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Arya College, Ludhiana, Punjab
Ludhiana (District Ludhiana)
Punjab, India



Arya College, Ludhiana Punjab is a recognised institute / college. Arya College, Ludhiana Punjab was established on / in 1946.


Principal of Arya College, Ludhiana Punjab is Earlier Sharma S.M., Dr T.L. Joshi, Dr RC Tejpal.

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

Fax # of Arya College, Ludhiana Punjab is 0161-2440766, 2444433.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Arya College, Ludhiana Punjab are Prof Parveen Sharma 95014-77755, Dr Anil Gupta 94634-93737, 9417280501.

email ID(s) is Arya College Ludhiana Punjab

Website of Arya College, Ludhiana Punjab is www.aryacollegeludhiana.com.


Contact Details of Arya College, Ludhiana Punjab are : Telephone: +91-161-2446660, 2443362, 2443365

PCCTU Arya College unit office bearers in April 2014:
Madan Lal Khullar, President
Rajiv Bhasin

Staff members:
Ms Sushma Sood (Incharge, Women Section)
Prof VK Bhardwaj (Sports Secretary)
Dr Sarita Behal
Dr Parminder Singh (HoD, Physical Education Dept)


Courses

BA, B.Sc, B.Com, BCA, M.Com, PGD (Computer Applications), M.Sc(I.T), M.A(Political Science), Vocational (Tax Procedures and Practices)


Arya College, Ludhiana Punjab runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).

Arya College is affiliated with Panjab University, Chandigarh (Chandigarh)



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Project to make wild mushrooms edible

Ludhiana: A professor of the botany department of the Arya College has planned to make wild mushrooms edible.Dr Anil Gupta of the botany department will soon start work on making the wild varieties edible.

People in hill terrains are already eating these mushrooms. In India only 2 varieties of mushrooms are used out of 200.Dr Gupta has been given the project by UGC.UGC has released Rs 3.5 lakh for the project.Dr Gupta said, the some wild varieties of mushroom can be eaten. He said, these wild varieties can be crossbred and made edible.

Varinder Singh versus Arya College Ludhiana

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

Varinder Singh,
55, Maya Nagar,
Civil Lines, Ludhiana 141001. ……Complainant

Vs

Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal,
Arya College,
Rishi Dayanand Marg, Civil Lines,
Ludhiana 141001. ….…Respondent

CC No. 2251 of 2010

ORDER

Present:
Complainant, Mr. Varinder Singh, in person.
Representative, Mr. Parveen Mayer, Superintendent, for the Respondent.
-----

The Complainant, vide RTI request dated 29.04.2010, is seeking information regarding an attendance register of a particular lecturer. The complaint with the Commission is dated 11.06.2010. The Complainant says that he has received the requisite information from the Respondent PIO, vide letter dated 01.06.2010. A copy of the same is also on record.
Since he is satisfied with the information, he does not pursue the case further.
Therefore, the case is disposed of and closed.

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

P S Bhogal versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB
S.C.O. NO. 32-33-34, SECTOR-17-C, CHANDIGARH
(98768-77411)
Prof. P.S. Bhogal
Head,
P.G. Dept. of Political Science,
Arya College,
Civil Lines,
Ludhiana.
…Complainant
Vs

Public Information Officer,
Principal
Arya College
Ludhiana. …Respondent

CC No. 2090/09

Order

Reserved on 17.03.10

Pronounced on 15.04.2010

In the instant case, application seeking the information was made by the Complainant to the Respondent on 21.05.2009. The information required by the Complainant is: -

1. All correspondence carried out between the Principal Arya College and the DPI (C) concerning the service matters of the undersigned from July 2008 onwards till date.

2. All correspondence carried out between the Principal Arya College and the President as well as the Secretary of ACMC concerning the service matters of the undersigned from July 2008 onwards till date.

3. All correspondence carried out between the Principal Arya College and the Registrar of Arya Vidya Parishad / General Secretary and President of Arya Vidya Parishad, Punjab concerning the service matters of the undersigned from July 2008 onwards till date.

4. Any file notings, comments recorded by the Principal, Arya College, President ACMC as well as the Secretary ACMC concerning the service matters of the undersigned form the year 2004 onwards till date.

Reminder was also sent by Sh. P.S. Bhogal on 07.07.2009 that unless information is provided to him by the Principal Arya College, Ludhiana, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, he will be forced to approach the State Information Commission but still there was no response. After 07.07.2009, the complainant filed a complaint with the Commission on 27.07.2009. On the first hearing 08.10.2009, a letter was presented by Sh. Parveen Mayar, Superintendent Arya College that the formal permission of the Managing Committee of the College to supply the required information to the petitioner was required since a part of it is of confidential nature. He also stated that there was no question of willfully withholding the required information sought under the RTI Act 2005. A time of 15 days was granted to the respondent to provide this information and it was also pointed out that innumerable delay has already taken place therefore, information be supplied within the stipulated period. On the next hearing, none was present on behalf of the complainant and Dr. T.L. Joshi, Principal, PIO on behalf of the respondent came present. Information as per the directions given in the earlier order dated 08.10.2009 was brought in the court. But since the complainant was not present on that day, directions were given to the respondent to send the information by registered post.”

On the next hearing dated 17.12.2009, Dr. S.M. Sharma, regarding point no. 4, stated that-

“The formal permission of the Managing Committee of the college to supply the required information to the petitioner since a part of it is of confidential nature. There is no question of willfully withholding the required information sought under the RTI Act 2005.”

The complainant objected to this and stated that he knows this for a fact that on ACRs and files, notings are given.

The complainant was advised to take up the matter with the higher authorities. He had sent a letter to the Commission on 29.10.2009 which had not been received in this office, in which he had pointed out certain discrepancies.

It was recorded in the same order that information had been provided to him. The complainant demanded compensation with penalty. Therefore, a show cause notice was issued to the respondent on 17.12.2009 as to why a penalty under Section 20(1) of the RTI Act 2005 @ Rs. 250/- per day subject to maximum of Rs. 25,000/- be not imposed on him till the information is furnished. He was further directed to supply the information to the complainant by the next date of hearing. Respondent should also explain the reasons for overcharging the complainant and not supplying the full information. The case was adjourned to 10.02.2010 which was further adjourned to 22.02.2010.

On the next hearing dated 22.02.2010 Sh. Parveen Mayar, Superintendent was present on behalf of the Respondent. No reply to the show cause notice was provided. It was also pointed out to the respondent that it was not the duty of the PIO who has left the post to provide reply to the show cause notice but Dr. T.L. Joshi who was present PIO (w.e.f. 13.01.2010) to examine the files and facts and provide reply to the show cause notice by the next date of hearing. Respondent sought another 15 days’ time for the same.

During the course of hearing, I also came to the conclusion that the PIO had misled the court when he said in his letter dated 09.11.2009 that “there is no practice of keeping record of file noting / comments in this office” whereas another RTI Complainant had received copies of his ACRs and notings where the same PIO had himself made lengthy notings.

On the next hearing on 17.03.2010, the order was reserved. Letter has been presented by Dr. T.L. Joshi, Principal PIOs stating the reasons for delay and regarding the information provided. A photocopy of the letter dated 13.03.2010 written by Dr. S.M. Sharma, Principal (Retd.) indicates that “all the required information has been provided to the complainant. Even the Hon’ble State Information Commissions is of the view that the information has been provided to the complainant (Refer to Page 2, line 1 of the order dated 17.12.2009).

As regards last para of order dated 22.02.2010, wherein the Hon’ble Commission has observed that the PIO has misled the court that “there is no practice of keeping record of file noting / comments in this office” (relating to point no. 4 of the letter of the complainant dated 21.05.2009), the undersigned would like to make it clear that the text of the Point-4 of the complaint was not explicitly clear. Had the complainant specifically asked for any noting or comments on ACRs, the same would have been supplied.

The complainant vide another RTI application dated 06.01.2010 sought copies of ACRs, the same were supplied by the PIO of the college.

Regarding the charge that the complainant has been overcharged for not supplying full information, the college authorities may refund the extra amount charged, if any, in case it is pointed out in writing by the complainant.

The undersigned holds the Hon’ble Commission in high esteem and even expressed unqualified apology earlier for not being present before the Commission on one occasion.”

From the perusal of the explanation in reply to show cause notice rendered by both the PIOs, it is clear that they do not have noting of ACRs in the present case. It has also been undertaken by the Principal of the College that excess amount of fee charged form the complainant, if any, will be refunded. Further, the respondent has also tendered an unqualified apology for the delay, if any, in the supply of information to the complainant.

Taking into consideration the plea put forth by the respondent, I do not feel it a fit case for imposition of penalty on the respondent. However, respondent is directed to be more careful in future and ensure that requests for information under the RTI Act 2005 are met within the stipulated period. Different of fee should be remitted to the complainant within 10 days and his receipt sent to the Commission.

The case is hereby disposed of and closed accordingly.

Copies be sent to both the parties.

Pronounced in the open court.


Sd/-
Chandigarh. Mrs. Ravi Singh
Dated: 15.04.2010 State Information Commissioner

P S Bhogal versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB
S.C.O. NO. 32-33-34, SECTOR-17-C, CHANDIGARH

Prof. P.S. Bhogal
Head,
P.G. Dept. of Political Science,
Arya College,
Civil Lines,
Ludhiana.
…Complainant

Vs

Public Information Officer,
Principal
Arya College
Ludhiana. …Respondent

CC No. 2090/09

Order

Present:
Prof. B.S. Bhogal, Complainant in person.
Sh. Parveen Mayer, Office-Supdt. Cum-APIO

Arguments heard. The judgment is reserved and will be

pronounced on 15.04.2010 at 12.00 Noon in the Chamber.

Copies of order be sent to the parties.

Chandigarh Mrs. Ravi Singh
Dated: 17.03.2010 State Information Commissioner

P S Bhogal versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, Sector 17-C, Chandigarh
P.S. Bhogal
Head,
P.G. Dept. of Political Science,
Arya College,
Civil Lines,
Ludhiana.
…Complainant
VERSUS

Principal, Arya College,
Civil Lines,
Ludhiana …Respondent
C.C. No. 2090 of 2009

ORDER

Present: -
Complainant in person.
Sh. Parveen Mayer, Office Superintendent on behalf of the respondent.
Copy of letter dated 08.10.2009 has been presented in the court today, stating: -

“It is respectfully submitted that the undersigned has to seek the formal permission of the Managing Committee of the College to supply the required information to the petitioner since a part of it is of confidential nature. There is no question of wilfully withholding the required information sought under the RTI Act, 2005.”

Copy of another letter dated 27.01.2010 addressed to Dr. S.M. Sharma, Principal (Retd.) has also been presented, stating:

“Please find enclosed herewith the order dated 17.12.2009 issued by the State Information Commissioner, Punjab regarding CC No. 2090 of 2009 received by this office on 25.01.2009.
Since you were the PIO at that time, therefore, this is for your information and necessary action on your part.”

No reply to the show cause notice has been provided. It is also pointed out to the respondent that it is not the duty of the PIO who has left the post to provide reply to the show cause notice but Dr. T.L. Joshi who is the present PIO (w.e.f. 13.01.2010) to examine the files and facts and provide reply to the show cause notice by the next date of hearing. Respondent has sought another 15 days’ time for the same.

The PIO in my opinion has misled the court when he says in his letter dated 09.11.2009 that “there is no practice of keeping record of file noting / comments in this Office” whereas another RTI Complainant has received copies of his ACRs and applications where the same PIO has himself noted lengthy notings.

To come up on 17.03.2010 at 12.00 Noon in the Chamber for further proceedings.
Copies of the Orders be sent to the parties.

Sd/-
Chandigarh. Mrs. Ravi Singh
Dated: 22.02.2010 State information Commissioner

PS Bhogal versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, Chandigarh

Sh. P.S. Bhogal,
Head P.G. Dept. of Political Science,
Arya College Ludhiana,
Civil Lines,
Ludhiana-141001. ---Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal,
Arya College Ludhiana. ---Respondent

C.C. No.2090 of 2009

ORDER

Present: -
Shri P.S.Bhogal, Complainant in person.
Sh. Parveen Mayer, Office Superintendent on behalf of the respondent.

The original application was filed on 21.05.2009. PIO during that period was Dr.S.M. Sharma, Principal, Arya College, Ludhiana. The information has been provided to the complainant on all the points. As regards Point No. 4, in reply sent by the College, Dr. S.M. Sharma states: -

“The formal permission of the Managing Committee of the College to supply the required information to the petitioner since a part of it is of confidential nature. There is no question of wilfully withholding the required information sought under the RTI Act 2005. “

The complainant objects to this and states that he knows this for a fact that on ACRs and files, notings are given.
The complainant is required to take up the matter with the higher authorities. He has sent a letter to the Commission on 29.10.2009, which has not been received in this office, in which he has pointed out certain discrepancies.

In my view, the information has been provided to him. The Complainant demands compensation with penalty. Therefore, a Show Cause Notice is issued to the respondent as to why a penalty under Section 20(1) of RTI Act, 2005 @ Rs. 250/- per day subject to maximum of Rs.25000/- be not imposed on him till the information is furnished. He is further directed to supply the information to the complainant by the next date of hearing. Respondent should also explain the reasons for overcharging the complainant and not supplying the full information.

To come up on 10.02.2010 at 12:00 Noon in the Chamber for confirmation of compliance.
Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.


Sd/-
Chandigarh (Mrs. Ravi Singh)
Dated: 17.12.2009 State Information Commissioner

R P SABHARWAL and ORS Vs MS ANJALI BHAWARA and ORS

IN THE HIGH COURT FOR THE STATES OF PUNJAB AND
HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

COCP No.807 of 2008 (O and M)

Date of decision: December 3, 2009.

R.P. Sabharwal and Ors. ...Petitioner(s)
v.
Ms. Anjali Bhawara and Ors. ...Respondent(s)

CORAM:
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE RAKESH KUMAR GARG

Present:
Shri Puneet Jindal, Advocate, for the petitioners.
Shri M.C. Berry, Additional Advocate General, Punjab, for respondents No.1 and 2.
Shri Sameer Sachdeva, Advocate, for respondents No.3 and 4.

