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Admn plans to change school timings
To divide government schools into four zones, CTU to provide four buses from each depot exclusively for students
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Waking up from deep slumber after the tragic death of Anupama, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sector 18, whose leg was crushed under the rear wheel of a low-floor bus of the CTU, the UT Administration is now planning to divide the city government schools into four zones.

Under the proposal, the UT Administration is trying to change the school timings of each zone to help students who find it difficult to board the CTU buses to reach their destination.

Sources said a meeting regarding the proposal was convened between senior officials of the UT Administration, the Education Department and the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU). Sources added that the UT Administration would compile the data of schools falling under these zones and would change the timings accordingly.

A senior official of the UT Administration said at present students find it difficult to board the buses due to heavy rush. If the school timings are changed, it would be easy for students to board the buses. He said they would try to change school opening and closing timings by half-an-hour.

The CTU has also taken many decisions today to provide timely buses to schools students. An official said they would devote four buses from each depot exclusively for school students.

There are a number long route buses which go without passengers to the bus stands at Sector 17 and Sector 43 from the CTU bus depots during morning hours. The official said directions have been passed that these buses would now go to the bus stand after dropping students at their schools.

More buses for students

The CTU will devote four buses from each depot exclusively for school students. Long route buses going without passengers to the Sector 17 and Sector 43 bus stands from the CTU bus depot in the morning will also pick and drop students at their schools.



Trauma care facilities in city ailing, hospitals flooded with patients
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Anupama’s death following an accident has again brought to fore the inadequate trauma care in the city and the adjoining states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. All government hospitals are finding it hard to cope with huge rush of patients.

A recent assessment made at the Government Medical College and Hospital, (GMCH), Sector 32, showed that its orthopaedic department also has a patient inflow of 280 per cent more than its bed capacity. “In the emergency ward, we receive nearly 50 patients with injuries everyday. The patients generally come from Zirakpur, Derabassi, Ambala, Rajpura and Patiala,” said Dr Sudhir Garg, head, department of orthopaedics, GMCH. The situation is alarming. In addition to 14 beds in the emergency of orthopaedics and surgery, 20 beds are set up at a ward named as overflow ward. Trolleys are to be put up to accommodate the rush of patients, he said.

The emergency wing of the PGI on an average receives 300 per cent more than its capacity of 100 beds. The inflow of patients in the OPDs at the PGI has gone up to 18,49,015 annually along with 68,175 admissions last year. At the emergency ward of the PGI received 56,755 patients last year. The average number of patient admitted per day was 226. The situation is worse in the trauma ward. Against the sanctioned bed strength of 17, the occupancy reaches up to 90. Most of the extra patients are to be shifted on trolleys, before and even after the surgery, in the disaster area. On an average, 11 to 13 new orthopaedic patients come in on any given day, says Dr Mandip Dhillon, head, department of orthopaedics, PGI. Most of these are complex cases with multiple fractures and poly trauma and have been referred to the PGI because they cannot be managed by other hospitals. The already admitted patient receives less attention with every new admission in the ward, he added.

At Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, (GMSH), the trauma patients are to be shifted on the beds of eye and ENT departments as all beds in the orthopaedic as well as the trauma ward are occupied. Doctors attended 6,43,000 patients in the OPDs, the number of admissions last year was 44,000. “The emergency orthopaedics, we have set up an additional trauma ward. Further, we arranged 20 trolleys in the emergency-II for such patients. This too proved to be inadequate. While two general wards for orthopaedics patients remain occupied all the time, the stable patients are shifted to beds meant for ENT and eye patients,” said Dr Rajiv Vadehra, medical superintendent of GMSH.

Probe ordered, report in 48 hrs

PGI Director Dr YK Chawla has ordered an inquiry into the treatment and cause of death of Anupama. A committee headed by Professor Rajinder Singh will submit its report within 48 hours. The committee comprises Professor MS Dhillon and Professor SK Gupta from the departments of orthopaedics and neurosurgery, respectively. Dr Ashok Kumar, assistant professor, hospital administration, will be convener of the committee.



