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BDS student suicide
Teacher booked for abetment to suicide
22-year-old victim holds associate professor responsible for her death in suicide note
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The Chandigarh Police have booked a teacher of the Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Panjab University, for abetment to suicide. A 22-year-old second year student of the institute, Ankurita Tripathi, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her residence in ITBP Complex in Sector 32 on Friday. The police recovered a suicide note in which the student has held her teacher responsible for the suicide.

The police have registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC (abetment to suicide) against associate professor Savita Prashar.

Students in the institute alleged that after Ankurita failed to clear the compartment in biochemistry in the third attempt, Prashar allegedly said that she (Ankurita) deserved that result.

Refuting the allegation, Prashar said she had not even seen Ankurita from past over a month. “I was not in touch with the student as she was promoted to the second year earlier this year,” said Prashar.

Ankurita was admitted to the second year as she had not cleared her compartment. This was her fourth and final attempt to clear the examination, but she failed to clear it.

The students of the institute met the principal, Dr Ashish Jain, and demanded action against the teacher.

One of the students of the institute alleged that some more students were not given marks deliberately by the teacher and they had demanded that external examiners should conduct the practical exam again.

Members of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) staged a protest outside the institute and demanded action against the teacher.

When contacted, principal Ashish Jain said the PU authorities had been apprised of the allegations levelled by the students. “I can’t say anything right now as everyone is in a state of shock and the teacher is equally disturbed after the incident,” said Jain.

To form Grievances redressal cell

The university authorities will hold meetings on Monday with heads of professional institutes to form grievances redressal-cum-counselling cells in respective institutes for the students. The progress on the mentoring system for professional students will also be reviewed at the meeting. 

No classes on Monday

There will be no classes at the Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital on Monday to mourn the death of Ankurita.



City residents to get cheap power
UT reduces power tariff
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The UT Electricity Department today decided to slash the power tariff for three months, from November 2013 to January 2014. The department will reduce tariff for every category — domestic, commercial and industrial — as it had purchased electricity at lesser rates against the rates fixed by the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) in the last quarter.

UT superintending engineer (electricity) MP Singh said the JERC in its June 27, 2012, order had authorised the electricity department to compute fuel and power procurement cost variations on a quarterly basis and adjust the amount in the bills. This time, the authorities have purchased fuel and power at low rates.

He said it was for the first time not only in Chandigarh but in Punjab and Haryana that such a relief was being provided to consumers. Officials of the department had calculated the bill amount and the consumers would have to pay less, he added.

JERC’s view

In its order of November 11, 2011, the JERC had advised the electricity regulatory commissions of all states to put in place a mechanism for fuel and power purchase cost adjustment preferably on a monthly basis, but in no case exceeding a quarter. The JERC formulated a mechanism for fuel and power purchase cost adjustment applicable for distribution of licences in Goa and union territories to ensure periodic adjustment of uncontrollable expenses because of fuel and power purchase cost variations.



Wanted in Oz, P’kula youth held in Panipat
Melbourne police had announced a reward of $100,000 on his head in a culpable driving causing death case; arrested after two-day hunt
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 30
A 24 year-old Panchkula resident, Puneet, wanted in a four-year-old accident case in Melbourne, Australia, was arrested today after a two-day chase by the state crime bureau. The Melbourne police had announced a reward of $100,000 on Puneet’s head he fled from Australia on a fake identity four years back. He had been living with his family in Sector 15, Panchkula, since then.

Sources said that after receiving information from the Melbourne police, the state and the Punjab Police tracked Puneet’s movement and nabbed him today.

In 2009, Puneet, who was out on bail before being sentenced in culpable driving causing death, had used his friend’s passport to escape from Australia after killing 19-year-old Dean Hofstee and injuring 20-year-old Clancy Coker in Southbank, Melbourne, on October 1, 2008. The two students were pedestrians.

The police had claimed that the vehicle was being driven at a speed of 148 km per hour in a 60 km per hour zone. But he failed to appear in the court even after being held guilty in the case of culpable driving in 2009.

A student of hospitality, Puneet was drunk when the accident took place. At the time of the incident, Puneet was a learner driver and recorded a result of point 165 in the alcohol reading.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune over phone, a police officer of Melbourne Police, Melissa Seach, said: “Our police was constantly in touch with the Indian police. Puneet had been arrested on the request of the Australian authorities. It will be up to the Indian authorities to determine whether Puneet should be extradited to Australia.”

