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IIT results today; party already on
Bijoy Singh Kochar “among country’s top rankers” n 98 other tricity students make the grade
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
The IIT results may be scheduled to be declared tomorrow at 10 am, but for the Kochar household in Mohali, it is a mere formality.
Dr AP Singh is already celebrating the success of his son, Bijoy Singh Kochar, a student of Mount Carmel School, who has not only made it to his dream institute, but is also expected to be the city topper and take the national rank of 3 or 4 with a total score of 377.

All thanks to the IIT’s idea of uploading checked ed optical response sheets, a little hard work from city coaching centres has given aspirants an assurance of their admission and a fair idea of their ranks.

This year, for the first time the sheets were put on the web, allowing students to see marks and even request a revaluation.

“On the basis of actual score and reflective ranks, we have over 98 students who will be getting into the IITs from the tricity. Bijoy is expected to top the tricity, as he has got 377 marks.

He has been our student for the past two years and on basis of our compilation of results from across the centres, we are saying so. The ranks have been 
calculated but they are more or less reflective in nature. Anything can be said only when we get results tomorrow,” said Mohit Sardana of a local coaching centre.

Bijoy is expected to share his score with Delhi boy Nishanth N Kaushik.

Meanwhile, city Anant Gupta with a score of 368 marks is expected to secure the second rank, but as a coaching expert of Sector 24 puts it, "Ranks may differ with the declaration of results, yet with the IIT uploading the marks, students at least know that they are through so anxiety is much less than expected. We have high hopes from both Bijoy and Anant and see them as toppers. Where exactly are they in the list can only be said tomorrow.”

“The national fever of calculating reflective ranks has been flared by a so-called national survey done by a leading coaching institute. We had put the result on the Net to ensure transparency. The results may have assured many of their admission chances, but we should all wait for May 18 to talk about ranks,” said one of the organising officials of the IIT.


Grace marks

Candidates across the board have got four grace marks for a dubious question from the chemistry section of the IIT entrance examination held on April 8. The addition is bound to bring slight changes in the overall score of many



PGI penalised Rs 2.5 lakh by panel
Failure to maintain records of 2 stents implanted in patient
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
The PGI here has been directed to pay Rs 2.5 lakh compensation to a dead woman patient's sons, as its staff failed to maintain the records of the two stents implanted in the patient.

Jug Jeevan Pal and Chander Mohan, both residents of Ambala City and sons of the patient who was implanted two stents after she was diagnosed as having jaundice, in their complaint to the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-II, had submitted that their mother had died due to medical negligence. However, the forum dismissed the complaint.

Not satisfied with the decision, the two moved the State Commission to seek the redress of their grievance. The commission slapped a fine of Rs 2.5 lakh on the PGIMER Chandigarh for its failure to maintain the record of the stents implanted in the patient.

The complainants had said that their mother was suffering from jaundice and was admitted to the PGI for treatment on July 1, 2007, and she was diagnosed as having jaundice. This was the main reason in the blockade of liver and a 10-cm straight biliary stent was placed inside the patient. She was discharged from the hospital on July 6, 2007, with the advice for a follow-up after seven days at GE-OPD. It was further stated that the patient's condition deteriorated and the complainants took her to the PGI on July 17, 2007, for check-up, where various tests were prescribed by doctors. As the condition of the patient did not improve, they again rushed her to the emergency on July 28, 2007. It was stated that though the patient was crying with acute abdominal pain, the doctors refused to admit her.

Later, an ultrasound was advised, the report of which showed blockade in the stent deployed earlier and another stent was deployed, besides the old blocked stent on July 30, 2007. They further said that on August 5, 2007, acute respiration failure stage developed and they requested the doctor, on duty, to see her who kept on sleeping despite repeated requests. It was further stated that as the patient's condition was very critical, the doctor advised for placement of Central Line. However, senior doctors later realised that the Central line had been wrongly executed and the process of manual ventilation would also not be helpful to save the life of the patient. They then took the patient home against medical advice, which resulted in the patient's death before she reached home. It was further stated that no record regarding the supply of stents was maintained by the PGI which amounted to medical negligence and deficiency, in rendering service.

