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Undergraduate courses
Free prospectus at govt colleges
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
For the first time, the UT Administration is coming up with free-of-cost online prospectus-cum-admission form for undergraduate courses in all five government colleges in the city.

Last year, students had to shell out between Rs 200 to Rs 250 for the prospectus, depending on the stream or course opted for. There are around 15,000 seats in all government colleges in the city.

An official of the UT Education Department said there was no restriction on the number of forms an applicant wanted to fill in any of the government colleges for this academic session.

Under the new online form submission scheme, no fee will be charged from the students while accepting the form. When the student gets admission to a government college, a nominal processing fee will be charged along with the admission fee by the college.

UT Higher Education Department Director Sandeep Hans confirmed that online forms would be available from June 7 and no fee would be charged from the students for online submission of forms.

Help desks would be set up at the government colleges, which would be handled by the faculty, students and NSS volunteers to assist students who have a problem in the online filling of form or its submission, he said.

He said except the Government College for Home Science, this facility would be available at all other government colleges in the city. The authorities would introduce this facility in the home science college from the next academic session.

Sources said trial runs for the online submission of forms had been successfully completed by the department. The forms had been sent to all five colleges — the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, the Government College for Girls, Sector 42, Government College, Sector 46, and the Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42, for a feedback.

No restriction on number of forms an applicant wants to fill

An official of the UT Education Department said there was no restriction on the number of forms an applicant wanted to fill in any of the government colleges for this academic session.



City’s rich shell out crores to flaunt high-end cars
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Gone are the days when only cities such as Ludhiana and Jalandhar could count on proud owners of high-end cars. Now, the City Beautiful, which has the highest per capita vehicle ratio in the country, is becoming a favourite destination for internationally acclaimed car manufacturers to sell their high-end models such as Rolls Royce Ghost, Bentley Continental, Audi R8, Jaguar XJ and Range Rover.

Going by the statistics of the UT Registering and Licensing authority (RLA), 1,630 vehicles priced over Rs 20 lakh were registered in the city during the 2011-12 financial year. The number was relatively higher in 2012-13 with 2,240 vehicles being registered in the city.

Famous brands such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, Jaguar and Range Rover figure frequently in the list of high-end vehicles registered in Chandigarh.

Such cars, costing between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 3.5 crore, have been registered in the city.

In the 2011-12 financial year, 14,172 vehicles priced over Rs 5 lakh were registered, of which the cost of 11.50 per cent vehicles was Rs 20 lakh and above. Similarly, during 2012-13, as many as 18,176 vehicles priced over Rs 5 lakh were registered in the city, of which the cost of 12.32 per cent vehicles was more than Rs 20 lakh.

The RLA has also collected a huge amount by way of motor vehicle tax from the car owners. For a four-wheeler priced over Rs 20 lakh, 8 per cent of the cost of the vehicle is charged as the motor vehicle tax.

Those associated with the automobile industry in India believe Chandigarh is a growing market for high-end cars.

Eberhard Kern, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, said emerging markets such as Chandigarh and neighboring cities were the future growth engines for their company.



Ads outside commercial buildings
Civic body gets High Court rap
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
In a stern indictment of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asserted that it is still unclear why the civic body turned a blind eye to the blatant violation of statutory provisions hovering around the installation of hoardings and advertisements outside commercial buildings.

Justice Rajan Gupta also took note of the fact that the matter received attention only after “cognisance was taken by this court in the instant petition preferred by an individual seeking implementation of the Advertisement Control Order”.

The observations came during the hearing of a petition filed by Manreet Phoolka against the municipal corporation through its Commissioner. As the case came up for resumed hearing, an affidavit, dated May 26, filed by Municipal Corporation Joint Commissioner Rajiv Kumar Gupta was placed before Justice Gupta.

In the affidavit, the corporation claimed that the Advertisement Control Order, 1954, was being implemented in letter and spirit. Photographs were also annexed in an attempt to substantiate the contentions.

“Taking on record the affidavit, Justice Gupta asserted: “It is still not clear why the corporation turned a blind eye to the blatant violation of statutory provisions till cognisance was taken by this court….” Justice Gupta also adjourned the matter to July 24 for enabling the counsel appearing for the corporation to address the court on the issue.

The petitioner had earlier relied upon Rule 33 of the Punjab Capital (Development & Regulation) Building Rules, 1952, to contend that “no structure can be constructed to carry advertisement except in an area shown in the zoning plan/architectural control sheet/standard design”.

