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MC meeting raises Oppn’s hackles
None of the 12 items on the agenda passed; BJP-SAD councillors complain against Mayor
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The monthly house meeting of the municipal corporation, which continued for four hours before being called off by the Mayor, did not yield any positive result for the development of the city. Not even a single item on the agenda for the development of the city was passed at the meeting despite 12 items of more than Rs 10 crore were listed for the meeting. For every house meeting, the MC spends over Rs 1.25 lakh.

While BJP-SAD councillors accused Mayor Subhash Chawla of behaving like a dictator, the Mayor maintained that he had already told the councillors that officials had some important work and the meeting would end early today.

After the meeting, a delegation of the BJP-SAD councillors met UT Adviser KK Sharma and complained to him about the Mayor’s decision to call off the meeting without discussing important items on the agenda.

BJP councillor Arun Sood, who is also the Leader of the Opposition, said important items of BJP-SAD councillors were listed in the agenda for the meeting today and the Mayor deliberately chose to call off the meeting. “The city has a population of over 11 crore. The MC has a budget of around Rs 700 crore and there are 26 elected representatives in the city. Given these figures, how can the Mayor expect the zero hour session (where councillors can raise problems in their wards) to end in only 30 minutes,” he said.

The Mayor said Congress and BJP-SAD councillors had “equal items” on the agenda, all of which were important. He said at the beginning of the meeting, he had announced that the MC Commissioner and other officials had some important work related to a court case and the meeting would end by 3.30 pm. He said despite this, the opposition councillors did not raise relevant issues and wasted their time in other discussions.

Complaint against SDO

SAD councillor Malkiat Singh told MC Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh that when he complained against an SDO of the Electricity Department, the officer concerned threatened two women councillors of the Opposition. The MC Commissioner assured him that he would look into the matter.

Ads on kiosk

BJP councillor Satinder Singh raised the issue of a company being allowed to display advertisements on a water kiosk in Sector 17. He wanted to know about the official responsible for extending the contract of the company from time to time. The MC Commissioner informed him that the advertisements had been removed from the kiosk and a new tender for the kiosk was in the process of being floated.

Dy Mayor hits out at officers

Deputy Mayor Satish Kainth accused MC officers of not replying to letters sent by him. He said he had sent letters to officials on certain issues, but they did not bother to respond. SAD councillor Malkiat Singh and Congress councillor Darshan Garg also raised this point. On this, the MC Commissioner assured them that from now onwards, the officials concerned would reply to each letter.

Issues raised by councillors

  • BJP councillor Davesh Moudgil raised the issue of providing facilities in societies in Sectors 48, 49, 50 and 51
  • BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi suggested that food shops should be allowed in the underpass between Sector 17 and 22
  • Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga raised the point of providing facilities to the differently abled.



GMCH gets 50 more MBBS seats
Medical aspirants upbeat; counselling to be held soon, says Director
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
Medical aspirants have a reason to cheer as the Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India (MCI) has approved 50 additional MBBS seats for the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. The only college for MBBS in Chandigarh, the number of MBBS seats has now been increased from 50 to 100. This is the first major increase in the number of seats since its inception in 1991.

Counselling for admission to 50 MBBS seats has already been held on July 29. According to GMCH officials, the admission to the newly added 50 MBBS seats will be held around August 7-8 and an announcement for inviting applications will be made soon.

The increase in the number of seats, it is learnt, is part of a recent move of the Central Government to allow 50 extra MBBS seats in all public and private medical colleges having more than 10 years of standing to bring down the doctor-patient ratio in the country, which currently stands at 1: 2,000.

According to a list uploaded on the website of the MCI, over 30 medical colleges across the country have been granted approval for an additional 50 seats each.

Dr Atul Sachdeva, Director-Principal of the GMCH, said it was a welcome decision and would help the college produce more doctors. "The admission process for filling the newly added seats will begin soon with the inviting of applications from candidates followed by a counselling session, which is expected to be held around August 7-8," he said.

Medical aspirants in the region are upbeat over the decision.

