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City lad tops AIIMS entrance exam
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
City lad Arnav Aggarwal has topped the undergraduate entrance exam of the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the result of which was declared today.

This is the third time in the past four years that a city lad has secured the first rank in the AIIMS entrance exam. In 2010, Abhinav Dingra had topped the exam, while in 2011, Anshit Goyal was the topper.

This year, the AIIMS entrance exam was held on June 1.

“I am overjoyed and have no words to express my happiness,” said Arnav, a resident of Sector 37. He has given the tricity a double delight, first by securing the second all-India rank in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), a combined entrance test for admission to MBBS in several medical institutions, and now by bagging the top rank in the AIIMS entrance exam.

He said he always dreamt of studying in AIIMS and had done his best to achieve his aim.

Wanting to specialise in cardiology, he said his strong basics in all subjects helped him achieve this feat. "I was consistent with my studies and gave equal importance to all subjects," he said.

Some other students have also done the tricity proud by making it to the top 100 in the AIIMS entrance exam.

Akshit Bhardwaj and Jaskaran Singh from Chandigarh have secured the 44th and 65th ranks, respectively.

Gurtej Singh, who studied in Mohali, has secured the 100th rank, while Siddharth Bajaj and Mudit Sharma, who took coaching in Chandigarh, have bagged the 113th and 165th ranks, respectively.

Dr Arvind Goyal, a city-based biology teacher, said the result had once again proved that city students were excelling in medical entrance examinations. Sangeeta Khanna, a city-based chemistry teacher, said the credit went to the relentless efforts of the students.

There are a total of 72 seats in the most-sought-after AIIMS, Delhi, followed by 100 seats each in AIIMS, Jodhpur, AIIMS, Rishikesh, AIIMS, Patna, AIIMS, Bhopal, AIIMS, Raipur, and AIIMS, Bhubaneswar.

Arnav Aggarwal

Claim to Fame: Ist in AIIMS and 2nd in NEET

Aim: To study in AIIMS, Delhi; wants to become a cardiologist

Success mantra: Consistent study

Parents: Father a chartered accountant, mother a teacher

Stress buster: Walking and good music 

Patiala boy 6th

Patiala boy Nishant Aggarwal has secured the sixth all-India rank in the AIIMS entrance exam. A student of Bhupindra International Public School, he had secured the ninth all-India rank in NEET.



PEC alumnus Arora takes over as its Director 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Prof Manoj K Arora, an alumnus of the PEC University of Technology, today took over as the new Director of the university. A former faculty member and alumnus of the IIT, Roorkee, Professor Arora has joined office with a vision to upgrade PEC to the level of the IITs.
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Prof MK Arora, Director of the PEC University of Technology, at his office in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Seven candidates were interviewed in Chandigarh for the post of Director in March, while one candidate was interviewed in New Delhi by the selection committee.

Professor Arora, a PEC alumnus of the 1984 batch, is set to be one of the youngest directors of the university.

Looking at a stationary military copter in front of the office of the Director, which was not there when he was a student, Professor Arora lauded the developments on the campus over the years.

"I have been at IITs for long, both as a student and faculty. Raising PEC to the level of the IITs will be my foremost endeavour," he said.

He did his ME from the IIT, Roorkee, in 1986, and later completed his PhD from the University of Wales, Swansea (UK), in 1996. He was a Professor at the IIT, Roorkee, in the civil engineering department.

His priorities

Having been associated with various delegates from foreign universities, Professor Arora said he would approach them for encouraging exchange programmes between students and improve their exposure through research.

Recalling his hostel days, he said the food served in hostels used to be good. They used to get non-vegetarian meals thrice a week. He said he would inspect the hostels to see the facilities and ensure that students got healthy food.

He said students had now become more tech-savvy and remained restricted to computers. When he was a student, they used to be involved in several outdoor games. He said he would encourage the students to organise sports meets.

On student council elections (PEC has no such body), the Director said he was okay with the idea of student representation. "We will see how it can be done. We have no objections to it," he said.



Bansal, Behl step in to end Mayor-councillor standoff 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The standoff between Mayor Subhash Chawla and Congress councillor Mukesh Bassi saw a dramatic "end" today. Local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal and Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president BB Behl intervened to end the impasse between the two warring factions in the city Congress unit.

Five days after Bassi turned "aggressive" against Chawla through letters, Bansal and Behl called a meeting at a hotel in Sector 26 to end the tussle between the two leaders.

