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CBSE Class X Results
400 students score perfect 10
Private schools leave behind Kendriya Vidyalayas for the first time in five years
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
No percentage, no toppers and no failures. The CBSE’s comprehensive evaluation has done it for the third year in row. While the percentage of qualified students is the same as last year -- around 98 per cent -- the number of those getting CGPA 10 has increased by almost 100 as 400 students got the top score compared to 300 last year.

What makes this success special is the fact that the score is not being credited to the age-old formula of burying the head in books, but to a new concept of moving out of the realm of written exams and excelling in the coscholastic arena.

“Stress-free is what we wished education to be and here we have got it. Conventional stress and nervousness attached to the Class X Boards has reduced in the past three years. This year, the exam stress was at its least as our counsellors hardly got any call pertaining to it and still the students have come out with flying coloirs,” said CBSE regional director RJ Khanderao.

The pass percentage of the tricity is 98.76. While only 9,154 girls appeared for the exam against 11,748 boys, they stole the show in the tricity by securing 99.02 qualifying per cent. The figure for boys is 98.76 per cent.

Meanwhile, private independent schools have outshone Kendriya Vidyalayas for the first time in the last five years. Government schools have got the same qualifying percentage as last year, but have failed to maintain their last year’s lead on private schools.


n Qualifying percentage almost same

n 5,000 tricity students who opted out of board exam fare better than 12,000 who sat for the boards

n Students evaluated on soft skills and coscholastic activities

n Many hold generous evaluation by schools as key to success

n Best result in last 10 years

n Qualifying percentage up by 8 per cent

Result delayed by 3 hours

The extensive plans of the education board to release the Class X results online were wrecked due to a sudden technical snag. The glitch crept up around 4 pm on Thursday when excited students logged on different websites to check their result. After almost half-hour, the board put a notice informing that the declaration of results had been delayed by almost three hours due to a technical snag in the system. Anxious parents and schools, however, thronged the board’s office in Panchkula to get the results, which were officially released online by the education board at 7 pm. 

What is CGPA

The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is a system wherein a student’s performance in exams and extra-curricular activities is taken into consideration to work out a grade. Students need to multiply the given CGPA with a common multiplier 9.5 to get an indicative percentage. 

Qualifying candidates

Those who have obtained Grade D and above in all subjects, excluding subjects defined as additional as per the scheme of studies, will get a qualifying grade certificate. Those who have scored "zero" will not get a certificate. They will be allowed five attempts to improve their performance.

Grade upgrade

A student who performs well in formative assessment, but may not have done well in summative assessment can expect to get an upgrade by one scale on the basis of the year-round performance.



Resignation of Inspector accepted
Served 2-month notice to reconsider
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Senior police officers today accepted the resignation of Inspector Amanjot Singh, incharge, Crime Branch, which will be effective from July 22. The officer has been given a two-month notice period during which he can reconsider his decision.

Inspector General of Police, PK Srivastava, said that they have accepted the Inspector’s resignation and a two-month notice have been issued to the Inspector. During his two-month notice period, the Crime Branch Inspector will serve in Police Lines, Sector 26.

A senior police officer said the police department has been benevolent while taking the decision on the entire controversy considering the Inspector’s outstanding record as the crime branch incharge in which he has solved many sensational cases. “He has been given time to think and has the right to reconsider the resignation during these two months,” said a senior police officer.

Inspector Amanjot had submitted his resignation to the IGP yesterday as a protest after the UT SSP Naunihal Singh marked a departmental inquiry against him for alleged insubordination. The Inspector had stated in the resignation letter that he was being targeted by UT SSP Naunihal Singh and ASP (Central) Desraj Singh. The Inspector had alleged he was being humiliated and victimised by the two IPS officers for no fault of his.

The departmental inquiry against the Inspector was initiated after the ASP submitted a report to the SSP that the Inspector refused to obey his orders during the Vice President’s visit on May 5.

Inspector Amanjot joined the police force as an ASI in 1997 and was promoted as an Inspector in 2010. He has received 55 commendation certificates and his name was recommended for the gallantry award for solving the NRI kidnapping case last month.

‘benevolent’ police

A senior police officer said the police department had been benevolent while taking the decision on the entire controversy considering the Inspector’s outstanding record as the Crime Branch in charge in which he had solved many sensational cases. 



ASI’s son shoots himself
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
A 20-year-old son of an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) with the Punjab Police committed suicide by reportedly shooting himself at Sarangpur village in the wee hours of today.

Manpreet, son of ASI Jaswant Singh, shot himself in the neck with a double-barrel gun belonging to his father. He went out of the house and shot himself near a tubewell.

