university run a department without teachers? How can other department teachers be faked for other departments?”

“Certain teachers are on the rolls of even more than two departments. Is it possible for them to do justice with even one department?” said a senior faculty member of a Punjab-based education college.

One faculty member who has been “summoned for university job”, however, defended the university move, asking, “Why raise a hue and cry over the policy of the institute where you are serving? The centre was set up only four years ago and will take time to establish.”

“The PU has already advertised the regular posts and screening is underway to make amends, at the earliest. We are teachers and our job is to teach no matter how many departments. Moreover, until the regular faculty is hired, what is the harm in using available regular faculty to continue getting affiliation? It is only for benefit of students,” she said.



Illegal PG owners now risk jail, hefty fines
Admn to begin legal proceedings against violators
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Hundreds of house owners in the city running unregistered paying guest accommodations could face imprisonment for up to six months for not having obtained the requisite permission from the UT administration. However, it is not clear whether this could put over 100,000 youngsters estimated to be residing in such PGs in jeopardy after deputy commissioner cum district magistrate Brijindra Singh said the estate office was not opposed to PG accommodation per se.

“We only want to regularize the process in order to maintain law and order in the city and prevent revenue losses to the administration,” he stated.

With only half a dozen six PG accommodation owners having registered with the estate office, the latter has till now issued 120 show cause notices to those running unauthorized PGs

The administration has now decided to initiate proceedings under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code against those house owners who have been running PGs without getting them registered with the estate office. Under this section those violating its provisions can be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term that may extend to six months or with a fine up to Rs 1,000 or both.

The estate office will charge Rs 500 per sq feet per month from the day a show cause notice is issued to a violator. Also, running PGs in the city without the mandatory permission is restrained under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

“To nail those running illegal PGs we will begin imposing section 188 of the IPC against violators very soon”, said Brijendra.

A joint drive by estate office officials and the Chandigarh police will soon be launched to identify the violators. This was decided at a meeting, chaired by the deputy commissioner, held recently, which was attended by UT SSP Naunihal Singh, all deputy superintendents of police and other senior estate office officials. Giving details, Brijendra said: “Cops in their respective beats will inspect houses in their areas to identify PGs there. Initially we’ll target those violators who are running PGs in large numbers and initiate proceedings against them under section 188 of the IPC”. He added the administration was also looking into the aspect of the number of rent deeds a houseowner can prepare. Many landlords in the city are known to preparing rent deeds to show their PGs as tenants.

“To deal with such ‘smart’ acts we are examining the aspect in this regard. In such cases we’ll also check whether or not a landlord has informed the police station about his tenant, which is otherwise mandatory,” said Brijendra.

Since running PGs is a lucrative business hundreds of residential premises in the city are being used as PG accommodations.



A year on, no end to family’s agony
UT Home Secy, SSP don’t have time to meet Neha Ahlawat’s distraught father
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Neha’s father Rajvir Singh Ahlawat and mother Kamlesh point towards her scooter bearing scratches caused by stones after she was killed.
daily pain Neha’s father Rajvir Singh Ahlawat and mother Kamlesh point towards her scooter bearing scratches caused by stones after she was killed. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, July 28
Her eyes go wet as she points towards the Activa Scooter, which her 22-year-old daughter Neha used to daily ride on way to her MBA classes in an institute in Mohali. Neha’s mother, Kamlesh, recalls how her lively daughter used to return home for lunch only to each time ask what was being cooked.

“I revive fond memories of her by looking at her clothes, her shoes and all her other belongings and have kept these intact in her room. I cannot part with her belongings and have preserved her room as well as her scooter. Life for me is unbearable now, but it is a bitter fact that we have to live with this tragedy all our lives,” she said.

On July 30, it will be exactly a year when Neha Ahlawat was found brutally murdered near a taxi stand in Sector 38 (West). Even after a year of ‘investigations’ by the police, the sensational case remains unsolved, reflecting poorly on the state of city policing. While her family is in despair and crying foul over the police’s failure, the mystery surrounding the case has only deepened.

