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Convict who jumped parole arrested 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Two months after he jumped parole from Central Jail in Faridkot, the UT police today arrested Sompal, a convict in the German gangrape case. The convict was sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2009 by a Chandigarh court.

Sompal was released on a 28-day parole on August 28 this year from the Faridkot jail. He failed to return to the jail on due date, which was September 25. The UT police on October 4 announced an award of Rs 50,000 for anyone helping it in arresting Sompal.

Sompal, alias Soma, was arrested from the Sector 17 ISBT following a tip-off.

Sources said the convict kept hiding in Barnala, Mansa, Moga and Ferozepur for two months. Sompal was presented before the court of Duty Magistrate and was sent to a 14-day judicial custody.

The German gangrape case made headlines in 2008 when a German woman had come to India to attend a friend’s wedding.

On September 26, 2008, the woman was kidnapped from the parking area of Hotel Taj in Sector 17 by five persons. The accused were identified as Harpreet Singh, Manvir Singh, Sukhvinder Singh, Pankaj Kumar and Sompal.

The woman was kidnapped in a black Scorpio. After travelling for three hours, the accused reached a deserted place and raped the woman. The next day, she was dropped near her friend’s husband’s house in Sector 20.

The court had taken the case on a speedy trial and sentenced the five accused to life imprisonment in January 2009. The convicts moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the lower court order and their appeal was dismissed on July 22.

During the hearing of the appeal, it came to light that accused Harpreet had jumped parole while he was lodged in the Patiala jail and was absconding. Similarly, Sukhwinder and Sompal also jumped parole. The High Court had given directions to the police to arrest the accused.

Harpreet was arrested by the police last month while Sukhwinder is still on the run. 

The case

On September 26, 2008, the German woman was kidnapped from the parking area of Hotel Taj in Sector 17 by five persons. 



Administrator’s Advisory Council reconstituted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
An art historian, BN Goswami, the Director of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University (PU) have been included in the Administrator’s Advisory Council.

The council has been reconstituted after a gap of eight months. The term of previous team ended in April 2013. In the orders issued on November 11, a total of 15 members from the previous team have been included in the council. Besides, six new members have been added. The council has 38 members.

As BJP leader Satya Pal Jain has been named in the list, BSP leaders cried foul over not being included in the council.

BSP leader Anwar-ul-Haq said despite being a national party and having two councillors in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, the party had not been given representation in the council.

After getting approval from UT Administrator Shivraj Patil, UT Home Department reconstituted the council. The previous body had 41 members.

The council is responsible for advising the Administration on development and policy matters. The last meeting of the council was convened on November 30, 2012, and only six such meetings were conducted in the past three years.

Sources said the council has so far failed to serve the purpose for which it was constituted. The members of the advisory council have been demanding follow-ups on suggestions and recommendations made during meetings.

PC Sanghi, one of the members of the council, said action taken report of the previous meetings should be placed on record.

Art historian BN Goswami, PGI Director and PU VC included in the list 



City airport to remain closed on November 23, 24 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The Chandigarh domestic airport will remain closed on November 23 and 24 on account of repair of the runway.

However, the early morning flights scheduled before 10 am on November 23 will take off on the scheduled time.

It includes Jet Airline’s outbound Chandigarh-Delhi flight at 8.10 am and Spice Jet’s Chandigarh-Delhi flight at 8.30 am.

Air India has also advanced the departure of its Chandigarh-Delhi flight from 11.15 am to 9.15 am on November 23.

Director of Chandigarh Domestic Airport HS Toor said the flight operation had been suspended for two days on account of re-carpeting on the runway.

“There is no confusion as the airlines were informed earlier this month and accordingly they stopped booking tickets for November 23 and 24,” he said.

Manager of Go Air Vinod Raina said the airlines stopped the booking in the first week of November after a notice from the airport authorities and the Indian Air Force.

“Passengers who have advance bookings for Novembers 23 and 24 have either been refunded or the amount has been adjusted to other flights,” he said. 



From dreamer to achiever
At 16, city girl becomes editor of literary magazine 
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
At her age when most of the students are setting their goal, this 16-year-old fan of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream has made it big.

Riding high on success, city girl Guntaj Arora has become the editor of a quarterly literary magazine — Miracle.

The print edition of the magazine was unveiled on the second day of the Chandigarh Book Fair. The literary magazine has fiction and poetry, contributed by young writers from the UK, Ireland and the USA. The poetry section has 48 contributors and the fiction section eight. Besides, the magazine has carried an interview of budding authors.

