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Pu polls
NSUI storms into SOPU citadel
Wrests posts of president and joint secretary; PUSU wins posts of vice-president, secretary
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Creating a history on the Panjab University (PU) campus, the National Student Union of India (NSUI) made two warhorses bite the dust in the student council elections by winning two key posts — president and joint secretary.

Presidential candidate of the NSUI Chandan Rana, who was supported by HIMSU, a student front of Himachal Pradesh, was declared the winner. He defeated PUSU-ABVP-INSO-NSO alliance candidate Satwant Singh by a margin of 838 votes.

The post of joint secretary also went to the NSUI. Sunny Mehta was declared the winner by defeating PUSU alliance candidate Arjun Arora by a thin margin of 50 votes. Sunny polled 2,953 votes while Arjun Arora got 2,903 votes.

PUSU alliance candidate Disha Arora was elected vice-president. Disha polled 3,260 votes while her nearest rival of the NSUI polled got 2,875 votes. The post of secretary also went to the PUSU alliance. Abha Sharma was declared the winner with 3,206 votes while Resham Mittal of the NSUI polled 3,040 votes.

SOPU that won the last two student elections failed to open its account this year.

Former SOPU leader Brinder Dhillon, who had joined the NSUI recently, turned out to be the victory factor for it. Dhillon has been associated with the PU student politics for the past seven years.

As the results were being declared, candidates of the NSUI their supporters started gathering at the party’s tent near the boys’ hostel no-3.

The NSUI camp was already in the celebration mode even before the final results were declared by the Dean Student Welfare.

The poll percentage also witnessed a jump of 8 per cent this year.

Many students failed to cast their vote as they came late.

Holiday today

Panjab University has declared a holiday on Thursday.

Roads littered with papers

The roads on the campus were littered with coloured papers as supporters of student organisations threw the papers into the air in joy.

For the first time in the history of the PU student elections, a candidate from Himachal Pradesh has won the post of the president.



Allegations of rigging fly high
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Tension prevailed on the Panjab University campus following the allegations of rigging against the National Student Union of India (NSUI) by rival parties.

The SOPU alliance and PUSU alliance joined the platform to protest against the NSUI. Visibly dejected over the win of NSUI candidates on two key posts, SOPU and PUSU supporters, along with other parties, started shouting slogans against the authorities. Over 200 supporters of the rival parties gathered outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office and blocked the gate. SOPU leader Robin Brar alleged that outsiders had cast bogus votes. The agitating students also objected to NSUI supporters entering the departments wearing T-shirts with NSUI presidential candidate Chandan Rana’s name printed on them.

The agitating students demanded cancellation of nomination of NSUI candidates as they had allegedly violated the Lyngdoh guidelines.

Dean Student Welfare (DSW) Navdeep Goyal said there was no possibility of bogus voting as the attendance of students who exercised their franchise was matched with the number of votes polled.

He said the grievances committee of university would look into the complaints regarding Lyngdoh violations.

Tension on campus

Tension gripped the campus when supporters of SOPU, PUSU, HSA and ABVP came running towards the NSUI tent. The protesters were stopped at the barricades put up by the police.

Following the protest, the results were delayed by over three hours.

It was only after recounting of votes that the results were declared. The Chandigarh Police personnel deputed at the university rounded up an outsider from the philosophy department.



42-yr-old woman shot at in P’kula
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 4
A 42-year-old woman, who was carrying Rs 4.5 lakh in her purse, was shot at by two miscreants outside a bank in Sector 25, Panchkula, when she resisted not parting with her suitcase.

Two bike-borne masked miscreants, who were not aware that the money was in her purse, fired three shots at her. The woman received a gunshot on her feet.

The victim, Manju Mittal, a resident of Jagadhri, was admitted to a local hospital. Mittal has a petrol pump in Sector 25. She was on her way to HDFC bank in the same sector when the incident took place.

“Mittal’s was in her Innova car. As soon as she stepped out of the car outside the bank, a masked youth pointed a pistol at her and tried to snatch the suitcase,” said a police official. His accomplice was waiting for him on a motorcycle.

“As she revisited, the miscreant fired gunshots. She suffered an injury on her feet,” said the police officer.