“If only the UT police had solved the case, we could have got some solace. Instead, for us it has been a year of running after the police, bureaucrats and ministers. Each time we have been greeted with indifference. I know my daughter will not return, but seeing her killers behind bars will give me peace of mind,” she said.

“Her birthday falls in September, slightly over a month from now. She always used to call her friends and ask me to cook her favourite dishes,” she said. “She was a very brave girl and knew martial arts well. Her killers must have been at least four in number as she was not the one to surrender easily,” says Kamlesh.

Father’s diary

NehaEver since he lost her daughter, Neha’s father, Rajvir Singh, has been maintaining a diary of the day-to-day police investigations and details of his visits to police officers. The diary mentions how many times he has been moving from pillar to post but all in vain so far. “I have not written anything in my diary for the last three to four months as the police has literally done nothing,” he said.

“UT SSP Naunihal Singh never takes our calls or responds to our phone calls. He has met us only twice in reponse to over a dozen attempts to meet him. UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas has no time for the common man. I have gone to meet him four times in the last one month. Every time I have been turned away on the pretext that he is busy or in a meeting,” he said.

Showing a page he wrote on September 26 last year, Rajvir says he received momentary happiness when DSP Vijay Kumar summoned him to the police station on that day and told him that the case has been cracked and three residents of Sector 38 (West) had been arrested. “The DSP told us that the police had got scientific and technical evidence against them. But the next day, the police did not declare anything and the DSP did not take our call after that,” he said.

“The CFSL report of her blood and viscera samples is still awaited. Police could not get through the person who sold Neha’s cellphone to a shopkeeper in Colony number 5. “It was after eight months that the police decided to conduct a narco test of the suspects and those too yielded nothing. They are now suspecting it to be the handiwork of drug addicts. Is this the pace with which the investigation in a murder case should proceed?” asked Neha’s father Rajvir.



Shopkeepers make commuters pay through nose
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
If you are charged Rs 25 for a packet of chips costing Rs 20 at the Inter-State Bus Terminuses of Sectors 43 and 17, don’t be surprised.

In flagrant violation of consumer rights, shopkeepers at the two ISBTs have been overcharging visitors for packaged products like eatables, soft drinks and mineral water with impunity. Consumers end up paying more than the maximum retail price (MRP) on almost all products, even as the authorities choose to look the other way.

Thousands of people visiting the ISBTs every day are being fleeced by the shopkeepers, who arbitrarily charge rates much higher than the printed prices.

Ishani Sharma, a college student and a regular visitor to the ISBT-43, said all shopkeepers charged varied rates, which were much higher than the actual cost of the product.

“In the absence of shops near the ISBT, we have to purchase the items at a higher cost. A chocolate costing Rs 25 is sold for Rs 30 by shopkeepers,” she claimed.

Manohar Lal, station supervisor, ISBT-43, says on receiving such complaints, they forward these to the higher authorities, following which the shopkeepers are penalised. If it is happening again, they will verify the rates being charged by shopkeepers and initiate action, he added.

The visitors have been facing the problem of overcharging for several years, but the practice continues unabated.

A bottle of soft drink that costs Rs 23 is being sold for Rs 25, while a packet of juice with the maximum retail price of Rs 18 is being sold for Rs 20. Similarly, a bottle of mineral water priced at Rs 15 is being sold for Rs 20.

Even the prices of products like chocolates and sweets vary from their actual price. Sameer Kumar, who travels between Chandigarh and Shimla frequently, says once commuters reach the bus terminus, they have no option but to purchase products at a higher cost.

“In a hurry to catch the bus, we buy products at a higher cost,” says Kumar.

Things are no different at the ISBT-17, where commuters are being charged Rs 25 for a bottle of soft drink, otherwise priced at Rs 23.

Damanjeet Singh, another commuter, says he had once argued with a stall owner over the pricing of a product, but he told him to purchase it from somewhere else.


Estate Office seals 4 tent houses, one office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The UT Estate Office today sealed four tent houses and a Punjab government’s office here. While the tent houses were being run illegally from shop-cum-offices in various parts of the city, the office of Punjab Veterinary Council was functioning from a two-kanal house (no 520) in Sector 33.

