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PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
Address:Sector - 12
Chandigarh (District Chandigarh)
Chandigarh, India
Pin Code : 160012


PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh Chandigarh is a University recognised by UGC. Status: Deemed University. PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh Chandigarh is also known as Punjab Engineering College University of Technology. PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh Chandigarh was established on / in March 19, 1924.


PEC University of Technology is situated in Chandigarh of Chandigarh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Chandigarh comes under Chandigarh Tehsil, Chandigarh District.

Fax # of PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh Chandigarh is +91-172-2745175.

Contact Person(s) of the PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh Chandigarh is (are): Director Dr Manoj Datta +91-172-2746074,2753051, Deputy Director: Dr VS Kaushal, +91-172-2753052,Dean Student Welfare: Dr ML Gupta, +91-172-2748196, 2753071.

email ID(s) is PEC University of Technology Chandigarh Chandigarh

Website of PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh Chandigarh is www.pec.ac.in.

Registrar : (Officiating): Sh V Rihani, +91-172-2748197, 2753055.


Contact Details of PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh Chandigarh are : Telephone: +91-172-2747071, 2744075, 2746788, 2744330, 2753551-52

Centre for Computational Engineering (CCE), Chandigarh
(A Centre of Excellence at Punajb Engineering College)
Tel: 0172-2746788, 2744330



Courses

PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh Chandigarh runs course(s) in Engineering stream(s).
four -year Bachelor degree programmes in Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Electronic Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Production Engineering. Master of Engineering is offered in Civil Engineering (Highways), Civil Engineering (Irrigation and Hydraulics), Civil Engineering (Structures), Civil Engineering (Environmental), Electronic Engineering (power systems), Mechanical Engineering (Rotodynamics), Electronics Engineering, Materials and Metallurgy, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Electronics Product Design. Facilities for doctoral research are also available in all departments.

Profile of PEC University of Technology

The Punjab Engineering College (Deemed University) Chandigarh was orginally established as Mugalpura Engineering College at Lahore (now in Pakistan) on November 9, 1921. The name of the college was later changed to Maclagan Engineering College and its started functioning under the name on March 19, 1924. In the year 1931, the college got affiliated to Punjab University, Lahore. After partition in 1947, the college was shifted to Roorkee (India) and was renamed as East Punjab College of Engineering. In the year 1950 the word East was dropped and it came to know by its present name - Punjab Engineering College. Towards the end of December 1953, the college shifted to its present campus in Chandigarh to function under Govt. of Punjab. In 1966, with the formation of Union Territory of Chandigarh, the college came under control of Govt. of India through Chandigarh Administration. In October 2003, the Govt. of India notified the Pujab Engineering College as a Deemed to be University. In 1994 this institution was adjudged the best technical college in India by the National Foundation of Engineers. It occupies an area of 146 acres.

Up to 1962, the college comprised of engineering departments of Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Thereafter the college expanded and five new departments in the fields of Aeronautical Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Production Engineering and Computer Science Engineering were added gradually. Recently a new department of Information and Technology has been added. In the year 1957, Highway Engineering was added as the first post-graduate course in the college. Gradually other post-graduate courses were subsequently added. Presently there are eleven post-graduate courses leading to Masters of Engineering degree in Highways, Structures, Hydraulics and Irrigation, Rotodynamic Machines, Electrical Power Systems, Environmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary), Electronics Metallurgical Engineering and C.I.M. Facilities for post-graduate studies exist for regular as well as for part time students .The college has facilities for research work leading to the award of Ph.D. degree in engineering in certain selected fields of different disciplines. The college also offers consultancy services in different disciplines.

Profile
Sri Guru Gobind Singh College is a co-educational institution affiliated to Panjab University Chandigarh. It has a leading place among the educational institutions of the City Beautiful. Besides the usual faculties of Humanities, Science and Commerce and the Post, Graduate Department of Punjabi Language and Literature, the College runs two vocational courses in E.E.M. (Electrical Equipment Maintenance) and Functional English. BCA and B.Sc. Computer Science Courses being run since 1998- 1999 are very popular and successful. 90 members of the teaching staff are imparting instructions to the students . supported by 63 non-teaching members of the staff. A well equipped Boys Hostel with modern facilities is functional on the College campus. It can accommodate 200 students. The College library has more than 50,500 books and subscribes to about 75 periodicals and journals.

Brief Profile of Dr Manoj Datta, Director, PEC
Prof. Datta obtained his B.Tech (Civil Engg) as well as his doctorate degree from from IIT Delhi, where he also taught since 1980. His areas of specialization include geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering, ground engineering, earth dams, landfill engineering and geo-environmental engineering.

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PEC alumni against name change

Punjab Engineering College (deemed university) wants a new name for itself but its alumni doesn’t. The PEC authorities have proposed to change the name of the deemed university from ‘Punjab Engineering College’ to ‘Punjab Engineering College University’ but majority of its alumni have, in response to a survey, said no change of name was needed.

“PEC has a brand value, but there is need to have the word university with its for its global recognition,” said PEC director Dr Vijay Gupta. The college, earlier affiliated to Panjab University, became a deemed university a few years ago and since then the original name has been retained. “The two words deemed university are not part of the name of the college but are added in brackets after PEC,” said the director.

Giving an example of the legendary Government College Lahore, Dr Gupta added that a few years ago, the college was given the status of a university and the name was changed to Government College Lahore University. “We want to retain the word Punjab as it is a part of the college heritage,” said Gupta.

However, when a formal proposal had come up for discussion during a meeting of the board of governors, it was decided that the various alumni associations of the college be asked to give their opinion on the issue. Over 64 per cent of the alumni said there was no need to have any change in the name of the college. About 10 per cent felt it could be called PEC University. Some approved the name “PEC University of Engineering and Technology” while some felt PEC can be re-christened as National Institute of Technology (NIT), Chandigarh. Others suggested it be called ‘PEC NIT Chandigarh’ while very few approved the names ‘Panjab University for Engineering and Technology’, ‘Engineering and Technology University of Panjab’, ‘Punjab Engineering University Chandigarh’, ‘PEC Institute of Technology’, ‘PEC Technology University’ and ‘Punjab Engineering University’. Many of the alumni, however, liked the name ‘Punjab Engineering College and Technological Advancement University’ (PEC TECH). “The aim is to retain the acronym PEC as that is what is associated with the college the most,” said the director.

The move came up for discussion during the last meeting of the board of governors of the college held recently, but the matter had to be deferred. Sources said in view of the fact that the alumni had categorically refused to change the name, members of the board felt the name should not be changed. However, some members insisted that the word ‘university’ be added to the name even if it will have the words ‘university’ and ‘college’ together.

“It has been decided to take a look at the PEC constitution and see whether a provision exists for the change of name. In case there is a provision, we will move further,” said Gupta.

Syndicate to take up appointment issue on Aug 7, disaffiliation of PEC

The issue of giving approval to the appointments of faculty members in various departments would be taken up by the Panjab University Syndicate at its meeting to be held on August 7. The items on selections along with provisional affiliations to colleges for various courses form a major part of the agenda of the meeting.

The confirmation of appointment of Dr Rakesh Datta as Reader at the Centre for Defence and National Security would come up for discussion.

The Senate, at its meeting held in March, had resolved that Dr Datta be conveyed the displeasure of the House for supplying wrong information at the time of applying for the posts of Reader and Professor at the university and his confirmation be taken up at the next meeting of the Syndicate.

With the Punjab Engineering College (PEC) being notified as deemed university, the Syndicate will put its seal on its disaffiliation. The Syndicate will also decide on waiving the 20-day notice period given to the Director of the Centre for Computer Science and Application, Mr C.M. Behl, who has sought voluntary retirement from the university.

The Youth Welfare Committee has recommended revision of rates of payment for various activities, including leadership training camps, hiking, trekking, mountaineering and allied courses and inter-university and national youth festivals and cultural programmes.

The committee has sought an increase of Rs 10 to 40, depending upon the activity.

The Syndicate’s nod to the allocation of a sum of Rs 1.6 crore for beginning the construction of the second block of hostel No. 7 as well as sanctioning a sum of Rs 16 lakh for the construction of four new teachers’ flats would also be sought.

Unable to find a suitable candidate for the post of Reader in the Centre for Genome Studies, the university has modified the earlier qualifications for the post.

The matter of granting provisional affiliation to Ryat College of Law, a private institution headed by former Chairperson of PU’s Department of Law, for the BA LLB (Honours) and LLB courses will also be
taken up.

Provisional extension of affiliation to Government College for Women, Ludhiana, for B.Com course is also on the agenda besides approval of rules for add-on courses and contact hours, credits for certificate diplomas and advanced diplomas.

Move to make PEC autonomous worries staff

The process of deciding upon the status of faculty and employees of Punjab Engineering College is threatening to snowball into a major controversy. While the Chandigarh Administration has sent a letter to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) seeking its approval on three points, the faculty has shot off a letter to the ministry seeking clarification on certain points besides making some suggestions.

The Administration is in the process of notifying the rules for the staff. A draft notification has been prepared and it has been sent to the ministry. The teachers on their part have asked questions about their future status.

The Administration, in its letter sent to the ministry about 10 days ago, has said it proposes to issue a notification for conversion of Punjab Engineering College from a department of the Chandigarh Administration to an autonomous institution, which will be governed by the Punjab Engineering College Society.

A formal approval of the Government of India has been sought on three points. The first point is that after the transfer of the college to the society, the Administration will sanction grant-in-aid equivalent to the non-plan and plan expenditure for the year 2003-2004. The society will prepare an annual budget and present the same to the Administration for allocation of funds as grant-in-aid. The Administration may increase or decrease the grant to be given for a particular year. The rules guiding the determination of grant will be finalised by the Administration in consultation with the Punjab Engineering College Society and with the approval of the Government of India.

The second point is that all retirement benefits like pension, gratuity, medical relief etc of the present government employees will continue to be paid by the Administration after the retirement as on the date of notification for all times to come.

The Administration also proposes to set up a separate fund for pension and gratuity benefits of the employees of the Punjab Engineering College Society.

Thirdly, the Chief Engineer will attend to all maintenance works relating to buildings, roads, electrical installations, water supply, sewage disposal and drainage on the college campus as per existing procedures. The Administration will allot necessary funds for the purpose.

Teachers and other employees of PEC has also sent a letter to the ministry saying the language used by the Administration is vague, ambiguous and likely to create problems at a later stage.

The letter lists categories of employees in respect of whom the Administration must submit a self-contained note regarding the terms and conditions of their service.

These are: (1) employees who have retired or are likely to retire up to the date of notification; (2) employees recruited by the Administration who will be in position as on the date of notification; (3) employees who will be recruited by the Punjab Engineering College Society after the date of notification. (4) employees already recruited by the Administration who opt for deemed university; (5) employees already recruited by the Administration who do not opt for the deemed university, but are selected for posting there in direct recruitment on a higher post; (6) employees of the Administration who do not opt for the deemed university, but are promoted to the next higher post there.

Teachers also want the Career Advancement Scheme to be implemented at all levels, starting from the post of lecturer.

They have also said that they joined the present institute because it was a government body and there was a gazetted status for teachers which they will lose once PEC becomes a deemed university. They have asked the ministry to protect the gazetted status of existing faculty members.



Decision on teachers plea by month end

CHANDIGARH, Dec 3 — Pending a decision of the Chandigarh Administration, Punjab Engineering College teachers’ age of retirement may be increased from 58 to 60. The college had given a representation to the Administration to consider increasing the age of retirement of its teachers from 58 to 60 following a similar decision taking by the Punjab Government regarding technical colleges of Punjab.

As per the GOI revision of pay and service conditions notification dated October 9,1998, Page 3, Point (vi),”the age of superannuation of teachers in degree level technical institutions would be 62 years and thereafter no extension will be given. However, the institute may re-employ a superannuated teacher up to 65 years in accordance with the existing provisions in the statutes/ memorandum of Association and rules/ schemes, regulations and bye laws of the Institute, as the case may be.”

In a reply to the Chandigarh Administration, the GOI, Ministry of Human Resource Development clarified in a letter dated September 2, 1999, “It is noted that the age of superannuation of the employees of Chandigarh administration is governed by the Punjab Civil Services rules and hence the scheme of revision of pay scales may be implemented with appropriate modifications to that effect.”

Referring to the GOI notification and the above letter, Chandigarh administration passed an order implementing the scheme of revision of pay scales of teachers in Punjab Engineering College and other degree level technical institutions “as per the AICTE pattern with modification that the age of superannuation of the employees of the Chandigarh Administration will be governed by the Punjab Civil Services Rules.”

And the Government of Punjab, notification to this effect dated March 2, 2000, clearly stated that the age of superannuation of teachers in technical institutions would remain 58.

Meanwhile, in August 2000, the Punjab and Haryana High Court gave a decision, following a case, regarding the age of retirement of teachers of engineering colleges in Punjab as being 60. This decision was sent to the Director, Technical Education, Punjab.

Punjab Engineering College is functioning under the Chandigarh Administration which follows the conditions of services of the Punjab pattern including the age of superannuation for the corresponding categories of staff. The college has given a representation to the Administration to this effect and is waiting a decision on the matter.

Mr Ashok Sangwan, Director, Technical Education, UT Chandigarh, says, “We have received a representation to this effect but no decision has been taken as yet. The age of retirement of teachers at PEC remains 58 years. But a decision on that representation will be taken before the month ends.”

PEC phone nos.

PEC Contact Nos.
General enquiry - (0172)2753072, 2753073
Admissions Related Enquiry - (0172)2753277
Fax: 0172-2745175
Other Phone Nos.: 0172-2748197, 0172-2753055
Fax: 0172-2745175
Email: registrar@pec.ac.in
URL: http://www.pec.ac.in

Dr.Manoj Datta, Vice Chancellor / Director Email: director[*AT]pec.ac.in 2746074,2753051
Dr. V. S. Kaushal, Deputy Director Email : dd[*AT]pec.ac.in 2753052
Sh. V. Rihani, Registrar (Officiating) Email : registrar[*AT]pec.ac.in 2748197,2753055
Prof. K.K. Garg, Dean Student Welfare Email : deansw[*AT]pec.ac.in 2748196,2753071
Dr. Arun Lall, Dean Research and Planning Email : deanrp[*AT]pec.ac.in 2753054
Dr. M.L. Gupta, Training and Placement Officer Email : tpo[*AT]pec.ac.in 2753072, 2753073
Dr. Ashwani Prashar, Dean Academic Affairs Email : deanaa[*AT]pec.ac.in 2753053
Prof. Gurnam Singh, In-charge Alumni Affairs Email : iaa[*AT]pec.ac.in 2753452, 2748195
Email your admission related enquiry at admissionug[*AT]pec.ac.in

Contacts: Admin: Sh. P.S Kang, Senior Librarian
Tel: 0172-744075(Ext. 613, Fax 0172-744330
Email: pec_centrallibrary@yahoo.co.in, pulib@pu.ac.in
Technical:
Tel: 0172-745079(Ext. 613 Fax: 0172-745175

ALUMNI MEET


Annual Alumni Meet of Punjab Engineering College shall be held as per programme given below

Date: 25th February, 2007 (SUNDAY)

Time: 10.30 AM Registration

Venue: Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12 Chandigarh

Lunch: Shivalik Hostel

All alumni are requested to join with FAMILIES for fun n frolic, games and sharing memories. Golden, silver and 10 yrs. Jubilee batches, that is, alumni having passed out in 1957, 1982 and 1997 shall be honored.

AGM of PECOSA will also be held on the day.

Professor Incharge Alumni Affairs

PEC Alumni Meet 2008

PEC Alumni Meet on 20.12.2008, 10am at PEC Campus, Chandigarh.

Mining with friends, interaction with the faculty, visiting departments, fun games, lunch, cultural evening and dinner. Registration fee is Rs 500 to Rs 800 if registered before 05.12.2008

Contact Information:
www.pecosa.org (PEC Old Students Association)

Dr Gurnam Singh
Dean RP & D, PEC
iaa@pec.ac.in
98728-12703


Dr Dharinder Tayal
President, PECOSA
tayal1@yahoo.com
98140-00720

Location


The college is situated in Sector 12 at the north end of Chandigarh. The premises of the college is within a few minutes walk from the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat, the Panjab University, Post graduate Institute Of Medical Education And Research (PGI). The campus is 9 Km from the Chandigarh Railway station and 5 Km from the main Bus Stand.


Campus

The college campus extends over an area of 146 acres of the land situated close to the beautiful Shivalik hills. The campus is divided into various functional zones like hostels, Main College Building, Administration Block, Residential Complex for staff and faculty and a shopping centre. In addition to Lecture theatres, tutorial rooms and drawing halls, the college has an Auditorium, library, computer centre, reading rooms, workshops and well equipped laboratories. The college has spacious playgrounds, tennis courts, squash courts, swimming pool, gymnasium and a students centre. There is a branch of State Bank Of India and a post office in the campus. Adequate Hostel facilities for both boys and girls are available in the campus

Profile of Director

Dr.Manoj Datta
Director
Ph.D. (Civil Engg, I.I.T. Delhi)

Brief Profile :

Dr. Manoj Datta is currently Director of Punjab Engineering College (Deemed University), Chandigarh. He has held the office of Dean (Alumni & International Programmes) at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (2004 – 2007) and retains his lien as Professor of Civil Engineering at the same institute.

Prof. Datta obtained his B.Tech (Civil Engg.) from IIT Delhi in 1977, with a Director’s Silver Medal for standing first amongst the graduating students. He obtained his Doctorate Degree from the same institute. He has taught at IIT Delhi since 1980.

His areas of specialization include geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering, ground engineering, earth dams, landfill engineering and geoenvironmental engineering.

He has edited three books in the areas of landfills, solid waste management and ash ponds. He has co-authored a text book for undergraduate students titled “Geotechnical Engineering” with Prof. S.K Gulhati.

He has published over 90 papers in journals and conferences.

He has been the Principal Investigator for 5 sponsored projects. Currently he is the India team co-leader for the project “Protection of Environment in Asia” funded by the European Commission in which institutions from Netherlands, Germany and China are also partners.

He has been associated with the Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment and Forests as well as Ministry of Urban Development in framing of guidelines and design manuals for Municipal Solid Waste landfills and Hazardous Waste landfills.