The miscreants fled as a security guard of the bank and residents came to Mittal’s rescue.

Assuring that the miscreants would be traced soon, Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashwin Shenvi said: “Our investigations are on and we will crack the case at the earliest.”

Third strike in 11 days

August 23: A woman was robbed of cash and jewellery by three miscreants after taking her hostage by entering her house in Sector 7, Panchkula

August 31: A woman was murdered in Sector 7 by her domestic helps and two of their relatives with the motive of loot



Stray cattle menace: UT police inspector lands in soup
Police registers FIR against her following complaint by municipal corporation
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
A UT police inspector is in trouble for letting cattle roam freely on city roads as the police has registered an FIR against him.

The FIR was registered against inspector Satya Bala, presently posted in the IRB, Sarangpur. It is for the first time that the police has registered an FIR against its officer in connection with cattle menace. The FIR was registered under Section 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animal) of the IPC at the Sector 17 police station.

After seeking a legal opinion, the UT SSP directed the Sector 17 police station to register an FIR against the officer. Besides Satya Bala, names of many other villagers of Kishangarh, Mani Majra, Palsora and Burail have been included in the FIR.

A senior official of the MC said they had evidences against many others, who also let their cattle out on city roads. They would again make a list of defaulters and lodge a complaint against them, he added.

The letter sent by the MC reads: “The cattle owners allow the animals to roam freely on the municipal land and city roads. They (cattle owners) are earning profit by selling milk. Instead of making arrangements of their feed, they let the cattle loose to graze in public parks and on municipal land. The stray cattle are causing public nuisance, creating unhygienic conditions and endangering the human life. In view of this, you are requested to initiate action against persons as per list enclosed.”

Officer denies charge

Inspector Satya Bala said MC officials were demanding ‘monthly’ (bribe) from cattle owners. They were also allowing cattle owners of neighbouring areas to let their animals roam freely on city roads. She denied that she had any animal in Kishangarh. “As I had objected to the MC’s wrong method of impounding cattle, so the civic body targeted me,” she said.



12 govt teachers to get state award
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
During the glittering Teacher’s Day celebrations of the UT Education Department at Tagore Theatre tomorrow, 12 government teachers will be felicitated with the state award and five will get commendation certificates.

Eight teachers and department officials have been selected for the special appreciation award.

State Award: Rakesh Sood, headmaster, GMHS-36; Prem Lata, headmistress, GMMS-23; Pawan Kumar, lecturer in automobile technology, GMSSS-23; Rajinder Singh Kamboj, Punjabi teacher, GMSSS-27; Rajinder Kumar Sharma, social studies master, GMHS-31; Rajni Taneja, social studies mistress, GHS-32; Sanjay Kumar, social studies master, GMSSS-16; Kiran Rattan, science mistress, GMHS-38; Charanjeet Kaur, PTI teacher, GMSSS-10; Parvinder Singh, JBT, GMS-33; Kapil Mohan Sood, JBT, GHS-53; and Vinod Kumar, JBT, GMSSS-MHC, Mani Majra.

Commendation certificate: Baljinder Kaur, science mistress, GMSSS-46; Manoj Kumar Joshi, maths master, GMHS-39; Anju Mahajan, science mistress (now promoted as lecturer in English), GMSSS-33; Ramesh Kumar, JBT, GMS-Kishangarh; and KD Sharma, JBT, the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26.

Special appreciation: Sunita Sheoran, mistress (English), GGMSSS-20; Roohi Lakhotra, social studies mistress, GGS-29; Mamta, Hindi mistress, GMSSS-40; Rajbir Kaur, maths master, GSSS-Behlana; Sangeeta Bhasin, assistant project coordinator, special training centres; Komal Sharma, pedagogy coordinator, SSA; Rajni Mahajan, pedagogy coordinator, SSA; Nidhi Goyal, assistant project coordinator, SSA (inclusive education); and Dinesh Kumar, assistant project coordinator, SSA (educational management information system)

Joint action committee to protest

A delegation of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the UT teachers on Wednesday met the Education Secretary, VK Singh, and submitted a memorandum of their various demands. They enumerated cases of malpractice and corruption in the Education Department and opposed an increase in the school timings. Later in the evening, a high-power committee of JAC decided to observe a non-teaching day on Teacher’s Day. They decided to gather at the masjid ground in Sector 20 at 4 pm on Thursday, wearing black clothes and black badges.



