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Kasab’s hanging has come too late, says 26/11 victims’ family
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 21
“Kasab's hanging does not make any difference to us now,” say Major Gen Jagtar Singh Kang (retd) and his wife Kanwaljit Kang, who had lost their daughter-in-law, Neeti, and two grandsons, Uday Singh and Samarveer Singh, in the 26/11 attacks at Hotel Taj in 2008.

Their son, Karanvir Singh Kang, was the General Manager of Hotel Taj and his family was with him in the hotel at the time of the incident.

The couple, which was not even aware of Kasab’s hanging till this evening, was of the view that the hanging (after four years of the incident) had come too late.

“What should have been done in just four to six months took place today after a long span of four years. It really does not affect us anymore. His (Kasab) hanging cannot compensate our irreparable loss,” said the Kangs.

“We are parents and we cannot hate even our enemy,” said the couple.

Remembering the tragic day, Kanwaljit Kang could not hold back her tears and asked her maid to bring a photograph of her grandsons Uday and Samarveer, which was clicked by a photographer of the hotel just one hour before terrorists struck at Hotel Taj.

“That day, they (the grandsons) had great fun and returned from a mall just an hour before the attacks. As both children were very happy, my daughter-in-law had called a photographer of the hotel to click their photograph. Who knew after one hour everything would be over,” said Kanwaljit Kang with tears in her eyes while showing the photograph of her grandsons.

The couple said they spoke to their son Karanvir Singh, who is currently posted in the USA, this morning. “He, too, did not talk about Kasab. He may not have been aware of Kasab's hanging,” said Major Gen Kang, who is suffering from multiple myeloma cancer.



Ex-DGPs turn lawbreakers
Encroach upon service lane by pitching tents for security guards
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service
A tent is pitched on the service lane outside the residences of two former Punjab DGPs in Sector 8, Chandigarh
A tent is pitched on the service lane outside the residences of two former Punjab DGPs in Sector 8, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, November 21
Two former Punjab DGPs have allegedly encroached upon a part of the service lane on the rear side of their residences in Sector 18 here and are using it as a temporary shelter for their security guards in violation of the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders.

The HC had ordered the removal of unauthorised security tents pitched on government land outside residences of VVIPs. However, former Punjab DGPs Shashi Kant and AP Pandey, who have adjoining residences, are using tents pitched on the rear side of their houses.

The tents have been put up on the rear side of house numbers 1257 (AP Pandey’s) and 1258 (Shashi Kant’s) in Sector 18. These tents are being used by security guards working at the residences of the two VIPs.

Shashi Kant claimed that there was no “encroachment or any kind of illegal activity”. AP Pandey could not be reached for comments.

Residents in the area complained that the security guards often created “nuisance” late in the night. “These security guards often get abusive and make noise at night in an inebriated condition. They also litter the area. These tents have blocked the passage. It seems there is nobody to question this illegal activity,” said a resident.

MC Additional Commissioner Lalit Siwach said on the directions of the HC, they had earlier removed all illegal tents. Now, following reports in the media, they have planned to launch a drive to check encroachments in the city.

‘Guards are abusive’

Security guards staying in these illegal tents often get abusive and make noise at night in an inebriated condition. They also litter the area. These tents have blocked the passage. It seems there is nobody to question this illegal activity.

A resident



In concrete terms: A green belt gone
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, November 21
Going a step further than pitching security tents, a concrete structure has been built in a vacant space adjoining the house of a former DGP here in violation of the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on encroachments.

About half of the vacant space next to the house of former Punjab DGP KK Attri in Phase VI has rooms to accommodate the security personnel provided to him while the other half has been maintained with proper grassing and sculptures in the Rock Garden style.

A resident of the area, who did not wish to be named, said residents of the locality had been objecting to the encroachment in private, but did not want to make it a public issue since a former top policeman was involved. Former councillor of the area Rajinder Sharma said encroaching on a vacant area was wrong. The previous owner from whom the house was purchased by Attri had maintained the space as a green belt.

Rajinder Singh Sohal, DSP, who had got a survey conducted in connection with tents put up in green belts, said he was not aware of the violation in Phase VI. He said he would get it checked.

