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Transfer Policy
Education Dept gets tough
180 educationists overstaying deputation in city in a spot
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
The UT Education Department has decided to implement the transfer policy strictly and tighten the noose around 180 educationists who are on deputation in the city and have prolonged their stay in violation of the norms.

The decision to implement the transfer policy has been taken in the wake of the recent sexual harassment case at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (West), where one of the accused teachers, an economics lecturer from the Haryana cadre, was serving on deputation in the city for over a decade against the norms.

Many educationists from Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, without completing their mandatory probation period in their parent cadre state, which is of five years, have been serving in the city.

The UT, which follows Punjab Service Rules for the appointment of teachers, clearly states that “the initial period of deputation may be extended up to five years by the administrative department concerned and in a rare case of special nature, if exigencies so require in public interest, such period may be extended beyond five years”.

However, there are several cases where teachers have served in the city for over two decades.

While there is a staff crunch in the adjoining states, especially in rural areas, the city continues to be “flooded with faculty on deputation”.

Swarn Singh Kamboj, president of the UT Cadre Educational Employees Union, said, “The interests of UT teachers have been adversely affected due to overstay by deputationists.”

He alleged that the merit of the UT cadre was being ignored in order to promote teachers on deputation from neighbouring states as they enjoyed political patronage.

Education Secretary Sarvjit Singh said, “The department will implement the transfer policy strictly.”

Kin of VIPs

A majority of the teachers who have overstayed their deputation in Chandigarh are from Punjab and Haryana. It is alleged that they are relatives of senior bureaucrats or VIPs, who ensure that the teachers do not get transferred back.

MHA had sought list from UT

Following complaints and representations over the issue a few years ago, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had sought a list of all such deputationists from the UT Administration along with an explanation for their overstay.



Ahead of poll, 25-year-old nondescript road gets a name
Hooda unveils plaque of Pandit UD Gaur Marg
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 10
A 25-year-old nondescript road in Sector 1 adjoining Suraj Theatre here was today christened Pandit UD Gaur Marg, thanks to the foundation stone-laying spree of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Anticipating imposition of the model code of conduct, the Chief Minister has laid foundation stones of and inaugurated 11 projects in the past three days.

Everyone was taken by surprise when the cavalcade of the Chief Minister stopped on the non-descript road to unveil the plaque carrying the name the road, keeping everyone guessing about the urgency and relevance to name the road.

“Generally, important roads are named after great personalities. However, this one can hardly be called one,” said a HUDA official.

Officials of HUDA were told at the last minute to prepare a plaque for the road. Hooda spoke about the late Pandit UD Gaur on the spot, stating that the plaque was in Gaur’s commemoration.

Gaur was the Advocate General of Haryana from 1979-82 and used to draw a token salary of Re 1.

Part of structure holding plaque damaged

Soon after Hooda left the venue after unveiling the plaque, a part of the structure was damaged, indicating that everything was done in a hurry to show the government’s achievments. According to HUDA officials, the plaque was made just in half day’s time.

Superintending Engineer, HUDA, NK Verma, said, “We got a communication regarding it only yesterday afternoon. We readied it in just half a day. As the cement was yet to dry up, a bit of it may have come off.”

After the formal ceremony at around 10.30 am, local politicians who are in the race for the party ticket, got themselves photographed with the Chief Minister with the plaque in the background. But the commemorative plaque was nobody’s baby after Hooda left and the stone was found broken.

Former president of the MC Ravinder Rawal, former councillor Manvir Kaur Gill, local MLA DK Bansal, politician Om Prakash Devinagar, and Dhanender Ahluwalia, husband of Panchkula Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia, who are in the race for the ticket, were present on the occasion.



Day after, Panchkula officials unmoved, pass the buck
PGI doctors say maggot-infested victim’s condition critical
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 10
A day after the maggot-infested man, who was crying for help in pain at the Mansa Devi Singh Dwar road and is now battling for life at the PGI, the insensitivity of the Panchkula administration continues. Asked who was responsible for taking care of the victim, who is yet to be identified, the Panchkula administration had no clear answer and officials passed the buck. There is still no attendant with the victim.

Panchkula DC SS Phulia said, “The respective departments already have such directions and I don’t think they would show insensitivity. In case of destitutes, the Red Cross society takes care.”

The in charge of the Red Cross Society, Vijay Lakshmi, said, “If he is maggot-infested and unwell, we cannot keep him here as the others will fall ill. After he gets fine and only if he above 60 years of age, we bring him to our old-age home in Sector 15 here.”

Asked whether any probe would be ordered into why help reached the victim late despite calls made by passersby to the control room, the DC said, “If need be, I will get an inquiry conducted.”

Doctors at the PGI said today the condition of the victim was critical. He was referred from the General Hopistal, Sector 6, yesterday as his entire skin had been eaten up by maggots.

