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Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab
Fatehgarh Sahib (District Fatehgarh Sahib)
Punjab, India



Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib Punjab is a recognised institute / college.
Principal of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib Punjab is Dr Jatinder Singh Sidhu(DOB 13-11-1958) 9592020003.

Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib Punjab is situated in Fatehgarh Sahib of Punjab state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fatehgarh Sahib comes under Fatehgarh Sahib Tehsil, Fatehgarh Sahib District.

Fax # of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib Punjab is +91-1763-232247.

Contact Person(s) of the Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib Punjab is (are): Mr Lalit (System Administrator).

Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib Punjab is (are) : +91-175-2308367.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib Punjab are 95016-77099, 98551-01863, 98761-73019, 94646-54301, 98143-45173, 95010-10382, 99880-98742, 98146-34512.

email ID(s) is Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib Punjab

Website of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib Punjab is www.matagujricollege.org.

Chairman : Jathedar Avtar Singh.
General Secretary : Ranjit Singh Libra, Addnl Secy LMC.

Contact Details of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib Punjab are : Telephone: +91-1763-232247, 233715, 320777 (O), 232395
Earlier Principal Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia (now he has been VC of Guru Granth Sahib World University)

Contact mobile numbers:
Agriculture & Env Science 95016-77099
Computer Science 98551-01863
Management Subjects 98761-73019
Commerce Dept 95010-10382
Bio Tech 94646-54301
Physical Science 93564-16655
Maths 98156-70540
Science 98143-45173
Arts 98884-98782

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Courses

BA (Eng, Pbi (Compulsory), Eco., Fine Arts, Phy Education, Religion, Pol Science, History, Math, Functional English, Sociology, Geography, Music Vocal, Computer Seience, Pbi (L), Hindi (L), Eng (L)
B.Com
B.Com (Professional)
B.Sc (Medical and Non-Medical)
BCA
BBA
B.Sc (Biotech.)
PGDCA
MCA
MBA
M.Com
MA (Economics, English, Punjabi, History)
PG. Diploma In Insurance and Business
PG. Diploma In Agricultural Marketing
Master Degree in Journalism
M.Sc (Chemistry)
M.Sc (Biotech)
M.Sc (Bioinformatics)
M.Sc (Mathematics)
M.Sc (IT)
M.Sc (IT) (Lateral Entry)
M.Sc (Math)
B.Lib
M.Sc (Microbiology)
M.Sc (Food and nutrition)
B.Sc (Computer Maintence)
PG Diploma in Computer Hardware and Networking
Bachelor in Accouting and Finance
Bachelor in Travel and Tourism


Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib Punjab runs course(s) in Degree, Business Management, Computer Applications, Journalism stream(s).

Mata Gujri College is affiliated with Punjabi University, Patiala (Punjab)


Profile of Mata Gujri College

A Grade by NAAC

Profile of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib
The college was started in 1957 to commemorate the supreme martyrdom of Mata Gujri, the revered mother of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Its founder was Bibi Gurbachan Kaur Mann, a blind lady, having visionary power, to provide education to rural youth. The college was taken over by the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Amritsar in 1964. Besides this College, the SGPC runs a chain of educational institutions 26 schools, 20 degree and P.G.Colleges, and around 4 professional Institutions. The College is affiliated with Punjabi University, Patiala. The college was recognized by the UGC under 2f before 1967.

The college mission is 'To seek, to strive, to find and not to yield'. The college has following objectives: -
* To provide a varied selection of academic curricula in business specialized areas in general education by systematically reviewing classroom facilities, equipment, faculty and staff.
* To provide the students with a background of job skills which enhance their employability.
* To provide the students with basic skills which contribute to success in their careers and in their private lives.
To make available to the students activities, services and experiences which foster personal growth and leadership qualities that will assist students in their social, vocational and academic pursuits, which will also enhance their ethical and moral values.

The college has taken various steps to achieve these goals such as providing academic professional and vocational training. Providing the students, guidance and informing them about employment opportunities available in the market, organizing programmes for placement of the aspirants, inculcating moral and cultural values among the younger generation, helping students to explore their talent and hone the same. The college offers incentives like fee concession and scholarships to the students. Organizing remedial classes helps the students of deprived class. The problems of girl students are addressed separately and they are given opportunity to compete with their counterparts.

The college is a grant-in-aid Institution. It however generates funds through some of the self-financing courses.

The college has an area of about 25 acres. The college building comprises of a management, commerce, science and arts blocks. There is a separate wing for girls. The college has a well-equipped computer laboratory, a well-stocked library, a stadium with modern sports facilities, a canteen and parking facilities. The college provides hostel facilities to boys and girls. The college has applied for autonomy as per the university norms.
The College at present offers 16 academic programs -8 are of UG level, 4 PG, 2 Certificate courses, and 2 PG Diploma Courses. Its UG programs are -B.Sc. (med), B.Sc. (non-med), B.Sc. (Bio-tech), B.C.A., B.Com. B.Com. (Hons.), B.A. and B.A. (Hons)in English. Its PG Courses are -M.A. (Eco.), M.Com., M.B.A., and M.C.A. It runs two Certificate courses in Computers of 3 and 6 months duration. The self-financing courses run by the College are -B.C.A. and B.Sc. (Bio- Tech) at the UG level and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications, Post Graduate Diploma in Insurance Business, MBA and MCA at PG level. In addition there are 2 Certificate Courses in Computers & 3 Career Oriented Add on Courses.

The staff both teaching and non teaching is recruited as per the guidelines issued by the university and the state government. The college has teacher strength of 81 (49 permanent, 16 adhoc, 8 contract, and 8 part time). Out of 81 teachers 13 are Ph.D., 16 M.Phil and the rest all are only postgraduate. Some of the staff members are registered for pursuing research. The strength of non-teaching staff is 54. The college has 1981 students on roll in various courses. Drop out rate in undergraduate classes is there due to the admission policy of the University. The pass percentage is very high. Some of the students have done very well in university examinations and are placed in the merit list. The unit cost of higher education works out to be Rs.12908/-The college follows Annual & Semester system of examination. The college has a central library, computer center, a health center, sports facilities, hostels for boys and girls, a guest-house, Gym, Girls Common Room, water cooler and a canteen. The college provides housing facility to its class IV employees. The college has a grievance-redressing cell. The college has a career guidance cell. The students are enrolled in NSS and NCC to carry out community welfare programs. The college has a Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle to disseminate the teachings of the great saint soldier and to inculcate moral and ethical values.. A good number of students have qualified different examinations such as NET, GRE, TOFEL/IELTS, USMLE, CET/PMT and B.Ed.

The college office and library works for 275 days in a year. Total numbers of teaching days are about 170 as per UGC guidelines. The library has 55,500 books and subscribes for about 78 periodicals. One teacher has received an international award. The teachers have attended seminars and conferences and two teachers of the college have been resource persons in the workshop. It does not have any collaboration with any laboratory.

The budget of the College in 2002-03 was Rs. 3,33,07,170.00; the income from fees and self financing courses was Rs. 1 crore 80 lacs; grant-in-aid from Government was Rs. 1 crore, 17 lacs; and grant from SGPC was Rs. 35 lacs. The budget is balanced; only there is a nominal net deficit. Besides, the College has been able to procure Rs. 7 lacs from M.P. quota in 2003.
The college raised Rs10823100/- through rent, self-financing schemes and grants.
Curricular Aspects

The college provides instructions in 16 courses out of which 8 are for undergraduate students, 4 postgraduate, 2 certificate courses in computer education and 2 Postgraduate Diploma Courses one in computer application and another in Insurance Business. The college also runs vocational course in functional English and information technology and three add on vocational courses. The college proposes to start a few more courses. The purpose of such courses is to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. The programs are flexible to the extent that a student can select the subject/s of his or her choice but again within the frame work of university rules and regulation. At present there is no horizontal mobility, as the same is not provided in the university program. The courses offered are aimed at providing teaching learning skill. In some of the courses however the students are required to present case study or a project report. This gives them practical training. A ten day¡¦s training camp in Fishery Management was organized in the college to impart training in fish culture. The university prescribes the curricula and college does not have any role per say in the revision of courses. The college has introduced various courses in the last three years. These include vocational courses under UGC scheme and Add on Courses. The college has also introduced BSc Biotech. and subjects like Geography, Fine Arts, Sociology, Religion, M.Com. and PG Diploma in Insurance Business. The college follows the curricula framed by the university.
A magnificent computer research center has come into existence and has Sixty IBM computers with latest configuration and software have been installed. The existing computer lab is also well equipped and has some 74 computers with latest hardware and software. The college has facility of 128 kbps radio link internet and provides internet service to its students. The College is aspirant to start some more vocational and job oriented courses in the near future.

Teaching Learning and Evaluation
The students are usually admitted on the basis of their performance in the lower public examination. The students to MBA and MCA are admitted through an entrance test conducted by the Punjabi University, Patiala. The students Knowledge and skill is tested through class test, house tests seminars and class presentations. The college holds extra coaching classes for the educationally disadvantaged students. The advanced learners are also given extra coaching. They are helped by way of scholarships and are honoured on their performance in the house examination. The teachers have freedom to teach the way they like. The university syllabi are unitized. The teachers are encouraged to use various teaching aids. The college has a well-equipped seminar room. The college office is open for 275 day¡¦s in the year and observes about 170 teaching days. There are 6 part time teachers. The ratio between permanent and the part time teachers is 8:1. The ratio between teaching and non-teaching staff is 1.5:1. The students are informed about the evaluation and other procedure in the beginning of the session. The teachers are recruited as per the guidelines issued by the university and the government. The college has freedom and resources to appoint the staff. Many teachers have attended national and international level seminars and two have worked as resource persons in refresher courses and other workshops. Annual confidential report is only mechanism to judge teachers¡¦ performance. The College collects feed back from the students about their experience at the campus. The College organizes seminars symposia and extension lectures. The teachers are encouraged to attend refresher and orientation courses. Some of the teachers have been honoured by the state and NGOs for their contribution in the social, cultural and educational field. The principal has an overall control over the college affairs. The teachers in various programs help him and the principal has formed different committees for the purpose.

The college holds various programs to give its students a wide exposure. The college does not have any international linkage. Some of the students have performed well and are placed in the merit list.
The performance of the students in sports, cultural and extra-curricular activities is commendable. Some of the students have represented India in international events and won medals.
The teachers have participated in seminars and workshops and have presented papers. Some of the teachers are involved in research and have published a good number of papers. Some lecturers have written, translated and compiled books.

The teachers have participated in radio and TV programs. One of the teachers during his visit to Canada made an in-depth study in the library and transport system.
Research, consultancy and Extension

The college encourages its teachers to do research. One of them is already guiding students for Ph.D. 13 of the faculty members are Ph.D. About 40% of its faculty members are engaged in research. Four teachers are doing M.Tech. The college encourages students to undertake projects for MBA and MCA courses. The college does not have any expertise for consultancy services. The college has assigned the duties of extension activities to one of its teacher by establishing career guidance bureau. The extension activities include community development, adult education health and Hygiene and blood donation camps etc. NSS and NCC units are involved in motivating students to undertake such programs. There are various clubs and societies, which are also organizing some similar programs. The college has collaboration with some NGOs and GOs to carry out extension work.

Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The total area of the campus is 25 acres of land. It has semi-urban location. The college maintenance is done by class 1V employees and college has constituted a campus beautification committee, students are also involved in it .It has employed four security men for security of college campus. The beautification and cleanliness of college campus is done regularly. College time-table is arranged in such a way that all the class rooms are occupied throughout working days of the college. The college has sufficient number of laboratories. The college has well stocked Library with 55500 books. Since Library constitutes the heart of any educational institution, it is partially computerized with provisions of latest facilities.
College has full- fledged sports stadium of international standards with provision to play football, hockey, basket ball, volley ball, tennis, badminton, cricket fields . The college stadium is also used for celebrations of national occasions and festivals like Republic-days, Independence Days.
The college provides boys hostel facilities to 60 students and has got grant of Rs.25 lakhs from UGC for the construction of new girls hostel and the same is under construction.
The PG result is 100% and UG 99.09%. The college has four buses, two are exclusively run for girl students. The college provides subsidised bus services to all the students.
The college has health centre for students, staff, and general public. The college has five computers which are interconnected through server LAN (local Area Network) and the Internet facilities are available to the students and staffs. Library and computer centre is open for six days a week.

The college has installed two generators to meet the requirement of continuous power supply to its computer laboratories.

College gives scholarships to outstanding sports persons and those who excel in academics and cultural activities. Students have won inter-university sports and extra-curricular prizes and inter-college competitions. Some of its students have participated and have won medals in international competitions.College has a botanical garden and Xerox facilities for the students. College has opened a Cyber Cafe for general public.

The college has established a tradition of maintaining a healthy, clean and well maintained infrastructure. It provides a healthy ambience to the students.

Criterion-V Students Support & Progression
The result percentage is cent-percent among PG classes and 99.09 % in UG classes. A good number of 80 -90 % among science students go for further studies, 30 % go for gainful employment. Among humanities, progression to further studies is 40 -50 %, to 20 -30 % for employment .Overall 50 % of the students prefer employment and 50 % go for further studies.

The college provides national level scholarship (NCERT) and state level scholarships to the students and university gives merit scholarships for meritorious students.
Tuition fee concession is given to the deserving students.
The college has revived an Alumni Association in the year 2002, some of the philanthropist; old students and teachers have instituted medals, trophies, and scholarships for outstanding sportspersons and meritorious students.

Teachers participate in academic and personal counseling to the students in addition to normal duties.

The college has constituted various societies , associations , and clubs which hold seminars, debates , music competitions, science exhibitions, tournaments and education tours for all round development of the students.

Organisation & Management
The college was taken over by Shironmani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee Amritsar (SGPC) in 1964.
The College is a self financing body and also gets grants in Aid from the State Government. Internal Co-ordinating and monitoring is done by Principal who is aided and advised by different committees and heads of departments, who hold regular meetings with faculty members. Non-Teaching staff is recruited by Managing Committee through proper advertisement.

Each committee is put in charge of various responsibilities pertaining day to day functions of the institution

The college works on the principle of participatory management and there is proper documentation and transparency in operations. College Principal Co-ordinates and monitors the financial matters and is assisted by Accounts Branch and Bursar. Inter-com facility helps to monitor and coordinate the functioning of different departments of college.

Academic calendar is prepared by College Calendar Committee headed by Principal of the college.

The purchases in the college are done through the purchase committee by inviting tenders.

Healthy Practices
It is quite appreciable to note that the College has developed or is developing certain academic healthy practices. They are summed up briefly as under:

1. Keeping in conformity with the historic traditions of the land, the College has established Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle to acquaint the students about the glories and achievements of the heroes who had sacrificed their lives for the sake of the people. The Study Circle is functioning well and providing value based, ethical and moral education.

2. The college work is being conducted in a very cordial and cooperative atmosphere. The college provides pollution free environment and promotes secular culture.

3. The potential of the students in cultural field and sports is being exploited to the maximum. Some of the students have performed well in the national and international events.

4. The College has taken a big leap forward in the field of Information Technology, to strengthen the utility of its academic courses. It has an ultra modem Computer Centre, with latest hardware and software. It is laying adequate emphasis on job-oriented courses.