Though Behl, in the presence of both leaders, claimed that everything was fine now, Chawla apparently did not seem happy with the ending of the deadlock.

Behl said there was a minor misunderstanding between Chawla and Bassi, which had been sorted out. To a question why senior Congress leaders, including Bansal and Behl, took five days to end the impasse, Behl said the Congress was like a family and it was common for such incidents to take place.

Chawla and Bassi chose not to speak and authorised Behl to speak on the issue. Later, Behl, Chawla, Bassi and another councillor Pardeep Chhabra had lunch together.

Eventful day

Earlier in the morning, Behl called Bassi to his hotel in Sector 26. At the same time, Chhabra also reached Bansal’s residence. In the MC office, Mayor Subhash Chawla was asking visitors to go to their respective ward councillor to get their work done not to approach the Mayor. Chawla had also announced to hold a press conference on this issue. Minutes later, Behl called Chawla to his hotel, where Bansal, Behl, Chawla, Bassi and Chhabra held a meeting in which Chawla and Bassi reportedly complained against each other. After hearing both sides, Bansal and Behl resolved the matter between both leaders. 

What Cong leaders say

It was a minor issue and everything is fine now — BB Behl, CTCC president

Our senior leaders Pawan Kumar Bansal and BB Behl sorted out the differences between Chawla and me — Mukesh Bassi, councillor



Man, son stab neighbour to death, arrested
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
A domestic dispute turned ugly when a father-son duo allegedly stabbed their 32-year-old neighbour to death in an EWS flat in Sector 30 here last night. The police has arrested 62-year-old Ravinder Gandhi and his 28-year-old son Amit for their neighbour Santosh Kumar's murder.

Santosh Kumar used to work at a grocery store in Sector 30. He was stabbed six times in the head and stomach with a screw driver. Amit stabbed him as he tried to intervene to save his brother Alkesh from a murderous assault. Amit alleged that Alkesh’s wife Reena had instigated his (Amit’s) wife Leena against him. Leena had filed a complaint against her husband Amit with the Women and Child Support Unit of the UT police, charging him with violence and harassment. Both Leena and Reena hail from Ludhiana.

The police said Santosh used to stay with his elder brother Alkesh and Reena.

The incident occurred when Amit and his father Ravinder confronted Alkesh yesterday afternoon, who assured them that he would talk to his wife after she returned from her parents' place in Ludhiana. Thereafter, Alkesh left for work and returned home around 12.30 am in a three-wheeler.

Amit and Ravinder entered into a heated confrontation with Alkesh. They allegedly attacked him in the head with a screw driver when Santosh rushed to save him. The father and son then stabbed Santosh repeatedly and left him in a pool of blood. Alkesh was also injured in the attack. The police was informed, which took the victim to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32, where he died.

The police has arrested both accused and has recovered the weapon used in the crime. A case of murder under Section 302 of the IPC has been registered at the Industrial Area police station. The accused were produced in a court, which remanded them in judicial custody. Accused Ravinder is a retired government employee, while his son Amit is jobless.

Santosh is survived by his wife and a child.


Nehru Hospital set to go hi-tech
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
As the 50-year-old building of PGIMER's Nehru Hospital heads for modernisation, the institute proposes to centralise the Wi-Fi system, audio-visual mode of communication in private wards and waste management system inside the hospital.

The project, which has been running behind schedule due to the inability of the authorities to come up with a rehabilitation plan for existing patient areas, has now seen some hope with the builders offering light gauge steel frame structures for temporarily shifting the patients. The rehabilitation area will also have the medical gas system.

During a recently held meeting of the PGIMER's Standing Finance Committee (SFC), it was discussed that the institute had already signed an agreement with a new company, seeking refund of Rs 2 crore already paid to the CPWD.

"It was brought to the notice of the committee that work pertaining to the modernisation of Nehru Hospital, along with Research Blocks A and B, could not be executed for want of funds as the sanctioned amount was inadequate," stated the agenda.

The committee then decided to revise the amount. The building houses wards, various faculty offices, blood bank, radio-diagnosis labs and operation theatres. The PGI had received a grant of Rs 200 crore from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in 2011 for the renovation of the three buildings, Nehru Hospital, Research Blocks A and B. The buildings have not been repaired since its inception in 1963. The wires and pipelines in Nehru Hospital have not been replaced, resulting in overload and leakage.



80 polling booths declared hypersensitive in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 1
Out of the 444 polling booths set up for the gram panchayat elections in Mohali district, 80 have been declared hypersensitive.

Most of the booths fall in the Kharar block.

