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Admn scraps recruitment of 144 CTU conductors
Unsuccessful candidates had moved CAT against UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
The UT administration today scrapped the recruitment of 144 bus conductors in the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU). The decision, which would have an adverse affect on the functioning of the public transport system in the city, followed the report of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), which established that nine of the successful candidates had impersonated during the examination.

Criminal cases would be initiated against the nine candidates, sources said, adding that the recruitment process was scrapped following a nod from UT Administrator Shivraj Patil.

Though there were no interviews for the selection and the UT administration had outsourced the selection process to Panjab University, the selection of an overwhelming number of candidates from Haryana had raised eyebrows.
Both the recruitment process and the role of Home-cum-Transport Secretary Ram Niwas, a Haryana-cadre IAS officer, came under the scanner.

About 30,000 candidates had appeared for the examination, of which 144 were selected. Of these, 139 belonged to Haryana while only two were from Punjab and only one from Chandigarh.

It had also been alleged that many candidates who were declared successful and had scored over 90 marks were not even able to properly fill in their forms. Some were unable to write their names, which were later corrected by making handwriting changes in the forms.

When the then Director (Transport) TPS Phoolka brought these facts to the notice of the higher authorities, a five-member committee headed by Phoolka was formed to verify antecedents of selected candidates.

Acting on a petition alleging large-scale irregularities in the recruitment process for CTU conductors, the Central Administrative Tribunal stayed the final appointment of 144 candidates in May.

It had also issued a notice to Ram Niwas following allegations that he had facilitated his favourites and acquaintances to these posts. The petition had been filed by a number of unsuccessful candidates, who alleged gross irregularities.

The recruitment had also rocked the Punjab Vidhan Sabha recently, with the SAD-BJP alliance and the Opposition unanimously demanding the scrapping of the recruitment in the backdrop of alleged favouritism by Ram Niwas in favour domicile Haryana candidates.

Fact sheet
l About 30,000 candidates has appeared in the examination
l Of the 144 selected, 139 belonged to Haryana
l CAT stayed the final selection of bus conductors
l Criminal cases registerd against nine impersonators



Sec 144 no damper
Protests outside houses of PM, Bansal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Despite the UT Additional District Magistrate’s prohibitory orders on forming an assembly of five or more persons, taking out processions, making speeches and raising slogans within the 200-metre radius of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s and various leaders’ houses, Anna Hazare supporters managed to stage a protest outside the PM’s house at Sector 11 and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal’s house at Sector 28 today.

Although there was heavy security on the lanes leading to the PM’s house, the protesters managed to reach in front of house 727 and raise anti-corruption slogans.

Activists of the NGO Aawaaz sat outside the PM’s house and raised slogans against the government. The police turned out to be a mere spectator while they protested for over 45 minutes.

There were protests outside Bansal’s house, following which security was beefed up near the house. Members of the India Against Corruption staged a protest there.

A few members sat in protest at a park opposite the house. In the evening, IT professionals joined them. Security was also beefed up outside the houses of Kapil Sibal and Ambika Soni to avoid any untoward incident.

Protests at the Sector 7-8 roundabout and Sector 22-17 roundabout continued for the eighth day. An effigy of corruption was burnt at the Sector 7-8 roundabout in the evening. 



‘Outsiders’ nabbed by cops in DAV College
Had faked admission slips of other students to enter college
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
In a pointer towards the expected scenario in the forthcoming polls to the student council in local colleges, the police virtually dragged six fake students from inside DAV College, Sector 10, to the gate following high drama during the class-hours here today.

The outsiders had managed college identities by showing forged admission slips and also tampered with identity cards of genuine students for making their entry.

In two separate incidents, the police nabbed the “visitors” who were engaged in campaigning activity in connection with the forthcoming elections in September.

While the “outsiders” were caught and warned to go outside the college in the first case, the Tribune reporter witnessed a police constable holding an outsider by his neck in the second case and dragging him outside the college gate.

