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Major tragedy averted in bank fire
Incident reported at Syndicate Bank in Sec 17 when staff were yet to arrive; records damaged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
A major tragedy was averted after a fire broke out at the regional office of Syndicate Bank at Bank Square in Sector 17 this morning as bank employees were yet to arrive. The parking in front of the bank was empty, providing a clear passage to fire tenders.

Important records and office infrastructure were, however, damaged in the fire.

The Fire Department was intimated about the fire on the ground floor of SCO 76/77, that houses the bank, at 9.09 am. The department swung into action and rushed two fire tenders from the Sector 17 fire station.

Fire officer ML Sharma rushed to the spot and summoned fire tenders from the Sector 11, 38 and 32 fire stations. Seven fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The hydraulic ladder was also called to the spot to assist in the firefighting operations.

Since the bank employees were yet to arrive, the parking was empty, which enabled the fire tenders reach near the building. The vehicles that were already parked were lifted with the help of cranes and removed from the parking.

Firefighters battled the flames from both the front and rear side of the building. The power supply to the entire area was disconnected.

Soon, a team of the Indian Air Force (IAF) also reached the spot along with a fire tender. However, on finding the situation under control, it went back.

Wooden cabins of officials, computers, air conditioners, tables and chairs and bank records were damaged in the fire.

The bank had constructed a wooden partition below the roof of the bank premises to store important records that was saved from getting damaged in the fire.

Deputy General Manager JK Jain, who reached the spot, said around 40 employees worked in the branch. However, nobody was present in the bank at the time of the fire.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Tanvi Garg said prima facie, short circuit appeared to be the cause of the fire. However, the exact cause of the fire could be established only after a proper investigation.

A fire tender was stationed at the fire spot till the evening to ensure that the fire was completely doused. 


9.09 am: Fire Department receives call

10.15 am: Fire brought under control

10.21 am: A team of the IAF reaches the spot with a fire tender

10.25 am: ADC Tanvi Garg arrives at the spot to take stock of the situation

Firemen sans uniform admonished

SHO of Sector 17 Dilsher Singh admonished the firemen who were not wearing uniform during the firefighting operations. The SHO said in the absence of the dress, it was tough to differentiate between a civilian and a firefighter.

Entry to nearby buildings restricted

To prevent any untoward incident, the ADC got the nearby area cordoned off and restricted the entry of people to nearby buildings. The offices of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation, IDBI Bank, Punjab National Bank, Haryana State Cooperative Apex Bank and the Bank of India were vacated for several hours. 



For once, lessons learnt from the past
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Learning lessons from the recent fire incident which led to the collapse of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) building in Sector 17, that claimed the lives of two firemen, the Fire Department and the city police today acted swiftly and alerted other fire stations in the city, the Indian Air Force for back-up and even called a Civil Defence team on time.

On receiving the fire call at 9.09 am, Station Fire Officer ML Sharma rushed two fire tenders from the Sector 17 fire station to the spot and asked other fire stations for a back-up. Simultaneously, the hydraulic ladder was also rushed to the spot. Interestingly, on June 8 when the fire broke at the NIELIT building, the hydraulic ladder had arrived almost 90 minutes after the Fire Department received the call.

While on June 8, the fire departments of neighboring cities were called for assistance after the fire went out of control, today these were informed well in time. Firefighters who entered the building to battle the flames were wearing proximity suits and had the breathing apparatus.

A major lapse witnessed on June 8 was corrected today by the police by cordoning off the entire area and restricting the movement of civilians. A team of the traffic police was immediately deputed on roads in Sector 17 to manage the traffic and make a passage for the movement of the fire tenders.

The SHO of Sector 17, Dilsher Singh, said water cannon was also summoned to the spot to assist the Fire Department.