The counsel for the opposite party averred that the patient was an elderly lady, with tumour causing biliary obstruction and had suffered two episodes of severe cholangitis.

An effective initial management with endoscopic stent placement and antibiotics therapy was promptly done on the patient.

The patient was admitted on a priority basis in the GE Ward, and it were the attendants of the patient, who did not comply with the instructions, issued by the doctors, from time to time. It was further stated that the doctors of Radiology Diagnosis Department assessed the patient and found that biliary duct was mildly dilated, but was not amenable for placement of percutaneous drain.

It was further stated that the question of continuation of high doses of antibiotics, causing the death of the patient, was irrelevant, as all doses administered to the patient were standard doses, as per the published guidelines. Rather it was stated that the doctors had planned endotracheal intubation, which was not consented to by the family of the patient.

The commission, comprising president Justice Sham Sunder and member Neena Sandhu, while modifying the district forum order, observed that had the record been properly maintained by the opposite party, the complainants would not have been forced to entertain a lingering doubt in their mind that the stent, implanted in the body of their mother, was defective, and sub-standard, which caused a lot of misery to them. For this, the opposite party is to compensate the complainants, the forum ordered.



Dust storm, light rain likely in next 48 hours
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
A dust storm/thunderstorm with light rain may occur at a few places in the tricity region during the next two days in view of the Western disturbance over north Pakistan and neighbourhood.

The weather office has predicted dust or thunderstorm in the region as the western disturbance now lies over north Pakistan and adjoining Jammu and Kashmir as an upper air system. However, there would be no major change in the temperature.

The weather office had predicted partly cloudy sky with possibility of a thundery development. The maximum temperature on Friday was 35 degrees Celsius and minimum temperature on Saturday would be around 25 degrees Celsius.

The city recorded the maximum temperature of 33.8 degrees Celsius and minimum 25.4 degrees Celsius. The maximum humidity was recorded at 39 per cent and the minimum was at 
11 per cent.

In Haryana, the weather has been mainly dry, with Rohtak and Hissar recording a maximum temperature of 43 degrees Celsius, while in Punjab, Patiala and Amritsar recorded the maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius. The weather has been mainly dry in the two states and the weather office has 
predicted dust storm/thunderstorm with light rain at a few places in these states.



Flights fail to take off, land
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
No flights from Chandigarh could take off due to bad weather and low visibility today. As a result, the outgoing as well incoming flights were cancelled.
Although the passengers scheduled to fly from Chandigarh were informed about the cancellation by the airlines, many passengers still reached the airport in the hope that the weather would change and the services would resume.

Airport manager Ashok Gangwar said a total of 13 flights that were to take off from Chandigarh to various destinations were cancelled due to low visibility. An equal number of flights that were supposed to arrive were cancelled. The weather caused inconvenience to hundreds of passengers who had to take road transport to reach their destinations. Meanwhile, the airline operators returned the fare to the passengers.

One of the passengers, who had to reach Delhi for a meeting, said the cancellation of flights made him miss the meeting he was supposed to attend.

The passengers who were supposed to travel from Chandigarh to destinations other than Delhi were refunded the fare for Chandigarh to Delhi and were shifted to the other flights from Delhi to their destinations.

The airport authorities said it would depend on weather conditions, how soon the services got resumed.

An official at the met office said the sky would be partly cloudy on Friday with the possibility of a thundery development. 


Further delay expected
UGC regulations for selection apply to PU: Govt tells Vice-President
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 17
Further delay in the selection of Panjab University's new Vice-Chancellor is imminent with the Government telling the Chancellor's office that UGC regulations in respect of VC's appointment are applicable to PU. The three member search committee the Chancellor (Vice President Hamid Ansari) constituted in February to suggest a panel of names for the next PU V-C doesn't conform to UGC regulations and may have to be changed. The ball is however in the Chancellor's court.

