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AIPMT results
City topper bags 26th rank
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Inspired by his father’s profession, city lad Prakash Gupta has bagged the 26th rank in the All-India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT), the result of which was declared today.

Though the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had failed to implement the Supreme Court’s orders that states the board has to declare the AIPMT results on June 5, the results were finally declared after two days of anxiety.

In comparison to the last year, the results this year have fairly improved with regards to performance by city students. Last year, the All-India rank bagged by a city-based medical aspirant was second. However, the number of students who managed to clinch ranks in the top 100 at the all-India level has increased to four this year.

Meanwhile, Prakash, who made the city proud with his performance in the AIPMT by scoring 648 marks out of a total of 720, credited his success to his biology teacher Dr Arvind Goyal, who, he said, motivated him to opt for a career in medical sciences.

The son of an Associate Professor, Dr Parmanand, at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Prakash added that he aspired to become a doctor like his father.

He said: “It was sheer hard work and perseverance that helped me to get a good all-India rank.”

“Never say die and never leave anything for tomorrow, set a new target everyday and achieve it,” is what the young lad terms as his success mantra.

The city topper wants to pursue his medical degree from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Prakash, who had burnt the midnight oil for two years while preparing for the test, said he used to watch TV and play football to relax.

Meanwhile, celebrations broke out at the city topper’s house.

Chandigarh Rank: 1

Name: Prakash Gupta

School: Shree Guru Gobind Singh Collegiate Public School

Goal: To join AIIMS

Success Mantra: Focus and dedication

Stress buster: Playing football



All-India Pre-Medical Test
Government school lads bag top slots
Students attribute success to hard work and perseverance
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Bringing laurels to the city, Sagar Rathi, student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, 37-B, bagged the second position in the city in the All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), the results of which were declared here today. He scored scored 639/ 720 marks.

Chitrakshi Nagpal, a student of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sector 26, has bagged the AIR of 61 and stood 3rd in the city. She aims to do further research in the medical stream.

Vibhu Jain, student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, secured the fourth position. He scored scored 631/ 720 marks.

While Sagar claimed that he chose the medical stream as he wanted to serve in the Armed Forces, Vibhu said he wants to work for a healthier society.

Son of a government employee, Sagar, said, “I had made up my mind to opt for the medical stream when I was in Class VIII. I have been constantly working hard ever since.”

Vibhu credited his success to his mother. “My mother told me that a career in the medical stream would help me make a difference to the lives of many.”

The young lads, who aspire to pursue their degrees from AIIMS, said, “We believe that only hard work reaps fruitful results. We maintained a disciplined routine which helped us score good ranks.”

Meanwhile, the other toppers from the city include Dhruv Sarwal, his All India Rank (AIR) is 145, while Chandigarh rank is 5th.

Anjali Garg bagged the AIR of 202 and stood 6th in Chandigarh.

The seventh rank was bagged by Simarpreet Singh and his AIR is 406.

Meanwhile, the eighth position has been bagged by Harkaran Khosha, his AIR is 439.

Harshita Gupta bagged the AIR of 460 and Sanya Sharma got the All Indian Rank of 611.

CBSE fails to upload revised answer keys

The CBSE failed to upload the revised answer keys of AIPMT along with the results. Though there were ambiguous errors in the question paper and the CBSE had invited objections to it, no notification regarding the revised answer keys and grace marks had been uploaded on the official website. The amount per objectionable question was Rs 1,000. Many students claimed they had deposited over Rs 5,000-6,000 but in vain as no revised answer keys were uploaded.

