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Dust Storm, heavy rain wreak havoc in tricity
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

A tree blocks a gate at the PCA Stadium, Phase 10, Mohali, on Thursday
A tree blocks a gate at the PCA Stadium, Phase 10, Mohali, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu
A statue that fell at the Parade Ground, Sector 5, Panchkula
A statue that fell at the Parade Ground, Sector 5, Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Chandigarh, April 12
High velocity winds, rain, accompanied with hailstorm last night threw normal life out of gear in the tricity today. Uprooted trees and electricity poles led to power failure in almost all the sectors of the city, and many areas have not received power supply till this evening.

The situation was compounded by the fact that the electricity department was on a strike against the failure of the authorities to release the salary of the employees for the month of March. Till afternoon, no complaints were being heard on the complaint numbers.

A large number of houses in the city went without electricity, water and telephone connections. In some areas, the damage to electricity poles was extensive and tree branches were entangled in wires.

The UT police control room number received as many as 19 calls last night from harassed residents complaining of uprooted trees and cars stuck in water. Eleven of these calls were regarding electricity failure while two were from residents complaining of short circuits. Another two calls were of complaints regarding street light failure, broken poles and trees fallen leading to road blockage. A large numbers of calls were from the southern division of the city.

The control room of the fire station also received four calls in police lines, Sector 26. In the morning hours, traffic signals in almost all the traffic light points were also not working.

Umesh Kumar, resident of Sector 33 D, said that there was no electricity till Thursday evening and the helpline numbers of electricity department were of no use as nobody was attending the calls.

Rohit Sharma, owner of a software firm in Sector 20, said that as there was no electricity in their office, he was left with no other option but to close his office today. Rekha Sharma of Sector 30 B said that after last night’s power cut, it was only today afternoon that the power supply was resorted in their area.

Superintending engineer MP Singh said that due to the heavy storm, tress fell on the electricity wires, which resulted in power failure. Besides, in many areas, electricity poles fell down as well. He said that the electricity department employees lectricity department managed to restore the power supply in almost all the sectors of the city.



No power, water supply for nearly 20 hours
Tribune News Service

A view of the tree which fell in Sector 4, Panchkula, damaging an electricity pole
A view of the tree which fell in Sector 4, Panchkula, damaging an electricity pole. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, April 12
Residents in various sectors of the town have been suffering without power and water supply for about 15-20 hours due to the dust storm that hit the city yesterday.

Stormy winds, accompanied with dust and hailstorm, yesterday evening threw the life out of gear, damaging electricity lines and transformers installed in several areas.

In many areas, power supply has been resumed but water supply is yet to be restored. In almost all the sectors the power supply to tube wells was not restored till the filing of this report.

Dozens of trees, poles and hoardings were uprooted in many sectors, thereby putting the commuters at a great risk.

A resident of Sector 4, Ashutosh, said that he had never witnessed a storm that continued for more than 30 minutes. “Due to the dusty and noisy winds, one of the trees in front of the house damaged the power cables disrupting the power supply to his house, besides damaging the building. I have been calling the officials of the Municipal Corporation since this morning, but the only reply they gave was that they were busy in view of the Prime Minister’s visit. He claimed that the officials told him that the tree could be removed only after the PM’s visit was over.

SK Bhardwaj (70), a resident of Sector 6, said that they had to remain without drinking water for the past about 20 hours. He said that though the power supply has been restored, the voltage was very low and the power gadgets were not functioning properly. He said the inverters too were discharged as they did not get the required charging.

Executive engineer Dalbeer Singh Dhandha, said that they have suffered huge losses as power cables and transformers were damaged due to the squall that hit the region. He said the linemen and other officials have been deputed to restore power supply to the residents. He assured that the power supply to the affected areas would be resumed by this evening. 



rush for minority status
20 city schools submit applications in last two weeks to circumvent RTE Act
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
With the Supreme Court verdict exempting minority unaided schools from the purview of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, city schools have made a beeline for seeking minority status. While schools like Guru Harkishan Public School and St Joseph have recently attained the status, 20 other schools have applied for the same in the last two weeks, with five doing so today.

Interestingly, while three schools have claimed to be catering to Christian minorities, a majority have applied under the category of Sikh-specific institutions.

