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Gagandeep Singh tops CAT in tricity
Scores 99.97 percentile; around 40 students score over 99 percentile; girls fare better than last year
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
The results of the Common Admission Test (CAT), 2013, which were declared today, came as a disappointment for city students as no candidate could score 100 percentile. Girls have a reason to cheer as there has been an improvement of around 30 per cent in their result as compared to last year.

A majority of the boys who have cleared the CAT this year have managed to do so in the second attempt, while several girls were able to bag top positions in their first attempt. Around 40 students from the tricity have secured over 99 percentile this year.

The topper of the tricity, Gagandeep Singh Pannu, has secured 99.97 percentile. Priyank Sood, a final-year student of PEC, has bagged the second position with 99.94 percentile, while Anshuman Khosla, a PEC passout, has got the third position with 99.78 percentile.

Among girls, Surbhi Gupta, an engineer, has topped the tricity by securing 99.7 percentile.

By the evening, most toppers had received calls from IIMs, including the IIM, Ahmedabad. Other IIMs will declare their results within 48 hours. The third topper from the tricity, Anshuman Khosla, confirmed that he had received a call from the IIM, Ahmedabad.

Bull's Eye director Hirdesh Madan said the tricity results were the best in a decade not just because more than 40 students of the region had scored more than 99 percentile, but also because more than 30 per cent of them were girls.

The exam for the tricity region was conducted at Indo-Global College in Abhipur, Mohali, and the SASIIT, Mohali. Approximately 1.77 lakh students had appeared for the exam from all over the country. Around 9,000 of them were from the tricity region.

"It is a pre-wedding gift to my fiancee. We are tying the knot next week. It was my second attempt and I plan to pursue MBA (Finance) from one of the top B-schools in the country. My mantra of success was focus on the goal"

Gagandeep Singh Pannu, tricity topper 

"This is the first step towards realising my dream of setting up my own venture. I plan to study MBA (Marketing) at a top B-school in the country. I am a final-year student of civil engineering."

Priyank Sood, second in tricity

"It is a comeback for me to college life. I am working with Goldman Sachs and want to upgrade my profile for a better future. I advise students to go in for regular mock tests, besides coaching. Hard work pays only if students are passionate about the profession they want to pursue."

Anshuman Khosla, third in tricity



Engineers shine, yet again
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
Engineers stole the show in the city by securing  the top percentiles in  the Common Admission Test (CAT)-2013, the results of which were declared today.

The majority of candidates, who have cleared the CAT 2013, are from the Punjab Engineering College (PEC), the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) and the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET).

The topper in the city, Gagandeep Singh Pannu, who is a PEC pass-out, got 99.97 percentile.

Pannu is followed by Priyank Sood, a civil engineering final year student at the PEC, with 99.94 percentile and Anshuman Khosla, also a PEC pass-out, with 99.78 percentile.

This is not the first time that the engineering students have bagged the top positions in the CAT. It has been the case for the past few years.

Priyank Sood said since he was not finding many options in the course he had been pursuing, so he was planning to switch to MBA in marketing.

Nevertheless, his is not the lone case.

There are several candidates who had earlier opted for a course in engineering and on finding that the job market in the field was not favourable, they decided to shift to management courses.

The Bull’s Eye director, Hridesh Madan, said though the authorities had been assuring for a long time that they were going to modify the pattern of the qualifying examination so as to give a fair chance to the students of other streams too, the same has not been implemented till date.

The Career Launcher director, Vikas Savant, agreed that engineering students were bagging the top positions.

Vikas Savant added that the reason behind it was that the majority of the applicants for the Common Admission Test (CAT) were from the engineering stream.



Cops not to be repatriated; tribunal disposes of petition 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
Following a stand taken by the UT Administration not to repatriate 69 police personnel to their parent states till a new policy is framed, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) today disposed of a petition seeking quashing of the orders of repatriation of the police personnel. As many as 32 Chandigarh police personnel, who are on deputation, had moved CAT in December 2012 seeking quashing of their repatriation orders.

With the UT Administration stating in its reply before the tribunal that they will allow those on deputation to continue till a new policy is framed, the orders of their repatriation issued by the UT police in December 2012 stand quashed.

