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High drama at MC house meeting
Mayor adjourns meeting; Sr Dy Mayor occupies Mayor’s chair, passes agenda items
Tribune News Service

Mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan (third from right) was busy pacifying protesting Congress councillors who sat on a dharna in front of the Chief Engineer’s office with area residents at the MC office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
Mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan (third from right) was busy pacifying protesting Congress councillors who sat on a dharna in front of the Chief Engineer’s office with area residents at the MC office in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

Chandigarh, June 25
High drama was witnessed in the monthly House meeting of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) today when Mayor Harphool Kalyan adjourned the meeting without giving any reason, and thereafter BJP’s Senior Deputy Mayor Hira Negi occupied the Mayor’s chair and passed eight agenda items.

The high voltage drama, for the first time in the history of the MC, unfolded when Mayor Harphool Kalyan and other Congress councillors didn’t come to attend the MC House meeting and in their absence BJP’s Senior Deputy Mayor Hira Negi occupied the Mayor’s seat and started the House proceedings.

The Mayor, who along with other Congress councillors was busy pacifying two Congress councilors — Satish Kainth and Darshan Garg—who were sitting on protest outside the Chief Engineer’s office, sent a message to the House through Additional Commissioner Sunil Bhatia to adjourn the House meeting.

But, Bhatia, who came to the MC House along with Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta, without giving any reason to councillors, who were present in the House, simply said the House was adjourned for tomorrow and left the House immediately.

Thereafter BJP-SAD councillors and some nominated councillors felt insulted by the way Sunil Bhatia conveyed the message, and in protest began the House proceedings.

In the House. there were total 19 councillors (10 from the BJP, two from SAD, six nominated members and one from the Congress) but no officials, including the MC Commissioner and the Secretary were present.

BJP’s Hira Negi who was sitting on the Mayor’s chair, took up the agendas one by one and passed eight developmental agendas of the city.

Suspend Addl Commissioner: Councillors

BJP-SAD and five nominated councillors signed a letter and demanded the suspension of MC Additional Commissioner Sunil Bhatia. They submitted that Bhatia’s behaviour of conveying the message to adjourn the meeting was in violation of the MC Act.

Meeting held as per the Act: Leader of Opposition

BJP councillor Arun Sood, who is the Leader of Opposition, said they waited for the Mayor for quite some time and when the Mayor did not turn up, the Senior Deputy Mayor started the House proceedings. As per the Act, the Senior Deputy Mayor has the power to hold a meeting in the absence of the Mayor. The BJP has also submitted a complaint against the Mayor to the UT Adviser, he said.

Act shameful, meeting illegal: Mayor

Mayor Harphool Kalyan said the act of BJP-SAD councillors to occupy the Mayor’s chair and begin House proceedings was shameful. Since the Mayor, the Commissioner and the Secretary were not present, therefore this so called meeting was illegal. The adjourned meeting will now be called on Thursday and all these agendas will be taken up. The BJP wanted to enjoy the powers of the Mayor. Therefore, they occupied my seat as they have not won the Mayor’s post for the last many years,” he said.



City lad bags 5th rank in AIIMS entrance exam
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Continuing his winning streak, city lad Prakash Gupta, bagged fifth rank in the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) entrance exams, the results of which were declared today.

Four students from the city, Prakash Gupta (fifth rank), Sagar Rathi (12th rank), Chitrakshi Nagpal (36th rank) and Anjali Garg (46th rank) figured among the top rank holders of the country.

The score of the entrance will be the basis for admission to the MBBS Course at AIIMS, New Delhi, and six other AIIMS at Bhopal, Patna, Jodhpur, Raipur, Rishikesh and Bhubaneswar.

Prakash, a go-getter, had bagged 26th rank in the All-India pre-medical/ pre-dental test (AIPMT), second rank in the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, entrance, 12th rank in the Manipal University and 23rd rank in the Indraprastha University entrance.

Other rank holders
Dhruv Sarwal 147
Nikita Garg 227
Harshita 269
Pranshu Sharma 367 

Inspired by father’s profession, Dr Parmanand, who is an associate professor at Government Medical College and Hospital Sector 32, the young achiever added that he aspired to be a doctor like his father.