Teachers flunk test of innovation, social work
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Government teachers in the UT fare poorly when it comes to their performance in academic and research work, leave aside co-curricular activities.

Sample this: Of the 12 teachers, including two principals, who have been selected for the state award and five teachers who will be receiving commendation certificates during the Teacher’s Day function at Tagore Theatre tomorrow, as many as 11 failed to get a single mark for their ‘experimental innovation’.

In the selection criteria for the state awards, 20 marks were reserved for innovative changes adopted by teachers in their teaching methodology. Only two teachers got marks in double digits, i.e. 10.

The government teachers have been selected for the awards and certificates on the basis of their overall performance in 13 different areas.

Undoubtedly, all these teachers have done well in improving their classroom results besides inculcating qualitative skills among their students. The teachers hold additional qualification and commendation certificates at different levels as well.

However, when it comes to their performance in areas such as professional growth, publication, social community service and work in rural area besides experimental innovation, only a few teachers could make their mark.

Under the head of publications, which carried five marks for authoring or co-authoring a book or a newspaper or magazine article, 10 teachers had no work to show. Only two teachers obtained full marks.

Teachers were also assessed for attending in-service seminars and training sessions at the state or national level during the past five years. Named ‘professional growth’, this criterion carried 10 marks. Five teachers got a zero under this assessment head. Of the remaining teachers, except one who got eight marks, all were awarded between two to four marks.

Teachers fared poorly in community service as well. None could score more than two marks, with five teachers getting a zero out of 10. Under another assessment head, for work in rural areas, which carried five marks, 10 teachers got not a single mark.

Panchkula-based educationist S Kumar said both the teachers and local administration were at fault.

“We need an open mind to create a positive environment for academic growth beyond classroom teaching. If that does not happen, there is no point assessing teachers on such varied criteria,” he said.



Khijrabad village
Illegal mining continues unabated
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Trees that have been axed at the site to facilitate movement of vehicles
Trees that have been axed at the site to facilitate movement of vehicles.
Trucks hidden behind bushes operate at night; (and right) the excavated area.
Trucks hidden behind bushes operate at night; (and below) the excavated area

Mohali, September 4
Contrary to the Punjab government’s claims of having effectively controlled illegal mining in the state, unauthorised mining continues unabated in Khijrabad village near here.

During a visit to the site, located two kilometers from the village in the middle of a forest area close to a seasonal river, the Tribune team found a huge pit in an eight acres of land. The pit was formed due to the continuous excavation of sand and gravel. The pit was 12-feet deep and village residents said that the land in question belonged to the village. “It’s a shaamlat (common) land,” said Gurvinder Singh, a village resident.

“As many as 150 sand and gravel-loaded tippers are dispatched from this place every night,” Sukhwinder Singh, another resident said. “It is not only mining that is going on here, but trees are also being felled and the shaamlat land being grabbed,” he added.

The Tribune team found that several trees had been felled and their trunks were lying at the site. Another tractor-trailer loaded with sand was also parked nearby. “The illegal activities are going on in connivance with certain influential people of the area,” added Gurpreet Singh another resident.

Residents said that they had made several complaints to the police and the mining officers from time to time, but all in vain. “Every time police officials say that they will soon reach the spot, but no one ever turns up,” claimed Sukhwinder Singh.

When contacted, the Mohali Deputy Commissioner, Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, said that special teams for vigilance at night are being constituted. “We had teams doing the rounds during the day, but will now extend our vigilance operations into the night,” he said. “I have ordered the officials concerned to look into the matter immediately,” he added.

Last year, 88 cases for illegal mining were registered in the district. This year, the figure has already touched 137 cases, till date.


Open manholes pose danger
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Open manholes at several places in the city continue to pose danger to residents.

Yesterday’s incident in which a two-and-a-half-year-old child had a narrow escape after falling into an open pit at a construction site in Sector 32 has failed to wake up the authorities from slumber.