Chandigarh Rank: 2

Sagar Rathi

All-India Rank : 57

School: Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37-B

Goal: To serve in the Armed Forces as a doctor

Success Mantra: Regular study of nine hours daily

Stress buster: Playing computer games

Chandigarh Rank: 3

Chitrakshi Nagpal

All-India Rank : 61

School: Scared Heart Senior Secondary School

Goal: To do further research

Success Mantra: Set targets and work hard to achieve them

Stress buster: Good sleep and adequate rest

Chandigarh Rank: 4

Vibhu Jain

All-India Rank: 91

School: Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46

Goal: To become a cardiologist

Success Mantra: Planned hard work

Stress buster: Talking to family members



Rooftop spar costs youth life at Balongi village
Tribune News Service

Deceased Pardeep KumarMohali, June 7
Using abusive language against the duo, who spilled some beer on him, cost a youngster of Balongi village his life. The body of 22-year-old Pardeep Kumar bearing stab wounds was found in a park near the village this morning.

Claiming to have cracked the case within two hours, the police arrested two youngsters, Ravi Sharma from Sector 56, Chandigarh, and Hardip, alias Raju, from Balongi village, on charge of murdering Pardeep Kumar. Both the accused were known to the victim.

Mohali SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said Ravi and Raju today stabbed Pardeep Kumar to death in a park, following a tiff among them yesterday.

“Pardeep Kumar went to sleep on the rooftop last night. Ravi and Raju also came there to sleep. While the duo was having beer, the victim was sleeping nearby. Some beer spilled on Pardeep and he started hurling abuses at the duo,” said Bhatti.

Ravi and Raju called Pardeep in a park by this morning at around 10 am. The duo stabbed him to death there, the police said. Pardeep worked as a rehri-puller at a sawmill.

The police have recovered the weapons used in the crime. According to the police, Ravi was also involved in cases of chain snatching.

“We will produce the accused before the court tomorrow,” said the police.



Taps go dry before scheduled hrs
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
The city residents, who were already reeling under water scarcity in the peak summers, were at the receiving end of the crisis today with taps going dry almost an hour before the scheduled hours of water supply.

While the Municipal Corporation (MC) claims water is supplied till 9 am during the morning hours, the residents complain the taps go dry an hour before.

The water supply in various sectors was stopped before the scheduled time today.

The water supply on Saturday was already reduced by an hour due to some repairs at a power station in Kharar. The water was to be supplied till 8 am. However, the residents of many sectors complained the taps went dry almost 45 minutes before scheduled time.

Mandeep, a resident of Sector 27, said before he could store water, the taps went dry. “As per may daily routine, I got up at 7 am. By the time I turned the taps on, the water supply had been discontinued,” he stated.

Nidhi, a resident of Sector 15, stated that they had been facing the problem of water shortage for the past several days. “I have to get up early morning because of the unscheduled cuts in the water supply,” she stated.

The residents of many sectors, including Sectors 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 32, 33, 34 and 35, faced the problem.

Neena Sharma, a resident of Sector 39, stated that low water pressure on the top floor has made their life miserable. “With the temperatures soaring, it is double whammy for them. Low water pressure is giving them sleepless nights,” she added.

A similar situation is witnessed during the evening hours also.

MC officials stated that owing to the rising temperatures, water consumption has increased, hence this situation. “The water consumption has increased but the supply is the same,” the official added.

Total availability of water: 87 MGD

Water required: 116 MGD



Bariatric surgery catching up in tricity
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
With the increasing acceptability of bariatric (weight-loss) surgery in the city’s premier institute, PGIMER, the demand for it is fast catching up in the tricity hospitals. As the trend is catching up, especially among women, to get rid of flab fast, experts warn that healthy lifestyle practices are a must even after surgery to realise fitness.

A recent PGIMER study has found bariatric surgery scoring over intensive medical treatment among obese patients. In persons having body mass index above 32.5 along with lifestyle diseases like diabetes, bariatric surgery is a successful method to improve quality and longevity of life — against common weight loss measures, the study finds.

A total of 31 obese patients (from the northern region) were involved in the study. They were divided into two groups of 14 and 17. The group of 17 patients was treated with medical therapy for weight loss while 14 patients underwent surgery.