In a letter to his secretariat, HRD Ministry has clarified that the selection of PU's V-C, as of other central university V-Cs, has to be done through "proper identification of a panel of three to five names by a search committee through a public notification or nomination or a talent search process or in combination".

It says the search committee hence constituted has to conform to UGC Regulations 2010 on Minimum Eligibility for Appointment of Teachers to higher educational institutions. These regulations stipulate that the search committee for the V-C must have a nomine of the Chancellor as chair of the committee; a nomine of the UGC Chairman; a nominee of the Syndicate/Executive Committee/Board of Management of the university concerned.

If UGC regulations are to apply to PU, the search committee the Chancellor constituted earlier would not hold good as it doesn't have a nominee of the UGC or the PU Syndicate. All three members on that committee — Justice Leila Seth (retd), scientist Dr P Rama Rao and former Ambassador IS Chadha are Chancellor's nominees, an issue that led to protests in Chandigarh over the constitution of the committee.

It was following this controversy that the Chancellor on April 11 asked HRD Ministry for a clarification on whether UGC regulations 2010 applied to PU, otherwise governed by the Punjab University Act, 1947.

The Government has clarified to the Chancellor that "a legislation (like the PU Act) made by the state by virtue of Entry 25 of List III of the Constitution would have to yield to the legislation made under Entry 66 by the Central Government (in this case the UGC Act)."

The clarification states clearly, "The UGC was created under the UGC Act 1956 by the Parliament. Regulations the UGC issues under the Act are in nature of a subordinate legislation. Since the Punjab University Act, 1947 is a State Act its provision which is not in consonance with the central legislations would have to yield to the central legislation.

The UGC Regulation of 2010 mentions that universities and state governments shall amend Acts of the universities concerned within six months of adoption of the UGC regulation of 2010. The UGC Regulations are therefore applicable to Panjab University also."

Importantly, central universities constituted in 2009 through the Act of Parliament have not yet amended their statutes to implement UGC Regulations 2010. The HRD Ministry has communicated this point to the Chancellor whose office said the final decision would be sent to PU Registrar soon. Incumbent PU V-C R.C. Sobti's term expires In July. Ideally, V-C selection process must have ended by that time.



MC braces to tackle market fires
Rehri market shopkeepers say awareness meetings on fire safety an eyewash
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
In view of the commencement of the summer season and the practice adopted by his predecessors in the fire department of the Municipal Corporation, Chief Fire Officer Rajiv Gupta today held an awareness meeting with the shopkeepers of different rehri markets to apprise them of fire safety norms. During the meeting, the officials of the enforcement and electrical wings were also instructed to remove encroachments from the markets and fix the loose wiring to avoid any major fire incident.

Chief Fire Officer directed the shopkeepers to provide sufficient space around the shops for the movement of firemen in the event of an emergency. As a security measure, he directed the shopkeepers to check the main line, electrical fittings, loose wiring and temporary connections in their shops and if any fault is found these should be rectified at the earliest to avoid fire. He instructed the representatives of the markets to regularly check the fire-fighting equipment installed in their shops and remove all types of articles and packing material from the roofs.

During a visit to the rehri market of Sector 15, the shopkeepers alleged that such meetings were merely an eyewash as for the past 10 years, they had been asking for the replacement of wiring at the market as also the shifting of the transformer to some safer place, but till date no action had been taken by the authorities.

At the Sector 22 rehri market, it was found that no passage had been cleared by the enforcement department or by the shopkeepers and articles were lying in front of their shops. It may be mentioned that during mock drills in the past, fire teams were unable to find a clear passage in front of the shops. They had complained that the enforcement department was not taking any stringent action against the shopkeepers to make them remove articles from the passage except for issuing challans.

Even the electric wires criss-cross over shops. Most rehri market traders justify encroaching on the corridors because their stalls being "too small". Many dhabas and tea stalls are located deep inside the markets and their stoves and gas cylinders pose a risk to the market safety.

The luckiest are the shopkeepers of the rehri market at Mani Majra who just have to participate in these special meetings to know what steps they should take towrds fire safety. But, during a visit to the market the shopkeepers narrated the ground realities and said in the past three years not even a single fire mock drill had been organised by the department in their market.