19-yr-old girl electrocuted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 25
A 19-year-old girl was electrocuted on Tuesday night when she came in contact with a live wire outside her residence in Panchkula. The deceased has been identified as Neelu, a resident of Sector 27, Panchkula.

The incident took place when Neelu got up at night to drink water and accidentally came in contact with a live wire outside her hutment. She was rushed to the General Hospital in Sector 6 where she was declared brought dead. The body has been handed over to the family after post-mortem.

In another incident, Sonu (26), a resident of Harmilap Nagar received serious burn injuries when he came in contact with a live wire on the terrace of his house on Wednesday afternoon. He was taken to the Sector 6 General Hospital from where doctors referred him to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Woman dies in accident

Chandigarh: A 45-year-old woman was killed when the motorcycle she was riding pillion was hit by a truck at Industrial Area on Tuesday night. The mishap took place near Centra Mall. The victim has been identified as Darshana, a resident of Burail village. The police said that Darshana and her husband Subhash Chand were on their way back home on a motorcycle when they were hit by a truck (PB-08H-8244). — TNS



Couple robbed of car at gunpoint
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 25
In yet another case of car jacking in Panchkula, a Verna car was snatched at gunpoint from an elderly couple by three unidentified youths on the road separating Sectors 25 and 26 late on Wednesday night.

The victims, Kulwant Singh and his wife Tej Kaur, residents of Sector 27, Panchkula, were on their way back home from Nada Sahib Gurdwara when they were forcibly stopped by unidentified youths. Kulwant Singh (55) is working as an accounts officer with the BSNL at Chandigarh.

“We were returning home after paying obeisance at Nada Sahib Gurdwara when three unidentified youths came in a Swift car and forced us to stop. Two armed youths with masked faces dragged us out of the car and pointed a gun at us,” said Kulwant Singh. He added, “We got so scared that we handed over the keys of our car to one of them.

The Swift car in which the miscreants came bore the registration number of Rajasthan. “Investigations are on. We have registered a case at the Chandimandir police station,” said Narender Singh, SHO of the Chandimandir police station.

Second loot incident in 15 days

It is the second loot incident in 15 days which has taken place near the Sector-26 road. It was on July 11 when a Chandigarh resident, Ajay Tanwar, was robbed of his mobile phone, purse and other valuables by unidentified youths who had come in the garb of policemen and forcibly sat in the victim’s Sedan car under the pretext of checking his registration certificate (RC). Ajay Tanwar was going for some work from Sector 20, Chandigarh, when he was stopped by ‘fake policemen’ who later made him smell an aesthetic and dumped him on Panchkula road separating Sector 26 and 28. The residents living nearby who were out for a walk after dinner heard someone crying for help in a locked car, then they called the police.

Dialling 100 doesn’t help

When the victims dialled number 100, the call did not come through. It was only after the old couple cried for help that a crowd gathered and the police were informed.



Tuesday unlucky for Maruti 800 owners!
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 25
If you have white Maruti 800 car, don't take it to 'apni mandi' in Sector 16 on Tuesday. As many as 20 Maruti cars, all white in colour, have been stolen from the parking lot of the 'apni mandi'.

Interestingly, the gang of car lifters has been taking away one Maruti car from the same spot every week and despite taking all measures, the police is yet to get even a clue of the miscreants.

Yesterday, police officials were deputed in civvies at the parking lot of 'apni mandi' to nab the miscreants. Till 11 pm, the closing time of the 'mandi', no incident of theft was reported. However, when the officials returned to the police station, they got the news of theft of another car from the same spot.

"The miscreants are clever. It's a challenge to the efficiency of the police," admitted a police official on the condition of anonymity, posted at the Sector 14 police station. "Theft of a Maruti 800 car every week has become a headache for us," he added. SHO Adarsh Deep said so far 20 cars have been stolen from the same spot. "It seems it is the handiwork of a gang of thieves. We will soon nab them. They will not be able to give us the slip for long," he added.


