C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


City drenched in 32 mm of rain
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
The city received 32 mm of rainfall on Saturday, taking the quantum of rainfall recorded in June to 155 mm. In June 2012, the city received 1.6 mm of rainfall. Met officials say more rain is expected in the next three days. The monsoon is expected to reach the region soon.

“Conditions are favourable for the advancement of the southwest monsoon into parts of Punjab and Haryana, including Chandigarh,” said Met director Surinder Pal.

The maximum temperature recorded in the city today was 23.7 degree Celsius, 14 degree below normal. 



Roads remain flooded 

Chandigarh, June 15
Pre-monsoon showers once again exposed the ineffectiveness of the MC in cleaning the road gullies. Most of the roads in the city remained flooded with rainwater on Saturday. MC workers were seen removing dry leaves and garbage from road gullies.

The rain also poured miseries on residents of southern sectors as many areas remained without power in the morning due to a snag. Residents of Sector 37 also had to face a power cut in the evening. Dr Jagdish Jaggi, president, Welfare Association, Sector 37-D, said three years ago the authorities had proposed to install two transformers in the area to solve the problem of overloading, but not even a single transformer had been installed.

The re-carpeting of roads had also been stopped due to the rain. Ramesh Thakur of Sector 18-C said had the MC started the re-carpeting work on time, the residents would not have faced the problem. — TNS



Register ‘Zero FIR’ or face action: MHA
 a car zooms through a waterlogged road near Panjab University. 
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued directions to the UT Administration to register Zero FIR immediately after receiving a complaint irrespective of the place of the incident and jurisdiction.

In its recent order to states and Union Territories, including Chandigarh, the MHA stated that the failure to comply with the instruction of registering an FIR on receipt of information about a cognisable offences would invite prosecution of the police officer under Section 166A (public servant disobeying law) of the IPC for an offence specified under Section 166-A, or departmental action or both.

The letter issued by the MHA reads: “The police will register an FIR on the receipt of the information of a cognisable offence. If after registration of the FIR, it is found that the subject matter relates to the jurisdiction of some other police station, the FIR may be appropriately transferred to that police station.”

“If at the time of registration of the FIR, it becomes apparent that the crime was committed outside the jurisdiction of the police station, the police should be instructed to register a Zero FIR and ensure that the FIR is transferred to the police station concerned under Section 170 of the CrPC. The delay over the determination of the jurisdiction leads to wastage of time. The victim suffers and the offender manages to slip from the clutches of the law,” the letter further reads. 

Zero FIR

Zero FIR means that an FIR can be filed at any police station, irrespective of the place of incident and jurisdiction, after receiving the complaint. The FIR can be later transferred to the police station concerned. 



He came, unearthed scams and left 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
After completing his tenure of seven years as the head of the anti-corruption branch of the CBI, DIG Mahesh Aggarwal will be joining his parent cadre Tamil Nadu as the Inspector General (IG) of Police.

Aggarwal claimed that the Chandigarh branch of the CBI unearthed major scams during the entrance tests in the PGI, following which the institute changed the pattern of exams.

Aggarwal was relieved of his duties from Chandigarh yesterday. He had sought repatriation in February.

In 2010, the CBI unearthed the ‘seats for sale scam’ at the PGI by arresting two doctors. In 2012, the CBI arrested 16 persons, including two doctors, in a case of using hi-tech gadgets for cheating during PGI entrance exam.

Following this, the PGI installed bug detectors on its premises to check cheating and the entrance exam was conducted again.

During Aggarwal’s tenure, the CBI also unearthed the PEC admission scam in which Nepalese students were held taking admission on  forged identity cards.

The CTU recruitment scam was also unearthed during Aggarwal’s tenure in 2010. The recruitments were later quashed.

“It has been a great learning experience for me. I look forward to donning my uniform again after seven years once I join as the IG in my parent cadre of Tamil Nadu,” said DIG Aggarwal, who has been accredited with the Chief Minister’s medal for outstanding devotion to duty in 2006 and police medal for meritorious services in 2010.

The officer also introduced the concept of recording of conversations before a trap in a case of demanding bribe which went a long way in ensuring convictions in the court.

In 2009, the Chandigarh branch of the CBI was declared the best in the country.

