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two toppers from tricity in cISCE Class-X exams
Initial confusion over ‘best of seven’ or ‘best of five’; overall pass percentage 98.62, average percentage 85; four from tricity shine in class XII
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) results, declared today, gave the tricity double delight as it had got two toppers in the class-X results. St Stephen’s student Vishal Rana shared the first position with Little Flower student Bhavya Moudgil by securing 98 per cent in five subjects, including English.

Following initial confusion over ‘best of seven’ or ‘best of five’, an ISCE official from Delhi directed city schools to calculate the topper on basis of ‘best of five’ subjects, as was the case with national toppers.

“We have got a communication from the council about using the best-of-five rule for finding the topper. It makes St Stephen’s the school of Vishal, who secured the highest percentage,” said school director Harold Carver.

While the overall pass percentage is 98.62, increasing by 0.01 per cent, the average percentage is 85, increasing by 5 per cent.

ISC Class-XII results

Two schools, the YPS and St Xavier’s, had an equal share of the success pie. The toppers from the commerce and humanities streams were from the YPS. Those from St Xavier’s stole the show in the medical and non-medical streams. Both schools calculated the results on the basis of best-of-four subjects. Manav Goel stole the show in commerce, scoring 94.5 per cent. Mannat Dhaliwal did so in humanities, scoring 89 per cent. Tavleen Kaur topped in the medical stream with 91.5 per cent. Loveleen Kaur stood first in the non-medical stream with 93.75 per cent. The overall pass percentage was 97.25, 0.01 per cent more than last year.

Manav Goel (XII, Commerce) 94.5%

Though he scored the highest in commerce, he was not in the race for a CA. He wished to study BCom from a good college and start his own business. “I wish to use my calibre in nurturing my own ideas and reaping the fruit. Business was always a dream and that kept me focused. I am working hard to be my boss and realise my dream of flying high,” he said.

Vishal Rana (Class X) 98%

He was known as a constable with the UT police so far, but today, Bhim Singh Rana was the proud father of Vishal, who scored the highest in the tricity. Asked about his success mantra, this avid basketball player said hard work. “Nothing can replace hard work. If you wish to achieve something, you have to bear the pain and then only will you get it. I worked hard and got the fruit. I wish to be an IAS officer and make a difference to a few lives,” he said.

Bhavya Maudgil (Class X) 98%

“I want to pursue aeronautical engineering after clearing the class-XII examination,” said Bhavya Maudgil. It was not just the marks which she shared with Vishal, but also the passion for basketball, of which she was a state-level player. Other than studying, she took time out to pursue her sports hobby or reading books. She credited her success to her father, who ensured that studies were enjoyable for her.

Loveleen Kaur (XII, Non-Medical) 93.75%

“Smart work did wonders for me and I achieved success. You would not perform well buried in books for hours together. Even a minute of studying with concentration and focused practice was enough to take you through. I was clear about my goal and chased it with focus to be here,” she said.


Mannat Dhaliwal (XII, Humanities) 89%

Becoming a psychologist was her dream and she was working on it. Asked about her success mantra, she replied, “When it comes to humanities, it is not the usual hard work, but love for the subject that drives you. I love psychology. I gave it my best and put my heart in it. I have cleared my first milestone and wish to continue my successful journey.”

Tavleen Kaur (XII, Medical) 91.5%

“The fascination to get ‘Dr’ prefixed to my name drew me. You have to be clear about your goal and start making efforts towards it, starting from class XI. That was what I did. I dedicate success to my parents and teachers,” she said.

Tribune Photos: Manoj Mahajan, Pradeep Tewari, S Chandan, Parvesh Chauhan and Nitin Mittal

Quick facts

  • Girls performed better at national level and in tricity
  • 30 per cent local students scored above 90 per cent
  • Pass percentage up by 0.01
  • Average pass percentage 85

Identifying toppers

"The national toppers have been calculated by using the best-of-five policy for class X and the best-of-four method for class XII. This is applicable throughout the country."