Guntaj said when her repeated attempts to get her poems published in a magazine failed, she realised that there were not many opportunities for young writers in print media.

“I got an award from a UK-based poetry society after which I joined a voluntary project with the help of the society to create a platform for young writers across the globe. The efforts bore fruit and the project took shape,” she said.

“Initially, we started with the digital edition which had contributors from Britain only. But the edition soon gained popularity. The first print edition of the magazine, which was unveiled today, has contributors from all corners of the world,” said the young editor.

Guntaj said the Chandigarh Book Fair gave her the opportunity to reach the local audience. She draws inspiration from TS Eliot, Ezra Pound and Indian writer Vikram Seth.

The magazine — Miracle — has print as well as digital editions. The issue will be out in January. The digital edition is available at www.miracleezine.wix.com, she said. 



Policemen’s health last on authorities’ agenda
30 per cent of the force suffering from hypertension, obesity and diabetes 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Addressing the issue of rising stress levels and deteriorating health of the lower ranks in the Chandigarh Police seem to be the last on the agenda of the Police Week celebrations.

While repeated rehearsals for events like ‘bada khana’, At Home at the IG’s residence cost lakhs of rupees, the stress under which police force functions found no mention during the celebrations.

A senior official said a musical evening was organised for the families of policemen at Tagore Theatre and sampark sabha was organised by the IGP, policemen said more needs to be done round the year for their welfare.

Statistics reveal that over 2,000 of the total 6,000 Chandigarh policemen in the lower ranks are in the waiting list to get official accommodation. A housing project that would provide accommodation to 1,400 policemen and their families in Dhanas is yet to take off.

Housing apart, rising stress levels, deteriorating health conditions and plethora of other problems have affected their routine functioning. Policemen rue that the weeklong activities to boost their morale and entertain them is not what they desire, but a better focus on their daily requirements and improvement in working conditions is all they want. A number of policemen said that working overtime was increasing their stress levels.

Almost 30 per cent of the force is suffering from hypertension, obesity and diabetes.

The non-gazetted officers and lower ranks required to work 14 hours at a stretch once a week, no weekly off and rising work pressures have taken a toll on their health. More than six policemen, including the SHO of a police station, have died natural deaths while on duty three years, reveal police statistics.

Even at the ‘Bada Khana’ organised as part of the police week yesterday, around 2,000 policemen were called twice for rehearsals. The policemen who were invited for the ‘Bada Khana’ were asked to assemble at 12.30 pm for rehearsals on Tuesday and were relieved only by 6.30 pm. They were again called yesterday at 7.30 am for a rehearsal, sources said.

A senior police official said the police week was said to be a morale booster and was done to reduce the gap between the police and the public and the series of entertainment activities worked tremendously in reducing stress levels.

However, the week marked a few interactions between the police and the public. 




Admn’s pro-public stance is hard to find

Modern Housing Complex was a flagship creation of the Chandigarh Housing Board in the 90s near Mani Majra township. Residents in this complex are mostly retired professionals from almost all walks of life, be it judiciary, education, defence, medicine or engineering, all coming from higher echelons of society. Their only craving has been to grant them a postal address de-linked from the next-door dusty township of Mani Majra. After decade-long deliberations, the Municipal Corporation had finally recommended to the UT administration to rechristen Modern Housing Complex along with the newly-created AWHO Rajeev Vihar as Sector 26-E. This recommendation, which just needs a formal nod of the listless administrations, is hanging fire for almost a year now. The administration should wake up from deep slumber and show some pro-public stance and put its stamp of approval on this long-pending harmless request of the residents to grant a sectoral status to the residents of this complex.

SC Luthra, Chandigarh

Sonnet on monkey menace

Chandigarh belongs to the monkeys now;

Their population's daily increasing;

Songs-birds sing no more on its branch and bough

But a monkey can oft be heard sneezing.

When out on a walk you hardly meet

A good neighbour warm-hearted and civil,

As brick and concrete o'er the Simla Hill.

Even if you go up to the garage.

You bump into a monkey on the way;

If you're in the kitchen making porridge

Anytime into the room it can stray

We can't even dry clothes on the clothes-line

And we've been asked to pay House-tax as fine.

First make our backyards safe than charge House-tax

DK Dhillon, chandigarh

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Function exposes rift between councillors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Infighting between MC councillors came to the fore at the Children’s Day function today.