Mohali Civil Hospital
Chemist shop to function soon
To provide medicines at subsidised rates to patients
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, July 25
The only chemist shop, which was lying closed over the last more than 18 months on the premises of Mohali Civil Hospital, was likely to start functioning soon and provide medicines to patients at subsidised rates following the Jan Aushadhi pattern.

A meeting to discuss the matter was held under the chairmanship of Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam about 10 days ago, after which interviews of pharmacists interested in running the drug store were held. One person has been selected for the work, while two others have been kept on the waiting list.

The chemist shop will now be run by the District Red Cross Society on a no-profit-no-loss basis and provide medicines to the patients at discounted rates.

Raj Mal, secretary of the Mohali District Red Cross Society, confirmed that a pharmacist for the chemist shop had been selected and he had applied to the authorities concerned for a drug licence. The shop would start functioning as soon as the licence was granted and other formalities were completed. He was hopeful that the drug store would start functioning in about a week’s time.

He further said to begin with, the chemist shop would function only during day time and round-the-clock services would be provided only after seeing whether these were really required. He said medicines would be supplied by a government-approved agency and be given to the patients at cheaper rates as compared to the market. There was a lot of margin in the sale of medicines, added Mal.

Health department officials had earlier made repeated attempts to get the drug store functional but could not succeed, as the pharmacists were not ready to work at a salary of Rs 7,500 per month offered by the Rogi Kalyan Samiti. More than 40 pharmacists were interviewed by the hospital authorities, but none of them showed any interest in running the drug store.

Sources said on an average, 500 patients visited the hospital daily for treatment and most of them had to buy the prescribed medicines from outside, as all medicines were not available in the hospital. The patients felt harassed, as no chemist was located close to the hospital and moreover, they had to purchase the medicines at high prices.

A round-the-clock Jan Aushadi store, inaugurated by Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister for Chemicals, Fertilizers and Steel at the Civil Hospital, on February 23, 2009, was closed after the patients had complained of some alleged irregularities in the functioning of the set up.



1-hr water supply in maloya
Residents allege faulty installation of water booster, fetch it from religious places
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
For Simranjeet, a resident of Maloya, installation of new booster in her area to improve the water pressure has turned a nightmare as instead of increasing the pressure the water supply has reduced to one hour in the morning for the whole day. To fulfill other needs of her household, she has to fetch water in the bucket from a nearby religious place.

This is not the story of only Simranjeet but the residents of around 70 houses in her street are facing the same problem for the past three months.

Another resident, Sunita Devi, while taking to the TNS said it had been for months that they had not been getting proper water supply in their houses. They had been meeting public health officials for resolving the issue, but till date they were getting only false promises from the department as no action had been initiated.

Surprisingly, the Municipal Corporation is well aware about the problem that these houses in not getting proper water supply from the past three months, due to some technical fault, but the department has not made any standby arrangement to meet the water needs of the villagers.

Residents revealed that three months ago, a new booster was installed in the area to improve the water pressure. But the ground reality was after its installation that instead of increasing the water pressure it declined. They alleged that the authorities are not taking any interest to fix up the fault. Residents said that last week the public health superintendent engineer RC Diwan also issued directions to the staff but all in vain as there has been no improvement so far.

When contacted SE public health, RC Diwan, said that the officials had started work to resolving the issue and in the next three days the water supply condition will improve in the area.

Sources in the corporation revealed, as the pipeline laid in the area was not connected with the booster, installed by the authorities, there was decline in the water supply in some of the areas. An official said that there had been faux pas in the work of the installation of water booster and laying of water pipeline as both these works were allotted to different contractors. They connected the supply of the water booster to a single street only due to which rest of the residents were facing the problem.

Records of the corporation revealed that the area was getting the water supply from three tube wells, two water booster and water works of Sector 39.

Another resident, Prithi Singh, found it strange that the authorities were neither taking any action against the contractor because of whose negligence the residents are facing water supply problem nor were the authorities rectifying the fault even after a number of reminders. He complained that for the past three months, the residents were getting only lollipop from the authorities as no constructive action has been taken to resolve the problem.



Residents protest against society president
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Women residents of the Victoria society, Sector 50, today staged a protest against their president for interrupting the water supply in the society by shutting down the water booster of the society.