No longer in practice

In 2000, former Mayor Shanta Abhilashi had constituted two committees to educate traders of rehri markets on the fire safety norms and anti-encroachment measures. A police team was also deputed at each rehri market for two months to keep a strict vigil during the late hours.

In 2008, the fire committee had asked for a fire safety survey of rehri markets and removal of encroachments, which hamper the movement of fire tenders.

In 2010, a special enforcement team was constituted to keep a check on the encroachments in rehri markets in order to curb fire incidents during the summer season. The enforcement team was accompanied by a fire official of the area to check the fire extinguishers and fire arrangements made by the market associations in their respective areas. 



2 of CITCO station staff found guilty of fuel pilferage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
The vigilance inquiry into the alleged pilferage of fuel from the CITCO-run filling station at Sector 9 here has found two officials responsible for diesel unaccounted for.

While holding a clerk, Rajiv Kohli, and a junior salesman, Ramesh Kumar, responsible for negligence, the vigilance has recommended departmental action against the duo. Sources said the report was yesterday received by the office of the Managing Director, CITCO. A vigilance inquiry into the case had been ordered last year by the Adviser to the UT Administrator after the matter was reported in these columns.

The vigilance team has found that 3,378 litres of diesel was unaccounted for. Initially, a pilferage of over 16,000 litres of fuel had been reported. The shortage in fuel was noticed during a check of the accounts. It had been alleged that tampering was done with the stock register by using white fluid.

A similar pilferage was reported from the filling station at Sector 56 earlier. At least 18,067 litres of unleaded petrol worth Rs 12 lakh had been unaccounted for between April 1 and August 18 last year.

5,918 litres of diesel recovered in 2 months

In November, 2011, the shortage of diesel had been recorded at 9297.34 litres (after adjusting the normal losses) but in December, 2011, and January, 2012, the shortage of diesel has come down to 3,378.04 litres. This means 5,918.94 litres of diesel has been generated or recovered between November, 2011, and January 2012 in two months time.



Sexual harassment charge against doc
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
An assistant professor of the bio chemistry department of the PGI is in the dock after allegations of sexual harassment were levelled against him by his juniors here today.

The drama sparked off yesterday when one of the women technician of the department thrashed him in his office for allegedly making advances on the pretext of getting her admission to PhD. She has completed her MSc course.

The matter, however, was settled when the duo mutually decided to end the issue and not lodge any complaint. The other members, however, filed a complaint against the doctor, who, they alleged, was in the habit of luring girls by making hollow promises.

They also alleged that the doctor's behaviour was not acceptable and he had sent lewd SMSes to many women employees, who, however, had ignored his advances. Following this the authorities have marked an inquiry to Prof Savita Malhotra, chairman of the committee against sexual harassment.

Meanwhile, Professor Malhotra said she had nothing to say in this regard. The PGI spokesperson, Manju Wadwalkar, however, said the action would be taken as per the rules. 



3 witnesses depose
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
In the infamous Kushpreet kidnapping and murder case, three prosecution witnesses deposed before a local court here today.
According to the information, statements of Suresh Gupta, owner of a hardware shop, Deepak Kumar, manager of a private bank, and a Chandigarh police constable were recorded in the court today.

According to the police, Suresh, who is a native of the Fatehgarh Sahib town of Punjab, runs a hardware store in Chandigarh. He informed the court that with the ransom money Sukhdev bought material worth Rs 1.32 lakh.

The bank manager gave the details about the newly opened bank account of Sukhdev. Besides, a Chandigarh police constable submitted the postmortem examination documents in the court.

The brutal kidnapping and murder case that rocked the city on December, 2010, was cracked with the arrest of two brothers on March 22, 2011.

