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PGI told to pay Rs 7 lakh compensation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The State Consumer Redressal Commission has penalised the PGI for not treating Anupama with "due care and skill", which resulted in her death last year. The institution been directed to pay a compensation of Rs 7 lakh to Anupama's parents for the mental agony and emotional trauma.

The forum has also directed the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) to pay Rs 3 lakh as compensation to the victim's kin for failing to get its bus insured. Anupama's leg was crushed under a CTU bus, and she later died due to the leg injury.

Anupama (15) had died at the PGI in July last year. Her left leg was crushed under the rear tyre of a CTU bus following which she was taken to the PGI for treatment. In August, her parents had filed a complaint against the PGI and the CTU, alleging negligence on their part.

"Anupama's death took place due to doctors' negligence. Had they taken due care, they would have operated upon the patient on the day of her admission. As a result, gangrene and septicemia could have been avoided and her life could have been saved," the forum said in its judgment issued today.

The commission held that since the CTU was part of the Chandigarh Administration and the Administration had already paid Rs 3 lakh to Anupama's parents on humanitarian grounds, the CTU did not need to pay compensation separately.

Anupama was rushed to the PGI on July 17 and succumbed to her injuries on July 24. Following her death, an internal probe committee was constituted, which gave a clean chit to the doctors and the paramedical staff involved in the case. Following this, an external probe committee was constituted on August 2.

The external probe committee also failed to nail the culprits. It only concluded "error in judgment" on the part of the team of doctors and paramedics. 

Unanswered questions

Anupama's exact condition 24 hours before the surgery not clear from the doctors' statements

12 units of blood issued to Anupama, but only four used

Patients with less critical ailments scheduled for surgery on July 18 and 19 ahead of Anupama’s surgery

No proper communication of staff with the family; poor Anupama kept fasting on doctors' instructions for two days, but was not taken for surgery


July 17, 2012: Anupama rushed to the PGI

July 18: Remains in a preoperative room after initial bandaging

July 19: Remains in the preoperative room. Taken to the OT late at night, but suffers hypotension

July 20: Undergoes hip disarticulation surgery

July 24: Dies at 5.16 pm

July 28: Internal probe committee gives clean chit to the staff

August 2: External committee constituted

December 25: Committee submits report to the PGI



Money can’t bring Anupama back, says father
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Though the Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission today penalised the PGI and the CTU for deficiency and negligence, leading to Anupama’s death, her parents say their loss remains irreparable.

“We are grateful to all those who supported us and ensured that the PGI and the CTU were penalised. The amount of compensation is heavy. But can it bring back our beautiful daughter?” asked Amit Sarkar, Anupama’s father with moist eyes.

“But we are thankful that at least it has been proved that the PGI did injustice to us. Our daughter kept suffering in deep mental and physical pain. Yet, doctors did not attend to her on time,” he said.

“My daughter kept fasting from the day she was admitted to the hospital till the day she was operated upon. On July 17, doctors said she would be operated upon. We brought the OT material before 6 am in the morning on July 18. Everything was ready, but when the doctor came at 10 am, he informed us that Anupama’s surgery would not be performed in the morning and it would be done at night,” he said.

“After that the doctor did not come to see her throughout the day. No clear instructions were given to the patient regarding her treatment. On the morning of July 19, a doctor dressed her wound without removing the previous bandage. When we intervened, the doctor yelled at us. On July 20, a senior resident doctor opened the bandage and he was shocked to see the wound and immediately got the dressing changed,” he said.

The PGI should take this incidence as a lesson and ensure that nobody undergoes the agony which Anupama went through, said her parents.



Hospital fails to implement panel's recommendations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Three months after an external committee probing the cause of Anupama's death submitted its report along with recommendations, the PGI has failed to ensure the proper implementation of the recommendations.

The committee, headed headed by Prof SS Gill, Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University, Faridkot, was formed to probe the cause of Anupama's death and also the alleged negligence on the part of the PGI authorities.

While the committee failed to nail the culprits, it came up with the conclusion that the doctors made an error in judgement. It submitted 25 recommendations to the PGI.

“As the present arrangement of the faculty in charge of the Advanced Trauma Centre (ATC) seems inadequate and lacks supervision since it is on a part-time basis, the ATC and the emergency department of the PGI should be put under the charge of a Professor/Additional Professor,” the committee observed in its recommendations.