Meanwhile, he also credited his biology teacher Dr Arvind Goyal for motivating him to study hard and make it to the most prestigious medical institute of the country. He said, “It was sheer hard work and daily study of 10 to12 hours for two years that helped me get a good 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. For the future aspirants he advised, “There are no short cuts to success, only hard work pays off.” Family’s joy knew no bounds at the city topper’s house as celebrations took place.



Police woman forced to consume poison by in-laws, dies
Husband, in-laws booked; was told to bring dowry, says victim’s father
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 25
A woman constable with the Haryana police died when she was allegedly forced to consume poison by her in-laws in Barwala. The victim, identified as Monika (27), was rushed to Alchemist Hospital in Sector 21 where she died late this evening. Following the incident, the local police booked nine persons — all in-laws, including her husband for the crime.

Monika had tied the knot one year ago with the constable of the Haryana police. Her husband, Amit Kumar, is posted at Yamunanagar. The parents of the victim said that the in-laws would beat Monika badly.

On Monday night, according to the complaint of the victim’s father. Krishan Lal, the in-laws of Monika beat her up badly. “They then forced her to take poison and then made it look as if she herself had consumed the poison. Even in the hospital, they told the doctors that she committed suicide,” said the father in his complaint to the police.

The accused have been booked under Sections 406, 498A, 323, 328, and 506 of the Indian Penal Code(IPC).

The Station House Officer of the Raipurrani police station, Inspector Deepak Kumar, said, “The condition of the girl was critical and she died at night. We have been told that the accused would demand dowry from her and in the process beat her up.”

He added, “There was a brawl on Monday night and all forced her to take poison, said the complaint. We have booked all nine persons in the family (in-laws) and the investigations are on.”

The doctors at Alchemist Hospital said that the body of the victim would be sent to General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, for the postmortem examination.

“We are yet to confirm as to what poison she had taken as the accused are not saying anything. The viscera would be sent to CFSL for chemical examination,” added the official. After the postmortem, Section 304 B (dowry death) of the IPC would be included, added the official.

Nine persons booked

Following the incident, the police have booked nine persons, including three brothers-in law, their wives, father-in-law and mother-in-law of the victim and the husband.



Vitiligo still a stigma among masses
Bachelors seek opinion of dermatologists before accepting wedding offers from family having any vitiligo-affected member
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Vitiligo (phulveri) continues to block matrimonial ties. Even as there has been a slight increase in awareness level on the disease, families of eligible bachelors are now found seeking consultation from skin specialists before accepting wedding offers from families that have one or more members suffering from vitiligo.

Dermatologists said in every clinic, five to six cases came and many also rang up private doctors to know whether the disease was contagious. Dr SD Mehta, former dermatologist of GMSH-16, said, “Young women suffering from vitiligo often face rejection for wedding. These days, people come to consult me before they fix up a marriage if one or more family members of the girl suffer from vitiligo. For instance, two days ago, I found a family telling me that they selected a girl for marrying their son. The girl’s mother had vitiligo. They later found that her sister was also affected. The family sought my opinion fearing if later the girl would also develop the disease. But it is not so, these are just myths.”

Dr Davinder Parsad, additional professor, department of dermatology, PGIMER, said, “Vitiligo patients are already stressed and the social stigma attached to it aggravates the stress level, increasing the damage. But the good news is that vitiligo is curable. We have cured the disease in many young patients using surgery and laser techniques. so why take stress?”

Apart from oral medication, the ultraviolet therapy — narrowband (NBUVB) and UVA are methods for treatment. The phototherapy treatment has been a boon to patients in the northern region. The department also offers various surgical therapeutic options for grafting.

A rickshaw rally was flagged off at PGIMER with a poster show on vitiligo messages. An information booklet on vitiligo was released. A short play on myths of vitiligo and patients sought consultation from experts.

Myths about the disease

White-coloured food items like curd, milk can cause it
Consumption of fish and milk back to back can cause it
Food rich in vitamin C can cause it

What is vitiligo

Vitiligo (phulvehri) is a pigmentary disorder of cosmetic concern and social stigma in India. Patients develop single to multiple asymptomatic white spots on various parts of the body. The department runs a pigmentary clinic on every Friday for these patients. Last year, 673 new patients and 2,330 follow-up patients visited the clinic.