It was during his tenure that the CBI established its jurisdiction in Chandigarh over officers of Punjab and Haryana for the first time. The development was followed by the arrest of Mohali DSP Raka Gira from Chandigarh in a case of corruption.

Though Aggarwal’s tenure remained non-controversial, but last month, CBI inspector Balbir Singh accused Aggarwal of leaking the information pertaining to the arrest of former Railway Minister Pawan Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla.

The allegations were dismissed not only by the CBI Headquarters, but also by CAT. Inspector Balbir was also transferred from Chandigarh in 2008 following allegations of corruption when Aggarwal was the SP. 



GMCH-32 fails to update its online directory 
 Still mentions Dr Raj Bahadur as Director-Principal 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
Even after two months of the appointment of Dr Atul Sachdev as the new head of the GMCH-32, the hospital has failed to update its directory which still mentions Dr Raj Bahadur as the Director-Principal of the institute.

Even a report published in these columns a few days ago failed to move the officials.

Chandigarh Tribune had also highlighted that the institute was sending communiqué to the media from Dr Raj Bahadur?s official email ID till last month. While the official ID was changed few days ago, the IT staff of the institute continue to mention Dr Bahadur as the Director-Principal.

Dr Atul Sachdev, head, department of internal medicine, GMCH, took over as the Director-Principal of the institute on April 24 and Dr Raj Bahadur was relieved the same day.

The institute is learnt to have formed a special committee for handling IT-related matters and the records are updated with the help of National Informatics Centre.

Dr Raj Bahadur had joined the GMCH in December 2007. He had come on a deputation from the PGIMER in 2007. He was the longest serving Director-Principal of the institute as he was given several extensions after he completed his three year deputation period in November 2010.



PGI grapples with the problem of plenty
 Unable to tackle heavy rush of patients as over 80% of beds remain occupied throughout year
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
Admitting patients to the PGIMER has become a tedious task for the hospital authorities as more than 80 per cent of the beds in all wards remain occupied throughout the year.
Patients outside the emergency ward at the PGI, Chandigarh.
Patients outside the emergency ward at the PGI, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

This, according to the officials, is the biggest cause for the endless wait as far as planned surgeries are concerned.

There are 2,000 beds in various wards of the hospital.

Over the past one-and-a-half years, more than 1,05,000 patients were admitted to different wards at the PGI.

Around 80 per cent of the patients were shifted from the emergency unit to these wards.

As per the information available with the different departments, the average waiting time for knee transplants, cataract, hernia and even kidney stone removal turned out to be three to four months.

"Even as we call a patient for a surgery after three months or even later, there is no certainty. This happens quite often at other departments as well due to the consistent inflow of patients from the emergency unit requiring urgent surgeries. Under such circumstances, we are forced to delay minor surgeries," said a senior surgeon at the Institute.

"The PGI's emergency unit receives more than 400 new cases every day. The need of the hour is to balance the proportion of OPD patients and emergency patients for admission (40:60, respectively). But the emergency is so overloaded that the number of emergency indoor patients always remains as high as 80 per cent," said another senior PGI official.

Last year, a total of 72,100 patients were admitted to the PGI in different departments, including the Advanced Cardiac Centre, Advanced Paediatric Centre and the Advanced Eye Centre. The number has reached 33,666 this year (till June14). 


Showers wash away claims of MC officials
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 15
The township of Panchkula drowned in the pre-monsoon showers has highlighted various chinks in the drainage system. It was just the second rain of the pre-monsoon showers and the city could be seen flooded with water. Not only internal roads of the various sectors, like 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11,12A, Ralla and Rally village, Devinagar, Old Panchkula, 17, 19, 21, Maheshpur, but even the roundabouts and main roads could be witnessed with waterlogging.

Vehicles pass through a flooded road at Sector 20 in Panchkula on Saturday.
Vehicles pass through a flooded road at Sector 20 in Panchkula on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Interestingly, whenever waterlogging takes place and one asks the authorities the reason for the same, the blame game between the Haryana Urban

Development Authority (HUDA) and Municipal Corporation (MC) comes to the fore.