He had added his tenant was not adhering to the rules and acting in violation of the sanctioned plan/control sheet. “Despite representation made to the corporation, no action is being taken”.

Issuing a notice of motion on the plea, Justice Gupta asserted: “A perusal of the photographs annexed with the petition shows that signboards are being put up at the entrance of showrooms in a haphazard manner. Prima facie it appears no rules/regulations are being followed. It is, thus, directed that no further signboards shall be allowed to be erected by the respondent —- the corporation — at the entrance of showrooms (SCOs) situated in Sector 35 C till the next date of hearing”.



PSEB Class X exams
With 84%, visually impaired eyes IAS
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Setting an example for others, 16-year-old Samta, who is visually impaired, has scored 84 per cent marks in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class X examinations. A student of Institute for the Blind in Sector 26, Samta wants to become an IAS officer or a lecturer.

Her family lives in tough conditions at the newly constructed EWS Society at Bapu Dham Colony. Her father has poor vision, mother is afflicted with polio, her elder sister is visually impaired, while her elder brother prefers to play over studies. Samta forgets all these hardships once she holds her textbook.

She says she was motivated by her father, who works as a peon in the Chandigarh Regional Passport Office, to forget her blindness and give her best in studies.

A bright student of the school, Samta never hesitates to share her knowledge with children in the neighbourhood and encourages them to study hard.

“I can’t see, but I can sense the happiness of my parents. I want to become an IAS officer, but I know it is not easy,” says Samta.

If I can’t make it to the IAS, I would want to become a lecturer to impart education to people around me,” says Samta.

Besides shining in academics, Samta has a good collection of medals in her kitty, which she won in sports.

She and her 20-year-old visually impaired sister Suman have won over 25 medals in athletics. They have participated in athletics events in Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Delhi.

Samta doesn’t forget to mention that she is crazy about listening to sports commentary.

“The commentary inspires me to participate in sports. Even while participating in competitions, following directions remains my focus. Sports commentary on television gives me a chance to “see” the match in my own world,” says Samta. Despite surrounded by problems on all fronts, her family members have supported her throughout.

Samta’s elder sister Suman has passed her senior secondary examinations from the Punjab School Education Board with 77.4 per cent marks. Her brother studies in Class XII at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19. 

6 students of Institute for Blind score over 80% marks

Fourteen students of Institute for the Blind had appeared for the PSEB Class X examinations. Of them, six students scored more than 80 per cent marks, while six scored above 70 per cent and two above 60 per cent. Principal JS Jayara congratulated the students and wished them success. Tulsi Bhardwaj from Ambala scored the highest 87 per cent marks from the institute, while Babita of Yamunanagar and Anjali Rathore of Ludhiana, both students of the institute, scored 86 per cent and 85.6 per cent marks, respectively.



Education scenario in Mohali dist worrisome
Only three schools in the district have got 100 per cent results in the PSEB Class X examinations
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 3
“All is not well” in Mohali, the so-called education hub of Punjab, as far as the education scenario is concerned. The district, which has been continuing hitting the bottom bracket in the district-wise total pass percentage figures and failing to produce any topper in the state for the past several years, has only three schools out of the total 98 government schools with 100 per cent results in the Punjab School Education Board Class X examinations.

Surprisingly, these three schools — Government High School, Bartana; Government High School, Rajo Majra; and Shaheed Lt Bikram Singh Government Senior Secondary School, Sialba; — are rural schools in which most of the students belong to humble families of labourers, poor farmers and other poor strata.

Four government schools of the district have presented a poor show with 25 per cent or below results.

The number of schools, which have got 80 per cent or above results, is 29. There are 23 schools that have got 50 per cent or below results in the district.

Notably, in the top-ten bracket, as many as nine schools are from the rural belt and only one school is from Mohali town, which is located in the neighbourhood of Chandigarh. Government Senior Secondary School in Sector 70 is at the 10th position on the list with 91.22 per cent results.

Poor show by ‘model’ govt school

Government Senior Secondary School in Phase 3B1, which is being termed as a :”model government school of the district” by the education authorities here, presents a poor show with 65.51 per cent results. Out of the total 145 students of the school, who had appeared in the Class X examinations, as many as 95 students have passed the examination. The government has spent crores of rupees to provide top class facilities in the school, which also includes full staff. Still, the result of the school is not up to mark.

