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Suicide by Dy Director (Vocational), education dept
Cops caught napping yet again
Incident exposes tall claims regarding extensive patrolling at Sukhna Lake
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The suicide by Deputy Director (Vocational) of the Punjab Education Department Vinod Kumar at Sukhna Lake in broad daylight yesterday lays bare the tall claims of the UT police of extensive patrolling in the area. The officer jumped into the lake at 11 am yesterday after climbing stairs No. 4 on the Golf Club side. This is the second case of suicide at the lake in the past and the incidents expose shoddy police presence at the city’s favourite hot spot, which has also been time and again tagged as the suicide point.
Deceased Vinod Kumar’s son (centre) and relatives at the GMSH, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. They had a minor scuffle with photojournalists.
Deceased Vinod Kumar’s son (centre) and relatives at the GMSH, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. They had a minor scuffle with photojournalists. Tribune photo: S Chandan 

On May 28, the police had fished out the body of a call centre executive from the lake. Kalawati, alias Kirti (20), had sent a text message before jumping into the lake to her friend.

Police sources said there were just 14 police personnel posted for round-the-clock security at the lake, which made it difficult for them to patrol the almost 3-km-long stretch. The UT police have also been provided with golf carts for extensive patrolling at the lake, but even these have failed to prevent incidents of suicides.

Moreover, a number of steps taken in the past to prevent suicides at the lake seem to have been forgotten.

A few years ago, the UT police had started cycle patrolling at the lake to check incidents of suicide. The patrolling team was packed with high-power torches, life jackets and wireless sets so that valuable time could be saved and timely and faster help could be given.

DSP Ashish Kapoor said it was difficult to man the entire stretch of the lake, more so during night hours. “However, we are taking steps to prevent incidents of suicides with intensive patrolling,” he said

High drama as family objects to being photographed

* High drama was witnessed at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital in Sector 16 after Vinod Kumar’s family, including his wife Vijay Kumari and younger son Raveesh, accompanied by their relatives, objected to mediapersons clicking their photographs. Wanting to be left alone in their grief, one of the relatives of the family slapped a photographer who was clicking their photographs. This resulted in a ruckus as the relatives and photographers indulged in a minor scuffle. Vinod Kumar’s wife hid her face and was later taken to the Emergency as she felt uneasy.

* Vinod Kumar, who was recently involved in a controversy of violating rules for purchase of textbooks for libraries, had jumped into the lake on Tuesday. The police had fished out his body at 11.15 am. His body was identified this morning by his wife and son. Vinod was suffering from depression.



Excise Dept, manufacturers fail to agree on liquor prices
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Four days after the new excise policy for 2013-2014 came in force, the UT Excise and Taxation Department is finding it hard to “rope in” liquor manufacturers to bring down the ex-distillery price (EDP) of different brands of liquor.

Till the EDP is not approved by the department, different brands of liquor cannot be sold in the city. A meeting between excise officials and manufacturers failed to sort out the rate issue.

Excise Commissioner Mohammed Shayin said efforts were being made to sort out the issue at the earliest.

“It is only after the EDP is approved that other taxes such as VAT, excise duty and licence fee are added to calculate the landing cost of different brands of liquor,” said another official.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner RC Bhalla said labels of only those brands were being approved the rates of which were on a par with the EDP rates in Punjab.

To break the old practice of the manufacturers increasing the EDP at their will, the department has, in the new policy, decided to approve only those labels where the EDP has been kept on a par with that in Punjab.

Over the past seven years, the UT Excise and Taxation Department had been “systematically” allowing liquor manufacturers an upper hand in annually increasing the EDP of different brands of liquor by over 45 per cent.

This resulted in prices of different brands of liquor rising over the years. All the while, the same brands of liquor were being sold at comparatively cheaper rates in Punjab and Haryana.

In the past, UT officials had never adopted the practice of asking the manufacturers to give an affidavit stating that they were supplying the liquor at the lowest price.