Cong councillors bolt Chief Engineer’s office
Mayor Harphool Kalyan pacifies councillors who threaten to stage another protest if demands not met
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Huge drama was witnessed as Congress councillors — Satish Kainth and Darshan Garg — along with the residents of their respective wards gheraoed the MC Chief Engineer’s office in Sector 17 today. They councillors also bolted Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand’s office from the outside and raised slogans against him.

As per information, when the Chief Engineer arrived, the councillors allowed him to go inside his office, but later they bolted the door from the outside. The door was opened after some time. The police reached the spot to control the situation.

Mayor Harphool Kalyan also arrived with other councillors and pacified the agitating members, following which the protest came to an end.

Taking a strong note of the Congress councillor’s action, MC Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh termed it as “an illegal confinement of a government official”.

“The councillors along with their supporters tried to stop a government servant from performing his duties. Legal action will be taken against both the Congress councillors,” said the Commissioner.

Yesterday, a verbal altercation had broken out between the councillors and Chief Engineer over the issue of not carrying out development works in their wards.

Satish Kainth, councillor from Ward No. 20, said the Chief Engineer was not carrying out development works in his ward.

“If Municipal Corporation officials don’t carry out the work, we will stage a protest again. People have elected them and they are answerable to the public.”

Darshan Garg, councillor from Ward No. 11, said, “We have been requesting the Chief Engineer from the past many months to carry out work in our ward but to no avail. We were forced to protest outside the Chief Engineer’s office today.”

MC chief assures action against councillors

Taking a strong note of the Congress councillor’s action, MC Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh termed it as “an illegal confinement of a government official”. “The councillors along with their supporters tried to stop a government servant from performing his duties. Legal action will be taken against both of them,” he said.



New direct flight from city to Mumbai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Domestic airliner, GoAir, has announced non-stop flight service connecting Chandigarh with Mumbai from July 3 till September 29, here. The airlines will also head 19 departures per week with additional connectivity to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Kochi and Nagpur via Mumbai.

Giving information about the new flights, Giorgio De Roni, CEO GoAir, said, “We will start the services from July 3 and, in addition to Mumbai, will also cover cities such as Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Goa, Bangalore, Chennai and Kochi. The non-metro cities are the ones where we have a major profit stake and Chandigarh has also emerged as the same.”

“After 2005, it is our biggest operational system from Chandigarh. The purpose would serve the people of Chandigarh as well as people from the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana,” said Roni. “The fare for these flights will remain the same as of the prior routes,” he added.

On low-fare airlines coming forward to serve passengers, the CEO said, “The Indian market is very unpredictable in terms of aviation industry and I don’t want to comment on the decisions of rivals. People like services and on-time arrivals, we are among the best in this area.”

On initiating international flights from the Chandigarh Airport, he said, “We are planning to start international flights by 2015 and Chandigarh is among the favourite hot spots for us. We have not planned the route though. However, the Gulf countries and South-East Asian countries will remain our prime focus. Also, by the time, we will add more airbuses in our kitty (taking the figure to 20 airbuses),” added Roni.

On the FDI for domestic airlines, he said the decision would play a key role in the development of the aviation industry and it would be an important step for the country.

‘Services will start’

We will start the services from July 3 and, in addition to Mumbai, will also cover cities such as Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Goa, Bangalore, Chennai and Kochi. — Giorgio De Roni, CEO, GoAir



Tata Docomo announces new plan

Tata Docomo has announced a new tariff plan for prepaid customers in the Haryana and Punjab circle. Tata Docomo has launched “Half Rate” value for money plan for prepaid customers of Punjab and Haryana circle. With this plan, the user can make unlimited STD and Local calls at 36 paisa per minute on per second billing, the plan is worth Rs 36 and is valid for 4 weeks.

Taj Hotels launches special offer

The monsoon in India has its own story to narrate and some destinations make this season truly memorable. Experience the first showers of the season at one of our authentic Grand Palaces, the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur or the Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad and watch the magic unfold right before your eyes. The monsoon offers start from Rs 47,000 upward per couple for 2 nights, with a 3rd night complimentary on a room-only basis. The offer is valid till September 30.