The other government school in the town - Government Secondary School, Phase 11, - got better results with 71.21 pass percentage.

Private schools are no exception

With five affiliated schools getting zero per cent results and as many as 17 such schools got less than 25 per cent result, the picture of private-affiliated schools in Mohali district is surely not good. Another reason for poor performance by Mohali students in PSEB X examinations is that a majority of reputed schools in Mohali town are CBSE-affiliated.

Out of the total 156 affiliated schools in the entire district, only 14 schools could give 100 per cent results. The number of schools that have produced 80 per cent or above results is just 40.

The problem areas

‘VIP’ teachers: The main cause behind poor performance of Mohali schools is ‘VIP’ teachers - the teachers, who belong to influential families of bureaucrats, police and other leaders.

Mohali District Education Officer Mewa Singh Sidhu admitted that around 70 per cent of the total teachers in the district were ‘sifarshi’ (recommended) ones.

“Most of these VIP teachers hardly bother about their duties for obvious reasons. Their ‘dekh lenge’ (we will see) attitude cost dear to the education scenario here,” said Sidhu.

Punjab Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka also said the ‘VIP’ teacher culture was the main cause for poor performance of Mohali students despite district schools having proper infrastructure.

“We used to have taken action against non-performing teachers by transferring them to border or far areas or issuing them show-cause notices. This time also we would initiate action against those teachers who have shown less than 20 per cent results,” said Maluka.

Child Care Leaves: The district has 1,425 master grade teachers. Availing Child Care Leaves (CCL) by a large number of teachers in the district is also said to be another reason behind the problem. “On an average 150 to 200 teachers used to avail CCL every year in the district which is high in comparison to other districts. Usually leave is being taken during the crucial span of studies that resulted in a big loss of studies for students,” said a senior official of the local education department. Mohali DEO Mewa Singh Sidhu said he was aware of the issue. “I am going to turn down the CCL requests from this session”, said Sidhu.

An employee can avail 15 CCL once in a year and a total of 365 CCL during his/her service span.

No action against any teacher: Though Maluka reiterated that action would be taken against non-performers, the fact is that no action has been taken against any teacher in Mohali for the past two-three years.

“Two years ago, transfer orders of five teachers were issued by the authorities but later, the orders were cancelled,” said an official of the department.

Govt schools with 25% or below

  • Government High School, Jayanti Majri (25%)
  • Government High School, Tassimbali (21.73%)
  • Government Senior Secondary School, Lalru (20.80%)
  • Swargwasi Gurnam Singh Saini Government Senior Secondary School, Dera Bassi (16.45%)

100% results

Government High School, Bartana; Government High School, Rajo Majra; and Shaheed Lt Bikram Singh Government Senior Secondary School, Sialba; are the government schools which achieved 100 per cent results

Fact file

  • Mohali district is second from bottom on the district-wise list of merit holders.
  • The Punjab School Education Board’s provisional merit list, containing a total of 384 students across the state, witnessed only two students of Mohali district.
  • Mohali town, which boasts of having top-class school infrastructure, has not even a single student on the merit list.
  • The first two toppers of Mohali district, Meenakshi (93.69%) and Khushdeep Singh (93.38%), remained at the 24th and 26th positions, respectively.
  • With its statistics of total pass percentage of 61.56 per cent, Mohali district is at number 21, third from bottom.


GMSH-16 patients harassed
Only ultrasound machine lying non-functional for over a fortnight
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

The ultrasound unit at the GMSH, Sector 16, Chandigarh
The ultrasound unit at the GMSH, Sector 16, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, June 3
Patients visiting the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, have been facing inconvenience as the ultrasound machine at the infirmary has been lying non-functional for over two weeks now.

The machine developed a problem 20 days ago and the autohirites got it repaired. However, the problem recurred. While in urgent cases, the hospital has been utilising the alternative machine in the Gynecology Ward, a majority of other patients are being forced to get the tests done from outside.

At present, there is no alternative ultrasound machine to cater to 2,500 to 3,000 patients visiting the GMSH-16 OPDs every day. The one that the hospital had was shifted to the Civil Dispensary in Sector 22 a few months ago.

GMSH Medical Superintendent Dr Vandana Gupta said, “We are planning to procure four more machines for ultrasound tests. Also, the current machine will be repaired within the next two days.”

