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Testing time for parents
Wait in the searing heat as children appear for UPSC exam, CET
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
With the temperature breaking the record of the past 10 years in the city, parents of candidates appearing for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam, held today at 63 centres in city schools and colleges, had to wait in the scorching heat in the absence of any arrangements. Around 5, 000 candidates appeared for the exam.

While some parents and guardians waited outside school and college gates, taking shelter under the shade of trees or bus queue shelters, many preferred to sit in their cars.

Ranjit Singh, a resident of Patiala who was accompanying a candidate for the UPSC exam, said arrangements should have been made for parents and guardians as well. “There shouldn’t be any problem in opening a hall or a room in a school or a college that can accommodate those accompanying the candidates,” he said.

In the absence of any arrangements, some parents preferred to visit nearby markets and waited there till the exam got over.

The situation was the same during the Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by Panjab University in 34 centres, including the PU campus and colleges.

While the law auditorium of the PU was made available for parents of candidates appearing for the exam in the arts block to relax, parents of candidates appearing for the CET at other examination centres at the PU and colleges were forced to wait outside.

Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Bathinda who was accompanying his daughter for the entrance exam at a centre in DAV College, Sector 10, said the authorities should have ensured that the parents didn't have to wait under the scorching sun. “The colleges could have at least put up tents on the campus so that parents didn't have to stand outside the college under the sun,” he said.

PUCSC president Satinder Singh said the university should have directed all colleges to make sitting arrangements for parents. A few classrooms could have been opened for parents so that they could sit comfortably and wait till the examination got over. “We will urge the university to open auditoriums for parents of candidates appearing for the Combined Entrance Test, to be held on the PU campus and colleges next month,” Satinder Singh said.

PU Controller of Examination (CoE) Parvinder Singh said the university would explore the possibility of providing some place where parents could wait comfortably. “The parents can't be allowed to sit in empty classrooms in the examination centres keeping in mind the security issue. Moreover, this will also disturb the candidates,” the CoE said.

10,200 appear for CET

Around 10,200 candidates appeared for the CET at different centres on Sunday.

Entrance tests

The Combined Entrance Test (PG) will be conducted from June 15 to June 18. Around 13,000 students will appear for the exam. The entrance test for LLB will be held on June 23 in which over 3,000 students are expected to appear. There is a demand that the university should make arrangements for parents of candidates during these entrance tests so that they don't have to stand outside gates under the scorching sun.

Exam months

During April, May and June, various entrance exams are conducted by different institutions for which examination centres are set up in city schools and colleges. Parents of candidates appearing for these exams are forced to wait in the scorching heat as no arrangements are made for them.



Patil to inaugurate smart school sans facilities today
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
UT Administrator Shivraj Patil will inaugurate a school building with incomplete facilities in Sector 54 here tomorrow even as another government school building in Hallo Majra, which was completed two weeks ago, awaits a VIP for its inauguration.

Government High School, Sector 54, was to be a smart school on the pattern of the government smart schools in Sectors 50 and 53. However, the school will be inaugurated tomorrow without any smart classes and the other required facilities.

Since a lot of civic work was still pending inside and outside the school, the entire official machinery was seen burning the midnight oil during the past four days to put everything in place before the inauguration. The road leading to the school was recarpeted.

Senior officials of the department also worked late till in the night today to avoid any last-minute hitch.

Interestingly, the new building of Government High School, Hallo Majra, is complete and is awaiting inauguration for over two weeks now, but nobody seems to be showing interest in it.

Sources said the head of the school, Sadhu Ram, was running from pillar to post for the past few days to push department officials for an early inauguration, but no date had been fixed so far. The school, having a strength of over 2,000 students, is literally functioning from two venues. For over a year now, half of the students have been studying in Government Model Senior Secondary School in Karsen (Ram Darbar) while the remaining have been studying in a temporary structure near the school.

An official of the school said it was difficult for the students of the school to visit Karsen every day. “The school is technically lying complete for two weeks now and should have been inaugurated by now,” he said.

School head Sadhu Ram refused to comment.

DEO Ram Kumar said there was need for inaugurating Government High School in Sector 54 early because students of a government school in Palsora village had to shifted here as the school building was in bad shape. As far as smart school facilities were concerned, the process was already on and the school would soon be equipped with the required facilities.

Asked about the inauguration of Government High School in Hallo Majra, he said the date was yet to be finalised.