Incidentally, a number of popular brands of the IMFL are being bottled by two bottling plants in Chandigarh.

The same thing had happened in June last year. As the EDP was not fixed on time, wholesalers started selling liquor without paying the 12.5 per cent VAT to the UT Excise and Taxation Department.



Today is World Environment Day
Pollution taking a toll on city’s health
RSPM levels continue to be above the permissible limit
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
With the number of vehicles plying on city roads consistently on the rise, the level of pollutants is also increasing. Taking a toll on the health of residents, the increased vehicular density, causing frequent traffic jams and concentration of air pollutants, has not allowed the respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) levels to move down to normalcy in the past five years. Over nine lakh vehicles are registered with the Registering and Licensing Authority, Chandigarh.

Against the permissible limit of an RSPM level of 60, the threshold till which the human body can resist problems (allergies and others), the levels have turned out to be much higher in all five zones since 2009 till December 2013.

Due to the increased RSPM levels, allergies, respiratory problems as well as frequent illness and heart problems have increased among residents, say experts. “We alone are responsible for it. Other than natural remedies such as dense green belts, the unusually high number of vehicles plying on city roads is the biggest preventable cause for it. Channelling traffic and avoiding choking can also help control pollution,” said member secretary of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee PJS Dadwal.

Pulmonary experts say these pollutants have been affecting the health of children in particular, leading to problems such as asthma and chronic cough. “You may have often seen people getting chronic cough as they frequently catch infection. It is important not to ignore these problems,” says Dr SK Jindal, who recently retired as the Head, Department of Pulmonary Medicine at the PGI.

Dr Yashpaul Sharma, Head of the Department of Cardiology, PGI, warns that besides a sedentary lifestyle, enviormnental problems have been fast resulting in cardio-vascular diseases among residents. “The number of heart attack cases reported in our department have doubled in the past decade. While not all cases relate to envriomental pollution, factors such as noise and smoke have been affecting our body severely,” he said. 



2 challaned for smoking on court complex
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Found smoking in the District Courts by a Judge, two youths were today challaned for smoking at a public place. The Judge immediately summoned the police to issue a challan to the two who were found smoking in toilets at the District Courts. They were issued a challan of Rs 200 each as per the rules.

The police issued the challan to Sahil, a resident of Sector 41, and Vinayak, a resident of Sector 23.

The incident occurred in the District Courts complex in Sector 43 when an Additional District Judge (ADJ) noticed two persons smoking inside the toilets while passing by the area.

The ADJ spoke to the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) and asked for necessary action to be taken. The police post in charge of Sector 43 was then called and directions were issued to challan the two youths for smoking at a public place.

The two had come to the District Courts to attend a hearing as they are the accused in a theft case.



Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery
Tribune News Service

A man shows a ransacked almirah at the victim’s flat at the MDC, Panchkula, on Wednesday.
A man shows a ransacked almirah at the victim’s flat at the MDC, Panchkula, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, June 4
Thieves struck at a flat in Rail Vihar, Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 4, Panchkula, and decamped with cash and jewellery worth 1.70 lakh in the wee hours yesterday. Interestingly, they locked the house of a neighbour of the victim family before committing the crime. The owner of the flat, VAK Mahajan, former deputy manager with a bank, was out with his family to Amritsar when the incident took place.

Mahajan’s flat is on the fourth floor of the society. A guard was deputed at the gate and CCTV cameras installed at the entry, but still the miscreants managed to target the house.

The SHO of the MDC police station, Inspector Suraj Chawla, said, “We are working on various leads and the case will be solved soon. We are questioning members of the society.”

“In the morning, when the victim family’s neighbours woke up, they found their door locked from outside. They felt suspicious and called up those staying on the third floor,” said a police official.

Later, it was found that Mahajan’s house had been ransacked by burglars. Besides Rs 20,000, jewellery worth Rs 1.50 lakh was stolen from the flat.



