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Panjab varsity, PGI get more land
PU authorities coming up with transit accommodation for faculty, scholars
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Panjab University (PU) is coming up with first-of-its-kind transit accommodation for the faculty and research scholars under its extension plan for which Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil gave the green light today.

At a meeting held here, it was decided that more than 100 acres of land will be allotted for the extension of the PU campus. Sources said in the first phase, the Administration had agreed to allot 78 acres to the university.

The UT Administrator asked the university authorities to develop the transit accommodation on a priority basis to facilitate the faculty and research scholars.

The sources said the university had drafted a proposal for 64 acres, which was submitted to the UT Administration for approval. Under the proposal, in the first phase, the university proposed to develop “Chandigarh region innovation and knowledge cluster” on about 8 acres.

There will also be an international research centre with the hostel facility, especially for outdoor scholars on the campus. This will be a first-of-its-kind centre as a number of research institutes fail to invite foreign scholars for lack of temporary residential accommodation for them.

The sources said the university was mulling a proposal for setting up an international science centre along with a hostel on 10 acres.

Besides, the authorities were also proposing to shift all business-related departments to the campus extension so that they were under one umbrella. The proposed land for the university business school would be around 8 acres. The university was also mooting a proposal for a social science centre on around 5 acres.

The sources said the university authorities had initially submitted a proposal for 180 acres for the expansion of the PU and had demanded that it be earmarked in the master plan. The proposal was rejected, but later the Administration asked the university authorities to re-draft a proposal for around 63 acres for projects on a priority basis.

We are ready with plans: VC
Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover said the authorities were ready with their plans and after getting a written approval from the Administration, these would be executed on a priority basis by the university.



Region’s premier institute to decongest Advanced Trauma Centre, New OPD Block
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
In a boost to the PGI’s crusade against the problem of patient rush that has been affecting the quality of care, the UT Administration today allotted 150 acres for its expansion.

The move will allow the PGI to expand its existing campus, spread over 277 acres. It will fast-track the efforts of decongesting the Advanced Trauma Centre as well as the New OPD Block and ensure better patient care.

The projects for expansion include a patient screening centre (where patient priority in terms of severity of disease will be determined), extension of the Advanced Trauma Centre (for nursing care) and organ transplantation centre for the PGI.

“We have a number of projects under our expansion plan. This move will help us plan out and finalise the plans faster,” said PGI’s official spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar.

The Chandigarh Administration has asked the institution to build a compound wall around the area which will be allotted to it.

At present, the PGI’s Advanced Trauma Centre receives about 100 new patients daily in addition to those shifted to trauma wards for post-operative nursing care (recovery). The extension will specialise in nursing care of patients shifted from the trauma centre and make space for new patients.

The patient screening area will help the institute treat patients with high severity of ailments on priority while putting less serious patients low on priority and decongest the New OPD Blcok. At present, the per day registrations turn out to be as high as 10,000 patients while a mechanism exists to give priority to critical patients.

Expansion plans
Patient screening centre for deciding severity of disease
Extension of Advanced Trauma Centre for shifting patients for nursing care
Organ Transplantation Centre for multiple organs

Existing campus spread over 277 acres
The existing PGI campus is spread over 277 acres and has four superspeciality centres, one hospital, in addition to Emergency and New OPD Block. It has 100 acres of vacant land on the existing campus.



Residents bear the brunt of power cuts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
As if the heat wave conditions that intensified in the city today were not enough, power supply continued to play hide and seek with city residents. Reports of power cuts were also received from Mohali and Panchkula.

For the third consecutive day, power cuts, stretching up to three hours, were reported from Sectors 20, 22, 32, 39, 44, 45 and 47, Burail and Mani Majra. As a result, the traffic light in the affected sectors remained non-functional.

Unlike last Tuesday when the supply to the southern sectors was badly affected to a fault in the 66 kV substation in Mohali, the supply today was affected due faults in local supply lines.

Nikhil, a resident of Sector 22, said a power cut of around one hour was witnessed during the afternoon, leading to inconvenience. “In the peak summer, its difficult to brace power cuts. We have no option but to wait for the supply to resume,” he said.