A suicide note was recovered from his house, which read that he did not wish to live anymore and was ending his life. His family told the police that Manpreet was suffering from depression due to a prolonged illness.

His father is posted with the Punjab Vigilance. UT police officials as well as vigilance sleuths reached the spot. The police has registered a case and initiated inquest proceedings. 


Property worth lakhs destroyed
Fire breaks out in a shop-cum-office in Sector 7
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Bathroom fittings worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in a fire which broke out in the SCO 42, Sector 7, showroom today afternoon. Employees who were present in the shop managed to escape unhurt before the flames engulfed in the entire showroom. The fire started around 3:00 pm on the roof of the shop where the scrap had been dumped by the owner of the shop.

Fire team reached the spot at 3:20 pm after receiving a call from the employer of the showroom. One of the employees of the showroom stated that the fire might have been caused due to a spark in the hi-intension wires passing over the roof of the shop. Fire department officials said that the blaze spread in no time as the showroom was packed to capacity with combustible material. Station fire officer SK Gosain, who was leading the team, said that a notice will be issued to the owner for not installing fire safety measures in the shop. He said that the incident could have easily spread and turned into a major accident if timely action had not been taken by the fire team.

He further said that checking will be conducted tomorrow in the adjoining showrooms to check whether the fire safety norms have been installed in the shops or not.

Fire department officials said that as the fire tenders reached the spot on time, the fire could be controlled in one and a half hour. As per the fire report, three fire tenders were deputed to the spot to deal with the situation. Fire official said that the cause of fire is yet to be established by the team but it seems that it could be due to short circuit. Even the electricity wires in the shops were not properly wired by the shopkeepers. Fire officials said that though the owner claimed that they had installed fire safety norms in the shop, they could not find any such thing in the premises.



5 fire incidents reported

Mohali, May 24
As many as five fire incidents were reported at various places including Phase 7 in the Industrial Area, Phase 10, Mataur village, Tripari and Kansal, here today.

One person sustained minor injuries at Mataur where four ‘jhuggis’ were gutted. It took almost four hours to control the fire.

In the second incident at Kansal, a liquor vend was completely gutted. The loss is said to be around Rs 5 lakh.

In the incident at the Tripri village near Kharar, a makeshift hut and piles of cow dung cake caught fire. However, it was controlled before it could spread to the nearby houses. It took about two hours for one fire tender to douse the fire.

At Phase 7, Industrial Area, a minor fire broke out under a 66 KV transformer, while at Phase 10, some material lying in a showroom caught fire following a short circuit in an electrical meter. — TNS



Reshuffle in UT Administration
Adviser KK Sharma divested of CITCO
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
After the pressure mounted by the state governments of Punjab and Haryana over the issue of sidelining IAS and state cadre officers from both the states in the UT, and giving more powers to the UT cadre officers, the UT Administration has now decided to give more departments to UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar (1988 batch of the Haryana cadre) and Finance Secretary VK Singh (1990 batch of the Punjab cadre).

The UT Administration has decided to give the charge of Chairman CITCO to Anil Kumar. The post was earlier held by UT Advisor KK Sharma. Besides, the UT Administration has also decided to give departments of Local Self Government and Law and Justice to Anil Kumar, which were presently with the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) Chairman Satyagopal, a 1988 UT cadre officer.

The UT Administration has also decided to give the department of Employment and Labour, presently with CHB Chairman Satyagopal, to Finance Secretary VK Singh.

Sources in the UT Administration said that Satyagopal had gone on a long leave. Sources also added that the orders will be issued shortly.

Anil Kumar had joined as Home Secretary last year in December. For the first time in the history of Chandigarh Administration the Home Secretary has been divested of seven major departments, including the Chief Administrator (Capitol Project), Personnel, Education and CITCO, making him probably the weakest incumbent of the chair ever since its inception. A majority of his departments were given to a UT cadre officer, Satyagopal. Earlier all these departments were with the former Home Secretary Ram Niwas.

Recently the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana had raised this issue before UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil. Moreover, the Chief Secretaries of both the governments had even written to the Central government over the issue of sidelining officers from Punjab and Haryana. 

Present departments with Home Secretary Anil Kumar and Finance Secretary VK Singh

n VK Singh, Finance Secretary: Engineering, planning, sports, treasury and accounts, information technology, Chief Administrator, excise and taxation, local fund accounts, printing and stationery, urban planning, rural development, education, technical education and statistics.

n Anil Kumar, Home Secretary: Home, Police, prisons, transport, UT Secretariat (establishment), revenue, hospitality, social welfare, housing, industries, health, medical education and research, public relations, agriculture, animal husbandry, cooperation, SC/BC and Minorities Corporation, Women and Child Development Corporation



Petrol price hike fuels protest 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The steepest-ever hike in petrol prices fuelled protest in the city. Senior BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan, accompanied by his party leaders and workers, protested on horse carts demanding a withdrawal of the hike in fuel prices by the ruling party.

