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MC acts tough on defaulters
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
In an aggressive drive, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today disconnected water connections of 18 defaulters.
The MC initiated proceedings against consumers who have not cleared their water bills or are having dispute with the MC. The civic body disconnected nine water connections, including domestic and commercial, in Sector 20 and nine in Industrial Area, Phase I and II.

On April 5, Chandigarh Tribune had highlighted that the MC was yet to collect Rs 13 crore from the defaulters.

Mayor Subhash Chawla said special teams had been constituted to disconnect water connections. “We will also look into the action taken report against the defaulters,” said the Mayor. The MC is also in touch with the heads of government department that are yet to clear their water bills, he added.

An MC official said they had also clicked the pictures of disconnected water meters. The MC is also planning to conduct surprise checks on the defaulters. If the defaulters are found using water supply from the main line, the MC will lodge a police complaint against them, he added. 



City gets first mobile mammography van
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
Now, for getting breast cancer screening done, you will not have to pay a visit to a hospital as the UT Administration today launched its first mobile mammography van.
In an exclusive interview to Chandigarh Tribune at the launch of the city’s first mobile mammography breast cancer unit, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil said instructions had been issued to the UT Home Secretary to send a proposal to the Union government seeking grants for four mobile mammography units.

Interacting with representatives of an NGO, Patil said they should raise their voice against overcharging by chemists.

Mobile police stations

Patil said for better policing, the Administration was planning to increase the number of mobile police stations, especially in slum areas, to control the crime graph in the city.

First day of mobile mammography van

The Director GMCH, Sector 32, Dr Raj Bahadur, said in a recent study it was found that the breast cancer cases in four sectors were more in Chandigarh as compared to Delhi. On the first day, as many as 42 women were screened by the team of doctors in the mobile mammography van, which was stationed in Sector 45. A team of four doctors have been deployed by the hospital for screening of the cancer patients in the mobile van.

Woman driver

The UT Administration is looking for a woman driver for the first mobile mammography van keeping in view the inhibitions of women for the detection of breast cancer. UT Adviser KK Sharma said for the past one month, the authorities have been struggling to get a woman driver for the van. 



MLA Chaudhary has a criminal past
7 cases registered against him; was booked for criminal intimidation at the age of 17
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 12
Ram Kumar Chaudhary, the main accused in the Jyoti murder case, was booked for criminal intimidation at the age of 17.
Seven cases have been registered against the Doon MLA, Ram Kumar Chaudhary, at Baddi and Nalagarh.

In 1987, when Chaudhary was just 17 years old, a case was registered against him at Baddi. He was booked under Sections 506 (criminal intimidation), 504 (intentionally insulting someone) and 34 of the IPC. On March 1, 1999, he was booked under Section 143 (member of unlawful assembly) of the IPC. On January 3, 2003, he was booked under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful confinement), 147 (rioting), 149, 427 (mischief and thereby causing damage) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.

Two cases were registered against him in July 2010. On February 1, 2010, a case under Section 143 (member of unlawful assembly) and 34 of the IPC was registered against him and on July 12, a case under Section 341 of the IPC was registered against Chaudhary. In 2012, he was booked under Section 143 and recently a case under Sections 353 (assault), 336 (act rashly to endanger life), 34 and Arms Act was registered against him at Nalagarh.

While some cases are pending in the court, he has been given a clean chit in other cases. 



Four get life term for killing student
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12 
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Preeti Sahni, today sentenced four persons to life imprisonment for the murder of a 21-year-old hotel management student in June 2010. 

The court sentenced Mohammad Kafil, Navdeep Sharma, Manu Sharma and Shiv Kumar, alias Siddi, to life imprisonment for the murder of Tejinder Mattu, a resident of Nawanshahr, and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on each of them. They have been convicted under Section 302 of the IPC. One of the accused, Karan, has been acquitted. 

The incident dates back to June 18, 2010, when a group rivalry had claimed the life of Tejinder Mattu, who was attacked with swords by the accused in Sector 24. Three of Mattu’s friends were also injured in the attack. 

The groups had clashed in Sector 41 a day before the incident and another clash took place in Sector 24. The incident took place around 10.30 pm near a liquor shop where both the groups clashed in public. 

The prosecution stated that the assailants chased the victims and stabbed them with sharp-edged weapons, besides hitting them with baseball bats. Tajinder Mattu, a resident of Nawanshahr and student of the Institute of Hotel Management Catering and Nutrition, Sector 42, died at a hospital. One of the three others, who were injured, had supported the prosecution theory in the court while two injured had turned hostile.