Khusbhoo, who stays in Sector 47, said they witnessed a power cut of around one hour.

A similar situation was witnessed in Sectors 20 and 32 when an unscheduled power cut of around two hours was reported during the afternoon. The complaint centre of the Electricity Department received scores of calls from anxious residents who wanted to know about the status of power in their respective sectors.

PUSU workers stage protest

PUSU workers today staged a protest in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office at Panjab University against frequent power cuts faced by hostel inmates. The students complained that for the past one month, a number of memoranda had been given to the authorities regarding the electricity problem in Boys’ Hostel Nop. 8 and Girls’ Hostel Nos. 8 and 9 on the south campus.

The students complained that as the examinations were under way, power cuts in hostels, which lasted four to five hours during the night, were affecting their preparations. There is no back-up system in any hostel. PUSU president Satwinder Moulviwala (Naval) said the authorities had assured them to take necessary steps after a meeting, scheduled with the Dean Students’ Welfare (DSW) tomorrow over this issue.

Panjab University Dean Students’ Welfare Navdeep Goyal said the authorities were taking up the matter with the UT Electricity Department as only the south campus was facing power cuts.

Workmen hold protest

UT electrical workmen held a protest march to the UT Secretariat and submitted a memorandum to Sarvjit Singh, Finance Secretary-cum-Secretary (Engineering), regarding their demands.

Addressing a gathering, Rakesh Kumar, general secretary and Kishori Lal, president, of a union of the workmen, condemned the “adamant and anti-employee” attitude of the engineering department authorities. They said the Electrical Workmen Union was fighting for the demands of workers for a long time, but the authorities did not appear keen on solving their problems.



Biker’s death: Family loses sole breadwinner
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Om Prakash (second from left), father of Gurpreet Singh, at the GMSH, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Om Prakash (second from left), father of Gurpreet Singh, at the GMSH, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
The police bus that was involved in the accident.
The police bus that was involved in the accident. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, June 5
The death of a 24-year-old motorcyclist, Gurpreet Singh, in a road accident here last night has left his family in shock. The only breadwinner in the family, he had the responsibility of three siblings on his shoulders.

The motorcyclist was killed after he reportedly lost balance and the vehicle hit the divider on the road separating Sectors 18 and 21 and he fell on the other side of road and got crushed under the wheels of a bus of the Chandigarh police coming from the opposite direction.

Gurpreet Singh was moving on Udyog Path towards the Sector 18/19/21/20 roundabout when the accident took place. The bus was coming towards the Sector 17/18/21/22 roundabout.

Constable Hardial Singh was driving the bus at the time of the accident. He was arrested and later released on bail. Gurpreet was riding alone and was not wearing a helmet.

The victim had shouldered the responsibility of his family after his father lost one of his hands a few years ago.

Om Prakash (49) is in a state of shock since the time he came to know about the death of his son.

Om Prakash, who was a tailor, lost his right hand after it got infected with cancer and doctors had to amputate it. Soon after that, Gurpreet, who was then a young boy, decided to leave his studies and support his family financially.

Today, Om Prakash was sitting numb under the scorching heat outside the mortuary at Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, waiting to receive his son’s body. His dry eyes reflected the pain he was going through.

Villagers said Om Prakash was sitting outside the mortuary since last night without speaking a single word to anyone.

Ankit, one of his friends from Lalru village, who had seen Gurpreet grow up, said Gurpreet realised his responsibilities at a very young age, but after his death, the fate of the entire family was now uncertain. “He had learnt to repair air conditioners and worked at different places. Later, he opened a AC repair shop in Sector 45,” Ankit said.

“Raising the family is now going to be a challenge for Om Prakash as his children are too small to work. We are worried about his family,” said a villager with tears in his eyes.

By afternoon today, the autopsy was conducted and all formalities were completed after which the body was taken to Lalru for cremation.



Free saplings just a phone call away
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Now, planting a sapling in your neighbourhood or putting up plants at your home is just a phone call away. A city resident, who started “Hello Green Project” promising to provide saplings free of cost for one year yesterday, has received 100 calls from across the city for the purpose till this evening.