Incidentally, the three tent houses in Sectors 32, 29 and 46 had the same name-Mahajan Tent House, while the fourth one in Sector 46 had a different name-Sood Tent House.

Today, a team from the Estate Office led by Ravinder Sharma, inspector (misuse and enforcement), sealed the tent houses at 9.15 am.

“Running a tent house comes under a ‘special trade’ category. As per rules, a tent house can only be run after seeking permission from the Chief Administrator,” said Sharma.

He added that it was against the rules to run an office from residential premises,” said Sharma.

Illegal structures razed

Tightening noose around violators, a team from the UT Estate Office demolished unauthorised structures in six houses of the Milkfed Employees Cooperative Society in Sector 49 here today.

Owners of these houses had encroached upon the land by installing grills, said an official. 



Booth owners, BJP activists at daggers drawn
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
It was the BJP versus booth owners in the city today. While the Chandigarh Rehri and Booth Markets Association’s plan to organise a “pardafash rally” at the Sector 22 Shastri Market against the BJP’s baseless slander campaign against owners of rehris and small booths could not be fizzled out due to the imposition of Section 144 CrPC, the BJP went ahead with its “halla bol” rally near Nehru Park. However, the booth owner termed BJP’s slander campaign as “great insult to the poor and hardworking small time business people who are supporting themselves and their families, by doing business through rehris or booths in different markets of Chandigarh.”

While the BJP workers were quite vocal about in opposing the Congress-supported “pardafash rally”, members of the booth association wore black head bands to register their protest against the BJP.



Viral hepatitis, a silent killer stalking city
Deadlier than B type, incidence of disease has soared during past three years
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
As the world observed the first Hepatitis Day today, there is both good and bad news for city residents. While the incidence of hepatitis B is on the decline, the number of people getting infected with hepatitis C, an infectious disease considered more serious and that can even be fatal, has risen considerably during the past three years.

Statistics reveal while 40 million people in India suffer from chronic hepatitis of the B or C type, one of every 12 people in the world is afflicted with this medical condition that is characterized by inflammation of the liver. These high figures, which highlight the extent of the problem and the low levels of awareness for preventing the spread the disease, prompted the World Health Organization to declare July 28 as World Hepatitis Day.

Mercifully, the City Beautiful, with its relatively clean environs and a highly aware and educated population, appears to be nowhere near the global incidence of the disease. However, the number of cases of hepatitis C, an infectious disease affecting the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus, have risen from 389 in 2008 to 423 in 2010. The figures for this year stand at 86 cases as of April 30, according to annual blood collection reports from various government hospitals in the city. The number may go up slightly higher since these figures do not include positive cases from privately run hospitals and laboratories.

In contrast the number of hepatitis B cases has fallen from 624 in 2008 to 491 in 2010 with 142 cases recorded till April 30 this year.

Dr Varinder Singh of PGI’s hepatology department said hepatitis C, which spreads from blood to blood contact, was a much bigger threat and people needed to be aware about the risks. “A tattooing needle to an otherwise innocuous razor at a barber’s shop can spread hepatitis C. Even sharing a toothbrush with an infected person with bleeding gums can transmit the disease. Also, hepatitis B is often transmitted unknowingly from a ‘carrier’ mother to her offspring and hence tends to affect other family members”, he added.

Doctors say while preventive vaccines are available for hepatitis B, treatment for the C type is administered only after its detection.

Dr Mohinish Chhabra, a gastroenterology consultant, says acute viral hepatitis usually results in fatigue, fever, nausea and vomiting but these are common to many other diseases. Therefore, to make a diagnosis, a clinician will often need to use additional tests. Hepatitis C is often referred to as a silent killer.



Depts told to submit inventories by next week
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Home Secretary Ram Niwas today directed the departments, which had not submitted their inventories of the heritage items to the UT administration so far, to submit them by next week.

This direction came at a meeting related to the auction of heritage furniture items convened by the Home Secretary with the Chief Architect, Special Secretary Finance, members of the Heritage committee and other senior officials of Chandigarh administration.

