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Bal Niketan Shame
Finally, supervisor in police net
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
After eluding the police for two days, Bal Niektan supervisor Manish Arora, accused of sexually harassing inmates of the home, finally landed in the police net today.

Arora was arrested after he returned from leave at Bal Niketan and was taken to the Sector 11 police station. The police questioned him and recorded his statements. He will be produced in court tomorrow.

In police custody, Arora claimed innocence and said it was a conspiracy against him. “I have never touched the girls with any bad intention. All allegations are false,” he is reported to have told the police.

The police are also probing the role of two women attendants, Manjit Kaur and Meena Sharma, to whom the girls had complained about Arora's behaviour and who failed to take any action.

Thirteen girls had complained against the supervisor alleging that he had sexually harassed them, while there is a group of girls which insists that they never faced harassment at the hands of the supervisor. Police sources said the statements of the other girls were also recorded.

The girl inmates had accused the 50-year-old supervisor of molesting them by often forcibly making them sit on his lap and touching their 
private parts.

In their statements before a four-member committee, constituted by the UT Social Welfare Department, the inmates said the supervisor on many occasions tried to hug them with the intention of touching their private parts. He would enter the dormitory when the girls were changing their clothes.



All 13 complainants shifted to Snehalaya for security reasons
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
The UT Social Welfare Department today shifted all 13 complainants in the Sector 15 Bal Niketan sexual harassment case to Snehalaya for security reasons after directions from the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR).

The 13 inmates had submitted a written complaint to the authorities against Bal Niketan supervisor Manish Arora alleging that he had been molesting them for the past few months. A committee was constituted to look into the matter and on its recommendations an FIR was registered against the supervisor.

The commission asked the Social Welfare Department to immediately take over the charge of the home for destitute children till the police investigation into the molestation case was on.

Sources said the report of the committee had also been sent to the Chandigarh Child Advisory Board for a "review and monitoring".

Social Welfare Department Director Rajesh Jogpal said they had directed the society running the home to shift all 13 inmates to Snehalaya. He said the president of the Bal Niketan Society had also communicated to the department to take over the charge of the home for the destitute. The request had been sent to the higher authorities for approval.

He said today a team of the department was sent to private homes for the destitute in the city to get a detailed report of the security arrangements on their premises. The team also interacted with inmates to know their problems.

Counsellers to visit homes for the destitute

Taking serious note of the Bal Niketan incident, the Social Welfare Department has decided to send counsellors to private homes for the destitute every month to interact with inmates.



Exaggerated claims
Tribunal comes down heavily on accident victim
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
In a rare case showcasing "exaggerated claims" and raising of false medical bills by an accident victim, the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has come down heavily on the claimant by passing a scathing judgment.

The tribunal, presided over by ADJ Arun Kumar Singal, has expressed shock at the greed of the claimant as he raised a bill amount of Rs 57,000 towards a ventilator, drill machine and a suction machine while undergoing treatment at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, claiming that he purchased these machines! All these machines are readily available at the hospital and no patient is supposed to purchase these machines for treatment.

The claimant, 18-year-old Prem, a Ram Darbar resident, had filed a petition under Section 166 of the Motor Vehicles Act seeking a compensation of Rs 20 lakh on account of injuries suffered by him in an accident in Sector 29 in September 2010. The claim was filed against the offender, Rajesh, a Sector 47 resident, and Bharti General Insurance Company.

Drastically reducing the amount sought as compensation, the MACT ordered that the respondents were liable to pay an amount of Rs 70,000 to the victim as compensation.

“It is a matter of common knowledge that treatment at the GMCH is free of cost except for medicines. The bills placed on record depict how he has raised these for items such as a drill machine (Rs 7,000), a ventilator (Rs 32,000) and a suction machine (Rs 18,000). These items are not purchased at the time of the operation.

All these items are already there at the GMCH, a multi-speciality hospital, where the victim was treated,” said the tribunal.

“No doctor has even been examined to prove that the items mentioned in the bills were asked for by the hospital at the time of the operation. “These bills have not even been verified by the doctor who had recommended the purchase of these items. It is clear that the claimant got these bills issued to inflate the amount of compensation,” said the tribunal.