The operation then and now

NIELIT fire (June 8)

* Hydraulic ladder reached 90 minutes late

* Area cordoned off almost three hours after fire

* Civil Defence team informed over five hours after the fire was reported

* Fire depts of neighbouring cities informed two hours after the fire 

Bank fire (July 3)

* Hydraulic ladder came within 15 minutes

* Area cordoned off within 15 minutes

* Team reached within an hour of the incident

* Fire departments of neighbouring cities put on alert immediately after the incident



Building violations come in the way of firefighters
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Firefighters, who had a tough time controlling the recent fire at the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) building in Sector 17 after they found entries to the building closed with walls, faced a similar situation today when they had to break the shutter, a door and a board installed at one of the entry points to spill water inside the regional office of Syndicate Bank.

ML Sharma, Station Fire Officer, Sector 17, said one of the doors was completely blocked by the bank. “After opening the shutter of the bank by breaking the locks, we found a door inside. We broke the door lock and found a wooden board inside, which also had to be broken with a hammer,” Sharma said.

Sharma said blocking of the entry and exit point hampered the firefighting operation, leading to a delay.

On June 8, while fighting the fire at the NIELIT building in Sector 17, firefighters had struggled to break a concrete wall constructed on one of the entry points that hampered the operation.

Sharma said in his report, he would mention the violations in the entry and exit points.

The fire hydrant wet-riser and downcomer system installed by the bank did not work at the time of the fire. Sharma said it was later discovered that the valve of the water tank installed on the roof was closed due to which the system did not work.

Sources said the fire extinguisher kept inside the bank also did not work.

Hurdles galore

"After opening the shutter of the bank by breaking the locks, we found a door inside. We broke the door lock and found a wooden board inside, which also had to be broken with a hammer" — ML Sharma, Station Fire Officer, Sector 17



‘Harassed’ by bosses, banker ends his life
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Ajay Sehgal (52), branch manager of the PNB, Sector 20, allegedly committed suicide last evening by jumping in front of the Unchahar Express (14218) on the Chandigarh-Ambala railway line at Daria village, 2 km from the Chandigarh railway station.

A suicide note was recovered from the spot by officials of the Government Railway Police Force (GRPF), who got information about the incident at 6.30 pm last evening.

A diary containing data related to his official performance was also recovered from the spot by the team. Sources said in his suicide note, Sehgal held Senior Deputy General Manger AK Gupta and Field General Manager JK Gupta responsible for forcing him to take the extreme step.

He had mentioned in his suicide note that the data which they were presenting to the higher authorities was not correct and they were misguiding the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the bank.

Sehgal’s daughter visited the spot this morning along with police officials.

An official of the GRPF said they recovered around Rs 1,200 from Sehgal’s hand.

The SHO of the GRPF, Chandigarh, Aman Singh, said a case under Section 306 of the IPC (abetment of suicide) had been registered against both officials.

Sources in the bank said yesterday, at a meeting of all senior officials in the main branch, the victim was insulted and humiliated by the two officials. Later, when one of his junior officials called Sehgal at 2 pm, he was depressed and said he was busy for two hours and would not come to the office. At around 7 pm last evening, his colleagues got information about his suicide.

An official said two months ago also, he faced humiliation at a meeting of higher officials in which he was termed a non-performer.

His seniors were pressuring him to do illegal work: Wife

The victim’s wife, Rama Sahgal, said her husband used to often talk about harassment at the hands of his superiors.

She alleged that they were pressuring him to do some illegal work, which was not acceptable to him.

A teacher, Rama has blamed her husband’s seniors for the suicide. 



Depressed over wife’s death, labourer commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
A 42-year-old labourer, Ashwani, who worked with a Ludhiana hosiery company, committed suicide today by jumping in front of the Lal Kuan Express near Raipur Kalan this morning. He was depressed over his wife’s death.

Ashwani was walking on the track with his nine-year-old son Ashu. As the train approached, he pushed his son aside and committed suicide. Government Railway Police Force official Harneek Singh, the investigation officer, said the victim’s son said that yesterday evening, his father took his mother to the PGI for a kidney transplant. She died this morning.

After that, his father took him to the railway station by an auto-rickshaw and started walking on the track. At around 9.30 am, when a train came on the track, his father pushed him aside and committed suicide.

An official said the child had been sent to the child care centre till the time his relatives, who stayed in Maharashtra, reached Chandigarh to take him with them.

