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More rail links from city soon
Trains to Lalkuan (Uttarakhand), Shirdi and Hazur Sahib to ply from next week
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
From next week, the city will be connected to Lalkuan (Uttarakhand), Shridi and Hazur Sahib by rail as the Northern Railway has finalised the schedule of these trains from the Chandigarh station.

According to the schedule, the train between Amritsar-Lalkuan via Chandigarh will ply from October 2, the Nangal Dam-Anadpur Sahib-Chandigarh-Hazur Sahib (Nanded Express) train from October 3 and Kalka-Chandigarh-Shirdi Express will commence from October 6.

The Railways has decided to run a new weekly air-conditioned express train (number 14605 and 14606) between Amritsar-Lalkuan-Amritsar o­n every Wednesday from both directions.

The 14606 weekly AC express train will depart from Amritsar at 05.55 am every Wednesday and reach Lalkuan at 08.50 pm. In the return journey, the 14605 Lalkuan-Amritsar weekly AC express train will depart from Lalkuan at 11.15 pm and reach Amritsar at 02.45 pm the next day.

A spokesperson for Northern Railway said the trains would have halts at Beas, Jalandhar city, Phagwara, Ludhiana, New Morinda, Sahibzada Ajitsingh Nagar, Chandigarh, Ambala Cantt, Jagadhari, Saharanpur, Roorkee, Laksar, Najibabad, Moradabad and Kashipur on both journeys. There will be 16 coaches, includiing 13 AC III tier coaches and three AC chair car coaches.

The Hazoor Saheb Nanded Express weekly train via Chandigarh (number 22458) will commence from October 3 from Nangal Dam at 4.20 pm and halt at Chandigarh at 7:08 pm and reach Nanded at 11:45 pm the next day. The train will ply on every Friday from Nagal Dam and on every Saturday from Nanded. In the return journey, the train (number 22457) will start at 11 am from Nanded and halt at Chandigarh at 6 am the next day and reach Nagal Dam at 8:25 pm. There will be halts at Anandpur Sahib, Rupnagar, Mohali, Chandigarh, Ambala Cantt, Panipat, New Delhi, Mathura, Gwalior and Basmat.

Another train, Kalka-Chandigarh-Shirdi Express (number 22455) will start from Kalka at 7 pm and take a halt at Chandigarh at 7:30 pm. It will reach Manmadh at 10:15 pm (third day). In the return journey, the train (number 22456) will start from Manmadh at 9:25 pm and will reach Chandigarh at 11:55 am (third day), and Kalka at 12:30 pm. The train will ply on Fridays and Sundays from Kalka and on Saturdays and Tuesdays from Manmadh. On both journeys, the train will also halt at Mathura, Agra, Gwalior, Jhansi, Bhopal and Itrasi.



lab test fee
GMCH-32 to launch pre-paid cards
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, is going to introduce a pre-paid card system for the payment of fees for a variety of tests during a patient’s stay at the hospital.

Under the new system, the patient would be saved from rushing to the fee counters every time he needs to undergo a lab test as the payment for tests will be debited from the pre-paid card at the labs.

The patient will only have to pay a certain amount during registration to obtain the card. At the end of the treatment, the amount remaining in the card will be refunded to the patient.

“It is a part of our computerisation process involving an expenditure of Rs 2-3 crore. A final response from the National Informatics Centre is awaited. We are hoping to bring the system into effect within the next few months,” said Dr Atul Sachdev, Director-Principal,GMCH-32.

The hospital, however, needs a number of improvements. There is only one fee counter for nearly 2,000 patients visiting the OPDs every day. The counters for collecting blood samples for tests work simultaneously with the OPD registration counters (from 8am to 11am).

By the time a patient finds his turn to meet a doctor and moves out with the doctor’s directions on undergoing tests, the sample collection counter closes, forcing the patient to visit the counter again the next day.

Also, finding a lab test report is a challenge for patients as the system has not been streamlined. Often, reports are attached to patients' files and they do not reach the doctor.

