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Leopard dead
After being rescued from snare at village in Ropar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
A one-and-half-year-old critically injured female leopard, rescued from a snare near Kemera village at Nangal in Ropar last evening and brought to the Chatt Bir zoo, near here, succumbed to its injuries this evening.

Efforts by the veterinary specialist from the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) to revive the ailing wild cat failed. Amid high drama for over six hours, residents of Kamera and other surrounding villages helped daily wage employees of the forest department to trap the injured animal with a nylon net.

The residents got enraged when the animal, apparently hiding in a field at Kamera village, attacked Gyan Chand and injured Ajmer Singh and Amrit Lal, who were trying to get hold of it. They lamented that Punjab wildlife officials, led by DFO Balbir Singh and range officer Balwinder Singh, reached the spot late and ill-equipped.

“When the operation to catch the animal was going on, senior officials at the spot kept sitting in their vehicle,” they lamented. When the animal was being brought to the Chatt Bir zoo, the residents intercepted the vehicle near Dulji Patti village and thrashed the forest officials for not saving villagers from the wild cat.

The villagers demanded compensation for the injured. Officials with the department suspect that the animal got injured due to the snare and kept hiding in the field for four days. A metal piece of the snare had pierced the wild cat’s body.

The officials suspected that the snare had been set by someone to catch the animal, but it managed to cover some distance despite being injured. Zoo director Basant Raj said the animal died of multiple wounds and dehydration. After the autopsy, the carcass was buried at the zoo.



Water supply to houses erratic
Residents on upper floors feeling pinch of low pressure
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Tall claims of the municipal corporation (MC) in providing proper water supply to a majority of sectors during summer has been exposed as residents on upper floors have already started feeling the pinch of low water pressure.

The MC’s complaint centre is packed with complaints of low water pressure from various parts of the city, but the authorities have failed to solve the issue. MC councillors have also been complaining about low water pressure in their respective areas.

Nominated councillor Shagufta Parveen of the Modern Housing Complex at Mani Majra said she complained of low pressure to the MC authorities about a fortnight ago. On checking water pressure at the complex, MC officials accepted that water tanks on roofs were not filling on time.

The residents also complained that there was no fixed time for water supply to the area, especially in the evening. Till date, no action had been taken by the authorities. The councillor said the MC was not taking action on the complaint of councillors and its way of dealing with grievances of the common man could be guessed.

Other areas of the city were also facing the problem. Residents of Sectors 35, 44, 45, 49 and 56 complained that the authorities had been assuring them that there would not be any water problem in summer for the last three years as they had made all arrangements, but everything was back to square one with the onset of summer.

Shyama of Sector 44 lamented poor water supply on the first floor. “Water supply is restricted to a few hours in mornings and evenings. Unscheduled power cuts affect water supply. We have to get water from the ground floor,” she rued.

A day without water

Residents of Sector 49 did not get water on Saturday as the contractor’s employees dug the road on Friday night, damaging the drinking-water pipeline. Residents complained that employees fled the spot instead of repairing the pipeline. Complaints were made, but nobody turned up for repairs.



Officials looking forward to Kajauli
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 28
To meet the growing demand for water in the town, the authorities have been looking forward to start phases V and VI of the Kajauli waterworks.

“With the start of both phases at Kajauli, Mohali’s share will be five million gallons per day (MGD). This will provide some relief in terms of the gap between demand and supply,” Anil Kumar, executive engineer with the public health wing, has said.

The two new phases will provide 40 MGD of water, but the lion’s share will go to the union territory and Mohali will get only five MGD.

“We need a minimum of 10 MGD from Kajauli to solve the water problem here. We have also asked the authorities to provide us Rs 10 crore to instal at least 24 new tubewells,” he had added.

There is a shortage of about 10 MGD in the town, which has a population of about 1.60 lakh. Anil Kumar has added that the wing is making efforts to maintain sufficient water supply.

“Besides about nine-hour supply to residential areas, we give eight-hour supply to overhead and underground service reservoirs everyday to maintain sufficient water pressure,” he has said.