The accused lived in the victim's neighbourhood and had planned his kidnapping to tide over their financial liabilities. Khushpreet, a kindergarten student and son of a dairy owner, was kidnapped on December 21, 2010, from near his house in Burail. The family, which informed the police within a couple of hours, had alleged that the casual attitude of the police officials led to the kidnappers getting away as a police trap to arrest them failed and they fled with the ransom amount of Rs 4 lakh on December 23, 2010. The boy's body was recovered on January 5, 2011, near a pit in Mohali.

The police had filed a charge sheet against prime accused Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Burail, his brother Gurvinder and their servant Nand Kishore in a case of murder registered under Section 302 of the IPC.



Power staff rectify fault in underground cable
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Three days after a fault occurred in the power supply line, which has been laid from Sectors 28 to 18, the UT Electricity Department staff rectified it today with the help of a fault-finding machine hired from the Punjab government. The fault in the underground cable had led a power crisis in many sectors.

According to the information, the department had detected two faults, one at Sector 19 and the other at the roundabout of Sector 27-28. The officials rectified both the faults at around 2 pm. After the fault in the cable had occurred on May 14, the load was transferred to the other supply lines.

The residents of Sector 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and Sector 24 had faced a tough time for nearly eight hours on May 14. When the department shifted the load to another supply line of Sector 52, the residents of that sector experienced unscheduled power cuts. An official of the electricity department said now the situation was under control.

The department had sought help from its counterpart in Punjab as it had no functional fault-finding equipment. The department had bought fault-finding equipment in 1996. As the machine had outlived its life span of 10 years in 2006, it has developed a snag and has not been working properly since then. 


Southern sectors plunge into darkness

A major fault occurred in the power supply line from Mohali to Sector 52 here late in the evening, resulting in blackout in the entire Southern sectors (Sector 39 to 47and 51 to 52). The electricity officials claimed that the snag occurred due to burning of power cable. The supply had remained suspended for over two-hours and blackout continued till the filing of the report.



Student found dead at hostel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
A 17-year-old boy was reportedly found dead under mysterious circumstances in his hostel room of SD Public School, Sector 32, this morning.
Sarthik Goyal, a commerce student and native of Yamunanagar town in Haryana, did not wake up in the morning at his hostel room after which he was rushed to the Government Medical College Hospital-32 where the doctors declared him brought dead, the police said.

According to the officials of the school, when the boy did not respond to the repeated calls made to him by students, he was taken to the hospital at about 7:30 am. The doctors said he probably died of heart attack.

The police stated the reason behind the death could not be established and the exact cause could be ascertained after the post-mortem examination. Meanwhile, the police would also be sending the viscera for tests.

The members of the deceased's family stated that their son had no history of medical complication and was very healthy.




Residents get muddy water
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 17
Residents of the Shivalik Vihar Colony here are up in arms as they are being forced to consume muddy water for the last five months.
Their complaints to the authorities and local leaders have fallen on deaf ears. The colony has a population of about 1,500.

“Nothing concrete has been done so far to solve the problem. Only false promises have been made,” says Surinder Kumar, a resident of the colony.

“Residents have been falling ill due to the consumption of contaminated water. As we have no option, we have to put the water in utensils and wait for hours before use for the mud and other impurities to settle,” says Rampher.

Showing the water, full of mud and black material, he has added that the problem has been continuing for about five months, since the installation of a new tubewell.

“After that, we have never got clean water,” he says, adding that most residents belong to the lower-middle class and do not have advanced filters.

Water sewerage and supply department junior engineer Hari Krishan has admitted that there is some problem with the new tubewell. “A compressor will be installed within a week,” he has added.

“We are fed up with false promises. We want action before some major water-borne disease breaks out,” say residents.



No headway in robbery case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 17
The police has failed to make any breakthrough in the case of robbery of Rs 4.4 lakh by four armed youths here yesterday.
The footage retrieved from the ICICI Bank, from where victim Brij Mohan withdrew the money before he was shot at, did not provide any clue about the accused, sources said.

The sources said it was believed that the accused did not enter the bank and noticed Brij with a bulging bag on his back when he came out of the bank.

As he was driving a motorcycle, he was a soft target. As soon as he stopped his motorcycle, they injured and overpowered him, the police said.