The police said Sukhcharanjit Singh, whose passport was used by Puneet to flee from Australia, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to two-and-half years in Australia. He returned to Punjab after serving the sentence.

Inspector Rajnish from the state crime bureau said: “We kept tracking the movements of Puneet’s family as well. He was shifting his locations from Panchkula to Rajpura and then to Panipat since this morning. Later, he was traced to Panipat.”



Schoolteacher dies in accident
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 30
A 27-year-old government schoolteacher was killed after the scooter she was riding skidded near Mamupur village on the Kharar-Ludhiana road today. The deceased was identified as Priyanka Singal, a resident of Gobindpura in Kharar. She was on her way home from school when the incident took place near Chitanbala village. She suffered head injury. Priyanka is survived by her husband, an engineer, and one-year-old child. The body has been kept at the Kharar Civil Hospital for autopsy.

Cyclist killed

Chandigarh: A 35-year-old man was crushed to death near the Sector 4 petrol pump in Chandigarh on Saturday afternoon.

The police said the victim was identified as Gopal Das, a resident of Kansal village. Gopal was on his way to Sector 17 on his bicycle when the incident took place.

“We have arrested the driver of the car, Chiranjeevi, a resident of Sector 34. After hitting the bicycle, the car dragged the victim to 20 feet before it rammed into a pole,” said a police official. The victim was working as a helper at a Sector 17 eatery.



Single-screen theatres suffer losses
Owners urge UT Administration to allow commercial activities on the premises
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Kiran Theatre in Sector 22, Chandigarh, that had been declared a heritage property by the UT Administration. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, November 30
Single-screen theatres that were the major source of entertainment around 10 years ago in the city are now running into losses from the past many years. The result is that now, owners of these theatres, under the banner of Chandigarh Film Exhibitors Association, have urged the administration to allow them to start commercial activities of their choice in place of the single-screen theatres.

Naresh Batra, owner of Batra Theatre in Sector 37, and president of Chandigarh Film Exhibitors Association, said they had recently submitted their representation before the master-plan board of inquiry and requested them to allow single-screen theatre owners to start businesses of their own choice at these cinema houses.

The association has urged the administration to allow them to open hotels, have exhibition areas, boutiques, beauty parlour, health recreational facilities such as spa and gym, shopping mall and office complexes.

Naresh Batra added that every theatre owner in the city was suffering losses from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh per month.

Earlier, owners had planned to start multiplexes. But, at present, around 160 shows run at the same time in the tricity multiplexes. Hence, running multiplex was also not viable, he added.

Ashok Kumar, owner of KC Theatre in Sector 17, said the UT Administration took four years to clear the building plan of his building. The cost of construction over the years had also been increased. But it seems that the multiplex business was not lucrative. Hence, they have urged the administration to allow them to run commercial activities of their choice.

He further added that there were different kinds of rules for conversion in IT Park, Industrial area and in city.

He added that the administration should resolve the issue and provide support to businessmen to run their businesses in the city.

Nirman Theatre closed after fire incident in 2012

The management of Nirman Theatre has failed to resume screening movies after a major fire incident on December 8, 2012. The management claimed that single-screen theatres were no longer profitable after the advent of multiplexes in the city.

Heritage is Kiran Theatre's problem

y Being a heritage property, Kiran theatre has been denied permission for conversion into a multiplex and the management has been forced to run it in the present state. The management of Kiran Theatre had also appeared before the master-plan board on inquiry. Kiran Theatre, designed by a team that was led by Le Corbusier, was started in 1953. The UT administration has turned down its management’s offer to sell the building."We have not been given permission to start new business. The administration is ready to purchase the property from us," says the in-charge of the theatre



World aids day
Gritty rickshaw-puller fights AIDS
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
For 13 years, he not only fought HIV but also the stigma attached to the disease in society. Indeed, he has succeeded and found acceptance in society, said 45-year-old Narain Dass, who works as a rickshaw-puller in the city. While many HIV patients in his community fear censure from others and prefer keeping to themselves Narain’s outlook towards life was different ever since he was diagnosed with HIV-AIDS in 2000. He is bold and speaks aloud about his encounter with life over these years.