The study finds in patients undergoing weight loss surgery, “There was resolution of diabetes and hypertension in 36% and 29% patients, respectively, while none in the other group (which followed therapy for weight loss) showed improvement. There was also improvement in quality of life in people undergoing surgery.”

The study titled, “Efficacy of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and intensive medical management in obese patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus”, was published in the international journal, “Obesity Surgery-Springer”, this month. The study was conducted by the Department of General Surgery, PGIMER.

In the PGIMER, 51 patients have undergone the surgery so far. Of these, 44 were women. In Max Hospital, Mohali, where the concept is new, six patients have opted for it while in the Fortis hospital, Mohali, nearly 30 patients have undergone the surgery in the past two years.

No shortcut to weight loss

“Those who are recommended the surgery need counselling and have to be mentally prepared to adhere to strict diet control as well as fitness regimen, both before and after the surgery,” said Dr Rajinder Singh, Head, Department of Surgery, PGIMER.

Those having body mass index (BMI) above 37 are recommended the surgery if they are free from other diseases like diabetes. If a diabetic has BMI above 32, he or she can undergo the surgery.


Selja group boycotts Cong workers’ meet
Members of the group claim they were not allowed to speak from the dais; HPCC chief takes note of ‘drama’
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 7
Fissures in Haryana Congress came to the fore once again with the Kumari Selja group boycotting a review meeting of party workers chaired by Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ashok Tanwar and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here this evening.

The meeting of party workers was held at the Inderdhanush Auditorium in Sector 5 here.

Led by All India Congress Committee (AICC) member Pratap Chaudhary, almost 100 members, including Mukesh Malhotra, a former district president of the Congress and a supporter of Selja, lodged a strong protest against certain remarks made by Ravinder Rawal, a former president of Panchkula Municipal Council.

Raising slogans, members of the Selja group, including women, left the venue alleging that they were not given time to speak from the dais.

Pratap Chaudhary alleged that the review meeting had turned into a “government meeting’ where no party worker was allowed to speak. “Even after a five-hour-long meeting, neither the relevant issues were taken up nor they (members of the Selja group) were given time to express their views,” he claimed.

“We are Congress men by birth. Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Kumari Selja are our leaders,” he claimed.

Malhotra alleged that Rawal accused them of being backstabbers from a public stage and that too in front of Tanwar and the CM. “We all are working for the party for the last 25 to 50 years and the newcomers are pointing fingers at us,” he said.

While talking to the Tribune, Tanwar claimed to have taken a serious view of the entire ‘drama’.



Will seek special ind’l package for Haryana: Hooda
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 7
After failing to get backward area status for the Shivalik belt during the UPA Government’s tenure at the Centre, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said he would now ask the BJP-led NDA Government to release a special industrial package for the state.

Hooda stated this while interacting with mediapersons after a review meeting of party workers held in Sector 5 here this evening.

Hooda said he would again urge the union government to give Haryana a special industrial package for its hilly areas of Morni and Mewat, on the pattern of Himachal Pradesh. However, he clarified that he was not against Himachal Pradesh getting a special industrial package. To a query, he replied that he had raised the issue with the Congress-led UPA Government on several occasions.

The CM said the long-standing demand to set up a university in Panchkula would be fulfilled. He added that a national institute of fashion technology was being set up in the city and the state government would contribute Rs 100 crore for the project.

Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Tanwar said the state Congress was in the process of raising a force of 2 lakh dedicated workers to strengthen the party at the grassroots level.

“I have directed the officers in the state to give a sympathetic hearing to all the party workers who visited them for their work and those who would not abide by these orders would be taken to task,” he added.

The CM also laid the foundation stone for the administrative office building, Phase II adjacent to the Mini-Secretariat Complex in Sector 1 here. The building will have multi-level parking facility.

Besides party workers, senior leaders PS Mullana and Satinder Rana, in charge of district Congress Subhash Chaudhary, Panchkula legislator DK Bansal, former Panchkula Municipal Council president Manveer Kaur Gill and Rajkumar Valmiki were present at the meeting.