48-year-old woman takes the extreme step

A 48-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in Sector 31 here today.

The deceased has been identified as Poonam Panday. Her husband, Umesh Panday, is posted in Srinagar as a JWO in the Air Force.

The police said the victim’s 22-year-old son, Nitin, who had gone to the market, found the house bolted from inside when he returned.

He saw his mother hanging from a window, following which he broke open the door.

She was taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where she was declared brought dead. The victim was suffering form a chronic decease and was depressed. No suicide note was found from the spot.



Train delayed as driver dies
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Due to the sudden death of Brijpal Chaudhary, driver of the Himalayan Queen, which runs between New Delhi and Chandigarh, the train was delayed by two hours today.

Railway officials said when the train (No. 14095) reached Panipat this morning, Brijpal complained of chest pain to his co-driver, who rushed him to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead by doctors.

Official said as makeshift arrangements had to be made for the train, it got delayed by two hours.


Congress MLA alleges land scam in Sohana village
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 3
Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu today alleged that there was a land scam in Sohana village and another one under MNREGA in Gigemajra village.

Sidhu, who was talking to mediapersons here said in Sohana there was a pond measuring 24 kanals and 10 marlas which was worth crores. After filling up the same, a resolution was passed in January by the gram panchayat for giving 4 kanals of the area to a self-styled body, ‘Movement of Daughters Dignity Samaj Sewa Society’.

He said this action was against the law. Besides, the association was neither a registered body nor did it exist in the past.

The MLA said the village lacked various amenities like park, community centre and playground.

Sidhu said in Gigemajra village a huge amount had been allegedly looted by certain members of the panchayat under the garb of MNREGA schemes by preparing fictitious job cards. Job cards had been made of villagers who were unaware of these schemes. No such schemes were being implemented in the village. He demanded that the Chief Minister should intervene and stop such malpractices and sought a high-level probe into these matters.



fire at National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology building
Committee yet to give its report
Though the committee has had two meetings, it has made little progress

Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Smoke billows out of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, where a fire broke out on June 8.
Smoke billows out of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, where a fire broke out on June 8. A file photo

Chandigarh, july 3
Even as 25 days have passed after a major fire broke out in the building of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) — that killed two firemen during its collapse — the committee headed by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), is yet to give its report on the incident.

The committee headed by the ADC, Tanvi Garg, and comprising Additional Commissioner MC Sunil Bhatia, UT Chief Engineer SK Chadha, MC Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand, MC Executive Engineer Inderjit Gulati, Station Fire Officer ML Sharma and DSP (Central) Ashish Kapoor, had been asked to probe the incident. However, the committee, in its two meetings, has made little progress.

“At present, the police are investigating as to what caused the fire incident at the NIELIT, Sector 17, which further led to the building collapse. The Estate Office is looking into the safety of the adjoining building. As it is a complicated matter, the inquiry will take some time”, said ADC Garg.

Incidentally, a former professor with PEC, IC Syal, recently submitted a report to Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin stating that the four-storey building in Sector 17, adjoining the building of NIELIT, was safe.

After the UT’s Engineering Department expressed its inability to structurally access the building, the tenants in the building had requested the DC to ask some other agency to inspect the structure.

Dr Syal was given permission to inspect the building. He stated that the building could be occupied after repairing the damaged portions.

The report states that after a thorough examination, it has been found that no major structural damage has been caused to the building and it could be occupied for use after carrying out repairs.

Dr Syal has also recommended removal of debris of the collapsed building in a planned manner.

The report of Dr IC Syal has been forwarded to all members of the committee so that it can take a decision on the removal of debris and probe the cause of the collapse.

Assistant Estate Officer, Balbir Singh Dhol, confirmed that the Dr Syal’s report had been forwarded to the committee members for necessary action.

“Since the Estate Office withdrew the occupation certificate of the building adjoining the collapsed building, it will have to be issued again”, said another official. Sources said the panel could ask the Chief Architect to give his opinion on the report.