A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia and comprising Justices KS Radhakrishnan and Swantanter Kumar said the RTE Act would apply uniformly to government and unaided private schools, except unaided private minority schools.

Though a majority of schools choose to be quiet on the issue, sources reveal that the schools had expected this turn of events and had taken a collective decision in the last meeting of the Independent School Association to apply for it. Many of them even gave out reserved seats under the RTE to students of a particular category to fulfill the requisite percentage of minority students.

Independent School Association president HS Mamik refused to comment, saying he was yet to review the decision, but another office-bearer of the association revealed: “All 70 members of the association have decided to apply for the status. We are not doing it to escape the RTE, but the day-to-day intervention and blackmail by the education department. Even if we become minority institutions, we will still abide by our social responsibilities.”

The move, however, has baffled both the education department and the five existing minority institutions. “The applications prove their intentions. They never wanted to implement the RTE and kept fighting just to gain time till they arrived at this decision. Now, even when the court wants them to admit students, they have stooped so low. A majority of these schools have been around for 20 years, but it’s only now that they have woken up to being minority institutions,” said a senior UT official.

Missionary schools take the lead

Though exempted from the RTE Act, city missionary schools take the lead when it comes to adhering to social responsibility. The likes of Sacred Heart and St John’s are teaching over 300 poor children. “For us, the education of poor children is not binding due to an Act. It is a mission, which is the basis of our establishment. We welcome the directive of the court, but this will not deter us from our practice and our hearts and school will always be open for the less fortunate,” said Kavita Das, Principal, St John’s School, Sector 26.




pm’s visit
Inconvenience in store today
Police advisory: Avoid plying on road from 6.20 pm to 6.50 pm; 7.40 pm to 8.10 pm
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh scheduled to reach the town to inaugurate the silver jubilee celebrations of the zonal cultural centres at the Parade Ground tomorrow, major inconvenience is in store for residents.

In order to ensure foo-lproof security for dignitaries and for the general public at large, the Ambala- Panchkula commissionerate police has made detailed and elaborate security and traffic arrangements besides putting some restrictions on the movement of vehicles on roads from 4 pm onwards.

Restrictions will be imposed on the routes from Shakti Bhawan roundabout to Shankla roundabout, from Shahkti Bhawan roundabout to Tawa roundabout, from Tawa roundabout to Sector 4 and 5 red lights to Shankla roundabout and from the Zirakpur-Panchkula border to Majri Chowk.

The police has further directed the VVIP pass holders and media personnel to follow the route shown by blue colour. Similarly, general pass holders should follow the route shown by red colour.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh police has also appealed to the commuters to avoid reaching the city from Delhi side or those leaving the city towards Zirakpur on the Chandigarh Ambala Highway after 6 pm as the Prime Minister will be arriving at the city airport at 6 pm. The traffic will be affected due to security arrangements for the VVIP visit.

UT SP (Security) RS Ghumman said that commuters were requested to avoid plying on the road from 6.20 pm to 6.50 pm and from 7.40 pm to 8.10 pm to avoid inconvenience. Those who are taking the Kingfisher flight to Mumbai after 7 pm should reach the Chandigarh Airport by 6 pm as there is all possibility of traffic jam after that.

“Commuters should avoid these routes and must reach airport by 6 pm if they have a flight to catch after 7 pm, otherwise they will not be able to reach on time. We will try our best to reduce traffic inconvenience but since it is a VVIP visit, traffic restrictions will be imposed,” he said.

The UT Traffic police has also tied up with the Punjab police for traffic diversions.

“The traffic will be stopped for a minimum period of 10 minutes when the cavalcade will pass through the route,” added Ghumman.



Patient’s parents take ‘offence’ to GMSH discharge offer
Refuse to take son home, cite paucity of space as reason
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
In a peculiar situation, the parents of a 20-year-old patient at Government Multi-speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, refuse to take him home, citing paucity of space at home.

The patient, Sunil, who is being treated for chickenpox for the last four months, is putting up in the general ward of the hospital. Since the patient was fit enough to be taken care of at home, doctors told his family to take him away, but due to the negative publicity in the Bulbul case, they are apprehensive to prevail upon the family.

His family has flatly refused to leave the hospital, the nursing staff on duty said. “Whenever his parents are asked to take him home, as long stay at hospital can lead to infections, they start cursing us and accusing us of harassment,” said a nurse on duty.

