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Rs 8 lakh relief to parents
Order comes 9 yrs after student drowned in pond at Sec 33 park 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
Nine years after a student from Burail drowned in a pond of a Sector 33 park, Justice Ritu Bahri of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has allowed compensation of Rs 8 lakh to his parents.

Victim Pawan Kumar, a tea vendor’s son, was a Class IX student. His father Rattan Chand had filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for compensation, alleging that the UT had not properly maintained the park, resulting in the flooding of the low-lying area during rains.

Senior advocate Satya Pal Jain argued that the pond was a result of gross negligence on the part of UT officials as they did not maintain the low lying area in the park properly. The student, coming home from school, slipped into the pond and died there and then.

Taking up the matter, Justice Bahri observed, “The necessary conclusion is that after making a pond in the park, it was the duty of the Administration to post police officials for monitoring around the park, so as to prevent such kind of incident.”

Justice Bahri further observed: “Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of the case, a sum of Rs 8 lakh is assessed as compensation, which is to be given to the petitioner by the respondents. The respondents are directed to pay the amount to the petitioner within a period of four weeks from the date of receipt of certified copy of this order and send its compliance report to this court.” 



First dengue case in city this season 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The first case of dengue was reported at the GMCH, Sector 32, today. A resident of Sector 29 tested positive for the virus. During a post diagnosis inspection by the Health Department, larvae were found in the cooler of the patient’s house.

Doctors said the patient was found suffering from dengue. They said he was discharged after giving medication as he was out of danger.

Doctors at the hospital said that this was the first case of dengue in the city this season. Due to less rain this year, till date no case was reported this year. Last year, 10 dengue cases were reported by this time.



‘0001’ fetches Rs 8.50 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
In a price that could have got him an entry-level sedan, the proprietor of International Tractors Pvt Limited has bought the number ‘0001’ for whopping Rs 8.50 lakh at an open auction held at the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA). Out of the first 100 numbers of the CH 01 AZ series, 88 were auctioned today that fetched Rs 53.69 lakh.

Rajesh Thakur, an employee of the company, made the bid for 0001 on behalf of the owners for a Mercedes S-class.

The second highest bid was attracted by ‘0007’ that fetched Rs 3.35 lakh. Kulwant Singh, a resident of Khuda Alisher, bought the number for his Toyota Fortuner.

The vanity number ‘0009’ also fetched a good amount with the RLA fetching Rs 3.20 lakh. Abhinav Sekri, a resident of Sector 3, bought this number for his Porsche.

The ‘0002’ number was bought for Rs 3.10 lakh, while ‘0003’ went for Rs 3 lakh. Surinder Chauhan, a representative of Him Agro Food Corp, Sector 34, said that the number was bought for a Mahindra Bolero.

For the entire day, swanky sedans and enviable SUVs owned by the bidders were seen on the RLA premises. A variety of high-end cars were also parked in the parking opposite the RLA.

RLA officials said that the auction of vanity numbers from 0101 onwards will be auction on Sunday. 

Highest bid for 0001

CH 01 AP: Rs 26.05 lakh

CH 01 AN: Rs 17 lakh

CH 01 AR: Rs 10 lakh

CH 01 AM: Rs 9.05 lakh

CH 01 AS: Rs 8 lakh

CH 01 AQ: Rs 8 lakh

CH 01 az series

Number Bid

0001 Rs 8.50 lakh

0002 Rs 3.10 lakh

0003 Rs 3 lakh

0004 Rs 1.85 lakh

0005 Rs 2.55 lakh

0006 Rs 2 lakh

0007 Rs 3.35 lakh

0008 Rs 1.51 lakh

0009 Rs 3.20 lakh

0010 Rs 1.11 lakh



Leasehold plots not to be converted into freehold
Move to affect owners of 1,540 industrial sites
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
In a major blow to industrialists, the UT Administration has decided against converting industrial plots from leasehold into freehold. The decision was taken at a recent meeting and the same was communicated to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)too, a senior UT official said.