5. The College has opened its Library for the general public. The college is in the process of computerization of its library.

6. The college office is partially computerized and the staff has been given training in use of computer.

7. The College provides subsidized bus service; and Internet facility to staff and students free of cost.

8. The College provides a good number of scholarships to the students -merit scholarship, merit-cum-need, Sports and Poor students, that is, 24, 139, 140 and 247 respectively.

9. The Alumni of the College has taken up the task of preparing the history of Sirhind region, and also to construct a student¡¦s Home and auditorium.

10. The alumni association, though in its infancy, is enthusiastic about the progress of the institution.

11. The College has provided enough concessions to the physically-handicapped students.

12. The Management of the College is quite visionary; and it has attractive academic plans for the future development of the College.

13. The College is regularly organizing its Convocation.
14. The College has a Master Plan for its future development.
15. The college has a Career and Guidance Bureau.

Overall Analysis
Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib is providing excellent service to the youth of the area in the field of education. Its location, area, lay-out of the campus and infrastructure are excellent. Apart from the good infrastructure, what is commended is their maintenance.

In the field of teaching, sports and extra curricular activities the college has created a landmark. It operates in a harmonious and peaceful way.

The case of college has been recommended by the university to the UGC as a college with Potential for Excellence for granting additional resources.

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Naresh Kumar Gupta versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)

Shri Naresh Kumar Gupta, Gupta Home,
Near Post Office, BAssi Pathana-140412.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 2246 of 2011

&
Shri Sital Singh Tiwana, #1828-C,
Randhawa Road, Kharar-140301. -------------Complainant.
Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o Principal, Mata Gujri College,
Fatehgarh Sahib. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 2247 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Naresh Kumar Gupta and Shri Sital Singh Tiwana complainants in person.
Shri Karam Singh on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The complainant submits that the Director Public Instructions (Colleges), Punjab, Chandigarh has verified the pay but it is now to be fixed by Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib. The representative of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib requests for an adjournment which is allowed.

2. To come up on 17.10.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
September 8, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Naresh Kumar Gupta versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)

Shri Naresh Kumar Gupta, Gupta Home,
Near Post Office, BAssi Pathana-140412. -------------Complainant.

Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 2246 of 2011

Shri Sital Singh Tiwana, #1828-C,
Randhawa Road, Kharar-140301. -------------Complainant.

Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Principal, Mata Gujri College,
Fatehgarh Sahib. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 2247 of 2011

Present:-
Sarvshiri Naresh Kumar Gupta and Sital Singh Tiwana complainants in person.
Shri Karam Singh, Accountant on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The respondent submits that pay fixation is done by the office of Director Public Instructions (Colleges), Punjab, Chandigarh (DPI) and so-far DPI has not conveyed any pay fixation order in respect of the present complainants Shri Naresh Kumar Gupta and Shri Sital Singh Tiwana, who have since retired from service. The common queries of these complainants pertained to pay fixation w.e.f. 1.1.2006 till the date of their retirement.

2. Keeping in view the stand of the respondent that they have not received any order from the DPI, it would be appropriate to call DPI as a party. Issue notice to the PIO/Director Public Instructions (Colleges), Punjab, Chandigarh.

3. To come upon 8.9.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
August 19, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Sital Singh Tiwana versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)

Shri Sital Singh Tiwana, 1828-C, Tiwana Niwas,
Randhawa Road, Kharar-140301. -------------Complainant.

Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Principal, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 2001 of 2011
&
CC No.2002 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Sittal Singh Tiwana complainant in person.
Shri Naresh Kumar Gupta, complainant in person.

None on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

I have considered these two cases as identical information has been asked for in both the cases. This order shall dispose of both the complaint cases.

2. I have heard the complainants. They admit that information in the format, in which it has been asked for on five issues, is not maintained by the respondent. This information does not exist in tabulated form but would be available in the service book of each employee who has retired from the service of the institution. The appropriate relief for the complainant, therefore, is to inspect the record and thereafter identify the documents of which they need copies and apply for the same. To cut short the delay, I treat the present complaint cases as request for inspection of record and direct the respondent to permit inspection of all the relevant record pertaining to the five issues raised by the information-seeker. The respondent, however, is free to charge fee as per the Rules for per copy of document which the complainant may seek. With these directions, both the complaint cases are closed.

(R.I. Singh)
August 2, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Naresh Kumar Gupta versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)

Shri Naresh Kumar Gupta, Gupta Home, Near Post Office,
Bassi Pathanan-140412. -------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Principal, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 2002 of 2011

Present:-
Shri complainant in person.
None on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
(R.I. Singh)
August 2, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab


Dalbara Singh Sohi versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)

Shri Dalbara Singh Sohi, 262/06, Opp. HDFC Banki,
Sugar Mill Road, Morinda (Ropar).
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Principal Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 976 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Dal Bara Singh Sohi complainant in person.
Dr. Jatinder Singh Sidhu, Principal on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Parties agree that in view of the orders passed in CC-958/2011 and
CC-966/2011, this complaint case may be closed.
2. In view of the above, this case is closed.

(R.I. Singh)
June 6, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Gurdip Singh Virk versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)

Shri Gurdip Singh Virk, Village Karimpura, Nogawana,
Tehsil Bassi Pathana,-140412.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer,
o/o the Principal, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 973 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Gurdeep Singh Virk complainant in person.
Dr. Jatinder Singh Sidhu, Principal on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Parties agree that in view of the orders passed in CC-958/2011 and
CC-966/2011, this complaint case may be closed.

2. In view of the above, this case is closed.

(R.I. Singh)
June 6, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Naresh Kumar Gupta versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)

Shri Naresh Kumar Gupta, Gupta Home, Near Post Office,
Bassi Pathana,-140412. -------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer,
o/o the Principal, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 966 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Naresh Kumar Gupta complainant in person.
Dr. Jatinder Singh Sidhu, Principal on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

In response to RTI application dated 24.1.2011, the PIO sent a reply on 25.2.2011. However, the complainant was not satisfied with the same and he moved the State Information Commission. I have heard the parties. The only pending issue relates to query at Sr. No. 4 of the RTI application dated 24.1.2011. The query of the complainant is “details of retiral benefits paid to staff members, the purpose for which the SWF was established”.

2. As mentioned in the reply the funds were utilized for payment of salaries and to provide other amenities of the Staff”. The respondent has explained that the fund was created primarily with the objective to create resources to pay salary etc. to the staff not covered under grant-aid-scheme of the State Government.

3. At the time of hearing, the respondent has further clarified that the fund has not been utilized for payment towards retiral benefits to the employee.

4. In view of the above, the information has been furnished and the complaint case is closed.
(R.I. Singh)
June 6, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Sital Singh Tiwana versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)

Shri Sital Singh Tiwana, 1828-C,
Tiwana Niwas, Randhawa Road, Kharar-140301.
-------------Complainant.

Vs.
The Public Information Officer,
o/o the Principal, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 958 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Sital Singh Tiwana complainant in person.
Dr. Jatinder Singh Sidhu, Principal on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The complainant had requested for information vide an application dated 19.2.2011 which was duly responded to by the PIO on 25.2.2011. However, due to alleged deficiencies in the information, the complainant came to the State Information Commission. On the last date of hearing on 10.5.2011, the respondent had confirmed that complete information stood furnished by registered post. To enable the complainant to confirm the same, the case was adjourned.

2. Today, the complainant confirms that he has received the information. However, he sought the following two clarifications:-
(i) At Sr. No.41 of the information furnished, name of Dr. Gurmohan Singh Walia has been shown as retired Director-Principal. His date of retirement has been shown as 31.10.2009.

At the time of hearing, the principal of the respondent-college has explained that
Dr. Gurmohan Singh Walia retired from service on 31.10.2008 but he was given reemployment for a period of one year. The Government does not give grant-in-aid in respect of superannuated employees.
(ii) The respondent has further clarified that no leave-encashment was paid to
Shri Gurmohan Singh Walia, as litigation on this subject is going on.

3. In view of the above discussion, all the queries of the complainant have been clarified. Hence the case is closed.

(R.I. Singh)
June 6, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Surmukh Singh versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)

Dr. Surmukh Singh r/o Village Charheri,
P.O. Kurali, District Ropar.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Principal Mata Gujri College, Fattehgarh Sahib. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 1195 of 2011

Present:-
Dr. Sarmukh Singh complainant in person.
Shri Karam Singh, Account on behalf of the respondent.
ORDER

In this case, the respondent submits that information was withheld as Shromini Gurdawara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) had moved the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court on the ground that the Right to Information Act, 2005 is not applicable to it. However, now that the Hon’ble High Court has directed that all pending cases against SGPC may be taken up for hearing on merits by the Commission, it was pleaded that the respondent has furnished the information to the complainant.

2. I have heard the parties. The only plea of the complainant is that the information pertaining to Sr. No. E of his RTI application dated 19.2.2011 has been shown as nil by the respondent. The respondent confirms that no retiral benefits of the retirees are due. Statement of Shri Karam Singh was recorded during the course of hearing of the case today. In view of categorical statement made by Shri Karam Singh, Accountant, information pertaining to Sr. No. E of the application dated 19.2.2011 is treated as NIL.

3. Since the information stands furnished, the complaint case is closed.

(R.I. Singh)
May 20, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Dalbara Singh Sohi versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION,
PUNJABSCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)
Shri Dalbara Singh Sohi, 262/06, Opp. HDFC Banki,Sugar Mill Road, Morinda (Ropar).

-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officero/o the Principal Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

-------------Respondent.

CC No. 976 of 2011
Present:-
Shri Dalbara Singh Sohi complainant in person. Shri Karam Singh Accountant on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
The respondent submits that information was sent to the complainant by registered post. A copy of the same was furnished today at the time of hearing of the case. The complainant seeks time to peruse the same.

2. To come up on 25.5.2011 at 10.30 A.M.
(R.I. Singh)May 10, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Gurdip Singh versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION,
PUNJABSCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)
Shri Gurdip Singh Virk, Village Karimpura, Nogawana,Tehsil Bassi Pathana,-140412.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer,o/o the Principal, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

-------------Respondent.

CC No. 973 of 2011
Present:-
Shri Dalbara Singh Sohi complainant in person. Shri Karam Singh Accountant on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
The respondent submits that information was sent to the complainant by registered post. A copy of the same was furnished today at the time of hearing of the case. The complainant seeks time to peruse the same.

2. To come up on 25.5.2011 at 10.30 A.M.
(R.I. Singh)May 10, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Naresh Kumar Gupta versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION,
PUNJABSCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)Shri Naresh Kumar Gupta, Gupta Home, Near Post Office,Bassi Pathana,-140412.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer,o/o the Principal, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

-------------Respondent.

CC No. 966 of 2011
Present:-
Shri Naresh Kumar Gupta complainant in person. Shri Karam Singh Accountant on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
This commission has been accepting the plea of the PIO/Shromini Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) that as SGPC has challenged the application of Right to Information Act, 2005 in the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court, all complaint/appeal cases against SGPC in the State Information Commission be kept in abeyance till final decision in the matter by Hon’ble High Court.

2. The Hon’ble High Court vide an order dated 14.3.2011 passed in CWP No.4082 of 2010 has clarified that the stay granted by the Hon’ble High Court shall be applicable only qua the impugned order of the Commission and that the State Information Commission shall be at liberty to proceed with other pending cases against SGPC and pass appropriate order. The present case is filed against PIO/Principal Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib which is an institution established and managed by SGPC. In view of the above order of the Hon’ble High Court, the parties were directed to present their respective stand.

3. The respondent-PIO submits that they have sent the information to the complainant vide No.MGC/343 dated 9.5.2011. A copy of the information was also handed over to the complainant at the time of hearing of the case in the Commission.

4. The complainant seeks time to peruse the information and hence the case is adjourned to 25.5.2011 at 10.30 A.M.
(R.I. Singh)May 10, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Sital Singh Tiwana versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)

Shri Sital Singh Tiwana, 1828-C,
Tiwana Niwas, Randhawa Road, Kharar-140301.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer,
o/o the Principal, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

-------------Respondent.

CC No. 958 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Sital Singh Tiwana complainant in person.
Shri Karam Singh Accountant on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The respondent submits that information was sent to the complainant by registered post. A copy of the same was furnished today at the time of hearing of the case. The complainant seeks time to peruse the same.

2. To come up on 25.5.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
May 10, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Jaswinder Singh versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib



Patiala DTO Anil Garg took bus to police station

RAJPURA (PUNJAB): Blatant attempt to evade tax by a bus transporter created problems for 25 girl students of Mata Gujri college (MGS) in Fatehgarh Sahib as the district transport authorities of Patiala not only challaned the bus, here, but also intercepted the vehicle in the industrial area for an hour at midnight on Saturday.

The management of MGS, which alleged that their girl students were harassed by the district transport officer (DTO), Patiala, has written letters to chief minister, transport minister, deputy commissioner and other authorities for action against DTO. However, the DTO has denied all allegations.

'Our students were coming back from Shimla. There were around 25 girls along with a male teacher. The Patiala DTO intercepted the bus in Industrial area and took the bus to a police post, where students along with the teacher were detained for around an hour. I have written letters to senior authorities for action against the DTO,' said MGS principal Jatinder Sidhu.

The girl students of Biotechnology department of MGS had gone to a potato research institute near Shimla on Friday and were coming back on Saturday evening when their vehicle was stopped at Rajpura for checking of documents.'The DTO should have challaned the bus and allowed us to leave, but he intercepted our bus for an hour in the focal point area ,' said a girl student on condition of anonymity. College lecturer Saurav, who was along with the girls, alleged that the DTO had taken their bus inside the police station despite repeated requests.

'The DTO took our bus inside the police station. Though, we did not step out of the bus, our vehicle was kept inside the police post for more than 45 minutes,' said Saurav. Patiala DTO Anil Garg denied all allegations and said he had not taken the bus inside the police station, but was checking documents regarding tax evasion in front of the police post. 'To evade tax, the driver had driven the bus from Shimla to Fatehgarh Sahib, through Rajpura, whereas the proper route is through Mohali. We have challaned the bus, but did not harass any one,' said the DTO.

Harshvinder Singh versus Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH, Ph. No. 0172-4630054
Visit us @ www.infocommpunjab.com

Harshvinder Singh,
House No. 335, Ward No. 15,
Hamajun Pur,
Sirhind 140406 ……Complainant

Vs

Public Information Officer,
O/o Mata Gujri College,
Fatehgarh Sahib. ….…Respondent

CC No. 2233 of 2010
ORDER

Present:
Complainant, Mr. Harshwinder Singh, in person.
None for the Respondent.
-----

In the instant case, the applicant, vide his request dated 08.04.2010, addressed to the PIO, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib has sought to know the grade and designation he worked as a teacher from September, 2009 - March, 2010. The complaint to the Commission is undated but registered at SICP diary no. 13719, dated14.07.2010.

2. The Respondent is directed to provide the requisite information as available on record, before the next date of hearing, with a copy of the covering letter endorsed to the Commission.

The case is adjourned to 30.08.2010 (Monday), in Court No. 1, SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, Chandigarh at 11.00 AM.

Announced in the hearing.

Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

Chandigarh, (P. P. S. Gill)
Dated, August 09, 2010 State Information Commissioner

RAJBEER KAURVsMATA GUJRI COLLEGE FATEHGARH SAHIB AND ANOTHER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH.

C.W.P. No. 15946 of 2009

DATE OF DECISION : 20.10.2009

Rajbeer Kaur .... PETITIONER
Versus
Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib and another ..... RESPONDENTS

CORAM :-
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE SATISH KUMAR MITTAL

Present:
Mr. H.S. Diwana, Advocate, for the petitioner.

SATISH KUMAR MITTAL , J.
The petitioner has filed the instant petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India for quashing the order dated 21.4.2008 (Annexure P-8), passed by respondent No.1, whereby claim of the petitioner for appointing her on the post of Lecturer in Computer Science/Application in Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, a privately managed aided college, has been rejected. The petitioner also prays for issuing direction to the respondents to permit her to join her duty as Lecturer and consider her in service since 20.7.2007.

In the present case, the impugned order dated 21.4.2008 was passed by respondent No.1 in pursuance of a direction issued by this Court in CWP No. 1950 of 2008, titled as Rajbir Kaur Versus Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib and another, decided on 11.2.2008.

In the impugned order, it has been stated that vide advertisement dated 2.5.2007, posts of Professor/Assistant Professor in Computer Science/Application as per Grade and Qualifications, as prescribed by A.I.C.T.E./Punjabi University, Patiala norms, were advertised.

It was specifically mentioned that the candidates with Ph.D/higher
qualification and with experience of teaching P.G. classes will be preferred.

The petitioner applied for the said post. She had passed her MCA on 31.5.2007 and did not fulfill the qualification of experience for the post and was found ineligible. It is mentioned that at that time, the petitioner was not even eligible for the post of Lecturer as she had not cleared her MCA degree. Thereafter, another advertisement was issued in `The Tribune for 6 regular and 2 ad-hoc posts of Lecturer in Computer Science/Application. In the advertisement, it was specifically mentioned that the experience of teaching P.G classes will be preferred. In pursuance of the said
advertisement, the petitioner also appeared in walk-in-interview for the post of Lecturer. Since she was not possessing any experience, therefore, she was not found fit for regular appointment. However, the Selection Committee recommended for her appointment on the post of Lecturer on ad-hoc basis, if she agreed. It is further mentioned that in view of the said selection, an appointment letter No. 659 dated 11.7.2007 was issued to the petitioner appointing her as Lecturer in Computer Science/Application on ad-hoc basis upto 31.3.2008 and she was asked to join within ten days. It is mentioned that as the classes had already started, therefore, a telegram was issued to the petitioner to join at the earliest. It is further mentioned that in response to the appointment letter, the petitioner did not join the post, as she was insisting that she should be given regular appointment. Again a telegram was issued to her to join as Lecturer on ad-hoc basis, but she refused. It is further mentioned that without disclosing all these facts, the petitioner filed CWP No. 1950 of 20089, in which a direction was issued to decide her legal
notice within a period of two months. It is stated that in view of the said direction, claim of the petitioner was considered and it has been found that since she herself has not joined the duty on the post of Lecturer on ad-hoc basis, therefore, her claim that she should be given regular appointment cannot be accepted, as she was never selected on regular post of Lecturer in Computer Science/Application.

The petitioner has challenged the said order in the instant petition.

Surprisingly, in the entire petition, the petitioner has not made
any averment that she was not appointed on ad-hoc basis and no
appointment letter was issued to her. The stand taken by respondent No.1 in the impugned order has not been controverted at all. Only it has been stated that the petitioner received a telegram for joining the duty, but later on she was not permitted to join the duty. When respondent No.1 in the impugned
order has disclosed its stand, then it is imperative for the petitioner to question the said stand by making definite averment in the writ petition.

After more than one and half years of the rejection of the claim, the petitioner has filed the instant petition, without making any averment controverting the stand taken by respondent No.1 in the impugned order.

The petitioner has not placed on record any material to show that she was appointed on regular basis. The appointment letter was issued but the same has been withheld from the Court. Even it has not been stated that the petitioner did not receive any appointment letter. Even otherwise, the adhoc appointment of the petitioner was for a limited period i.e. upto 31.3.2008 and the said date has also expired.

In view of the aforesaid facts, I do not find any ground to quash
the order dated 21.4.2008 and direct the respondents to appoint the petitioner on the regular post of Lecturer in Computer Science/Application.

Dismissed.

( SATISH KUMAR MITTAL )
JUDGE

Patriotism marks I Day celebrations

Just when drizzling was to play spoilsport at the district-level function on Independence Day today and the gathering at Mata Gujri College started receding away, health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla took over the show and danced with the giddha team.

Chawla flagged off 10 mobile medical units equipped with latest gadgets launched under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to meet any medical emergency.

The Red Cross Society donated sewing machines to 15 widows, seven tricycles and three wheel chairs to physically challenged persons. Deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar Singla, SSP Kaustubh Sharma were also present.



825 get degrees

As many as 825 students, including 80 of MBA, 62 of MCA, 80 of PGDCA, 45 of BCA, were awarded degrees during the annual convocation of Mata Gujri College held on the college premises on Friday. The convocation was presided over by Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Vijender Jain while judge of the High Court Rajive Bhalla was the guest of honour.

Congratulating the students, Justice Jain said there was no substitute to hard work and honesty. He motivated the students to contribute their bit in eradicating social evils like female foeticide and drug abuse.

In his convocation address, Punjab Advocate General Hardev Singh Mattewal asked the students to play a positive role in building the nation. Earlier, while welcoming the guests, director principal of the college Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia presented the annual report highlighting the academic, sports, cultural and other achievements of the college.


Punjabi varsity youth fest concludes

The three day long “Youth Festival” of Punjabi University concluded at Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences at Mandi Gobindgarh.

Declaring the first session open, chairman of the Desh Bhagat Group Dr. Zora Singh and Shalini Gupta director general stressed on the imminent need for the conservation of culture, heritage and folk art in Punjab and reminded the custodians of our nation to do the needful. Around 570 students took part today in skit, mime, debate, elocution, poetic recitation and bhangra in performing arts whereas embroidery, pakhi making, mehandi, gudia patola, tokri, mitti de khidone, chikli, peerhi, sewain, nala bunnan, rassa, chikko, innu, khiddo, paranda and crochet initiated under fine art and folk art items. Over 22 colleges from all over Punjab took part in the festival. Bhangra was the main attraction of the day.

In the evening Captain Kanwaljeet Singh, cabinet minister for co-operation distributed the prizes to the winners. The winning teams include: skit - Khalsa College Morinda, mime - DBIMCS Mandi Gobindgarh, debate - DBIMCS Mandi Gobindgarh, elocution - Khalsa College Morinda and poetic recitation - Desh Bhagat College of Education Mandi Gobindgarh.

Folk items competition included: embroidery - DSG College of Education Dera Bassi, pakhi - Khalsa College Morinda, mehandi - Khalsa College Hansali, gudia patola - PMN College Rajpura, tokri - PMN College Rajpura, mitti de khidone - Khalsa College Morinda, chikli - Govt. College Dera Bassi, peerhi - Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib, sewian - PMN Rajpura, nala bunnan - JLN Mandi Gobindgarh, rassa - Govt. College Dera Bassi, chikko- PMN Rajpura, innu - Lincoln College of Education Sirhind and khiddo - DBIMCS Mandi Gobindgarh.

Overall Trophies went to: music - Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib, dance – DBIMCS Mandi Gobindgarh, literary events - DBIMCS Mandi Gobindgarh, fine art - Govt. College Dera Bassi, folk art - PMN Rajpura, best dancer (male) - Wassan Singh (Mata Gujri College), theatre - Khalsa College Dera Bassi, best actor and best actress were Hardeep Garcha (DBIMCS) and Rubina Querrshi( Morinda).

Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib won the overall Championship.


Mata Gujri College lifts overall trophy

Three-day Punjabi University Festival, Fatehegarh Sahib zone, concluded at Desh Bhagat College of Management and Computer Sciences,Mandi Gobindgarh, yesterday evening.Chairman of the Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes Zora Singh welcomed the guests. Institute’s director Shalni Gupta also spoke on the occasion.

The function was opened by director,youth welfare, Punjabi University, Patiala,Sunita Dhir and institutes’ vice-chairman Tejinder Kaur. The overall trophy was bagged by Mata Gujri College,Fatehgarh Sahib, while literary trophy went to Desh Bhagat College.

The results are as follows: Group shabad: Jawarlal Nehru Woman College, Mandigobindgarh, (1); Mata Gurti, Fatehgarh Sahib,(2); Skit: Khalsa College,Morinda,(1); Cordia College, Sanghal,(2); Mime: DBIMCS, Mandi Gobindgarh, (1); Dolphin College, Chunni, (2); Debate: DBIMCS, Mandi Gobindgarh, (2); Elocation: Khalsa College,Morinda, (1); Desh Bhagat College of Education, Mandi Gobindgarh,(2); Poetry recitation: Desh Bhagat College of Education, Mandi Gobindgarh, (1); Lincoln College of Law, Sirhind,(2); Folk Items: Embroidery- DSG College for Education, Dera Bassi,(1); Pakhi: Khalsa College, Morinda,(1); Mehandi: Khalsa College, Hansali, (1); Gudia Patola: PMN College, Rajpura,(1); Tokri: PMN College, Rajpura,(1); Toys made of sand: Khalsa College, Morinda,(1); Chikli: Government College, Dera Bassi, (1); Peerhi:Mata Gujri Collge, Fatehgarh Sahib,(1); Sewian: PMN, Rajpura, (1).

Quiz contest at Mata Gujri College

The postgraduate department of commerce won the inter-departmental quiz contest organised by the commerce association at Mata Gujri College (MGC) here. Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, principal of the college, inaugurated the function.

Team comprising Inderpreet Kaur, Rupinder Kaur of MCom (fourth semester) and Parmod Meena of B.Com final year won the contest.

The team of NCC cadets of BCom I students consisting of Chetan Chhabra, Sumeet Dhawan and Avdeep Singh secured the second spot, while the team comprising Danish Rashid, Harpreet Kaur and Neetu Sood, all students of MBA first year course, bagged the third position.

Team of computer sciences got the consolation prize. Prizes were also awarded to 10 members of the audience.

Thousands pay tribute to Libra

Political leaders cutting across party barriers and thousands others today gathered at Diwan Todar Mal Hall, Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara, to pay tributes to former MLA Kirpal Singh Libra on a bhogh ceremony.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who was supposed to attend the ceremony failed to turn up instead he sent MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on his behalf.

Several prominent leaders, including union minister for finance Pawan Kumar Bansal, Capt Kanwaljit Singh and many SGPC leaders, were present on the occasion.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, principal of Mata Gujri College, addressed the gathering on behalf of the family. He declared that the family had decided to set up Kirpal Singh Libra Memorial Trust and donated Rs 5 lakh. The trust would be headed by Parkash Singh Badal and would give scholarships to meritorious and needy students. The family would donate Rs 5 lakh every year to the trust.

Walia highlighted the life of Libra and termed him a true politician, social worker and a perfect human being. Libra was of the view that it was only through education that we could redress all our grievances and illiteracy was the root cause of all problems.

Libra started professional courses at Mata Gujri College and turned this lone degree college of the area into a top professional institution. He was the brain behind the starting of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College. He also served the Sikh Educational Society, Chandigarh, as a member.

Dhindsa said with the demise of Libra, not only the area but the SAD had suffered a great loss. He assured support of the government and the party to family.

Bibi Joginder Kaur, Hira Singh Gabria, jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi, Kirpal Singh Badungar, Jagmohan Kang, Dr Harbans Lal, Tej Parkash, Rana Gurjit Singh, Amarjit Singh Samra, Jasjit Singh Randhawa all former Ministers, MP Sukhdev Singh Libra, MLA Didar Singh Bhatti and former MP Gurcharn Singh Galib were also present.



Lives after death; donates eyes

People speak of him as a soft spoken and genial politician and he lived up to their expectations. Kirpal Singh Libra, a former MLA and a trusted aide of former Akali stalwart Gurbachan Singh Tohra, who died of a heart attack last night at his residence donated his eyes to the PGI to live even after his death today.

As per his last wishes his family members contacted the PGI authorities after he died on Monday. The PGI team went to his residence and took his eyes.

He was born in 1942 in Libra village near Khanna. He did his schooling was from Yadavindera Public School and graduated from Government Mohindera College, Patiala.

He took keen interest in sports. He played hockey up to the university level. Since his father was a leading transporter, he joined his family business.

In the early ’60s he came close to Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra and started his political career. In 1965, he was elected as an MLA and became a close confidant of Tohra. He also held the post chairman Punsup for about two years from 1997 to 1999 during the previous Akali government. He was the founder member of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Education Trust, Fatehgarh Sahib, in 1993 and Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College was established at Faehgarh Sahib that year.

He served Mata Gujri College as honorary secretary for about 23 years, and the Sikh Educational Society, Chandigarh, as member and made a significant contribution to the development of the colleges. H was also chairman of the Dasmesh Sports Club, Fatehgarh Sahib.



Tiwana elected PCCTU dist chief

In a unanimous decision prof Sital Singh Tiwana of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, was elected as the president and prof Jatinder Dev of Public College, Samana, as the secretary of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib districts, in a meeting presided over by prof Jatinder Dev of Public College, Samana.

Delegates from Mata Gujri College (MGC), Fatehgarh Sahib, M.M. Modi College, Patiala, Public College, Samana, PMN College, Rajpura, and Khalsa College, Patiala, participated in the meeting. Teachers of MGC Fatehgarh Sahib expressed happiness and congratulated prof Tiwana.

Talking to the mediapersons, prof Tiwana urged the Punjab government to accept their long-pending demands of private-aided colleges like pension And gratuity, withdrawal of the ban on fresh recruitments, HRA for rural colleges, regular release of 95 per cent grant-in-aid to the private-aided colleges etc.



Mata Gujri College wins hockey tournament

Mohindra college walloped Government Ripudaman College, Nabha, 9-0 while Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, had to fight hard to down Government College, Ropar, 6-5 via the tie breaker in the opening matches of the Punjabi University Inter college hockey tournament which commenced at the University campus ground here yesterday.

For Mohindra college, the goal scorers turned out to be Mukul Bharghav, Dipanshu and Sandeep Singh, all three of whom ended up scoring a brace each while the other scorers were Sandeep Singh (Jr), Manvir Singh and Surinder Singh.

The Nabha team put in a totally inept show and never looked an outfit which would give their rivals even a semblance of a fight.

After Mata Gujri college, Fatehgarh Sahib and Government College, Ropar, were locked in a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time, the Fatehgarh sahib team managed to win in the tie breaker by recording a 6-5 verdict.

Earlier, the four day tournament was inaugurated at the Punjabi University campus ground in Patiala by the director (sports), Raj Kumar Sharma in the presence of Dr Gurdeep Kaur, assistant director (sports) and various national and international level sports persons.



Campus recruitment drive by Dell

“Dell International Services India Pvt. Ltd. organised joint campus Recruitment camp at Mata Gujri College, here. About 140 students from different colleges participated in the programme.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Director-Principal of the college, while welcoming Dell international team, said that Mata Gujri College was the oldest college of the region and is governed by high ethical and value system.

