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AS College for Women, Khanna, Punjab
Address:Amloh Road
Khanna (District Ludhiana)
Punjab, India
Pin Code : 141401
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AS College for Women, Khanna Punjab is a recognised institute / college. AS College for Women, Khanna Punjab was established on / in 1973.


Principal of AS College for Women, Khanna Punjab is Dr. Rekha Kalia Bhardwaj, Dr Meenu Sharma.

AS College for Women, Khanna Punjab is situated in Khanna of Punjab state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at AS College for Women, Khanna Punjab are 98720065, 98789-02570.

email ID(s) is AS College for Women Khanna Punjab

Chairman : Ashwani Bansal 94172-73223, Advocate Ashok Kumar, Ashok Sharma.
General Secretary : Rakesh Goyal 98141-67839, Advocate BK Batra, Vikas Mehta.

Contact Details of AS College for Women, Khanna Punjab are : Telephone: +91-1628-220470 (O), Telephone: +91-1628-224650
Sh Dharam Pal Angrish, Vice President of Managing Committee
Ranjit Singh Heera, Jt Secretary

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AS College for Women, Khanna Punjab runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
Vocational(Functional English), Vocational(Fashion Designing)

Approval details: AS College for Women is affiliated with Panjab University, Chandigarh (Chandigarh)


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Saurabh Munro versus AS College for Women Khanna

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

Sh. Saurabh Munro,
B.No. 33, H.No.223,
Peer Khana Road,
Near Tiwari Di Kothi,
Khanna, Distt- Ludhiana.
…………………………….Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
O/o. A.S. College for Women,
Khanna.
………………………………..Respondent

CC No. 1426 of 2009

Present:
(i) None is present on behalf of the Complainant
(ii) Sh. Hardev Singh, Jr. Assistant on behalf of the Respondent

ORDER

Heard
2. Respondent states that sought for information relating to item No. 9, 10 & 11 has been delivered to the Complainant by hand on 19.10.2009. Complainant is absent. It is presumed that he is satisfied with the information. No further action is required.

3. Disposed of. Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
Dated: 29th October, 2009 State Information Commissioner

Saurabh Munro versus AS College for Women Khanna

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

Sh. Saurabh Munro,
B.No. 33, H.No.223,
Peer Khana Road,
Near Tiwari Di Kothi,
Khanna, Distt- Ludhiana.
…………………………….Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
O/o. A.S. College for Women,
Khanna.

………………………………..Respondent

CC No. 1426 of 2009

Present:
(i) Sh. Saurabh Munro, the Complainant
(ii) Sh. Hardev Singh, Sr. Assistant on behalf of the Respondent

ORDER

Heard.
2. Complainant states that he has not been provided copy of the statement of the gross salary paid to other lecturers w.e.f. the appointment till the filling of the application. Complainant further states that he has not been provided information against items No. 9, 10 & 11. The Respondent does not claim any exemption under Section 8 RTI Act 2005. I, therefore, see no impediment in the supply of information as demanded by the Complainant. I, therefore, direct the Respondent to supply the information forthwith strictly in the form demanded by the Complainant.

3. Adjourned to 29.10.09 (2.00 PM) for further proceedings. Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 23rd Sept. 2009

A S COLLEGE FOR WOMEN Vs SHRI K B S SIDHU AND OTHERS

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

COCP No. 1418 of 2009

Date of decision: August 7, 2009

A.S.College for Women ..Petitioner.
Versus
Shri K.B.S.Sidhu and others …Respondents

Coram:
Hon ble Mr. Justice Rakesh Kumar Garg

Present:
Mr. Sameer Sachdeva, Advocate for the petitioner.

Rakesh Kumar Garg,J.
As per the averments made in this petition, this Hon ble Court vide order dated 16.4.2009 passed in CWP No. 5557 of 2009 issued a direction to the respondents to release 85 % of the grant-in-aid due to the petitioner within a period of three months after clearance of the objections by the petitioner. Inspite of the aforesaid directions, the respondents failed to make the payment of the arrears. The petitioner also served a legal notice (Annexure P-1) in this regard upon the respondents and thus the petitioners are guilty of disobedience of the
directions issued by this court and are liable to be punished.

Notice of motion.

At the asking of the court, Mr. S.S. Sahu, Assistant Advocate General, Punjab accepts notice on behalf of the respondents. Copy of the petition has been supplied to him.

In COCP No. 1224 of 2009, titled as Dalip Kumar Versus D.K. Goyal, Executive Officer decided on 20.7.2009, this Court was assured by the State of Punjab that the directions of this Court shall be complied with in letter and spirit and the undisputed amounts payable to the petitioners wherever directions have been issued in their favour shall be made.

At this stage, without going into the merits of the averments madeby learned counsel for the petitioner and keeping in view the aforesaid assurance given by the State of Punjab, I deem it appropriate to direct the
respondents to release the amount of grant in aid which is not in dispute, to the petitioner within one month from the date of receipt of certified copy of this order.

Disposed of.