Recently, the parliamentary panel had recommended that industrial plots be converted from leasehold into freehold. A senior official of the UT Administration said since there were demands from various quarters to convert leasehold plots into freehold, so they decided to look into the issue. But such demands are not feasible therefore, they have taken the decision to continue with the present practice where conversion from leasehold to freehold is not allowed in the UT.

In the recent meeting of the Administrator’s Advisory Council (AAC), UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil had also turned down the demand of industrialists and traders in this regard.

The sub-committee on the Administration of Union Territories of the Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs in its recent report submitted to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had recommended the conversion of industrial plots from leasehold into freehold.

At present, almost 50 per cent of the plots in the Industrial Area are freehold, while the remaining plots are leasehold. Most of the industrial plots have either changed hands on the basis of the power of attorney or are under litigation due to family disputes over division, causing revenue loss to the UT Administration. The industrialists believe that allowing the conversion of industrial sites from leasehold into freehold will help industrial units grow.

Mukesh Bassi, councillor and member, Industries Association of Chandigarh (IAC), said the Administration should consider the long-pending demand of the industrialists and businessmen. By converting leasehold plots into freehold, the Administration will earn more than Rs 500 crore from the conversion, which can be used for city’s overall development, he suggested.

Arun Mahajan, chairman, Industries Association of Chandigarh (IAC), said they had already taken up the issue with the Centre. 

Patil not in favour of conversion

Sources revealed that UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil was not in favour of converting leasehold plots into freehold. The move will affect owners of 1,540 industrial sites of different sizes in the Industrial Area, Phase I and II.

Long-pending demand

Conversion of leasehold properties into freehold is a long-pending demand of local industrialists. All industrial properties auctioned or allotted after 1980 were given on a leasehold basis. Before this, the properties were given on a freehold basis. As much as 50 per cent of the industrial properties are leasehold and industrialists contend that they cannot get loans against such properties or sell these.


Rabies patient gets new lease of life
Doctors at the Western Command Hospital save life of 16-year-old boy in critical state
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
In a rare case, doctors at the Western Command Hospital, Chandimandir, managed to save the life of a 16-year-old boy suffering from rabies.

There are only 12 reported cases of rabies survivors in the world till date, the last such case was reported from India in April this year.

Col FMH Ahmad, the neurologist who treated the boy, said, “Nearly 13 reported survivors, including this boy, among an estimated 60,000 odd fatalities resulting from rabies annually, underscored the uniqueness of this phenomenon.”

“There are four rabies survivors in the country which can be used for path-breaking research into this deadly disease and medical professionals are studying the various factors which contribute to this phenomenon,” said Col FMH Ahmad.

The boy was admitted to the hospital on May 8 in a critical comatose state.

He had been bitten by a stray dog on March 25 and was given four doses of anti-rabies vaccine. He later developed fever and slipped into a coma by April 29 and needed a ventilator and airway support when he was shifted from a private hospital to the Command Hospital after being diagnosed with rabies.

The patient was evaluated exhaustively and also underwent surgery for tracheostomy and gastrostomy. He has since been breathing on his own and is now awake, though still in a partially paralysed state.

The patient’s evaluation was carried out with the expertise of the Department of Virology at the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune and the Department of Neurovirology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences, Bangalore, using cutting-edge molecular techniques. AFMC reported a positive test of the virus DNA.

The presence of high titters of neutralising antibodies in the patient’s samples and the skin biopsy from NIMHANS corroborated the diagnosis of rabies.

Dr Vivek Lal, Head of Neurology at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, evaluated the clinical management of the patient and after thoroughly reviewing the case, agreed that the neurological disease had abated and the patient was indeed a rabies survivor.

Case history

The boy was admitted to the Command Hospital on May 8 in a critical comatose state. He had been bitten by a stray dog on March 25 and was given four doses of anti-rabies vaccine. He later developed fever and slipped into a coma by April 29 and needed a ventilator and airway support when he was shifted from a private hospital to the Command Hospital after being diagnosed with rabies.