‘Complicated matter, probe WILL TAKE TIME’

"The police are investigating as to what caused the fire incident at the NIELIT, Sector 17, which further led to the building collapse. The Estate Office is looking into the safety of the adjoining building. As it is a complicated matter, the inquiry will take some time." — Tanvi Garg, Additional Deputy Commissioner



moga encounter
UT police did not seek production warrants
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
While the two persons, who were injured in a police encounter in Moga, were discharged by a court there yesterday, the UT Police made no attempt to procure production warrants of the duo.

The two accused, Gurcharan Singh Rinku and Shinder Singh Gosha, were to be brought to Chandigarh in connection with a case of assault, illegal confinement and making obscene video clips of a Moga-based youth, Harpinder Singh.

Rinku and Gosha had been discharged from the case of attempt to murder, registered against both of them following an encounter between a team of the UT Crime Branch and some criminals on July 2.

Two Moga residents, Sukhdev Singh and Inderjeet Singh, both having criminal background, were killed in the encounter on July 25.

Rinku and Gosha were arrested and taken to a hospital after they were injured in the shootout as the cops secured their custody.

While Rinku and Gosha have been discharged from the hospital, the Chandigarh Police have not yet arrested them in the case registered against them on June 23 at the Sector 17 police station here.



Open 4 more kiosks of onion, says Patil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
To control the prices of onion and potato, UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil today directed UT officials to ensure that these vegetables are sold at reasonable rates by checking their hoarding.

While presiding over a meeting of senior officials, Patil asked the officers of the Food and Supply Department and Mani Majra Cooperative Society to set up at least four more kiosks at different locations in the city such as ‘apni mandi’ to sell onion and potato at controlled rates.

Patil also sought the selling of these items through mobile vans, passing from sector to sector, and making announcements to create awareness among the public.

Patil asked the officials to maintain a record of the arrival of onion and potato in the city markets and their retail and wholesale rates.

The Administrator said three sub-divisional level committees had already been constituted comprising the SDM, SHOs, Inspector Food Supply, Mandi Supervisor and Marketing Supervisor to check the rates and storage of these items.

Police offficials was directed to inspect the storage and rates of these items.

Balbir Singh Dhol, Joint Secretary, Agriculture Marketing Board, assured to meet all expectations.

new directions

The Administrator asked officers of the Food and Supply Department and Mani Majra Cooperative Society to set up at least four more kiosks at different locations in the city such as ‘apni mandi’ to sell onion and potato at controlled rates.



Kirron searches for house in city
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, july 3
Newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher — who defeated Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal with a record margin of around 70,000 votes — is searching for a house in the City Beautiful.

Though her parental house is in Sector 8, owing to a property dispute between her parents and sister-in-law, she is searching for a house from where she can operate.

Interacting with mediapersons at a programme in Sector 43 here today, Kirron said, “I am searching for a rented accommodation in the city. Though I have seen some houses in the northern sectors (1 to 10), I am yet to finalise the same.”

Kirron, who is in the city since June 28, has been daily meeting people at the BJP office ‘Kamlam’ in Sector 33.

Kirron said, “I have prepared a list of demands submitted by the residents. I will raise all these issues with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). People will see a change in the next 2-3 months.”

Rift in bjp comes to fore

Rift between the city unit of the BJP once again came to the fore as senior BJP leaders Harmohan Dhawan and Satya Pal Jain kept away from the meeting. Vineet Joshi, another BJP leader, who had handled the Kher’s media campaign was not invited to the function, organised by BJP president Sanjay Tandon.

‘If the post of Chief Commissioner benefits city, then why not’

On whether the post of Chief Commissioner should be re-introduced in the city instead of the present set up of Punjab Governor, who also holds the UT Administrator’s post, Kirron said, “If the Chief Commissioner set up is beneficial for the city, then why not”.



JAC submits memo
Tribune News Service

MP Kirron Kher with traders at the BJP office in Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
MP Kirron Kher with traders at the BJP office in Sector 33, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Chandigarh, July 3 The Joint Action Committee (JAC), of Industrial, Traders and Resident Welfare Associations today submitted a charter of demands to local MP Kirron Kher.

