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UT Police in the dock
‘Confusion’ over IPC Section, resulting in illegal detention of 4 girls and a boy on Feb 19
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Due to its apparent confusion over Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the UT police has landed in the dock for illegally detaining four girls and a boy on February 19 for “loitering” under Section 109 of the IPC.

Policemen at the Sector 34 police station on February 19 had picked up four girls and a boy from a Burail hotel. The police booked them under Section 109 and produced them in the court of SDM on February 20.

However, the court refused to admit the case, asking policemen to justify not producing them under immoral trafficking rather than loitering. The police then went on to seek legal opinion, which took an entire day, and the five persons had to be kept under “illegal” custody on Feburary 20. It was only on Feburary 21 that they were produced in court and eventually discharged.

“We mentioned in court that the girls were call girls. Hearing this, the judge asked to explain why had the police then charged them with loitering. She asked us to explain what activities in a hotel could amount to loitering. She refused to admit this case. We went seeking legal opinion and it took an entire day, so we had to keep them in custody on Februray 20 also, which may be illegal but not intentional,” revealed a police officer.

The opinion, meanwhile, brought to fore “rampant ignorance”among the police force. It clearly stated that though the police could have arrested the girls on charges of immoral trafficking, once arrested under loitering, they could not be charged with it.“

“They were arrested on February 19 for loitering. The police could not revert or exaggerate this charge, as it would have hinted at mala fide intentions. And if they registered the case after the judge’s order, how would we justify trafficking in police custody? We were just got caught in a legal tight spot,” added another officer.



Only 26 objections received from residents
Power tariff hike proposal in city
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Chandigarh has a population of more than 11 lakh, but there were only 26 objections received by the UT Administration on the proposal of the 66.67 per cent power tariff hike.

Power tariff affects everybody, but the Administration received 13 online objections, four through post and nine persons submitted their objections in person at the public hearing session organised by the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) today.

Around 70 to 80 persons were present at the public hearing session. Out of them, a majority were the UT Electricity Department employees. Only nine raised their voice, who included traders and industrialists as well.

In the hearing session conducted by JERC chairman VK Sud, people present there opposed the proposal of power tariff hike.

Diwakar Sahoonja, chairman of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, said the power supply system should be improved in the city as on a number of occasions, traders suffered the loss due to fire incidents, which resulted due to improper power supply.

Charanjiv Singh, president of the Beopar Mandal, said that that fixed charges in commercial category should be reduced from Rs 60 to Rs 20 instead of increasing up to Rs 100.

Ajit Singh Gulati, advisor of the Industries Association, said that while on the one side, the department is proposing a power tariff hike, it had failed to recover dues in crores from various departments and individuals. He added that the department should deal seriously with the defaulters.

City resident Ramesh Mehta raised questions on the electricity department and requested the commission that directions should be passed to conduct Energy Audit every year. Another resident said that the department had demanded Rs 85 lakh for consultation charges. He questioned who was more educated than the officers of the electricity department and it seemed that Rs 85 lakh would be wasted in the name of consultation charges.



CVC marks inquiry to UT
‘Overstaying’ deputationists in various depts
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has marked an inquiry to the Chief Vigilance Officer, Chandigarh, on the issue of “overstaying” of deputationists in the various departments of the UT Administration.

The inquiry was marked on the complaint of RTI activist Swaran Singh Kamboj, who had filed the complaint on December 25, 2011.

There are currently a total of 1,623 persons on deputation to the UT Administration, including 44 on deputation to various boards and corporations of the Chandigarh Administration.

In all, the UT Administration has a total 34,775 employees, including 5,830 posted with various boards and corporations according to an affidavit submitted in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

On the issue of overstaying of deputationists, Swarn Singh Kamboj, president of the UT Cadre Educational Employees Union, said that due to these deputationists, the employees of the UT cadre were at the receiving end. He added that in the education department alone, the UT has more than 200 teachers on deputation from Punjab and Haryana, besides, certain teachers from Himachal Pradesh who have exceeded a period of stay of more than five years in Chandigarh.