Yesterday, the man was crying in pain and an ambulance reached after one hour and 55 minutes, that too when this correspondent called up CMO VK Bansal.



Lab tests: PGI to have single-window system
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
In a relief for patients spending several hours in queues for lab tests at the PGI, the proposal for starting a single-window system for lab tests has been given approval. The Standing Finance Committee (SFC) of the institute has approved to set up a single counter in the research block for all kind of formalities related to lab tests, including submission of fee, sample collection and obtaining reports.

Taking cognisance of newspapers reports highlighting the time and efforts wasted by patients in standing in separate queues for depositing fee, samples and collecting reports, a committee was set up to review the matter. The committee, chaired by Dr Rajinder Singh (Head, Department of General Surgery), recommended that the staff handling the single window be outsourced.

The committee proposed that one person from the service provider agency will be available for sample collection at the counter at any given point of time. Also, the counter for OPD patients should function from 8 am to 5 pm, the committee recommended.

“A total of 40 persons, including lab attendants and clerks, will be hired for the purpose,” said an official from the PGI administration.

The present system

A patient first stands in a queue at the fee counter. He then visits the sample collection centre that functions till 12 noon. He is often forced to visit on a separate day for sample collection and stand in a queue. Then again for obtaining reports, he stands in a separate counter in a long queue after a few days.



City’s elderly not dependent on others: Study
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
As against the common perception that the elderly pose a burden on others, a study on 1,080 elderly persons in Chandigarh found that only 0.5 per cent were fully dependent on others for daily activities. However, a significant number of them needed at least 2.5 hours of nursing care per day and faecal incontinence (loss of control over defecation) was a major area requiring support, found the study carried out by the PGI.

Of the 1,080 elderly persons from different economic strata, 2.40 per cent were in need of at least 2.5 hours of nursing care in 24 hours by a registered nurse.

This was revealed in an exploratory study on the assessment of nursing care needs of the elderly in Chandigarh, conducted by the PGI and funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). It was a two-year study, which was completed in July this year.

The study found that only 0.5 per cent of the elderly were fully dependent on others and 29.7 per cent were partially dependent for their day-to-day needs. Most of the elderly were dependent in food preparation (57.5 per cent), housekeeping (57 per cent) and laundry (58 per cent).

“There is need for evolving city-based home nursing services for Chandigarh. Caregivers of the elderly need to be trained, especially for continence. There is a growing need to systematically assess their health care needs in order to plan strategies for better quality of life,” concluded the study.

Mental impairment (16 per cent) was more than physical impairment (0.50 per cent) among them. Only a few (2.10 per cent) were severely depressed.

How the study was conducted

Stratified multistage random sampling technique was used in the study. A list of four type of areas — sectors, villages, slums and the NAC, Mani Majra of Chandigarh was prepared. From each of the four areas, three areas were selected. From each area, 90 elderly (above 60 years) were selected. Information was gathered regarding the socio-demographic profile of the elderly and their caregivers; the level of dependence; the level of depression and the degree of mental impairment. In-depth interviews were also conducted among the elderly, their caregivers and health care providers to explore their perspective on the desired quality of care.

They were aged between 65 and 75, among whom 51.3 per cent were men. Half of the elderly had some source of income. Most (82.27 per cent) of the caregivers were females, providing full day care to the elderly.

Those who conducted the study

Dr Sukhpal Kaur from the National Institute of Nursing Education was the principal investigator in the study; The co-principal investigators were Dr Amarjeet Singh, School of Public Health, Dr Savita Kumari and Dr Ashish Bhalla, Department of Internal Medicine.

The research staff included Gunjan Grover and Gagan Paul Kaur.

Day-to-day needs

The study found that only 0.5 per cent of the elderly were fully dependent on others and 29.7 per cent were partially dependent for their day-to-day needs. Most of the elderly were dependent in food preparation (57.5 per cent), housekeeping (57 per cent) and laundry (58 per cent).



Japanese Garden to come up in city
Being developed in Sector 31 at a cost of Rs 7 crore, the garden will emerge as another tourist spot
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
The City Beautiful is soon going to have another unique garden. Christened as Japanese Garden, it will emerge as yet another tourist destination. The garden, coming up in Sector 31 at the cost of Rs 7 crore, will have towers and lanterns in the shapes based on Japanese architecture to give it an ambience different from other gardens in the city. The entry gate will have a Japanese design. Further, meditation platforms are being raised. It will be the lone park in the city to have a cafeteria and food joints on its premises.

The Japanese Garden will have at least four water bodies with bridges built over them. The walkways and parking area will be illuminated with lanterns having Japanese design.

Deputy Mayor Davesh Moudgil, who is also the area councilor, informed that the park, spread over 13 acres, was being developed in two phases. “Adding to its uniqueness is an around 100-foot-long tunnel, which will connect the two phases,” the Deputy Mayor said.