(RAKESH KUMAR GARG)
JUDGE

Sh Saurabh Manro versus AS College for Women Khanna

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, Sector -17-C, CHANDIGARH
Sh. Saurabh Manro,
B.No. 33, H.No.223,
Peer Khana Road,
Near Tiwari Di Kothi,
Khanna, Distt- Ludhiana.
…………………………….Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
O/o. A.S. College for Women,
Khanna.
………………………………..Respondent

CC No. 1426 of 2009

Present:
(i) Sh. Saurabh Manro, the Complainant
(ii) Sh. Harbadh Singh, Junior Assistant on behalf of the Respondent
ORDER
Heard

2. Respondent states that sought for information has already been sent to the Complainant. Complainant states that he is not satisfied with the information provided. He is advised to point out the deficiencies, if any, to the Respondent within one week. Respondent is further directed to ensure that sought for information relating to the deficiencies pointed out by the Complainant be provided within 10 days after its receipt from the Complainant.
3. Adjourned to 28.08.09 (2.00 PM) for further proceeding. Copies of the order be sent to the parties.
Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 21st July, 2009

Sh Saurabh Manro versus AS College for Women Khanna

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

Sh. Saurabh Manro,
B. No. 33, H. No. 223,
Peer Khana Road,
Near Tiwari Di Kothi,
Khanna, Distt. Ludhiana ' 141 401. …… Complainant

Vs

Public Information Officer,
O/o The Principal,
A.S.College for Women.
Khanna, Distt. Ludhiana. …… Respondent
CC ' 208 of 2009 in MR ' 82 of 2008
&
CC 209 of 2009 in MR ' 77 of 2008
ORDER

Present:
None on behalf of the Complainant or the Respondent.
1. On 3.7.2009, it was directed that the case will come up for confirmation of compliance of orders dated 3.7.2009.

2. Vide letter No.W/RTI/107 dated 14.7.2009, sent as a FAX letter, the respondent has intimated that compensation amounting to Rs. 2000/- has been sent to the complainant. The case is, therefore, disposed of and closed.

3. Copies be sent to both the parties.



Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated: 14.07.2009. Lt. Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Sh Saurabh Manro versus AS College for Women Khanna

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector-17C, Chandigarh.
Visit us at: www.infocommpunjab.com

Sh. Saurabh Manro,
B. No. 33, H. No. 223,
Peer Khana Road,
Near Tiwari Di Kothi,
Khanna, Distt. Ludhiana ' 141 401. …… Complainant
Vs

Public Information Officer,
O/o The Principal,
A.S.College for Women.
Khanna, Distt. Ludhiana. …… Respondent
CC ' 208 of 2009 in MR ' 82 of 2008
&
CC 209 of 2009 in MR ' 77 of 2008
ORDER

1. On 02.06.2009, Order regarding award of compensation to the Complainant for the detriment suffered was reserved.

2. The case relates to seeking information regarding conduct of interview for the post of Lecturer in Mathematics during November 2007. Initial request was made on 08.07.2008 and had six items. On not receiving any response the Complainant filed a complaint with the Commission on 08.08.2008.

3. Initially the Respondent was resisting the request for supply of information on the plea that the post of Lecturer in Mathematics pertaining to which the Applicant had sought information was not an aided post therefore, RTI Act, 2005 had no applicability to the matter. After hearing both sides, I had, on 10.02.2009, expressed that the Respondent was a Public Authority as per Section 2(h) of the RTI Act. Accordingly, the Respondent was directed to provide the requisite information.

4. The requisite information was provided in parts to the Complainant. On 02.06.2009, the Respondent stated non-availability of any record pertaining to candidates who had been called for interview for the post of Lecturer in Maths. An affidavit dated 5.6.2009 to this effect has been submitted. The information thus stood supplied.

5. The Complainant had to pursue this requirement of information for a period of eleven months and had to attend seven hearings in the Commission.

6. The Complainant demanded compensation for the detriment suffered. Accordingly, the Respondent was directed to explain through an affidavit as to why compensation not be given to him for the detriment suffered.

7. In her affidavit dated 18.05.2009 Dr. Rekha Bhardwaj, Principal, A.S. College for Women, Khanna has not been able to explain the reasons for the delay in providing information.

8. I, therefore, direct, to meet the ends of justice, payment of compensation amounting to Rs. 2000/- (Rs. Two Thousand Only) to the Complainant. This amount will be paid by 10.07.2009.

9. To come up for compliance of orders on 14.07.2009 at 2.00 PM.

10. Copies be sent to both the parties.

Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated: 03.07.2009 Lt. Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Sh Saurabh Manro versus AS College for Women Khanna

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

Sh. Saurabh Manro,
B. No. 33, H. No. 223,
Peer Khana Road,
Near Tiwari Di Kothi,
Khanna, Distt. Ludhiana ' 141 401. …… Complainant
Vs
Public Information Officer,
O/o The Principal,
A.S.College for Women.
Khanna, Distt. Ludhiana. …… Respondent
CC ' 208 of 2009 in MR ' 82 of 2008
&
CC 209 of 2009 in MR ' 77 of 2008
ORDER

Present:
Sh. Saurabh Manro, Complainant in person.
Sh. Ravinder Kumar, Accountant, O/o Principal, A.S.College for Women, Khanna, Distt. Ludhiana.

1. On the last date of hearing, on 30.4.2009, the respondent had been directed to provide certified copies of letters issued to all candidates directing them to attend the interview of Lecturer in Maths. The PIO was to submit an affidavit by 15.5.2009 as to why compensation not be given to the complainant.

2. During the proceedings today, the respondent states that no record of the individuals to prove that the letters were sent for interview, has been maintained in the office. Accordingly, the PIO is directed to submit an affidavit by 10.6.2009 stating non-availability of any record pertaining to candidates who had been called for interview for the post of Lecturer in Maths. A copy will be sent to the complainant. The respondent also states that a written submission dated 15.5.2009, has been made. Since it has not been received in the Commission office, a photo copy of the same is submitted by the respondent during the proceedings.