He has visited Stanford University, Harvard University and MIT in the US, Imperial College, Cambridge University and Cardiff University in UK, Tianjin University in China, IHE and TU Delft in Netherlands and Waterloo and McGill Universities in Canada.

Prof. Datta has received five best-paper awards of the Indian Geotechnical Society. He was also awarded the Indian Geotechnical Society (Delhi Chapter) Leadership Award in July 2008.



Contact:
Punjab Engineering College(Deemed University)
Sector 12 ,Chandigarh,U.T Pin : 160012, India
Email : director[*AT]pec.ac.in
Telephone: +91 172 2746074, 2753051
Replace[*AT] with @

Awards:

Director’s Silver Medal at I.I.T. Delhi for being first amongst Civil Engineering Students Graduating in 1977.
Indian Geotechnical Society – ONGC best paper award (1986)
Indian Geotechnical Society – ONGC best paper award (1989)
Indian Getechnical Society – AIMIL best paper award (1990)
Indian Geotechnical Society – ONGC best paper award (1993)
Indian Geotechnical Society – Prof. Dinesh Mohan best paper award (1996)
Indian Geotechnical Society (Delhi chapter) - Leadership Award (2008)
Books Authored and Edited:

Raju, V.S., Datta, M., Seshadri, V., and Agarwal, V.K. (1996) (Eds.), “Ash Ponds and Ash Disposal Systems”, Narosa Publishers, Delhi, 424 pages.
Datta, M. (1997) (Ed.), “Waste Disposal in Engineered Landfills”, Narosa Publishers, Delhi, 231 pages.
Datta, M., Parida, B.P., Guha, B.K. and Sreekrishnan, T., (1999) (Eds.), “Industrial Solid Waste Management and Landfilling Practice”, Narosa Publishers, Delhi, 204 pages.
Gulhati, S.K. and Datta, M (2005), Geotechnical Engineering, Tata Mcgraw Hill, Delhi, 738 pages
Publications:

Published over 90 papers (including 16 in Journals, 25 in International Conferences and 50 in National Conferences and Seminars)
Sponsored Research Projects:

Project Incharge (Principal Investigator) of 5 sponsored research projects – four national projects funded by ONGC, DST, Ministry of Water Resources, Flyash Mission and one international project funded by European Commission (Asia Link Programme)
Consulting Projects:

Involved in over 100 consulting projects ; consultant incharge in over 30 projects


Mission


To build across the College a culture of excellence in teaching and learning with needed performance and accountability from all support activities.

To enhance the College standing as the college of choice for students across the country; and to augment the presence of international students to at least ten percent of student body.

To cultivate a field in which new ideas, research and scholarship flourish leading to emergence of creators, innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs.

To design the education through a continuous process so that the students qualifying from the College have the top rating in placement.

To achieve excellence in application-oriented research in selected areas of technology to contribute to the development of the region and the nation.

To promote co- and extra-curricular activities for over-all personality development of the students.

To develop responsible citizenship through awareness and acceptance of ethical values.

To build a family of alumni and friends to create a network of allegiance and support for the College.


Teaching and Learning


Upgrade teaching and evaluation methodologies to the standards of the leading institutions of the world.
Provide students with an educational experience that develops in them the capacities for creativity, critical judgement, effective communication, and in-depth knowledge. This includes developing teaching curricula with four specific foci, namely: design focus, technology focus, information and communication technology focus, and focus on skills in experiments.
Enhance the interaction with industry in teaching programmes through guest lectures, seminars, adjunct faculty programs, and industrial internships for students.
Increase the participation of faculty from reputed national and international institutions in symposia, seminars, and short-term courses for our students and faculty.
Induct high-calibre faculty and to upgrade the general level of faculty, their skills and qualifications to seek excellence in performance and to inculcate commitment towards the fulfilment of the mission.
Augment the proportion of post-graduate students in the college to at least 30 per cent.
Ensure effective evaluation of teaching curricula, and co-curricular learning opportunities of students.
Develop a web-enabled campus.
Work with other institutions of the region to deliver quality education outside the PEC campus.
Interact and build alliances with universities abroad to benefit by sharing of experience, knowledge, faculty, and facilities.
Sponsor and encourage fapublication of books and monographs of original work by faculty.
Develop appropriate programmes for inculcating quality consciousness, appreciation of, and sensitivity to ethical standards, protection of environment and other social responsibilities.


PEC director defends appointment

CHANDIGARH: The director of Punjab Engineering College, Manoj Datta, on Saturday submitted a reply to the DC supporting appointment of SK Suman as
the registrar of the college. On Friday, district returning officer-cum-returning officer RK Rao had served a show-cause notice to the PEC director for alleged violation of code of conduct as SK Suman was appointed for the post of registrar after imposition of the model code of conduct.

According to sources, Datta while supporting the appointment made by him has stated that PEC is a non-governmental body and run by a society, so, no election code of conduct could be enforced on it. Contrary to his reply, the officials of Chandigarh administration claim that it is a government-run institute and falls under the election code of conduct as UT administration gives financial grant to PEC. The officials also maintain that the college’s finances are audited by the controller and auditor general of India. Officials also claim that any appointment made by PEC is required to be approved by its board of governors, which allegedly was not done by the director.

UT administration is also likely to cancel the appointment of registrar and invite fresh applications for the same post.

The PEC Employees Union had earlier submitted a written request to home secretary Ram Niwas, urging him not to allow SK Suman on the post of PEC registrar citing various reasons. In a representation, the union had sought the administration’s intervention to stop the selection of Suman as according to them he had been found guilty of using unfair means. The union had also submitted details of some pending enquiries against him and demanded a fresh probe. Following complaint by the union, the administration had withheld his appointment till further notice.

When TOI contacted Datta, he claimed there was no violation of election code of conduct. He said the selection process adopted by the college was completely in accordance with the rules and regulations. “It started almost a year back and this appointment is the culmination of the process,” he said. Maintaining that he has been working hand in hand with the Chandigarh administration, Datta said, “The representatives of Chandigarh administration were present in the meetings of the selection committee.”

Principal behind success

How just one person can make a difference to the entire system can be seen in Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh. The new Principal, Dr Baljeet S. Kapoor, has literally turned the rather slow-paced institute into a hi-tech one. The unassuming Baljeet Kapoor passed out from this college in 1969. He later acquired his Master’s in Hydraulics and Irrigation. After briefly working for UT Administration and Haryana, he joined his own college as a teacher. It must have been a glorious moment for him when he was elevated to the post of Principal of the college.

The college, of late, has taken centrestage in global activity. No wonder, the students and faculty of PEC now have foreign dignitaries beckoning them for higher studies in their countries. The college has also moved away from rigid syllabi.

Before touching on the radical changes in the institute, let’s have a look at its growth in the last 55 years. After 1947, the Punjab College of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, became unavailable to students from India. In this vacuum, the then East Punjab Government built a barely functional East Punjab Engineering College. It began functioning on the premises of Thomson Engineering College, Roorkee, from December 1947. In 1950, for reasons not known, the word East was dropped. But by the end of December 1953, PEC shifted to Chandigarh in its newly constructed building. For the next decade it continued to groom students in electrical, civil and mechanical engineering. It was only in 1963 that PEC enlarged its sphere of education and added six more departments, which included aeronautics, electronic-electrical communication, metallurgy and production engineering. Soon, computer science engineering and information technology were also added.

A view of Punjab Engineering College
Not that the things were always hunky-dory for PEC. The bloody period of terrorism left an impact on this campus. Many terrorists not only forcibly took shelter in PEC hostels but also used their guns to terrorise and steal the best of the brains to help their supporters. At gunpoint many PEC toppers were made to write exams of students who were supporters of terrorists. Unfortunately, the hapless engineering students never got justice because they could not prove that they had been forced to write for other candidates.

The growth of PEC can be gauged from the fact that it used to enrol only 40 students in B.E. courses till 1954. Its present strength is 385. In addition, the Government of India has reserved 28 seats for foreign students. Within three years of its coming to Chandigarh, a postgraduate course on highway engineering was introduced. However, today, there are as many as 11 courses for students who opt for the M.E. degree. The college has fastened its pace by meeting the needs of modern times. For instance, IT facilities have been upgraded. Today, there are as many as 19 computer centres on the campus with free Internet service available to the students. This enables students to venture into software development besides creating websites.

Last year, a high-powered committee, which included three vice-chancellors, one IIT director under the leadership of Dr Rajput of the UGC visited the campus. Impressed by the infrastructure, the committee recommended converting this college into a university under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

We have also introduced regular Ph.D. programmes, as approved by the All-India Council of Technical Education. Now there will be regular research work on our campus. Besides, we have also brought in the accelerated Master s programme. So far, students could pursue only one stream of engineering. However, from now onwards, they can take up additional courses to improve their qualification. For instance, they can now add management courses with their regular engineering courses. This will enable students to acquire a double degree in the same year, says Dr Baljeet Kapoor.

On the research and development front, which is the backbone of any engineering institute, PEC has taken steps to infuse modern practices. Institutions like the CII have been associated for regular interaction. We have a very strong infrastructure which was not being put to its optimum use. For instance, there are computers worth crores of rupees which we do not wish to lock away after 5 pm. For mutual gains, we have now opened our gates to professionals to make use of the infrastructure at a small price. We have hundreds of lathes, which can now be used by professionals from outside. We have also signed MoUs with the IITs of Delhi and Kanpur, CSIO, TBRL, Quark, Environment Society of India, etc, for enriching our research and development. Similarly, we have created an institute cell for R and D, elaborates Dr Kapoor.

Besides concentrating on academics and research and development, PEC is now paying attention to infrastructure and to the evolution of a mechanism to procure feedback on problems and needs of students and the faculty. Here, it is pertinent to mention that PEC is fortunate to have received a number of scholarships for students even as some organisations have offered to support full education of deserving but poor students. Often, I have to refuse some offers, says Dr Kapoor. Alumni of the institute also re-visit the campus. In the USA, they have formed batch-wise associations. In India, it is a joint venture. More than 50 scholarships have been offered by old pupils of the college, which range from Rs 5,000 to free education for the poor but brilliant students. Modalities are now being worked out to involve students in extra-curricular activities and develop sports infrastructure, including a swimming pool and tennis courts. Attention is also being paid to hostels by improving the quality of food, providing intercom facility and cyber café(s), etc. Regular visitors to PEC do find a visible change in terms of cleanliness and discipline in labs and workshops.

In the past one year, as many as 28 national companies visited the campus for placements of students. Students have been offered emoluments between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 4 lakh, per annum, by these companies.

Dr Baljeet Kapoor belongs to the school which firmly believes in the culture of discipline. I would like PEC to acquire the work culture and atmosphere of the University of Cambridge. I think I am conservative enough to believe in a disciplined environment for the students. When they come to us, they are in their formative years. It is the moral duty of the institute to inculcate values and discipline and provide an atmosphere wherein the students face the bare minimum distractions, he says.

Profile

The PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh was orginally established as Mugalpura Engineering College at Lahore (now in Pakistan) on November 9, 1921. The name of the college was later changed to Maclagan Engineering College and its started functioning under the name on March 19, 1924. In the year 1931, the college got affiliated to Punjab University, Lahore. After partition in 1947, the college was shifted to Roorkee (India) and was renamed as East Punjab College of Engineering. In the year 1950 the word East was dropped and it came to know by its present name - Punjab Engineering College. Towards the end of December 1953, the college shifted to its present campus in Chandigarh to function under Govt. of Punjab. In 1966, with the formation of Union Territory of Chandigarh, the college same under control of Govt. of India through Chandigarh Administration. In October 2003, the Govt. of India notified the Punjab Engineering College as a Deemed to be University and thereafter it became known as Punjab Engineering College ( Deemed University). In 2009, the Board of Governors renamed the institution as PEC University of Technology. In 1994 this institution was adjudged the best technical college in India by the National Foundation of Engineers. It occupies an area of 146 acres.

Up to 1962, the college comprised of engineering departments of Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Thereafter the college expanded & five newdepartments in the fields of Aeronautical Engineering, Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Production Engineering and Computer Science Engineering were added gradually. Recently a new department of Information & Technology has been added. In the year 1957, Highway Engineering was added as the first post-graduate course in the college. Gradually other post-graduate courses were subsequently added. Presently there are eleven post-graduate courses leading to Masters of Engineering degree in Highways, Structures, Hydraulics and Irrigation, Rotodynamic Machines, Electrical Power Systems, Environmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary), Electronics Metallurgical Engineering and C.I.M. Facilities for post-graduate studies exist for regular as well as for part time students .The college has facilities for research work leading to the award of Ph.D. degree in engineering in certain selected fields of different disciplines. The college also offers consultancy services in different disciplines.

Location
The college is situated in Sector 12 at the north end of Chandigarh. The premises of the college is within a few minutes walk from the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat, the Panjab University, Post graduate Institute Of Medical Education And Research (PGI). The campus is 9 Km from the Chandigarh Railway station and 5 Km from the main Bus Stand.

Campus
The college campus extends over an area of 146 acres of the land situated close to the beautiful Shivalik hills. The campus is divided into various functional zones like hostels, Main College Building, Administration Block, Residential Complex for staff and faculty and a shopping centre. In addition to Lecture theatres, tutorial rooms and drawing halls, the college has an Auditorium, library, computer centre, reading rooms, workshops and well equipped laboratories. The college has spacious playgrounds, tennis courts, squash courts, swimming pool, gymnasium and a students centre. There is a branch of State Bank Of India and a post office in the campus. Adequate Hostel facilities for both boys and girls are available in the campus


Academic Overview

PEC has been conferred the Deemed University status in 2004, before this the college was affiliated to the Panjab University, Chandigarh. The PEC - Deemed University offers a wide range of academic programmes at the undergraduate, the postgraduate and the research levels.

The PEC offers four-year Bachelor degree programmes in Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Production Engineering. Master of Engineering is offered in Civil Engineering (Highways), Civil Engineering (Irrigation and Hydraulics), Civil Engineering (Structures), Environmental Engineering (Inter-disciplinary), Electrical Engineering (Power Systems), Electronics Product Design & Technology, Mechanical Engineering (Rotodynamics), Electronics Engineering, Materials and Metallurgy, Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

At the postgraduate level, the college offers a 4 semester programme leading to the degree of Master of Engineering (ME) in different disciplines. The admission to these courses is based on the percentile score of applicants in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). A special provision exists for 6 semester part-time ME courses for the candidates sponsored by the industry and the various Government organizations. Facilities for doctoral research are available in all departments.

Alumni

Alumni of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh are settled in all parts of the world and are zealously serving human society as engineers, technologists, managers and enterpreneurs. PEC is proud of their achievements and considers them to be its most cherished possessions. With the aim of strengthening its link with the alumni, the institute has set up an Alumni Affairs office. The pleasant association of the alumni with the institute can be in the form of :

1. Interaction with the present students and delivering expert lectures;
2. Techanical collaboration in projects;
3. Academic collaboration;
4. Meetings and Renuions;
5. Honouring star Alumni;
6. College tour with family;
7. Supporting PEC.

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Officer Incharge, Alumni Affairs
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E-mail : iaa[*AT]pec.ac.in, divya[*AT]pec.edu.in
Off Contact : +91-172-2753853

Joint Officer Incharge
Mr. Arvind Kakria
Lecturer , Department of Information Technology
E-mail : arvindkakriai[*AT]pec.ac.in

Bhupinder Sing Engineering professor commits suicide in Chandigarh

Chandigarh: A professor of the Punjab Engineering College (PEC) committed suicide on the college campus here on Sunday.

Bhupinder Singh, 50, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his official residence by his servant who informed neighbours and the police was called.

Singh was a professor in the computer science department of PEC.

He was alone at the time of the incident, police officials at the spot said.

His wife and daughter had gone to meet his elder daughter, who is married, in Gurgaon.

PEC director Om Sagar Sehgal got duped

Fake lottery case: Cops seek a/c details

CHANDIGARH: Investigations into the fake lottery case, in which a former director of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) Om Sagar Sehgal was duped of Rs 23 lakh, has revealed that the Mumbai-based banks' account numbers, in which the victim had deposited the money, were fake and opened on fake identities.

Cops have now sought details from the bank authorities, through which the accounts were opened. Sources said a team of crime branch of the UT police recently verified around half a dozen accounts, in which the former director had deposited the money. During probe, it was found that currently, there was no balance amount in these accounts and they had been closed recently. The contact numbers, given with the account numbers were also found to be fake.

A senior official of UT police said, 'We have asked bank authorities for details against which the accounts were opened. We want to know whether all documents were thoroughly checked.' 'Verification of the remaining account numbers in Siliguri and other states are yet to be checked. It has come to our notice that some accounts were being operated in name of particular persons and some companies,' he added.

Retired PEC director Om Sagar Sehgal had alleged that an unidentified person had fraudlently withdrawn Rs 23.41 lakh from his ICICI bank account.

Jul 22, 2010

Some more introduction of PEC

Punjab Engineering College (PEC), attained its present state in the year 1954 when it shifted base from Pakistan to Chandigarh. Before partition it was known as Punjab College of Engineering & Technology and after partition as East Punjab Engineering College. It started with the common engineering departments like civil & mechanical but it went on to incorporate several offbeat courses in its syllabus. It was granted the status of a Deemed University in 2004. Situated in a sprawling campus of 164 acres, it provides students with the facilities of numerous libraries and laboratories for various engineering departments. The campus is divided into several areas like hostels, Main College Building, Administration Block and Residential Complex for staff and faculty. The present Director of PEC is Dr. Vijay Gupta.

Contact details of PEC Chandigarh:
Punjab Engineering College (Deemed University)
Sector -12,
Chandigarh- 160012

Telephone: 2753064, 2753277

Fax: 0172-2745175

Hostellers of PEC Himalayan Hostel protest over food quality

CHANDIGARH: High drama was witnessed at the Punjab Engineering College's Himalayan hostel after 100 students protested against the worsening quality of food on Friday. Police force had to be pressed in to avoid any untoward incident. The ongoing strike by mess employees led PEC authorities to rope in a new contractor, however, that too had no effect on the quality of food. Exams are already on and the strike by mess employees is affecting our studies, a hosteller reasoned.