Claimant Prem deposed before the court that due to the accident, he was operated upon at the GMCH. He said two rods and four nuts were inserted in his left leg. Thereafter, he remained under treatment for two months.

Claim regarding age falls flat

Another false claim raised by the victim was that he was 18 years old and a daily wage earner. However, the tribunal found that he was 17 years old at the time of the accident and thus his plea that he lost his earnings due to the accident also failed to hold ground. Legal experts said raising of false claims by accident victims before tribunals was on the rise and courts should take notice of anomalies as in this case.



Panchkula CJM does a reality check of Morni
Finds roads in bad shape, poor mobile connectivity
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 23
Three days after the death of a 26-year-old youth in Morni, a surprise inspection by Panchkula Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM)-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Hemraj Mittal of the area today exposed the pathetic condition of roads and poor mobile connectivity. He had gone to visit the legal aid clinic there and was accompanied by paralegal volunteers.

The youth, Saman Dhanak, and his friend Neha had met with an accident when the car they were travelling in fell into a 60-foot-deep gorge on a narrow road near Maandna village at night. Both of them remained stuck in the gorge the whole night. Neha kept trying for help on the mobile phone, but there was no connectivity. The youth died the next morning before help could arrive.

Villagers told the DLSA team that there was poor road connectivity in the area and in some places people had to walk for at least 2 km to reach the nearest road. The problem got aggravated whenever someone fell ill as they had to carry the patient on a cot till the road.

A report is being prepared in this regard which will be sent to the local administration and the Haryana Legal Services Authority.

Mittal also made the villagers aware of their legal rights. The DLSA team went up till Tikkar Taal.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, paralegal volunteer Manbir Singh Rathi said, “Bhogpur village in Morni is in poor shape. There is no road there. The only approach is through a kutcha path."

He said, “Villagers can't even call anyone in case of an emergency as mobiles don’t work there."

The team found that there were no road berms. While travelling to the legal aid clinic, it found that the road was narrow and could lead to accidents. Villagers said they had boycotted elections once to highlight their problems, but to no avail. 

Morni accident

A youth, Saman Dhanak, and his friend Neha had met with an accident when the car they were travelling in fell into a 60-foot-deep gorge on a narrow road near Maandna village in Morni on Saturday night. Both of them remained stuck in the gorge the whole night. Neha kept trying for help on the mobile phone, but there was no connectivity. The youth died the next morning before help could arrive.



Building Violations in City
DC orders FIR against Estate Office staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
UT Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer has ordered the registration of an FIR against officials of the building branch of the UT Estate Office in connection with major building violations in certain properties in the city.

A team of the UT Estate Office seals the premises of Worldhotel Turquoise in the Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
A team of the UT Estate Office seals the premises of Worldhotel Turquoise in the Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

At least five cases have been detected where the construction at the site is not in conformity with the sanctioned building plans.

Of the five sites, four were sealed this morning by enforcement teams of the Estate Office, leading to a protest by owners of the properties, who complained that they were not given any prior notice in this regard. At two of the sites, where hotels have come up, guests complained that they were asked to move out all of a sudden.

Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin said the action was taken after anomalies were detected in the buildings. Officials of the building branch failed to detect the building violations.

Suspecting unfair dealings between the staff and the property owners, the Deputy Commissioner, in a communication to the SSP, has sought the registration of an FIR under the CrPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act against the erring officials.

Sources said an inspection of the sites was carried out by the Deputy Commissioner before going ahead with the action. More sites could face a similar action in the coming days.

Acting tough against the violators, teams of the enforcement wing early this morning sealed four of the five properties where the anomalies were detected. The teams, led by Tehsildar Amarinder and inspectors Parveen Mittal and Anil, sealed Worldhotel Turquoise in the Industrial Area, Phase II, Hotel H Ei8hteen in Sector 18, a restaurant site in Sector 17-A and a showroom in Sector 20 D. Another property in Sector 46 could not be sealed today.