The first phase of the park, which is being developed in Sector 31 A and B, is expected to be inaugurated by the end of this year. It would take around two years to develop the second phase of the garden that would come up in Sector 31 C and D.

“The park is going to attract tourists as well as local residents,” the Deputy Mayor said.

Public money wasted

The Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities, after laying the paver blocks and electricity cables in the parking area, realised that the pipeline for storm water drainage has to be laid. After that, paver blocks were removed.

About the garden

  • Japanese garden will come up on 13 acres in Sector 31 in two phases.
  • The first phase of the project is being developed in Sector 31 A and B, and is expected to be inaugurated by the end of this year. It will take around two years to develop the second phase, which will come up in Sector 31 C and D.
  • Around 100-foot-long tunnel to connect the two phases.
  • The entry gate will have a Japanese design.
  • The garden will have towers and lanterns in the shapes based on Japanese architecture.
  • The Japanese Garden will have at least four water bodies with bridges built over them.
  • It will be the lone park in the city to have a cafeteria and food joints.



Cops’ face-saving exercise in vain as data silent on robbery cases

In its ‘effort’ to save itself from embarrassment after the Sector-22 robbery case, the UT police was quick to release figures comparing the number of crime incidents that took place this year with that of the last year. The data stated that the number of crime incidents has fallen. However, the data did not mention robbery cases. This when a number of broad daylight robberies have rocked the city of late; all of which remain unsolved.

Haryana babus on leave

It is probably for the first time that the UT Administration is functioning without Haryana cadre IAS officers. UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar and DC Mohammed Shayin, both Haryana cadre IAS, are on leave. Kumar and Shayin have gone to different places for official training. So, UT and Punjab cadre IAS officers are ruling the Administration these days; though for a short period only.

Celebrity way

To catch the attention of less-educated parents of children suffering diarrhoea, the GMCH-32 did not have to make much effort in its recent campaign. From the day one, parents of such children visiting the OPDs were seen glued to audio-visual messages. The celebrity in the videos, Amitabh Bachchan, was instrumental in keeping them hooked to the TV screen.

Abusive beggars

As the UT Administration has failed to implement the provisions of the Prevention of Beggary Act, motorists stopping at the traffic junctions have to experience unpleasant sight of beggars, mostly children. One stops vehicle at a traffic junction and beggars, including some disabled persons, come knocking. If one tries to neglect them or avoid them, he is condemned. Sometimes, beggars turn abusive too.

Facing the heat

Residents of a couple of villages falling under the Dera Bassi sub-division are facing the heat for voting against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the Lok Sabha elections. To refuse residents basic facilities such as repair of roads, adequate water supply and proper drainage system, in their villages, Dera Bassi MLA NK Sharma is using an interesting couplet, “Ithon jhar ghat aaya” (we harvested low yield here). The villages had witnessed low turnout in the elections.

Spilling the beans

The Municipal Corporation (MC) councillors, who skipped the inauguration of Teej festival at Mani Majra, when asked for the reason, claimed they were out of station. However, their fellow councillors spilled the beans about their presence in the city.

Adding fuel to fire

The sexual harassment case at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 West, Chandigarh, was settled with a compromise between the accused teachers and the victims’ parents. However, the journalists added fuel to the fire by compelling the victim students and their families to lodge an FIR. Rather, one of the journalists ended up writing a text to the SSP on behalf of the girls demanding an immediate arrest of the accused teachers.

Contributed by Aneesha Sareen, Rajinder Nagarkoti, Ritika Jha Palial, Bipin Bhardwaj, Rajmeet Singh and Mehakdeep Grewal



Open House response
A lot needs to be done for safety of girl students

The recent incident in which a six-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by two gym instructors at a school in Bengaluru has kicked off a debate over the safety of children in school. Chandigarh Tribune asked its readers whether city schools are well-equipped to ensure safety of students.

Install CCTV cameras on school premises

Members of the Nari Jagriti Manch hold a protest at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (West), Chandigarh, against harassment of girl students by two teachers. A File photo

The Bengaluru incident has triggered a national outrage and strong public protest. To prevent such incidents in the future, CCTV cameras should be installed on the premises of schools and there is a need to inculcate ethos, values, sense of morality in our education system. Only women teachers should be allowed to take classes till VIII standard.

Jagdishpal Singh Kalra, Chandigarh

Children should be trained

School premises can be made safe by electronic surveillance and security aspects but students are unsafe in school buses. There is no security, e-surveillance and school staff to escort the children in these buses. Only drivers, and, in some cases, conductors go along with the students. Parents are also advised to keep a check and train their children to avoid such incidents.

Wg Cdr Jasbir Singh Minhas (retd), Mohali

Details of drivers, helpers should be checked

School buses easily become the hunting ground for sex maniacs to trick away the innocent unescorted girl students, who are always their soft targets. School managements must, therefore, strictly check the details of every new driver, conductor or helper so as to weed out criminal elements in the buses.