The sources said the officials concerned were caught unawares as they did not expect such an early confirmation from the UT Administrator for the inauguration of the school in Sector 54.



Constable booked on molestation charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
It took a city resident five hours to get an FIR registered against a UT constable, who allegedly molested his teenaged daughter. The complainant, Ramesh (name changed), faced a harrowing time as the Mani Majra police kept coercing him to withdraw the complaint as it involved a constable.

The UT police had yesterday booked constable Haripal Malik, posted in the Sector 19 police station, for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl. The victim and the accused stay as tenants in the same building in Shanti Nagar, Mani Majra. The girl is a student of Class X and the constable was allegedly stalking her for quite some time.

The victim was alone at home when the accused made an attempt to molest her. The victim raised the alarm following which neighbours came to her rescue. They informed her parents and the police about the incident.

“The constable was stalking my daughter for the past many months. I had warned him in March when he sent some lewd SMSes to her. My daughter had also objected to the SMSes. He managed to her phone number somehow. He had apologised when he was confronted,” said the girl’s father.

“Despite the warning, he again tried to molest my daughter yesterday. She is too scared. My neighbours caught him red-handed while trying to gag my daughter’s mouth. I went to the police station along with my wife and daughter at 5 pm. The constable had called the police station in advance and police officers kept forcing me to strike a compromise. I was adamant and wanted to get a case lodged against the constable. It was only at 10.15 pm after about five hours that the police finally lodged a case,” said the father.

“All these five hours, the police kept asking me to withdraw the complaint,” he said.

The accused was finally arrested. He was produced in a court, which remanded him in judicial custody. He has been placed under suspension. A case of molestation under Section 354 of the IPC and Section 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act-2012 has been registered against him at the Mani Majra police station.



Open house responses
Engage private agency to act as watchdog

While the tricity is heading towards an acute power crisis, kundi connections galore with no check on the misuse of power by illegal means. What should be done to ensure that no one draws power illegally? Readers write:

Admn needs to  be more active

It is commonly believed that beneficiaries of illegal kundi connections are vote banks of the politicians concerned. Besides it is very risky, being without any in-built safety devices and also leads to lawlessness in society. There are several ways of stopping kundi connections, if the administration decides to stop it. The simplest way is to convert the overhead electric lines into cabling. But in case you want to help the inhabitants, like the Punjab Government is providing free electricity to its farmers, then provide a single meter official connection at a subsidised rate and let them draw power of their own, with the help of some electric distribution company and pay pooled energy charges. To prevent theft of power in general, the job can be outsourced to some private agency who can act as a watch dog to report theft cases to the administration for them to take suitable action against the defaulters.

Tejinder Singh Kalra, Mohali

Spread awareness on power conservation

Detecting illegal Kundi connections and regularising them will bring additional revenue to the UT Electricity Department, however, it may not save the residents from imminent power cuts. An awareness drive to conserve energy, particularly during peak summer, may help in easing the situation to some extent in view of the fact that UT does not generate any power, and has to purchase from the neighbouring states. In such a scenario the need of the hour will be to make the residents aware of this stark reality and avoid wastage at all levels, be it own residence, offices, business establishments or public places. Every one must learn to share the inadequate power availability in summer. A sense of self- control can only can help to reduce the duration of power cuts.

S C Luthra, Manimajra

Same old story

Every summer it is the same old story, power crisis in tri-city. While the residents bear the brunt of long and even unannounced power cuts, during the peak summer days, people in the labour colonies enjoy unlimited free power at their homes from the illegal 'kundi' connections. If one visits their homes in the labour colonies, he finds all sorts of expensive materials like coolers, air conditioners or even LCDs and LEDs over there. Yet they do not want to pay for the electricity. The administration is not doing anything to remove the 'kundis'.

Even if any action is taken by the Administration, the political parties promptly jump into the scene and prevent them from doing so. This is the ugly state of affairs here, as the politicians play the dirty games of selfish vote-bank politics. These politicians are the real culprits who encourage kundi connections in the tri-city area. So, nothing can be done to get the kundi connections removed from the numerous slums in the area and there does not seem to have any solution.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Lay underground cables

To control "kundi" connections, underground cables should be used to the maximum extent instead of overhead wires. Also inspections should be more vigorous, defaulters should be fined heavily and fine should be increased if the offence is repeated. The internal wiring of their house should be rendered unusable. FIR can also be lodged to punish them as per the Electricity Act.