As the spot was near the Zirakpur-Panchkula highway, it was believed that the robbers might have sneaked into Himachal Pradesh or Punjab.

The police started scrutinising footage at the toll plaza located in Chandi Mandir, the sources further said.



58 visually impaired persons appointed govt teacher
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 17
A total of 58 visually impaired persons were handed over appointment letters as government teacher here today.
Punjab Education Minister Sikandar Singh Malooka gave them the letters during a function at the Government Model Senior Secondary School in Phase IIIBI.

Of the 58 candidates, 24 were partially impaired and 34 completely impaired. Their joy knew no bounds when they were given the letters.

Saniya Jain, who had MA and BEd degrees in vocal music, asserted that her handicap would not come in the way of teaching.

"I have waited for this day. I will love to teach students in a different way. I am ready for the new challenge in my life," she said.

The candidates were posted at stations of their choice, officials said. Malooka said the government gave deserving candidates their right.

"Their efforts are appreciable. Their success against odds has set an example for us," he said. He said all vacant posts in the education department would be filled.

He added that the standard of education at government schools would be brought at a par with top private institutions.



Protest against govt
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 17
BJP activists protested against the alleged exploitation of farmers due to government policies here today.
Addresing party workers at the roundabout separating Sectors 17 and 18, former MP Ratan Lal Kataria said farmers were not receiving appropriate prices.

At least 2 lakh farmers had committed suicide during the last eight years of the UPA regime, he added.

He demanded that a commission be set up to look into the problems.



New lease of life for Pak man
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 17
It was a shock for 71-year-old Safdar M Hayat Qureshi when he was told that he had abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), an life-threatening disease uncommon in this part of the world.
He was all smiles today after treatment at Fortis Hospital here. He would leave for his country tomorrow.

“I have got a new lease of life in India. This gives me more happiness,” said Qureshi, managing director with a company at Lahore.

He said he was told to go to the US, Singapore or India as the treatment was not available in Pakistan.

“I selected India and was happy with the treatment here,” he said.

Giving details of the AAA, Dr Ravul Jindal said it was swelling in the largest artery, extending from the heart to the abdomen.

A rupture could cause instant death Dr Jindal said. “We have installed a stent in his artery. He is alright now,” he added.



No overcharging for sand, gravel: DC
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 17
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varun Roojam today issued directions against overcharging for sand and gravel.
"Several complaints have been received. Action will be taken against such elements," he said.

He also set the time for mining, which was from 6 am to 8 pm. He said the step was taken to streamline mining in notified trenches and sale points and stop illegal mining. There were eight notified trenches and 11 sale points in the district.



Mayor inspects Diggian project
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
The controversial Tertiary Treated Water Project (TTWP) of the MC was once again found in a neglected condition. This time during a surprise visit at Diggian by Mayor Raj Bala Malik along with five councillors.

As the team of councillors stepped into the TTWP at Diggian today, the employees present there told them that there was no electricity due at the project due to damage caused to wires during the digging of the nearby road. Interestingly, all the adjoining buildings had power and the streetlights of the area were on.

The Mayor asked the officials to provide the stock register of the chemicals which were used in the plant for purification but they stated that the register had been sent to the Sector 39 plant for monitoring. Unaware of the Mayor's visit, all the employees had left the plant before 5 pm but when the XEN was informed about the visit, around 12 employees reached the plant by a van and apprised the Mayor and the councillors of the functioning of the project.

Water and sewerage committee chairman Mukesh Bassi, who also accompanied the Mayor, said out of 16 pumps installed in the plant for the purification of water, only four were found in the functioning condition and the rest were non-functional. The flow meter, which shows how much water is disbursed in a day, has also not been installed there. Congress councillor Subhash Chawla said the boundary wall of the plant was also found in a dilapidated condition and there was no watchman at the entrance of the plant.

Mukesh Bassi said he would write to the official concerned asking for his explanation about the irregularities at the plant.