SC Luthra, MHC, Mani Majra

Depute attendants in buses

To ensure safety of school students, managements of schools should depute attendants in buses who can handover the children to their parents at the desired destinations. Also drivers/helpers must not be allowed to interact with students during school hours. The students should be advised by parents to report any misbehaviour by anybody in the school.

IPS Anand, Mani Majra

Need to frame strict policy

The Education Department should frame a policy for the security of students. Navigation systems and CCTV cameras in buses as well as schools should be ensured for parents to inquire the whereabouts of their children.

Aishwarya, Mohali

Security system needs a relook

City schools are not well-equipped to ensure safety of students. Guidelines set by the Education Department are also not adequate to prevent such incidents and there is a need to relook the system with sincerity on a priority basis.

Sat Pal Kansal, Chandigarh

Bring all areas under CCTV surveillance

Schools have to made adequate arrangements to ensure the participation of female instructors in case of girl students. There is a need to create fear among miscreants while taking a step to hold fast track trials in such cases. The school authorities should install CCTV cameras and monitor activities in every corner of the schools.

Sukhpal Singh, Chandigarh

Inculcate values among school staff

The suggestions of parents and educationists should be taken who strongly and rightly feel that the strict measures need to be implemented. There is a need to teach children the difference between a good and a bad touch. There is a need to inculcate ethos and values among the school staff.

Priya Darsh Growar, Mohali

Go for all-women staff model

The all-women staff model may also help to tackle the menace. Traits of self-defence must be taught to young and not-so-young girls, thereby equipping them to take on an eventuality.

Ramesh K Dhiman, Chandigarh

Make reforms in present security system

There is a dire need to make reforms in the present security system of students in school and while commuting in school buses as well. The responsibility and accountability of school managements and principals should be fixed to ensure the safety of students, especially girls, on the school premises.

Sanjay Srivastava, Chandigarh

People need to be sensitised

Safety of small children in the city should be a great concern not only for the authorities but also for parents, teachers, social groups and every individual living in society. Though the Chandigarh Administration has taken up an action plan in consultation with professionals, NGOs and other similar groups for protection and safety of children, implementation and execution of the plan is possible only if each and every member of society is sensitised on this serious issue.

Ravinder Nath, Chandigarh

Hold regular interactive sessions

Regular interaction sessions involving parents, women police personnel, psychologists and school managements with students should be held to build confidence in students, understand their problems and take necessary steps.

Sanjeev Kumar, Chandigarh

Authorities should act tough against miscreants

What remains the adequacy of present guidelines issued by the Education Department when evasiveness remains on its ‘interpretative manipulation’? Education is for inculcating morality amongst masses but when it in itself ails, no remedy remains. If the authoritarians have their heart-n-soul alive and spine intact, they should come hard against mischievous intruders in temples of wisdom. For schools’ safety equipment, not mere guidelines but inclination and determination to follow holds key.

MPS Chadha, Mohali

Standard operating procedure for schools needed

The answer lies in the overhaul of the school administrations and laying down strict rules of discipline and conduct in schools of the city. The Education Department must insist on a standard operating procedure on school discipline and safety of schoolchildren. Then, it must see it to be implemented. Action should be initiated against defaulter schools. The school managements have to be made accountable for the lapses and responsible for the safety of children.

Col RD Singh (retd), Ambala Cantt

Install CCTV cameras in buses

The Chandigarh Administration should have issued guidelines to all educational institutions to ensure the safety of students. The school authorities should install CCTV cameras in school buses, appoint woman employees in buses, check the antecedents of male staff members, especially drivers, peons and office assistants. The police should instruct the schools to appoint vigilance officers in each floor of the school building and make sure that they do not go near swimming pools and playgrounds, which are not allotted to them.

Sachin Sharma, Chandigarh

Girls be given training in self-defence

Schools and school buses should install CCTV cameras. Girl students should be provided more secure environment in their neighbourhoods. They need to be given physical training in self-defence to protect themselves from any assault at the hands of miscreants. The guilty should be dealt with strictly.

Ajit Singh, Canada

Provide harsh punishment in rape cases

Be it the Bengaluru rape incident or the incident related to sexual harassment of students of a school in Sector 38 (West), there is a need for strict punishment in such cases. The accused in rape cases should get harsh punishments and they should be awarded exemplary punishment for other crimes like eve-teasing, sexually harassment which may not only give relief to victims but also be a lesson for others.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

Need for self-introspection

Recent incidents of rape of girls below 10 years, is really alarming and it is the time to do some self-introspection. The incident at a school in Bengaluru has raised the question of safety in school premises and also during transportation of students from school to homes.