During a visit to Sector 32 today, a manhole was found open near the fire brigade office. Residents of the area said a number of complaints had been submitted to the civic body officials, to no avail.

“This little slip on the part of the MC authorities could cost us our lives. Manholes and pits left open anywhere in the city should be covered,” said Rakesh Verma, a resident of Sector 32.

In one such incident, on August 17, 2005, a seven-month pregnant woman constable of the Chandigarh Police drowned after falling into a sewage line through an uncovered manhole in Sector 30.

Despite tall claims made by the MC regarding the regular monitoring of open manholes in the city, this correspondent found several uncovered manholes, which are nothing less than death traps, dotting the city.

One such open manhole was found in the parking lot outside the Elante mall in the Industrial Area Phase I.

At night, with no streetlights in the area and wild growth around the manhole, it is not visible to passers-by.

“The authorities have failed to cover the manhole, located near a crowded mall. It could lead to serious accidents as it is situated on a road berm,” said Rashi, a visitor to the mall.

These uncovered manholes are generally situated on either side of the road and drivers of two-wheelers are their most common victims.

A senior official of the civic body said whenever they got any complaint about an open manhole, they immediately got it covered.

Earlier, theft of covers made of cast iron reportedly was the main reason for manholes remaining uncovered. After a number of such thefts, the authorities went in for cheaper reinforced concrete ‘jaalis’. These too, however, were stolen or broken leading to the present situation.



Now, DBTL Scheme extended to City Beautiful
To get cash subsidy, link your Aadhaar card to bank accounts, LPG consumer number
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
From next month those city residents who have not linked their Aadhaar card to their bank accounts and LPG consumer number will not be able to receive cash subsidy through direct benefit transfer for LPG (DBTL), as the Union Government has extended the DBTL Scheme to 235 more districts in which Chandigarh is also included.

As per the DBTL Scheme, cash subsidy is transferred for the LPG cylinders directly into the bank accounts of the LPG consumers while the consumer has to pay the market price.

In order to avail transfer of cash subsidy into the bank account, Aadhaar number of the LPG consumer has to be linked to the LPG consumer number and the bank account of the LPG consumer for which three -month grace period is given from the date of launching of the scheme.

During the grace period, all consumers continue to get LPG cylinders at the subsidised rate. After the grace period is over, all LPG consumers have to pay for LPG cylinders at market rate till the consumers link their Aadhaar letter for the balance entitlement.

With this rollout, almost 289 districts which comprise half the country will be covered by DBTL by 2014.

The scheme has already been launched in 54 districts of the country covering 21.9 million LPG consumers.



3 buildings sealed at Raipur Khurd
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
Three buildings were sealed by the UT Estate Office today in Raipur Khurd due to the violation of the Periphery Act. An official said that notices had been issued to owners of the buildings regarding the violation after which action was taken by the authorities. The sealing of the buildings was done under the supervision of Land Acquisition Officer Tilak Raj along with two Enforcement Inspectors Anil Sharma and Parveen Mittal.

The enforcement team also demolished the foundation of a 10-room structure, which was under construction, as the building by-laws were being violated. The team was accompanied by a police force to avoid any untoward incident at the site during the drive. As many as 10 labourers and one earthmoving machine were also deployed to conduct the drive.

An official said that during the visit to the village it was found that on the temporary liquor vendor site, which was vacated recently by the Estate Office, the owner had started a new construction. The team also got that land vacated and demolished the ongoing construction.



Body of jawan who died 45 yrs ago received at Chandimandir
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The mortal remains of Havildar Jagmail Singh, who had perished in the snowy heights of Dakka Glacier in the Chander Bhaga Ranges of Lahaul and Spiti in 1968 following an air crash, were flown in to Chandimandir aboard an Indian Air Force helicopter and thereafter transported to his home town, Rewari, where a befitting military funeral was accorded to the deceased soldier.

In spite of the inclement weather in the higher reaches, the Army ensured that the mortal remains reached Manali by road from where it was transported by a helicopter.

In February 1968, an AN-12 transport aircraft enroute from Chandigarh to Leh with 98 Army personnel and four crew members onboard lost radio contact with the base near the Rohtang Pass. The disappearance remained a mystery until 2003, when the debris of the ill-fated aircraft was accidentally discovered by an expedition team at the Dhakka Glacier, high in the Chandrabhaga Ranges of Lahaul and Spiti.