As many as 122 polling booths have been declared sensitive. Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, said out of the 80 hypersensitive'polling booths, 36 fell in the Kharar block, 30 in the Dera Bassi block and 14 in the Majri block. Out of the 122 polling booths that had been declared sensitive, 58 fell in the Kharar block, 47 in the Dera Bassi block and 17 in the Majri block.

Security will be stepped up at the hypersensitive'booths from tomorrow. Bhullar said security arrangements for the elections had been completed. Each hypersensitivebooth will be manned by four police personnel, each sensitive booth by three and other booths by two personnel. One SP, two DSPs, three inspectors and SHOs of the area will be stationed in each block during the elections. Nine police parties will patrol every block of the district.

The SSP said he held a meeting with officials today.

Talking about administrative arrangements, Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, Deputy Commissioner, said rehearsals of employees on duty had already been completed.

He said ballot papers had been prepared ward-wise. As many as 55 clusters formed for the elections will have 55 returning officers.

Quick response teams had been formed block-wise. A control room had also been set up under the charge of the ADC (Development). The elections are scheduled for July 3.



Encroachments removed from Sector 26 vegetable market
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The enforcement wing of the UT Estate Office today carried out a demolition drive in the Sector 26 fruit and vegetable market.

Apart from removing encroachments, the officials cleared parking area of rehris and farhis.

The drive was carried out under the supervision of tehsildar Amarinder Singh and inspectors Parveen Mittal and Anil. Encroachments from internal roads were also removed. The officials said jhuggi-dwellers had encroached upon government land. The market committee has been told to keep a watch on roadside vendors.

To discourage vendors from occupying the area where fruits and vegetables are unloaded, the officials decided to convert it into a parking lot. The committee will be issuing an advisory to shopkeepers asking them not to encroach upon raised platforms in front of their shops.

In the past, an effort made by the administration to demolish the raised platforms had proved futile.



Rs 24 lakh donated for flood-hit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The Administration has so far collected Rs 24 lakh for flood victims. Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin said traders donated Rs 8,40,550.

Those coming forward for the cause include Property Consultants Association, Grain Market Association, Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, Chandigarh Chemists, Market Welfare Association-46, Marble Traders Welfare,

Chandigarh Hospitality Association, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Chandigarh, Traders Associations of Anand Complex, Sector 17-A, and Sabzi Mandi Mandir Board.

Members of the Chandigarh Business Council, Chandigarh, and Traders Association, Sector 17, today handed over cheques for Rs 2.84 lakh at a meeting held by the Deputy Commissioner.

The money has been collected for the Prime Minister National Relief Fund.

Panchkula police extends help

Panchkula: The Panchkula police has donated Rs 8.3 lakh for the Uttarakhand flood victims.

Every officer has donated his one day’s salary.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashwin Shenvi said all officers had contributed their bit. “Constables, NGOs and gazetted officers have contributed their one-day salary. An amount of Rs 8.3 lakh has been collected,” said Shenvi.

To provide assistance to the kin of any missing person from Panchkula, the police has asked the general public to call up on 2582100, 2585300 and 2583102 and 100.

Brar said 200 officers had donated their salary.



No end to Panchkula water woes
Kaushalya dam fails to supply the targeted 20 MGD potable water to town
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune news Service

Panchkula, July 1
Panchkula continues to be parched. Kaushalya dam, which was to supply 20 MGD potable water to the town during rainy season, has failed to do so.

The dam has been able to supply only 1.5 MGD potable water for the past two years.

There seems to be no end to the water woes of Panchkula. Officials of the Haryana Development Authority (HUDA) said they would try to meet the deadline by October.

Last year, the officials had attributed the failure to delayed monsoon.

The dam supplies 1.5 MGD water through pipelines laid at Sector 1 in Panchkula.

During summer and winter, the dam is supposed to supply 9 MGD water, but during rainy season, it is to supply 20 MGD water to the town.

"The targeted supply will reach the town by October. Since it has rained less, we have not been able to get the targeted supply," said Preet Mohan, executive engineer, public health department, HUDA.

He said, "The dam will be function only after it rains."

The project, that came up at a cost of Rs 2.17 crore, is the most important project of the town.

It aimed at ending the water woes. A 12-km pipeline has been laid from Kaushalya dam to the water treatment plant in Sector 1.

The treated water is then supplied to the city.

Panchkula needs 49.85 cusec but is getting 46.22 cusec from 170 tubewells, which means that the town receives a supply of 155 litres per capita per day for the population of 5 lakh. The dam was meant to increase the supply of water.