Google voice search now compatible with dialects

Google India hosted a Google Cafe showcasing the search experience for Indian users. English voice search in the Indian accent, the knowledge graph, and Google Now. “From asking Google where you can watch the latest movie to finding out cricket scores at the touch of a button, Google is there to help you get the answers you need,” said Sandeep Menon, Head of Marketing, Google India. “We’re delighted to showcase the improvements we’ve made to search for Indian users. These features demonstrate Google’s commitment to India and to continually improving Indian users’ search experience,” he added.

eBay India unveils fashion bank

eBay India, an e-Commerce marketplace, offers savvy shoppers a wide selection of fashion and lifestyle merchandise for men and women through 2,00,000 products across 1,000 national and regional brands. The aesthetically designed fashion interface is in-line with the latest-in-season fashion trends for products ranging from apparel, accessories, jewellery, footwear, fragrances, beauty and health products.

Advisory board announced

BML Munjal University (BMU) today announced the appointment of 21 members to its advisory board. Comprising a galaxy of world-renowned leaders – captains of industry, academics, scientists and other outstanding professionals – the Advisory Board will guide the BMU with their astute counsel and rich experience.

Soie unveils new collection

Soie, from the house of Ginza Industries, on Wednesday unveiled its new line of lingerie, nightwear and western apparels. Soie is derived from the French word for “Silk” and is a brand to be reckoned with in the lingerie and fashion apparel segment. With the price range starting from Rs 300 to Rs 2000, Soie will leave you spoilt for choice. One can avail the new range at over 1,000 outlets across India as well as select online web portals. — TNS



Hike in rail fare
Despite instructions, no receipts issued to rail passengers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
In a violation of the Railway norms, officials — deployed for the collection of hike in fare in the morning Shatabdi today — did not issue receipts to the passengers. This despite the fact that instructions were issued to all ticket examiners (TT) by the division to issue receipts of the balance fare hike collected from passengers.

A passenger, who boarded the morning Shatabdi from Chandigarh to New Delhi, said, “Passengers objected to not being issued the receipt but the TT did not bother.”

Though a passenger insisted that he be issued the receipt for office reimbursement of the travelling allowance, the TT allegedly denied it stating, “It is not a mandatory practice.”

But a few passengers were able to procure the receipts after they warned the official about lodging a complaint in the complaint book.

Gulshan, Senior Commercial Manager, Ambala Division, said, “No complaint has been received so far.”

He said there were clear instructions to all TT and other officials, deployed to collect the hiked fare, that receipts should be issued to all the passengers.

Northern Railway CPRO Neeraj Sharma said, “If such an incident has happened, it is a violation of norms.” He assured to take up the matter with the official concerned.

On June 20, the Railway Ministry had announced the hike in rail fare by 14.2 per cent, which was to be implemented from today. The authorities were collecting the balance fare from passengers, who had booked tickets on the old fares.

‘Violation of norms’

If such an incident has happened, it amounts to the violation of norms. I assure to take up the matter with the official concerned. — Neeraj Sharma, CPRO, northern Railway



MC House meet
Confusion prevails over the passing of agenda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, june 25
Even as BJP-SAD councillors claimed that today’s MC House meeting — chaired by Senior Deputy Mayor Hira Negi — was legal and agenda’s were passed, Congress Councillors and officials maintained that the meeting was illegal and that agendas would again come up for a discussion tomorrow.

Eight agenda items, including confirmation of minutes of the previous House meetings, were passed by Hira Negi today. More importantly, there was an agenda to provide insurance cover to fire-fighters in the MC. Recently, a fireman had died in the Sector 17 fire incident on June 8.

The other agenda items included re-carpeting of road between Sectors 53 and 54, re-carpeting of V3 road dividing Sectors 6 and 7, re-carpeting of road in Sector 38 West, re-carpeting of cycle track between Sectors 37 and 41 and re-carpeting of road dividing Sectors 36 and 37.

The Congress councillors maintained that the Senior Deputy Mayor could only hold a meeting if the Mayor was not in office or out of town. However, the Mayor was sitting in his room.