Since then and over the course of three search missions till 2009, four bodies have been recovered. On August 16, 2013, the Army embarked on another expedition to locate the mortal remains of its fallen comrades as also to try and recover the aircraft’s flight data recorder.

On August 22, after a period of 45 years and six months, the expedition team recovered the mortal remains of Jagmail Singh of the Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.



Four city projects get clearance from Ministry of Environment
Tribune News Service

A view of the Advanced Trauma Centre at the PGI in Chandigarh
A view of the Advanced Trauma Centre at the PGI in Chandigarh. A file photo

Chandigarh, September 4
The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) and Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) today gave its clearance to four projects of the City Beautiful like 250-bed hospital at the PGI, multi-level parking in Sector 17, slum rehabilitation housing scheme in Maloya and CHB housing scheme in Sector 52 and 56.

The UT Chief Conservator of Forests, Santosh Kumar, said that at a meeting in Delhi today, ministry officials approved these projects. At the meeting, 82 projects of various states were listed. Later, these were short-listed to 14 and thereafter approved. The ministry officials approved all four projects of the UT Administration, he added.

The 250-bed hospital at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) will come up near the F-block of the institute at an estimated cost of Rs 115 crore.

The three-storey basement parking lot has been planned to have a capacity of 900 vehicles. The proposal was mooted in 2010 and a ceremony to initiate the construction was held just an hour before the code of conduct for the municipal Corporation election was to come into force. Since then, the project has been facing hurdles. The building plans for the parking lot took almost two years to be approved.

The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has decided for the construction of around 12,544 two-room tenements at Maloya. After today’s approval, all these projects will start soon.



Deputy Commissioner orders ‘thikri pehra’ in villages of Mohali district
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 4
Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu has ordered “thikri pehra” at night in the villages of the Mohali district.

The orders were issued under the Punjab Village and Small Town Control Act, 1918.

He said that it had been brought to his notice by the SSP that there was a plan by anti-social elements to cause harm to life and property and indulge in thefts.

The order on “thikri pehra” will apply to all able-bodied persons. Persons above the age of 60 and the physically challenged will be exempted.

The order, which will remain in effect till November 2, will be implemented by the panchayats. The DC said it was to provide security in all the villages of the district and was a precaution to prevent any untoward incident.He said this was being done to prevent theft cases.



Health check-up camp held

Chandigarh: As a part of the 57th anniversary and insurance week celebrations, the Chandigarh division of LIC organised a free health check-up camp for children at Government Model High School, Sector 22, on Wednesday. The camp was inaugurated by senior divisional manager LC Meena, and school headmistress Bharti Sharma.

Over 450 schoolchildren from Nursery to Class X were thoroughly examined at the camp. — TNS



Pu poll
Breaking of a new dawn
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Gurjit Singh, who was elected the president of the student council, breaks into a frenzy at Government College, Sector 11; Shivangi Sharma, president, in a jubilant mood at MCMDAV College in Sector 36 on Wednesday
Gurjit Singh, who was elected the president of the student council, breaks into a frenzy at Government College, Sector 11; Shivangi Sharma, president, in a jubilant mood at MCMDAV College in Sector 36 on Wednesday. Tribune photos: S Chandan and Parvesh Chauhan
Gurjit Singh, who was elected the president of the student council, breaks into a frenzy at Government College, Sector 11; Shivangi Sharma, president, in a jubilant mood at MCMDAV College in Sector 36 on Wednesday

Chandigarh, September 4
Girls turned up in large numbers to exercise their right in city colleges, recording the highest voter turnout in the past five years.

The polling percentage improved significantly this year, crossing 50 per cent in almost all colleges.

The voter turnout had never crossed 25 per cent in the past five years.

The elections were conducted in the middle of the week which could be a reason behind the record turnout.

Until last year, the authorities were adamant that the elections should be conducted on Fridays, leaving no room for violence as the colleges and the university remained closed on weekends."The change in schedule has improved the polling percentage. Students were quite enthusiastic," said JS Raghu, principal, PGGC, Sector 11.