Nazim Ahmad, who started the service, said: “We have one vehicle sponsored by a private company for delivering saplings across Chandigarh. We are trying to procure two more vehicles to extend our services to the tricity, including the Zirakpur area.”

Residents can call on 9988515121 to place an order for saplings. The delivery will take one or two days after the order is placed. Selective varieties of plants will be provided. The service will continue till World Environment Day next year.

“Today, residents from Sector 8, Mani Majra and a number of southern sectors ordered saplings. The saplings will be delivered to them within three days,” Nazim said.

Dial 9988515121
Residents can call on 9988515121 to place an order for saplings. The delivery will take one or two days after the order is placed. Selective varieties of plants will be provided. The service will continue till World Environment Day next year.


Max temp in city 5 notches above normal
Tribune News Service

Girls cover their faces to escape heat in Chandigarh.
Girls cover their faces to escape heat in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, June 5
City residents will have to endure the scorching heat for at least three more days as the Met Department does not expect rain any time soon.

The maximum temperature stood at 43.8 degree Celsius today, which is five notches above normal. The heat wave conditions have gripped the city and the weather woes are expected to increase in the coming days. A Met official said since there were no chances of rain, the mercury might touch the 45 degree Celsius mark by the next week.

According to the Met department, there will be mainly clear sky tomorrow and the maximum temperature is expected to touch the 44 degree Celsius mark while the minimum would hover around 27 degree Celsius.

Meanwhile, people are preferring to stay indoors unless it is unavoidable. Those going out ensure that they are suitably clad. People are trying everything to escape the heat. Pedestrians and commuters with covered faces and wearing headgear are a common sight in the city. Umbrellas and shades are making their presence felt.

A number of ‘chhabeels’ were organised by city residents to provide some relief to the passersby.



world environment day
Admn releases action plan for a greener city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The UT Department of Forest and Environment today released the Greening Chandigarh Action Plan-2014 during a function organised at Sukhna Lake to mark World Environment Day.

The Adviser to the UT Administrator, KK Sharma, was the chief guest at the function, which was orgnaised in collaboration with the Youth Innovative Society. Conservator of Forests and Director Environment Santosh Kumar, and Deputy Conservator of Forests Kuldeep Kumar were among the officials present on the occasion.

The action plan is a guiding tool for all the agencies working towards making the City Beautiful more clean and green.

During the function, it was informed that against the target of 2,05,000 saplings, 2,22,103 saplings were planted during the last year. The target number of saplings to be planted this year is 2,08,477.

The Forest Department will plant 55,000 saplings, the Horticulture Wing of the Municipal Corporation will plant 58,000 saplings and the Horticulture Wing of the UT Engineering Department will plant 30,477 saplings. Besides, around 65,000 saplings will be planted by schools, colleges, residents welfare associations, market associations, NGOs, Rotary Clubs, Lion’s Club and other government organisations.

On the occasion, the department organised an ‘environment awareness cycle rally’. Around 200 persons from the NSS units in UT schools and the Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association took part in the rally.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Industrial & Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (CITCO) also organised a function to mark World Environment Day.

Raising green cover
The Forest Department targets to plant 2,08,477 saplings during the current year.

The Forest Department will plant 55,000 saplings, the civic body will plant 58,000 saplings while the UT Engineering Department will plant 30,477 saplings.

Around 65,000 saplings will be planted by schools, colleges, residents welfare associations, market associations, NGOs, Rotary Clubs, Lion’s Club and other government organisations.



Three hurt as AC compressor bursts
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 5
Three persons, including a couple, sustained serious injuries as the compressor of an air-conditioner (AC) exploded at an electrical appliances repair shop, located adjacent to Lucky Dhaba, here late this evening.

It is learnt that Darshan Singh and his wife, residents of Bhabhat village, visited the Preet Electricals Repair Works to get a refrigerator repaired. While they were in the shop, the compressor of a recently repaired air-conditioner suddenly exploded.

Besides the couple, Sukhi, a resident of Karala village near Banur and working as a mechanic at the shop, was critically injured in the mishap. He sustained grave injuries in his face and lower limbs.

The blast was so forceful that other electrical items lying at the shop were also damaged. Many of them were blown out of the business establishment, eyewitnesses revealed.