Mattu suffered a deep stab wound on his left side and on his back. The accused, Manu, had reportedly used abusive language for a girl known to the victim. 


Extendible artificial bone saves child’s arm from amputation
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

New hope for Mansi
New hope for Mansi

Chandigarh, April 12
Eight-year-old Mansi had developed bone cancer in her left arm and was in pain for the past one year. By the time she was taken for consultations to doctor, her half arm (from shoulder till the elbow) suffered damage as the cancer had already reached an advanced stage. Amputation of the arm was the only possibility left.

She, however, turned out to be fortunate as the extendible humerus endoprothesis technology worked for her, despite the cancer being in an advanced stage. She will now be able to use her hand normally. “The artificial bone, fitted inside her arm, is extendable to meet the natural body growth of the child. The artificial bone can be extended within regular intervals in synchronisation with the natural growth of her other arm,” said Dr Sudhir Garg, head, department of orthopedics, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh. “Such cases often reach us in their advanced stage, when the chances of saving the bone or the body part get bleak. What the patients need to understand is not to overlook aches and muscle pain and consult a doctor immediately. Timely diagnosis can save the patient from loss of the limb,” he said.

Mansi is a resident of Dadu Majra. She reached the hospital four months ago with a huge swelling in her arm. She first underwent chemotherapy and then with the contribution from the hospital’s poor patient fund and also donations from good Samaritans, she could bear the cost of the surgery which amounted to nearly Rs 1 lakh. 



Ex-UT adviser moves application
Court of Central Bureau of Investigation allows Lalit Sharma to join proceedings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
Former UT Adviser Lalit Sharma today moved an application in the CBI court for giving his submissions in the theme-cum-amusement park case in which he is framed as an accused. The application of Sharma has been allowed by the CBI court today.

The application stated that things that were untrue were being projected before the court in the case. In order to assist the court to ascertain the truth, Sharma stated that he might be allowed to assist the court in this regard. The application was filed by Sharma’s advocate.

The court of CBI Special Judge Vimal Kumar after hearing the submissions on behalf of Sharma as well as the complainant in the case allowed him to join in the proceedings. No objection was raised by the complainant or the public prosecutor to the application.

Sharma was also permitted to examine the court file and the contents of the various applications and documents relied upon by the complainant.

When contacted, Sharma said that after reading media reports he felt that “a fog of innuendos and half truths had been created before the court, which needed to be dispersed.”

Meanwhile, the CBI has also filed a reply to the protest petition filed by the complainant. The CBI has stated that it has thoroughly investigated the allegations and since no case is made out, the case be closed. The protest petition filed this week had demanded reinvestigation of the case.

The closure report submitted by the CBI stated that the agency had already recommended and written to the UT Ministry of Home Affairs, recommending action against Krishan Mohan, the then UT Home Secretary, and Vivek Attray, the then IT director, for departmental lapses.

The first CBI closure report was rejected by the court on May 18, 2012, and a fresh probe was ordered on August 30, 2012. The scam names Sharma, former home secretary Krishna Mohan and Unitech Limited and its managing director Ajay Chandra as the accused.

All four were booked on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, destruction of evidence and corruption by the CBI in 2010.

In the case registered in the connection with the scam, it has been alleged that top UT bureaucrats, in connivance with Unitech Limited, indulged in criminal conspiracy and awarded 73.65 acre of land in Sarangpur village to the firm at Rs 5.5 crore fixed annual license fee and 1.1 per cent revenue sharing.



Probe recommended against a serving, two retired inspectors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) today recommended a departmental inquiry against two retired inspectors and a serving SHO of the Sector-19 police station, as they had allegedly shown undue favour to an accused in a trespassing case.

The PCA had ordered an inquiry against three inspectors Janak Singh Rana (retired), Pargat Singh (retired) and the present SHO of Sector-19 police station Inspector Harjeet Kaur after the PCA had found that the three officials were guilty of showing undue favour to Virsa Singh Sandhu and had directly and indirectly helped him in occupying a house which belonged to Amritbir Singh.

The PCA also stated that action against the trespasser had deliberately been delayed and avoided by the officials. The officials were found guilty for unnecessarily referring the matter to the Additional District Attorney (ADA) and the Deputy District Attorney (Dy DA) for legal opinions.