Home Secretary directed all departments concerned to get it verified whether the heritage furniture items sold by international auction houses were the same items which had been disposed of by the departments having no salvage value and submitted a report.

The department of urban planning, Chandigarh administration, has been directed to provide a copy of the catalogue of heritage furniture items being auctioned by international auction houses at various platforms.

These catalogue copies shall be forwarded to various departments of the Chandigarh administration, Haryana and Punjab governments to cross-check the status of auctioned items.

The Chief Architect said inventories of heritage furniture and other articles had been received from 33 offices.

Around 25 departments/offices have intimated that they do not possess any inventory of heritage furniture items, whereas 14 departments of Panjab University have prepared inventories of heritage items and submitted these inventories to Chandigarh.

The departments and institutions which are yet to submit their inventories include Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, municipal corporation, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana High Court, department of PWD B & R, Haryana, Civil Dispensary, Kajheri village and Chandigarh Transport Undertaking.

A three-member committee visited 22 different offices and 17 departments of Punjab University, Chandigarh.

The committee constituted for identification of heritage furniture items has been directed to visit the remaining departments/offices soon.

The Chief Architect said the inventory of historical drawings of the department of urban planning, UT, Chandigarh, had been prepared.



CBI court indicts SI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Special CBI judge Ritu Tagore today framed charges against UT police sub-inspector Nirmal Singh in a graft case. The case dates back to May. Central Bureau of Investigation sleuths had caught Nirmal Singh of the police station-34 while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 from the complainant.

Subash Kumar, a resident of Sector 48, had lodged a complaint against Nirmal Singh, alleging that the police official had been demanding Rs 5,000 from him for dropping his name in the chargesheet in a case registered against him. Nirmal Singh was caught at the police station where he had called Subash Kumar to give him the money. Nirmal Singh had registered a case of assault and trespass on a complaint lodged by Rajinder Kaur of Sector 44 against Jasbir Singh, Jagga Singh and their friend Subash Kumar on May 18. Subash Kumar was later released on bail. Nirmal Singh had told him that he would “dilute” the case if he gave him money.



Don’t make Industrial Area commercial hub: Report
Addl DC says it’s against ‘spirit of city’s Master Plan’
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The inquiry report prepared by the UT additional deputy commissioner into the May-12 earth cave-in incident, in which two labourers were killed, in Industrial Area has opened a Pandora’s box.

Apart from questioning the zoning plan of 41 buildings, both built and under construction, which have been converted for carrying out commercial activities in Industrial Area, the report has cautioned the UT administration against converting it into a commercial hub.

Zoning entails identifying both the layout and the number of buildings that can be built on a defined space.

The report, in fact, goes to the extent of stating that conversion of the Industrial Area into a commercial hub is not “within the spirit of the city’s Master Plan”.

Recommending that the UT administration should ponder over the issue, Sharma asserts the existing infrastructure in Industrial Area is neither sufficient nor compatible for carrying out commercial activities.

Questioning the wisdom of the Plan Approval Committee (Upper) or PAC (U), Sharma has expressed surprise at the approval of building plans without taking into consideration traffic analysis, sanitary provisions and other civic amenities.

On the existing commercial complexes, Sharma maintained: “I fear that 41 buildings, carrying out commercial activities in Industrial Area, have not taken any notice of zoning, which needs a thorough enquiry by the PAC (U). If any violation is found, suitable action should be taken.”

The buildings included commercial complexes like Centra Mall, Emporio Mall and under-construction structure of Larsen and Tubro.

Indicts contractor, architect, SDO

In his report, Sharma has indicted Sher Singh, the contractor, Kamaldeep Singh, the architect, and Vinod Kumar Jain, the then SDO of the estate office’s building branch for the incident.

“Prima facie the responsibility of the cause of accident lies with Sher Singh, Kamaldeep Singh and Vinod Kumar Jain. It is also moral responsibility of the PAC (U),” says the report.

The inquiry officer held that none of the architects - senior architect, structure engineer or technical expert - had visited the site. The contractor was not even registered with the labour department.