Rakesh Kumar Garg, J. (Oral):
Respondents No.3 and 4 are present in court.

An affidavit has been filed on behalf of respondents No.3 and 4, wherein it has been submitted as under:-

That in compliance to directions dated 6.10.2009 passed by this Honble Court, the due claim of remaining nine petitioners has been released to them by the college from their own funds. In this regard,
the Govt. has not paid any sum towards grant in aid qua these nine petitioners in question, in which regard the claim has been submitted to the DPI (Colleges) by hand vide letter dated 30.11.2009, copy of which is attached. Thus in due compliance of directions in main writ petition as well as undertaking by way of affidavit of Sh. Sohan Lal, DPI dated 6.10.2009, the Govt. be directed to release the above said amount claim by the answering respondent.

However, learned counsel for the petitioners states that the aforesaid stand taken by respondents No.3 and 4 is not correct as in the affidavit dated 11.12.2008 filed on behalf of respondent No.1, it is mentioned that an amount of Rs.2,65,37,000.18, as claimed by the management was released to them on 1.12.2008, which includes the payment relating to the petitioners.

Shri M.C. Berry, Additional Advocate General, Punjab, appearing on behalf of the respondents No.1 and 2, has also pointed out that another sum of Rs.19,73,068/- was also released to respondents No.3 and 4 and thereafter no admitted claim of the respondent-management was pending with respondent authorities at the time of filing of the aforesaid affidavit.

Even otherwise, from the perusal of the affidavit dated 3.12.2009 filed by Shri S.M. Sharma, Principal, Arya College, Ludhiana, it is crystal clear that the management has submitted its claim with regard to nine petitioners, only on 30.11.2009 to the respondent-Govt. Be that as it may, whether the aforesaid claim is payable by the Govt. to the respondent-management is a separate question and can be dealt with only when any cause of action arises between the parties. Without going into the controversy further and keeping in view the fact that the dues of the petitioners have been paid, I am not inclined to proceed further against the respondents.

Disposed of.

Rule discharged.

[ Rakesh Kumar Garg ]
Judge

PS Bhogal versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, Chandigarh

Sh. P.S. Bhogal,
Head P.G. Dept. of Political Science,
Arya College Ludhiana,
Civil Lines,
Ludhiana-141001. ---Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal,
Arya College Ludhiana. ---Respondent

C.C. No.2090 of 2009

ORDER

Present: -
None on behalf of the Complainant.
Sh. D.S.Manral, P.A. to Principal, on behalf of Respondent.

Information as per the directions given in the earlier order dated 8.10.2009; Respondent has brought the record in the Court for supply to the Complainant. Since Complainant is not present, directions are given to the Respondent to send this information to the Complainant by registered post, If no objections are pointed out by the Complainant by the next date of hearing, it will be assumed that he has nothing to say in this regard and he is satisfied, then the case will be closed and disposed of.

To come up on 17.12.2009 at 12:00 Noon in the Chamber.

Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

Sd/-
Chandigarh (Mrs. Ravi Singh)
Dated: 09.11.2009 State Information Commissioner.

Sh PS Bhogal versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, Chandigarh

Sh. P.S. Bhogal,
Head P.G. Dept. of Political Science,
Arya College Ludhiana,
Civil Lines,
Ludhiana-141001. ---Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal,
Arya College Ludhiana. ---Respondent

C.C. No.2090 of 2009

ORDER

Present: -
Shri P.S. Bhogal for Complainant.
Sh. Parveen Mayar, Superintendent on behalf of Respondent.

The Complainant filed a complaint on 27.7.2009 that his original application dated 21.05,2009 has not been attended to.
The information sought by him is regarding:-
1. All correspondence carried out between the Principal Arya College and the DPI(C) concerning the service matters of the undersigned from July 2008 onwards till date.
2. All correspondence carried out between the Principal Arya College and the President as well as the Secretary of ACMC concerning the service matters of the undersigned from July 2008 onwards till date.

3. All correspondence carried out between the Principal Arya College and the Registrar of Arya Vidya Parishad/General Secretary and President of Arya Vidya Parishad Punjab concerning the service matters of the undersigned from July 2008 onwards till date.

4. Any file notings, comments recorded by the Principal Arya College, President ACMC as well as the Secretary ACMC concerning the service matters of the undersigned from the year 2004 onwards till date.
Reminder was also sent by P.S. Bhogal on 7.7.2009 that unless information is provided to him by the Principal Arya College, Ludhiana, Civil Lines Ludhiana, he will be forced to approach the State Information Commission but still there was no response.
A letter has been presented by Sh. Parveen Mayar, Superintendent Arya College that the formal permission of the Managing Committee of the College to supply the required information to the petitioner since a part of it is of confidential nature. There is no question of willfully with holding the required information sought under the RTI Act 2005. A time of 15 days is granted to provide this information it is also pointed out that innumerable delay has already taken place therefore information be supplied within the stipulated period. Respondent has not mentioned any provision of the Act for denial of information.
To come up on 9.11.2009 at 12:00 Noon in the Chamber.
Copies of the order be sent to the parties.


Sd/-
Chandigarh (Mrs. Ravi Singh)
Dated: 8.10.2009 State Information Commissioner.

Sh Manjit Singh versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB.
SCO NO. 84-85, SECTOR 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Manjit Singh,
H. No. 341-C, Rajguru Nagar,
Ludhiana-141012.
…..Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal Arya College,
Ludhiana Civil Lines-141001.
….Respondent

C.C. NO. 2222 of 2008

ORDER

Present: -
Shri Manjit Singh, Complainant in person.
Shri Parveen Mahajan,APIO-cum-Superintendent on behalf of Respondent.

An authenticated copy of the Information has been provided to the Complainant in the presence of the Court today. The Complainant feels that some information is still pending which was not revealed in the course of hearing on 13.07.2009. The Respondent is willing to give pending information which he requires from the office of PIO of Arya College, Ludhiana.
Therefore, the case is hereby closed and disposed of.
Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

Sd/-
Chandigarh (Mrs. Ravi Singh)
Dated: 16.09.2009 State Information Commission

Manjit Singh versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB.
SCO NO. 84-85, SECTOR 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Manjit Singh,
H. No. 341-C, Rajguru Nagar,
Ludhiana-141012.
…..Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal Arya College,
Ludhiana Civil Lines-141001.
….Respondent

C.C. NO. 2222 of 2008

ORDER

Present: -
None on behalf of the Complainant.
Shri Parveen Mahajan, Superintendent on behalf of Respondent.

The Respondent was directed vide orders dated 13.07.2009 to send the documents to the Complainant, duly authenticated. He has brought the document to the Commission and directions are given to him to send these papers duly authenticate to the Complainant by registered post.

The Complainant, Sh. Manjit Singh has sent a letter dated 12.8.09, stating that he is facing health problem and has been advised complete bed rest by his Doctor. He is therefore not in a position to be present in the Court and he has requested for adjournment to some convenient date which is accepted. The Complainant should study the information supplied to him and point out objection if any before the next date of hearing.

The case is fixed for further proceeding on 16.09.2009 at 12:00 Noon in the Chamber.
Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

Sd/-
Chandigarh (Mrs. Ravi Singh)
Dated: 12.08.2009. State Information Commissioner

Sh Manjit Singh versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB.
SCO NO. 84-85, SECTOR 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Manjit Singh,
H. No. 341-C, Rajguru Nagar,
Ludhiana-141012.
…..Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal Arya College,
Ludhiana Civil Lines-141001.
….Respondent
C.C. NO. 2222 of 2008

ORDER

Present: -
Sh. P.S.Bhogal on behalf of Shri Manjit Singh, Complainant. person.
Sh. Sameer Sachdeva, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent.

Information has been provided to the Complainant as per the order dated 1.6.2009. He wishes some time to study the documents which should be authenticated. Respondent has been directed to send another copy to the complainant duly authenticated.
The next date of hearing is 12.08.2009 at 12:00 Noon in the Chamber.
Copies be sent to both the parties.

Sd/-
Chandigarh (Mrs. Ravi Singh)
Dated: 13.07.2009. State Information Commissioner

Sh Manjit Singh versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB.
SCO NO. 84-85, SECTOR 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Manjit Singh,
H. No. 341-C, Rajguru Nagar,
Ludhiana-141012.
…..Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal Arya College,
Ludhiana Civil Lines-141001.
….Respondent
C.C. NO. 2222 of 2008

ORDER

Present: -
Shri Manjit Singh,Complainant in person.
Sh. Sameer Sachdeva, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent.

During the course of hearing, I am of the opinion that only Point Nos.3 and 4 have been fully provided. The complainant is directed to visit the office of Shri Sameer Sachdeva, Advocate on 15.6.2009 at 11.00 AM. Information should be provided only for fines collected from all the candidates of the School for the year 2006 and 2007 along with the list of the candidates who have been fined.
The next date of hearing will in the chamber on 13.07.2009 at 12.00 noon.
Copies be sent to both the parties.

Sd/-
Chandigarh (Mrs. Ravi Singh)
Dated: 01.06.2009. State Information Commissioner

Manjit Singh versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB.
SCO NO. 84-85, SECTOR 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Manjit Singh,
H. No. 341-C, Rajguru Nagar,
Ludhiana-141012.
…..Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal Arya College,
Ludhiana Civil Lines-141001.
….Respondent

C.C. NO. 2222 of 2008

ORDER

Present: -
None on behalf of the Complainant.
Sh. Sameer Sachdeva, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent.

Sh. Sameer Sachdeva, Advocate has appeared on behalf of the respondent and states that order passed on 14.01.2009 on the statements recorded by Monika Goyal, counsel for respondent is not correct since she was not aware of the provisions of the Act and was not familiar with the facts of the case. He apologizes and gives in writing for the distorted facts presented by Monika Goyal in the Court. A letter dated 02.09.2008 is presented which states that information asked for is unspecific and vague thus not in accordance with the Act. He also contends that the complainant should attend the office of respondent and specify the information since present demand is vague. There is another letter written by Manjit Singh dated 11.09.2008 where the complainant states that the information is not vague and his original application is quite in accordance with the RTI Act, 2005. It seems that the PIO/Principal O/o Arya College, Ludhiana is not being advised correctly by its counsel and statements are contradictory to each other. Therefore, it is directed that since the documentation he has sought comprising of 25,000 pages, therefore, the balance-sheet and audited statement of bank account during the year 2006-2008 should be sent to the complainant by registered post. Rest of the information regarding ledger, cash book should be examined/inspected by the complainant on 30.05.2009 at 11:00 am.

The next date of hearing will in the chambers on 01.06.2009 at 12.00 noon for confirmation of compliance.

Sd/-
(Mrs. Ravi Singh)
State Information Commissioner.
Chandigarh
Dated 24.04.2009

Manjit Singh versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB.
SCO NO. 84-85, SECTOR 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Manjit Singh
# 341-C, Rajguru Nagar,
Ludhiana.
…..Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal Arya College
Ludhiana Civil Lines, Ludhiana.
….Respondent

C.C. NO. 2222 of 2008

ORDER

Present: -
Sh. Manjit Singh, Complainant in person.
Ms. Monika Goyal, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent.

Sh. Manjit Singh filed a complaint on 23.9.08 that his original application dated 29.7.08 along with requisite fee of Rs.10/- has not been attended to.

Information sought by him is regarding details of fees, fines etc. during the two sessions i.e. 2006-07, 2007-08 this also specifies the donations collected by the college and amount deposited by the institution to the Punjab Government DPI(C) as well as the Punjab University. Detail of refunds other than the security refund or any additional charges taken from the students. A letter has been presented by the respondent which states that the information sought by complainant is not accordance with the Act. No provision of the Act is quoted. Ms. Monika Goyal appearing on behalf of the Principal is not familiar with the provisions of the Act. Therefore, it is directed that details of all the information as dictated in the order should be provided to the complainant in the form of ledger, cash book, balance-sheet, audited statement of bank accounts during these two years and copy of receipt which is provided to the students from the receipt book {for example particulars of particular child such as name, class, roll no. monthly fees).
The next date of hearing is 30.03.2009 at 2:00 P.M.

(Mrs. Ravi Singh)
State Information Commissioner.
Chandigarh
Dated 14.01.2009

Sarabjit Singh Khalon versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, Sector -17-C, CHANDIGARH
(www.infocommpunjab.com) PH : 0172-4630054

Sh. Sarabjit Singh Khalon,
Address: “Khalon VIll,”
Opp. Telephone Exchange,
VPO-Bhattian-Bet,
Ludhiana-141008
…………………………….Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
O/o Principal Arya College,
Ludhiana, Opp. Police Lines,
Ludhiana, Pb.

……………………………..Respondent

AC No. 441 of 2008

Present:
(i) Sh. Sarabjit Singh Kahlon, the Complainant
(ii) Ms. Monica Goyal Advocate on behalf of the Respondent

ORDER


Heard.

2. Ms. Monica Goyal Advocate appeared on behalf of the Respondent but she is without any authority letter. She states that the required information has already been supplied to the Complainant, Complainant has gone through the same and is satisfied.
3. Disposed of. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.

Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 21st November, 2008

Sarabhjit Singh Kahlon versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, Sector -17-C, CHANDIGARH
www.infocommpunjab.com)

Sh. Sarabhjit Singh Kahlon,
Kahlon Villa, Opp.Tehsil.Exchange,
VPO-Bhattian Bet, Ludhiana.

…………………………….Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
O/o Principal Arya College,Opp.
Police Lines, Ludhiana. Pb.

……………………………..Respondent

CC No. 2235 of 2007

Present:
(i)None is present on behalf of the Complainant.
(ii) Ms. Monica Goyal, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent

ORDER

Heard.

2. Complainant is absent. During the last hearing, Respondent was directed to disclose the facts, supported by documentary proof, regarding the lease agreement with LDCA, if any. In today’s hearing Ms. Monika Goyal, Advocate appeared on behalf of the Respondent and has filed an affidavit stating that the management of Arya College, Ludhiana has not leased the Cricket ground to Ludhiana District Cricket Association and there is no lease deed. Since, the Respondent has filed an affidavit testifying that there is no lease deed, no further action is required.