City-based student Radhika Mehta, who could not get admission to the college during the counselling for the first 50 MBBS seats despite being placed 53rd on the merit list, said she was feeling on top of the world. "I had lost hope of getting admission to the college and was trying for some other colleges. However, the increase in the number of seats has come as a pleasant surprise."

A city-based biology teacher, Dr Arvind Goyal, said every year many deserving students used to be left out by a thin margin due to a paucity of seats. The increase in the number of seats will definitely bring relief to local students and the infrastructure of the college will also be utilised to the maximum. Now, the authorities should focus on increasing the number of PG seats in the college," he said.



22-year-old labourer buried alive at Panjab University
Tribune News Service

The site where the labourer was buried alive at the PU on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, July 31
A 22-year-old labourer was buried alive while three others had a narrow escape after earth at the site for a water-harvesting project at Panjab University (PU) caved in.

The incident occurred at around 9.30 am when four labourers were digging a site for rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge of groundwater on the rear side of the health centre at the PU. The deceased has been identified as Ramesh Kumar. He was taken to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16 where doctors declared him brought dead.

Police officials said the labourer got buried under debris while working at the site due to negligence on the part of the contractor, Chandher Shekhar, a resident of Sector 10, Panchkula.

The police has registered a case under Section 304-A (causing death due to negligence) against the contractor at the Sector 11 police station. The accused was arrested and later bailed out. Investigations are under way.

PU officials said the university administration had taken a serious note of the incident and all contractors had been asked to take adequate safety norms. The PU construction office has issued a notice to the contractor.



Poll on mind, student leaders flaunt kurta-pyjamas
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
With the poll bugle sounded in Panjab University (PU) and city colleges, white kurta-pyjamas, a favourite among student leaders, are back. Student activists can be seen flaunting their style in colleges. The kurtas are snug and short while the pyjamas are like well-fit slim pants that balance the traditional attire with fashion trends.

Harmanjot Singh, an NSUI leader at DAV College, said wearing a white kurta-pyjama gave him a distinct look and made him the centre of attraction. Similarly, Aman, a student of SGGS College, Sector 26, said wearing a simple kurta-pyjama gave him "a special feeling" and helped him attract the attention of everyone. “Besides, this attire makes it easy for new students to figure out that we are from student parties contesting the elections,” he said.

Student leaders believe that kurta-pyjamas are not worn by many youngsters these days and are generally donned by those representing student parties.

Manoj Lubana, an NSUI leader at the PU, said during the elections when the "pressure of campaigning" was high, one needed a dress that was comfortable, neat and smart. Echoing similar views, SFI leader Prabhpreet Singh, who prefers to wear a kurta-pyjama, said the dress also helped one get recognised as a representative of a student outfit. “It’s the traditional dress of leaders, which gives them a feeling of being part of a democracy,” he said.



Panchkula Mayor’s husband handling MC affairs?
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 31
It is said there is a woman behind every successful man. However, in the case of Upinder Ahluwalia, the first Mayor of Panchkula, the situation seems just the opposite. It is Upinder Ahluwalia’s husband, Dhanender Ahluwalia, who is evidently looking after all her mayoral affairs since she took over the coveted seat.

According to sources, Dhanender Ahluwalia not only accompanies his wife to her office but also remains there with her. “In fact, he (Dhanender) is the virtual Mayor as he takes all major decisions on behalf of his wife,” said an official of the department on condition of anonymity.

Today when this correspondent called up Upinder Ahluwalia for her comments on certain issues related to her domain, her husband Dhanender Ahluwalia answered the call and said he would reply to the questions. “I assist my wife in her mayoral affairs,” said Dhanender Ahluwalia, who claims to be an agriculturist.

Dhanender Ahluwalia said he had a good experience in dealing with civic affairs. “I was the chairperson of a panchayat samiti for five years from 1995 to 2000. There were 70 panchayats under the samiti at that time,” said Dhaneneder Ahluwalia. 
He said he was also a four-time sarpanch of Fatehpur village while his wife Upinder Ahluwalia was earlier a zila parishad member and the sarpanch of Doon village.