Gerry Arathoon, Additional Secretary, Council for Indian School Certificate Examination



First batch does well
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Students of the Strawberry Fields World School at Sector 26 have performed well, with eight of the 17 students scoring above 90 per cent. They are Mrinalini Garg (96.2 per cent), Shaina Kaur Gill (93.6 per cent), Anushka (93.2 per cent), Aashna Aggarwal (93.2 per cent), Arjun Jain (92.2 per cent), Shivam Deepak Jain (92 per cent), Khyati Sharma (91 per cent) and Srivats Singal (90.2 per cent).

School director Atul Khanna said the performance was exemplary as it was the first batch of students appearing in the class-X examination.

He said all students passed with first division and the school aggregate was 87 per cent, adding that girls bagged the first four positions at the school.



'Every child is an achiever'
ICSE has called upon schools to encourage students become all-rounders, rather than book worms
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
While the nation goes around fanatically chasing and worshipping toppers, the ICSE has called upon educational institutions to drive students towards becoming all-rounders rather than being book worms.

"There are no toppers, as every child is an achiever. Why should marks be the only criteria of success? It is high time we stop worshipping toppers and start celebrating each child's success," said Gerry Arathoon, additional secretary, ICSE.

"Frankly speaking all that I see in result is that pass percentage is 100 percent. I am more happy for a child who gets 70 percent but is good in sports, rather than those ninety per centers for whom books are the world. We as parents and teachers need to chase holistic growth rather than marksheets," says Harold Carver, Director of St Stephen's school, Sector 45.

"If the toppers are the best then where will nation get its dancers, singers and players?

We need to be happy with whatever a child achieves with his caliber and enjoys doing.

For me topper is a student who rises from a 55 percent to 70 percent," adds Gurpreet Bakshi of St kabir school, Sector 26.

Here are a few of the city students who may not be in the ninety percent bracket, but have widened their horizons and moved out of the confines of the report card.



Students who succeed against all odds
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
They might not fit your regular bracket of ninety per centres but their achievement is far more laudable as they have fought against all odds to succeed. Kailash and Martin do not have just their school in common, but also share a passion for football and have endured hardships to succeed.

Martin has scored 70.14 per cent marks in class X exam but his father Surinder Singh, a driver, is elated with his performance. “We can't give him much facilities but he works very hard and has secured good marks. People may be getting 90 per cent but his 70 per cent are mean more than that because he has not got the facility of studying in air-conditioned coaching centres,” says an overwhelmed Surinder.

Martin who is a state level footballer has no future plans except one, “My father has been a driver for long, but one day I will buy him his own car,” he says.

Manraj Tamang, a local school watchman whose son Kailash has got 69 per cent, shares the enthusiasm.

“I am a school watchman and when ever I used to see other children I would promise to myself that my child will be inside the school and not outside. He may have not got marks like toppers but what ever he has managed with our minimal help and finances is more than enough,” says Manraj.

Kailash is quick to add: "Don’t judge me with my marks. One day I will be a big man and get a big house and car for my parents.”



Patiala students excel in ICSE, ISC results
Tribune News Service

Patiala, May 19
Continuing their brilliant performance in board examinations, Patiala students excelled in the ICSE and ISC examinations results that were declared today. The overall result of all the schools is 100 per cent. The top positions in YPS, Patiala, have been bagged by commerce students.

In ISC (Class XII), Shubham Mittal (95 per cent) scored the highest marks, while second position was bagged by Kriti Mittal (93.75 per cent). The third position is shared by Srishti Bhatia (from commerce stream) and Raja Bhan Singh (from the arts stream) who scored 93.25 per cent each. In the science stream, Prabhvir Singh Dhillon scored the highest marks (93 per cent). In total, 96 students appeared in ISC (XII exams) of which 14 have scored above 90 per cent.

The ICSE (Class X) results are equally commendable. Chetan Goel has stood first (97 per cent).The second position is shared by Gautam Jain and Himanshu Gupta with 96% marks. Kosheel Gupta is third with 95.4 % marks. A total of 124 students appeared in ICSE (X) and all have cleared the exam. 24 students have scored more than 90 per cent marks.

