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Mid-day Meals
Dingy rooms for a kitchen
Sweating profusely, workers cook food without wearing gloves
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Discoloured dirty walls, four dingy rooms and workers sweating profusely without hand gloves! This aptly describes the mid-day meal kitchen at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, which is responsible for preparing and delivering mid-day meals to over 12,000 students every day.

Two days after the Bihar mid-day meal tragedy, that claimed the lives of 23 children, Chandigarh Tribune team conducted a ground reality check and found this place wanting in hygiene and proper arrangement for cooking and storage.

The kitchen, run by a private contractor, has been carved out of four dingy classrooms that lack general cleanliness. Workers, who were preparing the food, were wearing aprons and headgears, but were without gloves. All of them were sweating profusely.

Two of the rooms had no space for ventilation and it was difficult to stand there.

The cooked food was kept in the open for hours before being transported to various schools. The surface was also found rough and workers had a problem cleaning the place.

Ajit Singh Sandhu, mid-day meal inspector appointed for the supervision of this kitchen, asserted that the place required a shed in the open so that the food could be kept safe till the time it was loaded in trucks for delivery to schools. He said a request for a shed had already been sent to the Education Department.

Though the quality of food was found to be reasonably okay, given the lack of proper arrangements, many on duty agreed that the place was prone to contamination and should be equipped with better facilities or be shifted to a more hygienic location.

The Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, the Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, and Shivalikview Hotel, Sector 17, and the outlet at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, prepare mid-day meals for over 70,000 eligible government students in the city every day. A supervisor said this outlet stood nowhere in terms of the facilities available at other locations. "We need better facilities at this outlet," he said. Deputy DEO Shiv Kumar Sharma, who looks after the mid-day meals in Chandigarh, said the food was prepared under strict discipline at this place and no complaint had been received regarding the quality. "There are some issues, which we will sort out on priority," he said.

A visit to government schools revealed that there were some issues pertaining to the distribution of the food. Helpers in Government High School, Kajheri, did not have headgears and gloves. Headmistress Sunita said one of the helpers had joined recently and would be provided with headgear and gloves soon. Government Senior Secondary School, Maloya, head Gurmukh Singh said the school required two helpers.



PGI proposes to limit number of patients at its OPDs
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Terming overcrowding as a hurdle in providing healthcare to patients, the PGI has proposed to limit the number of patients being examined by each consultant in a day at the OPDs.

At a recently held meeting of the governing body, the institute identified the need for setting up a screening system for OPD patients who "reported directly without referral" from other hospitals.

Also, one of the major bottlenecks, as pointed out by PGI officials before Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, was that there was no triage area (where priority of patients is determined) inside the Emergency.

"At present, the institute is providing healthcare to patients more than its handling capacity. There is a need for limiting the number of patients," said a PGI official.

The institute also stated in the proposed agenda that a separate cadre of non-academic senior residents needed to be created for screening patients at the OPDs.

The institute suggested that a memorandum of understanding should be inked between the PGI, the UT and peripheral hospitals in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, adding that after stabilising patients, they would refer them to hospitals like the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, if they felt the need.

"In complex cases, once the complex aspect gets managed, we should call up at other hospitals and send the cases there for smaller surgical procedures," the institute suggested.

The institute also highlighted the need for procuring additional funds for improving signages, procuring more ventilators and life-saving drugs for patients in the Emergency and the trauma centre.

Over 7,000 patients visit the PGI OPDs everyday. The number of patients touches 10,000 on Mondays, when most of the consultants are available at the OPDs. Chandigarh Tribune had recently highlighted the ordeal of patients visiting the PGI OPDs through the experiences of five patients.



Now, watching movies in multiplexes to burn a hole in your pocket
Tribune News Service

People buy movie tickets at the Centra Mall in Chandigarh on Friday
People buy movie tickets at the Centra Mall in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, July 19
Watching movies in multiplexes in the city will now burn a hole in your pocket as the prices of tickets have been increased. A show, which used to cost a family of four around Rs 1,400, including beverages, will now cost more than Rs 1,800. The cost of the movie tickets has been increased by the UT Administration from today.