Property owners cry foul

As officials of the Estate Office landed at Worldhotel Turquoise in the Industrial Area and other sites, the owners protested that their properties were sealed without any prior notice. At the hotel sites in the Industrial Area and Sector 18, guests were asked to leave their rooms all of a sudden. Sunil Bansal, owner of Worldhotel Turquoise, said they were taken by surprise. He claimed that they had already removed the violations.

Plan Approval Committee's role under scanner

The role of the Plan Approval Committee (Lower) has come under the scanner as the structures of the properties are not in conformity with the building plans. The committeeis responsible for approving building plans.


RLA to increase limit of tokens
At present, 200 visitors get slips in a day
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
With a large number of visitors arriving at the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) office in Sector 17, the authorities have decided to increase the limit of tokens from the present 200 to cater to more number of visitors. These visitors stand in long queues for registration of vehicles, renewal of RC, duplicate RC, HSRP number plates and other services.

The token system was introduced recently by the RLA for different services. Residents start queuing up from morning at the RLA office to get a token and by 9 am when the process of distribution of token starts, more then 200 persons are already standing in the line.

RLA Kashish Mittal said that he had asked each employee to cater to 65 visitors, who were presently catering to 50 visitors, each day. “There are four counters that distribute tokens and if we deal with 15 more visitors at each counter we will be able to cater to more then 250 persons”, Mittal said.

The RLA is also planning to streamline the process of allotting the tokens by developing a mechanism as per which the visitors before joining the queue would know that if the limit of the tokens for the day had already exhausted or not.

In the absence of any system, the visitors end up waiting for hours without getting the token for the day. “We will soon develop some system as per which the visitors will be told about the status of tokens already issued so that they don’t stand in long queues and waste their time”, Mittal added.



Cops, accident victim injured as PCR van overturns
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
A police control room (PCR) vehicle returning from an accident spot turned turtle at the road dividing Sectors 16 and17 dividing near the traffic intersection this morning. Three Chandigarh police personnel were injured in the accident. The PCR vehicle was ferrying an accident victim to the PGI when the mishap occurred.

Passersby rescue the injured on the road separating Sectors 16 and17 in Chandigarh.
Passersby rescue the injured on the road separating Sectors 16 and17 in Chandigarh. A Tribune photograph 

The PCR vehicle which turned turtle was rushing to the PGI with a woman accident victim.

Three Chandigarh police personnel seated in the van suffered injuries.

The injured included two constables and a woman constable who sustained minor injuries.

The incident took place when the police received information about a hit-and-run incident in Sector 28. The scooter of a woman named Deepti, resident of Naya gaon, was allegedly hit by a rashly driven car, following which she sustained serious injuries.

A police team reached on the spot and rushed the injured woman to the hospital in Sector 32, where doctors on duty referred her to the PGI.

Meanwhile, when the police team was taking the woman to the PGI, their vehicle lost control and turned turtle.

Constable Rajbir Singh (driver), constable 
Jaibir Singh (gunman) and a woman constable were injured.

The accident victim also sustained more injuries. The injured persons were then rushed to the hospital by another police team where the condition was still critical, added sources.



MC serves show-cause notice on Railways
Fails to pay service charges of Rs 1.16 cr to civic body
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
The Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh, has served a show-cause notice to the Railways for failing to pay service charges of Rs 1.16 crore.The Railways has to pay the service charges for the complex at the railway station.

The Chandigarh railway station.
The Chandigarh railway station. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 

MC Joint Commissioner-cum-Secretary Rajiv Gupta said the Railways was earlier served a notice and told to clear its dues, but they did not reply to the notice following which the MC had sent a show-cause notice.

“We have sent the notice to the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Ambala”, the Joint Commissioner said.

MC officials said that if the Railways failed to reply to the show-cause notice then they would send a final notice as a reminder.

It would also be given an opportunity for personal hearing.

“If the Railways fails to submit the service charges then we will have to attach the property.

The service charges of the Railways are due from the year the MC started imposing the service charges and commercial property tax”, the Joint Commissioner added.