While addressing the party workers he said that the government's argument that the hike has been effected by petroleum companies, as the pricing of petrol stands deregulated, is merely an eyewash and it is the responsibility of the government to provide fuel at subsidised rates. Demanding immediate withdrawal of the hike, he said the steep increase would retard the pace of economic growth.



FOSWAC leaders express concern
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
FOSWAC office bearers have expressed serious concern about the increase in the prices of essential commodities, including the hike in domestic power tariff (10 to 25 per cent) from May 1, the increase in tariff of drinking water (from 15 to 35 per cent), and the steep hike of 225 per cent in the water supply for the lawns in houses of one kanal and above from December 2011, without making alternative arrangement of providing tertiary water for irrigating the lawns.

On one side the UT Administration wants to keep the city green, but on the other side it is discouraging the residents from maintaining their lawns. This steep hike in the rate of water supply for irrigation purposes will deter them in maintaining greenery in and around their premises.

Adding to woe is the increase of Rs 7.50 per litre in the price of petrol for the common citizens which has put extra financial burden on them as there is hardly corresponding increase in their incomes. The government should take immediate measures to control the continuous rise in prices of commodities and other essential services in order to provide relief to the common citizens.



Repair work to hit water supply
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Due to a major repair of leakage from the common delivery header and D-joint for Phase-I and II, Kajauli, there will be no afternoon water supply in the city tomorrow. As a result the supply from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm will remain suspended for the whole of Chandigarh.

Spokesman of the corporation informed that there would be a supply with full pressure from 3:30 to 9:00 am and with low pressure from 6:30 to 9:00 pm in the city. The residents are requested to bear with the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh.



MC moots hike in construction material
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The Municipal Corporation has proposed to hike the rates of construction material by 10 to 15 per cent for the allotment of the development work. The decision was taken in the road committee meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Jannat Jahan Ul-Haq. As per the proposal tabled in the meeting, it was mentioned that there has been hike in the rates of the raw material utilised for the development works of the city outsourced to the private contractors.

The chairman of the road committee has also written to the MC Commissioner V P Singh to table the issue in the finance and contract committee meeting scheduled for tomorrow for its approval so that it could be passed by the house on a priority basis.

Many of the development works had been lingering on for a long time due to difference in the rates offered by the MC and market rates. For the past five months majority of the councillors have been complaining in the General House that no contractor had been applying for the tender due to low prices quoted by the corporation. Suggestion was also made by the councillors to table this issue in road committee for the revision of the rates. The committee approved the revised rates in the meeting. Besides, the committee also approved the issues tabled in the meeting which included construction of parking with cobble stone tile and laying of thick paver blocks in community centre, Sector 44, construction of sealing wall in Sector 34 and raising of sealing wall in Sector 35 C, road marking paint on V-3 road of Sector 33, 34, 44 and 45, V-4 roads of sector 44, 45 and in parking area on V-4 road of Sector 35, marking of centre line edge line and zebra marking in Sector 26. 



Residents suffer due to power cuts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The city residents today again had to suffer unscheduled power cuts. The cuts were witnessed in several sectors, including 22, 23, 32, 35, 45 and 51. While the residents were ruing poor power supply, the electricity department officials claimed that power cuts occurred due to fault in supply lines.

Navrang Grewal, a resident of Sector 23 said that in their sector they witnessed power cuts from 4 pm to 6 pm. Even last night they faced power cuts from 10 pm to 12 midnight. He added that whenever he has complained to power officials, he never got a satisfactory reply. Manoj Mehta, 
a resident of Sector 51, said that daily power 
cuts have become common in the southern sectors. Due to power cuts they were even facing poor water supply.



Three liquor vend bidders surrender Rs 10 lakh each
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
The new UT excise policy is weighing heavy on contractors. Within a month of disposing of vends under the new excise policy, three of the bidders have surrendered their bid money of Rs 10 lakh each.

Contractors in the trade attribute it to high costs involved in running the trade. As per the bidding terms, the bid money is forfeited if the bidder surrenders the bid.

Of the three vends, two were auctioned after the UT excise department lowered the bid money by 5 per cent. Officials in the excise department said now a committee would be formed to decide the bid price of vends that could not be auctioned.