Chandigarh Tribune had, last week, highlighted the ordeal of patients in the absence of ultrasound facility. Apart from shelling out more to get the test done from private laboratories, the patients also lose out on time spent on visiting private facilities.

The number of patients visting the GMSH-16 OPDs as well as Emergency has increased manifold in the past three years, increasing the load on all the labs and operation theatres.



City continues to sizzle; no respite in sight
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The city continued to endure the scorching heat conditions for the third consecutive day today as the maximum temperature recorded was 40.5 degree Celsius, two notches above normal.

As per the Met Department, the minimum temperature recorded in the city today was 26.6 degree Celsius, which is two notches above normal.

Power cuts and water shortage in various parts of the city only made things worse for residents, who are having a tough time beating the heat. Traffic on roads was comparatively lesser today. People used caps, umbrellas, goggles and appropriate clothing to protect themselves from the heat wave.

“It is really hard to bear the scorching heat. Life will become difficult if the hot weather continued for some more days,” commented Shruti, a banker.

“Wearing shades, using umbrella and sipping water regularly only brought a little relief,” said Saniya, a marketing executive.

Doctors say maintaining fluid levels of the body was vital in this weather. Residents should guard against exhaustion, heat strokes and prickly heat.



323 vehicles challaned in May
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The State Transport Authority (STA) challaned 323 vehicles for various offences in the city in the month of May. The authority carried out an intensive campaign to challan vehicles plying without documents, overloading passengers and polluting city.

STA Mahavir Kaushik said more than 1,950 vehicles were checked during the drive; of them, 79 vehicles, including auto-rickshaws, trucks and buses, were impounded for various traffic rules violations. “Around Rs 8.80 lakh was recovered from the violators during the drive,” Kaushik added.

He said for minor financial gains, auto-rickshaws were putting the security and precious lives of schoolchildren at stake. To curb this, a drive against them was initiated. “Parents are requested not to send their children in an overloaded auto-rickshaw,” he added.



Hoardings removed
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 3
The Municipal Corporation, Mohali, removed unauthorised advertisement hoardings in the Phase V market today. The drive was carried out in the presence of a Duty Magistrate and police personnel.

More than 80 illegal boards were removed during the drive. Many boards were removed by shopkeepers themselves as they got to know about the drive conducted by the civic body.

The drive was carried out after the Punjab and Haryana High Court asked the civic body about the action taken under Sections 123, 124 and 125 of the Municipal Corporation Act, 1976.

The civic body had allowed a board of 16 ft x 3 ft for each shop. But some shopkeepers had put up advertisement boards in violation of the rules.



Hooda to meet workers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 3
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and state president of the Congress Ashok Tanwar will hold a meeting with party workers in Panchkula on Saturday. This will be the first meeting of the Congress leaders with the party workers in the district after Lok Saba Elections.

The meeting is also being considered a crucial as the leaders will sound the Assembly election bugle on Saturday.

Sources in the party revealed that after receiving a thin public mandate in the Lok Sabha elections, Hooda and Tanwar will be here to introspect on the reasons of defeat.

Moreover, the leaders will also try to resolve the difference between sitting Congress MLA from Pacnhkula DK Bansal and Raj Kumar Valmiki, Congress candidate from Ambala Lok Sabha seat, who recently lost to the BJP’s Rattan Lal Kataria.

Subhash Chaudhary, in-charge of Congress affairs, Panchkula, today held a meeting of the party leaders to chalk out the programme of the meeting.

He informed that nearly 2,500 party workers from Kalka and Panchkula assembly constituencies will attend the meeting and chalk out strategy fot assembly polls.



Rs 1.87 crore sought for development of Balongi
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 3
Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said Balongi village, near here, will be developed systematically. He said based on estimates received from various department a letter seeking development funds of over Rs 1.87 crore had been sent to the government for approval.

He said over Rs 1.37 crore was needed for various development works in Balongi. Besides, a special fund of Rs 50 lakh had also been sought from the government, which will be utilised for completing sewerage work, renovation of internal roads and the disposal of rainwater.

Recently, a special team of officials visited the village and held a meeting with villagers. Thereafter, the team decided that development works were needed to facilitate the villagers. To keep a check on the physical and financial aspects of the development works, a special committee was formed, with the general consensus of the villagers, under the guidance of the ADC.

Balongi lacks basic facilities like proper roads, sewer and rainwater disposal systems and the drinking water facility. Owing to the lack of such facilities, villagers have staged protests.