Attri had retired as the Punjab DGP in June 2009. He could not be contacted for comments. One of the security staff members at his house said today that he had gone out.



train collision
Against rules, relief engine was racing at 63 km/hr
Railway authorities suspend driver, his assistant
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
Taking a serious note of the fault of the driver and the assistant driver of the relief engine which hit a passenger train at an overbridge in the Industrial Area yesterday, the railway authorities have suspended both of them. An inquiry has been marked against them.

Railway Divisional Manager PK Sanghi said investigating officials had been asked to submit their report within 10 days.

Sources said the medical examination of both the employees was conducted after the incident and the reports were yet to be received. The sources said it was found that the relief engine, which should have been running at a speed of 10 km per hour as per the norm, was moving at 63 km per hour, which led to the collision.

Officials said the authorities had asked them to make recommendations on how such incidents could be avoided in the future. In the preliminary report prepared by the officials, it has been pointed out that the incident occurred due to a manual fault and high speed.

In the report, the officials have mentioned that a rescue engine, which was sent to push the train following a technical problem in the main engine, hit the train. Earlier, another rescue engine had been sent to the spot, but it failed to repair the fault and broke down at the site.



Three acquitted in Kalka dacoity case
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 21
The local court today acquitted three accused, Shahnawaz, Somvir and Mohammad Azil, in a case of dacoity that took place at Rana Hospital in Kalka over two years ago.

The police had arrested four accused in this connection. One of the accused, Yash Pal, had fled from police custody last year. He has been declared a proclaimed offender. The police had failed to nab Shadab, a resident of Meerut, whose name also surfaced in the case.

The Additional Sessions Judge today acquitted Shahnawaz and Somvir (against whom charges of dacoity, wrongful confinement and dishonestly receiving stolen property were framed) and Mohammad Adil (who was charged with dishonestly receiving stolen property).

The police had also arrested Satish and Neeraj in connection with the case. They were let off by the police after no evidence was found against them.

Manbir Rathi, defence counsel, claimed that his clients, who had been acquitted in five other cases also, were falsely implicated in the case.

Dr Randhir Rana, who runs Rana Hospital at Kalka, had lodged an FIR that on June 3, 2010, four armed persons entered his hospital in the wee hours on the pretext of getting one of them examined. He had alleged that the nurse on duty, Meenu, called him up to check the patient. His residence was located inside the hospital premises. He alleged that he, his wife Sushma Rana and Meenu were overpowered by the miscreants who fled after looting Rs 1 lakh and jewellery worth around Rs 20 lakh.


Passengers lost in a maze at city railway station
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
Sample this: As many as 892 passengers commute on the New Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi, but the parking space at the station can accommodate only 400 vehicles. In the parking lot, 100 slots are reserved for VIP vehicles and the rest 300 are for private vehicles, auto-rickshaws and taxis. If the number of vehicles coming to pick up or drop passengers for 15 other trains running from the city is taken into account, the enormity of the parking woes can well be imagined.
Since the parking lot of the railway station is jampacked, commuters visiting the station after the arrival of the Shatabdi are forced to park their vehicles on the roadside
Since the parking lot of the railway station is jampacked, commuters visiting the station after the arrival of the Shatabdi are forced to park their vehicles on the roadside.
The UT Administration has withdrawn the pre-paid taxi service, yet a booth
The UT Administration has withdrawn the pre-paid taxi service, yet a booth
Private auto-rickshaw drivers park their vehicles in the pick up and drop zone that often leads to a traffic jam in the passage.
Private auto-rickshaw drivers park their vehicles in the pick up and drop zone that often leads to a traffic jam in the passage.

However, the grievances of the commuters and visitors to the Chandigarh Railway Station are still to catch the attention of the Union Railway Minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal, who has otherwise announced grand plans for improving the rail connectivity of the city.

Hundreds of commuters visiting the station to board different trains face harassment as VIP vehicles, auto-rickshaws, and taxis are parked haphazardly in the no-vehicle zone. Right from inadequate and categorised parking lots to non-existing public transport modes like autos and taxis, the commuters find themselves lost in the sea of vehicles.