In a separate incident, around 12:30 pm, yet another outsider was seen shouting, at the top of his voice, that he had sustained an injury in his leg while he was attempting to run away from the police. He was caught, along with another outsider, in front of college administrative block.

When contacted, Station House Officer (SHO) of the Sector 3 police station, Poonam Dilawari, said, “When these students were apprehended, they claimed to have come to college with regard to admission of their cousins. We don’t have any complaint against them nor anything indiscriminating to hold them. Seeing the situation, we were fully geared to handle any untoward situation.”

The college went into an immediate correction mode and deployed additional security at the college gate, right after the first incident in the morning.

Showcasing the “planned agenda and corresponding plan” outsiders still managed to sneak into the campus. A senior student commented, “The college had a very long period of indefinite leadership when we had two principals. The overall discipline has deteriorated and this has led to a lot of outside interference, which the college needed to guard against.”

“Students are fully aware that regular checks are being conducted outside and inside DAV College. Yet they dared to get inside the college with the intention to create mischief. Else why would they be running off when we spot them?” said a policeman on duty outside DAV college.

It was only when the police cross-checked the driving licences of a few outsiders and tallied these with the admission slips that their fake identity was established.



Uphill task at Estate Office
With lift out of order, senior citizens and physically challenged bear the brunt
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
It seems the authorities at the UT Estate Office in Sector 17 here are indifferent to the plight of senior citizens and physically challenged persons who frequent the building for different jobs.

For the past one month, the lift at the three-storeyed public building is out of order and no official seems to be bothered about the issue.

Ironically, the building houses the offices of the UT Deputy Commissioner (DC) Brijendra Singh, Assistant Estate Officer (AEO) Rahul Gupta, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) ML Sharma and Land Acquisition Officer (LAO) Tilak Raj. The colony and rehri cell of the Estate Office and offices of the local tehsildars and Naib-Tehsildars are also located here.

“I have to visit the office twice or thrice in a month for some of my works. Most times, I found the lift to be out of order. The DC of the city sits here. Why doesn’t he (the DC) think of the plight of the people like me?” rued Romila Lal (name changed on request), a physically challenged woman from 
the city.

The offices of the DC and ADC are on the first floor, the AEO and LAO offices are on second and third floors, respectively.

In the absence of functional lift, many persons, including senior citizens and patients, who are not advised to use stairs, have no other option but to use staircase. The problem becomes acute for physically challenged persons.

Sixty-five-year-old Dilbagh Singh (name changed), who frequently visited the LAO office in connection with compensation of his land, lamented that he had bypass surgery three years ago and had been advised against using stairs by doctor. “The officials, whom I meet, sit on the third floor. One can well imagine my condition when I get no other option but to use the stairs to reach there,” he said.

A senior official of the Estate Office commented that the lift had outlived its life. “You can’t infuse life in a dead thing,” quipped the official, adding that the lift was as old as the building. So a new lift was needed here.

Poor basic amenities

The state of public toilets in the building is pathetic. Dry taps, dirty surroundings and stink are enough to show the sorry state of affairs in the building. “The officers should come out of their air-conditioned rooms and check the state of civic facilities in such an important public office,” said Rakesh Kumar, a local resident and a frequent visitor to the office.



‘Lover’ held for minor girl’s murder
Tribune News Service

Chandigarhj, August 11
The UT Police has arrested a 20-year-old Mohali resident for the murder of a class IX student of Government Model High School in Sector 41.
The police arrested Parminder Singh, alias Bablu, a taxi driver, for allegedly kidnapping and murdering Mandeep Kaur (17), a minor. The accused pushed her into the Ropar canal to get rid of her, as she refused to return home and insisted him to marry her, the police said.

Kaur was allegedly kidnapped when she was on her way to her residence in Badheri from school on August 9. A missing report was lodged at the Sector 39 police station on this day, which was later converted into a kidnapping case after the girl’s mother complained to the police against Parminder. The UT police arrested the kidnapper Parminder on August 11 and he was remanded to police custody.