3. Order regarding award of compensation to the complainant for the detriment suffered, is reserved.

4. Announced in the hearing. Copies be sent to both the parties.

Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated: 02.06.2009. Lt. Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

A S COLLEGE FOR WOMEN AMLOH ROAD KHANNA DISTRI Vs STATE OF PUNJAB and OTHERS

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB and HARYANA, CHANDIGARH

Civil Writ Petition No.5557 of 2009

Date of Decision: April 16, 2009

A.S. College for Women, Amloh Road, Khanna, District Ludhiana ....PETITIONER(S)
VERSUS
State of Punjab and Others .....RESPONDENT(S)

CORAM:
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE AJAI LAMBA

PRESENT: -
Mr. Sameer Sachdeva, Advocate, for the petitioner.

AJAI LAMBA, J (Oral)
Learned counsel contends that the petitioner is entitled to release of grant-in-aid. The same, however, is not being released and therefore, the petitioner-College is not in a position to pay the salaries.

In this regard, learned counsel has relied on the decision dated 21.3.2009 of this Court in Civil Writ Petition No.4464 of 2009 titled ‘BLM Girls College, Arya Samaj, Nawanshahr vs. State of Punjab and Others’.

Notice of motion.
Mr. Sandeep Moudgil, Deputy Advocate General, Punjab, on the asking of the Court accepts notice. Copy of the petition has been handed over.

Learned counsel for the respondents has not been able to dispute that the grant-in-aid is required to be released in terms of judgment relied upon on behalf of the petitioner.

Considering the facts and circumstances of the case; in terms of judgment rendered in BLM Girls College’s case (supra) and decision rendered in C.W.P. No.5393 of 2008, decided on 24.4.2008, in case titled ‘Ramgaria College of Education, Phagwara vs. State of Punjab and others’, it is directed that the respondents shall pay 85% of the grant-in-aid due to the petitioner within a period of 3 months after clearance of objections by the petitioner. So far as balance 15% of the amount of grant-in-aid is concerned, the petitioner may submit separate representations to the respondents.

Petition is allowed in the above terms.

(AJAI LAMBA)
JUDGE

Sh Saurabh Manro versus AS College for Women Khanna

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

Sh. Saurabh Manro,
B. No. 33, H. No. 223,
Peer Khana Road,
Near Tiwari Di Kothi,
Khanna, Distt. Ludhiana ' 141 401. …… Complainant

Vs

Public Information Officer,
O/o The Principal,
A.S.College for Women.
Khanna, Distt. Ludhiana. …… Respondent
CC ' 208 of 2009 in MR ' 82 of 2008
&
CC 209 of 2009 in MR ' 77 of 2008
ORDER

Present:
Sh. Saurabh Manro, Complainant in person.
Sh. Rajinder Singh, Office Superintendent O/o Principal, A.S.College for Women, Khanna, Distt. Ludhiana.

1. Vide my Order dated 10.2.2009, the Respondent Institution had been declared to have status of a Public Authority as per Section 2(h) of the RTI Act, 2005.

2. During the proceedings today, the respondent states that he has not received a copy of the Order dated 10.2.2009. Accordingly, a copy is handed over to him during the proceedings.

3. In view of the foregoing, the respondent PIO will provide information as had been demanded by the complainant’s letter dated 8.7.2008, by registered post free of cost by 25.4.2009, with a copy to the Commission. On the next date of hearing, the complainant is free to submit his observations, if any, on the information provided to him.

4. Adjourned to 30.4.2009 at 2.00 PM.

5. Announced in the hearing. Copies be sent to both the parties.


Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated: 15.04.2009. Lt. Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Sh Saurabh Manro versus AS College for Women Khanna

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector-17C, Chandigarh.
Visit us at: www.infocommpunjab.com
Sh. Saurabh Manro,
B. No. 33, H. No. 223,
Peer Khana Road,
Near Tiwari Di Kothi,
Khanna,
Distt. Ludhiana ' 141 401. …… Applicant
Vs
Public Information Officer,
O/o The Principal,
A.S.College for Women
Khanna,
Distt. Ludhiana. …… Respondent
CC-208 of 2009 in MR ' 82 of 2008
&
CC-209 of 2009 in MR ' 77 of 2008

ORDER

Present:
Sh. Saurabh Manro, Applicant in person.
None on behalf of the respondent.

1. The respondent is not present. A fresh notice be sent for 15.04.2009 at 11.00 A.M in Room No. 10 alongwith my Order dated 10.02.2009.

2. Announced in the hearing. Copies be sent to both the parties.

Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated: 26.03.2009 Lt. Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Sh Saurabh Manro versus AS College for Women Khanna

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector-17C, Chandigarh.
Visit us at: www.infocommpunjab.com

Sh. Saurabh Manro,
B. No. 33, H. No. 223,
Peer Khana Road,
Near Tiwari Di Kothi,
Khanna,
Distt. Ludhiana ' 141 401. …… Applicant
Vs
Public Information Officer,
O/o The Principal,
A.S. College for Women
Khanna,

Distt. Ludhiana. …… Respondent
MR ' 77 of 2008 and MR ' 82 of 2008

ORDER

1. The Respondent is resisting the request for supply of information by the Applicant on the plea that the post of Lecturer in Mathematics pertaining to which the Applicant has sought information is not an aided post and therefore, RTI Act, 2005 has no applicability to the matter. The stand of the Applicant however is that the Respondent College is a Public Authority in as much as it is an aided college and receives substantial financial assistance from the State Government. It is not disputed that the Respondent is a aided college. The only point raised by the Respondent is that the post regarding which the information is sought is not the aided post. The question falling for determination in this matter is whether the Respondent college falls within the definition of Public Authority as defined under Section 2 (h) of the RTI Act, 2005. As per Section 2 (h) of the RTI Act “any authority, body or institution would be a Public Authority if it is substantially financed directly or indirectly by the appropriate government”. The question is whether the institution is receiving financial aid from the State and not whether the specific post/activity regarding which information is sought is financed by the State Government. In my view the fact that the institution is financed by the State Government clothes it with the status of a Public Authority as per Section 2 (h) of the RTI Act.