During a visit to the station on the arrival of the morning Shatabdi today it was found that VIPs were a lucky lot as their vehicles were neither challaned nor removed from the lane which was earmarked as the no-vehicle zone. Interestingly, the railway traffic police that is deployed to challan the violators in the no-parking zone were busy clearing the traffic for their VIP bosses at the station.

The struggle for the general commuters starts just after stepping out from the station. The station does not have sufficient parking space where those coming to receive passengers can park their vehicles, nor do the visitors have any pre-paid taxi or auto facility. As a result, the visitors are left at the mercy of the private auto-rickshaw and taxi operators who charge exorbitant fares to drop them at their destination.

Adding to the woes, they have to struggle to move out as those coming to receive passengers, park their vehicles in the lane in front of the station since no-parking space is available at the parking lot. Even the passage which is earmarked for the pick up and drop facility for the auto-rickshaws and taxi operators is encroached upon by the auto drivers to crack a deal with the visitors for dropping them at their destination.
A sahayata kendra (assistance booth), which was set up to assist visitors coming to the city, lies vacant; and (right) a board showing the fare still exists.
A sahayata kendra (assistance booth), which was set up to assist visitors coming to the city, lies vacant; and (right) a board showing the fare still exists.

Records of the railway authorities revealed that three years ago a pre-paid auto booth, which was set up by the Chandigarh police was shut down, as the railway authorities had made objection that the UT Administration had not taken any permission for the same. In fact, the taxi stand which was proposed by the railway department in 1996 has not yet seen the light of the day, due to which there is no proper taxi stand from where the commuters can hire taxis.

Tourist police of little help

The tourist police deployed by the Chandigarh Police at the station to guide the visitors are of little help as they cannot assist any commuter to get a taxi or an auto as they are not available at the station and the commuters have to bargain on their own with the private auto drivers, who charge exorbitant fare.

Information boards misguide visitors

Interestingly, the UT Administration which has withdrawn their radio cab taxi and auto-rickshaw facility from the station still have their information boards at the entrance point of the station. The visitors coming to the city for the first time are clueless about the withdrawal of the services and keep trying to get the pre-paid service facility.

No parking space for physically challenged

The chain barricade which was installed to cordon off the parking space for the physically challenged is not removed during the arrival of any train due to which the differently abled face problem while parking their vehicles.

No plans to set up a taxi stand

Since Union Railway Minister Pawan Bansal took over the reins of the railway ministry, the railway officials have been on their toes to renovate the station premises, but ironically, the minister has reportedly given no directions for streamlining the private transport system at the station. Railways Senior Divisional Commercial Manager GM Singh said that the department had no plans for setting up a taxi stand but a thought could be given to reopening the pre-paid auto stand.

Sahayata kendra lying vacant

The assistance booth located on platform number one has no railway official for extending any help to visitors. The booth at the station is vacant.



md/ms entrance
PGI to depute senior faculty
The entrance exam has been rescheduled for December 8
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
In addition to installing "high-tech" security gadgets at the exam centre, the PGIMER will depute senior faculty members as invigilators during its MD/MS entrance exam rescheduled for December 8, in a move to strengthen vigil.

Unlike in the exam held on November 10, which was cancelled following unearthing of the cheating racket, where the invigilators constituted staff from the respective centres, this time the PGI faculty would keep a close watch on the candidates.

"We will be strengthening our invigilation to avoid any kind of misconduct this time. We will be deputing senior and experienced faculty members for the purpose. A roster of doctors who will be deputed at the centres will be prepared soon," said a senior PGI faculty member.

In addition, the PGI has also constituted a flying squad to be deputed to the 10 exam centres. The flying squad will constitute a team of senior faculty members from the PGI.

PGI's official spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said, "Last time, we had observers visiting the centres. This time, we will also depute flying squad at the centres."

During the racket busted by the CBI in the exam held on November 10, seven candidates were caught using sophisticated devices.

However, in the absence of any security arrangements at the centres, another group of suspected candidates escaped the vigil easily, so much so that the institution was forced to cancel the exam to ensure that none of the beneficiaries of the racket could clear the exam.

This time, the PGI will also introduce "high-tech" bug detectors that can detect hidden devices easily during the scan even when the device is in power-off mode.