15 doctors felicitated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Dr Z India Health Care Private Limited, Desh Bhagat University and Desh Bhagat Radio 107.8 FM (Aap Ki Awaz) celebrated Doctor’s Day at Park View Hotel, Chandigarh.

NK Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary, Industry and Commerce, Punjab, was the chief guest and Dr Ashok Nayar, Director, Department of Health Services, and MS Malik, former DGP, Haryana, were the guests of honour.

On the occasion, 15 doctors of the city were honoured for their efforts and achievements in the field of health care.

While re-launching the website of Dr Z India Health Care Private Limited, NK Sharma said: “The society owes a debt of gratitude to physicians for the sympathy and compassion of the physician in administering the sick and alleviating human suffering”.

The chief guest also honoured various doctors with the mementos and certificates of excellence.

“The doctors, who were honoured on the day, have excelled in their fields and made the noble profession more proud,” said Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Dr Z India Health Care Private Limited, Chancellor, Desh Bhagat University, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group, and chairman, Desh Bhagat Radio.

He also said doctors chose this profession in order to serve their fellowmen and they understand the tremendous responsibility it entails.

Dr Z India Healthcare Private Limited also re-launched its website during the function. Richa Sharma from Desh Bhagat Radio 107.8 FM (Aap Ki Awaz) took the privilege to give the presentation about the health care initiative of the radio station till date.



23 Poonch students visit City Beautiful
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
As many as 23 students from Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district visited Chandigarh today as part of the Indian Army’s Sadbhwavna Yatra. For most of these students, it was a dream run visiting the shopping mall and multiplex here today.

A teacher escorting the students said the life back in Poonch district was continuously under threat from cross-border firing.

Schools there even don’t have provision for water. Coming from such a world, the city like Chandigarh having modern infrastructure was really a surprise for almost all students, he said.

The trip, which was organised by the 39 Rastriya Rifle, had the students of six schools from different areas of Poonch district. The students visited Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, PVR Cinemas at Centra Mall and Elente Mall.

There were many students among them who had not seen a movie hall before. A student, Malkeet, said it was a wonderful experience seeing the movie in a theatre.

Another student, Prashant, said: “I had seen Chandigarh only in books, but coming here was a wonderful experience. I will like to have similar developments in my district also.”

Major Amit Mann of 39 RR who accompanied the students said after Chandigarh, they would go to Manali and then return to Poonch district.

Tomorrow, they will be meeting Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil.



Helpline set up
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 29
The district administration has set up a 24-hour helpline for seeking information about missing persons.

Assistant Commissioner (G) Amarbir Kaur Bhullar said helpline number 0172-2220152 had been set up at the district headquarters.

She said any person could give information regarding their relatives and friends missing in Uttarakhand. The information provided will be sent to the state government and then forwarded to the Uttarakhand Government so that adequate arrangements could be made for tracing the missing persons. 



Satire on education system attracts crowd
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
A short play, “Aapka Sawaal-Humara Jawaab”, was staged at the Sector 17 Plaza. The play, a satire on the education system, was directed by Chakresh Kumar. It was organised by NGO Vatsal Chaya in collaboration with the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy.

The play was a musical retreat with more than seven instruments played during the street performance.

The text was metaphorically used in this play, which was on the life of a labourer, Ram Dayal, who struggled everyday to fulfil his son’s demands, as he grew up.

He named him “Padhai” and wished him to do well in life. But despite being warned by his friends, he worked relentlessly to meet his son’s demands and eventually died in the due course. In the end, people took a pot shot at how his life was being taken away by the commercialised education system.



Goni’s father clears the air on property dispute
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 1
“Manpreet Goni has nothing to do with our family dispute now,” claimed Swaran Singh, father of Goni, the IPL cricket player, here today.

Swaran Singh, along with his other son, Manmohan Singh, today termed all the allegations of his wife Mohinder Kaur, baseless which she had made against them three days ago in Chandigarh.

“Neither Manpreet is in touch with us for the past six years nor has he asked for his share in property. All the allegations made by our mother are baseless,” said Manmohan Singh, while addressing the media persons here today.

Three days ago, Mohinder Kaur had alleged that Manpreet, along with Manmohan, had threatened her to get his share in the house at Phase V.

“Today, he (Manpreet Goni) is a rich man. I have disowned him and we only see him on television. He has nothing to do with this property dispute,” said Sarwan Singh.