Panic gripped the locality, following with the locals rushed the injured to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Since the condition of critically injured Sukhi deteriorated, he was referred to the PGI.

On receiving information, Zirakpur SHO Ravinder Pal Singh reached the spot and took stock of the situation.

The police have started investigation in this regard.

Fact file
Darshan Singh and his wife, residents of Bhabhat village, visited the Preet Electricals Repair Works to get a refrigerator repaired.
While they were in the shop, the compressor of a recently repaired air-conditioner exploded.
Besides the couple, Sukhi, a mechanic at the shop, was critically injured in the mishap.



Residents, traders discuss problems with UT Adviser
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
A delegation of sarpanches, colony residents as well as traders today met UT Adviser KK Sharma and MC Commissioner Vivek Partap Singh, who is the acting Deputy Commissioner, regarding various problems faced by residents of villages, colonies and traders.

BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan, who led the delegation, alleged that some UT officials were deliberately working against the newly elected MP Kirron Kher and the BJP. He said a few days ago, Kher had met UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil and discussed to form a policy to sort out problems of city residents. “The Administrator had assured that the matter will be sorted out amicably, but it did not happen,” he said.

Dhawan also discussed the issue of Lal Dora, need-based changes in Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) houses. “The issue of notices served to shopkeepers for running businesses different than what has been approved, was also discussed during the meeting,” Dhawan stated.

Dhawan said the Adviser assured them that camps would be set up in different areas and the problems faced by the residents would be solved. 



Sanjeev Gautam is DIG of CBI’s city unit
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The 1995-batch IRS officer, Sanjeev Gautam, today took over the charge of the DIG, CBI, Chandigarh.

Gautam belongs to the Custom and Central Excise Department and joined the CBI on deputation in Delhi on May 27.

The position of the DIG, CBI, Chandigarh, fell vacant after the repatriation of IPS officer Mahesh Aggarwal of the Tamil Nadu cadre.

Sanjeev Gautam will look after the special crime branch (SCB) and the anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the CBI’s Chandigarh unit. He will also supervise different units of the investigation agency including those at Shimla and Srinagar.



MC Commissioner gets additional charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
The Commissioner of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, Vivek Partap Singh, has been given the charge of the Deputy Commissioner as Mohammed Shayin has proceeded on an ex-India leave from June 6 to 22.

Singh would also also be looking after the charge of Registrar, Cooperative societies; additional chief electoral officer; secretary, Marketing Board; the Estate Officer; and the Labour Commissioner.



Toilet scam
Ready to act as witness, MC officials tell CBI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Four Municipal Corporation (MC) officials have expressed their willingness to act as witness and assist the CBI in probing alleged undue favour extended to M/s Selvel Media Services Pvt Ltd in allotment of tenders for the maintenance of 86 public toilets and displaying advertisements on these between 2007 and 2012.

Sources said the officials have communicated to the CBI that they will provide all the information sought during the investigation.

Getting witnesses in the case can help speedy investigation into the case. Earlier this year, the CBI had registered a Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the case.



stabbing case
Deceased’s husband evades arrest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
A day after registering a case against Raj Kumar, a resident of Mauli Jagran, for stabbing his wife Reeta to death, the Chandigarh Police today conducted raids to arrest the accused.

Rita (28) was attacked by her husband after they had a verbal spat. Rita sustained a deep cut under her left ear and was rushed to the PGIMER where she succumbed to her injury.

Police sources said efforts were on to nab the accused and raids were being conducted at his relative’s residence and suspected hideouts.

Rita had an altercation with her husband over his drinking problem.

Neighbours claimed that the accused was allegedly drunk when he attacked his wife.

Rita married Raj Kumar eight years ago against the wishes of their families.

Raj Kumar and Rita were blessed with two sons, aged six and four.



Unscheduled power cuts hit Mohali residents
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 5
Unscheduled power cuts and voltage fluctuation are on the rise here making life miserable for residents. The power cuts are also adversely affecting the water supply, adding to the woes of the residents.

Students appearing for various examinations are worst affected due to power cuts.