Key recommendations Immediate

nProper recording of events shall be maintained in the patient’s file: date/time, name of the examining consultant with legible signatures. This should include communication with the patient or his attendants

nThe condition/progress of the patient shall be communicated to his or her attendants, preferably by the attending senior doctor or a nurse on a regular basis

nAt the entry point where the patient is first received, there should be a senior resident who will be responsible for screening and prioritising. A junior resident should assist him

Short term

nEach department associated with trauma patients should have consultants posted for a continuous period of four weeks in the trauma centre to maintain continuity and better patient care

nA cadre of trauma nurse coordinator should be created to monitor the management of injured patients throughout their hospitalisation and report to the administrative head of the ATC about any deficient management

Long term

Improvement in coordination between hospitals located in the tricity for dealing with certain category (low injury severity score ISS) of injured patients.

Establishment of the academic department of emergency medicine and initiation of the MD course in emergency medicine at the PGI to provide immediate care to severely injured patients like Anupama

Looking at the large number of injured patients at the PGI, there is need for increasing the number of operating theatres and trained manpower at all levels

None of the these recommendations have been adopted so far



Don't engage langurs, Admn tells residents
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
City residents will now not be able to engage langurs to deal with the monkey menace.

Following directions issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), now langurs will also not be able to provide respite to the residents from the monkey menace as the UT Administration has directed the residents not to engage langurs since the animals fall under the protected species.

The Administration had recently received directions from the MoEF, according to which, under the Wildlife Protection Act-1972, langur is a protected species under Schedule II and under Sections 2, 8, 9, 11, 40, 41, 43, 48, 51, 61 and 62 of the IPC.

The Sections stipulate that langurs cannot be owned, bought, sold or hired. Any violation of this law is liable to punishable with a three-year jail term or fine or both.

A senior official of the UT Administration said after receiving the MoEF directions, they had discussed the issue in detail. It was decided to issue directions to the residents, organisations and private institutes not to engage langurs.

He said since the monkey menace was a big problem, especially in northern sectors of the city, langurs were used to get rid of monkeys. The directions from the MoEF mentioned that langur handlers could face prosecution.

Maninder Singh, a resident of Sector 28, said before issuing such directions, the authorities should have made arrangements to tackle the monkey menace. "In Sector 28, many monkey bite cases were reported after which people started engaging langurs, but after the fresh directions, we are now in a fix," he said.

Echoing similar views, Vinod Kumar, who works in a private firm in Sector 8, said last year they had to bear the brunt of the monkey menace outside their office after which they called langur handlers.

After the latest directions, they would now not be able to hire the services of langur handlers, he said.

The Administration had three langurs, Manu, Mangal and Udham, to chase away monkeys. The UT Forest and Wildlife Department used to pay Rs 7,500 each to trainers of these langurs. In all, the department used to pay Rs 2,70,000 to the trainers annually. The Administration has now left the langurs in the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. 



SC verdict a welcome dose, say cancer patients
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
}Their strength to battle the deadly disease has got a boost and overcoming it now seems easier as well as affordable. The decision of the apex court rejecting Swiss pharma giant Novartis’ plea for a patent on cancer medicine Glivec has ensured the availability of the low-cost generic drug for hundreds of cancer patients at the PGI. The monthly dose of a generic version of Glivec, which costs nearly Rs 8,000, would have gone up to Rs 1.25 lakh had the patent been allowed.

For the family of 25-year-old Sajad Ahmad, a Srinagar resident admitted to the PGI, life came to a standstill when he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia last month. While the family has spent over Rs 2.5 lakh on his treatment, its income has stopped completely since Sajad and his brother were the only breadwinners.

“Sajad is admitted to the hospital and I have to attend to him due to which my income has also stopped. Both of us were the only breadwinners in our family. Our parents are also dependant on us. It is a relief for us that the cost of the drug will not go up,” said John Mohammad, Sajad’s brother.

“In fact, the government should make efforts to reduce the cost of these medicines further. There are so many patients who die as they are unable to afford the medicines. Spending Rs 8,000 on just one medicine is not easy for a person whose monthly income is just about the same,” John said.

MK Bareja (70), a resident of Sector 23, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia four years ago, said, “We welcome the verdict of the SC. With growing age, the income often goes down. Affording these medicines becomes difficult for a middle class person. The mental trauma of a patient diagnosed with cancer is too intense. On top of that, if he finds himself unable to afford the treatment, he loses all hope.”