IPS Anand, Manimajra

It is a serious concern

Power shortage in India is a serious concern these days. Even after six decades of independence, it has not been possible to make power available in the remote areas of the country. Over and above, people do not care one bit, while stealing power through the illegal 'kundi' connections. Not only a strict action should be taken against all such consumers who steal power, but also serious steps should be taken to make power available in the remote villages. A regular weekly vigil should be maintained in all such areas which are vulnerable to power theft. We must also take it as our moral responsibility to save power as much as possible not only at our homes, but also at our work places. Saving power is the moral responsibility of every citizen. We must think of the plight of those who have not seen power availability till date. The government at the centre and the states should get serious in its efforts on all such major concerns.

Shekhar Juneja, Chandigarh

Taxpayers are sufferers

Unforunately, there is a loss of power tariff of several crores of rupees, due to kundi connections in the city. The citizens feel the pain of escalating cost of consumer goods, education, health care, parking fees, taxes and frequent power break downs in this hot and sultry weather, affecting their health. These scandals tarnish the image of the Administration, nonetheless, it remains silent on this serious issue along with both the ruling party and the opposition parties.They are more worried about their vote bank in the labour colonies, rather than loss of tax payer's money. Hence under the given situation, the worst sufferers is the tax payer, whose money is being squandered at the hands of kundi operators. Revenue is the life line of the state. Given that, the Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, should call a meeting of the Chandigarh Advisory Committee to develop and implement a strategy that focuses on elimination of kundi connections.

Ajit Singh, Windsor, Canada

Multi-pronged action required

Misuse of power by illegal means happens with the connivance of the politicians, for whom slums are sure-shot vote banks. Even industries, big and small, cash on the political clout that they flaunt. This widespread chronic malaise cannot be checked unless stringent measures are taken and implemented by the power with fearless commitment. The technical solution would be to insulate the power cables for a considerable length where they run overhead through the misusers' habitation. The administrative action in the case of industry would be to cancel the licence on which it runs production. The political step would be to forfeit the voting right of the populace that resorts to such malpractices.

Dr SS Bhatti, Former Principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture


With the region reeling under sweltering heat, residents wake up to find their problems compounding due to shortage of potable water. Low pressure in the morning and no afternoon water supply is causing a lot of problems. What should be done to get over this crisis?

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PGI serais in a shambles
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Exposing the authorities' apathy, the two oldest serais at the PGI, Nehru Serai and Rotary Serai, are in a shambles. Also, the authorities have failed to look into the accounts maintained by the NGO, Lifeline, which charges a nominal fee from patients for providing basic services at these serais.

In fact, going by the findings of the audit carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for 2011-12, the PGI has failed to conduct any audit of even its own departments since 2002.

The poor maintenance of the serais poses a question mark on the utility of the fee charged by the NGO. Both Nehru Serai, located near the Nehru Hospital and the office the Medical Superintendent, and Rotary Serai, located on the residential campus, are in an utter state of neglect when it comes to hygiene and cleanliness.

The walls and roofs of the rooms have developed seepage in both the serais and the problem persists during the monsoon, said patients.

The leaking roofs in some of the rooms keep beds wet throughout their stay. Mangat Ram (name changed), a TB patient from Saharanpur, who has been staying in Nehru Serai for the past four months, said: “It was difficult to afford a room elsewhere in the city. I thought that by paying some fee, my wife and me would be able to have a better stay than those patients who put up in the open parks. But, the condition of beds and roofs and even toilets is very poor here. I have never seen anyone even bothering to check the condition of the rooms in the past four months. They are only concerned about collecting fee.”

While the latches in all the women's toilets and washrooms are missing, broken doors of the toilets force women patients and their attendants to wait till evening (when it gets dark) to use the toilets.

In Rotary Serai, most patients complain of the bed bugs, unhygienic conditions and broken doors of toilets.

The issue was highlighted in these columns earlier, but there has been no improvement in the condition of the serais.

A patient who pays Rs 10 per day to Lifeline, for the services like bedding and blanket, also pays an equal amount to the PGI caretaker for the allotment of rooms.

While the PGI has a mechanism for auditing the amount collected from visitors as fee by its caretaker, the money collected by the NGO does not come under the purview of any audit. The PGI has no control over its collection or expenses.

