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Theme Park case
Closure report rejected again
Fresh trouble for former bureaucrats as court asks Central Bureau of Investigation to reinvestigate case
Tribune News Service

Lalit Sharma,
Lalit Sharma, former UT Adviser

Krishna Mohan
Krishna Mohan, former UT Home Secy

Vivek Atray
Vivek Atray, former Tourism Director

Chandigarh, June 7
Former top UT bureaucrats, including former UT Adviser Lalit Sharma, former UT Home Secretary Krishna Mohan and former Tourism Director Vivek Atray are in for fresh trouble as the CBI court, for the second time, today rejected the closure report in the theme-cum-amusement park scam in which the three officials have been accused of corruption and criminal conspiracy.

The CBI special court of Vimal Kumar today directed the CBI to reinvestigate the case and rejected the closure report. The first CBI closure report, filed in April last year, was rejected by the court on August 30, 2012, and a fresh probe was ordered. The CBI had again filed a closure report in March this year, which was rejected today. A private firm, Unitech Limited, through its Managing Director Ajay Chandra, has also been made an accused in the case.

A case of corruption, abuse of power and criminal conspiracy was registered in 2010 against former UT Adviser Lalit Sharma, former UT Home Secretary Krishna Mohan and former Tourism Director Vivek Atray.

The complainant, Vivek Aditya, had stated that the CBI was concealing facts from the court and had imposed softer Sections on the accused. The complainant had also pointed out that even though the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had stated that there was a needle of suspicion towards former UT Administrator SF Rodrigues, he name was nowhere mentioned in the case. On the other hand, the CBI said in the closure report that there was no evidence against the accused.

The FIR registered by the CBI in the multi-crore theme-cum-amusement park project scam had stated that the former top bureaucrats of the Chandigarh Administration, in connivance with M/s Unitech Limited, indulged in a criminal conspiracy and awarded 73.65 acres of land in Sarangpur village to Unitech Limited for a Rs 5.5-crore fixed annual licence fee and on a 1.1 per cent annual revenue sharing basis. By doing so, the FIR stated, they caused “wrongful loss to the government and corresponding wrongful gain to Unitech Limited, Gurgaon.”

It was alleged that the Chandigarh Administration ignored financial rules while inviting tenders and shortlisting companies. These officers had allegedly “ignored” the highest bidder, DLF, and allotted the project to Unitech. The case had been referred to the CBI by the CVC.

In its closure report, the CBI stated that during the course of its investigations, none of the allegations levelled in the complaint had been substantiated. The CBI also did not find any corroborative evidence of Unitech having “dealt” with any of these officers with a view to getting the allotment done in its favour.

The CBI had registered the case on October 4, 2010, on charges of abuse of power and criminal conspiracy under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC.

The controversial project was shelved by the Chandigarh Administration in 2010 after the CVC conducted a probe into the allegations of irregularities in the allotment of land to Unitech.

How the case has progressed

October 2010: The CBI registers a case against former UT officials

April 2012: The CBI files a closure report

August 2012: The CBI court rejects the closure report, orders a reinvestigation

March 2013: The CBI files the second closure report

June 2013: The CBI court again rejects the closure report



66-room illegal building sealed
Tribune News Service

The building that was sealed by the Land Acquisition Collector in Hallo Majra on Friday.
The building that was sealed by the Land Acquisition Collector in Hallo Majra on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, June 7
The Land Acquisition Collector (LAC) today sealed a 66-room three-storeyed building allegedly raised in violation of the Periphery Act in Hallo Majra village here.

An official of the Land Acquisition Office said the three-storeyed building was being used to house labourers. Apart from the three storeys, the owners of the property had constructed a basement to create additional space.

Before sealing the building, the officials issued a notice to the owners. A team of officials of the Land Acquisition Office and the Estate Office, led by Tehsildar Amarinder Singh and SDO (Building) Suresh Kumar asked the occupants to evacuated the building before sealing the premises.

The Land Acquisition Office had earlier sealed similar buildings in other villages that had been allegedly raised in violation of the Periphery Act.