Students however admitt that the demand of the mess workers were also genuine. The workers are demanding recruitment of staff on 43 posts lying vacant due to which they are overworked among others. Mess worker Satish Kumar said they have been raising their demands with the management since long but management has not even called a meeting to resolve the issue. After repeated reminders when the management did not took notice of the strike, the workers were left with no other option.

Sh Kamal Kumar versus Punjab Engineering College University of Technology Chandigarh

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

Sh. Kamal Kumar,
# 581, Sector-11/B,
Chandigarh
------------------------------------------Complainant

V/s

Public Information Officer,
O/o Punjab Engineering College,
Sector-12, Chandigarh ------------------------------------- Respondent

CC No.1202 of 2007

ORDER

Present:
None on behalf of the Complainant. Dr. Kanchan Monga, PIO, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

1 The Complainant had filed a request for information on 29.08.06. On getting no response, he filed a complaint with the Chief Information Commissioner, New Delhi. The office of the CIC, New Delhi redirected the complaint to SIC, Punjab vide letter dated 13.03.2007 stating that ‘as the matter relates to your office. Hence the same is forwarded for necessary action at your end’.

2. The Complainant vide his letter 05.07.2007 requested to know the status of his request from SIC, Punjab. Accordingly a notice was issued to both the parties.

3. During today’s proceedings, it was submitted by the respondent that Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh is an autonomous body fully funded by Chandigarh Administration. Further, it has status of a deemed university.

4. Accordingly, it is directed that the case be sent back to CIC, New Delhi since this public authority (PEC, Chandigarh) is not in the jurisdiction of State Information Commission, Punjab.

5. Copies be sent to both the parties and CIC, New Delhi.


Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated:27.11.2007 Lt.Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

PEC assistant prof Dr Bhupindera Singh commits suicide

Chandigarh An assistant professor of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) University of Technology allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan at his official residence on the PEC campus on Saturday night.

Dr Bhupindra Singh (51) had been associated with the Department of Computer Science for over 15 years. He had completed his doctorate in computer engineering from the USA. The police said it was still not clear as to what pushed the professor to take the extreme step. The body was discovered by his domestic help on Sunday morning. “I knocked on the door a few times but there was no response. Assuming that he was sleeping, I went to another house in the vicinity. I returned around 10 am and knocked again. This time also, there was no response so I informed the neighbour, who alerted the police,” said Rohtashi, the help who has been working at Singh’s house for nearly a decade.

“Sahib spent the entire evening in front of his computer yesterday while I went about my work in the house. I hardly talked to him, but he was a good person,” she added. Singh had been alone at home since Diwali as his wife and younger daughter had gone to meet his elder daughter in Gurgaon.

Usha Rani, in-charge of the PGI police post, said investigations were on. “The family will be able to throw more light on the incident,” she added.

SHIVANI MITTAL Versus PEC UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND OTHERS CWP 5900 of 2010

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH

(O and M)

Date of decision : 4.2.2011

Shivani Mittal ....Petitioner
Versus
PEC University of Technology and others ...Respondents

CORAM :
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE MAHESH GROVER

Present :
Mr. Puneet Kansal, Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr.Karan Singh Sandhu, Advocate for the respondents.

MAHESH GROVER, J.
It has been fairly conceded by the learned counsel for the respondents that the petitioner has obtained 70 credits which were required to promote the petitioner in the 5th and 6th semester.

In view of this, the orders dated. 24.9.2010 under which the result of the petitioner was declared and the earlier orders granting the petitioner permission to take 3rd and 4th semester examination are hereby made absolute.

The petition stands disposed of.

All the pending applications also stand disposed of.

(MAHESH GROVER)
JUDGE

NAVI SHARMA Versus PEC UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND OTHERS CWP 5888 of 2010

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

(O and M)

Date of decision : 4.2.2011

Navi Sharma ....Petitioner
Versus
PEC University of Technology and others ...Respondents

CORAM :
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE MAHESH GROVER

Present :
Mr. Puneet Kansal, Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr.Karan Singh Sandhu, Advocate for the respondents.

MAHESH GROVER, J.
It has been fairly conceded by the learned counsel for the respondents that the petitioner cannot be promoted to the 5th semester in view of the fact that she has not obtained 70 credits. The earlier order regarding granting permission to take 3rd and 4th semester examination are made absolute. In so far permitting the petitioner to the 5th semester is concerned, she shall be permitted after she attained 70 credits which is the desired requisite.

The petition stands disposed of.

In view of the aforesaid, all the pending miscellaneous applications also stand disposed of.

(MAHESH GROVER)
JUDGE

RAJ RANI Versus CHD ADMN AND ANR CWP 3851 of 2007

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB and HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH

DATE OF DECISION: 23.04.2007

Raj Rani ....Petitioner.
Versus
Chandigarh Administration and another ....Respondents.

CORAM:
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE J.S. KHEHAR
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE L.N. MITTAL

PRESENT:
Mr.Balwinder Singh, Advocate for the petitioner.

J.S. Khehar, J. (oral)
In order to respond to our query, whether or not, this Court has the jurisdiction to entertain the controversy raised by the petitioner, learned counsel for the petitioner has invited our attention to the notification dated 8/9.7.2004 (Annexure P12) wherein the Punjab Engineering College, which was earlier a department of the Chandigarh Administration, was converted into an autonomous institution, to be governed by the Punjab Engineering College Society. It is, therefore, the contention of the learned counsel for the petitioner, that the Punjab Engineering College, after the issuance of the notification, referred to hereinabove, ceased to be a part of the Chandigarh Administration, and as such, the provisions of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985, cease to govern the disputes in respect of service matters in connection with employees of the erstwhile Punjab Engineering College.

Through the instant writ petition, the petitioner seeks
appointment on compassionate grounds, on account of the death of her husband, in harness, on 15.5.2005. It is the vehement contention of the learned counsel for the petitioner, that the petitioner's husband was inducted into the service of the respondents in the year 1983, and had
uninterruptedly continued to discharge his duties till the date of his death.

On account of having died in harness, the petitioner claims appointment on compassionate grounds. In this behalf, it is also the contention of the learned counsel for the petitioner, that the petitioner was required to fill up and deposit a proforma, depicting all the details of her claim. It is also the contention of the learned counsel for the petitioner, that the aforestated proforma was completed and submitted on 14.3.2006 (Annexure P11). Despite the submission of the aforesaid proforma (details of which were verified and found to be correct, in terms of the endorsements recorded thereunder), the claim of the petitioner ought to have been considered for appointment on compassionate grounds, yet no decision has been taken thereon till date.

Learned counsel for the petitioner states that the petitioner will be satisfied, if the instant writ petition is disposed of with a direction to respondent No.2 i.e. the Director, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, to take a final decision on the claim of the petitioner for appointment on compassionate grounds, in furtherance of the proforma submitted by her on 14.3.2006.

In view of the above, without going into the merits of the claim raised by the petitioner, we consider it just and appropriate to dispose of the instant writ petition by directing respondent No.2 i.e. the Director, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, to take a final decision on the claim of the petitioner for appointment on compassionate grounds, by passing a well reasoned speaking order within two months from the date of receipt of a certified copy of this order.

Disposed of accordingly.

Order dasti, on payment of usual charges.

( J.S. Khehar )
Judge

( L.N. Mittal )
Judge

HARPINDER SAINI AND ANR Versus CHANDIGARH ADMINISTRATION U T CHANDIGARH ANDANR CWP 9383 of 2007

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH.

(O and M)

Date of decision: 12.7.2007

Harpinder Saini and another. -----Petitioners
Vs.
Chandigarh Administation and another. -----Respondents

CORAM:-
HON'BLE MR JUSTICE ADARSH KUMAR GOEL
HON'BLE MR JUSTICE AJAI LAMBA

Present:
Ms. Sangeeta Dhanda, Advocate for the petitioners.
Mr. Anupam Gupta, Advocate for respondents.

Adarsh Kumar Goel, J.
This petition challenges the stipulation in the admission brochure issued by respondent No.3, Chairman, Joint Admission Committee, Punjab Engineering College (Deemed University), Sector 12, Chandigarh, that there will be no Chandigarh quota in three of the five colleges located in Chandigarh.

Case of the petitioners is that they appeared in All India Engineering Entrance Examination held on April 29, 2007. They have qualified 10 + 2 examination from the schools located in Union Territory of Chandigarh on 25.5.2007. The petitioners qualified in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination and were given All India ranking as well as State ranking. From the brochure, they found that students CWP. No.9383 of 2007 (O and M) qualifying 10+2 from the schools/colleges located in Union Territory, Chandigarh are eligible under the ‘Chandigarh quota’ only for two colleges i.e. Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, Chandigarh and
Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Panjab University,
Chandigarh, though there are three more colleges affiliated to Panjab
University, Chandigarh i.e. University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology and
Swami Sarvanand Giri Panjab University Regional Centre, Bajwara,
Hoshiarpur. It has been submitted that there was no reason to adopt
different criteria for different colleges in Chandigarh.

In the reply filed, stand taken is that three colleges where no ‘quota’ for Chandigarh students has been prescribed are part of Panjab University while two colleges where quota is available are autonomous and not part of Panjab University though for purposes of admission, there is common admission. There is no legal requirement for any local quota. Reservation for local students though permissible, reservation is not mandatory.

We have heard learned counsel for the parties.

It remains undisputed that three colleges where quota for local candidates is not provided and two institutions in which quota is provided are not part of the same management. The two institutions where quota has been provided are autonomous and have their own policies. Three institutions in which quota is not provided, are part of Panjab University and governed by a separate policy. Policy of one institution is not necessarily binding on the other.

Learned counsel for the petitioners has not been able to dispute that provision for reservation, though permissible as a matter of policy, cannot be enforced in absence thereof. We may refer to observations of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in N.T.R. University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada v. G. Babu Rajendra Prasad AIR 2003 SC 1947.

13. Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution of India provide for enabling provisions. By reason thereof the State would be entitled to either adopt a policy decision or make laws providing for reservations. How and in what manner the reservations should be made is a matter of policy decision
of the State. Such a policy decision normally would not be open to challenge subject to its passing the test of reasonableness.........

In view of above, no ground is made out for giving any direction sought for in the petition.

The petition is dismissed.

( ADARSH KUMAR GOEL )
JUDGE

( AJAI LAMBA )
JUDGE

ANKUR BAINS Versus PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE CWP 1578 of 2007

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH

Date of Decision : 01.02.2007

Ankur Bains ... Petitioner
Versus
Punjab Engineering College and another. .. Respondents

CORAM :
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE J.S. KHEHAR,
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE S.D. ANAND.

Present :
Mr. Vikram Aggarwal, Advocate, for the petitioner.

J.S. Khehar, J. (Oral)
The petitioner was admitted to the B.E. (Production) Programme
at the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. During the course of his academic career, the petitioner was required to maintain an appropriate academic standard, in case, a candidate admitted to the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh does not perform, as required, his continuation in the programme can be terminated. Provision in this respect has been recorded in the students' handbook issued by the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. Relevant part thereof is being extracted hereunder:-

8. INADEQUATE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE 8.1 ACADEMIC PROBATION:

The academic performance of each undergraduate student is reviewed at the end of a regular semester and is considered
inadequate if his/her CGPA5.0 and the number of cumulative
earned credits in the semester are less than 15. Such a student is termed as `Academically Deficient' and is put on `Academic
Probation'. A letter of `Warning' is issued to the student and a copy of the letter is sent to Guardian/Parents. In the next regular
semester such a student is permitted to take reduced load by one or two courses but is required to obtain an SGPA4.5, and the
earned credits in that semester should be greater than 15. A
student continues on academic probation as long as his CGPA is
less than 5.0.

8.2 TERMINATION OF THE PROGRAMME:

The undergraduate programme of a student may be terminated by the Senate if he/she:

a) is on `Academic Probation' and does not meet the conditions of probation, i.e., his SGPA<4.5, and/or the earned credits in that semester is less than 15.

b) is absent without authorized leave of absence for more than eight weeks and does not appear in the end-semester examination of the courses in which he/she is registered.

c) Involves himself/herself, in violation of the code of conduct, in ragging, etc. and the appropriate committee of the Senate makes a recommendation to that effect.

d) Fails to complete the programme within the maximum
duration prescribed.

The petitioner could not earn the required CGPA as also had less than the prescribed number of credits during the course of the first academic session. He was, therefore, put on academic probation on account of his academic deficiency. Despite his inability to earn the required credits, as also CGPA whilst his academic career should have come to an end, he was afforded one further opportunity by the Senate, as is apparent from the
communication dated 26.06.2006 (Annexure P-10). Despite the extra chance granted to the petitioner, in addition to the provision extracted herein above, the petitioner again did not make the grade. It is, therefore, that his admission to the B.E. Programme has been terminated by the impugned order dated 29.12.2006. It is the vehement contention of the learned counsel for the petitioner, that if the petitioner is granted just one further opportunity to earn the credits as also the CGPA, he would definitely make the grade and the requirements indicated in the students' handbook issued by the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

It is not possible for us to accept the aforesaid contention of the
learned counsel for the petitioner. Although, the petitioner's academic career should have been terminated on the conclusion of the second semester, yet he was given one further opportunity by the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh to earn the required grades through a communication dated 26.06.2006. He having not been able to make the grade, there is no choice with us but to accept the validity of the impugned order dated 29.12.2006.

Dismissed.

( J.S. Khehar )
Judge

( S.D. Anand )
Judge

Atam Parkash Petitioner Versus Principal-Director Punjab Engineering College and others CWP 17810 CAT of 2006

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB and HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

DATE OF DECISION: 13.11.2006

Atam Parkash ....Petitioner
Versus
Principal/Director, Punjab Engineering College, and others ....Respondents.

CORAM:
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE J.S. KHEHAR
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE S.D. ANAND

PRESENT:
Mr.H.S. Batth, Advocate for the petitioner.

J.S. Khehar, J. (oral)
The petitioner is stated to have discharged duties in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer for the period from 9.1.1998 to 14.2.1998. This factual position has been acknowledged.

Despite the aforesaid, the petitioner was denied both compensatory leave, as well as,
honorarium. The claim of the petitioner is that he should be granted either of them. In order to claim either of the aforesaid benefits, the petitioner approached the Central Administrative Tribunal, Chandigarh Bench, Chandigarh (hereinafter referred to as the `Tribunal') by filing Original Application No.252-CH of 2006. The same was dismissed by the Tribunal on 19.4.2006, by holding that the plea raised by the petitioner was barred by limitation stipulated in section 21 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985.

We required learned counsel for the petitioner to explain to us how he could overcome the determination rendered by the Tribunal.

Learned counsel for the petitioner, however, could not tender any explanation to wriggle out of the provisions of section 21 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985.

In view of the above, we find no merit in the instant writ petition. The same is, accordingly, dismissed.

( J.S. Khehar )
Judge

( S.D. Anand )
Judge

DR SUBHASH CHANDER SHARMA Vs SMT GURMIT KAUR AND ANOTHER RSA 678 of 2009

In the High Court for the States of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh


Date of decision: March 14,2011

Dr. Subhash Chander Sharma ..Appellant
Versus
Smt. Gurmeet Kaur and another ..Respondents

Coram:
Hon'ble Mr. Justice L.N. Mittal

Present:
Mr. Vishal Aggarwal, Advocate for the appellant

L.N.Mittal,J.(Oral)
By this common order, I am disposing of two appeals, i.e., RSA No. 678 of 2009- Dr. Subhash Chander Sharma Versus Smt. Gurmit Kaur and another and RSA No. 2116 of 2009- Dr. Subhash Chander Sharma Versus Smt. Gurmit Kaur. These appeals have arisen out of two suits. RSA No.678 of 2009 has arisen out of suit filed by respondent No.1-plaintiff Gurmit Kaur against defendant No.1-appellant and defendant-respondent No.2 Estate Officer, Union Territory, Chandigarh, whereas RSA No.2116 of 2009 has arisen out of suit filed by the plaintiff-appellant-Dr. Subhash Chander Sharma against defendantrespondent Gurmit Kaur.

Plot No. 1004, Sector 42-B, Chandigarh, which is the bone of contention in both the suits, was allotted to plaintiff by the Punjab Engineering College Teachers Cooperative House Building Society Ltd., Chandigarh (in short,”the Society”) on lease hold basis for 99 years vide allotment letter dated 16.9.1985. Appellant (hereinafter referred to as the ‘vendor’ ) agreed to sell the plot to respondent Gurmit Kaur( hereinafter referred to as the ‘vendee’ ) vide agreement dated 30.10.1985.

The case of the vendee in the suit filed by her is that the vendor executed irrevocable General and Special Powers of Attorney in favour of the plaintiff, in addition to affidavit and Will etc., giving all powers to the vendee and her husband Jaswant Singh. The vendee paid instalments to Chandigarh Administration for the plot in dispute and paid the entire due amount within the prescribed period. The vendee also raised construction on the said plot by spending ` 25 lacs.

However, out of greed, the vendor cancelled the power of attorney and Will by way of deed dated 28.3.1989. The vendee in her suit sought declaration that she is owner of the suit property and cancellation deed dated 28.3.1989 is illegal, null and void and the plaintiff is entitled to get the plot transferred in her name. Injunction restraining the vendor from dispossessing the vendee from the suit property was also sought. Necessary ancillary relief was also sought by the vendee.

On the other hand, the vendor in his suit alleged that the vendee did not pay the instalments as agreed and he got cancelled the powers of attorney executed in favour of vendee and her husband. The sale agreement dated 30.10.1985 was alleged to be null and void. The vendor also sought restoration of the suit plot.

Both the parties took their respective stands in the written statements filed in each other's suit. The vendee also pleaded protection under Section 53-A of the Transfer of Property Act.

Learned Civil Judge (Junior Division), Chandigarh vide separate judgments and decrees dated 23.7.2004 dismissed the vendor’s suit and decreed the vendee’s suit against the vendor but dismissed the vendee’s suit against the Estate Officer giving liberty to the vendee to file representation to the Estate Officer for sanction of site plan and regularization of water and sewerage connections as per rules.

First appeals preferred by the vendor in both the suits have been dismissed by learned Additional District Judge, Chandigarh vide separate judgments and decrees dated 20.11.2008.

Feeling aggrieved, the vendor has filed the instant two second appeals.

I have heard learned counsel for the appellant and perused the case files.