During interrogation, the accused disclosed that he had pushed the girl into Ropar canal on the night of August 10. The UT police swung into action and began a search for the girl to verify the claims of the kidnapper.

Meanwhile, the girl’s body had already been recovered from a canal near Tohana in district Fatehabad of Haryana on August 13 and was also cremated there as ‘unidentified’. Today, the girl’s mother identified the photographs of the body that were recovered in Tohana and the police added Section 302 of the IPC against her kidnapper.

The police said investigations into the case revealed that the girl went with the boy, Parminder, on August 9 and refused to return home. He also dropped her once near her home, but she took a bus and again went to his residence and forced him to marry her.

Inspector Charanjeet Singh, SHO, Sector 39 police station, said the accused was a taxi driver and had developed relations with the girl seven months ago. “After the girl went with the accused, he kept her at Khanpur Park near Kharar and when the girl insisted on marrying him, he decided to kill her,” he said.

“The accused took her to the canal near the village and pushed her into water. The car involved in the crime has been seized,” added Charanjeet Singh. “The accused has confessed to his crime,” he added.

The police has added Section of 302 (murder) of IPC in the FIR of kidnapping, which was registered at police station sector 39.

Chain of events:

l August 9: Girl goes missing from Sector 41.

l August 10: Her lover takes her to Ropar canal and pushes her into the deep water after she refuses to go back and asks him to marry her.

l August 11: UT Police registers a case of kidnapping against Parminder on her mother’s complaint.

l August 11: Accused Parminder arrested in case of kidnapping, remanded to police custody till August 14.

l August 13: Tohana police recovers girl’s body from canal.

l August 14: Sector 39 police begins search for girl’s body to verify if she had been killed.

l August 16: Tohana MC cremates body as ‘unidentified’.

l August 22: UT police learns that an ‘unidentified body’ of a girl recovered from canal in Tohana and was cremated there on August 16.

l August 23: Mother of the girl identifies the photographs of the body as her daughter’s and police adds section of murder against the accused.xx


Admn seeks MHA clarification
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
In a development that will further delay the appointment of new UT Home Secretary (HS), the UT administration has sought a clarification from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) whether to post an officer of the level of Finance Commissioner to the crucial post.

There is speculation in administrative circles that officers of the rank of Principal Secretary, equivalent to the rank of Joint Secretary in the Government of India, cannot be appointed new Home Secretary.

“Since the union territory is directly governed by the MHA, the UT administration has found it prudent to seek a clarification before recommending any name as new Home Secretary to avoid legal complications at a later stage,” sources asserted.

Sources said two of the officers in the panel, RR Jowel and PK Das, from the 1986 batch of the IAS, were promoted to the rank of Principal Secretary-cum-Financial Commissioner immediately after the Haryana government sent the panel to the UT administration in the last week of June this year. The third contender for the crucial post was Anil Kumar, a 1988-batch IAS officer.

Meanwhile, the clarification from the MHA, which would take some time to come, would further delay the appointment of the new incumbent. It was unlikely that the new appointee would be able to join by September 24, when current incumbent Ram Niwas, an IAS officer of the 1985 batch, would go back to his parent state of Haryana.

The delay was blamed on the cumbersome process involved in the selection of IAS deputationists from Punjab and Haryana.

After being recommended by the UT administration, the file of the new officer goes to the MHA, which forwards it to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).The final nod for the selection of the new officers comes from the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).

Given its small size and insignificant political importance, appointments for Chandigarh are obviously not the top priority for the ACC, which clears senior postings for the entire country.

In 2008, Centre took about seven months to appoint a Home Secretary, severly affecting even routine administrative work, as additional charge was held by the Finance Secretary.

Besides being the chief administrator, Capitol Project, and chairman of various boards and corporations, the Home Secretary is also the secretary of important departments.