Thirteen years ago when he moved to Chandigarh to earn a better livelihood, leaving his wife and two children back home in a remote village in Maharashtra, he received the shock of his life. Never did he imagine that the ‘simple’ diarrhoea and ‘liver problem’ would turn out to be HIV-AIDS.

Holding a piece of paper (his test reports) at the PGIMER, he looked around with tears rolling down his eyes. “At that moment the disease did not scare me as much as the fear of isolation and rejection from my fellows and community members did. Like many others, I was also under the misconception that HIV spreads with eating, drinking together or touching of hands,” said Narain.

“After I started taking treatment for it, I realised that it was a myth. But it took me long, perhaps 13 years, to make my fellows living in PGI’s Kali Mata Mandir and the rickshaw-pullers in the city understand how HIV spreads,” he said.

Initially, they had stopped eating with me and never allowed me to interact with their children. But, I made them understand that I was healthy,” he said.

Motivating other HIV affected patients in the community and bringing them to the Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centres in city hospitals and health centres, Narain has added 8,000 HIV patients in his network now.

The struggle for Narain did not remain restricted to his community. He fought and overcame ‘ill-treatment’ at the hospitals and health centres also.

While applauding the doctors and some of the paramedics and hospital staff, he shared some bitter experiences that he had experienced with some of them. He said, “PGI has made me live through the worst of my times. There is no doubt about it.”

“But I cannot forget those moments when a technician at one of the hospitals here had refused to take my blood sample after my illness persisted. He saw my card and put me in waiting. I later heard him whispering to his colleague that he did not want to take my sample,” he said.

He, however, feels that the injections for immunising HIV patients from Hepatitis B infections should also be subsidised by the government. The injections cost more than Rs 10,000 in most of the healthcare institutions.

HIV transmits via

  • Unprotected sex
  • Exchanging needles/syringes
  • Blood transfusion
  • From infected mother to newborn (if unnoticed in mother)



e-generation least aware of HIV-AIDS
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
It is depressing to know that Google generation, which surfs the internet all the time, has little awareness about AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome) and issues related to it. Interestingly, rather than getting detail of AIDS from the source, present day youth prefer to go in with the half-baked information from their group mates, while government is spending crores of rupees to sensitise the public.

While talking to students of various colleges of the city, out of 35 students with whom the issue was discussed as to whether they knew about AIDS or not. The causes, precautions or anything related to the deadly disease. The students revealed that till date neither they have searched on the net about this issue nor they prefer to talk to their elders openly on this subject. Rather, whatever information they have on this issue is gathered either from the advertisements or the posters.

Holding rallies or seminars on AIDS is a mere formality as they have not discussed the myths related to the disease on any platform. Ashima Verma, a student of a city-based college, said the stigma was not among the youth. We were following the footsteps of our elders who till date had not discussed the topic openly with their children.”

Adding this topic in the syllabus would not serve the purpose of disseminating details about the disease among the youth, but what about the myths which everybody have in their minds relating to AIDS, Ritesh Sharma, one of the student of the city-based college stated.

Changing attitudes

Ravinder Kumar, owner of Gosain Medicos, Sector 27, said persons of all age groups visited the shop to buy condoms. Earlier, they hesitated, but now a majority asks for it without any hesitation. He revealed that he used to sell around 250 to 300 boxes of condoms per month.

The youth nowadays have a pre-conceived notion that they will never have this disease so where is the need to gain knowledge about it. Rarely, casual discussions take place among groups in my hostel~

Shivani Rana, a student of SD College-32

Awareness camps do have an impact on the youth and play an important role in sensitising them about AIDS, but there is a lot more to be done in this regard. Why has door-to-door campaigning on this issue not been launched so that myths relating to the disease are cleared

Avantika Negi, a student of SD College-32

Till date, whatever information I have got on this issue has been through my friends circle and I have never searched about it or gone through any book to gain knowledge about the precautions. In fact, my friends in college or at home are also sailing in the same boat

Navpreet, a student of SD College-32

Whatever I study in my syllabus regarding this issue is already known to me. For the rest of the query, I do not have any source or person to discuss or to clear myths about it. This is not only my case. More than 90 per cent of girls face the same problem