Upinder Ahluwalia, considered close to top Congress leaders in the state, said they (she and her husband) had "constructive developmental plans" for the district. “Give us some time and you will see a change,” said Dhanender Ahluwalia.


PGI tackles outages due to overloading
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
Waking up to the fact that power usage and load at the PGIMER has gone much beyond the permissible level with the increasing number of air-conditioners, the PGIMER authorities have asked the electricity wing to check power usage in all the departments and declare the exact load. The move comes in the wake of the recent four-hour power failure at the PGIMER that had led to a blackout in the entire Nehru Hospital area.

The electricity wing at the institute has been surveying all the buildings to check the usage and capacity of each building. The officials have also been procuring the details about the number of air-conditions and other electrical equipment being used in each of the sub-units inside the departments and buildings.

The team had checked all the electrical points at the New OPD Block two days ago, where patient arrival remains the highest everyday.

Two months ago, one of the transformers at the PGIMER had failed due to overloading, leading to a blackout in the area.

The Nehru Hospital that houses a majority of chronically ill patients and also those on life support, had remained without power for more than four hours. It took the engineers more than four hours to make a temporary arrangement.

Following the blackout, the PGIMER Director, Dr YK Chawla, had written to all departments not to waste power and keep the use of the air-conditioners under control as the hospital had been surviving on a single transformer.

A similar snag had occurred last month, when the research blocks at the institute, where the test samples are kept, had remained without power for nearly 45 minutes.

The lack of power backup facilities has added to the problem. Sources in the PGIMER administration revealed that many power cables installed in the PGI buildings, including the Nehru Hospital, had not been replaced for the past 50 years.

With the consumption of power continuing to rise beyond the load capacity of the wires, frequent short-circuits are witnessed at the hospital, they said.

Keep use of ACs under check: Director

Following the blackout, the PGIMER Director, Dr YK Chawla, had written to all departments not to waste power and keep the use of the air-conditioners under control as the hospital had been surviving on a single transformer.


7 SHOs among 15 policemen transferred
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
In a major reshuffle, the Chandigarh police today transferred 15 inspectors, including seven SHOs. Yash Pal, SHO of the Mani Majra police station, has been transferred to the Industrial Area police station as the SHO. Narinder Singh, SHO of the Industrial Area police station, will now be the SHO of the Sector 34 police station.

The SHO of the Sector 34 police station, Diwan Singh, has been transferred to the security wing. Harjit Kaur, SHO of the Sector 19 police station, has been posted as the SHO of the Sector 3 police station.

Sri Parkash, SHO of the Sector 3 police station, has been transferred to the PCR. Jaspal Singh, SHO of the Sector 31 police station, has been transferred to the traffic wing.

Charanjit Singh, SHO of the Sector 39 police station, has been transferred as SHO of the Mani Majra police station.

Rajesh Shukla, posted in the security wing, has now been posted as the SHO of the Sector 39 police station. Satpal, posted in the PCR, has been transferred to the traffic wing. Dilsher Singh has been posted as the in charge of the proclaimed offender staff. He was working in the Police Lines.

Ajay Kumar, who was in the IRB, has been transferred to the cyber crime cell. Kirpal Singh, who was posted in the cyber crime cell, has been posted as the SHO of the Sector 31 police station. Malkiat Singh has been transferred to the CID from the traffic wing. Ram Gopal has been transferred to the IRB from the Police Lines. Chiranji Lal has been transferred to the crime branch from the CID.



GMCH-32 outsources genetic testing work
Patients suffer as private centres charge more for services, shun responsibility of medico-legal implications
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
In an arbitrary move, the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, has outsourced the work of its Genetic Testing Centre to six private centres, not only forcing patients to shell out more for the tests but also passed on the responsibility of medico-legal implications on the private parties.

The testing centre, which is visited by expectant women from all over the city, is being taken care of by six private diagnostic centres in the city. The test that costs only Rs 150, depending upon the income scales of patients (as per the government scale), is now costing Rs 340 on the first visit and Rs 750 on second for expectant women.

While the centre was originally introduced in 2006 and being run by clinicians as per the standards, recently tenders were invited for outsourcing of the centre.