“He has got chickenpox now, but his family is still not ready to move him home even though it can spread to other patients in the ward,” the staff said.

Sunil, a resident of Sector 26, was admitted to the PGI in October for the treatment of head injury. After stabilising him, doctors put a tube in his windpipe and sent him for nursing care at the GMSH on December 2 due to paucity of space at the PGI. He goes to the PGI regularly for follow-up treatment.

“We know that Sunil is improving, but we cannot take him home. What if he requires emergency treatment in future,” said Ajaypal, Sunil’s father, adding that “I have no space for him at my two-room set with my another married son staying there.”

Doctors at the hospital, requesting anonymity, said Sunil’s condition had improved considerably. He now needed a homely atmosphere to recover faster. Moreover, prolonged stay at hospital could lead to infections, which his family refuses to understand, they said.

This is, however, not the only case when a patient has refused to get discharged from the hospital. “We face similar situations frequently,” the doctors said. Last month, an undertrial was brought to the hospital for treatment and he threatened the doctors and other staff members when he was being discharged.



Chargesheet against 5 in Bulbul case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The UT police today filed a chargesheet in court against five staff members, including two doctors of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, for negligence in the Bulbul case.

The case was registered in October 2010 after a Bihar resident, Bulbul, suffered the trauma of losing her newborn owing to negligent hospital staff.

The police had registered a case against 10 employees of the hospital, but the chargesheet was filed against five employees today in a case under Sections 304 A and 201 of the IPC.

Bulbul lost her newborn on July 21, 2010, soon after she delivered while standing in a queue for blood tests. The baby’s head hit the floor, resulting in instant death.The chargesheet was filed in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate against Dr Veena Sarna, head of the department (gynaecology); Dr Deepak Thakur; Maya Devi, a guard; Parkash Rani, a ward maid; and Dharma Devi.



OPDs closed on April 14, 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The OPD services will remain closed at Government Multispeciality Hospital, Sector 16, and civil dispensaries on April 13 and 14 being holidays on account of Baisakhi and Dr Ambedkar Jyanti respectively.

However at the GMCH, Sector 32, the OPD services will remain closed on Baisakhi only. The OPDs at PGI will remain open on both days.

The emergency services will be available as usual at all medical facilities.



2 killed as car falls into gorge near Morni
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 12
The promising career of two youths was cut short as their car fell into a gorge near Berwala in the wee hours of today. The victims have been identified as Brahmpal, a resident of Jalandhar, and Ramandeep of Manimajra. The other four occupants of the car, identified as Inderjeet of Raipur Rani, Varun of Malad (Maharashtra), Amandeep Saini and Kuldeep, received minor injuries.

The incident came to light at about 10 am when some passersby spotted the car in the gorge and informed the police. The police immediately reached the spot and recovered the body of Brahmpal. Ramandeep’s body could not be recovered as his body was trapped under the debris and slush. The police had to take the services of divers to recover his body.

Inderjeet and Varun told the police that the incident occurred at about 4 am when their Indigo car fell into the gorge.

All the victims were aeronautical engineers and were posted at the Chandigarh Airport.

Investigation officer Brij Pal said the car skidded and fell into the gorge. All the occupants were friends and were returning from Morni. Inderjeet was driving the car. The youths were between 27 and 30 years of age.


Widespread damage to trees, electricity poles
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 12
Residents of several parts of Mohali remained without power and water for the entire day today as a number of electricity poles have been uprooted in the area following the hailstorm last night.

At a residential locality in Phase IX near Punjab Cricket Association, where three electricity poles were uprooted, the power could only be restored in the evening today.

While senior officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) claimed that they have deputed the entire staff to repair the lines, the residents of the locality were miffed, as no official from the local electricity department had visited the area till today afternoon.

“Whenever we contacted them, we were told that they (the electricians) were busy at the PCA stadium for some repair. They are least bothered about our plight,” lamented Rajesh Kumar, a resident of the locality. Another resident of Phase 9, Mohali, said that the power supply to their locality had not been resumed till the night time, even as an IPL match was being played nearby under floodlights.

Similarly, Rukman Singh from Sector 68 said that there was no electricity and water in their colony for the past 16 hours. “The power had gone at around 9 pm last night. Despite several complaints nobody turned up to restore the supply,” said Rukman Singh.