3. The Case is disposed of. Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 29th May, 2008

Sarabhjit Singh Kahlon versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, Sector -17-C, CHANDIGARH

Sh. Sarabhjit Singh Kahlon,
‘Kahlon vill’ Opp. Tel. Exchange,
VPO-Bhattian Bet, Ludhiana.

…………………………….Complainant

Vs.
Public Information Officer
O/o Principal Arya, College, Opp,
Police, Lines, Ludhiana Pb.

……………………………..Respondent

CC No. 2235 of 2007

Present:
(i) Sh. Sarabhjit Singh Kahlon, the Complainant
(ii) None is present on behalf of the Respondent

ORDER

Heard.

2. Complainant states that incomplete and misleading information has been supplied to him in respect of his application for information dated 05.10.2007. In spite of a number of hearings before the Commission, with reference to item no. 1 of his application, the reply of the Respondent is not satisfactory. The question he has asked is that “since when has the Arya College ground been leased to LDCA.” The Respondent, vide his letter dated 14.10.2007, has stated that Arya College, Ludhiana has not given its cricket ground on lease to any organization and vide letter dated 26.03.2008, has written that LDCA has been granted verbal permission to train the young and budding cricketers since long and the Principal has written that verbal permission has been granted to LDCA to use its cricket ground in the evening. In item No.5 of his application for information, he has asked for the intimation regarding the fee being charged by the LDCA from the children/players undergoing coaching on the college ground and Respondent in his reply has stated that it is only known to LDCA. The cricket ground belongs to the college and LDCA is charging Rs.6000/- as annual coaching fee. In these circumstances, how can it be possible that there is no written lease agreement with the LDCA and LDCA is charging coaching fee without the knowledge of the college authorities. From this, the Complainant infers that the college authorities are not providing him the lease agreement deliberately. One more opportunity is afforded to the Respondent to disclose true facts supported by documentary proof on the next date of hearing. In case, by the next date of hearing, satisfactory information is not provided by the Respondent, it will be presumed that the College authorities are deliberately withholding the information and initiation of action under Section 20 of the RTI Act, 2005 shall be considered.

5. Adjourned to 29.05.08 (2.00 PM) for further proceedings. Copies of the order be sent to the parties.


Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 9th May, 2008

Sarabhjit Singh Khalon versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, Sector -17-C, CHANDIGARH
Sh. Sarabhjit Singh Khalon,
Khalon Villa, Opp Tel Exchange,
VPO-Bhattian Bet, Ludhiana.
…………………………….Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
O/o Principal,
Arya College, Opp
Police Lines, Ludhiana.

……………………………..Respondent

CC No. 2235 of 2007

Present:
(i) Sh. Sarabhjit Singh Kahlon, Complainant
(ii) Sh. S.M.Sharma, on behalf of the Respondent
ORDER

Heard

2. The Respondent states that the entire information relating to the application of the Complainant dated 05.10.07 has been supplied. But the Complainant states that he is not satisfied with the information supplied to him and that he had pointed out the deficiencies to the Respondent and a copy of the same has been sent to the commission also. The Respondent states that he has not received the copy of deficiencies pointed out by the Complainant and has requested that this be supplied to him now so that proper reply can be given.
3. Adjourned to 26.03.08 (10.30 AM) for further proceedings. Copies of the order be sent to the parties.
Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 29th February, 2008

Arya College staff stage dharna

Teaching and non-teaching staff of Arya College staged a dharna on the college premises today in protest against the dilly delaying attitude of college authorities in accepting their legitimate demands.

The dharma began when college was about to start functioning. It continued for about two and half hours. The college principal informed about the plan to stage dharna 72 hours before it began. It was one of the on-going struggles planned by the teachers who have been agitating since November 2007.

The staff had been trying hard to get their demands related to the payments that became due as per the calendar of the Panjab University, Chandigarh, and norms of the DPI (Colleges), Punjab. They have been demanding arrears of 50 per cent merger of DA with the pay for 23 months that was being paid in installments for reason better known to the college authorities.

The other demand was 10 per cent CPF on the gross salary which was a statutory condition for employment. In one of his addresses to the staff members in 2007, the president of the Arya College Managing Committee had categorically accepted that the management was fully aware of the statutory requirement of paying 10 per cent CPF since it was receiving the grant-in-aid at 95 per cent of the salary budget but later it was declared that they were not going to implement it in a near future, said R.P.Sabharwal, president of the Arya college teachers union.

“We have been struggling to hold talks but the management never showed any sincerity and seriousness to reach a workable solution by sitting across the table. As a result, since last dharna, which was held 22 days ago, the teachers have been going on two period strike every day without a break by duly informing the principal of the college and authorities”, alleged Raj Kumar, president ACNTEU adding that during the course of this period, the authorities had remained totally unconcerned and inert.

The staff had been trying to get their demands fulfilled as per the Panjab University, Chandigarh, calendar and norms laid by the DPI (Colleges), Punjab. They have been demanding arrears of 50 per cent merger of DA with the pay for 23 months that was being paid in installments for reason better known to the college authorities.


Sarabhjit Singh Kahlon versus Arya College Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, Sector -17-C, CHANDIGARH

Sh. Sarabhjit Singh Kahlon,
‘Kahlon Villa’ Opp, Tel.Exchange,
VPO-Bhattian Bet,
Ludhiana
……………………….Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
O/o Principal,
Arya College, Opp.
Police Lines, Ludhiana.

……………………..Respondent


CC No.2235 of 2007

None

ORDER

2. Neither the Complainant nor the Respondent is present. One more opportunity is given to the parties concerned with this case to appear and present their case.

3. Adjourned to 29.02.08 (12.00 PM) for confirmation of compliance. Copies of the order be sent to the parties



(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 1st February, 2008

Court reserves orders on bail plea

The court of additional sessions judge Gurbir Singh today reserved orders on the bail application of a student of Arya College for boys, who is allegedly involved in the much talked about prof Kamal Kishore beating case on the Arya College campus.

After hearing the arguments, the judge reserved the orders on the bail application for May 16.

Seeking the grant of the bail, the lawyer of accused student Gurvinder Singh, alias Gurinder, claimed that his client was innocent.

He argued that his client was in jail for many days and no useful purpose would be served by detaining him behind the bars, as the conclusion of trial would take a long time. Whereas, additional district attorney M.L. Solanki stressed that keeping in view the sensitivity of the case, the accused should not be bailed out.

It may be recalled that a case was registered against four unknown persons at division No. 8 police station on April 28 following an assault on prof Kamal Kishore, who was superintendent of examinations at Arya College. Following injuries, he was hospitalised in the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. The teaching fraternity had strongly condemned the incident. The accused student is behind the bars since May 1.


Teachers threaten to boycott exam duties

Teachers of various colleges on examination duties at different centres have threatened to boycott their duties from tomorrow if the police fails to arrest the culprits who assaulted Prof Kamal Kishor on April 28 at Arya College.

The teachers alleged that despite an assurance by the SSP yesterday to bring the miscreants to book within 24 hours, nothing had been done so far. They alleged that the police was dilly-dallying in the matter as the main culprit among the four who attacked Professor Kishor had links with political leaders.

A lecturer of SCD Government College, who was put on examination duty at Centre No. II at Arya College, refused to perform duty at the college yesterday fearing danger to his life. He said until and unless the guilty students were arrested and proper security arrangements made, he would not perform duty as centre superintendent.

Prof Jaipal Singh, president, Punjab Government College Teachers Association (PGCTA), and Prof Ashwani Bhalla, general secretary of the Punjab Commerce and Management Association, said teachers would not perform their examination duties if arrests were not made. They said thousands of students would suffer and the university and police authorities would be held responsible for ruining their careers.

Meanwhile, a two-member committee comprising the zonal coordinator and the assistant registrar, Panjab University, Chandigarh, today visited Prof Kamal Kishor at DMCH and also Arya College to know the details of the incident.

Teachers, however, described their visit a mere eyewash. “They had come to procure an FIR copy, the medico-legal report and other clerical stuff, but they did not solve the problem. The Vice-Chancellor should immediately cancel the examination centre of Arya College and further blacklist it for the next five years,” said one of the agitating teachers.

The Arya College Managing Committee, Ludhiana, has issued strict directions to the principal of the college to remain alert so that no such incident occurred in the future. The committee has also assured the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Chandigarh, that there would be no recurrence of such a nasty incident.

Condemning the incident, Sathi Vijay Kumar, president, Arya College Committee, regretted that such an incident had brought disrepute to the college where students were taught that a teacher was worthy to be worshipped.

“We have told the principal to take adequate security measures to ward off such incidents in the future,” he said. A three-member committee has been constituted by the college which will submit its report within a week suggesting measures to be taken for the smooth conduct of examinations in the future and peaceful working in the college, said Sathi.

Expressing solidarity with Professor Kishor, Sathi said the managing committee had decided to bear the medical expenses incurred on the treatment of the injured teacher.


Exam superintendent assaulted ,He had stopped boys from copying

Kamal Kishor, a senior lecturer of SCD Government College, has paid the price for being sincere to the examination duty.

Appointed as a centre superintendent by Panjab University at Arya College for Boys here, Kishor was beaten up by a group of students in the college last evening. His fault was that he stopped students of copying during the exam. Kishor was admitted to the emergency ward of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

According to him, while going home after his examination duty in the evening session, he was stopped by some students, who not only abused him but also assaulted him.

He alleged that even the police reached there but it did not try to catch the students.

“Later policemen came to the hospital and instead of taking the cognizance of the incident they reversely complained to my fellow beings present there that why the police was not informed,” he said.

The victim said his fault was that he was performing his duty sincerely. He had caught many students cheating and had made cases against them. Certain students even threatened him of dire consequences if he informed anything to the Principal of the college.

It may be mentioned here that for the past four years, teachers or examiners were manhandled by students of Arya College. Some teachers even refuse to give duties at this particular centre because of “criminal behaviour of students during examinations”.

Last year, Harblas, lecturer of SCD Government College, was also beaten up by students of Arya College for Boys.

Meanwhile, Ashwani Bhalla, general secretary, Punjab Commerce and Management Association, Panjab University, had agreed to bear the expenses of Kishor’s treatment at the DMCH. He said the incident was reported to the vice-chancellor.

Various teachers’ bodies have expressed shock over the incident and demanded action against the accused and the college authorities for not making proper security arrangements in the college.

Jaipal Singh and Kuldeep Singh, president and general secretary, Punjab Government College Teachers Association, respectively, have demanded cancellation of all centers of Arya College at least for the next five years.

R.P. Sabharwal, president, Arya College Teachers Association, said the culprits should be brought to book.

Office-bearers of the PCCTU have also demanded an action against the guilty. Rajinder Bhandari, president, BJP, Punjab unit, has also condemned the attack.


Arya College organises Rukhsat

Post-graduate Department of Commerce, Arya College, organised an adieu function, Rukhsat-2007 for the M.Com final year students last evening at the college auditorium.

Principal S.M. Shanna was the guest of honour. Students of M.Com presented various dance items and various titles were given to the outgoing class.

Nikhil was adjudged as Mr Farewell, while Deepika Sehgal was given the title of Miss Farewell.

Supriya and Shaify became the first and second runners up.

Other titles were as follows: Miss elegant- Geetika, best singer and dancer-Renu, Miss beautiful eyes-Impreet, Miss beautiful hair- Parveen, Miss graceful-Priya, Best dressed - Kanwaljot, Miss intelligent- Gurpreet, Miss beautiful smile-Jyoti, girl of the day-Swati, boy of the day-Maninder and Mr smart-Shiv.

The principal along with Prof H.R. Saini, head, PG Department of Commerce, and other faculty members were also present on the occasion.


PAU student bags Vivekanand role model award

Rohini Garg, a third year student of B.Sc.home science (hons) and NSS volunteer of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, has been conferred with "Swami Vivekanand Role Model Award" for the year 2006-07. The award was presented to her by Swami Vivekanand Study Circle during the National Youth Day celebrations at Arya College for Boys, Ludhiana, held here yesterday.

According to Dr K.S.Verma, programme coordinator, NSS, Rohini Garg was chosen for this award on the basis of her outstanding performance in various extra-curricular activities. She was second in the folk dance competition held at the national level and first in poster-making competition held at the university level. She also got consolation prize during the 10-day Special NSS camp. She secured second and third position in mime and sports competition during the Inter-College Youth Festival and athletic meet held at PAU, respectively.

She has participated in two national integration camps held at CSK, Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwa Vidhalaya, Palampur, H.P, during November, 2004 and College of Agriculture, Bijapur, Karnataka, during February, 2006.

She has participated in three 10-day Special NSS camps organised by the NSS Cell of PAU in different adopted villages of Punjab. She also helped the "Help Age Care Society" of Punjab to raise funds and was closely associated with the communal harmony campaign.


Arya College students fare well in M.Com exam

Students of M.Com, 4th semester, of Arya College here brought laurels to their institute by getting three out of top 10 positions in the Panjab University examination held in April.

According to press note issued here today by Dr S.M. Sharma, Principal of Arya College, Geetu Sharma and Mamta Gupta stood third in the university and first in Ludhiana district by securing 2002 out of total 2400 marks.

Aarti Sharma finished fourth in the university and second in the district by getting 2000 out of 2400.

Eight students of the college secured more than 80 per cent marks and 17 students secured more than 75 per cent marks in the university examinations.

Students of the PGDCA have also brought laurels to the college by securing 100 per cent result in the final examinations held in April.

Hema Kumari got the first position in the college by securing 836 out of 1000 marks. Balwinder Kaur secured 834 out of 1000 and Sarvesh Adlakha got 832 out of 1000.

All students of PGDCA got more than 70 per cent marks in aggregate. Sunil Kumar of M.Sc (IT), IInd semester, got first position in the college by securing 76 per cent marks. Yogesh Kumar and Sunny Gupta got 75 per cent marks and Baljinder Singh got 73 per cent marks.