The performance of Punjab Public School, Nabha, is equally commendable. The results of class XII (science) and class X (science and commerce) are 100 per cent. According to Jagpreet Singh, headmaster, the results this year are even better than previous year's. In class XII (science) Harjas Singh stood first with 91.5 per cent whereas Gurteg Singh came second. In class XII (commerce), Sukmeen Kaur bagged first position by scoring 90 per cent marks. Devinderpal Singh and Amritpreet Kaur bagged the second and third positions respectively. In class X (science) Eastpal Singh got the top position with 94.4 per cent followed by Neena Sidhu and Gurvinder Singh. In class X (commerce), Ritu got first position, while Vivek Mohan and Harkirat Kaur stood second and third respectively.

Subject-wise highest marks in class XII: English (92), Punjabi (97), Commerce (94), Physical Education (96), Physics (92), Chemistry (92), Maths (90), Economics (92), Accountancy (94).

Subject-wise highest marks in class X: English (88), Punjabi (98), Mathematics (98), Science (94), Hindi (92), EVS (95), History & Geography (92), Arts (88), Physical Education (95), Economics (97), Computer (100).



semester system
Education minister differs with board chairman
Continuation of semester system
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, May19
The education department is going to review the semester system introduced by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) in schools as several teachers, students, parents and educationists have expressed views against it. Moreover, it has put undue financial burden on the board as well as on the students.

The annual expenditure of board has risen from Rs 5 crore to Rs 12 crore. It is interesting that while everyone else is against the system, only the board chairman is for it, said Sikander Singh Maluka, education minister, while talking to mediapersons at the MG college here today. He had come to preside over the annual prize distribution function of the college.

He said that department is also going to review the newly formed education policy as the teaching community is opposing it, claiming that they were not given representation in formulating the policy. He said a new committee of experts and representatives of school teachers has been formed to review it.

Answering a query regarding government-aided school teachers, he said that he would talk to the Chief Minister as for as their pension cases and sanction of posts are concerned. He added that the few aided posts still existing in schools will either be clubbed in one aided school or the staff would be adjusted in government schools. The managing committees would be free to run the schools on their own.

He said that at present there are 20% posts of teachers lying vacant and 3500 teachers, who were working as trainers, have been sent to schools which would save Rs 2 crore. Moreover the department has urged the government to form a separate recruitment board for teachers, having experts as members. The board will recruit teachers regularly and teachers will be sent wherever they are required. He said that deputation has been strictly banned and all teachers working on deputation will be called back.

He also announced to start double shift system in government girls school to maintain a teacher-student ratio of 1:30 as the strength of students has risen. He said he has offered to NRIs that if they want to name a government school/college in their areas after their parents, they can do so by contributing Rs10 lakh for primary schools, Rs 15 lakh for elementary schools, Rs 25 lakh for senior secondary schools and Rs 75 lakh for college.

Addressing the students, he said that before 2007 Punjab was ranked 13th in the country in the field of education, and now it has reached the third position; but the Chief Minister wanted to make the state number one in the coming years. He called upon the students to shun the drugs and wage a war against social evils.

Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra, general secretary, SAD, Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Director Education, SGPC, Jagdeep Singh Cheema, president SAD (B) and Dr Jatinder Singh Sidhu, principal, also addressed the students.



School achieves 100 per cent result
Suman Bhatnagar

Ambala, May 19
Chaman Vatika achieved 100 per cent result in Class X and XII board examinations conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE) and (ISC). Pranajali Sharma scored 96.4 per cent in the science stream.

She attributed her success to the hard work she had put in along with the blessings and support of her parents. Raghuvar Goel scored 93.4 per cent, Shivam Jindal 93 per cent, Harsimrat Mann 92.8 per cent, Alisha Dawra 91 per cent, Aastha Aggarwal 91 per cent, Vaibhav Aggarwal 90.4 per cent and Malvika Bansal 90 per cent.