“I could not send my children to school today as there was no water and power in our locality in the morning,” said Jyoti Bala, a resident of Phase VII, where the power remained suspended for at least 12 hours since last night.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, an official of the department admitted that several electricity lines, cables and transformers got damaged during the storm. “Though we have managed to restore the power supply in several areas, there are some parts which are still without power. We are trying our level best,” said the official.

The damage

  • The large LCD screens installed at the PCA Stadium also got damaged during the storm. One of the screens got tilted due to the strong winds while parts of another screen flew away. However, both the screens got repaired before the start of the IPL match tonight.
  • The impact of the storm was so strong that the iron channels of the upcoming vegetable market in Phase 11, where the construction work is underway, got tilted.
  • The flow of traffic in several parts of the town was severely affected as branches of several trees were found lying on the roads. The concerned department was yet to take any action on removing the hazard from the roads till the filing of the report.
  • A wall in the Punjab School Education Board and the roof of a four-storeyed house in Kumbhra village collapsed in the storm. Fortunately, no causality was reported in the incidents.
  • It was a lucky escape for passersby as well as residents of Phase IX. In a display of sheer callousness, the electricity department resumed the power supply without mending the wires snapped by yesterday’s thunderstorm. One such wire was still lying on the road and people were passing nearby when the officials resumed the current there. The mistake was noticed by an alert resident following which officials were seen making efforts to stop people from coming near the wire. “The current was resumed accidentally. But we have suspended it,” said a PSEB official who was on the spot.



After rain, two vehicles get stuck in dug-up pit
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
Two vehicles got stuck into a dug-up pit left un-repaired in Sector 38 here today. Though the occupants of both the cars escaped injuries, the vehicles were damaged in the incident.

Few months ago, a sewerage line was laid in the area and during the process a municipal corporation contractor had dug the road going towards the rear side of a gurdwara in Sector 38 B. After laying the pipe the pit was filled with sand.

Yesterday after the rain, the drivers of the vehicles were caught unawares as the vehicles got stuck in the sand -filled pit.

“I was going towards my home in Sector 8 at 3 am when one of the tyre of my Zen car got stuck in the ditch. The whole area was submerged in rainwater. Fortunately, the spot was near a turn and the speed of my car was slow otherwise I would have been hurt, said Ashish.

Dr Harmandeep Brar, a resident of Sector 38, got his Ford Endeavor stuck when he tried to cross the muddy road. I was returning after dropping the kids at school and found that one tyre of the SUV car was stuck into a corner of the road. Presuming that the road cut was safe to cross, I tried to cross the spot but my vehicle got stuck into the muddy ditch, said Brar.

Municipal corporation superintending engineer Mukesh Kumar said he would look into the matter and action would be taken against the guilty.



Chaos at Zonal Cultural Centre
Rehearsals could not commence before 3 pm
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 12
Chaos and mismanagement prevailed today at the Indradhanush Auditorium in Sector 5 where preparations and rehearsals are underway to mark the 25th anniversary of Zonal Cultural Centres here.

Artistes gathered at the venue early this morning as rehearsals for the programme was scheduled at 11 am. However, the rehearsals could not commence before 3 pm due to yesterday’s dust storm accompanied by hailstorm.

The participants, who have converged at the venue from every nook and corner of the country, were seen enquiring about the timings for the rehearsals.

Sources said management suffered heavy losses after the squall. The hailstorm had damaged the temporary walls of the huts and the main tents at the main venue, parade ground. However, there was no damage to mural and other paintings created by the artists on the wall of the huts. Sources said the artists had mixed some adhesive to the paint so that water cannot damage the paintings.

Prof Bansi Kaul, creative director of the show “Maati Ke Rang”, said even though the total loss is yet to be assessed but the rough estimation of the losses is Rs 11 to 12 lakh. He said efforts were being made to restore the huts and the tents and they were hopeful that the same would be ready by tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, hundreds of policemen posted at the venue rued that there was no proper arrangement for drinking water. A police man on the condition of anonymity said due to the squall there was no power supply here and the tanks at the Indradhanush Auditorium ran out of water due to non-availability of power.

Some of the participants, who arrived in the town last night from Kerala, said there was no one to receive them at the venue and they had to find accommodation by themselves. They also said they were yet to get the official accommodation for their five to six days stay here.