The PCA has also ordered registration of a case against Virsa Singh under Sections 452, 454, 380 and 34 of the IPC for speedy trial of the case.

In another order, the PCA had recommended action against Sub-Inspector Sheesh Pal for violating mandatory provision of Section 154 of the CrPC by not registering an FIR in a property grabbing case. The PCA has also ordered registration of an FIR in a matter related to fraud, forgery and fabrication in a case of property grabbing against Gurminder Singh, a Sector-37 resident and others.



A first: ‘Daughters’ Dream Park’ inaugurated at Sector-44 B
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
City Mayor Subhash Chawla today inaugurated the newly developed green belt, dedicated to girls, “Daughters’ Dream Park” in Sector 44 B.

On the occasion, the Mayor said that the City beautiful had the provisions for green Belts and all the functions of the Chandigarh MC was dedicated to saving the girl child and he appreciated the project, Daughters’ Dream Park, as it was also dedicated to them.

In the park, special photographs of girls and messages to save them were pasted on the plaques. Besides, benches, hut, plantation of ornamental trees, grassing and boundary wall etc. will be provided in the green belt at a cost of Rs. 26 lakh.

On this occasion, Deputy Mayor Satish Kainth, area councillor Harjinder Kau,r and the office-bearers of the Residents’ Welfare Association of Sector 44, were also present. 

Last-minute preparation

Hours before the inauguration, MC employees were seen painting the walls and cleaning the green belts. Heaps of garbage was being removed from the green belt. From the areas, where grass cover was missing, the employees were planting fresh grass one hour before the inauguration. 



Victim’s family meets Mayor, civic body Commissioner
Seeks relief; MC to take up issue with UT Administration
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
Family members of 33-year-old Harpreet Singh Sodhi, who died in a road accident involving stray cattle, met the Mayor and the MC Commissioner, today.
Harpreet’s mother Jagwinder Kaur, wife Gurpreet Kaur, one-year-old daughter, and other family members, first met MC Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh. The commissioner assured them that though there was no provision of compensation in the MC, they would take up the issue with the UT Administration.

Similarly, Mayor Subhash Chawla assured the family that they would take up the matter in the upcoming house meeting and they would also discuss the issue at the next coordination meeting between the MC officials and the UT Administration.



70 challans issued to violators
Tribune News Service

Workers tow away a car during an anti-encroachments drive at the Sector 38 motor market in Chandigarh on Friday.
Workers tow away a car during an anti-encroachments drive at the Sector 38 motor market in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph 

Chandigarh, April 12
In a special anti-encroachment drive, the enforcement wing of the Municipal Corporation today removed encroachments from various markets of the city and issued 70 challans to violators.

The enforcement team removed encroachments from Sectors 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, and 38 West.

During the drive, various items, including rehries, tables, stools, crates, farhis, gas bhattis, readymade garments etc. were removed and seized from the municipal land. As many as 19 cars were also seized from the municipal land.

The drive was carried under the directions of Lalit Siwach, Additional Commissioner, and supervision of Kashmira Singh, Superintendent, and all sub-inspectors of the municipal corporation enforcement wing. 



High drama at Sec-17 ISBT
Tribune News Service

Rajesh, CTU bus driver, shows an injury mark.
Rajesh, CTU bus driver, shows an injury mark.

Chandigarh, April 12
High drama was witnessed at the Sector 17 inter-state bus terminus when members of the CTU Workers Union today prevented the buses of Uttranchal Roadways from leaving the bus stand after a driver of CTU, Rajesh Kumar, was thrashed at Haridwar by officials of the Uttranchal Roadways.

On being checked by the officials of the STA, none of the buses of Uttranchal Roadways had valid permit. Ranjit Singh, General Secretary of the CTU workers Union, said their driver was thrashed without any provocation.

A former councillor, Hira Negi, along with other members of the Garhwal Sabha and Kumaon Sabha reached the spot and blocked the entrance of all the buses entering the bus stand along with Uttranchal-bound passengers. The police had to intervene to disburse the crowd and maintain the flow of buses.



Commercial vehicle operators get relief
Now, they can register vehicles and pay taxes at STA office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
On the demand of school bus operators, truck operators and other commercial vehicle operators, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to register and collect their taxes in the office of the Secretary, Transport Authority, Chandigarh.

Previously, to get passing and fitness certificate commercial vehicle owners had to go to STA Office and to get registration and taxes of vehicles, they had to go to the RLA Office. They were inconvenienced as they had to move from one office to another.