Meanwhile, a team of the Estate Office seized five diesel-run generator sets from shops in Sector 17, which were being run in violation of the Air and Noise (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. Directions in this regard had recently been issued by the National Green Tribunal. 



Get ready for a pleasant weekend
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
There is good news for city residents as the weekend is likely to be pleasant, according to the forecast of the Met Department. The city is likely to see a dip of two to three degrees Celsius, both in the maximum and minimum temperatures, in the coming days.

A Met Dept official said the heavy showers yesterday resulted in a dip in the mercury today. The maximum temperature recorded today was 36.6°C, two degrees below normal and the lowest since 2003 in June. The minimum temperature recorded today was 24.4°C, three degrees below normal.

The official said a western disturbance had resulted in rain in the city yesterday, which brought the much-needed respite for residents of the tricity from the sweltering heat.

According to the forecast, there will be a partly cloudy sky with the possibility of thundershowers tomorrow. The maximum temperature is expected to be around 38°C and the minimum around 28°C.



Thunderstorm fallout
Day after, several areas still sans power
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

A day after the thunderstorm, traffic lights remained non-functional, causing traffic problems in Chandigarh on Friday.
A day after the thunderstorm, traffic lights remained non-functional, causing traffic problems in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, June 7
City residents continued to suffer due to power cuts on the second day today after high-velocity winds snapped power supply lines in various parts of the city yesterday. The worst affected was Mani Majra, where residents were without power for around 28 hours. Several pockets of the township were still without power at the time of the filing of this report.

The power situation in the city during the past two days can be gauged from the fact that the UT Electricity Department received as many as 2,150 complaints during this period.

Yesterday, the department had received 1,550 complaints, while today it received 600 complaints from various parts of the city.

In Mani Majra, there was no power supply from 4 pm yesterday till this evening. In some parts, the supply was restored around 8 pm today.

Besides Mani Majra, in several areas such as Sectors 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 43, and Dhanas and Maloya village, the power supply was restored this morning between 4 am to 8 am. In Sector 20, the power supply was restored at 3 am today, but again a power cut was imposed at 9 am, which continued till 1 pm.

Employees of the Power Department were busy restoring the power supply by removing heavy trees, which had fallen on power supply lines in the city.

In the Industrial Area, Phase I, an employee of the department, Suresh Pal, got seriously injured last night while trying to restore the power supply. He has been admitted to the PGI. His condition is stated to be critical.

As there was no power supply in various parts of the city today, traffic signals at various spots were non-functional, giving motorists a tough time.

Brig KS Kahlon, a resident of Mani Majra, said there was no power supply in his area till 8 pm. People, who were using "kundi" connections, were enjoying power supply, while people who were paying regular bills, were deprived of electricity, he said.

UT Superintending Engineer (Electricity) MP Singh said the staff were on their toes to restore the power supply in the city today. In several parts of the city, heavy trees had fallen on power supply lines and it took time to remove these trees to restore the supply, he said. Normally, during this season, they received around 300 complaints on an average in a day, but during the past two days, the complaint centre was flooded with calls from residents, he said.


States, UT to form Corp 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
The UT Administration and states of Punjab and Haryana have agreed to set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the Metro rail project. In a meeting between the officials of UT Administration, Punjab and Haryana, it was also decided that the SPV be named Chandigarh Tricity Multi-Modal Transport Corporation (CTMTC).

During the meeting, representatives of the UT Administration and the two state governments shared viewpoints on the memorandum of understanding (MoU) of the Union Ministry of the Urban Development.

A senior official of the UT Administration said the MoU was on the lines of the Delhi-Gurgaon Metro rail project. The states and the local administration have agreed to go ahead with the project, but financial model is yet to be finalised by all the parties. In the next meeting, the three parties would submit their viewpoints on the financial model of the metro project. “The exact equity structure of the SPV will be finalised shortly,” said the official.

After the modalities have been formally agreed upon among the three parties, the UT Administration would write to the Ministry of Urban Development to obtain the approval from the Government of India.