Display info on boards: DC
Tribune News Service

Panchkula,May 17
Deputy Commissioner, Ashima Brar has asked the officials in the district to display boards with information regarding Right to Service and phone numbers of the officials concerned at all the offices, here yesterday.

Brar was convening a meeting of distrct officials at mini secretariat. The name of officials, with designation, their job and room number of the office must be displayed on the board put up at a prominent place in the offices, directed the deputy commissioner. A report regarding its compliance has also to be sent to the Deputy Commissioner within a week. In addition to it, every office will have a board displaying the list of displaying the list of required documents pertaining to the works to be carried out in the particular offices.

Regarding complaints by the residents of Barwala and Raipur Rani area, Brar directed the officials that live electricity wires being dangled at every nook and corner should be repaired immediately.



PGI docs to lose 1-day salary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
The resident doctors at the PGI, who took mass casual leave on May 8, are likely to lose their salary for that day. The PGI administration has asked the different departments to send a report in this regard.

On May 8, the resident doctors had gone on mass causal leave in protest against the alleged manhandling of a doctor by a technician at the Advance Cardiac Centre. Ajay Mishra, a senior resident doctor at the Department of Anaesthisia, had alleged that technician Gurpreet Sethi tried to manhaldle him in the washroom. Though Sethi denied the allegations, the doctors protested against it and went on mass casual leave. 



10 acres cleared of encroachment

Panchkula, May 17
Starting an anti-encroachment drive at Saketri village, a team of HUDA employees cleared over 10 acres by removing nearly 250 'jhuggis'. The land was a part of Sectors 1 and 2 of the Mansa Devi Complex. The team reached the spot at 10:30 am.

They started demolishing encroachments. The atmosphere was tense in the afternoon when residents of area assembled on the spot. The intervention of a heavy police posse, present on the spot, helped in avoiding any untoward incident. A resident owning 10 kanal was spared after he handed over a stay order secured from court. The district town planner issued a notice for violation of the Periphery Act. The possession of the land recovered was handed over to the engineering wing of HUDA to maintain it from now on. — TNS



Tricity scan
BJP leaders accuse Congress

Chandigarh: Two senior leaders of the BJP, former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan and Satya Pal Jain, Ex-City MP and All-India in-charge of the legal cell of the BJP, while accusing the Central Congress (I) Government of adopting an attitude of “indifference” towards the problems of city, have alleged that the Central Government did not do any thing to solve any issue of Chandigarh during the past 8 years of its rule. They urged the Union Home Minister to visit Chandigarh, hold at least one meeting of the Home Minister’s Advisory Committee on UT.

Annual prize distribution

Students of Dev Samaj College of Education in jubilant mood after their annual prize distribution at Sector 36 in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Students of Dev Samaj College of Education in jubilant mood after their annual prize distribution at Sector 36 in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

The annual prize distribution and farewell party for 2011-2012 batch of Dev Samaj College of Education was organised on the college premises. The chief guest on the occasion was Nek Chand, creator-director, Rock Garden, Chandigarh. The students were given away the prizes for their academic excellence, participation in co-curricular activities, commendable social work during an extremely successful session..

Governor interacts with IRS officers

The Punjab Governor and the UT Administrator, Shivraj V Patil, interacted the officer trainees of the 65th Batch of the Indian Revenue Services. Patil said that need of the hour was to understand the needs and requirements of the people, their ambitions and to adopt sympathetic attitude. Pawan Parmar Singh, Commissioner of Income Tax, DTRTI, Chandigarh, led the group of officers.— TNS



Decision on online admission not taken yet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
It’s not sure whether the admissions to BCom I in the PU affiliated colleges in Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur districts would be held online as the syndicate in its meeting today called for Panjab University has decided to review the recommendation that admission to BCom I for the session 2012-13 be centralised or not.

The final decisions would be taken after taking the views of the college principals.

There is something to cheer for the research scholars who had failed to submit their thesis as the Panjab University Syndicate today decided to extend the date for submitting the thesis from May 30 to December 31.

The Phd students who could not submit their thesis due to various reasons were facing problem in completing their Phd degree.