Besides, the Mayor had conveyed to the BJP-SAD councillors regarding adjournment of the meeting. Despite this, BJP-SAD councillors ‘illegally’ held a meeting. “They will discuss these agendas again tomorrow,” said the councillors.

On the other hand, BJP councillors maintained that the meeting was legal as per the MC Act and all agenda items, which they had passed, will not come up for further discussion.

Cong president calls pre-house meeting: Following Wednesday’s drama in the MC House meeting, Congress president BB Behl has now called a pre-house meeting of Congress councillors at President Hotel in Sector 26 on Thursday. Sources said in the pre-house meeting, Congress will finalise their strategy for the House meeting.

ITEMS on AGENDA: Eight agenda items were passed. There was also an agenda to provide insurance cover to fire-fighters in MC.



Admn to transfer two UT cadre officers after MHA missive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
The Chandigarh Administration has finally decided to relieve two UT cadre officers, including Additional Deputy Commissioner Tanvi Garg. The move follows a ‘strong-worded’ letter from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) directing the Administration to relieve the officers. The other officer is Rodney L Ralte, Chief Executive Officer, Chandigarh Housing Board.

Adviser to the UT Administration KK Sharma confirmed that the orders have been received. “The officers are already under transfer. We would now be issuing their relieving orders,” he said.

Meanwhile, the MHA has on more than one occasion asked for transfer of CHB Chairman Satya Gopal, a 1988-batch UT cadre officer. The slum rehabilitation project was cited by the UT as the reason for his retention.

In May last, the MHA had transferred Satya Gopal to Arunachal Pradesh. His transfer orders were received earlier in September last year.

It is learnt that this time, the MHA has sought immediate transfer of the officers from Chandigarh.

Recently, Satya Gopal along with three other officials also visited the residence of BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan in the presence of MP Kirron Kher. It was being viewed that they were keen on extending their stay in Chandigarh.

In the case of RL Ralte, the transfer orders could not be implemented last year due to model code for elections in certain states.

The 2009-batch officer, Tanvi Garg, was recently in news for being posted in the home district during the general elections. On finding that her holding the charge of the Additional District Magistrate contrary to the instructions of the Election Commission of India on posting of officials in their home districts, she was relieved of the charge till the model code of conduct was in force.



Goods damaged in showroom as fire breaks out
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 25
A fire broke out in a hardware showroom in the Phase IX market here this morning. There was no loss of life though the flames damaged goods on the showroom premises. A lot of smoke was seen coming out from the front part of the showroom and it was not immediately clear in which part of the building the fire had broken out. A passerby noticed the fire and later, the PCR informed the fire brigade about the incident . Three fire engines and one rescue tender was sent to the spot.

According to sub fire officer Mohal Lal Verma, the fire call was received around 8.50 am. It took about two hours to bring the situation under control as the fire had broken out in the rear of the showroom and there was no entry to the building from there. The building also had a basement.

Fire brigade employees had to break the wall at the rear of the showroom. Later, the metal shutters were cut to gain access to the building from the rear.

Ashok Kumar, who runs his hardware business in the building, said the GMADA had ordered the closure of the rear entry and the wall had to be broken by fire brigade employees to gain access to the building. Hardware and sanitary items had got damaged, he added.

He said the fire was noticed by a passerby who then gave information about it on the phone number displayed outside the shop. Ashok Kumar suspected that the fire was caused by a short circuit.



World de-addiction day today
March raises awareness on drug de-addiction
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 25
A candle march was organised by doctors and staff members of the Civil Hospital here today on the eve of World De-addiction Day, which falls tomorrow. The march started from the Civil Hospital and went through the Phase VI market.

Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Dr Andesh Kang said doctors and the hospital staff were accompanied by nursing students and some residents of the area. The aim was to create awareness about de-addiction. A pledge “Jago jago, nasha hatao” was also taken.

A poster-making competition was also organised today and a poster exhibition would be organised tomorrow. A function to mark the day would also be organised tomorrow.

Dr Kang informed that the hospital was now equipped with a proper de-addiction centre. It has 16 beds, a psychiatrist and two counsellors.



Operation Vijay
Tributes paid to Major Sandeep Sagar in Panchkula
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Floral tributes were paid by defence personnel and city residents to martyr Major Sandeep Sagar, who laid down his life in the line of duty near the Line of Control during Operation Vijay.