The MC said that HUDA was responsible for the waterlogging in the city, whereas, when HUDA officials were contacted, they contended that the sweepers deployed by the MC dumped the garbage in the gullies, resulting in waterlogging.

BB Singal, ex-vice-president said that there was a need to introduce more road gullies and the arrangements were always inadequate.

"The houses that are located on fag end are the most affected. As a result, the stranded water comes to the roundabouts," added Singal.

MC and HUDA are collectively responsible to prevent this problem.

"Whenever we approach the MC for help, the authorities do not deal with us politely and direct us towards HUDA officials. However, when we contact the HUDA officials, the latter points out MC," said Vicky, a resident of Sector 19, Panchkula. The passing of buck by HUDA and MC has been going on since long and may be this is the reason why Panchkula is stuck in waterlogging, despite being a planned city."

No respite in sight

Even though Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had claimed that there would be no waterlogging during the rains, after the completion of Singh Nallah Project, the problem continues. Under this project, the water which enters the township through Singh Nallah, has been diverted towards Ghaggar river. The same problem had prevailed even the last year, when HUDA officials had claimed that since 95 per cent of project had been done complete, the residents would be free from drainage problems from the next year. Thereafter, the project was completed by the Irrigation Department.

"The project was completed long ago and that is why Panchkula is not facing major waterlogging. The water seeps in within 20 minutes to half an hour," said superintending engineer of the HUDA department (public health), NK Verma.

Singh Nallah Choe passes through the various sectors of Panchkula, including Sectors 1, 2, 4, 12,12A. Due to an encroachment over Singh Nallah Choe in the Punjab territory, the floodwater would overflow in Panchkula town. To solve this problem, a diversion drain with a capacity of 2500 cc has been made. This diverts the water towards Ghaggar river.

"We had thought that this time we would face any problems as compared to previous year. On the contrary, all the roads near the roundabout and internal ones are baldy choked," said Tara Malhotra, a resident of Sector 4, Panchkula.

No arrangements made

Though both the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and Municipal Corporation (MC) claimed that they had been preparing the drainage system, to successfully deal with the monsoon season, for the last one month, the residents counter-claimed and said that the "preparations" were just on papers.

As many as 20 groups, each comprising four men, were deployed in each sector to clean up the water channels in order to avoid waterlogging. 



Water enters industries as nullah overflows
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 15
Filthy water from an overflowing nullah entered the industrial units in Phase IX, creating unhygienic conditions and leading to resentment among the owners, here today.
Sewage enters an industrial unit in Industrial Area, Phase IX, Mohali, on Saturday.
Sewage enters an industrial unit in Industrial Area, Phase IX, Mohali, on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

The nullah, which flows from the Chandigarh and passes through Mohali, brought misery to the industrial unit owners. Foul smell emanating from the filthy water made the matters even worse in the affected industrial pocket.

The Chandigarh Administration has set up a sewage treatment plant in Phase IX and its outlet channel passes through the Industrial Area. Whenever it overflows, water collects on the roads in several parts of the area, which leads to inconvenience.

The president of the Mohali Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Industrial Area, Phase IX, Jasbir Singh Manku said that filthy water entered at least 10 industrial units at around 8 am today. This made the entry to the factories difficult. Even the workers were reluctant to go inside the buildings, fearing that they might contract some disease due to the contaminated water. 



Fusion of sarod, flute marks Day 2 of summer fest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
The second day of the summer festival saw the fusion of the sarod and flute, besides another performance on “Gaudiya Nritya”, a Bengali classical dance form, at the Tagore Theatre here today. Kaushik Mukherjee, a sarod player, and Manab Mukherjee, who played flute and sehnai, left the audience spellbound with the intricacies of their recital.
Manab Mukherjee and Kaushik Mukherjee perform during the summer festival at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Manab Mukherjee and Kaushik Mukherjee perform during the summer festival at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Dr Mahua Mukherjee’s “Gaudiya Nritya” was the highlight of the evening. Dr Mahua Mukherjee was honoured with the “Rabindra Purashar” by the Tagore Research Institute of Kolkata for reviving “Gaudiya Nritya” and penning several books on this art form.

Dr SK Punia, chief coordinator of the festival, said: “Tomorrow, a play, “Hum-Suffer”, will be staged. It is based on a couple at crossroads, meeting each other after several years”.