In today’s meeting, UT Adviser KK Sharma told the participants that as per his discussions held with senior officials of the Ministry of Urban Development, the Ministry was keenly awaiting the formal acceptance of the proposed MoU by the three parties for processing the matter further.

There will be two corridors of the Metro rail, with a total length of 37.57 kilometres. A substantial part of the Metro line is in Chandigarh. The east-west corridor will extend from Transport Terminal in Mohali to grain market in Panchkula. The north-east corridor will extend from Capitol Complex to Gurdwara Singh Shaheeda in Mohali.

The total cost of the project is Rs 10,900 crore. This will be shared between Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana. It is proposed that within the sectoral grid of Chandigarh, the Metro line will be underground, keeping in view the heritage of the city. The cost of construction of underground Metro is almost three times the cost of elevated metro lines. Punjab and Haryana have already given their consent for sharing the cost of construction.



Workshop concludes

Chandigarh, June 7
Experts from various fields discussed the issues related to the disposal of waste, surplus or life expired ammunition and high energy materials at a two-day workshop, organised by the High Energy Material Society of India (HEMSI), in collaboration with Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory (TBRL), that concluded at Ramgarh near here today.

The workshop was attended by the academicians, scientists from research and development organisations, representatives from civilian explosive industries, armed forces, ordnance factories, paramilitary forces, Quality Assurance of Military Explosives, ISRO and DRDO laboratories.

Dr Satish Kumar, Director DRDO and Chairman of the HEMSI, Chandigarh-Delhi Chapter, spoke about the major concerns associated with the disposal of ammunition and explosives, while Dr Manjit Singh, Director, TBRL highlighted the various activities and achievements of HEMSI in spreading awareness of high energy materials and related issues. — TNS



Trains delayed at city station 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Hundreds of passengers commuting to Chandigarh in the morning trains were at the receiving end due to the delay in arrival and departure of trains at the city railway station.

Three trains were delayed in the morning: Himalayan Queen, Kalka Shatabdi and Jan Shatabdi.

Himalayan Queen which was scheduled to arrive at 10.25 am, reached at 12.28 pm. Kalka Shatabdi reached at 11.14 am, nearly 10 minutes behind the scheduled time. Jan Shatabdi left the station at 7.47 am, nearly half an hour after the scheduled time of 7.23 am.

The Ambala divisional railway manager PK Sanghi attributed the delay to technical problems arising from yesterday’s thunderstorm.

Around seven trains were delayed yesterday evening as the overhead wire between Ghagger and Dhapar had snapped.



CHB employees demand pension
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Employees of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) took part in a protest march to the Raj Bhawan for submitting a memorandum to UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil, seeking implementation of Pension Scheme to the employees of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) who joined prior to 2004.

The employees have been sitting on dharna at the CHB office, under the banner of Chandigarh Housing Board Employees Co-ordination Committee peacefully.

The leaders of Federation of UT Employees and Workers, UT Subordinate Services Federation, Chandigarh Subordinate Services Federation, joint action committee of Chandigarh and MC employees and workers, CTU workers union, CITCO employees and workers union, Punjab and UT Employees' Joint Action Committee, Chandigarh, Punjab State Board and Corporation Mahasangh, joint action committee of resident welfare Association Sector 56, joined the protest march.



Why compensation not paid yet, commission asks PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
The UT State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commssion, today served a show-cause notice on the PGI, asking the respondent to explain why the compensation of Rs 7 lakh had not been provided to Anupama’s parents yet.

The commission, on April 1, had directed the premier institute to pay a sum of Rs 7 lakh to Anupama’s parents as compensation for medical negligence that led to her death.

The PGI, however, maintained that it had filed an appeal with the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission against the orders of the state commission, and was not liable to issue the compensation amount till a final order was announced.

Anupama, a 15-year-old girl, died at the PGI in July, last year, after struggling for her life for over three weeks. Her left leg was crushed under a rear tyre of a CTU bus, following which she was admitted to the PGI.