Alleging that to harass the residents of the society the president, Kulwant Singh Gill, who was not the resident of the society, a resident said that he used to shut down the booster and during routine water supply as he would direct the gardeners to water the lawns due to which neither stored water nor routine water supply could be utilised for the use by the residents of the society.

One of the residents, Poonam, said for the past two days the residents were calling water tanker for their routine needs but the president was not allowing the tanker to enter in the society to harass the residents. She said a number of times request have been made to him to discontinue such act but all in vain.



Waterlogging: Mechanics hold protest against MC
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Members of the Sector 38 Auto Market Association staged a protest and block the market road in protest against the MC apathy towards water-logging in the market. The mechanics complained that even after lodging a number of complaints with the authorities, no action has been to make proper arrangements to rid the area of water-logging. Whenever it rains commuters have to face problem in walking around in the market.

The representatives of the association said they had been making representations to the officials concerned for a year, but no action has been taken by them yet.



Parliamentary committee reaches city today
Will discuss issues with administration, MC
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
The working of the Chandigarh Administration and that of the Municipal Corporation would be under scanner as the Parliamentary Committee is coming to the city tomorrow and would discuss the number of issues with the officials of UT Administration, Municipal Corporation and political leaders.

The issues like house tax, slum rehabilitation schemes, master plan, metro project, shortage of staff, 60:40 ratio of officers from Punjab and Haryana and coordination between UT and MC, and the demand to increase MC’s budget share from 17 per cent to 22 per cent is likely to rock the meet.

The committee will be headed by Tariq Anwar and will have six MPs namely; V Maitriyan, Baijayant Panda, Lalubhai V Patel, Natubhai Goman Bhai Patel, Ham Dullah Sayeed and Neeraj Shekhar.

Today, the UT Advisor KK Sharma conducting a meeting with the senior officials of the UT Administration and compiled the details of the important projects. The committee was important, as its recommendations would be presented in the Parliament, which would decide the future of Chandigarh.

A senior official of the UT Administration said that they would discuss the issues like shortage of staff in the UT Administration and the powers to create posts. At present, without the approval of the Union Government, the UT Administration could not create posts in any department.

The official further added that the UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation have prepared their presentations and the committee, which is coming to city tomorrow, would discuss these issues in detail.

Besides, the issues related with education, health and sanitation would also discussed in detail. More than 2,000 posts in different wings of the health department, including those of medical college, Sector 32, have not been filled for a long time.



Live wires hang loose in P’kula
Electricity department officials turn blind eye to menace
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

A man shows loose hanging wires at a transformer in Panchkula
A man shows loose hanging wires at a transformer in Panchkula. A Tribune photograph

Panchkula, July 25
Do the authorities always wait for a mishap to take place and then initiate an action against the negligent? If you happen to cross through various areas in Panchkula, you will find many live wires hanging loosely. Several spots at the dividing road of Sectors 11/15 in Panchkula, near the residential areas of Sector 10, near Sectors 14/15 dividing, near Sectors 21, 14 and 11.

Even near the Sector 11/15 dividing road at a transformer where kids are dropped by the school buses, a live wire is hanging loosely and that too at a height of just around 5 feet. It is the place where hundreds of kids are dropped by the school buses and also many commuters pass through.

The electricity department do not seems to be bothered despite several complaints and continue to turn its blind eye. A live wire could lead to instant death. These wires are posing risk to the lives of hundreds of people everyday,” said Madan Gupta Spatu, a resident of Sector 10, Panchkula.

“It was on Sunday when I had come with my son to a near-by Gurdwara in Sector 11/15 road. We were crossing the road as my husband was waiting for us on the opposite side of the road, suddenly; I saw the wire hanging loosely. I saw it well on time else my son could have died electrocution,” said Vandita Diwan, a resident of Sector 12.

A live wire is hanging loosely in front of my house and that too at a height of about four feet. The residents have complained to the electricity officials a number of times but who cares, said Nalini Chopra, a resident of Sector 11.