From the Raipur Kalan vend that has been surrendered, the department had earned around Rs 1 crore as the bid amount. After two unsuccessful attempts, the department would make fourth attempt to dispose of all the pending vends.

In the first auction held on April 20, the department could not dispose of 37 per cent of vends. In the first attempt not a single bid was received for 82 vends out of the total 215 vends, both IMFL and country, that were advertised for allotment. Then a pre-fabricated vend located in Sector 52 (opposite Sector 43 bus stand) attracted a bid of Rs 4.25 crore against the reserved price of Rs 3.30 crore and another one located at Behlana went for Rs 4.25 crore against a reserved price of Rs 3.01 crore.

In the second attempt, the UT excise and taxation department could dispose off 13 of the total 82 put for sale. A substantial increase in the licence fee and excise duty by the UT was said to be one of the main reasons for poor response.

The vend mostly located on the border with Mohali (Punjab) and those capable of generating high-volume business have attracted biddersť, admitted a UT official.



twinkling stars of the tricity
They conquered odds to prove their mettle
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, May 24
They may not exactly fall in the bracket of toppers, but their achievement is most commendable as despite all odds, they have come across as true winners.

Educational institutions share the joy of their success like St John's and Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, that don't need an act to aid the unfortunate to move ahead.

He may have not got a perfect 10 but for Rahul, whose father works at a small tea shop, getting a decent 9.2 CGPA is his first step towards the big change.

"The day I got in St John's, I promised to myself that I will make best of what god has gifted me and am happy with my result. I can't say what will I be in another five years but I am sure my father won't slog for long in that shop," he says.

His passion and even score finds a partner in Sunil, who is the son of a labourer and has also secured 9.2 CGPA. Quiz him about his success and he says, "It's not my grades but the glint in my father's eyes which truly measure my achievement. I am here because I got a chance and I will urge all schools to give this chance to at least one like me."

Sacred Heart School is also busy celebrating the success of EWS students, who have cleared the examination with flying colours. Pooja, who is the daughter of a confectioner, is leading the brigade with decent 8.2 CGPA and is looking forward to get admission to science stream.

In government schools, its Mani Majra School, which has got many such students who have reached here after defying all odds.

Kunal Ahuja, son of a cloth dyer, knew he would get good marks but a CGPA of 9.6 is unbelievable for him and his family.

"I am happy that my hard work has paid off. If you have difficulties in life you work all the more harder to get rid of them and this is what drives many like me," says Kunal.



Govt schools on a high
76 out of 78 get pass percentage above 95 per cent
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 24
Though there overall pass percentage may be the same as last year's but the quality of results has surely gone up, with more and more students hitting 10 CGPA. About 76 out of 78 government schools have got pass percentage above 95 per cent with a majority having 100 per cent.

While Government Model Senior secondary School, Sector 16, has topped among government schools, with 17 students getting 10 CGPA, GMSSS-37 has, however, left all disappointed with just one student, Aarushi, getting the same. Government High School, Sector 25, is the only school where not even 50 per cent of students have passed.

Interestingly, while government schools had outshone private ones last year, the same has not been done this year.

"The results are really commendable as the quality has improved. Last year, only 60 per cent of schools had got 100 per cent pass percentage, but this year everybody has got it. GMSSS-37 was expected to perform better, but other schools have made up for it. If you assess quality, we are far ahead of private schools," said DEO Ram Kumar.



Coming out with flying colours
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, May 24
Students of Shivalik Public School gave an outstanding performance among institutions in the town, with 23 of its students scoring a cumulative grade point average ( CGPA) of 10 in the Class X examination conducted by the CBSE, the results of which were declared today.

As many as 137 students of the school appeared in the examination. Those scoring a CGPA of 10 were Amarjot Kaur, Harveen Kaur, Shikha Vij, Zupinder Kaur Billing, Kanika Mahajan, Abhishek Goyal, Puneet Kaur, Gurkamal Kaur, Baljeet Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Preetkanwal Singh, Rajat Bajaj, Harkirat Kaur, Vimal Sharma, Jasmanpreet Singh, Rajat Kumar, Parminderpal Singh, Karamdeep Kaur , Ushmeet Kaur, Ramandeep Saini, Simran Verma, Yugraj Singh and Harman Singh Malhotra.

Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase X , also did well in the examination, with 20 of its students making the institution proud with a CGPA of 10.

They were Dilveen Kaur Pardal, Mudita Gulati, Nandini Mehndiratta, Navneet Kaur Dhanjal, Ninad Dash, Pooja Parmar, Priya Kwatra, Rakshanda Dooma, Sahil Verma, Simarpreet, Amroj Singh, Anima Sharma, Geshna Sharma, Harshit Luthra, Jasleen Kaur, Pavleen Kaur, Shivani Mahajan, Udbhav Tripathi, Varun Dhar and Vibhav Mahajan.