Biker killed

Chandigarh, June 4
A youth died after his motorcycle hit the divider on the Sector 18/21 road before colliding with a Chandigarh Police bus that was coming from the opposite direction on the other side of the road late tonight.

Gurpreet Singh, who was a resident of Lalru and putting up in Ram Darbar, died on the spot. The victim was riding alone and was not wearing a helmet. — TNS


No paediatrician at Civil Hospital
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 4
The Civil Hospital, Phase 6, Mohali, is functioning without a paediatrician and parents of children are having tough time. The hospital, which used to have two paediatricians, is being run without any child specialist for around past one month.

According to Dr Andesh Kang, chief medical officer of the hospital, one paediatrician has resigned from her post while the other has gone on long leave from April 30. Dr Kang admitted that there was no paediatrician at the hospital right now. However, hospital had made temporary arrangements. A paediatrician from Kharar and Dera Bassi hospital will visit the hospital for three days each. And interviews are being conducted to recruit a paediatrician.

Notably several cases of child delivery come at the hospital. “In absence of any child specialist, the parents of new born babies are a harassed lot. In case of some emergency, they have to rush to private doctors,” said a staff member on the condition of anonymity.

Besides, several parents of small kids, who need treatment, use to return from the hospital.

“The hospital caters to poor strata so these people could not afford the hefty fees of private doctors,” said a patient at the hospital.

According to data available, three deliveries take place every day on an average.

In February as many as 148 deliveries took place in the hospital the number of such cases in March, April and May was 107, 93 and 81, respectively. 



Shergill murder: Mohali police reconstruct crime scene to get leads
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 4
To get any lead in Congress leader Rajwant Singh Shergill blind murder case, the Mohali police reconstructed the murder scene.

Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said the police not only made fresh survey of the area but also reconstructed the entire episode to get any lead in the murder.

“We have visited the site in Sector 69, where the car, containing Shergill’s decomposed body was found. All the details were scrutinised minutely to get any lead in the case,” said SSP Bhatti. He was part of reconstruction of the murder scene.

He added that the reconstruction of scene also gave some new angle on which the police have already started working. However, he refused to give any further details. On being asked whether the police have ruled out involvement of other suspected persons, who have already been questioned in this connection, SSP said nobody was given clean chit so far.

“We are waiting to get forensic reports of mobile phone details of Shergill from which he had sent several messages to Sandeep Kaur. Let the report come. We might get some important lead,” said SSP Bhatti. Notably, Shergill’s decomposed body was found in Ertiga car, which was parked near residential colony in Sector 69 on May 21. Sandeep Kaur, with whom Shergill reportedly had an affair, also lives in the locality from where his body was found. 



Better Chandigarh
City Beautiful struggles to quench its thirst
With summer at its peak, low water pressure is giving sleepless nights to residents. Already short of 29 million gallons of water per day, the Municipal Corporation is struggling to meet the demand. Chandigarh Tribune gives an insight into the present state of affairs on the water supply scenario in the city
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
As the city reels under scorching heat with the temperature crossing 40 degrees Celsius, taps have gone dry in several areas. Every summer, city denizens grapple with water woes.

Against the 87 million gallons per day (MGD) water available to the city per day from all sources, the demand goes up to 116 MGD during the peak summer months.

The city gets its major share of water from Kajauli Waterworks. Chandigarh draws 67 MGD of surface water from Kajauli Waterworks Phases I, II, III and IV, while the remaining 20 MGD is drawn from 207 tubewells.

To meet the increasing demand of water, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has mulled 38 new tubewells, which will provide an additional 7.5 MGD of water.

However, concerns are being expressed on the falling water table, which would lead to further problems as the tubewells would be rendered as showpieces.

The problem does not end here as the civic body has to provide 6 MGD water to Panchkula and 3 MGD to Chandimandir, which has not been provided till date. This is because the pipelines have not been laid.

As soon as the pipelines are laid, Chandigarh will lose 9 MGD water, which is likely to worsen the scenario further, thereby leading to acute water scarcity.