Meenal Sharma, a student of Dev Samaj College for Women

The need of the hour is that there should be an open discussion about this disease but due to the taboo related to it, the youth avoid discussing it with anyone close to them. We prefer to remain ignorant rather than express our desire to resolve our queries on it

Japneet Kaur, a student of Dev Samaj College for Women

I do not have any interest in knowing about this disease and whatever knowledge I have about it is due to the roadside posters and advertisements. But I fail to understand why more campaigns are not being organised to sensitise the youth

Nitin Jindal, a student of DAV College

My parents were the first to discuss about AIDS, its causes and precautions which I should keep in mind. So the saying that ‘learning should start from the home’ should be followed in this case as well

VikraNT, a student of DAV College

Half-baked information on any issue is more dangerous for anybody and especially the youth, who are the future of the country. Whatever I know about this disease has been gathered by me from the posters which I read while visiting the hospitals during an emergency

Chirag Sharma, a student of DAV College

Why do we require information on this disease when we know that we will not be affected by it. It would be better to search for some other issue on the net which affects our career about which we are more concerned

Tarun, a student of DAV College



Interaction with researchers vital for growth: Industrialist
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 30
The Indian School of Business (ISB) organised a conference, ‘LEAP: An Industry-Academia Connect’. The conference was held on the ISB campus in the presence of five business students and around 50 industrialists for better coordination and cooperation between the academia and the industrialists. But the ‘connect’ in question was evidently missing.

Pointing out at the thin presence of academicians/students in the conference, the chief guest SK Munjal, chairman of Hero Corporate Services Ltd and joint MD, Hero MotorCorp, said he wished to hold one more such session in which the ratio of both the groups would be the same.

Munjal, a leading industrialist of the country, claimed that it was very necessary for manufacturers to interact with academicians and researchers in the field or vice-versa to get good product and growth of one’s business. “In my viewpoint the number of such manufacturers (who take advantage of academicians/researchers/experts) is very less here whereas in foreign countries such as Japan, North America, Europe the scenario is altogether different wherein educational institutes and research institutes have become the active partners of manufacturers and help industries in manufacturing top class product and in tremendous growth,” said Munjal.

Along Munjal the other dignitaries present at the conference included Ishrat Hussain, Pakistan’s banker and economist, Karan Avtar Singh, principal secretary, industry and commerce, Punjab, prof Manmohan S Sodhi, CASS Business School, London, Loredana Padurean, assistant professor, Lasell College, MA, USA and prof Charles H Fine, Sloan School of Management, MIT, USA.

At the same time, several local small and medium scale industrialists from Mohali and Baddi discussed about their problems and issues in this connection.

A small-scale industrialist pointed out that as the charges of big institutes like IIT or others for their advisories are very high, many a time small industrialists are unable to bear that costs. Another industrialist was of the view that their innovations normally don’t get response from the government or other big industries.

Citing example, a local industrialist claimed that they have invented a smart vehicle parking system, the cost of which is very less and it takes very less time for setting up at the site. “It is very effective in the cities like Chandigarh but nobody bothers when we show them our project,” said the industrialist.



CHB goes ahead with project to rehabilitate slum dwellers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
After getting clearance from the Centre, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is going ahead with the project of constructing 8,996 two-room tenements for slum dwellers. Of the total 8,996, 5,000 flats would be constructed in the first phase of the project. The Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Girja Vyas, will be visiting the city next month to review the project.

A senior CHB official said during the visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in September this year, it was announced that the Centre had approved the project.

The total cost of the project is around Rs 1,040 crore, including the cost of one-room tenements. The project envisages construction of around 25,000 flats at different points in the city. Over 6,000 families, including those belonging to the erstwhile Colony No. 5, have been given one-room tenements in the last one month.

With general elections early next year, the small flat scheme is being projected by the UPA Government as the first-of-its-kind slum rehabilitation scheme in the country.

The Dhanas settlement is expected to house around 40,000 persons. Inhabitants of Colony No. 4 and Colony No. 5 are to be rehabilitated at Dhanas.

12,736 flats already built

The CHB has already constructed 12,736 flats with single bedrooms under the Chandigarh Small Flats Scheme-2006. The flats are in Sector 49 (1,024 flats), Sector 38 (W) (1,120), Dhanas (8,448), Mauli Jagran (1,568) and Ram Darbar (576). Possession of 2,112 flats has been given to beneficiaries in Sector 49, Sector 38 and Ram Darbar.