According to the officials, a formal permission was granted to Lifeline by the “competent authority” for charging a nominal fee for providing the services since they look after the maintenance of the buildings and a majority of services. The officials responsible for supervising the serais include the APRO, PGI caretaker and the Lifeline representatives.

If any NGO wishes to come forward to offer better services, it will help us improve the serais, said official spokesperson for the PGI Manju Wadwalkar.

Facilities non-existent

  • Walls and roofs have developed seepage
  • Latches in all women's toilets and washrooms at the serais missing
  • Bed bugs give patients sleepless nights
  • PGI has no control over collection or expenses of the NGO, which looks after their maintenance



Heat takes a toll on skin
Sunburn cases up in city hospitals
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
A number of cases of sunburn and skin rashes are being reported at the city hospitals and clinics. Experts suggest in addition to carrying water bottles all the time, it is important to apply the right sunscreen lotions, which are resistant to both UVA and UVB rays, and cover skin properly when going out.

Over the past week, of nearly 100 cases coming to the Dermatology OPDs at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) per day, 10 or 20 cases are that of sunburn and rashes due to the scorching heat, said doctors.

"The worst affected are vendors and labourers, who are most exposed to the sun throughout the day. The demands of their jobs are such, that they cannot escape the sun. We suggest them to carry water with them all the time and keep their bodies covered while working," said Dr Gurvinder Pal Thami, Head of Department of Dermatology, GMCH.

Other experts also said sunburns and rashes were not limited to persons who remain outdoors for longer hours. According Dr SD Mehta, from Dr Mehta's skin clinic in Mohali, the problem is being mostly reported among housewives who spend a lot of time in kitchen.

"Owing to continuous exposure to the heat while cooking, many women suffer skin irritation. The problem occurs even if they stay indoors, hardly stepping out during the day," said Dr Mehta.

The key reason for this is the sensitivity of the skin towards heat, which maybe artificial. This leaves the skin damaged due to undue exposure to the heat, said the experts.

How to protect the skin

As against the common perception, sunscreen lotions cannot alone protect the skin from long-term damages and tanning, said experts. To protect the skin in the present whether, it is important to use physical and chemical sun blocks. The physical sun blocks include caps, cotton jackets, scarves and umbrellas. The chemical sun block includes the sunscreen lotions. Also, it is important to use the sunscreen lotions judiciously to get the maximum benefit. It should be reapplied every three hours.



Four special trains to meet summer rush

Chandigarh, May 26
In view of the approaching summer vacations and subsequent increase in passengers' rush, four special trains have been introduced. The Ludhiana-Saharsa (no. 04504) will run on Mondays and Fridays, starting from May 27 and the train will make 10 trips. It will depart from Ludhiana at 10.25 am and reach Saharsa at 4.10 pm.

The Saharsa-Ludhiana (no. 14503) will run on Tuesdays and Saturdays, starting from May 28. it will depart from Saharsa at 8.05 pm and reach Ludhiana at 11.30 pm.

The Chandigarh-Varanasi (no. 04506) train will ply on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting from June 3. It will depart from Chandigarh at 11.15 pm and reach Varanasi at 5.30 pm. The train (no. 04505) will return from Varanasi on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and reach here at 2.30 pm. — TNS



Fuel consumption soars as candidates campaign in full steam in Panchkula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 26
As the Panchkula Municipal Corporation election campaigning is in full swing, the petrol consumption here has increased considerably. On an average the daily consumption of petrol has gone up by worth over Rs 5 lakh.

There are around 32 petrol pumps in the entire district and the pumps closer to their respective ward are getting the requisite demand of petrol.

“Since the temperature is soaring each day, everyone has to use car, even when he would have used a two wheeler otherwise,” said Manoj Aggarwal, district president of the INLD party.

As many as 163 candidates are contesting the elections for Municipal Corporation and on an average petrol amounting to over Rs 2,000 is consumed daily by each candidate.

“There are people who are working in groups and they ask to fill petrol in all the vehicles, they are using at that time and accordingly they pay a lump sum amount. This happened even during the nomination days.,” said Sanjeev Kaila, who owns the Sector 14 and 4 petrol pump in Panchkula.

“With the formation of Corporation, the area of the wards has been increased. Earlier, a ward had only one or two sectors in its periphery but now the same ward includes five or even six sectors in it. Accordingly the consumption of the candidates, contesting from a ward increases,” said a candidate requesting anonymity.