Nights to get hotter, says Met Dept
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
For the second consecutive day, the city recorded the maximum temperature of 44.4 degree Celsius, the second highest in the last decade. The Met Department has predicted that the mercury will touch the 45 degree Celsius mark on Sunday.

While the maximum temperature was five notches above normal today, the minimum temperature was recorded at 27.4 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal.

A Met official said the nights would also be hotter in the coming days as the minimum temperature would hover above 28 degrees Celsius.

As per the climate table of the Met Department, Chandigarh should have maximum temperature of 38.6 degree Celsius and the minimum of 25.4 degree Celsius in the month of June.

During the last 10 years, the city had experienced the highest maximum temperature ranging between 39.4 and 43.6 degrees Celsius.

As per the Met records, the maximum highest temperature recorded in the city was 45.6 degree Celsius in the years 1995, 2001 and 2012.

Temperature in city

The maximum temperature on Saturday was recorded at 44.4 degrees Celsius, which is five notches above normal. The minimum temperature stood at 27.4 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal



Dog menace: Councillors flay MC study tour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
A study tour of Municipal Corporation (MC) officials and selected councillors to Nashik and Pune in Maharashtra has drawn criticism.

On Sunday, Mayor HC Kalyan, Congress councillors Pardeep Chhabra and Subhash Chawla, BJP councillors Arun Sood and Saurabh Joshi, nominated councillor Babu Lal and three MC officials, including Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta, will leave for Nashik and Pune to study the ways adopted by these cities for sterilising dogs and dealing with ferocious stray dogs.

However, some councillors have criticised the MC for selecting a nine-member delegation for the purpose.

Nominated councillor DS Sandhu said a three-member delegation could have served the purpose.

“The MC should save funds, which can be utilised for the city’s development,” Sandhu said.

Another MC councillor said the councillors who were influential and close to the Mayor or MC officials had been selected for the study tour.

The decision on the study tour was taken during the last MC House meeting. 



Midi-buses: CTU officials to visit TATA facilities
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
The process to acquire 49 midi-buses for the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) is expected to gain momentum with CTU officials scheduled to visit TATA facilities soon.

By the end of this month, the officials would be submitting their inspection report. “We are hopeful that the new buses would be inducted into the CTU fleet by July,” a CTU official said.

Having failed to procure AC and non-AC buses through tendering in the last two years, the Chandigarh Administration had subsequently decided to go for midi-buses, a low-floor bus, larger than the traditional mini-bus. The CTU had received six bids for midi-buses.

Besides, the process to purchase as many as 400 low-floor buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNRUM) has been initiated.



Car designer DC opens outlet in city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
City car lovers, who want more than just a four-wheeler, now have a place to visit to fulfill their desire to make their cars look different. Dilip Chhabria, who runs the renowned firm DC Design, launched his outlet at the Industrial Area here.

Gauging the fact that the City Beautiful also have a good number of people who love beautiful cars, Chhabria came up with an outlet where car enthusiasts can get their vehicles modified.

Gurji Singh, executive director of DC Design, said the city has emerged as a market for modified cars. “A wide range of kits for different cars, ranging from Rs 2.5 lakh onwards, have been introduced to suit the pockets of car owners,” he stated.

Singh stated that the car enthusiasts could drop at their outlet and select a design. Earlier, one had to visit Delhi if one wished to get a car designed. “After taking the order, the car would be taken to Gurgaon for customisation. It takes around 60 days to modify a car,” he added.

Talking about the DC designs, Singh stated that for those who travel a lot and want a comfort of an aircraft, they had a special design with seats converted into recliners.

Some of the car designs are also WiFi-enabled supported by a laptop table on the backseat, which turns the car into an office on wheels.



Tribune Impact
Civil Hospital gets paediatrician
2 child specialists will visit hospital on temporary basis
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 7
To cater to the needs of child patients, the health authorities at the Mohali Civil Hospital, Phase VI, have made makeshift arrangements of a paediatrician here. No paediatrician was available in the hospital for the past around one month after one child specialist had resigned from her post and the other had gone for a long holiday.

