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Cyber cell raids 2 petrol pumps
2 employees allegedly involved in cloning debit/credit cards on the run
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The cyber crime cell of the UT police today raided two petrol pumps, one in Chandigarh and one in Panchkula, whose employees were allegedly in possession of magnetic card readers, which were used to clone debit/credit cards of customers who came for a refill at the petrol pump.

The police raided a prominent petrol pump, Bharat Petroleum in Sector 21, Chandigarh, and the Mehra petrol pump in Sector 16, Panchkula, to arrest two employees, but both of them had absconded.

Based on the interrogation of an accused couple, Mukul Garg and Ramandeep Kaur, arrested as the prime accused in the card cloning case on June 27, the police raided the two petrol pumps where the accused were found to have left their jobs. The police has booked Rajesh, a Dhanas resident and employee of the Sector 21 petrol pump, and Rahul, a resident of Mauli Jagran and employee of the Mehra petrol pump in Panchkula, in the case.

The police said both Rajesh and Rahul possessed magnetic card readers and used to clone credit/debit cards of customers and provide the data to the accused couple, who in turn made duplicate cards and used them for expensive shopping of mobile phones for further sale.

The police also raided the residences of the accused, but they were not found there. While Rajesh had left his job some months ago, Rahul left his job only last week after he read in newspapers that the couple, adept in card cloning, had been arrested.

“Both employees cloned a number of ATM cards of customers and were paid a handsome amount by the accused. They are on the run and efforts are on to arrest them,” said one of the investigating officers.

On June 27, the police had recovered 21 ATM/credit cards, five mobile phones, a laptop and a magnetic card reader/writer from the accused. The accused woman, Ramandeep Kaur, had purchased the ATM reading machine from Singapore as it was not available in the country, the police said. With their arrest, the police claims to have solved four cases of ATM card cloning registered this year.

Complaint against fraudsters

In August last year, Zirakpur-based advocate Kumar Dikshep had complained to the police that two transactions had been made by fraudsters by cloning his ATM card. He alleged that the miscreants withdrew ~15,000 and ~5,000 from his account on August 25, 2012, while the ATM card was in his possession. He had reported that he last used his ATM card at a petrol pump in Sector 21. The police said a number of similar complaints had poured in and more cases of card cloning were likely to be solved



Prime accused has a criminal past
Was arrested twice earlier with cloned cards by city, Delhi police
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The prime accused in the ATM card cloning case, Mukul Garg, is an old hand and has been arrested twice earlier for his involvement in frauds. However, the arrests and subsequent jail terms were no deterrent for him as he again took to crime after being released from jail.

Ludhiana resident Mukul Garg was arrested in August 2011 by the UT police with a number of cloned debit/ATM cards. He was also arrested by the Delhi police last year in a case of cheating, sources said.

An expert in cloning cards, Mukul Garg was earlier arrested by the UT police on October 16, 2011, with duplicate debit and credit cards, which were being used by him during his shopping spree across the city during the festive season. He was then arrested by the Sector 22 police.

The police had received a complaint from a Jaipur resident, who reported that an amount of Rs 7,500 had been siphoned off from his account using a debit card without his knowledge. The debit card was found to have been swiped at a mobile shop in the city by the accused.

The police had also recovered five fake licences from him, bearing his photograph, but different names. He was also found in possession of fake passes of the Metro train and a number of mobile phones, which he purchased by using cloned debit cards.



War of words between Cong councillor, Mayor hots up
Bassi writes to Chawla again, quotes the Bhagavad Gita
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The war of words between Mayor Subhash Chawla and Congress councillor Mukesh Bassi has hot up. Upset over the alleged interference by the Mayor in his ward, Bassi today shot off another letter to Chawla, accusing the Mayor of finalising a playground project in his ward without informing him. Bassi reportedly quoted teachings of the Bhagavad Gita in his letter to the Mayor.