The House took a unanimous decision to not discontinue the subject of police administration offered at the bachelor’s level by the department of evening studies.

The meeting accepted the recommendation of the committee chaired by Jasvir Kaur Chahal regarding strict adherence to the NCTE Regulations by the affiliated education colleges. It further stipulated that all educational colleges would require fulfilling the necessary conditions by June 30, 2012; otherwise, they would not be included in the list sent to the Punjab Government for admission purposes.

The item pertaining to the issue of leave rules in respect of teaching community was deferred. The members felt that there should be maximum satisfaction for the maximum people and the matter be reviewed accordingly since leave rules have to be considered as a package seen from the perspective of the entire teaching community.

The House took up the case of Dr Dazy Zarabi, by majority vote, accepted the recommendations of the concerned committee that she may be regularised. However, the Vice-Chancellor would take a legal opinion regarding whether the necessary orders could be passed without taking the matter back to the Senate.

The rules and regulations pertaining to the grant of medical advance to the wards of female employees, retired employees as well as fixed packages for various common procedures were accepted by the House. The latter would simplify and streamline existing medical reimbursement procedures.



College BSc students can opt geology, geography
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
In a decision that may prove a boon for the science students opting for BSc in colleges affiliated to Panjab University the students will now have a option of studying geology and geography as one of the optional subjects out total three optional subjects while pursuing their degree. Dr Dalip Kumar, fellow at PU, had moved this proposal that was tabled before the syndicate, which gave its approval today. Earlier, there was a provision that a BSc student had to clear two science subjects in the examination and had an option of taking the third optional subject from arts stream, excluding geology and geography, however, now the BSc students will have the option of studying these subjects also.

Kumar said that in the present day of globalisation there is an increasing demand for an interdisciplinary approach in teaching so as to better understand the natural and human environments as well the interactions among them.

“It is the need of the hour to understand the processes shaping environmental and societal development over space and time. However, our current curriculum was not conducive to creating a wider spectrum of opportunities to our students for achieving academic excellence,” he said. He added that the importance of studying geography and geology with sciences leads to theoretical approaches and practical research findings can be applied to problems of environmental management in various physical, cultural, political and socio-economic contexts both at the national and global level. An interdisciplinary curriculum at the undergraduate level will confer bachelor in science degree, to the students.

The proposed provision would help the students in more academic fashion and the specialist nature of the programmers would make the graduates highly marketable and have a wide range of employment, with government and private agencies, typify by computer software development, hydrology in developing countries, meteorology, remote sensing research and operations, river authority management, publishing, locational analysis and transport planning, travel and recreation management and environmental impact assessment (EIA).



PU to get tough on affiliation issue
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 17
Panjab University is getting stricter in its dealings with the over 180 affiliated colleges.
The university has devised a performa for the colleges, which needs to be fulfilled for getting affiliation for the courses.

The proforma was passed by the syndicate today. Standing council of College Development Council (CDC), had prepared a performa which would have to be fulfilled for applying for affiliations.

The university has decided that the colleges failing to provide the required information will be denied affiliation.

As per the proforma the colleges would now have to disclose complete details about the institution and facilities provided by them.

The colleges will now be giving details about the teaching, non-teaching staff, salaries paid, and the number of teacher.

The colleges applying for the new courses and for re-affiliation of the existing courses from the coming academic session will have to go through the stringent policy devised by the university.

University officials said that the inspection committee that would be visiting the colleges would also physically check that the colleges fulfill all the requirements as per the proforma.



Nod to Varsity decision on compartment

Chandigarh, May 17
The PU syndicate also approved allowing of the students getting compartment in final-year of graduation admitted in MA under the semester system in the university. Presently, with the annual system the university used to give provisional admission to the compartment students, however, PU has now shifted to the semester system and there is no provision to admit a student with compartment.

Officials said, the decision would introduced from the coming academic session. However, the student would not be allowed to pursue MA in the subject of compartment. Meanwhile, if the student fails to clear the compartment in the next two consecutive chances immediately following the examination then the admission given to the student in MA would be cancelled. — TNS



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