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Ayurvedic College dying a slow death
Fails to abide by the guidelines set by the Central Council of Indian Medicine; students in a quandary
Gagan K Teja
Tribune News Service

The entrance to the hospital
The entrance to the hospital
The entrance to the hospital
Empty beds at Government Ayurvedic College in Patiala
Empty beds at Government Ayurvedic College in Patiala. Tribune photos: Rajesh Sachar

Patiala, April 21
Once considered a prestigious ayurvedic institute of the country, Government Ayurvedic College, Patiala, is struggling for its existence due to the ‘callous’ attitude of the Punjab Government and the college administration. The then ‘Raj Vaidya’, Ram Parsad Sharma, started the college in 1952.

On the recommendation and the visitation report of the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH, has not granted permission to the college for admitting students to the undergraduate and the PG courses for the past two years as it failed to fulfil the eligibility criteria. Even after two years, the situation is more or less the same. This has put the students seeking admission to the BAMS course in a quandary.

The ministry had asked the college authorities last year to fulfil the shortcomings till October 31, 2012, as per the CCIM norms, which included non-availability of the required number of teachers. The college had only 24 teachers against required number of 36 teachers (32 for undergraduate course and four for the PG course).

The ministry found that the college was without a functional ayurvedic hospital having the required patient load of 50 per cent bed occupancy. The bed occupancy was only 20.75 per cent.

The CCIM was to carry out an inspection of the college for granting permission to admit students for the 2013-14 academic session. But the college has failed to fill the vacant posts and the bed occupancy has also not improved.

Sources said the hospital authorities were forging figures of indoor and outdoor patients just to fulfil the eligibility criteria. Recently, a student had submitted a representation with the health department, a copy of which is with The Tribune, to check how many patients visited the hospital.

Speaking to The Tribune, CCIM president Dr Ved Prakash Tyagi said though ayurveda was getting popularity in other parts of the country and new colleges were coming up, Government Ayurvedic College was witnessing a constant downfall due to the wrong policies of the Punjab Government. “According to the CCIM Act, any teacher is considered eligible if he teaches the relevant subject i.e. in which he has done his masters degree, but there are many teachers in the college who are teaching subjects other than their specialisation. For the betterment of the college and the hospital, the government should follow the CCIM norms,” he said. College principal Dr Pardeep Kapil said they would soon recruit eight teachers. Interviews for these posts have already been conducted. “We are sure that the college will get affiliation this year,” he said.



Fire breaks out at house in Ambala
Our Correspondent

The house where the fire broke out in Ambala
The house where the fire broke out in Ambala. A Tribune photograph

Ambala, April 21
The upper storey of a house was completely destroted in a fire at Baldev Nagar in Ambala City this noon. Cash as well as other goods including television, refrigerator, beds and cupboards were destroyed in the fire.

The owner of the house, Hardeep Singh, is a transporter. His family members were watching television when the incident happened.

The television reportedly caught fire all of a sudden due to short circuit, following which within half an hour flames engulfed the entire house.

Neighbours called the fire brigade on seeing plumes of smoke and flames coming out of the house.

People said by the time fire tenders reached the locality, damage had been done as nothing could be saved.

Hardeep Singh and his family, however, escaped unhurt.



Degrees conferred on 400 students
Our Correspondent

Students in a jubilant mood after receiving their degrees during the annual convocation ceremony at the Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutions in Dera Bassi
Students in a jubilant mood after receiving their degrees during the annual convocation ceremony at the Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutions in Dera Bassi. A Tribune photograph

Dera Bassi, April 21
Over 400 students received degrees in various disciplines during the Eleventh Annual Convocation of Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutions on Saturday.

The ceremony commenced with the lighting of lamp followed by shabad recitation by the final-year students. Principal Dr GN Verma presented the annual report of the college and highlighted the vision of the institute. As many as 19 students received medals for getting top positions in the merit list. High Court judge Justice Sabina was the chief guest.



2 drug peddlers held

Fatehgarh Sahib, April 21
The district police arrested two drug peddlers and recovered 8,000 intoxicant tablets and 15 kgs of poppy husk from their possession. These drug peddlers were involved in the sale and supply of drugs in rural areas.

The Accused have been identified as Jagtar Singh, alias Jagga, of Mandi Gobindgarh, and Upinder Kumar of Bihar. — OC



Man dies in road accident
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
A man died in a road accident while his wife was injured when a car hit a two-wheeler they were riding on near the roundabout of Sector 48 and 49 this morning.