Mr Vijay Saathi, president, Arya College Managing Committee, and Dr S.M. Sharma, Principal, congratulated the members of the faculty of the Postgraduate Department of Commerce and Department of Computer Science and Applications for their efforts to inspire the students who brought laurels to the college.

Rajnit tops in music exam: Rajnit Kaur, student of MA-II, Music Instrumental, of Government College for Women, here topped in the Panjab University annual examinations held in April by securing 637 out of 800. She had also topped Panjab University in MA-I last year.

Rajnit was honoured by the Deputy Commissioner on Independence day. Principal, Ms Prabhjot Kaur, Mrs Neelam Sharma, Head of the Department, Music (Instrumental), congratulated Rajnit for securing highest marks in the university.

Book exhibition ends: An exhibition of books, organised by Unistar Books Pvt Ltd, Chandigarh, at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, Ludhiana from September 6, concluded yesterday.

It was jointly inaugurated by the general secretary of the college governing body, Prof Gurbir Singh Sarna, and his brother Mr Harmohan Singh Sarna. The joint secretary, Mr Gurminder Singh, was also present on the occasion.

A wide variety of books appealing to all age groups were on display. The exhibition elicited a good response from both the staff as well as the students.

Addressing the gathering during the closing ceremony, Dr Manju Chawla, Principal of the college, stressed upon the importance of books in a student’s life.

Excellent results: Students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women have brought laurels to the college by showing excellent results.

According to Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota, Principal, the pass percentage has been cent per cent and all students have been placed in the first division with seven students securing more than 75 per cent marks.

Shveta Singla secured 81 per cent and was closely followed by Sapna and Rakhi who secured 80.3 per cent and 80 per cent, respectively.

Dr Sahota appreciated the efforts of the staff and students in getting cent per cent result.


UGC awards research project to Prof

Dr Sunil Khosla of the Postgraduate Department of Political Science, Arya College, has brought laurels to the college for having been awarded a research project--Human Rights and the Judiciary: Vision and Reality--by the University Grants Commission under the financial assistance scheme for teachers working in colleges and universities.

The duration of the research project is two years and he will get a grant of Rs 57,000. The study focuses on the expansive interpretation of Article 21 of the Indian Constitution with endorsement of socio-economic rights in the landmark judgments of the Supreme Court of India like adequate nutrition, clothing and shelter, provision of medical facilities as an obligation of the state, environment protection, pollution free air and water. It also concentrates on the issue of adequate management and control of traffic and vehicular pollution.

The study seeks to investigate human rights jurisprudence in the light of the winds of liberalisation and globalisation.

President of the Arya College Managing Committee Saathi Vijay Kumar and Principal Dr. S. M. Sharma congratulated Dr. Khosla for his contribution to the cause of human rights education in general and to the discipline in particular.

The president and the secretary of the Arya College Teachers Unit, Prof. Devinder Joshi, and Prof. V. K. Bhardwaj also extended their felicitations to their colleague.


No action against erring student yet

No action has been taken against the erring student who allegedly manhandled a centre superintendent at Arya College on April 25. The Punjab Government Teachers Association has threatened to boycott examination duties if the police failed to initiate action against the student.

Giving details about the incident, Prof Harvilas, a lecturer at SCD Government College and centre superintendent at Arya College said: “When the evening session examination got over on April 25, a student of MA-I (History) of Arya College along with one of his relatives stopped my scooter near the main gate, abused me and attacked me. When I tried to defend myself, they threatened me of dire consequences. I was shocked. Actually, I had not allowed this student to copy during the exam.”

He alleged that the student along with his relative—Principal of Guru Gobind Singh College, Sanghera— had approached him to let him (the student) copy. “The student was carrying some answer slips. Since I was the invigilator, I did not allow him to copy. Perhaps this was the only reason for manhandling,” said Prof Harvilas, who later along with other faculty members and Principal got a case registered against the student.

No action has been taken against the student so far.

Meanwhile, Prof Jaipal, president, and Prof Ashwani Bhalla, general secretary, of the Punjab Government College Teachers Association, have threatened to boycott examination duties if the accused were not arrested within 24 hours. Prof Bhalla said: “Such incidents are unfortunate and prevent us from performing our duties religiously.”


202 Arya College girls get degrees

Convocation and annual prize distribution function was held at Arya Girls College, Ambala Cantonment, today.

State Education Minister Phool Chand Mullana was the chief guest, while Anjali Bansal was the guest of honour.

Mr Mullana stressed the need for having a positive outlook, developing a creative mindset and facing the challenges of life with courage, truthfulness, honesty and calm mind.

He expressed hope that the awardees would work for the collective interest of the society.

Two hundred and two graduate and postgraduate degrees in humanities and commerce were conferred on students.

Twenty-nine students were given prizes for academic excellence and 10 were given prizes for achievements in different field.

The prize for best student of the year went to Randeep Kaur.

The other prize winners included Sonia, Dimple, Shashi Bala, Madhu, Deepa Gupta, Amita, Palwinder Kaur, Razzi, Asha Roya, Sakshi and Meenakshi.

Among others, college Principal Neena Bedi, K.L. Verma, Col Satish Dhawan (retd), Bhushan Oberoi, Ravinder Malhotra, Dr Desh Bandhu, Dr S.S. Phulia and Dr Santosh Dhamija were present.


Lohri celebrations at Arya College

Lohri was celebrated at Arya College here today under the guidance of teachers of the Department of Punjabi. Students presented a cultural show on the occasion. The ambience of the venue was in tune with Punjabi culture.

Ms Priya Sharma, in charge, and staff members performed the rituals of Lohri. She also wished the students a happy and prosperous New Year that would begin on January 14. She appreciated the efforts made by students and joined them on stage for dancing and singing Lohri songs.



Impressive show at Virasat 2005

A cultural programme “Virasat -2005” was organised by the Department of Co-Curricular activities of Arya College, Ludhiana, today.

The students presented a one act play “Us Noo Kahin”, a skit, histrionics and songs, solo dance, naqalan and bhangra.

Dr S.M. Sharma, Principal, and Dr R.C. Sharma, Dean, CCA, along with the reception committee welcomed the chief guest and other distinguished guests.

The Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar was the chief guest on the occasion. He applauded the role of Arya College in disseminating quality education and building up careers many students. He exhorted the students to attain maximum qualification as there was no end to knowledge. He honoured outstanding students of the college. Jitesh Vaid, student of B.Com.III, who has been selected in “Mission Udaan” being telecast by the National Geographic Channel in collaboration with the Indian Air Force every Sunday night at 10 pm. Only five persons have been selected from all over India to experience life in the Air Force for a month. After one month, one participant out of the five will be selected for a ride in “Sukhoi — 30 fighter jet. The Education Minister announced a reward of Rs 10,000 to the students and Rs 50,000 to the college.

Other distinguished guests on the occasion were Mr Davinder Nath Sharma, Registrar, Arya Parishad, Punjab, Mr S.K. Sharma, finance secretary of Arya College Managing Committee.

The stage was conducted by Dr V.B. Sudhir, Dr S.P. Singh and Prof (Mrs) Kumud Chawla.



SCD College beat Arya College

SCD Government College of Ludhiana thrashed Arya College of Ludhiana by 127 runs in the Panjab University Inter-College Zonal Cricket A-Division (men) tournament at DAV College, Sector 10, here today.

In the second match between Government College, Sector 11, and Government College, Sector 46, the former won the match by five wickets. The match was held on the Panjab University campus.

Brief scores: SCD Govt College: 227 for 9 in 45 overs (Karan Kalia 37, Gurpreet 36, Lalit 36, Puran 3 for 41 Gaurav Kumar 1 for 15).

Arya College: 99 all out in 23 overs (Harpreet Singh 30, Varun Verma 5 for 44, Sakun Verma for 3 for 3).

Second match:

Govt College, Sector 11: 161 all out in 31.1 overs ( Dakesh 31, Rajwant 22, Gurvinder 28, Gurpreet 2 for 30, Harman 3 for 29, Mandeep 2 for 28).

Govt College, Sector 46: 167 for 5 in 32.4 overs (Gurpreet 57 n o, Sukhwinder 29, Devesh 28, Navjot 3 for 44).


Arya College students shine

Students of M.Com (IV semester) of Arya College, Ludhiana got two positions out of first five in Ludhiana district. Ruchika Nayyar bagged the second position in the district and eight in Panjab University by securing 81.68 per cent marks.

Dimple Ratra bagged the top position in the district by securing 81.04 per cent marks in the Panjab University M.Com (IV semester) examination held in April 2005. Twelve students of the college secured more than 75 per cent marks in the university M.Com, (IV semester) examination.

Mr Vijay Saathi, president, Arya College, Managing Committee, Principal Dr S.M. Sharma, Prof H.R. Säini, Head, PG Department of Commerce, and other members of the commerce faculty congratulated the students for their performance in the examination.



PCCTU backs Arya College union demands

The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) have extended support to the ongoing agitation of Arya College Teachers’ Union (ACTU) and demanded immediate withdrawal of transfer orders of one of the female lecturer by the college principal Dr S.M.Sharma.

The agitating teachers, on the second day of their strike, today protested against the alleged victimization of Prof Ms Anuradha Dhiman, Senior Lecturer, Post Graduate Department of History and member of executive of ACTU.

The members of the PCCTU led by the state president Mr R.S.Brar held a meeting with the members of ACTU today and resolved that the agitation would continue till the demands of the latter were met. Mr A.K.Malhotra, secretary, ACTU, demanded unconditional and immediate withdrawal of transfer orders of Prof Dhiman to the Girls Wing of the college.

He asked the Principal to stop harassing, maltreating and humiliating female lecturers of the college. He also demanded an enquiry by the state government into various financial irregularities committed by principal.

“Not only this, a CBI inquiry be conducted to find out the truth regarding PhD degree obtained by the principal from Uttranchal just before his appointment as Principal of the college”, said Mr Malhotra.

It may be mentioned here that about a dozen teachers of Arya College raised slogans and held a protest here yesterday against principal’s orders to transfer Prof Dhiman to the Girls Wing.

According to sources, in absence of any history teacher in Girls Wing of Arya College, the principal had asked Prof Dhiman to take three of her periods in girls wing and one period at Arya College. “But the teacher refused to obey these orders”, said one of the faculty members on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, Principal Dr Sharma, when contacted, said he had to arrange some teacher in the Girls wing as their studies were suffering." Both the buildings are nearby and it is a branch of the college only.

Earlier also we used to make such arrangements but nobody objected. Some of the faculty members, in order to settle their own scores, were trying to twist the issue to provoke other teachers. But teachers should not indulge in such protests when things could be sorted out amicably. We have a strength of 56 faculty members and only a handful, who had some ulterior motives, had protested”, alleged Dr Sharma.


BCA students preferred choice

large number of students seeking admission in various colleges here, are opting for the BCA over other streams like medical, non-medical, arts etc. The managements of many colleges is finding it difficult to accommodate all BCA aspirants, who are much more in number than the seats allotted by the university. In government colleges where BCA was not available, students showed interest towards commerce.

In Arya College, students preferred BCA over all other streams. The college had been allotted 40 seats but the number of applications received was more than 100. As many as 38 students have already been given admission. Commerce stream remained the second choice among students. Dr S.M. Sharma, Principal, Arya College said the arts group was in demand but there was no rush for the science stream (BSc). “Seeing the changing trends, students have opted for computers,” said Dr Sharma.

One of the officials at SCD Government College said since they did not have BCA in the college, students preferred commerce stream. More than 900 forms were received by the college for a total of 210 seats. In arts, majority of students opted for postgraduation in English, economics and maths. Girls surpassed their male counterparts in postgraduation in all subjects.

Ms Manju Chawla, Principal, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, said when BCA was started, the private college managements thought that the stream might not attract students. “But with the changing trends, focus has come on Information Technology and students make a beeline to get admission to the BCA. Since the process is based on merit, we had to reject many applications,” said Ms Chawla.

BCA remained hot favourite among both girls and boys at Kamla Lohia College here. Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, the Principal, Dr Deepak Kaushal, said that computer courses were becoming lucrative for youngsters. The 40 seats of BCA were filled immediately in the college.

Nidhi Thapar, a BCA aspirant, said that she chose BCA as she wanted to go abroad for further studies. “We cannot do anything if we do not know computers in the present scenario. One gets an opportunity to get good jobs after learning computer application. I have seen the doctors and engineers without jobs. It’s unfortunate that after spending and studying too much, they are not able to secure their future. But computer professionals had no dearth of jobs,” said Nidhi.


PU team visits Arya College

A Panjab University inspection team from Chandigarh headed by Prof Devinder Singh, Dean, Faculty Languages, Department of Correspondence Studies, Principal H.S. Gosal, GN College, Narangwal, Prof Santosh Gupta, Department of Evening Studies, PU, Prof S.C. Vaidya, University Business School, PU, Prof Satish Kapoor, and Principal Prabhjot Kaur Government College for Women, Ludhiana, as nominee of the DPI (College), Punjab, visited Arya College for granting affiliation to it to start MA Punjabi and add-on-courses like fashion designing, early childhood care and education, foreign trade practices and procedure, insurance business, computer-based accounting advertising and sales management, functional English. The inspection team visited the college library, college campus and interacted with the faculty members.

Dr S.M. Sharma, Principal, Arya College, informed that admission to MA Punjabi Part I and add-on-courses would be made with effect from July 2005 subject to the approval by the university.


Arya College students bag top positions

Students of M.Com. (Ist semester) of Arya College got three positions out of five positions in Ludhiana district and three positions out of top 10 in the Panjab University M.Com. (Ist semester) examinations held in December, 2004.

According to a press release, Geetu Sharma bagged Ist position in the district and 4th position in the university by securing 473 marks out of 550 and Mamta Gupta bagged 3rd position in the district and 8th in the university by securing 463 marks. Manisha bagged 4th position in the district and 9th in the university by securing 462 marks.

Twentyfive students of the college secured more than 75 per cent marks in M.Com. (Ist semester) university examinations held in December 2004.

Mr Vijay Saathi, President, Arya College Managing Committee, Principal (Dr) S.M. Sharma, Prof H.R. Saini, Head, Post-Graduate Department of Commerce and other members of the commerce faculty congratulated the students for their outstanding performance.