Vehicle-free zone in Sector 17
No alternative arrangement: MC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
Under current circumstances it will not be possible for the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to convert any part of Sector 17 into a vehicle-free zone. This was the consensus among all members of the Contract and Finance committee of the MC, at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Mayor Rajbala Malik here today.

After the meeting, the Mayor directed the officials to consult the chief architect of the Chandigarh Administration to provide alternative site for the purpose. The committee members said that all open spaces in and around Sector 17 were in the possession of the Administration. The corporation had no land to make any alternative arrangements for parking of vehicles, in case Sector 17 was declared a vehicle-free zone, said the members.

However, a few members opined that employees and shopkeepers regularly visiting Sector 17 should be deprived of monthly passes issued to them. The suggestion was opposed by some of the members at the meeting. The meeting was held following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Chandigarh administrator Shiv Raj Patil had asked the corporation officials to prepare a draft to implement the court’s directions.

At the meeting the members were apprehensive of litigation after the corporation initiated any such move as many of the parking sites in the said area had already been auctioned. Some the members even contended that there was enough space for pedestrians in Sector 17 at present. The parking conditions in Sector 17 are much better than many other markets, they said.

It was also pointed out that if the court felt that there was limited space for pedestrians, certain spaces could be earmarked in the parking zones for pedestrians.

Officials said vehicle-free zones could not be created till enough alternative spaces were not provided around Sector 17. The issue could be solved once underground multi- storeyed parking lots were built.



Results of 310 clerical posts at PU delayed

Chandigarh, April 12
Despite a decision taken by the committee formed by Panjab University for declaring the results of around 310 clerical posts before April 12, the university has failed to declare the results. The issue of declaring the results at the earliest was raised in Senate after which a committee was formed that recommended immediate declaration of results.

On the demands raised by the fellows during the Senate meeting held recently for declaring the results at the earliest, a committee under the chairmanship of GK Chatratha, a fellow, was formed which, in a meeting held on April 9, recommended that the results must be declared by April 12. The exam was held on February 26.

Panjab University Staff Association (PUSA) president Deepak Kaushik said that it was decided that the result should be declared within two to three days.

“We also met the Vice-Chancellor today and demanded that as per the recommendations of the committee no further delay in declaring results should be made,” Kaushik said.

PU Registrar AK Bhandari, when contacted, said that he has received a nod from the VC office and the results will be declared before the coming week. Meanwhile, the university has also decided to extend the date for inviting applications for the various teaching and non-teaching posts advertised recently. These include 130 posts of clear and data entry operators, and Director Public Relations. — TNS



Salon, garment shop gutted
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 12
A salon and a readymade garment shop in Phase 1 were gutted in a fire that broke out in the wee hours of today. The owners of both shops claimed to have incurred a loss of several lakhs of rupees in the fire

. The fire reportedly broke out at around 1 am and was noticed by Bachan SIngh, a watchman at an ATM counter. He claimed that he had called the fire office several times, but nobody picked up the phone. Later, he called the police, which went to the fire office and informed them about the incident. The fire engines reportedly reached the spot at around 3 am. However, the fire officer refuted the charges.

Firefighters faced difficulty in breaking open the locks of the shutters of the shops. It took three hours to extinguish the fire and by that time, the shops had been gutted. The cause of the fire is not known yet.



tribune impact
Doctors told to give info on their absence at dispensaries

Chandigarh, April 12
The Director, Health and Family Welfare (DHS), has issued directions to all doctors to put up information on their non-availability on any working days from civil dispensaries on a display board well in advance.

It will help in avoiding harassment to patients who visit the dispensaries while doctors are away for meetings or any other essential work. The TNS had highlighted the problem in the issue yesterday when doctors at all 20 Ayush dispensaries in the city were not available due to a training programme. Thousands of patients had to return as no such prior information was given to the public.

An order of DHS said the there should be a display board in each dispensary with the name of the doctor, timings and facilities available there. — TNS



YWCA founder president passes away
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
Dr Margaret Chowfin Mamgain, the founder presient of YWCA, Chandigarh, and Ashiana, the children home at Panchkula, passed away at the age of 95 at Udaipur, Rajasthan, today.

For many years, she served the Punjab Child Welfare Council and also the Family Planning Association, Haryana state branch. She was also a WHO Consultant. A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 5 pm at Ashiana , Sector 16.

