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Golf Club suspends two members
MLA Randeep Singh Nabha escapes with mild punishment after panel submits report
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
Former captain of the Chandigarh Golf Club SS Lehl and Lieut-Col Vijay Singh Sandhu (retd) were today put under suspension for one year each and MLA from Punjab, Randeep Singh Nabha, for two-and-a-half months from the club membership after an inquiry indicted the trio for the brawl in the club that took place on February 16 this year.

Lehl and Sandhu will remain suspended till February 20 next year while Nabha has already undergone the punishment, as the trio were suspended on February 20.

The action has been taken following a report submitted by the disciplinary committee of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today. All the three members were found “guilty” of their involvement in the brawl.

“The disciplinary committee has found that both SS Lehl and Lieut-Col Vijay Singh Sandhu (retd) had a major role to play in the brawl. Acting on the report submitted by the three-member probe committee, Lehl and Sandhu have been suspended from the Golf Club for a period of one year. It has been adjudged that Nabha has a minor role in the brawl so he has been punished with suspension for only two-and-a-half months, which he has already served,” said a senior official of the club.

The members of the committee, Lieut-Gen KS Mann (chairman) and SMS Sandhu and JS Rathee, submitted their reports separately yesterday. In all the three reports, Lehl and Sandhu have been indicted. The final call was made by the disciplinary committee of the club this morning.

Meanwhile, Lieut-Col Vijay Singh Sandhu (retd) termed the decision as ‘‘unfair’’. “The decision is unfair. If there are three persons involved in the brawl, they should be punished equally. Owing to political pressure, the decision has been made before the elections. I was the only one who was injured in the brawl and now facing this punishment,” said Colonel Sandhu.

“The people involved in the brawl were not enemies. It all happened in the heat of the moment. In other games, if one fights over an issue, the matter is solved by consensus, not through this suspension punishment. I will not opt for a legal battle but the decision is certainly not acceptable to me,” said SS Lehl.

Brawl on greens

On February16, former Punjab Chief Secretary RS Mann, Congress MLA from Punjab Randeep Singh Nabha and former captain of the Golf Club SS Lehl were involved in a violent scuffle with Lieut-Col Vijay Singh Sandhu (retd), who allegedly attacked them with golf clubs and also used abusive language during the scuffle. Acting on a complaint filed by Colonel Sandhu, the police had registered a case against Randeep Singh, SS Lehl, RS Mann and athlete Milkha Singh for allegedly beating and threatening Colonel Sandhu under Sections 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC. Randeep Singh Nabha also filed a counter complaint against Col Sandhu and a case was registered under Sections 323 and 506 of the IPC.



Rape accused has a field day
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 6
Call it "overconfidence" of the Mohali police or sheer carelessness. The accused in a rape case was allowed to roam free on the Mohali courts complex where he was brought after the culmination of his two-day remand this afternoon. The victim in the case is a local woman advocate.

The accused, Amit Gadhoke was seen chatting with his wife while having cold drinks at a shop outside the court complex and there was no policeman with him. As the court proceedings were yet to start, Amit was allowed to go out of the court by the policemen accompanying him.

According to the rules, the accused in cases involving such heinous crimes have to be put in the "pakshikhana" (lockup room on the courts complex) before court proceedings start.

New Delhi-based Amit Gadhoke was arrested on April 2 on the charges of rape and cheating the local advocate. He contacted her through an online matrimonial site. A case under sections 376, 420 and 419, IPC, and 66 and 66 D of the IT Act had been registered against him at the Phase 11 police station on March 11. The victim is a resident of Sector 67 here. Amit was produced before the court on April 4. He was sent to two-day police remand.

Superintendent of Police (City) Swarndeep Singh admitted that letting any accused roam around on the courts complex was a big lapse on the part of the policemen accompanying him (the accused).

"I will look into the matter and take action if my staff is found guilty," said SP Swarndeep Singh.