In August, last year, her parents had filed a complaint against the PGI and CTU alleging negligence on their part.

Counsel for Anupama's parents, Pankaj Chandgothia, informed the court that the stay order granted by the national commission was not absolute but conditional. The operation of the order could be considered for stay only upon depositing 50 per cent of the amount within one month, he argued.

The period ended on June 3. The PGI has to reply to the show-cause notice by June 27.



Paediatrics body to train docs, health professionals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
The Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) is launching a nationwide Safe Injection Environment (SIE) Campaign to train paediatricians in safe injection practices over the next six months.

The campaign aims at training over 500 paediatricians and health professionals with the objective of protecting children from infections caused by unsafe injections.

Talking about the significance of the SIE Campaign, IAP secretary-general Dr Sailesh Gupta said: "According to a 2004 INCLEN study on injection practices, around 63 per cent of all injections administered in India are unsafe. Unsafe injection practices are an important cause behind the spread of various diseases such as hepatitis. When it comes to the health of children, the importance of safe injections cannot be overemphasised.”

WHO has estimated that 42 per cent of the hepatitis C and 33 per cent of the hepatitis B cases can be attributed to unsafe injections, said experts.

IAP will be conducting city-based training workshops in 12 cities including Chandigarh. A national workshop will take place in Mumbai. IAP will be engaging with the local government officials to leverage them as key influencers for the training programs. 



Mohali MC in a fix over delimitation of wards
Our Corrspondent

Mohali , June 7
The Mohali Municipal Corporation is in a fix over the delimitation of wards for the long-overdue civic body elections, as the Department of Local Government is going at a snail's pace for taking a decision on a proposal to extend the municipal limits.

The corporation has been waiting for more than two months for the department to respond to their proposal to include 21 villages and other areas in the jurisdiction of the civic body.

It is only after a decision is taken by the government on its proposal, will it be possible for the corporation authorities to go ahead with exercise of delimitation. The Local Government authorities had written a letter to the corporation, seeking details about the delimitation work undertaken by it.

The Commissioner of the corporation had, however, decided on March 22 to extend the limits of the civic body. On the same day, all the relevant documents in this regard were sent to the Additional Secretary, Department of Local Government, for further approval.

On May 30, the civic body authorities had written a letter to the Director, Local Government, stating that it was not possible to undertake delimitation without getting to know about the decision taken by the higher authorities on the corporation's proposal on extending the limits.

However, the department authorities have so far maintained an intriguing silence on the matter. As many as 21 villages have consented for their inclusion in the extended limits of the Mohali Corporation, increasing by nearly three times the area within its jurisdiction.

The villages includes Raipur, Badmajra, Sihanpur, Daon, Ballomajra, Balongi, Baliali, Lakhnour, Sohana, Nanumajra, Pati Sohana, Mauli Baidwan, Kumbra, Raipur Khurd, Chilla, Manouli, Papri, Chachumajra , Kambala, Kambali and Jagatpura. Apart from these 21 villages about 24 new sectors of Mohali will also come within the extended jurisdiction of the corporation. It is learnt that the existing area under corporation measures 22.83 sq km. The additional area that will come within its jurisdiction would be about 50.99 sq km. 



RWA-21 election challenged in court
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
A member of Residents Welfare Association (RWA) of Sector 21 has challenged the election of the association in the local court here.

The court issued a notice to the association, its president Baljinder Singh and others. In his application, petitioner member Rajinder Kumar Goyal, seeks directions from the court to restrain the association and its office bearers from holding the association’s elections, which are scheduled for June 9.

The petitioner also demanded that during the pendency of the petition, those new members, who have been made as life members or ordinary members, by the respondent no 2 (president) should not be allowed to cast vote in the elections. 



Girl's body cremated
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 7
The 16-year-old maid, who has allegedly committed suicide, was cremated at the cremation ground of Sector 11, here today.

Earlier, the parents of the victim had refused to take her body, but after a minor protest they cremated the body. Earlier, no internal and external marks were found on the minor girl's body during the postmortem. 