He further added, “It is not just campaigning but vehicles are being used to get election material like flags, posters, pamphlets as well.” It is not just petrol but there has been a considerable increase in the consumption of diesel also per day.



Lack of basic amenities remains common issue
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 26
Ward 11 comprises the colony area like the Rajiv Colony, Indira Colony and Budanpur village. As many as 15 candidates are in fray from this ward. The common problems which all of them are zeroing in on are the provision of power supply, cleanliness, water supply and repair the broken roads.

Ward 12 comprises the sector 15, Bell Colony, Power Colony and the Industrial Area Phase 2. Development has always been on the back foot when it comes to this ward and doing a complete makeover now would be an uphill task. Some of the strong contenders have their say:

Sunil Talwar

Sunil TalwarContesting on the BJP symbol, Sunil Talwar has been the former councilor of the area. He said that despite being one of the known sectors, Sector 15 has not seen any development for the last five years.

Non-operational streetlights, low water pressure, stray dogs and bad potholed roads are the problems that have been ailing the ward.

“I know how much people of this ward have suffered during the last five years. Stray dogs have always been a cause of concern, as there has been an increase in the dog bite cases, besides, Kids can not play safely,” said Talwar.

He further added, “As most of the streetlights are non-functional, the sector is becoming a hub for criminals. There have been so many snatching cases.”

“Being one of the residendts even I am the sufferer, so I understand the condition of the people of this ward,” Talwar added.

Jitender Sandhu

Jitender SandhuJitender Sandhu, another strong candidate contesting on the INLD party symbol said that since he was the youngest of the candidates contesting from his ward, he would have an edge over others.

“I am contesting the elections for the first time but still I have an edge over others because I am young and have the freshness in me,” said Sandhu.

He further added, “Even otherwise my party always is well known for keeping its word. I will complete all those promises that I have made.”

Ward 13 comprises Sector 19, Industrial Area Phase 1 and Abhaypur. As many as 11 candidates are contesting from this ward. Notably, the concerned issues are again the same as in the preceding wards. Some of the strong candidates have their say:

Ravi Kant Swami

Ravi Kant SwamiContesting on the BJP symbol, Swami said that these areas had been neglected to such an extent that these places did not seem to be part of Panchkula. He said that it had been 5 years and 99 per cent of the roads were broken.

“When the ward does not even have the basic amenities for its people, it shows how many development works have been carried out here. Only because people here do not point out does not mean that they should keep suffering,” said Swami.

He further added, “I know that I will genuinely contribute for my people and that is the reason they should elect me. And I believe that a change is always a better thing to do.”

Subash Nishad

Subash NishadSubash Nishad, contesting on the INLD party symbol, has remained the councillor of the area. He said that even when the council was quashed he continued to work for the people which would speak for itself during the elections.

“People in this ward know how supportive I have been in times of need.” said Nishad.

Others candidates contesting from this ward are Jagdish Sarpanch, Jaswant Singh, Sajid Khan, Surinder Laddi, Jai Prakash, Surinder Singh Kakka, Rajbir Singh, Satpal Saini and Rajesh.



Gogol’s play staged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Students of the department of Indian Theatre staged Gogol’s Russian play, “Revizor”, the inspector General, designed and directed by Professor Mahendra Kumar. The play, staged in the studio theatre of the department, was based on the translated version of the master playwright Gogol’s 150 years old text.

The play underlined the social absurdities corruption, greed and insecurities throbbing beneath the artificial facade of the system. The play was translated into Hindi while retaining the original characters and situations to establish more meaningful communication with the audiences.



This college has produced international sportspersons
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Established in 1958, DAV College is among the prominent colleges in the city. Students from different parts of the country take admission to the college. During more than 50 years of its existence, the college has produced great academicians, administrators and sportspersons of international repute.


A research cell has been established in the college to promote research temperament and culture. Several major and minor projects sponsored by the UGC and other funding agencies have been undertaken by the faculty. The college also brings out a research journal in humanities and social sciences twice a year.

BC Josan, principalThe journal called "Diviner" publishes research-based articles and papers contributed by research scholars and teachers in India and abroad. It has been running successfully since 2004. The college has a well-established library with a vast range of books.

Claim to fame

The college has been holding computer literacy classes for senior citizens free of cost. More than 500 senior citizens have benefited so far. Navsankalp, a charitable organisation run by students, raises funds for charity. The donations made by students have proved instrumental in saving 9 innocent lives.