World health day today
Elderly persons share their mantra for fitness
Ritika Jha Palial/Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
Being physically fit is a must for being mentally fit. Your mental fitness takes you forward in life and that cannot happen until you invest your energy in convincing yourself to be disciplined in eating. This, according to two of the elderly residents of the city, who have not only managed to live longer than the present average age span of 85 years, but are also striving to keep up their energy levels.

Col Kartar Singh (retd), who is 100 years of age

The retired Army officer, who celebrated his 100th birthday on April 1, and was declared the first citizen of the force, has never been dependent on servants for anything in his entire life.

“Play outdoor games as much as you can and for this, you must not limit yourself with age constraints. It is important for everyone to play at least an outdoor game for a few minutes everyday,” said Colonel Singh.

I have seen people blaming TV and the Internet for increasing health problems. I do not say that these should be discarded but one must not stick to either TV or computer for more than an hour at a stretch. It's important to take a break and move around, he added.

Another major contributor to Colonel Singh’s health is his habit of eating right. Avoiding junk/fired food is not enough, he says. Regulating the quantity of meals is equally important and that is what he has relied upon all his life. Also, it is very crucial to know well about your food, he said.

“For instance it is often perceived that eggs lead to a lot of weight gain. But did you ever wonder in which form have you been consuming eggs. Fried eggs can be no substitute to boiled eggs, which give you energy and not calories,” he said.

Mann Kaur, who is 96 years of age

A resident of Sector 40, two-time world record holder and "Athlete of the Year" (USA), Mann Kaur also participated in the Masters Athletics meet in Sector 11, last month.

“It’s a great feeling to learn that everyone feels proud of me. I could have started running during my childhood, but during those days girls were not supposed to take part in sports. We were well settled and had a habit of taking a proper diet during my days in Patiala, because of which I am fit to run at this age,” Mann Kaur said.

She focuses on her diet. She prefers to have two glasses of milk and a glass of apple juice. Besides, she has quality grains thrice a day along with a diet full of protein.

Her son has arranged a special flour-mixing machine from Australia so that she could have chapatis made of sprouted grain.

She suggests youngsters should monitor their diet by ensuring a high intake of protein and doing proper exercise to regulate the effects of proteins. Staying associated with at least one sport is a must, she says.



Punjab MLA’s visiting card found in Jyoti’s purse
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 6
In what can prove to be a trouble for another MLA in the Jyoti murder case, Punjab MLA Charanjit Singh Channi's visiting card was found in Jyoti's purse. The Panchkula police has attached a copy of the visiting card to the chargesheet filed in the court. Channi is the MLA from Chamkaur Sahib in Ropar district of Punjab.

The purse, which was recovered from the murder spot, contained two visiting cards, one of Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary and the other of Channi. Both the documents have been attached to the chargesheet.

The issue has become a cause of concern for Channi, who said: “I am unaware that how my visiting card reached the victim. I don’t even know her. Even the Panchkula police did not contact me once during the investigations into the case. So, how come this document was attached to the chargesheet by the police. It is astonishing.” He added, “I will ask the Panchkula police tomorrow as to why this card was attached to the charge-sheet when I was not even informed once about the case.”

The Panchkula police has filed a 1500-page chargesheet in the Jyoti murder case, with 77 witnesses. The police has attached all the necessary documents in the case, including the papers recovered from the victim’s purse, the abortion papers and the FSL reports.

Jyoti (24) was found murdered on November 22, 2012, on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula. The victim, who hailed from Hoshiarpur, was putting up as a paying guest in Sector 21, Chandigarh. Chaudhary, his nephews Gurmeet and Dharampal, Paramjit and a truck driver were arrested in the case. The investigations revealed that the girl was strangulated and then the body was run over by a truck to make it look like an accident.