Sharma observed that the PAC (U) had been so casual in its approach that while approving the building plans, it had not taken into account the existing railway line, which is laid at a distance of around 90 feet, and also the wide road located on the other side.

“The UT administration should lay down a standardised procedure where such type of structures are coming up. They should define the accountability of each and every officer entrusted with approving building plans of such magnitude and their supervision,” says Sharma in his report.



Realty check for city
Residential property prices down by 10-15 pc
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Chandigarh’s real estate bubble seems to have burst. Blame it on inflated prices or affordable housing in the city’s periphery by major real estate players, residential property prices, which had touched a high last year, are now down by 10 to 15 per cent this year.

Panic has gripped investors and real estate consultants, who booked properties to make a killing, with hardly any takers for the large-sized (over one kanal and above) plots and houses.The demand for the marla houses (ranging between 100 to 400 sq yards) has fallen considerably, putting a question mark on the artificially jacked-up prices by vested interests, sources said.

“This is one of the worst times in the city’s real estate history. We had booked a number of properties last year to benefit from the rising prices. However, the crash in property prices has taken its toll on our finances and bodes ill for real estate scenario in the city,” says a leading property consultant of Chandigarh.

A random survey of the property market in recent days revealed that the maximum decline in the prices had been witnessed in plots and houses that were over one kanal or 500 sq yards. While there is considerable variation in the prices of one-kanal houses depending on the location and quality of construction, the prices of one-kanal house now range between Rs 5 to 7 crore, a fall from between Rs 1 to 2 .The prices last year were in the range of Rs 6 to 8 crore.

Similarly, prices of 10-marla houses now range between Rs 3.5 crore to Rs 4 crore, marking a decline of up to 20 per cent compared to last year. Eight-marla houses are now available in the range of Rs 3 crore to 3.5 crore, while six-marla houses are now available for up to Rs 3 crore. Since a major portion of the amount spent on buying property is by “black money”, the rates were negotiable depending upon the cash-paying capacity of the buyers.

Anup Sharma, who has been scouting for a freehold property in the city for the past over one year, informed that the prices, which were highly inflated last year, were coming down to realistic levels now. With investors and unscrupulous property dealers artificially jacking up prices on their way out, prices are likely to fall further, he asserted.

Conceding that there had been a decline in the prices of residential property, Kamaljit Panchhi, acting president of the Property Consultants Association, Chandigarh, blamed it on hike in the collector rates and rising home loan interests.



Fruit & vegetable market auction nets Rs 35.6 cr
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 28
The Punjab Mandi Board garnered Rs 35.6 crore from Wednesday’s auction of 11 commercial sites located in the modern fruit and vegetable market coming up on 20 acres of land in Sector 65A (Phase XI). The highest bid received was Rs 3.72 crore for a SCO (shop cum office) site against its reserved price of Rs 1.89 crore, with another SCO attracting the lowest bid of Rs 2.97 crore against the reserved price of Rs 1.89 crore.

During the auction the prospective buyers raised objections to the boards’ failure to provide details of the sites going under the hammer. “The board did not undertake proper publicity about the auction”, said many of them.

Board officials said the fruit and vegetable market was envisaged on the lines of European markets and was expected to give a boost to farmers dealing in vegetables, fruits and flowers. 



Nurses’ strike leaves patients in lurch
Tribune News Service

Patients left unattended to during the strike by nurses at the emergency ward of General Hospital, Sector 6, in Panchkula on thursday.
Patients left unattended to during the strike by nurses at the emergency ward of General Hospital, Sector 6, in Panchkula on thursday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, July 28
Hundreds of patients were left to their fate at the General Hospital in Sector 6 when nursing staff went on strike in the afternoon here today. While the patients and their attendants in the emergency ward could be seen pleading for help from the students of nursing present in the hospital, the nurses were busy arguing with authorities over the suspension of their colleagues.

At 2 pm the authorities issued letters of suspension to four nurses. Immediately after this the nurses present in the hospital, including those at the emergency ward, left the work and rushed to the office of the Director General (health). Later they met Civil Surgeon VK Bansal who asked them to submit their grievances on the issue in writing.