“I have been taking a generic drug for my treatment. This medicine suits me a lot. There are numerous people like me who are suffering the disease, but cannot bear the cost of the medicines. It is difficult for me to imagine a situation in which the drug would have been available for over Rs 1 lakh,” Bareja said.

Officials at the PGI, however, said Novartis had proposed to patent the drug to increase its effectiveness by about 30 per cent. “It is worth noting that Novartis has been providing similar drugs free of cost to thousands of patients worldwide,” said a PGI doctor.



CTU adds 15 buses for schoolchildren
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Anupama's tragic death has not gone waste. The number of separate buses for government schoolchildren has now increased to 40 after the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking, in coordination with the Education Department, yesterday started 15 new buses to ease the transportation problem.

More buses are expected to be added in the near future as the department is reviewing the demand for CTU buses.

Anupama, the only daughter of her parents, fell from a CTU bus in front of her school, the GMSSS, Sector 18, in July last year. She later succumbed to her injuries allegedly due to negligence on the part of the PGI.

A senior official of the Education Department said Anupama’s death had "woken up" the Administration, which had now taken several steps to ensure students' safety.

One of the steps was starting separate buses for students. The UT Administration now has 40 buses plying on different routes, including the periphery, for the transportation of students.

Among these buses, 30 ply in the morning hours and 10 in the afternoon hours. CTU General Manager SP Parmar said the department was plying more buses in the morning hours because of the demand. “As far as the afternoon hours are concerned, we already have our general bus service running on at full swing. While 10 separate school buses are plying for students on various routes in the afternoon, we can increase the number if there is a need," said Parmar. Last year, more than 6,000 students had applied for CTU passes, it is learnt. 

Pending issues

Allowing bus passes for students in AC buses

Separate school buses for girl students

Appointment of traffic marshals in front of schools


UT shuts eyes to encroachment
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The Chandigarh Administration’s zero tolerance to encroachments, especially on government land, seems to be on paper only. It has turned a blind eye to a glaring encroachment that has literally come up “overnight” on a prime chunk of land worth crores of rupee in Kajehri village.

Despite repeated reminders to officials of the district administration by the residents of the area that about 2,000 sq yard of the acquired government land was being walled by certain persons, no action has been taken in this regard so far.

If one goes by the collector rates of the UT, the land is worth crores. Though unconfirmed reports said the land was to be used as a burial ground, the officials have no idea about the intended use of the encroached land. The land was acquired in 2003. The gate of the walled area opens on the main road leading to Mohali.

Sources reveal that the encroachment has been in the knowledge of the officials of the Chandigarh Administration. Different wings of the administration are putting the onus to check the encroachment on one another.

While the Deputy Commissioner, Mohammed Shayin, failed to respond to the query on the action taken so far on the issue, the Land Acquisition Collector (LAC), Tilak Raj, said: “The land was handed over to the Engineering Department. But, I will again check up tomorrow,” he said. The Chief Engineer, Chandigarh Administration, SK Chadha, said the land was not handed over to the Engineering Department.

“The stand of the administration in the case seems to be contrary to its drive against encroachments on public land. The administration has shown its aggressiveness against encroachments,” pointed out a resident of the area.

On paper, the district administration reviews the status of encroachments on public land and on a regular basis.



Three protesters hurt in lathicharge at Kharar
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 2
Three persons sustained injuries in a police lathicharge on the employees of Punjab Animal Husbandry, during their protest at Kharar here this morning.

The injured persons, identified as Manjit Singh, Shaukat Ali and Gurmeet Singh have been admitted to the local Civil Hospital today. The police had also arrested around 10 persons for creating ruckus, who were later released by the local court.

However, the police has registered a case under Sections 353, 186, 283 and 188 of the IPC against several unidentified protesters, claimed that the protestors were not cane-charged. “Some of them sustained injuries while slipping from Khanpur bridge in an attempt to evade their arrest”, said DSP Rajbalwinder Singh Marar while talking to the Chandigarh Tribune.

The DSP said that the policemen chased some of the protesters as they were trying to block the traffic on the Kharar-Morinda highway.

On the other hand, the injured persons claimed that they were beaten up by the policemen with lathis during the protest.

Earlier, a high drama was witnessed when around 400 employees divided in groups and tried to block the traffic on the main highway at three-four different sites under protest. At first, the protesters, who came from various districts, gathered at Council Park to stage the protest.