‘13 survivors’

Nearly 13 reported survivors, including this boy, among an estimated 60,000 odd fatalities resulting from rabies annually, underscored the uniqueness of this phenomenon. — Col FMH Ahmad, neurologist who treated the boy



PGI signs MoU for research

Chandigarh, September 13
Transformative healthcare requires a judicious combination of science, technology and entrepreneurship. This was stated by Prof Robyn Norton, principal director of the George Institute for Global Health, at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research today.

Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGIMER and Prof Norton signed an MoU on Saturday.

The MoU will ensure that innovative approaches to health care that the George Institute is trying to further is also furthered through research here. — TNS



New train to Jaipur from city on Sept 15
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The Northern Railway today approved the Jaipur-Chandigarh-Jaipur Daily Express, which will start plying from Chandigarh on September 15.

As per the budget announcement of 2014-15, the train no.— 19717/19718 (Jaipur-Chandigarh-Jaipur Daily Express) will comprise a total of 12 coaches. There will be a 2-tier AC (1 coach), 3-tier AC (1 coach), sleeper (4 coaches) and unreserved (4 coaches) and SLR’s (2 coaches).

During the outward journey, train no. 19718 will depart daily ex-Chandigarh at 12:45 pm and will reach Jaipur the following day at 12:50 pm. The train will have stoppages at Ambala Cantt, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Narwana, Jind, Rohtak, Jhajhar, Rewari, Khairthal, Alwar, Raigarh, Bandikuai, Dausa and Gandhi Nagar Jaipur.

On its return journey from Jaipur, train number 19717 will depart daily ex- Jaipur at 4:40 pm and will reach Chandigarh the following day at 4:55 pm, having stoppages at Gandhi Nagar Jaipur, Dausa, Bandikuai, Raigarh, Alwar, Khairthal, Rewari, Jhajhar, Rohtak, Jind, Narwana, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Ambala Cantt.

Chugging in

Station Timings

Chandigarh 12.45 pm

Ambala Cantt 1:35 pm

Kurukshetra 2:20 pm

Kaithal 3:55 pm

Narwana 4:45 pm

Jind 5:20 pm

Rohtak 6:20 pm

Alwar 9:32 pm

Dausa 10:59 pm

Jaipur 12:20 am



P’kula admn, police gear up for poll
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 13
Anyone found with cash in excess of Rs 1 lakh while travelling in Panchkula may have to give it up to the police on failing to justify the reason behind carrying such a large amount of money.

With the Vidhan Sabha elections round the corner, the district administration is starting a drive in collaboration with the police. This was disclosed in a meeting addressed by Deputy Commissioner SS Phulia, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rahul Sharma and Additional Deputy Commissioner SP Arora.

“Any person carrying an amount of Rs 1 lakh or more will have to produce a receipt or give a proof of the purpose to the patrolling party of the police. If they are unable to do that and don’t sound genuine, the amount will be seized,” said Phulia.

For the candidates, their family members and agents, the amount has been fixed at Rs 50,000.

“We have constituted special teams for the drive. The person, whose money is seized, can appeal to the returning officer. If the officer finds it fit, the amount will be released,” said DCP Rahul Sharma.

To keep a check on other corrupt practices, Sharma said additional police force had been arranged.

“We will be having a meeting with the police officials of neighbouring states, so that we can keep a check on the state border. Twelve nakas will also be set up,” said Sharma.

Single-window system set up

A single-window system has been set up for which a request can be made before 12 noon that will be attended to before 6 pm.

Numbers to remember

Nominations will be filed from September 20 to September 27. The candidate will have to open a new bank account in own name after filing the nomination. The limit of expenditure has been fixed at ~28 lakh.

While filing the nominations, four persons and three vehicles can accompany a candidate to the office.

Polling will take place at 380 centres: 195 in the Kalka Assembly constituency and 185 in the Panchkula Assembly constituency.

A total of 8,851 voters between the age group of 18 and 19 have got themselves enrolled in the district. While 4,289 are from Kalka, 4,562 are from Panchkula. The total number of voters are 3,48,969: 1,93,681 from Panchkula and 1,55,288 from Kalka. 