Duronto fares out, at last
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Finally, fares of the Amritsar-Chandigarh Duronto train are out. To travel from Chandigarh to Amritsar, the fare of the AC chair car is Rs 385. For the non-AC chair car, the fare is Rs 167.

In the fare schedule released by the Northern Railway this afternoon, dinner will be served in the AC chair car. The booking for the train started in the evening after the exact fares were put up on the reservation system of the Railways.

The train, after leaving Amritsar at 5.25 am, would chug into the Chandigarh railway station at 9.30 am tomorrow, before resuming its return journey 
at 7 pm.

The return journey from Amritsar would be a little cheaper. The fare, including charges of breakfast for the AC and non-AC coaches, was fixed as Rs 355 and Rs 157, respectively.

The non-stop train, to be run five days a week, would have 14 coaches for passengers, including two air-conditioned chair cars.

“The train will not run on Fridays and Sundays. It will start from Chandigarh at 7 pm and reach Amritsar at 11.15 pm,” said Praveen Kumar, station master at Chandigarh railway station.

The train leaving Amritsar would bear the number 12242 while it would be numbered 12241 during its return journey, he added. While AC coaches would have 78 seats, the non-AC chair car would have a seating capacity of 106.

Railway chief public relations officer SK Sharma said fares and other particulars would be uploaded on the Railways’ website and passengers would be able to book tickets online soon. 



DSP Ghirra gets bail in Arms Act case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
After getting bail in two cases related with the graft and excise Act, Mohali Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Raka Ghirra today gets bail in the Arms Act case as well.

With this development, DSP Ghirra after spending one month in police custody will finally come out from the Burail Jail.

The CBI had arrested Ghirra for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a property dealer, KK Malhotra, on July 24. The CBI had registered a case against DSP Ghirra under graft charges.



Want NOC? Give building details
MC’s fire department introduces fresh format
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
To create their own detailed data bank about building plans and fire equipment installed therein, the municipal corporation (MC) fire department introduced a fresh format for getting no-objection certificate for any building.

As per the fresh format, the owner of the building will have to give a detailed report about height, floor area ratio, number of floors, parking space, type of occupancy and surrounding property.

He will also have to give a specific report about the kind of fire safety measures installed on each floor and whether fire-fighting vehicles can move smoothly around the building.

After the report is submitted to the fire department, the area station fire officer will visit the building, crosscheck the information provided by the owner and prepare a detailed report. On the basis of the report, NOCs will be issued.

Additional Commissioner-cum-Chief Fire Officer Lalit Siwach has said the purpose of this fresh format is to get maximum details about the building so that fire teams can chalk out a plan as per the building plan and the fire-fighting equipment available in case of a fire.

Records of the fire department show that the department has written to the UT estate office building branch a number of times to provide it building plans of all structures located in the city.

Fire officials have stressed that these plans will help them organise rescue operations in case of fire. Till date, no reply has been received from the estate office.

Multiplexes, get ready

The UT administration has constituted a committee to monitor the installation of fire arrangements and violation of building bylaws in multiplexes. Its members are Joint Home Secretary Abhishek Dev, the MC Chief Fire Officer and the MC estate branch SDO. The committee has been asked to submit its report within a fortnight. The team will visit multiplexes and prepare a detailed report.



FOSWAC has three in mind
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
In the hope of getting representation in the municipal corporation (MC), the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh (FOSWAC) has narrowed down on three members for becoming a nominated councillor.

The FOSWAC management will forward these names, along with bio-data, to the Chandigarh Administrator for his decision. It plans to give a representation to the Administrator for its member as councillor.

According to sources, the names shortlisted are FOSWAC chairman PC Sanghi, vice-chairman GS Ahluwalia and general secretary Hitesh Kumar Puri.