In the commerce stream, Hardik Budhiraja scored 89 per cent followed by Rupal Rana (88.4 per cent), Ankit Rana (86.4 per cent) and Jaswinder Singh (85.4 per cent). All the fourteen students who appeared for the ISC examination passed with flying colours.

Chairman Rajinder Nath commended the efforts of the teachers and the principal for the results. Principal Michael D’Souza also congratulated the students and the parents.



Residents face water shortage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Clueless about the disruption in water supply to the city due to the repair of pipelines, residents had to face acute shortage of water the whole day today. Adding to the woes of the public, no complaint centre was set up by the municipal corporation (MC) to cater to the water-tanker demand by the public.

A week ago, the water supply committee had decided to arrange 10 water tankers each to the three subdivisions for the next two months, but the ground reality was different.

Residents failed to contact any official to provide water-tanker service as there was no telephone facility at any MC branch for a year.

Even Sectors 2, 5, 7 and 10 faced the crisis. Pritam Bhullar of Sector 2 complained that there was no water supply after 8:30 am.

He said there had not been supply in the afternoon for more than a decade and now, supply in the morning was disrupted during summer.

He claimed that senior citizens were facing trouble while the MC authorities were enjoying their weekend.

Residents of Sectors 16, 19, 22, 29, 30, 45, 50, 55 and 56 had a similar story. Rashmi of Sector 29 said the area had been facing the problem for the last one week. She added that no action had been taken till date even after a number of complaints were made to the MC authorities.

Rumma Sharma of Sector 19 asked why the problem arose, especially during summer, though the MC claimed that it incurred crores every on the upkeep of infrastructure.

Sanjeev Sethi of Sector 50 said the water they stored in buckets in the morning was not sufficient to last the whole day. He added that the water pressure was so low that there was almost no water in bathrooms and kitchens.

He said residents on the ground floor were not getting regular supply during the morning and overhead tanks were empty.

'Normal by evening'

When contacted, MC chief engineer SS Bidda said major repair work was going as a pipeline at phases III and IV of the Kajauli waterworks burst last night. He added that the water supply would be normal by this evening.

'27 MGD supplied'

According to a public health official, only 27 million gallons per day (MGD) of the 64 MGD water was given today due to a fault in pipelines. According to the official, the demand for water was 100 MGD and the availability 87 MGD. He added that Chandigarh was receiving 67 MGD from the Kajauli waterworks and 20 MGD from the 200 tubewells installed in various parts of the city.


Over 8,000 flats deserted due to absence of electricity, sewerage
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
As many as 8,448 one-room dwelling units constructed one-and-half-years ago by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) in Dhanas are lying unoccupied. These remained unoccupied as the board failed to provide electricity and sewerage.

These flats had been constructed under the slum rehabilitation scheme of the Chandigarh administration.

The CHB is losing monthly revenue of Rs 85 lakh that was to be charged as monthly rent from the jhuggi dwellers. By rough estimates, the board could have earned revenue of Rs 15 crore in past eighteen months.

Sources revealed that the CHB has spent over Rs 250 crore on construction of the 8448 one-room tenements. Pointing towards the lackadaisical attitude of the board, sources said it has been over a year that tenders to install street lighting have not been finalised.

Now, the authorities are again calling the tenders for the third time. Till the feeder line to the complex is not installed, the flats do not have power connection, said sources. The flats were supposed to be handed over in 2010.

Work on sewerage treatment plant (STP), which should have been started a year ago, has been delayed. After a long delay, the UT engineering department has started the process of allotting tenders for the work.

Now, the UT administration is going for double-bedroom flats for the slum dwellers and that left the fate of one-room tenements undecided.

The CHB has already constructed 12,736 flats with single bedrooms under the Chandigarh Small Flats Scheme-2006. The flats are in Sector 49 (1,024 flats), Sector 38 (W) (1,120), Dhanas (8448), Mauli Jagran (1,568) and Ramdarbar (576). The possession of 2,112 flats has been given to beneficiaries in Sector 49, Sector 38 and Ram Darbar.