The authorities claimed that these problems will be addressed in the computerisation project as the centralised data, including patients’ past six months' records, will be readily available on the doctors’ computers in the OPD.



No screening at PVR cinemas for 2 days
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
For the next two days, there will be no screening of movies in the PVR cinemas at the Centra and Elante malls in the industrial area. UT District Magistrate (Licensing Authority) IM Shayin today issue an order suspending the cinema licences of PVR Cinema. As such no movie will be screened on September 26 and 27 in these cinemas.

The District Magistrate has taken this action against the PVR cinemas as the authorities had received complaints that they were charging lower rates from customers than those approved by the licensing authority. On September 18, the District Magistrate had issued a memorandum to the management of the PVR Cinema at the Centra and Elante malls, asking them to clarify as to why they are slashing rates in both cinemas.

The DM stated that the management of the PVR Cinema had failed to reply to this memorandum within the stipulated time and it showed that the management had wilfully contravened the provisions.

Ticket booking goes on

Unaware of the directions of the DM, the staff of the PVR cinema was booking tickets for Thursday's shows on eight screens at Elante and four screens at the Centra Mall. Duty manager Neha said till 8 pm, no directions had been received by the management of the malls to discontinue the booking of tickets.



10-year jail for two carjackers
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 25
Two students, who had taken to carjacking, were awarded 10 years' imprisonment by a local court in the Innova carjacking case today. Though the two robbers, Vikramjeet, alias Vicky, and Tarsem, have been acquitted by the court in another (Verna) carjacking case of Raipur Rani, they have been convicted in the Innova case.

The two were arrested by the Jalandhar police when they were trying to flee after robbing a car from an elderly couple in Sector 27, Panchkula. During investigations conducted by the Crime Investigating Agency (CIA) of Jalandhar, they had admitted to carrying out the Raipurrani carjacking as well. They were sent to Panchkula on production warrants.

Counsel SPS Parmar said the two were sentenced to imprisonment for snatching the Innova car from Amarjeet in Raipurrani in 2012 while they were acquitted in the case involving the snatching of a Verna car from a driver near Raipurrani, who was on the way to Panchkula from Paonta Sahib.

After their arrests by the Jalandhar police, the investigations revealed that the two hailed from Ferozepur but had moved to Chandigarh for studies. In order to go abroad, Vicky had taken a loan of Rs 10 lakh but was later cheated by the travel agent. He took to crime to repay the loan but the lure of a quick buck made him a professional carjacker. He joined a seven-member gang of carjackers. According to the Jalandhar agency, the two lived as paying guests in Mohali.



Change of land use
Pay service tax or face allotment cancellation: Admn
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The UT Administration has clearly told the owners of plots in the Industrial Area, Phase I and II, who have got their use status changed from industrial to commercial, to pay service tax or face cancellation of allotment of their properties.

The Administration, through a notice, has asked the owners to pay service tax from June 1, 2007, on the conversion fee for change of trade or activities from industrial to commercial. The Administration has set one-month deadline for the payment of service tax worth crores.

The notice reads: "All owners of converted plots are hereby requested to pay service tax and interest w.e.f. June 1, 2007, so as to avoid the cancellation of allotment of their properties. It is also intimated that no other individual demand notices may be served, nor any further opportunities given to the allottees in this regard".

A senior official of the Estate Office said they had issued the notice as the Central Excise and Service Tax Department had issued them a notice regarding the collection of service tax from these plot owners.

However, the owners are against the UT's move to collect service tax from them.

Chander Verma, chairman of the Converted Plot Owners Association, said the conversion of plots is not a service therefore the Administration cannot collect service tax on conversion fee. The notice issued by the Administration is legally not valid. They have also made a representation to the UT Administration in this regard, he added.

Service tax collection

According to a notice issued by the Administration, the service tax is to be collected at the rate of 12.36 per cent w.e.f. June 1, 2007, 10.30 per cent w.e.f. February 24, 2009, and 12.36 per cent w.e.f. April 1, 2012, on the conversion fee paid by the industrialists to the Estate Office and the Administration.