High drama at District Administrative Complex
Oppn objects to move of SAD getting 2,000 voters registered
Tribune News Service

Mohali, August 23
An effort by the ruling SAD to allegedly get around 2,000 voters registered for the forthcoming SGPC elections while circumventing the standards procedure to register the voters resulted in a high drama at the District Administrative Complex (DAC) in Phase 1, here, late this evening, when the opposition candidates objected to the move.

Alleging that the local administration was hand-in-glove with the ruling group to register voters in bulk without their physical presence, the independent candidates, Hardeep Singh, Amrik Singh and Harvinder Kaur Langh along with a large number of supporters laid a siege to the office of the election tehsildar at the DAC. The candidates raised slogans against the state government.

Mohali deputy commissioner Varun Roozam said though the complaint was being verified, no such forms have been accepted in the office. Incidentally, District Revenue Officer (DRO) Sanjeev Sharma was today handed over the duty of registering the voters.

Independent candidate Hardeep Singh alleged that the voters were being registered at the behest of SAD leader NK Sharma. He said he had taken up the issue with the Election Commission and would take the issue to its logical conclusion. Refuting the charges, Sharma said seeing his defeat, Hardeep was creating unnecessary controversy. “ Let the official probe bring out the truth”, he said.

Another candidate Harvinder Kaur Langh alleged that when they went to get their voters registered, they were told to bring the voters. 



Despite drowning incidents, P’kula MC lacks professional diver
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune news service

Panchkula, August 23
Despite a number of drowning incidents being reported in the past here and yesterday’s incident at Pinjore where 16 persons had a narrow escape after the water level of the Kaushalya rose suddenly, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation (MC) is yet to wake up to a critical requirement of professional divers.

Instead, it is still depending on the Haryana Police Academy in Madhuban, located 140 km away from here, the Army or central police organisations such as the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP). In this process, precious time is wasted, which is crucial. Many a time, the personnel have failed to rescue lives and have succeeded only in fishing out bodies.

For the past many years, the fire brigade wing of the Panchkula MC has been functioning without any professional diver to assist in saving lives in such situations. Though many employees of the fire department know swimming but they are not professional enough to save someone from drowning in water bodies in the district.

When contacted Panchkula Municipal Corporation executive officer KK Jain said that they had decided to send the proposal to the state government for the inclusion of professional diver. Replying on the question that whether the proposal was forwarded or not, he added that after checking the records he would be in a better position to answer thequestion. 

Past incidents

June 18, 2011: 23-year-old youth of Panchkula died due to drowning in Tikkar Tal.

July 31, 2010: 15-year-old boy drowned in a ditch filled with rainwater at Mansa Devi Complex.

May 15, 2010: 30-year-old man drowned in a well in Nada village.

March 2, 2010: 22-year-old youth drowned in a water body in Morni.

August 13, 2008: Two Panchkula residents drowned in the Kaushlya river in Pinjore.

July 5, 2008: Five-year-old girl drowned near Abhaypur village.

July 3, 2008: Five-year-old boy drowned in a ditch in Sector 31 near Nada village.

June 30, 2008: 15-year-old boy drowned in unearthen Kaushlya Dam in Pinjore.



Ashes of unclaimed bodies to be immersed at Kiratpur Sahib
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 23
Two officials of the Municipal Corporation will be immersing the ashes of unclaimed bodies, which were cremated over the years at the local cremation ground at Kiratpur Sahib on August 26. As many as 32 bags full of ashes of unclaimed bodies are lying in a store of the Mohali cremation ground over the past many years as the authorities concerned failed to make any arrangement for their immersion.

Civic body executive officer Vijay Kumar Gupta said here today that Jatinder Pal, a junior engineer, and Harbant Singh, sanitary inspector, would be going to Kiratpur Sahib to immerse the ashes. Some more employees, as per the requirement, would also accompany the two officials. The ashes would be carried in a funeral van.

It is learnt that the then civic body commissioner Varun Roojam had formed a three-member committee more than a month ago to look into the matter.