According to the decision taken in the 137th meeting of the STA under the chairmanship of Anil Kumar, Home Secretary-cum-Chairman STA, and as the powers conferred in the Chandigarh Motor Vehicles Rules 1990 Chapter-IV Registration of Motor Vehicles Section 65(2) Deputy Commissioner U.T., Chandigarh, can authorise the Secretary, STA, to register all types of commercial vehicle in the jurisdiction of 
Chandigarh. Earlier, the commercial vehicle operators were facing allot of inconvenience.



Ride on Mohali roads a nightmare
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, April 12
If you are entering Mohali, ensure that your vehicle has super shock absorbers and that you don't suffer from severe spondylitis because potholed roads in certain parts of the town can turn out to be a nightmare for you.

Resentment prevails among residents over the apathetic attitude of the municipal corporation and Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

The road leading from the Diplast chowk to Yadavindra Public School has been in a bad shape for long. The stretch is full of potholes.

Another road leading from the PTL chowk to the JCT chowk is also in a pitiable condition and requires repairs.

Another road near the cremation ground in Industrial Area is also full of potholes.

One such pothole has turned out to be a deathtrap. Roads in the area need to be recarpeted.

The condition of internal roads in residential areas is no better. The road along the rehri market in Phase III-B1 is in a bad condition. It becomes difficult for residents to commute on the road near the Phase IV rehri market.

Sukhminder Singh Barnala, former councillor, said the condition of the road separating Phases X and XI was even worse.

He said potholes on the road leading from the Mandi Board complex to Sector 66 were almost 1 ft deep.

Several accidents have taken place on the stretch.

President of the Mohali Industries Association Anurag Aggarwal said the condition of roads in Phase VII, Industrial Area, was bad.

The condition of a stretch in Phase V, Industrial Area, is the same.

He said the situation remained unchanged over the years and complaints made in this regard were not attended to most of the time.

He said a truck had got struck in a pothole near Idea office. The part of the road was to be repaired by the PSIEC. 


Bumpy ride

The condition of internal roads in residential areas is no better. The road along the rehri market in Phase 3B1 is in a bad condition. It becomes difficult for residents to commute on the road near the Phase IV rehri market.



Industry condemns hike in power tariff
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 12
Condemning the recent hike in power tariff by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, Anurag Aggarwal, president, Mohali Industries Association, said the industry was reeling under financial crisis.

"Now the hike will aggravate the woes of the industry. It seems that the government is not serious about promoting industry in the state," said Aggarwal.

The association members demanded that the government should roll back the hike at the earliest.



Fiza's sisters want her house, vehicles
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 12
Three sisters of Anuradha Bali, alias Fiza, the estranged wife of former Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan, today made a plea to the court seeking the possession of Fiza's house and cars till the settlement of the case.

The assets case will come up for hearing on May 7. Her sisters' counsel Raghujit Singh Madan said they had appealed to the court that the house and cars needed proper care and maintenance.

The three, Aditi , Monica and Anjali had earlier filed a suit in the district courts staking claim to her assets. They had filed a suit seeking the release of her movable and immovable assets. The assets include a house in Sector 48-C, Mohali, cash, jewellery and cars. Fiza had not left a will and her sisters claimed that they were her legal heirs.

Fiza was found dead under mysterious circumstances at her residence on August 6. Her death is still a mystery, though the postmortem report and forensic examination showed the presence of poison in her stomach.

Questions arose whether she consumed the poison on her own or it was administered by someone else. She lay dead for six days and nobody from her immediate relatives even got to know that she had passed away.

Her maggot-ridden body was recovered from her house after six days. 



Pensioners' body wants dog pound
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 12
The Defence Accounts Pensioners Welfare Association has demanded that the notification of dog bylaws should be issued and a dog pound should be set up in the town.

The association members, who have taken up the matter with the authorities, including the Deputy Commissioner and the Chief Administrator of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA)-cum-Municipal Commissioner, said the stray dog menace had assumed serious proportions. The problem is severe in the newly-developed sectors which have not yet been handed over by GMADA to the Municipal Corporation.

It said as per the civic body figures, there were 1,500 stray dogs in the town. Last year, a Central government pensioner suffered a bite from a stray dog and had to undergo treatment at the General Hospital, Sector 16, Chandigarh.

The association said the work of sterilisation was undertaken by the civic body in 2005 and 891 animals were operated upon till 2011.