At present, the water supply is 14 MGD, against a demand of 24 MGD. The official has also said monitoring water pressure is being done on an hourly basis in all parts of the town.

Good news in offing

  • Phases V and VI of the waterworks to give relief in the gap between demand and supply
  • New phases to provide 40 MGD, lion’s share will go to UT, Mohali will get only five MGD



PU question is wrong
Paper-setter errs, third-year BCA discrete mathematics examinees suffer
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Continuing to err in question papers of ongoing undergraduate examinations conducted by the Panjab University (PU), the third-year BCA examination of discrete mathematics had a six-mark question that was wrong. Students planned to write to the PU, highlighting the error.

Confusion prevailed among students when question 8-A turned out to be wrong. After failing to solve it, students consulted their teachers and found that the question was wrong.

Mehboob Singh, a third-year BCA student of the Postgraduate Government College at Sector 11, said the question mentioned that it was a tautology, but the question was wrong. Tautology referred to a statement that must be true in every interpretation by its construction.

“There were four statements in the question and we had to prove all statements true. One statement was wrong,” he said. Students claimed that the confusion led to precious time being wasted as they were unaware of the question being wrong and kept trying to solve it.

After the examination, all BCA students got together and met college teachers. After verifying that the question was wrong, they decided to give a representation to the Controller of Examination.

“All students have signed the representation, which will be given to the official so that students do not suffer due to the error by the paper-setter,” he said.

When contacted, Controller of Examination AK Bhandari said he was not aware of the issue, but if students approached the university, their case would be sent to the Board of Studies, which would decide whether the question was right or wrong. PU officials said the decision would be taken after establishing the status of the question.


32nd convocation
PGI moots multi-organ transplant facility
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Professor YK Chawla, director, PGI, today said that the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) had plans to set up a facility of multi-organ transplants, including lungs, heart, pancreas and intestine, de-congestion of the emergency, setting up of various centres of excellence, state-of-the-art operation theatres, and exploring the pathogenesis of various diseases at molecular level in the next 10 years. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad was the chief guest on the occasion.

Chawla who was addressing the gathering at the 32nd convocation of the premier health institute of the region said the facility of liver and bone-marrow transplant had been added to the existing facility of kidney transplant. “The next step will be to have facilities of multi-organ transplants. The stem-cell research is exploring new horizons and we may soon have an answer in treating various diseases through various ongoing stem cell projects,” he added.

Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, inaugurated the institute on July 7, 1963. The PGI has a faculty strength of almost 500 and more than 8,000 other members of staff, including nurses and technicians. As many as 18-lakh outdoor patients and 67,000 admissions were registered at the PGI last year.The average patient attendance per day in OPDs stood at nearly 7,000.

The institute with a total of 16 MD courses, 4 MS courses, 16 DM courses and 6 M.Ch. courses besides dental, nursing and medical technology courses has produced 4,450 specialists, 1,544 super-specialists and a large number of post-graduates in allied and basic sciences till date.

Addressing the doctors on the occasion, the health minister called upon the medical faculty to intensify their research efforts. He observed that the clinical skills in Indian doctors were acclaimed internationally it was in the area of medical research that the country needed to put in more effort so as to position itself amongst the best in the world. Talking about the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the minister said that the success of the mission had made the government extend the programme for a period of five years during the 12th Five Year Plan. There was also a plan for introducing a National Urban Health Mission, he added.



Promotion of 17 faculty members reviewed

Chandigarh, April 28
At a meeting, the governing body of the PGIMER, approved to review the promotion of 17 faculty members, here today. These faculty members were not promoted last year.

The meeting was chaired by Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad. Azad is the president of the governing body of the institute. The committee with certain terms and conditions following which the case would be presented before the standing selection committee of the institute, again, extended the approval. — TNS



382 doctors get degrees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, awarded 382 degrees to students at PGIMER on the annual convocation here today.

The minister awarded medals to students for outstanding research and academic excellence. students of various courses were awarded degrees.

Twenty-seven students of various medical and paramedical courses were also awarded silver medal and twentyeight students bronze for academic excellence.