Last year, the function was held at Nehru Park in Sector 22, but this year, the day was celebrated at Dadu Majra. The change of venue did not go down well with a group of councillors, who organised a function at Nehru Park.

Leader of opposition Arun Sood said the councillors had violated rules by organising a function in a green belt. “Only official functions are to be held in green belts, as per rules. When I asked the MC officials as to who had given them the permission, they said they had okayed a drawing competition in the park. But the councillors organised the Children's Day function there," he said. Sources said the Art and Culture Committee of the MC had decided to hold a function at a place where underprivileged children could get a chance to showcase their talent.

Pardeep Chhabra said, “I did not organise the function. Being the area councillor, I was invited to the event. It is not a big deal as children will celebrate the day in Nehru Park and not at Gandhi Maidan in Patna."

Function at Palm Park in Dadu Majra

A cultural programme marked the Children's day celebrations at Palm Park in Dadu Majra Colony today. As many as 1,200 children, accompanied by their parents, participated in the event. Various competitions such as painting, clay modelling, quiz, declamation contest, rangoli and fancy dress were held. MP Pawan Kumar Bansal was the chief guest. He said children residing in rural areas needed a platform to hone their skills and the civic body was providing them the same.



50% tickets sold out for inaugural run
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
There is a mad scramble for the Chandigarh-Amritsar Express tickets. With the inaugural run scheduled for Friday (tomorrow), 50 per cent of the tickets have already been sold out.

It is learnt that 14 passengers are on the waiting list for the chair car coach while for the second class coach, of the total 848 seats, 350 have been booked.

Railway officials said the train would run jam-packed. Spokesperson for the Railways' said the train would be flagged off from Chandigarh at 7.50 by Governor of Punjab Shivraj V Patil and MP Pawan Kumar Bansal.

The train will reach SAS Nagar, Mohali, at 8.02 am from where MP Ravneet Singh will board the train.

As per schedule, the train (12411) will depart daily from Chandigarh at 6.55 am and will reach Amritsar at 11.25 am. It will halt at SAS Nagar Mohali, New Morinda, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Beas. On its return journey from Amritsar, the train (12412) will depart daily from Amritsar at 5.30 pm and will reach Chandigarh at 9.55 pm. The train has 10 coaches which include one AC chair car coach, eight second class coaches and one SLR coach.

Four trains announced in the last rail budget are on track. Two trains, Indore-Chandigarh Express and Kalka-Jammu train are yet to be started. Besides, the extension from Chandigarh-Lucknow Express, Yesvantpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin Sampark Kranti Express and Madgaon-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express is yet to be implemented by the authorities. 



PGI yet to put robot to use 

Chandigarh, November 14
The Rs 20-crore robot that the PGI purchased for robotic surgeries is lying unused. The institute had bought it three months ago.

Officials said the arrangements were to be made inside the operation theatre to put the robot to use, conceding that robotic surgeries might take three to four months more to start. Head of the department, Dr AK Mandal, today stated that there were some technical arrangements that needed to be made to ensure the utility of the robot and it might take three to four months. — TNS



City to have its fourth working women hostel
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Come next year and the city will have its first state-of-the-art working women hostel at the IT Park.

Solar power panels will be installed in the building that will accommodate 90 girls. After surveying the city, the UT social welfare department approved the fourth working women hostel. As per the survey, every year, more than 800 women come to the city for jobs, but the three hostels in the city can accommodate only 136 girls. Taking advantage of this, illegal paying guest accommodations are mushrooming in the city.

Director of the UT social welfare department Rajesh Jogpal said the site for the project had been approved by the authorities. He said by next month, the Chief Architect would send the design of the hostel.

He said the department had also decided to renovate the working women hostel at Bal Bhawan in Sector 23. 

The city has three working women hostels at Sector 11, Sector 23 and Sector 24. The one at Sector 11 is run by the Young Women Christian Association (YMCA), an NGO, while the Sector 23 and Sector 24 hostels are run by the social welfare department. Of the three hostels, one has been closed down and the other two can accommodate only 136 girls. Panjab University and the PGI have their own hostels.

Area Hostel fee Established in

Sector 11 Rs 1,960 to Rs 3,260 1980

Sector 23 Shut down 1979

Sector 24 Rs 2,780 1995



Infertility severing marital ties: Experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Affecting marital ties, infertility is emerging as a major concern in the region, say experts at the PGI.