The tributes were paid on his death anniversary at his memorial on the Sector 7/8 chowk in Panchkula.

SS Dhillon, Principal Secretary to Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also present on the occasion.

Prof Harbans Lal and his wife Raksha, parents of the martyr, along with their relatives, paid tributes to him besides recalling old memories.

Others who paid tributes included Panchkula Deputy Commissioner SS Phulia, Additional Deputy Commissioner SP Arora and other serving and retired defence personnel from Chandigarh and Panchkula.



Rain exposes chinks in Admn preparedness

Come rains and chinks in the Administration’s combative mechanism is exposed. The authorities concerned have failed to come out with a concrete set of combative measures to check the monsoon fury and the scars rain leaves behind. The Administration’s preparedness went for a toss when rain took the city by surprise recently, inundating the city roads, snapping cable network and uprooting trees. The downpour resulted in long spells of power failure. While the showers brought a short breather from the sweltering heat, it rained miseries for the city residents in more ways than one. Stationary vehicles were damaged as trees uprooted by high-velocity winds fell on them. The rainwater entered houses in low-lying areas forcing their occupants to spend a sleepless night with no water and power supply. In such a situation, the City Beautiful presents an ugly picture. The Administration needs to chalk out a concrete combative plan and equip its men well so as to take the showery surprise head on. Piecemeal measures employed by them will not bring any tangible outcome.

Ramesh K Dhiman, Chandigarh

Sector 17 inferno: Better check violations before

This refers to the tragedy in which two firemen died while dousing flames at the NIELIT building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, recently. It is unfortunate that human negligence led to the building catching fire and ultimately collapsing. The owners, Trehans who had let out the building in 1979, have blamed the NIELIT for creating wooden partitions on the premises due to which the fire became uncontrollable. It is not right on the part of the owner to point the finger at his tenants now. Why did he not bring it into the notice of the authorities concerned earlier? It is almost 35 years now after the building was rented out to NIELIT. It may be mentioned that all office spaces in the city, which have been let out, have wooden partitions for the purpose of sub-letting. These partitioned rooms are so congested that it is difficult for a person to even walk comfortably let alone running for safety in an emergency. There is no place for fire tenders or firemen to enter offices situated on upper floors. It seems that even the Fire Department does not check these buildings or simply issues clearance certificates to the owners of the buildings in lieu of monetary considerations. There are gross violations of building bylaws while fire safety is compromised in such buildings. Only when a major tragedy strikes, the authorities concerned wake up and start the blame game. In the Sector 17 incident, even trees were hindering firefighting. All such illegalities and hurdles must be dealt with an iron hand and necessary safety precautions must be taken in all buildings to prevent loss of life and property. The authorities concerned should conduct periodic checks to locate such violations and penalise the offenders.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh



PU freshers prefer technology over manual assistance
Help desks on the campus receive poor response as students opt for filling admission forms online
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
The help desks, set up by various students’ political parties on the campus to help new entrants fill up the admission forms, has been receiving a poor response by the tech-savvy freshers. Taking note of the admission schedule of the university, today, all the student parties set up their help desk on the campus.

The parties were left out with MA courses guidance for the students as majority of the forms are now available online for various courses.

In fact this year the students are not opting to use the facility of the students parties help desk to get the forms filled and submitted in the university. Students have complained, on earlier occasions, that their forms were misplaced by the party workers due to which they faced inconvenience. They decided to submit the admission forms themselves in order to save themselves from the problems later on.

Even the party leaders accepted that there is steep decline in number of students seeking help at the help desk this year. One of the senior leaders of the NSUI party, former president Manoj Lubana, said in the past they usually did not get time to have their meals after the help desks were set up in the university, but now the time has changed.

“Our motive to set up the help desks is only to help the students with any kind of query. We are basically here to help the MA and LLB students for admissions,” said Amninder Mann, SOPU president of the PU.



Government colleges receive 19k online admission forms
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Breaking all the previous records, as many as 19,150 online application forms have been received by the city government colleges so far. The last date for submission of forms is June 27. As per the data, the Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, has received 5,625 forms, Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, has received 4,709 applications, Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, has collected 4,420 applications, Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42, has got 1,626 forms, Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46, has collected as many as 2,740 forms and the Regional Institute of English, Sector 32, has received 30 applications.