"Outstation students too cast a vote this time," said Kulwinder Singh Randhawa, Dean, Student Welfare, Khalsa College, Sector 32. Except Post Graduate Government College (PGGC), Sector 46, in other colleges, the voter turnout doubled this year.

Mistaken identity

High drama was witnessed at DAV College as two candidates of the same party with same name claimed to be the winning candidate. The claim to fame started as soon as Amandeep Singh from SOPU was declared the president of college. Even the authorities failed to identify the genuine candidate and kept asking students if they could identify the one who campaigned. The authorities had to scan records of both the students. Some students said the main candidate remained behind the scene and his namesake, whose nomination was rejected during the scrutiny, kept campaigning in the name of Amandeep Singh. Principal BC Josan said, "The students must be playing a prank."

Elated supporters of Harpreet Kaur, who was elected the president of the student council of the Post Graduate Government College for Girls in Sector 42, Chandigarh
Elated supporters of Harpreet Kaur, who was elected the president of the student council of the Post Graduate Government College for Girls in Sector 42, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

The taste of victory

  • Although voting was witnessed in women's colleges, students were asked to stay away from other political parties active in other co-ed colleges and Panjab University.
  • High drama at Khalsa College as KCSU demanded recounting of votes. As the candidate of SOPU alliance became the president, representatives of KCSU held a protest in the college. They staged a dharna outside the principal’s office. The authorities, however, refused to do the same, saying it was against Lyngdoh recommendations.
  • DAV College let students of only one discipline cast vote at a time. The 50-metre area outside the college was made vehicle-free. “The party has made a comeback after three years,” said SOPU chairman Anter Sidhu.
  • SOPU, PUSU taste defeat at GGDSD College, PGGC-11 and PGGC-46
  • SOPU and PUSU failed to register victory at GGDSD College, PGGC, Sectors 11 and 46. While the hostel union made a clean sweep at SD College by defeating SOPU and PUSU, at PGGC-11, ABVP- SOI- HSA-HIMSU alliance won. At PGGC-14, NSUI took the lead.

Students basking in their glory

Jasleen Mahal, president, Khalsa College for Women, Sector 26; and Ravinder Singh, president, PGGC-46
Jasleen Mahal, president, Khalsa College for Women, Sector 26; and Ravinder Singh, president, PGGC-46. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan
Jasleen Mahal, president, Khalsa College for Women, Sector 26; and Ravinder Singh, president, PGGC-46
Nitin Sharma, president, commerce college-42
Nitin Sharma, president, commerce college-42

Guru Gobind Singh College For Women (Sector 26)
President of the council:
Jasleen Mahal
Vice-president: Anu Dahiya
Secretary: Puneet Kaur Dhillon
Joint secretary: Himani Sharma

Post Graduate Government College (Sector 46)
Voter turnout: 37%
Votes polled: 723
President: Ravinder Singh (NSUI) won by 201 votes
Vice-president: Hitesh Kumar (NSUI)
General secretary: Saksham Gupta (NSUI)
Joint secretary: Menaka Gupta (NSUI)

SGGS Khalsa College (Sector 26)
Voter turnout: 57 per cent
Votes polled: 2,400
President: Gurvinder Singh (SOPU) won by two votes
Vice-president: Sukhwinder Singh (KCSU)
General secretary: Jatinder Singh (KCSU)
Joint secretary: Kamal Preet Kaur (KCSU)

Amandeep Singh, president, DAV College
Amandeep Singh, president, DAV College. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan and S Chandan

Post Graduate Government College (Sector 11)
Voter turnout: 65 per cent
Votes polled: 2,634
President: Gurjit Singh won by 227 votes
Vice-president: Sadhvi Jethi
Secretary: Aditya Negi
Joint secretary: Gourav Sharma

DAV College (Sector 10)
Voter turnout: 50 per cent
Votes polled: 3,057
President: Amandeep Singh (SOPU) won by 707 votes
Vice-president: Robin Dhaulta
Secretary: Ashok Narwal (HSA + HIMSU)
Joint secretary: Manjeet Khattar

