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unesco heritage status
UT Admn fumbles again
Fails to send fresh dossier to Archaeological Survey of India
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The Chandigarh Administration has again missed the deadline to apply for the prestigious UNESCO heritage status for the city.

Due to the lacklustre approach of the officials, the Chandigarh Administration has not sent a fresh dossier which was to be forwarded to the Archaeological Survey of India, the nodal agency for sending nominations to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for heritage status. The deadline was January 31.

The dossier, comprising relevant documents, must have reached UNESCO by January 31.

The Le Corbusier Foundation in Paris had also volunteered to assist the Administration in preparing a dossier. In 2011 and 2012, too, the administration failed to forward the dossier.

Recently, a team from the ASI had met the officials of the UT Administration and had also visited various architectural masterpieces in Capitol Complex, designed by French architect Le Corbusier, said sources.

The ASI officials informed the Administration that it would be difficult for them to send Chandigarh's claim for the UNESCO's heritage status for 2013.

A senior official of the UT Administration said they were now focusing on preserving the heritage items of the city.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had already approved the heritage report of the Administration.

Officials in a slumber

In 2006, the Government of India had agreed to place Chandigarh on its tentative list for getting the heritage status. Prof Kiran Joshi was nominated by the Government of India to prepare the dossier. The matter was also raised in the Punjab and Haryana High Court by advocate Ajay Jagga, who had sought directions to the Administration to pursue an application filed on October 23, 2006, with UNESCO and also prepare and submit requisite information demanded by the body in compliance with "operational guidelines for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention" required for conferring the status.

Status would have proved beneficial

Advocate Ajay Jagga, who had filed the petition in the High Court, said once the Administration got the tag of UNESCO heritage city, technical and financial aid would come from UNESCO, which would help the Administration in preserving the heritage of the city.



Education dept not smarting over delay
Over 800 students waiting for enrolment in Government Smart School
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

A classroom of Government Smart School in Sector 50, Chandigarh
A classroom of Government Smart School in Sector 50, Chandigarh

Chandigarh, February 2
Over 800 students have been waiting for the past three months to study at the city’s second hi-tech Government Smart School in Sector 50.

The school was built at a cost of Rs 60 lakh in December last year. The education department had finalised the list of 854 students for the smart school who were to be relocated from the GMSSS, Sector 45, and other nearby government schools. Even the UT Adviser, KK Sharma, in his Republic day speech proudly mentioned about the completion of the school. But the education department has shown no urgency to utilise the hi-tech infrastructure for the betterment of the city students.

Though the engineering department handed over the school building to the education department 
in May 2012, the latter wasted several months in furnishing it.

“What’s the use of spending crores if the school cannot be started on time,” said Swarn Kamboj, president of the UT Cadre Teachers’ welfare Association.

A senior officials of the department said the department had lost the opportunity to start the school during this academic year. “The department’s plan to shift students from other schools has been put off. It is not advisable to disturb the students at this point of time,” said an official.

The relocation was possible in December. The department did not push for its timely inauguration, said an official.

DPI (S) Upkar Singh could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. An official of the education department said the school could not be inaugurated at the end of the academic session. Now, it would start from the next session starting April 2013.

The teachers appointed for the school are undergoing technical training and the classrooms have Internet connectivity.

Inauguration of first school was also delayed

It took the education department more than four months to inaugurate the first government smart school last year. Its inauguration was postponed four times as the department took a lot of time to complete the formalities.



55-yr-old dies in accidental firing
Tribune News Service

The victim Jagdish Chander
The victim Jagdish Chander

Panchkula, February 2
A 55-year-old man died after the gun of a security guard of a property dealer went off accidentally during a wedding function at Pinjore last night.

The bullet pierced through the left hand of the security guard, Vikram, before hitting Jagdish Chander, who died on the spot. Vikram’s condition is stated to be stable.

The incident came to light when Jagdish Chander’s nephew Praveen saw him sitting motionless on a chair. He was rushed to the Kalka Civil Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. The gunshot was not heard due to the loud music at the venue, said the police.

“Vikram was heading towards his car when he accidentally pressed the trigger of his gun which pierced through his left hand. The bullet also hit Jagdish, who was sitting on a chair at the venue,” said Krishan Kumar Hooda, Assistant Commissioner of Police.

Initially, no one came to know that Jagdish had died. It was after his nephew asked him to get up that they realised he had received a bullet injury in his chest.