In the last few months, the MC has tightened the noose around defaulters who have failed to pay the commercial property tax and service charges.

The officials stated that the Railways was one of the major defaulters among the government departments that had not paid the service tax.

A majority of the government departments had paid their service tax.

In a short span of time, the MC has collected over Rs 10 crore from various defaulters, including a sum of Rs 2 crore from private schools and Rs 65 lakh from the Postal Department.



Department fails to implement power sector reforms
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
The UT Electricity Department has failed to implement power sector reforms, especially preparing the online data of consumers, power connections and entire power infrastructure of the city.

As per the proposal, the UT Electricity Department had planned to implement power reforms, including introduction of management integrated system, geographical information system among other initiatives to boost e-governance in the working of the department.

Under the proposed plan, computerisation of the UT Electricity Department had to be done. A round-the-clock call centre for consumer grievance redress had to be set up.

With the computerisation, the UT Electricity Department would be able to create a database of the information, including electrical loads, sanctioned connections, consumers’ grievances and billing. The proposal has been pending for the last two years, but to no avail.

As per the plan, the UT would put in place the management integrated system (MIS) to speed up day-to-day work procedures in the department. With the introduction of MIS, the department will adopt the use of IT applications for meter reading, billing, collection, energy accounting, auditing and redressal of consumer grievances.

The UT Electricity Department in its reply to the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) had stated that the work on the restructured accelerated power development and reforms programme (R-APDRP) was allotted to M/S SPANCO and the work was initiated, but due to poor performance in Bihar, Punjab and other states, the allotment had been put on hold by the UT Administration. Now, the UT Administration has sent the proposal to the Haryana Government to include their territory in their programme as well.

MP Singh, Superintending Engineer (electricity), UT, said that after SPANCO, they had requested the Haryana government to include their territory in their programme as well. To pursue this matter, the department has recently also written a letter to the Ministry of Power to pass necessary directions to the Haryana government to include Chandigarh in their programme, he said.

As per the guidelines, the Power Ministry will not allow Chandigarh to set up its individual online data centre therefore they have to share the work with the neigbouring states, he said. 



MC's new office in chaos
To look for spacious rooms in Sector 5; visitors rue mismanagement
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 23
The Panchkula Municipal Corporation is finding it hard to adjust in the newly-rented building in Sector 14. Caught in the middle of congestion and officers fighting for the ‘best’ rooms in the building, the MC is now looking forward to finding another option in Sector 5.

With the officers fighting for the best located cabins, Mayor Upinder Ahluwalia had to compromise and had to choose a room in the corner of the building.

“Room is not a priority for me. I can sit outside as well because we are here for the welfare of the public,” said Ahluwalia.

Panchkula Deputy Mayor Sunil Talwar said, “We are now looking for a big building in Sector 5 where the rooms are spacious enough. Here, there is a lot of congestion and the staff is finding hard to adjust.” The MC is paying a rent of Rs 3.5 lakhs per month for the ‘temporary abode’.

Meanwhile, executive officer OP Sihag got special wooden designing done on the wall of his room.

Not only officers, but even engineering wing showed resented sitting on the basement.

With all the chaos and no place to sit inside, Vikas Dahiya, a resident of Sector 8, Panchkula, said, “They should have done proper planning first and then moved in here. Public convenience should have been their utmost priority while taking a building.”

MC shifts without any prior preparation

Though the MC has shifted the office, the services for the public are yet to see the light of day. “The wiring is not complete so far. It will take a week,” said an official. Residents, who had come to take birth certificates or get marriage registration done had to return disappointed.

“They should have shifted after they were ready to operate fully from the office. It is the season of admissions. Schools are asking for birth certificates,” said Reema Sen, a resident of Sector 16. 



Mock drill conducted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, April 23
A mock drill was conducted by the District Administration at the Mini Secretariat, here today.

After Panchkula Deputy Commissioner raised an alarm and said an earthquake had come, teams were asked to evacuate people from the building.

DC SS Phulia said the purpose of the mock drill was to keep the disaster management teams ready for any kind of situation. It was also to check the response time of various teams. Interestingly, before the mock drill was to start, all the quick reaction teams were already ready and near the venue.