Bassi's letter reads, “I want to bring to your kind notice that Sector 21 falls in Ward No. 17, which is my ward. You have identified a government school ground in this sector, which is to be developed as a playground for the area residents. First of all, I must congratulate the Sector 21 Residents Welfare Association for successfully doing its work. I hope it will continue to do its good work. Being the area councillor, I will give wholehearted support to the association.”

“However, I seek a justification from you. In the entire process in which you have finalised each and everything with the association concerned, you never shared anything related to this project with the area councillor. You never invited the area councillor for meetings in which you finalised the terms and conditions for the project. No information was ever given to the area councilor. Moreover, you never sought my comments on the minutes of the meetings held by you with the association. All I want to say is that the area councillor was never involved at any stage of the project,” the letter reads.

Bassi hit out at the Mayor saying that if the area councillor was not taken into confidence in a project deliberately, for reasons best known to him, how could he be held responsible for the success or failure of that project. He was referring to an alleged statement given by the Mayor to the media in which he had reportedly said that the success of any project was "dependent on cooperation of the area councillor concerned".

"Since childhood, I have learnt the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita which say 'jo jaisa karega, woh waisa bharega', but your political dictionary has changed the meaning of these teachings with 'karega koi (Mayor Subhash Chawla) aur bharega koi (area councillor Mukesh Bassi)'".

The letter further reads, “Though I am younger to you in age, experience as well as position, I want to share with you my little knowledge that 'whatever belongs to you today belonged to someone else yesterday and it will belong to someone else tomorrow'. Don’t live in illusions. Power is the root cause of all pain and misery. These are also the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita."

“I had earlier written to you and was waiting for reply. However, instead of replying to me, you chose to give a statement in the media which proves that you continue to stick to your style of functioning in which you deliberately sideline area councilors,” the letter reads.

Despite repeated attempts, the Mayor could not be contacted for his comments.



Leopard scare at Mullanpur keeps staff on their toes
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 30
A leopard, which reportedly entered the Air Force Station area at Mullanpur last Sunday, has kept officials of the Punjab Forest Department on their toes ever since.

The leopard, believed to be four years old, has been successful in dodging forest and Air Force officials. All efforts to catch the leopard have failed.

The Air Force authorities today gave permission to wildlife officials to install infrared cameras to help catch the big cat.

Divisional Forest Officer Balbir Singh said earlier a request for installing cameras was turned down by the Air Force authorities for security reasons. "Today, they allowed us to install cameras in the area. Two cameras will be installed to detect the leopard," said Balbir Singh.

After being spotted on Sunday, the leopard was again seen roaming in the area by some women. Following this, a fully equipped team, comprising the range officer and three forest guards, was deputed by the department to catch the leopard.

"Our team is on guard round the clock. Besides, a cage has also been set up in the area to trap the leopard," said Balbir Singh, adding that they were looking for pugmarks of the animal.

Forest guards have spotted pugmarks twice in the area. Some residents of Firojpur and Teur villages claim to have spotted the big cat three days ago. Balbir Singh, however, said they did not find any pugmarks in these areas. "We thoroughly searched the area, but did not find any leopard pugmarks there. It is still inside the Air Force Station area," he said.

The official, however, said there was no need to panic. "We have asked the people to be alert and not to panic," he said.



Liquor prices set to rise in city
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Liquor prices in the city are set to rise. A few weeks after rolling back the hike in the prices of liquor and beer, distilleries and wholesalers are again contemplating revising the prices upwards.

An increase in liquor prices, especially expensive brands, will mean more profits for the powerful liquor lobby that controls the business in Punjab.

Sources in the liquor trade said during a meeting between excise officials and representatives of distilleries, there was an indication of nearly a 4 per cent hike in the prices of liquor.

However, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Naresh Dubey denied any such move by the department.

As a prelude to the revision in the rates, wholesalers, who have not been able to work out the rates with the department, are now again selling liquor to retailers without issuing any sale invoice, resulting in evasion of 12.5 per cent value added tax (VAT).