Revision of CHB budget

For the remaining 12,992 flats, the new design of two-bedroom flats will be adopted.



150 challaned in 4 rehri markets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The Municipal Corporation’s enforcement department today issued 150 challans during a special anti-encroachment drive in four rehri markets of the city. The drive was conducted in Patel Market, Sector 15, Sadar Market, Sector 19, Shastri Market, Sector 22 and Sector 18.

Team of inspectors seized readymade garments, table folding, pharies, stairs and chappal phari during the drive. The team visited Shastri Market, Sector 22, twice as there are number of habitual offenders.

Additional Commissioner Lalit Siwach instructed the shopkeepers to remove the stuffs from the poles which they have installed in their shops for hanging clothes. He also asked the shopkeepers to clear the walls of the markets. He said if the shopkeepers do not follow the orders a special team will be deployed to remove them.



BJP to organise ‘Dhikkar Divas’ rally
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 19
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha to hold Dhikkar Divas rally on May 22 in Chandigarh against the failure of the congress led UPA government during the three-year rule in its second term in the Lok Sabha.

Addressing the media, here today, the BJYM Haryana president Mahipal Dhanda said that Congress Government only given big scams to the people and had failed to take any major development issue concerning the common man. He said that the UPA Government had promised to remove poverty from the country but the number of poor had increased in view of the rising inflation.

Dhanda informed that more than 3,000 youths from Haryana would converge in the Chandigarh to participate in the protest rally. He added that they would also submit a memorandum to the Haryana Governor.



Woman climbs tree, comes down after 4 hrs

Zirakpur, May 19
A high drama was witnessed at Gajipur village here last night when a woman climbed on a mango tree at 10 pm and refused to come down. The police had to summon fire tender and ambulance on the spot. It took over four hours to persuade her to come down.

Sources said Pansari, 21-year-old, climbed up on a tree. When her relatives and neighbours failed to persuade her to come down, they called up the police. “As she seemed mentally disturbed, we immediately, called a fire tender and ambulance on the spot. After much persuasion for a few hours, she finally agreed to come down on her own,” said police. — TNS



525 donate blood
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
More than 525 persons donated blood at the first of six series camps organised by Thalassaemic Children Welfare Association (TCWA), Chandigarh, at Zakir Hall of PGI, here today.

The camp was inaugurated by Professor Jyotsna Wig, professor and head of department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care and acting director at PGIMER.

She praised the efforts of TCWA, in saving the lives of serious patients, especially during the summer months when there is an acute shortage of blood. She congratulated the donors who arrived from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh for the noble cause.



childcare institutions
‘Apply before June 10’

Chandigarh, May 19
With a view to maintain optimum standards of care in the childcare institutions, the department of social welfare has deputed 17 field functionaries of the department to ensure that no childcare institution, run by the government or voluntary organisations, is without registration under the Provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.

All the institutions being run by the voluntary organisations, state, board and corporations are requested to apply for registration to the Director of Social Welfare Chandigarh Administration before June 10. The Company Secretary, Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation, has been given the task of scrutinising the applications. — TNS





New judicial officers

A valedictory function of one-year long Induction Training Programme was held at the Chandigarh Judicial Academy here. With the completion of this programme, Punjab would get 64 new judicial officers who would start holding their courts at their respective places of posting. On the occasion Justice SS Nijjar, Judge, Supreme Court, motivated the new judicial officers by saying, “You have moved on from being a student to a judge. This is a happy occasion. But it also brings in huge responsibilities.” Justice MM Kumar, Acting Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court who presided over the function also motivated the new judges by saying, “This is not only an opportunity for you to bring laurels for your family but also to the institution you intend to serve. You all must not leave any stone unturned in providing justice to all but in this process you must also not ignore yourself. Keep good care of your health so that you can continue to serve the country.