Medals awarded

Kataria Memorial Gold Medal: Dr Kanika Sahni (for 2010) and Dr Venkata Nagarjuna Maturu (for 2011)

  • Major General Amir Chand Gold Medal: Dr Ashvinder Raina (in PhD category, for 2010)
  • VK Saini Gold Medal: Dr Shamim Ahmad
  • R. Nath Gold Medal (biomedical sciences):Dr Ramesh Kandimalla
  • Aikat Memorial Gold Medal: Arpana Verma
  • Silver medal (research work): Dr Vinayak Mittal and Dr Gaurav Kumar
  • Bronze medals (research work): Dr Indu Sharma.



GMSH-16’s new opd
Home Secretary inspects site of construction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Anil Kumar, Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, today inspected the construction work of new OPD at the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16 (GMSH), here, today.

During the visit, Kumar examined the site of the new OPD and directed the officials to expedite the construction work. The contractor has assured to complete the construction work in all respects within two months.

The Home Secretary also directed the officials to start purchasing equipment and other articles for the new building so that there was no delay in starting it once the building was handed over by the contractor after two months. He also visited the Poly Clinic, Sector 22, Chandigarh. He instructed the officials to set up a separate Women and Child Care wing. He also ordered that the bed capacity of the child care wing should be increased.



Nothing impossible for Chandigarh Police
Turns parking lots into no-vehicle zones ahead of Haryana, HP CMs’ visit
Tribune News Service
Chairs lie unloaded from a truck parked at the Sector-17 plaza for a function
Chairs lie unloaded from a truck parked at the Sector-17 plaza for a function.
The Empire Store parking at Sector 17 is turned into a no-vehicle zone for Saturday as part of security measures ahead of the visit of the Chief Ministers of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh
The Empire Store parking at Sector 17 is turned into a no-vehicle zone for Saturday as part of security measures ahead of the visit of the Chief Ministers of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Tribune Photos: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, April 28
Despite the municipal corporation expressing its helplessness in converting the parking lots of Sector 17 into a ‘no-vehicle zone’, on Saturday the MC officials were taken aback when they saw the Chandigarh Police turning these into vehicle-free zones.

Citing security reasons, the police cordoned off these parking lots as the Chief Ministers of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh were to attend a ceremony at the Sector-17 plaza on Saturday evening. The move left vehicle owners fuming.

Parking contractor of the Empire Store Krayad Ali complained that they were not allotted alternative sites which led to huge losses. He added that commuters also had to face inconvenience as they were not allowed to enter the parking lots.

Interestingly, the commuters were not allowed to enter the parking lots, but the vehicles of the organisers which were loaded with furniture were allowed to commute in the plaza area, which is a vehicle-free zone, as per the police department.



Mercury in tricity to dip further
Tribune News Service

Colours are reflected on a road during rain in Chandigarh on Saturday
Colours are reflected on a road during rain in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, April 28
Intermittent rain accompanied by hailstorm lashed the tricity today leading to a decline in the day and night temperatures.

The weather office said that upper air cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan and neighborhood in lower levels persisted resulting in unpredictable weather conditions in the region. The intensity of rain is likely to increase tomorrow which will continue for the next four or five days, said the weatherman.

Even though there was no major change in the day temperature the night temperatures witnessed a decline of about two to three degrees.

Meanwhile, the city has recorded maximum temperatures of 34 degrees Celsius two degrees below normal while the minimum temperature was recorded at 19.4 degrees Celsius. The maximum humidity was recorded at 65 per cent and the minimum was recorded at 25.

Hissar in Haryana remained the hottest with maximum temperatures of 36.7 degrees Celsius while Patiala in Punjab recorded the maximum temperatures of 35.7 degrees Celsius.

For tomorrow, the weather office has predicted partly cloudy sky with thundery development and light rain. Maximum temperature on Sunday will be around 35 º Celsius and minimum temperature on Monday will be around 19 º Celsius.



Rally by milkman welfare association
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 28
A protest rally was taken out by the Milkman Welfare Association of Panchkula in
Sector 14 here today. The association members also passed a resolution not to pay monthly bribes to health department officials.