2. In view of the above, I order that both these MRs be registered as complaints and put up for hearing as complaints and a fresh notice be issued to both the parties for 26.03.2009 at 2.00 PM.

3. Copies be sent to both the parties.

Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated: 10.02.2009 Lt. Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Saurabh Manro versus AS College for Women Khanna

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

Sh. Saurabh Manro,
B. No. 33, H. No. 223,
Peer Khana Road,
Near Tiwari Di Kothi,
Khanna,
Distt. Ludhiana – 141 401. -- Applicant
Vs
Public Information Officer,
O/o The Principal,
A.S.College for Women
Khanna,
Distt. Ludhiana. -- Respondent
MR - 77 of 2008 and MR - 82 of 2008

ORDER

Present: Sh. Saurabh Manro, Applicant in person.
Sh. Rajinder Singh, Office Superintendent, A.S. College for Women, Khanna.

1. On the last date of hearing, on 02.12.2008, it was directed that :-

(a) The respondent shall file a written submission justifying his plea that the information sought was not required to be disclosed.

(b) The applicant may submit his arguments on the aspects being brought out by the respondent by 25.12.2008.

2. During the proceedings today, it transpires that the respondent submitted response vide letter No. W/77/766 dated 11.12.2008. The complainant submitted his arguments vide letter dated 22.12.2008.

3. Order regarding provision of information is reserved.

4. Announced in the hearing. Copies be sent to both the parties.


Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated: 20.01.2009. Lt. Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Saurabh Manro versus AS College for Women Khanna

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

Sh. Saurabh Manro,
B. No. 33, H. No. 223,
Peer Khana Road,
Near Tiwari Di Kothi,
Khanna,
Distt. Ludhiana ' 141 401. …… Applicant
Vs

Public Information officer,
O/o The Principal,
A.S.College for Women,
Khanna,

Distt. Ludhiana. …… Respondent
MR ' 77 of 2008 and MR ' 82 of 2008

ORDER

Present:
Sh. Saurabh Manro, applicant in person.
Sh. Rajinder Singh, Office Superintendent, A.S.College for Women, Khanna; Sh. R.T.Saini, Superintendent, O/o DPI ©, Pb. and Sh. Arvind Sharma, Senior Assistant, O/o DPI ©, Pb., Chandigarh.

1. For convenience, MR ' 77/2008 and MR ' 82/08, which are both on the same subject with identical requirements, have been clubbed.

2. On the last dates of hearings, on 30.10.2008 and 11.11.2008, I had directed that the notice be issued to the respondent.

3. During the proceedings today, the respondent states that :-

(a) The post on which the applicant had appeared for an interview (November, 2007) and about which he is seeking information, is un-aided. However, the College does get grant for the approved number of posts.

(b) The representative of DPI(C), Punjab, submits a copy of Memo. No. 14/43/05-3EI/15375 dated 14.7.2005. As per this Memo. any further recruitment has been withheld as per the directions of the Government of Punjab. He highlights, therefore, that no recruitment for any appointment which is aided could have taken place.

4. In view of the foregoing, it is directed that :-

(a) The respondent shall file a written submission in support of his plea that the information sought is not required to be disclosed for the reason that the post regarding which it is sought is unaided by 21.12.2008.

(b) The applicant may submit his arguments on the aspects brought out by the respondent by 25.12.2008.

5. Adjourned to 20.01.2009.

6. Announced in the hearing. Copies be sent to both the parties.





Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated: 02.12.2008. Lt. Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Saurabh Manro versus AS College for Women Khanna

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

Sh. Saurabh Manro,
B. No. 33, H.No. 223,
Peer Khana Road,
Near Tiwari Di Kothi,
Khanna,
Distt. Ludhiana ' 141 401. …… Complainant
Vs
Public Information officer,
O/o The Principal,
A.S.College for Women,
Khanna,
Distt. Ludhiana (Pb.). …… Respondent
MR ' 82 of 2008
ORDER

Present:
Sh. Saurabh Manro, applicant in person.
None on behalf of the Respondent.

1. This case is similar to MR ' 77 of 2008 heard by me on 30.10.2008 and on the request of the applicant, both the cases are clubbed together.

2. During the proceedings today, the applicant submits documents highlighting that the respondent is a private aided degree college being provided aid by DPI (Colleges), Punjab. In one such document, it is highlighted that 95% of the amount is being provided as grant by DPI (Colleges), Punjab.

3. In view of the foregoing, notice be issued to the respondent.

4. To come up on 02.12.2008 at 2.00 PM.

5. Announced in the hearing. Copies be sent to both the parties and DPI (Colleges), Punjab, Chandigarh.



Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated: 11.11.2008. Lt. Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Sh Saurabh Manro versus AS College for Women Khanna

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector-17C, Chandigarh.
Visit us at: www.infocommpunjab.com

Sh. Saurabh Manro,
B.No.33, H.No. 223,
Peer Khana Road,
Near Tiwari Di Kothi,
Khanna,
Distt. Ludhiana ' 141 401.
………Applicant Vs
Public Information officer,
O/o The Principal,
A.S College for Women,
Khanna,
Distt. Ludhiana (Pb.). …… Respondent

MR-77/2008
ORDER

Present:
Sh. Saurabh Manro Applicant in person.