In December 2012, the then UT DIG, Alok Kumar, had issued orders for immediate repatriation of 69 police personnel from Punjab and Haryana who were serving in the UT police on deputation for the past several years. The orders were passed following the intervention of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

The MHA had ordered the UT police that all constables and head constables who had been serving on deputation from Punjab and Haryana for more than seven years be sent back to their parent states. A day after this order, 32 policemen had moved the tribunal seeking quashing of the repatriation orders. They stated in the petition that they joined the services of the UT police on deputation between 1978 and 1991 and had spent about 35 years with the UT police. Seeking a stay on the orders, the policemen stated that they had given up on their promotion all these years since they were on deputation and were brought at a time when there services were required here the most.

While seven of the 32 policemen, who moved CAT, were on the verge of retirement then, 22 of them are getting medical treatment for either themselves or their spouses from the PGI. Another 10 of the constables and head constables have their children getting education in the city and thus shifting mid-term will not suit them.

They had also alleged that when they were brought on deputation according to Punjab Police Rules, there was no fixed tenure and they were not informed of any such rules for repatriation. They also said they were not given a hearing and were repatriated all of a sudden which was against the rules. A majority of the 69 policemen who were repatriated are from Punjab while the rest are from Haryana.



SBI’s SMS gives PU staff the jitters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
A number of Panjab University employees, including professors, woke up to a sudden shock this morning when they received an SMS stating that money (amounting to lakhs of rupees) was debited from their salary accounts in the SBI's Sector 14 branch.

It was only after the branch opened that they were informed about a corporate salary package system introduced by the branch due to which the “money was moved”.

Many of these employees received the SMS in the wee hours and remained jittery till the time the branch opened in the morning. While bank officials apologised for not informing the employees about the scheme in advance, it led to severe harassment to the employees.

Expressing resentment, Dr Tirthankar Bhattacharya, Head of the Department of Arts, History and Visual Arts, PU, said, “I received an SMS at about 3 am today stating that a handsome amount (he chose not to disclose the amount) has been debited from my account. I remained restless till the the time the branch opened. I initially thought I am the only one to have faced this dilemma. However, there was a long queue of other employees. The bank manager later informed me that the money was intact and some package was introduced.”

Later in the evening, the bank issued a press note explaining the features of the package and also regretting the inconvenience caused to the employees.

“The State Bank of India, Panjab University branch, has introduced a corporate salary package for PU employees. It has several features like earning of interest at the fixed deposit rate on the amount above the threshold maintained in the savings account,” Branch Manager Anuj Vohra said.

He said the feature of automatic sweep was incorporated during the intervening night of January 13 and 14, and the SMS alert about the "amount and sweep" created a state of confusion among some PU employees.

Corporate salary package system introduced

Several employees, including professors, received an SMS stating that money (amounting to lakhs of rupees) was debited from their salary accounts in the SBI's Sector 14 branch. It was only after the branch opened that they were informed about a corporate salary package system introduced by the branch under which the “money was moved” 


MEA issues fresh guidelines
Besides other documents, passbook of only 26 banks allowed as address proof
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
The Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh, will now only accept passbooks and account statements issued by 26 public sector banks as a proof of residence.

A senior official of the passport office said earlier, besides other documents like voter ID card and electricity bills, they were also accepting statements of all the commercial banks as proof of residence for issuing passports. Now, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued fresh directions in which a list of only 26 banks has been provided for the purpose, said the official.

RPO Rakesh Aggarwal said the list of banks (see box) had been uploaded on the department’s website.

The directions issued by the ministry reads, “References have been received from various passport issuing authorities and passport applicants requesting the need of listing out the name of banks whose passbook/statement is acceptable as a proof of address.”

“Considering the importance of passport and the issue involved, it if found expedient in the public interest to list out the exact names of such banks whose statements are accepted as a proof of address,” the directions further reads.

Sources said passport authorities had complained to the ministry that some of the private banks did not check documents before changing the address of the account holder.

Alternative proofs

Besides bank statements, applicant’s ration card, certificate from employer of reputed companies on letter head, water/telephone/ electricity/gas connection bill, Income Tax Assessment Order, voter ID card, spouse’s passport copy or parent’s passport copy in case of minors can be used as address proof for getting a passport. However, if any applicant submits only a ration card, it should be accompanied by one more proof of address.