The institution has also banned jewellery and ornaments and even pens inside the examination hall. The instructions uploaded on the PGI's website state that videography, biometric attendance and frisking of candidates will also be ensured at the centres.

A total of 5,700 candidates had appeared in the exam held on November 10. The admit cards of the candidate issued during the previous exam will be considered valid for the rescheduled exam.



Crackdown on encroachments in Sector 17
Tribune News Service

UT estate office staff undertake an anti-encroachment drive at the UCO Bank balcony
UT estate office staff undertake an anti-encroachment drive at the UCO Bank balcony

Chandigarh, November 21
As the UT estate office has stepped up its drive against banks and other offices which have encroached upon corridors of upper floors of buildings in sector 17, the estate office has ignored similar violations by shopkeepers near the central piazza of the commercial sectors.

On Wednesday, teams of the estate office started removing the glazing in the rear balconies of the buildings housing banks.

Apart from the violation, the glazing is a major fire hazard as has been witnessed during recent incidents of fire in the buildings located in the Bank Square.

Sources said notices to around 70 violators have already been issued. The chief architect has sought to maintain the heritage status of Sector-17. The heritage status does not allow glazing in the corridors. The architect department has pointed out that the defacement of buildings was also against the heritage plan.

Most of the owners and occupants of the buildings in the sector have covered their corridors with glazing, plywood or other material to convert the open area into rooms.

The violators also included the UT Excise and Taxation Office and 30-bays building, which housed several government offices of UT.

Anti-encroachment drive in 12 Mani Majra parks

Municipal Corporation Chandigarh on Wednesiday cleared encroachments from 12 small parks in Mani Majra. The operation was started this morning under the directions of VP Singh, Commissioner, MC by the enforcement wing with the help of horticulture division. The team cleared encroachments like huts, dumped rickshaws, cycles and autos from four parks in Old Indira Colony and removed various encroachments from eight parks in New Indira Colony, Manimajra.



Online crime and criminal tracking to get cracking soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
The UT police is all set to implement the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), an ambitious project under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which will interconnect all police stations in India. A high-level meeting in this regard took place at the police headquarters in Sector 9 and it was decided that the project will be implemented very soon, with the Sector-19 police station as the first police station to install the software.

DIG Alok Kumar today held a meeting with all the DSPs and SHOs and gave them information about the project.

With the CCTNS in place, all information will be available online. Information regarding fingerprints, unidentified bodies, missing persons, stolen vehicles, stolen arms etc will be just a click away. "At present, if we need information about a suspect, we send intimation to our counterparts in other states. This is a time-consuming process and the system will help save on time and increase police efficiency in a big way," said DIG Alok Kumar.

He said the data was being fed into the computers at the stations where the system was being installed and police personnel are also being trained in handling the software.

Police official said the CCTNS would create a national databank of crime and criminals and their biometric profiles. This database will have details of the criminal justice system including courts, jails, immigration, passport authorities, forensic labs, transport department, mobile companies, central agencies etc in a phased manner.

The project is 100 per cent centrally funded and provides all states with the required funding to run the programme.

The Planning Commission of India had approved Rs 2,000 crore for this project, which is expected to cover all 35 states and Union Territories, covering more than 14,000 police stations and 6,000 supervisory offices, including district headquarters, range offices, commissionerates and state headquarters.



Homage paid to CRPF men killed by Chinese in 1959
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
Police Commemoration Day was observed at the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) campus here today to pay homage to police personnel who had laid down their lives in the line of duty.

A wreath was laid at the Martyrs' Memorial by Kulbir Singh, Inspector General of Police (IGP), North-West sector and a two minutes silence was observed by all CRPF officers and jawans present on the occasion. Ravideep Singh Sahi, Deputy IGP (administration), DS Negi, deputy IGP (provisioning), Amar Singh Negi, deputy IGP, Chandigarh range, and MP Bahuguna, commandant, 51 battalion, were among senior officers who attended the event.

Kulbir Singh highlighted the significance of the day and recalled the valour of the CRPF men who fought against the Chinese in 1959 at Hot Spring in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. He also read out the names of all personnel from paramilitary organisations and state police forces who were killed while on active service during the past year.