Lawrence Public School was not far behind in the results, with 18 of its students getting a perfect 10.

They were Karuna Sharma, Yogita Sharma, Anshpreet Singh, Falak Singla, Kartik, Hari Narayan Singh, Pooja Sharma, Abhishek, Ishmeet Kaur, Jasleen Kaur, Mohit Chauhan, Manpreet Kaur Saini, Harmanpreet Kaur Dhaliwal, Sukhmandeep Kaur, Dinkar Gupta, Attar Matharu , Gurleen Kaur and Devanhi.

In the case of St Soldier School, 118 students appeared with 16 excelling with 10 CGPA. 

Post-result counselling

n The CBSE has for the first time introduced an interactive voice response system (IVRS) mode for post-result counselling. It shall accompany the counselling being offered through calls and website. It will continue till June 7. The counselling shall aim at helping students not only to overcome post result stress, if any, but it will also help them choose a right stream and school. Close to 50 experts will be part of the counselling team from India while 10 counsellors will be from Japan, Kuwait, Doha-Qatar and Saudi Arabia and Khobar.

n Parents and students can call on the toll free number, 1800 180 3456, from 8 am to midnight.

The board is also offering counselling for students with special needs.



Snag leads to chaos
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 24
Tension gripped the students of Class X and their families as the results were declared late by about three hours. Sources said the CBSE's website had developed a snag which hampered the uploading of results on its website.

Regional director, CBSE, RJ Khanderao, said the snag would be rectified soon and the students could see the results after 7 pm. He said the schools could download the results from the website.

Seventy three Class X students of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, secured 10 CGPA. School principal Shashi Banerjee said all 97 students, who had appeared in the exam, passed with good grades. About 122 students have secured 9 and above CGPA. Satluj Public School also achieved 100 per cent result, with 29 students securing 10 CGPA while 40 per cent of them securing between 9 CGPA and 10 CGPA.

Students of Hansraj Public School also achieved cent per result, with 27 students out of the 95 securing 10 CGPA. About 15 students secured between 9 CGPA and 10 CGPA. Principal Jaya Bhardwaj said about 95 students appeared for the exam and the school had achieved 100 per cent result.

"We owe this success to the consistent efforts of the school, regular hard work and blessings of our parents," said a few students.

Twelve students of DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 8, secured perfect 10 CGPA. These include Arunima Bansal Anmol Madan, Chandana, Farima Ahuja, Jatin Sharma, Harpreet Kaur, Shivank Katiyal, Vipul Bhardwaj, Divya Gupta, Rupal Tiwari, Sahil Chaudhary and Geet Tripathi.

While 22 students secured between 9 and 9.8 CGPA. The school principal said a total of 116 students had appeared in the exam and the school had achieved 100 per cent result.

Khyati of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, secured 10 CGPA.The school principal said a total of 63 students had appeared in the board exams and nine students had got above 9 CGPA.

Seven students of Manav Mangal School, Sector 10, have secured 10 CGPA. Principal Sandeep Sardana said a total 219 students had appeared for the board exams and 33 students have secured 9 and above CGPA.

Students of St Soldier's have done the school proud. Achal Arora and Umesh Singla secured 10 CGPA, while Sourish Sood and Kajal Gupta bagged 9 CGPA. 



Students who opted for school exam fare even better
Tribune news Service

Chandigarh, May 24
While their number is far too less but their success is not. About 5,000 tricity students, who opted out of board-conducted examination and opted for school exam, have fared better than 12,000 who didn't. While they took lead last year also, but it's the average performance which has improved by almost 8 per cent as compared to 5 per cent of those who went in or boards.

While the CBSE is yet to release the official data, internal evaluation reports show that more number of students who opted out of boards, have secured between 8 CGPA and 10 CGPA as compared to those who appeared for boards.

"I will not say anything on figures, but even school examination is conducted by the board as from setting question papers to evaluating or invigilating, everything is done according to us only. Students, who sit for exams in schools have an added advantage of being in the comfort zone, rest everything is the same," said a CBSE official from Delhi.

Good result: Overall development or easy internal assessment?

With hundreds of students securing good marks, both academicians and parents have been left wondering whether it is the increased intelligence of students or depleting standards of evaluation. While the CBSE might go to lengths professing success of the CCE, the very fact that even the schools that don't have a lab have dished out more than 90 per cent marks to all students, is enough to blow away the myth.



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