Sources said that in the health department, there were many doctors who were here on deputation in Chandigarh for over 10 years. The situation in the police department was also the same, where a number of employees from neighbouring states were still working in Chandigarh despite the end of their deputation tenure.



Chargesheet filed against 2 docs, technician
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The UT police today filed a chargesheet in the district courts against two doctors of Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 here and a lab technician for their alleged negligence in the Suman wrong blood transfusion case.

The chargesheet came three days after the UT Consumer Forum had held the hospital guilty of medical negligence and directed it to pay Rs 4 lakh compensation to Suman in addition to free lifetime treatment.

The police filed a chargesheet in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate JS Sidhu today. SHO Sector 17 police station Inspector Ranjodh Singh said they had filed the chargesheet in a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304 A (causing death due to negligence) and Section 201 (destruction of evidence) of the IPC against house surgeon Dr Manpreet, intern Dr Navdeep and lab technician Kirti Sood of the GMSH.

The police had registered an FIR in the case in June 2011 following a magisterial probe. The incident occurred in December 2010.

Wrong blood transfusion to Suman, allegedly due to the doctors’ negligence, had resulted in the death of the nine-month-old foetus and damage to Suman’s kidneys.

As per the chargesheet, Suman was administered a unit of B-positive blood that was meant for another woman in a case of mistaken identity (there were two women by the same name in a similar state of pregnancy at the hospital). When it was detected that she had been transfused with the wrong blood group, it was too late. The foetus died and her kidneys were affected, following which she was referred to the PGI.

Suman later underwent treatment at the PGI for her damaged kidneys.



Snehalaya case
Dept told to take corrective steps
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
In one of the strangest moves, the UT Home Secretary, instead of taking action against the guilty, has asked the Social Welfare Department, to suggest corrective steps in connection with the report highlighting lapses at Snehalaya, which falls within its jurisdiction. Twelve children had disappeared from this UT-run shelter for homeless children.

Kavle V Parshuram, SDM South, and Manju Bhalla, member, Juvenile Justice Board, had pointed out lapses in Snehalaya after looking into the cases of missing children from shelter homes. Recently, the Home Department had sent back the file to the social welfare department and asked the Director, Social Welfare, Varsha Khangwal, to suggest corrective steps.

The inquiry into the disappearance of 12 children from Snehalaya had revealed glaring lapses in the way the home is run by the Social Welfare Department. The report had mentioned that the careless attitude towards its inmates and negative relationship among children and staff were major factors that compelled the children to run away from the shelter home.

The report had also pointed out that nobody, be it young or old, would like to stay at a place where freedom is curbed and where negative thoughts to flee from that unhygienic, careless and pessimistic environment set among children. In the report it was recommended that the staff of Snehalaya should be trained by a professional for ensuring humane treatment of the children. To counter negative feelings among them, the report also suggested yoga classes, educational tours and some entertainment for the children.

The report had also raised questions over the age of the children staying in Snehalayas. According to the rules, only children below 18 are to be admitted to them but the report had mentioned that there were two children who were much older than their registration age. The report had also stated that most of the children go to school on foot and they are also not provided the required books and stationery.

As many as 12 boys have gone missing from Snehalaya since February, 2011, and even after a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probed the case; precious little has been done by the police and the UT administration in this regard. On this issue, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed the UT Administration to file a reply on the PIL in which the petitioner had sought directions to the respondents to initiate an independent inquiry by an independent agency like the CBI into the disappearance of the children from Snehalaya. 


Recurrent miscarriages 
Clinic coming up in tricity region
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Miscarriages bring distress, but not now, with North India getting its first recurrent miscarriage clinic, which will open at Max Hospital, Mohali.