On October 21, 1959, Deputy Superintendent of Police Karam Singh and 20 CRPF personnel were attacked by the Chinese Army at Hot Springs in Ladakh, resulting in 10 casualties, while the survivors were taken as prisoners. Since then, October 21 is observed as Police Commemoration Day.



Tributes paid to Jaspal Bhatti’s aide

Chandigarh, November 21
Political personalities, Punjab ministers and MLAs converged to pay tributes at the bhog ceremony of Jaspal Bhatti’s aide Navneet Joshi, who died after getting seriously injured in a road accident that also killed Bhatti.

Navneet was son of former BJP state president Chandigarh Jai Ram Joshi, while his elder brother Vineet Joshi is state media in-charge of BJP Punjab and his younger brother Saurabh Joshi, municipal councillor with Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

BJP’s national secretary and Rajya Sabha member Bhupinder Yadav, RSS’s Rashtriya Sewa pramukh Prem Goyal and BJP Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna paid tributes to the departed soul.

BJP spokesperson and former local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia, BJP state president and MLA Ashwani Sharma, local bodies minister Bhagat Chunni Lal, BJP former national general secretary (organisation) Sanjay Joshi, chief parliamentary secretary Sarup Chand Singla and chief parliamentary secretary Som Prakash, BJP NRI cell national convener Amit Thakar were also present. — TNS



Employees meet Health Secretary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
A deputation of health employees, represented by president of Joint Action Committee, GMSH-16, met the health-cum-home secretary today and put forth their demands.

The demands included addition and alteration in residential accommodation, and bringing of control of CT scan and MRI under the hospital administration.



A take on modern marital relationships
Perizaad Zorabian, Tisca Chopra captivate audience at Tagore Theatre
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
An English play, Dinner with Friends, based on the growing dissatisfaction in the modern relationships, was staged at Tagore Theatre here today.

Directed by Feroz Khan, the play opened with a dinner scene hosted by Vikram (Joy Sengupta) and Maya (Perizaad Zorabian Irani), a happily married couple, for their friends for many years Diya (Tisca Chopra) and Harsh (Vinay Jain), another married couple.

While Harsh fails to make it to the dinner, Diya reveals to the hosts that how they are on a verge of a divorce due to Harsh’s adultery.

Knowing that Diya has told their friends about the looming divorce, Harsh lands at Maya’s residence to tell his side of the story.

Over the course of the play, Vikram and Maya, who at first feel compelled to choose sides, begin to question the strength of their own relationship.



Finally, consensus on admission schedule
Process to start on November 30 in all private, government schools
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
The admission process for the entry-level classes for the next academic session will begin at the same time in the government as well as private schools of the city.

In a meeting held with DPI (Schools) Upkar Singh here today, the private unaided schools have agreed to follow the common admission schedule, under which admissions will start from November 30.

It was also decided in the meeting that the common admission schedule would be applicable on the government schools as well.

Many private schools, however, asked for some changes in the schedule, particularly in the provision pertaining to the draw of lots and display of list. The Education Department accepted these requests during the meeting itself.

The DPI said that the consensus to follow the common admission schedule was taken in the presence of representatives from all the private schools.

Asked if the schedule was mandatory, Upkar Singh said, “There is no question of the decision being mandatory or advisory, when there is a large consensus among the private schools about the schedule. The decision has been taken for the larger interest of the society and everyone will definitely follow it.”

Kavita Das, principal of St John’s High School, Sector 26, said that the school would follow the schedule as discussed in the meeting today.

Dr Rakesh Sachdeva, principal of DAV School, Sector 15, said that it was a welcome decision, as it removed all the confusion.

Schools await decision on fee structure

Authorities of private schools are still in the dark as far as the fee structure for the next academic year is concerned.

They are eagerly waiting for the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s judgment on the issue.

The High Court, in May, passed an interim order asking the private schools to seek prior approval of their respective boards before increasing their fee. The decision was challenged by the private schools after which the court reserved the decision.

Aruna Bhardwaj, principal of Gurukul Global Schools, said: “While we are starting our admission process as per the common admission schedule, it is very important to have clarity on the issue of fee structure to avoid any confusion at a later stage.”