A news report highlighting the issue was also published in these columns recently. In the absence of any child specialist, parents of newborn babies and other child patients used to face difficulties at the hospital. On an average, three deliveries took place everyday at the hospital.

CMO of the hospital Andesh Kang said they had made an arrangement in this regard.

“A paediatrician has started visiting the hospital to facilitate the patients from yesterday. As per the arrangement made, one child specialist from Kharar will be available for three days and another paediatrician from a Dera Bassi hospital for the rest of the days,” said Dr Kang.

The hospital witnessed 148 deliveries in February while the number of such cases in March, April and May was 107, 93 and 81, respectively.

In the absence of any child specialist, parents of newborn babies and other child patients are forced to take their children to private doctors.



Contest Assembly poll independently, BJYM to BJP
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 7
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the party, has suggested the BJP to contest the Assembly elections independently in the state. Mukesh Gaur and Suresh Gaur, state president and district president of the BJYM, respectively, made the statement while addressing mediapersons at the party office here today.

They also demanded from the BJP that 25 per cent share of the ticket should be given to the youth in the ensuing Assembly elections.

The BJYM has already started strengthening the party at the district, sub-division and block levels to ensure that the BJP forms the government in Haryana, they added.



Zirakpur reels under power cuts
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, June 7
Residents of the village-turned-town Zirakpur and the surrounding areas were put to a great hardship with the power supply remaining suspended for over seven hours in the past 24 hours.

While the urban areas of the Zirakpur Municipal Council received erratic power supply, it was the rural areas where residents braved the heat wave under the shade of trees in the open.

The power supply remained erratic in Baltana village, Ravindra Enclave, Gobind Vihar, Highland Society, Saini Vihar Phase II, Punjab Modern Complex and some other surrounding areas.

Residents of Chhat and other villagers were worst affected due to long power cuts today. Residents of Ravindra Enclave complained of having no power supply since Friday night.

Fluctuation in voltage has further added to the woes of the residents here.

“We fear damage to electrical appliances due to voltage fluctuation. Air- conditioners, coolers and refrigerators do not work due to low voltage,” said Harish, a resident of Bhabhat village.

The power cuts are also adversely affecting the water supply. Residents had to trudge for a long distance to get potable water from the neighbouring areas in Harmilap Nagar.

An official of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) claimed that the power supply was affected due to technical fault in Banur power station.

“Punjab State Power Corporation Limited is making the best possible efforts to provide uninterrupted power supply in the area. We also want residents to cooperate with us,” the official said.

The affected areas

The power supply remained erratic in Baltana village, Ravindra Enclave, Gobind Vihar, Highland Society, Saini Vihar Phase II, Punjab Modern Complex and some other surrounding areas.



Encroachment on lane at Bhago Majra village
Residents complain against sarpanch
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 7
Residents of Bhago Majra village have accused the sarpanch of encroaching upon a lane here. In their complaint to Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, the residents, including former sarpanch Kuldip Kaur, Harbhajan Singh, panch Avtar Singh and others, alleged that the present sarpanch, Jaswinder Singh, had encroached upon a 5’X60’ lane by constructing a roof on it.

“The village panchayat had cemented the lane a few months ago. Several families of the village have been facing inconvenience due to the encroachment,” said the complainants.

Jaswinder Singh termed the allegations against him as false and baseless. Jaswinder claimed that he had defeated Kuldip Kaur in the sarpanch elections so she was trying to defame him by making false allegations. Jaswinder claimed that he did not encroach on any lane.

“I have constructed cantilevers of my house, which is located on both sides of the road. If somebody had any objection, he/she should have met me before the construction of cantilevers,” said Jaswinder.