Considered to be the most common complication of pregnancy, Dr Preeti Jindal, recurrent-miscarriage specialist, former Senior Fellow at the world-renowned Recurrent Miscarriage Clinic, Saint Mary’s Hospital, London, has said single miscarriage is seen in 20 per cent of the expecting mothers.

Explaining miscarriages, Dr Jindal said, “Two consecutive miscarriages are suffered by 5 per cent of expectant mothers and three consecutive miscarriages are seen in 1 per cent of the expectant mothers and repeated miscarriages call recurrent miscarriages.”

According to experts, there are not many recurrent-miscarriage specialists in India and especially none in North India except Delhi. The new clinic comes as a hope for the region where there is poor awareness among physicians and patients about disease management and thus it’s emotionally, physically and financially distressing for couples and their families.

Giving reasons of recurrent miscarriages, Dr Jindal said, Genetic abnormalities inherited from parents or sporadic are considered to be the main reason for recurrent miscarriages. She added that other reasons could be structural defects in uterus like septum, fibroid, didelphus, adhesions in the cavity, etc, and bacterial and viral infections and smoking, alcohol intake, drugs are also among major contributors to miscarriage.

In worldwide studies it has been seen that attending dedicated recurrent miscarriage clinics have much higher successful outcome among the women suffering from recurrent miscarriages.

According to Dr Mahesh Inder Singh, Regional Director, Max Healthcare, “The clinic has been created to deliver world-class healthcare services to women who have been suffering from the problem of recurrent miscarriages. The clinic will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and will offer quality medical expertise”.

Dr Singh said the clinic would be inaugurated on March 19 at Max Hospital. The clinic will offer the world’s latest available treatment modalities for this problem. “At our recurrent miscarriage clinic, we are going to provide dedicated consultations with experts, world-class diagnostic facilities and individual treatment to couples”, added Dr Jindal.



Vandalism at garden
5 policemen face action
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Taking cognisance of the alleged indifferent attitude of the UT police officials towards repeated calls of the MC officials informing them about vandalism in Rose Garden, five policemen have been taken to task for not attending to their duty.

Jaswant Singh, an ASI posted at the Sector 17 police station, has been issued a censure notice while SI Nand lal and head constable Suresh have been served an advisory notice. A departmental inquiry has been marked against head constable Staya Prakash while an officer on PCR duty, SI Rajinder Singh, has been served a censure notice.

Five youth had entered Rose Garden in an inebriated state on the concluding night of Rose Festival and broke pots and effigies. The MC officials continued to make desperate calls to the police, which though promised to be on its way, reached in the morning only.



CGHS benefits extended to widows’ kids
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
In a move that could benefit a large number of families, the government has extended medical benefits under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) to minor children of widowed or separated daughters of the Central government employees and pensioners.

Earlier, only the widowed or separated or divorced daughter of the CGHS member was eligible for availing the benefits under the scheme. Bringing children of widows and separated women under the Central Government Health Scheme cover has been recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission.

Started in 1954, the CGHS provides medicare in major cities to Central government employees and pensioners who are members of the scheme. They are required to pay a nominal subscription depending upon their grade pay.

The CGHS dispensaries cater to Allopathic as well as alternate system of medicines like Ayurveda and Homeopathy.

Under the new provisions, the children concerned can avail medical benefits upto the age of 18 years and should normally be residing with the Central Government Health Scheme member.



UT Adviser’s assurance to HCS, PCS officers
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The “dispute” among the HCS, PCS officers and the IAS officers of the AGMUT-cadre was finally resolved by the UT Adviser KK Sharma today.

The Adviser met the representation of more than dozen HCS, PCS officers today and assured them that their grievances would be properly looked into.

Before meeting the Adviser, these officers held a meeting, which was also attended by two IAS officers of the Haryana cadre, and it was decided that they would meet with the Adviser on the alleged “discrimination” of the Chandigarh Administration towards the state-cadre officers.

Requesting anonymity, an officer said the Adviser had assured them that they would solve their genuine grievances and on the Adviser’s assurance, they had decided to close this chapter now.