The protesters were demanding to regularise their jobs. “We want to meet the Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal or Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal to apprise them of our grievances”, demanded the protestors.



Police introduces wrong section in Jyoti murder case
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 2
In a major goof up in the Jyoti murder case, the Panchkula police introduced a wrong Section 4 of the SC and ST Act in the case, despite the fact there was no relevance of the same. However, after the formation of Special Investigation Team (SIT), they admitted their mistake and deleted that Section and introduced Section 3 of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act-1989 and 120B (Criminal Conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

An SIT was formed to re-investigate the case after the father of the victim filed an appeal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the police were under the influence of the main accused, Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary.

Several objections were raised by the District Attorney when the challan was sent to him for confirmation. The SIT comprises three persons- Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashwin Shenvi, Panchkula Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Virender Sangwan and ACP Naraingarh Suresh Kaushik

The father in his appeal alleged that the police was acting in connivance with Chaudhary and may even destroy the evidence. He had requested the court to either get the investigation done from an independent investigating agency or some senior official.

It was recently that the hair sample reports of Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, from the Forensic State Laboratory (FSL) which revealed that the hair samples did not match with those of the hair strands found on the victim’s sweater at the time of the murder. The court had then sent a notice to the Panchkula police asking them to put up report about the complete case. Now the court seeks the handwriting samples of Ram Kumar and wants him to write the same words, which were mentioned on the abortion papers of Jyoti.

Jyoti, 24, was found murdered on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula on November 22, 2012. It was later that the police arrested Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary and his aides who according to the police had murdered the victim because she was forcing him to continue with the relations.



Killer road stretch: Mohali residents hold protest
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 2
In a surprise move, the residents of Phase 5 blocked an approach to the road by putting huge stones and tying up a rope near Sahibwara Gurudwara, here today.

The T-point on the road is highly accident-prone and the authorities are least bothered despite a number of accidents here every now and then. The road, which has been blocked meets the Balongi road (One of the busiest roads here) at Phase 5. Occurring of accidents has become a routine affair, as this point is very dicey. Today morning a youth, who was waiting for a bus while standing near the point, sustained injuries when he was hit by one of two cars, which collided near him.

“We are fed up now and thats why we took this step”, said Paramdeep Singh, Harpreet Singh, K P Singh and Pawan Preet, all residents of Phase 5 while standing on the road, carrying placards to aware the public about the danger that this road carries.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Paramdeep Singh said that after today’s accident, some of the residents gathered at the spot and decided to block it so that no further accident could take place. “We will continue blocking the road till the authorities wake from their slumber”, said the residents.

On the issue, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam said that he had called the residents to meet him tomorrow to resolve the issue. “Whatever Master Plan of the town allows, we will do accordingly”, said Roojam while admitting that the openings on the main road were surely very dangerous.



Hike in collector rates to add to P’kula residents’ woes
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 2
Even before the first bill of the property tax will reach your home, be prepared to shell out extra money from your pocket as administration has announced an increase in the collector rates of the property. It’s a general presumption that hike in collector rates will only affect the new buyers but the reality is that it will also affect the budget of every household.

While a hike of around five per cent has been made in the residential plots, a hike of 8-10 percent has been made in the rates of industrial plots.

Panchkula residents are already spending sleepless nights since the property tax has been given retrospective affect and accordingly will be enforced with effect from year 2010. The first bill will comprise the amount of previous two years as well. The notification issued by the government mentioned that the till now the residents had been given time till June 30 to convey if they wanted to pay the property tax of the years 2010-11 and 2011-12 as per the previous collector rates, else the bill amount would be as per the current collector rates along with the tax of the current year and penalty.

"Residents have already been complaining about the previous rates and now collector rates have been hiked thereby burdening the pockets even further. What about the elderly who have no means to earn? How would they pay?", said BB Singal, former Vice-President of the Municipal Council.

The collector rates in the residential plots, houses in Sector 6, 7, 8, 9 and Mansa Devi complex are the highest with a hike from Rs 50,000 to 52,000 per square meter thereby making the property tax higher in the area. In Sector 2, 4, 10 and 11, a hike from Rs 47,000 to 49,000 per square meter has been made. Similarly a hike of Rs 2,000 has been made in the industrial plots as well.

"We were already facing unnecessary trouble since the administration had announced a hike from Rs 7,700 to Rs 22,000 in the collector rates of the industrial plots last year and now a further hike of Rs 2,000 more. That means we have to pay a hike of ten percent in the property tax. Its illogical since it should have been made on the basis of allotment price", said Vishnu Goel, President of the Haryana Chambers of Industry.