How Doon MLA was nailed

One phone call on Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary's personal phone by Jyoti did him in. All the other mobile phones, through which the accused were in contact with the girl, were procured on fake identity cards. Suspicion grew when the location of the phone number on which Jyoti used to talk quite often matched with the record of the Chaudhary's personal phone. The abortion reports then confirmed his involvement. Another mistake committed by the accused was they threw a bottle of whiskey at the spot where Jyoti was killed and thrown in Sector 21, Panchkula. It was actually a clinching evidence, which assured the police that it was not an accident but a murder.

Master of disguise

The chargesheet states that Chaudhary, during his hiding at Vaishno Devi, Manikaran Sahib, Salasar (Rajasthan) and Anandpur Sahib, Kiratpur, stayed at a gurdwara at Manikaran in the guise of a Sikh.

Police cautious

The police could not even think that a body found on a road in Sector 21 would actually turn out to be a high-profile murder involving an MLA. “As an MLA was involved, we had to move very cautiously. We took a lot of time to collect all the proofs because we knew any mistake could land us in trouble,” said a police official.

Docs' statements crucial

In what can land Chaudhary in trouble is that two doctors at the IVF hospital, Sector 20, Chandigarh, identified him during an identification exercise. The statements of the two doctors, one of whom was requested by Chaudhary to overwrite his name to avoid his reputation and the other who carried out Jyoti’s abortion, have been enclosed with the chargesheet. The statements mention Chaudhary came with the girl and after abortion requested the authorities concerned to write his name as Ramesh Kumar.



Elante mall spends Rs 3 lakh daily to light up its premises
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
The biggest mall of the region, Elante Mall, which recently started functioning in the city, is daily spending about Rs 3 lakh on the purchase of diesel to run power generator sets round the clock. The UT Administration is yet to make arrangements for providing power supply to the mall.

An official of the mall said they had requested the UT Electricity Department to provide 15 MW of power to the mall but they had not received regular power supply yet.

As they had committed to their tenants to handover shops to them on time, they have started operations at the mall. At present, they are managing power supply through power generators and are hopeful that they would get regular power supply very soon, he added.

However, if officials of the UT Electricity Department are to be believed, it will take another six months to provide regular power supply to the mall. The officials said they were upgrading their infrastructure therefore it would take time to provide regular power supply to the mall.

The UT Superintending Engineer (Electricity), MP Singh, said the department was upgrading the 220 KW power station at Kishengarh. It will take at least six months to complete the work. They will upgrade the existing infrastructure and lay power supply lines to the mall, he added.

In the absence of power supply lines, the mini-sub station set up on the premises of the mall is lying non-functional.

The Mall

Elante, which is the largest mall in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh, has been developed by the Larsen & Toubro group. It was formally opened at the Industrial Area, Phase I, this week. The mall, spread over 1.15 million sq ft, houses department stores, shops of international and domestic lifestyle brands, a hypermarket, multiplex, entertainment zone and a food court. In the coming days, a five star hotel will also come up there.



CA nominated

Local Chartered Accountant (CA) Yogesh Gera from Aaryaa & Associates has been nominated to the Professional Development Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi. The appointment is for the year 2013-14, during which Gera will raise the issues concerning the professionals of the region. He will also give inputs to implement the various objectives of the institute.


Grewal Eye Institute conducted a free seminar on Diabetic Retinopathy on its premises in Sector 9 today. The seminar, which was attended by over 100 people, was aimed at raising public awareness on the disease. People were informed about the precautions that could be taken to detect the disease early and the treatments available.

The seminar emphasised the critical role a patient played in controlling diabetes.

BJP celebrates foundation day

The party flag of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was hoisted at more than 400 places in the city on its foundation day. The foundation day was celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm throughout the city. Booth level party activists distributed sweets among themselves. Sanjay Tandon, State president and Harmohan Dhawan, former Union Minister, hoisted the BJP flag along with party activists of area Samitis.