President of the Milkman Welfare Association of Panchkula, Krishan Kumar, urged the police department not to challan the vehicles of milkmen for overloading.
Kumar said they had been receiving threats that fine would be imposed on them for not possessing licences to carry out milk sale in the town. He said they were being unnecessarily harassed by the health department.

A leader of the Kul Hind Kirti Kisan Union Prem Singh Bhangu said as the state government had failed to announce any support price for the milk and other dairy products, the business of milk production and farming had now become non-profitable ventures.



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Traffic awareness

A workshop was organised to aware the drivers of Chandigarh Police in Traffic Auditorium, Sector-29, Chandigarh. About 60 drivers participated in the workshop during which they were given theoretical and practical training on road safety. PK Srivastava, IGP Chandigarh, along with senior police officials and representative from CTU were present during the workshop. During this workshop, all the participants took the pledge “I Pledge to Drive Safe”.

Institute opened

Cordia Educational Institutes today launched its Vocational Skills Training Institute in collaboration with Vocational Training Charitable Trust, UK, at Cordia Educational Complex in Sanghol on Chandigarh-Ludhiana road. Lord Diljit Rana, Member of House of Lords, UK, and founder of Cordia Educational Complex, said the certificate issued after completion of course would be valid internationally. Quoting projections of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Lord Rana said India is expected to be home to a skilled workforce of 500 million by 2022. 

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Medical camp

A total of 104 patients were examined at a free medical camp organsed by Fortis Hospital, Mohali, today. The camp was organised to commemorate the World Immunization Week. The camp was held at Community Center in Sector 25 under ‘Mother and Child Program’ of the hospital. Dr Sunil K Agrawal, Consultant and Head, Department of Neonatology, Fortis Hospital, educated the mothers on the importance of vaccination and immunization. Free medicine, such as multivitamins, calcium and de-worming tablets were distributed.

Blood donated

More than 150 persons, including a large number of policemen, donated their blood during a blood donation camp organised by district police at Police Lines, Ropar, today. The camp was organised in collaboration with Shaheed Bhagat
Singh Youth Club. Former Punjab Chief Secretary and Rotary Blood Bank Society Chandigarh chairman Rajan Kashyap inaugurated the camp while Ropar range DIG Naresh Kumar Arora was the guest of honour. Kashyap highlighted the importance of the blood donation and lauded the efforts of Ropar police and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Youth Club in organising the camp.

Surya World-Institutions of Academic Excellence organised a blood donation camp at its campus at Bapror village in association with Punjab State AIDS Control Society and Government Medial College and Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. The students and faculty members of Surya enthusiastically donated blood. About 105 units of blood were collected during the day-long camp. Donors included 19 girls and at least 15 repeat blood donors. All the donors were awarded with certificates and donor badges. The camp was inaugurated by Gurmander Singh, Tehsildar, Rajpura.

Career counselling

“As there is a shortage of skilled tradesmen and professionals in Canada, the students, aspiring to settle in Canada, should opt for relevant courses,” said Gary Harris, representative and faculty of Georgian College, Canada, here today. Harris was speaking at the conclusion of career counselling sessions held by Continental Institute for International Studies, the international education division of Continental Group of Institutes across the state of Punjab to update the students regarding the education opportunities abroad. Lt Col BS Sandhu (Retd), President CGI, said the Georgian College has come up with its extension campus in India at Continental Group of Institutes, Jalvehra in Punjab.

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Achievers’ Day

St Soldier’s School, Sector 16, Panchkula celebrated ‘Achievers’ Day’ to award the best performers in academics, sports and to those who brought laurels to the school during the academic session 2011-12. The CBSE regional officer, RJ Khanderao, was the chief guest who gave away the prizes. The parents appreciated the gesture to award the students who have100 per cent attendance. The trophy for sports was given to Himalaya House, trophy for cultural went to Nilgiri House, academics to Himalaya House. Addressing the parents and students Khanderao said St Soldier is truly contributing towards making the students responsible citizens of India.