Lapse on part of PU costs students dear

Nearly 210 students of B Com (part I) of S.C.D Government College faced a tough time today when the college authorities did not allow them to take their exam of Environment as the university had not send their names in the cut list.

Mr Navdeep Jodhan, district president, Punjab Students Federation, said the students had to face the wrath of the university. When all had deposited their fee to the university, why their names were not included in the cut list he asked. Mr Jodhan alleged that such blunders had become a regular routine on part of Punjab University.

Mr Jashandeep Singh, president, Punjab Students Federation, said earlier physics and chemistry papers of BSc part I were set out of syllabus and the students had demanded grace marks in compensation. “We are fed up and will protest in front of the VCs office on May 6”, said Mr Jashandeep Singh.

Mr Kuldeep Singh, Political Science lecturer at the Govt College for Women, who is also the vice-president of the Parent-Teachers Association, said the college had already completed all formalities and sent the fees to the university. The students were not allowed to take the paper as limited sheets and question papers were sent by the university. He criticised the university for the mistake.

About 50 students of Arya College also faced the same problem. Prof S.M. Sharma, Principal Arya College confirmed it and said to an extent the problem was sorted out in their college. He said when he spoke to the Controller Examination, he was told to accommodate the students by distributing spare papers

Ludhiana Tribune spoke to Mr Sodhi Ram, Controller Examinations, Panjab University, on phone. He said the university had sent all names in the cut-list and he had the copy of the same. The lapse was on part of the colleges or students who did not fill the Environment paper column, said Mr Sodhi Ram.


Arya College teachers union elections held

The annual elections of the Arya College Teachers’ Union was held here on April 22 under the supervision of Prof Sofat, Prof P K Sharma and Prof Amrinder Singh, the three observers appointed by the Punjab Chandigarh College Teachers Union for this purpose.

All the four delegates, who will represent the ACTU in the election of PCCTU office-bearers and in the election of office bearers of District Council of PCCTU, Ludhiana were elected from this group.

On behalf of all winners, Prof A.K. Malhotra, the newly elected Secretary of ACTU congratulated Prof R P Sabharwal, the outgoing President and Prof R.L. Behl, the outgoing secretary for their valuable contribution in this victory.


Need for diversification in farming emphasised

Economist and Vice-Chairperson of the Planning Board, Government of Punjab, Dr Ishar Judge Ahluwalia today stressed the need of diversification and entrepreneurship among the Punjab farmers.

Stating that the farmers should not only look upto the government to bring them out of the present crisis, staring in the face of Punjab agriculture and its economy on the whole, Dr Ahluwalia said that time had come, when the farmers needed to develop entrepreneur skills to compete in the global market.

“The requirement in the present era is not only to produce food grains in bulk but to produce grains with good nutritional value. The Punjab farmer has faced a number of challenges in the past and he has always come out victorious,” she remarked, while she was speaking from the podium of annual convocation of Arya College here today.

Calling the pass-outs to choose their professions wisely, Dr Ahluwalia said that the choice of profession by youngsters played a major role in economy of the state. She also asked them not to limit their vision to jobs available in the state but to explore the world in India and abroad, gather experience and come back with expertise and strengthen the economy of the state.

She also called for the need to revitalise industry and agriculture sector especially the small scale industry. She said that the youth power of the state was able to help in graduating the small scale industry to medium scale so that the goods manufactured can compete in the global market.

Expressing her concern over the declining ratio of male to females in the state, Dr Ahluwalia said that it was ridiculous that some people were keeping the tradition of female infanticide alive in the form of foeticide. She called for providing education to more and more girls and said that the Finance Ministry of state had decided to provide a grant of Rs 2 lakh to any institution that would work towards woman empowerment.

She congratulated 450 graduates and post-graduates who were given away the degrees during the convocation and asked them to retain the values inculcated in them by the teachers when they move out for better future of the nation.

The college had invited Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India but due to his unavailability, his wife, Dr Ahluwalia had addressed the students.

Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister, Punjab, Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Bharati Telecom Limited, Mr Sudarshan Sharma, Chancellor, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar were also present on the occasion. Dr S.M. Sharma, Principal, Arya College presented the annual report on the occasion.


Arya College hosts inter college music competition

Punjabi Sahit Sabha of Arya College organised an inter-college music competition at college premises here yesterday. The programme lasted till evening.

Dr M.S. Sharma, Principal, Arya College, said competitions provided a platform to the budding artists. Such talent-hunt shows would be organised in future also, he added.

Renowned literary personality Dr Surjit Patar was the chief guest on this occasion. The judges were Mr Mohamad Sadiq, Prof Ambey Mala and Dr Jograj.

The participants from over 14 colleges participated in the contest organised under the supervision of Dr P.D. Gupta and Dr T.L. Joshi. Ms Sonia Ahuja, a student from GCW, stood first in solo-singing category.

Robin Sharma of Government College for Boys stood second while Pawandeep Sohal of Ramgarhia Girls College came third in the category.

Arshpreet of Ramgarhia College stood first, Ravish from BCM College of Education came second while Gurvinder Singh and Gulrez Akhtar were adjudged third in the folk-song competition. The over all trophy was won by the students of GCW.

Dr Patar and Mohd. Sadiq were presented with mementoes and shawls by the organisers on this occasion.



Arya College judokas excel

Judokas of the local Arya College for boys have made their alma mater proud by emerging overall champions in the Panjab University Inter-College Judo Championship held at the university campus, Chandigarh on August 20.

According to Mr Rakesh Singh, SAI coach who trained the boys, the lads gave a stupendous performance during the meet bagging three gold, one silver and bronze medal each. These students of BA I not only enabled the college judo team to come out triumphant but also created history by becoming champions in the judo meet for the first time.

Dr S M Sharma, Principal, Arya College, joined Prof V K Dhir, Dr Parminder Singh, secretary sports, Prof R L Behl, and Prof Jagtar Singh, in charge judo team, in congratulating the members of the team.

Hardeep Singh won a gold medal in the below-66 kg category while Anil Jaura clinched a double. In the open category, Anil clinched a gold but lost in the below-90 kg category and had to be content with a silver.

In the below-81 kg category, Satinder Singh gave a good account of himself by winning the gold while Balwinder Singh finished runner-up to bag the silver medal.

Meanwhile, for this achievement, Dr Sharma has announced a scholarship of Rs 2,000 annually for the winners of the gold medal, Rs 1,500 for the silver medallist and Rs 1,000 for the bronze medallist.


ABVP observes black day

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) observed a black day today in protest against government policies on education. The local unit of the ABVP took out a motor-cycle rally in this regard. The rally started from Arya College for Boys.

Atul Sood, vice-president , Ludhiana, said after examinations the ABVP would launch an agitation in Ludhiana. Sandeep Kapoor , ABVP’s state unit vice-president said students would vote against the present government in the coming parliamentary elections. Rajat Sood led the rally from Arya College.

The speakers said the government had completed two years but its policies on education had never been positive.

He said the government was following a dual policy on education. The government had not announced anything in connection with the students union elections while it had committed to do so in its manifesto.

Technical education is getting more expensive in the whole state and the fee structure has not been declared, resulting in widespread commercialisation of education in the state.



PU Senate poll preparations on

While the Panjab University Senate poll is scheduled to be held in September 2004, preparations have already started in the city. Candidates have not only prepared their minds for contesting the elections but have also started campaigning and arranging sponsorships. Since the university has already printed its forms to prepare fresh voter cards, the candidates, vying to be a part of the top decision-making body, have bought these and are busy preparing votes.

Hectic activities are on in the biggest constituency of graduates, not only just in terms of membership but also with respect to the number of voters. With over two lakh voters already on the electoral role, many fresh votes are being prepared. Since all graduates who had passed from Panjab University, or its affiliated college in or before 1999, and all post graduates, irrespective of their year of passing, will be eligible for the contest, the contestants are busy preparing votes of acquaintances falling in either of the two categories.

The contestants are preparing these votes with an intention to gain more supporters. While the university authorities charge Rs 15 for every fresh vote, the contestants do not take any money from the voter and pay for these from their own pockets.

Ludhiana candidates, who have already made up their mind for contesting this year, include Principal Harmit Kaur from Ramgarhia Girls’ College and Principal B.D. Budhiraja from Kamla Lohtia SD College, both representing the Principals’ constituency from the city in the present term and trying for the forthcoming term as well. Similarly, Prof Satish Sharma, a lecturer from Arya College, the top most winner in the lecturers’ constituency in the previous year will be vying for the sixth consecutive term now.

Also, Prof Mukesh Arora from SCD Government College, an Independent candidate, and Prof Rajinder Bhandari from Arya College, an RSS candidate, both representing the graduates’ constituency in the current term, are taking another chance this time. The new face this year will be Mr Rajiv Bhasin, a non-teaching staff member from Arya College. While Mr Bhandari and Mr Bhasin are yet to begin, Mr Arora has started building up his network in all parts of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu, where the voters take part in the poll.

Working as lecturers in the colleges, Mr Arora and Mr Bhandari are also eligible to contest in the lecturer’s constituency but they said that they preferred being close to students and wanted to represent their problems before the university authorities.

Mr Sharma, from lecturers’ constituency, has not visibly started canvassing but he certainly seems to be cashing on getting two major demands fulfilled for the benefit for the staff, including the setting up of a law college and starting orientation courses for teachers. He is also going to take up the case of underpayment among staff and getting timely 95 per cent grant-in-aid for the teachers’.




Partial strike by Arya College students

Gurinder Singh, vice-president of the student body of Arya College, and hundreds of students came out of their classes today to protest against inaction in connection with the case of kidnapping of Gurinder. An FIR has also been registered against the kidnappers.

The students said that they were striking as the kidnappers, including Phoolbadan, are roaming freely outside the college and they feel intimidated. It may be mentioned that Gurinder was kidnapped from Arya College on October 11 but he had managed to hoodwink his captors and freed himself on October 13.

The students want the Principal and management to urge the SSP, Mr Narinder Pal Singh, to arrest the culprits. They have submitted memoranda to the Principal as well as the SSP.

The students gathered in large numbers in college premises at about 11am and were addressed by Satwant Sandhu, Ravinder Singh, Navneet Sharma, Gurpreet Singh and Kaka Peter, student leaders. They said that ‘outside elements’ had come into the college and had managed to kidnap Gurinder on October 11from the college. They demanded that the students should be provided with security and outside elements should not be allowed to come inside .

Gurinder, talking to Ludhiana Tribune, said during captivity the kidnappers wanted to know the names of the boys who had damaged the car of Phoolbadan, one of the kidnappers, against whom a complaint was lodged in division no 8 police station by Sukhjinder, brother of Gurinder. Since he did not disclose any names, they were vindictive and were roaming freely to intimidate students.

The students went on strike for two hours but on the assurance of the Principal, Dr S.M. Sharma, that he would speak with Narinderpal Singh, SSP , and urge him to arrest the kidnappers, the boys called off the strike.



Freshers welcomed at Arya College

The students of Arya College (Women) organised a cultural function to welcome the students of Nursery Teachers Training course here today. Students welcomed Ms Satisha Sharma (in charge) and the Principal, Mr Sam Sharma. The chief guests lighted the traditional lamp. The ex-students who had scored more than 80 per cent marks were honoured on the occasion.

Students honoured on the occasion, included Monica Kalia (83.8 per cent), Tarvinder Kaur (83.4 per cent), Manpreet Kaur (83.1 per cent), Veera Bhatia (82.8 per cent), Nishi Khanna (82.7 per cent), Anju Bala (82.3 per cent), Jyoti Sharma (82 per cent), Dimple Sharma (81.8 per cent), Anupama Sethi (81.7 per cent), Avneet Kaur (81.6 per cent), Supriya Kaul (81.6 per cent), Amandeep Kaur (81.5 per cent), Anupama Verma (81.5 per cent), Purnima Batra (81.3 per cent), Maneet Kaur (81.3 per cent), Arshpreet Kaur, (81.1 per cent), Aarti Wadhwa (81.1 per cent), Aarti Wadhwa (81.1per cent), Prinka Sharma (81per cent), and Simmi Dhir (81 per cent).

The programme started with “Saraswati Vandana”. Saloni presented a dance on the song ‘Maiya Yashoda’ while other students presented a colourful dandiya dance and Haryanavi dance.



Extension lecture organised at Arya College

Sqn Ldr P.P. Singh, Commanding Officer of 4 PB Air Sqn., delivered an extension lecture to the students of Arya College, Ludhiana, at the college today. The lecture was organised by the NCC (Air Wing) of the college.

Dr S.M Sharma, Principal of the college, extended welcome to the guest speaker and highlighted the aims and objective of NCC. He also ensured full cooperation in the proper functioning of the NCC unit of the college.

Sqn Ldr P.P Singh dwelt upon various aspects of the activities of NCC (Air Wing) e.g. principles of flying, aero-dynamics and air traffic control services. He also brought out the importance of NCC in developing all round personality of the cadets. He also informed about the job opportunities available to NCC cadets.

Prof. H.S. Sidhu, Dean, Co-Curricular activities, thanked the speaker for vital information given to the students.

On this occasion, an entrance test was also conducted for enlisting the students for NCC (Air Wing) by Flying Officer (NCC) Dr S.P. Singh. A good number of students took the test. Capt. H.S. Sohl, Chief Gliding Instructor, Sahnewal Airport, Warrant Officer Gurmit Singh, Training in charge of NCC activities were the guests of honour on the occasion.



Arya College gets Principal

After a gap of more than two years, the Arya College for Boys has finally got a Principal. Mr S.M. Sharma, assumed the duties of the Principal of the college on Monday.

He was selected for the post after an interview by a selection committee constituted by the chairman of the governing body of Arya College, Ludhiana, the Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, and the DPI Colleges, Chandigarh.

The meeting was held in the office of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Punjab, at Guru Dutt Bhavan, Jalandhar, on August 18. The selection committee interviewed five candidates for the post. Four candidates were from Arya College and one candidate was from Pathankot.