While test reports of private parties clearly mention that they will not be responsible for medico-legal implications of the test, the GMCH administration has shunned its responsibility too.

“In case of any fault, the private party will have to take the responsibility as the screening and diagnosis is being done by them,” said Director-Principal Dr Atul Sachdev.

Meanwhile, the GMCH has failed to recruit qualified staff for running the Genetic Testing Centre. While outsourcing the centre, the authorities have not even bothered to appoint a clinician or genetics-qualified official as in charge. For running the centre, the institute has designated a non-clinician, a PhD qualified biophysics expert. The qualification of the expert has been in question for long. There are no other clinicians appointed at the centre for the purpose.

Meanwhile, the Director Principal of the institute, Dr Atul Sachdev, said, “The workload in the area is quite high and to ensure smooth functioning we planned to outsource it. We cannot accommodate every patient due to limited staff here. There is staff crunch and we are looking into the problem.”

The cost of an ultrasound as per the government prescribed rate varies between Rs 50 and Rs 100, depending upon the income groups of patients. However, the patients are being made to shell out Rs 340 for the first screening and Rs 750 for the second screening.

The test

The first trimester screening is a combination of fetal ultrasound and maternal blood testing performed during the first trimester of pregnancy. This screening process can help in determining the risk of foetus having certain birth defects. Screening tests may be used alone or in combination with other tests. The average time consumed for screening is 20 minutes. The reports of the test are given simultaneously. It is to be conducted twice during pregnancy after completing 11 and 17-18 weeks.



Mohali sectors sans basic amenities
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 31
Mohali MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu has urged the Chief Administrator ( CA) of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority ( GMADA) to provide proper civic amenities to the residents living in Sectors 76 to 80 here .

In a letter to the CA of the development authority, the MLA stated that during his visit to these Sectors, which had not been transferred to the Municipal Corporation so far, he noticed that the residents had been deprived of basic amenities. These amenities had to be provided by GMADA in the developing Sectors and directions should be issued to the officials concerned to do the needful at the earliest. He pointed out that the outer and inner roads in almost all the Sectors had not been maintained properly . Besides, the condition of almost all parks is poor as sanitation has not been taken care of.

He said drainage and sewer systems were choked and congress grass had also become a health hazard.

He stated that steps had not been taken to maintain vacant plots in these Sectors and these had become garbage dumping points. GMADA was charging a heavy non-construction fee on these plots, but not maintaining these properly, the MLA stated. Fogging is required in these developing Sectors to check the spread of diseases like dengue. A number of streetlight points are not working properly. He urged the CA to give an immediate attention to the problems in the interest of the residents.



‘Lookout notice’ for missing BSNL documents
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) authorities have issued a "lookout notice" for its missing documents of the tender file, which was misplaced by the official concerned around a month ago. Interestingly, instead of taking any action against the official concerned for his careless attitude, the department has opted to paste a search notice on the premises of the telephone exchange, asking all the officials to check the documents in their respective files.

In the search notice dated July 20, which has been addressed to all the section heads of the telephone exchange, it has been stated that the file of the “tender” for the printing of forms for the Chandigarh SSA (no. ENGG/GT-2127/OPN) has been missing from room number 201, 2nd floor, of the office of the additional general manager since June 26. All are requested to check or trace the file in their respective sections and if found please return the same to the department concerned.

The BSNL General Manager for Chandigarh, JS Sahota, said he was not aware of any missing file in the department and would look into the matter.

A senior official of the operation wing said till date the department had not been able to locate the missing documents and before drafting its duplicate copies they were checking with the other branches. There is no need to take any action against the official as many times, while dealing with files, papers got misplaced. A number of times earlier also the BSNL had opted to search the missing documents in the same manner. This way they are not only able to inform the heads of all the sections but also the employees about the missing documents.

Sources in the BSNL said there was a practice of keeping a record of the movement of each file in every branch of the BSNL and it was not difficult to trace any missing document.