UT declares April 14 as public holiday

Chandigarh: The Chandigarh Administration has declared that April 14 will be observed as a public holiday in government offices/ boards/ corporations/ institutions under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, on account of Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti. — TNS



CBSE: submit results soon
Board asks city schools not to delay Class X evaluation results
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
While a majority of the schools in the city are yet to submit their class X evaluation to the CBSE, the board has threatened to withhold their results and declare the rest of the results. In no mood to have an encore of last year, where results were delayed by almost two weeks as a majority of schools failed to submit complete assessment, the CBSE has asked schools to strictly abide by the April 15 deadline or face the music.

“The results will not be kept pending for any one. Those who fail to submit assessment will have their results withheld, while we will declare the results countrywide. Students have to apply for many competitions and admissions and we cannot afford to play with their future,” said CBSE Regional Director RJ Khanderao.

Class X students of CBSE schools have to choose between examinations conducted by the school or the board. In case of former, the school submits assessment of all formative and summative tests while in the case of those opting for boards, all the scores other than those of the board exams are submitted. The CBSE compiles results and hands out the same certificates to all the students.

The board had last year devised a special software for online submission of evaluation, but a majority of schools failed to submit the complete evaluation and blamed the complexity of the software for the delay. This year the software has been simplified but is of no use as many schools, specially government schools, are still to put it to use. “There are so many columns for assessment and it is not an easy task to fill it. A majority of parameters are unpractical and we have not evaluated students on them. The server is down a lot of time and it is really difficult for us to complete it by April 15,” said one of the principals. “This is no time to give this excuse. Schools were informed well in advance and they should have started submitting results early. They will have to submit by the deadline,” said Khanderao.



Row between PEC, Senate deepens
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The issues between the PEC authorities and Senate members seem to be deepening further as a day after witnessing opposition by the Senate members for calling a sudden House meeting without providing the agenda at the stipulated time, the PEC authorities today again called the meeting, terming it an ‘emergent meeting’, and tabled the same agenda in the meeting. A few members today also boycotted the meeting.

Sources said that the members were informed in the morning that an emergent meeting has been called to discuss the items of emergency nature and the items which are to be presented to the Board of Management in the meeting scheduled for April 17.

Elected Senate member RR Singh today wrote to the Registrar complaining that the agenda items that were not urgent till yesterday have suddenly become urgent. Singh in his communication mentioned that he wouldn’t attend the meeting, as it was a dishonour to the Senate members.

Siby John, another Senate member, mentioned that the agenda during the meeting was correction of results of four students which was pending with college since January. “The results of December exam were declared in January which was passed by the Senate; however, a few students pointed out mistakes in the results and sought correction. It is surprising that the issue that was pending from the last few months was converted into an urgent item just for holding the meeting,” he said.

The members have stated that they would continue their protest against the practise followed by the PEC by ignoring Clause 1.7 of the PEC Senate Manual which states that the members should be delivered the agenda atleast seven-days before the meeting.

When contacted, PEC Director Manoj Dutta he refused to comment over the issue.



PUSU stages protest outside VC’s office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
Members of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) staged a protest outside the Vice-Chancellors office today over demands that included installation of high-resolution CCTV cameras in campus and adding more space in the PU library for the increased rush of students during exams. Later, in the evening, a meeting of students with the PU authorities was held and most of their demands were met.

Students raised slogans against the authorities claiming that they have been unnecessarily delaying the demands raised by the students. PUSU leader Sumit Goklaney said that the CCTV cameras installed on the campus are of low resolution and fail to catch clear images following which they demanded that all the CCTV should be replaced with better quality cameras.

Students also demanded that the shops in all the girls hostels, which have no scheduled time for opening and closing, should be issued notices to open during the scheduled time or else their contract should be cancelled. During the meeting held with the university authorities, the demand for adding more space in the library was met and students were assured that the additional space in the library with a seating capacity of 200 students would be thrown open soon.

The demand of students to open the common room in boys hostels round the clock was put on hold as the university has decided to consult hostel wardens before approving the demand. Goklaney said that the university officials revealed that they are in process of procuring new CCTV cameras for the campus.

PUSU also demanded that a mechanism for student-teacher feedback should be introduced in the university at the earliest.



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