Mr S.M. Sharma was unanimously selected for the post. He took charge of the Principal of the college from Mr Jiwan Ahuja, acting Principal, on the same day. Mr Saathi Vijay Kumar, chairman of the managing committee of the college, and Mr Asha Nand Arya, vice-president of the committee, were also present on the occasion.

The college staff has welcomed the appointment of Mr S.M. Sharma. Mr Jiwan Ahuja assured his full cooperation to the new Principal.

Mr S.M. Sharma said he had spent a major part of his life in Arya College, first as a student and then as a lecturer. He has been teaching economics in the college for the past 32 years. Before assuming the duties of the Principal, he was heading the Economics Department. He said, “I want to see that students get quality education in the college. Efforts will be made to improve overall discipline.”

He remained a member of the Under Graduate Board of Studies in Economics for four terms, besides being a member of the Art Faculty for the past four terms.


Commerce all time favourite in city colleges

With almost all seats for BCom and MCom filled in colleges affiliated to Panjab University, commerce stream seems to be the most preferred among college-going students here.

All 30 seats to MCom have been filled in Khalsa College for Women, GGN Khalsa College and SCD Government College. With two days still left for admissions, nearly 27 seats out of the total 30 have been filled at Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College and 26 have been occupied in Arya College.

Even BCom has received a very good response as all 210 seats have been filled in Kamla Lohtia SD College. Even Khalsa College for Women has filled all 120 seats. GGN Khalsa College has also managed to fill its 140 seats and nearly 56 seats have been filled in Guru Nanak Girls College.

In contrast, basic courses such as BA, BSc and MA have found few takers compared to the previous year. For BSc, GGN Khalsa College has been able to take only 40 students. Nearly 102 admissions have been held in Guru Nanak Girls College. In Khalsa College for Women, medical group has received a feeble response while 150 seats have been filled for the non-medical group.

For BA, Kamla Lohtia SD College has admitted just 65 students. GGN Khalsa College has taken 150 students while last year 400 students had joined the course. The response, however, is better in girls colleges as Khalsa College for Women has already taken more than 300 students and 203 students have taken admission in Guru Nanak Girls College till date.

Courses such as MA have found good response only in government colleges. All other colleges have admitted very few students. Only five students have taken admission in MA Punjabi in GGN Khalsa College and 16 have joined Guru Nanak Girls College for the same course. Nearly 10 students have joined MA each in history and political science in Arya College. Just 13 students have applied for MA economics in Kamla Lohtia College. While only 16 students have taken admission to MA English in GGN Khalsa College, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women has received 128 applications against 40 seats for the same course.

It is not just these basic courses, even technical courses have received very poor response. Just six students have taken admission to PGDCA which has 30 seats in GGN Khalsa College, 10 each have been filled in Guru Nanak Girls College and Kamla Lohtia SD College and 13 seats have been occupied in Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women.

Even MSc (IT) has not had a very good response. Kamla Lohtia SD College has received just four applications, though not even a single seat has been filled. Six seats out of the total 30 have been occupied in Arya College. However, two girls colleges including Ramgarhia Girls College and Khalsa College for Women have been able to fill all 30 seats.

Similarly, BCA and BBA have also not had a good response in Panjab University colleges. Just 12 out of the total 40 seats for BBA have been filled in Kamla Lohtia SD College and 21 have been occupied for BCA. Similarly, 18 students have taken admission to BCA in Guru Nanak Girls College. In contrast, all 40 seats have been occupied in Khalsa College for Women for both BBA as well as BCA.



KCW girls perform well

Students of the Khalsa College for Women (KCW) performed well in the M.A-II (political science) examination conducted by Panjab University in April, 2003. Ms Amandeep Kaur secured 440 marks to be placed first in the college followed by Ms Sukhdeep Kaur who secured 426 marks. Ms Sandeep Kaur stood third with 424 marks, Manveen Kaur secured 420 marks, Kirandeep Kaur got 414, Amandeep Kaur 410, Supriya Kakkar 409, Bhupinder Kaur 408 while Nidhi Verma, Amardeep Kaur and Harpreet Kaur secured 400 marks each.

From the Arya College for Women, Nisha Sharvari bagged the first position by securing 430 marks while Kiranjit Kaur was placed at second position with 428 marks and Poornima Gupta followed with 426 marks. Rajni Bala scored 420 marks, Shelja got 404 marks and Sheema scored 403 marks.

From the Arya College for Boys, Jagdeep Singh secured 419 marks and Harpreet Singh secured 412 marks.



Girls outshine boys in BA III exam

The results of BA final examinations conducted by Panjab University are out and girls have outshone boys in obtaining top positions. Shivani Mahajan of the SDP College for Women has stood first in the college by securing 1850 out of 2400 marks while Monica has been placed in the second position with 1749 marks and Neha in the third position with 1745 marks. The topper in the Arya College for Women is Megha Goyal. She has scored 1822 marks. In the second position is Tarandeep Kaur with 1789 marks and the third slot goes to Neeta Devi with 1784 marks.

Sonali Jain of the Khalsa College for Women has stood first in the college by obtaining 1792 marks, while Siddarishti Jain is second with 1775 marks and Shilpa has got 1752 marks to be third while Komaljit has secured 1747marks.

In the Government College for Women, Deepti has secured 1774 marks while Sukhmani got 1769, and Sapna 1762 marks.

In the Master Tara Singh College for Women, Tamanna obtained 1770 marks whereas Anu Sharma of Ramgarhia Girls College got 1684 marks and Gurpreet obtained 1662 marks.

From the Arya College of Boys, Inderjit Singh got 1650 and the second position was bagged by Inderjit with 1588 marks and Tarun Thapar got 1533 marks. In the SCD Government College for Boys, the toppers are Hitesh Kumar and Sandeep Singh Saini with 1567 marks, while Rupinder Singh obtained 1558 marks and Vineet got 1545 marks to be placed at the third position.

About 40 students who had taken functional English as their subject are agitated as Panjab University has withheld their results of BA III examinations. One of the affected students said that the university had misplaced nearly 200 answersheets of the functional English paper and for this reason their result has not been declared. These students want to be given provisional admission till their results are out.



Arya College win cricket tourney

Skipper Gaurav Marwaha (63) led from the front to help Arya College for Boys to register 32-run victory over the S.D. Government College for Boys to lift the trophy in the first inter-college TCY Cricket Tournament organised by the Top Careers and You Learning Solutions in association with Hero Cycles, Hindustan Times and Coca Cola at the Government College ground here today.

Arya College won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 179 runs after losing five wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Gaurav Marwaha hammered 63 off 46 balls, which included six hits to the boundary. Amul cracked 39 off 28 balls, laced with two fours and one six while Rajeev chipped in with 15 runs.

For Government College Varinder scalped two victims conceding 33 runs while Krishan, Sidharth and Mohit captured one wicket each.

In reply, Government College, despite useful innings by their captain Salil, who scored a scintillating 68 from 48 deliveries and Jimmy who cracked 42 off 28 balls, could muster 147 runs for the loss of five wickets in their quota of 20 overs. Ajay contributed 11 runs. Deepak of Arya College grabbed three wickets for 20 runs.

Mr O.P. Munjal, Co-Chairman and Managing Director of Hero Cycles and Dr M S Mahal, an international umpire, were the guests at the prize distribution function. Deepak was given a Hero Siren cycle while all members of the Arya College team received Hero Devil cycles.


Arya College XI triumph

A superb knock of 143 runs by Rajiv helped Arya College XI to rout GGNIMT XI by 93 runs in the inter-college TCY cricket Tournament being played at the SD Government College for Boys ground here today.

Batting first, Arya College XI made 219 runs for the loss of five wickets in their quota of 20 overs. Their captain, Gaurav Marwha, contributed 23 runs. For GGNIMT, Aman took three wickets for 22 runs in four overs. Arya College bowlers then restricted GGNIMT to 126 runs, with only Ashish reaching the double-figure mark (22).



Arya College controversy continues

The controversy between two groups of Arya College teachers refuses to die down. Yesterday, supporters of Prof V.K. Handa and Prof Devinder Joshi claimed that annoyed at the termination of primary membership of these two professors, 48 teachers had disassociated themselves from the PCCTU.

But in a counterclaim today, Prof Prem Walia, unit president of the Arya College Teachers’ Union (ACTU), which is affiliated to the PCCTU, refuted the statement that 48 teachers had disassociated from the PCCTU. He said he had received no resignation letter from any teacher so far.

Mr Parminder Singh, district president and Prof V.K. Bhardwaj, executive member of the PCCTU, said the two teachers from Arya College Ludhiana, Prof A.K. Handa and Prof Davinder Joshi, who were expelled from the PCCTU, were spreading rumours that some teachers from other colleges had resigned.

“Not a single teacher from any college of the Ludhiana district has resigned from the PCCTU in protest against these expulsions. It is pertinent to mention here that the Ludhiana district council of the PCCTU, which includes presidents and secretaries of all college units of the district, has unanimously recommended to the central executive that an action should be taken against them for their anti-union actions,” they said.

They further said the supporters of expelled teachers were levelling baseless allegations against the central leadership. It would not serve any purpose except showing how low they could go in bringing a bad name to the PCCTU.



Expelled teachers were running parallel union

The issue of expulsion of two teachers of the local Arya College from the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) fails to die down with the office-bearers of the union claiming that the duo were expelled from the teachers body since they were running a parallel union and showed no regard for the directives of the PCCTU.

In a joint statement issued to the press, Prof Kanwaljit Singh, secretary, Prof Kuldip Singh and Prof V.K. Bhardwaj, members of the central executive of the PCCTU and Prof. Parminder Singh, district President of the PCCTU claimed that the central union of the PCCTU felt constrained to take action against them and at its meeting on January 19, 2003, at Doraha and unanimously decided to expel Prof. A.K. Handa and Prof, Davinder Joshi from the primary membership of the PCCTU.

The office-bearers said the PCCTU had also issued show-cause notices to 10 other teachers who supported them in running a parallel union. So, their allegations that they have become the victim of dirty politics is baseless rather they themselves are responsible for the action taken against them.

The leaders said these two lecturers of the Arya College, had been indulging in anti-teacher and anti-union activities since March, 2002. They had formed a union without holding the elections which was not recognised by the central body of the PCCTU. On the other hand, central executive of the PCCTU, on the basis of the report of the fact- finding team, held the democratically elected team headed by Prof Walia and Prof R. L. Behl valid, they added.

They claimed that Prof. Walia’s team was recognised not only by the outgoing central executive headed by Prof K.B.S. Sodhi and Prof Jaspal Randhawa but also by the present central executive of the PCCTU headed by Prof. S.S. Hundal and Prof. V.K. Tiwari.

The leaders further said the central executive had warned Prof. A.K. Handa and Prof. Davinder Joshi from time to time against running a parallel union and thereby weaken the cause of the union. ‘‘When they did not desist from issuing parallel notices, they were served show-cause notices to explain their position by November 30, 2002. Instead of responding to the show-cause notice, they again issued a parallel notice.’’

Meanwhile, the Arya College Teachers Union has welcomed the decision of the central executive of the PCCTU to expell Prof. Handa and Prof Joshi form the PCCTU. The union alleged that the two were misusing the official pads of the legally recognised unit of the PCCTU. ‘‘Whereas the officially recognised union had waged a struggle for the fulfillment of the genuine demands of the teachers, these two office-bearers of the so-called union did not stand by the teachers’ cause and issued parallel notices to create confusion amongst the teachers and thus worked for weakening the cause if teachers.’’ alleged the leaders.

‘‘The claim of Prof Handa and Prof Joshi enjoying the confidence of the majority is baseless which has been proved by the recent defeat of Prof. Joshi and Prof. H.S. Sidhu in the election of the ACMC held on November 30, 2002. Even during the elections of ACTU held in March 2002, as many as 48 teachers voted for the team led by Prof. Walia and Prof R.L. Behl.’’ said Prof Prem Walia and Prof. R.L. Behl.



Guilty students fate to be decided today

Fate of 19 students from local colleges involved in the fake re-evaluation certificate racket is likely to be decided in a meeting of a PU committee tomorrow. The meeting will be held at Chandigarh.

The committee, specially appointed by the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.N. Pathak, to probe into the case, will give the second and last hearing to the students found guilty. In the first meeting only five students had appeared to plead their case, rest of the students have been called again this time.

After the meeting, the committee members will present their final decision to the PU Syndicate. The members of the committee include Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh and Principal A.C. Vaid from Chandigarh, Controller of Examination Sodhi Ram, Prof Amarjit Singh Dua from local Government College for Women, Principal Harmit Kaur from Ramgarhia Girls’ College and Prof Rajinder Bhandari from Arya College.

According to committee members, the investigations till date have revealed that the racket was being operated from Doraha. Involvement of PU employees in the racket has not been ruled out as yet and the committee members have asked the university authorities to probe whether the certificates were original or not.

Students involved in the racket were BA and BCom first and second year students at local colleges. These included four students each from Guru Nanak Girls College at Model Town and Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College; one each from SCD Government College, Arya College and Guru Nanak College at Doraha; six from Guru Teg Bahadur National College at Dakha; and two compartment cases from local colleges.

The Syndicate is the final decision making body in the case. It may be mentioned that PU rules says that students seeking admission to affiliated colleges on the basis of false certificates can be disqualified for further admission for a period of three to five years as may be decided by the PU Syndicate.

Giving details of the case, Prof Rajinder Bhandari, a committee member, said while the matter was hot and it was being decided to disqualify guilty students from getting admission to any college for five years, he had proposed in the Syndicate meeting that students be given a chance to present their case. Such a hearing would also help investigate the culprits, he had suggested.

Ms Harmit Kaur, also a committee member, said the members of the committee were likely to come up with their final decision. She hoped that more students would come up tomorrow, give some clue to the investigations and help the authorities nab the real culprits.



Controversy rages over college control

The controversy over the control of Arya College here refuses to die down with the working general secretary of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Punjab, and the Arya Vidya Parishad, Mr O.P. Tandon, claiming that Mr Vijay Kumar Sathi was not the legally appointed president of the managing committee of the college.