List of public sector banks issued by the ministry

Allahabad Bank Andhra Bank

Bank of Baroda Bank of India

Bank of Maharashtra Canara Bank

Central Bank of India Corporation Bank

Dena Bank Indian Bank

Indian Overseas Bank Oriental Bank of Commerce

Punjab National Bank Punjab & Sind Bank

Syndicate Bank Union Bank of India

United Bank of India UCO Bank

Vijaya Bank IDBI Bank Ltd

State Bank of India State Bank of Travancore

State Bank of Patiala State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur

State Bank of Mysore State Bank of Hyderabad



It was a challenging tenure, says outgoing Finance Secy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
UT Finance Secretary VK Singh, who was relieved today from the UT Administration, said his three-year tenure was challenging. He, however, termed his stint in Chandigarh “quite satisfactory”.

VK Singh said he along with his team of officers did a good job in the fields of finance, education, technical education and health. Also, the work was well-appreciated by his seniors, said Singh.

The UT Administration, meanwhile, distributed the charge of departments that were handled by VK Singh among Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) chairman Satya Gopal and Home Secretary Anil Kumar, till the new Finance Secretary joins.

The CHB chairman will look after Urban Planning, Education, Technical Education and the functions of Chief Administrator. Home Secretary Anil Kumar will look after the departments of Finance, Sports and Excise and Taxation.

Meanwhile, Sarvjit Singh, a 1992-batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre, is all set to be posted as the new Chandigarh Finance Secretary. Highly placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs said Sarvjit Singh’s name had been cleared by the Ministry of Home Affairs and forwarded to the Cabinet Committee of Appointments through the Department of Personnel and Training.



CHB to come out with general housing scheme
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
After a gap of four years, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is coming out with a general housing scheme in the southern belt of the city. An exercise to identify the land in Sectors 53 and 54 has already been carried out by housing board.

Under the scheme, three-bedroom, two-bedroom and one-bedroom flats and dwelling units for economically weaker section will be offered. In the chunks of land (8.99 acre in Sector 53 and 31.8 acre in Sector 54) available with the CHB, construction of around 500 flats is being planned.

Though the proposal has been pending for past two years, the UT is likely to announce the scheme on or before the Republic Day function as the administration has received wide criticism for not coming out with a general housing scheme while constructing around 25,000 one-room and two-room dwelling units for slum dwellers.

Barring the Sector 51 scheme (floated in 2010) and Sector 63 scheme (floated in 2008), the CHB has been under criticism for constructing only around 4,000 houses between 1997 and 2005.

Officials said though, the land for general housing in Sector 53 was 20 acre, a part was earmarked for the UT employees. Previously, the land for the UT employees was reserved in Sectors 52 and 56.

For the A-category (three-bedroom flats), mostly to be allotted to the IAS, IPS and state civil services officers who have served in the UT, the Chandigarh Administration earmarked an additional 11.79-acre land out the total 20.77-acre land in Sector 53.

Sources reveal that though the CHB had sent a proposal for general housing in Sector 53, in a meeting held under the then Secretary Housing it was decided to utilise a part of the pocket for planning three-bedroom houses, leaving only 8.94-acre land for general housing.

As per the original plan, the Chandigarh Administration had earmarked 89.87-acre land in Sectors 53, 54 and 55 for the general housing scheme.

Citing the preparation of the master plan for Chandigarh, the CHB stated that the parameters for planning the general housing scheme were still awaited.



In Mohali, PCR helpline staff get lessons in courtesy
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 14
The PCR telephone operators are being trained in courtesy and professionalism while responding to calls received on the helpline numbers.

Professionals from the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) started imparting training to the PCR operators at the NRI Police Wing in Phase VII here today. The telephone operators will undergo training in batches.

Notably, the TCS has already trained the staff of the wing in responding to the complaints of NRIs on the special helpline number 181.

The step has been taken after Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Inder Mohan Singh was taken aback when he recently called on the numbers 100 (PCR), 1090 and 1091 (women helplines).

"I must say the telephone operators' responses were really bad," said SSP Inder Mohan Singh.

The SSP recalled that when he called the helpline number 100, the telephone operator asked "kaun bol reha hai (who is on the line)".

"When I revealed my identity, he disconnected the phone immediately. Then, he called back and said 'kyon jhooth bolda hai ki tu SSP hai (Why are you lying)," said the SSP.

"After having a similar experience two to three times, I decided to send them for a special training," he said.



Mohali DC’s directive to travel agents
Tribune News Service

Mohali, January 14
The travel agents in the district have been asked to get themselves registered with the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) by January 31.

The directive came from Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu wherein the travel agents have been asked to submit their applications for registration by January 31, following which they would be issued licences to operate.