Panchkula MC elections

As the Panchkula district is going to have its first Municipal Corporation elections, the hike at such a time can prove expensive for the ruling government. Various political parties have already geared up for the elections and the issue of hike in property tax is being highlighted to woo voters to their side.

"They have made it difficult for the common man to survive. Panchkula would be witnessing its first Municipal Corporation elections and who would want a government that makes you bankrupt" said Manoj Aggarwal, district president of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)"



Industrial unit sealed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The enforcement staff of the UT Estate Office today sealed an industrial unit in Industrial Area, Phase I, here after eviction orders were passed by the court of the SDM (East) under the Public Premises Act.

The officials of the estate office, led by a strong posse of police, sealed the factory, which houses 13 small units, including a liquor vend and a confectionery shop. The enforcement team had to use 13 locks to seal all the units running on plot no. 138. The original owner of the plot had sold it to someone.



Team inspects work at railway station

Chandigarh, April 2
To speed up the ongoing works at the Chandigarh railway station, an inspection team, headed by Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) PK Sangi today visited the station. The DRM directed the officials to speed up the ongoing construction of parcel rooms and waiting rooms.

The team also inspected the preparations for the commencement of work on a foot overbridge, which will start on April 4. The Divisional Railway Manager also reviewed work on the installation of four accelerators and a lift for the physically challenged and senior citizens.

Sources said the DRM instructed the officials to speed up the construction work as the deadline for the face lift of the station is September and in the coming months more trains will ply from the station. — TNS



e-Aadhaar letter valid as proof

Chandigarh, April 2
An electronically generated version of the Aadhaar letter, e-Aadhaar letter, will be treated on a par with the original Aadhaar letter and considered a valid proof of identity and address. A spokesperson for the Unique Identification Authority has said it had been decided that e-Aadhaar is to be treated as a valid proof in view of the fact that it had been digitally certified. The IT Act-2000 provides for the legal recognition of electronic records with digital signatures. — TNS



SOPU members stage protest at UIET
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Members of the Students Organsiation of Panjab University (SOPU) today staged a protest at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) to press for their demands made by students for allowing them to appear in the compartment exams of odd semesters in even semesters.

Rashpal Hakuwala, party president, SOPU, said the UIET department had introduced a new grading system under which all compartment exams were taken on the basis of odd and even, as a result of which students who are in the sixth semester were not being allowed to take the reappear exams of the third and fifth semesters.

“With placements starting from the seventh semester, these students fear of not getting a chance to sit in the placements due to the backlog of the compartment exams,” students said.

The students demanded that they should be allowed to take the compartment exams of odd semesters during the sixth semester so that they become eligible to avail the opportunity to appear for the placements.

Renu Vig, director, University Institute of Engineering and Technology, said the demands of the students were already under consideration and there was no reason to stage a protest.

“We had already taken up the issue with the Controller of Examination and the decision regarding the same will be taken soon,” the director said. 



Education staff demand rollback of decision
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Members of the UT Cadre Educational Employees Union staged a protest against increasing the working hours of teachers outside the District Education Officer’s (DEO) office, Sector 19, here today.

The members gathered at the Masjid ground of Sector 20 and marched towards the DEO office.

Swarn Singh Kahlon, president of the association, said the union was demanding a rollback of the decision made under the RTE Act.

“The teachers are already overloaded. On an average, there are 70 students under one teacher. Moreover, if the authorities want to follow the RTE rules, they should recruit more teachers and have proper infrastructure in order to provide students with all facilities under the RTE. We will submit a written representation to the education secretary and will continue our strike till the rollback of the decision,” said Swarn Singh Kahlon.



Panjab varsity fails to take action on inquiry report
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Diluting the importance and urgency of the complaint of sexual harassment made by teachers of the Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College for Women, Dasuya, against the superintendent of an examination centre, Panjab University has failed to take any action on the report that was submitted by a four-member committee on March 8.

The teachers had made a complaint against the centre superintendent, who was on examination duty in the college, to PU on December 24 last year alleging sexual harassment by him. The teachers had also alleged harassment at the hands of the college authorities.

It was only after the issue was raised in the Senate meeting on January 20 this year, the university formed a four-member committee to probe the allegations. The committee recorded the statements of the teachers and the centre superintendent.