Gurpreet Singh, a resident, said: “The power supply gets disrupted at odd hours during the day and even at night for short durations. Voltage fluctuation also adversely affects electrical appliances”.

Phool Raj Singh of Phase VII here said though long power cuts had not been imposed so far, a one-hour power cut was generally witnessed during the day.



Photo contest marks Environment Day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
ITFT marked World Environment Day-2014 celebrations in the presence of eminent environmentalist Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal. A photography contest on Facebook, conducted by ITFT College, was the centre of attraction.

Out of 170 contestants, Karun Sharma, Prateek and Mohit Gautam won the first, second and third prizes with a cash prize of Rs 10,000, Rs 7,500, Rs 5,000, respectively.

Sant Balbir Singh Seechawal and Devinder Sharma gave away prizes to the winners.

They motivated everyone to participate in such creative and challenging competitions to mark their contribution to social cause.



Mahindra launches ‘XUV500 Sportz’

Mahindra & Mahindra Limited (M&M) on Thursday announced the launch of the limited edition ‘XUV500 Sportz’ built on its W8 model. Priced at Rs 13.92 lakh (ex-showroom, Chandigarh), the ‘XUV500 Sportz’ stands out and comes packed with premium features and plush interiors. Speaking at the launch, Arun Malhotra, chief sales and customer care officer, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, said: “This new offering of ‘XUV500 Sportz’ aligns with our leadership position in Indian motor sports & rallying and reflects our ‘sporty’ DNA very well. We believe that it will create a new benchmark in exclusivity to further enhance the XUV500’s appeal amongst customers.”

Free PUC check camp

Mahindra & Mahindra Limited on Thursday conducted a free PUC check camp for all personal and commercial Mahindra vehicles to observe World Environment Day.

Vodafone observes World Environment Day

On the occasion of World Environment Day (June 5), Grow-Trees.com, Indian Planting Partner for United Nation’s Environment Programme’s Billion Tree Campaign, and Vodafone India, on Thursday announced a private initiative to benefit the wildlife corridor between Kanha-Pench wildlife reserves by planting 3,00,000 saplings over 3 years.

Signature campaign

On the occasion of World Environment Day, Elante Mall took up an initiative, ‘Paper Wastage’, and has collaborated with the People for Animals (PFA), Chandigarh, to organise a “signature campaign” at the mall. It will urge its patrons to take a pledge to recycle paper waste across the tricity and minimize its wastage. — TNS



CBSE issues circulars to schools
Directs them not to participate in events sponsored by tobacco-promoting firms
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
To sensitise students against the consumption of tobacco, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), has directed all its affiliated schools to conduct activities highlighting the harmful effects of tobacco.

CBSE has also directed schools not to participate in events sponsored by or accept any sponsorship or prize from tobacco-promoting firms.

As per the circular, the board stated that there are various social, environmental, advertising and marketing factors responsible for initiating and sustaining tobacco use among the youth.

For this, a multi-pronged campaign should be taken up by the schools affiliated to the board.

Lauding the move, Rakesh Sachdeva, CBSE counsellor and principal of DAV School, Sector 15, said, “Nowadays children in the age-group of 15-18 years are vulnerable. They get easily influenced by others. Hence it is important that they are sensitised about the harmful effects of tobacco consumption.”

“Since the beginning of this academic session, five cases of students indulging in smoking have already been reported to me,” she added.

Sachdeva further said though counselling helped students quit smoking, the need of the hour is to spread awareness.

In its circular, the board also mentioned that many tobacco-promoting firms are finding innovative ways to attract schoolchildren.

As such, the board has instructed that no school affiliated to CBSE will be permitted to allow its students to participate in events sponsored by any firm or its subsidiary, which promotes the use of tobacco in any form. The school/students should not accept any prize or scholarship instituted by a tobacco-promoting firm.

The circular also mentions that schools should not allow any institution using the brand name, emblem, trademark, logo or trade insignia or any other distinct feature directly/indirectly connected with tobacco products to be associated with students.

Dr Arvind Goyal, doctor and academician said, “The move taken by CBSE is commendable. As the ill-effects of nicotine depend on the number of years a person has been smoking and how much he smokes, indulging in the practice at an early age increases the risk of diseases.”