Foetus found in garbage
Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 7
The Mohali Police have registered a case against an unidentified person for dumping a foetus in a pile of garbage in Phase XI here. The foetus was noticed by some passers-by, who informed the Police Control Room. According to sources, after reaching the spot, the PCR ordered the sweeper of the area to bury the foetus.

The PCR did not inform the police station of the area about the foetus.

“Later, on getting information inspector Jarnail Singh, station house officer, Phase XI, ordered to dug out the foetus and keep it in the mortuary of the Civil Hospital at Phase VI after registering a case in this connection,” said the sources.

Inspector Jarnail Singh confirmed that the foetus was put in the mortuary.

“We have started investigations after registering a case under Section 317 of the IPC against an unidentified person,” said the inspector.



Traffic cop dies of cardiac arrest, heat blamed
Tribune News Service

Head Constable Surinder Dalal Chandigarh, June 7
A Head Constable (HC) of the Chandigarh Police, posted with the traffic branch, died of heart attack today. Head Constable Surinder Singh Dalal (46), a heart patient, was on duty outside the Hotel Taj in Sector 17 when he complained of chest pain at around 4.30 pm. He was rushed to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, where he died during treatment.

Sources said Singh was on duty since 2 pm and didn’t have his lunch. Due to extreme heat, his heart problem aggravated, following which he suffered an attack, the sources added.

Singh joined the Chandigarh Police in 1991 as a constable and was promoted as HC recently. He is survived by two sons, Sumit, a BA-1 student, and Vijay, a Class-XII student. Singh hailed from Jhajjar district of Haryana and was staying at the Police Lines in Sector 26, Chandigarh.



Sealing notices to eight Daria buildings

Chandigarh, June 7
After issuing notices to farm houses in Mani Majra, the Land Acquisition Officer (LAO) has issued notices to at least eight building owners in Daria village. The buildings include two hotels. Sealing of the buildings is expected to be carried before the end of this month.

Tilak Raj, LAO, said so far the enforcement staff had been carrying out demolition drives against illegal constructions. But now they have started sealing such buildings also.

The Estate Office has recently sealed many commercial properties in the city, including booths in the Sector 41 market. — TNS



Autopsy of mishap victim done
Tribune News Service

Om Parkash Chandigarh, June 7
The autopsy of the 67-year-old, who died after being hit by a car, was held at the PGI today. Om Parkash, a resident of Sector 22, was going for a morning walk when a car hit him from behind. The woman driving the car had lost control over the vehicle as one of its tyres burst.

The accident took place near Rose Garden on the road dividing sectors 16 and 17.

The police said after completing all the formalities, the body was handed over to the deceased’s family.



Tree plantation drive held

The Chandigarh and Punjab Chapter of the Institute of Town Planners today organised a tree plantation drive at the Sector 35 office of the institute here. Gurpreet Singh, senior town planner and chairman of the Chandigarh and Punjab Chapter, said, “A number of former chief town planners, including JK Gupta, Rajender Sharma and KK Kaul, participated in the drive to plant saplings of medicinal plants.”

Online drawing competition

ICICI Bank Ltd, the country’s largest private sector bank, has launched ‘Creative Masters’, an online drawing competition where participants can draw a depiction of a social cause such as ‘Education for less privileged children’, ‘Save a girl child’ or ‘Support the elderly’.


The following have been elected office bearers of the Citizens Welfare Association. President - SK Nayar, senior vice-president - Lily Bawa, vice president - SP Arora, Charanjit Singh, Mewa Singh and VK Singla, secretary general - Dr SK Chhabra, general secretary - Sunil Jain and secretary - Deepak Arora and Yog Raj. — TNS



Poor infrastructure plagues Sector 28

Infrastructure is in a pathetic state in Sector 28-D, Chandigarh. The pavements in the market area are disrupted, leading to unauthorised parking for the repair of vehicles. Restaurants such as Pal Dhaba and other roadside eateries are at the receiving end as dust and smoke from vehicles near the 27/28 light point enters the eating joints.