He further said that the college invited students from all the neighboring areas. The camp was arranged young students of the area could get the opportunity for getting the jobs. Students need to develop excellent communication skills in order to face the emerging global market.

He said that in the days to come, more corporate concerns like Sundram Finanace, Vardhman, Coca-Cola, Tata Tele services etc.were likely visit the college for campus placements.

Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, Professor and head of the Department of Management Studies, said that Dell had revolutionised the industry to make computing accessible to customers around the globe, including businesses, institutional organisations and individual consumers. Because of Dell’s direct model — and the industry’s response to it — information technology is more powerful, easier to use and more affordable, giving customers the opportunity to take advantage of powerful new tools to improve their businesses and personal lives.

Mr Amitabh Kumar, Staffing Manager, Dell, said that they had been to Fatehgarh Sahib for the first time and were pleased to see the infrastructure and facilities available at the college.

Prof Jagdeep Singh (placement officer) said that the company has selected Technical Support Executives and Customer Support Executives.



13 selected in campus interview

"India Infoline Securities, Mumbai, a reputed company of the country, today organised a campus recruitment programme and selected 13 MBA, M.Com and B.Com students of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal, while welcoming the team of the company said Mata Gujri College was the only college in the area which had no profit motive and was governed by values and ethics which was the requirement of today.

Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, Professor and Head of the Department of Management Studies, said a large number of companies were approaching the college for campus placements and in the days to come the college was going to organise a mega job fair on the campus.

Ms Priya, Senior HR Manager of the company, who had come from Mumbai, said she had been to Fatehgarh Sahib for the first time and was pleased to see the performance of the students. She said India Infoline was an integrated provider of financial services in the domain of capital market from comprehensive equity research to brokerage services and managing HNI.

Mr Nitin Kapoor, Area Manager of the company, while sharing his experiences said he was really delighted to see that the college was having the best kind of infra-structure and facilities and he even complimented the college by saying that it was better than most of the business schools of Mumbai.

The team members included Ms Chitra, HR manager, Delhi area, Ms Sujan Naruna, Manager HR, Mumbai area, Mr Sunil Aggarwal, Area Manager, and Mr Abhishek and they had an intensive interview session with the students.

Prof Jagdeep Singh (Placement Officer) said the recruitment team held test for about 80 final year students MBA, M.Com. And B.Com, After which 43 qualifying students were interviewed by different executives of India Infoline Securities. Eight Students from MBA, four students from B.Com and one student from M.Com have been selected for the post of management trainee, and executive trainees respectively.

13 selected in campus interview

"India Infoline Securities, Mumbai, a reputed company of the country, today organised a campus recruitment programme and selected 13 MBA, M.Com and B.Com students of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal, while welcoming the team of the company said Mata Gujri College was the only college in the area which had no profit motive and was governed by values and ethics which was the requirement of today.

Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, Professor and Head of the Department of Management Studies, said a large number of companies were approaching the college for campus placements and in the days to come the college was going to organise a mega job fair on the campus.

Ms Priya, Senior HR Manager of the company, who had come from Mumbai, said she had been to Fatehgarh Sahib for the first time and was pleased to see the performance of the students. She said India Infoline was an integrated provider of financial services in the domain of capital market from comprehensive equity research to brokerage services and managing HNI.

Mr Nitin Kapoor, Area Manager of the company, while sharing his experiences said he was really delighted to see that the college was having the best kind of infra-structure and facilities and he even complimented the college by saying that it was better than most of the business schools of Mumbai.

The team members included Ms Chitra, HR manager, Delhi area, Ms Sujan Naruna, Manager HR, Mumbai area, Mr Sunil Aggarwal, Area Manager, and Mr Abhishek and they had an intensive interview session with the students.

Prof Jagdeep Singh (Placement Officer) said the recruitment team held test for about 80 final year students MBA, M.Com. And B.Com, After which 43 qualifying students were interviewed by different executives of India Infoline Securities. Eight Students from MBA, four students from B.Com and one student from M.Com have been selected for the post of management trainee, and executive trainees respectively.



Campaign against female foeticide

The campaign of the students of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Mata Gujri College against female foeticide remained the major attraction during the nagar kirtan taken out from Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib to Gurudwara Jyoti Swarup Sahib to mark the concluding day of Shaheedi Jor Mela here today.

The students, who had launched a campaign in the light of a ‘hukamnama’ of Shri Akal Takhat Sahib to remove the stigma of the district having the lowest male-female ratio in the country, were carrying placards and banners in the nagar kirtan.

According to Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal of the college, the aim of this movement is to create awareness among the public against female foeticide. He disclosed that the move to spread the message of Akal Takhat Sahib yielded positive response which encouraged these students to make it a continuous process.

A few weeks back, students of this college had gone to Jallowal village in a candle-light procession to pay thanks to the village panchayat for their efforts to change the male-female ratio in favour of girls. Dr Walia further said these students had also decided to celebrate the lohri of the recently born girl child with a poor family.

During the nagar kirtan, Gurdarshan Kaur of Patiala said we had lost the right path and were killing girls before birth, only the hukamnama of our great gurus could show us the right path.



Young professionals given tips to fight stress

Globalisation and changing scenario is forcing young professionals to work in extremely stressful conditions and this has disturbed their social and family adjustments. Unfortunately youths are becoming very individualistic, selfish and money minded due to this stress. To counter this the young professionals should develop the spirit of entrepreneurship and instead of job seekers they should become job providers.

This was stated by Dr Suresh Kumar Chadha, Professor, University Business School, Panjab University, Chandigarh, here on Monday. He was speaking at a seminar organised at Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib. The seminar was organised by the MBA Department of the college.

The Principal-cum-Director of the college, Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, inaugurated the seminar, while Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, Head of the MBA Department, presided over the function.

Dr Chadha discussed various issues being faced by the students relating to their career. He said in India students run after packages without knowing that a higher package meant more work, which would disturb their family and social life. He said in the USA the corporate houses provided good packages but they assigned projects and there was no hassle as long as one achieved targets.

He gave five tips to the youth to fight mental stress. He said they should encourage innovation, harness knowledge, communication skills, performance and work together by sharing the knowledge.

He said: “There is no substitute for hard work. The young professional should compete with the situation rather than with each other. They should identify the competency of each other and must keep in mind that one is always a learner and have positive thinking and approach. One should not have fixed ideas”.

He said earlier the success mantra was “slow and steady that wins the race” but now it is “fast and consistent wins the race.”

Dr B.B. Goyal, Reader at UBS, in his address, gave detailed information to the students about marketing tactics and how to capture rural market.


Mata Gujri College wins gidda contest

On the second day of the Punjabi University Zonal Youth Festival of Fatehgarh Sahib Zone, Mata Gujri College won the gidda competition. The second day was inaugurated by Dr H.S.Deol, former Commissioner, Linguistic Minorities of India, and former member of the Punjab Public Service Commission. Didar Singh Bhatti, Chairman of the college, was the guest of honour.

Dr Tarsem Bahia, Director, and Ravneet Shergill, Assistant Director of the college, welcomed guests and judges for the second day of the festival. Ravneet Shergill said as per the rule of Punjabi University, two teams were to be declared winner in all competitions.

She said a panel of judges selected two teams for the each event. She said Navjot Kaur of Divya Shiksha Gurukul College, Kulumajra, was declared the best dancer of the festival.

Results: Gidda: Govt College, Mohali, and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, Group; shabad: Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, and J.L.N. College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh; Rangoli: Govt. College, Mohali, and Lincoln College of Education; Clay Modeling: Govt. College, Mohali, and SGHS Khalsa College Hansali; On-the-Spot painting: Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Govt. College, Mohali; Western Group Song: Govt. College, Mohali, and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib; Western Solo Song: Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Govt. College, Mohali; Classical Vocal (Solo): Divya Shiksha and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, Classical Instrumental Percussion: Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Govt. College, Mohali; Classical Instrumental non-Percussion: JLN College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh; Semi Classical Vocal: Govt. College, Mohali, and M.G.College, Fatehgarh Sahib.



Punjab cuts a sorry figure in sex ratio, says expert

Dr S.G. Kabra from the Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur, today pointed out that the Fatehgarh Sahib district in particular and Punjab in general had the lowest sex ratio.

He said this while addressing a seminar on ‘Environmental pollution’ organised by the Journalism and Mass Communication Department of the Mata Gujri College here.

He made it clear that female foeticide was the predominant cause for the low sex ratio.

He said the sex ratio had always been low due to deteriorating semen and folic acid quality, antagonists in the environment and female hormone disruption due to pesticides.

He stressed that emphasis should be shifted from female foeticide to environmental causes.

Talking about the increase in incidence of cancer, Dr Kabra presented population-based registry reports for a few districts — Muktsar, Bathinda, Mansa, Patiala and Ropar.

He said the incidence of particular types of cancer like those of liver, food pipe, gall bladder, urinary bladder and blood, was high.

He said breast cancer was the most common among women in these districts, with one out of three cancer patients having it.

He said the incidence of cancer among women was one-and-a-half times more than in men.

Mr Umendra Dutt, executive director, Kheti Virasat Mission, said Punjab had 1.5 per cent of the geographical area of the country and 4 per cent of the cropped area, but consumed 18 per cent of pesticides used in the country and 10 per cent of chemicals and fertilisers.



Poor sex ratio: village shows the way

Jalowal village in Fatehgarh Sahib district, about 10 km from here, has achieved a favourable sex ratio of 54 baby girls to 46 baby boys in recent years. Though Fatehgarh Sahib district tops in female foeticide, this village has achieved the milestone without any government assistance.

According to village sarpanch Balvir Singh, the panchayat has passed a resolution banning female foeticide. If any one is found indulging in female foeticide the village will sever relations with such a person. He says they have not allowed any untrained doctor to practice in the village. Seven babies were born in Jalowal village last month and out of these six were girls.

According to Sarabjit Kaur, in charge of the aganwari centre, more baby boys were born in 2002, but in 2006, 22 baby girls were born as against 19 baby boys in 0-6 month age group.

Jupinder Kaur of the village, who now studies at Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, says all villagers show respect towards baby girls. She says most of the girls of the village are going to schools and colleges. The villagers demand a special development grant for the village so that they can fight this menace more effectively.


Principals association office bearers

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Association of Principals of Non-Govt. Colleges affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala, unanimously at a meeting held at Mata Gujri College here yesterday.

President — Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia (MG College Fatehgarh Sahib); gen. secy- Dr Sanjiv Kalia (Desh Bhagat College Dhuri); sr. vice president- Mr D.S. Dhaliwal (Guru Nank College, Budhlada); jr. vice president- Dr M.K. Bansal (SD College Barnala); finance secy. Dr V.K. Sharma (MM Modi College Patiala); secretary- Dr Jarnail Singh; and members executive — Dr I.S. Tiwana and PMN College Rajpura, Dr Harbir Singh (Khalsa College Patiala), Dr G.S. Anand (DAV College Bhatinda), Dr Harjit Kaur (Akal Degree College, Mastuana Sahib), Dr Darshan Sharma (SD Mansa), Dr Bhupinder Singh (Physical Education College, Bhagomajra).



Dr Ubha invited to present paper in London

The World Council for Corporate Governance has invited Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, Head, PG Department of Commerce, Mata Gujri College, to present his paper in London, England.

Talking to the mediapersons, college Principal Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia said Dr Ubha would present his paper on “Role of Ethics in Corporate Governance: A Study of Major Indian Scriptures” at the seventh International Conference on Corporate Governance to be held on May 11 and 12 in London.

Dr Walia said Mr Ola Ullsten, former Prime Minister of Sweden, is the chairman of the World Council for Corporate Governance.

Hon Joe Lark, former Prime Minister of Canada, Ruud Lubbers, former Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Ms Erika Mann, MEP, European Parliament, Richard Howitt, member, European Parliament, Baroness Shreela Flather, House of Lords, Mathew Cadbury, Sri Ravi Shankar Founder of The Art of living, Justice P.N. Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of India, MDs and CEOs of international corporate houses, professors of various universities, reputed business leaders and academicians were participating in the conference as speakers.

Dr Walia congratulated Dr Ubha for getting the opportunity to present, share and exchange ideas and views on a global platform with great luminaries and scholars.

He said the college had paid the registration fee of the conference and the University Grants Commission, had sanctioned him the grant of 50 per cent of the travel expenditure under its grant for travel scheme to college teachers.

Dr Ubha, while talking to mediapersons, said his paper was based on the study of the major scriptures of India.

Warm sendoff to MBA students

Warm sendoff was hosted in the honour of the outgoing batch of MBA at Mata Gujri College (MGC) Fatehgarh Sahib by MBA first year students here today. College Principal Gurmohan Singh Walia was the chief guest. Sukhpreet Kaur welcomed the chief guest, staff members and senior outgoing students. Cultural programme was presented by the students.

Dr Walia called upon the students to develop professional skills and highlighted the importance of ethics in business management.

Various competitions were organised and Prof Bikramjit Singh Sandhu declared Alamjit Singh as Mr Farewell while Eisha Mehta was awarded the title of Ms Farewell.

Mr Personality Title was awarded to Narinder Pal Singh and Balwinder Kaur bagged the title of Ms Charming.

Warm sendoff to MBA students

Warm sendoff was hosted in the honour of the outgoing batch of MBA at Mata Gujri College (MGC) Fatehgarh Sahib by MBA first year students here today. College Principal Gurmohan Singh Walia was the chief guest. Sukhpreet Kaur welcomed the chief guest, staff members and senior outgoing students. Cultural programme was presented by the students.

Dr Walia called upon the students to develop professional skills and highlighted the importance of ethics in business management.

Various competitions were organised and Prof Bikramjit Singh Sandhu declared Alamjit Singh as Mr Farewell while Eisha Mehta was awarded the title of Ms Farewell.

Mr Personality Title was awarded to Narinder Pal Singh and Balwinder Kaur bagged the title of Ms Charming.

Campus placements at Mata Gujri college

More than 13 reputed companies interviewed the final year students of MBA, M.Com. and P.G. diploma courses in insurance business of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Director-Principal of the college, told media persons that the college had been making consistent and continuous efforts for the placement of its final year students and they had succeeded in placing the students in reputed companies with handsome package.

He said efforts were being made to attract different corporate houses for campus interviews.

Projects started by Bibi to be reviewed

Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar, president, SGPC, while talking to the media- persons here today said that he would individually and if required then collectively assess all those projects, whose foundation stones were laid by outgoing president Bibi Jagir Kaur, only those projects which merit implementation would be finalised, he said.

He also made it clear that the projects dedicated to 300 year and 400 year, including setting up of Guru Granth Sahib, world Sikh University at Fatehgarh Sahib would continue. He announced that in future all the decisions by the SGPC would be taken on merit only.

He said that he believed in transparent and dedicated working. SGPC president had come here to preside over the function organised by Mata Gujri College Principal Dr Gurmohan Walia to honour those students, who had excelled in study, sports, cultural activities and in other fields.

Showering praise on Mr Parkash Singh Badal for selecting him for this coveted post, he said that he had been dedicated to Guru Granth and Guru Panth from the last 30 years and remained loyal to the party. He had never imagined that such a great honour would be showered on him.