Patients to get cheaper medicines
PGI to begin auction of chemist shops on the basis of maximum discounts from December
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Patients at the PGIMER are in for some relief from the exorbitant cost of medicines and surgical items. Receiving an approval for holding the auction of chemist shops on the basis of maximum discounts offered by the chemists from the Institute Body, the PGIMER has decided to begin auction from December this year.

Unlike in the existing system of the auctioning of chemist shops where chemists bid for the highest rent that runs into several lakhs, the PGIMER will begin with the auctioning of a shop in the old market complex on the basis of the highest discounts offered.

“Since it is a new concept, the auctions will be held one by one,” said Manju Wadwalkar, official spokesperson for the PGIMER.

The shop that will be auctioned first as per the new system is currently lying vacant and located near the Oral Health Centre. There are a total of 15 chemist shops on the PGIMER campus. The monthly rents paid by these chemists range between Rs 52 lakh approximately (paid by emergency chemist) and Rs 70,000 approximately (paid by a chemist shop in the Gol market).

Following an approval granted by the PGIMER’s Institute Body during its meeting held in July this year, the terms and conditions of the tender document are being reviewed by a dedicated committee.

At present, it is mandatory for all 15 chemists to provide a discount of 15 per cent on branded drugs and 30 per cent on generic drugs and surgical items.

Under the new system the rent to be paid will range between Rs 5,000 and Rs 20,000, while the discounts offered will vary.

The pattern is already being followed in the AIIMS, New Delhi, where the chemists offer discounts as high as 47 per cent.

“The PGIMER should float open tenders for the allotment of drug stores at this institute for having maximum discount on the MRP for patients on the patterns of the AIIMS, New Delhi,” directed the Governing Body, headed by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The proposal mooted by Congress MP from Sangrur Vijay Inder Singla had long been into consideration by the PGIMER Governing Body, the Institute Body and members.

While for the PGIMER, a non-profit organisation, an amount equal to the income from the rent gets deducted from the total funds released by the Central government, the patients are at the receiving end paying almost 500 per cent higher costs.



No lesson learnt
Major leakage detected in Kajauli pipeline
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Morinda, September 25
The authorities, responsible for maintenance of Kajauli Water Works pipeline, don't seem to have learnt a lesson from recent major leakage problem, which had led to severe water crisis in Chandigarh and here in the town for about 15 days last month.

In a survey, the Tribune team found a big leakage at the Phase III/Phase IV pipeline near Darpan Enclave at New Morinda, here.

The water in large quantities was seen spurting out of the pipeline at the site. Interestingly, the water was being used by a farmer for irrigation his fields, located nearby by constructing a proper channel.

A local resident claimed that it was very old leakage and going on without any check for past many months.

"I am surprised that the pipeline is a lifeline of one of the most advanced city of the country (Chandigarh) and 'model' city of the state (Mohali) but nobody is bothered about this major leakage. This shows the concern and seriousness of the authorities, responsible for its maintenance," said a resident.

Notably, the water supply of the two pipelines-Phases III and Phase IV-had to be suspended on August 20 following leakage problems in the both lines. Both the pipes had caved in due to wet soil at the site near Gharuan village then. The suspension of water supply continued for about 15 days resulting in big harassment to around 14-lakh population of both the cities.

The maintenance of Phase III and Phase IV pipelines is with the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation and the Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Department.

According to an official of Welspun Company, which has been entrusted with the project of laying Phase V and Phase VI pipeline by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), claimed that there were leakages at least 10 different points in the 22-km-long pipeline.

"The digging work at this site (leakage site at New Morinda) is scheduled to start soon but such things will certainly delay the job," said a senior official of the GMADA.



DC asks MC Commissioner to chalk out plan to clean town
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 25
Upset over scattered heaps of garbage all around in the town, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu today directed the newly appointed Mohali Municipal Corporation's Commissioner Uma Shankar to chalk out programme to clean the town on top priority.

The Mohali deputy commissioner, who held a meeting with the commissioner Uma Shankar (who had joined his office on Monday), asked the officer to take round of the town to take stock of the situation himself.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the DC Sidhu said that he was not satisfied with the cleanliness scenario in the town.