Liquor consignments are being transported to traders on permits despite a warning by the Excise Department against doing so.

Any hike in the "landing cost of liquor" will mean that Bacchus lovers will have pay more even though the liquor prices are already equivalent to those in Punjab. Interestingly, ex-distillery prices have not been hiked by wholesalers in Punjab and Haryana.

"It is perhaps for the first time that the Excise Department is finding it difficult to handle the issue with a strong hand. It has been two months since the new excise policy was introduced, but the prices of various brands of liquor have not been worked out yet,” said a liquor contractor.

The rates were earlier increased by 8 per cent. The hike was rolled back after Excise and Taxation Commissioner Mohammed Shayin directed the wholesalers not to hike the prices arbitrarily.

According to rough estimates, liquor worth over Rs 1 crore is purchased daily from wholesalers in the city. Though the Excise Department claims that VAT can be paid later, contractors say due to uncertainty over the rates, various brands of liquor and beer are being sold to consumers at different rates by shops.

In order to bring the excise duty and assessment fee in its excise policy for 2013-2014 equivalent to that of Punjab, the excise duty has been increased between 20 per cent and 300 per cent and the assessment fee by 33 per cent.


Villagers along Ghaggar at risk
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Shanties and houses on the banks of the Ghaggar
Shanties and houses on the banks of the Ghaggar

Panchkula, June 30
Flash floods have left a trail of death and destruction in Uttarakhand, but it seems that the district administration has learnt no lessons from the tragedy.

The officials are yet to make arrangements to deal with monsoon.

Those residing at villages on the banks of the Ghaggar are at a greater risk.

Last year, rains washed away houses at Nada village and Bir Ghaggar.

Roads also gave way. People had to vacate houses immediately.

The administration keeps making tall promises but when it is time to deliver on those, it chooses to look the other way.
A portion of a road that caved in following a downpour in Bir Ghaggar
A portion of a road that caved in following a downpour in Bir Ghaggar. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

The officials had promised to construct a retaining wall in the areas, but it seems that it forgot to do the same.

"We are helpless and spending sleepless nights. The past haunts us. We do not want to lose our loved ones," said Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Bir Ghaggar.

Though the people have constructed unauthorised houses, the authorities have failed to allot them alternative sites.

Manoj Aggarwal, district chief, INLD, said, "This year, the situation can be even worse. If the river runs amok, it can sweep away all villages."

"I fail to understand why people are risking their lives. The areas should be evacuated," added Aggarwal.

"Thousands of pilgrims have had a brush with death in Uttarakhand. Many have lost their loved ones. It is time for the administration to pull up its socks," said a resident.

Houses washed away

Last year, rains washed away houses on the banks of the Ghaggar. The administration has failed to get the areas evacuated. On September 16, five houses at Nada village were submerged following incessant rain. At Bir Ghaggar, six houses were washed away.



Taking a perilous plunge
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 30
Children looking for coins in the Ghaggar are not aware of the danger.

Though there have been reports of children drowning in the river, the administration has made no efforts to stop the practice.

The administration has imposed Section 144 around the Ghaggar. Residents have been asked not to take a dip in the river. Only a few heed the directions.

Children hunt for coconuts, coins, iron items, wood and other articles in Ghaggar.

Three years ago, a resident of Azad Colony and two other youths were swept away in the strong currents of the Ghaggar. The two were rescued later. In 2010, the Army personnel and firemen saved five persons who got stuck on a small island.

The rescue operation lasted three hours.

Flood alert

Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar visited the villages recently. Fearing a rise in the level of Ghaggar, officials asked residents to leave the areas.

"Assistance from the Army has been sought and the flood-control team has also been asked to stay alert," Brar said.

"A special rescue team has been constituted and boats have been arranged. The district revenue officer will be overseeing the arrangements," said Panchkula Sub-Divisional Magistrate RK Singh.



P’kula DCP asks cab drivers to mention helpline numbers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 30
In a step to make the people aware about the police helpline numbers, the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) has directed the traffic police to ask the auto rickshaws and maxi-cab owners to mention important phone numbers in their vehicles.