Answering a query, he said that the SGPC has never given recognition to Pakistan Guru Dwara Parbandhak Committee, but the SGPC has only given co-operation to them for the maintenance of gurudwaras in Pakistan. A delegation of SGPC would be sent to Pakistan soon to get first hand information about the condition, maintenance and maryada in gurdwaras. The delegation would also enquire whether PGPC has been constituted as per “maryada”.



Surinder wins gold in javelin throw

Surinder Singh of Khalsa College, Amritsar, won the gold medal in the javelin throw on the second day of the Fourth Khalsa Sports Festival being held at the Guru Nanak Engineering College campus here today. Surinder hurled the iron bar to emerge winner while Gurjit Singh of Guru Nanak Khalsa College of Daroli Kalan finished second. Ravinder Singh of Patiala was on the third spot.

In the grueling 3000 m race, Naryan Mandal of GNK College, Daroli Kalan, finished ahead of others to clinch the title. The second and third positions were bagged by Kulwinder Ram of Daroli Kalan and Sukhjinder Singh of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

Second day’s results:- (Boys)- 200 m- Jai Ram of GNK College, Daroli Kalan 1, Shamsher Singh of Daroli Kalan 2 and Faqir Chand of Guru Nanak College, Moga 3; hammer throw- Amarbir Singh of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib 1, Gurjit Singh of Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Daroli Kalan 2 and Gurpreet Singh of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib 3; 4x100 m relay- Khalsa College, Patiala 1, Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Mumbai 2 and Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Daroli Kalan 3.

Football:- Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic College, Ludhiana, lost to Guru Nanak College, Batala 2-3; kabaddi- Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib beat Khalsa College, Gardhiwal 73-20; BA Memorial Khalsa College, Garhshankar beat Guru Nanak College, Moga 77-28; hockey- Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib beat Guru nanak College, Moga 2-1.

Girls:- shotput- Patwant Kaur of Mata Sahib Kaur College, Talwandi Sabo 1, Sarbjit Kaur of Talwandi Sabo 2 and Nayana V Shinde of Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Mumbai 3; 100 m hurdles- Reena Rani of Mata Ganga Khalsa College, Kottan 1, Kirandeep Kaur of Talwandi Sabo 2 and Gurbinder Kaur of Guru Nanak College, Muktsar 3; 4x100 m relay- Mata Sahib Kaur College, Talwandi Sabo 1, Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Mumbai 2 and Mata Ganga Khalsa College, Kottan 3; handball- Guru Gobind Singh College, Jhar Sahib got walkover from Khalsa College, Patiala; handball- Mata Sahib Kaur College, Talwandi Sabo beat Mata Ganga khalsa College, Kottan 29-3; kho-kho- Guru Gobind Singh College, Jhar Sahib lost to Guru Nanak College, Muktsar 30-1; Sant Baba Dalip Singh Memorial Khalsa College, Domeli beat Mata Sundri Khalsa College, Karnal 10-1; BA Memorial Khalsa College, Garhshankar beat Mata Sahib Kaur College, Talwandi Sabo 9-1; kabaddi-Guru Nanak Coolege, Muktsar lost to Khalsa College, Patiala 92-20.


Mata Gujri College win overall trophy

The three-day Punjabi University Zonal Youth Festival (Ropar Zone) held at the Lincoln College of Law here concluded this evening.

Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, won the overall trophy, whereas P.M.N. College, Rajpura, won the bhangra competition in which more than 15 teams participated.

In the evening session, Dr Parambakshish Singh, Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala, was the chief guest and he also gave away prizes. Ms Jaspreet Talwar, Deputy Commissioner, and Ms Hargunjit Kaur, Assistant Commissioner, presided over the function.

The morning session was presided by Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra MP.

In the bhangra competition, PMN College got first position and Government College, Mohali, second; in “sewian” BZSF Girls Khalsa College, Morinda, first and PMN College, Rajpura, second; in “nala making”, PMN College, Rajpura, first and BZSFS Girls Khalsa College, Morinda, second; in “krotia” BZSFS Girls Khalsa College, Morinda, first and the Mehar Chand College of Education, Bhanopali, second; in “pranda making”, BZSFS Girls Khalsa College, Morinda, first and RIMT College of Education, Mandi Gobindgarh, second; in “innuo making”, PMN College, Rajpura, first and Maharaj Bhramsagar Bhramanand Bhuriwale, Tibba Nangal, second; in ball making, PMN College, Rajpura, first and the Sachdeva College of Education, Gharuan, second; in “kandh chitarkari”, Divya Shiksha Gurukul College of Education, Sitarpur, first and Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Padiala, second; in “mitti de khilone”, Rayat and Bahara College of Education, Kharar, first and Shivalik Hills College of Education, Anandpur Sahib, second; and in mehandi Divya Shiksha Gurukul College of Education, Sitarpur, first and Government College, Ropar, second.

In poetic recitation Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Lincoln College of Education (first) and Government College, Ropar, and Divya Shiksha Gurukul College of Education, Sitarpur, (second); in western solo song, Government College, Mohali, and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, (first) and PMN College, Rajpura (second); in western group song, Government College, Mohali, (first) and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, (second); in skit, BZSFS Girls Khalsa College, Morinda, (first) and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, (second); in mime, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, (first) and Maharaj Bhramsagar Bhramanand Bhuriwale, Tibba Nangal, (second); in mimicry, BZSFS Girls Khalsa College, Morinda, (first) and PMN College, Rajpura, and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, (second); in one-act play, Maharaj Bhramsagar Bhramanand Bhuriwale, Tibba Nangal, (first) and BZSFS Girls Khalsa College, Morinda, and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, (second).



Bhalla steers S.D. College to victory

A superb knock of unbeaten 54 off 59 balls by Viswas Bhalla enabled SD College to register win on the Panjab University campus in the 2nd leg of the Samuel Banerjee Trophy at the grounds of DAV School, Sector 8, here today.

The university players could not counter the spin attack of the SD College and scored only 109 runs in 30 overs. Varun Khanna and Naresh Gogian of SD College claimed 4 for 9 and 2 for 37, respectively. In its reply SD College achieved the target in 20.2 overs by scoring 113 runs for the loss of one wicket.

In another match between Mata Gujri College and DAV College, Chandigarh, at the ground of DAV College, Sector 10, DAV College scored 189 runs all out in 37 overs with the help of Sumit Narwal (56) and Mandeep Singh (47).

In reply Mata Gujri College team could make 57 runs only. The most devastating spell was from Sumit Narwal of the DAV, who claimed 5 for 18. DAV College won the match 132 runs.

In the third match, Khalsa College, Amritsar, beat RSD College, Ferozepore, by eight wickets. The team of RSD scored 117 runs all out in 33 overs while batting first. Rajiv was the highest scorer with 36 runs. Sumit Sharma of Khalsa College wrecked the RSD team with six wickets for 26 runs.

The Khalsa College scored 118 runs in 16.3 overs. Ranjit Singh (29 not out) and Rohit Sharma (28 not out) were the main scorers of the college.

Brief scores: PU 109 in 30 overs (Nitin 26, Anshul 16, Varun Khanna 4 for 9); and SD College 113 for 1 (V Bhalla 54 no, Gurkirat 29); DAV - 189 all out in 37 overs (Sumit Narwal 56, Mandeep Singh 47, Manmeet Singh 2 for 26, RS 2 for 37); and Mata Gujri 57 all out (Sumit Narwal 5 for 18); and RSD, Ferozepore, 117 all out in 33 overs (Rajiv 36, Charanjit 14, Sumit Sharma 6 for 26); and Khalsa College, Amritsar, 118 in 16.3 overs (Ranjit 29 n o, Rohit Sharma 28 no.).


Bibi Jagir Kaur faces SAD (A) protest

Hundreds of SAD (A) activists led by Mr Iman Singh Mann, son of Simranjit Singh Mann, waved black flags and raised slogans against Bibi Jagir Kaur, president of the SGPC, when she came to attend annual convocation of Mata Gujri College, here today.

The SAD (A) activists staged a dharna in front of the college and it continued till the proceedings were completed in the college.

The district police and administration had made elaborate security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Iman Singh Mann said it was unfortunate that a woman who had murdered her own daughter was heading the supreme religious institution of Sikhs and had come here to award degrees to girl students.

Meanwhile, Bibi Jagir Kaur presided over the annual convocation of Mata Gujri College and awarded degrees to 95 post graduate students and 334 graduates. She said the SGPC was making all efforts to provide quality education in its institutions.

Mohindra College enter final of tennis tourney

Mohindra College of Patiala stormed into the final by blanking Public College of Samana by 2-0 in the semi-final of the Punjabi University Inter-College Tennis Tournament being played at the Mata Gujri College complex here today.

Mohindra College started with flying colours as Parminder outclassed Balwinder in all departments of the game by 6-0, 6-0 in the opening singles match. However, Aman had to fight with all his resources to overcome a spirited Kuldeep in three sets 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Mohindra College will now meet the winners of the second semi-final between Khalsa College of Patiala and Government College of Malerkotala.

Their semi-final match was stopped due to fading light.

At that time, Khalsa were leading by 1-0 as Parvesh beat Fazil 6-0, 6-3.

Government Girls College, Patiala, won gold medals in foil and epee teams in the fencing competitions.

Khalsa College, Patiala fencers also excelled as they bagged gold medals in foil and sabre team competitions for men.

Results (tennis): semi-finals: Mahindra College, Patiala, beat Public College, Samana, 2-0 (Parminder Singh beat Balwinder Singh 6-0, 6-0, Aman beat Kuldeep 4-6, 7-5, 6-1).

Khalsa College, Patiala, lead Government College, Malerkotla, 1-0 (Parvesh Kumar beat Fazil 6-0, 6-3).

Match to continue tomorrow.

Talent hunt contest organised

A talent hunt competition was organised at Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib, today. Dr Daisy Walia, Head, Department of Dance, Punjabi University, was the chief guest. Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, principal, presided over the function. More than 100 students took part in various competitions.

Addressing the students Dr Walia said youths particularly students should come forward to preserve our rich culture and heritage. She said it was a matter of great concern that western culture had started influencing the youths as well as our culture. She called upon the youths to indulge in cultural activities as these activities boost their overall and develop their overall personality.

Harmandeep Kaur of bio-technology, got the first prize, Divya Softa of BA (final) got the second position, while Harman Sonia got the third position.

Principals express concern over Johal Committee Report

A meeting of the Association of Principals of Non-Government Colleges, affiliated to Punjabi University, was held at the local Mata Gujri College on Thursday. The meeting was presided over by Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, president of the association and Principal of Mata Gujri on Thursday.

The association expressed its concern over the Johal Committee Report regarding generation of finances for higher education in Punjab. Talking to The Tribune, Dr Walia said the Johal committee’s report discriminated against the urban colleges vis-a-vis the rural and backward area colleges. He said the colleges which had made rapid strides in introducing professional and vocational courses and had worked hard to upgrade their infrastructure had been clubbed with sick colleges, which had not made any improvement during the past 25 years.

He alleged that the Central Government as well as the state government, having abdicated their responsibilities towards the crucial education and health sectors, had been deliberately shying away from funding higher education in the name of liberlisation, globalisation and privatisation.

He said it was the paramount duty of the state government to fund the core sectors like education. The state government wanted to indirectly take over the finances of private aided and non-aided colleges. He said the association would seek a clarification from the government regarding the report — whether the government would take full responsibility of paying salaries to the teaching and the non-teaching staff as well, whether the state government would release grant for new courses and infrastructure, whether it would also pay salaries to the additional staff, whether it would adopt the past policies of 1977 and 1981.

The association has urged the Punjab Chief Minister, who has been recently honoured by the President of India for Punjab being the number one state in the country, to suitably enhance the funds for higher education.

Chess championship from July 9

The district unit of Punjab State Chess Association, will organise Punjab state under 25 open chess championship from July 9 to July 11 at the indoor stadium of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.

According to Prof. Bikramjit Singh Sandhu, General Secretary, District, Chess Association more than 100 entries from all over the state had been received. He said elaborate arrangements for the boarding and lodging of the players had been made. He said that Mr S.K.Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, would inaugurate the championship, while Mr Ranjit Singh Libra, Secretary , College Managing Committee, would give away the prizes to the winners.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal-cum-President, District Chess Association, said that the top five players of the tournament would be given prizes worth Rs 6000 each. He said other winners would be given trophies. He said that the top chess players would also be honoured at the function.


College to start more courses

“Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, has been allowed to start courses in MBA, M.Com and PG diploma in insurance business and risk management by Punjabi University, Patiala, from the current academic session” This was stated by Dr Gurmohan Singh, principal of the college. He said Mata Gujri College was the first college in the university to start M.Com and insurance course.

He said earlier, too, the college had taken the lead in starting BCA, PGDCA and B.Sc biotechnology.

Dr Gurmohan Singh said the concept of education had totally changed and only that education is relevant now which makes the students market relevant and globally competent.

He said the college had also started three career oriented add-on courses in the filed of food science and quality control, seed technology and mass communication which can be studied along with the normal degree course.

He also stressed the need for moral values among the youth.



College announces scholarships in Tohras name

Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib organised the bhog of Akhand Path in the memory of late Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra. Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal of the college, while paying a tribute to him, lauded the contributions made by the Jathedar in the field of education and more particularly in the development of Mata Gujri College here.

Dr Walia said Jathedar Tohra was a great visionary. It was because of his untiring efforts that Fatehgarh Sahib had become an excellent educational centre. He said it would have been impossible for Mata Gujri College to attain the present heights in the field of education without his unstinted support.

He announced that the college would start 10 scholarships for intelligent students in his name. A separate Sikh studies section in the library would be established in his name.

He further said the college would celebrate the birthday of Tohra on September 24 every year by holding religious functions, seminars and symposiums etc. Prof Gurparkash Singh Sandhu narrated the life history of Jathedar Tohra. Mr Ranjit Singh Libra, honorary secretary of the college management, also spoke.

3 job oriented courses for Mata Gujri College

Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, has been sanctioned three career-oriented courses by the University Grants Commission (UGC) from the academic session 2004-05 under the scheme of vocationalisation of education.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal of the college, said these courses included mass communication, food science and quality control and seed technology. He said the courses would be started at the first degree level for which the syllabus would be framed by Punjabi University, Patiala. The courses would be in addition to the traditional B.Sc. course and a student attending the course for one year would be awarded a certificate, for two years a diploma and for three years an advance diploma. The job oriented-courses would benefit students in getting jobs and make them market relevant. He also said the college had excellent infrastructure facilities, including state of art science laboratories, fully equipped computer labs and well stocked library.

Dr Walia stated that the UGC had sanctioned Rs 7 lakh as one-time grant for starting the job-oriented courses at the first degree level. He said college had been making untiring efforts to make the education market relevant and up to date. He said the college also intended to start M.Com. from the coming academic session.

Pvt colleges resent cut in grant

A meeting of delegates of the Federation of Association of Principals of Non-Government Affiliated Colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh was held at Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, today. Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia Principal, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, was unanimously elected president of the federation. In today’s meeting the federation expressed serious concern over the delay in the release of the grant (95 per cent grant-in-aid scheme) of IVth and Vth instalment of the salary of the private colleges teaching and non-teaching staff. In a resolution the federation urged the Chief Minister and the Education Minister of Punjab to immediately release the salary grant. The federation in an another resolution expressed anguish and concern over the continuous reduction in the grant-in-aid scheme which has resulted in serious financial crises in a number of colleges.