Be regular, appear for exams to avail of mess subsidy: PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
Availing subsidy provided by Panjab University on the mess diets will not come easy to the hostel residents, as the university has decided that the students who will miss even a single semester exam will not be eligible for the subsidy.

Although the university has increased the subsidy provided to each student from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,350 per month, the students will also have to meet the criteria of minimum class attendance.

Following protests staged by the students demanding a rollback in the meal rates at hostels, the university had decided to enhance the subsidy provided to the students. It would compensate the increase in the cost of lunch and dinner.

In order to offer this benefit to more students, the university also raised the family income limit from Rs 2 lakhs to Rs 3 lakhs per annum for the EWS category. “The students will have to apply for the subsidy in advance, which they would be availing at the end of every semester,” an official said.

Meanwhile, the students included under the EWS category will also be offered a subsidy of Rs 2.50 in each mess diet till January 15.



young achievers
‘Programming’ their way to glory
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
Sanjay Kumaran and his brother Shravan Kumaran, founders of Go Dimensions, a company that makes applications for Apple and Android-based gadgets, interacted with students at St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, here today.

What made the event special was the fact that Chennai-based Sanjay (CEO) and Shravan (president) are just 10 and 12-years-old respectively.

Within a span of two months after setting up the company, the brothers came up with their first application, "Catch-me-Cop", for Apple users. The application got a rating of four out of five stars.

The duo has already developed four other applications for Apple and three applications for Android gadgets. They are gaining popularity and earning revenue through advertisements.

The brothers, who regard Steve Jobs, best known as the co-founder-cum-chairman and CEO of Apple Inc, as their role model, aim to develop their own tablet.

“Go Dimension is the foundation for fulfilling our dream projects. Our main aim is to come up with our own tablet that will be carried by everyone in the nation,” they say.

Shravan adds, “The tablet will be multi-tasking gadget with many softwares for users of different ages. We are taking this process seriously, but it needs time and attention.”

Sharing their technological journey, they say their father got them a PC on which they first used the MS Paint application. “Afterwards we slowly learnt to prepare presentations on PowerPoint,” they say.

After learning the basics, they asked their dad to teach them QBasic, four years back, and now they are using it to program applications.

Sanjay says that as mobile gaming is gaining in popularity, they want to venture into that field too.

“We started with Android applications and programmed a calculator and a quiz application; later we moved to Mac and iPad. The journey so far has been full of fun and frolic. We are still on a learning stage and want to achieve our aim as soon as possible, he says.

Shravan says that they are organising seminars to learn about the needs of youngsters.



Experts dwell on neo-liberalism
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
A special lecture series was organised by the ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre at the ICSSR Complex on the PU campus here today.

Professor BS Ghuman, dean of Arts Faculty, in his opening address, stated that neo-liberalism has become a world phenomenon. "The universities can not flourish if they work on a single project. The finest ideas should be accepted and implemented by the universities. The role of marketing forces is steering all walks of like," he said.

He further stated that the access to higher education in India is less than 12 per cent as 88 per cent students drop out at the school level, whereas in North America access to higher education is more than 80 per cent.

Dr Henri Pallard from the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Law, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada, in his discourse stated that human rights are a creation of the western world and have been imposed on the other countries. "The human rights do not agree with their culture hence the struggle continues -- questions like position of women, child, property rights and marriages are all cultural questions in the society," he stated.

Dr Neville Hewage from the Institute of International Development Studies, Ontario International Development Agency, Ontario, Canada, in his lecture on "Global Trend towards Neo-Liberal University and Scholars' Responsibility" posed some questions like "how to produce knowledge?" and "what are the academic responsibilities?"

"Idealist ideas need to be together with materialistic demands. Because there is need to maintain educational institutions. However, education is also controlled by the culture and religion," he said.