Under the new slab, a movie ticket for the business class for four days in a week will cost Rs 250 before noon and Rs 500 in the afternoon, for gold Rs 120 before noon and Rs 150 in the afternoon and for silver Rs 100 before noon and Rs 125 in the afternoon. During the weekend, a movie ticket for the business class will cost Rs 250 before noon and Rs 600 in the afternoon, for gold Rs 125 before noon and Rs 150 in the afternoon and for silver Rs 115 before noon and Rs 125 in the afternoon. These charges do not include the tax levied by multiplexes for their services, which is around Rs 48 per ticket.

Sources in the Administration said for the past two years, there had been no hike in the rates of movie tickets and owners of multiplexes were pitching for a hike following which the authorities had increased the rates by around 15 to 20 per cent.

“We will have to discontinue watching afternoon movie shows in multiplexes with our children as it will burn a hole in our pocket,” said Anita Sharma, who had gone to watch a movie at the Elante Mall. She said the multiplexes might also increase the prices of food and drinks, which would further hit the budget of movie-goers.

Shalini, who had gone to watch a movie at the DT Mall, was lucky as she had booked her tickets yesterday due to which she did not have to bear the extra charges for today's show.



Child drowns in pond
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 19
An 18-month-old child was found drowned in a small pond in Sector 69 here today.

According to reports, the child’s body was found floating in the pond near a government tubewell. He has been identified as Sumit.

The child’s father is a daily wage labourer and lives in a jhuggi near the tubewell.

He said he and his 
wife had left for work in the morning as usual. His five children, including the youngest, Sumit, were at home.

He said when his wife returned home in the afternoon, she found Sumit missing. On search, she found his body in the pond.

The police is investigating the matter.


mid-day meal
Inspection given a miss
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
The Administration boasts of providing hygienic food to schoolchildren, but when it comes to inspecting mid-day meals in schools, officials choose to look the other way.

The HCS and PCS officers appointed to conduct inspection in schools are rarely seen performing their duty. Last year, the Administration had appointed 14 HCS and PCS officers to inspect mid-day meal in government schools every month, but only a few took the inspection seriously. An officer said he performed his duty diligently in the beginning, but lost interest in the exercise later.

He said the motive behind the inspection was to keep a regular check on the quality of food served to schoolchildren. He said the distribution system needed to be changed. "The exercise had failed to yield good results," he stated.

This year's exercise is yet to be started. Even the roaster for the session's mid-day meal inspection has not been finalised yet. Last year too, the roaster was sent to the officers in August. As per the inspection programme, an officer is supposed to conduct a zone-wise inspection in schools, which means he has to cover all schools allotted to him by the end of a session.

A school principal said officers must inspect the schools. Their feedback would help streamlining the system and work would be carried out in a transparent manner, he stated.



Hygiene goes for a toss at Sec 15 school
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Utensils kept on a muddy ground at Government Primary School in Sector 15, Panchkula
Utensils kept on a muddy ground at Government Primary School in Sector 15, Panchkula. A Tribune photograph

Panchkula, July 19
The Bihar mid-day meal tragedy has failed to move the authorities in the town.

At Government Primary School in Sector 15, the meal was kept on a muddy ground.

Students said many a time they were served insect-infested food.

A visit to the school revealed that utensils were kept in the open. Students were seen washing tiffins in the same area where the meal was kept.

"We have no other option, but to eat the meal. Insects are seen floating on the surface of water, but no one is bothered about the hygiene here," said a Raji (name changed), a student.

She said, "The food is prepared under a tree."

The students said they had taken up the matter with the school authorities a number of times, but to no avail. District education officer (DEO) Nalini Mimani said, "It is the responsibility of the district elementary education officer to check the quality of food. I will visit the school and do the needful."

District elementary education officer Parmeshwari Hooda said, "I will speak to the school authorities and take stock of the situation."

The officials said they were conducting checks at schools on a regular basis.



Six government schools get kitchens
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
The education department today made mid-day meal kitchens operational in six government schools.

At present, Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, Hotel Shivalik View, Sector 17, and GMSSS-47 (run by a private contractor), prepare and deliver mid-day meal to all government schools.

From now, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 47, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Government Model High School, Sector 42, Government Model High School, Sector 38, and Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 26 (Timber Market), will prepare their own mid-day meal.

Officials of the department said the move would unburden the four centres.