Vikram, who hails from Jind, surrendered to the police. Jagdish Chander, a resident of Ghatiwala village, was a painter. The deceased is survived by his wife and five daughters.



‘Public darbar’ tomorrow
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
After over two months, UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil will hold the “public darbar” on February 4.

Earlier, the UT Administration had cancelled four public hearing sessions — two in December and two in January.

A senior official of the UT Administration said Patil would attend the public darbar this time. The IT department of the UT Administration has received 15 applications for Monday’s public hearing session, he added.

The last session held on November 19, 2012, received a poor response as only three complainants turned up for the session.

Since January 2012, Patil has only attended 10 public hearing sessions out of the scheduled 25.

Patil assumed office as the Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator on January 22, 2010. As per the precedent, there should have been 71 public hearing sessions till date. However, Patil has managed to hold only 31 such sessions so far, which is less than one session a month.

The sessions are usually held on the first and third Mondays of every month.



Board exam jitters for Engg aspirants
The joint entrance test will give 40 per cent weightage to class XII examination
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The class XII examination, scheduled for the first week of March, has assumed importance for those eyeing seat in the top-notch engineering collages across India.

With a new system in place, the merit list of Joint Entrance Examination (Main), earlier 
known as the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), will be prepared by giving a 40 per cent weightage to the class XII or equivalent examination and 60 per cent to the performance in the JEE (Main).

Suchit Verma, centre coordinator of FIITJEE, Chandigarh, said the move aimed at bringing synchronisation between the academic curriculum of classes XI and XII and the advanced application skills required for the competitive exams. “Those appearing for the first time under the new system will definitely be under pressure. Concentration and a focused approach is must,” he said.

Akash, a class XII student, said the new system has added a lot of burden on students. “Preparing for the entrance test was never easy; and now we have to score equally well in the class XII exam as well to keep our chances alive for getting an admission in a good engineering college, said Akash.

Another student Nidhi Aggarwal said earlier students could afford to ignore the class XII exam, but now this wass not possible. The new system demanded a good grasp over all the subjects, she said.

The new system also demands clarity about colleges and universities the students want to join.

Vamsi Krishna, in charge of an engineering entrance examination coaching centre in Chandigarh, said the JEE (Main) assumed more importance at it would lead to admission to every engineering institute including the IITs.

The offline examination for JEE (Main) will be held on April 7 this year, and the online examination will be held between April 8 and April 25.

Only the top 1,50,000 candidates will be able to sit for the JEE (Advanced) to get admission in the IITs. It will be held only offline on June 2.

New system has overburdened us

The 40 per cent weightage to the board examination in the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) has added additional burden on us, because both the examinations require different approaches.

Arshmeet Singh

Now, we have to remain focussed if we are serious about getting admission to a good engineering college. We can already feel a competitive environment at the school level, which was not there earlier.

Dhaval Kapil

The JEE (Main) exam will cover all the topics in the class XII NCERT books. It is must to fully prepare for the board examination and score well too.

Amandeep Arora


P’kula gears up for first MC polls
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 2
Panchkula is gearing up for the first municipal corporation elections. With the forms of claim and objections ready, the voters list will be finalised by March 15.

Presently, voter information centres have been set up in all the 20 wards to entertain claims and objections of the people for facilitating them to obtain information regarding the electoral rolls.

State Election Commissioner Dharam Vir had said that it would not be possible to hold the elections before March 15 yet the elections will be held soon.

An agenda would be moved during the budget session regarding the amendment in the Act stating that the three-year term for holding the elections might be extended to three and a half years, as the present term would lapse on March 16, 2013. As many as 20 wards have been finalised in the city.

“People can get their claims and objections from their respective voter information centres by February 14. A receipt will be issued accordingly,” said a senior official of the municipal corporation (MC).

“The municipal corporation elections are taking place for the first time. There is confusion because the issue of ward delimitation is also pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and even the case of corporation and council is pending in the Supreme Court,” said BB Singhal, former vice-president of the municipal corporation. Ravinder Rawal, former president of the council said, “We can just say that we are ready for elections.”

Recently, the administration approved the setting of 20 wards in the city. The Panchkula Municipal Corporation will comprise 11 wards of the township and those of Pinjore and Kalka.

Six wards have been reserved for women, three wards for scheduled castes and two wards for backward classes.



Residents throng Leisure Valley to watch dog show
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Two-day dog show began at Leisure Valley today. It began with the fourth labrador speciality show where more than 50 dogs participated from various parts of the country.