One of the committee members said gauging the seriousness of the complaint and the pace with which the probe had been conducted, the university should immediately take the findings of the report and decide the further course of action.

“The report was submitted well in time and it could have been tabled before the Syndicate in its meeting held on March 16 and brought to the Senate meeting held on March 24,” said a committee member.

Sources at PU said during inquiry, the allegations levelled against the centre superintendent were found to be true to some extent.

The committee had also sent the CD of voice recording provided by the complainants as evidence to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Sector 36, for authentication. The voice samples of the centre superintendent were also recorded by the probing panel and sent to the laboratory.

Arun Grover, Vice-Chancellor, PU, was not available for comments.



Parents forced to buy notebooks from particular shops
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
Besides textbooks and stationery items, parents are now being forced to buy school diaries and notebooks from particular bookshops.

Yesterday, Chandigarh Tribune in these columns highlighted how a handful of booksellers have created a scramble in the city for the sale of books with parents being forced by schools to buy books from these shops only. Just 5-6 shops are catering to over 100 schools in tricity.

Bhavneet Arora, a parent, said the administration must take note of the rampant sale of books by a few booksellers. “What is the point forcing parents to buy school diaries and notebooks from a particular shop,” she said.

There has been 5 per cent to 10 per cent increase in the prices of notebooks from the last year.

“Schools claim that the present arrangement has been made for the comfort of parents, but it is actually harassing us. Last week, there was a huge queue in front a bookstore in Sector 22. Books referred by schools are not available elsewhere,” said Avinash Mehta, another parent.

Books being sold on school premises

Several schools, affiliated to both CBSE and ICSE, are even selling books on their premises. During a random check by The Tribune, it was found that, St Xavier's School, Sector 44, Ryan International School, Sector 49, and St Stephen's School, Sector 45, had book counters on their premises.

While there is no clear policy from the ICSE, the CBSE is very clear about the fact that books can’t be sold on the school premises. There are standing orders by the Education Department prohibiting the sale of books on the school premises.

Marvin West, principal of St Xavier’s, an ICSE-affiliated school, said books were being sold for the comfort of parents. Moreover, there was no order by the ICSE prohibiting the sale of books on the school premises.

Chandigarh Tribune tried to contact Rosy Sharma, head of Ryan International-49, a CBSE-affiliated school, but could not be contacted.

Meanwhile, RJ Khanderao, regional director, CBSE, said it was not permissible to sell books on the school premises. “I will inquire into the matter,” he said.



Contests mark IT fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 2
The Department of Computer Science and Applications (DCSA), Panjab University, organised a one-day IT fest “Sangharsh- 2013” here today on the university campus.

Students participated in IT quiz, debate, rangoli, treasure hunt, software and web development, debugging, client master and 70MM movie maker competitions. The students of various departments of Panjab University as well as from the neighbouring colleges and institutes participated in the fest.



From schools

Orientation programme for parents

Firstep Montessori School, Panchkula, yesterday held an orientation programme for parents in the school and apprised them of the changed curriculum of the school. Madhu Trehan, principal, Firstep Montessori School, said the school tied up with Edu sports to provide structured and well-researched physical education curriculum to the students. The school also gave parents the first-hand experience of new teaching methodologies. “Participative approach led the parents to understand the need of physical education and new-age learning methodologies at Firstep Montessori School,” said the principal.

AKSIPS, Mohali

An orientation programme was organised at AKSIPS, Mohali. The orientation programme for the pre-primary wing was organised to welcome the tiny tots and give an insight to parents about the curriculum and teaching methodology to be followed in the school. While addressing the parents, director/principal Jasmine Kalra emphasised on the need of spending quality time with children, especially during the formative years. She assured them of all support and guidance from the school side while seeking their cooperation in making their children’s year at school an enriching and wonderful experience. The orientation programme for classes I, VI and IX aimed at acclimatising the parents to the major shift in teaching methodologies and various activities for holistic development of students and ways of assessments practiced by the school.

Creative workshop

“Hamari Kaksha”, a city-based NGO, held a creative workshop for more than 200 children of different age groups. The students were taught crafts for livelihood, theatre for personality development, dance for rhythm and other important activities. They were also exposed to speaking and listening exercises for developing communication skills. The workshop also had excursions around the city. Members of the NGO said this was being done to instill confidence in children so that they become better learners and improve interpersonal skills. — TNS



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