The directions have also been made so that women, who use this transport, are aware of the numbers and can dial them in times of need.

"We have asked the auto-rickshaws and maxi-cab owners to have the number of women helpline, police control room, accident helpline number on their vehicles. Since these are in public space, it would aware the public with regard to this," said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ashwin Shenvi.

Meanwhile, as many as 165 challans were issued today for overloading, overspeeding and other violations. More than half of these challans were issued to the auto-rickshaw and maxi-cabs drivers.



Panchkula police station to have club, games court
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 30
In an effort to create a people-friendly environment, the Sector 14 police station, Panchkula, will soon have a club, a reading room and a games court for the general public. Expected to be completed by this month, this initiative has been taken to provide a platform to the public to interact with the police.

The aim behind this move is that the people should mix up with the police and there should be no fear within them to share their problems. The Deputy Commissioner of Police and the Commissioner of Police would be there to address the problems.

“We will have a reading room for senior citizens, a badminton court, playground for children and a club. This will actually help people in interacting with us,” said Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal.

He said: “People always have some fear when it comes to lodging a complaint. So, just to curb that, we have planned this move for the public.”

This is the the first-of-its-kind initiative taken by Deswal. Sector 14 police station is the biggest police station in Panchkula with a number of rooms and even a hall on its premises.

“All facilities are expected to be completed by the end of this month and we will call the Director General of Police (DGP),” said Deswal.



Rabbi Shergill regales audience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
Rabbi Shergill, an acclaimed singer, regaled the audience at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, here today.

The function was organised to mark the foundation day of the State Bank of India. The musical evening was organised by the local head office, Chandigarh.

NK Chari, chief general manager, State Bank of India, Chandigarh Circle, inaugurated the programme by lightning a lamp. Anil Kumar, Home Secretary, UT Chandigarh, was the chief guest on the occasion.

The Home Secretary gave away citations and awards to the bank officials who had displayed exemplary alertness while discharging their duties.

Rabbi’s vibrant renditions, especially from his debut album “Bulla Ki Jaana”, left the audience spellbound.

NK Chari said: “The bank organises various events on regular intervals to promote music, art and culture”. He lauded the singing and humanitarian spirit of Rabbi Shergill. Other senior officials of the bank were also present on the occasion.



Youth run over by train, dies

Zirakpur, June 30
An unidentified youth was crushed by a train near Zirakpur here on Sunday morning. The deceased could not be identified till now.

The railway police in-charge, Raspal Singh, said the victim’s body has been kept in the Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi for identification. The victim was clean shaved and wore a cream-coloured shirt and black jeans. — OC



GMCH may have 100 MBBS seats
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
There is good news for aspirants of medical education in the region. The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has decided to increase its MBBS seats from 50 to 100 from the next academic session.

It has already sent a proposal in this regard to the Panjab University (PU), with which it is affiliated, and an inspection has been conducted.

“Once we receive approval from the PU, we will seek the final nod from the Medical Council of India (MCI) for increasing the seats,” said the Director-Principal, Dr Atul Sachdev.

The college, which is currently located in a separate, distant building (from the main campus), will be relocated in the upcoming E Block.

The E Block, which has long been under construction, will be utilised once the strength of the students goes up. It would also improve research opportunities for students as it would offer better laboratories and libraries, all inside one building.

The admission to MBBS in the GMCH is conducted through a Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted on a yearly basis (generally in June or July) by Panjab University. The CET is conducted for four courses in four institutes: the GMCH (MBBS), Dr HS Judge Institute of Dental Sciences (BDS), Dhanwantry College, Sector 46 (BAMS), and Homoeopathic Medical College, Sector 26 (BHMS).

Counselling for the MBBS and BDS courses go hand in hand at the GMCH. Over 1,000 students apply for admission to the institute every year.