The college has a dramatics club, a music club, a hiking club, a debate club, a youth service club, the NSS and Blood Donors' Association, the Student Central Association, an IT & management club and other clubs and association of various departments.

Famous alumni

DAV College has produced 58 international sportspersons like Kapil Dev, Yograj Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Mongia, Jeev Milkha Singh and Irina Brar; politicians such as Randeep Singh Surjewala, currently a minister in the Haryana Cabinet, and PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa; Bollywood sensation Ayushman Khurana, apart from many civil servants.

Add-on courses

Translation (English to Hindi)


Counselling and guidance

Industrial chemistry

Electronic hardware maintenance


The college has three girls' hostel and one boys' hostel within the campus.



ambiguous questions in NEET
Students to submit representations
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
Several students are planning to submit representations against ambiguous questions reported in the recently held National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will display the images of OMR answer sheets and responses to the questions marked by candidates on website www.cbseneet.nic.in from May 27 to May 31.

As per the circular issued by the CBSE, candidates wishing to submit representations against the OMR answer sheet may apply through www.cbseneet.nic.in with a fee of Rs 1,000 per response latest by May 31. The fee can be remitted online through debit/credit card. Those remitting fee through challan, to be deposited with Canara Bank/Syndicate Bank/e-post office, are required to send the copies of their representations and challan through email at neet.cbse@nic.in or by fax at 011-22509251 for the processing of their request.

Officials said each valid representation received with the fee would be examined as per the CBSE instructions and the board’s decision would be final on this matter. A sum of Rs 1000 would be refundable to the candidates in case the challenge was accepted by the board.

Akash Singla, a student, said he would file the representation against three-four questions, since these seemed to have more than two correct options.

Dr Arvind Goyal, city-based PMT trainer, said as many as seven questions in the recently held NEET had confusions. The facility introduced by the board would definitely bring clarity on these ambiguous questions.



CBSE Class XII results to be out today
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The anxiety has gripped students as the CBSE Class XII results will be declared after 10 am tomorrow. This year, Class XII results are quite crucial, especially for those trying to get admission to undergraduate engineering courses like BTech and BE in Centrally-sponsored universities, including the National Institutes of Technology, the Indian Institutes of Information Technology and deemed universities at the state level like PEC in Chandigarh.

Forty per cent of the Class XII marks will be added to the JEE Main score, whose final ranking will be announced in the first week of July.

Class XII marks are also crucial for IITs as students should be among the top 20 per cent scorers in their respective class XII board exams.

Ankit Mahajan, a student, said: “We are anxious about our class XII results, since it will play an important role in getting us admission to top colleges and universities for undergraduate engineering courses”.

Students of other streams are equally anxious. Akash Bhardwaj, a commerce stream student, said the competition had become very tough. Admission to any good college in Delhi was not possible without 93-94 per cent marks, he said.

As per information, more than 1.30 lakh students appeared for CBSE class XII exams in the 2012-13 session from the Panchkula circle, comprising Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, J&K and Himachal Pradesh.

From Chandigarh, a total of 16,115 students, both private and government schools, appeared for the board exams.

There are around 20 private schools and nearly 34 government schools in the UT.

Candidates for CBSE class XII

  • Chandigarh - 16,115
  • Punjab - 41,505
  • J&K - 5,244
  • Himachal Pradesh - 8,046
  • Haryana - 64,783



Board launches helpline for counselling students
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has launched a post-result helpline service ahead of Class XII results to overcome common psychological problems and deal with general queries after the declaration of results.

While class XII results will be declared tomorrow, class X results are expected in the next three-four days.

The counselling will continue till June 10 on all working days from 8 am to 10 pm.

Officials said for better accessibility and convenience, students could dial a toll-free number 1800118004 from any part of the country and get in touch with an operator for general queries related to results or with counsellors for one-to-one telephonic counselling from 8 am to 10 pm.

As many as 45 experts, including principals, trained counsellors from the CBSE-affiliated government and private schools and a few psychologists, will be available for tele-counselling across the country.

CBSE regional officer RJ Khanderao said students could come to the regional office in Panchkula for any kind of query post result.

The CBSE’s tele-counselling service had been designed keeping the heterogeneity of students’ population and geographical spread in mind, he said.