Their demands included making Chandigarh leasehold to free hold city, rolling back of penalty clause for building violations and misuse from Rs 500 to Rs 10 per sq feet.

MPS Chawla stated that regularising need-based changes in houses, commercial areas and the Industrial Area is another demand that they have been raising.



‘Autoimmune Hepatitis on rise in North’

Chandigarh, July 3
The Department of Immunopathology, PGIMER — which has contributed extensively to the screening of auto-immune liver disease in the North-Indian population — has found a rise in the incidence of Autoimmune Hepatitis in North India.

Patients visiting rheumatologists with joint pains, or the endocrinologist with diabetes and/or hypothyroidism, may also have co-existent Autoimmune Hepatitis.

The disease can silently accompany other autoimmune diseases. “In North Indians, the disease progresses rapidly in 5-10 years to cirrhosis and liver failure, as documented by us,” said the experts while addressing a press conference here today.

“People equate liver disease with jaundice. This is a condition wherein due to known genetic susceptibility, a person forms known auto-antibodies and mounts a destructive immune response against the liver and/or the billiary system. The disease is more common in women, but can also occur in men irrespective of the age group,” they added. — TNS



GMCH-32 MBBS Seats
UT Adviser sends undertaking to MCI on rectifying shortcomings
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Following the submission of a compliance report by the Director-Principal of the GMCH-32 on the shortcomings pointed out by the Medical Council of India (MCI) last week, UT Adviser KK Sharma has now sent an undertaking to the MCI assuring that all shortcomings will be rectified.

Pointing out a few shortcomings, the MCI had on June 23, rejected the GMCH’s request about increasing seats in the MBBS course from 50 to 100 this year, leaving scores of students in the lurch as they had left admission options in other colleges in the hope of securing a seat in the GMCH-32.

Director-Principal, GMCH-32, Dr Atul Sachdev had submitted a compliance report to the Union Health Ministry last week, following which the MCI had asked for an undertaking from the UT Adviser.

“The move brings hopes for us about securing an approval,” said a senior faculty in the GMCH-32.

On Wednesday, the aggrieved parent of a candidate — who had applied for admission to MBBS in the GMCH-32 but could not get through as the seats were reduced from 100 to 50 —met Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi requesting clarity. 


* On June 23, utter chaos prevailed during the counselling for MBBS seats at the GMCH-32 as candidates — hopeful of 100 seats at the institution — did not apply in other private institutes. The candidates were disappointed over the last-minute announcement that the MCI had turned down the request for an increase in the number of seats.

* The GMCH prospectus had mentioned that the seats were likely to be increased from 50 to 100 this year.

* On June 27, the GMCH Director, Dr Atul Sachdev submitted a compliance report on the shortcomings pointed out by the MCI.

* On June 17, 2012, an FIR under Section 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC was registered against the truck driver, Ram Singh, following a complaint by Inderjit Singh, who was following them in a separate car.

shortcomings pointed out by mci

* No common room

* Inadequate toilets

* No demonstration room

* No gymnasium

* No lockers

"The move brings hopes for us about securing an approval." SENIOR FACULTY MEMBER, GMCH-32



Right to Service Act
Over 7.14 lakh cases settled
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 3
In an effort to streamline the service delivery system in government offices, the district has disposed of more than 7.14 lakh cases under the Right to Service Act (RTS).

This was stated by Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Puneet Goyal here today.

He said up to May, over 1.92 lakh cases were disposed of, whereas the number of cases disposed of from August 2012 to December 2013 was over 5.22 lakh.

Goyal said Punjab was the first state that had implemented the RTS Act. Under it initially there were 69 time-bound services. The government had added 80 more services which were to be delivered to citizens.

He said the services were being delivered in a hassle-free and time-bound manner through the suvidha centres in the district.

The centres were functional at the District Administrative Complex; the municipal building, Sector 68; the Tehsil Complex, Kharar; the Tehsil Complex, Dera Bassi; the municipal building, Zirakpur; and the block office, Majri, he added.