Recently differences among HCS, PCS and AGMUT-cadre IAS officers started to crop up when the post of Joint Secretary (Home), which was earmarked to a state-cadre officer, was given to an AGMUT-cadre officer.

Thereafter, the officers had claimed that the post of Director, Social Welfare and Tourism, which had been held by an HCS officer till December last, was given to an AGMUT-cadre officer.

Another officer said there were a number of incidents when the state-cadre officers had faced “ill-treatment” at the hands of top officers of the Chandigarh Union Territory Administration. 



Get status of water supply on click of mouse
Chief secretary launches MIS web portal 
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 5
Water consumers will now be able to know the status of water supply at just a click of mouse. The Punjab Chief Secretary, SC Agrawal, today, launched a website and MIS web portal of Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation department in the Department’s State Programme Management Cell, here today.

Aggarwal hoped that the website would be an effective tool for effective monitoring of the various departmental activities beside taking timely remedial steps wherever required.

To launch the new initiative, the State Programme Management Cell (SPMC), engaged Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, India Private Limited, Gurgaon, for the development, support and maintenance of the web based Management Information Systems (MIS) in the year 2010-11.

Besides meeting, the MIS related requirements of the department, the website would have a citizen corner to provide access to the information about the coverage of the water supply, water quality of source and location of nearest water quality testing lab for any village. It would also have feedback system for the public to share feedback or register grievances and to obtain the status online through the system.

The complaints to Shikayat Nivaran Kendra (SNK) for the rural water supply could also be made on the site. It would be an effective tool for the MIS as in officers’ information; contact details of the water supply department officers up to the executive engineer level would be available. By clicking “reports” on the website menu, one can access brief technical and O and M related details on the water supply of his respective village. The link ‘newsletter’ would facilitate the online viewing of quarterly newsletter ‘Nirmal jal’. In the link documents, the surfers can access and download various departmental forms etc. Contractors and consultants can access and download tenders EOIs from the website.

The Secretary, PS Aujla, water supply and sanitation said that the website would give coverage status of villages, day to day progress and identification of key areas.



Candidates seek divine intervention
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, March 5
The impending election results have made the candidates in the fray superstitious. While some are turning to gods for divine intervention to ensure their victory, the others are banking on their lucky day for emerging as a winner in the poll.

The candidates remained busy throughout day answering phone calls of their supporters and the other purported well-wishers. The main candidates in the fray from Dera Bassi Constituency are NK Sharma (SAD-BJP) and Deepinder Singh Dhillon (Independent).

On Monday, the SAD candidate NK Sharma started his day with listening to the grievances of the area people and met the party workers where he discussed the strategy for next day. “Tuesday is lucky day for me and I will start the day after paying obeisance at Lohgarh temple.” He said that as such he had no plans to take out a procession after the victory but it will depend only on his supporters. He assured that he will win the seat with huge margin as he had done development works in the area.

On the other hand, Deepinder Singh Dhillon, an Independent candidate had started his day with receiving phone calls from his supporters and well wishers who congratulated him in advance. Later, he attended a bhog ceremony and marriage functions of his supporters. In the evening, Dhillon met the party workers and agents where they planned for big day. “I will start my journey from Chandigarh and pay obeisance in Gurdwara at Bhankarpur in Dera Bassi,” he added. He says, “If I win, his priority will be development in the area.”



Candidates have their fingers crossed
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 5
The endless wait to know the outcome of the January 30 polling will finally be over tomorrow. With political pundits predicting a photo finish outcome for the Punjab elections, the candidates of various political parties in fray from Mohali assembly segment spent their Monday holding mock counting drills for their agents and on kept a hawk eye on the strong rooms where the EVM had been kept.

Though the anxiety was writ large on the faces of the candidates of all the major political parties yet they showed the confidence of proclaiming victory by handsome margins. Not to spare the moment, the supporters of the candidates chased them to the homes and offices, only to congratulate them in advance.