CII fair begins

Coolex 2013, Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) four-day exclusive exhibition on air conditioners and refrigerators entered its 16th year as VK Singh, Finance Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, inaugurated it at Himachal Bhawan in Sector 28.“CII’s Coolex is a much awaited event as it brings the latest eco-friendly technological advances to people on one platform. These highly efficient appliances that consume less power and have low emission levels are critical to protecting the environment,” said Singh.

Debate contest

The First Friday Forum organised a talk on “Why India is still regarded as a developing, not a developed, nation”. Dr AK Agarwal, Professor Emeritus of the CSIR presented a discerning analysis supported by statistical data on the issue. He said the nation needed more role models like Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

Dr SS Bhatti, founder of the forum, said the problem lay in our inability to reconcile the teachings of our religions.


College fest

Rattan group of institutions celebrated its college fest “RHYTHM 2013” today. The fest was inaugurated by Sangeeta Aggarwal. Various competitions in events, including rangoli, tatoo making, hair styling, western and folk dance, slogan writing, debates, skits and mimicry were organised.

Job fest

As many as 1,500 students from various institutes of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh took part in the job fest organised at GGS-Sachdeva Group of Educational institutes. Over 25 reputed companies, including Seimens, Reliance, Videocon etc, conducted recruitment drives at the event. Over 204 students were selected after sitting through a series of written tests and interviews. The packages offered ranged from 1.80 to 5.75 lakh per annum. — TNS



Major fire at Sector 22 showroom
Goods worth Rs 50 lakh destroyed, no casualty reported
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
A major fire broke out at a handloom showroom in Sector 22-D today morning. The incident took place at the top floor of showroom No. 3031-32. Goods and materials worth Rs 50 lakh were destroyed in the fire. However, no casualty was reported as the showroom and other shops in the market were not opened when the incident took place.

Fire officials said they received the call at 10.24 am and immediately five fire tenders and one hydraulic platform-cum-turntable fire engine were rushed to the spot.

Jaivir Singh, owner of the shop, said materials like mattresses, curtains and clothes were destroyed in the fire. He suffered a loss of Rs 50 lakh and it was a major setback for him.

ML Sharma, station fire officer, Sector 17, said they were investigating the cause of fire. Prima facie, they were suspecting short-circuit as the cause of fire. The Fire and Emergency Department would soon submit its report on the incident.

City Mayor Subhash Chawla, who also reached the spot, said directions had been issued to officials to find out the cause of the incident.

He appealed to the city residents to help and cooperate with the administration and MC staff during such incidents so that the authorities could handle such situations properly.

Recent fire incidents

June 6, 2012: A fire broke out at the Haryana Industrial Department in Sector 17; important records were gutted.

June 16, 2012: A fire broke out at UCO Bank at the Bank Square in Sector 17; manual and computerised records were destroyed.

October 22, 2012: A fire broke out in the basement of Bank of Baroda in Sector 22; valuable records were gutted.

December, 8 2012: A fire broke out at Nirman Theatre in Sector 32 when a movie show was underway and a major tragedy was averted as only 10 people were watching the film.

January 22, 2013: A 52-year-old tailor was charred to death in a fire that broke out on the first floor of a shop-cum-office in Sector 17.

March 17, 2013: A major fire broke out in room number 702 on the seventh floor of the Punjab Civil Secretariat at Sector 9; a large number of official documents were gutted.



Cervix cancer
86 per cent of worldwide cases in India
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
A “Keep Educating Yourself” (KEY) programme on prevention of cancer of cervix and contraception was conducted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, today. It was held under the aegis of Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Societies of India. About 180 delegates from Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh attended this programme.

The presence of a heavy burden of disease due to cancer of cervix among Indian women was highlighted, with nearly 86 per cent of the worldwide reported cases being contributed by India alone. Dr GRV Prasad spoke about the lack of awareness among Indian women regarding the need and availability of screening for cervical cancer, which if diagnosed in its pre-invasive or early stage can be completely cured.