Learned counsel for the appellant vehemently contended that the appellant could not transfer the suit property for 15 years as per terms and conditions of the allotment letter and therefore, the sale agreement set up by the vendee was null and void. The contention cannot be accepted. The vendor with his eyes wide open, agreed to sell the suit plot vide agreement dated 30.10.1985
and also executed necessary other documents. Consequently, the aforesaid contention does not lie in the mouth of the appellant. In addition to it, the period of 15 years stipulated in the allotment letter dated 16.9.1985 expired before the filing of the suit by the vendee on 5.10.2000.

Consequently, the said plea no longer remained available to the vendor. In so far as the suit filed by the vendor himself is concerned, the vendee being defendant in that suit is also entitled to
protection under Section 53-A of the Transfer of Property Act in that suit. All the remaining instalments of the plot were also paid by the vendee. The possession also stood delivered to the vendee. Construction over the plot was also raised by the vendee.

In view of all the circumstances, the suit of vendee has been rightly decreed and suit of the vendor has been rightly dismissed. The entire sale consideration stood paid by the vendee to the vendor. Consequently in view of Sections 202 and 204 of the Contract Act, powers of attorney could not be cancelled as interest in the suit property was created in favour of the vendee.

This conclusion finds support from the judgments cited by the lower Appellate Court. In fact, the power of attorney along with written agreement was executed because at that time, the vendor had no right to sell the suit plot. However, after expiry of requisite period of 15 years, the said embargo also stands removed.

For the reasons aforesaid, I find no merit in the instant second appeal. The suit of the vendee has been rightly decreed and the suit of the vendor has been rightly dismissed by the courts below. The judgments and decrees of the courts below are not shown to be illegal or perverse in any manner so as to warrant interference in second appeals. No question of law, much less substantial question of law, arises for determination in these second appeals. Both the appeals are accordingly dismissed in limine.

(L.N.MITTAL)
JUDGE

SHRENIRAJ AMIN Vs PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE AND ANOTHER CWP 19230 of 2010

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

C.M.No.3681 of 2011 in

(O and M)

Date of decision : 11.3.2011

Shreniraj Amin ....Petitioner
Versus
Punjab Engineering College and another ...Respondents

CORAM :
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE MAHESH GROVER

Present :
Mr.Amit Chopra, Advocate for the petitioner.

MAHESH GROVER, J.
In view of the prayer made in the application, the main writ petition is taken up today.

Learned counsel for the petitioner prays for permission to withdraw the instant writ petition with liberty to challenge the order which has come into existence during the pendency of the writ petition. Permitted to do so.

The application is allowed and the writ petition is dismissed as withdrawn with the liberty aforesaid granted.

(MAHESH GROVER)
JUDGE

S K SUMAN Vs THE STATE OF PUNJAB AND OTHERS

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

FAO NO. 187 OF 1990

DATE OF DECISION 19.7.2006

S.K.Suman
Versus
The State of Punjab and others

Present:
Mr. Anil Kheterpal, Advocate for the appellant.
Ms. Urvashi Dhugga, AAG Punjab

Rajesh Bindal, J.
This order will dispose of FAO Nos. 187 and 188 of 1990. The claim petitions filed by the appellants were dismissed by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Ludhiana vide its award dated 4.11.1989.

Brief facts as noticed in the award are that Sh. S.K. Suman and Sh. R.S.Bains were travelling in a Maruti Van No. CHK-22 from Jaito, District Faridkot to Chandigarh on 6.6.1997. Mr. Bains was driving the vehicle. When they had left Jagraon town about one kilometer behind them, they found a Punjab Roadways bus No. PUU-3506 moving ahead of them, Mr. Bains blew horn and the driver of the bus gave a clear signal for overtaking the bus. It is alleged that during the process, the bus suddenly turned right and as a result, the car had to be taken to extreme right of the road. In the process it skidded and struck against the tree. It is alleged that the accident had taken place due to rash and negligent driving of bus No.
PUU-3506, as a result of which the claimants suffered injuries. The claim petitions in both the cases were dismissed by the learned Tribunal for the reason that firstly it could not be proved that the Punjab Roadways Bus, as
stated in the claim petitions, was at all involved in the accident and secondly, that while recording DDR No. 10, at Police station Jagraon on 7.6.1987, Sh. R.S.Bains had specifically mentioned that the driver of the bus was not at fault.

With the assistance of the counsel for the parties, I have gone through the award of the learned Tribunal and the evidence on record. On the point of involvement of bus No. PUU 3506 in the alleged accident, learned counsel for the respondents has referred to para Nos. 13 and 15 of the award and argued that though both the claimants are well educated as one is an engineering graduate, teaching in Punjab Engineering College and another is an Engineer and Law Graduate, still while recording the DDR Mr. Bains had not even mentioned that the bus involved in the accident belonged to Punjab Roadways what to talk of mentioning the number of the bus. As per the DDR, accident took place at 5.15 P.M. in the evening and it could not be assumed that it was dark and the bus number could not be noted. Not only this the respondents have further placed on record evidence to prove that the alleged bus number PUU 3506 left workshop at 5.15 P.M. on 6.6.1987 to come to bus stand Jagraon to pick up the passengers from there and then to leave for its destination. It reached at Bus Stand Jagraon at 5.25 P.M. and there was no question of this bus being involved in the accident at 5.15 P.M., in an accident which took place about one kilometer
away from Jagraon at Jagraon-Ludhiana road.
Though the learned counsel for the appellants made strenuous efforts to substantiate his plea that in fact the accident had taken place and
merely because at that moment in DDR it was mentioned by Mr. Bains that there was no fault of the bus, still compensation should be granted.

I do not find any merit in the contention raised by the counsel when the presence of bus, the accident and further even the admission on the part of the claimants in the DDR fault of the driver is not proved. There is no reason for granting compensation to the appellants.

I fully concur with the findings recorded by the Tribunal Accordingly, both the appeals are dismissed.

(RAJESH BINDAL)
JUDGE

DR ASHA GOEL and ORS Vs CHANDIGARH ADMINISTRATION and ORS CWP 16266 of 2007



MANDEV SINGH JATIAN Vs PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE (DEEMED UNIVERSITY) CH Civil Writ Petition 5358 of 2009

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH.

DATE OF DECISION : MAY 19, 2009

MANDEV SINGH JATIAN ....... PETITIONER(S)
VERSUS
PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE (DEEMED UNIVERSITY), CHANDIGARH and ORS..... RESPONDENT(S)

CORAM :
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE AJAI LAMBA

PRESENT:
Mr. GS Virk, Advocate, for the petitioner(s).
Mr. Anupam Gupta, Advocate, for respondents.

AJAI LAMBA, J. (Oral)
Learned counsel for the respondents states that the status of M.E. students terminated at the end of Semester 2008-09 and future course of action, has been considered by the Dean Academic Affairs, Punjab Engineering College, Deemed University, Chandigarh, following the amendment in the rules.

On 5.5.2009, an offer was given to the petitioner that his termination shall be revoked as condition for continuation after spending one year, is fulfilled under new rules and to start the second year afresh.

The year 2008-09 shall not be counted towards any academic achievement as well as towards maximum permissible period for completing the programme.

Learned counsel for the petitioner contends that the petitioner, who is present in court, has been made aware of the offer given on behalf of the respondents. Having accepted the implication, the petitioner accepts the offer. The petitioner accepts the implication of the amended rules also.

In view of the above, this petition is disposed of with directions to the respondents to give effect to the aforesaid offer given on behalf of the respondents and accepted by the petitioner.

( AJAI LAMBA )
JUDGE

RAHUL RANA Vs PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE AND ANOTHER CWP 1916 of 2009

In the High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh

DATE OF DECISION: 19.5.2009

Rahul Rana …Petitioner
Versus
Punjab Engineering College and another …Respondents

CORAM:
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE M.M. KUMAR
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE H.S. BHALLA

Present:
Mr. Birender Singh Rana, Advocate,
Mr. Atul Lakhanpal, Senior Advocate, with
Ms. Shumaila Parvez, Advocate. for the petitioner(s).
Mr. Anupam Gupta, Advocate, for the respondents.

1. Whether Reporters of local papers may be allowed to see the judgment?
2. To be referred to the Reporters or not?
3. Whether the judgment should be reported in the Digest?

M.M. KUMAR, J.
This order shall dispose of C.W.P. Nos. 1916 and 5879 of 2009 as common question of law and facts have been raised in these petitions.

The petitioner(s) have challenged order dated 29.12.2008, terminating BE programme of third semester of the petitioner(s) on account of non-fulfillment of the academic requirements. The appeal filed by the petitioner (in CWP No. 5879 of 2009) has also been dismissed vide order dated 16.1.2009, which is also subject matter of challenge.

The petitioner(s) have also sought a writ in the nature of mandamus declaring clause 8.2(a) ofC.W.P. No. 1916 of 2009 the Rules and Procedures for under graduate programmes ultra vires of the Constitution.

At the hearing, learned counsel for the respondents has placed on record copy of the draft minutes of the 22 nd meeting of Senate of Punjab Engineering College held on 5.5.2009 along with a short note prepared by the Dean Academic Affairs, Punjab Engineering College, Deemed University, Chandigarh, which has been taken on record as Mark ‘A’. The said note is based on the amended rules as approved by the Senate of the Punjab Engineering College (Deemed University) in its meeting held on 5.5.2009.

A copy of the note has also been handed over to the learned counsel for the petitioner(s) in both the petitions.

Learned counsel for the petitioner(s) have stated that in view of the note they do not wish to press these petitions. Accordingly, the writ petitions are disposed of in terms of the decision shown in the note of the Dean Academic Affairs, Punjab Engineering College (Mark ‘A’). It is made clear that if any other relief is to be sought by the petitioner(s), they may file a comprehensive representation before the competent authority, which shall be decided in accordance with the rules as amended by the Senate of the Punjab Engineering College (Deemed University) on 5.5.2009.

The writ petitions and pending miscellaneous applications are disposed of.

(M.M. KUMAR)
JUDGE

(H.S. BHALLA)
JUDGE

GURUHERSIMRANJIT SINGH Vs PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE AND OTHERS CWP 5879 of 2009

In the High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh

DATE OF DECISION: 19.5.2009

Guruhersimranjit Singh …Petitioner
Versus
Punjab Engineering College and others …Respondents

CORAM:
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE M.M. KUMAR
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE H.S. BHALLA

Present:
Mr. Atul Lakhanpal, Senior Advocate, with
Ms. Shumaila Parvez, Advocate. for the petitioner.
Mr. Anupam Gupta, Advocate, for the respondents.

1. Whether Reporters of local papers may be allowed to see the judgment?
2. To be referred to the Reporters or not?
3. Whether the judgment should be reported in the Digest?

M.M. KUMAR, J.
For orders see C.W.P. No. 1916 of 2009.

(M.M. KUMAR)
JUDGE

(H.S. BHALLA)
JUDGE

30154

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH.

C.W.P. No. 4411 of 2009

DATE OF DECISION : 20.03.2009

Bhupendra Singh .... PETITIONER
Versus
Chandigarh Administration and others ..... RESPONDENTS

CORAM :-
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE SATISH KUMAR MITTAL

Present: Mr. Narender Hooda, Advocate, for the petitioner.

SATISH KUMAR MITTAL , J. ( Oral )
The petitioner, who at present is working as Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, has filed this petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India for issuing direction to the respondents to grant him the Senior Scale and Selection Grade under the Policy of the University Grants Commission, circulated vide order dated 28.2.1989, while counting
his previous service as Lecturer at Military College of Telecommunication
Engineering, Mhow, which is a Central Government Undertaking.

The petitioner is claiming the counting of his previous service for the aforesaid benefit in view of the circular dated 27.11.1990, Annexure P-1, issued by the University Grants Commission. It is further case of the petitioner that for the said claim, he made various representations to the
authorities and his last representation, Annexure P-5, is dated 28.2.2006.

Counsel for the petitioner submits that those representations have not been decided so far and the claim of the petitioner in light of the the Scheme and the circular Annexure P-1, issued by the University Grants Commission, has not been considered and decided. Counsel confines his prayer for issuing direction to the authorities to consider and decide the representation submitted by the petitioner.

After hearing counsel for the petitioner, without issuing notice of motion as it will un-necessary delay the matter, respondent No.2 is directed to consider and decide the representation Annexure P-5 submitted by the petitioner, in light of the Circular Annexure P-1, by passing a speaking order, expeditiously, preferably within a period of four months.

Disposed of accordingly.

( SATISH KUMAR MITTAL )
JUDGE

MS AVNEET HIRA (MINOR) AND ANOTHER Vs CHANDIGARH ADMINISTRATION AND OTHERS

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH.

CWP No. 10885 of 2009

Date of Decision: August 7, 2009

Ms. Avneet Hira (minor) and another …Petitioners
Versus
Chandigarh Administration and others …Respondents

CORAM:
HON BLE MR. JUSTICE M.M. KUMAR
HON BLE MR. JUSTICE JASWANT SINGH

Present:
Mr. H.S. Mattewal, Senior Advocate, with
Dr. H.S. Sidhu, Advocate, for the petitioners.
Mr. Anupam Gupta, Advocate, for respondent No. 1.
Mr. R.S. Bains, Advocate, for respondent No. 3.

1. Whether Reporters of local papers may be allowed to see the judgment? Yes

2. To be referred to the Reporters or not? Yes

3. Whether the judgment should be reported in the Digest? Yes

M.M. KUMAR, J.
This petition filed under Article 226 of the Constitution challenges an alleged incongruous part of the stipulations of Section: B of the Joint Admission Brochure issued for Admission to various courses including the First Semester of B.E. Course for the academic session 2009-10 (P-1). The alleged incongruity clubsC.W.P. No. 10885 of 2009 together 5% seats of the U.T. Pool Quota and All India Quota reserved for sons/daughters/spouses of Military/Paramilitary Personnel, relating to admission in PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, The petitioners have also prayed for quashing of similar provision contained in Section: C of the aforementioned brochure concerning admissions in the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Chandigarh (P-1). Still further a prayer has been made for directing the respondents to admit the students in accordance with the direction/clarification issued by the Chandigarh Administration
vide its letter dated 15.7.2009, which clarifies that reservation of seats under the aforementioned category would be calculated separately for the U.T. Pool Quota and All India Quota .

2. The petitioners are wards of serving Army Personnel.

They have passed their 10 th , 11 th and 12 th examinations from the schools located in Union Territory of Chandigarh and also qualified the AIEEE-2009 Examination . For admissions to the First Semester of B.E. Course in various institutions including Punjab Engineering College University of Technology, Chandigarh (PEC), Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Sector 26, Chandigarh (CCET) and Chandigarh College of Architecture, Sector 12, Chandigarh (CCA), a joint admission brochure for the session 2009-
10 was issued laying down various admission procedures for admission to under Graduate Courses.

3. At page No. 1 Sr. No. 5 of the brochure, under the heading Important Points , it has been prescribed that the candidates who have passed their qualifying examination (10+2) from schools/colleges located in the Union Territory, Chandigarh and recognised by the Chandigarh Administration, would be considered under the Chandigarh Quota (for PEC/CCET/CCA only) and all other students, who have passed their qualifying examination from elsewhere, would fall under the All India Quota . It has further been mentioned that there would be no Chandigarh Quota for University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) and University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET).

4. Under Clause 1.1 of the brochure, general eligibility conditions were mentioned. For B.E. Courses following two conditions were prescribed:-

The admission to the First Semester B.E. Courses will be open to a candidate, who (i) has qualified in the AIEEE-2009, conducted by the C.B.S.E., for admission to these courses.

(ii) has passed +2 or its equivalent examination with at least 60% marks in aggregate (55% marks in case
of S.C./S.T./Physically Challenged), conducted by a recognized Board/University/Council in March/April 2009 and not earlier than March/April 2006.

5. As per Clause 1.1.1 relating to Inter-se Merit for Admission , inter-se merit of the candidates for admission was to be determined on the basis of rank obtained in AIEEE-2009 only, except in the Sports Category and the categories of Code 8 to 26 given in Annexure-I attached to the brochure (P-1). It is pertinent to notice that Code 8 to 26 of Annexure-I refers to various sub-categories of wholly dependent sons/daughters/spouses of military personnel and paramilitary personnel .

6. Section: B and Section: C of the brochure contains general information about seats and categories relating to PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh and Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Chandigarh respectively. The total number of seats meant for PEC as given in Section: B is 385. Fifty
percent of the said seats were required to be offered to candidates in the following manner:

(a) Chandigarh Quota: for all those candidates who have passed their qualifying examination (+2) from schools/colleges located in the Union Territory, Chandigarh and recognized by the Chandigarh Administration.

(b) All India Quota: for candidates who have passed their qualifying examination (+2), but are not covered under category (a) above.

7. Section: B further bifurcate the seats to the extent of 50% quota in different categories in Chandigarh Quota and All India Quota , which reads thus:

S. No. Category (a) Chandigarh Quota % of Reservatio n Seats (i) Scheduled Castes 14% 27 (ii) *Sons/ Daughters/ Spouses of Military/ Paramilitary Personnel *5% 10 (iii ) Physical Handicapped 3% 06 (iv) Children/ Grandchildren of Freedom Fighters 2% 04 (v) Sports persons 2% of the total seats 08 (vi) Open seats ---------- 138 Total Seats (Chandigarh Quota) 193 (b) All India Quota (i) Scheduled Castes 15% 29 (ii) Scheduled Tribes from all states and UTs of India 5% 09 (iii ) *Sons/ Daughters/ Spouses of Military/ Paramilitary Personnel *5% 10 (iv) Physical Handicapped 3% 06 (v) Children/ Grandchildren of Freedom Fighters 2% 04 (vi) Open seats ---------- 134 Total Seats (All India Quota) 192 8. It is pertinent to notice that in the category of Sons/ Daughters/ Spouses of Military/ Paramilitary Personnel there is a specific deviation mentioned under both quotas i.e. (a) Chandigarh Quota and (b) All India Quota , at Sr. Nos. (ii) and (iii) respectively, which is made discernible by an asterisk ( * ). It has been defined to mean as under:-

Chandigarh Administration has decided to waive of domiciliary restriction of minimum stay in the states/UT
and condition of passing 10 th and 12 th standard examination from the same state/UT in respect of wards
of serving defence personnel/ex-servicemen, seeking admission in the institutions of UT Chandigarh. Hence
the quota is open to all.