Ramji Lal, a resident of Sector 21, Panchkula, said: “It seems the officials are waiting for a mishap to take place.”

When contacted the Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (UHBVNL), Himanshu Sheokand, he said, “I will definitely look into the matter and will send my officials to the spot to repair and mend the same.”



Admn posts
Finally, Punjab sends panel of 12 PCS officials to UT
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
After A gap of six months, the Punjab government has sent a panel of 12 PCS officials to the UT Administration against the four PCS posts. The UT Administration had issued many reminders asking the Punjab Government to send the panel of officers.

The panel of 12 PCS officials, who are on deputation with the Chandigarh Administration, which was received by the Administration today, includes the names of Ritu Aggarwal, APS Virk, HK Nagpal, Bakhtawar Singh, Vimal Kumar Setia, Gurmeet Singh, Devinder Singh, Harbir Singh, Amandeep Kaur, Poonam Deep Kaur, Neeru Katyal Gupta and Anupam Kaler.

Recently, the Haryana government had also sent a panel of six HCS officials, out of whom the UT Administration on Monday selected SK Setia and Mandeep Kaur.

This panel of 12 PCS officials would help get over the problem of shortage of officials in the UT Administration. The Punjab government has sent the panel against the post of DPI (School) Sandeep Hans, who had gone back to his parent cadre last month, and three other officials.

A senior official of the UT Administration said while on one hand the Chief Ministers of both the states raised the point of 60:40 ratio in the posts in the UT Administration, on the other it is very strange that the Punjab and Haryana took so much time in sending their panels of officers.



Admn reshuffle on the cards
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
In the coming days, major reshuffling will take place in the UT Administration. With the selection of two HCS officials, Surinder Kumar Setia and Mandeep Kaur, the UT Administration would soon shuffle the departments of many officials.

Earlier, HCS couple Yogesh Kumar, Director Public Relations, and his wife Varsha Khangwal, posted as Director Social Welfare Department, had sought repatriation to Haryana on the grounds of ‘personal reasons’.

Sources in the UT Administration said there were chances that the UT Administration would allot Public Relations Department to Surinder Kumar Setia. The UT Administration, meanwhile, would try to retain Yogesh Kumar at least till the Independence Day function, as it is the duty of the Public Relations Department to coordinate with other departments and then prepare the Independence Day speech of UT Administrator Shivraj Patil, the sources added.

Giving reasons behind the chances of allotment of the Public Relations Department to Setia, the sources further added that the previous stint of Setia as DPI (Schools) in the UT Administration had been very good especially his relations with the media fraternity.

Besides, the UT Administrator had recently warned a few officials to either perform well or be ready to face reshuffling. Sources added that UT Administrator Patil was not happy with the functioning of a few officials. aThe sources added that this time only the departments of state cadre officials would be changed and the UT Administration would not change the departments of senior IAS officials.



Will check brawls at discos, says SP (City)
Tribune News Service

Desraj Singh Chandigarh, July 25
After taking over as SP (city) and SP (headquarters) today, 2008 batch IPS officer Desraj Singh said his aim would be to check brawls outside discotheques in the city. Moreover, he will also focus on curbing the menace of rash driving by youngsters and eve-teasing.

Deshraj Singh, who did Masters of Technology from the IIT, Kanpur, has worked as a software engineer for six months. He has also served as Assistant Garrison Engineer in the MES, Ministry of Defence. He joined the UT police in October, 2010, as ASP.

Meanwhile, DSP (Ashish Kapoor) has been designated as DSP (Central) and will be the Sub-Divisional Police Officer in charge of police stations Sector 3, Sector 11 and Sector 17.



They take pride in soldier son's sacrifice
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 25
Rather than shedding tears, they feel proud and have moved on in their life with their head held high. Harbans Lal and Raksha Devi, who lost their son Sandeep Sagar during the Kargil war, do not sit in a corner and cry recalling fond memories of their son rather they have become an inspiration for others.

It was on June 25, 1999, when Sandeep Sagar was performing important military operational duties in Kalsian, which is very close to the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir, during Operation Vijay and died in a mine blast.