— Tribune Reporters



‘Dastaangoi’ sketches a perfect end to heritage festival
SD Sharma

Chandigarh, April 28
Though fourth Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival brought diverse forms of performance and visual arts to the city beautiful, the concluding performance of ‘Dastaangoi’ was indeed a class apart.

Beside Farooqi, Manu Sikander and Nadeem Shah took the centre stage for the first ever performance in city at Tagore Theatre here today. They enraptured the audience in “Dastan- e-taqseem-e-Hind,” and “Dastan-e-Aazar-jadu.” With an adroit knowledge and command over the Urdu language, they delivered the roles with brilliance. They skillfully modulated their voice to delineate the stories in an unusual style of narration and won tremendous applause for their efforts.

Earlier, Tanvi Garg IAS welcomed the chief guest Pawan Bansal, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources. KK Sharma IAS, DK Tiwari and other senior officers graced the function.

The genre, which was once a prominent form of story-telling, is being revived with the pioneering efforts of Memood Farooqi, Danish Hasan and their counterparts.

Farooqi explained the art, which was on the verge of extinction, is a mélange of literature from the partition of India, archival material, news reportage, documentaries, excerpts from academic monographs, personal memoirs and poetry.

Pawan Kumar Bansal lauded the efforts of Kamal Tiwari, Chairman Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi, Dewan Manna, Chairman Chandigarh Lalit Akademi, Manju Jaidka, Chairperson Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi and BN Goswami art personality who has conceptualised the theme Nature, Prakriti, Qudrat for binding together all art forms during the festival. Theatre personalities Neelam ManSingh and Dr Rani Balbir Kaur have also been involved in organising the festival.



BSNL slaps notice on Punjab export body
Tribune News Service

Damaged cables being repaired at Phase VIII, Industrial Area, Mohali, on Saturday
Damaged cables being repaired at Phase VIII, Industrial Area, Mohali, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Mohali, April 28
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has slapped a notice of over Rs 50 lakh on the Punjab State Industrial and Export Corporation (PSIEC) for damaging expensive underground telephone cables in Industrial Area, Phases VII and VIII, here.

Due to mindless digging by the corporation while laying road berms, hundreds of telephones have gone dead.

Officials in the BSNL lamented that due to the digging work, several Internet connections had snapped, resulting in loss of business.

On the other hand, the PSIEC is not responding to the notices of the BSNL. The contractor engaged by the PSIEC used JCB machines to dig earth for laying road berms. On being asked, PSIEC officials said it was a time-bound work.

A visit to the spot revealed that at a number of spots, the contractor had extensively damaged the cables. No prior intimation was given to the BSNL before starting the digging work.



Stray dog population on the rise in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 28
With the population of stray dogs on the rise here, the pace of the sterilisation scheme of the municipal council has been tardy with hardly 108 animals covered in one year.

Former councillor Kuljit Singh Bedi, who had sought information in this regard from the civic body under the RTI Act, said between January, 2011, and January, 2012, as many as 60 male and 48 female dogs were sterilised.

An eight-member team headed by a sanitary inspector has been assigned the task of catching stray dogs for sterilisation. Six veterinary doctors have been deputed by the department of animal husbandry to carry out operations. Stray dogs are caught once a week, on every Thursday.

The work of sterilisation was started by the civic body in 2005 and till 2011 only 891 animals were operated upon. A sum of Rs 5,97,316 was spent on the procedure.

Interestingly, there are no bylaws in force related to the registration and control of dogs in the town. Such laws were framed in 2008 and sent to the government for notification but the civic body is yet to be intimated in this regard. 



Fire averted
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 28
Timely action by a policeman averted a fire in UCO Bank located at the Phase-I market complex here today.

The fire broke out in the bank in the morning.

Someone called up the police and gave information about the smoke billowing from the bank.

As per sources, the police pulled down the main switch of the bank after breaking the lock and an official doused the flames by using a fire extinguisher.

A short circuit is said to be the reason behind the fire.



NCERT changes approach
To revamp science education by including interactive textbooks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
City educationists gave a nod to National Council of Educational Research and Training’s (NCERT) idea of revamping science education by including interactive textbooks.