Among the main candidates in the fray from Mohali are Balbir Singh Sidhu (Congress), Balwant Singh Ramoowalia (SAD) and Bir Devinder (PPP). On Monday morning, the Congress candidates took a round of the counting centre at Shivalik Public School, Phase VI after attending a bhog ceremony at his supporter’s house. Then he settled down at his Phase I office. “I pray to god everyday. It is my routine. I am hopeful of winning with a big lead. I know the votes polled and at each and every polling booth,” he said while beaming with confidence.

Balbir Sidhu seemed to be cautious of taking out a victory procession least to attract the expenditure panel of the Election Commission. “We are not taking out any procession. We will just pay our obeisance at local ‘gurdwaras’ and ‘mandirs’. But if my supporters come to congratulate me, how can I stop them,” he quipped.

The SAD candidate, Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, spent the day doing social work of helping a married woman who had been deserted by her NRI husband after six months of marriage. “I was at Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat, pursuing her case with the Australian embassy,” he said.

Hopeful of giving a good lead to his nearest rival, Ramoowalia, while resting at his Sector 69 residence shares his plans to improve the face of the Mohali city. Riding on his long experience in politics, he said the voters would prefer to go a seasoned and matured candidate. Aware about the hawk eyes of the Election Commission officials, who would be keeping an eye on the processions of the winning candidates, he said that the supporters had already started gathering at his place. At his sector 69 office-cum-residence, the supporters were seen in large numbers while congratulating him.

The PPP candidate, Bir Devinder Singh, preferred to put his efforts on training his agents, deputed at the counting centre. “Since all of them were new, they needed to be told about various things,” he said after landing at his Phase 2 office. Confident of polling a majority, he said that he had full faith in god and in electorate.

On the issue of taking out a victory procession, he said that no such procession had been planned. Controlling his anxiety, Bir Devinder Singh said “aggressive polling” indicated that people wanted a change.



Punjab legal services authority to get building
Our Correspondent

Mohali, March 5
A state-of-the-art building of the Punjab Legal Services Authority will come up in Sector 69 here.

Sources said that in the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), the building plan has been cleared by the state’s chief architect.

Land measuring 1,000 sq yd for the state-level institution had been given by GMADA and the structure will be built by the Building and House Committee that comes under the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The designs of the buildings of the legal services authorities in Gujarat and Hyderabad have been studied to incorporate ideas in the building.

The sources said that the proposed building would have Lok Adalats that would take up family disputes and other cases.

Two or three courtrooms had been planned apart from mediation chambers and seminar halls.

The state’s legal services authority is presently functioning in rented accommodation in Sector 22, Chandigarh.

The foundation stone of the building was likely to be laid on March 10 by Justice Altamas Kabir of the Supreme Court, added sources.



Water supply dept gets Rs 91 cr additional grant
Tribune News Service

Mohali, March 5
As various departments of the State Government face financial cuts in release of funds in the previous financial years, the State Water Supply Department has been given with additional grant of Rs 91 crore as bonus for speedy and successful implementation of the rural water supply programme. The officials in the department said incentive from the Centre had been given for good performance in the financial years 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

It has been stated that medium term programme of the state was to achieve full coverage in all the villages with safe drinking water by adopting reform approach that had attracted wide appreciation. The Rural Water Supply Programme has been implemented through empowerment of Gram Panchayats and local communities by adopting decentralised service delivery as enshrined in the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment. So far, 5438 villages had been covered with safe water supply. All the 16028 rural schools premises, 14977 ‘aganwadis’ located in the government building, had been provided with water supply and sanitation facilities.

Whereas, State Government was suffering from the financial cuts in releases in previous financial years due to inadequate performance, now, Government of India (GOI) has rewarded efforts of the state by providing an additional grant (bonus) every year, continuously, for its good work in rural water supply sector.