Bhawan representatives air grievances
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The representatives of bhawans today demanded that the UT Administration should stop issuing notices to them for holding marriage functions. In a meeting held between the UT officials and the representatives of 68 bhawans in the city, the latter stated that instead of harassing them by sending notices, the Administration should allow them to hold marriage functions at these bhawans.

It is against the rules to hold such functions at these bhawans. UT Adviser KK Sharma said they had heard the grievances of the representatives and would soon take a decision on the issue. The issue pertaining to inadequate parking space was also discussed. Sources said the Administration was mulling over allowing only those bhawans to hold functions where adequate parking space was available.

The officials had issued notices to owners for the resumption of property in 2005. 



Drug trail takes police to Delhi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
Two days after the UT police arrested a Nigerian in a case of drug peddling, a police team was dispatched to Delhi along with the accused to get to the root of drug peddling racket. The Nigerian, Samsom, aka Frank, was taken to Delhi today. The accused used to supply cocaine to a number of college students who used to order the drugs on phone, the police said.

Samsom was arrested following the questioning of 50 youths, who had come under police radar after the arrest of another Nigerian Cyril on March 7, on April 10. A police team from the Industrial Area police station has taken Frank to Delhi. 



26 stray cattle impounded
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
In continuation to their drive against stray cattle menace, the municipal corporation impounded 26 stray cattle last night.
These cattle were impounded from various parts of the city. MC officials said the cattle impounded would not be released, as keeping of animals within the municipal limits was not permissible.

The report against the owners of these cattle will be lodged with the police, as there is a provision for imprisonment too.

The Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, has formed four teams who are responsible for catching stray cattle roaming on roads.

The teams will work under the supervision of Sunil Bhatia, Additional Commissioner, Municipal Corporation. recently, the drive to catch stray cattle has been on in full swing.



Education Department issues notice to private schools

Chandigarh, April 12
The Education Department today issued fresh notice to private schools strictly asking them not to convert their reserved seats under the RTE Act to general category till further instructions are issued.

The department's fresh notice came after the Punjab and Haryana High Court's judgment, which asked Chandigarh along with Punjab and Haryana to bring more clarity on their neighbourhood policy.

DEO Ram Kumar said, "We have asked schools to hold their conversion till the next three weeks and wait for further instructions."

Schools on the other hand are agitated by the fresh move of the department. HS Mamik, president of Independent Schools Association, Chandigarh, said the schools were literally being made puppets in the hands of the Education Department—TNS



Minority status for schools opposed
Dept submits reply during resumed hearing of petition filed by three schools

Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The UT Education Department has strongly opposedgranting of minority status to three of the top schools in the city — Vivek High School, Sector 38; St Kabir School, Sector 26; and New Public School, Sector 18 —in its reply filed yesterday to the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutes (NCMEI), New Delhi, during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by these schools.

Through its reply, the department also made a submission before the NCMEI to reject the petition seeking minority status since none of these schools fulfilled the requisite criteria. The administration claimed in the reply that major contention behind filing of the petition could be gaining an exemption from the applicability of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act. As per the apex court directions, provisions of the RTE Act are not applicable on schools having the minority status.

In the case of Vivek High School, the department stated in its reply, “On screening of the memorandum of association (MoA) of the school, it does not any emerge that the Trust for the school was set up by members of the Sikh community. Also it is nowhere mentioned in the MoA that this school was established for benefits of the Sikh minority.”

It further stated that the claim of the school authorities that children belonging to the Sikh community were enrolled on 22.69 per cent of the total seats was wrong and not supported by any other document.

Similarly, the department opposed the petition seeking minority status filed by St Kabir School. Quoting para 2 of Kabir Education Society’s memorandum of association, the reply stated, “Kabir Education Society is essentially an organisation of minority holding St Kabir Public school as its functional wing where Punjabi language, Punjabi culture, and history of prophets and gurus are being taught on priority basis, but admission to the school is be open to all, irrespective of caste, creed, community and religion. The concept of the society is based on the social and secular philosophy of the great mystic St Kabir.”

The reply further stated that the claim of the St Kabir School regarding the admission of children belonging to the Sikh community to 20.1 per cent of the total seats was absolutely wrong and not supported by any document.

The department also opposed the granting of minority status to New Public School, stating that the claim made by the school regarding admission of children belonging to the Sikh community to 20.7 per cent seats was wrong and contrary to para 3.1 of school’s memorandum of association. The MoA mentioned the aim of the society as providing quality education to individuals irrespective of caste, creed and religion, the reply stated.