Meanwhile, the patients in the hospital were inconvenienced in the absence of nurses. As the patients and their attendants were in a tizzy the students of nursing in the hospital came to their rescue and attended to some of them. Fortunately, no complications were reported in any of the patients during one-and-a-half hour of strike by nurses.

The suspended nurses alleged that the authorities made them a scapegoat after Haryana Chief Parliamentary Secretary (health) Ram Kishan Fauji found the hospital in a mess. On July 22, during a surprise visit, Fauji found that bed sheets and curtains in some wards were torn and dirty while toilets were stinking.

The nurses said four of their colleagues -- Santosh, Reema, Rani and Renu -- were suspended as a dog was found in the room of their duty. The boundary of the hospital is open to stray animals and nurses alone could not be held responsible if these animals strayed into the hospital, they contended.

However the nurses returned on their duty at 3.30 pm. “We will wait till tomorrow evening for the authorities to revoke the suspension of our colleagues otherwise a meeting of the nurses’ union will be convened to call upon a strike,” they said.

The Civil Surgeon, when contacted, said: “Their grievances will be forwarded to the Director General (health) for his consideration.”



Young guards replace old ones at Mohali gates
Our Correspondent

A file photo of a new security gate.
A file photo of a new security gate.

Mohali, July 28
An identification parade of the guards employed to man security gates in the town was held today at one of the police stations. The young ones, for better performance, have replaced middle-aged security guards.

All 31 security guards hired by a private company to man the gates at night attended the identification parade at the Matour police station. They interacted with the SHO concerned who gave them tips on how to greet residents while on duty at the gates. The required documents and photographs of the security guards were given to the police for their verification.

Additional Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Parveen Kumar Thind said all guards were given whistles, batons and torches. They had also been equipped with walkie-talkie sets that could be used in cases of emergency. Nearly 50 per cent of the security personnel had been replaced and young persons had been hired in place of middle-aged people for better performance.

The contractor was asked to replace the boards that conveyed required details in Hindi with Punjabi. A meeting with representatives of residents’ welfare associations of Phases IX and XI was also held for proper interaction.

Thind further said that during the past two months complaints regarding misbevaiour were received but over the past more than one week the situation had improved and no complaint had been received.

The civic body had gone ahead with the new security gate system despite the murder of a guard more than a month ago. The police was asked to assist the guards on duty at the security gates. For the time being, only the registration numbers of the vehicles leaving and entering the area after the specified time would be recorded in the registers maintained at the gates without the drivers being asked to prove their identity.

As many as 62 gates had been put up in various parts of the town to provide a security cover to residents.



Mohali administration struggles to find dumping ground
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 28
The Mohali district administration is faced with a piquant situation. For the third consecutive time, the administration is facing opposition from the landowners whose land has been identified to set up a common municipal solid waste management facility (garbage dumping ground) on the outskirts of the town.

This time the opposition is from landowners at Samgauli village of Dera Bassi where a 50-acre site had been identified by a six-member Site Selection Committee, constituted by the state government on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, to set up the facility. The Committee had recommended three sites for the purpose, including the 50-acre site in Samgauli as it fulfilled the laid down parameters.

Last year, three sites selected at Swara, Rasanheri and Jhanjeri villages were identified for dumping garbage, but none of these could be finalised due to protest by residents of nearby areas. Prior to it, a site near Dairi village could not be taken up, as it did not fulfill the laid down parameters.

A senior official in the local government said the department had been entrusted with conducting topography study of the Samgauli site before going for environment assessment study. Before starting the acquisition proceedings, the Punjab Pollution Control Board would conduct a public hearing. Assistant Commissioner Parveen Thind said the site at Samgauli village was away from population and fulfilled all parameters laid down to set up a solid waste management facility.

Sixty acres were available in Nimbuaan village, but the panchayat had not passed a resolution clearing the acquisition of land at government rates. Another 100 acres in Khairpur village in Kharar tehsil was also short-listed by the selection committee. 



Tricity Scan
Sanitation drive

A sanitation campaign was flagged off at Kajheri village. An additional 25 'safai karamcharis' were deployed to clean public places and open spaces.