As per the past records, the government colleges have received 14,000 to 15,000 forms from the fresh applicants in the city.

Official revealed that the maximum applications received in the government colleges are for BSc non-medical courses.

The Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11 received 2,060 applications, Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, received 1,640 forms and the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42, received 1,024 applications. The seats for this course in every college are, however, 200 only.

The director of the UT Higher Education, Sandeep Hans, said they are expecting that this year the applications will be more than 22,000 to 23,000 as two days are still left for applying for admission.



Online system draws students’ ire
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 25
Students are a harassed lot with the inception of new online system at government colleges in Panchkula. The online system has been made functional by the higher education in Haryana. Students, particularly, from low income groups and from the remote areas are finding it tough to visit the cyber cafes to fill the forms. The prospectus system has been stopped from this session.

Till now, only 3,100 students have applied in Government College, Sector 1, Government College for Girls, Sector 14, Kalka Government College and Barwala Government College.

Till now, as many as 14 lakh students have visited the site in Haryana.

“As the system is new, it is taking one hour to trace one application form. If it gets locked or submitted by mistake, the form cannot be edited,” said Raju, who had come to apply in Government College, Sector 1.

“After spending money, we go to the cyber cafes. It takes hours to check each and every form,” said Vicky, another student.

The colleges have constituted physical committees in their Computer Department to help the students but due to the server problem, it is consuming lot of time.

“As the network remains busy, it takes lot of time and we need to stand for hours in the college,” said another student.

Meanwhile, the officials of higher education claim that they are receiving overwhelming response and the students should try filling forms on Google chrome and Mozilla for expedited work and not on Internet explorer.



College notes
Dr Cheema is new director-principal of FET

Desh Bhagat University has appointed Dr Pardeep Singh Cheema, former professor of Jazan University, Saudi Arabia, as director-principal, Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET). Dr Cheema has a long teaching and administrative experience and has been associated with the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET), Longowal, for over 17 years. Before joining Desh Bhagat University, Dr Cheema was a professor at Jazan University, Saudi Arabia.

Chief Minister flags off biking expedition

The CM, Punjab, S Parkash Singh Badal, flagged off the 25-member Motor Biking Expedition from Chandigarh to Leh-Ladakh on Wednesday. The expedition has been organized by PTU and the Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh. The flag-off ceremony was held at the residence of the CM (Punjab). Madan Mohan Mittal, Technical Education Minister, Punjab, was the guest of honour. Dr Anshu Kataria, chairman, Aryans Group, presided over the event. The objectives of the expedition are to project Punjab as education hub in the neighboring states, to spread the message of anti-drugs and to boost adventure and sports activities among students and faculties. While praising PTU and Aryans for their initiative, Badal said through this expedition, students will get a chance to explore the culture of other states. — TNS



Panjab varsity announces BA final year results
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, has declared the result for BA final year. Of 31,797 who appeared for the examinations, as many as 22,003 have passed the test. This year, 69.20 per cent students passed the BA final year examination. Last year it was 66.9 per cent.

The PU Controller of Examinations, prof Parvinder Singh, said the result has been uploaded on the PU website i.e. http://results.puchd.ac.in/.

Navroop Kaur of Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, has topped the BA final year examination of the Panjab University, Chandigarh. Navroop Kaur has scored 2067/2400 marks. Shivangi of the Government College for Girls, Ludhiana, and Nikita of the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, notched the second and third positions, respectively.



Edu Minister felicitates students
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 25
Students holding the first three positions in the matriculation examination of the Punjab School Education Board were given cash awards here today. The Education Minister, Daljit Singh Cheema, gave away the awards to the meritorious students.

The awards were given during a seminar, organised by the PSEB, to give career guidance to students at Shivalik Public School.

Students who stood first in the examination were given a cash award of Rs 1 lakh while, those who stood second and third were given Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively. They were also given certificates and mementoes.

Students who secured the first three positions in the Class XII examination were also honoured on the occasion.

Two students from the same family, who had cleared the IIT JEE , after clearing Class XII examination (PSEB) were also felicitated.



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