Mr Tandon alleged that Mr Sathi was interfering in the affairs of Arya College with the help of the ruling party and police force. Mr Tandon claimed that he has not any legal status. Referring to the claims of Mr Sathi that he was appointed president by Mr Harbans Sharma, president of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Mr Tandon said since Mr Sharma was removed as president by the general house of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Punjab, at its meeting held on March 17, 2002, Mr Sathi had no legal claims.

Mr Tandon maintained that as per the constitution of the Arya Vidya Parishad, the managing committee of any Arya institution is to be constituted by executive committee of the Parishad or by anyone to whom it delegates the powers, which were given to Dr K.K. Pasricha, working president of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha. Dr Pasricha has appointed Mr H.L. Sethi as secretary and he is the only legally appointed secretary of the college.

Mr Tandon said that he had also filed a civil suit against Mr Harbans Lal Sharma and others for their alleged illegal acts. The suit is pending in the court of Mr Ashok Kapoor, Civil Judge, Ludhiana. Mr Sathi, he claimed, has no right to claim himself as president of the managing committee of Arya College and he should desist from his “illegal acts”.

He condemned Mr Sathi for comparing Arya College with “madarsas”. He said Mr H.L. Sethi is a staunch “Arya Samaji” and is also the senior vice-president of the APSP and the AVPP Jalandhar in addition to secretary of MC of Arya College, Ludhiana. He claimed that Mr Sathi is not even the primary member of any Arya Samaj of Punjab.



Arya College students wait for teachers

The clash of egos among local leaders over the renaming of Arya Girls College is hampering the function of the institution.

Due to the efforts of Mr Rakesh Pathania, local MLA and Chairman of the HPTDC, the government had agreed to take over the management of the Arya Girls College, of which Mr Sat Mahajan, a former PCC chief, was a patron. Significantly, local leaders rose above political considerations and shared a common dias on June 16, when the Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal announced the government takeover of the college on the college campus.

Intriguingly, admissions started with late fee on the first day itself on July 8. The date was extended till July 30.

Till now, neither the Principal, nor the teaching and administrative staff, has been posted at the college. The Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) has not listed faculties to be introduced.

Ironically, the clash of political egos has hampered the taking possession of the college by the government for which a team of the HPU had stayed here for three days. The condition of the managing committee of the college to name the government college after ‘Arya’ is not acceptable to Mr Pathania. The state government had, however, issued a notification for the government takeover of the college in the beginning of this month.

The transfer of college assets has been hanging fire. According to the college managing committee, things have been taking the final shape. The government’s reluctance to name the college after ‘Arya’ is unwarranted, it rued.

On the other hand, Mr Pathania clarified that there was no pre-condition on behalf of the managing committee before handing over the college to the government. The committee had nominated him a member a few years, back but he had never been consulted before making any resolution on naming of the institution, he said.

Mr Pathania alleged that the committee had been creating hurdles in the way of handing over of the college assets to the government. He asserted that the college would only be named as Government College, Nurpur. “The government will not hesitate to revoke its notification of government takeover of the college and to start classes for the new academic session in the government buildings lying vacant in the area,” he stated.

The proposed naming of the college has triggered a controversy. There has been a demand that local politicians should again rise above party politics for paving the way for smooth start to the current academic session.



Power struggle continues in Arya College

Power struggle in Arya College continues unabated the faction led by Lala Lajpat Rai, who was earlier the President of the managing committee, and Mr H.L. Sethi, secretary of the committee, alleged that the administration was biased against them.

In a written statement in the press yesterday, Mr Sethi claimed that the Managing Committee of Arya College, headed by Lala Lajpat Rai was still managing the college affairs. Mr S.S. Verma, acting Principal, Mr Rai and Mr Sethi had not given the charge to anybody. They alleged that police force was used to take Mr Vijay Sathi, Mr S.K. Syal and Mr J.K. Ahuja into the Principal’s office forcibly where they got them photographed to show that the charge had been taken, he said.

He alleged that some officials had told them that they had orders from the top. He further said that it was wrong on the part of the Congress to interfere in the management of colleges.

According to him, elections of office-bearers of Arya Vidya Parishad, Punjab and the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Punjab, were held on December 17 at Jalandhar, in which Dr K.K. Pasricha was elected senior vice-president-cum-working president of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Punjab. Harbans Lal Sharma was elected president. He alleged that later, Mr Harbans Lal Sharma started working against the interests of the sabha. He was expelled from the sabha on February 23. The expulsion was ratified by general house on March 3. “Thus Harbans Lal Sharma has ceased to have any say or interest in the affairs of the Arya Vidya Parishad, Punjab, and the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Punjab. As such he has no right to constitute Managing Committee of Arya College, he said.



Appointments settle Arya College row

The storm that had rocked Ludhiana’s prestigious Arya College for Boys has settled down with the appointment of Mr Vijay Sathi from Moga as the president of Arya Vidya Parishad, Punjab and Mr Jiwan Ahuja, Head of Chemistry Department, as the acting Principal. In supersession of all previous orders in respect to the college, Mr Harbans lal Sharma , president of both A BVP and Arya Prathinidhi Sabha, Punjab, by virtue of power vested in him had made the new appointments. This marks a new era for the college which had been rocked by several controversies when the management was under Lala Lajpat Rai , MP, Rajya Sabha (BJP).

The newly appointed secretary Mr S.K. Syal and other members of the committee , members of both teaching and non-teaching staff talked to Ludhiana Tribune about the sense of relief that they had experienced after the transition of power from the old to the new management. Mr Vijay Sathi said, “I along with my committee members reached the college . We requested the acting Principal Mr S.S. Verma, to continue as Principal as only two months of his tenure were left and not to get into any controversy. But he remained indecisive and was in constant consultation with Lalaji who was in his retiring room. But even after two hours of deliberations, no decision was taken by them .Finally Mr Verma was handed over the suspension notice. But he did not accept it and walked away and so did the MP. Mr Verma can continue as Head of Physics Department. Mr Jiwan Verma ,the senior most member, was appointed as the acting Principal. Lala Lajpat Rai had made the college a den for the activities of RSS and had created a vertical split among the staff members favouring supporters of the BJP and victimising those who were not.” said he was only given five minutes to take a decision. He had asked Mr Sathi to give him two days, but he was refused. He said he hadn’t been given any letter of termination of his services. Moreover, according to the rules of Panjab University the senior most member has to be the principal and he was the senior most. He said, “I had brought a lot of improvement in the college in my tenure of one and half years. The attendance of students had risen from 30 per cent to 90 per cent. The bad element from the college had been eliminated and the staff was happy.”

But some staff members refuted his statement. They said they were feeling relieved. Mr A.K. Handa, and Davinder Joshi , president and secretary of Arya College Teachers’ Union said there was a feeling of relief among a majority of the teaching staff. “They had victimised some teachers so much that they needed psychiatric help. Mr Rajeev Bhasin and Mr Kamal Dhall president and secretary of the Non-Teaching Staff Union said those who did not become RSS workers at their bidding had been involved in court cases as they had been implicated in false cases at the bidding of Lalaji who had enjoyed a clout when the SAD-BJP government was in power. Leaders of both teaching and non-teaching staff have pledged their support to the new management.

The new secretary, Mr S.K. Syal, associated with the college for the past four decades said with anguish, “When Lalaji forcibly took over the management one-and-a-half years ago, the college had assets of one-and-a-half crores. Now a part of the college building is mortgaged with a bank as guarantee of loan of Rs 15 lakhs that the management took. Lalaji says that he gave Rs10 lakh to college from his discretionary fund. We are going to appoint a vigilance committee to look into financial irregularities and deeds of omission and commission.”

Ms Rajesh Sharma, a member said, “The old management had implemented me in a false case too. But later the FIR was quashed Can any one tell us how could Lalaji become the president of an Arya Samaj peremier institute when he is not even an Arya Samaji Right from the beginning, the Arya Samajis did not like his entry but he occupied the post as Mr Harbans Lal was ill and he said his appointment was made by Mr K.K. Pasricha, the acting president for a little time.”

Lalaji said he was going to hold a meeting of old management and see what could be done to remedy the situation." No way”, says Mr Vijay Sathi and new committee members. “We are here to stay.”



College ground being readied for cricket tourneys

The cricket ground of the Arya College for Boys, Ludhiana, will be the venue of matches during this year’s summer league tournaments to be organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association. The pitch at the cricket ground is being re-laid and will be ready by the first week of May. The LDCA has also prepared three cemented wickets for the training of players.

The LDCA held trials to select players in different age groups. As many as 85 boys are attending the training-cum-coaching camps at Arya College. International coach, Charanjit Singh, a senior sports official with the Punjab Sports Department, former Ranji players, Satish Mangal, Arun Passi, Vijay Singh and Gurdeep Singh are giving training to the young cricketers.

Till 1999, the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) used to maintain the cricket ground at the local SD Government College and hold training camps there. The college ground remained venue for all the tournaments conducted by the association in addition to club cricket. But this ground was damaged in August, 1999, when some political parties organised election rallies there.

Cricket enthusiasts, particularly members of the LDCA, players and members of their families had protested against the holding of political rallies outside the rally venue, but their protests failed to elicit any response. The rallies were held and the pitch located at the centre and two practice strips were damaged beyond repairs. The boundary wall of the ground was also demolished to facilitate public to come to the rallies.

The digging up of cricket ground had drawn the attention of then the Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr M.S. Gill. Dr Gill, an alumni of this college, had expressed concern over the damaging the lush green lawns of the cricket ground. “It would be wrong to use government premises for election purposes”, Dr Gill had lamented.

A former test cricketer Yashpal Sharma, who belongs to Ludhiana, had also tried his best to pursue the PMO at Delhi to shift the rally venue to some other place, but his efforts, too, did not bear fruit.

The organisers of these rallies, at that time, had promised to repair the ground to the satisfaction of the LDCA and the players. But when after a number of requests and reminders, nothing was done, the LDCA was forced to shift its coaching centre to the Arya College for Boys.

Till the recent past, the ground of the government college was frequently used as a helipad for former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s helicopter. This ground is also under repair these days. The pitch is being constructed with the help from some members of the Sutlej Club who use to play at this ground.




Protest by non teaching staff of Arya College

The non-teaching staff of Arya College sat on dharna in protest against the negative attitude of the managing committee towards their demands. They sat in front of the principal’s office for three hours this morning.

Mr Rajeev Bhasin, president of the union, disclosed that the dharna was in support of Mr Raj Kumar Malhotra. The dharna would continue till the managing committee did not change its attitude. He said that when Mr Malhotra suffered a heart attack on January 14, Principal S.S. Verma and Mrs Satisha Sharma, in charge of Arya Girls College, and the secretary of the Managing Committee, Mr Harbans Lal, had promised to pay all the expenses incurred by him. But now they had all backed out.

Their protest would continue till the managing committee yielded to their demands of refunding all the expenses on his heart ailment. The member of the union tried to negotiate the matter with the management yesterday, but due to the indifferent attitude of Mr Varma, no solution was arrived at and hence the union was forced to organise dharna.


SDP college girls win debate

The district unit of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) organised an inter-college debate at Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College here today.

Teams from six colleges, including SCD Government College, Arya College for Boys, Arya College for Women, SDP College for Women, Government College for Women and the host college participated. The topic of the debate was ‘Is education being saffronised’. Each college was represented by two students — one speaking for the motion and the other against it.

Balwinder Kaur and Ruchi Sharma, both students of the SDP College for Women won the first prize. The team of Sumedha Bhandari and Kinneri from the Arya College for Women was declared second. Balwinder Kaur from SDP College also won the first prize in individual performance. Rajesh Sethi from SCD Government College received second prize in individual performance.

The district president, Sandeep Kapoor, secretary, Mohit Goyal, president of the host college, Rana Chand, and secretary of the host college, Nikhil Jain, organised the contest. The programme was presided over by the college principal, Mr B.D. Budhiraja. Mr Satya Prakash, former Mayor, was the chief guest. Prof Rajinder Bhandari, senator and syndic of Panjab University, was the guest of honour.



City under represented in PU Senate

With just 10 members from Ludhiana in the 90-member Panjab University Senate, the students and teachers of the local affiliated colleges feel that they are under-represented this time.

“Since 32 of the total 105 affiliated colleges are located in the district, the Senate should have been represented by at least 30 per cent members from the city. Number of students and staff is quite large but with less Senate members from the district, it will be difficult for them to highlight their problems to the PU authorities,” they said.

Among the 36 nominated members, the city has just one member, Lala Lajpat Rai, MP. Among the 15-member graduates’ constituency, Prof Rajinder Bhandari, commerce lecturer from Arya College, and Prof Mukesh Arora, Hindi lecturer from SCD Government College, are the two representatives. Prof Satish Sharma from Arya College and Prof Amarjit Singh Dua from the Government College for Women are the two members of the eight-member teachers’ constituency. Among the three Senators from colleges of education, Prof N.S. Sangha from the Guru Hargobind Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sudhar, is the only member.

The only constituency which has got enough representation in the PU Senate is that of the principals which includes four of the total eight members; Principal Harmit Kaur from Ramgarhia Girls’ College, Principal B.D. Budhiraja from Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College, Principal Tarsem Bahia from A.S. College, Khanna, and Principal Jaswant Singh from Guru Nanak National College, Doraha.

However, even the principals feel that since they have a very small vote bank comprising only of the district colleges, they do not get to know the problems of students and teachers from other colleges. Ms Harmit Kaur, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune said with better representation in the graduates’ and teachers’ constituency from the district, several problems being faced by the students and teachers could have been solved by the Senate.

Discussing the reasons for less representation in the Senate, Mr Budhiraja said there were just three local contestants for the graduates’ constituency and two were successful.

He said not many local graduates take part in the PU Senate elections as it requires much political and financial support.

Commenting upon the situation, Prof K.B.S. Sodhi, President, Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers’ Union, said due to inadequate representation from the district in the Senate, several cases of victimisation of teachers were coming up.

He said there were no such cases in Punjabi University and Guru Nanak Dev University because both of them have their regional centres. He said due to less representation, the long-pending demands of the district students and teachers to establish a regional centre and a law college in the city were not being fulfilled.