9. Similar is the position with regard to Section: C although number of seats and percentage of reservation of various categories is different.

10. The petitioners applied for admission in the B.E. course under the category of Sons/ Daughters/ Spouses of Military/ Paramilitary Personnel against the seats meant for the colleges situated in Chandigarh. The counselling was scheduled for 15.7.2009.

11. The grievance of the petitioners is that the Joint Admission Committee did not adhere to the Chandigarh Quota and All India Quota in the manner provided in the brochure and all the reserved seats meant for the aforementioned category were clubbed together. For PEC the percentage of quota is 50% for each of the two
quota and for the CCET the percentage for Chandigarh Quota is 85% and All India Quota is 15%. The aforementioned fact was brought to the notice of the Chandigarh Administration by making representations by the candidates. Whereupon, the Chandigarh Administration-respondent No. 1 issued a communication on
15.7.2009 clarifying that the reservation of seats under the said category was to be calculated separately for U.T. Pool Quota and All India quota (P-2). It has been alleged that despite the clarification dated 15.7.2009 (P-2) the Admission Committee is bent upon to admit the students in the category of Sons/Daughters/Spouses of Military/Paramilitary Personnel on the presumption that there are no separate quotas, namely, Chandigarh Quota and All India Quota . In that regard, a representation by the petitioners was also sent on 17.7.2009 (P-3). On 23.7.2009, at the time of hearing learned senior counsel for the petitioners also placed on record a computer down-loaded hard copy of information (Mark- A ) wherein the Admission Committee has notified that the counselling would be held according to the original joint admission brochure.

12. In the short reply filed on behalf of respondent No. 1 it has been pointed out that in the PEC 50% seats are filled on All India Quota basis and 50% from U.T. Pool candidates, whereas in CCET 85% seats are filled from U.T. Pool candidates and 15% from All India Quota . In the PEC 20 seats in all are reserved for the sons/daughters/spouses of military/para-military forces and 12 seats in all are reserved for the said category in CCET . It has further been asserted that uptil 2007 seats reserved under defence quota category were filled from both All India Quota and U.T. Pool Quota separately by keeping the admission restricted to 50% quota in each pool. The position was similar in CCET uptil 2009.

13. On 12.6.2007, the Minister of Defence, Union of India, addressed a communication to the Administrator, U.T. Chandigarh, stating that in certain States/UTs admission into colleges/institutions were restricted to those students only who were either domicile of that State/UT for a minimum specific period and/or to those who have passed both 10 th and 12 th standard examination from an institution/school located in that State/U.T. It was also pointed out that the wards of armed forces personnel are unable to fulfill the said
requirements for admission because of arduous nature of job of their parents which involve frequent transfers/postings. It was, thus, requested to do away with these restrictions (R-1). In para 6 of the reply it has been mentioned that keeping in view the reference dated 12.6.2007 (R-1), the Chandigarh Administration has issued a letter dated 14.9.2007 conveying its decision to waive off the domiciliary restrictions of minimum stay in the States/UTs and condition of passing 10 th and 12 th standard examination from the same State/Union Territory in respect of the wards of serving defence personnel/exservicemen (R-2). It has been claimed that on the basis of letter dated 14.9.2007, the PEC has abolished the U.T. Pool defence quota
after 2007 and CCET though indicated the U.T. Pool seats and All India Pool seats separately for the year 2009 but it was indicated in the note in the Joint Admission Brochure that these seats would be clubbed and filled up without assigning any quota of 50% each on the basis of joint counselling.

14. It has, however, been admitted that the matter was again considered and clarification dated 15.7.2009 has been issued by the Chandigarh Administration (R-3). In para 9 it has been mentioned that the matter was again discussed in the meeting at the level of the Adviser to the Administrator, UT Chandigarh, wherein the Director, Punjab Engineering College has informed that the admission can only be carried out in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Prospectus or the Joint Admission Brochure and no deviation could be made therefrom. Accordingly, on 20.7.2009, again a letter has been issued advising the Director, PEC to complete the admission process strictly in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Joint Admission Brochure and from the next academic session, admission would be regulated separately for U.T. Pool quota and All India Pool quota (R-4).

15. On 4.8.2009, during the course of arguments, Mr. Anupam Gupta, learned counsel for respondent No. 1 also brought to our notice three communications dated 24.7.2003, 9.9.2003 and 12.9.2003 relating to the proposal for granting Deemed University status to the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. The
aforementioned communications are taken on record as Mark B , C and D respectively.

16. On 4.8.2009 itself, Mr. R.S. Bains, learned counsel for PEC-respondent No. 3 filed a written statement, which is also taken on record, taking the stand that it has followed the principle of doing away separate quota for Sons/Daughters/Spouses of Military/Paramilitary Personnel between UT Pool Quota and All
India Quota . Accordingly, the domiciliary restriction of minimum stay in the State/UTs and condition of passing 10 th and 12 th standard examinations from the same State/UT in respect of wards of serving defence personnel/ex-servicemen, seeking admission in the institutions of Union Territory, Chandigarh, has been abolished.

Accordingly, Joint Admission Brochure for the Session 2009-10 was amended, which is made clear by the asterisk ( * ) underneath the table of distribution of seats, appearing at page 22 of the Information Brochure.

Respondent No. 3 has also furnished a list of 832 candidates arranged in order of tentative merit (R-3/2). The events leading to issuance of letter dated 15.7.2009 by the Chandigarh Administration directing that the admissions be made as per the reservation of seats under the UT Pool Quota and All India Quota of seats in respect of the sons/daughters/spouses of military/paramilitary personnel have been detailed. Reference has also been made to the letter dated 20.7.2009 (R-3/6) advising that the admissions for current session be made strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Admission Brochure. Accordingly, decision was taken to hold counselling on 30.7.2009 after issuance of advertisement in leading newspapers (R-3/7). A reference has also been made to the stay order passed by this Court on 29.7.2009 wherein the counselling slated for 30
Th was ordered to be deferred till further orders.

17. Mr. H.S. Mattewal, learned senior counsel has vehemently argued that a bare look on the table at page 22 of the Information Brochure Section: B shows that seats have been divided on the basis of 50% quota in each category, namely (a) Chandigarh Quota; and (b) All India Quota. According to the learned counsel for
Chandigarh Quota the only stipulation made is that the candidates must have passed their qualifying examination of +2 standard from schools/colleges located in UT Chandigarh and recognised by the Chandigarh Administration. He has drawn our attention to Item at Sr. No. (ii) under category (a) Chandigarh Quota pertaining to sons/daughters/spouses of military/paramilitary personnel, which has been allocated 5% of the seats and 10 seats have been given to the Chandigarh Quota. Likewise in the quota underneath All India Quota , Item No. (iii) specify 5% reservation in favour of the All India Quota allocating 10 seats. He has further argued that separation of these quotas by asterisk ( * ) to club these seats in fine print is astonishing and presents an affront to the equality clause, which has been interpreted to mean that both these quotas are merged and the counselling has to be held on the basis of joint merit for these 20 seats.

18. Mr. Mattewal has then argued that the Chandigarh Administration by letter dated 15.7.2009 (P-2) in unmistakable terms accepted that clubbing of quota by PEC or CCET was patently wrong and it was required to be calculated separately for UT Pool Quota and All India Quota @ 50% each. Learned counsel has submitted that there is no law that prospectus once issued cannot be modified by the State authorities, especially when in the present case the prospectus is not in accordance with the direction issued by the
Chandigarh Administration. In that regard, he has placed reliance on a judgment of Hon ble the Supreme Court in the case of Rajiv Kapoor v. State of Haryana, (2000) 9 SCC 115. According to the learned counsel Full Bench judgment of this Court rendered in the case of Amardeep Singh Sahota v. State of Punjab, 1993(2) PLR 212, has been watered down by Hon ble the Supreme Court in Rajiv Kapoor s case (supra). To buttress his stand, learned counsel has drawn our attention to paras 10 and 11 of the judgment wherein it has
been held that modification in the prospectus could be introduced and the prospectus with mistakes cannot be the sole basis for making admissions. He has further argued that mistake does not confer any right on any party and can be corrected. In that regard reliance has been placed by the learned counsel on para 23 of the judgment of Hon ble the Supreme Court rendered in the case of Union of India v. S.R. Dhingra, (2008) 2 SCC 229. He has maintained that the prospectus cannot prevail over the Government instructions. He has
also placed reliance on another judgment of Hon ble the Supreme Court rendered in the case of Dolly Chhanda v. Chairman, JEE, (2005) 9 SCC 779, and argued that any technicality should not come in the way of equality clause enshrined in Article 14 of the Constitution. According to the learned counsel, Hon ble the Supreme Court redressed the grievance of Dolly Chhanda where she possessed the necessary qualification on the last date fixed for filing application or for a post for availing benefit of reservation or weightage.


Accordingly, Dolly Chhanda was granted relief as she possessed the qualification but could produce the certificate only at the time of interview instead of attaching the same with her application.

19. Another submission made by the learned counsel is that the candidates should not suffer on account of conflicting provisions made in the prospectus by their author. Placing reliance on a Division Bench judgment of this Court rendered in the case of Deepak Makkar v. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, 2001(8) SLR 74, learned counsel has argued that once the condition of the brochure has been relaxed then there is no going back from that situation by refusing to admit the candidates. Learned counsel by placing reliance on para 5 of the judgment of Hon ble the Supreme Court rendered in the case of P.K. Goel v. U.P. Medical Council, (1992) 3 SCC 232, has argued that no indefeasible and vested right would accrue merely on the basis of participation in the examination.

He has urged that before admission of any candidate in the category under dispute the mistake can be rectified by the authorities any time prior to the admissions.

20. While concluding his arguments Mr. Mattewal has stressed that after rectifying the mistake the Chandigarh Administration cannot go back by issuing yet another letter on 20.7.2009 restoring the mistake and correcting it only from the next academic session, sermonizing the Admission Committee for admitting the candidates under the defence quota in accordance with the prospectus, which by asterisk mark given in the fine print, has abolished the quota.

21. Mr. Anupam Gupta, learned Senior Standing Counsel for Chandigarh Administration-respondent No. 1, has argued that in order to avoid legal complications letter dated 20.7.2009 (R-4) was issued and the admissions were required to be made for current session strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Admission Brochure. Learned counsel has argued that once it is conceded as per the arguments of the learned counsel for the petitioners that the Admission Brochure can be amended by the Chandigarh Administration then it necessarily follows that the letter dated 20.7.2009 would also be binding on everybody and admissions have to be held in accordance with the provisions of the prospectus.

22. Mr. Anupam Gupta also referred to the PEC Information Booklet Volume-1 and in all fairness drew our attention to the letter dated 24.7.2003 (Mark B ) on the subject of proposal for granting Deemed University status on PEC. According to para 1(b) of the said letter, it is stipulated that 50% of the seats at the undergraduate level were to be filled through a national level test. He has also drawn our attention to letters dated 9.9.2003 and 12.9.2003 (Mark C and D respectively) addressed by the Home Secretary of the Chandigarh Administration to the Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Secondary and Higher Education, New Delhi, which are to the same effect. Accordingly, the Deemed
University status was conferred on PEC vide notification dated 16.10.2003, which is taken on record as Mark E . 23. Mr. R.S. Bains, learned counsel for PEC-respondent No. 3 has argued that the letter dated 14.9.2007 (R-3/1), issued by the Home Department of the Chandigarh Administration, asking every institution including respondent No. 3 to waive off the domiciliary restriction of minimum stay and condition of passing 10 th and 12 th standard examination from U.T. Chandigarh, cannot be ignored and accordingly Admission Committee had incorporated the aforesaid condition by marking the quota for defence personnel with asterisk
and clubbed the same. He has also pointed out that deferring of counselling has caused inconvenience to the defence personnel who have come from various parts of the country. He has also apprised the Court that the next counselling is now scheduled to be held on 17.8.2009 in respect of admissions to BE courses of the colleges of UT Administration.

24. We have bestowed our thoughtful consideration on the rival contentions of the parties. In order to appreciate the controversy it would be necessary to refer to the conditions which were imposed and accepted at the time of conferring Deemed University status on PEC. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has imposed specific conditions, as is reflected in the letter dated 24.7.2003 (Mark B ), issued by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development. It would be profitable to read those
conditions:-

(a) The governance structure of the Institute should be similar to that of IITs. The Chairman of the Board of
Governors should be an academician or an industrialist.

(b) 50% of seats at UG level and 100% at PG level may be filled through a national level test.

(c) The recruitment of faculty may be based on IIT pattern as has been done in NIT institutions. Also, the Institute should have a flexible cadre promotion system.

(d) The first Director of the institute should be an eminent person preferably from the IIT system.

25. The aforesaid conditions were concurred in by the Chandigarh Administration in its letter dated 9.9.2003 (Mark C ), addressed to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Secondary and Higher Education, New Delhi, as is evident from the following para:-

The Administration also concurs with the view that the governance structure of the Institute should
be similar to that of IITs and the Chairman of the Board of Governors should be an academician or an
industrialist of eminence. Regarding the filling up of 50% seats at UG level on All India basis through a
National Level Test, Chandigarh Administration has already approved this. 100% seats at PG level are
already being filled on All India basis. Recruitment of faculty and a flexible cadre promotion system would also be done on the IIT pattern as suggested by the UGC. The Administration also concurs with the view that the first Director of the Institute should be an eminent person preferably from the IIT system. The name of Punjab Engineering College may also be retained by the Institute as suggested by your Ministry.

26. If we view the table in the Information Brochure at page 22, which has already been reproduced in the paras 6 and 7 above, it answers the aforesaid condition except the part made distinct by the asterisk mark. The asterisk has been explained obviously with a reference to the letter dated 14.9.2007 in its reply by PEC-respondent No. 3 that it has waived off the domiciliary restriction of minimum stay in the State/UTs and condition of passing of 10 th and 12 th standard examination from the UT Chandigarh in respect of wards of
serving defence personnel/ex-servicemen seeking admission in the institutions in UT Chandigarh.

27. The aforesaid stand of PEC is further required to be viewed in the light of letter dated 15.7.2009 (P-2) where the Administration has taken categorical stand that the letter of the Administration dated 14.9.2007 has been misinterpreted in respect of the quota meant for defence personnel under UT Pool quota and All India quota by clubbing it together. The Administration has termed it as patently wrong and sought to rectify the mistake by emphasising that the reservation of seats under this category was required to be calculated separately for UT Pool Quota and All India Quota . However, the Administration relented by issuing
another letter dated 20.7.2009 (R-4) by merely stating that in order to avoid legal complications separate quota of 50% would be followed from the next academic session i.e. 2010-11.

28. The question which arises for consideration is that once the Chandigarh Administration has committed itself to the condition of granting admission of 50% seats of Undergraduate level through a national level test for making PEC a Deemed University and it was accordingly incorporated by notification dated 16.10.2003 (Mark E ) by conferring the aforesaid status then there cannot be any deviation from allotting 50% quota to the All India and 50% for the candidates belonging to the UT Pool quota.

29. Even otherwise the condition of 50% quota for those who have qualified 12 th standard examination from UT Chandigarh, has been retained in respect of all other categories, as is evident from the table at page 22 of the Information Brochure. Those categories include (i) Scheduled Castes; (iii) Physical Handicapped; (iv)
Children/Grandchildren of Freedom Fighters; (v) Sports persons; and (vi) open seats. The principle of classification of excluding one category from the benefit conferred on others without any rationale basis would be attracted. In order to succeed for giving hostile treatment to a category it must meet the twin tests i.e. (i) the classification is based on an intelligible differentia; and (ii)such intelligible differentia has a rationale basis for different treatment for the excluded category. In the open category as well as in the Scheduled Caste category the officers/officials of All India Services like Indian Revenue Service and Forest Service etc., who are working in the UT Chandigarh, are also transferable and could be posted outside Chandigarh anywhere in India. The posting of officers/officials at All India level is a feature common to the
military/paramilitary personnel who are also posted in any sector, which is the sole consideration indicated in the letter dated 12.6.2007 sent by the Defence Minister and the Chandigarh Administration in turn had issued letter dated 14.9.2007. Therefore, this itself may not constitute a sole basis for waiving off 50% quota. Moreover, the Information Brochure firstly delineated the All India quota of 50% in each category which has led to unnecessary confusion in the minds of the candidates. If there was no quota to be given then it should have been removed from the list of 50% quota which has been reflected in the table at page 22 of the Information Brochure. In any case, neither the Administration nor the PEC could avoid the reservation of 50% quota as stipulated in the correspondence between the UT Administration and Union of India. It was on that basis that notification dated 16.10.2003 (Mark E ) was issued conferring the status of Deemed University on PEC.

30. Likewise in respect of CCET, the quota fixed for Chandigarh Pool is 85% and for All India it is 15%. Although there is no commitment as in the case of PEC, yet, the same argument regarding classification for hostile discrimination would apply, as has been applicable in the case of PEC. A perusal of Section: C at
pages 26 and 27 of the Information Brochure would show the same anomaly. In respect of all other categories, reservation has been provided to the extent of 85% in respect of the UT Chandigarh quota and 15% in respect of All India quota . Even in respect of sons/daughters/spouses of military/paramilitary personnel the seats have been allocated in that ratio, yet, by similar asterisk ( * ) the distribution of quota amongst the candidates of UT Chandigarh and All India is sought to be done away with. Therefore, such a
classification would not be sustainable and the same reasoning would apply, as has been noticed in preceding para in respect of PEC.

31. We also find merit in the argument advanced by Mr. Mattewal to the effect that the prospectus is not a scripture and the Administration would be fully competent to issue any order to rectify a patent mistake before the admissions are actually made. The aforesaid submission made by him is amply supported by the
observations of Hon ble the Supreme Court in paras 10 and 11 of the judgment in the case of Rajiv Kapoor (supra), which reads as under:-

10. The High Court, in allowing the writ petition purported to follow an earlier judgment of the Full Bench
of the very High Court reported in Amar Deep Singh Sahota v. State of Punjab, 1993 (2) Pun LR 212. On
carefully going through that judgment, we find that the Full Bench did not doubt the competency or authority of the Government to stipulated procedure for admission relating to courses in professional colleges, particularly in respect of reserved category of seats, but on the other hand, it specifically deprecated the decision to do away with the requirement of minimum marks criteria in respect of seats reserved for sports category and that too by passing orders after the examinations were held under a scheme notified in the Prospectus. As a matter of fact the Full Bench, ultimately directed, in that case, that selections for admission be finalised in the light of the criteria specified in the Government orders already in force and the Prospectus, after ignoring the offending notification introducing a change at a later stage.