HJC may give Chander Mohan the P’kula ticket 
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 13
Chander Mohan, former Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, is all set for a comeback and may contest the Haryana Assembly poll from Panchkula.

Talks are on to field Chander Mohan, brother of Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) chief Kuldeep Bishnoi, from Panchkula. Shashi Sharma, who was the party’s candidate in the previous elections, is also in the fray from the local Vidhan Sabha constituency.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Sharma said: “We both are in the fray from Panchkula and the party’s decision is awaited. I have stayed here from the very beginning and my sole aim is development.”

Sources said the HJC was still working on which candidate to field from the Kalka Assembly constituency.

Meanwhile, the name of incumbent MLA DK Bansal has been shortlisted by the Congress. The party’s list is still awaited.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) have already announced the names of their candidates from Panchkula.

While former Chandigarh Mayor Gian Chand Gupta has been fielded by the BJP, the INLD has put its weight behind Kulbushan Goel. The two parties are already campaigning across the region.



1,500 victims airlifted to Chandigarh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
Close to 1,500 flood-affected persons were airlifted from Jammu and Kashmir to Chandigarh over the past 24 hours through a constant stream of aircraft that flew in from Srinagar.

AN-32 and IL-76 undertook sorties day and night to bring back stranded tourists and civilians. A total of 1,267 were ferried here by 11 AN-32 and three IL-76 till the wee hours of today. These included 31 foreign tourists from the UK, Germany, Canada, Russia, Nepal, Indonesia, Jakarta and Malaysia. Later by noon, four AN-32 aircraft brought in another 186 persons.

A large load of relief material in the form of biscuits, food packets and blankets are reaching the Air Force Station, Chandigarh, through the civil administration. The station received five trucks of relief material from the Punjab government, 155 packets of biscuits from the Bonn factory, 200 food packets and 60 blankets from an NGO and 4,800 water bottles from the Deputy Commissioner, Dera Bassi. The food packets are distributed to the flood victims on their arrival at Chandigarh.

Minister urges BJP workers to donate generously

HRD Minister Smriti Z Irani today appealed to the BJP workers to donate generously to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the flood-affected people in Jammu and Kashmir. While addressing party workers at the BJP office in Sector 33, Irani urged them to be a part of the national effort to support the J&K residents in this hour of crisis. She said she already gave her one-month salary to the relief fund.

Good Samaritans extend a helping hand

The Maha Mai Mansa Devi Charitable Bhandara Committee today donated eatables and other items to the flood victims. In all, 480 bottles of mineral water, 50 cases of mango juice, eight cases of sweet buns besides biscuits were handed over to the Station Commander, Chandimandir. The committee members who made donations included Amit Jain, Dinesh Gupta, Bhushan Garg and Pankaj Gupta.



Community kitchen set up at gurdwara
Tribune News Service

zirakpur, September 13
Good Samaritans of the area have set up a community kitchen for the flood-affected persons at Gurdwara Bauli Sahib.

Receiving a demand of 10,000 food packets from the military authorities, the volunteers prepared 8,000 packets of food in the gurdwara kitchen today and sent them to a relief material collection centre set up by the Punjab government at Gurdwara Amb Sahib in Mohali.

Nirmail Singh Jaula Kalan, an executive member of the SGPC, said each food packet contained 40 vegetable-stuffed paranthas. The defence personnel are collecting the items from the relief collection centre and then airlifting them to distribute among the flood victims.

“People are donating flour, oil, ghee, vegetables and even cash for this noble cause,” said Kalan. 



PSEB to curb cheating menace 
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 13
After tasting not much success in various anti-cheating drives during the examinations in the past, the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has now come up with a 10-point formula in this direction.

In its recent meeting, in which several senior officials of the board and SCERT’s Deputy Director Shruti Shukla were present, the authorities emphasised on a 10-point formula to check the menace of using unfair means by students during the examinations.