NCC, NSS volunteers to assist voters on polling day
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 23
NCC and NSS volunteers from schools and colleges will assist voters on the day of the Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 30.

Stating this here today, District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said: “Special care will be taken for queue management as priority will be given to patients, pregnant women, elderly persons and differently abled people for voting. The NCC and NSS volunteers will assist the voters in this regard”.

In a bid to attract voters to the polling booths, the administration had planned to set up 122 super model and 122 model polling stations in the district. To enhance the voter experience, some special arrangements were being made, including voter assistance booths with the label “May I Help You”.

He said in view of the summer weather, drinking water would be served to the people waiting for their turn in queues to exercise their franchise. Arrangements like carpeting and sheds would also be made at polling stations.

There would be prominently displayed signboards indicating the route to the polling booths. Basic infrastructure like modern furniture would also be provided to the polling staff. Voting compartments would be made of fibre glass. Feedback would also be sought from the voters, he said.



It’s a fight against corruption, says AAP candidate
Our Correspondent

Mohali, April 23
Himmat Singh Shergill, AAP candidate from the Anandpur Sahib constituency, said today that his party was fighting against corruption. He sought answers from the Congress and SAD candidates to various scams that took place under the governments led by the two parties.
AAP candidate Himmat Singh Shergill interacts with a vendor at the Phase VII market in Mohali on Wednesday.
AAP candidate Himmat Singh Shergill interacts with a vendor at the Phase VII market in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

While talking to The Tribune, Shergill said Congress candidate Ambika Soni should give answers to various scams like the 2G, Commonwealth Games, Coalgate, Adarsh and others before seeking votes in the constituency. These scams involved lakhs of crores of public money.

Shergill said the Congress cleverly shifted Ravneet Singh Bittu, sitting MP from Anandpur Sahib, when he was to face the questions of the voters of the area.

Shergill said the truth behind Robert Vadra’s increase in wealth in a short time should be exposed before the people.

Launching an attack on the SAD-BJP government in Punjab, Shergill alleged that the Badals were involved in the sand and gravel scam in the state. The prices of these items had increased sharply due to the shortage created deliberately.

He said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal did not have much property when he entered the political arena. Now, his family owned two five-star hotels, planes, transport companies and TV channels. Badal also gave ministerial berths to his family members.

The AAP candidate went from shop to shop in some areas seeking votes here today. He said a road show would be organised here tomorrow under the leadership of AAP leader Yogendra Yadav. It would start from Phase XI and terminate at Phase V, where a rally would be held.



DLSA rescues three mentally challenged persons of a family
Shifts them to a hospital for treatment
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 23
A joint team of the Mohali police and paralegal volunteers of the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Mohali, came to the rescue of a family of three persons, who are said to be mentally unstable, by shifting them to a hospital for treatment.

The family members at a hospital in Mohali.
The family members at a hospital in Mohali. A Tribune photograph

The family members, Jaswant Kaur (about 65), her son Inderdeep Singh (40) and daughter Amandeep Kaur (about 32), were found in a pathetic condition when the team reached their house at Phase IX here today.

The team members said the family members were unattended and had not come out of their house for the past several years.

PP Singh, in-charge chairman, DLSA, and Tarantaran Singh Bindra, CJM-cum-secretary, DLSA, were present at the spot.

“They have been living in complete isolation. When we reached there, they got agitated and shouted at us to leave them alone. They got ready to go to a hospital after much persuasion,” said Tarantaran Singh Bindra.

Inspector Gurdeep Singh, station house officer of the Phase 8 police station was also a part of the team.

According to a neighbour, the family members were hardly seen out of their house. “We don’t know how they manage to get food or goods of daily need,” said the neighbour.

“The condition of the trio was pathetic when we reached their place. The family members have not taken bath for the past several years,” said Tarantaran Singh Bindra. The woman and her two children were shifted to the Civil Hospital at Phase VI, here, immediately.