Stray dog pound in red tape
MC, Admn exchange letters as dog-bite cases increase in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
While the city is facing the problem of stray dogs, the Municipal Corporation and the UT Administration are only exchanging letters with regards to the setting up of a dog pound in the city. The facts, which were tabled at the monthly House meeting of the Municipal Corporation after a question raised by BJP councillor Satinder Singh on the stray dog issue, revealed that since 2009 eight letters were exchanged between the MC and the UT Administration regarding the identification of a piece of land for the setting up of a dog pound, but to no avail.

On December 14, 2009, the MC wrote to the Administration for the transfer land in Sector 38 (West), which was earmarked for a dog pound, to the MC. Thereafter on March 8, 2011, the Administration asked the MC why the dog pound could not be set up on the Municipal Corporation land.

The MC discussed this issued with its Estate branch, which stated that as there was no suitable land with the MC, the dog pound should be constructed on the Administration land. Since then, the MC has written six letters to the Administration.

The MC Commissioner, Vivek Pratap Singh, informed the House that the MC was taking up the matter with the Administration and now the issue would be raised with the Administration at the coming meeting.

The proposal for the construction of a dog pound had been made several years ago. Budgetary allocations are made every year in the Municipal Corporation. However, the project is yet to see the light of day.

16,383 dog-bite cases in three years

According to the figures provided by the Civil Dispensary, Sector 19, to the Municipal Corporation, 16,383 dog-bite cases had been reported in the last three years. The MC councillor, Satinder Singh, who had raised the question, said these figures did not include the cases reported at private clinics.

Number of stray dogs up

The number of stray dogs on the Chandigarh streets has increased significantly over the past five years. In 2007, the numbers was 5,713 whereas the latest census of stray dogs conducted by the UT Animal Husbandry Department pegged their number at 7,847.



Delhi commission to review MC taxes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
As the current contribution of taxes imposed by the Municipal Corporation to the state revenue is low, the members of the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission will visit the city on August 7 to review the MC taxes. The members of the commission will meet the councillors, officials and the representatives of villages. The commission had already communicated to the MC about its visit and sought a reply from the MC as to what measures had been taken by the corporation to generate funds through taxes.

As per the provisions in Section 84-A of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Law (Extension to Chandigarh) Act-1994, the Delhi Finance Commission is responsible for discharging duties of the Finance Commission for Chandigarh as well. As such, the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission is under legal obligation to make recommendations to the UT Administrator with regards to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

Last year, the commission, which was tasked to devolve funds from the UT Administration, had also recommended that the corporation should raise its own revenue resources through taxation with the objective of making it self-dependent.

A senior official of the MC said the commission had communicated to them that it was the MC councillors, who opposed every move of imposing taxes because they feared losing their vote bank.



Number of malaria cases reaches 50 in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 30
The total number of cases of malaria reported in the city this season has reached 50 and the Health Department has indicated a further rise in the number in the next few weeks in view of expected showers.

Till now, the number of cases has been quite under control in the city when compared to the previous years. “The spread of malaria in the city has been found to be steady this year so far. However, we are going to increase vigil in the periphery areas since the monsoon is going to pick up in the coming weeks”, said an official from the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP).

Considering Bapu Dham Colony, Colony Number 4 and 5, Mauli Jagran and Hallo Majra as high-risk areas, the officials have been surveying the houses there.

Last year, a total of 225 cases of malaria were reported in the city. “The residents of Chandigarh are requested to follow the Dos and Don’ts for the prevention and control of malaria, dengue and other vector-borne diseases,” the health department officials added.

Dos and Don’ts

Always keep the overhead tanks properly covered. Drain water from your coolers and scrub dry once a week. In case of fever, get your blood examined. Take full treatment if declared as malaria positive. Do not allow water to stagnate in and around your house. Do not throw discarded containers, tyres, pitchers and pots on rooftop.


  • For any complaint regarding water accumulation or mosquito larva breeding, the malaria wing can be contacted on phone no. 0172-2740408.
  • Notices will be issued by the department and strict action will be taken under Section 188, IPC, as per the notification “Chandigarh Prevention and Control of Malaria, Dengue and JE Regulation 2001” in case of violations of administration guidelines on malaria control.