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1. The case relates to seeking information regarding conduct of interview for the post of Lecturer in Mathematics during November 2007. Initial request was made on 08.07.2008 and had six items. On not receiving any response the Complainant filed a complaint with the Commission on 08.08.2008.

2. During the proceedings, today, the Complainant claims that the Respondent is a Public Authority under the provision of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act being an aided college. He hands over a photocopy of a letter issued by Panjab University, Chandigarh wherein one of his application has been transferred to the said college under the provision of Section 6 (3). He is, however, directed to substantiate that the Respondent falls within the purview of Section 2 (h) of the RTI Act.

3. To come up on 02.12.2008 at 2.00 PM.

4. Announced in the hearing.


Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated: 30.10.2008. Lt. Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

NAAC report of AS College for Women

SECTION - I

Introduction
Keeping in view the objective of providing exclusive higher education facilities to the girls in the rural and semi-urban area around Khanna town, A.S. High School Trust and Management Society, Khanna upgraded the Girls’ Wing in the local A.S.College, in July 1973 into a full fledged Undergraduate Arts College for Women, on Amloh Raod, close to the local bus stand. Making a humble beginning with an enrolment of 473 students, now it has 1182 students on its rolls in the faculties of Arts and Commerce. The College has an impressive building which has the Principal’s office, twenty class rooms, library, Home Science laboratories, Fashion Designing, Fine Arts and Music Work rooms, auditorium, mini hall, six departmental staff rooms, common room, gymnasium, administrative office, audio-visual room and lawns - all spread over a total campus area of 4.54 acres. The college has seventeen teaching departments. It also offers three vocational courses besides B.C.A, PGDCA, M.A (Hindi) and M.A (Economics). The college has forty five teachers including the Principal out of whom only twelve are regular while others are either ad hoc appointees or are part time teachers.

It is affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh and it follows annual system in its admissions, teaching and examination schedule as per its guidelines and norms. The college stands included in the list of colleges maintained by the UGC under sections 2(f) and under Section 12 B of its Act of 1956.
The college prepared its Self-Study Report in December, 2003 and volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, which constituted a Peer Team comprising Prof. B.P. Bhatnagar, former Vice Chancellor, Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University, as Chairman, Dr.(Mrs) Shyama Sharma, former Principal, Vaish Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Rohtak as Member and Prof K.K. Bajaj, former Dean of Colleges–cum-Director, College Development Council, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, as Member Coordinator, to visit the college and validate the Self-Study Report.

Before visiting the college, Prof Bhatnagar, Chairman of the Peer Team, held an in-house meeting at the place of stay of the members, at 7.30 PM on 4thh November, 2004 at Khanna to discuss and exchange notes on the Self-Study Report submitted by the college vis-à-vis evaluation framework and formulate procedure and modalities to be followed for its validation during the visit to the college

The team visited the college on 5th and 6th November, 2004 and was given a detailed presentation on its academic, co-curricular highlights and other activities by the Principal. After interacting with her, the members of the team went round the campus of the college and visited all the departments and discussed various academic inputs and amenities available with the concerned teachers. The members of the Team also visited the class rooms, Home Science and Fashion Designing laboratories, Fine Arts work place, Music class room, library and computer center set up to cater to the needs of BCA and PGDCA students. The NAAC Team also went round the campus and sought information on teaching, student support services and other infrastructural facilities. After interacting with the Principal, teachers, students, non-teaching staff, parents and old students of the college and after verifying the relevant documents and records referred to in the Self-Study Report, the Peer Team submits the following report, based on seven criteria laid down by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

SECTION 2
CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS

Criterion – I : Curricular aspects
As a college affiliated to Panjab University, subjects and combinations being followed are those which have been approved by the University and for which the college has been given affiliation. In the faculty of Arts, in addition to the two compulsory subjects (English and Punjabi) students have the option to choose three more subjects out of the available seventeen elective subjects such as English, Punjabi, Hindi, Sanskrit, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, History, Mathematics, Home Science, Physical Education, Public Administration, Fine Arts, Music and vocational subjects such as Fashion Designing, Functional English and Computer Applications. In the faculty of Commerce course options, as are permissible under the university norms and as are possible in view the institutional constraints, are available to the students. Post-Graduate teaching for PGDCA and M.A. in Hindi and Economics, is also offered.

The syllabi in different subjects are as prescribed by the university and as such the teachers cannot make any changes in these. Only a few of them (only one teacher each in the subjects of English and Sanskrit) are members of Boards of Studies in some subjects and decision making bodies of the university and as such they are not completely in a position to provide any direct inputs. The Principal of the college is a member of the Academic Council of the University.

The college follows annual system in all its undergraduate courses for which the examinations are conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh, for award of degrees to successful candidates.

The college does not refuse admission to any candidate if she fulfills the minimum required eligibility criterion of passing the qualifying examination. There is no pre-entry counseling as such. However, the Principal and the teachers give guidance to the students at the time of admission to make them confident and self-dependent in the college.

Criterion – II : Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Following an open door admission policy, the college tries to bring its students from the socio-economically disadvantaged milieu to the academic mainstream and attempts to develop closer student-teacher interaction and communication. The inputs include their motivation and monitoring in the classrooms to help them overcome their deficiencies. There is no formal system for the identification and coaching of advanced or backward learners. However, the teachers offer due guidance and devote time to the needs of the deserving students who are otherwise weak in studies through remedial coaching. Class tests are also held for this purpose. The college has stated that it held classes for 203 teaching days in 2002-2003 including admission and examination days. But it is seen from the scrutiny of the attendance registers that the overall attendance of the students in classes has been for about one hundred and eighty days. Teaching is done generally in the conventional manner yet in some of the departments use of OHPs and other audio-visual aids is there besides the display of charts and models in practical classes. Quiz programs and class discussion also contribute to the quality of teaching.