The festival would conclude on June 17 with Kuchipudi dance by Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant, who is one of India’s most eminent and renowned dancers and is celebrated as one of the country’s leading classical dancers, choreographers and dance scholars, he said. 



Facing abuse in twilight years 
As per HelpAge India’s report, 23 per cent of elderly persons are abused everyday
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
Around 23 per cent of the elderly in the country are abused by family members everyday," revealed HelpAge India's latest survey report. The organisation interviewed the elderly in 24 tier-I and tier-II cities across India.

Members of the Chandigarh Senior Citizen Association attend a seminar at Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Members of the Chandigarh Senior Citizen Association attend a seminar at Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari 

The report was presented during a seminar organised by the Chandigarh Senior Citizen Association in collaboration with HelpAge India to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today.

Justice Jagdish Bhalla, chairman of the Punjab Human Rights Commission, was the chief guest.

Bhuvneshwar Sharma, state head of HelpAge India, said the primary abusers were daughter-in-law in 39 per cent cases and sons in 38 per cent cases.

Disrespect, neglect and verbal abuse are the most prevalent forms of abuse. Elderly persons cite lack of adjustment, economic dependence and increasing longevity as the main reasons behind such a treatment.

Experts said sensitising children and strengthening intergenerational bonding, increasing economic independence of the abused and sensitising young adults could help deal with elder abuse.

Daljit Singh Grewal, president of the Chandigarh Senior Citizen Association, said fearing retaliation, the elderly restrained themselves from reporting the matter to the police. "Such cases should be reported to agencies set up for the welfare of the elderly," said Grewal.

Chandigarh SDM Tanvi Garg spoke on the rederssal mechanism available under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Act, 2007, in Chandigarh and discussed in detail how the tribunal under the Act was trying to provide relief to senior citizens. She also urged the NGOs to come forward. Former president of the association Keshav Chandra also spoke on various issues.

Chandigarh SSP RS Ghumman and Justice Jagdish Bhalla shared their experiences.

Ghumman said in rural areas, elderly persons were deprived of basic facilities. He appealed to the senior citizens to help themselves.

Justice Bhalla said the elderly should be given special rights, apart from their fundamental rights.

The interpretation of the word abuse should also be stretched when it comes to senior citizens, he said.

Their plight

Moga-based Gurbachan Singh and his wife said their son wanted them to leave the house and that they had been running from pillar to post seeking help. The Chandigarh Senior Citizen Association assured the couple of taking up their case with the Human Rights Commission in Punjab. Daljit Grewal said even though the state had notified the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Act, 2007, it was still on paper. The Act should be implemented so that people like Gurbachan are not made to suffer, he said.



Fee evasion by panel chairman
District attorney terms it a non-cognisable offence 
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
The Deputy District Attorney in its report submitted to the UT police in connection with the alleged fee evasion case stated that as per the Punjab Agricultural Produce Market (PAPM) Act, market committee chairman Dinesh Mahajan had not committed a cognisable offence.

The report reads, "Keeping in view the facts on record and the specific Act applicable in the present reference, I am of the opinion that no cognisable offence at this stage is made out."

Refuting the allegations, Mahajan said the police conducted a probe into the affairs of the firms and found that the promoters had committed no cognisable offence. Mahajan stated that the entire malicious propaganda against him and his family was politically motivated as the members belonging to the other faction wanted him to resign.

Mahajan said the assessment was done in violation of the Punjab Agricultural Produce Market Act, 1961, (PAPM) Act. Most of the proceedings were initiated under provisions that were not applicable in Chandigarh. Even the constitution of the assessment committee to assess the outstanding market fee was in violation of the Act which was why the Secretary, Agriculture, UT, stayed the proceedings, he added.

On November 29, 2012, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Secretary, State Agricultural Marketing Board, had directed the police officers to lodge an FIR against market committee chairman Dinesh Mahajan for evading market fee of Rs 26 lakh.

Mahajan refutes allegations

Refuting the allegations, Mahajan said the police conducted a probe into the affairs of the firms and found that the promoters had committed no cognisable offence. Mahajan said the assessment was done in violation of the Punjab Agricultural Produce Market Act, 1961, (PAPM) Act. Most of the proceedings were initiated under provisions that were not applicable in Chandigarh.