Voice changes common during menopause
35% of women show variation in jitter and shimmer, says study
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
A study conducted by the PGI that aimed at exploring the effects of menopause on voice and its prevalence in menopausal woman found increased jitter and shimmer among 35 per cent women.

The study aimed at encouraging speech therapy.

In the cross-sectional study, a total of 40 subjects (non-professional voice users) participated. They were divided into two groups of 20 each. There were 20 pre-menopausal women aged between 32 and 47 with normal voice in one group and 20 post-menopausal women aged between 40 and 65 in the other group.

Out of the 20 post-menopausal women, seven showed variations in jitter and shimmer values. The prevalence was 35 per cent.

"Voice changes are common during menopause according to the results of a study published in the March/April issue. A study needed to be done on Indian population to confirm the research. Although there are a few studies done on voice changes, they show no changes in vocal parameters," said the experts.

"Loss of vocal fold thickness contributes to the increase in jitter and shimmer. Perturbation refers to cycle-to-cycle variation in signal amplitude and frequency. Jitter is a cycle-to-cycle variation in signal frequency and shimmer is a cycle-to-cycle variation in signal amplitude," they added. The purpose of the study was to investigate voice changes in postmenopausal women in Indian population.



Chandigarh Scan
Funeral van donated

Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik today donated and formally handed over a funeral van to the Seva Bharti on its premises in Sector 29, Chandigarh. The funeral van was handed over to Chander Bhan, president, Seva Bharti, Chandigarh, by Sham Rawal, president, Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik, in the presence of charter president Harsharan Singh and a number of members of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik. The funeral van costing Rs 8,20,000 has been funded through voluntary contributions made by the members of Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik and other persons as well as reserve funds lying with Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik.

Wheelchairs donated

As many as 21 wheelchairs were donated to deserving patients at a Wheel Chairs Distribution Ceremony organised by the Sher-e-Punjab Foundation and Ambuja Cement in association with BIG 92.7 at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, on Saturday. The donations were made from the proceeds of the Ambuja Chandigarh Marathon and a matching contribution from the Sher-e-Punjab Foundation.

Office-bearers elected

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Income Tax and Sales Tax Bar Association: president - Jasjit Singh Dhindsa; senior vice-president - Rajendra Malhotra; vice-presidents - Suresh Kumar Bhuria and Sanjeev Khurana; general secretary - Ajay Gupta; secretary - Shaman Jain; joint secretary - Vipin Sharma; and finance secretary - Abhay Sharma.

‘Danse Gurukool’
Choreographer Saroj Khan with participants at a dance workshop in Chandigarh on Sunday
Choreographer Saroj Khan with participants at a dance workshop in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

“Danse Gurukool” by Saroj Khan culminated in spectacular performances by students at the grand finale at Vivek High School, Chandigarh. Students from more than 30 schools participated in the dance workshops organised by Emmanuel Global Consultancies of Gurgaon where the trainers of choreographer Saroj Khan taught the students during the summer vacation. These trainers included Reshma who has been with Saroj Khan for the past 23 years and has taught actors like Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Sonakshi Sinha, Sai Ali Khan, Rani Mukherji, Karishma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and many more. There were six venues in the tricity for these workshops with The Millennium School and Shemrock School in Mohali; Vivek High School and Mount Carmel School in Chandigarh; and The British School and Hallmark School in Panchkula.

Workshop held

A two-day workshop on “Industrial India Project on Organising Workers in Steel Sector” was held at Hotel Shivalikview, Chandigarh. The workshop was organised by the Industrial Global Union, South Asia Regional Office. The programme was inaugurated by AD Nagpal, National Secretary, Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS). The inaugural session of the programme was also presided over by Kulbir Singh, president, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Chandigarh. The workshop was attended by 22 participants representing the Steel, Metal and Engineering Workers’ Federation of India (SMEFI-HMS) and the Indian National Metalworkers’ Federation (INMF-INTUC) from Chandigarh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