The police stated that, Manjit Kair, wife of deceased Balwinder Singh, a resident of Tripari village of Mohali district, were riding on a motorcycle and Manjit was riding pillion when Naresh Singh, a resident of Sector 52, who was driving a Maruti car, hit the motorcycle following which Balwinder Singh died and she was injured.

The police stated that the injured couple was rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where Balwinder Singh was declared brought dead. The accused was arrested and later released on bail. Meanwhile, a case has been registered at the Sector 31 police station and a probe has been initiated.



4 held with drugs

Mohali, April 21
The police has arrested four persons for possessing banned drugs.

Three accused, Durvijay Singh, Surinder Singh and Anil Kumar, all residents of Naya Gaon, were presented before the court, which sent them to a one-day police remand. The fourth accused, Paramjit Singh, alias Pamma, who was arrested from Phase VII today, was sent to judicial custody.

Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the Mohali police had started a special drive against drug abuse.

"We have arrested 19 accused in the past 10 days and registered cases against them at different police stations. As a part of the drive, special 'nakas' are being laid and raids are being conducted on medical stores. We have seized banned drugs, poppy husk and heroin from the accused," said the SSP. — TNS



Golf Club
Elections witness record turnout
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Milkha Singh greets other members
Milkha Singh greets other members.
members in a cheerful mood
Members in a cheerful mood.
Tribune photographs

Chandigarh, April 21
The Chandigarh Golf Club witnessed a record turnout at the annual governing body elections this year. The casting of votes started at around 11 am and went on till 5pm, here this evening. Reportedly, a total of 1142 votes were casted by the end of the day and till lunch time, the voting-toll had reached to 1000. This is the highest polling count ever, since the formation of the club. Last year, the voting figure had touched 1000.

Personalities, including Milkha Singh, Malwinder Singh, brother of former PPCC Chief Captain Amrinder Singh and a few other top shots of the region casted their votes at the start. "The incident is now a history and like every other member, I would like to start afresh. We all are here for some important reason and I hope that only the best will win the hot seat", said Milkha Singh.

Parking chaos

The local traffic police and PCR vehicles faced harrowing time in handling the parking issues outside the Chandigarh Golf Club, here today. A group of VIPs and VVIPS, who had arrived to cast their votes, were seen parking their cars over the green footpath and on road. As per traffic laws, the parking of vehicles on the foot-pavement is forbidden.

"Tum Jante ho ye Kiski Gaadi hai (You know, whose car is this), we have been listening to such lines since morning. We have been requesting everyone not to park their vehicle on foot-pavement, but no one is bothered. The drivers of these vehicles do not listen and instead simply oppose our requests by warning us. We are standing here like dummies but having no other option, we will have to kill our time this way", said a PCR official.

Another traffic police personnel added, "The recovery van is here and the road could be cleared in few seconds but we are influenced by their powers. The club serves the top personalities of the region. We can only request them, rest you may (the reporter) click the photographs". Interestingly, the aged -members of the club, were given pick and drop facility. Two carts were riding the aged-members from the parking lot to the voting-premises directly.

A different election

The election was a different affair altogether this year. Unlike other elections, the liquor was served openly, right outside the polling booth. The members were seen enjoying beer, while standing in queues for casting votes. A member seeking anonymity mentioned, "This is among a feature that makes the Golf Club different from other clubs. Everyone here is retired but is still young at heart. Holding a pint of imported beer while casting vote makes elections even more interesting", he added. The result of today's election will be declared tomorrow at 10 am.



IPL season six
Yuvraj bats for Pune, fans bat for Yuvraj at PCA
Tribune News Service

Priety good
Spectators root for the Kings XI Punjab team at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Sunday
Spectators root for the Kings XI Punjab team at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Sunday
Priety Zinta throws a T-shirt at the spectators
Priety Zinta throws a T-shirt at the spectators
Gippy Grewal entertains the crowd
Gippy Grewal entertains the crowd. Tribune Photos: S Chandan

Chandigarh, April 21
Even though the jam packed PCA Stadium was meant to cheer the home side of Kings XI Punjab, it was Yuvraj Singh's presence that enthralled the audience, here this evening. A stunning opening partnership by the Pune Warriors laid a solid foundation for a formidable total of 185-runs. The local lad Yuvraj Singh contributed 34 off 24 including 2 boundaries and 3 sixes.