"As the town has now regular municipal commissioner, I expect the situation to be changed immediately", said Sidhu, who himself had launched a special 10-day cleanliness drive in the first week of last month. Sidhu had also sent a communiqué to the UT administration recently, asking them to remove the garbage and other eyesore things from the boundary line of the Chandigarh-Mohali. The UT administration is yet to respond to the communiqué by the Mohali deputy commissioner.

"We are ready to provide funds, infrastructure and other required things but the town should be looked clean and green", said Sidhu.



Mansa Devi temple gets facelift ahead of Navratras
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 25
This Navratras, devotees at the Mansa Devi temple will have a 'smooth' and comfortable walk as various stretches of the heated charcoal roads and piercing pebbles are being covered with pavers. As devotees have to wait in long queues on heated charcoal roads from outside to main entrances which form a long stretch, this decision has been taken.

The work is on in full swing. A kind of facelift is being given to the entire temple ahead of the Navratras. Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) SP Arora said, "Maximum efforts are being done to give a comfortable journey to the visitors."

"Devotees often face problems while walking on the heated charcoal roads near the entrance and pebbles hurt them. Be it from outside to main entrance on the common entry or VIP entry or towards the Patiala temple, pavers are being put up to facilitate people," said Arora.

At the common entrance, paver blocks are being laid near the chains from where the 'yatra' to pay obeisance to the goddess begins. While on the VVIP entry, the work is on from where the cars are parked and one has to walk till the stairs. Sheds in these stretches would also be put up later.

He further added, "Not only this, we have got the entire area till Sati temple cleaned up. Concerning hygienic conditions, even the nallah adjoining the temple has been cleaned."

The authorities will also make sure that clean water and hygienic 'prashad' is provided to the visitors.

Also, for the physically challenged and elderly persons, a separate entry would be made apart from the golf cart facility.


  • Separate entry facility for the physically challenged and elderly persons other than the golf cart facility
  • Proper toilet facility for the devotees
  • Availability of prashad at shops at appropriate rates.



LPG auto owners court arrest
Demand ban on plying of diesel auto-rickshaws
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Around 166 LPG auto-rickshaw owners from the tricity courted arrest to the police at the Sector 34 Exhibition Ground today. Later, they were released. The Tricity Auto-Rickshaw Owners’ Union demanded that there should be a ban on the plying of illegal diesel-run auto-rickshaws in the city.

The police arrested them as they had violated Section 144 of the CrPC, which was imposed by the UT District Magistrate yesterday.

The auto-rickshaw owners started gathering at the Exhibition Ground in Sector 34 since morning.

They protested against the UT administration and gheraoed the Sector 34 Police Station. The representatives of the union also burnt an effigy of the UT Administration.

Janta Dal Union president Surinder Bhardwaj said the auto owners were struggling since long to implement their long-pending demands, but the authorities had turned a deaf ear to their issues.

He said the union had been demanding that there should be a uniform policy for the auto-rickshaw fare and auto-rickshaw stands should also be set-up in all markets.



mohali issue
Self-assessment system for property tax
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, September 25
Skyrocketing prices notwithstanding, now get ready for another punch in the form of property tax in Mohali . The Municipal Corporation has already got into action to collect the tax from April 1 this year from the owners of property located within its jurisdiction.

A self-assessment system will be adopted. The formula on which property tax will be determined is the collector rate of the land plus the cost of the construction. Five per cent of the total value calculated in this regard will be considered as the annual value of the plot.

The owners of vacant plots will be required to pay 0.2 per cent of the annual value of the property while the owners of self-occupied property measuring up to 500 sq yd will have to pay 0.5 per cent of the annual value as tax. The rate of tax will be double at 1 per cent for those owning plots above 500 sq yd. However, the owners of self-occupied commercial property will have to dish out 3 per cent of the annual value as tax.