Finding an increase in the number of couples visiting the infertility clinic in the institution, with men holding women responsible for infertility, the doctors today clarified that in 50 per cent of the cases, it was the male infertility leading to childlessness. For better treatment of male infertility and related problems, the PGI is organising a three-day conference starting tomorrow (Friday).

“We see 60 to 100 patients in our infertility clinic every week. Male factor is responsible for infertility in 50 per cent of the cases. A couple facing such a problem should approach a urologist,” said Dr AK Mandal, head, department of urology, PGIMER. “Infertility is a curable problem. But we have been seeing these problems causing disturbances among married couples. Many a time, couples start fighting in front of us,” said Dr Santosh Kumar,department of urology, PGIMER. Instead of blaming each other, the couples should seek treatment. The department of urology at the PGI is hosting the conference.

Most productive age

As per experts, couples face less problems if they plan to have children in the 18-35 age group. The problems of infertility remains as less as 15 per cent in the age group. 



Diabetes deadlier than cancer, AIDS
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, the PGIMER organised an educational programme for young diabetic patients in Endocrinology OPD on Thursday.

With an aim to sensitise masses about the preventive measures of the disease, the department of endocrinology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, and Chandigarh Chapter of RSSDI, will be jointly organising a marathon on November 17 at 8 am from Sukhna Lake to Rock Garden.

The theme of this marathon is ‘Bhaag India Bhaag’. This marathon will be flagged by Raj Pal Singh, ex-captain, Indian Hockey Team. Individuals with best control power will be given prizes on November 17. The winners will be felicitaed at Sukhna Lake.

According to a recent survey carried out with the help of the department, the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in city was found to be 13.4 per cent, which is the maximum in the country.

Contributing more towards the cause, the department is also doing a research in stem cell therapy in Type 2 diabetes and running a programme related to bariatric surgery.

On the occasion, Nek Chand, creator of Rock Garden and Shiv Raman Gaur Secretary Health, Haryana, released a book by Ravul Jindal titled ‘Diabetic Foot’. Dr Ravul is and expert from Fortis Hospital in Mohali.

Dr BR Das, president, Research and Innovation and mentor, Molecular Pathology and Clinical Research Services, dispelled few common myths related with the disease.

Myths and Facts

Myth 1: Diabetes is not that serious.

Fact: Diabetes causes more deaths than breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. So if you are making frequent trips to the bathroom at night, experience extreme thirst, overwhelming fatigue, or blurry vision, or notice that you keep catching infections, you must visit a physician immediately.

MYTH 2: You must avoid sugar at all costs.

Fact: Dessert doesn’t have to be off limits, as long as it is a part of a healthy meal plan or is combined with exercises.

MYTH 3: A high-protein diet is the best.

Fact: Eating too much protein along with high fat and low carb diet, may actually cause insulin resistance, a key factor in diabetes.

Doctors say timely diagnosis of the disease by going for routine check ups is the key to save themseleves from further worsening of the condition.

"Nowadays, diabetes is seen to be most prevelant among youngsters as well, one must adopt a healthy lifestyle and stay away from smoking and consuming alcohol to stay healthy and fit. Annual routine check ups is also a must to avoid falling 
prey to this disease," said a doctor.


* Regular exercise for 30 minutes in a day or 150 minutes per week lowers the risk of diabetes

* Healthy diet comprising fibre-rich food, fruits and vegetables on a daily basis keeps the disease at bay

* A person must get annual routine check-ups after the age of 35 years 


* Quit smoking

* Stop consuming alcoholic drinks

* Avoid junk food

* Avoid foods containing high level of sugar, fat

* Avoid sedentary lifestyle 

‘Bhaag India Bhaag’

With an aim to sensitise masses about the preventive measures of the disease, the department of endocrinology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, and Chandigarh Chapter of RSSDI, will be jointly organising a marathon on November 17 at 8 am from Sukhna Lake to Rock Garden. The theme of this marathon is ‘Bhaag India Bhaag’. This marathon will be flagged by Raj Pal Singh, ex-captain, Indian hockey team. 



Smriti Irani campaigns for BJP 
Tribune reporters

Mohali, November 14
Popular television actress and national vice-president of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Smriti Irani held an interactive session with students of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), Landran.

The actor-turned-politician, who evidently impressed the young brigade at the event with her impressive oration and mannerism, made most of the event on youth empowerment and campaigned for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Examples of well-governance in Gujarat and its progress were brought in very smartly in reply to every question, be it on women empowerment, corruption, women safety or education.