Inspector Gurdip Singh said: “The head of the family, Jatinder Singh, husband of Jaswant Kaur, was earlier residing in the same house. He was found lying injured outside the house a few days ago and was shifted to a hospital. Now, he is staying at an old-age home, being run by a trust. Now, he has also been admitted to the Civil Hospital”.

The family was rescued following the directions of Tarntaran Singh Bindra. Tarantaran Singh Bindra said he got an application in this regard from human rights activists Tejinder Singh Sudan and Parminder Singh, following which a team was asked to take action immediately.

At present, doctors of the hospital are taking care of the trio. The DLSA authorities said in case of need, these patients would be admitted to Mental Hospital, Amritsar, for better treatment. One of their relatives, who is residing in Sector 33, Chandigarh, has been informed about the development.



Royale Range of burgers

McDonald's has introduced an all-new ‘Royale Range’ of burgers in the Indian market. The new premium burgers, McPaneer Royale and Grilled Chicken Royale, are high on taste and big in size. Royale Range is made with quality ingredients like premium salad mix, jalapeno slivers; exotic herbs, tomato roundels and juicy paneer/grilled chicken patty along with chicken slices sandwiched in fresh corn meal dusted buns. The new range is available across all McDonald's restaurant in the North and East India.

Bank sets Guinness world record

HDFC Bank has created a Guinness world record. The annual blood donation drive organised by the bank in December 2013 has been recognised as the largest effort of its kind across the globe. “The largest blood donation (multiple venues) involved 61,902 participants and was achieved by HDFC Bank Limited (India), with 1,115 blood donation camps held across 709 locations in India on December 6, 2013,” says the official citation from the Guinness world record.

Tower-sharing agreement

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (Reliance Jio) and ATC India, an independent tower companies in India, on Tuesday signed a tower-sharing agreement. Under the agreement, Reliance Jio will utilise the telecom tower infrastructure of ATC India to launch its services across the country.

T-shirt mela

V-Mart Retail Limited has launched a T-shift mela in the city showcasing over 2000 T-shits for men and tops for women in different colours and designs.

New men’s deodorant

VEMB Retail has hit the Indian market with the foray into personal care and grooming space with the launch of a new men's deodorant brand - ROVER. ROVER deodorants will excite consumers and bring them closer to the brand by launching a pan-India contest - “Khula Dhakkan Nikla Hero”. VEMB Retail has entered the personal care business with the launch of six different variants.

Durex signs Ranveer Singh as brand ambassador

Durex announced an exciting new consumer campaign featuring Bollywood's boldest youth icon Ranveer Singh as its brand ambassador. Ranveer has been brought on board to promote the message of safe sex among the youth in the country. - TNS 



PU gives nod to semester system
Will be implemented from 2015-16 session; VC holds meeting with varsity officials
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
In a good news for students, Panjab University has decided to adopt semester system for the under-graduate (UG) classes from the next academic session.

The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Arun Kumar.

Registrar and Dean University Instructions (DUI) Prof AK Bhandari, Controller of Examinations (COE) Prof Parvinder Singh and various university officials were also present at the meeting.

For the first time, the VC held a meeting with the officials, who had drafted the guidelines of the semester system. He also reviewed the preparedness of the Examination Branch to start the system for the UG classes.

During the meeting, the officials discussed several issues which were affecting the implementation of the semester system.

Sources said the Controller of Examination (COE) Parvinder Singh said the colleges were facing problems to conduct two examinations —semester for post-graduate students and annual for graduates — due to paucity of space.

The officials said the authorities should introduce the online submission of the revaluation forms for the first-year UG students of all PU-affiliated colleges from the next semester.

The online submission of forms will speed up the process and help in prompt disposal of the requests of the applicants. It was also proposed that the students will have to submit a single form for each semester.

To adopt the semester system, the authorities should frame a policy wherein a student can apply for the revaluation within 15 days on the basis of the result available on the Internet.

The officials suggested that the authorities should discontinue the practice of giving a golden chance to students and allow them to take re-appear exam with the routine semester session only.