City veterans’ body elects office-bearers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Chandigarh Veterans Amateur Association organised its annual general body meeting at Panjab University, here. 

Over 80 members attended the meeting in which the committee selected Amarjit Singh Chouhan as the president of the association. Gurdial Singh Saini has been appointed as secretary of the association.



Surprise checks 

Chandigarh, July 1
Finance Secretary VK Singh, Joint Secretary (Estates) SK Setia and Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin conducted surprise checks at the Estate Office, Excise and Taxation Office, Chandigarh Housing Board and other UT offices.

The Finance Secretary said the checks aimed at disposing of pending files at the earliest. He said a detailed report from different offices would be sought. — TNS



Cut-off for Class XI admission goes up
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The cut-off for admission to Class XI in city’s government schools has gone up this year. Among 39 government senior secondary schools in the city, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra, registered the highest cut-off of 9.8 CGPA for the science stream in the general category, an increase of 0.2 CGPA from the last year.

As per the school and steam-wise admission list released today by the Education Department, three schools - GMSSS-16, GMSSS-35 and GMSSS-Mani Majra - registered the cut-off above 9 CGPA for the science stream.

An official of the department said earlier it was being felt that the cut-off might go above 9 CGPA. However, due to an increase in the number of seats, the cut-off remained comparatively low in several schools.

In GMSSS-35 and GMSSS-16, the last seat of the science stream for the general category was allotted at 9.4 CGPA.

Other top schools in the science stream for the general category were GMSSS-19 and GMSSS-37-B, which registered the cut-off of 8.6 CGPA.

On the other hand, Government Model Senior Secondary School for Girls registered the lowest cut-off of 6.2 CGPA for the science stream in the general category.

In the reserved category (Scheduled Castes), GMSSS-16 registered the highest cut-off with 7.8 CGPA for the science stream and lowest is in GMSSS-22 with 4.2 CGPA.

As far as the commerce stream is concerned, GMSSS-16 registered the highest cut-off of 9 CGPA for the general category. Other top schools in the general category for the commerce stream include GMSSS-35 (8.8 CGPA), GMSSS-Mani Majra (8.6 CGPA), GMSSS-37B (8.4 CGPA), GMSSS-19 (8.0 CGPA), GMSSS-32 (8.0 CGPA) and GMSSS-40 (8.0 CGPA).

In humanities, GMSSS-16 again remained the favourite choice among the students as it registered the highest cut-off of 7.6 CGPA, followed by 7.0 cut-off by GMSSS-35, 6.4 CGPA by GMSSS-19 and 6.2 CGPA by GMSSS-37B.

GMSSS-Maloya, Behlana, Raipur Khurd registered the lowest cut-off of 4 CGPA in humanities.

In vocational courses, medical laboratory technology in GMSSS-32 had the highest cut-off of 7.4 CGPA, followed by information technology that registered the highest cut-off of 6.8 CGPA.

Around 12,000 seats were allotted in the first counselling. Officials said 2,000 seats could not be filled due to the lack of response to some reserved categories, besides some vacancy of seats in rural schools. These seats will be filled in the second counselling.

Fee submission from today

Students who were allotted seats today need to submit the fee till Wednesday.



Schools open after summer vacation

Chandigarh, July 1
Government as well private schools opened today after the month-long summer vacation.

Since the monsoon has arrived on time, there seems no extension of vacation, as it was seen last year due to soaring temperature.

An official of the Education Department said the weather was fine this year. Therefore, there was no need to extend the summer vacation.

The attendance on the first day remained poor, especially in government schools. Some of the schools had around 20 per cent absentees today. — TNS



BCom admission: First list out, highest cut-off 113.4 percentile
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
As the provisional merit list for admission to BCom in Panjab University-affiliated colleges was displayed today, the highest cut-off turned out to be 113.4 percentile in the general pool. The cut-off has improved from 113 during the previous year’s session. In UT pool (15 per cent seats), the highest percentile turned out to be 113.2.

The objections can be filed by students from July 2 to July 4 till 4 pm. The final merit list will be declared latest by July 8. Following this, the first physical counselling for Chandigarh colleges, including the Department of Evening Studies, Panjab University, will be held from July 11 to July 14 at Law Auditorium in Panjab University.

The names of all 2,934 students in the general category were included in the merit list declared today. There are 1,120 seats in co-education colleges, 770 seats in women’s colleges and 140 seats in the men’s college in Chandigarh. The authorities have advised the students to regularly check the website, http://bcomadmissions.puchd.ac.in, for all details and notifications.