Deepak, president of the student council, SD College, Sector 32; Anjini Sharma, president, Dev Samaj College, Sector 45; and (below) Gurvinder Singh, president, Khalsa College, Sector 26
Deepak, president of the student council, SD College, Sector 32
Deepak, president of the student council, SD College, Sector 32; Anjini Sharma, president, Dev Samaj College, Sector 45; and (below) Gurvinder Singh, president, Khalsa College, Sector 26
Anjini Sharma, president, Dev Samaj College, Sector 45; and (below) Gurvinder Singh, president, Khalsa College, Sector 26. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan and Parvesh Chauhan

GGDSD College (Sector 32)
Voter turnout: 50 per cent
Votes polled: 2,000
President: Deepak Singh (SOPU) won by 236 votes
Vice-president: Gungun Chauhan (SOPU)
Secretary: Navdeep Singh (SOPU)
Joint secretary: Puneet (SOPU)

MCMDAV College (Sector 36)
President: Shivangi Sharma
Vice-president: Maninder Kaur
Joint secretary: Antpreet Kaur
Secretary: Navreen

Women’s colleges

Dev Samaj College For Women (Sector 45)
President: Anjni Sharma
Vice-president: Parveen Singh
Secretary: Priyanka Jayani
Joint secretary: Arohi Sood

Post Graduate Government College For Girls (Sector 11)
President: Navreet Kaur
Vice-president: Amanveer Kaur

Post Graduate Government College For Girls (Sector 42)
President: Harpreet Kaur
Vice-president: Savita
Secretary: Jenia Dhankar
Joint secretary: Kiran Bala



SOPU leader did it for NSUI
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 4
The presence of leaders of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) in the NSUI led to the first-ever win of a national party on the campus.
Chandan Rana of the NSUI celebrates his victory on the campus
Chandan Rana of the NSUI celebrates his victory on the campus. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Former SOPU leader Brinder Dhillon, who recently joined the NSUI as the national coordinator, turned the tables.

Dhillon who has won five times in the past seven years turned out to be the biggest advantage.

Dhillon made SOPU and even PUSU leaders join the NSUI. "PUSU leaders Jeevanjot Singh and Sanjeev Sharma joined the NSUI which proved beneficial," Dhillon stated.

Dhillon said in the past 10 days, the party workers stayed on campus for over 18 hours to garner support.

NSUI leader Manoj Lubana, also known as Mouji, ensured the win for the party.

The presence of former leaders, including Dalvir Singh Goldy, Harpreet Multani and Uday Bhan, boosted the party's confidence.

"Rahul Gandhi during his last visit to the university had asked the students to support the NSUI and with the victory his wish has come true," said Brinder Dhillon.

The presidential candidate from the science department was quite famous and enabled the party to win.

The department has a large number of students.

Departments from where NSUI took lead

  • BMS 360
  • Botany 136
  • Arts block III 150
  • Chemical 100

A rendezvous with newly elected president of PU Campus Student Council Chandan Rana

What are the problems plaguing the campus?

Lack of basic infrastructure in departments and classrooms. Non-functional ceiling fans, broken furniture and poor sanitation.

What is your take on the Central status for the university?

It has been a long-pending demand and this year we will take up the matter with the Central Government.

Would you like to join the mainstream politics?

I have no such plans. I have been working for the welfare of the students for the past seven years and will continue to do so.



Placement drive at varsity

Mohali, September 4
Multi-national companies including the US-based Grail Research will be visiting the Gharuan campus of Chandigarh University during a placement drive on September 7.

Students who have scored above 65 per cent marks in Classes X and XII besides those who completed MBA this year and have 60 per cent marks in graduation will be eligible to appear in the placement drive.

The students meeting the eligibility criteria can register themselves on the website of the university. —TNS



from schools
Dr Radhakrishnan remembered

Chandigarh: On the eve of Teacher’s Day, Dr Saravpalli Radhakrishanan was remembered and his conception of an ideal teacher was emphasised on at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School.

Children entertain mentors

Students of AKSIPS-41 Smart School presented a number of items during a special programme for teachers. Students of Classes I, II and III made cards for their mentors.

Teachers praised

Teacher’s Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at Kendriya Vidyalaya. Principal SK Bhatia appreciated the teachers of the school for their commitment and dedication. — TNS



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