There are only thirteen permanent teachers including the Principal besides thirty other ad hoc appointees and two part-time teachers. The college has a support staff of twelve persons in the office. Being a grant-in-aid college regular recruitment and appointment to teaching positions is done under a procedure laid down by the Panjab University/DPI (Colleges) Punjab and as per qualifications laid down by the UGC and through the properly constituted selection committees consisting of members of the Management, the Principal, nominees of the Vice-Chancellor and the DPI (Punjab). Anticipating the additional teaching workload, temporary appointments are also made by the college Management and the Principal. However, to overcome shortage of qualified faculty due to procedural delays, the Principal also makes appointment of faculty for stipulated time period for guest faculty but this method is not resorted to regularly.

Elective subjects are taught in Punjabi and Hindi. Though there is no unitization of lessons yet to complete the syllabi in good time before the examinations the teachers plan their teaching inputs and schedule their delivery in a time frame of three well defined terms. House Examinations are held weekly / monthly and in September and December. The answer books are shown to the students regularly.

Teacher- learner ratio being low and manageable and percentage of classes taught by full-time faculty (including ad hoc appointees) being 94.59 % in many subjects, personal contact with the students is maintained for interaction and better learning possibilities. Teachers can attend Refresher Courses conducted by Academic Staff Colleges for their eligibility to earn selection grade. The Principal on the basis of results and other norms of conduct writes ACRs. The college has introduced the method of teachers’ self-appraisal, and students’ feedback and interaction with parents and old students.

Eligibility of students to take their university examinations is linked to their attendance to the extent of 75 % in each subject. To follow this norm, regular information about shortage of lectures is displayed on the notice board and the students and their parents are kept informed. The overall examination results of the college in almost every subject over the past three years have been commendable.

Criterion – III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
The entire focus of the college being on teaching only so as to bring the students to mainstream academic excellence there is no distinct endeavor to undertake research by the faculty even when seven of its teachers are PhDs and five others are M.Phil degree holders. The teachers cannot guide research as they are not permitted to do so under the university rules. Four of its departments are single faculty departments apparently due to low enrolments in them. Because of institutional constraints, there is small consultancy initiative or involvement on the part of the faculty at the local level particularly in the field of computer applications.

However, there are some initiatives on the part of the faculty to involve the students in the NSS activities to undertake community services such as health and hygiene, improved sanitation, AIDS, national integration, environmental issues, blood donation, career guidance, art of living, women empowerment and gender issues etc in the slum area of Model town and other rural areas around the college. The college has one NSS unit. This functions under the guidance of a Program officer of the college to organize NSS activities. Through the voluntary help and involvement of its students the campus is kept clean and green. Women cell has also be set up.

The college has an impressive record of achievements in cultural activities particularly in the organization of the recently held Zonal Cultural Youth Festival wherein its students did remarkably well and bagged a number of prizes and in the field of sports particularly in tug of war where two of its students have been selected for participation in the even to be held in Taiwan. Karate and Table Tennis are the other events in which its students have excelled in inter-college and inter varsity levels.

Criterion –IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources.
The physical facilities of the college have been developed in phases. The college has an impressive building which accommodates the Principal’s office, departmental staff rooms, common room, class rooms, laboratories, library, computer centre, mini hall, auditorium, administrative office, canteen, spacious grounds etc. It has facilities for indoor games such as Table-Tennis, carom and chess. It has a large playground with a well laid out 200 meter athletic track.

The college Library has 16841 books out of which 690 books were added in 2003-2004. Information on these catalogued and classified books has been computerized. The library is getting fifty five magazines and journals besides a twelve newspapers. All of them are in Punjabi, Hindi and English. The library is open on all working days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It follows an open access system for its students. There is a book bank available for free issue of books for the session to the deserving poor students. Books are issued to students for duration of fourteen days. The Library has a spacious reading room with an area of 140 Sq Mtrs.

The college has twenty two computers which are being used for BCA, PGDCA and other
computer-related awareness and teaching programs besides being put to use for administrative, library and accounts work.

To ensure continuous power supply to the campus, the college has a new generator of 70 KVA capacity installed.

The college does not offer hostel facilities. It has water coolers and water purifies for its students. It also offers medical care through a part-time visiting doctor with a room allocated for the purpose.

Criterion –V : Student Support and Progression

The government and the college management have provided substantial financial support to three hundred twenty two students in the session 2003-2004 in the shape of fee concessions, merit scholarships and freeships belonging to SC/STs, OBCs and other categories. In the years 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 as many as 314 and 302 students were given these concessions. The financial aid to students under different schemes of the government and management is highly encouraging in bridging social disparities.

Since the college offers only two Post-Graduate courses in Hindi and Economics, there is limited vertical academic mobility available to its students. It does not offer any formal vocational guidance or training as such. The dropout rate is high as many students are unable to cope with the content requirement of courses along with other socio-economic compulsions. The college publishes its updated prospectus every year for the information and guidance of students. It also publishes the college magazine to give expression to the creative thinking and talent of its students. Students’ feedback on institutional support and teaching has been introduced from the previous session. Its analysis is being utilized to improve the system and have midcourse corrections in the teaching learning continuum.

Criterion –VI : Organization and Management
The college has good internal coordination, and works through a number of committees set up every year in the process of democratic and decentralized management. This offers a fine example of participative management and sharing of responsibility from top to bottom. This is reflected in cultural and co-curricular activities which need to be further diversified and encouraged. The unit cost of education is Rs. 9973.40 (including salary) and Rs 470.47 (excluding salary). There is no formal grievance redressal cell but most of the complaints are settled by the Principal, staff and the management amicably. However the Principal of the college is an Hon’ble member of the local Lok Adalat.