The ADC said services relating to new UIDs and their updating were also being extended to the public at the suvidha centres. For making new UIDs, the government had set up permanent enrolment counters at the Municipal Council, Banur; the nagar panchayat, Lalru; Sanjh Kendra, Phase XI; besides all Suvidha Centres.



Two protesting lab assistants hospitalised
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 3
While two protesting computer laboratory assistants were hospitalised after their health deteriorated this afternoon, scores of midday meal workers held a protest at the Mini-Secretariat and gheroad the complex this morning.

Protesting for not getting the payment of salaries for the past 26 months, scores of computer laboratory assistants from across the state have been observing a fast for the past over one month in front of the Shiksha Sadan here.

The health of Sandeep from Jind and Rohit Rohtash from Safidon deteriorated this afternoon. ACP Jagtar Singh and senior officials of the administration reached the spot.

An ambulance was called and they were shifted to the Civil Hospital, Sector 6, here. Their condition was stable, the ACP said.

In another incident, scores of mid-day meal workers assembled in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) at the Mini Secretariat and raised slogans against the government.

The protesters, including women, reached outside the DC office and demanded release of their 12- month wages. 



Join hands to tackle drug abuse: Minister
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 3
Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Sikander Singh Maluka today emphasised the need for adopting a collective strategy to tackle the drug menace.

Speaking during a function after releasing the July edition of a magazine, ‘Sade Pind’, at the Vikas Bhavan here, Maluka said in the national war against drug addiction, panchayats and NGOs should join hands.

Sikander Singh Maluka said representatives of villages should identify drug addicts in their areas and motivate them to go to de-addiction centres run by the government.

He said sports played a critical role against drugs. Panchayats should make efforts to organise different sports festivals to promote sports among youths.



Tobacco sellers challaned

Mohali, July 3
The Health Department today carried out checking of premises of tobacco sellers in Mohali and nearby areas and issued challans to offenders.

A team headed by Jasbir Singh, nodal officer of the Tobacco Control Cell of the department, challaned those indulging in the illegal sale of tobacco items. A warning was issued to the offenders. — OC



Counselling for BCom-I admission
Tough competition for students in open category
Cut-off percentage 2% higher as compared to last year in all city colleges
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Students seeking admission to BCom-I under the open category faced a tough competition on the first day of the counselling today, as this year the cut-off percentage (rank) was two per cent higher as compared to the last year in all city colleges.

Only 28 seats were left under the general quota out of the 243 in two private colleges of the city. As many as 111 students also got admission under the UT pool category.

Delhi University’s BCom-I cut-off for this year was 98 per cent, which is about two per cent high from the city colleges.

Like last year, SD College, Sector 32, and MCM DAV, Sector 36, were the first preference for the students during the centralised counselling today. This year, the cut-off percentage for the open category in SD College was 111.2 rank, which was 110.6 rank last year. While in MCM DAV College it was 110.2 rank, which was 108 last year.

In government colleges, Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11; and Government College for Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42; are on the top preference list of students seeking admission.

Under the general category also SD College was the first preference of students. As many as 103 students opted for SD College, while five students opted for MCM DAV, and one each for DAV College, GCG-11 and GCG-42.

Fourteen seats each are vacant in the general category in two women colleges - Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45; and Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26.

Parking woes

People who came to attend counselling from far-off places faced inconvenience at parking area outside the law auditorium, which is the venue of the counselling.

3,773 applications received

Against around 294 seats for the general quota, which is 15 per cent of the total seats, as many as 3,773 applications were received by Panjab University under the centralised admission.



1,452 seats for first-year students at PU hostels
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Panjab University has declared the number of hostel seats available for the first-year students of various departments on the university campus.

PU spokesperson said the first-year graduation and post-graduation students on the university campus would get 1,452 seats at the PU hostels, of which 769 seats were available in the boys’ hostels and 683 seats in the girls’ hostels.

The students are required to submit forms to the department concerned for admission to the hostels within 3 days from the date of admission for the allocation of hostel accommodation, after which his or her seat in the hostels will stand forfeited and will be allotted to the next student in the waiting list.

Panjab Universityhas eight boys’ and nine girls’ hostels and a working women hostel. One new girl hostel was completed in Sector 25 here this year.