Parliamentary panel to inspect PGI today 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
A 29-member parliamentary committee will visit various departments and patient wards at the PGI tomorrow to assess developments at the premier institute.

The team will visit primarily the New OPD Block and the Advanced Trauma Centre, where the patient footfall remains the highest. The MPs will visit the institute at around 10 am and will proceed with its tour to Kasauli after afew hours.

Ahead of the visit, the PGI staff was seen busy making arrangements and doing makeover exercise at most of the locations, including the New OPD Block today.

More than 6,000 patients visit the New OPD Block everyday, and cleanliness of waiting areas and toilets remains a challenge for the PGI staff. The staff cleaned waiting areas, devoting extra hours today.

The committee, headed by Brijesh Pathak, will also visit institutes in Himachal Pradesh on this study tour.



No posts sanctioned for cath lab at GMCH-32 yet
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
For running the “fully equipped” cath lab, which was scheduled for completion in March this year, no posts of staff have been sanctioned by Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, till date.

Despite the fact that the hospital has been reeling under severe staff shortage, it has failed to even initiate the process of sanctioning of posts for the cath lab, which consumes considerable amount of time as per the protocol. Information sought under the RTI Act revealed that “no posts have been sanctioned for the cath lab as on date”.

The Chandigarh Tribune had earlier reported claims made by the previous director that sufficient staff was available with the hospital for being deputed at the lab.

The fact that Dr S Reddy from the department of cardiology, PGI, had been chosen for heading the cardiac centre at GMCH, further, poses a question mark over the availability of staff for running the centre (or the cath lab).

Director-Principal Dr Atul Sachdev, however, said the process is progressing at a good pace and the lab would be ready soon. “Post creation consumes time since appointments are to be finalised in New Delhi. We are hopeful that very soon the lab will be operational,” he said.

While the hospital has already been running behind schedule in setting up the Rs 11 crore cath lab, the delay in appointment of staff may cast its shadow on the inauguration.

For running round-the-clock services at the lab, the hospital needs a total of six staff members, including a consultant, two senior residents, a nurse and two technicians, at any given time.

Sources in the GMCH administration said the previous director of the institute had decided to depute the staff from department of internal medicine at the cath lab.

The department of medicine, however, has only two senior residents against the sanctioned strength of 12. Sources say the department has seven consultants, but they are not specialised in cardiology.

A total of 168 posts of doctors and 61 paramedics and nurses are lying vacant at the hospital. For more than 3,000 patients visiting the OPDs daily, the hospital has 264 doctors and 184 paramedics. The staff also attends more than 200 indoor patients in the emergency. 

What is a cath lab

A catheterisation laboratory or cath lab is an examination room in a hospital or a clinic with diagnostic imaging equipment used to support the catheterisation procedure. A catheter is inserted into a large artery and various wires and devices can be inserted through the body via the catheter, which is inside the artery.

For the purchase of equipment for the cath lab, GMCH has opened the tenders. The cost of equipment, as specified in the tender, is close to ~3.44 crore, while the cost of accessories is higher, close to ~4.67 crore.

hospital to have CT scan centre

Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, has got the approval for setting up its own CT scan centre. The hospital, until now, had a private party providing the facility of the CT scan. The new centre will be set up on the premises of department of radiology.



Power workers stage protest 
Tribune News Service

Members of the UT Powermen Union protest at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Members of the UT Powermen Union protest at Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, June 7
The electricity department staff under the banner of UT Powermen Union Chandigarh today staged a protest at Sector 17.

They were objecting to the decision of Chandigarh Administration of appointing a consultant for the purpose of ‘corporatisation’ of the department. The leaders while addressing the rally strongly criticised the decision.

The protestors also burned an effigy of the Chandigarh Administration.



Police launches new scheme

Chandigarh, June 7
The UT police has launched a unique scheme, know your case, to bring transparency and accountability in its functioning.

Starting tomorrow, Station House Officers along with the investigation officers and beat officers at all the 11 police stations will cater to grievances of the general public from 10 am to 2 pm.