Screening rates for cervical cancer in India are reported to be as low as 3 per cent in the absence of an organised screening strategy for general population, as presently only hospital-based screening for cancer of cervix is done.

Dr Vijay Zutchi, president, Indian Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, New Delhi, stressed the need for integrating screening programmes for cancer of cervix into the existing health care services. Besides Pap test, visual inspection of cervix with application of acetic acid is a simple test, which can be easily taught to even paramedical staff working in the rural areas.

Dr Zutchi spoke about the difficulties in implementing organised cervical cancer screening in India. She revealed that now national guidelines were available for screening programmes with allocation of funds to state governments. Tamil Nadu has brought about a 50 per cent reduction in reported cervical cancer cases. However, the incidence of disease remains high among rural women.

She stressed upon the need to strengthen primary health care system coupled with creating awareness among women. She also stressed on the need to provide professional expertise for appropriate management of pre-invasive disease once diagnosed. According to the current screening guidelines for cancer of cervix, cytology screening (Pap smear) is recommended every 3 years from 21 years up to 30 years of age. Subsequently, HPV testing along with cytology co-testing can be done every 5 years up to 65 years of age.

If HPV testing is not available or affordable, then 3-yearly cytology testing alone can be continued.



Life-saving injection
PGIMER removes notice
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
The PGIMER has removed a note displayed inside the Emergency Medical OPD, which stated that injection dopamine, a life-saving drug, should be arranged from chemist shop and not to be provided free two days after Chandigarh Tribune highlighted it in these columns.

“Kindly stop using inj (injection) dopamine which comes in the hospital supply as per Dr Bhalla’s orders. Get the inj (injection) issued from chemist shop when required,” reads the note placed right behind the counter used by doctors/nurses inside the Emergency Medical OPD.

While officials had earlier stated that there was no authenticity of the document since it has not been undersigned by any of the doctors, they did not clarify as to why had it been placed at the centre of the wall at the back of the doctors’/nurses’ counter amid other important notes and continued to be there for nearly a month. The officials also refused to provide the exact purpose behind displaying the note.

PGI’s official spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar had said: “The original instruction to nurses and senior residents was not to use dopamine at all, for certain reasons which experts know the best.”

Sources pointed out that doctors avoid using the hospital stock since the quality of stock was often found to be inferior and less effective for patients.

The PGIMER boasts of providing various life-saving drugs, including injection dopamine, free-of-cost within first 24 hours of a patient’s admission.



140 encroachers issued challans
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
In a special anti-encroachment drive, the enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation today removed encroachments from various markets of the city. MC staff issued challans to 140 violators.

Kashmira Singh, Superintendent, Enforcement Wing, said they removed encroachments from Sadar Market, Sector 19, Sukhna Lake, Sectors 22, 38, 47 and 48.

The drive was carried out under the directions of Lalit Siwach, Additional Commissioner, MC.

During the drive, various items, including furniture, rehries, tables, stools, crates, pharies, etc., were removed and seized from the municipal land.



Traffic cops challan 232 violators
Tribune News Service

A traffic policeman issues challan near Aroma, Sector 22, in Chandigarh on Saturday.
A traffic policeman issues challan near Aroma, Sector 22, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, April 6
The UT traffic police, during a special drive against overspeeding of vehicles and black films on windowpanes, issued 232 challans. Police officials said five nakas for overspeeding and two nakas for black films were laid at different roads of the city between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm.

Out of the total 232 challans, 184 were of overspeeding, 12 of black film and 36 challans were for other violations. The total fine of Rs 38,900 was recovered from the violations during this drive.



Railway Station
Work on overhead bridge begins
Tribune News Service

Railway employees work on the expansion of overhead bridge at Chandigarh railway station. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, April 6
The Railway authorities today began the work of overhead bridge at the Chandigarh Railway Station. The project was approved by the higher authorities for giving a facelift to the station.