Cause of malaria: It is caused by anopheles mosquitoes that lead to parasitic infection

Symptoms: Pain in abdomen, chills, dizziness, low blood pressure, muscle ache and loss of appetite.



Mohd Rafi Excellence Award ceremony
Young singers leave audience spellbound
Tribune News Service

Shakshar Sharma. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Chandigarh, July 31
Young singers from the region left the audience spellbound with the rendition of old Bollywood songs at the Mohd Rafi Excellence Award ceremony organised by the Yaadgar-e-Rafi Society at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, here today.

A total of 27 singers participated in the junior, senior and veteran category. Among the juniors, Harnoor Bhullar from Amritsar won the competition, followed by Aryan Vadhera from Mohali and Paras from Assam on the second and third positions, respectively. Chandigarh girl Sonalika won the junior singing competition in the girls’ section, followed by another city girl Sugandha Khanna and Khyati Mehra from Amritsar on the second and third positions, respectively. In the senior category, Shakshar Sharma from Amritsar won the competition, followed by Sajakat Ali from Muzaffarabad in UP on the second spot and Sahil from Amabla and Vinay from Amritsar on third spot together.

Sunita Sehgal from Haryana was the winner of the girls’ section in the senior category. RL Anand was the winner in the veteran category.

Dr Zora Singh, Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University, was the chief guest, while Robin Aggarwal, director of Millennium School, presided over the function.



Now, water-resistant envelopes for rakhis
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The Indian Postal Department has got designed special envelopes for this Rakhi festival. These have an elegant surface and are water resistant to protect rakhis from rain. The envelopes will be available at all the post offices in Punjab and Chandigarh from tomorrow at a cost of Rs 7, apart from the normal postage charges.

Chief Post Master General KL Khanna, stated that in order to ensure speedy delivery of rakhis, the department has made special arrangements for the collection of envelopes through special collection boxes at all the important head post offices. Similarly, exclusive arrangements for sorting of Rakhi envelopes have been made at the mail sorting offices. These water-resistant envelopes have a special peel for easy seal.

The department has also made an appeal to the people to post their rakhi envelopes well in time to avoid a last-minute rush, which causes a delay in the delivery of rakhis.



UT Admn reshuffle

Chandigarh, July 31
The UT Administration has reshuffled officials’ departments in the wake of the repatriation of Punjab cadre IAS officer DK Tiwari, who was holding the charge of MD, CITCO.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Tanvi Garg will look after the charge of CITCO MD while CHB chairman Satya Gopal has been given the additional charge of secretary, science and technology, and secretary, environment and forests.

Home Secretary Anil Kumar has been asked to look after the charge of tourism secretary. Printing and stationery controller Gurpreet Kaur Sapra has been given the additional responsibility of special secretary health/medical education and research. — TNS



Students approach cops against institute
Accuse authorities of defrauding them, ruining their future
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 31
Several students of the Inter National Institute of Fashion Design at Phase VII here approached the police accusing the institute authorities of defrauding them and ruining their future. About 15 students reached the Mataur police station in the afternoon alleging that the authorities have given them admission to the fashion designing course while making claims that it was a degree course.

“Now, we came to know that it was the diploma course,” said the students at the police station.

The institute is said to be affiliated with Annamalai University, located in Chennai.

The students were alleging that the authorities not only kept the students in the dark about the facts related to the course, but also did not deposit fee of certain students to the university, which in result had refused to give them any certificate.

The students, including Sandip Kaur, Archana Purohit, Gagandeep Kaur, Simar and Himani, said they had deposited their fee with the principal of the institute.

“I had deposited Rs 1.35 lakh as my fee, but it has been shown only as Rs 40,000. The institute authorities are not giving us a satisfactory reply on this alleged fraud,” said Gagan, a student.

Kalpana, another student, said she had sought admission to the fashion designing course, but the principal admitted her to the interior designing course, which had ceased to exist in 2010.

The parents of certain students, who came with their wards, said let aside the money, the institute had ruined the career of their children by wasting two to three years.

Station house officer of the Mataur police station Navin Pal Singh Lehal said he had recorded the statements of the students, and the principal and the director of the institute.