Mansa Devi SHO transferred
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 3
The station house officer posted at Mansa Devi Complex was transferred due to the alleged failure in controlling violence at Saketri village in last one week. Alleging slackness on the part of police in the murder case of Ashutosh Bhardwaj, a BJP leader, residents held a massive protest outside the police station on May 26.

The irate villagers were forced to hold a protest against the police officials and even indulged in arguments with the cops at the police station.

Two days later the villagers also indulged in a scuffle with the cops deployed at Hanuman Mandir. In a suicide by a teenager girl in Saketri village on Sunday, the family members of the girl accused that the SHO did not act swiftly in the case, which helped the accused Gajinder to abscond, who was having an affair with the girl.

While senior police officers were spared, the SHO Ajay Dishodia faced public fury, sources in the police revealed. A senior police officer, however, revealed that the SHO has been sent to the Police lines and the allegations against Dishodia were being probed.



HJC pays tributes to Bhajan Lal
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 3
In a novel way to pay tribute to their leader and former Haryana Chief Minister Chaudhary Bhajan Lal on his third death anniversary, members of Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) distributed fruits among the patients undergoing treatment at Civil Hospital, Sector 6, here today.

Lead by district president of the HJC Shashi Sharma, nearly 20 party workers assembled at Bishnoi temple located in Sector 15 and paid floral tributes to the departed soul.

They also commemorate the contribution of the former CM who had a dream to develop Panchkula as Mini-Paris, claimed Shashi Sharma.

Apart from the party leader and workers, those who attended the anniversary function include Mohinder Rana and Bal Kishan Sharma, presidents of Panchkula and Kalka sub divisions, respectively.



2 abattoirs to come up in P’kula
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 3
To curb the unauthorised culling of animals in the district, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation will come up with two slaughterhouses soon. The slaughterhouses were being set up by a Chandigarh-based Company at a cost of over Rs 29.65 crore.

A slaughterhouse will come up in Panchkula at a cost of Rs 10.36 crore while the Pinjore unit will cost Rs19.29 crore.

Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation SS Phulia, who is also Deputy Commissioner of the city, held a meeting with the officials of the company and discussed various aspects of the project.

DC Phulia asked the company to find out the ways to manage the solid waste generated at these units scientifically.

In a press note issued by the district administration, DC said there is a provision to construct 24 meat shops in Pinjore-based unit while 12 shops will be constructed at Panchkula-based slaughterhouse.

With the setting up of these units the administration aims to stop illegal culling of sheep, goat, pig and other animals and birds at hundreds of meat-sheds operating the district.



Kalka SDO shifted
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 3
The Haryana government has transferred Manita Malik, sub-divisional officer (Civil), Kalka, with immediate effect by replacing her with Shakti Singh. He was earlier posted as General Manager, Haryana Roadways, Yamunanagar.

She has been posted as Joint Director (Administration), Secondary Education, Haryana and Deputy Secretary, School Education Department.

Sushil Kumar-I, Secretary, Haryana Agro Industries Corporation, Panchkula has been posted as Secretary, Haryana Police Recruitment Board, Panchkula.



Southern sectors face power cuts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
For the second consecutive day, a number of sectors in the southern part of the city remained without power for over three hours today. Officials said due to a technical snag in the supply line from Sector 32, sectors 32,33, 34, 45, Burail village and other adjoining areas remained without power from 10 am to 1 pm.

Yesterday, a technical snag in the power line from SAS Nagar led to disruption in power supply to the majority of sectors in the southern part of the city.

UT Superintending Engineer MP Singh said, “The technical snag that occurred today was a local problem and had nothing to do with the yesterday’s fault.”



MC, Admn hold coordination meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The issue of 100-foot-wide road to come up from the Mani Majra police station to Mansa Devi Temple was discussed during the monthly coordination meeting of the UT Administration and the Municipal Corporation (MC) held at the UT Secretariat here today.

Adviser to the UT Administrator KK Sharma and Mayor HC Kalyan deliberated on the work planned to ease traffic congestion in Mani Majra.

The Mayor said they would soon be preparing drawings, following which the estimate for construction of the road would be prepared.

An early decision on creation of various posts in different cadres of the MC was also discussed.

During the meeting, the Mayor also pointed out that against the total requirement of 4,700 safai karmacharis, there were 3,515 sanctioned posts. “With a view to maintain cleanliness in the city, additional posts are required,” the Mayor said.