“We have asked the schools to aware the students about the issue regularly during the morning assemblies. Another main point of the formula is to put lessons on anti-cheating in the syllabus books. We are also going to make it mandatory for every school to hold anti-cheating rallies on a regular basis,” said Gurinder Singh Batth, secretary of the board.

“We are also of the view that special tableaux on the issue should be displayed during the national functions. We should hold special debates, essay-writing and poem-writing competitions among students in this direction,” said Batth.



Mohali DLSA goes high-tech

Mohali, September 13
To spread legal awareness and information about the various schemes of Punjab Legal Services Authority, the District Legal Services Authority, Mohali, has formed a ‘Whatsapp’ group of all the enrolled para legal volunteers (PLVs) of the district.

Giving details, Tarntaran Singh Bindra, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, DLSA, Mohali, said through this group, all schemes of PLSA will be brought to the notice of PLVs and general public.

“The app will be very useful to us and expedite our mission of spreading awareness about the various schemes of the DLSA. The relevant literature will be supplied to PLVs through the Whatsapp group for the purpose and they (PLVs) will also share their experiences with each other,” said TS Bindra. — TNS



Relief for market committee chief
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
Providing a major relief to the Market Committee Chairman Dinesh Mahajan, the UT Home Secretary-cum-Secretary Agriculture, Anil Kumar, has set aside an order passed by the UT Deputy Commissioner-cum-Secretary State Agriculture Marketing Board, Mohammad Shayin, wherein he had suspended the licence of Mahajan’s two firms.

Deputy Commissioner Shayin, in an order dated August 20, had suspended the licence of Mahajan Trading Company for six months on charges of evasion of market fee to the tune of Rs 25 lakh.

Mahajan and his partner had filed an appeal before the UT Home Secretary.

Besides setting aside the DC’s order, the Home Secretary has also asked the Agriculture Department to get a vigilance inquiry done as there was a huge difference in the assessment amount in the reports submitted by the two separate committees.

To detect the evasion of market fee, an inspection team was constituted by the Secretary State Agriculture Marketing Board. The team assessed an evasion of around Rs 25 lakh. 

Evasion of market fee

Home Secretary sets aside DC’s order of suspending licence. Asks Agriculture Department to hold vigilance probe



Last date extended to September 30

Mohali, September 13
The Municipal Corporation has extended the last date for the payment of property tax for 2013-14 to September 30. Uma Shankar Gupta, Commissioner, MC, said three special counters have been opened at the civic body’s office for the collection of property tax.

Besides, camps will be held from September 22 to 30 from 10 am to 4 pm at five different places in the town. He said the camps would be set up in front of Punjab National Bank in Phase I; Amrit Bakery in Phase V; taxi stand in Phase VII; Silvi Park in Phase X; and office of Mohali Industries Association in Phase VII, Industrial Area. Tax can be paid online at www.mcmohali.org and www.netpnb.com. — OC



Girl comes to friend’s rescue
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
While hundreds rendered homeless after yesterday’s demolition drive at Madrasi Colony started scurrying to find a roof, 17-year-old Aashifa, on finding one that could barely accommodate her family, decided to share it with a friend, Ruby, in order to save her future.

Both Ruby and Aashifa’s shanties were razed to ground during the drive. While Ruby’s parents failed to find any shelter and decided to move back to their native village in Uttar Pradesh, Aashifa’s family found a two-room rented accommodation for their family of 15.

Despite knowing the fact that her house could barely accommodate her own family, Aashifa went on to persuade Ruby’s father to let his daughter stay back in the city and study.

Aashifa, a Class XI student, said: “I know how important studies are for there was a time when Ruby and I had dropped out of school. For almost three years, we sat ideal at our homes.”

With the help of an NGO, the two cleared the Class X exams from an open school. While Ruby, also a Class XI student, has joined the marketing salesman stream at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, Aashifa is pursuing fashion designing at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 8.

Ruby, with tears in her eyes, said: “Yesterday, when my house was being pulled down, I was appearing for my English paper. When my family decided to return to our native place, Aashifa told me, ‘If you study hard you will be able to make another house, but if you quit now, you will never get to study again’.”