11. So far as the cases before us are concerned, the High Court, not only held that the Government order
dated 21-5-1997 issued after the declaration of the results of the entrance examination held pursuant to the
Prospectus issued for 1997, could not be followed but went a step further to hold that except the Prospectus in question nothing else could be looked into and that the Government orders had the effect of varying the criteria laid in the Prospectus in the matter of selections to the seats reserved for HCMS candidates. We are unable to appreciate this reasoning. The Government orders dated 21-5-1997 did not introduce, for the first time, either the constitution of a Selection Committee or evolving the system of interview for adjudging the merits of the candidates in accordance with the laid down criteria. It merely modified the pattern for allotment of marks under various heads from the total marks. Therefore, even if the modified criteria envisaged under the order dated 21.5.1997 is to be eschewed from consideration, the earlier orders and the criteria laid down therein and the manner of assessment of merit by the Selection Committee after interview, were still required to be complied with and they could not have been given a complete go-by, as has been done by the High Court.

32. It is, thus, evident that the Chandigarh Administration was fully competent to issue communication dated 15.7.2009 for rectification of patent mistake . We are further of the view that no indefeasible right has been conferred on any candidate to take admission as the admissions in the category of defence personnel is yet to be made. This principle is amply supported by the observations of Hon ble the Supreme Court in para 5 of the judgment in the case of P.K. Goyal (supra). The relevant extract of para 5 reads thus:-

5. ……There is no question of claiming any right by the candidates on the ground of having appeared in the
examination on the basis of the impugned brochure issued by the University, as no admissions in the present
case have been made so far in any of the colleges. This writ petition had been filed prior to the declaration of the results and after hearing Counsel for the parties we had granted stay of admissions in the entire State of Uttar Pradesh for Post Graduate Courses. ……

33. It is also equally well settled that no one can thrive on the mistake and it cannot constitute a basis for conferring any right. In that regard reliance has been rightly placed on para 23 of the judgment of Hon ble the Supreme Court in S.R. Dhingra s case (supra). It has been observed by their Lordships that it is well
settled that a mistake does not confer any right to any party and can be corrected .

34. The argument of Mr. Anupam Gupta that the Administration was competent to issue letter dated 20.7.2009 (R-4) would not require any detailed consideration because it would result into re-introducing the patent mistake , which it has rectified by issuing letter dated 15.7.2009 (P-2). The issuance of letter dated
15.7.2009 makes interesting reading, which is as under:-

It has been brought to the notice of the Administration that by misinterpreting the contentsof letter issued by the Chandigarh Administration vide No. 19/1/3-1H(3)-2007/18322-23 dated 14.9.2007, the U.T. Pool quota and All India quota of seats reserved for Sons/daughters/spouses of Military/Para military Personnel has been clubbed together which was patently wrong.

2. The matter has been considered by the Administration and it is clarified that the reservation of seats under this category shall be calculated separately for U.T. Pool quota and All India quota.

3. Necessary action may be taken accordingly.

35. It is, thus, obvious that the Chandigarh Administration has clarified that the earlier letter issued by it on 14.9.2007 has been totally misinterpreted and the clubbing of two quotas was patently wrong . After considering the issue it has intimated to the Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, the Director of PEC and the Principal of CCET that the reservation of seats under the defence category have to be calculated separately for UT Pool quota and All India quota , which is obviously in line with the conditions imposed by the
Ministry of Human Resource and Development Department in letter dated 24.7.2003 (Mark B ), accepted by the Administration in its letter dated 9.9.2003 (Mark C ). It was on the aforesaid basis that the PEC was granted the status of Deemed University. Therefore, we have no difficulty in rejecting the argument of Mr. Gupta.

36. The arguments advanced by Mr. R.S. Bains would also not require any detailed consideration, which follow the line of arguments advanced by Mr. Anupam Gupta.

37. For the reasons aforementioned, this petition succeeds.

Letter of the Chandigarh Administration, dated 20.7.2009 (R-4) is hereby quashed. The incongruous portions of the Information Brochure incorporated by asterisk ( * ) underneath table at page 22 in Section: B as well as underneath the table at page 27 in Section: C, are declared incongruous to the letters dated 24.7.2003 and 9.9.2003 (Mark B and C ) and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution.

The aforesaid information is accordingly declared illegal, unconstitutional, arbitrary and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution.

38. The way is now paved for issuance of further directions to the Joint Admission Committee-respondent No. 2 for holding of counselling and related matters. Accordingly, following directions are issued:-

(a). The Joint Admission Committee-respondent No. 2 shall hold counselling in respect of the Sons/ Daughters/ Spouses of Military/ Paramilitary Personnel on 17.8.2009. All necessary steps including publication of information in that regard in the newspapers or though sending of e-mails/SMS etc. to the candidates be taken by them by 10.8.2009. It would leave with the candidates adequate time to make preparation to attend counselling on 17.8.2009;

(b) The Joint Admission Committee shall also prepare separate merit list on the basis of 50% quota each for
UT Pool quota and All India quota and display the same by 10.8.2009 on their notice board as well as on the website. It would be at liberty to use any other method of reaching out to the candidates of both the quotas; and (c) The Joint Admission Committee shall not consider/invite any new application(s) and the seats in each quota i.e. UT Pool quota and All India quota shall be filled up by keeping in view separate quota of 50% each for both the categories, as shown in the table in Section; B in respect of PEC at page 22 i.e. 10 seats each as well as in the table of Section: C in respect of CCET at page 27 i.e. 10 and 2 seats respectively.

39. The writ petition stands disposed of in the above terms.

A copy of the order be given today itself to the learned counsel for the parties under the signatures of the Bench Secretary.

(M.M. KUMAR)
JUDGE

(JASWANT SINGH)
JUDGE

DR ARUN K LALL Vs PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE AND OTHERS

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

C.W.P.No. 3533 of 2009

Decided on : 05-03-2009

Dr. Arun K. Lall ....Petitioner
VERSUS
Punjab Engineering College and others ....Respondents

CORAM:-
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE AJAI LAMBA.

Present:-
Mr. N.P. Mittal, Advocate for the petitioner.

AJAI LAMBA, J(Oral)
This civil writ petition has been filed under Articles 226/227 of the Constitution of India, praying for issuance of writ in the nature of mandamus for issuing directions to respondent Nos. 1 and 2 i.e. Punjab Engineering College (Deemed University) and Registrar, Punjab Engineering College to implement order dated October 1, 2007 (Annexure P-12) issued by Home Secretary, Technical Education, Chandigarh Administration-respondent No.3 regarding fixation of the pay of the petitioner @ Rs.22400/- in the scale of 16400-22400 as Professor, Mechanical Engineering w.e.f. 29.3.2001.

Considering the nature of the issue, the petition can be disposed of at this stage without issuance of notice of motion as the petitioner relies on the documents of the respondents.

Learned counsel has drawn the attention of the Court towards Annexure P-7 to say that the Grievance Committee of the Engineering College had looked into the case of the petitioner and found justification in the petition for re-fixation of pay. Despite
such being the facts, no decision has been taken.

I have considered the issue. Annexure P-11, dated 31.08.2007, which is a letter issued by the Office of the Director, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh (Deemed University) to the Chairman/Vice Chairman Board of Grievance, Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration. The contents of the letter read as under:-

Enclosed please find a representation form Prof. AK Lall addressed to the Administrator.

Prof. A.K. Lall has a grievance against the initial fixation of his pay when he joined the college. The Grievance Committee has looked into it and finds that though there appears to be justification in his petition for re-fixation, but the college has no jurisdiction since the it was under the control of the Chandigarh Administration when Dr. A.K. Lall joined the Punjab Engineering
College.

Annexure P-12 is a memo addressed by the Home Secretary with the following contents:-

A copy along with its enclosures is forwarded to the Director Punjab Engineering College, (Deemed University), Chandigarh for taking further necessary action in the matter at its own level.

It seems that the Engineering College is referring the matter for decision to the Chandigarh Administration, whereas the Chandigarh Administration is referring the matter back to the
Engineering College.

Considering the above, it is directed that Registrar, Punjab Engineering College, (Deemed University), Chandigarh would decide the case of the petitioner expeditiously and preferably within 4 months from the date of receipt of the copy of this order.

It is made clear that in case the decision is not to be taken at the level of Punjab Engineering College, (Deemed University), Chandigarh, the same would be taken in consultation with the
Chandigarh Administration.

Disposed of with the above directions.

(Ajai Lamba)
Judge

Zero in exam leads student and wife to suicide

When Assistant Professor V.P. Singh granted zero marks to Bachelor of Engineering student Jasbir Singh in the fourth semester exam, he may have well signed the students death warrant.

On June 20, almost a year after he scored a zero, Jasbir unemployed and the only son of a Muktsar-based family committed suicide along with his wife. What he didnt know was that in separate re-evaluations by two examiners, he had scored 55 and 64. Now, five months after his death, an inquiry conducted by Panjab University has found Assistant Prof Singh of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) guilty of academic impropriety and discrimination against the student. Jasbir (24), belonged to the SC category.

As per a complaint to Home Secretary R.S. Gujral, the assistant professor had some problem with Jasbir and wanted to ruin his career. Jasbir applied for re-evaluation and scored 55 marks in the subject. As per rules, the university referred the paper to a third examiner, who awarded him 64 marks.

The university then marked an inquiry into the case. On August 24, the inquiry committee, headed by former Dean University Instructions (DUI) S.K. Sharma, found V.P. Singh guilty and debarred him from conducting exams for the next five years. PU Vice-Chancellor K.N. Pathak approved the verdict.

However, acting against PUs orders, V.P. Singh went ahead and conducted an exam for five ME (Mechanical) students between October 2 and October 16 this year. He acted as an internal examiner. Thirteen days later, on October 28 he filed a writ petition challenging PUs orders in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court has not given a stay to Singh. Now, another complaint has been made to the V-C urging him to take action against V.P. Singh for conducting the exam, despite being barred.

While all this was on, Jasbir, who had been making repeated rounds of the university for his re-evaluation result, committed suicide along with his newly-wed wife. They consumed poison near Sukhna Lake on June 20, this year. When the bodies of Jasbir and his wife Ishwinder Kaur (20) were found near the Sukhna, the police suspected the reason of suicide was their marriage against parents wishes. But Jasbirs family claims it was the zero marks that ended his life. Ever since he was awarded a zero, Jasbir remained depressed. He had lost faith in the education system, says his brother-in-law, Avtar Singh. Paramjit Kaur, one of Jasbirs five sisters, says because of this he could not get a job.

His family does not know his re-evaluation score. For six months, he kept going to the university almost every day, but they did not give him the result, says Paramjit. A few days before he killed himself, he told us that the university might declare his result soon.

Jasbir had come to Chandigarh to study and was staying with his brother-in-law in Sector 43. His parents live in Muktsar.

Ruchika remembered on her 16th death anniversary

Chandigarh Sixteen years after molestation victim Ruchika Girhotra died after consuming poison, her friends and family members on Tuesday took out a march here and lit a lamp outside the house where the teenager once lived. 14-year-old Ruchika, who was molested by former DGP of Haryana SPS Rathore in 1990, consumed poison on December 28, 1993 and died the following day.

With a puja thali in her hand, Ruchikas friend Aradhana accompanied by 35 well wishers of the family took out a march from her house No. 210 in Sector six to house No. 363 in the same sector where Ruchika lived with her family then.
Accompanied by her husband Aman, who works in Australia, and her mother Madhu, Aradhana lit an earthen lamp outside the house which has changed hands a couple of times and is presently being re-built.
The marchers observed a minutes silence outside the house in which no family is residing presently. Aradhana told reporters waiting outside the house that
The signature campaign launched by me today has evoked good response from people in our struggle for justice for Ruchika and her family.

We are also getting a large number of e-mails from residents within the country and abroad offering support to the campaign, Aradhana said.

After 19 years of Ruchikas molestation and suicide three years later the incidents have become a peoples fight for justice. Ruchikas soul would have got some satisfaction. She must have smiled.
Aradhana said that since Ruchikas father S C Girhotra was forced to sell his house here, the society should take steps for the family to get back the house. A number of students and teachers from Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh also visited the family offering support.




Nilgai chase in PEC leaves wildlife dept officials sweating

Chandigarh A nilgai had the UT Wildlife department on its toes for more than an hour as the employees attempted to handle the animal that had strayed into the residential complex of the Punjab Engineering College today.
The drama started around 9 am when the police informed the control room of the Wildlife department about the animal in the area. The team finally arrived around 10.15 am after repeated reminders by the police.

Seemingly ill-equipped and ill-trained to handle the nilgai, the team laid a net and though the animal entered into the net, it managed to escape after a little struggle.As the animal ran amok, the staff chased it with sticks.
Finally the animal got stuck in a swamp, and as it struggled, the team from the Wildlife department continued to wait till it tried to get out. They fired a tranquiliser gun and soon the animal again ran into the net and was finally caught.
Over a fortnight ago, a similar situation was reported in Sector 18, when a sambhar had entered a residential area.
The team from Wildlife department had arrived after two hours and the tranquiliser gun failed to shoot.
After repeated attempts, the shot was finally fired. Still the staff was unable to capture it and the animal ran around the whole sector, jumping walls and escaping through the greenbelts. The sambhar was finally captured after the tranquiliser showed some effect.


JAC gives second chance to 500 PEC applicants

Chandigarh Decision*They are to be given two days to submit their fee details; Joint Admission Committee to accept forms till 5 pm tomorrow The Joint Admission Committee (JAC) for the admission to five engineering institutes and one architecture college today decided to allow another chance to those 500 applicants who failed to complete the online admission procedure.

Announcing the decision to the applicants and their parents who were sitting on a dharna at PEC University of Technology for the last four days, the JAC convenor Dr Sanjeev Kumar said that the applicants would be given another chance to apply for admissions.
The decision was taken in a meeting attended by Principals and Directors of all the six institutes including the Director of PEC University of Technology which is conducting the online admission process based on AIEEE score Dr Manoj Datta and the JAC convenor.The applicants will be given two days to submit their fee details either through fax, e-mail or by hand. These will be accepted by the JAC till July 6 at 5 pm. On July 7, the data will be compiled and incorporated along with the data of applicants that have already registered themselves. Till July 9, the same applicants can fill in their branch choices, informed Dr Kumar. An advertisement informing the same will be released on Tuesday.

Till Sunday, the authorities of PEC University of Technology had maintained their stand of not accommodating the students who failed to register themselves online for admissions. While the applicants decided to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court today along with a major protest. Students For Society (SFS) and the PEC students group supported the applicants in their dharna against the authorities.

The case was highlighted when around 500 applicants paid the registration-cum-counselling fee of Rs 1,050, but did not enter the details of the e-challan for completing the process of registration. They realised that they were not registered with the committee when they tried to log in for choice filling of branches that was opened on June 29. While the last date for registration was June 24.


RAHUL CHAUDHARY AND ANOTHER Vs PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE CHANDIGARH AND OTHERS

CWP No.9187 of 2009

In the High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh.

Date of decision: 26.08.2009

Rahul Chaudhary and another ... Petitioners
Versus
Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and others. .. Respondents.

CORAM:
HONBL MR. JUSTICE PERMOD KOHLI

Present:
Mr.Yogesh Goyal, Advocate, for the petitioners.
Mr.Ashish Rawal, Advocate, for
Mr.Anupam Gupta,Advocate, for the respondents.

PERMOD KOHLI, J. (Oral):
I have heard the learned counsel for the parties The petitioner is seeking a direction to permit him to undergo Lab Course in the summer term. The petitioners are students of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, and pursuing their study in the Information Technology Stream. It is stated that for some reasons, the petitioners could not attend the Lab Course during 5th Semester and also could not clear their Lab Course during third Semester. Now the petitioners
having cleared the backlog except the Lab Course, they approached the respondents for permission to under take Lab Course during summer term.

On being put to notice, the respondents have filed their reply and relied upon the Senate decision taken on 28.05.2009, wherein paragraph 3 of the decision, it is provided that no Lab Course shall be offered during summer terms and on that basis the petitioners could not be allowed to take summer term. Apart from that, summer term course was for the duration from 01.06.2009 to 20.07.2009. The summer term period is already over. The petitioners could not be permitted to join the summer term.

In view of the above circumstances, no relief can be granted to the petitioners at this stage. Petition is, accordingly, dismissed. No costs.

(PERMOD KOHLI)
JUDGE

SHEKHAR SHARMA Vs PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE CHANDIGARH AND OTHERS

CWP No.9514 of 2009

In the High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh.

Date of decision: 24.08.2009

Shekhar Sharma
Vs.
Punjab Engineering College,Chandigarh and others

CORAM:
HONBLE MR.JUSTICE PERMOD KOHLI

Present:
Mr.Amrit Surrolia, Advocate, for the petitioner.
Mr.Anupam Gupta, Advocate, for the respondents.

PERMOD KOHLI, J. (Oral):
The petitioner has assailed the decision of the Senate of the respondent-College whereby the student who was earlier allegedly
involved in the Unfair Means has been debarred from undertaking
summer term. The relevant decision of the Senate was taken in its
meeting held on 28.05.2009. The impugned decision reads as under:-

A student who had been caught using unfair means, and hence could not clear a course during the regular semester, will not be allowed to register for that course during the summer terms.

The petitioner has further prayed for a direction in the nature of mandamus for his registration for the summer term for the Session 2009.

On being put to notice, reply has been filed by respondent No.1 to 4 wherein the stand of the respondents is reiterated based upon the aforesaid decision. Apart from that, it has been revealed that the relevant answer sheet of the petitioner has been misplaced and is not
available. It is further stated that an enquiry in this regard has been
ordered by the Director.

I want to place on record my displeasure on the attitude of respondent No.3 who despite a direction of the Court declined to file
his affidavit. It was only when a Show Cause Notice was issued to him as to why Contempt Proceedings be not initiated against him. He
responded to the order of the Court and filed his affidavit.