“Now, the students and the institute authorities have sought two days to reach a consensus. If they approach us again, we will file a case in this connection,” said the SHO.



Buying uniforms a headache for government schools
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
The issue of buying school uniforms has become a major headache for government schools. A private supplier by the name of Alok Industries, which has to supply school uniforms to over 80 per cent of government schools, has not yet begun its supply order in most of the schools.

Vinod Sharma, head of Government Model High School, Sector 34, said despite repeated reminders, the school was still waiting for the supply order from the said supplier.

“The maximum time period of two months has also come to an end today,” he said.

Anujit Kaur, head of Government Model Senor Secondary School, Sector 16, said part of the school’s supply order was still pending even as the scheduled time period for full delivery was over. As inquired from several schools, except 5-6 government schools, the uniform supply was pending in the rest of the schools.

The issue of buying free school uniforms for over 1 lakh eligible students is pending ever since the UT Education Department decentralised the buying process and asked every government school to place its own order for school uniforms in February this year.

However, government schools were forced to issue as many as four tenders since not many uniform suppliers came forward due to low price ceiling and hard technical specifications.

Even as the schools managed to place orders to Alok Industries and a few other suppliers before summer vacation in May.

A principal of a government school said buying the uniform for the students had become a big headache for them.

“Even after issuing four tenders, the wait for the supply of the uniform still continues,” he said.

Another school head said these administrative duties had really taken a toll on their overall academic supervision of the school.

The Education Department is planning to take stern action against the suppliers for delay in the supply.

“The department is thinking of issuing show-cause notice to Alok Industries and other suppliers, which have not yet supplied their orders to the schools in the scheduled time period,” said a senior official of the department. He said supply order in more than half of the schools was expected by August 10.

Officials of Alok Industries could not be contacted.



PU/College notes
Lecture held

The Department of Hindi, Panjab University, on Wednesday organised a lecture on the occasion of birth anniversary of great Hindi writer Munshi Prem Chand at the Auditorium of Evening Studies, PU. Prof Rohini Aggarwal, Head of the Department of Hindi, Maharashi Dayanand University, Rohtak, delivered a lecture on the occasion. Prof Aggarwal gave a lecture on the topic of the relevance of the literature of Munshi Prem Chand.

Orientation programme

An orientation programme was organised on Wednesday for the students of Government Home Science College, Sector 10. All students from BSc Home Science, postgraduate diplomas and MSc took part in the programme. Madhu Nanda, principal of the college, welcomed the students to the family of Home Science College. The faculty of the college was also formally introduced to the students. Reetinder Brar and Savita Vashisht briefed the students about the examination rules, attendance, house tests, requisitions for final examinations and the details of hostel facilities and rules.

Inaugural function

The inaugural function of Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, was held with a lot of enthusiasm. Nirmal Singh, chairman of the Dev Samaj Colleges for Women, was the chief guest on the occasion. The newcomers were given a warm welcome. Anxiety, curiosity and fear in the minds of freshers entering into the portals of the college seemed to be giving way to acceptance. As part of the proceedings of the function, the toppers of the college for the session 2012-13, who secured university positions, were also honoured. As a motivational factor for other students, cash prize of Rs 5,100 each was awarded to the toppers. The honour was also bestowed upon one of the non-teaching members, Sandeep, for his exemplary social service for imparting training in computer skills to the needy students. — TNS



PURSE grant
PU VC asks chairpersons to send proposals
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun K Grover today asked the chairpersons of Science Departments at PU to send their proposals for the judicious and optimum use of the Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE) grant before September 30.

Prof Grover was presiding over a meeting of chairpersons and directors of PU departments, institutes and centres on the campus. The meeting was organised on the occasion of the beginning of the new academic session.

PU has been shortlisted for the next phase of the PURSE grant by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, to initiate value-added proactive measures through introduction of the R&D Incentive grant and it has been assured of Rs 34.80 crore over the next four years from April 1, 2014.

Prof Grover said PU had been ranked second by the DST amongst all universities of the country for its quality science research.

He said the facilities at science departments at PU would be further upgraded and enhanced with this grant. He said the proposals for the PURSE grant would be reviewed by the PURSE Grant Monitoring Committee.