With this noble gesture, Ashifa has ensured that she continues to celebrate Eid with her friend as they have been doing for the past eight years, and help her rebuild her life.



106-yr-old maestro mesmerises city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
In the ongoing 6th Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Festival, the key attraction on Saturday was a classical vocal recital by 106-year-old classical vocalist Padma Vibhushan-awardee Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan.

The event has been organised by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Chandigarh Administration.

It was a visual and audio treat for music lovers who had gathered in large numbers to hear the renowned legend at such a ripe age, who performed live before the audience. The gathering erupted in applause as the Ustad commenced his recital.

The cultural evening programme was inaugurated by Shivraj Patil, Governor of Punjab and Administrator of UT, who was the chief guest.

To mark the celebrations, the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi hosted an evening with noted Urdu poet, Waseem Barelvi, at the UT Guest House.

During today’s celebrations, a Heritage Walk was also organised at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10. It was flagged off by Director Cultural Affairs Amandeep Kaur. As many as 250 youths and citizens participated in the walk to the Le Corbusier Centre, Sector 19, to spread the message to preserve the city's heritage buildings designed by Corbusier.

Treat for music lovers

* A classical vocal recital was given by 106-year-old classical vocalist Padmavibhushan Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan.

* To mark the celebrations, the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi hosted an evening with noted Urdu poet, Waseem Barelvi, at the UT Guest House. 



SOI submits memo to HRD Minister
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
The Student Organisation of India (SOI), Panjab University, today submitted a memorandum to Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani for giving Central university status to the PU.

In the memorandum, the student party stressed on giving Panjab University the Central university status, considering the 32nd rank given to it in Asia by Times Higher Education Ranking.

Vikramjeet Middukhera, senior leader of the SOI, said during the meeting with the Union Minister, the students said by giving the Central university status to the PU, it would not only benefit the institute financially but also help in framing better policies for students.

He said the minister assured them that she would look into their demand and decide after reviewing it.

The ABVP, the youth wing of the BJP, had promised the students in the recently held Panjab University Campus Student Council elections that they would take up the issue of the Central university status with the Central government. But they did not take any initiative to raise this issue with the Union Minister, who was in the city for the past two days to attend the retreat meet with the Vice-Chancellors of Central universities.

In fact, student council president Divyanshu Budhiraja, whose party (NSUI) raised this issue in the council elections in the last two years, did not bother to even meet the minister and take up this issue that is pending for the past more than eight years.

PUTA president Rajat Sandhir also met the officials of the Ministry of Human Resources to take up the issue of the Central university status with the higher authorities.

Sources said the officials assured them that they would review the issue and revert soon.

CCET representatives meet Union Minister

Representatives of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) also met the Union Minister to raise the issue of recruitment policy for their staff. 
They said the minister asked them to meet her in New Delhi to discuss the problem.



21-member delegation meets Smriti Irani
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
A 21-member delegation of the Democratic Organisation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers (DOSSAT), Chandigarh, met Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani today to apprise her of the pending issue of the regularisation of SSA teachers.

The delegation that was led by Arvind Thakur, convener, DOSSAT, met the minister during her visit to the BJP Office, “Kamalam”, in Sector 33 here.

The delegation submitted its memorandum to speed up the process of sanctioning of 647 posts of Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) and 728 posts of Junior Basic Teacher (JBT).

Arvind said the request for the creation of these posts had already been sent to the MHRD by the Education Department, UT Administration, in July.

He said sanctioning of these posts by the MHRD was mandatory to merge the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan teachers on a regular basis in the Education Department.

Sanjay Tandon, state president of the BJP, Chandigarh, who is also pursuing the case of regularisation of SSA teachers with the Education Department and the MHRD, was also present on the occasion. He briefed the case of regularisation of SSA teachers to the minister in detail.



Panjab varsity to discontinue finance course at USOL
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
For the courses run under the community college schemes in the city, certificates will be issued to students by the colleges after authorisation from Panjab University.