Several competitions were held to test the exuberance and speed of the breed. Dog lovers gathered in good numbers to witness the competition. The winners were awarded later in the day. The main event is slated for tomorrow when all -breed championship will be held. Several rare breeds are expected to participate.



Another swine flu case reported

Chandigarh, February 2
Another swine flu case was reported at the PGI, Chandigarh, today. The victim(36), hails from Rajpura. With this, swine flu patients at the PGI, GMCH 32 and GMSH 16 go up to 51.

Already seven persons have died of swine flu, including two from the city. — TNS



mindless digging
BSNL lines snapped
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 2
Over 200 telephone connections of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) were snapped in Sector 80 and Phase IX of Industrial Area following digging for laying of sewerage pipes today.

Nishan Singh, SDO, cable maintenance, BSNL, said during the digging the workers of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) damaged two main cables.

“Over 200 phone connections, mainly of the Indian Institute of Science and Research Centre in Sector 80 and Phase IX of Industrial Area were disconnected," said Nishan Singh.

“We are fed up with the indifference attitude of GMADA officials as they do not cooperate with us while carrying out work. We have taken up the matter with the authorities several times, but to no avail," said Nishan Singh.



Candidates not to apply again for re-advertised posts at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
Candidates who have already applied for various teaching posts at Panjab University, that are to be re-advertised, do not have to re-apply for them.

The applicants will be allowed to upgrade their resumes for the posts, said PU registrar AK Bhandari.

The PU Syndicate, in its last meeting, had decided the posts for which the recruitment process could not be completed within a year will be re-advertised.

The Syndicate turned down the university’s demand of extending the time for filling the advertised posts.

PU had advertised for 221 vacancies on various posts including that of professors, associate professors and assistant professors on January 14 last year. Interviews, however, were conducted for very few posts till the end of the stipulated time on January 30.



Govt teacher accused of corporal punishment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
A class VIII student of Government High School, Sector 29, was allegedly beaten up by a school teacher. The incident reportedly took place last week on Wednesday.

The medical report of the boy, Amritpal, showed that he was assaulted, his parents alleged. They also filed a complaint at the Sector-29 police station, following which the police visited the school to inquire into the matter.

Bhadur Singh, grandfather of the child, said the teacher thrashed Amritpal and pushed him to the ground, due to which he suffered deep chest pain. “The gatekeeper, too, misbehaved with us when we visited the school to submit a formal complaint against the teacher,” he said.

School headmistress Tajinder Kaur said no such incident happened in her presence. A teacher brought the boy to her room complaining that he was trying to misbehave with girls, she said. The student was let off after giving a warning, she said.



Finalise regularisation policy before March 2013: SSA teachers’ body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Welfare Association, Chandigarh, has sought regularisation of the posts of SSA teachers. A delegation of the association met the Finance-cum-Education Secretary, VK Singh, yesterday and submitted a petition signed by over 300 teachers.

The association requested the Education Secretary to give instructions to the SSA Society and the Education Department to finalise the regularisation policy of the SSA teachers before March 2013.

Arvind Rana, president of the association, said, “We have requested the secretary to send the proposal for the sanction of posts of SSA teachers to the project approval board of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, which will be meeting this month in New Delhi.”

He said they also asked VK Singh to look into the matter of fixation of an enhanced salary for the SSA teachers from April 2012.



Lack of blood supply can result in cerebral palsy: Experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 2
"Problems occurring during delivery, including lack of oxygen or blood supply to a baby, have been found to be the main reason behind cerebral palsy, a neuro developmental disorder in children," said experts at the PGIMER's paediatrics department.

The study conducted over 1,212 children from across the northern region also found that nearly 22 per cent of the children suffered cerebral palsy due to acquired causes like brain infection, said Dr Partibha Singhi from the department of paediatrics, PGI.

While addressing a gathering of mediapersons yesterday, Dr Singhi said 2 per 1,000 children develop cerebral palsy. The prevalence is significantly higher in low-birth weight babies, being nearly 60 per 1,000 with those with weights between 1,000 and 1,500 grams.

"Cerebral palsy can affect children from all social backgrounds and ethnic groups. It affects muscles and a person's ability to control them," said Dr Singhi.

Many children can have associated epilepsy, hearing loss, vision loss, feeding problems, she added.

"Parents must get their children examined at the earliest if a child is non-responsive, behaves in a manner different from other children his age," experts said.