The police has also launched a mechanism to get feedback from the public for the same. — TNS



Financial crunch hits social welfare board hard
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Chandigarh Social Welfare Board is facing an acute financial crunch as the Union Government is yet to release the first installment of the annual budget, which is needed to continue running its projects in the city. Adding to the woes of the board, the UT Administration is yet to notify the board, which is delaying the release of grant-in-aid.

Records of the board revealed that it was running counselling centres, creches and short-stay homes, for which funds are released by the Centre. The board chairperson Kamlesh said the authorities received a communication from the Central Government, directing them to continue operating the creches being run by the board, but the budget for the project was not yet received. She said the board had not received any communication about initiating new projects.

There are also six NGOs in the city, which are fully funded by the Central Government, for providing family counselling services. The board also runs short-stay homes, with the help of Central funds. Due to paucity of funds, however, the short-stay home in Sector 43 is in shambles. The home was set up to provide temporary shelter to women and children in dire need of a permanent infrastructure for their proper rehabilitation. The home has old and dilapidated furniture, shabby rooms and unsafe premises.

The condition of 32 creches being run under the Rajiv Gandhi National Creche scheme in the city is also similar.

The UT Administration, too, has failed to release the grant-in-aid of Rs 17 lakh to the board, as the last installment of the previous financial year. Sources in the department said even if the social welfare department released the funds to the board, it would not be able to utilise it, as the board has not been constituted by the administration yet. A number of reminders had been sent to the UT Administration for the release of grant, but no action has been taken till date, said board members.



PB 65 V 0009 goes for Rs 1.45 lakh
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 7
The office of the District Transport Authority earned a revenue of Rs 19.72 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 3.42 lakh at an auction of the registration numbers of the PB 65-V series held here today.

The registration number that attracted the maximum bid amount of Rs 1.45 lakh was PB 65 V 0009 against the reserve price of Rs 10,000. It was purchased by Sumeet Bedi.

Number PB 65 V 0005 was sold for Rs 1.26 lakh, while PB 65 V 0003 fetched Rs 95,000. PB 65 V 0002 was sold for Rs 85,000 and PB 65 V 0004 could fetch Rs 70,000. The reserve price in all these cases was Rs 10,000.

Registration number PB 65 V 0011 was sold for Rs 61,000, PB 65 V 0037 for Rs 55,000, PB 65 V 0053 for Rs 40,000 and PB 65 V 0010 was sold for Rs 36,000. The reserve price for these numbers was Rs 3,000.

Registration number PB 65 V 0999 was sold for Rs 1.25 lakh against the reserve price of Rs 1,000. It was purchased by Kuldeep Singh.

Similarly, PB 65 V 7171 fetched Rs 60,000 and PB 65 V 1111 was sold for Rs 49,000. The reserve price in these cases was Rs 1,000.



Encroachments removed from Sec 71 parks
Our Correspondent

A JCB machine removes encroachments from a park at Sector 71 in Mohali on Friday.
A JCB machine removes encroachments from a park at Sector 71 in Mohali on Friday. A Tribune Photograph

Mohali, June 7
The GMADA authorities removed encroachments from 10 developed parks in Sector 71 here today.

A team of GMADA staff removed the encroachments done by persons occupying houses adjoining the parks. The house owners had encroached upon up to 15ft of the park area, turning it into kitchen gardens or using it to grow hedges.

A GMADA official said notices had earlier been issued to the encroachers.

He said these parks had been handed over to the residents’ welfare bodies for maintenance. Complaints had been received about the encroachments, but as neighbours were involved, the welfare bodies were reluctant to act against the offenders and had requested the GMADA to take action.

It is learnt that the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority also plans to take action in other areas from which similar complaints have been received.



CM visits ailing Chandumajra

Mohali, June 7
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday visited a hospital here to enquire about SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra's health, who had sustained a fracture in his leg.

Chandumajra, a former MP, had slipped in a bathroom at his residence here and sustained a fracture. He was admitted to Ivy Hospital, where he underwent a surgery.