Prof Grover said filling vacant posts of teacher in PU was one of his top priorities.

He said the posts would be filled in a phased manner and he was looking forward to complete this whole process before the end of the second semester.

He also urged the departments, institutes and centres to propose suggestions for starting innovative and job-oriented five-year integrated course in humanities.



From schools
Herbal Day

Students take part in a Kerb drill at Hallmark Public School in Panchkula. Tribune photographs

Chandigarh: The Eco-Club of Government High School, Dadu Majra, celebrated Herbal Day. Anujit Kaur, principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16-D, was the chief guest on the occasion. She planted a sapling of 'gulhar' at the Herbal Garden. She emphasised the importance of herbal plants and told about their medicinal values and how they could help in curing various diseases. A number of students presented speech on Herbal Day and highlighted the importance of herbal plants and shrubs.

Fruit Day

DAV School, Sector 8, celebrated Fruit Day. The students of junior class were seen holding fruits of their choice right from the morning. They got tied a picture of a fruit on their chest for the activity that included poetry recitation, recognition of the fruits and their colours, etc. Later, the students enjoyed fruit chaat.

Literary competition

St Joseph’s, Sector 44, organised a literary competition for students to hone their oratory skills and confidence. The students came up with superb ideas and brought a variety of objects like doll, globe, laptop, mobile, car, paper toy, stuffed toy, etc. They used the objects in an innovative way to describe them with utmost confidence, facial expressions and voice modulation.

Splash pool party

MDAV, Sector 22, organised a splash pool party for its pre-primary section. The children spent an amazing time at the party.

Blue Day

AKSIPS-41 celebrated Blue Colour Day. The pre-nursery students came to the school dressed up in blue dresses. The activities done by children were put on display. Later, the children played with their coloured toys.


The Eco-Club of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, organised Vanamahotsava. The students and the school staff planted 80 saplings of herbal plants. The students conducted a rally holding posters and banners. The motive behind the rally was to save the Earth.

Kerb drill

Panchkula: Students of Hallmark Public School, Panchkula, participated in a Kerb drill to make the students aware of the traffic rules. Since children are the most vulnerable pedestrians on the road, they were taught how to cross the roads or streets safely. The students also participated in the activity “Suraksha Chakra for the Pedestrians” with great zeal.

Fruit party

Vijay Public School, Sector 17, Panchkula, organised a fruit party for students of the kindergarten section. This nutritious fruit party was an attempt to motivate the students of the junior wing for healthy and nutritious diet. The students also recited poems narrating the benefits of fruits. - TNS



PGIMER Professors honoured
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 31
Dr Kim Vaiphei, Professor, Department of Histopathology, PGIMER, has been awarded the prestigious Dr R M Kasliwal Award for year 2013 by the National Academy of Medical Sciences. The award has been given in recognition of her research papers in the understanding the development of colon and rectal cancers besides the fellowship she received from the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), Geneva, in 2009 for her academic and research contribution in the field.

Meanwhile, Dr Bikash Medhi, Additional Professor, Department of Pharmacology, PGIMER, has been honoured with the Dr V K Bhargava Award by the National Academy of Medical Sciences. This prestigious prize has been given to him for the best published research work on novel molecules (PR-6) as anticoagulant and GCSF in Alzheimer's disease (AD). PR-6 is a potential candidates as a anticoagulant, which plays an important role in interfering with the circulating platelets (play an important role in the regulation of cellular mechanisms of primary homoeostasis leading to the formation of blood clots).



Colourful show marks Environment Week
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 31
Environment Week was celebrated at Saupin’s School here which concluded with a colourful show by students of Class VII. The programme began with a powerpoint presentation by the students of Class VII on the Himalayan tsunami. It brought out the message that climate change was real and posed an urgent threat to the planet.

A few minutes' silence was observed in the memory of those who lost their lives in the recent floods in Uttarakhand.

Among the items presented were a play in English, “The Garbage Diet”, a mime and a musical treat by the school choir.

The local Environment Protection Society donated 50 saplings.



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