GMCH unit

UT Adviser KK Sharma inaugurated the high-dose-rate brachytherapy unit at the department of radiotherapy, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

Lecture on hepatitis

To mark World Hepatitis Day, Fortis Hospital organised a lecture on hepatitis. Dr Mohinish Chhabra spoke in detail about hepatitis.

Quiz winners

Hosts Manav Mangal Smart School won the Chandigarh city finals of the Limca Book of Records quiz. Around 572 students from 98 schools took part.

Bal Niketan

Additional district and sessions judge Subhash Mehla and chief judicial magistrate Gurvinder Kaur visited the Bal Niketan at Sector 2 and inspected various facilities. tribune reporters



Admissions to alternative vocational courses on in city
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
For class X and XII passouts who wish to get enrolled in courses other than traditional graduation bachelors of arts, commence or sciences (BA, B.Com or BSc), admission to an array of diplomas and alternate vocational courses is currently in progress in various institutes of the city.

Admissions are on for one-year industrial training course (called ITI) at the Government Central Crafts Institute for Women, Sector 11, in various disciplines ranging from embroidery, hair and skin care to cutting and sewing, computer operations and programming assistant course.

For 280 seats in various ITI courses, 550 forms have already been sold and the numbers are expected to reach 800. Eligibility for ITI in cutting sewing and embroidery is Class VIII, for ITI dressmaking and hair-skin care it is class X and for stenography (English, Hindi and Punjabi) and for ITI in computer operator is class XII passout.

“Our institute has been declared as a centre of excellence by the Government of India. In addition to our regular courses, seven new job-oriented computer courses have been started this year at the institute of six months duration under a public private partnership as directed by the government. The additional benefit of this course is that any other college student can also get enrolled in them,” said Surjeet Singh, a senior college faculty member.

The new computer six month courses include-web designing, advance web designing, dot net, core java, advance java, PHP, tally and accountancy. The eligibility for these courses is class XII and 20 seats are offered in each discipline. Any postgraduate enrolling for these courses gets additional 5 marks relaxation.

The course fee for computer course is Rs 7,000 (for six months) and for the ITI course the fee is Rs 100 per month, while a stipend of Rs 100 is also granted. Information regarding the course can be sought at 0172-740250.

For Class XII passouts and professionals from the medical fraternity interested in studying naturopathy, enrollments have begun for diploma in naturopathy and yoga (NDDY) in which a course of three years and internship of six months is included.

The certificate is awarded by the Gandhi National Academy, New Delhi, and classes are held for three hours only on Sunday at Gandhi Smarak Bhawan, Sector 16, Chandigarh.

The minimum age for the course is 18 years, while there is no maximum age limit. The session starts in August 2011 and the last date for depositing form (cost Rs 50) is August 15 without late fee and August 31 with late fee. In the annual examination system, the exams are held in June and December every year. Eligibility for the diploma course is class XII.

Doctors are directly admitted to the second year of the course. Class X and XII documents are to be attached along with two passport size photos with the form. Panjab University has also started a postgraduate diploma in naturopathy which has the same eligibility as offered by the Gandhi Smarak Bhawan.

“Students who passout of this diploma find jobs in hospitals, hotels or as diet consultants and this course is also done by people for self-healing as well as knowledge of naturopathy,” said Dr Devraj Tyagi, director, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi.

The fee for one year course is Rs 4,500 in which the books are provided by the centre and students have an option of studying in centres located at Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Hisar or Panipat. Information regarding the course can be sought at 0172-2770976.