Hewage further said that more and more corporate houses now-a-days are funding public education institutions.



from SChools
GMSSS-19 shines in IT quiz

An IT quiz was organised for school students of Classes IX and X at the PEC University of Technology as a part of their annual IT event. More than 30 teams from different schools of the tricity participated in the quiz. The quiz consisted of two rounds covering various aspects of IT. Kiran and Jeevan Jyot, Class X students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, won the first prize and were awarded Rs 3,500. Pritish and Abhijeet from Stepping Stones School, Sector 37, bagged the second prize carrying Rs 2,500; and Ashutosh and Pankaj from the same school stood third and claimed Rs 1,000.

Inter-school competition

Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary Model School, Sector 27, organised an inter-school competition to commemorate the death anniversary of Late Sh Hardayal Mahajan, former president of the JB Charitable Trust. The programme commenced with the lighting of lamp by director of the school Mrs Shakuntla Mahajan. Yatin Gupta and Mrs Maduri presided over the competitions included mehendi competition, solo dance competition, dictionary reading, dance competition and poster making competition. Principal Mrs Savant extended the vote of thanks to everyone present on the occasion.

Vigilance Awareness Week

Vigilance Awareness Week was observed at Government High School, Sector 29. Programme in charge Rajwant Kaur talked in detail about the importance of vigilance awareness, consumer awareness and consumer rights. An essay-writing competition on corruption was also held for Class IX students. Students of Class VII took part in poster-making and slogan-writing competitions on corruption. A poem recitation contest was also organised on the same theme. Rajesh Kumar talked on transparency in public procurement and anti-corruption strategy. Headmistress Tejinder Kaur urged the staff members to work with sincerity and integrity.


Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25, has been awarded with International School Award and accredited for “Outstanding Development of the International Learning in the Curriculum”. The school received the award from Martin Davidson, chief executive, British Council, at an award ceremony held at Hotel Taj Palace, Mumbai. Suresh Kumar Sharma, deputy commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, informed that this is the only school in the city to receive this award. He congratulated the principal and staff of the school on this feat.

Children spend time with grandparents

Panchkula: Grandparents of children studying at the junior wing of Satluj Public School, Sector 2, joined their grandchildren to share love and concern for each other. The elderly joined the children in singing, dancing and reciting poems. Grandparents were served a traditional lunch that included “makki ki roti”, “sarson ka saag”, butter, jaggery and “kheer”. Various cultural items were presented on the occasion. Director of the school Pritam Singh Serai appreciated efforts of the students and the faculty.

Club launched to encourage reading habit

With the aim to inculcate appreciation towards reading and writing, Read to Lead Club was launched at Satluj Public School, Sector 4. Professors of University of Fraser Valley George W Peary and Sylvia Peary were chief guests on the occasion. The club will encourage children to read more, learn more and ultimately lead better lives. It will help readers to get exposed to a variety of literature and promote reading for enjoyment. Principal Krit Serai praised the initiative and emphasised on the importance of reading.

Science Express

Mohali: Around 45 students of Gian Jyoti Public School, Phase II, visited the Chandigarh railway station to attend the Science Express Biodiversity Special, an innovative theme-based mobile exhibition organised by the Department of Science and Technology and Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. It was a unique learning experience for the students as well teachers. Each coach of the train depicted different regions of India. Principal Ranjeet Bedi said that children could not understand the gravity of various environmental problems while sitting at homes.

Children encouraged to stay away from drugs

DAV School held a special awareness session on the theme “Health, Wellness and Sanitation”? in the school auditorium. It aims at making the children aware about the effects of drug abuse. Students of classes VII-XII participated in this session. Dr Suman, special guest on the occasion, explained how students get addicted to drugs and how it affects their mental and physical health. Students also had a healthy interactive session with Dr Suman, who cleared all their doubts regarding the drug abuse. An anti-drug rally was also organized, in which students of different classes raised placards and slogans to make the public aware about drug abuse. Principal Dr Rosy Sharma thanked the guests for guiding the students.

Students raise voice against female foeticide

A candle march was taken out by students of classes VI-VIII of Sant Isher Singh Public School. Students visited the adjoining localities, holding posters against female foeticide. They emphasised on the importance of women in the growth and development of a nation. Director Hardip Kaur Gill praised the students’ initiative, and encouraged them to stand against the social evil. Principal Inderjeet Kaur Sandhu flagged off the procession and applauded the efforts. — TNS



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