“It has been around 13 years since we lost our son and after the incident, our daughter-in-law also got married again, taking along with her our grand-daughter. Though today we are left with nothing but only memories of my son, we don’t sit in a corner and cry,” said Harbans Lal.

“Every corner of my house gives me a sense of pride. Daily, a number of deaths take place, be it in accidents or suicides by people, yet we are proud that our son sacrificed his life for the country,” he added.

Mother Raksha Devi, who still has a mixed feeling of pride and sorrow in her eyes, still remembers her son. “I can still feel him around. In every boy, I see Sandeep. I want that feeling of pride in every mother. There is nothing to be sad about. In fact, when I go outside, I don’t cry seeing mothers with their sons, rather hold my head high and walk,” she said.

The couple has three grandsons and is willing to send them to the Indian Army.



70 challaned at Motor Market
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
As many as 70 challans were issued to the encroachers at the Motor Market in Sector 48 by the enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation during an encroachment drive today. The enforcement team removed and impounded 50 cars which were being repaired and parked on the MC land.

The vehicles were lifted with the help of five cranes and one hydraulic machine. Besides, three three-wheelers, three scooters, six mechanic kits and other tools were seized.

The drive was carried out under the supervision of Additional Commissioner Lalit Siwach and assisted by Kashmira Singh and other sub-inspectors of the enforcement wing.



Suspended clerks intensify protest
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 25
As many as 134 suspended clerks of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) today intensified their protest alleging that the Punjab government had failed to give back their jobs despite promises made in this regard.

The protesters raised slogans against the government and board management and blocked the gate from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm. The police had also reached the scene and stopped the protesters from entering the board premises.

President of the 134 retrenched clerks union, Raghbir Singh Rana, said they got tired of meeting senior officials and political leaders for being reinstated. The board management had not also come to their help. He said Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had agreed in principle during the cabinet meeting held on January 3 last year and had got their agitation withdrawn through then Education Minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan. He claimed that Sekhwan had also assured that they would get back their jobs, but nothing was done over the past about 18 months.

He said they wanted to meet the present Education Minister, Sikander Singh Malooka, in this regard but could not do so, as they were assured that they would be called for a meeting but nothing happened.

The protesters urged the Chief Minister to look into the matter and help them to get reinstated.





Saplings planted

The Municipal Corporation area councillor Heera Negi started a tree plantation drive by planting saplings of medicinal plant in a green belt, Sector 32, here on Wednesday. Area residents also planted saplings of various plants along the walking track in the green belt and close to railings. Total 250 saplings were planted during the plantation in Sector 32.


The Municipal Corporation sanitation committee has instructed the all the chief sanitary inspectors, sanitary inspectors and supervisors to prepare a weekly report of cleanliness to strengthen the sanitation system. The committee chairman H C Kalyan directed the officials in the meeting here on Wednesday.

Project launched

A project DISANET-Information Network for Natural Disaster Mitigation and Recovery was launched at the Centre of Advanced Study in Geology, PU Campus, here on Wednesday in the presence of VK Singh, Finance Secretary, UT Chandigarh. The collaborative project between India and Japan has participants from IIIT, Hyderabad, IIT, Kanpur and Japanese Scientists. Professor Naresh Tuli, chairman, geology department, welcomed the participants and guests and explained briefly the role of the department in the project. Eight buildings in Chandigarh have been identified for collection of data. The data would help in alleviating earthquake damages.

Plantation drive

Students and staff of GGDSD College, Sector 32, participated in a plantation drive as part of Van Mahotsav celebrations on the college campus. The event was organised by Haritima, the environment society of the college. Volunteers from the Senior Citizens Club also took part in the drive.

Vanamahotsava programme

A tree plantation was carried out as part of the Vanmahotsav Month here on Wednesday on the premises of GMSSS, Sector 8. Raj Bala Malik, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, was the chief guest of the occasion. Students presented a skit and also prizes were given to winners of the painting competition. Renu Puri, principal of the school, appreciated the efforts of the students and staff and assured the dignitaries that such efforts are a continuous part of their school curriculum.