A senior official said after the plying of new trains from the city railway station, the footfall of passengers was going to increase due to which the bridge was constructed at the station.

Two days ago, the work of the bridge was stopped as the clearance from the Northern Railways was not received by the Ambala division.



Pvt schools ignore directions
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
Centralised admission process of the education department for the vacant RTE seats proved a mere damp squib, as the private schools bluntly shut the doors for poor parents, dashing their hopes to see their children studying in city’s top schools.

As per directions of the education department, schools were told to give admission to 227 applicants belong to economically weaker section and disadvantage group till today. But most of the schools did not entertain the applicants due to prevailing confusion over the key RTE issues. Moreover, their decision to charge whopping fee from the EWS students too dented their morale.

The education department on other hand acted as a mere spectator, letting the schools hijacking the whole agenda, which marred the whole centralised process of the department. A government official agreed that the department did not make any effort to convince private schools after they decided to boycott its centralised admission process last month.

“Seeing their stand, the department should have acted promptly and should not have wasted precious time in important issues including finalising per child reimbursement rate under RTE act. Even as the three-member high-level committee recommended the per child rate about 10 days before, the UT Administration has yet not finalised it and let the deadlock continue. It shows their dampened will towards the act,” said a official.

A city-based RTE activist, Pankaj Chandgothia, said while schools were responsible for not adhering to the RTE act, the laxity on the part of the education department was equally responsible. He said that even as three-year deadline for the RTE compliance was already over on March 31, the UT Administration could not settle down many of the key issues and let the private schools took the advantage of the confusion.

“We should not be blamed for deadlock over the RTE admission,” said HS Mamik, president of Independent School Association. “What is our fault if the UT Administration could not convincingly respond us on the key RTE issues, he said.

Many, however, fear that the private schools might have started converting their reserved seats for general category students and in coming days, there would be no seats for the poor students.

Rakesh Kumar, a parent, said he had wasted his whole day yesterday scrambling between schools and the education department but no one entertained him. “The education department made fool of us by inviting the applications when the school had no desire to admit our children,” he said.

District Education Officer, however, said the department was hopeful that the private schools would have admitted the students under the RTE Act. The exact information on how many of them were admitted would be known only next week.



From schools
Orientation programme for parents

Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, Chandigarh, ushered in the new session with an orientation programme for parents. The scholastic and co-scholastic proceedings for the entire session were discussed at length so that parents could be aware and could prepare their ward accordingly. The programme stressed upon the need to inculcate value systems in the child and also sharpen his life skills so that he emerges more confident into the world. New concepts like the PSA were highlighted upon. A session by the IPAT team members and Cambridge University Press was also held for the parents.

School opened

Preschools Chain, Kidzee, started its first branch in the tricity at Sector 12 A, Panchkula, here on Saturday. As part of the launch function, a carnival was organised on the school campus, which saw participation of several children who were greeted by some of their favorite cartoon characters. The “Kidzee Carnival” was divided into different zones for the convenience of the guests in order to provide age appropriate activity based entertainment. The children took part in healthy baby show and participated in games and other competitions prizes. Music and food were also a hit among the students at the gala event. Ritu Chaudhary, centre head, said the main idea behind this carnival was to provide an opportunity to kids to spend their day in a fun-filled exciting manner with their loved ones on the occasion of Kidzee’s launch in Panchkula. Laughter and cheers of the kids and parents echoed throughout the carnival.

Orientation programme organised

An orientation programme was held to introduce the news evaluation system in the school. The CCE system of the CBSE was elaborately explained to the new parents. School principal, Vandna, stressed upon the need to inculcate open education for the students.