It is admitted case of the parties summer terms is over. It was for the duration from 01.06.2009 to 20.07.2009. The petitioner, thus, cannot take the benefit of the summer term notwithstanding the question of validity of the decision of the Senate.

Proceedings for Unfair Means were initiated against the petitioner in respect to the paper of Environmental Engineering. He has been declared fail and no other disqualification has been earned by him.

The petitioner is also undergoing regular course of 8 th semester in the subject of Environmental Engineering. The apprehension of the
petitioner is that the respondents are likely to take a bias decision on
account of the filing of the present writ petition, and because of the
action taken by the Court for initiating contempt proceedings against
respondent No.3. It is also the concern of the petitioner that he will not be granted degree in the year 2009 even if he successfully qualifies the examination of the aforementioned course.

Since the summer term is already over, the plea of the petitioner that he may be permitted to undertake course during summer terms cannot be acceded to at this stage. With a view to dispell apprehension of the petitioner and to provide him a fair opportunity to undertake the course who is in the final semester of the course, it is deemed appropriate that without casting any aspersion on any individual or authority, it is directed that such of the faculty members who were associated with the invigilation/evaluation in December, 2008 shall not be associated for teaching, invigilation and evaluation of the papers of petitioner in any manner. It is further directed that if the petitioner successfully qualifies the course in the year 2009, the respondent-University will issue degree to the petitioner forthwith and without any delay.

Respondent No.3 was summoned for non-compliance of the Court order. Now he has filed his affidavit tendering unconditional apology.

This Court has already recorded displeasure on the conduct of respondent No.3 in earlier paragraph of this order. Keeping in view
the status of respondent No.3 and the fact that he has tendered unconditional apology coupled with the facts that respondent No.3,
who is present in person, has assured the Court that such conduct shall not be repeated in future, his apology is accepted. Proceedings against respondent No.3 are dropped with a warning to him.

With these observations, present writ petition is disposed of with no order as to costs.

(PERMOD KOHLI)
JUDGE

IBADAT SAHNEY Vs PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE CHANDIGARH AND OTHERS

In the High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh.

CWP No.11274 of 2009

Date of decision: 21.08.2009

Ibadat Sahney
Vs. Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and others.

CORAM:
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE PERMOD KOHLI

Present:
Mr.Shekhar Verma, Advocate.
Mr.Anupam Gupta, Advocate.

PERMOD KOHLI, J. (Oral):
Learned counsel for the petitioner submits that the petitioner does not want to press this petition.

Dismissed as not pressed.

(PERMOD KOHLI)
JUDGE


SUKHWINDER SINGH Vs PEC UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY CHANDIGARH

CWP No.11166 of 2009

In the High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh.

Date of decision: 20.08.2009

Sukhwinder Singh Vs. PEC University of Technology,Chandigarh.

CORAM:
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE PERMOD KOHLI.

Present:
Mr.SS Salar, Advocate, for the petitioner.
Ms.Naveender PK Singh, Advocate, for the respondent.

PERMOD KOHLI, J. (Oral)
The petitioner passed Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from the University Institute of Engineering and Technology at Panjab University, Chandigarh in the year 2009 by securing 73.21 percent marks.

He applied for the Post Graduate Course in Mechanical Engineering and appeared in the Graduate Aptitude Test (GATE-2009) held by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee on behalf of Department of Secondary and Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources
Development, Government of India. The petitioner secured All India Rank 63 with percentile score of 95.24. The Punjab Engineering College, a Deemed University offers masters degree in Engineering of two years duration. The eligibility criteria as notified by the respondent-University for admission to the masters degree course was merit in the GATE examination. The petitioner applied for admission to the course aforesaid.

He was placed at serial No.6 in the merit list prepared by the respondent.

Total general seats were 19. The petitioner was summoned for counselling on 23.07.2009. He participated in the counselling. During the course of the counselling, the petitioner was asked to produce the original GATE Score Card. The petitioner requested for time to produce the same. However, the petitioner was not granted time and the admission granted to the petitioner has been cancelled. The petitioner is aggrieved of the aforesaid action of the respondent-University and has approached this Court by filing the present writ petition. In paragraph 11 of the writ petition, it is specifically mentioned that the respondent has granted time to other similarly situated candidates to produce the original certificate by 15.09.2009.

However, in the case of the petitioner, this relaxation has not been allowed.

Notice of motion was issued. The respondent has filed its reply and relied upon para 7 of the Important Points contained in the Brochure issued by the respondent-University which, inter-alia, provides that all original documents shall be produced at the time of counselling and no opportunity shall be provided to produce the same at a later stage and selection shall stand automatically cancelled and the vacancy shall be offered to the next candidate in the merit.

Today, the petitioner has placed on record the information received under the Right to Information Act in respect to the selectees. He also produced undertakings obtained from various candidates for
production of the various documents by 15.09.2009. In the case of one Arvind Kulashri son of Naresh Chandra Kulashri who also sought admission in Mechanical Engineering was granted time to produce the Migration Certificate and Detailed Mark Sheets of 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th semesters upto 15.09.2009. This clearly establishes that the respondent is adopting different yardsticks in the matter of providing opportunity to produce the original documents. On the one hand, most of the selectees have been given time to produce original documents and to the contrary, petitioners admission cancelled by denying similar opportunity.

However, without commenting on the validity of para 7 of the Important Points mentioned in the Brochure, at this stage, this petition is disposed of with a direction to the respondent to accept the documents of the petitioner by 15.09.2009 for which the petitioner shall file an undertaking within two days before the respondent on the same analogy as other students admitted to the course.

In view of the interim order passed by this Court on 10.08.2009, the respondent was directed to keep one seat reserved in the ME (Mechanical). The petitioner is definitely in the merit. Let he be admitted against the reserved seat forthwith and be allowed to attend the classes. The petitioner shall be entitled to opt for the subjects for which he has been selected.

(PERMOD KOHLI)
JUDGE

BHUPENDRA SINGH Vs DR MANOJ DUTTA and ANOTHER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

C.O.C.P. No.1294 of 2009

Decided on : 27-11-2009

Bhupendra Singh .... Petitioner
VERSUS
Dr. Manoj Dutta and another .... Respondents

CORAM:-
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE RAKESH KUMAR GARG.

Present:-
None for the petitioner.
Mr. Kulbir Singh Minhas, Advocate, for
Mr. Anupam Gupta, Advocate, for the respondents.

RAKESH KUMAR GARG, J (Oral).
Mr. Kulbir Singh Minhas, Advocate, has appeared on behalf of the respondents and has filed reply by way of affidavit of Sh. V. Rihani, Registrar, Punjab Engineering College (Deemed University), Chandigarh, in Court today. The same is taken on record.

In the affidavit, it has been mentioned that in compliance of the order dated 20.3.2009, passed by this Court, the respondents have passed a speaking order dated 20.8.2009. The speaking order has also been attached as Annexure R-1 with this affidavit.

Vide order dated 20.3.2009, this Court has directed the respondents to decide the representation dated 28.2.2006 of the petitioner. Since the aforesaid representation of the petitioner has been decided by passing a speaking order (Annexure R-1), I am not inclined to proceed further in this contempt petition.

Rule discharged.

However, the petitioner shall be at liberty to challenge the aforesaid order (Annexure R-1) in accordance with law.

(RAKESH KUMAR GARG)
JUDGE

PEC UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY THROUGH ITS REGISTRAVsSAMAPREET SINGH

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

LPA No. 876 of 2009 (O and M)

Date of decision: 11.9.2009.

PEC University of Technology, through its Registrar, Sector 12, Chandigarh.
......Appellant
Vs.
Samarpreet Singh ...Respondent

CORAM:-
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE ADARSH KUMAR GOEL
HON'BLE MRS.JUSTICE DAYA CHAUDHARY

PRESENT:
Mr.R.S.Bains, Advocate, for the appellant.
Mr.Kamal Sehgal, Advocate, for respondent/Caveator.

ADARSH KUMAR GOEL, J. (Oral)
1. This appeal has been preferred against interim order granted by learned Single Judge allowing the respondent to be shifted from the
discipline of Computer Science to the discipline of Civil Engineering.

2. Learned counsel for the appellant states that the respondent did not fulfil the eligibility condition for change of branch. After the writ petition has been admitted, no date has been fixed. If interim order remains operative, the same will be in the nature of final order and defence of the
appellant will be infructuous. He submits that the appellant in its written
statement pointed out eligibility conditions under the rules for change of
branch. Neither the said rules were challenged nor stand of the appellant
has been rejected and the interim order will create a precedent for other
students who may seek change of branch in violation of the rules.

3. Though the submission may have required consideration, having regard to the fact that learned Single Judge has allowed the interim relief in the facts and circumstances particularly the fact that as regards the requirement of 85 marks, the respondent has 84.5 marks and there were
five vacancies for which no eligible candidate was available and also the
fact that the appellant has already allowed the respondent to change the
discipline, in pursuance of interim order, we do not find any ground to
interfere with the interim order granted by the learned Single Judge. It is
however, made clear that if any other candidate seeks change of discipline, the appellant will be at liberty to take decision in accordance with law and raise all points in any proceedings which may be filed.

4. The appeal is accordingly dismissed.

(ADARSH KUMAR GOEL)
JUDGE

(DAYA CHAUDHARY)
JUDGE

THE HOME SECRETARY UNION TERRITORY CHANDIGARH Vs VIDYA SAGAR AND OTHERS CWP 9925 of 2008

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB and HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

Date of decision : September 16, 2008

The Home Secretary, Union Territory, Chandigarh ............Petitioner
Versus
Vidya Sagar and others ...........Respondents

CORAM:
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE M.M KUMAR
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE JORA SINGH

Present:
Mr. Sanjiv Ghai, Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr. H.S Saini, Advocate for respondent no.1.

1.Whether Reporters of Local Newspapers may be allowed to see the judgement?
2. To be referred to the Reporters or not?
3.Whether the judgement should be reported in the digest?

M.M KUMAR, J.
The prayer made in the instant petition is for quashing the order dated 9.10.2007 passed by the Central Administrative Tribunal, Chandigarh Bench, Chandigarh ( hereinafter referred to as `the Tribunal). Before the Tribunal, order dated 23.3.2005 was challanged, whereby the pay of the applicant-respondent stands revised retrospectively and the benefit of previous service as Carpenter for the period from 5.11.1979 to 21.3.1986 has also not been given. Accordingly, the pay of the applicant-respondent was fixed at Rs.4400/- as on 31.12.2004. He was allowed pension at the rate of Rs.1795/- and DCRG of Rs.67,716/- was paid to him vide order dated 12.4.2005. Benefit of leave encashment etc. was also to be released by treating the pay at Rs.4400/- instead of Rs.6600/-.

Feeling aggrieved the U.T administration has opposed this case as the original application filed by the applicant-respondent has been allowed.

Howeve, Mr. Saini learned counsel for applicantrespondnet has stated at the outset that the order which was subject matter of challenge before the Tribunal dated 23.3.2005 has been withdrawn by the Punjab Engineering College (Deemed University), Chandigarh on 4.7.2008. As a consequence to the withdrawal of the order, the Director, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh has passed another order on 21.8.2008. Further order by the Accountant General has also been passed on 28.7.2008. He has prayed that in view of passing of the aforementioned order, the instant writ petition has been rendered infructuous and should be dismissed as such.

In view of the above, the writ petition has been rendered infructuous as the basic order impugned before the Tribunal stands withdrawn by the petitioner themselves. Therefore, the very basis of dispute is knocked out.

Dismissed as having become infructuous.

( M.M KUMAR )
JUDGE

( JORA SINGH )
JUDGE

JOGINDER RAM Vs PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE AND ANR CWP 7795 of 2008

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGAR

DATE OF DECISION: May 12, 2008

JOGINDER RAM ...PETITIONER
VERSUS
PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE and ANOTHER ...RESPONDENTS

CORAM:
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE ASHUTOSH MOHUNTA.
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE T.P.S. MANN.

PRESENT:
MR. D.R. SHARMA, ADVOCATE FOR THE PETITIONER.

ASHUTOSH MOHUNTA, J.(ORAL)
The relief claimed by the petitioner in this writ petition has also been claimed by him by filing representation (Annexure P-6) and reminder (Annexure P-7) which have not been decided so far.

After hearing learned counsel for the petitioner, we dispose of this writ petition with a direction to respondent No.1 to decide the representation and reminder (Annexures P-6 and P-7), expeditiously, preferably within a period of four months from the date of receipt of certified copy of this order.

(ASHUTOSH MOHUNTA)
JUDGE

(T.P.S. MANN)
JUDGE

ABHISHEK NEGI Vs PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE AND ORS Civil Writ Petition 7033 of 2008

In the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh.

Date of Decision: 30.4.2008

Abhishek Negi …Petitioner
Versus
Punjab Engineering College and Others …Respondents

CORAM:
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE ASHUTOSH MOHUNTA
HONBLE MR.JUSTICE KANWALJIT SINGH AHLUWALIA

Present:
Mr. Ashish Pal Kaushal, Advocate for the petitioner.

Ashutosh Mohunta, J. (Oral)
Relief prayed for by the petitioner in this writ petition has also been claimed by him by serving legal notice dated 11.3.2008 (Annexure P4), which has not been decided so far.

After hearing learned counsel for the petitioner, we dispose of the writ petition with a direction to respondent No.3 to decide the legal notice dated 11.3.2008 (Annexure P4) expeditiously preferably within ten days from today. Copy of the order be given under the signatures of the Court Secretary.

(Ashutosh Mohunta)
Judge

(Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia)
Judge

PEC UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY THROUGH ITS REGISTRARVsGURSIMAR IQBALSOMAL ALIAS GURSIMAR SOMAL

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

LPA No. 991 of 2009 (O and M)

Date of decision: 15.10.2009.

PEC University of Technology through its Registrar, Sector 12, Chandigarh. ......Appellant
Vs.
Gursimar Iqbal Somal alias Gursimar Somal ...Respondent

CORAM:-
HONBLE MR.JUSTICE ADARSH KUMAR GOEL
HONBLE MRS.JUSTICE DAYA CHAUDHARY

PRESENT:
Mr.R.S.Bains, Advocate, for appellant.
Mr.Ashok Aggarwal, Sr. Advocate, with
Mr.Vikas Suri, Advocate, for Caveator-respondent.

DAYA CHAUDHARY, J.
1. This appeal has been preferred against interim order granted by the learned Single Judge allowing the respondent to be shifted from the discipline of Electrical Engineering to the discipline of Information Technology against one of the available seats.

2. The respondent is student of B.Tech (Electrical Engineering)
and was admitted for the academic Session 2008-09. He appeared in the first semester examination conducted by the University. In 1st Semester examination, he was awarded 8.38 Semester Grade Point Average (for short,SGPA) whereas in 2nd Semester examination, he was awarded SGPA 9.55. He applied for shifting of Branch from Electrical Engineering to Information Technology, for which minimum SGPA required was 9, whereas his SGPA was 8.98. His claim was declined by the University as he was not having the required SGPA, which was challenged by way of writ petition on the ground that the formula of rounding up should be applied and 4 seats are available in the Information Technology Branch. The appellant-University contested his claim stating that he did not fulfil the eligibility condition for change of Branch given in the Rules and Procedures of University Grants Programs. Moreover, the writ petition was highly belated as sessional assessment was already over and second semester was due, as the semester ends in December 2009.

3. Learned Single Judge admitted the writ petition and interim
direction was issued to the University to permit the writ petitioner for shifting from the discipline of Electrical Engineering to the discipline of Information Technology against the vacant available seats.

4. The ground for challenging the interim direction is that the respondent did not fulfil the eligibility condition for change of branch given in Rules and Procedures of University Grant Programs. Only those students whose SGPA is 9 are eligible to be considered for change of branch.

Moreover, the writ petition was filed belatedly as the semester examination had already commenced on 31st July, 2009 and first sessional assessment had already been over and the 2nd sessional examination was due on 26th October, 2009.

5. We have heard learned counsel for the parties and also gone
through the order passed by the learned Single Judge.

6. The writ petition was filed at a very late stage as last date for
applying change of branch was 26.6.2009 for which a notice was also displayed on the University board and much of his studies had already been completed and the examination of the 2nd Semester is likely to be commenced in December 2009. The contention of the respondent for rounding up of marks cannot be accepted as it is different from CGPA which is based on the decision taken by the senate and that decision has not been challenged by the respondent. The said decision of the senate is
reproduced as under:

Minutes of 17th meeting of Senate of Punjab Engineering College held on 17.11.2008 at 3.00 p.m. in the Conference Hall of Punjab
Engineering College, Chandigarh. Agenda No. 17.11 Any other item.

Calculation and Recording of Grade Point Average(GPA) upto two decimal places.

Ever since the adoption of the grading system in 2005, we have been calculating and specifying the SGPA of students on their grade sheets upto one decimal place only. However, in certain
situations, where a merit list of the students is to be prepared, a need is felt to have these calculated up to two decimal place. For
instance,to decide the relative merit of students for change of branch at the end of first year, the CGPA had to be calculated kupto two decimal places to resolve a tie between students having same CGPA up to one decimal place. Another situation which may require such calculation, could arise while deciding the award of gold medal to a student for standing first in his/her branch.

It is, therefore, proposed that the SGPA and CGPA may henceforth be calculated and reported up to two decimal place.

17.11. Calculation and recording of grade Point average (GPA) up to two decimal places....Accepted.

7. Keeping in view the interest of the students and the University,
some time limit is to be fixed for changing from one branch to another and all the students, including the respondent, were free to exercise their option within the prescribed time limit. The respondent did not exercise his option during that prescribed period. If he is allowed to change the branch, then other students would like to change their branches and this practice would continue and there would be no end to it. The decision taken by the Senate is the decision of the experts and is based on the interest of the students and the standard of education.

8. No doubt, we have sympathy and sentiment in our mind for the
career of the students but that cannot be a ground for passing an order in relation thereto as the respondent has no legal right and much time has already passed. Therefore, to pass an order in contravention of a statutory provision is not proper and justified.

This view has been upheld by the Honble Supreme Court in Maruti Udyog Ltd v. Ram Lal and others [2005] 2 SCC 638, wherein it was observed as under:

While construing a statute, sympathy has no role to play. This Court cannot interpret the provisions of the said Act ignoring the binding decisions of the Constitution Bench of this Court only by way of sympathy to the workmen concerned.