The shortage of water in summers also leads to low water pressure on the upper floors of marla houses in the city.

To meet the increasing demand of water, Chandigarh has no option but to draw water from Kajauli Waterworks Phases V and VI.

Distribution of water

* The city has been divided into 6 zones for the purpose of water supply.

* Each of these zones is fed through independent water works in Sectors 52, 37, 32, 26 and 12, Mani Majra I and II.

* These waterworks are fed by the Main waterworks in Sector 39. This receives canal water from Kajauli.

Wastage due to leakage in pipes

* Nearly 20 per cent of the total drinking water is wasted every day due to leakage in the water pipelines, both internal and main pipelines, that have not been changed for the past few decades.

* One-fourth of the available water goes down the drain due to leakages. Out of the 87 MGD water that the city receives every day, around 16-17 MGD water is wasted due to leakages.



City’s North gulps more as South suffers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
At a time when the city is struggling hard to provide sufficient water supply to its residents, the posh northern sectors are using over 1,000 litres of water per person against the national norm of 135 litres per day.

Washing vehicles with potable water during the morning hours has become a common practice in the city.
Washing vehicles with potable water during the morning hours has become a common practice in the city. A file photo

The imbalance in the usage of water is one of the major challenges faced by the Municipal Corporation. A detailed study conducted by the civic body’s engineering wing has revealed that the posh sectors use somewhere between 934 litres to 1,376 litres of water, per person, per day.

Surprisingly, the consumption of water remains the same throughout the year.

High water consumption per day has been reported in Sectors 2, 3, 5 and 9.

The southern sectors use far less water compared to the posh sectors in the north. The consumption of water in Sector 56 is 138 litres per person per day.

Civic body officials attributed the high consumption of potable water in the posh sectors to the watering of spacious lawns, besides washing cars which are aplenty.

“The MC provides a connection for the supply of tertiary water to one-kanal houses at a monthly charge of ~50. Likewise, ~100 is charged for two-kanal houses. However, not many house owners have secured these connections,” said a MC official.

Interestingly, residents in some villages are consuming water even below the national norm of 135 litres per person per day.

The need to curtail usage of water has been raised by the civic body officials. This can be achieved by increasing the tariff for the higher slabs.

Treatment of water

* The raw water from Kajauli reaches Sector 39, where it is treated. While 70 million gallons is treated at Sector 39, 5 million gallons is treated at Sector 12.

* Alum is added to the water to collect the dissolved particles that can be weeded out. After floculation, sedimentation is carried out so that the impurities settle down. Thereafter, filtration is conducted. This is followed by chlorination to ensure that the bacteria are removed.



Punjab-Haryana row has city at receiving end
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Uncertainty looms large over the supply of additional water for Chandigarh from Phases V and VI of Kajauli Waterworks owing to a dispute between Punjab and Haryana over the issue of water sharing.

The water is drawn from the Bhakra main canal that reaches village Kajauli, from where it is further distributed to Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana.

Chandigarh depends primarily on Kajauli Waterworks to meet its water requirement.

While some amount of water is received through tubewells, there is no other source of water generation in the city.

At present, the augmentation of water supply in Chandigarh is stalled due to a dispute between the two states. A few years ago, Chandigarh had prepared a proposal for the Augmentation of Water Supply Scheme, Phases V and VI.

However, the project could not see the light of the day as the Punjab government — which had agreed to allow Chandigarh draw 40 million gallons per day (MGD) of water — refused the same stating that they would use Phases V and VI to draw water for Punjab, while Chandigarh would be supplied water through Phases VII and VIII.

Since the land available for the laying of pipelines is limited, it was decided that instead of four separate phases, pipelines of larger diameter could be laid in Phase V and VI, to cater to the water needs of both Punjab and Chandigarh.

The structure for the pumping chamber has taken shape at Kajauli Waterworks with the framework almost complete.

Simultaneously, pipelines are also being laid on a land strip — which is 50 feet wide — extending from Kajauli Waterworks to the boundary of Punjab and Chandigarh.