UT Administrator chairs meet on Master Plan 2031
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
UT Administrator Shivraj Patil today chaired a meeting to finalise the recommendations of the committee constituted to hear objections to the draft UT Master Plan 2031.

Last year, the UT had notified the draft prepared by the Master Plan Committee and invited objections from the city residents.

After hearing the objections, the committee has finalised its recommendations before sending the same to the Centre.



Khair wood recovered from forest official’s house
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 3
The Panchkula police have booked an employee of the Haryana Forest Department after nearly 20 quintals of khair wood was recovered from his house in Kot village near here last evening.

Acting on a complaint of Baljit Singh and Alizan, residents of Narainpur village, the police conducted a search at the residence of Diwan Chand, a forest inspector, and recovered logs of khair wood.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jagtar Singh informed that the forest inspector was residing in a rented accommodation at the village and the wood was in his illegal possession.

The police have seized the wood and a case under Section 379 of the IPC has been registered against Diwan Chand at the Chandimandir police station.

The police had also called senior officers of the Forest Department for verification of the wood.

Sources in the Forest Department said the inspector had been indulging in the crime for the past some time and causing losses to the state exchequer.

While the accused was detained, his arrest has not been shown in the police records so far.



No cars for first-year hostel inmates at PU
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
First year hostel students of Panjab University will not be allowed to keep four-wheelers from the academic session 2014-15. This step was taken to deal with the traffic and parking problem being faced by the PU authorities.

The members approved it in a special meeting of traffic management held under the chairmanship of Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal today.

As per the records there are at present nine girls’ and eight boys’ hostels in PU campus and in each hostel there is accommodation for 360 students. Majority of the students own four wheelers due to which there is a parking problem in the hostels.

Source said recently three new proposals for the hostel parking were approved by the UT chief architecture department, but the demand is far more than the approved site. The sites which were approved are near hostel number 7 and area between hostel number 2 and 3.

In the meeting, decision was also taken that on gate number 1 and 2, two lanes be earmarked one for sticker holders of the university and other for outsiders. The security staff will be deployed on both gates who will conduct checking of the outside vehicles on both the gates. This will be a pilot project which will be started on both the gates on trial basis from June 15.

Records of the university revealed that the campus which spreads over an area of 550 acres (2.2 km) in Sectors 14 and 25, there is an inflow of around 8,000 vehicles on an average in routine.

The university is also going to recruit 45 new security guards out of which 15 guards will be deployed on this special duty on gates.

It was also decided in the meeting that the entry gates of the English auditorium and Chemical engineering department will be widened for smooth traffic in these departments.



Panjab University to prepare list of nuisance makers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Taking a serious note of the yesterday’s incident of trespassing in the office of PU VC, the authorities had started the process of preparing the list of those students who created nuisance in the campus time and again.

As a precautionary measure, the authorities had started preparing a list of those students, with their department and party to which they belong in the university, who frequently create ruckus in the campus.

Sources said that as the campus elections are also approaching, the authorities are forming a list of those students who will be monitored during the election campaign in the campus.

The PU chief security officer Jatinder Grover said the authorities have identified four students who were involved in the trespassing incident which happened in front of VC office yesterday. He said out of four two are day scholars and remaining two are hostellers in the university.

He said the recording of the CCTV camera outside the VC office was monitored today and the same was provided to the Chandigarh Police to support the investigation, as the DDR was filed by the authorities for trespassing.

DSW Navdeep Goyal was asked to take strict action against those hostellers which were involved in this case by the authorities.

It may be mentioned that yesterday students for society representatives staged a protest against the exclusion of Punjabi and Hindi language in a few entrance tests. When they tried to enter the VC office the security personnel and students entered into a scuffle and later tried to enter VC office to hand over a memorandum to him.

Students allegedly assaulted the security officials on duty and tried to damage the gates. Four to five students trespassed the outer and middle gate of VC’s office.



DAV College-10 to introduce new courses from this session
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Keeping in view demands of students of medical stream courses, DAV College, Sector 10, is coming up with a community college for medical laboratory technology course from the 2014-15 academic session.

As per a college official, there will be 50 seats available for this course for students with medical streams in Class XII. The cut-off for admissions to this course has not fixed this year as the college is assessing the response to this newly introduced course.

The college has also started enrolling Ph D research students for bio-technology, chemistry and zoology from this year.