The experiment began last year when the education department opened separate mid-day meal kitchens at Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 10. It was managed by the school management committee. Deputy DEO Shiv Kumar Sharma, officiating officer, mid-day meal, Chandigarh, said each kitchen would have two stores, one cooking area, utensils and cooking equipment."It will be a challenge for the school authorities to maintain cleanliness in the kitchens and provide hygienic food to children," he said

"Two to three more school kitchens will be opened shortly," he said.



5 water samples fail test
Health Dept had collected 21 samples from Mohali village
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, July 19
The rise in typhoid cases in Mohali village has set the alarm bells ringing.

Out of the 21 water samples collected by the Health Department from different parts in the district, five have failed the potability test while the remaining 14 have been found unfit for drinking.

The samples that failed the test were collected from Mohali village near Phase I.

It is learnt that the water samples were collected from Mohali village after patients suffering from typhoid started coming to the Civil Hospital in Phase VI. In 2009, there was an outbreak of diarrhoea and cholera at Mohali village. A large number of patients were admitted to the Civil Hospital.

Samples collected at that time had also failed the potability test.

An official of the Health Department said out of the 21 samples collected in the district, only two were found fit for drinking.

Three samples collected from villages falling under the Boothgarh Primary Health Centre also failed the potability test.

Similarly, four water samples collected from villages in Dera Bassi were not found fit for drinking.

All the villages from where samples were collected were being supplied water by the rural water supply wing.

Another sample taken from a house at Dera Bassi, where submersible pump has been installed, was also not found fit for drinking. A water sample collected from a tubewell sunk on the BSF campus also failed the potability test.

The results of five samples are still awaited.

Dr Rajiv Bhalla, Civil Surgeon, said the drive to collect water samples had been intensified during the monsoon. Chlorine tablets were distributed among residents where water was not found fit for drinking.

Residents were asked to use one tablet of chlorine in 20 litres of water before using it.

The authorities supplying water had been asked to take corrective measures after which samples would be collected again.

In June also the Health Department officials had collected 25 samples from various parts of the district, out of which eight had failed the potability test, added Bhalla.



Social activist gets threat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Working for the past several years and relentlessly spreading the message of road safety, Harman Sidhu, chairman of NGO Arrive Safe, has received a threat letter pressurising him to withdraw his public interest litigation (PIL) against the removal of liquor vends situated along the national highways near Chandigarh and the neighbouring states.

The PIL is pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and its hearing is scheduled for July 30. Sidhu has lodged a police complaint and the UT police has started a probe. A daily diary report has been lodged at the Sector 19 police station.

Sidhu said the letter had been handed over to the local police.

The area police, beat staff and local CID wing have been intimated about the security threat to the complainant. Sidhu is a resident of Sector 21. He received the letter by post.

He said he had filed the PIL in the interest of city residents because liquor vends located close to highways were the prime reason for fatal accidents in the region. The PIL was filed two months ago and the Punjab and Haryana High Court has already instructed the Chandigarh Traffic Police to provide a report about the liquor vends located close to the highways.

“I received a threat letter (enclosed) through post today, 'advising' me to withdraw the case. The letter also mentions that if the judgement of the case goes against them, they will suffer heavy losses and if that happens, there will be severe loss to my health,” said Harman Sidhu.



Geetanjali’s death
Children know what happened on the day of ‘murder’, claim victim’s kin
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 19
The mystery behind Geetanjali's death, the CJM’s wife, deepened with the victim's family claiming that her children were aware of what happened on the day of murder. They alleged that they were not allowed to meet the children.

Geetanjali, 28, a resident of Sector 8, Panchkula, was found “shot dead” in Gurgaon. Later, the post-mortem report revealed that she was shot at three times. She was married to CJM Ravneet Garg, who is currently posted at Gurgaon. She had moved with her husband from Jagadri to Gurgaon two months ago following the latter’s promotion.

Geetanjali is survived by two daughters Poonam (4) and Guddu (3) . Meanwhile, the family has also lodged a complaint with the Gurgaon police, following which a case has been registered in this regard.

“Even today morning we went to meet the children but her in-laws were dilly-dallying," said Rajesh Aggarwal, the deceased's brother. He further added, “We are sure that the children know what happened on the day of murder. And to hide this, they are not letting us meet them.” The family has decided to lodge a complaint with the local police as well.