Giving details, the officials said in additional amount released in the three years is 2009-2010 (Rs 12.17 crore), 2010-2011 (Rs 28.80 crore) and 2011-2012 (Rs 50.15 crore).

It has been stated that the Centre through its 20 point programme closely monitors the implementation progress and the financial achievements of all the State Governments on monthly basis.

Ever since the adoption of reform approach by Punjab from 2008-09 onwards, the number of habitations added every year rose from 1794 in 2008-2009 to 1927 habitations in 2009-10 and 1717 habitations in 2010-11. The households with private water connections have also shown a steep increase as 239 habitations have 100 per cent household coverage through private connections and 1809 habitations have water connections ranging from 70 per cent to 9 per cent.

Presently, 11 habitations are availing 24x7 metered water supply.



Holi scheme by BSNL

Chandigarh, March 5
Celebrating Holi, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) brings more happiness to their mobile service customers by providing extra talk time or full talk value on some selected range of top-up vouchers.

The promotional schemes are announced by the Chandigarh circle and available for five days from March 5 to 10 to its 2G and 3G prepaid subscribers.

In connection with the festive occasion of Holi, the BSNL offers full talk-time value equal to the MRP on all top-up vouchers/C top-up/Flexi top-up to all 2G and 3G mobile prepaid customers for a top-up value of Rs 100 or more.

The BSNL has also extended the benefit of increased talk time on recharge coupon/top-up of Rs 250 for all the prepaid customers for a limited period. — TNS



‘Chhoti Sardarni’ staged on International Women’s Day
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, March 5
A Punjabi play ‘Chhoti Sardarni’ was presented by Amritsar-based drama ensemble ‘Actors on Stage’ in the first theatre festival of Roopak Kala Welfare Society, as part of the ongoing week-long International Women’s day celebrations at the Randhawa auditorium here today.

Based on a story by Veena Verma, an acclaimed NRI author, and directed by Mandeep Kaur, the play depicts the sanctity of human relationships and gross misuse of trust.

Young Roop (Mandeep Kaur) falls in love and weds a man, named Narinder (Tejpal Minhas), who is already married. Roop is given a secondary position in the family, but hopes to get the respectable status of being Narinder’s wife. Over the years when they visit Punjab, the people around address her as Chhoti Sardarni in reverence. Later, she repents getting married in a haste and realises that emotional relationships, made in blind passion, do not survive long. Lyrics by Vishal and music by Harinder Sohal were soothing.



Tricity Scan

Sukirat tops MBA examination:
Sukirat Virk, daughter of Balraj Singh, bagged gold medal by securing the 1st position in the MBA (IT and Telecommunications) stream at Panjab University. She was awarded by Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti, on Sunday.

Talk on youth: The First Friday Forum organised a talk on “youth and nemesis of youth in the 21st century” at Government College of Art, Sector 10, here on Sunday. A speaker, Siddharth Tiwana, said as the world entered the 21st century, it brought along new meanings for the youth of the world. New challenges and new possibilities stared today's youth in the face. With those challenges and possibilities also came along insurmountable hurdles and unpleasant circumstances.

Blood donation: A blood donation camp was organised by the NSS Unit of PEC University of Technology on Monday. Dr Usha Rao from Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER, along with three other doctors and a 12-member team of paramedical staff conducted the camp. The camp was inaugurated by Dr AM Kalra, Deputy Director, PEC. The chief guest, Dr Kalra, felicitated 13 star donors, students, faculty and staff who have donated blood at least six times. He also encouraged the students to persist with their efforts and maintain the high standards of service to society. Total 331 units of blood were collected.

Placement drive:
More than 20 companies have offered jobs to the students at SASIIT&R, Mohali, with salary ranging from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh. The companies include giants from industry like HCL Infosystems, India Bulls, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Airtel, India Infoline, CRISIL, Tata Tele Services, Bajaj Finserv, Emkay Global Financial Services, Coca Cola, Mitsubishi Electrics, Broadways Marketing, Ten Heads, Grosoft and Aniweb Designs. On this occasion, Dr JS Dhaliwal, Chairman, SAS Group of Institutions, praised the successful students and extended vote of thanks to the officials of the these companies for appreciating the campus talent.