There is commendable understanding and endorsement of actions relevant to the academic activities and initiatives of the college by the management of the college which meets every month to overview the interests and requirements of the college.

The college has shown a budget of Rs. 1,13,64,500/- for 2003-2004 out of which Rs. 1,06,63,000/- was to be spent on salaries. The revenue from tuition fee etc is only Rs 26,15,000/- which is very low. Obviously it does not contribute any substantial amount. The fees have not been revised during the last three years. Grant-in-aid towards payment of salaries against covered posts and disbursement of scholarships to students is released by the state government and rest is the liability of the college management to meet from its own resources.

The college has made a commendable effort in raising additional resources through donations particularly from the local MP and the MLA, release of a souvenir, alumni association, self-financing courses, organization of a fete etc to the extent of Rs 47,97,450/- to tide over financial stringency being experienced by it.

The college was sanctioned IX Plan UGC developmental assistance to the extent of Rs 7,35,000/- out of which it received Rs 6,95,000/-. Besides this the college received Rupees three lac for the vocational course on Functional English in the IX Plan. There is also regular government audit and a chartered accountant to audit the accounts of the college.

It has received a letter from the U.G.C, in April, 2003 vide which it has been conveyed the allotment of Rs 8,32,320/- for the X Plan period. The college has since received Rs 3,74,544/-. The college has also received a grant of Rs 67,275/- for its computer centre. Additionally it has also received Rs 3,00,000/- for the introduction of a vocational course on Fashion Designing.

The staff is offered such loans as are permissible under the government norms and procedures for private college.

Criterion –VII : Healthy Practices
Every year the college commences its session with ‘Havan Yajna’ and dedicates its activities to its avowed mission of promoting the cause of women education, human values and promotion of quality education. The teacher–student relations in the college are very cordial. Accessibility of the teachers to students in all subjects is a contributory factor. Overall, a harmonious environment among various sections of the college is noticeable. The Principal, faculty, non-teaching staff and students have contributed to the neat and beautiful maintenance of the campus.

The students are given prizes for making maximum use of the library through their attendance. There is no menace of ragging and use of unfair means in the college.

In order to encourage students in all activities the college holds annually prize distribution functions. It also holds lectures by the spiritual / intellectual persons.

Home Science laboratories and class room inputs are addressing the local needs of its students. Fashion Designing course combines the contemporary and the traditional designs to blend the tastes and requirements of the rural and the urban milieu. Language Laboratory is an attempt to improve the phonetic performance and skills of the students in the Functional English course. Fine Arts studio is a commendable workplace to allow expression to the creative urge of the students besides learning the basics of Art as a subject.

The college has a composite Central Students Association consisting of twenty five members of whom thirteen are elected members while twelve other are nominated on the basis of their academic merit. This is a democratic body of students which helps the college in maintenance of discipline, organization of its activities and promotes understanding and amity among the students and the college authorities.

There is regular annual stock-checking of articles in the college and damaged articles and furniture are got repaired.

The non-teaching staff is cooperative and efficient in their work. They help the Principal in providing smooth and effective administration.
The services of the college NSS unit are utilized to create awareness among the students about the values of social service, community development and civic responsibilities. Special lectures are arranged on various topics like AIDS awareness, environmental pollution, population control etc. to make them aware of contemporary social problems and persisting social evils.

The uninterrupted power supply through 8 KVA and 76 KV generators on the campus ensures regularity of classes and laboratory work.

The college evinces keen interest in the preservation of Punjabi culture and heritage through collection of traditional articles and artifacts of Punjab under its Punjabi department through its window called ‘Virsa’. This also contributes significantly to the enrichment of the cultural profile of the college as well and enables its students to stay informed and attached to their cultural moorings, heritage and conventional way of life.

The college has its own website which is quite informative and useful. It has inter-departmental connectivity to stay in touch throughout.

The college has an Extension Counter of State Bank of Patiala on its campus.

Overall Analysis
The Peer team carefully went through the Self-Study Report and after its visit to various departments for interaction with teachers and others and after taking into account academic and other physical facilities in the college in serving the cause of quality higher education with a focus on the girl students of the area, has arrived at the following overall analysis:

The college which is now more than three decades old has an impressive infrastructure spread over an area of 4.54 acres of land, protected from encroachment by a wall. The college setting and its location, abetting the Khanna Amloh state highway, has considerable ambience as a place for good learning. The Management displays distinct social concern and interest in the development of the college through its meaningful participation in providing resources and manpower whenever and wherever needed.

The workload of the teachers is as per norms and stipulations of the UGC and the University. But there is an alarming presence of temporary teachers in the college. It is explained in the context of non-availability of sanctioned posts and grant-in-aid from the state government. This uncertainty in profession tells upon the health of academic commitment and impairs quality.

The different departments of the college such as of Home Science, Fine Arts, Fashion Designing, Commerce, Economics and Computers could combine to offer common interdisciplinary hobby courses such as on painting, interior decoration, computer aided designs, flower arrangements, dietetic studies, health care, cooking, e-commerce, inventory management, insurance procedures, BPO, balance sheet making etc.

Besides the above, the computer facilities could be put in LAN and extended to the reach all departments, laboratories, canteen etc for all teachers and students.