In Latham v. Richard Johnson and Nephew Ltd [1911-13] All England Law Reports Rep. page 117 also the following observation has been made:

We must be very careful not to allow our sympathy with the infant plaintiff to affect our judgment. Sentiment is a dangerous will o the wisp to take as a guide in the search for legal principles.

9. Keeping in view the above discussion, the appeal is allowed and interim order passed by the learned Single Judge is vacated.

(DAYA CHAUDHARY)
JUDGE

(ADARSH KUMAR GOEL)
JUDGE

500 AIEEE qualifiers not allowed to attend counselling

Chandigarh: A rude shock came for 500 All India Engineering Entrance Examination qualifiers as they were not allowed to attend Punjab Engineering College counselling on Thursday.

The Punjab Engineering College has come up with online counselling system from this year.

Although, the students had submitted the counselling fee well in advance but still they were barred as there was some problem in logging in due to some technical issue.

Due to this, the registration process of around 500 students could not be completed.

After the incident, the students as well as their parents protested against the management.

Arpeet Singh, parent, said he had submitted a fee of Rs 1050 but still his child was not allowed to sit for counselling.

The Punjab Engineering College had bought the new software for counselling this year itself.

Alarm bells for Chandigarh: Vehicles adding up, pollution multiplying

Chandigarh: The rise in the number of cars has started to give the environmentalists sleep nights in Chandigarh.

The city with a population of 11.5 lakh has more than seven lakh registered vehicles and if the entire tri-city is included, this number rises to 10 lakh. Add the number of vehicles from other cities and the public transport plying on the roads daily, and it paints a scary picture.

The population level of one of the most planned cities in the country is reaching a dangerous level.

According to Deputy Director of the environment department PJS Dadwal, whereas the greenery in Chandigarh has been increased, the rise in the number of vehicles has negated its positive effect.

Five parts of the city – sector 17, Industrial Area Phase I, Punjab Engineering College, Sector -29 and Kaimbwala Village – are the most adversely effected. The SPM (Suspended Particulate Matter) in all these areas indicate the detiorating quality of air in Chandigarh.

The industrialisation of the city is not helping the cause either.

Chandigarh s metro dreams take shape

Mumbai: Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro work zooms ahead of schedule Share Trams, mono rail and Metro to operate together in Chandigarh Share Chandigarh: The region s tube dream seems to be finally coming to light as the authorities for the first time have begun some serious work on the metro project after years of delay. The officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) met Chandigarh administration s top brass on Thursday and discussed the ambitious project which proposes to link the city with the satellite towns of Mohali and Panchkula.

The DMRC officials are here to scrutinise the proposed links and check their feasibility after which a Detailed Project Report (DPR) would be prepared.

In the first phase, the Chandigarh administration is looking to build the two depots in Mohali and Panchkula. Around 25 acres of land would be required to build each depot.

Haryana has proposed a piece of land in sector -21, while Punjab has said it has two options in Mallapur and Aerocity.

DMRC officials discussed all the proposed sites with the Chandigarh staff in the meeting on Thursday.

The DMRC officials were here last week. They are here today and our officials are discussing various aspects of the project with them, K K Sharma, Advisor to the Chandigarh Administrator, told a news conference.

Sharma stressed that integrated planning was a must in Chandigarh s peripheral areas. It is important that the administrations of Chandigarh and its satellite towns work together so that problems like congestion on roads can be solved, he said.

The advisor said that the administration was also looking at the feasibility of having dedicated bus lanes on some routes in the city to decongest the traffic and was planning to take help from Punjab Engineering College here and IIT, Delhi, in this regard.

Top brass of Chandigarh were present in the news conference including Home Secretary Ram Niwas, Finance Secretary V K Singh, Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh, Inspector General of Police, Pradeep Srivastava and Chandigarh s SSP, Naunihal Singh.

(With inputs from PTI)

GURDEV SINGH Versus STATE OF PUNJAB and ANOTHER Civil Writ Petition No.10824 of 2009

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB and HARYANA, CHANDIGARH

Gurdev Singh
.....PETITIONER(S)
VERSUS
State of Punjab and Another
.....RESPONDENT(S)
. . .
CORAM: HONBLE MR. JUSTICE AJAI LAMBA
PRESENT: - Mr. Gurminder Singh, Advocate, for the petitioner(s).
Mr. B.S. Chahal, Deputy Advocate General, Punjab, for respondent
No.1.
Mr. S.S. Joshi, Advocate, for
respondent No.2.
. . .
AJAI LAMBA, J (Oral)
1. This civil writ petition has been filed under Article 226/227 of the Constitution of India, praying for issuance of a writ in the nature of mandamus, directing respondent No.1 i.e. Secretary to Government, Department of Higher Education, Punjab, to release the retrial benefits of the petitioner after refixing the pay.
2.
2. The stand of respondent No.1 is that respondent No.2 i.e. Guru Teg Bahadur College, Bhawanigarh, District Sangrur, is required to forward certain documents on consideration of which sanction to release retiral benefits would be granted by respondent
No.1.
3. Learned counsel for respondent No.2 contends that the required documents would be forwarded to respondent No.1 within a period of two weeks from today.
4. The petition is disposed of with direction to respondent No.1 that on receipt of documents from respondent No.2, as per the
undertaking given on behalf of respondent No.2, respondent No.1 shall sanction and release the retiral benefits to the petitioner as per rules and instructions within a period of two months thereof.

(AJAI LAMBA)
JUDGE

CHANDEN KUMAR SINGH ersus CHAIRMAN JOINT ADMISSION COMMITTEE PEC UNIVERSI CIVIL WRIT PETITION NO. 13443 of 2010

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

Chanden Kumar Singh .....Petitioner
VERSUS
Chairman, Joint Admission Committee, PEC, University of Technology, Chandigarh and another ....Respondents

CORAM:- HONBLE MR.JUSTICE RANJIT SINGH.
PRESENT: Mr. S.K. Rana, Advocate, for the petitioner.
None for the respondents.

RANJIT SINGH, J.
Though there is a written request for adjournment, yet counsel for the petitioner says that the petitioner has been granted admission and thus, the present writ petition is rendered infructuous.
Dismissed as having become infructuous.

(RANJIT SINGH)
JUDGE

Bigelow shooting Osama film in Chandigarh

Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow stands on the set during shooting for her upcoming film about Osama bin Laden in Chandigarh - AP

Osama Bin Ladens last few days before he was killed in Pakistans garrison town of Abbottabad in a covert US raid by elite special forces is being recreated by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow in Chandigarh.

The films crew has been shooting in prominent markets and at the Punjab Engineering College here with shop boards in Urdu, auto-rickshaws with Lahore number plates, burqa-clad women and men in shalwar-kameez, chappals and skullcaps.

A bus could also be seen with Pakistani decorations, bright colours and motifs, jhoomers and lights. Outside the shops stood rehriwallas and hawkers in the typical clothes of Pakistani Punjabis. Bigelow, 60, became the first woman to win the Academy award for the best director for the Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker last year.

The crew, keeping the plot under wraps, is shooting the story of Osama being hunt down by the US commandos. With US-Pakistan relations strained, Bigelow could not shoot in Pakistan where the infamous Abbottabad building was razed over the weekend.

The shops hired for the shoot were suitably transformed. An internet cafe was Kotli call centre. It reads ISD and PCO booth, Regal Centre is Shahi Yunani Dawa Khana and Ramgarhia Hardware store has become Shahzad Hardware and Paint Store.

Sources said that the production team plans to recreate Abbotabad in Rajasthan as well.

The title of the film is being kept as a closely guarded secret but for now it is being talked about as Zero Dark 30. The city will see the unit shoot scenes at various locations over a months period.

The crew had shot near a mosque in Manakpuri in SAS Nagar near here.

Since Osama had earned a Civil engineering degree from King Abdul Aziz University so the local engineering college has been selected for shooting the scenes related to his college days.

Sources said the crew would also be visiting parts of Punjab including Patiala. Some Hollywood actors, including Jessica Chastain, are expected to be here for the shooting of the film.

The crew of the film refused to speak to the media but production companies from Mumbai and Delhi have also been roped in.

A local production company has gathered over 100 artistes for the crowd scene. Sources said the film may be released at the end of this year.

Yashwant Raj

In Uttar Pradesh, it hardly matters whether the Chief Minister is Mayawati or Mulayam Singh Yadav. They are all the same for a police officer like Jasvir Singh. He is 40, incorruptible, single, diabetic and has suffered two facial-paralysis attacks. Another, and possibly a lesser man, would have

made his peace with his conscience and crossed over. Not Jasvir. He continues undeterred and unafraid. Its a little over the top, his zeal, but every bit real.

After 15 years in service he takes home Rs. 17,000 a month. He drives a Bolero, an official car that he has received after years of going to work on a motorcycle — with his bodyguard riding pillion. Not quite what the recruitment ad promised.

I am happy, he says, except for the fact that I have an old mother to look after. All the land owned by his family in Punjab is lost, most of it mortgaged to pay lawyers engaged to fight his cases against the government. Jasvir has seen too much and done too much to actually care much about anything. He has a look about him that screams: dont try to impress me, dont try to surprise me and keep your honesty spiel to yourself.

His honesty nearly got him killed, nearly got him dismissed and it nearly left him maimed for life. Talk to him about his exploits and you realise he is rather vain about his honesty. And why not?How many have actually lived a life worth a Bollywood potboiler? Jasvir has. There is enough here for not one film but an entire series.

Jasvir met his Gabbar after almost 15 years of working in the UP Police, most of it having been quite eventful. When he took up his posting at Pratapgarh, he was as much a name as the local don who was a terror.The don travelled in a convoy of cars — filmy style — with guns sticking out of the windows. No one ever dared stop them, not even at police checkposts and barricades. This immensely bothered the young SP.Jasvir had a dedicated team of about 50 policemen — whom he had personally trained in karate. He himself is a brown belt. It was time for the boys to show their boss it hadnt all been in vain. A sub-inspector and a homeguard took position at a barricade, the rest of the team — some 50 people — stayed out of sight. As usual the convoy came by and pulled up abruptly, almost surprised by the barricade.
A sidekick came out to inquire, and soon the don followed. He was, of course, furious. And he took it out on the poor sub-inspector, who was looking quite miserable with fear, slapping him several times.

The officer panicked and started screaming — not exactly the pre-arranged secret call sign — at which the rest of the police charged in. We beat the hell out of them, says Jasvir, reliving what was clearly a moment of triumph.
The don himself got slapped around and soon took off for Nepal to keep out of the way of the young officer. Though Jasvir had in the process won himself a lifelong enemy, Pratapgarh rejoined civilised India.The army havildars son had come a long way from his tiny Hoshiarpur village in Punjab. He is clear that he completed school only because he was interested in studies and not because parents or relatives ever wanted him to study that far.The next stop was the Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh. A classmate, the well-known pollster Premchand Palety, remembers Jasvir as a simple man with simple tastes: vegetarian, teetotaller and, of course, being a Sikh, a non-smoker. He remains a bachelor because he didnt have the time to marry when he should have and now his reputation seems to be a bit too formidable.

Palety says, The one time he came close to getting engaged was when the girls family had not done enough ground check — once they figured (his zeal for correctives), they ran away. Jasvir smiles, Its their loss.He studied hard and qualified for the Police Service in the first attempt, a matter of prestige. Uttar Pradesh became his assigned cadre. I had never been to UP before and didnt know what it was like.An early lesson he learnt as a raw IPS probationer was from a crusty old sub-inspector. On duty with him one day, he heard the old man ask a complainant — an old woman — for her caste.

I was shocked, he says and remembers asking the sub-inspector why her caste should matter. He told me that policemen get dismissed in UP for not getting the caste right. That was a useful first lesson.

He learnt fast and was soon in the thick of things — giving politicians a hard time (not his job strictly, but intended collateral damage) and chasing and gunning down outlaws.

The Tyagi gang of Meerut vanished; most members were eliminated. And that became his calling card. Minister and politicians wanted me in their constituency after hearing about Meerut, says Jasvir.

They would soon know this young SP came as a package deal, warts and all: he doesnt listen to anyone when in uniform. Many politicians would unconsciously wince at any mention of Jasvir. His stint as SP in Allahabad was also eventful and he had a great future. Or so he believed.

And thats when things began to sour. The don was a big man now, with an avowed mission to finish off Jasvir. The young SP was soon reduced to making rounds of courts and the administrative headquarters of UP police. Jasvir faced 16 departmental inquiries and four near-dismissals. These are not corruption cases or of violation of criminals rights. But they drained him physically, emotionally and financially.
He had two attacks of facial paralysis, which laid him up at home for a year. And then during a brief hospitalisation for a minor illness he discovered he is diabetic.
I mortgaged some village land, he says, to pay the lawyers. Jasvir hired the best lawyers, who he says wryly charged me their usual fees thinking I have piles of corruption money — being an SP.
Appearing in court once, with reduced security, the dons goons caught up with him. He managed to escape with a torn shirt. But thats what life had become for him.
For many years now he is languishing in a department most IPS officers prefer only to retirement — food and civil supplies. But he is relishing it, raiding hoarders and defaulters.
His only satisfaction — perhaps a little twisted — after all this is this: They dont want to give me a good posting, but no one wants to confront me. And here is the best part. No one wants to be my senior.
Jasvir has a big, loud laugh. His wiry frame unwinds as he laughs and then withdraws into a state of steely readiness that field operatives develop to protect themselves from surprises. Dont surprise him

10 get Kalpana Chawla Excellence Awards

As many as 10 women were given Kalpana Chawla Excellence Awards for Women at PGIs Bhargava Auditorium in Chandigarh on Sunday. They were honoured for their contribution in their respective fields by the Punjab Engineering College Old Boys Association (PECOBA). Chief guest Bansari Lal Chawla gave away the awards. The awardees included Amar Noorie for her contribution to Punjabi music, stand-up comedian Bharti Singh, Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana for Punjabi literature and Gurmeet Bawa for keeping alive the folk music.

The award for promotion of art, culture and education was announced for Manveen Sandhu (posthumously), the founder of Saanjh-Amritsar-Lahore Festival, who had died in a road accident last month. The award was received by her daughter Dr Kirat Sandhu.

Namita Singh was awarded for excellence in architecture. Geetika Jakhar, Manjeet Kaur and Ranjit Singh received the awards in the field of sports. A special PECOBA Award of the Year was presented to Madan Lal Singla for his outstanding contribution to aerospace engineering. He was the brain behind countrys Moon Impact Probe of Chandrayaan-1 Mission.
Tributes were paid to late astronaut Kalpana Chawla on her sixth death anniversary. It was followed by a musical journey on her life, titled Kalpana Ki Udaan, Naari Ka Samman. The songs Chand ke par chalo to Zindagi ye safar hai suhana won many hearts.

The audio-visual presentation was produced and directed by Amarjit Singh Kolhi, chairman of Sakha and general secretary of the PECOBA.Congress President Sonia Gandhi had sent a letter paying homage to Kalpana Chawla. The function was inaugurated by Chandra Mohan, chairman, Board of Governors, PEC.


To PEC University of Technology, with love from Hollywood

CHANDIGARH: PEC University of Technology has got a gift from Hollywood. The Chandigarh-based institute, which became the set for the shooting of Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelows film on Osama bin Laden Zero Dark 30 got a surprise when it received a telescope as a token of thanks for hosting Bigelows cast and crew members for almost 25 days in February-March this year. The institute was turned into the US embassy in Pakistan for the film, with the Shivalik hills in the backdrop.

A specially-designed telescope, said to be worth Rs 10 lakh, and a set of model spy helicopters fitted with cameras were sent to PEC personally by Bigelow, who had won the Oscar in 2010 for her film The Hurt Locker. The film crew had roped in PEC students for helping them in the shooting. And, with the base camp set up in PEC for almost two months, while they shot in various parts of the city, a bonhomie had developed between them and the students.

This is not the first time though that PEC has received gifts from Bigelow and her team. Before leaving the city, she had left behind about 25 photo frames, which are now hanging on the walls of electrical engineering department, as gifts. The frames were used during the shoot to mount photos of American presidents and former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

The gifts have created a buzz among students. On the last day of the shoot, Bigelow met us all and handed over the frames. She had said some more gifts would come in later. Tabrez Noorani, who helped out with the production of the film for the Hollywood crew in the city, brought the telescope and the model helicopters, said Harsimran Singh, a final year electrical engineering student, and one of those on the campus who lent a helping hand.

The students are now eager to have the telescope and the helicopters set up on campus. The telescope is big and has an HD screen. The helicopters are remote operated and have cameras on top, said Preet Singh Mann, a second year student. The telescope will be set up in the physics lab of the applied sciences department and the helicopters have been sent to the aeronautical department. Manoj Dutta, PEC University director said, These gifts have been sent for the students by the Hollywood crew. We will be soon setting up the telescope.

Punjab Engineering College students accuse cops of thrashing them

CHANDIGARH: Who had beaten four PEC students on Saturday night?

High drama prevailed on Punjab Engineering College (PEC) campus when four students alleged they were roughed up by the police, and on the other hand the cops claimed that the injuries were a result of a student clash. According to the police, the students were standing outside their hostel around 11pm when cops abused and manhandled them.

Since it was our last exam we had a party in the hostel in the evening. After the party, we were standing outside the hostel when four cops, including one assistant sub-inspector, approached us. They used abusive language and told us to leave, Amandeep Singh, final year student of mechanical engineering, said in his complaint.

He added, When I told them to calm down, one of the cop caught me from behind and the other slapped and punched me in the face. My classmate Pankaj Kumar and two other students tried to intervene but they were also beaten with batons. We had to flee to save our lives, stated Amandeep.

Thereafter, the students were taken to PGI emergency for the first aid and hospital staff informed the police. But students complained that police again sent the same cops to record their statements.

In place of lodging an FIR, the cops threaten to implicate us in false cases. We were scared and have gone underground. Now we will go to meet SSP tomorrow and inform him about the entire episode, said Pankaj.

However, police said there was a student clash and now students were concocting a false story.

This is a false story. Both Amandeep and Pankaj are absconding. In fact, we had gone there after getting a complaint about a students clash. We had also detained six students under preventive measures but they were released today, said Gurmukh Singh, station house officer of Sector 11.

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