The written communication from the UGC was tabled in the Syndicate meeting chaired by Vice-Chancellor AK Grover today for approval.

The Syndicate gave a nod to discontinue the Master of Finance and Control course at the USOL proposed by the authorities. On the lines of the PGIMER, the university has also approved the revised rates of private room of health centre from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500.

A majority of the Syndics objected at the meeting that there was a delay in the implementation of the issues approved in the Syndicate or the Senate by the authorities. Reacting to it, the Vice-Chancellor assured that timely implementation of decisions would be ensured in future.

In a meeting of two hours, as many as 14 issues were discussed and approved. For rest of the issues, another meeting would be convened on September 26. 

Important issues left for approval

* Permission to students of Shri Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College of the 2012-13 batch to appear for examination by Panjab University

* Approval to the Board of Finance revised budget

* Revision of guest house rates 

In the Senate meeting scheduled to be held on September 28, the appointment of new registrar will be tabled for approval.

PUSU members hold protest

PUSU members staged a protest in front of the Administrative Block outside the venue of the Syndicate meeting. PUSU president Navaldeep said the main demand was of treating self-financed courses as other regular courses of the university. He said a multi-level parking and more shuttle service for both North and South Campus should be started. He also demanded new hostels for boys and girls.

Memorandum submitted

Student council president Divyanshu Budhiraja gave a memorandum to the Syndics on the issue of BTech and MBA courses. The authorities have discontinued this dual course. The students have demanded that those who are in second-year or final-year, should also get an opportunity to opt for one of them.



Central universities to have common portal

Chandigarh, September 13
Central universities of the country will develop a common portal to share their expertise in research work and faculty. This was decided on the concluding day of the two-day retreat meet chaired by Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani here today.

It was decided that all Central universities will upload their researches and expertise, which they have in their institutes, along with the details of the faculty so that their services could be utilised by students all over the country.

About 35 Vice-Chancellors gave a presentation during the meet and shared their ideas for the betterment of the education system. During the presentation, the Vice-Chancellors focused on the “professionaling management of critical university”.

Stressing upon the role of alumni in the development of universities, UGC Chairman Professor Ved Parkash discussed how the universities could take assistance of their alumni in their improvement.

In the presentations given by the VCs, strategies were discussed for the next one year about research work, academic-industry linkages, filling of vacant posts, etc. — TNS



Honour for P’kula school
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 13
Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, here has been placed at No. 2 at the state level in a survey conducted by C-Fore (Central Forecasting Private Limited) in the “Education World India School Rankings - 2014”.

The survey, an annual feature, was conducted by ‘Education world’ - a human resource development magazine specialising in education news.

The rankings are given on the basis of a survey conducted on 800 schools across 25 cities nationwide.

Ratings are done on the basis of the interviews given by a large number of teachers, parents, educationists, experts and principals of the country’s most well-known day, boarding and international primary/secondary girls’, boys’ and co-educational schools.

The evaluation is based on 14 parameters like teacher welfare and development, competence of faculty, sports education, special needs education, co-curricular education, infrastructure provision, academic reputation, value for money, individual attention to students, leadership/management quality, parental involvement, internationalism, community service, life skills education and conflict management.

Principal Jaya Bhardwaj will be felicitated at a special award function in New Delhi.



Canadian education fair today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13
Charms Education & Immigration Services (P) Limited is going to organise a mega Canadian education fair in Chandigarh on September 14.

Rahul Paitka, MD, Charms Education and Immigration Services, revealed this during media interaction today.

On September 15, the fair will be held in Ludhiana and on September 16 it will be held in Amritsar. It was revealed at the press conference that new rules related to foreign students studying in Canadian colleges and universities had come into force with effect from June 1, 2014. To make student aware about it, this event is organised in the region.

As many as 25 Canadian colleges and universities will converge at the fair. At the education fair, queries related to students’ admission will be answered and they will get the latest information on student visa processing for Canada.



Students attend workshop

Mohali, September 13
The Gian Jyoti Group of Institutions organised a workshop on automobile engine mechanics here.