Scholarship test

A city based MBA preparatory centre, Bull’s Eye, will be holding its annual scholarship test on the July 29 for CAT 2013. The test provides an opportunity to students from economically weaker backgrounds.


Admissions open

The Indian School of Business (ISB) has announced opening of admissions for the Class of 2014 for its flagship Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in the Management. To address prospective students, the ISB will be hosting an admissions information session at Mohali campus on Sunday, July 29.

VC appointed

Rajinder Singh Bawa joined as the first Vice-Chancellor of the newly established Chandigarh University. While addressing the students, Dr Bawa said that establishing a centre of excellence and applying the practical oriented learning approach in liaison with the industry requirements will be his top priorities.

—Tribune Reporters



Overstaying researchers could lose hostel
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
The research scholars at Panjab University residing at hostels on campus for more then four years might loses their accommodation as the DSW office has sought the list of all the researchers who have been staying in hostels for more then four-years.

The students will be asked to explain the delay in completing their PhD or else their hostel seats can get cancelled.

In a bid to bridge the gap between the number of hostel seats in the 16 girls and boys hostels and the students applying for hostel accommodation, the Dean Student Welfare (DSW) is collecting the details of all the research scholars on PU campus.

DSW AS Ahluwalia said the PhD students who have overstayed in hostels would have to give a reason for the delay in completing the PhD or else they would be asked to vacate the hostels. “There are many cases where students are enrolled in PhD but are not serious towards research and have been occupying hostels for more then four years,” the DSW said.

He further said that university will identify such cases and their guides will also be consulted. “Opinion of PhD guides will also be taken regarding such cases,” he added.

Apart from the cut-throat competition for admissions to Panjab University, the students also have a hard time getting admitted to PU hostels.

Out of the total 6,200 seats, only one-third are available for freshers.

According to PU officials, admissions to around 2,000 seats would be held during the new academic session.

One of the research scholars at PU said that the university should take the extreme steps of cancelling the seats of a non-perforing research scholars only after the guide gives his his nod as only the guides can evaluate a PhD students performance.

In the last few years, the university has adopted many measures to meet the increasing demand for hostels.

The steps included not allotting hostel accommodation to students pursuing second MA or to those students who are from the tricity or neighboring areas.



Ex-VC of PU appointed mentor, performance auditor of 5 institutes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Former Vice Chancellor of Panjab University Dr KN Pathak has been appointed as mentor and performance auditor of five institutions located in Punjab, UP, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh. A communication to this effect has been received from the National Project Implementation Unit (NPIU), Government of India.

Officials stated that the mentors provide guidance to institutions on reforms, implementation plans and remedial actions to improve their performance. They also act as performance auditors and assess the progress made by individual institutions in project implementation.

Mentors also ensure that all aspects of Institutional Development Proposal (IDP) are taken care of, act as facilitators for optimal utilisation of equipment, help institutions in becoming centres of excellence, carry out institutional reforms, identify delays and shortfalls, suggest remedial actions, take up the role of direct or indirect implementers and decision makers.

The Institutions under Dr Pathak include SBS College of Engineering and Technology, Bhatina; School of Engineering and Technology, IFTM University, Moradabad (UP), Calcutta Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata and NIT, Hamirpur.



26 conferred degrees at first convocation of IISER
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 25
The Right to Education would be implemented across the country by March 2013, said Kapil Sibal, Minister for Human Resource Development, today. Sibal was in the town to attend the first convocation of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) as the chief guest.

As many as 26 students were awarded degrees by Sibal. A lecture hall was also inaugurated by Sibal at the complex.

RA Mashelkar, chairman of the board of governors of IISR, thanked the Central government for the support in setting up of the institute.



SOPU ends agitation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 25
Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) ended their hunger strike today after their demands were met. SOPU members had started an indefinite hunger strike on July 24. The students were demanding that the university should reduce the eligibility for the promotion of BSc students to MSc.

SOPU leader Manoj Lubana said that authorities accepted their demand to decrease the eligibility for the promotion of BSc students to MSc to 90 per cent of the total credit. Earlier, students needed to have total 100 per cent credits.



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