Youths indulge in triple riding and zoom past at high speed on the main sector road, while posing a threat to their lives and those of others. The sweepers and staff engaged to clean the area are not carrying out their duty well. The area is unhygienic and dirty. The newly elected MP of Chandigarh, Kirron Kher, should look into the issue and address the problem at the earliest.

Col (Retd) Navkesh Singh, Chandigarh

Poor school results: Onus on teachers, Admn

After going through the results of Class XII, one can have an idea about the dismal scenario of school education in government schools in UT. Barring Government Senior Secondary School, Mani Majra, almost all model and non-model government schools in Chandigarh have registered poor results in Class XII examinations. As many as 1,925 out of 10, 184 students failed the examination, while 1,428 students got compartment. The overall pass result registered this year remained 75.41 per cent, much below the overall pass percentage of last year, when government schools registered 86.91 per cent. The issue has become a cause of concern for parents. Due to this, parents prefer to enroll their children in private schools, where they end up paying exorbitant fees. In a majority of government schools, infrastructure is poor. Science laboratories are ill-equipped and there are no computers or libraries. Some school buildings are in a dilapidated condition with no black boards, clean drinking water and toilets.

Absenteeism is another major problem. There seems to be no monitoring mechanism to make teachers accountable. The security of service with perks has become a hindrance to endorse discipline among teachers. What use are the Punishment and Appeal Rules, if they are only on paper? In addition to qualitative improvement in the methods and practices of teaching, there needs to be special focus on improving the personality of students by encouraging extra-curricular activities in schools. Teachers need to create a lively and stress-free environment so that learning becomes a pleasure.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

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Ug Admissions
From next week, submit forms online at e-sampark centres
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
From next week, students can procure the online forms of undergraduate courses of government colleges and can submit them at the e-sampark centres in the city. The UT Higher Education Department today tied up with the Information Technology Department to provide this facility at the counters of e-sampark centres.

UT Higher Education Director Sandeep Hans disclosed this while launching the website’s portal on which forms of all government colleges are available.

He said, “The online forms of all government colleges along with the Regional Institute for English, Sector 32, will be uploaded at e-sampark at nominal rates.”

Hans said the department was also exploring the possibility of setting up as many help desks in each college as this is the first year when the department had introduced the facility.

”The department is approaching pass-out students (IT stream) of various colleges to give their assistance for the online submission of forms in their respective colleges,” added Hans.

He said at present, the colleges were themselves deciding as to how many help desks they wanted to set up in their colleges for the facility.

Meanwhile, it was also decided today that the helpline numbers allotted to each college will also entertain the inquiries of students from 9 am to 1:30 pm from Monday to Friday.

The helpline numbers allotted to each college will be activated from today evening.

Meanwhile, a faculty member of a college said, “We have started receiving queries from students. A majority of these are from first-year undergraduate students as to whether they have to submit the B.Com forms in the colleges too?, besides how to get the subject combination codes which they have to fill in the admission forms.”



PU has no vacant seat to make Kirron Kher a Senate member?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Even after seven years, Panjab University is facing the problem of not having a vacant seat to nominate current Member of Parliament Kirron Kher as a member of the Senate.

Sources said as per the PU calendar, there are six ex-officio members of the Senate which includes the Chief Minister and Education Minister of Punjab, DPI Punjab, Advisor and DPI, UT, and Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Besides this, for the past two years, the Chancellor of the university has nominated the Dean Student Welfare, Dean University Instructions, President PUTA and President of the Non-Teaching Staff Association as members of the Senate.

While the PU calendar is silent about the MP as an ex-officio member or any provision through which, in the mid of the Senate term, the person could be nominated as its member.

The teaching and non-teaching representatives today gave a representation to Panjab University Vice Chancellor that the new MP Kirron Kher should be nominated to the Senate by the Chancellor.

They requested the VC office to find out a way to nominate Kher as a member of the Senate for the all-round development of the university and to get maximum assistance from the Central government.