Encroachments removed from 11 houses
Tribune News Service

Cracks appear on the wall of an adjoining house at the Milk Colony, Dhanas, during a demolition drive on Friday
Cracks appear on the wall of an adjoining house at the Milk Colony, Dhanas, during a demolition drive on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, July 19
Officials of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) today carried out a demolition drive in Sector 19. Police personnel discouraged residents from stopping the drive.

Violations were noticed in 150 houses in the sector. Encroachments were removed from 11 houses.

The officials said they had cancelled the allotment of another 14 houses.

The officials surveyed the area before carrying out the drive. The enforcement staff was led by the executive engineer, Sunil Malik.

The officials said drives would be carried out on a regular basis.

During a demolition drive in Dhanas, two houses developed cracks. The staff was removing encroachments from the other dwelling units when the two houses developed cracks. Occupant of house number 45 Amandeep Singh said repeated requests of the residents fell on deaf ears.

He lamented that the enforcement staff had engaged an inexperienced JCB operator.



Property consultants accuse CHB staff of sitting over files

Chandigarh, July 19
The Property Consultants Association has accused the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) of sitting over files. In a press conference today, members of the association said residents were being harassed by the CHB officials as they never bothered to clear the files.

Finance secretary of the association Devinder Kumar said be it conversion of land, issuance of no objection certificate (NOC) or registration of conveyance deed, inspectors of the CHB were conducting separate inspections, which in turn harried owners. They appealed to the UT Administration that the CHB should be asked to complete the formalities in a time-bound manner to discourage corruption. The members also opposed the proposal to hike 30 per cent collector fee. Chairman of the association Rajesh Walia said the hike had been announced when the prices of the property had declined by almost 20 per cent. The real estate sector is suffering because of the slump and the proposal would burden genuine buyers. President Subhash Sharma said the Administration kept sitting over files related to the registration of property consultants. "The practice is being followed in Panchkula and Mohali. This will help check fraudsters," he added.

General secretary Sunil Kumar said the UT Administration had stopped the conversion of property from leasehold to freehold. He said the Administration had abolished the process of issuing an NOC before the sale or purchase of property. "Through the NOC, one gets to know whether the property is under dispute," he added. — TNS



Satya Pal Jain is chief of BJP legal panel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Former city MP and senior BJP leader Satya Pal Jain has been nominated as the chairman of the BJP’s National Committee on Legal Affairs and Election Commission by BJP president Rajnath Singh for the coming 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP on Friday decided to set up 20 committees, including the National Committee on Legal Affairs and Election Commission, which will focus on various aspects of electioneering.

This committee will comprehensively deal with all the legal issues and help the party in effectively formulating its stand on all legal issues as well as the issues relating to the Election Commission of India for the Lok Sabha elections.

Earlier, Jain has remained as the all-India In charge of the legal cell of the party for about 10 years. BJP councillor Davesh Moudgil said all the workers of the BJP, Chandigarh, were feeling honoured after the nomination of Jain as the chairman of the committee of the party.



Home Secretary visits ISBT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
UT Home Secretary-cum-Secretary Transport, Chandigarh Administration, along with officers from the Transport, Engineering and Architect Department, visited the bus terminus of Sector 17 and Sector 43.

The Home Secretary expressed concern over the cleanliness of the inter-state bus terminus. He observed that the cleanliness of the bus terminus was not up to the mark and directed the officers of the Transport Department to do the needful at the earliest.

He pointed out that the repair of the building was urgently required and directed the Engineering Department to immediately repair the counters, whose kota stones had come out.

Officers of the Transport Department told the Home Secretary that the AC buses plying on the Chandigarh-Delhi route were in great demand due to the suitability, cleanliness and comfort of these buses.



MC panel okays equipment for parks
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
A meeting of the environment and city beautification committee of the municipal corporation was held under the chairpersonship of Gurbax Rawat, in which various items were approved and passed by the committee.

The committee okayed new play equipment and multi-play system for children in various parks in Sector 33 at a cost of Rs 7.62 lakh. Besides, huts, benches and dustbins in parks in the Industrial Area, Phase II, at a cost of Rs 1.55 lakh were also okayed by the committee.