DAV College Dean (admissions) Arun Aggarwal said last year there was a huge demand of BSc medical and non-medical streams among students.

As per records of the college, there were around 10 B Tech students who had shifted the stream to BSc. The college has also set up state-of-the-art laboratories for medical and non-medical students, he said.

He said the BCA course was losing charm among students and there was a decline in its demand last year also. Similarly, the BBA course has also not become popular among the undergraduate students rather they prefer to go for BA with good combinations that will benefit them in clearing some competitive exams in the future.

Arun Aggarwal said the cut-off of all courses would depend on the merit list.

While releasing the prospectus of the college today, DAV College Principal BC Josan said this year the college had focused on the industry interaction with the students so that they could get the feel of the competition which they would face in the commercial market.

He said the faculty was also counselling the students for the placement as per the courses which they have selected for their better future prospects.

Stream cut-off last year session

BA 55 %

B Sc (non-medical) 72 %

B.sc (medical) 70 %

BCA 67 %

BBA 76 %

Schedule for admissions

  • Form available from June 3
  • Last date of submission July 1.
  • Merit list will be displayed at college on July 5.
  • Counselling and admission in college on July 7.
  • Help desk number: 0172-2743980.



PU declares admission schedule
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has declared the admission schedule for the university teaching departments for the 2014-15 session. A Panjab University handbook of information has been released and it is now available on the sale counter on a cash payment of Rs 550.

The sale counter is situated at the administrative block (basement) of Panjab University.

The handbook of information can also be demanded by post from the manager, Publication Bureau, Panjab University, against account payee bank draft of Rs 660 drawn in favour of the Registrar, Panjab University, payable at Chandigarh.

The PU spokesman said normal admissions without late fees to the first year of MA, MSc, MSc (Honours School), MPharmacy would be conducted from July 7 to 15. Normal admissions without late fees to the certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses would be conducted from July 25 to August 5. Normal admissions without late fees to ongoing courses and classes would be held up to July 24.

Admissions after the last dates of admissions would be allowed by the Chairperson of the department with a late fee of Rs 500.

The students taking admissions to the first year of MA, MSc, MSc (Honours School), M Pharmacy can take the same between July 16 to July 28.

Admissions to the certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses will be held between August 6 to 13.

Admissions to students of ongoing courses and classes will be held from July 25 to August 4.

The late admissions at the university teaching departments would only be allowed up to August 20 with the permission of the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University with a late fee of Rs 1,800.



government schools
Prospectus for Class XI admissions to be available from June 11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
Prospectus and application forms for admission to Class XI at government schools will be available from June 11 onwards. The UT Education Department has allotted six centres for procuring and submitting the forms that include Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS) in Sectors 37, 46, 28, 20 and 10 and GMSSS, Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra.

The forms will be available from 9am to 1pm for Rs 130 at the six designated centres.

Officials from the Education Department said around 12,500 seats were available, which include 6,000 for humanities, 3,000 for science and 1,800 for commerce and vocational streams.

The students have also been provided with the option of downloading the forms from the official website of the departmentchdeducation.gov.in.

DPI (S) Kamlesh Kumar said the cut-off list for this year would be available on the website of the department along with other details.

He added that the prospectus would be available from June 11 to 20. While the common merit list would be declared on June 27 at 4pm.

The school allotment would be done on July 1 and the fees can be deposited in schools on July 2 and 3, while the classes will commence from July 4 onwards.

As per the data available, last year the cut-off in science stream in the top five government schools was between 9.8 to 8.6 CGPA, while in commerce stream it was between 9.0 to 8.0 CGPA, in humanities it was between 7.6 to 6.2 CGPA.



Hardeep Singh is PU NSUI president
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 3
The National Students Union of India (NSUI) today announced Hardeep Singh ‘Lalli’ of the Public Administration Department as its president on the Panjab University campus at the Student Center in the presence of senior party leaders with attendance of students in a large number.

Brinder Dhillon, the co-ordinator of the National Student’s Union of India, made the announcement while Panjab University students’ council president Chandan Rana addressed workers of the party.

Senior party leaders also addressed the gathering to motivate party workers to gear up for the new session with the aim of winning all four seats of the student council in the upcoming elections.

The newly appointed president of the National Students Union of India, Hardeep Singh ‘Lalli,’ resolved to continuously strive to fight for students’ rights and aim for overall development.



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