Finally, civic body moves court against 14 dairy owners
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune news service

Panchkula, August 23
Waking up from a deep slumber, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation (MC) has finally moved court against 14 persons allegedly responsible for the cattle menace in the city. The MC had served many notices to these dairy owners but to no avail. MC officials claimed that these people after milching the cattle let them off on the city roads to fend for themselves resulting in the stray cattle menace.

Panchkula MC executive officer KK Jain said that today they had filed application in the court of subdivisional magistrate (SDM) to take action against these dairy owners. These people are running their dairies in Industrial area Phase II, Mansa Devi complex, Nada Sahib, Azad Colony and Budanpur, he added.

The MC had issued many notices to these dairy owners but nobody submitted their reply therefore the MC decided to move court. The MC has submitted videos and photographs as part of evidences against these people, he added.

The notices that were earlier sent to these dairy owners read, “It has come to our notice that you leave your cattle in the open which has resulted in many accidents. We are informing you through this notice that you may not leave your cattle in the open. If you do it in the future then your cattle will be caught and action will be taken against you as per rules.”

It is worth mentioning here that the Haryana government had sanctioned 12-acre land in Pinjore in 2009 for a cattle-shed so that the stray cattle menace of Panchkula, Pinjore and Kalka could be eradicated. The state government had also sanctioned Rs 1.75 crore to the Panchkula MC. Since then the project has been delayed indefinitely.

In the stray cattle menace case, the Panchkula court had also issued notice to the district administration and Panchkula MC. A Panchkula-based couple had filed a PIL in which directions were sought to take necessary steps to effectively deal with stray cattle menace.



Shopkeepers hold Naib Tehsildar hostage
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 23
High drama was witnessed at the Sector 25 market on Tuesday evening when shopkeepers allegedly held hostage a Naib Tehsildar of Panchkula for more than one hour. Shopkeepers were alleging that the Naib Tehsildar was seeking bribe for not issuing challans for using polybags.

According to information, Naib Tehsildar Inder Sen Malik had gone to Sector 25 market to issue challans. Ramesh Kumar, who runs a stationery shop, alleged that Malik came to his shop and took out a poly bag from his pocket. He further alleged that Malik started demanding Rs 1,000 bribe for not issuing challan but when he opposed giving the bribe, Malik threatened with dire consequences.

After this, all the shopkeepers gathered there and gheroed Malik’s car. The Shopkeepers did not allow Malik to leave the place.

But Malik was claiming that he was only performing his duty and shopkeepers, who were using polythene despite ban, started misbehaving with him. Finally, the police reached the market and controlled the situation. Both the parties have lodged complaint with the Panchkula police and it has started the investigation.

Cloudburst damages house

Kalka: The wrath of cloudburst damaged a house and link roads in Bagharni village, approximately 25 km from Pinjore towards Nahan side on lateMonday night.

According to information available, At Bagharni, a youth who was swept away by the rainy water, was saved by the villagters.

The drinking water pipelines, crops in the fields, water tanks and irrigation water pipes were washed away and damaged due to the cloudburst. The local administration rushed to the spot to take a stock of the situation and deployed two JCB machines and labourers to clear the landslides. — OC

Kidnapped 7-yr-old girl recovered

Mohali: A seven-year-old girl, Tafiza Gupta, who was allegedly kidnapped by her mother and her paramour on August 6 from Mohali, has been recovered by the local police. Girl’s father Manish Gupta, in a complaint to the police, had stated that his estranged wife had taken away the girl.

On the basis of the complaint, the police had registered a case of kidnapping and criminal intimidation against girl’s mother Sneh Lata and her paramour Dr Saurabh Tandon. — TNS



Poll  time
Campaigning picks up steam in colleges
Neha Miglani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Even though dates to student election bodies are yet to be announced, campaigning has begun to pick up steam in three of the city’s prominent colleges - DAV College in Sector 10, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College (SGGS College) in Sector 26 and GGDSD College in Sector 32 - today.
Members of the CSU seek votes for their candidate at SGGS College in Sector 26
Members of the CSU seek votes for their candidate at SGGS College in Sector 26.