The committee also okayed fixing of RCC tree guards in Rajindra Park, Sector 1, Chandigarh, at a cost of Rs 15 lakh. Besides, the committee also passed installation of railings and benches in various parks in Sectors 4, 9 and 11 at a cost of Rs 10 lakh.



Sparking at PGI dept
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
A minor incident of sparking was reported from the department of radiodiagnosis at the PGI this morning, causing smoke in the area that lasted a few minutes.

The incident occurred while a worker was trying to fit an air-conditioner in the department, which is under renovation. The department, located inside Nehru Hospital, has been undergoing renovation for the past few days. “It was just a minor sparking. The work continued normally,” said Manju Wadwalkar, official spokesperson for the PGI.



Domestic help accused of theft
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 19
A resident of Phase II has alleged that his domestic help had stolen Rs 12 lakh from his house when the family was away.

According to reports, the complainant told the police that he along with his wife had gone to Vrindavan. He had kept Rs 12 lakh in a locker and the key was with his son. His son also went to attend a wedding and the domestic help was alone at home. When he returned, he found the money missing.

The domestic help told the police that she had been working at the house for the past six years. She had not been paid any salary as she was promised by her employer that the entire amount would be given at the time of her wedding. They levelled the allegation of theft against her when she asked the employer to pay her the dues upon getting engaged.

Residents of the slum colony, where the domestic help lived, gathered at Phase I police station in her support.



Students allege assault by police officials

Panchkula, July 19
Students of Class XII of a local school complained on Friday at the office of the Commissioner of Police, alleging assault at the hands of police officials at Sector 16 police post. “My friend was beaten up by his neighbours and he got injured. When we asked police officials to register a case, they kept on dilly-dallying,” said Diwakar, a resident of Sector 17, Panchkula.

He said, “Today, we had gone to the police post to know if they would take any action in the case, head constable Kuldeep and constable Joginder slapped us and assaulted us.”

The in charge of the Sector 16 police post, Jagdish Kumar, said, “When Diwakar started shouting at a lady from the opposite party, our officials tried to stop him. But, he hit them.” — TNS



PU hikes stipend of theatre students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has increased monthly stipend/scholarship of MA-I and MA-II students at the Department of Indian Theatre from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 .

Five students from each of the classes are given stipend/scholarship. This decision was taken at the meeting of the PU Board of Finance today.

PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover presided over the meeting. The board also decided to provide merit scholarship of Rs 1,000 per month to the toppers of the general and SC category in first, second, third and fourth year of B Com LLB five-year integrated course at University Institute of Legal Studies.

PU has also decided to increase monthly stipend on account of rotatory internship to the students, who have passed BDS (four year course), from Rs 6,000 to Rs 9,000 at Dr HS Judge Institute of Dental Sciences & Hospital.

The board has enhanced the financial assistance/grant/subsidy to university teachers for attending conferences/workshops/seminars /symposiums within the country.

PU has also decided to extend the benefit of maternity leave (with pay) to the female contractual employees working at Panjab University. This benefit will not be extended to the female employee, who have three or more children.

The board resolved the issue of fixing the pay of Readers, Lectures (selection grade), selected or promoted after 01.01.1996. The board also approved to create one post of security officer (female) and to to fill one post of assistant security officer (female). 



Colleges to start academic session from July 22
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
With the admission process at nearly all colleges nearing completion, most of the city colleges have decided to start new academic session from July 22. The colleges will organise orientation for first-year students to tell them about the system of examination and lectures.

All four government colleges, which follow a similar curriculum, plan to start the session for first-year students from Monday, while the admission to senior classes is still in the process.

These include Post Graduate Government College for Girls (PGGCG), Sector 11 and 42, and Post Graduate Government College (PGGC), Sector 46 and 11.

“The first-year students are new to the system of colleges and take time to settle down with the schedule. We usually start their session early to help them cope with the entirely new examination and lecture system,” said the admission coordinator, PGGCG, Sector 11.

“Besides, it is important for teachers also to identify first-year students since they all appear to be similar in the beginning,” he said.

Private colleges, including MCM DAV College, Sector 36, GGDSD College, Sector 32, and DAV College, Sector 10, would also start the new session from Monday.