BD Singla, Additional Commissioner (Technical) of the corporation, told The Tribune here today that the owner of a 10 marla house would have to pay approximately Rs 2,000 as tax annually. The amount can be a little lower or higher, depending on the built-up area. A person living on a 50 sq yd plot would have to pay Rs 50 as tax per year provided the constructed area was less than 450 sq ft. Similarly,those living in single-storeyed accommodation on a 100 sq yd plot would have to pay Rs 150 as property tax each year.

The collector rate on which the annual value of the property would be calculated in the residential areas would vary from Rs 26,000 to Rs 28,000 per sq yd, depending on the phase in which the property was located. The cost of construction to be taken into account in this regard was Rs 500 per sq ft.

He said that in the case of commercial property the collector rate would be Rs 1.25 lakh per sq yd in various areas. The rate was higher for commercial property falling in Sectors 60, 61 and 70 and stood at Rs 1.32 lakh per sq yd. In villages falling within the limits of the civic body the collector rates on which the annual value of the property would be calculated were

Rs 2.75 lakh per marla for residential purposes and Rs 3.30 lakh per marla for commercial property, added Singla.

The collector rate for industrial plots measuring up to 1,000 sq yd was Rs 16,500 per sq yd while in the case of plots of more than 1,000 sq yd the rate was Rs 13,500 per sq yd.

Singla said the tax rate had been reduced in the case of property given on rent. Earlier, 15 per cent of the rent was paid as house tax in the case of commercial property which had now been reduced to 10 per cent. In the case of residential property the tax had been reduced from 10 per cent to 7. 5 per cent.

Areas out of tax ambit

Property tax will not be imposed in Sectors 66 to 69, 76 to 80 and other developing sectors which come under GMADA at present.

5 MC teams formed

The corporation has formed five teams for the collection of property tax , creating of awareness among residents and giving guidance to them. Each team would be headed by an SDO or a superintendent. Tax camps would be held in various parts of the town for the convenience of residents.

MLA opposes tax

Mohali MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu strongly opposed the levying of property tax, describing it as an additional burden on residents.

The Congress legislator said property owners had already paid development charges and "naksha" fees. The GMADA was levying non-construction charges on vacant plots and was earning crores of rupees from plot auctions in the town. The GMADA, in fact, should give a share of its income from such sources to the Municipal Corporation instead of the government imposing property tax. The matter would be taken up at a PPCC meeting scheduled for tomorrow, he added.



Carpeting work on internal roads starts in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 25
Premix carpeting work on internal roads in the town has been started for which Rs 9 crore has been earmarked, Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said here. He said development works worth Rs 4 crore had been undertaken in the first phase and now Rs 11.50 crore was being spent on the beautification of the town.

The road from the interstate AC bus terminal in Phase VI to the PTL chowk was being widened. Besides, reflectors, zebra crossings and traffic lights had also been provided.

Various development works had been started to beautify parks. Lights were being provided in Mango Park. The toilet facility had also been provided for walkers in the park.

He said that Rs 13.40 lakh would be spent on providing lights near Mango Park and in Madanpur village.

Work on fixing of pavers in different areas of the town was being done which would cost more than Rs 2.83 crore. A sum of Rs 65.14 lakh was being spent on fixing pavers in Phase XI; Rs 92.12 lakh in Phases 3B1 and 3B2; Rs 53.60 lakh in Phase 7; Rs 16 lakh in Sector 48C; and Rs 16.48 lakh in Phase 5. Besides, Rs 22.52 lakh would be spent on fixing pavers near Yadavindra Public School. Almost 60 per cent of the work on fixing pavers had been completed.

The Deputy Commissioner said Municipal Corporation officials had been directed to pay attention to cleanliness. A sum of Rs 28.44 lakh would be spent on maintaining cleanliness and beautification, he said.



Honour for PGIMER faculty

Chandigarh, September 25
Prof Kim Vaiphei, Department of Histopathology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), India, for 2013.

Two other faculty members of the hospital, Dr Jyotdeep Kaur, additional professor, Department of Biochemistry, and Dr Sonu Goel, assistant professor of health management in the School of Public Health, have been selected as the members of the academy.