World Health Day

The British School, Panchkula celebrated the World Health Day by holding a discussion forum. The students and the teaching community shared their views on today’s living style. They discussed on how hypertension increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure and if left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregular heartbeat and heart failure. The basic causes of high BP are imbalanced diet and sedentary occupations, along with the hectic and stressful life. — TNS



Second govt smart school to be inaugurated today
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
Finally, the UT Education Department is ready to inaugurate the second government smart school in Sector 50 here tomorrow. The delays had marred the commencement of the school right from the beginning. Even as the engineering department handed over the school building to the education department last year in May, the department took a lot of time in furnishing the building. The school had been waiting for inauguration since December last year.

The education department took the “smart” turn last year when it opened the first Government Smart School in Sector 53.

With high-tech classrooms, the new smart school is a step ahead from chalk-and-talk classrooms in government schools/sector 50 school is equipped with all the facilities of private school-like smart school education. It has various e-learning mechanisms with each classroom having projectors and computers.

As per the information, over 900 students, currently studying from Class I to Class IX at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 45, has been shifted here in smart school.

The education department officials said that the school has overall 22 sections with the maximum strength will not go beyond 45 students.

“The educational content in smart school is strictly mapped to the NCERT books, for which a special e-content has been prepared. The teachers are also trained at a state institute of education in Sector 32 to handle the school education, said a senior official.

Sources said that a proposal to start another smart school in Sector 54 is already under consideration besides; there is a proposal to upgrade Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, to smart school level.

Chandigarh MP and Union Railway Minister will inaugurate the school tomorrow in the presence of higher officials of the education department and Chandigarh Administration.



260 get degrees at Govt College of Education-20
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 6
Pointing out the fact that the teaching, which used to enjoy a very high status in the Indian society, had begun to lose its sheen over a period of time said Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister of Railways, while presiding over an annual convocation at Government College of Education, Sector 20. He said that the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act has brought about a paradigm shift in the role of teachers.

Bansal added that at the same time, a major improvement in the emoluments of the teachers under the Sixth Pay Commission has helped restore the prestige of the teaching profession to a great extent.

Adding that the RTE Act casts an onerous, sacred and an important responsibility on the teachers, Bansal called upon them to lead by example, be honourable at all costs, be ethical as professionals, be righteous as members of the society and never do anything against their conscience whatever be the compulsions.

“It is only in the periods of trials and tribulations that the true strength of character of an individual comes out,” he said.

Bansal also called upon the graduating teachers to inculcate the habit of reading in the students which has suffered a decline due to excessive television viewing which is just turning the youngsters into couch potatoes.

Stating that it is the education alone which shapes the future generation which in turn shapes the destiny of the nation, the Minister said the teachers have a great responsibility on their shoulders.

Referring to the shameful rise in atrocities against women in the country, the Minister said though the Parliament has passed a very stringent regulation in this regard, what is required is a change in the mindset and also called upon the women themselves take a lead role.

Around 260 B.Ed, M.Ed. and B.Ed (yoga) students were conferred upon the degrees during the convocation.



196 conferred degrees at Indian School of Business
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 6
The Indian School of Business (ISB) today hosted the first graduation day on its Mohali campus. As many as 196 enthusiastic students from the postgraduate programme in management of the class of 2013 passed out from the business school. Kishore Mahbubani, Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore was the chief guest on the occasion. He awarded the certificates to the students.

Mahbubani gave away the special awards and the graduation certificates. Shwaitang Singh was presented the “ISB Scholar of Excellence” award in recognition of his record of outstanding academic achievement throughout the programme. Ashvini Jakhar was awarded the “Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Leadership” for displaying exceptional all-round excellence.

Joining these achievers were 80 other students who made it to the Dean’s list comprising top 10 per cent of the class and 102 students who were chosen as ISB Young Leaders and torch-bearers.

In return, students honoured members with the “Professor of the Year” award for excellence in teaching. Professor Madan Pillutla was chosen “Professor of the Year for Core Courses” and Professor Louis Thomas, “Professor of the Year for Elective Courses” by students at the Mohali campus. Students also chose Praveen JN as the “Academic Associate of the Year 2012-13.”



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