Uniform criteria for integrated courses sought
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
A group of students submitted a memorandum to the Dean Faculty of Law, Panjab University, and and chairman, University Institute of Legal Studies, citing “discriminatory criteria” fixed for admission to BA/Bcom LLB (hons) Five-year integrated course at PU.”

Pointing out the specifications for admission criteria in B Com , the students stated that the BCom LLB course did not make any provision for weightage. They demanded uniform admission criteria for the integrated course.



Honour for Desh Bhagat University

Chandigarh, July 19
Desh Bhagat University was honoured with the Education Leadership Award by MCCS India Private Ltd after their National B School survey. Dr Zora Singh, Chancellor of University, received the award at a ceremony, attended by heads of various educational institutes across the country in Mumbai.

Dr Asim Ahmed, Minister of Education, Republic of Maldives, was the chief guest on the occasion. Avinash Pandey, COO, MCCS, was the guest of honour. Dr Zora Singh said the MCCS National B-school Awards recognised the institutions that were innovative and modern. He thanked the jury for honouring the university and said it was a proud moment for them as their efforts were being recognised by the industry leaders. He said these awards would provide the university an inspiration to strive harder in making it as the centre of excellence. — TNS



Change in eligibility criteria hits students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
The change in eligibility criteria for admission to six engineering/architecture colleges in the city by the joint admission committee (JAC) of University Institute of the Engineering and Technology (UIET), Panjab University, has left many sports students in the lurch.

"As per the eligibility criteria mentioned in the admission brochure, for BE courses, admission will be open to a candidate, who has qualified the JEE (Main)-2013, conducted by the CBSE (a minimum of 15 per cent marks in the JEE (Main)-2013 with the Architecture Aptitude test for bachelor of architecture to qualify for the admission.)," said one of the candidates.

A joint admission committee, headed by the Director of University Institute of Technology, was constituted by the Chandigarh Administration to initiate the online process of the admissions. The JAC launched its website in June 2013 and started the online registration process from July 1, 2013 with closing date of July 12, 2013, he added.

On July 6, 2013, six days after the beginning of the registration process, a corrigendum was issued by the JAC on its website stating, "The condition of securing minimum 15 per cent marks (10 per cent for SC/ ST /PH) in JEE (Main) -2013 has been withdrawn," the candidates added.

"This decision of the JAC was a setback to many sportspersons as some of them were deprived of applying for admission in other local colleges.As per the conditions imposed by the JAC, many of us became ineligible after scoring good marks in Class XII," the candidates stated in a letter addressed to the Vice-President.

" On one hand, the JAC has fixed the criteria of admission for sportspersons on their sports merit (the gradation based on their achievements at the state and the national level) and on the other they rejected our candidature by adopting the cut-off fixed for general category students at in NITs a and CFTIs," they added. Meanwhile, the officials said that the information was in the public domain well in time and in the interest of the students. A writ regarding the matter has already been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



Absence of lights makes counselling tough at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
In absence of any provision for lights, counsellors at the Panjab University (PU) Law Auditorium are finding it difficult in scrutinising the documents of the students arriving for counselling.

A large number of students are coming for counselling everyday and the team responsible for examining their documents having a tough time in reading out the details. On their request, a small lamp was provided to scrutinise the documents, however, that appears to be inadequate.

The problem has been there since the beginning of the counselling session, however, not much emphasis was laid upon the improvement of the facility. Earlier, B Com counselling was conducted at the auditorium a few days ago.

The counseling for admission to various departments will be conducted at the same venue in upcoming days.



Fruit Party

Children of MDAV, Sector-22 A, Chandigarh, celebrated the “Fruit Party” today. The students brought different fruits to the school with them. The importance of fruits for our health was demonstrated by the teachers through various activities. Principal Neelam Sharma also shared her views with the children.

World Population Day

On the eve of the World Population Day, poster-making and essay-writing competition held at the MDAV School. The students of different classes participated in the competitions. The main motto of the event was to make the people aware about the conditions due to increasing population.

Green Day celebrated

The pre-primary wing of Shard Sarvhitkari Model- 40 D celebrated the “Green Day” today. A plethora of activities were organised for the tiny tots, who came dressed in green clothes. They brought a variety of green vegetables and fruits along with green healthy snacks in their lunch box. Songs and poems were also presented. —TNS



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