Job fair: Sri Sukhmani Institute organised a mega joint campus placement fair on the campus of Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dera Bassi. The mega placement fair focused primarily on job and placement opportunities in leading companies. A number of candidates from all over the North India took part in the placement fair. — Tribune Reporters



Three-day camp on life-skills begins at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
The Panjab University Career Counselling and Guidance Cell, established under UGC’s Plan XI, is organising a 3-day training program (5-7 March, 2012) on life skills. The programme will focus on 10 core skills listed by World Health Organization - Self-awareness, Interpersonal relations, Communication, Critical thinking, Problem solving, Creative thinking, Dealing with emotions, Coping with stress, Decision-making, and Empathy. 

The event, which kick-started today, will be conducted by life-skills training experts Sunitha Ranjan and Divya Santhanam. They will help the students through modules on ‘Effective Communication’, ‘Inter personal Relationships’, ‘Thinking Skills’, ‘Creative Thinking’, ‘Problem Solving’, ‘Decision Making’, ‘Coping with Emotions and Stress’, ‘Personality Enhancement’ and ‘Positive Strokes’. The day also served as the formal inauguration of Yuvothhan, the student committee of the cell. The idea for the evolution of this committee stressed that it provides a good platform for students to represent their career development needs in their respective departments and fields. It facilitates the process of planning and executing appropriate interventions that will address those needs. 

The committee also serves the purpose of enabling better connection between the cell and the student community. Prof RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, was the chief guest on this occasion. He claimed that the CG&CC would facilitate the students in realisation of their potential, enhance their skills and help them grow.



Selection of PU Vice Chancellor
Panel member asks for 20 names
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 5
Though the search committee constituted for the selection of the new Vice Chancellor of Panjab University is yet to meet and decide the selection criteria, IS Chadha, one of the members, and PU nominated Senator, has reportedly asked the university to submit names of eligible candidates.

Chadha, a retired IFS officer, verbally asked the Registrar's office to submit names of 20 senior most professors, but he soon asked for names of those with at least 10 years of experience to allegedly accommodate his preferred senator in the list.

When asked about the allegations, Chadha refused to comment, a senior official of the university said.

"So far, the only written communication the PU got about the VC's selection is Chadha's letter to Chancellor, accepting his inclusion in the selection committee. We got verbal orders from Chadha asking for 20 names, but soon we were asked to give names of professors with 10 years of experience. We have not given any list so far, as it takes time, " said an official of the university.

Meanwhile, PU senators raised an objection on the issue and sought Chancellor's intervention into the matter.

"First of all including a sitting nominated senator into this committee is unjustified and now, he goes on to decide the criteria and seeking lists. Why is everybody so tightlipped about the blatant violation of propriety and norms," said HS Ghosal, a senior Panjab University senator.

"Chadha is known to be favouring a teacher, who is also a senator. How can the Registrar office act on verbal orders? The Chancellor should ensure that the next VC is selected on merit rather than whims and fancies of an individual," said one of the prospective candidates for the post.



Students participate in mega job fair
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, March 5
Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering And Technology, Dera Bassi, organised a mega joint campus placement fair on its premises. The fair was organised to provide placement opportunities to postgraduate and graduate engineers in India and abroad. The students from Punjab, Himachal, Haryana and other states had taken part in this fair. The mega placement fair focused primarily on job and placement opportunities in leading companies.

A number of candidates from all-over the North India visited the campus to attend the placement fair. The mega joint campus placement fair was open for all the graduates and postgraduates.

More than 580 students took part in the job fair. The representatives from leading companies conducted various tests, personal interview and shortlisted the deserving candidates for the various positions.

The college placement and recruitment cell initiated the proceedings during the inaugural day of the fair.



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