Government Central Crafts Institute for Women, Sector 11

One-year industrial training programme offered in the following disciplines

1. Cutting and sewing- 80 seats

2. Embroidery and needle work- 48 seats

3. Dress making- 16 seats

4. Stenography (English)- 16 seats

5. Stenography (Hindi)- 32 seats

6. Stenography (Punjabi)- 16 seats

7. Computer operator and programming assistant- 40 seats

Diploma in naturopathy and yoga

Offered by- Gandhi Smarak Nidhi (at Gandhi Smarak Bhawan, Sector 16)

Duration- Three years’ course and six months’ internship

Seats- 100

Eligibility- Class XII or more

Fee- Rs 4,500 annually

Last date- August 15

Government Central Crafts Institute for Women, Sector 11

Six-month computer courses in web designing, advance web designing, dot net, core java, advance java, PHP, tally and accountancy

Eligibility: Class XII and above

Seats: 20 per specialisation



Sekhon panel verdict out: Josan guilty
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The Justice Sekhon Committee has held BC Josan, former principal of DAV College, Sector 10, guilty in the case of the now-derecognised Bachelors of Physical Education (BPEd) course, offered by the college the previous year.

The committee headed by Justice Sekhon recommended that a heavy penalty be imposed on the college for the conduct of the principal, found guilty of withholding material information while applying for the release of degree.

The committee also gave an option to the college management to realise this fine from Josan, who was the principal at that time.

Josan had run into troubled waters the previous year when he awarded BPEd degrees to students despite it having being disaffiliated by the NCTE.

“The NCTE had asked Josan to get a director and teachers, but mangement never made any appointments. What is his fault? The course was started before he became principal,” said a Syndicate member.

The report would be tabled in the forthcoming meeting of the Syndicate, which would play a crucial role in deciding the fate of under-suspension Josan.



Result awaited, students suffer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
Contrary to its tall claims of a revolutionised examination system, Panjab University has failed to declare the second-semester results of a majority of postgraduate classes, resulting in the non commencement of second-year classes almost two weeks after the beginning of the session.

In a meeting with department chairpersons today, Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti claimed that in some cases, evaluation results had not been forwarded by the teachers concerned, which led to a delay in declaration of results. He asked the examination branch and the faculty to complete the work and declare the results by Monday.

“It has been two weeks and we have not been able to start second-year classes because first-year results are not out yet. We cannot blame the examination branch entirely as many teachers have not cared to submit their evaluation sheets. Students are suffering and it is bound to bring a bad name to our new examination system,” he said.



MCMDAV-36 freshers get warm welcome
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
The MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, organised an induction day ceremony today to welcome freshers, introduce them to the value system of the college and instil in them spirit of belonging to the college.

Recent alumni-achievers Deepti Uppal, an IAS officer, Shweta Dhankar, an IPS officer, and Lt Suman Godara of the 24th Infantry at Bikaner inspired them to excel in their respective fields.

They expressed gratitude to the faculty of the college for encouraging them in realising their dreams. A number of students who had secured top positions in university examinations were honoured.

Students were instructed not to indulge in ragging. A skit was presented on the significance of add-on courses. Principal Puneet Bedi also spoke on the occasion.



Reaching out to community a must
Overhaul of NSS activities for students of government colleges in city
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 28
From the current academic session, reaching out to the community for social causes and training in life-skill development will become a mandatory part of student activities in all government colleges in the city.

In an interaction of college students with Director Higher Education, the UT administration and the college authorities, it was found that a restriction of 120 hours of work to avail themselves of extra benefit for jobs or higher studies as a part of the National Service Scheme (NSS) was preventing students from joining it.

A circular was issued to all colleges, dated July 15, to introduce an outreach programme for students, while an option to join any of the eight clubs as a part of the NSS, was also mentioned in the college prospectus.

At the time of admission for the 2011-2012 academic session, each student was required to choose from eight clubs, like environment and stress management, in which 50 hours of participation would be mandatory.

“The outreach programme has been introduced with the aim to involve all students in self-development activities. Expanding the horizon of the NSS in colleges, being opted for by a limited number of students, various clubs have been put in place under the NSS,” said Ajoy Sharma, Director Higher Education.

“All faculty members will be involved and hence, will not be burdened with any extra activity. A schedule of what activity they will facilitate through clubs has already been prepared. Students will have the edge of learning something beyond academics. Through a variety of clubs, they get to choose the activity they want to get involved with,” he added.

Of the 50-hour outreach activity, at least 30 hours would be off-campus and directly in touch with the community. A maximum of 20 hours would be utilised for orientation through lectures, discussions and audio-visual aids.



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