A large number of college students and student leaders were seen flaunting colourful stickers on their clothes bearing the name of the student organisations they are supporting. Others were seen moving in groups around frequented parts of the college such as canteen, canvassing for votes for their respective student parties. In addition to clothes, the students had even taken to innovative measures such as sticking gluing stickers to books to canvass for their candidates.

At DAV College, members of both Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) were locked in discussions to work out an election strategy. However, there were no signs of sloganeering.

“Although we have not begun raising slogans, most student groups have already begun canvassing. The momentum has picked up because we have heard from university leaders that election dates will be announced shortly,” said a final-year student of DAV College who, when asked, identified himself as Mann.

Students who feverishly campaigned in both DAV College and SGGS College were oblivious to the presence of policemen deployed around the two colleges as a security measure. DAV College, in particular, has been a witness to incidents of student violence both on and around the campus.
Students of GGDSD College, Sector 32, raise slogans.
Students of GGDSD College, Sector 32, raise slogans.

At SGGS College in Sector 26, members of the 11-year-old student organisation, College Students’ Union (CSU), which primarily consists SGGS hostel students, were seen preparing a poll agenda. Students were seen distributing party stickers.

“We have told our party supporters clearly not to deface the college property. Stickers are being used to catch the attention of new students. But not a single sticker has been pasted on any of the walls. Barely a few days are left for the election to take place; so it is peak campaign time,” said Ravinder Sandhu, presidential candidate of College Students’ Union (CSU).

YAI announces candidate 

The relatively lesser-known Youth Association of India (YAI) announced its presidential candidate and organised a car rally today. It was most visible through its posters across various colleges in the city.



PU reminds DC to declare poll date
Says Sept 2 or 9 are feasible options
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Having failed to receive any response even after 20 days, Panjab University has sent a reminder to UT District Commissioner Brijendra Singh office asking them to declare the date of Panjab University student elections.

Repeating September 2, 8 and 9 as the most feasible options, the university has urged the DC to decide on the date soon for PU has to start its poll preparations.

“We wrote to them around 20 days ago but are still to get any reply, so we have sent them a reminder. A minimum of one week is supposed to be given to PU students for campaigning and getting date well in time will not only help us but even the students,” said Dean Student Welfare AS Ahluwalia.

“Not just the letter but we have made repeated calls also to the DC office reminding them about the issue and its urgency, however, unfortunately majority of times we have not been able to get through as the DC office staff claims he is busy at a meeting. We do understand their workload but it’s also an important issue,” said a PU official.

The university has “requested” the DC to stick to the precedent and arrange election on a Friday i.e September 2 or September 9.

“Friday suits us, as it’s succeeded by two holidays, which comes handy for things to settle after the poll. The date will be given by the administration taking into account various factors, including availability of the police. If they have any problems with these two dates then we are ready to go with September 8 but need to be informed in time,” added Ahluwalia.

Brijendra Singh not only failed to answer the repeated calls made to him but also refused to meet and give a comment even after a wait of over two hours. 

Police stops car rally

l Members of the Youth Association of India (YAI), a student organisation functioning at DAV College, Sector 10, who were a part of a car rally taken today, were stopped midway by the police for checking. Party president Narinder was taken to the Sector 3 police station for verification only to be later let off in the evening. Police officials said these students had no permission to take out the car rally.



Unlimited talk time sought, no. not known
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Senate and faculty members are surprised at Panjab University seeking an official sanction for unlimited calls for the Vice-Chancellor.

Questions are being raised on why he should be allowed the “privilege” when a majority of the faculty and even Senators did not have his number.

“He does not give his number to anyone, except, three-four in his close coterie. The VC’s mobile number is probably the most well-guarded secret of Panjab University,” said a senior university official, requesting anonymity.