Among women colleges, there are 210 seats at MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, 140 seats at Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, 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.

Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, is a men’s college and 140 seats are available there.

In co-education colleges, there are 280 seats at GGSD College, Sector 32, 140 seats at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42, 210 BCom seats at DAV College, Sector 10, 70 seats at the Department of Evening Studies, PU, 140 seats at Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46, and 280 seats at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26.



NSUI members submit memo to Vice-Chancellor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Condemning the Panjab University Syndicate’s decision to increase the fee from the next academic session, representatives of the National Student Union of India (NSUI) today submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor (VC).

Seeking a rollback in the fee hike, the representatives have also demanded to know about the reasons for the increase in the fee.

“We have requested the authorities to respond to our queries within a week’s time, else we will be compelled to proceed with a massive demonstration against the authorities,” said NSUI president Manoj Lubana.

The PU Syndicate, on Saturday, decided to increase the fee for the first-year students from the next academic session. The Syndicate accepted the proposal of the fee committee. As per the decision, there would be a 10 per cent increase in the fee for the general category first-year students. For professional courses, the hike would be of 20 per cent.

The fee hike decision has triggered a stir among the students, indicating protests in the coming days. The resentment is highest among the students of self-financed courses at PU, who have already been paying lakhs of rupees in their admission fee.

“The students pursuing professional courses like MBA and MCA are the worst hit since their fee is already quite high and difficult to afford. Further 20 per cent hike will make their lives terrible,” Lubana said.



Aggarsen students hold protest
Break windowpanes of school buses

Panchkula, July 1
As the schools reopened today, 50 students of classes X and XII held a protest outside Aggarsen Senior Secondary School in Raipur Rani. The students said they had not got their board results due to the fault of the school. A few students even smashed the windowpanes of two school buses.

The school had no recognition for the science stream for Class XII, following which the Haryana Board withheld the results of both the classes.

The school got recognition for the science stream on June 28. Sources said the board officials had served a notice on the school saying that they would give the results to only those students who qualify the norms.

“We were assured that we will be given the results tomorrow. We are suffering because of their fault. We are not getting admissions because our results have been withheld,” said a student of Class X.

Recently Chandigarh Tribune reported that the future of 350 students of Class X and Class XII of this school was at stake. The school had kept the students in dark about its ineligibility of the science stream for Class XII. The students were reportedly tricked into taking admission and were not even aware that the school did not have recognition for the stream, following which the Haryana Board withheld the results of both the classes. The members of the Haryana board also visited the school premises recently. — TNS



PU rejects 240 applications under sports quota
Candidates had failed to attach sports gradation certificates
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
Taking strict steps and to avoid any allegation of favouritism in filling seats for the BCom stream under the sports quota, the Panjab University authorities have rejected over 240 forms of the applicants, here.

The forms were rejected after the applicants had failed to attach sports gradation certificates of their respective games with admission forms.

The matter was highlighted during the shortlisting process.

According to the officials concerned, the authorities have received over 300 forms under sports quota.

“For the past many years, allotting seats under the sports quota has remained a tedious task to perform. This time, the committee is working on a clear pattern that only the forms-carrying sports-gradation certificate, duly attained by the UT Sports Department, will be entertained. Whereas for the admission in the evening department, the gradation certificate should be attained from the Directorate of Sports, Panjab University,” said RK Gupta, Coordinator of Centralised BCom admission procedure, Panjab University.

“We have received almost 300 applications seeking admission under sports quota. After the scrutiny, as many as 240 applications were rejected. All the rejected candidates had failed to submit their gradation certificate. The games enlisted with the UT Sports Department, are only being entertained under this criteria,” said Gupta.

According to the rules, two per cent of the total available seats are reserved under the sports quota while for admission in the department of evening studies the number of seats goes up by 5 per cent. The centralised admission process was started on June 8.

Last year, the students seeking admission outside the Union Territory pool, under the sports quota had faced a harrowing time due to lack of coordination between the Panjab University (PU) authorities and the Union Territory Sports Department.

To overcome that problem, the authorities concrned had decided to purely follow the gradation certificate policy by the Union Territory Sports Department.



Prof Bansal is PU Dean (research)

Chandigarh, July 1
Prof Lalit Kumar Bansal today took over the charge of Dean (research) of Panjab University, Chandigarh. Earlier, Prof RK Pathak was holding the charge, who superannuated yesterday. 

Bansal is a professor of finance and is also the chairman of the University School of Open Learning at PU. — TNS



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