Class XI Admission
Students throng government schools to deposit fees
 90% of the seats filled in most sought-after schools
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
Students thronged government schools in the city to deposit fees for admission to Class XI today. Within just two days, nearly 90 per cent of the seats were filled in the most sought-after schools.

Government Model Senior Secondary School, Modern Housing Complex, Mani Majra (GMSSS MHC MM), was leading the tally of filling up the maximum seats.

Kund Bala, principal of the school, said of the 117 allotted seats in the science stream, students had already deposited fees for 115 seats, while of the 64 allotted seats in the commerce stream, the school had received fees for 63 seats.

Kund Bala said the response for the vocational stream stenography and computer application (English) was also overwhelming as against 36 allotted seats, students had already deposited fees for 35 seats.

The cut-off for the science stream at the GMSSS MHC MM was 10 CGPA, while for the commerce stream it was 8.8 CGPA. For the stream stenography and computer application (English), the cut-off was 6.4 CGPA.

The GMSSS-16 also witnessed an equally good response from the commerce stream grabbers. Of the 129 allotted seats, only four seats were left at the school.

Anujit Kaur, principal of the GMSSS-16, said: “A huge rush of students from the commerce and humanities streams was witnessed to deposit the fees within the first two days of the counselling.”

She said of the 127 allotted seats in the humanities stream, only 11 seats were left. Of the 298 seats in the science stream, only 39 seats were left.

The cut-off for the science stream at the GMSSS 16 was 9.2 CGPA, while for the commerce stream, it was 9 CGPA. The cut-off for the humanities stream was 8 CGPA.

Of the 288 seats in the science stream, 258 were filled at the GMSSS-35, while in the commerce stream all 125 seats were occupied. Of the 127 seats in the humanities stream, 118 seats were filled, while in the vocational stream banking and insurance, all 35 seats were filled.

The classes will commence from July 4 and the second counselling will begin from July 16.



Forum highlights demands of research scholars
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 3
The Chandigarh Research Scholars Forum representing a common platform of all research scholars from all research institutes (Panjab University, PGIMER, IISER, IMTECH, NIPER, CSIO and NABI) came together today marking a turning point in the chapter of the research fraternity of the tricity for the first time.

The Research Scholars Forum today organised a press conference at Panjab University with representatives from all research institutes addressing the basic demands of research scholars.

Akhilesh Kumar, convener, Research Scholars Forum, highlighted the long-standing demands of research scholars such as increase in emoluments of fellowship, streamlining of fellowship per month and extension of medical facilities to all research scholars.



From Schools
Workshops for teachers

Chandigarh: Two workshops for teachers were held on the premises of Ryan International School, Sector 49, here. Teachers of Ryan Schools from Patiala, Mohali and Chandigarh participated enthusiastically in both the workshops. The first workshop was conducted by Suditi Jindal, while the second workshop was conducted by Harpreet Singh Hura. In the first workshop, resource person Suditi focused on communication skills and how to communicate effectively in the classroom. During the session, she stressed on the definition of communication. She discussed about verbal and non-verbal communication skills. In the second workshop, resource person Hapreet focused on boosting general etiquette and manners in professional life. The organisers said inspirational videos were also shown to the participants.

Principal gets warm welcome

St Mary’s School gave a warm welcome to the new principal, MM Thomas, in the morning assembly. The head boy and the head girl of the school extended a floral welcome to the principal. Chairman Rev Fr. John K Jacob welcomed the new principal. The chairman also highlighted the teaching experience of the principal which spanned over 32 years, including his work experience in Nigeria and South Africa. The new principal also addressed the students.

Seminar on parenting

Panchkula: The Sky World School, Sector 21, here, will conduct an interactive seminar on parenting on its campus. Child psychologist Reena Gupta will conduct the session. The school authorities said the motive behind conducting the seminar was to resolve parental concerns about their child’s education like shying away from books, finding it difficult to make friends, or finding difficulty in maintaining focus on any task. The school authorities said the psychologist would address the concern of parents and provide them remedial guidance. — TNS



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