However, till date, the dispute over water sharing between Punjab and Haryana has not been resolved.

As such, there is no decision on the release of water from both phases of Kajauli.

The city will receive water from Kajauli Phase V and VI only after the governments of Punjab and Haryana reach a consensus over the distribution of water.



PGI gears up to mark No-Honking Day
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
With the increasing noise pollution in the entire country and practice of blowing horns not coming down, a team of experts from the PGIMER have planned to observe a ‘No-Honking Day’ in the city.

The School of Public Health, PGIMER, will mark ‘No-Honking Day’ in coming months by reaching out to residents and commuters in city through educators, police and other agencies to ensure that on the given day no horns are heard in the city.

Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, assistant professor, School of Public Health, PGIMER, who specialises in environmental health, highlighted that increase in noise pollution can cause both short-term as well as long-term psychological and physiological disorders. He mentioned that there are sufficient scientific evidences that exposure to high noise levels can induce hearing impairment, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, annoyance, sleep disturbance, and decrease in concentration. To reduce the health impact of noise pollution and to generate awareness, we are planning to mark a no horn day in the city, said Dr Khailwal.

It has been reported that maximum noise is generated by transportation systems and it contributes about 55 per cent to the total noise pollution. As per figures available with the Chandigarh Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA), as on date, close to 9 lakh vehicles are registered in the city. These include all varieties of vehicles. Since 1996 till 2013, about 2 lakh cars and jeeps have been registered. The number of two-wheelers, registered during the period was nearly 3 lakhs.

“Chandigarh is a well planned and educated city. By carrying out such initiatives here, we can set examples for the country. Also, the high vehicular density in Chandigarh in proportion to its total area is a considerable factor when we measure noise pollution caused due to honking,” said Dr Khaiwal. The contrast in noise levels will be noted on regular Days and on No-Honking day.



jyoti murder case
Doon MLA hatched the conspiracy: ACP Sangwan
Investigating officer ACP Virender Sangwan was earlier accused of favouring MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary during the probe
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 4
The investigating officer in the Jyoti murder case, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Virender Sangwan, who faced transfer after he was accused of favouring Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary during the probe, today told the court how the MLA had hatched the conspiracy to kill Jyoti.
(Left) Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary at the District Courts in Panchkula on Wednesday; and ACP Virender Sangwan reads a document before entering the courtroom.
(Left) Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary at the District Courts in Panchkula on Wednesday; and ACP Virender Sangwan reads a document before entering the courtroom. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Sangwan also informed the court that the mobile locations of all the accused matched with that of Jyoti on the day of crime.

The ACP, who supported the prosecution, told the court that the last call on Jyoti’s phone was made at 9.15 pm on the day of incident and the mobile’s location was in Zirakpur. This was also mentioned in the statements of the accused.

Sangwan also stated that the mobile locations, as found by him with the help of the Cyber Cell, showed that all the accused, namely the MLA, Gurmeet, Dharampal and Paramjeet, were in touch with each other while Jyoti was being taken to various places. He said the MLA had obtained certain numbers on fake as well as genuine IDs with the help of some mobile traders.

“Sangwan would now be cross-examined tomorrow. The actual facts would surface during the cross-examination,” said defence counsel Amandeep Bindra.

It may be recalled that after Jyoti’s father Buti Ram had alleged that Sangwan was favouring the MLA in the probe and not doing fair investigations, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted. The three-member SIT was headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashwin Shenvi with two ACPs as its members.

The matter went to the Punjab and Haryana High Court after the father levelled similar allegations and sought the case be shifted to a separate agency. Meanwhile, Sangwan was also transferred to the CID wing.

The case

Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary and four others are accused of killing Jyoti, who hailed from Bhunga village in Hoshiarpur. The victim was found murdered in Sector 21, Panchkula. The police chargesheet stated that since Jyoti was coming in the way of Chaudhary’s political career, he eliminated her with the help of aides. First, Jyoti was strangulated and then a truck was run over her to show that it was an accident.