The Chief Minister spent about half an hour with Chandumajra at the hospital. — OC



Mission Admission
Rooted in tradition

The college, named after the immortal luminary and the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, was established by Sikh Educational Society in 1966 as a tercentennial memorial to the Guru. SGGS College is among the prominent colleges in the city. Students from different across the country and other parts of the world take admission to the college. After the establishment, the college has produced great academics, administrators and sportspersons of international repute.

Hostel facility

The college has boys’ and girls’ hostels within the campus.

Seats in different courses

Course Seats

BA General 1,000

BA (ITE) 40

BCom 280

BCA 120

BSc (Med, Non-Med) Open

BSc Computer Science 80

MA Economics 60

MA Punjabi 60

MA English 60

MSc Maths 60

MSc Bio-Tech 15



The college has an infrastructural network equipped with the latest amenities. The rapidly expanding academic programmes and growing staff strength of the college have necessitated the development of additional infrastructure to the existing four-storeyed arts, science and postgraduate blocks. An impressive student centre building with facilities like a canteen, a cyber café, a stationery shop and an alumni office add to the pride of the college.



Phone numbers

0172-2792754, 2790312, 2792018

Star streams

Science, Biotechnology and Microbial Biotechnology, Commerce and Computer Science

Illustrious alumni

SGGS College has produced a number of international sportspersons, politicians and civil servants. These include Manjeet Singh (international rowing player and two-time Olympian), Rajpal Singh 
(Arjun Awardee), Harjit Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh (international hockey player), Satinder Sharma (international hockey umpire); civil servants Harinder Singh Sidhu, Suresh Arora, Varinder Kumar Garg; and politicians including NK Sharma, Kuljeet Singh Nagra, Charanjeet Singh Channi and many more.

Claim to Fame

The Centre for Sikh Studies was established by Sikh Educational Society in the college with the vision of facilitating research studies in Sri Guru Granth Sahib and other illuminating Sikh religio-culture literature so that it may fruitfully turn up as a humanitarian effort to contribute towards achieving the ideal of universal brotherhood and an enlightened world. While the centre provides teachers and researchers with an up-to-date library containing a large collection of religious writings, it also makes efforts to enlighten the young students about their rich socio-culture and religious heritage.



Website for BCom admissions launched

Chandigarh, June 7
Panjab University today launched the website for centralised admissions to BCom first-year at 12 institutions in Chandigarh. There will be 1,120 seats in co-educational colleges, 770 seats in women’s colleges and 140 seats in the men’s college.

There are 210 BCom seats at DAV College, Sector 10, 70 seats at Department of Evening Studies, PU, 280 seats at SD College, Sector 32, 140 seats at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42, 140 seats at Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46, and 280 seats at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College - 26.

There are 140 seats at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, 210 seats at MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, 140 seats at Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, 140 seats at Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, and 140 seats at Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42.

Boys can apply for the 140 seats at Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, which is a men’s college only. Admission seekers can submit online registration from June 8 to June 23. — TNS



MPhil, PhD: PU invites forms

Chandigarh, June 7
Panjab University has invited applications for MPhil and PhD in the Faculties of Arts, Business Management and Commerce, Design and Fine Arts, Engineering, Languages, Law, and Science. The prospectus and application form is available on the PU website. The admissions would be based on the entrance test, which would be conducted on July 28.

The last date for the submission of online application to generate the bank challan is July 3, and the last date for the submission of fee in any branch of the SBI is July 5.

“The last date for the submission of fee details and uploading photograph and signature with the rest of the information on the website is July 8,” PU officials said.

The e-admit cards would be available on the website on July 19. The entrance test would be of objective type and subjective type.

For Faculty of Laws, the second paper, which is subjective type, will be evaluated only if the candidate secured 40 per cent in the objective type paper-I. For other faculties, the second paper, which is subjective type, will be evaluated only if the general candidate secured 55 per cent in the objective-type paper, and for SC, ST candidates this condition is 50 per cent. To qualify for PhD enrolment, all candidates must have to score at least 40 per cent marks in subjective paper-II. — TNS



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