Prof Kim has been elected for her extensive contribution for the advancement in medical sciences with specialisation in the field of pathology concerning gastroenterology-related diseases. Dr Jyotdeep Kaur received the award for the distinguished research work. She has extensively studied the regulatory mechanisms of folate absorption under the conditions of alcoholism, Dr Sonu Goel has been bestowed with the prestigious membership of the National Academy of Medical Science. — TNS



Training workshop for UT policemen held

Chandigarh, September 25
A training workshop on trauma and advanced life support was organised for the Chandigarh police personnel at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh. The workshop aimed at enhancing knowledge and strengthening life-saving skills of the police personnel in the field of proper handling of patients on the road.

This workshop was unique in its kind as it encouraged the police personnel to get training on basic life support mannequins and simulation-based mannequins.

The workshop was held with the encouragement of Prof Atul Sachdev, Director-Principal, GMCH-32. — TNS



Official deployed to help pensioners

Chandigarh, September 25
The UT Social Welfare Department today deployed a representative of a bank who will help pensioners open their bank accounts. The action has been taken after the Chandigarh Tribune reported that for the past two days, no bank representative had turned up at the Bal Bhawan, Sector 23, where a counter had been set up by the department for opening bank accounts of pensioners.

During a visit to the venue yesterday, the residents complained that for the past two days no bank official had come for the opening of bank accounts. Neither the bank nor the Social Welfare Department had pasted. — TNS



‘Oh Lok Jo Ruke Reh Gai’ staged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
A play, “Oh Lok Jo Ruke Reh Gai”, was staged as part of the Punjabi Theatre Festival at the Tagore Theatre here. The play was the adaptation of Arthur Miller’s “A Memory of Two Monday” by Navdeep Singh. Directed by Vivek Mishra, the play focused on the depression brought in by the monotony of the modern life.

Miller’s experience of working in a warehouse and dealing with poverty was reflected in the original play. The play on the whole was on hopelessness in human life and its impact on the human mind.

Tomorrow, “Baldeey Tibee”, the last play of the festival, would be staged.



Fire breaks out at school’s storeroom
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
A fire broke out in a basement storeroom of Divya Public School, Sector 44, here, due to an electric spark at 8.30 am. After the smoke started coming out from the basement, all the students were immediately evacuated to the ground.

The school authorities said though the fire was not major, they immediately called fire brigade officials who doused the flames in a few minutes.

They said the waste paper caught the fire in the storeroom after the electric spark.



Private schools flout CBSE norms
Have not uploaded section-wise student enrolments; board to take action
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The private schools in the city seem to be shying away for disclosing their student: classroom ratio, one of the important norms of the Right to Education Act, showing the quality of education in an institute.

Following the recent CBSE directions, the private schools in the city have developed their school websites. But most of these schools have not uploaded their section-wise student enrollment.

It is despite the fact that the CBSE, in its June circular, had specifically asked the schools to share their class-wise enrollment among other information like their school infrastructure, affiliation status and number of teachers on their website.

Insiders feel that the hiding the information is making the things obvious that private schools are finding it difficult to adhere to the classroom norms of the RTE Act that does not allow ideal classroom strength to go beyond 35 students at upper primary level and 40 students at secondary level.

“Although the situation in private schools is not as worse as in government schools. But the average classroom strength in private schools has gone beyond 40 students, compared to 30-35 in the previous years. In some schools, there are even more than 50-60 students in a single classroom, making both the parents and teachers jittery, said a principal of a private school.

Another principal of a private school mentioned they were really finding it difficult to restrict their classroom strength to 40-45 students. But even then the number had touched almost 50 in some classes.

“Finally, we had to put our foot down because quality education is not possible with such high number,” he said.

CBSE counsellor, Dr Rakesh Sachdeva, also principal of DAV School, Sector 15, said the number of students in a class at private schools has definitely increased in the recent times. “It is a serious challenge for the private schools and we all must thoroughly pay attention to it and find a timely solution,” she said.

HS Mamik, president of the Independent Schools’ Association, said the private schools must upload their section wise classroom enrollment on their website. The association would write to all the schools to comply with the CBSE directions on class enrollment.