GMADA to impose 12.36% tax on various services
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 4
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) will be levying service tax at the rate of 12.36 per cent on various services. According to sources, service tax has been imposed by the Central Government under Section 66 B of the Finance Act, 1994, as amended from time to time, on various services.

The imposition of service tax will be with retrospective effect from July 1, 2012.

The GMADA will be imposing service tax on legal fee payable to advocates, tower installation, income from rent of STD booths and others, income from community centres, lease money, consulting fee, miscellaneous receipts, processing fee, transfer fee and RTI document fee. However, then service tax will be 3.09 per cent in the case of built-up property i.e. built-up booths and the Purab Apartments.

Reacting to the GMADA’s decision, the chairman of Mohali Property Consultants Association Shailender Anand said levying service tax from a back date was totally unjustified and would lead to disputes. Moreover, the tax percentage was very high, which would put a heavy fiscal burden on property buyers, he added.

Anand said earlier, the transfer fee was two per cent of the cost of the plot. The new figure of 12.36 per cent was far too big a hike, he added.



Another extension for Chief Architect?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Even as the UT Administration had announced to relieve the Chief Architect, Sumit Kaur, of the charge, the Punjab-cadre officer continues to render her services here.

While UT officials were tight-lipped about whether the UT was retaining her or not, sources said she was assisting the work on the master plan.

The Administration had recently decided against extending her services and to repatriate her to Punjab.

Kaur had joined the UT Administration on deputation in October 2008 for a period of one year. However, she got as many as nine extensions on various grounds, one of which was to complete the master plan and to work for preserving the city’s heritage. Now, the master plan has been finalised and is waiting for the final approval of the Administrator.

Presently, she is also assisting the UT Administration to apply for a UNESCO world heritage tag for the Capitol Complex.



P’kula gets new DCP
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 4
Y Puran Kumar will replace Ashwin Shenvi as Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP). Puran is a 2001-batch IPS officer and was posted as Superintendent of Police (SP), Kurukshetra. The orders for his new posting were issued this evening. Shenvi has been shifted to Kurukshetra to take Puran’s place.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the new DCP said, “I have received the orders just now. After I reach Panchkula, I will chalk out strategies that will help in curbing crime.”

When asked if there is any particular area that he would focus on, he added, “I will be able to comment only after I join. I have been posted at Ambala, but it is my first posting in Panchkula.”



Sanitation drive held in Maloya 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Mayor HC Kalyan along with the area councillor, Poonam Sharma, flagged off a sanitation awareness campaign at Maloya here today.

Holding placards during an awareness rally, safaikaramcharies sought residents cooperation in maintaining sanitation in the City Beautiful. The sanitation wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) also organised a cleanliness drive in the area.

Dumper placers were pressed in to lift waste dumped on the roadside. Cycle-rickshaw carts were used to lift littered garbage in the narrow lanes of the area.



Free PUC check today

FIAT Group Automobiles India Pvt. Ltd (FGAIPL) has undertaken a massive after sales initiative across India. FGAIPL will set up free PUC check up camps at its exclusive dealerships across India on “World Environment Day” – June 5th , covering all the states.

Free pollution check

To commemorate the World Environment Day, ŠKODA Auto India in association with Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) announced a free pollution check-up programme on June 5th. Aimed at spreading awareness on environment, this initiative by ŠKODA India substantiates company’s commitment towards the society and the environment.

Surya eyes home appliances business

Surya Roshni is all set to expand its business in home appliances segment. On the anvil is a feature-rich, contemporary range of home appliances like water heaters, dry irons, steam irons and mixer-grinders and target to achieve Rs 100 crore in a span of two years.