Reacting to the stand taken by the department, chairman of Vivek High School HS Mamik said the education department was trying to deprive them of their minority rights as enshrined in the Indian Constitution under Article 30.

“The fact is that ours is a Sikh minority institution since its very inception. The school has always given preference to students of the Sikh community. The stand of the department is unfortunate,” he said.

The next date of hearing is in September this year.



Admn in touch with pvt schools for making bus fare affordable
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The Chandigarh Administration has rolled out 40 buses, 20 each for morning and evening, for ferrying the government school students. The administration is also in touch with private schools across the city for making buses more affordable for students.

This became apparent during the hearing on a petition on safety of school students. As of now, the administration is charging a monthly fare of Rs 60 for ordinary and Rs 120 for AC buses from the government school students. It intends to extend the service to private school students by charging Rs 250 for ordinary and Rs 500 for AC buses. The administration also proposes to take the total number of such buses to 100.

The Chandigarh Administration had earlier informed the High Court of its decision to provide common buses at half the fare. Irrespective of the school they studied in, a common bus would pick up students from each sector and drop them at their respective schools. The UT was also in the process of preparing a scheme to lower the bus fare from Rs 500 to Rs 250 per month, the administration had earlier claimed during the resumed hearing of a petition seeking contempt proceedings against Chandigarh and the states of Punjab and Haryana for not complying with the traffic guidelines issued by the High Court in 1998.

The scheme was being prepared by the UT administration as per the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act. The counsel for the administration had informed the High Court that it was collecting data from government schools on the number of children, their addresses and routes, which the common school buses would have to follow for picking up and dropping them.



Paper-setting by external teachers leading to goof-ups in BCom exams, say officials
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 12
The policy of Panjab University which allows only external faculty to set the BCom papers has again been held responsible for recurring goof-ups.
Recently, the question paper of cost accounting during BCom second-year exam, which was supposed to carry both theoretical and numerical-type questions, was completely theoretical in nature.

Except the commerce stream, question papers of all other subjects at the undergraduate level are set by teachers of the university and its affiliated colleges. University officials said the tradition of only allowing commerce teachers from outside to set question papers could be one of the reasons behind the paper being set on a different pattern. Teachers from other universities follow a different pattern that could sometimes lead to such a situation, officials said.

This trend has also raised questions on the capability of commerce teachers in the university and its affiliated colleges, who unlike their colleagues in other departments do not set papers.

A senior official of the examination branch said commerce was one of the subjects in which maximum number of requests for revaluations was filed. It happened due to a different mode of paper setting, he said.

Prof Karamjeet Singh, a member of the board of studies, said there was no problem with the present system of paper setting as the number of errors made by paper setters in the commerce stream was lower than the other disciplines. “The system has been running successfully for over past two decades,” he said.

Naresh Gaur, a Senate member, who has taken up the matter with the PU authorities asking them to again conduct the examination and fix the responsibility for this gross negligence, said the university should rope-in commerce teachers available with the university and its affiliated colleges. “When all other question papers can be set by teachers available with the university, then what is the need to get the BCom paper set by outsiders. We will take up the issue in the next Senate meeting, as teachers in PU are efficient enough to set a question paper,” Gaur said.

Over 4,000 students appeared in the BCom-II examination held at various examination centers in Chandigarh and Punjab.

PU finds complaint genuine, forms inquiry panel

Accepting students’ complaint regarding the goof-up in the cost accounting paper of BCom-II examination as a genuine one, Panjab University has formed an expert panel to give a report based on which the fate of around 4,000 students who appeared for the exam would be decided. Controller of Examination, Panjab University, Parvinder Singh said the department concerned in the examination branch scrutinised the question paper and guidelines after which it was found that the complaint submitted by the students was genuine. Officials said in order to ensure that students did not suffer, the inquiry would be conducted on an urgent basis. The students had demanded that the exam should be conducted again so that students got a fair opportunity. Giving grace marks could not be justified as students who had worked hard could not be treated on a par with other students, said a student of SD College, Sector 32



Meritorious students felicitated

Chandigarh, April 12
The Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Sector 42, celebrated its annual day and prize distribution function here today.
sA cultural programme which included various dance performances was presented by students. The audience including hoteliers, parents of students and heads of various institutions applauded them.

Meritorious students were felicitated by the chief guest, Tanvi Garg, Director, Tourism and IT. The annual magazine of the institute ‘Cater Craft’ was also released. — TNS



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