He asserted that the schools here were facing stagnation in infrastructure building since most of them did not have additional land and the Chandigarh Administration has not revised the floor area ratio (FAR) for a long time now.

Talking to the CBSE Regional Director, RJ Khanderao, about schools not properly adhering to its circular, he said the board has linked the compliance of that circular with the registrations of class IX and X students. “Action would be taken against the defaulter schools, he said."



Now, submit PG forms online at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Taking a step towards providing the online facility to the students, the Panjab University (PU) today introduced the facility of online examination forms submission in postgraduate (PG) classes at university, its affiliated colleges and students enrolled in the courses as private candidates and under the University School of Open Learning (USOL).

These students will have an option of filing examination forms through the earlier system of submitting hard copy but from next examinations, it will be mandatory to file examination forms through online system only.

PU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Arun Kumar Grover, while inaugurating facility, asked the Director of the Computer Centre to set up a permanent help centre at the Computer Centre for helping the students. Officials have been assigned duties to promptly resolve any kind of queries regarding the forms during the working hours.

As part of the first phase, it will be applied to all the postgraduate students who would be appearing in December, 2013 examination under the semester system. The first phase would benefit around 35,000 students.

The students will also have option of filing examination forms through the earlier system of submitting hard copy but from next examinations, it will be mandatory to file examination forms through online system only.

PU Controller of Examination (COE), Parvinder Singh, stated that this would benefit the students as they would also get online roll numbers, information regarding Examination Centre and the result at the click of their computers.

In the second phase, all the under graduate students of the PU and its 188 affiliated colleges and four constituent colleges would also be covered.


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Workshop on computer-aided English learning organised

Chandigarh, September 25
Chandigarh Chapter of English Language Teachers Association of India (ELTAI) held a two-hour workshop on “Trace Effects”, a computer-aided language learning tool developed by the US State Department for teaching English, here at the American Centre in Sector 17 Central State Library here today.

The workshop was conducted by Claire Bradkin Siskin, a senior English fellow. Over 100 English teachers from the government and private schools of Chandigarh participated in the workshop.

Developed keeping four goals in mind, the game Trace Effects is different from other online media games. The game explore topics ranging from empowering women to conflict resolution and improves the listening speaking, reading and writing as well as grammar skills of the learners.

Speaking on the occasion, Anil Sarwal, President ELTAI (Chd Chapter) emphasised upon bringing about a paradigm shift in the mindsets of the teaching faculty by urging teachers to become tech-savvy. Neerja Jain, secretary, said the ELTAI aimed at helping in effective English language teaching in the city schools by creating a network of teachers and providing a platform for sharing and exchange of ideas and resources.

Dr Sharda Kaushik, Director RIE, complemented the ELTAI for its proactive role in connecting teachers of English and other like minded professionals and also exhorted the teacher participants to imbibe change to lead and inspire their students.

A DVD of the language game “Trace Effects”, along with a participation certificate and copies of “FORUM” magazine were also provided to each participant.



UT schoolteachers allege violation of transfer policy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
Joint Action Committee of the UT School Teachers, Chandigarh, has sought a strong transfer policy in a meeting held to discuss the UT issue of schoolteachers. The members said every day few transfers were being made in violation of the transfer policy notified by the department itself.

“It is therefore, demanded that a committee of the officers of the education department be constituted to bring transparency and transfer be made as per transfer policy,” he said.

They also said that many teachers in the schools were being given works other than teaching. The issue was raised before the officers of the department and they were kind enough to issue a circular to the head of the institutions to not give clerical work to the teachers. But the practice can only be stopped if sufficient clerical staff is provided in the schools. Therefore, the department should expedite the appointment of clerical staff.

Regarding increasing the salary of the computer teachers, they said the computer teachers were being paid minimum salary for the past many years which should be increased immediately. Members said they would take up all these demands with the DPI(s) soon.



PU delays re-evaluation results, students in a fix
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 25
The delay in declaring results of re-evaluation of exams filed by the students of undergraduate classes who had got compartment in the exams, has left the students in a fix as they have also applied for the compartment exam, without knowing the result of the revaluation.