Gym inaugurated

Absolute Fitness gym, Mohali, was inaugurated by Yuvraj Hans and Navraj Hans, sons of Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans. The facilities will include spa, gym, cardio, aerobics and other services of international level.—TNS



Special classes for summative assessments
Govt schools fail to comply with orders
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Despite the Education Department’s written instructions that students of Class IX who had failed to qualify for the summative assessments (SA) should be given guidance classes for their improvement examination, which is to be held in July, majority of the government schools have failed to comply with the orders as no extra classes are being held.

The department had issued the orders to all government and government-aided school heads after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had issued a circular on May 1. The circular stated that the students of Class IX would be given one more special chance to improve their performance in the assessment examination.

However, a cursory look at the affairs proved that the majority of the schools were not holding any classes for the students.

According to information, a large number of students, nearly 50 per cent, had failed to clear their first special chance examination held in April.

Out of the 85 government schools, only seven schools have got 100 per cent results.

Earlier in May, parents and students had held a protest demanding that the schools should conduct special classes for the students who would be availing the re-test chance. However, all requests have fallen on deaf ears.

Meanwhile, when principals from government schools were contacted on the matter, they took refuge in the contention that due to the onset of summer vacations no classes were being held.

Officials from the Education Department claimed that they had given clear instructions to the school heads. However, due to their apathy the students were suffering.

Some principals claimed that they had held special classes for students in May. Meanwhile, students alleged that the special classes were a mere eyewash.

A student requesting anonymity said: “No special guidance or classes are being provided to us. However, earlier when we had staged a protest we were assured by the Education Department that the classes would be held.”

The worst-performing schools in the Class IX results were Government Senior Secondary School, Kaimbwala, where only 4 per cent of students had passed; Government High School, Hallo Majra (only 11 per cent); and in Government High School, Mauli Colony, only 18 per cent students had managed to pass the exam.

Nearly 16 government schools had less than 50 per cent pass results.

According to CBSE directions, a student would have to obtain at least 25 per cent marks in summative assessments and total 33 per cent in each of the five subjects to be eligible to qualify for the examination.



Form submission: Admn to launch helpline numbers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
To avoid inconvenience to undergraduate students in the online form submission process, the UT Administration is going to launch a helpline number for each of the five government colleges of the city.

An official said a dedicated helpline number to each college would be provided by the authorities for the purpose by June 7 when the prospectus, along with the form, would be released by the Education Department.

The official said the helpline number would cater to the needs of students related to filling of form to its submission or any other information about admission process of government colleges.

A meeting of all five government college principals, along with their faculty, under the chairmanship of UT Higher Education Director Sandeep Hans, was held today in which this decision was taken.

Sources said it was also suggested that the helpline should be functional for the next two months as the number of students, who were interested in government colleges, were high.

The sources said it was also decided that the number of help desks in each college would be decided by the college authorities keeping in view the demand and queries of the students.

The Director, UT Higher Education, said the helpline numbers of all government colleges would be an additional facility to assist students in form submission.

The forms of the five colleges - Government College for Girls, Sector 11; Postgraduate Government College, Sector 11; Government College for Girls, Sector 42; Government College of Sector 46; and Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42; - will be submitted online.



PhD Programme
PU issues revised guidelines
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
Panjab University has issued revised guidelines for awarding the PhD degree. PU spokesman said the admission to the PhD programme was being given through an entrance test. In order to promote teachers to undertake the PhD programme, the approved permanent teachers (regular for government colleges) of the PU and colleges affiliated with it with two years experience would be exempted from the entrance test for admission to the PhD course.

Candidates who have joined MPhil after taking admission on the basis of a joint university entrance test for PhD/MPhil will be eligible for it only within a period of two years of the declaration of results.

The PU spokesman clarified that as per the earlier practice, no exemption from the entrance test would be given for registration for PhD, except to those who have qualified the UGC–NET/CSIR (JRF) examination/SLET/ GATE/ teacher fellowship holders/direct awardees of fellowship by DST (INSPIRE), ICMR or any other national agency.