“If you want a change in the system, be a part of solution system,” said Irani.

Exhorting the youth to vote during elections, Smriti said, “Vote for Modi for good governance and a pleasant change.”

BJP organises conference of intellectuals

Chandigarh: A conference of intellectual was organised by the Economic and CA Cell of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Subramanian Swami, said the BJP is considering replacing all taxes in the country with 1 per cent tax on bank transactions and is striving to ensure that access to all relevant natural resources will be done by auction rather than by allocation.

Smriti Irani, MP and national vice-president of the BJP, while presiding over the conference, alleged that the UPA had failed to feel the plight of the countrymen reeling under increasing price rise.



Publishers waking up to online market
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
With people taking to buying books online, publishers, too, are changing their marketing policies. Many publishers, who have set up their stalls at the Chandigarh Book Fair, say the online sale of books has taken a heavy toll on their retail sales.

To compensate the fall in retail sales, publishers have opened their own websites, selling books online besides supplying these to web-based firms such as Flipkart and Amazon.

Madhuri Jain of the Munshi Ram Manohar Lal publication, New Delhi, says their retail sales have gone down by over 30 per cent.

She says this trend will pick up as people are finding it more convenient to buy books online, that too with handsome discounts. She, however, says readers must not give up on the pleasure of buying books physically. That is the reason, book fairs have a great following all over the world, she says.

Rohit Gupta of Pustak Mahal, Delhi, says connecting with your audience online has become a necessity in the digital age. Without this, survival will be difficult, he says.

“We are selling our books online besides following the traditional mode of supplying these to bookstores across the country,” she said.

Many, however, feel that though the buying habits might change in the digital age, the reading habits will sustain.

“Although people are taking to e-reading, the number of such people reading books online is still very low,” says Shaukat Aziz from a Delhi-based publishing house.

Vernacular publishers, on the other hand, are also not feeling the pinch, since most of their buyers are from small cities and towns, where the internet penetration remains limited.



Governor’s effigy burnt
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
Members of the Tricity LPG Auto Union burnt the effigy of Shiv Raj Patil, Governor, Punjab, and administrator, Chandigarh, at Tribune Chownk, here today.

The protesters protested against his non-committal attitude towards the long-pending demands of the union.

According to Surinder Bhardwaj, president of the association, as many as 6,000 LPG auto owners in the city are facing the flacks due to the illegal plying of the diesel autos.

The president of the association also alleged that vested interests of officials of the STA and traffic police is helping the illegal business of diesel auto to flourish in the city. “We are facing the wrath as a result of the actions of other,” said the president.

Bhardwaj demanded a high-level probe against the diesel auto mafia works.



A treat for children on Day 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The second day of the Chandigarh Book Fair reverberated with a plethora of activities. The footfall too increased today. The organisers celebrated Children's Day with studentsfrom various city schools.

The students participated in a cultural programme, staging comical skits and reciting meaningful poems.

Students of Classes VI to VIII took part in a creative writing competition in the morning besides a calligraphy workshop organised by the College of Art.It was a treat to see children leafing through books, making up their mind on which one to buy. 

Today’s schedule

11 am–5 pm

Calligraphy workshop

11 am–12 pm

Design a book cover

Workshop on ‘Spin a Tale’

12 pm–1 pm

Workshop on ‘Treasure Hunt’

3 pm–4 pm NBT Express

5 pm–6 pm Author Talk

(with Tara Deshpande)

6 pm–7 pm Author Talk

(with Surjit Pattar) 

‘Poetry is about internalising experiences’

A talk with the eminent poet and author Keki N Daruwalla was a highlight of the day. Daruwala, an English poet, has published 11 books of poems, including two for children, three short story collections and one novel. Daruwalla belongs to the generation of poets who paved the way for contemporary Indian English poetry. Interacting with the audience, Daruwalla said for a poet, observing is not enough.

Poet, writer Keki N Daruwala "The real poetry comes out when a poet internalises his experiences and gives them a human touch," he said.

Daruwalla said poetry came naturally to him, as his father was a professor of English literature and had a big influence on him. In the business of writing for 40 years, Daruwalla is now preparing for his second novel. 

Poet, writer Keki N Daruwala



It’s not just students, teachers fare no well
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
It was a bitter experience for the resource persons trying to inculcate storytelling skills in teachers on the second day of the Chandigarh Book Fair.