Some of the colleges have been unable to pay salary to its staff for the last six to eight months. In an another resolution the federation urged the state government to grant pensionary benefits to all teaching and non-teaching employees of private colleges to provide social security.

It is worth mentioning that Mr Walia has been serving as Principal of the college for the past 10 years and he has also served as president of the Punjab Government College Teachers Association from 1987 to 1993. At present he is also the President of Principals’ Association of the Non-Government Colleges affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala.

He has served on various university bodies and committees such as the Syndicate, Senate, Academic Council, Sports Committee, Examination Reforms Committee, College Development Council and other important bodies of the university. He has been taken on National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) an autonomous body of University Grants Commission and has already evaluated a number of institutions on behalf of the NAAC.



Ishpal shines in college meet

The 37th athletics meet of Mata Gujri College was inaugurated by Mr Sukhdev Singh Libra by releasing pigeons and unfurling the flag today. Mr Libra highlighted the importance of sports in life and motivated students to take part in sports. He also announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the development of the college. Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal of the college, welcomed the chief guest and talked about the achievements of the college in different fields.

Mr Ranjit Singh Libra, honorary secretary of the college, and Mr Kirpal Singh Libra were also present.

The results (in order of merit):

Girls: 800m: Ishpal Kaur, Maninder Kaur, Navjot Kaur; shot put: Ishpal Kaur, Balwinder Kaur, Divya Softa; javelin throw: Balwinder Kaur, Ishpal Kaur, Gurdeep Kaur; high jump: Ishpal Kaur, Maninder Kaur, Ranpreet Kaur; 100m: Maninder Kaur, Ishpal Kaur, Ramandeep Kaur; discus throw: Balwinder Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Ranapreet Kaur; 200m: Maninder Kaur, Ishpal Kaur, Rajvansh; sack race (three-legged race): Ranapreet Kaur and Gurvinder Kaur, Harpreet Kaur and Kuljeet Kaur, Ishpal Kaur and Satvir Kaur; long jump: Maninder Kaur, Ishpal Kaur, Rajwansh; fast cycling: Ishpal Kaur, Jagdeep Kaur, Rajwansh Kaur.

Boys: 1500m: Kamaljeet Singh, Paramjeet Singh, Lakhvir Singh; 5000m: Paramjeet Singh, Gurmeet Singh; hammer throw: Sarakjeet Singh, Lakhvir Singh, Karamjit Singh; javelin throw: Lakhvir Singh, Balbir Singh, Varun Gupta; walk: Harvinder Singh, Jagjit Singh, Aneesh Kumar; 400m: Kamaljit Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Paramjit Singh; triple jump: Lakhbir Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Gurmeet Singh; 200m: Kamaljeet Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Ravinder Singh; high jump: Rajinder Singh, Sarabjit Singh, Raovarinder Singh. sack race: Gurinder Singh and Amit Khanna, Ashok and Gurjeet Singh, Inderjit Singh and Jasbir; discus throw: Karamjit Singh, Sarabjit Singh, Lakhvir Singh.


25 lakh UGC grant for college hostel

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has sanctioned a grant of Rs 25 lakh to Mata Gujri College for the construction of a girls hostel. This was stated by Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal of the college, while talking to The Tribune.

He said last year the college had got a grant of Rs 12 lakh from the UGC for starting vocational subjects like functional English and information technology. He said the college UGC committee, under the convenership of Prof Kashmir Singh and Prof Ramanjit Kaur, was making efforts to get accepted proposals like the construction of houses for the staff and starting of remedial courses.

He said a high-powered team of the UGC had interviewed him thrice for sanctioning other projects. He said work on the girls hostel would start soon and by the beginning of the next academic session, the ground floor would be ready for use.

He said the college had also applied to the Central Government for getting status of autonomous college as well as excellence college. He said the college had submitted project reports in this regard.

Martyrs remembered on Republic Day

Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Sports, unfurled the National Flag at the district level Republic Day celebrations held at Mata Gujri College Stadium here. He took the salutes from the contingents of the Punjab Police, the Home Guards and NCC cades, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, and Mr Shiv Kumar, SSP, accompanied the minister.

Mr Kang paid tributes to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country.

He gave cheques for Rs 6,100 each to the beneficiaries under the newly started Ashirwad Scheme, and cheques for Rs 2 lakh each to 10 panchayats which were elected unanimously. He honoured 15 prominent persons from different fields for their commitment towards their profession. He gave 24 sewing machines and 7 tricycles to widows and handicapped.

Schoolchildren presented a cultural programme.

The tableau of the Horticulture Department was declared first and that of the Health Department second.

Dist poised to become major education centre

The district is poised to become a major education centre of the state as entrepreneurs are setting up educational institutions like the law college, medical college, architecture college, B.Ed college and nursing college. Work on these institutions, except the medical college, has started.

The local Mata Gujri College, which is already running courses in management, computer science and other allied subjects, is going to get the status of deemed university, as announced by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh during his recent visit to the district. The RIMT engineering college at Mandi Gobindgarh, is already functioning.



Language lab begins in Mata Gujri College

To meet the challenges posed by opening up of the economy and the liberalisation of media, Mata Gujri College has set up a language laboratory under the guidance of its Principal, Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, and the patronage of Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President of the SGPC, for students of the college, said Prof Sadhu Singh, Head, Department of English, while talking to mediapersons. He said the laboratory would also make the students aware of the usage of latest techniques in the field.

Dr Walia said the college was aiming to get the status of an autonomous college and would start courses that enabled the students to meet challenges of the new millennium.

He said it would be the second college of Punjabi University to introduce functional English as an elective subject under the UGC scheme of vocationalisation of education. He said the subject would prepare the students for securing jobs such as broadcasters, managers, receptionists, news readers and counsellors.

Prof Gauri Handa gave a practical demonstration of the laboratory to students. She said the students should acquaint themselves with latest gadgets in information technology and electronic media if they wanted to face the challenges of the modern world.

Youth fest at Mata Gujri College

The state government would recommend to the UGC to give Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib the status of a deemed university on the eve of tricentenary celebration of the supreme sacrifice of the sons of Guru Gobind Singh, who were bricked alive and Mata Gujri. This was stated by Mr Birdevinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, while presiding over the second day events of the Ropar zone youth festival of Punjabi University being organised by Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib. He said it would be a humble homage of the government towards the martyrs. Mr Mohinder Pal, District and Sessions Judge, was the special guest.

Mr Birdevinder Singh said he would work out the entire format with the Chief Minister and shortly a team of DPI and the Secretary, Higher Education, would visit the college to work out the modalities. He said it was memorable day for him as he was the old student of the college and he owes his upbringing to the institution. He called upon the students to work hard. He urged the students to prepare themselves for the tough job ahead. He advised them to develop communication skills.

He said occasions like youth festivals give an opportunity to gain self-confidence which is necessary for the overall development of the personality. He expressed concern over the deteriorating condition of the youths in studies and other competitions as compared to the youths of other states. He urged the parents, teachers and youths to make efforts to improve the situation. He also urged the SGPC to identify the exact time, when the younger Sahibjadas were bricked alive.

Mr Mohinder Pal, District Sessions Judge, in his address said that no doubt study should be the aim of the students but it was equally important to participate in the sports as well as in cultural activities for the overall development of the personality. He said combination of all these three makes one perfect and all rounder.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal of the college, Dr Sunita Dhir, Director Youth Welfare, also addressed the gathering.

Youth fest at Mata Gujri College

The state government would recommend to the UGC to give Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib the status of a deemed university on the eve of tricentenary celebration of the supreme sacrifice of the sons of Guru Gobind Singh, who were bricked alive and Mata Gujri. This was stated by Mr Birdevinder Singh, Deputy Speaker, while presiding over the second day events of the Ropar zone youth festival of Punjabi University being organised by Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib. He said it would be a humble homage of the government towards the martyrs. Mr Mohinder Pal, District and Sessions Judge, was the special guest.

Mr Birdevinder Singh said he would work out the entire format with the Chief Minister and shortly a team of DPI and the Secretary, Higher Education, would visit the college to work out the modalities. He said it was memorable day for him as he was the old student of the college and he owes his upbringing to the institution. He called upon the students to work hard. He urged the students to prepare themselves for the tough job ahead. He advised them to develop communication skills.

He said occasions like youth festivals give an opportunity to gain self-confidence which is necessary for the overall development of the personality. He expressed concern over the deteriorating condition of the youths in studies and other competitions as compared to the youths of other states. He urged the parents, teachers and youths to make efforts to improve the situation. He also urged the SGPC to identify the exact time, when the younger Sahibjadas were bricked alive.

Mr Mohinder Pal, District Sessions Judge, in his address said that no doubt study should be the aim of the students but it was equally important to participate in the sports as well as in cultural activities for the overall development of the personality. He said combination of all these three makes one perfect and all rounder.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal of the college, Dr Sunita Dhir, Director Youth Welfare, also addressed the gathering.



Football tourney

The 35th All-India Baba Zorawar Singh Baba Fateh Singh memorial football tournament will be held on the eve of Shaheedi Jor Mela on the Mata Gujri College grounds from December 23 to 25. The tournament will be organised by Dashmesh Sports Club.

Mr Amardeep Singh Dharni, chairman, organising committee, said top teams of the country would participate in the tournament. He said Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, president, SGPC, and patron of the club, would inaugurate the tournament.



Colourful start to Khalsa games

The second Khalsai Khed Utsav of education institutions run by the SGPC commenced amidst fanfare here today. The president of the SGPC, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra inaugurated the games after ceremoniously releasing balloons.

Students from various Khalsa colleges run by the SGPC presented an impressive march past. The students also displayed the traditional martial art skills. In the three-day sports events that started here today, 1471 athletes from 17 Khalsa colleges are participating. The players will test their skills in football, badminton, kabaddi, hockey, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, kho-kho and weightlifting.

The results: volleyball (boys) Guru Nanak College Moga defeated Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib 2-1, SGTB Khalsa College Anandpur Sahib defeated Baba Banda Bahadur Engineering College.

In volleyball (girls) Guru Nanak College Moga beat Guru Nanak College Muktsar 2-0, SGTB Khalsa College Anandpur Sahib beat Khalsa College Gardhiwal 2-0. In kabaddi national style GNE Ludhiana beat Guru Nanak College Budhlada 81-24. In kho-kho (girls) Khalsa College Garshankar beat Guru Nanak College Moga by an innings and 16 points, Mata Sahib Kaur College Kotan beat Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib.

In the 800 metres Kamaljit Singh of Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib won in men’s category while Ritu Bala of Khalsa College Daroli Kalan won in the women’s category.

In 5000 metres for men Pratap Singh of Khalsa College, Daroli Kalan, came first.





Mata Gujri college girls win chess championship

Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh, has won Punjabi University Inter-College Women Chess Championship being held at the local Shanti Tara College.

Today’s session was inaugurated by Mr A.K. Malhotra, Secretary of the college, Ms Harinder Kaur, Principal Government College, gave away the prizes to the winners. Girls of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh won the women’s championship, while Patel Memorial Nehru College, Rajpura Government College for Women, Patiala, secured second and third positions. Mr Inder Mohan, Principal, presented vote of thanks at the prize distribution function today.

Mr Raghu Nandan Sharma a veteran chess player and Block Samiti Member had inaugurated the championship on Tuesday.

Apply for passport through DC office: RPO

People should submit applications for passport in the office of the Deputy Commissioner concerned for quick processing and getting these in time because the applications submitted at the DC’s office will carry the police verification report when these will be received in the Passport Office.

This was stated by Mr Arvind Kumar, Regional Passport Officer, Chandigarh, while delivering a talk at Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib to students of MBA/MCA and faculty members.

He said most of the people felt the process of getting a passport was a tedious task and as a result they got trapped in the clutches of touts and middlemen. He said if the people followed a proper procedure, they could get their passports issued within 45-50 days. He warned that people should not contact any tout or middleman because none had any illegal access to the office and it was only after completing the required formalities that one got a passport. He said the office catered to the needs of 42 districts of Punjab, Haryana and HP and as a result received about 700-800 applications for passport everyday. It issued nearly 600 passports every day because of which the work load of the office had increased and people had to wait in long queues for getting their work done. He said “we are public servants and people should contact us directly for any of their problems or grievances”. He said people should disclose information in their application forms and if they did so, they would not face any trouble in getting their passports. He made an offer to organise a camp at Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib for making the documentation and application filling formalities for passport for the students so that they did not have to approach any office and could get their passports without any hassles and difficulties. He said if this camp succeeded he would organise such camps in other educational institutions also. He cautioned the youth not to follow illegal or wrong means for immigration to foreign countries because it brought a bad name not only to the country but also created many troubles for their families. He informed the students that the passport was the only document of identity in case of certain international examinations and advised them to get their passports made in advance in order to avoid emergency situations.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal of the college, welcomed the RPO and accepted his offer for organising camp at the college. He also lauded the RPO for providing guidance to the students. Prof Kamalpreet introduced the RPO to the students and Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha thanked the guest.



Jacobs stress on new strategies in farm sector

The 54th Republic Day function was celebrated at Mata Gujri College Stadium here yesterday. Lieut-Gen J.F.R. Jacob (retd) unfurled the National Flag and took the salute from contingents of the Punjab Armed Police, Punjab Police, Home Guards and NCC cadets.

In his address, the Governor cautioned the people of the state against the nefarious designs of Pakistan, which is fighting a proxy war by sponsoring cross-border terrorism. Speaking about Punjab, General Jacob said the state had suffered tremendously during the past decade due to terrorism but the people here had given it a befitting reply to maintain communal harmony in the state. He felicitated the people of Punjab for participating actively in the Assembly elections last year. They had reaffirmed their faith in the democratic values, he added.

General Jacob underlined the need for new strategies in the agriculture sector by diversification of cropping pattern with focus on research in agriculture and biotechnology. Lauding the role of farmers, General Jacob said that despite drought in the state last year, farmers had produced 121 lakh metric tonnes of paddy and had contributed 70 per cent wheat and 48 per cent paddy to the Central pool.

General Jacob said the industrial policy being framed by the state government would focus on the IT sector and biotechnology, besides developing infrastructure at a rapid pace. Talking about measures taken for the welfare of Scheduled Castes, the Governor said that 5-marla plots were being provided to homeless Scheduled Castes families and Rs 20 crore would be provided to over 8000 such families. He said the old age pension scheme would be restored soon after carrying out a proper survey. The Governor said that the Punjab Government has focussed on providing good governance and an all-out battle had been launched to provide a transparent and corruption-free government.



Inter college contest on gurmat vichar

An inter-college competition was organised on “Gurmat Vichar” by Guru Gobind Singh College here today under the aegis of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle.

Baljeet Singh from SGGS College won in the poetical symposium category of the contest. Kulveer Kaur from the host college and Jaspreet Singh from Government College, Ropar, were second and third, respectively.

Amrik Singh from Anandpur Sahib College won the lecture competition. Suneet Brar from the host college and Sandeep Kaur were second and third, respectively.

Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, walked away with the first prize in the “shabad gayan” contest. The team from Government College, Ropar, was second, while the third place was bagged by the team from BBG College. Mata Gujri College also won the running trophy in the contest.

The running trophy in the poetical symposium was won by SGGS College.