Admission schedule of BA LLB (Hons) to be declared on June 9
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 4
The admission forms for BA/BCom LLB (Hons) five-year integrated course at the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh; UILS, Hoshiarpur; and UILS, Ludhiana; would be available at http://uglaw.puchd.ac.in from June 9, 2014.

The guidelines and schedule would be declared on June 9 on the website. Apart from Foreign nationals/NRIs, there are 120 seats each in the BA LLB (Hons) five-year integrated course and BCom LLB (Hons) five-year integrated course on the UILS PU campus. There would be 87 seats of the BA LLB (Hons) five-year integrated course at the University Institute of Laws, PU Regional Centre, Ludhiana. There would be 60 open seats in the BA LLB (Hons) five-year integrated course at the UILS, Swami Sarvanand Giri, PU Regional Centre, Hoshiarpur.

The admissions to the BA/B Com LLB (Hons) would be based on an entrance test and the marks in the qualifying examination (Class XII), and the PU-CET (UG) entrance test would each carry 50 per cent weightage.



mission admission
SGGSC introduces online form facility
Tribune News Service

MS Marwaha, Principal of SGGS College, at his office.
MS Marwaha, Principal of SGGS College, at his office. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, June 4
Sri Guru Gobind Singh College (SGGSC), Sector 26, has started online form facility on its website for students from this academic session. Earlier, the information about the courses of the college was available on the college website but this time it is also providing the online form facility.

It is also introducing MSc in Zoology course in the college. There will be 30 seats for the course and the admission will be on the basis of the CET (PG).

It has also sought permission to set up a research centre of bio-technology in the college for which the approval of Panjab University is awaited.

The college is also going to introduce computer science subject for BCom first year students from this session.

Besides, the second unit of the MCom, which only exists in this college in the city, will also be started from this session.

It will enrol five students in PhD with college teachers as co-guide in bio-technology and five for physical education as main guide for the students.

MS Marwaha, Principal of the college, said the college was coming up with such courses which would prepare students 
for facing challenges of life and become self-dependent.

He said the prospectus would be available from June 6 but online forms were available on the college website from today onwards.

The college has also decided not to increase the cut-off of any course this year.




from schools
Personality enhancement camp

Chandigarh: Prajapita Brahma Kumari Ishwariya Vishwas Vidyalaya would be organising an eight-day personality enhancement camp for children between 12-20 years of age at the Rajyoga Bhawan in Sector 33, Chandigarh, from June 5 to12. The Organisers said the idea of organising the camp was to prepare the children for facing challenges in the world as children experience stress and emotional challenges in schools, colleges and other places.

Recitation competition held

Mohali: Oakridge International School organised a recitation competition for its primary section. Tiny tots attired in fancy dresses performed rhymes, tongue twisters and enacted stories on the occasion. The school authorities claimed that the competition provided an opportunity to the students to showcase their talent. The Principal, Pranjala Das, said events like these were an unique way to broaden the knowledge of the students and groom their personality. “Such atmosphere should be conducted for the tiny tots where playing, friendship and fun-based learning give them a joyful experience, “ she said.

Students win laurels

Three students of Gian Jyoti Global School, Phase II, Mohali, brought laurels to their school by winning medals at the 25th Silver Jubilee North and East India Invitational ITF Tae Kwan Do Championship. The three winning students were Mahima Bajaj, Pratham Singh Chauhan and Yugalpreet. The event was organised by the Uttarakhand Tae Kwan Do Federation at Pestle College Oak Hill Estate, Mussoorie Diversion, Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The students bagged silver medals each for individual sparring whereas Yugalpreet clinched a bronze medal for Individual pattern in the junior belt section of Tae kwan do as well. Principal Ranjeet Bedi applauded the efforts of the students and congratulated them and their parents.

Students excel

Ten students of St Soldier School, Mohali, made it to the 0.1 per cent CBSE merit holders’ list. The school authorities said each year the CBSE gives merit certificate to 0.1 per cent highest scorers in each subject. The school authorities claimed that as per the list, the school had the maximum number of 0.1 per cent achievers in Mohali. — TNS 



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