Research engineers from Robosapiens India (Noida) participated and sponsored the workshop. The workshop was about the internal combustion engine and the working of its various parts with demonstration.

The workshop was attended by 80 students from various colleges. The final round of the competition will be held at the IIT-Delhi on March 15 next year. The selected students for the Robotryst Fest at the IIT-Delhi were Anshul Bagga, Raghav, Umar, Gopal, Ankit, Litesh, Faisal and Shabbir. — OC



PU and College Notes

Workshop on creative art

A two-day workshop on creative art and painting was organised at the Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, here on Saturday. It was organised by the Fashion Designing Department of the college. Renowned artist Rakesh Sen demonstrated various techniques of fabric painting, mural art and making of artificial jewellery. Four best students were also awarded prizes by the company. Jassica of BA-III bagged the first prize. Principal of the college Dr Meera Modi congratulated the students for their hard work.

Lecture delivered

A lecture series was organised by the Department of Economics, GGDSD College, Sector 32, here. The lecture was delivered by Smita Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Panjab University. She enlightened MA (Economics) students on the topic “economics of discrimination” and discussed the theoretical background and theories of discrimination.

Meet held

NGO “AAVAHAN” of GGDSD College organised a meet on the theme of “coming out of the shell”. Meera Sharma, a senior faculty member in the college and the chief crusader, said: “True freedom is possible only when we fulfill our responsibilities towards our motherland”. She initiated the session by elaborately discussing various reasons that hold students back from taking the lead. “Peer pressure, shyness, complacency, fear of disapproval and failure adversely affect the initiative-taking instinct and confidence level of an individual,” she said.

Oath-taking ceremony

Student council members of the PGGC-11 Newly elected student council members seek blessings from Dr JS Raghu, Principal of the PGGC-11, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari were sworn in on Saturday. The oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected members was attended by the principal, staff and a large number of students. Addressing the council, Principal Dr JS Raghu asked them to maintain positive atmosphere and assured them all help and support in lifting the college to greater heights. Council president Pardeep Kumar, vice-president Meenaski, secretary Ankur and joint secretary Nikita Arora expressed their gratitude. — TNS

Newly elected student council members seek blessings from Dr JS Raghu, Principal of the PGGC-11, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari



From schools

Grandparents Day celebrated

Tiny tots of Smart Wonders School, Sector 71, Mohali, presented a unique celebration of love and affection for their grandparents on Grandparents Day. The programme was a mix of dance, music and games in which grandparents and children participated together. On the occasion, Anu Dhingra, principal, said: “In most families, both parents are working. Hence, it is grandparents who with their unconditional love help in bringing up the children. This celebration was organised with a view to honouring and recognising the countless contributions and sacrifices they have made. We give them an opportunity to be together on this day, making it a day they cherish forever.”

Tree plantation drive

NCC cadets of Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22-D, Chandigarh, organised a tree plantation drive in observance of UN Day and other social activities. The cadets planted saplings of different plants, especially medicinal plants. School Principal Amita Khorana appreciated the efforts of cadets for taking positive steps towards the conservation of environment.

Fancy dress competition

Doon International School, Sector 69, Mohali, organised a fancy dress intra-class competition for junior classes under the theme “what I want to become”. It was a picturesque feast to the eyes to see the little ones dressed up as teachers, Army officers, Judges, economists, scientists and astronauts. The wonderful manner in which the students enacted their characters was mesmerising and was highly applauded. The school authorities said the main purpose of conducting the competition was not only to blend learning with fun but also to develop confidence in the little ones by giving them an opportunity to get on the stage and speak in front of an audience.

Clay modelling contest

Tiny tots of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, tried their hands on clay. The school organised a clay modelling competition for UKG students, where children showed their creativity by making lovely models like snails, trees, flowers, birds, butterflies, snow man, caterpillars, Ganesh, save girl child, turtles and many more. The tiny tots created magic and mesmerised one and all. Their efforts were appreciated by all. — TNS



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