Fatehgarh Sahib set to host Khalsa games

Stage is set for the first mega Khalsa sports games at local Mata Gujri College being organised by the SGPC here from October 18 to 20. The town has been given the facelift and sports stadium renovated. Mr G.S. Walia, Principal of the college and SGPC president K.S. Badungar are camping here and supervising the arrangements.

Addressing a press conference here today, Dr Dharminder Singh Ubha, press secretary of the management committee said that all the arrangements have been completed to conduct the first Khalsa games. He said that for 10 sports event more than 1100 sportspersons from 16 Khalsa colleges being run by the SGPC all over the country would participate. He said that 200 officials from the universities and sports department have been deputed to conduct the competitions smoothly.

He said Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Jathedar Shri Akal Takht Sahib would inaugurate the games on October 18 at 10 am and Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister would give away the prizes to winners on October 20. He said 11 international fame Sikh sportspersons namely Bishan Singh Bedi (Cricket), Prof. Roopa Saini (Hockey), Brig. Labh Singh (Athletics), Harvinder Singh (Hockey), Jagraj Singh (Athletics), Dr Kanwaljit Kaur (Athletics) Dr Daljitinder Singh Brar (Gymnastic), Jaipal Singh (Boxing), Balwinder Singh (Athletics), Chanchal Surjit Kaur Randhawa (Hockey), Reetinder Singh Sodhi (Cricket) would be honoured.

Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, principal of the college and convener of the event, said the games were the brainchild of Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar, president SGPC, who wanted that Sikh youths should pour in sports and social activities, so that they may be kept away from the drug abuse. He said this way Khalsa panth would also contribute to the national and international level in the field of sports. He said the SGPC would prepare the Khalsa teams for different games from these competitors and these teams would compete at national level. Proper coaching and all other facilities would be provided to players by the SGPC.



Akali unity possible, says Dhindsa

Various factions of the Akali Dal should unite for the overall development of the state and should jointly celebrate the forthcoming anniversary of Sant Longowal. All factions favoured unity and it was possible only if Jathedar Tohra sever his ties with the Congress, said Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Fertilisers, while talking to mediapersons here today.

He had come to preside over the Giani Dit Singh memorial seminar organised by the dharam parchar committee of the SGPC in Mata Gujri College here.

He alleged that Jathedar Tohra contested the DSGPC elections with the help of the Congress and now in Punjab he wanted to control the SGPC with the help of the Congress government in the state.

He said it was unfortunate that the state government had not yet sent its report to the Central Government regarding the loss to crops due to drought in the state.

Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, president, SGPC, in his address highlighted the role played by Giani Dit Singh in strengthening Sikhism. He cautioned the Sikhs from the danger to Sikhism from Babas like Bhaniarawala and Noormahlia.

Dr Gurtarn Singh, Dr Harinder Singh Mehboob, Dr Balwant Singh and Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal of the college, also addressed the seminar.


Ban activities of Ashutosh: SGPC

The activities of Ashutosh should be immediately banned in the state to avoid communal tension as these are anti-Gurus and Sikhs and the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, should act now. Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, president, SGPC, stated this while talking to The Tribune after inaugurating the new Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Library and administrative complex building at Mata Gujri College here today.

Interestingly, SAD leaders and workers of the area boycotted the function, alleging that he was promoting a Tohra loyalist and ignoring SAD leaders and workers.

Mr Badungar said the SGPC had submitted all documents relating to the speeches, including the video cassette, to the committee headed by Mr R.S. Rattan to probe the role of Ashutosh. He said a video cassette had also been sent to the CM in this regard.

Earlier, while addressing a gathering at Mata Gujri College he declared that a separate directorate in the SGPC would be constituted and it would deal with educational problems only. He added that a sports directorate would also be constituted, which would conduct sports meet of SGPC colleges and schools.

He said Mata Gujri College would be developed as a deemed university and the SGPC had taken up the case with Punjabi University. He added that a new research wing for information technology at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore had been approved by the SGPC for the college.

Prof Gurmohan Singh Walia, Principal of the college, in his address gave a detailed achievement report of the college.

Mr R.S. Cheema, former minister Kirpal Singh Sethi, and Professor Sandhu also addressed the function.

Minister promises higher education for poor

Principals from over 150 colleges of Punjab and Chandigarh participated in a conference on ‘Excellence in academics’ at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, here today.

While presiding over the conference, Mr Khushal Behl, Education Minister, Punjab, said new education policies would be formulated in consultation with the college principals so as to make higher education more affordable to students from middle and lower middle classes. He urged the principals to ensure more discipline in the college atmosphere and themselves act as role models for the students.

Mr Behl admitted that the colleges were facing financial crisis and several posts of lecturers were lying vacant in the government colleges. He assured them their problems would be solved on priority basis. He also said that quarterly salary grant pending for the months from November to February as well as that for arrears would be disbursed soon.

Mr N.S. Rattan, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, said the principals should ensure 180 working days in colleges and try to minimise their holidays. He also stressed that they should encourage reference reading among the students so that they fully utilise the available library facilities.

The conference was also addressed by Ms Inderjit Gill Vashisht, Principal of the Government College for Women, Ludhiana, Mr Raj Kumar Sharma, Principal, DAV College, Jalandhar, Mr Avtar Singh, Principal, Government College, Gurdaspur, and Mr Jagmohan Singh Walia, Principal, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib. The principals presented their demands including subsidising of higher education, more concessions for poor students, closing down of technical education shops, releasing more funds for NCC, NSS, sports and other cultural activities.

Meanwhile, the executive committee members of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) submitted a memorandum to the minister, raised slogans against the anti-higher education policies of the government and burnt copies of notification issued by Mr Rattan. Prof Parminder Singh, president of the union, Prof Kanwaljit Singh, secretary, Prof K.B.S. Sodhi, former president, said the notification was a bundle of negative features depriving the teachers of their provident fund, gratuity, commutation amount and family pension provision.

Prof Sodhi deplored that the higher education in Punjab was being eliminated very systematically and such conditions were being created that talented and able persons would have to abstain from joining teaching profession. He said higher education was becoming quite unaffordable to children from middle and lower middle class. He said Punjab which has already been relegated to 17th position in the country would go still further under the prevailing circumstances.



Mohali college wins youth fest trophy

Government College SAS Nagar with 96 points, has won the overall trophy in the three-day Zonal Youth Festival of Punjabi University, Patiala, held at Government College, Ropar.

Government College, Ropar, with 91 points bagged the runners-up trophy while Jawaharlal Nehru Government College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh, with 47 points, got the third position in the festival.

Bhangra: Government College, Ropar (recommended) and SGTB Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib (commended).

Gidha: Baba Zorawar Singh Fateh Singh Girls College, Morinda (recommended) and Shaheed Kansi Ram Memorial College of Physical Education, Bhagomajra, and Government College, SAS Nagar (commended).

Classical instrument (percussion): JLN Govt College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh (recommended), Government College SAS Nagar, and SGTB Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib (commended).

Classical Instrument: (non percussion): Government College, Ropar (recommended) and Government College SAS Nagar and JLN Government College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh (commended).

Classical Vocal: Government College, Ropar (recommended) and Government College, Dera Bassi (commended).

Orchestra: JLN Government College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh (recommended) and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib (commended).

Vaar gayan: SGTB Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib (recommended) and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, and Government College, Ropar (commended).

Folk Song: Shikha Jain, JLN Government College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh ((recommended) and Jaspreet Singh, Government College, SAS Nagar and Bikramjit Singh, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib (commended).

Geet Gazhal: Jaspreet Singh, Government Public College, Mandi Gobindgarh (recommended) and Pawan Kumar, Government College, Ropar, and Inderjit Kaur, Jawahar Lal Nehru College, Mandi Gobindgarh (commended).

Shabad/Bhajan: PMN College, Rajpura (recommended) and JLN College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh, and Government College, Ropar (commended).

Group Song: Government College, SAS Nagar, (recommended) and Government College, Ropar, and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib (commended).

Classical Dance: Government College, Ropar (recommended).

Debate: Anju Sood, Punjabi University, Regional Centre for Information Technology and Management, SAS Nagar and Mandeep Kaur, SGTB Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib (recommended) and Lotika JLN Government College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh, Rajbir Kaur, Government College, Ropar, Jagminder Kaur, Government College, Dera Bassi, and Harsimran, BASJS Memorial College, Bela (commended).

Elocution: Shilpa, PMN College, Rajpura and Swati Goyal, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib (recommended) and Puneet Kumar, Government College, Ropar, Baljit Kaur, JLN Government College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh, Sandeep Kaur, BZSFS Girls College, Morinda and Kharak Singh, Shaheed Kanshi Ram Memorial College, Bhago Majra (commended).

Poetry recitation:- Jagminder Pal Kaur, Government College, Dera Bassi, and Sanjeev Kumar, Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh (recommended) and Harsimran Kaur, ASBASJS Khalsa College, Bela, Jatinder Singh, Government College, Ropar, Navneet Kaur, BZSFS Girls College, Morinda and Manjit Kaur PMN College, Rajpura (commended).

One act play: Government College, SAS Nagar (recommended) and BZSFS Khalsa College, Ropar (commended).

Group skit: Government College, Ropar (recommended) and Government College, SAS Nagar and SBS Khalsa College Padiala (commended).

Group mime: BZSFS Khalsa Girls College, Morinda (recommended) and Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, (commended).

Histronics: Gurvinderjit Singh, ASBASJS Memorial Khalsa College, Bela (recommended) and Malkiat Singh, Government College, Ropar and Suneet Kumar, GP College, Mandi Gobindgarh (commended).

Mimicry: Jaswinderjit Singh, Government College, Ropar (recommended), Harish Verma, Government College, SAS Nagar, (commended).

Costume parade (traditional Punjabi dress): Ramandeep kaur, JLN College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh, (recommended) and Jagroop Singh, Government College, Ropar, Ishwinder Singh, Government College, SAS Nagar, and Rajinder Kaur, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib (commended).

Fancy dress: Gangandeep Kaur, Government College, Ropar (recommended), Rupinder Kaur, BZSFS Girls College, Morinda, Amritpal Kaur, Government College, SAS Nagar, and Jashanjit Kaur, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib (commended).

Rangoli: Kuldeep Singh, Government College, SAS Nagar, and Shalini, JLN College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh,(recommended) and Jaya Mathur, JLN College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh, Kamaldeep Kaur, Government College, Ropar, Jyoti Bala, Government Public College, Mandi Gobindgarh, and Jaspreet Kaur, Government College, SAS Nagar, (commended).

Collage making: Rajbirinder Singh, Government College, SAS Nagar (commended) and Saneh Lata, Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, Parveen Kumar, Government College, Dera Bassi and Gurcharan Singh (commended).

Cartoon making: Jatinder Pal, Government College, SAS Nagar, and Arun Kumar, Government College, Ropar,(recommended) and Raj Kumar, Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Mandi Gobindgarh and Sukhwinder Singh, Government College, SAS Nagar (commended).

On the spot painting: Narinder and Mandeep, Government College, SAS Nagar (recommended), Parveen, Government College, Dera Bassi, and Pardeep Kumar, Government Public College, Mandi Gobindgarh (commended).

Poster making: Jatinder Pal and Ashish Dhup, Government College, SAS Nagar (recommended) and Sarabjit, Government College, Ropar, and Kanwarpreet Singh, Mata Gujra College, Fatehgarh Sahib (commended).

Clay modeling: Harsimran Singh, Government Public College, Mandi Gobindgarh, and Ashish Dhup, Government College, SAS Nagar (recommended) and Lakhwinder Kumar, PMN College, Rajpura, and Sukhwinder Singh, Government College, SAS Nagar (commended).



Khalsa College and HSB Club reach finals

Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar and HSB Club, Banga, will clash for top honours in the S. Nachhatar Singh Gill Memorial Ludhiana Cup Football tournament being played at Police Lines Grounds here.

In the two semi-finals played today, Jalandhar boys edged past Nav Bharat College, Narur Panchta, 1-0 while the spirited HSB Club, Banga, routed Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, 2-0. The final will be played tomorrow.

Despite relentless attacks against the Nav Bharat College, the Jalandhar boys fumbled at crucial moments and the two teams were locked goalless when sides changed. In the dying moments of the match, Inderjit Singh scored off a rebound from the rival goalkeeper to keep his team in the reckoning.

In the second semi-final, the Banga team got a shot in the arm when the Fatehgarh Sahib boys inflicted a self goal to trail 0-1 in 21st minute. It was a header from stopper Satvir Singh off a cross kick from Jaspal Singh that proved to be the undoing of Mata Gujri College. The winners further consolidated their lead to reach an invincible position when Harvinder Singh took a cracking shot from 30 yards and put the ball in the goal mouth in the 43rd minute.



Badal Tohra tussle affects students

Office of Principal, Mata Gujri College, here has become a bone of contention between the Tohra and the Badal factions of the Akali Dal. Principal s office remained locked for the second day today and the police is keeping watch on the situation. Students have been suffering due to the unavailability of record. The non-teaching staff are also in a dilemma.

According to information Dr Gurmohan Walia, who was Principal of the college was on deputation. The secretary SGPC vide his letter No 20301 of April 24, 99 relieved him on April 24 and asked him to join duty at government Mohindra College Patiala, where he was a lecturer. Meanwhile Prof P.S. Logani was given the charge and made current duty Principal. Prof Walia got stay orders from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The court directed that the petitioner shall retain the post of Principal, Mata Gujri college, but shall not be entitled to take decisions involving finances of the institution.

Dr Walia told The Tribune on the college campus that as per high court s orders he came to resume the duty after availing medical leave on May 11. He found the office of the Principal and the important documents and record locked even today the office is locked and Prof P.S. Logani did not come to the college. The office and record remain under his lock. He alleged that court s decision has been violated. He said even the police came to enquire and he handed to it a copy of judgement. He said the official car of the Principal was also not available in the college. Tension was affecting academic atmosphere in the college he added. Students are not getting official documents and certificates and are the worst-hit.

Prof P.S. Logani was not available in the college for comments.

Sources revealed that the faction led by Mr Badal in the district was behind Dr Walia s ouster who has been termed a Tohra loyalist. Earlier the Manager of Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib was also transferred on the same ground. Majority of the staff of the college has welcomed the decision. The SSP said that when got an information that there was tension in the college campus. He deputed a DSP there and Dr Walia handed over the copy of judgement. He withdrew the police.

College restrained on lecturers sack

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today restrained the managing committee of Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, from terminating the services of Ms Ramanjit Kaur, a lecturer in Commerce, and three other lecturers.

Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi and Mr Justice Iqbal Singh, who handed down this order on a joint petition filed by the four lecturers, also issued notice to Punjabi University, the SGPC and others for July 19.

The petitioners had prayed before the court quashing the directive issued by the Additional Secretary (Trust), SGPC to the principal of the college to terminate the services of the petitioners.

The letter said regularisation of the services of ad hoc teachers was a burden on the college and any such appointment made by the college principal or the managing committee should be cancelled and information sent to the head office.