Volunteers prepare the slogan ‘Respect All End AIDS’ at the Commonwealth Asian Centre, Sector 12, Chandigarh, on Saturday
Volunteers prepare the slogan ‘Respect All End AIDS’ at the Commonwealth Asian Centre, Sector 12, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Blood donation camp in progress at St John’s School, Sector 26, in Chandigarh on Saturday
Blood donation camp in progress at St John’s School, Sector 26, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Congress meeting

The district congress committee (urban I) office-bearers and activists today held a meeting under the presidentship of HS Lucky to strengthen the organisation at grassroots level. During meeting the members demanded from the MP Pawan Kumar Bansal to launch a campaign to save Sukhna Lake. While addressing to workers, Bansal said they should propagate the works of the UPA government among the residents of the city. Besides works, all senior party leaders and councillors were present in the meeting.

Job fest

Region’s leading industrial training institute CS Infotech Pvt Ltd organised a job fest for its 400 students. Out of which 175 have been called for the final round of interview. Chhotu Sharma, Chairman, CS Group,said, “This platform helps in creating an opportunity for corporate to meet their demands. The overwhelming response from the students has motivated us.”

Prize distribution

Manager of State Bank of India, Chandigarh Circle, today awarded prizes to winners in various competitions organised by the British Council in connection with celebration of their 12th anniversary. On the occasion, the manager also handed over British Library membership cards to 100 meritorious students from not so well-off section of society studying in various government schools in Chandigarh. The membership cards were sponsored by SBI with a fee of Rs 1,600 per card for a year with a view to providing better learning opportunities and to enhance skills of school children, who find it difficult to afford memberships of elite libraries.


ANM result

The Medical Education and Research Minister of Punjab, Bhagat Chunni Lal, has announced that the ANM students would not have to wait for a long duration for their results as it would be declared within a week’s time. The preparations are already going on at the department level to announce the pending ANM result as soon as possible. Bhagat Chunni Lal made the announcement at Rattan Group of Institutes, Sohana, during the celebration of International Nurses Day. He said that the result had already been delayed due to some technical reasons. “But now they are working to declare the result within a week’s time. The state government has given the right to conduct the examination of nursing students to a new university due to which there is a state of confusion amongst the students and nursing institutes.


The National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health Care Providers (NABH) organised a workshop on ‘Patient safety’, the first of its kind in Mahali. NABH believes in imparting knowledge through workshops on topics that matter the most to the medical profession and caretakers. The workshop was conducted by Dr Usha Gupta at Fortis Hospital, Mohali.

Healthy tiffin competition

Shivalik Public School, Mohali, organised ‘Healthy Tiffin Competition’ which was for Class I and II. The students with great excitement participated in the competition. They brought chappatis, green vegetables, curd, salad, sprouts, khir, rice and fruits. Judgment was done by the school doctor Dr Priyanka. — TNS



Protesting teachers clean cars
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 19
In a protest of its kind the teachers, who have been protesting against the recruitment policies of the State Government near the office of the Director Higher Education at Sector 5, cleaned the cars of people passing through the area.

Meanwhile, the condition of four teachers deteriorated who were on an indefinite fast for the past five days. A team of doctors from the Civil Hospital arrived on the spot and advised for referring the teachers to the hospital.
Members of teachers’ association clean a car Teachers lie on the pavement on the fifth day of the indefinite fast at Sector 5 in Panchkula on Saturday

Members of teachers’ association clean a car; and (right) teachers lie on the pavement on the fifth day of the indefinite fast at Sector 5 in Panchkula on Saturday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Senior officials of the district administration led by tehsildar captain Vinod Sharma also reached the site and appealed the teachers to leave the path of agitation. However, the teachers union refused to do so stating that their agitation would continue till their demands were met.

Doctors, after checking the teachers, who have been on indefinite fast, said that their health was continuously deteriorating as the blood pressure level were falling. The four teachers, who are on indefinite fast include state president women wing Archana Suhasini, Pawan Kheda of Hisar, Ashok and Prem Ahlawat from Kaithal.

Later, the protestors also burnt the effigy of director secondary education. Rajinder Sharma, state president, talking to the media said that their agitation would continue till the State Government did not change the rule of recruiting teachers with four years teaching experience.



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