How fast is MC’s enforcement staff?
Amit Sharma Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The Municipal Corporation pays Rs 2.72 crore per annum as salary to staff of the enforcement wing. Despite having 120 workers, the civic body has failed to check encroachments in the city. The enforcement wing has 57 regular workers, including inspectors, sub-inspectors, police personnel, labourers and drivers. They are paid over Rs 2.1 crore per annum. The MC has also hired 55 beldars and eight drivers who are paid over Rs 70.50 lakh per annum.

The information was given to SAD councillor Malkiat Singh, who had asked several questions on the working of the enforcement wing from the MC.

Encroachments in corridors of the city markets have become a major problem, with shopkeepers displaying goods and grocery items in front of their shops, leaving no space for the visitors.

The situation is going from bad to worse with each passing day.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had recently rapped the enforcement wing for its failure to remove the encroachments.

The civic body authorities said the enforcement wing had collected an amount of over Rs 1.19 crore by issuing challans to the encroachers between April 2012 and March 2013.

An MC employee stated that there was shortage of staff which made it impossible to check encroachments. Nikhil Chauhan, a resident, stated that the enforcement wing should chalk out a strategy to check the encroachments. "Everyday, an anti-encroachment drive should be carried out in the city," he stated. 



Youth bitten by stray dogs twice
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Manish Kumar. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, November 30
A 25-year-old chartered accountant (CA) residing in Sector 22 became a victim of dog bite, not once but twice. The dog bit Manish Kumar's legs on Thursday when he was on his way home. Kumar was again attacked by a dog in the same sector today. He said on Thursday when he was going home, he was attacked by a dog around 8.30 pm.

“The dog bit my legs following which I fell on the road. As it was dark, nobody came to help me. I, somehow, managed to reach home," he stated.

He stated that on the next day, he went to the Sector 19 dispensary for treatment.

"Today, when I started for my office from Sector 22, another dog again attacked me. I have gone through hell all these days. The authorities should find out a solution to the menace," he stated. In a state of shock, Kumar said, “When I contacted the city, Mayor Subhash Chawla, he expressed his helplessness in solving the problem." On the problem, the Mayor said there were around 11,000 stray dogs in the city and there were no dog pounds. “Sterilisation is the only solution to the problem," he stated.

Dog bite cases: The number of dog bite cases has touched 4,689 till November 14, 2013.



Crafts Mela: Folk dances beguile visitors’ eye on Day 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
The ‘Western India’ theme at the 5th Chandigarh National Crafts Mela attracted visitors from various walks of life, here today. The colourful ethnic dances and handicraft of the theme was the key attraction.

World’s smallest ‘Jutti’ and 90-year-old art traditional shawls from Gujarat remained the catch of the day. Popular Western Indian handicrafts, sheep leather chappels from Jodhpur, rangoli art paper, blue pottery, kundan and minakari Jewellery and block printed carpets were the other attractions. Entertaining the commuters, Maharashtra’s Lavani, Koli, Dekhni dance of Goa, Garba dance, Dandiya and Dhal talwar enthralled the visitors. Folk dances of North India comprising, Sirmouri Nati (Himachal Pradesh), Jabro (Leh), Ghoomar (Haryana), Chapeli (Uttrakhand), Gidha (Punjab), Rouf (Kashmir), Dhamal (Haryana), Kalbelia (Rajasthan), Bhangra (Punjab) along with soft music of folk instrument performances by artistes from Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, made the audiences to tap on their feet.



Pak economist for boosting banking ties
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 30
Noted Pakistan banker and economist Ishrat Hussain today batted for opening branches of Indian banks in Pakistan and vice versa to boost bilateral trade. "I am surprised that the governments of both countries have hesitated in initiating such steps to boost bilateral trade between the neighbours by five times from the current levels," said Ishrat Hussain on the sidelines of "LEAP: Industry Academia Connect" organised by Indian School of Business here today.

"By removing some of the handicaps and promoting good relations, the bilateral trade can be increased from $ 2 billion to $10 billion," he said.

Hussain, a former civil servant and the director of Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, has served as chairperson of the World Bank's Public Sector Group, chief of the Debt and International Finance Division, and Chief Economist of the World Bank for East Asia and Pacific region.