Neelam, Chandigarh

Safety of children a matter of shared responsibility
Rajmeet Singh

The shocking incident of rape of a six-year-old girl by two gym instructors in a high-profile school in Bengaluru not only depicts the sick mentality of the culprits but also highlights the negligence on part of the school authorities. And things are no better closer home. Only a few days ago, four girl students of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 38 (West), alleged that two male teachers had misbehaved with them.

Perhaps this is not the first time when molestation of a minor in school has made headlines. Several recent incidents of molestation of girl children show that the innocent children are not safe even in schools, where their parents send them with utmost confidence.

Not only school premises, unescorted girl students travelling by school buses can easily become the soft targets of perverted minds. There have been demands that women staff should accompany the children on school buses.

Be it fear of long legal delays, social stigma or other reasons, most parents prefer to keep mum on such issues while the school tend to protect their image when it comes to showing the door to the offenders or reporting such matters to the police. A centralised data of paedophiles should be shared by the police and schools so that such persons can be tracked and a watch kept on their activities.

In fact, most schools have failed to start awareness campaigns under the provisions of The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.

There is a dire need to install CCTVs on school premises, especially at secluded places. The schools need to appoint women employees in buses, check the antecedents of male staff members, especially drivers, peons and other office assistants.

Safety of children is a matter of shared responsibility of all members of society. Not only schools, parents are also advised to keep a check and train their children for such eventualities. Children should be encouraged to share details of unusual behaviour of people. They should be taught to distinguish between “good touching” and “bad touching” by senior students, teachers and others, including their relatives.

Open house question

The issue of violence ahead of the student council elections on the Panjab university premises has become a headache for the university authorities and the police. Do you think the authorities should draft a stringent pre and post-code of conduct to avoid the violence during the elections or they should go for indirect elections? Send your comments (in not more than 100 words) along with your passport-size photograph (in JPG format) to openhouse@tribunemail.com



Ekta yatra begins for release of detainees
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 10
The “Kaumi Sikh Ekta Paidal Yatra” for the release of Sikh detainees languishing in various jails and for uniting the community under one Nishan Sahib started from Gurdwara Amb Sahib here today. The march is being led by Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, a Sikh leader from Haryana who had observed a 44-day fast at the gurdwara last year to demand that the detainees be set free.

The marchers raised slogans and demanded the release of the detainees. They said discrimination against these detainees must stop.

Khalsa said though August 15 was a day of freedom for Indians, it was a day of detention for Sikh detainees.

Khalsa said he, along with the Sikh sangat, would pray at Harmandar Sahib on August 15 for the release of the detainees.

He appealed to the Sikhs to join the march and make it a success so that thousands reached Amritsar to pray for the detainees.

Khalsa said the Punjab Chief Minister should meet the Union Home Minister to resolve the issue.

He said it appeared that the Punjab Government was not interested in freeing of those languishing in jails.

Khalsa said he had earlier gone on fast for getting them freed and the march now was the second step in that direction. If nothing was done by the authorities concerned, he would have to start his fast again.

Khalsa said after stopping at Fatehgarh Sahib, Doraha, Phillaur, Dyalpur and Raiya, the march would culminate in Amritsar on August 15.

Baljinder Kaur, wife of the detainee Shamsher Singh, and Surjeet Kaur and Manjeet Kaur, mother and sister, respectively, of the detainee Gurmeet Singh, were also taking part in the march, said Khalsa.



Fake degrees
Police to probe role of PSEB employees
Two accused sent to 2-day police remand
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
Two of the four accused in the fake degrees case have been sent to police remand for two days and the other two have been sent to judicial custody. Further, the police will be investigating if more Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) employees had a role to play in the case.

The four accused in the case, Anil Kumar, a resident of Garhshankar, PSEB clerk Malkit Singh, a resident of Talwandi Sabo, Rajiv Kumar and Rajinder Thakur, both residents of Mohali, were produced in the court today. Malkit Singh and Rajinder Thakur have been sent to police remand.

Sources said the 23 certificates of the PSEB, which were recovered from the Sector 37 office of one of the accused, have pressed the police to go deep into the case and probe the involvement of PSEB employees in the case. “We are suspecting involvement of more people in this racket. Moreover, it also needs to be verified if the accused had tampered with the documents at the PSEB office,” a police source added.

The sources said those who had benefitted from buying certificates from the gang members would also be tracked down. The police said the customers would be questioned too.

DSP (Operations) Satbir Singh said the modus operandi of the accused was being established. “We have taken two-day remand of the accused, Malkit Singh, who is a clerk at PSEB, and Rajinder Thakur. Meanwhile, the remaining two accused, Rajiv Kumar and Anil Kumar, have been sent to judicial custody,” the DSP added.

Sources said the police would also be visiting the PSEB head office in Mohali in connection with the case. The police are also expected to write to the PSEB about the arrest of the clerk.