Ill-effects of tobacco
Tobacco causes premature death.
Is used for smoking, chewing and snuffing.
The main stimulating component of tobacco is nicotine which is poisonous, volatile and an addictive psychoactive drug.
Causes diseases affecting the heart, liver and lungs.
Major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and cancer — lung, larynx, mouth and pancreas.
Causes peripheral vascular disease and hypertension. The incidence of impotence is higher in male smokers.
Tobacco use by pregnant women can lead to miscarriage, premature birth, low-birth weight and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. 

Children in the age-group of 15-18 years are vulnerable. They need to be sensitised on the effects of tobacco consumption.
Rakesh Sachdeva, 
principal of DAV School, Sector 15



SCERT ‘violates’ NCTE norms, puts teaching aspirants in a fix
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
In a gross violation of the norms laid down by the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Act-2011, the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) centre has made graduate degree compulsory for pursuing a Diploma in Elementary Education (D.ET.ED) course.

This has put scores of teaching aspirants in a quandary.

As per the guidelines laid down by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), a candidate applying for a teaching post for Classes I-V, needs to have only senior secondary certificate with 50 per cent and a diploma in elementary education along with Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) clearance.

But at SCERT, to get admission into the diploma course, a candidate needs to secure 50 per cent in graduation.

While in the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, candidates acquire the diploma after attaining their senior secondary education, in UT, students have to pass their graduation first or shift to the other states.

The SCERT centre offers 100 seats on campus and 50 seats at the Brahmrishi Yoga Training College in Sector 19. While 85 per cent seats are reserved for the UT pool, the remaining are open for the non-UT pool candidates.

With the graduation eligibility clause, the SCERT centre has further prolonged elementary teaching aspirants’ entry into the teaching line. While in other states, aspirants get into the teaching profession two years after their Class XII, in UT, their entry has been extended up to five years, which includes three-year graduation and two-year diploma.

Assistant professor at the SCERT centre, Mamta, said, “We have set the eligibility criteria of graduation so that our students can teach up to Class VIII level.”

Meanwhile, a teaching aspirant, Aarti Devi, said, “I passed my Class 12 from Government School, Sector 16, and scored 82 per cent marks. I wanted to join D.ET.ED course this year in Chandigarh. But since it is not being offered, I have to either do graduation first or opt for other states.”



mission admission
GGSCW mulls increasing free-ship seats in BA
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 5
Guru Gobind Singh College for Women (GGSCW), Sector 26, is mulling to increase free-ship (free of cost) seats in the BA stream in the academic session 2014-15.

A spokesperson of the college said they already have 59 free-ship seats under various slabs of percentage, of which 30 seats are for girl sportspersons, which are totally free of cost.

Besides this, six students — having above 75 per cent marks — will get total free-ships, while four students of the 1984 riot affected families are already availing this facility in the college.

The college also has other free-ship categories, including 75 per cent and 50 per cent fee relaxation to four students each, and 25 per cent fee relaxation to 10 students in the BA stream only.

The college is also coming up with a third unit of the B.Com stream from this academic session. There is also a plan to introduce MA Sociology course from this session, which will have 60 seats.

College principal Dr Charanjeet Kaur Sohi said a proposal to increase the free-ship seats in colleges will be discussed in a meeting scheduled with the management soon.

Sohi said she tried to get approved as many seats under the free-ship programme with the concurrence of the management.

“Our focus is to make students capable so that they can find jobs in the commercial market, for which special classes and practice of mock interview and group discussion is also organised in the college,” she added.

Meanwhile, the college is not changing the cut-off percentage of all courses of the last year.

The college also has other free-ship categories, including 75 per cent and 50 per cent fee relaxation to four students each, and 25 per cent fee relaxation to 10 students in the BA stream only.
The college is also coming up with a third unit of the B.Com stream from the academic session 2014-15.



hseb class x results
Students anxious as board ‘fails’ to provide results
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 5
Anxious moments were witnessed by a large number of students and their parents as the Haryana State Education Board (HSEB) failed to provide the comprehensive results of Class X and XII here today.