Science popularised at college fests
Tribune News Service

Girls perform during a science fest at GGDSD College, Sector 32, in Chandigarh on Saturday
Girls perform during a science fest at GGDSD College, Sector 32, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, February 2
The faculty of basic and applied sciences organised a science fest, “BioRhythm 2013 — The New Dimension”, at GGDSD College, Sector 32, here today.

Dr Jatinder Kaur Arora, Additional Director, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, inaugurated the fest.

She sensitised students about grants available for innovative and research-oriented science projects. The fest aimed at popularising science among students. It provided an opportunity to budding researchers to interact with each other and to showcase their creativity and innovativeness.

The event included inter-college cultural competitions such as T-shirt painting, poster and rangoli-making, and dance performances. All the events were based on scientific themes.

Students from various institutes and colleges in and around the city, including departments of Panjab University, participated in the festival.

IIT-Ropar shines in technical events

Mohali: Noted Punjabi singer and actor Gippy Grewal made an appearance on the concluding day of the Chandigarh University festival to promote his movie Singh vs Kaur.

He joined another popular Punjabi actor and singer Harbhajan Mann in captivating the audience with their foot-tapping numbers.

Over 50 educational institutions of the region took part in the fest.

Guest of honour Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, awarded winners of various technical, non-technical and cultural events.

IIT, Ropar, won the first prize in code hunter, quiz-o-mania and coder-decoder events, while the PAU team won the business-plan event.

700 students attend science fair

Patiala: Over 700 students from 45 schools in the region participated in “Science Villa”, a science fair, at the Rayat-Bahra’s Patiala campus.
Students exhibit a science model during a technology festival at the Universal Group of Institutions in Lalru
Students exhibit a science model during a technology festival at the Universal Group of Institutions in Lalru. A Tribune photograph

The working Model exhibition saw 97 entries. The activity provided students with a platform to spread awareness about importance of science and technology.

In the senior category, the first prize was bagged by the Government Senior Secondary School for Boys, Nabha, while in the junior categoty Teja Singh Kandhari Public School, Patiala, outshined other participants.

The exhibition showcased models of power generation through speed breakers and sewage water, protection of the ozone layer, water sanitisation, artificial intelligence, parabolic flight with help of math, etc.

Poster-making competition and junk-art competition were also a part of the fair. In poster-making competition, Government Senior Secondary School, Channo, claimed the first prize in the senior category, and DAV Public School, Patiala, topped in the junior category.

Government Senior Secondary School, Patran, won the junk-art competition in the senior category, and Government Senior Secondary School, Vajidpur, bagged the first prize in the junior category.

The institute gave away prizes worth over Rs 1 lakh.



from schools
Annual Day celebrations

Chandigarh: Sharda Sarvhitkari Celebrated its 27th annual function on Saturday. It commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the chief guest, Sh Upkar Singh, DPI (s), Chandigarh. The august gathering comprised the school management and other educationists, who were presented mementos, as a mark of respect and admiration. The principal of the school, Sh B S Kanwar, introduced and welcomed the eminent guests. After the melodious saraswati vendana, a shabad , madhu vaan main enthralled the audience. The students also presented a play, based on the life of the great philosopher, philanthropist and educator, Swami Viviekanand, which was highly appreciated. The tiny-tots of the pre-primary classes, presented an action song "Jahan daal daal" ? . The principal of the school, then presented the annual report, which was a kaleidoscopic view to the achievements of students in sports, academic as well as co-curricular activities.

Winter carnival kicks off at Mount Carmel

The two days winter carnival, ‘MCC-2013’, organised by Mount Carmel School, Sector 47-B, Chandigarh, got off to a wonderful start, on 1st February 2013. The Carnival was inaugurated by Upkar Singh , Director Public Instruction (School),. Aarushi Rajpal, a student of Class VIII of the School, extended a warm welcome to the Chief Guest and the august gathering. Then the students of North Indian Dance Club, presented a performance. After this a western dance was presented by the students of Fusion Dance Club. The whole school wore a festive look with the students enjoying themselves to the full, taking joy rides on the merry go round, the micky mouse, the ball bouncy and other swings.

Students encouraged to keep country united

Various types of school activities were conducted in Govt Model High School, Sector 12, Chandigarh, with full enthusiasm and spirit of patriotism by the grant by SSA Educational Department, Chandigarh.

It was marked by various competitions like dance, poem recitation, quiz and poster making. — TNS



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