The COE said, “Without the deployment of adequate staff of the assistant registrar’s branch and 47 employees, the semester system cannot be implemented properly.”

The VC assured the officers that the authorities would provide all services such as updating of computer systems, providing additional staff and infrastructure, upgrading existing infrastructure etc.

He suggested that additional staff would also be provided to the Colleges Branch to handle the additional work of around 200 colleges.


Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar reviewed the preparedness of the Examination Branch to start the system for the under-graduate classes. He also assured the officials that services such as updating of computer systems, providing additional staff and infrastructure, upgrading existing infrastructure etc will be provided. As many as 1 lakh first-year UG students in 188 PU-affiliated colleges, four constituent colleges, four regional centres and PU will be benefited by the move.



MCM DAV College Governing Body
Teachers’ body serves notices on PU VC, college principal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Four teachers of MCM DAV College for Women, including the president and secretary of the Teachers Union, today served a legal notice on Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover for violating the university regulations regarding the constitution of the college governing body.

A notice has also been served on college principal Dr Puneet Bedi in this regard.

The Teachers Union had approached the university in August 2012, to rectify the anomalies committed by the college principal.

It is alleged that during a staff meeting held on July 8, 2012 — wherein the agenda was to make preparations for the ensuing academic session — the principal selected two teachers, Alka Kansra and Minakshi Rathore, to be the staff representatives of the college governing body.

PU had directed the college principal to conduct the election as per the norms stipulated in the university calendar.

The university had sent a reminder to the college in this regard on November 29, 2013, to carry out its earlier order to elect the teachers representatives as per the rules, failing which, punitive action would be taken again the college.

“MCM DAV College principal Dr Puneet Bedi kept violating the norms of the university calendar,” said RD Anand, advocate, who served the legal notice.

Meanwhile, university sources said the issue had already been resolved in a meeting chaired by the Vice-Chancellor.



School, a distant dream for 3,221 kids in the city
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
Even as Chandigarh is known as an educational hub, more than 3,221 children in the age-group of 7-14 years have never attended school or are dropouts. These shocking statistics were revealed through a survey carried out by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). The survey was carried out to enrol such students under the ‘Access and retention of out-of-schoolchildren through special training scheme.’

A majority of these students are from economically weaker sections (EWS) and migrant labourers.

As per information, nearly 5,624 children were enrolled under the scheme last year and were given special training classes.

However, out of this figure, 31.84 per cent children could not make it to the mainstream level and will have to undergo training for another year.

Sangeeta Bhasin, assistant project coordinator, Special Training Centre, said, “The training period for these students is divided into five timeframes —three, six, nine, 12 and 24 month span, depending upon the capability of the students.”

Bhasin said training to these students was being imparted in around 56 schools across the city.

An official on the condition of anonymity said, “The increase in the number of students under the scheme can be attributed to principals not giving admissions to these children in the mainstream, as it will affect their results.”

However, the authorities claimed that due to the high number of migrant labourers shifting to the city, there had been a sharp rise in the number of students under the scheme.

The part-time teachers under the SSA -- who teaches these students - said, “A span of even two years is less to make these students capable to shift to the mainstream.”

The authorities said under the scheme, funds were allocated per student. “Rs 3,000 has been allocated for a span of three months, Rs 4,500 for nine months and Rs 6,000 for a year,” they added.

The number of students enrolled under the session has reached already the 5,000 mark and is likely to increase, said the authorities.



Do vote, students urge people
Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 23
More than 200 students of The Millennium School concluded their awareness campaign for voters, ‘Baad Mein Mat Bolna’ today. The students took out rallies in various parts of the town.

Raising slogans and carrying placards, banners and posters, the students appealed to the people to cast their vote.

“People have to be sensitised about their right to vote. Through this rally, we want to encourage voters to elect a government. Such initiatives also help in imbibing a sense of responsibility among the students”, said Komal Singh, school principal.



ABVP submits memo to PU official
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 23
The ABVP wing of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, today submitted a memorandum to Panjabi University Vice-Chancellor and Controller of Examination that the examinations of BCom cost accounting (second and final year) was not as per the university pattern.