Home Secy stays orders

To assess the fee evasion, the market committee formed a sub-committee, but the formation of the panel was challenged by Dinesh Mahajan and the orders were stayed by the Home Secretary-cum-Secretary, Agriculture, Chandigarh. 



Bansal to attend party meet

Chandigarh, June 15
In order to regain political ground, former union railways minister and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal will attend a meeting of the Congress workers.

Bansal will attend two political programmes on Sunday.

In the past one month, he attended only one public function organised by an NGO. — TNS



Vocational training body gets nod
Tribune News Service

chandigarh, June 15
The Ministry of Labour and Employment, under which the Directorate General of Employment and Training operates, has approved the formation of Chandigarh Council for Vocational Training.

The council has been registered as a society.

The council will look after the working of Industrial Training Institutes and in Chandigarh.

The council will also look into the informal training of school dropouts, existing workers and ITI graduates to improve their employability under the Skill Development Initiative Scheme. 



Chandigarh Scan

Interactive session

Three successful women entrepreneurs shared their experience of setting up startups and raising funds to scale up the operations at an interactive session organised by The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) on Saturday. The three speakers included Sifti Riat, director operations, Akal Springs, Ludhiana, dermatologist Dr Maleeka Sachdeva, and IT entrepreneur Rasneet Kaur Kanwar from the city.

320 donate blood

Nearly 320 people donated blood at a camp organised by Thalassaemic Children Welfare Association, Chandigarh, at the PGI. Chief guest Dr Zora Singh, chancellor of Desh Bhagat Singh Group of Colleges, praised the efforts of TCWA. He said the camp will help many ailing people.


Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh, has been awarded for ‘excellence in career building’. The award given by Dr Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, recognised the contribution made by the institute towards technical education in the region. Group chairman Dr Anshu Kataria received the award during a function in New Delhi.

Doctors’ training

The Integrated Disease Surveillance Project and National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme of UT organised a sensitisation training program for updates on malaria guidelines and drug policy. The programme, conducted under the chairmanship of Director, Health Services, Dr Rajeev Vadhera, was attended by medical officers of various health facilities in Chandigarh.

Public rally

BJP national secretary and Chandigarh in-charge Aarti Mehra, while addressing the party workers on Saturday, said they would have to win hearts of public in order to win the Parliamentary poll. She asked them to make the public understand the ideology of the party if they wanted to emerge victorious in elections. Chandigarh unit president Sanjay Tandon was also present during the meeting. — TNS



class XI admission
Tough competition for science, commerce in govt schools
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
The competition for admission to science and commerce streams of Class XI in government schools is set to be tougher this year because the number of seats available for these two streams has hardly increased. Only, the arts stream has seen an increase in the number of seats in the UT’s government senior secondary schools for 2013-14 session.

As per information, out of the 37 government senior secondary schools, science and commerce stream is available in only 17-18 schools, while the remaining offer only arts stream.

Sources said the lack of teaching staff for science and commerce streams was one of the main reasons why their seats had not seen a massive increase in the recent years, besides introducing it in other schools.

“The department has not recruited lecturers for crucial subjects for a long time now. Moreover, not many teachers of commerce and science were promoted to lecturers in the recent promotion of TGT cadre teachers,” said an official.

Officials said since there was a lot of craze among students to opt for the science stream, its overall cut-off in the city’s top government schools was set to rise because of the limited number of seats.

Last year, except two-three schools, all other schools having the science stream had CGPA cut-off between 8.5 and 9. But, this year more schools are expected to keep a cut-off of above 9 CGPA because the number of seats has not been increased.

Experts feel that the commerce stream will have the similar problem. As hundreds of students are waiting to get admission to this stream, the overall CGPA will surely see a rise because of the limited number of seats.

As per the information, the total number of seats available for all streams had increased from 11,000 last year to 12,700 this year. But, the increase was mostly done by adding seats in the arts stream, said a senior official of the department.

An aspiring science student said the Education Department must increase seats for important streams, since more students were interested in them because of the better career options.