He blamed the university for its step-motherly treatment towards the local colleges which were providing maximum revenue to the university.


Arya College Principal goes on leave

Following withdrawal of suspension orders by the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha late last evening, Mr V.K. Mehta, Principal, Arya College, proceeded on a month-long leave as the college reopened today after a week.

The students and teachers came to the college and resumed their classes. The Principal also joined the college before he went on leave due to illness. In his absence, Mr S.S. Verma, Head of the Physics Department, took over the charge as acting Principal.

Giving reasons for the withdrawal of suspension orders, Lala Lajpat Rai, MP and president of Arya College Managing Committee, said that three representatives of the Non-Government College Principals’ Association approached him yesterday and urged him to cancel the orders passed against the Principal. He said that the Principals, including Ms Harmit Kaur from Ramgarhia Girls’ College, Mr B.D. Budhiraja from Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College and Mr Kuldip Singh from GGN Khalsa College said that since Mr Mehta was left with just six months of service, the orders should be withdrawn.

Lala Lajpat Rai said that he talked to Dr K.K. Pasricha, working president, Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, who said that the orders be withdrawn and college be reopened in the interest of the students.

He, however, said the chargesheet against the Principal would not be withdrawn and the Principal would have to reply to it within the stipulated time. It may be mentioned that Mr Mehta was suspended by Dr Pasricha on September 3 for ‘‘disobeying lawful orders of the managing committee’’. On September 11, he was chargesheeted by Mr H.L. Sethi, secretary, Arya College Managing Committee, for several financial irregularities.



Arya College remains closed

The deadlock over ongoing controversy over the suspension of the Arya College Principal, Mr V.K. Mehta, continues even as the district administration tried to explore the means to resolve the issue.

Mr S.R. Kler, Additional Deputy Commissioner, recorded the statement of one group of management, including Principal S.K. Syal, adviser to the administrator. He said the other group led by Mr Harbans Lal Sethi, secretary to the management committee, would present their case tomorrow.

The college remained closed for the seventh day and students have told the managing committee that they would not resume their classes till the suspension orders against the Principal are cancelled. Stating this in a press note, Mr Sukhjinder Singh, president, Students Union of Arya College, supported the Principal and said the academic atmosphere was being affected due to fight between two groups of management.


SDM meets Arya College Principal

Following several representations to the Deputy Commissioner regarding controversy over the suspension of Mr V.K. Mehta, Principal, Arya College, the administration today started intervention in the matter.

Mr Kuldip Singh, SDM (East), invited the Principal and members of the two groups of the management, including Mr Harbans Lal Sethi and Mr Syal. The statement of all invited persons was taken separately by the SDM.

It is also learnt that members of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha and other members of the college managing committee have been called by the DC tomorrow and a meeting of the two opposing groups would be held so that the matter is resolved and academic atmosphere of the college is no more affected.

Meanwhile, Mr Sethi said the college would reopen tomorrow.


Arya College Principal chargesheeted

The row over the suspension of Arya College Principal seems to be turning murkier with the managing committee secretary serving him a show-cause notice, charging him with several financial irregularities. Mr V.K. Mehta, Principal, has been told to send a reply for the 10-point charge sheet within 15 days following with the committee will conduct a regular inquiry during which supplementary charge sheets would be issued for verification of records.

In the charge sheet, Mr H.L. Sethi, secretary of Arya College Managing Committee, has stated that Rs 1.25 crore spent by the Principal on the construction of new blocks in the boys’ and girls’ wings and renovation of his house and college hall is not justifiable. It has been pointed out that even though the records show an amount of Rs 90,000 spent on water proofing of the hall, water pours inside the hall, making it unfit for use in the rainy season.

It has also been alleged that no proper procedure had been followed in construction works and there were gross financial irregularities in construction works. Mr Sethi has pointed out that no account of sale of old material has been maintained.

Mr Mehta has also been charged with dereliction of duty and financial loss to the college for not claiming arrears of certain staff members from the DPI (Colleges) who were posted against the aided posts. Mr Sethi has also stated that no statement of accounts of college computer centre has been submitted to him “despite repeated oral directions”.

Mr Mehta has also been blamed of financial loss to the college due to closure of postgraduate diploma courses in management. He has said that Mr Mehta did not take due interest in the courses.

Besides, the secretary has pointed out that even the BBA course was closed due to negligence of the Principal. He has alleged that a major part of the expenditure incurred on advertisement and publicity was unjustifiable.

He has been told to give details of the sale of college properties, including trees.

Lastly, Mr Sethi has also blamed the Principal for “disobeying lawful orders” of Dr K.K. Pasricha, president, Arya Pratinidhi Sabha and Arya Vidya Parishad, and doing it with “malafide intentions to gain personally” so that his misdeeds are not checked and exposed.

Mr Sethi has further told the Principal to not to move out of the city till the inquiry is completed.

Meanwhile, Mr Sandeep Kapoor, president, Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad, has welcomed the step of the Managing Committee to chargesheet the Principal and has told the members to re-open the college.

He has blamed that the Principal for supporting some student leaders by remitting their fee and providing them free canteen facilities in the college.



Arya College closed for two days,Students agitation continues

Anticipating trouble by the students who are agitating against the suspension of Principal V.K. Mehta of Arya College, the gates of the campus were closed by the management today.

The students and teachers who came to attend the college were told that the college would remain closed for two days and reopen on Monday. The members of the management maintained their hold on the administrative block of the college with their own locks.

The students went on strike yesterday to protest against the suspension orders issued to Mr V.K. Mehta for ‘‘disobeying lawful orders of the managing committee’’. Mr S.S. Verma, Head of Physics Department, had been appointed officiating principal of the college by the working president of the Arya Pratinidhi Parishad, Dr K.K. Pasricha. Besides, Lala Lajpat Rai, MP and president of the college committee, had favoured the orders passed by Dr Pasricha.

Mr V.K. Mehta said that he felt as if he was caught in the fight between the two factions of the management. He said that the college management committee may rethink over the issue and he was waiting for its final decision.

Meanwhile, at a meeting of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), it was decided that the managing committee of the college be urged to reopen the college to maintain academic environment on the campus. Stating this in a press note, Mr Sandeep Kapoor, president, ABVP, said that students should not be made to suffer because of the tussle between two groups of the management.

Mr Mohit Goyal, general secretary, said that the ABVP had also decided to organise a one-day camp on survey of demands of college students in which the students would be told to list their problems and a memorandum regarding the major demands of the students would be given to the principal.

Besides, a meeting of the Arya College Old Students Association was also held in which they decided to urge the college management committee to solve their differences outside the educational institute. Mr Jiwan Dhawan, senior vice-president, said that politics should be kept out of the college and conducive atmosphere should be restored in the college.



Arya College students go on strike

Condemning the orders of suspension given to Mr V.K. Mehta, Principal, Arya College, students went on strike today, demanding his immediate restoration as Principal.

The students raised slogans in support of the Principal and demanded that orders passed by the working president of the Arya Pratinidhi Parishad be taken back. They said that their Principal was being wrongly charged for no fault of his. The students said that the tussle between the two groups of management was affecting the academic atmosphere and they demanded that they should solve their differences without interfering in college matters.

The teachers of the college unanimously decided not to interfere in the ongoing conflict within the management but through a memorandum to the president and working president of the Arya Pratinidhi Parishad, they warned them not to cause any harm to any member of the Arya College Teachers’ Unit. The members held a meeting in the college and resolved that in case any member of the management would cause any damage to them, the teachers would together fight for their rights.

It may be mentioned that Mr Mehta had been suspended yesterday by Dr K.K. Pasricha, working president of the parishad, for ‘‘entertaining unlawful orders of Mr Harbans Lal Sharma and disobeying lawful orders of the managing committee’’ and Mr S.S. Verma, head of the Physics Department, had been appointed as officiating Principal. He had also said that Mr Sharma had no powers vested in him and reaffirmed that the committee constituted by orders on September 21 last year in which Lala Lajpat Rai, MP, was appointed president and Mr Harbans Lal Sethi was appointed secretary was a valid and legal one.

Lala Lajpat Rai visited the college today and spoke in favour of the orders of suspension passed by Dr Pasricha. Meanwhile, members of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) have also welcomed suspension orders passed against the Principal. Mr Sandeep Kapoor, President of the local unit of ABVP, blamed Mr Mehta for giving shelter to some anti-social elements in the campus.



Parishad dissolves managing panels

Arya Vidya Parishad Punjab has dissolved the managing committees of a college and two senior secondary schools in the city and those of some other schools in Punjab are also likely to be dissolved soon. Member of Parliament, Lala Lajpat Rai, has been appointed Administrator for Arya College, Ludhiana.

The President of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha and Arya Vidya Parishad, Dr K.K. Pasricha, told The Tribune here today that some “indiscipline and weaknesses” had crept into the management of these institutions. It was felt that the committees should be dissolved and the charge be handed over to some responsible persons.

The Arya Vidya Parishad Punjab is running a chain of about 60 educational institutions in the state. These include 18 colleges. The parishad has dissolved the managing committees of Arya College Ludhiana, Arya Boys Senior Secondary School and Arya Girls Senior Secondary School.

The decision of the parishad to hand over charge of Arya College, Ludhiana, may not stand legal scrutiny as each college needs to have a separate and independent governing body. Dr Pasricha said the governing body of the said college might be constituted soon.

The parishad President disclosed that the managing committees of various other institutions were also under observation following reports of mismanagement.

While Mr Ushnak Rai has been appointed Administrator of Arya Girls Senior Secondary School, Mr Romesh Sharma and Mr Kamal Chaitly have been appointed as his advisors.

For Arya Boys Senior Secondary School, Mr Anil Sareen has been appointed Administrator. Mr Sarabjeet Sharma and Mr Navdeep Bharadwaj will assist him as his advisors.

According to Dr Pasricha, Lala Lajpat Rai has been appointed Administrator of the Arya College, Ludhiana, for improving the management and academic culture in the college.

Lalaji said that he was pleased to accept the responsibility given to him by the Arya Vidya Parishad and would ensure that he came up to the expectations of the parishad.

Mr Harbans Lal Sethi and the Principal (retd) Mr S.K.Syal have been appointed as advisors to Lalaji. Bank accounts at all these institutions will be operated by the respective administrators and principals.



Boycott despite fee reduction

It was a typical case of ignorance. The students of Arya College for Women boycotted their classes to protest against the fee hike while the fee had already been reduced by the Principal.

In a meeting of the students of Arya College for Boys with the Principal, Mr V.K. Mehta, it was decided that though the fee hike was introduced by the state government and Panjab University, some college funds would be relaxed to compensate for the fee hike. It was also declared that fee concession would be given to some students hailing from economically weaker sections of society.

Since the girls were not aware of this fact, they boycotted their classes. However, when they were told about the decisions taken at the meeting last Saturday, they went back to their classes. The Headmistress, Ms Satisha Sharma, asserted that the students were ignorant about slashing of the fee.

She said, “I was away to Khanna at the time when classes were boycotted. I was told that the girls of the college, who were standing near the gate, were incited by some outsiders. Later, when the girls were told about the decision, they went back to their classes.”



No transparency on staff appointment

LUDHIANA: The issue of appointment of lecturers at Arya College is becoming a matter of concern for residents too. It all came to light when a senior member of Punjab Education Development Board sought information under RTI regarding appointment of lecturers in the college in the last session. The college principal called it routine work and assured that information would be dispatched.

MM Vyas, an educationist and senior member of Punjab Education Development Board, said, I wanted some information regarding appointment of teachers from the Arya College principal, but on one pretext or the other, he was not accepting the letter. I wanted the information, so I had only one option- I thus sent the letter through speed post to the principal.

Talking about the issue, SM Sharma, the college principal who had initially refused to accept the letter, said, Last year, some permanent teachers were appointed in the college. The entire procedure was absolutely transparent and if somebody asked for any information, that would be provided to him in due course of time.

Sources revealed that in commerce department, last year, three lecturers were appointed and in the current session, one mathematics lecturer was appointed and was made to join her duty in vacations. Although the college management authorized the principal to appoint lecturers on ad hoc basis, he took the related decision on his own and appointed lecturers on regular basis.

Further, PS Bhogal, president, Arya College Teachers Union, said, The matter regarding appointment of teachers should be discussed in the meeting of management but the same was never done. And this time, the issue was raised in the management meeting too.

Last month, a Vigilance Bureau inquiry was marked against the school principal and because of constant strikes and other reasons, the college management got dissolved.

SH T D KOHLI AND OTHERS Vs STATE OF PUNJAB AND OTHERS CWP 76 of 2006

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

R.A.No.35 of 2011

in

Date of decision : 3.3.2011

Sh.T.D.Kohli and others ....Petitioners
Versus
State of Punjab and others ...Respondents

CORAM :
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE MAHESH GROVER

Present:
Mr.Balram Gupta, Sr.Advocate with
Mr.Sameer Sachdeva, Advocate for the applicants/respondents No.3 and 4.

MAHESH GROVER, J.
The instant review application has been filed by Arya College Management Committee and Principal, Arya College, Ludhiana who were respondents No.3 and 4 in the writ petition.

The grievance as raised in the petition is that according to Para 12.3 Chapter VII (E) Vol.I of Panjab University Calendar, the employees, who were the petitioners in the writ petition, were required to contribute towards their provident fund an amount which is contemplated in the said para i.e. 10 per cent of +salary, but they were concededly depositing lesser amount and, therefore, it is not the obligation of the applicants to compensate them to the extent beyond that. It is further the case of the applicants that such a plea was never raised by the non-applicants during the tenure of their service and such a plea has been raised belatedly.

On due consideration, I am of the opinion that the applicants have failed to even plead such a fact before this Court in the reply filed to the writ petition. This point was also never argued before this Court at that stage and in the review application for the first time a plea has been raised.

For the aforesaid reason, when no such case was ever set up by the applicants, I am of the opinion that the review application is misconceived.

The scope of review is always limited and restricted to the errors apparent on the face of the record. Having found no such errors, I am of the opinion that the review application is misconceived and is accordingly dismissed.

(MAHESH GROVER)
JUDGE



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