Friendship delegation

A 15-member Indo-China Friendship delegation of Yuvsatta, an NGO, returned on Sunday from the successful visit of China. During the visit, which lasted for 8 days, the participants went to Kunming, Shilin and Dali cities of the Yunnan province. Anu Chatrath, a former Mayor of the city, who was a part of this delegation, said she came back highly impressed with China and its warm and courteous people. Pramod Sharma, coordinator of Yuvsatta, said the guiding principles of this programme remained the Chinese concept of shijie datong and the Indian maxim of vasudaiva kutumbakam, which have the similar meaning of the whole world being a harmonious family for all mankind. — TNS



Open House Response
Regular fogging must to tackle malaria menace

Check unwanted growth of weeds

The monsoon has set in, but the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is still not ready to take necessary steps for the prevention and control of malaria and dengue. Green belts are in a state of neglect. Dried leaves have not been cleared from these belts for long. Growth of tall and wild grass can be seen all over the city along road berms, green belts and parks. There are pools of stagnant water at several places along the roadsides and within the green belts in the Modern Housing Complex caused by leakage from underground water supply pipes, which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The authorities must take immediate steps to check the unwanted growth of grass and other weeds and repair leakage from the water supply pipes.

RPS Chopra, Mani Majra

Health Dept must take precautions

The Health Department these days is not taking precautions as it used to take a few years ago. The steps taken by the department are just on paper. Rainwater accumulates on potholed roads, giving commuters a tough time. The administration pays little attention to these problems. People should on their own see that water does not accumulate in and around their houses. The Municipal Corporation used to carry out fogging operations in all residential areas several times in the past to keep the mosquitoes away. Chandigarh had virtually become mosquito free with this practice. But these days, such a system is rarely seen during the rainy season. This practice must be reintroduced on a regular basis to keep the city free from mosquitoes.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Fogging must in vulnerable areas

The UT Health Department and its Anti-Malaria Wing, it appears, believe more in preaching than the actual performance on ground. Holding awareness camps is a futile exercise. This department, which remains in deep slumber for more than six months, should now channelise its energy on DDT spray and fogging drive in the vulnerable areas where mosquitoes breed. For instance, the Community Centre at Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra, located in its duplex area, is frequented by its members, mostly senior citizens. Due to the wild growth and pits dug up in the adjoining railway land, mosquito menace is on the rise here.

SC Luthra, Mani Majra

Cover water tanks

Preventive steps against the spread of malaria should be taken in advance. People should cover water tanks that are ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. They should sleep under insecticide-treated mosquito nets, use insect repellent and wear full-sleeve clothes at night. Anti-malarial medication should be used to kill the parasites. The local municipality should carry out regular fogging in the city.

Priya Darsh Growar, Mohali

Spray insecticides to kill parasites

Citizens pay taxes to the Chandigarh Administration, which provides them with the basic civic amenities like sanitation, roads and water that help make their life qualitative and dignified. Thus, the administration is legally obligated to keep the environment free from malaria to protect citizens’ health and lives. The Malaria Wing of the Chandigarh Administration Health Department is making efforts to educate people on the ways and means to control malaria advancement in the city. Using insecticide-treated mosquito nets and spraying insecticides to kill malaria parasites are the ways to help check the advancement of malaria.

Ajit Singh, Canada

Intensify preventive measures

With the malaria outbreak in the tricity, there is a need to intensify preventive measures. It is high time Health Department officials pull up their socks and intensify preventive measures like fogging and spraying along with surveying the vulnerable and high-risk areas. Distribution of mosquito coils, medicines, water sanitising powder for standing water, cleaning dirty by-lanes and creating awareness about the importance of maintaining hygiene must be done. A large number of employees must be involved to check the spread of malaria. City hospitals must also be geared up with adequate staff and accommodation to provide immediate aid to the patients suffering from the disease.