Records of the university revealed that in 1996 — when BJP senior leader Satpal Jain was elected as MP of the city — there was no vacant post in the Senate.

After three months, when the former Vice Chancellor Prof MM Puri — who was also a Senate member — became VC of the university, Jain was appointed as a Senate member.

When contacted, Jain said, “The Chancellor should include the Member of Parliament in the list of nominees to avoid such an unsavoury situation in future.”

Current state of affairs

  • As per the PU calendar, there are six ex-officio members of the Senate which includes the Chief Minister and Education Minister of Punjab, DPI Punjab, Advisor and DPI, UT, and Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
  • For the past two years, the Chancellor of the university has nominated the Dean Student Welfare, Dean University Instructions, President PUTA and President of the Non-Teaching Staff Association as members of the Senate.
  • The teaching and non-teaching representatives on Saturday gave a representation to Panjab University Vice Chancellor that the new MP Kirron Kher should be nominated to the Senate by the Chancellor.



PU declares result of BCom-II
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Panjab University (PU), has declared the results of BCom-II. The result would be available on PU website http://results.puchd.ac.in/ PU Controller of Examinations Prof Parvinder Singh said 74.31 per cent students had passed the BCom-II examination. As many as 8,276 students had appeared for BCom-II and 6,150 passed the exam.

Taruntej Singh, student of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Village Jhande, Ludhiana, has topped with 980/1,150 marks.

Savar Gupta, also from Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, and Parul Jain of Government College of Commerce and Business Administration secured the second and third positions, respectively.



PU dons to present research paper in South Africa
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 7
Two professors of Panjab University (PU) — Dr Jyoti Rattan and Dr Vijay Rattan — have been selected to present a paper at the 2014 annual IASIA conference in South Africa.

This is second research paper of the two researchers, which will be presented abroad by the two at an international conference.

Dr Jyoti Rattan is an expert in International Law, while Dr Vijay Rattan is an expert in Development Administration. Dr Jyoti is working as a senior assistant professor, Department of Laws.

Dr Vijay Rattan is a professor at the Public Administration Department, PU, and a consultant to the United Nations.



Aryans Group celebrates 8th Foundation Day

The students, staff and management of Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh, celebrated the 8th Foundation Day today. On the occasion, Aryans Group honoured eight top NGOs of the tricity, who are helping poor students.

These included Bharat Prakarsh Foundation, Don Bosco Navjeevan Society, JK Study Center, Sunehra Aaj, Tammana, Theatre Age, Vatsal Chaya and Yuvsatta. The group also adopted eight students of these NGOs, whose education for the 2014-15 academic session will be fully paid by Aryans. Dr Anshu Kataria, chairman, Aryans Group, presided over the function. Candidates interested in getting scholarship at Aryans can call on the special toll free helpline 1800-30000-388.

Course at PEC ends

The week-long course to train college teachers and university faculty at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Punjab Engineering College, (PEC University of Technology) has concluded. The course had commenced on June 2. As many as 45 participants from various institutes across the country attended the course. Dr Alakesh Manna, professor and head, Department of Mechanical Engineering and course coordinator highlighted the details of the course, which were described by different experts from various top institutions such as IIT’s NIT’s, universities and research organisations. The participants visited the lab to see the set up developed at PEC during practical sessions which included micro manufacturing like hybrid machining set up, composite materials fabrication set up, electrochemical grinding set up, abrasive flow finishing set up, travel wire electrochemical spark machining (TWECSM) set up and centrifugal assisted electrochemical spark machining set up.

Students spread awareness on tobacco

Desh Bhagat University faculty of ayurveda and research and the faculty of nursing in collaboration with ‘Aao Gaon Chalen’, a project of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), recently organised an awareness week against the use of drugs and tobacco products. Under the week-long programme, students took part in different activities. Carrying colourful banners and placards, the students organised a rally and went door-to-door to sensitise people about the harmful effects of tobacco and drugs. — TNS



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