Vinod Sharma, president of the Government Teachers’ Union, Chandigarh, said commerce and science streams should be introduced in other schools because a lot of government school students failed to get admission to these streams due to tough competition from outsiders.

CGPA cut-off for 2012-13

School Science Commerce

GMSSS-16 9.6 9

GMSSS-MM 9.6 8.6

GMSSS-35 9.4 8.6

GMSSS-37 8.6 8.2

GMSSS-19 8.6 8

*General category



Providing good experience to students Infrastructure

The institute encompasses a total of 18 departments (9 dental and 9 medical) having 200 dental chairs and 11 pre-clinical and para-clinical laboratories. The institute has state-of-the-art infrastructure with fully equipped diagnostic laboratories, which carries out innumerable tests in the speciality of biochemistry, pathology, haematology and microbiology. The institute has a full-time faculty of 90 doctors in different specialties of medicine and dentistry for teaching and patient care. The major focus areas of this institution are to provide good hands-on experience to students and affordable dental treatment in various specialties to the general public. To impart training in the specialty of general medicine and general surgery, students of the institute are educated at the Government Medical College and Hospital-32.

Claim to fame

The institute has a good influx of patients being attended to everyday in its various specialty departments. The major focus areas of this institute are to provide clinical and didactic training as part of the undergraduate teaching curricula, to carry out clinical research, including surveys and clinical trials, with prestigious grants from various national and international funding organisations.

Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Science and Hospital, Panjab University, Sector 25, Chandigarh.
Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Science and Hospital, Panjab University, Sector 25, Chandigarh. Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

Illustrious alumni

Dr Mohit Verma, selected as Assistant Commandant in the BSF; Dr Neha, pursuing MBA (Hospital Administration) at TIFF, Mumbai; Dr Aditi Makkar and Dr Deepali Kapahi, pursuing MBA (Hospital Administration) IIHM, Jaipur.


The institute provides hostel facility to the students within the Panjab University campus for both boys and girls.

Last date for applying

BDS: Admission forms are available at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32. The last date for applying is June 24. Admissions are based on the NEET score at the 
all-India level (except 
NRI seats).



CET day 1
2,000 students appear for entrance tests
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 15
Combined Entrance Test (CET) for 38 postgraduate courses for Panjab University commenced today on the PU campus. Around 2,000 students appeared for different entrance tests on the first day of the CET. A total of 13,000 candidates had applied for various courses.
Candidates wait before the entrance test outside an examination centre at Panjab University on Saturday.
Candidates wait before the entrance test outside an examination centre at Panjab University on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Candidates from different parts of the country appeared for different courses, including LLM, MSc (Zoology, Physics, Medical Physics), MBE, MTech (Polymer), Masters in Commerce (Business Innovation) and Master of Entrepreneurship and Family Business.

PU Controller of Examination Dr Parvinder Singh said 21 centres had been created in which about 11,000 candidates would be appearing for various prestigious postgraduate courses in the next three days.

The entrance tests for various courses, including MSc in various disciplines, MTech, ME, MA English and MA Journalism would be held between June 16 and June 18.



Panchkula students to visit NASA
n To attend opening ceremony of Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Centre
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 15
As many as 15 students of The Gurukul, Sector 20, Panchkula, are all set to attend the opening ceremony of Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Centre (KSC) on June 29.
Students of The Gurukul who are all set to fly to NASA. A
Students of The Gurukul who are all set to fly to NASA. A Tribune Photograph

Aspiring to follow the footsteps of astronauts like Neil Armstrong, Sunita Williams and Kalpana Chawla, these students will be flying to NASA, US, for educational trip.

Space Shuttle Atlantis is the new home of the priceless, historic spacecraft that tells the incredible story of NASA’s 30-year space shuttle programme.

“The students will camp at NASA to share experiences with astronauts. They will also visit Niagara Falls, Washington DC, New York and Disneyland as part of their trip,” said Harsimran Kaur, principal of the school.

She said: “The students will also attend a camp at KSC for a certification course and also have the lifetime experience of having lunch with an astronaut.”

The journeys to foreign soils are an integral part of the school programmes to provide global exposure and innovative experiences abroad.

The school has already taken its students to the Olympics, Dubai, the UK and other European countries. The travelling students also publish their journey experience along with pictures in the form of coffee table books.



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