NAAC report of Mata Gujri College

Section I Preface
Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The college prepared the self-study report and presented the same to the council. The council constituted a peer team under the chairmanship of Prof. L.S.Rathore, former Vice Chancellor of Jai Narain University, Jodhpur. Dr. S.K.Dhawan, former Joint Director of Education Himachal Pradesh, Member Coordinator; and Dr. Mehmooda Shafi, former Principal, Government College for Women, Srinagar, member; to visit and validate the self-study report. The team visited the college from 18th November 2004 to 20th November 2004 and submitted the following report.

The college was started in 1957 to commemorate the supreme martyrdom of Mata Gujri, the revered mother of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Its founder was Bibi Gurbachan Kaur Mann, a blind lady, having visionary power, to provide education to rural youth. The college was taken over by the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Amritsar in 1964. Besides this College, the SGPC runs a chain of educational institutions -26 schools, 20 degree and P.G.Colleges, and around 4 professional Institutions. The College is affiliated with Punjabi University, Patiala. The college was recognized by the UGC under 2f before 1967.

The college mission is ‘To seek, to strive, to find and not to yield.’ The college has following objectives: -

To provide a varied selection of academic curricula in business specialized areas in general education by systematically reviewing classroom facilities, equipment, faculty and staff.

*To provide the students with a background of job skills which enhance their employability.

*To provide the students with basic skills which contribute to success in their careers and in their private lives.

*To make available to the students activities, services and experiences which foster personal growth and leadership qualities that will assist students in their social, vocational and academic pursuits, which will also enhance their ethical and moral values.

The college has taken various steps to achieve these goals such as providing academic professional and vocational training. Providing the students, guidance and informing them about employment opportunities available in the market, organizing programmes for placement of the aspirants, inculcating moral and cultural values among the younger generation, helping students to explore their talent and hone the same. The college offers incentives like fee concession and scholarships to the students. Organizing remedial classes helps the students of deprived class. The problems of girl students are addressed separately and they are given opportunity to compete with their counterparts.

The college is a grant-in-aid Institution. It however generates funds through some of the self-financing courses.

The college has an area of about 25 acres. The college building comprises of a management, commerce, science and arts blocks. There is a separate wing for girls. The college has a well-equipped computer laboratory, a well-stocked library, a stadium with modern sports facilities, a canteen and parking facilities. The college provides hostel facilities to boys and girls. The college has applied for autonomy as per the university norms.

The College at present offers 16 academic programs -8 are of UG level, 4 PG, 2 Certificate courses, and 2 PG Diploma Courses. Its UG programs are -B.Sc. (med), B.Sc. (non-med), B.Sc. (Bio-tech), B.C.A., B.Com. B.Com. (Hons.), B.A. and B.A. (Hons)in English. Its PG Courses are -M.A. (Eco.), M.Com., M.B.A., and M.C.A. It runs two Certificate courses in Computers of 3 and 6 months duration. The self-financing courses run by the College are -B.C.A. and B.Sc. (Bio- Tech) at the UG level and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications, Post Graduate Diploma in Insurance Business, MBA and MCA at PG level. In addition there are 2 Certificate Courses in Computers & 3 Career Oriented Add on Courses.

The staff both teaching and non teaching is recruited as per the guidelines issued by the university and the state government. The college has teacher strength of 81 (49 permanent, 16 adhoc, 8 contract, and 8 part time). Out of 81 teachers 13 are Ph.D., 16 M.Phil and the rest all are only postgraduate. Some of the staff members are registered for pursuing research. The strength of non-teaching staff is 54. The college has 1981 students on roll in various courses. Drop out rate in undergraduate classes is there due to the admission policy of the University. The pass percentage is very high. Some of the students have done very well in university examinations and are placed in the merit list. The unit cost of higher education works out to be Rs.12908/-The college follows Annual & Semester system of examination. The college has a central library, computer center, a health center, sports facilities, hostels for boys and girls, a guest-house, Gym, Girls Common Room, water cooler and a canteen. The college provides housing facility to its class IV employees. The college has a grievance-redressing cell. The college has a career guidance cell. The students are enrolled in NSS and NCC to carry out community welfare programs. The college has a Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle to disseminate the teachings of the great saint soldier and to inculcate moral and ethical values.. A good number of students have qualified different examinations such as NET, GRE, TOFEL/IELTS, USMLE, CET/PMT and B.Ed.

The college office and library works for 275 days in a year. Total numbers of teaching days are about 170 as per UGC guidelines. The library has 55,500 books and subscribes for about 78 periodicals. One teacher has received an international award. The teachers have attended seminars and conferences and two teachers of the college have been resource persons in the workshop. It does not have any collaboration with any laboratory.

The budget of the College in 2002-03 was Rs. 3,33,07,170.00; the income from fees and self financing courses was Rs. 1 crore 80 lacs; grant-in-aid from Government was Rs. 1 crore, 17 lacs; and grant from SGPC was Rs. 35 lacs. The budget is balanced; only there is a nominal net deficit. Besides, the College has been able to procure Rs. 7 lacs from M.P. quota in 2003.

The college raised Rs10823100/- through rent, self-financing schemes and grants.

Part II Criterion Wise Inputs.
Criterion-I- Curricular Aspects
The college provides instructions in 16 courses out of which 8 are for undergraduate students, 4 postgraduate, 2 certificate courses in computer education and 2 Postgraduate Diploma Courses one in computer application and another in Insurance Business. The college also runs vocational course in functional English and information technology and three add on vocational courses. The college proposes to start a few more courses. The purpose of such courses is to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. The programs are flexible to the extent that a student can select the subject/s of his or her choice but again within the frame work of university rules and regulation. At present there is no horizontal mobility, as the same is not provided in the university program. The courses offered are aimed at providing teaching learning skill. In some of the courses however the students are required to present case study or a project report. This gives them practical training. A ten day’s training camp in Fishery Management was organized in the college to impart training in fish culture. The university prescribes the curricula and college does not have any role per say in the revision of courses. The college has introduced various courses in the last three years. These include vocational courses under UGC scheme and Add on Courses. The college has also introduced BSc Biotech. and subjects like Geography, Fine Arts, Sociology, Religion, M.Com. and PG Diploma in Insurance Business. The college follows the curricula framed by the university.

A magnificent computer research center has come into existence and has Sixty IBM computers with latest configuration and software have been installed. The existing computer lab is also well equipped and has some 74 computers with latest hardware and software. The college has facility of 128 kbps radio link internet and provides internet service to its students. The College is aspirant to start some more vocational and job oriented courses in the near future.

Criterion II Teaching Learning and Evaluation
The students are usually admitted on the basis of their performance in the lower public examination. The students to MBA and MCA are admitted through an entrance test conducted by the Punjabi University, Patiala. The students Knowledge and skill is tested through class test, house tests seminars and class presentations. The college holds extra coaching classes for the educationally disadvantaged students. The advanced learners are also given extra coaching. They are helped by way of scholarships and are honoured on their performance in the house examination. The teachers have freedom to teach the way they like. The university syllabi are unitized. The teachers are encouraged to use various teaching aids. The college has a well-equipped seminar room. The college office is open for 275 day’s in the year and observes about 170 teaching days. There are 6 part time teachers. The ratio between permanent and the part time teachers is 8:1. The ratio between teaching and non-teaching staff is 1.5:1. The students are informed about the evaluation and other procedure in the beginning of the session. The teachers are recruited as per the guidelines issued by the university and the government. The college has freedom and resources to appoint the staff. Many teachers have attended national and international level seminars and two have worked as resource persons in refresher courses and other workshops. Annual confidential report is only mechanism to judge teachers’ performance. The College collects feed back from the students about their experience at the campus. The College organizes seminars symposia and extension lectures. The teachers are encouraged to attend refresher and orientation courses. Some of the teachers have been honoured by the state and NGOs for their contribution in the social, cultural and educational field. The principal has an overall control over the college affairs. The teachers in various programs help him and the principal has formed different committees for the purpose.

The college holds various programs to give its students a wide exposure. The college does not have any international linkage. Some of the students have performed well and are placed in the merit list.

The performance of the students in sports, cultural and extra-curricular activities is commendable. Some of the students have represented India in international events and won medals.

The teachers have participated in seminars and workshops and have presented papers. Some of the teachers are involved in research and have published a good number of papers. Some lecturers have written, translated and compiled books.

The teachers have participated in radio and TV programs. One of the teachers during his visit to Canada made an in-depth study in the library and transport system.

Criterion III Research, consultancy and Extension
The college encourages its teachers to do research. One of them is already guiding students for Ph.D. 13 of the faculty members are Ph.D. About 40% of its faculty members are engaged in research. Four teachers are doing M.Tech. The college encourages students to undertake projects for MBA and MCA courses. The college does not have any expertise for consultancy services. The college has assigned the duties of extension activities to one of its teacher by establishing career guidance bureau. The extension activities include community development, adult education health and Hygiene and blood donation camps etc. NSS and NCC units are involved in motivating students to undertake such programs. There are various clubs and societies, which are also organizing some similar programs. The college has collaboration with some NGOs and GOs to carry out extension work.

Criterion -1V Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The total area of the campus is 25 acres of land. It has semi-urban location. The college maintenance is done by class 1V employees and college has constituted a campus beautification committee, students are also involved in it .It has employed four security men for security of college campus. The beautification and cleanliness of college campus is done regularly. College time-table is arranged in such a way that all the class rooms are occupied throughout working days of the college. The college has sufficient number of laboratories. The college has well stocked Library with 55500 books. Since Library constitutes the heart of any educational institution, it is partially computerized with provisions of latest facilities.

College has full- fledged sports stadium of international standards with provision to play football, hockey, basket ball, volley ball, tennis, badminton, cricket fields . The college stadium is also used for celebrations of national occasions and festivals like Republic-days, Independence Days.

The college provides boys hostel facilities to 60 students and has got grant of Rs.25 lakhs from UGC for the construction of new girls hostel and the same is under construction.

The PG result is 100% and UG 99.09%. The college has four buses, two are exclusively run for girl students. The college provides subsidised bus services to all the students.

The college has health centre for students, staff, and general public. The college has five computers which are interconnected through server LAN (local Area Network) and the Internet facilities are available to the students and staffs. Library and computer centre is open for six days a week.

The college has installed two generators to meet the requirement of continuous power supply to its computer laboratories.

College gives scholarships to outstanding sports persons and those who excel in academics and cultural activities. Students have won inter-university sports and extra-curricular prizes and inter-college competitions. Some of its students have participated and have won medals in international competitions.College has a botanical garden and Xerox facilities for the students. College has opened a Cyber Cafe for general public.

The college has established a tradition of maintaining a healthy, clean and well maintained infrastructure. It provides a healthy ambience to the students.

Criterion-V Students Support & Progression
The result percentage is cent-percent among PG classes and 99.09 % in UG classes. A good number of 80 -90 % among science students go for further studies, 30 % go for gainful employment. Among humanities, progression to further studies is 40 -50 %, to 20 -30 % for employment .Overall 50 % of the students prefer employment and 50 % go for further studies.

The college provides national level scholarship (NCERT) and state level scholarships to the students and university gives merit scholarships for meritorious students.

Tuition fee concession is given to the deserving students.

The college has revived an Alumni Association in the year 2002, some of the philanthropist; old students and teachers have instituted medals, trophies, and scholarships for outstanding sportspersons and meritorious students.

Teachers participate in academic and personal counseling to the students in addition to normal duties.

The college has constituted various societies , associations , and clubs which hold seminars, debates , music competitions , science exhibitions , tournaments and education tours for all round development of the students .

Criterion-VI Organisation & Management
The college was taken over by Shironmani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee Amritsar (SGPC) in 1964.

The College is a self financing body and also gets grants in Aid from the State Government. Internal Co-ordinating and monitoring is done by Principal who is aided and advised by different committees and heads of departments, who hold regular meetings with faculty members. Non-Teaching staff is recruited by Managing Committee through proper advertisement.

Each committee is put in charge of various responsibilities pertaining day to day functions of the institution

The college works on the principle of participatory management and there is proper documentation and transparency in operations. College Principal Co-ordinates and monitors the financial matters and is assisted by Accounts Branch and Bursar. Inter-com facility helps to monitor and coordinate the functioning of different departments of college.

Academic calendar is prepared by College Calendar Committee headed by Principal of the college.

The purchases in the college are done through the purchase committee by inviting tenders.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
It is quite appreciable to note that the College has developed or is developing certain academic healthy practices. They are summed up briefly as under:

*Keeping in conformity with the historic traditions of the land, the College has established Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle to acquaint the students about the glories and achievements of the heroes who had sacrificed their lives for the sake of the people. The Study Circle is functioning well and providing value based, ethical and moral education.

*The college work is being conducted in a very cordial and cooperative atmosphere. The college provides pollution free environment and promotes secular culture.

*The potential of the students in cultural field and sports is being exploited to the maximum. Some of the students have performed well in the national and international events.

*The College has taken a big leap forward in the field of Information Technology, to strengthen the utility of its academic courses. It has an ultra modem Computer Centre, with latest hardware and software. It is laying adequate emphasis on job-oriented courses.

*The College has opened its Library for the general public. The college is in the process of computerization of its library.

*The college office is partially computerized and the staff has been given training in use of computer.

*The College provides subsidized bus service; and Internet facility to staff and students free of cost.

*The College provides a good number of scholarships to the students -merit scholarship, merit-cum-need, Sports and Poor students, that is, 24, 139, 140 and 247 respectively.

*The Alumni of the College has taken up the task of preparing the history of Sirhind region, and also to construct a student’s Home and auditorium.

*The alumni association, though in its infancy, is enthusiastic about the progress of the institution.

*The College has provided enough concessions to the physically-handicapped students.

*The Management of the College is quite visionary; and it has attractive academic plans for the future development of the College.

*The College is regularly organizing its Convocation.

*The College has a Master Plan for its future development.

*The college has a Career and Guidance Bureau.

Suggestions
*The College should establish IQAC, the guidelines of which may be obtained from the NAAC.

*The College should hasten its plan and have an auditorium.

*It should try to promote international linkages.

*The teachers be further encouraged to pursue for research projects with UGC

*The feed-back from the students should be further strengthened.

*The college should plan for addition of more job oriented courses like, translator and interpreter, course in mass media, fashion designing, and foreign languages and some add on courses like interior decoration, dietician and clinical laboratory technician etc.

*The college should start some more PG courses as per the needs of the area.

*The college may start planning for the introduction of some more courses with an eye on the future market needs and also prepare plans to drop certain courses as and when these become redundant.

Section C
Overall Analysis
Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib is providing excellent service to the youth of the area in the field of education. Its location, area, lay-out of the campus and infrastructure are excellent. Apart from the good infrastructure, what is commended is their maintenance.

In the field of teaching, sports and extra curricular activities the college has created a landmark. It operates in a harmonious and peaceful way.

Taking a cumulative view of the whole, according to the seven criteria as laid down by NAAC, the peer team feels that the college is providing outstanding services to the youth.

The case of college has been recommended by the university to the UGC as a college with Potential for Excellence for granting additional resources.

The peer team would like to record its appreciation for Principal for his dynamic role and outstanding contribution to the college.

The peer team expresses its thankfulness to the teaching and non teaching staff, the students, the alumni and parents, the management for excellent hospitality and co-operation.

I accept the report

(Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia)
PRINCIPAL
Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib

Prof. L.S. Rathore (Chairman)

Dr. S.K.Dhawan (Member Coordinator)

Dr. Mahmooda Shafi (Member)



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