The results of BA I, II and III were declared in July and many students who got compartment in the exams had applied for re-evaluation with a hope that they might clear the compartment through the re-evaluation. However, even two months after applying for the re-evaluation, the university is yet to declare the results, while the compartment exams for various subjects are going to be held in October.

“I have applied for re-evaluation and when the results got delayed I decided to apply for the compartment exam also since the last day to apply for it was near,” said a student of BA-II at a local college.

Another student who got compartment in BA I stated that he was in a fix as whether he should study for the compartment exam or not. “I am hopeful of clearing the compartment through reevaluation, however, until the result is declared I have to study for the compartment exam,” student stated.

Controller of Examination (COE), Parvinder Singh, when contacted said that the reevaluation results of subjects under humanities would be declared in the coming days. “To avoid this situation which lead to confusion among the students the university from the next session is planning that the compartment forms of a particular class will be filled only after the reevaluation results of that class is declared,” COE stated.

The COE stated that the examination branch is going to streamline the process and ensure that the reevaluation results are declared much in advance before the compartment exams are conducted.




PU prof gets ICMR award

In recognition of sustained research work in the field of microbiology, Panjab University (PU), Prof Praveen Rishi, has been conferred Dr YS Narayana Rao Oration Award by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi. This is a national level award given for the research. Prof Parveen had contributed significantly to the existing scientific knowledge related to the field of Microbiology. The scientist was honoured by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad in New Delhi. Dr Rishi has been the first ICMR Awardee from the PU in the field of microbiology. The award has been given in recognition of her work on “Salmonella- host interactions and possible biotherapeutic interventions”, including antimicrobial peptides, probiotics as well as herbal products.

American Gandhi visits PGGC-11

American Gandhi, Bernie Meyer, during a programme organised by an NGO at Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, in Chandigarh on Wednesday
American Gandhi, Bernie Meyer, during a programme organised by an NGO at Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

An American, Bernie Meyer, who dresses, walks, talks and practices what Mahatma Gandhi taught, visited Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, to spread the message of peace. The college is the host for the 8th International Youth Peace. Bernie Meyer motivated and inspired the young volunteers of College and Yuvsatta (NGO) who’re working for the past two months to put up a grand show during the upcoming six day mega event, from September 27 to October 2. Bernie Meyer released hot-air balloons in the air tagged with messages of world peace. On the occasion, he was joined by another peace activist Larry Kerschner, a Vietnam war veteran, and Nairus-a belle dancer from Venezuela.

Pharmacist Day celebrated

Students of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Pharmacy, Sector 26, celebrated the ‘Pharmacist Day’ here on Wednesday. A rally to spread awareness about the ‘Role of Pharmacist’ was also organised on the occasion. Peeyush Jain an alumni of the college, member of the Junior Chamber International, Panchkula Elite, delivered a lecture on ‘Career Prospects in Pharmacy’ and exchanged his experience as a pharmacist. Dr Shipla Jain gave tips on stress management on the occasion.

Talk on career opportunities

The placement cell of Government Home Science College, Sector 10, organised a talk on career opportunities after graduation. The convener of the placement cell, Dr Ravneet Chawla oriented girls towards thinking about careers and to be empowered women in life ahead.

Role of pre-data collection for survey

Geography association (GLOBUS) of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, organised a talk on ‘Geographic Methods’. Dr Karanjot Kaur Brar, Chairperson and Professor of Department of Geography, Panjab University, shared her views on data collection and methodology. She also highlighted the role of pre-data collection for field survey. Students were also made aware of topographical sheets and their role in surveys. Remote Sensing as technique and tool for data collection was also talked about. Bio-diversity of India was discussed. Students were told about the risk of building dams on fault zones.

Sculpture workshop organised

Kala Srijan the creative hand society of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, organised a sculpture workshop for the students of fine arts. Rajinder, renowned sculptor and the resource person for the workshop, demonstrated various techniques of clay-modeling, making mould and also casting into plaster of paris.



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