“It will be mandatory for every travel agent to display his licence number at his office. He will also have to mention the number in advertisements. The step has been taken to check human trafficking and other immigration frauds," said the Deputy Commissioner.



IT Department all set to go paperless
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
In a move towards creating a paperless environment, the Information Technology (IT) Department is all set to implement the e-Office solution. The e-Office aims at achieving a simplified, responsive, effective and transparent working in government offices and is a giant leap towards implementing one of the major objectives of the IT and the Electronic Policy of the Chandigarh Administration.

The new system would enable government officials to move their files in electronic mode right from the first dealing hand to the highest approving/decision-making officer within the IT Department.

Various dealing hands would open their respective accounts and retrieve their respective cases.

The e-Office is a state-of-the-art enterprise software solution, which the administration would roll out to all its departments in due course of time. Once fully implemented, the Chandigarh Administration would be among a few states/UTs to implement this solution. National Informatics Centre (NIC) is the technology partner for implementing the e-Office software.

Prerna Puri, Secretary, Information Technology, Chandigarh Administration, said the e-File component of e-Office solution was a workflow-based system that replaces the existing manual handling of files with a more efficient electronic file system. 

What is e-Office

* The e-Office is a state-of-the-art enterprise software solution.

* It aims at achieving a simplified, responsive, effective and transparent working in offices

* The administration will roll out the software in all departments in due course of time



BJP takes AAP route on seeking donations for campaign
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
Apparently inspired by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also launched a website www.Donate.bjp.org today for the BJP’s ‘Donate for Modi’ campaign.

The website was launched by BJP national president Rajnath Singh in Delhi and in Chandigarh, Sanjay Tandon, city BJP president, also registered himself on the website.

Tandon said every citizen of the country wishes to see Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister and were ready to contribute more than just a vote. They were looking forward to providing all support that they could for Modi’s campaign. The donations could be sent through credit cards, debit cards, demand drafts, cheques and online payment as well.

While addressing a question on AAP, Tandon said comparing a 15-day old party with the national parties would not be fair.

“Everybody watches a new film at least once, but people prefer watching the classic movies time and again,” he said.

BJP leaders said the whole record of donors would be reflected on the website. Any person who would make donations could check his contributions on the website.

It would reflect the transparency of the BJP when it comes to funding of the party, they added.



Traffic police organise cultural night 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 14
Traffic Awareness Programme and a laughter and cultural night was organised at Lubana Bhawan, Sector 30, Chandigarh. Indian Idol finalist Amitabh Narayan gave an enthralling performance. Sunil Sawara of the laughter challenge fame also performed in the event. Another singer Mandakini, regaled the audience. Senior UT and police officials were present on the occasion.

Workshops held

Traffic police organised workshops on road safety at PGI, Sukhna Lake, ISBT Sector 17 and ISBT Sector 43. In these workshops, about 675 auto drivers and rickshaw pullers were present. Eye-testing camps were also organised with the help of Eye Hospital, Sohana. The eye testing of 170 persons was conducted by a team of doctors.

Workshops were also organised at Vivek School, Sector 38; Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46 and Punjab Engineering College, Sector-12, Chandigarh. In these workshops, about 475 students and teachers participated. Inspectors and traffic marshals delivered lectures on road safety and distributed handouts among the participants.



Business news

Seagate hard disk drive powers Haier tablets

The Seagate Technology has announced that its ultra mobile hard disk drives (HDD) will be utilised in the latest generation of the Haier Computer’s 13-inch tablet/PC - the Sailing P13A. The company also disclosed that the Haier Computers selected the Seagate HDD for its all PC products. “The Seagate has a strategic alliance with the Haier and is committed to jointly delivering PC products that consumers desire - and the Sailing P13A does just that,” said Sandy Sun, Seagate’s vice president and general manager for China.

Business directory launched

The Techi Technology Pvt Ltd, Mohali, has launched its online business directory named www.muction.com. The company’s director Amandeep said the website would offer job search option, matrimonial services and free classifieds. — TNS



Health notes

PGI doc elected chief of surgeons’ body

Prof Ramesh Kumar Sen, orthopaedic surgeon, PGIMER, Chandigarh, has been unanimously elected as the president of the Association of Pelvi-Acetabular Surgeons of India (APASI) in a recently concluded annual meeting of pelvi-acetabular surgeons at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur. The association comprises surgeons dealing with the management of pelvic and acetabular fractures. These injuries are one of the most difficult to manage with a high mortality and morbidity. APASI aims at teaching the latest techniques to orthopaedic surgeons around the country in managing these complicated injuries with either reconstruction or by appropriate hip replacement. Professor Sen presented his techniques of doing joint replacement.