The exam was conducted on April 22 this year.

ABVP representative Safal Sood submitted a memo to the officials.

Meanwhile, the Controller of Examination Parvinder Singh denied receiving any such representation from the students.



PU mulls stream change in second semester

Chandigarh, April 23
On the lines of Punjab Engineering College — to allow engineering students to change their stream in the second semester — Panjab University authorities also drafted a similar proposal today. As per the proposal, students with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 9 in the first year, will be allowed to change their stream if a vacant seat is available in another department.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Chandigarh Engineering College, University Institute of Engineering & Technology (UIET) Chandigarh, UIET Hoshiarpur and Chemical Engineering Department, Panjab University.

The meeting also decided that not more than 10 per cent of the students will be allowed to shift the stream.

The members proposed that only those students — who had a similar course in the first year — be allowed to change the stream. — TNS



Lecture for senior citizens

Chandigarh, April 23
A series of lectures on legal problems faced by the senior citizens in their day-to-day life was organised at the Divisional Library (south), Sector 34, today.

The guest speakers included Dr AS Khehra, former VC, Punjab Agriculture University; chairman, Federation of Senior Citizens’ Association Punjab (FEDSEN-Pb), Jagroop Singh Mahal, chairman, Permanent Lok Adalat (Mohali) and Divya Sharma, advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Khehra spoke on the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. — TNS



Annual day

Chandigarh: The students and teachers of Government High School, Sector 53, (Smart School), celebrated the school’s annual day today. A blood donation camp was organised in which 65 units of blood were collected. Kashish Mittal, IAS, was the chief guest. A colourful programme was presented by the students to mark the occasion. The highlight of the function was a dance performance by the tiny-tots of the primary wing.

Interactive quiz

On account of World Heritage Day, Ryan International School organised an interactive quiz competition for the students of Classes I and II. The quiz was based on world-famous monuments. The students also pasted pictures of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Puppet show

A puppet show was organised for the kindergarten students of St. Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44-D, on the school campus today. Fascinating puppets enthralled the students, who also danced and sang songs during the show.

Inter-house kabaddi competition

An inter-house kabaddi competition for the students of Classes VI to X was organised at St. Mary’s School. The competition was held under two separate categories of boys and girls. In the boy’s category, Bose House bagged the first position followed by the Gandhi House. In the girls’ category, Shastri House and Nehru House clinched the first and second positions, respectively.

Slogan-writing competition

The students of Banyan School conducted a special assembly to mark Earth Day. An inter-house slogan-writing competition was also organised.

Inter-house table tennis

Panchkula: An inter-house table tennis competition was organised at Saupin’s School. The competition was held in various categories. In the girls’ single category, Panrasa bagged the first position, Bhavjot won the competition in the boys’ single category. In the girls’ double category, Aanchal and Aashima clinched the first spot. In the boys’ double category, Bhavjot and Dilpreet bagged the first position. Sycamore House won the overall first position followed by Clover, Aspen and Maple Houses, respectively.

Earth Week

St Teresa Convent School is celebrating ‘Earth Week.’ Various activities were organised. The students of Montessori and Classes I and II made paper bags.

Investiture ceremony

An investiture ceremony was organised by Brilliance World School, Sector 12, on its campus today. The student’s council comprising school captain and four house captains was formed. Addressing the students, school principal Lt Col (Retd) SK Verma motivated them to render selfless service. He also administered the oath of duty to the newly-appointed students.

Cricket league

An inter-branch cricket league was held on the campus grounds of AKSIPS, Sector 45, today. AKSIPS Smart School bagged the first prize and walked away with the trophy. The award was given away by the director of AKSIPS group of schools, Jasdeep Kalra.

Cambridge convocation

Satluj Public School held its 10th Cambridge convocation here on the campus today. Dr Robert Schoering, medical educationist from the US, was the chief guest. The certificates were given to more than 130 students of KET (key English test) and PET (preliminary English test), which are awarded by the prestigious University of Cambridge, UK. Principal Krit Serai emphasised on the importance of English in life. — TNS



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