Not only most of the teachers faltered when asked about the book they read recently, many left in the middle of the workshop.

“The teachers’ response was very dull. It seemed most became teachers by chance, not by choice,” said one of the resource persons of the workshop, Suman Bajpai, who is the editor at Children Book Trust, New Delhi.

Another resource person, Manas Ranjan Mahapatra, head of National Centre for Children’s Literature (National Book Trust), said children should not be blamed if they have poor reading habits these days.

“Parents and teachers are equally to be blamed,” he said.

Mahapatra said teachers are not trained to promote reading habits beyond textbooks. Moreover, teachers are not avid readers themselves, he said.

On the other hand, our oral and cultural tradition of storytelling has not been revived in the modern setting, and the children’s literature is not interactive, said the resource person.

Mahapatra recalled how, as a child, he and his siblings vied with each other to get their hands on “Chandamama”, which was published in 14 languages.

“I used to waylay the deliveryman when he was on his way to our home, because I wanted to read the children’s magazine before my elder sister could lay her hand on it,” he said.

With few teachers left by the end of the session, both the resource persons asked them to engage students with activities like dramatisation of short stories, book quiz, reading competition and word-making exercises in order to develop their reading skills.

Every school must have a reading club and must feed the students with children’s literature covering fantasy, suspense and adventure, said the resource persons.

“The Harry Potter series was a rage among students because it had all these ingredients. We have our own interesting children literature in the form of Jataka Tales, which can be taught in an interesting manner in classrooms,” said Mahapatra.

Suman Bajpai said the story reading and writing activity should not be moral preaching, as students should be engaged creatively to let them enjoy the process.

“The sensitivity and will among teachers and parents is also a key to developing reading habit,” she said.

Bajpai said parents should take there children to bookstores instead of buying toys for them.

“I have seen homes with no books at all. How do you expect kids to take up reading in such a setting?” she said.



PU advertises posts sans clarification from UGC
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 14
The 93 posts of assistant professor recently advertised by Panjab University (PU), for which several thousands of aspirants are expected to apply, may never be filled as the varsity has not sought any clarification on the eligibility of candidates from the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The Syndicate, in its meeting on December 15 last year, had decided that the university can make any further appointments only after seeking a clarification from the UGC. However, bypassing this decision, the university advertised the posts.

The UGC guidelines state that candidates who have qualified NET and those who have completed the PhD as per the 2009 regulation are eligible for the post of assistant professor. The Senate, however, relaxed the eligibility by deciding that all the Phd candidates would be eligible for the selection. Later, the Syndicate decided that a clarification should be sought from the UGC.

In fact, the Syndicate, in its meeting on October 8 this year, rejected the appointments of four assistant professors in the public administration department because the interviews were held without seeking any clarification from the UGC. The interviews for the four posts were held in December 2012, a few days after the Syndicate meeting.

A senior Syndic said the decision of the university to advertise the posts is defiance of the decision of the Syndicate will lead to a delay in the filling of the posts.

“The candidates applying for the posts will suffer, as the university cannot select them without seeking the clarification,” said the Syndic.

A total of 69 posts for general category, 18 for Scheduled Caste and six for physically challenged candidates have been advertised in different departments.



Children don RJ's cap at PU

Chandigarh, November 14
The Panjab University Radio 91.2 Jyotirgamaya today celebrated Children’s Day with students of Ankur School, Sector 14.

Instead of the regular radio jockeys, seven schoolchildren hosted and took part in all the shows at the radio station of the varsity.

The day began with “Shubh Prabhat Chandigarh” hosted by Chahat, a Class VIII student.

“The Talk Show”, hosted by Chahat and Akhil, was a huge success.

“It felt good to go on air for the first time,” said Drishti, a Class IV student, who was a part of “Ek Kahani”. — TNS



PU notes

Cultural fest begins

Chandigarh: An inter-college cultural event, ‘Ignition 2013’, began at Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Science and Hospital, Panjab University, on Thursday. On the first day, a cycle race and a football match were conducted. The GMCH-32 team beat the hosts 1-0 in the football match. From Friday, a two-day cultural event will start at the Law Auditorium. It will comprise western and classical dances, skits and dance parodies.

Alumna excels in PCS exam

Dr Neeharika Kharbanda, a graduate of Dr HSJ Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, has bagged 38th rank in the Punjab Civil Services examination. Dr Neeharika was a gold medallist. — TNS



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