A senior Senate member said, “Surprisingly, while the VC has always evaded sharing his number on the pretext of not having any mobile, his ‘special officer’ has in the Syndicate agenda given a proposal of allowing the ‘worthy’ Vice-Chancellor use mobile phone irrespective of any limit.

The proposal has quoted the recommendation of a special committee in 2007, which allowed unlimited bill for the VC saying, “He has to be in constant touch with Punjab, state governments’ officials, Senators and Syndicate members and other officials of the university and is also bound to travel abroad for official purposes and to be in touch with the university authorities”.

“Before passing this proposal, we in Syndicate will definitely question how many Senators and faculty members had his number. The only access that we have to the VC is his official and residence landline number and when he is out of station the only way we can talk to him is through two or three officials. Why should the university pay bills of the phone, which is not accessible to those connected by the university?” said a Syndicate member.

Prior to this, former Vice-Chancellor MM Puri had hit news in 1999 when he was accused of to have misappropriated funds to the tune of Rs 2.91 lakh on account of ISD calls made by him on official phones installed at his residence. The VC was, however, given a clear chit in 2005. 



Reevaluation to fizz out from PU exam system
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23
Panjab University’s plans of introducing internal examination and doing away with the reevaluation system by showing answersheets to students have left many departments irked.

Going by the agenda of the forthcoming Syndicate if it gets thumbs up, the reevaluation will soon fizz out from the university examination system and departments will conduct their own exams as per the recommendations of the recently formed committee, which also allows students to view their answersheets and makes department’s board of control as the supreme body over evaluation disputes rather than the PU examination branch.

“The internal examination system should be introduced in Panjab University where all departments except evening studies and USOL will be responsible for setting datesheets, question papers and even evaluating their respective students. The department’s board of control or advisory committee will now be the board of moderators who will be the supreme authority over evaluation disputes between students and teachers and no referral appeal will be allowed. A student will have full access to his/her answersheet and the evaluator will be required to give due justification of marks awarded. This will do away with the re-evaluation system in PU. The chairpersons who have reservations may contact the Vice-Chancellor,” read the recommendations.

These recommendations, however, have failed to thrill both student representatives and department chairpersons.

“If this is allowed then in many departments syllabus will not be completed, as paper setting now rests with the teacher concerned,” said a chairperson.

“We are happy that students will be allowed to see answersheets but evaluations disputes should be settled by an independent body like the examination branch rather than the department’s board of control. How can they ensure justice if it’s the teacher who teaches us will check our papers and even our evaluation related objections would be dealt by a body with the department representatives?” said Gurvinderwir Singh Aulukh, Panjab University Student Council president 2010-11.


l Internal examination system to be introduced in Panjab University except department of evening studies and USOL.

l If any chairperson has any reservation about it, he/she may contact VC.

l Departments will be responsible for making own datesheets, setting question papers, evaluations, etc.

l Board of control/advisory committee will now be board of moderators.

l Students will be allowed to see answersheets.

l Board whose decision will be final will deal with any evaluation dispute between students and teachers and no referral appeal would be allowed.


l Internal examination system will prove detrimental to courses with subjective approach.

l Practices of doing limited syllabus may bloom to get better results.

l With everything coming under department’s control, impartiality may suffer in some hands. 



From colleges

25 get appointment letters

The training and placement cell of Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46, organised a placement drive in association with IBM for students of BCom, BCA and BA on Tuesday. More than 100 students participated in the drive and 25 students got the offer letters.

Talk on drug abuse

The Drug De-Addiction Society of the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, organised a talk on “Drug use and abuse” on Tuesday. Dr Devender Rana, a clinical psychologist from the department of psychiatry, PGIMER, was the resource person. College principal Achila Dogra discussed the need to educate students about ill effects of drugs on physical and mental health. Rana highlighted the medical aspects and consequences of drug abuse. He discussed the dependency needs and withdrawal symptoms of the addicts. — TNS 




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