The council has recently introduced a new teaching plan for the subject that includes provision of activity-based interactive textbooks, laboratory manuals, exemplar problems, science kits, source books on assessment and others. It has been organising several teacher training programmes where teacher get to know how to use these materials.

“The new approach adopted by the council will be very beneficial for the students. The new NCERT books are easy to comprehend. Our teachers have attended these workshops and have received the science kits. These have helped us to make science topics more interesting and engaging,” said Madhu Bahal, president of Sahodya and principal of KBDAV, Sector 7.

The council has also revamped the syllabus which now includes essay activities divided in four parts where students get a chance to explain what they have learnt. Similarly, collage making has also been introduced through which the students can put their creativity to test. “The teachers, with the aid of these books, will be better equipped for more interactive lessons. More than anything the new textbooks will help students to generate interest in the subject which many students fear,” added another principal.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all its schools to provide well-equipped science laboratories for conducting practical work in schools, apart from appointing qualified teachers for science.



PU hostel boys refuse poor-quality food
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Students of Panjab University along with members of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) staged a protest at boys’ hostel No VIII against the quality of food served there.

The students raised slogans against authorities and demanded that the mess contractor should be changed immediately. PUSU leader Sumit Goklaney said the residents of the hostel have been continuously complaining about the sub-standard quality of food that is served in the hostel.

The case was reported to the Dean Student Welfare (DSW) AS Ahluwalia who recommended cancellation of the agreement with the mess contractor. “Although the DSW had recommended for the cancellation of contract, however, the Vice-Chancellor didn’t take any further action,” Sumit said.

Emanual Nahar, hostel warden, said the decision for cancellation of contract is pending.

It is expected to be approved by next week. For the time being the canteen contractor has been asked to prepare food for the boys’ hostel. “From the new academic session we will hire a fresh contractor,” Nahar said. The protest was later called-off after the PU authorities handed over the responsibility of the mess 
contractor to the canteen contractor.



Rainwater harvest project launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Cabinet Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, inaugurated a rainwater harvesting structure in Government Middle School, Sector 46D, today.

Over 500 students attended the program organised by Yuvsatta in collaboration with Department of Environment, Department of Education, Chandigarh Administration and WAPCOS Limited, New Delhi.

Pawan Kumar Bansal said as demand for water has never been as great as it is today, and it will only increase due to population growth and mobility. “With increasing shortages, good governance and judicious use of water are essential for water management. Our small steps can bring a big change and young people’s active involvement as ‘Agents of Change’ can make a big difference,” said Bansal. Pawan Kumar Bansal also honoured principals of ten local schools, including Suman Lata Sharma, headmistress of Government High School, Sector 47, Harprakash Kaur, headmistress of Government High School, Sector 40, Indu Bala Dutt, principal of Government Model High School, Vikas Nagar among others.



Pec open house
Sleek, faster engine makers win tech fest
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 28
The project ‘Pulse Detonation Engine’ made by the students of aeronautical department of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) was declared the best project during the Open House event held at the college.

Vaibhav Garg, Aabid Bains, Mihir Chaudhari who prepared the project said their aim was to develop a refined engine, which is sleek, lighter and more powerful and produced less drag. “Conventional engine produces thrust by sucking in air, compressing it, adding fuel to it and igniting it. The hot gases expand and produce the thrust. This setup is very clumsy, heavy and requires a large amount of space. But the main advantage is that this type of engine produces continuous thrust,” Vaibhav said. Vaibhav said they have designed an engine that would have lesser parts, which would lead to lesser weights, and lesser weight would result in more efficiency. “We have avoided using parts including Rotor and Stator which are among the heaviest parts in an aircraft engine,” he said.

The project that bagged the second place was ‘Interactive Projector Screen with Hand Detection” using LED lights. Aditi Aggarwal, Akita Aggarwal and Swati Sharma, the team members from PEC’s Computer Science Department, said the aim was to build an interactive projector screen for classroom use.

Aditi said the system includes the functions of a mouse and executes commands by detecting and interpreting the inputs mentioned. The presenter, therefore, does not need to stand behind the laptop. He or she can stand in front of the projector screen to give the presentation.



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