Accompanied by their parents, scores of students from across the district assembled at the office of the District Education Officer in Sector 7. However, they returned disappointed.

Chaos prevailed as there was confusion over the results of both the classes due to the absence of comprehensive result lists.

Though some successful students visited the DEO office with sweets, they were not clear about their positions in the merit list.

The district education officer (DEO), Savitri Sihag, claimed that the board had not supplied a separate list of the toppers in the district.

“Confusion prevailed as the teachers and students had to download their individual results from the board’s website, which is a tedious job,” she claimed.

Meanwhile, Sihag claimed that the exact state of affairs will be clear by tomorrow.



Summer camp concludes

Chandigarh: The summer camp, being held at Ryan International School, concluded today. On the last day, the students showcased a plethora of activities. The camp was divided into several workshops, including theatre, dance, music, English communication and personality grooming.

Week-long camp ends

A week-long summer camp concluded at RIMT World School, Mani Majra, today. The school authorities claimed that the camp offered fun-filled activities to students aged between 3-14 years. The students participated in various activities, including pottery, dance, music, art and craft, sketching, calligraphy, robotics etc. This was followed by a splash pool party on the campus.

World Environment Day

Mohali: The students of Class X, Gian Jyoti Global School, Phase II, Mohali, observed World Environment Day today. On the occasion, the students visited the adjoining market along with their teachers and organised a cleanliness campaign. They collected garbage from the market and shops in Phase II. The students also carried out an awareness drive and sensitised people on various environment hazards. School principal Ranjeet Bedi lauded the efforts of students.

Students spread awareness on environment

Panchkula: The students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, celebrated World Environment Day today. They made posters to convey messages such as save water, electricity, fuel and energy. Head of the workshop Hansa Vohra gave special tips on how to help conserve the environment. As many as 100 students took part in the camp.

Tiny tots celebrate Environment Day

World Environment Day was celebrated at SMD Little Champ Smart School today. On the occasion, the teachers explained the importance of trees. — TNS



pu & college notes
BBA-II: Ludhiana girls bag top 3 positions

Ludhiana girls have bagged the top three positions of the BBA-II in Panjab University (PU). The detailed results are available on PU website http://results.puchd.ac.in/ . PU Controller of Examinations Prof Parvinder Singh said 83.19 per cent students had passed BBA-II. As many as 1,053 students appeared for BBA- II and 876 passed the exams. Amrit Kaur of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, has topped with 1,209/1,450 marks. Amanjit Kaur and Mehak Sharma of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town and Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, have secured the second and third positions. Amanjit Kaur scored 1,187/1,450 and Mehak Sharma scored 1,174/1,450.

BCA-II results

Girls have bagged all the top three positions in BCA-II, Panjab University (PU). PU Controller of Examinations Prof Parvinder Singh said 81.97 per cent students had passed BCA-II. As many as 1,808 students appeared for BCA- II and 1,482 passed the exam. Sadaf of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, topped with 1,315/1,600 marks. Sonali Mehndiratta of Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh, bagged the second position with 1,299/1,600 marks, while Shaina Jain and Cheezi Preet Kaur of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, and Govt College for Girls, Ludhiana, respectively, secured the joint third positions with 1,294/1,600 marks.

Results of BBA-I out

Panjab University (PU), has declared the result of BBA-I. The results will be available on PU website http://results.puchd.ac.in/. PU Controller of Examinations Prof Parvinder Singh informed that 48.73 percent students had passed BBA-I. As many as 1,412 students appeared for BBA-I and 688 passed the exam. Suvrat Jain of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana, has topped with 614/750 marks. Shunali Gupta and Manveen Kaur of GGDSD College, Sector-32, Chandigarh, and Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana, have secured the second and third positions, respectively.

Fashion show at Desh Bhagat University

Desh Bhagat University Department of Fashion Technology and Design today organised a fashion show. The students of various classes exhibited their talents as well as innovative skills in designing eye-catching attires. The show was inaugurated by Desh Bhagat University Chancellor Dr Zora Singh. The students showcased Indian as well as western dresses. They began with dresses made in Khadi, followed by Mughal style, embroidery designs, tie-dye etc. — TNS



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