As per information, the CBSE has also arranged counselling facility for special children to take care of their needs and anxiety. Techniques to cope with result-related anxiety are also provided at the CBSE’s website www.cbse.nic.in



common entrance test
PU student parties help candidates, parents
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 26
The student parties at Panjab University have pulled up their socks for the next student council elections as supporters of all parties were found camping outside examination halls today where the Common Entrance Test (CET) was conducted.

In a bid to attract voters, one of the student parties also distributed mineral water among parents waiting for their wards outside the examination centres.

The student parties had even deputed their supporters at all entry gates of the university to guide candidates and their parents to the location of the examination centres.

Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) leader Yadwinder Singh Dhaliwal said three teams were constituted, which were present at three entry gates to guide candidates to the examination centres.

“We didn’t want the candidates to shuttle between one department and another due to which they also get late in reaching the examination centres,” Dhaliwal said.

The candidates who were on foot were even dropped by the party workers in their cars from the gate to the examination centres.

There were around 21 centres on the PU campus that witnessed groups of party workers approaching the candidates for assistance. The party members distributed pamphlets with their helpline numbers among the candidates appearing for the exam for any kind of assistance.

NSUI leader Jeevanjot Singh Chahal said the candidates had been provided with the helpline numbers. They could dial these numbers anytime to know the dates of result, counselling and the admission process. Members of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) also distributed glasses of mineral water among parents sitting outside the examination centres. SOPU leader Vikramjit Singh said they just wanted to help parents and their wards during their visit to the university.



Answer sheets stolen

Chandigarh, May 26
As many as 10 answer sheets of revaluation exam of family social welfare at Home Science College have reportedly been stolen. The UT police has registered a case of theft and started investigations.

The police received a complaint from Dr Ravneet Chawla of Home Science College, Sector 10, Chandigarh.

Dr Ravneet told the police that someone has stolen a bundle of answer sheets of Panjab University from Home Science College on May 15. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered at Sector 3 police station. — TNS



PGGC-11 founder’s day
Sufi singer casts a spell

Chandigarh, May 26
Sufi Balbir, an internationally renowned singer, performed at Post Graduate Government College (PGGC), Sector 11, at the founder’s day function. It was organised by the Alumni Association of the college.

A large number of alumni of the college, comprising judges, politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen, attended the function. The Sufi singer mesmerised the audience with his wonderful recital.

Principal JS Raghu said the government college, Chandigarh, had a wonderful history. It was a part of government college, Lahore (Pakistan), which was established in 1864 and affiliated to Calcutta University. After Independence, two government colleges were reestablished in Punjab, first in Ludhiana and second in Chandigarh. So, the government college of Chandigarh was considered the continuation of that of Lahore college. — TNS




Student company

After a successful debut run last year, the Student Company, Ascension, of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, Chandigarh, held activities on business management skills. This year, Ascension has expanded its range to include a wider array of products - both food and non-food items. The food product range has been changed to adapt to new tastes and now includes cheese ‘n’ salsa nachos, oreo flurry, fruit squashes and punches, coke float, ice cream ‘n’ brownie, etc. The company started last year with an initial capital of Rs 10,000 and raised the issue of equity shares of face value of Rs 10 each. The issue was open for the students of class VI to class XII, teachers and the school staff. “Employees of Ascension are students from both commerce and arts streams. The main aim of this students company is to inculcate entrepreneurship skills, money management and a glimpse into the working of a real company among students,” said Vineeta Arora, principal of the school.

Splash party

To get some respite from the scorching heat, a “kool-kool splash party” was organised at SMD Little Champ School, Sector 2, Panchkula. The tiny tots attired in swimming costumes had lots of fun at the party. They also floated their handmade colourful paper boats in the pool. The party ended with scrumptious food enjoyed by one and all.

Summer camp

The concluding day of the ongoing summer camp, “Sukriti”, at DAV-Surajpur, Panchkula, was a day replete with extreme buoyancy, hopefulness, optimism and positivity. It helped many students turning into a new leaf by imbibing great values and inculcating new skills in activities like yoga, music, dance, health and nutrition, personality development and sports. Chief guest Sandeep Aggarwal, CFO of Vardhman Chemical Limited, applauded the efforts of teachers and students in making the workshop successful. He congratulated the students on seeing their excellent conversation skills during the personality development workshop.

Ceiling fans donated

AGM SC Dhawan and branch manager Harpreet Kaur of the State Bank of Patiala today donated ceiling fans to Government Primary School, Saketri, under the community services banking. — TNS



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