"I just came to see him (Yuvraj Singh) playing. He played an entertaining innings and contributed essential runs to the team's total", said Anjana Thakur. Her son Prabhat Thakur added, "Yuvraj is my favourite player and I am impressed with his comeback from prolonged illness".

A group of fans added, "We have specially arrived from Khanna just to witness his batting. It's his courage and hunger for the game that has brought him back", said one of the fans.


  • A major tiff was witnessed at the chair-block area when a few youths, in order to grab the T-shirts thrown by Preeti Zinta, indulged in violence. However, the policemen handled the situation. After the recent bomb blasts at Bangalore, the Punjab Police provided extra security cover in and around the PCA Stadium.
  • Punjab Deputy Chief Minister SUkhbir Singh Badal was seen cheering for the home side along with his wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal



Being an owner is not a child’s play: Wadia
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Many had held a young bubbly girl, sitting next the Kings XI Punjab team's dug-out, as responsible for Ness Wadia’s absence from the team’s sitting bench. But for the man himself it’s all about enjoying cricket with friends and as a fan.

“Being a sports lover, I never like to sit alone and that too quietly. I have friends and I love enjoying game with them. In the earlier editions, I used to be there in the dug-out and cheer the team. Hopefully, even today I will sit somewhere besides the team”, said Ness Wadia.

On his love for sports, the business tycoon said, “Personally, I love cricket, soccer and tennis. But being an Indian, cricket is always first preference. This game has driven the entire nation crazy”. When asked about his investment in other games, he added, “To be frank, this is a cricket driven nation and there is nothing besides cricket. And, I don’t have any plans of investing anywhere else”,

When asked about owner’s role in the team, he said,"All the co-owners look after the operational matters, while for rest of the things there is a coach and other members of the management. Further a lot depends on the budget too, since its the most important factor here". He further added, “I personally wanted to have Manpreet Gony in my team for the last five years. But it was only this time that we could get hold of him. And likewise, we lost facilities of Yuvraj Singh. So, again it all depends upon the budget and being an owner is not a child’s play”, laughed Wadia.

The co-owner is also happy with the team’s performance. “The team has a lot of potential and is doing well so far. And hopefully, it will perform well in the upcoming matches. Besides this, we are also having junior cricket tourneys and I am proud to mention that the team has got a of talented players, including the likes of Manpreet Singh, Gurkeerat Mann, out of those local competitions”, said Wadia.



Chess Championship
Sacred Heart girl brings laurels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
Tarini Goyal of Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, won the Chandigarh Open Prize Money Chess Championship with 7 points, here. Her sister Arunima Goyal finished second while Anil Raina of Panjab University with 6.5 points secured third position.

Sunil Bansal of LIC and Anubhav Tuknayat of Vivek High School secured the fourth and fifth positions respectively. Anhat Singh of Strawberry Fields emerged as the best player of boys (U-11) event while Surbhi Singh of the Millennium School was adjudged as best player in girls (U-11) event.

Results Boys(U-11) Jaskeerat Singh of Delhi Public School; Girls (U-11)- Kashish Kaushal of Sacred Heart School; Point position - 7 points: Tarini Goyal; Arunima Goyal; 6.5 points- Anil Raina; 6 Points- Sunil Bansal; Anubhav Tuknayat; 5.5 points- Tarundeep Singh; Vipan Negi; Sahil Bhatia; Sandeep Nautiyal; Harinder Pal; Jaskeerat; Manish Srivastava; Manmohan Singh; Rahul Arora; 5 Points- Kailash Nath; Sundeep Singh; Amartya Bhattacharjee; Gurpreet Singh; Rishab Jain; Hitesh; Kashish; Ishaan Mendiratta; Arsh Mahajan; Dinesh C Goyal.



Police water sports meet at Sukhna Lake from April 24
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 21
The 12th All India Police Water Sports Championship (AIPWSC) is going to be held at the Sukhna Lake here from April 24-30. AIPWSC is a national level event in which police personnel from all state police forces and central police organisations compete to win the trophy. The disciplines include kayaking, canoing and rowing.

Every year it is conducted by different police organisation under the directions of the All India Police Sports Control Board chaired by the Director, Intelligence Bureau. This year the event is being organised by the Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBPF).

Teams and individuals from police forces of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Chandigarh, Delhi as well as from CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF, SSB, RPF, Assam Rifles, and National Security Guards will be participating in the AIPWSC.



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