Live surgery performed

Dr SPS Grewal, CEO, Grewal Eye Institute, performed first live surgery of ROBOLAZR during the Phaco Festival - 2014, organised by ‘Netradhama’ in Bangalore. The step-by-step description of all procedures was webcast. — TNS



Lohri celebrated at Panjab varsity

Chandigarh, January 14
The Panjab Univeristy (PU) today organised a function to celebrate Lohri.

Excitement among the students grew as Radio Jockey (RJ) Manav from 94.3 My FM joined the celebrations. The celebrations were followed by a bonfire and a dance party.

The function concluded with speeches by presidents of different students' unions and distribution of 'rewari', peanuts, jaggery and popcorn among the gathering.

"The Lohri function was a wonderful start to the re-opening of the university after winter vacation. It is more like a get-together for the freshers and old students of the campus," said Monica Bains, a student from the Law Department.

Meanwhile, the Quest Group of Institutions celebrated Lohri with great fervour and zeal. The function began with singing of the folklore "Sunder Mundriye". Director-principal Dr RS Khela lit a huge bonfire to inaugurate the ceremony.

Students and staff sang and danced to Dhol beats and Punjabi songs while celebrating around the bonfire. Students munched groundnuts and other eatables associated with the festival. The boys and girls put up a lively show by presenting folk songs, giddha and bhangra followed by fun-filled activities meant to regale the audience. — TNS



Celebrations in Mohali schools

Mohali, January 14
The AKSIPS celebrated Lohri with great zeal and religious fervour. A special assembly was organised where students shared their views and highlighted the significance of the day. AKSIPS executive director Jasdeep Kalra lighted the bonfire and students enjoyed tossing popcorns, peanuts and rewari on the bonfire.

Shishu Niketan School, Sector 66, also celebrated one of the famous festivals of Punjab. A function was organised to mark the occasion which started with a speech highlighting the importance of the festival.

Traditional fervour marked the celebrations at Shastri Model School, Phase 1. A function was held at the school where Sukhwinder Singh Goldy, the president of BJP's Mohali unit, was the chief guest. — TNS



Annual convocation held

Chandigarh, January 14
The Doaba Group of Colleges held its annual convocation on its Mohali campus. The degrees awarded included MTech, BTech (ME, CSE, ECE & IT), MBA, BBA, BCA, and BPharma. Besides, 19 students were awarded for their meritorious performance. Jaspreet Kaur (BTech IT), who reached the finals of the Femina Miss India contest was given a special medal.

Dr Buta Singh, PTU, Dean (Academics), was the chief guest on the occasion while Avinash Rai Khanna, MP, and business development manager at the Australian High Commission, Ashish Sharma, were the guests of honour. — TNS



PU launches examination grievance monitoring system

Chandigarh, January 14
Registering your examination-related grievances with Panjab University is now just a click away. The step will benefit those students who used to visit the University for their petty issues.

The authorities launched an examination grievance monitoring system (EGMS) today, under which examination-related issues will be resolved in three to five days.

PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover formally launched the system for students.

The facility would be available to all students of the PU and its affiliated colleges.

For availing the facility, candidates have to post their grievances through email - examgrievances@pu.ac.in - in a prescribed format set by the authorities.

Professor Grover said the step would add another dimension for the convenience of the students. He also announced an official email for redressal of examination branch grievances.

Parvinder Singh, Controller of Examination, PU, said the grievances received through email would be then punched in the application software. Each grievance would be linked with the branch concerned. The branch would log in and check its grievances on a day-to-day basis. Three to five working days would be given to these to resolve the same. On resolution of grievance, a reply would be sent to the applicant through email with prescribed details.

Dr Parvinder said he would monitor the status of the grievances on daily, weekly or monthly basis through the applications or online.

He said 11 officers had been assigned duty to handle students’ grievances related to examinations. In case any grievances would not be resolved in a set time-frame, appeal could be made to the CEO by the candidate.

Dr Parvinder added that this was a pilot project and after its success more services would be added to this software. — TNS

Issues to be addressed

* Roll number not received

* DMC or degree certificate not received

* Result-related enquiry

* Re-evaluation result enquiry

* Fee-related enquiry

* Correction in forms

* Submission of documents



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