Meeting held

The first meeting of the National Advisory Committee, constituted by the Finance Ministry to review the Companies (Cost Records & Audit) Rules 2014, was held in Chandigarh on Sunday. Chairmen from various Chapters of North India of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India participated in the meeting. The members unanimously demanded that new rules should be put into abeyance till the expert committee submits its report.

Doctor awarded

The Rotary Club of Nahan Sirmour Hills has conferred the Award of Excellence on Dr Munish Chauhan, consultant, nephrology, at Max Super-Speciality Hospital, Mohali. Dr Chauhan got the award for his exceptional commitment and professional excellence in the field of nephrology and kidney transplant.

Skin institute gets award

Chandigarh-based Aura Skin Institute brought laurels to the tricity by bagging the prestigious “Indian Award for Excellence” for 2014. The award ceremony was held during a national conference on “Economic Growth and National Unity”. It was organised and conducted by the Friendship Forum of India, New Delhi.

NSDC to train 3.3 million youth

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) targets to skill 3.3 million youth in 2014-15. The target committed for the current fiscal is nearly three and half times of what was set and achieved for 2013-14.

Apollo Munich launches two plans

Apollo Munich Health Insurance rolled out two new plans under its optima series - Optima Vital and Optima Super. Optima Vital, a critical illness plan, covers 37 critical illnesses against normal industry standards of providing cover for around 7 to 20 of these conditions. Optima Super is an aggregate high deductible cover for individuals and families.

Max Trenday

Max - India’s fashion value chain - launched its latest initiative “Max Trenday!” The highlight of the campaign is the “selfie” contest where consumers can take a picture of themselves at the selfie zone set up at Max stores. The selfies are then uploaded on the Max Facebook page where entries with the highest votes stand a chance to not only win Max gift vouchers and hampers but also get an opportunity to walk the ramp at the Max Trenday Grand Finale. — TNS



Exchange programme in Rajpura schools from today
Our Correspondent

Mohali, August 10
A meeting of the Punjab Private Schools Organisation (PPSO) held here today focused on organising an educational exchange programme in schools in Rajpura from August 11 to August 27. The PPSO has partnered with Limited Resource Teachers Training (LRTT), a UK-based educational NGO, to conduct the programme in its nine schools.

Under the programme, a team of 15 persons, including two group leaders, 12 fellows (trained and skilled UK teachers) and one filmmaker, will closely observe and train about 100 teachers from nine low-cost private schools in Rajpura.

The LRTT enables and delivers inspirational teacher training in limited resource contexts all over the world. LRTT training workshops equip teachers with innovative, modern, tested strategies to improve learning for all students.

According to secretary-general of the PPSO Tejpaul Singh, the exchange programme was the first-of-its-kind initiative for low-cost private schools in the region. Trained, qualified and experienced teachers from various cities of England were part of the team.

He said the PPSO had been able to get international training for its teachers in Punjab virtually at no cost. The LRTT was managing the cost of training.

PPSO president Didar Singh Dhindsa said through this programme, the PPSO wanted its schools and teachers to learn about global education standards and provide global education to the students of Punjab.

The exchange programme is supported by the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) and STIR Education, UK. The PPSO is already implementing STIR Education’s model to improve the quality of education in 14 schools in Rajpura for the past one year.



Withdrawal of Award
Professor justifies stance, issues statement
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
Three days after the PGIMER withdrew the honour from Prof DS Kapoor who was awarded the first prize in a poster-making competition on World Organ Donation Day, he issued a statement justifying his stance.

While the PGIMER authorities said Professor Kapoor’s entry given “an image copied from Internet and failed to meet the conditions of the competition”, Prof Kapoor said: “If the poster was supposed to be handmade on a drawing sheet, why they considered my poster for display or for the judgement.”

Professor Kapoor had submitted a digital image instead of a handmade poster.

“I appreciated the initiative taken by Dr RK Dhiman (Prof). I realised I should also contribute for the magnificent cause. My poster was professional and matured that it’s conveying the message directly to the masses on which the jury of renowned artists and art historian took decisions. This was my own composition,” he said.

Amid over 1,000 posters sent by participants from across the country, a digital image was adjudged best by the jury at the PGI during the World Organ Donation function here last week.

The other participants claimed that while inviting entries, about two months ago, the PGIMER authorities had mentioned in instructions that it would disallow digital posters. Though an image was given cash prize.

Professor DS Kapoor is a former Principal of Government Arts College, Sector 10.



Anti-rabies centre in Sec 38 opens this week
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
The anti-rabies centre in Sector 38, the second in the city, will become functional this week. At present, the Civil Dispensary in Sector 19 caters to the dog bite cases reported from the entire city.

It was a long-pending demand of the residents to set up another anti-rabies centre in the city, following which the Municipal Corporation (MC), during the last Finance and Contract Committee meeting, decided to set up one in Sector 38.

MC secretary Rajiv Gupta said the clinic would start functioning in the coming week. “The clinic will have a doctor and four pharmacists apart from the require infrastructure,” he said.