Shruti K. Chawla, Chandigarh


The arrest of a couple involved in cloning credit and debit cards through a network of persons at different petrol pumps has raised several questions about the safety of using these cards at public utilities. Financial institutions have been introducing a slew of measures to prevent such frauds, but still such cases continue to occur. What needs to be done to prevent the gullible card holders from being cheated. Write your suggestions to openhouse@tribunemail.com.



Extension of affiliation
Fate of colleges to be decided tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
The fate of PU-affiliated colleges whose inspection for the extension of affiliation has been done will be decided on July 2 during a special meeting to discuss the issue.

The PU Syndicate in its meeting held yesterday authorised a six-member committee to scrutinise the inspection reports and take action against the colleges not fulfilling 100 per cent compliance.

One of the committee members said the cases of both education and graduate colleges would be discussed during the meeting.

“The decision related to the colleges that have applied for the affiliation and their inspection reports have been received by the university and these will be taken up in the meeting," said a Syndic.

The issue of the colleges was also taken-up in the Syndicate meeting and there was a consensus among Syndicate members that strict compliance by the affiliated colleges must be ensured.

PU officials said the decision taken by the committee would be final and the colleges have to abide by the committee’s decision.

A senior Syndicate member, who is part of the committee, said it would be tough to decide as which colleges, not having 100 per cent compliance, would face the action.

The Dean College Development Council (DCDC) is also the member of the decision-making committee.

PU officials said the admission process in the colleges was about to begin following which all colleges would be made clear whether they would be allowed to make fresh admissions or not.

The university had earlier decided that the tradition of PU-affiliated colleges applying for the affiliation of courses in the mid of the academic session will be ended.

The university had decided that the colleges would have to seek the affiliation for the courses before the beginning of the academic session.



College to convert half of its parking lot into office
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 30
At a time when educational institutes in the city that witness bottlenecks outside its campuses should come-up with parking lots to accommodate vehicles of students, DAV College-10 is going to convert half of its two-wheeler parking area on its campus into an administrative block, which is going to add to the parking woes.

The college has the parking facility for two-wheelers only. The two-wheeler parking, which was constructed in 1958 to accommodate vehicles of students and staff, is being converted into an office, which will lessen the space made available to the students and staff to park their two-wheelers. The college has already started the construction of the office.

“As the college do not have the parking facility for four wheelers inside its campus students park their vehicles on both sides of the road outside the college, which often leads to traffic jams. The two-wheelers are further going to add to the chaos,” said a senior faculty member of the college.

Inmates of three girls’ hostel and one boys’ hostel also used to park their two-wheelers in the same parking, however, with lesser parking space the inmates will also have to scramble for space.

Principal of the college BC Josan said some area of the parking was being converted into the office just to accommodate the rush of students in the college.

“We are constructing fee counters in that particular area to provide better facility to around 6,000 students studying on the campus,” Josan said.

Aman, a student of the college, said the college instead of creating more parking space for vehicles was reducing the space available for the same and this would lead to inconvenience for students.

“The two-wheelers used to be safe in the parking as the same is a paid parking, however, students will have to park the vehicles on the road only in the future as less space is left for parking two-wheelers inside the campus,” the student added.



19,244 appear for UGC National Eligibility Test
Tribune News Service

Students come out of an examination centre after appearing for the UGC NET at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Sunday
Students come out of an examination centre after appearing for the UGC NET at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, June 30
Around 19,244 students appeared for the University Grant Commission (UGC) National Eligibility Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowship and eligibility for lectureship, at various examination centres.

Panjab University (PU) officials said 46 examination centres were set up on the PU campus and various colleges and schools in the city.

“The exam was conducted smoothly at all centres”, they said.

The exam, divided into three papers, held separately throughout the day, out of which paper I of teaching aptitude was common for all candidates who appeared for the examination.

Paper III was held in the afternoon shift, which was also objective-type. Most of the candidates after finishing the examination left the centres before time.

As per the rules, answer sheets of candidates for paper II and paper III will only be checked if the candidates manage to clear paper I.

Chandigarh was the examination centre for the northern region and candidates from the neighbouring states also reached the city to appear for the examination.



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