He claimed that the stance of all major political parties towards India had changed drastically.



Join duties or lose jobs, SSA staff told
DGSE issues directive to protesting non-teaching employees; latter not likely to budge
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 30
To deal with the ongoing protest of members of SSA/RMSA Non-Teaching Employees Union, the Director General School Education (DGSE), Punjab, has issued a notice to the protestors to join their duties in three days or face the consequences.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Ashish Kumar, secretary general of the union said that they have been issued the notice by Kumar Rahul, DGSE, Punjab in which all the employees on protest have been directed to join their duties within three days otherwise their services would be terminated.

“We would not bow down instead we would intensify our agitation,” said Ashish Kumar while adding that several unions have come to support them against this dictatorial attitude of the Punjab Government.

Ashish Kumar said the authorities had stopped the employees to mark their attendance since November 18. “We have been resorted to peaceful struggle so far. Seeing this dictatorial attitude of the authorities, we would change the plan of action now,” said Ashsih Kumar.

The unions, which extended their support to SSA union members included Punjab Subordinate Services Federation, Sangharsh Talmel Committee, PUDA, Democratic Teachers Front, Punjab, Government Teachers Union, Punjab, Computer Teachers Union, Punjab, Sikhiya Providers Union, Punjab and several other bodies.



Pinjore colony needs basic amenities

There is a colony called ‘Himshikha’ developed by the Haryana Housing Board, near Pinjore. Now, this colony is a part of the Ward No. 5 of the Municipal Corporation, Panchkula (Pinjore zone). All taxes like property/house tax are applicable here as that of Municipal Corporation, Panchkula, but in the name of facility this colony stands nowhere in front of Panchkula. The colony wants repair of internal roads, streetlights and maintenance of parks.

Even lights have not been provided in the parks. All the nine parks are the hub of stray cattle and alleged drunkards and anti-social elements. Local residents have approached the Municipal Corporation authorities various times for resolving these issues, but to no avail. These residents are mostly retired and serving Haryana Government employees as well as staff of the HMT. They are feeling cheated by the Haryana Housing Board as well as the MC Panchkula.

Om Parkash Sharma, Pinjore.

Display signboard at Tribune chowk

The Tribune chowk roundabout is an important landmark in the City Beautiful. Whenever a person from outside Chandigarh enters the city and enquires about some address where he wants to go, especially in the southern sectors, he is directed to take a road from the Tribune chowk. In the absence of a signboard of Tribune chowk, he has to ask people to locate the roundabout. If a big board is installed there, it will benefit the outsiders visiting the city.

SS Goel, Panchkula.



PU violates its own calendar
2 letters on extension of VC’s wife to be tabled in
senate on Dec 8
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
In a classic example of violating its own calendar, the Panjab University is going to table two letters for information related to the extension of Vice-Chancellor’s wife Prof Neera Grover in the coming senate scheduled for December 8. As per the PU calendar, the letters has to be tabled in syndicate before bringing into the agenda of senate meeting.

As per the PU calendar volume I, regulation 3.2 on page 28 of the calendar, no item of business shall be included in the agenda of the senate meeting unless it has first been considered by the syndicate except as provided in regulation 13. According to regulation 13 of PU calendar any proposal to be moved without notice could be in the senate meeting but cannot be included in the agenda.

In the agenda item number I-9, the PU authorities have put up two letters for the information of the senators. The first letter which was written on November 20 by three faculty members to the Vice-Chancellor of PU requesting that Prof Neera Grover should be allowed to continue in the Department of Music as there is shortage of staff. The letter also mentions that according to the PU calendar page 112 point 5 (b) as emergent temporary appointment could be made till the post of KL Sehgal, professor of music, was filled on regular basis.

Contrary to which as per point 5(b) of the PU calendar, emergent appointment by VC could be recommended for a period exceeding one year or on contract basis for a limited period.

Another letter which has been included in the agenda is from Prof Neera Grover written on November 11 to the dean university instructions (DIU) asking to know about the status of her appointment as she had been approached by her parent university. Since, no syndicate meeting held after October 8, neither of these letters was taken to the senate for the information was placed before syndicate as mandated by the regulations.

Panjab University DPR, Vineet Punia when contacted said he was not aware about the issues and could comment only after going through the agenda.



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