Gupta added that another clinic for dog bite cases would lessen the burden on the dispensary in Sector 19.

Manipal, a resident of Sector 37, said there was a need to have a dispensary for the southern sectors as every dog bit victim had to go to Sector 19 for treatment.

As per the official information, a total of 24,579 dog bite cases have been reported in the city from 2009 till April 29, 2014. On an average, more than 16 dog bite cases are reported at the Civil Dispensary in Sector 19.

Officials said tenders have been invited for the job of sterilising dogs.



Tricity scan
Traders meet MC Commissioner

Chandigarh: A deputation of the Chandigarh Business Council met the MC Commissioner, Vivek Pratap Singh, and demanded weekly events should be allowed in markets to compete with malls, more solar panels be installed in residential and commercial areas and allow entry of trucks on the Madhya Marg from 6 pm to 11 am without any restriction.


A delegation of the Traders Association, Sector 17, submitted a memorandum of demands to the UT Finance Secretary, Saravjit Singh. They sought internal need-based changes be allowed, misuse charges of Rs 500 per sq yard per month be reduced, commercial activities in upper floor of shops should be permissible and collector rates be brought down. — TNS



Defacement of Public Property
Ahead of PU poll, posters dot walls
Student parties also using pillars, bus stands, buildings, markets and public areas for the purpose
Tribune News Service

Posters of student leaders pasted on bus stop opposite SGGS College. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, August 10
With the Panjab University student council elections hardly a month away, campaigning is picking up speed. As several student parties continue to make all out efforts, posters have started to adorn every nook and corner of the city calling on students to lend their support.

Posters and slogans of party candidates have been pasted on walls, pillars, bus stands, buildings etc, thereby leading to the defacement of public property.

Phone numbers of the contesting student leaders have also been mentioned on the posters.

Even as the Chandigarh Administration has put several restrictions to curb the defacement of public property, citing violations under the Defacement of Public Property Act, no student has been booked for violations this year, so far.

Several posters can be seen pasted on the boundary walls of colleges and institutions, street-lights around GGDSD College in Sector 32, DAV School in Sector 10, boundary wall of Panjab University campus, besides market places, bus stops and public areas.

Irked at the defacement of public property, Kirpal Singh, a senior citizen, said, “Why don’t the authorities take a serious view of the defacement of public property. The posters have marred the aesthetic value of the city. This is a wake-up call for the authorities.”

Administration not taking action?

Even as the Chandigarh Administration has put several restrictions to curb practice of defacing public property, citing violations under the Defacement of Public Property Act, no student has been booked for violations this year, so far.


Why don’t the authorities take a serious view of the defacement of public property. Posters have marred the aesthetic value of the city. The authorities need to wake up. — Kirpal Singh, senior citizen



Parents encouraged to tap special talent of children
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 10
Stressing upon the need to help children become independent and confident individuals, a workshop ‘courage to encourage’ was organised for parents and teachers at The Gurukul, Sector 20. The panel comprised experienced professionals from various fields such as medicine, police and finance.

Speaking on the occasion, OP Singh, Inspector General, Haryana Police, said, “Parents and teachers should encourage young children to learn independently.” Singh emphasised on the need for tapping children’s creativity and encouraging them to be innovative and enterprising. This will go a long way in shaping their personality.

Charu Bali, IG, Haryana Police, said, “We need to give children space to be themselves and grow up in the line of their aptitude. This will benefit them in the long run.”

Sports medicine specialist Dr Ravi Gupta said it was important to ensure that children are physically active and healthy. He emphasised on the importance of sports in the maintenance of health

Dinesh Seth, VP Cluster Head, HDFC Bank, spoke on the planning for the desired aspirations of children.

Rajni Thareja, Director Academics, The Gurukul, expressed hope that parents and teachers would find the interactive session helpful.

Giving her take on the issue, school principal Harsimran Kaur said, “As parents and teachers, we need to realise that every child is wired differently and we need to celebrate the differences. We need to motivate them at every level.”

‘Motivate kids’: Parents and teachers should encourage young children to learn independently. They need to tap children’s creativity and encourage them to be innovative and enterprising. This will go a long way in shaping their personality.

— OP Singh, Inspector General, Haryana Police



Two more govt colleges install trilingual boards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
After the Director Higher Education order, two more government colleges have written the name of the institute on the board installed at the entry gate in three languages — English, Hindi and Punjabi.

Earlier, four private colleges and a government college in the city had put up trilingual boards 10 months after the UT Home Secretary had passed orders.

The colleges where the boards were installed earlier were DAV College, Sector 10, GGDSD College, Sector 32, Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, MCM DAV College, Sector 36, and Post-Graduate Government College, Sector 11.

The two government colleges that have been added to the list include the PG Government College, Sector 46, and the Government College for Commerce and Administration, Sector 42.