Suggestions
The Peer Team makes the following suggestions:

The role of the faculty by and large reflects its involvement and commitment. This continues to enthuse the serious students to excel in their studies and co-curricular activities and work hard to perform better. But majority of the teachers being ad hoc appointees, an exercise requires to be undertaken to fill up all sustainable teaching posts on regular basis so that greater accountability could be built into the teaching learning process. Contractual teaching may be resorted to only wherever it is absolutely of contingent nature and for coping with mid-session needs.

*There is an apparent need to expand computer literacy and related courses on a part-time basis which enhance the skills and employment potential of the students.

*The library being the hub of all academic activities of teachers and students requires to be computerized for quick reference, retrieval and issue of books. It also requires to be substantially strengthened with a significant addition of books and journals in all the subjects particularly in Music, Home Science, Fine Arts, Sanskrit, Economics and Fashion Designing. Daily display of important news through a wall magazine outside the library may be made a routine activity for the general information of the students.

*Science classes may be introduced with modern subjects such as Bio-informatics, Bio-Physics, Industrial Chemistry, Polymers, Plastics, Information technology, Ceramics, Human biology, Radio-therapy, Diathermy, Technician education etc. M.Com courses with a focus on market driven needs be examined to be introduced.

*Linkages with industry in and around Khanna be explored by Commerce Dept.

*With the progressive depletion of support from the Government, further possibilities may be explored by the college management to introduce short-time and part-time new courses which may generate the much needed income in addition to creating new avenues for the students’ placements and employability.

*UGC assistance as is admissible to a college may be sought for all projects and programs through better information and liaison. Regular availability of this grant be ensured through proper and timely utilization of grant already released and submission of utilization certificates to the UGC.

*The drop-out rate being high requires a careful analysis and follow-up action so as to retain the students in the college and to minimize wastage of human and financial resources.

*NSS unit should be more actively involved in socially relevant activities and campaigns such as on drug abuse, poverty alleviation measures, health and hygiene in rural and slum settings. Propagation of environmental awareness, human rights and duties should be the avowed theme of their involvement.

*NCC may be introduced in the college to offer an avenue to the girls for their participation in the national defense services.

*Regular follow up action on the analysis of teachers’ self-appraisal may be undertaken along with students’ views on their teachers’ performance, at the end of each session for the benefit of the teachers and the institution and for enhancing commitment, quality and discipline in the college.

*Alumni association may be involved in all such activities of the college which are vision-linked and progressive in nature through more meetings so that those who go out form the college are able to lean back and contribute to the college to the best of their abilities and affordability after they settle down in life.

*Guidance through bridge courses in communication skills in English may be provided to instill the much-needed confidence in students who are otherwise deficient in this regard. Better utilization of language laboratory can also be assured through this.

*New add-on market friendly courses of regional relevance and in consonance with the emerging occupational patterns and as per market survey be examined to be introduced to augment resources.

*More discussions on such live issues as women’s rights and civic responsibilities may be organized to inculcate a concern about duties and rights among the students.

*Interest in research which is an integral complement of teaching, needs to be encouraged. This alone ensures quality in teaching despite all physical and resource limitations of an institution. Research orientation may be encouraged among the teachers in the college. Teachers should undertake minor or major research projects in areas of their own interest and specialization with assistance from such funding agencies as UGC, DBT, ICHR, ICSSR, etc. There could be better research liaison between the college faculty and the university faculty in different subjects. The management may also encourage this through some monetary provision in the college budget which could enable the faculty to participate in national seminars and workshops.

*Teaching methods be made more technology enabled and student-friendly with greater help of OHPs and other affordable teaching aids.

*Computer Applications department should enrich and extend its teaching inputs to promote greater employability of its students. It should liaise with the department of Fashion Design and promote it through computer aided designs with the help of computers. The department should acquire latest hardware and software that could be of use in the departments of Commerce, Fine Arts, Fashion Design and Home Science.

*General lectures particularly on value education, human rights and ethics by distinguished persons from other institutions may be organized more frequently to provide for the much-needed exposure to the teachers and students of the college. More interactive seminars and academic workshops on topics of contemporary issues may be organized to give teachers a platform to exchange their views and know the latest in their respective fields.

*Interdepartmental initiatives may be undertaken to launch short term hobby courses and classes for part-time students and for additional resource mobilization.

*Despite the availability of limited land on the campus a scheme of commercial cultivation of flowers, cacti, worm-culture etc may be taken up so as to augment the resources of the college while at the same time creating hobby-interests among the students.

*Fine Arts, Home Science and Fashion Designing Departments may organize regular exhibitions and other activities to augment resources and to address the students around to enable them to know the relevance of the courses and facilities available in the college. This would also promote a spirit of participation and collegiality besides better understanding and fraternity among all.

*A vision committee may be constituted by the college to workout a perspective plan for the introduction of new add-on, vocational and innovative courses in the colleges. The committee may consist of a few local notables, representatives of alumni,teachers and the principal to work out its financial and other requirements.
The Peer Team thanks the Principal, teachers, students, non-teaching staff, alumni and parents for their cooperation, courtesy and interaction and college authorities for making all necessary arrangements which facilitated the entire work to be completed in a smooth manner within the prescribed time frame. The team puts on record its deep sense of appreciation and gratitude to the Management of the college for their courtesy and support offered to the team.

Prof B.P. Bhatnagar
(Former Vice-Chancellor University of Rajasthan)
73 Vidya Nagar, Sector – 4
Hiren Nagri
Udaipur – 313 002

Dr (Mrs) Shyama Sharma
(Former Principal, Vaish Mahila Mahavidyalaya)
770, 23 DLF Colony
Rohtak, 124 001

Prof K.K. Bajaj (Member Coordinator)
(Rekha Bhardwaj)
Principal




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