The trilingual boards have been prepared by Panditrao Dharennavar, an assistant professor of sociology at Post Graduate Government College (PGGC), Sector 46, who has been making efforts towards promoting the issue.

Dharennavar said, “After the orders, only private colleges had agreed upon allowing me to put up the boards. Then I approached the Director Higher Education, Sandeep Hans, and apprised him of the matter. He immediately passed orders to all government institutes to install the boards within a week.”

Dharennavar said after he had put up the college boards, a few college principals have even asked him to prepare their trilingual nameplates.

The professor, who hails from Karnataka, said he had been trying to promote Punjabi since long by teaching underprivileged students. He has also translated many Punjabi religious scriptures to his native language.

He said, “Punjabi is a commonly spoken language in the city. However, educationists and government officials have been meting out a step-motherly treatment to it. The Home Secretary had ordered that official communication in government offices should be done in Punjabi. However, it has been over 10 months and no initiative has been taken to implement the orders.”

Dharennavar said most government offices do not have Punjabi and Hindi typists.



Give possession of building: Students
Tribune News Service

INSO activists on an indefinite fast at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, August 10
Two representatives of the Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO), Panjab University, are staging a protest over a delay in the handing over of a new building, constructed on the South campus to the Department of Environment Studies.

The students, Jaideep and Hardeep, said the building had been constructed a while ago but authorities are “not expediting the process” of shifting. The library has also not been planned yet at the new building.

INSO president Gautam Nain, said, “We’ve requested the authorities to relocate the department. But due to no response, we were forced to go on a hunger strike.”

Jaideep’s condition deteriorated and he was rushed to the GMSH-16. He was administered glucose and later discharged. He has resumed the protest.



DAV students suspended for protesting
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
Two students of DAV College, Sector 10, today went on an indefinite hunger strike after they were suspended by the college on Saturday for protesting on the campus.

Gurbakshish Singh, a student of BA-III, and Gurpreet Dhaliwal, student of BA-I, observed a hunger strike while demanding that their grievances be redressed.

The students, both representatives of the Panjab University Student Union (PUSU), have also sought their reinstatement.

“The problems of students range from overpricing of packaged food items in the hostel mess to the lack of water supply in the hostels. We’ve mentioned our problems to the principal several times in the past but they did not pay heed,” said Gurbakshish.

“When we protested on Saturday, the authorities suspended us instead of addressing our long-pending demands,” he added.


The problems of students range from overpricing of packaged food items in the hostel mess to the lack of water supply in the hostels. The authorities don’t pay heed. — Gurbakshish Singh, student of BA-III


  • Overpricing of packaged food items in the hostel mess.
  • Lack of water supply in the hostels.



Students celebrate founder’s day
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10
Sharda Sarvhitkari Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40-D, celebrated founder’s day on the school premises. The day commenced with a hawan, followed by an exhibition, showcasing the projects made by the students during their holidays.

The working models of science dominated the exhibits while the art and craft section was equally mesmerising. The family of late Pawan Kumar Sharda graced the occasion.

School principal BS Kanwar and the school management lauded the students.

The fourth issue of the school magazine, Bal Udhian, was also released.

The school wore a festive look with colourful charts, slogans and festoons.

The day ended with the distribution of prasad among the students and parents.



Raksha Bandhan

Chandigarh: On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, Anee-ans of Anee’s School, Kharar and Mohali, held a rakhi-making competition.

Workshop on pedagogy

A workshop on co-scholastic pedagogy and innovations in teaching for primary and secondary teachers was held at DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur.

Teachers’ training

Mohali: The Society for Automotive Engineers , in association with Mahindra Swaraj, held a Master Teachers Training Programme of SAE-AWIM Jet Toy and Skimmer at Millennium School, Sector 67, Mohali.

Annual function

Lawrence Public Senior Secondary School wore a festive look as the school celebrated its annual day.

Raksha Bandhan

SMD Little Champ Smart School, Sector 2, organised a ‘rakhi-making competition’ on the school campus.

Joy of Giving

The students of Manav Mangal School visited Bal Sadan, Sector 12-A, under the project ‘Joy of Giving.’

Blood donation camp

A blood donation camp was organised by Doon Public School, Sector 21. — TNS



Exhibition organised
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, August 10
Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, was abuzz with activity as students showcased their creative ability at the annual exhibition, ‘The Effervescence-2014’. The event was inaugurated by Sanjeev Kaushal, Principal Secretary to the Government of Haryana. The exhibition was centered on the theme ‘health and wellness’.

The topic was integrated in the fields of mathematics, science, social sciences with extensive use of languages and art and craft. The exhibits were displayed in 20 rooms, with a lavish spread of charts, working models, live shows and role plays.

The working model on blood circulation, wherein the speed of impure and pure blood being circulated, received appreciation. Also, the calories used for cycling, walking, swimming etc were depicted by the students.



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